Working 60 and sometimes 80 hours a week as Martha Stewart's executive assistant, Liesl Menning hardly expected to find love. But on October 31, 2007, love walked through Liesl's office door in the form of musician Kevin Haynie. Kevin was performing on Martha's TV show (Kevin plays guitar and banjo in country singer Josh Turner's band). The two kicked off a whirlwind long-distance romance. Says Liesl, "We joke that we're like the couple in Green Acres -- city girl meets country boy." One thing they do share is a concern for the environment. "We wanted to have a wedding that was elegant and also eco-friendly," Liesl says.
The homespun dessert buffet features a charming three-tier cake (Liesl's sister adapted the recipe from Martha's apple-spice cake using organic ingredients) covered with white-chocolate maple frosting and decorated with organic apples and currants. The cake stand is wrapped in the same veneer that adorns lamp shades and candles.
Location: Fairpath Farm, Franklin, Tennessee
Catering and Candy Apples: Chef Jeremy Barlow, Tayst Restaurant.
Flowers: Madison Creek Farms
Calligraphy: Debi Zeinert, The Blooming Quill, and Elizabeth Porcher Jones.
Custom Gowns: Amsale, 800-765-0170.
Flower Girl Dresses: (No. 583) $152, Us Angels
Invitations: Martha Stewart Weddings for Crane & Co. Stamps
Ring Bearer's Box: D. Sharp
Tree Favors: Arbor Day Foundation
Chocolate Banjos: Martine's Chocolates.
Petits Fours and Cake: Karen Menning Porter of Tilly's Cakes
CD Recording: Kent Wells Productions and Bayou Recording Inc.
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