Meet Your Venue Hosts, Monica & Stan
We know that your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, tailoring your event to your personality and style. It's why our brides give us 5-star reviews – we think of every little thing so you won't have to.
As Tennessee natives, we're proud to welcome you to our home state. As we sat out on the porch of what is now our Bridal Suite cabin overlooking the sweeping fields nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, we often envisioned all of the family events that could take place in such a beautiful space. From weddings to graduations, it seemed to be a special place perfectly suited to celebrations.
In 2017 we made that dream a reality and began construction on our one-of-a-kind open air redwood chapel. With a heart for preserving the natural beauty of the land, we designed the chapel to provide gorgeous views of the grounds with covered cathedral arches for added shelter. That means all the beauty of an outdoor wedding – without any of the worries.
Each element you see at The Cardinal's Nest was lovingly hand-sourced or handcrafted – from the rustic split wood fence that Stan built around the edge of the property to the handmade reception tables to the stunning bridal bridge entrance, every detail has been crafted with care.
We love this place so much that the very first wedding we held here was...our own! And we are delighted to share it with you.
More than just a beautiful space, we provide the intricate details that make your day unique.
• Exclusive Use of Pavilion and Grounds
• Exclusive Use of Our (2) Charming Onsite Bride & Groom Suite Cabins
• Ceremony Held in Our Beautiful, Lighted Redwood Outdoor Arched Chapel
• Tented Reception in Our Furnished 40x60 Space with Dramatic Iron Chandeliers, Dance Area, and Cathedral Window Walls
• Outdoor Bar Area with Bistro Lighting*
• Round Barrel Cake Table
• Handcrafted 6 ft. Round Tables
• Sweetheart Table for Bride and Groom
• Kids Table and Chairs
•( 3) 8 ft. Rectangular Tables for Food Service
• Outdoor Lawn Games
• Golf Cart Shuttle
• Firepit with Provided Firewood
• Rustic Arbor
• Portable AC/Heaters
• Access to Selection of Vintage Guest/Gift tables
• Air Conditioned/Heated Restrooms
• Up to 300 White Vintage Chairs for Guests
• 1 Hour of Rehearsal Time
• Venue Setup and Take Down
The following items are available for a nominal fee:
• Day-Of Event Coordination
• Smores Party Packs for Firepit
• Access to Extensive Selection of Decor (including: table lanterns, rustic centerpieces, linens, and more).
Bride & Groom Cabins
Two modern bride and groom cabins sit across the stream from the ceremony and reception sites, serving as private quarters for the bridal party to relax, snack, and dress before the festivities begin. The log cabins are fully equipped (the wood burning fireplaces are a favorite feature among our couples.)
The Open Air Chapel
Our idyllic redwood open-air chapel offers charming elegance with a scenic backdrop in any season. Its cathedral archways, stacked stone altar and sweeping views make it exceptionally beautiful on its own or adorned with your tailored decor.
The Reception Space
Your reception can be held rain or shine in our 40x60 lighted tent with cathedral window walls. The reception space includes handcrafted wooden tables, tiered barrel cake table, sweetheart table, children's table, chairs, and food service tables.
Toast the evening with speciality drinks at our rustic bistro bar area.
The natural vistas of our gorgeous grounds make for plenty of picturesque photo spots. Gather your guests for our signature lawn games or toast to the day with post-party smores around the firepit.
Every wedding held at The Cardinal's Nest is a bespoke experience tailored to the unique style of each bride. Our packages are carefully curated to include thoughtful elements that enhance your day and are priced according to number of guests attending.
For full pricing information, please contact us with your estimated number of guests.
We would be honored to host your family and friends in celebration of your special day.
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Monica is so wonderful to work with as a wedding pro. The venue is easy to get to and easy to set up and take down. There are so many options on the property for brides to get married, have photos and for the reception. Thank you for all you do Monica!
The Cardinal's Nest frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Cardinal's Nest?
- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Set Up
What are the most important characteristics of The Cardinal's Nest in terms of venue type, style and location?
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Cardinal's Nest for wedding events?
- Covered Outdoor
What kind of wedding events does The Cardinal's Nest offer?
- Engagement Party
What services does The Cardinal's Nest offer for wedding events?
- Clean Up
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
- Outside Vendors
- Set Up
What furniture and decorations does The Cardinal's Nest have available for wedding events?
- Dance Floor
- Tent Accessories
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