Wednesday, June 25, 2014
There's no better way to save on designer wedding stationery than to receive 10 percent OFF of custom goods. Franklin-based My Lady Dye has launched a summer sale on all stationery collections, including invitations for baby showers, baby announcements, anniversary and birthday parties, and weddings.
The sale is good through July 8. Use code "saveten" at checkout.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Glitz Bridal in Bellevue, TN has partnered with Brides Across America (bridesacrossamerica.com) to offer free wedding gowns to military brides in the Middle Tennessee area on Friday, July 11.
We love their generosity and want to support their effort by spreading the word so that all military brides can get the designer gown of their dreams for FREE.
This program makes it easy for deserving, military brides to get a free wedding gown. There is no catch, just great people coming together to honor those who serve our country. If you are a military bride, contact Glitz Bridal today at (615) 646-9964 to register.
Not a military bride? You can still help by spreading the word. Bloggers and/or wedding pros (especially Clarksville, TN bloggers that reach readers in the Fort Campbell area) - please repost this blog or share it on Facebook or Twitter.
Image source (L/R): Brides Across America logo and Alfred Angelo
Official Press Release: BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA MAKES WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE FOR MILITARY BRIDES!
Nationwide (May 14, 2014) This July, Brides Across America will thank our heroes for their service and sacrifice by giving away free wedding gowns to our military brides at the annual nationwide event. “Operation Wedding Gown” is Brides Across America’s mission to give away free wedding gowns to military brides on a national effort. Men get honored for their sacrifices, but fiancés and wives make a large sacrifice too. Often times military brides find it difficult to plan their “fairy tale” wedding due to deployment, injury and/or economic hardship. Heidi Janson, founder says, “A wedding is something everyone loves and to give a wedding gown to support our troops makes perfect sense! This is our gift to them, to say thank you for their service and sacrifice.” Brides Across America and bridal salons want to roll out the red carpet for our deserving military brides – making their wedding dress dreams come true.
To register: For more information on how to qualify and register for an event visit bridesacrossamerica.com.
In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be serving in the military; either currently deployed, have a future deployment, or have been deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East, Korea, or Japan. Brides must pre-register for the event and bring proper identification along with deployment papers to be presented the day of the event.
About Brides Across America - Brides Across America is a nationwide 501c3 non-profit that provides free wedding gowns to our deserving military brides-making wedding dress dreams come true. Founded in 2007, Brides Across America and its affiliate salons continue to honor our heroes. To date, Brides Across America, in collaboration with bridal salons, designers, and individual donations has been able to donate more than 12,000 wedding gowns. Operation Wedding Gown made headlines when it was featured on NBC's "Making a Difference" with Brian Williams in August 2012. Brides Across America was honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
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Michelle Santiago | Director of Marketing & Public Relations BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA (501c3) bridesacrossamerica.com P: 877-650-3309
Monday, June 23, 2014
While in the midst of planning your wedding, it's sometimes hard to see beyond the wedding date. You spend months of prepping, saving and stressing, and are looking forward to heading out on your honeymoon to enjoy the bliss of being married. The last thing you want to worry about is all the additional time and effort necessary to book the trip.
Luckily, Carlie at 2Travel Anywhere, Nashville's honeymoon travel expert, can help you plan your trip to paradise. Specializing in Caribbean resorts, Carlie has personally travelled to all of the resorts she recommends.
Trusting a pro to take care of all your travel details certainly has its perks!
Local couple Laura and Michael wanted a relaxing honeymoon in the sun following their January wedding. They were glad they let 2 Travel Anywhere provide exactly what they were looking for at the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica.
Check out the interview below to learn about their relaxing honeymoon and their travel recommendations.
Planning your honeymoon
Was the honeymoon a surprise, did one of you plan it or did you plan it together?
It wasn't a surprise exactly, but Michael basically said "I trust you" and weighed in very little during the planning process.
