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White Ink Calligraphy’s New Branding + Calligraphy Services for Nashville Brides

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 brings about a fun change for Nashville calligrapher Claire Cohen Lettering... she now goes by the name White Ink Calligraphy! Her fresh and clean rebrand is so beautifully designed - it's like we're sitting right next to her while she's calligraphing our wedding envelopes! From custom calligraphy to her Etsy shop items, White Ink Calligraphy has so much to choose from for your Nashville wedding. If you're looking for that extra wow-factor for your bridesmaid gifts, your place cards or even your wedding signage, Claire of White Ink Calligraphy is your girl! Check out our interview below to learn more about her rebrand!

Woo hoo! Claire Cohen Lettering is now White Ink Calligraphy! Tell us about the new brand!

Claire: Out with the old and in with the new! I was patiently waiting for the new year to break out the new branding! With 2017 comes a ton of change for me personally, so I'm ready to embrace the new-ness and I'm beyond ecstatic for the amazing feedback I've received about the rebranding!

Are you offering any new services or specialties with the new name change?

Claire: Yes! Use promo code GIRLBOSS through 2-15-17 for 10% off all orders through my Etsy shop as well as custom orders that are placed prior to 2-15-17.

Tell us the concept behind your branding - what type of style are you going for? White, clean lines? Fun and funky?

Claire: I wanted customers to have a view from my desk - on a good, clean day, of course :) A messy day contains ink splatters, La Croix cans, and paper situated everywhere. With custom lettering comes wax seals, embossers, tons of different inks, different nibs, my obsession with fancy pen holders, watercolors, lovely ribbon - all of the above and more. I surround myself with these things in my work space which provides inspiration for my work; therefore, I wanted these items to be part of my logo and rebranding.

What does 2017 look like for White Ink Calligraphy?

Claire: I'm super stoked for 2017. I've made a ton of new friends in the wedding industry and I'm so excited to get to work on some of the collaborations we have planned. P.S. to the brides, if you are ready to chat about calligraphy services, please reach out and reserve a spot on my calendar!

How can White Ink Calligraphy help newly engaged brides?

Claire: Let me help you make those Pinterest ideas come to life when you are sending out your "will you be my bridesmaid" gifts. We can chat about incorporating calligraphy from today through the big day, including keepsake calligraphed wedding vows and letters to the parents of the bride and groom.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about White Ink Calligraphy?

Claire: I now have a new Instagram name, @WhiteInkCalligraphy. As well, be sure to show my new Facebook page some love to keep up with my current work!


Thanks so much for sharing your exciting news with us, Claire! We're so excited to see where 2017 takes you!

Remember, grab the code GIRLBOSS to receive 10% off of your Etsy shop order!

Check out more on White Ink Calligraphy in our Vendor Directory!

All photos provided by White Ink Calligraphy. 

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Two Fat Men Catering Hosts Open House for Nashville Brides on January 22nd

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

One of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding is your food. With so many options out there, the flavor and taste your guests experience with your food will contribute to the feel of your wedding. Whether you're hosting a more casual affair with light bites or a more formal sit down dinner, Two Fat Men Catering can help you out! Haven't had time to schedule a tasting yet? Well you're in luck because Two Fat Men is hosting an Open House at their Lebanon tasting room on Sunday, January 22nd from 1pm-4pm.

So come taste an array of food from apps to desserts on Sunday. Plus you'll meet the staff who will help you with your wedding dining plans and put the taste in your big day! Be sure to RSVP for the event here. You can also check out our events page for more details and to see more events coming up soon!

In the meantime, you can check out Two Fat Men Catering's website to see what all they offer and you can follow them here on Instagram!

All photos provided by Two Fat Men Catering

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Miranda + Jake’s Adventure in Franklin Engagement Shoot by Amy Allmand Photography

Monday, January 16, 2017

Couples who adventure together stay together! From hiking in the Nashville hills to exploring downtown Franklin, adventuring with your other half is one of the best and most fun things to do in your relationship! Discovery and exploration is exactly what Miranda + Jake did for their engagement shoot! Photographer Amy Allmand led the couple through the Narrows of the Harpeth with a rocky, natural and earthy background and also through the quaint small town feel of downtown Franklin. See all of the photos from Amy and hear about how Miranda's wedding planning process is going so far!

Miranda Huston + Jake Anderson

Engagement Shoot Date | 10.30.16

Location | Narrows of the Harpeth

Photographer | Amy Allmand Photography

How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal: 

Miranda: Jake and I met in Knoxville, TN a few years back! We went back for a weekend of hiking and eating/drinking cocktails at our favorite restaurants and bars throughout the city. As we were rounding the corner to our very last bar; the bar that had been the site of our first date, he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so shocked and surprised and giddily happy!

How sweet! How many guests are you expecting at your wedding?

Miranda: 150. We are both Nashville transplants and are hoping our wonderful families and friends from throughout the country will do us the honor of being with us on our big day!

Who have you hired for your wedding team so far?

Miranda: So far, we are using Amy Allmand, of course, on our pictures. She is incredibly talented and we are so grateful! We have also hired Shane Nasby with Honeyfire Kitchen for the food - yummy bbq! We are having the ceremony at The Wren's Nest in Murfreesboro; a beautiful venue with a two story barn, big grassy field for the ceremony, and even separate houses for the bridal party and for groomsmen! Our good friend, Shayna Harris, is my planner and coordinator. She has a wonderfully strong background in catering and has such a creative eye for event planning! She has been my saving grace!

What’s your wedding style?

Miranda: We're hoping for a classic, elegant, yet "enchanted forest" look. Our colors are Cabernet red, sage green, dusty rose, and gold. We want something simple but memorable!

Oh my gosh, that sounds gorgeous! What have you most enjoyed about being engaged?

Miranda: The opportunity to brag about my sweet and silly and amazing fiancè! He and I have always had so much fun together and it's been absolutely amazing to plan a big party for our friends and family! We love dancing and music and delicious food and adventures, so we are thrilled and grateful to be able to share our big, fun, and deliciously sculpted day with some of our closest friends!

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place?

Miranda: We decided to start at Narrows of the Harpeth; Amy's suggestion. We went exploring and hiking there one day and absolutely fell in love with the beautiful views and the serenity of the place! We accidentally ran out of sunlight at Narrows so we adventured back to downtown Franklin to take a few others! We explored the downtown area and had some beautiful pictures come out of that area, as well!

What was it like working with your photographer?

Miranda: Amy is so incredibly flexible. She lets us be our silly selves and makes it FUN for both of us! Jake was worried about being bored on the photo shoots and he was so ecstatic that it was exactly the opposite.


Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us, Amy, Miranda + Jake! You can check out more of Amy's work here or follow along on Instagram here

All photos by Amy Allmand Photography.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Julianne + Spencer’s Timeless Tennessee Wedding at Carnton Plantation

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oh the sweet timeless sophistication that is found in Nashville's historical homes... it calls for a wedding that embraces all of the elements of the days of old to the days of new! And when the rest has been history since 8th grade (yes, they've actually been dating since 8th + 9th grade!), Julianne + Spencer's Carnton Plantation wedding in Franklin, TN was definitely one for the books! And Julianne was not afraid of adding a little color in her decor (we love a bride who loves color!). With the coral, gray and navy hues spread throughout the historical property, Julianne + Spencer's day kept that southern charm along with vintage furniture from Southern Events. Justin Wright Photography captured each moment from the first look to the golden sunset. Hear what Julianne has to say about planning her Nashville area wedding...

Julianne + Spencer

Carnton Plantation


375 Guests

Wedding Team:

Venue | Carnton Plantation

Photographer | Justin Wright Photography

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Floral Designer | Enchanted Florist Nashville

Rentals | Southern Events

Food | The Terrace Catering

Dress | Bridals by Lori

Planner | Social Ambitions

Tux | Men's Wearhouse 

Invitations | Designs in Paper 

Band | Johnny and the Loveseats 

Cake | Rachel Make My Cake

How did you guys meet?

Julianne: We met at Davidson Academy, I was in eighth grade and Spencer was in ninth. We were in the same math class then, and Spencer asked me to be his girlfriend later that year. We graduated from DA and went to both UT Knoxville. We've been dating ever since that math class!

Tell us about your engagement!

Julianne: Spencer surprised me at the beach, while on a family vacation. We were on the beach walking to dinner, which was right down the road, and Spencer was standing further down the beach and waiting for my friend and I to arrive. He was holding a sign saying, " today I have loved you for 2,751 days". I was in such shock when he proposed, I almost couldn't process what was happening! Last I had heard, Spencer was "leaving work"- when really he had spent the day on the beach just down from us! It was the most perfect moment with the love of my life and our family and friends watching from the restaurant dock over the beach.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Julianne: I wanted something timeless, but also fun and not too dressy. I've always wanted an outdoor summer wedding, so that part was easy. Other than that, after we picked the venue- it all kind of fell into place. We had grey and navy as our main colors, with little splashes of pink in the flowers. My bridesmaids wore long, light grey dresses and Spencer's groomsmen wore charcoal suits.

What details were used to create your theme?

Julianne: Honestly- I did a lot of "pinteresting" before hand. I don't wear a lot of bright colors, and I knew I didn't want to use anything that I might hate in 5 years looking back. We had white, grey and light pink flowers in the decor and in the bouquets we added little bright pink flowers to make it pop against the grey dresses and charcoal suits. We had the same colors and details used on the tables.

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

Julianne: There were too many "favorite" moments to pick just one but one of my favorite things was having about 20 minutes to go to the bridal suite with Spencer before we made our debut as husband and wife at the reception. We sat in there and discussed the ceremony, who we had seen so far, and how we were looking forward to dancing the night away with our friends and family. It was great to have those special moments just us two before we spent the night entertaining almost 400 people! I also loved right before I walked down the aisle, my bridesmaids and parents circled up and one of my bridesmaids prayed over the day and the ceremony, and it was one of the most touching moments of the day. We're so blessed by such sweet friends. Finally, we had so much fun on the dance floor with all of our favorite people celebrating our favorite day with us! Our band, Johnny and the Loveseats, were absolutely perfect and had everyone on their feet all night!

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Julianne: Don't stress the little things. I remember spending an hour (or more) debating between little parts of the wedding that no one even noticed! As long as you create an atmosphere that you and your groom love, not much else truly matters. My friends and family were the most complimentary of the food and band - and probably didn't even notice the napkin color or choice of silverware! Take a moment to take it all in - when you blink it's over!

Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us, Julianne + Spencer!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Classic, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Walker Feed Co Drink Mixers: The Perfect Gift for Your Bridal Party + Wedding Guests

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It was a hot summer day and I met Kristin Walker to learn more about her drink mixer business, Walker Feed Co! Learning about her story becoming a small business owner in Nashville was so inspiring - it's something I just had to share with all of you! I was pleasantly surprised with her wide range of mixers and how delicious they tasted! The drinks were the perfect way to cool off in the Nashville summer heat! The syrups are a great local choice to add that extra oomph to your margarita or Bloody Mary. Plus, the mixers comes in smaller sized bottles which is perfect for wedding favors or gifts for your bridal party. The mixers definitely give that local Nashville feel your guests are likely to enjoy during your wedding weekend. 

While working at a local restaurant bar, Kristin regularly used commercial drink mixers as a bartender. After doctoring up drink after drink to satisfy each restaruant goer's taste, Kristin decided to create her own mixers that would cut down on the time it took to craft a cocktail and had a unique yet consistent flavor in each bloody mary she concocted. Not only do her drink mixers taste amazing, but they are all made with natural ingredients! No preservatives, MSG, or artificial colors here - Walker's drink mixers are all made with fresh squeezed juices and high quality ingredients. Each flavor: Bloody Mary, Honeysuckle Sour, Blackberry Margarita, Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita, Red and White Sangria has its own distinct taste that is true to the Walker Feed Co. brand! And if you want to add a little extra something to your drink, Kristin has crafted rimming sugars and salts along with pickled garnishes for your Bloody Mary. 

So whether you're putting a thank you basked together for your bridesmaids or looking for a signature cocktail drink mix for your cocktail hour bar, Walker Feed Co's mixers are an awesome choice! 

You can visit Walker Feed Co's website here for more information or you can find them at these local stores here. Cheers!

All photos courtesy of Walker Feed Co.

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