As I shared last week, I am absolutely smitten with the Pratt Place Barn which will be the location for both the ceremony and reception of My Wedding of the Century (which is what this event will now be referred to since it is the only wedding I plan on having this century).
As a wedding planner newbie, I didn't know where to start with this whole "getting married" business, but I did know that people generally pick a date first. And I instinctively knew (if you can call perusing wedding magazines while in hair salons since the age of 12 "instinctively") that to figure out the "when" you have to make sure the "where" is available. Luckily, my friend Stacey and I had a cookie making date where she pulled up all the best venues she knew about while I mixed up cookie dough. I told her the next time I needed to be productive we were going to get together and make Sunday dinner.
In my mind, Pratt Place is perfect. It is rustic (yes it's a barn) but modern (yes, it has both AC, heat, and running water). It has a distinct "secluded forest" feel when, in reality, it's a mile and a half away from downtown Fayetteville which has has everything a cool college town is practically required to have. The barn is well suited for both the ceremony and the reception through the awesomeness that is "the flip". This is the process when the caterers will change the space from romantic cathedral style seating to a celebration space complete with buffet line, seating, and a dance floor to properly welcome in the wedded bliss via an awesome band... Which we have yet to find so any suggestions are most definitely welcome!
These are obviously a handful of the shots I could have picked: For more amazing images check out the section of my bosses blog that he has devoted solely to the weddings he's photographed at Pratt Place here. I'm pretty sure that if I haven't convinced you of the awesomeness so far, his pictures will.
In other news: I found THE dress the same day I posted my first "wedding wonders" post; I told ya'll I finally took the plunge! Look for details next week.