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Michelle + Cameron’s Franklin Engagement Session by Rebecca Renee Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Confession - I absolutely love The Factory! I go there at least once a week and cannot get enough of the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It's my neighborhood hangout and that's why I was so happy when Becca Stoll of Rebecca Renee Photography shared Michelle + Cameron's engagement session with me! The industrial setting was perfect for their casual vibe and I love how Becca captured their fun side. And in more exciting news - their photographer Becca is now engaged as well! Congrats to her & along with Michelle + Cameron! See the rest of their fun-loving shoot below...

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Cameron + Michelle

The Factory at Franklin

By Rebecca Renee Photography

From the photographer, Becca of Rebecca Renee Photography: These two lovebirds were winners for my yearly giveaway! They livened the shoot by popping a bottle of champagne! They were going for an industrial look. He proposed to her in Nashville last September. She thought they were going to a Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) meet and greet, but he totally surprised her! Their friend was hidden and turned around and played the guitar and sang "Marry Me" by Train, while another friend captured photos. They have been together for 6 years. They are both from the Chicago area but met at college in Winona, Minnesota.

Thank you so much for sharing Cameron + Michelle's photos with us, Becca! You can check out more of Becca's work on her website at RebeccaReneePhoto.com and also follow her over on Instagram

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Photography, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Sara + Jeffrey’s Sweet + Simple DIY Nashville Wedding at Pavilion East

Friday, September 15, 2017

I'm so excited to bring you today's wedding since it's my fellow wedding professional friend, Sara's big day! Sara and I have known each other for quite a while now since we are both a part of the networking group TWESA. She is a team member of Quest Events - a draping, lighting and specialty furniture company right here in Nashville! And you won't doubt that when you scroll down to see her gorgeous wedding decor - the draping and lighting is SO on point! Sara + Jeff had a very simple wedding, and she knocked it out of the park with her DIY photo booth, signage, and more! Plus, she wore her mother's wedding gown - how incredible is that?! I love a vintage dress, especially when it has such significance. Keep reading to below to get Sara's perspective on her day!

Sara Miller + Jeffrey Keyes

Pavilion East

3.4.17

70 Guests

Wedding Team: 

Draping and Rentals | Quest Events

Photography | Molly Buckley Photography

Coordination | Rogue Event Company

Venue | Pavilion East

Rentals | M&M Event Rentals

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Menswear | Ambassadors Formal Wear By Gilda

Dress Alterations | Needle Elegance 

Hair | Lauren Wilson

Catering | Edleys BBQ

From the bride, Sara: [Our wedding was] at Pavilion East in Nashville, as it was a budget venue and I knew it was something that I could transform with some lighting and some draping. We did the ceremony there and then flipped it for the reception. I wore my mom’s dress that she wore in her wedding 25 years ago, I just had someone make alterations and update some things (the sleeves and took some ruffles out, fixed the train, etc.). It was so sweet and really meant a lot to both of us. My husband’s brother got officiated just to marry us (another super sweet moment). We took our pre-ceremony pictures in Cumberland Park so that Nashville was the backdrop. We did a first look and instead of reading off our vows, we wrote each other letters that we read right before the first look. During our ceremony, we both wrote the stories about how we met and how we got to where we are and had Jeff’s brother read them off (because I knew I would be a crying mess). Our décor was greenery, metallics, gray, gold, barnwood tables and then amber lighting, which changed the world!

From the bride, Sara: Other than draping, lighting, and rentals…we went very low budget/DIY. I did my own flowers, my own signage, photo booth, bought pretty much everything so that we could keep the budget down. We used Edley’s for catering because it was super cheap and a Nashville staple. Bought our own alcohol, paid a bartender to come in, and a family friend was the band (super great! Plays in Nashville all the time, but still on a budget haha) It was super lowkey and about 70 people. One of my bridesmaids is a hairstylist and did all of our hair and makeup.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with us, Sara! You can check out more on her draping company Quest Events here on their website and also follow them on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Amy + Mark’s Sophisticated Southern Wedding at The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sweet tea, family tradition and whiskey are all a part of southern culture and incorporating these elements into your Nashville wedding is always a great idea! Amy + Mark tied the knot at The Barn at Sycamore Farms - a barn wedding venue located in the Nashville area. With the sweet tea flowing, the southern traditions were popping - especially since Amy is from a southern city herself - Charleston, SC! The barn was the perfect place to have a sophisticated southern wedding with their gorgeous grand chandelier as the centerpiece. 120 guests enjoyed they day filled with heartfelt moments - especially between Amy and her dad (I LOVE their first look photos!). Check out all the goodness below from Frozen Exposure Photography

