Wedding weekends are the way to go as of late - especially when you're planning a destination wedding! Everyone is already there the whole weekend, so why not make a non-stop party out of it? And that's exactly what Natu + Phillip did last April right here in Music City. The Atlanta natives spent the weekend celebrating through a traditional Tanzanian followed by a classic American wedding! Mary Anna Davis with Music City Events helped the couple design and plan their day with special details throughout the weekend. From a colorful and bright celebration to a classic black and white soireé, Natu + Phillip gave their guests an incredible experience right here in Nashville. Check out all the photos from Gregory Byerline and read about the wedding from planner, Mary Anna's perspective!
From the planner, Mary Anna Davis: Natu and Phil met and dated for 10 years before tying the knot in Nashville, TN! As Atlanta natives, they fell in love with the charm of Nashville and decided to host their two day wedding weekend in the heart of downtown. They are both doctors and got engaged in Paris! They are self-proclaimed foodies and have the biggest hearts of gold.
The two day wedding weekend kicked off with a traditional Tanzanian wedding ceremony at Marathon Village. Nashville Audio Visual provided the drapery and lighting and a family friend catered traditional Tanzanian food. The next day brought rain and an elegant black, white and gold American wedding ceremony at aVenue downtown. Nashville Event Lighting created custom Edison lightbulb chandeliers for the aisle and Dream Events and Catering designed a delicious menu for these foodies!
Thank you so much for sharing Natu + Phillip's wedding weekend with us, Mary Anna! You can find out more about Music City Events on their website here. And be sure to give them a follow over on Instagram here! I absolutely love when couples + planners put so much thought into the big day. If you have a wedding you think would be a fit for Nashville Bride Guide, head over to our submissions page here!
Class. Style. Elegance. Creativity... these are the words that come to mind whenever I see a styled shoot or wedding by Paige Brown Designs! Like I've said before, her innovative designs never cease to amaze me! She tops herself with each and every project - including this Vogue-inspired styled shoot at Easy Ivy Mansion! Paige carefully crafted every detail - from the elegant table blooms to the styled model shots, this shoot gives so much spring garden glam wedding inspiration! The pops of lilac and hints of gold against the green ivy garden is such a dream. The enchanted garden leaves us all with an element of whimsy and carries us through Paige Brown's daydream. Keep scrolling to see all of the photos from By Jarquise and learn more about Paige's inspiration with this shoot...
From the designer, Paige Brown: I daydream all of the time. There is so much beauty and creativity that lives within our imagination. It's there where anything is possible. I had a vision of a beautiful woman walking through an enchanted garden in a gorgeous silk gown at her flawlessly beautiful mansion. I took that vision and created an entire narrative around it.
I truly believe every woman deserves a fairytale experience at least once in their lifetime. ESPECIALLY on their wedding day. That's what Paige Brown Designs is all about... The magic and beauty of making fairytale wedding wishes a reality.
This couture shoot was inspired by Vogue and all things fabulous.
Wow - thank you so much for sharing this incredibly dreamy shoot with us, Paige! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' work here on her website. And be sure to give her a follow on Instagram here!
If you liked this styled shoot, be sure to check out Melanie + Chris' wedding here!
Barn wedding style has become so glamorous + sophisticated in the past few years, which is why I'm so excited to share Julie + Zach's wedding with you today! With the help of their designer and planner Laurie D'Anne Events, Julie + Zach had a glorious luxury barn wedding in the Nashville, TN area. Saddle Woods Farm was the perfect backdrop for the couple's day from their delicately placed vintage inspired goblets all the way up to their custom draping designs! Scanning the room, flowers bloomed at every angle with touches of carefully crafted lace throughout their decor. The scene provided an upgraded vintage inspired look! Check out all of the photos by Nyk and Cali Photography along with all the details from Laurie below!
Tell us about the couple's vision for their wedding!
Laurie: The vision was to have a party that was fun and enjoyable for all that were attending. Julie loved Saddle Wood Farms because it's location and the beautiful surroundings. Julie has such a sweet heart. She is a school teacher and loves spending time with her "kids" . That came through in the things that she liked. She wanted the feel to be soft and romantic, with soft lighting and beautiful florals.
What was their theme and what inspired it?
Laurie: Julie and her mother, Amy had attended the open house that we designed for Saddle Wood Farms and fell in love with draping, the food and ambiance. She new that the venue was the perfect place for the wedding and Laurie D'Anne Events was the one to help bring that vision to reality
What details were used to create their theme?
Laurie: Like I had mentioned that Julie fell in love with the draping that we designed for the open house. We wanted to keep that as the main focal point, but as with all designers, we don't want to duplicate a design you have done before so we needed to do something a little different. I decided that adding a run of taupe fabric would give the room some dimension, make it richer and have more depth. Because Julie's is a teacher, she had quite a few little people attending. We used kids farm tables to create a 20 ft. table for the little people with coloring books, and a fun meal!
Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?
Laurie: For me the highlight of every event is when it all comes together, and I get to see the face of the person that I have designed the event for. That makes it all worth it! I loved the smile on Julie and Zach's faces! Every time I looked at them, they were smiling! They had a great time and got to enjoy being a guest at their own wedding.
Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?
Laurie: No. Everything went off without a hitch. Even the things that would be out of your control turned our perfect. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time with the Mother of the Bride, Amy Brackin. She was wonderful, and very talented in her own right. We had a wonderful time working together planning Julie's wedding. It was so great to see both of Julie's parents glowing over their little girl getting married.
Thank you so much for sharing Julie + Zach's wedding with us, Laurie! You can check out more designs from Laurie D'Anne Events here on her website here and be sure to follow her on Instagram here! Happy Monday!
When it comes to florals for your wedding, you want to hire someone with experience and design expertise. And if you're looking for a florist who is up on all of the latest and greatest trends, then look no further than Rachael Ann's Event Design(yes, she specializes in greenery)! And if you saw the elopement styled shoot she designed at Houston Station, then you know her floral designs are on point (it's seriously one of my favorites this year!). From designing small centerpieces and bouquets for your Nashville wedding all the way up to full-service wedding planning for Nashville brides that includes floral design, Rachael can do it all! No matter if your wedding budget is big or small, Rachael can work with you and deliver exactlly what you envisioned! Keep reading to learn more about her business...
Tell us about Rachael Ann's Event Design + how long you've been in business!
Rachael: We have been in business for three years now. We absolutely love doing floral design and making the bride's vision come to life. We can work with a variety of styles and budgets and always love working with new ideas.
How did you get started in weddings?
Rachael: I started by interning in college with an amazing wedding planner and florist. They helped grow my passion and I will forever be grateful.
What's the philosophy behind your company?
Rachael: Our clients are our number one priority. We strive to make them the happiest they have ever been on that day. We want to create memories and joy that last them a lifetime.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Rachael: We are so versatile and can create so many different styles for all things floral.
What attracts brides to Rachael Ann's Event Design (+ describe that bride!)?
Rachael: How personable we are and how we can work with a variety of budgets. We don't have a minimum because all brides are different and have different visions.
Tell us - what's trending now in weddings?
Rachael: Greenery is one of our specialties to work with and it's a major trend right now. Everything from greenery in bouquets, accent pieces, centerpieces, garlands, etc. We absolutely love working with it and the look that it gives a room.
Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Rachael! You can find more of Rachael Ann's Event Design on her website here. And be sure to check out her Instagram page here for more inspiration! She is one talented lady! :)
Fun and meaningful are words that come to mind when looking through Amy + Jacob's wedding photos at The Cordelle. And those two words are what every couple aims for come wedding day. The careful coordination by none other than Ashley Porter of Posh Occasions is also evident in all of the couple's photos by Layla Fox Photography. From blues to grays and hints of orange, Amy + Jacob's Nashville, TN wedding was a definite showstopper. Scroll though to see all of their fun along with their story from Jacob's perspective below!
Jacob: Amy and I met at a local public high school, where we both work! Amy is a school counselor, and I was an English teacher. We worked together regularly to support struggling students and to help them prepare for college and career. Mixed in with conversations about students, Amy and I often talked about the perils of dating, family drama, and all of the other things that best friends share. During one of those conversations, Amy asked me if I would write an online dating profile for her, and I agreed. But, before I allowed her to post it for all of Nashville to see, I asked her to go out with me just once. To give it a shot. And then she could start dating online. Long story short, Amy was hooked after dinner at The Pharmacy, tickets to a Preds game, and a brew at Flying Saucer. She never did post that profile!
Tell us about the vision for your wedding!
Jacob: Our vision for our wedding was directly inspired by The Cordelle. After seeing countless venues, The Cordelle exuded all of the things that we love about our own home, our own neighborhood, and our own lives. It was unpretentious, warm, and open with the charm of history and a dash of modern, sleek design. The venue, like our wedding, was simple and lacked many frills; instead of focusing on flowers, decorations, cakes, and stationery, we elected to devote our time and budget to providing tasty food (a delicious selection of tacos from Flavor Caters), a generous selection of libations (beer, wine, and signature cocktails), and music that rocked the house (The Remedies absolutely killed it!). The venue space itself and a little seating pretty much covered all of the rest. One other thing that we agreed was a must-have was: time together. All too often the bride and groom say their vows and then get sucked into endless separate circles of conversations; instead, we wanted to be together for the whole evening. So, immediately after the ceremony, we escaped to the loft and closed the door; Ashley from Posh Occasions, as if on cue, knocked on the door a minute or two later and brought tacos and cocktails to us so that we had the necessary fuel to dance all night! She knew exactly what we needed! And, eating dinner together allowed us to step out on the right foot, wholly focused on the love between each other while surrounded by the love of others.
Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?
Ashley of Posh Occasions: The bride and groom were so thoughtful and caring to make their grandmothers a special part of their day. They both wanted a special moment before the ceremony, after their first look, to surprise the groom's grandmother who was unable to attend and FaceTime her. They also wanted to do something special for the brides grandmother. During the reception, the brides grandmother wanted horns to be played so they improvised and had the band's saxophone player serenade her with a solo. It was such a sweet moment with family all around dancing with her, tears were flowing everywhere.
We'd like to send a big thank you to Ashley of Posh Occasions for sharing Amy + Jacob's wedding with us! She definitely delivered with her coordination that day and helped make another bride + groom happy + stress-free on their wedding day! You can check out more of Ashley's weddings and services on her website here. Or check out Posh Occasions on Instagram here! Happy planning!
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