Thursday, August 21, 2014
The team at Ashley's Bride Guide obviously loves weddings. We love seeing the way each couple chooses to share their wedding day with their friends and family, and we love getting to show these details to other Nashville brides. It's really special when we get to share the wedding of one of our team members with our readers! Today, we’re bringing you Part 1 of ABG blogger Heather’s big day, where she and her now-husband Michael went to Hawaii for a photo shoot the week before their Nashville wedding. In a fun, playful setting, these lovebirds enjoyed a day in the sun, and Tamiz Photography captured it all beautifully.
Check out their stunning photos below, and find out why Heather and Michael decided to head to Hawaii the week before their Nashville wedding.
Can you tell me a bit about your Hawaii photo shoot?
Growing up my family and I were lucky enough to get to travel to Hawaii on multiple occasions, with Maui being our favorite destination. My dream was to get married in Maui, but it would have been quite a travel and monetary commitment for our friends and family. After doing some research on weddings in Maui I fell absolutely, completely in love with local photographers, Tamiz Photography. Their photography style was so unique, like something out of a fairytale. It was about 2 months before our wedding and I just couldn’t get the idea of a once-in-a-lifetime, pre-wedding shoot in Maui out of my head…. I know, it sounds absolutely nuts. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by people who love last-minute adventures as much as I do and we booked the trip right then and there!
Who came with you on that trip?
My amazingly supportive parents and my (then) soon-to-be husband, who is always happy to go along with my crazy schemes.
Did you consider doing that shoot after the big Nashville wedding? Were you worried about damage to your dress? If so, what precautions did you take?
Believe it or not, we didn’t really consider doing the shoot after the wedding. I know its quite untraditional to do it this way, but we did do a “first look” so we have documentation of that special moment – even if it was a week before our wedding! Surprisingly, I wasn’t too worried about damage to my dress and I actually did end up walking down the aisle with some Hawaiian sand and sticks that attached themselves to the bottom of my tulle. Luckily, they weren’t too noticeable, but I knew they were there and I loved it!
Did you bring a photographer with you, or did you hire someone locally? If you hired locally, what was that process like? How did it differ from your Nashville photographer?
We hired local Maui photographers, Tamiz Photography, a husband and wife team that truly love what they do. It was quite an easy process and we actually rode with them to all of the different locations, which allowed us to get to know each other and made us really comfortable during the course of the day. They told us that they’ve never had a couple do this type of shoot either so it was definitely a fun first for all of us!
What would you tell a bride that is considering doing something like this?
I know it’s not for everyone, but honestly, it was one of the best things that we could have ever done. We were able to truly relax the week before our wedding (we travelled back to Nashville on Monday and our wedding was on Friday) and enjoy a memorable vacation with family before we officially became one of our own. Also, already having photos of the two of us in our wedding attire really allowed us not to worry so much about the photos that we took on our actual wedding day. We were able to fully enjoy the day with each other and the most important people in our lives.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of Heather and Michael’s Nashville wedding!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Editor's Note: Today's advice is provided by our guest Contributor, Kim of paperKuts studio
All wedding experts say the same thing when it comes to writing thank you notes... it is a MUST! Here are some points to guide you through the process:
Prepare early by keeping track of all addresses, gifts and anyone that contributed to the success of your day.
Purchase QUALITY STATIONERY and writing utensils (blue or black ink). Please note: fill-in's, pre-printed cards, emails, posts on social media, etc. are NOT acceptable!
The general rules for sending thank you notes is: If before the wedding, within two weeks upon arrival of gift. After the wedding, within two-three months.
Make your thank you notes personal by mentioning the gift. If a monetary gift is received, stating the amount is optional, but do say how it will be used. Example: The generous gift of $100 will be used to purchase the remaining pieces of our wedding china.
Set a goal of writing a certain amount of thank you notes per day. Yes, your significant other should help with this!
It is okay to to call someone that has shipped a gift to you, not only to thank them, but to let them know it arrived safely. A thank you should still be sent, as well.
If time has slipped away, still send that thank you note!!!
