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Mims Grand Opening Party Marketing Video

Remember how we said we would be posting about the Grand Opening Party very soon? Please forgive us for being total slackers and taking this incredibly long to get around to it. It’s been pleasantly busy but that craziness has prevented us from checking off tasks on the to-do list. 

Have you ever wished you could relive a day again? Like Groundhog Day-style. Go to bed, wake up and completely duplicate every single second of a day you’ve already experienced. That day for us is the day of our party. Usually every Friday we reference Friday, March 13 and long to be able to travel back in time to that night. It was pure magic.

The only thing that comes close to reliving the day of the party is getting to watch a video highlighting every detail. We had really high expectations for this film. We hoped it would capture the emotions we were feeling and the elation that flowed through every room of the Mims House. It was going to be our treasure. Our little time capsule to show to our children’s children.  And then we watched the video and every expectation we thought we had shattered like a bursting firework and tears of pure joy streamed down our smiling cheeks.   

Our hearts are so full of gratitude to Silver Feather Studios for this keepsake. There is absolutely nothing, not one detail, we would change. It is sheer perfection. Not only is this video the perfect piece of memorabilia from one of the most pivotal moments of our lives but it also serves as our medication for when we’re having pains from not being able to re-live that day. 

The Grand Opening Party would not have been possible without each and every vendor that graciously donated their time and talent to support us. We are indebted to them for their selflessness. 

If you weren’t able to make it to the party, we feel really sorry for you because it was definitely a party and you missed a heck of a good time.  If you were able to make it and you secretly find yourself wishing you could experience it again, take four minutes out of your day, watch this video and re-live it with us.

We encourage you to visit Silver Feather Studios' blog and check out their recap of the night as well as to see some additional photos from the event!

Our Incredible Vendors
Grand Rental Station | CE Rental | Themeworks | Bunn DJ Company
Silver Feather Studios | Shane Snider Photography | Rocky Top Catering
Donovan's Dish | Belle's Catering | The Lincoln Agency | Tesh's Live Painting
Eclectic Sage | Flowers on Broad Street | Brides & Bouquets | Sugar Euphoria
Oblige Designs | Orangerie Events | Riley MacLean Photography
Peelman Productions | Perfection by Patricia | Event Espresso | Shutterbooth


Brooke Everhart & Priscilla Erwin
Venue Curators 

Friday Feature - Bridal Portraits at the Mims House

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo Credit: Live View Studios

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo Credit: Live View Studios


We’re alive! Welcome to our very first Leslie-Alford-Mims House blog post. It’s been a long process but we are so excited to share our journey with you and offer you a behind the scenes look into the revitalization and preservation of the Mims House.

We spent last Friday night celebrating the result of eight months of exhaustion and stress. Seriously though. We now have a few Mims House wrinkles gracing our cute little faces because of permits and repairs and trying to figure out how to make dollar bills grow on trees. 

We’ve become carpentry, painting and furniture restoration masterminds who now know how to tile fireplaces and tediously scrape plaster off of hardwood floors. It’s been quite the process but we wouldn’t have it any other way. It feels as though new life has been breathed into a once saddening piece of property. 

We have so much to catch you up on and especially want to fill you in on the details from the Grand Opening Party but for today, we’re focusing on letting you in on a little secret.

Did you know the Mims House is available for bridal portrait sessions whether you’re getting married here or not? Come one. Come all. The Mims House is officially available to provide you with the most elegant and stunning Southern backdrop for your bridal portrait session.  Having your hair and make up done professionally? Awesome. We have an in-house salon space so bring your stylist and get pampered.  We imagined you might have a few questions so see below for our most frequently asked ones and if you have others aside from what’s below, reach out to us. We’re happy to help. 

Do I have to be getting married at the Mims House to have my bridal portraits taken there? Absolutely not. The space is available to anyone and everyone. 

How much does it cost? If you’re getting married at the Mims House, a bridal portrait session is included with your rental rate. If you’re not, the investment is only $50 an hour. Payment is due the day of your shoot and we accept cash, checks and all major credit cards. 

What if it’s raining? That’s the beauty of the Mims House. We have countless inside rooms, furniture and staging options that provide the perfect setting for your pictures. No need to worry a bit about the weather. 

But what if I want some outdoor shots? Have you seen our stunning porches and grounds? Not only does the Mims House boast indoor opportunities but we are situated on an acre of land and surrounded by options for a more natural setting. 

Do you require we use a particular photographer? Nope. The philosophy and foundation of the Mims House is built around supporting and promoting all of the amazing vendors in the industry. You’re welcome to work with any photographer you’d like.  

I work during the week and was planning on having my portraits taken on a weekend. Is that okay? Absolutely. We are completely flexible and will work with your schedule to find the perfect time.

Do you have a space for me to get ready before my pictures? We sure do! We had the brilliant idea to transform one of our rooms into a salon. You’re welcome to use the space to have your hair and make up done and might we suggest indulging in a mimosa?  

I need handlers. Can I bring my mom, sister, bridesmaid and/or pet? The more the merrier. And we love pets so bring your little Tessa or Scottie along. (P.S. - Those are our pups who can be frequently be found at Mims.) 

I’m sold. How do I reserve my date and time? It’s super simple. Shoot us an email. We’ll respond right away and get you on the calendar. 

There you have it. The ins and outs of hosting a bridal portrait shoot at our gem of a venue. If you’re getting married, we hope you’ll consider us for your pictures and if you’re a photographer, please help spread the word. We can’t wait to see the incredible pictures with our pride and joy as the setting. Hope to see you soon!


 Brooke Everhart & Priscilla Erwin
Venue Curators