Wedding Questions

Rustic/Barn ceremony & reception sites?

August 05, 2017 8:57:19 am

Posted in Madison, WI, USA
88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

We are going for a country/barn/fall themed wedding in September, 2010. We are looking to broaden our list of potential sites. Currently they include St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Olin Park Pavilion, The Dry Bean, and Badger Farms. Does anyone have any other areas that would fit this theme? We are looking into Kitchen Hearth catering as well. Any recommendations/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Emptyprofileicon Rebecca Eby Wedding date: September 22, 2007 Madison, WI, USA

January 25, 2009 6:41:50 am

Are you wanting to stay right in Madison? Because Viroqua is about two hours outside of Madison, and has a great place called the Pedretti Party Barn. It's been redone with a really nice floor in the loft (haymow) and has a fantastic deck build outside. You can get married outside the barn, overlooking some fields, PLUS they have a vineyard right there, too. There are even lots of little country churches in the area, which is in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin... you see gorgeous vistas, valleys, ridges, and rock formations because it's near the Mississippi River, and south of La Crosse.

Another thought: Side Hollow Park would be a neat place for a wedding (not reception), and they are both beautiful places.

Also, I'm a wedding photographer (so I see a LOT of really cool places.) So another really, really neat place I did a wedding was Justin Trails in Sparta. It's an old farm that has been re-done into a beautiful retreat/inn. The couple I shot the wedding for really embraced the "green" theme, and it was just a beautiful, very natural wedding. The bride even got dressed in an old chicken coop that had really awesomely remodeled into a small room just for brides!

The guests loved it! If you are interested in seeing any pictures, just let me know. It was one of my favorite weddings, ever. And I forget the name of the caterer, but they had corn on the cob, ribs, hot beefs, ect. It was fantastic food!

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88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

January 25, 2009 7:13:11 am

Thank you for all the ideas! We are looking to stay closer to the Madison area. I found another place called Folklore Village which we will go to look at (hopefully) soon. I did know about this place a couple years ago as one of my co-workers went to one of their Saturday night dances which she really liked. The link to this is http://www.folklorevillage.org/t2/node/1. The barn is redone very nice with wrought iron chandeliers, a one-room schoolhouse, as well as a chapel which is available for use when you rent the barn.

I would love to see some pictures of other country/barn type weddings you have photographed for though to help inspire some ideas! Let me know if you would like an email address to send them?

Also, can you tell me a little information about you and your photographing? Are you based out of Madison and what are your policies/prices? Do you have a website?

Thanks!

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95016 Marilee Karamanski Wedding date: May 26, 2012 Madison, WI, USA

January 26, 2009 11:23:04 am

Hello Angela and Jaime,
I have been involved in several weddings at Folklore Village. It's really a fabulous venue. Another option for an outdoor wedding near Madison is Paradise Park. They don't have a barn, but they have a gorgeous outdoor venue.

Marilee Karamanski, Planned Spontaneity LLC plannedspontaneity.net

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Emptyprofileicon Rebecca Eby Wedding date: September 22, 2007 Madison, WI, USA

January 28, 2009 6:49:28 am

Hi Jamie,

I'd love to give you some ideas- in fact, when I got married last year, that's pretty much how I got inspiration for my planning: by looking at photographer's websites! :)

My website is www.studionoveau.com, and there are a few rustic wedding pictures on there. But if you email me through the site, I'll give you the password to check out two galleries from some of the more rustic weddings I photographed. Those brides were incredibly talented and creative at planning!

I haven't yet photographed anything at the Pedretti Party Barn, but I have two weddings planned there for this summer. So we'll have to stay in touch!

Lastly, I'm not in Madison, but I shoot several weddings there each year. (I don't charge travel for Madison because I live between Spring Green and La Crosse.) My prices are all on my site. :)

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Emptyprofileicon Lucy Brito Madison, WI, USA

February 22, 2009 9:18:46 pm

Hello!
we too are thinking of having a fall barn wedding in October of 2010!
Have you considered visiting www.thebarnjournal.org/resource/event_barns.html

maybe you will find something there you like!?! Good Luck and Congratulations!

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Emptyprofileicon Jamie Chapman Wedding date: September 06, 2009 Madison, WI, USA

February 28, 2009 9:11:48 am

I came across this place when I was looking and thought it could looked very nice. I am not sure if it is what you are looking for but it is close to Madison. http://www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/heritage/

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88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

February 28, 2009 12:33:55 pm

Thanks jamechap. I did look into that for our reception, but were a few things that turned me off to it. Thanks for your help! I think we have pretty much set on Olin-Turville Park Pavilion for our ceremony and The Dry Bean for our reception. Other ideas are always welcome though!

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Emptyprofileicon Renee Whirry Madison, WI, USA

March 01, 2009 3:02:13 pm

Please check out our web page at www.cedarhillbarn.com
We rent out our 1870s replica barn rebuilt in 2005, as a cedar post and beam barn with a stone foundation. It is surrounded by a 5 acre lawn of trees, ponds, a creek bed, & flower gardens. Couple get married outside, with a back up of the barn. We serve couples that want a unique place for family and friends to relax and get to know each other, instead of the tight hotel setting. We have a large stone fire pit and room for lawn games of any type. We would love to talk to you and hear your ideas for a unique wedding!

