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December 31, 2013

Pico Mundo lets couple’s imaginations run wild

MILLEDGEVILLE — Newly engaged couples seeking an elegant or simplistic outdoor venue on 48 acres of rolling hills can find just that at Pico Mundo Ranch in Baldwin County.

“Pico Mundo is an excellent, beautiful rustic setting with several different landscape settings with rolling hills, a pond, pool, barn and a rock-filled creek,” said Pico Mundo Executive Director Linda Forbus. “It’s a great place for a tent wedding ceremony, a wedding reception, a photography venue for special occasions, graduation parties, or any kind of smaller venue setting.”

Located at 208 Kings Rd., the nonprofit HorseDreams Youth Ranch sits on Pico Mundo. HorseDreams uses horses to teach children and teens about the values of life, trust, family and faith while forming and building relationships with one another through summer camps, after school programs and school field trips.

“HorseDreams is the reason we started Pico Mundo. The idea came to us after [HorseDreams Founders] Paula and Max Barnes had their daughter’s wedding in June 2012 here,” Forbus said. “It turned out beautifully, and they thought it would be an excellent way to keep HorseDreams functioning.”

At Pico Mundo, couples can make their day special by including a horse-drawn carriage, a vintage 1925 Buick or even a John Deer tractor. Local vendors, including Fields Photography and Framing, Tent-Sational Events and Georgia Bob’s Barbecue, are available to cater to events, but Forbus hopes to add limousine services and local hotels to the list.

“We want to make the bride and groom’s day as special as possible. We offer a wide range of amenities so the couple can go in any direction they want to go in,” Forbus said. “We can do as much or little as the couple prefers. We can set up everything, the couple can contact the vendors we use, or they can use their own vendors. I can do all the work for them at no additional cost.”

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