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6 Years Ago Today! See Photos from My Wedding Day in Chicago

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hello friends! Wow - today marks 6 years since I married my husband Mark (well, most people call him Chico - short for DiCicco!) in Chicago. We both lived in Nashville at the time and decided to have a destination wedding in my hometown. We were joined by 95 of our family and friends for the occaion at my dream venue - The Ivy Room - a hidden courtyard filled with flowers and ivy covered walls in the heart of downtown Chicago. Our wedding day was the best day ever (besides the day our daughter Hollyn was born - yesterday was her birthday!) and I still cherish the memories captured through our photos and video. We love rewatching our video every year - it brings back the flood of memories of the joy and happiness we experienced on that day. So here are a few of my favorite photos from our wedding (we look like BABIES!) along with a link to see our wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs! Cheers to another 60 years! 

See more of our wedding here on Elizabeth Anne Designs!

All photos by Dawn Roscoe

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

Lindsey + Michael’s Post-Wedding Poolside Shoot by Abigail Lauren Photography

Monday, June 5, 2017

At your wedding, you get one shot at everything - and hiring a good wedding photographer is crucial! Your wedding photos are what you will look back on for years to come and you want to make sure the person or team behind the lens is professional and knows exactly what you want captured in your day. But when the result is less than satisfying, opting for a post-wedding shoot like Lindsey + Michael did is such a great way to get the photos you want. Plus, there's no rush and you'll feel way more relaxed which definitely makes for better photos! And if there's a special location that is meaningful to the two of you, why not shoot there? Abigail Lauren Photography had the privilege of photographing this couple and paired with Lindsey's beautiful bouquet from her company Gradient & Hue against the pool and mansion backdrop, the photos were exactly what they were looking for! Check out all the oh-so sweet photos along with excerpts from Abigail and Lindsey about the day! 

Lindsey + Michael

Post-Wedding Photo Shoot

Private Residence

From the photographer, Abigail Lauren: This shoot was absolutely incredible. I met Lindsey, the bride, through another shoot I did in the Nashville area. She worked at the same floral company I received a bouquet from for another styled shoot, and after the pictures were delivered, she reached out in hopes of doing a shoot of her own. Lindsey, now an owner of an incredible new floral company, Gradient & Hue, was a dream client. Not only was she open to shooting at someone's Nashville house (which turned out to be fantastic) & being flexible, but she was also able to create her own floral designs for the entire shoot.

We did this shoot about 6 months after they had been married. Lindsey had mentioned that they didn't have the means to hire a professional photographer, or that they didn't really like the outcome of the first set of photos they got, so why not try again? Doing this bridal shoot after the wedding also allowed us to take the time to get interesting shots in a relaxed environment.

I often have clients do bridal shoots before or after the wedding in addition to the wedding day coverage. Although there are certainly many amazing photos taken on the day of the wedding, it's always fun to grab a few more, interesting and relaxed shots without any rush of a wedding day.

If I could suggest anything to brides, I would say to be confident in your choice of wedding photographer, and to remember to budget for a high quality, experienced photographer. These photographs, while fun to post on social media shortly after your wedding, hold so much more weight as they stand throughout time as the remaining documentation of your wedding day. Build a good relationship and trust with your photographer before the day of the wedding so that you are certain they will be able to get the shots you hope for. Also, if you have little to no budget for a wedding photographer, you can always look into doing a post-wedding bridal session to ensure you have some great photos in your wedding dress!

I look forward to working with Lindsey more in the future, as we have now built a great working relationship as Lindsey starts her new floral design company. It's these ongoing work relationships that make my job so interesting & rewarding!

Wedding Vendors:

Photographer | Abigail Lauren Photography

Venue | Private Residence

Florals | Gradient & Hue (by the bride!)

Dress | The Dress Theory - Rue de Seine

From the bride, Lindsey on their wedding: So we actually got married this past October during peak Aspen season at the C Lazy U Ranch in the mountains of Colorado. It was nothing less than magical. Our wedding was an entire weekend where 75 of our friends and family came out to the ranch together and rode horses, hiked, fly fished, and spent quality time together. That being said, I felt a bit overwhelmed the day-of, and I felt that I looked so nervous in my wedding photos. I wanted to have an opportunity to shoot in an environment that felt familiar and where my husband and I felt relaxed and comfortable. It was so fun to do these photos after all the wedding madness, as we got to focus on each other and just have fun!

About their engagement: The mountains have always been a special place for my husband, Mike, & I. I was born in Colorado, and a love for the Rockies has been engrained in me by my family and the many summers I spent following my grandparents up and down mountain trails. Knowing this, Mike took me on a "winter trip" to the mountains. He was planning on proposing at a beautiful, majestic, romantic lake called Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, but we got horribly lost and a winter storm rolled through as the sun was setting - the opposite of romantic! After another curtailed (and hysterical) attempt at proposing on a slippery mountain trail, he finally was able to get down on one knee at the summit of the beautiful Gem Lake hike. It was such a blast! After the proposal, we spent our descent from the mountain rehashing all his opportunities to propose that he had had to let go due to the snow storms, ice, and unsettling drop offs. Moral of the story - December in the mountains can make planning a proposal pretty tricky - but it was the most amazing experience. We now have a very special place that we can visit year after year to remember our engagement.

About the shoot: I find that the most beautiful artwork is many times created when you give full artistic liberty to the artist. The only guidance I gave Abi was that I wanted it to be genuine and fun. I love Abi's photography style, and trusted her fully in grabbing some great shots with very little direction from me. And as suspected, Abi produced the most beautiful photos. I was in awe as I scrolled through the gallery the first time (and second time, and third time). She truly captured the authentic moments between my husband and I. Trust your photographers to do great work and give them some freedom to play around! You won't be disappointed.

Working with Abi was seamless from start to finish. She is cheerful, energetic, kind, professional and truly has an eye for creating beautiful art. We felt comfortable with her, and she had great suggestions for poses (my husband and I are awkward!). We would have been lost without her direction!

I think the most fun was near the end of our shoot. We played around a little bit after we knew we got the shots we wanted, and I think the last shots are some of the best! Who would have known photos by the pool would have turned out so well (well, I guess Abi did!)?

Advice for brides: Let your vendors get creative! While it is ok to give them some direction, I feel that the best work is produced when they are allowed to work within flexible boundaries and given creative liberty - this is what will make your wedding day memorable, unique and give you a great connection with the people who helped make your day come together.

Thanks so much for sharing about this incredible + unique shoot, Abigail and Lindsey! Check out more of Abigial Lauren's work here on her website and also be sure to check out Lindsey's floral work here at Gradient & Hue!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Photography, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

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!


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