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A Modern Boho Styled Photo Shoot by LMR Photography at The ACME

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hello hello! I'm bringing you some boho vibes for your Monday morning with LMR Photography! Lindsy + her husband created some incredibly curated photos with model Ireland at the iconic and historic downtown venue The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed! They styled the shoot with gorgeous blooms from Laurel & Leaf that paired so well with Ireland's teal heels - swoon! The bride's Greek goddess crown braid and sheer wedding dress created a whimsical fairytale wonderland inside the industrial brick building. Keep reading to hear more about this shoot and see all the beautiful photos! 

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Styled Shoot

The Hatchery at ACME Events

February 2017

Style Shoot Team:

Photographer | LMR Photography

Venue | The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed

Bouquet | Laurel & Leaf

Makeup | Caitlyn Shiner

Hair | Jamie Feliz

Model | Ireland

Tell us about the shoot vision!

Lindsy: The vision for this shoot was completely inspired by Stacy's (Laurel & Leaf) bouquet. Her style was perfect for a modern boho styled shoot at one of the very best downtown Nashville venues.

What was the theme and what inspired it?

Lindsy: "Modern Boho" was the theme, based solely on the model's own lace wedding gown and the cascading, hand-tied gorgeous flowers by Laurel and Leaf.

What details were used to create the theme?

Lindsy: When Ireland sent me a photo of her teal shoes, I knew they had to be incorporated. I sent photos of her shoes and dress to Laurel and Leaf along with an inspiration board I had created and it all came together.

Can you share any special moments or highlights of the day?

Lindsy: Our male model couldn't make it so I threw my husband in. He was so great for stepping in. It was a challenge to get all of us (my husband, Ireland and myself) comfortable with the hand-holding and closeness of a bridal shoot but we did the best we could!

Were there any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Lindsy: The male model thing I mentioned above. : )

Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us Lindsy! You can check out more of LMR Photography's work here on their website and also be sure to check them out on Instagram!

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Penny + Brad: Blooming Springtime Wedding at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is how the pros do it! Bride, Penny is also a wedding planner with Aisling Weddings & Events here in Nashville - and she tied the knot with her husband Brad this past spring at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett. Keeping it simple and personal was key to Penny's wedding and adding in so many incredible elements that represented them as a couple really stood out! From their "bomb squad" wedding cake to their dogwood seedlings as guest favors, Penny's eye for detail was so evident in their day! Check out all their beautiful photos from Blue Dahlia and read all about their day below... 

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Penny + Brad

Scarritt Bennett

4.8.17

Wedding Team:

Location and Catering | Scarritt Bennett Center

Photography | Blue Dahlia Photography

Videography | Varnish Wedding Films

Cake | The Frosted Affair by Jay Qualls

Flowers | Ruth Gardner at Import Flowers

Music | Nashville Wedding Musicians and Nashville Pipes & Drums

Hair and Make-Up | Kara Gaylor

Dress | BHLDN Bridal in Beverly Hills

Suits | Street Tuxedo

Vases | Southern Events

Tree Guest Book | Lets Paint This Town

Bridesmaid Gifts | Southern Polished

Planning and Coordination | Aisling Weddings & Events

Officiant | Stephen Seymour, Unforgettable Ceremonies

From the bride: On the most perfect Spring day in April, Penny Northcutt and Brad Burns were married at the awe-inspiring Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant, wedding with just family and those in their wedding party in attendance.

Brad is originally from Nashville, and Penny is originally from Manchester, TN, but has lived in Nashville since 2001. They met on eHarmony, which Penny swore she’d never use. However, on a fateful day while working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Penny’s friend and co-worker, Missi, informed her that she was going to create an online dating profile on her behalf. Penny wasn’t a fan of the idea, but Missi insisted, and informed Penny that she could create her own online dating profile that very evening, and if she didn’t, Missi would do it for her. Penny couldn’t risk the likely grammatical errors of her friend, and she created an online dating profile that evening, still to her dismay. Brad was the first and only person that caught her attention, and vice versa, as he was new to the site as well. Within 2 weeks, the two were communicating constantly. They had their first date upon Penny’s return from visiting friends in Los Angeles the following week, and the rest is blissful marital history.

