Annelise and Jonathan Dossey have made many big decisions in their lives… where to go to college, what career path to take, saying “I do” in front of 180 of their friends and family… but another huge and smart decision they made was choosing The Loft at Walnut Farms as their venue!! This past Saturday, Christine and I were lucky enough to be a part of this couple’s wedding day! One word comes to mind when I think of the venue and couple: charming.
Mr. and Mrs. Dossey… you two couldn’t be more perfect for one another. Everything about your day was dreamy, and you two made our jobs so easy! You made us feel like we weren’t just your planners that day, but like family. A charming venue and couple… and we know you will live a charmed life together as well! Thank you for asking us to be a part of your day. We wish you all the happiness in the world!! Cheers to you!
Venue: The Loft at Walnut Hill Farm
Coordinator- Christine Kingery Events
Dress: The Wedding Studio Greenwood
Dress- Legends Romona Keveza
Caterer- Sugar Daddy's Cakes & Catering
Makeup- Danielle Marie Skin & Makeup
Invitations/calligraphy- AP Letters
Christine and I arrived early in the morning to the venue with a click list order of snacks and food to deliver to the bride and her bridesmaids. The venue has a separate little house off to the side where the girls could get ready in, and when we saw Annelise for the first time that morning, she was already a bit teary-eyed as she began writing a letter to her groom. The hair and makeup stylists were getting started, and Annelise took Christine and I inside of the reception area to show us her ideas for her vision. This is one of our favorite things to do; bring these ideas that the bride has been dreaming of to life! A unique part of this wedding decor was the floral aspect. Annelise’s Mom actually creates all of the flower arrangements herself from silk flowers instead of using real flowers. They were stunning and photographed beautifully! Her mom created all the centerpieces, the arbor that hung at the ceremony, the boutonnieres.. you name it! Christine and I got to work setting up the tables for the reception and the cocktail hour room. Annelise and Jonathan chose to get married outside right in front of the loft where cocktail hour would be held inside. The loft was decorated inside with a few sparkling chandeliers and drapery. The morning went by quickly as wedding mornings always do, and Christine and I had pretty much everything checked off our list. All chairs were set up, tables were decorated, favors were placed, and miscellaneous decor pieces were set out. Their favors were little boxes full of s’mores ingredients so that guests could enjoy a sweet treat by a bonfire during the reception! The groomsmen and groom began arriving and we quickly placed them in hiding because the bride and groom chose to not do a first look before the ceremony! Their officiant arrived who was their coach at college, guests filed in, and it was time for me to send Jonathan and the officiant up to the arbor where Annelise would soon be meeting her groom. The bridesmaids wore gowns with sequins that sparkled in the October sun, and Jonathan had actually turned his back to the crowd so that he didn’t see his bride until she reached the end of the aisle. Annelise walked out in her mermaid gown that included a hint of blush, and Jonathan instantly wipes tears away as he saw her for the first time! Their officiant led the ceremony perfectly and had us laughing with some of his personal touches for the bride and groom. Jonathan and Annelise shared their first kiss as The Dosseys and walked back down the aisle together as husband and wife! The photographer got busy with her picture checklist and Christine and I began more set up for the reception. We moved all the chairs down to the reception area to get dinner started, and made sure guests knew where to go for the cocktail hour. The reception room looked out into all of the beautiful farm property, candles were lit, and dinner was getting prepped. After bridal party introductions, dinner was served, glasses clinked with toasts to the newlyweds, and the dance floor began to open. It was a chilly October night, but with the help of good music to dance to, heaters, and cocktails… the guests didn’t seem to mind! Annelise and Jonathan snuck away for some sunset pictures. Christine and I were able to stand back and watch these from afar, and I have no idea how they will choose which pictures to frame or display in their home. The beauty of the venue, the sunset, the couple… their pictures will be perfect, just like the day was