Rain, Rain, Go Away! – Jenny + Brandon

When talking with our couples or inquisitive brides, we are often asked “What happens if it rains on our wedding day??” For many people this is a huge concern when planning an outdoor wedding. This past spring, Nashville had more than it’s share of rain weekends.  At Front Porch Farms, we have quite a bit of experience knowing what to do when that happens.  Our staff can easily move a ceremony & guests to the pavilion in a moments notice, dry off chairs, reset tables & decor, hand out umbrellas to guests – even dry a soaked groomsman’s clothes in no time just before the ceremony!

Jenny & Brandon had one of those rainy wedding days but as you can see from the gorgeous photos shot by Amber or Lotus Blossom Photography, our staff along with their friends and family worked together to make a memorable and fun-filled day.

Their ceremony was a perfect reflection of their unique, laid back style as a couple. The reception was filled with an eclectic mix of bright colors, elegant tea cups, and their favorite novels. Rain or shine- Jenny and Brandon were just excited to be husband and wife! We are sharing some photos and afterthoughts from the bride. Despite the strong winds and heavy storms it was a “happily ever after” day.


What do you remember most about the day or what was your favorite part?

Jenny: The most memorable part is probably the rain, or actually the monsoon. It completely started pouring right after our first look and continued on all the way through to our ceremony. The reception area was absolutely stunning. The ceremony space was breath taking. Lanterns in the trees, lights, books, teacups all of it was perfect. The rain came and left around six inches of water. Everyone worked so hard. They got everything to safety and got all the water up. I don’t know how they got the reception space redecorated, but it was stunning all over again.
My favorite part actually wasn’t photographed or caught by anyone. My husband and I took a bottle and two glasses and went and had a toast together by the pool. It was so wonderful to have a moment that was just ours, and to be able to just step back a min and truly experience this monumental chapter in our story together.

What inspired your theme/decor?

J: Brandon and I love to read. We are huge readers, and thankfully we love similar types. We also tea over coffee kinds of folks. So when someone asked what our theme was I said “Literary!” A lot of the teacups, pots, and books we already had and we liked how it all looked together.

Anything details that were unique or special to you?

J: We wanted our day to be laid back, fun, and completely true to ourselves. I didn’t wear shoes during the ceremony because I love being barefoot. We both wore converses and have worn them several times since. We had our officiant hold Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened to the chapter The Unbreakable Vow during the ceremony. I wore my grandmother’s dress and lace that she and my mother both wore. It seemed like good luck since they have been married 51 years and my parents 28.

Any thoughts on wedding planning services or in-house floral design?

J: The flowers were so beautiful- I loved them so much! I wanted a sort of wild flower theme to go with my Mad Hatter’s tea party. (I actually plan to get a tattoo inspired by the flowers) Can not say how much I loved them enough!
[Front Porch Farm]’s services were fantastic. I appreciated the willingness to help make decisions that I couldn’t decide on. I really trusted the opinion and style of everyone involved. So I didn’t have to sweat the details. I knew they would have my back and make everything perfect and wonderful.

How did you and Brandon meet?

J: Brandon and I met through Tyler Elms, the Best Man, and his now fiancee Jessie Richards, a Bridesmaid. Jess and I met freshman year of college and became friends almost immediately, so I’ve known her and Tyler about five years. Tyler suggested Brandon and I meet, thinking we’d be a good match. After about a month of talking, we finally met in person. Brandon was in the Marine Corp at that time, and would be for another two years. I knew I was in trouble when he took me long boarding at this cool place on Base. I am not any good at long boarding, and have not improved. After successfully going forward about 10 ft. I over corrected and felt myself falling. I had already accepted my fate of biting it on the asphalt. I played rugby on the UT women’s team I was used to hard impacts. Then, to my complete surprise, I didn’t hit the ground. I look up and see Brandon grinning down at me having caught me about two ft. from the ground. All I could do was laugh. Yeah folks, I literally fell for him, and have every day since.

[Vendors: Venue, Planning, Floral Design- Front Porch Farms ; Photography- Lotus Blossom Photography ; Catering- Mrs. J’s ; H/MU- Natalie C, Emily Medley, Allison Seiple; Cake- Megalicious Cakes ; Bridesmaid’s Dresses- David’s Bridal ; Music- Mad Dog ; Photo Booth- Let’s Booth It ]


Glamorous Fall Wedding– Desiree + Mario

Who doesn’t love blush, neutrals and lots of bling? This color palette has been popular for quite a while but Desiree and Mario’s wedding included so many special touches and combinations of glam and sweet rustic touches, it was fresh, romantic and fun!

From the beautifully decorated cake placed on top of a hanging pallet to the white wash farm tables and gold sequin runners and table numbers, everywhere you looked there were comfortable southern furnishings accented with glitz & glam. Floral arrangements of white hydrangeas and pale pink roses were filled in containers of mercury glass & perched atop silver candelabras. Gold chivari chairs were tied with blush satin bows and round tables were covered with ivory rosette overlays and champagne petal linens.

Two Fat Men delivered a flavorful fare with appetizers of BBQ Egg rolls, Meat Balls and Collard Green Artichoke Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips.   A plated dinner included a Caesar salad, Grilled Chicken Breast with Chili Plum Sauce, Beef Short Ribs with Demi Glaze, Herb Roasted New Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts -Thinly Sliced with White Alabama BBQ Sauce.

For dessert, the fabulous snicker-doodle flavored wedding cake from Jo’s Cakes & Catering and homemade cobblers in mason jars from Two Fat Men.


Bride: Desiree Ollech
Groom: Mario Kunz
Venue:  Front Porch Farms
Planners & Stylists: Kathy Best & Alex King
Photographer & Videographer:  SheHeWe
Officiate: Red Michel
Catering: Two Fat Men
Ceremony Music:  Preston James – www.prestonjamesmusic.com
Reception Music: MadDog
Draping & Lighting: Front Porch Farms
Flowers & Decor:   Front Porch Farms & Cathy Wilson
Cake: Jo’s Cakes & Catering
Liberty Party Rentals:  Gold chivari chairs, chair ties and place settings
Photo Booth:  Let’s Booth It
Transportation:  Anchor Tours
Glam:  Katie Russo Beauty
Invitations & Menu Cards: Designs in Paper

Not too late for a 2017 Fall Wedding or Rehearsal Dinner Booking!

Front Porch Farms is so excited about the upcoming fall season! Staff are updating props,  refreshing landscape and decorating our various spaces for your special event.  We do have a few openings for anyone who just can’t wait to tie the knot and needing to book a fall wedding or rehearsal dinner.  With our in-depth experience and connections, we can plan a very special event in as little as two weeks – and we have several times!

Email Kathy@frontporchfarmstn.com for details on this very special package!

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Now open on Friday’s for Rehearsal Dinners starting October.


White Vintage Buffet

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White Vintage Buffet

Hot air balloon over Front Porch Farms


Tiffany & Scott – April 21, 2012

Date: 2012-04-21




WEDDING: Andrew & Nicole – April 28, 2012

It’s been a whirlwind of weddings already and so many great moments from each one.  I plan to write much more because all the vendors, family and friends have been wonderful – and of course the couples!   Here’s a sneak peak at Andrew & Nicole from their photographers – BH Photography.