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Amy Billings + Mark Keil

The Barn at Sycamore Farms

3.18.17

120 Guests

3

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Frozen Exposure Photography and Cinematography

Floral Designer | Beyond Details Floral Design

Rentals | Southern Events

Venue | The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Cake Designer | The Sweetest Day

Hair + Makeup | Hair by Mere

DJ | Accent Entertainment

Tell us about your engagement!

Amy: I love every aspect of Christmas- the lights, the trees, the hot chocolate, the music, the cute coats, hats, and scares. Mark set up a date to go see the Christmas decorations at Opryland Hotel. Everything was absolutely beautiful. With our hot chocolate in hand, we bonded up and headed for a carriage ride around the hotel. After this, we took a stroll through the atrium to view the elaborate decorations. Coming to a pause, Mark asked if could wait by the tree so he could find someone to take a good picture for us. After a few minutes or so, he came back with the sweetest little family. The dad began taking a picture and the next thing I knew Mark was down on one knee asking me to marry him. Of course I said "YES, YES, YES!" and the rest was history.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Amy: I am from Charleston, South Carolina and absolutely love the south- the southern charm, the sweet tea, the beautiful places and smiling faces. I wanted to bring my hometown to Nashville. I wanted something sophisticated yet down to earth. I wanted to incorporate cotton, seersucker, bows and bowties, whiskey barrels, and monograms. Both Mark and I are very family oriented so we wanted a ton of fun with family and friends.

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

Amy: There are so many special moments from our wedding day, it's hard to pick just one! A few include the first look with my dad, the amount of fun I had taking pictures with my bridesmaids before the wedding, the moment I got to see my husband after a long day of waiting as I walked down the isle, looking into the audience and seeing so many of our beloved friends and family, and I can't forget the fun we had dancing all night at the reception.

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

Amy: Don't stress! Relax, enjoy, and take in every moment of your special day because it flies by. Yes, there may be a few mixups or mishaps here and there but don't sweat it.

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

Amy: When it comes to a budget and deciding what to put money towards, I recommend putting money into the photography. I have looked through my wedding photos dozens of times and know I will continue to in the years to come. It's worth it to have pictures that you love. Our photographers were a joy to work with!

Thanks so much for sharing these images with us, Tanya! You can check out more of Frozen Exposure's work on their website and also be sure to give them a follow over on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Brittany + Daniel’s Dream Destination Wedding at Mint Springs Farm

Friday, September 1, 2017

To have the wedding of your dreams can sometimes be few and far between, but Brittany + Daniel achieved just that at their Mint Springs Farms wedding this past July. The Chicago-based couple had a dream of a Nashville barn wedding and Mint Springs Farm offered everything they'd ever dreamed of. The organic chic feel of their wedding with vintage church pews, lace and ribbon everywhere you turn, bold bouquets and blush tones gave way for a romantic summer day. Hear all about the couple's proposal and their dream wedding day straight from Brittany below!

