Today’s vendor spotlight focuses on the picturesque venue located right on Old Hickory Lake… The Lighthouse Wedding and Event Center! This lovely venue is owned and operated by the Latham Family, so we spoke with Special Events Coordinator, Danielle Latham, to get to know them a little better! Enjoy!
1. What made you get started in the wedding industry?
It was an accident really… Our family built and opened The Lighthouse in 1999. It operated for many years as a restaurant, and then we converted it to an events center. Soon after, we were asked to host lakeside weddings and receptions. 7 years later here we are! I joined the family business in the fall of 2012 after a 15 yearlong corporate career. Having always loved being creative and planning parties this seemed like a perfect fit for me!
2. What do you like most about working weddings?
I love the uniqueness of each couple. Their inspirations, the meaning behind various aspects of their special day and being able to help make those visions become reality gives me such a great feeling!
3. What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you while working a wedding?
A beautiful day for an outdoor lakeside wedding of 200 quickly turned into a horrible disaster just as we were about to send our bride down the aisle. The storm came in fast and furious and literally blew away two 30×50 tents, damaging 10 of 24 dinner tables, all the china, stemware and string lighting! Yet, not a SINGLE ceremony chair was blown over!
4. What’s the best advice you can give to a bride?
Hire a Planner or at least a Coordinator for the day!!!! You don’t need the stress and you don’t want to have to rely on family on your special day! Your wedding day should be stress free and FUN… One that you will remember for a lifetime as one of the best days in your life!
5. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not busy with work?
Spend time with my family. My husband and I have three boys – 15, 12, and 7! They are wonderful and keep us all very busy!
6. What’s your favorite food, animal, and color? Why?!
Favorite food – anything Italian! I guess this goes back to my mother and her side of the family. They are all Italian and make the best meals around!
Favorite animal – I don’t really have one… However, we did just rescue a sweet Cavapoo puppy this past holiday season! Her name is Harley and she is the sweetest puppy around!
Favorite color – I am in love with Navy & gold! Not sure what my obsession is with them but I cant help buying anything with those together!
The whole Latham family (pictured above) plays a huge part in making The Lighthouse a success! Does this gorgeous and family-oriented venue seem like the perfect fit for your day?! Give Danielle a call at 615-590-7068 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your venue tour today!