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.
44 Reviews for The Cardinal's Nest
Recommended by 96% of couples
78 User photos
Sarah Copeland · Married on 09/13/2020
Beautiful, rustic wedding experience
My husband and I got married at the Cardinal's Nest in September, and we were both so happy with the entire experience! The venue itself is beautiful and rustic, and was the perfect setting for our wedding. Monica, the owner, was accommodating and so incredibly helpful in our wedding going off without a hitch. She does so much behind the scenes to make everything perfect! The day of our wedding, she set up everything beautifully, and made sure every detail was just right. I would highly recommend the Cardinal's Nest if you want an absolutely gorgeous setting for your wedding.Sent on 10/06/2020
Sydney · Married on 09/05/2020
Absolutely breathtaking! The venue was a dream!
Monica was absolutely amazing with helping make my day perfect! I highly recommend!Sent on 09/29/2020
Kasey Wilder · Married on 08/29/2020
My day was made with this venue!
I can't say enough good about this place. Aside from the venue grounds being absolutely breathtaking, Monica is a WONDERFUL coordinator and owner, her husband, Stan, as well. I am so thankful we chose The Cardinals Nest as our venue. Monica has basically everything you could need or want décor wise and the two cabins on the grounds are perfect for day of prep. The grounds, décor, and professionalism for the value are exceptional. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this venue.Sent on 09/29/2020
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!