Wedding

Featured Wedding: Hannah & Luke

September 17th, 2016

Cabin by the Spring

On the morning of September 17th, Hannah and Luke were faced with a forecast of rain for their wedding day. However, this beautiful couple did not let a little sprinkle get in the way of their perfect day. The bride and groom embraced the day with the biggest smiles and their love for each other shined bright enough to clear away the clouds just in time for their ceremony. 

Hannah’s dress was absolutely stunning. All of the subtle details added to the intricate beauty of it. She looked radiant. For her bridesmaid’s dresses, Hannah chose an elegant navy dress with silver beading on the top to add a bit of sparkle.

Hannah and Luke chose to do their first look on the front lawn of the Hermitage Mansion. Luke’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was straight out of a fairy tale. He spun her like a princess to get the full view of her gorgeous gown. Honestly, it was hard to pick just four photos to showcase these two. All of their shots were beautiful!

Their bridal party was also such a joy to work with! This group had so much fun and you could tell. Luke’s groomsmen in grey suits with blue accents really brought out the color scheme Hannah was going for. The bridesmaid’s bouquets of sunflowers truly brightened the day in the best way.

The couple’s ceremony and reception happened at The Cabin by the Spring. Their outdoor ceremony was able to happen thanks to a nice break in the clouds! The reception was elegantly simple and really captured the couple’s style. The burlap, lace, wood, and sunflower centerpieces created a homey feel that was inviting for all of their guests. I loved their dessert table as it was so personal to the groom! His family has a tradition of having “pie time” every morning and so he thought it was fitting to include “pie time” into the wedding. Family members brought in a variety of pies to be served! It was so unique and personal!

This couple exuded love and had a blast throughout their wedding day. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! Best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. McKee! 

"Growing up near the Hermitage, I never imagined it would be the place where I would marry the man of my dreams. After our visit and tour of the grounds, Luke and I knew it was the perfect fit for us. The Hermitage had the history, beautiful scenery, and rustic charm we were looking for. The grounds, the garden, and the mansion provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding and made for some great pictures. We had our ceremony under one of the large majestic trees located near the Cabin by the Spring, and the reception was cozy and intimate inside the Cabin. I cannot thank the Hermitage staff enough for helping to make our day so memorable and stress-free. Lastly, I love that the Hermitage will be a place for us to visit for many years to come and reminisce about our special day" - Hannah McKee, the bride

Venue: Cabin by the Springs

Photographer: Zach & Sarah Photography

You're Engaged! Now what?

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now what?

With your new piece of jewelry sparkling on your left hand, it’s finally time to put all of those years of Pinteresting to use! All of those details and questions start swirling around and your head and it can be hard to figure out where to start in planning one of the most special days of your life. Don’t worry! I’m here to help.

First, RELAX! You have more than enough time to plan your perfect wedding! Here are the first three steps to get the ball rolling.

1. Decide on WHEN you would like to get married.

  • The most popular wedding months in Tennessee are May, September, and October.
  • If you're wanting an outdoor wedding, consider later May or the fall months as they are less rainy.

2. Consider hiring a WEDDING PLANNER.

  • They know the industry inside and out and can help guide you to the vendors that work best for your vision and budget.
  • They have done this whole process before and can help ease the stress of it all for you!

3. Create your BUDGET.

  • You can't start booking vendors or your venue until you know your budget, so it's important to figure this out before getting ahead of yourself.
  • Come up with two budgets: your ideal budget and then one with the maximum amount you are willing and able to spend. Don't go over that second budget.
    

Now the fun parts:  compiling a GUEST LIST and beginning to VENUE SEARCH! Compiling your guest list right now does not mean this is the exact list of who you will be inviting to your wedding because things change, but it will give you an estimate of what size wedding you’re looking for. Once you have an approximate guest count and an estimated budget, you can begin to look for the perfect space.

Enjoy this time in your planning process. It’s just the beginning and should set you on the path to create the day you’ve been dreaming about! Make sure you check back next week for the next part of the wedding planning series about CHOOSING YOUR DATE AND VENUE!

Featured Wedding: Katie & Jace

Katie and Jace celebrated their fall wedding at the Cabin by the Spring. It was the perfect setting for their rustic, country style. Katie looked absolutely stunning in her strapless lace wedding dress and Jace’s dark jeans and chambray shirt complimented her perfectly. The bridesmaids mismatched golden yellow dresses and burgundy shoes added just the right amount of colorful pop to tie everything together. Together with the groomsmen matching Jace, this group looked great! I can’t forgot to mention the ring bearers in their vests and Chuck Taylors. They were absolutely adorable!

For their ceremony and reception, Katie and Jace kept their decorations clean and simple. Her bouquet was beautiful and full of white hydrangeas and greenery. They chose to stick with the natural tones and pops of glitter. The glittery aspects alongside the rustic decor truly captured the essence of this couple and was so fun!

My favorite thing about this couple was how obvious it was how in love they were. Just look at these pictures! So happy to be a part of their big day. Congratulations Katie & Jace!

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"My wedding day was more beautiful than I could imagine. The event staff transformed the space into exactly how I imagined, and the some! As a flower child, the Cabin by the Spring was a perfect space to blend my free spirit, boho style with my husband's love for the outdoors. The Hermitage staff were so kind and helpful, making me feel like a queen all day. I thank them for creating a flawless day. My husband and I had a tremendous time and will look back on our wedding day as the best day of both our lives" -Katie, the bride

VENDOR INFORMATION:

Photography: Kristen Speer Photography

Planning/Venue: The Hermitage- Cabin by the Spring

Catering: Edly's BBQ

Cake: The Painted Cupcake

 

 

Two of Our Own

We love celebrating our co-workers here at The Hermitage but what we love more is celebrating their wedding days...

The Bronnenberg/ Yenna Wedding took place on September 28, 2013 with a lovely ceremony held in the Garden beside The Hermitage Mansion. Following the ceremony, their rustic reception was held in The Cabin by the Spring.

   Katie Yenna and her husband Joshua Bronnenberg  taking photos in front of The Hermitage Mansion. 

 

Katie Yenna and her husband Joshua Bronnenberg  taking photos in front of The Hermitage Mansion. 

 Katie works in Education at The Hermitage as the Lead Educator under the motto

"Preserve. Educate. Inspire."

The Wedding Party posing for a very classic and beautiful photo in front of The Hermitage Mansion.

The Wedding Party posing for a very classic and beautiful photo in front of The Hermitage Mansion.

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As the sun set upon their beautiful day, Katie and Josh shared a private moment in the Garden behind The Hermitage.

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The couple shared a dance at The Cabin by the Spring under the twinkling lights and celebrated with friends and family. We could not have been more pleased with Katie and Joshua sharing their special day with their Hermitage Family...

The Gwinn wedding took place on November 2, 2013. The held a lovely reception at The Cabin by the Spring and celebrated with family and friends.

Trey and his wife Sarah posing in front of The Hermitage Mansion.

Trey and his wife Sarah posing in front of The Hermitage Mansion.

Trey works at The Hermitage Mansion as the Lead Interpreter guiding guests through the life and story of President Andrew Jackson.

Sarah and Trey sharing a private moment in the Garden beside the Hermitage Mansion.

Sarah and Trey sharing a private moment in the Garden beside the Hermitage Mansion.

The gift table at The Cabin by the Spring

The gift table at The Cabin by the Spring

One of the fire places at The Cabin by the Spring.

One of the fire places at The Cabin by the Spring.

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The main dining room inside The Cabin by the Spring.

The main dining room inside The Cabin by the Spring.

On the porch of The Cabin by the Spring.

On the porch of The Cabin by the Spring.

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How cute is this pie station equipped with their favorite pies??

How cute is this pie station equipped with their favorite pies??

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As the sun set the cabin was lit with light, love, and happiness as Sarah and Trey shared their first dance...

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Both weddings were beautiful and filled with lots of love and we could not be more HAPPY for the couples! We want to THANK YOU for sharing your special day with all of us here at The Hermitage!

The Perfect Wedding Recipe

Every wedding, no matter the budget, needs the perfect recipe to make a magical day. Here are six ingredients to achieving it... 

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The first ingredient you will need is a lovely ceremony, decorated to your taste and full of the people you love...

The second ingredient you will need is a great exit from your ceremony and entrance to your reception...

The third ingredient you will need is a reception area decorated just the way you want...

The fourth ingredient needed to make that perfect day is good food and fun...

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The fifth ingredient in your wedding recipe is a romantic first dance...

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The last ingredient you will need is a grand exit with your new spouse being cheered on by family and friends...

Keep in mind all of the above ingredients can be achieved on any budget to make your perfect wedding day.