Several Charlotte-area wedding venues have completed extensive renovations recently, as a local arms race to attract brides and grooms begins to take shape. The Ballantyne and Barrie Leigh Fields, among others, are two venues that have undergone some major renovations.
Here’s what you can expect from the changes:
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
The Ballantyne, widely known for its resort amenities, has recently finished its renovations and is now available for weddings. The hotel features brand-new guest rooms, event spaces, group experiences and creative partnerships. The new decor and artwork throughout the hotel also celebrates North Carolina’s history. Hand-painted golden accents, for example, line the walls amongst the neutral palette of white and gray in honor of gold being discovered in our state.
But the new venue and wedding experience is surely the highlight of the hotel’s revamp. Couples can choose from several settings to have their ceremony, including its magnificent ballroom space and the Rose Garden. The charming garden features a pergola, rocking chairs and a hand-carved opal stone sculpture in the shape of a dancer.
The Lodge at Ballantyne, another private space on the hotel grounds, is a 35-room space with fully renovated rooms and lobby. The furnishings pay homage to the history of the area (which was formerly hunting land). Wedding parties who choose to rent out the space will be able to enjoy a more intimate wedding.
567 Faith Road, Mooresville
When Sarah Mello was given the opportunity last year to purchase her family’s church in Mooresville, she knew the exact renovations that needed to be made to turn the space into her dream venue.
“I felt that an industrial venue was lacking in the Mooresville area and wanted to accommodate those brides and grooms who really wanted more of a brewery-type atmosphere for their big day,” Mello said. “My vision was to mix in barn-like elements as well.”
Enter: the new-and-improved Barrie Leigh Fields, which is now open for business and already booking events.
The building, which has been painted from red to white, has gotten a complete makeover. Modern barn light-style fixtures have been placed both in and outside of the building; the ceilings in the hallway and reception hall are exposed; the once carpeted floors are now concrete; the stage has been refaced with wood and the 6-foot; and hand-built farm tables have been stained to go along with the new industrial-style reception chairs. The old classrooms are now rooms available for bridal parties, and the bathrooms have been redecorated. Visitors can expect outdoor decor in the near future (think: a pergola for cocktail hour).
Other venues to keep on your radar
Byron’s South End is back! The newly renovated 9,000-square-foot space located in The Design Center of the Carolinas features an open floor plan allowing for any size wedding, and the building’s modern light fixtures and cotton mill-style windows emanate an elegant yet trendy feel. 101 W. Worthington St.
The Terrace at Cedar Hill sits on the top floor of an old brick building, allowing guests beautiful skyline views of the Queen City. The panoramic view of the Charlotte skyline makes for an elegant atmosphere, especially at night. The venue comprises 4,500 square feet of indoor space and 2,000 square feet of covered outdoor terrace. 800 W. Hill St.
A version of this story ran in the fall 2018 issue of Carolina Bride.