Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Looking back on our wedding day, there are not many things that I would change. It really was all I dreamed it could be, and I am so glad we worked with the vendors that we did. One of my favorite people that we worked with on our wedding was Chris Wheeler of Chris Wheeler Films. Chris was our videographer, but he was also so much fun to work with, and he perfectly captured all our favorite memories of the day.
One of my favorite parts of working with Chris was filming "Our Love Story" to be shared at our wedding reception. I was nervous going into the shoot, but Chris made me feel comfortable and the end result was great. Our guests loved gettng a glimpse into how my husband and I met and fell in love.
A great thing about having a videographer is that you are able to relive your wedding day over and over again. For weeks after our wedding I wished so badly to go back and do it all over again! When we got our wedding film and trailer from Chris, I was able to do that because he recorded both the ceremony and the highlights of the reception. In my opinion, having those memories is priceless! I would highly recommend budgeting for a videographer at your wedding.
This is the trailer that Chris created: some highlights from our day!
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Not every bride is the classic, white gown, traditional wedding, kind of bride. Elizabeth Wright of Simply Southern Events by Elizabeth wanted to speak right to that nontraditional bride in a recent photo shoot she styled. Elizabeth knew exactly the look she was going for when she created it, and it speaks right to those that love a Boho-chic style.
This shoot was held at Arrington Vineyards and Elizabeth loved it because of the nature and simplicity of the venue. The sunset provided an airy backdrop for these pictures taken by Christy Graves of Dream Luxe Photography. Another thing Elizabeth loved about the shoot is how most of the pictures were able to be improvised because of what Arrington Vineyards had to offer. She stated that they had a shot list, but wanted to stick with the free spirit vibe.
I loved this shoot even more after talking with Elizabeth about why she picked the vendors that helped her. She told me that these vendors were people she either knew or had met through word of mouth, and they were all getting started in the wedding industry. She told me, "We all have to start somewhere!" They were all able to work together to achieve this Boho, free-spirited photo shoot. Great inspiration for that free-spirited bride!
Dream Team of Tennessee Wedding Vendors
Planner, Stylist | Simply Southern Events by Elizabeth
Photography | Christy Graves - Dream Luxe Photography
Hair & Makeup | Bethany Jackson - Inspire the Brush
Props | Elizabeth's personal things, family heirlooms
Florals | Prim and Poppy
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Friday, June 12, 2015
Lauren and Sam were in no rush to plan their October 2014 Nashville wedding. They knew what they wanted and they took their time to avoid stress. In doing so, they created a wedding that reflected their personalities and their favorite things.
Mint Springs Farm created a naturally beautiful backdrop for this special day, and Lauren and Sam were able to add to that natural beauty with décor in their favorite colors. With a touch of family heirlooms and DIY décor, this couple created a wedding that made their guests rave!
Lauren + Sam
Wedding Date: October 18, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mint Springs Farm
Budget: $50,000 – 60,000
Planner | Kesha from Mint Springs Farm
Photographer | Nyk & Cali Photography
Videographer | Matt Giesler
Gown | Maggie Sottero - Glitz Bridal
Bride’s Accessories | Glitz Bridal
Men’s Attire | Vera Wang - Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Dessy - Bella Bridesmaid
Hair & Makeup | One10 Makeup
Stationery | Designs in Paper
Caterer | Chef Penelope
Cake Artist | Signature Cakes by Vicki
Desserts | B. Jackson’s Bakery
Floral Designer | Mint Springs Farm
Large Monogram | Signs First
Custom Neoprene Bottleneck Koozie Favors | Coolie Customs
Ceremony Musicians | Blue Tones
Officiant | Pastor John Hilley
Reception Musicians | J Clark of Snyder Entertainment
Lighting | Mint Springs Farm
Transportation | Matchless Transportation
Transportation | Wise Transportation
Guest Accommodations | Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn - Coolsprings
Rehearsal Dinner location | Mere Bulles
Post Wedding Brunch | Puckett’s Boathouse
Bridal Nails | Nails & Cocktails
Bridal Brunch | Husk
Wedding Website | AppyCouple.com
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Sam and I are a very outdoorsy couple. When we first set foot on Mint Springs' grounds, we knew this was the venue for us. It allowed us to have the intimate outdoor ceremony that we wanted, combined with the most elegant reception I’ve ever attended.
