ROGERS, Ky. – Deep within the heart of the Red River Gorge, Events at Hemlock Springs provides a stunning wedding and event venue situated on a pristine 100-acre estate.
While exploring the property, one might stumble upon the natural wonders the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. Complete with rock shelters, waterfalls, streams, mountain meadows, and various wildlife, Hemlock Springs offers a sense of serenity for guests. Scenic hikes can be arranged on the property for retreats or weekend wedding guests.
Owners Skip and Liz Pulliam want to preserve the natural beauty of the area, so Hemlock Springs has incorporated green building techniques that meet the International Energy Conservation Code requirements. Because of this, you will be able to plan a luxury Red River Gorge wedding and event venue in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner.
This business endeavor comes with quite a unique backstory. Skip and Liz are both outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. They have been since childhood and although they explored some of the same areas, adventured down the same trails, and camped in some of the same sites, their paths never crossed until many years later. After a mutual friend introduced the two, they blossomed into a great love story.
Skip owned a cabin and barn on the property in 2005. At the time, the couple worked in two separate states and only saw each other on the weekends at Skip’s cabin. He had built a 6,000-square-foot building on the property a few years before he met Liz, but their dream was to be together full-time. An idea for their future sprang from that desire. In 2015, they started working on the ceremony site for their own wedding, which launched them into the potential to open a business.
They were aware of the increased tourism to the area and thought perhaps an event facility might be a possibility. They launched into in-depth market research for the next year to determine whether this was a viable option. After crunching the numbers, visiting other facilities, and talking to many professionals, they made the decision to start this new journey together. They had their work cut out for them and wasted no time in getting started. In 2018, Events at Hemlock Springs held their first event.
Skip and Liz knew it was essential to have an online presence to reach their audience. SOAR recently made contact with them to offer guidance and resources for financial assistance during COVID-19. Additionally, Lauren Blankenship, a Business and Innovation Champion at SOAR connected them with MACED (Mountain Association for Community Economic Development) to help them become even more eco-friendly through reducing environmental impact.
Hemlock Springs have hosted many events, including their first Makers Market this past December, where they showcased local artists in the area and has been selected as one of the Hottest New Venues in the World by the Venue Report. Couples travel from all over the world to experience a wedding at Hemlock Springs making it one of the most popular places to get married in Kentucky.