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James + Bianca’s Glamorous Blush Wedding at Hutton Hotel by Paige Brown Designs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This wedding makes my glam heart go pitter patter! And when a bride gives her planner and designer full reign of design, you're sure to have one fabulous wedding. Especially when that planner and designer is Paige of Paige Brown Designs! The whole ballroom at The Hutton Hotel was dripping in diamonds - from the countless chandeliers to the intricate draping and details everywhere you turn, it was such a beautiful sight to see! I interviewed Paige to tell us all about the day and how she came up with this jaw-dropping design. Check it all out below! 

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James + Bianca Stone

The Hutton Hotel

3.18.17

130 Guests

 

Wedding Team:

Planning, Florals, Design | Paige Brown Designs

Photographer | Stephanie Sorenson

Venue | The Hutton Hotel

Decor | Visual ElementsSouthern Design WorksNashville Audio Visual

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Dress | Glitz Bridal

Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Tell us about the couple's vision.

Paige: Bianca's wedding vision was light and airy with tons of crystal details and soft blush and muted colors. She was very laid back during the entire design process and trusted us completely to execute her wedding vision. As a matter of fact, Bianca was a little too laid back! She honestly just showed up on her wedding day, having very little knowledge of what all her design details would consist of. Needless to say, Bianca was blown away on her wedding day and it was truly a pleasure to bring her wedding wishes to life!

What details were used to create their theme?

Paige: Blush, nude, and golden colors, crystals, and acrylic/lucite details. Lush florals and Cherry Blossom branches.

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

Paige: I love couples like James and Bianca whose love is blatantly evident! The entire process gave me chills. They were very focused on the wedding, but even more focused on marriage after their wedding day.

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

Paige: Bianca's rings were VERY important to her. The ceremony and reception took place at separate locations. Once Bianca made it to the church, she realized her Maid of Honor left the wedding rings back at the hotel. There was a horrible wreck on the interstate, but Bianca insisted that guests wait until their rings arrived. One hour later, we started the ceremony! :)

Thank you so much for sharing this wedding with us, Paige! It's STUNNING! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' portfolio here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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

Traditional Meets Modern Indian Bridal Session in Nashville by And How! Imaging

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bright, bold and colorful Indian weddings are so beautiful! I love learning about the culture and traditions behind these weddings and I'm so happy some of my vendor friends brought light to it in this styled shoot at Drakewood Farms! Photographer Amy of And How! Imaging along with makeup artist Katie-Laine Thornton created a cultural celebratory scene in the backdrop of a country barn - and it totally worked! The styles meshed terrifically as the colorful vintage china place settings blended with the pops of bright blooms from A Village of Flowers. Katie-Laine's talent stretches beyond traditional makeup - she also created the intricate mehndi designs on model Kaitlyn's hands! I'm so impressed with all of the thought and detail that went into this shoot - so I'll just leave you with the gorgeous photos to inspire your Wednesday!

Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Drakewood Farm

3.8.17

Styled Shoot Team:

Photographer | And How! Imaging

Floral Designer | A Village of Flowers, Inc

Venue + Place Settings | Drakewood Farm

Makeup + Mehndi | Katie-Laine Thornton, Makeup Artist

Hair | Keely Reed

Dress Store | Modern Trousseau Nashville

Model | Kaitlyn Appalsammy

From the photographer, Amy of And How! Imaging: We teamed up with several amazing wedding vendors to create this bridal inspiration shoot. We wanted to work together to create some images outside of the typical "southern/rustic" style demographic, and felt like Indian weddings and brides have been under represented here. We decided to include both modern and traditional elements, all while still being at one of Nashville's favorite outdoor wedding venues.

Thank you so much for sharing this styled bridal shoot with us, Amy + Katie-Laine! I love it when these two pair up - they make wedding magic! You can check out more of And How! Imaging's work here on their website and also be sure to check out Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , Inspiration & Trends, Multicultural, African-American weddings, Photography, 0 comments »

Lily + George’s Sweet, Eclectic Wedding by Jessie Holloway Photography

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This is the story of two med school lovebirds who put so much hard work and dedication into their careers to finally rejoice and celebrate marriage! Lily + George wed at Homestead Manor in April of last year with mint details, romantic elements and cultural traditions. The details of the day are so beautifully shot by Jessie Holloway Photography - they are totally Pinterest-worthy! From Lily's illusion back details on her dress to the moment when George teared up seeing his bride during their first look... the images take me to that very time and place to feel all the emotions of the day. See all the beautiful photos along with an excerpt by Whitney of A Delightful Day below...

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George + Lily Yang

Homestead Manor

4.23.16

Wedding Team:

Wedding Planner | A Delightful Day

Photographer | Jessie Holloway Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Homestead Manor

Florist | Fresh Nashville

Cake + Desserts | Dulce Desserts

DJ | Cosmo Creations

From the planner A Delightful Day: It was honor to help bring peace in the midst of a busy season for these two love birds planning a wedding, graduating from medical school and preparing to move to Cincinnati to begin their residencies as doctors. Though they were studying and packing up, Lily and George remained full of joy and were still very hands on with the details of their big day! This beautiful spring day perfectly combined their Chinese heritage while bringing in local elements that unified their family in America and overseas. Take a look at a few glimpses from the sweetest day! 

Thanks for sharing this wedding with us, Jessie! You can find more of Jessie Holloway Photography's work here on her website and also here on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

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! 

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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 »

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!

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Melody + Chris

West End Church of Christ + Global Events Center

9.24.16

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

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