Enchanting, feminine, and elegant, garden weddings live up to the fairy tale expectation brides have had their entire lives. Inspired by the love surrounding Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s marriage, this romance adds to the historic overtone of this location. With the Pantone Color of the Year being greenery, it is no surprise that our garden makes the perfect setting for your wedding celebration.
Garden weddings boast of dramatic bridal entrances that are one of a kind. Gardens also make the perfect spot for your first look or bridal portraits. With the growing trend of elopement style ceremonies, gardens are quickly becoming a highly coveted ceremony location as well. At The Hermitage, brides typically choose one garden quadrant for their ceremony and one for the reception. Guests can quickly and conveniently make their way to the reception for cocktail hour. Tented or open, depending on weather, each event we have seen here has been stunning in its own way.
Garden weddings accommodate any personal style. Simple and minimalistic brides use the setting as the focal point of the décor, while the lovers of dramatic decorating have the perfect starting place for an over the top, decked out style reception. Geometric trends add a striking contrast to the dreamy ambiance of the garden. We love seeing brides mix and match feminine and masculine details, and play with a variety of textures. Greenery or floral archways add personal style and make your ceremony space your own. Elevate the classic garden theme with gold accents and unexpected florals.
The summer and fall seasons of 2017 hosted several garden events at The Hermitage. Color palettes were full of soft blush pinks and gold tones, with eucalyptus greenery and feminine florals lining the tables. Brides elevated the classic garden theme with gold accents and unexpected details. Dance floors lit up with string lights was the focal point of the night, as guests danced the night away.
The most special and intimate weddings incorporate personal touches. One of our favorites was the Mother of the Bride's hand drawn rendition of The Hermitage Mansion on her daughter's wedding invitation. Even the tablescapes were decorated with handmade place card holders. Another couple added a fun and creative "Find Your Table" aspect, which listed out guests by state, on a map of the United States. These little details allow us to see and feel the love a family shares, and are often the highlight of the décor.
Garden weddings can appear intimidating, logistically. However, The Hermitage has no trouble navigating these waters. Luxury restrooms are provided for guests right outside the garden fence, and vendors work to set up beautiful lighting and power throughout the reception. A team of onsite gardeners keep flowers in bloom throughout the year, creating a picturesque environment all year round. Rainy day plans often turn out even more romantic and intimate than the original plan.
Garden events don't have to be summer soirees! As the greenery trend carries over into the fall, we can’t wait to see this year's variety of deep and dark color palettes in the garden. What better setting for birthday parties, bridal brunches, and tea parties in 2018!