We have another beautiful wedding for you today! Morgan and Ryan's day was stunning, with so much soft beauty and sweet moments, like when Morgan paused to give her dad an extra hug, or when Morgan and Ryan shared a no peek first look. There was no doubt that love was all around for Ryan and Morgan. We are so honored to have been a part of it! Enjoy!
Happy Friday! Today's blog is so exciting for us because we are sharing my younger brother John and his wife Kaylee's wedding day at the farm! So many of our dear friends in the industry came together to make this day seriously, unforgettable! Annamarie Akins AND Katelyn James captured the day on photo, the Herrintons made an AMAZING highlight video of the day, and one of our favorite people and most phenomenal caterers, John Stallard from CHEFS Catering provided the perfect menu. Each vendor gave their time and talents and for that we are so grateful!
I also had the honor of being John's best man. He was mine on my wedding day, and so now 6 years later, it was surreal to be standing next to John as Kaylee came down the aisle. Jill and I will always be here for you two, to love and support and grow together! What a fun celebration we had back in July, and it is only the beginning of a lifetime of adventure!
So without further ado, here are a few of our favorite moments from the day.
Cheers to John and Kaylee!
Buddy- Owner Big Spring Event Co.
We love farm tables! I mean who doesn't? There are so many different ways you can utilize this beautiful prop for your wedding day! We have a total of four farm tables available to our couples at Big Spring. Today, we're going to share about our three farm tables that come with an extra dose of character. Two of these tables have a dark wood top, with blue legs. These are some of our favorites because they add so much interest to the space. Our other table is a light wood stain top, with classic white legs, which is another favorite.
We love how couples use these tables to best fit their needs and personality! We've had farm tables display family legacy photos, desserts, and gifts. Couples have chosen to use a farm table as their sweetheart table, or pushed them together to form a head table for their bridal party! Indoor or outdoor, seating or display, these props are a home run for sure!
It's been a while since we've posted about one of our favorite local places here in Lexington, VA! We love this little town so much we just want to share all the charming, hospitable goodness with you! It can be so hard to pick what to share with you, but this week we're giving you a run down of one of our favorite date night worthy restaurants, Haywood's Piano Bar!
If the mention of Piano Bar didn't win you over, the menu certainly will! Haywood's offers a variety of elegant American fare with great appetizers as well as main courses. Start your evening with a Brand New Classic Cocktails, which offers modern twists on classic drinks you love. You can't go wrong with Braised Short Rib and Mac and Cheese for the table, or the Autumn Olive Pork Belly! As for the main course, the options make decision making oh so difficult. Iron skillet fried chicken, Maple glazed grilled Salmon, Pan-Seared Shrimp and Grits, and a classic house cut Filet Mignon are some of our very favorites!
As if the menu wasn't enough, the atmosphere at Haywood's cannot be matched! You'll love the modern design in the historic corner building on main street, where you can admire Lexington from your table while enjoying the talents of various local musicians. Most nights you can here professors enjoying a glass of wine as they debate critical topics in their expertise, admire a couple celebrating a special anniversary (or a night with out the kids!). And not to mention, benefit from the contagious laughter of patrons who wander in to enjoy a drink and music with some sweet friends!
Guys, I'm so excited to share this wedding with you! Nick and Chloe got marred at the farm back in May and it was absolutely beautiful! I loved the soft, romantic style that graced the entire event. From the bridesmaids dresses, to the flowers, to the rolling hills, it was all stunning. Brett and Jessica Photography captured every moment so beautifully it was difficult to only share a few!
It's been a big year for family Weddings. If you saw last weeks blog post you know, my little brother just got married at the farm, and earlier this year we had two more family weddings!! Today I want to share a little bit from my cousin Mikey's wedding!
Mikey and Jennifer grew up in the same town, went to the same schools, but it wasn't until Jen went off to college that Mikey and Jenny became a thing. After moving together from New Jersey, to Alabama, and finally to the great commonwealth of Virginia, the two tied the knot here at the farm. People often ask about what rainy day weddings look like at the farm, well this one was rainy, and it's one of our absolute favorites of all our weddings!! The smell of lavender was in the air, and the barn has never looked better with farm tables, and gorgeous florals from Amanda Veronee. Here's a peak into this gorgeous day!! Congratulations Mikey and Jennifer!!
