The Perfect Airy Spring Wedding: Megan + Jason

Y’all I cannot get over this spring wedding!  I’m serious! It’s been over a year now since Megan and Jason tied the knot, but I still can’t get over how this spring wedding was just so perfect in every way. And not just because Megan is my sister-in-law, but because this sweet couple made sure that their wedding day celebrated their marriage and who they are. Plus, all the details and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! A beautiful, yet simple afternoon wedding with pops of color and personal touches is just what we all need today, right?

Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation by Simply Done Invites
Wedding dress hanging in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Mimosas and fruit in the bridal suite
Set of watercolor floral invitations by Simply Done Invites
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Soft bridal makeup by Something Blu
Bridal Updo by Something Blue with headband
Peach, pink and white bridal bouquet with succulent by Doug Smith Designs
Bride at Warrenwood Manor in the spring
Bride at Warrenwood Manor in the spring
Perfect spring bridal portrait at Warrenwood Manor
Groom in Groom's Quarters at Warrenwood Manor dressed in gray suite
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie and succulent boutonniere
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Wedding Welcome Sign with flower-filled watering cans
Spring Wedding Sign with Floral accents
Wedding ceremony aisle with wood stumps and floral arrangements
Historic brick cottage with floral swag and moss letter as ceremony backdrop
Warrenwood back yard wedding ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Aisle flowers with bells of ireland, roses, snapdragons and stock
Bride and Father of the Bride entering ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Groom and Pastor waiting for bride at alter during backyard ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Spring estate wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor in central Kentucky
Bride & Groom during spring wedding ceremony in central Kentucky
Bride & Groom during spring wedding ceremony in central Kentucky
The new Mr. & Mrs. exit their spring ourdoor wedding ceremony
Mantle decor at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Dessert display in the Warrenwood Manor dining room
Peach and pink table setting with box flower arrangement at spring outdoor wedding reception
Bud vase flower arrangements for cocktail tables
Spring wedding reception setup in Warrenwood Manor
Vanilla cupcakes on display
Sandwiches served during wedding reception at Warrenwood Manor
Spring bud vase flower arrangement on entry table at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Outdoor wedding reception set up on the back porch and patio at Warrenwood Manor
Wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Outdoor wedding reception set up on the back porch and patio at Warrenwood Manor
Single tier ivory wedding cake on wood slab with copper wire cake topper
Bride and Groom cut the cake at outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom cut the cake at outdoor wedding ceremony
Guests on the back porch of Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom in field at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom with their dog at their spring wedding

Vendors

 

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Romantic Southern Wedding: Mary + Dan

In September of 2016, Mary and Dan celebrated their marriage at Warrenwood Manor in a stately southern affair.  Throughout the event charming, romantic touches brought personality to the timeless aesthetic of a blush, navy and white color palette.  Every detail was fitting for this couple.  In front of the cottage, Mary and Dan tied the knot in a ceremony that truly honored their strong religious foundation.  Then they danced the night away in an upbeat barn reception.  This sweet couple perfectly balanced fun and faith on their special day!

Vendors

Wedding Video

Wedding Photos

Warrenwood Manor - Central Kentucky Wedding Venue
Sweetheart cut wedding dress with illustion neck and lace details in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Classic gold wedding rings on white rose
Gold Bridal Accessories
Bridal Party in Floral Rompers at Warrenwood Manor
Bride in sweetheart cut wedding dress with illusion neck
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Bridal Party in mismatched blush dresses
Bride at Warrenwood Manor farm wedding
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Portrait with ivory and greenery bouquet at Warrenwood Manor
Groom getting ready for wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Groom's accessories bring personality to his wedding day at Warrenwood
Groom with his groomsmen dressed in navy and white
Crazy socks worn by Groomsmen at charming southern estate wedding
Classy southern groomsmen in navy and white for estate wedding
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Bride & Groom before ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Prayer before classic southern wedding ceremony
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Guestbook Table with Kentucky shaped wooden guestbook
Sime & Timeless Wedding Program
Timeless Southern Flower Girls with floral crowns
Bride & her father walk to timeless southern ceremony
Bride & her father walk down aisle of timeless southern ceremony
Blush, Navy & White wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Charming Southern Wedding with wood aisle signs
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Southern Couple at Warrenwood Manor wedding ceremony
Charming Southern Wedding Party at Warrenwood Manor. Blush, Navy & White wedding attire.
Dog with eucalyptus colar for the wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Historic Southern Estate Wedding at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom at farm wedding
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at southern barn wedding
Head Table at Classy Southern Barn Wedding
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at classy southern barn wedding
Layered naked cake on ivory cake stand with ivory ranuculus on top
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
First Dance as Mr. & Mrs. at barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Sparkler Sendoff from Timelessly Romatic Southern wedding at Warrenwood Manor

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

Rustic Bohemian Brunch Wedding | Erica + Sam

Brunch Wedding Details

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.

Bride and Groom with special wine
During their reception, Erica and Sam shared wine that they had been saving since their trip to Italy, their first of many international trips together.

Let Love Grow with Pine Tree Party Favor Wedding Guests on Warrenwood Manor Front Porch

Press play, you won’t regret it!

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Ben Keeling Photography

Videographer: Scott Hayes Productions

Floral Design: Doug Smith Designs & Events

Day of Coordination: Lex Effect

Officiant: Reverand Jeff Eller

Dress: Bridal & Formal

Groom’s Attire: J. Crew

Hair & Makeup: Something Blu

Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All

Cake: Sweets by Cindy

Cake Topper: Etsy – The Glittered Barn

Invitations: elli

Catering: Minton’s

Wedding Favor Stamp: Etsy – Fall For Design

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Money Saving Event Tips

 

What do you do if you want a Pinterest Worthy, Instagram trending and Facebook liked wedding, but don’t want to spend a fortune?  Here are a few money saving event tips.

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  • Real flowers can be super costly so be careful.  To minimize the cost, choose only local in season flowers.  Below are three stunning examples of Kentucky-grown flower arrangements by Meadowview Flowers and Sara Jane Camacho.  If you have a green thumb you can use live plants like these succulents as decor and favors.  Also consider moving ceremony flowers to your reception so that you don’t have to buy flowers for both locations.  Bouquets can also be used for centerpieces after the ceremony like in the center photo below.
  • Use spray paint to make mismatch items more cohesive.  For example, if you have vases that don’t match each other or your theme colors, try spaying them all the same color.  You can even try spray paints with textures.
  • Find used decor by asking on social media for what you need.  You may find someone who is willing to let you borrow, rent or buy for cheap.  You can also buy it locally through yard sales, thrift shops or Craigslist.  Tradesy and Ruffled offer lots of good options through an online peer-to-peer sales platform.
  • Etsy is the go-to website for finding unique, custom and reasonably priced items.  We found our guest book on Etsy.
  • Ask for advice or have them fill out a mad lib on your RSVP card then decorate with them to add a personal touch to your event.
  • Reuse ceremony decor at the reception.  Be sure to have a team of able and willing people ready to handle this.

Food

  • Use store bought or homemade food (check with your venue to make sure that’s an option…it is at Warrenwood!)
  • Hold your event at a time people will not expect a full meal and serve light finger foods.  Our reception started around 3:30 pm so we just had both sweet and savory snack type foods such as popcorn, beef jerky, cupcakes, cookies and a charcuterie bar.Maggie Cake
  • Bring back the cake and punch reception.  My grandparents talk about how “in the good ole days”, weddings had cake and punch receptions instead of huge receptions.  To save money, you can bring back the tradition.  Tiered, fondant-covered cakes are the most expensive so you can opt for a small cake to cut along with cupcakes or sheet cakes for all the guests.
  • Keep meat options to a minimum as they are usually the most expensive dishes.  This is great for the budget and for your vegetarian guests.
  • Be conservative on your guest count.  Excess food as well as other expenses can be avoided if you can get an accurate guest count prior to the event.
  • Make sure that your caterer doesn’t make any assumptions about what services you want from them.  For example, you may be able to save some money if you have a crew of guests that are willing to clear tables and pick up trash instead of paying the caterers to do it.  Also, discuss how the food will be displayed so that you aren’t paying for unnecessary items.

Rentals

  • Be sure to shop around before you make any decisions.
  • You don’t have to get everything from one place, but remember delivery charges can add up.
  • If you have willing helpers pick up rentals yourself to avoid delivery fees.
  • Instead of a photo booth, purchase Polaroid or disposable cameras to serve the same purpose.
  • Some dry cleaners offer linen rental at a reasonable cost.  They may need to be steamed or ironed so just keep that in mind.
  • Forgo rentals all together and opt for a picnic!

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Check out some of our other posts, like The Wedding Dress and Host an Eco-Friendly Event, for additional money saving tips.

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Host an Eco-Friendly Wedding

All of us know that to be eco-friendly we must reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible…I mean we all learned this in like the 1st grade, right?  But, what does that mean for your wedding or event?  In this post we’ll share some ideas on how to throw an eco-friendly event.  Even a few little changes to the standard can make a big impact.

Eco-Friendly Decor

  • Use what you have or have access to via friends/family, rent what you can and as a last resort Barn wedding with eco-friendly option of reused decorbuy or repurpose used/recycled decor.
  • If you have to buy something for your event that you will not use afterward, sell it somehow or give it to whomever you know that is have a wedding soon.  Remember that what you buy doesn’t have to be brand new! Check out these options for buying and selling:
    • Tradsey: Up to 90% off wedding decor and last I checked they had over 9,000 items listed!
    • Ruffled:  Has a section called Recycle Your Wedding where you can buy, sell or post a picture of what you’re looking for.
    • Wedding Bee Classifieds:  Decor, dresses, shoes, you name it, someone is selling it here.
    • 100 Layer Cake Marketplace:  You may need to sift through some spam posts, but tons of great stuff here!
  • Minimize the number of tables that need to be decorated by using larger tables or seating without tables…picnics are always fun!Eco-Friendly Picnic Wedding at Warrenwood Manor
  • Use live plants and natural components for decor.  Don’t worry you black thumbs out there, you can rent live plants. Succulents are a great option even in bouquets because they can be planted after the event.
  • If you are going to have cut flowers, use in-season local flowers arranged by a local florist.
  • Consider donating your flowers after your event.  After our wedding we gave our centerpieces and aisle flowers to the local senior center.  Be sure to call ahead to make arrangements.
  • Favors should be reusable instead of one-time-use items. Confetti Daydreams sharEco-friendly Succulent Centerpiecees some creative suggestions.
  • Don’t forget eco-friendly confetti if you are doing a send-off. The Bridal Guide lists five biodegradable options.  And please, for the love of all things cute, not so cute, furry and not so furry roaming about in the outdoors, do not release balloons or Chinese lanterns…this is littering people.  {Stepping off soapbox now.}

Eco-Friendly Apparel and Accessories

  • The Outfits:
    • The Ladies: Wear used dresses or rent dresses and wear shoes you already have.  You can also sell your dresses after the event if you are unlikely to wear it again.
    • The Men: Have the men wear something they already have, will wear again or can rent.
  • The Rings: As Ruffled suggests, “Select environmentally conscious metals. Ask your jeweler about rings made of recycled metals. OR — collect jewelry from family and have it melted down and crafted into your own personal ring design.”
  • Bouquets and Boutonnieres:  If you choose to have real flowers, keep the bouquets and boutonnieres small and made from local flowers.

Eco-Friendly Food

  • Serve a local, in-season menu cooked by a local caterer in order to reduce fossil fuel emissions and support your local farmers. {Insert shameless plug here}
  • Be conservative with the number of guests so that you don’t have a lot of leftover food.
  • Have to-go boxes for guests so food isn’t wasted, especially the cake! But, if there are leftovers you can donate them to a local organization. Be sure to discuss this with your caterer in advance.
  • Minimize the paper products need and use recyclable/compostable materials when possible.  Green Party Goods and Susty Party have some really cute options.
  • Serve water in pitchers or dispensers Eco-Friendly Wedding- Drink Dispensers instead of bottles.
  • Make recycling and composting easy for your guests and caterers by providing labeled receptacles.
  • Ask guests to reuse their glass.  Simply post a sign with the request.

General Eco-Friendly Suggestions

  • Choose a venue with lots of natural light, hold your event during the day and outdoors if possible to minimize the energy consumption.
  • Hold the ceremony and reception in one place so everyone doesn’t have to drive between locations.
  • Use local vendors as much as possible and book hotels near the venue to reduce travel time for everyone.  Warrenwood is located within two miles of several hotels.
  • Minimize paper used for invitations, programs, place cards and other event correspondence.  Consider an online RSVP, printing double-sided on recycled or plantable paper and going without a printed save-the-date.
  • Request monetary gifts or donations to your favorite charity.  This cuts down on shipping and wrapping.
  • Keep the guest list to people you really want to be there. To keep our guest list short, we made the rule and if we didn’t both know the person (well), they weren’t invited.  Sorry distant relatives!
  • As you’re shopping for event items, use reusable bags.
  • The Knot even goes so far as to share traditions you can skip.

Even if you only incorporate one or two of these eco-friendly event suggestions into your wedding or any event for that matter, you will likely save money AND lower your environmental impact.  It’s a win-win!

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The Blogging Hiatus Is Over… For Now

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.