One struggle I hear most of the time with brides and wedding professionals is finding a unique space for your Nashville rehearsal dinner. A small space with character that can accommodate about 30-50 people is usually what brides are looking for. And let me tell you, I've found the space that can check all of these boxes! It's called The Lodge in Franklin - a hidden gem right off of I-65 in Franklin provides brides with a hip, modern take on rehearsal dinners. A co-working space by day (you can apply here to be a part of their entrepreneur community) and event space by night, The Lodge is that alternative space to host your next small-scale event. With cross back chairs and farm tables provided, The Lodge's decor with leather couches, wrought iron chandeliers and reclaimed wood provides a unique space for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or even small intimate weddings. Plus, Honest Coffee Roasters has a coffee bar right on site! Check out our interview below with founder, Amanda to learn more about the unique space...
Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.
Amanda: The Lodge offers Franklin’s beauty, southern warmth & hospitality. A great location for seminars, trainings, day retreats, business retreats, rehearsal dinners, parties, showers, and more. We may be new on the block but we have years of collective experience. Our venue opened January 2017. We have several options available from planning a business retreat to a beautiful rehearsal dinner and small intimate weddings. Great events don’t just happen! We believe they start with listening to what our clients need and desire. We promote an quaint enjoyable and stress free experience so you can enjoy your event/day.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Amanda: Our strengths lie in the small events. We can host 50 guests in our building. Creating a family like environment away from home. An intimate gathering space.
What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?
Amanda: Shall we say shiplap, shiplap, shiplap! We have a beautiful space that doesn’t require any extra effort. From our white shiplap walls, exposed brick to our antique chandeliers, our space is ready for the bride’s special day. There’s an authentic farmhouse vintage feel without having to leave the city limits of Franklin.
Thank you so much for sharing your incredible and unique space with us, Amanda! Be sure to check out The Lodge Franklin's website here and follow them over on Instagram here. Happy venue shopping!
Today's the day! We've been counting down for months now and working hard on our Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party! Acme Feed & Seed is so gracious to host us for the event! Plus, they are providing some delicious desserts for us to try. You've known Acme Feed & Seed resides at 101 Broadway where it's all happening in Nashville - with 4 glorious floors of space with plenty of options to tickle your fancy. But did you know about their 3rd floor The Hatchery? This is where the #NBGLaunch is taking place and we must say - it's the perfect industrial downtown wedding venue in Nashville! With historical brick walls and large windows and ceilings to the gorgeous wood floors, there's plenty of open space to decorate any way you want to! I could go on, but I'll let the good folks at Acme Feed & Seed take it from here!
Tell us about The Hatchery!
The Hatchery on the 3rd Floor of the Acme is the largest one-level event and music venue on Lower Broadway, with a capacity of 200 seated, 350 for a standing reception and 499 for a concert. Inspired by the long held moniker of the building, Acme Feed & Hatchery, the 7,000 square foot venue provides unparalleled character, historic charm and an open floor plan with endless opportunity to transform the space. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville with views of the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park, The Hatchery offers a truly one-of-a-kind and uniquely “Nashville” setting ideal for any event. Acme Feed & Seed opened in 2014, however the building has been here for over a century.
What are some amenities that are unique to Acme and unlike other wedding venues in Nashville?
Acme is a very historic venue. With our location at the prime spot in downtown Nashville, there's so much we can offer to brides! Serving TomKats catering gives us an edge where brides can choose their menus in-house. Our service regarding your event details is bar none. We can even source your event entertainment! Customized Acme retail is another perk of the venue - so you can take home some Acme branded treasures to remember your day by. Adding an extra element of how walkable Acme is - you can step right out onto Broadway and continue the party at one of the local honkey tonks (or one of our other floors!).
The Hatchery provides tons of natural light for day weddings! The tall windows on two perimeter walls give guests the view of downtown Nashville while the light makes the space very photogenic. Not to mention, there's so much history in the century old building - we've renovated it to create a raw event space to suit your own taste and style. Another reason brides are attracted to The Hatchery is our food! We have over 30 years of catering experience in Nashville and our menus are so unique to each and every event. We even cater to the stars! Plus, the 4th floor has been named top rooftop in America!
Wow - with an all-inclusive service for your wedding, you won't even have to think about outside food, drinks, tables, chairs + more! The Hatchery provides so much ease to your planning process (I know first-hand!) and gives you one of the coolest vibes for your Nashville wedding! Be sure to check them out here on their website and follow along on their events Instagram page here!
There's nothing like an outdoor fall wedding in Tennessee... Embracing the southern culture, showing off the beautiful countryside and setting the stage for meaningful moments with your loved ones - it's priceless. Megan + David took all of these factors into account and created a wedding that was uniquely "them". From the donut dessert table to all of Megan's DIY projects (she's got some talent!) and the deeply rooted spiritual aspect was a day their guests will not soon forget. The Barn at Sycamore Farms created a stunning backdrop for the day - and you can start swooning over the photos from Meredith Teasley as you scroll down and learn more about this couple's story!
About the couple from the photographer, Meredith Teasley: Megan is from Nashville, and David is from Atlanta. They met in college. After graduation, David moved back home to Atlanta while Megan finished school, then she moved down to Georgia to be with him. They dated for 4 years – long distance for over 2 of them. Megan shares that this was definitely the toughest part but strengthened their relationship in ways nothing else could. They tied the knot at the Barn at Sycamore Farms in Arrington, TN. The ceremony was on an island in water with a bridge entrance + reception in the grand barn event space decorated with glamorous drapery + lights and lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Megan shares that one of the highlights of her day was taking sunset photos under a 100-year-old sycamore tree.
From the bride, Megan on her DIY projects: In place of a communion/unity candle/etc., I cut out 300 small “prayer cards” and stamped “Megan & David” on the top. During this time [in the ceremony], my grandparents came up to pray over us while the minister asked the audience to write down on their card one thing they’d commit to praying for the couple during this season, then placing it in a basket on their way out of the ceremony. I also created framed skyline cut out records (one of Nashville + one of Atlanta, our two homes) in place of guest books. Close family friends of ours cut wood pieces from trees they’d recently chopped down in their backyard to design and make the display stumps for all of the donuts in our dessert room! Another couple that had thrown us a shower a few weeks prior to the wedding surprised us with a life-size cardboard cut out photo of us!! So we set that up at our photobooth and our guests loved taking pictures with the "fake us!"
Inspiration behind the day, from the bride, Megan: We tried to think of anything and everything that was “us” – from our musician, Gabe Dixon, growing up at my Nashville church to David’s American flag socks to our donut room. I kept saying, “All I want is for it to feel like us and just be the most happy day for everyone there.” Besides that – our strong faith is the most important aspect to our lives. Understanding what a holy commitment marriage is, we poured scripture throughout the ceremony and entire day.
Favorite memories of the day: We decided not to do a first look, to make that moment when we first saw each other walking down the aisle even more special to us. Since we’d been apart all day and were so ready to finally be together, we accidentally were facing and staring at only each other instead of the officiant for the first part of the ceremony. I was even squirming and dancing and laughing…! We were silently whispering sweet compliments to each other thinking no one could see or notice us... We were just so full of excitement and bursting with joy to finally be getting married! Our other favorite memory was having my grandparents who have been married 54 years come up to pray for us during the ceremony, while our guests each wrote down one thing they would commit to praying over our new journey together on prayer cards that I made. It was a very beautiful, spiritual moment. Another favorite moment was when we entered the reception….oh my goodness! We entered into a standing ovation that lasted a solid minute. It was definitely the most overwhelming part of the day, taking it all in – that so many people came for us!
Thank you so much for sharing these incredible moments with us Meredith and Megan! What an incredibly spiritual and gorgeous day it was! You can see more of Meredith Teasley's work on her website here and also on her Instagram page! Happy Friday!
Valentine's Day is approaching quickly... do you have any Valentine's Day plans around Nashville? If not, I have some great news... Homestead Manor, one of the premier wedding venues and restaurants in the Nashville area is hosting their Valentine's Day Grand Dance! It's this coming Saturday, February 11th from 8pm-11pm. So if you're looking to eating some great food, spend time with your honey + others in the community, and dance the night away with a way different vibe than a downtown honky tonk, this is the event for you! Read more to see our special offer just for Nashville Bride Guide readers!
The event is complete with appetizers and desserts (Triple Crown Bakery, anyone?) and not to mention, the bubbly will be flowing all night (yes, you'll get 2 drink tickets!). And with the 10-piece band The Downtown Band, you'll be grooving all the way until 11pm!
This past September, Sycamore Farms, a luxury venue in Arrington, TN, opened its doors to the public to show us all what they have to offer. I had the privilege of attending the event and Sycamore Farms is every rustic meets glam bride's dream! The Sycamore Farms staff along with a team of many local wedding professionals created a dreamy setting for industry leaders, brides and the community to enjoy at the open house. Firefly Events added their deisgn touches and planned the event while Jenna Henderson lent her hand in photographing all of the details! Take a look:
How did you showcase different areas of the venue?
Rebecca: Firefly Events designed the event from food, drinks and entertainment to highlight all areas of the property. Every area had seating, food, drink and access to entertainment so our guests could see the different capabilities of the main hall, ladies lounge, gentlemen's quarters, island, sycamore veranda, lakeside veranda and even underneath the sycamore tree. Guests wanted to tour the venue to see it all but also to try the signature cocktails and sample everyone's food.
What were some special decor or event ideas used at the open house that stood out?
Rebecca: You can see by the pictures that the décor was gorgeous! So many rich colors and textures on the tables. The draping was over the top beautiful! It highlighted the chandelier and 45 ft. ceilings. Floral design in each area was unique and beautiful.
What was the feedback you received from the open house?
Rebecca: Amazing and beautiful! Everyone loved the venue, enjoyed the delicious food and amazing signature drinks and entertainment by the live painter and fire dancers. So many planners, vendors and brides said that they were excited to see this size venue come to Nashville.
You can find more info on Sycamore Farms' Open House on their blog here. And be sure to contact them for a tour of the barn in Arrington, TN!
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