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One of my favorite things about going to college in Austin was the abundance of food trucks, and when I moved to North Carolina last year, I was thrilled to find out that there are plenty of them here as well. Since the food truck scene is growing quickly in Lexington, the talented team of Kentucky vendors behind today’s shoot was inspired to show how this staple of the culinary world in big cities fits in just as well at more rural weddings. Two factors that food trucks all seem to have in common are fantastic, specialized food and passionate, talented chefs–both qualities we love in wedding food and vendors respectively!

Love this shoot? Check out more in their behind-the-scenes video!

Concept Coordination and Styling: Every Last Detail / Florals and Design: Blooms ‘n Blossoms / Photography: Conrhod Zonio / Hair and Makeup: PinkLouLou / Bride’s Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige / Bridal Salon: Twirl / Lettering: Love Lettering / Rentals: Purdon’s / Food trucks: GastroGnomes and Fork In The Road / Cake: Elizabeth Lowry / Videography: Reel Special

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Breanna reply

    The bright colors in the florals are fabulous! So lively and fun. Speaking of a fun touch to a wedding, I love the idea of using a food truck. I never would have thought of something like that! Such a unique detail to incorporate in a wedding. I also think the bride’s denim jacket is adorable. This whole shoot is just so casual and cute.

  2. avatar Hannah reply

    Love the food truck idea! So creative. I also love the naked cake – one of my favorite new trends. I think they are so simple and pretty!

  3. avatar Laurie Garza (Fleurie) reply

    This is beyond cute! Love the whole feel of the wedding inspiration. Great job on the flowers from Jessica of Blooms ‘n Blossoms! So proud of my Kentucky friend!

  4. avatar Jackie Lee / Every Last Detail reply

    Thank you for featuring this inspiration shoot. I’m so honored and excited for the vendor team. This was an effort of love by everyone involved for the desire to support so many small, local businesses. I love how it turned out!!

  5. avatar Henry Zonio reply

    Great idea and amazing colors. Great job on the photography from Conrhod Zonio Photography… and I’m not just saying that because he’s my brother :)

  6. avatar Suzi Hjorth reply

    Great job everyone–terrific idea, wonderful colors, fun style!

  7. avatar Jessica Jones reply

    Thank you for this fabulous feature! I’m feeling incredibly blessed to have my work on Southern Weddings AND work alongside these amazing vendors!

  8. avatar Rachel Wells reply

    Food trucks are so fun! What a colorful & inspiring shoot- awesome display of how perfect they are for weddings. I was dying for a food truck at my own wedding!

  9. avatar Pat Moon reply

    What an interesting idea to use food trucks for wedding food! I could even see them being used for other events as well instead of the typical catering. Thanks for sharing.

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Having your wedding somewhere that isn’t traditionally a venue comes with its fair share of challenges, but if a place has special meaning to you and your beau, all of the headaches that come with tasks like mowing lawns and renting generators can be so very worth it. Charlotte and Zachary have been visiting Zachary’s family farm together since they started dating, and especially after he chose the location as the place where he proposed, they knew it would be the most meaningful place for them to become husband and wife. As you can see, all of the work they put into preparing the farm for their 225 guests paid off, and every sweet bit of it was captured beautifully by our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Mint Photography!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Zach and I have known each other since we were children. We were both born in Temple, Texas, and grew up there. My family and I moved to the Dallas area in 2001. After relocating to Austin with my family in 2010, Zach and I reconnected. Our romance blossomed at a summer concert in Belton and we started dating.
Tell us all about the proposal! Zach proposed in March 2012 during a picnic on the bluff overlooking the river at his family’s farm in Temple, Texas, where we were later married.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The Baird family farm, where Zach’s grandfather lives, has a special place in the hearts of the Baird family. It is where Zach proposed to me, and where we have spent many happy times fishing and kayaking.

The long walk with my dad across the pasture to the ceremony site was so memorable. During that walk, it seemed that everything had come together, even despite the threat of rain. I could finally relax and enjoy the moment.

The rustic setting–the farm’s pecan orchard and hay barn–was very Southern. We loved serving Southern foods, from the fork-tender barbecued brisket, sausage, and turkey, to the pies displayed on vintage cake stands and topped with Blue Bell ice cream. The bridal party, as well as many of our guests, wore boots, and we gave away jars of Texas honey as favors

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Choosing a venue where we had to bring in generators for electricity, lighting, tables, chairs, a dance floor, decor, restroom facilities, etc. proved to be more work than we had anticipated, but my family and friends pitched in to help set up, decorate, and clean up. All of the hard work was worth it to have our wedding and reception at the Baird family farm, a place that means so much to me and my husband’s family.

