The Golden Horseshoe Inn was built in 1827 as a stagecoach inn for travelers crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This wonderful building has been in our family for over 30 years and has served as an All Inclusive Wedding Venue since 2010!
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 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!
wedding per day, so all of our focus is on YOU!
beautiful weddings are hosted every year.
is the year the Golden Horseshoe Inn was built
Our location right next door to Shenandoah National Park lets us zip up to the mountaintop for epic photos!
the blue ridge mountains
We're partial to chocolate, but let's be real, ALL our cakes are delicious! Included in your package means one less details to worry about!
delicious wedding cake
We work with amazing florists to provide lovely customized bouquets and boutonnieres for you!
Every hour of your wedding day is precious and we don't think you should waste a moment on set up or clean up. We love providing those services so our couples can simply enjoy their day!
everything done for you
What we love Most:
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 amazing wedding photos! When she is not planning weddings, she is reading, perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe, decorating her "fixer upper", being mom to two of the world's coolest kids, and catering to the every whim of her beloved rescue dog Grover.
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 such an honor. It is incredibly satisfying to send off a couple at the end of their day knowing I gave them my very best".
Meet YOur wedding team... INtroducing Heather
1 of 6
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 that their children attend!)
Monique brings a joyful, easygoing, and reassuring presence to the GHI. She has a special way of making each guest feel welcome and well taken care of. Her secret talent is always be able to figure out the bustle on a wedding gown, and she has been called in as bustling reinforcement too many times to count! Monique is also our music guru, and works with our couples on their playlists and makes sure the correct music is playing at the correct time during the event. Monique is also available to officiate your wedding ceremony if requested.
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 your wedding team... introducing monique
2 of 6
Having conducted hundreds of wedding ceremonies (both at the Golden Horseshoe Inn, and also previous to that as a Ship's Captain who married couples at sea!) he seamlessly guides our couples during their ceremony
Alan 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.
He believes his job as officiant is to honor each couple and their individual personal beliefs. He encourages couples to personalize their ceremonies to reflect their own personalities.
*Alan is not currently officiating during the COVID-19 pandemic. GHI is happy to provide alternate officiant options, or have couples provide their own officiant.
meet your wedding team...introducing alan
3 of 6
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.
meet your wedding team ... introducing Stephen
4 of 6
Atlanta wins the award for coolest name. She has been with the GHI for several years and her friendly, quiet, calm demeanor adds to the zen on your wedding day! She is one of our "wedding ninja's" making everything just perfect for your big day!
meet your wedding team... introducing atlanta
5 of 6
Belle (Heather 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 (Welcome to Nightvale and Wolf 359 are favorites!), knitting, playing piano, scanning the night skies with her telescope, and studying hard. Her current dream is to attend MIT and go into the field of Astrophysics.
meet your wedding team... introducing isabel
6 of 6
Our love for our couples and for helping them create a day that perfectly reflects them keeps us energized and always giving 110%
2011 - 2017 Award winner
Treating each couple like family, and deeply understanding that this is a day that can't be done over is our commitment to you.
2018 award winner
We are honored to have won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award every year since 2011!
2019 award winner
Golden Horseshoe Inn is an award winning Virginia small wedding venue. Offering All Inclusive Virginia Weddings and Blue Ridge mountain Elopement packages. We've won the Couples Choice Awards 11 Years in a Row!
cry during the vows
Most people don't know that we:
that feel personalized
Our favorite ceremonies are the ones:
it's always wedding season!
When it's not wedding season, we:
the first look
Our favorite part of a wedding is:
A smaller event means:
you have time to visit
An intimate guest count means:
Resources to guide you as you plan for the intimate wedding or elopement you've been dreaming of.
remember to take these