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!
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!
A beautiful Saturday afternoon was made even more beautiful when guests witnessed the marriage of Beth and Todd out on the lawn behind the barn. Nestled between two whiskey barrels, the couple standing along with Father Doyle, their officiant, traded words of love, shed a few tears and smiled so genuinely at one another that
everyone in their presence felt the love Beth and Todd have for one another. The wedding party then followed the couple off the lawn to a whimsical music choice while guests went to the side lawn where they enjoyed drinks which were served by At Your Service Catering, corn hole, and even got the chance to light up the night with glow
bracelets and rings.
When it was time for the announcing of the wedding party and family, everyone came inside to sit at the beyond gorgeous farm tables handpicked by Beth from Lake Oconee Rentals. At the center of the tables, guests
enjoyed looking at floral arrangements in mason jars from Wedding Designs – the same company who created the beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres for the ceremony. The DJ, Kurt Kesler of CG Sound & Lighting, then announced tables for the bar-b-que spread from Georgia Butts BBQ of Eatonton. Some of the tables even got into a celebratory mood when Kurt announced them as the next in line – this meant cheering and clapping ensued.
Once the bar-b-que had settled and the night began, guests watched Todd and Beth share their first dance, then watched Beth and her father dance sweetly under the glowing lights in the barn followed by Todd and his mom sharing one of the most touching mother-son moments we’ve seen (so touching that new wife Beth brought a hankie over to the dance floor). Guests then noticed that Beth had changed from her red high heels into her signature shoe - Nike Shox - that were bedazzled with her new initials.
The couple then walked over to the dessert table where they cut the traditional first slice of cake for Todd and then shared a cookie – a touch Beth wanted for her special day. The cake and cookies, created by Publix of Greensboro, went quickly as Mike and Carla, members of the wedding party, gave heartfelt toasts to the newlyweds. Once the toasts were done and hugs given, the attendees gathered to the dance floor to party it up the rest of the evening. Moments on the dance floor were captured by photographer Michelle Cottengain, owner of Little Butterflies Photography, as family members laughed, boogied, and cut a rug or two.
As the night came to a close, guests enjoyed a shuttle service to their hotel accommodations from Avalon Limousine Services, and then Beth and Todd took their turn to ride off into the night. This fun-loving couple brought a sense of family unity, overwhelming love and happiness to our barn that we adore. Congratulations, Beth and Todd! We wish you all the best in your life together and hope the memory of your wedding day with us was as special to you
as it was to the staff here at The Barn.
A day meant to be filled with rain was filled with joy, laughter and smiles for Katie and Zachary. Prior to the ceremony, Katie and Zack had a first look captured by Kyle Hitchcock Photography. Such a sweet time for the couple to have a quiet moment together before the hustle and bustle of the night. When the time for the ceremony arrived, the family and wedding party walked across The Barn’s luscious green lawn to an arbor decorated by the florist. When the big moment for Katie’s arrival arose, the beloved barn doors opened wide as Katie’s father, David, escorted his little girl down an aisle donned with sheppard hooks and mason jars. The rustic white chairs from Oconee Event Rentals sat guests as they watched the marriage of Katie and Zack beneath the pines.
Following the ceremony, guests spent time on our side lawn enjoying appetizers from Save Room For Seconds Catering. When they got quenched for a drink, the bartenders from At Your Service Catering served them an ice cold beverage in a custom-made koozie designed by the bride. When the wedding party was announced, Katie and Zack had their first dance, followed by a father-daughter dance and ending with a choreographed mother-son dance. Guests then lined up for a delicious spread by Save Room For Seconds Catering including chicken, salad, rolls, and other fixings. While enjoying their food, guests sat at tables with sweetly simple centerpieces and could view the elaborate centerpiece on the buffet table created by Designs by Kent, the couple's choice for florist.
Following some colorful and heartfelt toasts, Katie and Zack stepped over to the whiskey barrel table and cut their cake, also created by Save Room For Seconds Catering. Guests were able to pick a slice of cake or enjoy various cupcake flavors as their sweet treat for the night. When the dance floor officially opened, Walter Reynolds, from Z97.7 Radio, led the night with a variety of music for all guests to enjoy. Capping off the night for Katie and Zack was a run through a line of sparklers held by their dear guests.
Katie and Zack brought a fun loving and joyful spirit to The Barn that we love seeing on wedding days. When the bride and groom are that happy to be spending a lifetime together, the guests are just as enthusiastic to help celebrate such a special day. Congratulations, Katie and Zack! We hope your day at The Barn was fantastic and that all your days to come are just as magical as this one.
A sunny Saturday afternoon welcomed Lorrie and Bobby’s wedding guests to The Barn. A sweet ceremony starting at 2:00 made for a warm and sunny glow billowing into the windows and doors lighting the aisle for Lorrie’s grand entrance. Using the beloved white rustic chairs from Oconee Event Rentals, the family and bridal party walked by rows of this unique seating selection down an aisle lined with blue, yellow and white flower petals.
After the ceremony, the staff at Crooked Pines Farm flipped the venue into a reception site while guests enjoyed a sampling of cheeses, fruit and crackers from At Your Service Catering. When the couple arrived back inside
following outdoor shots with photographer Paul Gilmore, the guests circled around to watch Lorrie and Bobby share their first dance as a married couple. Shortly following, they joined their parents in the traditional wedding dances as everyone witnessed the love these parents had for their children.
