and madly in love
We are so excited you've discovered the Golden Horseshoe Inn Wedding Venue!
We are a boutique all inclusive wedding venue in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
of Stanardsville, Virginia.
We specialize in Intimate Weddings
and offer Personalized and Affordable
All Inclusive Weddings and Elopements for between 2-70 guests.
That's why we do things a little differently here! Our All inclusive packages mean that we've already done a ton of work for you!
Simple. Soulful. Beatiful
We've found the best cake baker, the most reliable florist, the sweetest wedding officiant, we've gathered a joyful and hardworking staff! We've got a talented photographer and cinematographer just waiting for you! You choose the options you need, the colors and style of the event, and we'll do the rest!
With ten years of experience and HUNDREDS of weddings under our belt, we can't wait to help you navigate planning a really wonderful day while having fun and keeping costs and stress to a minimum!
Fluffy dresses, retro style, mushy vows, awesome toasts, blush pink anything, mountain adventures, love notes delivered to your dressing room door and being a part of your big day!
we know that planning a wedding can seem like endless work and expense!
Are you ready to simplify your wedding?
I'D like the
The Perfect All Inclusive Wedding Day! Everything you need to plan and host a magical wedding day. Designed for the two of you and between 7-70 guests
Choose Your Package
I'd like the
An Intimate package designed to include all the fun and meaning of a traditional wedding day without all of the stress or expense. Specially created for the two of you and up to 6 guests.
"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 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." - Jocelyn and Lanna
"We can't recommend this venue enough! they include everything you could dream of."
"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!" - Cheyenne and Austin
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
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!" - Lakesha and Brian
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!" - Autumne and Nathan
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!" - Sarah and Johannes
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!" - Cara and Bruce
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! - Brianne and Joel
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
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! - Meghan and Jeff
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
Tony and Todd May 2019
"Everything from start to finish was seamless. Heather is very prompt and responsive when getting back to emails and our wedding day went off without a hitch. I absolutely loved that I could be as involved as the planning as I wanted to be, or when life was pulling me in other directions there was never any doubt that Heather and her team had it all covered. I could not have asked for a better crew of folks to make our family feel so welcome that day. My parents were blown away by the hospitality and how everything came together. I can't recommend this venue enough!
- Jennifer and Mark
Jennifer and Mark June, 23, 2019
"Heather has planning down to a science in the best way - so many checklists with things we never would have even thought about needing! Also all of the fun parts were still left for us to decide (colors, decor, etc.), while they already took care of the less-fun things (dirty dishes, having enough chairs, etc.). As someone who is a worrier and can easily get overwhelmed, I found Heather's personality absolutely perfect for mitigating my fears and keeping me so positive, from planning meetings through day-of photographs. I always left every encounter with her feeling SO excited about the wedding. The day of, everything was seamless (or if there were issues, they were taken care of before I had a chance to know!). I can't thank the staff enough, or recommend their (very reasonably-priced) packages enough!!! - Margaret and Michael
Margaret and Michael - June 8, 2019
" The wedding industry can be very daunting, but GHI melts all of your stress and worries away throughout everything. On the day of the wedding, I could really feel the magic in the air the moment I stepped foot into the venue. Everything was set up so beautifully, and the team brought us so much cheer and energy that I thought I would burst from excitement. The entire day went by so smoothly and there was NOTHING that went wrong, or was out of place. Our ceremony was beautiful and really captured our love for each other. Heather is an AMAZING photographer and you can tell all of the love and passion she puts into not only her photography, but her phenomenal business. Our photo preview came in 3 days after our wedding, and we were blown away by what Heather had captured for us. I could never put into words how thankful I am for her and all that she has done for us! - Katie and Max
Katie and Max - June 22, 2019
"Heather created a timeline based on our needs, gave us much needed advice on decor and music, and asked tons of questions to ensure that the look and feel of the day matched us well. Our wedding day was amazing. From the second I walked into the venue the morning of, it was more than I could have imagined. The decor was perfectly placed, the reception tables were beautiful, and the deck where we were married was intimate and romantic. Alan, who performed our ceremony was so well spoken and heartfelt - while I'm sure he's done hundreds of ceremonies, he made us feel like we were special. Best part: we had not a worry in the world on our day. It was so great to just enjoy the experience and not be concerned with when the caterer would show up, when we should start doing speeches, etc. . Our guests couldn't stop raving about how great everything looked, and how nice everyone was. Thank you to GHI for making our day so special!" - Kimberly and Matt
Kimberly and Matt - 6.29.19
Kind Words from Couples
Amazing Photography is a big part of the magic at The Golden Horseshoe Inn! Wedding Photography is included in our Elegance Elopement. Our Boutique Wedding offers the option of adding on our photo package or hiring the photographer of your choice!
We are thrilled to begin offering a Cinematography Package starting in the fall of 2018!
the magic is real.
yearly recipient of the couple's choice awards
"Our guests received the best treatment in a relaxed, fun and joyous environment. It was truly the best day of my life and the best wedding I've ever been to!"