Tuesday, October 13, 2015
When a Nashville-area church double booked their wedding date, Courtney and C.J. were left without a ceremony site only one week before the wedding. Allison Smith, owner of Ala Gala Event Planning and Design, saved the day. She arranged the ceremony and reception to be at Embassy Suites Cool Springs with an impressive room change during the cocktail hour.
Thanks to their resourceful planner, their wedding day came together without a glitch, with all of the details captured by Matt of Audio Video Art. Enjoy their wedding day highlight video and remember: There will be stressful moments during your planning, but as long as you marry your beloved, nothing else really matters... other than capturing these once-in-a-lifetime moments by photo AND video. You'll want to cherish these moments over and over again.
Courtney and C.J.'s Wedding Day Teaser from Audio Video Art - 615-783-1536 on Vimeo.
Friday, October 9, 2015
It’s always exciting when a couple’s combined taste is perfectly captured through their wedding décor. Thanks to some wonderful vendors, a rustic, yet stylish, venue, and an amazing taste in music, Casey and Zach held a breathtaking wedding for all their loved ones!
This couple’s love for music inspired them to include karaoke as a way to have fun with family and friends. (Great idea!) The look of pure enjoyment on the faces of wedding guests, especially during that karaoke bit with the groomsmen, confirm that the couple chose the perfect way to entertain their loved ones.
Read about this modern yet classic couple below, and get a few ideas of your own from their spectacular day!
Casey + Zach
Wedding Date: July 25, 2015
Ceremony + Reception Venue: aVenue
Guests (#) 185
Budget: $30,000 – 40,000
Venue | aVenue
Planner: Brittany Olsen, Randi Events
Photographer | Matt Andrews
Gown | Kenneth Winston, Bridal Bliss in Homewood, AL
Men’s Attire | Express
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Bridesmaid picked own dresses
Hair/Makeup | Katie Russo Beauty
Save the Dates | Zazzle
Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas
Signs | Etsy, Designs In Paper
Caterer | G Catering
Cake Artist | Dulce Desserts
Floral Designer | Lauren Atkinson Designs
DJ | Red Beard Entertainment
Rentals | Music City Tents & Events, 12th Table, Visual Elements, BBJ Linen, La Tavola Linen
Lighting | Nashville Audio Visual, Bright Event Productions
Couple's Exit| Golf cart, Joy Ride
Guest Transportation | FADDS party trolleys
Rehearsal Dinner | Bound’ry Restaurant
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We definitely like to have fun and love music! We like a more modern, non-traditional style, yet with simple and elegant facets.
Where did you get your inspiration?
I got a few ideas from bridal magazines, including Ashley’s Bride Guide actually, some from Pinterest, and help from our planner/coordinator, Brittany Olsen. I have also been a bridesmaid 10 times and have been to countless other weddings so that really helped me determine things I did and did not want for my own wedding. When choosing what colors to use, I knew we wanted something simple, classic, and elegant so I drew inspiration from my all-time favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, who is the epitome of classic and elegant.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We decided to use very simple, classic colors: black, white, and silver/gray with hints of lavender, which I think turned out beautifully.
When deciding on our venue, we knew we wanted to keep it simple and easy for our guests and find a space that would allow us to have the ceremony and reception in one location. We also wanted something modern and industrial looking with hardwood floors and exposed brick, and Avenue was the perfect place! Brittany designed the most beautiful space and the draping and lighting really made it feel very elegant, yet warm and inviting.
Because my husband and I love music and love to have a good time, we decided to include karaoke at the end of our reception and also had glowsticks available for guests during the reception and for our exit. It was awesome!
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
I absolutely loved everything about our wedding. That may sound cliché, but every single thing was gorgeous.
We had so many compliments on our wedding - everything from the food, lighting, draping, our DJ and music selection, the flowers, and, of course, the glowsticks were a huge hit! My husband and I really loved our decision to include karaoke at the end of the reception and I know that was a big hit with our guests as well.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We spent more money on our overall décor, like the draping, lighting, and furniture. Lighting and draping were important to me because I think those things can really make the space beautiful so I didn’t want to skimp on that.
Our venue allowed us to bring our own alcohol, which saved us some money, and we got to keep whatever was left over. We used the bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces for the larger tables at the reception, which also helped save some money. I was also fortunate to have my accessories lent or given to me by family and friends, so I didn’t spend a whole lot of money on those things either.
Our DJ is a friend, so he gave us the “friends and family discount,” which helped a lot. We had originally decided to leave our reception in a vintage Jaguar but decided to save a few hundred dollars and chose to ride away in a golf cart through Joy Ride, which actually turned out better and definitely fit our fun, silly personalities.
Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
I can’t say enough great things about all of our vendors, especially G Catering and our photographer, Matt Andrews. Matt worked so hard for us, and I know it couldn’t have been easy during the reception because I did not want to leave the dance floor! We had several guests comment on how awesome our photographer was and how hard he worked that day/night.
Our wedding planner/coordinator, Brittany, was the absolute best, and none of this would have been possible or easy without her. She was on top of everything from the very beginning and it all turned out better than I could have imagined. She made our wedding day stress free!
The girls with Katie Russo Beauty, Kat and Beth, did a phenomenal job on hair and makeup for my eight bridesmaids, my mom, and me. They were wonderful to work with! Lauren Atkinson, our florist, was awesome and created beautiful arrangements and a bouquet.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I would not change a thing! Choosing Avenue and Randi Events were the best decisions we made, and having Brittany guide and help us through the entire process made wedding planning such a breeze and so much fun. I loved every minute of it!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Relax, have fun, and remember the most important thing is that you get to marry your favorite person and that’s really all that matters.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Grand Opening of the George Jones Museum highlighted a new, downtown space for weddings and other events. Liberty Party Rental partnered with the folks at the George Jones Museum to inspire engaged couples and introduce the city to this great new space for Nashville weddings and events.
Captured by the talented KG Photography, the wedding and event space featured an industrial feel, which was complemented by Liberty Party Rental’s red accents and metal chairs, a great contrast to the rustic background of the George Jones Museum.
The decor for the opening was fantastic, with a pure Nashville theme. Liberty Party Rental provided most of the items, including the metal chairs with the large 8-ft wood farm tables on high legs with bar stools, and many of the other rentals.
The centrally located venue is right in the heart of downtown Nashville, boasts a rooftop option, view of the gorgeous Cumberland River, and the perfect amount of space for any social or business event. Multiple options are available to choose from inside the single location, including the George Rooftop Bar and Choices Riverfront Restaurant and Bar. Of course, the George Jones Museum is there as well.
The square footage gives any person that decides to rent it out a lot of options from which to choose. It’s definitely designed for any large gathering, so for those wedding couples that love George Jones - this is perfect for you! If you’re not necessarily a fan, that’s okay because this venue is gorgeous and definitely worth a walk through.
So, if you’re still trolling for a place to have your reception, grab a drink or a bite to eat at any of the places we listed above inside the venue. Enjoy a good meal, take a walk through the museum, or contact them on their website to book an event. You can even have lunch on the roof and ponder if the place is right for you. And don’t forget to add a few of those stunning Liberty Party Rental pieces, like the long farm tables.