Lairdland Farm House

This past weekend I went to my wedding venue site to plan the layout of the ceremony and reception with my good friend, Trina and my future mother-in-law, Nancy. It was a very productive day. We met with my florist. It was nice to finally meet a florist who was price conscious. I am very fortunate though that my wedding site is covered in flowers in the spring so I am purchasing minimal flowers. This way I can spend more money on things that are more important to me like good food and good music.

Our wedding venue is very unique. It is an old farm house dating back to the civil war called Lairdland Farm House. There is a lot of history there. The owners are a precious elderly couple who are the biggest history buffs I have ever met. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to get married outside of an old southern home and I am so excited my dream is getting to come true. Lairdland Farms fits me but many people have asked about the location of it. Lairdland is located in Cornersville, Tennessee. Very few people know where this is because they have one red light. Think Mayberry with rolling Tennessee Hills and you’ve got Cornersville pictured. It is actually a perfect location for us. Cornersville is located one hour south of Nashville and Murfreesboro, two hours from Hartsville where Greyson is from and an hour and a half from Florence which is my hometown. It is two miles off of Exit 22 off of Interstate 65. Also, majority of my family (besides my mom and dad) live within a twenty mile radius of the farm. (I can’t tell you who many times I have explained this. Maybe writing about it will save me from saying it a few more times.)

We both immediately fell in love with the place back in September when we first visited and I fell even more in love with it this past weekend. One of the big sellers for us was that there are two cabins adjoining the property that we can use. My bridesmaids and I are having a slumber party the night before. I can’t wait.
We are working with the caterer and the rental place this week getting all of the details nailed out. After this week the only big item left on my to-do list will be to find a band. I am still working on this one. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
In the mean time check out Lairdland Farm House at http://www.lairdlandfarmhouse.com/


Yesterday I had some rare down time to work on my own wedding. I actually planned out the ceremony and selected several songs for the ceremony. My biggest stress about my wedding is the music. I am a big music lover and I want the music we play to represent us.
It is important to me that we honor God and our beliefs in our ceremony. I feel the songs I have selected will do this. I am honored that my childhood friend and “brother”, Timmy Ray is playing and singing for us during the ceremony. I know he will move all my “moms” to tears. (Side note: I was blessed to grow up in a church family. I say church family because that is what they were. My parents had a group of friends in our congregation who had children the same ages and over the years we became more than just friends we became family.) I can’t wait to be in the moment of my wedding ceremony and hearing Timmy sing these songs that sing right to my heart as I commit the rest of my life to Greyson.
So why am I stressed??? One word- RECEPTION! I am a fun loving girl and I want a fun loving reception. When else am I going to get to party with my closest friends? I’m a good ole southern girl getting married at a Historic Farm House so I also want some good ole country music! Again, I am sure you are asking, “why are you stressed”. So here it is. One, I am having trouble finding a band. And two, I am having a hard time visualizing how to mix my traditional ceremony with my fun loving ceremony without my guest feeling like they left a revival and stepped onto the set of hee-haw. But then when I think about it, that kind of describes me. I am a God loving woman and a fun loving country gal. (Another side note: “Gal” is the only name Grandpa Stokes ever called me.) So why can’t I mix both? I’m not talking about having homemade wine at my reception; I’m just talking about having a country band. Although, I can’t promise there won’t be a few members of the Stokes clan that sneak some in. HA HA! And before, I let the band crank up and that is if I find one, I will have the more traditional type reception before the band starts “blame it all on my roots”.
Now that I’ve talked myself down, if you have any more suggestions on how to mix both let me know.
And if you want to preview my ceremony selections, visit the links below.
Solo- “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath

Seating of Grandparents and Mothers
“How Beautiful” (instrumental)

Wedding Party Processional
“Joy” by George Winston

Bridal Processional
Bridal Chorus

Ceremony- Solo while we are lighting the unity candle
“Your Love is Extravagant” by Casting Crowns


It was another productive weekend. Greyson and I made our registries. We registered at Target for towels, bath stuff, small kitchen gadgets, a microwave (neither one of us have a great microwave), blender and several other small items like picture frames. We also registered at Kohl’s. We are in love with their Food Network band. They have several great pieces for entertaining which we plan to do a lot of, so it was a no brainer for us to register there. As a part of their Food Network band they have a lot of grilling gadgets that Greyson loves. And lastly we registered for our China at Dillard’s. We chose a Makasa print for our dishes and Makasa stemware and Gorham flatware. Greyson was hands on for it all and really seemed to enjoy picking out everything. We are still in search of everyday dishes and a new bed set but we were unable to find anything we liked at any of the three places we decided to register with. I was told at Dillard’s that they would have a better selection soon so I am keeping my fingers crossed. If anyone has any suggestions please let us know.

As for showers and teas, I have two planned for me right now, one in Florence and one in Hartsville. They will both be held at our home churches which I am excited about.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Lessons from Libby

Greyson and I have already have a child together, her name is Libby. Well actually we have a dog but considering how much both of our lives already revolve around her, I think we should have the right to call her our child. We constantly joke about how good of a life Libby has. But we both realized lately there are 3 great lessons we could learn from her that we came up with together as we were talking the other night.

Lesson 1: Show your love for one another. Neither one of us have never been ignored by
Libby when we walk into the front door. She is immediately runs to us and tries to jump to the top of our heads to greet us. At night time, she always gets on the couch with me and tries to give me kisses and then snuggles with me. Libby is constantly showing her love towards us. Each morning when I wake up it is like she hasn’t seen me in days. The constant show of love is a great reminder to us how we need to show each other how much we love one another and never assume the other person knows.

Lesson 2: Love unconditionally. It doesn’t matter if we have just scolded her within seconds her tail is back wagging. She never holds grudges towards us. She forgives instantly. I’ve been told the key to a successful marriage is forgiveness. Holding grudges does nothing but build up anger. May we forgive as easily as Libby.

Lesson 3: Be content with what you have. Libby eats the same food every day. She plays with the same toys everyday. She stays at home almost all day every day, yet she is content with what she has. Each time she hears food being poured in her bowl she comes running. She plays with the same toys for hours each night. Fetch never gets old. TRUST US! We’ve probably spent over 100 hours in the last year just playing fetch with her. She is content and grateful for everything she has. It’s as if she takes nothing for granted. I hope Greyson and I will do the same and always be content with our earthly possessions and with one another. And may we never take one single moment we have with one another for granted.

As you can see Libby is more than just a dog to us. We have not only had to train her but she has trained us on some valuable lessons as we begin our lives together.

A Little Progress

Greyson and I have made a little progress this week on wedding planning. We purchased several things this past Saturday at Hobby Lobby’s 50% off wedding selections sale. We are trying not to break the bank on this wedding, mainly Billy’s bank (my dad). We found some great things at great deals. We bought a unity candle holder, guest book and pen, garter, tea candles to go around our centerpieces and lots of thank you notes in preparation for all of our showers we have coming up,

And the item I am most excited about, our invitations! I purchased them at Michael’s. They are ivory with purple swirls and purple ribbon. We are going to get them printed at Kinkos. I can’t wait to hear people’s reactions of them. We are going to have an envelope stuffing party early in March with our friends. I thought if we feed them they will work and we won’t spend hours doing it ourselves. I’ll be sure to blog about the party.

And another exciting start, we have our first premarital counseling session with Brother Darryl Turner of First Baptist Church of Hartsville on February 2. Brother Darryl is a precious man of God and we are both honored he has decided to guide us during this time and to officiate our wedding. I already have many ideas and scripture that I want to be apart of the ceremony. I will share some of my ideas and scripture in another post soon.

My new job is still going great! I have some busy days ahead of me though. We are booked solid with conferences and weddings starting tomorrow and ending Monday so I’m heading towards my bed. Until next time!

Wedding Planning Progress: 144 Days to Go!

I think I hear “how is wedding planning going” more than I hear hello these days. And to be honest they are not going so well. I have so much left to do. I’m starting to enter panic mode. Something about the calendar turning to January has sent me into a panic. I’ve book the wedding/ reception site, found my dress, picked out my bridesmaid dresses, booked the preacher and found a photographer. Now I am left with a LONG to do list. I know what I want and how I want every moment of our big day to unfold but little progress has been made. I have spent hundreds of hours the last few months searching theknot.com and reading bridal magazines yet I’ve made very little progress. The reason, my parents are the two biggest procrastinators in the world. I am not saying it’s their entire fault but what is not their fault is mine and then they are the reason why I am this way. HA HA! I am only kidding Mom. We have never had a planned family vacation in all of my life. Every detail of our lives has always been made down to the last minute so this is a challenge for us.

Luckily, Greyson is off this week and he is being a trooper! He’s turned into my personal assistant. I am hoping we can take a trip to Cornersville this weekend to select the rentals and book the florist. But I just decided this, so Mom and Greyson if you are reading this, how does that sound???

On another note, please say a prayer for Greyson. He has a big day tomorrow. Hopefully, I will be able to share with you all later.

Great First Day

I had a great first day at my new job. I feel very blessed to get to work at such a great organization with awesome people. And to top it all off we met with two brides-to- be because we are gearing up for wedding season in a few months. I may be tired of weddings before my big day gets here but I seriously doubt it. I know I am going to love working with people in the most exciting time in their lives. Thanks for everyone’s support and prayers as I begin this new chapter.

Oh, it was also my two best friends' first days at their new jobs. Looks like we are all off to a great start for the new year!

“Ringing” in the New Year

We brought in the New Year with some of our closest friends. This is the fifth year we have all celebrated together. It was also Greyson and I’s fifth New Year’s together. We began the night by throwing one of my best friends, Ashley, a surprise going away party. Ashley is leaving Nashville to be with her boyfriend David in Phoenix City, Alabama. There, she will complete her last semester of occupational therapy school. Ashley will graduate in May with her doctorate in occupational therapy from Belmont University. I am so proud of her. I am also very sad to see her go but I am happy we were able to send her off in style.

At midnight, our good friends Trina and Marshall were engaged. Marshall proposed right after the stroke of midnight. Trina’s reaction was priceless. She was in complete shock. She almost spit her champagne out all over him. It was priceless. I am so happy for both of them! They are both such special people and we are truly blessed to have them both in our lives. Congratulations Trina and Marshall. We love you!

New Year, New Blog and Oh yeah, New Job

It’s a new year! I am so excited that 2010 is here. I know it will have its challenges like all the other years but it will also be a year of excitement and firsts. Greyson and I are getting married on May 29. I can’t wait to start our lives together as husband and wife. Our new life together has inspired me to start a blog. I want to remember all of our firsts and all the planning that will go into our special day.

And oh yeah, I start my new job on Monday. I just accepted the position as catering coordinator at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro. After, interning and then working at the Chamber for the last two years I have decided to take the next step with my career. I received the best experiences and education there. I made more contacts than I ever could have imagined. I found my calling too, event planning. I served on several event committees for various Chamber and community events. I haven’t had a clear vision of what is I wanted to do until recently. My vision came after many prayers for God to reveal his path for me.

This job was a true answer to prayer too. I stood on the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Please pray for me as I make this transition.

I hope you enjoy our new blog. – Amy