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Get to Know Modern Vintage Events: Creating Personalized Nashville Weddings

Monday, June 13, 2016

When I heard Modern Vintage Events moved into the Houston Station Event Community, I was over the moon! These ladies’ work is phenomenal and boy, do they know how to throw one beautiful party! Their hard work and fun personalities shine in every aspect of their work. I’m excited to introduce you to them and show you a more in-depth perspective on what Modern Vintage is all about:

Tell me about what Modern Vintage offers.

Modern Vintage: We offer anything from Event Management (our version of month of) where we come in 4-6 weeks before and basically download their brains into ours then run the rehearsal and the day of to full service planning--starting early in the process and walking them through every step of the process, developing a design they love, a budget that works for them, suggesting vendors accordingly and producing a wedding that will rock their socks off! We also offer design/decor planning where we develop a design for them and walk them through with the design-centered vendors. (like rentals, flowers, lighting and draping.)

How many years have you been in business?

Modern Vintage: We are in our fifth year of business.

How did you get started in weddings?

Becca: I worked at a country club that did weddings for about 8 years and Jessie and I both worked part time for another planner. At one point she decided to sell her business and we contemplated buying it but ultimately decided that it would be better to start from scratch with philosophies and branding that felt more true to us.

What do you like most about weddings?

Modern Vintage: Every wedding is different, different people, different feelings, different vibes.  We love being a part of such an intimate and special time in people's lives.  It is a true celebration with everyone you love.  Our favorite moment is when the bride and groom walk back down the aisle after the ceremony.  There is just this elated feeling and you can just see the release after the stress of the last few months/weeks/days washes away. We also love how the wedding day is a true gathering of all the most important people in their lives and quite possibly the only time they will have everyone they love in one place. It is awesome to watch everyone kick off their heels, give bear hugs and just celebrate two people starting their marriage journey together.

What are some of your favorite wedding photos and videos that showcase your work and why?

Photo: Parker Young Photography

Modern Vintage: We love this one because it is such a beautiful moment from Sara + Will's wedding day captured when no one was looking.  It feels like a stolen kiss among all the celebration and activity of the day.

Photo: Q Avenue

Modern Vintage: We love this one from Amanda + Jack's wedding because a) it is our favorite moment, when the bride and groom walk back down the aisle after becoming husband and wife and b) that fist bump.

Jordan + Charlie from The Heart Behind It on Vimeo.

Modern Vintage: This is our favorite video is from Jordan and Charlie's wedding. It was shot by The Heart Behind It with both digital and 8mm film. She spliced it together so beautifully and I think it truly captures all the feelings and emotions that happen on a wedding day.

What is your philosophy behind Modern Vintage?

Modern Vintage: We feel that every couple is different and every wedding will be different. Everyone has a unique story, and we are passionate about bringing that to life. Our calling is to create meaning for each wedding day and build that day around their story. Our tagline is: “Because your wedding is not your cousin Jane's wedding.” We sing while we set up, we make jokes, and we get everything done and make sure it flows. We want this day to be fun for everyone involved.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category? 

Modern Vintage: Nashville/Middle Tennessee has such an amazing community of talented event planners who all have different things to offer.  We feel like part of what we offer is creating each wedding to tell the story of the couple getting married. We really want it to look, feel and basically scream the couple and their style/taste.  We really try to get to know our couples and what they like to do, what they listen to, where they like to go.  We take this and build their wedding around it. We are planning the overall wedding experience and feeling, not just aesthetic.  We also really like to have fun in the process so try to keep things as light as possible and be calm during the process.

What attracts brides to Modern Vintage?

Modern Vintage: We really feel like the combination of our attitude, experience and aesthetic attract couples to Modern Vintage. We take stress off of them while keeping the planning process fun and creating a beautiful day/experience for them.

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?

Modern Vintage: Our previous couples have said that we are knowledgeable and professional yet laid back and genuine.  They have hired us for our knowledge and organization but also for our fun approach when it come to planning and the wedding day.
 
Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to Modern Vintage?

Modern Vintage: We typically attract couples who want to create an experience. They want their guests to enjoy the wedding fully but they truly understand what is the most important, the marriage.  Our couples tend to have a quirky side, whether it is their love of technology or books (or both), or maybe that they want to incorporate legos into their design or just want to plan something completely different to all the other weddings they have attended.

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

Modern Vintage: We really try to talk to our couples about what they want and then incorporate that and pair it with our knowledge of what is available in the industry.  One thing we love right now is the emphasis on good food and good cocktails at a wedding. Doing small plates and incorporating custom curated cocktails really enhances the experience for the guests and the couple. We did a whisky tasting at one and are planning a custom small plate menu for another this year.  We love that couples can follow tradition or do things completely out of the ordinary to really give the wedding the feel they want.

Thanks again to Becca and Jessie for sharing more about their fun weddings! Check out more of their work on http://modernvintageevents.com

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Tennessee Welcomes Posh Bridal, a New Bridal Gown Store in Nashville’s Cummins Station

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another exciting addition has made it to Music City!  Posh Bridal Couture Nashville is Nashville's newest boutique, located in the historic Cummins Station.  With gowns in sizes ranging from 0-18, bridal accessories, and shoes, Posh Bridal Couture offers an intimate shopping experience.  We couldn’t wait to ask them about their selection!

Learn a little bit below to see if they’re the right match for you.

Why did Posh choose Nashville?
The owner, Marie, fell in love with the city about two years ago while visiting for a large event.  The people are extremely friendly and it’s growing rapidly in Posh’s demographic.  Nashville has a very similar vibe to Minneapolis and she felt that our success up north could translate to Music City!

What does Posh bring to Nashville brides?
A bridal experience like no other.  We have the most exquisite setting and a selection of bridal gowns you won’t see anywhere else.  Every bride receives our undivided attention with every detail to ensure finding their dream wedding dress!

What sets you apart from other boutiques?
Our customer service is second to none.  From the moment a bride walks through the door, to her wedding day, we strive to make her feel incredible in her dress through a stress-free and easy experience.  Brides fall in love with the dress and Posh.  We become a lasting memory on the wedding journey.



To what type of bride do you cater?
A Posh bride is sophisticated, elegant, and educated.  She is confident and on a path for success.  She is happy and positive.  She typically has made large decisions before like bought a house, car, etc.  She loves and lives life!

What should they expect from coming to Posh?
They should expect to walk into an extremely intimate environment that makes Posh brides feel at home.  Our consultants are trained not only for bridal matters but also about the relationships that are involved in every bridal party.

What styles/designers should brides expect?
We carry several incredible designers including Matthew Christopher, Ian Stuart, Blue Willow Bride, Nicole Miller, Madison James, Amsale, Liancarlo, and Allure Romance.  Whether a bride is looking for a full ball gown or fitted lace, our selection is sure to stand out!


If you’re interested in taking a gander at the gowns they have, schedule an appointment online or call (615) 922-9014.  They also happen to be taking part in multiple upcoming trunk shows including:

August 28-29th:  Haute Bride Design Accessories Trunk Show
September 17-19th:  Ian Stuart Trunk Show
September 24-26th:  Erica Koesler Trunk Show
September 25-27th:  Matthew Christopher Trunk Show

Posh opened July 10, 2015, and is located near the Gulch at 209 10th Ave S, Suite 231.  Take a chance and check it out.  They could be the answer to your wedding gown wishes!

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Get to Know Bloom Flowers & Events: a Full-Service Floral Co. with a New Location for Brides, Grooms

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bloom Flowers & Events has expanded its full service floral business to offer specialty services for brides.  We discovered them last year during the Nashville Venue Crawl, where they did the floral design at Houston Station.  They have since opened a new location, a full-time space in the Houston Station Event Community where they focus on weddings and events.  The space is super cute and full of wedding inspiration.

