Mitchell Potter, co-owner of The Barn at Copper Creek in Menomonie, Wisconsin shares what makes their newly opened venue the perfect spot for a barn wedding.
Originally from the Twin Cities, Mitchell Potter and his partner, Chase, knew that they wanted to live in the country. After meeting online and falling in love, the couple got married in 2013 when same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of Minnesota, and they haven’t stopped marrying since.
Mitchell and Chase opened The Barn at Copper Creek in Menomonie, Wisconsin, just an hour from the Twin Cities, this summer and celebrated their very first event on July 20.
“We always knew we wanted to live in the country, and when we saw the area’s rolling hills and rural character, we knew it was right where we wanted to be,” Mitchell says. “We really liked the idea of creating a farm where we could be proud to host events, and the old barn on the property seemed like the perfect place.”
The Barn at Copper Creek is nestled in the valley below Otteson Bluff, making it the perfect place to celebrate your special day.
“You and your guests will love the spectacular indoor space for up to 300, spacious and romantic grounds, handcrafted tables and bar, and the historic charm of a working small-scale farm,” Mitchell says.
The raw nature and maintained history of the barn make it an ideal wedding location for all couples, from the outdoorsy to those looking for some great pasture shots for Instagram. Mitchell and Chase offer full weekend access at The Barn at Copper Creek, and they also allow flexibility with catering and alcohol, though they do offer a preferred vendor list including discounted rates.
“For GLBT couples, we offer something simple yet tremendously important—we will accept you as you are, unconditionally and without reservation,” Mitchell says.
A gay couple themselves, Mitchell says even rural areas like Menomonie, Wisconsin are becoming more progressive than ever before. His husband, Chase, ran for town chairman (like a mayor but for a township), and he was elected in April.
“There was a large voter turnout, and he defeated the 10-term incumbent by a significant margin,” Mitchell says. Overall, The Barn at Copper Creek and Menomonie as a whole are becoming an excellent destination for same-sex marriages.
“We’ve only just opened, and our first event (was) on July 20, 2019. But we are truly looking forward to hosting GLBT weddings,” Mitchell says.
When Chase and Mitchell were planning their own wedding in 2013, Mitchell says they were actually turned down by the first venue they approached because they were a same-sex couple. After staring bigotry and discrimination right in the face, the couple decided they wanted to offer other same-sex couples a wedding venue that isn’t just picturesque, but also accepting and welcoming regardless of who you’re marrying.
“Due to that experience, as we moved on to look at other venues, we always wondered whether they really wanted to host our event. For this reason, we are happy to be able to provide a GLBT-owned, operated, and affirming barn venue,” Mitchell says.
In addition to the barn, The Barn at Copper Creek has a fully operating farm, which has a majority of animals from endangered farm breeds, some of which are so rare that only a handful of farms are keeping them alive in the country. Among them are the Arapawa goats, American guinea hogs, and Percheron horses. As Mitchell and Chase provide a safe place to say “I do” to GLBT couples, they’re also making a home for animals that otherwise might no longer be here today.
For more information about The Barn at Copper Creek or to read more about Mitchell and Chase’s love story, visit www.barnatcoppercreek.com.
The Barn at Copper Creek
N7681 500th St.