Working with celebrity wedding designer sets Fontanel apart

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Rarely does a wedding venue offer a celebrity designer to their mix of amenities. 

At Fontanel, every bride can work with one. Fontanel’s Vance Nichols has designed for stars such as Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Natalie Cole, Joyce Dewitt, Barbara Mandrell, Big Kenny, Connie Brittan, Kelly Clarkson, Oprah, Joe Diffie, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Jake Owen, Charles Esten, Craig Campbell and Diamond Rio.

“My grandmother introduced me to floral design as a small child, and the passion continued into high school, where I took classes and worked at a florist locally,” said Nichols. “I have studied the work of celebrity designers David Tutera and Preston Bailey for weddings and events, and upon moving to Nashville recognized that there was no one using that unique big city style here. I shop local where I can, but source my flowers and décor from all over the world in order to make just the right statement. Having done so much work for Dolly Parton when in East Tennessee, it did not take long for word of mouth to spread, and my first celebrity wedding was for the son of Barbara Mandrell. I guess it snowballed from there. Helping design a wedding here at Fontanel is like I have an imagination playground. I study what most brides and grooms share on Pinterest, spend time with them…however long it takes, until I know exactly what it will take to create for them their own fairytale wedding.”

“I have been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years in Nashville,” said Lauren Stout, Fontanel’s director of sales, “and have yet to encounter a wedding venue location that offers this caliber of service to their brides. Coupled with the numerous stunning wedding location options on our vast 220-acre property inclusive of the Fontanel Mansion, The Inn at Fontanel, Natchez Hills Winery, our Amphitheater, or a cozy outdoor setting in the Grove, the chance to work with a celebrity designer is what truly sets Fontanel apart in the wedding business.”

To book an opportunity to tour the property with the weddings team, call 615-724-1600, or email Jade Green at jade.green@fontanel.com.

Fontanel is one of Nashville’s premier destinations situated on 220 acres nestled in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley, just 15 minutes north of downtown Nashville. Property activities include tours of the Fontanel Mansion, a 33,000-square-foot log cabin and former home of Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, concerts at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater, Adventureworks Ziplines and three miles of public walking trails provided by Metro Parks and Greenway. Handcrafted small batch fine wines are available at Natchez Hills Winery, where patrons can enjoy a personalized tasting and take a favorite bottle home. Cafe Fontanella is the property’s award-winning restaurant and is open seven days a week, featuring Italian/American cuisine and live music. Accommodations are available on-site at the Inn at Fontanel, a boutique bed and breakfast. Shopping is available at the Stone House Gift Shoppe, which also serves as the box office. For more information or to book a private event in one of many incredible venues, visit fontanel.com or call 615-724-1600.

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