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Buena Vista Farms, Inc.

Chapin , IL
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LOCATION

1630 Old U. S. Highway 67
Chapin, IL US 62628 (map)

PHONE

216-820-9402

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

At Buena Vista Farms, Inc. we strive to make your wedding WEEKEND special, unique and stress free. With luxury cabins for lodging, a spa cabin, 146 acres, two lakes, a temperature... Read more
At Buena Vista Farms, Inc. we strive to make your wedding WEEKEND special, unique and stress free. With luxury cabins for lodging, a spa cabin, 146 acres, two lakes, a temperature controlled building, as well as a large, white, temperature controlled permanent tent, we have many beautiful spots for outdoor weddings and indoor receptions.

Often the bride and attendants spend Friday night together in the cabins, have their nails done and massages, while the groom and his friends enjoy the fishing and athletic facilities. The ladies then get ready for the big event in our lodge building on Saturday morning. Photos start at the Pergola and ancient oak trees overlooking the lake . The old barn offers priceless photo opportunities as well as the 145 acres of woods, lake, and gardens. We offer a pergola or gazebo or wrought iron trellis for gorgeous outdoor weddings.

Your guests are entertained for the Reception in the large, well airconditioned, permanent Tent, completey handicap accessible. Our packages include all decorations and day of event attendant, so your stress is melted away. Well stocked bathrooms, full bar service, wide variety of catered buffet meals and large dance floor provide a unique and comfortable setting for you and your guests to enjoy the evening. Leave the clean up to us, while you and your guests retreat to our resort for lodging in the fully furnished, luxurious cabins. Continue the party with a bonfire and relax to make a wedding WEEKEND full of memories!

We are located on State Highway 67 just 3 miles NW of Jacksonville. Interstate 72 to Highway 67 North is conveniently located for the Springfield area and all of Central Illinois

