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Wedding Floral Trends for Fall from Rachael Ann’s Event Design

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photo by Laura K Allen

Can you believe Labor Day weekend is here already? I mean, fall is upon us! So it's time to start thinking of crisp fall air, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, and deeper wedding color tones... which is why I've invited Rachael Vacek of Rachael Ann's Event Design here to show is what fall florals are trending this year. From cascades to floral backdrops to pageant bouquets, Rachael broke it all down for us! Keep reading to see which trends you'll be pinning this fall!

Above 2 Photos by Sarah Sidwell

What are some floral color schemes you're seeing for fall?

Rachael: Definitely greenery! I don't believe that if you get married in the fall that you have to stick with the fall colors (red, orange, yellow). I love neutrals such as champagnes, ivory, blush, black white, and tan. You can also add one pop of color to add another dimension to it. I also love to use variations of the fall colors. For example, instead of doing red to do a merlot color and instead of orange to do peach.

What types of flowers are in season in fall?

Rachael: Greenery is always in season but also roses, hydrangea, peonies, dahlias, sunflowers, queen ants lace, magnolia, and cala lilys.

Photo by Abigail Volkmann

Are you seeing anything in particular with bouquet trends?

Rachael: I am seeing that more traditional bouquets are coming back such as the cascading bouquets are a huge trend now and so fun to create along with the pageant style bouquet. I always still love to do the wild and bohemian style of bouquet and think those will continue to be in style for years to come.

What are some other ways fall couples can decorate their wedding with florals?

Rachael: I am really into accents of flowers in different places around the reception such as on the gift table, in the entry way, on place settings, chair ties, and as a backdrop. Also, if you (the bride) doesn't want to wear a flower crown but still want that look have your bridesmaids or flower girl wear one to tie in the bohemian and wild flower feel.

Photo by Sarah Sidwell

What are your favorite fall trends?

Rachael: Be creative. It can still be anything that you want. I always love when a bride comes up with her own ideas to play off of that.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Rachael: Think outside the box for fall. It doesn't have to be this traditional fall wedding where it is outside with a bunch of fall leaves but can be still what you always want it to be.

Photo by Nashville Wedding Collection

Thanks so much for sharing these trends with us, Rachael! You can check out more of Rachael Ann's Event Design florals and planning services here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram (and wish her a happy birthday - it was yesterday! ;) )

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Meet Vintage Sparkle: Specializing in Vintage Furniture + Props for Nashville Weddings

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Today I am SO extremely excited to share all about Erin Sparks and her business Vintage Sparkle with you today! What is Vintage Sparkle? It's a vintage furniture and prop rental company in Nashville, TN specializing in boho weddings. And boy, you know how much I love a boho wedding! I was first introduced to Erin at Nashville's Big Fake Wedding at The Cordelle this past spring and absolutely loved the items she showcased in the ceremony! (Macramè backdrop, anyone?). And when I attended the Bloguettes workshop in May, her beautiful rentals made an appearance once again! I just had to have a photo op in one of the gorgeous woven chairs like these ^. I also have a special styled shoot feature coming up that I designed showcasing more of her amazing curated collection! Adding to my love for Vintage Sparkle, she was just featured on one of my favorite sites, Domino Mag, last week (swoon!). From woven rugs to candelabras to blush vintage sofas, Vintage Sparkle is sure to give your boho wedding the extra detail it needs to wow your guests! Keep reading to learn more about Erin's business...

Above 3 Photos by Emvision



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

Erin: Vintage Sparkle has been in business for 3 years. We started out selling vintage furniture and home decor at the Nashville Flea Market. Just over 2 years ago, we branched into rentals. We love helping people bring style and character to their events!

How did you get started in weddings?

Erin: Our inventory is loaded with unique and interesting vintage finds so originally, we thought the bulk of our rental business would be for the entertainment industry. Turns out, Nashville brides have amazing taste and want to express their individuality on their wedding day. We couldn't be happier - it's such an honor to be a part of such an important, memorable celebration!

What are your strengths compared to other rental companies?

Erin: At this point, we are a small business. We see this as a strength because our level of passion and concern for each event is super high. We don't do a ton of weddings, most weekends we only take on one, so each couple gets the attention they deserve. Our inventory is constantly growing and changing. Because we do vintage rentals, we keep things exciting with more consistent additions. We also sell our inventory regularly. It's important to us to be able to offer brides something truly unique- because just like it's a bummer to walk into your friends house and see that they have the same furniture, the same goes for your wedding decor.

Photos by Gray Kammera

Photo by Emvision

What attracts couples to your business?

Erin: Couples who have great style and want their day to look and feel like a reflection of them are drawn to our brand. We tend to attract bohemian brides who are very unconventional in their approach. They want their wedding to have that collected look, but on a professional, magazine-worthy level.

What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Erin: We have tons of vintage rugs. It's hard to find a good source for renting amazing rugs and buying them, for most brides, is out of the question due to their value. We love putting together rug aisles for that most important walk!

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

Erin: We offer complimentary styling of our our inventory with your order.

Photos by Emvision + Gray Kammera

Thank you so much for sharing all about Vintage Sparkle with us, Erin! To see all of Vintage Sparkle's inventory, click on over to their website here. And also be sure to give her a follow over on Instagram



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How to Set the Table at Your Wedding: A How To By The Wedding Plate

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Photos by Eden Ingle

When you're discussing your wedding table designs, there are a few things you need to know about setting your table! And after working in the wedding rental industry myself, I was surprised by the amount of brides who asked how to properly set a table. Well, luckily Lisa of The Wedding Plate has started a blog series on how to set the tables at your Nashville wedding. She's broken it down into different categories - bread and drinks, flatware and napkins. Plus, she has a great one-sheet on how to make sure you don't miss anything in your table settings. Check out her advice below!

Photos by Jenna Henderson

Bread & Drinks:

In a basic place setting, you won't have a bread plate, but if you want your wedding to be a bit more formal, the bread plate goes to the left corner of your place setting. And what about the water and wine? Water glasses should be placed directly above the dinner knife on the right followed by the wine glasses - cascading down smaller and smaller. Here are some more tips from Lisa on bread & drinks!


This is the area where people are most likely to question themselves! Which side does the fork go on? What about the knife? Well, here is how you do it! The dinner fork goes to the left of the dinner plate followed by the salad fork. Next, the dinner knife goes to the right of the dinner plate followed by the coffee spoon. Easy peasy! Check out more of Lisa's tips on formal vs. informal settings here!

Photo by Eden Ingle


For a formal setting, the napkin should be folded and placed under the soup bowl which is placed on top of the dinner plate. The napkin can also go under the fork or on the plate if you're looking for an informal plate setting - keeping it casual! Read more of Lisa's tips here.


And if you're a visual person like me, here's Lisa's handy cheat sheet for how to set a wedding table:

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us, Lisa! You can check out more of The Wedding Plate's tips + beautiful vintage china inventory here on their website. And be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!


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Nashville Bride Guide + Details By Margaret Host A Flower Crown Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Drumroll please... I am SO excited to announce our next class - a FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP! I've partnered with planner and florist Margaret Tolbert from Details by Margaret to bring you one incredible afternoon! Keep reading below to get all of the details!

Photos by Abigail Bridges

What can you expect at the Flower Crown Workshop? You'll be heading over to the beautiful Historic Travellers Rest where Details by Margaret will teach us how to create flower crowns with florals provided by Geny's Wholesale in the Travellers Rest beautiful event space. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided by Two Fat Men Catering and you'll eat on beautiful vintage china from Vintage Weddings & Special Events! You'll take a seat at farm tables and beautiful chairs provided by Liberty Party Rental! Crafted by Heart is using her calligraphy magic to create place cards and signage all around the beautiful property. Once you're finished creating your crown, you'll have the opportunity to get your headshot snapped by Ryan Tolbert Photography (new profile pic - woo-hoo!), tour the gorgeous property and stop in the garden for a drink while listening to some live music. 

Photos by Wynd and Paisley

How do you know if the flower crown workshop is for you? The event is designed for brides to participate, but if you are a wedding professional, you're invited to join in the fun as well! Each guest can purchase 2 tickets max - one for you and one for a guest (bringing your MOH, MOB or BFF is a great idea!). So if you're looking to take home a fun craft, get a brand new headshot and also knock out some wedding planning while you're at it - this event is DEFINITELY for you! Tickets are $30 and include a take-home flower crown kit, your DIY flower crown, your headshot, food & drinks, + a swag bag! A pretty good deal if you ask me! 

Photos by Brasspenny Photography

How can you sign up? CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket - we'll see you on Sunday, July 9th at Travellers Rest!

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer by T Villager Designs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you’re like me, you might admire flowers, love having them in your house and wish you could have a beautiful garden in your backyard. But if you’re like me, you may not know the first place to start when ordering flowers - especially if it’s for your wedding! The good news is that we have Jack and Troy of T Villager Designs here today guest posting on the blog about what to ask your wedding floral designer. So whether you want flowers dripping from every corner of your wedding venue or if you’re more of a minimalist, these questions will help guide you in the right direction when meeting with your Nashville wedding florist. I’ll let the experts at T Villager Designs take it from here! 

Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography



Wedding flowers are an important part of a bride’s wedding day and floral design is a true art form. Flowers are one of the focal points that create the look and mood to support the bride’s vision for her wedding. 

There are several questions to consider when consulting with a floral designer in order for a bride to make the best informed decision. Below is a short list of some questions to think about when meeting with a floral designer. Although not all inclusive, these questions might be helpful.

1. Have you provided flowers at my chosen ceremony and reception location before? If not, are you familiar with the site/sites?


2. Where did you receive your training to work with flowers and how long have you and your designers been working with flowers?


3. How many weddings will you schedule on the same day or same weekend? If there are multiple weddings you do on one day/weekend how will that be structured so I know my wedding will get the attention it needs?


4. What design styles do you primarily work with in your floral designs? 


5. What recommendations can you give me to help me maximize my budget?


6. What flowers are in season for the month I am getting married? Can I get the flowers I want? Will it be more expensive for flowers not in season?


7. How far in advance of my wedding will you create bouquets and arrangements and how are they kept fresh?


8. Is there an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?


9. Will you provide me with an itemized list of all the elements we’ve discussed along with pricing for each element and flowers to be used in bouquets, etc.?


10. What are your payment terms?


The list of questions a bride may want to ask her floral designer can go far beyond the questions above and each bride should choose the questions that will help her make her best informed decisions.

There are many wonderful floral designers in our community who are very talented and do great work. Finding the floral designer that best meets your needs, your budget requirements that you work well with is very important. 

Photo by Details Nashville

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us, Troy and Jack! This is super helpful - knowing the season, experience level and familiarity your florist has with executing your vision is key in the hiring process! And if you are looking for a designer, then T Villager Designs is definitely a great choice. Troy has years of floral design experience and his work is so creative and innovative - your florals will leave your guests in awe! You can check out more of T Villager’s work here on their website and be sure to follow them for the latest on their Instagram page here!

All photos provided by T Villager Designs



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