Meet Our Family
Hello there! It is our honor and privilege to “meet” you, and thank you for your interest in Honeysuckle Hill.
We’re Chris and Candace Hightower, a husband and wife team who fell in love in Tennessee and came back to start our family here in Chris’s native town of Asheville, North Carolina. In our ten years of marriage, we’ve been blessed with two beautiful children, Cruz and Caris, who make our house a home here at The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill, as we like to call it!
As local business owners and active community volunteers, we feel passionately about our mountain haven and have always wanted others to share in its enchanting charm. When we found this nine-acre working farm only five years ago, we knew in our hearts we had found the right place to bring our dream of opening our own wedding and event venue to life. A place where the things we love about this town – its natural beauty, its southern grace, its unique flair – would wrap our guests into its welcoming embrace. We began the transformation and restoration of this equestrian farm into the premier venue it is today, careful to preserve its historic legacy while weaving flashes of modern aesthetics and conveniences into the fabric of the estate.
Candace & Mingle
I, Candace, am a true southern girl at heart, and felt a calling to be a wedding planner out of a strong desire to infuse life’s biggest moments with southern grace and hospitality. Thanks to my family’s loving support (not to mention my type-A personality), I turned my knack for meticulous organization, event design, and planning into a career that’s both my profession and my passion. Since launching Mingle Events and Vintage Rentals, I have had the privilege of helping over 100 couples bring their wedding dreams to life! Whether assisting my couples throughout their entire wedding planning process or delivering a 1955 vintage Bel Air to a groom as a surprise from his newlywed wife, my mission is to always deliver the perfect day that brides and grooms deserve.
Now, as the owners of Honeysuckle Hill, Chris and I are beyond blessed to continue our pursuit of delivering Mingle’s trademark southern hospitality and high-end design to this remarkable venue. We believe that whether we’re talking about historic estates or family heirlooms, every thing is better with its own unique story. From chipped porcelain teacups to weather-beaten wood, we celebrate the beauty in our imperfections, and have applied that same mentality to our preservation and restoration of this century-old family farm. We’re delighted to share our home with you, and hope you’ll feel right at home with us at Honeysuckle Hill.
~ Chris and Candace Hightower