Willow Creek Glass Chapel

4066 325th Street, Shelby, IA 51570 Map · Phone number
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About Willow Creek Glass Chapel

In 1893 Shane McCool's great, great, grandparents bought the Zolck family farm from the railroad on which now sits Willow Creek. The creek however has nothing to do with how the McCools came up with the name. We’ll get to more of that later though. To this day there have been six generations of family that have lived on the farm. Shane McCool even recalls his Great Grandfather telling stories of traveling gypsies and Indians coming through to water their horses in the creek when he was a child. If the dirt from this farm could talk it would tell stories of love, family, hard work and helping one another out in times of need. The stories that the farm could tell truly are endless.

It was in 2002 that Gene & Peg McCool came up with the idea to construct a wedding chapel on their family farm for couples to have a unique country location to get married. They chose a spot nestled at the bottom of the valley of rolling hills right next to a creek. Shortly after deciding to go ahead with the project is when construction began but of course they needed to come up with a name to call the business first. Within a matter of minutes the McCools came up with the name Willow Creek. When Shane played high school basketball he used to play against a little town named Willow Creek. It was a name that the family had always loved and it was at that moment that they would be known as Willow Creek as the umbrella for the Willow Creek Glass Chapel & the Willow Creek Barn as well as the future Willow Creek Trails.

Gene, Peg and their son, Shane, began construction on the bridal cottage first and then the bridge from that building to the chapel. Soon after they poured the concrete for the sidewalks. Peg was in charge of doing most of the landscaping with flowers, trees, etc. Gene hired a construction company to construct the majority of the chapel, although the McCools put their fair share of work in on that as well doing finish work - even recycling & refinishing old pews from a church in Missouri that are in the chapel to this day.

It was in 2009 that Shane and his wife Maritza took over running the day to day operations of the business full time after Gene & Peg took on a new business venture that took them away from the wedding business. It was in 2011 that Shane & Maritza began construction on a banquet hall which soon got a name change in 2012 to the Willow Creek Barn. During construction of the barn, Shane & Maritza received a hard hit when an early April 2012 storm came through, accompanied with near 70mph straight winds that ripped a good portion of the roof off. Six of the next eight days after that they received rain, and lots of it, which poured inside the barn destroying the flooring. Although they were down and out, they continued moving ahead with their project never letting anything get them down.

The whole idea behind the Willow Creek Barn started when Shane tore down some of a barn off of his Uncle's farm years ago that was going to be bulldozed over and burned. He constructed a couple of pieces of furniture out of the wood he reclaimed and it got him to thinking that you could probably build nearly an entire building out of recycled materials if you really put the effort in to it. Shane began with tearing down an out building on a friend's farm close to home. After that he was getting stuff here and there and even spent every waking moment he could driving all the way back and forth numerous times to Creston, NE reclaiming material from old farm buildings. Eventually he had enough to finish out the inside the way he wanted to and at the same time reclaim as much material as possible to give it a second life. About half of all you see on the inside of the barn is recycled/reclaimed material and is an accumulation of eight different buildings ranging from Wiota, IA to Creston, NE.

Despite nearly having their dreams sidetracked by a bad bit of weather, the McCools moved on and have not only completed this project, but have added on another 2600 square feet of deck and a bridge that spans across the pond to an open air outdoor area for couples to say their "I do's". Couples now have two options of where to get married - indoors or outdoors. They are now in the process of adding over two miles of boardwalk pathways for closer access to nature throughout the property that the business sits on. You won't find a location as unique as Willow Creek and you won't likely find anyone quite as hardworking as the McCools either.

When you come to visit Willow Creek you are in the country and there is no doubt about that. There is dirt, dust, mud and there are even things that could poke, scratch, sting or bite you. If you're really lucky on just the right day, when the breeze is blowing perfectly, you might even get a good whiff of pig manure in the air. Along with all of those things though comes a great deal of beauty and serenity on the property that you will not find anywhere else. Shane & Maritza are a laid back couple that do nearly everything themselves other than a few jobs that are necessary to hire out. They believe that marriage should be based on love, helping one another out in times of need, and a great deal of hard work. LOTS of hard work. With that lies the foundation to begin a family. For those reasons is why they choose to do what they do for a living.

Aside from the slight possibility of something maiming you out in the wilds of the country or getting your car a little dusty on a couple miles of gravel roads getting to Willow Creek, Shane & Maritza hope that everyone that spends their day with them has a remarkable time and they hope to see all of you that visit come back again and again for many decades to come.

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3.5 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 3.6
  • Professionalism 3.5
  • Flexibility 3.6
  • Value 3.5
  • Average response time 3.5
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    Kelsey · Getting married on 05/02/2020

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    Beautiful place! One of a kind and the owners are amazing!

    Sent on 07/07/2018
  • Jamie

    Jamie Pool · Married on 10/05/2018

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    Beautiful!!

    I highly recommission willow creek! She was very helpful, responded to every question I had with patience and quickly! The venue was very clean and set up exactly how I wanted it! Even though it was cloudy, this venue still looked gorgeous! They were also very helpful with clean up and set up on the day!

    Sent on 10/18/2018
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    Dana · Married on 06/15/2018

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    Perfection! We loved working with willow creek from day one. They were accommodating in every way. Their help and attention to detail is amazing. The venue is beautiful!!! The glass chapel takes away my breath every time. absolutely fabulous day for us. I would highly recommend

    Sent on 07/29/2018

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Willow Creek Glass Chapel FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 3,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 3,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,600.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,600.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Parking, Tables
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 4.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s)
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 2
  • Describe your venue: Barn, Farm/Ranch, Garden
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception
  • What event services do you offer? All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, December

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • I Tie the Knots Professional Officiation
    I Tie the Knots Professional Officiation Wedding Officiants

    Willow Creek Glass Chapel is a wonderful, rustic, one of a kind location for your ceremony and reception. I enjoy officiating wedding ceremonies at this venue and always have a great time.

  • Omaha Officiants
    Omaha Officiants Wedding Officiants

    The Willow Creek Glass Chapel is one of the most beautiful venues in this region. If you are looking for a venue that not everyone uses and a venue that is unique and special, this is just for you! Well worth the drive. There is no photo that captures the feeling you will experience when you are there; surrounded by nature, beauty, and harmony. SPECTACULAR!

  • Signature Ceremonies LLC
    Signature Ceremonies LLC Wedding Officiants

    Willow Creek Glass Chapel is a beautiful wedding venue! The scenery and grounds provide limitless photo opportunities, the bride ready-room is spacious and comfortable, and the chapel itself is elegant with a touch of rustic. I enjoy performing weddings there, and my clients have been very happy with their choice of Willow Creek.

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  • 4066 325th Street Shelby, IA, 51570 See on map
    7124832435 (Phone number)

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