Christy Mahon’s event venue, The Farmhouse at Green Hill, is what dreams are made of.
Owning a wedding venue is a vision that Cheraw native, Christy Mahon, has always had. She also knew from childhood that God was calling her to become a lawyer but she kept finding herself drawn to event planning throughout the years. She learned the ropes while working for a catering company during high school and law school.
In December of 2018, one of Mahon’s good friends offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she could not refuse — the chance to co-own and restore a beautiful Southern farmhouse into a wedding and event venue in Cheraw, South Carolina.
With a natural eye for design and the love of event planning, Mahon and her business partner began their renovation project.
“This was like a dream come true for me,” said Mahon. “I enjoy all of the setting up for events to help others realize their dream wedding.”
December 2019, a year after purchasing the property, Mahon and her business partner held their first wedding. Then the pandemic hit.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, all gatherings were limited to 10 people or fewer, and eventually shut down altogether. Nationwide, the event industry came to a complete standstill.
When asked if she was crestfallen after working so hard to get to this point and having to pause for an indefinite amount of time, Mahon said she wasn’t.
“I was not discouraged because it was my dream,” said Mahon. “I knew that the Lord was going to work it out in my favor.”
It was another year and a half before any wedding vows were said at the farmhouse. During the long pause, Mahon still held on to her vision without losing hope.
Finally, the second wedding took place at the farmhouse the first weekend after the governor opened South Carolina back up in May of 2021 and business has not slowed down since.
Mahon is constantly updating and improving her venue and says she always has something to work on.
The property’s origins date back to the 1700s when the King of England gifted a grant to the Eutsler family, to establish the land as a working farm for the Crown. The same family has owned what they called “The Estate” until Mahon and her business partner bought it. Some of the original family members still own the surrounding 800 acres beyond the property line.
There are a total of 13 buildings on the enormous property that boasts not only the farmhouse but also a gorgeous grove of century-old pecan trees, a 2,000-square-foot horse barn, a rustic tractor barn, a grain barn, a building originally purposed as a cow dairy and a sprinkling of 500-year-old oak and elm trees that are often adorned with chandeliers.
The front of the farmhouse is framed by magnificent pre-lit magnolia trees that radiate Southern charm. All of the trees surrounding the farmhouse are lit up year round, making outdoor weddings a popular choice for brides.
The two-story historic farmhouse has the capacity to host 250 indoor wedding guests and up to 15 overnight guests.
The wedding package includes the use of 14 handmade wooden tables, 220 chairs, a functional 9-foot tall door system that can be used to reveal the bride during outdoor ceremonies, an outdoor dance floor, a 1952 International truck often used as a photography backdrop and another rustic building that has a 12-foot serving table made from the side of one of the original grain bins found on the property.
There is also a quaint building that was once the original standalone kitchen for the farmhouse that is often used for cocktail hours and a huge, wrap-around porch large enough to host long dinner tables for receptions and rehearsal dinners.
Mahon’s clients also have complimentary access to cut the beautiful greenery that is growing around the farmhouse to create centerpieces for their event tables. Brides are also encouraged to browse Mahon’s closet full of hand-sewn table runners with plenty of color options to choose from.
For any catering needs, Mahon has a variety of items to dress up any menu from chafing dishes and utensils to tea urns, crystal and silver serving platters, vases, and candles for no additional charge.
“My goal is to help make your vision come to life,” said Mahon. “I know that a bride has thought about what she wants for her special day since she was a little girl. My goal is to help her realize her dream.”
Mahon attributes owning her wedding venue to divine favor and gives all credit to Christ.
“The Lord has opened every door that has made this possible and his favor has allowed my dream to become a reality,” said Mahon. “Though this is my passion, my number one goal in life is to see people saved. I want to show people through every interaction that what the Bible says is true: God is love.”
In addition to practicing law and owning a wedding venue, Mahon also has a ministry reaching children and youth living in low-income housing and nursing home residents in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties.
“My hope is that I can show the tangible love of Jesus to people during each encounter I have whether it be through the children’s sidewalk Sunday school outreach ministry or during a wedding at the farmhouse,” said Mahon.
The Farmhouse at Green Hill is located at 141 Fairfield Road, Cheraw, South Carolina. More information is available at farmhouseatgreenhill.com.
All photos by Arielle Williams Miles, except where noted.