Meet the owners of the most dreamiest and perfect barn venue for your wedding day! Annie Jo and Jackson Richard are the owners of Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm.
Coming from a photographers point of view Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm has every perk a photographer dreams of pulling up to and getting to document at a wedding. I fell in love with it the very first time I came across it on Pinterest. I reached out to this one of a kind sweet couple because I wanted to get to know the 2 master minds behind this beautiful venue.
I want my future brides to look into this place when they start searching for their perfect wedding venue. But, its not just a glorious venue, the owners and family make you feel welcome and loved right when you walk through the doors.
I asked the couple a few questions so you can better know who they are what their venue represents. So, sit back and enjoy getting to know these two and all the pretty pictures I got to take of them. 🙂
Annie Jo and I started dating when we were 17 years old. We were lucky enough to meet at a church retreat that we were invited to by friends. The Lord truly did bring us together because it was a coincidence that we both ending up getting to go. We were just sophomores in high school when we met, I drug my feet around for about a year and then I finally asked her to go on a date with me. I’ll never forget the night we first kissed. It was a full moon and I can still remember how brightly the moon glowed and how beautiful she looked standing in that field that night. While I was in my truck on the way home, the song History in the Making came on the radio and I remember thinking about the lyrics; “Maybe this, could be our last first kiss,” We decided that this would be our song. When it came time to decide on college, we decided to go to school together at The University of North Alabama so we could be together. When we went to student orientation, I Kept noticing the phrase “History in the Making” on all of their brochures. Sometimes, I think back on our story and can’t help but think of all the things God did for us to lead us together. Well about four years later I proposed to my high school sweetheart on campus in front of an antique teal door that I wrote “History in the Making” on of course.
Annie Jo loves weddings and design and is wonderful working with people. We had joked with each other and with our parents about the idea of building a wedding venue, but never really thought much else of it until it came time to plan for our future. At that point is when we started to take Annie Jo’s idea more seriously and started working through ideas of how we could make this dream become a reality. So, with A LOT of help from our parents, family and friends, we built this dream on Harvest Road and naturally, named it Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm.
In ten years from now, we would love to have some staff to help handle the daily tasks since we hope to have started a family. We will still love to get to meet and talk with people and hear and get to be a part of their love story (this is our favorite part and getting to know people always will be). Annie Jo will still be very involved with the business and making sure everything is being handled in a way that keeps the integrity of Harvest Hollow. But for now, we are doing just about everything on our own. Which is one reason why I think Harvest Hollow is so much different than many other wedding venues out there. We built Harvest Hollow out of love. We wanted a place to display our love story and help others add to their love stories. Most wedding venues are built for business, and although we do operate as a business, every piece of wood in that building, every blade of grass that gets cut, all the extra tasks that go unnoticed by others are simply acts of love to each other. It is a symbol not only of our love for each other, but all the family and friends that helped us accomplish our dream, the late nights and early mornings they gave up to help us get to where we are. We don’t do all of this for profit, it is much more than that! It truly is something special to get to sit back and watch two people pledge the rest of their lives together. People do not seem to understand how much work goes into building a wedding venue and how stressful it is to run one. If we did this just for money, I’d say it isn’t worth it but it is so much more than that to us. But no matter how hard the work is, how hot it is outside, if something else has been broken and needs to be fixed, or just trying to make the day good for everyone. It is almost impossible not to see that setting sun behind that big white building, and think about how much love I have for Annie Jo…… and smile. I don’t think many other wedding venue owners can say that.
We had some of the most talented vendors in the Huntsville/Madison Alabama area add to this shoot.
Vania Morris with Shop Moss: Handmade Earrings.
Florist: Bella Petali
I hope yall enjoyed getting to know these two and I hope to document your wedding day here at Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm! Check back every Wednesday on all things weddings. Be sure to find me on Instagram for behind the scenes as well.
Henagar • Alabama
Woven Soul Photography is a motherhood and family photographer who serves clients in Henagar, Alabama and surrounding cities.