On Saturday, June 28, Blue-eyed Soulstress Diane Durrett with Special Guest Connor Pledger filled our 4000+ square foot barn venue with their soulful vocals, strong original songs and raw talent. Durrett, a singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, and Gregg Allman as well as opened for Tina Turner, Faith Hill and Jimmy Hall. Durrett’s discography includes an energy-driven breakthrough album,
acoustically-driven collection, an album with groove, as well as a holiday CD in 2012. Not only an artist, Durrett
has used her talents to produce, co-write music with those like Jerry Ragovoy, and author a book. Singing from
her soul, Durrett entertained the audience with her southern wit and brought forth a show like no other. Accompanied by musical extraordinaire, Junebug, Durrett played her guitar as sounds from cajon, tambourine and djembe drum echoed behind her.
Pledger, who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, is not a new face to the Lake Oconee area. Playing at Bone Island Grillhouse as well at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Pledger lays his heart right out on the stage at each of his shows opening his audience to his emotion-driven lyrics and genuine soul that made this singer-songwriter a perfect complement to The Barn. Pledger’s unmistakably unique voice brought forth memories of the sounds
of Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers to those in attendance. When Pledger hit the stage, the audience awed at the maturity of his voice and his raw musical talent. With wit and wisdom, Pledger entertained guests prior to Durrett’s performance.
Live Music in the Pines, a concert series showcasing top notch artists, will host their August installment at Crooked Pines Farm, located at 355 Harmony Road in Eatonton, Georgia. If you missed out on this intimate concert and are looking forward to the next, then join us on Saturday, August 23rd. Tickets will be $30 and the evening will include a concert featuring Tommy Talton with special guest Hannah Thomas, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.livemusicinthepines.com.
A fabulous and fun Friday afternoon welcomed the wedding of Kendra and Scott here at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. Following a day of relaxing and girl time, Kendra’s bridesmaids donned their teal blue dresses as Kendra took her place in her beautiful lace gown. Once the groom and his men were bow tied-up, everyone was lined up within the barn for the processional. Leading the group was Scott with their close friend and officiant, Mike. As the rest of the wedding party took their place up front, the doors were closed and reopened for the grand entrance of the bride as the sun shone down as brightly as her smile.
Guests then witnessed Kendra and Scott exchange hand-written vows to one another talking about their love for the other person and the commitment they were making that day. No matter how hard guests tried, not many were left with dry eyes after watching the two speak no truer words to their soon to be spouse. As another symbol of their love, Kendra and Scott tied a knot in a rope as Mike read the significance behind this gesture.
After the couple was announced as man and wife, the guests stepped to the side lawn while the family and wedding party posed for pictures by photographer Johna Griswell of Johna Griswell Photography. When it was time for DJ Gerald Allen, of The TC Show DJ & Entertainment Group, to announce the wedding party, guests were given a real
treat as each pairing did a little dance to a specially selected song upon entering the dance floor. Guests then lined up for a delicious spread of food from Hallie Jane’s Catering from Madison, Georgia.
When everyone had a happy plate, they turned their attention to the dance floor where each member of the bridal party was giving toasts to Kendra and Scott reminiscing on how they first met, mustaches, and sweet memories of their love of delicious food. There has never been a wedding party so close and connected as Kendra and
Scott’s crew and it was neat listening to the touching stories. Following the last toast, Kendra and Scott took to the dance floor for their first official dance followed by the other traditional dances with their parents.
The dance floor then opened and guests circled around and cut a rug or two. In the middle of this dance party, lights suddenly dimmed and Kendra was brought into the middle of the dance floor by their friend Mike. We then watched as the groomsmen entered the room and took their stance around her while the Mission Impossible theme
song played in the background. Scott, headlamp adorned, then sought out the garter and tossed it to the
single men in the room. Kendra followed suite and tossed her bouquet before the two cut their gorgeous cake
created by Publix of Greensboro.
The couple capped off the night with a little Newlywed-themed game we affectionately call “Getting to Know Your ‘Sole’mate” where the couple raises the shoe of the person who the question best fits. Needless to say, this night had many unique and special touches that only a great couple who surrounds themselves with great people could bring to The Barn. We were so happy to celebrate this special day with them and only wish the best for their days to
A sunny Saturday afternoon was made even more perfect with the wedding of Elizabeth and Lane – a couple who has been with The Barn from the beginning. This couple has become part of the farm family like no other and even opted to take their engagement photos here on the property adding an even more unique touch to their décor on
their big day. Elizabeth and her girls primped and powdered up in our bridal suite while the floral work of Carla
DeLoach took over the bottom portion of our barn creating a beautiful and lush scenery for that evening’s events.
