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golden horseshoe

This wonderful building has been in our family for over 30 years and has served as an All Inclusive Wedding Venue since 2009!
We love to think that a building that has stood the test of time is the perfect place to start a marriage that will stand the test of time! (we're romantics like that!)
In the decade + that we've been hosting weddings, we've learned a thing or two along the way and we LOVE sharing our recipe for an all out wonderful day that won't break the bank! Wedding stress? Not here! The GHI team will make sure your experience is Ah-mazing from your first your Sparkler Send off!

hosting all inclusive weddings for up to 70 guests

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he Golden Horseshoe Inn was built in 1827 as a stagecoach inn for travelers crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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Featured In

Magazine May / June 2021 Issue

We designed the Golden Horseshoe as a warm and welcoming home for your wedding day, where everything you need is right at hand.  Join us on a virtual tour and take a look at the gardens, outdoor ceremony deck and pond.  We'll step inside too, so you can check out the cozy front parlors each with a stone fireplace, the bright and airy twinkle-light-filled reception room, and the upstairs dressing suites for each partner. 
We can't wait to show you around!

we can't wait to show you around

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his historic, cozy, charming venue has a personality all of its own.


A Look inside the

Golden Horseshoe Inn

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Heather is the owner of Golden Horseshoe Inn Weddings! She also offers onsite photography services to our GHI couples. (All the photos on this website are by her!)
Heather comes from a creative background, having previously been a professional actor and voice over artist for many years. For the past decade, her passion has been creating beautiful weddings, and incredible wedding photos! 

What she loves most about being a part of Golden Horseshoe Weddings:
"It is definitely the couples themselves. Getting to meet such amazing people, with such interesting love stories, and getting to play a small part in their big day is always a privilege. It is so satisfying to send off a couple at the end of their day knowing I gave them my very best".

meet heather: "sentimental rescue dog afficianado"


Meet your team

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Monique is our amazing on-site Officiant and Assistant Wedding planner at the Golden Horseshoe Inn. She been working with us since 2014. (She and Heather met as "dance moms" at the local dance studio that their children attend!)
Monique brings a joyful, easygoing, and reassuring presence to the GHI. She has a special way of making each bride, groom and guest feel welcome and well taken care of. 
What Monique loves most about being a part of Golden Horseshoe Weddings:
"GHI Weddings allows me to be myself! I love being around the couples and their guests. I find joy in making each GHI wedding a memorable, enjoyable day for everyone!"

meet monique: "big personality with an even bigger heart"



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Stephen is our official onsite Cinematographer and unofficial I.T guy! He was the first GHI wedding photographer and taught Heather everything she knows! (Stephen and Heather have been married since 1997!) Stephen loves life and has a huge array of interests including songwriting, playing many instruments (favorites include the trumpet, harmonica, guitar and banjo) exploring local civil war history, and philately (he specializes in ship cancels).  He enjoys capturing moments and creating wedding films for our couples to cherish for a lifetime!

meet stephen: "movie loving, stamp collecting, handy man"



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We are so delighted to have Chrissy as part of the GHI wedding team. Always ready with a smile and a helping hand or kind word, Chrissy comes to us after assisting a local caterer for several years. She is a mom of two wonderful daughters and lives and teaches in nearby Orange County. Her eye for detail (don't call it OCD!) ensures that every table cloth is perfectly straight, and every fork is placed just so!

meet chrissy: "tiny details gal, Perfecting perfectionism"



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Isabel, or "Belle" as most of us call her, has been working as a wedding assistant at the Golden Horseshoe Inn since her freshman year of high school. Belle plans to pursue a college degree in Computer Science and will begin at The College of William and Mary in the fall of 2022. She is currently working on her senior keystone project, designing an app to help people with autism, who experience selective mutism, to communicate in a non verbal way. She plans on a career designing apps and programming software to help the autism community.

Belle's favorite thing about working at the Golden Horseshoe Inn:
"I really like working with our wedding team behind the scenes. We love it when guests tell us everything happened seamlessly, as if by magic. Doing my part to help create a fantastic wedding environment for our couples makes the long days and hard work worth it!"

meet belle: "resident genius, and praying mantis appreciator" 



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Lance is the one who makes your ceremony set up look amazing.  He arrives at the GHI before you've even gotten out of bed, to set out the perfect number of chairs in the perfect configuration.  When his work is complete, he is no doubt headed off to the dance studio, where he trains for hours daily and competes in all forms of dance, with his specialty being tap.  Lance is the 2021 "Mr. World Dance" and we are so proud of him, and so glad to have him on our team!

meet lance: "he can't, he has rehearsal" 



"I cannot thank Heather and her team enough. We gave her one inspiration picture and a brief description of what we envisioned and she created the most beautiful, special, personalized wedding day for us. She made the entire process easy and stress free and everything exceeded all of our expectations. In addition to being an amazing wedding planner, she is an incredible photographer! Her pictures are magazine quality and we are so thankful that we will have these memories to cherish for years to come. For any brides who have had to rework their weddings due to COVID or are considering a smaller wedding even in non-COVID times, I would HIGHLY recommend GHI. -Colleen and Derrick

We truly couldn’t have asked for anything better. Having the all inclusive feel takes the stress out of planning a wedding. From the delicious cake to perfectly designed flowers, to in-house photography and cinematography..., as well as a provided officiant that made our ceremony extra special…. we really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. If you’re questioning having a smaller, intimate ceremony…. Look no further!!! The GHI is the place for you". - Kayley and Nick

If I could rate Golden Horseshoe Inn 50 stars it still wouldn't be enough.  From the planning to the day of, everything was just so effortless. Every detail, every moment, and every aspect of the entire day was, for lack of a better word, perfect. Weddings can often be stressful but that was not the case for us... we had FUN. Our cheeks hurt by the end of the day from smiling and laughing so much.  Our photos are simply breathtaking and we will cherish them for the rest of our lives. I could go on and on about all the amazing things that should make you chose GHI but there is no reason better than the folks that come with it. My husband and I felt completely at home with Heather and Monique and you just can't put a price on that. Not one single regret. - Skye and Sam

"We found GHI and it was like all of our wishes had been granted. Getting married with GHI was the absolute best decision. The team at GHI is truly a dream team. We gave them a vision of what we were thinking and they made it come to life. The decor was beautiful. Our cake was delicious, really pretty too. Between Heather & Monique, the day moved very smoothly and there was never an awkward moment of “what’s next”. All of our family and friends felt very welcome. GHI is very LGBT+ friendly. My wife and I felt very supported and the GHI family was genuinely happy for us. Choosing an all inclusive wedding was the best option for us. We wanted a beautiful wedding without the stress of planning it and that’s exactly what we experienced.  - Amanda and McKenzie



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We simply can't wait for your wedding day!

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