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Penny + Brad: Blooming Springtime Wedding at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is how the pros do it! Bride, Penny is also a wedding planner with Aisling Weddings & Events here in Nashville - and she tied the knot with her husband Brad this past spring at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett. Keeping it simple and personal was key to Penny's wedding and adding in so many incredible elements that represented them as a couple really stood out! From their "bomb squad" wedding cake to their dogwood seedlings as guest favors, Penny's eye for detail was so evident in their day! Check out all their beautiful photos from Blue Dahlia and read all about their day below... 

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Penny + Brad

Scarritt Bennett

4.8.17

Wedding Team:

Location and Catering | Scarritt Bennett Center

Photography | Blue Dahlia Photography

Videography | Varnish Wedding Films

Cake | The Frosted Affair by Jay Qualls

Flowers | Ruth Gardner at Import Flowers

Music | Nashville Wedding Musicians and Nashville Pipes & Drums

Hair and Make-Up | Kara Gaylor

Dress | BHLDN Bridal in Beverly Hills

Suits | Street Tuxedo

Vases | Southern Events

Tree Guest Book | Lets Paint This Town

Bridesmaid Gifts | Southern Polished

Planning and Coordination | Aisling Weddings & Events

Officiant | Stephen Seymour, Unforgettable Ceremonies

From the bride: On the most perfect Spring day in April, Penny Northcutt and Brad Burns were married at the awe-inspiring Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant, wedding with just family and those in their wedding party in attendance.

Brad is originally from Nashville, and Penny is originally from Manchester, TN, but has lived in Nashville since 2001. They met on eHarmony, which Penny swore she’d never use. However, on a fateful day while working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Penny’s friend and co-worker, Missi, informed her that she was going to create an online dating profile on her behalf. Penny wasn’t a fan of the idea, but Missi insisted, and informed Penny that she could create her own online dating profile that very evening, and if she didn’t, Missi would do it for her. Penny couldn’t risk the likely grammatical errors of her friend, and she created an online dating profile that evening, still to her dismay. Brad was the first and only person that caught her attention, and vice versa, as he was new to the site as well. Within 2 weeks, the two were communicating constantly. They had their first date upon Penny’s return from visiting friends in Los Angeles the following week, and the rest is blissful marital history.

Penny had always dreamed of a Spring wedding, and had every detail of the day in her head, ready to execute when the time came. This was also much in part to her experience coordinating weddings for others as co-owner of Aisling Weddings & Events in Nashville. Penny was able to book nearly every aspect of her wedding within a 2 week period. However, the dress was lacking. On another trip to Los Angeles, Penny’s friend, Julie, surprised her with dress fittings at Saks Bridal and BHLDN Bridal, both in Beverly Hills. After finding several dresses that were beyond fabulous, but not so fabulous for the budget, the last dress of the day proved to be “the one” in every way at BHLDN. It was then that every aspect of the wedding was truly complete…still several months before the wedding.

Even though the couple wanted a simple wedding, Penny made sure that certain aspects were included. The music had to be grand and stately, as well as unique, and Wedding Musicians Company  delivered, especially with the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody via the pipe organ as the recessional song. Guests and the wedding party were caught looking at each other asking, “Is that Bohemian Rhapsody?” Indeed, it was. To honor Brad’s Irish heritage, Penny also wanted to include bagpipes. As the groomsmen entered from the front of the chapel, so did a bagpiper and a snare drummer from the back of the chapel while playing Wearing of the Green. Brad had no clue, and was overcome with emotion. The bag piper and snare drum also accompanied the organ for a stately rendition of Highland Cathedral for the bridal entrance. To include more of Brad in the day, the rings were presented in a wooden container shaped like a bomb, which was made by Penny’s dad for Brad, to honor his profession, and made from a tree that fell in the yard of the couple’s home.


From the bride: The brunch reception for the 100 guests took place in the Susie Gray Dining Hall, with a custom menu by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef, Jennifer Threadgill, consisting of a biscuit bar with all the fixings, maple glazed bacon, cheese grits, and Jennifer’s own homemade apple butter, and other brunch delicacies. Another nod to Brad’s heritage were the flower arrangements on the reception tables, with Irish coffee mugs used as vases, rented from Southern Events in Franklin, filled with perfectly Spring-like arrangements created by Ruth Gardner, from Import Flowers.

But, the pièce de résistance was the cake. Brad is on the bomb squad of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and that was highlighted for everyone to see with a two-sided cake, thanks to the talents of Jay Qualls of The Frosted Affair. One side of the cake featured beautiful pastel peonies, ranunculus and roses, and the other side featured a bomb technician wearing a bomb suit walking out of the cake…in fondant, of course. The cake was placed on an automatic turntable, and the look on Brad’s face when he saw the “bomb guy” on the cake was priceless.

Because Penny didn’t want the typical guest book, she opted to have a guest book thumb print tree, drawn by the talented Autumn Potter of Lets Paint This Town. The result now hangs on the couple’s home, as a constant reminder of those that shared in their special day. Additionally, Penny didn’t want to give her guests just any old favor, but one that would mean something to the newly married couple, as well as to the family members in attendance. Penny’s dad is a retired county extension agent who specialized in forestry, and who also coached many 4-H forestry judging teams. Therefore, Penny found dogwood seedlings from Porcupine Hollow Farm in Central Lake, Michigan, that the couple gave their guests, as an homage to Penny’s dad and the mutual love of trees by so many in attendance.

The quickly executed day went just as planned, thanks to Penny’s solid vision and experience planning similar events. The newly married couple departed the next morning for 2 weeks in Ireland.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Penny! You can check out more on her wedding planning company Aisling Weddings & Events here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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

Join Dream Events & Catering’s Summer of 25 Dreams - A Community Outreach

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dream Events & Catering is turning 25 this summer! There's so much to celebrate with this Nashville staple in the wedding catering business. Owner Becki Annastas and her team have launched the Summer of 25 Dreams to celebrate in a different way - by giving back to the community. She and her team will be "committing acts of dreaminess" all across Middle Tennessee - from feeding, empowering and supporting those around us. Keep reading to find out more about how Becki + her team at Dream Events & Catering is impacting our community this summer...

How did this idea begin? The kick off was during Nashville's Big Payback in early May and the 25 Dreams will continue through Labor Day. Organizations that Dream will be supporting are Next Door, Nashville Diaper Connection, Safe Room, Little Lady Big Cause, and Compost Nashville. Dream has already donated more than 2000 items for a donation drive and clocked nearly 100 hours of community service. This is so inspiring! 

The cool part about this campaign is that you have a chance to be involved! You can donate to their Dream Donation Drive and also spread the word through social media using the hashtag #Summerof25Dreams. 

“We were just looking for a creative way to say thank you to the community that has supported us over the years. The success so far already has us of dreaming of future summers and ways we can continue this campaign.” - Becki Annastas, Owner of Dream Events & Catering

 

Check out more about what Dream Events & Catering can do for your wedding here on their website. And also be sure to follow along with their Summer of 25 Dreams on Instagram!

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An Edgy, Elegant, Moody Styled Shoot by Elizabeth Looney Photography

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black wedding dress, black airbrushed cake, antler centerpiece, leather jackets... this one is for the unconventional bride! Although the season is bright and summery, we're looking forward to Fall - (especially since we're featuring Fall wedding dresses on Today in Nashville today!). So dark and moody it is! This shoot really caught my eye on Instagram and I asked Elizabeth Looney Photography if she could share it with us on the blog! I'm loving the combination of dark colors mixed with subtle pops of pastel pinks and purples - Southern Sparkle Events did such an incredible job with the styling and overall look! Keep scrolling to see more of this shoot below and hear from the photographer Elizabeth about what it was like on set!

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Styled Shoot

Harpeth River State Park

2.9.17

Styled Shoot Team:

Photographer | Elizabeth Looney Photography

Hair & Makeup | Lauren Edalgo Hair & Makeup Artist

Rentals | Vows Wedding & Events

Styling & Floral Design | Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning

Cake | Puffy Muffin

What was the theme of the styled shoot and what inspired it?

Elizabeth: "Edgy elegance". The “little black dress" had always been a statement of class and elegance - so why not a black wedding dress? Mountains and caves and even a black veil we made added to our inspiration.

What details were used to create the theme?

Elizabeth: The farm table included a long and draping black runner. The table was adorned with vintage candelabras, thrift store china, gold stemware and black napkins to complete the look. The florals were chosen to have a combination of sophistication but also have a wild carefree look to them. Her bouquet included the delicate hellebore flowers and fern tree foliage, but also flowers that were not so delicate with the scabies pods. An ode to the “groom” and his career in the music industry, the statement making cake from Puffy Muffin, sat on top of a vintage record player. For the ceremony, we decided to let the gorgeous background and the couple be the focal point and kept it simple with an abundance of candles.

Were there any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Elizabeth: The only challenges were really just the cold. Typical Tennessee weather where it was 60 and spring like a few days before and freezing cold the day of the photo shoot! And the hike to the top. But seeing that view made the hike so worth it!

Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us Elizabeth! You can check out more of Elizabeth Looney Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!

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Summer Savings on Chair Rentals from Liberty Party Rental in Nashville, TN

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's Summah timeeee...! And that means Liberty Party Rental's Summer Savings are happening now! If you have a party (ahem, your wedding!) coming up in July or August, Liberty Party Rental is offering discounts on select chairs. So if you've waited until the last minute to book your chairs for your Summer wedding or if your family + friends are hosting a bridal shower or bachelorette party for you this summer, then I recommend taking full advantage of this deal! Keep reading to find out more about Liberty's Summer Savings...

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So which of Liberty's beautiful selection of chairs qualifies for the savings? Check it out below:

Chiavari Chairs with Pad: $6

Folding Chairs: $2

Versailles Chairs with Pad: $4

Axis Furniture: $10 off per piece

Samsonite Chairs: $1

Tuscan Bentwood Chairs with Pad: $8 

Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography

Photo by Kyle Gregory Photography

PLUS - you'll receive FREE setup and breakdown on your chairs in July & August! Now that's a pretty amazing deal to go along with the chair discount!

Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

What's the fine print? Your event must be taking place in July or August and the discount does not apply to orders already booked. Discounted chairs do not allow for any further % discounts.  The deal is subject to Liberty's inventory availability on the date of your event.

Want to check out more of Liberty's vast array of wedding rentals? Check out their full inventory on their website and also be sure to follow along with the latest + greatest on their Instagram page!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Contests, Giveaways, Specials, Deals and Steals, Rentals, 0 comments »

Ali + Drew’s Sweet Campus Engagement Session by Kristin Sweeting

Monday, July 17, 2017

And so the story goes... boy meets girl in college and the rest is history! Ali + Drew met while attending Nashville's very own Vanderbilt University. With the help of Nashville-based travel photographer Kristin Sweeting, the couple revisited their beginnings and shot their engagement photos around campus! From Peabody Lawn to Hawkins Field, each place held significance to the couple. Drew's strong ties to the Vanderbilt baseball team - from his role as catcher all the way to Assistant Athletic Director, let's just say Vandy baseball has been a huge part of their relationship. Showcasing the field and his jerseys in the photos was so them! I'll hand it over to Ali to tell y'all the rest of their story! 

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Ali + Drew

Engagement Session

Vanderbilt University

6.14.17

Tell us about your wedding!

Ali: We’re expecting around 275 guests at our wedding. We’re getting married at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in October, with the ceremony in the Rotunda (the actual Hall of Fame) and the reception upstairs in the Event Hall- breathtaking views of downtown Nashville through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. I grew up in New York, so with over half of our guests coming from out of town, we really wanted our wedding to be in the heart of downtown in a very “Nashville” location. The Country Music Hall of Fame is the perfect setting.

Who have you hired for your wedding team so far?

Venue/Catering | Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Photographer | Kristin Sweeting

Florist | Enchanted Florist

Cake | Dulce Desserts

Band | The Downtown Band

Wedding Coordination | Southern Social Event Co.

Dress | The Dress Theory

Videographer | Little Josh Productions

Ceremony Music | High Tone Entertainment

Hair/makeup | One10 Beauty

Invitations | Papyrus (in New York)

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place?

Ali: We took our photos on Vanderbilt University’s campus. Not only do we think it’s the most beautiful spot in Nashville, but it’s also where we met, and where Drew works! Though we got engaged in December, we waited to take our pictures until June. The campus is in full bloom over the summer (did you know it’s a national arboretum?), and we wanted to wait until after graduation so that there were fewer students on campus when we were taking photos.

What’s the significance of the location(s)?

Ali: Where do I even start? We had the best time walking around campus, visiting the places that made (and still make!) Vanderbilt home to us. We started on Peabody’s campus, taking photos outside of the building that we met inside in 2009 when we had a class together. We took photos on Peabody Lawn before heading to Kirkland, Vanderbilt’s iconic clock town building. I love the photos taken on the stairs here; we look so relaxed and the sun was just starting to set. We made a quick outfit change (bye high heels!) and headed to Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt’s baseball field, a place where Drew has spent more hours than I could possibly count. He was a catcher on the team throughout college, and then worked on staff for the baseball team for four years before transitioning to an Assistant Athletic Director role. I’ve loved getting to know this special place and cheering on the team from the stands. We even snuck in a few photos wearing Drew’s old jerseys :)

What was it like working with your photographer?

Ali: Working with Kristin is a total dream. We clicked with her the first time we met, and knew she’d be the perfect person to capture our wedding. She values tradition and family, and loves to have fun. She made us feel relaxed and comfortable, and shooting on film makes her photos timeless and magical.

Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us, Ali! They are beautiful! Check out more of Kristin Sweeting's work here on her website and also follow along on Instagram to see her work - she's currently in Paris with other area (and beyond!) photographers! 

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