Kaylyn and Ethan’s wedding day was filled with southern class and rustic charm. They opted for a barn ceremony followed by a reception in the house and on the back porch. It was a beautiful summer day with every event detail planned out just the way they wanted it.
Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015. It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair. They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage. The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements. To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas. It was stunning! The reception took place in the house and on the back patio. Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening. Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!
Some people are determined to do life differently. Erica, my youngest sister, and her husband, Sam, are two such people. They are effortlessly original because that is just who they are. So, it was only fitting that they threw tradition to the wind for their summer wedding. With rustic, bohemian vibes their day was filled with personal touches and heartfelt moments.
Erica and Sam opted for a morning ceremony under a beautiful tree. Decorated with eucalyptus, garden roses and their unity tree, the same heirloom alter table Nick and I used for our wedding looked absolutely perfect. Their dog, Auggie, raced down the rose petal-lined aisle as the ring bearer and could be heard chomping on treats for the remainder of the ceremony. But no complaints because he was so good and so was the ceremony! I cried pretty much throughout the entire ceremony as Sam and Erica read their vows to one another and it really hit me that my baby sister was about to actually be married. Good grief, I’m tearing up as I write this just thinking about it! Let’s be honest, the crying didn’t stop at the ceremony.
The newlyweds were introduced for the first time and the brunch reception began. There was a huge donut selection from the local bakery, an omelette station, biscuit bar and parfait bar. They further personalized the reception with the cutest little kids’ tepee, pine tree favors, and yard games. But my favorite part of the whole reception was the first dance. There they were, dancing in front of the beautiful view of the farm as it started to rain. The moment was truly magical! I cried again, like real hard.
Erica and Sam know what they want out of life and are independent enough to follow their own path. Their wedding was only the beginning. The newlyweds have now embarked on a whole new project as they work to make their dreams of a tiny home a reality. To follow their story, head on over to their blog and follow them on Instagram @wanderingtiny.
To all you dedicated bloggers out there, I salute you. No, seriously. Blogging is hard. It takes a lot of time, focus and dedication. I have yet to find the balance between getting things done and sharing our journey with you. It seems that blogging consistently finds its way below the one hundred other things on my to-do list. But, I’m working on it. Thus, the blogging hiatus is over. So to catch you up, here’s what’s been going on around the farm!
Babies, Babies and More Babies!
Calving season is to a cattle farmer what March Madness is the UK Basketball team. Winter is deceivingly calm on the farm and then BOOM spring calving season is here and it’s game time. From a cow struggling to give birth, to a sick calf, we have to be ready for anything. We do all that we can to keep momma and baby happily together, but that doesn’t always work out. This year we have 3 bottle babies: Dolly, Waylon and Whiskey River. Helen Keller also gets special attention since she was born blind. Here is a video of Dolly Taking Her Bottle; she’s really serious.
I could go on and on about how we take care of our calves, why we end up with bottle babies, etc, but does anyone really want to know? I kind of doubt it, but if you do, let me know and I’ll write a post about it.
Giving Our Old House Some Love
From surface level beautification projects to functional improvements, we have been giving Warrenwood Manor some major TLC.
In the Groom’s Quarters we redid the plumbing to all the fixtures so it is fully functional, painted the entire area a beautiful Dutch Tile Blue, replaced the carpet and added some furniture and decor. More to come on this project!
The Bridal Suite required some plaster repair, but other than that we really focused on giving it a soft romantic feel through updated décor.
To the right of the house we added a 70-space gravel parking lot.
The new HVAC system in the house is almost finished. Though the ductwork fills the basement like hamster tunnels, the vents and returns on the main floors have been creatively disguised. To my elation, the baseboard heaters throughout the house have been removed and the baseboards are waiting for a fresh coat of paint.
Next, we will turn our attention to repairing some water damage on the four main corners of the house. The gutters have been repaired to prevent further issues, but work needs to be done to the brick mortar, and to the plaster and wallpaper on the inside of the house. We also have chandeliers to hang in the main barn and cleaning to do in the running shed. Now, all this work has to be woven around events at the house since wedding season is here. Stay tuned for these transformations.
Our First Wedding Season!
It’s hard to believe that the dream of converting Warrenwood into an event venue is actually happening. We’re shocked that we have so many events booked already! We thought we’d be lucky to have 5 weddings this year, but we surpassed that estimate long ago.
We are quickly coming to realize how much work it takes to keep up with a property like ours. Between the renovations, landscaping, cleaning, and regular maintenance, we’ll be busy. It’s a ton of work, but it’s all worth it to be able to share this amazing place with others.