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Charming, Country Side Wedding Venue in Northwest, Ohio

Shady Brook Acres
Hitching Post

Napoleon, Ohio Premiere Wedding Venue

What makes our wedding venue unforgettable? Nestled away in the countryside of Northwest Ohio you will see that Shadybrook Hitching Post provides the most amazing backdrop for your ultimate forever photo. Shimmering water reflecting off the pavilion, making your ceremony even more magical while your guests are completely absorbed in observing the two of you become one…..

That special moment will be captured forever in time— for you to relive the experience over and over and over….. Our romantic setting is one of a kind with blooming flowers, lavender fields and butterfly blessings in our all natural habitat which is absolutely like no other. Your guests will be meandering around the grounds or enjoying the swings by our fire pit in this rural, zen-like slice of paradise while you take advantage of every photographic opportunity your photographer can muster.

Our unique, relaxed atmosphere not only provides the stress free, calming and joyful experience you deserve, your guests will appreciate this as well! Make your dream wedding a reality with minimal effort and enjoy the journey!

Fall colors are my absolute favorite...._

The Essentials provide an amazing baseline for your special day that you can expand on, customize and adapt as you see fit.

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We do our best to make sure this is one of the most amazing & memorable milestones in your lives.

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Our combined experience benefits you throughout event planning and our work ethic is like no other.

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From our professional, personal staff to our favored vendors list, we know how to make this the most memorable event for you and your guests!!

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What we include as your foundation in every package:

  • Beautiful 50x80 Barn Climate Controlled

  • Bridal Cottage

  • Pavillion

  • The Falls & Waterfall Bridge

  • Post-Event Cleaning Crew

  • Online Planner to Assist w stress free planning Start to Finish

  • Amazing on-site and behind the scenes Staff

  • **In House Day of Coordinator

  • Beautiful Rustic Bar

  • Kegerator 2taps, co2

  • 40 8ft rectangular Tables

  • Premium White Chairs for up to 250 guests

  • Outdoor Wooden Chairs and Benches

  • Fire pit with Swings

  • Ice Cooler

  • Ceiling lighting and tulle

  • Rehearsal Time

  • Parking Attendant

  • **Neutral Decor Included so you can focus on details!

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Consider this.....

  • Transparent Wedding & Reception venue rental rates from $3975-$6175

  • Option for Ceremony Only (limited availability)

  • Beautiful, Relaxing Scenery

  • Regularly Scheduled Open Houses for Revisits

  • Catering options for $14-$25 per person

  • Fantastic DJ's

  • Affordable bar options

  • Great location near lodging

  • Support Throughout Your Planning Process

  • Indoor and Outdoor Options for Ceremony & Reception-

  • Solid Foundation to Plan Your Dream Wedding!

So--Whats Next?

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Step 1: Choose one of our available dates, set up a tour and see if we are the best fit!

Step 2: Book With Us

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Step 3: Decide the best strategy that fits your vision and your work schedule-need a coordinator or a planner to make it happen?

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Step 4: Let the planning begin!

About Us

Shadybrook Hitching Post is operated by myself, family, friends and amazing coordinators. My passion for creating amazing weddings began 7 years ago when my niece thought it was the perfect area for an outdoor wedding. Why not? We had spent many a time here for campouts, bbq’s, parties–so we ran with it. And it was stunning! So, as the grounds came together, the wedding ensued and the photos emerged, the idea of a potential career shift came into focus for me.

Adding on a tranquil waterfall, elegant pavilion then building our beautiful, elegant rustic barn—we knew we had something very special! Every person that has been involved here at Shadybrook has invested a little bit of their heart—which makes it even more special to us. We want YOU to fall in love with Shady Brook. Whether you are Minimalistic to Ultimate Glam–we have you covered! We love to see when our couples post and repost their photos–it reflects how precious these memories are and we are very proud to be a small portion of this important time in their lives. Let’s connect and make some lifelong memories for you!

Always my best,

Anne Reed

  • Why choose Shadybrook Hitching Post over other vendors?
    Venue flexibility is a must in achieving your dream event--and we get it. And forget cookie-cutter! Bring a touch of yourselves and add to the beauty here--We believe in keeping YOU at the heart of your event where you should be so let your personalities show! Love antique tractors? Motorcycles? How about that horse carriage....? Our laid back, zen like atmosphere assists in that down home feeling for you and your guests. Many times we have heard how relaxing it is here...and we agree!!! When your focus is on having an amazing experience that feels good, looks good and sounds good....well, you just can't beat it....All of our amenities are focused on our couples and their guests for an ultimate experience that they-- and you--will never forget!
  • Do you have service fees?
    Here at Shadybrook, there are no additional service fees--you rent our venue and we make recommendations for vendors (find our clients favorites under our vendors tab!!). You do the footwork for your wedding. If you hire our Day of Coordinator, she assists with the footwork and is your liaison on the day of your event. The coordinator fee covers you for 16 hours of assistance with booking your vendors, reviewing contracts and establishing your timeline--along with day of activities.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    We would be sorry to hear of a need to cancel. At this time, refunds are dependant upon time frame and booking a comparable event. If cancelling within 60 days of your event any monies paid are forfeited. We are here for you ,so please discuss any issues and see if we can assist in resolving them! You chose us for a reason so let’s keep you!
  • What are your scheduled payment plans?
    $750 will save your date and payment options can be discussed for what fits your budget. We anticipate 50% paid by mid term-- (example 1.5 yrs out, then 50% is due in 9 months). Final payment is expected by one month before your event. We appreciate checks, cash and apple pay. Please remember to put your wedding date in the memo :)
  • Do we have access to the venue before our event?
    Yes! You can access the Barn by 10 am the morning of your event. The bridal cottage can be accessed earlier so just let us know! We also schedule monthly open houses so you feel confident in event preparation! Just rsvp from available dates page and come on out! Refresh your memory, get new inspiration, ask questions, plan a rehearsal thats more convenient for your bridal party...We have available options for additional time depending on your rental date. Ask us!
  • Are there vendor restrictions?
    You can bring in your favorite DJ, caterer, florist etc however, we do require our bartenders. We have provided contact information for some amazing vendors--but we understand that just because we love them, doesn't mean that you will--and we want you too!! Best part is, they are familiar with us and know the area so that's less for you to be concerned with. (ie prep area in kitchen only, no oven or how much space your photo booth needs) If you decide to use an outside vendor, they are free to make contact with us anytime and we will review any specific requirements as needed. Communication is golden!
  • Who is Ollie the Octopus?
    We let all the kiddos know that "Ollie the Octopus" lives in the bottom of our pond...and he is not friendly! He especially rears his ugly head when stones are thrown in the pond. Children absolutely must be accompanied by an adult around the water, pavilion and waterfall bridge at all times. We have Staff that monitor this closely--but it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure compliance--not the kiddos, the bride and groom nor my staff. One of us is always watching and we will --and have --asked repeat offenders to leave the premises if this request is disregarded. We take the safety of all guests very seriously and understand its a time to have fun--lets just incorporate safety measures to ensure everyone has a wonderful visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meagan Ramos

Beautiful venue. I'm a wedding photographer & everytime i've shot here, I've had nothing but positive experiences! It's always clean & smells good. The bathrooms have toiletries & little things for the men & women.

Kenli Good

AMAZING VENUE WITH THE MOST AMAZING CREW. Our day went smoothly with the help of the crew and as a bride, I couldn't appreciate that enough. They work so hard behind the scenes and make things so stress free!!!


This was the first venue we looked at after we got engaged and instantly fell in love with it! We booked it the next day and couldn't have been happier. We had an August wedding and everything on the property was beautiful.
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