Contributor Profile

Gilda McDaniel, Special Events Manager

From the initial contact through to the reception, Gilda will assist with coordinating all the details for your memorable day. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gilda has been at Fearrington for over 20 years, first working in McIntyre’s, then managing The Market Café (predecessor to The Fearrington Granary) before becoming a wedding planner in 1997. View her blog!

Flower Girl Fun

Here’s another twist on past brides bringing their children to see where they were married. Such fun! Elizabeth married Ethan here on June 17, 2006. It was a lovely day. Camille married Ryan on August 17, 2013. On this particular August 17th, 5-year-old Hannah, daughter of Elizabeth and Ethan, served as flower girl for Camille. Hannah was not alone! Her mom Elizabeth served as bridesmaid, too.  This was a true family affair as Hannah’s wonderful grandmother was also in attendance... Full Post >

A Rare Quiet Saturday

About once a year, on a random day, it happens...we get a quiet Saturday afternoon. Very strange!  Well, a few weeks ago was the 2014 date for such a thing, and I got spend a really nice hour with the "Flower Shop Girls" (as we affectionately call them) looking at a large selection of Krystal Kast’s fabulous wedding photos.  It was such fun! While looking at Krystal’s work is always a pleasure, the most enjoyable part of the afternoon for me was listening to the girls as they looked... Full Post >

Special Guest at The Folk Art Show

Fearrington’s 12th Annual Folk Art Show was another huge success, an all-around delightful weekend.  You never know what sort of big surprises are in store at the Folk Art Show and this year did not disappoint! Mid-Sunday afternoon, André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, strolled in, all 6’6” of him!  He is an amazing figure, in stature, accomplishment and good cheer, so he did not go unnoticed…and then he disappeared in our Barn! Mr.... Full Post >

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Dreaming of a beautiful wedding in the snow?  Sure!  We can do that, with a little help from Mother Nature. I’m not sure how you get much prettier than this, in fact. Thanks to this gorgeous and unbelievably sweet couple, we are off to a great start for our 2014 season.  Very exciting!  It’s going to be a great year. Full Post >

More on Anniversaries

I had a really sweet email from a past bride and groom, Rachelle and Chris, talking about what a good time they had here when they came back to Fearrington for their second anniversary.  I will share it with you: "We decided we should come back more often!  I wish we could have done this last year on our first anniversary!   It was the best meal I've had in forever!  They made me a ribeye on request and I was sooo full! We started with some ice cream at The Goat then went to the barn... Full Post >

Anniversaries

Regardless of how much planning we do, weekends often bring great surprises.  (No, I am not talking about the occasional surprise rainy wedding day – we always have a plan for that!)  I am talking about anniversaries! Almost every weekend old friends turn up celebrating their anniversaries.  It’s always so nice to see those familiar faces and catch up.  I am always surprised – “How did it get to be a year ALREADY?” or “How did you have time to have 3 kids ALREADY?!” – and... Full Post >

What an Honor!

After being together for 18 years, Bill and Martie were married in the privacy of their beautiful Fearrington Inn room on a December afternoon.  The ceremony was just the two of them, conducted by our dear friend Dr. John Oliver.  Since there were no attendants or guests, photographer extraordinaire Krystal Kast and I got to be the witnesses.  It was such a sweet, meaningful ceremony and a tremendous honor for me to get to sign their marriage license for them. It was also a really nice... Full Post >

Personal Touches

Wedding trends are certainly fun -- we all eagerly await the newest issue of Martha, too -- but it's the personal touches that make all the difference to me.  We see so many thoughtful, really meaningful, additions to weddings and those are the details that really stand out in my memory. Today's bride's family has spent hundreds of hours carefully folding these Japanese origami cranes to hang from the ceiling in the Barn halway and to give as favors to guests. I can only imagine the... Full Post >

Return of the Whirligigs

We are very fortunate to have four very large whirligigs made by the late, great folk artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, NC. Vollis was always very concerned to know that we were taking good care of his whirligigs, making especially certain that they were properly greased.  Vollis passed away this summer at the age of 94, but his artwork will live on for many years in his honor thanks to the great care of fellow folk artist Riley Foster. Riley is a metal worker extraordinaire who has spent... Full Post >

Ancient Southern Secret

Old Southern Tradition – who knew?! I was recently introduced to an old Southern wedding tradition that I think will come in handy throughout the wedding season. I am told that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site of your wedding it guarantees that it will not rain on your wedding day.  Added bonus is that you have a bottle of bourbon in the end! I think this is a fine practice.  Fearrington Brides –- please take note!  It can’t hurt! Full Post >