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2006
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Inn / Bed & Breakfast, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
20
Number of suites
3
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
240
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
12
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2006
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Inn / Bed & Breakfast, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Garden / Romantic, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
60
Number of suites
3
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
240
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
16
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Lindsey & Tony
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I would like to thank you for a terrific planning experience and wedding weekend. We planned our wedding in 6 months. I changed my mind multiple times and Teri was there taking notes so that everything would go as planned. The resource list is WONDERFUL & if her vendors are booked they usually provide another contact for the same service. My advice to anyone wanting to plan a wedding here is do it! The value is awesome, I brought in a lot of extra decorations that I personally wanted but there was no need, Teri has everything! She wanted my day to go the way I had envisioned. Teri is helpful and provides excellent advice but is also not offended when you think a different way than her. Instead of a wedding planner, she's like a wedding guide. :) I appreciate her approach to her business and customers very much. It was also comforting to me to know that she prays for each of her couples. She's so friendly and down to earth, she even did laundry that we accidentally left in the cabin. Now, that is pretty awesome!!
My husband and I would like to thank you for a terrific planning experience and wedding weekend. We planned our wedding in Read more...
My husband and I would like to thank you for a terrific planning experience and wedding weekend. We planned our wedding in 6 months. I changed my mind multiple times and Teri was there taking notes so that everything would go as planned. The resource list is WONDERFUL & if her vendors are booked they usually provide another contact for the same service. My advice to anyone wanting to plan a wedding here is do it! The value is awesome, I brought in a lot of extra decorations that I personally wanted but there was no need, Teri has everything! She wanted my day to go the way I had envisioned. Teri is helpful and provides excellent advice but is also not offended when you think a different way than her. Instead of a wedding planner, she's like a wedding guide. :) I appreciate her approach to her business and customers very much. It was also comforting to me to know that she prays for each of her couples. She's so friendly and down to earth, she even did laundry that we accidentally left in the cabin. Now, that is pretty awesome!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jan
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding was so beautiful and best of all, the day was completely made for our enjoyment. We did not have to orchestrate any set up or tear down for the aesthetically pleasing outdoor wedding or the reception tent. Every detail was attended to without my direction and our wishes were fulfilled. From the cupcake tiers and small chocolates to the head table's "toast" glasses and flowing decorations. The respect and helpfulness never faltered from all of the staff. The attention to detail was extraordinary. I can not rate Buena Vista Farms any higher. All that was left was for us to dance and enjoy our family and friends. If the scale were 1-10 they rate a 10! Thank you Teri and Nestor Gutierrez, it was your personal attention to our details that made the day so wonderful!
My daughter's wedding was so beautiful and best of all, the day was completely made for our enjoyment. We did not have to Read more...
My daughter's wedding was so beautiful and best of all, the day was completely made for our enjoyment. We did not have to orchestrate any set up or tear down for the aesthetically pleasing outdoor wedding or the reception tent. Every detail was attended to without my direction and our wishes were fulfilled. From the cupcake tiers and small chocolates to the head table's "toast" glasses and flowing decorations. The respect and helpfulness never faltered from all of the staff. The attention to detail was extraordinary. I can not rate Buena Vista Farms any higher. All that was left was for us to dance and enjoy our family and friends. If the scale were 1-10 they rate a 10! Thank you Teri and Nestor Gutierrez, it was your personal attention to our details that made the day so wonderful! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Buena Vista Farms is an amazing venue. I got married May 17th, 2014. The outdoor wedding was everything I had ever hoped for. It was beautiful overlooking the lake at the gazebo. The reception in the large white tent afterwards was perfect! Terri took all of our stress away. She decorated the venue to my choosing. What a relief to not have to worry about the small things. Her staff was super friendly as well. Anything I asked for she was there in an instant. I cannot speak more highly of this beautiful venue or Terri. I would recommend anyone considering to get married in the Jacksonville area to go check it out. You won't regret it! I definitely had my dream wedding come true here. Maybe you can too! :)
Buena Vista Farms is an amazing venue. I got married May 17th, 2014. The outdoor wedding was everything I had ever hoped Read more...
Buena Vista Farms is an amazing venue. I got married May 17th, 2014. The outdoor wedding was everything I had ever hoped for. It was beautiful overlooking the lake at the gazebo. The reception in the large white tent afterwards was perfect! Terri took all of our stress away. She decorated the venue to my choosing. What a relief to not have to worry about the small things. Her staff was super friendly as well. Anything I asked for she was there in an instant. I cannot speak more highly of this beautiful venue or Terri. I would recommend anyone considering to get married in the Jacksonville area to go check it out. You won't regret it! I definitely had my dream wedding come true here. Maybe you can too! :) Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Buena Vista Farms is the best place to have your wedding. Terri and Nestor (the owners) are so wonderful and hands on! They take care of everything and are so helpful. The want the bride and groom to be pleased! We had our rehersal and wedding at BV. It was an entire weekend of wedding bliss! It was truely very I have ever dreamed and an imaged! There is not one thing I would have changed about my wedding! I would do it over 1000 times and wish I could!
Buena Vista Farms is the best place to have your wedding. Terri and Nestor (the owners) are so wonderful and hands on! Read more...
Buena Vista Farms is the best place to have your wedding. Terri and Nestor (the owners) are so wonderful and hands on! They take care of everything and are so helpful. The want the bride and groom to be pleased! We had our rehersal and wedding at BV. It was an entire weekend of wedding bliss! It was truely very I have ever dreamed and an imaged! There is not one thing I would have changed about my wedding! I would do it over 1000 times and wish I could! Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Melissa and Ryan were very wonderful hosts for their guests. They wanted to be sure that everyone was comfortable and having a great time. It was a memorable event for us, first class all the way! What a privilege to work for them and be a part of their day. We are grateful to have made new friends, they are near and dear to our hearts.
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience. We ran into unpreventable issues a few months before the wedding and they were quick to fix the problems and due right by us. I was thoroughly impressed with everything and have recommended them to many people since.
We had a wonderful experience. We ran into unpreventable issues a few months before the wedding and they were quick to fix Read more...
We had a wonderful experience. We ran into unpreventable issues a few months before the wedding and they were quick to fix the problems and due right by us. I was thoroughly impressed with everything and have recommended them to many people since. Read less
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Judi
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Buena Vista Farm is a venue that met all of our needs for our daughter's wedding. Teri and her staff were exceptional in making her wedding day memorable and picture perfect!
Buena Vista Farm is a venue that met all of our needs for our daughter's wedding. Teri and her staff were exceptional in Read more...
Buena Vista Farm is a venue that met all of our needs for our daughter's wedding. Teri and her staff were exceptional in making her wedding day memorable and picture perfect! Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Thank you Judi! It was a fun time for all it seems. Your special touches added that pop to the decorations. We all enjoyed working with you for your daughter's wedding. They are a darling couple. Thank you to our military staff and their families make for all of us.
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Dennisa
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing facility and staff! Made the experience perfect.
Amazing facility and staff! Made the experience perfect.
Amazing facility and staff! Made the experience perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing options... Terri is awesome to work with! Most beautiful place for weddings and receptions!
Amazing options... Terri is awesome to work with! Most beautiful place for weddings and receptions!
Amazing options... Terri is awesome to work with! Most beautiful place for weddings and receptions! Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Thank you both for choosing the staff at Buena Vista Farms to assist you in producing your very special day. Your ideas and creativity were reflected in your lovely centerpieces, and touches through out the reception. Your guests were wonderful for us to host. Blessings for a life time of happiness.....and a big hug for both of you! Teri
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
I was so impressed from the start of meeting Teri who was extremly helpful and creative with ideas. She was a huge wealth of knowledge and always accessable to help. My friends wedding wouldn't have been so great without not only the beautiful location but the help of Teri. I highly recommend this location for any event
I was so impressed from the start of meeting Teri who was extremly helpful and creative with ideas. She was a huge wealth Read more...
I was so impressed from the start of meeting Teri who was extremly helpful and creative with ideas. She was a huge wealth of knowledge and always accessable to help. My friends wedding wouldn't have been so great without not only the beautiful location but the help of Teri. I highly recommend this location for any event Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, , Wedding Venue
Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Elizabeth: We learned a lot from you and your creative ideas. Thank you! The Movie theme was fun for everyone and you had a great group of friends to celebrate with.
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Cassie
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Terri was great, she spent a lot of time with us making sure everything was going to be perfect on our big day! The venue was beautiful!
Terri was great, she spent a lot of time with us making sure everything was going to be perfect on our big day! The venue Read more...
Terri was great, she spent a lot of time with us making sure everything was going to be perfect on our big day! The venue was beautiful! Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Cassie: Thank you! We loved your fun group making it a destination wedding and continuing the party at our resort! Best wishes and many blessings to you and Drew!
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ashlee
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Wonderful people to work with and a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding and reception. Teri really tries to understand exactly what you want for your wedding and makes it happen. The decorations she helped us with were perfect and exactly what we wanted, even though I didn't have a good idea of what I was looking for. She was extremely helpful and went out of her way for us. It was the perfect day
Wonderful people to work with and a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding and reception. Teri really tries to understand Read more...
Wonderful people to work with and a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding and reception. Teri really tries to understand exactly what you want for your wedding and makes it happen. The decorations she helped us with were perfect and exactly what we wanted, even though I didn't have a good idea of what I was looking for. She was extremely helpful and went out of her way for us. It was the perfect day Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Ashlee and Justin are a darling couple and our staff wish them many blessings!
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Buena Vista Farms offers a beautiful location and so many decorations to choose from to fit your tastes. Teri was very helpful and provided great suggestions for decorating our reception. Our wedding day was perfect. Buena Vista Farms comes highly recommended.
Buena Vista Farms offers a beautiful location and so many decorations to choose from to fit your tastes. Teri was very Read more...
Buena Vista Farms offers a beautiful location and so many decorations to choose from to fit your tastes. Teri was very helpful and provided great suggestions for decorating our reception. Our wedding day was perfect. Buena Vista Farms comes highly recommended. Read less
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Ashlee
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.8/5.0
I told the owner/planner Teriann that I wanted a country, laid-back, vintage wedding and reception and she came up with all the decorations. Perfect decorations may I add, they were so unique and fit my theme perfectly. She does everything possible to make your day beautiful, special, and stress free! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and allow for so many different picture options. All of my guests complimented the decorations, grounds and whole wedding/reception in general.
I told the owner/planner Teriann that I wanted a country, laid-back, vintage wedding and reception and she came up with Read more...
I told the owner/planner Teriann that I wanted a country, laid-back, vintage wedding and reception and she came up with all the decorations. Perfect decorations may I add, they were so unique and fit my theme perfectly. She does everything possible to make your day beautiful, special, and stress free! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and allow for so many different picture options. All of my guests complimented the decorations, grounds and whole wedding/reception in general. Read less
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Lacey
Wedding:
8/20/2011
4.8/5.0
This was an exceptional venue to have my wedding reception at. I received so many compliments on how beautiful Buena Vista was, a few family members even said if they get married they would LOVE to have their reception at the Farm. Teri, the owner, was nothing but helpful and thorough, and was always a text message, e-mail, or phone call away. As a bride you are nervous that you will be the last one to see your reception all set up the day of the wedding, but my husband and I were just amazed when we got there! Everything ran smoothly and not a thing was out of place! The outdoor pictures by the pond, oak trees, and tall grass turned out gorgeous!
This was an exceptional venue to have my wedding reception at. I received so many compliments on how beautiful Buena Vista Read more...
This was an exceptional venue to have my wedding reception at. I received so many compliments on how beautiful Buena Vista was, a few family members even said if they get married they would LOVE to have their reception at the Farm. Teri, the owner, was nothing but helpful and thorough, and was always a text message, e-mail, or phone call away. As a bride you are nervous that you will be the last one to see your reception all set up the day of the wedding, but my husband and I were just amazed when we got there! Everything ran smoothly and not a thing was out of place! The outdoor pictures by the pond, oak trees, and tall grass turned out gorgeous! Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Lacey and Mica were a very lovely couple to work for. They had creative ideas and were very prepared and organized. It was heart warming to watch them cooperate and compromise on their ideas, with great love and respect for one another. We wish them a life time of happiness and many blessings. Thank you both!
Teri
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Amy
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.6/5.0
Happy with the service we received for our wedding. It poured so did not get to have our outdoor wedding as we really wanted but they quickly pulled together an indoor wedding and it ended up being just fine. Teri was always willing to help with whatever was needed
Happy with the service we received for our wedding. It poured so did not get to have our outdoor wedding as we really Read more...
Happy with the service we received for our wedding. It poured so did not get to have our outdoor wedding as we really wanted but they quickly pulled together an indoor wedding and it ended up being just fine. Teri was always willing to help with whatever was needed Read less
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Kitrina
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.6/5.0
The owners go above and beyond to make their venue absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding day was perfect. From the scenery outside to the tent inside, everything was just as we had imagined -- and then some. Teri allowed us to bring in extra decor, but took so much stress off of ALL of the decorating by having helpers do as much as they could.
Currently living out of state, Teri was on top of responding to emails and never seemed bothered by them (no exaggerating on I probably sent over 500 throughout the planning stages). The cabins on the property are also an amazing touch if you have some out of town guests and/or don't want to go far after the ceremony.
I fully reccommend this venue!! (I know I already have to several potential brides to come :) )
The owners go above and beyond to make their venue absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding day was perfect. From the scenery Read more...
The owners go above and beyond to make their venue absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding day was perfect. From the scenery outside to the tent inside, everything was just as we had imagined -- and then some. Teri allowed us to bring in extra decor, but took so much stress off of ALL of the decorating by having helpers do as much as they could.
Currently living out of state, Teri was on top of responding to emails and never seemed bothered by them (no exaggerating on I probably sent over 500 throughout the planning stages). The cabins on the property are also an amazing touch if you have some out of town guests and/or don't want to go far after the ceremony.
I fully reccommend this venue!! (I know I already have to several potential brides to come :) ) Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

