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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?

Testimonials

  • 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, 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, 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

  • Thanks so much for our meeting this weekend! I had no idea we'd be taking care of so many decisions but it's… More >

    - Fearrington Bride-to-be, November 2015

    Thanks so much for our meeting this weekend! I had no idea we’d be taking care of so many decisions but it’s very much my style so it was great. It was wonderful to have a better idea of the timeline, etc. and it helps with visualizing the day more. I have no doubt I’ll be in touch with some more questions over the next several months but we are so very excited and thrilled we found Fearrington.

    - Fearrington Bride-to-be, November 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

  • Gilda, simply put, my wedding was the best night of my life. It was everything I hoped for and beyond. If… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, November 2015

    Gilda, simply put, my wedding was the best night of my life. It was everything I hoped for and beyond. If there was a glitch in any way, I certainly didn’t know about it. Your patience, professionalism, and expertise must be unmatched in your business. I’m certain we could not have done it without you. I can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work in creating the wedding of my dreams.

    - Fearrington Bride, November 2015

  • Thanks so much for all you did, the wedding was wonderful. Erin said it was the wedding of her dreams. It's… More >

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, November 2015

    Thanks so much for all you did, the wedding was wonderful. Erin said it was the wedding of her dreams. It’s not often you can give someone their dream. Thanks again!

    - Father of a Fearrington Bride, November 2015

  • Erin, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful event! Literally… More >

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, October 2015

    Erin, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful event! Literally every one of our guests was commenting on how we hit it out of the park – and it was a high bar – but we exceeded it. You both exceeded our wildest expectations and we can’t thank you enough for how amazing you guys are.

    Everything was wonderful and we can’t wait to relive it via pictures. Enjoy the rest of your weekends and please know how happy you have made the both of us . . . and all of our friends and family!

     

    - Fearrington Newlyweds, October 2015

  • Erin, I wanted to take this moment to thank you for helping us with a perfectly wonderful wedding day. We… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, October 2015

    Erin, I wanted to take this moment to thank you for helping us with a perfectly wonderful wedding day. We have had nothing but rave reviews from our guests and family, and we had such a fun day. The weather was perfect! The food was delicious! The flowers were beautiful! The staff were attentive and courteous! The cake was a work of art and each layer was more delicious than the next. You were such fun to work with. Thank you again!

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, October 2015

  • I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for all of your support and guidance in making our wedding day… More >

    - Fearrington Groom, October 2015

    I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for all of your support and guidance in making our wedding day perfect! I truly do not know how we could have done this without you. Thank you for your kind words in the Red Room, you really calmed my nerves and I knew that if you weren’t worried, I had nothing to worry about. We hope to catch up with you soon.

    - Fearrington Groom, October 2015

Meet the Team

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, Principle 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.

Page Smith, Catering Manager

Originally from central Virginia, Page has over 20 years of hospitality experience, managing restaurants in the Caribbean before moving to Fearrington in 1998. Before being promoted to Catering Manager, she proved to be a jack of all trades working at The Granary, The Fearrington House, catering and the flower shop.

Colin Bedford, Executive Chef

A native of England, Colin came to The Fearrington House in 2005 as Executive Sous Chef and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2008. Colin’s culinary interest began early on, taking him to The Castle Hotel, Niagara on The Lake and Prince of Wales Hotel. Colin partners with local farmers, using the finest ingredients from the region and our gardens.  In 2012, Colin was named a Grand Chef by Relais & Chateaux. Read more about Colin here or view his blogs!

Maximilian Kast, Wine Director

Max joined The Fearrington House in 2007 as Sommelier, and within a year was promoted to Wine Director with responsibilities for the beverage program for the entire property. He organizes and hosts Fearrington House’s popular wine dinner series. And he also teaches popular and inexpensive wine and beer classes at The Fearrington Granary Restaurant. Read more about Max here or view his blog!

Tom Whitaker, Executive Sous Chef

Hailing from Hexham in the North East of England, Tom began his culinary education at Queen Elizabeth High School. After working in some of the top restaurants in the region, Tom moved to the United States in 2006 and began working at The Fearrington House. Tom became Executive Sous Chef in 2009.

Thomas Card, Sous Chef

Originally from central New York, Thomas trained in some of the region’s best fine dining establishments until 2005, when he then relocated to Emerald Isle, NC to refine his culinary skills with fresh sea food and local produce. Thomas then moved to Raleigh to join the opening team of the Umstead Hotel and Spa. After four years Thomas left to join The Fearrington House as a Sous Chef in 2011.