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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 director Gilda, to principal 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

  • Thank you so much for all you did to make our day so incredibly memorable and beautiful. With two ceremonies… More >

    - Fearrington Groom, April 2017

    Thank you so much for all you did to make our day so incredibly memorable and beautiful. With two ceremonies and many unusual elements, I know it wasn’t easy. We will look back fondly on our magical day for years to come, and Fearrington will always hold a very special place in our hearts. I’m glad we live close by so we can come back and visit often!

    - Fearrington Groom, April 2017

  • Mary, I truly cannot adequately thank you for the incredible work you did to bring my vision for my wedding… More >

    - Fearrington Bride. April 2017

    Mary, I truly cannot adequately thank you for the incredible work you did to bring my vision for my wedding to life. From that very first meeting when I shared my photo ideas, you totally got the feeling I was going for and executed it to perfection. I was completely shocked – every single thing you did was exactly how I hoped it would be and more. You somehow created an atmosphere that was the ideal blend of formal, yet approachable and warm. Thank you so much for being such a joy to work with throughout the whole process. It truly meant so much.

    - Fearrington Bride. April 2017

  • Gilda, I can't adequately express my gratitude to you in this short note for everything you did - seen and… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, April 2017

    Gilda, I can’t adequately express my gratitude to you in this short note for everything you did – seen and unseen – for our wedding. You came in late to a very complicated day and pulled it off with a calm and level head. We had an absolutely wonderful time and received so many compliments from friends and family remarking about how magical the day was. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our wedding unforgettable.

    - Fearrington Bride, April 2017

  • Mary, I just wanted to write to thank you for the stunningly beautiful, soft, and luxurious arrangements for… More >

    - Bridal Shower Hostess, April 2017

    Mary, I just wanted to write to thank you for the stunningly beautiful, soft, and luxurious arrangements for the bridal shower. I so enjoyed meeting you, and am amazed that you so intuitively put together such lovely and artistic design perfect for the moment. Thank you. Incredibly beautiful, a reflection of the creator, I feel.

     

    - Bridal Shower Hostess, April 2017

  • Thank you for directing and coordinating such a fabulous wedding for us at Fearrington! The evening was… More >

    - Fearrington Bride, April 2017

    Thank you for directing and coordinating such a fabulous wedding for us at Fearrington! The evening was magnificent in every way, beginning with the dazzling reception in The Barn all the way to the lovely accommodations for us afterward at The Inn. Every detail and moment was beautifully planned and executed, and your hospitality was superb. Walking into The Barn that evening, we could hardly believe our senses – nothing could have looked or felt more perfect!

    Our hearts are still full with happiness and gratitude from this special day, and we appreciate every staff member’s hard work, attentiveness and guidance in making it the success that it was. We will always look back on it as one of the most joyful days of our lives!

    Thank you again for making our wedding such a fun and memorable weekend for our families!

    - Fearrington Bride, April 2017

  • We would like to offer our profound and sincerest gratitude for each and every staff member that was involved… More >

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, March 2017

    We would like to offer our profound and sincerest gratitude for each and every staff member that was involved in our daughter’s wedding this past weekend!

    Gilda – oh, where to begin? She is a true gem! She kept us on track, but that was a much harder job as the big day got closer and our questions and anxieties became a daily email exchange of some sort or another. There seemed to be nothing she couldn’t answer or try to work out for us, all the while, making us all feel very comfortable with our decisions and encouraging us to enjoy the whole process.

    Gilda worked tirelessly throughout that Friday evening rehearsal through to the last guest out the door Saturday night. I watched her jump in and help with absolutely whatever was needed to make the evening the rousing success that it was!

    In the beginning planning stages the newlyweds expressed their comfort with Mary and Paola and their guidance towards ceremony and reception decisions. The cakes and all of the food were exceptional in taste and presentation!

    All the servers throughout the day, from room service to the crazy girl’s room and probably not so crazy boys room, in the morning, to the ‘calm down its over” passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres offered right after the ceremony, and on into the reception, were also so very friendly, caring and professional, and spot on with their service presentation and timing.

    The bartenders were in the high intensity game corner!! Not only serving a bunch of Happy Heels with a smile, but jumping in to assist in the whole “get this game on!!” saga.

    The final product was a wedding dream come true on all counts. Everyone of your staff played an important role in that!

    Each and every time we had mentioned to anyone that our daughter was getting married at Fearrington over the last year, it was met with sighs of appreciation or glowing reports of their own experiences out there.

    - Mother of a Fearrington Bride, March 2017

  • 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

Meet Your Planners

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.

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. He was selected as a semi-finalist for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2014 and 2017. Read more about Colin here.