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Katie + Jamie’s Heartfelt Carnton Plantation Garden Wedding by Whit Meza Photography

Friday, September 30, 2016

A wedding among loss brings out so many emotions to a day. The bittersweet time of celebrating love and unity between the couple but also mourning the fact that a loved one was not there with them physically, but in spirit. This is what Katie + Jamie's day was like after the loss of Katie's brother in recent years. Celebrating the day at Carnton Plantation was filled with love from friends and family and it shows in their beautiful photos by Whit Meza Photography! Here's more from their photographer Whit...

Jamie + Katie Dowdall


Carnton Plantation

250+ Guests

Venue | Carnton Plantation

Wedding Planner | Meagan Wuest

DJ | Blair Saldana with Nashville Party Authority

Catering | Hattie B's and Barbara's Home Cooking

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Bride's Dress | Lazaro

Bridesmaids' Dresses | David's Bridal

Groomsmen Attire | Men's Wearhouse

Hair | Kip Abernathy Studio BBC Salon

Makeup | Jessica Vaughn Primp This

Florals | A Wedding to Remember

Cake | Darlene's Kakes

Videographer | MovMedia

Transportation | Grand Avenue

Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas

Guest Favor | House tour during cocktail hour

Honeymoon | Sandals Plantation in Jamaica

Tell us about the couple.

Whit Meza: The wedding of Jamie and Katie's wedding at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee was filled with more than just beautiful images. This southern wedding had a strong importance of family and friends. Within a couple seconds of seeing these two, you know that they were made for each other, and without a doubt their families agree. Even at her mother's birthday celebration, Jamie asked for Katie's hand in marriage. These two met in college, dated for a bit, but then reconnected early 2015, after Kate's family unexpected lost her brother. Jamie, Katie, and their families put on such a gorgeous day. One that left me with a heart so full.

What details were used to create their theme?

Whit Meza: Jamie and Katie's color scheme was filled with gray and light pinks. The florals added in soft pinks, whites and magnolia leaves for the tables.

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Whit Meza: Katie's brother passed away and there was a strong presence of both remembering him and emotions of how their families wishes he could have been there.

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Whit Meza: It was definitely a hot day in June for a TN wedding, but you couldn't tell it affected them at all. It did rain just as they were about to do their exit from the reception, but it couldn't have been a more perfect wedding day for an outdoor garden wedding at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin.

From the vintage plates to the bubble exit, it was a day to remember! Happy Friday!

All photos by Whit Meza Photography.

If you like Katie + Jamie's wedding, then you'll want to see Anna + Kurt's wedding at Two Rivers Mansion!

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Gratidude Ranch: A Mini Farm Venue Perfect for a Rustic Tennessee Wedding

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Located in Leiper's Fork about 20 minutes south of Downtown Franklin lies a rustic and eclectic farm venue: Gratidude Ranch. Each piece of decor in the barn comes together to create an overall aesthetic unlike any other here in the Nashville area! The rustic wedding venue, Gratidude Ranch, is owned by deMarco DeCiccio (yes, we almost have the same last name!). He's created Gratidude Ranch as such a unique space not only for weddings, but birthdays and even carnivals for a foster program called S.A.F.E. Here's more about the venue straight from deMarco...



Tell us about your company.

deMarco: Gratidude Ranch is a rustic, six acre mini-farm located south of Nashville in beautiful, historic Leiper's Fork, TN. It specializes in small country weddings and private parties for up to 100 people and can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests spread amongst four sleeping quarters. The gated property includes a pavillion, a party barn, a garden with a private patio, a magic meadow, lush landscaping, a babbling creek nearby and a plaza. A riding arena is also available for pony rides for special events. This is a magical place where dreams really do come true.

How long have you been in business?

deMarco: 2 years

How did you get started in weddings?

deMarco: We bought the property 2 and a half years ago and saw the potential for bringing people together for special occasions since the place is so unique. The farm is located in such a pretty part of Williamson County; green rolling hills, beautiful sunsets over the mountain ridge, peace and quiet, wildlife, etc, that we decided to start spreading the word that we were available for private celebrations. We started with overnight rentals in the Cottage and the Guest House, and then started doing small birthday parties for children, and then added in the Farm-to-Table dinners. We've also been able to host quarterly mini-carnival type events open to the community and free to foster families in our support of a local non-profit called S.A.F.E.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

deMarco: We were blessed with this place and we want to share it with others. Whatever happens here; whether its a country birthday bash that we sponsor for a foster child every month or a rustic wedding or even Easter Egg hunt, we want everyone to have a special memory of their time here at Gratidude Ranch.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

deMarco: We are small and family owned so I would say that we offer a more personable experience. There seems to be quite a few more beautiful, high-end venues around town. Since we can only accommodate up to 100 people, we are happy to offer a smaller venue that is rustic and charming at a lower cost to our clients than some of the other venues. We are a GLBT-friendly venue. We are located in the green rolling hills of Williamson County between Leiper's Fork and Fairview. We can also have on-site catering and overnight accommodations for up to 12 guests.

What attracts brides to your business?

deMarco: Our low pricing. Our flexibility. The on-site accommodations. That their business supports us in giving back to the community through which supports area foster youth and families. That we are genuinely GLBT-friendly and welcoming.

Describe the bride who is most attracted to your company.

deMarco: A bride or groom that desires a small, intimate, rustic country wedding at an affordable price in this beautiful secluded and scenic part of Franklin. A member of the GLBT community who is looking for the freedom to be themselves through the planning stages of this very important day in their life.

I'm all about a venue that includes accomodations on site! Making your day into a wedding weekend with your best friends and family while creating a memorable intimate wedding is very on trend lately! Thank you for sharing all of the details about Gratidude Ranch, deMarco!

All photos provided by Gratidude Ranch.



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Al Fresco Styled Shoot by Liberty Party Rental, Darby Cards + Kelly and Logan Photography

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

All in one day's work, Liberty Party Rental, Darby Cards + Kelly and Logan Photography created not one, but two styled shoot looks! If you saw yesterday's fun and funky sweetheart table, you'll be overjoyed to see today's rustic, al fresco styled farm table! Darby Cards' minimalist invitation suite next to the "take and eat" family style bread, cheese and wine made it feel like a Western European paradise! The elegantly draped lace table runner across the bride and groom chairs symbolized a lifelong journey of togetherness. "The Greatest of These is Love" cards created by Darby Cards brought the whole theme together behind the 1 Corinthians verse. 

Artisan breads and cheeses are featured on Liberty Party Rental's faux melamine wood trays. Greenery scattered across the table centerpiece and placed behind Darby Cards' bride and groom tags add to the simplistic elegance of the al fresco theme.

If you missed part 1 of this styled shoot, check it out here!

Thanks again to Liberty, Darby and Kelly + Logan for sharing their styled shoots with us!

All photos by Kelly and Logan Photography.

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Fun, Funky Sweetheart Table Styled Shoot by Liberty Party Rental, Darby Cards + Kelly and Logan Photography Pt. 1

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Some of Nashville's premier wedding industry folks teamed up for a fun styled shoot at Liberty Party Rental's Green Hills location! Featuring a new table scape every month in their front window, Liberty Party Rental's rentals shined a little brighter this month with the help of Darby Cards and Kelly and Logan Photography. Darby Cards provided some cutesy menus, table numbers and invitation suites to match Liberty's gold, teal and blush sweetheart table. The dynamic mother-daughter duo Kelly and Logan Photography worked their magic behind the camera to create keepsake photos featuring this incredible collaboration. All vendors worked together to create a story behind the fun and funky couple who would sit at such a table on their wedding day (and eat Five Daughters donuts!). And better yet, we have round 2 of this styled shoot ready for you tomorrow!

This sweetheart table featured many of Liberty Party Rental's fabulous products like their ghost chairs with arms, blush matte satin linen, Liberty gold glassware and more! The geometric plate backdrop tied in with the hexagon centerpieces to create this fun and funky look! Darby Cards' menus fit perfectly in the center of Liberty's square china plates and the table number complimented all of the surrounding style!

Now excuse us while we keep dreaming of those Five Daughters Bakery donuts for the rest of the day...! Loving this cute and modern wedding inspiration!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this styled shoot tomorrow!

All photos by Kelly and Logan Photography.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Invitations & Paper Goods, Photography, Rentals, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »

T Villager Designs: Specializing in Unique Floral Design for Your Nashville Wedding

Monday, September 26, 2016

When I first laid eyes on T Villager Designs' flower arrangements, my jaw dropped to the floor! The creativity and innovation behind T Villager Designs' work is unlike anything I've ever seen. The brains behind T Villager Designs, Troy and Jack, take some incredible risks by pairing flowers together that you would never think work well in arrangement... but somehow they make it look absolutely spectacular! I'm so excited to invite Troy and Jack to tell the story behind their business... here it is!

Tell us about your company.

