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Harley + Daniel’s Southern Vintage Wedding at Briar Rose Hill by Caitlin Steva

Friday, April 21, 2017

A historical home. Vintage charm. A couple meant to be. Put them all together and you've found Harley + Daniel's wedding at Briar Rose Hill! The vintage elegance in every detail throughout the November day fit in perfectly with the historical charm of the venue. The touches of leafy green garland + pops of purple set the scene for a traditional Southern soireé. The array of pies, hand lettered signs + "found" furniture created a vintage wonderland at every angle. Photographer Caitlin Steva captured the moments beautifully - check out all of the couple's gorgeous photos along with an interview with Harley herself! 



Harley + Daniel

Briar Rose Hill


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Caitlin Steva Photography

Event Venue | Briar Rose Hill

Bakery | Faboo Cakes

Event Planner | Nashville Event Planning

Flowers | Posh Florals by Nashville Event Planning

Caterer | Wildberry Catering

DJ | Choice DJs

Tell us about your engagement!

Harley: We kept it sweet and personal. I was actually out for a girls' night with my best friend. When I got home he surprised me with a dozen roses and tea candles spelling "I love you" in the living room. He asked me, but before I said yes, I made sure he had asked my Daddy first.

What was the vision + theme for your wedding?

Harley: We had a front porch wedding surrounded by family and friends. The theme of "Vintage Southern Belle" is what I've always dreamed of since I was young.

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

Harley: Having my girls with me while getting ready helped me keep my stress levels down. One was helping me put my dress on and I accidently bumped her in the head with my knee. Walking out as Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Mayes was the best feeling. Getting to dance with my best friends and making a fool of ourselves was the best fun.

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

Harley: The point is to get married, as long as that happens there's no need to stress.

Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos with us, Caitlin! And also thanks to Harley for sharing the details of your wedding with us! You can check out more of Caitlin's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

Also! Make sure you grab your tickets to our calligraphy workshop at Briar Rose Hill before they're gone!



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Desiree + Mario’s Wedding by SheHeWe Photography at Front Porch Farms

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sometimes photos speak louder than words. And when it comes to your wedding photography, capturing those precious moments throughout your day to have for a lifetime is truly priceless! Now may I introduce you to Jim + Ilde Cook of SheHeWe Photography? They captured Desiree + Mario's day so perfectly! From each and every "getting ready" detail shot to the major dance party at the end of their wedding, Desiree + Mario were left with some stunning images and memories. We spoke with Desiree about her unforgettable day marrying the man of her dreams and making her wedding vision come to life! Keep reading to see all of their beautiful photos + hear from Desiree about her wedding experience... 


Desiree + Mario

Front Porch Farms


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer: SheHeWe Photography

Planner and Venue | Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms

Bridal Glam | Katie Russo Beauty

Bridal Gown | Danielle Caprese from Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridal Party Gowns | Vow To Be Chic

Groom + Groomsmen Suits | Men's Wearhouse 

Florals | Cathy Wilson

Officiant | Red Michel 

Music | Ceremony - Amelia Eisenhauer and Preston James, Reception - DJ Maddog

Catering | Two Fat Men

Cake | Jo's Cakes

Printing | Designs in Paper

Tell us about your engagement!

Desiree: My now husband Mario set up my dream engagement scenario. And it was all a surprise to me! We have date nights regularly, and this particular night he didn't disclose where we were going. So we end up arriving at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill and I didn't suspect anything because I had just been telling him about when me and my mom went there and toured the place and had a fantastic meal. So I assume he wants to see what the fuss is about! We go in the front doors and the hostesses smile and start walking us to our table, but we pass all the dining rooms and continue walking toward the kitchen.. we round the corner and head down the stone steps to the wine cellar/chef's table! Those steps were covered in rose petals and lined with tea lights, and once we got into the cellar there was a table set up beautifully for us with more rose petals and tea lights everywhere, as well as string lights all around the ceiling. The fireplace was burning and there was music playing softly. It was breathtaking. We got through our appetizer before he got the courage to propose ;). He told me he loved me, and wanted to spend the rest of our amazing life together. He then came around the table and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In between "oh my gods", I said yes with no hesitation! The waiters come running down a minute later to congratulate us, knowing it was safe to come down after they heard my omg reaction ;). I couldn't have planned it better myself.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Desiree: I had dreamt about my wedding for years, since I was a little girl. I couldn't wait to stand side by side with my fiancé and promise to love each other for eternity. I was so excited to share in our love with all our family and friends, to be able to celebrate our rare connection with everyone. I imagined how I would feel making that commitment before God and our guests, and when the day came I felt all the happy feelings I had hoped I would. As far as visually, I had visions of a big flowing ball gown and lots of luxurious touches at my wedding. I wanted an elegant but simple atmosphere, something you could just look at in awe. I saw billowing flowers and sparkling accents. I knew that I wanted it to look like all my Pinterest board pins, and only thanks to my planner Kathy Best did that dream come true! And now I get to look at all the details and relive all those amazing feelings anytime I look at the amazing photographs that Ilde and Jim Cook with SheHeWe captured for us, they're the bees knees.

