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meet the team



Owners & Founders

Steve and Somong's story could be one that is right out of a movie. Steve grew up a half a mile from the Lavonia Crest property and Somong grew up in Thailand and fate would bring them together. Steve enlisted in the US Army after high school and he was stationed in Thailand during the late 1970's. Somong worked at the same military base and it was love at first site. After dating for three years, Steve was eventually discharged and moved back to North Carolina. They were still in love and wrote letters to each other for a year before Somong was able to save enough money to move to the USA. They had a small wedding and started a new life together. They were able to lease the land where Lavonia Crest is now and they farmed it together for many years by growing tobacco and squash. The vision of Lavonia Crest wouldn't come for many years but in 2007 it became official when the two were finally able to buy the property. 



Venue Coordinator

Randy is the son of Steve and Somong and he coordinates all the weddings at Lavonia Crest. He will be your main point of contact when it comes to booking and planning  your event. Randy is a graduate of  East Tennessee State University with a bachelors degree in engineering and currently lives in Tennessee. When he is not coordinating weddings on the weekends, he works in engineering full time.

Lavonia Crest has always been a very special place for Randy since he grew up helping his parents in the design and construction of this property. Many close friends and family members get married here and he loves being able to assist in those events. 

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