In 1997, the Martin’s granddaughter, Laura, and her husband, Fred Mackey, built their perfect lakefront home on a portion of Red Gate Farms they inherited from her grandparents. The lake, ponds and streams, Southern storied trees, and their vision for verdant, flowerful gardens—everything about the natural space inspired them to construct their Georgian-style residence to be stunningly gorgeous yet comfortable—a quiet beauty designed to invite joy and peace.
That said, building the home inspired both Fred and Laura, in particular, who as a revered owner of successful childcare facilities in the Savannah area, embraced every opportunity in life as an adventure. Coincidentally, just as construction was wrapping up, the couple hosted their oldest daughter’s wedding reception, an event that would mark the first of many wonderful parties at their home. Before they knew it, friends started inquiring about holding their weddings there, too. So Laura and Fred dabbled in it, learning the wedding-event ropes. Then with a little advertising in a local wedding magazine, the business officially took off.
Since 1997, the family has hosted countless weddings for brides and grooms from throughout the South, country, and worldwide. People travel from all over, even landing—whether for security, privacy or VIP convenience—an occasional helicopter on site. Today, The Mackey House, recently remodeled and now ADA accessible to ensure the success of upscale, personalized events, continues to be operated by The Mackey Family.