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Welcome Our Newest Vendor: Audio Video Art! A Video Company with Years of Experience in Weddings

Thursday, November 21, 2013

If you’re looking for a videographer, you should check out Audio Video Art (AVA). This wedding videography company prides itself on its decade-plus experience with shooting video, and it’s that kind of experience that will come in handy when you’re looking for peace of mind on your wedding day. Scour any wedding review site and you’ll see top ratings from hundreds of satisfied couples who continue to rave about their wedding day coverage!

As an added bonus, this digital production company knows each couple values something different. That’s why they allow their packages to be customizable to meet your needs.

We had an opportunity to chat with the company’s founder and lead videographer, Matthew Currier, about what sets Audio Video Art apart from other videographers in the industry.  Learn more via our interview, and see if AVA is the right company to capture your wedding.

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Tell me about your service offering.

Audio Video Art is a progressive digital video production company based in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in wedding video production as well as event videos for corporations, groups, and individuals across the United States.

Utilizing my degree in broadcast communications and more than 10 years of production experience, as founder and lead videographer I have developed an unobtrusive filming style that captures the essence and emotion of the day in elegance and style.

How many years have you been in business?

11

How did you get started in weddings?

I actually moved to Tennessee in 1991 with an idea to start a video production company that could deliver an excellent video to brides. One that far exceeded what their family or friends could provide. I decided to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to further my knowledge and skill in live event productions. I graduated with a communications degree, majoring in broadcasting.

What do you like most about weddings?
They are all different and the couple is always happy you are there to capture their special day.

What’s your favorite wedding video and why?

Wow! Having captured over 400 weddings since 2002, it would be hard to choose just one. However, my style in shooting and editing has evolved through the years. While my goal has always been to provide an elegant and stylish video while remaining unobtrusive, I feel my videos reflect that now more than ever.  

 

Allison & Matthew's wedding at Legacy Farms

 

What is your service philosophy?
To capture a wedding that truly reflects the elegance and style of the day while remaining unobtrusive.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

I believe my company has several strengths, including:

1) Experience. Over 400 weddings worth of experience. It’s a live event and no matter how many times it is rehearsed, things change when it’s live. We can’t yell cut and do anything over. So, our experience has time and time again enabled us to adapt to what is happening live and still get that once in a lifetime shot.

2) Our Audio. We use up to five wireless mics and three digital audio recorders on every wedding. We mic the minister, groom, podium for scripture readers/vocalists and the musicians. We have all been to weddings as a guest where you can’t hear a thing the bride and groom are saying. With our videos, you hear better and see more than the parents in the front row.

3) We capture everything with professional high definition cameras and provide each client with standard DVDs and HD Blu-ray discs. There are many other companies that capture in HD but only provide a standard, non-HD DVD and I just don’t see the point in shooting in HD if the client will not receive it in HD.

What attracts brides to your company?

Audio Video Art has a distinctive style of editing while remaining unobtrusive. We offer packages that can fit most budgets and are happy to customize a package to meet exactly what a bride has envisioned. Most packages include a wedding teaser, but we also provide chapters of the ceremony, reception and prelude music that has been edited to include footage from the multi-camera coverage.

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?

I would say several reasons. Quality, experience and price.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?

Our brides/couples want more than a highlight of their wedding day. They choose us because not only do we create an awesome wedding day teaser, but we also provide chapters of the ceremony, reception and prelude music that has been edited to include footage from the multi-camera coverage. They get to relive the entire ceremony from different angles and views that no one else was able to see.

 

Sana & Owais's wedding at Nashville Airport Marriott

 

What is the most “now” / innovative new service of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Right now, it is still Blu-ray discs and HD coverage. Not everyone has HD TVs and Blu-ray players yet but that does not mean they should not receive an HD, Blu-ray version. Just put the disc in a safe place and a few years from now you will be so grateful that you have it.

How should brides and grooms contact you to learn more about your wedding services?

Company name: Audio Video Art
Main contact: Matthew Currier
Call us: 615-783-1536
Email us: matt@audiovideoart.net
Become a Facebook fan: Audio Video Art  

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Videography, 0 comments »

Get to Know Savoir Faire Events, a Full Service Design Team for the Classic, Nashville Bride

Monday, November 4, 2013

We featured Keva and Kermari's, classic, Nashville wedding last year.  It was designed by Melissa of Savoir Faire Weddings & Events in her first year as an event designer.

