Bedazzling Barn Wedding (Beth and John by Imago Photography)

in hayfield with classic car

Bedazzling yes!….Synonyms like astounding, overwhelming, enchanting, and captivating and other great choices to describe this wedding.  It was certainly an interesting mix of elegance and luxury with a genuine embracing of our simple farm.  I think that combination is what made this wedding of Beth and John so unique.

view of the barn

It was no ordinary day here at the farm.  It felt more like being on location of a movie shoot for a major production.  Trucks of all sizes arrived at each side of the venue.  Organizers, coordinators, decorators, the tent crew, hired helpers, florists, caterers, and more and more consumed all areas of the barn.  Furniture, lights, sound equipment, decor of all sorts, drinks, flowers, pergola, a tent, extra lights, extra curtains and drapes…..all moving in and being directed here and there.  I would say it looked like a Texas two-step with the hustle and bustle of everyone doing something different but in sync with everybody else – organized chaos.

The flowers arrived and let me state – they were stunning.  Bouquets touted a beautiful soft orange/peach but still very earthy in style.  Tables with rustic boxes full of flowers and a decorated pergola outside for the ceremony.  Mayflowers – one of our florist vendors – did an amazing job which is quite typical.  The inside of the barn was transformed with drapes of fabric for each pole morphing the barn poles into regal white columns.

Beth and her girls were  being pampered by hair and make up specialists from SpaGo.  Imago Photography, one of our regulars here at the farm, was capturing each magic moment in a 360 degree access around the farm.  The colors were amazing – Beth’s wedding dress was stunning (I wish I had a very close up shot of the stitching and beading of this dress) and John looked stylish himself!

 

Choosing quality vendors – professionals – makes such a huge difference.  The prepping for this day certainly was like a three ring circus but these vendors knew their job and were very organized and spot on.  Victoria Love Events (Stephanie) coordinating the event with Libby (Libby Stroup Designs) overseeing the decorating and design details made each area of the venue look picture perfect.  The dancehall was transformed literally into a rustic chic lounge with lots of couches and vintage furniture pieces.  A photo booth dry up in the corner kept the smiles coming.  A band kept music going from beginning to the end.  A nice bonfire with lots of seating and “smores” to delight young and old.

wraps

Isn’t this such a cool idea?  “A gift for you to Have & To Hold in case you get cold….Beth and John.”  A pretty display, a practical way to keep your guest warm, and a sweet sweet favor to give to your guests.  Love it!  Pinterest anybody?

 

The ceremony was under the canopy of trees of the grove facing true north.  It was intimate, respectful and reverent.  With all the fanciful embellishments that made this wedding stand out – it did not take away from the fact that Beth and John embraced the relaxed atmosphere of our farm with its natural beauty yes….but also of our sweet goats.

I love this picture.  It certainly shouts “farm wedding” with the beauty of the natural backdrop plus the horses, goats, and even our dog Bear posing so perfectly for Imago.  Wow – Tim, the photographer, managed to get almost everybody’s attention here.  Even the goats are looking and listening to his commands.  Somehow this all works……elegance and farm.

The goats are just universally loved….how else can you explain it?  It was so good hearted of Beth and John to have their goat pictures…..Sweet Pea seemed smittened as well.

The food was SO delicious.  Prime Rib – yum!  Foodworks astounded us all with their variety of tasties.  The guests dined in and out.  Music by the band “The Communicators” got everybody tapping their toes and heading to the dance floor.

The cakes – won’t forget these anytime soon.  How stunning the bride’s cake looked.  It must’ve been amazing in taste as well as looks because there were no left overs for the “help” at nights end to taste-test…..and if you look real hard….the groom’s cake appears to be a plate full of fried bacon, silverware, and a whiskey shot glass sitting atop a whiskey barrel.  All edible as I hear but what an amazing feat to produce – thanks to The Yellow Cake Company here in Chattanooga…..picturesque and surely gets the unique award for the year.  Congrats to Kenya Brooks.   Gotta include a close up of this groom’s cake for you to admire.

grooms cake close up

I dare guess that this guest list has for the most part never been to a barn wedding…..no I did not ask, only my assumption.  But….I dare say as well that they were pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful setting this was for a wedding and what a wonderful memorable time they had here at the farm.

Just as the goats are universally loved – I see our farm in that light as well.  The beauty that surrounds our simple farm is nothing short of stunning.  Lookout Mountain sits above us with all of its splendor and at this time of year with all of its colors.  The farm mixes authenticity with history with nature with family…..if nothing else – we are real. There is not only simplicity around every corner but simple beauty as well.

This was a unique wedding in so many ways but on the other hand – a very similar story still.  Two lovebirds choose to come share their most special day with us here on the farm.  Two families and a host of friends anxiously come to support, celebrate, and be witnesses to the love and commitment of Beth and John.  Two people change the course of their lives and begin a new adventure.  A bride and groom forever share a memory and experience with us and our farm.  Dolled up or kept simple – this basic story is what we want to embrace.  Thank you for sharing your day with us!           ~ Margie

 

 

Second Chances (Margaret and Russ by Alex Bee Photos)

I remember the first time that I met Margaret (and her mother) at the farm to talk about her wedding day and how we could decorate for the day.  I knew from that first meeting that this wedding would stand out as unique in many ways.  Turns out that I knew the family of her “soon to be in-laws” because they are valley-natives and her father-in-law to be is a well known local minister. Beyond that, the love story of Margaret and Russ is one of second chances.  They knew each other in high school – and I think they even had dated.  But after high school – their lives and their careers took different paths and into two very different directions.  Many years later – through facebook, I believe, they were reacquainted with each other and a renewed friendship began.  He, a military chaplain in Florida, and she, a professor at Auburn, soon realized that circumstances had given them an opportunity to begin again.

Margaret and Russ were a bit older than our typical bride and groom so this wedding had a bit of maturity to it that made it unique and thoughtful.  Margaret was stunning in her dress, and my goodness – she looked like she was in her twenties!  When Margaret and Russ were together – they were silly, often goofy with each other, and always laughing and endearing.  I think when you get that second chance – you realize you gotta hang on with dear life and relish each moment you have – take nothing for granted.  I am confident that Margaret and Russ live this way today as husband and wife.

The wedding was in the grove with a packed out house of guests to celebrate the day and rejoice with the couple.  Father in law, Rev. Ragon, performed the ceremony and Russ sealed it with a kiss.

Decorating for a bride begins with a conversation – who is she, want does she like to do, where is her passion and her heart, how can we incorporate her taste and her style and even the groom’s interests.  Creating a pinterest page is also helpful as I can share ideas that I think would fit and she can share her own as well. Margaret for sure is a kindred spirit of sorts.  She loves all things vintage.  She had begun to collect vintage hankies so we could display them and “offer them” as “Tears of Joy” for any of the ladies prior to the ceremony.  Vintage welcoming area with old sofas and such…..wash tin stand for the gift tub…..an old dictionary sign in table……..we pulled out the stops with old decor items to dot the whole venue with.  The signs – the caterers table – programs – sparklers – all had a vintage feel to them.

 

Margaret had also been collecting vintage tea towels and doilies and such – many of them turquoise which was one of her colors to utilize.  Right up my alley!  So, I purposed to use these as part of our table decor.  With her being a professor – adding the vintage books would fit right in.  She also collects milkglass so we just infused so much of that into the table decor.  My old turquoise blue mason jars are always stunning so we pulled it all together to create a unique look that seemed to fit Margaret to a tee.  Her head table was put right dab in the center of the barn so that instead of being “on the stage”….she was in the middle of the barn and surrounded by her guests.  Those barnwood tables dress us quite nicely don’t they?  Of course at such an event – vintage china to set the proper mood for the reception.

Speaking of milkglass – she outdid me on this front for sure.  She had a huge milkglass container collection that we used for her candy bar.  Now – this was no ordinary candy bar.  It was set up in the buffet room (24 feet long, let me state….) and we packed those vessels to the gill on that bar from one end to the other full of candy galore.  What a presentation – what a sweet sweet gift to her guests as they packed their gift bags full of such an array of choices.

The horse ring was transformed into a lounge of sorts with haybale sofas strewn with pillows……turquoise coffee tables…….a bonfire brewing……and baskets of warm blankets to cuddle with.   They even had live music playing for their guests – inside and out….early in the evening and into the night!

This is what 1000 paper birds strung on string looks like….it made for a beautiful backdrop as it swayed a bit in the breeze.

Margaret selected some awesome vendors:  Slim Pickin’s Band – A Food Attitude Catering Company – Alex Bee Photography – and Mayflowers Florist.

