The Union Recorder

December 31, 2013

Pico Mundo lets couple’s imaginations run wild

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

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.”

Couples can choose among 16 horses to ride, though two horses are trained to be carriage-pullers.

“The neat thing is the horses get to be part of everything we do out here at the ranch,” Forbus said. “If a couple just got engaged and they’re considering an outdoor wedding, they can tour the venue and book soon as possible because we want to get them on the calendar. We already have people coming out to view the property. Saturday will be our third couple.”

Photographers interested in using space at Pico Mundo as a backdrop for their clients can book appointments by the hour or by the day.

“People come here and say, ‘oh my gosh,’” Forbus said. “The trees are beautiful and they change with the seasons so it looks totally different throughout the year. Spring is the most beautiful time because flowers are blossoming.”

For more information about touring the venue, to set up an appointment, or donate to HorseDreams, contact Forbus at 931-206-1204, visit www.picomundoranch.com, or like the Pico Mundo Ranch Facebook page.

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