Weddings & Events

golden 
horseshoe Inn

Boutique Wedding

The

Alice Mason

Experience

The day you've been dreaming of, without all the hassle and mounting expenses of a traditional wedding experience...sounds pretty great, right? 
Golden Horseshoe Couples have a dedicated team behind them...helping to plan, answering questions and supporting them from their first email until their Sparkler Send Off! 
We know you've already got a wonderful and busy life!  We know your wedding day is important to you, but you've got other goals too...a house, a renovation, a family, paying off your college loans!  We're here to help you enjoy a beautiful and personalized wedding day while protecting you from the stresses of planning a big event.  You do the fun stuff, and we'll do the ironing...promise!

Simple. Soulful. Beautiful.

You know a marriage is about so much more than the wedding. You're building a life together, not just a fancy event. 

Has made the decision to keep their wedding day about...them!  Saying goodbye to a great big guest list means saying goodbye to a lot of stress and expense!

Joyful, Madly in Love, Quiet, Quirky, Bashful, Busy, Nervous and Excited!  We love you for who you are, and can't wait to create a day that suits you perfectly!

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The Golden Horseshoe Couple

the wedding experience

step by step, here's what to expect

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You're putting a lot of trust in us to host your wedding day!  Scheduling an onsite venue tour is a great way to decide if we'll be the perfect fit!  Tours are available by appointment on most days that we are not hosting an event.  We keep things simple and low key.  We'll show you around the venue and grounds and you can check out our portfolio books.  Most tours last between 30-60 minutes depending on how many questions you have!  Are you planning from far away?  No worries, a venue tour is not required to book a date!

Let's hang out!

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You've "said YES" to the Golden Horseshoe Inn and we couldn't be more excited!  Check out our availability calendar to choose the perfect date.  Then send us a text, call or email and let us know the date you'd like!  We'll instantly reserve it for you, and email over a contract and link for paying the retainer fee.  Once those two items have been received, we are ready to get started planning!

On the Calendar

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We'll email over a personalized wedding planning packet.  It will be filled with all kinds of helpful goodness, including a Wedding Planning Checklist to help make sure you don't miss a single detail.  We'll also include personalized wedding ceremonies you can customize for the perfect fit.  We'll include information about scheduling your onsite planning appointment, so we can work one on one to help with every detail!

Planning!

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We'll help you arrange a Drop Off appointment before your wedding day, so all the "work and unloading" is out of the way.  That means you'll just get to be a bride or a groom when you walk through the doors on your Wedding Day!  You'll arrive to find your ceremony and reception all set up, cake displayed, flowers waiting in your suite, music softly playing and a very excited team ready to attend to your every need! 

The Big Day!

" We chose the Elegance Elopement package, and having the entire inn to ourselves for the day with no rushing around or worrying about holding other people up was amazing! Our flowers were gorgeous, the cake was some of the best we ever had, the ceremony was lovely and our photos came out absolutely beautifully! Not to mention our decorations were stunning! We will never forget this day. Our stay in the cabin was wonderful as well, and the area surrounding it is beautiful. We felt so at home and completely welcome at the inn and smiled and laughed the whole time. We can't recommend this venue enough--they include everything you could dream of, decorate to your tastes and are incredibly kind and easy to work with. Thank you so much for giving us a beautiful day! 

"We felt so at home and completely welcome at the inn and smiled and laughed the whole time. We can't recommend this venue enough! they include everything you could dream of"

Jocelyn and Lanna, May 20, 2018

"Heather and her team were absolutely amazing! Planning was a breeze and I never had one doubt during the entire process. She made our dreams a reality and truly gave me the perfect wedding I had always dreamed of!"

"She made our dreams a reality and truly gave me the wedding i had always dreamed of!"

Cheyenne and Austin, September 23, 2017

"... it was everything we dreamed of. Heather and her team pretty much took all the stress away of planning a wedding which is great because I am a stress junkie! When I walked in the day of the wedding everything was set up beautifully, and exactly how I wanted it. They even made personal touches to fit mine and my husband’s personalities. I can’t say enough about Heather, Brittany, and Monique. They are fabulous and made our wedding day absolutely perfect" - Hollie and Chris

"The moment I walked into The Golden Horseshoe Inn I knew it was the place I was meant to get married"

Hollie and Chris, October 8th, 2017 

"My husband and I had a wonderful experience and are so thankful we chose the Golden Horseshoe Inn for our special day. We chose the Elegance Elopement and it came together so beautifully. . We had a very intimate, relaxing, and stress free day which gave us the ability to enjoy one another and focus on us. Heather and her assistant wedding planner were there to help every step. We had some good laughs as well; it was like having two good friends with me. Our day was perfect from the ceremony, the decorations, the delicious cake and the stay in the Honeymoon cottage. We cherished every moment and have memories that will last a life time!"