We all just loved Kitrina and Lane! It was a pleasure to work with them and see all the ideas come to fruition. Kitrina came to us from out of state, and only visited our venue one time! She was so well prepared, that it all fell into place and her ideas were really gorgeous and creative. We really thought it was great that Kitrina thought of so many extra little touches to make her guests comfortable (dancing shoes, take home glasses, fun things for the kids and the young at heart)! Many blessings for a couple that are very special to us.
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/14/2012
4.6/5.0
Teri was very helpful on our wedding day and very flexable to! We had planned on having our ceremoney outside but due to the weather we decided to move it inside about an hour before our start time. She quickly got to work and was able to make the cabin look beautiful! She was very helpful in the creating of all our decorations (and I love that she has everything you could ever want for decor onsite). It was really nice not having to worry about getting decor up and so that I could just focus on myself.
Teri was very helpful on our wedding day and very flexable to! We had planned on having our ceremoney outside but due to Read more...
Teri was very helpful on our wedding day and very flexable to! We had planned on having our ceremoney outside but due to the weather we decided to move it inside about an hour before our start time. She quickly got to work and was able to make the cabin look beautiful! She was very helpful in the creating of all our decorations (and I love that she has everything you could ever want for decor onsite). It was really nice not having to worry about getting decor up and so that I could just focus on myself. Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

Dani you are a doll! Thank you. It was such an interesting wedding with guests from so many states represented. We were fortunate to host your very special day. You were both wonderful to work for and are a very talented and kind couple. We with you the very best!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
1.5/5.0
When we first started talking to the owner about what date we wanted, she made it seem like we should choose a different time of day so she could book two weddings in one day. And then construction started going on behind where our wedding ceremony was going to be held, building cabins. Thankfully the timeline worked out because they were done building before our wedding date. We decided to book one of the cabins since we had a wedding there the very next day. Booking the cabin was not easy. The owner's husband, who was in charge of the cabins, kept getting confused which cabin we wanted to stay in. And at one point he tried to tell us that we should get one of the smaller cabins since it was only the two of us staying the night. The owner's husband didn't deny us the bigger cabin though and everything worked out. The day of rehearsal went well thanks to our officiant's wife. The owner said she would do everything for the rehearsal but instead spent most of the time on the phone. On the wedding day, the owner said she was worried about the possible rain. She tried to tell me that we should move it inside. But I wanted our wedding outside. She had a certain kind of tone in her voice that made it known she didn't think my decision wise. During the ceremony it started to rain and the owner and her workers brought our guests umbrellas, which was very nice. At the reception, it was brought to my mother's attention, who was paying for my wedding and reception, that people were being charged for sodas. My mom talked with the owner to explain again that she was paying for the soda for our guests. My husband finds out on a later date that our guests were still charged for sodas.
When we first started talking to the owner about what date we wanted, she made it seem like we should choose a different Read more...
When we first started talking to the owner about what date we wanted, she made it seem like we should choose a different time of day so she could book two weddings in one day. And then construction started going on behind where our wedding ceremony was going to be held, building cabins. Thankfully the timeline worked out because they were done building before our wedding date. We decided to book one of the cabins since we had a wedding there the very next day. Booking the cabin was not easy. The owner's husband, who was in charge of the cabins, kept getting confused which cabin we wanted to stay in. And at one point he tried to tell us that we should get one of the smaller cabins since it was only the two of us staying the night. The owner's husband didn't deny us the bigger cabin though and everything worked out. The day of rehearsal went well thanks to our officiant's wife. The owner said she would do everything for the rehearsal but instead spent most of the time on the phone. On the wedding day, the owner said she was worried about the possible rain. She tried to tell me that we should move it inside. But I wanted our wedding outside. She had a certain kind of tone in her voice that made it known she didn't think my decision wise. During the ceremony it started to rain and the owner and her workers brought our guests umbrellas, which was very nice. At the reception, it was brought to my mother's attention, who was paying for my wedding and reception, that people were being charged for sodas. My mom talked with the owner to explain again that she was paying for the soda for our guests. My husband finds out on a later date that our guests were still charged for sodas. Read less
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Buena Vista Farms, Inc. responded with the following comments:

My bride must have been disappointed to have had her well thought out ceremony in a pouring rain. As a planner, and owner, I was very concerned about injury and liability of the guests, due to lightening or slippery grass, and of course explained that. It was her decision to go ahead in the rain, the best that we could do for the guests was to provide umbrellas and even gave them new plastic garbage bags to cover their heads, while we were getting soaked. Many of the guests went to the porch of the building nearby. This building is an indoor wedding ceremony venue, which served as the chapel for the bride's good friend's wedding held the very next day.

The cabins were all full and hotels in town were full for this weekend. The groom's family had rented the cabins, but more family members wanted to stay. The groom's family thought that we had made an error in reserving the largest cabin which sleeps 6 for just the bridal couple. We called to confirm that the couple did in fact want the larger cabin, which left some of the groom's family members to sleep in our smaller cabins on air mattresses.

I made an error in charging for soda at the beginning of the reception. As soon as the mother of the bride came into the reception and informed me of the error no other guests were charged for soda. I am very sorry for my error.

I feel that my staff provided excellent service for this very special day and was shocked to read the review. There was no indication of any of the bridal family being upset. We parted on a good note. My staff worked very hard to provide for a wedding in a downpour, we dried chairs several times, worked in the rain, and were well prepared with the reception in the Barn facility. Frankly, I just do not understand the discontent reflected in this review. I will contact this bride to better understand her viewpoint and make amends.

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