When Ashlie came out to The Barn in May with her boyfriend, Caleb, and adorable chocolate lab puppy, Ollie, she thought she was getting a post-graduation celebratory photo shoot. Instead, Caleb arranged for his surprise proposal to be captured by one of our favorite photographers, Lindsey Johnson. Check out this adorable couple’s proposal and engagement shoot. We cant wait to have them back next September for their big day!
We made it! Wedding season 2013 has come to a close here at The Barn at Cedar Grove!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I, like many of you, examine the blessings in my life a little more closely. I can safely say that Amy and I are both overwhelmed with the success and love that has been showered on the Barn. With many many busy event weekends this season, we have been blessed to meet the most amazing couples, families, caterers, DJs, photographers, flowers girls, and dogs (Yes, you, Ava and Achilles!) Our property amenities have expanded with the addition of the Bride’s Cottage, and renovated with the expansion of our catering space and Groom’s Cabin. We’ve acquired 10 custom-made farm tables exclusively for our couples to use anywhere on the property. I forgot to mention we were also blessed enough to be featured in a recent Kentucky Monthly Magazine photo shoot spread and accompanying article.
To our amazing clients, thank you so much for letting us be a small part of such a special event in your lives. As much as it pains me to admit, I think I’ve teared up at every single ceremony we’ve had. I never tire of watching a groom watch his bride walk down the aisle; it gets me every time. I also never tire of “Single Ladies” being played with the garter toss, but that’s another story for another time.
As our wedding season only operates April through October, we are already thinking ahead and anxiously awaiting the reemergence of warm weather and blushing brides. While we don’t have all of our weddings ready to publish from this year, here’s a small glimpse back at this season. Don’t worry, we’ll have more of our couples to feature in future blogs posts!
Further capping off our blessed year is one outstanding music video. Check out this amazing video below by Sampley Brothers Videography of Jessica and John’s gorgeous wedding from September 14th. It’s a great example of what a perfect fall wedding here at The Barn is like. You can see all our property has to offer, how we’ve grown, and how we hope to make your day so special. With that said, go grab a tissue! You’ve been warned!!
A few weeks ago I mentioned in a blog post that I have this mad urge to run into my kitchen and bake a chocolate cake whenever my Wedding Planner Magazine arrives. While that is true, it’s not the complete truth. I’m sad to admit that I have a slight addiction. I daresay, some might call it a disease. I….sigh….I’m addicted to baking. (You can judge me. It’s okay.) Coincidentally, my husband has a sugar addiction, more specifically, a chocolate addiction. We’re a match made in heaven; what can I say?
Now, I happen to love Ina Garten’s cooking of the Barefoot Contessa. I loathe watching her show on the Food Network though. Can she seriously say, “How easy is that?” any more? And why is everything “fabulous?” Get a new word Ina…drives me nuts. Her irritating show aside, the woman can cook like nobody’s business. She’s also insanely smart. The woman has an MBA and used to work in the White House advising on nuclear policy and preparing the nuclear budget. (I’m withholding my smart mouth urge to say, “How easy is that?”) She’s smart and she can cook so I pay attention to what she has to say. When it comes to chocolate cake, she knows what she’s talking about.
When I got married, I was given her “Barefoot Contessa at Home” cookbook as gift at a wedding shower. I flipped through the pages and saw her recipe for “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake.” I’d never baked a cake from scratch before. The challenge appealed to my baking addiction as well as the aforementioned husband’s chocolate addiction. The recipe was pretty straight forward and it had coffee in it. Who could ever turn down coffee paired with chocolate? Not this girl!
Well let me just say, it was amazing. It’s so ridiculously moist and the coffee in the icing is just…yes, I’m going to say it…it’s “fabulous!” I don’t even like icing and I love this icing. I might have been guilty of eating it without the cake straight out of the mixing bowl… My family now begs for this cake whenever I come over. I used to think they liked to see ME; now I know they want to see grandkids and chocolate cake.
HERE is the link to the recipe. I have found that, for whatever reason, it doesn’t make the best cupcakes BUT a life altering two-layer 8″ cake. I’ve made this cake for family holidays, birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, days that end in Y, etc. Plates are always licked clean with none to take home.
The next time you’re off to a bridal shower and need to share a recipe, take this one. It’s a grand slam. If you need a gift, buy the “Barefoot Contessa at Home” cookbook. There are lots of other great recipes that I’ve personally tried and they don’t disappoint.