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Local Farm Trades Its Pumpkins for the Glass Slipper

John Rodgers does the finishing touches for Saturday’s “country chic” wedding, held at the Live Oak Farms in Walterboro. . Photo by Heather Walters

John Rodgers does the finishing touches for Saturday’s “country chic” wedding, held at the Live Oak Farms in Walterboro. . Photo by Heather Walters

Saturday evening’s breeze through the oaks at Live Oak Farms made sheets of hanging almond toile and white lights sway, giving a picturesque contrast to the horses that strolled by and the burlap on the tables. “I’m excited to be getting married under the oaks, and in the lights. It’s a perfect setting for us,” said bride-to-be Amy Nettles. Nettles and her fiancé, Jason Canaday, held their wedding ceremony at the country setting in Walterboro, an up-and-coming venue for country-chic weddings.

“We are a surprise for people, for people to see the elegance in the country,” said farm owner Suzanne Butler. “We can go from black tie formal to flip flop ceremonies in the sand. Some even incorporate the horses into their ceremonies.”

Saturday’s event resembled the wedding recently shown on the hit-television series “Duck Dynasty.” Suzanne says events at her farm are increasing since the show’s wedding aired, and she hopes to capitalize on the popularity. She has already held three weddings, and she is planning to advertise her farm at the upcoming Southern Bridal Show. The property features a 96×36 covered shed, livestock, a sand floor, a concrete dance floor, and even hayrides. “They all do it differently,” Butler said, “but this is the first one under the Oaks.” Butler used to host annual fall field trips for area schools, giving children hayrides and pumpkin fields to frolic through. However, Butler said she is changing the farm’s venue to give her more time with her own family – and to cater to the growing business world. She is hosting birthday parties, corporate gatherings, weddings, and 4H clubs.

While Saturday’s wedding was a beautiful day of business for Butler, it was the perfect climax for Nettles’ and Canady’s love story, which began five years ago. “I didn’t propose to Amy,” Canaday said on Saturday, while he calmly put white candles in mason jars. “My sons had been rambunctious that day, and I told Amy they had something to tell her. I lined them up on the couch, and she probably thought they were going to apologize,” he said, “but they said, ‘Will you marry our daddy?’ And when she turned around, I had the ring.” The two plan to honeymoon in Tennessee in December, where they hope to “see snow,” he said. “This is formal, and beautiful,” Canaday said of Saturday’s wedding. “But people are comfortable. The one thing about being here is that it reflects us.”

DSC_6061The couples’ friends and family helped to style and plan their ceremony. Most of their ideas came from Pinterest, said Nettles. “We knew what we wanted. We just had to piece it all together,” she said.

For more information on Live Oak Farms, visit their website at www.liveoakfarmonline.com.

Heather Walters (1494 Posts)