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Amy + Mark’s Sophisticated Southern Wedding at The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sweet tea, family tradition and whiskey are all a part of southern culture and incorporating these elements into your Nashville wedding is always a great idea! Amy + Mark tied the knot at The Barn at Sycamore Farms - a barn wedding venue located in the Nashville area. With the sweet tea flowing, the southern traditions were popping - especially since Amy is from a southern city herself - Charleston, SC! The barn was the perfect place to have a sophisticated southern wedding with their gorgeous grand chandelier as the centerpiece. 120 guests enjoyed they day filled with heartfelt moments - especially between Amy and her dad (I LOVE their first look photos!). Check out all the goodness below from Frozen Exposure Photography


Amy Billings + Mark Keil

The Barn at Sycamore Farms


120 Guests


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Frozen Exposure Photography and Cinematography

Floral Designer | Beyond Details Floral Design

Rentals | Southern Events

Venue | The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Cake Designer | The Sweetest Day

Hair + Makeup | Hair by Mere

DJ | Accent Entertainment

Tell us about your engagement!

Amy: I love every aspect of Christmas- the lights, the trees, the hot chocolate, the music, the cute coats, hats, and scares. Mark set up a date to go see the Christmas decorations at Opryland Hotel. Everything was absolutely beautiful. With our hot chocolate in hand, we bonded up and headed for a carriage ride around the hotel. After this, we took a stroll through the atrium to view the elaborate decorations. Coming to a pause, Mark asked if could wait by the tree so he could find someone to take a good picture for us. After a few minutes or so, he came back with the sweetest little family. The dad began taking a picture and the next thing I knew Mark was down on one knee asking me to marry him. Of course I said "YES, YES, YES!" and the rest was history.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Amy: I am from Charleston, South Carolina and absolutely love the south- the southern charm, the sweet tea, the beautiful places and smiling faces. I wanted to bring my hometown to Nashville. I wanted something sophisticated yet down to earth. I wanted to incorporate cotton, seersucker, bows and bowties, whiskey barrels, and monograms. Both Mark and I are very family oriented so we wanted a ton of fun with family and friends.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Amy: There are so many special moments from our wedding day, it's hard to pick just one! A few include the first look with my dad, the amount of fun I had taking pictures with my bridesmaids before the wedding, the moment I got to see my husband after a long day of waiting as I walked down the isle, looking into the audience and seeing so many of our beloved friends and family, and I can't forget the fun we had dancing all night at the reception.

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Amy: Don't stress! Relax, enjoy, and take in every moment of your special day because it flies by. Yes, there may be a few mixups or mishaps here and there but don't sweat it.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?

Amy: When it comes to a budget and deciding what to put money towards, I recommend putting money into the photography. I have looked through my wedding photos dozens of times and know I will continue to in the years to come. It's worth it to have pictures that you love. Our photographers were a joy to work with!

Thanks so much for sharing these images with us, Tanya! You can check out more of Frozen Exposure's work on their website and also be sure to give them a follow over on Instagram!


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Ashbourne Farms: A Luxury Farm Wedding Experience in Kentucky

Thursday, September 7, 2017

If you're picturing your wedding out in the country on a beautifully renovated historical property with a barn, then I have just the venue for you! It's called Ashbourne Farms - located just a few hours away in Kentucky. The wedding history here is alive and well, couples have tied the knot here since the 1930s and the farm was even given as a wedding gift to a couple from a family member. And if you're looking for an easy planning process, then Ashbourne Farms is a great choice! They provide all the details including farm fresh food that will leave you stress-free! Learn all about the barn and property below!


Tell us about Ashbourne Farms!

Ashbourne Farms is a third-generation farm rooted in traditions born of the bluegrass; a 2,000-acre property that stands in reverence of nature and love for the outdoors. On our historic property, we honor the legacy and values of our family who built this farm and preserved its land. Today we draw from the same well of care, and strive to share the natural beauty of Kentucky through a world-class, luxury farm experience.

Tell us about the venue's legacy.

Ashbourne Farms has enjoyed a few weddings and events for friends and family over the years. The farm was actually a wedding gift to W.L. Lyons Brown and Sally [Shallenburger] Brown. When the farm was founded in 1937, a modest gift from Sally’s grandfather, Ashton Cockayne Shallenburger, provided several Scottish Shorthorn cattle and a bull for the young couple. From meager beginnings, the Browns built this farm from the ground up, suffusing the property with a deep love of agriculture and nature. Their legacy is the foundation upon which the modern-day iteration of Ashbourne Farms flourishes.

What's the philosophy behind Ashbourne Farms?

Years of thoughtful care went into restoring Ashbourne Farms to the picturesque splendor of its heyday. You will find the original farmhouse, erected in the mid-1800’s, restored along with a number of other historic structures. More than that, Ashbourne Farms has nurtured its vision of preservation and natural conservation with intention. In doing so, our family made the decision to open Ashbourne Farms to the public, so that others could experience it's beauty.

What are your strengths compared to other venues?

Ashbourne Farms delivers a well-crafted experience, which is simultaneously luxurious and organic. The all inclusive nature of our pricing means that there are no compromises. Every single client gets the best quality and design available in our market without having to decide between two options based on pricing. Additionally, our transitional space allows your event to flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour, reception, and even a swanky after party on the second floor. Each space has it's own 180 degree views of breathtaking natural scenery and the interior design is so stunning that little has to be done in terms of added décor in order to make it feel like a truly special occasion. We also offer historic farmhouses and a beautifully restored cabin overlooking water in which the bridal party can get ready the day of the wedding. Finally, we've gathered a team of talented and creative experts in their field who are collaborating on every aspect of your event to ensure a flawless delivery.

What attracts couples to Ashbourne Farms?

The Ashbourne Farms bride wants something unique, something organic, and something that is rich in both history and culture. She appreciates the beauty of nature and how the mix of outdoor and indoor space flow together to create something with energy which extends beyond the walls of a "venue". She appreciates food with presentation as refined as it's taste and impeccable service without a pretentious facade, which is why all cuisine is produced in-house incorporating seasonal and organic ingredients grown on the farm. Most importantly she's looking to create a once in a lifetime experience.

What is the most innovative new service at Ashbourne Farms?

We've removed the guesswork, as well as the headache of weighing options such as two hors d'oeuvres or three? Or, do we hire valet? Our well curated list of services are inclusive so that once you're contracted, no corners will be cut. All you have to do is dream and we will offer you our environment, talent and vision to create that dream.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Ashbourne farms is currently booking events for the Summer of 2018.

Photos courtesy of Ashbourne Farms / Andrew Hyslop Photography

Thanks so much for sharing all about the beautiful venue! You can check out more about Ashbourne Farms here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Instagram!

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Brittany + Daniel’s Dream Destination Wedding at Mint Springs Farm

Friday, September 1, 2017

To have the wedding of your dreams can sometimes be few and far between, but Brittany + Daniel achieved just that at their Mint Springs Farms wedding this past July. The Chicago-based couple had a dream of a Nashville barn wedding and Mint Springs Farm offered everything they'd ever dreamed of. The organic chic feel of their wedding with vintage church pews, lace and ribbon everywhere you turn, bold bouquets and blush tones gave way for a romantic summer day. Hear all about the couple's proposal and their dream wedding day straight from Brittany below!

Brittany + Daniel

Mint Springs Farm


Wedding Team:

Photography | Zach & Sarah Photography

Venue + Planning +  Florals | Mint Springs Farm

Bridesmaid Dress | Azazie

Hairpieces | Ryan Mikrut

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Hair + Makeup | Southern Bridal Collective

Groom's Suit | Men's Warehouse

Groom's Ring | Stoberi

Videography | Little Josh Productions

Paper Goods | The Nesting Project

Calligraphy | Jessica Golz

Catering | G Catering

 Cake | B. Jackson Bakery

 Music | Snyder Entertainment

From the bride, Brittany: I (Brittany, the bride) have dreamed of having my wedding at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tennessee. This was going to be a challenge because Dan and I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. To make a long story short, Dan was the man of Brittany's dreams because he took me to Mint Springs Farm to propose and just when I thought things couldn't get any better -- he handed me a card saying that he had booked the venue for 7.7.17.

Fast forward 11 months, we had the most perfect wedding at Mint Springs Farm completed with the best team of Nashville vendors. My inspiration for our wedding was to create a romantic and personal experience for us and all of our out of town guests! Honestly, the pictures speak for themselves- many of our guests echoed my feelings of Mint Springs being one of the most beautiful venues they'd ever been to.

Brittany: I think one of the most special moments was dancing our first dances with a slideshow of photos displayed on the dance floor showing our journey in our relationship but also when dancing with our parents, we displayed slideshows of our childhood. My favorite moment was our ceremony; I had the opportunity to create a ceremony that was personal to us and we had a very close friend marry us! Our song choices were pretty nostalgic to our love of 80s music: first dance was to Faithfully by Journey - an ode to our many car rides where we played air guitar and drums to this classic!

My advice for brides would be a couple things:
1. Step back sometime during your wedding and take in all the people you love being in one place to celebrate you!
2. Slip into your reception hall/venue and see the finished product before your guests enter - Dan and I really enjoyed that moment alone seeing all the hard work come together.
3. Make it personal - try to tie in as many meaningful touches as you can -make it yours!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, Brittany! You can check out more of her photographer, Zach & Sarah's work here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Insta

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Tori + David’s Rustic Barn Wedding at Madison Creek Farms by Sammie B

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's only right for a small town couple to have a small town wedding - and that's exactly what Tori + David did! After a happenstance chance, they met and found out they were from the same small town and never knew each other... and sparks flew from there! The couple chose to marry at Madison Creek Farms - a fully functioning farm with livestock and sunflower fields for days! The summer celebration called for yard games, a food truck and so many fun DIY elements. See all of their photos by Sammie B Photography below and hear more about their love story! 


Tori Bryant + David Broyles

Madison Creek Farms


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Sammie B Photography

Cake Designer | Designer Cakes

Dress Store | Glitz Bridal

Reception Venue | Madison Creek Farms

Invitation Designer | Pop Fizz Creative

Floral Designer | Tullahoma House of Flowers

Food Truck | Maggie Moo's

From the photographer, Sammie B: It all started six years ago with a SunDrop. Yes, you heard me. SunDrop. The ever so sweet, citrusy, way better than a Mountain Dew caffeinated beverage. It was still a local/regional drink at that time so when David met Tori and noticed her sipping on the fizzy drink he asked where she was from. It turns out she was from the same little town that his mother grew up in. Small world, indeed. A few months later, these two crossed paths again at a party and from there things took off…..and fast. Too fast. It apparently freaked them out how quickly their relationship progressed and only one month into the relationship they called it quits. Fast forward six months, these two realized how much they missed one another and decided to give things another go….and this time, just like the last time, sparks flew. For their wedding, they wanted something earthy and fun. They found Madison Creek Farms just north of Nashville. A real working family farm that's known for its organic vegetables, herbs, and wild flowers. And a farm wouldn't be complete without a few chickens and even a very charismatic donkey. For the reception, Tori & David opted for yard games instead of the traditional dancing and bouquet tosses. BeerFrisbee and ice cream were the highlights of the evening!

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Creative Venue Layouts For Nashville Weddings from The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Thursday, August 3, 2017

When it comes to the layout for your wedding - there are so many options! From seated, to cocktail style to lounge seating areas, the options are endless! Speaking with your venue manager and wedding planner can really help you determine the best layout for your guests. So today we have Rebecca from The Barn at Sycamore Farms here to tell us the best ways to utilize each area of the barn - inside and out! From your rain plan to your dance floor, she can help you configure the best way to make your wedding flow and have your guests feel comfortable. Take it away, Rebecca!

Sycamore Farms has so many incredible areas + options for your wedding! Can you give us a brief outline of each area that is offered?

Rebecca: The Main Hall - The main hall can accommodate up to 300 guests at a seated banquet or 400 guests at a cocktail reception. The Barn’s main hall is 3,500 sq ft of open space with 45 ft ceilings. The ballroom is lined with the barn’s natural wavy cedarwood, but the stunner is the 8 ft wide crystal chandelier. This custom creation was handmade and assembled onsite. It is truly breathtaking.  

The Lakeside Veranda - The covered lakeside veranda has a tranquil waterfront view and has the ability to be closed with its own heating facilities. The gorgeous views of the 2-acre lake create a beautiful backdrop for any event. This space a beautiful for smaller guest counts for ceremonies and/ or cocktail hour.

The Sycamore Veranda - The sycamore veranda looks out onto the century-old sycamore tree and has a 65-inch TV perfect for a slideshow presentation. It also features stunning vaulted ceilings and an 8-foot wide fan to keep your guests cool and comfortable. This is also a beautiful rain option for the ceremony if the ceremony cannot be done on our ceremony island, or if you are looking for an inside vision with an outside feel. This is our stunning, primarily cocktail hour area.

Ladies Lounge - Features 3 makeup stations, a lounge area, locking closet for personal items, full length mirror, farm table and bathroom.

Gentlemen's Lounge - Features foosball table, shuffle board table, card table, 2-seat bar, lounge area with large screen TV, bathroom, and locking closet for personal items.

Sycamore Room - This is primality used for catering staff to prep plated meals or set up buffet. It is a great place for additional stations or appetizers.

How can brides utilize the island area at Sycamore Farms?

Rebecca: We call this island, ceremony island. It is used mostly in the spring and summer months as a ceremony location. This space can accommodate 400 seats for a ceremony comfortably, but still looks great with a smaller guest count. This island can be used anyway you like. It is surrounded by a 2 acre lake flowing with large fountains. It would be a great for a ceremony, cocktail hour, entertainment space for yard games, or another place for a bar where your guests could mingle.

What are some unique ways to seat your guests in the large open area of the barn?

Rebecca: Whatever your vision, we can make it happen! Setting in our Main Hall is totally up to you and depends on your guest count.

How would you suggest utilizing the patio area of the barn?

Rebecca: This is our stunning, primarily cocktail hour area. This is also a beautiful rain option for the ceremony or if you are looking for an inside vision with an outside feel. A great place for a photo booth or other fun activities.

Are there any popular seating arrangements you've seen this wedding season?

Rebecca: Yes, our venue is glamorous but keeps a rustic feel. Farm tables have been a great décor main feature for a bride and groom or head table. This rustic element under the 9ft chandelier is stunning.

Thank you for sharing all of your advice with us, Rebecca! It's almost as if you gave us a virtual tour of the venue! You can check out more on The Barn at Sycamore Farms here on their website and also be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

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