In early September, Highgrove Estate had the distinct pleasure of hosting a few of our very own for a spectacular wedding. Chuck and Diane Scro, long-time managers with our venue, celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Kim, and new son-in-law, Truman. It was a unique experience for not only the Mother and Father of the bride, but also for each of the Highgrove staff to be involved in such a special event.

Our sweet friend and Mother of the Bride tearfully described the day as “Magical.” Upon seeing Donna’s finished floral designs and Kim’s vision come to life, both Diane and Chuck were overwhelmed.


“All we had to do was focus on Kim & Truman and our guests. Every detail was perfect… Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue, gorgeous flowers, service of the staff and delicious food. They only thing we would change is that it ended too soon! We are very grateful to the Highgrove Estate staff and all they did to make it such a perfect, stress-free day!”

– Diane Scro, Mother of the Bride

Stress-free is the perfect way to describe Kim and Truman’s day. From the time they arrived at the venue until their sparkler send off, these two were beaming ear to ear, absolutely present and excited for the day and their future together.

Kim envisioned a natural, earthy design for her wedding day and Flowers on Broad Street blew it out of the water! Donna took Kim’s vision and developed it into what she called a “Transitional Autumnal” theme. It perfectly married the lushness of late summer with the warmth and mood of the approaching fall. In Donna’s own words “I knew we had to do something super special for such a special girl,” and with the help of her team, she designed decor like nothing Highgrove has ever seen.

We were so honored to help create this beautiful day for our friends and their loved ones. We have included photos and even a sample of their menu below. Scroll down to experience all of the beauty and emotion of their wedding day captured by Aly Sprecher Creative.

COCKTAIL HOUR SELECTIONS

Mini Corn Tacos with toasted cumin black beans, roasted sweet potato, and
avocado cream

Coconut Shrimp with spicy sweet red pepper sauce

Pork slider with Carolina slaw

DINNER SELECTIONS

Honey Balsamic Chicken with tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers

Salmon poached in Pinot Grigio with dill sauce

Seasonal Vegetables roasted with olive oil and herbs

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT SELECTIONS

Krispy Kreme Flambe Bar
Krispy Kreme donuts set aflame with liquor and served with homemade
cinnamon ice cream and chopped pecans

Venue: Highgrove Estate | Florist: Flowers on Broadstreet | Photographer: Aly Sprecher Photography | DJ: Bruce Church | Cake: Bestow Baked Goods

All images by the amazing Rachel Red Photography

Gabby + Jason were picture perfect on their wedding day. Surrounded by friends and family, they said “I do” to forever and Rachel Red Photography was there to capture every beautiful moment.

“Gabby and Jason were wonderful to work with because of how much they simply trusted me. I always say that the best weddings are made when a couple surrounds themselves with vendors they trust and then just let them go wild. This was definitely my experience with them! Gabby is also a truly kind hearted person and kept her focus on guest experience. My favorite moment of the day was when their sweet little girl ducked under Gabby’s veil as if she was hiding in her very fancy princess fort. So sweet!”

Rachel Red Photography is no stranger to Highgrove Estate. She was the brilliant photographer for our styled shoot turned surprise engagement shoot! Rachel has also been the photographer for other weddings and styled shoots at Highgrove and had a few ideas to share about her favorite locations. “Highgrove is full of amazing locations and is a truly easy place to shoot, even if it rains. The pergola where cocktail hour is typically held was a great backup location for wedding party photos when we were dealing with not-so-great weather. My favorite room in the house is the room with all the mirrors. It reminds me of an Italian moody parlor and the color scheme makes for timeless bridal images.”

Enjoy browsing through Gabby + Jason’s wedding day photos below. We have included their menu selections and as a BONUS, a video by Life Stage Films and a few of Gabby’s bridal portraits. Cheers!

WELCOME STATION

Cookies + Cork
Chocolate Espresso Peanut Butter Chip paired with Red wine; Rosemary
Butter Shortbread paired with White wine; Lemon Thyme Petal paired with
Prosecco.

