The NORTH CAROLINA WEDDING RING is a collective of Wedding Vendors, one from each category, who own their own businesses and meet each month to share our business practices, our expertise, to mentor each other and to promote each other. Our "ring" which is by invitation only started over 3 years ago when Kimberly Williams with WEDDINGS BY THE VINE, a wedding planner, sought advice from SCORE and the result was forming our roundtable of wedding professionals.LIFESTYLE LIMOUSINES furnished our transportation--a luxurious Mercedes Sprinter Limo so we rode in style and comfort! Kevin Seifert, KEVIN SEIFERT PHOTOGRAPHY, did a wonderful job capturing our experience. From the left are members: Eric Hogdgen--ALL AROUND RALEIGH DJ, Sherry Lattin--FLORIAN MUSIC, me-- the wedding officiant, Kimberly Williams, Ed Carpp--WATKINS FLOWERS OF DISTINCTION, and Brie Marrow--CAKE COUTURE AND CATERING. Heidi is in the corner and you can't see her face and TIWA LAWRENCE, make-up stylist, and Kristal Cloer, FARM & FILIGREE, are behind Kevin's camera. You will see them in other photos of the trip.
THE BARN AT CHAPEL HILL which you can see is still under construction and due to open later this year. It is amazing and will be a stunning venue. Leading the group is Kara, the owner as we make our way through the concrete forms to the ceremony area at the front of the barn.
The peg joists. It is treasured historic wood that is so beautiful.
Eric wanted a close up of the pegged joists.
This is the AQUEDUCT--front entrance. It is up on a hill.
The ring admiring the view!
The view of the center from the field it overlooks.
I would say this is a "tiny chapel" for very small weddings!
Kimberly, Eric, and Kevin. Sherry must be taking the picture!
It was a slow climb back up!
This is inside the main lodge--dining room to the left, living room center, then another multipurpose room on the right.
Main lodge on left, two other lodges on right.RIGMOR HOUSE. It has been expanded since I did a wedding there in 2009. The Event Manager, Ben, gave us the tour. They not only do weddings but corporate meetings too. You see the pull down screen complete with projection.
Across from the wall with the screen is the buffet counter and the lofts on each side.
The kitchen is just amazing. Everyone admired the island made of pipes.
This sweet gazebo is sitting out in another field. A great place for wedding photos.
The fire pit.
On one side of the lodge is a huge wrap-around porch that is new since I was there.
A group shot of the NC Wedding Ring and Ben! Our limo driver took this shot for Kevin so he could be in the picture. From the left: Kevin, Heidi, Ed, Kristal, Tiwa, Ben, Sherry, me, Eric, Kimberly and Brie. And we are off to our last destination.
We met Barbara (on the right), our guide to the BARN AT VALHALLA.weddings here and they are always so much fun and every one of them different.
Inside the barn.
Upstairs are 3 bedrooms. This is the king suite. One bedroom is a bunk bed room like a dormitory.
The sitting room which could also be a bedroom too.
Upstairs is where the wedding party gets dressed for the wedding.
You can see the lake behind this deck.
Duffy's home. It is huge. He was a very large man--6'9" tall and so he built everything BIG!
The view from inside the house great room It can be part of the rental package.
See how high the counters and cabinets are? Eric can barely reach the knob of the cabinet.
The library which used to be Duffy's office.
The Queen bedroom.
The kitchen was well equipped because Duffy loved to cook.
The master suite. A huge spa bathroom. Hot tub in the adjoining sun room.
This piano in the sun room sits opposite the hot tub where Kevin is standing to take the photo.
The hidden recreational room! I think Barbara said it can sleep 12 with addition of some blow-up beds.
A great place for the groom and groomsmen to hang out before the wedding and for after parties too.
The round gazebo on the water. Another great place for photos.
The view of the lodge house from the gazebo deck.
This side of the barn is where tents are erected for large wedding receptions.
The Barn at Valhalla!
Panoramic shot capturing the 30 acre property. So beautiful!
What a great tour. We had a blast and learned a lot and simply enjoyed being together having fun.