Miss A Columnist

Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Plow To Vow Locally Sourced Wedding Trend

Local and sustainable eating is becoming increasingly popular, and summer is a big time for weddings. One of the hottest trends today is the “homegrown wedding.” Brides and grooms are looking for fun menus filled with seasonal selections and local fare. One Greensboro-based business is promoting a “marriage” of seasonal recipes with romantic receptions. It’s what this company calls “Plow to Vow.”

Photo credit: Summerfield Farms

Photo Credit: Summerfield Farms

“We are a unique wedding destination. We have everything you need on one property,” said Lee Comer, owner of Iron Hen Café and Catering & Events. “We have a breathtaking farm, complete with acres of scenic Carolina countryside, grazing animals, and a renovated barn.”
Comer’s parent company, Fresh.Local.Good. food group, sources more than 80 percent of its meat and produce from local farmers; including its grass fed and finished beef, which comes from Summerfield Farms located just 15 miles from their kitchen. “This is a working farm, and you can really taste the difference between this beef and those served by other restaurants. Plus, their commitment to rotational grazing and other sustainable farming practices helps the environment,” said Comer.
These days, weddings, rehearsal parties and receptions are becoming less formal and more creative, and that fits perfectly with their approach to fun-filled events which can be individually tailored to each couple. This farm offers couples a variety of unique settings to stage their event and create an unforgettable way to get hitched.
Want to incorporate this idea into your own wedding planning? Think outside of the box when selecting your caterer and venue! Ask lots of questions regarding food sources and preparation methods. Insist upon locally grown fruits and vegetables and beef from grass-fed cows. Local wines are also usually an option, as are locally grown flowers. It is all about asking the right questions. The extra effort is definitely worth it if a couple wants to create an event that reflects both their tastes and personal values!

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