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Emptyprofileicon Rebecca Eby Wedding date: September 22, 2007 Madison, WI, USA

March 02, 2009 7:55:18 am

Wow- Cedar Hill! I just checked out your site. What a neat venue! :) That's gorgeous.

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Emptyprofileicon Jamie Chapman Wedding date: September 06, 2009 Madison, WI, USA

March 02, 2009 8:19:18 pm

That is a beautiful venue. My guest list exceeds the capacity. One of the not so great perks of having a large family. I will definitely send people your way. The place looks great.

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88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

March 03, 2009 11:58:54 am

Same with me. The cedar hill barn is amazing! Our guest list is bigger than that as well and a little far away for us.

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Emptyprofileicon Fred Nelson Madison, WI, USA

March 04, 2009 7:33:07 am

We have friends who have a barn which they are now renting out for weddings, etc. It is a georgous old barn which was redone a few years ago for their daughter's (our daughter-in-laws's) wedding. You can find more information at: www.obrienhybrids.com
...good luck!, Fred

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Emptyprofileicon Jamie Chapman Wedding date: September 06, 2009 Madison, WI, USA

March 04, 2009 6:25:15 pm

Oh my that place looks PERFECT!! I am actually from Dayton so I am sending my dad on a scouting trip tomorrow. Do you know how many people it can accomodate.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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Emptyprofileicon Fred Nelson Madison, WI, USA

March 05, 2009 6:47:30 am

jamechap...if you go to the website and see the name Connie...she is our daughter-in-law and I would defer to her for more of the specifics. I would say that thou I am a city slicker, I helped on the redo of the barn and I have fallen in love with it. This time of the year it looks a little stark, but when summer comes, they (the O’Brien’s/and my wife), take pride in the flower gardens around the barn. The milk house has been converted to restrooms; two sets of stairs have been created to the massive hay mound area. The whole building is very sound as all the steel support beams were re-welded, all the wood in the lower previous milking area was sandblasted ...in fact some of the old farmers in the area marvel at the wood...thinking it had been replaced! Thou there are many small features, one that I like is the area in the back of the barn where there is a firepit!
Again, Good Luck, Fred

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88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

March 06, 2009 4:11:08 pm

Fred,

Where is that barn located? I tried to find an address, but couldn't.

Thanks!

~Angie

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Emptyprofileicon Fred Nelson Madison, WI, USA

March 08, 2009 8:22:33 am

One of the truly magical things about the O'Brien Barn venue is that it is so new that a website hasn't been completed yet...the family is trying to get the message out between chores, but at this point, the website is only partially complete. If you would like to see a little more of the barn as a possible wedding site, please go to www.obrienbarn.com...there you will see what in years to come will be a popular gathering place for a variety of joyous ceremonies. This one time working barn has been and will continue to be the heart of a proud farm family.
...hope this helps in your search, Fred

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Emptyprofileicon Shannon Wood Madison, WI, USA

April 02, 2009 2:28:20 pm

Hello, I am from southwest WI. There is a very unique Barn Venue between Hollandale and Blanchardville WI. It is call the "Happy Barn". The inside has seating, very cool antique wall decor, raised stage for a DJ / Band, and a newly added deck. I have attened two weddings at this location. Here is the info: 608-967-2530 or 608-574-0542. Address: 7893 McKenna Rd, Hollandale, WI. I am not finding their webpage at the moment. You will have to ask about it if you call.
Good Luck planning your wedding! : )

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Emptyprofileicon Shannon Wood Madison, WI, USA

April 02, 2009 2:29:37 pm

Hello, I am from southwest WI. There is a very unique Barn Venue between Hollandale and Blanchardville WI. It is call the "Happy Barn". The inside has seating, very cool antique wall decor, raised stage for a DJ / Band, and a newly added deck. I have attened two weddings at this location. Here is the info: 608-967-2530 or 608-574-0542. Address: 7893 McKenna Rd, Hollandale, WI. I am not finding their webpage at the moment. You will have to ask about it if you call.
Good Luck planning your wedding! : )

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Emptyprofileicon Stacie Molitor

May 05, 2010 10:33:47 am

I'm hoping to get married at Olin Park, but am unsure at this point. If you do decide to go with that location I hope you post pictures.
I've been to a wedding at Folklore Village and on field trips there with the school where I work. It is a lovely place for a very warm, welcoming, family style wedding. I loved the place. I would actually consider it for my wedding but I want to keep mine within the city of Madison.

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88841 Angela Barnickel Wedding date: September 25, 2010 Madison, WI, USA

May 05, 2010 1:40:13 pm

We did not end up getting the Olin Park Pavilion & we still don't understand how that happened since we had someone at the beginning of the line listening for our date to be taken. Oh well. We found a church that fits us well for the ceremony and are having our reception at The Dry Bean in Fitchburg.

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