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Get A Look At This Old Llama Farm That’s Now A Wedding Venue
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27095
VENUE:
Walnut Hill Farm
LOCATION:
Dalton, Georgia
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Farm Wedding
Simple Elegance
Dalton, Georgia
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



Pastures couldn’t be much greener than those at this old llama farm in Dalton, Georgia. With sprawling lawns, rose gardens, vineyards, mountain views, orchards, and a gorgeous stone fireplace to cozy up to outside, it’s easy to take the grounds at Walnut Hill Farm and make them home base for an awesome indoor/outdoor fete. And that’s just what this cute couple decided to do.

With a ceremony on the perfectly manicured lawns, guests were able to soak up that good southern sky as the pair exchanged wedding vows. Taking advantage of the property’s modern, bright barn as a reception spot, the night lit up with family love, unforgettable speeches, and plenty of dancing to boot. Heath of Jac & Heath Photography captured these gorgeous shots while his usual counterpart, Jac, played bridesmaid. We had a little chat with him to get the low down on the behind-the-scenes below.

Words and photography by Heath Bennett of Jac & Heath Photography

 

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The Ace Hotel New Orleans is About to Become Your Favorite Place to Stay in the Big Easy
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27098
VENUE:
Ace Hotel New Orleans
LOCATION:
New Orleans, Louisiana
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Renovated Retail Store
Modern Americana
Warehouse District
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

When it comes to New Orleans, it’s not so much a matter of telling people they need to visit. The Big Easy is on practically everyone’s travel list. Instead, what’s key is knowing where to stay in New Orleans—and the answer is the Ace Hotel New Orleans.

On the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette, one of the coolest hotels in one of the liveliest cities waits for you to start the vacation of a lifetime. Tucked in the perfect part of town—close to art galleries, museums, shops, and cocktail lounges—the Ace Hotel New Orleans can be your headquarters as you head out and explore the French Quarter and South Market District. Meanwhile, it's up to you to explore the city's mystical nooks and unearth your own local favorites. Having only opened in the Warehouse District last year, the 234-room hotel is only a recent gorgeous addition. In a nine-story art deco building, the celebrated hospitality chain finally put up an outpost in a city they've long had their eye on. How could they not, with the music, the food, the history, and the energy?

 

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See The Entire USA By Way Of Train From LA To NYC
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27103
VENUE:
Amtrak
LOCATION:
USA
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Cross-Country Train Trip
Winter Wonderland
LA to NYC
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



Riding the rails has long been romanticized in the grand lore of America. That’s because when it comes down to it, a seat by the window on a train car is honestly the best way to see this country. Unlike driving a car, you can relax and daydream. Unlike sitting aboard a plane, you can behold much more than clouds. You roll by mountains, forests, lakes, fields, rivers, plains, and beaches in total awe-struck wonder.

That’s why this week's #BirthdayBucketList item is the great adventure of traveling America by train. The prospect is as inviting as it is timeless; a matter of finally completing the dream trip you and every other wandering mind first conjured up as a sparkling idea as a teenager. In short, it’s the trip—and we know someone who just did it up proper. After writer-photographer Lucy Laucht took an ‘85 Westfalia from the Big Apple to Hollywood, she decided to once again explore the spectacular lands that wait for us all between the coastlines, this time heading east and this time on a train.

Words + Photography by Lucy Rose Laucht of These Foreign Lands

 

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This Family Ranch Has Been Lovingly Tended to for Decades, and Now It’s a Beloved Wedding Venue
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27090
VENUE:
Historic Seven Sycamores
LOCATION:
Ivanhoe, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
History Lesson
Rustic Garden
Sycamore Ranch
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



In 1927, seven sycamore trees were planted in Ivanhoe, California, and the rest is history. The story doesn’t end there—in fact, it only gets better. That’s because, decades later, the orchard and farmland would become one of Central Valley’ premiere wedding venues. We're of course talking about Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch.

See, long before there were pergolas, brick paths, and ivy-laden trellises, there sat a warm and inviting homestead. Settled in the shadows of sequoias and surrounded by orange trees, the homestead remains gorgeously surrounded by its 120-acre ranch. History has remained a key component of the property, with its World War II observation tower and the barn's vintage windows being taken from a local school. New life has been no stranger either. Everything from olives to camellia flowers have popped up over the years. What may be most magical, though, is that current ranch owner Bob McKellar was raised on the property. His parents planted those iconic sycamore trees.


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We Just Found The Vehicle You Should Be Driving When You Propose To Your Better Half
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27093
VENUE:
The Joshua Tree House
LOCATION:
Joshua Tree, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Mobile Fun
Desert Exploration
Joshua Tree
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

One of our favorite hotel landing spots in Joshua Tree, the Joshua Tree House is now offering up their ahhh-mazing little vintage 1969 International Vintage Scout 800A for daily rentals. That’s right, you can use this man-candy vehicle to romp around the desert and arrive everywhere on your list in style. Oh, and by the way, it’s painted white and (drumroll, please) everyone’s favorite Pantone color of the 2017: Greenery.

“And what would I do with such a baller vehicle in the desert?” you ask. Plan a picnic on a dirt road that’s only accessible via four-wheel drive. Book a photo shoot with a handful of the best vendors you know. Arrive in style to your own wedding. Use it as a mobile DJ booth or bar backdrop for an epic desert party. Pop the question – yep, THAT one – to your soon-to-be-fiancé in the middle of the Cholla Cactus Gardens. Throw a mattress on top and go star-gazing in the park. The options are limitless, friends.

We recently connected with Richard Combs, owner of The Joshua Tree House and our favorite Scout to catch up about his crush-worthy SUV. Here’s what he has to say about taking Scout on the road.

Words by Richard Combs | Photography by the Joshua Tree House
 


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