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C A N A D I A N June 2014 Love


Lush green grass and cool, shady canopies of tall decades-old trees, on central Oklahoma’s rolling plains doesn’t usually bring weddings to mind. But Crossing Hearts Ranch near Tecumseh is proving to be the perfect wedding spot for an ever-growing number of the area’s brides.


Located about 10 minutes south of Shawnee on 400 acres owned by Randy and Suzanne Gilbert, Crossing Hearts Ranch offers brides and grooms a beauti- fully intimate and romantic venue for their wedding.


There is a refurbished farm house that serves as a bride’s cottage and a 4,800-square foot, climate-controlled barn that accomodates up to 300 of the bridal couple’s family and guests. The couple can choose to have their wedding ceremony outside amidst the beauty of central Oklahoma, or inside the barn. As popular as Crossing Hearts Ranch is proving to be, it didn’t start out as a wedding venue.


‘Our daughter wanted an outdoor wedding and we wanted to build a trac- tor barn,” laughs Suzanne.


She goes on to explain they were having some difficulty finding an out- door venue that appealed to their daugh-


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After not being able to find what they were looking for, they took a close look at their own ranch and decided with a few changes and alterations, their daugh- ter could have her dream wedding there. And they could build the barn Randy


was wanting. “Until my daughter’s wedding, we


didn’t realize there was such a need for an outdoor wedding venue,” says Su- zanne.


She and Randy took a more critical look at the ranch and felt certain they could offer a venue that could meet the desires of young couples wanting a non- traditional wedding.


They began working on an old farm house on the property, paying meticulous attention to minute details. They turned it into a cozy cottage that is both pratical and


Guests (above) enjoy themselves at a reception in the barn, follow- ing a wedding ceremony.


White benches (right) are ready to accomodate guests at the outdoor tree area.


beautiful, with polished hardwood floors and Western decor.


The barn is actually about 3,600-square feet, but that doesn’t in- clude the patio. It boasts a full catering kitchen, restrooms with a dressing area, 20 round banquet tables and 200 heavy- duty folding chairs. Wanting to make the day everything it can be, Randy and Suzanne are on hand to help set-up. And although each couple can use any vendor they choose, Cross- ing Hearts Ranch offers a list of vendors from florists to caterers, to bakeries, and DJs, to photo booth operators, and videographers.


The cost of getting married at Cross- Continued on page 4.


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