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Fearrington has one of the most experienced wedding teams in the business. Many started out in our catering and kitchens, so they know how all the parts come together to make your wedding special. They bring extraordinary knowledge, confidence and commitment to what they do. Why trust your special day with anyone else?

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  • Mary, you and the flower ladies were simply the best! I loved the flowers at my daughter's wedding reception… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

    Mary, you and the flower ladies were simply the best! I loved the flowers at my daughter’s wedding reception and they were even more beautiful than I had imagined in my mind’s eye! You and the flower ladies are so talented and knowing that I was in such marvelous hands made it seem effortless. It was all so beautiful and so well executed. Y’all are terrific and I appreciate all of your hard work and professional skills used to make it all so pretty! Many thanks!

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

  • I cannot begin to thank you and your staff enough for all that you did to make the newlyweds' wedding… More >

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

    I cannot begin to thank you and your staff enough for all that you did to make the newlyweds’ wedding absolutely gorgeous! It was beyond perfection and I owe that to you and your staff at Fearrington. The entire setting was simply elegant and in beautiful taste. Thank you for your can-do attitude no matter what we requested. I could go on and on oohing and ahhing! I would not change one thing if I had to do it all over again. It was truly a night to remember with joy and pride. We were so lucky to have this happy time at Fearrington in your good hands. Thank you always and forever!

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

  • We are very pleased with our choice to use Fearrington Village as our wedding venue. From the beautiful… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

    We are very pleased with our choice to use Fearrington Village as our wedding venue. From the beautiful grounds, to the wedding and most beautifully to the barn reception, the whole night was magical. The newlywed’s personalities were represented well and we cannot wait to see the pictures and video. Many guests had never been to Fearrington, so they were pleasantly surprised at the charm and elegance it offered. 

    Thank you for your expertise in creating a beautiful wedding and your guidance throughout this whole process. We are very happy and hope to visit Fearrington again soon.

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, January 2017

  • Gilda, we wanted to say again thank you so much for everything! The day was absolutely perfect and we had so… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, December 2016

    Gilda, we wanted to say again thank you so much for everything! The day was absolutely perfect and we had so much fun celebrating with family and friends. All the details were just perfect – thank you for thinking of everything and making sure it all ran smoothly. We look forward to being back to visit soon!

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, December 2016

  • Thank you for creating the absolutely wedding our dreams! Everything was so well-executed and well organized,… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, December 2016

    Thank you for creating the absolutely wedding our dreams! Everything was so well-executed and well organized, and we are very thankful for such a wonderful experience! Mary, the Barn looked so beautiful and warm inside – it was perfect. Thank you for working with us and for you patience through our indecisiveness. Looking forward to seeing you again!

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, December 2016

  • We cannot thank you enough for the hard work you and your team put into making our dream wedding absolutely… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, November 2016

    We cannot thank you enough for the hard work you and your team put into making our dream wedding absolutely perfect. From our very first meeting with you, we knew we had nothing to worry about. Everyone who attended said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and we know you had everything to do with that. Looking back on it all, we really did have the best team and we are so grateful. We love everything about Fearrington and it will now and forever be the most special place to us. Thank you, again!

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, November 2016

  • Mary, I admit it, I'm one of those sentimental mothers! My daughter will celebrate her first wedding… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, December 2016

    Mary, I admit it, I’m one of those sentimental mothers! My daughter will celebrate her first wedding anniversary on December 5th – and I’ve been reliving the times we spent at Fearrington planning the wedding and enjoying the perfect event itself. This holiday season, you and your wonderful staff are on our list of blessings.

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, December 2016

  • Gilda, the ability you and everyone at Fearrington have creating memories that last a lifetime in the hearts… More >

    - Special Event, December 2016

    Gilda, the ability you and everyone at Fearrington have creating memories that last a lifetime in the hearts of your guests is extraordinary. Thank you!

