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!
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!
Sometimes we walk away from an event utterly unable to stop smiling. That is exactly how we felt this past weekend after Megan & Mitch's wedding. The love and passion they feel for one another was so evident to everyone who attended!
Their ceremony was different from any that we have done before...it was held in our field and guests sat on hay bales! It was such a beautiful ceremony, and it made for some awesome photos to boot. The reception was just as great, with tables out on the lawn and string lighting overhead for a great ambiance. Music was provided by Drew Parker, who had an awesome voice! Sonny's BBQ catered with yummy barbeque and fixins' which felt right at home in The Barn. Hmarie Photography was great to work with and they made some gorgeous photos! Like we have said before, vendors make the difference...and they certainly made Megan & Mitch's day easier!
Here are some photos we took during their big day, plus a sneak peak at the photos Hmarie Photography took! You can keep checking their Facebook page here to see more as they are posted.
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!
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!!!!
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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!
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.