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Vendor Spotlight: Audio Video Art, the Nashville Video Company with Years of Experience in Weddings

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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?


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.  


Leslie & Drew's wedding at Christ the King Church



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.

Jill & Daniel's wedding at The Hermitage Hotel



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:
Become a Facebook fan: Audio Video Art  

(This feature originally appeared in Nov 2013.  We are resharing the interview for the benefit of Nashville's newly engaged brides.)

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

The Governors Club:  Say “I Do” In A Historic 19th Century Mansion

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Can your girlfriends say they tied the knot at a historic mansion in Tennessee? You'll be sure to be the first when you fall in love with this elegant venue!

The Governors Club Pleasant Hill Mansion has been capturing bridal memories since 1999 by hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions.  You have the option of reserving any of three available rooms or can have the entire mansion all to yourself! There is also a patio and a beautiful balcony that's perfect for pictures.  You can overlook a picturesque golf course during your ceremony then head over to the beautiful balcony for pictures

The Governors Club only books one event per day (get ready for VIP treatment) and there's even an on-site coordinator to help you relax about those last minute tasks. The staff can provide you with all of your wedding day needs including on-site catering (as outside catering and alcohol are not options), tables, chairs, and china to match the sophistication of the venue.

Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony and reception, The Governors Club Pleasant Hill Mansion is a dynamic, classic space that will tend to the bride like a queen.

The Governors Club wedding, photographed by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers



Contact Info

Name: Amanda Coles,  Events Manager 
Address: 9681 Concord Road
City, State, Zip: Brentwood, TN 37027
Website address:

Can you tell us more about The Governors Club? 

If you have always dreamed your wedding would be the pinnacle of elegance and sophistication, The Pleasant Hill Mansion at The Governors Club is the perfect choice.
Imagine a stunning 19th century mansion impeccably appointed to make your special day unforgettable.  It all begins with a single vision ‘Yours’

When was the venue established? 1999

What's your venue's motto/philosophy? “All brides have to do is show-up in there gorgeous dress and bouquet”.

What options does your venue offer?
~ Ceremony? Yes, we have a lovely ceremony site overlooking the scenic golf course.
~ Reception? Yes, we have indoor and outdoor options.
~ Showers? Yes, we are able to rent the space out by rooms.
~ Parties? Yes, we are able to rent the space out by rooms.

The Governors Club wedding planned by Regalo Design


What type of room(s) is available?

Rental Rates (Tuesday – Sunday)
One Room: $200
Two Rooms: $300
Three Rooms: $500
Tennessee Porch: $400
Attached Patio: $400

*If more than three rooms are needed rental of entire mansion is required. Rates do not include food and beverage.

How many people can you accommodate? 250pl

How many events do you take per day? Only one event booked per day.

Is outside catering allowed? We do not allow outside catering, we have a full catering staff on property.

Do you require couples to use a set list of caterers?

We do not, but we do have a preferred vendor list of those who have been great to work with in the past.

Is outside alcohol allowed? No we do not.

Is an on-site event coordinator available? We have a on-site event coordinator.

What is your pricing model? There is a per person catering fee and room rental fees are determined by how many rooms are rented.

What attracts couples to your venue for their wedding?  What are your key selling points?

We are a Historic 19th Century Mansion unlike anything in Middle Tennessee. We offer the use of in-house tables, chairs and china. We have onsite catering and staff to make your day as stress free as it can be.

What makes your venue so unique from a service perspective?

Our experienced, accommodating and professional staff looks forward to assisting you in all aspects of the planning and coordination of your event. Our goal is to turn your vision into a flawless reality, from start to finish. It would be a pleasure for us to help in making your special event the most memorable and stress free it can be at The Governors Club.


Ashley adds:  Every interaction that I've had with the folks at The Governors Club has been above and beyond pleasant.  They are kind and very responsive.  I can only imagine how well they take care of engaged couples who are planning the biggest day of their lives...and paying them!  They will exceed your expectations.

Posted by Shab Engaged Bride | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

Need a Nashville Wedding Planner? Meet Rene of Next Step Event Planning

Monday, November 17, 2014

It’s always nice to run your wedding planning ideas past someone who’s been through it all before. For Rene and her team at Next Step Event Planning, that’s one of the things that makes them so special and such a valuable resource to brides.

For brides who are looking to ease their stress and hand over some or all planning tasks to the professionals, Next Step Event Planning might just the team for you.

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene


Tell us about what services you offer to brides.

We offer full planning, month of coordination and design and decor options. We can also help with florals and candy/dessert buffets. As part of our design packages, we can coordinate the lighting, draping and linen rentals.  We want our brides to not be overwhelmed with different vendors so we try to be the only source they need for planning and decor, which saves them from the need to explain their vision to multiple vendors hoping everyone understands what they want.

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

In the past, I worked for Marriott Corporation as a meeting planner and loved my job. When my daughter got engaged eight years ago, hers was the very first wedding I planned and I knew I had found my calling.


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What makes your services unique?

We can handle everything the bride needs from planning, decor, lighting, draping and florals.   For the services we don't provide, we have a multitude of contacts in the industry that offer services at various budget levels. I don't like to see brides stressing over their weddings. I try to make sure our brides enjoy their wedding, both the planning and the day, while knowing that my team and I are behind the scenes making it all come together.

Why do you love weddings and working with Nashville brides?

I love the newness of weddings - a new life together and new creative ideas. Nashville brides, and the destination brides I've helped, have a definite understanding of what they do and don't want for their day. I love that decisiveness. However, when I get the bride who has no clue what she wants, that is when my creativity really comes through.


nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene

nashville wedding planner next steps planning rene


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

Before you pick a venue, before you pick colors, before you set a budget, hire a planner.   Some brides think they can't afford a planner but you will be amazed how much money and stress you actually save yourself. Beyond that, don't forget to have fun.

Contact Info:

Company Name: Next Step Events
Main Contact: Rene Robinson, Owner / Designer
Phone Number: 615-768-9823
Email Address:

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

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.

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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.

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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 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 »

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