We chatted with the folks at Bloom to learn more about their company and wedding services.  Get to know this ultra-creative floral business, located right here in Nashville, and add them to your short list of wedding vendors to consider as you plan your big day.

Tell me about your service offering.
We are a full service flower and gift shop.  Bloom offers everything from flower arrangements and plants to unique gifts and jewelry.  We just opened a second location over in Houston Station that will be catered more towards bridal needs.  We have showcased all wedding decorations we have for sale or rent that the bride and groom can use on their big day.  Everything from votives, candles, mercury glass, altars, lanterns, signs, etc.  We have evolved over the years into quite the event planners for brides.  We not only do the flowers for the wedding but help set up and decorate as well.

How many years have you been in business?

Bloom opened its doors in 2009
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How did you get started in weddings?

Well, being in the flower industry, weddings slowly started falling into our lap.  As business grew so did our clientele.  More and more opportunities presented themselves and we took off with it.  We've now done a wide variety of weddings all over the Middle Tennessee area.  Weddings are our favorite way to showcase the flower arrangements we create and our decorative side of wedding planning.  


 What do you like most about weddings?
Weddings are such a fun thing to be a part of!  We love being able to help make the day so special for the bride and groom. Seeing how thrilled and thankful they are once they see everything set up is such a rewarding feeling.  It's also a time I can let my creative side go wild.  I can always imagine what the wedding and reception will look like in my mind before the day-of, but seeing it come to life is such a neat experience.  It's such a beautiful thing when you are involved from the very beginning.  There are many couples that we were able to provide flowers to from day one.  From first date flowers, to engagement flowers, to the big day, to anniversary flowers, and then to the baby shower flowers!  It's an extraordinary thing to witness and be a part of.  Doing weddings is just the icing on the cake! 

 



Photos above: Amy Nicole Photography

 

What’s your favorite wedding pic/video? Why?  
This wedding was one that stuck out to us a lot.  We were ecstatic when Paige, a dear, old family friend, asked us to be a part of her big day!  Seeing as we all went to grade school and attend Christ the King Church, doing any wedding there always holds a special place with us.  The Belmont area is such a family and community-oriented neighborhood, and it's always awesome when we get to be involved.  This day was one for the books.  Surrounded by so much love, community, and family.  That's what it's all about!



What is your service philosophy? Inspired by our love of flowers and passion for nature, it is our intention to create a customized, memorable experience of style, color, & life.  We strive to maintain a high standard of service to our customers and the community; we take pleasure in presenting flowers in a style which reflects our professional approach & attention to detail.  We are a successful business with a strong foundation of integrity and quality while producing a unique product that will create lasting memories.


What are your strengths compared to others in your category? 
We at Bloom are a family run and operated business.  Our team of designers and consultants work with you to create with confidence incorporating up-to-date design trends while leading the way in their own development of new ideas.  With continued training and personal pursuit of information, our team will offer the latest in floral design, interpersonal and organizational communications to provide personalized customer service.  At Bloom, we strive to satisfy our customers' wants and needs to the fullest potential so their wedding day will be as special as possible.

 

What attracts brides to your service/company?


We understand that a bride's wedding day is the most special day of her life.  We make sure that we make the process as easy and stress free as possible.  We assist a lot of brides through the event planning process.  We offer a wide variety of decorations and props brides can purchase or rent for their wedding.  They can come into our shop over at Houston Station and actually see what we have to offer so they can get a better idea of what their set up will look like.  Brides love that.

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?
A lot of couples choose us because of our attention to detail and our extensive portfolio.  We have done a wide variety of weddings with all kind of themes and inspirations.  We work closely with the bride and groom to make sure their visions come to life while offering our own unique twist.


Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
Man, that's a hard one!  All of our clients vary week to week.  We like to focus on getting to know the couple we are working with and form lasting relationships with them.  A lot of local people in the 12 South and Belmont area use us for their weddings because we're a local shop in the neighborhood.  It's great getting to work with people in our area.

What is the most “now” / innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate? 
We really like the classic white on white look right now.  It keeps the wedding looking very polished and chic.  Adding mercury glass and floating candles to the centerpieces and around the ceremony gives it such a classic, but new, look.  We're also crazy about utilizing lots of greenery into a brides décor.  Awesome garlands to hang at the altar or on the back of chairs really adds a lot to a wedding.  Not to mention, who isn't crazy about succulents right now?  We love that look as boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen.  A natural, chic white wedding with hints of gold and silver always looks fantastic and timeless. 




 

Connect with Bloom: 
Main Contact: Gina Catignani

Phone Number: 615-385-2402

Location: Inside Houston Station, 434 Houston St. Suite 290, Nashville, TN 37203
Email Address: nashvilleflowers@icloud.com
Follow them on Twitter: @nashvillebloom

Become a Facebook fan: Nashville Bloom

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Regalo Design’s Full-Service Wedding Planning Includes Impeccable Service, Amazing Florals, & Décor

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Regalo Design has long been one of Nashville’s go-to vendors for exceptional wedding planning services, lush floral arrangements, and beautiful décor options.  Starting with their own big day, Regalo’s owners, Sarah and Damon have been involved in the wedding industry for almost 10 years.

What many may not know is that Regalo Design offers full-service wedding planning options, with personalized service that ensures your day will be exactly what you’ve dreamed.  To find out more about what their new full-service option provides, we recently talked with Sarah.  Check out our interview with this planner extraordinaire below!

What does your full-service option provide for brides and their families?
This option provides the ability to enjoy the planning process and most importantly the wedding day.  Too often we speak with brides who are overwhelmed and stressed out by the wedding planning process, which can take an emotional toll on anyone.  At Regalo Design, we strive to build relationships with our clients so that we can better serve them not just on the day of, but throughout the whole experience.  To us, it is more than just planning a wedding.  We actually care that your day is perfect as you begin your life with the one you have chosen to spend forever.

 

 

How is this offering different from a partial planning session with Regalo?
It doesn’t matter which service a bride chooses, we still have to do the same amount of work on the day of.  The difference with the partial planning package and the full-service option is time and connections.  The partial planning begins two months prior to the wedding.  For some brides, this is all they need, but for others, they feel overwhelmed at the thought of completing all of the details in the final months leading up to the wedding.  For the full service option, at the two-month point, we are almost done with the details of the day so that they can relax and enjoy time with family, friends, and most importantly…their fiancé!

Does the full service package provide florals, linens, and rentals?
The full-service planning package includes full-service planning from engagement to wedding day, as well as our planning center, a rehearsal coordinator, day-of staff to take care of full set up and tear down, and flowers and décor such as centerpieces, draping, & lighting.  We are not a rental company, so we do not have tables, chairs, tents, dance floors, linens and china.  However, we do book all of that for our clients if needed through amazing rental companies.  We DO have all of the embellishments such as centerpieces, arches, lanterns, table embellishments, draping, string lights, up lights, and all of the décor pieces that create the atmosphere on your wedding day.


 
What kinds of things do brides and their families most appreciate about going with a full-service package with Regalo?
They appreciate the fact that we are their advocate and we have their best interest in mind.  Damon and I had an amazing wedding day, but that day was almost 10 years ago.  Our job is not to give our clients OUR wedding day; our job is to give them THEIR wedding day!  We do this by listening to what our clients want and what their needs are.  It isn’t about us or anyone else on that day.  It is all about the bride and groom! We truly stay focused on that and try to avoid outside factors that can ruin a bride & groom’s day.

 


What would you say to a bride who is considering going with a day-of package or trying to plan their wedding on their own?
At the very least, find a day-of planner.  There are so many things that can happen on the day-of and it is so important to have a professional in place on the wedding day to take care of any situations that might arise.

 


 

What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part is when I close the doors before the bride enters the ceremony. I am standing there with just the bride and whomever is walking her down the aisle. There is such peace in that moment that is unexplainable. The emotion is so raw and genuine and every week when I see a bride who is about to see her groom, it amazes me. Very few people get to experience this moment and I am so blessed to be a part of it. In that moment, we are reminded that this is what it is all about, and it is wonderful to see the bride’s love just waiting to burst through the doors to greet her groom.

 

To talk with Regalo Design about planning your big day, please contact Sarah and Damon by email at info@regalodesign.com, by phone at 615-238-7937, or at regalodesign.com.

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Meet Wild Cotton Photography: Capturing Emotions, Creating Lifelong Memories

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your wedding will be one of the happiest days of your life, and your wedding photographs will help those memories live on.  Photos capture moments of pure joy and happiness for not only you to cherish, but for your children and grandchildren in the future.

Aly, of Wild Cotton Photography, captures those lifelong memories in honest, candid photographs.  She strives to make her clients feel comfortable while capturing the raw emotions of the day.  

We've featured many of Aly's Nashville weddings, which we're sure you've enjoyed, but do you know the person behind the lens?  If you haven't hired your wedding photographer, take a few minutes to get to know Aly and see what Wild Cotton Photography has to offer for your wedding. 

Tell me about your service offering.

I shoot weddings and portraits in Nashville, Charleston, & occasionally other places!

How many years have you been in business?

Four.


How did you get started in weddings?

The very first wedding I shot was that of some close friends of mine, and after that, I was hooked! 

 



What do you like most about weddings?

A lot of things!  I still cry at almost every wedding I shoot.  (I have gotten made fun of by guests for that at a few weddings!)  I love that all of the bride and groom’s favorite people are in the same place, which almost never happens!  It is fun seeing everyone come together to support a couple.  I love first looks, something about them is so intimate and romantic to me.  I love seeing a bride and groom become fully comfortable with themselves individually and as a couple throughout the course of the day.  There is something about getting married that brings a lot of security to you as an individual - knowing that you are fully known and loved by someone. 

 



What’s your favorite wedding picture or video and why?

Although I am as obsessed with wedding details as every other girl, I love capturing moments that you would want to show your kids.  Some of my favorite images to date are very emotional ones to me. like one of a mom seeing her daughter in her wedding dress and crying, one of a groom grinning like he won the lottery as his bride walks down the aisle, a groom wiping away the tears on a brides face during the ceremony. The other thing that really makes me love a photo is amazing light. 


What is your service philosophy?


I want my brides to feel like they are my friends (mostly because they do become friends)!  I love grabbing coffee with clients and hearing about wedding planning, their pets, jobs, etc. 
 



What are your strengths compared to others in your category? 

I think I am very good at making people feel comfortable.  I have had a lot of clients (as well as their wedding parties) tell me that they were surprised that they had a lot of fun taking pictures!  I feel like the photographs I take show that the couples trust me and feel at ease being themselves. 

 


What attracts brides to your service/company?

Many of my clients come from word of mouth referrals from past clients.  That is one of the biggest compliments to me, because it means that my brides loved their photos enough to recommend me to their friends. Clients that have found me online often say that they love the natural feel to my images, as well as the lighting. 



What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?

Recommendations from other brides, feeling a connection to the images, and liking my style of photography.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?

Most of my clients are fun, laidback, and genuine.  (Ex: They bring their dog on their engagement shoot!)  They care about their photos and their wedding day timeline reflects that.  They have weddings that aren’t just “trendy,” but that reflect their personal style.

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

Two things:
-More and more couples are choosing to do a first look, which I love.  It usually is the only time during a wedding day that the bride and groom are actually alone!  First looks make for some really romantic, intimate images that I love.
-Instagram!  I love that couples are choosing wedding hashtags where everyone can tag their images from the day, including me!  I love instagram and enjoy posting wedding previews on there as well as FB.

How should brides and grooms contact you to learn more about your wedding services?

Company Name: Wild Cotton Photography

Main Contact: Aly Greer Schimpff

Phone Number: 615-601-2686

Email Address: aly@wildcottonphotography.com
Follow them on Instagram: @wildcottonphoto

Become a Facebook fan: Wild Cotton Photography

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