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Alyssa + Sean’s Lord of the Rings Inspired Wedding in Nashville by Laura Dee Photography

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weddings should be memorable... but I'm not sure if many weddings can top being as memorable as a Lord of the Rings themed wedding! Alyssa + Sean's wedding at Green Door Gourmet had such a fun twist - everything screamed Lord of the Rings! From Alyssa's dad dressing as Gandolf to shooting bows and arrows, it was as if the fairytale wedding happened in the next installation of the Lord of the Rings series. Alyssa's custom brocade gown by Karen Hendrix with adorable gold Converse sneakers was a one of a kind look. The couple can definitely say that the wedding was uniquely them! Take a look at their photo gallery by Laura Dee Photography and hear more about the wedding from her perspective below!

Alyssa + Sean

Green Door Gourmet


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Laura Dee Photography

Jewelry | Ayalga

Bakery | Big Daddy's Cakes

Dress | Karen Hendrix Couture

Floral Designer | Lavender Blue Floral Designs

Venue | The Green Door Gourmet

From the photographer, Laura Dee: So this one.This one I've been really excited about since I first heard about all the fabulousness that was going to take place at this wedding. Take Nashville, a beautiful couple, a country farm, two wonderful families and Lord of The Rings. Mix them all together and you get major epicness rolled into a ball of fun. The exquisite Middle Earth details, the unique gown designed by Alyssa herself, her brother Josh officiating the ceremony dressed as Elrond, adorable Hobbits and little elves, delicious food, and a ceremony filled with heart and love. Also, dad was dressed as Gandalf...I mean, that's just rad!? This wedding was pretty close to Tolkien-esque perfection, my inner geek-y heart was full. Alyssa and Sean. If the love your friends and family shared with y'all this past weekend was any indication of how your lives together will be, then you're all set. The room was full of smiles, laughter and elation. You are both loved, so loved. Here's to many more moons full of bliss. Lasto iâl Alyssa ar Sean, ar elio din Eru, savo 'lass a lalaith! 

Thanks so much for sharing this super cool wedding with us, Laura! You can check out more of Laura Dee Photography's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. :)

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Paige Brown Designs’ Glam Enchanted Garden Styled Shoot at East Ivy Mansion

Friday, March 24, 2017

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...


Styled Shoot

Designed by Paige Brown Designs

East Ivy Mansion


Style Shoot Team:

Design, Creative Director, and Florals | Paige Brown Designs

Venue | East Ivy Mansion

Model | Latanya Greene with Maverick Renegade Management 

HMUA | Art Official Makeup

Dress | Elle Nelle Bridal 

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Photography | By Jarquise 

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!

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

Kristen + Paul’s Gaelic Love in the Wedding Woods in Nashville by Smash Studios

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today we have a wedding that pairs so well with the theme - a Gaelic wedding! Ashley from Smash Studios Photography shared Kristen + Paul's wedding in the woods with us and there's greenery galore! The rainy day encompassed the theme perfectly and Kristen's headpiece was a relek straight from Ireland. The Gaelic emblems around Paul's ring and each green detail added all the more meaning to the couple's love for the outdoors. And can we just talk about Paul's vintage car, The Thing? It provided such a fun element to their day and showed off more of their personality to their 95 guests. Check out all the photos from Kristen + Paul's wedding below!


Kristen + Paul Newby

The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms


95 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Smash Studios Photography

Venue | The Wedding Woods at Circle S Farms

Wedding Dress | David's Bridal

Hair | New Image Hair Studio

Vintage Rentals | Sister's Vintage Rentals

Vintage Car | The Thing - Owned by The Groom

Who helped coordinate your wedding? 

Kristen: Our wedding team was our family and friends. Special thanks to the Newby clan and my parents David and Pam Edds for braving the rain and being willing to travel to Lebanon to see this vision come to life. My bridesmaids Katherine Neil, Kim DeRoche, and Ella DeRoche for helping with set up as well as keeping a bride calm. Our friends Jake and Gena Johnson did a miracle job of cleaning up and breaking down to get trailers reloaded. My coordinator/best friend and behind the scenes goddess Emily Brown helped keep the decor and timeline on track as well as organizing vendors.

Tell us about your engagement!

Kristen: Paul and I had been together for 5 years when we took an annual vacation to Edisto Beach with his family. He popped the question on the beach at sunset. When we got back to the house his mother had champagne waiting. We worked hard for the next year and a half to get a simple yet magical wedding together.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Kristen: Our goal was to showcase the natural beauty of the location and our love for the magic the woods holds for us. Paul and I love the outdoors and this venue is brilliant with life. To tie our structures to the outdoors we used rustic pieces rented from Sister's Vintage Rentals as well as whimsical decor to create a fairy woodlands/ Midsummer Nights Dream theme. With help from our families and some very dedicated friends we achieved our goal and then some.

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

Kristen: The entire day was a highlight! We laughed and danced. My face was sore from smiling so much.

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

Kristen: Plan ahead. No detail is too small so never assume. Communication is absolutely key to seeing your vision come to life. No matter how close someone is to you they can't read your mind. Communication also helps keep stress levels down. Also invest in radios for easy communication between the coordinator, groom, bride, and photographer!

From the photographer Ashley of Smash Studios Photography: Kristen and Paul were married at The Weddings Woods at Circle S Farms in Lebanon, TN-- right outside of Nashville. The day was rainy and cloudy, just like Ireland, where Kristen and Paul took much of their wedding inspiration from. Kristen wore a circlet around her head instead of a traditional veil, which was handcrafted and brought over from Ireland. Similarly, Paul's wedding ring featured Gaelic knots around the band, and the venue exuded Irish influence-- the ceremony location was straight out of a fairytale. During the ceremony, Kristen and Paul chose to forego the typical sand or unity candle ceremonies and instead unified their marriage with the planting of a new tree. With a break in the rain, we managed to take beautiful photos on the decorated wooden swing on the property, as well as with Paul's vintage car (The Thing), which was decorated for their glowstick getaway at the end of the night!

Thank you so much for sharing Kristen + Paul's wedding with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Ashley from Smash Studio Photography's work here on her website. And be sure to follow her on Instagram here. Happy St. Paddy's day everyone - enjoy your weekend!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Amy + Jacob’s Simplistic, Modern Wedding at The Cordelle by Posh Occasions

Friday, March 10, 2017

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! 



Amy & Jacob Glancy

The Cordelle


80 Guests

Wedding Team:

Wedding Coordinator | Posh Occasions

Venue | The Cordelle

Caterer | Flavor Catering

Photographer | Layla Fox Photography

Band | The Remedies

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Florals + Cake | Family + Friends

Tell us how you met!

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!



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

Organic Luxe Garden Franklin, TN Wedding Styled Shoot at CJ’s Off the Square

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring is upon us and the flowers are starting to bloom! Which is why this styled shoot at CJ's Off The Square is perfect for spring wedding inspiration! The organic luxe look is literally dripping with florals by The Enchanted Florist - hanging flowers from the chandeliers, raised flower centerpieces and even spray roses tucked underneath the napkins at each place setting! Southern Events' gray farm tables and cross back chairs lent a hand to the organic chic look and the pops of blue and pink created a feminine touch that tied the whole look together. Take a look at the beautiful photos by Phindy Studios below!


Photographer | Phindy Studios

Dress Designer | BHLDN

Event Venue | CJ's Off the Square

Invitation Designer | Designs in Paper

Caterer | McConnell Hospitality Group

Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting

DJ | Premier The Entertainment Company

Equipment Rentals | Southern Events Party Rental Company

Floral Designer | The Enchanted Florist

Cake Designer | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

When in a garden, there is a natural inclination to highlight the lush greenery, blurring the boundary between indoors and out. For the annual wedding and event style showcase at CJ's Off the Square, we paired thoughtful details, unique furnishings and a relaxed vibe to bring our "Organic Luxe" theme to life.The space was set with cross-back chairs and gray farm tables from Southern Events Party Rental Company. Featuring vintage inspired glassware & china and centerpieces of blush roses, white stock & eggplant colored artichokes, the tables were accented overhead by suspended greenery, hydrangeas & amaranthus by The Enchanted Florist. The room centered around an Edison bulb chandelier from Nashville Event Lighting, adorned in more blooms and greenery transforming our pavilion. Guests noshed on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres including shrimp & grits and green egg & ham deviled eggs provided by the McConnell Hospitality Group as well as a variety of sweet samples from Wolfe Gourmet Cakes. Paper details including menus and food tags were courtesy of Designs in Paper.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful shoot with us, CJ's Off The Square! You can see more beautiful shots of their venue on their website here and on their Instagram page here. Cheers! 


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »