Until early 2012 the wedding venue at Southern Bridle Farms was just an idea. We dreamed of creating a venue, which would provide a true Southern wedding experience. With the engagement of one of our daughters, we began the search for the perfect location to host her special day. We soon realized the need for a facility that provides enough space to accommodate a guest list ranging from small to large, under one roof. The decision to build brought to life Southern Bridle Farms. In January, the project began by relentlessly searching for the perfect location to build. Our property was found off a quiet, country road in a farm setting. Nestled down a small dirt road. The farm is easily accessible from I-75 and only minutes away from Perry, Macon, Warner Robins, and Fort Valley.
Next came the task to design and build the Cedar Barn. Many hours were spent on deciding every detail, large and small. Uniquely all the lumber used to build the main barn was hand selected while still in the woods. The cedar and pine trees were logged and sent to a local sawmill to be cut into the required dimensions for construction. As the outside was completed our attention turned toward the interior. Beginning with the three grand chandeliers that hang from exposed rafters, lamppost lights, up lighting, and track lights all accent the rough-cut framing. The interior also includes the groom’s room, full kitchen, and restrooms.
The next stage was to create an extensive outdoor facility. This includes a ceremony site with its own cedar chapel and cocktail area with a large stacked, stone fireplace and outdoor bar. The bridal suite is designed to offer our brides a stress free environment. It comes equipped with its own kitchen, bathroom, sitting area, make-up counter, and mirrors.
Our final step was to surround the property in rail fencing that is set off with a one of a kind entryway. The stone columns and custom cedar gate give entry to the paved, tree-lined drive, which leads to the front doors of the Cedar Barn. After seven long months of hard work our vision was completed.
Jim and Traci Marshall
David and Lynn Whiddon