My favorite weddings are with members of the armed forces, and as luck would have it, I get a lot of them. There is nothing that says serious like a groom in dress uniform.
Courtney and Joshua got married at Cobblestone Farm near Kingsley. It’s not in town, but rather about 10 miles west of there near the cute little burg of Hannah. In addition to being a really great couple, and Joshua serving our country, I owe them both a debt of gratitude for introducing me to Cobblestone.
Everyone who gets married in our area wants a great outdoor venue, and this is it. The farm is anchored by a classic red brick farmhouse. Courtney and her bridesmaids stayed overnight and prepared for the wedding in the farmhouse. Cobblestone owners Bill and Toni Sweet (yes, that’s really their last name) will leave for the night and rent you their home.
There are getting to be more and more venues built for weddings, they feel contrived even in beautiful open country. Cobblestone is prepared for a wedding, but Toni and Bill have just done enough to make it work, but not so much that it feels like a hotel ballroom that has just been moved outside. They’ve built a building for civilized bathrooms and to create a huge long porch that overlooks a vast open field. That field, and the Cobblestone grounds are perfect for photographs. The wedding party doesn’t need to load up in a bus for scenery; it’s right there.
The long porch is a base for the huge open deck. The deck alone is bigger than some venues, big enough for dancing, fun, and conversation. And the Sweets offer many ways to keep the guests busy. There’s the big Jenga game Bill made from 2x4s, horse shoes and yard games, and off in the field, a fire pit. Of course there is a swing hanging from a stout tree limb.
I can only have so many photos in this post, so I’ve made a sample album of Courtney and Joshua’s whole day. You can see the album here, or drop by Cobblestone Farms where they’ll have the album as my thank you.