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…For my reception.

I know I’ve already told you the place, and showed you the picture, but now I want to share the process of getting to there.

It was fairly simple. We only looked at two places, and one was Mill Creek. I guess I can’t say it’s called Mill Creek anymore though. Our caterer recently took it over and it’s now simply known as “The Barn at Ligonier Valley” and it’s practically perfect in every way.

Nate and I knew we wanted a barn, we knew we wanted simple and rustic and we wanted something as close to halfway for our families as possible. Our first look was a nice barn, with a nice open view, and a wonderful pond where we could have our ceremony, and a price tag to match. My budgetsavvy heart stopped when I heard the price for our initial find…over $8,000…without the catering. The other downside was that there was no hotel close for guests or my bridal party. I would have to worry about my family members and friends traveling after an evening of merriment, and on top of it all, I would have to shed about 100 people off of our guest list. I shed a tear at the thought of losing this beautiful reception site. However; Nate, my parents, and, with a little convincing, I finally agreed, We could NOT afford that site.

The next weekend we went to visit Mill Creek and I fell in love. From the outside, it’s really not much…an old barn with a new coat of paint but on the inside it was perfect. The barn had beautiful wooden rafters, older style bay windows, and a large enough area to fit all of my family and family to be.

That afternoon, we were supposed to be visiting two more sites, instead we booked our November 3rd date and made our deposit. It was in our price range, $800 plus additional catering costs, could fit 250 people, and had a dance floor big enough for all of our guests.

The Entrance, These pictures were taken on our first visit, unfortunately there was a wedding that day and I couldn't take a picture inside

I wish I could show you more, but I guess you’ll just have to wait until the big day is over. Until then, if you want more general information on the barn or our caterer, you can check it out here.

I didn’t really know what to expect, and I don’t know if everyone’s process was this easy, but so far it seems like everything we’ve done for our wedding has fallen into place. We’ve been lucky, I hope it continues.

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About Joscelyn

My name is Joscelyn, I'm 24 years old and live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I work with children on the Autism Spectrum and am currently enrolled in grad school for special education. I'm recently engaged and planning my dream wedding, I can't wait to share it!

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  • Nicole

    I am also looking at this venue – I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on the place. Hotels nearby? Good people to work with?