Bespoke, intimate experiences

Unique venues provide a variety of wedding options

September 1, 2021 Cranberry Living


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A newly married couple in a tree orchard at The Woods at Eisler Farms. Eisler Farms owns and operates three unique wedding options in Butler County: The Atrium on Route 422 west of Butler, Pinehall at Eisler Farms and The Woods at Eisler Farms, both located northwest of Butler off of Route 422.

Scenic and upscale destination wedding venues in the Butler Area have something for everyone.

Eisler Farms (The Atrium), Succop Nature Park and Shindigs Venue offer unique options and romantic atmospheres for discerning couples looking for destination venues this fall.

A decorated tent at The Woods at Eisler Farms. In 2002, with the arrival of bigger stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, then-owner Sherry Lynn saw an opportunity to create a unique wedding and event space for the area.

Eisler Farms

Eisler Farms owns and operates three unique wedding options in Butler County: The Atrium on Route 422 west of Butler, Pinehall at Eisler Farms and the newly finished The Woods at Eisler Farms, both located northwest of Butler off of Route 422.

The Atrium has greenhouses, a main hall and lush outdoor gardens for a truly unique wedding experience. Pinehall is a fully restored and modernized century old barn providing a charming and intimate atmosphere.

The addition of The Woods adds an outdoor venue carefully curated to offer the modern dining and a lush outdoor setting with trails and ponds.

The Atrium was a fully functioning greenhouse from 1926 to 2002 as Eisler Nurseries. It was founded by John Eisler in 1926, and in 1984 Sherry Lynn, John Eisler's granddaughter, took over operations and ownership.

In 2002, with the arrival of bigger stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot, then-owner Sherry Lynn saw an opportunity to create a unique wedding and event space for the area.

“Flower arrangements for wedding centerpieces can be made from flowers grown right here on the farm,” Lynn said.

Pinehall and The Woods at Eisler Farms are family owned and operated on what was originally Eisler farmland going back three generations. John and Dorothy Eisler found the farm in 1939 and decided to get married there and raise their family on the farm.

Three generations of weddings and children grew the farm to where it is today. In 2016, the family decided to open to the public and begin operating as an event venue. Pinehall was the first venue to be offered.

The Woods opened in May 2021 with new facilities, more than 3,000 square feet of covered area and carefully selected ambiance lighting, including chandeliers and string lighting. The well-maintained walking paths offer an enchanting place for photos and quiet moments.

“We wanted to make (The Woods) like a fairy tale wedding in the woods,” said Sherry Lynn.

A newly married couple near one of the ponds at Succop Nature Park. Catering to couples looking for a bespoke, intimate experience surrounded by the beauty of nature, Succop Nature Park is owned and operated by the Audubon Society.

Succop Nature Park

Located off of Route 8 south of Butler, Succop Nature Park is nestled into the woods out of sight and in a world all it's own.

Catering to couples looking for a bespoke, intimate experience surrounded by the beauty of nature, Succop Nature Park is owned and operated by the Audubon Society.

“Succop Nature Park is a perfect backdrop for your perfect day,” said Rachel Handel, communications director for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Succop Nature Park started its story in 1805 when the land was purchased by John Maharg. It passed through families such as the Phillips and Succops before being gifted to Butler County Community College Education Foundation in 2001.

The park has grown and changed over the last two centuries to become what it is today.

A. Craig and Margaret Succop, daughter of T.W. Phillips Jr., planted many of the trees found on the 50-acre property. They also made significant improvements to the original buildings constructed by the Maharg and Phillip's families.

“In 2011, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania assumed control of the property,” said Rachel Handel. The society worked to create an educational and entertainment destination while being conscious stewards of the property.

Couples can book a modern, elegant venue with a professional catering and wedding team dedicated to providing an intimate and luxurious nature-centric experience. Large and small weddings can be accommodated between the grounds and historical mansion.

The grounds are well-maintained while preserving their natural beauty and appeal. Walking paths and two ponds offer scenic backdrops for stunning photos and intimate moments.

“People choose to have events there because they want to dance under the stars and (have their wedding) in an outdoor venue,” said Rachel Handel. “Especially in fall, you've got beautiful fall colors, birds singing and a moonlit sky under the stars where you can hold a wedding. It really is the perfect backdrop for your perfect day.”

Shindigs Venue

Shindigs Venue is located east of Butler in Herman near the Herman Road and Bonniebrook Road intersection. Surrounded by woods, this unique large-scale venue offers guest capacity in the neighborhood of 650 people.

Couples looking to entertain and hold weddings with more than 200 guests will find everything they need at Shindigs.

When the Bauer family of Bauer Excavating needed a place to hold their daughter's wedding with more than 500 guests in 2018, they decided to use their empty repair garage to host the event. After looking for a large enough venue their own property turned out to be the perfect venue.

The repair garage was flipped back to a venue in January 2020 and operated throughout the pandemic, fluctuating occupancy as needed.

“We are utilizing 80 by 140 (or 11,200 square feet) for the venue,” said Sarah Bauer, owner of Shindigs Venue. “There are tables and chairs for up to 600 guests on site.”

The nine large-scale, commercial-sized roll up garage doors provide the feeling of an outdoor event while providing indoor options. The 24-foot high ceilings offer endless options for decorating.

At Shindigs, couples choose their own caterer and can design every detail of their dream wedding to transform the warehouse style space into a magical experience.

“It's fun to see all the different ideas people come up with,” said Sarah Bauer.

Shindigs is family owned and operated and focuses on supporting families with large-scale wedding dreams. The team can be on site to help couples set up, decorate and tear down.

“We're just here to help,” said Sarah Bauer.

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