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Imagine marrying your best friend surrounded by beautiful gardens and celebrating in an authentic barn, or saying “I do” in front of a roaring stone fireplace and toasting with an intimate Five-Star dinner at The Fearrington House Restaurant, regardless of your wedding dream, our team can make it come to life.

Located on a historic dairy farm near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Fearrington offers a picturesque, full service venue for pre-wedding celebrations, ceremonies and receptions. Fearrington weddings have been featured in national magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings and The Knot.

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What Set Us Apart?

Fearrington’s team, from wedding planners Gilda and Erin, to principle floral designer Mary, to our chefs and wine team, bring extraordinary knowledge, confidence and commitment to the personalized design, planning and coordination of your special day.

“We want your wedding to be perfect. As your planner, we don’t hand off paperwork and leave for the weekend, we are your dedicated point-person from our first conversation through your reception send off,” says wedding planner Gilda McDaniel. “We love what we do, we love working together as a team, and we want your wedding to be everything you envision.”

Hear from Our Newlyweds

  • We are still basking in the glow of our beautiful wedding weekend! We owe a large thanks to you especially,… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, April 2016

    We are still basking in the glow of our beautiful wedding weekend! We owe a large thanks to you especially, and to the Fearrington staff as well, for making it happen. You were the ever-present non-anxious presence quietly getting whatever needed to be done accomplished. We really thought it was a magical time and are grateful for all the people who worked behind the scenes to make it happen  so we could relax and enjoy it. Our guests were so complimentary of your elegant facilities, excellent service, delicious food, and the gorgeous but non-intrusive flowers.

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, April 2016

  • We are at Fearrington for our one year anniversary celebration and wanted to say hi. We have such fond… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, March 2016

    We are at Fearrington for our one year anniversary celebration and wanted to say hi. We have such fond memories of our March 2015 wedding and your superb management, guidance and kindness.

    - Fearrington Bride, March 2016

  • Professional service, beautiful setting, wonderful food, quick alternatives for weather challenges. The… More >

    - Fearrington Mother of the Bride, March 2016

    Professional service, beautiful setting, wonderful food, quick alternatives for weather challenges. The Fearrington team made the wedding seamless, comfortable, fun, and delicious for the nearly 300 guests. An awesome experience from beginning to end.

    What made it even more special:  The bride and groom are happy;  and both parents have enjoyed this momentous day in all their lives and will be able to look back on it with only fond warm memories.

     

    - Fearrington Mother of the Bride, March 2016

  • We started our busiest wedding season we've ever had this weekend and we look forward to photographing at… More >

    - Graham Terhune, N.C. Wedding Photographer

    We started our busiest wedding season we’ve ever had this weekend and we look forward to photographing at Fearrington in 2016 and hopefully more in 2017! We are always blown away by your attention to detail and professionalism. It makes our jobs easier and way more fun. We get so excited when we meet with clients who are having their wedding at Fearrington. Thank you for making our 2015 wedding season a success and we can’t wait to see you more this year.

    - Graham Terhune, N.C. Wedding Photographer

  • Thank you so much for everything you did to accomodate and make our wedding so special and so "us." We… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, February 2016

    Thank you so much for everything you did to accomodate and make our wedding so special and so “us.” We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off it weren’t for you! Everything turned out so perfectly and we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful wedding coordinator.

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, February 2016

  • We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work in helping us to have the wedding of our dreams! It was an… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, January 2016

    We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work in helping us to have the wedding of our dreams! It was an absolutely magical evening. I wish I could tell you how many people have told us with the upmost sincerity that they’ve never been to a better wedding – our friends, our family, our parents’ friends. Everyone was blown away at how stunningly beautiful the barn was decorated, the food, the flowers, the service, the band, and the attention to all the little details. . . everyone had the most amazing time together and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without your unflappable leadership at the helm! As so many others have said before, you are truly the best in the business and it was such a pleasure working with you and the rest of your team.

    - Fearrington Bride, January 2016

  • When our daughter and son-in-law chose a venue 800 miles away, we were somewhat anxious that we could pull… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2016

    When our daughter and son-in-law chose a venue 800 miles away, we were somewhat anxious that we could pull off a weekend of events from such a distance, but everything at Fearrington exceeded our expectations. Gilda’s attention to detail and calm demeanor gave us the confidence that the weekend would go off without a hitch – and it did!

    Throughout the planning process, Gilda facilitated (and sometimes mediated) details of the weekend celebration. Several guests have commented on the seamlessness of the on-site weekend activities and what a delightful setting for a “destination” wedding.

    In short, all of your team members were professional, helpful and gracious. When people ask how the wedding went, I say, “In one word, it was magical.” Thank you all for making that happen.

     

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2016

  • Erin, thank you SO SO much for all your help and attention you provided us with especially with our youngest… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, January 2016

    Erin, thank you SO SO much for all your help and attention you provided us with especially with our youngest throughout the day – he now loves you!! You were great, and we thank you for such a lovely evening. Please pass on my thanks to Mary and her team as my headpiece and bouquet where gorgeous and I loved them!

    - Fearrington Bride, January 2016

  • Erin, everything was just perfect - actually, beyond perfect - if there is such a thing! I can't imagine how… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, December 2015

    Erin, everything was just perfect – actually, beyond perfect – if there is such a thing! I can’t imagine how you do this week after week. Thank you from all of us!

     

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, December 2015

  • Gilda, what a magnificent, tremendous, beautiful and extraordinarily well managed event. The wedding was just… More >

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, December 2015

    Gilda, what a magnificent, tremendous, beautiful and extraordinarily well managed event. The wedding was just wonderful. We’ve gotten fun, rave reviews and amazing and inspiring compliments. Everybody thought it was just a fun, special, beautiful and happy occasion. We were all thrilled to be at Fearrington and to have your guidance and leadership. Everything was beautiful, you were gracious, and kept us all heading in the right direction, even though we were probably wandering all over the place. Such a great event, I can’t tell you how wonderful it was.

    Congratulations for having a world-class resort with a highly effective set of processes, systems, decorations, fabrics, flowers and food. The whole atmosphere was the best. We couldn’t have found anything better for having a marvelous wedding, and positive, affirming celebration anywhere in the world.

    You were spectacular and the whole staff at Fearrington was beyond imagination. Thanks again for all you expertise, talent, dedication, calmness, coolness, and professionalism. Well done. Artistry and beauty well-delivered.

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, December 2015

  • Gilda, Thank you so much for all your hard work and everything you did to make our wedding the most wonderful… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, December 2015

    Gilda, Thank you so much for all your hard work and everything you did to make our wedding the most wonderful and beautiful day of our lives! We couldn’t have asked for a better person to plan our wedding – everything was wonderful! We continue to get compliments on how gorgeous everything was, from the ceremony to the send off at the reception. This will be a day we never forget! We can’t thank you and the team at Fearrington for making it so incredible. We can’t wait to come back for another wedding or our anniversary!

    - Fearrington Bride, December 2015

  • Gilda, we can't thank you enough for everything you did to help with planning and executing the wedding. It… More >

    - Parents of a Fearrington Bride, November 2015

    Gilda, we can’t thank you enough for everything you did to help with planning and executing the wedding. It was perfect! The Barn looked beautiful, the food was excellent and the timing of everything was great. Everyone commented how great everything was. The newlyweds were thrilled with everything and said it couldn’t have been more perfect. Thanks for helping us make this day so special. We greatly appreciate all of your help!

    - Parents of a Fearrington Bride, November 2015

  • Mary, we were so incredibly elated with the visual effects you and your team created!! We've been riding on… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, November 2015

    Mary, we were so incredibly elated with the visual effects you and your team created!! We’ve been riding on cloud nine ever since! We could go on gushing for pages, because besides our overall joy with how everything looked, our guests cannot stop telling us how much they loved the arrangements and spectacular job that you did. We cannot thank you enough for putting up the origami for us as well. It was a dream come true to walk into the greenhouse and see it hanging so perfectly. Your warmth, sense of humor and wonderful nature was a joy to work with and we hope to see you again sometime in the future.

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, November 2015

Meet Your Planners

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.

Erin Day, Wedding & Special Events Coordinator

Erin worked as the Associate Director of Special Events for the National Parks Conservation Association and spent five years planning events for Georgetown University Law Center. With her expertise as an independent wedding planner since 2009 and her personal experience as a Fearrington bride, Erin will ensure your day is perfect from planning to grand exit!

Mary Stevens, Principal Floral Designer

Originally from the Philadelphia area – home to America’s top public gardens – Mary was in the her vocational high school’s horticultural program, then worked in flower shops for years. But the traditional styles she encountered in the floral trade failed to ignite her passions. A career transition to IT followed, but “then my one true love wooed me back” and in 2001 she joined Fearrington, adding grace and beauty to so many weddings since.