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Kristen + Paul’s Gaelic Love in the Wedding Woods in Nashville by Smash Studios

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today we have a wedding that pairs so well with the theme - a Gaelic wedding! Ashley from Smash Studios Photography shared Kristen + Paul's wedding in the woods with us and there's greenery galore! The rainy day encompassed the theme perfectly and Kristen's headpiece was a relek straight from Ireland. The Gaelic emblems around Paul's ring and each green detail added all the more meaning to the couple's love for the outdoors. And can we just talk about Paul's vintage car, The Thing? It provided such a fun element to their day and showed off more of their personality to their 95 guests. Check out all the photos from Kristen + Paul's wedding below!

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Kristen + Paul Newby

The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms

9.17.16

95 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Smash Studios Photography

Venue | The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms

Wedding Dress | David's Bridal

Hair | New Image Hair Studio

Vintage Rentals | Sister's Vintage Rentals

Vintage Car | The Thing - Owned by The Groom

Who helped coordinate your wedding? 

Kristen: Our wedding team was our family and friends. Special thanks to the Newby clan and my parents David and Pam Edds for braving the rain and being willing to travel to Lebanon to see this vision come to life. My bridesmaids Katherine Neil, Kim DeRoche, and Ella DeRoche for helping with set up as well as keeping a bride calm. Our friends Jake and Gena Johnson did a miracle job of cleaning up and breaking down to get trailers reloaded. My coordinator/best friend and behind the scenes goddess Emily Brown helped keep the decor and timeline on track as well as organizing vendors.

Tell us about your engagement!

Kristen: Paul and I had been together for 5 years when we took an annual vacation to Edisto Beach with his family. He popped the question on the beach at sunset. When we got back to the house his mother had champagne waiting. We worked hard for the next year and a half to get a simple yet magical wedding together.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Kristen: Our goal was to showcase the natural beauty of the location and our love for the magic the woods holds for us. Paul and I love the outdoors and this venue is brilliant with life. To tie our structures to the outdoors we used rustic pieces rented from Sister's Vintage Rentals as well as whimsical decor to create a fairy woodlands/ Midsummer Nights Dream theme. With help from our families and some very dedicated friends we achieved our goal and then some.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Kristen: The entire day was a highlight! We laughed and danced. My face was sore from smiling so much.

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Kristen: Plan ahead. No detail is too small so never assume. Communication is absolutely key to seeing your vision come to life. No matter how close someone is to you they can't read your mind. Communication also helps keep stress levels down. Also invest in radios for easy communication between the coordinator, groom, bride, and photographer!

From the photographer Ashley of Smash Studios Photography: Kristen and Paul were married at The Weddings Woods at Circle S Farms in Lebanon, TN-- right outside of Nashville. The day was rainy and cloudy, just like Ireland, where Kristen and Paul took much of their wedding inspiration from. Kristen wore a circlet around her head instead of a traditional veil, which was handcrafted and brought over from Ireland. Similarly, Paul's wedding ring featured Gaelic knots around the band, and the venue exuded Irish influence-- the ceremony location was straight out of a fairytale. During the ceremony, Kristen and Paul chose to forego the typical sand or unity candle ceremonies and instead unified their marriage with the planting of a new tree. With a break in the rain, we managed to take beautiful photos on the decorated wooden swing on the property, as well as with Paul's vintage car (The Thing), which was decorated for their glowstick getaway at the end of the night!

Thank you so much for sharing Kristen + Paul's wedding with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Ashley from Smash Studio Photography's work here on her website. And be sure to follow her on Instagram here. Happy St. Paddy's day everyone - enjoy your weekend!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Sara + Mitchell’s Southern Wedding at The Fontanel Mansion by Alex Thornton

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and today I'm bringing you one of the most elegant green weddings I've ever seen! If there is one way to incorporate the color of the year into your wedding this year, take some tips from Sara + Mitchell. Their sweet southern destination wedding at The Fontanel in Nashville was every bit of elegant! The couple wanted to give their out of town guests a great introduction to Nashville through their wedding details. With The Fontanel emulating such rich country music history to the Goo Goo Cluster favors, the thought Sara + Mitchell put into their big day created an experience each guest will not soon forget! Take a look at their photos by Alex Thornton Photography below to see each and every detail of their day...

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Sara + Mitchell

The Fontanel Mansion

10.1.16

110 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photography | Alex Thornton Photography

Venue, Food, Planning | The Fontanel Mansion

Florals | Beth Black (mother of the bride)

Wedding Dress | Potomac Bridals

Menus | Wedding Paper Divas

Paper Goods | Paper Studio NY

 Wooden Place Cards | The Wood Shape Store

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Earrings | Kate Spade

Bridesmaid Dress | Alfred Angelo

Robes | The Fancy Pigeon

Hair Stylist | Kim McClure

Makeup Artist | Sara Hardy

Groom's Suit | Express

Cake | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Rentals | Liberty Party RentalMusic City Tents and EventsOver the Top

DJ | All the Lights DJ, Cliff Nelson

Officiant | OJ Aldrich

Tell us about your engagement!

Sara: We have always been intentional in our relationship. Marriage was something that we talked about very early on and frequently throughout our relationship. For almost the whole year before we got engaged Mitch had been fake proposing to me. So at this point he had been pretty good at keeping me on my toes with the whole proposal. The Monday before Christmas, Mitch proposed (for real this time!) at the park in St. Armands Circle surrounded by all the amazing Christmas lights and decorations. After the proposal, Mitch had organized our closest friends at Daquiri Deck for a surprise engagement party!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Sara: Ultimately we wanted our wedding to be classy and elegant without feeling stuffy. All of our guests were from out of town so we also really wanted to give them the opportunity to experience Nashville and country music history. In an effort to give them the best of both worlds we planned a "Big City and Big Country" weekend. Friday night we had a welcome dinner for everyone at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown just steps away from the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. Then for the big day we took them out to Nashville's country side to the Fontanel Mansion which just exemplifies Nashville history. And what is more warm and cozy than a log cabin?

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Sara: We had such a wonderful day with so many priceless memories so it is difficult to pick just one. I loved that we were the last ones to leave our wedding! We chose not have a planned exit so we could have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to every loved one who made our weekend so very special. We also both have a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) so we wanted to be a part of the reception all night. We actually ended up being the caboose of the very last group of friends to leave the venue!

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Sara: Find a venue with an amazing team. The best decision we made was booking The Fontanel - Jade and Mary are unbelievable. Our wedding was a destination wedding - we planned the majority of it from Florida with only a few trips to Nashville! They were amazing guides to helping us find and organize our vendors for the weekend. We developed such an awesome friendship with both of them through the process.

From the photographer, Alex Thornton: Sara and Mitchell are an almost-impossibly-sweet couple who love everything about Nashville. From country music to Tennessee cooking, Nashville is in their bones. Though they reside in Florida, their dream was always to get married in our wonderful town. The Fontanel was a perfect venue that met all of the couple's wedding day needs. They got married on October 1, 2016, a day that provided warm weather and a comforting breeze. Sara and Mitchell picked a beautiful shade of dark green, accompanied by white, black, and gold for their wedding day color palette. The couple had a first look, where they embraced, shed tears, and spoke of how lucky they were to have found one another. The ceremony took the guests through the story Sara and Mitchell's meeting and falling in love, and every person in attendance could feel that this union was nothing short of amazing. The reception was both fun and romantic, and the joyous occasion continued throughout the night.

Thank you so much for sharing Sara + Mitchell's beautiful wedding with us, Alex! You can find more of Alex Thornton's work on her website here and also be sure to follow her on Instagram here

If you liked Sara + Mitchell's wedding, be sure to check out Heather + Greg's wedding at The Cordelle

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Ryan + Lindsey’s Laid Back Wedding at the Horton Building by LMR Photos

Monday, March 13, 2017

With an intimate group of 60 guests and lots of DIY elements, Lindsey + Ryan's wedding at The Horton Building had so much charm! The couple's laid-back feel, complete with barbeque and beers, was planned with the help of friends and family. From the DIY bouquets by Lindsey's aunt and cakes and desserts by her mother and grandmother, the family's love for the couple was sprinkled in so many elements throughout the day. Their love for breweries ties into their love story so well and they made sure to celebrate with their favorite Black Abbey brews during their reception. The Horton Building's historic industrial brick atmosphere was the perfect setting for the occasion! See all of their photos by LMR Photos along with their engagement story below! 

 

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Ryan + Lindsey

The Horton Building

4.17.16

60 Guests

Wedding Team:

Venue | The Horton Building

Photographer | LMR Photos

Dresses | J. Crew

Veil | Angie Hammonds

Hair | Taylor Reed

Makeup | Alaina Garnette of Stunning Beauty

Flowers | By the Bride's Aunt

Officiant |  Justin Branum

Food | Jim 'N Nick's

Cakes | By the Bride's Mother + Grandmother

Beer | Black Abbey

Wine | Frugal MacDoogal

The couple's story told by the bride, Lindsey: For Christmas, Ryan gave me a large roadmap where he plotted a road trip and identified all the breweries from Nashville to Fort Collins.  I had been wanting to go to Fort Collins ever since I drove through with my mom and grandmother on a road trip to Seattle.  I was so excited when I "cashed-in" the road trip in August 2015.  Earlier that month, for my birthday I had picked out my engagement ring, but I didn't know that Ryan bought it soon after.  In the middle of our Fort Collins trip, Ryan wanted to take me on a hike to find Aspen trees (my favorite).  While the trees hadn't turned colors yet for the fall, the hike in the RMNP was beautiful.  We hiked from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake ending at an elevation of 10,000 feet.  We stopped for a rest at the top and to eat.  I took my shoes and jacket off.  Ryan still had his jacket on when he walked over to a family to ask them to take a picture of us.  What I didn't know was that the family spoke french so Ryan saw it as his opportunity to ask the young girl to take a photo of us while he proposed without me knowing what he was saying.  So, the young girl followed Ryan over to me as he bent down to one knee and asked me to marry him.  My answer "yes" was interrupted by the young girl who asked us to move to better light.  

Thank you so much for sharing Lindsey + Ryan's photos with us LMR Photos! You can also find more of Lindsy's work here on her website and here on her Instagram page! Happy Monday!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Autumn + Scott’s Romantic Rock Quarry Engagement Shoot by Details Nashville

Monday, March 6, 2017

When it comes to your engagement shoot, the photos really matter! You want them to evoke emotion + really emulate what your relationship is all about. And that's exactly how Autumn + Scott's engagement photos by Details Nashville turned out! The couple was unsatisfied with their first go at an engagement shoot with a different photographer, so in stepped the amazing team at Details Nashville to save the day (and their photos!). The highly skilled + professional photography team at Details Nashville left the couple with so many amazing photos to share with their family + friends... the photos are something they will cherish forever! And let me tell you, those drone shots over Graystone Quarry are out. of. this. world!! I'll leave it to Autumn to tell you all about the shoot + their surprise Nashville engagement!

Autumn + Scott

Graystone Quarry Engagement Shoot

Photographed by Details Nashville

9.26.16

How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal: 

Autumn: Scott is a neurosurgery resident and was on an away rotation for 3 months at MD Anderson in Houston. During the week, Scott talked to me about how much he was dreading call and how terrible it was. I decided to try to brighten his day in Houston by sending him lunch to the hospital. After I told Scott lunch was on it's way, little to my knowledge, Scott called to ask what was in the bag and inform the woman that she had a free lunch because he was in Nashville! My best friend Liz invited me to a Sounds game and I accepted. Shortly after I arrived with friends, a lady walked up to me and my friend Amanda and said that a random fan was selected to throw the first pitch and based on their seats it was one of us. Amanda didn't want to do it because she was in a dress (so I thought), so I volunteered! I texted and tried to FaceTime Scott to share the good news, but he said he was going into the OR and didn't respond. I was excited to send the video to him and knew he would think it was awesome! There were 2 different rain delays, causing me, Liz, and Amanda to go up into the top area of the stadium and hang out. Liz ensured that the group stayed around the section in case the lady came back. I was warming up her arm the whole time! After the rain delay the lady came back and got Amanda, Liz and me and walked us to the third base line. Liz and I threw the ball around, then finally I went out on the mound. Booster (Sounds mascot) kept pointing at random things in the stadium (while Scott was getting in place). I threw the first pitch, then started to walk off the field. I heard my name on the loud speaker and they said to look at the catcher. I thought, ok, who is the catcher?? When Scott took the mask off I realized it was him and freaked out because I couldn't believe he was in Nashville and knew it was happening!! They said to look at the scoreboard which said WILL YOU MARRY ME? I turned around to him and he was down on his knee. I was stunned and so incredibly happy! After the initial shock I finally said YES! Scott rented out the Band Box which was soon filled with family and close friends. They all celebrated with food and drinks and had a great time!! Everyone stayed until the end and the Sounds won with a go ahead home run!!! Check out the news story below!

What have you most enjoyed about being engaged?

Autumn: Being engaged is so much fun! It is so exciting to think about marrying Scott and starting our lives together in just a few short months. I have been overwhelmed by the love of my family and friends and experiencing their excitement and support for us has probably been my favorite part of being engaged.

 

Tell us about your engagement session. Where did it take place?

Autumn: Our engagement session took place at our venue- Graystone Quarry. We hired Details Nashville at one of the Nashville Bridal Shows and couldn't have done better! They were so fun to work with and really made Scott and I feel comfortable and natural.

What’s the significance of the location?

Autumn: Graystone Quarry is our wedding venue. We tried to minimize shots that showed the ceremony and reception building, but got some great grounds shots. We loved this venue because it is natural and somewhat simple, but elegant and inviting.

What did you like most about the session?

Autumn: I enjoyed cracking jokes with the guys of Details Nashville and learning more about them and their passion for photography. There was a lot of kissing involved and I didn't mind that either :)

Is there anything else you'd like to share with NBG readers?

Autumn: This was our second set of engagement pictures (the first was a free session I won with a different photographer). I think it is helpful to have a "warm-up" and do more than one. Staring at someone, even your best friend, for 2 hours is not the most natural thing to do. We felt much more knowledgeable about the process and with each other the second time around. Or just book Details Nashville. :)

Thanks for sharing this incredible shoot with us Details Nashville! You can check out their website here to find more of their work and also follow them on Instagram here

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An Elegant Bridal Portrait Session by Jessica Lauren Photography at Riverwood Mansion

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bridal portraits are must-have shots in your wedding photography! Most brides opt to do them before or after their ceremony on the day of their wedding. However, weddings are usually on a timely schedule and you need to make sure you carve out time for every photo you want with your photographer and planner. This is definitely a time where you don't want to feel rushed - especially since emotion can show in each and every photo! Well we have a fun and creative idea that Nashville bride Michelle decided to do with her photographer Jessica Lauren. She took her bridal portraits a few days before her wedding! And what a great way to feel comfortable in your dress and do a trial run for your hair and makeup - to see the look fully complete before the big day!? Priceless! Michelle's gorgeous Rita Vinieris dress graced the historic Riverwood Mansion for timeless photos she will cherish forever. Read below for our interview with Michelle!

Michelle's Bridal Portrait Session

Riverwood Mansion

10.17.16

Team:

Photographer | Jessica Lauren Photography

Venue | Riverwood Mansion

Dress | Rita Vinieris

Hair + Makeup | R&Co Bridal Beauty Team

How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal: 

Michelle: We went to take a walk at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in franklin on may 22 with our dog like we do a lot of weekends. My now husband was walking ahead of me with our dog Lucy and he said why don't you walk her for a little so I did. A few minutes later he said hold on a minute and I turned around and he was down on one knee. It was perfect!!!!

What’s your wedding style?

Michelle: Industrial chic. I loved my venue, aVenue which inspired the style of my wedding.

Tell us about your portrait session. Where did it take place?

Michelle: Riverwood Mansion in east Nashville. It was perfect, I loved getting to get my makeup and hair done and wear my dress on another day besides my wedding day.

What’s the significance of the location?

Michelle: I wanted a place to do indoor and outdoor pictures and this location was perfect! I also loved the old, nostalgic feeling it had.

What was it like working with your photographer?

Michelle: My photographer, Jessica Lauren was absolutely amazing!!! She was so easy to work with, she made everything so stress free and fun. She was super prepared for the day so there was very little downtime. She used the light from the beautiful day to make my pictures even more amazing. I loved working with her every second of my bridal portraits and my wedding day.

Why did you decide to do a portrait session before your wedding?

Michelle: It was really important to me to have as many pictures taken before the wedding as a possible. I just wanted to be able to enjoy my wedding day and not stress about having time to get all the pictures that I wanted.

Would you recommend the photographer and why?

Michelle: The reason that I chose Jessica was because of her attention to detail. She was much more than a photographer that just poses you and takes pictures and that's what I was looking for. I love that she incorporated action into my photos and not just me standing there. She was a dream to work with and her photos are absolutely stunning!!

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful portraits with us, Jessica and Michelle! You can find more of Jessica Lauren's work on her website here or here on her Instagram page! So very lovely!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Brides, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »