Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Some of the world’s greatest creations were born out of what most would call impossible ideas. Vicki Nelson, owner and lead designer at Signature Cakes by Vicki, realizes this and that’s why she will do almost anything to help a groom’s vision for his cake come to life.
The groom’s cake might be the only opportunity he has to express himself at his wedding. It serves as a reflection of his personality, hobbies and favorite things, and if he cares enough to dream big about this cake, then it has to be done right. It’s a pretty tall order to fill, of course, but with Vicki’s experience, the groom is in good hands.
Vicki shared this fun story with us: A groom requested she make a cake that looked like a case of beer and a beer pong game. The cake looked so real, in fact, that the bartender at the venue asked her to take the “case of beer” into the back where all the other alcoholic beverages were being held!
Some of our favorite grooms cakes, made by Signature Cakes By Vicki, certainly make us want to have our cake and eat it too:
Chicago Cubs and Yuengling Lager
Crab on beach
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
On the day of your wedding, the last thing you want to worry about is removing a mustard stain from a groomsmen’s tuxedo minutes before walking down the aisle, or any other wardrobe malfunction for that matter.
It’s happened many times. Rachael Street Howell has seen it. That’s why Street Tuxedo, a locally-owned tuxedo and suit rental spot with locations throughout Middle Tennessee, offers a concierge service that gives grooms and groomsmen nothing to worry about when it comes to their tuxedos — from cleaning up little spills to helping tie bow ties. The service is especially great for out-of-town grooms having a destination wedding here in Nashville.
We got to chat with Rachael, the manager of the Green Hills Street Tuxedo location, about the service:
What is the concierge service at Street Tuxedo?
We offer two different types of concierge services. Bow ties are becoming very popular and a lot of grooms and groomsmen have no idea how to tie them, so I come to the location and help them tie their bow ties — this is the first type of service. The second type is our full concierge service. After the groom and groomsmen try on their tuxedos the week of the wedding, they can leave them at the store and we deliver the tuxedos wherever they’re getting ready. I come with a steamer, needle and thread and stain stick to take care of any emergencies they need. I help them with their suspenders, and their cummerbunds. Then, on Monday after the wedding, I can come and pick up the tuxedos at the front desk of the hotel or from a specific location.
"Although some of my groomsmen "claimed" they knew how to tie a perfect bow tie knot, I went ahead and hired Rachael to stop by an hour before the wedding in case they were all talk. As suspected, I was right and Rachael was there to save the day. She was in and out in less than 10 minutes and we all looked good...our ties and tuxes did at least." -Nathan
How long have you been offering this service?
We’ve offered the service since March of last year. I talked to my dad, who is the owner, and he loved the idea. It’s just a little extra the grooms can provide to their groomsmen. The girls get their hair, nails and makeup done — they get doted on during the whole process. It’s nice for the groomsmen to have a little something, too.
Why is a service like this appealing to brides and grooms?
The concierge service helps them get one more thing off their plate. They don’t want to worry about whether their groomsmen will be huddled around a smartphone watching YouTube videos to learn how to tie a bow tie for the first time. On the day of the wedding, it’s likely you won’t have the kind of time. A couple also doesn’t have to worry about drop off and pickup of the tuxedos.
"You were a great help before our wedding. We hired you to tie bow ties before pictures, but you helped a great deal more than that. You brought your "wedding medic kit" which helped to clean stains off of a few groomsmen who had spilled (God only knows what) on their shirts. We also had a groomsmen who was allergic to his boutonniere. You came through with a Claritin to alleviate his symptoms. Like I said, You really were a ton of help before the wedding. I would recommend Street Tuxedos to any of my friends looking to get married and especially your services the day of!!" -Gray
Who might benefit most from this tuxedo concierge service?
This service is ideal for wedding parties with lots of out-of-town groomsmen or those with larger wedding parties. It’s also really helpful for any type of wedding party. Those who have had it done say it’s priceless.
How much does it cost?
For the first type of service, to tie the bow ties, the price is $75. The full concierge package is $250. If I have to travel, I charge additional travel expenses. All prices are subject to change.
"Having Rachael helping prepare the day of the wedding was a great experience. I was comforting to have her there to handle tuxedo issues / dressing that day. Having her handle the clothing issue really helped. She was profession, prompt and knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend her concierge service!" -Steven
Photos: Mary Rosenbaum Photographs, Kristyn Hogan
Monday, April 21, 2014
When we interviewed Carlie of 2 Travel Anywhere last month, she educated us on the pros and cons of a beach destination wedding. As she noted, many Nashville brides head to the beach to keep it simple and stress-free.
Valerie and Tony were married at Sandals Royal Bahamian. Their destination wedding was planned by Carlie of 2 Travel Anywhere.
Recent Nashville newlyweds, Valerie and Tony, did just that. With Carlie's free help (free being the important word), they kept it sweet and simple. Engaged in January, the two were married in July at Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau Bahamas.
They decided on Sandals Royal Bahamian for their destination wedding for a few reasons:
They knew that the Bahamas would be a shorter flight for friends and family, and airfare to the Bahamas is typically reasonable.
They wanted white, sandy beaches with a turquoise ocean backdrop, as well as an all-inclusive, adults only resort.
Most importantly, Valerie and Tony wanted a destination wedding experience that would be stress-free. According to the bride, their wedding was the best decision for them, the entire process was nearly effortless.
Valerie's favorite flower is the rose and, as an added touch, Sandals incorporated the flower into her bouquet.
For more information on destination weddings or Sandals Royal Bahamian, contact our local pro, Carlie of 2Travel Anywhere at (615) 512-7764.
Friday, April 18, 2014
When Amanda and David wed last October, they looked for a venue that would provide traditional elements, while incorporating their love of nature. They found this balance in Cheekwood's elegant outdoor setting. The ceremony was held in the Wills Garden, and the reception took place in the courtyard of the Frist Learning Center, which provided the perfect place for a send-off under the stars - with leaves!
As with many brides, videography is something that this couple didn't book and regret not having. Luckily, they splurged on photography, so their beautiful day is captured forever on film. In fact, we can't stop looking at her in her stunning gown by Robert Bullock!
Check out all of the gorgeous images that Kate Murphy Photography captured, below.
We're so in love with this dress and this photo! ~Ashley's Bride Guide
Amanda and David Middendorf
Wedding Date: October 12, 2013
Ceremony Venue: Cheekwood, Wills Garden
Reception Venue: Cheekwood, Frist Learning Center
Budget: $40,000 – 50,000
Planner | Ellen Hollis Events
Photographer | Kate Murphy Photography
Gown | Robert Bullock from Geny’s Bridal
Bride’s Accessories Costume: Geny’s Bridal, FABU and Borrowed
Men’s Attire | Jos. A Banks
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Jordan Fashions from Geny’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup| Katie Russo Beauty (Emily Schildt, friend of Bride and House Party member, did bridesmaid hair)
Stationery | Carlson Craft Invitations, DIY Programs, DIY Menu (chalkboard)
Caterer | Kristen Winston Catering
Cake Artist | Signature Cakes by Vicki
Floral Designer | Cary Allyn
Ceremony Musicians | Nashville Music Scoring (contractors, provided a string quartet of classical local musicians)
Reception Musicians | Shake Shake Shake!! (Motown band)
Rentals | Music City Events
Lighting | Cheekwood, Music City Events
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We’re pretty traditional, but not overdone; we’ve called it “casual elegant.” We love the outdoors and rustic elements, but don’t like when things seem overly themed or “kitschy.”
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We wanted some rustic elements since we were outside, but generally wanted the décor to compliment the party, rather than steal the show. Our gorgeous flowers from Cary Allyn were breathtaking, and really fit in with the classic elegance of Cheekwood, and our understated preferences. Picking the Wills Garden for a classic/traditional ceremony was important, but the Frist Learning Center’s courtyard was ideal for a more rustic, casual elegance atmosphere. We had some nods to nature, using a leaf motif throughout the party (including throwing leaves instead of rice or bubbles as the send-off!).
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Most guests commented on the setting. Everyone loved Cheekwood and the atmosphere as much as we did, and they could tell that the ambiance of the ceremony and reception really reflected our style, and our love. Guests also loved the band, who put on a great show with non-stop dancing, and the catering.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
Catering and the bar were our biggest splurges. We realized that a party is fun with three great elements: good band, good food, good drinks. With those three pieces, you pretty much can’t go wrong. So, we made these our focus, and committed to spending a lot on them. We also splurged a little on the photography, as those are our forever memories of the day!
We saved money with some of the smaller items, like programs, menus, send-off leaves, table numbers and favors. (We made a donation to one of my favorite organizations, Magdalene House, in lieu of favors, so we were able to feel like our dollars were really going somewhere meaningful.) When you pick a lot of little things to save on, those costs add up!
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
From a planning perspective, not a thing. Our coordinator was fantastic – I absolutely recommend hiring someone to handle the details and logistics the last couple weeks or days of the wedding, and on the big day itself! My only regret is that we didn’t have a videographer. I would love to go back and watch the ceremony. Luckily, our pictures are beautiful and I never get tired of looking at them!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Don’t forget why you’re doing this – it’s to celebrate your love as a couple; don’t allow the little details during planning to ruin the fun and beauty of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
When you host your wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you know you’re guaranteed to receive a gorgeous, versatile space to fit your wedding theme, majestic cityscape views and impeccable service.
But another benefit of booking your wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the built-in entertainment for your guests! In addition to the wedding or reception space, your guests can tour the entire hall of fame and museum.
Photo: Dove Wedding Photography
Photo: Austin Gros Photography
Photos above: Chris and Adrienne Scott
Guests can peruse the galleries, take part in the interactive exhibits and then return to the event when they’re ready. This is perfect for when you have a period of down time between your wedding and reception, whether you and the bridal party are in transit or you’re finishing up photos.
Guests can explore the various artifacts on display, from Johnny Cash’s famed black suit to Elvis Presley’s car. Maybe some of your wedding guests aren’t big country music fans? No worries! The galleries have several exhibitions that encompass all sorts of musical genres.
Current exhibits are Reba: All the Woman I Am; The Bakersfield Sound and Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.
For more information about weddings at the world-renowned Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contact Kaylen Harmon at (615) 291-8437 or email@example.com.