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Tori + David’s Rustic Barn Wedding at Madison Creek Farms by Sammie B

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's only right for a small town couple to have a small town wedding - and that's exactly what Tori + David did! After a happenstance chance, they met and found out they were from the same small town and never knew each other... and sparks flew from there! The couple chose to marry at Madison Creek Farms - a fully functioning farm with livestock and sunflower fields for days! The summer celebration called for yard games, a food truck and so many fun DIY elements. See all of their photos by Sammie B Photography below and hear more about their love story! 


Tori Bryant + David Broyles

Madison Creek Farms


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Sammie B Photography

Cake Designer | Designer Cakes

Dress Store | Glitz Bridal

Reception Venue | Madison Creek Farms

Invitation Designer | Pop Fizz Creative

Floral Designer | Tullahoma House of Flowers

Food Truck | Maggie Moo's

From the photographer, Sammie B: It all started six years ago with a SunDrop. Yes, you heard me. SunDrop. The ever so sweet, citrusy, way better than a Mountain Dew caffeinated beverage. It was still a local/regional drink at that time so when David met Tori and noticed her sipping on the fizzy drink he asked where she was from. It turns out she was from the same little town that his mother grew up in. Small world, indeed. A few months later, these two crossed paths again at a party and from there things took off…..and fast. Too fast. It apparently freaked them out how quickly their relationship progressed and only one month into the relationship they called it quits. Fast forward six months, these two realized how much they missed one another and decided to give things another go….and this time, just like the last time, sparks flew. For their wedding, they wanted something earthy and fun. They found Madison Creek Farms just north of Nashville. A real working family farm that's known for its organic vegetables, herbs, and wild flowers. And a farm wouldn't be complete without a few chickens and even a very charismatic donkey. For the reception, Tori & David opted for yard games instead of the traditional dancing and bouquet tosses. BeerFrisbee and ice cream were the highlights of the evening!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

A Recap of the Nashville Bride Guide Flower Crown Workshop

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Last month I co-hosted a Flower Crown Workshop with Details by Margaret at Travellers Rest! The day was so much fun as we had 22 brides, friends/mothers of brides + vendors participating in the day. Each guest was greeted with this beautiful calligraphed sign by Crafted by Heart and seated at the table with a personalized place card by Olivia as well. Margaret placed the beautiful bright flowers and greenery from Geny's Flowers along the center of the tables for everyone to use in their crown. After a quick introduction, Margaret began instructing everyone on how to create their crowns. The process was so fun - everyone had their own unique pace and style of crown! One attendee even made a garland instead of a crown - I was so impressed with everyone's creativity! Duo Ryan + Stacy sang live throughout the workshop to provide some beautiful background music while everyone was crafting. Bar Magnolia provided some fun cotton candy cocktails while Two Fat Men offered up some light bites (the strawberry bruschetta... yum!). We paused mid-workshop to allow all the vendors to tell the brides about their business and after the crafting picked back up for a bit, each guest ventured out to the gorgeous Travellers Rest gardens to get their headshots taken with their completed flower crown! Take a look at all of Ryan Tolbert's photos below and stay tuned for annoucements on more upcoming workshops! 




Planner/Florist/Instructor | Details by Margaret

Flowers & Kits | Geny's Flowers

Photographer | Ryan Tolbert Photography

Venue | Travellers Rest

Food | Two Fat Men Catering

Signage & Place Cards | Crafted by Heart

Vintage China | Vintage Weddings & Special Events

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Bar & Specialty Cocktails | Bar Magnolia



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridal Shows & Events, 0 comments »

James + Bianca’s Glamorous Blush Wedding at Hutton Hotel by Paige Brown Designs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This wedding makes my glam heart go pitter patter! And when a bride gives her planner and designer full reign of design, you're sure to have one fabulous wedding. Especially when that planner and designer is Paige of Paige Brown Designs! The whole ballroom at The Hutton Hotel was dripping in diamonds - from the countless chandeliers to the intricate draping and details everywhere you turn, it was such a beautiful sight to see! I interviewed Paige to tell us all about the day and how she came up with this jaw-dropping design. Check it all out below! 



James + Bianca Stone

The Hutton Hotel


130 Guests


Wedding Team:

Planning, Florals, Design | Paige Brown Designs

Photographer | Stephanie Sorenson

Venue | The Hutton Hotel

Decor | Visual ElementsSouthern Design WorksNashville Audio Visual

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Dress | Glitz Bridal

Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Tell us about the couple's vision.

