Weddings give new life to Calif. dairies

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Kelly Clarkson - Tie It Up Kelly Clarkson | "Tie It Up" More couples are now saying “I moo” on California dairy farms.

All puns aside, the trend to move nuptials from church to farm is a lifesaver for struggling dairies across the Golden State.

According to the Los Angeles Times, these so-called “barn weddings” are bringing new – and unlikely – business to an state that saw 19 percent of its dairies close for good between 2008 and 2012.

For Tony Azevedo, owner of a Stevinson, Calif-based dairy farm,  came up with the idea to host weddings on his 300-acre ranch several years ago and haven’t look back since.

"Weddings," he said, "literally saved the farm."

Azevedo and his family provide everything but the cake, flowers and minister. The average wedding for 150 people costs $10,000.

It’s not just rural brides-to-be who are interested in Azevedo’s unique venue. Musican Kelly Clarkson recently released a music video for her song, “Tie It Up,” featuring a couple kissing in front some of Azevedo’s dairy herd. Click here to check it out.

Azevedo continues to be amazed at the success of his on-the-farm weddings.

"It bought us time to go organic, which allowed us to stay small," he said. "I lucked out. I never thought I'd see the day when people would pay more for milk from cows at pasture or that people would want country instead of country club for their wedding."

Read, “Weddings rescue a struggling Calif. dairy.”



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