Rain, Rain, Go Away! – Jenny + Brandon

When talking with our couples or inquisitive brides, we are often asked “What happens if it rains on our wedding day??” For many people this is a huge concern when planning an outdoor wedding. This past spring, Nashville had more than it’s share of rain weekends.  At Front Porch Farms, we have quite a bit of experience knowing what to do when that happens.  Our staff can easily move a ceremony & guests to the pavilion in a moments notice, dry off chairs, reset tables & decor, hand out umbrellas to guests – even dry a soaked groomsman’s clothes in no time just before the ceremony!

Jenny & Brandon had one of those rainy wedding days but as you can see from the gorgeous photos shot by Amber or Lotus Blossom Photography, our staff along with their friends and family worked together to make a memorable and fun-filled day.

Their ceremony was a perfect reflection of their unique, laid back style as a couple. The reception was filled with an eclectic mix of bright colors, elegant tea cups, and their favorite novels. Rain or shine- Jenny and Brandon were just excited to be husband and wife! We are sharing some photos and afterthoughts from the bride. Despite the strong winds and heavy storms it was a “happily ever after” day.

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What do you remember most about the day or what was your favorite part?

Jenny: The most memorable part is probably the rain, or actually the monsoon. It completely started pouring right after our first look and continued on all the way through to our ceremony. The reception area was absolutely stunning. The ceremony space was breath taking. Lanterns in the trees, lights, books, teacups all of it was perfect. The rain came and left around six inches of water. Everyone worked so hard. They got everything to safety and got all the water up. I don’t know how they got the reception space redecorated, but it was stunning all over again.
My favorite part actually wasn’t photographed or caught by anyone. My husband and I took a bottle and two glasses and went and had a toast together by the pool. It was so wonderful to have a moment that was just ours, and to be able to just step back a min and truly experience this monumental chapter in our story together.

What inspired your theme/decor?

J: Brandon and I love to read. We are huge readers, and thankfully we love similar types. We also tea over coffee kinds of folks. So when someone asked what our theme was I said “Literary!” A lot of the teacups, pots, and books we already had and we liked how it all looked together.

Anything details that were unique or special to you?

J: We wanted our day to be laid back, fun, and completely true to ourselves. I didn’t wear shoes during the ceremony because I love being barefoot. We both wore converses and have worn them several times since. We had our officiant hold Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened to the chapter The Unbreakable Vow during the ceremony. I wore my grandmother’s dress and lace that she and my mother both wore. It seemed like good luck since they have been married 51 years and my parents 28.

Any thoughts on wedding planning services or in-house floral design?

J: The flowers were so beautiful- I loved them so much! I wanted a sort of wild flower theme to go with my Mad Hatter’s tea party. (I actually plan to get a tattoo inspired by the flowers) Can not say how much I loved them enough!
[Front Porch Farm]’s services were fantastic. I appreciated the willingness to help make decisions that I couldn’t decide on. I really trusted the opinion and style of everyone involved. So I didn’t have to sweat the details. I knew they would have my back and make everything perfect and wonderful.

How did you and Brandon meet?

J: Brandon and I met through Tyler Elms, the Best Man, and his now fiancee Jessie Richards, a Bridesmaid. Jess and I met freshman year of college and became friends almost immediately, so I’ve known her and Tyler about five years. Tyler suggested Brandon and I meet, thinking we’d be a good match. After about a month of talking, we finally met in person. Brandon was in the Marine Corp at that time, and would be for another two years. I knew I was in trouble when he took me long boarding at this cool place on Base. I am not any good at long boarding, and have not improved. After successfully going forward about 10 ft. I over corrected and felt myself falling. I had already accepted my fate of biting it on the asphalt. I played rugby on the UT women’s team I was used to hard impacts. Then, to my complete surprise, I didn’t hit the ground. I look up and see Brandon grinning down at me having caught me about two ft. from the ground. All I could do was laugh. Yeah folks, I literally fell for him, and have every day since.

[Vendors: Venue, Planning, Floral Design- Front Porch Farms ; Photography- Lotus Blossom Photography ; Catering- Mrs. J’s ; H/MU- Natalie C, Emily Medley, Allison Seiple; Cake- Megalicious Cakes ; Bridesmaid’s Dresses- David’s Bridal ; Music- Mad Dog ; Photo Booth- Let’s Booth It ]

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Maegan & Josh

May 5th was the wedding of Maegan & Josh. Not only was it beautiful but it was  fun, fun, fun!  I loved getting to know Maegan’s family during the planning process and they were even more fun to spend the day with – and so talented!

Doesn’t that grand exit with sparklers and sombreos just about sum it up?

The details were just as lovely and endearing as the couple.

 

 

Location: Front Porch Farms

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. CrewAmsaleIvy & Aster

Officiant: Kevin Monahan

Bridal Party Florals: A Village of Flowers

Reception Florals and Decor: Four Leaf Clover Studio

Catering: Bacon and Caviar

Cakes: Dulce Desserts

Jessica & Grant – April 3, 2011

Title: Jessica & Grant Wedding – Main House
Date: 2010-04-03

Jessica & Grant had a perfect spring day for their wedding in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.  The day was full of personal touchs, Etsy finds and shabby chic details courtesy of Front Porch Farms.

Here are a few pictures to enjoy. You can catch more on Katherine Holly’s (the photographer) blog, Magnolia Pair.

 


Planner: Kathy Best

Officiate: Family Friend, Patrick Thurston

Glam: Bridesmaid Katrin Hoffman

Caterer: Bacon & Caviar Catering 615-319-2464.

Bartender: Bacon & Caviar Servers 615-319-2464

Photographer: Katherine Holly Photography -Holly Everett
615-828-8492

Florist: Enchanted Florist
615-533-5223

Music: Bluegrass Players/ Keelan Wenrich
314-596-6851

Transportation: F.A.D.D’s Party Bus

Cake: Dulce 321-8700

 

 

Our story is one of friendship as much is it is of love.
This life-long relationship began with a special bond nearly twelve years ago.  As high school classmates we found one another and knew then that there was something special about this particular friendship.  We had no idea what we would become.  We had nights of talking that seemed to go on forever and times of silence that were so peaceful and perfect that they would stay reserved in our memories no matter what life brought to us.
As even some of the strongest of friendships do, we lost touch with one another over time.  Life managed to take us down different paths.   Ten years went by without even a word between the two of us.  There were many attempts on both of our parts to find our lost friend but none of the internet searches or calls to long forgotten phone numbers ever came with an answer.  Eventually the searches slowed – this was before the social network.
Finally, after a decade had past I hit the right button and our friendship was reconnected.  Yes, it’s true there are good things that come out of Facebook. It seemed to only take a moment.  First, a Hello, where have you been? email, then in no time a phone call to catch up, and before we knew it we were talking for hours at a time, every day never being able to get enough of one another.
Although we had reconnected and were quickly falling for one another over the phone, we had some obstacles to overcome.  Life had taken Jessica to Seattle, while I was in Kentucky.  We talked and talked and talked and we were connecting on a deeper level.  We had not laid eyes on one another in ten years but we were crazy about each other.
I had to see Jessica so I went to Seattle. Though, I was only able to stay a weekend we had the best time.   After a few weeks passed and talking all the time we knew we couldn’t let this love go.  I went back to her and at our spot over looking the mountains and the Puget Sound, I purposed.  Jess then made me the happiest man ever on this Earth by saying yes.    Jessica then made a gesture that will never be forgotten by letting go of a life she loved to be with me.  We packed her up and began across this country on a life journey together.  We drove and laughed and bonded and we both knew although it was hard that this love was real.
We both realized love is not always easy but when it’s real you hold onto it.  I found the woman that would do anything for me and I will always do the same for her.  Our love continues to grow exponentially as the minutes pass.  We lost each other once as friends but the love we have found will never be lost again