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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 »

Desiree + Mario’s Wedding by SheHeWe Photography at Front Porch Farms

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sometimes photos speak louder than words. And when it comes to your wedding photography, capturing those precious moments throughout your day to have for a lifetime is truly priceless! Now may I introduce you to Jim + Ilde Cook of SheHeWe Photography? They captured Desiree + Mario's day so perfectly! From each and every "getting ready" detail shot to the major dance party at the end of their wedding, Desiree + Mario were left with some stunning images and memories. We spoke with Desiree about her unforgettable day marrying the man of her dreams and making her wedding vision come to life! Keep reading to see all of their beautiful photos + hear from Desiree about her wedding experience... 

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Desiree + Mario

Front Porch Farms

11.5.16

150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer: SheHeWe Photography

Planner and Venue | Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms

Bridal Glam | Katie Russo Beauty

Bridal Gown | Danielle Caprese from Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridal Party Gowns | Vow To Be Chic

Groom + Groomsmen Suits | Men's Wearhouse 

Florals | Cathy Wilson

Officiant | Red Michel 

Music | Ceremony - Amelia Eisenhauer and Preston James, Reception - DJ Maddog

Catering | Two Fat Men

Cake | Jo's Cakes

Printing | Designs in Paper

Tell us about your engagement!

Desiree: My now husband Mario set up my dream engagement scenario. And it was all a surprise to me! We have date nights regularly, and this particular night he didn't disclose where we were going. So we end up arriving at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill and I didn't suspect anything because I had just been telling him about when me and my mom went there and toured the place and had a fantastic meal. So I assume he wants to see what the fuss is about! We go in the front doors and the hostesses smile and start walking us to our table, but we pass all the dining rooms and continue walking toward the kitchen.. we round the corner and head down the stone steps to the wine cellar/chef's table! Those steps were covered in rose petals and lined with tea lights, and once we got into the cellar there was a table set up beautifully for us with more rose petals and tea lights everywhere, as well as string lights all around the ceiling. The fireplace was burning and there was music playing softly. It was breathtaking. We got through our appetizer before he got the courage to propose ;). He told me he loved me, and wanted to spend the rest of our amazing life together. He then came around the table and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In between "oh my gods", I said yes with no hesitation! The waiters come running down a minute later to congratulate us, knowing it was safe to come down after they heard my omg reaction ;). I couldn't have planned it better myself.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Desiree: I had dreamt about my wedding for years, since I was a little girl. I couldn't wait to stand side by side with my fiancé and promise to love each other for eternity. I was so excited to share in our love with all our family and friends, to be able to celebrate our rare connection with everyone. I imagined how I would feel making that commitment before God and our guests, and when the day came I felt all the happy feelings I had hoped I would. As far as visually, I had visions of a big flowing ball gown and lots of luxurious touches at my wedding. I wanted an elegant but simple atmosphere, something you could just look at in awe. I saw billowing flowers and sparkling accents. I knew that I wanted it to look like all my Pinterest board pins, and only thanks to my planner Kathy Best did that dream come true! And now I get to look at all the details and relive all those amazing feelings anytime I look at the amazing photographs that Ilde and Jim Cook with SheHeWe captured for us, they're the bees knees.

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

Desiree: Walking down the aisle toward my future husband was magical. It's so hard to describe the feeling, all I know is that I was happy. All my dreams were coming true and I was able to be in my perfect dress, in my perfect location and marry my almost perfect (jk love you) husband!

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

Desiree: The #1 thing I tell brides is not to worry about being a bit of a 'bridezilla' at times. This is your wedding, your vision, and only you are going to actually look at the photos and relive the memories FOREVER. Don't be afraid to let people know what you want and don't let anyone turn your wedding into their event. This day is the only day you get for you and your husband and you and your husband ONLY. Take advantage and do it how you want it, and if anyone has a problem with it tell them to have their own wedding! Oh and also, if you don't have an amazing planner (like mine) to help you with everything, just don't procrastinate!!! You don't want to stress at any time about anything. You should only enjoy the process :)

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?

Desiree: If I could live that day all over again I would! It'll forever be embedded in my mind. I know my guests had a blast, and I have all the photos to prove it. It was beautiful and I'm pinching myself even still to prove that it actually happened and it was everything I dreamt of. But let's be honest, I could've been in a shack and worn a robe and I'd still be just as happy to have been able to marry my best friend. But the glitz and glitter adds a nice touch, doesn't it? ;)

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, SheHeWe! You can check our more of Jim + Ilde's work on their website and also on their Instagram page

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Brides, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Jackie + Andy’s Classic Southern Wedding at Briar Rose Hill by Michelle Hines Photography

Friday, April 7, 2017

I've said it before, but I'll say it again... small intimate destination weddings are the JAM right now! Which is why I'm so excited to share Jackie + Andy's wedding day at Briar Rose Hill! Their October day brought in pops of petal pink which meshed so well with Briar Rose Hill's historical setting. The perfect fall weather gave way for a beautiful outdoor ceremony beneath the property's grand tree. The fun-loving couple incorporated personal touches with Andy's firefighter jacket and seed favors for the guests to commemorate the day. Take a look at all the photos from Michelle Hines Photography below!

