Whether you choose to say "I DO" under the boughs of the stately oak trees or next to our spring fed pond, The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms is the ideal setting to celebrate your union.
Nestled on a 130 acre private estate, The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms is a unique venue. No detail has been overlooked in creating this special venue; it is truly a “one-of-a-kind” facility, filled with rustic and sophisticated elegance. The Pavilion features sliding glass doors, offering a captivating view of the countryside, a massive stone fireplace and state of the art audiovisual equipment. Relax and enjoy the serene setting while our dedicated staff ensures that you and your guests experience a joyful day!
In addition to The Pavilion, Orchard Ridge Farms is home to Copperstone Inn, a luxury Bed and Breakfast and an organic apple orchard. The bed & breakfast located just 1000 feet from the Pavilion, is the perfect addition to your most special day. With 6 luxury suites, a mini spa, theater area and outdoor grilling area with a jacuzzi, Copperstone Inn will complete your wedding weekend.
Located in tranquil, rural Rockton, Illinois, Orchard Ridge Farms is less than two hours from downtown Chicago and one hour from Madison and Milwaukee. Host your wedding at the most unique venue in the Stateline area!
Please contact our Wedding Coordinators today to begin planning the wedding of your dreams. firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 629-2220.
Owners: Richard Spanton Jr & Chrissie Spanton
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Beloved friends, We are excited to feature one of our very own preferred vendors, C. Tyson Photography. Over the last couple of years, The Pavilion Team has been honored to have the opportunity to work with this talented man, and we can not express enough what an all around, awesome individual he is. He is truly one of a kind, and we hope that you enjoy reading about his photography experiences here at Orchard Ridge Farms.
Hello! I am Christopher Tyson, the guy behind the camera at C. Tyson Photography, and I have the privilege of being a preferred vendor at Orchard Ridge Farms for over 2 years. Now this is a story of all about how, my business got flipped, turned upside down; And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell you all about The Pavilion and how much they care. Yes, I really did go Fresh Prince on you.
I remember hearing about the Pavilion in the Fall of 2010 from multiple couples and every time they would talk about it, their eyes would just light up. They always had trouble explaining it to me, and the most I got out of them was “Barn” and “Amazing”. I kept telling myself that I had to go check this place out, so in March of 2011 I did just that. WOW! As a photographer, I immediately fell in love with every part of the venue, but I had to wait until June of 2011 to photograph my first wedding there, Jon and Aubrey’s…
That first wedding at The Pavilion was truly something that forever changed and transformed my business. Within a couple of weeks I was sitting in Copperstone Inn, talking with the owner of the property. The next thing I knew, I was a preferred vendor and was asked to photograph the entire property, and I mean the ENTIRE property. The interior, the exterior, The Pavilion, Copperstone Inn…
Every time I made the drive out to Orchard Ridge Farms, I found some hidden corner of the property, or an angle of lighting, or a tiny subtle difference that would take a photograph from great to amazing. These photograph sessions, when it’s just me and my camera roaming the property, taking in the distinct difference of each room at Copperstone Inn, playing with Cowboy and Pedro (the two farm cats), watching both the sun rise and sun set, these experiences have proved absolutely invaluable while I am photographing a wedding. I am often asked how I would make a couple’s wedding “different” after having photographed so many weddings there… When I can explain from my personal experience how different the grounds are from just September to October, how sunset times change shooting locations, even just the fleeting blooms of the Apple Orchard can change my approach to shooting wedding. The Pavilion will never grow old to me, and I will always be indebted to what it has given me.
If you are here on this blog reading this, I want to give one more piece of guidance from someone who has plenty of experience at Orchard Ridge Farms. Sure the venue is beautiful, you probably have figured that out, but what you may now know, and what I firmly attest to, is just how well things are run in the background. Every person who is on staff knows just how important giving you a positive wedding experience is. While this may seem like a given, I can personally tell you that not many vendors, let alone venues, hold themselves to the standards that Orchard Ridge Farms does. I have watched wedding after wedding come through here, and I have watched the staff grind through long seasons, all with the single focus of making sure your wedding is exactly what you hoped it be.
I apologize for this being a little bit of a longer read, but I really wanted to share my whole thoughts, not just the cliff notes. Just know that after every wedding I have photographed there, I drive home from the Pavilion and I am smiling. I pull up to my house about 11 or 12, I tell my wife and boys I love them so much; Looked at my business, smiled ear to ear, thank you for reading, I am glad I could share!
How did you and Josh meet? Josh and I met through mutual friends. A couple nights a week I work at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap, and Josh and his friends would come in and ask to be in my section. Most of the time I was too shy to wait on him, so I would give their table to another server. We both always assumed one another had a significant other, so we occasionally hung out in a group. It was about a year later that we started going to concerts, going on bike rides, and getting ice together, just the two of us. That’s when I realized what a great catch he was!
Describe the marriage proposal. Josh and I both have really hectic schedules, so we don’t have a whole lot of time to go on dates. Because Josh and I don’t live together right now, we try our best to set aside time where we can hang out, but it doesn’t come too often. Josh had told me a specific date to set aside so that we can spend the whole day together… On Saturday May 4th, Josh took me downtown to Navy Pier. We decided to ride the ferris wheel, which I previously told Josh, was one of my favorite childhood memories. When we were about to get on I saw cart #13 coming down. I secretly prayed we wouldn’t get cart #13, and we actually ended up with cart #12, which is my lucky number! At the top of the ferris wheel Josh told me to look at a building he had done work on before, so I turned my head and when I turned back, there was Josh down on one knee. He pulled the ring box from his cowboy boot and told me that the real reason why we were there was so that he could ask me to be his wife. I was in complete shock, because although we had talked about our future together, we had only been dating for nine months, and I never expected for him to propose.
What influenced your decision to choose the Fourth of July wedding date? Actually, Josh and I had both wanted a September, or fall wedding (and the one date Josh said he wouldn’t want was the fourth of July!). However, I fell in love with The Pavilion and would have taken just about any date that they had open. When we told our friends and family that the 4th of July was our wedding date, they said it could not have been more perfect. Josh and I are both very into country, and Josh might as well be a spokesperson for America… In fact, I am almost certain Captain America is his role model. The date just fit perfectly with characters and the kind of wedding we were going for. Now I don’t think I can imagine having any other wedding date.
Describe your wedding colors and style. Josh and I had picked our wedding colors before we even chose our date. The colors are light grey, navy blue, and red. Josh is like the all-American boy, and we both knew that we wanted a simple, rustic, country wedding. Country has really become more main stream and trendy lately, which almost steered us in another direction. However, we both wanted to stay true to who we are. For a late night snack we will be serving chicken and waffles, and are going to keep the style very country and southern. When I first started planning, I think my family was just thankful that we didn’t do the entire thing in camouflage since that is a big part of our everyday wardrobe. My family strongly urged me to do it country if I wanted to, but keep it classy… which is exactly what we are going to do!
What features of the Pavilion are you excited to highlight in your design? Pretty much the whole darn thing! The Pavilion is a perfect fit for our wedding design. My original plan was to head to Nashville, however, being the first grandchild out of 17 to get married, my grandfather urged me to do it the “right” way. Anyone who knows us, knew we would do our wedding in a barn. I found a couple of barns but none were as breathtaking as The Pavilion. We have a very large wedding and my big ole Italian family was a little hesitant when I told them I chose a barn… but when I showed them the pictures, they were instantly in love!
How many guests will attend your wedding? Right now we are at 275 guests, and trying to cut it down to 250. It is quite the task, let me tell ya!
Who are a few of your vendors and why did you choose them? We chose Hoffman House as our caterer. I am working with a woman named Marissa, and she has been the most accommodating person, and think the whole process has been super easy because of her. For our photographer we chose Cornerstone Photography. I found these photographers on the The Knot. We did our engagement shoot at the county fair, and we were completely sold after that! The rest of my vendors are still up in the air, but Kacie and Jenny have been really helpful at pointing me in the right direction!
