You've probably already guessed it but the venue for The Wedding Favor will be The Barn at Pisgah Hill. This whole idea never seemed right until we had our own venue. The chosen couple will have their ceremony and reception here and we couldn't be more thrilled.
Today's soirée is very special! Happy Anniversary to Audrey and Ryan! They were our very first couple to get married at The Barn at Pisgah Hill. And y'all, I couldn't think of a better couple and family to have shared this moment with! Could they be any more gorgeous?!
I will never forget Mrs. Jenny, Audrey's mom, calling me for the first time. She was almost frantic! Word on the street was that we were building a barn and that is what her daughter wanted. I remember not being available to meet that day and she was afraid their date would get taken. Inside I chuckled, because at the time there was dirt, but I calmly assured her I would "hold" her date until we met. When we did, this is what they saw. A model sitting on a flat bed trailer. They fell in love. Not just with the idea, but with surroundings. I can't describe the calmness and serenity Pisgah Hill brings. I am forever thankful for the trust this family put in us!
There were so many fun details in this wedding and many of them were done by the bride and her mom. From hand sewn bow ties for the guys, to hand painted drinking jars for guests, these two added adorable personal touches to the day.
My favorite detail had to be the card catalogs. Playing off of the fact that Ryan is a teacher, we used an old card catalog to house the salad bar and another for a floral focal arrangement.
But y'all it flooded that day and I mean flooded. About an hour or so before the ceremony, I gave Audrey my rain boots and with tears in our eyes we walked down to the pond where the ceremony was set up. It had rained so much that is was complete mud. I remember telling her "this is your day and we will do exactly what you want but your dress will never be the same". She decided to have it inside the barn.
In 30 minutes we moved the reception elements to the sides of the barn, turned the band's stage into a ceremony backdrop, and lined up chairs for guests in the center. It turned out to be gorgeous!
After the ceremony, the rain had stopped and guests were able to enjoy the outdoor food truck where we served sliders, mini hot dogs, fries, and wings.
On my way to work Wednesday evening (I work once a week as a nurse), I drove to the land to tell KC bye. THIS is what I saw. The FIRST pole being raised. I was ecstatic and mad at the same time. I jumped out of my truck and yelled "I can't believe y'all are going to start this knowing I have to go work tonight". They knew I was "jokingly" mad. They all grinned. Mr. Frank looked at me with that smirk of his, and said "you just wait until you get home tomorrow". It was SO hard for me to get back in my vehicle and drive to Montgomery and miss it all!
When I got off of work Thursday morning, I had a few errands to run. Although I had been awake for almost 30 hours straight when I got home, I couldn't lay my head down until I got another look at their progress.
WOW! In that short time, one pole had turned into a whole wall. They had also raised 3 of the 6 large poles that will hold the half ton trusses. I was in awe of the size of it all. Word on the street is that by Sunday evening this 52 x 60 rustic barn will be framed. I cannot wait and of course I will post pictures for those of you who can't see it in person!
Y'all pray with me for God to give strength and safety to all of these awesome men helping make this big fat dream come to life!
ISAIAH 40:28-31 (MSG)
28Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
I'm sorry that I am sliding in tonight at THE last minute! Almost, by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Today has been crazy good and I am whooped. I did a walk through, a little pickin' adventure, took care of linen selections for a few upcoming weddings (some at Pisgah Hill), and had a great chat with my friend Natalie from Brendle Rentals. This twelve hour day, ended with painting 100 of 350 metal plates for the barn (which will start going "up" NEXT weekend).
I hate to take the easy way out, but a few months back I blogged about Hiccups and a Cure using this verse. Jeremiah 29:11 is probably my all time favorite (although there are some that come real close). I got such great response from y'all that I decided to link you back to the post I did just a short time back!
The gift I am adding today is this scripture hand lettered and framed by me. Hope you enjoy! (Giveaway details below)
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You might remember me blogging about hiccups a few weeks back. Well, the Le Rae hiccup I was referring to was an event that was supposed to take place today (ok its now 2am so yesterday). Long story short, we lost that event. When you pour your heart and soul into a design and it doesn't happen.....it's tough! One of the best parts of this "job" is seeing what's in your head come to life! ANYWHO......when I woke up today, I made the conscious decision to be happy and productive! Which meant.....do something crazy, do something fun, do something I love, do something meaningful, STAY AWAY from social media, and get stuff done! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Do something crazy.................check! I slept til 9 AM!!!! I know, I know this doesn't go with the "be productive" plan, but it felt GREAT! Do something fun.....................check! I spent time with my hunny bun (Hunter my 10 year old son) and we had a short but sweet shopping trip.
Do something meaningful.....check! I took a 4 wheeler ride with my 80 year old Paw Paw on Pisgah Hill! The original clean up of this property was done by him when he bought it years ago. This little ride could also count for "do something crazy". I wanted to look for great ceremony spots and he thought it would be ok to drive us straight down a steep hill! SCARED me to death....but we made it.
Get something done.....check! We (LOL) staked off, squared up, and dug holes for the barn. I deemed it Breaking Ground Day!
Do something I love.....check! I spent the evening with my partner in "wedding crime" (Leah). Over dinner and a glass of wine, we started designing two of our upcoming fall weddings! Give me a pencil, some graph paper, and someone to bounce off ideas with and I am in heaven!
I snapped the above picture while I was pulling out of the driveway at Pisgah Hill. I posted it with this caption. I meant every word. I have been quoting Psalms 37:4 like crazy the last couple of days (“take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”). After "taking delight in HIM" today, He fulfilled His promise and blessed me with a desire! At midnight I checked my email. There was a message letting me know one of our photo shoots with Wes Roberts had been featured on Love Wed Bliss Wedding Blog. AMAZING and once again leaves me completely #inaweofhim!