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Eleven years after they first dated in college, Lacey and Caleb ended up in the same town yet again, but this time, they knew they were meant to be. Two and a half years later, they were newly married at Brownfield Fulford Farm dancing to the very same song they had heard performed at a coffee shop when they were just friends falling in love. Fun fact: BDK and I had our own first dance to the song he played on our first date!

Along with their sweet love story, I am smitten with the beautiful, neutral details filling Lacey and Caleb’s lovely day! Thanks so much to Jen Dillender for capturing it all and sharing it with us!

I went to two different dress shops with something really simple in mind. My mom and my best friend came with me. With no luck at the first place, we headed to the next place, and when we walked in, I saw my dress hanging on a rack. It looked perfect for me! I tried on a few similar dresses, just to make sure it was the one, and it was! I think I looked at it every single day until the wedding because I loved it so much!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look for several reasons. Caleb and I love pictures and we knew that if we didn’t do a first look, we wouldn’t get much time after the ceremony to do our portraits. We also wanted to do the majority of our pictures before the wedding so that we could have more time after the ceremony to be with our friends and family. It was a really special moment and I am so glad we did it!

There are so many details that we loved at our wedding, but the flowers just blew me away. Our altar had two beautiful wine barrels topped with the most extravagant flowers I had ever seen! I could have never imagined such beautiful arrangements and colors!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. A close friend ours, Chuck, married us. He and his wife also did a little pre-marital counseling with us. He presented the gospel and the most beautiful message about marriage. It was perfect.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was a huge barn surrounded by trees. We had mason jars for kids to drink from, mashed potatoes, and sweet tea at the reception. Our dance playlist included lots of two-stepping music and other classics. We were surrounded by rustic wine barrels and chalkboard signs.

For our first dance, our friend sang “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid. We heard Brandon Reid sing it at a coffee shop when we were just friends falling in love, so it was really special to dance to it! We told our parents to choose what songs we danced to with them. I danced with my dad to “I Saw God Today” by George Strait and Caleb danced with his mom to “How Sweet It Is.”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Caleb and I met when I was a junior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We saw each other at a concert, and even though we didn’t speak, we both felt like we had to meet each other. Some time went by, and while I was at a mutual friend’s house one day, Caleb showed up with some of his friends! We never spoke a word to each other while we were all hanging out, but when he saw me leaving, Caleb walked me to my car and asked me for my number. We loved each other instantly and dated for a year and a half, but I broke his heart to go travel and do mission work for a year. We moved on, had other relationships, went through some life-changing experiences…and 11 years later, after moving around several times, we ended up in the same town again. Caleb emailed me (we didn’t have each other’s numbers anymore) and asked me if we could get together and catch up. We met for coffee and talked for hours. I denied my feelings for him for a whole year while he waited patiently, asking me to be his girlfriend over and over. I finally gave in and fell head over heels. We “officially” dated for a year before he asked me to marry him!
Tell us all about the proposal! Besides our wedding day, this is my favorite day/experience/moment of my life! It was my birthday and Caleb had a special day planned for us. First, he picked me up and we went for ice cream. He then drove us to the park and unpacked a picnic that included crackers, my favorite wine, speakers, a guitar, and some presents. We sat on a quilt surrounded by the trees, with a little creek next to us. Totally my love language! He played his guitar and sang the sweetest song that he wrote for me. By now, I was sweating a little…I just had a feeling! He played one of our favorite songs that we had danced to when we first dated twelve years ago, and then he asked me to dance. “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid came on, and he stopped dancing and grabbed something out of his bag–a ring!!! He got on his knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Little did I know, he had one of my best friends hidden in the trees, taking pictures and recording the whole thing! He also had all of our friends and family waiting at my favorite restaurant to surprise me and celebrate with us. Truly one of the best days of my life.
When did y’all get married? August 8, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My cake was an ivory four-tiered cake adorned with fresh flowers and a wooden G, set atop a vintage cake stand. My groom had a rustic pie table full of cherry and apple pies, served with vintage silver pie servers.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! I borrowed my earrings from my maid of honor, Susan. My mom surprised me with something blue: a vintage handkerchief embroidered with my initials. For my something old, I wrapped a strand of my mom’s wedding veil around my bouquet. My dad surprised me with something new: a beautiful pearl bracelet.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? One of the biggest challenges was planning such a big, detailed wedding in less that six months at a venue that didn’t provide any amenities. It was overwhelming at times, not to mention more expensive, to plan an event from scratch. Totally worth it though!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are so many, but one of the most memorable moments was when my dad gave a toast at our reception. We stood there for the first time as husband and wife, surrounded by everyone we loved, listening to my dad say the sweetest words. It was a moment that I will cherish forever!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Remember the reason for the season you are in: you are marrying the man of your dreams. Planning a wedding is stressful, for sure, but stick to your vision, and don’t wait until the last minute to do anything!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving married life! Life is very simple right now. We both love where we are with our jobs and just getting to do life together. We look forward to many traveling adventures and hopefully starting a family in the near future!

