33 + YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Together, Elopements of Nashville and Rich Events have over 33 years of experience in weddings and elopements. Elopements are different than traditional weddings and require a special skillset that we have perfected over the years. We are able to offer high quality services, at stunning venues, in a very short timeframe. Our streamlined process allows our couples to have a truly amazing elopement experience.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT?
VENUE with up to 8 guests
Beautiful and historic, Spring Haven Mansion is located in Hendersonville, just minutes from downtown Nashville. Offering both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations makes it the perfect venue all year long. (In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies are moved inside the mansion.) The rich pre-civil war history, park-like setting, barn, and gardens are a perfect backdrop for your outdoor TN elopement. Andrew Jackson, John Armfield, Isaac Franklin, and Adelicia Acklen are only a few who share in the rich history of this home. This package comes with seating for 8.
Rev. Rich is a seminary-trained ordained minister and former pastor, and is possibly the most experienced Nashville wedding minister. He offers both Christian and non-religious ceremonies.
Photos During Package Time
All Photos Professionally Edited
Private Online Gallery
Photo Print Release
WHAT DOES A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT LOOK LIKE?
Couple + any guests enter through the mansion gate together at the start time and park in the parking lot. (The gate will be blocked until the start time, where you will be escorted in.) The couple hand their Tennessee Marriage License paperwork to Rev. Rich and rings and bouquet to photographers. Rev. Rich verifies names with the couple while the photographers photograph the rings and bouquet.
Couples who are planning to use a ride share (Uber/Lyft) must have the ride share stay on site for the length of the package time. It can take 30+ minutes for a ride share as this venue is 20 miles from downtown and because couples are required to leave when their package time is complete it is imperative your ride is ready on time.
Rev. Rich + Couple take their place at the ceremony site and all guests take a seat. (The bride does have the option to walk up to the ceremony site, escorted or not, but there is no actual aisle) The ceremony generally lasts between 5-7 minutes. The photographer captures the ceremony.
Following the ceremony the the photographers will capture formal pictures with guests and finish with pictures of just the couple for the remainder of the package.
WHAT NOT TO EXPECT WITH A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT?
OR changing clothes
With a super condensed amount of time, first looks or separate entrance times aren’t a part of elopements. Our couples must arrive and depart in the same attire. We have a very specific routine that allows us to give our couples an amazing experience in a short period of time. It is helpful to let any friends and family that will be attending, know this in advance.
EXTRA TIME FOR PHOTOS
When you book your package, it includes access to the venue/grounds for that exact amount of time. Arriving early or staying late to take more photos is not permitted. We also have multiple back to back elopements a day, so it is important our clients arrive on time and leave on time.
This package allows for up to 8 guests. Additional guests are not permitted.
Music takes a good amount of coordination that can eat up a lot of time in a small package, which is why it is not part of this package.
Bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other bridal party are an element of traditional weddings that elopements don't have. It also takes a considerable amount of time to coordinate, which is why bridesmaids and groomsmen are not part of this package.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO LEGALLY BE MARRIED IN TENNESSEE?
TN MARRIAGE LICENSE
The thought of running off and getting married spontaneously may be romantic, but it can't happen if you don't do the necessary prep work. You'll need a TN Marriage License if your planning to Elope in Nashville! Even if you're not a TN resident, you still need a TN marriage license. You can actually get your license at any county clerk in Tennessee.
Since most of our couples are staying in the Nashville area we have a link to the Davidson County Clerk above.
For out of the country destination elopements, please contact the clerk for details.
DO YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HAIR, MAKEUP, LODGING AND RESTAURANTS?
HAIR + MAKEUP
All of the stylists at Harlow Salon specialize in bridal party hair and makeup.
They even offer a “Princess Package” where you can come in with your bridal party, and they serve brunch, mimosas, coffee, tea, and sodas; all while having a professional photographer capture your entire event on camera. All you have to do is come into the salon and RELAX.
Nashville is a melting pot of amazing food options! With new eateries opening daily its not hard to find a great spot. These are some of the more popular choices among our couples:
Rodizio Grill The Brazilian Steakhouse
Kayne Prime Steakhouse
Most couples choose to stay at a hotel, but we also have a good number of couples that find a nice AirBnB nearby!
The Hermitage Hotel
There are a large number of excellent florists in the Nashville area, and we have worked with many of them over the years. One of our favorites is:
Bloom Flowers (615) 385-2402