Tuesday, October 25, 2016
From the hustle and bustle of the trendy 12 South neighborhood to the peace and quiet of Radnor Lake, Sydney + Nick took a tour of Nashville for their engagement session! Photographer Leah Moyers led this beautiful couple to four different settings. They started out on the paths and bridges lakeside, moving into the hip urban setting downtown in 12 South and Marathon Village, and rounding out the day at a local pub for some beers and Jenga! Hear their engagement story straight from Sydney and admire their scenic photos by Leah Moyers Photography!
Sydney Hester + Nick Broadhead
Engagement Shoot Date | 2.25.16
Photography | Leah Moyers
Wedding Date | 5.28.16
Wedding Location | Homewood in Asheville, NC
Sydney on the proposal: My fiancé (Nick) proposed after Christmas on the Yellowstone river. He's from a small town on the gates of the national park and we were there to spend time with his family. It was private and absolutely a surprise.
Sydney on her wedding style: We hosted 100 guests. We aimed for a romantic garden vibe. Our venue was a historic stone house in Asheville, NC so it fit well. Time with our friends and family during our engagement was what we enjoyed most about being engaged!
Sydney on the engagement session: We shot our engagement pictures in Nashville. We loved the idea of having some piece of our adopted hometown as a part of the wedding process. We took photos out by Radnor Lake and the 12 South neighborhood. Leah Moyers was absolutely wonderful. She was fantastic as making us feel comfortable and delivered a spectacular view of two locations very close to us.
What a fun shoot! And the fall leaves and sweaters are perfect inspiration for this season! Thank you to Leah for sharing your work and to Sydney for sharing your story! xoxo
Monday, October 24, 2016
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to appear on Channel 4's morning show Today in Nashville again to talk about fall wedding trends! And nobody knows fall wedding trends more than the lovely Nashville wedding professionals who are working with brides day in and day out! So I chose some of the best in the business to showcase some samples on the show! After carefully crafting a theme of the top fall wedding trends for 2016, each and every vendor pulled together to create almost a little "mock wedding" on live TV! Here are 4 themes we went with for fall 2016's top wedding trends in Nashville:
All of these items are from local vendors! Check out the full video of the segment!
WSMV Channel 4
When you’re engaged in Nashville one of the first things you’re going to start thinking about is invitations. These sample invitations are printed by Darby Cards and designed by Little Pom Paper. You’ll notice the design brought in neutral colors, geometric shapes and also a marble background. As for the envelope, calligrapher Claire Cohen Lettering uses rose gold ink and really fun lettering on your invitations. You can see how the gold ink is raised too! Remember your invitations are the first impression your guests have of your wedding!
Next you can start thinking about your cake! This cake is baked by local wedding vendor Baked in Nashville. For fall you can go with darker details on your cake. Another fun trend is to make each layer different. In this case, we start out with a marble layer, bring in some geometric patterns with rose gold lines in the middle layer. Tiffany of Baked in Nashville actually uses edible gold in her creations which is a fun element! and top it off with a solid charcoal layer. Plus, she added in some more rose gold flowers to tie the whole look together. Another trend that Baked in Nashville does is macaroons - they are also a great trend for fall as well!
When you’re thinking about your table scape for your fall wedding, think of textures and natural elements. All of the elements of this table scape are by Liberty Party Rental. They really upped their inventory with rose gold and copper items for this season’s weddings like this copper charger and moscow mule mugs! Don’t be afraid to mix metals either - check out the arezzo gold flatware against the thick textured charcoal panama linen.
Green Finch Floral Design provided the centerpiece on the show! Greenery is a huge trend in florals this season. Even mixing wildflower pedestal centerpieces with geometric decor on your table is great for fall. Add in some light purples and even some softer florals for your fall look.
Mark is dressed in Street Tuxedo’s medium gray suit - pair it with tan shoes and a cappuccino bowtie with a little texture to it to complete the look. Street Tuxedo has all the latest trends like fitted suits, blue suits and more!
And finally, we had a real engaged Nashville couple Mark + Erica modeling a dress and tux! Erica’s dress is from LVD Bridal - they are a consignment dress shop here in Nashville and they provide pre-loved and designer sample dresses at a discounted price. It’s the Kennedy dress from Sarah Seven’s collection. For fall we’re seeing more simplistic styles, but it’s always a great idea to bring in some sequins and glitz for a fall wedding. Headpieces are also a trend - bringing in a more bohemian look like this one from Amanda Judge.
I could not have done this without the help of all of these incredible Nashville wedding vendors. Please check them out if you are planning your wedding - I highly recommend each and every one of them! Check out more on Today in Nashville's Facebook Live feed and also on our Instagram page!
Friday, October 21, 2016
Rustic romance is always a timeless theme to go with for your wedding. I know Jennifer + Joel will look back on their photos for years to come and they will stand the test of time! Photographer Justin Wright captured the day beautifully against natural light and a gorgeous outdoor scene. Florals graced the wedding left and right and no part of the decor was forgotten! The staff at Cedarwood sure knows how to handle every single detail to make your day the best it can be! Check out all the photos from Jennifer + Joel's day!
Jennifer McMurtry + Joel Allen
Wedidng Location | Cedarwood Weddings
Planning | Cedarwood Weddings
Florals | Cedarwood Weddings
Decor | Cedarwood Weddings
Photographer | Justin Wright Photography
Catering | Chef Christopher's
Cake | Patty Cakes
How did you guys meet?
Jennifer: Joel and I met through mutual friends and church. We became friends before we actually started dating, and for me, that made all the difference in how quickly I fell in love!
Tell us about your engagement!
Jennifer: Our engagement was definitely a surprise! We had talked about it a few months before, but I didn't know when or how he would propose. It's fun not to know! He planned a "date day" where he took me to brunch and walking downtown, and we ended up at park by the lake. He took me to the same bench we had sat on just 6 months before where he had asked if I would date him. My friends were hiding in the trees to capture it on camera, and after a brief speech he popped the question! The proposal is such a wonderfully, surreal experience! I am very thankful to have pictures of that special day!!
What was the vision for your wedding?
Jennifer: My vision for the wedding was a mix of elegant attire, soft colors, and candlelight. Nature makes me feel free and alive, so I knew I wanted to marry this man in an outdoor setting. Cedarwood had the perfect venue to fit my dream wedding!
What was your theme and what inspired it?
Jennifer: The theme for our wedding was rustic elegance. I love outdoor weddings but desired elegant attire to dress up our special occasion. We wore a tuxedo and an elegant, lace gown with the bridesmaids in a trio of soft colors to accent the outdoor greenery. I didn't have an exact vision for the wedding initially, but it came together one decision at a time... and the final result was picturesque!
What details were used to create your theme?
Jennifer: Flowers were a huge part of the decor. We used flowers to line the aisle, bring beautiful color to an arch at the alter, and even used flower petals to cover the aisle pathway. At the reception, the decor was soft white and mercury glass, so we used copious flowers and candles to accent each table.
Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?
Jennifer: Our first look was a very special moment of the day. The feelings in that moment are indescribable. I am traditional about many things, but I am glad I chose to see my groom before the ceremony. The photos we were able to get are priceless!
What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?
Jennifer: My advice would be to not stress about the timeline. I was only engaged 7 months and felt pressure to plan everything immediately, as if I was already behind! Take your time and make thoughtful decisions.. everything will work out just beautifully! I would also recommend having a wedding planner. It takes so much stress off of the bride and mom and allows you both to fully enjoy the day knowing everything is being taken care of!
And we'll seal off this week with a kiss! Thanks so much to Justin Wright for sharing the incredible photos with us and Jennifer for giving us the inside scoop on her wedding!
Like this wedding? Then you should check out Ashley + P.L.'s wedding at Houston Station.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
It goes a little something like this... girl is casually browsing through her Instagram feed. She happens upon a gorgeous photo of velvet table linens designed by Randi Events. It was love at first sight. Girl becomes mildly obsessed with anything that has to do with mixing weddings and velvet. Girl dedicates an entire blog post to velvet wedding trends. (heart eyes).
Photo via Randi Events (Grey Boroff)
That's right, you caught me! You know I'm always on the hunt for new trends in weddings, especially since speaking on Today in Nashville about fall wedding trends! And when these slate blue velvet linens caught my eye, I had a feeling they would be a hit with winter brides! Here's more velvety goodness to incorporate into your winter wedding style!
Photos by Anastasia Bruykhanova and Laura Goldenberger
Just like you saw in the post by Randi Events, we searched for more velvet linen wedding inspiration around the web to share right here with you! Scrunch it up and use it as a table runner on a farm table, or get an all-over look with a full-size linen. Try it in a shade of blue for a soft and deep wintery wedding vibe!
Velvet Wedding Shoes
Photos by Carrie Patterson and This is Glamorous
From deep forest green to light dusty rose, velvet wedding shoes are a must-have for your winter wedding! Wedding shoes are a great way to add in a pop of color to your wedding attire. Incorporating a texture with that color is an A+ in my book!
Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses
Photos by Life Love and the Pursuit of Shoes and Zaful
It gets cold here in winter, so you won't want your bridesmaids to freeze during your wedding ceremony! The solution? A thicker material like... velvet! :) Go for a short strapless number or opt for a long sleeve maxi dress for a real head turner!
Photos by Rock the Frock and Jen Huang
Blue suits are so in right now for fall! But have you ever thought about dressing your guy in a blue velvet suit? Try it out with a tweed vest for a bold statement. Not feeling so brave? Incorporate velvet into your groom/groomsmen bowties!
Photos by Rachel May and Ryon Lockhart Photography
Spice up your lounge area with a vintage velvet sofa from one of our local furniture companies! Design your lounge area with a greenery backdrop or even an oriental rug. Keeping your guests cozy and warm for winter is key!
How would you incorporate velvet into your wedding?
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Photo by Frozen Exposure
Street Tuxedo - Nashville’s premier family-owned suit and tux rental company has been a Nashville staple for over 32 years. With experience comes knowledge of the ever changing wedding market. You ask, they listen! And in the past few months, Street Tuxedo has made some incredible additions and services to their business that makes them THE place for groom and groomsmen needs. Keep reading to see what’s new!
With 4 locations in the Nashville area, Street Tuxedo knows a thing or two about being available to their customers. They go where you go! So you asked, they delivered - you can now shop online for your suit or tux! This is especially helpful if many of your groomsmen live out of town! Hop on to www.streettuxedo.com, submit your sizes directly online and Street Tuxedo will take care of the rest! Plus, you can BUY your own suit, tie, and more directly on their website and Street Tuxedo will ship it to your door!
In addition to online shopping, Street Tuxedo is also offering suits you can buy in each of their shops! Retail suits are now available in ALL 4 locations! They offer slim-fit and modern-fit options, and the color choices include black, charcoal gray, heather gray, tan, navy, and NEW cobalt blue. With prices starting at $179.95, these suits provide a great way to update your wardrobe!
Photo by Frozen Exposure
Street Tuxedo knows you’re on the hunt for accessories and groomsmen gifts. And now they’re providing manly gifts at each of their retail stores! Whether you're starting your Christmas shopping early, looking for groomsmen gifts, or just wanting to treat yourself, they’ve got an awesome array of retail products! From Volunteer Traditions swag, to personalized items, the friendly staff can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
Be sure to hop on over to Street Tuxedo’s website for the latest styles in mens formalwear!
You can also follow them on Instagram here!