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Hailey + Grant’s Classic Southern Wedding at War Memorial by Music City Events

Friday, June 23, 2017

Classic meets modern. Southern traditions meeting the modern age. Timeless photography that will also show a sign of the times. All of these #weddinggoals truly embody Grant + Hailey's wedding at War Memorial! Planned by the downtown wedding pros themselves, Music City Events, each and every detail tied together created a cohesive and timeless wedding (I can't stop saying timeless - this wedding truly is!). And with Hailey's close ties to her grandmother, she incorporated elements from her downtown wedding years ago into her own wedding - it is truly one for the books! Plus, the historic elements of each and every venue are true flashbacks to the days of old. See all of their lovely photos from Melissa Madison Fuller and hear all about their day straight from Hailey below!

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Hailey + Grant 

West End Church of Christ and War Memorial Auditorium

8.20.16

240 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planner | Music City Events

Photography | Melissa Madison Fuller 

Ceremony | West End Church of Christ

Reception Venue | War Memorial Auditorium

Guest Accommodations | The Hermitage Hotel

Florals | Knestrick by Design

Wedding Dress | Village BridalPronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella BridesmaidsJoanna August

Paper Goods | Nesting Project

Band | Super T Revue

How did you guys meet?

Hailey: Oddly enough, we grew up about 10 miles from each other and spent four years at the University of Tennessee without meeting each other. The year after we graduated, we both stayed in Knoxville for our first jobs and met through a year-long Young Professionals program. We had a blast in Knoxville post-college and made some lifelong friends as we were starting our relationship.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Hailey: Classic Southern with modern clean lines. I loved the historic feel of War Memorial but wanted to have a traditional ceremony at a close by church. I loved that the church had a touch of color on the walls but was very white and simplistic. Grant and I also loved cocktail hour, particularly having time to greet guests and mingle. The weather was perfect and the outdoor courtyard was exactly what we wanted. It was important to me that the bridesmaid dresses were neutral along with the flowers and tablecloths. We used olive branches as a touch of green.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Hailey: I loved being downtown. The bridesmaids and my parents stayed Friday night at the Hermitage Hotel. It was very fun to wake up with our view looking out onto War Memorial and to have a slow and intimate morning with some of my favorite people. The bridal party walked over to War Memorial for pictures and it felt like a movie with us all walking around the downtown streets. Especially me with my long train and cathedral length veil. It took 2 bridesmaids to keep it from sweeping the streets up!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?

Hailey: My something old was my grandmother’s garter. We pinned it inside of my dress. She was also married in downtown Nashville so sharing multiple things, such as a middle name, is very special to me. My something new was a Tiffany’s pearl bracelet Grant gave to me as a wedding gift. My something borrowed was really fun. I had my sorority sisters meet me before the ceremony to serenade me with a ritual song we sang together many times, right before they each brought their Phi Mu pin and we attached them to my bouquet.

Thanks so much for sharing this stunning wedding with us, Music City Events! Be sure to check out more of their weddings here on their website and give them a follow over on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

What to Expect at Your Menswear Consultation from Street Tuxedo

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Photo by Swak Photography

Congrats! You’ve come to that point in the planning process when it’s time to choose your tux or suit looks for your groom and bridal party! But where do you begin in this process? What is the correct way to go about this? Well, I’ve asked the pros at Street Tuxedo to give us a little guidance in this area! As the longest running suit and tux shop in Nashville, they know a thing or two about shopping for your groom + bridal party. So without further ado, I’ll let them share their tips!

Photo by Jen and Chris Creed Photography

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How Far Out Should We Make The Appointment? Let’s just say, the good thing is that Street Tuxedo has four convenient locations throughout the Nashville area (and a Tux Truck! - I’m all about easy access!) And as far as your appointment goes, Street Tuxedo recommends scheduling your appointment no later than 2 months before your wedding. This will allow you ample time to prepare for your special day! What if you need to make a last minute change? No worries - their warehouse is centrally located right in Nashville which makes it super easy for them to accommodate!

Who Should You Bring? Once you make your appointment, the pros at Street Tuxedo recommend that it’s best if you (the bride) come along with your groom to the consultation. Usually, as a bride, you have a vision of what you want the bridal party to look like and if the looks will coordinate with the rest of the decor and colors of the day. With this in mind, Street Tuxedo recommends to keep the meeting to just you and your groom this time around. By all means, you are welcome to bring family members or some of your bridal party to the meeting, just keep in mind that too many opinions can be more stressful than helpful to you as a couple. ;)

How Much Time Will It Take? Street Tuxedo offers free groom try-ons, so you can see your wedding day look in person on your groom! All you have to do is come in to decide which style you're going for and have your groom get measured (which can last as little as 15 minutes if you've got your style in mind). Then your groom try-on appointment can be scheduled. At that appointment, your Street Tuxedo Sales Representative will assist your groom in trying everything on, and you can make changes as you see fit. These appointments typically last 45 minutes to an hour. You would never select your wedding dress out of catalogue and order it without trying it on! So why should he?

What Decisions Need To Be Made At The Tux Appointment? The groom’s measurements will be taken in-house to ensure a great fit for his shirt, pants and jacket. And from there, Street Tuxedo really takes care of it all! From coats, pants, shirts, and shoes to accessories like ties, vests, suspenders, cummerbunds, cuff links, and more, they’ve got you covered!  As the Street team likes to say, "everything but his socks and underwear!" (Although they DO provide a fun array of socks you can purchase!)

Photo by Amanda May Photography

And finally, the team at Street Tuxedo wants you to know that there’s no need to stress about your tux appointment. As an engaged couple, you have enough to worry about… and Street is there to take as much stress off your shoulders as they can!

 

How can I make my appointment? Call one of their 4 locations today and schedule an appointment! Or feel free to email them at info@streettuxedo.com

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , 0 comments »

Come to the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show on August 6th at Opryland

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If you find yourself in a wedding planning rut, then mark your calendar for August 6th! Perfect Wedding Guide will be hosting their bi-annual bridal show at the Opryland Event Center. There are so many vendors who will be there so you can meet them face to face and see if they're a good fit for your wedding! But not only that, you'll be entered to win some pretty amazing prizes, enjoy some delicious food, and browse some incredible table designs. Plus, tickets are only $5 with the promo code FB Event - what?! Yeah, pretty awesome if you ask me. RSVP here and read below for more on the event straight from PWG: 

Find the Ultimate Wedding Planning Experience at Our Wedding Show! Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide creates the ultimate wedding planning experience for couples at our PWG Wedding Show. This one-day event is an invaluable resource when it comes to planning your wedding. Instead of searching & driving all across town, we bring everything you could need for your perfect day to one place. 

Early Bird Advance Discount Tickets Available for $5.00 with promo code FBEVENT

Your wedding day is all about you & your partner. Shouldn't the planning process be, too? Come to our show and get pampered in every way. We only invite genuine vendors who are here to answer your toughest questions. Get massages right on the spot and taste delicious culinary creations from Nashville's seasoned wedding caterers. Pick your wedding cake from flavor to design. Plan out a personalized menu unique to your big day! Use PWG bucks and save on your favorite vendors. We have something for you, no matter what stage of wedding planning you’re in.

Every couple gets $1000 toward their wedding with PWG Bucks!

That's right. Every single couple who comes to a PWG Wedding Show will receive $1000 to spend on her wedding at the show! How do they work? When you arrive at the Nashville PWG Wedding Show, we will give you vouchers to spend on participating vendors at the show. It's simple as that. Add some cushion to your wedding budget, or splurge on something special just because. How you use your savings is up to you.

Details
• Meet over 80 of Nashville's most experienced and respected wedding professionals
• Runway shows featuring the latest style and trends for brides and their bridal party
• Grand prizes are worth $500+ and can include catering or DJ packages, all inclusive honeymoon packages, and more

Complimentary
• Hors d’oeuvres, cake samples, & desserts
• Hair and makeup trials, massages, & facials
• Photo booths & video booths
• Wedding favors, gifts, & the greatest trends to inspire you
• Reception tables full of unique floral designs, name cards, & tablescape ideas

Runway Shows
Rest your feet and enjoy the show! See the latest in wedding attire for brides, grooms, and bridesmaids at the runway shows. See what styles of dresses and tuxedos you want to walk down the aisle from the guests perspective before spending time at the store! Enjoy the prizes, music, and fun to be had at the PWG Wedding Show.

Designer Showcases
Our vendors want to join in on the fun, too! Our incredible coordinators, florists, and specialty vendors are putting together designs that are unbelievable. See their tablescapes and arrangments for ideas and inspiration!


 

Save time & money! Get ideas & inspiration! Meet vendors in person! Watch fashion shows! Win prizes!

Connect with us online for special promotions, giveaways, and daily wedding inspiration!

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How to Curate the Best Wedding Registry Featuring Zola.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello hello! Today I will be sharing some tips on how to curate the best wedding registry! As a bride, you may have squirrel syndrom like I did (Up anyone?) - you like towels from local shop Hester & Cook, flatware from Anthropologie, and you'd absolutely love those custom napkin rings from Etsy. When I got married in 2011, online registries where you could curate your own customized list were almost unheard of. But since I had to be different (and that squirrel syndrom really kicked in), I opted for one of these lists and let me tell you, the features and functionality were not so user-friendly at the time. I only wish I had a resource that was easy to use and also offered other features to help me in the planning process. And today, this option is out there! It's called Zola. What is Zola? It's a website that helps you curate your own personalized wedding registry. They have their own selection of hand-picked items you can choose from or you can opt to add anything from the internet to the list as well! But what should you add to your registry? Here's a list of dos and don'ts for your wedding registry:

Do think about quantities: When you start your wedding registry, think about your place settings in particular. How many people would you likely have over for dinner? Will you be hosting lots of holiday parties for your family and extended family? Once you determine the average number of people you would like a place setting for, then this will determine the quantity of china, flatware, and glassware pieces you should register for. 

Do think about storage and necessity: Do you have cabinets upon cabinets in your kitchen? Lots of pantry storage space? If not, you might want to think twice about registering for that large wine cooler... The best advice is to envision your home with the items you're registering for - especially in your kitchen. Where will you store these items and how often will you use them? This will help you think twice before adding 3 types of vacuums to your list. ;)

Do think outside the box: Let me tell you, Zola has already thought outside the box for you! Want to register for money towards your honeymoon? Check. What about cash to use however you please? Check. Want to give back to a charity with your wedding registry? Zola has that too - check! Getting creative with gifting is all the rage (and it's not going anywhere!)

Don't be afraid to add big ticket items: Have you had your eye on that gorgeous couch from West Elm? What about that new kitchen table from Restoration Hardware? Add it to the list! Your friends and family may be looking to pool their money and go in on a big gift for the two of you, so giving them some options to do so is great! And even if the items are left over on your checklist after the fact, you get a 10% discount once you complete your Zola registry (score!)

Don't fall for current trends: Okay, remember when juicers were having a moment a few years back? Everyone had to have one! The only thing is that it was big and bulky and time consuming... where is your juicer now? On Craigslist or sitting in the very back of your cabinet, right? And think about it - have you always been into juices or were you falling for the trend? Think about registering for items you will love for years to come. I still have my classic ivory dishware and stainless steel basic flatware from Pottery Barn 6 years later - and I still love it! 

Don't register for multiples of the same item: Are you completely torn between two colors of KitchenAid mixers and cannot decide which one you like best, so you add both to your list? Well, here's my advice to you - only add one. You don't want to receive both mixers and have to return one of them after your wedding... choosing your items carefully will help you avoid multiple trips to the store or the post office to make returns. 

Now that you have some tips for choosing your registry items - go ahead and start your regsitry on Zola! Yes, it will all be in one place - it's super convenient! Plus, if you've been procrastinating on creating your wedding website and are looking for other tools that will help you manage your wedding tasks, Zola is the place to be! Happy planning!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Guests, Gifts & Favors, Wedding Resources, 0 comments »

An Elopement Styled Shoot at The Cool Springs House by Swak Photography

Monday, June 19, 2017

As of late, weddings have become a bit more casual and I love this laid-back vibe! Which is why I was head over heels when I saw this styled shoot from Swak Photography. The team of wedding professionals decided to style a bride and groom eloping at The Cool Springs House. The inspiration begins with the beautiful couple eating an intimate breakfast together, a first look, a sweet private ceremony, a dessert reception and one of the most lovely getaways in a vintage car! Mixing vintage inspiration with modern elements is one of my favorite aesthetics, so I SO hope you enjoy browsing through these photos for inspiration - and be sure to stop and read all about Carrie + team's inspiration behind the shoot below!

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Elopement Styled Shoot

The Cool Springs House

4.1.17

Style Shoot Team:

Photographer | Swak Photography

Invitation Designer | Authentic by Frani

Bakery | Baked In Nashville

Reception Venue | Cool Springs House

Makeup Artist | Hannah Farmer Creative

Lingerie | Hey Wanderer

Event Planner | Inspired Help

Floral Designer | Lulamoss

Tuxedo and Mens Attire | Street Tuxedo

Caterer | Sweet Biscuit Co.

Dress | The Dress Theory, Sarah Seven

Rentals: Two Monkey's Vintage

From the photographer, Carrie of Swak Photography: A wedding planner friend of mine and I saw a need to help inspire couples with images on an intimate elopement ceremony set in a bed and breakfast style venue. We love the sweetness of the two having breakfast together enjoying in the giddiness of what the day will hold! They enjoy tasty homemade scones and biscuits with coffee and laughs. Once they got ready separately we brought them together for a "first look" and then to the ceremony inside the house adorned with romantic floral wallpaper. After the ceremony, "i do's" , and cake cutting we went into some portraits of the two. To finish it all off they exited in a shower of fresh flowers and a sweet vintage car! All in all our goal was to make this shoot seem sweet, simple, and do-able by just about any bride on a limited budget and small to no guest list. We hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous styled shoot with us, Carrie! You can check out more of Swak Photography's work here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »