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Elegant Lavender Fall Farm Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 06, 2013

Jo Ellen & Chuck

September 23

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Chuck and I fell in love with Cedarwood when we first visited. We fell in love with the peaceful feeling it evoked, and the beautiful country landscape. Mooncake Lake was just the perfect place for our first look. We were both born and raised in Tennessee, and Cedarwood felt like home. It was elegant without being stuffy. The staff also played a major role. They were wonderful, creative, and professional and provided the one stop shop approach we were looking for.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The flowers and table setting — they were the perfect mixture of flowers we love, moss, succulents and natural elements.

2. The reception in the barn — a bluegrass trio that plays at a local coffee shop where we live played  (they actually got married in the barn after our ceremony/before dinner), lovely food, and our signature drink GoGo Juice. Just walking back to greet our friends and family after we were married was a real moment for both of us. Our friends wrote greetings/words of wisdom on river stones and left them there for us and then tossed one in the river and made a wish for us. All just magical!

3. We decide not to go with a standard catered meal. We chose to have the meal grilled: steak, salmon, and chicken. The food smelled delicious cooking and the presentation was beautiful. It just felt like a home party — very comfortable. People told us it was the best steak they ever had!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

For both of us it was the first look. We chose to see each other before the wedding at MoonCake Lake, which is a beautiful little lake at the top of a hill at Cedarwood. Chuck stood on the dock overlooking the water wondering if I was walking up behind him. He kept asking Mary (photographer) if I was coming. For me walking upon him with such anticipation and excitement, I was thrilled to touch his shoulder, have him turn around and us finally see each other. The pictures were priceless and the moment, one we will never forget.

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Rustic Gray and Yellow Summer Farm Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 25, 2013

Katie & Andy

June 22

Hanover, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We had our reception at the Hoop Barn located on my family’s dairy farm. When it was built years ago, I told my family if I get married the reception will be at that barn. It’s a beautiful setting in a wheat field. I mentioned it to Andy after the engagement and since he is a farmer he was all for the idea!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The draping at the barn. It set the tone for the venue. It gave the barn a dramatic feel and was breathtaking as the guests walked in.

2. The cake display, so cute! The wedding cake was on a wine barrel, and the cupcake stands were on surrounding crates with an adorable backdrop in the colors we used for our wedding.

3. Taking pictures at the original family farm homestead by the old barns and wheat field between the ceremony and reception. The property has been in the family for more than 100 years and to have wedding pictures taken there was meaningful.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

It may sound cliche, but the wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The church is absolutely beautiful! Seeing the pews filled with family and friends to witness the exchanging of vows still gives me chills.

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Enchanting Purple and Green Farm Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 12, 2013

April & Teddy

May 25

Nashville, Tennessee 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Well, when we picked the venue, there really wasn’t much to look at – just a pile of dirt because the venue hadn’t even been built yet. When we sat down to talk to the owners, they shared their vision with us, and I was hooked. They just had such a passion for what they wanted to do for their brides. I knew it was the place for us the second I met them. We booked the venue with nothing but faith in two women we just met. And they gave us everything they promised and much much more!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The flowers first and foremost! They were perfect. I didn’t even know what they were going to look like until the day of my wedding. I gave the florist creative freedom to do what she wanted. I just told her that I wanted people to feel “enchanted,” and she captured it perfectly. Mint Springs added lanterns and beautiful lighting to the reception, which helped create the perfect atmosphere. They also used tree branches and a lot of greenery to give off that “enchanted forest” feel. I loved every bit of the reception decor.

3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding what would it be?

Let go of control! By the time we were halfway through our engagement, I think I changed my mind on colors, themes and decor about three times. I couldn’t make decisions about anything. I had an idea of how I wanted things to look and feel, but didn’t know how to carry it out. So finally, I just told my vendors to “surprise me.” They are in the business for a reason and are darn good at what they do. If you give them creative freedom and trust them to do a good job, they will absolutely go above and beyond to prove it and will love you for it.

4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

The first look between my husband and I was simply perfect. Mint Springs Farm has this adorable greenhouse next to the bridal suite, and my photographer, Rae Marshall, thought it would be a great idea to use it for our first look photos. The pictures turned out flawless because Rae was able to capture both of our reactions. The look on his face when he turned around was something I’ll never forget. Plus, I loved doing a first look because it gave us a chance to have a romantic moment before the crowd of people got there.

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Blush Summer Farm Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 11, 2013

Brittney & Arron

June 8

Monroe, North Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew we wanted a venue that was outdoors, had a country or rustic feel, and had water somewhere nearby.  So, when we discovered Morning Glory Farm online and went to go tour it, we fell in love right away. It had everything we were looking for.  It was outdoors, it had the country feel, and the pond behind the ceremony site just topped it off. The biggest thing that sold us most was the owner, Nan.  She welcomes you in, and you atomically feel like you’ve known her your entire life.  Not only was the farm matchless, but also Nan’s sweet and bubbly personality helped to reassure we had found the perfect spot to say, ‘I do.”

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our cross and kneeling bench from the ceremony.  The cross symbol in its self was very meaningful to us within our faith in Jesus Christ, and we wanted to definitely let it be present throughout the ceremony.  The cross was made by our coordinator and her family, and Aaron and my brother-in-law made the kneeling bench for communion, which made it even more special. 
 
2. Our wedding invitations were handmade. We designed them ourselves, had them printed professionally, and then decorated all of them with doilies and lace as a special personal touch.  I incorporated the doilies throughout the entire wedding by using them with the invitations, the programs, and as place settings at the reception.  
 
3. Southern style food is our all time favorite.  We knew we wanted BBQ, chicken, and southern fixings to serve to our guests.  We chose Jim ‘N’Nicks BBQ out of Concord and could not have been more pleased with the outcome.  The food was amazing, and we have heard nothing short of great things about our dinner choice and caterer.  

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

When it was time to get on the carriage and go see my groom.  As I started walking down the aisle, it became true that everything else doesn’t matter any more.  I was so excited to see him and for him to see me.  I knew at that moment, it was really happening, and we were fixing to be married, fixing to spend the rest of our lives as one.  It was a special moment and something I hope I never forget.  

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Country Chic Summer Farm Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 05, 2013

Hilary & Justin

August 18

Beal City, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We had our wedding at my parents’ home, which is a small farm. It is a beautiful property, with the perfect intimate location for a ceremony by a large spring-fed pond. We had considered a few other venues so my family could avoid the stress of having a large wedding at their house, but we knew it had to be at my parent’s house when, during a family meeting on the issue, the future groom stated: “When I proposed, I intended to marry Hilary at the pond.” How could you say no to that?!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The Queen Anne’s Lace, which grows wild, and looked lovely in many of our pictures.The bolo ties that the groom, groomsmen, and father of the bride sported for the wedding.
  2. The groom’s bolo tie was a family heirloom, and the rest of the bolo ties were handmade by the groom’s mother. So handsome!
  3. The bride’s father and brother had been arguing for weeks about lawn care and the optimal day to do a final mowing of the lawn before the wedding. We can’t remember who ended up winning the argument, but on the day of the wedding the lush, green lawn was striking!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our ceremony was so amazing and meaningful, and it contained the one moment of the wedding day I (the bride) cannot stop thinking about: Holding the groom’s hands while the officiant was discussing all the ways his hands would support me in our future life together, I noticed that my tough-as-nails groomsman brother was crying.

 

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