A lot has changed since then.  It seems that Savoir Faire is everywhere I look.  And after seeing her designs win "Best Tablescape" at last month's Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show, I had to sit down with this rising talent to learn more.  

Savoir Faire Events is a family affair.  When it's wedding day, Melissa, her mom, dad and brother are all likely to show up to ensure the bride's vision comes to life.  But Melissa is certainly the creative burst of energy that attracts bride after bride to their wedding service.  She's absolutely in love with weddings and probably sees Pinterest boards in her sleep.  Her excitement is genuine and so is her approach.  She's the type of wedding pro that starts as hired help and ends as a friend.  She loves her brides and has yet to meet a bridezilla.  This may be because she'll grab a drink for her overly anxious brides to help calm their nerves.

Take some time to get to know Melissa of Savoir Faire Events via my interview today.  

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Photo: Doerman Photography

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Tell me about your service offering.

We provide draping, lighting, tablescapes, centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony décor, reception décor and day-of coordination.

How many years have you been in business?

We have been in business since the summer of 2011. That is when we created our very first wedding.

How did you get started in weddings?

I took an internship on a whim and fell in love with it. I didn’t even realize it was really a job you could do if you weren’t in NYC or LA.

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Photos: bouquet - Wedlock Images; reception tables & mask on table - Michael Doerman

 

What do you like most about weddings?

I love both seeing the room transform throughout the day and the bride’s reaction the first time she walks in and sees it.

What’s your favorite wedding pic/video and why?

Oddly enough, this picture from Keva and Kermari’s wedding is one of my favorites. It showcases almost all of what we do. It shows draping, lighting, tablescapes (which include centerpieces), and you can see the toss bouquet sitting on the head table.

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Photo: Flameheart Studios

What is your service philosophy?

Our goal is to create an individualized design that caters to the wants and needs of the bride. Every bride is different and should have a wedding that fits her. In the process we inevitably cultivate a culture of trust and dependability. We want our brides to walk away and say, “This was the best day of my life.” We have a tagline that we use on the website that reads: Let our passion and imagination create the most memorable day of your life.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

In many cases (unfortunately not all) we are able to adapt to and work with many different budgets. We do not turn brides away simply because their budget isn’t big enough. Sometimes it’s unrealistic, but we aim to provide them with what we can because everyone deserves to feel special on that big day. A second strength, though indefinitely more important, is how the bride is treated. We tell them, from the beginning, call us any time day or night. Brides become family. We want EVERYTHING for them and will bend over backwards to do everything we can for them. I have been told countless times that you can tell this is not just a job for me. People can tell how much passion I’m pouring into making each wedding the best it can be. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I’m thankful people recognize it.

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Photo: Doerman Photography

 

What attracts brides to your service/company?

I think what attracts brides is a feeling more so than anything else. They can look at one of our pictures and “feel” the romance and love. That sounds cheesy but I’m not sure how else to put it. They want things to look beautiful but they want things to feel beautiful even more.

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?

Previous couples say that we are accessible, easy to work with and genuinely care that they have the best day ever.

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Photo: ceremony & chairs - Wedlock Images

 

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?

The bride or couple most attracted to our services is the one wanting a wedding that is classy and timeless. We don’t typically push trends because that’s what everyone else is doing. Our work is understated but stunning at the same time.

What is the most “now” / innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate? 

Everyone loves the draping and lighting but that’s not new. We have developed a tablescape that everyone can wrap their heads around. We provide certain items for a flat dollar amount per table and it can be upgraded from there. It’s so hard for a bride to understand how much money goes into wedding décor. When things are itemized (i.e. linens, chairs, centerpieces, candles, etc.) it adds up and you don’t know until the end. We hand over a flat fee for the table as a whole which, I think, has helped ease some anxiety.

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Photo: Krista Lee Photography

 

How should brides and grooms contact you to learn about your wedding services? 

Company Name: Savoir Faire Weddings & Events
Main Contact: Melissa Petsch
Website: savoirfairenashville.com
Phone Number: 615-491-5216
Email Address: info@savoirfairenashville.com
Follow them on Twitter: @SavoirFaireNash
Become a Facebook fan: SavoirFaireNashville

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Photos: Above set - Doerman Photography.  Except where noted, photos by Savoir Faire Events.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Amy Nicole Photography Turns Your Simple, Sweet Moments Into Treasured, Family Heirlooms

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Graceful. Soft. Sweet. That was my first impression of photographer, Amy Nicole of Amy Nicole Photography, when we bumped into one another at Houston Station's Venue Crawl.  She left a positive impression.   I wanted to know more about her, her brides and her work.  

It was weeks later, over coffee, that I realized my first impression was right.   She is genuine and kind.  She's a lot like her photography - soft, simple, natural and unforced.  And, she's a lot like her brides and grooms - unfussy about their wedding but very focused on marriage, family and memories.

Creating everlasting images for a couple's memory box is important to Amy Nicole, who got started in wedding photography after finding her grandparent's war love letters.  Those letters, combined with her own recent wedding, fueled a desire to help other couples see the importance of not just hiring a professional photographer but also printing photos and creating albums that their grandkids will someday enjoy.

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Get to know Amy Nicole Photography via my interview.  Should you find that you're also drawn to Amy's personality, philosopy and style, invite her to capture your love story and to produce timeless, professional photos for your first, family heirloom.  

It's also worth noting: Amy is new to Nashville and has wedding dates available.  Right now, she's a huge value only because she's new.  Soon, she will be "that" photographer that's a splurge.  She's one to watch.  I guarantee it.

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Amy, tell me about your photography.
I’m a natural-light wedding photographer who creates timeless, joyful and authentic photographs.

How many years have you been in business?
I’ve been shooting for about six years, but officially started my business in 2012.

How did you get started in weddings?
I shot a few weddings in college for friends, as I was introduced to the wedding world through some photographer friends. Boy, have I fallen in love. I got my start in photojournalism, so I’ve always felt a draw to telling stories and meeting new people.

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What do you like most about weddings?
I strongly believe in the beauty of marriage and I find it such an honor and joy to be a part of a couple’s life on their wedding day. It’s a day of joy, laughter, family and celebration! I absolutely loved my wedding day and to be chosen as the photographer for someone’s wedding takes on a whole new meaning to me now.

What is your service philosophy?
I’m an intentional photographer who seeks to capture stories in their graceful simplicity. With a background in photojournalism, I strive to create timeless and emotional photographs that couples can share for years to come. I also believe in true, hand-held photographs and heirlooms. I include photographs or an album in each wedding collection, as I want my couples to have something to share and treasure for all the years of their marriage. I believe in simple life and simple love. I work creatively and unobtrusively so that couples can indulge in the day without an ounce of worry. That doesn’t mean I’ll sacrifice moments, rather, I’ll be capturing the moments they may have missed. I’ll get the details they’ve worked so hard on, but I’ll catch the emotions they may not have expected.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
As mentioned above, I strive to create heirlooms for my couples. I love marriage and I want my couples to have real keepsakes to pass down and share with their children. It’s an opportunity for me to tell their story and for my couples to share their story. I think in a world of convenience and technology, we’ve lost the art of creating and sharing tangible documents of our lives.

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What attracts brides to your service/company?
My art, my joy and my love to tell authentic stories is what I believe attracts brides. My style is a mix of photojournalism and portraiture, which creates emotional photographs. Beyond that, I truly love what I do and am very thankful to be doing it. I’m easygoing and I’ve been a bride recently, so I can empathize and be a friend through it all. I also have a very intentional, yet laid-back approach.

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company? 
Couples would say that they chose me for my storytelling approach and my belief in real photographs and heirlooms. I would say they also enjoyed the comfortable and easygoing atmosphere that is part of the Amy Nicole Photography experience.

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Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
I’ve found many of the couples that are attracted to Amy Nicole Photography love timeless photographs and are genuinely excited about their marriage more than their wedding. They tend to be relaxed with a sense of humor and totally in love!

How should brides and grooms contact you to learn about your wedding services? 
Company Name: Amy Nicole Photography
Main Contact: Amy Cherry
Website: amynicolephoto.com
Phone Number: 615-601-0624
Email Address: amy@amynicolephoto.com
Follow them on Twitter: @amynicolephoto
Become a Facebook fan: Amy Nicole Photography

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Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Photography, 0 comments »

Get to Know Firefly Events: Laid Back Planners Who Offer Brides Unlimited Help, From “Yes” to “I Do”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Who is the Firefly Events team?  That's exactly what I wanted to know after seeing photos from their well designed, Nashville weddings.  Turns out, this team is comprised of two, very talented Nashville friends, Samantha and Michelle, who came together to provide full service event planning for Nashville's engaged couples.

They boast a wide design aesthetic and a genial disposition, which is important when you are hiring your wedding team.  You want to hire people who are competent as well as likable.   This is a team that can easily satisfy both requirements.

Get to know Samantha and Michelle, their company, services and designs via photos from their recent, Nashville weddings.

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How many years have you been in business?

Almost 4

How did you get started in weddings?

Samantha got started in weddings the day she got engaged and has grown to love them more and more.  She is drawn to the creative side of planning.

Michelle came from corporate planning and first got into catering with her sister, who is a chef.  When Samantha and Michelle became friends, Michelle recognized a need for a fuller scope of service for catering clients and saw that Samantha had experience with event planning in the music industry and a knack for weddings.  Firefly Events was quickly born and has been growing ever since.

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What do you like most about weddings?

We love working with brides and their families during such an exciting time in their lives. Weddings should bring families together, and we have been blessed with amazing clients who aim to do just that. Because wedding planning can be overwhelming and stressful, Michelle and I enjoy taking things off our clients' plates so we can lower their stress and help them to remain focused on enjoying their engagement season.

What’s your favorite wedding pic/video and why?

The wedding we are most proud of was the Gibbs-Hendon wedding at Steeplechase last October. As far as we know, it was the first ceremony they have ever had there and only the second reception. The venue came with some very unique obstacles since there is no power, shelter or water access on site.

Classic Party Rentals did a wonderful job in helping us with our tenting needs, and we were able to hire vendors to bring everything from generators and restroom trailers to ice machines on site. What you can’t see in the picture below is the rainstorm coming over the hill behind the photographer. It was a beautiful day for pictures and the ceremony, but we knew we needed to get more than 200 guests into the reception tent on the adjacent grandstands before it started pouring. Michelle and I are known to be very laid back planners, but I will admit that big green, yellow and red blobs on my Weather Channel app can raise my blood pressure on wedding days. As the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife and began to dance down the aisle, Michelle and I were full of joy that their perfectly planned ceremony had gone off without a hitch. The reception was wonderful as well, despite the storms.

What is your service philosophy?

We are at our brides’ disposal from the time they hire us until the wedding follow ups have been handled. We do not limit the amount of meetings, calls or emails that we offer no matter what package a client selects. If a bride needs our attention, we give it to her as soon as possible. This philosophy has served us well and allows us to get to know our clients better.

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What are your strengths compared to others in your category?  Why should a bride hire you?

We plan weddings and events full time and overly prepare for each wedding to ensure that all vendors are contacted and all questions are asked on the front end. We create a thorough timeline, which allows us to be very easygoing on the wedding day. We try to limit ourselves to two or three weddings each month so we can give each wedding the attention it deserves.

What attracts brides to your service/company?

Brides can usually tell that Michelle and I are very laid back planners and want to make the process enjoyable for them. We also pass our vendor discounts along to our brides, which is a big selling point for most clients as it offsets a portion of the cost to hire us.

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What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?

Couples love that they are getting two head planners when they hire Firefly Events. Michelle and I work as a team on each wedding so they are getting extra attention as we walk them through the process from day one. We are able to split up if the ceremony and reception are in separate locations, and we typically bring an assistant to help with tasks such as lighting candles, placing favors or place cards, and other such things. This allows us to focus our attention on the bride, groom, and our vendors.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?

Firefly Events is highly versatile and cares most about carrying out our clients’ visions and wishes. We love farm weddings with an elegant twist and also jump at the chance to do more weddings at the Hermitage Hotel, Cheekwood, or War Memorial, which can all lend themselves to a more formal atmosphere. Nashville is a growing destination city for out-of-town clients, so we also have many brides who choose to entertain their guests in Music City. It is always a joy to play hostess and tell them all of the fun things to do here in our hometown.

 

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Who are your favorite Nashville wedding vendors based on helpfulness, professionalism and style?

We are lucky to work in Nashville where professional, kind and creative vendors abound. Some vendors that we work with a lot are Dulce Desserts (cakes and cupcakes) because Juanita is fabulous and her cakes are delicious, Nashville Audio Visual (lighting, draping, sound) because of their helpfulness and pricing, Southern Events (rentals) because of their large variety of rentals, Knestrick By Design (floral) because of their style, and Cheekwood (venue) because of its natural beauty and professionalism. There are also many caterers, photographers, deejays and other vendors who we love to recommend to our clients.

Does your company do anything special that a green, eco-conscious bride might want to know?
Firefly Events prefers to do things digitally so we aren’t using lots of paper. We also recycle and are always eager to help eco-friendly brides come up with ideas to personalize their event in that way.

How should brides and grooms contact you to learn about your wedding services? 

Company Name: Firefly Events
Main Contact: Samantha Reedy
Website: Fireflyeventsnashville.com
Phone Number: 615-414-5589
Email Address: Samantha at fireflyeventsnashville dot com
Follow them on Twitter: @fireflyeventstn
Become a Facebook fan: Fireflyeventsnashville

Photos by Bethany Renee Photography, Nyk and Cali Wedding Photographers, Evin Photography, Donald Yeager Photography

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 1 comment »

Get to Know Branching Out: A Nashville Florals and Event Design Company

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I met Vicki of Branching Out Floral and Event Design when I first started AshleysBrideGuide.com, in 2006.  I had a lot to learn about the industry but one thing I learned fast was that Branching Out was a powerhouse.  

The team has grown, in size and inventory, and their work continues to amaze.  I don't know how they do it, but even with many years in the industry, they continue to innovate and create designs that brides love year after year.

I know Vicki and am familiar with her work.  But it dawned on me that some of you might not be.  

Take a few minutes to learn about Vicki via my interview today.  If her philosophy and work resonate with you, give her a call to discuss your wedding.

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How many years have you been in business? 15 years

How did you get started in weddings?
My mother was an award winning floral designer and also owned a catering company. I watched her design and helped her set up weddings, but never tried it myself.

As my friends’ daughters were beginning to have weddings, they would ask me to design the flowers.  As my reputation spread and I was asked to design more weddings, I gave up teaching and began full time in the floral design business.

What do you like most about weddings?
I love working with my brides.  They are so excited; it gets me excited as well. I get most excited when a bride has a general idea/theme she wants to achieve and then lets me and my very talented design crew have the freedom to do what we do best…be creative!

 

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What is your service philosophy?
To always give my clients my time and listen to their concerns or questions. To always give my clients more than they paid for or expect. To always be on time on wedding day, so my brides don’t worry.  To always be kind, considerate and trustworthy.
 

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
The design team at Branching Out has many years of experience designing florals for weddings.  We keep up with the latest trends by attending floral and wedding industry trainings.  Branching Out is fully licensed and insured.

What attracts brides to your service/company?
Many brides come to us because another bride has referred us, which means we have a very good reputation in the wedding industry.

We are also able to offer our brides a huge inventory of all types of containers and props for their use, so they do not have to purchase a lot of containers and then have the hassle of trying to sell them after the wedding!

Along with that, we return at the end of the wedding and reception and remove all the floral décor.  Our brides (and their parents) certainly appreciate the fact that they don’t have to work to breakdown a wedding after they have celebrated all night!

What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?
Creativity, experience at all the venues in town, the convenience of our large inventory of containers and the fact that we do all the work setting up and breaking down their wedding.
 

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
Really all types of brides are attracted to us, as we will design a very small wedding or a very large wedding.

Who are your 5 favorite Nashville wedding vendors?
I don’t think I could possibly choose just 5 vendors.  Having worked with SO many over the years, and having such a good relationship with everyone, it would be impossible to rate one over the other.

Does your company do anything special that a green, eco-conscious bride might want to know?
We will work with any charity that would like to have their flowers after the wedding.

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To connect with Branching Out Events

Main contact: Vicki Sanders
Visit their website: branchingouteventflorist.com
Call us: 615-915-0043
Email us: vicki at branchingouteventflorist dot com
Tweet us: @NashvilleFlower
Become a Facebook fan: facebook.com/branchingouteventflorist

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Resources, 0 comments »

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