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Penny + Brad: Blooming Springtime Wedding at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is how the pros do it! Bride, Penny is also a wedding planner with Aisling Weddings & Events here in Nashville - and she tied the knot with her husband Brad this past spring at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett. Keeping it simple and personal was key to Penny's wedding and adding in so many incredible elements that represented them as a couple really stood out! From their "bomb squad" wedding cake to their dogwood seedlings as guest favors, Penny's eye for detail was so evident in their day! Check out all their beautiful photos from Blue Dahlia and read all about their day below... 



Penny + Brad

Scarritt Bennett


Wedding Team:

Location and Catering | Scarritt Bennett Center

Photography | Blue Dahlia Photography

Videography | Varnish Wedding Films

Cake | The Frosted Affair by Jay Qualls

Flowers | Ruth Gardner at Import Flowers

Music | Nashville Wedding Musicians and Nashville Pipes & Drums

Hair and Make-Up | Kara Gaylor

Dress | BHLDN Bridal in Beverly Hills

Suits | Street Tuxedo

Vases | Southern Events

Tree Guest Book | Lets Paint This Town

Bridesmaid Gifts | Southern Polished

Planning and Coordination | Aisling Weddings & Events

Officiant | Stephen Seymour, Unforgettable Ceremonies

From the bride: On the most perfect Spring day in April, Penny Northcutt and Brad Burns were married at the awe-inspiring Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant, wedding with just family and those in their wedding party in attendance.

Brad is originally from Nashville, and Penny is originally from Manchester, TN, but has lived in Nashville since 2001. They met on eHarmony, which Penny swore she’d never use. However, on a fateful day while working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Penny’s friend and co-worker, Missi, informed her that she was going to create an online dating profile on her behalf. Penny wasn’t a fan of the idea, but Missi insisted, and informed Penny that she could create her own online dating profile that very evening, and if she didn’t, Missi would do it for her. Penny couldn’t risk the likely grammatical errors of her friend, and she created an online dating profile that evening, still to her dismay. Brad was the first and only person that caught her attention, and vice versa, as he was new to the site as well. Within 2 weeks, the two were communicating constantly. They had their first date upon Penny’s return from visiting friends in Los Angeles the following week, and the rest is blissful marital history.

Penny had always dreamed of a Spring wedding, and had every detail of the day in her head, ready to execute when the time came. This was also much in part to her experience coordinating weddings for others as co-owner of Aisling Weddings & Events in Nashville. Penny was able to book nearly every aspect of her wedding within a 2 week period. However, the dress was lacking. On another trip to Los Angeles, Penny’s friend, Julie, surprised her with dress fittings at Saks Bridal and BHLDN Bridal, both in Beverly Hills. After finding several dresses that were beyond fabulous, but not so fabulous for the budget, the last dress of the day proved to be “the one” in every way at BHLDN. It was then that every aspect of the wedding was truly complete…still several months before the wedding.

Even though the couple wanted a simple wedding, Penny made sure that certain aspects were included. The music had to be grand and stately, as well as unique, and Wedding Musicians Company  delivered, especially with the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody via the pipe organ as the recessional song. Guests and the wedding party were caught looking at each other asking, “Is that Bohemian Rhapsody?” Indeed, it was. To honor Brad’s Irish heritage, Penny also wanted to include bagpipes. As the groomsmen entered from the front of the chapel, so did a bagpiper and a snare drummer from the back of the chapel while playing Wearing of the Green. Brad had no clue, and was overcome with emotion. The bag piper and snare drum also accompanied the organ for a stately rendition of Highland Cathedral for the bridal entrance. To include more of Brad in the day, the rings were presented in a wooden container shaped like a bomb, which was made by Penny’s dad for Brad, to honor his profession, and made from a tree that fell in the yard of the couple’s home.

From the bride: The brunch reception for the 100 guests took place in the Susie Gray Dining Hall, with a custom menu by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef, Jennifer Threadgill, consisting of a biscuit bar with all the fixings, maple glazed bacon, cheese grits, and Jennifer’s own homemade apple butter, and other brunch delicacies. Another nod to Brad’s heritage were the flower arrangements on the reception tables, with Irish coffee mugs used as vases, rented from Southern Events in Franklin, filled with perfectly Spring-like arrangements created by Ruth Gardner, from Import Flowers.

But, the pièce de résistance was the cake. Brad is on the bomb squad of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and that was highlighted for everyone to see with a two-sided cake, thanks to the talents of Jay Qualls of The Frosted Affair. One side of the cake featured beautiful pastel peonies, ranunculus and roses, and the other side featured a bomb technician wearing a bomb suit walking out of the cake…in fondant, of course. The cake was placed on an automatic turntable, and the look on Brad’s face when he saw the “bomb guy” on the cake was priceless.

