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Modern Vintage Events Presents New Youtube Channel: Planning & Prosecco

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Do you sometimes feel lost in the wedding planning process? You're not the only one - SO many of us have planned our weddings and run into similar situations you're in. And getting legit answers to all your wedding needs from wedding professionals themselves would be ideal, right? Well, let me introduce you to Becca + Jessie of Modern Vintage Events! The dynamic wedding planning duo has been there and done that time and time again with the countless weddings they've planned from beginning to end. And they have started a Youtube channel, Planning & Prosecco (adorable name, right?!) to share all their tips and secrets with you to hopefully ease your planning process! Today we're bringing you their first 4 videos to answer some of the most common and pressing questions they receive from couples. Check them out below!

Above photos by Courtney Davidson

What does a wedding planner do for you? This one is super important! Which is why it's the very first (and the longest) video on Planning & Prosecco. Setting a budget, and figuring out the most important things to you in your wedding are first on the list!


The Great Venue Hunt: This quick video is perfect to watch before you go out searching for a venue. Figure out the best questions to ask your venue manager in this video to really determine the best venue for your wedding! 


Event Management vs. Day of Coordination: Wedding planners come in all shapes and sizes - and that means they range in cost from full event management to simple day of coordination. See why hiring a wedding planner from day one to help you through the process is one of the best choices you can make for your wedding day!


Planning a Non Pinterest Wedding: Pinterest - it's a blessing and a curse! Yes, get inspiration from Pinterest, but also be realistic about what a real wedding looks like and will cost you. Becca + Jessie give some great tips on how to achieve a Pinterest look while sticking to your budget. 


Well what are you waiting for? Subscribe to Modern Vintage Events' Planning and Prosecco series to get the latest scoop on planning your wedding. Also be sure to follow them over on Instagram to learn more about their style!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Advice & Planning, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Resources, 0 comments »

Amy + Mark’s Sophisticated Southern Wedding at The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sweet tea, family tradition and whiskey are all a part of southern culture and incorporating these elements into your Nashville wedding is always a great idea! Amy + Mark tied the knot at The Barn at Sycamore Farms - a barn wedding venue located in the Nashville area. With the sweet tea flowing, the southern traditions were popping - especially since Amy is from a southern city herself - Charleston, SC! The barn was the perfect place to have a sophisticated southern wedding with their gorgeous grand chandelier as the centerpiece. 120 guests enjoyed they day filled with heartfelt moments - especially between Amy and her dad (I LOVE their first look photos!). Check out all the goodness below from Frozen Exposure Photography


Amy Billings + Mark Keil

The Barn at Sycamore Farms


120 Guests


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Frozen Exposure Photography and Cinematography

Floral Designer | Beyond Details Floral Design

Rentals | Southern Events

Venue | The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Cake Designer | The Sweetest Day

Hair + Makeup | Hair by Mere

DJ | Accent Entertainment

Tell us about your engagement!

Amy: I love every aspect of Christmas- the lights, the trees, the hot chocolate, the music, the cute coats, hats, and scares. Mark set up a date to go see the Christmas decorations at Opryland Hotel. Everything was absolutely beautiful. With our hot chocolate in hand, we bonded up and headed for a carriage ride around the hotel. After this, we took a stroll through the atrium to view the elaborate decorations. Coming to a pause, Mark asked if could wait by the tree so he could find someone to take a good picture for us. After a few minutes or so, he came back with the sweetest little family. The dad began taking a picture and the next thing I knew Mark was down on one knee asking me to marry him. Of course I said "YES, YES, YES!" and the rest was history.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Amy: I am from Charleston, South Carolina and absolutely love the south- the southern charm, the sweet tea, the beautiful places and smiling faces. I wanted to bring my hometown to Nashville. I wanted something sophisticated yet down to earth. I wanted to incorporate cotton, seersucker, bows and bowties, whiskey barrels, and monograms. Both Mark and I are very family oriented so we wanted a ton of fun with family and friends.

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

Amy: There are so many special moments from our wedding day, it's hard to pick just one! A few include the first look with my dad, the amount of fun I had taking pictures with my bridesmaids before the wedding, the moment I got to see my husband after a long day of waiting as I walked down the isle, looking into the audience and seeing so many of our beloved friends and family, and I can't forget the fun we had dancing all night at the reception.

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

Amy: Don't stress! Relax, enjoy, and take in every moment of your special day because it flies by. Yes, there may be a few mixups or mishaps here and there but don't sweat it.

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

Amy: When it comes to a budget and deciding what to put money towards, I recommend putting money into the photography. I have looked through my wedding photos dozens of times and know I will continue to in the years to come. It's worth it to have pictures that you love. Our photographers were a joy to work with!

Thanks so much for sharing these images with us, Tanya! You can check out more of Frozen Exposure's work on their website and also be sure to give them a follow over on Instagram!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Get to Know Jenna Henderson: Digital + Film Photographer in the Nashville, TN Area

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When hiring your wedding team, what do you look for most? For me, I looked for talent, experience, and most of all, personality. I wanted my wedding professional team to totally get "us" as a couple and understand the vibe we were going for in our wedding. And today, I want you to get to know one very talented and fun wedding photographer right here in the Nashville area. Her name is Jenna Henderson! Her work in digial + film photography is some of the best work I've seen here in Nashville and she has years and years of experience working in weddings under her belt. You've definitely seen her work on the NBG Instagram feed as well as our greenery Today in Nashville segment... Jenna even took my familiy portraits recently and I could not be happier with the outcome! Jenna pushes the boundaries with her creativity and rest assured, you'll be left with the most amazing photos highlighting the biggest day of your life. Plus, how freaking adorable is Jenna's family?! Keep reading to learn more about Jenna and how you can hire her for your wedding!


Tell us about your family, where you're from and some of your hobbies!

Jenna: Our little family of four consists of me, my husband (of 12 years) Joshua, and our sons. Clark is 5 and just started kindergarten, and Oliver is 7 months old! We live in Bell Buckle, TN; we love it here because it's quiet and has lots of gorgeous views, and we're super close to my family and the family farm. When we're not working or at school, we tend to just hang around the house with the kiddos, building legos, watching TV, etc. When Joshua and I get a date night, we love a long, tasty dinner out and a movie, typically an action flick.

How did you get started in weddings? When did you know photography was your career path?

Jenna: I bought my first camera when I was a sophomore in high school. By my senior year, I was already taking on client work. After graduating, I attended Lipscomb University for a couple of years on the journalism path, because I didn't want to be a starving artist! But, I couldn't deny my calling to photography, so I transferred to finish my degree in photography, started working full time for myself right away, and I haven't looked back since. Weddings have always been a natural fit for me. I shot my first wedding when I was 19! I love the theatrical nature of weddings; it's the ultimate one-night-only performance. I also love the movement involved, and the challenges of never knowing what can happen over the course of a wedding. And I'm a people person! I really enjoy working with all kinds of people, and weddings bring together all types.

Tell us more about Jenna Henderson Photography and the philosophy behind what you do.

Jenna: My approach to weddings is to look at the big picture (no pun intended). I know there are so many facets to a wedding, and I'm trying to make sure I photograph everything in a way that tells a complete story of the day, so that when these images are shown to someone who wasn't there, such as future children/grandchildren of the bride and groom, they can really get a feel for how life was, what this wedding was like, and all the emotions that were felt through the course of the day. Because I'm thinking about these photos and how they'll be viewed in the future, I'm trying to make sure to shoot as beautifully and timelessly as possible to avoid having the photos become a distraction because the shooting style is too trendy. I'm also investing time and energy into making sure my clients walk away with actual, physical heirlooms, whether it be a fine art album or framed photos or even just proof prints. I refuse to let this ever changing world of tech upgrades come between us and our memories. A print is forever!

Why do you love working with couples on their wedding day?

Jenna: I feel one of my best strengths is my ability to direct. So many times, my clients will tell me how nervous they are to be in front of the camera, or how they don't know how to pose or what to do. I always take that as my personal challenge, to make sure my couples feel comfortable and look amazing, so they truly love their photos (and themselves in them!).

What are some of the most special moments you've encountered at weddings you've shot?

Jenna: The most special moments are always the quite, private ones. Some of my favorite moments have been when I've been photographing an elopement, and I'm the only one there to witness the start of a marriage. I don't take that lightly, and I work extra hard to make sure I'm telling the story as it should be told. It's always an honor to be the one and only wedding guest.

What attracts couples to work with you and what separates you from other photographers?

Jenna: I think a lot of brides are first drawn to my work because of its aesthetic. I feel like my work is timeless, beautiful, sophisticated, and heartfelt. Then, I think brides are drawn to me because of my personality and attention to detail; I always try to give every client the royal treatment, and brides appreciate my level of service.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Jenna: Some fun facts about me: my boys are named after super heroes (Clark = Superman; Oliver = Green Arrow). My husband and I have matching white ink tattoos. I love sushi, a good whiskey cocktail, and cheesy action movies, but I hate drinking coffee, mushrooms, and spiders. I can't sing or do math, I'm not a morning person, and I love Valentine's Day. I've photographed over 200 weddings, some while quite pregnant! And I'm a film + digital hybrid photographer. I think that about covers it!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

Thank you so much for sharing all about you + your business with us, Jenna! You can check out more of Jenna Henderson's work on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Photography, 0 comments »

Seth + Hannah’s Downtown Nashville Anniversary Photo Shoot by Swak Photography

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mark those milestones! So early in the wedding planning process, we seem to capture every moment - from engagement photos to bridal portraits to your full on wedding photos. All too often we forget to capture the years past our wedding date - our anniversaries! And that's what Seth + Hannah decided to do on their lucky 7th wedding anniversary. There's no 7 year itch with this couple, you can see from their photos how their love has grown and is still on fire today! Plus, Hannah opted for a black and white jumpsuit that is everything... how sharp do they look?! Did I mention Seth is also a Nashville area wedding photographer? Check out his work here! And with a Nashville rooftop view, what more could you ask for? Oh yeah - a pink smoke bomb! Yep - photographer Carrie of Swak Photography went there and made this shoot even cooler (if that was even possible!). Check out all the couple's 7th anniversary photos below! 


Seth + Hannah Farmer

7th Anniversary Shoot


From the photographer, Swak Photography: Seth and Hannah celebrated 7 years of marriage with a classy Downtown Nashville shoot complete with a little smoke bomb action :)

Thanks so much for sharing these special photos with us, Carrie! You can check out more of Swak Photography's work here on her website and also on Instagram!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Honeymoon and Post Wedding, Photography, After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

Adrianne + Tony’s Fun, Romantic, Eclectic East Nashville Outdoor Wedding

Friday, September 8, 2017

One thing that is hard to do during the wedding process is to stay cool, calm and collected - things pop up (they always do!) and rolling with it is the best way to handle anything that comes your way. Adrianne + Tony's casual and comfortable wedding provided a relaxed feel for the guests that also oozed from their personalities. Photographer Mandy Whitley captured the day at Pavilion East with every detail in place - from the carefully crafted taco bar to the bride's "something blue" converse sneakers. Records spun as guests enjoyed the May day... see it all in action below! 

Adrianne Tuck + Tony Simonetti

Pavillion East


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Mandy Whitley Photography

Dress Store | BHLDN

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

Culinary | Edley's BBQ

Tuxedo and Mens Attire | Haymakers & Co

Linens and Coverings | Quest Drape

Event Venue | The Pavilion East

From the photographer, Mandy Whitley: Adrianne & Tony are very much in love and were truly so easy to work with. They were very relaxed throughout the planning process and on their wedding day. We did their photos at their downtown condo, Encore and then along the Cumberland River with a great view of downtown Nashville. Their wedding ceremony & reception was at the Pavilion East, in eclectic East Nashville. There they had BBQ, a DJ spinning records and beautiful dream catchers they incorporated into some of the photos. They have one cat, Pino, who got in on the getting ready images, but sadly couldn't come to the wedding. :)


Thank you so much for sharing this fun wedding with us, Mandy! You can check out more of Mandy Whitley Photography here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »