Friday, March 6, 2015
Dana and Ned wanted their special day to be a way to show appreciation to their family and friends. They highlighted their easy-going personalities and style by choosing to have both the ceremony and reception at Front Porch Farms, a scenic outdoor venue, which made for incredible pictures! The professionals they trusted to capture their cherished moments together were none other than the dynamic duo known as SheHeWe Photography.
Dana & Ned Wedding Date September 13, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Front Porch Farms
Budget: $30,000 – 40,000
Planner | US! & Kathy Best (Day-of & Venue Director)
Photographer & Videographer | SheHeWe
Gown | Mary’s Boutique in Annapolis, MD
Bride’s Accessories | Earrings from Tiffany & Co., pearl ring (heirloom from mom’s family), engagement ring (heirloom from dad’s family), shoes (J. Crew), veil (Etsy)
Men’s Attire Groom & Groomsmen | Men’s Warehouse & J. Crew
Bridesmaids Dresses | Donna Morgan
Hair & Makeup | Amanda Gros
Stationery | Designed by the bride & Printed by Midtown Printing
Caterer | Mrs. J’s Catering
Cake Artist | Kelly Jacques
Floral Designer | Lauren Atkinson, LMA Designs
Ceremony Musicians | Isabelle Wong, Megan Wei, Ann Mills, Matthew Liversedge
Reception Musicians | Mississippi Rail Company from New Orleans, LA
Rentals | Southern Events
Transportation | Shuttle Anchor Tours & Getaway Car Matchless Transportation
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Both of us are pretty laidback and easygoing, so we wanted to incorporate that vibe into our wedding. We chose details that felt and looked natural. We knew that we liked certain things – colors, textures, “looks” – so we went with those. Plus, I’m terrible at making decisions, so I was happy that all of our gut reactions turned out to be good ones! Our main goal was to create an experience everybody would enjoy. We thought of our wedding day as a way to thank our guests for the support they give us as both individuals and a couple.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding ?
Sorry, I kind of answered this in the previous question!
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
We – and our guests – loved the venue, the band, and the way that everything just fit together. We always talked about how cool it would be if Mississippi Rail Company (a New Orleans-based band we enjoyed seeing when we lived there) played at our wedding. We were so excited when they agreed to come up for our big day.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on things that meant the most to us: the venue, photography and fireworks. We very rarely have good pictures of us together, but now we have a ton of professional ones! They’ll be our go-tos for a while. We actually ended up saving/DIY-ing on things we were the most particular about: invitations, programs, and escort cards. For some reason, I had pretty specific ideas about what these things would look like. So when I couldn’t find them, I decided to make them. We also saved on my engagement ring. I always loved my grandmother’s rings (which were previously her mother’s rings) so they were her gift to me. Ned couldn’t argue with that!
Did any of your vendors stand out as exceptional?
Working with SheHeWe was great! Jim and Ilde are so much fun to be around, which was really important to us since we were going to spend all day with them. They have great chemistry - both personal and professional - which added to the ease of working with them. We would definitely recommend them. They're so easy to work with and their pictures are amazing.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Not really. There were times we wished we had hired a planner to get advice from. But, it was actually a fun experience to instead ask friends and family for their thoughts and advice.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
At the end of the day, you’ll be married. Any time I was stressed about the guest list, or the color of the linens, or the ties, Ned would remind me that regardless of the end result of any of those things, it wouldn’t really matter because we’d be married. It’s pretty cliché, but it’s true!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
It can be super challenging to find creative wedding favors that your guests will actually want to take home with them after the wedding. In Nashville, gifts like jars of jam, sunglasses and shot glasses are great fun, but for the bride who wants to splurge, here's a fun Instagram find with plenty of local flavor...
If you haven't heard of Project 615, head on over to their website and check out the incredibly unique and wonderfully soft LOCAL t-shirts. These guys have everything from "Nashville Nicknames" and "Female Legends" to "Keep Nashville Bearded" printed on the front of their t-shirts. They even do custom orders, so if you want to see Aunt Petunia wearing your big day for years to come, Project 615 might be the perfect option. The best part - Project 615 is a local nonprofit that donates 100% of their profits to help restore the homeless community in Nashville. Project 615 will leave you and your wedding guests feeling the Nashville love.
Photo Credit: Reymark Palcon
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Jon and Jacque's Nashville wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and highlighted the beautiful work from the Enchanted Florist. The bride envisioned a day that would create an ethereal environment full of romance that expressed the couple's quirky personality. Enchanted Florist brought their vision to life using elements of nature. The result: the perfect wedding day!
Not only did the couple choose one of our favorite floral designers, Jon and Jacque also made sure they hired an incredible photographer, Brandon Chesbro, who captured all of the wonderful details!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show has way too many great wedding finds to include them all. Yesterday, we shared (some of) our team's favorites from show. If you missed it, click here to start there. Otherwise, keep reading for the rest of our faves!
Liberty Party Rental - Beautiful colors, table designs, and overall style! This team will help you with chairs, tables, linen, or anything you could possibly need for your big day! And they've been doing this for quite some time, so do not hesitate to rely on them to beautify your venue!
Rob Mould Photography + Photo Booth
The Cupcake Collection - Love this place!
Dulce Desserts - This vendor was giving out whole slices of cake! To no surprise there was a line of hungry brides, ready to taste! From the taste of the mouth-watering strawberry cake I tried and the look of their ongoing line, this cake & dessert vendor proves to be popular and delicious!
Creations by Debbie - Did you catch this vendors floral chandelier, hanging drapes, and divine table design for the show's competition? A friendly staff and their experiences with decorating various venues make this vendor a great addition to any bride's wedding planning needs!
Regalo Design design challenge
Regalo Design booth
Others not pictured included:
Theresa Little Professional Make Up Artist - Every bride wants to have a fairy godmother on their special day who can work her magic to enhance our beauty! Well this make up artist can do just that for you! Sweet staff and a fabulous display at the show gave me confidence that she could help me feel like a beautiful bride on my big day.
Merle Norman Beauty Queens Boutique Did you register to possibly win a wedding gown? Well I did with this amazing vendor. They offer bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and other types of formal wear with the help of fashionable stylists that are willing to help you shop!
David's Bridal - With 3 locations, this wedding dress vendor was booking appointments on site at the show! As a bride that's clearly shopping for a dress, I was ecstatic to receive a $50 voucher to take with me to my appointment in case I say, "Yes!" to the dress.
Monday, March 2, 2015
I was thrilled to attend the Perfect Wedding Guide Show for the first time at the Omni Hotel in Nashville! Upon arriving, I was greeted with amazing savings in coupons for various vendors and because I pre-registered I received a $200 gift card to symobolizeit.com. Let's just say the show was already off to a great start! From the fashion show to a lobby and ballroom filled with diverse vendors, I knew I would find the right vendors for me.
Here's my rundown of the show, including some of the businesses that grabbed our team's attention!
ABG bloggers Holly & Olivia
The Ballroom - These two guys caught my attention with their top hats and willingness to teach me any type of dancing there might be! To "top" it all off, I learned that The Ballroom, which provides dance lessons can also be used as a venue holding approximately 200 people and located in the Green Hills area.
2 Travel Anywhere - owner Carlie (left) + Ashley of ABG (right)
Glitz Nashville - A bridal shop for dresses or formal wear of any kind! This was the first time I learned about the glamour of Glitz! Their display of beautiful models who wore gorgeous gowns inspired me to want to make my first bridal dress appointment!
Frosted Affair - The almond frosted cake was my favorite, but I am not ashamed to say I tried the other two, chocolate and strawberry! All three were incredibly delicious! Did I mention the creativity of their cake display or just how stunning the cakes themselves are?
Decadent Details' table design challenge
Chef Penelope's Catering - Talk about a way to capture brides, by feeding them "Dragon Popcorn" which was cool, delicious popcorn in my mouth! If you want a chef that delivers quality food with an elegant presentation, then be sure to schedule an appointment with Chef Penelope!
Savoir Faire Weddings & Events
Savoir Faire Weddings & Events' table design challenge
Lil' Cakes of Smyrna