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Questions to Ask Your Venue Manager from The Barn at Sycamore Farms {Pt. 2}

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I caught up with Marissa at The Barn at Sycamore Farms to give us all the scoop on questions you need to ask your venue manager. And if you've been following along, you've seen part 1 of her advice here that includes a list of questions to ask your venue manager. And today we have even more helpful insight into roles and responsibilities your venue manager has. It's different in most cases, but today Marissa will outline how it works at The Barn at Sycamore Farms and what to expect from all of your vendors on your big day! Check it all out below...

Photo by Jenna Henderson

There are surely things that come up during the wedding planning process that brides did not think of at the beginning. What are some of these situations that can ease the process if talked about at the beginning?

Marissa: Hire a Wedding Coordinator! The best way to ensure your event will go off without a hitch is to hire someone designated to do so.

-Start now! The sooner you plan, they less stress you have. Keep a notebook and think of questions, concerns, ideas as they come. Designate a time for these items to be addressed, or set a meeting with your coordinator etc. It can be overwhelming to have "wedding brain" all the time, but designating weekly tasks will help you stay on the ball. Make a list of priorities and knock them down week by week. Don't try to plan your wedding in a day, MANY things most likely will change from that point to the wedding day so don't worry about small things until the basics are confirmed like the location, dress, vendors, timeline. Once those are in the works.. décor, color scheme, guest count, table numbers, seating chart, signage, etc. will follow.

-Make sure you completely understand the role and responsibilities of the venue, and venue staff. Never assume! (Same goes with all vendors, understanding each party's roll leading up to and on the day of the event will illuminate countless stresses).

-Timeline is very important in planning your day, that is most important when planning. Remember closer to the event, all information has been communicated to multiple parties/vendors. For instance, if the timeline has changed, it is imperative ALL vendors are aware. Remember, catering is the most important for timeline details to ensure your guests are not being served unprepared or cold food.

-Vendor communication: Make sure your venue is aware of who all will be attending the event, and any special processes or responsibilities each vendor may have while onsite.

How will a bride know the tasks that their venue manager can plan vs. their wedding planner? What is this dynamic like at Sycamore Farms?

Marissa: We always highly suggest a wedding coordinator, as we do not assist with any type of detail or coordination of the event. Sycamore Farms will always have a venue representative onsite all day to ensure the venue is clean and to answer any client, vendor or guest questions or concerns. Our staff members have all been in the wedding business and can answer any questions a client may have, but a coordinator should be hired to facilitate the event start to finish, including set up and clean up.

Can you provide a brief outline of what point in the planning process brides need to make certain decisions with their venue manager? How far out do you need a guest count, vendor bookings, etc.?

Marissa: Many venues are all-inclusive or require this information upon booking, however, guest count and vendors do not affect our venue, Sycamore Farms, directly until very close to the event. These details will be confirmed with your caterer and coordinator before they will be with us, so we would received that information from that vendor and plan accordingly. We will need a confirmed guest count to ensure the amount of chairs for ceremony and reception upon arrival. I would suggest making sure we have all vendor information at least 2 months in advance to ensure to have time to eliminate and issues that may arise. Guest count will be confirmed 1 month out, this may change until that last minute but always plan for more than expected to ensure seats for up RSVP'd guests.

Can you explain what all-inclusive vs. a la carte means for wedding venues? Which option does Sycamore Farms provide?

Marissa: We are easy! We are simply a 12 hour venue rental. We have a preferred vendor list of amazing vendors to choose from, but we do not offer any additional services onsite. All-inclusive would be a venue with one price inclusive of all or some of the vendor cost. We feel it is easier to plan a wedding and budget in an a la carte way by choosing your own vendors.

Thank you so much for sharing such great insight with us, Marissa! Remember, you can check out more on The Barn at Sycamore Farms here on their website and follow them on Instagram for the latest + greatest!

All photos except the second one are by Meredith Teasley

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Laurie D’Anne Events: Nashville’s Full-Service Luxury Wedding Planning Company

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Photos by Nyk and Cali

If it's your first time becoming familiar with the Nashville wedding industry, finding vendors, decor and more can turn into one big learning experience... and it might almost feel like you're taking a shot in the dark with who you can trust with your big day. And this is one of the main reasons you want to hire a professional wedding planner. Laurie D'Anne Events and her team have 10+ years of experience planning and designing weddings... but most of all working with couples like yourselves! With Laurie's close relationships to Nashville area wedding professionals, your stress level is likely to cool down - she can help take as much planning off of your plate as you need! Her customized packages can give you as much or as little attention to your wedding as you'd like. But based on these photos of her work, we're sure you'll want Laurie and her team to help design the most stunning wedding of your dreams that uniquely fits the two of you as a couple. I'll give the mic to Laurie so she can give you all the scoop on her business!

