Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Today, I am happy to share my interview with Hillary of Your Day of Fairy Tales. She is 100% focused on serving budget brides and loves finding great vendors / fab finds for less! She sees smaller budgets as wonderful challenges versus liabilities. She's here to rescue the recessionista bride!
Photo: Kate Whitmore
How did you get started in weddings?
I have been around weddings my whole life. My mom is a florist, my grandma is a cake decorator and my dad was a wedding photographer in Illinois. So I guess I come by it naturally! ? I started my company in June 2008 with a year of college left to go. My degree is in Event Planning from MTSU and I love what I do! I wouldn't change it for anything!
What do you like most about weddings?
This is going to sound so cliché, but I LOVE the look on a groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time. Sometimes you get a groom in tears and sometimes you get a groom with a look of excitement on his face. Either way, that is what weddings are most about. The love and relationship between a bride and groom.
What's your favorite wedding pic/video and why?
This photo of my Bride, Kaela, shows true emotion and enjoying your wedding day! She was such a bubbly type personality on her day and you knew she was marrying Wes for all the right reasons!
Hillary's favorite wedding photo is of her bride Kaela as it beautifully captures her wedding day emotion.
Kaela's wedding photos above: Kelli Cohee Photography
What is your service philosophy?
My service philosophy is that every bride should be able to have a wedding planner for their day no matter their budget. Events become stressful and that is where I come in. No bride should have to be under stress during these fun times in their lives.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category? / Why should a bride hire you?
It takes a lot to plan a wedding. I can easily handle any given task and am super flexible. I am not going to tell you something can be done if it can't with the budget or resources you have. I believe in honesty and integrity and that is what my business was founded on.
Brides should hire me because of my budget conscious approach to everything. I purposely set my prices where they are so that they are feasible to every budget. If the set prices I have don't work with that couple's budget, then we create a custom package for them to fit their budget.
Your Day of Fairy Tales was the day-of-coordinator for Jordan and Jay's $5,000 wedding. Photos: Kate Whitmore Photography
Who are your 5 favorite Nashville wedding vendors' helpfulness, professionalism, style?
1.) Nashville Audio Visual- Chris and his team are fantastic to work with and the proficiency and style they create are amazing.
2.) Crumb de la Crumb!- Have you tasted their cake!? Need I say more??
3.) Blair from Nashville Party Authority - I have worked with Blair and NPA for many years even before I started wedding planning and they never seize to amaze me! They put on one party!
4.) Mark and Noelle from McCoy Made - They are amazing and Love them to death! Their portraiture is divine and one of a kind.
5.) Ralph Griggs Nashville Wedding Minister- Ralph is a great guy and has provided services to so many of my couples as the officiant of their wedding! He is the best for couples who don?t have a home church in Nashville or aren't spiritual because he can do just about any type of ceremony.
What do you read/watch regularly to stay on top of wedding/event trends?
I read the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog as well as the DIY Bride Blog. Southern Weddings Magazine is another favorite of mine!
Let's discuss current wedding trends....What trend do you love?
I love Lace!!! Brides are using it everywhere and it can be such a tie in for vintage rustic themed weddings! I also love simple groupings of flowers for center pieces. Food trucks are another favorite of mine that I don?
Trend you're sad is gone? Unique wedding bouquets not just in round shapes! Brides see these pictures in magazines of hand tied bouquets, and I wish that they would go back to having varying shapes such as crescents and cascades!
What are your favorite wedding websites? / Neatest wedding find?
I am IN LOVE with weddingbee.comand projectwedding.com. They both have so many inspirational pictures and great DIY Tips. Of Course, Ashleys is my favorite source for all things wedding Nashville!
Advice for brides?
Don't be over taken by the DIY world! Limit yourself to just a couple and go from there! If you have your heart set on that, make sure that you have some assistance from family or a planner. Also, leave Pinterest alone for a while! Not everyone's wedding looks like that!
How should brides and grooms contact to learn about your wedding services?
Main Contact: Hillary Capes-Smith, Owner and Planner
Visit our website: YourDayOfFairyTales.com
Call us: 615-497-3070
Tweet us on Twitter: twitter.com/urdayfairytales
See our boards on Pinterest: pinterest.com/urdayfairytales
Photos: B&B Portraits
Monday, May 20, 2013
If you thought the Enchanted Florist leaned toward rustic weddings or outdoor soirees, you were wrong! Caprice and crew have created all types of floral designs. I can say without hesitation that the Enchanted Florist can design for all bride styles. I really don't know how they do it but you can trust ANY wedding vision with them.
Let's take some of their recent glam designs created for chic and elegant Nashville couples. Glam is probably the complete opposite of rustic, country. Glam, short for glamorous, combines dramatic focal points with lots of height, bling and bold colors. Glam designs are perfect for trendy city venues as well traditional locations with dramatic features (think Scarritt Bennett). Purple is one of the hottest colors in glam design right now.
Aisle design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
Venue: Legacy Farms
Head table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Kristyn Hoga
Venue: Union Station
Floral design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Chris and Adrienne Scott
Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame
Aisle floral design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: The Collection
Venue: Scarritt Bennett
Table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Andrea Hallgren
Table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Harmony Designs Photography
Venue: Events at 1418
Aisle design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
Venue: Scarritt Bennett
Draped ceremony design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
If you are a glam girl, go ahead and pin some of your favorite photos from these chic Nashville weddings and contact Enchanted Florist to discuss the vision for your wedding. Yes their design is breathtaking but I also know that you will truly enjoy working with the always professional and warm team at Ecnhanted Florist. You'll especially love Caprice, the owner and lead designer!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Last month, I received the following email from Laura, a recent bride and reader of AshleysBrideGuide.com:
"I am American and have lived in London for 10 years however my family lives in Franklin, TN so why we came back to Nashville for the wedding. My husband is from Edinburgh Scotland so is it was a Scottish (his family) / British (our friends) invasion for the wedding! The kilts were a big hit and my husband's nephew was too cute for words!
Would you be interested in featuring our wedding on our site as a 'real nashville wedding'?"
After seeing Laura's wedding photos, captured beautifully by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers, my response was a resounding YES! You simply have to share a wedding that offers great photos, creativity and an infusion of culture as theirs did.
Laura and Roddy
Wedding Date ~ October 11, 2012
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Governor's Club
Guests ~ 80
Budget Range ~ $10-20k
Planner | Me(!) & on the day Shea Freeman from Freeman's Flowers
Photographer | Nyk & Cali Wedding Photographers
Gown | David Fielden - Teokath of London
Bride's Accessories | Jenny Packham (headpiece & bracelet); Shoes - Nine West
Men's Attire | mix match of kilts and suits!
Bridesmaids | French Connection
Make-up | Amy Lynn Larwig
Stationary | stamps with handmade save the date & invitations by us
Caterers | Governor's Club
Cake | Publix
Flowers | Freeman's Flowers
Music & Lighting | Peter Vaque, Springtree Media Group
Officiant | Ralph Griggs
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Fun loving and easy going. We love hanging out with our friends and our family is very important to us.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We did all the planning from abroad (we live in London but my folks live in Franklin) so we put our energy into the things that meant the most to us which was having an intimate day that we could enjoy with our family and friends. We focused on the details that we knew our guests would enjoy the most and didn't sweat the small stuff.
What was the favorite aspect of your wedding?
We had very diverse guests who came from all over the US, London, Edinburgh and Australia so our favourite aspect of the day was to have everyone that we love and mean the most to us in one place! We also loved the fact that our guests had as much fun as we did! The venue and gorgeous setting of the Governor's Club was also a big hit and gave our guests an experience of the South!
Where did you splurge or save?
