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Venue help

Hello! I'm new to the knot and newly engaged on 5/21. I'm from Fairview Heights, IL and my fiancé from KY. We are interested in a small (75-100) wedding. We are actually looking to have a "backyard" type wedding as many of the more common wedding venues seem to be so monopolized with required # of guest, required vendors, etc. We thought it would be more fun to find a vacation rental (perhaps by a lake or with a pond) with a large property that would allow us to host an outdoor wedding for 75-100 people. We do not want a barn or wood cabin but are open to rustic/vintage/historic type locations. Even a modern rental house is fine. Prefer southern IL primarily southwest but we are open to St Louis venues that aren't too far west (as the fiancée family will already have a 3 hr drive to St Louis). I've looked on VRBO, home away, and craigslist but I'm not finding a lot. Any advice? Suggestion of venues that won't break the bank or know someone who has a vacation rental property? Thanks!! (BTW- hoping for May 2015 but can be flexible.)
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