ABOUT Painted Pony Vineyards


ainted Pony Vineyards and Estate is a place for modern romance. A hidden gem of true beauty. We know how to throw a relaxed, intimate gathering with style. 

Nestled on a 64 acre working farm located in Southeastern North Carolina, our place is comprised of an outdoor chapel, two different reception locations, a moon deck, a cabin,  bridal and groom suites, a pasture with two horses, two miniature horses, seven goats, a donkey, fields and woods, and of course the vineyards. 

"I can reassure you that if you book here you will be the happiest bride."
~Nikki Brooks


Who we are

Photos by Alaina Ronquillo

The Estate

Unlike many ‘blank-canvas’ venues, we strive to offer a series of uniquely curated settings, with exceptional attention to detail. Our staff offers warm and genuine hospitality, making for a high-quality experience and a day that flows with ease. We treat your event like it was our own.

All beautiful on-site furniture (indoor and outdoor) is included. We also have a decor rental package for your convenience, and we are available year-round to help and advice.

While you are on the estate, you will have access to: The Chapel, The Barn, The Pavilion, The Vineyards, The Cabin, The Farmhouse, The Bridal Suite, The Moon Deck, The Pasture, The Lake, The Woodlands, and The Clearing. 

Click the link below to see all our available areas on the estate. 

Photo by Cusick Creative

The Chapel

The Barn

The Pavilion

The Vineyards

A short walk behind The Barn and through the tall Carolina pines you will find The Chapel. It’s 100-year-old stain glass windows were imported from an old church in Southern California. The custom wooden benches will comfortably seat 200 people. The Chapel, with it’s tall pines always keeps the temperature just right on warm summer days. It’s the perfect place to have an outdoor wedding ceremony any time of the year, while keeping your guests comfortably entranced with the outdoor setting. 

Our Barn is the perfect facility for wedding receptions and seats 150 people comfortably.  The lawn off of the back porch of The Barn and allows for beautiful indoor/outdoor floor plans for wedding receptions. Market lights extend from the back porch to The Woodlands covering the lawn. Inside The Barn is a working fireplace, shabby chique restrooms, and LED lighting.
The interior was carefully designed to allow for a variety of wedding styles and themes. It's elegance and charm will give you the perfect starting place for making your wedding vision a reality. The Barn is also temperature controlled for cold winter nights or warm summer evenings. 

The Pavilion is an open air concept that will allow natural light to pour into your reception and give you a beautiful woodland backdrop. This space will accommodate 250 guest and still allow for a spacious dance area. The exposed beams, market lights and drapery will add an elegance to your event at no additional cost and will work with several wedding styles. This space also includes a small platform with a beautiful herringbone pattern backdrop that will serve as a great space for head tables or even a live band. A large catering kitchen and wine bar are also included in this space. The Pavilion is  4,000 sq. feet. 

Painted Pony Vineyards muscadine grapes are perfect for picking during August – September. These grapes are harvested to create our Painted Pony Vineyards wine collection. The Vineyards is also one of the most uses areas on the estate for capturing bridal and  wedding photos. If you would like more information in regards to our wine selection or signature grape juice, shoot us a message in the contact tab!

Photo by  Brandie Ballard Photography

PHOTO BY Blush Moments PHotography 

Photo by Ellie McKinney Photography

The Cabin

The Bridal Suite

The Moon Deck

The Woodlands

The Cabin is tucked in The Woodlands behind The Chapel. The view from the porch overlooks The Lake. This intimate getaway includes a queen size bed, large bathroom, kitchenette with a dining area, seating area, and a loft that can accommodate an additional four guests. This the perfect spot for a wedding night retreat and could also double a bridal party hang out spot on the rehearsal night. We are currently allowing the Groom + Groomsmen the opportunity to use this space as their dressing area.

Our Bridal Suite is located on the bottom level of   The Farmhouse. The Bridal Suite used to be Pretty Girl's horse stall but was converted into the current dressing area as the estate expanded. The original sliding barn doors are still in tact and provide an extra layer of privacy. The space includes the vintage vanity with extra seating for the bridal party. There are also decorative hangers mounted on the wall for the wedding dress and bridesmaid's dresses. A full bathroom is also located in this space. 

The Moon Deck is the perfect spot to see the entire view of the estate! This is a bonus area on the property that was created as a cleaver way to cover our conex containers. This rooftop pergola includes LED lighting and several bonus receptacles for guests who need a spot to charge their devises. The Moon Deck is great spot to add additional seating or activities at your event and comes with barstools. Add a few cocktail tables and you have the perfect rooftop hang out!  

Our entire estate is surrounded by majestic woodland areas. These towering Pine Trees that North Carolina is known for, bring an enchantment to the estate that our couples love! The Woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for engagement and bridal photos for the couple looking for an outdoor wedding venue that values natural beauty. With several trails already in place, we encourage our couples to explore the woodlands and use their beauty as a focal point for wedding photos. 

PHOTO BY Cusick Creative


The Pasture

The farmhouse

The Lake 

The Pasture is home to all our farm animals at Painted Pony Vineyards and will be one of the first things you see as you make your way to parking lot. The animals are extremely friendly and will meet you at the fence to socialize. Of all our attractions, the animals are definitely the biggest hit! We encourage bringing treats for the animals so your guests can interact with them during cocktail hour. For family friendly weddings, The Pasture is the most popular area on the estate for the younger crowd. Click through the link below to see a gallery of the animals and a list of everyone who calls The Pasture home.  

The Farmhouse was the first structure built on the estate and the second level is still the home of owners, Lee and Cheryl Carter. The first level used to be horse stalls but were later converted to the bridal and groom suites. We are currently using the groom's room as a wine closet, but don't worry - we are letting the guys use The Cabin for their dressing room instead. The Farmhouse is also the home to our outdoor fireplace and courtyard. The outdoor fireplace was where our owners were married 8 years ago. This spot is just steps away from the bridal suite and can be used as an extra spot for the bridal party to have brunch while they get ready or even as a station for the make-up artist. 

The Lake might have been man-made but God supplied the fish! The Lake is located on the far end of the estate behind The Chapel and can be seen in the background at your ceremony site. The Cabin has spectacular view of The Lake and yes, we do allow fishing during overnight stays. We also encourage providing your guests with fish food for littles who would love to see the fish jumping for treats - with proper adult supervision of course. Plans are in place to include a dock at The Lake in the near future. We can't wait to see how bridal portraits on the dock will turn out! 

Photo by Alaina Ronquillo

Photo by Jennifer B Photography

Meet Our Team

Cheryl, a retired educator, has spent years hosting parties and events; both personally and professionally. One of her earliest memories are the many tea parties she hosted as a child. Each wooden tree stump was dressed in fine/old linens from her Grandmother’s closet, and tattered rugs lined the forest floor. Cheryl, created a woodland themed party atmosphere from almost anything she could find, and always had fresh flowers and lively dancing; it’s no wonder when she hosted her first wedding as a favor to a friend of a friend, she rolled out the carpet, as if for one of her magical tea parties!    Cheryl’s added touches are one of her most noted trademarks at weddings. 

Lee is a licensed General Contractor and a tractor enthusiast. Lee planted the 20 acre vineyard, a built a pasture for the horse he bought his wife as her engagement present, and built The Farmhouse, with horse stalls beneath. Since then, Lee converted the stalls into bride, and groom’s suites, and has constructed several additional areas on the estate. The Barn, and The Chapel, are Lee’s most admired creations on the estate. 

Lee & Cheryl Carter



October 17, 2020

Allyson + Matthew

Photographer: Kristy Elaine Photography

unparalleled serenity
and beauty

With unparalleled serenity and beauty, a wedding experience at Painted Pony Vineyards is nothing short of magical. Our goal at Painted Pony Vineyards is to provide the best possible experience for our couples. With that in mind, we guaranty one wedding per weekend so you have access to the estate the day before your wedding for your rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, extra prep time, etc., in addition to time allowed on your wedding day.

Your rental includes exclusive use of The Estate for your ceremony and reception. Our outdoor chapel is the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. The Chapel is surrounded by tall Carolina pines. It’s 100-year-old stain glass windows were imported from an old church in Southern California. The custom wooden benches will comfortably seat 200 people.

Click on the link below to view our transparent pricing guide. 

PHOTOs BY Cusick Creative



"I’m not great with words, but if I could give a “what if”scenario...

If I was in a “ground hogs day” loop, and I had to relive that day over and over I would have absolutely no objections. Every. Single. Thing. Was. PERFECT. We hired everyone of of the Vineyards preferred vender list, and after working with them I understand why they’re on there. On top of that we brought Kaleh in as our day of coordinator, (later than we should have), and with the combination of amazing vendors, Kaleh’s coordinating, and an unbelievably beautiful venue the entire day was seamless and stress free. As the days pass since our wedding we’ve heard nothing but amazing things from friends and family who had celebrated with us. I will time and time again recommend Painted Pony Vineyards to everyone who asks for the best place to get married in NC. 1000/10."

- Caitlin and Gabe 1/30/21

PHOTO BY The Photobrief

So Helpful

“I had my wedding at Painted Pony on October 19, 2019. Mrs. Cheryl, Mr. Lee, and Kaleh are all so so helpful through the entire planning process including set up the day of. They definitely take into account what you’re envisioning for your big day and will help make your dream come true! Absolutely gorgeous property and so many beautiful places to have pictures taken. I could not imagine having my wedding any where else. You’ll definitely regret not having your big day at Painted Pony Vineyards!!! Also, did I mention the animals?!”
 - Kelsey Novak - 

PHOTO BY Briana Kathleen Photography

Picture Perfect

"We honestly could not get married in a better place. Cheryl, her husband and her lovely assistant were incredibly sweet & always responsive to any questions we had. They truly made it easy for us. The venue speaks for itself. Love the fact that I didn’t have to think much about decorations because creation simply took the show at this wedding. Overall...it was a wedding to remember & this venue simply took the cake! I would recommend to anyone! (Also your pictures would come out insanely gorgeous here...how could they not with a scenery like that!)"
- Lenys-


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