Chestnut Ridge Feature Post: Open House Celebration!

Chestnut Ridge Feature Post: Open House Celebration!

Chestnut Ridge, western North Carolina’s new timeless style wedding and event venue, recently opened its doors with a celebration to remember. Future brides, venue vendors, friends, family, and the community helped mark the occasion, which has been long-anticipated by many.

The gorgeous, versatile new venue is a passion project and labor of love for owners Taylor and Preston Gregg, who began dreaming of its potential when they were married in 2010 on the plot of family land in Canton, NC where the venue now sits. With stunning mountain views, easy access to Asheville-area amenities, hometown feel, and expert style and ambiance, the venue is the culmination of years of dreaming, planning, hard work, and dedication. Now booked through 2018, Chestnut Ridge is quickly becoming one of western North Carolina’s preferred wedding venues.

The recent Open House celebration was not only a chance to tour the venue, sample tasty treats, and mingle with some of the area’s best in the wedding industry, it was also an opportunity for future Chestnut Ridge brides to imagine their special day in the finished venue. Complete with finished tablescapes, a tended bar, treat bags full of local goodies, music, and more, brides, grooms, and families got a sneak peek of what’s to come in the magical space they’ll fill with love and memories very soon.

Chestnut Ridge would like to thank all of the preferred venue vendors who made the Open House event possible:

Get a glimpse into these vendors' special talents featured at the Chestnut Ridge Open House by viewing the photo gallery and feature video below. Cover photo by Anastasiia Photography.


Photos by Anastasiia Photography and Kathy Beaver Photography

Feature Video by Green Mountain Photo + Films

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Joy Unscripted

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Joy Unscripted

An eye for good design and classic lettering goes back to Bethany Joy Thames’ childhood, when she played with her mother’s angled calligraphy pens and began crafting a skill that would eventually lead her to launch Joy Unscripted – a business dedicated to hand-lettering for weddings and special events.

Photo by Anastasiia Photography

Photo by Anastasiia Photography

Specializing in lettering that is perfect for invitations, signage, place cards, programs, and more, Bethany uses her lifelong skill to add a unique flair to ceremonies and receptions.

Photo by Taylor Heery Photography

Photo by Taylor Heery Photography

I really enjoy providing special details for brides,” says Bethany. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing a bride or client who is thrilled with the piece I created for them.

Through Joy Unscripted, Bethany provides a large variety of pieces for clients, including beautifully-scripted invitation suites and hand-addressed ‘Thank You’ cards. But her favorite thing to do for brides to make their special day unique?

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I adore making chalkboard signage,” she says. “Anything from welcome signs to seating charts – they add the perfect touch to a ceremony or reception and the medium is challenging yet fun to work with.

Bethany opened Joy Unscripted in April 2016 after attending the Modern Calligraphy Summit and learning new techniques which honed her hobby into a skill that she now uses professionally. As a small business owner in the Asheville community, Bethany dedicates personality, individualism, and creative personalization to her work, which is recognized by all of her clients. With a background and degree in engineering, Bethany is able to bring a flair and professional edge to her work that makes her hand-lettered signage and invitations look clean and professional while maintaining artistic integrity.

I love being able to contribute hand-made details for brides based on the dreams they have in their head. It’s a fun creative challenge together seemingly small details from comments made throughout our conversations... including things they may not even remember having expressed is always a great surprise! - Bethany

Bethany’s ideal clients are those looking for a way to express an inner thought or message in a beautiful presentation. Whether that is a business logo or website for a new entrepreneurial venture, or custom invitation suites for a wedding or other event, Bethany loves getting to know clients a little more than just a digital “tell me what you want” so that she can capture elements of their personality and style into her work.

In addition to generously sharing her finished products with the world, Bethany also recently began teaching hand-lettering classes for those interested in learning the craft themselves. She provides all of the materials for her fun and exciting classes, including handmade specialized workbooks. Attendees come empty-handed ready to learn, and leave with a wealth of knowledge, resources and a new skill! Workshop offerings include:

·       Hand Lettering (typically 3 hours): how to hold brush pens, basic strokes, letter formation, faux calligraphy tricks, intro to flourishing.

·       Pointed Pen (typically 3-4 hours): how to use straight/oblique holders, nib prepping, basic strokes/drills, letter formation, intro to flourishing.

·       Chalkboard (typically 2-3 hours): seasoning a chalkboard, letter practice, layout tips and tricks, banners/florals, final inked in chalkboard.

·       Coming soon: intermediate hand lettering.

Photo by Kathy Beaver Photography

Photo by Kathy Beaver Photography

For more information on these courses, which are typically held at the Engaged Asheville studio, visit or follow Joy Unscripted via any of the links below. Upon the opening of Chestnut Ridge, classes will be available at the venue for those who have an interest in learning, or as a fun social event for bridal parties.

Photos by Anastasiia Photography

Photos by Anastasiia Photography

Bethany is excited to partner with Chestnut Ridge to provide hand-lettered signage and other custom materials for brides. Joy Unscripted and Chestnut Ridge have the same eye for detail and class, and partnering will allow them to create the perfect outcome for the big day.

“As the owner of Chestnut Ridge, Taylor has a stunning eye for style and is great about suggesting services for brides that she knows will add value or that extra special touch to their event,” Bethany says. “I believe Joy Unscripted is one of those services and I look forward to being a part of many weddings at Chestnut Ridge.”

Check out more of Bethany’s gorgeous work here, or follow along on social media: Facebook or Instagram. To book Joy Unscripted’s services, contact Bethany at bethany@joyunscripted.com or fill out a contact form on the Contact page of her website.

Background image by Anastasiia Photography

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Kathy Beaver Photography

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Kathy Beaver Photography

Beautifully-captured memories, explicitly centered around the picture-perfect simplicity of your wedding day. Perfect lighting, expert staging, and in-the-moment laughter, tears, and joy in photos that will last throughout your lifetime. Sound perfect? We think so, too, and that’s why Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with Kathy Beaver Photography.

The Art of Being Flawless

The Art of Being Flawless

Here at Chestnut Ridge, we understand the magic that happens when brides look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. It’s your chance to shine, to glow, and to radiate your inner beauty like never before. Here to harvest that inner beauty and highlight your best features in an unforgettable way is Flawless Airbrush Makeup Artistry & Hair Design, a local airbrush and hair design company founded on the principle that every woman is made flawless by God, and beautiful by design.

Chestnut Ridge Staff Feature: Meredith Hopkins

Chestnut Ridge Staff Feature: Meredith Hopkins

Meet: Meredith Hopkins, Event Sales Director, who we recently welcomed to the Chestnut Ridge team!

A western North Carolina native, Meredith has had a lifelong love for all things ‘wedding’, and for seeing happy couples united on their special day in a picture-perfect setting. This love is essential to Meredith’s role as Event Sales Director at Chestnut Ridge, in which she is responsible for working closely with brides, grooms, and families both before and during their events.

“I have loved the magic and excitement of weddings since I was a little girl,” says Meredith. “I’m so excited to be able to help make each bride’s unique wishes and dreams come true.”

Chestnut Ridge brides will have the benefit of having Meredith acting as floor manager the weekend of their wedding, when she will assist with ensuring plans and arrangements are complete and guest requests are fulfilled. Many prospective Chestnut Ridge couples and families will also have tours given by Meredith, who is an expert on helping couples envision their perfect ceremony and reception.

Having been raised in our beautiful NC mountains, Meredith’s local ties, Southern hospitality, and love for our area give her the ability to showcase one of Chestnut Ridge’s best features – the feel of ‘home’. Meredith’s bright personality, attention to detail, and confidence in her abilities make her the perfect addition to our wedding-day team.

Teamwork is also a very familiar concept for Meredith, who has spent her entire academic career participating in sports.

“I understand the importance of teamwork, especially when it comes to pulling off a perfect event,” she says. “Working with Taylor and Preston to make sure that each bride has the best experience possible will be the goal of the team at Chestnut Ridge!”

Chestnut Ridge is proud to have Meredith on board, helping us achieve our goal of providing each and every couple with the wedding of their dreams.

To book a tour or inquire further, visit us at http://www.chestnutridge.events/contact.

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Fête Photography

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Fête Photography

Welcome to Chestnut Ridge’s Vendor Highlight. Each month we’ll share the story of one of our creative vendors to showcase their outstanding business and help you select the right team for your special day. Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with a number of chosen vendors who are experts in their field, all with the goal of making your day as perfect and memorable as possible.

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Mingle Events and Rentals

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Mingle Events and Rentals

Welcome to Chestnut Ridge’s Vendor Highlights. Each month we’ll share the story of one of our trusted vendors to showcase their outstanding business and help you select the right teams for your special day. Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with a number of chosen vendors who are experts in their field, all with the goal of making your day as perfect and memorable as possible.

Save the Date: Winter Wedding Festivals

Save the Date: Winter Wedding Festivals

We know how it is. When the euphoria of the engagement hits you immediately begin the excitement of —“I need to plan my wedding!” Although it can be daunting and overwhelming... Relaaaaax. This is the fun part! Thank back to the day you dress up in your mothers night gowns as if you were a princess? Glitter, and lots of blue eyeshadow and red lips? Ring pops that would be the size of your diamond one day? That’s just the beginning of you bring the bride, and after you soak that in you get to being the fun of actually planning your big day. Starting at a bridal show can give lots of inspiration.

Don't say 'bah humbug' to your Company Holiday Party

Don't say 'bah humbug' to your Company Holiday Party

 Chestnut Ridge offers business dinners, luncheons, conferences, corporate events, and even retreats. We are available to hosting a variety of events, and nows the time to look into what your 2017 Holiday Party has in store. Not only will it be here before you know it, but Chestnut Ridge has found that we are the perfect spot for corporate events big or small, and have all the resources at you need to make it easy and memorable.

      Chestnut Ridge has been so blessed to have the local and greater community surrounding us with support for our event venue that we wanted to say:  We are so thankful for you! Your ongoing confidence and support is our greatest achievement and we are forever grateful to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today. Our business is growing and our love is spreading, all of which wouldn't be possible without you!  From the Chestnut Ridge family to yours, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with blessings, family, friends, & of course, turkey!   

Chestnut Ridge wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Catering by Corey

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Catering by Corey

Welcome to Chestnut Ridge’s Vendor Highlights. Each month we’ll share the story of one of our trusted vendors to showcase their outstanding business and help you select the right teams for your special day. Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with a number of chosen vendors who are experts in their field, all with the goal of making your day as perfect and memorable as possible.

The perfect wedding cuisine: it’s what your guests will gather around once they’ve witnessed your love and commitment, and not only should it be delicious, it should represent you.

 

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Heartistree Studios

Chestnut Ridge Vendor Highlight: Heartistree Studios

Welcome to Chestnut Ridge’s Vendor Highlights. Each month we’ll share the story of one of our trusted vendors to showcase their outstanding business and help you select the right teams for your special day. Chestnut Ridge is proud to partner with a number of chosen vendors who are experts in their field, all with the goal of making your day as perfect and memorable as possible.

Chestnut Ridge: Building the Dream

Chestnut Ridge: Building the Dream

Preston and Taylor Gregg this week hosted a groundbreaking ceremony officially launching construction on the family property that will soon be home to Chestnut Ridge, a timeless style wedding venue in Canton, North Carolina.

Chestnut Ridge Feature Post: Fall & Winter Weddings That Wow

Chestnut Ridge Feature Post: Fall & Winter Weddings That Wow

 Welcome to Chestnut Ridge Feature Posts, where we share tips, tricks, and tools of the trade to help you narrow down ideas and choose wedding features – from décor to dining, entertaining guests, and ensuring your wedding dreams come true – we’re here to help you create the most memorable day of your life during whatever season you choose.

Ground Breaking Ceremony - October 4, 2016 @ 4PM

Ground Breaking Ceremony - October 4, 2016 @ 4PM

Hosted by Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, please join us for our Ground Breaking Ceremony where we'll announce the start of our business venue , opening date, and more exciting news with our involvement in the community.

Preston and Taylor Gregg, 2016 Business Start Up Competition Winners

A Chestnut Ridge Love Story: meet Noah and Brittany

A Chestnut Ridge Love Story: meet Noah and Brittany

Here at Chestnut Ridge, we’re excited to feature the love story of our first very-in-love couple, Noah and Brittany, who will tie the knot in October of 2017. Stories like Noah and Brittany’s – full of inspiration, friendship, and romance – are exactly why we’re in the business of weddings. We look forward to sharing the love with you and hope you’ll check back often for updates on venue progress, special features and guest bloggers, wedding tips and suggestions, and most importantly of all – the love stories of couples who’ve chosen us for their big day!