Still Standing!

It’s still standing! We prayed hard last night that the awful storm that hit Sioux Falls would miss the barn and it seemed to come through without any damage. We’re praying for those in Sioux Falls that are dealing with the aftermath of this strong storm.

Roof Trusses are On!

It has been an exciting week watching the building be framed. They have installed the huge beams, got about 3/4 of the roof up, and are framing out the rooms. It’s looking very big and open! Be sure to check back frequently to see updates on our progress!! #newvenue #weddingbarn #siouxfallsvenue #siouxfallsvbarn @emeraldpinesbarn

Bottom Level Framed!

They were able to get the lower level framed for the bar, kitchen, grooms den, men’s & women’s bathrooms, and storage room this week. The 2nd story on this side should go up this coming week! They are building the barn in phases…..so the 2 story side is first, then will come the huge reception space.

Special- Framing Friday Frenzy!

As the framing goes up, the Friday rental price is going down!!! Book any Friday 2020 wedding at Emerald Pines Barn and you will receive a $400 discount off the Friday rental fee/package! Call today to reserve your date. *This discount will apply only to bookings received during the Framing Friday Frenzy period of August 16-31, 2019.

Floor is in!

They got the floor in this week. They left a space down the center so they can drive the machines needed to frame the building and install the beams. They will pour the remaining floor once all the building is up.

Emerald Pines Engagement Session

I had the honor to take these engagement pictures of Deja and John on the Emerald Pines land. It turned out to be a gorgeous night! The sunset was just perfect for some lens flare! If you need a photographer for your wedding or engagement pictures please let me know- 605-941-2554 Kristi Shanks Photography

#emeraldpinesbarn #weddingvenue #siouxfallsvenues #weddingphotographer #siouxfallsphotographer #weddingphotographersiouxfalls #sunsetpictures #engagementphotographer #lensflare

In the news!

Thank you Jodi Schwan for this amazing article on Emerald Pines!


Wedding barn venue to open west of Sioux Falls

Jodi Schwan

Aug. 2, 2019

As a photographer, Kristi Shanks saw plenty of wedding venues – including the growing trend involving event barns.

So when a relative agreed to sell Shanks and her husband, Jason, some property west of Sioux Falls, they used what they had learned to create their own space: Emerald Pines Barn, which is under construction about a half-mile west of McGovern Middle School.

“There’s a need in the community,” said Jason Shanks, an attorney who also helps with the photography business.

“We took all the positive things we heard over the years and got rid of the negative things, so hopefully it will be a venue everyone will like.”

The 60-foot-by-132-foot barn has a loft over about one-third of it, bringing the total capacity to about 600.

The banquet space on the lower level holds about 400.

“My wife describes it as elegant country,” Shanks said.

Design features include exposed wood beams, chandeliers and an open double stairway. There are white resin chairs for ceremonies, wooden cross-back chairs for receptions, and tables, lighting, sound and parking are included in the rental fee.

It’s designed for outside caterers, with bar services available.

A “groom’s den” will be “right outside the bar,” Shanks said. “With a big-screen TV and gaming system. My son is a freshman, so we’re going to rely on him for what games we need to purchase.”

The bridal suite is huge, he said, and overlooks the wedding area to the south with six tables for bridesmaids and a separate area for the bride.

“I think it will be the largest bridal suite based on what’s out there now,” Shanks said.

They started booking weddings this spring and have 30 reserved for next summer already. The goal is to have construction done by the end of the year but start weddings in early May or possibly sooner.

The venue sits on 4.6 acres with a 1,000-foot drive and is surrounded by spruce trees on multiple sides – hence the name.

The outdoor space includes an area for ceremonies, a large parking lot, propane fire pits and – naturally – photo backdrops.

While weddings are the focus, the venue also will be available for showers, parties and corporate events.


A look at the venue from a little above. Remember, there is a shelter belt to the north and west of Emerald Pines as well as other trees and are not shown on this renendering.

A look at the venue from a little above. Remember, there is a shelter belt to the north and west of Emerald Pines as well as other trees and are not shown on this renendering.

Emerald Pines Style Shoot

People have been asking what the land around Emerald Pines looks like so we decided to have a style shoot this last Sunday on land north of where the barn in being constructed. Emerald Pines ownes 6 acres around the barn so there are lots of spots for amazing pictures! We’d love to thank some of our preferred vendors for their help with this style shoot:

Gown: @bridalgallerysiouxfalls

Suit: @davidjonesfashions

Flowers: @theflowermillsf

Cake: @thecakeladysf

Photography: @kristishankshotography

Designer: @omorfiadesignsinc

Make-up: Morgan Johnson

Hair: Hair by Stewarts

Models: Tyler & Nicole Otis and daughter Skye

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Construction Begins!

After two months of working on the long driveway coming to Emerald Pines Barn we are happy to announce that visible progress on the barn has started! We are still on schedule to open early spring 2020! Our contractors even think we might open a few months earlier than expected ! Stay tune for updates. #ElegantWeddingVenue #SiouxFallsWeddingVenue

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