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More than just a Venue: Cason's Cove Ironwood Hidden Homestead

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Story by Angela Reeves

Take a look inside local wedding venues that also offer a guest home nearby where guests can stay, the bridal party can host brunch, get ready, have photoshoots and so much more!

4130 Dye Ford Road, Alvaton, KY
Photos submitted by Cason's Cove

Cason’s Cove, located in Alvaton, Kentucky, is an elegant wedding venue, family owned and run, secluded in the valley of a 45 acre farm. Gabrielle Bush and her five children began creating the all-inclusive wedding venue in 2012, with their first wedding hosted in 2013. The family are still heavily involved in the operation by each providing services tailored to their expertise, making dreams come true one event at a time.

The venue began as a 5,000 ft2 structure and has been renovated and expanded over the years to now host a 10,000 ft2 European style structure with six bathrooms, a catering prep area, bar area and reception seating for over 200 people. The venue also houses an onsite 2,000 ft2 bridal suite for the bride and wedding party to relax and prepare for the day.

The grounds are made up of several unique areas providing a fairytale-like atmosphere.
There are multiple ceremony locations including the Garden, the Meadow, the Arch, the Cove and the Venue. Additionally, the onsite Cottage can be used for either or both wedding parties and includes a full kitchen and bathroom.

In 2017, Cason’s Cove purchased a charming, historical, 4,500 ft2 Bridal House in Plano,
close to the wedding venue, with easy access to the interstate. The home has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with sleeping accommodations for 11 people, perfect for a slumber party on wedding eve, or to host family and friends visiting for the special day. Other features include a beautiful front porch and entry way staircase, four fireplaces, a full kitchen and tons of natural light. This addition has truly rounded out the all-inclusive accommodations at Cason’s Cove.

455 Old Richardsville Road,
Bowling Green, KY
Photos by Alan Hudson Photography

Ironwood Farm is a beautiful pre-Civil War estate built in 1852 by U.S. Senator Joseph Underwood. Over 165 years later the farm is a perfect venue for a special occasion. Located 10 minutes from downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky, the 500 acre farm of rolling hills surrounded by the Barren River, adorns a beautiful architecturally designed thoroughbred horse barn. The barn is flexible enough to make smaller weddings feel warm and inviting along with the ability to accommodate over 300 guests for larger weddings.

Ironwood offers the authenticity of an upscale horse barn with the updated and modern amenities a couple needs in a working venue. With indoor restrooms, a large open kitchen with a commercial refrigerator and ice machine, and buffet and bar rooms, catering for most any size party is possible.

Our bride and groom can each relax on their special day in their private bridal suite and groom’s suite. Packages include seating for 250 guests, moveable bars, a sound system with speakers throughout and a custom arbor for a gorgeous ceremony addition. Optional rentals include Wildwood Revival custom sweetheart and farmhouse tables, and two whiskey barrels. The barn and farm are the perfect blend of an intimate celebration with ultimate views and offer over 10 ceremony site options indoor and out.

In 2017, the quaint farmhouse sitting behind the barn, now know as the Farmhouse @ Ironwood, was renovated and is now used for Ironwood family and their guests as the perfect setting for taking in a weekend of events with the convenience of staying on site. The Farmhouse sleeps 12 people, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen with coffee bar, living room, laundry room, and beautiful outdoor area with patio, fire pit, grill, sound system and lighting. The home is cozy and relaxing with well-appointed furnishings by BG Home Furnishings and Wildwood Revival. From hosting the bridal brunch to a honeymoon sendoff breakfast, our couples and guests enjoy a weekend of family, friends, beauty and convenience at the Farmhouse. 

56 Chapel Center Lane, Smiths Grove, KY
Photos by Scott Skaggs Photography

Scott Skaggs has been a wedding photographer, shooting hundreds of weddings for over 15 years. He and wife Michelle put two years of thought into creating a place to have a beautiful and unique wedding experience. Hidden Homestead is tucked away in the small community of Chalybeate, just 15 miles north of Bowling Green in Edmonson County. They are located on a 10 acre farm where they live and is also home to Scott’s photography studio. The Hidden Homestead barn, designed and built in 2015, is just beyond their home, located in a clearing very near a small lake with a dock and beautiful fountain. Hidden Homestead has four unique areas for a wedding ceremony, starting with the barn itself, a 4,000 ft2 custom built barn with a 16 X 58 ft lighted courtyard off the back of the barn. There is also a beautiful Archway, the Gazebo and the Wooded Area, all for ceremonies as well, with their own unique charm and decorative accessories. Hidden Homestead offers a vast amount of décor for brides to select and use for ceremonies and receptions, golf carts and a white wedding carriage for transportation, set up and decorating assistance available upon request and Scott Skaggs wedding Photography packages.

The Hidden Homestead barn includes central heat and air, cable tv and Wi-Fi. The barn houses two bedrooms each sleeping four people with a full bath and is included with each rental. The venue seats 275 people with two floors and has a full kitchen for catering.

In October 2020, Hidden Homestead added a Bridal Cottage next to the property, which they renovated into a bride’s dream. The home is lakeside and offers an outdoor area with a firepit seating 25 people. Inside includes two bedrooms which sleep 12 people, two bathrooms and a Master “Hollywood” Suite with a lounge area and five salon stations with lighting for hair and makeup. There is an open living room and kitchen plan for plenty of room to gather the group. Free Wi-Fi and tv streaming are offered in the house as well as two golf carts to travel the grounds.

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