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Thinking about DIY’ing Your Wedding Flowers? Geny’s Wholesale Florist Can Help

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

D.I.Y. To some brides this is like a four letter word, but to others this acronym for “Do It Yourself” elicits great joy. If you are one of those brides that gets giddy at this word then be sure to read on about the pros (budget) and cons (time) of designing and assembling your very own wedding flowers. Even if you are not a person that enjoys the DIY process, there are definitely some great reasons to go this route for at least some of the arrangements for your wedding.

We reached out to Joan, of Geny’s Wholesale Florist, to learn about their DIY flower options and how to embark on this process for your wedding…

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For the bride who is interested in DIY’ing her flowers, what kind of service/help can she expect at Geny’s?

We offer brides the opportunity to schedule an appointment with our floral designer to help them figure out exactly what they want and need within the realm of their capabilities.  The fee is $75 for this consultation, but it is refunded against their flower purchase when they pick up their flowers.

Can a bride DIY her reception flowers but still order the bouquets and boutonnieres from Geny’s?

Absolutely.  When a bride meets with our floral designer, she can price out what it would cost for us to complete her personal flowers as well as her additional needs and the costs associated with those needs.

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Joan of Geny's Wholesale Florist surrounded by lovely flowers!

 

What can a bride purchase from Geny’s Wholesale Florist other than flowers to help her DIY?

We offer ALL supplies necessary for completing just about any kind of floral design.  Vases, ribbon, Oasis foam, etc.  We also offer space to work and cooler storage.

When do you suggest a bride should pick up her flowers if she is DIY’ing for her wedding?

Flowers should be picked up on the Thursday before the wedding.  That way, roses can be allowed to open, etc. and the bride can start on her items that will be in water of some sort on Thursday night.

Any other special tips for a bride that will be DIY’ing her flowers?

Most importantly is to keep things within the scope of your skill level.  Not all designs are as easy as they look.

 

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What should brides consider before they think about DIY’ing their flowers?

TIME.  You can’t work flowers too far in advance, especially in warmer months, so the bulk of what will need to be done will have to be done on Friday, when you are your most busy before your wedding.  Make sure you have plenty of help.  Transportation of completed items is also a consideration.

How do DIY flowers at Geny’s compare to other options?

At Geny’s you are assured that you will receive quality flowers and most importantly have access to professionals that actually DO flowers and know what they are talking about.  If you have never worked with a particular variety of flower you may not know how it behaves, how long it takes to open, what it is supposed to look like - its personality, so to speak.

Still have questions?  Give Geny's a call at (615) 297-5305 or stop by their Charlotte Avenue location to discuss DIY and full-service floral options for your wedding!

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Popular Food Truck, Smoke Et Al, Serves Up Delicious Southern Fare at Nashville Weddings

Monday, March 31, 2014

--- Warning:  The scrumptious wedding food pictured below may cause hunger. ---

Smoke Et Al has been one of Nashville’s most popular and sought after food trucks for years. Specializing in Memphis-style BBQ, southern specialties, and other creative fare, Smoke Et Al serves up unique and delicious flavors with a focus on beautiful presentation. They also aim to use local, organic ingredients as much as possible – which we love here at ABG!

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As part of the Houston Station Events Community, Smoke Et Al is not only able to provide their truck to serve your guests a late night snack after partying the night away, but they can also cater your entire wedding! From passed appetizers during cocktail hour to a sit-down family style dinner, Smoke Et Al can provide you and your guests a true taste of the south with their delectable BBQ and southern specialties. Hickory smoked ribs and local Yazoo beer mac and cheese anyone??

We caught up with Smoke Et Al chef and owner, Shane Autrey, to learn a little more about his booming food truck and catering business and why couples love this unique concept.

 

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Interview with Smoke Et Al, Nashville food truck & wedding caterer

Company Name: Smoke Et Al       
Main Contact: Shane Autrey
Phone Number: (615) 601-5993
Website: smokeetal.com
Email Address: smokeetal@gmail.com
Become a Facebook fan / follower:  Facebook/smokeetal  Twitter@SmokeEtAl


How many years have you been in business? 
Three

How did you get started in weddings?
I started as a "professional" groomsman for many of my friends and family, taking notes along the way! Then I catered a friend’s wedding at Houston Station. I've been cooking professionally for 21 years so she "trusted" me.

What do you like most about weddings?
I mostly appreciate the honor of being an integral part of such an important moment in people’s lives.

What is your service philosophy?
Attentive hospitality with a good attitude. With every wedding we've been presented with certain challenges, meeting and exceeding those challenges always starts with the right perspective.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Our strengths include personalization of the experience, unique flavors, presentation and the ability to execute it all on site. We bring our kitchen to the event location allowing us to prepare the food just before serving.

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What attracts brides to Smoke Et Al Catering?
Food trucks are hot right now and brides are exploring alternative options to traditional wedding receptions (which we also do). At one recent wedding, we served cocktail appetizers during happy hour, a family style sit down dinner, and featured the truck outside as a late night snack wagon. The couple wanted their out of town guests to get a Nashville experience and they did!


What would previous couples say is the main reason they selected Smoke Et Al?
I think they would say: flavor, variety and attitude.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to Smoke Et Al Catering?
Fun loving couples/brides with discerning taste, a passion for food, people, and again - a great attitude.

Who are your five favorite Nashville wedding vendors? 
We have had the privilege of meeting so many great vendors in the past three years it's hard to just pick five! The vendors we find ourselves working with the most are Southern Events Rentals, D & D Events, Modern vintage, Helping Hands, Details Nashville, and I could go on. Houston Station and Green Door Gourmet are two venues we find ourselves serving at quite often.

Photos: Joshua Gull Photography

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Design Your Beautiful Nashville Wedding with Great Service & Selections from Liberty Party Rental

Monday, March 10, 2014

Liberty Party Rental has been Nashville’s go-to wedding rental business for more than 30 years. From custom farm tables and modern ghost chairs to a wide variety of tenting and flooring options, Liberty provides countless on-trend rental options for every style and budget.

No business can run successfully for over three decades without providing customer service that goes far beyond expectations. Liberty has a number of professional coordinators and designers with years of experience on hand to guide you through the wedding planning process. With a staff that pays attention to every detail, the bride can rest-assured knowing Liberty is there to handle each aspect of the rental process, from the initial design of the event through the load-out at the end of the night.

We had the chance to chat with Alyssa DiCicco, a designer/planner at Liberty, to learn more about the company’s love of weddings and commitment to building solid relationships with its clients. Read on to discover more...

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Vendor Interview:

Company Name: Liberty Party Rental
Main Contact: Alyssa DiCicco
Phone Number: 615-822-4392
Email Address: adicicco@libertypartyrental.com
Follow them on Twitter: @libertypartyren
Become a Facebook fan: facebook.com/libertypartyrental

Tell me about your service offering.

We offer full-service event rentals for the mid-South including tables, chairs, tents, furniture, linens, glassware, flatware, china and more!

How many years have you been in business?

We've been in business since 1983! Our current owner, Bruce Hurst, began working for Liberty as a delivery driver in high school and continued his work after college. In 2002, Mr. Hurst purchased the company and it became incorporated as Liberty Party Rental.

How did you get started in weddings? 

Liberty's history: Mr. Hurst was motivated to purchase the rental company for numerous reasons. He loved the dynamics of the party rental business because it allowed him to be outside working and connecting with customers. Additionally, the wedding and event rental industry in Nashville was just beginning to flourish. Being able to introduce new and innovative products to the Nashville market continues to be a key element to the success to Liberty Party Rental.

My experience in weddings: I started out in the wedding world by working part-time for Ashley's Bride Guide! I helped with social media and advertising campaigns back in 2008-2009! Since then, I've worked in the marketing world and I'm so happy to be back in the wedding industry with Liberty! Planning events and styling weddings is something I've always loved doing on my own. Now I'm really enjoying it as my job!

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What do you like most about weddings?

I love seeing the groom's face the first time he sees his bride walking down the aisle. What a special moment! Also, since I work in the rental business, it's fun to see what colors and styles brides bring into their weddings. Each wedding has a unique touch that really speaks to what the couple is like.

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

I really love the photos that Kristyn Hogan took from Candi and Christopher's wedding! Candi and Christopher used a lot of our decor elements including our Tuscan Brentwood Chairs, Farm Table, Glassware, Flatware and more! The styling is spot on and the rentals they picked out really pair well with the rustic outdoor setting!

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What is your service philosophy?

Here at Liberty, we want to give brides exquisite products, dependability and expertise. Our sales staff is always here to help you with anything you need. We like to handle the details for our brides and make them feel at ease in our time working with them, from planning all the way to breakdown.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category? 

We are one of the largest rental companies in the Nashville area! We have over 150 linen colors and patterns to choose from! Plus, we strive to provide new products for our customers; many of which you cannot find anywhere else in the region. Anytime you call during business hours, one of our sales staff will pick up the phone right away to assist you. They have years and years of experience and can answer any questions you have! We strive to have the best customer service around!

What attracts brides to your service/company?

Our products and service really attract brides to work with us. Our products are on trend - the fact that we carry our beautiful farm tables, bentwood and ghost chairs, chevron linens, burlap linens, and more really draws brides to work with us. We also do custom tenting and flooring! Our sales staff pays much attention to detail so every aspect of the wedding is spot on!

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

We really help couples envision what their wedding will look like. We work closely with many venues in Nashville and our sales staff is great with knowing how many tables will fit in a space, as well as how many wine glasses you need to order for your cocktail hour. We pride ourselves on our customer service and our relationships with our clients.

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

This one is really hard to nail down because we work with so many different clients! Our products range from simple to extravagant, ultra modern to shabby chic. A bride can rent basic white poly linens for a very small and simple wedding all the way up to a large tented wedding for 1,000+ guests! No order is too small or too big!

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

We love our custom made farm tables! We have some new custom farm benches to match along with our Tuscan Bentwood chairs! This shabby chic trend is still going strong - you can always pair our burlap and lace table runners and rent our mason jars and whiskey barrels to keep with the trend! And if you're not all about shabby chic, we have some fun sparkly glam products in stock, too! We have a ton of new products coming in this spring, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for some announcements!

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Liberty Party Rental also has a wonderful blog, full of inspiration and the latest ideas for Nashville weddings and evets.  Check it out at blog.libertypartyrental.com.

Photo credits as images appear:  Jenny Cruger, Kristyn Hogan (4), Love is a Big Deal, Q Avenue, Be Music, Dove Photography

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Scott & Kristin of Lane Photography Care As Much About Your Marriage As Your Wedding

Monday, March 3, 2014

One thing we get really excited about here at Ashley’s Bride Guide is a photographer that really “gets” it. What we mean by that, is a photographer who truly cares about the couple on the other side of the camera lens. A photographer that appreciates the fact that he or she is capturing the most important day in a couple's life; the coming together of two individuals.
This is why we are excited to introduce Lane Photography to you.

Lane Photography is a husband and wife team who have been photographing weddings for seven years. Their photojournalistic-style allows the bride and groom to look back at the photos of their wedding day and feel that they were a part of each and every moment; capturing the true, natural beauty that is present on that day.

We were lucky enough to chat with Scott, one-half of Lane Photography, to learn a little more about why he and his wife, Kristin, love photographing weddings so much. Take a peek at our interview below:

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Please tell us about your photography "style."

I would have to describe our style as a mix between traditional and photo journalistic.  I once saw some images from a photographer that I greatly admire.  I thought, “wow, the lighting is perfect and he captured that couple in a perfect moment.”  Come to find out, he actually directed the couple into that moment, but it looked so natural.  So this is what I accomplish for our clients, every shot looks natural and unposed, even if I am directing them into the moment I want to capture.  Just look at our blog to see what I mean. 

 

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How did you get started in weddings?

I had been photographing kids and families for about two years and one day decided to offer to shoot a friend's wedding who wasn’t going to have a wedding photographer.  I instantly felt that weddings were my niche.  Trying to find great light and work with it, and capturing moments that very few people get to see in life.  It’s a truly amazing experience.

