The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
J&D Farms in Gadsden, Alabama, has everything a couple needs to create a one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception on their wedding day. Couples who dream of a laid-back, rural farm wedding spent celebrating with their friends and loved ones will appreciate the control they have at the J&D Farms site. You have exclusive access to the entire property so you can decide the ideal location to exchange vows and hold your cocktail hour and reception with up to 250 of your closest friends and family.
The Barn. The Dutch-style barn has reclaimed plank flooring and a tin roof covering its massive 26-foot ceiling. Dimmers on the lights allow you to create the ideal mood, while the horseshoe accents on the doors add a fun, rustic touch. Two bathrooms are available in this space, one of which is handicap accessible. A sodded croquet lawn can be used for more seating and a patio is also available.
The Orchards. This is one of the most popular ceremony spots on the property. Say your vows under the arched boughs of vintage apple trees in the sight of all of your loved ones and friends. Afternoon ceremonies are washed in dappled, dreamy sunlight for heavenly wedding shots.
Carriage House and Yard. A 900-square-foot cottage made available to every bride with a Saturday or Sunday wedding for five hours prior to her ceremony, the carriage house is made using rough-sawn beams and antique timber-framing methods. The inside and outside architectural elements must truly be seen to be believed and include a waterfall shower and clawfoot tub. The garden area behind the house is walled-off and has a rose arbor entrance to the Pool Terrace. This space is great for a cocktail hour for the wedding party.
What You Should Know
Saturday and Sunday wedding parties are allowed up to three days to prepare the spaces, rehearse their ceremony, have their event and clean up. The extra time allows couples more time to relax, as vendors don't have to be confined to a small window of deliveries and you or your family may pick up your decorations and leftover items the day after your wedding.
The Carriage House is available as a honeymoon rental as well as the designated bridal suite. The groomsmen are also provided a space to get ready and socialize called The Tack Room. It has a fireplace, access to kitchen and bathroom and its own TV and patio.
You are free to bring in your own catering and beverage staff and the event coordinator at J&D Farms will be happy to refer you to preferred wedding professionals if you need introductions. You'll need a dedicated server for wine and beer service and a certified bartender if any mixed drinks are sold.
The venue provides chairs and tables for up to 150 guests and they also rent specialty seating and decor, including farm tables, vintage quilts and antique white pews for an additional charge. Synthetic burlap tablecloths may also be rented.
The barn is not heated, but you can rent tent heaters to warm up the space on especially cool evenings. Parking for up to 300 is included with an attendant and golf cart service is available on request.
One of the favorite extras that couples receive at J&D farms is free access to their growing library of antique wedding accents. You are free to set these decorative, rustic touches wherever you think they work best. The collection includes:
- Eight-foot-tall barn wood arbor
- Nine-foot-tall barn wood cross
- Large wooden butcher's block
- Five rustic farm tables
- Whiskey barrels
- Vintage blue Mason jars
From the Vendor
J&D farms.. A place for weddings
If you envision a wedding under the warm glow of afternoon sun, dappled through the limbs of vintage apple trees, or the rustic elegance of a barn wedding or reception, look no further. J&D farms now offers vintage church pews, barn wood farm tables and stunning X-back farm chairs!
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Farm + Ranch, Barn, Loft
Rentals + Equipment
After visiting several wedding venues in Georgia, we decided to take our search to Alabama in hopes of finding our dream location. The moment we arrived at J & D Farms, we knew we would host the most special day of our lives there. The scenery was absolutely breath taking, the landscape was nicely kept, and every detail had been thought through in order to tie the entire property together into one beautiful venue. Our guests were so impressed! We predominantly worked with Danny, who was always so kind, helpful, and quick to respond to our questions and meet our requests. We could not have asked for more. Our wedding was truly a dream come true and we are so grateful to J & D Farms for making it possible!
J&D farms was the absolute best! This venue couldn't have been a better place to hold our rehearsal, wedding and reception. We fell in love with this place and had a "destination" wedding just so we could get married here! The moment you step foot on the grounds you are instantly taken back by how gorgeous the entire place is! It truly feels magical. It is not only gorgeous, but it has SO much character which makes it unique from other "barn" venues. We can't tell you how many compliments We received about this venue! Danny, Patrick and Jana are AMAZING to work with! They were always available to answer any questions and made the entire process so enjoyable and easy! They have to be some of the most genuine people we have ever met! We can't say enough great things about J&D farms, everything about this place is perfect!!
