Quick Fire Questions: The Pearl at Crawford Farm
The Pearl, also known as the Missouri Wedding Barn, is located at Crawford Farm one mile south of Hamilton, Missouri. It’s a mid-1800’s style barn constructed with rough-sawn oak timbers and wooden pegs.
It features a 30-foot vaulted ceiling and a wrap-around loft lighted with iron chandeliers. The timber staircase offers a perfect grand entrance for a bride’s debut and makes for a gorgeous photo backdrop.
Situated on a ridge overlooking Tom Creek valley, the venue beholds a spectacular view. Wildlife, like turkey and deer, often make appearances to enhance the scene.
A Modern Venue in a Stunning Rustic Barn
Lana and John Crawford own and operate Crawford Farm. Over the span of 25 years, the couple has transformed a small, run-down farm into a home and haven.
The Pearl is the crowning jewel on their many years of hard work. It’s a newly-built, rustic-style barn that exudes a strong beauty and features modern amenities for weddings, events, and conferences.
Quick Fire Questions
About The Pearl at Crawford Farm
Can you tell us what inspired The Pearl wedding barn?
“I am a retired elementary school administrator, my husband works at a local bank, and we own and operate a beef cattle farm. I’m used to being very busy and wanted something more to do after retirement.
“The idea came to me while we were organizing and decorating for our kids’ wedding. We have the perfect location to build a barn, and have 6 grown kids with a variety of skills to aid with constructing and operating a venue. It’s been a family affair and something we enjoy working on together.”
When did you open?
“We had our first wedding on October 27, 2018 for a local girl and former student of mine. I worked with her parents at school for 25 years.”
Where did the vision of the wedding barn come from?
“I love historic buildings and enjoy visiting them at every opportunity. John and I both have farming backgrounds and spent time in barns tending livestock and putting up hay. We drew inspiration from old barns on each of our family farms.
“I also grew up near an Amish community, which inspired the post and beam construction method. Many of the trees used for the beams were cut specifically for our barn. All of the wood is native Missouri timber.”
Promoting The Pearl at Crawford Farm
What are some of the activities you do to make your community aware of your event center?
“We live in a rural community where people know each other and projects like The Pearl are points of discussion. During the building phase, we used social media to keep the community up to date and help everyone feel like part of the process. The Pearl is now host to high school proms, business parties, and family celebrations.
“In addition to word of mouth, we participate in bridal shows in neighboring towns where we display and hand out our brochures.”
Any success stories you’d like to share?
“I consider it a success every time someone visits The Pearl and wants us to host their wedding. I love to watch people’s faces when they enter the barn. We put a great deal of effort into the details, so it makes us unique.”
Painting a Picture With Brochures
Thanks for working with NextDayFlyers. How have you put your brochures to use?
“We use our brochure at bridal shows, leave them at area businesses, hand them to visitors, and share them with our vendors. They provide a visual that a business card can’t. As an educator, I know how important visuals are to triggering interest and solidifying memory and recall. People can’t always remember a name, but a picture with your business name is beneficial to assist memory and helps increase business.”
How did you find the overall printing experience?
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Experience The Pearl at Crawford Farm
The Pearl seats up to 300 guests. They offer packages for a variety of events, like weddings, parties, reunions, and more.
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