Sacred, sacred, sacred. I consider that every detail (no matter the size) in the coming together
of “the two shall be as one” as hallowed. From the moment marriage is considered, to the parental blessings, to the white dress, I find deep spiritual meaning in things connected to the love between a man and woman and the way our society and most societies around the world
have chosen to recognize the holy union. What God has joined together is a big, sacred deal.
Imagine my giddiness when I discovered a groom planned to make his proposal here at Milagro Farms.
One of our barn brides (June, 2015) lives in Colorado and is putting together a wedding with a two-hundred and thirty person guest list. Because many of the invitees are from out of state, she anticipates 150-160 people coming. (As an FYI, 150 guests is a Milagro Farms wedding size average.)
Here’s what Mesa Westlake had to share about planning a long-distance wedding:
Wedding planning is hard. In one instant you are thrust from being a student, nurse, teacher, or whatever it is that you are titled, to a professional event planner. And the stakes are high. One false move and your friends will forever remember you as the girl with the crappy wedding or worse, your most memorable day will be not remembered by others. If you throw a few hundred miles between you and your wedding location, things can become even more challenging. My friends (as well as my own long-distance wedding planning experience) have helped me develop three tricks to make coordinating a distance or destination wedding a little more bearable (if not down-right enjoyable).
Milagro Farms, Forreston, TX
I was raised in an entrepreneurial family and we engaged in a variety of exchanges: restaurants, antiques, imports, and lighting. I left the family businesses years ago and I have been working with international ministries. These recent ventures have included rather interesting doses of marketing and event planning. My work experience is all over the place. My fragmented career life has most recently come together to form a picture fit for a kaleidoscope: We moved to a farm; we opened a wedding venue.
Now my life consists of hosting weddings, working with brides (and mamas and grooms and
more family members than anyone should have, let alone include in their wedding planning), growing peach trees, and cooking for our small Bed and Breakfast. And as if I had nothing else to do, I also cater some of the large weddings held in our farm barn.
The name of this new and wildly exhausting adventure is Milagro Farms, a peach farm, wedding venue, and Bed and Breakfast set on a twenty-seven acre tract of primo land in the wooded vistas that border the cotton country of central Texas. My husband Steve and I are resident farmers along with our partners, my brother Scott and his wife Deborah. We work nonstop and when I put this old body to bed, I’m sore, exhausted, and surprisingly satisfied.
It’s good to work hard. I sleep better than I have in years.