Friday, October 24, 2014
There’s always something so special about a small, intimate ceremony and it’s why we’ve chosen to feature Carolin and Alan’s December wedding on the blog. Surrounded by 30 of their closest family members and friends a few days before Christmas, the pair had a lovely outdoor wedding in the event pavillion at CJ’s Off the Square, with beautiful pops of color, thanks to the gorgeous floral arrangements by Enchanted Florist.
Get inspired by Carolin and Alan’s quaint wedding and learn more details of how everything came together.
Carolin & Alan
Wedding Date: December 21, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue: CJ’s Off the Square & Saffire Restaurant
Budget: Less than $10,000
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Rustic, classic, vintage.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
CJ's was a perfect match!
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Our guests loved the teamwork of CJ and The Enchanted Florist to create the perfect intimate wedding ambience. They also loved Bryan Allen's engagement photography displayed on the looped slideshow on the big TV screen.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on our photography and saved by having an intimate guest list.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
We wish we went with CJ's first! We had another planner but soon switched after visiting CJ's Off the Square.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Taking the time to find the perfect venue will save you cash, time and stress!
Planner - CJ at CJ's Off the Square
Photographer - Bryan Allen
Gown - Karen Hendrix
Birdal Party Attire - Various
Hair & Makeup - Katie Russo
Stationery - invitationconsultants.com
Caterer, Lighting - CJ's Off the Square
Cake Artist - CJ's cake with flower decorations by The Enchanted Florist
Floral Designer - The Enchanted Florist
Rentals - CJ's Off the Square (Big screen TV for slideshow)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Before you head out for trick or treating, plan to stop by Geny's Bridal for an unreal Halloween Sample Sale. On October 31st and November 1 (Friday and Saturday), sample wedding gowns will be available for only $331 and bridesmaid sample dresses will be $31.
Sample sales are one of the best ways to snag a beautifil designer gown at a fraction. They are rare and if you snooze, you lose.
Make an appointment and find your dream dress! Details are below.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
How does a bride honor her heritage and incorporate what she values into her wedding? She turns to a cake pro who is creative and willing to design custom cakes.
When Rose met with Nashville's Signature Cakes by Vicki, she shared a few themes that inspired her War Memorial wedding: romance, elegance, flair and Navy? Not only did Vicki create a design that Rose loved, she also created a groom's cake for fiance David that was better than imagined.
When I reached out to Rose to learn more about her cake design, she said, "Vicki is awesome! I showed her several random pics and described what I wanted and within minutes she sketched my dream cake. She even caught the little detail of the anchor with our names which we used throughout our whole wedding (invitations, dance floor, table numbers, etc). Not to mentioned the cake was delicious!!"
Here's Rose's cake story:
What was the vision for your wedding?
My vision for our wedding was romance, elegance, and classic while incorporating the Navy. I really love pink but with the Navy being such a big part of our lives, I wanted to honor it. So I incorporated the anchor and the navy colors (gold and navy) with a pale pink in everything I could.
How did you find Signature Cakes by Vicki?
My wedding planner, Kristin Kaplan, recommend Vicki after seeing the kind of pictures of cakes I liked. The pictures of cakes I showed her where I guess what you could call "over the top." She recommended Vicki due to her amazing abilities to make elegant, beautiful, and delicious cakes.
What inspired your cake?
Pinterest of course helped but mostly my wedding theme!
How did you approach the design for your wedding cake? Did you take pictures to Signature Cakes by Vicki did you meet with her and answer questions about your dress, etc?
I met with Vicki and showed her pictures of several different kind of cakes I liked. The pictures were all over the place as far as designs go thanks to Pinterest and my obsession with weddings. I also described other aspects of the wedding I had already picked out such as invitation design, flowers, and my wedding dress. Vicki was able to listen to my randomness and sketch within minutes my dream wedding cake tailored to me. She really listened to the things I pinpointed as my favorite in each picture and ran with it.
David was deployed during the wedding planning process but I knew he wanted to incorporate the "Don't Tread on Me" flag for his groom's cake. Vicki loved the idea and started making awesome suggestions like the sheet cake being the flag and having the snake on top of the cake. David was super impressed with his cake! I even saw the other Navy officers taking pictures of it the night of our wedding. Needless to say, they appreciated the cake!
What did you want most from your cake? great design, taste? specific details?
I really wanted a beautifully designed cake. Pictures last a life time so I wanted a cake that I could look back on down the road and say, "Yeah, I had an amazing cake". The fact it tasted amazing too was a plus! I got my cake and got to eat it too!
What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
How easy it was! I had a 1 hour meeting where I tasted several different flavors of cakes, showed pictures, and discussed my interests. It was super easy and I walked away knowing I had nothing to worry about. That peace of mind is priceless to a bride!
What were your cake flavors? Did you have them custom designed or were they standard?
Vicki offers so many different delicious flavors to begin with that there was no reason to worry about custom flavors! I taste tried probably 10 or so different flavors at the time of the tasting. I couldn't decide on just 1 or 2 flavors so we had 4- white chocolate, almond, strawberry, and chocolate.
What did you like most about your cake?
I loved the gold embellishments around the cake! It was so stunning and so different from your traditional wedding cakes. It was so pretty I didn't want to cut it!
Cake photos from J. Andrew Photography
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Jessica Williams has a thing for paper. As owner of J. Amber Creative, a design studio that specializes in invitations and fine paper goods, Jessica takes an approach that is so refreshing and comforting to brides planning their weddings.
The approach is simple: Anything goes. Instead of focusing on the latest design trends, Jessica listens a lot, asks questions and helps couples create a vision for what they desire for their invitations, programs and other paper goods.
And this approach is why J. Amber Creative has garnered so many fans. Learn more about Jessica and J. Amber Creative here:
Tell us about what services you offer to brides.
I offer all things paper to brides! I have a collection of ready-made invitations that are just waiting to be personalized by brides. Those design can be customized by changing up colors, adding monograms or other personalized touches. I also offer tons of printing customizations, such as luxurious cotton paper, coordinating envelope liners, backers and layers, and fine printing methods such as letterpress and foil printing. I even do some unique and fun features like edge painting!
In addition to my existing designs, I also offer custom design services, where I work with brides to create a just-for-you-from-scratch design that captures their vision and personality and puts it on paper. Whether it's save the dates or invitations, programs or table pieces, I create stationery pieces that are equal parts original and gorgeous.
How did you get your start in your business and in the wedding industry?
I actually began in stationery working as a creative director for a local family-owned stationery company. From there, I discovered the company Minted, which really gave me the confidence to step out on my own in stationery design. I have been designing stationery as a part-time hobby for about four years. I recently made the decision to leave my full-time job to pursue stationery full time, and haven't regretted it! When you find something you love, and are able to make it your job, I consider it the best job in the world.
What makes your services unique?
Lots of designers start with wedding trends and what's popular right now. I prefer to start with my bride. I like to chat about all things concerning the wedding to get a sense of who she is, what she likes and how I can translate that into her wedding paper goods. I want to see her Pinterest boards. I want to know what flowers she likes.
I try to make it as pressure-free as possible for my brides. I don't like rules and "invitation expectations." If you like a traditional look, let's do that! But if you prefer pink and orange invitations, let's do it! It's your big day, and your stationery should be a totally-you preview of the exciting festivities ahead.
Why do you love weddings and working with Nashville brides?
I'm a romantic. I love gushy love stories. I cry at weddings. Every time. I consider it the biggest honor to be a part of this most important day. I also love weddings because we can get really creative with invitations. I love working with brides to add small touches here and there that really make things your own. Personality on paper. It's what I strive most to deliver. And Nashville brides have a lot of personality. I think it's just Southern love and goodness. Nobody does it quite like the South.
What’s your advice to brides who are just beginning the wedding planning process?
This is your big day. It should be all about the two of you, and not what other people think you should do. I encourage my brides to find the right vendors. Wedding planning is stressful just by nature, so look for vendors that you connect with — that get you. And often, the vendors you love the most will know other vendors that are like them. It will make the entire process so much easier and enjoyable.
We're drawn the wonderfully fresh patterns and typography that Jessica incorporates into her designs. They are clean, modern with flair. Contact Jessica to create your custom wedding invitations. Lucky for us, she's based right here in Nashville. Jessica - firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-797-4984.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Have you started planning your honeymoon? Have you started but haven't finalized? 2Travel Anywhere is Nashville's go-to honeymoon planning service. It's free and takes the stress out of finding the perfect post-wedding getaway.
Get free help. This Thursday, Carlie, owner of 2Travel Anywhere will highlight the top Caribbean destinations via an online webinar. RSVP via this link.