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Annalise + Brandon’s Destination Wedding in Nashville at Houston Station

Friday, May 26, 2017

What do you get when a musician + a vocalist cross paths in Nashville? Well, for Annalise + Brandon, it was true love! Since the couple met here in Music City, they decided to have a destination wedding in Nashville at Houston Station! The couple's decor centered around their musical background and also showcased the industrial historic train station feel that Houston Station offers to so many couples. I'm loving their classy touches mixed with casual characteristics - like the bride's glamorous accessories mixed with her Converse shoes! It's definitely the Nashville way. :) Take a look at more of Tracy Shoopman's photos and hear how the night went straight from Tracy herself!

Annalise + Brandon Thomas

Houston Station

10.31.15

100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracy Shoopman Photography

Makeup Artist | Brides by Lisa

Hair Stylist | Brides by Mary

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Venue | Events Nashville at Houston Station

Transportation | Matchless Transportation

Event Planner | Social Ambitions Events and Weddings

Draping | Visual Elements

Cake Designer | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

From the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Annalise is originally from Colorado but she and Brandon met in Nashville... and so Nashville is where they decided to have their destination wedding. Annalise and Brandon's wedding took place at the Historic Houston Train Station. We loved the venue with the exposed brick and peeling paint.. it added so much character. The bride and groom also sing and play wonderfully together as you can see in some of the images. Overall, the beautiful couple and the beautiful venue made for a beautiful wedding.

More from the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Their  wedding theme was country-chic and inspired by "I Hear the Train a'Comin'". Mis-matched china, beautiful clear glass goblets, a chandelier, off whites and some blush (pale warm peachy pink) were also used to create the look and feel of the wedding.

Thank you so much for sharing Annalise + Brandon's wedding with us, Tracy! You can check out more of Tracy Shoopman's photography work here on her website. Also be sure to check out more on Houston Station here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Sara + Mitchell’s Southern Wedding at The Fontanel Mansion by Alex Thornton

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and today I'm bringing you one of the most elegant green weddings I've ever seen! If there is one way to incorporate the color of the year into your wedding this year, take some tips from Sara + Mitchell. Their sweet southern destination wedding at The Fontanel in Nashville was every bit of elegant! The couple wanted to give their out of town guests a great introduction to Nashville through their wedding details. With The Fontanel emulating such rich country music history to the Goo Goo Cluster favors, the thought Sara + Mitchell put into their big day created an experience each guest will not soon forget! Take a look at their photos by Alex Thornton Photography below to see each and every detail of their day...

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Sara + Mitchell

The Fontanel Mansion

10.1.16

110 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photography | Alex Thornton Photography

Venue, Food, Planning | The Fontanel Mansion

Florals | Beth Black (mother of the bride)

Wedding Dress | Potomac Bridals

Menus | Wedding Paper Divas

Paper Goods | Paper Studio NY

 Wooden Place Cards | The Wood Shape Store

Bride's Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Earrings | Kate Spade

Bridesmaid Dress | Alfred Angelo

Robes | The Fancy Pigeon

Hair Stylist | Kim McClure

Makeup Artist | Sara Hardy

Groom's Suit | Express

Cake | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Rentals | Liberty Party RentalMusic City Tents and EventsOver the Top

DJ | All the Lights DJ, Cliff Nelson

Officiant | OJ Aldrich

Tell us about your engagement!

Sara: We have always been intentional in our relationship. Marriage was something that we talked about very early on and frequently throughout our relationship. For almost the whole year before we got engaged Mitch had been fake proposing to me. So at this point he had been pretty good at keeping me on my toes with the whole proposal. The Monday before Christmas, Mitch proposed (for real this time!) at the park in St. Armands Circle surrounded by all the amazing Christmas lights and decorations. After the proposal, Mitch had organized our closest friends at Daquiri Deck for a surprise engagement party!

What was the vision for your wedding?

Sara: Ultimately we wanted our wedding to be classy and elegant without feeling stuffy. All of our guests were from out of town so we also really wanted to give them the opportunity to experience Nashville and country music history. In an effort to give them the best of both worlds we planned a "Big City and Big Country" weekend. Friday night we had a welcome dinner for everyone at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown just steps away from the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. Then for the big day we took them out to Nashville's country side to the Fontanel Mansion which just exemplifies Nashville history. And what is more warm and cozy than a log cabin?

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

Sara: We had such a wonderful day with so many priceless memories so it is difficult to pick just one. I loved that we were the last ones to leave our wedding! We chose not have a planned exit so we could have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to every loved one who made our weekend so very special. We also both have a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) so we wanted to be a part of the reception all night. We actually ended up being the caboose of the very last group of friends to leave the venue!

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Sara: Find a venue with an amazing team. The best decision we made was booking The Fontanel - Jade and Mary are unbelievable. Our wedding was a destination wedding - we planned the majority of it from Florida with only a few trips to Nashville! They were amazing guides to helping us find and organize our vendors for the weekend. We developed such an awesome friendship with both of them through the process.

From the photographer, Alex Thornton: Sara and Mitchell are an almost-impossibly-sweet couple who love everything about Nashville. From country music to Tennessee cooking, Nashville is in their bones. Though they reside in Florida, their dream was always to get married in our wonderful town. The Fontanel was a perfect venue that met all of the couple's wedding day needs. They got married on October 1, 2016, a day that provided warm weather and a comforting breeze. Sara and Mitchell picked a beautiful shade of dark green, accompanied by white, black, and gold for their wedding day color palette. The couple had a first look, where they embraced, shed tears, and spoke of how lucky they were to have found one another. The ceremony took the guests through the story Sara and Mitchell's meeting and falling in love, and every person in attendance could feel that this union was nothing short of amazing. The reception was both fun and romantic, and the joyous occasion continued throughout the night.

Thank you so much for sharing Sara + Mitchell's beautiful wedding with us, Alex! You can find more of Alex Thornton's work on her website here and also be sure to follow her on Instagram here

If you liked Sara + Mitchell's wedding, be sure to check out Heather + Greg's wedding at The Cordelle

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Ryan + Lindsey’s Laid Back Wedding at the Horton Building by LMR Photos

Monday, March 13, 2017

With an intimate group of 60 guests and lots of DIY elements, Lindsey + Ryan's wedding at The Horton Building had so much charm! The couple's laid-back feel, complete with barbeque and beers, was planned with the help of friends and family. From the DIY bouquets by Lindsey's aunt and cakes and desserts by her mother and grandmother, the family's love for the couple was sprinkled in so many elements throughout the day. Their love for breweries ties into their love story so well and they made sure to celebrate with their favorite Black Abbey brews during their reception. The Horton Building's historic industrial brick atmosphere was the perfect setting for the occasion! See all of their photos by LMR Photos along with their engagement story below! 

 

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Ryan + Lindsey

The Horton Building

4.17.16

60 Guests

Wedding Team:

Venue | The Horton Building

Photographer | LMR Photos

Dresses | J. Crew

Veil | Angie Hammonds

Hair | Taylor Reed

Makeup | Alaina Garnette of Stunning Beauty

Flowers | By the Bride's Aunt

Officiant |  Justin Branum

Food | Jim 'N Nick's

Cakes | By the Bride's Mother + Grandmother

Beer | Black Abbey

Wine | Frugal MacDoogal

The couple's story told by the bride, Lindsey: For Christmas, Ryan gave me a large roadmap where he plotted a road trip and identified all the breweries from Nashville to Fort Collins.  I had been wanting to go to Fort Collins ever since I drove through with my mom and grandmother on a road trip to Seattle.  I was so excited when I "cashed-in" the road trip in August 2015.  Earlier that month, for my birthday I had picked out my engagement ring, but I didn't know that Ryan bought it soon after.  In the middle of our Fort Collins trip, Ryan wanted to take me on a hike to find Aspen trees (my favorite).  While the trees hadn't turned colors yet for the fall, the hike in the RMNP was beautiful.  We hiked from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake ending at an elevation of 10,000 feet.  We stopped for a rest at the top and to eat.  I took my shoes and jacket off.  Ryan still had his jacket on when he walked over to a family to ask them to take a picture of us.  What I didn't know was that the family spoke french so Ryan saw it as his opportunity to ask the young girl to take a photo of us while he proposed without me knowing what he was saying.  So, the young girl followed Ryan over to me as he bent down to one knee and asked me to marry him.  My answer "yes" was interrupted by the young girl who asked us to move to better light.  

Thank you so much for sharing Lindsey + Ryan's photos with us LMR Photos! You can also find more of Lindsy's work here on her website and here on her Instagram page! Happy Monday!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

An Elegant Bridal Portrait Session by Jessica Lauren Photography at Riverwood Mansion

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bridal portraits are must-have shots in your wedding photography! Most brides opt to do them before or after their ceremony on the day of their wedding. However, weddings are usually on a timely schedule and you need to make sure you carve out time for every photo you want with your photographer and planner. This is definitely a time where you don't want to feel rushed - especially since emotion can show in each and every photo! Well we have a fun and creative idea that Nashville bride Michelle decided to do with her photographer Jessica Lauren. She took her bridal portraits a few days before her wedding! And what a great way to feel comfortable in your dress and do a trial run for your hair and makeup - to see the look fully complete before the big day!? Priceless! Michelle's gorgeous Rita Vinieris dress graced the historic Riverwood Mansion for timeless photos she will cherish forever. Read below for our interview with Michelle!

