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Annalise + Brandon’s Destination Wedding in Nashville at Houston Station

Friday, May 26, 2017

What do you get when a musician + a vocalist cross paths in Nashville? Well, for Annalise + Brandon, it was true love! Since the couple met here in Music City, they decided to have a destination wedding in Nashville at Houston Station! The couple's decor centered around their musical background and also showcased the industrial historic train station feel that Houston Station offers to so many couples. I'm loving their classy touches mixed with casual characteristics - like the bride's glamorous accessories mixed with her Converse shoes! It's definitely the Nashville way. :) Take a look at more of Tracy Shoopman's photos and hear how the night went straight from Tracy herself!

Annalise + Brandon Thomas

Houston Station

10.31.15

100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracy Shoopman Photography

Makeup Artist | Brides by Lisa

Hair Stylist | Brides by Mary

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Venue | Events Nashville at Houston Station

Transportation | Matchless Transportation

Event Planner | Social Ambitions Events and Weddings

Draping | Visual Elements

Cake Designer | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

From the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Annalise is originally from Colorado but she and Brandon met in Nashville... and so Nashville is where they decided to have their destination wedding. Annalise and Brandon's wedding took place at the Historic Houston Train Station. We loved the venue with the exposed brick and peeling paint.. it added so much character. The bride and groom also sing and play wonderfully together as you can see in some of the images. Overall, the beautiful couple and the beautiful venue made for a beautiful wedding.

More from the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Their  wedding theme was country-chic and inspired by "I Hear the Train a'Comin'". Mis-matched china, beautiful clear glass goblets, a chandelier, off whites and some blush (pale warm peachy pink) were also used to create the look and feel of the wedding.

Thank you so much for sharing Annalise + Brandon's wedding with us, Tracy! You can check out more of Tracy Shoopman's photography work here on her website. Also be sure to check out more on Houston Station here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Ashlee + Richard’s Romantic Summer Wedding in the Rain by Prairie Rose Events

Monday, May 22, 2017

With all the rain we had this weekend, I was thinking about all the brides making their rain plan decisions... it's a tough call to make for sure and I admire every single couple's will to go with the flow and know their love is greater than any weather that is thrown their way. And this is why Ashlee + Richard's wedding is perfect to showcase today! As a rainy day couple themselves, planner + designer Emily of Prairie Rose Events & Design describes their day so beautifully - it sure helps working with a couple who can gracefully weather the weather - you can just tell how strong their bond is in times like these! The beautiful barn setting at Southall Meadows and upscale details made their wedding shine through even the rainiest of days. See all of their photos by Sharpe + Walker Photography below!

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Ashlee + Richard Lowe

Southall Meadows

August 2016

Wedding Team:

Photography | Sharpe & Walker Photography

Venue | Southall Meadows

Planner | Prairie Rose Events & Design

Florals | Elder Floral

Catering | Peg Leg Porker

Rentals | Southern Event Rentals

Music | Premier DJs

From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: Ashlee + Richard are a loving and down-to-earth couple who wanted wanted a romantic wedding in Southall Meadow's century old tobacco barn. Both have huge personalities and lead busy lives: Richard is on the coaching team for MTSU's women's basketball and Ashlee is a rugby player. They have huge laughs and did so much of this wedding themselves. Ashlee collected over 200 wine bottles to use as her centerpieces, washed them all in her bathtub to remove the labels, and dried them out on her apartment's porch. She also learned how to make candles, and she created leather & whisky candles for their guests to take home from the wedding.

They poured so much time and effort into their wedding, and then wouldn't you know, it began raining about fifteen minutes before their ceremony. With guests arriving and half wanting to sit in the rain so Ashlee & Richard could have their wedding between the two hills outside and the other half huddling inside the barn, there was a big question to be answered. Where will we do the ceremony? Having to choose the rain plan is what every bride dreads during the planning process and so many lose sleep over. I've never seen it handled better by any couple.



From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: After we talked about the positives and negatives of both options, Richard looked at Ashlee (they did their first look earlier) and said something along the lines of, "I love that it rained. I love that our day isn't perfect because if it was perfect it wouldn't be us and it wouldn't be a marriage." He put his soon to be wife at ease and made the decision so easy for her. That is a couple who can weather anything.

We went with the rain plan: a reception style ceremony, which the guests appreciated. We opened the doors behind the preacher and let the rainy skies act as the backdrop. Ashlee and Richard had a beautiful ceremony and then we got to the party! No part of the wedding was dampened by rain, and the couple look back on that day as fondly as any bride who had sunny skies.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully rainy wedding with us, Emily! You can check out more of Prairie Rose Events & Design's portfolio on her website here and also here on her Instagram page

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

Elizabeth + Casey’s Glamorous Wedding in the Woods by Chad Erickson Photography

Friday, May 19, 2017

Geometric shapes, geodes + jewel tones are all the rage which is why I'm SO excited to share Elizabeth + Casey's wedding with you today! Devon of Meet Cute Event Planning helped design the couple's day to fit their modern aesthetic into a woodsy setting. And adding a little sparkle never hurt anyone! :) I am in awe of Elizabeth + Casey's DIY geometric installations hanging from the ceiling and next to their sweetheart table! Can I just have some for my house? Their love showed through in every moment captured by photographer Chad Erickson. And their adventurous spirit was so beautifully displayed when they suggested to stand on a cliff for a wedding photo! Check out all their photos below as well as exerpts from Chad about what it felt like to photograph this beautiful day...

