Begin Your Life Together

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Select the Perfect Spot for Your Ceremony

Many couples choose Laughing Waters because of its unparalleled outdoor beauty.

There are endless possibilities for stunning ceremony sites: next to Hickory Nut Creek and its many waterfalls, in the organic orchard and gardens, near the ruins of the old farmhouse and standing stone chimneys, near the restored gristmill, and in the meadow next to the pond.

The lodge itself is a beautiful site - on the huge deck overlooking the waterfall, or in the matchless and unique great room.

Wedding packages
Laughing Waters stands apart as a wedding venue by giving you access to the entire property, including both the lodge and the cottage, for as long as you like.

Standard packages for weddings and elopements are for one day, one day and one night, or an entire weekend. But the sky is the limit, and each bridal couple chooses what works best for them.

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Values & Mission

Family Run,
Community Oriented.

Laughing Waters is the hub of Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community, which strives to be environmentally friendly stewards of the forest and its inhabitants.

Laughing Waters is a family run, community- oriented business that partners with, and supports, local nonprofits that are working toward a more sustainable future.

It welcomes groups and events that value living in harmony with the land.

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“The venue was beautiful and everything we envisioned for our big day. We love the peaceful and private setting. The lodge was gorgeous, the trails were well maintained, and the grounds were enjoyed by all."
“Everything was perfect, and all guests commented on the beauty and wonder of the location.”
“The cabin was perfect for our honeymoon.  Had a great time.  So peaceful and beautiful.  Such serenity.”
“We could not have dreamed of a better wedding weekend. It was absolutely amazing. The only thing I would have changed was for it to be a week celebration at Laughing Waters. We were not ready to leave on Sunday.”
“It was the best and everyone is still talking about how beautiful Laughing Waters is.”
"Laughing Waters and Julia were so incredibly helpful in helping us find the perfect venue. Julia responded promptly, gave us the information we needed, and did everything she could to work within our budget.”
“Laughing Waters is simply a magical place to get married. From the majestic scenery and waterfalls, to the grand yet cozy lodge, and all the outdoor extras like a hydroelectric pond and stone chimneys for fire pits.”
“I highly recommend Laughing Waters for your next wedding or retreat, and the memories we made there will last a lifetime.”
sustainability focused

Preserving the Natural Beauty

Sustainability is the driving force behind all that happens at Laughing Waters. Much of our property is in conservation easement, meaning it will never be developed. We believe in keeping the forest wild and free. It is a wilderness sanctuary.

The electricity that powers the buildings is generated from Hickory Nut Creek. All the wood used in the great room of the lodge was milled from the trees taken down when it was built.

We recycle and compost.
We strive to reduce our carbon footprint. We support local businesses. We have an organic orchard and gardens. The lodge is a short walk away from access to miles and miles of award-winning hiking trails.
Photo by Candace Freeland
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Capture the Moments

The abundance of pristine and private spots along the creek, in the orchard or forest, or near the old chimneys and gristmill provide excellent photo opportunities for your engagement shoot, anniversary, vow renewal, or any of life's milestones you'd like to save and remember forever.

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