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Branching Out Floral & Event Design Offers Nearly Two Decades Worth of Expertise to Nashville Brides

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

For any bride just entering into the wedding planning process, you’ve got to get acquainted with Vicki Sanders of Branching Out Floral and Event Design.

A 16-year-old veteran in the Nashville wedding industry, Branching Out provides brides with unparalleled services that center around the bride’s vision for the look of her day. Instead of merely copying trends, Vicki and the Branching Out team take a look at the venue, the linens and every part of the decor to help incorporate a cohesive style.

It’s no wonder why most of Branching Out’s new clients are referrals from satisfied brides. Get to know a bit more about Branching Out Floral and Event Design.

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Tell us about what services you offer to brides.

We do floral design, including bouquets, men’s lapels, church décor and centerpieces. Also, if a bride does not plan on hiring a wedding planner, we can help them choose their linens, rentals,etc.

How did you get your start in your business and in the wedding industry?

My mother was an award-winning floral designer, so I grew up watching her design amazing florals for weddings. A close friend asked me many years ago to design the florals for her daughter’s wedding, even though I had ever done so on my own before. That wedding went well, and I worked off referrals — I was a teacher at the time. My business grew to the point that I had to make a career choice. I chose to surround myself with beautiful flowers and events.

luxury wedding flowers nashville by vicki of branching out

luxury wedding flowers nashville by vicki of branching out

 

What makes your services unique?

Having now been in the business for about 16 years, we have probably worked at most of the venues in Middle Tennessee, so we are familiar with load in/rules, etc. However, the most unique thing we offer is our huge inventory of every type of container that a bride could probably want, from anything in glass to silver to gold to farm look, to vintage glassware, to chalkboards,etc. We offer these for use to our brides as a service with no additional cost to them.

Why do you love weddings and working with Nashville brides?

I love them because my clients have been planning what they want their wedding to look like for a long time. I get just as excited to see them thrilled with the florals and décor we design for them as they do! It really makes me feel good to please them.

luxury wedding flowers nashville by vicki of branching out

luxury wedding flowers nashville by vicki of branching out

 

What’s your advice to brides who are just beginning the wedding planning process?

There is a definite overload on Pinterest for ideas, but please treat them as that — ideas! Don’t just copy another bride’s wedding. Let a professional help you make a unique look just for you and the venue you have chosen.

To learn more about Branching Out, visit their website at branchingouteventflorist.com or give them a call, 615-915-0043.

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , 0 comments »

Get to Know Nashville Party Authority, a Professional & Experienced Wedding DJ Company

Monday, October 13, 2014

Newly-engaged couples: If you’re looking for a wedding DJ with lots of experience in keeping the dance floor packed all reception long, look no further than Nashville Party Authority!

We got to speak with Blair Saldana of Nashville Party Authority about what makes their services unique and why brides should look their way for their wedding reception needs. Learn more about Nashville Party Authority here:

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Tell us about what services you offer to brides.

We are wedding DJs and proud of it! We love music and we know music. We’re experts at positioning it and mixing it in such a way that it entertains. But music and DJ mastery is only a portion of our skillset. We are seasoned public speakers and capable party planners. We routinely compose wedding and reception itineraries, all while working closely with, and deferring to, our clients and their wedding planners. In addition to our DJ service, Nashville Party Authority offers top-of-the-line lighting, karaoke, photo booths and professional dance instruction.

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How did you get your start in your business and in the wedding industry?

My business partner and I both have radio personality backgrounds. This opened up the opportunity to DJ private parties and wedding receptions in addition to radio. We had both feet in different ponds for a couple of years before we decided to devote ourselves exclusively to the wedding DJ business. Why specialize in weddings? Well, you might say the wedding business chose us. Before long, we found ourselves in high demand as weddings DJs. We’ve never looked back. It was absolutely the best decision of our careers.

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What makes your services unique?

I think one of the biggest things that really sets Nashville Party Authority apart is that we are full-time wedding professionals. These days, everyone communicates via email, but should a bride call, there’s always someone in the office to answer that call. You can count on us to answer our emails promptly and we are devoted 100 percent to our brides. In other words we’re not weekend DJs. This is what we do, it’s all we do, and we do it well. Our staff has distinct skillsets such as backgrounds in radio, public speaking, theatre, party planning, audio production and video choreography/dance so our clients get a lot of expertise for their buck.

Why do you love working in the wedding industry?

When we bring a bride and groom, their friends, their families, parents and grandparents together on the dance floor, it makes for the perfect moment, and we’re ecstatic to orchestrate that moment. It’s a great feeling. We love to entertain people. We love to make them dance. It’s as simple as that.

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What’s your advice to brides who are just beginning the wedding planning process?

I would tell her to be very thorough, to ask lots and lots of questions—you can’t ask too many questions— and to trust her instincts. When she interviews the right vendor, she’ll know it. When she finds that professional, don’t hesitate, book the date. Chances are this vendor is in very high demand and if you don’t go ahead and book it, someone else will.

