Today’s vendor highlight is the unique and charming wedding venue, The Sutherland, located in Wake Forest, NC!
This week I had the opportunity to tour the unique and charming wedding venue, The Sutherland. This venue is located in Wake Forest, NC, just a short drive from Raleigh and Durham. After touring, I can certainly see why brides love getting married here so much! Not only does the property have so many beautiful areas to enjoy, but the staff was so kind! And that is the kind of thing you need to take notice of when touring venues for your big day!
The secret’s out- I’m kind of a history nerd. So I loved learning all about this historic home! This home dates back to the 1770’s, but was purchased by Colonel Ransom Sutherland in 1786. He clearly left his legacy for years to come! I wonder what he would think now knowing his home would one day turn into a wedding venue….
The front view of the main house.
THE OUTDOOR SPACES
It’s hard to choose a favorite part of the property because each is so unique in its own way! The mix of historic and romantic charm is truly everywhere you turn. This can be seen with the brick walkways, blooming pink florals, oak trees, magnolias, and lush greenery all around.
The property sits on six acres and can accommodate large weddings, as well as smaller, more intimate weddings. A popular ceremony space can be seen below, located on the side of the house. This space could hold up to 450 people, but on average fits 150-200 comfortably.
There is also a patio space perfect for cocktail hours, which is adjacent to The Pavilion. The Pavilion is typically used for indoor receptions, and includes a huge bar which is sure to make a statement to your guests! It was a challenge to capture The Pavilion in a way for you to see how big it is, but trust me, it will fit all of your guests and leave plenty of room for dancing!
THE INDOOR SPACES
There is also the entire upstairs of the main house, dedicated for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready. Both rooms have plenty of natural light and mirrors to share. Another thing I love is that the Bridal Suite overlooks the ceremony space, so the bride can watch as guests arrive. This is something I vividly remember doing on my own wedding day!
The Settler’s House, one of the oldest homes in Wake County, is the original house on property. This is the house that Colonel Sutherland is believed to have lived in before building and adding onto what you see as the main house. This space is used as the “Groom’s Suite,” where the groom and his groomsmen can hang out and get ready while waiting for the ceremony to start.
When you book with The Sutherland, you get access to the entire property! This also includes a 1-hour rehearsal, tables and chairs for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception (up to 200 people), and parking attendants. You’ll also receive coordination, consultation, and detailed timelines and layouts leading up to your wedding day.
WHAT MAKES THE SUTHERLAND DIFFERENT?
The amount of involvement from the staff is sure to make your day run smoothly. The Event Managers help customize your wedding package to fit your needs and provide coordination for your wedding day. It’s true when they say they want this day to be the day of your dreams! They will provide consultation, advice, heart, and soul to make that happen!
Views of the side porch next to where many choose to have their ceremony.
View of the side of the house from the main ceremony site.
This is the patio on the other side of the main house, where most people choose to have their cocktail hour.
Views of the main Bridal Suite
Another getting-ready room for the bride and bridesmaids.
This room is the first room on your right after walking in the front door of the house.
This room is to your left after walking in the front door, which is typically used for family members to gather on wedding day before the ceremony starts.
This is a view of The Pavilion, which is typically used for an indoor reception space.
This beautiful Oak Tree provides a beautiful backdrop for photos!
Inside The Pavilion you’ll also find this amazing bar!
The Settler’s House, the original house on property and one of the oldest homes in Wake County. Inside you’ll find the Groomsmen Suite.
View of the Groomsmen Suite