Weddings
& Events
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WindRiver is the perfect choice for your special event or wedding and reception. Let our team of event professionals help you to create the event of your dreams and provide you with the hands-on expertise that makes every event run smoothly. The best event is one that you don’t have to worry about, and we work hard to make sure this happens. You should get to enjoy your event and we go above and beyond to make sure that you can.
WELCOME
The Perfect Location Luxurious event space capable of hosting seated dinners for up to 40 guests, receptions for 150 inside or 250 utilizing the dining room, downstairs lounge, and the accompanying event lawn. Guests enjoy views of Tellico Lake and a private cove from one of the 4 porches and balconies. << Click to watch video
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The Perfect Location Luxurious event space capable of hosting seated dinners for up to 40 guests, receptions for 150 inside or 250 utilizing the dining room, downstairs lounge, and the accompanying event lawn. Guests enjoy views of Tellico Lake and a private cove from one of the 4 porches and balconies. << Click to watch video
ABOUT US

Joe Ayres

Joe Ayres is the owner and developer of WindRiver and his family ties to East Tennessee go back generations. His great-grandfather, Dr. Brown Ayres, settled in the area in the late 1800’s and served as the 12th president of the University of Tennessee.
The Ayres family has been a substantial benefactor to the local community for years. Joe Ayres is also the CEO of Cumberland Securities, specializing in financial advisory and investment banking for local governments. The sound leadership and guidance of the Ayres family has made WindRiver a debt-free community.

Danyelle McGrath

Danyelle accepted a group sales position in 2006, at which time she never imagined she would be planning weddings 10 years later. Since then, she has successfully constructed 3 wedding departments at various companies in addition to having hundreds of blissfully happy Brides! With over 10 years of experience in the Event Planning Industry, the last 6 of which she has focused primarily on weddings, She strives to provide a stress-free experience for each Bride and prides herself in making sure every detail is just as they have imagined it. “Not many people can say they wake-up and enjoy going to work, but I truly do, I love seeing what each day holds! My biggest piece of advice: the day goes by so fast, enjoy every minute of it and don’t stress!”

Kara Tuggle

Kara Tuggle is WindRiver’s dedicated and enthusiastic Assistant Director of Events whose career has included responsibility for a variety of events and venues. While completing her studies at the University of Tennessee with a degree in Hospitality Management, Kara coordinated beauty seminars and shows at a local salon and spa, and served in the events department of an area country club. Through her studies and work, Kara has developed a passion for the event industry and enjoys working with clients to plan and create their special days.
TESTIMONIALS
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“That wedding and reception was even better than our wedding. Ours was great, but the way EVERYTHING went at Karli and Blayne’s day was exceptional. Starting with Catherine’s control of the weather w/ her stink eye, the decorations/flowers, the music, your staff’s presence without being overbearing, the food, the photographer’s professionalism in timely manner – it was great. We have received lots of feedback from family and friends on how much they all greatly enjoyed the evening. Bottom line, thanks so much for your efforts in making this a truly special day.” -Cindy and Norm Lichtenberger, Harlingen, Texas
“Thank you so much for hosting our group at Citico’s last Saturday evening. You helped make our 50-50 Gala Celebration a huge success. Citico’s is a beautiful place to come to, your staff did a great job. The food was superb, the lamb chops were heavenly. The German Chocolate cake was delicious, one person said it was the best that they had ever had! Again, many thanks!” -Judy and Dave Conine, Vonore, TN
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“My husband and I were recently married at WindRiver this past May and could not have had a better wedding! This beautiful venue continues to expand and improve with several locations on the property becoming available for a dream ceremony and reception! The staff exceeded our expectations from the planning process, set up, food, and coordinating. They went above and beyond to meet our expectations and we had the BEST time of our lives! I wanted things to be as simple as possible and I am so glad that I chose to have our rehearsal dinner there along with spending the night at the lake house with my maid of honor the night before and with my husband the night of! My husband and I had a fantastic brunch the Sunday after our ceremony as well! Our wedding at WindRiver was truly a dream come true! A huge thanks go out to Rylee, Danyelle, Catherine, and Chef Robert Allen!” -Amanda and Drew Ensor, Knoxville, TN
TESTIMONIALS
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“That wedding and reception was even better than our wedding. Ours was great, but the way EVERYTHING went at Karli and Blayne’s day was exceptional.
-Cindy and Norm Lichtenberger, Harlingen, Texas
“My husband and I were recently married at WindRiver this past May and could not have had a better wedding! This beautiful venue continues to expand and improve with several locations on the property becoming available for a dream ceremony and reception!
-Amanda and Drew Ensor, Knoxville, TN
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