VENUE TYPE: Estate / House / Mansion / Villa

See the Gorgeous Event That Brought 75 Wedding Professionals to RT Lodge
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27094
VENUE:
RT Lodge
LOCATION:
Maryville, Tennessee
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Industry Gathering
Woodsy Comfort
Southern Lodge
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



Beautifully hidden away in a forest on an historic college campus, RT Lodge makes you feel like you’re staying at an upper class friend’s vacation home. There are acoustic guitars to play around the fire, where you’ll also find a s’mores station. There’s badminton, corn hole, croquet, and volleyball to be played. It’s basically your own personal estate while you’re there.

So it’s no wonder that dozens of wedding professionals descended upon this secluded sanctuary in Maryville, Tennessee. It was quite the picturesque event to behold. We simply had to know more, so we chatted with Katherine Stinnett, RT Lodge’s Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

Photography by Natalie Watson 

 

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Better Together: Two Wedding Industry Insiders Share The Inside Scoop On Their Relationship On Location And Off
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27107
VENUE:
All Over The World
LOCATION:
All Over The World
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Better Together Series
Married Wedding Industry Insiders Tell All
All Over The World
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

The month of love is drawing to a close so to end our #BetterTogether series for February, we are featuring one last couple that is very near and dear to us here at The Venue Report. Meet Jose Villa and Joel Serrato: boss couple, photographer extraordinaires, and very (very!) dear friends. This couple’s journey has led them to travel the globe together while photographing some of the most fabulously elite events of modern time. Their work has been featured in every major magazine you can think of and they can now add ‘book publishers’ to their already impressive resumes having written books on their photography skills. They are admired near and far by event photographers for their signature film photography making their simple but stunning style the gold standard.

How did we meet this dynamic duo? Let's just say this love affair started almost a decade ago when our founder Cortnie started working with Jose on several styling projects that eventually led to him photographing her and Donny’s wedding. (insert link to wedding). Since then, Cortnie and Donny have gotten to know this couple by traveling together to Bora Bora (insert link), Hawaii and Palm Springs. You really get to know a couple when you travel with them and let's just say, we would happily travel with them a million more times for the pleasure of their company and steadfast friendship (which we all know says a lot). All in all, Jose and Joel certainly prove that they are #BetterTogether.

Photography by J WILKINSON CO

 

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Ladies of Northern California, We’ve Got A Real (Re)Treat for You
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27084
VENUE:
Straus Home Ranch
LOCATION:
Tomales Bay
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Women's Retreat
United Restoration
California Coast
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



Ladies, ladies, ladies! We’ve got a real (re)treat for you! This collection of thoughtful, inspired, creative women have rallied together to establish a series of restorative weekends in Northern California. Set in Tomales Bay during the first weekend of March, their next multi-day retreat is all about gathering women to establish new friendships and inspire one another creatively, personally and professionally.

The retreat in March is set to take place at a sprawling 19th century homestead, complete with organic farmland, towering eucalyptus trees, and an adorable cozy farmhouse. Hello, relaxation! The weekend will include workshops about storytelling, creativity, sparking inspiration, and practicing personal and professional mindfulness. Guests can also expect delicious farm-to-table meals between sessions and hanging with a community of cool ladies to boot. We recently sat down with the founders of Fog & Sage, Flynn and Stef, to chat about the inspiration behind these events. Naturally, we’re already feeling inspired to unplug, reconnect and recharge.

Words by Flynn Coleman of Fog & Sage | Photography: Stef Etow + Stephen Wakulchik


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This Couple Got Married in A Field of Palm Trees in Morocco
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27069
VENUE:
Dar Al Hossoun
LOCATION:
Taroudant, Souss-Massa-Drâa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Outdoor Wedding
Desert Oasis
Moroccan Garden
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

The look of tropical, greenery-filled weddings is a trend we hope never goes away. One of the most visually impressive weddings we’ve spotted with an all-natural surrounding, this wedding in a field full of palm trees and palm fronds in a little Moroccan village is one for the inspiration boards. We’re especially fond of the ceremony setup with all the cool rugs leading the way to a Mecca of palms and cool hanging fixtures. We can practically hear the beats of all those drummers from here.

A venue located just outside Taroudant, Dar Al Hossoun is nestled in an ancient olive grove. A big mix of traditional architecture and modern amenities, this desert oasis with its lush gardens and contemporary structures is an escape we’re adding to our wanderlust list. Life Stories Photography recently sat down with us to give us the skinny on this gorgeous ethnic affair and we couldn’t wait to share their photos and words.

Words + Photography by Life Stories Photography

 

This Destination Jungle Wedding To Morrocco Could Not Have Been Any More Beautiful.

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See How These Creatives Turned A Luxury Wedding Conference Into A Dream Vacation
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27036
VENUE:
Borgo Egnazia
LOCATION:
Puglio
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Creative Conference
Laidback Luxury
Italian Villa
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

For those who haven’t heard about it, Engage! is a traveling event that brings together the wedding industry’s most creative minds in gorgeous settings around the world. Think of it as TedTalks but for people whose businesses depend on them knowing the ins and outs of the luxury market. Magazine editors, bloggers, planners, designers, and photographers from around the world gathered in Puglia, Italy for this year’s Engage!16 to discuss entrepreneurship, design, and more. And of course, they did it in total style, with a series of beautiful, thoughtful, and fun events hosted over three days’ time.

Brought on board as the official Engage!16 photographer, Betsi Ewing captured the stunning setting and the key events of the conference. Here’s the scoop straight from Betsi herself.

Words + Photography by Betsi Ewing

 

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