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!

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 >

New at Dovecote: Gentlemen’s Collection

My favorite new stop on my wedding tour of Fearrington is the brand new men’s collection at Dovecote.  We’ve been spending a lot of time in that corner lately...who says men don’t like to shop?! Dovecote has a fine new stock of Collared Greens ties and cumberbunds that I think are the perfect fun, stylish new option for groomsmen for Fearrington’s outdoor weddings. They have fabulous colors in stripes and polka dots that would go with any bride’s choice of wedding colors.  You... Full Post >

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger…

Cheeseburger Deluxe?  No... Groom's Cake Deluxe! Do we have a talented baker or what?!  Such fun! Full Post >

They say it takes a village…

I am so glad that John Oliver is part of our team! Actually, Reverend Dr. John Oliver is officially the Chief of Chaplains at the VA Medical Center in Durham, but we often get to borrow him on weekends!  We have been extremely lucky to have him perform many weddings here over the years. I have never recommended John to a couple who did not love working with him. You can tell by the smiles on Zara and Robert’s faces during their rehearsal that they have found the right person to marry... Full Post >

A Picture Worth 1,000 Words

No need to say a lot here...does it get much prettier than this? Full Post >

Ceremony Music with a Bit of Whimsy

With all due respect to our old favorites Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Clark’s Trumpet Voluntary, it’s fun to have some ceremony music that makes the guests laugh a bit.  A touch of unexpected music can be the perfect start to what’s sure to be a festive celebration. This evening our dashing groom and groomsmen modestly walked in to the ceremony to the tune of “What a Man,” as the delighted crowd cheered them on.  Our fabulous bride last night paused before walking down the aisle... Full Post >

Tommy and a Friend at the Roost

This time of year, Roost is a delightful place to spend an easy summer evening.  It’s always a treat to hear Bluegrass superstar Tommy Edwards play there, and he always draws a big crowd of adoring fans. When he played in early June, we had an unexpected surprise visit from Tommy’s friend, author Clyde Edgerton.  Clyde was driving by, saw Tommy playing on the front porch and asked his wife to stop the car.  Clyde jumped out, ran over and joined in with Tommy for a song or two, then... Full Post >

Cole and his Mom

It’s a pretty special thing when a 6 year old boy gets to walk his mom down the aisle, then dance with her at her wedding. What a future this young man will have! I wish this wonderful family all the very best. Full Post >

Amazing Azaleas!

Yes, these gardens continue to amaze us.  Last week was the one week of the year that the azaleas in front of the Fearrington House bloom and they were especially spectacular this year. This particular location is not typically a wedding site, but how could you resist having a wedding here that week?  It’s so nice to be able to have the flexibility on these incredible grounds to change plans at the last minute and take full appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us. And Suzy and... Full Post >