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Bands, DJs, Music, Reception Entertainment, Photo Booths, 0 comments »

Oh Happy Day! We’re Excited to Introduce You to SheHeWe Photography

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jim and Idle are a husband and wife photography team that you cannot unmeet.  Full of personality, they are serious about taking killer photos and having fun.  Ask our blogger/editor, Laurie, who hired them for her wedding.  She raves about this force and will gladly tell you all about her photos and her experience with the duo.  Some years after her wedding, she and her hubby still hang out with the Jim and idle, having dinner dates and s'mores. 

That's Jim and Idle. They only shoot the weddings of couples they enjoy and can create a real relationship with.  For them, that's how the magic happens - a real connection between couples who genuinely like one another and will allow this photography duo into their intimate moments. When the day quickly goes from laughs to tears, from stress to joy, you will want someone with you who is more than just a "vendor."  

If you're a boring couple or one that just wants to hire a photographer, I'll tell you, don't even contact SheHeWe.  There are literally thousands of others to consider.  But, if you want really cool photos, created by a team that is excited about your day, willing to go above and beyond, take a few minutes to get to know SheHeWe via my interview below.

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cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

 

Contact Info

Company Name: SheHeWe Photography
Main Contact: Jim and Ilde Cook
Phone Number: (615) 967-8709
Email Address: we@shehewe.com
Twitter: shehewetweet
Facebook fan page: facebook.com/shehewe

 

Interview with SheHeWe!

How many years have you been in business?

7 years - that's like 49 in dog years

 

Ain't that the truth!  How did you get started in weddings?

I (ilde) always said I would never shoot weddings. "It's sooo stressful," I said. A family I was photographing at the time asked me to document their wedding and after the third bite of cake and tearing up during the first dance- I was hooked. I asked Jim, not long after, to second shoot a wedding with me and he quickly realized he wanted to do this permanently also as a team. It was really good cake.

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

 

Hahaha! I bet it was.  Wonder who the cake artist was!  What do you like most about weddings?

The drama. No I mean it, but I'm not talking about in the "diva" way. So much emotion is happening on a wedding day. There's the bridal party ready to celebrate, the parents conflicted by sadness and joy, the groom walks a fine line of nerves and anticipation, the bride has the jitters all the way to her toes but inside her heart is warm and excited and all of these mix together to make the day electric and beautiful. We love being a part of that magical storm and especially grateful to be in friendship with the two people who are responsible for all of it. We are kind of mushy like that.

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

This is like asking someone what their favorite song is or if you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one kind of food what would it be. The pictures change often but I recall one most recently. We shot a wedding and a bride had a first look with her adoptive father. As he turned, she embraced him in the most tender hug and as she did so, one solitary tear traced down the side of her face in sheer joy and gratitude for her dad. Jim snapped the moment and it is a stunning example of what is important about a wedding day.

Ok, what is your service philosophy?

Relationship first. No boring brides, second.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?  

I hope this doesn't come across as arrogant but we don't compare ourselves to other photographers. Our hope is that people will come to our website, see our work, learn a little bit about us and either run away screaming or throw their hands in the air and do a little dance because they found their people. The couples who hire us typically "get us" and we, them. I believe that is why we have so many deep relationships with our couples and why we can make such unique and beautiful photography with them.

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

 

Who are your five favorite Nashville wedding vendors?

Only five? My goodness that is difficult. We have worked with some amazing talent over the years.
Our favorites: Sweetface Cakes,  Chefworks Catering, The Cupcake Collection, The Southern (can you tell we like food?) Also Rebel Hill Florist, Band 24/7, Amy Lynn Larwig hair and makeup, Avenue and War Memorial. I think we are past our limit (ha ha).  Nashville is an amazing place to get married largely due to the fact that we have so many gifted artists here.

All very good ones!  And yes, you obviously love food

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Photography, 1 comment »

Discover Draping Designs: Completely Transform Your Wedding Venue with Drapes

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We met Janet, owner of Draping Designs, at a January bridal show and she's a hoot!  We were so happy she was our booth neighbor.  She offered to help drape our booth, added a little bling and we knew we'd be fast friends.

Her booth was very popular because brides loved her luxurious draping and the more we learned, the more we knew we wanted to share this wonderful find with you!

Draping Designs is a custom event draping company that has been in business for 13 years, and Janet has been involved in the event industry in Nashville for more than 16 years. With an art degree and a background in building props in the event business, Janet realized there was a lot that could be done with draping, and that fabric could drastically transform the look of a room. So she put her design and sewing abilities to use to create Draping Designs.

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wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

Using beautiful, high quality fabrics, Draping Designs can help you create a look to enhance your wedding day or special occasion in any event venue. They can transform any size tent into an outside oasis, and turn any ballroom, hall, or rustic venue for your wedding into a stunning, comfortable setting for you and your guests. I recently spoke to Janet about how Draping Designs can provide beautiful draping and lighting options for Nashville brides. Read below to see how you can use draping to help enhance your space and make the most of your budget.

