Tim and Renée Richter, Owners
Tim and Renee grew up in the Burlington area before leaving for college and starting their careers – Tim as a jet mechanic turned landscaper, and Renee as a nuclear medicine technologist. They met after college in 2001 and were married in 2004. As they searched for a home in the countryside they loved so much, they bought “The Morning Glory Farm” in 2008, where Renee had wonderful childhood memories of buying flowers with her mom.
Over the years, Tim renovated the barn (on the farm) for his landscaping business. Once the barn’s natural beauty was restored, the Richters began hosting small get-togethers with family and friends. In 2013, they hosted a wedding for a friend who couldn’t find the perfect rustic barn for her dream day.
With that, The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens was born.
Two years later, in the spring of 2015, a friend and local realtor sent the Richters the listing for an even larger property just a mile from their home at The Rustic Barn. On a lark, Renee set up a showing – and left speechless.
With its gorgeous setting along the peaceful banks of the White River and the beautiful 180-year-old barn, the 50-acre property was a perfect complement to the intimate beauty of The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens. The Landing became the Richters’ second event property and the premier “rustic elegance” barn venue in Southeast Wisconsin.
“We look forward to sharing the joy our family has experienced here at 1841 Farms and Vineyard, and the memories to be made with yours.”
– Tim & Renée Richter
Nicole Kelly, Venue Director/Event Manager
Nicole is your go to person once you book your event with 1841. She will be your contact person for questions, advice and a steady voice to keep you calm when needed. If you add on one of our planning packages you may also have the pleasure to potentially have Nicole as your day of coordinator . She’s a hard worker, outgoing and warm from the moment you meet her!
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“You have to know a little bit about a lot” –My Father-in-Law
What is the most inspiring part of your job?
Being in the wedding industry you have the ability to leave an imprint on someone’s biggest day.
How would people closest to you describe you?
Warm & Bubbly!
What is your favorite vacation you’ve taken?
I went to Europe when I was a Freshman in High School. We traveled throughout Germany and Austria. I loved seeing the architecture and the older cities- really the history behind these epic cities!
What are your favorite food & drink?
TACOS! All kinds of tacos- I can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My Dad’s a Chef- so after growing up and watching him, my brother and I even have cook offs! I’m a sucker for a good wine label, but my favorite wine is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a Spicy Margarita!
Meet the newest member of the 1841 family. Although her tenure is short, she has made her presence known. When she is not getting in to trouble, you’ll often find her greeting tour guests and patrolling the grounds.