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Groomsmen Gift Ideas from Street Tuxedo in Nashville, TN

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Personalized Flask & Shot Glass Gift Box Set

Groomsmen gifts! It's one more thing on your wedding checklist and it's usually one we're stumped on. But the great news is that our local tux and suit resource Street Tuxedo has so many options to choose from in their stores and online. So when your guys are getting measured and trying on their suits, they can browse some amazing gift options for their crew. And now with a brand new 5th location in Madison, there's sure to be a shop near your neighborhood. From coozies to cufflinks, keep scrolling to find the experts at Street Tuxedo's top picks for groomsmen gifts! 

Personalized Cufflinks for The Wedding Day

From Street Tuxedo: As a bride and groom, you have a lot going on in the months leading up to your wedding day but you can't be in two places at once so sometimes you have to rely on your wedding party to help you out along the way.  A really great way to thank your wedding party for helping you out in the planning of you wedding and supporting you up at the alter is through small, thoughtful thank you gifts.  Now, these gifts can be from the both of you as a newly married couple or you could make it even more personal by making it from just you to your bridesmaids or you to your groomsmen.  Here are a few great groomsmen gift ideas that will hold the memories of your special day for decades to come! 

Monogrammed BBQ Set


ORCA Gear Mini Tacvest Koozie


You can find all of these groomsmen gifts at any of Street Tuxedo's 5 locations around the Nashville area - Green Hills, Berry Hill, Murfreesboro, Cool Springs and Madison! Also be sure to check out their website for all the latest products they carry + give them a follow over on Instagram

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , Guests, Gifts & Favors, 0 comments »

Indoor Garden Wedding Inspiration at The Clark House by RSVP Events

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To me, blush and gold never gets old! It gives off such a soft and romantic feel to a wedding day unlike any other. And Raela of RSVP Events went for it in this beautiful styled shoot! I cannot get enough of how elegant and spot on the styling is in the shoot and I am so happy to feature it today! Even the bride's dress is blush! From each detail like the hand lettered wedding invitations to the custom bubbly bar, the scene is set for one stunning day. With The Clark House as the backdrop for the intimate day, they even created an indoor garden against the beautiful mantle inside the historic home. Keep scrolling below to see all the gorgeousness! 

Indoor Garden Styled Shoot

The Clark House


Styled Shoot Team:

Planner + Designer | RSVP Events

Photographer | Morgan Franklin Creative

Venue + Florals | The Clark House

Wedding Dress | Galia Lahav from LVD Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress | Bella Bridesmaids

Hair + Makeup | The Finery Salon & Day Spa

Suits + Mens Shoes | City Boy Tuxedos & Suits

Paper Goods | Wild Timber Design Co.

Calligraphy | My Lettered Affair

Desserts | Gigi's Cupcakes

From the designer + planner, Raela of RSVP Events: Our concept for this wedding inspiration was an ethereal, romantic indoor garden. Cascading blush tulle and lush bunches of ranunculus and anemones set the ultra-romantic vibe.  The bridal gown's blush train trailing the staircase surrounded by glass elements and flickering candles creates an intimate yet elegant entrance. The high detail of the gown's bodice is continued in a custom invitation suite-- a custom wax seal, blush silk ribbon, and cotton paper with hand-torn edges are the perfect first impression. The garden continues to the reception with a heavenly ranunculus and hydrangea garland, champagne chilling among frozen alstroemerias, and blossoms winding around the cake. Candles dot the table among flutes of gold-rimmed champagne flutes and cupcakes for a sweet closing to the evening.

Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly romantic and gorgeous shoot with us, Raela! You can check out more of her work here on RSVP Events' website and also here on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Menu Maker Catering Opens New Take Away Location in Franklin, TN

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's always a great day when you hear of a long-time Nashville staple having a grand opening in a brand new location! And that's exactly the case for long-time Nashville wedding caterers Menu Maker Catering. Owner Mary Weary had owning her own building and kitchen in the works for quite some time and her dream came to fruition this month in Franklin, TN. The great part about meeting at Menu Maker's new location for your wedding tasting is that they are neighbors with Southern Events - one of Nashville's leading event rental companies. Now scheduling your wedding planning meetings has gotten so much easier! Keep reading to learn more about what Menu Maker Catering is offering couples and those in the community!

Earlier this month, Menu Maker Catering opened its doors for the first time to the community and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with leaders in the Franklin, TN community. Community members along with wedding professionals attended the event and enjoyed Menu Maker's incredible spread of food and drinks along with touring the new space. And the cool part is that Menu Maker is not just open for wedding tastings and large catering orders... Menu Maker Catering is now open for take out 3 days a week! Yes, you can pick up lunch or dinner at Menu Maker from 11-3 Wednesday through Friday. Grab and go meals will be ready for you to take and the menu changes daily! Plus, you can order family sized meals and also desserts like chess pie. I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry already!

So where can you visit Menu Maker for lunch or schedule a wedding tasting? Head on over to 102 Alpha Drive in Franklin, TN! In the meantime, check out their menu on their website here and Instagram here

All photos via Menu Maker's social posts

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Food/Catering, 0 comments »

Michelle + Cameron’s Franklin Engagement Session by Rebecca Renee Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Confession - I absolutely love The Factory! I go there at least once a week and cannot get enough of the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It's my neighborhood hangout and that's why I was so happy when Becca Stoll of Rebecca Renee Photography shared Michelle + Cameron's engagement session with me! The industrial setting was perfect for their casual vibe and I love how Becca captured their fun side. And in more exciting news - their photographer Becca is now engaged as well! Congrats to her & along with Michelle + Cameron! See the rest of their fun-loving shoot below...


Cameron + Michelle

The Factory at Franklin

By Rebecca Renee Photography

From the photographer, Becca of Rebecca Renee Photography: These two lovebirds were winners for my yearly giveaway! They livened the shoot by popping a bottle of champagne! They were going for an industrial look. He proposed to her in Nashville last September. She thought they were going to a Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) meet and greet, but he totally surprised her! Their friend was hidden and turned around and played the guitar and sang "Marry Me" by Train, while another friend captured photos. They have been together for 6 years. They are both from the Chicago area but met at college in Winona, Minnesota.

Thank you so much for sharing Cameron + Michelle's photos with us, Becca! You can check out more of Becca's work on her website at and also follow her over on Instagram

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Photography, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Sara + Jeffrey’s Sweet + Simple DIY Nashville Wedding at Pavilion East

Friday, September 15, 2017

I'm so excited to bring you today's wedding since it's my fellow wedding professional friend, Sara's big day! Sara and I have known each other for quite a while now since we are both a part of the networking group TWESA. She is a team member of Quest Events - a draping, lighting and specialty furniture company right here in Nashville! And you won't doubt that when you scroll down to see her gorgeous wedding decor - the draping and lighting is SO on point! Sara + Jeff had a very simple wedding, and she knocked it out of the park with her DIY photo booth, signage, and more! Plus, she wore her mother's wedding gown - how incredible is that?! I love a vintage dress, especially when it has such significance. Keep reading to below to get Sara's perspective on her day!

Sara Miller + Jeffrey Keyes

Pavilion East


70 Guests

Wedding Team: 

Draping and Rentals | Quest Events

Photography | Molly Buckley Photography

Coordination | Rogue Event Company

Venue | Pavilion East

Rentals | M&M Event Rentals

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Menswear | Ambassadors Formal Wear By Gilda

Dress Alterations | Needle Elegance 

Hair | Lauren Wilson

Catering | Edleys BBQ

From the bride, Sara: [Our wedding was] at Pavilion East in Nashville, as it was a budget venue and I knew it was something that I could transform with some lighting and some draping. We did the ceremony there and then flipped it for the reception. I wore my mom’s dress that she wore in her wedding 25 years ago, I just had someone make alterations and update some things (the sleeves and took some ruffles out, fixed the train, etc.). It was so sweet and really meant a lot to both of us. My husband’s brother got officiated just to marry us (another super sweet moment). We took our pre-ceremony pictures in Cumberland Park so that Nashville was the backdrop. We did a first look and instead of reading off our vows, we wrote each other letters that we read right before the first look. During our ceremony, we both wrote the stories about how we met and how we got to where we are and had Jeff’s brother read them off (because I knew I would be a crying mess). Our décor was greenery, metallics, gray, gold, barnwood tables and then amber lighting, which changed the world!

From the bride, Sara: Other than draping, lighting, and rentals…we went very low budget/DIY. I did my own flowers, my own signage, photo booth, bought pretty much everything so that we could keep the budget down. We used Edley’s for catering because it was super cheap and a Nashville staple. Bought our own alcohol, paid a bartender to come in, and a family friend was the band (super great! Plays in Nashville all the time, but still on a budget haha) It was super lowkey and about 70 people. One of my bridesmaids is a hairstylist and did all of our hair and makeup.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with us, Sara! You can check out more on her draping company Quest Events here on their website and also follow them on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »