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Trending This Year: Drones for Aerial Wedding Videography

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The newest rage among the wedding masses doesn’t start with a hashtag or recycled centered pieces, but is actually a flying machine with its eyes on you.  Don’t worry; it’s not as creepy as it sounds.  Trending this year is the latest and greatest tool of drone videography, an innovative way to provide an aerial perspective of your wedding.  Photography isn’t the only option for recording that walk down the aisle anymore, so why should you settle for less?

Think about it.  Every angle documented, available to view even as years continue and memories fade.  Wouldn’t it be better to see the grasping of your significant other’s hand in yours, the water pour down your mother’s face, and your father’s stern look of protective disapproval from multiple angles?

It’s an odd idea though.  A drone normally used for government needs or security surveillance at a wedding?  It’s not as weird as you think.  This flying copter-cam sets off on its journey to capture a sky view, chock full of characteristics you never would’ve seen otherwise.  Videotaping via drone is gaining momentum, making it semi-easy to find companies near where you live to hire, and Nashville isn’t a stranger to the wedding copters either.

With This Ring Wedding Films is a Nashville company that is perfect for recording your nuptials.  With This Ring specializes in wedding videography by using drones to give customers the perfect wedding video, full of aerial angles that capture every beautiful moment.  The added bonus of having video that reaches new heights is that while you’re busy enjoying the special day, the drones can capture what you might miss.  The unobtrusive video cameras are set up to provide beautiful shots in the highest quality and detail.

With This Ring Wedding Films offers a variety of packages and the creators love conversing with their customers to fit their needs.  The outstanding work of these individuals supports the current wedding trend of 2015, fueling the fire as it sweeps across the nation.

The idea of photography as the only source of documentation for the big day is out, and the innovative video is soaring to the top of every bride’s list.  Instead of the single snap of a camera, these flying cameras capture gestures, emotions, crying, laughing, and the subtle "I love you’s" as you tie the knot.  So say "I do" to a new way to remember the wedding day.

Posted by Taylor | Filed under: Videography, 0 comments »

Magnolias + Cotton: Styled Wedding Shoot Celebrates Southern Elegance at Westhaven

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

When we heard about "Magnolia & Cotton," a styled wedding shoot that took place at Westhaven in Franklin we were excited to learn more!  Photographed by one of our faves, Krista Lee Photography, and designed by Krista Ehret, Event Designer/Co-Owner of Southern Soiree Wedding Planning & Design, we just knew this shoot would produce photos that would inspire Nashville brides - we weren't disappointed!

Krista of Southern Soiree says, "The inspiration for the shoot was old Southern elegance with the title 'Magnolias and Cotton.'  As a wedding designer and stylist, it's important to produce styled shoots that are feasible for the every day bride.  I drew my vision from the antebellum South, but added a modern element so that it doesn't come across as too 'themed.'  This is a morning wedding, which is a throwback to previous decades, and shoots beautifully!  The venue lends itself to a turn of the century colonial, but offers a clean polish that many true historic sites don't possess.  The budget was kept in mind to show brides that you can have a beautiful event without breaking the bank.  Sometimes less is more, and I wanted to present the option of having a Southern-themed wedding without the 'DIY' rustic feel."

Style Shoot Team:

Planning and Design: Southern Soiree
Photography: Krista Lee Photography
Venue: Westhaven Resident's Club
Flowers: Geny's Flowers and Bridal
Rentals: Southern Events
Draping: Visual Elements
Cake and Muffins: Jo's Custom Cakes and Catering
Groom and Groomsman Attire: Street Tuxedo
Bride and Bridesmaid Attire: The Spoiled Lady
Bride and Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty
Minister: Ralph Griggs

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 1 comment »

6 Signature Rentals That Shine: Liberty Party Rental Offers Splurge-Worthy Items For Wedding Décor

Monday, August 3, 2015

If decor and ambiance are high on your wedding’s priority list, you’re likely looking into adding a few wow-worthy items to your ceremony and reception.  We reached out to the folks at Liberty Party Rental to ask a simple question: What are the top rentals that brides can add that are sure to make a luxurious statement?  Here's what they said:

Radius furniture
These fun-shaped pieces add an ultra-modern feel wherever they’re added.  Get creative and make different shapes with these lounge seating ideas. They come in white, tan leather, and a textured, sand fabric.

Photo: Frenzel Studios


Banquette bench
These plush benches are eight feet long and pair perfectly with a farm table or any table of your choosing.  Fabric options are white, ivory, chocolate and black and can also be custom wrapped for an additional charge.



