Historically known as the Medford Farm, Chestnut Ridge Venue is surrounded by a family homestead with a 150 acres of rolling hills and farmland. As previous tobacco farmers, Chestnut Ridge is still a successful working farm full of homegrown sugar cane for old fashioned, vatted molasses and grazing livestock.
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Taylor and Preston are college sweethearts (Go Wolfpack!!) and love all things that have to do with the Mountains they call home. Chestnut Ridge owners, Preston and Taylor Gregg, were married on this raw land over 12 years ago and from that day forward began to dream of sharing their love for this land with couples just like you. As if weddings don’t keep them busy enough, Taylor and Preston have three precious little blessings (3 boys under the age of 7!!) and 2 four-legged fur babies who they spend every ounce of their down time with. Originally from this land, Preston always knew he'd return to it as a place to raise his family. Taylor’s first experience outside of her hometown of Charlotte was eye opening to say the least; she literally couldn’t think of a more beautiful spot to marry the love of her life and begin her dream life as an entrepreneur.
Chestnut Ridge believes in the lasting experience. This is where we transcend the expected by offering breath-taking views, meaningful amenities, and the freedom to dream. Chestnut Ridge is where you’ll truly meet your memories. From weddings, conferences, luncheons, and business events, we look forward to sharing our piece of home with you.
She loves all things southern, sweet tea and chocolate (although not together!!), and homemade pound cake with her coffee (yes….always together!!). She is humbled that she is able to run her dream business from her home base and thankful that she can share this blessing of home with all of her couples, their families and guests. As the Founder of Chestnut Ridge, Taylor credits her history in wedding planning since 2013 to her success in the industry. She did extensive research working for other venues in Asheville, and planning weddings all around North Carolina (from the triad to the mountains!). She has seen almost every possible set up, situation, and dealt with all the things at Chestnut Ridge. She built and designed Chestnut Ridge with her husband, and continues to style and design parties for corporate events, family gatherings, and weddings. Loving every minute of the chaos, Taylor is by day a total boss babe to a mega successful business where she’s a total girl’s girl and by night she is a full-time mommy to a wild crew of boys who keep her nothing but busy.
Emily is in fact a local (whoop whoop!), born and raised in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She then went on to attend and graduate from Presbyterian College which is in the heart of Clinton, South Carolina. While attending PC she fostered a love for planning and leadership in her roles as President and VP of Recruitment in her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha.
Emily loves all things fashion, she describes her style as French Girl Chic meets Hampton Casual. Oh and she LOVES the color blue! She is a sucker for a good book, tacos and spicy margs, Harry Styles, and of course a good rom-com. This girl loves love. She calls herself a “Hopeful Romantic” because she thinks hopeless and romantic shouldn't be in the same sentence.
People that know Emily will say her God given talent is how well she connects with people. She loves to talk, make connections, and to brighten up a room. While she may embody the personality of a Golden Retriever, she certainly is straight forward, bold, and downright honest (after all she is a Gemini).
Each and every couple has a special place in her heart, she will without a doubt be standing in the back shedding a tear and smiling with you while watching you say I Do! She's passionate about her work and strives to make a difference in each of her couples lifes.
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She's our most well-rounded gal: from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee, Whitney is so thankful to finally be settled in the beautiful mountains of NC. She attended Radford University in Virginia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. During school, she quickly understood how interested she was in event planning and designing unforgettable moments in couple's lives.
Whitney likes to describe her vibe as eclectic. Most days she loves all things black and moody while some days take over with fun patterns and rich pops of green or blue. She is without a doubt a huge sucker for puppies, family + friends, the sunshine, a nice hot cup of joe (or 2) and an ice-cold lime margarita on the rocks.
One thing Whitney is most passionate about is ensuring everyone around her are happy; a people pleaser, you could say. After moving 10 times within 20 years, she sure has a way with people and enjoys making a positive impact wherever she is in others’ lives around her. There is no doubt you will catch her with a smile on her face on your wedding day and some happy tears in her eyes as you on your wedding day at Chestnut Ridge.
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You can't put a label on what she does here at Chestnut Ridge as she wears many hats and loves the diversity of helping couples in multiple areas on their big day. While she loves being your go-to girl to craft up cocktails and fine tune your perfect bar package, she also enjoys organizing and designing the sweetest intimate weddings!
As a graduate of the NC State Animal Science program, Maddy is passionate about all things detail oriented and can color code a To-Do list like you wouldn't believe! Her animal knowledge is now devoted to a small scale farm her and her husband dabble with in their free time. On her days off, you might find Maddy working in the garden, tending to her critters, and especially snuggling on the couch with her pups for a good Netflix series.
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At CR, we love what we do and who we get to do it with. From the time we open our doors until we lay our heads down at night, each of us have a passion for doing weddings. Whether we're the person from whom you receive your first email, or the staff who takes you on your tour, even fast-forward to the day of your wedding and we're mixing you your drink-of-choice...we love taking care of Y O U in all that we do.
We hope you view us as not just your wedding day crew, but as a true family. We care about you, and we take great pride in our expertise. Serving you is our priority and we will each work tirelessly to go above and beyond the call of your duties on your wedding day and all the days leading up to it.
With that said, and on behalf of all of us here at CR,