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ONEHOPE Wine: Giving Back Through Beverages at Your Nashville Wedding

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There's a new trend in weddings as of late: Giving Back! And if you're a couple like my husband and I, then you are looking for a way to give back with your wedding. For us, we had a note at every seat that said instead of giving a favor, we gave back to a charity of our choice. But let's take it one step further with ONEHOPE Wines! ONEHOPE donates a portion of the proceeds from your wedding wine purchase back to a charity of your choice! (I seriously wish I knew about this when I got married!) Plus, they have the most FUN branding - hello, gorgeous sparkly wine bottles! So when your guests are sipping on their bubbly, you can tell them that glass directly gives a hungry child a meal (or insert cause of your choice______). How amazing is that?! I have Danielle here of ONEHOPE Wines to tell us more about the lifestyle brand that will leave your guests feeling inspired (and maybe a little more brave on the dance floor). :)


Tell us about ONEHOPE Wine + how long you've been in business!

Danielle: ONEHOPE is a lifestyle brand that provides a built in give back with every purchase. Half of all profits go back to cause partners with over $2.3M donated since 2007. I have been with the company for four years and LOVE having the opportunity to combine wine + giving back!

How did ONEHOPE get started in weddings?

Danielle: It's a natural fit. Most wedding receptions include wine and bubbly! We give brides & grooms the opportunity to serve + celebrate with ONEHOPE and give back at the same time. Each case of bubbly for a toast provides 50 meals for hungry children for example. That is something really special that they can do on their big day.

What's the philosophy behind ONEHOPE?

Danielle: Giving back is good business! ONEHOPE makes GREAT - award winning wines AND provides a built in give back at the same time! It allows people to buy something they are already going to buy and feel really great about their purchase making an impact.

What are your strengths compared to others beverage providers?

Danielle: The built in give back. It's pretty great. It's not something other brands are doing nor are grocery stores or liquor stores. At the end of the day, we'd be just another great wine but...the impact from every bottle sets us apart. You're getting amazing 90 point + rated wines and our foundation is supporting causes all over the country, locally and globally.

What attracts brides to ONEHOPE?

Danielle: The delicious wine & bubbly. The opportunity to be a change maker without having to write check. Any bride would love that! The ability to have power with their purchase. They've got the budget and plan to buy it anyway... now they know lives are being changed while they have fun on their BIG day.

What trends are you seeing in the wedding beverage space?

Danielle: We are constantly rolling out and changing varietals. Every single bottle gives back. Our GLITTERS are pretty special. I think the coolest thing we can do is that the bride and groom can choose their OWN cause of choice from their purchase. 15% can go to a charity that THEY choose. That makes it even more special and meaningful. Love pets? We can give a donation to YOUR local pet shelter for example. Any 501c3 can receive a check!

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

Danielle: Serving ONEHOPE at your wedding is a GREAT way to treat your guests to amazing wine and turn it into a party for a purpose. It's a no-brainer. Simply swap out the brand you were planning to serve with ONEHOPE. #winenot

Thank you so much for sharing all about ONEHOPE Wines, Danielle! You can check out more of ONEHOPE Wines here on their webpage and here on their Instagram page! 


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Food/Catering, Guests, Gifts & Favors, Unique Wedding Ideas, 0 comments »

Vintage Weddings & Events: Mismatched China + Decor for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, April 27, 2017

When celebrating your big day, you want it to be uniquely yours! From your vows to your dress to your tablescapes, everything about your weddings should scream you as a couple. And if you're a vintage lover like me, then adding heirloom china + centerpieces to your table scape is a great choice! Nancy of Vintage Weddings and Events has curated and collected unique pieces of china, glassware, flatware + more that you can rent for your wedding! The Depression Glass, brooches + more are one of a kind pieces and will definitely be a talking piece among your guests at your Nashville wedding. As a Mother of the Groom herself, Nancy knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding, so keep reading to learn more about her vintage china business + how you can rent some for your wedding!


Tell us about Vintage Weddings + Special Events + how long you've been in business!

Nancy: Vintage Weddings & Special Events is a new family owned business which features mismatched china, goblets, depression glassware, flatware, and serving dishes. We also design one-of-a-kind centerpieces such as brooch bouquets in vintage vases and lighted mason jars on tree rounds. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience for wedding.

How did you get started in weddings?

Nancy: I started collecting vintage china and depression glass for my son's wedding last June. I fell in love with "the thrill of the hunt." I find my treasures at estate sales, flea markets, and antique stores.

What's the philosophy behind Vintage Weddings + Events?

Nancy: We are a family business and we plan to treat each event with TLC.

What are your strengths compared to other rental companies?

Nancy: I believe we are unique because we have incorporated Depression Glass into our Vintage Garden Collection. The glass compliments the colors and patterns of the china. The layering of plates is gorgeous!

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Nancy: I think brides that are having a rustic, vintage, or bohemian wedding will love our dinnerware and centerpieces. Our prices are also very reasonable.

Describe some of the services you provide besides place setting + centerpiece rentals.

Nancy: We set up and attend the reception to make sure everything runs smoothly and the reception continues to look attractive while you enjoy your special day. We will clear tables and tidy all stations such as the Coffee Bar or Appetizer Table.

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

Nancy: I love weddings so I decided to turn that enthusiasm into a business!

You can find all of Nancy's gorgeous collection here on the Vintage Weddings and Special Events' website! Thanks, Nancy!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Unique Wedding Ideas, Rentals, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

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!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Brides, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Draper James Debuts New Wedding Gift Collection for Southern Brides

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oh my heart - I am so thrilled to share some great news with you today... Draper James is debuting wedding gifts for brides and bridesmaids! The collection which debuts today is filled to the brim with items every bride wants. From champagne glasses with cute phrases to "something blue" totes, Draper James is giving you some eye candy that will dress up your registry list! The whole concept behind Reese Witherspoon's store Draper James is perfect for Nashville brides and bridesmaids. Offering gorgeous dresses for your engagement party, bridesmaids attire or bridal shower, the selections are perfect to celebrate your southern Nashville wedding. Plus, our local Nashville shop offers private events for your bridal shower or bachelorette party where you get the whole store to yourselves (gasp!). And if you haven't taken advantage of the private party aspect of the store, I sincerely hope you've visited the shop here in Nashville to browse all of their beautiful girly finds! Take a look the brand new items below and our interview with Draper James:

Tell us about the wedding gifts, accessories, homeware, etc. you’re debuting this spring. 

Draper James is excited to launch several new items that are perfect for the engaged gal in your life! From champagne flutes to cute trinket trays and totes, we know we’re going to make many brides even happier than they already are!


What trends and colors are you forecasting for wedding attire this spring? 

We will have lots of pretty floral prints this spring in fresh blues, pinks and greens plus you will see lots of feminine details like lace collars and grosgrain trim.

I also hear you have gifts specifically for brides. Do tell!

Ranging from $25.00 to $95.00, we are offering a collection of glasses, mugs, totes, trinket trays and a super cute sweatshirt that were created for the bride—we want all of the attention to be on her!


What type of bride does Draper James attract?

Draper James appeals to any bride who favors the grace and charm of the South. In our assortment, brides will find pretty dresses to wear to wedding showers and parties as well as special gifts for bridesmaids. We also offer custom bachelorette shopping parties in our Nashville and Dallas stores where brides and their friends sip champagne, nibble on sweet treats and shop after hours. 

Thank you so much for sharing all of your incredible new items with us today, Draper James! You can find them at their shop in the 12 South neighborhood here in Nashville (right next to Sprinkles Cupcakes!) or visit their online store here. And they're a must-follow on Instagram with so much fun southern inspiration! Cheers! 


All photos provided by Draper James.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Guests, Gifts & Favors, Inspiration & Trends, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Nashville Event Collective: A Collaborative Group of Wedding Professionals {Part 2}

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Yesterday, we met half of the wonderful team of Nashville Event Collective - a collaborative group of Nashville wedding professionals! Today we'll finish out the round and meet the people behind Whiskey Teacup and Anchor Films. Speaking of Anchor Films, Davis put together a wonderful video of our time at Nashville Event Collective - take a look:

Nashville Event Collective Interview from Anchor Films on Vimeo.

We clinked our glasses and at some yummy treats as we gathered around to chat about our businesses! And now I'd like to introduce you to Anchor Films + Whiskey Teacup!

Meet Anchor Films

Davis:  I grew up making home videos since the age of 10 and falling in love with film making. I was working my first job at a local bakery when a friend of a friend knew my passion for film and let me know that a company he freelances for had a full time opening. I went in for a interview the next day and got the job having no knowledge of how to film a wedding and how to use any of the camera equipment or edited programs at the time. The owner and I became very close and I learned a lot in the craft while also experiencing how to run a business. I worked and trained there for around 5 years. In 2013, I started Anchor Films with a previous employee for the company who lived in Charleston, SC. We started with the idea to offer a more intimate personal wedding film to our clients and have grown a lot over the past few years.

Davis: Nashville Event Collective was exactly what we were looking to be a part of and was introduced to use without even searching it out - getting to know everyone who was involved and seeing what each had to offer as a team. After getting to sit down and have a face to face meeting and then to be offered a spot as part of the team, we couldn't pass it up.


Meet Whiskey Teacup

Kristina: Whiskey Teacup custom make everything from event signage and cake toppers, to table toppers, and place cards, to gifts and unique keepsakes. Whiskey Teacup is a family owned company, and have more than 25 years experience in the sign, construction, interior design, floral and event industry. We saw a gap both here and nationally in terms of custom designed and made products tailored for the wedding industry. 90% percent of our competiotrs are cookie cutter, mass produced products made offshore and we wanted to give planners and brides a choice of better custom made products taht are made here. 

Kristina: Joining NEC was a great opportunity to be with other like minded professionals who are passionate about their offerings. It was also an opportunity for us to showcase our products to planners and brides alike in a relaxed professional atmosphere.

Wow I had such an incredible experience getting to know the professionals behind Nashville Event Collective! You can follow along with their stories on Instagram or make an appointment at their East Nashville location. Thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of this in-depth interview! 

Links to Instagram:

Nashville Event Collective

Anchor Films

Whiskey Teacup

Abigail Volkmann Photography

Fanciful Ink

Laurie D'Anne Events

Photos by Abigail Volkmann Photography

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Guests, Gifts & Favors, Unique Wedding Ideas, Videography, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Resources, 0 comments »