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Paige Brown Designs’ Glam Enchanted Garden Styled Shoot at East Ivy Mansion

Friday, March 24, 2017

Class. Style. Elegance. Creativity... these are the words that come to mind whenever I see a styled shoot or wedding by Paige Brown Designs! Like I've said before, her innovative designs never cease to amaze me! She tops herself with each and every project - including this Vogue-inspired styled shoot at Easy Ivy Mansion! Paige carefully crafted every detail - from the elegant table blooms to the styled model shots, this shoot gives so much spring garden glam wedding inspiration! The pops of lilac and hints of gold against the green ivy garden is such a dream. The enchanted garden leaves us all with an element of whimsy and carries us through Paige Brown's daydream. Keep scrolling to see all of the photos from By Jarquise and learn more about Paige's inspiration with this shoot...

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Styled Shoot

Designed by Paige Brown Designs

East Ivy Mansion

2.4.17

Style Shoot Team:

Design, Creative Director, and Florals | Paige Brown Designs

Venue | East Ivy Mansion

Model | Latanya Greene with Maverick Renegade Management 

HMUA | Art Official Makeup

Dress | Elle Nelle Bridal 

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Photography | By Jarquise 

From the designer, Paige Brown: I daydream all of the time. There is so much beauty and creativity that lives within our imagination. It's there where anything is possible. I had a vision of a beautiful woman walking through an enchanted garden in a gorgeous silk gown at her flawlessly beautiful mansion. I took that vision and created an entire narrative around it.

I truly believe every woman deserves a fairytale experience at least once in their lifetime. ESPECIALLY on their wedding day. That's what Paige Brown Designs is all about... The magic and beauty of making fairytale wedding wishes a reality.

This couture shoot was inspired by Vogue and all things fabulous.

Wow - thank you so much for sharing this incredibly dreamy shoot with us, Paige! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' work here on her website. And be sure to give her a follow on Instagram here!

If you liked this styled shoot, be sure to check out Melanie + Chris' wedding here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Geny’s Bridal: An Incredible Selection of Wedding Dresses for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photo by T2 Photography

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of Nashville's long-time wedding professionals here in our beautiful city. Meet Geny's Bridal - Geny's Bridal carries some of Nashville's prettiest dresses from Pronovias and Ellis! And not only can you buy your wedding dress at Geny's, but they also provide beautiful florals for your Nashville wedding as well! As a bride with an ongoing checklist, I'm sure you'll appreciate the convenience of ordering your wedding flowers and your wedding dress in one place. You heard about their florals yesterday in the NBG two part series, however, today I've invited Joan of Geny's Bridal to share more about their beautiful lines of dresses they offer for Nashville brides! 

Photo by Abigail Lauren Photography

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

Joan: If you're looking for a beautiful, serene place to search for your dream wedding dress, Geny's Bridal is your place. Our highly experienced consultants are eager to show your our exclusive lines of gowns from Ellis Bridal and Pronovias. They will take the time to reveal all the mysteries of silhouette, fabrics and quality so that you understand what you are investing in. There is no better place to begin, and end, your quest for that perfect gown.

How did the idea of selling dresses along with florals come to fruition?

Joan: Changes in the industry prompted us to discontinue selling high-end silk flowers, which left us with a large show room that needed something to fill the space. We obviously wanted something that correlated with our flower business. Wedding gowns were a natural choice since we already design and produce flowers for about 50 weddings a year. Our vision was to establish a relationship with brides when they purchased their gown and continue that to their flowers.

3 Photos Above by Levon Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Bridal?

Joan: Our philosophy in our bridal salon is the same as it has been for the flower shop for almost 150 years. Great quality product and impeccable customer service. Brides tell us over and over that our bridal salon is by far the best customer experience in town.

What are your strengths compared to other dress shops?

Joan: We are truly invested in our brides' success in finding the gown that is going to make her feel her most beautiful on her wedding day. And, we want to make the experience of purchasing that gown as memorable as when she walks down the aisle in that gown.

Photo by Parker Young

Photo by T2 Photography

How would you describe the dresses offered at Geny's? What type of bride would like these dresses?

Joan: In selecting the lines we wanted to carry in the salon, our focus was on value. All gowns are not created equal and while we wanted a great price point, we wanted great quality for that price. Ellis Bridals and Provovias fulfilled those desires.

What are some dress designs that are trending this season?

Joan: Crepe fabric is huge for the 2017 season. We love how it drapes and hugs, it's very comfortable to wear. A low or open back is also very popular this season as well.

Photo by Marbelle Photography

Photo by Ulmer Studios

There's one more thing I'd like to add - Geny's is hosting a Pronovias Trunk Sale next weekend from March 31st - April 2nd! You can find more details here on our events page and be sure to give them a call to set up your appointment!

Thank you so much for sharing all of your insight and knowledge with us today, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Bridal and browse their selections on their website here. And be sure to follow them here on Instagram!

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

Geny’s Flowers: Nashville’s Historic Flower Shop Offering Bridal Bouquets + More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo by Kelly Cummings Photography

When you're looking for your wedding flowers for your Nashville, TN wedding, you won't want to miss Geny's Flowers! As Nashville's long-standing floral shop (they've been around for 150 years!), Geny's has seen it all! And when it comes to your modern-day wedding, Joan with Geny's Flowers can help you craft the perfect wedding floral look. Geny's offers everything from DIY wholesale flowers to custom wedding floral designs. From simple bouttenieres to intricate floral arches and installations, Geny's can provide the flowers to fit your unique style and budget! I could go on, but I'll let Joan, owner of Geny's Flowers, tell the story below! 

Photo by Julie Paisley Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Flowers!

Joan: Geny's is Nashville's oldest purveyor of fresh cut flowers. We can take all the perfect things you have found for your wedding or event and show you how flowers will work to pull together the perfect look. Our skilled & highly experienced designers will guide you through floral selections that will complement your location, personal style and budget. We offer DIY consultations for the brave do-it-yourself bride or floral enthusiast.

Geny's Flowers has a rich history here in Nashville! Tell us about how the business has grown + lasted throughout the years!

Joan: John Geny, co-owner of Geny's Flowers and Bridal is a fourth generation Geny in the flower industry. His great grandfather John Geny and his brother Leon were master gardeners from the Alsace region of France. They began their career here in 1868 installing and caring for the gardens at Belmont Mansion for the then builder and owner, Adelicia Acklen. We have evolved with the industry over the last 150 years from green houses and train cars and five retail shops and are proud to be one of the two oldest, along with Levy's, family owned and operated businesses in Tennessee.

Photos by Abigail Lauren Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Flowers?

Joan: Our focus has always been on quality product and quality customer service. We care greatly about flowers and take great pride in our rich history in this business. So, we want you to be successful with your floral adventures, whether they be a small baby shower for a friend or a foray into owning your own small floral business. We want to be here with you every step of the way.

What are your strengths compared to other florists?

Joan: Knowledge and commitment to excellence. Since we work on both the sides of the flower business, retail and wholesale, we understand what quality products and service means to the finished look as a whole.

What type of bride books Geny's Flowers for their wedding?

Joan: Because we strive to offer services for every type of bride, I'm not sure if there is one specific kind. However, they tend to have more of a traditional style and an interest in quality more than quantity.

Photos by Rebecca Denton Photography

Tell us about some floral trends for 2017 that you're excited about!

Joan: Lots of textured greens! Texture in general is one of my favorite things and allows me to use many different, beautiful flowers and greens in our arrangements.

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

Joan: We are Nashville proud and we are here for you. We have been for 150 years and we hope to be for another 150 years.

First 2 photos by Ellie Odom Photography

Last photo by Julie Paisley Photography

Thank you so much for sharing all about Geny's Flowers and the rich history of the company, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Flowers on their website here or be sure to catch them over on Instagram here! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Geny's series tomorrow - we'll dive into their beautiful wedding dresses! 

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

The Lodge in Franklin: A Unique Rehearsal Dinner Space in the Nashville Area

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Photo by Teale Photography

One struggle I hear most of the time with brides and wedding professionals is finding a unique space for your Nashville rehearsal dinner. A small space with character that can accommodate about 30-50 people is usually what brides are looking for. And let me tell you, I've found the space that can check all of these boxes! It's called The Lodge in Franklin - a hidden gem right off of I-65 in Franklin provides brides with a hip, modern take on rehearsal dinners. A co-working space by day (you can apply here to be a part of their entrepreneur community) and event space by night, The Lodge is that alternative space to host your next small-scale event. With cross back chairs and farm tables provided, The Lodge's decor with leather couches, wrought iron chandeliers and reclaimed wood provides a unique space for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or even small intimate weddings. Plus, Honest Coffee Roasters has a coffee bar right on site! Check out our interview below with founder, Amanda to learn more about the unique space...

