December 18th, 2014

Thanks to  Julie Hullett Concierge, LLC for the great feature on your blog today!

“Do you long to find the perfect venue to host your next event – one that will have your guests remembering the night with fondness? Meet Debbie Sutton, owner of 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Events, and new managing partner of Riverwood Mansion. A magnificent property sitting on eight acres of sprawling, manicured grounds, Riverwood Mansion is the perfect venue to host a wedding, social engagement, or corporate event.”

Read the full article in the Local Spotlight Feature:

December 16th, 2014

Dinner Lab Nashville @ the Mansion

Riverwood Mansion proudly hosted a Dinner Lab dining experience last Tuesday evening.


Dinner Lab is a social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience.


It is a membership-based dinner club that plans two dinners a week—each with a different chef, menu, and location. Their events bring together a group of interesting strangers around a common table to share cuisine crafted by up-and-coming chefs from all over the country.


Take a look into our most recent Dinner Lab Nashville event where Chef Kevin Ramquist designed a holiday menu to fill the spirits of diners at Riverwood Mansion.

For more information visit

December 11th, 2014

Unbound Arts Events at Riverwood Mansion

Riverwood Mansion has collaborated with Unbound Arts to provide an immersive experience of art, food, music and history through inclusive community events and programs at the mansion. Here’s the scoop on our upcoming events.

Every 2nd Thursday of each month Unbound Arts presents Jazz at the mansion.


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DEC11: UNBOUND ARTS PRESENTS: Jazz with Donna Venardi and Friends at Riverwood Mansion

Join us for another jazz performance at Riverwood Mansion! Featuring prominent vocalists and musicians from the local jazz community.

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Cover $10 – Beer and Wine provided
Delicacies provided by 8 Lavender Lane Catering.
Sponsored by Yazoo Brewing Company and Belle Meade Wine & Spirits.


On the 3rd Thursday of every month Unbound features an Art show at Riverwood Mansion.



DEC18: Dark Arts Holiday Masquerade Ball curated by UnBound Arts and HAIL, Dark Aesthetics

Leave the traditional holiday events behind and join us for a whimsically dark evening in your most macabre masquerade attire.

Thursday, December 18 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The evening will feature art, live music, dancing, photo booth featuring Satan Claws, hors d’oeuvres by 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Event Planning, and fantastical interiors throughout the mansion provided by HAIL, Dark Aesthetics and several local artists!

Art Works by Johnny Lee Park, Ash Sivils, Jeff Bertrand, Michael ClenDening, Dustan Whinnery, Kathleen Tirpak and Jennifer Anderson. Amazing fashions provided by Any Old Iron!

Cash bar. Elegant dress requested. Masks available for purchase at the door.



December 9th, 2014

Bridal Portraits at the Mansion

We were so excited to have one of Kelly Dellinger’s brides, Lauryn, here for a portrait session and couldn’t wait to share her images. Her dress is amazing and a perfect fit for the style of the mansion. Thanks Morgan for sharing these gorgeous images!

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We love to host bridal portrait sessions here at Riverwood. Please call us at 615.228.8892 to schedule your portrait session.


Photos by: Morgan Trinker

December 4th, 2014

Sara Evans new music video shot at Riverwood!


Sara Evans releases a brand new music video for her single, “Put My Heart Down”. The video was shot here at Riverwood Mansion inside our triple parlor. The mansion’s old hardwood flooring, stunning chandeliers, and grand fireplaces help set the scene for the music video.


Watch it now:


“The Peter Zavadil-directed clip has a cast of one: Evans. Set inside an historic mansion in Nashville, the video shows the singer on a couch surrounded by lights… seemingly hundreds of lights, hanging from the ceiling and scattered on the floor.” – Rolling Stone


The exclusive premiere was released in an online Rolling Stone article earlier this week.
Read more:

Interested in using Riverwood Mansion as your shoot locationContact us !



December 2nd, 2014

Free Engagement Party!

Schedule a venue tour now through January 31st for your chance to win a free engagement party!

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We’re throwing a free engagement party for one lucky couple! Come take a tour of Riverwood Mansion now through January 31st and you’ll be entered in our Engagement Party give away. Schedule your tour by calling 615-228-8892


November 5th, 2014

Local Fest @ The Mansion – November 15th!


Come celebrate all things local at Historic Riverwood Mansion in East Nashville on Saturday November 15th with music, food, craft brews, and a ticketed pop up dinner at this exclusive location.


Local Fest @ The Mansion is a community event celebrating the farmers, artisans, and purveyors that are driving the creative uniqueness of Nashville.

  The free festival is from 10am to 4pm  with live performances by Shane Piasecki, Marina Orchestra, Trenton, k.s. Rhoads, Jace Everett, and The Get Togethers.



   Purchase a ticket to the pop up dinner and stay after the festival for a six course meal with drink pairings to benefit On Target 4 Vets. Dinner will kick off with a cocktail hour inside the mansion featuring American Born Moonshine and SPEAKeasy Distillery.


Guests will then enjoy a collaborative menu featuring local food by local chefs Trey Cioccia of The Farm House, Edgar Pendley of Urban Grub, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker, and Debbie Sutton of 8 Lavender Lane. 

Each course will be accompanied by a drink pairing including local brews from Fat Bottom Brewery and Tennessee sipping cream by Whisper Creek. Tickets can be purchased online at on-target-banner

   Proceeds benefit On Target 4 Vets. A special thank you to our sponsors Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, Grand Central Party Rental, Fat Bottom Brewery, and The East Nashvillian.


October 8th, 2014

{Real Wedding} Cody + Haley

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Photographer: Nathan Westerfield

Caterer: KSS Catering

Cake: Southern Confections

Band: Just a Few Cats

Florist: Friend

Wedding Coordinator: Talisa Coden

Ceremony: Brush Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Reception: Riverwood Mansion

September 29th, 2014

History Opens it’s Gates in East Nashville

In case you missed it, Riverwood Mansion had it’s first Open House earlier this month. We had a wonderful time welcoming our local community onto the property. Guests enjoyed music, food tastings from 8 Lavender Lane and sample cocktails from SPEAKeasy Distillery. while touring the mansion and mingling in our gardens.

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Within the past two months, new management has taken over operations at the property, led
by Debbie Sutton and the 8 Lavender Lane Catering & Events team.


 “Riverwood has been coined as “Nashville’s Best Kept Secret.” We aim to change that. We want
Nashville to feel like this is “Their Mansion”. -Debbie Sutton

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Hosting Weddings and private parties will always be a top focus for Riverwood. However our goal is to introduce Riverwood to the surrounding East Nashville community by opening our gates with a series of public events and festivals.



Save The Date:

Our next community event is Local Fest @ The Mansion scheduled for Nov. 15th, 2014!

About Riverwood Mansion

Located at 1833 Welcome Lane Nashville, TN 37216 in East Nashville, Riverwood Mansion
is one of Nashville’s oldest homes with history dating back to the 1790′s. Sitting on 8 acres
with 9,200 square feet, it is also one of Nashville’s largest. The estate carries a deep
historical record of lavish parties with famous guests including presidents Jackson, Polk,
Pierce, Johnson, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and Taft. Over the past 20 years, Riverwood has
served as one of the top private event venues in Nashville, hosting thousands of weddings,
private parties, and business functions.


Featured Vendors – Thank you!

Photos by: Caitlin Harris Photography

Paint donated by Porter Paints of Madison.

Choo Choo Travel 

Diane’s Designs Custom Drapes 423-544-6818

Valet Parking Services by PMC Parking

Bartenders from Hospitality Services

Music by Aura

June 17th, 2014

Real Wedding: Lydia + Hunter

Lydia and Hunter had the most ideal wedding day last November surrounded by their closest loved ones. The Bride & Groom decided to have a special moment to see one another before the wedding ceremony. It is always so sweet to see the images of the groom’s face as he turns around to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day. There was definitely no denying the love these two shared for one another.

The intimate ceremony was held in Riverwood’s Triple Parlor, with beautiful boxwood initials adorning the altar and real candles lit throughout, creating a truly romantic setting. Keeping with the southern theme, RC’s and Moon Pies were given to guests as favors and homemade pies served as the Groom’s dessert. The Bride & Groom kept their guests entertained during the reception by playing “The Shoe Game” and enjoying music by the DJ throughout the evening. We enjoyed having the opportunity to share this day with Lydia & Hunter and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Caterer: A Catered Affair
Florist: The Enchanted Florist
Cake/Groom’s Pies: The Bake Shoppe
DJ: Kelly Farmer
Ceremony Music: Wedding Musicians Co.
Photographer: Katherine Birkbeck Photography


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