Learn about three Columbus venues serve as the perfect backdrop for a rustic farm wedding.
For couples preparing to say "we do," the theme and decor possibilities are nearly endless. Yet in the last few years, one trend is growing noticeably: Grooms are throwing on suspenders, brides are pairing their favorite pair of cowboy boots with a lacy white dress and the site of the festivities is, increasingly, a farm. Or, at least, a place that looks like a farm.
Jennifer Drew of Something to Remember Event Planning says Pinterest has been a huge influence on couples planning rustic weddings. "As people see a trend like this, they want to emulate it," she explains. "The idea of mixing rustic with modern fits with various personalities and styles. There have always been people doing farm weddings, but now we see them more, so more people want to do them."
Mark Schuster, owner of Irongate Equestrian Center-a farm venue that opened in mid-2014-thinks the trend is here to stay because, "rustic-themed weddings remind the bride and groom of their childhoods." And, he adds, there's a more relaxed vibe when you host your wedding in a more casual setting. Here, we've rounded up farm-party-perfect venues.Irongate Equestrian Center
Schuster views his property as the ideal venue for couples looking to host a unique event. "(Couples) arrive at Irongate and see the wood, nature, bales of hay, horses and the magnificent barn, and it makes them feel very comfortable here," he explains. Depending on a couple's style, Schuster says Irongate offers the flexibility of being casual-rustic or luxury-chic.
Schuster and his team are available to assist couples throughout the planning process. When a bride and groom book their wedding, a day-of wedding consultant is included to ensure everything runs smoothly. There's also the option to have a wedding planner work with couples for weeks or months leading up to the event. A word of advice: Irongate fills up fast. (Schuster says they're already reserving dates for summer 2016.)
Though he's seen a lot of weddings throughout the years, Schuster is constantly surprised by creativity-some brides plan to make their grand entrance to the ceremony on horseback.
Located between Westerville and New Albany, Jorgensen offers a country setting not far from the city. The farm also offers fresh flowers, produce and herbs-which can be incorporated into a meal-honey favors for your guests and walking tours of the farm. Owner Val Jorgensen says one of her favorite couples offered a honey favor for each guest and incorporated honey into prizes during cocktail-hour games.
Jorgensen, who also serves as event coordinator, says some couples begin planning a year or two out from the event, while others start just a month or two before the wedding day. She's available to coordinate with vendors, develop a layout and timeline for the event, assist with the processional and offer on-site guidance the day of the affair.
There are several options for couples considering booking their wedding with Jorgensen: First, there's a full-day wedding package-available any day of the week-that includes 10 hours on the farm. Couples who plan the wedding for Friday receive five complimentary hours on Thursday to set up decorations and more, while another option still is a half-day wedding package that includes five hours of rental time. "This is a wonderful option for a Sunday wedding ceremony and brunch reception," Jorgensen says.
jorgensen-farms.comThe Darby House
Located 20 minutes west of Downtown Columbus, the Darby House is perfect for the couple who wants to host a wedding day in a serene setting that's a quick drive from the city. The stunning, sprawling property-which offers Big Darby Creek as a gorgeous ceremony backdrop-is the former estate of John W. Galbreath, one of Central Ohio's most well-known businessmen and an avid horseman (during cocktail hour, check out the Derby trophies displayed in elegant cases).
The property boasts 1,200 acres, providing many ceremony and reception options-depending on the season. Couples often exchange vows on the waterside terrace or beneath one of the hundreds of trees located throughout the property. Couples who reserve the Darby House are supported by the staff of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, who operates the property. And, as there are indoor-only venues on site, couples can plan their special day without fear of a springtime thunderstorm.