Payton & Dylan Skogman were married at Firefly Farm on October 1st. Her experience as a Firefly bride and her boundless enthusiasm makes Payton your perfect host as Venue Manager. Read our story about how this amazing Hill Country wedding venue was created.
“It’s not everyday you get to say you built and now run the very venue/place where you got married! We did not ask for this to happen, but we are so thankful it did. To sum it up, Dylan and I are the babies in our family by 10 years, so our plan for a destination wedding was not going to cut it for our parents. We searched hard for that perfect wedding venue that could accommodate our very large (500) guest count, but everything we liked was either unavailable for our wedding date or not big enough. That’s when my entrepreneur parents decided, “Hey! We should just build our own venue!” I thought they were crazy, but no…that is exactly what happened. It took one week to find the spot in Wimberley, TX amidst rolling hills and open pastures. I can still remember touring the property thinking, “Wow, this place is certainly breathtaking…but there is absolutely no way we will be able to have a wedding here in 6 months!”
Again, I was wrong. From March to October our family took on the project of flipping a storage barn with an upstairs barndominium into an elegant reception & event center. We transformed the upper level/living area into a bridal suite, with a makeup room, full kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and then made the lower level into the main event center where we added gorgeous chandeliers, tin ceilings and reclaimed wood to finish out the walls. After that, we built a ceremony site, cocktail area, and green room around the perimeter of the barn. As if that wasn’t enough, we then added 6 cabins for extra lodging on the back side of the property and flipped an old limestone building (that used to be the previous owners woodworking shop) into a groom’s quarters with 4 beds, a pool table, poker table, bathroom, kitchenette, 4 outdoor showers and a living area. Dylan and I were staying at the venue til 3 am the weeks leading to the big day making sure everything was complete, and it wasn’t ready until the very day we got married…talk about stressful!
My parents are very loving and gracious people who I am beyond blessed to have in my life. Without their golden hearts and dedication, none of this would have happened. The venue’s name ‘Firefly Farm’ was inspired by what my mom calls “firefly moments” – those moments in time when people, places and events shine brightly in our lives, illuminating, attracting, guiding and inspiring us to move forward while forever pulling us back to that special moment in time. I still can’t believe how perfect the wedding day turned out – it was like something out of a fairy tale. I will forever be thankful for the opportunity I was given and as you can see, my heart will always be a part of Firefly Farm.”
– Payton Skogman