The Berry Family Alan / Angela / Sydney
Alan and I were married in 2004. At that time, Alan was a wedding DJ with over 10 years of experience and I was a General Manager for Marriott. It was apparent from the beginning we both had a love for the customer service industry. Alan always encouraged me to become a DJ too, and before I knew it, we were both out with our sound systems and light shows DJing weddings all over the Kansas City area.
Every weekend we were off to different venues, sometimes working together and sometimes separately. Often after events, we’d share our experiences with each other regarding the specific venues, what worked, what could have been better, how well the flow worked or didn’t, how effective the sound and light systems were or weren’t, etc. etc. Before long it was evident that our long-term goal was to take what we had learned and incorporate it into our own design and ultimately our own wedding venue.
So, we had a dream. I can’t tell you how many times we would talk about what it would take to start our own venue. How much would it cost to buy land and build a building? Where should it be located? How do we take what we have learned and build into the venue? What about catering, sound systems, lighting? The list went on and on, but it was fun dreaming!
Then one day, the planets aligned for us and we were able to purchase a perfect track of land and a beautiful barn, a previous home to Clydesdales. Instantly, we had that blank canvas for our ideas and creation, Berry Acres was born. Alan being the visionary in the family integrated our ideas, learnings and experiences into our new venue, just the way we had always talked about. Berry Acres was ultimately designed and built specifically to give every bride and her guests, her perfect wedding day.
Now three years and 150 weddings later, often during an event, Alan and I will stop and look around at all the happy faces, the packed dance floor, the stories being told around the glowing firepit, or during fireworks displays; we just can’t believe that we are so blessed to be able to share all that Berry Acres has become with you and your family!