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

Desiree: Walking down the aisle toward my future husband was magical. It's so hard to describe the feeling, all I know is that I was happy. All my dreams were coming true and I was able to be in my perfect dress, in my perfect location and marry my almost perfect (jk love you) husband!

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

Desiree: The #1 thing I tell brides is not to worry about being a bit of a 'bridezilla' at times. This is your wedding, your vision, and only you are going to actually look at the photos and relive the memories FOREVER. Don't be afraid to let people know what you want and don't let anyone turn your wedding into their event. This day is the only day you get for you and your husband and you and your husband ONLY. Take advantage and do it how you want it, and if anyone has a problem with it tell them to have their own wedding! Oh and also, if you don't have an amazing planner (like mine) to help you with everything, just don't procrastinate!!! You don't want to stress at any time about anything. You should only enjoy the process :)

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

Desiree: If I could live that day all over again I would! It'll forever be embedded in my mind. I know my guests had a blast, and I have all the photos to prove it. It was beautiful and I'm pinching myself even still to prove that it actually happened and it was everything I dreamt of. But let's be honest, I could've been in a shack and worn a robe and I'd still be just as happy to have been able to marry my best friend. But the glitz and glitter adds a nice touch, doesn't it? ;)

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, SheHeWe! You can check our more of Jim + Ilde's work on their website and also on their Instagram page


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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



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!

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Classic Modern Blue Nashville Wedding at The Cordelle by Rae Marshall Photography

Friday, February 3, 2017

Heather + Greg's happenstance love story began in downtown Nashville, so a downtown Nashville wedding was the perfect choice (naturally!). The decor mixed with soft blues, golds and neutrals really set the tone for their classically modern wedding day. And with photographer Rae Marshall's bright and airy photography style, the day was captured beautifully! Not to mention, Greg's 3 year old daughter, Kinley is just too adorable! Take a look at their fairytale day below...

Heather + Greg

Lindsley Church of Christ

The Cordelle


Wedding Team:

Planner | Sweetwater Events

Photographer | Rae Marshall Weddings

Ceremony | Lindsley Church

Venue | The Cordelle

Caterer | Susan's Catering

Cake Designer | Dulce Desserts

Rentals | 12th TableLiberty Party RentalMusic City Tents and Events

Floral Designer | Enchanted Florist Nashville

Makeup Artist | One10 Beauty

Band | Emerald Empire Band

Transportation | Grand Avenue

From the bride, Heather: We had an extremely happenstance meeting when he was in a town with a group of guys for a bachelor party (ah!!), and I decided to go out with my friend Courtney after she begged me to go out that night (that's not really my thing). We struck up a conversation at the bar and exchanged numbers. Never did I think we would maintain contact after a night full of laughs and genuinely good conversation... but we did! We honestly started off as friends and it manifested into trekking across states to see, "hey, is this really going to work?"... And here we are. :)

From the photographer, Rae Marshall: The style the Heather had in mind for her wedding day was very natural, ethereal, and real. Heather loved the natural light and simplicity in Lindsley Church for her ceremony and the chic modern style of The Cordelle for most of their images! 

Heather chose a sophisticated blue color in her bridesmaids dresses and mother of the brides. The tulle in the bridesmaids dresses was stunning and really added to the classy feel. Her reception decor also had blue pops in the napkins and calligraphy which went perfectly with the light stone walls of The Cordelle. Finally she topped it off with a softer color with pink pops in the florals and ribbons!

Special moments of the day included Greg's daughter Kinley (who was only 3 years old) decided she wasn't in the mood to have many photos taken of her, which is always a bummer when kids won't cooperate when you need them to! However there was a quick moment where she just couldn't resist gazing in amazement at Heather's incredible wedding dress. It was one of everyone's favorite photographs of the day!

Thanks so much to Rae for sending us these beautiful wedding photos and for telling Heather + Greg's story! You can find Rae Marshall's website portfolio here or on Instagram here

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Jaqui + Jason’s Glowing Farrar Hill Farms Wedding by Ivory Door Studio

Friday, January 27, 2017

Doing things outside of the norm is what Jaqui + Jason were all about! Their very untraditional wedding consisted of dinner before the ceremony, an outdoor night ceremony and no wedding favors (just a generous donation to charity!). The very laid-back day proved to be something different for guests to enjoy - it wasn't just another Tennessee barn wedding! And when you don't stress during the planning process, you get a non-stressful day! We're so happy to hear Jaqui had the chance to take in every moment of her big day. Let's hear it straight from the bride and see some of their amazing shots captured by Ivory Door Studio!

Jaqui + Jason

Farrar Hill Farms

Manchester, TN

April 23, 2016

150 Guests

Wedding Team

Venue | Farrar Hill Farms

Photographer | Ivory Door Studio

DJ | Premier DJs

Dresses | USA Bridal

Wedding Gown | Casablanca

Hair | Off Mane Street Salon - Sarah Hibbs Williams

Officiant | Marry Me of Tennessee

Cake Designer | Publix

Planner | Ashley Bruce

Honeymoon | Excellence Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Formal wear | Jos. A Bank


How did you guys meet?

Jaqui: Jason and I met at a New Year's Eve party in the final hours of 2008.

Tell us about your engagement!

Jacqui: We live in Nashville, and a popular Christmas attraction is Opryland. Jason asked me sometime in December if I wanted to go check out the lights (something we have done before, but looking back it's typically me dragging him there, haha!). If you, too, live in Nashville, you know that venturing anywhere near Opryland on December 21 is a huge mistake. I did not want to "sit in the traffic" so I turned the car around!! He suggested we go to Nashville instead and we ended up at a bar on Broadway. After a few drinks, Jason asked me if I wanted to see Riverfront and the lights out there. We ended up walking on the pedestrian bridge and there was ANOTHER COUPLE GETTING ENGAGED. I was all giddy and excited for them and he seemed irritated. We walked a bit further and sat down and before I knew it, he was explaining how much he loved me and I would make him the happiest man in the world if I married him. Of course I said yes, cried, and then was sick for the next two weeks because it was freezing outside. :) Totally worth it!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Jaqui: I sort of have a problem with being different. I saw a photo of a couple underneath a lit tree in wedding attire at some point in my life and knew that is what I wanted to do.. something romantic and gorgeous. We wanted the wedding to be fun for the guests, but also fun for US! So many people told me "you don't have a wedding for you.. you do it for everyone else" and I simply could not stand the thought of that! So we set out to plan a stress free and a new, different experience for people in Tennessee who are probably well-versed in the typical farm wedding by now (NOT that there is anything wrong with burlap and lace - it's just not for me!).

What was your theme and what inspired it?

Jaqui: I think the best words to describe our theme are different, night, and a tad bit of vintage.

What details were used to create your theme?

Jaqui: Lights, lights, and more lights for the ceremony! For the reception, I had half the tables outfitted with lanterns and the other half with floral arrangements. A combination of green, navy, pink, gold, and cream.

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

Jaqui: We had dinner before the ceremony. Another thing that we heard constantly is how you pay for this expensive food and do not even get to enjoy it. We weren't having that and because our wedding was so late in the evening, we didn't want the guests to have to wait to eat dinner until 9pm. It was perfect because Jason and I got to have a private dinner in a gazebo overlooking a pond and have a half-hour to relax and connect before the big moment! Something else I seriously encourage other brides to do is to consider foregoing wedding favors and instead making a donation to a charity you both care about. Jason and I have both lost loved ones who had Alzheimer's so we put a photo of them on the sign on a table, along with a small framed explanation of why our guests weren't going home with a new koozie :)

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

Jaqui: Take your time... I can honestly say that I was not stressed out ONE bit because I had about a year and a half to contemplate every detail that was important to me and how we (myself, my mom, and my small army of bridesmaids) would pull this off! I didn't sweat the small stuff and definitely did not splurge on things that I never paid attention to at weddings (e.i., cake... our cupcakes and our "cut cake" were a whopping 70 dollars from Publix and we even upgraded to get cream cheese icing!). We came out of the whole wedding without feeling guilty for over spending which I think helps your marriage start off on the right foot! Lastly... I know you hear this from EVERYONE, and you should listen! It goes by SO fast. It can be crazy busy, but I was very mindful to stop and take it all in several times. I am happy I did that because I have some very fond memories of that day, it was seriously THE best!

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

Jaqui: If you're going to spend money anywhere, spend it on the photos and PLEASE get a video... it was so great to relive our day and I hear all the time how people regret not getting a videographer. We now have a really cool memento we can watch every year on our anniversary and remember how great it truly was.

You can read more about Jaqui + Jason's wedding on Ivory Door Studio's blog here.

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding photos with us, Jaqui, Jason + Ivory Door Studio! You can check out more of Ivory Door Studio's work on their website and also on their Instagram page @ivorydoorstudio!

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