Monday, May 20, 2013
If you thought the Enchanted Florist leaned toward rustic weddings or outdoor soirees, you were wrong! Caprice and crew have created all types of floral designs. I can say without hesitation that the Enchanted Florist can design for all bride styles. I really don't know how they do it but you can trust ANY wedding vision with them.
Let's take some of their recent glam designs created for chic and elegant Nashville couples. Glam is probably the complete opposite of rustic, country. Glam, short for glamorous, combines dramatic focal points with lots of height, bling and bold colors. Glam designs are perfect for trendy city venues as well traditional locations with dramatic features (think Scarritt Bennett). Purple is one of the hottest colors in glam design right now.
Aisle design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
Venue: Legacy Farms
Head table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Kristyn Hoga
Venue: Union Station
Floral design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Chris and Adrienne Scott
Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame
Aisle floral design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: The Collection
Venue: Scarritt Bennett
Table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Andrea Hallgren
Table design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Harmony Designs Photography
Venue: Events at 1418
Aisle design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
Venue: Scarritt Bennett
Draped ceremony design: Enchanted Florist
Photos: Ace Photography
If you are a glam girl, go ahead and pin some of your favorite photos from these chic Nashville weddings and contact Enchanted Florist to discuss the vision for your wedding. Yes their design is breathtaking but I also know that you will truly enjoy working with the always professional and warm team at Ecnhanted Florist. You'll especially love Caprice, the owner and lead designer!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I can't believe we are moving through this year so fast. It's already May! The wedding season is underway and I always like to what's popular, unusual or being loved in Nashvile wedding.
I decided to start with wedding cakes so I reached out to Signature Cakes by Vicki to see what lovely designs she has created for Nashville weddings this year.
All of the cakes below are by Signature Cakes and were created for real Nashville brides for their weddings this year. I cant believe this many great weddings have already taken place! If you like what you see, you can always call Vicki and she can customize anything based on your wedding style, colors or modifications.
The cake on right is a red white and silver cake that's classic and elegant. It has a punch of color, sugar flowers and moldings.
All about lace! More wedding gowns are made of lace and as a bride, you might want a cake that complements your dress. Here are two 2013 lace wedding cakes by Vicki. Notice how different they can be even though they share the lace theme? The cake on the left has sugar flowers and molding.
Succulents and mushrooms. The bride is a graduate of the Art Institute in Culinary. She wanted something earthy for her Cheekwood wedding. Succulents are becoming huge this year. The bride also fell in love with mushrooms and succulents (which are very popular this year.) Vicki loves challenges and looked forward to creating this cake as it required out of the box thinking to create molds for items like mushrooms, that arent common. This cake has a lot of handwork!
The all white petals cake is all the rave with 2013 / 2014 brides. The textured stripes on the right are extrememly loved too. The cake is very textural with hand laid stripes of fondant all over the cake. Fresh flowers were added on top for this Mint Springs Farm wedding.
A 7-tier cakes with cameos, lace, texture, painting, sashes and white sugar flowers. Very VINTAGE for a wedding at the Hermitage Hotel.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Today's guest blog contributor is Emily of Simply Yours Weddings, a favorite Nashville wedding planner and brand new mommy! She and her crew of hand-picked wedding pros recently came together to showcase a lovely new wedding venue, Belle Meadows Farm, via a styled photo shoot. The theme was nothing other than Pioneer Woman. I've definitely not seen that concept before. Love Nashville's innovative wedding pros.
I'll let Emily tell you all about the venue, their photo shoot and why she loves Belle Meadows for Nashville brides.
"It all started with the venue. I happen to know the family that owns the venue and I knew they were hoping to open up their gorgeous (and then functioning barn) and turn it into a venue. Belle Meadows' barn is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Wilsons (the owners) have an eye for beautiful things. You can tell from the minute you approach the property in Lascassas that they put such intentionality into the design. At the time of the photoshoot, it was still a functioning barn with their horses and sweet little donkey living in its stalls. But even then, the barn had a ½ kitchen, a bathroom, a porch full of rocking chairs, and a wood-burning fireplace with a flatscreen television hanging over the mantel. The land itself... there seems to be no end of possibilities for photos, ceremonies and more. Not to mention it was the cleanest animal barn I have ever been in!
Since then, they have moved all the animals out, knocked down their stalls and started creating a big open space that can be used for any number of purposes and layouts. They have also added saloon-type bar and finished their GORGEOUS Bridal Suite. The options of where you can have your ceremony, the various ways you can set up a reception, even for a 200 person guest list, continue to grow. I think that in itself makes it a welcome addition to our Middle Tennessee venue options!
With that in mind, I wanted to pull together some of my dear and talented friends and flex our muscles to create something fun and beautiful as well as show off the potential of the venue. The barn, the Wilsons' home and the land it sits on is breathtaking. After I visited the venue a number of times, I could not wait to show it to Jennifer and Courtney (my collaborators!) and let our imaginations run wild. Once all the pieces came together, Jennifer and I loaded up all the goodies we own personally into our cars and just got to playing! We wanted to just let the inspiration come naturally in that space with the weather, the Fall, the Barn, the Bride... and it just flowed out of us all day long! All of the items you see in the pictures are rentable from either Jennifer or myself with the exception of the farm table (from Southern Events) and the chairs (from Stewart's Special Events.)
