At the end of your wedding day, as you snuggle together and drive off into the sunset, we want you to be marveling about how it all came together! A truly wonderful day, created, executed and cleaned up for you! A day that protected you (and your family and friends) from the unnecessary stress, expense and chaos that most weddings involve. A day where you could enjoy every moment, because you had a trusted, experienced, dedicated team (a team who deeply appreciates that is is a day you can't do over!) who was taking care of everything behind the scenes. A day where you didn't have to waste a single moment trying to repair a damaged cake, or track down the florist, or iron giant tablecloths or unfold 70 chairs. You only get to be a Bride or a Groom for one precious day, and we think you deserve to savor every moment of it. You deserve the wedding day of your dreams, and we can't wait to help create it for you!
Heather is the owner of Golden Horseshoe Inn Weddings! She also offers onsite photography services to our GHI couples. Heather comes from a creative background, having previously been a professional actor for many years. For the past decade, her passion has been creating beautiful weddings, and amazing wedding photos! When she is not planning a wonderful day for a GHI couple, she is reading, taking photos, decorating her "fixer upper", being mom to two of the world's coolest kids, and catering to the every whim of her little rescue dog Grover.
Alan (Heather's dad!) was born in Wales, during the height of bombing in World War II. After the war, his family immigrated to Canada, where Alan was educated, and later to the USA. His many adventures include running his own architecture firm, trading in the corporate life to become a sea captain, and finally settling in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he has lived for the past 30+ years as a Potter and the owner of Blue Ridge Pottery.
Monique is the Assistant Wedding planner at the Golden Horseshoe Inn and has been working with us since 2014. (She and Heather met as "dance moms" at the local dance studio!) She brings a joyful, easygoing, and reassuring presence to the GHI. When she is not at work you'll find her touring colleges with her oldest daughter Kenya, and running her son Lance back and forth to dance class!
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 from civil war history, to philately (he specializes in ship cancels) to his newest obsession the 2 cent coin.
Belle (Heather's and Stephen's oldest daughter!) is very excited to join the GHI team for the 2019 wedding season! When she's not working, you'll find her listening to podcasts, playing piano until her wrist is sore, and studying hard. Her current dream is to attend MIT and go into the field of Astrophysics.
Meet Heather's furry "son" Grover! Grover might not actually be our official mascot, in fact he doesn't even attend weddings (he's a little shy!) but look at that face. When Grover is not waiting for his people to come home, he enjoys long walks, playing ball chase, wearing bow-ties and begging for peanut butter.
"We were able to soak in the day and enjoy every aspect of the wedding thanks to Heather's planning. Our guests are still raving about the venue and the service they received!"
our favorite thing about what we do? Every day here is unique and different! From elegant affairs, to rustic, woodsy celebrations, to an "alice in wonderland" themed wedding... We can't wait to help you personalize your big day!
The Golden Horseshoe Inn was built in 1827 as a stagecoach inn for travelers crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It's been an All Inclusive Wedding Venue since 2010!
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!)
We've been hosting weddings for 10+ years
So we've learned a thing or two along the way and we LOVE sharing our recipe for
an all out amazing 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 email...
to your Sparkler Send off!
The Golden Horseshoe Inn is built in the Swift Run Gap of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the area then known as "Lydia Virginia"
Due to its strategic location in the Swift Run Gap, rumor has it that the Golden Horseshoe Inn was used by General Stonewall Jackson as a temporary headquarters
Alan Ward (our officiant) purchases the abandoned Golden Horseshoe Inn property and it becomes the new home of his pottery business "Blue Ridge Pottery"
The very first wedding (that we know of!) was hosted at the Golden Horseshoe Inn when Heather and Stephen Tusing (who own the current GHI wedding business) were married on August 23, 1997
We started hosting small elopements at our nearby (now closed) Bed and Breakfast. They were instantly popular and we knew we needed a bigger space!
As Alan began his "retirement", Blue Ridge Pottery downsized and moved next door into the studio building and after extensive renovations, we hosted our first wedding at the GHI
Word got out about the tiny wedding hall with big heart! We had out busiest year ever and hosted an unbelieveable 91 weddings!
Our 11th year as a wedding venue! We started the year off right with a beautiful wedding held on January 1st, 2019! And we won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for our 11th straight year!
Venue Tour of the Golden Horseshoe Inn - Come with us and take a look around!
Check out our amazing prop inventory in action as we share our favorite ideas for affordable wedding centerpieces!