The Family Story of
Heyward Manor, located less than an hour from Greenville, South Carolina in Iva, South Carolina, gives a whole new meaning to the phrase – “shabby chic.” Situated on a rolling, green hill and surrounded by a forest of trees, the immense white structure entices guests to explore what’s beyond the handcrafted, stained wooden doors. With three massive windows at the front; glass, French doors lining both sides; and a breathtaking display of windows at the back, the Manor is a photographer’s dream with unlimited natural light. When the sun goes down, delicate chandeliers light up the inner whitewashed walls and mammoth, natural cedar hammer beams.
Two covered areas, decorated with magical string lights, lie on both sides of the barn, allowing guests to wander around the countryside property rain or shine. On a clear day, the silver, tin roof reflects off the picturesque pond that sits right beside the barn. In between the pond and the Manor, soft, grey pavers have been hand-laid, offering brides the ideal space for a cocktail hour, unconventional dance floor or even an intimate lakeside wedding with a smaller guest list.
A dream bridal suite lies upstairs with a small balcony overlooking the entire Manor. Inside, jeweled chandeliers, one-of-a kind mirrors, granite countertops, antique furniture, separate restroom and white fur and gold accents adorn the special space where brides will spend time with their girlfriends before they say, “I do.”
Grooms are not to be overlooked though, with an elegant “man-cave” located in the back of the venue complete with its own restroom, an antique couch, leather accent pieces and decorated with an original, Colorado elk hide.
Whether you’re looking for a rustic wedding or a Black-Tie affair, Heyward Manor is the place for all your wildest dreams to come true. The simplicity of the white walls, cedar beams and countryside background can be customized to your own unique taste with all the modern conveniences at your fingertips, including heating and air, built-in speakers, four restrooms, a hidden kitchen with a separate access door and much more.
“This is so much more than a barn,” are words every Heyward Manor bride has spoken, and we would agree. This special venue was designed and built by brothers Don and Jake Black and is situated on hundreds of acres of land on their wholesale tree farm- Charlie’s Creek Nursery. Heyward, an Old English name meaning “keeper of the forest,” was a title that was often given to those charged with protecting a piece of land from vandals, animals and poachers.
Heyward also happened to be the name of Don and Jake’s father and as the true patriarch of the family, he helped his sons begin Charlies Creek Nursery years ago, pouring love, sweat and tears into the land that surrounds the Manor. Diagnosed with leukemia, Heyward Black’s final dream was to see this beautiful venue finished. Two weeks before he passed away and joined his Heavenly Father, Heyward attended the very first wedding ever held within these walls – that of his granddaughter’s where he stole the show and danced the night away.
Heyward Manor is indeed more than a barn. It is the product of a very special vision that two families dreamed of and worked to bring to life. It is our home. Now, we would like to share that vision with you in order to make every bride’s hopes and dreams for the best day of their life come true.
"I have found the one
whom my soul loves."
-Song of Solomon 3:4
MR. HEYWARD BLACK DANCING WITH HIS GRANDDAUGHTER AT HEYWARD MANOR