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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


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


Amy Billings + Mark Keil

The Barn at Sycamore Farms


120 Guests


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!


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

Adrianne + Tony’s Fun, Romantic, Eclectic East Nashville Outdoor Wedding

Friday, September 8, 2017

One thing that is hard to do during the wedding process is to stay cool, calm and collected - things pop up (they always do!) and rolling with it is the best way to handle anything that comes your way. Adrianne + Tony's casual and comfortable wedding provided a relaxed feel for the guests that also oozed from their personalities. Photographer Mandy Whitley captured the day at Pavilion East with every detail in place - from the carefully crafted taco bar to the bride's "something blue" converse sneakers. Records spun as guests enjoyed the May day... see it all in action below! 

Adrianne Tuck + Tony Simonetti

Pavillion East


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Mandy Whitley Photography

Dress Store | BHLDN

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

Culinary | Edley's BBQ

Tuxedo and Mens Attire | Haymakers & Co

Linens and Coverings | Quest Drape

Event Venue | The Pavilion East

From the photographer, Mandy Whitley: Adrianne & Tony are very much in love and were truly so easy to work with. They were very relaxed throughout the planning process and on their wedding day. We did their photos at their downtown condo, Encore and then along the Cumberland River with a great view of downtown Nashville. Their wedding ceremony & reception was at the Pavilion East, in eclectic East Nashville. There they had BBQ, a DJ spinning records and beautiful dream catchers they incorporated into some of the photos. They have one cat, Pino, who got in on the getting ready images, but sadly couldn't come to the wedding. :)


Thank you so much for sharing this fun wedding with us, Mandy! You can check out more of Mandy Whitley Photography here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

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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


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 »

Ashley + Hayden’s Romantic Garden Wedding by Zoe Life Photography

Friday, August 25, 2017

Classic garden weddings are so romantic! Ashley + Hayden chose to tie the knot at the beautiful Blackhaven Wedding Gardens under a gazebo. The couple was not only surrounded by botanical flowers and plants, but also with close family + friends. Ashley started with a neutral color palette and added pops of sky blues and pinks. The May day was a spectacular site to see with personalized touches and Zoe Life Photography captured their day so well! See her photos below along with her take on the couple and the day!


Ashley Brooks + Hayden Cochran

Blackhaven Wedding Garden


Wedding Team:

Venue, Linens, Planning | Blackhaven Wedding Gardens, Wendy Johns

Photographer | Zoe Life Photography

Event Designer | The Bride

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist | Ashley Burns (The Beauty Hall)

Florist | Fresh by CarryAnn

Caterer | CJ’s Catering

Cake and Desserts | Jenifer Goode

Dress Designer | Mori Lee

Shoes | Coach

Jewelry | Kay’s Jewelers

From the photographer, Zoe Life Photography: Ashley and Hayden met as 16-year-olds sitting across from one another in high school English. They both had crushes on one another, but were too shy to do anything about it, so they became friends instead! Years later, during a summer break during college, they reconnected and went on their first date and fell in love!

They choose neutrals for their wedding colors (light grey, white, and blush pink with some greenery). Ashley wanted a soft, romantic theme for her wedding. They chose Blackhaven Wedding Garden for their venue location, and were married on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon in May, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, Zoe! You can check out more of Zoe Life Photography's work here on her website and also be sure to give her a follow on Instagram!


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