Hi! I'm Kirsten, an Asheville wedding, elopement, & engagement photographer. While I am based in North Carolina, I do offer travel packages & even discounts for locations on my bucket list!
Searching for a photographer who will deliver fun, intentional & storytelling photos? Look no further! Your wedding day memories are precious & I will document them with the same love & care as if they were my own.
This year during Pride Month, I noticed some of my fellow wedding creatives rainbow washing their social media pages, even though they normally don’t share any LGBTQ+ content. Instead of only celebrating pride during June, I decided to do at least one thing each month for the rest of the year to support the LGBTQ+ community through my business. During July, I conducted a session giveaway, and now this month I’ve decided to put together a resource for engaged couples in the LGBTQ+ community to help you find LGBTQ+ accepting wedding venues in North Carolina.
In doing my research, I’ve found that many of the venues I know to be inclusive didn’t make it very obvious on their websites, while others had rainbows all throughout their site. Hopefully this list helps save some time & headaches. Your wedding day is so important & you deserve to get married at a location that not only accepts you for who you are & who you love, but CELEBRATES you & your partner!
Overlook Barn, a picturesque wedding venue in North Carolina, offers couples a charming blend of rustic elegance and scenic beauty. With its stunning mountain backdrop and warm ambiance, the venue provides an unforgettable setting for celebrating love and creating cherished memories.
Paint Rock Farm is a short 10 minutes away from the town of Hot Springs. It’s located along the French Broad River & features an outdoor event space, glamping cabins, vistas & wide open fields. Their restored barn can be used for the ceremony or reception and can hold up to 200 guests. Undoubtedly, this is by far the number one North Carolina LGBTQ+ accepting Venue on my bucket list.
Hidden River Events is a 16+ acre event center and farm that offers an outdoor wedding space as well as onsite vacation rentals. They can host up to 60 people. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular & make for the perfect backdrop to your day.
If you like airstreams, tree houses, & retro looking campers, this is the place for you. Junebug resort has two ceremony locations available depending on the number of guests. Guests can spend the night in the restored campers, and furthermore, there’s even a field full of flowers in the summertime.
The White Crow is a barn situated on top of a beautiful mountain with practically 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have an outdoor ceremony spot, a fire pit, & getting ready rooms inside with ample light.
The Graham Mill not only accepts all love, but they celebrate it! One of their promises stated on their site is “diversity & inclusion.” This venue has an industrial feel with exposed brick & plenty of natural lighting. They also have an outdoor area & greenhouse.
Haiku was one of the most obvious inclusive North Carolina LGBTQ+ Venues on this list because of the rainbows on most of the pages of their website. They have plenty of options whether you want to elope, have an intimate wedding, or even up to 150 guests. They offer an airstream to get ready in, packages that include an officiant & more, and additionally, they have a reception-only package if you’re wanting to have your ceremony elsewhere.
Something Blue Mountain Venue is the perfect spot for your intimate wedding or elopement. The ceremony site makes you feel like you’re at a castle with the most beautiful expansive view of the mountains in front of you. In 2023 they finished building an indoor reception area.
The Weaver House is a newer constructed event building that features bright white walls with wooden details & lots of large windows. They have a beautiful Japanese garden, in house catering option, & so much more.
If you want to have your ceremony overlooking a mountain view, this is the perfect spot! The altar is placed at the edge of a hill overlooking the mountains. They have log cabins to rent for guests, fire pits, high vaulted ceilings with chandeliers in the reception building, & they can accommodate a large number of guests.
I know that searching for inclusive & accepting venues can be a daunting task. Undeniably, it’s scary to feel like you need to ask if a North Carolina venue allows LGBTQ+ weddings. I hope this guide has helped ease a little of that stress!
If you’re looking for an ally who will celebrate your love, you can count on me. If you have any questions about other LGBTQ+ accepting vendors, feel free to contact me through my contact page or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve done extensive research on finding North Carolina LGBTQ+ venues as well as vendors so that I can help my clients have the dream wedding they’ve always wanted.
Amanda & Joe
"Kirsten was so sweet and fun to hang out with - it felt like we brought a friend along with us! She captured everything I wanted and gave us the perfect photos for us to remember our special day.
We received a mix of candid photos and portraits.
I thought I would feel awkward taking portraits. but she gave great prompts that made it fun and had us laughing. When I received my photos. I was blown away at how natural we looked and how much of our love was captured in the photos. I am literally obsessed with how our pictures came out!"
Payton & Kristen
"Kirsten produced lovely photos from our very dreamy and memorable mountain photo shoot. We display the engagement photos proudly all around our house. She knows the area well and can suggest areas if you are not.
She's non-judgmental if you're nervous about being in front of a camera and LGBTQ+ friendly! We highly recommend Kirsten to anyone looking to get engaged or elope in the Asheville area."
Caroline & Cameron
"😭😭 These are amazing. Thank you so so much for making this chaotic day look so peaceful and magical. I know we were rushed but you'd never know from these pictures. We couldn't have asked for more! and thank you for getting us our gallery and sneak peaks so quickly!!"
Amythest & Sara
"Kirsten was delightful and really allowed us to be ourselves and enjoy the time together. The photos from this session are warm. intimate. and really showcase the love that my wife and I hold in our relationship. I am forever thankful for that afternoon Kirsten spent with us. if you are considering booking a session. this is a business you want to do it with <3"
Sarah & Alex
"Kirsten was absolutely amazing to work with! While visiting the States on our honeymoon, we arranged to have photos taken to commemorate our elopement, and Kirsten took our vision and ran with it! Kirsten made the the entire experience so easy for us - from helping us plan and pick a venue, to bringing her pop-up tent for a wardrobe change at the top of the mountain.
Kirsten went above and beyond The photos themselves are more beautiful than we could have hoped for. and we are so grateful. Could not recommend Kirsten enough!"