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Nicole + Kevin’s Bright + Colorful Wedding at Cedarwood by Celladora Photography

Friday, April 28, 2017

When the wedding design and inspiration that you've always dreamed of comes to life, it's a magical moment! Bride, Nicole's Kate Spade design inspiration made for a bright and fun wedding experience for the guests joining her and her new husband Kevin on their big day at Cedarwood. From the black and white striped table runners to the pops of pink, orange and yellow florals, Nicole + Kevin's wedding brought such a fresh, vibrant setting among all the neutral we've seen this past year. With the help of their photographer John Yates of Celladora Photography, the emotion of the day is shown through each and every photo! Take a look at their beautiful spring day and learn more about their wedding from Nicole!

 

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Nicole + Kevin Krushenski

Cedarwood Weddings

4.2.16

150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photography | Celladora Wedding Photography

Wedding Dress | Modern Trousseau – Designer: Callie Tein

Minister | Michael Clark of Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Venue, Planning, Florals, Decor | Historic Cedarwood

Paper Goods | Designs in Paper

Cake | Patty Cakes

Catering | Chef Chris

Transportation | GoBig Transportation

DJ | Premier DJ

Tell us about the vision!

Nicole: Our vision for our wedding was to create something a little unique to us that would be fun yet still reflect who we are. We had hoped to find the perfect venue for an elegant, upbeat yet creative atmosphere. It was important to us that it had movement in that we wanted a space for the ceremony, one for happy hour, and then for dinner and dancing so people were constantly moving and getting a change of scenery. It was also important to us to have creative, experienced vendors to allow us to enjoy the entire day.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Nicole: Our theme was Kate Sade inspired. As I searched online for inspiration, I kept going back to the rich, bold colors which accented the black and white stripe I loved. Cedarwood, our wedding venue, then paired it beautifully with the mercury pieces for centerpieces and additional accent pieces throughout the venue which was absolutely gorgeous.

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

Nicole: One of the most special moments that I was originally against was seeing my fiancé before the wedding. Cedarwood and Celladora Photography made this one of the most memorable highlights of our day. Cedarwood styled our meeting with some personal items that were special to us and this proved to be just perfect! We were able to have amazing pictures pre-tears and have an opportunity to exchange gifts to each other which was a really nice touch. Celladora Photography was amazing! They took pictures of our first look and then gave us a moment together. Afterwards, we were a lot more relaxed and ended up having some of our best pictures from the day taken during this time. Another moment Kevin and I loved was writing our own vows. It was not easy to write and took some time but it was fun to hear sweet, funny references no one else would have been able to recreate. It is also nice to have the originals to look at afterwards because after such a long day, it was all so much to remember. Finally, our first dance together was pretty fantastic and unique! We decided we would do this at the ceremony right after the I do's instead of the reception. It gave us a chance to relax and have fun together while everyone still had a seat and their glass of champagne.

Thank you so much John from Celladora Photography and Nicole for sharing the day with us! You can check out more of Celladora Photography's work here on their website or here on Instagram! Happy Friday!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Vintage Weddings & Events: Mismatched China + Decor for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, April 27, 2017

When celebrating your big day, you want it to be uniquely yours! From your vows to your dress to your tablescapes, everything about your weddings should scream you as a couple. And if you're a vintage lover like me, then adding heirloom china + centerpieces to your table scape is a great choice! Nancy of Vintage Weddings and Events has curated and collected unique pieces of china, glassware, flatware + more that you can rent for your wedding! The Depression Glass, brooches + more are one of a kind pieces and will definitely be a talking piece among your guests at your Nashville wedding. As a Mother of the Groom herself, Nancy knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding, so keep reading to learn more about her vintage china business + how you can rent some for your wedding!

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Tell us about Vintage Weddings + Special Events + how long you've been in business!

Nancy: Vintage Weddings & Special Events is a new family owned business which features mismatched china, goblets, depression glassware, flatware, and serving dishes. We also design one-of-a-kind centerpieces such as brooch bouquets in vintage vases and lighted mason jars on tree rounds. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience for wedding.

How did you get started in weddings?

Nancy: I started collecting vintage china and depression glass for my son's wedding last June. I fell in love with "the thrill of the hunt." I find my treasures at estate sales, flea markets, and antique stores.

What's the philosophy behind Vintage Weddings + Events?

Nancy: We are a family business and we plan to treat each event with TLC.

What are your strengths compared to other rental companies?

Nancy: I believe we are unique because we have incorporated Depression Glass into our Vintage Garden Collection. The glass compliments the colors and patterns of the china. The layering of plates is gorgeous!

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Nancy: I think brides that are having a rustic, vintage, or bohemian wedding will love our dinnerware and centerpieces. Our prices are also very reasonable.

Describe some of the services you provide besides place setting + centerpiece rentals.

Nancy: We set up and attend the reception to make sure everything runs smoothly and the reception continues to look attractive while you enjoy your special day. We will clear tables and tidy all stations such as the Coffee Bar or Appetizer Table.

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

Nancy: I love weddings so I decided to turn that enthusiasm into a business!

You can find all of Nancy's gorgeous collection here on the Vintage Weddings and Special Events' website! Thanks, Nancy!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Unique Wedding Ideas, Rentals, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Top 5 Things To Do for a Nashville Bachelorette Party from Jaye Kogut

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's the first and last thing you'll see when you're on Broadway on a Saturday night? A Bachelorette Party of course! Nashville is known as the top city for bachelorette parties in the nation. People from all over the country flock here to experience the honky tonks and the good ol' southern charm. So if you are planning a destination bachelorette party in Nashville, chances are you're looking for things to do with your #girlsquad! And today you're in luck because we have photographer Jaye Kogut here to share with us her top 5 bachelorette party picks in Nashville! Check out her post below and be sure to check out her blog for more from her point of view... 

Photos by Jaye Kogut

The Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville’s ‘Premier Party Bike’ is the way to go if you want to drink, take in the sites of the city AND burn some calories (well, maybe just be a little active while drinking). Not into dancing? No problem. Hop onto the tavern, pedal and sip your favorite beer while taking in the sights of Music City. The Nashville Pedal Tavern has even been featured on the Duck Dynasty show! Tours last about 2 hours and you can fit up to 15 passengers on a bike! Now get pedaling!

 

Photo by Christina Pugh

Arrington Vineyards

If you’re looking for more of a relaxing afternoon with great scenery and wine, check out Arrington Vineyards.  Just a short 40 minute drive from the city, in Arrington, TN, you can take in the views of rural Tennessee and sip on delicious wine.  The vineyard even offers live music on most weekends and tours! Grab your girlfriends, pack a lunch and purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy on the lawn.  Arrington Vineyards is a great atmosphere for a quieter, serene afternoon with your girlfriends!

 

 

Photos via The Dry House Nashville

The Dry House Nashville

If you’re seeking some pampering time – check out The Dry House Nashville.  This blowout bar is amazing and I loved everything about this place.  The atmosphere, the staff and the products used – all top notch! Ali, the owner is actually a Jersey-girl (Yea Jersey!) so we instantly connected.  Feel free to check out their website and fall in love with their house rules:

All blowouts. All the time.

Don’t judge women. Especially yourself.

Keep the gossip friendly and flowing.

Profanity is permitted and encouraged.

You will walk out feeling fierce.

Who doesn’t want to feel FIERCE?! Do yourself a favor and stop here before you go out for a night on the town.  Ali put her heart and soul into this blowout bar and you definitely walk in feeling comfortable and welcomed – and walk out feeling fabulous.

P.S. check out their adorable bathroom with dog wallpaper – its fuzzy!

 

 

Photos by Jaye Kogut

The Nashville Party Barge

Want to sit back on a boat and tour Music City?  Nashville Party Barge brings the pontoon to life on wheels and offers excellent views of downtown Nashville and Broadway.  You can fit up to 13 people on this ‘boat’ and sip your way through all the attractions Nashville has to offer.  Can I also add how awesome this boat looks? Who wants to get “SHIP FACED?”

 

 

Photo via Recovery Room's Instagram Page

Recovery Room Nashville

Of course, after all the festivities are said and done, you may need to catch an early flight back home. Why not call Recovery Room? This team of highly trained and certified nurses have got your back! Recovery Room Nashville is a really cool concierge service that helps cure you of your dehydration (aka hangover).  I’m pretty sure they have been called Angels! I know what you’re thinking; “I’m afraid of needles!” – not to worry, Amanda and her team are great at making their clients feel comfortable and relaxed.

Keep Recovery Room Nashville in your contact list – you’ll thank me later! 

 

Thanks so much for sharing your top bachelorette party picks with us, Jaye! You can check out more of her work here on her webiste and here on her Instagram page. xoxo!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Destination Nashville Weddings!, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Bridesmaids & Bridal Party, 0 comments »

TWESA: Connecting Nashville Area Brides to Licensed + Insured Wedding Professionals

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

When you're planning your Nashville wedding, where do we turn to find wedding vendors (besides Nashville Bride Guide)? Most likely it's off of a recommendation or we Google. But how do you know if a wedding professional is actually reliable, licensed, insured and experienced? You could read through all of these Googled vendors' bios to see how long they've been in business, email them to ask if they are licensed and insured and also look on Wedding Wire to see if they've received good reviews on past weddings. This is a LOT of work that will take a LOT of time. But we have good news - there's TWESA

What is TWESA? TWESA is the Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association - a group of Nashville area wedding professionals that meet once a month to network and build their businesses. TWESA also provides a list of all of these wedding professionals on their website for brides. The best news is that in order for a vendor to be involved in TWESA, they need to be a legit licensed and insured business. And another requirement to be a TWESA member is you have to be in business for 2 years. A recommendation letter from another TWESA member and a review from a customer is needed to be a member. So after all of these requirements, you know that TWESA members are some of the best in the business! 

In the TWESA vendor listings, each and every vendor is broken down by category. Looking for a florist? Check out the florist tab! How about a caterer? TWESA can direct you here, too! It's one of the only lists of its kind and it's such a huge asset for planning your wedding in Nashville! 

Do you have any questions about TWESA? Are you a vendor who would like to join TWESA and add your business to the directory? Feel free to reach out to me (I'm on the TWESA board as the Vice President!) or email your questions to info@twesa.com. We'll be sure to help you as much as possible! 

Check out more on TWESA here on their website and also follow them on Instagram to get the latest scoop!

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Travel Elopement Inspiration in Nashville by The Ganeys

Monday, April 24, 2017

This one is for the adventurous couple! The couple that loves a pop of color. The couple that loves to travel. And the couple that is romantic at heart. This elopement styled shoot in the woods cuated by travel wedding photographers The Ganey's is everything a spontaneous Nashville couple would want in a wedding! With all of Nashville's woodsy paths and hills, it's the perfect place if you're looking to get married somewhere quiet and intimate. And it makes for some gorgeous photos! The real couple Brad + Morgan are travelers themselves and have lived life together and apart across the pond and beyond! With travel themed details from some pretty incredible wedding professionals and Etsy sellers, the scene was filled with personality beneath a beautiful wooded setting. Check out all of the photos below and learn more about the inspiration from Emily of The Ganey's below! 

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Style Shoot Team:

Photography | The Ganeys

Florals | Elizabeth Earnest Floral Design

Wedding Dress | BHLDN

Hairpieces | Romantic Art Life

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist | Nicole Pechonis

Paper Goods | Wayfaren Co

Furniture Rentals | Ever After Vintage Weddings

Linen Rentals | Silk & Willow

From the photographer Emily of The Ganeys: The love story between Brad and Morgan is straight out of a fairy tale. They first met about a decade ago in a youth choir at a local church. At that time in their lives, their age gap kept them apart, but it was clear there was interest in one another.

Several years later, after Brad had graduated from college, they went on a date and were inseparable. Over the course of their relationship, they endured a good amount of long distance. Brad spent time in England, pursuing his Master’s degree and Morgan decided to join him across the pond and study abroad for her senior year of college.

During this time, they explored numerous countries in eastern and western Europe – tasting new foods, exploring new cultures, even hanging out with camels. Their adventures didn’t stop there. They spent their three year anniversary climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Their love of travel and exploration was the inspiration for this elopement shoot.

I envisioned a couple that decided to skip the big party and all of the extras, in exchange for adventure. A couple that values natural surroundings as opposed to confined rooms. A couple that knows that adventure is out there, and wants to share new experiences together.

I was fortunate enough to come across Abby & Luke’s shop on Etsy – Wayfaren Co. Their pieces were the perfect element to complete the rest of the story. Morgan and Brad read their vows from their travel journals – journals that would be filled with words from their honeymoon and journeys throughout the years. After the ceremony, they pinned their travel map – with their past destinations, and the locations they were dreaming of exploring together.

Morgan wore an ethereal Watters gown from BHLDN and carried a jaw-dropping bouquet created by Elizabeth Earnest Florals. She wore a delicate RomanticARTLife floral hair piece to complete the look of her hair and makeup done by Nicole Pechonis.

This shoot was a dream, and the love between these two is absolutely contagious. I know their life, and travel journals, will be filled to the brim with adventure and love.

 

Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous shoot with us, Emily! You can check out more of The Ganey's work on their website here and also on their Instagram page here

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