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Casie + Bryan’s Classic Vintage Wedding at Reunion Stay by Love is a Big Deal

Friday, September 22, 2017

When Monica of Reunion Stay sent me this unbelievably gorgeous wedding, she told me the photos were so beautiful she had tears in her eyes. I've looked at hundreds and hundreds of Nashville weddings this past year and a half and it takes a lot for me to get really emotional when scrolling through photos. But let me tell you, this wedding shot by Love is a Big Deal has some of the most tear-jerking and beautiful moments I've seen in any Nashville wedding. Hearing the backstory from Casie behind her wedding day and how she lost her father at an early age brings more meaning to each and every image. Love is a Big Deal captured this day as if I were a fly on the wall or sitting in the front row of their beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Reunion Stay. The modern mansion in Franklin, TN gave the couple a backdrop of rolling hills, stunning property views and jaw dropping home decor to host such an occassion. Keep scrolling below to see more and, fair warning, you may have to break out your box of Kleenex!

Casie + Bryan

Reunion Stay

130 Guests

Budget: $20,000 – 30,000

Wedding Team:

Venue | Reunion Stay

Wedding Design + Coordination | Ryder + Rhoades

Photography | Love is a Big Deal

Videographer | Josh Heath

Food | Yats Catering

Cake | Bang Candy Company

Flowers | Geny's Flowers

Rentals | M&M Event Rentals

Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting

Ceremony Music | Markus Midkiff

Singer | Jessy Wilson

Makeup Artist | Annelise Carey

Hair Stylist | Stephanie Hoskins

What was the vision for your wedding?

Casie: Our vision was really just an outdoor, well lit wedding with lots and lots of flowers. We used string lights and candle light and had flowers everywhere, which I felt made it feel warm and inviting. I definitely went overboard on ordering flowers and had a quite a few left over that were unused.

What was your theme and what inspired it?

Casie: We wanted that classic vintage feel. We used lots of lace, greenery, and lighter colored flowers. My favorite flower for the vintage feel was "quicksand rose".

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?

Casie: We definitely did DIY and had a pretty tight budget. I'd say we splurged on the flowers and venue. Both of those were key to the overall feel of our wedding. We saved on decorations and vases by shopping online at the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree actually had some pretty great clear hobnail vintage vases. They had the tall glass candles as well. We also saved on the food. We used Yats Catering and they were great! It was a cheaper option but the food was incredible and there was a lot of it! We used gold plastic ware as opposed to the real silverware and saved a lot on that. We found that on a lot of things it was either cheaper or cost the same to purchase as opposed to renting. So we order plastic ware, hemstitched cloth napkins, table runners, plates, cups, accent pieces like votive candles, and so on off of Amazon Prime. So, there was a lot of ordering and returning before we found the right items for us but totally worth it because of the amount we saved.

What words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Casie: First off, hire a planner, at least for the day of! You're going to need them for sure. Secondly, don't get caught up on the smaller detailed things. Figure out what's most important and focus on that. For us, it was the vibe or feel, which is why we splurged on flowers and venue and hired a planner. Lastly, save money on things that people don't actually remember. I know it's hard because the bride/groom want everything absolutely perfect, but think back to weddings you've attended and what do you remember most about those weddings. It wasn't what the food LOOKED like, it's just whether it tasted good or not. You don't remember if they had real or fake silverware or real plates. No one knows if you spent $5 or $1 per vase, etc, etc. Start shopping early, shop the clearance racks, and use Amazon!

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

Casie: My father passed away when I was younger so it was a really big deal for me to make him a part of the day. I wrote a letter about him that my brother read and as my brother was reading the letter, everything went completely still and I felt the warmest breeze come through and then it went completely still again. I won't ever forget that moment. My husband Bryan and I wrote our own vows and even though it's really tough to stand in front of people and talk, I am so glad we personalized our ceremony in that way.

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

Casie: We had so many helping hands with our wedding. It was incredible to see people work so hard for us out of love. Our wedding wouldn't have been possible without so many friends and family pitching in on the day before and the day of to help us get it all together. As I mentioned before, we went very DIY, so there were lots of things to put together and decorate. We stayed at Reunion Stay with friends and family for 3 days. There were about 24 of us there. We had fun and hung out the first night but after that, everyone really came together, worked hard, and made this thing happen for us. It was a really special weekend, obviously because I was marrying my best friend and the love of my life, but also because we had all the people we love in one spot. I wish we could do it all over again!

Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us, Casie! You can find out more on Reunion Stay here on their website and be sure to follow them over on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Groomsmen Gift Ideas from Street Tuxedo in Nashville, TN

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Personalized Flask & Shot Glass Gift Box Set

Groomsmen gifts! It's one more thing on your wedding checklist and it's usually one we're stumped on. But the great news is that our local tux and suit resource Street Tuxedo has so many options to choose from in their stores and online. So when your guys are getting measured and trying on their suits, they can browse some amazing gift options for their crew. And now with a brand new 5th location in Madison, there's sure to be a shop near your neighborhood. From coozies to cufflinks, keep scrolling to find the experts at Street Tuxedo's top picks for groomsmen gifts! 

Personalized Cufflinks for The Wedding Day

From Street Tuxedo: As a bride and groom, you have a lot going on in the months leading up to your wedding day but you can't be in two places at once so sometimes you have to rely on your wedding party to help you out along the way.  A really great way to thank your wedding party for helping you out in the planning of you wedding and supporting you up at the alter is through small, thoughtful thank you gifts.  Now, these gifts can be from the both of you as a newly married couple or you could make it even more personal by making it from just you to your bridesmaids or you to your groomsmen.  Here are a few great groomsmen gift ideas that will hold the memories of your special day for decades to come! 

Monogrammed BBQ Set


ORCA Gear Mini Tacvest Koozie


You can find all of these groomsmen gifts at any of Street Tuxedo's 5 locations around the Nashville area - Green Hills, Berry Hill, Murfreesboro, Cool Springs and Madison! Also be sure to check out their website for all the latest products they carry + give them a follow over on Instagram

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

Indoor Garden Wedding Inspiration at The Clark House by RSVP Events

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To me, blush and gold never gets old! It gives off such a soft and romantic feel to a wedding day unlike any other. And Raela of RSVP Events went for it in this beautiful styled shoot! I cannot get enough of how elegant and spot on the styling is in the shoot and I am so happy to feature it today! Even the bride's dress is blush! From each detail like the hand lettered wedding invitations to the custom bubbly bar, the scene is set for one stunning day. With The Clark House as the backdrop for the intimate day, they even created an indoor garden against the beautiful mantle inside the historic home. Keep scrolling below to see all the gorgeousness! 

Indoor Garden Styled Shoot

The Clark House


Styled Shoot Team:

Planner + Designer | RSVP Events

Photographer | Morgan Franklin Creative

Venue + Florals | The Clark House

Wedding Dress | Galia Lahav from LVD Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress | Bella Bridesmaids

Hair + Makeup | The Finery Salon & Day Spa

Suits + Mens Shoes | City Boy Tuxedos & Suits

Paper Goods | Wild Timber Design Co.

Calligraphy | My Lettered Affair

Desserts | Gigi's Cupcakes

From the designer + planner, Raela of RSVP Events: Our concept for this wedding inspiration was an ethereal, romantic indoor garden. Cascading blush tulle and lush bunches of ranunculus and anemones set the ultra-romantic vibe.  The bridal gown's blush train trailing the staircase surrounded by glass elements and flickering candles creates an intimate yet elegant entrance. The high detail of the gown's bodice is continued in a custom invitation suite-- a custom wax seal, blush silk ribbon, and cotton paper with hand-torn edges are the perfect first impression. The garden continues to the reception with a heavenly ranunculus and hydrangea garland, champagne chilling among frozen alstroemerias, and blossoms winding around the cake. Candles dot the table among flutes of gold-rimmed champagne flutes and cupcakes for a sweet closing to the evening.

Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly romantic and gorgeous shoot with us, Raela! You can check out more of her work here on RSVP Events' website and also here on Instagram!

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

Menu Maker Catering Opens New Take Away Location in Franklin, TN

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's always a great day when you hear of a long-time Nashville staple having a grand opening in a brand new location! And that's exactly the case for long-time Nashville wedding caterers Menu Maker Catering. Owner Mary Weary had owning her own building and kitchen in the works for quite some time and her dream came to fruition this month in Franklin, TN. The great part about meeting at Menu Maker's new location for your wedding tasting is that they are neighbors with Southern Events - one of Nashville's leading event rental companies. Now scheduling your wedding planning meetings has gotten so much easier! Keep reading to learn more about what Menu Maker Catering is offering couples and those in the community!

Earlier this month, Menu Maker Catering opened its doors for the first time to the community and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with leaders in the Franklin, TN community. Community members along with wedding professionals attended the event and enjoyed Menu Maker's incredible spread of food and drinks along with touring the new space. And the cool part is that Menu Maker is not just open for wedding tastings and large catering orders... Menu Maker Catering is now open for take out 3 days a week! Yes, you can pick up lunch or dinner at Menu Maker from 11-3 Wednesday through Friday. Grab and go meals will be ready for you to take and the menu changes daily! Plus, you can order family sized meals and also desserts like chess pie. I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry already!

So where can you visit Menu Maker for lunch or schedule a wedding tasting? Head on over to 102 Alpha Drive in Franklin, TN! In the meantime, check out their menu on their website here and Instagram here

All photos via Menu Maker's social posts

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Food/Catering, 0 comments »

Michelle + Cameron’s Franklin Engagement Session by Rebecca Renee Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Confession - I absolutely love The Factory! I go there at least once a week and cannot get enough of the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It's my neighborhood hangout and that's why I was so happy when Becca Stoll of Rebecca Renee Photography shared Michelle + Cameron's engagement session with me! The industrial setting was perfect for their casual vibe and I love how Becca captured their fun side. And in more exciting news - their photographer Becca is now engaged as well! Congrats to her & along with Michelle + Cameron! See the rest of their fun-loving shoot below...


Cameron + Michelle

The Factory at Franklin

By Rebecca Renee Photography

From the photographer, Becca of Rebecca Renee Photography: These two lovebirds were winners for my yearly giveaway! They livened the shoot by popping a bottle of champagne! They were going for an industrial look. He proposed to her in Nashville last September. She thought they were going to a Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) meet and greet, but he totally surprised her! Their friend was hidden and turned around and played the guitar and sang "Marry Me" by Train, while another friend captured photos. They have been together for 6 years. They are both from the Chicago area but met at college in Winona, Minnesota.

Thank you so much for sharing Cameron + Michelle's photos with us, Becca! You can check out more of Becca's work on her website at and also follow her over on Instagram

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