The Owners

 Janet & Darrell Byers

Janet and Darrell are the heart and soul of Lakeside Occasions. They’ve lived on the farm for 27 years and raised two children in the old farmhouse up front – 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. 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 first son, Jax – who can often be seen directing traffic on wedding days. Both 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, is usually around on wedding days demonstrating his wicked traffic directing skills, flying the drone, and making people laugh. Kara is known for her attention to detail (OCD on overdrive) and will help coordinate your event from start to finish.

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Have a date in mind for your event?

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

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Ready to see us in person?

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