Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
Laura & Chris' Wedding at JCRaulston Arboretum

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Sutherland--A Beautiful Historic Site for Weddings in Wake Forest!

I first heard about The Sutherland in Wake Forest from Lenny Fritts, DJ, at a wedding earlier in September. He raved about it. So, I contacted Ashlee Adams, the proprietor, and Marty and I went to tour the site today, September 19. It is a beautiful historic site beginning way back in the 1700s. The Settler's House is the original structure on the property and plans are for it to eventually be the hang-out for the groom and groomsmen. The Manor House was originally built in the 1800s and has been added to through the years but in keeping with the grandeur of the original. The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished and decorated. The bride's quarters are on the second floor. There are many areas on the grounds for weddings. There is a Groom's terrace and a wonderful courtyard ready now and more landscaping going on as well as restroom facilities being built in keeping with the historic architecture. There is a large side porch overlooking the wedding courtyard.

Ashlee, a registered nurse, and new mother of Jackson, age 3 months, is a gracious hostess and welcomes couples to come check them out for their wedding ceremony and reception. We also got to meet Ashlee's mother, also one of the owners. It is right off Hwy 1 in Wake Forest, just north of Hwy 98 next door to Wake Union Baptist Church and a golf course. It is a bit tricky to find the first time but do persist as I did. Do not take the first Wake Union Chapel Road as there is a second one up the road which is the entrance to the site. Thank you, Ashlee, for your hospitality today. I am looking forward to doing many weddings there and working with you.

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