The bride you see pictured is a former bride of mine and Courtney's from last Spring named Katie. She was so gracious and willing to put her divine JLM Couture dress back on and play in the fields with us. Her hair and make up were styled by Sammie Peterson, a wonderful h&m artist out of Murfreesboro. (Who also happens to be a dear friend of mine! I fully believe in showing off my talented friends) ;)
However, when we were planning to do this, Jennifer and I also started hatching a side plan. We have a deep love for all things involving the Pioneer Woman. She is a blogger who turned her love for food, photography and fun into two amazing cookbooks and now a TV show on the Food Network. We took our mutual love for her food and her spirit and we decided if we were going to put all this time and effort into an inspiration shoot, we should use it to our advantage and have a party! So after all the pictures had been taken around the farm, and all the styled shooting complete, we set up a gorgeous table with more friends (Kristin Vanzant, Kristen Steele, and Becca George) and settled in for a crock pot style- bring your favorite Pioneer Woman recipe party! It was a perfect Fall night to settle into the smell of fabulous food, the gorgeous surroundings and lots of laughter. As the sun settled behind the trees, we lit a fire in the fireplace along the side porch of the barn, gathered all the rocking chairs around the hearth and enjoyed the mess and wonder of s'mores. We sat there together as women who love this industry and love being creative in new spaces, and we all agreed that Belle Meadows is a perfect place to celebrate ANY event with friends and family.
So brides - no matter where you are located in Middle Tennessee, you should check out this venue! It is located off of the main highway that runs through Lascassas which is accessible either by driving through Murfreesboro or via backroads off I-40. It is worth the trip for your guests to come and enjoy the beauty of the Southern countryside in all its glory and for you to find a place you can enjoy for your special day!"
Jennifer Hamilton of Jennifer Hamilton Events and Emily of Simply Yours Weddings
"Kristen Steele of Kristen Steele Photography, Becca George of Modern Vintage Events (not pictured) and Kristin Vanzant Photography brought food to the party for fun following shoot."
Photo Shoot Team:
Planners & Designers | Simply Yours Weddings and Jennifer Hamilton Events
Photography | Courtney Davidson Photography
Monday, March 4, 2013
Jenna of jHenderson Studios alerted me to a wedding trend that I hope contines, mixed gender bridal parties. Jenna has photographed several recent weddings where the bride and groom went against tradition and opted to select their bridal parties based on their special relationships versus the way it is typically done - bride has bridesmaids and men have groomsmen. The 3 couples below flipped this tradition on its head and invited their best buds, whether male or female.
You can confirgure your wedding just about any way that you want. I always tell brides that you don't have to have 4 groomsmen just because you have 4 bridesmaids. Mixed gender bridal parties are yet another way that today's bride is planning HER wedding HER way, not one from an etiquette book. This is one totally makes sense!
I asked Jenna to share photos and comments from her mixed gender weddings. I hope these gals give you some great ideas and remind you to do things your way.
The last two weddings in my family were pretty traditional, in that my female cousins asked our fellow female cousins to be in their wedding parties. While I love my family, I really wanted the people standing next to us on our wedding day to be the cream of the crop, our best buds, the people I talk to every week and not only at family get-togethers. It felt like the most organic and honest way to make these vows; I didn't want to begrudgingly pick a distant female friend solely to keep up appearances.
I'm so happy with our wedding party. I'm looking at my wedding pictures (by JHenderson Studios) on my desk at work right now. My favorite people in the world are smiling at me, and I'm grinning right back at them. It makes me feel so, so happy to see that authenticity. While I could have picked some more female friends to fit the bill and round out a gender-steady wedding party, it would have been forced. Our wedding day was natural and stress-free because of those folks who fell into place. It's almost as though we didn't pick our wedding parties. There was never any question; they've always played those roles.
Our groom's lady just so happened to be the one that introduced Bill and me. Even though it is not common to have a woman as a groomsman, the calculus was the same as for any other groomsman- she is one of his closest friends. So it just made sense for her to stand by his side. We found the perfect dress that matched the groomsmen's attire but also went well with my bridesmaids dresses. She actually took the same tie that the groomsmen wore and made a sash out of it to wear around her dress. It looked awesome! It all went together really well and was somewhat unique and that is exactly what we were going for.
What it boils down to is that these people meant something to our lives over the past few years. We wanted them to be a part of the party and didn't want to limit ourselves to people who are all the same sex. Those are the people we wanted behind us as we said our vows.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
At Sunday's Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show, cakes were certainly the show stopper. There were so many to love, including the brooch cake below, designed by Signature Cakes by Vicki. So what's hot in Nashville wedding cakes? I reached out to Vicki for the scoop. White cakes are still very popular but brides are working with their cake designers to take the basic white cake in a number of different directions, from lace to bling. Here are a few cakes by Vicki that showcase what's hot...
White cakes are big! This brooch cake, by Vicki, was my favorite of her 2013 designs. If you are drawn to shiny things, this one sure dazzles!
Brides are loving lace. Again, many are opting to keep the cake white, resulting in a classic white on white look.
Burlap, Birch and Lace
Unless you've been under a rock, you've at least seen the burlap and lace wedding theme. It's all over Pinterest and is uber-popular. Rustic-style brides are all about burlap and lace and many are also opting for birch, another fun option, as designed below by Vicki.
Modern girls, like me, are the minority in Nashville. I'm drawn to the bold colors and geo shapes on this blue and green cake. It's ultra modern, not for all but certainly a style perfect for me and other mod brides!
Opulent, Vintage Details
Are you "gone with the wind fabulous" like Kenya Moore on The Real Housewives of Atlanta? If you are the queen of luxury, here are a few cakes with ornate details fit for a queen. They also are two of Vicki's personal favorite cakes. And, it's not wonder that these cakes have been chosen by dozens of Nashville brides who have taken the styles and modified them to fit their personal taste. Vicki says that the cakes can be tweaked, changing the color, the flowers.