"I only gave Heather our colors and from that she decorated everything as if she saw the vision I had in my head!"

Lakesha & Brian, April 8th, 2016

"There is no better place to wed than the Golden Horseshoe Inn. Heather and her entire team are kind, nurturing, efficient, creative, and just about perfect in every way! We planned our entire wedding from across the country and with their help, it was a success. Every detail was magical and as a very stressed out bride, their kindness and comforting chats really kept me sane throughout the entire day. In addition, I just can't say enough about how much we loved GHI. Best value in the area and absolutely the most wonderful place to wed!"

"Heather is an exquisite photographer!  our photos turned out like a magazine and we will cherish them for years to come!"

Autumne & Nathan, April 29. 2017

"Words cannot express how grateful my husband and I are to the Golden Horseshoe Inn team. Heather and her staff operate like a well-oiled machine to ensure that your special day runs seamlessly. I appreciated the small reassurances and the calm demeanor of both Heather and her assistants throughout the morning. They took care of all the hiccups with the ease of true professionals. That really helped me focus on what was important throughout the day. Golden Horseshoe Inn’s services alleviate practically all of the burden on couples planning a small to medium sized wedding. Without reservation, I recommend Golden Horseshoe Inn to any couple seeking an all-inclusive wedding service at an affordable price. The location is beautiful, the staff is professional and thoughtful, and the services can be easily customized to fit your wedding vision!"

"Trust that you are placing your wedding day in the hands of very talented and capable people who want the same thing that you want—a special and memorable wedding day"

Sarah & Johannes, April 9th, 2017

"Golden Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful place for a wedding! First, the place and area is absolutely beautiful. Heather and everyone else at Golden Horseshoe is amazing!!! I wanted a wedding where I did not have to worry about anything and that is exactly what I got. They exceeded our expectations. We chose the elopement package and it was very special. Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect! The photos that Heather took are stunning! I have received so many compliments on them. I can't say enough good things. I very highly recommend!"

"Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect!"

Cara & Bruce, July 13, 2018

The actual day of the wedding exceeded our expectations. The setup was stunning, Brittany and Monique were as helpful and delightful as could possibly be, and Heather, well her photos speak for themselves! Our guests received the best treatment in a relaxed, fun and joyous environment. The day want exactly as planned. It was truly the best day of my life, and the best wedding I've ever been to !"
-Stefanie and Troy

"We knew during the planning phase that Golden Horseshoe Inn was the perfect venue for us! The location and house are gorgeous, and Heather was beyond helpful and responsive! But that was just the beginning... 

Stefanie and Troy 5.5.18

 They made everything super pretty, and super easy! All we had to do was show up. I’m so grateful for them!! Our day was amazing, everyone can’t stop talking about our wedding how pretty it was and how amazing the team was. They made my day the best.  If you want a small amazing wedding this is the venue to book!
Heather does amazing work with her photography, she makes sure she gets the best light and the best poses. I appreciate her so much. "
-Alexundria and Carlton

"Heather is very responsive to emails which I loved so much! And the wedding planning was so easy- I wasn’t stressed out about anything! I can’t express enough how awesome Heather and her team are. 

Alex and Carlton 11.10.18

Planning our (very small) elopement/wedding was seamless and stress-free. After 3 emails, we arrived the day-of and found everything absolutely perfect and beautiful- decorations, flowers, cake- all of it. And at incredibly affordable prices! I could not possibly imagine a better place for a small, mountain wedding!
-Barbara and Jed 

"We knew almost the moment we arrived that we would have our wedding at the golden horseshoe inn. 

Barbara and Jed 10.28.18

 You made us feel like we were the most important people to walk through the door.
If you are looking for an intimate all inclusive venue with attention to detail then the Golden Horseshoe Inn is the place for you. Everything from the atmosphere to the drinks, food, decor, and photography is top notch!"
- Mother and Father of the Bride, Kaki and Tim

"I cannot begin the thank Heather enough for making our daughter's wedding day a dream come true! From the time we walked into the door to the time we walked out the door after the wedding everything was done to perfection!

Lauren and James 8.18.18

From the first phone call I placed I had nothing but helpful, warm, happy, excited, and informative attitude. Heather and her crew are simply the best. My wedding was a dream come true and I truly felt like a princess. If I had to do it all over again I would constantly hit repeat. I will cherish that day forever!
- Sereta and James

"I don't know where to begin when it comes to expressing the quality of service I received from The Golden Horseshoe Inn!

Sereta and James 6.9.18

Heather and her staff are exceptional at what they do. They made the venue look so beautiful. They took care of the smallest details for us before and during our wedding. They answered all our questions and e-mails quickly and precisely. Our wedding was small and intimate but it was also a lot of fun. We thank Heather and her staff for all the hard work. Our stress was significantly relieved because of it. We highly recommend this venue!
-Liz and Aaron

""When we walked into the Golden Horseshoe Inn Aaron and I knew it was exactly what we were looking for! 

Liz and Aaron 5.19.18

 Heather has this way of just making you feel like everything works out (and it did). A bride will never be stressed about anything having this team. We had Alan conduct the ceremony and literally the whole day was just phenomenal! It was elegant but cozy with 50 people and everything just went seamlessly well.  Heather has a spectacular sense of detail and even had anything we might have forgotten up in the dressing areas!   Also do not skip out on doing the mountain top pictures and using Heather, she got some amazing shots of us ! My husband told me after that he was so glad that I decided to add this on.  We have such great memories of this day!" - Rebecca and Tim



"I can't honestly put into words how amazing this place is! We had to plan from Florida and Heather just put me at ease with everything! We did meet with her a month before the wedding and I was amazed at how from that meeting to our wedding day I was extremely calm!

Rebecca and Tim 3.24.18

"We eloped, so it was just the two of us- quiet and romantic. Heather was BEYOND accommodating from beginning to end. She is so sweet and cheerful and she captured AMAZING photos of us before, during, and after the ceremony. The Skyline Drive photos cannot compete with any other backdrop... absolutely GORGEOUS! Alan (Heather's father) performed our ceremony in his captains uniform (our choice) and that totally made us smile. I really couldn't have asked for a more calm, relaxing and beautiful day... all thanks to Heather and the Golden Horseshoe Inn!! XOXOXO 
-Amanda and Joey

"My husband and I wanted a stress free wedding that was all about us...and the Golden Horseshoe Inn was the perfect place! 

Amanda and Joey

including gorgeous photography by Heather.  Everything ran smoothly from our first venue tour to our planning meeting to our wedding day. . The venue itself is stunning. We had an indoor ceremony but the venue also does outdoor ceremonies. On the day of our wedding, the Golden Horseshoe Inn was set up to be even more beautiful than we imagined. The wedding cake and bouquet were also designed especially for us and were absolutely breathtaking. All night long we had guests ask us how we found the venue! Last but not least, Heather provided a set of preview photos from our wedding the TUESDAY after our wedding! I don't think you will find that anywhere else! If you are looking to get married in the Charlottesville, Virginia area look no further than the Golden Horseshoe Inn! - Jane and Ryan

"My husband and I were married at the Golden Horseshoe Inn last weekend. Wow! We are super impressed by Heather, Our wedding was PERFECT. Nearly all the planning details were taken care of by Heather & her team

Jane and Ryan

" Our elopement was absolutely PERFECT! The ceremony was sweet and intimate! The cake was not only beautiful...it was delicious! The flowers were exactly as requested, fresh and lovely! We had a champagne toast and even had a hot cup of coffee to help keep us warm on our chilly November day!  Heather gave us a sneak peak of our pics just three days later and we both absolutely love every pic she took! I cannot impress enough how wonderful the quality of Heather's photography is! If you are contemplating where to elope or have an intimate wedding...please search no further. Between the service, attention, affordability and kindness...you cannot find a better experience! Oh, and the private cottage is to die for! The Golden Horseshoe Inn is a complete one stop shop for your big day!  - Sherry and Jason

"If I could give Heather and her team 100 stars, I would! my husband and I eloped this past weekend and Heather handheld us through the whole experience! The staff is kind, helpful, friendly and more supportive then I could have ever wished!

Sherry and Jason 11.18.17

They are impeccable with their attention to detail, their willingness to understand your personal vision as a couple, and making the experience a true fairy tale wedding. Upon first visiting the venue, we were astounded at how beautiful, historic, and inviting this setting truly is. Heather is incredibly talented, not only as the wedding planner but also as a photographer. She was more than willing to go the extra mile to make the experience special and unique. She answered all questions and e-mails very quickly and her quality of work was wonderful. Alan was our officiant and we not only had many interesting conversations with him prior, but he also did a wonderful job the day of. Through the entire process we were relaxed, happy, and elated to be getting married at GHI, and Heather and her team seamlessly handled the rest. Even 6 months after, we still hear from our guests that our wedding was their favorite they have ever attended. We highly recommend this venue to any couple looking for a intimate and unforgettable wedding!

"We have been married for 6 months now, and continue to reminiscence about our breathtaking wedding at the Golden Horseshoe Inn!

Brianne and Joel

"  Heather had great advice based on all the experience she has. Whenever I was asked how wedding planning was coming along by friends and family, they were always shocked when I said how easy it was!  To emphasize what a great service the Golden Horseshoe Inn staff provides, I was able to plan my wedding while I was deployed overseas with the Army.  The value of this venue is immeasurable. While you can certainly add many things to your wedding, this venue provides so much that you most definitely won't need to. The only thing that I purchased myself for our wedding was a cake topper. That's it! The girls helped me handle the rest. I can't say enough good things about this place, I absolutely recommend it to EVERYONE! - Julia + Derek 

"If you're like me and felt super overwhelmed at how many options there are in the wedding industry, and how many variables you have to coordinate for a successful wedding, you will absolutely love the service provided by the team at the Golden Horseshoe Inn.

Julia and Derek 

We are from Virginia but live in Indiana and even though we didn’t meet Heather or see the venue until the day of our wedding, it was everything we could’ve hoped for. We were able to enjoy every moment of our day because everything was ready for us. There was no stress because I knew I could count on Heather. My husband and I adore our wedding photos by Heather and wedding video done by her husband Stephen. We are so thankful to have them to be able to look back on our special day for years to come. We are so happy we got married at the Golden Horseshoe Inn and we wouldn’t have had it any other way!

"They brought our wedding dreams to life!
Our wedding was absolutely wonderful! Heather was helpful from the very first day I reached out when we began planning our elopement... 

Meghan and Jeff April 6th, 2019

 I could say so many wonderful things about the staff and the venue. They really did make my dreams come true and I am so grateful. From the bottom of my heart, I give them all the thanks!  - Tony and Todd

"Absolutely Phenomenal !  I can honestly say that I had one of the best wedding experiences because of this place!

Tony and Todd May 2019

"Golden Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful place for a wedding! First, the place and area is absolutely beautiful. Heather and everyone else at Golden Horseshoe is amazing!!! I wanted a wedding where I did not have to worry about anything and that is exactly what I got. They exceeded our expectations. We chose the elopement package and it was very special. Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect! The photos that Heather took are stunning! I have received so many compliments on them. I can't say enough good things. I very highly recommend!"

"Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect!"

Cara & Bruce, July 13, 2018

"Golden Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful place for a wedding! First, the place and area is absolutely beautiful. Heather and everyone else at Golden Horseshoe is amazing!!! I wanted a wedding where I did not have to worry about anything and that is exactly what I got. They exceeded our expectations. We chose the elopement package and it was very special. Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect! The photos that Heather took are stunning! I have received so many compliments on them. I can't say enough good things. I very highly recommend!"

"Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect!"

Cara & Bruce, July 13, 2018

"Golden Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful place for a wedding! First, the place and area is absolutely beautiful. Heather and everyone else at Golden Horseshoe is amazing!!! I wanted a wedding where I did not have to worry about anything and that is exactly what I got. They exceeded our expectations. We chose the elopement package and it was very special. Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect! The photos that Heather took are stunning! I have received so many compliments on them. I can't say enough good things. I very highly recommend!"

"Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect!"

Cara & Bruce, July 13, 2018

"Golden Horseshoe Inn is a beautiful place for a wedding! First, the place and area is absolutely beautiful. Heather and everyone else at Golden Horseshoe is amazing!!! I wanted a wedding where I did not have to worry about anything and that is exactly what I got. They exceeded our expectations. We chose the elopement package and it was very special. Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect! The photos that Heather took are stunning! I have received so many compliments on them. I can't say enough good things. I very highly recommend!"

"Everything from the cake (which was delicious), the flowers, the decorating, and, most importantly, the service was absolutely perfect!"

Cara & Bruce, July 13, 2018

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Jen + Michael

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Barbara + Jed

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Pricing

The Boutique Wedding has a base price of
$3995 plus tax for 40 guests.
Add $50 for each guest greater than 40.
Deduct $50 for each guest fewer than 40.
Maximum guest count of 70. 
Guest Count is finalized 3 weeks prior to wedding day.

Full Day Photography Package $650
Mountain Top Photo Shoot $150
Cinematography Package $595
S'mores Station $99
Candy Buffet $4 per guest
Toasting Glasses Pair $25
Kids Activity Table complimentary

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Add on's

 - Exclusive use of the Venue
- Personal Wedding Planning Team
-  All Set up and Clean up
- Event Staff
- Wedding Officiant
- Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony Space
- Custom Linens (85+ colors)
- All Tables and Chairs
- 3 tier custom Wedding Cake
- Bridal bouquet, Groom's Boutonniere
- Indoor Reception Space
 - Light Refreshments
- Lemonade, Sweet Tea & Ice Water
- Sparkling Apple Cider Toast
- Coffee and Tea
- Beautiful Dressing Suites
- Amazing Prop Inventory
- All Dinnerware and Glassware
- Sparkler or Bubble Send Off


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