Rustic Teal Summer Farm Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 03, 2013

Melinda & Zach

June 8

Hampton, Georgia


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first viewed Nash Farms and saw the beautiful natural backdrop, we knew this was the place for our wedding.  My husband is a history nerd, so the historical nature of Nash Farms appealed to us.  It was cool that we were able to wed in a location that some of the Civil War took place.  We had lots of really neat places for photo ops; hay bales, barns, rolling hills and oak trees.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I knew from the beginning I wanted a country chic wedding, so I began my search for antique teal Ball Mason jars.  My mom took a trip to Kentucky to visit family and came back with lots of them.  It was fun collecting them throughout the year, each one was unique.

2. Instead of a traditional toast, I wanted to do a coke toast.  Nothing is better than an ice cold coke in a glass bottle on a hot summer evening.  This was a great moment in the wedding, as Zach’s brother was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor, and they were the ones to toast us.

3. My colors were teal and tan. I wanted to incorporate that into a fun candy bar for the guests, so they could take home a little piece of the day.  I picked out candy that matched the theme and other candy that was our favorite. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats!

3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

My one piece of advice would be getting a great photographer.  It is definitely worth the money!  If you don’t think your budget will allow, make changes.  I couldn’t be happier with Tate, she was amazing.  She helped us feel relaxed, and she knew how to capture the look of my wedding even better than I did.

4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Zach and I waited a long time for this day, and we wanted to make “our” moment very special.  Before I started to come down the aisle, his brother tapped him on the shoulder to turn around.  It was a perfect moment between the two of us that our guests got to witness.  This moment, along with me seeing all my loved ones and friends sitting in the audience had us both in tears.  They were happy tears, and I will treasure this moment forever!


Rustic Spring Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on May 17, 2013

Kristen & Michael

April 27

Cleburne, Texas


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the beautiful setting with an amazing rustic, elegant barn that matched what I had always envisioned for my wedding.  I did not think I would find something like that in the North Texas area.  There were also two details that sealed the deal for us though.  The first was the owner’s story.  We loved the heart behind why they created this venue, and I loved hearing the story directly from Ann, who answered my phone call herself one morning.  The second was that they actually had an available day in April!  Because our engagement was so short, most venues laughed at me when I said that I was looking for dates available in April 2013 and not 2014.  We had prayed for God to provide us a venue, and we knew He had provided in abundance when we found Thistle Springs!  

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The first would be the handmade decorations by my father and mother.  My father made the wooden cake stand, and the flower box used on the head table.  I burned the writing on them.  My mom created the window that had a scripture painted on it with pictures of Michael and I.  He also handcrafted a wine box with a key/lock and engraved initials.  In it we put love letters in to each other for our “first fight” to remind us of the deep love we truly have for one another.  He handpicked the wood he used with knots and imperfections as a symbol of how real life and love is, imperfect yet beautiful!  

The second thing would be the table decorations. The “thank you” cards on the plates with the “to do” list on the back were cute. I LOVED picking out all the different lanterns that were the center pieces.  It was the first decision I made on decorations.  I wanted lanterns because they were a symbol to me of what Michael and I wanted our marriage to be.  We want to have a marriage that honors God and is and light/example of His love for the world to see.

The third thing would be the floating wish/prayer lantern send off at the end of the night.  It was beautiful! Every family got to take one home as their gift so that they could choose their own special time to celebrate with a floating lantern together.  I wrote a little poem explaining it. It was fun. 

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Michael and I lighting our floating lantern, letting it go together and then watching all the glowing lanterns float into the sky right before we left.  It was BEAUTIFUL!