Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If the wedding dress is the star of the ceremony, then the cake is surely the star of the reception. The mouth-dropping cakes you see below are those of Signature Cakes by Vicki and there's no doubt they leave guests in awe. They are lavish, elegant and everything that guests expect from a formal wedding reception.
The wonderful thing — if I had to choose just one — about formal weddings is the seamless blend of classic tradition with modern elegance. It’s especially lovely when a couple’s wedding cake effortlessly combines the two!
If you’re looking to have a formal wedding day, these cakes will definitely give you some inspiration. They also confirm the talent of Nashville's Signature Cakes by Vicki.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ladies, how many of us have been in charge of planning a bachelorette party for a best friend? And how many of us have struggled to plan the perfect night out for the bride to be? I bet if we were all in a room together I’d see a lot of hands raised! Well, worry no more…. We now have Bachelorette Nashville to help make the “last fling before the ring” a complete (and easy) success!
Whether you are local and have out-of-town friends or are traveling to Nashville just for your party, Bachelorette Nashville is our city’s newest one-stop-shop bachelorette planning service that offers both customizable and pre-planned party packages for your ideal girls' night out!
I had the opportunity to chat with Bachelorette Nashville’s Robbie Goldsmith to learn a little more about what this innovative company offers:
Tell us a little bit about what Bachelorette Nashville does.
BacheloretteNashville.com is a fully customizable bachelorette party planner in Nashville, TN. We have over 40 partners in Nashville and are the resource to make your bachelorette party organized, memorable and stress free!
Why did you start Bachelorette Nashville?
Any good business solves a problem. As I learned about the stressful experience of making sure the bride-to-be has fun during her "last fling before the ring", I quickly saw this was a problem. Many close friends experienced this stress and loved the idea of BacheloretteNashville.com, so we decided to do something about it!
Why should a bridesmaid choose Bachelorette Nashville over planning the night herself?
We add some great value for the planner:
1) We relieve the stress of planning a bachelorette party for a group, in a destination city like Nashville, TN.
2) The bride never pays with BacheloretteNashville.com! Want to make her feel special; we have 10 ways to do so and they are all FREE!
3) We offer split group payment, so each girl pays for her part. No more maid of honor collecting or fronting money for people!
Who typically books a night out with Bachelorette Nashville?
We find that we are a great value for out-of-town brides who use Nashville as a destination! Typically, these parties might not know the ins and outs of a Nashville weekend, and that can be stressful. We are here for them! (But great for people in town also, because of our awesome partnerships!)
Can you tell us a little bit about your different packages?
We offer nine pre-set packages, which can range from a basic "Country Star" guide to Broadway for $38.99/person all the way up to "The Full Monty" for $200+/person. The great thing about us is that you can customize any package! So depending on the bachelorette's interests and style, our party planner will find just the right fit!
Why is Nashville a great city to celebrate a bachelorette?
Nashville is the new "IT" city! Nashville combines all aspects to make a great weekend - southern hospitality, live music, great food, beautiful people and did we mention there are rarely any cover charges?
Can you give us an example of what a night out with Bachelorette Nashville might include?
Sure, a popular package would be something like this: A group activity during the day (like a pole dancing class or mani/pedi), then a great dinner (at partners like Hard Rock Cafe or Sambuca), and of course a night out on the town using all the coupons and perks from the "Country Star" gift bag we will have waiting upon your hotel arrival!
Anything else you’d like for us to know?
Of course! For the men in your life, we will be offering BachelorNashville.com in January 2014, and then watch out for our operation's expansion across the United States in 2014!
Be sure to visit Bachelorette Nashville’s website to start planning your big night out in our great city!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Nyk & Cali Wedding Photographers have a knack for capturing beautiful moments between couples - not just the smiling, happy moments, but the glances that pass between two people who truly care for one another and are comfortable together.
Emotions were in full view with Kelly and her fiance Drew. I enjoyed looking at several photographs from one of their recent Nashville engagement sessions and thought you might like to see them too.
Below you can see some of these incredible images set among the Tennessee foliage. Visit their blog for more from this engagement session and others.
Friday, December 6, 2013
When a bride and groom are able to pull off a seamless blend of tradition and creativity, it makes for one pretty special wedding day. Leslie and Nathan combined their love for the great outdoors with their desire to have their personal stamp on the details for the June wedding at the pristine Oaklawn Plantation in Spring Hill.
With the help of their wedding planner, Damon Goude of Regalo Design, and a little elbow grease, thanks to Nathan’s “Mr. Fix It” mentality, the couple was able to pull off a gorgeous wedding day, right down to the handmade cornhole boards, cocktail bars and tree bark centerpieces.
I am happy to share Leslie's wedding day and the details that made it one to remember.
Leslie & Nathan
Wedding Date ~ June 1, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Oaklawn Plantation in Spring Hill
Budget ~ $30,000-$40,000
Guests ~ 300
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We wanted the wedding to not be about a certain style but to be about us. With that said, if we had to categorize our style, it would probably be southern chic. We wanted the outdoor, rustic vibe with burlap and mason jars all over the historic plantation. We also incorporated antique dressers, old doors and shutters for décor.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We wanted to integrate our style into the wedding so it would reflect us. We love the outdoors so we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding. Being from the south, we wanted a southern style wedding and what better way to have such a wedding than at a historic plantation? We found an amazing house that was just miles away from where we had our first date. Nathan is a “Mr. Fix It”, so he wanted to make anything I asked him to. He chopped the wood we needed for tree bark centerpieces, and built the cornhole boards and cocktail bars we used at the wedding. He also cut rustic wood signs that we put throughout the venue with different sayings, such as our honeymoon destination distance, "the best day ever", "eat, drink and be married"...
As far as colors, I wanted muted colors so that the outdoors would embrace our wedding in a simple and natural way. Our colors were dove gray and accented with blush pink.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Instead of doing typical appetizers, we chose to do popcorn stations with multiple flavors that included: dill pickle, key lime pie, white cheddar and caramel corn. Guests really enjoyed the “groom’s cake” which was a Maggie Moo’s ice cream truck that drove up during the reception.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on photography. I had heard from a few friends that tried to cut their budget on a photographer and were so upset with their decision later. Pictures are something you will always have and will always be able to look back on so I decided to splurge there. We had two photographers on the wedding day and a reception photo booth. Twila’s Photography was amazing! I was amazed at how she was able to capture our wedding day in such special ways.
As far as saving, Nathan was able to make a lot of our rustic décor.
In the decision to have a wedding planner, we splurged and saved. Yes, it cost some money up front, but the help, organization and creativity he brought along the way definitely was worth it. We also saved because we were able to use his table linens, lights, vases, chandeliers - and he was our florist too! The day of the wedding I didn’t have to worry about one thing. Damon made sure all vendors were there on time, lights were hung and décor was placed. Because of that, I got to relish every minute of June 1st. I was able to focus on enjoying the wedding day and marrying my best friend.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I would have had a checklist for the actual day of — my mind was not thinking clearly in the midst of wedding day activities. The checklist would have included Nathan’s ring, marriage license, a reminder to eat something, drink water, use the bathroom before you put your amazing dress on and know where your clothes/purse/bag are before you leave on your getaway exit. Without my amazing wedding planner, wonderful mother and fabulous bridesmaids, none of those things would have occurred.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Enjoy this time and let the planning be fun! Remember that your wedding day should be all about the two of you and what you want, no matter what stressors you may feel from other people. In the end, it’s all about you two!
My Wedding Team
Planner, Florals & Invitations | Damon Goude of Regalo Design
Photographer | Twila’s Photography, Twila Allen
Videographer | Chris Wheeler Films
Gown | Arzelle’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes | Etsy.com customized with vintage lace from my mother’s wedding veil, pearls and Swarovski crystals
Bridal Jewelry | earrings from Arzelle’s, pearl necklace given by my grandmother and my grandmother’s pearl pendant and bracelet
Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | The White Room
Hair | Ginger’s Salon
Caterer | Christy’s Catering
Cake Artist | Tammy Pierchoski
Ceremony Musicians | Silver Strings Quartet
Reception Musicians | Teacher’s Pet
Rentals | DJ’s Rentals and Southern Events Party Rental
Lighting | DJ’s Rental and Regalo Design
Transportation | A friend’s vintage Red Ford Model T
Thursday, December 5, 2013
You know you love Stockroom Vintage as much as we do. You've probably pinned their rentals or event styling photos, promising to contact them for your wedding or to steal some of their ideas to DIY the looks yourself! If so, now is the perfect time to consider their special promotions.
Promo 1: Rentals
Save Your Wedding Date with a $200 Deposit
Because the rental pieces are one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to miss out on favorite items. But it’s hard to commit to all of your rental items so early in the planning process! So for a $200 deposit, you can reserve your wedding date with Stockroom Vintage. This ensures you’ll get first dibs on all items for your specific wedding date when you’re ready to place your order. You’ll get time to plan and select your vintage rental items with ease, without the stress of worrying that someone else will rent your dream pieces before you’ve made your final decision.
Follow this link to see full details on the promotion and to check out the rental collection.
Promo 2: Stylist
Pay in Full for Discount Styling
Stockroom Vintage is offering a wedding styling package on Living Social.
No matter the promo you choose, you can rest knowing that you are in great hands with Stockroom Vintage.