Story by Elberta McKnight
Maybe it was meant to be. If some relationships are destined, doesn’t it make sense a person’s calling can be, as well? Such is the case for Karson and Cahla Coker. About five years ago, a friend asked Karson if he would video a wedding he was planning to attend anyway. Karson agreed, and the video made the rounds on Facebook. “People seemed to really like it,” Karson grinned. He did, too.
He started filming other weddings and it turned into a full-time job. This, as the couple renovated a century-old home on Main Street in downtown Clermont. It was quaint; charming. The kind of place you might want to have your wedding. When a cousin asked, the Cokers said yes.
But when Karson looks back on that very first wedding, it seems like more of a backyard affair than anything that takes place at the venue he and his wife now own in White County called Meadows at Mossy Creek. “It doesn’t matter how pretty the building is or anything is if it doesn’t have the right piece of property,” explained Karson. “When you’re inside our space, the inside and the outside just flow together. You’re never going to lose the view of the mountains or of the meadows.”
Meadows at Mossy Creek was a labor of love. The Cokers sold their renovated 100-year-old home and set out to find nature’s most perfect wedding backdrop. They searched for a year, and finally decided on the first piece of property they had looked at. There were other offers on the real estate, but the seller knew what Karson and Cahla wanted to do with the land and sold them the property to preserve it.
Karson, with his brother and dad, crafted buildings that would flow with the property. Single day rentals range from $5,000 to $16,000, depending on the time of the year and the day of the week. Meadows at Mossy Creek also offers a two-to-three night package, which ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on time of year. The venue spans 150 wooded acres in Cleveland and offers indoor and outdoor ceremony options