‘Altared’ Bliss – Black Sheep Shelter

A zero-waste venue that celebrates nature
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Black Sheep Shelter in South Haven is a zero-waste venue in South Haven that offers rustic charm. Courtesy photo.

If a rustic outdoor wedding is more your speed, South Haven’s Black Sheep Shelter might be just the place. Surrounded by farmland, Black Sheep Shelter is a zero-waste venue that celebrates nature. The shelter resembles a barn, save for the open sides that give way to stunning views. If it rains, fear not, the shelter is outfitted with heavy curtains to keep the weather at bay.

Black Sheep Shelter, South Haven. Courtesy photo.

Couples can wed in the picturesque garden or against the earthy wood of the interior wall of the shelter before 12 long pews. Up to 150 guests can be seated for the reception, which shares the same space in the shelter as the covered ceremony area. Two dressing rooms, supplied with air conditioning and heat, are available for the bridal party, along with two temperature- controlled restrooms for guests.

After enjoying dinner served by the caterer of your choosing, celebrate with an array of provided yard games or by dancing in the property’s glasshouse – a charming little structure whose rafters are strung with lights to provide the perfect setting for celebrating under the stars. The gardens and farm property are also open for guests to explore. Upholding their commitment to the environment, Black Sheep Shelter provides compost, recycling, and landfill bins and encourages couples to opt for reusable or compostable dinnerware for a more sustainable celebration.

My brother-in-law, Peter, and sister-in-law, Justine, married at Black Sheep Shelter last spring, and it was exceptional. I asked her about her experience working with the venue.

“We were so fortunate to havehad our wedding at the Black Sheep Shelter,” she said. “The v enue is so beautiful, peaceful, and set away from the hustle and bustle. On the day
of our wedding, many flowers were blooming and there was a beautiful climbing rose that was in full bloom. The owners, Melissa and Jeff, were lovely to work with. They were always available to answer any questions and so genuine. They have created such a beautiful space together,” she continued. “We are so thankful for the decor items, sound system, tables, chairs, and various other things that they include with the rental costs which made it so much easier on our end. I’ve always dreamt of an outdoor wedding, but it turned out even better than I imagined!”

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Ever since Pasha Shipp could talk, she's been dreaming up colorful stories. Fantasy creatures, mysterious kingdoms, enchanted forests, you name it. As she reached adulthood, she decided to take the magic out of her head and put it down on paper. Pasha has been writing for Grand Rapids Magazine since November 2015, and has loved every minute of it. She has a master's degree in Communication and a bachelor's degree in Film Studies from Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University respectively. When she isn't daydreaming and writing stories for the magazine, she's exploring the many hidden treasures of Grand Rapids with her fiancé.