Happy Valentine’s Day With Love

Could there be a better day than Valentine’s Day to share a glimpse into the love story of our very own Executive Director Darla Walker and her husband of 37 years, Mr. Howard Walker? We invite you to enjoy their story and these spectacular images shot in Ireland a few months ago as Darla and Howard celebrated their long lasting (and obviously still sizzling!) marriage.

At the sweet young age of 18 and 23, Darla and Howard were in love. Darla’s father, an evangelist, married them at a revival meeting in Atlanta, Georgia – Howard in blue jeans and Darla in her mama’s white dress. “We grew up together,” Darla admits, and they have. Their lives are blessed with children, grandchildren, and Darla’s beloved Castleton brides. “I didn’t have a typical wedding ceremony or a reception and I just love planning dream weddings for our Castleton families,” says Darla.

Killarney Countryside Offers Magical Moments

Their trip to Ireland was magic. To ride through the Killarney countryside in a horse drawn carriage with the one you love, stroll in and out of the ancient ruins of the Abbey, walk on moss covered paths in the National Forest, and take refuge in the arms of your beloved as the wind blows off the Irish coast is – to say the least – romantic! Then to do it all in a red dress, well, we have to admit, it just doesn’t get much better than that!View More: http://leahbullard.pass.us/walker2016

How Do You Make Love Last?

How does a relationship enjoy such staying power? There are many reasons behind successful relationships, but Darla believes her success is based on two main things: Love and respect. “I respect Howard. I build him up. And, he absolutely cherishes me,” says Darla. If you look closely at their photos, you can see it in their eyes.

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We at Castleton Farms wish this kind of love and staying power to all our brides this Valentine’s Day. As you celebrate the one you love, remember to respect and build each other up. Everyday. And cherish each other. Hold each other close, protect, and lovingly care for one another and before you know it, you too will be celebrating 37 years of marriage!

Photos by Leah Bullard Photography

Special thanks to Prestige Tuxedo for outfitting Howard Walker. http://prestigetuxedo.com

 

Castleton Farms is in Southern Bride Magazine

We are beyond tickled to share our southern wedding venue has been featured in one of our fave wedding magazines, Southern Bride! Our Forest Formality stylized shoot can be found in the new winter/spring issue. A formal affair meets forest surroundings in the rolling hills of Tennessee, creating the perfect setting for a Southern Bride and her groom. Sweet red roses and a robust red wine enhance the natural aromas in the air, while the table and bride herself are adorned in soft faux fur. Castleton Farms is the perfect wedding venue for any southern bride!

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We were honored to work with the following professionals:

Leah Bullard Photography

Cakery Bakery

Robinson Paper Company

All Occasions Party Rentals

Samuel Franklin (Floral Design)

Bangs and Blush

Wedding Wonderland (Gown)

Royal Scout & Co. (Fur Wrap)

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Stars & Stripes & Everything Nice: An Americana Styled Shoot

Hey friends, we’re finally getting around to sharing some inspiration from our Americana styled shoot – because it’s never too late to throw a little allegiance into a wedding, right?! After getting rained out (more like flooded out!) the first day, we had an absolute blast designing + styling and hanging out with our oh-so-talented vendors. A huge thank you to Ben at Finch Photo for braving the heat, bringing your ADORABLE kids, and giving us some of the best shots we’ve seen!

The inspiration shoot was also featured on The Bride Link and The Lovely Find. Check them out for the full galleries!

Kid Photography - Boy SalutingBohemian wedding paperHandmade wooden altar - Wedding in the woodsArbor details - Wedding in the Woodsbride in white smiling. white LaceGroom. Blue shirt, bowtie and suspenders.Food area. Styled bohemian wedding receptionBohemian wedding reception. Hot Dogs and lemonadeBerries and flowers in vintage glass bottles.Americana styled shoot - kid photographyAmericana styled shoot - Drinks4th of July drink. red white and blue cocktail, FirecrackerHomemade Lemonade at wedding receptionBohemian bride in white sitting in red chair. Red leafy bouquetVintage styled kid modelsAmericana styled shoot. Outdoor wedding receptionAmericana styled shoot - head tableStyled shoot wedding table settingAmericana styled shoot. Rustic hallwayAmericana styled shoot at a rustic barnAmericana styled shoot. Red, white and blue.Americana styled shoot naked cakeAmericana styled shoot wedding cakeWedding reception lounge areaGlass bottles with flowers and booksAmericana styled shoot lounge area with pillowsAmericana styled shoot. Bride and groom kissing in canoeAmericana styled shoot - bohemian bride and groomAmericana styled shoot. Wedding favorsBohemian bride and groom. Wedding in the woods

Stylists: Rebecca Ridner + CF staff | Florals: The Atelier | Design & Decor: BlissColdstream Market, and All Occasions Party Rentals | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Cake: Cakery Bakery | Photography: Finch Photo | Paper Products: Liddabits