It’s a fact, Valerie & Co. Photographers love doing out-of-town weddings, but this one was particularly special. Tara and Spencer were married in the same town that Valerie’s Aunt’s family lives, which meant an even more special and love-filled trip to TN for us! The wedding took place in Johnson City, Tennessee, a mountaintop town near the border of North Carolina. Even though it was March and pretty cold outside, you could tell the bride and groom barely felt it. The joy on their faces when they first saw each other was overwhelming!
The beautiful Johnson City wedding was held at Gray United Methodist Church and the reception at Maple Lane Farm. The red barn façade of the venue was the perfect touch for this couple- Tara is an avid horseback rider. With her blue color scheme and rustic feel, the whole wedding felt intimate and personal. An Etsy artist hand designed their wedding cake, and fairy lights added an air of romance. On display at the door was a framed fingerprint tree, which all of the guests had signed with their fingerprints as they walked into the ceremony. Along with the traditional dancing and champagne toasts, there was also group dancing (holding hands), a contest to see who in the room had been married the longest (the winners had 64 years together!), and a newlywed game. When Tara’s grandparents got too tired and found they had to leave early, Tara and Spencer stopped the party and “pre”- created their send off, just so the grandparents could watch. Over all, the day was full of joy and laughter- our favorite kind of weddings!
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While watching the game, we’ve all sat through online dating commercials. Most people agree that online dating seems like the ultimate scam. Often the person you think you’re chatting with rarely turns out to be who they say they are. We did the research: only 17% of couples who meet online last. This is why we were SO excited to celebrate Ellen and Allen’s wedding – they are one of Match.com’s success stories!
These two proved that taking the chance on dating websites is worth it. They are so perfect for each other! While they both live in Knoxville, Tennessee, the wedding was held right outside of Charlottesville, Virginia which was a central location for both their families. In the heart of equestrian and fox hunting country, Castle Hill Cider Grove and Barn turned out to be the perfect venue for Ellen’s rustic chic design scheme. There wasn’t a cloud in the October sky, and the rolling hills and mountains proved a beautiful backdrop for the day. The couple began their official celebration by exchanging letters and gifts, followed by a joy filled first glance. Then it was time to be wed! The couple said their vows under towering trees with all their closest friends and family present.
The reception was held indoors in the Barn at Castle Hill Cider. With tons of string lights, beautiful floral arrangements, and burlap table runners, the place was a rustic dream! Instead of a wedding cake, Allen and Ellen followed the growing trend of having cupcakes instead. There were two types of cupcakes: the bride’s favorite and the grooms favorite. Then came the dancing- and man, that was a blast! The night ended with a sparkler send off, and happy couple left their Charlottesville wedding together on to Saint Lucia and the rest of their lives.
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If you dream of having a country-themed wedding, Maple Lane Farm in Johnson City, Tennessee is the perfect venue for you. Maple Lane Farm has a wholesome and rustic charm that suits both a simple, intimate event and an all-out bash. Best of all, this venue can accommodate both your ceremony and your reception!
Maple Lane Farm provides a charming and relaxed setting for any kind of wedding. For your ceremony, your options include a gazebo by the farm’s picturesque pond or under a flowering trellis by the lagoon-shaped pond. To get to the gazebo, the bride and her escort must walk through a barn, the ceiling of which is decorated with an elegant white canopy. For the reception, choose between multiple barns, a large pavilion, or the Colonial Style home, complete with a pool area. A gated entrance and gravel driveway complete the old-fashioned feel of this lovely venue.
The owners of this farm are notorious for going the extra mile in the simplest ways to make your wedding day absolutely perfect. For past brides, they have provided decorations, taken care of cleanup, and even transported elderly guests in golf carts from parking to the facilities. Guests will appreciate feeling at home and having all of your wedding events located at one convenient place. The venue also provides catering and drink services, with delicious buffet options like London Broil with Madeira Mushroom Sauce and hors d’oeuvres choices like Skewered Sesame Chicken Satay. Sample menus are available on the farm’s website at www.maplelanefarmtn.com but the owners are willing to customize a package for you. Off site catering is also available.
This venue is ideal for a country-style wedding, but you do not have to go over-the-top with a country theme. You might simply want to introduce a few subtle touches to complement the venue. Popular country-style favors include mini burlap sacks of candy, mini horseshoes, and seed packets. If you plan to have small snacks like candy or nuts at your reception, consider using an old dresser drawer with dividers to display them and allow guests to dish out their treats using metal scoops. Mason jars provide a popular and versatile option for decorating- serve drinks in them, use them as candle holders for your table centerpieces, or make hanging lanterns out of them. If you want to go all-out, have the groomsmen wear suspenders and wear cowboy boots under your dress.
For out-of-town guests who will need accommodations in Johnson City, there are plenty of shopping options for last-minute purchases and entertainment, from well-known national chains to small, local boutiques, as Johnson City is the regional hub for a four-state area. Honeymoon accommodations are also available at Maple Lane Farm. To schedule a tour of this beautiful venue, please call 423-461-3134 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More »