This week we look back to Chris and Melinda's 2007 wedding for our Wedding Photo of the Week. Their wedding was at Willow Harbor Vinyards in Three Oaks, Michigan. It was a beautiful location with acres of open green space, horse barn, vineyards and private lakeside spot for the ceremony. Southwest Michigan has many barns and vineyards available for weddings, but this was one of our favorites. They had lovely and curious flower girls for their bridal party, and also lots of young nieces and nephews in attendance. We love when kids are ate weddings because for us they are fun and always cute as can be! However, we understand some couples and parents, might be apprehensive about including kids. We think the barn, farm or vineyard wedding is the perfect solution. At Willow Harbor the kids all had a lot of fun running around and playing all day. We think regional locations like this are always great for weddings that have lots of children. Outdoor games and fun activities can be set up just for them, so they can go have fun (optimally with older teens or college adults supervising), and then adults can have fun too not hearing their kids complain about being "bored" at the wedding all day.
We've been asked a few times lately about rural places for weddings such as barns, farms and vineyards. They can be lovely alternatives to traditional venues and you might even consider making near-destination weddings down-state or to neighbor states for a fun getaway weekend for your guests. They also generally make for a relaxed day, especially when ceremony and reception are both held at the venue and guests need not travel to any additional locations in these usually unfamiliar countryside areas.
Here are suggestions in the region closest to Chicago area:
Lynfred Winery (Roselle, IL)
Whyte Horse Winery (Monticello, IN)
County Line Orchard (Hobart, IN)
Hoosier Grove Barn (Streamwood, IL)
Vehe Barn (Deer Park, IL)
Danada House - horse stables (Wheaton, IL)
Millcreek and Blue Dress Barns (Southwest Michigan)
There are a lot more vineyards that have weddings in areas throughout the region in southern IL & IN and northern MI, so if you are open to having a near-destination wedding these would be good to look into as well.
Chateau Pomije (Guilford, IN)
Chateau de Pique (Seymour, IN)
Spirit Knob Winery (Ursa, IL)
Ravissant Winery (Belleville, IL)
Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery (Leelanau Peninsula, MI)
Black Star Winery and Farms (Suttons Bay/Leelanau, MI)
Michigan's lakeshore and Traverse City area is loaded with wineries - certainly make for a great weekend getaways for newlyweds too!
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