What kinds of draping do you usually provide? What features do you usually try to hide?
There are so many reasons that draping helps in a room, mainly that it can make the venue more inviting and warm. It can give even the fanciest ballroom a crisper and more comfortable feel,  and it can make a barn feel like a rustic escape. We drape entire rooms, cover ceilings, create backdrops and ceremony surrounds, and can reduce the size of a room to accommodate a smaller gathering. Tent draping is probably one of the most transformative, as unattractive tent poles can be draped with soft fabrics to not only cover the metal pole, but to frame the area for your guests. Soft fabrics can be hung in the ceilings to soften edges, and the design can be simple or complex to cover an ugly ceiling completely. Draping is used to accent featured areas or cover up elements that are not so attractive. We have draped to cover some unusual things such as a broken down hot tub, and when we were done no one knew it was there!

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wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

 

What would the process look like for a typical bride that is working with you?
Most brides and grooms have an ideal wedding image in their heads. I like to present several options, starting with pricing every possible thing a bride may want, and then also pricing an option with less draping that may work better with a set budget. I help them create a plan that will work best in their selected room, and like to work with the draping that will create the most impact for the best price. Obtaining accurate measurements of the areas we are thinking about draping is our first step, as well as the venue set up and removal information. I ask a lot of questions so that I can create diagrams, fabric and measurement figures. I try to think of everything necessary to accomplish what the clients want in order to give them them most accurate estimated price. When a site visit is necessary, we can also do that.

What do brides usually request?
Many brides request ceiling draping, which can vary so much in price depending upon what we are dealing with. There are so many variables to ceiling draping, and many times it enhances the beauty of the venue. It is also cost effective when covering flaws, and many times there are other draping options that we can provide to give you a bigger, better look.

What price range do the majority of your weddings fall into, and what would that include?
Our base price for draping in town is $600, which would be a backdrop behind a head table, or a wall you want to cover or enhance. Out of town would start at $1,000 for similar draping. We do every size of event, but usually a range of $2,000-$5,000 would be an average, depending upon the venue or tent, as well as the wedding location and travel time. We can create a $1,000-$1,700 look for many venues, and also have done large entire rooms and very large tents for $6,000 and up. We also provide white string lights, and uplighting to help enhance the draping effects.

What kind of draping was provided in the photos shown of the Governors Club?
The Governors Club is a location that I have draped often. It has such pretty views and the frequently requested draping options that we do there involve enhancing the permanent tent on site and their gazebo. One of the most common is tent pole draping, which I am very familiar with at this location. There is a specific unattractive feature on the tent poles, so I always do double tent pole drapes to cover them for a single tent pole price, because it is just more attractive. We frequently provide white string lights for the tent,  and we do ceiling draping in several different styles. For the gazebo, we have two different styles we most commonly drape. One is a little simpler, like in the photo, and there is a way that we drape that is fuller and includes more drapes.

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If you’re a bride looking at venue options in Nashville, you’ve probably seen several spaces that look great…except for the ugly air conditioning unit, or the run down stage at the end of the room. Luckily, there is hope if you would like to cover up unsightly features, or enhance a plain room.

To schedule a personalized appointment with Draping Designs to see how they can enhance your venue, please visit them online at www.drapingdesigns.com, or contact them by phone at (615) 430-6577.

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 0 comments »

Discover: Weddings at Houston Station, a Favorite Nashville Wedding Venue

Thursday, May 15, 2014

If you're an avid reader of our blog, I'm guessing you're familiar with Houston Station, after all - it is one of our favorite Nashville wedding venues. If you’re not familiar with them, here's why I love them for weddings: Even though Houston Station is off the beaten path, its downtown location makes it an easy drive from almost any part of greater Nashville. Plus, once you walk inside, you fall in love with the limitless options.

You definitely have to see the venue for yourself to rule it in or out, but here's my Q+A with Elizabeth of Houston Station, along with some great pictures to give you a peek into the amazing space. 

 houston station wedding downtown nashville wedding venue

Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

 

Q+A with Houston Station

How many years have you been in business?

Events Nashville launched in 2008 and the Houston Station event venue opened in 2009.

What do you like most about weddings?

The chance to support each family on such a joyous day—seeing the mother of the bride relax and take her shoes off—You made it!

 

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

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Photo: Streetlight Republic

urban industrial wedding venue, houston station, nashville

Photo: Q Avenue Photography

 

What is your service philosophy?

Houston Station is a tremendously flexible, historic space—each bride and groom have their own special and unique wedding and reception experience. Historic venue spaces, wide open vendor policies, and our capable Events Nashville professionals support every bride and groom on their big day.

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

Events Nashville sponsors wide open vendor policies and freedom of choice. Not only is this liberating for the bride and groom, but huge savings are provided, especially for food and alcohol budget items, compared to most other venues. Besides a warm and authentic historic ambiance, Houston Station has a convenient in-town location, great load-in access for vendors, full service valet parking and ample professional support. And for hourly entertainment, we feature the train!

 

houston station wedding location nashville

Photo: Phindy Studios

urban industrial wedding venue, houston station, nashville

Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

 

Here's how to contact Houston Station / Events Nashville:

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gilbreath
Phone Number: (615) 289-7225
Email: elizabeth {at} eventsnashville {dot} net
Learn more via their website: www.eventsnashville.net
Become a Facebook Fan: Houston Station
Follow them on Twitter: @HStationEvents

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

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