THE Ceremony Backdrop | Cypress Grove Estate House

The Cypress Grove Estate House gazebo makes for a stunning ceremony backdrop!
Photo: Miranda Grey Weddings

While the Grove House may be the hidden gem of Cypress Grove Park, the Estate House is by far the crown jewel 😉 While it has many features that set it apart, often our couples are drawn to the venue because of the lakefront gazebo. Nestled on Lake Jessamine, with the sun setting behind you, so many couples have exchanged forevers underneath the gazebo. The space can be personalized and dressed up to fit every style, color or theme you are hoping for, making it a picturesque ceremony backdrop.

The Gazebo

Standing beautifully even on its own, our couples do love to enhance the space with floral, draping or personal features to create a one-of-a-kind ceremony backdrop. Need some inspiration of your own? Take a look at some of our favorite ways to dress up the gazebo!

The ceremony backdrop at the Estate House sits on the cusp of Lake Jessamine and is surrounded by Cypress Trees dripping in Spanish Moss.
Photo: The Hendricks

Draping

Looking for a simple way to create a soft and romantic feel? Add some draping! It’s a popular addition for most our couples and you can choose from a variety of colors and style it like curtains or wrap it around the posts. White draping pairs beautifully with our garden chairs and those can be accented with hints of greenery and floral as well!

The Cypress Grove Estate House gazebo with white draping and greenery garland strung along the side.
Photos: Ashley Jane Photography

Floral + Other Decor

When it comes to floral, we’ve seen couples pair arrangements for a symmetrical look, while others opt for a statement piece in the center or side of the gazebo. Looking for more drama? Add aisle décor or chair swags! Lanterns and glass votives down the aisle add a little extra something to the space, while a runner of foliage along the back of your chairs gives the space definition.

Hoping for something one of a kind? Incorporate key elements from your culture, your faith or the latest trend you can’t get out of your head! These brides took the space from a blank canvas and elevated it to be as unique as they are!

The Cypress Grove Estate House gazebo adorned with hanging floral.
Photo: Thirty Three and a 3rd
The Cypress Grove Estate House gazebo adorned with colorful draping, floral garland, and specialty rentals for a cultural wedding.
Photos: Lora Rodgers | The Heims

The gazebo remains a transformative space on the Estate House grounds and is yours to enhance how you please. Some couples choose to have it stand on its own. A clean, white slate surrounded by sun-kissed water and Spanish moss-draped trees. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting that is truly one of the most romantic places to say “I do”. Can you see your forever starting here?

Xoxo,
Alecia

The Grove House | A Hidden Gem at Cypress Grove Park

The Grove House, perfect for social gatherings like birthdays, bridal showers, and more!

Always dreamed of hosting your celebration in a quaint southern cottage with a lakefront view? Just a short, drive past Cypress Grove Estate House lies the Grove House, a charming venue for intimate events. Equipped with a welcoming front porch and fenced-in water, garden the Grove house is sure to delight your guest!

Let’s explore one of Cypress Grove’s best-kept secrets!

Beckoning from the front porch are classic white rockers, just waiting for you to take a seat, kick back, and relax! If you can make it past the breathtaking views of Lake Jessamine and the soothing sounds of nature, you‘ll enter into a surprisingly versatile event space. Complete with tables, chairs, and even a kitchenette, the Grove House features all the basics of a great event room. The main event space, known as the Valencia Room, boasts lots of windows, allowing lovely natural light into the space. It also features a nook perfect for showcasing a dessert or gift table!

The Grove House features a quaint front porch, complete with relaxing rocking chairs.

The Grove House is ideal for birthdays, bridal showers, and other social gatherings, and it even allows for outside catering! The neutral color palette allows you to personalize the space, but still boasts enough character to stand on its own. 

The main event room of the Grove House seats up to 50 people and comes with tables and chairs.
Photos: Ashley Jane Photography

The Deets

Included in the hourly rental of the Grove house are nine 48″ tables, three 8′ tables, and 50 banquet chairs (linen not included). Two private restrooms, a refrigerator and freezer combo, and a kitchenette (perfect for food prep and storage) are all included in the hourly rental of the venue. The space even features a backyard water garden, a great place to set up a bar or cocktail tables to expand the space.

We’d love to see the creative ways in which you’ll utilize the space! Contact our team to book your tour today!

Xoxo,
The RW Events Team

Fun & Fruity Signature Drinks

Fun & Fruity Signature Cocktails | Because no good story ever started with a salad.

Signature drinks are a fun wedding trend that everyone can get behind (who doesn’t love a thoughtfully crafted cocktail or mocktail!?), but oftentimes couples can get stuck in the rut of picking the same old thing.  

Old Fashions and Vodka-Tonics are all well and good but this is your wedding day! So don’t be afraid to pick a signature cocktail that will make a statement and get all your guests talking. 

Here are a few ideas on some new and trendy signature drinks plus some fun names to give them a wedding twist! 

The Drinks

Gin + Jam | Aka "Just Berried"

Recipe 

  • Ice 
  • 1 oz gin 
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor, such as St. Germain 
  • 1/2 tbsp blackberry or raspberry jam 
  • Squeeze of lemon 
  • 5–6 Fresh rosemary leaves 
  • 4 oz club soda 
  • Sprig rosemary for garnish 

In a shaker, add ice, gin, elderflower liquor, jam, lemon, and rosemary leaves. Shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with club soda. Add a sprig of rosemary for garnish. Enjoy! 

Tropical Tequila Sunrise | AKA "Sun Kissed"

Recipe 

  • 2 oz Tequila 
  • 4 oz Mango-Orange juice 
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine syrup 
  • Orange slice 
  • Maraschino cherries 

To a large glass, add the ice cubes, mango-orange juice, and tequila. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom, so do not stir. Garnish and serve immediately. 

Painkiller | AKA "Devotion Potion"

Recipe 

  • 3 oz White Rum 
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice 
  • 2 oz Orange Juice 
  • 1 oz Cream of Coconut 
  • Nutmeg & Pineapple Leaves (Garnish) 

Add all of the liquid ingredients to your cocktail shaker with a scoop of ice and shake for a few seconds. Pour everything from the shaker into a large glass. Top the glass with crushed ice, then grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Garnish with tall pineapple leaves. 

Peach Lemonade Fizz | AKA "Happy Tears"

Recipe 

  • Lemonade 
  • Champagne 
  • Peach Vodka 
  • Fresh Peach Slices (garnish) 

Add vodka and lemonade to shaker with of ice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass. Top with champagne, and garnish with fresh peach slices.  

Mocktail Version – Omit the vodka & champagne, replace with Elderflower Tonic Water and Peach Juice. Stir the Lemonade and Tonic Water over ice in a cocktail glass, garnish with peach slices.  

  • Lemonade 
  • Peach Juice 
  • Elderflower Tonic Water 
  • Fresh Peach Slices (garnish) 

I hope you loved all these delicious drink ideas! Add them to your big day and remember, all you need is love…and a good cocktail! 

Xoxo,
Lacie

Rainy Day Weddings | Planning Ahead

You’ve planned. You’ve prepared… but have you really? The best way to prepare for rainy day weddings is to plan for a 100% chance of rain and take advantage of the setting, especially at unique all-outdoor venues, like Cypress Grove Estate House.

Rainy day weddings are often the biggest fear you’ll face, but it’s also the luckiest! It’s said to be good luck, signifying that your marriage will last. After all, a knot that becomes wet is hard to untie, so apply this towards your marriage and it’ll be just as hard to unravel!

Even on rainy days, the tree lined drive at Cypress Grove Estate House still makes a stunning backdrop for couple's photos!
Photo: Ashley Jane Photography

So what can you do to prepare for rain on wedding day?

  • Check the forecasts. Weatherman predicting some showers? Why not give out umbrellas?
  • Keep your guests in the loop. Share normal weather conditions on your wedding website and let guests know ahead of time you’ve reserved an all-outdoor venue.
  • Work with your vendors. They prepare for rain just like you do so they’ll be paying extra attention to the forecast and you!
  • Use the lighting to your advantage! Photographers often prefer overcast days, plus it gives you an excuse to cuddle under an umbrella (there’s a reason some of the best kissing scenes in the movies take place in the rain). Just think about Allie and Noah – how romantic! The Notebook has set expectations high 😉
  • The best advice for your rainy-day insurance plan? Reserve a tent!
This tent! Clear top, ivory draping, and chandeliers make this tent absolutely stunning, and a not-so-bad alternative.
Clear top tents are a great way to still let the outdoors in!
Photos: KV Photography

Reserving a tent ensures every little detail you planned, plus your guests, stay dry and comfortable. I like to think of tents as an outdoor ballroom that create a lovely backdrop! Clear tents allow you to view the surroundings you fell in love with and white tents give photographers the perfect blank canvas! Which is your favorite?

White top tents really make photos pop and give couples a blank canvas when it comes to decor.
Photos: JP Pratt Photography

Reserving your tent ahead of time gives you the peace of mind needed to ensure that if a rain shower does sneak into the forecast, you don’t have last-minute anxiety about reserving something. And while rain on your wedding day is never the plan, the reality is, it happens. And if it does, staying positive and knowing you’ve prepared will be a sure way no stress creeps in on your special day. If it does rain, tents can be dressed up and personalized, and let’s be real, absolutely stunning!

Sperry tents are some of our favorites! They're inviting and have such a unique feel!
Photos: Jessica Perez Photography

Xoxo,
Alecia