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We are delighted to have the opportunity to host your special day at The Little Chapel at Haven Ridge. Please note that due to our unique location on a private farm in Winston-Salem, NC, we offer tours and visits by appointment only. As we aim to maintain the serene and secluded ambiance of our space, our address is shared exclusively with invited guests, ensuring not only a secure and peaceful environment for your celebration but also respecting the privacy of our family's adjacent residences during non-event times. 

Have additional questions? Email us at thelittlechapelnc@gmail.com.

  • Where are you located?
    We are located on a private property conveniently from major cities including: 10 minutes from Downtown Winston-Salem, NC 35 minutes from Greensboro, NC 75 minutes from Charlotte, NC 1 hr 45 minutes from Raleigh, NC We do not publicly share our address to remain a tranquil and private space. Our family resides on the property as well, so our address is only shared with invited guests by appointment via gated entry. Thank you for understanding.
  • Can I drop by for a tour?
    Due to the property being a gated and privately owned residence, site visits/tours by any parties must be scheduled via phone or email to thelittlechapelnc@gmail.com to coordinate any visits at a convenient time for both our family and visitors. As we welcome you in our home, we hope you will make joyous lasting memories and ask you to treat it like your own backyard.
  • What rentable spaces do you offer?
    The venue is nearly 10 acre designated area within 54 acres of land including, 1.2 acre lake as well as both plenty of wooded and open field area. The chapel itself is 600 sq. ft. and the Solarium is 1500 sq. ft. With plenty of key spots for photo opportunities and to assure you make the most of your time during your visit, you will need to arrive on time and prepared to explore (with walking shoes) or you may choose to stay in one central area. We are also here to make location recommendations based on your vision for the day. Just ask! For access to other areas such as the lake and waterfall, please schedule a time with us for a private photo session with your photographer of choice. DESTINATIONS INDOORS: The Inn The Tiny Cottage The Chapel The Solarium The Photo Studio ​ OUTDOORS: Sarah Nell Lake and The Cascading Waterfall The North & South Meadows The Grove (alongside the North Meadows) The Creek *Not pictured, The Solarium, Tiny Cottage and Inn
  • Is there free parking or shuttles?
    Yes, ample designated parking is available on site. We have ample parking in two gravel lots and handicap spaces and ramp/parking by the chapel. We also offer golf cart shuttle for weddings. Chapel parking: up to 25 cars Lake parking: up to 80 cars We encourage carpooling or shuttles to and from the chapel to optimize traffic flow and capacity. A golf cart is available to be driven by the venue (seats 3 guests) to/from large lot to Chapel.
  • What kind of wildlife might I spot during my visit?
    The grounds are home to a flourishing wildlife scene. From the white-tailed deer to Great Egrets and Blue Herons and wild Turkey sighting. Our lake is brimming with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie and a few Catfish. You never know what visitors may stop by to say hello!
  • Do you provide other services such as wedding planning?
    While we do not offer in-house wedding planning services, we are here to coordinate with you or your Planner on matters relating directly to the property, we do not offer planning services. We are here simply here to serve as the backdrop for you to share your special moments. Need recommendations or what vendors to trust with your big day? We've got you covered! We require a coordinator or planner for weddings over 50 persons because the larger the wedding, the more there is a need for someone acting on your behalf to keep the day organized and on track with your timeline goals. This does not have to be a hired professional necessarily, but there should be a point of contact such as a maid of honor, friend or family member who knows all of your plans and understands your vision for decor, etc. that day. As your venue coordinator, we do not act as a planner, rather will be available to coordinate any site visit appointments, pick ups/drop off from Vendors, rehearsal assistance, golf cart shuttling, and management of any equipment we are providing, but please be aware, we do not set up rentals that have not provided by us (this is typically handled by those vendors or family). This being said, we just want to assure you have all the help you need to make your day stress-free!
  • What if there is inclement weather?
    With the unpredictability of weather, should it storm or snow on the day of your event, we highly recommend tent rental for any outdoor events. Please inquire about Solarium availability. In case of extreme weather conditions (e.g. tornado, flooding, earthquake) that make it unsuitable for us to host your event, you can reschedule your event without any extra charge. We'll work together to find the best solution. In these instances, if rescheduling is not possible based on our availability (e.g. bride and/or groom will be enrolled or deployed overseas and unable to attend), a full refund will be provided. Our infrastructure is designed with heavy rain conditions in mind to ensure a secure and reliable indoor environment for your events within on our designated venue area of the grounds (10 acres).
  • Do you offer decor rentals?
    Yes, we do! We include tables and chairs with all wedding packages. You can shop from pieces here. Don't see what you're looking for? We are adding new inventory all the time, so please inquire!
  • How should I plan for my photo session?
    1. Request an appointment. You or your photographer can head to our Visit Us page to request a specific time and date for a photo session. As a private property, only scheduled visits are permitted to maintain a safe and private space for our guests. Photographer's Bundles are reserved exclusively for Photographers booking for their clients and 5 hour credits may be used within 12 months of claiming. If you're looking for more hours, the Annual Photo Pass may be right for you! 2. From there you will receive a confirmation email along with more details on parking, directions, etc. if your desired date is available or with an alternative availability if not. Please arrive as close to your booking time as possible (no earlier than 15 min prior) to guarantee the gate is unlocked for you. (We recommend bringing walking shoes!) Should it rain on your scheduled session date, your reservation will be transferred to a new date at no additional fee. Note, guests are responsible for clean up and waste disposal in proper trash and recycling bins on or off-site. This includes pet waste. Props and furniture are allowed and must be handled by professionals or guests who brought them. Pre-approval of the row boat is required and no guests may be on the water without supervision/presence of the property owners.
  • Can I reschedule my session in the event of inclement weather?
    Absolutely. Your paid session will be credited for your new date. Please reach out to us to coordinate a reschedule.
  • Do you offer a yearly photo pass or bundle?
    Yes, we do! This is available exclusively to photographers. Includes 5 hours of outdoor photo session time to be used by the hour in durations of a minimum of 1 hr/per session. Expires 12 months after activated and unused hours for the year are non-refundable. Includes exclusive grounds access to our waterfall, 1.2 acre lake, grassy meadows or shady woodlands. Book your Photographer's Bundle here. We also offer an Annual Photo Pass which includes 25 hours. Learn more/book Annual Photo Pass here. EACH VISIT IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. When you have dates/times in mind, request your initial date here and then, please head back to our Photo Session request page to submit multiple/future requests and include in your notes you wish to use credit towards remaining Bundle or Annual Pass hours with said booking. Applicable credit will be applied.
  • How do I book my bridal/engagement photo session? What is included?
    You may request a date upon availability on our calendar here. Please note, these must be scheduled ahead of time, no drop-ins as we are a gated/by appointment only property. You will have access to the area of your choosing; the chapel, waterfall, lake, meadows or grove/woodlands. TO OUR WEDDING COUPLES: If you are one of our brides/grooms/couples, 1 hour of grounds access for photos is complimentary and can take place on the day of your wedding or another date. If you would like to add on our row boat or any other rentals, please let us know.
  • What are your business hours?
    Our venue operates on an appointment-only basis. The ground is accessible for events from 8 am to 10 pm. It's important to mention that our property is privately owned and operated by our family, with residences adjacent to the premises. As we value our family time, we kindly request appointments for visits. We offer weekday appointments and have limited availability for weekend tours. Thank you for your understanding.
  • How many people/guests can you host?
    The chapel, though an impressive 34 feet tall, maintains its quaint charm with a modest 600 square feet, providing intimate seating for 50-64 guests during gatherings, celebrations, and worship. Our venue boasts nearly 10 acres of outdoor space within a 56.5-acre farm. Lawn ceremonies can accommodate up to 125 guests. The Solarium, our largest indoor space at 28.5 feet tall and 1500 sq. ft., is available for bookings starting from summer 2024 and can host up to 125 guests indoors (available for ceremony, reception and special events.)
  • What is the deposit to secure my date?
    30% non-refundable deposit for all Wedding packages of 50 guests or more (due at signing of contract) 50% non-refundable deposit (for Elopements & Microweddings) Remaining balance to be paid in installments or in full no later than 30 days prior to event.
  • What packages do you offer?
    You can learn more about our packages and offerings here. Unlike your traditional venue, the Little Chapel and the Meadows is first and foremost a family-owned sanctuary, offering a rustic elegant setting and indoor intimate sanctuary to serve as the natural backdrop of your special day. We are happy to make vendor recommendations, but we do not offer in-house planning or other services such as catering. This way, each event can be tailored to craft your unique vision for the space to feel authentic to you as a couple. While our exterior appears as a 16th century inspired stone chapel, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find state-of-the-art technology inside, that brings the Little Chapel into the 21st century (including HVAC and high speed wifi). We invite you to follow along with our journey as we grow. We are now booking weddings (up to 125 guests) for 2024 and beyond. Our Solarium is the newest 1500sq. ft. addition to the property, making its debut in 2024 as a reception and special events space. We do include tables and chairs with all wedding packages.
  • What are your rain plan options for outdoor weddings?
