When a local country artist gets married, the whole town of Nashville jumps for joy! That was the case with Aaron Goodvin! He and his wife Victoria wed at Franklin's Autumn Crest Farm this past August. Aaron + Victoria's wedding footage was so cinematic and inspiring that he featured it in his new music video for "Woman in Love". The rolling hills of Autumn Crest Farm in the background set the scene for Aaron singing about his one true love - Victoria! Aaron Goodvin is no stranger to the music business with songs credited for artists such as Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery and Cole Swindell. Check out the gorgeous video featuring footage from their actual wedding day!
How did you and your wife meet? Tell us your love story!
Aaron: Victoria and I initially met in Key West, at the Key West Songwriters Festival. But it was very brief and I openly admit I don't remember meeting her there. She took a picture of me and a couple friends at the pool that day. 6 months later in front of the Bar "Losers" in mid-town i was heading out and she was heading in walking with a friend of mine who said "Aaron, do you know Victoria?" I said "I don't believe I have," and she said, "Actually..." and I was like man, how could I not remember her? The conversation ended that night like this and I began to walk to my truck to head home she said, "maybe we do need to hang out sometime" and I asked, "do I need to get your number?" And the rest is history!
How long have you been playing music?
Aaron: I started singing in karaoke/talent competitions at 11. Started playing guitar and writing songs at 12. So I would say coming up on 20 years.
How would you describe your musical style?
Aaron: I like to call it "real" music. Thats why I always loved country music because it always seemed to be talking about the truth and real things that happen in real life. I have always been influenced by great songs and undeniable hits. If you like Eric Church and Randy Houser You'll love my stuff.
Why did you want to feature your wedding in your music video?
Aaron: It actually wasn't the original plan at all. The initial treatment for the video was I was going to playing in the background while a different couple got "married." My publiscist at Warner Canada, Steve Waxman, was the one who piped up in a meeting and said, "Hello, isn't Aaron getting married at the end of the month? Why don't we just shoot his wedding." I think everyone was hesitant at first and was mostly worried about what Victoria would think of that. Her being the amazingly supportive woman she is, said, "Ya, I love it. We have to do it."
What is the meaning behind the song?
Aaron: "Woman in Love" is really just a feel-good song about how a woman looks and feels when she is in love. Everything around her just seems to light up . What I love most about this song is we wrote it (Brice Long, Bart Butler & I) without it coming off too soft and fluffy. That's always the challenge when it comes to songs like this. I feel like it connects so well because it just is what it is.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Aaron! You can check out more of Aaron's music on his website here.
I am so very excited to introduce Reunion Stay in today's post! Reunion Stay is a luxury wedding venue with accommodations for your guests right here in the Nashville area! Located off of Lewisburg Pike in Franklin, TN, Reunion Stay is absolutely perfect for an intimate wedding weekend with close friends and family. I had the privilege of touring the property this past summer and it is absolutely breathtaking! Each and every room has its own unique and modern design - it's perfect for the artsy Nashville bride hosting out of town guests. Inside the beautiful home, there's room to fit about 50 guests for an event with sleeping room for about 20. Outside, the surrounding farmland gives a peaceful backdrop to your day with acres of property to host a tented wedding. Not to mention all of the fun you can have in the game room and in the pool with your bridesmaids and groomsmen! Seriously, this is the perfect spot for a family-oriented wedding weekend in Nashville! I could go on, but I'll let Monica with Reunion Stay tell the rest of the story!
Tell us about Reunion Stay!
Monica: Reunion Stay is a place for reunions and events with luxury accommodations. Whether you’re planning a wedding, family reunion or event of any kind, there are many considerations to be made if you want your special milestone to be a memorable one, and it all begins with the location. The estate exceeds 13,000 square feet of indoor space with 11 bedrooms (4 king/6 queen/ 1 twin bunk), 9 full bathrooms and an extra room that can be used however you like. The entire property has recently been renovated. All modern & chic. The property lies on 7 acres of land, allowing for ample parking of 100 cars or more, with an additional 20+ places to park on paved areas. The entire house has undergone extensive renovations incorporating modern design and contemporary features with a wide array of amenities for you to enjoy during your stay. Two separate kitchens contain everything you need to serve meals comfortably, while a gas grill located outside will allow you to throw a full-on barbecue as you soak up the sun and celebrate your event. Whenever you feel like cooling off you can jump in the large swimming pool equipped with two slides (one short, one 60-foot long), or, for a more laid-back setting, you can take a dip in the relaxing hot tub, perfect for enjoying the outdoor scenery at nighttime. Whether you need to occupy the kids or just want to feel like one yourself, we have a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy. Our game room includes: Playstation and X-Box, 55-inch TV, pool table, air hockey, foosball, table tennis/ ping pong, darts.. If you’re looking for some outdoor fun we also have soccer nets, a basketball hoop and many more. Plus, we have a gym/fitness room, and 1000 square feet of multi-purpose room with a huge screen for presentations/slide shows on the lower level.
How long have you been in business?
Monica: We purchased this property 3 years ago. After extensive renovations we opened quietly in July.
What's the philosophy behind Reunion Stay?
Monica: At Reunion Stay our goal is to provide you with an exquisite venue that will transport you and your guests into a world of luxury, style and unforgettable surroundings.
What are your strengths compared to other venues?
Monica: There are many! How amazing is it that you can conduct all of your wedding weekend activities & festivities all in one place? From the rehearsal dinner, to photo ops, wedding ceremony, reception, brunch... you name it! Then, everyone stays under ONE luxurious roof! Everyone all in one place! What memories! SO unique. Great when you have guests coming from out of town.
What attracts brides to Reunion Stay?