Troy and Jack: One of Nashville's best kept secrets, T Villager Designs is a rapidly up and coming floral design and holiday decorating company owned and operated by the two of us (Troy Villager and Jack Boone). The company has gained a very positive reputation in the Nashville community and beyond in a short period of time because of Troy, the lead designer's ability to create floral designs that are distinct and creative with a "one of a kind look". Troy has a natural attentiveness to the aesthetics of flowers that touch the foundation of the human condition: our feelings and emotions. As T Villager Designs, we hold high standards for both our floral design and holiday decorating skills. We can work with the vision our clients have for their special wedding or event but sometimes struggle to bring to fruition. The philosophy of T Villager Designs centers around distinction and artistry no matter what genre of floral design. We are available to help!

How long have you been in business?

Troy and Jack: T Villager Designs was officially founded as a business in late 2013 but Troy had been doing floral design and holiday decorating for about 18 years now. The business was started as a hobby for us out of a love for flowers and gardening. Both of us had full-time careers, Jack in healthcare administration and Troy in real estate but due to the success the business has had it is the desire to make the business a full-time career for us.

How did you get started in weddings?

Troy and Jack: Troy actually has done weddings off and on through the years for family members and friends. He also serves on the flower guild at our church, St. Bartholomew's in Green Hills, and his floral design work is applauded and appreciated by church members. As a result, he was asked to do weddings for church members and people we knew as well.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Troy and Jack: Our philosophy of our company is built around honesty, integrity, and professionalism. We want our company to be known for being a group of talented professionals who are quite personable, are good listeners, and commit to always being right up front with our customers on what we can and cannot do. Because we are so passionate about the work we do, we will always have fun and enjoy ourselves and help create an atmosphere that will put brides and their families at ease whenever possible. You set the agenda, we'll help you build the parameters of expectations and we'll earn the trust and confidence of our customers.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Troy and Jack: We believe the Nashville area is filled with greatly gifted floral designers who do incredible work and our goal is to always be as collaborative as we can possibly be with those who are in the same business. We are all artists who do great work. We do believe our strengths lie in the art form of the designs we create. Our greatest strength is being able to make the transition from the organic beginnings of flowers in the earth to create a magical display of color, texture, and flow and bring out the feelings and emotions of the audience.

What attracts brides to your business?

Troy and Jack: We're fun. We're personable, and we don't take ourselves too seriously. We know how to leave the ego at the door and we know how to be humble. However, we believe in the work we do and the value of what we do for our customers whether that be financial or otherwise. We promise to deliver.

Describe the bride who is most attracted to your company.

Troy and Jack: We believe any bride who feels she is working with a floral designer she can trust, she likes and she can afford would be attracted to our company. We feel we have the ability to work with any bride to be. We know we must earn a client's trust through examples of our work and the confidence we bring to the table. We will commit to complete honesty. If we haven't done something or have experience with something we'll say so. We believe a bride wants us to be genuinely interested in her and her very special day. We're easy to talk to and our aim is to put our bride at ease and truly help her get the answers she needs to get. And we know affordability is key. But we also realize a lot of floral design is about education, open communication on costs, and it is our responsibility to help the bride either set her budget or to stay within the budget she has in mind. It may not always be exactly the same flowers she saw on Pinterest but the same beauty can also be achieved through some creative thinking!

What is the most “now” / innovative new product, service, style or other aspect in floral design that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Troy and Jack: One really unique service T Villager Designs provided this year was at a masquerade ball where we were asked to dismantle the centerpieces for the tables for the evening and created individual bouquets for each female attendee to take home with her that evening. This is a trend that is beginning to become more popular in the Nashville area and is becoming more and more popular. Wedding trends seem to be moving toward the more natural, cascading and open and airy looks not only for bridal and attendants bouquets but also for centerpieces. Herbs and succulents are becoming very popular and these are things we do work with at T Villager Designs. Despite trends and "now" things for weddings there will always be brides who don't want to be like everyone else and follow the trends and want to walk to the beat of their own drummer. We love working with these brides, too, and welcome the opportunity to do so call on us anytime!

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

Troy and Jack: Nashville is exploding in growth and each day there is more need for talented florists and floral designers to take care of the needs in this city, especially since it is very high on the list of destination brides. We want our community to know we're here and we want to help. There's plenty of business out there for all of us in the floral design business. We do realize this blog is about weddings and for brides but we would be remiss if we didn't mention the great deal of success T Villager Designs has also had with our holiday decorating. Christmas holidays make up the most of this arm of our business but we also do design and decorating for all other holidays and special occasions throughout the year!

Thank you Troy and Jack for sharing the beautiful photos of your work and telling us all about T Villager Designs!

Check out more on T Villager Designs' Facebook page!

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