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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Kristi - November 15, 2016 - 6:03 pm

We are from MN and looking to have a small (30 ppl) wedding/reception. My fiancé Brian and I are looking for some wedding venues in the area that are elegant, romantic and will cater to our wants. Kelly Dillinger gave me your name to seek some possible options. We are thinking 10/2017 date is negotiable. Could you please let me know if you could help? Thank you!

Kristi & Brian

Vendor Spotlight: The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Today we are happy to get with our good friend Brandy the general manager, to tell us about this new Nashville wedding venue The Barn at Sycamore Farms.


Tell us about the venue.

The Barn at Sycamore Farms is a brand new event venue located on 28 acres in the heart of Arrington, Tennessee capable of accommodating up to 400 guests. Our barn features cedar beams, crystal chandeliers, bridal and grooms suites, stone benches, two verandas overlooking the only island ceremony setting in Tennessee. A stone bridge leads guests to the 9,000 sq.ft island. The island can seat up to 400 people and is completely surrounded by a 2 acre lake. Our main hall features a custom made 8 ft. crystal chandelier. Heat and air conditioning and the latest lighting and audio video technology is available. Most importantly, our barn is heated and cooled and is designed for all seasons and weather conditions.



What makes your venue different from other venues?

Heat/air conditioning, our large capacity, and our island ceremony setting to name just a few. One of the largest advantages of our barn is the heat and air conditioning. We have 3 separate systems to keep everyone comfortable. The main hall has a unit, as well as a unit for the bridal suite, and a unit for the grooms suite. At the touch of a button the bride and groom can easily adjust the temperature in their room to remain comfortable.

Another feature that sets us apart is the lake and island. Many have a lake, but not an island capable of seating the entire wedding party and guests. In the same way, our main hall is large enough to seat 300 guests and covered verandas can seat 150-250 more guests. The verandas also offer a stunning view of the lake, island and 100 year old Sycamore tree.


Our goal is provide as many modern conveniences to the bride and groom as possible. The bridal suite offers makeup stations, plush seating, large flat screen TV, farm table for dining, private restroom and 3 crystal chandeliers. The grooms lounge offers leather seating, shuffleboard table, poker table, foosball table, large flat screen TV and a private restroom. We also offer lighting, audio video, wireless microphones and props for decorating.



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

Our owner was raised in east TN and grew up loving the Tennessee countryside. He had a vision of grand barn venue for events after he saw the property’s 100 year old Sycamore tree. It is said that a 7 prong Sycamore tree is good luck…we agree.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

The sky is the limit! It depends on the size of the wedding and the couple’s preference. Ceremony locations include the island, inside the barn, under the Sycamore tree and inside the barn in the main hall. The couple has exclusive use of the entire property for the day so where they choose to hold their events is up to them.



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

We have an extensive preferred vendor list for the bride to choose her vendors, but if she wishes to use vendors outside the list she can buyout that clause in her contract.

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’ve only been open a week and have already hosted 2 events! But both events showcased the barn’s versatility. The Canadian skirl cedar wood that the building is constructed of inside and out offer a raw but refined look, so the barn can be easily transformed to their taste.




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Vendor Spotlight: Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

We are happy to be back to blogging our favorite vendors, this week we are featuring Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery a industrial chic venue in Nashville. We spoke with The Director of Special Events, Katelyn to tell us more about the venue.


Tell us about the venue.

The Oak Room is very industrial chic. It is unique in that, even though it is an industrial look, our moss green walls, oak bars and whiskey barrels soften the room so farm tables and vintage furniture look great as well as modern decor. With 4300 square feet we can accommodate up to 175 seated guests and roughly 250 guests for a cocktail style event. There is a great glass roll up garage door to let in natural light and very easy load in! Email for more information and rates.



What makes this venue different from other venues?

The Oak Room is very different and unique because it is an extension and literally a window into Tennessee and American history. Nelson’s Green Brier distillery has been resurrected by two Nashville native brothers hoping to keep their family legacy alive. The Oak Room gives you a peak into Whiskey creation and family ties. The location of Marathon Village is also rich in history, true to Nashville, TN, which is becoming hard to find these days with the volume of new development.

