At the invitation of Anna Aycock, wedding director at Crenshaw Hall on Old Hwy 98 just minutes from Raleigh, Marty (my roadie) and I were treated to a tour of the property. The old Southern Mansion and Estate was inherited by Joyce and John Bennett (read the fascinating history of this 200 year plantation on their website) and they have been working diligently to turn it into one of Raleigh's most elegant wedding venues. In the photos you will see the pavilion which is not quite finished, the bell tower, Louisa Room downstairs, and the Bride's dressing room upstairs--it's the photo that Anna is trying to back out of! (She did not plan on me bringing my camera today!)
I officiated the unforgettable wedding of Ann Marie and Sean Kernick there four years ago almost to the day (see photos) and wondered what had happened to the estate. Today I saw that since then lots of renovation and restoration work has been done to both the interior and the exterior including construction of a pavilion for outdoor weddings that can be moved to different sites on the 5 acres of land. The Louisa and Eliza Rooms of the mansion can accommodate lovely indoor weddings during the winter months and inclement weather. A large tent will be erected on the side yard for receptions and the original kitchen building is upfitted for caterers.
Brides planning weddings for the fall of 2008 and in 2009 and beyond should definitely check out Crenshaw Hall for their wedding!