The Sweet Tea Society was something designed and created by the ladies who publish Southern Weddings magazine. It gets back to the true meaning of southern and weddings in the south and here at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm, we would have to say that we believe all of the following to be true. You should never be too busy for a front porch chat or a glass of sweet tea.
The best part: We believe that planning for a wedding means planning for more than just one day; that there is nothing on earth more important than family, and that while details are nice, true love always, always wins.
Yesterday Duncan and I sat down here at The Barn and took a real hard, deep look on ourselves and The Barn.
We looked at the core of Crooked Pines Farm and what we want our clients to experience here. It is scary running a business. There is always this fear that it might fail. There are risks you have to take. Those risks can lead to success or failure, you never really know until you take them.
Duncan Criscoe built Crooked Pines Farm on family and southern hospitality. The people who attend the events on the farm are loyal supporters of the farm because they are treated like family and BECOME FAMILY. We aren't perfect and we don't try to be. Family isn't perfect.
Well, then The Barn was built. Talk about a risk right there...
So we have booked 14 weddings from now till 2015, that's great. That's awesome. We are beyond thrilled, but you want to know why we are so excited!? Those wedding mean that there are 14 couples that are going to BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY. Some of them already have.
You see, we aren't your average venue. We might not be the right fit for everybody, but you better believe that you WILL become a part of the Crooked Pines Farm family here.
So come on over and let's sit outside in the rocking chairs and chat over some sweet tea & pecan pie. That's what we would do when our family comes over and you just became a part of it.
Y'all we have so many good things in store for 2013! I can't wait for you to see all the projects that we will be completing around The Barn/The Farm! One is hopefully going to be completed Tuesday and you will get a peak of it at our Vendor Showcase on January 19 from 12-5! Hint: it is an item that has been shown to us a bazillion times and we are going to make it happen here at The Barn and have is available for YOU to rent for your wedding!
So far we have added to the rental collection for The Barn with two church pews, twinkly lights, and whiskey barrels. More in store, so keep a lookout on our blog and see what all we are acquiring!
The Georgia Bridal Show was our first attempt at showing off our gorgeous barn for all to see. There is a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes in order to prepare for a show. A lot of emails go back and forth and a lot of time is invested. Here is a sneak peak into what it took to put on a successful show!
Owner, Duncan Criscoe brainstormed awhile back on what would be a unique way to display our barn in a 10x10 space. His friend Tom helped make his vision come to life, as well as, Spirit the turkey. They were able to build a very unique display, that might even become a potential rental item for ceremonies. :)
We worked hours upon hours trying to decide the material that we wanted to design that would help portray The Barn and the Lake Oconee area. We also took some Southern Weddings reading/brainstorming breaks in between all the Photoshop & Indesign time.
We finally decided on what we were going to do for our marketing material and proceeded to get 500 bazillion postcards made, all while revamping our website and designing our first trade show banner!
Owner Angela Criscoe brainstormed about what southern foods would be perfect to reflect our venue. You gotta admit, everyone loves free food. So she whipped up some sample pecan pies that were TO DIE FOR. We ended up not doing them, but they were still delicious to eat as a snack that day at work!
The Sew Zone is awesome. Toni and Christine are just beyond great and we are so excited for all the items that they will be having available for our brides to utilize. They sewed us a burlap table runner so that we could use it on our table that was going to be in the booth. It was beautiful, just beautiful!
We then hopped on over to Deer Run to chat with our preferred vendor Ken! He was beyond generous with the flowers he supplied for us and I about died when I saw this gorgeous arrangement! Let me tell you, it was definitely an eye catcher at the bridal show! His work is fantastic and we cannot wait to see all the gorgeous flower arrangements he will be creating for our 2013 brides!
We are small y'all. A lot of what we do, we do ourselves. We ordered 1,000 postcards to display our information and we wanted them to be memorable, so we hole punched 1000 holes and tied 500 twine knots in order for everyone to get a small glance of The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm.
At 9:00 Sunday morning we met at The Barn to load up existing items that Duncan and Tom had not taken to Atlanta the day before. In our matching black shirts with our Crooked Pines Farm logo we chatted and met so many great brides. It was quite an exhausting and exhilarating few hours. We were so thankful to everyone who stopped by who was just as excited about our venue as we were!
It was a fun day for The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm and we are just tickled to death that 2013 has started off on such a great note!
To see some of the brides who stopped by our booth, check our our Facebook page here!
We are so excited that our FIRST bridal show is coming up THIS SUNDAY at the Cobb Galleria Centre from 12-5. Our booth built by Owner Duncan Criscoe and friend Tom have gone above and beyond in capturing The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm.
We took our 4,000+ sq. ft. Barn and designed a structure that will fit into a 10x10 space to give you a glimpse of what your wedding would potentially look like at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm.
I want to reveal pictures so badly of what our booth is going to look like, but you will just have to come visit us at Booth #125 Sunday in order to check it out. We will be offering $250 off our wedding packages.
If you can't make it Sunday, don't stress. We would love to see you January 19 from 12-5 at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. We will be hosting A Southern Bridal Affair with all of our preferred vendors. RSVP by Jan. 16 to 706.347.0274 if you would like to make a s
Well 2012 was quite the blur after The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm opened its doors in August. With two weddings behind us and 14 in front of us we are just tickled to death about what 2013 is going to have in store.
We have met and worked with so many great vendors so far and we just want to thank all of you for helping The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm tackle the wedding industry head on. We look forward to working with each and every one of y'all in 2013!
Drew from Goodwin Events has been such a huge help when it came to assisting Crooked Pines Farm in following the Pinterest trends and helping with potential rental items!
Nancy Kuperberg from No Regrets Events is by far one of the sweetest and most talented wedding planners we have met.
Judy Lesson from At Your Service Catering has assisted in numerous events we have had here and she is always just a pleasure to go hang out with at her country kitchen! Not to mention her food is delicious and her staff is delightful!
Ken from Deer Run Farm helped to make the opening of our barn gorgeous with his beautiful and unique arrangements! He has been such a huge help to Crooked Pines Farm and we are so thankful to have such talent so close!
Pitter from Pitter Production Ink Photography captured our first wedding so beautifully and those photos are what you see on our website and marketing material. We are just so thankful that we get the pleasure to work with such a unique and fun person!
Maryllis Wolfgang is someone who captured The Barn at its best and we are just blown away by the gorgeous photography that she produced of the farm (animals included!).
Toni & Christine from The Sew Zone assisted in helping the Crooked Pines Farm staff start stylin' and profilin' in our new embroidered Crooked Pines Farm attire. They have been a huge inspiration on following Pinterest trends on monogrammed table runners and takeaway gifts!
Now this is a handful compared to the ones who have supported Crooked Pines Farm and helped to make it what it is today. The little "shout-outs" do not do justice to the amount of gratitude that the Crooked Pines Farm Family feels towards these vendors and how they have helped introduce us to the "wedding industry". So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful 2012 and we can't wait to see what the future holds!
We are The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. We believe in family & southern hospitality. We believe in hand written notes, sweet tea, and long porch chats. We want you to become a part of our family too.