Couples can choose from among several possible ceremony sites:
The Swannanoa River
This is our most popular ceremony site. There are four ways we can set up this site. It is capable of hosting up to 250 guests, depending upon the set up. The river provides it’s own music. There are trees to shade the couple if you set it up in one particular orientation. We provide our large umbrellas to shade your guests. There is electricity so the officiant can have a microphone and the DJ can provide music. Or you can have live music to accompany your event.
The Perennial Garden
Some couples choose to have their ceremony set up with their guests facing the perennial garden. This is particularly beautiful in June-August when most of what we have planted is in bloom. The flowers in the backdrop provide a lovely setting for your ceremony. This site can host upwards of 350 guests, as needed.
Beneath the Old Sycamore Tree
For couples who like the shade and the wisdom of an old tree, our old Sycamore provides all of that and more. In the background, couples see our bell tower, perennial garden and an open field. The setting sun is in the background, but the couple is shaded by the tree, as are their guests. If requested, we can provide Tibetan prayer flags in the tree, adding additional color and setting apart the tree as a sacred site. This site can host up to 125 people and still be shaded.
The Annual Cut Flower Garden
Every year, we plant 1,000’s of cut flower seeds that come to their glory in early July. The flowers stand about shoulder height, providing a lovely place for photos for the couple and for the ceremony itself. The ceremony can be set up with the guests facing toward the south or to the north, with the flowers providing the back drop for the couple. If the couple chooses, they can walk into the center of the garden to make their vows, or remain on the edge. For smaller weddings or elopements, the center of the garden becomes a site for the whole ceremony. This site can host up to 350 people.
The Marrying Field
For couples who like the feel of a wide open sky where the future is theirs, the Marrying Field is a great option. It’s particularly beautiful in spring when the buttercups are blooming in the pasture next to it and in the fall when the mountains are golden. At all times the Craggy range of the Blue Ridge, forms the back drop. This site can hold up to 350 people.
The deck of one of the houses overlooking the valley: For couples who have a small wedding and who are staying in the houses and want everything close by, or who have a winter wedding, the decks of some of our houses provide a great setting with the beautiful backdrop overlooking the entire Swannanoa Valley. This site is best suited for 42 or less guests.