COCKTAIL HOUR SELECTIONS

Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms shrimp, shallot, and parmesan filled balsamic marinated mushroom cap

Caprese Panini with fresh mozzarella, Capri tomato, and fresh basil

Seared Tuna encrusted in wasabi and sesame seeds with ginger jicama
chutney

Crab Melt toast point with lemon aioli, tomato, crab cake, and Havarti dill cheese

Taco Bar with seared beef and grilled veggies

HIS + HERS SPECIALTY COCKTAILS

Prosecco Margarita

Vodka Grapefruit Rosemary

DINNER SELECTIONS

Salad Table
Spinach salad, Greek salad, Caesar salad, and Garden salad served with
grilled chicken and bread basket

Mahi Mahi

Carved Prime Rib Station with rosemary roasted new potatoes and
horseradish cream

AFTER DINNER SELECTIONS

Sugar Free Dessert chocolate mousse served in a martini glass with whip cream and a strawberry

Krispy Kreme Flambe Bar Krispy Kreme donuts set aflame with liquor and served with homemade cinnamon ice cream and chopped pecans

Venue: Highgrove Estate | Florist: Flowers on Broadstreet | Photographer: Rachel Red Photography | DJ: All Events DJs | Videographer: Life Stage Films | Hair + Makeup: The Bardot

BONUS VIDEO + BRIDAL PORTRAITS

Video by Life Stage Films

We recently had the privilege of hosting Marie, from Southern Bride and Groom Magazine at one of our private tastings for our Fall and Winter couples. We had so much fun giving her the grand tour of the house and expansive grounds and an inside look at what it’s like to be a Highgrove Estate couple.

Shortly after Marie’s visit, we were featured on their blog you see below highlighting Ben + Sarah’s wedding day and introducing Highgrove Estate to the Southern Bride and Groom community. They describe every detail so beautifully and we are so honored to be featured!

Please enjoy Southern Bride and Groom’s beautiful highlight of our beloved venue by clicking here or the post below.

Jennifer and Jonathan were married on the most perfect day in March at Highgrove Estate and we were beyond thrilled to be a part of their beautiful love story.

With friends and family gathered from all over the world, their entire day felt so family centered. And this crowd knew what to do on the dance floor! Friends and family of all ages remained on the dance floor the entire evening dancing the night away.

As seen in the photos below, Jennifer and Jonathan’s love for each other is so tangible. Even after a tearful first look, Jonathan couldn’t hold back the tears when Jennifer made her way down the aisle. We felt so privileged to be a part of creating and celebrating their special day with them.

One of our favorite moments of the night was seeing their guests enjoy the S’mores station. You can enjoy the photos of this ‘sweet’ moment and all of the other amazing moments of the day below.

Keep scrolling for their full menu, vendor list, and their wedding video by Handiwork Media!

WELCOME DRINK

Moscato

COCKTAIL HOUR SELECTIONS

Caprese Panini with fresh mozzarella, Capri tomato, and fresh basil

Fried Green Tomato with bacon jam and pimento cheese

Seared Tuna encrusted in wasabi and sesame seeds with ginger jicama
chutney


DINNER SELECTIONS

Baby Greens with seasonal fruit,spiced candied almonds, and sherry Dijon
vinaigrette

Pecan Crusted Bourbon Chicken with bourbon sauce

Smoked Beef Brisket with Texas barbeque sauce

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetables roasted with olive oil and herbs

DESSERT STATION

S’mores Station with Graham crackers, homemade regular and peanut butter marshmallows, milk chocolate.

Photographer: Joanna Sue Photography |Florist: Flowers on Broad Street | Stationary: Minted | Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup | Dress: Poffie Girls Bridal Boutique | Videographer: Handiwork Videography |DJ: All Events DJ | Rentals : CE Rentals | Cake : Bestow Baked Goods

Victoria and Nick’s wedding day was a modern black-tie event to remember. Their mix of bright whites, floral and gold accents created an elegant, yet modern Summer wedding design that we can not seem to get enough of!

What an absolute joy it was to host Victoria and Nick’s wedding day. This couple is as fun as they are sweet.

Highgrove Estate’s event coordinator, Angela, had a lot to say about the glowing couple. “Honestly, they were both so sweet and easy to work with and were both so joyful on their wedding day, which was so wonderful to be a part of.” Fun fact about Victoria and Angela: Angela taught Victoria in Middle School. “It was really special to get to see her grown-up and some of my other students as well that were in the wedding party.”

From the gorgeous floral design to the handmade acrylic invitations, every detail was so thoughtful and unique to their personality as a couple. The amazing installations by Green House Pickers Sisters paired with the gorgeous florals by Blossom Bay Design made for a wedding day that was stunning from beginning to end.

Enjoy their gorgeous wedding photos by the amazing Bow Tie Collaborative. Keep scrolling to see Victoria and Nick’s Menu Selections.

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WELCOME DRINK

Prosecco

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COCKTAIL HOUR SELECTIONS

North Carolina Artisan Cheese Display with market cheese accompanied by grapes, honey in the comb, crisps, and crackers

Caprese Panini with fresh mozzarella, Capri tomato, and fresh basil

Crab Melt toast point with lemon aioli, tomato, crab cake, and Havarti dill cheese

HIS + HERS COCKTAILS

Moscow Mule

Rose Sangria with berries

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DINNER SELECTIONS

Mediterranean Salad with tender greens, tomato, feta, cucumber, and
vinaigrette

Beef Tenderloin with bearnaise sauce

Pecan Crusted Bourbon Chicken

Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

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AFTER DINNER SELECTIONS

Krispy Kreme Flambé Bar
Krispy Kreme donuts set aflame with liquor and served with homemade
cinnamon ice cream and chopped pecans

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Venue: Highgrove Estate | Officiant: Keith Dement | | Photography: Bow Tie Collaborative | Videographer: Morgan Scott Films | Wedding Planner: Jesse with La Bella Planners | Wedding Cake: Bestow Baked Goods | Florist: Blossom Bay Design | DJ: CWDJ Entertainment | Bridal Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses: Sayville Bridal | Bridal Hair + Makeup: The House of Makeup | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Rings: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Stationary: Custom Made by the Bride | Furniture + Display Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Wood Lettering: Elle Woods Co | Ice Sculpture: Ice Occasions of North Carolina

Photos by Bowtie Collaborative

We are overjoyed to share with you the beautiful and intimate wedding of Greer + Molotov at Highgrove Estate. They were married on a perfect Spring day in April in a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony fit for a King!

Flowers on Broadstreet created a classic floral design for their wedding day with an abundance of white roses and hydrangeas, greenery, and babies breath. Adding gold chairs to the ballroom and other gold accents in combination with the white florals created a deliriously romantic atmosphere for the beautiful couple to celebrate their wedding day.

The couple chose to do something a little different for their ceremony, at least a little different here in America. They chose the more British tradition of having small children make up the majority of their bridal party instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Eight little boys and girls, dressed in white and gold, looked absolutely regal proceeding down the aisle ahead of the bride. They were the sweetest touch to such a gorgeous wedding.

Molotov’s Father officiated their Russian Orthodox Ceremony, which included an elaborate crowning between the Groom and the bride and Molotov’s daughter, Ivy. Traditionally, during the crowning service, the groom and bride are crowned as king and queen of their own small kingdom, their home. The crowns refer to the “crowns of martyrdom,” recognising that every true marriage will involve self-sacrifice from each person in the relationship. [LookTrvl.com].

As a surprise to Molotov, his daughter Ivy sang and read from Song of Solomon. It was such an emotional moment for everyone in attendance.

Their ceremony was beautiful and their reception equally as wonderful. Greer + Molotov were an absolute pleasure to serve. Please enjoy these gorgeous photos by the talented Bowtie Collaborative and scroll through to see their Cocktail Hour and Dinner selections.

COCKTAIL HOUR SELECTIONS

Grilled Gouda on Rosemary Bread Grilled smoked gouda and apple on rosemary bread.

Sesame Crusted Chicken with spicy apricot glaze

Carolina Crab Cake with Old Bay aioli sauce

DINNER SELECTIONS

Baby Greens with seasonal fruit, spiced candied almonds, and sherry Dijon
vinaigrette

Pecan Crusted Bourbon Chicken with bourbon sauce

Smoked Beef Brisket with Texas barbecue sauce

Roasted New Potatoes with rosemary olive oil

Green Beans Almandine

Venue: HIGHGROVE ESTATE | Photographer: BOW TIE COLLABORATIVE | Florist: FLOWERS ON BROADSTREET | DJ: ALL EVENTS DJS | Wedding Dress: NEW YORK BRIDE & GROOM OF RALEIGH | Bridal Hair + Makeup: WINK HAIR + MAKEUP | Stationary: MINTED

Photos by Natalie E. Photography

Kelsey and Dan were married on a beautiful day in March at Highgrove Estate. The couple was relaxed and dialed in to each other and their guests throughout the entire day. So refreshingly confident in their love for one another, they never seemed to miss a moment. Every detail was so thoughtful and on purpose.

One of the most awe inspiring details of their wedding day was Kelsey’s dress. Amanda, their Highgrove Estate Event Coordinator, had an inkling when she saw Kelsey at their rehearsal, hair in a bun, holding Dan’s hands and standing on the tips of her Birkenstocks, that Kelsey was a ballerina. When she saw her incredible Chantel Lauren wedding dress, it all came together.

Her mother, Mary, confirmed Amanda’s suspicions. “[Kelsey] started dancing when she was three. She danced competitively in high school and belonged to a dance club during her undergraduate time at NC State.” Her dress had all the makings of a ballerina’s dream. She found her long-sleeved overlay on Etsy, designed and created by Jurgita Bridal. But it was a little detail layered underneath her gown that really had us going ga-ga.

Kelsey wore a crinoline under her dress that was something of an heirloom. It first belonged to her Grandmother, who then passed it down to her Mother who wore it underneath her wedding dress. It was also worn by her Aunt as well and then finally passed down to Kelsey to wear on her wedding day. To add a little more magic, Kelsey’s Mom embroidered each of their wedding dates in blue onto a piece of material from her own wedding dress and then sewed that piece to the bottom of the crinoline. And the result was unforgettable. This makes for one of our favorite choices for something old AND something blue.

As if the crinoline wasn’t special enough, there is one more subtle yet incredibly meaningful detail about her dress. The second layer of her dress was hand painted by the designer. “When she tried the dress on [the paint] was actually blue…she loved it. They told us that it came in ivory with a silver paint and so we ordered an ivory [dress]. I was a nervous wreck for six months while we waited for the dress to come in because I had no idea what it was going to look like!” We think it is safe to say it was perfect! Her mother later shared why this detail was so meaningful. “One of [Kelsey’s] talents, besides dancing, was always painting…So the dress was just unbelievably her!”

Kelsey, Dan and their family were so incredibly kind and generous to the staff at Highgrove Estate and to their fantastic vendors. They were a joy to create with and serve. Enjoy these beautiful images by the talented NATALIE E. PHOTOGRAPHY. She captured them so perfectly. Scroll to see some of these sweet details and other amazing moments in Kelsey and Dan’s wedding day along with their selected menu for cocktail hour, dinner and dessert.

Another sweet personal detail, Kelsey + Dan  designed their own engagement and wedding rings through QUERCUS STUDIO.

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Cookies + Cork Station

Chocolate Espresso Peanut Butter Chip paired with Red wine

Rosemary Butter Shortbread paired with White wine

Lemon Thyme Petal paired with Prosecco

Cocktail Hour Selections

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

Pomegranate Mojito

Honey Bourbon Ginger Sour

HORS D’OEUVRES

Caprese Panini with fresh mozzarella, Capri tomato, and fresh basil

Shrimp + Grits

Charcuterie Station local and international artisan cheeses with an assortment of cured meats and sausages along with freshly pickled vegetables and accompaniments

DINNER SELECTIONS

Garden Salad mixed greens with tomato, carrots, red cabbage, farm bread croutons, and buttermilk ranch

Pecan Crusted Bourbon Chicken

Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish and Garlic Truffle Aioli

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Green Beans Almandine

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT STATION

Krispy Kreme Flambé

Krispy Kreme donuts set aflame with liquor and served with homemade cinnamon ice cream and chopped pecans

Venue: HIGHGROVE ESTATE | Photos: NATALIE E. PHOTOGRAPHY | Florals: FLOWERS ON BROADSTREET | Ceremony Music: ARIOSO STRINGS | DJ: ALL EVENTS DJS | Cake: BESTOW BAKED GOODS | Wedding Dress: CHANTEL LAUREN | Dress Boutique: ALEXIA’S BRIDAL | Wedding Dress Overlay: JURGITA BRIDAL | Wedding Rings: QUERCUS STUDIO | Hair Piece: TWIGS & HONEY | Hair: PARLOUR DRY BAR

Faith + Bobby were married on a rainy Friday in October at Highgrove Estate and their photos are proof that rainy day weddings can still be magical AND stress free.

