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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

Capital at Play: Because Memories Should First Be Experienced

Capital at Play: Because Memories Should First Be Experienced

Capital at Play: August 2016 | Briefs | Haywood County

Taylor and Preston Gregg are this year’s winners of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Start-up Competition. They were awarded $10,000 to establish a wedding venue, to be known as the Ridge on Chestnut Mountain, in Canton. Taylor says she isn’t going into business to process customers; she wants visitors to stay, relax, and soak in the ambience. A wedding, she says, should be an experience and not a production scheduled for a specific time.

The Greggs themselves were married on the property, it being Preston’s family farm. The concept had its inception six years ago on a scratch piece of paper. In the following years, the couple traveled up and down the Eastern United States researching what they liked and didn’t like about similar establishments. If all goes as planned, the Ridge will open next year and will feature a 6,400 square-foot reception barn with a bridal loft and groom’s den. It will have a rustic appearance, furnished with Amish farm tables and wooden cross-back chairs. Ceremonies for groups of up to 299 will be held in a 2,400 square-foot pavilion furnished with church pews. Patrons will be able to rent the space or purchase a package that provides all the trimmings, which will be provided by local vendors. Extras can include fireworks, yoga classes for the bride’s entourage, and skeet shooting for the groom and his pals.

Couple Works to Open Wedding Venue at Family Farm

Couple Works to Open Wedding Venue at Family Farm

Nearly five years ago, Taylor and Preston Gregg stood on top of Chestnut Ridge and recited their wedding vows.

Taylor couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular view on her wedding day, and she knew then that the secluded mountain views from Preston’s family farm off Dutch Cove Road would make an ideal wedding destination for others.

Since then...