“It happened gradually,” Tina Crain shares with me, when I ask how she went from getting married on her family's private property, just North of Asheville, to turning it into Chestnut Flats, one of the newest wedding venues in western North Carolina, “It was so beautiful. I just kept talking about it, and my dad kept adding on to if after my wedding.” This natural process continued, resulting in a rustic and intimate wedding venue. Last winter Tina hosted a party to introduce Chestnut Flats to local wedding vendors and now they are a full on event venue that includes a professional kitchen, which allows Tina to offer in-house catering as an option for all events. As they continue to expand and refine the property, they retain the natural beauty of Chestnut Flats. Collecting wooden benches, handmade farmhouse tables and other antique accents, including mixed china sets for catering, the venue has become a labor of love for Tina. What I love about this venue, in addition to the location, is Tina's catering options and the actual passion and consideration she puts into the food. Chestnut Flats catering is custom-centered on their clients (they also do wedding cakes or desert bars). This customization extends to craft cocktails made with in-house simple syrups and infused liquors using herbs and fruit. With all that in mind, I'm looking so forward to seeing Tina as a wedding vendor at The Big Day this Sunday at the Asheville Art Museum!
Advanced tickets to The Big Day, Indie Wedding fair are available here for $10. The day of the fair, you can purchase your ticket at the door for $15.