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Ashlee + Richard’s Romantic Summer Wedding in the Rain by Prairie Rose Events

Monday, May 22, 2017

With all the rain we had this weekend, I was thinking about all the brides making their rain plan decisions... it's a tough call to make for sure and I admire every single couple's will to go with the flow and know their love is greater than any weather that is thrown their way. And this is why Ashlee + Richard's wedding is perfect to showcase today! As a rainy day couple themselves, planner + designer Emily of Prairie Rose Events & Design describes their day so beautifully - it sure helps working with a couple who can gracefully weather the weather - you can just tell how strong their bond is in times like these! The beautiful barn setting at Southall Meadows and upscale details made their wedding shine through even the rainiest of days. See all of their photos by Sharpe + Walker Photography below!

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Ashlee + Richard Lowe

Southall Meadows

August 2016

Wedding Team:

Photography | Sharpe & Walker Photography

Venue | Southall Meadows

Planner | Prairie Rose Events & Design

Florals | Elder Floral

Catering | Peg Leg Porker

Rentals | Southern Event Rentals

Music | Premier DJs

From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: Ashlee + Richard are a loving and down-to-earth couple who wanted wanted a romantic wedding in Southall Meadow's century old tobacco barn. Both have huge personalities and lead busy lives: Richard is on the coaching team for MTSU's women's basketball and Ashlee is a rugby player. They have huge laughs and did so much of this wedding themselves. Ashlee collected over 200 wine bottles to use as her centerpieces, washed them all in her bathtub to remove the labels, and dried them out on her apartment's porch. She also learned how to make candles, and she created leather & whisky candles for their guests to take home from the wedding.

They poured so much time and effort into their wedding, and then wouldn't you know, it began raining about fifteen minutes before their ceremony. With guests arriving and half wanting to sit in the rain so Ashlee & Richard could have their wedding between the two hills outside and the other half huddling inside the barn, there was a big question to be answered. Where will we do the ceremony? Having to choose the rain plan is what every bride dreads during the planning process and so many lose sleep over. I've never seen it handled better by any couple.



From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: After we talked about the positives and negatives of both options, Richard looked at Ashlee (they did their first look earlier) and said something along the lines of, "I love that it rained. I love that our day isn't perfect because if it was perfect it wouldn't be us and it wouldn't be a marriage." He put his soon to be wife at ease and made the decision so easy for her. That is a couple who can weather anything.

We went with the rain plan: a reception style ceremony, which the guests appreciated. We opened the doors behind the preacher and let the rainy skies act as the backdrop. Ashlee and Richard had a beautiful ceremony and then we got to the party! No part of the wedding was dampened by rain, and the couple look back on that day as fondly as any bride who had sunny skies.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully rainy wedding with us, Emily! You can check out more of Prairie Rose Events & Design's portfolio on her website here and also here on her Instagram page

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Heather + Jared’s Nashville, TN Brunch Wedding at The Listening Room Cafe

Monday, May 15, 2017

We all know how HUGE brunch is here in Nashville, TN. On any given Saturday or Sunday late morning, it's almost impossible to find a table at any local restaurant for a delicious brunch meal. So when it came down to planning their wedding, Jared + Heather decided to give the brunch theme a go! The couple along with their planner Details by Margaret incorporated personalized touches throughout the day as well. Honoring Heather's late father by carrying his police badge down the aisle was one of the most special moments of the day. The bright blue hues were perfect for a daytime wedding and the couple's dog even made an appearance! Take a look at all the gorgeous photos from Tracye's Photography and hear their story from her perspective behind the lens...

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Heather + Jared Petry

Listening Room Cafe

5.29.16

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracye's Photography

Planning + Florals | Details by Margaret

Venue | The Listening Room Cafe

Cake | Dulce Desserts

Music | Bay Brooks

DJ | 3rd Coast Entertainment

Suit | Street Tuxedo

Tell us about the couple!

Tracye: Heather is from Valdosta, Ga. and she met Jared in Nashville. I actually shot their proposals photos as well! You can check them out here to see more of their story! 

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Tracye: It was a brunch wedding. Since brunch is such a big deal in Nashville they thought it would be a great plan for their wedding!

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Tracye: Heather's father was a police officer and she lost him years ago. She carried his badge and Jared wore one of his watches. Heather's two nieces walked her down the aisle and Jared's niece walked him down the aisle. They rented a blue Jaguar to leave the reception in and we went to the park for more pictures. 

Thank you so much for sharing Heather + Jared's gorgeous photos with us, Tracye! You can check out more of Tracye's Photography here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. And a special shout out to Details by Margaret for planning an awesome brunch wedding! 

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Laura + Bernard’s Swanky Art Deco Wedding at Sinema by Paige Brown Designs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Laura + Bernard pulled out all the stops to make their wedding fun and unique! The couple chose a traditional Gatsby/Art Deco theme for their wedding at Sinema Nashville all while putting their own twist on the day. Planner, designer and florist Paige Brown Designs helped them create the scene with black, white and gold elements, and a gorgeously designed table scape set for a king (or Gatsby himself!). Not to mention, Laura's bridal portraits beneath the classy chandeliers are to. die. for! Her elegant hat paired with her gold beaded dress is absolutely stunning and so HER! Check out all of their photos by Shannon Bankston Photography below and hear their incredible "30 years in the making" story!

Laura + Bernard

Sinema Nashville

9.17.16

100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Designer, Planner, Florist | Paige Brown Designs

Venue, Food | Sinema Nashville

Photos | Shannon Bankston Photography

Cake | A Frosted Affair

Tell us about Laura + Bernard!

Paige Brown: Laura and Bernard have the most amazing love story! They met when they were very young and began dating in high school. Bernard asked Laura to marry him prior to leaving for the United States Navy. Since she was still in high school, she declined. 30 years later, they reconnected, fell in love, and had their fairytale wedding. You know what they say: what is meant to be will always be.

Tell us about the vision for their wedding.

Paige Brown: Laura and Bernard wanted a non-traditional wedding with fun and eclectic details. From the venue to the decor details, this wedding was truly stylish and unique in every way imaginable.

What was their theme and what inspired it? What details were used to create the theme?

Paige Brown: The couple opted for the theme of "Art Deco: 30 Years In The Making". The Gatsby-inspired look with a modern twist gave way to gold, black, and white details throughout the event space.

Thank you so much for sharing Laura + Bernard's day with us, Paige! Your designs are always on point! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' work here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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Posh Occasions’ Guide to the Best Questions to Ask Your Wedding Planner

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

To hire a wedding planner or not to hire a wedding planner... that is the question. But I will tell you that the majority of brides who did not hire a planner (including myself), wish they had! But how do you even go about interviewing a wedding planner? What questions do you ask on that initial meeting to make sure A) you are a great fit for each other and B) you are making the right decision? We've asked Ashley of Posh Occasions to help us out with these questions to get rid of the overwhelm and trade it for some step by step guidance for finding the perfect planner for your specific needs. Take a look at Ashley's advice below and also see some of her gorgeous planning work sprinkled throughout the post! 

Photos by Elle Danielle

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What does the initial meeting with a wedding planner look like? What types of things will you talk about?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: The initial meeting with a wedding planner is the most important one. It is where you will get to know each other and see if you are a good fit. You want to look for a planner that is of course organized & professional, but you also want to make sure that you mesh well and he or she will put your needs first. With this first meeting, you will discuss your vision, needs and budget.

What are some great questions to ask your wedding planner during that first meeting?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: This is a meeting to get to know your planner. You will want to know what your needs are and what you are looking for in a wedding planner.

Some good questions to ask are:

- What sorts of services do you offer (day-of coordination, full-service event design or à la carte planning)? Based upon your needs, you will be able to see if the planner is a good fit for you. Know what you want based upon how much work you are willing to do in the planning process and what you want a professional for.

- How many weddings have you planned? This will give you an idea of the experience of the wedding planner. To make sure your day runs smoothly, you want to make sure that your planner has experience with weddings and knows what they are doing.

- Have you planned weddings at my venue? This is a major plus, if they are familiar with your venue and know the staff, the logistics and event will run more smoothly. As an added bonus, they may have some insight on layout options and design ideas from working in the space before.

- Do you have preferred vendors? This will give you a chance to see what other professionals the planner works with. Most likely, they are going to refer only the best and people they know are going to make your wedding day run flawlessly.

- What is the best way to communicate with you? Establishing this up front will set the clear lines of communication. You know what to expect and this will give you a sense of how they work.

- Do you have references? Hearing from other professionals and past couples on their experience with the planner will give you insight on how good the planner was. Make sure to do your research and hire someone that you can trust so you can enjoy the day and relax!

Photo by Rebecca Denton

Photo by Elle Danielle

Photo by Rebecca Denton

You've hired your wedding planner (hooray!) - what are the next steps in the process?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: Once you have hired your wedding planner, you want to outline exactly what they will be doing for you. Did you hire them for Full-Service, Partial Service or Day-of Coordinating? Since there are different levels of event planning, you want to make sure that you are getting what you paid for.

It's getting closer to your wedding day! What should you confirm with your planner a month out?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: A month out, your planner will be checking in with vendors to confirm bookings, finalizing all last minute details, checking final guest count numbers to get them to the vendors and creating a timeline & schedule of events.

Is there any more advice you have for couples meeting with their wedding planner? Any best practices/tips?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: Your wedding planner will be your lifeline on your wedding day. You spend so much time planning your wedding, you want to make sure you are hiring a professional so you can relax and enjoy this very special time in your life. You don't want to have to worry about if something is going wrong, your wedding planner should take care of it without you even knowing. That is their job and you will be so thankful that you have them.

Photo by Rebecca Denton

Photo by Elle Danielle

Wow - this is such great advice, Ashley! Thank you so much for sharing all the inside scoop on wedding planning. These are all really great things to think about before making the move to hire someone. Experience is key! 

You can find out more about Posh Occasions and her wedding packages here on her website and also be sure to check out her Instagram page here!

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Nashville Wedding Planner, Events by Goldman Hosts A Flower Crown Workshop

Monday, May 8, 2017

After coming off of a workshop weekend myself at Bloguettes, I'm so excited to share this flower crown workshop with you today from wedding planner Ashley Goldman of Events by Goldman! With fresh blooms widely available from Rosebuds East available all around the gorgeous venue The Chelsea, each attendee learned tips and tricks to create their very own flower crown. Keep scrolling to see the gorgeous photos by Through Victoria's Lens and see a raving review from one of Ashley's workshop attendees!

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Sponsors:

Photography | Through Victoria's Lens

Venue | The Chelsea

Planner | Events by Goldman

Florals | Rosebuds East

Calligraphy | Sarah McCloud Calligraphy

Desserts | Poppy Co. Bake Shop

From wedding planner and workshop host, Ashley Goldman: At the beginning of this year I had a dream to host a workshop where women could come, feel empowered, be creative and meet other women. Hosting a flower crown workshop birthed from a place of wanting to bring women an outlet to be inspired and to create! The workshop was hosted by Events by Goldman and taught by Rosebuds East florist. Ashley, the founder of Events by Goldman, wanted to bring in some of her favorite wedding vendors and have each of them work in their giftings in order to execute a seamless event. Vendors who participated in the event included a photographer, calligrapher, bake shop & florist. Each girl had professional training on how to create their crowns and each left with a beautiful crown of blooms! There was wine, coffee & cookies for the guests to enjoy. People came as strangers, but left as friends.



Quote from an attendee: "I think she expected women to arrive and simply make flower crowns and eat embarrassing amounts of cookies. And while that did happen, as I looked around, I felt that what we were experiencing went so much deeper. Events by Goldman has a gift for making people feel welcome, comfortable, and at peace. This gift was passed on to each and every guest she invited to her table today. She created an atmosphere where perfect strangers were DELIGHTING in each other's beauty and creativity. What a blessing for each heart that walked in this afternoon."

Thanks so much for sharing your flower crown workshop with NBG, Ashley! You can check out more of Events by Goldman's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

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