Gardens & Grounds
A wedding venue should be more than just a building with tables and chairs. That’s why I converted my Daddy’s old hay field into a wedding wonderland and nature lover’s paradise. Our beautiful gardens, trees and bushes were planted from a photographer’s point of view. After all, isn’t a wedding all about the photography and your memories? Second to that it’s about an enchanting environment your guests will enjoy.
All of the gardens surround our historic red barn within walking distance. Our mountain view ceremony location is only a short two minute drive with its own parking area. This is the best of both worlds so you can enjoy the main reason you came to the Smoky Mountains in the first place… the enchanting views. Additionally, your guests will have an entire yard to explore back at our main lower grounds, which is a rarity at most mountain views. Once you’re at the top, there’s not much space left to spread out.
Honeysuckle Hills is best enjoyed during the months of April through Thanksgiving. During those months there are seasonal blooms unfolding in succession, eventually giving way to the golden leaf colors of autumn. It begins with dogwoods and redbuds in early April, followed by azaleas and purple rhododendron in May. Roses and honeysuckle are common in June. July and August explode with color from zinnia, cleome, cosmos, crepe myrtle and rose of Sharon. September boasts asters and goldenrod, and we bring in potted mums to accent the fall leaf colors in October and November. Winter is a time for rest and reflection at our venue, so we do our best to discourage weddings with receptions from November 25th through April 1st.
The farm was once home to black angus cattle when Daddy was alive, and the land where the red barn sits was a tobacco and hay field. Look for the tobacco baskets hanging on our walls, because they literally went to market back in the day from tobacco grown right on this farm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me keep my Daddy’s memories alive, and for helping me have a lot more fun “farming weddings” instead of tobacco!