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Vendor Highlight: Highgrove Estate

August 15, 2019

Today’s vendor highlight is the stunning wedding venue, Highgrove Estate, located in Fuquay Varina, NC!

I have been so excited to visit this venue, and it did not disappoint! There are so many beautiful spaces on this property that will be sure to make all your wedding day dreams come true!

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel Kendrick, the Director of Sales at Highgrove Estate, to learn all about the venue and what it has to offer!

THE HISTORY

Highgrove Estate was built in the 1950’s and was purchased in 2003 by its current owner, Vicky Ismail, who then turned the property into a wedding venue! After working in the restaurant industry for many years, Vicky was asked to cater for a wedding. Once she got a taste of the industry, she decided to go for it and turn it into something special! What’s amazing is that although they have gone through a lot of renovations and updates, they kept a lot of original features in the home that truly give the venue its own unique charm. The floors, staircase, and even a few of the chandeliers are all original and still beautiful as ever!

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Rachel showed me photos of the original property. It was fun to see the transformation!

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The outside view of the main house.

THE SPACES

What I love about this venue is that this 7 acre property holds up to 200 people for larger weddings, but is also perfect for intimate weddings as well. There is the choice of getting married under their beautiful arbor (Fun Fact- Rachel’s brother built it!) or next to the cozy fireplace. There is a fully covered patio and bar area for cocktail hour, a ballroom for reception that is separate from the house, and a s’mores station!

Head down even further on the property and you’ll run into Lake Laurel and a large green space perfect for photos. Inside you’ll experience stunning southern charm throughout the home (another Fun Fact- Rachel designed it all!) Upstairs you have a GORGEOUS bridal suite with ideal window light, perfect for those “getting ready” photos of you and your girlfriends. There’s also another room filled with mirrors for more getting ready space, or great for other family members getting ready.

And we can’t forget about that groom’s suite. So many venues forget about making this room just as special for the boys as they do for the girls. Well guys, Rachel didn’t forget about you! You’ll have to check out the photos below so you can see for yourself!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Highgrove Estate offers an all-inclusive package. This venue has all of their own event directors, chefs, bartenders, servers, and parking attendants. Catering, tables, chairs, linens, china, stemware, flatware, and napkins are also included! And they also have their own bridal coordinators who plan your day seamlessly through their online portal system!! Talk about a stress-free wedding day!! The only vendors couples would need to book outside of Highgrove would be a photographer (hey that’s me!), DJ, and Florsist. This allows you creative freedom for your wedding day, but still makes everything so simple for planning.

WHAT MAKES HIGHGROVE ESTATE DIFFERENT?  

The biggest thing I learned from my afternoon at Highgrove Estate is that they are a team that is truly dedicated to making this an incredible experience for anyone they work with. This is no simple “just get the job done,” type of relationship. The team members truly care and will go above and beyond for you. Most importantly, they want you to look back on your experience with Highgrove remembering the love that was poured into your wedding day.

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The front staircase greets you when you walk in and is draped in fresh greenery.

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This room is to the right once you walk in the front door. It is used as a waiting room for family and wedding party.

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These are views of the bridal suite with beautiful natural light flooding in.

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The groomsmen suite, intentionally decorated to make the grooms comfortable too!

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Left: another “getting ready” room upstairs next to the bridal suite. Right: a sunroom downstairs leading out to the patio.

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The beautiful arbor built by Rachel’s brother!

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The ceremony space can fit up to 200 guests maximum, but can also be the perfect scene for an intimate wedding.

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View from the ceremony space looking up at the house and patio area.

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Backview of the house. To the left is the ballroom, typically used for reception.

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This is another patio area, located next to the ballroom. This space can be used for cocktail hour, another socializing space during reception, or another ceremony space for smaller ceremonies.

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Outside view of the ballroom.

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A view inside the ballroom.

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