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Kristen + Paul’s Gaelic Love in the Wedding Woods in Nashville by Smash Studios

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today we have a wedding that pairs so well with the theme - a Gaelic wedding! Ashley from Smash Studios Photography shared Kristen + Paul's wedding in the woods with us and there's greenery galore! The rainy day encompassed the theme perfectly and Kristen's headpiece was a relek straight from Ireland. The Gaelic emblems around Paul's ring and each green detail added all the more meaning to the couple's love for the outdoors. And can we just talk about Paul's vintage car, The Thing? It provided such a fun element to their day and showed off more of their personality to their 95 guests. Check out all the photos from Kristen + Paul's wedding below!

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Kristen + Paul Newby

The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms

9.17.16

95 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Smash Studios Photography

Venue | The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms

Wedding Dress | David's Bridal

Hair | New Image Hair Studio

Vintage Rentals | Sister's Vintage Rentals

Vintage Car | The Thing - Owned by The Groom

Who helped coordinate your wedding? 

Kristen: Our wedding team was our family and friends. Special thanks to the Newby clan and my parents David and Pam Edds for braving the rain and being willing to travel to Lebanon to see this vision come to life. My bridesmaids Katherine Neil, Kim DeRoche, and Ella DeRoche for helping with set up as well as keeping a bride calm. Our friends Jake and Gena Johnson did a miracle job of cleaning up and breaking down to get trailers reloaded. My coordinator/best friend and behind the scenes goddess Emily Brown helped keep the decor and timeline on track as well as organizing vendors.

Tell us about your engagement!

Kristen: Paul and I had been together for 5 years when we took an annual vacation to Edisto Beach with his family. He popped the question on the beach at sunset. When we got back to the house his mother had champagne waiting. We worked hard for the next year and a half to get a simple yet magical wedding together.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Kristen: Our goal was to showcase the natural beauty of the location and our love for the magic the woods holds for us. Paul and I love the outdoors and this venue is brilliant with life. To tie our structures to the outdoors we used rustic pieces rented from Sister's Vintage Rentals as well as whimsical decor to create a fairy woodlands/ Midsummer Nights Dream theme. With help from our families and some very dedicated friends we achieved our goal and then some.

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

Kristen: The entire day was a highlight! We laughed and danced. My face was sore from smiling so much.

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

Kristen: Plan ahead. No detail is too small so never assume. Communication is absolutely key to seeing your vision come to life. No matter how close someone is to you they can't read your mind. Communication also helps keep stress levels down. Also invest in radios for easy communication between the coordinator, groom, bride, and photographer!

From the photographer Ashley of Smash Studios Photography: Kristen and Paul were married at The Weddings Woods at Circle S Farms in Lebanon, TN-- right outside of Nashville. The day was rainy and cloudy, just like Ireland, where Kristen and Paul took much of their wedding inspiration from. Kristen wore a circlet around her head instead of a traditional veil, which was handcrafted and brought over from Ireland. Similarly, Paul's wedding ring featured Gaelic knots around the band, and the venue exuded Irish influence-- the ceremony location was straight out of a fairytale. During the ceremony, Kristen and Paul chose to forego the typical sand or unity candle ceremonies and instead unified their marriage with the planting of a new tree. With a break in the rain, we managed to take beautiful photos on the decorated wooden swing on the property, as well as with Paul's vintage car (The Thing), which was decorated for their glowstick getaway at the end of the night!

Thank you so much for sharing Kristen + Paul's wedding with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Ashley from Smash Studio Photography's work here on her website. And be sure to follow her on Instagram here. Happy St. Paddy's day everyone - enjoy your weekend!

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

Meet elleNelle Bridal: Creating Custom Wedding Gowns in Nashville, TN

Thursday, March 16, 2017

When it comes to bridal fashion, as a bride you want to find the perfect wedding gown. You'll most likely spend hours upon hours browsing Pinterest, watching Say Yes to the Dress, and making the rounds to multiple bridal shops in the Nashville area. But if you're left feeling empty after seeing what's out there, or if you want something completely custom, I'd love to introduce you to Leah of elleNelle Bridal! Leah can design a custom wedding gown for your Nashville wedding. And not only that, she can create dresses for your bridesmaids as well! You may have seen her work here on Nashville Bride Guide in her own wedding at The Lodge (yes, she made her own wedding dress!) and also on the model in the Lakeside "I Do" styled shoot in collaboration with Paige Brown Designs. I'm not going to lie, I am still starry-eyed over that bridal jumpsuit she created! Not to mention, Leah is hosting an event next Thursday where you can meet her in person and see what all she has to offer! But without further ado, I'll let Leah tell us all about her journey to becoming a wedding dress designer...

Tell us about elleNelle Bridal + how long you've been in business.

Leah: elleNelle Bridal is a premier brand that caters to women looking for custom-made bridal and formal wear. We strive to give our customers a dress that meets every bit of their expectations. We do that by listening to what our customer wants, creating sketches, carefully selecting fabrics, and constructing quality pieces. Here at elleNelle we truly care about our clients and want to do our best to ensure they look their best on their special day.

How did you get started in weddings?

Leah: I’ve always been a creative at heart, and after pursuing two degrees in Accounting, I realize that life is too short not to do what you love. (Ha! Fine time to have this epiphany)! Nonetheless, about 6 years ago I decided I would pull my grandmothers old sewing machine out of storage and teach myself to sew. I started off reconstructing thrifted clothing, then after educating myself through trial and error, video tutorials, books, drop in classes, etc. I decided to move on to making clothes from scratch. By 2013 I created a custom evening/party wear line, called Racks Couture. It wasn’t until 2015 when I made my own wedding dress that I found my true niche. I loved every moment of wedding planning. Once my wedding was over I wanted to stay in the bridal industry and make brides feel as beautiful as I did on my big day.

What's the philosophy behind your elleNelle Bridal?

Leah: Our philosophy is to listen to our brides and create quality gowns that make them feel beautiful on their special day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Leah: elleNelle's strength lies in our ability to design unique bridal attire, incorporating both contemporary and traditional style.

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Leah: I think brides see our unique styles and attention to detail and fit; that attracts their interest. Our brides are stylish and fashion forward. They are willing to step out of the box and make their own rules when it comes to their wedding gown.

What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Leah: Bridal jumpsuits are a major trend these days, and that's something that I'm seeing more and more brides request. They can be formal, sexy, comfortable, and transitional. You can see in our lakeside photoshoot how a jumpsuit can be worn at a wedding.

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

Leah: At elleNelle, we offer bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, + Prom/special occasion gowns!

Also, be sure to check out the elleNelle Bridal event coming up next week! You can meet Leah in person at StudioWed on Thursday, March 23rd. Check out all the details here on our events page! 

Photos by Shannon Bankston Photography

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, 0 comments »

Sara + Mitchell’s Southern Wedding at The Fontanel Mansion by Alex Thornton

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and today I'm bringing you one of the most elegant green weddings I've ever seen! If there is one way to incorporate the color of the year into your wedding this year, take some tips from Sara + Mitchell. Their sweet southern destination wedding at The Fontanel in Nashville was every bit of elegant! The couple wanted to give their out of town guests a great introduction to Nashville through their wedding details. With The Fontanel emulating such rich country music history to the Goo Goo Cluster favors, the thought Sara + Mitchell put into their big day created an experience each guest will not soon forget! Take a look at their photos by Alex Thornton Photography below to see each and every detail of their day...

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Sara + Mitchell

The Fontanel Mansion

10.1.16

110 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photography | Alex Thornton Photography

Venue, Food, Planning | The Fontanel Mansion

Florals | Beth Black (mother of the bride)

Wedding Dress | Potomac Bridals

Menus | Wedding Paper Divas

Paper Goods | Paper Studio NY

 Wooden Place Cards | The Wood Shape Store

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Earrings | Kate Spade

Bridesmaid Dress | Alfred Angelo

Robes | The Fancy Pigeon

Hair Stylist | Kim McClure

Makeup Artist | Sara Hardy

Groom's Suit | Express

Cake | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Rentals | Liberty Party RentalMusic City Tents and EventsOver the Top

DJ | All the Lights DJ, Cliff Nelson

Officiant | OJ Aldrich

Tell us about your engagement!

Sara: We have always been intentional in our relationship. Marriage was something that we talked about very early on and frequently throughout our relationship. For almost the whole year before we got engaged Mitch had been fake proposing to me. So at this point he had been pretty good at keeping me on my toes with the whole proposal. The Monday before Christmas, Mitch proposed (for real this time!) at the park in St. Armands Circle surrounded by all the amazing Christmas lights and decorations. After the proposal, Mitch had organized our closest friends at Daquiri Deck for a surprise engagement party!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Sara: Ultimately we wanted our wedding to be classy and elegant without feeling stuffy. All of our guests were from out of town so we also really wanted to give them the opportunity to experience Nashville and country music history. In an effort to give them the best of both worlds we planned a "Big City and Big Country" weekend. Friday night we had a welcome dinner for everyone at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown just steps away from the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. Then for the big day we took them out to Nashville's country side to the Fontanel Mansion which just exemplifies Nashville history. And what is more warm and cozy than a log cabin?

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

Sara: We had such a wonderful day with so many priceless memories so it is difficult to pick just one. I loved that we were the last ones to leave our wedding! We chose not have a planned exit so we could have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to every loved one who made our weekend so very special. We also both have a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) so we wanted to be a part of the reception all night. We actually ended up being the caboose of the very last group of friends to leave the venue!

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

Sara: Find a venue with an amazing team. The best decision we made was booking The Fontanel - Jade and Mary are unbelievable. Our wedding was a destination wedding - we planned the majority of it from Florida with only a few trips to Nashville! They were amazing guides to helping us find and organize our vendors for the weekend. We developed such an awesome friendship with both of them through the process.

From the photographer, Alex Thornton: Sara and Mitchell are an almost-impossibly-sweet couple who love everything about Nashville. From country music to Tennessee cooking, Nashville is in their bones. Though they reside in Florida, their dream was always to get married in our wonderful town. The Fontanel was a perfect venue that met all of the couple's wedding day needs. They got married on October 1, 2016, a day that provided warm weather and a comforting breeze. Sara and Mitchell picked a beautiful shade of dark green, accompanied by white, black, and gold for their wedding day color palette. The couple had a first look, where they embraced, shed tears, and spoke of how lucky they were to have found one another. The ceremony took the guests through the story Sara and Mitchell's meeting and falling in love, and every person in attendance could feel that this union was nothing short of amazing. The reception was both fun and romantic, and the joyous occasion continued throughout the night.

Thank you so much for sharing Sara + Mitchell's beautiful wedding with us, Alex! You can find more of Alex Thornton's work on her website here and also be sure to follow her on Instagram here

If you liked Sara + Mitchell's wedding, be sure to check out Heather + Greg's wedding at The Cordelle

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

Meet Rachael Ann’s Event Design: Nashville Wedding Planner + Florist

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When it comes to florals for your wedding, you want to hire someone with experience and design expertise. And if you're looking for a florist who is up on all of the latest and greatest trends, then look no further than Rachael Ann's Event Design (yes, she specializes in greenery)! And if you saw the elopement styled shoot she designed at Houston Station, then you know her floral designs are on point (it's seriously one of my favorites this year!). From designing small centerpieces and bouquets for your Nashville wedding all the way up to full-service wedding planning for Nashville brides that includes floral design, Rachael can do it all! No matter if your wedding budget is big or small, Rachael can work with you and deliver exactlly what you envisioned! Keep reading to learn more about her business...

Tell us about Rachael Ann's Event Design + how long you've been in business!

Rachael: We have been in business for three years now. We absolutely love doing floral design and making the bride's vision come to life. We can work with a variety of styles and budgets and always love working with new ideas.

How did you get started in weddings?

Rachael: I started by interning in college with an amazing wedding planner and florist. They helped grow my passion and I will forever be grateful.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Rachael: Our clients are our number one priority. We strive to make them the happiest they have ever been on that day. We want to create memories and joy that last them a lifetime.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Rachael: We are so versatile and can create so many different styles for all things floral.

What attracts brides to Rachael Ann's Event Design (+ describe that bride!)?

Rachael: How personable we are and how we can work with a variety of budgets. We don't have a minimum because all brides are different and have different visions.

Tell us - what's trending now in weddings? 

Rachael: Greenery is one of our specialties to work with and it's a major trend right now. Everything from greenery in bouquets, accent pieces, centerpieces, garlands, etc. We absolutely love working with it and the look that it gives a room.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Rachael! You can find more of Rachael Ann's Event Design on her website here. And be sure to check out her Instagram page here for more inspiration! She is one talented lady! :)

All photos provided by Rachael Ann's Event Design.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Ryan + Lindsey’s Laid Back Wedding at the Horton Building by LMR Photos

Monday, March 13, 2017

With an intimate group of 60 guests and lots of DIY elements, Lindsey + Ryan's wedding at The Horton Building had so much charm! The couple's laid-back feel, complete with barbeque and beers, was planned with the help of friends and family. From the DIY bouquets by Lindsey's aunt and cakes and desserts by her mother and grandmother, the family's love for the couple was sprinkled in so many elements throughout the day. Their love for breweries ties into their love story so well and they made sure to celebrate with their favorite Black Abbey brews during their reception. The Horton Building's historic industrial brick atmosphere was the perfect setting for the occasion! See all of their photos by LMR Photos along with their engagement story below! 

 

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Ryan + Lindsey

The Horton Building

4.17.16

60 Guests

Wedding Team:

Venue | The Horton Building

Photographer | LMR Photos

Dresses | J. Crew

Veil | Angie Hammonds

Hair | Taylor Reed

Makeup | Alaina Garnette of Stunning Beauty

Flowers | By the Bride's Aunt

Officiant |  Justin Branum

Food | Jim 'N Nick's

Cakes | By the Bride's Mother + Grandmother

Beer | Black Abbey

Wine | Frugal MacDoogal

The couple's story told by the bride, Lindsey: For Christmas, Ryan gave me a large roadmap where he plotted a road trip and identified all the breweries from Nashville to Fort Collins.  I had been wanting to go to Fort Collins ever since I drove through with my mom and grandmother on a road trip to Seattle.  I was so excited when I "cashed-in" the road trip in August 2015.  Earlier that month, for my birthday I had picked out my engagement ring, but I didn't know that Ryan bought it soon after.  In the middle of our Fort Collins trip, Ryan wanted to take me on a hike to find Aspen trees (my favorite).  While the trees hadn't turned colors yet for the fall, the hike in the RMNP was beautiful.  We hiked from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake ending at an elevation of 10,000 feet.  We stopped for a rest at the top and to eat.  I took my shoes and jacket off.  Ryan still had his jacket on when he walked over to a family to ask them to take a picture of us.  What I didn't know was that the family spoke french so Ryan saw it as his opportunity to ask the young girl to take a photo of us while he proposed without me knowing what he was saying.  So, the young girl followed Ryan over to me as he bent down to one knee and asked me to marry him.  My answer "yes" was interrupted by the young girl who asked us to move to better light.  

Thank you so much for sharing Lindsey + Ryan's photos with us LMR Photos! You can also find more of Lindsy's work here on her website and here on her Instagram page! Happy Monday!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »