Each Wedding Never Ceases To Amaze Me!

We tell our brides that we are not a cookie cutter – one size fits all – type venue….and this is true. We pride ourselves in providing some flexibility to their wedding dreams. You can have your ceremony under the grove of trees or in the horse ring or behind the barn overlooking the pasture full of farm animals or in the hayfield underneath the shadow of High Point. You can circle up your tables around a dance area in the middle of the barn or spill out into the lawn. We are a very specific genre – yes – but so far each wedding has been so very unique. Jill and I chatter away after each wedding as we talk about different aspects of each wedding that we liked or ideas that we thought were worthy of adding to our Idea Book. I will say that it pleases us immensely that our brides are able to make their wedding “their own” even within a very specific venue type like The Barn at High Point Farms.
So….as we wait quite impatiently for each couple to forward some of their photographs to us – we find that each wedding never ceases to amaze us – in the way that they not only capture our venue but in how the photographer is able to capture the essence of the couple. We have been very fortunately to have met so many fine photographers and they all have seemed almost giddy to be taking pictures in such a unique location as ours. It is a win win situation – for the photographer who is able to show their more creative side to the bride and groom who can have little works of art to commemorate their special occasion to “us” who are privileged to be able to use and tout these great photographs.
Barn Wedding at High Point Farms

Jenny and Andrew
Picture

Our Dog, Bear’s Debut
Picture

Vintage Always Works
Picture

A great backdrop for a divine commitment

Capturing the heart and the soul.

  We have established our niche – a farm venue. Yes – we have cute signs here and there, vintage decor dotted around the farm, lights strewn in the hayloft and white thick drapes adorning the barn.  But – we do not create a cookie cutter established wedding scene. We allow our brides to choose their own wedding planner or even to decorate their venue as they see fit. This way – each wedding out here looks different and unique to the bride. We are amazed at the talented photographers who have come to record these special moments and we appreciate beyond words that they share their photos with us – and thus I have access to them on my website.
 
Picture

Picture

Blue Vinyl Creative Photography took pictures of the Kellie and Trenton wedding and has just recently posted pictures on his facebook page. These pictures were amazing! The guy certainly has a talent for seeing the art behind the photograph…and he has a method of antiquing the photos so that they almost look as though they are 70+ years old. As I roll through the line up of his pictures – I certainly felt as though he had captured the heart and soul of this special couple – Trenton and Kellie.   They are both beautiful so the picture taking was easy enough but the poses and the snapshots show how in tune with their personalities he was.
 

Picture

In fact, I certainly felt was though he captured the heart and soul of our farm venue as well. We don’t come with too many pretenses – we are who we are. Our old pole barn is weathered and worn and imperfect in so many ways –  yet he exalts her finer qualities.  The old farmhouse was originally built not long after the Civil War. It is no Victorian anything – but a plain and simple farmhouse – yet he is able to show her attractive side and almost catapulting her back in time when she was in her youth….

Picture

Blue Vinyl was able to see the beauty in the old aged pear trees – the worn out antique tractor – and the little treasures here and there throughout the farm.

Picture

Picture

I felt like a light had been lit on our little farm – a light that adds color and warmth when it hits its target.  Thank you Blue Vinyl for the affirmation of our farm venue – that you have captured in your photos what we have hoped to accomplish in opening up our farm for such a business. We are humbled and pleased.

Picture

Meet Jack

Picture

Meet a new arrival here at HP Farms – this is Jack, an 8 year old Dapple Bay Quarter Horse. Jack was donated by a man who could no longer keep him and desired a wonderful loving home for Jack more than acquiring easy money for him. We are tickled to add him to our herd as we have reeled over the loss of our sweet Passion  – our spotted Racking mare – earlier this summer. 

Picture

Jack is a very laid back boy  – people friendly – tall and stout – and easy ride – and use to being  around new people and places.  I am sure that he will be used in some of our bridal backdrops – especially those who wish to place some of our horses in the horse ring for closer pictures.  Peanut Butter – our pony – is checking him out but seems to be ready to be buddies.

