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The Wolf Creek Retreat at Elm Lake Estate

The Wolf Creek Retreat at Elm Lake Estate A beautiful and affordable wedding venue conveniently located 12 miles west of downtown Dayton. Why spend more? Away from the busy streets of downtown Dayton, Ohio sits one of the most unique wedding sites in the Tri State area.

This 100 year old wedding venue is unlike anything you have seen before, with over 30 acres of property, a 4 acre lake, and a forest of oaks, elms, sycamore, and pine trees. This is your elegant country wedding venue. You can get married on a breathtaking deck overlooking Elm Lake or under an ancient 150 foot Sycamore born during the American Revolution. This place is perfect. You can have your re

This 100 year old wedding venue is unlike anything you have seen before, with over 30 acres of property, a 4 acre lake, and a forest of oaks, elms, sycamore, and pine trees. This is your elegant country wedding venue. You can get married on a breathtaking deck overlooking Elm Lake or under an ancient 150 foot Sycamore born during the American Revolution. This place is perfect. You can have your re

Operating as usual

04/13/2022

One of several gardens at the Wolf Creek Retreat. This one a calming rock garden. Each garden at Wolf Creek has a story to tell, and this one's is this: a century ago when the Wolf Creek Retreat was Elm Lake, a huge amount of river rock was hauled out of the creek. The leftover rock was too difficult to move, so it was left. When I moved here 50 years ago, I saw a rock garden in my mind. Voila! Thanks to all those hard workers from a hundred years ago for getting these rocks as far as they did! They made my job a great deal easier.

We've spread 2 and a half tons of gravel edging over the last 2 days! Lots of work but it looks so great! There's still ...
04/08/2022

We've spread 2 and a half tons of gravel edging over the last 2 days! Lots of work but it looks so great! There's still another 2 and a half tons but I suspect we will use all of it. Takes the landscaping up several notches! Nothing is too hard to create beautiful backdrops for our clients.

It may be windy and gray outside but Spring is still working her magic. We'll check back in a couple weeks and give anot...
03/31/2022

It may be windy and gray outside but Spring is still working her magic. We'll check back in a couple weeks and give another landscaping update.

So beautiful this morning at the Wolf Creek Retreat. Praying for world peace and grateful for the serenity of this Histo...
03/16/2022

So beautiful this morning at the Wolf Creek Retreat. Praying for world peace and grateful for the serenity of this Historic place.

I want to personally thank ALL our clients for ANOTHER year of being completely booked! We commit to you our highest deg...
03/15/2022

I want to personally thank ALL our clients for ANOTHER year of being completely booked! We commit to you our highest degree of effort to insure your wedding day is the most special day of your life! Thank you so much for choosing the Wolf Creek Retreat!
Got married here this past weekend and I couldn’t have picked a more perfect place! Definitely recommend and owner is so kind and helpful! Mistin B.
Planning and communication are very important a successful event and Wolf Creek Retreat was on top of it throughout the whole process. They were with us every step of the way to make sure everything was taken care of and on track for the event. This along with an amazing venue made the event a huge success! Shawn H.
We got married here on 9/3/21. Everything was amazing! I’m so glad we chose this place. They have an absolutely HUGE pavilion (around 42’x70’) overlooking beautiful scenery, and a separate structure that houses a bar. You can get married by the water if you want but we chose to do it right under the pavilion. Couldn’t have been more perfect. Very professional and helpful venue owner too. I mean really I can’t recommend this place enough. Justin M.

Just for fun - here is one of a stable of horses that lives at the Log Cabin Inn. Rescued and restored and repainted dur...
03/14/2022

Just for fun - here is one of a stable of horses that lives at the Log Cabin Inn. Rescued and restored and repainted during the off months. Saddle and bridal custom made by British rocking horse craftsmen. Love him!

A little sneak peek into the Log Cabin Inn at the Wolf Creek Retreat. Originally this structure was the Beer Hall during...
03/14/2022

A little sneak peek into the Log Cabin Inn at the Wolf Creek Retreat. Originally this structure was the Beer Hall during the 1920's through 1950's swimming hole days. Renovated over the years it has become home for antiques from all over the Midwest. This photo shows my precious Hoosier Cabinet that my mother bought me at the Springfield Flea market decades ago. It is the piece that started my love of history and the craftsmanship of our American people.

The massive farmhouse sliding doors are coming along.  Here's one ready to go - on it's side - while we attach the hardw...
03/12/2022

The massive farmhouse sliding doors are coming along. Here's one ready to go - on it's side - while we attach the hardware to the wall.

