Hi, We’re Kathy & Brian. People always ask us when they visit our venue, “So you actually live here?” Yes we do! I’m sure to many it’s crazy that we open up our home every week to strangers and maybe it is but we are having so much fun sharing our home with happy couples and their friends and family from all over the country. We’ve met so many great people and call many our friends.
Brian and I met several years ago. He was a firefighter working across the street from my home in East Nashville and I was a single mom of a two year old boy who loved fire trucks. You can guess what happened next – he showed my son Preston around the fire hall, let him ride on the engine and rescued me in the process! My hero!
We moved here, got married under the oak tree and lived in the “barn” (what we now call the groom’s cottage) until we built our dream home. Preston is now 15 and Brian’s sons are Hunter (23) and Benjamin (14). We also have a 7 year old daughter, Katie Ryan. She was our surprise and what a great one!
Aside from planning and overseeing weddings and events at Front Porch Farms and other venues, I have been a publicist in the country music industry for 20 years. I started FrontPage Publicity in 1997 and have personally handled some of country music’s biggest superstars including George Strait, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks, The Judds, Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, and many others.
Brian, who is a Nashville native, is a Nashville Firefighter stationed downtown Nashville. His brother and father (now retired) are also firefighters. In addition to “protecting and serving,” Brian keeps everything going here. He built our home as well as the 4000 sq ft pavilion, bridal suite, farm tables and many of the props. Brian has many talents and has started Front Porch Props. Together, we design weddings and events at this venue as well as other places – recently the after party for the Chris Stapleton, Gregg Allman, Little Big Town live concert event and Don Henley & Luke Bryan album release parties.
If you stop by, you may see us outside tending to the landscaping, building props or playing with (or yelling at) the kids. Either way, you will always be welcome at our home as part of our family!