Posts tagged #the barn at pisgah hill

Sunday Soirée

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.

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Despite the monsoon it was a fabulous soirée!  Not only were they the first couple at The Barn, but this was also the first wedding Le Rae had featured on Southern Weddings!  One year later, and I am still giddy about these images by the amazingly talented Leslie Hollingsworth.

Venue:  The Barn at Pisgah Hill

Photography:  Leslie Hollingsworth Photography

Catering:  Red's Little School House

Design, Florals, Styling:  Le Rae Events

Rentals:  Brendle Rentals

Bridal Gown:  Allure

Bridesmaids Dresses:  ModCloth

Band:  The Syndicate Band

HOLY MOLY!

WOW!  We heard it was coming but seeing is believing and it feels good y'all!  We are beside ourselves at the favor and blessings God is already showing us in 2014.  And we're only 2 weeks in!  Y'all hop on over to Southern Weddings blog and check out Audrey and Ryan's wedding we did at The Barn at Pisgah Hill.  WOOOHOOO!

A Southern Shindig

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TA-DA!!!  We are open for business y'all!  To celebrate and to show it off, last month we invited local (and some not so local) wedding vendors to a Southern Shindig.  

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We had a blast!  But seriously how could we not?  Yummy, soul food, great music, and cool folks is always the perfect recipe for a great night!


Thanks to a "not so" local wedding vendor and new friend  Christina  for IG'ing our invites.  

Thanks to a "not so" local wedding vendor and new friend Christina for IG'ing our invites.  

Our invitations were designed by our friend, Whitlee Mullis.  Have I mentioned how talented this girl is?  I know I have and I'm sure I will probably say it a million more times.  Through the rebranding of Le Rae's, we have become BFFs.  She is one of my sounding boards for most, if not all, of my "big fat dreams".  This chic is  always honest, brutally at times.  One of the first people I called about the shindig, was Whitlee.  Our chat went something like this... ME:  "I want to have an open house for wedding vendors.  What do you think?".  Whitlee:  "Do I get to do the invites?"  Me:  "DUH!"  Whitlee:  "I think it's a great idea."  

Aren't they adorable?!  They turned out great!  Just look at that envelope liner!

 

My next call was to the other member of what we like to call #teamawesome....Wes Roberts.  Him being there was an absolute MUST!  Thanks so much to him for these amazing images.


A big fat thanks to my mom and the Red's crew for cooking this delicious southern spread.  

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My brother, Bert frying cornbread and green tomatoes.  Hey Bert, where is your bow tie?

My brother, Bert frying cornbread and green tomatoes.  Hey Bert, where is your bow tie?

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Our dessert table consisted of 'nana pudding bites, pecan pie, caramel apples, mini apple tarts, and mini cherry crunch (aka the star of the show).

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Of course, I didn't want to do anything "normal" and decided instead of having regular tables we could hang pallets from the 16" ceiling to use as food stations.  Poor KC!

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Whitlee designed these adorable "Hey Y'all" prints that we used everywhere!  What about linens you ask?  We made them from painter's drop cloth.  Turns out they were the EXACT match to all of our paper pretties!

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So many great folks joined us!  This guy below may have been the most popular person there.  This is Jay Mullis (Whitlee's brother).  I could listen to him play for hours!  Watch out Ray LaMontagne!  Check him out on YouTube.

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AND A WHOPPING THANKS to Mr. and Mrs. Hicks for letting us borrow their gorgeous car.  

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I am so thankful for each and every one of you that helped, supported, and cheered us on through the entire process.  And to everyone who came and partied with us!

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10 Days to Showtime!

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10 days y'all!  That is all we have left until our first wedding at The Barn at Pisgah Hill!  Time has flown by and we will be busy little bees until the last second.  Earlier tonight my sister in law and I rode to the barn to turn off a light.  She was commenting on how great everything is looking.  When we were walking out the door, she said something pretty amazing.  She said "Rae, you do realize this is not normal?".  I knew what she meant and responded "yes, I know".  You see, I know that a six figure piece of property I longed for didn't just "happen" to go into foreclosure.  I know that easy financing didn't just "happen" (literally) overnight.  I know that a ridiculously skilled man (and fellow big, fat dreamer) didn't just "happen" to offer to help.  I know that my hubs didn't just "happen" to get laid off during the crucial building time.  AND, I know that God is up to something big.  

As we were pulling out of the driveway, my sister in law made another profound statement.  She said, "Rae, don't you love how God always spoils you?  You are so blessed".  And again I answered, "yes, I know".

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"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Y'all stay tuned!  I have lots of pictures of the construction of the barn and I think I may even have a video clip to post! 

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What If-ville BEWARE!

What a weekend!  From Thursday to Saturday I put in almost 45 hours.  We did a fabulous wedding in Troy, Alabama.  It was gorgeous!  We met some new, awesome vendors and walked away with a happy couple and parents!  I will definitely post pics and stories soon!  But today, it's all about HIM.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a scripture from one of my daily devotionals out of "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.  It was Proverbs 16:9.  But when I read it, it was verse 7 that caught my ATTENTION!

7 When God approves of your life,
    even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.

Far better to be right and poor
    than to be wrong and rich.

We plan the way we want to live,
    but only God makes us able to live it.

Oh, I LOVE IT!!!!  It's so awesome!  How stinking amazing is verse 7?!  What a promise!  When God is on our side NOTHING can stop us!  It's like Romans 8:31-32, "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?  If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?".

OMG!  WHAT A REMINDER!  Want to hear something even cooler?  This devotion was on June 18th (last Tuesday).  And little did I know, but God was preparing me for a situation.  This weekend I got a call about a little negativity towards me and The Barn at Pisgah Hill.  I have to admit on most occasions it would have sent me straight into "what if-ville".  What if this happens or what if this happens or what about this or this or this.  But not this time.  I simply said "You know what?  It doesn't matter."  The person I was talking to knew EXACTLY what I meant and simply said, "I know".  You see, I KNOW God has had his hand in this barn from DAY 1.  From the location of the land (295 feet from our house), to the crazy low price on the property, to the easy financing, to the tremendous support and help by family and friends.  Still not convinced, how about the fact that the hubs had almost 3 weeks off because he was between jobs right at the exact moment they were planning on starting construction?  SO, my point is God's favor is there!  It's smothered in IT!  ;)  And if this is true, do I really think he's going to stop now?  Of course not!  Do I think it will sit empty?  Absolutely not!  Why?  Because when God approves of my life, even my enemies will end up shaking my hand!   

Please don't mistake this as me bragging on myself.  This is me claiming what God's word says and how awesome it is to skip the worrying about the what if's and letting HIM handle all of it!   When our mind starts to wander in that direction, STOP and think about these verses.  He gave up His only Son for us (Romans 8:32), do we actually think He can't handle our problems, our issues, our finances, our families, our addictions, our schedules, our hopes, our dreams?  SERIOUSLY?  I have used it a million times but it always seems to fit, "Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4)  I told someone recently "God knows my heart and He knows theirs.  I'm going to let Him handle it".  AHHHHHHH!  It's so relaxing, so refreshing!  I don't have to lay awake in bed at night thinking about it and stressing over it.  I can put it in His lap and save my "laying in bed at night" for coming up with more big fat dreams.  ;)  

 

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