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Ashley + Randal’s Nashville Mint Springs Farm Wedding by Scobey Photography

Friday, July 14, 2017

From coffee shop love to farm forevers, Ashley + Randal's rainy April wedding was full of charm, emotion and elegance! The couple chose the gorgeous Mint Springs Farm to say their "I dos" and their photos by destination photographers The Scobeys showcased how magical the day really was! I'm loving her gray bridesmaid dress choice and pairing it with the blush and ivory floral arrangements made the whole look come together! See all of their photos along with an interview with Ashley below! 



Ashley Smith + Randal Harrell

Mint Springs Farm


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Scobey Photography

Cake Designer | Dulce Desserts

Mens Attire | JoS. A Bank

Dress Designer | Romona Keveza

Dress Store: The Bride Room

Shoes | Kate Spade

Venue + Decor | Mint Springs Farm

Caterer | The Chef and I

Tell us about your engagement!

Ashley: Randal proposed to me in my favorite little cafe. I loved going because you could pick a record to play, and they had the best skillet cookie dessert. We sat down to order the cookie, and then I realize my favorite song is playing on the record player. Turns out he had made a record just for me with such sweet songs that made him think of us and me. He begins talking, and the next thing I know, he's on his knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen! I of course cry, and everyone in the room cheers. We then headed to my parents' house because he said my mom would want to see the ring. We get close to my house, and I see cars everywhere. He and my parents had planned a party with our family and all of our close friends! It was such a sweet, sweet day!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Ashley: I wanted an elegant wedding where everyone felt comfortable and had fun. Mint Springs took our vision and executed it perfectly. Everything from the flowers to the table settings was absolutely beautiful.

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

Ashley: Our favorite moment from our wedding day was when we got to see each other for the first time. We did a first look and most pictures before the ceremony. I was anxious before seeing him and once I did, I felt so much better! It was such a sweet moment I'll always remember.

Thanks so much to The Scobeys and to Ashley and Randal for sharing the photos and more about their day with us! You can find more of The Scobey's work here on their website and also on Instagram here. Happy Friday!



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2017 Wedding Trends from The Black Tux: Online Tuxedo and Suit Rentals

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The world of weddings online is expanding by the day, and this is why I'd love to share The Black Tux with you today! What is The Black Tux? It's a site where you can rent suits, tuxes and more for your wedding. The cool part about it is that they have an at-home try on option for most suits and tuxes, so the fit for your day is sure to be on point! Another great feature is that you can track your bridal party and manage your event to be sure everyone has ordered on time and has the correct size. How cool is that? And what happens after your wedding? You can pack it back up and return it for free - easy peasy! You'll have more room in your closet for your everyday clothes. :) And today, The Black Tux has inspired us to give you the 2017 wedding trends and the tuxes and suits that go with them! See the style boards below and keep reading to find out more about their services...




I know we are having a red, white and blue hangover from the 4th of July, but these colors are so on trend for the entire year! Check out this navy suit and burgundy tie combination. It would pair so well with the navy and blush theme we're seeing everywhere! Check out The Steinbeck Outfit to get more menswear inspiration for your groom + groomsmen!


Are you feelin' the green? We've talked about the greenery trend here on the blog many a time, but how do you pair your suit with this trend? A tan getup is the way to go! Keeping the rest of the colors soft while letting the green stand out is definitely the way to go with this trend. Check out The Black Tux's The Redding Outfit for inspiration.


Neutrals + metallics are perfect for fall and winter! Rule of thumb? Don't be afraid to mix and match silver, gold and copper... neutrals pair well with neutrals! This is totally my safezone, so I can identify with a neutral wedding for sure! And adding in more dimension with metallic shades and even some sparkle can give it that extra pop. Why not dress your man in The Thornhill Outfit or even try the 3-piece Ansel Outfit to spruce things up a bit! 


Dont' get too stressed about wedding colors and matching... just remember, you can always ride out of your wedding on the back of a motorcycle in a leather jacket. (I'm seriously head over heels for this wedding inspiration!). 

You can find out more about The Black Tux and their tux and suit rentals on their website and also be sure to check them out on Instagram!

All photos via The Black Tux




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Lily + George’s Sweet, Eclectic Wedding by Jessie Holloway Photography

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This is the story of two med school lovebirds who put so much hard work and dedication into their careers to finally rejoice and celebrate marriage! Lily + George wed at Homestead Manor in April of last year with mint details, romantic elements and cultural traditions. The details of the day are so beautifully shot by Jessie Holloway Photography - they are totally Pinterest-worthy! From Lily's illusion back details on her dress to the moment when George teared up seeing his bride during their first look... the images take me to that very time and place to feel all the emotions of the day. See all the beautiful photos along with an excerpt by Whitney of A Delightful Day below...


George + Lily Yang

Homestead Manor


Wedding Team:

Wedding Planner | A Delightful Day

Photographer | Jessie Holloway Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Homestead Manor

Florist | Fresh Nashville

Cake + Desserts | Dulce Desserts

DJ | Cosmo Creations

From the planner A Delightful Day: It was honor to help bring peace in the midst of a busy season for these two love birds planning a wedding, graduating from medical school and preparing to move to Cincinnati to begin their residencies as doctors. Though they were studying and packing up, Lily and George remained full of joy and were still very hands on with the details of their big day! This beautiful spring day perfectly combined their Chinese heritage while bringing in local elements that unified their family in America and overseas. Take a look at a few glimpses from the sweetest day! 

Thanks for sharing this wedding with us, Jessie! You can find more of Jessie Holloway Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

ThirstyNest: The First Wine & Spirits Registry for the Modern Couple

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm excited to share the launch of a new wedding registry site - ThirstyNest! Now, ThirstyNest is unlike any other wedding registry site... it's for the couple who loves wine, spirits + all the accessories to go along with it! From curated wine collections to wine coolers to bottle openers and decanters, ThirstyNest has everything you need to create your in-home bar. I'm in LOVE with how creative this concept is and it's perfect for the couple who is set in their home and simply wants to add to their wine collection. And how much fun is this for wedding guests? You get to purchase wine products for the couple instead of aimlessly sifting through cheese graters and flatware on a typical wedding registry. The best news is that you can get in on all the fun now since the site launches TODAY! Keep reading below to find out more about registering on ThirstyNest...

Who is the brains behind the ThirstyNest operation? Founder, Jacki Strum, developed the concept after over 15 years of experience in the wine industry. While registering for her own wedding, she realized a major gap in the market. She and her fiancé didn't need to register for home decor, kitchenware or nice towels. So why not register for products to create a home wine bar? After doing her research, Jacki soon realized that the average couple in 2017 makes up the largest consuming wine generation in history. Wow! She created a solution to her need and that is how ThirstyNest was born! 

Are you more of a rosè and sparkling kind of bride? Is he a scotch and rum type of groom? The good news is you'll be able to find curated categories on the site specific to your tastes! You'll easily navigate and find the perfect combination of his and hers by searching the "Starter Collections". Need some recommendations on what to register for? ThirstyNest has even worked with some social media influencers who have curated their own lists of favorites to give you inspiration and a jump start on your registry. ThirstyNest isn't just registering for wine - you'll be able to find bar furniture, decanters, decor and even aerators! And if you need advice on what type of wine to serve at your wedding, well ThirstyNest has already broken that down for you under the "For the Wedding" tab! You pretty much have everything to create your wedding and home bar at your fingertips on ThirstyNest!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to ThirstyNest to start your bar registry! Your guests will have a blast choosing items from your list. Your home bar makeover has just begun!

You can check out ThirstyNest here on their website and also be sure to follow them over on Instagram

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Derek + Sasha’s East Nashville Foodie Engagement Shoot by SheHeWe Photography

Monday, July 10, 2017

This pet-loving, mural posing, foodie couple is engaged! And SheHeWe Photography captured Derek + Sasha's personalities + relationship perfectly out in East Nashville. From playing around with flour to snuggling under the sun, Derek + Sasha's fun-loving side shows! The cute airbnb they rented for the shoot is so dreamy and the colorful mural portraits they took around the neighborhood are so fun! Check out all the fabulous photos from SheHeWe below... plus you'll find out why eggs are of importance in their relationship in our interview with Sasha below! 




Derek + Sasha

East Nashville Air Bnb

Photos by SheHeWe Photography

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

Sasha: My sister had planned an Easter egg hunt at my parents' house for her two little boys the day before Easter (2016) and asked Derek and I to come along for the fun. As she followed the boys around snapping pictures, Derek pointed to the top of my parent's driveway and said there might be more eggs up here and had me go with him to look. He spilled his heart to me on the walk there, and I was met with "Will you marry me?" spelled out in Easter eggs as he got down on one knee. Of course I said yes! When we went back inside, both of our families were waiting on us for a celebratory dinner.

How many guests are you expecting?

Sasha: Around 325

What’s your approach to your wedding budget?

Sasha: Although I won't say our exact budget, I will say that we had to increase it after finding out just how expensive wedding vendors can be. My sister's wedding was 9 years ago, and my mom has said prices have largely increased since that time. We are using it as a guide but definitely have some flexibility, we are splurging on the things that are important to us, while still trying to be budget conscious and finding ways to save where we can.

Who have you hired for your wedding team so far?

Sasha: We have most of our vendors booked already. Our wedding is in June so its getting to crunch time!

What’s your wedding style?

Sasha: I'd say our style is urban and elegant. Our reception is at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY where both Derek and I grew up. We love the modern appeal of the museum, and are incorporating a crisp lined looked from our flowers to our graphics.

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

Sasha: Our engagement session was a lot fun! We rented an airbnb in East Nashville for a kitchen to use, and also took pictures around the five points area. We were afraid it might be a little awkward, but ended up just being a lot of laughing and fun.

What’s the significance of the location(s)?

Sasha: We told Jim & Ilde our vision for the shoot and they brought it to life. We told them about ourselves and that it wouldn't fit our personalities to stand in a field for a photoshoot, and that we would love to do something food related, so they recommended East Nashville to us. The kitchen we were in for that part of the shoot was rented via airbnb. We also really wanted our dog, Warren, to be in some of the pictures and they were happy to do so!

What was it like working with your photographer?

Sasha: They were awesome. Although we had FaceTime'd a few times prior to our shoot, we met in person for the first time the day of our engagement pictures. They were like instant friends, really laid back and fun. We felt comfortable around them and so it was easy to take the pictures and have fun with it.

What did you like most about the session?

Sasha: I loved that Jim & Ilde cared about what we told them we wanted and made it happen. I also liked how fun and easy it was to take pictures with them, they gave us direction when we needed it but also just had us goof around and the pictures turned out amazing.

Thanks so much for sharing these fun photos with us, Derek, Sasha + SheHeWe! You can check out more of SheHeWe's portfolio here on their website and also here on Instagram!




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