Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Yippee!!! We have a new addition to the AshleysBrideGuide.com family, Laurie Capper. Laurie is a senior at MTSU, an analyst for a large financial company, a mom and a Nashville newlywed. Her skills, professionalism and enthusiam made her a no brainer for our summer internship where she will receive college credit and great experience. The truth is, we're the lucky ones. She's incredible, and it's with great pleasure that I introduce her to all of you today.
Photo: Kate Crafton Photography
"Hello beautiful brides! My name is Laurie Capper, and much like your average Nashvillian, I enjoy quality time with my family, music, travel, shopping, local cafes and guilty-pleasure television shows. I spent the greater part of last year planning my Nashville wedding and discovered just how much fun the entire process can be! Especially in the gorgeous city we call home.
My first stop, of course, was Ashley’s Bride Guide. It helped me with everything from finding a venue to preserving my wedding dress. I would have been lost without it.
When presented with the opportunity to intern for Ashley’s Bride Guide, I jumped at the chance to give back to the fantastic resource that had been so instrumental in planning my wedding. I look forward to utilizing my wedding experiences to help other local brides prepare for their big day. I also can’t wait to absorb the abundance of ideas and information that Ashley and this industry have to offer. ~Laurie"
(FYI - We have room for one more blogger/social intern. If you are a bride/groom-to-be or a wedding-obsessed, Journalism major, contact me for details.)
Monday, July 15, 2013
Last week, I received the following press release from Cosmo Creations:
"Cosmo Creations launches new website. Get to know our expanded team of creative professionals.
July 10, 2013: Whether you’ve worked with us before or haven’t had the chance yet, the team at Cosmo Creations is excited to launch our modern, interactive website. We’ve grown to provide improved and thorough service for our expanding business, so of course we had to update our website and information!
At our new site, cosmocreations.com, you’ll find all (and probably more) that you need to know about our services, our band of rocking DJs and attendants, and just how we can help you throw the best party your client could imagine - including custom monograms, memorable lighting and fun photo booths...
...We hope you enjoy our new site: like us, it’s a bit irreverent, still professional, and a lot of fun. We can’t wait to hear from and work with you."
I checked out the site myself and it's awesome! It takes the guess work out of choosing a DJ, photo booth or lighting team. Instead of wasting time calling to find out basic info, Cosmo Creations has simplified everything by providing 3 important features that help you quickly decide if you want to meet or hire them:
1) Do you like us?
The high-energy photos, the lively team bios and the clean design of site tell a consistent story: We are hip, event professionals who love to party and keep our parties classy and fun. If that's the vibe you want for your wedding, Cosmo Creations wants to hear from you.
2) Which services do you need?
Cosmo Creations offers professional DJ services and a whole lot more, so I'm glad they list their menu of wedding service. The list helps you see all they can do for your wedding. As long as I've known them, I didn't realize they offer ceremony music but it totally makes sense. I also didnt know they offered karaoke or monogram lighting!
3) Are our rates in your budget?
You can find out exact rates for each service. There is no guessing. Thank you!
Knowing all of this upfront saves every busy bride so much time. Gotta love a considerate company!
Cosmo Creations has 2 Tennessee locations, Nashville and Cookeville. You can see their new website, services and rates, visit cosmocreations.com.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Congratulations to Terry and Kellee who were married last weekend! Their modern-vintage wedding was hosted at Mint Springs Farm. Before their big day, groom Terry took a few minutes to tell us about their engagement session with Roland's Photography, which took place at Shelby Pedestrian Bridge and Cumberland Park.
Tell me about your first date.
We could never decide on what actually counted as our first date, because every time we went to dinner or lunch she insisted it was not a date...but I kept asking and she kept going!
When did you know that Kellee was the one?
While on vacation in Bermuda, somewhere from the beginning of the trip 'til the end of the trip, we just knew!
How did you "pop the question"?
I sent her a text message with the picture of the ring!
What were the most special moments during your engagement period?
The moment she said yes! And of course when we got the approval of her 4 year old son!
How was your engagement session experience with Roland's Photography?
We had a great time at the session. Once we got started we just had fun with it and let Roland worked his magic! We really didn't know what to expect so we were willing to try whatever he came up with.
Who chose the attire?
Kellee orchestrated the look. She wanted us to have some modern casual with an old school feel and something a little more dressy with a vintage cool look!
What is your favorite engagement photo?
We love the picture of me kissing Kellee's neck while she looks toward the sky. We actually chose that photo for the back cover of our guest book.
(Roland adds: My favorite would be the one of Terry hanging off the train and reaching out to Kellee and them laughing. I always enjoy couples who are willing to just have fun during the session. Not taking it so serious!)
What did you most enjoy about the photo session?
We just enjoyed spending the day in the park together. It was almost like Roland wasn't even there at times!
Not only did the couple enjoy their engagement session, their photography added, "they have a natural chemistry. They just had fun and enjoyed being together. Engagement shoots usually take hours to come together where with these guys it only took us an hour. I didn't have to do a lot of posing; the shots just came together on there own! They made my job easy!"
And to the beautiful couple, here's to a relaxing honeymoon and a happy marriage.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Post-wedding photo sessions are a smart idea. Taking photos after your wedding allows you to enjoy one another with the stress of wedding planning behind you. And what better a place to relax and enjoy the scenery than at the Nashville Zoo!
For their photo session with Joe Hendricks Photography, Adam and Meredith chose the Nashville Zoo's DIY photo experience. The couple and their photographer simply paid for admission and discovered cool spots all around the Zoo. The Zoo also offers a VIP option that includes admission for 4, transportation around the Zoo, and special access to Zoo attractions.
To learn more about photos sessions at the Nashville Zoo, contact Amanda at 615-445-7825 or via email. To see more photos from Adam and Meredith's post-wedding session, including photos all around Nashville, visit the Joe Hendricks Photography blog.
By the way, congratulations to Joe Hendricks Photography, who was voted "best photographer" by the Nashville Scene's "Best of Nashville" readers poll!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
My friends at Kernels Gourmet Popcorn invited me to be their guest at East Nashville's YumEast festival. The event was all about sampling delightful food from East Nashville restaurants and shops. I hoped that I'd discover new treats that Nashville brides would appreciate and I did!
Kernels Gourmet Popcorn wasn't a new find because it's owned by family friends. But, if you haven't had their Chicago-style popcorn, you should. My personal favorite was their chocolate drizzle popcorn but their spicy is also a favorite. Their store is located on Gallatin Road near the Nashville Auto Diesel College. They can create a popcorn bar or provide scrumptious wedding favors for your guests.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is all over the food scene and for good reason. Their ice cream is rich and delicious! They have a food cart and truck and I'm sure they have some great options for serving their cool treat at Nashville weddings.
Yeast Nashville is bringing kolaches to East Nashville. Kolaches?? I'd never had them before trying them at the Yeast Nashville booth but now, I'm all about them. These cute and tasty treats are slightly sweetener than muffins but not as sweet as a cupcake - which is a perfect place to be. As soon as I saw and tasted them I thought - wedding desserts or favors!
Lockeland Table is a community kitchen and bar. At the festival, they served a fruity cocktail that was a crowd pleaser and was just the trick to draw a crowd to their booth. While I sipped this fun adult beverage, I chatted with Tracey who told me all about this new East Nashville restaurant that promises a farm to table experience. Their community kitchen is large enough for intimate bridal events, such as engagement and rehearsal dinners or bridal showers.
Retro Sno photos by Wild Cotton Photography
Speaking of food festivals, on July 4th, I attended the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival where I reluctantly tried Retro Sno. Why was a reluctant? Because I've tried many snow cones and while good, they are all the same. Right? Not Retro Sno. I'm TOTally in L-O-V-E with Retro Sno. I had their dreamsicle, which is an orange snow made with high quality ingredients (savory but not too sweet). It was stuffed with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream. Are you kidding me????
It's been days since I tasted the snow cone but the experience was unforgettable. I've told my friends and family that they have to try it and I've been checking their website ad naseum to find out where I can taste them next. Please book them their food truck for your summer wedding and invite me!