Which caterer and menu style have you chosen? We chose Hoffman House and decided on a plated meal with a premium bar package. Our options for dinner are steak, chicken and salmon… You can’t lose! We also are doing s’mores and chicken and waffles for a late night snack! And for our little guests, we decided to do firecracker Popsicles, because it really fit the occasion!
Thus far, what has been the most exciting part of your wedding planning experience? Hmm… that is a toughie. I think the whole thing has been a blast. Unless I am doing something wrong, I don’t see why people get so stressed over wedding planning. I have a lot of wonderful friends and family helping me so I guess that had made the process super fun. Plus, Josh and I have agreed on everything so far (crossing my fingers) and it just all comes so easy with us. When we were discussing cakes, we both just laughed and said our moms could pick the flavors etc,. All we were concerned about was having a big truck tire grooms cake next to our pretty lil four tier wedding cake!
What do you and Josh most look forward to on your big day? I pretty much just want both of us to have fun. I don’t want to be one of those brides that never even got to have a drink on her big day because she was too busy running around. I want our guests to have fun, and I want Josh to dance his butt off (and I want pictures of that, too)!
Megan and Jason will marry at The Pavilion June of next year. Beloved friends, we invite you to read about their love story and the plans they have set for their summer affair.
How did you and Jason meet? Jason and I met when we were in high school at a party he held for a friend of his. He came up to my friend and now maid of honor, Annie, with a video camera asking us to say happy birthday. I immediately thought he was strange, and my friend Annie told me that I should stay away from him. However, we continued to see each other at North Pointe once in a while when I came home from college; he would always run around the track checking out the ladies in the gym. During the summer of that year, I worked at Pearl Lake as a lifeguard and he came every day over Memorial weekend. Everyday that he would come to Pearl Lake, he would come up to my chair and talk with me as I was working. Eventually he asked if I wanted to hang out. Nevertheless, I said did reply with yes, but I am thankful he was so persistent in “bothering me”.
If you could describe your relationship in one word what would it be? I would describe our relationship as supportive. Throughout our relationship I have been in nursing school, and Jason has always supported me when I was extremely stressed.
Describe the proposal. We started dating during a Memorial Day weekend, so this will always be a special time for us… Every year for Memorial Day we go up north to one of Jason’s friend’s cabins. At his friend’s cabin there is a waterfall that we always go to where you are able to swim underneath and stand behind… We traveled up to the lake with all of our friends, got to the cabin and started our Memorial Day festivities. The next day Jason was very eager to go to the water fall, but I did not want to because it was chilly and rainy. However, we did end up getting on the boat to go to the waterfall. We got to the waterfall and swam underneath the water fall to a small cave. When we got in Jason said his foot was stuck. I tried to help, and when I turned back around there was Jason kneeling with the ring floating on top of a box… and I said yes!!!! When we swam out from the waterfall, all of our friends were there cheering. It was a celebration the rest of the weekend!
What drew you to The Pavilion? What I love about the Pavilion is the natural beauty of the barn and grounds. When Jason and I went to visit The Pavilion, Jenny and Kacie were so helpful in answering our questions, and the moment I saw the pavilion I knew it was where I wanted to marry my best friend.
What influenced your decision to choose a summer wedding date? I chose a summer wedding because my allergies are terrible in the fall, and I really wanted to get married outdoors!
Describe your wedding style. My wedding style is very rustic and romantic. Our colors are eggplant and coral, and we are using lanterns for décor. In the lanterns, we will have purple hydrangeas. I want our wedding to have a very relaxed feel, and to steer away from the traditional wedding.
How many guests will attend your event? 200 guests will attend our wedding.
Who are a few of your vendors and why did you choose them? We chose Photography by Kristen because she does amazing work. She photographed my friend’s wedding and did a fantastic job. Kristen is so professional and makes you feel comfortable. Her pictures are gorgeous and we really enjoyed working with her on our engagement photos.
We chose Event Floral because they are considered one of the best in the Rockford area. Their staff had so many wonderful ideas, and they were very creative when coming up with ideas for our wedding.
Luxe Productions is the DJ we chose because they are also considered the best in Rockford. When I went to meet with them I was very impressed. They even set us up with a DJ that was most compatible with our characters.
Which caterer and what menu style have you chosen? I chose Hoffman house because their tasting was impressive and the staff is very easy to work with. Our wedding menu is prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, rosemary potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, and an assortment of veggies. We are planning for an open bar with signature cocktails.
Thus far, what has been the most exciting part of your wedding planning experience? The most exciting part of this experience thus far would be when I said yes to my dress and when Jason and I decided on The Pavilion. Finding my dress was exciting because it made the wedding more real, and when we chose The Pavilion Jason and I were very excited to know that is where we would say our I do’s.
What do you and Jason most look forward to on your big day? We look forward to getting married and being husband and wife. I am also looking forward to having Copperstone Inn rented out for two nights, so that our family can enjoy the weekend together and celebrate the wedding.
Today we share with you yet another beloved Real Wedding… this charming, past Pavilion bride also happens to be one of our very own preferred florists. Erin’s background with Event Floral influenced her wedding design process, and we couldn’t be more excited to share! Get wrapped up in her wedding experience, and take away a few tips from this polished, professional.
What about The Pavilion influenced your decision to host with us? When Brandon and I booked our wedding reception with The Pavilion, it was not even built yet! We initially toured Copperstone Inn, envisioning a tent reception. The serene grounds at Orchard Ridge Farms instantly fulfilled my dreams of a naturally, beautiful wedding setting. We were pleasantly surprised with design plans of The Pavilion that were set to be completed the summer of our event date. We knew the quality, luxury, attention to detail, and professionalism of Copperstone Inn would be carried throughout this impressive project (check out the Copperstone Inn project here!). As The Pavilion’s third ever event, we were excited to have our reception at a new, totally unique and unexpected venue.
From a design aspect, what was the most memorable part of the wedding weekend here at The Pavilion? I will never forget the moment of awe and wonder as those gigantic wooden doors opened, and I saw our reception for the first time! Impressed with the architecture and character of The Pavilion during prior visits, nothing compared to seeing the room transformed into my vision! The room came to life with abundant fresh flowers, glowing candlelight, and a twinkling of reflections on the walls of windows. It was such a dream come true! Guests even commented that the evening was like something from a fairy-tale!
What you would do differently if you could plan your wedding all over again? I do wish I had just a few more months to plan the wedding. Brandon and I were engaged on Christmas 2009, and made a last minute decision in March 2010 to get married that summer. With only 5 months to plan, I certainly would have benefited from some extra time to space out meetings, make decisions, and work on projects. I also would have liked to have had the week before our wedding free, so that I could enjoy the company of our family and friends.
From a florist’s perspective, did you find it easier to create a wedding design? Don’t laugh—absolutely not! In a sense, it made it more difficult. Being surrounded by the beauty of flowers and watching changing trends and new flower varieties made it hard to settle on what my specific vision would be. I decided to stay true to myself and use my favorite colors of pink and green. I also wanted to celebrate the natural beauty of flowers in a timeless style. I chose three uniting elements of branches, crystals, and candles to embrace and enhance the rustic elegance of The Pavilion through the floral designs and decorations.
I do have to say from a logistical standpoint, however, working in the weddings and events industry made it much easier to navigate the waters of wedding planning and keeping track of often overlooked details.
What floral/ design tips do you recommend for brides wanting to make a big statement on a smaller budget. My design recommendation is to concentrate on a few key areas where you can create something eye-catching, dramatic, or incredibly personal — such as a unique ceremony setting or fireplace mantle display. Use these focal points to make your wedding stand out as uniquely yours. Although it is tempting, and awesome when done right, don’t get overwhelmed trying to fill every nook and corner. At The Pavilion… that is a tall order!
Speaking flowers specifically, I would advise brides on a budget to always make the investment in bouquets and boutonnieres that they truly love. Try not to cut corners with these personal flowers, as they are with you all day and featured most in your photographs and memories. If you give the florist flexibility of working within a color palette and wedding style, they can help you achieve affordable options.
To create a big look. One of our favorite suggestions, especially at The Pavilion, is to take advantage of the grand space by mixing a few taller, more impactful floral centerpieces or arrangements with complementary, lower cost designs. The play on scale and proportion creates a strong visual statement, but allows flexibility within a budget.
Any great advice you have for brides who are currently planning their weddings? Amidst the hustle and potential stresses of wedding planning, always remember that the most important and wonderful part of your wedding is celebrating your relationship, and start of a life together. Devote time to enjoy each other and those most special to you; ensure that each of you is as involved in the planning as you want to be, and make decisions that are meaningful to you. All the little details are just that, details, compared to the beauty and excitement of your love and life as husband and wife!
E+ B Wedding Vendors:
Caterer: Toni’s of Winnebago
DJ: Jeremy Toledo, Family Friend
Florist: Event Floral
Cake: Patricia’s Patisserie
Photographer: Kathleen’s Photography
Wedding Dress: Bella Bridal
Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here on this Thursday to have a look at Andrea and Paulo’s forever memorable wedding experiences… Read on and revel in their beautiful story.
Tell us a little bit about your engagement. A year prior to our engagement, Paulo had moved to Minnesota for a job offer following graduation from the University of Wisconsin. I continued to work in Wisconsin and traveled many weekends to be with my beloved in hopes of one day lessening the miles between us. In July 2012, we purchased our first home together in Minnesota. It was a new construction home, in which during this time, the finishing touches were still being completed. One afternoon, Paulo and I visited our new home to see what details had recently been added. We eagerly walked from room to room, excited for the day we could call this our home. My phone unexpectedly rang, and Paulo vanished into the kitchen area where I met up with him moments later. There, he waited with a beautiful, sparkly ring. He proceeded to ask me to marry him and make this our home where we raise our family. I was completely overjoyed with happiness and thrilled this was only the beginning of the warm memories to be made in our new home.
What was your favorite part of the wedding planning? Without doubt, my favorite part of the wedding planning process was sharing the experience of wedding planning with my mother. Her enthusiasm, creativeness, and remarkable dedication helped me express a vision of my dream wedding. I will never forget the countless hours of making the birdseed heart favors, decorating mason jars together, and even just the simple joy of trying on our dresses for the big day. Most unforgettable, it was the excitement and joy she shared with me in the anticipation of the union between my husband and I.
What was the most memorable part of your wedding weekend here at The Pavilion? It was exciting to see the vision and inspiration of our wedding details come together before us. Our wedding celebration represented our love and uniting of cultures; but it was our family and friends that made our wedding weekend so memorable and so perfect. It was heartwarming knowing the great distance they traveled to share in our happiness and celebrate our new life together.
What would you do differently if you could plan your wedding all over again? If I could plan my wedding again, I would arrange for the rehearsal dinner to be two days prior to the wedding day rather than the evening before. We had a great deal planned for the day before the celebration. We were decorating and finishing those unexpected last minute details rather than enjoying time with our out of town guests who had traveled such great distances to be with us.
What great advice do you have for brides who are currently planning their big days? My greatest suggestion would be to ask vendors their recommendations for other notable vendors in the wedding business. They have all worked with one another at some point, and they are your best eyes of who is reliable, professional, and who specializes in executing a flawless wedding day. For me, The Pavilion proposed wonderful recommendations of individuals who allowed us to relax and enjoy our wedding celebration.
A + P Wedding Vendors:
Caterer: Hoffman House
DJ: Luxe Productions
Photographer: White Shutter Photography
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