We are officially ready to go in our Wolf Creek Retreat makeup room in the new Bridal Suite! Our brides can change the b...
03/12/2022

We are officially ready to go in our Wolf Creek Retreat makeup room in the new Bridal Suite! Our brides can change the bulb settings and charge their phones from these mirrors. More Improvements to come so stay tuned!

The first of two lighted makeup mirrors with variable light settings and charging ports for use in our makeup room in ou...
03/03/2022

The first of two lighted makeup mirrors with variable light settings and charging ports for use in our makeup room in our new Bridal Suite. Very cool!

Lighting is going up in the kitchen with old-timey Edison bulbs! Curtains have been ironed and hung! Now, we are buildin...
02/20/2022

Lighting is going up in the kitchen with old-timey Edison bulbs! Curtains have been ironed and hung! Now, we are building a massive farmhouse trestle table with two lighted makeup mirrors in the "Makeup Room". Rugs are on order...beautiful floral rust and teal colors.

Here's where our energy comes from during the winter at the Wolf Creek Retreat: Mike D'Amico- my talented husband who us...
02/19/2022

Here's where our energy comes from during the winter at the Wolf Creek Retreat: Mike D'Amico- my talented husband who used to cook at Old River Park, NCR factory Commissary, NCR Golf Course short order cook, and NCR Sugar Camp while in high school and college- a beautiful casserole of Yankee cut spare ribs, Chicken breast strips, Italian sausage, mini multi color peppers, Hungarian banana peppers, Giant red and yellow sweet peppers, Idaho and red potatoes and of course mini baby carrots! I am one lucky woman!

02/06/2022

Hello to all our 2022 clients, your families and guests! We are excited about this upcoming wedding season and suspect that you are as well! We are sure that most of you have been doing some serious planning over the winter months – lining up dresses, caterers, DJ’s, florists, creating guest lists and working on endless details that go into a successful and memorable wedding. Together, we will make your dreams come true!
We have been working hard as well at the Wolf Creek Retreat. We started HUGE projects starting at the end of the October wedding season. We started renovations on our new Bridal Suite which will be available as a separate investment to our Brides beginning in May 2022. Two modern restrooms, a complete prep kitchen for caterers, mirrors, makeup area and rack for hanging dresses. New HVAC completes a comfortable area for your special day!
Our responsibilities to you are to deliver a beautiful event setting for your photos, memories, and guests. That includes the lighting, tables and chairs. We will guide your vendors to the Pavilion and get them settled. We also are responsible for parking and placing your guests into spots where they are never blocked in, in the event they need to leave. We will be responsible for removing any food, plates, utensils, etc. after your caterer has left. Your caterer will remove the same while they are on our premises and we will continue after they leave. We will be available if needed for any emergencies or situations you need support in handling or that comes to our attention. We will give your coordinator/planner or your “Person in Charge”our contact information so we can be reached immediately before, during, and after your event. If you have issues or questions about any aspect of your wedding, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible so we have an opportunity to address these concerns in advance and not after the fact.
Now is a good time to review your contracts and refresh your memory concerning start and end times that you have contracted for. We highly recommend that you plan for enough help from friends, family, or contracted help to accomplish your setup within those times. This information needs to be communicated to your “Person in Charge” and vendors as well.
It’s our commitment to be the most professional and economical venue in the area and deliver the most beautiful backdrop for all your important photos and memories! If – as you are getting closer to your wedding date – you believe you have miscalculated the amount of time it will require for you to accomplish your goals, extra time can be purchased at $150.00 an hour or any portion thereof. We ask that you communicate this need at least two weeks in advance accompanied by a check or cash at that time. This charge is necessary for us to compensate the staff and security who must be in place when there are guests on the premises pursuant to our insurance requirements. While our lake is a stunning backdrop for photos, it is s serious liability and we are required to exercise the utmost care in monitoring activity around it.
All deliveries (ice, beer, decorations, etc.) must be scheduled during the period of time you have contracted for.
This is the time to communicate to your vendors that they are asked to arrive a half hour before general parking starts. General parking starts an hour before your ceremony. Vendors also need to know that they must “wrap it up” and be able to leave by 10:30 P.M. at the very latest. D. J.’s in particular need to insure they bring the amount of equipment that can be packed up and removed in this period of time. We ask that you communicate to your vendors that they must call us at 937.307.6533 when they are 10 minutes away so we can meet them in the driveway and take them to the Pavilion, answer any questions, and help them get situated.
We also ask that you communicate to your disabled guests to arrive a half hour before general parking so we can get them parked and situated. So, if your ceremony is at 5, general parking starts at 4, and vendors and disabled need to arrive at 3:30.
Let’s talk about child wranglers. We highly recommend that you have an individual in place who is responsible for making sure that children don’t get hurt by playing too close to the lake or by the creek, which is steep and dangerous. Why a “wrangler?” It’s been our experience that parents don’t keep their children within eyesight and may be distracted with visiting old friends and relatives. Children also – by virtue of “being children” – do things they feel are innocent, which may in fact cause significant financial damage. Climbing through open concession stand windows, breaking window molding, picking blooms off flowers and running through gardens flattening plants are some historical examples. The clients arriving a few days after your wedding want the landscaping and gardens to be perfect for their event as well. We truly appreciate your attention to these details, and your fellow clients will appreciate it as well!
You will find a portion of your contract which speaks to the fact that you are responsible for your guests. We have some time-tested ways to support you in keeping hundreds of people safe. When it comes to the alcohol rules, there will be signs that state that “Wedding guests shall not bring alcohol onto the premises.” That means no car bars, coolers, and flasks, and no bottles, cups or cans carried in. The only alcohol that can be served is that which your family has purchased and provided a bartender for. Alcohol also can only be consumed during a 4.5 period of time, usually beginning after the ceremony. We recommend a handout to your DJ who can gently and courteously communicate the rules a couple times throughout the evening. We will show you an example of this handout when we meet in person a couple weeks before your event.
As you discuss the responsibilities of your bartender with them, it’s important to remind him or her that their job is not just to hand out drinks, but to monitor the guests and offer soda or water if someone is showing signs of intoxication. They must carry insurance - as all vendors must - as they may bear responsibility for intoxicated guests and possibly any accidents these guests may have after they leave the event if they are intoxicated. We always hope an accident never occurs, but we must all be prepared for the unforeseen. If your vendors need help finding event insurance, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We can refer them to several providers.
We hope these tips will help you have – as much as possible – a stress-free and enjoyable wedding event! We thank you again for being a client of the Wolf Creek Retreat!

