We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. At Sycamore Creek Family Ranch, we’re all about families. Our goal is to transform the culture by strengthening families.
In most cases, “family” begins with a wedding and marriage. A wedding is a family celebration.
We’re beginning to see the possibility of long-term relationships with our young couples who choose to hold their wedding here at the ranch. We’re hoping they’ll come back with their kids someday. As they’re having fun together in our ranch activities, those couples can show their kids the place where Mommy and Daddy got married.
It’s become clear to us that weddings could potentially be the beginning of a full-circle relationship. Maybe – just maybe – we will have the privilege of nurturing and encouraging our couples and their families throughout the years. What an exciting thought!
We’re also beginning to dream about the ways we can help our young couples after they tie the knot. Maybe a couple’s retreat or 6-week crash course on maneuvering marriage as a newlywed?
So weddings have become a really big deal to us.
As a Branson wedding venue, it’s become important to begin creating awareness of our venue in the wedding community. We recently participated in the All About Weddings show and the Metropolitan Bride Expo. Our involvement as a vendor was a very positive experience, and we enjoyed our conversations with the brides. My assistant, Mackenzi, was a huge help as we shared information with them!
Last weekend we were one of the venues brides visited through the Met Bride Venue Tour.
The day began with a flat tire on the tractor. The theme for our venue tour? “Hay Rides for Brides.”
Our goal was to take the brides and their friends/family around the property in our hay wagon. The tractor was our means of pulling that wagon. Yikes! Flat tire. No tractor.
That morning, we also discovered a flat tire on our vintage truck, “Ol’ Glory.” Mike fixed it then proceeded to drive the truck up near the front gate. It broke down on the way.
I guess she just didn’t want to sit out in the rain. It rained non-stop all morning long.
And the air conditioning in the ranch house quit working.
By the time our guests started arriving, Mike had borrowed a tractor tire from a friend and put it on ours. Hay rides were back on the schedule . . . then the sun came out!
Lots of brides, hay rides, delicious cookies from Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe, and great conversation filled the day. Jeannie Huff of PhotoGenie Photography, Aaron Clark of Aaron Clark Photography, Tara with The Smitten Frog, and Sarah with Simplistic Solutions by Sarah also stopped by.
Although the barn won’t be completed until May of 2016, the architectural plans of our timber frame barn helped brides envision their barn wedding at our property. Thankfully, we now have multiple brides who have chosen our venue for their Branson wedding.
Brides also toured the lower level of the ranch house – renovation mess and all! The ranch house venue provides an option for smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions. This space is also ideal for rehearsal dinners and private events.
Wedding ceremonies behind the ranch house will take place here.
(Mike and a friend constructed the altar.)
The temporary home for our new sign – until our new entrance is constructed.
Our little bridal greeting area at the ranch house.
Sugar Leaf deliciousness! Best cookies ever. (Don’t you love the ugly board from the renovation in the background?! I think there’s a little glass on the floor too from a window that cracked as we removed the old deck.)
We love this location for future receptions behind the ranch house.
Create a table with hay bales and an old door for unique wedding decor.
Who wouldn’t want to dine here – especially when we put our patio in!
Vintage china, vintage linens, and rustic chargers make beautiful wedding decor for a rustic wedding.
We gussied up the swing in our old sycamore tree with some floral decor.
All in all, it was a happy day!
We’ve been extraordinarily busy this past month with renovations on the ranch house. You can keep up with our improvements through our Facebook page.
With all this talk about weddings, take a minute to recall your own wedding day and tell your spouse why you fell in love with him/her in the first place. As the years pass, it’s so important to avoid complacency in your marriage. Keep pursuing each other like you did back in the early days.
Love your families well!
Lisa (and Mike) ~