As their guests arrived, they were greeted with hot apple cider and warm fireplaces–the perfect setting for a cozy fall wedding. Faith + Bobby exchanged their vows in front of our beautifully lit and decorated fireplace that anchors the Grand ballroom.  All of these warm elements paired with Faith’s thoughtful details created a  cozy, intimate wedding experience for all their friends and family.

FLOWERS ON BROADSTREET’S dramatic magnolia leaf designs incorporated peach peonies, white ranunculus and gorgeous natural greenery, perfectly highlighting Faith’s choice in the deep navy, beaded bridesmaids dresses and her gorgeous wedding gown. It was a  classic design, fit for a Southern Estate wedding.

We asked MEGAN KERNS, Faith + Bobby’s photographer about her experience at Highgrove Estate and how she worked with and around the rain to shoot Faith + Bobby’s beautiful photos.

“I loved this experience! The rain wasn’t ideal, but we made it work. The staff at Highgrove was understanding and supportive throughout the entire experience. They helped me plan alternative locations for photos inside and on the front porch. Faith and Bobby were SUPER CALM. From my perspective, the rain wasn’t even an issue for them! I didn’t hear Faith or Bobby complain about the weather once.”

“Despite the forecast, this couple RADIATED JOY their entire wedding day.” 

KEEP SCROLLING for beautiful photos and to find out more about how we prepare for rainy day weddings.

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RAINY DAY WEDDINGS

Every couple that chooses Highgrove Estate to host their wedding day does so with the vision of their ceremony taking place outside, overlooking Laurel Lake. We always aim to make that vision a reality, but when the weather refuses to cooperate, we have an amazing alternative in our gorgeous Grand Ballroom. As you can see in the photos from Faith + Bobby’s wedding, our indoor option is so classically beautiful and cozy that your guests won’t believe you ever planned to do it outside.

Our team is trained to work with and around the rain. We follow the forecast and the radar closely on the days leading up to your wedding, and if rain looks eminent, we will help prepare you and your vendors to move the ceremony indoors. If it looks like a close call, our experienced staff is able to quickly turn the ceremony indoors with little to no effect on your timeline. Your event coordinator has more than likely seen it all–hurricanes included! They can help you make the best call based off of real-time radars and her expert opinion. Each wedding is unique, and we have unique options on how to make it work whatever your choice.

When we say we have everything covered, in-climate weather is included! For your convenience, we are equipped with large, black umbrellas that we station at each door for your guests. We also have clear umbrellas specifically for the Bride and Groom.

In addition, we have several easily accessible covered locations on site such as our new pergola on the side of the ballroom, the covered cocktail area and multiple porches throughout the property for your guests to enjoy and you newlyweds to sneak that perfect sweet photo. Rain can never dampen true love, excellent service, thoughtful design, and incredible food.

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Venue: Highgrove Estate | Photographer: Megan Kerns | Florist: Flowers on Broadstreet  |  DJ: All Events DJ | Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings | Makeup + Hair: Wedded Kiss | Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations | Wedding Gown: Wtoo Watters from New York Bride and Groom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adriana Papell from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | Groom + Groomsmen’s Suits: The Black Tux | Calligraphy: Kelly Sizemore | Invitation: Minted

Welcome to the all new Highgrove Estate Blog! We are excited for you to join us on this journey. In this space, we will be featuring real Highgrove Estate weddings, sharing our wedding planning expertise, highlighting our fantastic vendors, and keeping you up to date on seasonal design and menu ideas. We have a library of topics and features we are excited to share that we believe will help simplify your wedding planning process and hopefully remind you of the joy you felt when it all began.

For those of you new to Highgrove Estate, we are an all-inclusive, Southern-style wedding venue set on seven acres overlooking Lake Laurel, tucked away in Fuquay-Varina, NC. A full-service venue where every detail is covered and wedding planning is made simple.

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OUR BEGINNING

We have dedicated over fifteen years to planning the celebrations of hundreds of new beginnings. So we think it only necessary to start our new blog celebrating the very first one: the beginning of Highgrove Estate. We can’t think of a better place to start than by introducing you to the President and heartbeat of our venue, Vicky Ismail. Vicky is an incredible chef with over thirty years experience in the restaurant and catering industry. She inherited her passion for entertaining and incredible food from her family of restaurateurs, known for their hospitality and lavish parties.

