Dreamy Downtown Columbus Wedding

Purple Wedding Inspiration

This stunning wedding was held in the beautiful Downtown Columbus Athletic Club founded in 1912. The gorgeous bride, Ivana, was not shy when it came to incorporating a bold purple hue into her special day. The bridesmaids wore dazzling royal dresses and carried gorgeous, traditional style, hand-tied bouquets of purple hydrangea, pale peach roses and burgundy calla lilies. Ivana’s bouquet was softened version of the bridesmaids bouquets using only a touch of burgundy calla lilies along with white lisianthus, white stock and pale peach and pink roses.

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Ivana’s bouquet of bold burgundy calla lilies, pale pink and peach roses, gorgeous white lisianthus, white anemones with black centers and touch of lily of the valley.

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Could these two be any more cute?! I think not. One of the flower girls carrying a petite version of the bridesmaids bouquet with a gorgeous coordinating floral crown and the ring  bearer proudly wearing a boutonniere of mini roses and purple hydrangea.

The wedding reception at the Athletic Club of Columbus

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The bride opted for a combination of high and low centerpieces for the reception tables to give the room some variation.

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The color combination of this wedding are simply dreamy. Congratulations to Ivana and Tim!

Stephanie Brann with Stephanie Brann Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty of this very special day!

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Featured Wedding Venue in Gahanna, OH

La Navona

Excited to announce our newest partnership with this venue! As a newer 10,000 square foot rustic inspired spot located at 154 N. Hamilton Rd. in Gahanna, Ohio, La Navona features large sliding barn doors handmade from reclaimed wood, several gorgeous and inviting patio spaces for outdoor celebrations and a large built-in bar with cabaret tables made from authentic whiskey barrels. If you haven’t yet toured this venue for your upcoming wedding or event, we’ll help you paint a picture: the name “La Navona” refers to the storied piazza in Rome, Italy which is noted for its rich history, stunning architecture and beautiful fountains. I know, stunning picture, right?

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this venue, next to it’s rustic beauty of course, is that they’re our #1 featured venue which means an exclusive discount offer for you! If you book your event with La Navona and choose Botanica Flowers as your florist, you’ll receive 20% off of your wedding table centerpieces!

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Take a quick glimpse into La Navona in this video

Recently Engaged? 2017 Wedding?

First and foremost, we would like to personally congratulate all those lucky ladies and gentlemen who are being proposed to, not just all around Columbus, Ohio but all around the country during this magical time of year! What a great time to get engaged, love is all around, family and friends you may not get to see often, it’s the time of year that everyone comes together and everyone just simply loves.

We wanted to share with you, regardless of your own personal style, 3 projected floral trends for 2017 to consider when you start planning the big day!

Floral prints continue to be on the rise – Whether it’s in your linens, your bridesmaids dresses or even your own dress, you will continue to see more and more colors and floral patterns available for you to choose from for whichever area you want to accentuate with a bit of feminine flair.

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You may wonder what your flower bouquets would look like with a floral printed dress. Fear not! We will show you an idea of what you could pair specifically with this dress. If you have a floral printed dress, your best bet is going to be to pull out one color from the dress and base your flowers on that one solid color so that it doesn’t appear too busy against the dress.

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For the love of France – This wedding trend is inspired by elegance and class. Brides are combining elements from both French Country and formal Parisian Design to create a stunning French inspired classy wedding. The colors increasingly popular that are associated with this look include deep rich colors such as red and burgundy, graphite grey and chocolate which are often offset by pastels like misty blue, champagne gold, pale pink and sage.

The flowers shown above are Red Garden Roses, Rice Flower, Silver Dollar, Blue Muscarri, Millet, Burgundy Dahlia, chocolate Orchid and Sahara Roses.

Tropical Paraides – You will see a lot more tropical inspired weddings all around, not just in Hawaii. This refreshing trend is fun and relaxing. The flowers you’ll find pairing with tropical inspired linens or dresses are calla lilies, birds of paradise, pincushion protea, freesia, celosia and cymbidium orchids along with a wide variety of foliages.

The flowers shown above are orange Calla Lilies, Birds of Paradise, Celosia, pink Freesia, yellow Pincushion Protea and Green Cymbidium Orchids.

That wraps up 3 upcoming 2017 Wedding Trends that we wanted to share with you! We also have available on our website several free organizing and planning tools to help plan your day. Often times brides have no idea what flowers cost or even factor that into their budget at times, but we created a wedding flower budget calculator that’s easy to use and will give you an idea of a flower price range based on the amount of people in the wedding, who you will need flowers for that you didn’t even think of and even centerpieces.

Check out the FREE Flower Budget Calculator here.

We also took the time to compile 9 different cost effective wedding packages for the bride that’s on a strict budget. Just because you have a budget to stay within doesn’t mean you have to omit flowers for your entire wedding! Our packages are fully customizable when it comes to color and most packages can accommodate any wedding color scheme.

Wedding Flower Packages, Columbus OH

We went out and did our research and we did this for you! We found some of the most reputable wedding venues, photographers, planners and bakers in Columbus, OH and we interviewed them. We asked them questions that we thought you, as a bride, would like to know. You can find their individual pages, interviews and answers all within our website.

Check out our list of preferred Wedding Vendors in Columbus, OH

Holiday Decoration Services in Columbus, OH

Where has 2016 gone, folks? Like it or not, it’s already time to start talking about the end of year holiday season! We happen to love this time of year because with it comes seasonal flowers only available at particular times and outdoor goodies that we can’t get enough of. The shops are always warm and inviting and the smell of pine fills the place staring in November!

This past year was the full fledged launch of our Holiday Decorating Services. These services are offered for personal and commercial use. That’s right, we get it, you’re busy and our decor team will even decorate the outdoors of your home for the holiday’s with fresh wintergreen wreaths and other various outdoor accessories to make your home just as warm and inviting as our shops. Our decor team will also festively style the indoors and outdoors of your business, office and or corporation. These services may also include fresh floral pieces for holiday events as well.

Maybe this is something you’re considering but aren’t quite sure of and that’s why we offer a FREE one-on-one consultation with a member of our Holiday Decor Team to discuss your needs, be it for personal or business! We will meet you at your home or business to go over the space you want to decorate and discuss ideas. After the initial consultation, we will send you a proposal for your review and make any revisions at that point.

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A simple home backyard fireplace update with fresh garland, bright red velvet ribbons throughout and candles in oversized rustic inspired jars transform this space into a holiday party-ready area to cozy up around.

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This doorway is transformed into a winter wonderland with a huge fresh wintergreen lighted topiary tree decorated in traditional red and green colors. The window piece coordinates with the topiary tree and wreath. The simple and effective greenery piece on the step is just fresh wintergreens and branches that will last outside all season.

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Talk about a grand entrance! This entryway is decorated with two huge lighted fresh wintergreen topiary trees that totally take the stage here. The door holds a traditionally styled wintergreen wreath with icy branches and pinecones, complete with a big red bow. Candles in rustic jars light the pathway up the steps and to the front door.

Let us take away at least one major stress of the holiday’s because you have enough to do! To schedule a FREE CONSULTATION, please click here and select either “Residential Decor Consultation or Commercial Decor Consultation” under Holiday Decor.

Corporate and Special Event Flowers in Columbus, OH – Fall Edition

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Corporate Events

Corporate events can typically be defined as a gathering that is sponsored by a business for it’s employees, business partners and clients or prospective clients. These events can be for large audiences such as conventions or smaller events like conferences, meetings or holiday parties.

What better brings any special event to life than flowers?

Botanica Flowers is more known for breathtaking wedding pieces, but did you know we also specialize in other special events, big and small?

We’ve put together a contemporary take on fall flower design to share with you. These pieces are available to purchase and send to a loved one as well through our sister brand, Flowerama Columbus. Just click on the image for pricing and ordering process.

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Our featured piece from this line is “Rich Autumn Colors”. This modern design incorporates luscious circus roses, sunflowers, calla lilies and lisianthus in rich hues.

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Light the night with this gorgeous lantern centerpiece made of sunflowers, hydrangea, circus roses, protea, broomcorn and various textured greenery.

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Nature’s Landscape was created in a hand-crafted wooden box made by Botanica Flowers’ lead designer, Steven Sturdivant. Though potentially hard to tell from the image, this piece is actually 32″ x 16″! This would make a great focal piece for a large rectangle table.

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This uniquely designed arrangement consists of sunflowers, protea, anemones, berries, billy balls and seeded eucalyptus in a classy stone vase.

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This modern take on fall design consists of bold sunflowers, pink/orange snapdragons, deep purple lisianthus, yellow alstroemeria and a daring touch of bright red in a cobalt blue vase.

Be sure to check out our Rustic Luxe Christmas Event at Upscale Barn

Macy’s at Easton Town Center: Diamond Viewing Room

Who: Macy’s

What: Macy’s grand opening for their “Diamond Viewing Room”.

Where: Macy’s at Easton Town Center |  4141 Easton Loop East

We created three bridal bouquets showcasing a modern style, rustic and traditional along with floral centerpieces to accent the Diamond Viewing Room.


First up is our Modern Inspired Bridal Bouquet. In today’s bridal world, bouquets have gone wild, greenery is in and soft pastels are all the rage! The modern inspired bouquet for the Macy’s renovation event at Easton was based on the two Pantone Fashion Colors of 2016, Rose Quartz & Serenity. The bouquet featured blush pink garden roses, gorgeous light blue hydrangea and other assorted complimentary blooms. To bring in the garden, wild-esque feel, we incorporated garden ivy. As a new trend we’re seeing in our industry, the bouquet was designed to display horizontally, rather than vertically giving a complete modern feel.

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The second bouquet captured a rustic feel. The rustic inspired bouquet had a very wild flower, fresh picked look incorporating lavender, miniature sunflowers, berries, thistle, billy balls, dahlia’s and other coordinating blooms and textures. To complete the rustic look and feel, the stems were wrapped in raffia and natural twine.

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Last but certainly not least, it was requested that we capture a traditional style bouquet as for our third style. As a traditional style bridal bouquet that we continuously see making a comeback, this bouquet was designed with a cascading style. Our design team used assorted traditional flowers such as roses and miniature roses as well as lilies in the romantic shades of pale pink and white.

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The elegant floral pieces for the diamond viewing room were a low and round style to accent the room. These eight arrangements were designed with white hydrangea, white miniature calla lilies and fragrant lush white garden roses in a silver embellished container for the perfect accent to a diamond viewing room.

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We provided lush peonies, peach roses and blue thistle to compliment our bridal bouquets for J’s Sweet Treats naked wedding cake design. check out the cake artistry here

More images from the event below:

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Shout out to the Macy’s event coordinators for being so awesome and easy to work with! It was a pleasure to be a part of this event, looking forward to many more!

Unique Wedding Bouquets for Fall

In the wedding industry, trends change at a pretty rapid rate. If you’re getting married in the fall and have no idea where to start with flowers, we’ve compiled 3 bouquet styles based off of fall color and textures to assist you with the process.

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This bouquet is classic in it’s composition, a traditional round style, but not so typical with the flowers used. The red spikey flowers are considered a tropical flower called Protea. The Protea in this particular bouquet acts as a focal flower with wonderful texture and depth. The green fuzzy looking flower is called Green Ball Dianthus, another great texture flower that’s fun and funky.  The berries are, as you may have guessed it, berries. Their technical name is Hypericum Berries and they come in a variety of different color including red, green and peach and act as a subtle textured addition to almost any style of bouquet in almost any color scheme. There is a green in this bouquet that’s kind of whimsical in it’s nature called Bupleurum. This particular green also works very well in various bouquet styles and color schemes and add another layer of subtle interest.

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Though you can’t fully tell from this imagery, this bouquet is intended to be a cascading style bouquet with the ivy falling downward. The bright orange roses, waxflower, yellow sunflowers and pink miniature calla lilies add just the right amount of “pop” to this earthy bouquet. The dark burgundy/brown wild looking thing is called Kangaroo Paw, it’s another fun and funky texture that works great in fall floral pieces. This bouquet also utilizes the reddish orange Portea, red berries and bupleurum. Though you can’t really see from the images, there are real raspberries also being used as another source of texture and uniqueness.

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Last but not least, this is a non-traditional hand tied bouquet that you would hold the same as the first traditional style hand-tied bouquet. The same types of flowers are used in this bouquet as the first bouquet with the subtle addition of miniature green hydrangea  but the composition is much different. This piece is not for the traditional inspired bride to be as much as it is for the eclectic, earthy, organic inspired bride to be as it has a lot of abstract elements like the branches and Kangaroo Paw.

 

White Weddings. In or out?

In an ever changing industry, colors change, trends change but one thing seems to remain consistent… White weddings never seem to go out of style. They’re classic, they’re elegant and clean and we can’t get enough with this one! Our design team really pulled through with this big event to make a lucky central Ohio brides floral vision come to life.

In the photos you will see luscious white hydrangea, gorgeous white lilies, white snapdragons, seeded eucalyptus and simple stand-alone white gladiolus just to name a few.

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Upon entering the ceremony seating, you were greeted with an oversized vase full of simple white gladiolus on each side with curly willow tips used for an earthy feel that gives natural height. The aisle was lined with beautiful and elegant white rose petals down each side that lead to the simple archway where the bride and groom would stand.

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The newlyweds table was gorgeously decorated with an oversized clean and natural table piece of hydrangea, lilies, roses, snapdragons and dusty miller. With a piece like this, there would be no questions as to where the focal point of the reception was.

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A modern and trending thing to do with your wedding centerpieces is to have a combination of tall pieces on half of the tables and low pieces on the other half and mix and distribute them evenly. This gives the room a nice flow.

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In conclusion, to any Bride to Be, if you ever find yourself stuck on what colors to choose for your big day, assume that white is always classy, elegant and never going out of style!

Irongate Equestrian Center Wedding Venue

This week, we’d like to spotlight Irongate Equestrian Center at 12298 Croton Rd. Croton, OH 43013

While doing your venue research in central Ohio, we strongly recommend this quiet, unique, fairytale-esque facility nestled in a tiny little town called Croton, Ohio. Irongate offers several ceremony sites for you to choose from to suit you and your guests needs as well as three separate reception areas to choose from and can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,200 guests. An experienced event coordinator is assigned to each event to assist you with all of your facility and event needs. The long fairytale driveway that leads up to the main event barn is surrounded by acres of beautiful rolling pastures. This event space is located 10 miles from New Albany, Ohio, 31 miles from Downtown Columbus, Ohio and just 27 miles from Port Columbus International Airport. The Wedding Venue includes several amenities to make your day come together as well as several additional amenity upgrades.

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A mid-summer wedding with the maid of honor in a light mauve color and airy bouquets of blue delphinium, caspia, green berries, hydrangea, dianthus and millet, Kevin and Sadie celebrate their modern horse and carriage inspired wedding at the unique and quaint Irongate Equestrian Center with close family and friends. Blue hydrangea and caspia decorate the cake while simple bouquets of blue delphinium in milky antique vases decorate the dessert table. The simple branched archway decorated with blue delphinium and greenery makes for a nice, subtle addition to the ceremony backdrop. The Jackson’s Photography did a fantastic job capturing the beauty of this bride and groom’s very special day. Congratulations newlyweds – we are more than pleased to have been a part of your big day! – Botanica

Link here for more images from this Wedding Gallery at Irongate Equestrian Center

Questions we asked Irongate Equestrian Center

How many people does your wedding venue accommodate?

The Irongate Equestrian Center can hold up to 1,200 guests with the average event being around 250 guests. The arena can be divided into four sections and they can set the venue up according to the party needs or the guest count so that the feel of the space fits the size of the guest list. The space is so versatile that clients often have one section a cocktail area another space might be used as the ceremony. Another area could even be used for cake cutting, the ideas are truly endless.

Can I hold my wedding ceremony as well as the reception at the venue?

Both the wedding ceremony and wedding reception can be held at the venue. The client can choose to have an outdoor wedding or an indoor wedding depending on what they want. Approximately two to three months before the wedding the wedding specialist or event planner will sit down and go over each step of the party and cover all the details of how the client wants the flow to go. They will then design a floor plan for the entire day.

What is your rental fee?
Pricing for Saturday is different than pricing for Friday and Saturday. Friday and Sunday the rental fee for the space runs $5000, on a Saturday wedding the venue runs $7500. A client getting married on a Saturday night with approximately 250 guests can expect to spend about $100 per guest with food wine and beer included. The price per guest will go down the more guest you have at the event. When booking a wedding at the Irongate Equestrian Center you are booking the entire space. You have access to the arena, the courtyard and the bridge. You can take photos in any of the locations. They have 105 acres on the property and the client has access to all of it for photos.They have had corn hole and a bounce house, they have even had fire pits with smores. The Irongate never has more then one event going on at the same time even though the space is large enough that it could accommodate more then one wedding in a given day. The client gets use of the property exclusively for their special day. IronGate can accommodate a wedding or event as small as 75 guests.

How much is the deposit and when is it due?
The initial deposit for a Friday or a Sunday is $2500. Saturday weddings the deposit is $3750. There is also a deposit on the food which is half of the food bill once the menu is decided which is usually several months later. The final amount is due14 days before the event.

What is your cancellation policy?
In the rare event where someone needs to cancel their venue reservation, the deposits are non-refundable. The Irongate Equestrian Center does allow guests to change dates as long as they have at least a 6 month notice.

How long will I have to use the event space I’ve reserved?
Ten hours is the allotted time per the contract. Many times they do allow the brides to come in earlier to get ready. Most of the bar packages are a 5 hour time frame and that is when most guests start arriving. If the bridal party decides they want to go past the ten hours after the allotted end time has been reached, they do offer a per hour rate to extend the party. Most people arrive at 10 and are gone by 10:30.

Is the food catered in or is it done in house?
The Irongate Equestrian Center has a list of recommended caterers. It is possible to contract with a caterer not on the list and when doing so they do have a separate fee for this service to cover the cost of in house materials and supplies and use of water and electric and other items. The Irongate Equestrian Center holds an open house several times a year where the preferred caterers come to the venue and the bridal parties can sample the food and get to know each caterer. All the food options are determined by the client and the caterer directly. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to pulling off a successful wedding so it is highly recommended that the client select one of the caterers on the Irongate’s list.

Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided?
The Irongate provides the glassware for the bar. They also provide the tables, the chairs, table cloths, table linens that go to the floor, they provide cloth napkins as well as simple non-floral centerpieces. The china and silverware is provided by the caterer. Because the Irongate is a farm, sometimes people will do things a little different and have a BBQ and that can change things around a bit. They have even had a food truck from time to time.

Can I bring in my own alcoholic beverages?
You’re not allowed to bring your own alcohol on site. This was a service that was offered a number of years ago but it is no longer available. Many times the bride and groom would miss judge the beverage needs of the party and end up with too much or too little alcohol. Now that the alcohol is handled in house there is never a fear of having to much or to little.

Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? If so, is alcohol priced per person or by consumption?
Alcohol at the Irongate is priced per person but it is unlimited. Once you select the package you want then your guests can drink as much as they want. The packages include beer and wine if you want alcohol, the package fees go up a couple of dollars.

What is your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?
They have an indoor space ready and available when the weather prohibits the wedding ceremony being outside. They have weddings all year round and it often happens that a wedding is moved indoors at the last minute. The decision is usually made the rehearsal dinner night.

Does your facility have a bridal room and groom room to allow the wedding parties to prepare themselves?
At the Irongate Equestrian Center they have two balconies. The second floor balcony is where the bridal suite is located. There are two separate rooms in the bridal suite. One for hair and make up and one room for the bride to get dressed. The nice thing about the bridal suite is the bride has the ability to view the space and watch from above as the party and the guests arrive. She gets a unique birds eye view of the entire space. On the third floor are the two groomsmen suites. A lounge area for the men and a place for them to get dressed. All four bride and groom rooms have a full restroom and shower in each room. They are all locked with key pads so the wedding party can leave personal items in the rooms. They also have huge closets in them as well for plenty of storage. They have tables for snacks and chairs and couches. Some even have TV’s. There is also some private space on the first floor that is called a den or bar area and its a great place for private conversations and small group gatherings for long lost relatives to catch up.

Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes or does everything need to remain as is?
The Irongate Equestrian Center commits at least 3 staff members up to two hours to help with the decorating. They are experienced and know how to decorate and know where plugs are and have a good handle on making the decorating process go smoothly. This is all included in the price. Brides will give them a diagram and instructions and thats it, stress free decorating.

Do you have decoration guidelines that must be followed?
No confetti and no glitter are preferred, open candles are allowed. No nails in the wood, otherwise they accommodate most other needs.

Do you have restrictions on what kind of music I can play or a time in which the music must end?
They are a farm and because the space is the clients for the entire evening, they can choose any music live or other wise that they would like. The sound in the arena is outstanding according to many guests and DJ’s that have set up in the venue. They do have an in-house sound system that the bridal party can hook up their i-pod to and play music until the DJ arrives. The music will play in the arena, the lounge and the den.

Does your venue provide on-site parking?
They have 125 spaces around the arena and also have overflow parking for really big events. The bride can also hire valets if they want. At a typical wedding they have two parking attendants directing cars.

Are their nearby hotels that your venue recommends?
They work with the Courtyard by Marriott often, which is located right off of 161. You can hire a shuttle service from the hotels if you want.

Is the site handicap accessible?
Most of the property is handicap accessible. There are a few portions of the building that are not.

Does your venue have liability insurance in the event that someone is injured during the event?
They do have full insurance for the property.

Do you have signage or other aids to direct guests to my event?
Most people, because of GPS, have no trouble finding The Ironggate Equestrian Center. Many guests arrive early just to make sure they are not late because most have not been to the facility before. Many brides will make their own signs if they are nervous.

Do you have a recycling policy?
They are in the process of putting their recycling program in place.

Tell me a unique aspect of your venue that I may not find anywhere else?
The Irongate Equestrian Center has horse stalls that have been cleared out and cleaned up and are often used by the guests for a variety of uses. They have been used for air brush tattoos, they have been used as simulation pub crawl where each stall has a different adult beverage, they have put appetizers in the stalls and have done cake cuttings, the ideas are endless as to what can be done. Each stall is around 10′ by 10′.The stalls create a really unique and special atmosphere that is not typically found anywhere else.

What else would you like to say about your venue that I have not asked?
The Irongate is 105 acres, an equestrian center, that is extremely unique in the look and feel. They can accommodate anywhere from 50 guest to 1,200 guests. It is a must see and there is so much you can not possibly describe it in one paragraph. This venue is an upscale barn style facility where the space can be presented differently for each wedding. The guests love it and are blown away 100% of the time.