The plans were made and executed.  The guests surely felt wanted and spoiled.  The mood was genuine and very supportive.  The newly weds were all smiles and “married.”  I deem it a successful day!

sparkler send off

I often think on this wedding and of Margaret and Russ.  I am not sure whether they are in Florida or Alabama (or both).  I can’t help but wish that they were down the street….they seem like family – as do so many of our brides do.  Maybe they will come visit sometime.                        ~ Margie

Southern Georgia Peach Wedding (Lindsey & Donald’s Wedding by Kenney Photography)

To take a first look at Lindsey and Donald – you see a very classy looking couple….and for sure – they were.  But this couple certainly had a fun side to them.  Fun with each other and a determination to have a wonderful upbeat time with their guest on wedding day.

Prep time with the girls at the farmhouse starts the day off with giggles and primping.  Decorating at the barn is being handled by me and Jill so it allows Lindsey just to have fun and of course to feel like a magazine model for a day with her photographer (Kenney Photography).  Every girl needs to have this opportunity.

funny early reveal

I don’t know the story behind this bit of a prank but this picture was part of their “early reveal” and it certainly gets the “most unique award” for the category.  As you can see – Lindsey and Donald like to think outside the box and put their own twist to things.

The wedding ceremony was under the grove – the men all looked so dapper in their deep navy attire – and the ladies – oooh, don’tcha just love that fuschia!

vintage wedding, vintage chair, vintage luggage

Decorating for Lindsey’s special day was a fun mix of vintage with a touch of elegance.  She wanted the old silver teapots for her table decor in honor of her mother.  She opted for the vintage china collection too to bring that bit of elegance then to her reception.  We had wash tins with vintage lace in them as the “gift tubs”.  We added touches of silver and fuschia everywhere.  She also wanted us to incorporate peaches in to the decor.  Though she wanted lots of babies breath for her flower bouquets she did love the idea of adding our Cox’s Comb fuchsia flowers to them to bring out the colors of her bridesmaid’s dresses.  That match up couldn’t have been any more perfect!  We added a touch of those same colors throughout – and wow….I love the way it turned out.

Part of the peach interest was that a good Georgia southern peach has that touch of fuschia in it plus Lindsey desperately wanted a peachy Sangria bar.  So – a Sangria Bar she got.  The funky sign and the old turquoise hutch made for a great bar set up so that guest could add whatever bits of fruit that they wanted.  Appetizer hour automatically became festive with the colors, the smells, the choices, and the wonderful food.

Plenty of dancing, laughing, food, and sparklers.  Mimi’s Guest House hosted the Honey Moon Suite – fortunately that photo session ended early!

 

 

sparkler send off barn wedding

The night ended but the journey has just begun.  Thank you Lindsey and Donald for sharing your day with us.                 ~ Margie

The Classic Southern Summer Wedding – Pics of Autumn & Evan by Jacquie Rives Photography

The day was September 5th – and by all accounts this was still a summer day.  The garden was in full bloom, flowers were strutting their colors, the days were warm and long and once again………love was in the air.

Autumn and Evan were that kind of couple that you had no trouble seeing on their faces how they felt about each other.  Not just smiles but there was delight….a twinkle in the eye.  Pictures do paint a thousand words.

 

Autumn was one of those brides that seemed to enjoy and actually relish each moment of the day.  No appearance of anxiousness or fretting but enjoyment.  She was intent in having fun and making memories all day long – and I think she succeeded. I am pretty sure that if the bride is happy on wedding day – likely everybody else at the venue is happy too!  Ya know, I think I like it when, as pictured above, the bride gets her wedding dress on without her bridesmaids around so they can come in and behold the site all at once.  So they can take it in all at once of the beautiful woman that now stands before them.

Autumn gave so much attention to the details of the decorating.  In fact, Autumn loves to decorate and coordinate weddings.  Likely one day she will have her own place and help make other brides’ day a happy and memorable one as well.  She collected vintage china for her reception.  She brought quilts for her haybale seating.  She had vintage tablecloths and even brought vintage teacups for a coffee bar.  She is a bride who knew what she wanted the details to look like and then enjoyed the time – the months of planning, prepping, buying, and even displaying them.  A girl after my own heart!  Her attention to these details surely was evident to the guests who came.  It was so “Autumn”…..so personal so her.