02/06/2022

Let's take a moment to make insurance for your wedding simple! Here we go:

Everyone involved in your wedding and reception are professionals, and as such, are required to provide proof of Liability Insurance.

The Caterer has insurance in the event that their food causes food poisoning, or a guest trips over a cart belonging to the caterer and is injured. For example, they could have a chafing dish that sets a tablecloth on fire, and then scorches the table. This actually happened here at the Wolf Creek Retreat. Insurance will reimburse the injured party.

The Bartender has insurance in the event that a guest leaves the party and has an accident with a third party. The police will do a trace back to discover where the alcohol was served. If there are injuries, the bartender will have coverage, as the courts may assign liability to the bartender serving the alcohol.

The Wolf Creek Retreat has insurance in the event that we created a situation wherein someone is hurt or injured.

The Client - you - purchases one day liability insurance. We will send you a link to the Event Helper, but you can use Wedsafe or one of many companies that offer this. This liability insurance covers you in the event that one of your guests is injured at your event. The liability insurance also includes Host Liquor Liability where if you have a guest who is overserved and has an auto accident after leaving your event, you have coverage for what the courts may rule your contribution to the accident is. Even if your event is dry, you will be covered in the event a guest sneaks in their own alcohol.

The Wolf Creek Retreat will reach out and request copies of all insurances on your behalf prior to your event.

Feel free to contact us if you have other questions!

Wolf Creek is still running in this below freezing temperature.
02/05/2022

Wolf Creek is still running in this below freezing temperature.

Elm Lake snowed over.
02/05/2022

Elm Lake snowed over.

Doctor Zhivago always seemed to be a fantasy..a place somewhere else. Something that could never happen here.Wrong. Russ...
02/05/2022

Doctor Zhivago always seemed to be a fantasy..a place somewhere else. Something that could never happen here.
Wrong. Russia doesn't have the upper hand compared to some of our winters. Beautiful but dangerously cold. The Log Cabin Inn showed in!

What weather will the west bring?
02/02/2022

What weather will the west bring?

Is this the calm before the storm?
01/31/2022

Is this the calm before the storm?

What a great portrayal of Americana painting. Wonder what the original is worth...
01/27/2022

What a great portrayal of Americana painting. Wonder what the original is worth...

Now it's starting to take shape. My favorite prints of Noah's Ark add so much warmth to the Honeymoon Harbor.  I see a s...
01/27/2022

Now it's starting to take shape. My favorite prints of Noah's Ark add so much warmth to the Honeymoon Harbor. I see a sign with that name in the making.

Just in case you forgot your ABC's you can study them from the luxury of a bubblebath in your old timey clawfoot bathtub...
01/25/2022

Just in case you forgot your ABC's you can study them from the luxury of a bubblebath in your old timey clawfoot bathtub! Ahhhhh.....

Address

10798 South Wolf Creek Pike
Brookville, OH
45309

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(937) 307-6533

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