It pains me to write this review. To start off on a positive note, this is a beautiful venue. The flowers are pretty, the lights inside the loft are pretty and I love the pergolas. Unfortunately, there were many problems we had. In the beginnin...
g, Rob was kind and showed us the venue on short notice. We loved it, but waited to book. When we asked him about the people limit, he was accommodating and worked with us. Upon booking, we asked about the rehearsal and he said "We will figure something out." Which meant that it would be worked out to where the rehearsal could take place at some point during the wedding week. I'll come back to this later.
As weeks/months pass, we make appointments to visit the venue. One time we were told he would be out of town the day we had arranged to be there. Sometimes when we went there it seemed as if he was surprised as if he had forgotten.
It also took a while to get responses from emails on how many tables there were. We also said that we did not want the standing tables set up (more than once) and they were there on the day and we had to move them. An extra thing that took time to do.
About two months before the day, I try asking about the rehearsal and eventually I find out that he is ADAMANT against us having one. Mind you, our wedding was on a Sunday. The cheapest option, but we were the first to book out of that weekend. We come to find out he has a lot o weddings that week, so he does not have time for our rehearsal. So, I feel as though mine does not matter anymore. Especially since it is the cheapest.
Rob was hard to work with on other things, too, because of his lack of attention for our requests. The reason why we booked here was because we could release doves. We had told him about this several times. 10 minutes before the wedding, I asked Rob how he planned on giving the doves to me. He comes back saying that it wouldn't work out because I had just told him. I explain with an icy smile on my face "We've talked about it several times." He comes back saying we will release them from a basket. Not what I imagined, but okay. During the ceremony though, he kind of hijacked that moment for me as he was helping release them in the basket. It is a moment I can never redo.
Another thing, he was adamant about people not parking under the awning for the bed and breakfast. While my family was unloading he says to my fiance that he is "two minutes away from getting it towed." My fiance had to explain that that would be unkind and that it would be moved soon. It took all he had to not blow up from the rudeness.
Another thing, all of the stuff had to be out of the bridal suite by the time the ceremony started (this was something I was unaware of until the day). So, I had to scramble in my dress to try to help get things out or we would have been charged. Instead of having a moment to myself, I was helping move things. He also would not let anyone go through the bed and breakfast to the suite, so my poor mom had to walk around the entire building. Unfortunately, because of this nonsense and being short on time, she missed helping me in my dress. These too are moments I can never get back.
These were problems we had with Rob specifically, but there are some other notes that I would like to mention about the venue. I wish I kept it in mind looking back.
For one, it is a loft in the barn area so the elderly cannot make it up there easily. This left some of them feeling left out. There is no kitchen for caterers, just a hose in a room with gross conditions. The floor is also uneven in some spots. Someone told me that our photographer fell, which was saddening.
I wish I would have gone with a venue that also let me be there before noon. I was aware of this rule, but it would have really made a difference if we could have set up earlier.
All in all, I think the venue is pretty but there where things I wish were different. I feel as though there should be staff running the bed and breakfast, and there should be separate staff for the venue. Rob could not handle both by himself, in my opinion, and my wedding should not have suffered for it. These are things I can never redo. Moments I can never take back. Thank the Lord, it still had a happy ending of me marrying my prince charming.