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Penny + Brad: Blooming Springtime Wedding at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is how the pros do it! Bride, Penny is also a wedding planner with Aisling Weddings & Events here in Nashville - and she tied the knot with her husband Brad this past spring at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett. Keeping it simple and personal was key to Penny's wedding and adding in so many incredible elements that represented them as a couple really stood out! From their "bomb squad" wedding cake to their dogwood seedlings as guest favors, Penny's eye for detail was so evident in their day! Check out all their beautiful photos from Blue Dahlia and read all about their day below... 

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Penny + Brad

Scarritt Bennett

4.8.17

Wedding Team:

Location and Catering | Scarritt Bennett Center

Photography | Blue Dahlia Photography

Videography | Varnish Wedding Films

Cake | The Frosted Affair by Jay Qualls

Flowers | Ruth Gardner at Import Flowers

Music | Nashville Wedding Musicians and Nashville Pipes & Drums

Hair and Make-Up | Kara Gaylor

Dress | BHLDN Bridal in Beverly Hills

Suits | Street Tuxedo

Vases | Southern Events

Tree Guest Book | Lets Paint This Town

Bridesmaid Gifts | Southern Polished

Planning and Coordination | Aisling Weddings & Events

Officiant | Stephen Seymour, Unforgettable Ceremonies

From the bride: On the most perfect Spring day in April, Penny Northcutt and Brad Burns were married at the awe-inspiring Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant, wedding with just family and those in their wedding party in attendance.

Brad is originally from Nashville, and Penny is originally from Manchester, TN, but has lived in Nashville since 2001. They met on eHarmony, which Penny swore she’d never use. However, on a fateful day while working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Penny’s friend and co-worker, Missi, informed her that she was going to create an online dating profile on her behalf. Penny wasn’t a fan of the idea, but Missi insisted, and informed Penny that she could create her own online dating profile that very evening, and if she didn’t, Missi would do it for her. Penny couldn’t risk the likely grammatical errors of her friend, and she created an online dating profile that evening, still to her dismay. Brad was the first and only person that caught her attention, and vice versa, as he was new to the site as well. Within 2 weeks, the two were communicating constantly. They had their first date upon Penny’s return from visiting friends in Los Angeles the following week, and the rest is blissful marital history.

Penny had always dreamed of a Spring wedding, and had every detail of the day in her head, ready to execute when the time came. This was also much in part to her experience coordinating weddings for others as co-owner of Aisling Weddings & Events in Nashville. Penny was able to book nearly every aspect of her wedding within a 2 week period. However, the dress was lacking. On another trip to Los Angeles, Penny’s friend, Julie, surprised her with dress fittings at Saks Bridal and BHLDN Bridal, both in Beverly Hills. After finding several dresses that were beyond fabulous, but not so fabulous for the budget, the last dress of the day proved to be “the one” in every way at BHLDN. It was then that every aspect of the wedding was truly complete…still several months before the wedding.

Even though the couple wanted a simple wedding, Penny made sure that certain aspects were included. The music had to be grand and stately, as well as unique, and Wedding Musicians Company  delivered, especially with the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody via the pipe organ as the recessional song. Guests and the wedding party were caught looking at each other asking, “Is that Bohemian Rhapsody?” Indeed, it was. To honor Brad’s Irish heritage, Penny also wanted to include bagpipes. As the groomsmen entered from the front of the chapel, so did a bagpiper and a snare drummer from the back of the chapel while playing Wearing of the Green. Brad had no clue, and was overcome with emotion. The bag piper and snare drum also accompanied the organ for a stately rendition of Highland Cathedral for the bridal entrance. To include more of Brad in the day, the rings were presented in a wooden container shaped like a bomb, which was made by Penny’s dad for Brad, to honor his profession, and made from a tree that fell in the yard of the couple’s home.


From the bride: The brunch reception for the 100 guests took place in the Susie Gray Dining Hall, with a custom menu by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef, Jennifer Threadgill, consisting of a biscuit bar with all the fixings, maple glazed bacon, cheese grits, and Jennifer’s own homemade apple butter, and other brunch delicacies. Another nod to Brad’s heritage were the flower arrangements on the reception tables, with Irish coffee mugs used as vases, rented from Southern Events in Franklin, filled with perfectly Spring-like arrangements created by Ruth Gardner, from Import Flowers.

But, the pièce de résistance was the cake. Brad is on the bomb squad of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and that was highlighted for everyone to see with a two-sided cake, thanks to the talents of Jay Qualls of The Frosted Affair. One side of the cake featured beautiful pastel peonies, ranunculus and roses, and the other side featured a bomb technician wearing a bomb suit walking out of the cake…in fondant, of course. The cake was placed on an automatic turntable, and the look on Brad’s face when he saw the “bomb guy” on the cake was priceless.

Because Penny didn’t want the typical guest book, she opted to have a guest book thumb print tree, drawn by the talented Autumn Potter of Lets Paint This Town. The result now hangs on the couple’s home, as a constant reminder of those that shared in their special day. Additionally, Penny didn’t want to give her guests just any old favor, but one that would mean something to the newly married couple, as well as to the family members in attendance. Penny’s dad is a retired county extension agent who specialized in forestry, and who also coached many 4-H forestry judging teams. Therefore, Penny found dogwood seedlings from Porcupine Hollow Farm in Central Lake, Michigan, that the couple gave their guests, as an homage to Penny’s dad and the mutual love of trees by so many in attendance.

The quickly executed day went just as planned, thanks to Penny’s solid vision and experience planning similar events. The newly married couple departed the next morning for 2 weeks in Ireland.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Penny! You can check out more on her wedding planning company Aisling Weddings & Events here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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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!

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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!

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Hailey + Grant’s Classic Southern Wedding at War Memorial by Music City Events

Friday, June 23, 2017

Classic meets modern. Southern traditions meeting the modern age. Timeless photography that will also show a sign of the times. All of these #weddinggoals truly embody Grant + Hailey's wedding at War Memorial! Planned by the downtown wedding pros themselves, Music City Events, each and every detail tied together created a cohesive and timeless wedding (I can't stop saying timeless - this wedding truly is!). And with Hailey's close ties to her grandmother, she incorporated elements from her downtown wedding years ago into her own wedding - it is truly one for the books! Plus, the historic elements of each and every venue are true flashbacks to the days of old. See all of their lovely photos from Melissa Madison Fuller and hear all about their day straight from Hailey below!

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Hailey + Grant 

West End Church of Christ and War Memorial Auditorium

8.20.16

240 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planner | Music City Events

Photography | Melissa Madison Fuller 

Ceremony | West End Church of Christ

Reception Venue | War Memorial Auditorium

Guest Accommodations | The Hermitage Hotel

Florals | Knestrick by Design

Wedding Dress | Village BridalPronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella BridesmaidsJoanna August

Paper Goods | Nesting Project

Band | Super T Revue

How did you guys meet?

Hailey: Oddly enough, we grew up about 10 miles from each other and spent four years at the University of Tennessee without meeting each other. The year after we graduated, we both stayed in Knoxville for our first jobs and met through a year-long Young Professionals program. We had a blast in Knoxville post-college and made some lifelong friends as we were starting our relationship.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Hailey: Classic Southern with modern clean lines. I loved the historic feel of War Memorial but wanted to have a traditional ceremony at a close by church. I loved that the church had a touch of color on the walls but was very white and simplistic. Grant and I also loved cocktail hour, particularly having time to greet guests and mingle. The weather was perfect and the outdoor courtyard was exactly what we wanted. It was important to me that the bridesmaid dresses were neutral along with the flowers and tablecloths. We used olive branches as a touch of green.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Hailey: I loved being downtown. The bridesmaids and my parents stayed Friday night at the Hermitage Hotel. It was very fun to wake up with our view looking out onto War Memorial and to have a slow and intimate morning with some of my favorite people. The bridal party walked over to War Memorial for pictures and it felt like a movie with us all walking around the downtown streets. Especially me with my long train and cathedral length veil. It took 2 bridesmaids to keep it from sweeping the streets up!

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

Hailey: My something old was my grandmother’s garter. We pinned it inside of my dress. She was also married in downtown Nashville so sharing multiple things, such as a middle name, is very special to me. My something new was a Tiffany’s pearl bracelet Grant gave to me as a wedding gift. My something borrowed was really fun. I had my sorority sisters meet me before the ceremony to serenade me with a ritual song we sang together many times, right before they each brought their Phi Mu pin and we attached them to my bouquet.

Thanks so much for sharing this stunning wedding with us, Music City Events! Be sure to check out more of their weddings here on their website and give them a follow over on Instagram!

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How to Choose a Nashville Wedding Venue: Advice from Music City Events

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Photos by LMR Photography + Saybre Photography

Choices, choices, choices! If there's something Nashville isn't short on, it's wedding venues! From elegant historical mansions to casual coffee bars, the Nashville wedding venue ocean runs deep. Need some guidance on how to find a Nashville wedding venue? We spoke with Lindsy of Music City Events to help us with this task - it doesn't have to be daunting! And might I add, having a planner step in during the venue search process will save you so much time (and possibly money!). So whether you're looking to have an intimate gathering for 50 or a large party of 400, Lindsy is here to help us navigate the Nashville wedding venue waters! Keep scrolling to read all about finding a Nashville wedding venue...

There are so many venues to choose from! Where do you suggest couples start?

Lindsy: I highly recommend hiring a planner. Not only because I am one myself, but because your planner is your guru. Hiring a knowledgeable planner can eliminate all of that research to find out which venues suit your size, budget and aesthetic.

Guest count has a lot to do with finding a venue - can you dig a little further into this?

Lindsy: Your guest count is most important in your venue search. You may think you want an intimate event with 50 of your closest friends but your partner may have 100 guests on their own personal list. Most weddings average 150-200 guests. In Nashville, I feel as though there are many more options for venues if your guest count is under 150. If you find your guest count to be over 250 (and up to 400) guests, your options are limited. There are so many wonderful, unique venues but find out their max capacity (with and without a dance floor) before you fall in love with one.

Which should come first - choosing a wedding style/aesthetic or choosing a venue?

Lindsy: Many venues can accommodate a variety of styles. Spaces like The Cordelle are beautiful, blank canvases that can host a modern event as effortlessly as a traditional soiree. However, if you book the stunning 100 year old Hermitage Hotel, there's a specific aesthetic that works best in that venue. I recommend booking your venue before you commit to a certain style, aesthetic, or even colors. (I've seen mint green bridesmaids in a mostly-red venue and it just does not work!)

Do you suggest couples look for a venue for the ceremony + reception or switch locations for ceremony + reception?

Lindsy: There are positives and negatives to booking more than one venue. ONE VENUE : It's easiest for your guests and vendors. With everyone in one place, the vendors can communicate with you or your planner easily. Your guests only have to park once and there's very little chance anyone will get lost from the ceremony to reception. On the negative side, sometimes booking one space can require what we call a "flip" - flipping the space from ceremony to reception. Depending on the venue, this flip can put your guests out in the elements (rain, heat, humidity, etc.) or in a cramped hallway for cocktail hour. TWO VENUES : There are so many gorgeous ceremony spaces that I never deter a couple from marrying in one of them, it's just few more logistics to work out. The downside to two venues is two venue rental fees. If you have your heart set on a church ceremony, you're likely need two venues. Most venues and churches that cater to ceremonies require minimal set-up so the fees are much smaller. You'll also have to consider how you're going to get your guests from one venue to the next. Consider hiring a bus or trolley, or use a Lyft/Uber code. If you're a local and most of your guests will be driving themselves, make sure both venues have valet or ample parking. No one wants to pay a hefty parking fee to attend your event.

How much of your wedding budget should go into your venue?

Lindsy: The venue should be about 10-20% of your overall budget. When booking a venue, find out how much you're expected to rent. Some venues provide tables, chairs, bar fronts, china and flatware. Others provide an empty room. Ask your planner or venue representative what comes with the venue and how much the average couple spends on rentals.

At what point in the planning process should couples choose their venue?

Lindsy: The venue dictates almost every other decision you'll make, so do that early. I had a bride who booked planning services with us (Music City Events) in February of 2016 and wanted a January 2017 wedding at the Hermitage Hotel. Her guest list was growing and, sadly, the venue would be too small so we continued our search. She ended up booking War Memorial for August of 2016. She still got her traditional, classic wedding reception but it was a lot different from the winter wedding we were planning to have at the Hermitage Hotel.

How far out from your wedding date should you book a venue?

Lindsy: If you want to get married on a Saturday during Nashville's peak seasons, spring or fall, most venues are booked a year out. If you're willing to try a Friday, Sunday or weekday, your options open up tremendously and 6 to 9 months would work. If you're planning a winter wedding, you'll have many more options as most venues are wide open in January and February. Earlier this year I pulled off a February wedding with less than 3 months of planning. So, it can be done!

Do you have any more advice for finding a venue in Nashville?

Lindsy: As my realtor would say, "Location! Location! Location!" We have so many options in Nashville! There are venues everywhere, including downtown, right on Broadway, up to an hour outside of the city. Again, think about your guests' experience and the look and feel you're going for.

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Thank you so much for sharing such vaulable insight with us today, Lindsy! You can find more information on Music City Events' planning here on their website. Also be sure to give them a follow here on Instagram!

All photos provided by Music City Events

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Laurie D’Anne Events: Nashville’s Full-Service Luxury Wedding Planning Company

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Photos by Nyk and Cali

If it's your first time becoming familiar with the Nashville wedding industry, finding vendors, decor and more can turn into one big learning experience... and it might almost feel like you're taking a shot in the dark with who you can trust with your big day. And this is one of the main reasons you want to hire a professional wedding planner. Laurie D'Anne Events and her team have 10+ years of experience planning and designing weddings... but most of all working with couples like yourselves! With Laurie's close relationships to Nashville area wedding professionals, your stress level is likely to cool down - she can help take as much planning off of your plate as you need! Her customized packages can give you as much or as little attention to your wedding as you'd like. But based on these photos of her work, we're sure you'll want Laurie and her team to help design the most stunning wedding of your dreams that uniquely fits the two of you as a couple. I'll give the mic to Laurie so she can give you all the scoop on her business!

Photo by Nyk and Cali

Tell us about Laurie D'Anne Events + how long you've been in business!

Laurie: Laurie D'Anne Events is a full service, luxury design and event planning company. Laurie D'Anne Events was established in 2013. Over the past 10 years, I have been designing, planning and producing luxury weddings and celebrity events in the Nashville area and around the US. At Laurie D'Anne Events, we love to take our clients from concept to completion. We start by working with the client to capture the vision for the event. From there, we begin to build the event by producing custom design boards and CAD drawings, and by working with the caterers to build a custom menu. All of this establishes the foundation for the event. Once we have the foundation, we take the overall vision and continue the design to create a reality. We are always on site from the moment the first partner arrives until the last one leaves. It is not only our goal to produce creative, timeless events, but to value our partners. Without them, we would not be able to do what we love to do most, which is bringing a vision to life while creating a luxury experience all along the way! Our strong relationships in our partners in the industry is what makes anything possible. We produce all types of events including corporate, music industry, weddings and large scale social events. We would love to help you plan your next event!

How did you get started in weddings?

Laurie: Weddings feel like a natural thing for me. When I started in the industry back in 2007, I was the person on the team that truly enjoyed building relationships with the couples. Although we did all types of events, I was given and then requested by clients to plan the weddings.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Laurie: At Laurie D'Anne Events, we believe that our clients are valuable. Each person is unique with unique styles and beliefs to what is most important to them. Although weddings are not the only type of events that we produce, we believe that weddings are very special. Weddings are a once in a lifetime event. We honor each client and the investment they are making by bringing the very best design and planning experience based on the investment. We believe by creating an experience, we will create a memory and in turn create friends. Our goal is for you to be a guest at your own party!

Photos by Krista Lee Photography

Photo by Parker Young

What are your strengths compared to others wedding planners?

Laurie: We have a unique way of bringing all things into balance, and by doing so, creating a wonderful experience. The way we experience an event is the way that we perceive it with our senses. Our designers focus on bringing into balance the things we see and hear, along with the things we touch and the wonderful food we taste. We focus on hearing you and creating an event that blends with who you are as a person.

What attracts couples to Laurie D'Anne Events?

Laurie: Brides that really want an expert to help them create an amazing wedding experience are the brides that are most attracted to us. We have clients that want to be very hands on and clients that are just too busy to hunt for the best vendor that may or may not be about creating her dream. Our brides love that we hear them and can help bring their vision to life. We will create a full design or can collaborate with them on a design. Either way, our brides know that they can trust us to bring the very best whether it is simple or elaborate. We also have many destination brides; they need someone they can trust from afar.

What is the most innovative aspect of wedding planning today?

Laurie: Communication, timeline, contact and payment conveniences! In today's world, everyone's plate is full. It is nice to be able to sign a contract and pay a retainer online all with a touch of a finger. We have software that will not only make those things easy, but will help the bride build a digital checklist. It's also a place to store wedding guest names and addresses so they can create that list months in advance and use it for invitations, guest seating, and more!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about Laurie D'Anne Events?

Laurie: People are important. Our goal is to value our clients the way that we want to be valued. Creating events is a way that we get to use our talents and make people happy, which in turn makes us happy and allows us to fulfill our purpose. If you are planning a wedding now or will be in a few months, we would love to have you over to our office in East Nashville to enjoy a lovely beverage and sweet eats! CALL OR TEXT TODAY 615-830-0549.

Photo by Parker Young

Photo by Nyk and Cali

Photo by Abigail Volkmann

Thank you so much for sharing all about your business with us, Laurie! You can follow Laurie D'Anne Events on Instagram here and also be sure to check out her gorgeous portfolio on her website here!

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