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Park District Dish: Love is in the air at historic Shannon Hall

Jackie Gray and Nick Ovadenko chose to have their wedding at the Batavia Park District's Shannon Hall.
Jackie Gray and Nick Ovadenko chose to have their wedding at the Batavia Park District's Shannon Hall.

It’s officially February, and I’ve got love on the brain (insert heart emoji). Perhaps it’s because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner or it’s because of the “Save the Date” wedding cards my husband and I have recently received in the mail from all the holiday engagements. Either way, it always gets me reminiscing about our wedding and how it was one of the best days of our lives.

Everything was our kind of perfect. From the fresh-cut peonies to the carefully selected music, to the historic venue. How it came together represented so much of who my husband, Jason, and I am. Nearly eight years later, we still get compliments from guests that it was one of the best weddings they ever attended.

After you have finally found the right person you want to spend the rest of your life with, usually one of the next big steps in planning your wedding is picking the right venue. This is an important choice as it’s one of the few items on your wedding checklist that’s not optional. You can forgo the white dress and the flowers, but you can’t skip out on picking the where. Whether you choose to get married in the judge’s quarters, at a religious establishment or outdoors under the sky, selecting the location in which you will be gathering and celebrating with friends and family can be quite an overwhelming decision. It will shape the overall tone and feeling of your wedding.

In the past few years, the Batavia Park District has seen an increase in wedding rentals of Shannon Hall. This rare gem in Batavia is a former historic church that features a kaleidoscope of stained-glass windows and a gold leaf ceiling. The limestone bricks on the exterior were mined from one of the original nine quarries that were prevalent in the area during the early 1900s.

“We have great spaces that allow people to create the look that they are going for. A lot of couples choose Shannon Hall for their weddings or receptions because they can go through their own vendors at a price they can afford,” recreation facilities supervisor Becca Atkins said.

Jackie Gray, originally from Wauconda, and her fiance got married in Shannon Hall in November. She said that choosing their own vendors was a big part of why they selected the venue.

“Shannon Hall was great,” she said. “The venue was pretty, with little additional decor needed. Our caterer had done several events there in the past so it was seamless. And the Park District staff was helpful.”

For a full list of pavilions and venues available through the Park District, visit bataviaparks.org or call 630-406-5282.

Katie Drum is the director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District. The “Park District Dish” column runs the second Thursday of each month in the Kane County Chronicle. Contact Drum at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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