12 Spectacular Wedding Venues for your North Carolina Mountain Wedding | Asheville Wedding Photographer

first dance at Chestnut Ridge wedding venue in Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to some of the most romantic wedding venues and the most outstanding panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re just looking for a fantastic outdoor location to host your ceremony of virtually any size, or you’re the kind of couple whose love comes alive in nature: Asheville and Glenville, North Carolina are absolutely the location for you. 

For couples and out of town guests, there are several venues which offer luxury accommodations onsite.

Photographing weddings in locations such as these allow me to create brilliant portraits set in the most picturesque settings, which are perfect for canvas and fine art prints. Cinematic views during your reception, or just during your formal portraits, these are some of my favorite wedding venues.

If you’re looking to walk among the mountain views and say “I do” under long stretches of blue skies, I’m totally in, and I’d love to chat with you more about your wedding day vision.

*DISCLAIMER* I will be updating these images in the spring.  This was a blog I wanted to get up prior to the 2021 wedding season, and to offer some insight to future couples.

Chestnut Ridge

Sophisticated, shabby-chic, and picturesque are just a few of the ways to describe Chestnut Ridge. 

This all-white barn is surrounded by fantastic mountain vistas, old-growth greenery, and inside offers family-style tables washed in white and loads of available light. Professional wedding planners have curated a light, airy space that feels romantic and hip in a classically beautiful setting. 

They even offer Southern Skeet Shooting as a fun, unique bonus for your wedding party! Couples can hold their ceremony outside and yet be safe from the elements with the ceremony pavilion. The awesome uncovered patio has fire pits and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an excellent place for the after-party, the coveted skeet shooting, or even lawn games.

It’s just a beautiful property that you should definitely consider if you’re looking for various things to do with your guests and wedding party to make a fun weekend of your wedding. 

Location: 633 Turnpike Road, Canton, NC

Parking: Onsite

Capacity: Up to 250

Event Spaces: Indoor/outdoor, ceremony pavilion 

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list provided 

Perk: Packages offering southern skeet shooting

Contact: Chestnut Ridge Events

Old Edwards Inn

Your perfect mountain-inspired highland wedding awaits you at the Old Edwards Inn. 

Seated in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this all-inclusive wedding venue offers couples an extensive farm-to-table menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and professional planners who are there to guide your day to perfection. 

Blonde wood and floor-to-ceiling windows light up almost every inch of the stunning venue with wrought iron chandeliers and exposed beams add a touch of industrial romance. Friends and family are treated to majestic views of the mountains while safely tucked away from the elements. 

A menu prepared by award-winning culinary staff provides professional catering staff and a mouth-watering menu created to suit your needs with a Bluegrass flair. The onsite accommodations include unique suites and an outstanding spa to spoil your wedding party, yourself, or your out of town guests.

Located: 445 Main St, Highlands, NC

Parking: Valet/shuttle service provided

Food and Beverage: Onsite only

Event Spaces: Outdoor, The Farm

Capacity: Up to 270

Perk: Complimentary bridal suite

Weddings at Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn, built in 1913, offers magnificent views and is nestled under the glow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are five venues to choose from, four signature restaurants, the allure of an 18-hole golf course, and an experienced team of professional planners to help plan your day.

The Vanderbilt Terrace is an open-air space that is ideal for hosting your ceremony and reception. Facing the gorgeous mountain backdrop with floor-to-ceiling windows is the Mountain View Terrace. Unique to this space is the outdoor rock fireplace adding a bit of rustic elegance to this resort wedding location.

Offering a slightly more upscale feeling is the Skyline Room, with its modern touches and the beautiful grounds for hosting your ceremony outside, including the majestic Seely Pavilion oozing with rustic charm, a fireplace of reclaimed wood, and panoramic views.

The views are something like out of a movie, and coupled with luxury accommodations for guests; the Grove Park Inn is a fabulous wedding location.

Location: 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, 28804

Event Spaces: Vanderbilt Terrace, Mt. View Terrace, Seely Pavilion, The Country Club

Capacity: 200 guests

Parking: On-site

Food and Beverage: Four signature restaurants/onsite catering

Perks: 5-star hotel, historic views, golf course

Contact: (800) 438-5800 or contact here

The Venue

In the heart of Asheville is 13,000 square feet of vintage, French cottage-style wedding venue goodness at The Venue. 

The lower lever, The Market, is an open space ready for you to design your dream day for up to 300 of your closest friends and family. Upstairs is the Mezzanine, the perfect spot for your cocktail hour, and it has a balcony, which is fabulous for your reception. 

There is a great getting ready area that is filled with natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide guests with outstanding views of the city and a balcony that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have fantastic cuisine options to fit your style from menus featuring American, Italian, French, Latin American, and even Caribbean dishes. 

The excellent and attentive staff is on hand to serve your guests and plan your day from consultation right up to the last call at the bar.

