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Orange Spring Sculpture Farm Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 02, 2013

Zia & Coley 

May 4  

Woodside, California 

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From the bride: “When Coley graduated from Trinity 10 years ago, he saw most of his economics major friends moving to New York for investment banking jobs and wasn’t that excited to follow them. He decided to hang his hat on his minor in Chinese and try his luck in Shanghai. Five years later, on the other side of the world in San Francisco, I started to get the same restless feeling and decided to ask my firm for a transfer to the most far-flung office I could think of; Shanghai. Strangely many people asked me whether I thought I was likely to meet someone while abroad. I wasn’t overly concerned about dating at the time, but I would always tell them that it seemed to me that interesting, adventurous, ambitious people came to Shanghai from all over the world and that seemed like a good start. I had no idea I would meet someone so perfect for me so quickly though. Not 3 months after I moved to Shanghai, Coley and I met through mutual friends while getting foot massages on a lazy Saturday afternoon. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at the same massive New Year’s Eve party. We danced together all night and never looked back.

Runnymede is just an amazing property, and I have always felt so lucky to have been able to spend so much time there through my life. The Rosekrans have been family friends of ours since before I was born, and I spent countless childhood Easters, Halloweens, and summer weekends running wild through those hills, climbing sculptures, and dancing late into the night in the barn. As luck would have it one of Coley’s aunts also happened to live only a few miles away, which made the area feel connected to both of us. When the Rosekrans offered to let us hold the wedding at Runnymede, it was an absolutely obvious choice. We couldn’t have asked for more on our wedding day than to share such a special place with the people that mean the most to us in the world.

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Rustic Purple Summer Farm Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2013

Darla & Philip

August 17 

Bethany, Illinois  

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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 wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!

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

1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.

2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.

3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.

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

Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!

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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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