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Wedding Wednesday: Our Venue

It's been a while since I've written a Wedding Wednesday post, and even longer since it was related to our wedding. But truth be told, with everything we've been dealing with for the past few months, the wedding just had to get moved to the backburner. We had rounded up a hefty list of barns and family friends' farms to visit over the past little while, and even went out in November (?) or early December on a hunt. We found several that we liked, but didn't make any immediate plans. Sunday we stopped by a farm in pretty much a middle ground from both of our families. It's about an hour and 10 minutes south of Nashville, but it's so so beautiful. I think when we pulled down on the property we instantly knew that that was it. It's seriously exactly what I had envisioned in my head. Let's hope it doesn't rain that day, or if it does, that we can make other arrangements!

Luckily with it being a privately own farm of a family friend, we weren't in the time crunch game that a lot of engaged couples are. We're getting married on October 6th, and that's apparently one of the most popular wedding weekends of the year. Whoops. We've also been becoming painfully aware of just how expensive weddings are! I mean, I know the national average is like $27k but come on! For one day?! Then again that probably just seems outlandish because I could never throw down that amount of money. I won't shame anyone for making the most of their big day though! Our wedding is going to be much, much,  more tame in the financials (we hope!)

We're hoping to thrift and DIY a majority of the stuff so I'm going to have to have little wedding craft nights over the next few months and beg my friends to come lend a helping hand! Now that we know where we're going to have it, we can start planning accordingly. There are still lots of things that need to get sorted out with this place, like which of the barns we'll actually use... how the reception and ceremony will both be set up, how to acquire the furniture we need. But for now let's just look at how beautiful it is!

There are several barns on the property, and these are the 2 we've entertained the thought of. First we thought for sure the red barn with the silo, then we loved the rustic look of the second one, and then the big big tree! Our plans are currently to go with the big rusty one with the tree (with some pictures taken at the red!) And that view! So beautiful! Our truck in the very top photo of the post helps give you an idea of just how massive the barn and tree are. We shot some outfit photos here on Sunday so I'll share those later this week/weekend.

We already have our photographer (the lovely Sarah of Arrow & Apple) lined up luckily. Sarah is a former Nashvillian (from my very own neighborhood!) and we have some mutual friends in common that I've noticed over the past little while. We're excited that she'll be flying back this way to share our big day with us. We also started talking yesterday with someone who may be catering our wedding, too. A mom & pop diner that Mike's dad frequents! And the dress... oh the dress. I currently have 1 backup dress lined up in case my 1st pick doesn't work out (I'm patiently awaiting it's arrival). But the most important thing for me is that it works with a cardigan because I'm pretty sure that's one of the style features I want most at my wedding. (Typical KB, right?)

Now I'm just crossing my fingers that I can wrangle in all of my bridesmaids at the same time so we can make this happen! 4 out of the 6 are based at least 500+ miles away so it'll be an adventure! Now that we have a little bit of it figured out, hopefully I can share some more plans as they come to fruition. Crazy to think our wedding is just 6 months away! I wish I could invite each and every one of you. How fun would that be?! xo

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  1. That looks gorgeous, and what a view! You're going to have some amazing photos afterwards.

    http://thistalkingbird.blogspot.com

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  2. I love it! So adorable (:

    I'm happy to hear someone else is more than a little taken aback by the usual amount of money that is dropped on a wedding! I'm getting married in October and we are on a ridiculously tight budget. What bothers me though is when people think that because we're on a tight budget, our wedding will be pieced together and LOOK cheap. There's no way I'm letting that happen! Haha! I have so many craft ideas, but if you know of any good sites (or even books!) that have awesome wedding crafts, please email me links and/or titles! I would appreciate it so much! (:

    I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but congratulations! (and remember to breathe!)

    Take care (:

    -Alexa
    portlandpaparazi@yahoo.com

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    1. Handmade Weddings is AWESOME. they sell it at ModCloth and some brick and mortar book stores. I highly recommend it!

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  3. Oh my! Getting married in a barn sounds like a wonderful idea, and the one you've found looks great.
    I'm totally getting excited for you!

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  4. Such a great spot! I know you will make it fabulous!!

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  5. art pancake's is a great rental place in nashville, and my advice is to search out "non wedding' vendors. for some reason telling them it is your wedding seems to makes prices jump dramatically!
    that barn is awesome, and so is that photographer! i can't wait to see your pictures!!

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  6. Aww it's perfection! I especially love the one with the tree next to it!
    And $27k - no way!! I'm an event planner, and I DIYd most of our wedding and it was nowhere near that much - little hint, try not to mention things are for a wedding when buying, hire the furniture, and most of all- enjoy it! Planning your own wedding is sooo much fun!!!
    Congrats on sorting the venue - its amazing!!!
    Luvluv,
    Shann xx
    Ps. You could ask your readers to help DIY things you need - I'd be more than happy to contribute and I bet there are quite a few awesome crafters out there - just a random thought :) xxx

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  7. What a beautiful location!

