Featured Wedding : Jenna + Greg

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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage hosted the wedding of Jenna and Greg in the Cabin by the Spring on October 15, 2017. The couple was exuding love for one another. The entire day was centered around their love for family and friends, making the celebration one for the books.


Photography - Through Victoria's Lens

Florist - In Full Bloom

Catering - Ideal Catering

Cake - Signature Cakes by Vicki

Venue - Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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Every detail of the day was uniquely "Jenna and Greg." Groomsmen donned bowties made from real feathers to perfectly match their navy tuxedos. The eye catching boutonnieres worn by the groom and groomsmen were made by In Full Bloom, which holds significance for the couple. Not only is In Full Bloom one of our beloved local vendors, but Jenna & Greg have been going to them for "Zombie Prom" throughout their relationship.


How gorgeous is Jenna's dress? She looked absolutely perfect with her bouquet bursting with greenery and pops of lavender.


A beautiful and intimate ceremony was held under the terrace around sunset. Not afraid to think outside the box, the couple incorporated some bridal traditions with their own personal style. The bride walked down the aisle to the Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color. A friend officiated the ceremony, which was consistent with the couple making family and friends the most important aspect of the day.

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Copper accents were a major theme throughout the décor. Simple and trendy, never over doing it. The dining room looked amazing with the green from the Eucalyptus branches matching the olive napkins on our white farmhouse tables. Candles and string lights mixed throughout the eucalyptus created the perfect cabin ambiance.

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Family members put the finishing touches on the cake, wrapping it with olive branch and topping with thistle. The cake perfectly matched the theme and tasted amazing!


It was hard to say goodbye as the couple made their exit! It was a night that won't be forgotten. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Winter Weddings

3 Unusual Color Palettes to Inspire Your Winter Wedding



Winter weddings have the potential to be beautifully designed, beyond the cliché winter palettes. Plaid, navy, white, or black are classic staples for this time of year, but surprise your guests with something unexpected, and make your wedding stand out from the rest.

1. Emerald & Gold

Incorporate emerald and gold into your winter wedding to create a classy and elegant atmosphere for your black tie wedding. Gold details continue to be trending season to season, and we cannot get enough. Don't shy away from mixing shades of green.





Adding in a navy accent gives the color scheme an unexpected twist, and an even more formal and traditional feel. Be inspired by the evergreen & winter berries of a winter landscape, but make it your own by putting an unusual twist on the average winter wreath.



2. Plum & Black

Dark and moody winter colors, such as plum and black create a rich and sophisticated vibe. This color combination is unexpected for a wedding, which stays memorable for guests long after the night is over. We love this look is perfect for a chic bride.



Mixed metals feel edgy when combined with the dark elements of the color palette. Black candles and winter textures, such as velvet, create a rich ambiance.



3. Burgundy & Blush

A romantic color scheme of burgundy and blush is a little out of the ordinary, but works to combine glamourous with a delicate and feminine touch.



Blush tones are typically considered a spring or summer color palette, but in contrast with dark winter colors, blush has a new and different feel.As the 2017 Pantone color of the year, greenery continues to be on trend through 2017 into the New Year, and we aren't seeing signs of it stopping.Cozy winter textures and champagne tones go well with this theme, as well as fur wraps for brides and bridesmaids.



As we head into December, we cannot wait to see what color palettes our winter brides dream up!


How To Style and Incorporate Whiskey Barrels Into Your Wedding

We are such suckers for any rustic cabin or barn weddings trend, and we currently cannot get enough of the whiskey barrel craze. They are entirely versatile and complement any vision. The amount of uses and ways to style whiskey barrels at weddings are endless!

By adding glass in between two barrels, the perfect bar or beverage station is created. Drink menus with painted calligraphy look perfect propped against the front. Display your signature cocktail, and feature the bride and groom's go to drink. Overflowing greenery goes a long way in creating that balance between rustic and elegant. Crates, wood slabs, lanterns, mason jars, and glass bottles are all décor that complement the whiskey barrels.

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We love seeing weddings with an interactive aspect, such as a Whiskey Tasting Area. Amp up your cocktail hour by setting up a corner of your reception space with a whiskey barrel bar, and offer samples of your favorite whiskey or bourbon. Whiskey and cigar bars go seamlessly with this style wedding, and give the groom and groomsmen their own domain during the reception.

Replace your high top cocktail tables with a whiskey barrel, and instantly add a rustic charm to your dance floor. Decorate them with flowers or a centerpiece, and your guests can use the barrels to sit their drinks while they join the party. Barrels also make for a dramatic cake or dessert table.

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Whiskey barrels can be incorporated into your outdoor ceremony as well! Barrels look stunning framing the aisle way, or used as a table for a welcome sign. Invite your guests to sign in, and grab a fan or program from on top of the barrel.

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Practical, versatile, and trendy! Barrels can also be used to add décor and fill a room. Top with oversized floral arrangements, lanterns, greenery, and mason jars. Add lace or roses to give the barrels a romantic and feminine feel. All budget friendly, but you would never know it!

The possibilities are endless! Our venue offers whiskey barrel rentals for weddings and events at The Hermitage. Let your coordinator know if you are interested!

Pinterest: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly

Written by Kylie Frock, Event Intern

Pinterest is a fantastic resource for all things weddings. From center pieces to venues to unique wedding favors. We love Pinterest because it gives us the opportunity to see the vision the couple has for their wedding day. Here are some pros and cons for planning your wedding on Pinterest.

Wedding Planner or No Wedding Planner

Pros: You can plan out your entire day on Pinterest from flowers, linens, cake, venue, photographer, lights, catering, and so on. It’s a fantastic tool to use while planning your wedding to make your day perfect.

Cons: Pinterest can plan you perfect day on paper, but when it comes down to the actual day we high recommended a wedding planner. Wedding planners know how to take care of set up, the flow of the ceremony, coordinating with the catering company, the DJ, the florist, and the photographers. They are there to take care of all of that so you can relax and enjoying your day.


Your Wedding Theme

Pros: Pinterest has an abundance of ideas for themes. You may want an English Garden theme for your wedding, but are lacking inspiration. Pinterest will give you all aspects of the theme, and you have the option to narrow your search down.

Cons: Because Pinterest has so many ideas it is very easy to get overwhelmed with your theme. Also, Pinterest has been around for a few years and some of the theme ideas are out of date.


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Perfection is in the Details

Pros: Pinterest is great when you are a detail-oriented bride. There are so many great ideas for flowers, cakes, place setting, linens, color palets…..you name it! The best part, many of the pins are linked to the company website where you can order it.

Cons: Details are great, but you can get caught up in them and forget about the bigger picture. For example, the wedding budget. You may love this specific floral arrangement, but the florist can’t make it just like the picture with your floral budget.



Groom ~ Don't Forget About Him! 

Pros: Tuxedos are great for weddings, but if you want something more unique Pinterest has some great ideas. Trends, colors, textures, and styles are all there for you two to choose from.

Cons: You want your groom to be looking great, and we understand that, but does he like the options? Make sure that his suit fits his physique so that he is comfortable all night long. It maybe be hard to find the style you are looking for in your area. We suggest contacting your local Tuxedo Rental Store. Also, let his personality show in his suit. He wants to wear a Super Man shirt under his suit....let him! Its his day too. 


What is your wedding theme?

A wedding style is something that every wedding has. It’s not “stylish”- it is a style. Often times a wedding style is an adjective- romantic, vintage, rustic, whimsical, etc.   It’s because a wedding’s style is what defines it- plain and simple. A wedding style is a necessary part of wedding planning because it helps you to define all other elements of your wedding-  decor, type of reception, food, music and on and on. Your wedding style will also help you when trying to convey to other vendors what your wedding vision is. Trust me on this- you absolutely WANT to define your wedding style!

1. Vintage

What we love most about Vintage weddings is they never go out of style, and quite honestly we can't get enough of them! Whether you love 1930's Art Deco and Great Gatsby-style luxury, or prefer a more homespun 1940's look, a vintage wedding theme always looks great.

Here are just a few of our favorite vintage ideas we have seen from our brides: 


2. Rustic

We like to think that we specialize in the rustic world, and now more than ever farm weddings have never been more popular! Our world famous historic southern mansion and rustic cabin make the ideal background for all the rustic charm. 

Here is a showcase of some rustic charm our brides have brought in to make our venue shine:


3. Romantic

Every bride deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day. Some of our brides have showed us some romantic ideas for their fairy tale come to life.


4. Whimsical

Extravagant and playful, the whimsical wedding theme varies greatly by definition. Whimsical weddings run from magical, pixie style weddings to over-the-top and naturally dreamy! 

Your wedding decor, cake and favors are great ways to show off your wedding theme to guests. No matter what theme you have in mind for your wedding, we hope these ideas and inspirations can help make your vision a reality!