Michelle's Bridal Portrait Session

Riverwood Mansion

10.17.16

Team:

Photographer | Jessica Lauren Photography

Venue | Riverwood Mansion

Dress | Rita Vinieris

Hair + Makeup | R&Co Bridal Beauty Team

How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal: 

Michelle: We went to take a walk at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in franklin on may 22 with our dog like we do a lot of weekends. My now husband was walking ahead of me with our dog Lucy and he said why don't you walk her for a little so I did. A few minutes later he said hold on a minute and I turned around and he was down on one knee. It was perfect!!!!

What’s your wedding style?

Michelle: Industrial chic. I loved my venue, aVenue which inspired the style of my wedding.

Tell us about your portrait session. Where did it take place?

Michelle: Riverwood Mansion in east Nashville. It was perfect, I loved getting to get my makeup and hair done and wear my dress on another day besides my wedding day.

What’s the significance of the location?

Michelle: I wanted a place to do indoor and outdoor pictures and this location was perfect! I also loved the old, nostalgic feeling it had.

What was it like working with your photographer?

Michelle: My photographer, Jessica Lauren was absolutely amazing!!! She was so easy to work with, she made everything so stress free and fun. She was super prepared for the day so there was very little downtime. She used the light from the beautiful day to make my pictures even more amazing. I loved working with her every second of my bridal portraits and my wedding day.

Why did you decide to do a portrait session before your wedding?

Michelle: It was really important to me to have as many pictures taken before the wedding as a possible. I just wanted to be able to enjoy my wedding day and not stress about having time to get all the pictures that I wanted.

Would you recommend the photographer and why?

Michelle: The reason that I chose Jessica was because of her attention to detail. She was much more than a photographer that just poses you and takes pictures and that's what I was looking for. I love that she incorporated action into my photos and not just me standing there. She was a dream to work with and her photos are absolutely stunning!!

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful portraits with us, Jessica and Michelle! You can find more of Jessica Lauren's work on her website here or here on her Instagram page! So very lovely!

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Draper James Debuts New Wedding Gift Collection for Southern Brides

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oh my heart - I am so thrilled to share some great news with you today... Draper James is debuting wedding gifts for brides and bridesmaids! The collection which debuts today is filled to the brim with items every bride wants. From champagne glasses with cute phrases to "something blue" totes, Draper James is giving you some eye candy that will dress up your registry list! The whole concept behind Reese Witherspoon's store Draper James is perfect for Nashville brides and bridesmaids. Offering gorgeous dresses for your engagement party, bridesmaids attire or bridal shower, the selections are perfect to celebrate your southern Nashville wedding. Plus, our local Nashville shop offers private events for your bridal shower or bachelorette party where you get the whole store to yourselves (gasp!). And if you haven't taken advantage of the private party aspect of the store, I sincerely hope you've visited the shop here in Nashville to browse all of their beautiful girly finds! Take a look the brand new items below and our interview with Draper James:

Tell us about the wedding gifts, accessories, homeware, etc. you’re debuting this spring. 

Draper James is excited to launch several new items that are perfect for the engaged gal in your life! From champagne flutes to cute trinket trays and totes, we know we’re going to make many brides even happier than they already are!

 

What trends and colors are you forecasting for wedding attire this spring? 

We will have lots of pretty floral prints this spring in fresh blues, pinks and greens plus you will see lots of feminine details like lace collars and grosgrain trim.

I also hear you have gifts specifically for brides. Do tell!

Ranging from $25.00 to $95.00, we are offering a collection of glasses, mugs, totes, trinket trays and a super cute sweatshirt that were created for the bride—we want all of the attention to be on her!

 

What type of bride does Draper James attract?

Draper James appeals to any bride who favors the grace and charm of the South. In our assortment, brides will find pretty dresses to wear to wedding showers and parties as well as special gifts for bridesmaids. We also offer custom bachelorette shopping parties in our Nashville and Dallas stores where brides and their friends sip champagne, nibble on sweet treats and shop after hours. 

Thank you so much for sharing all of your incredible new items with us today, Draper James! You can find them at their shop in the 12 South neighborhood here in Nashville (right next to Sprinkles Cupcakes!) or visit their online store here. And they're a must-follow on Instagram with so much fun southern inspiration! Cheers! 

 

All photos provided by Draper James.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Guests, Gifts & Favors, Inspiration & Trends, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »