Our philosophy

We are romantics at heart, a little bit whimsical, a lot sentimental, and so honored to be a part of your big day!  
We are passionate about helping you create a beautiful wedding experience for yourselves and your guests, in a simple, fun, super easy to manage way!

We believe...
That you don't have to put your life on hold to plan your wedding day (that's what you've got us for!)
That weddings can be simple, affordable and still crazy beautiful.
That personality matters, and having a calm, knowledgeable, joyful team around you makes everything better!

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Heather is the owner of Golden Horseshoe Inn Weddings!  She also offers onsite photography services to the couples at GHI.  Heather comes from a creative background, having previously been a professional actor.  Her new found passion is weddings, and especially wedding photography.  When she is not at work, you can find her drinking endless cups of coffee, reading adventure stories, talking to her rescue mutt Grover as if he was a real boy,  and trying to figure out what to make for dinner...   

meet heather


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.

meet alan


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!

meet monique


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 Stephen


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 isabel


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 atlanta


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.

Our mascot Grover


Meet your wedding team!

We can't wait to work with you!

— Courtney

"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!"

we spend our days surrounded by
Magical weddings
Incredible wedding gowns
& Epic real life love stories!
How lucky can we get?!

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!

We tend 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!)

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!

Our Story

Our Timeline

so much history here!


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!

Featured Blog Posts

Venue Tour of the Golden Horseshoe Inn - Come with us and take a look around!

venue tour

centerpiece inspiration

why choose a small wedding?

Recent Featured Weddings...

Any groom who wears a top hat is going to be a favorite of mine!  I loved bonding with Jen and Michael over home renovation stories (I'm totally copying their bathroom floor tile!) and I loved the way they let their personalities shine through in their wedding attire (wait till you see Jen's purple shoes!)

Jen + Michael

A Gorgeous November Mountain Elopement!  We loved spending time with this sweet couple and their closest family!  Our mountain adventure after the ceremony resulted in some really epic photos - some of my favorites of the whole year!  Having an intimate wedding means lots of time for great photos and special time together!

Barbara + Jed

This was such a fun day, with that perfect golden autumn light that photographers dream about!  We loved all the special details (hand crocheted doilies, hand stamped copper mugs, an adorable pooch named Harley) that were a part of this amazing celebration!

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beth + minh