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LUCY BELLE farm & lifestyle

When you drive into the long treelined driveway, a sense of peace comes over you. This is Lucy Belle Farm. A captivating expanse of tranquility located just 30 minutes from downtown Savannah, Pooler, Rincon, Springfield, Hinesville, Claxton and Statesboro, it is the ideal space for weddings, special occasions, showers and family reunions where memories of a lifetime are made. Farm owner Sarah Williams says, “There is something magical about this property. It’s gorgeous, elegant country living within minutes of the city.” Family Homeplace Sarah, a graduate of Savannah Country Day School and Emory University, never had any doubt she would make her home in Coastal Georgia. “Before I moved to the country, I had always lived in a city or a suburb.” But when her family found the farm almost twenty years ago, Sarah says they fell in love with the land and knew it would be a perfect place to raise her children. Within months, she sold her house on Isle of Hope, her parents sold their home on Dutch Island and her grandparents moved from North Carolina to join them, making it a true family compound. It was an idyllic place where they enjoyed many happy years. But as time went by, changes were inevitable. After working at their family business, G & C Fertilizer, for 15 years with her father “Mr. Eddie,” Sarah left the business to take care of her mother, who eventually passed away from early on-set Alzheimer’s. By this time, her grandparents had also passed away, her children were grown and Sarah, her husband and her youngest son were living in her parents’ home on the property. New Beginnings and a New Name With her former home empty amid beautiful scenic landscapes, Sarah agreed to let friends use the property to host weddings and other events. But it wasn’t long before Mr. Eddie convinced her to turn the farm into an events business. Sarah had one condition—to make the large hay barn into a party venue. Mr. Eddie was skeptical at first, but not after it quickly became a popular event space. At the same time Mr. Eddie renovated an existing barn on the property and made it the ultimate man cave and home. Sarah says, “If he’s on the property, he loves to give guests the grand tour, perform a card trick or two, drink a beer, and tell a good joke.” “Within one week of my being born, my great-grandfather began calling me Lucy Locket and the name stuck. Everyone in my family calls me Lucy, so when a friend of mine suggested ‘Southern Belle’ as the new business name, ‘Lucy Belle’ immediately popped into my head.” says Sarah, “So the farm became Lucy Belle Farm.” Lucy Belle Events Today, Lucy Belle Farm includes multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces for parties, ceremonies, events and receptions. There is a beautiful Coastal Georgia home, an enclosed barn, a party house, a European style patio and pergola on site. They work within your budget and offer all services through the farm or preferred vendors. “We take care of everything for a chance to spend time with family and friends” says Sarah. From bar services, caterers, musicians, officiants, florists to photographers, they have you covered. Tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, signage, chalkboards and decorations are on-site, and they handle set up and cleanup. They have a fabulous staff, picturesque areas for photo ops and three friendly dogs, Max, Andy and Remy! They recently partnered with Sarah Wright of Everlasting Memories to assist in wedding and event planning and booking. Sarah Wright and her coordinator, Amanda McIntyre, have been in business in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina for over 12 years and their experience and reputation are outstanding. It was also important for Sarah to partner with a group that enjoys working with all people because, “My motto at Lucy Belle Farm is that EVERYONE is welcome. We want people to come to our venue and relax and enjoy their special occasions.” Lucy Belle Lifestyle “I want people to enjoy life every day. I believe all people are wonderful—and I tell them!” Sarah has merchandise with her famous saying, “You are wonderful!” because “I don’t want people to forget it!” Visit www.thelucybellelife.com, which highlights the Lucy Belle lifestyle and where you can purchase Lucy Belle Farm merchandise, visit Sarah’s blog and find tips on how to make life more fun. Sarah says," I love sharing our lifestyle with other people—even if only for a day. “ Community & Family Sarah continues to volunteer and participate in civic organizations throughout the area. One of the first women inducted into Savannah’s downtown Rotary Club years ago, Sarah sees it as an honor and a duty to give back to her communities. She continues to be a member of numerous local chambers (she recently finished her reign as the President of the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce), the Statesboro BNI Chapter, a sponsor of Pride and Tybee Equality Fest, a member of the Savannah Wedding Vendors, Statesboro Wedding Vendors and the Low Country Wedding Vendors groups, and more. Her oldest two sons are grown: Chris is a speech pathologist and Charles will begin practicing at a Savannah law firm this summer. Her third son, Jack, is a senior at Georgia Southern and her youngest son, Eli is a senior at Savannah Christian. Always busy, Sarah is working on a wedding etiquette book and has a few other irons in the fire. But her heart is at Lucy Belle Farm. “Whether people come for the sunset, a cocktail, an event or some quiet time, we always want them to have that moment— that moment where they are just so glad to be alive, in this place, at this time!” To make an appointment to visit the farm, call 912-484-1449 or email [email protected] “Whether people come for the sunset, a cocktail, an event or some quiet time, we always want them to have that moment where they are just so glad to be alive, in this place, at this time!”

For more information about Lucy Belle Farm, visit www.lbfarm.net. For more information about Lucy Belle Lifestyle, visit www.thelucybellelife.com