When did y’all get married? April 27, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225
Describe your wedding flowers. We were married in the pecan orchard on the bluff overlooking the river. Two towering pecan trees wrapped with billowing tulle bows and two large, flower-filled garden urns framed the wedding party during the ceremony. White ceramic vases hung from shepherd’s hooks along the aisles of white chairs. My bouquet was a natural gathered bouquet of white and ivory flowers and the boutonnieres for Zach and his groomsmen were made of white lisianthus blossoms. Tables at the reception were decorated with simple flowers displayed in vintage vases, milk glass, and jars. Hay bales covered with burlap provided extra seating for the children to have a better view of the ceremony, and additional hay bale couches draped in cloth served as extra seating at the reception.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We both love pie, so we had 27 assorted pies instead of a wedding cake. The flavors included Southern pecan, peach, apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, buttermilk, and Almond Joy.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The fact that everyone seemed to have a great time. The barbecue, pies and band were great, and it was so much fun to see generations of family members dancing together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We built a new home together in Salado and moved in after our wedding. We are enjoying settling into married life and our new home, and we are looking forward to building a family and future together.

Photographer: Mint Photography / Planner: Michelle Jones Meeks at Majestic Time Wedding & Event Planning / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Creative Innovations / Pie Baker: Texas Pie Company / Caterer: Louie Mueller Barbecue / Rentals: Marquee Rents, Party Rentals of Texas, and Best Memories Tent & Dance Floor Rentals / Lighting: Action Rental / Band: Sloppy Joe Band / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bridal Salon: Serendipity Bridal / Paper Products: Studio W Designs / Hair Stylist: Christopher Rodriguez at Allure Salon / Makeup Artist: Timea Peterfia / Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank / Transportation: Fairway Sports Vehicles

Mint Photography is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Breanna reply

    What a beautiful wedding! How blessed Zach and Charlotte must feel to have been able to get married in such a special spot with so much meaning to the two of them and the groom’s family. I love the idea of pies in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. The photographs are unbelievable! And, of course, I have to mention how stunning the bride looks!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    such a lovely farm wedding! And a beautiful bride!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Adore those sweet flower girls :)

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It feels like it has been ages since the V6 launch party and our annual Gingerbread Barn Building Contest, doesn’t it? Getting to see so many of our local North Carolina friends twice in a row at those events is such a delight, but since the V7 launch party (gracious, it’s strange to type that!) is still a ways away, we decided that we needed to plan a little summer gathering too!

We’ll be hanging out at The Belted Goat at Fearrington starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 25–we’re hoping to be able to sit outside on the patio, but if it’s hot, we’ll be inside in the air conditioning. The Belted Goat has delicious coffee, lots of tasty breakfast items if you’re hungry, and even our favorite Maple View ice cream, in case you feel like starting the day with dessert :) It’s going to be super low-key, so no need to dress up or bring anything special–we just want to hang out with y’all!

Will we see you there? Comment and let us know!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Tamia Davis reply

    I would love to come!!! As a up and coming Wedding and Event Coordinator in North Carolina who shares the same southern flare you ladies have, I think it is an awesome idea. I love the magazine, keep up the amazing work!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I will definitely plan on being there (the benefits of being a local reader). And I’m really excited that I finally get to visit the Fearrington!

  3. avatar Eva reply

    Hi ladies – I will most definitely be coming! I love all of your posts, and they are finally directly applicable to me as a newly engaged woman! Can’t wait to meet you all!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hooray! Can’t wait to meet YOU, and best wishes on your engagement!!

  4. avatar Hannah reply

    If only my best friend’s wedding wasn’t the next day, I would make a special trip down! I think she may notice if her Maid of Honor is missing though :).

  5. avatar Allyson W. reply

    I always love attending the launch parties and the summer meet-up sounds so fun, can’t wait to see you all next month!

  6. avatar Lauren reply

    Looking forward to coming out and meeting y’all!

  7. avatar Amanda Thompson reply

    I would love to visit with you lovely ladies! Looking forward to some sweet fellowship!!!

  8. avatar Maysee reply

    Count us in! We love to see you guys!

  9. avatar Lauren Taylor reply

    I just moved to Durham in June, so excited to be in the area! I will be there!

  10. avatar Carrie reply

    I’ll be there!

  11. avatar John Cain Sargent reply

    Hi y’all! So excited to see you and be in your neck of the woods.

  12. avatar Eva Moss reply

    I will be coming tomorrow morning! Can’t wait!

  13. avatar charity reply

    I’d love to come! Can I bring my son? He’d like breakfast!


  14. avatar Haley Moore reply

    I’ll be there! :)

  15. avatar Denise Lagaly reply

    I just dropped my youngest off for church summer camp and realized I have time to get out there after all! See you soon, I look forward to meeting you all!

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