Brittany + Daniel

Mint Springs Farm

7.7.17

Wedding Team:

Photography | Zach & Sarah Photography

Venue + Planning +  Florals | Mint Springs Farm

Bridesmaid Dress | Azazie

Hairpieces | Ryan Mikrut

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Hair + Makeup | Southern Bridal Collective

Groom's Suit | Men's Warehouse

Groom's Ring | Stoberi

Videography | Little Josh Productions

Paper Goods | The Nesting Project

Calligraphy | Jessica Golz

Catering | G Catering

 Cake | B. Jackson Bakery

 Music | Snyder Entertainment

From the bride, Brittany: I (Brittany, the bride) have dreamed of having my wedding at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tennessee. This was going to be a challenge because Dan and I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. To make a long story short, Dan was the man of Brittany's dreams because he took me to Mint Springs Farm to propose and just when I thought things couldn't get any better -- he handed me a card saying that he had booked the venue for 7.7.17.

Fast forward 11 months, we had the most perfect wedding at Mint Springs Farm completed with the best team of Nashville vendors. My inspiration for our wedding was to create a romantic and personal experience for us and all of our out of town guests! Honestly, the pictures speak for themselves- many of our guests echoed my feelings of Mint Springs being one of the most beautiful venues they'd ever been to.



Brittany: I think one of the most special moments was dancing our first dances with a slideshow of photos displayed on the dance floor showing our journey in our relationship but also when dancing with our parents, we displayed slideshows of our childhood. My favorite moment was our ceremony; I had the opportunity to create a ceremony that was personal to us and we had a very close friend marry us! Our song choices were pretty nostalgic to our love of 80s music: first dance was to Faithfully by Journey - an ode to our many car rides where we played air guitar and drums to this classic!

My advice for brides would be a couple things:
1. Step back sometime during your wedding and take in all the people you love being in one place to celebrate you!
2. Slip into your reception hall/venue and see the finished product before your guests enter - Dan and I really enjoyed that moment alone seeing all the hard work come together.
3. Make it personal - try to tie in as many meaningful touches as you can -make it yours!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, Brittany! You can check out more of her photographer, Zach & Sarah's work here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Insta

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

Jacqueline + Christian’s Urban Enchanted Garden Wedding at Houston Station

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vision - you see images on Pinterest, in your head, or even on a wedding blog like this one and seeing it come alive has it's risks. And in the case of Jacqueline + Christian's Houston Station wedding in March, their vision exceded expectations IRL! The cascading floral light fixture as the centerpiece of their wedding was absolutely stunning! The deep reds mixed with turquoise was a great color choice as winter turned to spring and the setting of the urban, industrial Houston Station created an environment unlike any other. Frozen Exposure so beautifully captured the day and Jacqueline + Christian's love story! Read below to hear all about their day straight from Jacqueline...

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Jacqueline Scott + Christian Mondelli

Houston Station

230 Guests

3.4.17

$40,000 – 50,000

Wedding Team:

Venue | Houston Station

Photographer | Frozen Exposure

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Catering | Clean Plate Club

Florist | Elaine McCord Designs

Lighting | Southern Sky

DJ | Snyder Entertainment

Cakes | Cakecrusader

Wedding Dress | Posh Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Suits | Men's Wearhouse

Hair + Makeup | MHD Beauty

Tell us about your engagement!

Jacqueline: Well...we are high school sweethearts. Been together since we were both sixteen, so it was long awaited. Christian picked me up from work and I thought we were going to dinner for his birthday. He made up some elaborate story about why we needed to go to the pedestrian bridge and I unknowingly went along with it. When we got to the middle of the bridge he got down on one knee and proposed. Funny thing is, before I asked him I said "did you ask my dad" and then I said YES!

What was your theme and what inspired it?

Jacqueline: Enchanted Garden. I wanted it to feel enchanting and romantic with an urban/geometric twist. I think we for sure accomplished this. The hanging floral chandeliers were the highlight for me. Gorgeous, [in person!]. 

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?

Jacqueline: I tried to evenly distribute throughout. I did splurge on my wonderful photographer/videographers though!

What words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Jacqueline: Live in the moment because it goes by so quickly! And don't sweat the small stuff, have fun!

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

Jacqueline: The whole day was special!!! Seeing my husband, dad and brother for first looks were pretty special though.

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Jacqueline! You can check out more on the urban, inddustrial wedding venue, Houston Station right here in Nashville, TN on their website here. And also make sure you check them out on Instagram!

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