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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Modern Magnolia, located in Murfreesboro, provides delightful rentals for dinner parties, weddings or tea parties for two. With inspired accessories, vintage china and dinnerware, Modern Magnolia is a great option for the bride who is looking for a Southern Chic event. Owner Melinda Haines has curated a wide selection of pretty props that pair perfectly with charming rustic and shabby chic Nashville area weddings.
This "Farm to Table" style shoot was organized by Modern Magnolia, Modern Vintage and Joy Chambers Photography. Melinda Haines, Becca George and Joy Chambers have worked together on many other projects, and were targeting brides with a unique personality for this shoot.
This trio of vendors each knew florists, chefs, merchants and craftsmen in Rutherford County who might not ordinarily be thought of as a source for weddings. They aimed to create an intimate farm to table wedding highlighting these local resources.
For the shoot, Melinda from Modern Magnolia created two dish themes: “vintage charming” with softer colors and “vintage colorful” using blue and white china with bright highlights. With over 200 dinner plates to choose from, Modern Magnolia can put together any color palate that a bride has in mind. From elegant to country sophisticated, each piece tells a story of American history.
To see the full inventory of wedding rentals in person, visit Modern Magnolia inside The Write Impression, 120 South Maple Street in Murfreesboro on the historic square. You can also check out their wares online at modernmagnolia.net.
To see more photos from the Rutherford County style shoot, follow this link to Joy Chamber's blog.
Venue: Samary Plantation, samaryplantation.com
Photos: Joy Chambers, joychambersphotography.com
China/Glasses: Modern Magnolia, modernmagnolia.net
Flowers: Sheila Hines Floral
Tables: Vinewood Home Creations, vinewoodhomecreations.com
Styling: Modern Vintage Events, gomodernvintage.com
Rings: Bell Jewelers, belljeweler.com/index.html
Dress: The White Room Too, thewhiteroom.us
Suits: Dillard's Murfreesboro, dillards.com
Bridesmaid's Dress: Altar'd State, altardstate.com
Catering: Alex Belew Catering
Cake: Dream Cakes by Olivia, dreamcakesetc.com
Desserts: Wild Flours Bakery
Paper Goods: The Write Impression, papersandgifts.com
Chairs and cutting board: Holler Design, hollerdesign.us
Hair and makeup: Jamie Fonatine
Bride: Evelyn Maxey
Groom: Andrew Gomez
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There aren’t many people who can say they’ve been friends since before they were born, but Kevin and George can. Their mothers sat side by side at a wedding when they were both pregnant with the two and from birth to high school, Kevin and George were nearly inseparable.
Though different colleges and work out of state put miles between the two friends, they always had one thing that kept them in constant contact: Music. When the pair were asked to deejay a birthday party three years ago, that event opened the door to another passion they shared: providing musical entertainment at events.
Known as The Hype Men, Kevin and George take an interesting approach to wedding deejaying that is unlike anything we’ve seen in Nashville. Yes, they provide wedding receptions and events with music that keeps the dance floor packed all night long, but they’re also very interactive! They dance right along with the crowd, even teaching some of the popular line dances, such as the Wobble and Cupid Shuffle, to party goers.
“I think my favorite part was that George and Kevin would get on the dance floor with us, not just participating but leading,” a bride shared on The Hype Men website. “This allowed people, who would’ve otherwise been hesitant, to get out there and jump right in!”
For The Hype Men, they were simply doing what comes naturally to them.
“We love music, love to have a good time and love to see other people have a good time,” says George. “We take the pulse of the crowd and play music that we know will bring life to the party.”
To ensure the bride and groom get the most out of their reception, The Hype Men have what they call a party coordinator who coordinates all of the minute details and works closely with the couple’s wedding planner. This way, the guys say, the couple can focus on having fun and enjoying the experience of their wedding day.
Kevin and George getting down at a wedding they deejayed (Gangnam Style, of course). George is in the pink shirt on the left, Kevin on the far right.
“As deejays and lovers of music, we see music as a way to connect with other people and with memories,” says Kevin. “It’s like a time capsule in that way — sometimes it’s less about the music itself, but the experiences associated with the music.”
To find out more about The Hype Men, check out their website - thehypemen.com.
