Owners’ nuptials put Emerson Creek on wedding path
By Marissa Amoni For The Beacon-News October 18, 2012 3:48PM
Chris and Dave's wedding -- in Oct. 2010.
At a Glance
Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room, 5126 Stephens Road, Oswego, is open for the season until mid-December and reopens May 1. The 14-table tea room recently started hosting a monthly supper club that includes a night of dinner and live music. For more information on weddings at Emerson Creek, visit Emerson Creek Events on Facebook or www.ecreekpotteryandtearoom.com
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:03AM
When Chris and Dave Demiduk wanted to get married a couple of years ago, it was pretty much a no-brainer where they would tie the knot. Instead of spending months looking for an appropriate venue, the couple knew they would say their vows where they worked and played — on the land at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room in Oswego.
With the stunning views of prairieland and the quaint farm-feel, the 7-acres that encompass Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room are the ideal setting for an outdoor, picturesque wedding.
Chris, who purchased the land and started the ever-evolving business 12 years ago, has fielded requests and suggestions for years about using the space as a wedding venue. But to host weddings, they would have to rezone the land and build amenities.
When it came time for her own wedding, Chris, 43, found just the right motivation she needed to get the ball rolling. The couple set to work rezoning the land; fixing up the barn with a concrete floor, bar, pews and chandeliers; converting a former chicken coop into an elegant bridal suite; and adding a patio complete with fire pits.
Chris and Dave married at the site, 5126 Stephens Road, two years ago in October. After initiating the property with their wedding, they opened it up for others and booked three weddings last year. By the end of this season, they will have hosted more than 30 weddings.
Chris said the wedding boom at Emerson Creek is mostly because of word-of-mouth and social media outlets, like Pinterest, which has helped create demand for country-rustic weddings in farm settings. Ample posted photos of wedding parties posed in front of aging red barns and amber waves of grain have helped, too.
Emerson Creek is helping create the vision that couples want for their wedding, Chris said.
“We want to do it right and build the right reputation,” said Chris about entering the wedding business. So far so good. All of the weddings have been booked without spending any money on advertising.
Betrothed couples can choose the location of the ceremony (majestic tree, elegant gazebo or grand prairie views) and have access to all on-site amenities, which are reserved exclusively for the wedding party. The Demiduks recently started working to retrofit a barn circa 1906 they purchased off Wheeler Road into a chapel as another option for future weddings.
With nuptials starting at $5,000, however, an Emerson Creek wedding might not be for everyone. That’s OK with Chris. She said she understands that it is not in everyone’s budget to get married at the farm, but they want to be unique and are giving it their all. They work with a wedding coordinator and offer a preferred list of caterers while they host the wedding on their meticulous grounds. She said they only consider one farm in Michigan to be competition.
“We’re here night and day, and we do the best we can do,” she said.