Picture

Introducing a new horse to the herd is always a bit stressful as they all do seem to carry on when a new one arrives. Squealing – running about – prancing – arching the neck – jostling for position in the new pecking order….it can be intimidating but it is usually a site to see and to photograph. It is fun watching the horses prance and dance and strut their stuff.  I will include extra photos this time especially for all of your horse lovers.

Picture

And since I doubt that I have introduced the full herd to you, let me quickly do that.  Ripley – the tall silver appaloosa boy is the overseer of the herd. He is here only temporarily as his pasture and barn were damaged by the tornadoes. Reba – the tall bay with a white blaze is a Tennessee Walking Horse. She was more or less a rescue from last year as I am sure that she has put on 100+ lbs. and now looks more her age of 12 rather than 25. She is Queen Bee and isn’t afraid to let the other horses know it.  Lady is the chocolate spotted Racking Horse mare. We have had her for 14+ years. She has been a fun girl to ride – as crazy as her gait is at times. Unfortunately she is blinding in one eye so her ridability is very limited. Peanut Butter is the cute chocolate dapply pony with the thick flaxen mane and tail. He is a round and plump boy – somewhat like a POA type pony – sweet and friendly.

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture Time! Chris and Jordan

   I can’t quite say that I wait patiently for new wedding photos to get sent my way but I do wait with huge anticipation.  As I see an array of pictures and enjoy each bride’s uniqueness, I relish a handful of each wedding as worthy to be placed on the website. I love these photographers who come out – their fresh perspective to the farm and to their client.  I am always amazed at the stunning beauty that is captured by each.
   The wedding of Chris and Jordan was photographed by Zach Robbins – a young talented friend of theirs who has demonstrated a clear talent for photography.  I will attach my most favoritez(top five)- though it was difficult to choose which ones!  These pictures ring true to the cliche “a picture paints a thousand words.”  Not only do they capture the essence of this sweet and special couple but it highlights the farms most special features!  I hope you enjoy these photos.
Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Weddings Can Be Fun For the Kids Too

We just completed our June 11th wedding – Chris and Jordan. It was spectacular and beautiful and they certainly had an amazing group of friends and family that pitched in to facilitate this wedding.  I was struck by how much fun the children had today. There was a passel of them all decked out in their outfits – boys in gray trousers laced with suspenders with rolled up white shirt sleeves and yellow bow ties, then girls all in pale yellow eyelet sundresses.They were running here and there – checking out the barn and the old house porch swing. Croquet entertained them for a bit but then – then – we hooked a lead rope to Sweet Pea – one of our goats – and brought her to meet the children. 
Picture

Goat at a farm wedding – Photo courtesy of HP Farms

Picture

Goat at barn wedding – Photo Courtesy of HP Farms

That was it – checkmate! They took turns leading Sweet Pea from one low branch to another so she could nibble on pear tree leaves and maple leaves. Being in charge of the lead rope became a badge of honor as they managed to lead an animal likely twice their weight this way then that. It was a huge hit. Unfortunately, there will surely be a couple of parents who will have to explain to their kids later on  as to why exactly they cannot own a goat – but it made for a wonderful memory for the younger crew.

Picture

Firetruck at Farm Wedding – Photo by Jenn and Travis Photography

One funny thing that happened was a conversation with Tucker – my 3 year old grandson. He has to put up with both his mom and me telling him things such as “we have to do this or that to get ready for the wedding….” or “people are coming later to have their wedding….” and to a 3-year old, all bets are off as to what and how they translate new information.  Last wedding, he was thrilled that a fire truck and two police cars showed up HIS FARM. He had no idea that it was because the groom was a firefighter and most of his friends were either cops or firefighters. But, as today’s event got rolling, he couldn’t figure out “where” the firetrucks and police cars were hiding! Somehow he just thought that firetrucks and police cars would come at each and every wedding. Unfortunately – or fortunately – they will not. Each wedding has its uniqueness and its flair.  No fire engines but a bunch of kids all giddy as they enjoyed the simple pleasure of life – endless lawns to run in, sitting in the porch swing, and playing with the farm critters. So, weddings CAN be fun for kids too!

Blessings From Heaven

The cicadas have finally come and gone. Fortunately our trees and garden were not particularly effected by their once every 13 year ravenous food frenzy. As they departed, a rare drought and heat wave has permeated the south condemning us to two weeks of mid-90’s temperatures and no rainfall.  We were so proud of our beautiful sod area behind the barn that we have been very faithful to set the sprinklers on almost every day to keep it nice and lush but we cannot water the whole farm. Our vegetable garden has suffered a bit and with the heat wave, it was difficult to find the desire to tackle even the weeding.  As we began to prepare for this weekend’s wedding, we began to pray for some much needed rain – if not for ourselves but for a boost of green for our upcoming bride.  The week has been long and hard here on the farm. We had to put down one of my best horses – Passion – after an ankle break a month ago continued to get worse and her health deteriorated. It was a tough day yesterday – very emotional, stressful, and fraught with complicated logistics. On top of the that – we had square bales sitting in the field that needed to be hauled to the barn. But all the tasks were completed last night – and we dropped into bed exhausted. Today we had a farm tour from a girl from Murfreesboro who was tickled pink to find a real barn. We considered her a good luck charm because we got that much needed rain right about the time she showed up. The wind blew and thunder pounded and rain came down in sheets. Jill and the boys and I just stood there on the porch and enjoyed the blessed event – rain – rain from heaven.  Rain that if it had come the day before – would’ve made a very louzy day horrible. But rain today – was truly a special event. It felt like a cleansing of the week’s sadness. It felt like it was brought to us as a special blessing for the upcoming bride to be to make her special day all pretty and cheery.  It is a blessing – the blessing from heaven.

I Love It When Pictures Come In!

It is like opening up a present – all giddy and anxious. This is how it is when the photographers send in their photo shoot pictures.  Tough decision then for me is which ones to use and post on my website – so many of them are good and memorable.  I hope that the bride (or client) is as tickled pink as I am to view them!  Here are a few of the best ones from Janelle and Brian’s wedding.
Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

So, I think these were my winners. Each photo is very unique and looks like a piece of artwork. Jenn and Travis Photography did an excellent job capturing this special couple and we are pleased with our she captured our farm!
Next couple of pictures are from a photo shoot for a young child named Claire. Since we have opened up our farm venue to photographers free of charge this year (by permission only and with restrictions), we are excited to have made contact with so many local photographers. Hopefully this short term offer will help us both get the word out about the farm – and their photography.
Picture

Picture

Spring at the Farm

Hallelujah!  Spring is here and the color comes instant and vibrant.  You just tend to forget about that unique shade of green that happens only in the spring but it is stunning when it arrives.  Like a breath of fresh air or more likely like seeing an old friend after a long wait – but spring is finally here at High Point Farms.  Not only is the grass green but our vintage pear trees have bloomed in full again this year – meaning another bumper crop of pears for our old ladies of the farm.
We have blooming bushes – forsythia and such. We have perennials popping their heads up around the barn. I must say that our old barn just instantly has a facelift now that spring has arrived.  Now…brides can so much easier see the beauty of the place.
So, enjoy a few pictures of the place. We have friends riding horses, Tucker playing in the tall grasses, and new projects being completed.  Hopefully you can enjoy the transition with me.
Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Wedding Fair

Deciding to start this business over the Christmas holidays – as you know – has put everything into a fast pace. Making plans, setting up the business side of this venture, shifting the animals out of the barn, cleaning up and sprucing up – all of this takes time and energy.  We soon realized that come March – that there was a flurry of Wedding Fairs being hosted by various companies. Most of these Wedding Fairs were booked months ago. Most were quite expensive. We were still busy with logistics so the whole fair thing threw us off guard a bit. We did run across one unique Wedding Fair who called the event, “This Ain’t Your Moma’s Wedding,” which hosted an array of vendors who typically approached things outside the box. I say that in the most complimentary way, mind you. There were videographers, belly dancers, homemade crafters making all sorts of unique products for weddings, etc. We were automatically drawn to this wedding fair for obvious reasons – an outdoor or barn wedding just isn’t your typical venue.  Unfortunately – the event hall was small and they were already book. But – luck shined on us with a phone call less than two weeks prior to the show stating that an opening was available if we were interested.  Yes – of course!
As excited as we were to have this wonderful opportunity – it meant creating a vendor booth that would help “paint out thousand words” – and to showcase visually the possibilities of an outdoor or barn wedding to these brides to be that would be attending.  We actually had quite a bit of fun doing this.  Building a set, bringing some ambiance in the form of watering tins, weather vane, a haybale draped in a quilt for seating, some fresh sunflowers, and such. We hung some of our best wedding pictures along a make-shift clothes line dotted with vintage hankerchiefs and actually our special “idea book” was a huge hit too as brides soaked up all of our wonderful pictures and suggestions.  We had a great time meeting the other vendors and all of the potential customers.  Jill even brought baby Finn (6 mos.) who was also a hit as he loves women – and there was no shortage of women at this event. All in all, I think we did our maiden voyage to the world of Wedding Fairs pretty well.  We were tired but pleased with the days course.
I think the two best “winners” of the day were …first –  a woman who came up and looked at our pictures and with frustration all over her face stated “Oh, I wish I had found you guys earlier!  I already have my venue secured at Laurelwood on Signal Mountain but your barn is exactly what I had wanted but just couldn’t find!”  Yes, sad that she won’t be a customer but wow – that she preferred us over Laurelwood – a very elegant high end barn type venue.
And, second a woman who along with her friend came into the booth and you could see the change of expression in her face as she looked at our pictures. I think she had never even pondered the thought of an outdoor or barn wedding before and now that she stood there looking at these gorgeous pictures and the  vibrant colors that set the background of each photo – you could see her brain working before my very eyes and she stated “wow, I had never thought of this before but this would be so cool!”  It was just delightful to watch inspiration at work.
Anyway….a good day meeting lots of people – both customers and vendors alike.  We have several of these unique vendors that we can now suggest to our clients….to help create this magical event at our Barn at High Point Farms – a day that will linger in their dreams and memories for a lifetime.
Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

March-The Clock Ticking

The season has turned out to be a very eventful one. First the unusual winter snowfalls that lasted for several weeks followed by a two week stretch of unusually warm weather that ended up yesterday being fraught with extremely high winds and nearby tornadoes. Yesterday the sky turned an unusual hue and though you could hear the rain, there was an odd silence. I looked out my upstairs window to see the rain being blown completely horizontal from west to east followed within minutes to being blown horizontal from east to west. Once the hail began to hit the roof, all signs were to find shelter. Luckily, the hail lasted only a few seconds and the rain almost instantly stopped. Places in Chattanooga were not so lucky with several verified tornadoes being declared. The day today was sunny and mostly warm with a bit more nip in the air. One has to wonder what next week will bring.
Even with the odd weather, spring is still in the air. My vintage and very early daffodils finally popped their heads out of the ground. My pear trees are busting at the seams and will put on their annual display of blooms galore any day now. Even the sight of early perennials have prompted me to grab my garden knife and transplant a few newbies into my new flower beds. 
These last two weeks have been fruitful in regards to our Venue projects. Each new task completed brings a significant change to the look of things. We tore out the last few slats leftover from a cattle trough that was in the barn way back in ’76 when my parents purchased the farm from the Buckner family. They had used the barn for cows and the slats allowed just enough room for the cows to stick their heads through to eat the hay without letting the cows shift around between each other.  We had left only a few of these since we were more into horses. Removing the slats definitely opened up the inside area of the barn which will please the new customers – but there was this twinge of sadness to see this last remnant of the past leave. But, we look ahead and forward.
Jill and I had fun on Saturday stopping by the Estate of Confusion – a local salvage junk store that forces one to use their imagination. This place looks like an offshoot of the old TV series “Sanford and Sons” for it  has an array of miscellaneous who-knows-what. They had some interesting lights which we are pondering. It has old doors – though we passed this time. We did purchase a very old driveway gate that despite our husbands concern – will be revamped and add some cute garden appeal to one of our enclosed areas. We found some white fabric on sale in order to make our barn curtains and found a cute consignment shop on Main Street that had a vintage chalkboard sign that we just had to have. Those are the fun parts of creating this business. Our budget doesn’t allow too much of this until we complete those other “necessity” chores – but it was therapy for the soul.
I will attach a few pictures showing a beautiful rainbow, the warm but colorless days of winter, and the joy of children on the farm.  Next blog will surely show signs of color!
Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Page 15 of 16« First...1213141516