Hi! I'm JoDee Krotz in Fort Worth TX. My husband and I live in both Texas and Iowa. Texas is our transition state as we move toward creating a profitable livelihood as a seasonal wedding and events venue in Montrose, Iowa, we named: 1884 On the Bluff. We will soon begin renovations on the Iowa property
As the property is in a small community in SE Iowa, we wanted to create an opportunity to share ideas, meet, and garner the support of the nearest neighbors, local business owners, community leaders, creatives, and friends. To kick everything off right out of the gate, we decided on a theme: “Celebrate Before We Renovate.”
We picked a date, created a logo and an invitation. We also recruited the help of an area acoustic guitar artist, two local photographers, catered the affair with a local food truck, served local craft beer, purchased outdoor décor from a local greenhouse, and rented party necessities from the areas supplier.
As the electricity wasn’t yet run on the property, everything ran on a small generator we set-up under the barn. We made a ‘chandelier’ with cut and gathered branches from a cedar tree, bound the limbs and wrapped with lights. We hung the creation from the highest rafters in the barn. The gathering was an informal, intimate, and laid-back experience; but, a welcome treat to all attending.
Guests shared stories and memories of the property over the years; and, we shared our vision of beautiful parties amidst the trees. We expressed our intent to create a down-to-earth (organic and earthy) venue, while also capturing graceful and refined qualities.
We envision our restoration to reflect a love of the outdoors meets fine art; or, a farm amidst the old-world, a gallery and gardens. Both pastoral - yet sleek and simple in its architecture. Receptions might be held in a clear span marquee with a likeness to a botanical glasshouse. Couples can dress it up with hanging candles and dried herbs; and dine by candlelight and dancing beneath the stars.
Our venue is a historic and unique 1800’s build & offers an authentic nod to a romantic time gone by. The property’s buildings were the vision of a German Immigrant. The limestone quarried homestead and stone foundation banked barn reflect an “old world” style - rustic with an earthy, more comparable to something you might see in Sussex, yet boasting Germanic roots, and a European flair, right in Iowa. Couples who opt for this environment will feel as though they’ve been transported to a wooded European countryside. We hope you’ll wish us luck as we embrace this undertaking.