White Sulphur Springs - April 15, 2015: The Greenbrier, the classic American destination resort in the foothills of West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, broke ground today on construction of The Greenbrier’s new wedding chapel. The chapel is being constructed by Cochran Construction Company, which has worked closely with the Justice family for 40 years. The scheduled completion date is set for August 28, 2015.

The Greenbrier's chapel renderings

For well over two hundred years, The Greenbrier has survived and flourished by adapting to changing times. The current Greenbrier has evolved from a primitive sulphur spring in the wilderness in the late eighteenth century to today’s grand elegance. However, the resort maintains its premier status because of an ability to blend smart changes with solid traditions.

The Greenbrier’s latest venture is beginning to take shape on the broad and lovely lawn at the foot of the historic Presidents’ Cottage Museum and Paradise Row Legacy Cottages. The new wedding chapel will complement the simple architectural lines of those earlier buildings and will draw on the resort’s long tradition as a romantic rendezvous destination. Back in the day when matchmaking was an art, it was practiced at the highest level at “The White,” as the resort was once called by those who frequented it. Decades before the Civil War, a certain Colonel William Pope organized The Billing, Wooing and Cooing Society in the resort’s ballroom.  Nominally the dance instructor, Colonel Pope’s real function was arranging introductions between eligible young people with an eye to marriage. His plan seemed to work: in 1835 he reported ten marriages and fifty courtships in progress.

Over seventy-five years ago, local historian Perceval Reniers put Colonel Pope’s organization into its larger context: “The Billing, Wooing and Cooing Society [recognized] that no other place in the South was the equal of White Sulphur Springs for the making of marriages. You took the sulphur water or you took a mate, and with both it was the same—there was no knowing what the effect would be.”

In the nineteenth century, couples courted at the resort but rarely married there. The Greenbrier, however, was widely seen as a delightful honeymoon destination and as an attractive location for significant wedding anniversaries.

But with the expanding popularity of destination weddings made possible by air travel, The Greenbrier has found itself in the enviable role of being the perfect wedding site.  The beautiful mountain setting, the stunning interior décor, and the sense of privacy provided to those who long to be away from the cares of the outside world, all make The Greenbrier a particularly appealing wedding venue. Add to that the almost tangible aura of romance generated by years of couples wandering the paths throughout the property. One journalist wrote one hundred years ago: “It has been poetically said that at The White the fire flies that brighten the nights of summer are all the love words that have been breathed by generations of happy lovers.”

Thus, The Greenbrier embarks on a new venture deeply rooted in the resort’s long history. That combination of respect for the past and an eye toward the future produced the vision of a new wedding chapel. With the resort’s wealth of resources, talent and experience focusing on the dreams of “happy lovers,” there is no limit to the magical moments that lie ahead.

Please stay tuned for more information about the new wedding chapel. If you would like to learn more about weddings at The Greenbrier, please visit

The Greenbrier's wedding history

Nestled in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: five golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility, along with an exciting new 2,500 seat tennis stadium named Center Court at Creekside, celebrating its grand opening on June 20, 2015; The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The New Orleans Saints Training Camp, The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup Event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds. 


Erik Hastings
Director of Communications

Maren White
Director of Wedding Events
Tel: 304-536-4951