Hampshire gold flatware
Popular for winter weddings, this classy flatware adds the perfect pop to any wedding design.


Carousel pink goblet
These vintage, ornate glasses are great for special toasts or ice cream sundae bars.

Photo: Josie Kay

Rustic, wooden floors

Completely transforming the floors of your venue - that's a thing.  Just about anything you can conceive can be rented from great Nashville companies like Liberty Party Rentals.  These floors make the perfect statement piece and are definitely worth the splurge!

Photo: Kristyn Hogan


Hemstitch napkins

These gussied-up napkins are a bit fancier than the standard cloth ones, perfect for brides who are going for a rustic feel with their reception décor.

Except where noted, photos by KG Photography

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 0 comments »

After Long Distance Relationship, Stylish Moiro + Robert Wed at Alma Mater, Fisk University

Friday, July 31, 2015

Distance is not without its difficulties, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.  Although Moiro & Robert were separated by nearly the entire United States, that didn’t stop them from creating a wedding day they would remember forever.

The bride and groom formally unified at a place that was dear to both of them, their alma mater Fisk University.  In splashes of navy, orchid, and turquoise, this vintage, eclectic bride and conservative groom hosted an absolutely breathtaking ceremony, thanks to their wonderful planners and tight-knit community. 

From the bold, vibrant colors to the smart patterns, there's much to love about this Nashville wedding.  What do we love most?  Their historic venue, which was cut from the canvas of their past.

Moiro + Robert
Wedding Date: May 23, 2015
Ceremony Venue: Fisk University, Cravath Lawn
Reception Venue: Fisk University, Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Guests: 200
Budget: $10,000 - $20,000

Wedding Team
Planner | Dee Hammonds
Photographer | Roland's Photography
Videographer | Andy Kugler & Christopher Franklin
Gown | Mori Lee
Bride’s Accessories | Macy’s, traditional Masai wedding bracelets
Men’s Attire | The Black Tux
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Custom-designed Ankara bridesmaid dresses (label: Konchellah)
Hair | by Bride
Makeup | Erycka Hunter, MUA
Invitations | Anne’s Bridal Bargains
Ceremony Signage | Pro-Graphics Blueprint Company
Caterer | Chef Penelope’s Catering
Cake Artist | Signature Cakes by Vicki
Bouquet | Emma’s Flowers & Gifts
Ceremony Arch | Scentaments Floral Designs & Gifts
Ceremony Floral Design | Planner, Bride, and DIY Team
Ceremony Musicians | Chad Hammonds (piano), Matt MacDougall (acoustic guitar)
Reception Musicians | DJ GQ
Rentals | BBJ Table Fashions, Ultimate Party Superstore, Art Pancake’s Party & Wedding Rental
Rehearsal Dinner location | Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University

How would you describe your style as a couple?
We are a merger of conservative (groom) & vintage eclectic (bride).

Where did you get your inspiration?
Décor & Style: We took to Pinterest!  Neither of us have planned anything this huge, so we perused several wedding décor boards to get a handle on what we liked & what we could live without on our special day.  Colors: The bride had a few color options already, but both the bride & groom landed on the scheme (navy, turquoise, & orchid).

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
Since the ceremony was outside, the vibrant green grass and the castle-like Cravath Hall served as the perfect canvas to our understated decorations.  All of the ceremony flowers were white, and the pops of color were the bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s bouquet.

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

Our favorite aspect of our wedding was being around close friends and family at our alma mater.

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged with our wedding photography because we wanted the best eye to capture the heart of our special day.  Without question, Emanuel Roland was the best and only choice for us!

We saved with much of the decorations.  Again, Pinterest was a huge help in narrowing down what I (bride) envisioned for the ceremony and reception spaces.  I expressed my initial ideas to my wedding planner, and she ran with it.  My bridesmaids and several of my sorority sisters had an assembly line going to put centerpieces and aisle markers together the night before the wedding.

Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
Chef Penelope is a stand-out vendor; she wowed us from the initial tasting to the main course!  She is such a vibrant and pleasant person, and her staff and food were a reflection of her passion for delicious food.

The designer of my bridesmaid dresses, Soila Konchellah (@WearKonchellah) did a phenomenal job with the vision I had for my favorite girls.  I’m not sure if all brides hope that the bridesmaid dresses will be worn beyond their wedding day.  Soila made sure that these dresses would not only be a conversation piece, but a functional and stylish addition to each of my lovely bridesmaids’ wardrobes.

