Sometimes photos speak louder than words. And when it comes to your wedding photography, capturing those precious moments throughout your day to have for a lifetime is truly priceless! Now may I introduce you to Jim + Ilde Cook of SheHeWe Photography? They captured Desiree + Mario's day so perfectly! From each and every "getting ready" detail shot to the major dance party at the end of their wedding, Desiree + Mario were left with some stunning images and memories. We spoke with Desiree about her unforgettable day marrying the man of her dreams and making her wedding vision come to life! Keep reading to see all of their beautiful photos + hear from Desiree about her wedding experience...
Desiree: My now husband Mario set up my dream engagement scenario. And it was all a surprise to me! We have date nights regularly, and this particular night he didn't disclose where we were going. So we end up arriving at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill and I didn't suspect anything because I had just been telling him about when me and my mom went there and toured the place and had a fantastic meal. So I assume he wants to see what the fuss is about! We go in the front doors and the hostesses smile and start walking us to our table, but we pass all the dining rooms and continue walking toward the kitchen.. we round the corner and head down the stone steps to the wine cellar/chef's table! Those steps were covered in rose petals and lined with tea lights, and once we got into the cellar there was a table set up beautifully for us with more rose petals and tea lights everywhere, as well as string lights all around the ceiling. The fireplace was burning and there was music playing softly. It was breathtaking. We got through our appetizer before he got the courage to propose ;). He told me he loved me, and wanted to spend the rest of our amazing life together. He then came around the table and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In between "oh my gods", I said yes with no hesitation! The waiters come running down a minute later to congratulate us, knowing it was safe to come down after they heard my omg reaction ;). I couldn't have planned it better myself.
What was the vision for your wedding?
Desiree: I had dreamt about my wedding for years, since I was a little girl. I couldn't wait to stand side by side with my fiancé and promise to love each other for eternity. I was so excited to share in our love with all our family and friends, to be able to celebrate our rare connection with everyone. I imagined how I would feel making that commitment before God and our guests, and when the day came I felt all the happy feelings I had hoped I would. As far as visually, I had visions of a big flowing ball gown and lots of luxurious touches at my wedding. I wanted an elegant but simple atmosphere, something you could just look at in awe. I saw billowing flowers and sparkling accents. I knew that I wanted it to look like all my Pinterest board pins, and only thanks to my planner Kathy Best did that dream come true! And now I get to look at all the details and relive all those amazing feelings anytime I look at the amazing photographs that Ilde and Jim Cook with SheHeWe captured for us, they're the bees knees.
Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?
Desiree: Walking down the aisle toward my future husband was magical. It's so hard to describe the feeling, all I know is that I was happy. All my dreams were coming true and I was able to be in my perfect dress, in my perfect location and marry my almost perfect (jk love you) husband!
What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?
Desiree: The #1 thing I tell brides is not to worry about being a bit of a 'bridezilla' at times. This is your wedding, your vision, and only you are going to actually look at the photos and relive the memories FOREVER. Don't be afraid to let people know what you want and don't let anyone turn your wedding into their event. This day is the only day you get for you and your husband and you and your husband ONLY. Take advantage and do it how you want it, and if anyone has a problem with it tell them to have their own wedding! Oh and also, if you don't have an amazing planner (like mine) to help you with everything, just don't procrastinate!!! You don't want to stress at any time about anything. You should only enjoy the process :)
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?
Desiree: If I could live that day all over again I would! It'll forever be embedded in my mind. I know my guests had a blast, and I have all the photos to prove it. It was beautiful and I'm pinching myself even still to prove that it actually happened and it was everything I dreamt of. But let's be honest, I could've been in a shack and worn a robe and I'd still be just as happy to have been able to marry my best friend. But the glitz and glitter adds a nice touch, doesn't it? ;)
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, SheHeWe! You can check our more of Jim + Ilde's work on their website and also on their Instagram page!
Farm fresh is the way to go when deciding on your wedding catering! And that's exactly what Two Fat Men Catering can provide for your Nashville area wedding! Chef Ed sources the best products from local farms and infuses his food with classic southern style. So whether you're in for a BBQ feast or a fine dining experience, Two Fat Men can really cater to any of your wedding needs! And if you had the chance to attend our Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party back in February, then I really hope you tried their delicious appetizers - especially the chicken + waffle cone tacos! Plus, if you are an ice cream fanatic like me, then Two Fat Men Catering is probably the perfect fit! You can book their ice cream truck for your wedding and serve your guests a signature ice cream flavor! We spoke with Karen from Two Fat Men all about their business, so read below and learn more about their take on wedding food!
Tell us about Two Fat Men Catering + how long you've been in business!
Karen: Our owner, Ed Riley has always had a passion for cooking. Raised on a farm in Byrdstown, Tennessee; Ed grew up working the farm and truly lived the term “Farm to Table”. He loved spending time in the kitchen with his mom and grandmother; many of their recipes are still used in our kitchen today. Ed is a self taught Chef; he sleeps, eats, and dreams of new and creative food ideas 24/7. He likes to put a "fat man” spin on southern favorites that he grew up with like our yummy meatloaf and mac & cheese. Our business began over 14 years ago when Chef Ed would meet with his friends on Thursday nights and cook dinner for everyone, featuring a new recipe each week. When the niece of one of the Thursday night members was diagnosed with breast cancer, the group decided to do a fundraiser. Ed catered the food and that is how our Low Country Boil began! We just celebrated our 14th year and raised over $50,000 for Sherry Run.
How did you get started in weddings?
Karen: Word of mouth began circulating around Wilson County about our Low County Boil event and people just started calling wanting to hire us for weddings. And now we caterer over 100 + weddings a year!
What's the philosophy behind Two Fat Men?
Karen: We treat our clients like they are company at our home. We want our guests to leave each event talking about what a great time they had enjoying our food; all with a Two Fat Men touch that makes our food unique and special. We’re proud of our culinary diversity as we take a hands-on approach to all our meals and delight in mixing good old fashioned favorites with new, modern innovative techniques and ideas.
Photos by Ace Photography + Rebecca Walker Photography
What are your strengths compared to other caterers?
Karen: Our culinary team first considers each new dish with the question, “What brings about the best flavor, texture and appearance?” Our culinary experts then meticulously refine each recipe. Over time, our menu offerings evolve to suit changing tastes and dining trends. Our dedication to research is why there’s always something fresh on the table at Two Fat Men. We are picky. The best ingredient is one that is hand-selected for freshness and flavor. To make each recipe stand out, we source the finest ingredients from an extensive network of specialty growers and suppliers. We work directly with farmers, and have total confidence that our food is perfectly grown and perfectly fresh. We don't just come into someone's home or venue and put our food out in chafing dishes - we go the extra mile. We blend our food displays to blend with our brides wedding décor. If our bride is decorating with a Great Gatsby theme, our team will display our food using crystal decanters, golden 3-tier stands, mirrors and incorporate white feathers in glass cylinder vases as a focal point. Guests first eat with their eyes so the food display has to be eye appealing. Front of the house catering managers, Debbie Valentine & I, meet with each couple to find out exactly what vision they have for their wedding day and we make it happen. We ask for each couple to schedule a private tasting to ensure we have the perfect menu picked out for their day.
What attracts brides to Two Fat Men Catering?
Karen: Word of mouth is our best advertisement. 90% of our weddings are from a referral. We love it when a father calls and tells us his baby girl is getting married and it won't be a wedding if we don't have the "Fat Man" team there since we catered his 2 older daughters' weddings.
What is the most innovative new trend in wedding catering?
Karen: Ed continues to live and learn about food with constantly reading cookbooks, attending culinary classes and his latest accomplishment, graduating from Penn State Culinary Ice Cream School. He refers to himself as an “artist” with food as his canvas; his passion comes from his soul. Ed is passionate, artistic, caring and humbled that our guests would let us cater their very special event. This has lead to our newest business venture our Two Fat Men Ice Cream Truck. Our brides and grooms love having our ice cream truck at their weddings featuring their very own signature ice cream. Our couples come to the kitchen and spend an afternoon making their own ice cream to serve at their wedding. Not all couples want to dive into the kitchen to make their ice cream, we have many flavors for them to select from. Our best sellers are Madagascar vanilla and salted caramel.
The farm to table movement is alive and well - especially in Nashville! And I think it's here to stay... as do the folks at The Big Fake Wedding! The national traveling wedding show (of sorts!) took root in Nashville this past March and delivered a one-of-a-kind "fake wedding" event to brides + wedding professionals here in our great city! The beautiful real couple took their vows at the gorgeous Cordelle beneath a clear frame tent out in the courtyard from Grand Central Party Rental. With two gorgeous designer dresses from The Dress Theory, makeup by FaceFetish and so many incredible designers setting the scene with table scapes, creative culinary treats and more, the day was definitely one to make most Nashville brides swoon! Take a look at all the beautiful photos below from three incredible photographers from the day!
What a beautiful night! I'm so glad The Big Fake Wedding chose to bring the party to Nashville this year! You can check out more of The Big Fake Wedding here on Ruffled and find all of The Big Fake Wedding scoop on their website + Instagram feed!
When planning your Nashville wedding transportation, brides often think of their getaway car. And that is such a fun way to personalize your wedding! But there's so much more that goes into transporting guests and also making your wedding a great and unique experience for everyone invited. While about 50% of you reading this are having a destination wedding in Nashville, you'll have to think about transporting your guests to and from the airport, to and from the hotel to your wedding and back! Maybe you'll also want to book a party bus or a limo for your bachelorette party or bridal party! With all of this transportation to plan, getting quotes from multiple companies is usually the way to go, but we are in the tech age - so let me introduce you to Buster! Buster is the answer to all of your wedding transportation needs - it pulls quotes directly from car, bus, + limo rental companies to give you the best prices possible for your big day! I'll hand the mic over to Samantha from Buster to tell us more about their incredible service!
Tell us about Buster + how long you've been in business!
Samantha: Buster is an online marketplace making it easy to book buses, limos, and vans, in 3 quick steps. Answer a few questions about your trip, see all the options in one place, and instantly book. No more cash or quote forms.
The company was established in 2012, gained momentum in 2015 with its operator partnerships and investments, and went national in 2016. Fasten your seatbelts because Buster has a lot in store for 2017!
How can brides utilize Buster for their wedding?
Samantha: We’ve done the heavy lifting for you! If you know what you’re looking for, go right ahead and use the search tool to browse options, share search results with friends and family, complete your booking, share notes about your trip and be amazed with how pleasant this part of your planning can be!
If you still want the comfort of talking to a real live human. No problem at all. Whether you are making bachelorette party arrangements, bridal party limo plans, or are booking shuttles to transport guests, we’re here as your personal travel concierge for every step of the way. Chat us, email us, or call us and we’ll walk you through options and details for your wedding day!
Can you walk us through the process on how to use Buster?
Samantha: Simply go to Buster.com, answer a few questions about your trip, browse the vehicle options and pricing in one place, and book the best choice at the best price!
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Samantha: The industry is stuck in the past! As many of you may already know from booking ground transportation, the pre-Buster industry was stuck in the dial-up days. All the calling, voicemails, waiting for e-mailed quotes, and reconfirming trip details can turn into a full-time job. Even if you were lucky enough to actually speak with a human, there were still irrational pricing discrepancies and hidden fees leaving you confused and exhausted from the process.
Enter Buster! Buster uses its revolutionary technology and personal travel concierge service to solve this problem. Operators across the U.S. input their fleet and pricing information, and the Buster booking platform works its magic to give you instant vehicle options and pricing that match your specific itinerary.
What type of bride uses Buster for their wedding?
Samantha: Everyone! Whether you want a school bus for the nostalgia factor or a luxury stretch limo to fit your black tie theme - we’ve got you covered. The Buster platform is built so that you can be hands off and still know that your ride will be taken care of.
What trends do you see happening in wedding transportation in Nashville?
Samantha: Nashville is gaining recognition as an in-demand location for tying the knot, even becoming a hotspot for destination weddings. With increased competition for vendors amongst couples, there is an increased need for access to more local options. Buster takes care of all the time spent calling vendors and comparing quotes. With more out of town guests comes more need for transportation. Make sure your guests arrive home safely, especially when it’s been a long night of celebrating!
Nashville provides the perfect backdrop for wedding themes that range from the rugged outdoors to an elegant hint of boho chic. School buses have become a popular request from those wanting their transportation to become an extension of their theme!
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?
Samantha: Have questions about your search? We’re available 24/7 by phone, chat or email!
Thank you so much for telling us all about Buster, Samantha! The best news is, Buster has a special discount for Nashville Bride Guide brides! Get 10% off of your Buster bookingwith the code NashBrideGuide10. So head on over to their site + start browsing all of the great transportation deals for your big day!
On March 29th, Nashville Bride Guide had the privilege of featuring "Greenery Wedding Trends" on NBC's Today in Nashville! With a fresh new table scape featuring products from some of Nashville's most sought-after wedding professionals, I swept over to the WSMV studios to show Nashville some spring wedding trends. Scroll through to see all of the behind the scenes photos Jenna Henderson captured and be sure to catch the full segment video!
Nashville Bride Guide's Today in Nashville Segment
When incorporating green into your wedding, you'll want to be sure to bring in touches of green. You won't want your table to look like St. Patty's day gone wrong! The key is to start with a neutral base like these ivory majestic linens + hemstitch napkins like these from Liberty Party Rental. Next, bring in some hints of green with mismatched vintage china like this set from The Wedding Plate. It's huge this wedding season and using green vintage goblets are so on trend! Giving your guests a hint of green with your wedding invitations and then incorporating similar designs throughout all your wedding signage + paper products is a greay way to show off the trend. Paperkuts Studio can definitely help you with this! And lastly, ask your florist to use greenery in your centerpiece! This is the most fun way to utilize the pantone color trend this spring and even adding in sprigs of cream florals for some dimension and interest (like this centerpiece from T Villager Designs!) is sure to give your guests a wow-factor!
Thanks again to all of the wedding professionals who helped pull this together to make one incredible greenery table scape! I highly recommend these vendors for your Nashville wedding! And thanks again to WSMV for inviting Nashville Bride Guide to come on the show to share some tips!
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