Farm Horizons, February 2018

Barn weddings are beautiful: Mother-daughter team start new business near Glencoe

By Starrla Cray

A few years ago, Kim Serbus and her daughter, Bailey Hanson, had a vision for the perfect wedding venue. It was filled with rustic elegance, country charm, and just the right amount of luxe.

They started looking for a big white dairy barn, and found it at 16545 County Rd. 2, six miles north of Glencoe.

“We love Glencoe,” Kim said. “McLeod County has been so wonderful to work with.”

Kim and Bailey converted the working farm into a scenic wedding landscape, and opened as The Cottage Farmhouse in 2016.

“This was our first full year of doing weddings,” Kim said, adding that they’ve already hosted more than 30. As of November 2017, there were still a few slots open for 2018.

Weddings take place from the end of April through the end of October. Throughout the winter months, Kim provides tours of the property.

When people visit, they’re often impressed by the farmhouse, which has been transformed into a spacious bridal cottage. The climate-controlled house features a private deck overlooking fruit trees, and “there’s space for the bridal party to get ready, and there are areas for doing makeup and hair,” Kim said.

Throughout the 15-acre farm, there’s no shortage of space. The reception barn has room for 250 guests, and there’s also a main barn with space for a ceremony, reception, or dance. The property is designed for both outdoor and indoor weddings.

“If there’s inclement weather, the bride doesn’t have to be stressed out,” Kim said. “They’re going to get beautiful pictures no matter what.”

Scenic photo backdrops include a wooden pergola with romantic café lighting, a 1900s granary (renovated with heat and air conditioning), a corn crib for small gatherings, and more. There’s also room outside for lawn games and socializing. Specialty décor and antique furniture are available for a fee upon request.

For Kim, hosting weddings “doesn’t feel like work – it feels like fun.” Whether it’s making improvements to the property, purchasing new items at flea markets, or searching on Pinterist for ideas, there’s always something interesting to do.

One of the best parts, though, is making connections with couples and their families.

“You spend this time with the bride and groom and hear part of their love story,” Kim said. “It’s such a joyful time, and we get to be part of that memory.”

To learn more about The Cottage Farmhouse, email or visit

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