Where did you get your inspiration?
For our colors, I was inspired by our favorite color, navy blue. Take that with its seemingly natural metallic pairing of gold and charcoal gray, and you have a sublime color palette. We also had our immediate family members wear colors that were in those tones. Our pictures turned out amazingly because of it. For the style, our wedding was an evening wedding, so everything had to be elevated to a classier affair. We wanted every candle that Mint Springs Farm owned to be lit. We also wanted a backdrop of lights behind the sweetheart table.
Sam and I wanted to include artifacts from our grandparents to use on our wedding day. We used his grandparents' server set and my grandparents' cake plate (their only surviving wedding gift) to cut our cake. This was extremely special to us.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We wanted everything to feel cohesive. We spent a large portion of money on our paper goods because it really allowed us to infuse as many details as possible. We worked with Designs in Paper to come up with the monogram, patterns, and wide selection of paper goods that we would use for everything. Sam and I even customized our stamps on Zazzle.com for that added detail.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
We heard several favorites from our wedding.
Sam and I chose to have a sunset wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We even went out to the venue a year before to the day so we could see what the light would be like. It paid off. Our guests loved that aspect of our ceremony.
Our guests also loved the food. Sam and I worked with Chef Penelope to create a menu that perfectly suited our tastes.
Probably one of the other most raved about aspects of our wedding was the flowers. Mint Springs Farm does an absolutely amazing job with floral arrangements. Everywhere you turned, there was another beautiful overflowing arrangement.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
Sam and I splurged on pretty much everything. The best splurges were the videographer, the photographers, and, of course, the venue. We saved on the chargers for the table settings. Sam and I were able to purchase most of what we needed on craigslist and we sold them after our wedding to break even. We also saved on the large monogram. I had a local sign shop cut it for me and I put gold leaf on it myself.
Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
Wow, this is a hard question. Everyone made our wedding night incredibly special. We loved having our friend, John Hilley, as our officiant. He made our ceremony special and filled with laughter and love. We love Mint Springs Farm and their willingness to create the wedding of our dreams. Chef Penelope was amazing. Our guests raved about the food. Matchless Transportation provided excellent transportation for us all weekend long. J Clark, of Snyder Entertainment, knew how to read the crowd and play the music that kept them dancing. Nyk & Cali exceeded my expectations. They were super easy to work with and I would recommend them to anyone. Matt G, our videographer, is also super talented. I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I decided to invest in a videographer, but I’m really glad I did. Now we have an incredible highlight reel that will outlast our lifetime.
Designs in Paper was my absolute favorite vendor. They worked with me to make sure I loved every aspect of the paper goods. They even helped me make custom welcome bags for my out-of-town guests, create our signature drink names, and our monogram.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
There isn’t really anything we would have done differently. We were engaged for almost two years. Sam and I knew how we wanted to celebrate our day with our family and friends and it was truly unforgettable.
In two sentences, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Don’t rush your engagement. You will be able to really enjoy every step and plan out every moment if you take your time.
Also, my best friend and matron of honor, Valerie, could not make it to my wedding due to a family tragedy. I love her with all of my heart and completely understood why she couldn’t attend. Thankfully, I had agreed a few months ago to let my Mom wear the same color dress to my wedding. I asked my Mom to be my honorary matron of honor and it was one of the best things I could have ever done. In fact, I’m not sure why I didn’t even consider asking my Mom in the first place. It’s such an incredible feeling standing up there with your mom by your side and I know it meant a lot to her to be a part of it.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015
There are so many great wedding venues and vendors in Nashville. Sometimes it is hard to decide on one that goes with your style as a couple. It's helpful when wedding vendors work together to create styled shoots to showcase aspects of venues and services that vendors have to offer.
