I am so glad to have a few minutes to blog tonight, because I have been dying to share these images of Farrar and Mark for months! I absolutely adore their love story; they were friends in high school who hung out, dated each other’s friends, etc., then went their separate ways after graduation. The following years brought college, and each of them moving various places around the country. Then in fall of 2009, Mark happened to be thinking of Farrar, and emailed her to say that if she was ever back in Tennessee and wanted to go for a walk, or sit around a campfire and have a glass of wine, that she should give him a call. She was, and she did, and as Farrar says, that led them to where they are today!
Farrar’s account of their engagement story is so sweet:
We were going on a long walk around our farm and the farm bordering ours. It was Saturday, January 22nd. We had been doing house chores inside and it had taken us longer than we thought to get out the door to get started with our walk.We made our way towards the back of the property, walking through our orchard. I sensed that Mark wasn’t close by me, and I turned around to see what was holding him up!I turned to see him several yards away, down on one knee. I said, “Today? I look terrible!” For whatever reason I guess I thought I should have been all dolled up when he proposed. But I ran up to him and hugged and kissed him and forgot that I hadn’t given him an answer, so I immediately said “Yes!Yes!Yes!” He had a blue- green piece of river glass that had been tumbled into the shape of a ring. He wanted us to go together to pick out the setting for my engagement ring since we would be using a stone given to us by his mother. We continued on our walk. It was a brisk winter day, and while we were on our walk we were lucky enough to see 3 Bald Eagles!
Love it! And that brings us to the images. Farrar and Mark were planning a fabulous wedding to take place at her family home in Franklin, TN. But as the planning progressed, they decided that a small, intimate elopement was much more their style. They eloped in August, then we had the opportunity to do a portrait session for them on their farm in September, and photograph their garden party reception (at her family’s home in Franklin) in October! It was absolutely perfect, and so them, through and through.
So first, a few of our favorites from their portrait session!
Love her dress and cowboy boots!
Farrar and Mark love animals, so of course we had to include some pictures with their dogs, cat, chickens, and guinea hens (which were hilarious! I loved them!).
Now onto the reception!
The green and gold accents were perfect for the outdoor setting!
Beautiful cake by Dulce Desserts
Farrar’s dress was from BHLDN, adding the perfect touch of style!
Music and entertainment by Ron Shuff’s Music Revue (highly recommend-they were awesome!)
And to wind down the party, they brought in a bluegrass band. So fun!
Congratulations again, Farrar and Mark! You all are so sweet, and we are so thrilled to have gotten to know you!
Have a great rest of the weekend, friends! We are photographing a wedding at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville tomorrow, which is sure to be fab, so check back soon for a sneak peek!