What a way to start off the 2014 Wedding Season! Claire and Zak, who live in Colorado, chose to wed at a church in Greensboro that had a lot of unique family history for Claire and then celebrate with their friends and family here at The Barn. From the photos below, you can clearly see what fun-spirited individuals these two are and that was reflected in elements throughout the event.
At Your Service Catering set up a beautiful buffet with bar-b-que, chicken, macaroni and cheese, delicious sides and more. The bride and groom also requested a pie table filled with delicious pies and coffee for their guests to enjoy.
Brooke Hanna, a friend of the bride and photographer with 5 Petal Productions, made their cakes and captured images of the dazzling couple throughout the event.
One of our favorite elements was the choice to use a six piece 70’s and 80’s cover band, Velvet Runway, to entertain guests and get them up and dancing. Needless to say, we saw many people singing into air microphones and
rocking out with some intense air guitar action. At the end of the night, everyone left with great memories of the couple’s special day here at The Barn and sent them off to the Caribbean full of love and laughter!
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!
Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Winston Churchill also said something along those lines during World War II. Now, this might be a bit over the top for today's topic, but in some ways it rings true!
A very important part of wedding planning is the preparation of a timeline. A timeline is a tool that maps out how the structure of your wedding day should go. Likewise, many wedding professionals urge brides to follow a separate timeline for the planning period. I'll get into that later. First, the timeline for the wedding day.
All of the brides who decide to have their wedding here at The Barn work with us to create a timeline. This "wedding day timeline" helps to give everything a framework and provides an overview of what all needs to happen throughout the day and the intervals between each item. Now, that certainly doesn't mean we become timeline-crazed and stick to every single event down to the minute, but it gives everyone involved an idea of when each thing needs to happen.
For example, a timeline helps us stay on track with which vendors to expect at what time, when photography should begin, and when we need to line everyone up for a ceremony. That is all before our ceremony begins. Then there is the reception...how long should we wait between the first dances and the cake cutting? When should we cue the entertainment to initiate the bouquet and garter tosses? That is all included on a wedding day timeline! It really is a tool that is necessary for us to ensure that your day goes smoothly. You can find an awesome example of how to format a timeline here.
As far as a timeline for the whole wedding planning process goes, there are tons of examples online (Pinterest has plenty!) for you to view. Just like the wedding day timeline is important for us all to have in mind, a planning timeline is helpful for brides. It shows you what needs to be done by a specific time period before your wedding and can save a lot of headaches and stress coming from getting things done too late in the game! Here is a good example of a planning timeline.
I hope this post shows just how important a clear, clean, working timeline is for your wedding! We would love to talk with you more about this planning tool and assist you in preparing for your big day. Give us a call or drop us a line!
Hello there, ladies and gents! Today, we're going to talk about one of the most fun parts of wedding planning: decorations and color! These days, many weddings are not simply a white dress and a black tuxedo. Brides (and grooms, too) are choosing colors that reflect a theme or mood, and some even base the entire wedding around these colors! We think this is a great idea here at The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. Like we have said before, The Barn is a backdrop with charm and a southern feel. All it needs is your ideas and decorations to make it match the perfect picture of YOUR wedding!
There are tons of ways to come up with the perfect color palette. First, check Pinterest. The handy-dandy search bar in the top left corner of the page can find you pretty much whatever you're looking for. While I was searching for color combination examples to build our Pinterest board to accompany this post (which you can find here), I just typed in "Color Palettes" and up popped approximately 53 million results...give or take a few, I suppose. :) Some of my favorites were right up our alley, like this one, hello October Brides!
In all seriousness, Pinterest is such a great asset for wedding planning. Even better: it is a free network! Anyways, back to other resources. Another great place to look for colors that work well together is at any place that sells paint. You know those awesome little cards that have color families grouped together for paint color comparison? Bingo. An added bonus to using paint chips is their portability. It is easy as pie to slide that card into your wedding planning book or wallet. That way you will have it with you to compare wherever you go to look for potential decorations or table linens. There are tons of colors to choose from at hardware stores or other locations that sell paint, so there should easily be just about any color you could imagine to compare!
Last but not least, and possibly my personal favorite, is a website I found while doing a little research for this post. Color Hunter is an awesome, awesome, awesome tool for color planning. Say you find a picture you really like, but you can't easily identify the colors in it. Take this one for example:
You love the way the pinks get lighter and darker, and the background just makes the colors pop, but how do you translate that to the colors for your wedding? Go to www.colorhunter.com. The window will look something like this.
See up at the top, beside the search bar, there is an "upload an image" option. Click that. Follow the directions on the screen, and select the photo that you want to compare. Then, click "upload image." The next window will show you the colors it found in your photo, and voila! You have an awesome, personalized color palette to work with.
Like I said, this is a pretty awesome tool, and it is also free to use!
So, brides and grooms, think about colors that you think would be a good reflection of how you want your special day to feel. The right colors can make the whole atmosphere of your wedding feel comfortable and enjoyable. Maybe we can help you with that! We would be more than happy to discuss color ideas that we think would look incredible in The Barn. Like I said earlier, our Pinterest board is full of ideas as well. Happy planning!
One of the best things about a barn wedding is how personal a bride can make the space. Think of it as a masterpiece with a base coat already applied – the southern, rustic charm – and there it sits, waiting to bring your
vision to life.
One way that many brides are making their ceremonies unique is by using an “alternative altar.” These provide a backdrop that frames the bride and groom beautifully. But you know what the best part is? Working with an alternative altar means it isn’t built into the front of a room and, therefore, unchangeable. These altars can reflect the couple’s personality and vision for their ceremony to a T!
Y’all know we love Pinterest here at The Barn at Crooked Pines, and we have found some beautiful examples of ceremony backdrops to share. They range from simple and understated, like this one...
...to grandiose and lavish, like this one!
A bride can truly create (or find) any type of altar to suit her taste. Head over to our Pinterest
page. We have a board full of ideas for altars that would look fabulous on either the Event Lawn or inside The Barn. Come on over and let us talk vision with you, I’ll bet we can come up with something spectacular.
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.
When the ladies of Re:find Vintage Rentals contacted us and came by The Barn we were thrilled at the inventory they had. Their items fit exactly what our couples wanted for their wedding. As we began to put together this styled shoot they were the first that came to my mind because their items are so unique and they offer such a wide variety of stuff. One awesome part of their service is that they offer prop styling as well. They take care of it all, delivery, setup, styling, and cleanup. Let them create the rustic wedding of your dreams.
What all does Re: find Vintage Rentals entail?
Re:find Vintage Rentals is two best friends who are blessed to work together every day doing something they absolutely love...using their creativity and commitment to make people's dream weddings, parties and photo shoots come true.
When did you start Re:find Vintage Rentals?
It officially started taking shape in march, 2012...but we really began before we even knew it when two antique dealers became friends that combined our booths and brains.
How did you become interested in weddings and styling weddings?
We were drawn towards weddings when brides were shopping our booths for vintage decor items and we realized we could rent for much less than they were spending as well as recycle and reuse. We both have always done extreme decorating for our own parties with great attention to detail and we both truly care about all the small details. More than anything...we care that it is one of a couples most important days of their lives and we want to help make it awesome!
What is an average day like in your job?
Fun! It varies from building/breaking down...painting/sanding...constructing/ deconstructing...photographing...scheduling...repairs...upholstery...cleaning...styling...paperwork😝...brainstorming... SHOPPING and LAUGHING!!!! And mostly counting our blessings that we do what we love.
What fires you up?
When we get together and let creativity flow. When we find that perfect item we want (church pews). When we have a shopping day. When we work with other vendors bring our variety of services together...More than anything...when we see our clients face after it all comes together!
What are your favorite pieces that you rent?
Church pews, vintage sofas/settees/chairs, chalkboards...all of them, glass doors, vintage bottles, wooden gutters with votives, vintage lace, antique quilts, mix match china, antique cameras, vintage books...everything!!!!
Check them out on Facebook or their website!
We know that planning an event can be stressful and let's face it, the last thing you need is one more thing to worry about. Let us handle those not so-fun details like packaging, delivery, and tear down so that you can spend your time worrying about more important things...like enjoying your big day!
When a bride and groom decide that they want to have their special day take place at The Barn words cannot describe how tickled to death we are. We work differently here. The brides for a relationship with our clients and we want just as badly as they do for the day to be perfect. We do everything in our power to make sure we are accessible and helpful in all that we do. Chuckie being the jokster he is and Allison being the fun loving person she is made the day all the more fun! The photos above were taken by Brandy Angel Photography and flowers were by Deer Run Florist. This is just a sneak peak of all the photos Brandy took. Head on over to her website and Facebook page in order to see more.
Venue: The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm
Floral: Deer Run Florist
Photography: Brandy Angel Photography
Catering: At Your Service Catering
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.
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 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.