Everybody loves a good dessert smorgasbord and when it is laid out as pretty as this – it becomes a photographic gem to boot.  Does it all look scrumptious?

Jacquie Rives was her photographer and she was very generous with sharing her photos.  She took many detail shots that help paint the picture of the day.

Plenty of fun for all in the dancehall later in the evening with beautiful sparkler send off at the night’s end.

Another photo gallery that was way too difficult to select just a few.  Let me finish with a few of my favorite portrait shots of this beautiful bride, her fortunate husband, and of their classic southern summer wedding.

These photos are good enough to be submitted to one of those online wedding sites.  I hope that they will be.  Either way – they will make it easy for Autumn and Evan to remember this special day….and it lets the rest of you feel as if you had been there as well.  Thanks for sharing the photos and for making our farm look so good!                ~ Margie

My Memory Wall (Tribute to My Mother)

Well – it has been one year ago today that my sweet mother, Margie Willene Reynolds (a.k.a. “Mimi”), passed away.  In ways it feels like it was just a few months ago.  But I am fortunate in that there are so many things around the farm that remind me of her that it helps ease the pains.  She is infused – embedded with this place.  Here on the farm whether it is seeing her poppies or Cox’s Comb flowers blooming everywhere…..seeing that old park bench in the front flower bed where she would take a “sitting spell” after working up a sweat weeding her flower beds….adding a new colored bottle to her infamous bottle tree (she had this bottle tree LONG before it was cool to have such a thing in your yard)…..watching her old fashioned climbing rose bloom…..when I see bluebirds at their birdhouses or the hummingbirds begging for more food at her feeder…..sitting out on her screened in back porch…..looking towards High Point which was Moma’s beloved view to which seemed to anchor her here……or when I give each tour through her “Mimi’s Guest House”.  Opportunities abound to remember ………………………….and to smile.

 

As most of you know, I did a major make-over of her home earlier this year so that we could offer it for on-site lodging and wedding day usage.  I often to refer to it as my “therapy” as I tried so hard to not only do this renovation on a dime’s budget (oh, Moma would be tickled to know that I kept it on a tight budget) but it also gave me a creative outlet.  Mothers and daughters are a complicated duo.  So much alike – so much different – how do you reckon those two?  I did want to put my spin on things – my eclectic approach but I did not want to totally remove her either.  For the guests who come to Mimi’s Guest House (named in her honor of course), little do they know that this was once an old lady’s home.  Little do they know that there are touches of Mimi everywhere.

Her kitchen strainer becomes a pendant light cover….her revamped bookcases displaying many of her favorite books and china…..her brass chandelier repainted and given new life…..her hope chest from her childhood as a coffee table……her father’s dresser and her teapots set out as decor items……her old quilt on the back of a porch rocking chair…….her bed frame repainted to take on a whole new vibe….the auction flier from 1976 where they purchased the farm framed and posted…..some of her heirloom pictures and many of her own pieces of art hung on the walls….and the infamous “American Gothic” pose of Moma and Daddy with the tattered and torn old farmhouse in the background….and more.

One of the most heartfelt projects on this house though is what I refer to as “My Memory Wall.”

As you enter the foyer you have stairs going up and stairs going down.  There was old torn wallpaper on both sides – chest high and down.  As I pondered the possibilities of how to redo this, none of the traditional options clicked.  I then remembered one of the neat memories of our first year at the farm (back in 1976…..I was 18).  The old farmhouse had decrepit steps going from the main floor down to the root celler.  To help add a touch of “old-fashioned insulation” to this area – they had glued old newspapers in-between the studs in this stairwell.  The cool part was that it was from 1939.  We had a blast looking at that (ooooh, I wish I had kept part of it now….).  Funny seeing how much a piano went for – what “modern” meant back then in regards to a refrigerator or stove – what unusual classified ads were included.  Anyway – being inspired with this memory, I set out to do the same, in essence.  My mother was just shy of a pack rat of sorts.  She kept tons of pictures, memorabilia, old magazines, old encyclopedias, old letters, boxes and boxes of them…….to which I needed (and did) sort through after her death.  What to do with all of this?  It all meant something to her but keeping it all was so not practical when there were many others items to ponder their fate as well.  Ah, a memory wall.

To the casual “passerby” it looks like a funky “vintage farm” wallpaper.  I did try to disguise my purpose a bit.  I used old encyclopedias and cut out old farm pictures – cows, old tractors, cowboys, old farmers and such.  But – I also infused much more.  Look closely and you can see some photos of my mother – when a child with her dog, out on her lawn ready for prom, plowing the fields behind the mule….and more. Vintage newspaper clippings – love letters from my dad to her in their newlywed years – a classified advertisement for our Chattanooga home when it went up for sale before moving to the farm – pages from her infant baby book – pages from her childhood reader.

I added some zingers too….fun things!  Like a drawing from my brother, Terry, who drew their new house sitting out in the field with embedded old tires as “landscaping edges”….with a broke car out  front and such (bottom left).  He had told my parents that they were turning into Green Acres (that 70’s TV show about a couple of New Yorkers moving to the country).  So he drew it on the fly – gave it to Moma – got a good laugh out of it – but she kept it stashed away for all of those years…and now….it lives on the wall FOREVER!!!  I added the newspaper clipping that she had kept of the “engagement announcement for me and David from 1980.  I added one of our horse pedigree papers and even one of David’s grandfather’s pig pedigree papers (who knew pigs had pedigrees?).  Most people know of “Where is Waldo?” but here at the farm…..it is a fun exercise of the wit to come sit on the stairs and do a “Where is Mimi?” investigation.  The grandkids have fun pointing to a bare-butted kid and saying “Is this Mimi????” to which I say “nope – that is not her butt,” but they keep looking and do find pictures of her.  It gives us an opportunity to talk about her – see her as a young vibrant woman – tell stories of the past – and smile.

Mimis Guest House

 

I am indeed fortunate.  A walk through my own home which reveals things of hers that I so cherish as well.  Toll painted cutting boards she made back in the 60’s, a cupboard full of her china painted plates and vessels…..and much of her paintings both oil and watercolor – most of them were of her beloved farm.

So you can see….my mother was a talented woman with a multitude of interests.  She is gone but not forgotten.  Yes – today is a bit melancholy but how blessed I am to have a mother like her….and as time passes on – I realize it more and more.  Her influence was broad, her loving attention to others is renown, and her legacy continues.   Thanks for this indulgence in the more personal side of things…..giving me the opportunity to tout her helps me quite a bit today – it is almost like writing a letter to her to say “I love you.”

~Margie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bit of Multi-Cultural, A Bit International, A Bunch of Love (Photos from Kelly & Ken by Cooper and Co. Photography)

Unique weddings happen quite often here at the farm.  Some are high flutin’ and some are simple….some have a Bohemian flair and others are very elegant and chic…..some have 200 guests while some are intimate with 50……some have guests who are mainly local and some have guests from all corners of the world.  Ken and Kelly’s wedding certainly stands out in unique ways even beyond what we have seen before.

The two met while in college here in Georgia.  Ken’s parents are from Africa and have lived in Georgia now for quite some time.  The barn held guests with such diversity – many guest had flown over from Africa just for this occasion…..family on both sides of the aisle were intent in coming and showing support for this couple.  Maybe on the surface it looks as though this couple has many differences but just the opposite is true.  Faith – family – and love…..all the essentials were there…..and more.

There was such attention to detail at this wedding.  Turquoise painted bottles, antiques and heirlooms, peach and turquoise hints of color added here and there, varying shades of turquoise dresses, a hanging chandelier for the ceremony, hand-painted table numbers, cutesy straws, window pane seat assignments, and more.

Of course she had bridesmaids and him with groomsmen.  Yes – the men were all very dapper (so smart to let the groomsmen not have their jackets) and the women gorgeous (love, love the varying shades of colors of her bridesmaids dresses)….but what a solid group of friends Ken and Kelly have!  During the toasts, it was full of laughs and lots and lots of praise for the character of both of them.  What a rare thing to have such a support system to begin their new life together.

Oh, let me mention the cake.  Kudos, major kudos to Sugar Chic Bakery!  Wow…..what a beauty – how stunning.   I don’t think I have seen one quite like it before.  I didn’t get a taste of it – it must’ve been truly amazing taste wise too for it was all consumed.  I inserted this photo on a large scale so you can see it close up – and get amazed….and salivate.

shades of turquoise wedding cake, barn wedding,Photos by CooperandCoPhotography.com

 

 

The bride and groom were all game with pictures.  If Kelly wasn’t a model prior to coming to the farm – she should become one…and even Ken seemed to take naturally to all of this posing.  Maybe he just shines around Kelly.

And the families – oh what fun they were.  I went up and asked Ken’s dad, “So….have you ever been to a barn wedding before?” to which he replied, “Indeed –  weddings in my country (*** and so sorry that I cannot remember which country he said) most of the weddings are barn weddings.”  Of course I was so surprised….for I was just so positive that this whole farm wedding thing…in the barn reception thing…..was SO foreign to him…but NO!  He said, “Barns are the largest buildings so naturally they would host weddings.”  So – no fret – no sweat….they were having a delightful time.  Kelly even changed towards late evening into the traditional garb of her husband’s family…..and cut the rug on the dance floor.  Two families had become one.

Their photographer, Sonja with Cooper and Co. Photographers was new to the farm.  She was on cloud nine from the moment she arrived till she left at the nights end.  She told me, “I feel like I hit the lottery!”  She was so excited about shooting here at the farm and having this amazing multi-cultural and international flair wedding shoot.  She remarked how easy it was to photograph Kelly…..”she makes it easy for me…..she knows how to pose and change angles.”  And shoot she did.  She was so generous in sharing the gallery with us…many many detail shots.

 

So the night ended….as they do…..but this group – we just knew that they were one of the special ones.  Kelly and Ken – I hope you come to the farm again.  Grab your photographer again, visit the farm, and take those maternity photos when the time comes!…..we would so love to see you guys again and I hope you know how blessed we were to have you part of farm history!                                                                                                               ~Margie

 

Remembering the Sunflowers (Megan and Brett’s Wedding by In His Image Photo)

As fall embraces the farm and a few perennials lingers, it is fitting to look back at one of our mid-summer weddings.  Megan and Brett’s wedding took advantage of the massive sunflowers blooms that dotted our garden and fields.  These large multicolored sunflowers almost look photo-shopped here but of course were not.  Nothing quite sunflowers – that just know how to make a splash.

Megan’s mom……..was a very good friend to my own mother so when we heard that she was anxious to have her wedding here at the farm (and she has been wanting this for years now…..), we were happy to find a suitable date for her and her fiance, Brett.  There was a lot of “family and friends” involvement in this wedding and I think they did an amazing job.

I love the way they dolled up the rustic arbor.  That touch of elegance made a statement for this ceremony.  The guys were dapper in their vests – and so smart of Megan to not dress them in coats for this July ceremony.

Megan’s wedding gown choice was superb – and fit her to a tee – as you can see.  The lace and the open back – wow….very lovely.

This was a very happy and cheerful bunch as a bridal party.  I hope that Brett and Megan know how fortunate they are to have such a treasure…..of supportive family and friends…..as they start their new life.

It is always good to have In His Image Photography back again.  She has this talent for making her brides at ease…and she can find those sweet spots around the farm – those that can produce photos like this…..gorgeous!              ~Margie

Marissa and Cole – Vintage Summertime Wedding (by KC Photography)

I met Marissa and Cole when they came to do their engagement photos here at the farm.  We took some time to talk about how to decorate for her wedding.   I knew then that Marissa and her wedding would be a delight to plan.  …we love so many of the same things.  She had some treasures she wanted to infuse into the layout (love it when they bring some of their own things that are personal to them).  She wanted vintage – and lace – and turquoise – touch of deep orange – lots of vibrant color.  She had a great line up of vendors – and good plan – and for sure – a wonderful fiance who made Marissa laugh.  Just look at his expression (above).  She looks tickled pink and he struts with pride.  They were as cute as can be with their engagement pictures – let me show a couple of my favorites here.

So wedding day was no different than I had imagined.  Marissa had a smile on her from the moment she arrived till the final departure.  Her wedding dress was stunning…lots of layers.  Classy, clean lines, great fitting, and  it actually looked like it would be fun to wear and dance in!  It looked beautiful on the hanger………………..

and it certainly looked beautiful on Marissa.  Marissa looked like a perfect little china-doll…..beautiful skin, I might add.  She knew how to pose which made taking stunning photos much easier for KC Photography – new to the farm.

Marissa had very supportive bridesmaids as well.  Their pale smoky turquoise dresses really popped with her bouquet color choices.  Love it!  Not to overlook the handsome men….they were lookers too.

