Real Nashville Wedding Story: Jessica & Eric
Thursday, May 28, 2009
After following Jessica's wedding planning on her Budget Savvy Bride blog and seeing her wedding pics, I really couldn't wait to feature her wedding on ABG. Jessica was on a budget and is a great testament to the fact that a fabulous wedding that expresses you doesn't have to blow the bank. It also shows how incredibly creative Jessica is and how a huge career in weddings is so in her future, if interested:). (You can check out her custom stationery site here.)
What I like most, aside from her color palette, is her level of personalization and the monogram/paper goods that she designed. Great job girl!
Thanks for letting me feature your big day.
Jessica M. (aka Budget Savvy Bride) Hometown and high school: Murfreesboro, TN- Oakland High School
Eric B. Brentwood, TN- Brentwood High School
Our wedding details
May 2, 2009 at 6pm
Ceremony and Reception location
The Sam Davis Home
Wedding Style: My wedding style I like to call it southern chic! :)
My colors and why I choose them Our colors were varying shades of teal and turquoise and yellow. I LOVED our colors. I wanted something a little different than I'd seen before and this seemed to be an undiscovered color combo. I love the way it turned out! It seems I was ahead of the trend because I'm seeing a lot more turquoise and yellow weddings popping up!
My theme There wasn't really a theme. Wedding wow factor I've gotten a lot of great feedback from our guests. From our personal ceremony where our pastor read love letters we wrote to each other aloud, to the candy buffet, to the great food provided by Miller's Grocery, to all the little details I obsessed over- it made me so proud to have put it all together myself! Favors We had a candy buffet with different styles of candy for our guests to take home.
Personalized touches Our monogram was everywhere! On the invites, programs, wine bottle labels, candy bag labels, the cake, you name it! My favorite were the wine bottle labels- my hubby and his dad scraped the labels off 100 bottles of wine and then we affixed my custom designed labels with our monogram onto them. We came up with cute names for the wine like Recession Red for Cabernet Sauvignon, Wedding White for Sauvignon Blanc, and Blush and Bashful for White Zinfandel. :)
Gift for bridesmaids & groomsmen We got our bridesmaids matching shoes from Nine West- which I loved! Jewelry, and little makeup bags with their names embroidered on them. For the groomsmen we got them matching cashmere socks, coordinating ties made of dupioni silk and engraved beer mugs with their initials.
Most special moment for me There were so many! The love letters read during our ceremony, my dad's toast to Eric and I, dancing with my grandfather, getting surprised with a videographer by my maid of honor's parents! It was such a special day. :) My Wedding Vendors: Wedding and Reception Location: The Historic Home of Sam Davis, Smyrna, TN Photography: Chris and Adrienne Scott for Evin Photography Wedding Coordinator: Tara Milam of Lavish Events Caterer: Miller's Grocery Rings: Bride's by Kay Jewelers and Groom's by SuperiorWeddingRings.com Garter: Julianne Smith Veil: Kasia Fink Veils Bride's Jewelry: Candy's Art on Etsy Bride's Gown and bridesmaid dresses: designed and made by Dena Bathgate of A Special Touch, Murfreesboro, TN Ring Pillow: Sarah Lansdale (not pictured- the ringbearer slammed his fingers in the door right before the ceremony so it didn't get to be used! :( Music: Ricky Roche Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Lavergne, TN Wooden Utensils: EcoWare Biodegradables Candy for Candy Buffet: Bulkfoods.com and Amazon.com How I found my vendors? I found my vendors in so many ways! Some were family, some were recommended by friends, some were found through Ashley's Bride Guide! :) I went to lots of bridal shows and read lots of vendor blogs. Some of my vendors even contacted me because of my blog! My Wedding Rewind: What I would do differently if planning again? I would have not procrastinated so much! :) Biggest waste of time or money? I don't think that anything I did was a waste of money... I tried reaaaaaally hard to stick to a budget and make sure I was savvy in all of my planning. I think I succeeded! :)
Best value for the service/product Our catering!!! We fed 150 people for around $2700. That included 2 meats, 4 sides, salad, rolls, teas and water, AND a variety of desserts which we used in lieu of a grooms cake! That also included service staff to be there and set everything up, serve the food, and tear it down. You can save so much by going with a restaurant instead of a caterer. And the food was AMAZING! Miller's Grocery in Christiana, TN. Neatest find? I loved my wedding day accessories- my veil and jewelry. ETSY is my new best friend! You can seriously find ANYTHING on there. :)
Advice for other Nashville brides? I know its hard to go against tradition, but REALLY consider seeing your fiance before the ceremony. Sarah set up a private meeting for us, so it was still a big moment and it made such a huge difference once I saw him. I was much more relaxed and we got to spend more of our wedding day together!