“Other people like to travel, that’s their thing, but we see the world through the relationships we build right here with our guests.” Sandy and Marshall Meyer know something about wedded bliss; they celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in September 2020. The secret, they would both tell you, is that a successful marriage requires a loving and equal partnership.
“We work as a team,” Sandy says. “Everything we do here reflects our common goals.” While other couples are winding down during their retirement years, Sandy and Marshall are revving up. Hard work comes naturally to the Meyers. Marshall owned and operated a dairy and grain farm for decades, before retiring and devoting himself full-time to Lake Elsie Wedding Barn. Sandy owned and operated a greenhouse business before moving on to hospitality two decades ago, when she opened the Hankinson Inn and, years later, Lady on the Lake B&B both of which she still operates.
Lake Elsie Wedding Barn [formerly Colonel Hankinson’s Barn] opened in 2017 and is a natural extension of their hospitality interests.“Other people like to travel, that’s their thing, but we see the world through the relationships we build right here with our guests.” Building relationships with and being a part of the bride and groom’s family and friends on their momentous day is why Sandy and Marshall do what they do. And why they love it.
“We have a passion for making others happy.” And it makes a difference. Sandy continues to hear from former brides that her and Marshall’s support leading up to and during the wedding is what brides and grooms remember and appreciate. Yes, we have a beautiful place,” Sandy says, “but the human touch is what we are known for.”
Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is a strikingly reimagined barn, it is the perfect choice for your special day. It pairs rustic, rural charm with contemporary elegance with a soaring 30-foot-high hayloft arch and 3,000 square feet of useable space, on 5-private acres situated between Grass Lake and Lake Elsie. In 2021, we’re introducing a state-of-the-art outdoor pavilion for your ceremony.
Built in the 1950s, Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is one of only 4 surviving Gothic Arch barns in North Dakota. Its unique architecture—a soaring, 30-foot high hayloft arch and two full levels totaling 5,000 square feet meant that Sandy and Marshall Meyer couldn’t help but appreciate its potential. Built and used as a dairy barn until 1989, it needed more than a facelift in 2010 when the Meyers purchased the property; it needed a major makeover. And that’s exactly what she got. Resurrecting from the rubble, Lake Elsie Wedding Barn is more striking than ever—blending rustic, rural charm with contemporary elegance.
All new floors, including a dancefloor in the hayloft
AC and heat
Handicap accessibility to the hayloft
Two full-service bars, one on each level
Indoor restrooms, ADA compliant
Changing rooms for brides, grooms, and their attendants
Portable sound system [Blue Tooth compatible] with microphones and stand
Tulle-draped ceilings with soft café lighting on both levels; in addition, chandeliers in the hayloft
Built-in elevated stage in the hayloft:
Four 110 V and one 220 V electric outlets
Dimensions: 11-foot by 11-foot square, with a 9-inch step-up from the dance floor
White rectangular and round tables with chairs to seat 325 guests
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 325 guests at this elegant venue. Their spacious barn features vaulted ceilings, warm wood, and cafe lights strung across the arch. The hayloft boasts two decks on each side which lead to their newly renovated restrooms. The space is heated, air-conditioned, and has a stage for your band or DJ. There’s also an outdoor patio with gorgeous views of Lake Elsie, perfect for your cocktail hour.