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Nashville Bride Falls in Love with Her Simple, Elegant Four-Flavor, Four-Tier Signature Cake

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Taylor and Rich got married on August 8, 2014 at Mint Springs Farm, which Taylor describes as "the most classy barn venue I have ever seen!"  Their wedding vision was classy, simple and full of their white, green, and blue color palette.  

Taylor LOVED her wedding cake.  She said, "It was exactly the vision I had been planning all along. Then, for the reception I walked into the reception and the cake was everything I wanted and more. I was absolutely in love with it!"

After hearing how much she loved her cake, designed by Signature Cakes by Vicki, I couldn't wait to share her cake story and photos with you.

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What inspired your cake?

Simplistic, classy, white, with blue hydrangeas :) i love simple flowers and I love nature so I wanted lots of blue and white and green

I am in love with the color blue, and I love simple, classy flowers—they are truly my favorite. I have never been a girly girl, but I do love my desserts—especially cake!

How did you approach the design for your wedding cake? 

I had a vision for the flowers to wrap down my cake with an elegant white, fluffy buttercream frosting. We met with Vicki and she drew a picture of what I was describing to her. She sketched out the cake right there and it was amazing.   Not only is she an amazing baker she is an amazing artist!

mint springs farm nashville tn signature cakes by vicki

mint springs farm nashville tn signature cakes by vicki

 

What did you want most from your cake - great design, taste, specific details?
All three! And let me tell you, her cake is the BEST tasting cake I have ever had. Every flavor is amazing! The design is perfect and she does exactly what you want.

What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
How fun, easy, and stress free it was!

What were your cake flavors? 

When we went for the cake tasting my mom, sister, and my fiancé came and we had so much fun and we loved every flavor it was so hard to decide. So, we chose a different flavor for each layer. We chose 4 flavors: Raspberry, Almond Vanilla, Coconut Vanilla, and Key Lime Margherita (that was my husband's favorite!).

 

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mint springs farm nashville tn signature cakes by vicki

What did you like most about your wedding cake? 

The moist cake and the fluffy buttercream frosting

Taylor's lovely cake and wedding were photographed by Teale Photography, whose work is stunning!  Signature Cakes by Vicki can be reached via this link or by calling 615-513-2266.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Nashville Wedding Planners Love: Reception Fun with Cotton Candy, Signature Drinks, Marshmallows

Monday, September 29, 2014

One of the many reasons that I recommend that every bride hire a planner is because no bride should work on her wedding day (neither should her mom, aunt, best friend...).  Aside from ensuring your day goes smoothly, planners also have the best relationships in the wedding industry and it's their job to keep a pulse ways to keep things creative.

That's why I love talking to our wedding planners.  I recently chatted with Toni, owner of Celebrations by Design, to get the latest in Nashville weddings.  When asked what she's loving, she said fun food and rinks for receptions.  She offered three ways to turn up your reception with interactive and custom reception ideas: Bang Candy Company, Spin Wheel Cotton Candy and J. Jackson Mobile Mixology.

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Toni of Delebrations by Design

Bang Candy Company

The Bang Cany Company has many offerings that would add sweet fun to your wedding reception.  

1) Marshmallows, custom candy - The Bang Company is known for their artisan marshmallows which are crafted in small batches with no preservatives,artificial colors or artificial flavors. They can customize the candy to suit for your event, which makes for great wedding favors.

2) The Prosecco Bar - a mobile drink station.  The girls use their signature syrups to create cocktails.  Guests will enjoy this tasting twist as they sample different syrups with their wine, tea, or other desserts.  

3) The Cocovan is our mobile incarnation. We are delighted to bring it to your party or event. We can serve all sorts of goodies to you and your friends.

What Toni likes: "The Bang Company is a fun alterative to candy or cupcake bars.  They make good favors or additions to wedding welcome bags.  Plus, the candy can be customized to your event."

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custom marshmallows nashville wedding favor idea

custom marshmallows nashville wedding favor idea

 

Spin Wheels Cotton Candy 

Spin Wheels Cotton Candy offers made-to-order cotton candy cones in 21 flavors, including: Sassy Apple, Pina-Colada, Maple Bacon!

The specially designed cotton candy cones coordinate your event colors and logo.  They can be enjoyed as dessert as an action station at your wedding or prepared in take-home tubs as favors.

Some people use the cotton candy for cocktails or mocktails.

What Toni likes:  "Cotton candy is very nostalgic.  Spin presents a way to allow adults a taste of their childhood.  I also didnt know that cotton candy could be made in some many colors and flavors.  The treats, which can be paired with drinks. can be customized to your personality."

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custom cotton candy nashville wedding favor idea

 

J. Jackson Mobile Mixology 

Josh is the owner of J. Jackson, a mobile bartending service.  His crafts a custom drink menu, based your event and brings these signature beverages to you.   He promises to take your celebration to an entirely new level!

What Toni likes: "I love that the professional and upscale nature of the service." 

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These interactive ideas are great for, not just weddings, but any of your bridal events.  Imagine J. Jackson at your bridal shower or Spin Wheel at your engagement party.  Interactive events get guests mingling and can easily turn a boring reception into a memorable event.

For more wedding reception ideas or help as you plan, contact Toni of Celebrations by Design via the link included above.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Food/Catering, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Molly & Kirk Show Love for Alabama & America, Dance the Night Away at Their Houston Station Wedding

Friday, September 26, 2014

After living in Nashville for four years, Kirk joined Molly and the two made Nashville their home and the location for their wedding.  Their church was the obvious choice for their ceremony.  And, Houston Station, with its central located and rustic charm was perfect for their reception.  With the venues chosen, the only major detail left was incorporating their University of Alabama pride into their day!

Molly and Kirk are a super cute couple and you can tell they enjoyed every moment and detail.  They had one festive celebration!!

Get to know them, their wedding team and their wedding story.

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Molly & Kirk
Wedding Date: 7/19/14
Ceremony Venue: West End United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Houston Station
Guests #: 230

Budget: $30,000–40,000

 

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southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

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southern nashville wedding west end church, houston station

 

Wedding Team

Venue | Houston Station
Planner & Floral Design | Simply Yours Weddings, Emily Humphries 
Photographer | Alex Bee Photography
Videographer | Crooked Tree Productions  
Gown | English’s Bridal, Clemmons, NC
Bride’s Accessories | David Yurman (earrings), Ralph Lauren (shoes), English’s Bridal (veil)
Men’s Attire | Street Tuxedo
Bridesmaids’ Attire I gave my girls the color and had them find a dress that they wanted to wear
Hair | Green Pea Salon
Makeup | Studio BBC, Betsy Briggs Cathcart
Stationery | Designs in Paper
Caterer | Two Fat Men
Cake Artist | Kay Mc Confections
Ceremony Musicians | Andrew Risinger (organ)
Reception Musicians | Steven Padilla Band
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | Bright Event Productions
Transportation | FADDS, Grand Avenue
Chalkboards | All Chalked Up

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houston station wedding southern nashville

houston station wedding southern nashville

houston station wedding southern nashville

 

Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple?

We are both laid back and love to have fun. We met in Tuscaloosa and are both big Alabama fans, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that, as well. I am from North Carolina and Kirk is from South Alabama, so we wanted our wedding to represent us as a couple, but also our families and where we come from.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?

As soon as we walked into Houston Station, we knew it was the venue for us. We liked the proximity to downtown for all of our out of town guests and we loved the rustic style. For colors, I wanted everything to be neutral, but pretty. We decided on a light gray with pops of pale pink. I love how it turned out – soft and pretty, but not overbearing.

When we met with Abi from Bright Event Productions, I fell in love with the grapevine balls and the Italian string lights. I am a 3rd grade teacher and I loved the use of chalkboards – especially the one that said Roll Tide! Kirk loved his groom’s cake, which combined two of this favorite things: Alabama and America. We drank champagne from silver flutes that my grandparents used at their wedding and we had framed pictures of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days in the front hallway.

What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?

The Steven Padilla Band was fantastic and did a great job of making sure everyone had a blast! All of our out of towners really fell in love with Nashville. Everyone told us they were recovering for about a week, which was our goal. We always said that we wanted our wedding to be FUN. Our wedding party also really loved the party bus that hauled us from Houston Station, where we got ready and did the first look, to the church for the wedding, and back to Houston Station for the reception.

 

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Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?

We loved Houston Station and even though it is a pricier venue, we were able to bring in our own alcohol and use whatever venders we wanted. We also wanted a great photographer and videographer, because when it’s all said and done, that’s what you have to remember the day. Flowers weren’t super important to me, so our wedding planner bought them wholesale and arranged them for us. They looked beautiful, and it was much cheaper than using an expensive florist.


Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?

Wedding planning can be stressful, but I really would not do anything differently. Our wedding was so “us” and we couldn’t imagine it any other way!

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is going to be the best weekend of your life and if something goes wrong, you are probably going to be the only one who ever notices. 2. I highly suggest doing your first look before walking down the aisle. I would have thrown up from nerves if I waited and I felt so calm after I saw Kirk. We were able to go straight from the church to the party bus and into Houston Station. We had a quiet minute to ourselves to eat (best idea ever) and got to join the party without much delay.

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Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Your Wedding Exit Could Ruin Your Dress.  Here’s Help!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Every bride wants to have a memorable exit to mark the end of her wedding day and the beginning of her life with her groom. And while unique exits can make wonderful memories and photos, they can also wreak havoc on your bridal gown.  

Rhonda, a true bridal gown-cleaning expert with Oakwood Cleaners, discusses the type of receptions and exits that can damage your gown and what can be done to reverse this damage.  Of course we want you to enjoy your wedding day.  Just keep these things in mind as you plan your exit.

Photo: Shannon Fulton Photography

 

What are some reception exits that can stain/ruin your wedding dress?

1)  Rain: You decide to keep your dress on as you leave the reception while it’s raining.  Mud or even oils from cars that spread can gather at the bottom of your dress and can cause permanent damage.

2) Pool: Many venues now have pools that guests and even brides and grooms jump in to celebrate at the end of the night. The water mixed with chlorine can cause silk to shrink and discolor. This goes for lake and ocean water as well.

3) Beach: Sand is quite abrasive and can cause delicate fabrics to snag and can even cause holes in your gown.

4) Candy: Let’s say instead of rice, you decide that you’d rather have your guests throw candy. Whether it is colored or not, sugar can cause stains on your dress especially if you have perspired or if it is raining outside. Also, if sugar is not removed from the dress brown spots can occur in coming years.

5) Silly string - Silly string could stick and stain your gown. 

6) Bubbles - If you opt for bubbles, be sure to tell your dry cleaner as they do contain soap and might react with the cleaning agent, mostly if it is a silk dress and has to be dry cleaned.

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Photo: Matt Andrews Photography

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Photo: Bledsoe Photography

 

Already married?  Here's what you can do to fix/reverse damage to your wedding dress.

First of all, do not do anything to try to remedy any stains yourself. If your dress is wet, leave it to hang dry – do NOT put it in a plastic bag wet! Soaking the gown, using a “Tide Stick” or trying any home remedies found online could set the spots permanently.

As soon as you can, bring your gown to a dry cleaner that is certified to spot clean and preserve your wedding dress – this is truly the only way to remove damage. But do keep in mind, some damage unfortunately cannot be reversed, but a trained professional should be the only one to try!

If you’re concerned about any damage that your dress may have or if you would like to have your dress preserved by experts (we can’t recommend this enough!) be sure to visit Oakwood Cleaners at one of their three convenient Nashville locations!

Rhonda says, "if you are keeping your gown, then you are keeping your memories. And, if there are stains or holes, those are memories from the most important day of their life!"

We couldnt agree more!

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Photo: Shuffield Photography

Posted by Newlywed Heather | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, 0 comments »

Lauren & Zach Plan Romantic, Adventurous Honeymoon In The Bahamas With 2Travel Anywhere

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

With white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters to snorkel in, world-class chefs preparing a full range of culinary delights and beach-side massages, who wouldn’t enjoy their stay at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas? Carlie at 2Travel Anywhere worked with Lauren and Zach to ensure their honeymoon included all of the above.

Since Carlie has visited all of the Sandals Resorts, she is able to provide first-hand experience to Nashville couples on what island paradise can best suit their travel dreams. She helped Lauren and Zach plan the perfect getaway: a mixture of adventurous options to explore and romantic offerings to celebrate their marriage.

To learn more about how these lovebirds decided on their honeymoon destination, scroll down to see our full interview about their tropical getaway.

 

Zach and Lauren Jackson
Union City, TN
Wedding Date | June 15, 2013

Honeymoon Date | June 16-22
Honeymoon Location | Sandals Royal Bahamian - Nassau, Bahamas

 

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nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

 

Planning Your Honeymoon

Was the honeymoon a surprise, did one of you plan it or did you plan it together?
We both planned it.

What was your vision for your honeymoon - relaxation, romance, adventure, sight seeing or other?
All of the above! We wanted a romantic destination that incorporated some adventure and sight seeing. :-)

Did you always agree on your honeymoon vision and if not, who wanted what?  How did you come to an agreement?
We had the same ideas for what we wanted for our honeymoon.

How did you choose/plan your honeymoon location and activities?
We reached out to Carlie and asked for her advice. She provided a lot of information on many different places based on what we were looking for, and then we went from there deciding what would best fit us.

How did you learn about 2Travel anywhere?
I went to high school with Carlie and had seen information about her travel agency on Facebook.

Did you consider planning your honeymoon without a travel service?  Why did you choose to work with Carlie?
We both knew that if we were going to use a travel service, we wanted to try to use someone we knew.

 

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nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

 

Your Honeymoon

What were your honeymoon dates?
June 16-22

Where did you go?
Sandals Royal Bahamian - Nassau, Bahamas

What were some of your activities?
Snorkeling, beachfront massages, sailing, sight seeing at The Atlantis, visiting the Straw Market, Junkanoo Festival beach party, EATING!

What was the best part about your honeymoon?
The gorgeous resort, the perfect weather and the AMAZING food!

Would you recommend this island, city, location?  Why?
ABSOLUTELY! We enjoyed everything about Sandals and Nassau! The resort is beautiful, the beaches are unbelievably clean, the people are so incredibly nice and the food is so delicious! We were ready to go back before we had even left to return home. We are already making plans to go back soon.

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nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

nashville real bride review sandals bahamas

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Honeymoon and Post Wedding, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

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