Vicky opened her first restaurant in South Florida at just twenty-two years old with her husband Abdul. After their restaurant had a great thirteen year run, even expanding into a franchise, Vicky and Abdul decided it was time for a change and moved their family to North Carolina, opening a little café in Cary. The Cary Café would eventually expand into catering, specializing in corporate and wedding catering, leading to the opening of Highgrove Estate.

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Vicky’s Mother at one of her lavish house parties.

In the spring of 2003, after a few renovations, including the addition of our white trellis in the ceremony area, we officially began hosting weddings at Highgrove Estate. We served every dinner to wedding guests in a small, one hundred-person tent. Vicky and Troy, our Executive Chef, would create the food at their respective restaurants and bring it in like most off site caterers. After a few years, we purchased our own two tents with a max capacity of two hundred and fifty guests. Five years after our first wedding, we transformed the two-car garage into a commercial kitchen and expanded the area to include our own dishes and serving pieces. Everything from then on was prepared onsite with an expanded menu into broader fare. In addition to the kitchen, we decided to make our reception space more permanent and added our breathtaking window-wrapped Grand Ballroom. Its fabric draped ceilings covered in twinkling lights, six antique chandeliers and the grand fireplace make quite the dramatic statement every Bride dreams about on her wedding day.

“Serving the most delicious food possible at a catered event is at the root of who we are. We realized that in order to present the absolute best for the parties, celebrations and events we were catering, we would need our own kitchen space and equipment. It has become like a private restaurant that just happens to open up for our wedding guests on the weekends.”

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Grand Ballroom – Rosey Shell Photography
2010 Ballroom Addition with 2015 Renovation Photo: Bow Tie Collaborative
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Bar Area and Kitchen renovation in 2010

“We were laser focused on weddings and put all our energy and resources into developing the best wedding venue we could; from the ceremony, great food and ambiance, to excellent service and a professional team to carry out a bride’s vision. Building trust was key and we thrived on doing just that.”

Trust is built through great attention to detail and communication. Three years ago, we teamed up with a Senior Software Engineer from the SAS Institute to help develop Releventful, a custom event planning software application. It has allowed us to keep the lines of communication with our couples at their fingertips. From menus to vendors, timelines and wedding day details –nothing is left to chance or overlooked.

“WEDDINGS MADE SIMPLE – that was our plan! A Highgrove Estate bride has her own personal, professional team from start to finish – from welcome champagne to wedding cake and all the food and drinks needed to pull off a signature wedding day that will indeed be a memory for all the right reasons.”

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Groom’s Suite Renovation – Bow Tie Collaborative

OUR VISION

Our vision for the future is to continually enhance the building, property, and decor of the Estate, each year adding something new and surprising. Our latest feature added last year is our new outdoor pergola with a fourteen foot fireplace and chandeliers. We are currently in the process of enhancing our ceremony area with an updated pergola, walkways, and new seating as well as a front porch extension and manicured landscaping by our gardener.

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New Pergola & Outdoor Fireplace on the Side Patio –  Megan Kerns Photography
Updated Fireplace by Bow Tie Collaborative

OUR MISSION

“Creating memories that last a lifetime; one couple, one celebration, one story at a time.” This is our mission, our motto, our mantra. Our desire is for brides to have their own personal experience—to be able to express themselves just as they want for their wedding day. We want brides to take what is in their head and allow us to bring it to life. We want it to feel beautiful and relaxed from the moment they engage our services to the send off at the end of the evening. Even though it is the same house, grounds, and ballroom it gets transformed into their own story. We want them to have JOY IN EACH MOMENT with heart, mind, and soul and not be worrying about details being overlooked. They can confidently relax in the process knowing we’ve got this!

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Original Ceremony Trellis by Hartman Outdoor Photography
New Cedar Ceremony Pergola Photo by Bow TIe Photography

Venue: HIGHGROVE ESTATE | Photographers: RACHEL RED PHOTOGRAPHYBOW TIE COLLABORATIVE,  ROSEY SHELL PHOTOGRAPHY,  MEGHAN KERNS PHOTOGRAPHYHARTMAN OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY