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Cabbage Salad Recipe for Brides on the Go from A Happy Healthy Heart

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey girl! I am so excited to share this guest post with you today from food blogger Melissa Haithcock with A Happy Healthy Heart! Melissa was kind enough to share her cabbage salad recipe with us since it's the perfect healthy lunch for the on-the-go bride! Hopping from appointment to appointment on your lunch break and after work gets hectic - and finding time to eat healthy in hopes to look your best on your wedding day isn't always the easiest! But this cabbage salad recipe is one that will put these worries to rest. The delicious + fresh ingredients are sure to give your tastebuds a treat! Without further ado, I'll let Melissa share her story + recipe with y'all! 


Melissa from A Happy Healthy Heart: I haven’t always loved vegetables and when I first started experimenting with recipes that included them I had to make myself want to eat them. For me, this meant they had to be pretty! Our eyes are drawn to attractive things so I figured that if the food looked good then it must taste good too! I have now learned that the prettier the food, the better it is for you because the color comes from the nutrients within it. 


On Sundays, my mom would steam cabbage before church so that it would be ready for lunch later that afternoon. I remember waking up to the smell of it and thinking it was awful! The scent would drift into my room just as I was opening my eyes and because I didn’t like the way it smelled, I never ate it. I didn’t eat cabbage until a couple of years ago but now I absolutely love it; especially red cabbage.


I love combining all kinds of fresh vegetables into one bowl to make a complete meal. This dish is just that. The quinoa offers protein, the vegetables are full of nutrients and the peanut butter sauce is a source of good fat. If you like, you can always substitute almond butter in the sauce. It’s just a matter of preference. 


If you have an extra 20 minutes this week, make this nutrient-dense salad and let me know what you think. Wiley (my husband) absolutely loves it and I’m always happy to make it. Enjoy!



¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced

¼ head green cabbage, thinly sliced

1 head broccoli, chopped

5 mini bell peppers, sliced

½ sweet onion, minced

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

1 ¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup vegetable broth

handful of cilantro 


2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp tamari (or sub liquid aminos)

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Once all vegetables are chopped, combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mix until well incorporated and set aside. 

Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

In a large saucepan heated to medium heat, cook vegetable broth, onions, broccoli and peppers together. The vegetable broth should simmer and absorb into the vegetables. Allow to cook for 7-8 minutes.

In a large bowl combine quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cooked vegetables, and sauce. Mix well and until sauce has covered all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or cold. Store in air tight container for up to a week. 


Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us, Melissa! You can check out her healthy food blog A Happy Healthy Heart here online and also be sure to follow her for more healthy recipes on Instagram here


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Food/Catering, Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

The Lodge in Franklin: A Unique Rehearsal Dinner Space in the Nashville Area

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Photo by Teale Photography

One struggle I hear most of the time with brides and wedding professionals is finding a unique space for your Nashville rehearsal dinner. A small space with character that can accommodate about 30-50 people is usually what brides are looking for. And let me tell you, I've found the space that can check all of these boxes! It's called The Lodge in Franklin - a hidden gem right off of I-65 in Franklin provides brides with a hip, modern take on rehearsal dinners. A co-working space by day (you can apply here to be a part of their entrepreneur community) and event space by night, The Lodge is that alternative space to host your next small-scale event. With cross back chairs and farm tables provided, The Lodge's decor with leather couches, wrought iron chandeliers and reclaimed wood provides a unique space for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or even small intimate weddings. Plus, Honest Coffee Roasters has a coffee bar right on site! Check out our interview below with founder, Amanda to learn more about the unique space...



Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Amanda: The Lodge offers Franklin’s beauty, southern warmth & hospitality. A great location for seminars, trainings, day retreats, business retreats, rehearsal dinners, parties, showers, and more. We may be new on the block but we have years of collective experience. Our venue opened January 2017. We have several options available from planning a business retreat to a beautiful rehearsal dinner and small intimate weddings. Great events don’t just happen! We believe they start with listening to what our clients need and desire. We promote an quaint enjoyable and stress free experience so you can enjoy your event/day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Amanda: Our strengths lie in the small events. We can host 50 guests in our building. Creating a family like environment away from home. An intimate gathering space.

2 Photos above by Daniel C. White

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

Amanda: Shall we say shiplap, shiplap, shiplap! We have a beautiful space that doesn’t require any extra effort. From our white shiplap walls, exposed brick to our antique chandeliers, our space is ready for the bride’s special day. There’s an authentic farmhouse vintage feel without having to leave the city limits of Franklin.

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible and unique space with us, Amanda! Be sure to check out The Lodge Franklin's website here and follow them over on Instagram here. Happy venue shopping!

All other photos from The Lodge Franklin website.



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Wedding Traditions You Can Skip from Honeyfund

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I am thrilled to share this post with you today! If you are a fan of Shark Tank on ABC, then you might remember couple Sara + Josh Margulis scoring a deal a few seasons back with Kevin O'Leary for their honeymoon wedding registry site - Honeyfund. Well today, we have writer for Honeyfund, Wendy Dessler sharing her expertise on wedding traditions! And we can think of one fun wedding gift tradition to break... but we'll let Wendy take it from here! 




If you are planning a wedding in the Nashville, Tennessee area, you are in for some great surprises. Nashville is home to country superstars and the flavor of the area is fantastically unique. Though you can still have a traditional wedding if you want to, you will find that there are traditions that beg to be changed or skipped altogether. This event is one of the most exciting events of your life and it should represent who you are as a couple. Let’s take a look at some traditions that are easily updated.

Photo by Kellie Mueller Photography


The first step to making a wedding your own is choosing the attire. Here are a few tips of traditions to skip:

1) The bride does not have to wear white.

--White, cream, off-white, ivory are all colors traditional brides wear, but you can wear any color you love for your wedding. Grey, ink blue, peach, yellow, and shades of red are beautiful for the non-traditional bride. For a real eye-opener, try dressing the bridesmaids in cream.

2) Veils are not required.

--If you want to wear a long veil, you certainly can. But more brides are opting for hair jewelry, headbands, or hair clips for their wedding.

3) “Here comes the bride!”

--The “Bridal Chorus” has long been considered the only music a bride could march down the aisle to. But, that idea is outdated. Choose the music that makes your heart sing, or a song that reminds you of the two of you as a couple.

--Venue - getting married in a church is a beautiful tradition. But, if you are not religious, or if you just want a special venue, go for it. Nashville and the surrounding areas have beautiful venues that are perfect for a wedding of any size.

Photo by Jen & Chris Creed

The most rewarding tradition you can change...

Wedding gifts. The mention of the words sends chills down a bride’s spine. People do not know what to buy for a couple who probably have the basics to begin married life. Going to several of the couple’s favorite stores to check the registry sounds simple, unless you have a job, family, and a life that demands much of your time. Then you find yourself the night before the wedding wondering if you should buy the $40 serving spoon, which is the only thing left on the list. Somehow the idea of the couple opening your gift and pulling out a big spoon doesn’t appeal to you. The answer is the Honeymoon Registry. Setting up a Honeymoon Registry is fast and easy and can be done from anywhere. You set up the crowdfunding site to allow guests to contribute to gifts, events, and collections that you really want. They are thrilled with the ease of the sites and the fact that they gave a great gift that did not cost them any fees. Plumfund is one of the most popular honeymoon registries available.

Here are a few things you can set up on your site:

-A night in a special hotel on your honeymoon

-A dinner at the location of your choice

-Activities you would like to experience while on your honeymoon

-Travel expenses

-Wedding expenses

-Photography expenses


Or, you may be just as non-traditional with your Honeyfund account as you are with your wedding. You may want to:

-Collect funds for a family member or friend who is ill

-Contribute to local charities

-Collect funds for the downpayment on a home

-Pay off student loans or other debts

-Remodel or add a nursery to your home

This is your special event. You can have it any way you want it. So break free of traditions and have it your way!

Meet the author, Wendy Dessler

Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.


Thanks for sharing all of these amazing tips with us, Wendy! You can check out Honeyfund's website for more info on how to start your honeymoon registry - it's such a great idea!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Advice & Planning, Honeymoon and Post Wedding, 0 comments »

Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party Recap at Acme Feed & Seed

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wow. You guys. The past few days have been a whirlwind yet I've been on cloud 9! I am so incredibly amazed by the love and support you all showed me at the official #NBGLaunch party Tuesday night at The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed! We had well over 200 guests in attendance at our wedding blog launch - from wedding professionals to brides to local media outlets and even local bloggers! 

Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party

The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed


Launch Team:

Venue | The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed

Planner | Lindsy with Music City Events

Photographer | SheHeWe Photography

Signage | White Ink Calligraphy

Photo booth | Frozen Exposure

Balloon Art | Party Animals

DJ | Entertain!

Flowers | Greenfinch Floral Design

Makeup Artist | Katie-Laine Thornton

Chandeliers | Southern Sky Event Lighting

Cocktails + Bartending | RED Spirits & Wine

Catering | Two Fat Men + Chef's Market

Live Watercolor Art | Mezzanine Floral

Cotton Candy | Spinwheels Cotton Candy Cart

Macarons | Baked in Nashville

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Registration | As We Gather Events

With the music loud and the lights low, the pink + coral decor rockin' and the cotton candy drinks flowing, Nashville Bride Guide offered an experience for not just wedding professionals, but brides and the media community as well! 3 talented dessert designers graced party-goers with sweet treats throughout the night while 2 of our fabulous local caterers made 7 awe-inspiring appetizers so no one would be left hungry! The balloon art installations, the live watercolor painter and touch up makeup artist offered creative elements that made the event interactive. 

Though the fun and games of the night were such a treat, my favorite part was seeing such dear friends of mine and meeting so many new ones! So much fun was had and I hope it brought joy to everyone who attended. Nashville Bride Guide would not be here without the love and support of each and every one of you reading this! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the words of encouragement that were shared with me, the kind emails and messages and all of the photo sharing on Instagram. Looking forward to a great year for NBG and the rest of the Nashville wedding community! 

xoxo, Alyssa

All photos by SheHeWe Photography

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridal Shows & Events, Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »

Nashville Lifestyles Weddings Issue Features Real Nashville Weddings + More

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We had such an amazing time meeting all of you last night at the #NBGLaunch! Thank you for coming out! If you made your way to the registration table, you may have seen a special publication available... Nashville Lifestyles Weddings! With over 30 weddings in the beautifully designed print magazine, you'll find their picks for the top weddings chosen from loads of real wedding submissions. From DIY to lux, the wedding styles come in a wide range and each one is beautiful in its own way! Here's a peek of the cover of NLW!


Remember, you can pick up your copy at many major retailers here in Nashville! Be sure to check out images from our #NBGLaunch party on the Nashville Lifestyles website soon! Thanks so much for partnering with us on this event, Nashville Lifestyles! 

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Wedding Resources, 0 comments »