• The Ladies of A-1


Have you been wanting a little get away venue for your wedding, corporate event, or special event that wasn’t located in Columbia, but still Columbia-based? A location that takes you to the countryside, but still exhibits a traditional, elegant homestead? With just a 15-minute drive east of downtown Columbia, one can find this perfect spot at Sorenson Estate. Over the past several years we have worked alongside them on many occasions and cannot explain how picture-perfect this venue is for your next event.

Previously owned and inhabited by the Sorenson family, they kindly gifted this countryside farm to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, who, over the past years transformed the estate into a spectacular event venue which has been used for many occasions. As of today, Sorenson is quickly growing and currently managed through the University's student-run floral and events service, Tiger Garden.

When arriving at the property, one enters through Sorenson’s grand black iron gates and drives down a long scenic driveway. Lined with century old sycamore trees, woods, and rolling pastures, one can already feel the escape from the city. After circling around the driveway, one can step out and take in the views of the majestic two-story brick colonial estate.

As you step through the front doors of the home, one is welcomed in by the grand staircase, which leads you to the second floor. Up there you will find the elegant bridal suite and masculine groom’s suite. On the main floor there are two rooms off to each side of the foyer, the old dining room and living room. Then the hallway leads to the back sunroom and kitchen. The kitchen is spacious with access to the sunroom and patio, making food service and cocktail hour easier for your caterer. While the first floor is perfect for entertaining, the second floor can be utilized as a personal space. Along with Sorenson’s beautiful manor, the property has numerous locations outside the home for a breath-taking ceremony and reception sites.

An exciting thing that we get the chance to do here at A-1 Party & Event Rental is build an event from the ground up. That means tent, table, chairs, linens, and more. And we have had the privilege of building many tents on the estate grounds. There are a few areas to have a tent but the ideal spot is tucked between some trees close to the home (pictured above). In this location, the largest tent we can fit is a 30x60. This size tent is a good for parties of 150-300 people, depending on how you arrange your layout. And when the weather is nice, you can extend your party from out of the tent and into the backyard.

One of our favorite features of the estate is the brick patio in the backyard. This area can serve many purposes. It could be a unique and beautiful area to host your outdoor ceremony. With a large tree as a backdrop that can also offer shade while you say your “I do’s”. Or what about an outdoor cocktail area? Our Concoction Caravan looks perfect tucked in between the trees. Add a few cocktail tables and it creates and intimate, cozy area for drinks while still being outdoors. Later in the evening the patio makes a great dance floor as well. Our friends at SW Productions do a great job at lighting up this space. Finally, this could also be a great location to set up lounge seating areas! Pretty Little Things vintage rental has some one-of-a-kind pieces that would really compliment the manor's charm and character.

We have loved the many opportunities we have had to work with brides at Sorenson Estate. We look forward to working with you on your future event there!

Whether it’s under the canopy of the large backyard trees, on the back patio, or even on the front steps... whatever choice is made, it'll be perfect.


Images courtesy of:

Sorenson Estate

J. Kelley Photography