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Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Amanda: The Lodge offers Franklin’s beauty, southern warmth & hospitality. A great location for seminars, trainings, day retreats, business retreats, rehearsal dinners, parties, showers, and more. We may be new on the block but we have years of collective experience. Our venue opened January 2017. We have several options available from planning a business retreat to a beautiful rehearsal dinner and small intimate weddings. Great events don’t just happen! We believe they start with listening to what our clients need and desire. We promote an quaint enjoyable and stress free experience so you can enjoy your event/day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Amanda: Our strengths lie in the small events. We can host 50 guests in our building. Creating a family like environment away from home. An intimate gathering space.

2 Photos above by Daniel C. White

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

Amanda: Shall we say shiplap, shiplap, shiplap! We have a beautiful space that doesn’t require any extra effort. From our white shiplap walls, exposed brick to our antique chandeliers, our space is ready for the bride’s special day. There’s an authentic farmhouse vintage feel without having to leave the city limits of Franklin.

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible and unique space with us, Amanda! Be sure to check out The Lodge Franklin's website here and follow them over on Instagram here. Happy venue shopping!

All other photos from The Lodge Franklin website.

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Julie + Zach’s Luxury Nashville Barn Wedding By Laurie D’Anne Events

Monday, March 20, 2017

Barn wedding style has become so glamorous + sophisticated in the past few years, which is why I'm so excited to share Julie + Zach's wedding with you today! With the help of their designer and planner Laurie D'Anne Events, Julie + Zach had a glorious luxury barn wedding in the Nashville, TN area. Saddle Woods Farm was the perfect backdrop for the couple's day from their delicately placed vintage inspired goblets all the way up to their custom draping designs! Scanning the room, flowers bloomed at every angle with touches of carefully crafted lace throughout their decor. The scene provided an upgraded vintage inspired look! Check out all of the photos by Nyk and Cali Photography along with all the details from Laurie below! 

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Julie Brackin + Zach Berry

Saddle Woods Farm

5.21.16

150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planing and Design | Laurie Hardman of Laurie D'Anne Events

Photography | Nyk and Cali Wedding Photography 

Ceremony Location | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Reception Venue | Saddle Woods Farm

Rentals | Liberty Party RentalSouthern Events + Please Be Seated

Lighting + Draping | Nashville Audio Visual

Florist | Branching Out

DJ | Jeff Uffer

Caterer | G Catering

Tell us about the couple's vision for their wedding!

Laurie: The vision was to have a party that was fun and enjoyable for all that were attending. Julie loved Saddle Wood Farms because it's location and the beautiful surroundings. Julie has such a sweet heart. She is a school teacher and loves spending time with her "kids" . That came through in the things that she liked. She wanted the feel to be soft and romantic, with soft lighting and beautiful florals.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Laurie: Julie and her mother, Amy had attended the open house that we designed for Saddle Wood Farms and fell in love with draping, the food and ambiance. She new that the venue was the perfect place for the wedding and Laurie D'Anne Events was the one to help bring that vision to reality

What details were used to create their theme?

Laurie: Like I had mentioned that Julie fell in love with the draping that we designed for the open house. We wanted to keep that as the main focal point, but as with all designers, we don't want to duplicate a design you have done before so we needed to do something a little different. I decided that adding a run of taupe fabric would give the room some dimension, make it richer and have more depth. Because Julie's is a teacher, she had quite a few little people attending. We used kids farm tables to create a 20 ft. table for the little people with coloring books, and a fun meal!

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

Laurie: For me the highlight of every event is when it all comes together, and I get to see the face of the person that I have designed the event for. That makes it all worth it! I loved the smile on Julie and Zach's faces! Every time I looked at them, they were smiling! They had a great time and got to enjoy being a guest at their own wedding.

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

Laurie: No. Everything went off without a hitch. Even the things that would be out of your control turned our perfect. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time with the Mother of the Bride, Amy Brackin. She was wonderful, and very talented in her own right. We had a wonderful time working together planning Julie's wedding. It was so great to see both of Julie's parents glowing over their little girl getting married.

Thank you so much for sharing Julie + Zach's wedding with us, Laurie! You can check out more designs from Laurie D'Anne Events here on her website here and be sure to follow her on Instagram here! Happy Monday!

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