Elizabeth + Casey Potts

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

11.12.16

100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Chad Erickson Photography

Event Venue | Cedars of Lebanon

Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Floral Designer | Import Flowers

Cake Designer | Lindsay Dial

Hair Stylist | Little Rosie and Co

Caterer | Martin's Barbecue

Musicians | Mason Lee

Event Designer | Meet Cute Event Planning

Dress Store | The White Room



 

Tell us about Elizabeth + Casey!

Chad: The couple were best friends before they started dating. They met at a camp after a time apart and started up a romantic relationship. As camp was a big part of their story, they decided on an outdoor wedding at a state park they loved.

Tell us about their vision!

Chad: Devon of Meet Cute Event Planning described the wedding as a "glamorous wedding in the woods". They wanted to keep it intimate with a heavy focus on the natural surroundings.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Chad: Devon's idea was to use a variety of metals and geometric shapes and themes to bring a bit of sparkle to the golden Tennessee fall atmosphere. "A night to shine for this couple who brighten each other's lives and all those around them!".

What details were used to create the theme?

Chad: Devon used geodes as her main inspiration for color and theme. The groom, Casey, spent weeks in advance building the wooden cube and geometric shapes that were used as table decorations as well as the giant hanging art installation that hung above the cake.

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Chad: I knew they were an adventurous couple, but I didn't realize how much until they told me they wanted to walk out onto the ledge of a cliff and take pictures. It wasn't super high, but the small size of the ledge combined with the tremendous size of the dress and the fall leaves had me sweating a bit. But they made it with no problems, and we got some great portraits of them.

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Chad: Everything went off without a hitch as far as I can remember. Mostly due to an extraordinary amount of planning and an overall laid back attitude.

Thank you so much for sharing Elizabeth + Casey's wedding with us, Chad! You can find more of Chad Erickson's work here on his website and also be sure to follow him on Instagram!

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

Heather + Jared’s Nashville, TN Brunch Wedding at The Listening Room Cafe

Monday, May 15, 2017

We all know how HUGE brunch is here in Nashville, TN. On any given Saturday or Sunday late morning, it's almost impossible to find a table at any local restaurant for a delicious brunch meal. So when it came down to planning their wedding, Jared + Heather decided to give the brunch theme a go! The couple along with their planner Details by Margaret incorporated personalized touches throughout the day as well. Honoring Heather's late father by carrying his police badge down the aisle was one of the most special moments of the day. The bright blue hues were perfect for a daytime wedding and the couple's dog even made an appearance! Take a look at all the gorgeous photos from Tracye's Photography and hear their story from her perspective behind the lens...

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Heather + Jared Petry

Listening Room Cafe

5.29.16

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracye's Photography

Planning + Florals | Details by Margaret

Venue | The Listening Room Cafe

Cake | Dulce Desserts

Music | Bay Brooks

DJ | 3rd Coast Entertainment

Suit | Street Tuxedo

Tell us about the couple!

Tracye: Heather is from Valdosta, Ga. and she met Jared in Nashville. I actually shot their proposals photos as well! You can check them out here to see more of their story! 

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Tracye: It was a brunch wedding. Since brunch is such a big deal in Nashville they thought it would be a great plan for their wedding!

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Tracye: Heather's father was a police officer and she lost him years ago. She carried his badge and Jared wore one of his watches. Heather's two nieces walked her down the aisle and Jared's niece walked him down the aisle. They rented a blue Jaguar to leave the reception in and we went to the park for more pictures. 

Thank you so much for sharing Heather + Jared's gorgeous photos with us, Tracye! You can check out more of Tracye's Photography here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. And a special shout out to Details by Margaret for planning an awesome brunch wedding! 

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Laura + Bernard’s Swanky Art Deco Wedding at Sinema by Paige Brown Designs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Laura + Bernard pulled out all the stops to make their wedding fun and unique! The couple chose a traditional Gatsby/Art Deco theme for their wedding at Sinema Nashville all while putting their own twist on the day. Planner, designer and florist Paige Brown Designs helped them create the scene with black, white and gold elements, and a gorgeously designed table scape set for a king (or Gatsby himself!). Not to mention, Laura's bridal portraits beneath the classy chandeliers are to. die. for! Her elegant hat paired with her gold beaded dress is absolutely stunning and so HER! Check out all of their photos by Shannon Bankston Photography below and hear their incredible "30 years in the making" story!

Laura + Bernard

Sinema Nashville

9.17.16

100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Designer, Planner, Florist | Paige Brown Designs

Venue, Food | Sinema Nashville

Photos | Shannon Bankston Photography

Cake | A Frosted Affair

Tell us about Laura + Bernard!

Paige Brown: Laura and Bernard have the most amazing love story! They met when they were very young and began dating in high school. Bernard asked Laura to marry him prior to leaving for the United States Navy. Since she was still in high school, she declined. 30 years later, they reconnected, fell in love, and had their fairytale wedding. You know what they say: what is meant to be will always be.

Tell us about the vision for their wedding.

Paige Brown: Laura and Bernard wanted a non-traditional wedding with fun and eclectic details. From the venue to the decor details, this wedding was truly stylish and unique in every way imaginable.

What was their theme and what inspired it? What details were used to create the theme?

Paige Brown: The couple opted for the theme of "Art Deco: 30 Years In The Making". The Gatsby-inspired look with a modern twist gave way to gold, black, and white details throughout the event space.

Thank you so much for sharing Laura + Bernard's day with us, Paige! Your designs are always on point! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' work here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »