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Fall Open House

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Fall Open House

Potential brides and grooms are invited to attend our annual fall open house on Sunday, August 28, from 2 – 4 in the afternoon.  We are located near Blackberry Farm, on West Miller’s Cove, in Walland, Tennessee.  Our family and staff look forward to having you stroll the lush farmland, truly located in a peaceful and secluded hollow between two mountain landscapes.  The following professional vendors will be available to answer questions and to share their experience with you: Anderson Rentals, LB Floral, Sweet Manna, 2Guys2Guitars, Sullivan Photography, Maggie Cakes, and Rachel Mobley Photography.  Samples of cake and food will be there for you to enjoy at no charge.  We do ask that you RSVP your intent to attend and how many guests you will be brining to either sampsonshollow@aol.com or text to 865.387.1234.  We are offering a $200 discount on selected packages–not valid in combination of other specials or discounts.  There are still a few fall dates available as well as dates for the holidays from November 20 through the end of the year.  For more information, just email or call us at the information provided above.  image1

2016 Spring Open House at the farm

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2016 Spring Open House at the farm

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You are invited to join us on our family farm to visit with some of the area’s finest wedding vendors during our Spring Open House on Sunday afternoon, April 3, from 2- 4. This is a free event but we ask that you RSVP by either messaging us here on FB or emailing your intent to attend at sampsonshollow@aol.com. Your RSVP will also register you for door prizes. Our experienced and amazing wedding coordinators will be there to show you the property and to answer questions about customizing your own wedding package. Some of our vendors include Andersons Rentals, LB Floral, 2Guys2Guitars, Sweet Manna, Jennabee’s Cupcakes, Sarah Myers Photography, Rachel Mobley Photography, and food samples provided through Owen’s Food Truck and Sampson’s Hollow. Make plans to come and visit, sit a while, and take in the beauty of our family farm.Carisflowrs 12170709_10208191649297511_1462595560_n FB_IMG_1443715507556 STtwilightphoto

Hello. It’s Me.

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Hello.  It’s Me.

Hello, it’s me:)

I hope that this post finds you well and happy and anticipating your wedding date in 2016–or perhaps looking ahead to 2017!  We have been blessed to be very busy and our calendar is rapidly filling up for our 11th season. Our gorgeous expansion has proven to be an amazing back-up plan for our brides in the event of bad weather. We can seat up to 175 in a traditional chapel arrangement without the fear of getting wet or sacrificing your view of the Great Smoky Mountains as a background for your wedding ceremony. We also do winter weddings and had a full month of weddings in December and with patio heaters in place, the view from the porch was stunning!

We still have limited availability in April, July, August and a couple of dates in September–including the 10th (our only Saturday date open in the fall this year. We have had a couple of cancellations–one for May 15 and the other for October 23. Currently, we have a special offer in select months, but we are always delighted to customize a package for your wedding day.

if you would like to come and visit with me or one of our amazing wedding coordinators, on our family farm, please email me at sampsonshollow@aol.com or text me at 865.387.1234.

Blessings to you throughout this journey to your wedding!

Guests are coming to visit from across the fence!

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Looking forward to meeting some of our neighbors tomorrow night from the properties of Blackberry Farm. Sarah Evans has a private concert next door and a few of the guests are coming over and having a get-together at Sampson’s Hollow before the show. Hope they enjoy both their time visiting at our farm and the talented artist who will be performing for their entertainment across the fence:)

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color

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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color

This gorgeous photo was snapped by one of our assistants during a quiet moment at this past weekend’s wedding.  The 100-year old red maple was planted by the patriarch of the family, Sampson Flynn, when he started farming on the land given to him by his father.  The bride is sitting on the rope swing and perhaps storing memories of her beautiful wedding to reflect upon in days and years to come.   

Simple and elegant baby’s breath centerpiece

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Simple and elegant baby’s breath centerpiece

Such a lovely and impressive way to use baby’s breath.  Using the container from the largest size of veggies you can buy at Walmart or Sam’s, take off the label, cleanse the can, arrange baby’s breath and tie with burlap, lace, ribbon, raffia–whatever you prefer.  Easy to do and affordable to boot!

Reviewing Sampson’s Hollow

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Reviewing Sampson’s Hollow

“I can’t begin to put into words what an amazing job Sampson’s Hollow employees did! They went above and beyond our expectations! Every last detail was exactly what I asked for and more! Every inch if this place is beautiful! I definitely recommend using this venue!!”  Amber Lutz Ballard

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Wishing lanterns for a new wedding tradition

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Wishing lanterns for a new wedding tradition

Ever since I saw the Disney movie, Tangled, I have been enraptured with the possibilities of having those amazingly romantic Wishing Lanterns that float used by brides on our property at Sampson’s Hollow.  There have been one or two brides who have done a few, but with the wedding of Lynette and Phillip this past Sunday, I saw them done in quantity.  It was so, so pretty.  It takes just a little while to get them all lit in order to release together, but then, when they are released, they float slowly up into the air and the imagery is so lovely as they lift through the night’s sky.  The bride and groom release theirs first, following by the remainder of the guests.  Really, the lanterns aren’t that expensive and we definitely recommend those that are biogradeable.  And, best of all, we allow them on our property unless there is a restriction due to dry weather.   wishing lights 3 wishinglights1 

Come to the Great Smoky Mountains for your destination wedding

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Come to the Great Smoky Mountains for your destination wedding

This article was just posted by the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association on Facebook.  Weddings in the Smokies are definitely some of the most beautiful.

When it comes to choosing a location for your destination wedding what do you want?  Mountain Wedding? Rustic Wedding?  Outdoor Wedding?  Storybook Wedding?  Sampson’s Hollow is all of that.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/this-season-s-fairy-tale-c1411415026894.html

I love to write, but can I blog?

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I love to write, but can I blog?
I have never had trouble writing, in fact, some say I have a knack for putting a spin on things.  I am a teacher by day and through the years have written lots and lots of opinion-based essays and commentaries concerning a variety of subjects–anything from critiquing our local newspaper which doesn’t give our school fair coverage, especially when compared to the city schools,  or writing about the groups and cliques of our student population. I have been asked to write countless letters of reference for college-bound students (one of which I just remembered I needed to get done today), and helped several of my teaching peers with their portfolios.   I’ve often thought I could write a book about projects that my students have done for competition in our DECA group.  But to blog–to try to be a blogger?  I am a little bit daunted at the challenge.  Sure, I like to talk and I love to brag about my business.  I guess I could start out by doing that.  But, I’m told that to be a great wedding blogger, I really shouldn’t brag about my beautiful and awesome event venue, but to offer advice and wisdom to potential brides and clients.  I cannot, however, state that I am the local expert on giving advice about planning a wedding.  You see, I have three sons, all of which got married on our family farm at Sampson’s Hollow.  Each wedding was gorgeous and each wedding represented different seasons of the year in the beautiful mist of the Great Smoky Mountains.  However, I digress.  I have three sons–no daughters.  So, here in the south, traditionally the responsibility for planning a wedding is that of the bride and her family.  It is something that she has looked forward to and planned for most of her life.  Many young ladies have a wish book that they might have started as tweeners and they dream and search through magazines and cut and paste photos (before the days of Pinterest), in order to create a play by play journal of what their perfect fairy tale wedding will be like.  I, as the mother of the groom, really had no part in the planning.  Oh, to be gracious, each of my future daughter-in-laws asked me my opinion–but other then I was supposed to wear a beige dress and provide the rehearsal dinner, that’s about all that I was asked to take care of.  I have, however, gained a wealth of wedding wisdom in living vicariously through the hundreds of young ladies who have honored our family and farm by choosing Sampson’s Hollow, as their venue of choice.  It’s been amazing.  I remember our first bride who visited our property while we under construction, and all she could see, were the blueprints and the acre of dirt that had been excavated in the process.  She listened as I described my vision, shared my dream and decided to take a chance.  My first bride.  That was almost ten years ago.  She has three children now.  When she told me she was expecting her first bay, I almost felt like I was having a grandchild.  We consider our brides to be family.  And that’s our approach to southern hospitality and the charm of a vintage farm wedding.  In my effort to be an effective blogger, I am always going to try to speak from the heart.  For it is through the heart that we hope that our visitors and potential brides will fall in love with our century-old farm in the hollow of the most beautiful Appalachian mountain range in East Tennessee.   Blog you later!  Janice