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The Romantic Blue Dress Barn in Millburg Michigan - A Wedding Photograhers Review

Are you in search of a place that is unique, romantic, vintage and beautiful? A place that transports you to different time, nostalgic and magical? A place where memories are made and where love is celebrated? Welcome to The Blue Dress Barn.


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Not far from Chicago or Detroit and situated amongst wild flowers and history, this unique reception hall is the creative result of husband and wife team Amy and Kirby Briske. Both artist-designers, they combined their talents and restored this loved landmark to its present beauty. Housed in the historic "House of David Dairy Barn," the 4,600 square foot Blue Dress Barn seats 280 guests, boasting a spacious dance floor and stage, beautifully lit by elegant wrought iron chandeliers. Glowing lanterns are strung throughout the interior, creating an enchanting ambience. Two second story decks add an additional 600 square feet of space to enjoy the view of the gardens and fields below. Outside in the gardens, there are tables beneath shade umbrellas, and benches around fire pit for guests to enjoy. With seasons changing, the garden is never the same. From the lush greenery of spring and its first shy blooms, to the bright color and perfume of summer, and the amber and gold of fall colors, the garden is a feast for an eye in every stage. The gardens are lovingly cared for by the couple, and are enhanced by charming little details including several birdhouses that many birds call their home. During the summer evenings, the birds, crickets and fireflies add to the magical atmosphere.


Most brides choose to have both ceremony and reception at the Barn.  Ceremony area is outside with barn providing the nice wedding photography backdrop and iron arch adds a romantic touch. It can be always personally decorated or a local event designer and florists can help with ideas. Your wedding photographer will have no problem finding great locations for your photographs. The private room is available for bride and family to get ready on location and in comfort. There is a large parking area to accommodate out of town guest. For guest staying in downtown hotels a bus or limo service can be arranged. Indoor bar and dance floor are ready for great party. And party always goes on till the late night, with guest dancing, chatting with friends on the deck or strolling in the gardens and later sitting by the fire. The whole property offers an abundance of picture perfect opportunities for photographer. No need to drive to another location, everything is right here and that makes for very relaxed event and great party. For those who would like pictures at the beach or at the lighthouse. It is best to plan it before arriving the ceremony. Once at The Blue Dress Barn, nobody wants to leave.


One might think that a place like this must be someplace far, far away and hard to find. You may be surprised to find out just how conveniently is venue is located. You’ll find the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg Michigan, in the middle of fruit farms in Southwest Michigan, just 10 minutes from downtown Saint Joseph with its beaches, restaurants, shopping and hotels close at hand. South Bend metro area and Kalamazoo  metro area, both have an airport and are only one hour drives away, making it easily accessible for out of town guests.
Southwest Michigan is a weekend getaway favored by Chicagoland area residents and Detroit metro area catching on this trend also. Only short  couple hours drive from Chicago metro area will take you to rolling hills of SW Michigan with vineyards and fruit farms on every corner. The long sandy beaches of Michigan sunset coast are well known for amazing sunsets and lake is a playground for boaters. Only 10 minutes away, the city of St. Joseph offers a variety of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations. For brides seeking a church ceremony, there are several local churches close by.


The Southwestern Michigan area offers a variety of activities to entertain families and guests along the lakeshore. For food and wine enthusiasts, the area surrounding the Blue Dress Barn offers a variety restaurants and local vineyards with tasting rooms. Those who love the outdoors will find endless dune trails, fishing charters and several public and private golf courses.  If you are looking for high excitement, 30 minute drive will take you to new Four Winds Casino located in New Buffalo. Because of its close proximity Chicago and Detroit, The Blue Dress Barn is a popular destination for out of town and also out of state brides. The venue books very quickly and it is recommended to plan at least a year ahead.


The Blue Dress Barn      
3893 Territorial Rd., Millburg, Michigan 49022


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Monika Caban,  owner and photographer of MONIKA PHOTO, loves to photograph romantic weddings in vineyards, rustic barns, gardens and on the beaches Lake Michigan. She is available for travel.


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