Paige: Bianca's wedding vision was light and airy with tons of crystal details and soft blush and muted colors. She was very laid back during the entire design process and trusted us completely to execute her wedding vision. As a matter of fact, Bianca was a little too laid back! She honestly just showed up on her wedding day, having very little knowledge of what all her design details would consist of. Needless to say, Bianca was blown away on her wedding day and it was truly a pleasure to bring her wedding wishes to life!

What details were used to create their theme?

Paige: Blush, nude, and golden colors, crystals, and acrylic/lucite details. Lush florals and Cherry Blossom branches.

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Paige: I love couples like James and Bianca whose love is blatantly evident! The entire process gave me chills. They were very focused on the wedding, but even more focused on marriage after their wedding day.

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Paige: Bianca's rings were VERY important to her. The ceremony and reception took place at separate locations. Once Bianca made it to the church, she realized her Maid of Honor left the wedding rings back at the hotel. There was a horrible wreck on the interstate, but Bianca insisted that guests wait until their rings arrived. One hour later, we started the ceremony! :)

Thank you so much for sharing this wedding with us, Paige! It's STUNNING! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' portfolio here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »

Cookie Dough Desserts: The Latest Wedding Food Trend from Chef’s Market

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The cookie dough trend is alive and well! It's been on the scene in places like New York and California and it's made it's way to Nashville! And what's so much fun is that local Nashville area caterer Chef's Market is bringing this trend to Nashville weddings! With a variety of options to choose from, Chef's Market is here to tell us all about incorporating this trend into your wedding. The best part is that it's egg-free (and still tastes delicious!). I'll leave it to Hayley to tell us all about it below...


"Although each wedding is different, there is one thing almost all of them have in common: food! Because of this, brides spend countless hours trying to decide what they will serve on their big day. Many couples want to stand out, but are unsure how. With social media sites raving about all of the newest trends in food, it can be hard to keep up with what is in, and more importantly what would be right for your big day. If you are wanting to join in the craze, but aren’t ready to risk a food trend with your main course, why not try it out with the dessert? Gourmet cookie dough shops are popping up all around the country, so we decided to give them a try for our catering events!" - Hayley of Chef's Market

"Growing up you were probably told that you couldn’t eat raw cookie dough because you could get sick, but don’t worry this dough is egg-free and 100% safe to eat! From cones to cups to bite sized truffles, so far all of our cookie dough treats have been a big hit! I mean who doesn’t love cookie dough? These mini desserts would be the perfect addition to anyone wanting to add a little fun to their food selection!" - Hayley of Chef's Market

Thank you so much for sharing this new tasty trend with us, Chef's Market! See how you can book their cookie dough desserts for your wedding here on their website. And also follow them over on Instagram!

All photos by Grace Smith


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Food/Catering, 0 comments »

Jessica + Matt’s TN Plantation Engagement Session by K Schulz Photography

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jessica + Matt's engagement session is full of modern romance in a historical setting. They chose Rippavilla Plantation here in Tennessee as the backdrop of their session with K Schulz Photography. And this sunroom is giving me all the summer vibes! From the beautiful white pillars outside the mansion to the property and farmhouse, Jessica + Matt were able to utilize all of the property to capture their love story. See all of their beautiful photos below along with a behind the scenes look from Kelly of K Schulz Photography




Jessica Gaines + Matt Beresh-Bryant

Rippavilla Plantation


From the photographer K Schulz: Jessica and Matt are from South Carolina. Matt has family in Middle Tennessee. They are having their wedding in TN and wanted their engagement pictures to be here as well. Matt is a history buff and wanted their engagement pictures to take place somewhere that had history. They chose Rippavilla Plantation for their location. Rippavilla was more than accommodating, even showing us great places, telling us fun stories as we entered the plantation and staying after hours so we could shoot with no one around. Their tour guides were funny and friendly. We took about 30 minutes inside the historic plantation before going outside for more pictures. Matt and Jessica are both becoming teachers in South Carolina. They are currently student teaching while planning their wedding (very busy indeed). It was a gorgeous warm, sunny day in March and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful engagement session.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful session with us, Kelly! You can check out more of her work on her K Schulz Photography website and also be sure to check her out over on Instagram



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Photography, 0 comments »