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  8. What a beautiful location! I love the barn in the first picture. I'm excited to see what all you do with it. I know it will be gorgeous! I guess the 6th is pretty popular :) I picked it because my Fall break is that next Thursday and Friday so I don't have to take as many vacation days for a honeymoon. WOO! Anyway, it'll be fun to be wedding-day-buddies. I might be coming to Nashville soon to get our engagement pictures done. We should meet up and gush about our weddings! I feel I'm talking about it CONSTANTLY since this weekend...but I know it's got to be annoying everyone. haha

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  9. wow! What a gorgeous location! Im so jealous that in America you can get married pretty much anywhere! Here in England there are only set places you can get married and those are either really expensive/a bit naff/dont let you personalise it. It's rather disappointing :-(. I cant wait to see what you do with it, I can already imagine! xx

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  10. We threw our whole wedding for 6k! CHEAP IS POSSIBLE!
    Can't wait to see how your handmade and DIY elements shape up!

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  11. 27k?!? Holy Moley! Me and my husband got married last October. We planned it in 3 months and roughly $2000 tight budget. It was perfect! Through family, friends, thrift stores, DIYs, and a little neurotic thinking we made it happen. It was actually even better than I could have imagined. I used Pinterest inspiration A LOT. I cannot convey how amazing it was. Everything fit my theme, look, and it was so joyful. Budget doesn't mean sacrifice, it just means a lot of creativity and looking for/in places you wouldn't have thought of before! I am so happy for you! I love seeing ya'lls planning progress!

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  12. It's so perfect! I'm so excited!

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  13. Wow, that is such a great venue! A friend of mine is getting married next summer and is having a hard time finding a venue. You are so lucky that you have this place, it is going to make for amazing photos!

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  14. Omgsh! The barn in the first picture is so seriously amazing! The shape + size of of it is gorgeous, and you're right, that tree is absolutely amazing as well. I'm so excited for you two!

    I can't even believe how much people spend on weddings these days. When I get married I just want a small, semi-casual shindig with our closes friends and family. I want it to be about celebrating that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together - not "look at how much money I spent!!" like a lot of weddings I see. Or maybe it's only like that on Say Yes to the Dress? (guilty pleasure *grin*)

    And I love the idea of wearing a cardigan with your dress. It's just so you and I love when people include little personal touches like that in their weddings. <3

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  15. I loooove the idea of getting married in a barn. Both of my parents have barns, but sadly they're more function and less style so if I decide to have a wedding I'll be on a heck of a barn hunt, too. :)

    I can't wait to see photos and what kind of DIY wedding projects you come up with!

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  16. the farm looks lovely, kaelah! :exciting:

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  17. What a pretty venue! I like the barn with the tree--you could string up white lights if your reception goes into the evening!

    I think whenever I eventually get married I'll by DIYing a lot of it, it seems so silly to spend a ridiculous amount on one day! I'd rather have that money for a cool trip for the honeymoon!

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  18. That's so exciting! It's such a beautiful place! I saw on another blog I read that there was some kind of giveaway for a bride to design a whole wedding for $5000. I thought that was low, but $27,000? I need a new car waaaay more than I need an over-the-top wedding.
    Your wedding will be fabulous!

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  19. Wow this looks so idyllic and cute! I love both places, such a nice idea for a wedding! <3

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  20. Oh it's so lovely! Your wedding is going to be breathtaking! I hope your first pick dress works out (I'm dying to know where you got it from!!) I still have my eyes on one dress in particular from DC...I will be ordering it in a couple months :) I feel you on the money. It's insane what places charge for thing when they hear the word wedding. Our budget since my mom is footing the bill is less than 5k which apparently is laughable...because people have actually laughed when I tell them. We're going with a rustic feel too! I found a venue that is more or less an old greenhouse with tons of natural and wood elements so I'm kinda excited! I'll shut up now...it's easier to keep me quiet when I only have 140 characters :p

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  21. YAY!!! I got married in a barn! Oh! and we did it all for 7K... I will be blogging about it soon because we are getting ready to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! Good luck and don't forget to have fun!

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  22. I love this! The location is super beautiful, and it's good that you're getting married later in the season. I'm sure the weather will be beautiful, but the bugs will have subsided by then! I once catered a wedding at a barn in July, and it was a bit crazy with all the bugs at night. I can't wait to see what you do with your wedding crafts!

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  23. These pictures are great! That's so exciting that your wedding is so close. I can't wait to read about some of your DIY projects. DIY weddings are my absolute favorite. Crafting is so fun! I also live in Nashville and I love looking at all of your pictures!

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  24. oh man this place is perfect! it is going to make such a great place for pictures!! i can't wait to see what dress you get!
    xo,
    cb

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  25. Oh my goodness kaelah this place is just gorgeous. Your wedding is going to be so beautiful.

    Xo
    Tabatha

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  26. Congratulations! You have the same idea as myself. I'm not engaged...and won't be any time soon but I definitely want my reception to be outside/in a barn. What an awesome place. And that's great that Sarah is doing your pictures. She seems like one cool chick.

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  27. The place looks perfect! And I love Sarah's work! I'm excited for you guys. Thinking about sending y'all a card. :)

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  28. Such a beautiful venue! I've been poking around for affordable venues but asking family friends who own barns is a great idea. I didn't know that weekend was a big weekend for weddings. It was kind of my dream date because my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go steady on Oct 5. Oh well that just means I need to start planning when he pops the question lol. I think you'll have a wonderful wedding that fits your budget. You're crafty and have creative friends there to help you pull through. Good luck!!

    xo Amber P.
    http://theowlsden.blogspot.com

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  29. Wow, what a beautiful place you found, your wedding is going to be so lovely.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  30. It is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see the final production, I know it's going to be just breath taking. With you and Mike in control, how could it NOT be?

    I am in LOVE with the rustic looking barn. oh my. so much that can be done.

    What an awesome venue. Yay! It will all come together a bit easier now. I remember what a relief it was to finally have mine booked (also outdoors). And boy do I remember all those crafting nights with friends.

    Can't wait to hear and see more!

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  31. Ahhh these photos are so beautiful! I love the rustic barn, but photos at the red one would be beautiful!! & I love the idea of a craft night. When I get married, that'll be a must for me! I will DIY & thrift as much as I can for my wedding!! Sigh...:)
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  32. oh, that's an amazing spot!
    can't wait to hear more about the planning :)
    good luck!
    xo, cheyenne

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  33. amazing! i love the rustic looking barn by the tree! what a perfect venue.

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  34. YAY! Congrats on finding the right spot.

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  35. 27k is insane! I like the idea of crafting some items instead; it might help make it that much more special and memorable!

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  36. that looks really, really perfect.i want to get married in a barn, too!

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  37. So amazing! I am from Nashville, too! Tennessee is the best state to get married in. It's so lovely. :) Happy wedding planning!

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  38. oh girl, it is going to be AMAZING. huge check off the list! I can't wait to meet ya'll and more importantly I can't wait for your WEDDING!! xo

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  39. Totally picturesque! Venue is pretty much the only thing I have no idea about as far as weddings go (I like them but I'm not planning mine... yet!) so kudos to you on finding such a gorgeous spot that you both love! :)

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  40. Amazing venue Girly!! How beautiful :) looking forward to seeing more of your wedding plans Over the next few months :)

    Kc

    a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com

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  41. Beautiful location- I got married on my family farm under a big tree. The average wedding cost here is Oz is about $30,000 and we did it for way less than that, including honeymoon, rings etc.

    Hot tip for seating - hay bales with thrifted old tableclothes tied over them with ribbons. Looks fabulous plus I'm sure your farm could use the hay afterwards!

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  42. What a gorgeous location. I absolutely love Arrow & Apple's photography so I can't wait to see y'alls wedding photos!

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  43. I do wish we could all attend your wedding -- it'd be one HUGE party! This venue is perfect for you guys. I can't wait to see it all dressed up!

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  44. Oh man, I get so unreasonably excited about other people's weddings! I can't wait to see yours come together, I know it is going to be super pretty. And really, how could you not incorporate a cardigan? <3

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  45. I LOVE IT! I tried to find a barn here in Southern California. The cheapest was $3500, yikes!

    And as far as how much weddings cost, I'm with you. Too much!

    Ours was beautiful (in my opinion) and it cost us well under $10,000. I think probably around $7,000 and we hosted people for an entire weekend!

    In case you're interested in what a cheap wedding can look like: http://www.barkerzoo.com/2011/12/our-wedding.html

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  46. Kaelah, this location is absolutely beautiful! I've been so excited about your wedding because I already know that I'm going to adore it. I can't wait to see what you do with everything :)

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  47. so so happy for you kaelah, you will make such a beautiful bride!

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  48. My husband and I got married at the court house, but we've always planned on renewing our vows and having a big, outdoor wedding. I had a ton of links bookmarked on my old laptop but it crashed. haha. Otherwise I would've loved to share!

    -april.

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  49. Its absolutely crazy how much weddings cost! I also think its a little bit sad how so many people are so worried about 'themes' and how their day compares to everyone elses. You don't need to spend a fortune to celebrate love - at least thats how I see it!

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  50. How funny, I am getting married on October 6th too! I had no idea October was a big wedding time, hehe. We chose that date because the apple in our apple orchard will be ready for picking and because we should hopefully (fingers crossed) finish building our house!

    I cannot wait to see pictures from your wedding, I think it is going to be absolutely heavenly at that farm, because that barn is pretty amazing!

    Little Lady Little City

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  51. This is going to be one beautiful wedding, I cal see it already. Love the location and can't wait to see pics!!

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  52. My Biryhday is ob October 6th. Another reason to celebrate this year. Congratulations!!!

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