The first North Carolina wedding I ever photographed is still one of my favorite weddings to this day. It was at Allie and Nick's grandparents' estate in Flat Rock, NC and there were only thirty guests total - almost all family, so intimate and perfect, at her childhood home. Even though it wouldn't stop raining and the humidity kept rising, we danced late into the night and her family welcomed me in with open arms. It was the start of a beautiful thing.
I've been back to the Asheville area since then for other NC weddings, and each time I get to come back, I love it. I decided to put together a list of a few of my favorite North Carolina wedding venues that will hopefully help you narrow down your search as you find the perfect place for your upcoming wedding in the mountains. With a state as beautiful as this one, you really can't go wrong.
Here we go!
Tucked away in the mountains of Cashiers, NC, Lonesome Valley really took my breath away. An hour and a half west of Asheville, NC, this beautiful North Carolina wedding venue is secluded enough to feel like you're in mountain wilderness, without making your family and friends travel too far. Perks include meals by incredible chef Adam Hayes inside beautiful Jennings Barn, contrasted by epic canyon views - this place is a hidden gem of a wedding venue. I can't get enough.
I should start by saying that Blackberry Farm is actually in Tennessee - but it's so amazing that I had to include it in my list for both Tennessee and North Carolina as it's only about two hours east of Asheville. Up against the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm offers stunning views of the mountains while providing a luxury wedding experience and accommodations that are some of the best. Each wedding here is like crafting experience for the people you love most - I'm convinced it's one of the best.
Overlook Barn offers both sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains for ceremony locations as well as indoor receptions inside their beautiful stone barn that can seat up to 250 guests. The ceilings were the first thing I noticed as I walked inside - 30 feet high with exposed wood beams, and texturized stone walls with beautiful getting ready accommodations, right on site. Located in Banner Elk, North Carolina, this is an amazing wedding venue that should hit the top of your list.
Head west to Marshall, NC and you'll find The Ridge, a wedding venue with sweeping 360 views of those North Carolina mountain ranges. If you're looking for sweet southern charm with wrap around porches and acres of rolling hills, this is the wedding venue for you. Fill the entire space with greenery, or leave it bare to rustic charm - bring what you want to into this place and it'll be beautiful, regardless of what you decide to do with it.
One final disclaimer - even though I think all of the above wedding venues are incredible, many of my favorite celebrations happen in backyards or in more untraditional wedding venues. Whether it's an Airbnb with insane mountain views, a cabin, or a home of a friends of friend, your parents or even a distant family member - I always think this is a great choice if you're willing to go a little off-road as you craft your own wedding experience. Just one more option to consider as you continue your search for the perfect wedding venue, one that is completely unique to you.
I'm always here to chat or answer any questions you may have (or did I miss a favorite venue of yours?) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I'd love to hear from you.