Kicking off spring at the farm...
I have been impatiently awaiting spring since we opened our family farm as a wedding & event venue this past November. I appreciate the beauty in every season at the farm, but the vibrant colors of spring with the beautiful water views of the pond have always been my favorite. With the completion of our “church pews by the pond” project and in honor of my favorite season we thought it would be fun to design and stage a spring wedding at the farm. This weekend turned out to be so much more than just a staged wedding. Thanks to Christopher Nieto, owner of Nieto Photography, for capturing the weekend.
Ohhhhh the church pew project lol. This project started one day last summer when I was cutting grass at the farm. I was imagining how beautiful it would be to see a bride walking down from the big magnolia tree, through the grapevines. As I continued to daydream, the idea of church pews by the pond began. In December I received a text from one of our vendors asking if I would be interested in church pews and so #thechurchpewprojectbegan.
This has not been a small project and I have so much gratitude for all of my friends, family and neighbors who have helped with the heavy lifting. A special and REALLY BIG thank you to my sweet parents who have both worked so hard to help with this project and to Juan & Ana, the parents of my August bride, for all that you have done! <3
Whipping up a wedding...
When I initially planned this event my intention was to keep it simple with a 40' x 60' tent from Chair & Equipment Rental of Rocky Mount, one table dressed with place settings and a centerpiece from Southern Petals. I jam packed the entire weekend with private tours, an open house and a styled shoot with Nieto Photography.
Thursday evening after 7 hours of cutting grass and edging the pond my 6:00 tour arrived. I was sunburned, covered in dirt and generally looking like a hot mess so I was pleasantly surprised when they not only stayed for the tour, but decided to book the farm for their September wedding. As we were chatting on the back porch they asked if I would be willing to help design their wedding and this is where the weekend became so much more than just a staged wedding...
Plot twist! At 9:00 Thursday night I decided that since we were going to stage a wedding anyways it would be REALLY COOL if I could come up with a design concept for her wedding and stage that. So we did! She added me to her Pinterest board at 10PM Thursday night, I whipped up a design plan and sent the rental list off to Brian at Chair & Equipment Rental of Rocky Mount at 2:30am on Friday morning. The title of the email was "Don't Kill Me" ha! My vendors ROCK, like SERIOUSLY ROCK! Chair & Equipment Rental delivered everything on my list Friday afternoon. LoAnn from Southern Petals rocked the floral and Theresa Jatko Designs made and delivered the custom stationary. That was SO MUCH FUN!
One last highlight from the weekend before I share the rest of the pictures. Brewmasters Mobile. How freaking adorable is this little horse trailer converted to a bar?!? I was so excited to have them out for our open house this weekend. Molly & Marko are just the sweetest and their bar was a total hit!
Let's get on with the pictures!
I've been holding up the show on sharing these pictures for the last two days. SO here we go! Thank you to all of the vendors who participated in this "staged wedding" and the styled shoot!
Chair & Equipment Rentals: Tent and all rentals
Theresa Jatko Designs: Custom Stationary
Southern Petals: Floral
Amy Ingling Garrity: Makeup
Emily Lindner: Hair
Taylor Braswell our sweet neighbor and friend. Thank you for being our model!
4/24/2018 07:27:48 pm
I love this beautiful place! I was able to stay here for a team retreat and it is a beautiful and amazing place! I love the staged wedding. This will definitely be an incredible place for a wedding. Love it Carole!
Carole Strickland Rodriguez
4/24/2018 08:08:43 pm
That was such a fun weekend and ultimately the weekend that kicked off the idea of opening as a wedding venue. I think it's about time to do another one!!! <3
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Carole Strickland Rodriguez. Granddaughter of Roger & Doris Strickland. <3