If one of you planned the honeymoon, who?
I actually planned the trip in conjunction with my father-in-law, who loves going to the beach.
What was your vision for your honeymoon?
We both work high-stress, high-energy jobs, and planning the wedding was more stressful than I had expected, so my vision for our honeymoon was total R&R.
Did you always agree on your honeymoon vision and if not, who wanted what? How did you come to an agreement?
We always agreed because he didn't offer an opinion. ;)
Smart man. How did you choose/plan your honeymoon location, activities?
We knew we wanted an all-inclusive resort for a variety of reasons, so that narrowed things down a bit in the beginning. We chose Jamaica based on the average temperatures - since our honeymoon was in January we wanted to be sure that we went somewhere that we could actually get in the water without freezing!
How did you learn about 2 Travel Anywhere?
Carlie at 2Travel Anywhere was recommended to me by my wedding planner and sorority sister, Kelly Dellinger of Kelly Dellinger Events.
We love Kelly! Did you consider planning your honeymoon without a travel service? Why did you choose to work with Carlie?
I definitely never considered planning the honeymoon without some type of assistance. The last trip I planned (the trip where we got engaged, actually!) was a total disaster because of my inattention to detail; it cost me $500 just to correct the mistakes I made to our flight itinerary.. yikes! Since I knew we wanted to leave the country for our honeymoon I knew I would need somebody behind the scenes taking care of all of those little details that clearly are not my expertise! I chose to work with Carlie in particular because Kelly had worked with her not only on a professional level but also on a personal one and had taken several trips planned by Carlie. Kelly assured me that Carlie would take care of all the details. Once I spoke to Carlie over the phone for the first time, I was sold. I knew she had me taken care of!
What were your honeymoon dates? Jan 5-13, 2014
I actually wish we had left one day later, leaving the morning after the wedding was really difficult, because our flights were so early - we ended up getting up at 3am to make it to the airport on time. Tough to do after a long night of partying and celebration!
Where did you go? Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica
What were some of your activities?
Honestly, we didn't participate in much! We mainly spent our time at the pool and the beach. We never left the resort property. It was so beautiful and relaxing we didn't feel the need to seek out other adventures!
What was the best part about your honeymoon?
We felt like absolute royalty! The level of service was unbelievably amazing and the food was phenomenal.
Would you recommend this island, city, location?
Absolutely yes! It's incredibly beautiful, and the weather is perfect. Definitely a good place to go on a winter honeymoon because you will not worry about the pool or ocean being too cool to get in - it's perfect.
Would you recommend this resort?
I would definitely recommend the Royal Caribbean. The staff is attentive and kind. The food is wonderful. You don't have to leave the resort to have a good time. Best of all, there is something for every type of couple. We are the keep-to-ourselves, quiet type, and we were able to relax and chill out without feeling imposed upon or pushed into activities. At the same time, I saw many more active couples taking part in all the entertainment and activities that were offered and having a ball. I feel like the resort is able to meet the needs of any couple with any personality. I don't think there is a person on earth that wouldn't enjoy everything they have to offer there! This resort actually was not my first choice, but was the one that Carlie strongly recommended for us. I am really glad that I trusted her judgement and took her advice!
The pictures in this story are all real photos from the couple's relaxing beach honeymoon.
Friday, June 20, 2014
“Pearls, lace and all things classy.” This was the décor scheme that bride, Lauren, envisioned for her wedding day and Lane Photography was on hand to capture that lovely vision brought to life at Riverwood Mansion.
A ballerina and dance teacher by trade, Lauren had the absolutely fabulous idea to enlist some of her students to dawn pink tutus and dance down the aisle to her favorite song – we seriously cannot get enough of those sweet little ballerinas!
While Lauren’s classic, feminine tastes were prominently featured throughout the wedding (soft pink hues and pearl studded centerpieces) the groom, Joel, got to have his cake and eat it too…literally! The groom’s cake highlighted one of his great loves, University of Tennessee Football.
