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Nashville Wedding Planning | Carnton Plantation

One of Franklin’s most beautiful and historic wedding venues is Carnton Plantation. Although it is not in Nashville, it is a very close drive! Carnton Plantation was built by mayor Randal McGavock in 1826, and soon became a well established farm in Williamson County. It also served as a hospital during the Civil war to hundreds of soldiers, and therefore became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Carton Plantation | Franklin Wedding Venue | Amber Housley Weddings

Evin Photography

Today, Carton Plantation is a beautiful place for couples to get married! You have plenty of options for your ceremony and reception. Many couples choose to have a garden ceremony followed by a cocktail hour on the back porch and reception in either the Fleming Center, the patio of the Fleming Center or a garden area reception. Visit their website to see all of the wedding day options.

Carnton Plantation Wedding | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Carnton Plantation Wedding | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Carnton Plantation Wedding | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Jamie Clayton

We also love this cheerful wedding that was featured on Southern Weddings! The pops of yellow and turquoise are so happy and really convey the emotions that should be celebrated during a wedding!

Are you planning a wedding at Carnton Plantation? If so, how do you think you will plan your day? What color palette and ceremony and reception space choices? We would love to hear in the comments below!

Nashville Wedding Planning | Hardink Calligraphy

Every time we look at wedding invitation suites, table numbers, escort cards, and other wedding related paper goods, we are always drawn to calligraphy. It can either be modern or classic, but is always beautiful. One of our favorite Nashville calligraphers is Hardink Calligraphy.

Nashville Wedding Planning | Hardink Calligraphy

Nashville Wedding Planning | Hardink Calligraphy

Elizabeth of Hardink Calligraphy offers custom invitation design, custom envelope addressing (a big time saver!), and other products like gift tags, logos, and more. While she is local to Nashville, she works with clients all throughout the states. She also has the most darling little Etsy shop!

Amber Housley and Hardink Calligraphy invitation suite collaboration

We collaborated with Hardink Calligraphy on our Sounds of the South styled shoot that was featured in Southern Weddings V6. We had her do create calligraphy details for the paper goods we designed for the shoot, and think that it was a perfect match for the style we were creating!

If you are still trying to figure out plans for your invitation suite or other paper goods for your wedding, we highly recommend Hardink Calligraphy! Make sure to look at other examples of her work in her portfolio.

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

Tec Petaja

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?