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

Brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson opened the distillery in November 2014. After a thorough history lesson about their family name and the hidden gem of TN Green Brier Whiskey they were inspired to revive their great great great Grandfather’s TN whiskey and bourbon brands and products. The products that are crafted here at the distillery were originally crafted in the late 1800’s. The Oak Room was built out in July of 2015 in hopes to provide a venue to facilitate families in celebrating and creating their own family history through weddings and other private events as well as welcome the local community to share in the Nelson’s rich history and delicious whiskey!


What are some of your wedding and reception options?

The 4300 square foot Oak Room is versatile in many ways. Being a large open space allows for many options when conducting a small ceremony and reception by bringing in Nashville’s fabulous draping vendors to section off the room. We love our beautiful naturally worn white washed brick wall which extends through the ceiling. Our view into the barrel storage warehouse also provides a peak into our white oak barrels full of aging TN whiskey.



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

We have one exclusive rental vendor, for all other vendors Brides are welcome to bring in whomever they like.


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 have had some really great welcome dinners and the planners have done an amazing job designing the room to really optimize flow and aesthetics. The corporate events that come in and have distillery tours and dinner really utilize every great benefit of The Oak Room and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery as well. We also hosted Whiskey and Yoga with Hatched Events this past February and it was a huge success and great use of the space!



Some personal questions about Katelyn:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Favorite local Nashville restaurant? Husk

Favorite movie right now? Does Game of Thrones count as a movie?

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Vendor Spotlight: DMCK Photography


How did you get into photography?

I have always had an interest in photography/videography, starting with my first polaroid camera when I was 8 years old. My mind has always been that of a creative; and I quickly gravitated toward the arts. As my love of photography grew, so did my love of music, and I started to turn my focus to that as a teenager, and ended up moving to Nashville to pursue a music degree at Belmont University. While my love of music grew, so did my opportunities for photography, and I began offering my services to fellow musicians, shooting their concerts, promotional material, etc.. After college, I began growing my skills as a photographer, and eventually found myself gravitating towards wedding/engagement photography when I got engaged myself. I was inspired by all of the stunning photos my fiancé and I cam across when searching for our own vendors, and took a leap into the wedding industry shortly thereafter. Over the last year and a half, I have worked increasingly in this industry, and I’m having an awesome time!

What do you love about photography?

The old saying is tired but true; a picture really is worth (at least) a thousand words! The thing I love most about photography is showing the images to the client, and seeing the memories of the day rush over them. It has become obvious to me that much of the wedding day becomes a blur for the couple, given the stress and hectic schedule, compiled with the meeting of all the guests, the gifts, the traditions, etc.. When they finally get to see the photos, its like they get to see the day for the first time in stunning clarity. I love being able to be the one who captures the moments that may have gone missed otherwise. I love seeing the bride’s reaction to her father’s face during the ceremony. I love seeing the groom seeing how astounded he looked when he first laid eyes on his bride. The whole day is an amalgamation of emotions, some of which the participants were;t even aware they possessed.


What would you say is your photographic style?

I typically shoot with a journalistic approach. My photos aim to tell the story of the day, not to just document the happenings. A great photographer once told me that you shouldn’t just try to make a record of who was at the wedding through your photographs; the goal is to make the viewer feel what happened that day. So the albums my couples receive will tell the story from start to finish, and will hopefully read like a book of the preparation, the laughter, the love, and sometimes the frenzy of what the day was like to experience. I strive to proved the couple with a way to relive the precious moments they savored, and some they may have missed!

Do you shoot digital or film?


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

Brides should choose me to shoot their wedding if they are looking for someone they can have fun with, get to know, and feel comfortable around for the majority of their wedding day. Of course the quality of the images is important, but the best way to get those amazing images is to feel totally comfortable with the person taking them. I do everything in my power to not only capture the couple at their best, but to also make them have fun while doing that. I joke around with them, push them out of their comfort zone in a relaxed manner, and in return get amazing images. Also, given my newer standing in the wedding community, my rates are extremely competitive for the time being, and therefor the couple can get images that they would have paid significantly more for, and use the extra money to put towards something else in the budget!




