I love calling Tennessee home. She's a beauty, with her rolling hills, roaring waterfalls and the Great Smoky Mountains peeking through on the eastern side. Endless songs are written about Nashville and heartbreak and love and finding home - and I'm so happy we get to call this state ours.
That being said, searching for a wedding venue is always overwhelming and many of the couples I work with don't even know where to start the wedding planning process in looking for their place for the wedding. Location is a huge factor in setting the stage for your story, and you want to make sure you're choosing a location that accurately represents who you are and what you love.
All of that being said, I've put together a list of the best wedding venues in Tennessee (that I've found so far) to act as a guide as you begin the wedding planning journey. I've based my choices on a variety of different things, but the main ones are experience, aesthetic, feel and location.
As you start to craft your wedding experience, take a minute to scroll through these wedding venues all over the state - I promise you won't be disappointed.
Cheekwood BOTANICAL GARDENS
Just south of Nashville, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens speaks reminiscently of gardens found in Padua, Italy. Home to the Cheekwood Museum of Art and endless gardens and hidden pools, I'm convinced you could wander in Cheekwood for days on days and still find hidden treasures in tucked away corners. Ranging from gardens to mansion views, villas to reflecting pools and rolling hills to forests, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens has to be a must-see as you tour through wedding venues in Tennessee.
Bloomsbury Farm is a gem, hidden right outside of Nashville with rolling acres of beauty around every corner. A working farm, Airbnb rental and wedding and event space, it's one of my favorite spots in all of Tennessee. Owner Lauren Palmer started the farm herself by selling her organic vegetables at farmers markets back in 2009 and her family has been farming for generations, so you can just tell there's a lot of heritage wrapped up here. This place is a dream any day, so planning your wedding here would be x100.
Cedarwood Weddings hits the top of this Tennessee wedding venue list because there aren't many places like it. An all-inclusive, highly sought after destination wedding venue, Cedarwood is like finding wedding venue gold in Tennessee. Just outside of the Nashville, it feels like you're stumbling upon on oasis when you arrive. Their team does it all - styling, florals, rentals, props, amenities - the works. And it's all done in an incredibly beautiful, timeless kind of way, making all your Southern wedding dreams come true.
Blackberry Farm is like a diamond in the rough. Located in Walland, TN on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm offers stunning views of the mountains while providing a luxury wedding experience and accommodations that are some of the best. Take your wedding to the next level by crafting an experience for you and your loved ones that will surpass any expectations you might have - I'm convinced you can't find better than Blackberry Farm.
Arrington is a popular weekend getaway for many people who live in Nashville - you really can't get much better than sipping wine on a Sunday afternoon while looking out on rolling hills and green vineyards. Weddings here are lovely - the vineyards glow in the fading sun as the night winds down, and the property is so large that the ceremony and reception options seem to be endless. It's possible you'll spot a few sheep crossing the road at some point, and it's certain that the wine will have you dancing all night long.
CJ's OFf the Square
I first stumbled upon CJ's Off the Square in Franklin last fall, when I walked into the historic home turned wedding venue right outside of downtown. I walked out the backdoor and couldn't believe the lavish gardens that spread out before me - a garden wedding ceremony venue like this is hard to find, especially close to the city. Perfectly set up for intimate and elegant southern weddings, CJ's Off the Square has quickly become one of my favorite wedding venues to photograph weddings at. It's beautiful, intimate and intensely romantic - everything you want in a garden wedding venue.
The Cordelle is one of my favorite wedding venues in the city because it's like a blank canvas - you can do whatever you want inside, or just leave it as is and it's incredibly beautiful. With deep hardwood floors and beautiful white walls, The Cordelle is a space where lovely and minimalist weddings shine. The interior styling in the bridal suite is all done by 12th Table (and we all know their aesthetic is perfect). With both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, this is a perfect venue to plan your wedding in if you're looking to stay close to Nashville.
Falls Creek Falls (Or choose A Waterfall You Love)
Alright - the last two wedding venues in this list aren't actually wedding venues, but (in my opinion) it can be an intentional and incredible choice to go with a wedding venue that actually isn't technically a wedding venue at all. Falls Creek Falls is a state park just a few hours outside of Nashville and the beauty there is unbelievable. Whether you're looking to elope, have a smaller wedding or renew your vows, pledging your life to the one you love in front of a roaring waterfall is one of the most epic ways to do it (and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run!) It's not for everyone, but for the few that love this idea, get in touch! I love it too.
The last venue on my list is pretty self-explanatory. While I will always love photographing weddings at all of the venues on this list, it's the backyard weddings that I love the most. There's something absolutely amazing about gathering your best people together at your home (or your parents' home, or your grandparents' home) and celebrating the start of your marriage. Backyard weddings are a symbol of family to me, the kind of celebration that is intimate and meaningful with so much legacy wrapped up in inviting everyone into your home. If you don't actually have a backyard, maybe you have an uncle or a close family friend that has a piece of beautiful property in Tennessee that's even better. Whatever you decide to do, I know it'll be beautiful - you're putting your heart behind every choice you make as you plan your wedding, and that's what really counts.