    EVENT: 1. Cocktail hour in the chapel and host ceremony and reception both in the Solarium 2.) Standing ceremony and cocktail hour in the chapel (could seat the first 2 rows) with seated reception in the Solarium 3.) Rent a tent (3rd party) to go over the outdoor ceremony location (recommend at the front of chapel or in the courtyard) and this could also be used for cocktail hour. Please consult with your planner, catering and vendors about the logistics of each transition to tailor to your specific event and needs. PARKING: We encourage carpooling or shuttles to and from the chapel to optimize traffic flow and capacity. A golf cart is available to be driven by the venue (seats 3 guests) to/from large lot to Chapel. We also offer clear umbrellas for you wedding party or family (up to 12).
  • Are the Solarium and Chapel available year-round?
    Yes! Both spaces are climate controlled and available 7 days a week, for year-round events. Inquire to receive rates and availability by package.
  • What's included for the Inn and Tiny Cottage by package?
    Bold Package: Day of getting ready suites (Inn & Tiny Cottage) and optional 2 night stay (The Inn) Modern Package: Day of and optional 1 night stay (The Inn), 2 hrs at the Tiny Cottage Minimal: Day of and optional 1 night stay (The Inn), 2 hrs at the Tiny Cottage Elopement: $200 day add-on for The Inn, $75/hr add-on for Tiny Cottage
  • Do you offer Elopement/Microwedding packages?
    We offer an Elopement package (up to 12 guests) and a Microwedding package (13-30 guests). Elopements and Microweddings are available Sunday-Thursdays (Sundays available all year except during busy season which May & October). 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your event date.
  • Do you require wedding insurance?
    Yes, we do. It is affordable to add to most insurance plans for around $150-200 per event. Contact an insurance agent for more information and a quote. Trust us, it's worth it! What we require: Event insurance should include (but not limited to) the following coverage: General Liability, Bodily Injury Liability, Property Damage, Liquor Liability (if applicable), Cancellation or Postponement of Event, Extra Expense, Event Photographs And Video, Event Gifts, Special Attire, Special Jewelry, Loss of Deposits, and Professional Counseling (if applicable).
  • Do you require certain vendors or have a preferred vendor list?
    No, you are not required to use our recommended vendors. We do require a planner or day of coordinator for events over 50 guests. The client is responsible for the vendors they hire and is not limited to a list of preferred vendors. We do offer recommended vendors if you'd like suggestions from vendors we have collaborated with. No, you are not required to use our recommended vendors. We like to provide you with the flexibility to choose any vendor that best fits you. The vendors on our recommended list are provided only as suggestions because they have high client satisfaction rates and we've enjoyed working with them in the past.
  • What Does The Venue Coordinator/Manager Do?
    Wedding day and Rehearsal event management (not inclusive of planning) including: Correspondence with client for venue-related questions Vendor and Planner communication to coordinate deliveries and answer questions about the venue Provide venue guide (includes sample timelines and floorplan suggestions), vendor guidelines and recommended vendors Approval of vendors (if not on our list of vendors) Assisting with golf cart shuttle for parking guests Main point of contact for vendors 1-2 hrs rehearsal assistance Assist with equipment setup of event (equipment provided by venue- other vendors and/or coordinator responsible for set up and break down of event) Oversee breakdown Providing trash cans for catering
  • Who counts towards my guest list?
    Wedding party would count, but bride/groom/officiant/photographer and other vendors would not be included in your guest count. If your guest count exceeds the amount outlined on your proposal by 5 or less, that would be fine, but may require $3.50/additional chair. If more than 5, we can adjust your bill slightly to accommodate. If the guest list is anticipated to be significantly higher, we would provide an updated proposal/contract for a larger wedding package. We will need to know the total final headcount inclusive of all seated guests prior to your wedding date so we can provide accommodations. All events shall not exceed 125 guests inclusive of couple and wedding party.
  • What is your event cancellation/reschedule policy?
    In such a case, we would coordinate a reschedule date with you at no extra charge. If a cancellation is made, your initial deposit is non-refundable.
  • What does the cleaning fee include?
    Cleaning of the grounds and facilities in included in your package. Catering is responsible for food and beverage waste disposal. If using the inn/tiny cottage, an additional $100/$50 (respectively) cleaning fee is added. This includes general cleaning as well as laundry and dishes for the inn.
  • Can I pay my invoice online?
    You may pay invoices online or by mailing a check. The only fee-free method of payment we can currently accept is by check or cash. The current online fee rates as of 1/1/24 are: Credit cards/debit cards (including American Express): 2.9% + $0.30 Bank Transfer ACH: 1.0%
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