Jamestown Ranch offers a wedding venue featuring several picturesque locations to create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day.
Located just east of Wooster and only miles from Conway, Jamestown Ranch is home to David and Judi James. Married for more than 20 years and parents to three children, they desired land for horses and were in search of property. After searching for a few years, they found their ideal location in 2011, but hosting weddings was not part of the original plan. Luckily for brides of Central Arkansas, that all quickly changed.
“Some close friends asked if they could use our place to get married. We excitedly said yes and felt honored they would want to use our ranch. It was a huge wedding, and we loved every minute of it. During the course of the night, several young ladies inquired about us hosting their weddings. That fall we developed a website and Facebook page, and the word started to spread. Our whole family enjoys it, and we are having the time of our lives hosting these brides and grooms on their special days,” Judi said.
A fairytale come true, Jamestown Ranch affords an enchanting location with a host of amenities for any wedding. From the engagement photographs until long after the couple says “I do,” Judi and David present a number of venue options for the bride and groom’s special day.
The Oaks area, made up of two 100-year-old oak trees, is a beautiful location for the wedding ceremony and is the heart of the 25 acres. While most brides choose The Oaks for their ceremony, the main attraction at Jamestown Ranch is the barn.
“It’s a beautiful place for a rustic wedding or reception and the views from the patio are breathtaking.” Judi said.
Some brides choose to have their ceremony on the patio area in front of the barn and the reception in the barn to keep the wedding party in one central location. A ceremony down by the lake is also another option for an outdoor wedding. Each wedding is unique and embodies the personal touches of each bride and groom.
Jamestown Ranch also includes an onsite bridal suite and groom’s quarter located in the barn, to provide a comfortable place for the wedding party to congregate before the wedding begins.
“When we ask brides why they pick us, it seems that many brides are just looking for a place that is close to Conway and Little Rock that has multiple outdoor options for their ceremony and reception. Since the barn is fully enclosed, it provides a perfect backup plan in case it rains, so that is certainly a plus. And rightfully so, because we have had to move several weddings last year into the barn due to rain,” Judi said.
David and Judi also enlist the help of their children, truly making Jamestown Ranch a family affair. From tending to the horses to assisting on the wedding day, the entire family gets involved.
“Our family enjoys interacting with these families. Our daughter Reagan grooms the horses for bridal photos for those brides interested in taking pics with our horses and cleans the bridal suite and grooms quarters. Our boys help with parking and occasionally bring in a tip or two and even entertain the guests with their mad dancing skills. It truly is a family business for our family, and we look for every opportunity to make each guest feel right at home,” Judi said.
While David and Judi receive glowing accolades from all their brides and grooms, as well as their families, bride Chelsea Glover sums up an experience at Jamestown Ranch perfectly.
“David and Judi are two of the most amazing people we have ever met. They were so welcoming and made the process so exciting and enjoyable! They genuinely cared about what we wanted and helped us through the whole process with set-up ideas and arrangements. The whole property is gorgeous and provides so many options for different wedding themes. We are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have our wedding there,” Glover said.
David and Judi look forward to providing the ideal landscape for every bride and groom.
“This is such an important decision, and we want them to know it’s our goal to make their wedding day the best day of their lives.”