By Carmen Cristo
Photos by Lauren Wood
Twin Creeks is a home turned event venue in New Albany. The property is 11 acres and includes a house, apartment, a large covered pavilion and a small pond. Ryan and Summer Bramlett, along with their daughter Sydnei, own and live on the property.
The Bramletts got into the wedding business around seven years ago when their Pontotoc restaurant, Sydnei’s Kitchen, started catering. It was not long before they were searching for a venue of their own. They were out driving around one day when they passed a familiar house.
“I have always loved this house,” said Summer. “I grew up in Ecru and I used to pass it all the time. When we drove by, the gates were open. We knocked on the door and asked if they were interested in selling.”
On the other side of that door was Barbara DeLuca, interior decorator and owner of Unique Interiors. They agreed on a price and closed in October 2016. DeLuca and her husband built a new house just next door.
The cabin-style home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and one half bath, three living areas, an eat-in kitchen and dining room. The interior, like the exterior, is rustic but polished—dark wood tones and neutral colors are accompanied by earthy textures and classic furnishings. The three fireplaces and wooden beams add more warmth to the home. The décor has heavy western and southern influences—horses, deer antlers, art depicting wooded landscapes and aztec patterns.
The master bedroom is proof that black and brown can coexist, with a black statement wall and dark wood furniture. Custom light fixtures, like the spherical chandelier above the bed, are found throughout the home.
Summer said this house is nothing like her home before.
“My old house was more contemporary—a completely different style of home. I liked the way she had it set up,” she said.
Bearing that in mind, the Bramletts purchased some of the furniture and décor DeLuca had in the home and enlisted her help purchasing the rest. Although they live where they work, their home feels like a retreat.
Outside, a wrap-around porch encircles the home. From it, you can see the pond, neighbors’ horses and acres of land.
By April 2017, the Bramletts were settled and ready to make Twin Creeks an event venue. They constructed the covered pavilion, complete with a small kitchen and bathrooms, and turned the pool house into an apartment for overnight guests and bridal parties. In the months that followed, the Bramletts hosted seven weddings with no advertising. They have already exceeded that number in bookings for 2018.
Their wedding season is limited because it’s an outdoor venue, but those months off give them time to enjoy their home, focus on their restaurant and make improvements for the upcoming season.
“It’s a work-in-progress, but it’s been a blessing,” said Summer.
The Bramletts hope to fill a gap in the local wedding market and create a welcoming atmosphere for clients and friends alike.