Monday, November 3, 2014
It's fall! The beautiful colors or orange, red and yellow are all around. If nature's autumnal color palette has you inspired, you're sure to love this striking wedding shoot, designed by Parthenia of Epiphany Events.
What makes this shoot particularly inspiring is the use of contrasting colors and elements, not typically used together. The wooded backdrop paired with the metallics, the warm orange color pallete against the cold silver, all elements that work surprisingly well together. Everything blends together harmoniniously, which is why a good wedding planner is invaluable. She or he can pull together colors, textures and patterns that blend perfectly and ensure your design is Pinterest-worthy.
Beyond the design, there are so many aspects of this simple yet sophisticated styled shoot to love: the gown, the farm, the hair!! (Did we mention that we love her hair??!!)
Styled Shoot Team
Design & Florals: Epiphany Events
Venue: Cedarmont Farm
Photographer: Abigail Bobo Photography
Hair & Make-up: Amy Lynn Larwig + Associates
Hairstylist: Dominique Calvillo
Gown: The Dress Theory (Yelp reviews)
Friday, October 31, 2014
Every now and then, you stumble on a wedding that you have to digest slowly — there are so many beautiful elements to take in and you don’t want to miss a thing.
We felt that way about the wedding of Denise and Neerav (who also goes by Nick). Married in late August at Lilac Farms, the pair wanted to have a seamless blend of a traditional Hindu wedding and an outdoor party. The outcome was nothing short of breathtaking thanks to the couple’s vision and flawless execution by Laurie of Laurie DeAnne Events and a handful of other vendors.
Fall in love with the vibrant colors and details of this week’s featured wedding.
Denise & Neerav
Wedding Date: August 31, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lilac Farms
Wedding Design & Planning | Laurie De Anne Events
Photographer | Krista Lee Photography
Gown | Olia Zavozina
Men's Attire | J Crew
Hair and Makeup | Amy Lynn Larwig
Invitations | Something Detailed
Programs | Felicia Dougherty
Caterer | Suzette Lane, Catering by Suzette
Cake Artist | Twisted Fig
Floral Designer | Branches
Reception Musicians | Burning Las Vegas
Rentals | Southern Events, Music City Tents and Events, Please be seated
Lighting | Nashville Audio Visual
Mandap | Visual Elements
Transportation | Grand Avenue
Wedding Details, from the Wedding Planner
Tell us about Denise and Neerav.
I loved planning with Denise and Neerav. They both work in the medical field. They met at Vanderbilt and really got to know each other when they both took a medical mission trip.
They are great together! You can see how much Nick adores Denise and her, him. They both have full careers and I wanted to create the perfect day for this couple!
What was their theme and what inspired it?
I absolutely loved planning and designing this amazing Indian/American wedding!
When I first met this couple I was excited to hear their vision. I listened as they shared that they wanted to have a fun outdoor party. As well, both the bride and the groom wanted to keep the Indian traditions. I was up for the challenge and very excited about bringing their vision to life!
We started with the location. I wanted to pick a venue that would be suitable for an outdoor event but would have an upscale feel. When I took the bride and groom to Lilac Farms they immediately fell in love with it. This was the location that would set the stage and be the drawing board for this beautiful event.
Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?
Denise looked absolutely stunning in her sari and I loved seeing her and Nick exchange garlands.
She did!! Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?
When working with families from two different cultures is very important to find a balance. It takes a lot of listening working together. It was a wonderful experience.
Wedding Details, from the Bride
How would you describe your style as a couple?
After we decided that we would have a traditional Hindu wedding, I knew I wanted the entire event to be colorful. I love the color combination of pink and orange and knew it would represent the beautiful colors in the Indian culture and represent spring.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
Laurie Hardman was my wedding planner and took care of everything. You will have to ask her for the names of vendors. I let her handle everything and very glad that I did :). Between Laurie and the florist, the wedding and reception were unbelievable!!!!
Tell us about the change of clothes from your sari to bridal gown.
Nick went to India last spring and he picked our outfits for the wedding. We changed clothes for the reception but wanted to be a little more casual and comfortable. Nick wore a suit from J Crew. My dress was from Olia Zavozina.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
If I could go back and change anything, I would stress less about the details prior to the wedding. I hired a great wedding planner and she made my life so much easier but for some reason I would still stress about the details. I wish I would have just enjoyed the moment more and let her do her job.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning? Advice for new brides.
Enjoy the moment!! The day goes by so fast so make sure you take time to enjoy each other and the loved ones who traveled so far to be with you. Also, spend the money on a good band. The entertainment sets the tone for the event so try to cut cost in other places so you can pay for a quality band.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Update: The NotWedding returns to Nashville Wednesday, November 5! We've selected our winners but you can still buy tickets via the link below. Hope to see you there.
This innovative "mock wedding" experience takes place in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Charleston and other cosmopolitan cities and will host its third Nashville show at Ruby Nashville.
We're giving away free tickets to two lucky couples. To enter to win, simply add a comment on this blog post explaining how our blog has helped you plan your Nashville wedding. We'll pick our favorite answers and alert winners by noon on Tuesday, November 4th. (Be sure to include your correct email address as that will be our contact method.)
Not familiar with The NotWedding?
Show producers describe it as, " a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. 'Wedding guests' are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action."
Not big on contests? Buy tickets.
Make sure to buy your tickets now, because the show always sells out!
Here are some lovely photos from the Chicago NotWedding, which were captured by Megan Saul Photography.
I can't wait to see what talented, Nashville wedding designers create to inspire Nashville couples. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
There was a time when brides couldn't get enough of strapless gowns. More and more, we’re seeing wedding dresses with sleeves and straps and we couldn’t be happier! If you’re among those who think sleeves and straps are for the more conservative brides, it’s time to change your mind: Sleeves and straps are very in!
We have Kate Middleton, or shall we say, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for this transition after she donned an elegant, long-sleeved gown by English designer, Sarah Burton. Sleeves and straps give brides a revived way of expressing their style, broadening the canvas, so to speak. Whether capped sleeves or jeweled straps, sleeves and straps can communicate your style in whatever way you want it to, from traditional to whimsical to modern.
Get inspired by some of these wedding dress styles that can be found at Geny’s Bridal in Nashville:
Stop by Geny's Bridal to see these gowns and others with sleeves. And dont forget! The Geny's Bridal sample sale starts this Friday, October 31. At their very first two-day Halloween sale, sample wedding dresses will be marked down to $331 and bridesmaids dresses to $31. Unreal! Appointments are required so give them a call to schedule yours. Details are here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Let’s be honest: Wedding planning can get a little crazy and overwhelming if it’s your first time. What questions should you ask the photographer? What’s included in the caterer’s service package? Is a planner necessary?
If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, you’re not alone. We spoke with Sarah Goude of Regalo Design, a Nashville planning and floral design studio, to help sort out some of the most commonly asked questions a new bride may ask and why it’s important to consider hiring some extra help.
Co-owners Damon and Sarah of Regalo Design
What are the differences between a planner, coordinator and designer?
A planner is someone who is with you every step of the way. For our full service clients, we have four planning meetings and we are also with our clients at their vendor meetings and site visits to make sure the questions they wouldn’t think to ask their vendors are covered and nothing is forgotten. We are also there with them to run the rehearsal and the day of activities from start to finish.
A coordinator is someone who comes in on the day of to implement the brides’ plan. It is very different from a planner as they are not involved with the planning process. Their job is to implement your work.
A designer is someone who takes your vision and makes it a reality. If you need someone to look over your ideas and put the plan together for the décor, they can do that. Or, they can be the people who actually implement your plan on the day of for your décor needs.
When planning, what are the five or six primary services that brides are searching for?
The first need is a venue. That determines a lot of the additional pieces to the vendor selection puzzle. The next vendor is usually a planner. A planner should be able to help you book the perfect vendors based on the budget, your specific needs and their resources. It is important to be able to trust your planner that he or she is suggesting people that they trust and know will take care of you. Your planner should be your biggest advocate.
A photographer is always very important to our clients. There is so much to consider when booking a photographer. We always encourage an engagement session with your photographer so that you can feel out their personality behind the camera. Next is food! Does your venue have a preferred caterer, in-house caterer or can you bring in whomever you would like? This will make a difference in the selection of your caterer.
The next vendor that is highly requested quickly in the planning process is music. What will your ceremony music be like? Will you have a DJ or live musician? DO you want a band for your reception? This is a very fun piece to the planning puzzle because these people, whomever you chose, really set the tone for the night when it comes to your guests having a good time.
What are some areas of the wedding planning process that newly-engaged brides sometimes overlook?
It is easy to overlook how much time and effort it takes to actually plan a perfect event. One of the most important things to do is to hire good vendors. It isn’t always smart to hire the vendor who provides a service at the lowest price. It is important to pick vendors who will do the job that they are hired to do. Your photographer should be able to get the family in line for family photos, your caterer should take care of all set up, bussing and breakdown of your food, your DJ should be able to speak on the microphone.
Tell us about the full-service planning Regalo offers. Why is it something brides should consider?
Our full-service planning package includes four planning meetings in our studio to discuss your individual needs in regard to budget analysis, vendor selections and contract negotiation. In addition, we are with you for site visits, food tastings, cake tasting and additional vendor meetings if need be. Your flowers are at wholesale cost since we are your full-service florist and all of your decoration are included, such as draping, lighting, centerpieces, cake stand, candles, arches and anything that is related to the flowers and décor.
Why is having some form of coordination, whether partial or full planning, important for brides to consider adding to their wedding budget?
It is important to at least have a day-of coordinator. You and your family should be able to enjoy the day. Day-of coordination can however be tricky because this person has not been involved with the planning and so there are pieces that can be missed. We encourage a full-service planner and believe it is well worth the money as there are so many pieces to planning a big life event that most would not even think of. It is so important to be able to build a relationship with your planner so that they can make good decisions on your behalf.
All photos of Regalo Design weddings
Special for Nashville couples: Between now and December 1st, Regalo Design's full-service planning, floral and decor package is 15% off. For more details on this limited time savings, click here.