Her style was what I refer to as rustic chic…..a touch of vintage – no quilts or burlap……clean and elegant…..lots of color and lanterns and votives.  Fun fun!  Humphrey Florist did an amazing job on the floral urns, pergola garland, and bouquets – so stunning.  We dressed up her head table with lots of doilies, moss, unique vintage china pieces as bud vases, and colored goblets.  My goodness – she even had a piano brought in and set up in the grove for ceremony music.

Doesn’t this look like a fun wedding to go to?  It was!  Pretty sure that everyone had a grand time – I know that Marissa and Tyler did.

Colors were vibrant – dresses were stunning – food was delicious but most importantly – Marissa and Cole continually demonstrated their love for each other…..giving sweet looks at each other during the day and lots of chuckles too. They glowed in each others presence.  Their love story was their past,  as well as their special day, and the beginning of their future.  What a cute adorable couple…..look at their faces.

Thank you KC Photography (and Marissa) for sharing these amazing photos with us.  It was easy to relive this special days.  You definitely made our farm look beautiful – and thank you for all of the detail shots too.  Come to the farm anytime.

Food Works Food Review

I warned – I threatened – yep, I did!  Food Works catered for the Sandy wedding last weekend.  What a big production it all was.  They hauled in a huge hot box contraption and even rolled in a smoker type grill to help “finish off” some of their entrees.  So as I finally made it to the buffet “wagon” right before they were going to break down for the night – I asked them if I could make a plate – to sample their delicacies.

I warned them that it had to be awesome before I would blog about them….but that I promised that I would sing to the hills if it was delicious.  The staff had no problem in offering me food and felt quite confident that it was going to meet with my high expectations.  I am not a gourmet connoisseur but I do sample most of the food that comes here to the farm – partly out of necessity after a long days work and partly out of obligation to make sure that our Vendor Suggestion Page is kept pure and legit.  The staff has to be professional – capable – and respect our property.  The food and its presentation has to dazzle visually but ultimately….food needs to delight…..Am I right?….or am I right?

Well – I now wish that I had taken a photo of my plate.  Prime rib, cheesy grits and shrimp, and asparagus….a wonderful menu selection by our bride -for sure.  Prime rib was tender – tasty – pink as it should be without looking raw – and served at a proper temperature.  Cheesy grits and shrimp – delightful and the asparagus still had a touch of crunch to it but sauteed to taste.  Too tasty not to sing about here on the blog….and actually…..quite a feat that at the very end of the line and towards the end of the day that the food still was as delicious as it should be.  Food Works was determined to produce a memorable gourmet feast….and they succeeded.  Guests were free with their comments of how impressed they were with the food in our non-restaurant environment.  We do allow our brides to choose their vendors but our recommendations are to use our resources with our vendor suggestions.  Food Works is on our list and in fact, they even partnered with us this year with the Hawthorne Publication brochure. (Thank you Food Works!) They are also a great option for rehearsal dinner dining.  I can verify first hand that they are still up to par and will please your discriminating pallet…..I am quite confident of that.

 

Now……hum……….wonder which caterer is coming this weekend!  Oh yes – Events With Taste…..another one of our favorites.  My work is never done – LOL!                                                                   ~Margie

 

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Those Bits of Flair – Here and There (Kennedy & Tyler by Imago Photography)

Tyler and Kennedy – what a couple.  This was just a fun wedding to witness from all sorts of angles.  The picture above is stunning – with the gorgeous skyline in the background and the loving couple kissing in the foreground.  Tyler in his cowboy duds and Kennedy like a Southern princess – this day was dotted with bits of flair here and there.  All of those personal touches is one of the things that made this wedding stand out.

 

As the photos attest, much thought was put into the vision of this day.  The family heirlooms on the church pews, vintage hankies for “happy tears”, and those gorgeous turquoise boots!  And Tyler – a good ole’ boy – who looked so snazzy in his duds – sure did adore his bride, Kennedy…it shows.

Imago Photography is one of our regulars.  Their work certainly speaks for itself but I must say…there is magic here in these photos.  I love this next one of Kennedy.

Another beautiful day – gorgeous wedding – barn full of happy family and friends – and a happy new couple started their new chapter here at the farm.  And look – she even got to kiss the goat………..luck is coming her way!

    ~Margie

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