Centaur Arabian Farms’ Grand Opening on May 1 Will Showcase New Wedding and Event Facilities

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Horse-barn-turned-event-hall, rose gardens, collection of classic cars and motorcycles offer unique venue for nuptials, bridal portraits

“We reused weathered wood from the barn stalls to panel walls, incorporated old tin recycled from local buildings and kept the original wooden beams, horse wash stall and other architectural features,” Eva Sealey said.

Centaur Arabian Farms will hold a grand opening from 4 p.m. until sundown on Sat., May 1, to introduce its new wedding and event facilities to the public. Owners Bill and Eva Sealey recently expanded their bed and breakfast, located outside Tyler, to host weddings for up to 300 and business meetings and retreats on a smaller scale.

The grand opening will showcase several property improvements, including a renovated 13-stall horse barn that the Sealeys have turned into a well-appointed wedding and event hall with a rustic, nostalgic atmosphere.

“We reused weathered wood from the barn stalls to panel walls, incorporated old tin recycled from local buildings and kept the original wooden beams, horse wash stall and other architectural features,” Eva Sealey said. “We also installed the former Frankston (Texas) High School gym floor, which is 60 years old, to create the barn’s 2,400-square-foot main event space.”

New construction on the lushly landscaped grounds includes a custom-designed, 700-square-foot ceremony pavilion, which sits amidst hundreds of rose bushes, azaleas, flowering plums, oleander, magnolia, red oaks, pines, bald cypress, crepe myrtles and other plantings.

“We also created a lovely courtyard area adorned with roses and azaleas. It’s complete with a dome-shaped gazebo and a dozen bistro tables,” said Eva Sealey. “Many have no idea what we’ve been up to these past few months. We want to introduce folks to the changes we’ve made.”

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can wander the 10-acre grounds to see these improvements and Bill Sealey’s collection of classic cars and motorcycles from the 1960s and 1970s, including a 1972 750 Triple Kawasaki and a 1961 Corvette convertible. The vehicles and the entire grounds are available for use by photographers booking photo shoots.

Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in a photo contest for the best photos taken during the grand opening. Contest details will be available at the event. The winner will have their photos published on http://www.centaurarabianfarms.com and will receive an overnight stay for two at Centaur. They can also choose between a steak dinner or gourmet breakfast for two.

Other activities during the event include free individual or couples portraits provided by a local professional photographer and a drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward a honeymoon cruise planned by Cruise Planners. A fireworks display, staged by Fireworks Artistry, will cap off the evening’s festivities.

Additional wedding and event vendors will be available to share information and samples of their products and services, including complimentary refreshments by caterers Chez Bazan and The Sugared Rim, and live music by Colore Ensemble, Israel Avilles and Sarah DeBlanc. Also participating will be Brosang’s Limousine Service, Tigerlillies, Brosang’s Flowers, Farm Valley Carriages and Weddings A to Z.

Centaur offers three wedding packages ranging in price from $2,500 to $8,800 and an elopement package for $900. During the grand opening, the Sealeys will announce the details of Operation Tie the Knot, a special program to honor enlisted military personnel and veterans, which gives military couples $1,000 off a wedding package.

The Sealey’s have invited local charity Angel Layettes to provide an information table at the grand opening and encourage visitors to support the organization by making a donation.

More information about Centaur Arabian Farms, 10271 FM 2813 in Flint, is available at http://www.centaurarabianfarms.

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