Because Penny didn’t want the typical guest book, she opted to have a guest book thumb print tree, drawn by the talented Autumn Potter of Lets Paint This Town. The result now hangs on the couple’s home, as a constant reminder of those that shared in their special day. Additionally, Penny didn’t want to give her guests just any old favor, but one that would mean something to the newly married couple, as well as to the family members in attendance. Penny’s dad is a retired county extension agent who specialized in forestry, and who also coached many 4-H forestry judging teams. Therefore, Penny found dogwood seedlings from Porcupine Hollow Farm in Central Lake, Michigan, that the couple gave their guests, as an homage to Penny’s dad and the mutual love of trees by so many in attendance.

The quickly executed day went just as planned, thanks to Penny’s solid vision and experience planning similar events. The newly married couple departed the next morning for 2 weeks in Ireland.


Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Penny! You can check out more on her wedding planning company Aisling Weddings & Events here on their website and also here on Instagram!



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Ashley + Randal’s Nashville Mint Springs Farm Wedding by Scobey Photography

Friday, July 14, 2017

From coffee shop love to farm forevers, Ashley + Randal's rainy April wedding was full of charm, emotion and elegance! The couple chose the gorgeous Mint Springs Farm to say their "I dos" and their photos by destination photographers The Scobeys showcased how magical the day really was! I'm loving her gray bridesmaid dress choice and pairing it with the blush and ivory floral arrangements made the whole look come together! See all of their photos along with an interview with Ashley below! 



Ashley Smith + Randal Harrell

Mint Springs Farm


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Scobey Photography

Cake Designer | Dulce Desserts

Mens Attire | JoS. A Bank

Dress Designer | Romona Keveza

Dress Store: The Bride Room

Shoes | Kate Spade

Venue + Decor | Mint Springs Farm

Caterer | The Chef and I

Tell us about your engagement!

Ashley: Randal proposed to me in my favorite little cafe. I loved going because you could pick a record to play, and they had the best skillet cookie dessert. We sat down to order the cookie, and then I realize my favorite song is playing on the record player. Turns out he had made a record just for me with such sweet songs that made him think of us and me. He begins talking, and the next thing I know, he's on his knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen! I of course cry, and everyone in the room cheers. We then headed to my parents' house because he said my mom would want to see the ring. We get close to my house, and I see cars everywhere. He and my parents had planned a party with our family and all of our close friends! It was such a sweet, sweet day!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Ashley: I wanted an elegant wedding where everyone felt comfortable and had fun. Mint Springs took our vision and executed it perfectly. Everything from the flowers to the table settings was absolutely beautiful.

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

Ashley: Our favorite moment from our wedding day was when we got to see each other for the first time. We did a first look and most pictures before the ceremony. I was anxious before seeing him and once I did, I felt so much better! It was such a sweet moment I'll always remember.

Thanks so much to The Scobeys and to Ashley and Randal for sharing the photos and more about their day with us! You can find more of The Scobey's work here on their website and also on Instagram here. Happy Friday!



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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...


George + Lily Yang

Homestead Manor


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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Gina + Paul’s Fun + Elegant Lakeside Wedding in Nashville, TN by Watson Studios

Friday, July 7, 2017

In order to have fun at your wedding, you don't need all the bells and whistles. Creating an environment suited to your personalities and vibe as a couple is the best way to go about it! And when Gina + Paul decided to create a laid-back family reunion style wedding in their relative's backyard, it was the perfect occasion for both old and young! The outdoor tented wedding took place on a beautiful May day along Old Hickory Lake where family + friends gathered for a Nashville meets New Orleans soireè. Want to see my favorite element of their wedding? You'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see it! (Hint, it will make you leap out of your seat!). ;)


Gina + Paul

Private Residence on Old Hickory Lake


Wedding Team: 

Photographer | Watson Studios

Florist | Groom’s sister, Kimberley

Cake Artist | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Band | Spirit of New Orleans Productions

Makeup and Hair Artist | Ashley Stevens 

Groom's Suit |

Rentals | Chief Rentals

Catering | Actual Food Nashville

From the groom, Paul: We met 5 years ago when Gina's mother (a singer) dragged her along to one of my performances in New Orleans. There was an immediate attraction - we flirted clumsily. But, ALAS, I was already involved and by the next time we'd meet, Gina would be as well.
Although, the timing was obviously wrong, we did bump into each other occasionally. Gina would happen upon one of my regular gigs, or we'd be shopping at the same store, and we'd cross paths at the studio of a voice teacher with whom we were both studying (this voice teacher now claims she felt the "vibes" and our finally getting together was not a surprise to her at all!).

