Planning the perfect wedding is like organizing a bigger, fancier birthday party. For the wedding, you’ll probably have a longer guest list, along with more extravagant decorations and nicer party favors. And instead of a sheet cake from the supermarket’s bakery, you’ll spring for a three-tiered masterpiece from a specialty baker. Before you can make your wedding plans a reality, though, you must select a site for the festivities. Here in Cherokee County, choose from three scenic ceremony and/or reception locations, along with one vintage rustic venue right in downtown Murphy, NC.
Hawkesdene Estate (Andrews, NC)
First, check out the beautiful Hawkesdene Estate, located at 381 Phillips Creek Road in Andrews. Just a short drive from Murphy, this 36-acre private estate offers gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, pastures, woodlands, and nicely manicured grounds. Nearby nature trails lead to a cooling waterfall and to the Hawkesnest Pavilion, which offers sweeping views of the lush countryside.
If this sounds like a great wedding and reception location, the news gets even better. Whether you want a small, low-key wedding or a grand affair with all the bells and whistles, the Hawkesdene Estate wedding coordinator will gladly honor your wishes.
First, you’ll have exclusive use of the estate on that memorable day. Choose from indoor venues including the main house, cottages, covered bridge, or llama barn. Outdoors, hold the festivities at the open air pavilion, arbor, lawns, or gardens. If you like, switch your onsite ceremony location on your wedding day. In other words, Hawkesdene Estate is a terrific wedding venue, regardless of the weather or season.
McGuire’s Millrace Farm (Murphy, NC)
Next, head over to historic McGuire’s Millrace Farm at 600 Hendrix Road in the Peachtree community. This late 1800s-era farm, nestled among lush green fields and surrounded by dramatic mountains, offers several appealing wedding venues.
For your ceremony, consider the arched foot bridge within the gardens or gather among the sweeping river birches. Or, maybe you’d prefer the scenic arbor backed by rolling pastures and mountains. If you encounter some last-minute bad weather, you can move the entire wedding indoors at no extra cost.
And speaking of indoor venues, McGuire’s Millrace Farm sets the standard for elegant rustic barn weddings. The farm’s 6,600-square-foot barn has polished concrete floors, high ceilings with wrought-iron chandeliers, and nicely built hardwood tables and chairs. For your wedding décor, select antique furnishings such as vintage church pews, oak whiskey barrels, and many more historic accent pieces.
Regardless of your venue choice, you’ll have exclusive use of the farm on your special day. For your reception, the farm’s award-winning chef can prepare a tasty Southern barbeque or produce a lavish five-course dinner – it’s your choice. Finally, your dedicated Event Planner will help you execute the entire event, leaving you free to celebrate the occasion with your guests.
Hackney Warehouse (Murphy, NC)
This downtown Murphy venue is easy to find, as it’s next to the L&N Depot on Hiwassee Street (although the Warehouse’s official address is 11 Railroad Street). Built in 1911, this expansive brick building has been fully renovated, and is available for weddings and receptions.
The Hackney Warehouse features more than 4,000 square feet of indoor space and 3,200 square feet of courtyard space. With a fully equipped kitchen, reclaimed timber banquet tables, and performance stages, this rustic-themed venue is a popular wedding reception choice. Two Certified Wedding Planners and two Certified Venue Professionals are onsite, helping you to plan and execute your dream wedding.
Payne Meadows (west of Murphy, NC)
Just a short drive from Murphy on US Highway 64 (also called the four-lane), you’ll find Payne Meadows, 38 acres of hilly pasture land that sits alongside a briskly running stream. Ideal for rustic barn weddings and destination weddings, this popular venue offers three distinctive event packages, each with a few more perks.
Payne Meadows’ basic Package 1 includes single-day use of the farmhouse, barn, fields, and creek, with an onsite reception. Package 2 includes all Package 1 amenities, along with lodging on the night before and night after the wedding, plus an onsite reception. Package 3 includes use of the above spaces for two full days: the full day of the wedding and an additional full day before or after the big event, plus two nights of lodging and an onsite reception. Visit the venue’s website for complete details and pricing information.
With several appealing wedding ceremony and reception venues, all convenient to Murphy, NC, you might enjoy the selection process almost as much as the actual event. So grab your camera and notepad, and kick-start your wedding plans today.
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