Our History = Your Future
Meant to Be
When the Avans’ retired in 2008, they were looking forward to enjoying a quiet life on their beautiful horse farm. However, before long, people passed by the beautiful property began to make inquiries, particularly about the rustic barn. One bride-to-be fell in love with the barn’s rustic exterior and asked if she could host her wedding inside the barn. The Avans’ agreed and thus was born Avans’ Farm Wedding Venue. After 12 years and a multitude of memories, the Avans’ decided to retire by closing the venue and once again quietly living on their little piece of heaven.
Then one day, the Avans’ received a call from their friend (a Realtor) who said she had a couple looking to relocate to Tennessee and were interested in the Avans’ property.
Sean and Shelley had been on the lookout for 60-100 acres in Tennessee where they wanted to relocate. After looking at numerous properties, they still had not found their dream location. Shelley mentioned to the Realtor that she had seen a wedding venue that was for sale but the property sold before they arrived in Tennessee. The realtor mentioned she had listed a property with a venue for sale a few years prior but to her knowledge the property did not sell and was no longer on the market. However, the realtor called the Avans’ and told them she had a family interested in looking at their property and asked if they would be interested in showing it to Sean and Shelley. The Avans’ said they would be happy to! Upon arrival, the stunning views had Sean and Shelley in awe as it was like a fairytale dream! After a few hours of touring the property and visiting, it was easy to tell from both families that this sale was a perfect fit.
We are excited to be able to carry on the Avans’ dream of sharing the property for special events with others. For us, this was a dream come true to own such a beautiful piece of property! The name Better Together came to mind because ever since we have been together, life and all challenges are easier to handle because we, as a family, are Better Together!
Since owning the farm, we have made many upgrades to the property such as converting the lodge into a spacious bridal suite, we converted a tack room into our groom’s room with an additional wood deck, we’ve updated the wood burning fire pit outfitting the area with swings and Adirondack chairs, we extended the walk through garden with the addition of a flagstone patio as well as adding an extensive amount of landscape lights throughout, we’ve added a string light pathway leading to our pond that features a color changing fountain and walk out pier perfect for photo opportunities, we updated all the lighting inside and outside the barn, and we installed a flagstone walkway leading to our large red cedar arch in our ceremony field. Although we have completed many projects, we have many more on our list for the future!