Melinda & Zach
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When we first viewed Nash Farms and saw the beautiful natural backdrop, we knew this was the place for our wedding. My husband is a history nerd, so the historical nature of Nash Farms appealed to us. It was cool that we were able to wed in a location that some of the Civil War took place. We had lots of really neat places for photo ops; hay bales, barns, rolling hills and oak trees.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I knew from the beginning I wanted a country chic wedding, so I began my search for antique teal Ball Mason jars. My mom took a trip to Kentucky to visit family and came back with lots of them. It was fun collecting them throughout the year, each one was unique.
2. Instead of a traditional toast, I wanted to do a coke toast. Nothing is better than an ice cold coke in a glass bottle on a hot summer evening. This was a great moment in the wedding, as Zach’s brother was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor, and they were the ones to toast us.
3. My colors were teal and tan. I wanted to incorporate that into a fun candy bar for the guests, so they could take home a little piece of the day. I picked out candy that matched the theme and other candy that was our favorite. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats!
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
My one piece of advice would be getting a great photographer. It is definitely worth the money! If you don’t think your budget will allow, make changes. I couldn’t be happier with Tate, she was amazing. She helped us feel relaxed, and she knew how to capture the look of my wedding even better than I did.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Zach and I waited a long time for this day, and we wanted to make “our” moment very special. Before I started to come down the aisle, his brother tapped him on the shoulder to turn around. It was a perfect moment between the two of us that our guests got to witness. This moment, along with me seeing all my loved ones and friends sitting in the audience had us both in tears. They were happy tears, and I will treasure this moment forever!
Sarah & Richard
Q & A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The horse barn. I had said from the very beginning that I wanted to get married in a barn and it was the perfect combination of rustic elegance meets country.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My dress, it was the first one I tried on
The tree we were married under was full of wonderful fall colors
A last-minute sign that my dad and Richard made for the entrance to our venue.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Be flexible. No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong but just embrace it.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
This is a tough one. it would have to be between when I saw my husband for the first time during our sneak peek or listening to all the toasts made by sweet friends and family. It meant the world to us to have all the ones we hold close to our hearts at our wedding.
Caitlin & Jeff
From the Photographer:
“I was very excited to shoot Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding knowing that it was going to be just a little different than the traditional. We eagerly arrived early afternoon at the family farm, and we knew immediately we were in for a treat from how calm everyone was, even the dogs, who greeted us. The ceremony was held on the front lawn – the location held a special place in the couple’s hearts. Caitlin and Jeff arrived at the outdoor reception in a candy red vintage ford. By then, the clouds had lifted, guests mingled amongst the hand-picked and crafted vintage decor and the tent was glowing with garden lights, colorful bunting, hay bails, and eclectic seating at each table.
There was a certain magic in the air that evening that I can’t really describe, you could feel the love. It was like we were attending a long overdue family reunion more than a wedding and thats the way Caitlin and Jeff wanted it. Guests were treated to a superb meal from a local catering company buffet with an build your own appetizer burrito station, to endless gourmet salads and corn on the cob to top it off. It seemed like the buffets went on forever. A homemade pie station ended the perfect meal.
After dinner, everyone’s hearts filled up with touching speeches (I think the photographers even cried!), we saw people hugging, smiling, and lots of watery eyes. A little fire pit outside kept people cozy while everyone danced without any hesitation. You could hear the laughter and guests singing out loud until it was time for us to wrap up and head home. We ended the night with one last shot – the bride and groom in a bohemian tent under the stars. Everything was perfect.” – Clint Russell of Renaissance Studios Photography
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Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.
Photo by Evin Photography
“We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Wedding Venues
Tags: ballroom weddings, Beach Weddings, California Weddings, Farm Weddings, Florida Weddings, Illinois Weddings, Indiana Weddings, Maryland Weddings, Modern Weddings, North Carolina Weddings, Texas Weddings, Vineyard Weddings, Wedding Venues
Looking for a wedding venue that fits your needs can be one of the trickiest (and unfortunately, stressful) parts of wedding planning. Happily, once you’ve booked your venue, the rest of the planning process will fall into place easily (we promise!). But how do you even start searching for a wedding site? First, you’ll need to pick what venue “style” most suits your personality. Here’s a mini-glossary of wedding venue types to help you get started. And don’t forget to check out our Vendor Reviews to find the perfect wedding locale near you.
Photo by Anna and Spencer Photography
Ballroom: Want a wedding that’s grand, elegant, and formal? There’s nothing like a richly appointed ballroom. Ideal for black-tie weddings with a big guest list, ballrooms (either in hotels or other historic sites), often have in-house catering and rentals to make the planning process a snap. But it’s important to note: When choosing a color scheme for a ballroom wedding, you’ll have to take the room’s permanent fixtures into account – from the carpeting to the chandeliers to the wall color. You wouldn’t want your flowers and other decor to clash with what’s already there.
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Tags: Backyard Weddings, ballroom weddings, barn wedding weddings, Beach Weddings, Country Club Weddings, Farm Weddings, Garden Weddings, loft weddings, Modern Weddings, Museum Weddings, Vineyard Weddings, Wedding Venues