Our Story

Bio, wedding venue, Owners of Sonshine barnJust Because Two People Fell in Love.

Denny and Sandy Freeman didn't envision living on a spacious, scenic farm when they married in 1963. But their hearts were always in Northern Michigan.

Sonshine Acres was birthed in the heart of Sandy Freeman who had fond childhood memories of shucking corn in the corn stile on a relative’s farm in Kalkaska. When Denny and Sandy moved to Gaylord in 1978, her dream became a reality when they purchased a thirty-three acre farm, they named Sonshine Acres.


Here, they raised their six children and various animals including sheep, steer, chickens, geese, horses, miniature horses, donkeys, and pigs.

In the summer of 2013, Denny and Sandy renewed their vows as part of their 50th-wedding anniversary celebration held in their backyard. A year later, they hosted their granddaughter’s wedding reception and a month later, they hosted their grandson’s wedding.

In 2016, Sonshine Barn Wedding & Events Center was launched to fulfill the Freemans' desire to make their property available to the community for their own weddings and other important events.

Meet Our Team

Sarah Freeman

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Veronica Johnston

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Jill McKinley

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Our advantages


As a family-owned and operated business, our top priority is to help make your dream wedding a reality.


Our all-inclusive wedding/event packages are an incredible deal for your budget.


Nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Michigan, our beautiful farm provides an ideal backdrop for your wedding and pictures.

Places of Interest

We are an excellent venue for a destination wedding. We are located in Gaylord, a Northern Michigan resort town, recognized as a top ten city to visit in Michigan. The quaint area offers golfing, lake access, skiing, snowmobiling, and other fun activities. Located off I-75, we're an hour south of Mackinaw Island, an hour east of Traverse City, and about an hour southeast of Charlevoix.

Here's a link to discover the wide array of restaurants and shopping available in the area.

Helping Others

While we're passionate about making your wedding or event as special as possible, we are also committed to helping those in need. A portion of our profits go toward supporting charities making a difference in this world.

Moses & Alexis Abraham - Missionaries in Nigeria