The Upchurch

The Upchurch


Restored Romantic Wedding Venue in Apex


The Upchurch is an inclusive wedding venue in Apex NC. Owner Cara Powell saved a historic property and planned a dream event space with weddings in mind. In 2022, she opened this gorgeous restored home and an accompanying event pavilion. Now, just minutes from Raleigh and Cary, couples can host weddings for up to 250 guests at this artfully curated minimalist venue.

The Perfect Combination of Traditional and Modern – The Upchurch Now Home to Large NC Weddings

The main floor of The Upchurch features multiple rooms and a bar. Imagine wedding portraits at sunset on the restored wraparound porch! Upstairs, discover dedicated getting-ready spaces for both wedding parties. These spaces have gorgeous vintage decor paired with modern touches like a backlit vanity large enough for several guests and plenty of seating areas. Book this house for an intimate event, such as roaming cocktails or a small seated dinner.

As if restoring the historic Upchurch-Williams house wasn’t enough, Cara built an additional event space on the property. The Conservatory has a chic greenhouse vibe that complements the more traditional Southern house. Between the buildings is the 2,000-square-foot Magnolia Lawn, a green space ideal for your outdoor ceremony of up to 225 or for a sprawling cocktail hour. Cara and her team also installed a new tiered patio area behind the Upchurch-Williams House.

All Inclusive Wedding Venue in Apex

Book your wedding at The Upchurch and enjoy the perk of full service. One of our favorite local caterers will take care of your food and bar services. So, forget about shopping around and trust in Rocky Top Catering. This is a major time saver for your planning!

Learn more about the experience of working with The Upchurch via this featured blog.

The Story Behind The Upchurch Wedding Venue

The Upchurch-Williams House was built in 1905 in Apex, NC. Its classic Queen Anne style is still charming today. In 2018, the house and land were granted Apex Historic Landmark status. 

Cara Powell is the lady behind this major restoration project. She turned the historic home plus the surrounding acreage into The Upchurch NC event venue. Cara had weddings in mind as she made all updates. With more than 16 years of wedding photography experience under her belt as the owner f8 Photo Studios, she has an eye for beauty. Therefore, the construction project is just the tip of the ice-burg. Cara hand-curated all of the art and light fixtures that you’ll find on property. Honestly, host an event at The Upchurch and you’ll feel like you’re in an upscale museum.


The Upchurch Event Pavilion Venue in Apex NC

Venue Features

Waterfront Views, Outdoor Space On-Site, Rehearsal Dinners, On-Site Catering, Estates, Contemporary & Clean
Guest Count
Less than 100, 100-200, Over 200

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