Our partners—florists, photographers, musicians, officiants

fresh field grown flowers by Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery, Vilas, NC

Dahlias, ranunculas and billy balls bridal bouquet by Shady Grove Gardens

The  suppliers and vendors you choose can make or break your wedding (and your sanity leading up to your special day.)

Unlike some properties, we allow you to bring in your own professional vendors and suppliers if you choose.

Having worked with our “team” for a number of wedding seasons we know we can count on them. See photos at bottom of this page.

Vendor Partners

  • Frugal Gourmet Catering Co., a division of Tributary Restaurant- Located on half mileWedding chairs, burlap bows, decorations from the inn in downtown Mountain City. A variety of catered menu items which far exceeds the restaurant’s offerings.  Room suitable for rehearsal dinners. 423 220 7855  (cell/mobile office)  423-727-4150 (restaurant).  Aleta Higgins, owner/catering manager.
  • Bandana’s BBQ  of Boone, NC  Specializing in Barbecue and other foods buffets, especially for groups of any size.
  • Chef-prepared Italian foods, full service catering and food trays/pans from Casa Rustica.
  • Shaybrey (silk) florals of Mountain City, TN. Set ups, decorating,wreaths, gazebo finishing touches 423-727-4739
  • Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery — Vilas, NC – field grown, organic, locally sourced, splendid cut flowers (three seasons).   828-297-4098 Susan Wright and Brent Cochran.  Numerous photos and ideas on their websites. Gardens featured in a blog about a wedding elsewhere LINK  Email for a “bridal survey” for pricing and scheduling:
  • 2015 pricing summary: 
    • Mixed wildflower/”farm bouquet” (we choose the flowers/color) —$85
    • Cascading, special shapes, special order flowers:  $150/+
    • Standard bouquets—choices all yours:  $125
    • Buckets of DIY flowers (at least 70 stems—$70-$90
    • $1500 min. for full-scale delivery with set up  OR pick up at farm office (between Boone and Mountain City)
    • LINK to a blog on the cost of designer or “magazine-worthy” wedding flowers. Shady Grove is about 1/2 to 3/4 the stated fees, especially IF you use locally grown flowers, or, as the article says, those on the less pricy end of the scale. Let Judy/inn planner or Susan/florist at Shady Grove help you find a good floral match.
  • Rev. Maggie Owens-Yates, county mayor and others – may be booked through the inn or bring your own ordained officiant. (Scheduled by inn.)
  • bride leans over to talk to flower girl during photo shootPhotography by Kristy Cranford, 423-727-2679    Kristy Wolfe Photography  On Facebook Line     Wolfe Website
    ACES wedding planner group vendor list:  The ACES group has many highly talented and artistic wedding photographers and videographers.   We always recommend you contract with a photographer as quickly as you can (for best selection and pricing choices).  Suggested: Ellen Gwin  and Katy Langley
  • Kim France Musicians   and friends, bluegrass, classic and other types of music. Inn will refer you.  EMAIL HER
  • Cakes by Innkeeper Judy as well as Stick Boy, Boone, NC.  (828) 268-9900     Cupcakes by Food Country/Mountain City, TN 423-727-8112   ( daily before 3 pm for bakery dept.)
  • Professional wedding vendors, planners, organizers , wedding coordinators, hair and make up specialists are members of  ACES Beauty-Hair
  • Lodging:  Prospect Hill has five guest rooms—perfect for a destination wedding weekend. The inn also owns a cottage rental and has a list of other suitable rentals nearby. Referrals available.

Button bouquet




See slide shows on our Wedding Picture Gallery page.



This, That & Vendors

  • Best of both worlds: Ceremony at the inn; reception elsewhere: We suggest a mountain view wedding ceremony in the inn garden with large reception 3-12 miles away. Our party room serves as a back-up “chapel” and will seat 100-150 “church style” as needed.
  • Reception sites: We partner with a resort (indoor seating to just under 200), a rustic barn (semi-outdoor covered seating to 150), and a winery (indoor seating to 100 with a room for dancing and “band stand.”
  • Our floral vendors can provide unique table set ups such aswishing trees, candelabra, classic columns, chair covers and chair bows, candy jars, potted plants, display arrangements.
  • Food (catering), cake makers, bartender
  • Photography/videography – All incidental photos made by innkeeper will be provided on a disk and may be used for inn publicity (such as the photos now on this site).
  • Musicians and DJ available - Or use the inn’s CD player/ipod connection.
  • Additional lodging (breakfast at inn may be included): Rent our Cottage in the Woods (7 miles away – which sleeps 6-7).
    Rentals such as tents, special or additional chairs, chair covers, linens not in the inn’s stock, custom table runners, colored napkins, other items needed.
  • We have lots of lodging at the nearby resort, cabins or B&Bs. They can handle all your out-of-town guests who are not staying in the inn’s 5 guest rooms.