Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} The Ceremony!

Our ceremony scene was set in the meadow, atop the property.  

With the background of Elk Mountain's Peek, this is a one of a kind location.  It is simply breathtaking!  They also have a lake-side ceremony option, as well as, access to a historic church,  just down the road.  So many options!

Up until this time, Fiddle Lake Farm has not been used as a wedding venue {real OR fake}.

If you like what you see here, call Pam, asap!  Now that word is out, the farm is being booked up, for 2013 & 2014 weddings.  {570-756-2089}

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} "The No Look Nook!"

Ahhh... The No Look Nook Scene!

"First Looks" and the exchanging of letters before the wedding are a hot trend right now {which I personally LOVE!}

But what about the couple who doesn't want to break with tradition, and see each other, before the aisle?

Enter... "The No Look Nook"

A special space where the couple can be close enough to touch and exchange a letter {or gift}, but with a barrier in between, the mystery and suspense remain!

Thanks in abundance to Maggie and Jason, of Maggpie Vintage Rentals, whose doors & props helped to make my vision a reality! 

The No Look Nook in front of another apple orchard, at Fiddle Lake Farm!
Can the barrier in between, be any better?  A vintage door, with a mail slot...

Letters to "Mamie" & "Johnie"
More beautiful calligraphy, from Write Away For You.
Our original inspiration.   *sighs*
To further bring in the love letter theme and surround the couple with sentiment, we included a some famous love letters, in the nook.  I may need to put these in my home, sometime soon.  They are oh so romantic!!
A love letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams.  "My Dearest Friend,  ... should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new.  The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied..."

To view Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} former posts, visit:

here {for the team intro}

here {for the table scene}

here {for the behind the scenes}

or here {for the last love letter scene}!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} "The Last Love Letter"

Given her love of letter writing, we imagined the bride, Mamie, would have written one last, beautiful love letter, as a single woman.

"Dear Johnie, Our wedding day is finally here.  I hope we will be happy and I think we shall be..."
This shot is all about Tomlynn.  Let's be honest.  Beautiful, graceful, sweet, talented, and nice on top of it all.  No one could have played Mamie better!

Fiddle Lake Farm's Bed & Breakfast is a treasure trove of antiques.  Family heirlooms, rich with history, as well as some famous first owners {Mark Twain, anyone??) make it so interesting!   Visit the farm with extra time on hand, to hear all of the stories, that come with the displays and decorations.
Some phrases, pulled from Mamie's original letters, and put together by the multi-talented Julie.
Such a small thing... words on paper.  Everyone can do it.  But few can do it as beautifully as Lynda.  Calligraphy is a fine art that I hope to see much more of.  Write Away For You

Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} Behind the scenes.

While the tablescape received its "take two," the team was in high action, preparing the other scenes, as well as, our "Mamie & Johnie."

The talent in this team was immense!  Thank you, thank you, for giving me such beautiful elements to photograph!

Here are a few more behind the scenes shots! 

Pappy pulled double duty, as our "Johnie" and our extra muscles, for the tablescape.  The country boy in him couldn't help but stop for a minute to say hello to a special visitor.
Tomlynn, aka "Mamie"
Look at the detail, in the up-do!  Tiffany Rose Harris
Debra Ann Makeup Artist
Danielle Pasternak, Wedding Coordinator
Little Lady Accessories {headpiece & sash}
Makes me chuckle!!  Wildflowers by Design

Saturday, January 26, 2013

{ialsolovechocolate} Saturday Sing Along Songs- Joshua James??

Please excuse the batter dipped face.  No one really knows what it's about.  Just close your eyes, lay flat on your back, put your feet up, and listen.  *scientifically proven {in our home} to give the best results, when listening to a new song.

*Warning- verse 2 contains an unspoken-in-our-house word.  Most songs that contain such words are skipped here.  Reeeally good songs with an unfortunate word receive loud coughs, during the {in}appropriate times.  ;)

Katie Brock introduced me to Joshua James, this week.  As if I didn't already love her enough.

