Photography – Kristyn Hogan | Venue – Southall Eden | Floral, Event Design, Planning, and Stationery – Sage Nines Event Production | Bakery – Twisted Fig Cake Designs | Rentals – Liberty Party Rental | Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Transportation – Matchless Transportation Services | Hair Stylist – Ashlea Mullins | Makeup Artist – Andrew Pentecost | Bridesmaids Dresses – Donna Morgan | Gown – Lela Rose | Bridal Salon – The Dress Theory | Headpiece – Twigs & Honey

Over the past couple of years, we have been receiving increasing numbers of inquiries from New York and California brides about destination farm weddings. I decided to do a little research, and I quickly found out why!

photo by Tec Petaja

Its no secret that Nashville is (figuratively) on fire. The burgeoning foodie scene, combined with our world famous music scene, lengthy list of historical sites and museums, and upscale shopping areas, has made it a top US tourist destination for 2013- 2014. Pair that with the ease of traveling to the recently renovated international airport from west coast, east coast, or around the world, and it makes perfect sense why Nashville is becoming one of the top cities in the U.S. for destination weddings!

Even with travel costs, a luxury farm wedding in Nashville can be an affordable alternative to a comparable wedding in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or any drivable distance from New York City. We are very fortunate to be located in rolling hills of Leipers Fork just south of Nashville, where the atmosphere lends itself to creating an event that is similar to the California ranch and winery weddings that are so in demand right now. Venues like Saddlerock Ranch, San Ysidro Ranch, and the Carneros Inn have raised the bar on rustic yet elegant outdoor weddings, and its no wonder brides seek to duplicate their style!

If you are interested in finding out more about what we have to offer destination brides (and grooms!) I’d be glad to chat! We strive to provide unparalleled service that allows our out-of-state clients to be as involved or uninvolved in the process as they want, and to feel confident that everything is taken care of so that both they and their guests will enjoy an unforgettable wedding weekend.

Shannon O’Kelley  |  owner,  Southall Eden  |  partner/creative director, Sage Nines Event Production

Photography: Elisa Bricker / Styling, Coordination, and Floral Design: Sage Nines Event Production / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Venue and Paper Suite: Southall Eden / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Gown: Lazaro / Maids Gowns: Alvina Valenta provided by Arzelle’s Bridal / Catering: Kristen Winston / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Chair Rental: Southern Events Party Rentals / Table Top Rental: Music City Tents and Events