Amber Housley

Nashville Wedding Planning | Wedding 101

There are so many amazing wedding vendors in the Nashville area, and often times it can be challenging for a couple to decide which vendors are best for their personalities and style. That is why we love Wedding 101! They are the middlemen between couples and vendors, and help couples narrow down their options from a variety of vendors by showing them their portfolios and discussing all options. We feel honored to announce that Amber Housley is officially among one of the Wedding 101 vendors! Make sure to take a look at our vendor listing!

Wedding 101 Nashville

Wedding 101 is located in a prime location in Nashville, in the Icon building in the Gulch. It is so great because it also acts as a meeting space for couples and their vendors. So, you can have your portfolio reviews, planning sessions, and tastings all in one location!

Wedding 101 Nashville

Wedding 101 Nashville

If you are a bride-to-be living in the Nashville area, we highly suggest that you stop by Wedding 101 to check everything out! Someone is always available to chat with you during the hours of 11-7 on Tuesdays through Fridays and 10-4 on Saturdays.

Nashville Wedding Planning | Hermitage Plantation

One of the most historically beautiful places to get married in Tennessee is the Hermitage Plantation. It is the home of President Andrew Jackson, and is 1000 acres wide. As beautiful as the mansion is, we have found that brides love to get married in the gardens.

Hermitage Plantation | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

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Lisa Shelby Photography

These gardens would be the perfect location for a wedding ceremony, don’t you think? The gardens were designed in 1819 by English gardener, William Frost. You can read more about the history of these beautiful gardens on the Hermitage Plantation website.

There are a few other locations at Hermitage Plantation for you to choose to have your ceremony and reception in addition to the gardens. The Cabin by the Spring is a beautifully rustic cabin that offers a more country chic feel to ceremonies and receptions than the other venues in the plantation. It has a maximum capacity of 300, allowing for all of your friends and family to gather together on your special day.

Tulip Grove Mansion provides an entirely different feel and setting for ceremonies and receptions with its Grecian style structure. It is perfect for a couple who is looking for an elegant and regal space to get married. Have your ceremony in the mansion, ask guests to gather outside for cocktail hour, and then invite them back inside for your reception to enjoy dinner and dancing!

The plantation also holds the Hermitage Church, perfect for couples (like Jessica!) who have always dreamed of getting married in a church. Hold your ceremony in the church, and then choose from one of the other locations to host your reception! We think that would be a beautiful combination. If you are interested in any of the above venue options, we highly suggest reading more about the Hermitage Plantation venue spaces to get a sense of everything included with each venue.

Have y’all ever been to the Hermitage Plantation? Don’t you agree that it would be a lovely setting for a wedding?

Nashville Wedding Planning | Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

There are so many beautiful wedding venues in Nashville, and we are going to be blogging about our favorites on the blog each month! One of our very favorites is Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Nashville Wedding Planning | Cheekwood | Photography by Kristyn Hogan | Amber Housley

Kristyn Hogan

The history of the venue is very interesting. The Cheeks moved to Nashville in the 1880s and opened a local grocery store. A few decades later, one member of the Cheek family developed Maxwell House brand coffee. It was so popular that it was bought by General Foods, giving the Cheeks the ability to purchase the land that is now Cheekwood.

After purchasing 100 acres of land, the family hired New York landscape architect Bryant Fleming to design every aspect of the venue- indoors and outdoors. He created what is now the gorgeous mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens. Cheekwood was finalized in 1932, and became open to use by the public in 1960.

Nashville Wedding Planning | Cheekwood | Photography by Kristyn Hogan | Amber Housley

Kristyn Hogan

You can choose from one of many of the Cheekwood gardens as your wedding ceremony venue, and who wouldn’t want to with stunning views like the ones shown above? Take a look at this page for more information about each garden and the pricing and capacity each holds.

After your ceremony in one of the gardens, you also have a handful of choices for where you would like to host your reception! You can choose from the beautiful Pineapple Room, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Massey Display Hall in Botanic Hall, or the Frist Learning Center. Read here for more details on the various reception options.

Black and White Preppy Wedding at Cheekwood | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Black and White Preppy Wedding at Cheekwood | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Black and White Preppy Wedding at Cheekwood | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

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One of our couples, Courtney & Chris, held their reception in a tent on the lawn of the mansion. We loved their black and white preppy wedding, it stood out beautifully against the softness of the gardens!

Have you ever attended a wedding at Cheekwood, or are you thinking of planning one there in the upcoming year? What is your favorite aspect about the venue?

The Smart Bride Wedding Planning Workshop

Hey y’all! Today, we are excited to share that our friend from Ashely’s Bride Guide is hosting The Smart Bride Wedding Planning Workshop later this month! Brides-to-be will have the chance to hear from both newlyweds and wedding vendors about their inside tips on wedding planning.

The Smart Bride Wedding Planning Workshop

The workshop allows engaged couples to hear first hand from a variety of newlyweds and wedding pros.  The unique approach and in-depth dialogue is life changing for engaged couples, who return the next year to pay it forward as newlyweds.  The series will cover several topics – from determining your values to smart DIY – and will take place on 3 days: Jan 21, 28 and Feb 8.

For more details about the workshop, please visit Ashley’s Bride Guide! Nashville brides-to-be, we hope to see you there!

Amber Housley Featured in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings

Nashville Lifestyles recently released their newest Nashville Lifestyles Weddings magazine, and we had the honor of being featured with our Bridesmaids’ Luncheon styled shoot that we planned with Cedarwood Weddings! The magazine is beautiful and features some of the best weddings, vendors, and venues in Nashville.

Amber Housley Feature in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Amber Housley Featured in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Amber Housley Feature in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Amber Housley Feature in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Amber Housley Featured in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Seeing our work featured in print is always something that will always make us leap for joy and humble us at the same time. This styled shoot was so much fun to style and plan alongside some of the most amazing vendors in the area. It is perfect for the girliest of girly girls who wants to have a fabulous yet casual bridesmaids’ luncheon with her closest friends. We think that it is the perfect way to prepare for your big day!

You can see more of this favorite styled shoot in our editorial gallery here: Bridesmaid Tea Party

Credits:

Photography | Kristyn Hogan
Venue, Florals, Styling, Planning, and Calligraphy | Cedarwood Weddings
Planning, Styling, and Paper Goods | Amber Housley Weddings
Model Styling | Opulent Couturier Styling & Planning
Gowns | The Bride Room
Hair and Makeup | Jessica Jones of Phase One Studio
Accessories | Beatrice Couture Designs
Linens | Urban Outfitters
Champagne | Le Grande Courtage