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Cake Story: Bride Trusts The Cupcake Collection to Design Dream Wedding Cake & to Surprise Her Groom

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Netra is a dedicated follower of AshleysBrideGuide.com.  She called me in search of a must-have linen that she'd seen online.  We chatted about the linen and her wedding.  We talked for over an hour.  She told me that she'd seen a piano cake designed by The Cupcake Collection, that I featured months ago, and knew they were the ones to create a surprise treat for her groom.  She seemed more excited about her groom's cake than her own bridal cake!  

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The groom's cupcake tower:

During wedding planning, Netra's then fiance, Mark, was laid back and allowed her to take the lead when it came to making wedding decisions.  He supported her and her preferences.  But, it was important to Netra that Mark knew he mattered and that their wedding day was not just about her.  She wanted a groom's cake that spoke to one of his loves,  Kappa Alpha Psi.   

She met with Mignon and Netta, at The Cupcake Collection, and explained her vision.  She gave them free reign and The Cupcake Collection took it from there.  

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The theme: Kappa Alpha Psi 

The concept: A cupcake tower versus a groom's cake.  The tower would offer a variety of cake flavors for guests and different elements of the theme.

The flavors: Red Velvet, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Sweet Potato, Wedding Cake

The look: 175 cupcakes on a custom stand; red cupcake liners provided by the bride; edible fraternity shields, candy canes and diamonds - all created by the baker; paperweight letters

The result: Mark was not only surprised, but he LOVED his cupcake tower.  Some of his fraternity brothers were a bit jealous, but, Netra got the wow that she sought for Mark.  It was his favorite part of the wedding.  

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The bridal cake:

The groom's cupcake tower was certainly meant to be the focal point; she wanted her groom to be the star.  But, she also didn't want a boring cake.  She wanted something small, but stunning enough to wow.  She described her style and cake vision to the designers at The Cupcake Collection and they created an initial sketch.  It wasn't her.  It was grand and over the top, which they thought she'd like based on their conversation.  It would certainly turn heads, but Netra didn't like it.  

The Cupcake Collection asked Netra to relinquish control and trust them to do what they knew best, design cakes that their clients love. Once Netra did, The Cupcake Collection went back to the drawing board.  Instead of depending solely on her descriptions, they went to her Pinterest boards where they saw her style visually: elegant, sophisticated, modern with jewel-toned, beading and chevron as design elements.  They combined her words, her pins and her personality to sketch a cake that Netra loved!

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The theme: Sophisticated Elegance

The concept: A memorable, custom cake stand that combined the bride's favorite elements along with a cake tier

The flavor: Wedding Cake

The result: Netra loved her wedding cake!  The stand has become very popular with other Nashville brides at bridal shows.

 

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Netra's wedding was photographed by Roland's Photography.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Multicultural, African-American weddings, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Mac & Cheese, BBQ and Sweet Tea: You Can’t Go Wrong with a Southern Comfort Wedding Reception Menu

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lauren and Chris were married at Tennessee's Front Porch Farms last October. Their black and ivory wedding started at 4 p.m. and was attended by 120 guests.  

For their reception, the couple was certain that they wanted Southern, comfort food so they turned to Celeste of Mrs. J Baking and Catering, who specializes in just that.   According to Celeste, "they knew exactly what they wanted: reception food that their family and friends would enjoy." 

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Celeste delivered on their request by creating a buffet full of Southern goodness that consisted of the following:

 

Meat
Marinated and grilled chicken breasts
Pork BBQ with three sauces

Sides
Twice baked potato casserole
Macaroni and cheese
Chunky baked beans

Beverages
Sweetened and unsweetened iced tea and water

 

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While the couple's favorite item on the menu was the macaroni and cheese, Celeste's favorite part was working with the couple, who she described as a joy.  Celeste also noted,  "you could tell they were crazy about each other."

 

Photo credits:

Venue | Front Porch Farms
Catering | Mrs. J Baking and Catering
Photography | Ace Photography

 

Don't forget: For the month of October, Mrs J.'s Baking and Catering is giving 2014 brides $250 off their catering.  You must book by October 31 and mention ABG (Ashley's Bride Guide).

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Music or Coffee Lover? The Blending Room + Coffee Bar at Houston Station Might Be a Perfect Addition

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yes. You've seen the photos of gorgeous weddings at Houston Station. But what you may not know is that 90 percent of Houston Station couples use the Blending Room to extend their reception. Which made me wonder...how many couples actually choose Houston Station for the Blending Room? Inquiring minds want to know! 

The Blending Room is definitely a great complement to a Houston Station wedding. As a lounge across from the main reception area, the Blending Room is cozy, eclectic and houses Noteable Blends, a mobile coffee bar. Both the lounge and the coffee are the domain of Scott Davis, a coffee aficionado who is as passionate about great music as he is about creating a great coffee experience.  

With this being Music City, there is a clear attraction to a post-wedding reception lounge that allows the couple to host an after party. Plus the aroma of gourmet coffee, blended in-house is equally appealing.  

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Top left photo by Ace Photography; top right photo by Jonathon Campbell Photography; bottom photos by Noteable Blends

 

The Blending Room: a Multi-Purpose Lounge with a Musical Stage!

Scott tells me that The Blending Room has a "live, active stage" with musical instruments. If you or your fiance are musicians, you can request to have the music stage set up after your wedding and invite friends and family on stage to get in on the action.  

The space can be transformed into many configurations to allow its use for various events.  Some ideas include a rehearsal dinner, groom's room, cocktail party or even for a parent wind-down area once the party really gets going in the main section of the venue!  

As you can see from the photos I've included below, the space is cozy and full of personality. We even hosted a workshop here and the room went from being set-up in church style (yes - they have real pews) to reception style for our bride class. You can use the props and tables available at the venue or you can have the seating cleared and rentals brought in.  Almost any type of seating arrangement will work in this versatile area, from cocktail tables to long, square tables.

 
 
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Above and below: Various jam sessions in a number of room configurations.

 
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Photography: Amy Nicole Photography

 

Noteable Blends, a Coffee Experience You Can Take Anywhere

From presentation to coffee favors, Noteable Blends has you covered. This mobile coffee bar, located in Houston Station's Blending Room is a gem for coffee lovers! Noteable Blends can be added to your reception, whether it's hosted at Houston Station or not. If you have a Houston Station wedding, you can opt to serve gourmet coffee to your guests. If not, you can work with Noteable Blends to set up a coffee bar at your venue. The options are truly limitless.

If you're a coffee lover, Scott can create custom blends for the coffee featured at your reception or for you to give to your guests as favors. Noteable Blends can also create a coffee experience for your bridal shower, crafting a signature blend for your maids based on their personality and taste preferences. This truly is a one of a kind gift!

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Noteable Blends is a mobile coffee unit serving custom blends.

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Noteable Blends creates custom blends for couples that can be served at the wedding and guests can take home a bag, doubling as your favor.

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Photography: left and right by Jenny Lindsey Photography

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This gorgeous couch that sits in Noteable Blends is a wonderful prop for photos! (Photo: Amber Beckham Photography)

Except where noted, photos courtesy of Houston Station / Noteable Blends

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Inspiration & Trends, Reception Entertainment, Photo Booths, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Venues and Locations, 0 comments »

Big News from Chef’s Market: New Website & New Nashville Location

Monday, October 7, 2013

As one of the best Nashville wedding and event caterers, Chef's Market has found two new ways to top their already stellar service: a new website and a new location.

New Website

Their new website launched this summer and it's fantastic!  It does a great job showcasing their wonderful food, menus and services.  If you haven't seen their new site, follow this link - chefsmarket.com.

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New Location

Let's face it, Chef's Market is a bride favorite for wedding catering.  But, if you haven't tasted their food, making the drive to Goodlettsville is a hike, especially for those of you in Franklin, Murfreesboro, etc.  I know that Chef's Market is worth the drive but when you are planning a wedding, sometimes you just don't have time to travel so far for a tasting.  

They have solved that problem with the opening of a sales location in Nashville's midtown!  Now, there's no excuse.  Schedule a tasting and cross catering off your wedding to-do list.

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Here's the official press release:

Chef’s Market Catering recently opened a new catering sales office in Midtown to better serve their catering clients in the Greater Nashville Area. The new Midtown sales office is conveniently located in the historic St. Bernard’s building at 2021 21st Avenue South.

"We consistently strive to make our clients lives easier through our full-service approach to catering,” said Jim Hagy, owner of Chef’s Market. “Opening a Midtown sales office is just another way to continue to offer convenience and exceptional service to our clients.”

Chef’s Market has continually been among the top rated full-service catering companies in the Greater Nashville Area and has been named Nashville’s Best Caterer by multiple publications. The new sales office will help to continue to expand their reach. Amie Ellis will lead the Midtown sales division, bringing the creative and friendly service of the Chefs Market experience closer to downtown. "

For more information about Chef’s Market, visit chefsmarket.com. To contact one of the catering sales team members email catering@chefsmarket.com.

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The food at Chef's Market is always tasty and innovative.  Their service is top-notch.  Most companies would rest knowing their food and service are five star.  Not Chef's Market, they continue to find ways to better serve the wedding and event community.  I am happy to support this Nashville business in any way I can, because I know they always take care of Nashville brides and grooms.

Photos: Chef's Market website gallery

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, 0 comments »

Luxury Inspiration: Show-Stopping, Extravagant Wedding Cakes by Signature Cakes by Vicki

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Years from now, while looking back on your wedding pictures, what is the one thing you know you’ll be glad you splurged on? If you said “wedding cake” then Signature Cakes by Vicki has just the cake for you - an extravagant wedding cake.

Vicki Nelson, owner and lead designer for Signature Cakes by Vicki, creates a variety of wedding cakes (from classic to lavish) that instantly draw a “wow” from anyone who sees them. They are memorable in both taste and design.

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For instance, her extravagant cakes, usually crafted with multiple tiers, can possess hand-dyed bold colors in fondant icing, large bows and flowers, elaborate gold and silver accents, pearls and diamonds, drapery, cascading sugar flowers, cameos, monograms and many other elaborate details.

Vicki's cakes come in gourmet flavors such as - white chocolate truffle, strawberry white chocolate cake, caramel butterscotch cake, chocolate truffle cake, almond white chocolate cake or red velvet cake.

Signature Cakes’ extravagant wedding cakes are carefully crafted by applying time and expertise to make sure each cake exceeds any bride’s expectations.

If you’re the kind of bride whose opulent style allows for no sacrifices, make sure to contact Vicki Nelson and her team at (615) 513-2266 to create your show-stopping cake.

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Posted by Intern Laurie | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 0 comments »

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