For more than 30 years, Frances Hinson held a dream close to her heart.
The dream included clouds of tulle and lace, crisp linen tablecloths in a rainbow of colors, fragrant bouquets of roses and lilies, three-tier cakes and lights flickering from silver candelabras.
Hinson wanted to be a part of weddings.
"I made my first cake for my mom and dad's 25th wedding anniversary," she said. "That led to more cakes and then wedding cakes. I just like weddings and doing wedding preparations for other people."
Two years ago, as she was driving along U.S. 60, a familiar sight — an old church building that was for sale — suddenly took on a different look for her.
The gray sandstone church had sat empty for two years, Hinson said.
"The more I thought about it, I realized it would be a perfect place for a wedding chapel," she said.
Hinson talked it over with her husband, Keith. They discussed what she thought the old church might sell for, so with a dollar amount in her head she approached the owner with her proposal.
But the owner and Hinson were far apart from reaching an agreement on a price.
"My mom knew my heart's desire, so she bought it," Hinson said. "We run the Audrey Boyer-Tinney fought her daughter tooth and nail over its name: Audrey's Wedding Chapel.
"She tells people all she does is mop, sweep and cleans the restroom," Hinson said. "But she does a lot more. If it hadn't been for her, my dream wouldn't have ever come true."
Following some repairs here and a small remodeling job there, the chapel holds up to 125 guests, Hinson said.
The reception hall includes a fully stocked kitchen with glass, crystal and silver serving dishes and holds 100 to 125. The reception hall can also be used for wedding and baby showers, she said.
The chapel also provides an ordained minister and taped music and a rental service with bridal and flower girl gowns. Or the couple can bring in their own music and minister. For a small fee, Hinson will provide a pianist.
The cost to rent the chapel is $500, and that includes having it decorated in the bride's color choice, she said. A walk-in wedding costs $250 with a color scheme that is already set up.
The first wedding in the chapel took place the week before Christmas 2007, she said.
"We take care of everything, or as much as the bride wants us to," Hinson said.
A waterfall aimed to provide a dramatic backdrop for outside weddings is expected to be completed in March.
"We have had all kinds of weddings, from redneck to elegant," she said.
Audrey’s Wedding Chapel is one-fourth mile east of Fairland on U.S. 60. For more information, call (918) 676-3979.