I can't believe the big weekend is finally here!! My younger brother John and his beautiful fiance Kaylee will be tying the knot tomorrow at Big Spring. It's such a surreal and great honor that they chose to spend such a special day here at the farm, and we could not be happier for them!! Blessings on you two as you begin the adventure of marriage together! The Lord will do more than you could ask or imagine through each of you and the covenantal relationship that you are entering into, so enjoy and hold on tight!!!
Buddy, Jill, and Knox
One of the things that is great about this area is all the wineries and breweries that are based in the Blue Ridge Mountains! When my husband and I first moved here, I remember it was one of the first things that Buddy shared with us! He was so excited to tell us about all the great places in the area to get a cold brew or a nice glass of wine! We quickly fell in love with that aspect of our town too! One of our favorite breweries is located right here in Rockbridge county only four short miles from town.
Devil's Backbone Outpost is the bottling location for the Devil's Backbone brand. Most people are familiar with Devil's Backbone Base camp, located in Nelson County, but few know of the brewery location that lies 60 miles west. Devil's Backbone is home to more than 15 draft beers, with brewery tours, flights, and growlers, it's the perfect place to share a drink with your buddies. They have everything from food truckts o trivia, to live music on their agenda. It truly is the place to be on any given night. You can find locals hanging out after work, or getting together for a meeting in the taproom.
We feel like one rule of thumb when it comes to trying new places, is that you can't go wrong when you head out to where the locals go! And that's definitely true for the taproom! Devil's Backbone is the perfect place for a groom and his men to spend the day before their wedding! You can start your afternoon with lunch in town, or check out the schedule for food truck times at the brewery. Then, head on in for a tour and a flight! For earlier weddings, head on out before the rehearsal the day before for the same great experience! Check out some photos from our latest visit and don't forget to drop by on your next day in town!
Last September, Will and Leah tied that knot at the farm and it was an unforgettable day! Will and Leah are such a fun and joyful couple! Everywhere you looked there was lots of laughter and big smiles. You could tell that everyone was excited for this sweet couple and couldn't help but celebrate the day with them. Not only was the day fun, but it truly was beautiful! I mean, there was even a perfect rainbow right before sunset! It doesn't get much better than that! Check out these images by Jillian Michelle Photoggraphy , we think you'll love them!
Big Spring in located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Most of you know that the property is surrounded by mountain views and green pastures. But what you may not have heard about is how great Lexington and Rockbridge County truly are. We found a gem when we moved here. We love it so much that we're regularly trying to convince all our friends to move here too! And we've gotten pretty close so far!
Today is the first of many show casing our favorite small town in a new blog series called, Big Spring's Backyard. There is so much to offer here, great food, beautiful views, local beer, historical sites and more! We'll be sharing some of our favorite things about Lexington and Rockbridge County that will make you never want to leave!
First, we want to start with our county's namesake, Natural Bridge. Only 20 minutes from main street Lexington, the state park is located in Natural Bridge, Virginia. Tourists travel from far and wide to see this natural wonder that's located right in our back yard!
The history of the bridge is fascinating. The legend of the Monocan Indians claims that the bridge appeared just as they needed it to escape from their enemy, calling it a miracle. It is believed that George Washington surveyed the land for Lord Fairfax in the 1750s. If you look closely, you can even see the initials GW carved on rock under the bridge. Furthermore, the bridge was owned by Thomas Jefferson until his heirs sold it in the 1800s!
This park makes a great morning trip. Once you arrive, the bridge is only a short declining walk down to the river bed that flows under the huge stone arch. The park also includes Cedar Creek trail, a short 1 mile walk through the bridge. Stop and learn about Native American life at the Monocan Village, admire the creek, caves, and finish at Lace Falls. End the morning with lunch and you have yourself a beautiful day trip. Natural Bridge is the perfect activity for out of town guests, or to experience together as a newly married couple following your big day!
You've got to check out this Wonder of the World for yourself!! In the meantime, enjoy some of our pictures from our latest visit!
Wedding season is in full swing and we're off to a great start! We've had a handful of great celebrations at the farm this season and we're looking forward to many more! With it being almost summer, you may be expecting bright, green, summery images with lots of inspiration for spring and summer brides. But, we realize that this is the time that our fall brides start kicking it in high gear! Wedding planning is cyclical. You start off running in order to book all your vendors , set your day, and plan your bridal party. Then, you can breathe and you have time to dream! But, before you know it, you're at a place where you need to make a thousand decisions!
We can 't give you all the answers, but we can send a little inspiration to all our fall brides! Zach and Kari's wedding was a beautiful day, full of love and sweet, intentional touches, complete with the Virginia Tech Hokie! It was a wonderful day captured by our very own, Jillian Michelle Photography. We hope you'll love it just as much as we do!!
Hey y'all! We've been keeping a little secret for the past few months that we've been dying to tell you! My wife, Jill, can attest, I am the worst secret keeper. I have successfully surprised her on two occasions, when I first asked her out in college (I had no chance so she definitely didn't see that coming), and when I asked her to marry me! Every other surprise attempt has been varying levels of failure. She always figures me out!! So I'm impressed I made it this long on this one with y'all! About 8 months ago, one of our dear friends and fellow Lexington locals started helping us out with administrative, social media, and client care stuff. She has been such a blessing to Big Spring, to our couples, and to our family, and it's been awesome to watch her grow the role she was given into something really special. So without further ado, let's meet Mary Margaret!
Tell us about your family! My husband Tim and I have been married for three years now! We met in college, the very first day to be exact, and have been together ever since! We lived in Charlotte for two years while Tim was working for the minor league baseball team there. Then in 2014, we moved to Lexington so he could work at Rockbridge Alum Springs, a Young Life Camp. We absolutely love Lexington and can't believe we ever thought a big city was for us! Just this past December, we welcomed our baby girl! Anna Beth was born on Christmas Eve, which will forever be remembered as one of the best days of my life! We are smitten, to say the least. She has the best smile and loves people!
So how did you find out about Big Spring? Tim and I knew Buddy and Jill in college and we shared a lot of mutual friends. Though we didn't keep in touch, we had heard through the grapevine that they had recently moved to Lexington. When we started planning our first visit to the area, we immediately reached out to them! Once we moved here, we reconnected with Buddy and Jill and learned about all they were doing at Big Spring. We've loved watching the farm grow and have enjoyed being a part of it!
Where did you go to college, and what did you study? After fighting my parents on the whole "in state" thing, I visited Christopher Newport University and fell in love! Though my stubbornness tried to fight it, I eventually succumbed and attended CNU. It was by far one of the best decisions of my life! I still love that place. I met some great people who are still some of my best friends. I studied English and Secondary Education. I've taught Middle School English for the past four years.
What's one of your favorite memories from your wedding day? There are so many good ones it's hard to pick a favorite! I think the best thing about any wedding day is that all of your favorite people, from all walks of life, are in one place to celebrate you and your spouse. It didn't really occur to me how excited other people were for us until I saw them all at the reception and spoke to our friends and family. I loved greeting our guests after dinner with my new husband. I've never felt so loved or celebrated. So many people traveled so far to be with us and it meant so much! Not only did we walk away from that day married, but encouraged by the love and support poured out to us!
Describe your ideal day off! I love to be outside! A perfect day off would start with a cup of coffee and some time reading in my favorite chair. Then, a short run and a quick check-in with the garden to see what's bloomed! The rest of the day I would spend outside with my family. Hiking,swimming, walking downtown, or picnicing in our own yard are all good with me. Just give me my two favorite people and some sunshine and I'm happy! I'd end the day with a nice leisurely dinner with friends (a steak if I'm being specific) and a glass of wine!
You're an English Teacher right? What's your favorite book? Oh, this is such a hard question! I love Anne of Green Gables. It's such a happy book that transports you to a simpler time and fosters imagination and confidence in your identity. It is just the sweetest book. Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Tom Sawyer, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and anything by Jen Hatmaker (she's hilarious and real, check her out!) are other favorites. Can you tell I'm a historical fiction nerd?
If you could go anywhere in the world (pretend you don't have a 4 month old haha!), where would you go? Italy! I've wanted to go to Italy since I was a little girl! I'm not completely sure what sparked that dream, but I have a feeling it had something to do with gelato and pasta. :)
What's one of your favorite things about working at Big Spring? I truly love seeing how unique each couple's day is. It's sometimes hard to believe that couples can create such different atmospheres at the same venue, but their personalities as a couple always shine through. I also love that I get to play a small part in the best day of their lives. It's pretty special to be a part of that. Our weekly play dates with our buddy Knox are pretty great too!
Thanks MM, we love you!!
There is one prop that we think doesn't get utilized enough! Our wooden spools are a great, rustic addition to any wedding and have so much character! We have a few options to share with you today, though the possibilities are endless!
At their ceremony, most couples opt to have a wine barrel under the trellis, or nothing at all, but we love seeing the spool accenting the space! And how beautiful are those flowers?
Spools and ferns lining the aisles? Yes please! So simple and classic!
This might be one of our favorites! Both spools framed the sliding doors to the barn and were decorated with flowers, guest book, and pictures of the sweet couple!
We can imagine these props housing cakes, gifts, and even hor d'oeuvres! They are such a fun and simple addition to the space, whether in the barn or on the grounds! We can't wait to see what creative ideas our couples come up with next!
Today we want to share with you our last wedding of 2016! It was an unusually cold November day, but the chill could not steal joy away from Ali and Alex! The trees were orange and preparing for winter, the bridesmaids wore red, and the groomsmen were looking sharp in their gray suits! We love the rich and bold color that filled the day. The barn looked ready for an elegant dinner party, all dressed in red and gold! Ali and Alex are full of love and joy that can't be missed! The last image explains it all! Enjoy dear friends!
Photography: Jillian Michelle Photography
One of our favorite props here at Big Spring are the Wine and Bourbon barrels. They provide a natural and vintage look that enhances the elegance of the property. Two of the barrels, the bourbon barrels, are a darker color and appear a little more rustic, with aged metal and worn wood. The wine barrel on the other-hand, is a lighter wood with less age, but still perfectly antiqued.
Not only do they fit nicely with the aesthetic, but they are very functional as well! Most frequently, couples choose to use one of the three barrels at the alter. They make beautiful stands for floral pieces that can enhance the alter space. We've also had couples use them to display communion elements, Unity candles, and other special additions to their ceremony!
The barrels also work well in the reception space! They are the perfect size to display a wedding cake! One of the benefits of using the barrel to display the cake is that the barrel takes up minimal space. Dessert tables are beautiful, but if you're concerned about having space for all your guests and the dance floor, a tall and thin structure to display a single dessert is a great solution! Plus, the barrel requires no additional decoration! You can simply let your baker's artistry shine on the top of a perfect easel!
Of course we've had couples get creative and use the barrels as decorations themselves. The barrels have framed the ceremony entry way, accented tent structures, housed drink stations and hor d'oeuvres, and displayed sparklers. We're sure there are even more ways you could make use of this prop to fit your needs on your wedding day! We can't wait to see all the new things our couples think of!
Justine and RJ's wedding was bright and beautiful! We love how they chose muted colors for their linens and attire, but included striking roses in their florals! University Florist did a fantastic job! Justine's dress was elegant and stunning and the classic suspenders that the gentlemen wore have us grinning from ear to ear! Justine and RJ, thanks for letting us be a part of your day! We loved every minute of it!
Special thanks to Jillian Michelle Photography for sharing such beautiful images!
Today we want to share with you one of our favorite weddings!! Chris and Sarah got married at the farm a few years ago and we still love their stunning images by Katelyn James!! Their wedding was relaxed, fun, and simply beautiful! We love how their wedding enhanced the beauty of the farm with simple decorations, wood slab accents, potted plants, and white hydrangeas. Enjoy this classic, timeless wedding!
Today in our wedding prop series we'll be sharing some images of the tree stumps that we have on site! These stumps are a natural accent to the already beautiful landscape! The stumps are most frequently used to line the aisle way and add some interest to the walking space, however they can be used in so many other ways to add personal touches to your day!
These first two images today don't actually have any stumps in it, but we wanted to show you how simply beautiful the aisle can be without additional accents. We say this time and time again, the farm is beautiful on its own and beautiful with decorations!
This next set of photos shows the use of multiple stumps dressed with beautiful arrangements that compliment the wedding party. We love this elegant, garden-style feel to the ceremony space!
Who says you need florals for everything? Don't get me wrong, I love flowers galore, but these images show the stunning natural beauty of bare stumps framing the aisle. The intricacies of each piece of wood seem to tell as story, just as a wedding days tells the story of a sweet couple in love.
Our last pictures are great pieces of inspiration if you want to add some floral accents, while saving some money. The first image shows simple vases filled with baby's breath topping the wood. While the second image has potted plants lining the aisle. Both are beautiful and keep in step with the overall look of the rest of the wedding!
All of our images today show the tree stumps being used to line the ceremony aisle. However, that is not where the creativity ends! The stumps could be used to frame the ceremony entrance and welcome guests holding waters, fans, or orders of service. A dessert table can have height and texture when these are used atop a farm table or barrel to display cake, donuts, cupcakes, or utensils. Of course, the size of these particular tree limbs lend themselves well to sitting! We can envision a beautiful kids area on the lawn where children can sit to snack, rest, or color! Or, the wood can create a relaxed place for adult guests to enjoy their cocktails by the water or fire! Ultimately, the possibilities are quite endless and each couple can tailor the trees to reflect the personality of the day!
Just last spring, Brandon and Summer tied the knot at the farm and it was a beautiful celebration!! Along with their family and friends, Brandon and Summer worked so hard to create a welcoming and creative space. From the wood board ceremony entry, offering fans and flowers to their guests, to the decadent dessert display, this wedding was so inviting! We love the genuine portraits that Stephanie Messick captured of their day. Brandon and Summer's love truly radiated and we are so grateful to have been a part of their celebration! Enjoy some of our favorites!
Venue: Big Spring Farm, Lexington, Virginia | Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Corrigan |Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography | Hair and Makeup: First Look Artistry | Caterer: Hogback Mountain BBQ | Florist: University Florist | Baker: Bubblecake | DJ: DJ Greyhound | Stationery: Minted.com | Dress Designer: Watters: Betsy Robinson Bridal | Rentals: Hogback Mountain BBQ
A lot of our couples are continually inspired by images of past weddings we've had at the farm. We get a lot of questions about what props belong to Big Spring, which props couples have brought in themselves, and then how to utilize them. We've seen all sorts of creative and original ideas for how to make the indoor and outdoor spaces extra beautiful here at the farm and we want to share them with you!
Today is our first installment of a new blog series that will cover various ideas for how to make the most of the props we offer. Over the course of the series, we will be sharing pictures from past weddings and inspiration images for the different props we offer. We'll address everything from the Trellis, to farm tables, tree stumps, wine barrels and more!
This week we'll be talking about the ceremony trellis that dresses the ceremony site. The trellis is a beautiful structure made from cherry and cedar tree limbs. It's a four-legged structure that measures 7 feet high and 7 feet wide that adds depth and focus to the outdoor space. We've seen some stunning designs including full flower garlands, simple drapery, elegant greenery, and eclectic hangings. Many couples have left the trellis to its natural look, without adding any additional elements, which is always just as striking. I hope these images are not only helpful but inspiring!
Our first trellis inspiration is the most natural and organic use of the structure. Christine and Matt decided to let the tree branches and rich texture in the trellis to do all the talking.
Next, we have Kaitlyn and Michael who chose simple flowers and white drapery for their ceremony. We love how these flowers compliment the natural fall beauty of their day!
Here we have another example of how to dress the trellis for your ceremony. Megan and Scott kept it simple by framing the trellis in white drapery and tying it back with a coordinating ribbon.
Santana and Dwight decided on a more dramatic look for the trellis. It is accented with an abundance of white drapery that adds dramatic interest, while the simple greenery keeps it classy and timeless.
This design may be the most creative we've seen! The trellis is decorated with streamer like draping and if you look closely, you can see the small globes, filled with greenery, hanging from the wood!
Lastly, we have a full floral design that adds beautiful texture and entrance to the trellis.