Out splurges were probably on the gifts we gave one another. Roddy surprised me with diamond earrings which he designed to match my engagement ring and I got him an Omega watch. Also although Roddy didn't wear a suit on the day he did treat himself to a Paul Smith suit for the rehearsal dinner. Savings - DIY - We designed the stamps we used for our save the dates and wedding invitations. For the save the dates, we bought Nashville postcards and stamped them ourselves which was a lot of fun! Our guests also thought the postcards were fun and really enjoyed getting them! For the invitations we did a similar thing by designing a stamp and doing the invitations ourselves.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Before we got engaged I would have never believed that I could spend 11 to 12 months planning for 1 day. It is unreal that one day can consume so much of your life...if you let it. I found real perspective in a book a friend gave me called A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene. It helped me realise that it was perfectly ok to have the day we wanted to have because traditions are only important if they are important to you! The hardest part of the planning for us was agreeing the guest list which I think if you have a small or big wedding this is the hardest part....agree it early and don't turn back!!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Someone told me that people don't remember the details of your wedding day but how felt on the day so focus your planning energy on the things that will make you and your guests connect and really feel the day.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Street Tuxedo recently added the Allure Men by Jean Yves, tuxedos that you may have seen in the Allure Bridals magazine ads. Like the Allure bridal gown line, the Allure Men tuxedos are high fashion, high quality materials. The garments are extrememly well made and embody high fashion.
The tuxedos have limited availabilty and can only be rented via tuxedo specialists like Street Tuxedo.
I asked Dick of Street Tuxedo why these tuxedos are so popular with today's grooms and he informed me that not only are tuxes well made but they are very modern and have are designed with details that most fashion forward grooms will appreciate, including beaded satin lapel, trim fit, plain front pants.
Currently, the Allure tuxedo is available in 4 colors - tan, black, steel gray and heather gray and matching vests are available. A slate blue will be available this winter.
To see them in person, find your nearest Street Tuxedo. There are 4 Nashville-area locations.
Black/onyx tuxedo by Allure
Steel gray tuxedo by Allure
Tan tuxedo by Allure
Heather gray tuxedo by Allure
Slate gray tuxedo by Allure
Photos: eskay bridal, Allure website, Allure Bridal Facebook fan page. Yes. All of the photos contain models. Don't feel pressured to attempt their looks at home:).
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I can't believe we are moving through this year so fast. It's already May! The wedding season is underway and I always like to what's popular, unusual or being loved in Nashvile wedding.
I decided to start with wedding cakes so I reached out to Signature Cakes by Vicki to see what lovely designs she has created for Nashville weddings this year.
All of the cakes below are by Signature Cakes and were created for real Nashville brides for their weddings this year. I cant believe this many great weddings have already taken place! If you like what you see, you can always call Vicki and she can customize anything based on your wedding style, colors or modifications.
The cake on right is a red white and silver cake that's classic and elegant. It has a punch of color, sugar flowers and moldings.
All about lace! More wedding gowns are made of lace and as a bride, you might want a cake that complements your dress. Here are two 2013 lace wedding cakes by Vicki. Notice how different they can be even though they share the lace theme? The cake on the left has sugar flowers and molding.
Succulents and mushrooms. The bride is a graduate of the Art Institute in Culinary. She wanted something earthy for her Cheekwood wedding. Succulents are becoming huge this year. The bride also fell in love with mushrooms and succulents (which are very popular this year.) Vicki loves challenges and looked forward to creating this cake as it required out of the box thinking to create molds for items like mushrooms, that arent common. This cake has a lot of handwork!
The all white petals cake is all the rave with 2013 / 2014 brides. The textured stripes on the right are extrememly loved too. The cake is very textural with hand laid stripes of fondant all over the cake. Fresh flowers were added on top for this Mint Springs Farm wedding.
A 7-tier cakes with cameos, lace, texture, painting, sashes and white sugar flowers. Very VINTAGE for a wedding at the Hermitage Hotel.