When it was time to start the ceremony, guests were taken by surprise at the sounds of selected songs echoed across the lawn. The groom and his guys walked out, cowboy hats adorning their head, to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” theme giving a classic Western feel to the barn scene. Elizabeth’s girls took a whimsical approach and danced out to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” which lifted the spirits and readied the crowd for Elizabeth’s grand entry out of the barn doors. When the chorus hit of “A Thousand Years,” the barn doors were opened and Elizabeth, escorted by her father, walked her way down the decorated aisle to her future husband.
When the ceremony, officiated by Danny Spivey, came to a close, family photos were captured by Angie’s Picture Palace as guests enjoyed drinks and corn hole on the side lawn. Upon the announcement of the wedding party, guests lined up to enjoy a delicious spread from Octagon Café out of Milledgeville – complete with a mashed
potato bar! While the guests enjoyed their meal, they watched as Elizabeth and Lane shared their first dance as man and wife followed by a father-daughter dance, a groom-mother dance and the cutting of the cake, created by Wanda Sheppard.
When the cake had been cut, guests then got a special treat when Elizabeth stepped back to the dance floor with her stepfather, Mike. This last dance was followed by the opening of the dance floor where guests enjoyed music from DJ Eddie Vanderpool of B&E Entertainment. This group danced the evening away and were pumped and ready to go when the time came to toss the bouquet and grapple for the garter! Fortunately for those single ladies, Elizabeth brought a second bouquet for throwing rather than using her hand-crafted bouquet created from broaches, beads and pins from family members. Pictures don't do her real bouquet justice.
As Lane and Elizabeth ran off through a sea of sparklers, guests cheered for this sweet couple. It is crazy sometimes how close we get with clients after they select The Barn, but it is so fun to flip through pictures of our first bridal show and see Elizabeth with her mom touring our venue. Thank you, Lane and Elizabeth, for letting us be such a big part of your big day! We wish you the best and know your life together will be filled with lots of smiles and happy times!
Sometimes you leave an event wishing you could spend just a little more time with the couple and this was one of those events. Leanna and Will exude what all couples should share between them – pure joy to spend each moment growing together. This couple lit up the room, the lawn and the barn with their free spirits and their go-with-the-flow attitudes. Not only were we amazed at this young couple’s affection towards one another, but the love they have for their family and friends showed greatly when scanning the room and watching the guests smile
blissfully upon the newlyweds.
This couple held their ceremony at the back of the barn utilizing the white cotton curtains to frame out our wooden barn doors. When Leanna turned the corner, their officiant Dr. Mike Cavin, tapped Will on the shoulder to allow him to take his first look at his beautiful bride. As her bridesmaids eyes filled with tears, Leanna, escorted by her father, made her way down the aisle to her future husband. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle using flames from candles lit by their parents at the start of the ceremony. These moments were captured by their photographer David Parks of David Parks Photography in Americus, Georgia.
After they were announced husband and wife, Leanna and Will invited their guests to the side lawn for corn hole, roasted peanuts and a little bit of socializing. The blessing was then given and guests were invited to enjoy a delicious buffet spread from At Your Service Catering. While enjoying their meal, they witnessed the first dance of Leanna and Will as well as a sweet slow song for Leanna’s dad and a slow-turned-speedy song for Will’s mom. This family sure can cut a rug!
Following these traditional dances came one extremely heartfelt toast from one of Leanna’s bridesmaids. She spoke kind words on how Leanna and Will were there for her unconditionally throughout her life and they were her second family. The closeness of everyone showed when DJ Matt Osborne of Spectrum Entertainment cranked up the music and guests danced their way into the center of the barn. There were many melodies sung out as well as a few lip synching battles witnessed underneath our string lights that night.
After tossing her bouquet and watching the guys fight it out for the garter, guests lined the sidewalk with sparklers in hand to wish off Leanna and Will. They then left with a unique and personal favor - a jar of BBQ sauce made by one of Leanna’s family members. It is such a blessing to spend time with such fantastic people who are also surrounded by fantastic people. We feel so lucky to have been picked to be part of this special day for Leanna and Will and only wish them the best for their many years together. Congratulations!
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.