The Parker Mill is a historic sawmill wedding venue located in Whittier, North Carolina. This venue has been designed and renovated to specifically cater to essential wedding needs. While it is conveniently located just one mile off of the major highway 74, the structure is comfortably nestled in a private community in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, boasting awe-inspiring views and serene surroundings.
Facilities and Capacity
At The Parker Mill, you can expect verdant surroundings and tasteful, rustic charm. The beautiful bridal suite and a large and industrial groom's quarters will allow you to prepare for your big day in comfort and style. With many scenic photo opportunities, you will have a magnificent backdrop for your photos. A well-equipped caterer's kitchen and preparation space, outdoor grill area, and multiple ceremony sites suitable for all weather types. Whether indoors or outdoors, your day will be a special one. With plenty of nearby parking, pet-friendly ethos, and wheelchair-accessible facilities, you and your guests will have convenient access to the venue. The peak season for this venue is from April to November.
Wedding events that can be hosted at The Parker Mill include your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. The starting site fee includes use of the bridal suite and groom’s quarters to get ready in, with the use of chairs and tables for your event, and on-site parking for you and your guests. WiFi and outside vendor referrals are additionally available.
Alexis and Brock bought an abandoned 1930s sawmill in Whittier in the summer of 2018 and have renovated the building to open a new event venue. The building captured their hearts when they first laid eyes on the oversized barn doors, gorgeous timber-frame ceilings and hardwood floors. These are the exact features that they wanted to highlight in the new venue.
The Parker Mill is conveniently located just off Highway 74 between Sylva and Cherokee and is embedded in national forest parks.
13 Reviews for The Parker Mill
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Lacee S. · Getting married on 10/20/2022
Highly Recommend The Parker Mill!
This venue absolutely exceeded all of our expectations! The Mountain View from the ceremony site had all of our guests in shock! The small details that Brock and Alexis added to this stunning venue is so so special in every way. The grooms suite and bridal suite is so very spacious especially since we had a large bridal party (20)!!! Alexis made sure that we had everything we needed and updated us on the progress of the venue as they were adding on additions. The communication and quick responses made wedding planning very smooth along with the amazing wedding coordinator Ashley Taylor! Our wedding day was so special and beautiful just like we had hoped due to the amazing team of workers associated with this venue! Highly recommend The Parker Mill, where our dreams came true!Sent on 02/06/2021
The Parker Mill's reply:We are so thrilled you chose The Parker Mill to host your big day! Thank you for the kind words and for being so wonderful to work with. We wish you and Colt the very best on your new journey!
Ally W. · Getting married on 01/05/2022
Perfect for us!
We had to reschedule our wedding because of COVID-19 but we really wanted to keep our original date and so we decided to elope. The venue owners were amazing with answering all of our questions and walking us through all of the steps. Their elopement package is perfect for anyone in our situation! The whole place is really beautiful, inside and outside! The bridal suites are absolutely amazing! They really thought out everything to make this the perfect place to get married. The view is just the icing on the cake. The team they put together for the elopement package was perfect. They worked together very well!Sent on 05/28/2020
The Parker Mill's reply:Although it was through unfortunate circumstances, we were so happy to meet you & Mike! You two are a beautiful couple and we wish you many years of happiness. Be sure to visit next time you are in the area!
Samantha G. · Married on 01/09/2021
This wedding venue is beyond anything we could have ever imagined. It is so beautiful and the owners and vendors easily become friends. They have created such an amazing place through a lot of hard work and creativity overlooking the beautiful North Carolina mountains. It could not have been more perfect. I highly recommend this venue to anyone! Alexis and Brock are amazing to work with and I can assure you that you will adore the venue and vendors very quickly.Sent on 02/09/2021
Team of The Parker Mill
Alexis Willey and Brock Parker
Alexis is an orthopedic Physician Assistant originally from Hershey, PA. She found her way to the Western North Carolina area in 2012 shortly after graduating from PA school and has called these mountains “home” ever since. In addition to her love of science/medicine, she also enjoys the art of photography, architecture and building design/decor.
Brock was born and raised in Cherokee, NC where he started his own grading and excavation business, Warpaint Enterprises. On the side, he enjoys creating all types of unique vehicle fabrication projects. From rock bouncers and swamp buggies to rat rods and party buses, he can build it all!
Alexis and Brock met seven years ago in these beautiful mountains. In the summer of 2018 they purchased the mill and with her vision and his skill set, they have worked together to renovate and build a venue that dreams are made of!