Photographer: Jen Dillender / Videographer: Brian and Mariah Williams / Planner: Sherry Alexander / Venue: Brownfield Fulford Barn / Florist: Lou Dee’s / Wedding Cake: Market Street / Pies: Slaton Bakery / Caterer: Jeana’s Feedbag / Rentals: Festive Occasions / DJ: West Texas DJ / Programs: Invitations to Celebrations / Invitations: Elli / Bride’s Gown: “L164013” by Jasmine / Bride’s Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. / Bride’s Necklace: Dogeared / Hair Stylist: Cassie Temple of Terra Bella Lubbock / Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Men’s Vests and Pants: JCPenney / Men’s Shirts: H&M / Patches: Sew Happy Girls / Lavender: The Lavender Gal / Flower Girl Dresses: Princess Feathers Boutique / Ring Bearer Suspenders and Bow Tie: The Boytique Express

Jen Dillender is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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When a couple with a passion for organic farming ties the knot, you just know their wedding is going to be full of homegrown goodness. Josie and Shawn used plenty of local, seasonal foods and flowers at their wedding, but they also took the cozy feeling of home one step further–their venue was a farm where they, and many of their guests, had attended grade school functions over the years. The sentimental location was a natural choice, and the fact that it was a farm was a perfect fit for Josie and Shawn!

Thanks so much to Ashley Relvas for sharing this sweet day with us!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes. We had a Quaker ceremony and we entered together. Since we both work outside and have been farmers for a long time, we don’t get dressed up very often. We thought it would be fun for everyone to see the whole look all at once as a surprise! We were so glad we did it–it was exciting!

We knew we wanted to be married outside on a farm. Quailhill Farm is very special, as it has always been a part of our school community. Elizabeth and Peter were extremely generous in inviting us to have our wedding there! Elizabeth is the librarian at the school we grew up attending together, and their daughters went to school with us. Fun school-related events were often held at their farm, so it was a special place for a lot of people who attended our wedding.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, and one of our favorite phrases was, “I will accept you for exactly who you are.” We have practiced this in our six years of dating and will continue to through our marriage. We will work to accept and support each other even as we change over time.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was all Maryland (yes, Maryland is technically the South)–the food and flowers were all grown, arranged, and prepared in Maryland! We were married on a working farm surrounded by mostly Marylanders, plus the occasional North Carolinian.

