Bjorvala Farms, an event venue specializing in weddings and receptions and located in Knoxville (12 miles north of downtown), features rolling pastures and woodlands nestled in the hills of East Tennessee. Originally the private residence of Tom Bjorholm and Katherine Latvala (Bjor+Vala) and their family since 1995, the property served as a wonderful place to raise a family, host church and school events, entertain family and friends, offer the occasional rock concert, raise a few cows and other assorted pets, develop a bonsai garden and nursery, and eventually become the start of a wedding venue when the younger “Bjorvala” family members chose to celebrate their respective weddings there in 2013. If ever there was a proverbial light coming on, it was at these wedding celebrations, when many guests asked if Bjorvala Farms was an event venue. How fun would THAT be – to have the opportunity to facilitate more weddings and receptions? The seed was planted, the facilities were expanded, and the real fun began. Bjorvala Farms is now anxious to help you make your special event one to remember.
Bjorvala Farms offers “Simply Southern Soirées and Shindigs”. What exactly does that mean? Basically that means we believe in all things Simply Southern – family, simple pleasures, sweet tea and fresh lemonade, hydrangea bushes bulging and spindly crape myrtles drooping with blooms, oak trees for shade and weeping willows for effect, lichen-covered wooden fences, monograms and calligraphy, mac and cheese as a major food group, juicy peaches and sweet watermelons straight from the orchard or garden, wide front porches with rocking chairs, gracefully aged barns, burlap and lace, pearls and lockets, prayers to begin and end an event, and anything that reminds you that living in the South is a special gift . “Soirées and Shindigs” is short-hand for “Your event can be as sophisticated or relaxed as you like”. Any event at Bjorvala Farms should speak to who YOU are and to what makes the celebration uniquely yours. Bjorvala Farms will help you make that happen, whether you’re planning a sophisticated up-town soirée or a relaxed down-home shindig. Mix that with the simplistic beauty of nature and the vintage elegance of southern charm and you have the makings of a Simply Southern Soirée or Shindig at Bjorvala Farms!
After you enjoy your wedding and reception, Bjorvala Farms invites you to a complimentary stay at Endorph Inn, a well-appointed cottage on the property with a view of the Smoky Mountains (without the drive) – a wonderful way to end a wonderful day!
A few words from Katherine and Tom…
“Bjorvala Farms is not just a venue. It is our home, and it is our absolute pleasure to share it with couples looking for a place to mark the beginning of their new life together. We SO believe in the sanctity of marriage and would find it such a privilege and honor to host your wedding and/or reception. We understand the stresses that come with the inordinate amount of planning, scheduling and executing that come into play when you want your event to reflect not just your personal tastes but also the significance of the celebration. Our job is to help you get there with the confidence that your special day is uniquely yours, a day to treasure, and the perfect way to begin what we sincerely hope is a lifetime of happiness and special memories.
To the many friends and family members who have encouraged us to offer Bjorvala Farms as a wedding venue to duplicate the feel of the relaxed, warm, and uniquely personal celebrations that have happened under the stars up on the hill at Bjorvala Farms over the last twenty plus years, thank you for your encouragement. We have implemented many of your suggestions and always look forward to your visits.
To those who have scheduled events here over the years, thank you for putting your trust in us and allowing us to share in your special event. You are such special folks and we feel so lucky to have been a part of your celebrations. We hope to see you back for future celebrations (baby showers? anniversaries? retirements?), or just to share some tea or lemonade and to rock on the front porch and catch up.
For those of you planning your special day and event, we hope you will give us a call and schedule some time to come visit us at Bjorvala Farms. We’d love to show you around!