Wedding planning has been on in full force around here (as you can imagine). Finding the perfect venue was top of my priority list. Especially since we have less than a year until the big day and a lot of venues get booked a year or more in advance. My vision was (is) castle-esque stone with a side of garden party feel. Doesn’t seem like much to ask does it? I spent a good three weeks staying up till the wee hours of the morning (I literally mean sun rising) trying to find such place. Looking through Pinterest, Google, Photographer blogs, you name it, I looked and inquired. A vineyard was a “backup” vision as it was the easiest to create the garden party feel but I wasn’t ready to settle.
One night I stumbled across a hidden gem. A venue called “The Slit Barn.” This was IT. This was my vision. I got excited looking at images and just could envision my entire day. The feeling was magic except that it was close to 2 hours away. But that feeling of doubt quickly evaporated (from my head anyways).
I must add I did not want a barn wedding (although beautiful, not “Camilla”). I booked a viewing immediately (they only had one date available from May-Sept 2017 due to a cancellation). So I gathered the moms, packed up Olivia and road tripped to see the venue on a Friday during rush hour. I was expecting to feel the love at first site feeling. The “This is it!” But I didn’t.
When we arrived. We arrived! I mean, this place is literally directly off a highway. You can see a bit of said highway in the bottom left side of the first photo. My heart sunk. This was not the winding road surrounded by greenery I imagined. But, I didn’t let this doubt get to me. The stone was perfect.
The size: I knew from the get go it was too small for our guest list but I was willing to really review our guest list and do some cold hearted slicing. Beau on the other hand, was not. So, I just convinced myself we’d have enough people RSVP not attending to make it work.
I was in la-la unrealistic land when we went inside. LOOK AT THE INTERIOR! It is SO beautiful! Honestly, I still love it and still dream of it being the venue but unfortunately it was not the chosen one. If we lived closer and if our guest list was smaller and an endless list of more ifs, I would have signed the papers on the spot. I’d make anything negative about this place just work. It’s just so pretty. The photographs within this venue would be magic. The interior IS my vision. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a realistic option for us. Beau really disliked how far it was from our hometown (although he wholeheartedly let me make the final decision so I could have what I wanted), it didn’t fit our guest list, there was zero rain plan available, the exterior (entire property) was beyond disappointing and the contract was a little absurd.
The entire weekend after the viewing I was set to book, until Monday rolled around and I had 24 hours to decide because two brides were scheduled to take a looksy the Tuesday. I knew they’d fall in love like I had and it would be swooped up. I was on pins and needles. Ironically, during this time I drove to my brother’s graduation and passed a venue that was getting a facelift. I’m talking a brand new building attached to an old one. There was stone wrapped around the entrance pillars and that was enough for me to check it out. That evening I emailed the venue and had a viewing next day.The carpets weren’t in, the grass wasn’t laid and everything had a layer of dust on it but I knew deep down it was the place. The people were so friendly, it was close to home, it was accommodating to our guests, near a hotel, decor options were endless and it is a beautiful venue. The positive list is endless.
The chosen venue does not have the stone look I have been dreaming about but it is a beautiful place, on a beautiful property. And hey, sparkly tablecloths can pull any look together right?
So here we are locked and loaded at a local venue set to wed on June 17 2017.