We absolutely fell in love with the venue from the beginning because it's almost impossible not to, but the initial interaction we had with the owners confirmed that this would be the place for our wedding. Danny and Jana were quick to respond to our website inquiry and schedule a thorough tour of the grounds. Every question we asked was answered and every request was fulfilled almost immediately from the time of the tour all the way up until our wedding day. Although J&D Farms has several wedding packages to choose from, we were able to create a customized plan for our rehearsal and wedding to remove items we did not need and to include extras as well. We included a two night stay at the carriage house and aside from being a beautiful place to get ready and take pictures, it proved to be very convenient to stay on the property with access to any thing we could possibly need to prepare for our big day! Having access to the grounds the entire day before the wedding, the day of and the morning after allowed us to set up and break down with ease. There are truly no adequate words to express the hospitality we received not only from the owners but from every single employee we encountered during our time at the farm and we will be forever grateful to this amazing venue for helping make our wedding day one we will never forget!
Stunning venue with even better ownersReviewed on 10/06/2015 Ellie K
We bought the largest package from J&D and couldn't have been happier. Since they know the best places on the farm to take pictures, we chose to let them do our photography as well and were very pleased. They are truly 2 of the nicest people you will ever meet and are right beside you every step of the way. We had more people than expected to show up and Danny quickly found more seats for them and did a great job keeping me calm. You have no idea how beautiful the farm is until you see it in person. Slightly modern features with rustic decor was ideal for our personalities and everybody talked about how nice the venue was. Besides the hot summer sun, our day was perfect. With many weddings under their belt, they have very good advice and I'm glad I listened! Take it from a perfectionist, J&D is definitely worth a look. We have absolutely zero complaints and highly recommend them. Worth every darn penny!
GreatReviewed on 7/18/2015 Ashley O
They are wonderful photographers and if you use their venue then you should definitely use them for your wedding pictures as well.
Loved itReviewed on 7/18/2015 Ashley O
I couldn't have been happier with the venue. They worked very hard to make sure everything went perfectly.
Beautiful Location! Personalized Service!Reviewed on 11/25/2014 Anna D
J&D Farms was such an amazing & beautiful place to get married! I would recommend it to every bride currently looking for a venue. Danny went above and beyond to make sure that my husband and I had the best day imaginable. He was always courteous and flexible during the planning process, often allowing us to come to the venue to look around (sometimes for several hours). He even allowed us to attend the wedding of another bride, just so that we could see how everything gets set up. The level of personal service can’t be beat! We held our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception on the grounds. There were several people from the venue on hand that night to make sure everything moved smoothly. Danny himself stayed and helped us work out an issue with one of the suppliers (the heater wasn’t working properly and he fought on our behalf). Their selection of decorative items was extensive and incredible! On top of everything they allowed us to use from their own supply, Danny allowed us to use almost anything else we brought in. He cared much more about making sure we enjoyed our night, than a big list of rules or regulations. It was a fantastic place to get married and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience.
J&D Farms WeddingReviewed on 11/17/2014
I had my wedding at J&D Farms on 10/11/14 and it was amazing. I was living in Oklahoma but my fiance was in Alabama, I knew nothing about Alabama or where to start, but Danny and Jana were so helpful with helping me find vendors for food, cakes etc. Any time I needed to text or call them with questions they made the time for me. The venue is absolutely beautiful. We had the ceremony in the orchard and the reception in the barn. Everyone had such a great time and couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. If you want a dream come true wedding have it here! Seriously!
Wedding of my DreamsReviewed on 11/10/2014
I had the best experience working with Danny and Jana and everyone at J&D Farms. They make your day as stress free as possible and the venue is absolutely beautiful. We had bad weather during our reception, and Jana and Danny both were willing to extend our hours at the venue to make up for the time we lost due to the storms. I felt so taken care of, and they both were available if we needed anything at all. We also used their photography services. I am absolutely in love with my images and now I can relive the best day of my life again and again thanks to the two of them! I highly recommend the venue and the photography services. BEST decision we made.
The best wedding venue!!Reviewed on 7/06/2014 Haley F
My experience with J &D Farms was everything I expected and more! The owners and staff go out of their way to make your day one to remember. The property is absolutely beautiful and includes everything that you need for a ceremony and reception setting. I was overwhelmed by the amount of care that the owners put into planning for our special day! In addition to these fabulous features, the photography was the best that I've ever experienced! Adding the photography on to our package was the best decision that we made! They are professional in every way and captured all of the right moments with beautiful shots. I highly recommend this venue for any bride and groom looking for their dream wedding!!
J&DReviewed on 6/03/2014 Catherine H
Jana and Danny were absolutely amazing to work with!! We could not have asked for a better venue or photographer! They were always available to talk when we needed them, and made us feel at home at the farm!!
J&D Farms BrideReviewed on 6/02/2014 Megan G
I absolutely was thrilled with this venue. It is beyond beautiful and Danny and his wife are amazing to work with and are so professional. I would recommend this place to everyone! I was married here on May 24, 2014 and I loved it!
J and D is PERFECT!Reviewed on 6/02/2014 Chelsey
Jana and Danny have created a venue that is magical. There are so many options. I had a orchard wedding and a barn reception. The barn is so beautiful that there is little to nothing that has to be done to have it wedding day ready. Not only was the venue perfect, I used Danny and Jana as my photographer. To say my pictures were wonderful is an understatement. They made my wedding day perfect! I will recommend J and D Farms to everyone! The kindest people we met during the wedding planning experience. They are truly a blessing and a joy to work with. My guest are still talking about how beautiful J and D Farms is!
J&D Farms - wedding venueReviewed on 12/02/2013 Emily F
If you're going for shabby chic, elegant, natural or anything in between, the setting can be arranged at J&D Farms. The land is simply gorgeous with ceremony and reception options of an apple orchard with antique church pews or poolside or a rustic yet fabulously clean barn with amazing architecture. The atmosphere is that of relaxation and class. I could not have been more relaxed on a day that tends to stress out brides. The owners of the farm and, how convenient, also amazing and creative photographers, are both the sweetest people and very professional all at the same time. They let you choose your own caterer, band, photographer or anything else that other locations might lock you into. We chose them as the photographers (J&D Photography) and are 100% pleased with their work. You will not lack any scenery or backdrops for photos since the land has so much to offer. There is a finely crafted carriage house where the bride and her party gets ready. I would recommend this location a million times over to any engaged couple looking for a wedding venue. My husband and I are elated to have gotten married there.
The Wedding Day I always DREAMED of!Reviewed on 11/20/2013 Ciera M
J&D Farms was the perfect place for our special day! The staff was outstanding! The venue was perfect and everything was well maintained and ready for our day! This is the perfect place for someone wanting an outdoor or barn wedding! Jana and Danny are excellent Photographers and work so well with the Bride and Groom and those that are involved! I can promise you wont be disappointed with this choice for a wedding venue!
Loved my outdoor wedding!!Reviewed on 7/11/2013 Rachel H
This is the most beautiful outdoor venue I've seen! If you're looking for a rustic wedding you found the place. The owners are amazing and work with you through the whole process. I would highly recommend J&D!
Small and expensive!Reviewed on 6/25/2013 Hannah B
The barn is beautiful but it is very small, has no air conditioner, and it next to the people's home. It also only has one restroom right at the door of the barn. It would be great for an outside wedding in front of the barn!
Absolute Perfection!Reviewed on 1/02/2013 Tess S
There are not enough words to describe our experience at J & D Farms. Danny & Jana are so friendly and personable. They went above and beyond to make sure our day was everything we hoped it to be. They were very accommodating and always anxious to help when needed. The farm itself is a complete dream. My husband and I were going for southern elegance, and the farm completed our fairytale wedding. If you are looking for the perfect southern wedding J & D Farms is the venue for you!
Perfect VenueReviewed on 8/29/2012 Amanda P
I literally would not be able to say enough good things about J&D and its owner, Danny. Danny went above and beyond for us in every way that he could to make our day perfect. I really felt like I was dealing more with a friend trying to help plan my wedding than just another vendor. The farm, the barn, the orchard are all beautiful, but what truly sets J&D apart is their service. Incredibly lovely venue with even lovelier people running things :)