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Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm

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...



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.



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! 


Julie Brackin + Zach Berry

Saddle Woods Farm


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!


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

Sara + Cole’s Sweet, Bright Southern Wedding at Grace Valley Farm

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring-like weather has arrived here in Nashville and everyone seems to be buzzing over green grass, sunshine and the scent of flowers in the air. So we have Sara + Cole's fun, vibrant and sweet wedding to share with you today from Blue Dahlia Photography! With bridesmaids dressed in corals, pinks and yellows to the gingham shirts and bright bowties each groomsman wore, the scene brought a fresh glow to their sweet spring day. The historical property of Grace Valley Farm was the perfect setting for such an occasion and we have Rabeeh of Blue Dahlia here to tell their story from his point of view!



Sara + Cole Harper

Grace Valley Farm


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Blue Dahlia Photography

Event Venue | Grace Valley Farm

Officiant | Jonathan Sims

Floral Designer | Lisa Brock

Cake Designer | Rachel Marshall

Tell us about the couple!

Rabeeh: Sara and Cole radiate southern charm! Their wedding was a great example of what couples can do with charming decor, the perfect venue, and a day filled with love! They both share a passion for serving others and for the great outdoors.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Rabeeh: Both Sara and Cole have lived in the south all their lives. Their wedding was very vintage/rustic inspired. They chose Grace Valley Farms for its beautiful landscape and southern feel.

What details were used to create their theme?

Rabeeh: Their colors were orange, fuchsia, pink, and yellow. They used white roses, baby's breath, and other floral touches. They used old bottles, antique milk cans, wooden slabs, paper lanterns strung across the rustic barn, and even a cool classic car sitting out front.

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

Rabeeh: My personal favorite moment was when the father answered to, "who gives this bride away?". There was so much happiness, excitement, and joy. I happened to capture a photo of the moment as he turned to be seated and you can see the joy all across his face!

Thank you for sharing this sweet wedding with us Rabeeh! You can check out more of Blue Dahlia's photos on his website here and also on Instagram here. xoxo


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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 »

Shelby + Grayson’s Rustic Vintage Wedding at The Grove at Williamson Place

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Lisa of The Wedding Plate told me the whole concept behind her business started when she was collecting plates for her daughter's wedding, it was such a fun and unique story! I was so excited to see the story unfold and view the beautiful photos and table scapes from Shelby + Grayson's wedding! From vintage china to flatware and glassware, Lisa scoured vintage and antique shops to curate a one-of-a-kind vintage collection to offer Nashville area brides. Adding in Shelby's personalized elements like her grandmothers' wedding dresses, DIY signage and more, the rustic chic Nashville, TN fall wedding was one to remember! Read more of their story below...

Shelby Shacklett + Grayson Adkins

The Grove at Williamson Place


Wedding Team:

Venue: The Grove at Williamson Place

Photography: Eden Ingle Photo

Caterer: The Blue Porch

Vintage Tableware: The Wedding Plate

Wedding Planner and Florals: Julie Fletcher

Wedding Dress and Veil: Olia Zavozina

Makeup: Annalise Carey

Hair: Jo Smith

Band: Matt Mackey and The Loveseats

Limousine: Matchless Transportation

Donuts: Fox's Donut Den

On a perfect fall day last October, Shelby Lee Shacklett and Grayson Waldron Adkins were married at an outdoor ceremony at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro. The couple wanted a wedding as unique as their love story. Originally from Nashville, Shelby and Grayson met in July 2013 in Hong Kong, while Shelby worked as marketing intern and Grayson vacationed with friends. Shortly after their first date, Grayson moved from Phoenix to San Diego to attend grad school, and Shelby soon followed and started her marketing career there. They became an ‘official’ couple on November 9, 2013, and Grayson proposed to Shelby on that same day in November 2015.

Shelby had always dreamed of a fall Southern wedding, and the couple agreed that the wedding would be at home in Middle Tennessee. They quickly set the date and secured their venue. While home for Christmas, Shelby found her wedding dress and veil at Olia Zavozina’s Nashville boutique, selected bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding planner and florist. Shelby wanted her Southern wedding to be very personal and to include elegance and sparkle.  With that in mind, Lisa began collecting mismatched vintage china, glasses, and flatware from estate sales and antique stores for the wedding. The collection continued to grow, and Lisa and Shelby created The Wedding Plate, a rental boutique featuring mix-n-match china, goblets and flatware for weddings and other memorable events.

The wedding day started with the wedding party getting ready in the house located on The Grove’s property. While makeup artist, Annalise Carey, and hairstylist and maid-of-honor, Jo Smith, attended to Shelby, wedding planner Julie Fletcher kept the whole day running smoothly and also provided the flowers. The ceremony included live music by fiddlers Crystal Plohman, Shelby’s fiddle teacher, and friend Leah Gray, and guitarist Rich Moore. The wedding party included six bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bride’s cousins as flower girl and ring bearers. The bride’s youth minister, Rob Touchstone, officiated the wedding and the couple recited their own vows. 

Following the outdoor ceremony in the grove of trees, guests walked to the loafing barn for hot cider, games, and photos at the photo booth while photographer Eden Ingle captured sunset pictures with the bride and groom. Breakfast was served for dinner in the main barn on tables set with mismatched china, lanterns, burlap table runners and greenery. The wedding cake was cut and served along with donuts from Fox’s Donut Den, and toasts were given by the fathers, best man, and maids-of honor. The band, Matt Mackey and the Loveseats, entertained the crowd, but guests especially enjoyed when the bride picked up her fiddle, joined the band and played a few tunes. The guests were encouraged to take home a pint jar of homemade peach, strawberry or pear jelly, made by Shelby’s grandmother, as their gift.

The night ended with a sparkler send-off as the couple climbed into Waylon Jennings’ 1962 Cadillac limousine and headed off to the Opryland Hotel. The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Dubai and Maldives before returning to their home in San Diego. 

This wedding is such a dream! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Shelby! It's such a cool story to learn more behind the scenes scoop on how The Wedding Plate began. And now these place settings will live on to grace the tables of lots more weddings in the area - how very special!

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