I am so excited to tell you about WinMock at Kinderton today. Located nine miles west of Winston-Salem and less than two hours from Charlotte, WinMock is a great event venue. I had the opportunity to talk to Rebecca Kearns, Director of Weddings and Social Events for WinMock and once I heard the story of this venue, I fell in love. If you are looking for a historic venue with a little bit of elegant, rustic feel, I think you will fall in love too.
How did WinMock come to be? What's the backstory?
Named for its location, nine miles west of Winston-Salem and nine miles east of Mocksville, WinMock at Kinderton survives from the estate built by S. Clay Williams, a former president of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. During its prime, Win-Mock Farms was one of the largest dairies in North Carolina with one of the biggest and best herds of Red Poll cattle in the country. It was said that Mr. Williams was passionate about agriculture and ran the farm hands-on like a ship captain instructing every facet of the operation until his death in 1949. After the passing of Mr. Williams, the Bahnson family purchased the property, operating 850 acres of the Win-Mock Farm and preserving its history until the late 1990’s when it was sold as part of a commercial development package. Restoration of the historical property by Sterling Events Group began in November, 2010 with the intent to turn this extraordinary barn into an elegant venue for weddings, social functions, and corporate events. WinMock, following months of intense renovations, opened in June, 2011 and now features a stunning, spacious Loft ballroom, multiple breakout meeting rooms, two private dining rooms, an executive boardroom and two outdoor terraces. The historic property was added to the United States Register of Historic Places in December, 2010.
I'm glad that you brought up the National Registry, did that hinder any of the changes that you wanted to make to the farm so you could turn it into a wedding venue?
We have always considered ourselves stewards of this magnificent property and made it our priority to retain its historical integrity throughout the entire renovation process. The stipulations of being on the National Registry really helped to enhance the character of our property while still allowing us to incorporate those modern conveniences clients should expect.
What are some of the hurdles that come with running a wedding venue that couples may not know about?
WinMock is still such a draw as it has not even been open for a full four years yet. We feel that many of our clients find out about us from word of mouth, and it only continues to grow!
What sets WinMock apart from other venues?
Historic and elegant, WinMock at Kinderton is nestled in the peaceful town of Bermuda Run, North Carolina, just a short drive from downtown Winston-Salem. By design, our charming property housed in a historic barn is unlike any other and offers our guests several lovely venue options, including stunning indoor spaces and serene outdoor settings for all kinds of weddings. While barn venues are quite popular in the south, we are set apart from most because we offer rustic elegance along with the modern amenities you should expect like on-site restrooms and, of course, heat and air!
You have two different outdoor venues and the Granary. Which one seems to be the most popular for couples?
The two outdoor venues, the East and West Terraces, work well with the main barn where our signature space, the Loft, is located. The main barn is ideal for our larger weddings and events, but the Granary is perfect for smaller celebrations!
What is your favorite area of WinMock?
My personal favorite area is our smaller venue, the Granary. While both the main barn and the Granary have gorgeous features all on their own, the Granary is intimate and extremely cozy!
How many weddings do you have in a weekend?
On a busy weekend, we could possibly have up to six weddings per weekend!
What is your favorite part about the weddings?
Goodness, how do I choose?! I love seeing most how our sweet brides and grooms put their own personal style and taste in our barn for their very special day!
Do you have a favorite fun story?
Each event has its own unique aspects and special moments - I couldn't possibly pick just one.
What different packages do you offer your couples?
We currently offer two different packages—the Inclusive and A La Carte. The Inclusive offers the maximum value by including the rental of WinMock plus complete food and beverage service along with event rentals like linens, china, flatware, and glassware. The A La Carte offers our clients the option to handle all of the food and beverage coordination on their own by selecting vendors of their choice and working with them directly.
How long in advance do you typically start working with a bride?
As soon as our brides contact us we start working with them - it could be four months or even two years.
Do you provide someone dedicated to the couple on the day of the event to help them?
We actually provide several event hospitality staff members on event days! We want to ensure that our clients feel completely taken care of, so we have our on-site staff available before our clients even arrive to provide excellent service throughout the entire event.
What size wedding is typical for you?
We typically see weddings in our main barn between 150 and 250 guests, but we can typically accommodate nearly any size.
What trends do you see with the current brides?
Rustic chic is still going strong, gold and copper are trending, non-floral centerpieces make for a unique twist, and it seems that this year we have had a huge influx of fall wedding dates!
If you could tell the brides one thing about your business, what would it be?
I would love for all of our brides to know that we can easily create tailor-made packages just for them and their special day—whether there is a specific menu item request, décor dream, or wedding vision, we would love to help!
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