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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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Jacqueline + Christian’s Urban Enchanted Garden Wedding at Houston Station

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vision - you see images on Pinterest, in your head, or even on a wedding blog like this one and seeing it come alive has it's risks. And in the case of Jacqueline + Christian's Houston Station wedding in March, their vision exceded expectations IRL! The cascading floral light fixture as the centerpiece of their wedding was absolutely stunning! The deep reds mixed with turquoise was a great color choice as winter turned to spring and the setting of the urban, industrial Houston Station created an environment unlike any other. Frozen Exposure so beautifully captured the day and Jacqueline + Christian's love story! Read below to hear all about their day straight from Jacqueline...



Jacqueline Scott + Christian Mondelli

Houston Station

230 Guests


$40,000 – 50,000

Wedding Team:

Venue | Houston Station

Photographer | Frozen Exposure

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Catering | Clean Plate Club

Florist | Elaine McCord Designs

Lighting | Southern Sky

DJ | Snyder Entertainment

Cakes | Cakecrusader

Wedding Dress | Posh Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Suits | Men's Wearhouse

Hair + Makeup | MHD Beauty

Tell us about your engagement!

Jacqueline: Well...we are high school sweethearts. Been together since we were both sixteen, so it was long awaited. Christian picked me up from work and I thought we were going to dinner for his birthday. He made up some elaborate story about why we needed to go to the pedestrian bridge and I unknowingly went along with it. When we got to the middle of the bridge he got down on one knee and proposed. Funny thing is, before I asked him I said "did you ask my dad" and then I said YES!

What was your theme and what inspired it?

Jacqueline: Enchanted Garden. I wanted it to feel enchanting and romantic with an urban/geometric twist. I think we for sure accomplished this. The hanging floral chandeliers were the highlight for me. Gorgeous, [in person!]. 

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?

Jacqueline: I tried to evenly distribute throughout. I did splurge on my wonderful photographer/videographers though!

What words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Jacqueline: Live in the moment because it goes by so quickly! And don't sweat the small stuff, have fun!

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

Jacqueline: The whole day was special!!! Seeing my husband, dad and brother for first looks were pretty special though.

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Jacqueline! You can check out more on the urban, inddustrial wedding venue, Houston Station right here in Nashville, TN on their website here. And also make sure you check them out on Instagram!



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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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Reunion Stay: The Nashville Area’s Resort Accommodations for Wedding Guests

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

If you're looking for a great place for your guests to stay during your wedding, look no further than Reunion Stay! Give your guests a resort-like feel with the modern pool and luxurious + modern bedrom decor. With 11 rooms of pure tranquil bliss, your guests will feel relaxed just in time for your wedding and will also have a blast being in the same house with the rest of the fam! Reunion Stay showcased their most resort-like features in their latest blog post and we're here to relive the whole summertime fun experience in Nashville! Take a look at their poolside slice of paradise below!


One of the best things about being able to take some time off is the possibility of pulling the plug on your daily routine, even if only for a little bit. Imagine getting rid of your job commitment or every-day-life, and turn to a place of complete and utter relaxation, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life. This is pretty much what we set out to offer here at Reunion Stay. When we came up with this concept, our vision was simple: making sure that everything would be absolutely perfect for people looking to experience the luxury of a private resort, and relax with the ultimate comfort at their disposal. Located in a charming countryside setting, about 20 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee, our stunning property Reunion Stay features the charm and vision of the timeless Southern land, over 7 acres of stunning space.

Our finely decorated property boasts dream-like looks that fall somewhere in between modern and old-fashioned, as well as much space to cater to your every need and desire. There are 11 rooms, which are perfect to host even large parties, you can bring your extended family and or friends along for a great vacation resort experience. In addition to the many rooms available and the ample and comfortable lodging possibilities, the house itself is full of high quality amenities that will make you feel at home, away from home. The space is tailored to many different situations, and you will can host a wide variety of events. 

Read the rest of Reunion Stay's resort post here on their blog!

Check out more details on how your family can rent Reunion Stay here! And also be sure to follow them on Instagram!


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Questions to Ask Your Venue Manager from The Barn at Sycamore Farms {Pt. 1}

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Photo by Meredith Teasley

You're engaged - congrats! One of the first decisions you'll be making is where you're getting married. And like we said last week, there are so many great wedding venue options in Nashville. One of my favorites is The Barn at Sycamore Farms! The luxury indoor/outdoor venue in Arrington, TN is picturesque and beautiful inside and out! I spoke with Marissa from Sycamore Farms about booking your wedding venue - what are the best questions to ask a venue manager? How do you know the right information to know that the venue is exactly what you're looking for? In the words of Marissa, she says, "Ask away! There is no such thing as stupid questions!" To make sure there are no surprises down the line, keep reading to see The Barn at Sycamore Farms' take on the questions you should ask your venue manager below. And stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of their advice!

The Most Common Questions Couples Ask a Venue Manager:

What is the guest count of the ceremony location(s)?

Where are the ceremony location options?

What is the guest count of reception space(s)?

Where are the reception location options?

How many parking spaces are available?

Where is the nearest hotel for guest accommodations?

Should I get a wedding coordinator?

What does the price include?

Are tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception included?

When can we arrive at the venue?

How late can we stay at the venue?

How early can we get on site, and have to be off property?

Are we required to use your vendors?

Can we bring our own food and/or alcohol?


Questions You Should Ask Your Venue Manager:

What are the responsibilities of the venue and staff?

What are my responsibilities as the client?

What are the responsibilities of the vendors, according to the venue staff?

What information do I need to provide the venue, when?

Other things to note:

Make sure to get a list of items that are included in the price quoted. This lets you know a hard cost and reference of how to budget all other details moving forward, and ensures you know exactly what you are getting. Always try to get things in writing, its easy to answer a question over the phone, but also easy to forget it a year later when the event takes place. Always send emails of specifics, especially financial questions, to reference later.

Make sure you completely understand the following: total cost, what is included in the venue cost, all rules and regulations of the venue (ex: county codes: must be off property no later than midnight)

Thank you so much for sharing such valuable insight with us, Marissa! And while you're venue shopping, be sure to check out The Barn at Sycamore Farms - with a gorgeous custom built-in chandelier, lake & island along with a beautiful bridge and state of the art barn, it's seriously such an incredible choice if you're looking for an upscale wedding venue in the Tennessee countryside. Check out more here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Instagram here!

The second photo on are all by Jenna Henderson Photography.

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