ATTENTION: We have resumed tours at Lakeside Occasions! Our staff will be wearing masks during tours and appreciate your efforts to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
Janet & Darrell Byers
Janet and Darrell are the heart and soul of Lakeside Occasions and the masterminds behind the amazing transformation of The Guernsey Barn. They’ve lived on the farm for more than 30 years and raised two children – Jason & Tara – in the old farmhouse. It’s 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, and Jax Byers
Hi! I’m Kara Byers – Event Coordinator and manager at Lakeside Occasions! My husband, Jason and I moved “home” in 2014 after our son, Jax was born. Jason and I left behind TV news careers in Atlanta, GA to get back to our 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. I am known for my passion and attention to detail (OCD on overdrive) and would love to help coordinate your event from start to finish. Jax loves anything farm-related and dreams of being a farmer one day. When we’re off work, we’re usually on the lake with the little man, Grandpa & Grandma.
Have a date in mind for your event?
The barn is available for weddings Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April through November.
Schedule a Tour
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
Our day could not have been any more perfect.
Taylor & Wesley
Thanks for helping make our special day extraordinary.
Liz & Les