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!
A Saturday sprinkled with rain brought Amanda and Bryan’s outdoor ceremony to a beautiful indoor retreat with guests gathered together under the string lighting of the interior of the barn. Taking their place in front of a
gorgeous arbor from Berry’s Catering and Floral, guests watched as this couple said their vows and walked away for the first time as a married pair. The guests then stepped out onto the now rain-free side lawn to enjoy a drink displayed upon a copper top table piece brought in by the catering team.
While guests mixed and mingled, the couple was captured in varying spots around the farm by Lindley’s Photography. This husband and wife photography team spaced out around the venue snapping photos from every angle and of every event. Needless to say, the pictures this team took were phenomenal! A particular photography love of ours was the moment the sky darkened and Amanda and Bryan stood in front of a ’55 Chevy truck brought in as the getaway car following their farewell later that night. Surrounding by headlights, the bride was dipped down by her groom for some of the most unique photographs we have seen on our farm.
Stepping inside, guests were surrounding by the sounds of Tim Cadiere and Wash Board Road – the musical artist for the evening. As Tim and his band played, guests lined up for an unbelievably delicious meal from Berry’s Catering and Floral. Complete with salad, mashed potatoes, a shrimp and grits bar, bacon-wrapped chicken, rolls, cornbread, and a vegetable medley, not one guest left with an empty or unhappy stomach. The food was complimented even more when guests enjoyed slices of the cake created by Erin Mills of Big Day Cakes Bakery in Augusta.
The night went flawlessly thanks to the tireless work of their wedding planner, Beth Mobley who facilitated the entire evening. She ensured that each guest left feeling like they had the time of their life that evening and we can attest that no one left not loving every minute. Whether dancing to the band’s music or enjoying a delightful meal, the love that surrounding Amanda and Bryan that evening was evident with the numerous smiles across the crowd’s
faces. We feel so honored to have been part of such a special moment for Amanda and Bryan and wish them the best for their long and happy life together. Congratulations, you two and thank you for letting us celebrate the wonderful people you are!
What we have dubbed as a wedding full of cowboy boots and southern roots kicked off our April line-up of weddings this year. Heather and Garrett chose to have their ceremony at the back of our barn and utilize the white cotton curtains to frame the doorway they stood in front of. Full of fun, the wedding party and groom danced their way down the aisle before taking their spots. When the bride arrived, escorted by her father, the music slowed down and faces turned to catch a glimpse of the main lady of the night. Their officiant, Jeremy Melton, led a ceremony tailored to the couple giving friendly advice from the heart. Within the service, the couple participated in a sand ceremony as an analogy of blending lives together and never being able to separate those grains.
Following their ceremony, guests enjoyed appetizers from At Your Service Catering as Pix by Gigi, the couple’s photographer, snapped shots of the newlyweds in our fenced-in field. Once the couple was announced, the wedding party and guests enjoyed a buffet from At Your Service Catering including pulled pork, fried chicken, green
beans, rolls and macaroni and cheese.
When the time came to dance, C&D Entertainment kicked off the night with the traditional dances and then led into group dances that got the crowd up and off their feet. A unique aspect of the night came when the DJ led the couple in a newlywed game involving shoes. The couple raised the shoe of who the question fit best and it provided many laughs from the audience to watch the couple participate in this.
After the cake was cut (and the cake war between the bride and groom was over) guests went outside to line the pathway with sparklers for the couple’s farewell photos. Following this fake farewell, guests went back inside to enjoy the rest of their evening. Once back inside, guests danced and we even spotted a little boy getting’
down while eating a cupcake!
We want to thank Heather and Garrett for choosing to spend their special day with us and wish them all the best!
Every girl knows that the right pair of shoes can make her whole outfit just perfect. For all of you brides, this is especially true! In years past, virtually every bride wore a pair of conservative, white, closed-toe heels. Today, that is simply not the case! There are no limits to what you can wear on your wedding day. I have done a little research and found several different styles to present to you for a little inspiration.
First, and probably the most popular right now, are cowboy -- ahem -- cowGIRL boots. Especially with the popularity of southern, country, or rustic weddings in a barn like ours, this trend is everywhere. Boots have great qualities to take into account. The right pair of western boots can be super comfortable, they have ankle and arch support, and they can reflect your personality and wedding-feel if you are a boot-loving southerner.
Another option that is both good for your feet and somebody else's is to wear TOMS brand shoes. The company even makes a special line of "bridal" shoes with either lace or sparkly fabric. You can find their whole line here. The best feature of Toms is (in my opinion) the fact that for every pair of shoes they sell, they donate another pair to someone in need around the world! It is a great cause, and the shoes are super comfy.
Like I said at the beginning, brides used to always wear "typical" white shoes...pumps, flats, etc. While it isn't the ONLY type of shoes to wear on your wedding day now, traditions became traditional because they stand the test of time. For all you very classic brides, white shoes could be the perfect way to complete your bridal look. They can be spiced up with bling, peacock feathers, or just about anything else that you can imagine to make them personalized (and maybe a bit more modern) while still retaining that classic elegance.
The old saying goes: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something....BLUE! I have seen so many pictures of brides with blue shoes in every shade and hue all over Pinterest (which is where all of these fabulous footwear images came from). It seems that shoes are a quite popular item to use as a "Something Blue" to complete the adage of things a girl needs to have a complete wedding attire. Like I said, there are blue shoes in whatever shade and style suits your fancy.
My last piece of advice is certainly not least. Darling ladies, your wedding is exactly that...YOUR wedding! If you want to wear a pair of hot pink platform stilettos, while they might not be very comfortable, you should go right ahead and wear them! Whatever makes your heart sing is what you should wear. I personally love red heels. They have been my trademark shoes since I was in high school. So on my wedding day, I will most likely wear something like this:
I hope this post was informative and helpful! Happy shoe shopping, ladies!
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