When asked why he loved lavender so much, our precious grandson, responded,
"Because, Nana, it makes me so happy in my heart."
- Gabriel Grow, age 5, 2001
"Beginning with the first steps out of our car, we instantly knew this was the place our daughter would choose to be married. The beauty of this place stretches far beyond just the gazebo and lavender field. With the new addition of the Angel's Wing of the property and the transformation of the wedding tree in the woods, it became a magical and stunning ceremony for everyone in attendance. Libbe and Kieran were so gracious, involved, and such a pleasure to work along side in our wedding process with our daughter. Opening their lovely hand-built home, the lavender shop for bouquet making, and kitchen for food prep was an experience like no other. The gesture of opening your home and property like they did speaks more about the couple than any words I could express. It was a most beautiful, personal, and heartfelt wedding venue and fit the style of both the bride and groom. It was a magical night everyone will remember. We consider ourselves both thankful and blessed to have had the pleasure of getting to know them personally and to have such natural beauty surround them as they said their vows! Well done. We will never forget you and the special place you hold in our hearts."
- Karen Tracy
"This place is beautiful and the owners are some of the nicest people. My husband and I got married here and the setting was just perfect and magical!"
- Anna Snabl
"Visited this beautiful place today and bought some wonderful lavender products. This is a must-go-to destination. If you are looking for a wedding venue, this is it. They can accommodate a large group. Lovely day and very hospitable!"
- Dinah Jones
A Dream Come True!
"My husband and I recently had our autumn wedding at Willowfield Lavender Farm. If someone could have taken the vision I had for our wedding and put it in real life, they would literally have come up with the Lavender Farm. It is one of the most gorgeous places in all of Indiana, and the O'Connors are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I didn't even bother looking at other places because the Lavender farm had everything I had ever envisioned. We planned our entire wedding in less than 5 weeks, and they were right there with us- offering us advice on tent companies and set up, helping us with the vision for the ceremony and reception, meeting with our DJ before to make sure the connection would be perfect, etc. The bridal suite is fantastic - plenty of space for all of my bridesmaids and female family members to get ready in before the wedding. They even helped me cover up the windows in the Lavender Shop so my husband and his groomsmen could get ready in a separate building from me! The days leading up to the wedding were busy, but the O'Connors were so helpful! It had turned chilly, so they bought a few firepits to put around for our rehearsal dinner. (With living out of state, we had a bunch of my husband's family in from out of town, so we had both sides of our family all come together- about 50 or so people- so they could all get to know each other.) They helped us set things up the day before and let us leave things until the next day to tear down, which was a blessing to my family. Even though the day of our wedding ended up being a bitter 40 degrees, everyone came bundled up and ready for a great time. We had our ceremony in the gazebo and our reception in between the two larger lavender fields. It was so nice not to have to travel from the ceremony to the reception - everything anyone needed was right there, and it was all so beautiful! Libbe even went around and cut all the fresh lavender from the fields, wrapped it up, and gave it to me to have in remembrance of our wedding day. (And, an added plus- the whole place smelled WONDERFUL all the time!) Our guests have continued to tell us what a unique and special wedding we had, and we know that Willowfield was the keystone to all of it. We made family friends with the O'Connors- you will love them! We wouldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding day!"
- Keri & Wayne, October 2012
The very best part of our wedding... was deciding to have it at Willowfield.
"We had hoped to find a secular venue whose natural beauty would set the tone for the day; where we could luxuriate in the occasion without worrying about other events happening in parallel; and where the proprietors would let us celebrate what mattered most to us on every level (food, music, and attendees).
I grew up in central Indiana, but we were living in Seattle at the time, and planning a wedding remotely came with a significant set of challenges. When Google surfaced an organic lavender farm outside of Indianapolis, I emailed the owners. We were able to stop by the farm in December while visiting family for the holidays, and though the fields were barren and muddy, Libbe and Kie's warmth helped us make the right decision before we left that day. We didn't even bother visiting other places; this was the one for us.
Through the O'Connors' kindness and local connections, we secured an amazing caterer (Ruth Clark of Southport Presbyterian Church), and the other pieces gradually fell into place. The days surrounding our wedding were full of love, generosity, and LAVENDER. We made corsages, boutonnières, and my corsage with freshly picked sprigs, and we gave away lavender shortbread as favors. The weather was extremely hot, but we rented a tent and umbrellas to provide some shade. We set up lawn games between the fields of lavender, but for the most part people sat, talked, sipped, and nibbled a delicious apéro. The ceremony was on one side of the property and the reception on the other; Ruth set up a dinner buffet inside. We ran off at around sunset.
Our guests, some of whom were probably apprehensive about the lack of structure compared to a church wedding/banquet hall reception combo, were effusive in letting us know how special the day was to them. Naturally, it was to us, too!
We made an exceptional connection with the O'Connors and hope that other couples are able to have the wedding they've imagined, too. For us, it couldn't have been the same anywhere else."
- Maura & Adam