Penny had always dreamed of a Spring wedding, and had every detail of the day in her head, ready to execute when the time came. This was also much in part to her experience coordinating weddings for others as co-owner of Aisling Weddings & Events in Nashville. Penny was able to book nearly every aspect of her wedding within a 2 week period. However, the dress was lacking. On another trip to Los Angeles, Penny’s friend, Julie, surprised her with dress fittings at Saks Bridal and BHLDN Bridal, both in Beverly Hills. After finding several dresses that were beyond fabulous, but not so fabulous for the budget, the last dress of the day proved to be “the one” in every way at BHLDN. It was then that every aspect of the wedding was truly complete…still several months before the wedding.

Even though the couple wanted a simple wedding, Penny made sure that certain aspects were included. The music had to be grand and stately, as well as unique, and Wedding Musicians Company  delivered, especially with the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody via the pipe organ as the recessional song. Guests and the wedding party were caught looking at each other asking, “Is that Bohemian Rhapsody?” Indeed, it was. To honor Brad’s Irish heritage, Penny also wanted to include bagpipes. As the groomsmen entered from the front of the chapel, so did a bagpiper and a snare drummer from the back of the chapel while playing Wearing of the Green. Brad had no clue, and was overcome with emotion. The bag piper and snare drum also accompanied the organ for a stately rendition of Highland Cathedral for the bridal entrance. To include more of Brad in the day, the rings were presented in a wooden container shaped like a bomb, which was made by Penny’s dad for Brad, to honor his profession, and made from a tree that fell in the yard of the couple’s home.


From the bride: The brunch reception for the 100 guests took place in the Susie Gray Dining Hall, with a custom menu by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef, Jennifer Threadgill, consisting of a biscuit bar with all the fixings, maple glazed bacon, cheese grits, and Jennifer’s own homemade apple butter, and other brunch delicacies. Another nod to Brad’s heritage were the flower arrangements on the reception tables, with Irish coffee mugs used as vases, rented from Southern Events in Franklin, filled with perfectly Spring-like arrangements created by Ruth Gardner, from Import Flowers.

But, the pièce de résistance was the cake. Brad is on the bomb squad of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and that was highlighted for everyone to see with a two-sided cake, thanks to the talents of Jay Qualls of The Frosted Affair. One side of the cake featured beautiful pastel peonies, ranunculus and roses, and the other side featured a bomb technician wearing a bomb suit walking out of the cake…in fondant, of course. The cake was placed on an automatic turntable, and the look on Brad’s face when he saw the “bomb guy” on the cake was priceless.

Because Penny didn’t want the typical guest book, she opted to have a guest book thumb print tree, drawn by the talented Autumn Potter of Lets Paint This Town. The result now hangs on the couple’s home, as a constant reminder of those that shared in their special day. Additionally, Penny didn’t want to give her guests just any old favor, but one that would mean something to the newly married couple, as well as to the family members in attendance. Penny’s dad is a retired county extension agent who specialized in forestry, and who also coached many 4-H forestry judging teams. Therefore, Penny found dogwood seedlings from Porcupine Hollow Farm in Central Lake, Michigan, that the couple gave their guests, as an homage to Penny’s dad and the mutual love of trees by so many in attendance.

The quickly executed day went just as planned, thanks to Penny’s solid vision and experience planning similar events. The newly married couple departed the next morning for 2 weeks in Ireland.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Penny! You can check out more on her wedding planning company Aisling Weddings & Events here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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Join Dream Events & Catering’s Summer of 25 Dreams - A Community Outreach

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dream Events & Catering is turning 25 this summer! There's so much to celebrate with this Nashville staple in the wedding catering business. Owner Becki Annastas and her team have launched the Summer of 25 Dreams to celebrate in a different way - by giving back to the community. She and her team will be "committing acts of dreaminess" all across Middle Tennessee - from feeding, empowering and supporting those around us. Keep reading to find out more about how Becki + her team at Dream Events & Catering is impacting our community this summer...

How did this idea begin? The kick off was during Nashville's Big Payback in early May and the 25 Dreams will continue through Labor Day. Organizations that Dream will be supporting are Next Door, Nashville Diaper Connection, Safe Room, Little Lady Big Cause, and Compost Nashville. Dream has already donated more than 2000 items for a donation drive and clocked nearly 100 hours of community service. This is so inspiring! 

The cool part about this campaign is that you have a chance to be involved! You can donate to their Dream Donation Drive and also spread the word through social media using the hashtag #Summerof25Dreams. 

“We were just looking for a creative way to say thank you to the community that has supported us over the years. The success so far already has us of dreaming of future summers and ways we can continue this campaign.” - Becki Annastas, Owner of Dream Events & Catering

 

Check out more about what Dream Events & Catering can do for your wedding here on their website. And also be sure to follow along with their Summer of 25 Dreams on Instagram!

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An Edgy, Elegant, Moody Styled Shoot by Elizabeth Looney Photography

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black wedding dress, black airbrushed cake, antler centerpiece, leather jackets... this one is for the unconventional bride! Although the season is bright and summery, we're looking forward to Fall - (especially since we're featuring Fall wedding dresses on Today in Nashville today!). So dark and moody it is! This shoot really caught my eye on Instagram and I asked Elizabeth Looney Photography if she could share it with us on the blog! I'm loving the combination of dark colors mixed with subtle pops of pastel pinks and purples - Southern Sparkle Events did such an incredible job with the styling and overall look! Keep scrolling to see more of this shoot below and hear from the photographer Elizabeth about what it was like on set!

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Styled Shoot

Harpeth River State Park

2.9.17

Styled Shoot Team:

Photographer | Elizabeth Looney Photography

Hair & Makeup | Lauren Edalgo Hair & Makeup Artist

Rentals | Vows Wedding & Events

Styling & Floral Design | Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning

Cake | Puffy Muffin

What was the theme of the styled shoot and what inspired it?

Elizabeth: "Edgy elegance". The “little black dress" had always been a statement of class and elegance - so why not a black wedding dress? Mountains and caves and even a black veil we made added to our inspiration.

What details were used to create the theme?

Elizabeth: The farm table included a long and draping black runner. The table was adorned with vintage candelabras, thrift store china, gold stemware and black napkins to complete the look. The florals were chosen to have a combination of sophistication but also have a wild carefree look to them. Her bouquet included the delicate hellebore flowers and fern tree foliage, but also flowers that were not so delicate with the scabies pods. An ode to the “groom” and his career in the music industry, the statement making cake from Puffy Muffin, sat on top of a vintage record player. For the ceremony, we decided to let the gorgeous background and the couple be the focal point and kept it simple with an abundance of candles.

Were there any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Elizabeth: The only challenges were really just the cold. Typical Tennessee weather where it was 60 and spring like a few days before and freezing cold the day of the photo shoot! And the hike to the top. But seeing that view made the hike so worth it!

Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us Elizabeth! You can check out more of Elizabeth Looney Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!

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Summer Savings on Chair Rentals from Liberty Party Rental in Nashville, TN

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's Summah timeeee...! And that means Liberty Party Rental's Summer Savings are happening now! If you have a party (ahem, your wedding!) coming up in July or August, Liberty Party Rental is offering discounts on select chairs. So if you've waited until the last minute to book your chairs for your Summer wedding or if your family + friends are hosting a bridal shower or bachelorette party for you this summer, then I recommend taking full advantage of this deal! Keep reading to find out more about Liberty's Summer Savings...

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So which of Liberty's beautiful selection of chairs qualifies for the savings? Check it out below:

Chiavari Chairs with Pad: $6

Folding Chairs: $2

Versailles Chairs with Pad: $4

Axis Furniture: $10 off per piece

Samsonite Chairs: $1

Tuscan Bentwood Chairs with Pad: $8 

Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography

Photo by Kyle Gregory Photography

PLUS - you'll receive FREE setup and breakdown on your chairs in July & August! Now that's a pretty amazing deal to go along with the chair discount!

Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

What's the fine print? Your event must be taking place in July or August and the discount does not apply to orders already booked. Discounted chairs do not allow for any further % discounts.  The deal is subject to Liberty's inventory availability on the date of your event.

Want to check out more of Liberty's vast array of wedding rentals? Check out their full inventory on their website and also be sure to follow along with the latest + greatest on their Instagram page!

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