There’s a timeless and sentimental brand of romance that is unique to North Carolina weddings. Whether it’s the stunning pockets of unspoiled nature, or the laid-back charm of the area, it’s a destination that is perfect for spending an uninterrupted week or weekend surrounded by loved ones. For couples in search of a picturesque estate where they can escape for an intimate North Carolina wedding, Bear Lake Heaven is about as idyllic as it gets. From its exquisite lake setting to the bespoke service, the estate sets a beautiful stage for an unforgettable wedding experience for couples and their guests. Keith Rudman, owner of Bear Lake Heaven, shares more details about the wedding planning process.  

GO: Please describe what makes Bear Lake Heaven special.

A: Bear Lake Heaven is an idyllic, secluded and entirely private 80-acre estate that majestically rises from the shore of pristine Bear Lake. Here, along this scenic, breathtaking lake that has been compared to Italy’s Lake Como, the owners have literally pushed the mountains back from the shoreline, creating acres of flat fields along the lake and miles of meandering forest trails that feature natural creeks, streams, two waterfalls within minutes from the house, and wonders of nature including wildflowers, deer and other local animals, and towering trees.

Since the proximity from the lake to the forest is merely yards apart, the couple and their guests can spend part of the day enjoying refreshing water activities and the other half exploring and hiking in a lush, secluded mountainous forest prior to a secluded and picturesque destination wedding.

Evenings can be spent taking in the sunset from your private dock, enjoying a delicious meal created by Bear Lake Heaven’s personal chef, or enjoying cocktails around the firepit.

When booking at Bear Lake Heaven, the property is yours to enjoy for the entire week. 

GO: How far in advance does a couple need to reserve a wedding date?

A: Bear Lake Heaven is a private estate, so it is recommended to book as soon as possible to ensure the estate can host you during your ideal week. 

GO: Are onsite wedding planners available for the wedding process?

A: Bear Lake Heaven does not have an onsite wedding planner.  

GO: Are accommodations and buyouts available? What is the capacity limit?

A: Bear Lake Heaven is an 80-acre property that is a unique combination of vacation rental, personal resort, and destination wedding venue in one breathtaking location. A breakdown of capacity follows:

- The main house sleeps up to 12 people with additional accommodations available at the nearby Bear Lake Reserve

- Wedding Ceremony seats 50 outdoors

- Cocktails: Standing 30 indoors and 50 outdoors

- Reception/Outdoor Festivities seat 50

- Indoor Seated 15

GO: What spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions?

A: The entire property is available for use; however, the lakefront lawn is a favorite for wedding and receptions.

GO: What are some of the amenities, incentives and activities that Bear Lake Heaven offers a couple?

A: We offer the following:

A welcome bottle of champagne, box of locally made chocolates, and a fully stocked cabinet with fine liquors and wines. The refrigerator will be stocked with hard seltzers, soft drinks, waters, and ice cream.

In the cooler months, both indoor fireplaces are lit, along with the outdoor fire pit adjacent to the house.

A private chef can be hired for an additional fee.

Massages and facials are available by appointment. Treatments will take place indoors or at one of the many tranquil outdoor locations. 

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about your menu customization options.

A: Bear Lake Heaven does not offer F&B catering for large events.

GO: Service is imperative in the wedding industry. What does the property offer couples and their guests that set you apart?

A: Bear Lake Heaven is a private estate where couples can design their ideal wedding experience.