    - Special Event, December 2016

  • I'm not sure how I can ever express how absolutely wonderful you all made us feel during [the newlyweds]… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

    I’m not sure how I can ever express how absolutely wonderful you all made us feel during [the newlyweds] wedding weekend. Every single team member made the already beautiful event truly magical. The wedding day, despite Hurricane Matthew, was perfect and the reason it was perfect was because of the lovely staff! Each of you were so kind, attentive and so very, very, helpful – such grace and confidence under pressure. The service was impeccable, the utmost in gracious hospitality! Everyone at the hotel made each guest feel so welcomed. You all went above and beyond the call of duty to help with all our needs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every little detail, no matter how big or how small! Thank you all for simply being the best, the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of working with!

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

  • I know you must hear this at least once a week, but this was the best wedding ever! Just wanted to let you… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

    I know you must hear this at least once a week, but this was the best wedding ever! Just wanted to let you know that everything was perfect, including the weather. The flowers were spectacular, the tables in the barn entrance were decorated exactly as the bride and I had envisioned, and more. The food was delicious and the special attention to every detail did not go unnoticed. I am still getting messages from family members and friends expressing their amazement at what they experienced on Saturday. Thank you!

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

  • Mary, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful flowers. They could not have been more perfect. I wanted… More >

    - - Fearrington Newlyweds, October 2016

    Mary, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful flowers. They could not have been more perfect. I wanted to hold my bouquet in every single picture – even when the photographers said to hold it down. Even more than that, thank you for making us feel comfortable and at home. Our meeting with you was the first time I really felt certain that our wedding would not only be gorgeous, but also reflective of who my husband and I were as people. Thank you for your expertise, your artistic eye, your hard work and your kindness. We are so grateful.

    - - Fearrington Newlyweds, October 2016

  • Gilda, the wedding was simply perfect and our guests were amazed at every aspect. The flowers were gorgeous,… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

    Gilda, the wedding was simply perfect and our guests were amazed at every aspect. The flowers were gorgeous, the food exceptional, the service impeccable, and the weather was a bonus!! The newlyweds had the best day of their lives. We appreciate your hard work making all the details seem flawless. I know you do this all the time, but your skill and grace at such an event was notable.

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, November 2016

  • Mary, thank you so much for all of the beauty you brought to our wedding. I'll forever be in awe of the… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, October 2016

    Mary, thank you so much for all of the beauty you brought to our wedding. I’ll forever be in awe of the gorgeous flowers and creations you made. Fearrington is so lucky to have you, and we were lucky to get to know you too. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

    - Fearrington Bride, October 2016

  • There really aren’t enough good things to say about this gorgeous venue, I was sold from the second I set… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, October 2016

    There really aren’t enough good things to say about this gorgeous venue, I was sold from the second I set foot on the property. The beautiful setting simply can’t compare with the wonderful employees I worked with, however.

    Mary Stevens, Fearrington’s floral designer, was my other contact during the planning process. She truly took the time to get to know me and my design preferences . . . her floral work was EXACTLY what I envisioned and dreamed of! These women are genuine, authentic, hardworking individuals that truly made my experience as a Fearrington bride one for the books! THANK YOU for the BEST DAY EVER. We love Fearrington and will recommend to anyone and everyone!!

    - Fearrington Bride, October 2016

Meet the Team

Gilda McDaniel, Director of Wedding & Special Events

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.

Mary Stevens, Principal Floral Designer

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Mary grew up in a large family with eight siblings. Mary recalls picking violets and buttercups from her grandmother’s garden at a young age and making arrangements in tiny vases. Mary’s early years in a vocational school led to working in flower shops and garden centers. After an unfulfilling interlude into the corporate world, she came running back to her true love – flowers! She has been a part of Fearrington’s floral team since 2001.

Paola de Maayer, Pastry Sous Chef & Cake Designer

Paola was born and raised in Costa Rica. Originally working in the corporate world with a focus on human resources and management, she decided to pursue her true passion after relocating to the US. During her time in culinary school Paola was selected to work at the Food Network in New York City, developing and testing recipes. She joined Fearrington’s team in early 2015 and was promoted to Pastry Sous Chef in 2016.