Black Sheep Shelter is a unique wedding venue located in the picturesque surroundings of South Haven, Michigan. Constructed in 1872, the historic barn is the ideal location for a peaceful wedding celebration, and is situated amidst curated gardens and an organic farm. The owners Jeff and Melissa welcome couples to this special place, whether the prospective newlyweds wish for a festival-style atmosphere or a more reflective and spiritual celebration. This rustic venue has been refurbished with a minimalist finish that complements the majestic and rural surroundings.
Facilities and Capacity
The modernized-barn at Black Sheep Shelter encompasses 4,000 square feet. The lofty ceilings and side openings allow an abundance of natural light to permeate the space. The pewter tones and chocolate-colored wood offer a contemporary aesthetic that fuses with the authentic agricultural setting. The room is decorated with romantic Edison-string lights and a chandelier, which adds a subtle note of refinement to any occasion. You can choose to host your entire day here, or avail of the stunning outdoor space for your ceremony. Parking facilities are available in an adjoining field, and there are two wheelchair accessible restrooms to accommodate all guests.
The proprietors can assist in coordinating events on the day. Guests socialize around the outdoor fire pit, or take part in a host of lawn games on-site. Both are ideal pursuits for setting a party atmosphere. Whatever your musical stylings, you can make use of the sound system at the shelter. The venue provides banquet tables and chairs, and couples are free to personalize the space by sourcing decor and linens that reflect their tastes.
Couples have flexibility when it comes to cuisine options. They may source an external company to cater to their guests, allowing total autonomy when it comes to menu selection. The couple’s chosen catering company can utilize a staging area beside the shelter for setup and serving. A limited bar service permitting wine and beer is available at this venue.
15 Reviews for Black Sheep Shelter
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Michelle B. · Getting married on 06/10/2021
Simple and Elegant
Our daughter's wedding was scheduled for December 2020. In September we realized that due to co-vid we probably needed to move it up and outside. We heard about Black Sheep Shelter and Jeff and Melissa were great in allowing us to visit the next day. It was the "look" the bride and groom envisioned. Not a barn, but outdoors, the setting was idyllic. Earthy and elegant as they say. Leading up to the wedding Jeff and Melissa were prompt in responding to our emails with questions.Sent on 11/02/2020
It was a cold, rainy fall day but the rain didn't take away from the beautiful setting. The trees, and landscaping were vibrant with color. The sound of the rain on the roof created a cozy environment. The burlap sides helped with the wind.
Black Sheep Shelter was our Plan B but after experiencing it it would be our Plan A for another wedding.
Thanks Jeff and Melissa for creating this beautiful space!
Lauren M. · Getting married on 05/07/2021
My fiance and I booked the BSS in the winter, and we were SO lucky that even with COVID-19 we could have the wedding of our dreams. Jeff & Melissa have done amazing things with their property - and every time we go back there is something else phenomenal that they have created. This venue is such an amazing option for an outdoor wedding. Jeff and Melissa were very responsive and were open to trying different things and helping us work through the issues!
I would 100% recommend this venue for ceremony and reception - its absolutely beautiful!
One of the technical issues that we ran into was finding a caterer that could travel to South Haven and provide plates, utensils, and cups. We used Gettin' Fresh Catering and it worked out perfectly!Sent on 08/13/2020
Lauren F. · Married on 12/09/2020
September Wedding at Black Sheep Shelter was PERFECT!
We got married at Black Sheep Shelter in Sept 2020 and it was everything we could have imagined (even with the rain we had)! The venue and property surrounding is so beautiful and requires very little extra decor thanks to the wonderful work of the owners, Jeff and Melissa. They were absolutely amazing throughout the whole process and very accommodating to changing plans due to COVID-19. One of my favorite things about the venue/owners is their commitment to sustainable practices. From having our flowers grown on site and picked that morning, to their policy of zero waste left on-site, it's really great to see a venue that prioritizes sustainability! They will even compost food waste for you!Sent on 10/12/2020
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