Vendor Spotlight: GranDale Manor

We love when new venues come onto the scene in Nashville, we run over to view it. We are happy to feature this new venue GranDale Manor, a gorgeous historic restored venue perfect for small Nashville weddings. Event Manger, Emily tell us more about the venue.


Tell us about your venue.

GranDale Manor is a historical and intimate setting for a range of events. Built in 1859, the home was a hospital during the Civil War and part of the Underground Railroad. It is Greek Revival Architecture, restored in 2011 keeping the original hardwoods, fireplace & front porch columns.

What makes your venue different from other venues?

We are convenient…accommodating…affordable…but GLAMOROUS with chandeliers and crown moulding in every room! PLUS, we include tables and chairs for 100 guests in our rental cost!


What is the history of your venue? (How did it get started, etc.)

Originally built in 1859, GranDale Manor had been sitting vacant in the 2000s before the Waynick family bought the property and restored the home in 2011. The family houses their law offices on the 2nd floor.

As mentioned before, it was a hospital during the Civil War and part of the Underground Railroad!

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

Inside the home, we fit 100 seated guests or 150 cocktail style guests. Because of the rooms, we can fit a 50 person ceremony comfortably.

Outside the home on our 8 acres, we can have up to 300 guests. Place your ceremony on our front porch or front lawn OR use the woods in the backyard for more of a green backdrop! Our prices are so competitive that there is room for a large tent in our backyard for your reception. Place the dance band on the deck and have a fun night!

Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?

At the current moment, we are completely open to all licensed vendors – no preferred/respected list just yet, but we are building wonderful vendor relationships along the way!

In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?

We love to host holiday parties and we can fit 150 guests in a cocktail style setting inside the home and already have six cocktail tables available for use. With our attached deck on the back side, it is so easy to create a mix and mingle setting inside the home and encourage some dancing on the deck!

GranDale Manor  Emily Smeykal – Event Manager

200 Nashboro Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37217



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Vendor Spotlight: Feather + Oak Lifestyle Rentals

This week we got with Jennifer of {feather + oak} prop styling lifestyle rentals to tell us about her company & services that she offers Nashville brides.

What made you go into the business of event rentals?

I love creating beautiful gatherings and part of doing so is setting the atmosphere that makes an event feel special. Details – such as a magnificent floral vessel that beautifully supports a floral artist’s work or the simplicity of wood handled Civil War era flatware – set the tone for an event. I often refer to my inventory as lifestyle rentals because these details support making a gathering, big or small, memorable.

Alyssa Joy Photography

What type of rentals do you offer?

Clients come to me for focal points. Items that spotlight a ceremony such as rugs or 100+ brass candlesticks // dessert tables that feature rare, antique cake stands // unique floral vessels for welcome tables or other vignettes // background items such as trays in brass, silver, wood, copper, and bronze for detail captures with regards to bouquets, boutonnières, and paper suites.


Christy Wilson Photography

Explain the process of working with a bride.

The question I ask every client, bride or not, is how do they want their event to feel? From there we take those descriptives and carefully hand select items that support their vision.

What are the different ways brides can use your products?

I love to dream new life for old things. One of my favorite details for the fall season is my collection of vintage thermoses. While most of them are in fine shape for their intended purpose, they also make adorable floral vessels; perfect for an autumn themed head table or for welcome and dessert vignettes. For winter gatherings we have a gorgeous antique sleigh carriage that is a spectacular statement piece filled with florals. And lastly our collection of carnival glass punch bowls make for a delightful drinks display. We like to pair them with simple clear glassware for a contemporary twist and let the punch bowls have all the attention.

Caley King Newberry

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Vendor Spotlight: Christy Wilson Photography

This week we are featuring Christy with Christy Wilson Photography. She is Nashville based with a blend of posed portraiture and photojournalism style. Learn more about Christy below!

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How did you get into photography?

My dad is a photographer, so I have always been surrounded by cameras. When I had my first child, I decided to really learn how to really work a camera. It then evolved to taking pictures for other families, eventually charging for them and second shooting weddings around town. I fell in love with photographing weddings and decided that this is what I was meant to do. So I attended several workshops, was mentored by Julie Paisley, and honed in my specific style and went into weddings full time!

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What do you love about photography?

My favorite part of photography is giving the gift of time. I am invited to share in a couple’s most intimate and important day of their lives and document it in a way to show their love story. I take tremendous pride in my task and love that I am able to give them something that they will be able to look back on and cherish for the rest of their lives.

