Behind the Scenes

​The English Barn story began the way all good stories do – with love. Our passion for watching timeless stories come to life fuels everything we do.

To say that we love what we do is an understatement. 

My husband and partner not only encourages me in all I do, but also empowers me to follow my passions. My husband would tell you that he never dreamed that we would be building a home with a barn, after our children were all grown and as we begin to celebrate our time growing old together. I told him “let’s pray about it and if it’s God’s plan, the doors will open."

We are a family owned and operated venue that was meticulously drafted, and designed to host the perfect fairytale wedding. From top to bottom, no detail has been overlooked, leading to the ultimate wedding experience for everyone involved.

We are so honored to extend our home to you, your friends & family!

jane & Paul howe

beautiful grandchildren that have blessed our lives


incredible children who we keep close to our hearts


years of marriage keeps our love and passion strong


meet the owners

meet our coordinator

Makiah Williams

 I love to help a couple decide what their wedding should look and feel like, then manage the millions of little details that will transform those dreams into a memorable experience for the couple and their guests.

I’m a pro at figuring out how all the moving pieces fit together and often find myself up at night running scenarios in my head – including the all-important (and hopefully unnecessary) strategies for what to do if something doesn’t go as planned. I’ve already covered every scenario, so you can wake on your wedding day confident and calm knowing I’ve got your back! My ultimate goal? That my couples get to see their wedding vision to come to life and are able to be truly present for each other on their wedding day and focus on the reason for the event – their love and the start of their life together. Whoever said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” captured exactly how I feel about my experiences with The English Barn.  I can’t wait to help more couples find their happy beginnings!

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband, family, friends and puppy, Tank. I enjoy anything on the water and outdoor related. I also loves to read, cook, bake desserts and watch movies.  

I can’t wait to hear about your vision and your story, and bring it to life in a way that showcases YOU.

 From the moment you are greeted by Makiah's huge smile and outgo​ing personality, you will immediately feel at ease. Her attention to detail and the love for what she does makes everyone love her. She always get such a sense of fulfillment in helping couples find their own unique way of expressing their love and commitment.

makiah williams

We pray this beautiful countryside will be home to countless of weddings and memories.

As the doors began to open with friends introducing us to the perfect property, now known as The English Barn at Lily Creek Farm, I knew God had a plan. Our first wedding took place in April of 2021. We felt a flood of emotions as we opened the doors and that passion continues today. The Lord has truly blessed us even though we are so undeserving, and we are so very thankful for what HE has given us. We believe family is a very important part of life, so we wanted to build a place to help you celebrate all of life’s most important events!

Opening Doors, Hearts & Minds

From the Owners

Your Investment Goes So Much Further

Giving Back for Every Wedding

We love our couples and we love our community! That's why a portion of every wedding or event booked will be donated to a local non-profit. When you work with us, you're impacting the lives of those around you. Not only do we donate a portion of every wedding or event booked with us, we can also donate your leftover flowers to a local nursing home on your behalf and spread the love.

We donate to the Teen Challenge Programs: a Christian faith-based housing program, intended to provide rehabilitation services to people struggling with addiction.

The English Barn: 2023 Venue Nominee
Featured on WED KC

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The English Barn: 2022 Couple's Choice
Featured on Kansas City Engaged

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The English Barn: 2023 Best of Weddings
Featured on The Knot

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The English Barn is an award-winning wedding and event venue, with features in a diverse array of directories and publications, both in print and digital formats. Take a peek:

press & praise

Inspired by old English castles, this venue was designed in such a manner, each guest has the feeling of stepping back to a time long passed. As one of Kansas City's newest event venues, The English Barn offers timeless charm and elegance that is showcased throughout this venue from hand carved arched beams throughout, to a stone turret bridal suite with a custom heart door that will have you feeling like a princess straight out of a storybook.


Kelly, 2021 bride

"Jane goes above and beyond for her couples to make sure they have the best day ever down to every little detail! Jane and Paul were always there to answer all our questions and help in any way they could and they truly became like family to us! I’ve had so many guest still talk to me about how ABSOLUTELY beautiful our wedding was, from the outdoor ceremony to the cocktail hour to our last dance of the reception I could not have asked for a better day!"

"i could not have asked for a better day!"

valerie, 2021 bride

"I'm not one to usually post reviews, but I have to tell the world about how AMAZING the English Barn is. Jane and Paul have poured their heart and soul into this dream wedding venue. They will meet your expectations and they seriously bend over backwards to make sure you have your dream wedding. They are so kind, very hardworking, and they truly do care about all of their couples. We couldn't have asked for a better experience."

"They will make sure you have your dream wedding."

lindsay, 2022 bride

Throughout the process of planning a wedding things will always get stressful no matter if you have a wedding planner it’s just simply how it goes. When Jane saw I was getting stressed out about something she would always help me talk through it and help find a solution to what it is I was stressing about. I am very grateful to know The Howe family. Not just because they were a huge part of our special day, but because they are truly wonderful people."

"I am very grateful to know the howe family."

lianne, 2021 bride

"Our wedding day was more than what we could have dreamed of and we owe it to Jane and Paul at The English Barn for helping us create a day we will never forget and will forever look back on as one of the best days of our lives. If you’re looking for that venue that has something no other venue out there has, with the look, the feeling, and the genuine care for you as a bride and groom and your families. Go check out The English Barn. You will not regret it."

"Our wedding day was more than we dreamed."

jennifer, 2021 bride

"When you step into the doors, You will see the most breath-taking beauty of a majestic venue, with the awe of it’s massive beams, to the glistening facets of sparkling chandeliers, THIS is the perfect wedding venue for your dream story to begin! The furniture and surroundings are simply exquisite! It was a dream come true and we are so thankful to have had the joy of celebrating our wedding at The English Barn!

"This is the perfect venue for your dream to begin."

Wedding Planner:
Jane Howe (yes, us!)

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