Jackie + Andy Pridemore

Briar Rose Hill

10.26.16

45 Guests

Wedding Team:

Venue + Flowers | Briar Rose Hill 

Event Planning | Nashville Event Planning

Rentals | Grand Central Party Rental 

Catering | Wildberry Catering

Photography | Michelle Hines Photography

Cake | Patty Cakes

Hair and Makeup | Veronica Crutcher with Bellezza Salon

DJ | Choice DJs 

Limo/shuttle service | Sedan on Demand

Bar service | Bartending by Jackie

From Miranda of Briar Rose Hill: Jackie came down to Nashville with a friend and fell in love with the city. She was planning a large wedding in Ohio and decided she wanted to do a destination southern wedding with just family and close friends. So, they traveled to Nashville for their destination wedding while they currently reside in Milford, Ohio. Jackie is a mental health counselor and Andy is a firefighter. They are a fun and adventurous couple who own a dog, cat and a mini pig! The couple envisioned a small, classy yet fun southern wedding at Briar Rose Hill with pops of petal pink throughout their decor. 

The special highlight from her day I would say her mom walking her down the aisle. They had a very close relationship and it was neat to see them so excited and emotional right before they walked out of the house. And it was the perfect weather for a fall night!

Thank you so much for sharing Jackie + Andy's day with us! You can find out more about Briar Rose Hill here on their website. And again, I'm so excited to be hosting the Calligraphy Workshop at this gogeous venue! Tickets are still available here - grab them before it sells out!

All photos provided by Michelle Hines Photography.

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

The Lodge in Franklin: A Unique Rehearsal Dinner Space in the Nashville Area

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Photo by Teale Photography

One struggle I hear most of the time with brides and wedding professionals is finding a unique space for your Nashville rehearsal dinner. A small space with character that can accommodate about 30-50 people is usually what brides are looking for. And let me tell you, I've found the space that can check all of these boxes! It's called The Lodge in Franklin - a hidden gem right off of I-65 in Franklin provides brides with a hip, modern take on rehearsal dinners. A co-working space by day (you can apply here to be a part of their entrepreneur community) and event space by night, The Lodge is that alternative space to host your next small-scale event. With cross back chairs and farm tables provided, The Lodge's decor with leather couches, wrought iron chandeliers and reclaimed wood provides a unique space for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or even small intimate weddings. Plus, Honest Coffee Roasters has a coffee bar right on site! Check out our interview below with founder, Amanda to learn more about the unique space...

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Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Amanda: The Lodge offers Franklin’s beauty, southern warmth & hospitality. A great location for seminars, trainings, day retreats, business retreats, rehearsal dinners, parties, showers, and more. We may be new on the block but we have years of collective experience. Our venue opened January 2017. We have several options available from planning a business retreat to a beautiful rehearsal dinner and small intimate weddings. Great events don’t just happen! We believe they start with listening to what our clients need and desire. We promote an quaint enjoyable and stress free experience so you can enjoy your event/day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Amanda: Our strengths lie in the small events. We can host 50 guests in our building. Creating a family like environment away from home. An intimate gathering space.

2 Photos above by Daniel C. White

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Amanda: Shall we say shiplap, shiplap, shiplap! We have a beautiful space that doesn’t require any extra effort. From our white shiplap walls, exposed brick to our antique chandeliers, our space is ready for the bride’s special day. There’s an authentic farmhouse vintage feel without having to leave the city limits of Franklin.

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible and unique space with us, Amanda! Be sure to check out The Lodge Franklin's website here and follow them over on Instagram here. Happy venue shopping!

All other photos from The Lodge Franklin website.

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Julie + Zach’s Luxury Nashville Barn Wedding By Laurie D’Anne Events

Monday, March 20, 2017

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! 

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Julie Brackin + Zach Berry

Saddle Woods Farm

5.21.16

150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planing and Design | Laurie Hardman of Laurie D'Anne Events

Photography | Nyk and Cali Wedding Photography 

Ceremony Location | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Reception Venue | Saddle Woods Farm

Rentals | Liberty Party RentalSouthern Events + Please Be Seated

Lighting + Draping | Nashville Audio Visual

Florist | Branching Out

DJ | Jeff Uffer

Caterer | G Catering

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!

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