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Marian + Keenen Smith Enchant Wedding Guests With Comfortable Promenade In Germantown

Friday, May 29, 2015

The desire to have fun during a wedding is often wished for, but sometimes not achieved.  In this stunning wedding in Nashville's Germantown, Marian and Keenen Smith succeeded in combining their wishes for an elegant wedding and their desire to have fun as they celebrated with their families.  They integrated their rustic and modern tastes, and an emphasis on the reception provided the perfect opportunity to plunge into the decadent fun, while still having a wedding ceremony for all to enjoy.

Marian + Keenen 
Wedding Date: July 19, 2014
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Assumption
Reception Venue: aVenue

Guests: 225

Wedding Team

Planner | Sarah Ann Miller of Randi Events
Venue | aVenue
Photographer | Chesley Summar
Gown | Maggie Sottero- The White Room
Bride’s Accessories | Belk
Men’s Attire | Suit Supply- Atlanta
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Allure Bridals- The White Room
Hair | Laura Causey- The French Twist Murfreesboro
Makeup | Chrissy Wenzke- MAC
Stationery | Designs in Paper
Caterer | Chef’s Market
Ceremony Musicians | Organist provided by Church of the Assumption
Reception Musicians | Quan Jones (DJ Quan)
Rentals + Lighting | Randi Events
Transportation | Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner location | Church of the Assumption

How would you describe your style as a couple?
We are modern with a rustic side, but we are also laid back and like to have fun.

Where did you get your inspiration?
PINTEREST!!  Aside from Pinterest, many of our ideas came from our coordinator (Sarah Ann).  She brought ideas to all of our meetings and we were able to decide what we liked best.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
Our colors were coral and navy, which gave everything a modern feel.  We knew that we wanted the venue to feel like Nashville, but to also describe us as a couple.  Exposed brick and wood floors were definitely what made us fall in love with our venue.  The blend of the colors and the character of the venue really captured our style.


What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Everyone really enjoyed the reception.  Because we had a traditional ceremony, most of our planning was put towards the reception and it really showed.  We wanted everyone to feel happy and comfortable to celebrate with us.  At the end of the night, everyone was dancing and having fun- somehow we ended up with two dance floors!  We all wanted to stay much longer than the time we had allotted for the reception.

Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We saved on the flowers and the cakes; our family did all of the center pieces and the cakes for us.  We splurged on our photographer because we knew photos would be the one thing we could keep for a long time.

Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
Our photographer and everyone with Randi Events were our favorite.  Sarah Ann from Randi Events worked with us on everything and she made planning so much easier.  We didn’t have to worry about a single thing throughout the whole process.

Chesley, our photographer, really connected with us from the beginning.  Not only did she connect with us but she was also able to connect with our family and it shows in the pictures!  We love her work and how she was able to capture every single moment of our day.

The most important thing is that we felt like we could connect with Sarah Ann and Chesley.  They both went above and beyond what we expected. 

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
We loved how every thing turned out.  We wouldn’t change anything about it!

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Remember that, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you get to be with the person you love for the rest of your life.

Posted by Taylor | Filed under: Wedding Style - Modern, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Something Borrowed: A Backyard Soirée That Still Inspires

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last spring, Evolution Event Solutions designed a dreamy, backyard soirée at a Nashville residence.  The focal points were Tuscan bentwood chairs, faux burlap napkins, and farm tables from Liberty Party Rentals.  They also rented a rustic wood dance floor, which was a huge hit!  We're still head over heels for this intimate, yet brilliant backyard event.  

Take a look at the photos and see for yourself how great rentals can turn just about any space into a perfect spring soirée.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Rentals, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, 0 comments »

Photographs to Last a Lifetime: Celladora Photography, My Nashville Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When Carl and I got engaged, there was one thing I knew we needed at our Nashville wedding: a great photographer.  Our photographer was one of the first decisions we made in the wedding planning process and it wasn't an easy one.  We searched high and low.  It wasn't a simple task, as we wanted someone that would be able to perfectly capture our wedding day, as, I'm sure, many brides understand! 

Before deciding on a photographer, we met with a few in person, which I would recommend to any bride and groom!  Get to know them, ask about their style in photography, and, of course, ask to see their work. Don't be afraid to ask questions!  When we met John Yates of Celladora Photography, we knew we had to have him at our wedding.  He was easy to talk to, fit our budget, and seemed like someone we just wanted to have at our wedding day!

John was so easy to work with, made us feel at ease during our engagement pictures, and was up for almost anything on the wedding day!  We had extra time on the wedding day and made a pit stop at one of our favorite downtown bars for drinks and some one-of-a-kind wedding photographs!  It meant a lot to my husband and me to have someone willing to have fun with us.

Looking back, I wouldn't change much about our wedding photographer and the process we went through with him.  However, I do wish we had gotten more family pictures before and during the wedding ceremony and reception.  My mom was battling leukemia at the time and is, unfortunately, no longer with us, and there are many times I look at our photos and wish I had so many more photographs with her.  I am so, so thankful that we had John there to capture what he did.  It is a priceless gift that I will forever cherish.

How can you resist a photographer that will take selfies with you?! 

Posted by Holly Engaged Bride | Filed under: Photography, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Flock to Fabulous Frocks of Nashville: The Luxe Bridal Consignment Boutique

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Have you spent endless hours searching for the special dress to wear on your wedding day?  Have too many stilettos paid the price of grueling trips between boutiques and bridal stores, only to leave you empty-handed, and, let’s face it, in need of a killer cocktail?

How about staring at the gorgeous gown you already wore once, yet its place in your closet is smaller than the colossal hole in your pocket?

If this is you, there’s a solution for that, and it happens to be just south of Nashville, TN.

The newly opened Fabulous Frocks of Nashville is an adorable high-end bridal boutique and consignment shop located in Franklin, TN.  This spectacular shop delivers the Cinderella treatment with their exclusive appointments and undivided attention for every customer.  The gowns they carry are new, once-worn, and samples from top designers, all for a lower price than retail.  The plentiful options in veils, sashes, jewelry, bridesmaid dresses, and much more allows any bride the ability to follow their fancy on the journey to their special day.


A list of designers is included on their website, including, but not limited to, the gorgeous Vera Wang and stunning Rosa Clara.  Their website also provides the convenient Find Your Frock tool, designed to help you search for the perfect gown, narrowed down by certain criteria.  Even if the perfect dress isn’t at this Franklin location, don’t fret.  Fabulous Frocks can access all gowns in their business inventory, making it even easier to find exactly what you want.  Dresses range in price from $1,000 to around $8,000, and alterations are available.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell a dress back, Fabulous Frocks takes in designer bridal gowns for consignment too.  Is your dress less than five years old?  Has no tears, stains, or pulls?  Originally retailed for $2,000 or more?  If so, Fabulous Frocks can try their best to sell it for you.  Make sure you have the original sales receipt and have it professionally cleaned and pressed so this boutique can find another bride to love the dress as much as you did.  Don’t forget to make an appointment though!

Ariele Johnson, a soon-to-be bride, sang praises for Fabulous Frocks’ ability to take a dress off her hands.

“I purchased a bridal gown, and, as fate would have it, I soon learned that the dress was not the dress I wanted to be wearing in my upcoming September wedding.  I had luck with Fabulous Frocks. They took my dress into their collection and I’m now waiting for it sell.”

This boutique also offers made-to-order items from the Fabulous Frocks exclusive sash collection, Dessy Group Bridesmaids (Alfred Sung, After Six, and Dessy), Haute Bride Accessories, and Sara Gabriel Headpieces & Veils, adding another chic, one-of-a-kind piece to your historic day.

Fabulous Frocks is located at 1000 Meridian Blvd #104, Franklin, TN 37067.  They are open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm, appointment preferable.  The perfect dress is one click away, courtesy of  Plus, everyone has the added benefit of following them on Pinterest and Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.  Schedule an appointment by calling 615.224.3472 or email  Don’t wear down any more good heels before you even reach the altar.

Fabulous Frocks owner, Amy Grooms, and her team are exceptional at answering all your questions and helping you find everything you’re looking for.

Posted by Taylor | Filed under: Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, 0 comments »

Happy Memorial Day Nashville!

Monday, May 25, 2015

We are thankful for all of those who served and died for our freedom.  Here's a list of options for celebrating Memorial Day in Nashville.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: 0 comments »

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