My wedding planner, (i.e. Superwoman) Dee Hammonds, was everything that I needed and so much more that I didn’t know I needed.  I can’t fully express in 140 characters just how perfect Dee has been during these past nine months; she is exactly who we needed.  Exactly.

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I’ve been joking with my wedding planner, saying, “If I could do it all over again, I’d just give you the money and tell you to surprise me.”  The main hurdle in planning this beautiful May wedding in Nashville was that the bride (at the time) lived in Florida, and the groom lived in California.  What?  Right.  Our wedding planner was the glue that held all of this together.  We had to be very strategic about conference call times, periodic Nashville visits, and all other factors that come with planning a wedding from out of state.  Short of moving to Nashville for nine months, I could’ve been a bit more organized and intentional about what needed to be accomplished and when.

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Do not forsake the offering of help from your family and trusted friends.  They love you, and their help will be invaluable as the time draws nearer to your Big Day!

Posted by Taylor | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Regalo Design’s Full-Service Wedding Planning Includes Impeccable Service, Amazing Florals, & Décor

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Regalo Design has long been one of Nashville’s go-to vendors for exceptional wedding planning services, lush floral arrangements, and beautiful décor options.  Starting with their own big day, Regalo’s owners, Sarah and Damon have been involved in the wedding industry for almost 10 years.

What many may not know is that Regalo Design offers full-service wedding planning options, with personalized service that ensures your day will be exactly what you’ve dreamed.  To find out more about what their new full-service option provides, we recently talked with Sarah.  Check out our interview with this planner extraordinaire below!

What does your full-service option provide for brides and their families?
This option provides the ability to enjoy the planning process and most importantly the wedding day.  Too often we speak with brides who are overwhelmed and stressed out by the wedding planning process, which can take an emotional toll on anyone.  At Regalo Design, we strive to build relationships with our clients so that we can better serve them not just on the day of, but throughout the whole experience.  To us, it is more than just planning a wedding.  We actually care that your day is perfect as you begin your life with the one you have chosen to spend forever.



How is this offering different from a partial planning session with Regalo?
It doesn’t matter which service a bride chooses, we still have to do the same amount of work on the day of.  The difference with the partial planning package and the full-service option is time and connections.  The partial planning begins two months prior to the wedding.  For some brides, this is all they need, but for others, they feel overwhelmed at the thought of completing all of the details in the final months leading up to the wedding.  For the full service option, at the two-month point, we are almost done with the details of the day so that they can relax and enjoy time with family, friends, and most importantly…their fiancé!

Does the full service package provide florals, linens, and rentals?
The full-service planning package includes full-service planning from engagement to wedding day, as well as our planning center, a rehearsal coordinator, day-of staff to take care of full set up and tear down, and flowers and décor such as centerpieces, draping, & lighting.  We are not a rental company, so we do not have tables, chairs, tents, dance floors, linens and china.  However, we do book all of that for our clients if needed through amazing rental companies.  We DO have all of the embellishments such as centerpieces, arches, lanterns, table embellishments, draping, string lights, up lights, and all of the décor pieces that create the atmosphere on your wedding day.


What kinds of things do brides and their families most appreciate about going with a full-service package with Regalo?
They appreciate the fact that we are their advocate and we have their best interest in mind.  Damon and I had an amazing wedding day, but that day was almost 10 years ago.  Our job is not to give our clients OUR wedding day; our job is to give them THEIR wedding day!  We do this by listening to what our clients want and what their needs are.  It isn’t about us or anyone else on that day.  It is all about the bride and groom! We truly stay focused on that and try to avoid outside factors that can ruin a bride & groom’s day.


What would you say to a bride who is considering going with a day-of package or trying to plan their wedding on their own?
At the very least, find a day-of planner.  There are so many things that can happen on the day-of and it is so important to have a professional in place on the wedding day to take care of any situations that might arise.



What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part is when I close the doors before the bride enters the ceremony. I am standing there with just the bride and whomever is walking her down the aisle. There is such peace in that moment that is unexplainable. The emotion is so raw and genuine and every week when I see a bride who is about to see her groom, it amazes me. Very few people get to experience this moment and I am so blessed to be a part of it. In that moment, we are reminded that this is what it is all about, and it is wonderful to see the bride’s love just waiting to burst through the doors to greet her groom.


To talk with Regalo Design about planning your big day, please contact Sarah and Damon by email at, by phone at 615-238-7937, or at

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Classic, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

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