“Mom and Dad, we’re getting married!” My husband Tim and I heard this joyous news not once, but twice in January 2015. Our oldest son, Dakota, and his girl Allison; and our oldest daughter McKenna, and her guy Justin both got engaged and thought it would be incredible to get married on our farm, which has been in our family for seven generations. We had had the idea to restore the old 1915 barn for years, but it had just never made it to the top of the “To Do” list. NOW, my husband had the motivation! And since it was the 100 year anniversary of the barn being built, it was the perfect year to breathe new life into the structure. For our family, it was the summer of all summers for weddings! In addition to our own kids, a cousin of ours and her fiancé chose to celebrate their special day at the old family barn as well.
The first wedding, McKenna and Justin’s, took place on August 15, 2015, with barely enough time to get the floors swept and lights hung in time for the ceremony. It was a 94 degree day, but it was elegant, beautiful, and perfect. The third wedding, Dakota and Allison’s, happened on October 10, 2015 – the exact day of their 6th anniversary of being together. We lucked out on the weather that day as well – breezy, but sunny and warm. They chose to have an outdoor ceremony, overlooking the pond behind the barn, and then all the festivities happened in the barn afterwards. The barn was a bit more polished by then, with actual bathrooms and everything! After all the fun and excitement we had this year celebrating such happy occasions with our family, we decided to offer our treasured barn as a venue so everyone can enjoy it. Tim has been keeping it rustic and unique, with lots of old family memorabilia and a wall for all the new brides and grooms to carve their names and wedding dates into. We have had lots of help and support from family, neighbors and friends, and wish to thank each and every one of them for putting their time, energy and love into the old family barn!
The barn was such an important centerpiece for the working farm years ago – now it will bring such enjoyment to so many couples through the next 100 years! Oh, if only Grandma and Grandpa could see it now!