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Bridal Shoot at Moss Mountain

The gorgeous scenery of Moss Mountain Farm makes it a virtual wonderland for photographers and videographers, and when you pair this stunning backdrop with a beautiful bride, the results are breathtaking.  Jake Reeves from Betwixt Magnolias shared this beautiful behind-the-scenes footage of a recent bridal shoot at the farm, and we were struck by how gracefully the bride interacted with the gardens.  It was like watching someone float through a dream. Take a look!

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Gold and White Table

High Low Golden Rule

Gold and White Table
An elegant tablescape at Moss Mountain Farm.

The golden rule right now in weddings is to give your neutrals a makeover with pops of metallic and our Moss Mountain brides and planners have mastered this rustic but elegance look.

Here’s an example: This all white tablescape used varieties of flowers such as hydrangeas, roses, stock, and lilies in faux-mercury glass bowls along the long rustic farm tables.

Gold Pumpkins
In the fall, you can add metallics into your decor by painting pumpkins and mixing them with grass plumes.

High-low is something the Moss Mountain Farm event team does expertly. It’s bringing something elegant to something rustic like adding silver candelabras to a farm table or using tablecloths on rounds under our Big Sister Oak. If the high-low style appeals to you then you’re going to want to check out our Pinterest Board for more looks from the farm sure to inspire.

Burying the Bourbon

Burying the Bourbon at Moss Mountain Farm

Here comes the bride… and the bourbon. Some say it’s an old Southern tradition, and many of us have never heard of it. However, we love the sound of it because it involves bourbon and getting your hands in the soil — two quintessential things we Southerners enjoy.

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When a Moss Mountain groom living out of state approached us about Burying the Bourbon on his behalf before his wedding day, we said we’d gladly do the honors. So, James Sumpter, Director of Weddings and Events at Moss Mountain, and Mandy Shoptaw, our Wedding and Event Coordinator, got to work.

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According to our friends over at Southern Living, “Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won’t rain on their wedding day.” Furthermore, the tradition says the wedding party digs up the bottle and drinks the bourbon after the ceremony.

Rain or shine, everyone at the reception will be a winner when this bottle is retrieved from the orchard along our stacked stone wall. And what a fantastic photo op for our beautiful couple!

 

If you’re interested in weddings or special events at Moss Mountain you can be sure our staff will honor your special requests. Contact us at events@pallensmith.com to plan your big day.

 

 

Cake and I Do Birds by Kari Nichols of Cottonwood Studios

“Will You Marry Me,” She Said

Marriage Proposals By Women

Cake and I Do Birds by Kari Nichols of Cottonwood Studios
Photo by: Cottonwood Studios

In the Runaway Bride (1999), Julia Roberts’ character Maggie finally finds out who she is and even which type of eggs she likes after numerous failed attempts to walk down the aisle. Then SHE proposes to the man she truly loves. You might remember the scene. Maggie hands Ike, played by Richard Gere, her running shoes as a token of her affection and then gets down on one knee for a proposal full of the wit and wisdom Ike had dispensed previously in the movie.

Maggie Carpenter: I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is going to want get out. But I also guarantee… [starts to cry] …that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart… you’re the only one for me.

Guess what, ladies, proposing to your man isn’t just a movie plot device. In fact, Leap Day (February 29th) has a strong tie to marriage proposals from women to men so ladies if “Happily Ever After” has been on your mind, today might really be the time to broach the subject with the one you love.

You see, Irish legend says that Saint Brigid and Saint Patrick came to an agreement and that agreement was that every four years WOMEN were allowed to propose to men.

Photo by: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Photo by: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Today, in more liberated times, more and more women are popping the question to their mate. Sometimes the proposals are simply the result of marriage coming up in casual conversation and the couple pulling out their calendars and picking a date. Other times these proposals are elaborately planned weekends away with a ring or other gift.

You might expect a queen to extend an invitation of marriage and that’s just what Queen Victoria did when she proposed to Prince Albert. Several other famous women have taken it upon themselves to pop the question, including Elizabeth Taylor to her second husband Michael Wilding.   But if you’re interested in checking out real life proposals from women this fantastic article by Jolie Kerr at jezabel.com is a great read.

2016 Bride Guide
P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm’s 2016 Bride Guide

Now once you’ve set the date you’re going to start looking for the perfect wedding venue and if you’re reading this blog you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm (if you’re not then cruise around the site and you’ll fall in love, we’re pretty sure). Well this picturesque property is now available for weddings and event. You can download our 2016 bride guide here and then contact our wedding specialist to help you plan the day of your dreams.

Photo by: Cottonwood Studios

The Perfect Wedding Venue: A Moss Mountain Wedding

Wedding Venue
Photo by: Cottonwood Studios

We get to witness some amazing weddings at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm, a luxury wedding venue in the heart of Central Arkansas.

Thanks to the generosity of Paul Viefhaus with SunFlower Films we are able to share with you a peek inside one of our beautiful fall 2015 weddings.

Click here to see “A Moss Mountain Wedding”

A Moss Mountain Wedding

Things we love about this wedding:

  • The ceremony featured aspects of the groom’s Filipino heritage
  • The couple’s adorable pugs were part of the wedding party
  • And the vows were so lovingly crafted as you will hear in Paul’s video
Wedding Venue
Photo: Moss Mountain Farm

The bride wanted a garden pallet based in whites with gold accents for her reception. The rustic burlap runners echo the golden grass plumes picked from the gardens of Moss Mountain. Magnolias were used in the iron chandeliers overhead and in the arrangements.  The juxtaposition of the rustic tables was set off elegantly by the gold globe vases and silver candlesticks, and the open air tent followed Allen’s garden design rule of blurring the lines between inside and out.

Kari and Caleb Nichols of Cottonwood Studio shared some wonderful images with us of both the ceremony and the reception.

Photo by: Cottonwood Studios
Photo by: Cottonwood Studios

P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm reserves select spring and fall dates for weddings.  If you’re in the market for a wedding venue that’s picture perfect check out the 2016 bride guide.

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Photo by: Cottonwood Studios