What do you like most about weddings?

Honestly?  I like the stress of the day.  I think I work best when I am under pressure.  That and the fact that no two weddings are alike.  We could shoot at the same venue every week and it would never look the same.

What is your service philosophy?

Kristin and I like to make sure that at the end of every wedding we have given 100%.  We make sure that if we say something we stick to our word (I believe the whole "my word is my bond" thing is super important.)  Then we deliver every product that the client gets on time, and sometimes sooner; basically going above and beyond.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

I think one of our main strengths is that we have been doing this for seven years compared to some of the photographers that are just getting into wedding photography.  Wedding photography is also our main focus, we don’t specialize in 10 different things, so we know our craft very well.  We can also handle any lighting situation, whether it be a dim church or shooting outside at noon.

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What attracts brides to Lane Photography?

I believe it’s the fact that we actually care about our clients' marriage and take the time to invest in a relationship with them.  We always like to give our clients a super awesome marriage book called “His Needs, Her Needs.”  It changed the way Kristin and I looked at our marriage and so we wanted to pass this on to our clients.  We also like to have dinner dates, and to spend time with our clients other than a sales meeting with them.  We want to truly get to know them, so that when the wedding day gets here, we show up as friends and not just some photographer they met six months ago.

What would previous couples say is the main reason they selected Lane Photography?

How natural our images look.  We really do strive to make every image captured seem like we just happened to be there and snapped it as it was happening.  We've also had a lot of people tell us that they loved the fact that we are a husband and wife team.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to Lane Photography...

The bride and couple that is most attracted to us are couples who want a connection with their photographer other than just hiring us as a vendor.  We want to become friends with our clients.  We have past clients who are still our friends to this day, and we spend time with them as often as possible.  A bride and couple that think photography is super important.  We strive to give our clients the best photography experience they can get, but that also takes time, and the couple that is ok with taking that time, to capture once in a lifetime images is totally cool in our book. 

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

The best way to contact us and to learn more is through our website, Lane Photography.  The best place to see our most current work is on our Nashville photography blog.  

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Discover Cellar One, a Nashville Wedding & Event Venue That’s Unlike Anything Else in the City

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cellar One is one of Nashville’s most unique and historical wedding venues. Located in the heart of downtown, Cellar One’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere will dazzle guests with its timeless, yet modern ambiance. Adding to its appeal, Cellar One is home to the only private, open-air courtyard in the downtown area.

Imagine saying “I do” surrounded by your closest friends and family in a beautiful tree-lined courtyard complete with ivy-covered brick walls, romantic street lanterns and a view of the Cumberland River. Then, walking through elegant antique barn doors and being presented to your reception for the first time as husband and wife!

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Speaking of the reception, Cellar One’s 7,000 feet of interior event space filled with classic cut stone and exposed brick walls affords the bride the opportunity to design the custom wedding of her dreams; no two Cellar One weddings are ever the same! Would you delight in chandeliers hanging off of exposed wooden beams or silky white drapes cascading down from the ceiling over the dance floor? Done! Your ultimate wish is truly Cellar One’s demand and they will help you find the best vendors in Nashville to make it come true.

At any event (especially a wedding!), food is very important and definitely one of the details that guests will look forward to most. Because of this, Cellar One made sure to allow for one of today’s hottest wedding trends - live-action cooking stations - by installing a commercial grade exhaust system. Not interested in a station-style reception? Not to worry, Cellar One also has an on-site prep kitchen where your caterer can freshly plate a sit-down dinner or prepare a buffet.

Cellar One is a wonderful venue for a bride who is looking to have a one-of-a-kind, intimate affair. Be sure to visit their website to browse additional photos and gather more information on planning your very own Cellar One wedding.  To discuss the details, contact Natalie at (615) 497-6802.

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Photos above - Source: Nashville Event Space Facebook page. Credit: Autonomy Corporate Event Design' Coordination and Logistics by The Randi Events Design Team (Randi Lesnick and Julia Page); Lighting by Nashville Audio Visual; Catering by Chef's Market; Photography courtesy of Ace Photography

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