Coal War.  Oh. My. describes it as such: “Coal War” begins as a simple chain gang melody and escalates into a joyous gospel and blues-rock anthem with old-school folk lyrics. 

I've always had a thing for chain gang songs.  From "The Power of One" to "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou".  I love em.  If ever I go to prison, I will be that annoying girl, rousing the other inmates to form a line, pick their parts and raise their voices in harmony, to the slip slap beat of our boots and palms.

I will most likely be roughed up for this.  But it will be oh so worth it.




Sing with me now.

"Ain't cuttin' my hair till the good Lord comes..."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fiddle Lake Farm {Love Letters} "The Table Scene"

Our Fiddle Lake Farm styled shoot was multi-purposed.

* To show how one might creatively incorporate love letters into the theme of their wedding.
* To pay homage to Johny & Mamie (the subjects of the love letters).
* To show some select scenes from Fiddle Lake Farm and how it might look as a wedding venue.
* And to bring together a collaborative team of artists & wedding vendors to showcase each person's craft, in a unique & beautiful way.

We began with the table scene.

Having cancelled the original date of the shoot (Tuesday, September 4th), due to the weather forecast, Lori Witmer (the fabulous florist) and I found ourselves at FLF, alone for the day.  (We both live 3 hours away, and were already there, when we decided to postpone the shoot for a day.)

Unfortunately, the weather man was incorrect and the all-day-rain that was predicted did. not. come.  ugh...

Lori and I decided to make use of the day and move forward with the tablescape, since we had most of the necessary items already there, and neither one of us does well with sitting around.  ;)

We took a quick trip to the local antique store, where we found a few more key pieces.  Then, back to the farm we went, to set up.

Now, I've set a table or two, in my day.  But let me tell you, I have never done a set-up with as much detail, as this.  My mind was rather blown.  Pam tackled the streamers in the trees.  Lori worked tirelessly (while 7 months preggers!) on the multiple flower arrangements and I arranged plates, utensils, letters, etc... It took hours.  But oh, it was fun!!!!  Finally, after Lori and I made the final tweaks "one inch to the left!" ... "OK, move that piece forward 2 inches" ... "straighten the back right candle!"... etc... etc...  I was ready to shoot.

And THAT'S when the rain came.


With the sun being diminished by clouds and soon to set, we dodged sprinkles and prayed for the paper items, as I quickly snapped some photos.  And then we packed it all up.

But, being perfectionists, Lori and I weren't satisfied.  We decided to RE-set the whole scene, early the next morning, so that I could photograph everything in better light and make sure that we had it all covered.

I'm so glad we did. 

The old apple orchard.  I need to have a picnic here.  It's just beautiful.
Notice the stamp's date?  1904!

Bride & Groom chair signs with direct quotes from the letters.  "Dear Friend Johnie" & "Your Friend Mamie"  Calligraphy by "Write Away For You"
Feathery flowers.  ahhh...
Glasses, plates, silverware, coasters, lace, mix-metal pieces, chairs and of course- the famous farm house table- all from Maggpie Vintage Rentals.
Each plate was adorned with a vintage letter opener, which could have been used as a quirky butter knife, or... a letter opener.  {what a novel idea!}  Thank you, Elizabeth Guerrero, for lending us the knives!
Personal letters were written to each guest, at the head table, from "the bride, Mamie".
How lovely would it be to thank each special person, for the impact that they had on your life, on your wedding day? *Written with my sisters in mind.  I love you, Neener, Bean & Nu.*
And more flower goodness.  Oh. My.
Lori, Lori, Lori.  Even the simplest arrangements make an impact.
To further tie in the love letter theme, Maggie, from Maggpie Vintage Rentals custom made these napkins.  They are copies of the original letters.  (!!!!)
So, who wants to have a wedding at Fiddle Lake Farm, with us?!