Location: 21 North Market Street, Asheville, NC

Parking: Public parking, metered spaces, and small lots close to the venue

Event Spaces: The Market, The Mezzanine

Capacity:  Up to 350+

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Downtown location, close to amenities/hotels/tourism

Contact: marta@ashevillevenue.com

Vineyards at Betty Creek

The quintessential blend of rugged and rustic elegance, this open-air pavilion set in a vineyard allows couples to celebrate their union set in natural beauty.

Five unique ceremony sites, The Shade Tree Garden Lawn complete with a wood arbor, The Lodge Patio View, The Honey Cottage Stone Patio, and the Flower Gardens & Orchard View, provide Blue Ridge Mountain views and surrounded guests in a canopy of trees and greenery. 

The Dunkard Barn Lodge is a carefully restored vintage wood masterpiece offering five en suite bedrooms and an expansive patio ideal for getting ready or staying the night. The wedding party will feel like royalty getting ready in the Honeymoon Cottage, which can also host the ceremony on the lawn. 

The Event Pavilion is an open-air wedding venue that is a beautiful canvas of warm wood and fantastic mountain views to create your reception vision. Edison lights, wrought iron chandeliers, and family-style tables make it feel warm, inviting, and ruggedly elegant.  

Located: 10 Vineyard Lane, Sylva, NC 28779

Parking: Onsite 

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Event Spaces: Multiple outdoor locations, open-air pavilion 

Capacity: up to 250

Perk: The Dunkard Barn Lodge offers luxury suites for onsite accommodations

Contact: Info@TheVineyardsatBettysCreek.com

Weddings at the Biltmore Estate

Vintage-style mansion built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt sits in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Elegance and grandeur are at each of the nine different venues at this French Renaissance chateau. Couples can choose from several outdoor locations such as the Biltmore House & Gardens, Cedric’s Garden, or the Diana, where the views are just killer. 

The Conservatory couples the views with a stunning glass roof. Guests can escape to rustic Southern-charm at the Lioncrest, built as a barn in 1930 and boasting a Veranda and a romantic Ballroom. Hosting your cocktail hour at the newest location, The Amherst, gives family and friends a perfect change of scenery.

The Antler Hill Barn overlooks the French Border River and is home to two courtyards perfect for a ceremony or after-party.  An all-inclusive location, The Inn on Biltmore Estate is a four-star, four-diamond offering couples another five venues and the option to stay in their luxury suites. The architecture and design of the gardens whisk you away with old-world romance.

Location: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Event Spaces: Biltmore House & Gardens, Cedric’s Garden, Lioncrest, The Amherst, Antler Hill Barn

Capacity: 400

Parking: Onsite Parking

Food and Beverage: Professional onsite catering

Perk: Historic museum, indoor, outdoor venues, and scenic views

Contact: weddings@biltmore.com

The Ridge

Spanish and French charm of the Chateau and breathtaking views of the mountains, The Ridge is the hottest and newest wedding venue in Asheville. 

Couples can choose to have their ceremony at The Knoll with its rolling lawn and blue skies that stretch out over the mountains. Guests can enjoy a cocktail hour at The Residence, followed by a reception at The Chateau, made perfect by onsite planning professionals. 

With its wood ceiling and stunning crystal chandelier, the Chateau is a little shabby and a lot of chic, while The Venue offers couples a stylish industrial vibe with exposed brick and pipes. The wedding party can get ready for the day at the gorgeous Residence with a wraparound porch, and couples can have their honeymoon night there as well.

Location: 389 Upper Thomas Branch Rd, Marshall, NC

Event Spaces: Indoor/outdoor; Residence, The Ridge, The Chateau

Capacity:  Up to 250

Parking: onsite: 100 available spaces

Food and Beverage: Preferred Vendor list 

Perk: Variety of packages to meet any budget or party size

Contact: info@theridgeasheville.com

Sawyer Family Farmstead

This family-owned Christmas tree farm in Glenville, North Carolina, is the perfect bit of home-sweet-wedding-location with award-winning staff onsite to handle every last detail. 

A collection of antique rocking chairs and gorgeous chandeliers greet you; the Sawyer Family Farmstead offers couples indoor and outdoor options. The twinkle lights illuminate the Overlook Porch, while The Hilltop Ceremony Site will blow your guests away with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Glenville while immersed in a sea of lush, green Frasier fir Christmas trees.

The Chimney Pond Meadow offers a ceremony location that can be tented in inclement weather. Family and friends will feel right at home in the Sawyer Family Farmstead Pavilion, complete with a cocktail area, stunning porch, fire pit, Tuscan lights, and they can dance the night away under chandeliers.

Located: 240 Chimney Pond Rd, Glenville, NC 28736

Parking: Onsite

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Event Spaces: Chimney Pond Meadows, Sawyer Family Farmstead Pavilion

Capacity: up to 250

Perk: Close to Atlanta, Asheville, and Charlotte

Crest Center and Pavillion

The Crest feels like a private resort tucked away in the mountains just four miles from downtown Nashville. The Crest is an excellent choice for people with an extensive guest list; it can accommodate up to 320 guests in The Main Hall and as many as 600 in their Pavillion.

The property is gorgeous and has west-facing mountain views if you want to get married outdoors on their deck with seating for 200. The bar and lounge have vaulted ceilings and a grand stone fireplace with a great rustic ambiance for smaller events or cocktail reception.

The Main Hall has 84 feet of windows overlooking the mountains and is where guests are seated for dinner, and the dancing events can happen. The decor is both upscale but adds in some charm with Edison light chandeliers.

They also have a mezzanine which can be used as an alternate indoor location for ceremonies or an overflow seating area or for a place for kids to play games during the reception. They include this space with the rental fee, which is really nice!

The Crest Pavilion has a beautifully maintained lawn area that can seat up to 365 and a huge outdoor Rock Terrace with fireplaces and seating to enjoy the views. The indoor pavilion is over 7,000 square feet and is entirely glass-encased, with mountain views. The ceiling is impressive at night, as they have fully installed twinkle lights, so it feels like you are under the stars.

They also have a charming gazebo on-site nestled in a natural amphitheater with great views of downtown and Grove Park.  So many different locations on one property make the Crest a great choice!

Located: 22 Celebration Place, Asheville NC 28806

Parking: Yes and Handicapped accessible

Food and Beverage: M7 Event Solutions

Event Spaces: Main Hall, Mezzanine, Media Room, Pavilion, Gazebo

Capacity: 230 seated in the main hall, 365 theatre style, long tables 150-200 guests 

Perk: Responsive staff, Mezzanine available for no extra charge

Contact: (828) 7658-1390 or contact here

Providence Cotton Mill

Once a historic mill, the Providence Cotton Mill is now an amazing open-air pavilion perfect for hosting your North Carolina wedding. 

The old-world charm of the arched brick façade gives it a rugged, industrial yet romantic vibe, and the dozens of arched windows allow in tons of light while providing guests inside outstanding views. Nestled between running creeks and a plush forest, this 10,000 square foot hall has an open plan perfect for a large dance floor for your reception underneath a soaring 30 ft ceiling.

Outdoor Edison lights hangover the patio, perfect for a cocktail hour or for guests to gather under the stars. Fabulous cement and antique brickwork textures add a hip-hop flair and provide unique backdrops for portraits and capturing those wedding details. Ceremonies can be held inside or on the front lawn, and there is a great bridal suite for getting ready and touch-ups during the day.

Located: 4137 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650

Parking:  Onsite

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Event Spaces: The Mill 

Capacity: 300+

Perks: Modern vibes with vintage touches

Contact: 828-461-7212 or contact here

Timber Hall

Timber Hall is even more impressive than it sounds. Constructed from logs harvested and milled right there on the 85-acre farm, this 3,000 square foot, open-air space features a vaulted ceiling full of open beams and 18 candle chandeliers that rain down romance.

Guests can mingle on the 1,200 square foot porch taking in gorgeous views of the garden. Dance the night away in this beautiful barn brimming with warm wood, fabulous natural light. It is an elegant space that can accommodate a large dance floor.

Ceremonies can be held in the Pergola, a 36’x52’ hand-built pergola, or our 40’x45’ pavilion, each equipped with audio and sound abilities, while offering your wedding party and guests some shelter from the elements. Stand in the natural beauty of North Carolina and say “I do” without worrying too much about the weather. 

Located: 45 Timber Hall Events Lane, Leicester, NC

Parking: Shuttle service

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Event Spaces: The Hall, outdoor gardens 

Capacity: up to 150

Perk: 20 min from Asheville, close to amenities

Contact: (828) 777-5089 or contact here

Claxton Farm

If you’ve dreamed of a wedding with a Llama, look no further than Claxton Farm. Not only can you meet the personable Chocolate Chip the Llama, but Claxton is also home to Hereford cattle, miniature horses, and even a camel or two.

This beautiful farm in Asheville is a working farm and is visually stunning and can host anywhere from intimate weddings of 10 to over 150 guests. It’s also a pet-friendly location if you want your best friend to be in your wedding; all you need is a leash and someone on clean-up duty.

The Special Event Barn has vaulted ceilings, a grand stone fireplace, and an outdoor area for guests to mingle under a covered terrace. The expansive lawn is the perfect place for a ceremony; it’s easy for guests to get to and has gorgeous views of the mountains.

The M7 Event Solutions Staff runs the farm’s events, and they are pros at what they do!  They’ll help you with every detail before, during, and after.

Located: 288 Upper Flat Creek Farm, Weaverville NC

Parking: Yes and Handicapped accessible

Food and Beverage: M7 Event Solutions

Event Spaces: Special Events Barn, Lawn

Capacity: up to 150 seated in Barn

Perk: Lots of parking, responsive staff

Contact: (828) 7658-1390 or contact here

Which one of these venues is perfect for you?

Planning a wedding can be a lot of labor, and it’s great when you can take some of the guesswork out of the equation. 

Working with seasoned, onsite planning professionals in settings that are naturally stunning can help ensure that yours is a truly magical and memorable day. North Carolina has some of the prettiest wedding venues in the country!

If you want to know more, feel free to reach out, and we can talk more about your wedding day vision and the kind of venue which will help tell your story the best. You can also email: info@michaelfreas.com