How many people do you know who have started a farm? I guess depending on the community you live in the answer could vary, but for us, living in a growing city like Nashville I can’t say I know many folks who have attempted such a daunting feat. When we first getting to know Leah & Ross, Leah shared some beautiful words about the journey they had been on together and the impact farming had on their lives and relationship…
“Starting a farm with Ross… It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the most rewarding. It taught me more about myself and about Ross and I as a couple than any other singular event could have. I learned patience (which I only *thought* I had before farming), how to relinquish control, to sacrifice small pleasures for a greater goal, to always chase our dreams, and to always be grateful and not take even the simplest things for granted.”
These two live fully out of that place. Chasing dreams, practicing patience, expressing gratitude and enjoying the simplest things in life (like Ross delighting in short “bar lines”). This day was full of so much life: vows that show the depth of trust they’ve brought out in one another, a Wendell Berry poem read aloud during the ceremony, a surprise “bottle dance” by loved ones, and a 15 minute version of the hora (sung by Ross himself) because these two want to soak in every ounce of joy they can. They strive to be fully present. They want to laugh and celebrate and do silly walks together at sunset without carrying what anyone else thinks.
Leah and Ross, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world. Thank you for being vulnerable, for showing up, and for being present with one another on your incredible Hachland Hill Wedding day!