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Keep Cool: We’re Loving Program Fans for (Hot) Summer, Nashville Weddings

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Whether your wedding is indoor or outdoor, you won't beat Nashville's summer heat.  Fans are a fun and practical way to keep guests (a bit) cooler while serving as a ceremony program.  It's too late for all of you July brides, but I spoke with Kim of PaperKuts Studio and she assured me that 4 weeks is all that's needed for late August and September weddings.  If you are a 2014 bride, even better!

My favorite is the scalloped edge fan; it's so southern and dainty and would be great for an outdoor wedding at CJ's Off the Square, Cedarwood, Carnton Plantation, Mint Springs Farm, or Southall Eden Farm.  

Call Kim if you'd like more info at 615.885.0231 to get prices and options for the program fans or other stationery needs.

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Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Invitations & Paper Goods, 0 comments »

Military Couples Save 15% on their January, February, or March Wedding at Houston Station

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Houston Station is a premier, Nashville wedding venue, and they are offering military couples 15% off their January, February or March 2014 weddings.  They've made a great venue even better for all of you military brides and grooms! 

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discount for military bride nashville, tennessee military wedding

discount for military bride nashville, tennessee military wedding

Contact the folks at Houston Station for more details.  (Promo is valid for new contracts only.)  

Lovely photos are by BSG Photography and are from a recent Houston Station wedding.  See it via the Houston Station blog.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Contests, Giveaways, Specials, Wedding Venues and Locations, 0 comments »

Meet Laurie: Our Social Marketing Intern, Newlywed and MTSU Student

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.

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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"

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(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.)

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: 0 comments »

Cosmo Creations Launches Really Helpful Website to Help Couples Meet Team, Find Services, Get Rates

Monday, July 15, 2013

Last week, I received the following press release from Cosmo Creations

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"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.   

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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!

 

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Cosmo Creations has 2 Tennessee locations, Nashville and Cookeville.  You can see their new website, services and rates, visit cosmocreations.com.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Bands, DJs, Music, 0 comments »

Terry & Kellee, Nashville’s Newest Newlyweds, Share Their Engagement Story

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.  

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downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

 

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!

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downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

 

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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!

 

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downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

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downtown nashville engagement photos, shelby bridge, cumberland park, african american wedding

 
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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.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Multicultural, African-American weddings, Photography, 0 comments »

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