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See what happened when Martha Stewart showed up at my barn!

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  • See what happened when Martha Stewart showed up at my barn!

    What a fun new forum to share my barn story!

    "Gorgeous and Green: A Martha Stewart Wedding" will premier this Saturday evening (Dec 20) on the Style Network. It's an hour long special that gives all the "inside story" to putting together the "country wedding" of Martha's assistant Liesl wedding to country music artist Kevin Haynie who plays with Josh Turner. There will also be a 10 page spread in the MS Weddings magazine that comes out in a couple weeks. The wedding and reception all took place at my farm and in my new barn!

    We just finished building the barn this summer--the wedding was late Sept--and we hadn't yet moved any horses in. It was pre-poop. It didn't have any cross fencing up either. This is the same barn that so many COTH BBers have given me great advice on for the last year! They got married in the field a couple hundred yards from the barn on a nice little square of grass I cut with my mower. After the ceremony they had "cocktails on the porch," then dinner in the barn.

    I learned all sorts of neat, but maybe useless things. Things like if you run a table all the way down my center aisle it will seat 64. A round table for 10 fits nicely into a 12 x 12 stall. Some dogs have rhinestone collars. Some New York film producers are very afraid of ticks, mice can be a problem too. The trash can that is in the feed room to hold grain is a great place to hide a pair $17,500 earrings on loan from Tiffnay's for a couple hours. Just because someone is an editor for Martha Stewart doesn't mean they can fold a napkin better than I can. Martha doesn't think her French bulldogs would enjoy a swim in the river, "they aren't that kind of dog"--see rhinestones above. Josh Turner looks like he's about 17 years old in real life. His dad has a great sense of humor. When I put my fencing in I needed to move it about 20 yards from where I had planned to leave a good spot for a tent. My brick floors can have quite a bit of dirt on them and still look great. It's a pain in the tush to clean the windows on my 12 foot high aisle doors. There are wedding planners who must have a quarter million dollar minimum budget before they accept a client. I can fit boxes for 45 lamp shades of various sizes in my two horse trailer if I'm very careful how I stack them. A 9 foot wide wash stall may or may not be the right size to wash a horse in but it is the perfect size to set up a wedding cake in.

    For the record Martha herself could not have been more pleasant. Her various staffs were professional and fun. They did a great job of staying within my demand that they use no nails. All in all it was a good experience from my point of view. And the farm looks better on film than real life!

    Here's the short preview she ran on her show, she talks how the bride and groom met then it starts about the wedding 3:00 into it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huLIZlDo_mU

    And here are some photos she posted on her blog after the wedding (Updated link, She moved it to a new post):
    Last edited by subk; Dec. 18, 2008, 10:22 PM.

  • #2
    SubK, that is too cool!! I wish I got the Style network so I could watch it. Having Martha Stewart break in your barn--is that kind of like having the Queen christen your ship? Did you have Martha smash a bottle of champagne on a barn door for good luck?


    • #3
      That's awesome! And what a gorgeous wedding...
      "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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      • #4
        That was a neat experience, I bet.

        Good that you got to do that before horses went in, but in a way, would horses looking into the aisle have been a nice touch, or at least posing out in a pen, for people to admire and pet their soft noses?

        Those frenchies look like really neat, well cared for dogs, rhinestones and all.

        Can't wait for more pictures showing more of the barn.
        Nothing beats a new barn, much less one with that story to tell already.


        • #5
          Oh gosh, that is just amazing- loved the farm! LOVELY!


          • #6
            I love Martha Stewart! That sounds like such fun


            • #7
              WOW, what a beautiful barn!
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              • #8
                That's quite a story - now we want to know the details of how special your barn is for horses!~
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                • #9
                  You have just a beautiful place!!!! What an honor!
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                  • #10
                    I am......

                    Green with envy! What a cool experience for your farm and barn! Thanks for sharing the link, I looked at every picture!
                    Just because I talk slow doesn't mean that I actually AM slow.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by subk View Post
                      Some New York film producers are very afraid of ticks, mice can be a problem too. The trash can that is in the feed room to hold grain is a great place to hide a pair $17,500 earrings on loan from Tiffnay's for a couple hours.
                      What a great first paragraph that would make for a mystery/adventure novel.
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                      There is a crack in everything
                      That's how the light gets in.


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                        Originally posted by TB-Kate View Post
                        Did you have Martha smash a bottle of champagne on a barn door for good luck? :loll:
                        The doors are probably more durable than mr. subk's heart in that instance--so no champagne bottle smashing. However, I'm pretty sure some was spilled on the aisle floor and in the field around the barn. Although it's more likely it was beer. The bride and groom both come from down to earth families--very nice people. The NYC people were different, but fun and nice too. (The "real" christening was in June before it was totally finished with crawfish, beer, my friends, neighbors and the barn builders family and friends!)
                        Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                        That's quite a story - now we want to know the details of how special your barn is for horses!~
                        That's the coolest part! I designed every square foot with much consideration and angst for maximum functionality as a private training facility. Everything from drainage and ventilation to how big the wash stall is and where the electric plugs are were carefully considered. When I got anxious or unsure I'd come here to talk it out and get great answers to my questions. I've been in hundreds of barns in the last 40 years, but it is amazingly hard to remember the specifics enough when you're actually designing one yourself. Nobody should underestimate how much this COTH bb had a part in building this barn!
                        Originally posted by Blkarab View Post
                        What an honor!
                        I don't think of it quite as an honor as much as a beneficial, fun and memorable event for all the parties involved! Plus, I got some great pictures out of it for the barn's bathroom. http://chronicleforums.com/Forum/ima...ons/icon12.gif


                        • #13
                          What a great honor! Congratulations!
                          "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



                          • #14
                            OMG! I saw the episode when she talked about that!! In fact I came here and talked about how jealous I was to have a barn like that but it was buried in some random thread about something else. Congrats!!! I love your barn subk!! I will have to watch for it on Style now!
                            There are stars in the Southern sky and if ever you decide you should go there is a taste of time sweetened honey.


                            • #15
                              Oh my! I didn't believe you when you told me this but now there is photo documentation!!

                              I am truly sorry I missed the party but I hope I will have the chance to see the place in person sometime in the near future.
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                              • #16
                                Hope they paid you loadsa $$$ too!


                                • #17
                                  How fun!

                                  We're actually contemplating a move to the Nashville area (Franklin, specifically), and I'd also be looking to buy a property where I can build a private training facility... can I pick your brain for builders, etc., when it gets past the "maybe" stage?
                                  Patience pays.


                                  • #18
                                    What a gorgeous farm you have! It looks like a really neat idea for a wedding....lots of fun. I'm glad you had a positive experience with Martha. Having been a former East Hampton, NY resident (where Martha also has a home), I can tell you she is not the most pleasant person at times (will spare you stories).

                                    My daughter has always said she wants to get married on our farm. I will be sure to watch the full segment for ideas. It looked lovely from the short clip!
                                    Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


                                    • #19
                                      I can't see the photos on the link, it says the something about the pictures possibly being moved. Would love to see the pictures, etc. Sounds like you have a beautiful barn!!!!

                                      I have to admit I'm jealous that you got to see/meet Josh Turner!!!! He's so good looking and I love his music!!!


                                      • #20
                                        Oh my goodness, I LOOOOOOOVE Josh Turner! I am green with envy.
                                        I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry