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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

What's Trending? Wedding 2017

Modern & Industrial Vibe
We’ve seen a little bit of the more modern and industrial look come in at the tail end of 2016. Couples are anticipated to include a mix of metallic and whites into their color palate to achieve this look. Incorporating softer, brushed metallic metals like copper, bronze, and rose gold will be much more popular. Holding receptions in warehouses with an industrial vibe paired with modern décor is a combination made in heaven. 

In 2017, the floral trend will shift more towards natural looking arrangements and decor. Lush garlands of cascading blooms have been a booming trend as of late. Whether they are used as tabletop runners, replacing centerpieces and traditional runners or adorning ceremony altars, these garlands of greenery create a natural and romantic focal point. Additionally, brides are choosing natural blush tones and succulents to round out their floral arrangements. This trend is absolutely stunning. 

Comfort Foods & Family Recipes
This trend has been slowly making its way to the top of couple’s wish lists for their receptions. Incorporating foods that the couple grew up on is becoming increasingly popular on wedding menus as it is a way to make the event even more personal. If you love your grandmother’s meatballs or your dad makes the best fried chicken, we’re seeing couples bringing those recipes to their caterers to craft a meal around these favorites. Not only are the family’s recipes being brought into the big day, but we’re seeing more and more receptions where the bride and groom’s families are making all of the desserts. Whether it’s a plethora of pies or a variety of cookies, this trend is sure to hit the spot.

Local Booze Selection    
With the growing hype of local craft breweries and distilleries, couples are choosing to include a taste of their wedding city into their receptions. Whether that’s creating a signature cocktail using liquor from the area or offering a beer flight of local selections, this is a trend that adds in a little local flair for your guests to enjoy. Especially here in Nashville, TN, we have quite the selection to choose from!

First Looks
I love that couples are shying away from the traditional and embracing the first look. To me, it creates such an intimate moment for the bride and groom before the ceremony where all eyes are not on them. It allows the couple to get rid of a lot of the nerves they may have about not seeing each other before they are walking down the aisle. Not only all of that, but it makes for some stunning and heartfelt photos too! Some of my favorite wedding photos are those taken during a first look. 

2017 is shaping up to be one trendy year for weddings! Looking forward to seeing all of these in the weddings here at The Hermitage!

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


Photography: Kristen Speer Photography

Planning/Venue: The Hermitage- Cabin by the Spring

Catering: Edly's BBQ

Cake: The Painted Cupcake



Featured Wedding: Katie & Michael

Katie and Michael’s wedding day was one to be remembered. They were one of the most easy-going couple’s we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Their family and friends were so supportive of the pair that it was hard not to be excited for their big day! The beautiful October weather allowed Jason Tucker Photography to capture some beautiful moments.

Tucker Photography

Tucker Photography

The natural blush tones of the bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers worked seamlessly with the light purple and gray of the groomsmen’s tuxes. Their florist, In Full Bloom, created gorgeous arrangements that matched their color scheme to a tee. We couldn’t help but gush over the little flower girls in their dresses! They were so cute! Katie & Michael chose a ceremony under the trees in front of the Cabin by the Spring.

For their reception, the bride chose plum table cloths and natural centerpieces. It was a non-stop party for the pair after their nuptials. All of the guests enjoyed the live band and danced the night away. With ribbon wands and lavender pieces being thrown, the couple made their grand exit to their classic blue Jaguar getaway car. It was a night to remember! Congratulations Katie & Michael!

Tucker Photography

Tucker Photography

Wedding Venue: Cabin by the Spring

Wedding Coordinator: Shannon Thomas at the Hermitage

Photography: Tucker Photography

Flowers: In Full Bloom

Catering: Two Fat Men Catering

Getaway Car: Matchless

Lighting: Nashville Audio Visual

Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki

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!