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!
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!
On Friday, May 23, Mike Farris, a self-described southern boy whose music is rooted in early American gospel with a touch of blues, filled our 4000+ square foot barn venue with the music that won him the 2008 American Music Award for “New and Emerging Artist of the Year.” In 2010, Farris gathered numerous “A” list musicians to produce an album to raise funds for the devastating floods that hit Tennessee. The 2010 winner of the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, is not a new face to using his musical talent to help those around
him. He used this talent to play this concert where proceeds benefitted the Oconee Regional Humane Society.
Farris took the over 100 guests in attendance through a lyrical journey of his life while telling stories of his past and how he got to the very stage he was sitting on that night. If you missed out on this intimate concert and are looking forward to the next, then join us on Saturday, June 28. Tickets will be $30 and the evening will include a concert featuring Diane Durrett with special guest Connor Pledger, heavy hors d’oeuvres from At Your Service Catering and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.livemusicinthepines.com.
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.”
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!
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.