The tipping point, however, came 4 years later when my cousin Jill, a realtor, was handling the sale of Gina's parents house. (Coincidence?! We like to think of it as destiny!) She mentioned to me that she had a client who was also a performer - a singer, Louise, who lived very nearby. When she mentioned the name, I knew exactly who she was referring to - and made some comment about how good-looking her daughter was!

Thankfully, Jill LOVES to gossip. "Well, I told Louise you were my cousin and she adores you. She asked me NOT to mention this, BUT Gina is recently single..." I don't know that I heard anything else she said after that. I was already formulating my next move! I sent a special invitation to Louise asking that she attend my next performance. I didn't mention Gina. But I suspected that Louise would again drag her daughter along. And I was right. They walked in together and on our first break I sat down and told Gina that I wanted to see her again.
"How about lunch?", I asked.
"I like lunch," she replied.
The rest is history…

About the wedding from Gina + Paul: This was supposed to be so simple. - a small gathering of our closest relatives at my home. Then the families found out and decided we needed to throw a big party! What is MOST IMPORTANT to us, is that we get to hang out together. As long as we share the day, we'll be happy. We decided on an all-day, outdoor, Family Union/Reunion vibe. Hopefully, we've minimized the formality and stress. Hopefully, we've maximized fun and relaxation. We want the event to be equally enjoyable for our 80-year old antebellum Auntie and 2 year-old hell-on-wheels nephew. "Lakeside Elegance" was a theme suggested to us - and we liked it enough to let it guide the vision.

I mean come on! These bounce house photos are the cutest ever! Thank you so much for sharing this fun wedding with us, Dan! You can check out more of Watson Studios' work here on their website and also here on Instagram!


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Veronica + Andrew’s Destination Wedding in Nashville at Belle Meade Plantation

Friday, June 30, 2017

I love a traditional Southern wedding - and whether you're from Nashville or not, many couples dream of a plantation wedding! Thus is the case for Veronica + Andrew - the couple hails all the way from Miami to opt for a sweet Southern soireè. With gold touches, greenery details and candles everywhere, the scene was set for a budding romance. Plus, film photography has my heart, and the photos captured on film by Jo Photo are breathtaking! Veronica's first look with her dad is definitely a tearjerker and seeing everyone's faces (especially Andrew's!) as Veronica is walking down the aisle is priceless! See all the gorgeousness below!



Veronica + Andrew

Belle Meade Plantation


Wedding Team:

Photographer | JoPhoto

Videographer | Bruce Karcher Video

Dress Designer | Ines di Santo

Dress Alterations | Alter My Heart

Hotel Accommodations | The Hermitage Hotel

Ceremony | Cathedral of the Incarnation

Reception Venue | Belle Meade Plantation Events & Weddings

Floral Designer | Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Event Planner | Stunning Events

From the photographer, Jo Photo: We’re thrilled to share this Belle Meade Plantation wedding in Nashville with you today! Veronica and Andrew got married on June 4, 2016. They are from Miami, and their destination wedding is full of the most gorgeous and elegant wedding details! Veronica and her bridesmaids got ready at The Hermitage Hotel. Built in the early 1900s and located in downtown Nashville, it is a beautiful hotel, full of glamour and class. Veronica’s wedding gown was custom-made for her by Ines Di Santo, and it was nothing short of amazing! With layers and layers of tulle and the most gorgeous lace, Her attendant/bridal assistant was Rachel Swayne with Alter My Heart.Their wedding ceremony was at the Cathedral of the Incarnation downtown, and it is such a gorgeous cathedral! Built in the early 1900s it resembles a Roman basilica with beautiful stained glass windows. Kristin with Stunning Events was their wedding coordinator, and cinematography was by Bruce Karcher Video. After the ceremony, their wedding reception was at the Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House. Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs did all of the floral design for their Nashville wedding, and rentals were from Liberty Party Rental. The bouquets and reception decor was stunning! Delicate stems of greenery were perfectly placed on each gold-rimmed glass plate, and the head table had a lush floral table runner with candles. Lots of candles everywhere! Twinkling candles on the tables and bistro lights draped across the ceiling made for the perfect reception at the Carriage House! As the sun was setting, Veronica and Andrew stepped away from the party for a few minutes. The sky became the most beautiful shades of pink and orange, and it was the perfect sunset to the most perfect wedding day. Enjoy this Nashville wedding at Belle Meade Plantation!

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous Southern wedding with us, Joe + Kathleen! You can check out more of JoPhoto's work here on their website and also here on Instagram! Happy Friday!


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