Today’s venue feature is one of the cutest barns located in Burlington, Wisconsin. I met Chelsea back in November 2017 when the barn was under construction for the upcoming wedding season in 2018. Listening to the ideas Chelsea had for each space just showed how much love was going to get put into this venue.
1) Tell me a little history about the venue.
Wagon Wheel Farm traces its history back to the 1840s and has been named such for as far back as we can trace. Originally a dairy farm, it was purchased by Dr. A.J. Sullivan in the 1950s. He discontinued the dairy operation and maintained an office in the farmhouse. In 1971, Len Matthews, James’s grandfather, was looking for a farm so that his kids could experience the adventures and learn the values he found as a boy on his grandfather’s Kentucky farm. He fell in love with the fieldstone farmhouse, meandering creek, and wooded acres of Wagon Wheel Farm. The farm has remained in the Matthews family ever since.
2) What made you and your husband decide to open a barn venue?
Over the years, the farm was used as a summer getaway from Chicago. However, most of the Matthews family eventually moved to California and maintaining a 100-acre property across the country sounded daunting. I am originally from Pennsylvania and James grew up in San Diego so when we were deciding where to get married, the farm in Wisconsin sounded like a great mid-way point. We had the most amazing day and realized we wanted to share this special place with other couples. So, in March of 2017, we left San Diego, moved to the farm and started renovating.
3) What are some unique details or experiences couples will receive if they book your venue?
While planning our wedding at the farm in 2015 and living in CA, we quickly understood how hard and stressful the planning can be. Many of our couples are coming from Milwaukee and Chicago so our goal is to create the best and most relaxing weekend as possible. That’s why we only book one wedding per weekend. This means each week we can totally focus on our couple to ensure their day runs smoothly and is everything they imagined.
Couples have flexibility with set-up on Friday, can fully enjoy their Saturday wedding and leave at the end of the night not having to clean up afterwards as Sunday, they can come back and pick up anything of theirs left the night before. With separate areas for both the bride and groom to get ready in, indoor restrooms, a lower-level with walk-out patio (great for cocktail hour!) and a spiral staircase in the old silo, our couples and their guests have so many options and areas to enjoy.
4) How far in advance should couples book their wedding date?
September, October and June are our most popular months and fill up quickly so we recommend booking as early as possible if you have a specific date in mind. If your date is flexible, we recommend booking 1 year in advance. Because we only allow one wedding per weekend, our dates fill up much quicker than other venues that have multiple dates available each weekend.
5) What are some of your favorite memories from the 2018 wedding season?
2018 was a whirlwind of a year and there were so many amazing moments! Our favorite was probably watching our first couple tie the knot. We were under construction until just 2 weeks before so to see everything come together and how happy the couple and their family was…it made all the blood, sweat and tears from the last 2 years totally worth it!
If you are interested in having your wedding or special event (like this rustic/chic baby shower) at The Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm, please head on over to their website for more information and many more images!