There is nothing like receiving a handwritten note.
With the myriad of stationery available, East Nashville's paperKuts studio has wedding stationery for every bride's budget. Until the end of September, all brides that order wedding stationery from paperKuts studio will receive complimentary thank you notes! (Some restrictions will apply).
Schedule your appointment by calling (615) 885-0231 or emailing kim at paperkutsstudio dot com. Visit paperKuts studio for more info.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Music City Events, Jenna Henderson, Frosted Affair and a handful of other wedding pros recently staged a style shoot at magnificent Noah Liff Opera Center (NLOC). Putting together all of their favorite ideas with this season's popular blush and gold options, this shoot really showcases the many ways that a bride can use not only their incredible design talents, but also the versatile NLOC. With areas for a wedding ceremony, reception and cocktail hour, this venue can be configured in many ways to provide your guests with an amazing experience in a gorgeous space.
Together, this is a dream team. They are the talent behind many stunning Nashville weddings and events. Beautifully photographed by Jenna Henderson, enjoy the images shared below.
Dream Wedding Vendor Team
Photographer: Jenna Henderson, Photographer
Styling: Deb Hagerty with Music City Events
Venue: Noah Liff Opera Center
Rentals: Music City Tents + Events
Florist: Phillipe Chadwick
Cake & Desserts: The Frosted Affair
Dress: The Dress Theory
Hair: Dominique Calvillo
Menu Card: Darby Cards
If you’re in love with this styled shoot, be sure to contact the participating wedding vendors to discuss your Nashville wedding or event.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Last night, I attended the 30th Anniversary Party for Street Tuxedo. As an entrepreneur, I know that it takes a lot to start and operate a business and even more to build an enterprise that has staying power. Until last night's event, I attributed the success of Street Tuxedo to its founder's business acumen and commitment to stellar customer service. But it's what drives owner Mark Street that fuels this success.
For Mark, it goes beyond business. Starting each meeting in prayer, he leads his staff with the following... "Street Tuxedo is neither my business nor your business but God's business." And, with any encounter with him, his staff, you will walk sensing this isn't business as usual. These folks love and appreciate their customers, their business partners, their community.
It's that genuine, people-focused approach that makes Street Tuxedo Nashville's favorite tuxedo store. Let's see how they got here...
The initial location, started as Kornman's Department Store, in Madison TN
In 1984, Mark Street, who was looking for a career change from his work in insurance, he started working for and later co-owned Kornman’s Department Store in Madison, Tenn. Though the business sold all types of clothing, the tuxedo rental was by far its most popular, leading Mark to focus solely on renting tuxes and suits. It became a family business: Mark, his son, John and daughter, Rachel all worked — and still work — at Street Tuxedo.
The shop became the go-to location for great tuxes and suits in Nashville. The store would see generations of families walk through the door: They fit men for tuxedos for their weddings who were later bringing in their sons to be fitted for their proms and weddings.
Today, Street Tuxedo has four locations in Cool Springs, Berry Hill, Green Hills and Murfreesboro, serving nearly 500 weddings per year.
When asked what makes Street Tuxedo different from its competitors, Dick Thompson, a family friend who has worked at the shop as director of operations for seven years, was quick to answer, “We can offer a different experience than what they’ll get anywhere else. We are specialists at what we do.”
Left: Grand opening of the newest location in Murfreesboro TN; Right: Founder Mark Street
Unlike big-box stores, Street Tuxedo has thousands of suits and tuxedos available at its warehouse in Berry Hill, making it the largest, most up-to-date stock inventory in Nashville. That means if you’re ever in a crunch for time or need to make a quick change, Street Tuxedo is prepared to handle it.
“Every week, we put together a last-minute tux request and within 30 minutes they’re out the door,” Thompson said.
But more than that, the family business cares about its customers and works hard to provide a service worthy of making it a tradition in your family. They take pride in handling something small like the tuxedo for a couple’s wedding so that the bride and groom can think about more important things.
“We want them to focus on each other,” Thompson said. “The marriage is more important than anything else.”
As a huge supporter of Street Tuxedo, I was honored to celebrate their 30 years of success and humbled to learn why working with Street Tuxedo is such a rare experience. They have supported Ashley's Bride Guide and the Nashville wedding community year after year and more importantly, they have consistently taken great care of our brides and grooms.
As the longest serving, locally owned wedding business in Nashville, please join me today in congratulating them on their success and and thanking them for taking care of Nashville's grooms. This is a family, faith-based business that you want to support.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Natalie and Bryce wanted to keep their wedding personal. Inviting only 100 of their closest friends and family to their Nashville destination wedding at Riverwood Mansion allowed them to share their big day with the people they care about most.
Weaving romance throughout the ceremony and reception was also important to the couple and the gorgeous images from Lane Photography certainly exude the soft, candlelit, romantic feel that the bride and groom were hoping to achieve.
After reading about their details, I know you’ll enjoy the images from Natalie and Bryce’s dreamy, intimate wedding day as much as I did…
Natalie & Bryce Patric
Wedding Date: August 4th, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Riverwood Mansion
Guests (#): Approx 100
Budget: $20,000 - $30,000
Planner | Kimberly Lanius (Provided by Riverwood)
Photographer | Lane Photography
Videographer | Nate McKay/ McKay Brothers Productions
Gown | Tara Keely & Lazaro / Christianne Brunelle Couture in Montreal, Quebec
Bride’s Accessories | Veil, belt and earrings from Christianne Brunelle Couture
Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Henkaa convertible dresses
Hair & Makeup | Sherita Leslie
Stationery | Wedding Paper Divas.
Program | Written on a large chalkboard
Caterer | A Catered Affair
Cake Artist | The Bake Shoppe
Floral Designer | Enchanted Florist and Rosebuds East
Ceremony Musicians | Russell Davis/Wedding Musicians Company. Josh Wheeler and Reagan Beavers.
Reception Musicians | DJ Chris Faulk
Rentals & Lighting | Provided by Riverwood
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Personal, romantic and sincere
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
To keep our wedding personal and sincere we were very adamant about keeping our guest count low. We wanted to share our day with our closest family and friends! The venue itself was absolutely stunning and all the candles and beautiful décor provided by the mansion created the romantic feel we were going for.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Our favorite aspect was being able to keep all parts of the day sincerely about God and people. One example, which was an unplanned moment, was having many of our family and friends join in on the song ‘Lord I Need You’ led by two of our friends during our sand ceremony. Scott, one of our photographers, later shared with us how much he enjoyed that moment as well. It was beautiful!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on the venue and our photographers, both were worth it! Riverwood offered all-inclusive packages that helped with long distance wedding planning.
We saved on the floral aspect of our centerpieces. We didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on our centerpieces, so we decided to use the options provided by Riverwood. I was able to find a little flower shop (Rosebuds East) in Nashville where I purchased dark pink rose petals for a great price!!
We also saved by using a chalkboard to display our program instead of individually handing them out.
Our candy table was also DIY. Bryce and his best man were in charge of the candy table, and did a great job at picking out the candy in the specific colors we needed. I had several awesome friends come in early on the day of the wedding to set it up, as well as set up the rose petals for the centerpieces.
Lastly, my maid of honor created the tags for our candy table and the seating chart. They were perfect!
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
We both would've loved to have been in Nashville for the planning process. Bryce and I were in a long distance relationship, I was in Ontario, Canada and Bryce was in Cleveland, TN. I was finishing up school and Bryce was working full time, so the majority of our planning was done long distance. We don’t recommend it but it was our only option. Thankfully we had the help of Bryce’s parents who lived in Nashville and his sister who found the venue for us! I was able to visit the venue with my mother-in-law and we booked it on the spot. My mom, maid of honor and bridesmaids were a huge help with planning all the events on the Canadian side of things.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
We would say to constantly remind yourselves that your marriage is more important than your wedding.
To view more wonderful images from Natalie and Bryce's wedding, click to see the full wedding feature via Lane Photography.