Our wedding flowers were gorgeous! Our friend Jackie from De La Tierra Gardens in Carroll County, Maryland grew and arranged them for us. We knew we wanted lots of texture, whites, greens, and little pops of color. She really blew us away. She used a beautiful mix of whites and greens with poppy pods, dusty miller, hydrangea, peonies, and so many other beautiful and seasonal flowers. They really made the tables special. Her dad even made the cedar boxes that the table arrangements were in!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We made all the favors, place cards, signs, and other details for the day. We used hay bales that the farm already had for ceremony seating–we just had to help get them out of the barn and set them up! We decorated the ceremony with flowers in cheap metal bins from the hardware store and the caterer was able to provide cushions for the bales for a really low price per cushion. We only served beer and wine, and we were able to get a discount on both since we were working directly with the brewery and winery. Lastly, the dancing was going to go on for longer than the caterer was supposed to stay, so we had them put the beer and wine in a cooler and pack up on time so we didn’t get charged overtime for their staff! It worked out really well!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in middle school when we were 11 years old. We were good friends for all those years and went to separate colleges, but kept in touch on holidays back home in Maryland. After college, just before Shawn went into the Peace Corps (two and a half years in Morocco!), we started seeing a lot more of each other. We wrote a few letters back and forth the first year he was gone, and during the second year, we picked up the pace. I went to visit him for two weeks in May 2008 and we’ve been together ever since. Throughout our long-distance first year together, we sent a journal back and forth that we called “The Book,” where we wrote journal entries, letters, drew pictures, made collages, added photos and stickers–it was such a great way to stay close through all that time apart. When he returned, we apprenticed on a couple of organic farms together (spending as much time together as possible!) and we’ve both been in agriculture and farm education since then.
Tell us all about the proposal! We had recently moved and had been hoping for months to go on a camping trip. We finally got a date on the calendar to go for a hike in the mountains a few hours north. As we approached the peak, Shawn kept checking the map to make sure we were in the right place–which should have been a clue, since we usually just go with the flow! I kept saying, “I’m sure we’ll find it, we’ll just keep going up!” When we made it to the view he had in mind, we stood close to each other, side by side, just taking it in. He put his arm around me, held out the ring, and said, “What do you say we get married?” I saw the ring and my mind started racing–it was my grandmother’s engagement ring! How did he have it? When did he get it? That meant my parents knew! With my hands over my mouth, I looked up at him and said “WHAT??” He chuckled and went on to say so many nice things about me and us and how amazing it would be to get married after five years of dating and almost 20 years of friendship. We hugged, cried a little, jumped up and down, and I eventually remembered to actually SAY yes. After we bounced down the mountain on our way to celebrate, we signed out of the log book with the time and “We’re engaged!!”
When did y’all get married? June 14, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 150
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I knew the neckline and waistline I was looking for and found something affordable on Etsy! I had it fitted shortly after receiving it and I loved it!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? During a Quaker ceremony, there is a period of silence after the couple says their promises where guests can share messages. We asked our mothers to end the ceremony with a reading or message that they wanted to share. They were both so special and meaningful, and they both quoted Wendell Berry (one of our favorite authors)!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am.” Not only does this song speak to the part of our promises I mentioned before, but we also passed this song back and forth while Shawn was in Morocco, so it is a little bit nostalgic for us.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had pies made with seasonal fruits, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry crumb. There was also a chocolate pie for folks who don’t love fruit pies. They were delicious!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky and a cool breeze. The most memorable moment of this perfect day was sitting down after we finished exchanging promises and rings during the ceremony, and we looked around to see all our friends and family surrounding us. It was so exciting and comforting to have everyone there.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We recently moved to Brooklyn and both have jobs working with urban farms and gardens. We are looking forward to settling into our new lives here, but we miss our family down South!

Photographer: Ashley Relvas Photography / Venue: Quailhill Farm / Florist: De La Tierra Gardens / Catering and Pies: Ridgewells / Rentals and Lighting: ABC Party and Tent Rental / DJ: Josh Rhett of My Deejay / Invitations: Paperless Post / Bride’s Shoes: Modcloth / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew

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  1. avatar Emily reply

    LOVE their Quaker marriage certificate! We had one at our wedding and it’s my favorite!

  2. avatar Ashley Relvas reply

    Thank you ladies so much for the beautiful feature!!

  3. avatar Mandy Volpe reply

    Love the chicken as a part of the wedding pictures! Love their take on the wedding vows “as you are” is a beautiful reminder of the change that happens in a marriage!

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

We hope you’re tucked up somewhere cozy with your family, your friends, or maybe just your honey.

We couldn’t resist sharing just a few of our favorite pies from last year’s Blue Ribbon Bounty editorial in honor of the gooder than gravy fixin’s we’re about to consume. You can take a peek at all the yumminess here.

We are so thankful for y’all: for your enthusiasm over the things we create and share, for your encouragement of our mission, and for the ways you inspire us to work harder and do better through your own relationships and weddings. Huge hugs and Thanksgiving kisses from each of us to you, today and every day.

Happy eating! xo,
Lara, Emily, Marissa, Nicole, Kristin, and Lisa

All photos by Joey & Jessica

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    I am dying to find out where the white “stars shine so bright in TEXAS” plate came from??? I live in Lubbock and this just makes me oh so happy! If you could let me in on that little detail that would be so sweet!
    Thank you so much,
    Kelsea Gale

  3. avatar Michelle Hanson reply

    I would like to second Kelsea’s comment above! This Dallasite NEEDS those plates!! Help a girl out? :)

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