If you're looking for a barn venue in Franklin, TN that is conveniently close to I-65 and has multiple locations on a large property to host your ceremony and reception, then Cedarmont Farm is for you! Take away that cookie-cutter feel and Cedarmont Farm provides a newly renovated climate-controlled barn venue (coming soon!), acres of beautiful property with fields and trees, a mansion, pool, on-site accommodations, and yes, even a massage spa in their guest house! I mean, if you want an all-in-one space with many options, Cedarmont has got it all! I visited the property about a month ago and I was blown away by all of the amazing photo ops (white baby grand piano anyone?!) and beauty of the landscape. I could get carried away, but I'll let owner Colleen take it from here - keep reading our interview below!
Tell us about Cedarmont Farm + how long you've been in business!
Colleen: Cedarmont Farm is a forty acre farm in Franklin, TN. We have a historic Antebellum mansion built in 1815 (that's older than Carnton Plantation!), three barns, a creek, guesthouse with expansive pool, and lake with fountain and dock. As a family business, the venue has been a setting for events for years but this year we have started upgrading, hiring and designing to make the property more of a destination for brides & grooms.
How did you get started in weddings?
Colleen: I have a production design background and graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design. I moved to Atlanta after college and started working on film sets and at the same time started planning wedding part-time. Both jobs were freelance so they allowed for a lot of flexibility and creativity. As time went on I realized I liked the meaning and significance behind wedding planning more than the entertainment industry so I decided to move back to Nashville where I grew up and make Cedarmont Farm a wedding venue.
What's the philosophy behind Cedarmont Farm?
Colleen: Creativity & flexibility. We love unique weddings that highlight the individuality of each of our couples. We also love trying new things and we thrive in problem solving atmospheres. A bride wants antique windows with candles on them to float in the pool? How about a hayride for guests or a Parisian themed reception complete with Eiffel Tower? Whatever our clients can dream up we can execute and we have SO MUCH FUN doing it.
What are your strengths compared to other venues?
Colleen: We are not just a farm venue, we also have a historic mansion and expansive elegant pool with deck. We have so many types of settings on the property that are conducive for multiple types of weddings not just rustic barn weddings. We also are very flexible and aim to please. Many venues have very rigid rules and don't offer much flexibility or creativity. Before a bride even books, she is told where her ceremony & reception will be, who the caterer will be and how the timeline of her event will work and the wedding on the day after hers will be the same. I like to call them "assembly line weddings". Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life so it should be everything you want it to be. At Cedarmont, we realize that there are no cookie-cutter brides and no standard weddings. We like helping brides think up creative ideas or letting them pick a ceremony site. We welcome new ideas and offer flexibility with timelines, vendors, decor and menu options. We also realize that many brides are on a budget or have vendors they may know and would love to use so while we have an all-inclusive package, we also have an Essentials package that allows for outside vendors. So their aunt CAN make the cake and their best friend CAN DJ the reception. Like I said, we're flexible. We want the day to be memorable and everything our brides ever dreamed of and we will bend over backwards to make that happen.
What is the most innovative new trend in the wedding industry as of late?
Colleen: We have so many changes happening on the property it's hard to pick one. Right now, I think our guest house is definitely a big hit. It has two bedrooms and a massage suite so bridesmaids can have a spa night before the wedding or the bride & groom can spend the night after their honeymoon. It also has access to our pool and hot tub. We're also planting a flower garden for our in-house floral team to use for our bouquets and decor (coming spring 2019). We're in the process of renovating our barn for a reception space (coming in fall 2019) and there's even some talk of alpacas (whenever I convince the rest of the team- They're just SO CUTE).