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Vendor Spotlight: Homestead Manor

Today we are so happy to share the information about this gorgeous new venue Homestead Manor. If you haven’t already please check out this venue, it’s definitely worth it.


Tell us about your venue.

​Homestead Manor is a multifaceted historic venue. On the grounds, which was host to the Civil War Battle of Thompson’s Station and is protected by the Land Trust of Tennessee, ​sits the historic Manor which now houses our restaurant, Harvest. The restaurant is supported in part by our ever growing onsite farm, which comprises 40 of our total 50 acres. Our bridal suite is housed in a reclaimed and renovated one room Schoolhouse that was relocated to the property in years past. Lastly, we have our famous and grand event Barn, which was built in 2015 and is home to our many beautiful weddings!


What makes your venue different from other venues?

​What really sets Homestead Manor apart is our experiential approach. Our goal is that every customer, be they a restaurant guest or a wedding guest, gets to see what an exciting and interconnected experience Homestead Manor is. We want you to meet our Farm Director, Steven, as he comes up to the Manor for lunch, and chat with our bartender, Spencer, as he makes you the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever had. Come take a walk with me or Ryan, our Associate Events Director, and let us tell you about Alice Thompson, a young teenager woman whose bravery on our property earned her one of the only female mentions in Civil War battle history. Get a friendly wave from Chefs Dylan or Carlos as they pop out to the herb garden for garnishes. Let yourself get immersed in all that is Homestead Manor!

For weddings specifically, we offer a unique blend of all-inclusive packages and planner-friendly packages. Having been both a planner and a venue director myself these last 10 years in the Nashville market, I know exactly how difficult it can be to work across different venues and ever changing policies and pricing structures. Consequently, I also know what planners need to succeed at a venue and I am definitely here to make that happen for them! It is important to us that planners know that they are welcome and wanted here at Homestead Manor. We will always make you proud!

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

​Homestead Manor has seen several iterations over the years, but the Marshall family (owners of the successful Puckett’s restaurants) loved the property’s history and wanted to make it a place that the Thompson’s Station commu​nity and beyond could enjoy for generations to come. The best way to do that was to create as many touch points as possible, thus events, the restaurant, and the farm!


What are some of your wedding and reception options?

​We have two outdoor ceremony locations, the shaded North Lawn and the sunny West Lawn, each with two different view options. ​Ceremonies of 75 or less can also take place on the South Lawn. Some clients also opt to hold both their ceremony and reception in our Barn, which is a quick and easy transition for groups of 150 or less. Cocktail hours can take place in our beautiful Shade Garden in front of the Manor, or on the Barn Patio. And of course, receptions take place in our gorgeous Barn, complete with stacked stone wood-burning fireplaces, giant chandeliers, and reclaimed wood walls. The Barn is climate-controlled and has attractive and subtle weather walls to make the space comfortable and usable whether Mother Nature deals us a cold, hot, or wet day. It can seat 200-250, or up to 350 if the patios are tented.


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

​We do have required vendors within our different packages, but brides are definitely free to bring their own vendors for any services not included in the package that they chose!


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

As we are still within our first year of official event operations, we have so many great events yet to come in 2016 that we are planning with our clients now. I am particularly looking forward to the wedding we have coming up with the fantastic Jessica Sloane in May! The clients have bought out the entire property and closed the restaurant for the day, so we are going to be able to use the Manor and Glass Bar in new and creative ways for their guests!​




Some personal questions about Amy:

Mac or PC? PC

Tea or Coffee? ​Coffee​

Favorite local Nashville restaurant? Can I say Harvest at Homestead? 😉 Haha! ​

Favorite movie right now? Being that I’m a wild west girl at heart, a documentary called Unbranded is a current favorite. Four young cowboys adopt and train over a dozen wild mustangs and ride them north through the wildnerness from Mexico to Canada. The cinematography is stunning and it tugs at my wanna-be cowgirl heart!​




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