The Storehouse represents our central purpose — guiding what we do and how we perform, which is southern hospitality. Our desire is for our guests to “experience the luxury of southern hospitality.” The featured photograph was taken during one of our weddings and included in an edition of The HuffPost, selected as one of the prettiest venues in Tennessee. I just thought I would start with that. LOL! Looking for wedding inspiration or a wedding theme for an outdoor wedding? Perhaps you are in love with a boho or woodland wedding theme. Maybe something a little more industrial or gothic? For any of these choices, using outdoor wedding venues without a backup plan is a risk. We cannot do anything about the weather, but by providing options for our guests, assuming bad weather may happen, we can manage most inclimate days.
A storehouse is a place to store many things — we choose to define it as the foundation from which to customize the dreams and visions of each bride who honors us as the choice for their wedding venue. We collectively store experiences we have shared and/or designed; we store information to build upon and learn from and improve upon. We store memories of the hundreds of brides in a storehouse of blessings for our family and, hopefully, for all of those who book with us. Please don’t misunderstand. We love barn weddings — and why shouldn’t we? Our ancestors originally farmed within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains before it became a national park.
Our property is on farmland that has been recognized as a historic century farm in Tennessee. Sampson’s Hollow is an outdoor venue in the Great Smoky Mountains. The views from our farm are shared by our next-door neighbor, a critically acclaimed resort called Blackberry Farm. The community in which Sampson’s Hollow is located has become one of our county’s most desired real estate areas. We have branded our structure on our property to reflect the historical significance of this area, in addition to the storehouse — The Schoolhouse, Farmhouse Cabin, Smokehouse, and a couple of actual Outhouses (used as garden storage — we have real bathrooms). The Storehouse is a contemporary design that features a backup plan in case of rain or colder weather. Like an outdoor wedding venue, Sampson’s Hollow has the perfect contingency plan to eliminate the need to add a huge tent to shelter their guests. Our thoughtfully designed covered front porch will now seat up to 150 guests in a traditional chapel floorplan. Features of the Storehouse include strings of Tuscany-style lights are wrapped around the beams of the vaulted A wrought iron, and crystal pendant chandelier suspends from the vaulted ceiling of the porch. There is a panoramic view of the mountains and green meadows with wildflowers (in season) serving as a backdrop for the altar. The transition from ceremony to reception is made readily by the experienced staff and coordinators who assist in setting up tables and chairs… Features of the facility include an indoor area for seating, warm-toned hardwood flooring, walls, and ceiling, three restrooms, two central air-conditioning units for guests’ comfort in warmer weather and central heat, and a wood-burning fireplace in cooler seasons.
Hundreds of miniature white lights wrapped around the vaulted ceiling beam and posts within the barn area and around the porch and adjacent trees. As the sun goes down, guests will enjoy sitting around the outdoor fire pit at the edge of the barn, relaxing on Adirondack chairs, and enjoying the peacefulness in the crisp mountain air.
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