When the dances were done, it was time to cut the cake and share a toast or two. The cake, created by Publix of Greensboro, was accompanied by decorations made by a family friend. Topped with two love birds in a nest, the cake brought forth more of the rustic country feel the décor displayed in the barn. Glasses filled with apple cider in hand, the couple stood aside while Lorrie’s father, Bobby’s mother and other family members toasted to this young couple’s future together. A unique toast included a story about a box in which the couple was given an empty box to fill with memories from their big day.
Sometimes the smallest ceremonies bring out the sweetest memories. An intimate day with family and friends close to the couple ended with a run through bubbles, well wishes and bags packed for a fun trip to Helen, Georgia. We wish Lorrie and Bobby the best and am so glad they chose to spend their day with us!
April showers definitely started off Megan and Adam’s wedding weekend with a bang! One month prior to their ceremony, the couple buried a bottle of bourbon upside down in our lawn, and unfortunately, this Southern
tradition did not hold off the rain. The tradition says if you bury the bourbon one month prior to your event,
all bad weather will go away. However, with such sweet spirits, the couple chose to host their event completely indoors and their outdoor ceremony turned into an intimate barn wedding with close family and friends.
Only one time prior to this event have we had to “flip” the venue due to weather, but being able to put up the arch their families had built was a lovely touch framed in our barn doors with the green lawn behind it. Gussie’s Flowers of Madison, Georgia added flowers cascading down the arch bringing in even more color to the pretty in pink room.
Even with the change of location, wedding photographers Ben and Colleen captured the essence of Megan and Adam’s big day by capturing the essence of Megan and Adam – pure, unconditional love.
Once the ceremony had ended and the tables were set, guests enjoyed a delicious spread from Georgia Bob’s BBQ out of Milledgeville, Georgia. Guests were then witness to many heartfelt toasts from friends of the bride and groom – further proof of how strong a love they have for one another and those around them. When it was time for cake, we were able to see just how strong their relationships were with their families by gazing at the heirloom topper resting on their cake from Baby Cakes Bakery out of Porterdale, Georgia or glancing at Megan’s mother’s wedding dress hanging as part of the decor. When the traditions were completed, guests enjoyed getting down on the
dance floor with music and entertainment led by DJ Dax Martin.
Our favorite part of the night was knowing no matter how many times we looked at Megan and Adam we would always catch them grinning ear to ear because this truly was the “best day ever.”
On Friday evening, 120 Gatewood students arrived at The Barn to dine then dance the night away for their 2014 Prom. The prom committee set the tables earlier in the week to have a rustic yet elegant feel using burlap squares, wooden slices, colored mason jars, flowers, and jars with birdseed and candles. A unique aspect to their night was
the choice to use silverware, cloth napkins, glasses and plates from Oconee Event Rentals. This really brought the event a classy touch without inhibiting the fun that was to come.
Once students had enjoyed a delicious spread of food, including chicken, steak, rolls, carrots, rice and greens, from Sweet Kneads, the lights went off and the dancing started. Ricky Discenza, the disc jockey of choice from Beauty and the Beat, led the crowd through numerous songs that inspired group dances, a few lifts of dates into the air, and lots of smiles and laughs. From his set-up, students enjoyed dancing under neon lights, seeing colorful circles float
through the air and enjoying the billow of smoke from the fog machine. Roger Cannon Photography, Gatewood’s photographer of choice for the evening, used these elements to capture unique images that spoke wonders of the
evening the students were having.
One of our favorite, and previously unheard of pieces of décor, was the date wall. Students and their date’s name were written on pieces of distressed wood and hung on our barn doors. At the end of the night, the date would go and grab his piece from the wall and hand it to his date as a souvenir from the night. Other souvenirs were given as
guests left including a t-shirt and tumbler with the night’s theme abbreviated on the side: Southern Roots.
At the end of the night, the King and Queen got crowned (Congrats, Nash and Ellen!) and the students rode away
via limo, party bus or snazzy car with great memories of their 2014 Prom. Needless to say, the staff here at Crooked Pines Farm won’t forget this night either. Thank you for choosing us as your venue, Gatewood students!
Despite a rainy forecast early in the week, the weather on June 29 was beautiful for Erin & Casey Whieldon's wedding day! We had a great time helping them celebrate their special day. With awesome vendors like Tim Cadiere and At Your Service Catering, any event is sure to be a blast as well as entertain the guests.
Here are some snapshots of the gorgeous decor at their reception. I might add that Erin and her family did ALL of the decorating...they even put together the flower arrangements themselves! Stunning!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Whieldon! Thank you both for choosing to spend that special day with us here at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. We wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
Ya see, when Chloe and I were dreaming up this photoshoot I knew I wanted it to be colorful. I just gravitate towards those colors. I had originally chosen 2013 Popular Pantone colors to be the focus of this shoot. I then saw these plates and knew they would then be the theme. JL Designs was just as excited as we were to put something amazing together! Chloe worked with them one on one to bring together our vision and it could not have turned out any better!
How did JL Designs originate?
JL Designs was a collaboration between Jason Lee and Jeff Lott to provide clients with the best flowers and service for brides and their weddings and events.
Why do you love your job?
Flowers are my passion and seeing how they make people happy and turning events into something beautiful makes my job enjoyable.
What makes JL Designs unique?
What makes JL Designs special is our attention to details and the quality of our flowers and products. We work so closely with the brides and clients to make sure that their event is as unique as they are.... no two events or weddings are the same.
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.