The Barn at Henley opens for weddings August 13 – Shelby County Reporter

By SASHA JOHNS | Special for the journalist

COLOMBIAN– Two local couples have built an event venue on scenic land just off Highway 61, bordering Columbiana.

Leigh Hulsey, one of the owners of The Barn at Henley, as the venue was named, said it all started with friends who owned the adjacent property. She and her family had been spending time with her friends at their home, and they all eventually saw the opportunity to venture into a business venture by securing the adjacent 80 acres.

“We discussed it for a year,” Hulsey said, “and then started planning a year ago.” The Barn at Henley is a fully finished 2,400 square foot barn, with a bar that can accommodate indoor and outdoor events.

Perfect for weddings, it’s complete with detailed rooms that make every guest feel special from the moment they arrive to prepare for their big day.

“We wanted the brides to feel like they were in a princess bedroom,” Hulsey said. “The groom’s room is just as masculine for our newlyweds and their party. In addition to the barn rooms, the nearby Henley House is also available for entertainment and family accommodation.

The facility has 150-year-old wooden doors from Egypt. These antique oak doors create entryways and photo opportunities for weddings as well as guests. Additionally, the large windows at the end of the barn create an opportunity for sunset weddings. The attention to detail continues throughout the barn grounds with manicured landscaping perfect for outdoor weddings.

Leigh Hulsey and her husband Dennis, along with their friends and business partners Danny and Kathy Gingles, are all seasoned business owners. Hulsey owns a CrossFit in Alabaster and also sits on the Helena City Council. She and her business partners have a heart to serve. They are open to other types of barn events to help family and organizations create memories and make lifelong dreams come true.

“Our first barn event is mid-August,” Hulsey said. “We are wide open to start booking from then on.”

For more information about the venue or to take a tour, visit the website or call 205-475-3217.

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