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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
615-776-4343
ahutcheson@thegovernorsclub.net
Website address: thegovernorsclub.com

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.


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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: nextstepeventplanning@gmail.com
Website: nextstepeventplanning.net
 

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.

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:

wedding dj nashville party authority

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.

wedding dj nashville party authority

 

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.

wedding dj nashville party authority


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.

cool wedding photographers nashville tn shehewe

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 »

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