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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May 22nd, 2014

Real Wedding: Ashley + Jared

This sweet couple set the stage for a gorgeous June wedding with a whimsical and romantic theme. The Bride wore a stunning all lace gown and had her sweet dog by her side the entire day. The ceremony took place in Riverwood’s garden, while the sun was setting behind the couple as they exchanged vows. The reception followed in Riverwood’s pavilion, which was filled with iridescent camel-colored linens enhanced with a vibrant display of florals, and pre-set gold rimmed chargers topped with pink bowtie napkins and roses.  Chef’s Market was onsite providing a wonderfully delicious meal and afterwards the band had guests covering the dance floor. What a wonderful evening! Congratulations to Ashley and Jared!


Rental Company: Liberty Party Rentals
Photographer: Ace Photography
Band: Pink Cadillac
Caterer: Chef’s Market
Florist: Enchanted Florist


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May 6th, 2014

Riverwood Mansion Hosts ISES Nashville’s April Meeting

Riverwood Mansion hosted some of our fellow peers from the International Special Event Society (ISES) and wanted to share some of the amazing pictures. It was a great opportunity to get to know some of the amazing event vendors in Nashville. The garden was the perfect backdrop for mixing and mingling during this “Social Soiree” themed meeting. This is great inspiration for many corporate clients to come.


Catering: Chef and I
Lighting: Southern Sky Lighting
Florist: Branching Out
Event Planner: Sweetwater Events
Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental
Venue location: Riverwood Mansion
Artist: Paint Your Event
Photographer: Gregory Byerline Photography


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April 7th, 2014

Styled Shoot: Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration

Riverwood recently had the opportunity to be a part of an incredible styled shoot designed by Kelly Dellinger Events with Bohemian Luxe wedding inspiration. It took place in Riverwood’s grand triple parlor where the hand painted walls were the perfect backdrop for the vision the designers had behind the shoot. Table settings featured satin full length linens with braided runners, along with antique gold and silver candle holders and votives. The gold chiavari chairs adorned with beautifully braided linens were the perfect touch alongside the elegant china and calligraphic place cards.


Styling + Planning: Kelly Dellinger Events

Photographer: Amy Nicole Photography

Venue: Riverwood Mansion

Dresses + Hairpieces + Veil: The Dress Theory

Floral Design: Anne Whitson

Linens + Flatware + Chairs: Southern Events Party Rental

Vintage Rentals + Tableware: Feather Creative

Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Esque Script

Hair + Makeup: Brenna Mader

Models: Lisa Wolfe & Jamie White



March 26th, 2014

Spring Wedding Inspiration

Spring has sprung, and with the longer days and warmer weather comes the start of the wedding season. We are always inspired by our brides’ spring accents as they work them into their wedding day.


To get started we have included a list trending colors for spring 2014. These light color options can be paired with white or off white for a clean, conservative look, or combined with other colors on the list for a more dramatic palette. These colors can then be carried over into the floral décor in your bouquets, centerpieces and arch designs. Additionally, your bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties and socks can echo the colors found in your spring colors as well.


Shake off winter’s chill by taking in all spring has to offer, get inspired and work your likes into your wedding day for a cohesively themed spring event.


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March 20th, 2014

Real Wedding: Sarah + Matt

This very handsome couple shared their wedding day with friends and family, on a sunny day in June at Riverwood Mansion. This real wedding was classic elegance. Sarah was adorned with vintage broaches on her waist and atop her shoes and held a bouquet full of white peonies.  The two shared a special moment at their private dinner upstairs in the mansion, when Matt surprised Sarah with a gift. The couple was then announced into our draped pavilion, accented with shades of purple and green, where guests had gathered together to celebrate their new beginning. Congratulations Sarah and Matt!


Photographer: Streetlight Republic
Florist: Branching Out
Caterer: A Catered Affair
Cake: The Bake Shoppe


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February 26th, 2014

Real Wedding: Jennica + Tripp

For this real wedding at Riverwood Mansion, Jennica and Tripp were blessed with a gorgeous May wedding day. Although their colors were subtle pinks and grays, their excitement and love for each other was anything but subtle. Their “first look, no look,” where they hold hands without seeing each other before the ceremony, illustrates this beautifully.


The piazza, surrounded with our fresh blooming garden, was a stunning backdrop for the ceremony. All the details were meticulously planned, from creative programs to hand written chalkboard signage. A Catered Affair and the band Trotline pulled off an impressive reception before Grand Avenue’s Rolls Royce swept the newlyweds away.


It was an absolute pleasure working with Jennica and Tripp, as well as all the vendors. We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed being there.


Photography: Nashville Photography Group
Caterer/ Cake: A Catered Affair/ Publix Bakery Donelson
Florist: Branching Out
Band: Trotline
Officiant: Ralph Griggs
Limo: Grand Avenue


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