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Alexis + Kyle’s Vanderbilt + Downtown Nashville Engagement by Sowing Clover

Monday, August 21, 2017

All of the colleges and universities in Nashville bring about Nashville transplants from all over the country - and that's the case with Alexis + Kyle! The adorable couple met at a frat party at Vanderbilt and the rest is history! Sowing Clover Photography captured their love story and they even went back to their roots and took a photo in front of the very house they met in - I mean, after taking some beautiful photographs at Vanderbilt, they kind of had to! I'm loving the easy style this couple has and the traditional settings really showcase their history and personality. Check out all of their beautiful photos along with a word from Chris of Sowing Clover below...

Alexis Panzer + Kyle Cappello

Engagement Session


From the photographer, Chris of Sowing Clover: Alexis is doing her MD at UNC Chapel Hill and Kyle is working in NYC as they are planning their 2018 Wedding which will be here in Nashville. They met while in school tighter at Vanderbilt - very stereotypical at a fraternity party. They now find this to be a funny and cute part of their story. So they both flew into Nashville for these photos and we strolled the Vanderbilt Campus and then headed to downtown.

Thank you so much for sharing this fun engagement session with us Chris! You can check out more of his work at and also be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Engagements & Proposals, Photography, 0 comments »

Nashville 4th of July Styled Shoot by Elle Event Style at Arrington Vineyards

Monday, July 3, 2017

I'm sure you've already had a great weekend of celebration for our country, but today I'm sharing even more red white and blue inspiration! When Leah of Elle Event Style and I met last week, she showed me photos of her recent styled shoot with Erin Allender Photography and some amazing vendors and I knew it would be the perfect fit for the 4th! Usually the 4th of July calls for paper plates and backyard barbecues, but Leah decided to dress it up and create a beautiful 4th of July table scape. From alternating striped and solid placemats to custom made macaroons from Baked in Nashville, Leah created a casual yet classy way to do 4th of July in perfect Elle Event Style! Check out the cute and unique look at Arrington Vineyards and see what Leah has to say about the rainy shoot day!


Styled Shoot Team:

Venue | Arrington Vineyards  - The Vineyard House

Designer | Elle Event Style

Photographer | Erin Lee Allender

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Florals | Forget Me Not Designs

Paper Products | Darby Cards

Macaroons | Baked in Nashville

Tell us about the shoot vision!

Leah:I love hosting my family and friends for holiday parties! For all of my parties I always make sure that I set it up just as I would for any event that I design so that my family and friends feel just as loved. When I think of 4th of July I think of red, white, blue, paper plates and sparklers. At my house, 4th of July is all about being outside and grilling out.

What details were used to create the theme?

Leah: Would you believe that these aren't paper plates?! They are melamine plates to look like the classic paper plate. These are a great sturdy option over paper plates and they can be washed a reused. I love creating a fabulous beverage for my guests to enjoy. For the 4th I made a blueberry infused water and a strawberry white wine sangria that play off of the red, white, and blue color scheme. And if your going to drink a delicious beverage, you might as well drink it out of a fabulous American flag straw. You also can't let your guests go without something sweet. These custom 4th of July macaroons are the perfect treat for guests of all ages.

Were there any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Leah: On the day of the style shoot, it poured outside. However, if it rains on the 4th I am still going to have my family and friends over to enjoy the celebration -- so don't throw your amazing decorations and party design away, get creative and bring it inside.

Thank you so much for sharing this fun shoot with us, Leah! You can check out more of Elle Event Style's work here on her website and also here on Instagram! Happy 4th!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Sequin Wedding Linens + Bridesmaid Dresses with Bella Bridesmaids + Over the Top Linens

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Photo by Christie Froom Studios

Although it's summer, I know a lot of you are in go-mode for planning your fall or winter wedding! So even though I have some fun summer inspiration waiting for you just around the corner, I've decided to add a little glitz and glam to your Thursday - today is all about sequins! We have a dream team collaboration between Bella Bridesmaids + Over the Top Linen Rentals featuring everything sequin! Sequins are best used to give that extra glitz and glam to your wedding and make certain design elements of your wedding stand out. Whether it's glamming up all your bridesmaids in a sequin number, or mixing and matching sequin with tulle... or highlighting your sweetheart table with a sequin linen or glamming up all the tables with sequin coverings, your wedding is sure to wow! 



When color schemes that include Dusty Rose, Millennial Pink, and Blush are all the rage in weddings as of late, why not jazz it up with some sparkle? Over the Top carries some incredible linen - their selection is off the charts and you'll be sure to find what you're looking for. You can order their linens through your wedding planner or through your local rental company and they should have some samples in stock to show you. Over the Top even has some sequin linen that emulates tree branches or irridescent linens that will catch the light in your venue! As for your bridesmaid dresses? Throw on a faux mink coat over the sparkle to give some extra texture! The key to this sequin trend is to not go overboard on the sparkle - incorporate soft touches of the trend to keep your wedding shining magically - not blinding your guests!

Photo by Caitlin B Photography 

Bridesmaid dress designers like Adrianna Papell, Theia Bridesmaids, and Watters are all great places to start when searching for sequin gowns. Bella Bridesmaids in Green Hills carries only bridesmaid dresses and they have the absolute best selection in town! Adding pops of sequins into your bridesmaid attire as in the photo below is a great choice. Dress your Maid of Honor or sister in an all over sequin look and have the rest of your 'maids don a mix of sequin and chiffon. 

Looking for more sequin linen and bridesmaid dress inspiration? Check out Bella Bridesmaids website here and also Over the Top here! Cheers!



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridesmaids & Bridal Party, Inspiration & Trends, Rentals, 0 comments »

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 »