From romantic, sparkling lights that twinkled above them when they said “I do” in a picturesque garden to a reception studded with pops of pink and gray (not to mention the stunning crystal chandelier and scrumptious dessert table!) , this is one wedding that you’ll swoon over time and time again.
Lauren & Joel
Wedding Date: September 28, 2013
Ceremony Venue: Riverwood Mansion Gardens
Reception Venue: Riverwood Mansion
Planner | Myself. I love event planning and this was so much fun!
Photographer | Lane Photography
Videographer | With This Ring Videography
Gown | Maggie Sottero found at The White Room in Murfreesboro
Bride’s Accessories | English Tulle and Lace Veil by Oleg Cassini from The White Room, Reception floral and pearl hairpiece from A Special Touch, Swarovski Pearl Earrings, Garters by Avenue 22 Bridal on Etsy, Charmeuse Pleated Peep Toe Shoes from David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire | Tuxedo with Pewter Gray vests and ties from Street Tuxedo
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Various Styles of Jasmine Bridal dresses in Sweet Pea Pink from A White Room in Murfreesboro
Hair | Done by the talented Amanda Jensen at The French Twist
Makeup | Tiffiney Leyhew at the Powder Room
Stationery | Everything by the Write Impression
Caterer | Pam Hogancamp and staff at Ribbons of Chocolate
Cake Artist | Jo West at Jo’s Custom Cakes
Ceremony Musicians | All music done by Jimmy Mansfield at Murfreesboro DJ
Reception Musicians | Murfreesboro DJ
Rentals & Lighting | Riverwood Mansion
Lighting | Riverwood Mansion
Transportation | We drove back to our new home for the first time in Joel’s new Ford Escape
Costumes for the ballerinas | Curtain Call Costumes
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We are certainly a very energetic and adventurous couple and are both still children at heart. Christ has been the center of our relationship and continues to be the driving force in our marriage.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
The theme of our wedding was “Pearls, lace and all things classy,” which, in so many ways, embodies my personality and style. There were pearls in the centerpiece vases, on the flower girl’s dress, and all down my lace wedding gown. Additionally, like any other feminine, princess-loving career ballerina my favorite color has always been light pink and there was plenty of pink to be found throughout every facet of my wedding day.
Another prominent feature of our wedding day was all of our “favorite things.” Dance has always been my passion and I have been so blessed to have been a dance instructor for the past 10 years at Barfield School of Dance. The ballerinas that chasséd down the aisle to my favorite song, Variations on a Canon by George Winston, were all little dancers that I have taught since they were 2 years old.
In addition, the food at our wedding was certainly a testament to our ‘favorites’. From the UT football groom’s cake to the southern style chicken fingers and mashed potatoes, everything served was something our friends and families would recognize as very “Joel and Lauren”.
Finally, our wedding favors were packaged in pink and silver personalized boxes and were filled with all of our favorite treats. On a table with framed family recipes, we had Grandpa Horton’s fudge, Granna Shirley’s lemon cookies, Aunt Danette’s buckeyes, Mom’s chocolate icing, and Mrs. Lesley’s marshmallow brownies among other special favorite treats. Everyone adored the variety of desserts and the special importance each favor had to a different family event that Joel and I enjoyed growing up.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
The dance floor was always packed thanks to Jimmy Mansfield and guests were constantly commenting on the favor display, but undoubtedly one of the most entertaining aspects of the evening was the photo booth provided by Lane Photography, complete with dress up and props.
For us, the entire atmosphere was absolutely perfect. It was truly a magical day being surrounded by all of our friends and family in an absolute fantasy world of flowers, twinkling lights and delicious food.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
At the age of 13, I knew I wanted to get married at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville and I paid more than some would expect to pay for a ceremony venue. However, getting married in a stunning garden with an indoor back up plan in case of rain was worth every cent and having the reception on site was a HUGE benefit. Furthermore, Riverwood provided all of the rentals, from the tables to the twinkling light balls hanging in the trees, and Kimberly and the staff orchestrated the entire day making sure everything ran smoothly.
We also spent a significant amount of money on documenting this magical day. I do not recommend that any bride compromise what she wants when it comes to photography and videography. You will never be able to recreate these cherished moments and the quality of videographer/photographer you have will be, to an extent, the quality of your memories. As a bride, you can never experience all of the beautiful moments of your wedding because you can only in be one place at a time and it is the photographer/videographer’s jobs to capture all of the details you may not have time to appreciate that day.
My favorite DIY project of my wedding was my gorgeous bridal bouquet, which was designed and arranged by my grandmother, Shirley Smith. It made my wedding ensemble complete to have a bouquet made by someone so precious to me. I did have to make some sacrifices along the way to save money. For example, I would have loved having chocolate fountains, but since I wanted a photo booth, I had to make a choice.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Haha! I did nine cake tastings in one day…It was a very productive day, but it ended with a very upset stomach. Even with hindsight being 20/20, I have absolutely no regrets about how I planned my wedding. The small hiccups that happened on my wedding day could have not been foreseen and no amount of planning would have prevented them. The day will not go “perfectly”, but it is important to keep in perspective what the most important thing is and that is the love and commitment you and your new husband share.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
This day is about you and your fiancé. Therefore, it is important that every bride stay true to herself and create the day of her dreams.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Holly and Carl were married in December at Nashville's up-and-coming Marathon Village. They wanted their wedding to be elegant, yet not too formal, and romantic! How did they do it? They opted for lighting, candles, flowers, and downtown Nashville as their back drop. They also selected a wedding cake that was nothing short of romantic elegance. In other words, they nailed it!
Here's how they collaborated with Signature Cakes by Vicki (signaturecakesbyvicki.com) to design their Nashville wedding cake.
How did you find Signature Cakes by Vicki?
I heard about Signature Cakes from a friend of a friend. We were discussing our wedding, and we hadn't found anyone to do our cake yet. Signature Cakes was brought up immediately. They had nothing but good things to say about Vicki and how delicious her cakes are.
What inspired your cake?
I wanted our cake to match the vision of our wedding. Elegant. I specifically picked this cake because of the gold accents and how it fit mine and Carl's style.
How did you approach the design for your wedding cake? Did you take pictures to Vicki or did you meet with her and answer questions about your dress, etc.?
I began looking for cake ideas on Pinterest. I had many favorites, but I kept coming back to this one. It just seemed right for the feel I wanted on our wedding day. Carl and I met with Vicki. I showed her several pictures of different cakes, but this one remained my favorite! We talked colors, tiers, flavors, and the vision for our wedding. My favorite part, besides tasting all of her wonderful flavors, was seeing her sketch a drawing of what our cake would look like!
What did you want most from your cake - great design, taste, specific details?
I wanted our guests to really enjoy our cake. Not only did I want it to be beautiful, but I wanted it to taste great! I've been to so many weddings where the cake was just average. We had guests going back for seconds and even asking where it came from weeks later!!
What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
I knew how great Vicki's cakes tasted and how beautiful they were, but I never imagined it would be such a hit!! I think we even had one guest call Vicki to see how much her cakes were just to have one for herself and her family!!
What were your cake flavors? Did you have them custom designed or were they standard?
We picked our cake flavors from the options that Vicki offered. They were: orange cream, spice cake, and a chocolate hazelnut flavor.
What did you like most about your cake?
I loved how beautiful our cake was. It was one of my favorite parts of our wedding. I loved that it was such a hit, and I really loved getting to know Vicki and working with her!
In the bride's words, "It all came together really well!" We agree!
Photos: Celladora Photography (celladoraweddingphotography.com), a Nashville wedding photographer