The Gallahers: Wedding Recap

Our wedding at Honey Creek Farms last weekend was just downright fun! Zack and Marlia were such a laid back couple and so easy to work with. They were seriously ever wedding planner’s dream!

The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony at the cabin down by the creek. They picked an acoustic guitarist to play before the ceremony and during the processional and it was the perfect choice; it added to the calmness and serenity. The guests found their seats after signing their name on a stone (great untraditional guest book) and watched the wedding party come down the hill. It couldn’t have gone any smoother!

Our bride and groom were able to sneak away for pictures just after the ceremony and we all hiked up the hill to start eating. The reception was beautiful and simple, just the way I like it. In a place that’s naturally beautiful, it doesn’t take much decor-wise, and Zack’s mom and sister kept that in mind. The burlap table runners were adorned with large lanterns (one of my new favorite decorating pieces…seriously have them all over the house), small candles and pumpkins. There were candles everywhere and really set the mood for this laid back affair; as it got darker, the barn just glowed. I also loved the cake display: burlap draped over a whiskey barrel with a huge, gold-rimmed mirror; awesome focal point when you walked in. The food and drink setupIt flowed so nicely and allowed for people to come inside, grab a drink, find a table and then get some food without all having to crowd in the doorway.

One of the highlights of the evening was the garter toss. What?! Yep, Zack and Marlia added their own little flair by using it to announce the gender of the sweet baby they’re expecting! It was a complete surprise to the guests that they would be finding out that night! I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out of everyone’s reactions.

All evening long you could hear the music from the barn and see the guests dancing away, and you could hear the laughter from the group standing around the bonfire. Zack and Marlia had such a supportive group of people who were thrilled to be celebrating with them. It was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves and lifting this young couple up. I wish them all the best and am so thankful they chose me to be a part of their day!

 

 

2015 SEC Football Schedules

I know people think we’re crazy, but in the SEC if you plan on getting married in the fall, you plan around football. So SEC brides get ready to call your favorite venue and put a deposit down because the 2015 schedules have been released! Some of you may be a little shocked/worried that there’s only one bye-week for each SEC team this year. That means venues will book very quickly so you might have to consider a Friday/Sunday wedding to get your favorite spot (plus side: it’s usually cheaper).

For a full list of schedules, click here. And of course, if you need any help during the planning process, contact us!

Jay + Polly: Wedding Recap

I was so happy to coordinate the wedding of Jay and Polly this past Saturday. Polly owns Honey Creek Farms and I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside her the last several months. They are one of the sweetest couples, and their love for one another is beautiful.

Their wedding was a fun, family affair! Unfortunately, the rain made us change plans but it all worked out. It literally rained right up until it was time to walk down the aisle! The tent set up right in front of the barn was gorgeous and beautifully decorated. Inside the barn, burlap and gold table runners were adorned with mini pumpkins, mason jars with tea light candles and beautiful floral centerpieces made by the bride’s family. I loved the high back chairs Polly and Jay sat in, surrounded by their family. They are actually from the foyer of their home, but looked beautiful at the front of the barn.

Mister Canteen catered but unfortunately had to leave their food truck at home because of the nasty weather. It didn’t keep the guests from enjoying the meal of pulled pork (homegrown at HCF!), grits, root vegetables and coleslaw. The kids had their own Chick-fil-a caterer and even a little area upstairs with glow sticks and activities. The meal was topped off with the wedding cake prepared by Polly’s dad: chocolate ganache with a raspberry filling.

The fun really began after the cake was cut and the dancing started. Jay danced with his new step-daughter to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Polly danced with her sons to “Shake Your Rump.” Guests were instructed by tablets on the tables to stand up and sing if they wanted the bride and groom to kiss, and we were all treated to a hilariously good rendition of “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” before the end of the night.

I hold this couple close to my heart and look forward to working with them on many more weddings. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Burrows! Be looking for more photos from their wonderful photographer Leah Moyers!