The Owners

 Janet & Darrell Byers

Janet and Darrell are the heart and soul of Lakeside Occasions. They’ve lived on the farm for 30+ years and raised two children, Jason & Tara, in the old farmhouse – the same home where her parents, Loleta and Merritt Hostetler, raised Janet. Darrell is a well-known fixture in the RV industry and Janet is an Independent Director for Thirty-One. Both were instrumental in the renovations to the barn and surrounding grounds, and are visionaries for exciting new projects around the farm. On wedding days, they’re usually busy entertaining the grandkids at the lake or scouring antique markets. The Byers value family and faith above all else and are glad to share their home with couples and their families as they celebrate their love and marriage.



Kara & Jason Byers

Kara and Jason moved home in 2014 after the birth of their son, Jax – who’s now 5 and loves helping out around the farm. Both Jason and Kara left behind TV news careers in Atlanta, GA to get back to their small town roots and help out with the family business. Jason, a sales manager for a chemical coatings company in Shipshewana, spends many weekends on “wedding duty” either bartending or telling stories/jokes. Kara is known for her attention to detail (OCD on overdrive) and would love to help coordinate your event from start to finish. When they’re off work, they can usually be found on the lake with the little man, Grandpa & Grandma.

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The barn is available for weddings Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April through November.

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If the barn is available on your event date, then contact us to schedule a tour of the property!

Words of Endearment

Brides, grooms, and guests share their experiences at Lakeside Occasions

Taylor & Wesley White

Our day could not have been any more perfect.

Taylor & Wesley


Thanks for helping make our special day extraordinary.

Liz & Les