Where Happily Ever After Begins...|The Barn at Bridlewood
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Where Happily Ever After Begins…|The Barn at Bridlewood


We’d like to welcome you to our very first volume of our blog series, “Where Happily Ever After Begins”. We get the opportunity to work at some incredible venues every weekend and we would love to share with our brides just how important the place you say “I Do” can be to creating your timeless event. We are featuring some of the best in the business and not only are they good at what they do, they are some of the most down-to-earth people you’ll meet. The kind that go out of their way to ensure every minute detail is as spectacular as the next. That’s the kind of venue you want in your corner. So, start dreaming folks because these venues are just waiting to be used as your inspirational canvas….


Through wooden barn gates and across a lush field, one of Hattiesburg’s most popular venues gleams with southern rustic appeal. The smell of salvage lumber that traces its roots to a pre-civil war barn is intoxicating. The perfectly curated decor (From an antique Chevorlet pickup truck to home-y knickknacks) sets a mood for a wedding steeped in southern traditions. If charm is what you are going for, look no further than Bridlewood.

Located just outside of West Hattiesburg, The Barn at Bridlewood is situated on 22-acres that includes a horse stable, lake and a guest house. For Tori and Nathan Banks, dream of the perfect wedding venue for themselves drove them to build. Hard work and dedication, along with some unfortunate setbacks, molded The Barn into a truly unique experience for their clients. Let us introduce you to the brain behind it all in our series: “Where Happily Ever After Begins.”

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When my husband and I were engaged and searching for the perfect venue, I realized there wasn’t anything that offered everything that I had envisioned in the area. So, my wheels started turning and we decided to create the perfect venue for people to enjoy! We wanted to create something that was timeless, unique and completely different from anything else around. This is something that I have dreamed of and have worked very hard to create; adding all the things that I was looking for to make my own special day exceptional!

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The Barn at Bridlewood is not just any barn! It’s a piece of history! We purchased a barn the originally stood in Cooperstown, NY originally built in 1851! The timber frame is over 160 years old, all the materials used are reclaimed from old buildings and barns from the surrounding areas! No detail has been left unnoticed!  We wanted our venue to have a history and lots of character!

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Just six short months after we held our first event at Bridlewood, it seemed like all my dreams and hard work were gone in the blink of an eye when the Barn burned down. We were completely heartbroken and devastated, it is so hard to watch something you worked so hard on go up in flames! Thankfully Nathan and I are surrounded with the most amazing family, friends and community that showered us with so much love and support! It was not an easy time in our life, we worked day and night to get the facility back together in just 3 short months, which was pretty incredible considering the extent of the damages! None of that would have been possible without the help and support of family, friends and the great contractors we had! I was so blessed to have such amazing brides who were so understanding and patient! The hardest part for me was the fact that these wonderful brides weren’t going to get to use the venue they had dreamed of! But we worked extremely hard to accommodate them the best we could under the circumstances and they were top priority for us! We did everything we could to make their wedding dreams come true and they were all so understanding and supportive, I can never thank these girls enough for that! One of my brides and her father even came out and helped us get everything cleaned up the day before her wedding! They worked so hard and we were able to get them back in the barn for her big day! Through lots of prayers and hard work we made it through this disaster! And Now Bridlewood is even bigger and better than before!!! We hope that Bridlewood will continue to be a special place for couples and family’s to create and share memories for many years to come!

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We didn’t necessarily have a certain kind of bride in mind! We wanted to create a place that any bride could make her own dream wedding come true! Whether you have a rustic style or more elegant style; Bridlewood is the perfect place for you! It is a beautiful backdrop for any style wedding! The atmosphere is relaxed yet elegant, and is the perfect choice for couples looking for a venue as unique as they are. At The Barn at Bridlewood, we can assure every bride, her special day and every wedding detail will be treated with all the care and attention that it deserves! We have truly enjoyed getting to know all our bride and grooms. Every weekend is different and exciting. Its so neat to see the barn transform for each wedding and see everyone’s visions and style come to life! You get to know the couples and hear their love story. It is so much fun!

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A Beautiful spring evening wedding– Ceremony around dusk so all the gorgeous lighting in the oak trees will be twinkling off the lake! Cocktail hour under the open-air timber frame barn with yard games and acoustic music! The reception inside the barn, decorated with lots of vintage décor and antiques! Beautiful flowers and lots of fabric draped from the beams and Lots of food, fun, laughter, and dancing with family and friends! And of course my Prince Charming (My amazing Husband Nathan Banks!)!!!

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Owning a venue is so much fun because you get to work with so many different talented vendors! It’s amazing to hear and see the different ideas each week. So many different things have been done from draping fabric, lighting, wrapping the beams in flowers and ivy and incredible food presentation! I love seeing the photos from all the different photographers, and seeing how they really capture the architectural details of the Barn and capture true love stories each week in their own style!

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I hope every bride and groom experiences the wedding they have always dreamed of, and created memories they will remember forever! I wish all my incredible Brides and Grooms all the happiness and luck in their new lives together!!

The Barn at Bridlewood is located at 32 Railroad Rd Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402
They are available for weddings, reception, birthday parties, corporate events and reunions.

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