Wednesday, February 12, 2014
On Friday, February 21, The Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County will roll out the red carpet for their 7th Annual Three Blind Vines event. A fundraiser benefiting The Franklin Theatre. Their theme for this year is “Classic Hollywood” and one lucky Ashley’s Bride Guide reader will get to attend for free!
“Three Blind Vines is an ideal date night or evening out with the girls,” says Next Generation Heritage Foundation’s VP of Marketing Krista Dial.
“Plus, with two different bands, more than 10 local restaurants and chefs offering their most popular menu items and festive décor, it’s an ideal way to research just a few of the talented wedding and event vendors in the area – and enjoy a glass or two of wine while you’re at it.”
What sets this event apart from others is that two guests will go home with a “winner’s vault” of wine. (What a great way to save on your alcohol costs at your wedding reception!) All guests attend in teams of 1-3 people. Each team will bring three bottles of wine: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 Chardonnay and 1 'repeat' of the two (your choice). The first two bottles will be collected, disguised, and set out for tasting and voting. The third bottle is left unopened and will be added to the "vault" for the Grand Prize winners.
At the end of the evening, everyone votes for their favorite wine. If your team brought the winning wine, you take home the 'vault' of all the unopened third bottles!
Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Advance reservations and pre-payment are encouraged by visiting threeblindvines.com or calling (615) 591-8500. Want to enter to win a set of tickets? Follow the instructions below!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
If you’re a bride who's very much into the details and looking for ways to make your wedding characteristically you, then you're going to LOVE these wedding cakes!
Textured cakes continue to make a name for themselves in the wedding scene — they’re casual with a natural look. According to Signature Cakes by Vicki, be on the lookout for cakes with ruffles, flowers or natural lines. They are great for the bride who wants something different but doesn't like fondant.
Here are some recent designs to give you an idea:
If you see something you love, contact Vicki at (615) 513-2266 to discuss the vision for your wedding cake.
Wedding cake with edible sugar flowers
Textured buttercream with "natural" rustic lines
Ruffled wedding cake
(left) Combination of buttercream and natural lines; (right) Wedding cake with buttercream rosettes - a very popular design!
Monday, February 10, 2014
Brides, are you looking for a high-energy, live band that will keep your dance floor packed all night? Well, you’re in luck because Nashville’s most popular wedding and event band is offering a great discount!
The Nashville Blue Tones, one of the region’s most sought-after, variety dance bands, is offering $100 off to any bride who books a 2014 OR 2015 event (based on availability).
Be sure to call The Nashville Blue Tones at (615) 352-6358 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Ashley's Bride Guide to reserve your date! But hurry, this special ends on March 29!
Friday, February 7, 2014
They had me at their dessert table. I fell totally in love with Ashley & Devin's wedding the moment I saw the colors, design, paper goods, cupcakes and cake pops on their sweets table. Then, Ashley sent me more photos from her wedding - the rich and whimsical color palette and of course, the beautiful couple - and I knew their wedding was one you'd also want to see.
This couple thought through every detail of their big day and made sure it represented their story, their love and their mutual desire to cherish family. They just happen to have a great sense of style and hired some of the city's best wedding vendors, like Brocade Designs and The Cupcake Collection!
Keep reading and prepare to pin/share your favorite details.
Ashley & Devin
Wedding Date ~ September 1, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ The Red House, Franklin, Tennessee
Guests ~ 135
Budget ~ $30,000 – 40,000
Planner | Myself (with A LOT of help and support!)
Event Designer | Hillary Yeager or Brocade Designs
Wedding Day Coordinator | Bethe Smith of The Red House
Photographer + Videographer | B&B Portraits
Gown | The White Room Too
Bride’s Accessories | Necklace from Elva Fields (elvafields.com). Veil from Etsy. Shoes were vintage Bandolino. Earrings were a gift from my mom. Handkerchief was my great-grandmother’s, given to my mom. Bracelet was a gift from my matron of honor.
Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | After Six by Dessy (weddingtonway.com)
Bridesmaids’ Accessories | Necklaces from Elva Fields (elvafields.com)
Hair + Makeup | MoJohnson Makeup Artistry
Stationery | Designed by me (I’m a freelance graphic designer); Invitations printed by Studio on Fire (studioonfire.com)
Caterer | Flavor Catering
Cupcake Artist | The Cupcake Collection
Desserts | Nashville Cake Pops and Dulce Desserts
Floral Designer | Hillary of Brocade Designs
Ceremony Musicians | Eric of The Remedies
Reception Musicians | The Remedies Band
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting: Bright Event Productions
Transportation | Grand Avenue
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
The things that brought Devin and I together were our life paths, interests and strong connections to family. We lived in three of the same cities before meeting and have lived in two cities together. That is how I came up with the theme “The Tale of Five Cities.” Throughout the wedding, we incorporated details from the cities and described our connections to each place.
Devin is very trusting of my style choices, so luckily, we did not have many issues about what things should look like. I am a graphic designer and illustrator, so my personal style came through quite a bit in the wedding. I love bold color, simple shapes, patterns and handmade items. Between the two of us, we have a nice collection of screen-printed and letterpress-printed items, some of which were used on the tables for the reception. Many other items were either made by me, purchased from Etsy, or came from Brocade and Southern Events’ collections of vintage items.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
The Red House was the perfect venue for our event. The fact that it is a house—as multiple venues—meant that we could have all parts of the wedding in one location: the ceremony, held in the front yard and porch; the cocktail hour inside the house; and the reception behind the house under a tent. The outside is bright and inviting—a great mix of our own style. Inside, the house is filled with music memorabilia, perfect for my music-loving husband. Another great feature: the house faces west, so you get some beautiful light from the sunset for photos.
The ceremony was a true reflection of our love of family. We didn’t want an overly-religious ceremony, but we wanted our closest family members to be a part of it. Using a Lutheran ceremony as a template, we chose readings, prayers, and blessings that were universal across beliefs and had our siblings and parents read them. Our pastor also included the letters that Devin and I wrote to one another, which helped explain our love to our guests and provided some laughter during the emotional ceremony.
We worked very closely with Hillary of Brocade Designs to get the wedding we really wanted. Since the event was so connected to our backgrounds and families, Hillary developed a design plan that worked in elements from our lives. All of the centerpieces for the reception included books, artwork or knickknacks from our own home. Hillary also took my initial palette of mint and fuchsia and added three more colors to make it more vibrant. The final palette—mint, fuchsia, ruby, tangerine and plum—was fun, yet sophisticated.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
It’s really tough to narrow it down, as the whole evening was so special. I was elated that we were able to incorporate aspects from both our lives into the entire event, from the ceremony to the reception.
My most memorable moment was our first dance. The Remedies played “Without You” by Eddie Vedder (one of the guitarist played the ukulele) and then transitioned into “Underneath It All” by No Doubt. It was the perfect reflection of our favorite music and our love for one another. And I got to rock out a bit at the end of the set! All the music from that evening was great. The guests really enjoyed the live band. People of all ages and from both sides of the family were up and dancing together. It was fantastic!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We really wanted good food and good music, so those were areas where we decided to splurge. We did have to make some adjustments to our menu in order to fit within our budget and accommodate the dessert table. In the end, we were able to work with Flavor Catering to customize the menu with delicious dishes indicative of each city. And having the delectable cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and candies at the gorgeous dessert table (designed by Hillary) was well worth it!
The band was a fantastic splurge. Devin and I knew we wanted a live band. The Remedies learned new music for us and played other songs from some of our favorite artists. We were also able to get their guitarist to play acoustic songs during our ceremony, which was a great touch.
We cut back a bit by having the wedding on a Sunday, meaning the venue was cheaper. I also made a lot of items on my own. I designed all the printed materials (stationery; labels; ceremony programs; escort cards; table numbers; bar, food, and dessert signs; gift bags and card; wedding favors; and probably some other stuff I forgot). The stationery was letterpress-printed, so that was a splurge—I insisted on that. Everything else was printed on our trusty inkjet printer at home. My mom and I had some bonding time while assembling and mailing RSVP cards and invitations, making program fans and ribbon wands, and putting gift bags together. If I hadn’t had her help, plus the summer off as a college professor, there’s no way I would have been able to do it all!
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I think Devin and I both wish we had stayed in Franklin the night of the wedding. We had this incredible suite at the Hermitage in Downtown Nashville, but ended up going back to Franklin/Cool Springs to spend more time with family and friends. We had so many great people in one place that we wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. As a result, we didn’t really get to enjoy that amazing hotel. We plan make up for it by staying at the Hermitage again for our first anniversary!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Remember that the event is about the two of you. Don’t lose sight of what is really important about that day!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Cellar One is one of Nashville’s most unique and historical wedding venues. Located in the heart of downtown, Cellar One’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere will dazzle guests with its timeless, yet modern ambiance. Adding to its appeal, Cellar One is home to the only private, open-air courtyard in the downtown area.
Imagine saying “I do” surrounded by your closest friends and family in a beautiful tree-lined courtyard complete with ivy-covered brick walls, romantic street lanterns and a view of the Cumberland River. Then, walking through elegant antique barn doors and being presented to your reception for the first time as husband and wife!
Photo: Mary Frances
Speaking of the reception, Cellar One’s 7,000 feet of interior event space filled with classic cut stone and exposed brick walls affords the bride the opportunity to design the custom wedding of her dreams; no two Cellar One weddings are ever the same! Would you delight in chandeliers hanging off of exposed wooden beams or silky white drapes cascading down from the ceiling over the dance floor? Done! Your ultimate wish is truly Cellar One’s demand and they will help you find the best vendors in Nashville to make it come true.
At any event (especially a wedding!), food is very important and definitely one of the details that guests will look forward to most. Because of this, Cellar One made sure to allow for one of today’s hottest wedding trends - live-action cooking stations - by installing a commercial grade exhaust system. Not interested in a station-style reception? Not to worry, Cellar One also has an on-site prep kitchen where your caterer can freshly plate a sit-down dinner or prepare a buffet.
Cellar One is a wonderful venue for a bride who is looking to have a one-of-a-kind, intimate affair. Be sure to visit their website to browse additional photos and gather more information on planning your very own Cellar One wedding. To discuss the details, contact Natalie at (615) 497-6802.
Photos above - Source: Nashville Event Space Facebook page. Credit: Autonomy Corporate Event Design' Coordination and Logistics by The Randi Events Design Team (Randi Lesnick and Julia Page); Lighting by Nashville Audio Visual; Catering by Chef's Market; Photography courtesy of Ace Photography