Photo by Nyk and Cali

Tell us about Laurie D'Anne Events + how long you've been in business!

Laurie: Laurie D'Anne Events is a full service, luxury design and event planning company. Laurie D'Anne Events was established in 2013. Over the past 10 years, I have been designing, planning and producing luxury weddings and celebrity events in the Nashville area and around the US. At Laurie D'Anne Events, we love to take our clients from concept to completion. We start by working with the client to capture the vision for the event. From there, we begin to build the event by producing custom design boards and CAD drawings, and by working with the caterers to build a custom menu. All of this establishes the foundation for the event. Once we have the foundation, we take the overall vision and continue the design to create a reality. We are always on site from the moment the first partner arrives until the last one leaves. It is not only our goal to produce creative, timeless events, but to value our partners. Without them, we would not be able to do what we love to do most, which is bringing a vision to life while creating a luxury experience all along the way! Our strong relationships in our partners in the industry is what makes anything possible. We produce all types of events including corporate, music industry, weddings and large scale social events. We would love to help you plan your next event!

How did you get started in weddings?

Laurie: Weddings feel like a natural thing for me. When I started in the industry back in 2007, I was the person on the team that truly enjoyed building relationships with the couples. Although we did all types of events, I was given and then requested by clients to plan the weddings.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Laurie: At Laurie D'Anne Events, we believe that our clients are valuable. Each person is unique with unique styles and beliefs to what is most important to them. Although weddings are not the only type of events that we produce, we believe that weddings are very special. Weddings are a once in a lifetime event. We honor each client and the investment they are making by bringing the very best design and planning experience based on the investment. We believe by creating an experience, we will create a memory and in turn create friends. Our goal is for you to be a guest at your own party!

Photos by Krista Lee Photography

Photo by Parker Young

What are your strengths compared to others wedding planners?

Laurie: We have a unique way of bringing all things into balance, and by doing so, creating a wonderful experience. The way we experience an event is the way that we perceive it with our senses. Our designers focus on bringing into balance the things we see and hear, along with the things we touch and the wonderful food we taste. We focus on hearing you and creating an event that blends with who you are as a person.

What attracts couples to Laurie D'Anne Events?

Laurie: Brides that really want an expert to help them create an amazing wedding experience are the brides that are most attracted to us. We have clients that want to be very hands on and clients that are just too busy to hunt for the best vendor that may or may not be about creating her dream. Our brides love that we hear them and can help bring their vision to life. We will create a full design or can collaborate with them on a design. Either way, our brides know that they can trust us to bring the very best whether it is simple or elaborate. We also have many destination brides; they need someone they can trust from afar.

What is the most innovative aspect of wedding planning today?

Laurie: Communication, timeline, contact and payment conveniences! In today's world, everyone's plate is full. It is nice to be able to sign a contract and pay a retainer online all with a touch of a finger. We have software that will not only make those things easy, but will help the bride build a digital checklist. It's also a place to store wedding guest names and addresses so they can create that list months in advance and use it for invitations, guest seating, and more!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about Laurie D'Anne Events?

Laurie: People are important. Our goal is to value our clients the way that we want to be valued. Creating events is a way that we get to use our talents and make people happy, which in turn makes us happy and allows us to fulfill our purpose. If you are planning a wedding now or will be in a few months, we would love to have you over to our office in East Nashville to enjoy a lovely beverage and sweet eats! CALL OR TEXT TODAY 615-830-0549.

Photo by Parker Young

Photo by Nyk and Cali

Photo by Abigail Volkmann

Thank you so much for sharing all about your business with us, Laurie! You can follow Laurie D'Anne Events on Instagram here and also be sure to check out her gorgeous portfolio on her website here!