Monica: We have so many options. The possibilities are limitless. Having all of your nearest & dearest staying with you at the the venue is such a treat. Not having to congregate at a restaurant, or a lobby. Just to be able to "hang out"!!
Describe the bride who is most attracted to having their wedding at Reunion Stay.
Monica: She is creative. Wants her Wedding to be memorable- for EVERYONE!! She is a bride who will be a guest at her own wedding. Our bride wants to enjoy every second of her wedding weekend!
What is the most innovative or trendy aspect of Reunion Stay that brides might appreciate?
Monica: That this venue is out in the country. So private & breathtaking. Then the moment you walk inside the house it is so modern. So chic. Clean. Streamlined. Like Nashville! Sky's the limit. You can create a rustic wonderland, an evening of Great Gatsby, disco by the pool... you name it!
Is there anything else you'd like to share about the property?
Monica: Our venue serves as vacation rental home, a corporate retreat, and many other things. The variety our property offers is remarkable.
Check out more details on Reunion Stay on their website and be sure to follow them on Instagram for the latest and greatest updates!
Say hello to the new rustic chic - boho farm weddings! From flower crowns, greenery wreaths, and boho accents like macramè doilies and jewel toned accents, this styled inspiration shoot is right on trend! The photos by Swak Photography tell the story of a whimsical boho couple getting married at Meadow Hill Farm with unique details outlining their day. One of those unique details is The ShutterBus - a VW Bus converted into a photo booth (!!). We absolutely love every detail created by Inspired Help and we can't wait to see more work from this group of Nashville area wedding professionals!
Sports fanatics Ellesse + Chris married in a historic hometown mansion, Briar Rose Hill, in Gallatin, TN. Chris is a huge Cubs fan and little did he know that a few weeks after his wedding day, the Cubs would win the World Series for the first time in 108 years! What a great year for the Smiths! Plus, Ellesse's creativity shined through all of the personalized touches in the wedding - from her baseball Toms shoes to her "something blue" "Mrs. Smith" embroidered under the layers of her wedding dress. Although it poured down rain on their wedding day, Ellesse + Chris' love was shown through all of their family, kids and friends who joined them on their special day. You can see it in all of their photos beautifully captured by Kellie Mueller Photography. Take a look at all of their beautiful photos and check out our interview with Briar Rose Hill's venue manager, Miranda!
Miranda: Chris is a quiet, calm, father of 2 boys. He was raised in Gallatin and loves baseball. He has coached his sons baseball team to back to back championships for 2 years straight. He loves the Chicago Cubs and his weimeriner dog, Cooper. Ellesse is an outgoing, talkative mom to a 5 year old daughter. She was raised in Hendersonville and spent a few years in Chattanooga, TN for nursing school. She loves sports and shopping. The couple met online in March 2015, and married in September 2016.
What was their theme and what inspired it?
Miranda: Chris and Ellesse wanted a feminine rustic feel to their wedding. Chris proposed to Ellesse at a surprise birthday party for her. She opened up his present which, was a wooden tree slab painted "Happy Birthday" on the top side. When she flipped it over it said "Will you marry me" and they got engaged in front of their children, and their closest friends and family. The couple wanted to carry on the theme of the wooden slab throughout the wedding. The invitations had a wooden slab in the background, some centerpieces were on the wooden slab, and the cake was on one also. Ellesse is bubbly and girly, so she wanted feminine aspects to the rustic feel. This was done using bright pinks and purple florals, large lanterns, flower filled mason jars, raspberry colored bridesmaids dresses, and more!
What details were used to create their theme?
Miranda: Because of Chris's many seasons as a baseball coach, and close friends of their kids, they knew many children would be at the wedding. They wanted the children to have as much fun as the adults. They planned on having games setup in the yard, but the rain detoured the couple's plans, and instead the children had just as much fun on the dance floor. The couple also added a popcorn bar and a candy bar (and of course an open bar for the adults). Round tables were setup at the reception with raspberry colored napkins laying underneath porcelain gray plates.
Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?
Miranda: Chris's two sons so handsomely walked Ellesse down the aisle to her groom. Ellesse's daughter was the flower girl. Contrary to normal traditions, Chris and Ellesse spent their wedding morning at the baseball field, doing what they love. The couple also had a "first look" during the one single hour that day of no rain. Ellesse wore white Toms as wedding shoes that were personalized across the top saying "Mrs. Smith" with baseball stitches in the background. She also embroidered the bottom of her dress to say "Mrs. Smith" as her something blue.
Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?
Miranda: Rain, rain and more rain. All day long. In hopes of it clearing out, they waited until the last minute to move the ceremony under a tent. The first few rows were individual chairs for the family, and the other guests sat at round tables. Ellesse walked out of the Briar Rose house and was covered with an aisle of umbrellas (by the BRH staff) until we reached the tent.
Sending a huge thanks to Briar Rose Hill for sending us Ellesse + Chris's beautiful wedding photos that show off the space so well! You can check out Briar Rose Hill's website here or follow them on Instagram. Happy Friday!
Most brides want a wedding that is unique but also budget-friendly. And it's sometimes hard to achieve both of these at your wedding! However, I've heard through the grapevine that some Nashville brides are opting for untraditional ceremony seating: theatre seating! What is theatre style wedding seating? It's hosting your ceremony and reception in the same room - your guests sit at the reception tables during your ceremony. Guests will feel comfortable having a "home base" for the night at their selected seat. Plus, theatre style seating is easy on the budget - you won't have to pay for a room flip (from ceremony seating to reception table setup) and your entire wedding will be in one centralized location! This is especially helpful when your wedding venue does not have two separate areas for your ceremony and reception. Or if you are worried about rain on your wedding day, theatre style ceremony seating might be for you! Here's some theatre style seating inspiration for your Nashville wedding!
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