When she got married at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in the midst of Georgia lake country, back in 2010, Carrie Underwood played the ultimate celebrity card by renting out the entire property.
But while you may not have the $300,000 it costs to take over all 251 guest rooms, you can still outdo Ms. Underwood (or Mrs. Mike Fisher, for you traditionalists). Because while it was deep in its recent massive makeover, the Ritz-Carlton decided to completely restore a nearly 200-year-old wood-beam barn, turning it into a glorious wedding venue.
Step through the Sandy Creek Barn’s brick-red sliding doors and a stacked stone fireplace, antique saloon bar, and reclaimed hardwood floors set a classic country mood. The 25 windows look out on open fields and water, a covered terrace overlooks a 40-acre pond, and you can hold the after-party around the lakeside fire pit with adult beverages and s’mores. Lest you think this is in any way roughing it, remember this is a Ritz-Carlton: When’s the last time someone served you a lemon-honey sorbet palate cleanser in a barn?
If you’re not a fan of weathered timber walls and antler chandeliers, this still might be the spot for you. Among the Lodge’s other wedding options are the Landing, on Lake Oconee, with a pergola for your vows and space for up to 400 guests; the Lakeside Lawn, surrounded by pines and accommodating up to 100 of your besties; and the Forest, a ruggedly romantic location which can seat up to 200 for family-style dining at long wood tables.
Country stars and hockey players aren’t always known for impeccable taste, but in this case, we tip our hat to Carrie and Mike. Prepare to be blown away.
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