Liberty Party Rental put together some ideas of their products at Depot Square in Gallatin, TN. The goal of the shoot was to showcase the space and their favorite new rental products. Taking inspiration from Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, they were able to use what the venue offered. The brick walls and wood floors were great backdrops for their tables, chairs, linens, cups, and plates. Read more about the inspiration and the final outcome below.
Can you tell us about the venue you used?
Depot Square is located in Gallatin, TN and is operated by Chef’s Market. Depot Square was an old train station and the trains still run right past it regularly throughout the day. It later turned into a flea market and is now an event venue. The brick walls and wood flooring give the feel of an industrial space. We also utilized the red walls and the attic space.
How did you incorporate the look of the venue in your set up?
We really wanted to use the space wisely since we had six areas in which to set up. We chose the stage for the lounge area, with the whiskey barrel bar against the old windows next to it. Our other table-scapes were spread out throughout the venue against the walls that best suited the feel we were going for. We even set up backdrops on a few of the table-scapes to add to the looks. The attic looks were my favorite – stacking the chairs in the corner and hanging the coffee cups up on the rafters were a fun way to incorporate the venue style into the shoot.
What was the inspiration behind the table-scapes and décor?
We really tried to think of creative ways to display our products besides just the traditional table-scapes. The Pottery Barn and Anthropologie catalogs were some of our inspirations behind this shoot as well. On the second day of the shoot, we played around with some more “homey” arrangements like strategically stacking the folded linen or creating our own little “breakfast nook” and styling food into the shoot.
Were there any themes you tried to stick with?
We asked Kyle (KG Photography) to shoot the table-scapes just like he would shoot a wedding. We wanted to get that elegant feel with the close up shots of our products while also utilizing the wide shots to incorporate the venue.
What rental pieces were included?
Everything you see in the photos, besides some of the centerpiece items, paper goods, and props, are all Liberty products. We wanted our customers to feel that they could achieve a very close version of these looks using just our inventory selections.
Did you have a favorite piece and why?
We really like incorporating the farm tables and Chiavari chairs together in one look. The peach table is another favorite as it’s sweet and elegant for a wedding using the aqua, peach, and lace color scheme. Overall, we had a great time coming up with creative ways to style our products and we’re excited to do it again with our new products coming out this year!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Nashville Event Space recently updated to their beloved downtown venue, aVenue. Nashville Event Space/Randi Events owner Randi Lesnick and the Director of Weddings, Sarah Ann Miller, spearheaded the project and worked countless hours to produce the flawless updates.
We caught up with them to learn more about what Nashville couples and planners can expect from the updated space.
Could you tell me a little bit about the venue?
Absolutely! aVenue is located at 120 3rd Avenue South; we’re a stone’s throw away from Broadway, the Pedestrian Street Walking Bridge, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and great hotels and restaurants. We were going for a modern industrial feel with the renovation. Our venue is a completely blank space so it’s easy to create an event that’s uniquely yours every time.
What exactly was changed during the remodel?
Our structure is still the same, but we did refinish the floors, replace all of the lighting fixtures with recessed, dimmable cans, ultra-sleek fans, and change up the colors in the room with fresh paint. We also remodeled the restrooms.
Who were your designers and what was the "new" vision?
Randi Lesnick, our President and CEO, and Sarah Miller, our Director of Weddings, spearheaded the project. The thought process behind the vision is simple; we wanted a clean, modern, and versatile space that we could use to design the best events possible.
What do you want for clients to experience with the new venue?
We want our clients to walk in the venue and feel like they could be anywhere in Nashville, because we can create any environment in our venue. The amazing reality of our space is that we’re located in the heart of downtown Nashville, which is a huge pro when selecting a venue. We want our clients to experience the same level of service and creativity that they’ve come to know and love through Randi Events at aVenue.
Has the remodel changed the venue capacity or your pricing?
We did remove a half wall that has really opened up the space, even more so than before. Please contact our sales office for pricing and venue capacity. We can’t wait to show off our space!
To learn more about Nashville Event Space or to see the renovated aVenue, contact Sarah Ann Miller at 615-497-6802.