(Disclosure: This blog was written by Leah, a member of the ABG team, and wife to Kevin. Kevin is one half of The Hype Men duo. Since Leah obviously knows a lot about this energetic deejay team, I asked her to introduce them to Nashville brides. Who better to get the scoop! ~ Ashley of Ashley's Bride Guide)
Monday, April 14, 2014
With weddings, it's all about knowing when to save versus when to splurge. It doesn't matter if your budget is $5,000 or $30,000, you simply can't have it all. Something's got to give.
We featured Danielle and Kyle's wedding on Friday. It was beautiful and a great celebration of Nashville. She splurged by hiring a professional wedding planner, a videographer and offering convenient transportation for her guests. All great investments!
Where did she save? Danielle says, "We saved on the invitations and programs. They just weren’t as important to us as other aspects of our wedding so we decided to have them printed from Vistaprint. Our wedding planner helped design our invitations and programs. Then Kyle and I, along with our families, made the outer invitation pockets and sleeves."
Before you determine if DIY wedding invitations are right for you, keep reading more about Danielle's experience.
Are you a graphic designer?
No, I am not a graphic designer.
What pieces were in your invitation paper suite?
We included the invitation, a response postcard and a card with our reception information on it. The card with our reception information on it included a map to War Memorial on the back. We also used black card stock for our sleeve and grey card stock for the wrapper to go around the black sleeve.
What made you decide to DIY your paper goods?
I know how much invitations can cost and I couldn't seem to find any that really went with the theme of our wedding. I didn't want to spend that much money on something I wasn't completely happy with or something I knew would probably just be thrown away after our wedding.
Our wedding planner, Sarah Willard of Music City Events, was nice enough to help design an invitation. In the package we purchased from her, she designs a "custom image" so she used the same font and image. She was a master at Microsoft Publisher.
When they came from Vistaprint though, they just seemed so boring. I knew I wanted to add something more and would have to DIY, so I scoured the internet until I found some ideas I liked. I combined all of those ideas to create our invitation. I knew it had to be simple because I'm not a crafty person. My craft knowledge didn't go beyond the crafts I did with my 2nd graders. Luckily, my mom had some scrapbooking tools so we used her paper cutter to cut the paper to the correct size and then we used the bone folder to make crisp creases. It definitely took some trial and error to make sure the invitations fit inside the black paper and the entire set fit inside the envelope. We did the same thing with the grey card stock to make the wrappers. We ordered a custom embosser from WGPress on Etsy. I was able to send her our monogram custom image from Sarah and she did a great job of making it work with the embosser. We definitely had a long assembly line going of cutting, folding, embossing, and stuffing, but it made for a fun family event that included our grandparents, parents and each other.
What was your inspiration - theme, colors, fonts, etc.?
Since I couldn't find anything that fit within our "Nashville" theme, we just used the same fonts and images we used on our custom image. Our wedding colors were grey, orange, and purple and we didn't really want a "loud" invitation so we decided to stick with classic black and white. It made it easy on us when choosing our card stock colors. We incorporated grey when we made our embossed wrappers.
Is this a DIY project that you recommend to other Nashville brides?
After all was said and done, I would definitely recommend it. When it came to the wedding, I really tried to get things done with plenty of time to spare so we weren't in a crunch to get the invitations made and sent. I was able to do some research and find something I liked and from there we just did it. Had I been a craftier person, I'm sure I could have envisioned something without doing a ton of googling and pinterest-ing. We spent about two-thirds less on the invitations than we would have if we bought the ones we just kind of liked.
What did you love about this DIY project?
I really loved that we were able to make them our own. The invitations set the stage for the wedding, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of money. I think they still turned out really nice and they were what we wanted. They were simple, yet classic, and they went with our theme perfectly since we incorporated the Nashville skyline. We also used the same skyline on our water bottle labels, door hangers and koozies to tie it all together.
What did you like the least?
I'm a perfectionist so I didn't really like the trial and error part of the process. I had the vision in my head and it was frustrating when it didn't come out that way at first. We had a bit of a celebration once we figured out the correct measurements for everything to fit in the sleeve with the wrapper around it AND it all fit inside the envelope (albeit a tight fit). Patience is not my strong suit so I want things to work perfectly the first time. After we got everything to fit, we had it down to a science and the assembly line started.
Photos: Amelia J. Moore Photography