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I Play Cello: The Perfect Ceremony Music for Your Nashville Wedding

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Who doesn't love the cello? I Play Cello offers solo cello and ensembles focused around the cello for weddings in and around Nashville. Whether it's during your ceremony, cocktail hour or dinner - Kaitlyn Raitz, also known as I Play Cello, can play a wide array of musical requests. From classical to bluegrass to jazz, I Play Cello can do it all and will enhance the beauty of any event! 

So don't count on your iPod to get you through your ceremony... Kaitlyn will gladly perform with cello in hand and make your day so much more memorable! And with 8 years experience, Kaitlyn has even played on stage at Carnegie Hall! Needless to say, you can trust her with your wedding ceremony jams. :)

Here's more from the cellist herself, Kaitlyn Raitz:

How long have you been playing cello?

Kaitlyn: I have been playing weddings for the past eight years, but only decided to brand myself as I Play Cello in the last year.

What makes I Play Cello different from other ceremony musicians?

Kaitlyn: I want to help make your wedding the most special day of your life. I Play Cello prides itself on being not only able to accommodate any musical request, but also able to play that request in a style that is authentic.

What type of bride would hire I Play Cello?

Kaitlyn: The bride who is most attracted to I Play Cello is interested in the details. She knows that the details in a wedding, including the live music, are what make her wedding special and unique to her and her tastes.

What are some trends you're seeing in wedding music?

Kaitlyn: The cello has had sort of a pop revolution lately with bands such as 2Cellos and The Piano Guys taking the viral internet by storm. Because of this, brides have realized the simple beauty of a cello playing their favorite songs. It sounds like singing. The cello is, after all, the instrument most closely related to the human voice.

Take a look at this beautiful video I Play Cello put together for ABG!

Songs featured:

Christina Perri "A Thousand Years"
Johann Sebastian Bach "Suite No. 1, Prelude"
Cherokee Shuffle (traditional)

You can even download a free version of this medley Kaitlyn put together for us!

Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Soundcloud.

All photos and videos provided by Kaitlyn Raitz.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bands, DJs, Music, Reception Entertainment, Photo Booths, 0 comments »

Coming Up: Nashville’s Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show August 7th

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's your wedding planning dream come true - meeting Nashville's top wedding vendors face-to-face in one place. Make it a reality on Sunday, August 7th at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs for the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show

During my wedding planning process, the personality of each and every vendor I booked was key. A great way to scope out the Nashville wedding market is meeting vendors face to face at a bridal show. And with a variety of booths sponsored by venues, bakeries, cakes, dress shops, and more, you can book your vendors all in one day! Your check list will thank you once the day is done. :)

Plus, Ashley's Bride Guide will have our own booth at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show! I'm happy to announce we're partnering with Frozen Exposure to provide their photo booth for our ABG booth at the show! So please be sure to stop by, say hi and take a photo with your #girlsquad using the Frozen Exposure Photo Booth. Here's what you're in for:

Nashville Photo Booth: Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema from Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema on Vimeo.

Remember to register for the event here and use the code VENDOR for 2 free tickets!

#ABGdoesPWG #NashPWGShow

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridal Shows & Events, 0 comments »

Kaitlin + Mick’s New Orleans Style Wedding at The Cordelle in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 22, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me... Nashville seems to call people from all over the world to set up camp in the area. I see it every day - Nashville unites couples from far away places. And that is definitely the case for Kaitlin and Mick. She's a native from Louisiana while he's all the way from Australia! Both backgrounds were represented in their special day - especially the New Orleans cuisine and the nod to Southern culture with parade parasols. Take a look at their sweet day photographed by Justin Wright Photography at Scarritt Bennett and The Cordelle:

Kaitlin + Mick


Ceremony Location | Scarritt Bennett

Reception Location | The Cordelle

Photographer | Justin Wright Photography

Rentals | 12th Table + Music City Tents and Events

Dress | BHLDN from Modern Trousseau Nashville

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Cake Designer | Dessert Designs

Tuxedo and Mens Attire | Jos. A. Bank

Makeup Artist | Katie Russo Beauty

Caterer | Kristen Winston Catering

Band | Scat Springs Band

Musicians | Silver Strings

Calligrapher | The Dotted Line

Floral Designer | Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm

Event Planner | Events by Elaine

Kaitlin and Mick invited friends from all over the world. Spending as much time as possible with wedding guests was very important to the couple. The goal was to have a huge party that everyone would remember! 

Personalized details from the Louisiana style oyster bar to a dear friend arranging the flowers gave guests a view into the couple's lives. Vintage-inspired furniture along with greenery thoughtfully placed throughout the space gave a nod to the European influence in New Orleans. Keeping with a neutral color palate gave the room a classic and elegant feel. The intimate setting allowed guests to have a closer connection to one another and also to Kaitlin and Mick. 

Details matter! All of these personal touches really gave the couple a day about them! What more could you ask for? Beautiful.

All photos by Justin Wright Photography

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Classic, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Belle: On-Location Beauty and Health Services for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scheduling hair and makeup for your bridal party on your wedding day is not always an easy task. However, Nashville's newest beauty service marketplace, Belle is here to help make your life so much easier! Through Belle, you can book hair stylists and makeup artists to come straight to your house, hotel room, or wedding venue to serve you and your girls. And Belle isn't just for hair and makeup! If you're looking for an early morning yoga session with your gal pals or a relaxing massage, Belle can do that too! Here's more from Belle's Director of Operations, Carlin:

Tell us about your company.

Belle is a marketplace of beauty and health professionals who provide services wherever a client may be!  This includes in-home or on-location makeup application, hair styling, manicures, spray tans, massages, yoga sessions and more. For weddings, we will work with you and your budget to customize tailor-made services to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience!

How long have you been in business?

We launched Belle last September and we now have over 60+ vetted, licensed and certified Belle Professionals that will come to your location - it's a bride's dream!

What's the philosophy behind your company?

We wanted a simple and convenient way for clients to book services to come to a location of their choice. Payment is taken care of ahead of time and tip is already included. Simultaneously, Belle empowers certified beauty and health professionals to manage their own business for free. 

What attracts brides to your business?

When choosing a Belle Professional, you are able to easily browse reviews from other clients so you are able to choose the perfect professional to fit your needs. At Belle, we know every bride wants to truly feel pampered and beautiful on her wedding day - it's a wonderful feeling knowing that your beauty team is truly equipped, professional, and able to work with large or small parties at a location of your choice! 

What is the most “now” / innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Belle is one of the most innovative new services out there. By providing an easy way to beauty and health professionals, creating your beauty squad has never been so easy! Check us out on - our website is optimized to be mobile responsive as well.

What are the average price ranges for Belle services?

All pricing includes tip. The below prices may differ based on number of people ordering services.

● Makeup: $75- $100
● Hair Blowouts/Up-Dos: $50 - $100
● Chair Massages: $75-$100
● Regular 60 Min. Massage: $90 - $115
● Regular 90 Min. Massage: $130-$190
● Manicure: $50 - $65
● Pedicure: $50-$70
● Spray Tan: $46-$60
● Yoga: $75-$100
● Personal Training: $125

For any type of wedding party booking please email or call 615.873.0344 for a customized bridal package that fit your needs!

Belle is offering ABG readers a discount! Just use promo code: ABG10 -  for 10% off any service of your choice. Now sit back, relax and enjoy!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridesmaids & Bridal Party, Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , Unique Wedding Ideas, 0 comments »

Cactus Creek Barn Hosts Weenie Roast + Ice Cream Social for Nashville Area Couples

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer is in full swing which also means planning your wedding may also be in full swing! Staying in while doing research and sending vendor emails may keep you from getting out with your beau and having a good time! But Cactus Creek Barn has come up with a solution by hosting a Weenie Roast + Ice Cream Social on August 12th from 6:30-10:30pm! Mixing wedding vendors with food, fun and friends is exactly what you need! Here's more from Cactus Creek Barn:

You deserve a night out as a couple, no kids, just good, clean fun with your sweetheart! "SAVE the DATE" night out series was developed to support healthy marriages and strengthen your bond as a couple. We have great vendors for you to experience and we hope you will mingle with old friends and meet some new ones. Start your evening off roasting weenies over the fire pit. Then be sure to head down to the creek to play some creekside games, cool your toes off in the spring fed waters of Yellow Creek and win a door prize! Bring your water shoes, towels and lawn chairs. As the sun starts to get low in the sky head back to the barn to enjoy some ice cream and listen to some fantastic music!

Photo by Nashville Wedding Collection



6:30 - 7:30 Weenie Roast - Photo Booth - Creekside Games

7:30 - 8:00 Ice Cream Social - Door Prizes

8:00 - 10:00 Musical Entertainment featuring Andrew Salgado playing some old favorites and some original songs.


Photo by Nashville Wedding Collection


Partner Vendors:

Corner Catering

Two Fat Men Ice Cream Company

Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema

Petals and Fields

KP Events & Rentals

The Mosquito Authority


Door Prize Sponsors:

Southern Sass Hair Salon, At Home Realty - Sue Blizman, and more to come!



Early Bird Registration: $12/person through Aug 5th

General Admission: $15/person after Aug 5th

Cactus Creek Barn Couples: $5/person through Aug 5th (If you don’t receive an email invitation with the discount code please call, text, or email us for it)

Cactus Creek Barn Couples: $10/person after Aug 5th



Photos by Ivory Door Studio

Thank you to Cactus Creek Barn for creating an opportunity for engaged Nashville area couples to mix and mingle. Share your wedding planning experiences over some ice cream and call it a night! And remember to register early before August 5th to receive an early bird discount!

Added bonus: you might get to meet the newest addition to the Cactus Creek Barn family, "Sweet Alfalfa". :)

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Contests, Giveaways, Specials, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

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