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What would you say is your photography style?

My photography style is a blend of posed portraiture and photojournalism. I love documtening the story of the couple on their wedding day and strive to capture all of the great details that unfold. When it comes time for portraits, I place the couple in a flattering pose with beautiful light and gorgeous scenery. From there I let things natural happen as well as a little directing to get some key shots! I love for my photographs to look real, romantic and dreamy!

Do you shoot digital or film?

Hybrid- Film and Digital

Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.

I want brides to first choose me because they feel something when they look at my work. I feel like that is such an important part of the process! I then want to connect and have a great relationship with my couples. That connection is what gives way to real and authentic images. It allows them to feel comfortable around me with a giant camera in their face, but they don’t mind because they know and trust that I will capture who they really are as a couple!

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Group Meeting at The Barn at Sycamore Farms

We had the opportunity to have our group meeting at the new Barn at Sycamore Farms in Franklin, TN. The venue is brand new & gorgeous! If you’d like more info about the venue, visit our previous post about the venue here.

Rebecca & Brandy went all out to create an amazing afternoon for the planners, taken by Kristin Sweeting our featured photographer.





Kate with Owsley Design created some amazing floral arrangements for the tables.


Chuy’s Restaurant now caters & has a good truck, they catered our group meeting with yummy tex-mex food & their world famous Jalapeño Ranch!!





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Vendor Spotlight: Owsley Design

Today we are so happy to spotlight an amazing Nashville florist, Kate owner of Owsley Design.


How did you get into floral and event design?

I have always been driven by the need to create. In college, I studied fine art. I experimented in several media, from wood to paint to metal; sculpture was always my favorite. I have always enjoyed decorating and event styling, and had the opportunity to help make the arrangements at wedding for several friends. I fell in love! Afterwards, I became the manager of a floral design studio in Boston where my event clients ranged from brides with garden weddings to corporate event for the Boston Celtics and NHL All Stars. I have been featured in Style Me Pretty, All You Magazine, 5th & Hollyhock, Parade magazine’s Community Table, and Huffington Post. When I moved to Nashville, I decided it was time to open my own floral design studio, Owsley Design. Because of my experience in sculpture, I look at each flower arrangement as its own work of art, creating unique compositions with a balance of color, texture, and movement.



Explain your process of working with a bride.

My favorite part of a wedding is getting to know the bride and groom. When we first meet, I make sure to learn their story and personalities as well as their wedding style and dreams. It is one of the most important days of their lives, and I am honored to be a part of it. The better I get to know the couple, the more unique and personalized the wedding decor and floral designs will be. Each bride and groom is completely different and special from the next, why should their flowers look like everyone else’s?

After we have talked about their favorite inspiration photos and ideas, I create a custom flower board to show them all of the options and designs that will fill their wedding. We continue to customize until every detail is perfect. The day of the wedding, I personally ensure that each arrangement is better than they had dreamed of. We only take one wedding per day, so all of our attention is focused on the bride. At the end of the day, when I see the smiles on the bride and groom’s faces, I am reminded why I love working with flowers & weddings.



What is your favorite flower?

It changes every week! Each season offers its own unique opportunities, and each design opens doors for new colors, shapes, and textures. We always love trying out new ideas, and select flowers that are appropriate to the client and design, not my personal taste. That being said, I tend to be drawn to lush blooms (peony, ranunculus, dahlia) and unique details (berries, pods, or grasses). We only buy the highest quality flowers, and never deliver less than our best work.


What makes you different from other florist?

Besides being an artist, I am also passionate about well designed environments and interiors. Not only do I ensure that each detail of the flowers are perfect, but I also believe the whole room should flow seamlessly together, creating an inspiring design that guests will remember for years to come.




What’s one thing you love to hear in consultation with a bride?

Their engagement story! We focus on designing florals that are custom to the bride and groom. What better way to get to know them than to hear about the moment they decided to spend the rest of their lives together? It is fun when a bride allows us to take hold of the creative reigns and make her something beautiful. We have lots of ideas and would love to make something new for your wedding day! I also empathize with a bride who knows exactly what she wants. At the end of the day, we are there to make the design process easier and make your wedding day beautifully and uniquely you.


The photos are by: The Defining Photo, White Rabbit Studios, ShutterLeaf Studio, Amanda Danzinger






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