historic preservation for the people | south farms | wedding venue + farmers market

It all started when George and I went to the South Farms farmers market called Morris Marketplace this fall and my jaw dropped.  The rolling landscape overlooking the farm fields of corn and tall grasses, the commanding barn and the wonderful community of local sustainable businesses coming together just made my heart skip a beat.  This is a special place where I could envision getting married.  It has all the elements that resonate with my beliefs.

My friend, Amanda with Amandabakes had her sleek Airstream parked by the barn where we enjoyed delicious coffee and cider donuts.  We sat overlooking a huge hot-air balloon where children played while we listened to live music and several local vendors offered their wares and goodies.  I met Ben Paletsky and was immediately impressed by his presence.  Ben took George and I on a tour of the farm on Valentine's Day.  He is a man with vision.  His hope was to convert this historic barn that has been in his family for three generations as a romantic destination for weddings, farm-to-table dinners, community events and more. 
Paletsky didn't take long to put his vision to work.  In a matter of months South Farms is being meticulously restored for folks to enjoy a rustic, casual, romantic farm with rolling fields and pink sunsets that stream through the bull room. 

Ben was recently awarded the distinguished 40 under 40 for 2015 in Connecticut Magazine.  Did I mention Paletsky also raises grass-fed Galloways too? 

So why so much excitement for a barn?  My interest in design and historic architecture stems from a long family line of carpenters, the Burnhams.  We have been a do-it-yourself, hard working family for generations.  Paletsky has a talented team of fine craftsmen to make his vision become reality.  Clifford A. Cooper, Architect designed the details for The White Barn (Connecticut's largest indoor/outdoor historic farm venue).  Harrison Carpentry is implementing the plans with northern white pine from Tallon Lumber inc. stained with non-toxic eco-wood treatment on the wood throughout the interior of The White Barn.  Nothing goes to waste, reclaimed corrugated metal roofing on the ceilings, barn wood from horse stalls and even the lighting utilizes original farming details.  A Louden hay carrier and parts from a grain auger have been turned into a chandelier and more.  Your eyes will have a feast on all the unique intracacies and attention to farming history.  Functional art really makes my heart sing.

Thanks to Amanda for putting me in touch with Sarah Worden of Sarah Worden Natural Design who is also the events coordinator for South Farms.  Stay tuned for an incredible themed wedding I have been planning with an amazingly talented team of wedding vendors!


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