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Natu + Phillip’s Tanzanian Downtown Wedding Weekend by Music City Events

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wedding weekends are the way to go as of late - especially when you're planning a destination wedding! Everyone is already there the whole weekend, so why not make a non-stop party out of it? And that's exactly what Natu + Phillip did last April right here in Music City. The Atlanta natives spent the weekend celebrating through a traditional Tanzanian followed by a classic American wedding! Mary Anna Davis with Music City Events helped the couple design and plan their day with special details throughout the weekend. From a colorful and bright celebration to a classic black and white soireé, Natu + Phillip gave their guests an incredible experience right here in Nashville. Check out all the photos from Gregory Byerline and read about the wedding from planner, Mary Anna's perspective! 


Natu + Phillip

Marathon Village | aVenue

4.29.16 + 4.30.16

Wedding Team:

Wedding Planning + Design | Mary Anna Davis of Music City Events

Venue | aVenue

Photographer | Gregory Byerline

Videographer | With This Ring

Dress | Winnie Couture

Shoes | Sam Edelman

Officiant | Ralph Griggs

Ceremony Music + Emcee | Brad Ford of Snyder Entertainment

Live band | William Davenport

Calligraphy | Mary Ann Prosise

Flowers | Enchanted Florist

Draping | Visual Elements

Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting + Nashville Audio Visual

Rentals | Music City Tents and Events, Over the Top Linens

Catering | Dream Events and Catering

Wedding Cake | Dulce Desserts

Groom's Cake | A Frosted Affair

From the planner, Mary Anna Davis: Natu and Phil met and dated for 10 years before tying the knot in Nashville, TN! As Atlanta natives, they fell in love with the charm of Nashville and decided to host their two day wedding weekend in the heart of downtown. They are both doctors and got engaged in Paris! They are self-proclaimed foodies and have the biggest hearts of gold.

The two day wedding weekend kicked off with a traditional Tanzanian wedding ceremony at Marathon Village. Nashville Audio Visual provided the drapery and lighting and a family friend catered traditional Tanzanian food.  The next day brought rain and an elegant black, white and gold American wedding ceremony at aVenue downtown. Nashville Event Lighting created custom Edison lightbulb chandeliers for the aisle and Dream Events and Catering designed a delicious menu for these foodies!

Thank you so much for sharing Natu + Phillip's wedding weekend with us, Mary Anna! You can find out more about Music City Events on their website here. And be sure to give them a follow over on Instagram here! I absolutely love when couples + planners put so much thought into the big day. If you have a wedding you think would be a fit for Nashville Bride Guide, head over to our submissions page here

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Destination Nashville Weddings!, Multicultural, African-American weddings, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

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...


Styled Shoot

Designed by Paige Brown Designs

East Ivy Mansion


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 »

Melody + Chris’ Modern Glam Wedding at Global Events Center by Paige Brown Designs

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

When it comes to glam, hip and sophisticated weddings in Nashville, TN, Paige Brown Designs is the perfect choice for your wedding designer! Paige's designs never cease to amaze me and she continues to come up with the most innovative and breathtaking wedding designs for Nashville area brides. And she definitely delivered on style and innovation for couple Melody + Chris! Their modern glam wedding at Global Event Center wowed all 350 wedding guests. From the custom built flower wall to the extravagant draping designs, Melody + Chris now have lasting memories of their day that guests will talk about for years to come. Take a look at all their stunning wedding photos below from photographer By Jarquise!



Melody + Chris

West End Church of Christ + Global Events Center


350 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planning, Florals, Design | Paige Brown Designs

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Draping | Southern Design Works

Photographer | By Jarquise

Tell us about the couple.

Paige Brown: Chris and Melody are very laid back and super fun to be around!

Tell us about the couple's vision.

Paige Brown: They were pretty non-chalant about the design details, which is obviously every designer's dream come true. I was able to come up with a design with no creative restrictions.

What details were used to create their theme?

Paige Brown: Their wedding colors were plum, silver, and white. We used a ton of textures, lucite, and mirrored elements to give off the modern look we were going for. We also incorporated a gorgeous 8'x8' foot floral wall that served as her ceremony and sweetheart table backdrop.


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

Paige Brown: Their first dance was super fun. They started with a traditional first dance and then broke into "Ju Ju on the Beat." I love that they were committed to being themselves the entire day. Super fun!

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

Paige Brown: It was pretty difficult transporting and building an 8'x8' foot wall, but it turned out so great! This was also the largest space we've ever transformed, accommodating 350 wedding guests!

Congrats to Melody + Chris on such a beautiful wedding! You can find more of Paige Brown Designs' portfolio on her website here and also be sure to give her a follow on Instagram here



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Florals, Details & Design , Multicultural, African-American weddings, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »