Light and bright frame the day in this family-built venue.

Just an hour outside of Birmingham, the family-owned Oak Meadow Event Center is a modern, airy farmhouse venue offering easy country charm for couples. Joy Acker, who owns the venue with her husband Mark, shares what makes it so special.  

AW: How did Oak Meadow first begin?

JA: Oak Meadow began when my husband Mark purchased a piece of land on Highway 144 in Ohatchee. His intent was to develop the land and resell it; the next thing I knew, I was researching wedding venues. It became clear to me that an all-white farmhouse-style venue would be unique in our area. I began sketching out the plans on a piece of graph paper. A few months later, construction began.

AW: What elements of Oak Meadow do you feel best speak to classic, Southern weddings?

JA: A classic Southern bride chooses timeless elements and incorporates some traditions into her wedding day. Our farmhouse venue, intentional hospitality and peaceful atmosphere definitely resonate with Southern brides.

AW: What advice would you give Southern couples as they begin their venue selection?

JA: Prior to booking a site tour, know the style of venue you want and your budget. We also encourage couples to begin thinking about how to showcase who they are on their wedding day; that’s what truly makes each wedding unique.

The Creatives

Bridal Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal. Hair & Makeup: Brittney Shelton Artistry. Jewelry: Bromberg’s. Photography: Piper Vine. Venue: Oak Meadow.

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