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Romantic, Map-Themed Summer Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 13, 2013

Emmie & Dave

August 31

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite detail was probably the wine box ceremony. We had a custom dark wood wine box made for us engraved with our names and wedding date in a special symbol that was designed for our wedding. Inside the box, we had a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel (our favorite wine) and love letters we had written to each other. During the ceremony we nailed the box shut, and we will open it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our ceremony itself was completely us. We decided to have Dave’s dad marry us. He was nervous because he had never performed a wedding ceremony and this was the marriage of his first-born child. But, it was so touching and personal and meant so much more than having someone who barely knew us perform such an important ceremony. Together with Dave’s dad we wrote every word in our ceremony to be completely and uniquely us. We are really into wine, so we had 2 ceremonies within our wedding ceremony that showed that passion. We did a wine ceremony where we combined a white and a red wine to make a rose and drank from the same cup as a symbol of our unity, and a wine box ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other while we fought back tears. My dog is really one of my best friends, so he was a “bridesdog” in the wedding. Our guests were all standing around us in the barn during the whole ceremony making it super intimate and personal. And, at the end of the ceremony, Dave’s little sis and her boyfriend (who proposed to her a few days later) performed a song called “I Do” that they had written just for us. Everything about the ceremony was so personal and special.

 The rest of our wedding also had so many personal touches. Here are a few that we love: 1. Dave and I spent the 4 years leading up to our marriage on the road as part of our work in the sales training industry. We literally lived in 12 different cities in four years. Our wedding invitation was a map that showed this journey around the country with us ending in Nashville, our new home. On a card that sat on each table we had written one of our favorite stories from our time together in one of those cities. We had maps that traced this journey and vintage suitcases to complete the theme. 2. Our wedding happened to be on the night of a blue moon with the next blue moon happening 3 years later. So to celebrate this, we served moon pies and had an image of a giant blue moon on the ceiling.

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Romantic Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Kim on Mar 01, 2013

Lauren & Charles

September 16

Franklin, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We live in Southern Alabama and our families are from Illinois. We knew we wanted to get married in the Nashville area because it is a good halfway point and my dad lives near Nashville. CJ’s  Off The Square was perfect because it is a stunning location and it is all-inclusive, which means they took my vision and then took care of everything from the decor, to the food, to the music.  Planning from so far away with such a helpful staff made everything a breeze.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My table numbers were hand crafted signs with pictures of the groom and me at the age of the table number. It was fun for my mother and the mother of the groom to put together because they got to pull out old pictures, and it made a great conversation piece for each table

CJ’s set up a hot dog bar as part of our meal. I am a hot dog fanatic, and anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE hot dogs. This wasn’t even an option in their catering package but they were happy to make it work. This was a fun personal touch and yummy too!

My bouquet was wrapped in lace pieces from my mom’s wedding dress and mother-in-laws’ wedding hat. I also had a very special and sentimental broach from my grandmother, and Charlies’ grandmother attached to the bouquet, along with my sorority pin.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

It was really important to me that we write our own vows. My husband is one of the strongest US soldiers you will ever meet, but he was extremely emotional and choked back tears throughout the recital of his vows. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the venue. I kept the ceremony decor very plain and simple in order to stick to our budget, but it didn’t matter because the ceremony was beautiful by itself.

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Rachel & Dylan

September 14

Wilmington, North Carolina

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Q&A with the Bride

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The archway that Tamara (of Tamara Wade Designs) built and decorated for us looked magical when she finished with it. The burlap and clustered flowers were the ideal combination of rustic and romantic.
  2. The fingerprint tree that we used in lieu of a more traditional guest book was also both a crowd-pleaser and a terrific way to display a memory from the wedding. We had it designed on Etsy.com and it came with leaf-colored ink and a pen. Our guests put thumbprint “leaves” on the tree and signed their print. We framed it afterward and it’s hanging in our home, a constant reminder of our loved ones sharing an awesome day with us.
  3. The old books tied with lace and the lemon-lined Mason jars were two little decorative things we’re pretty proud of. The books came from thrift and antique stores all over the state. Me, my Mom, and Tamara would pick a few up at a time for pennies and at the wedding, Tamara tied them in little bundles with lace craft ribbon to scatter on the tables. They were a touch I thought of because of my love for reading and literature. As for the lemon jars, they went with our color palette and were such a happy, fresh addition to the tables.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

There are two things that my husband and I would offer as key advice to anyone planning a wedding. First, know that you can absolutely achieve your wedding vision, no matter what that budget is. The budget simply dictates how you get there. Most of what we used for decoration we either made ourselves at a fraction of the cost, or we ordered it from somewhere like Etsy, where you can get one-of-a-kind items at-cost or just above. Second, don’t be afraid to plan the wedding that best fits who you are. For us, I felt strongly that I didn’t want an out-of-the-box wedding, so I planned it myself. Our ceremony was a mix of traditional passages and poetic recitations. We wrote our own silly-romantic vows to one another (which lightened the solemn mood considerably!), but we also repeated the traditional “til’ death do us part” bit. We skipped a receiving line altogether, and took many of our formal portraits before the ceremony so we’d have more time with family and friends. Our recessional was The Imperial March from Star Wars! The point is this—to be your happiest and most comfortable, include plenty of elements that speak to the people you are. Embrace that!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

For both of us, it’s probably the moment before the wedding when we saw one another all dressed up for the first time. We were getting ready to take our “First Look” photos and our photographer (Melissa Stallings) had Dylan stand with his back turned to me as I approached so that she could capture that instant where we laid eyes on each other for the first time. That was one emotional moment for everyone! I highly recommend a first look session for the bride and groom before the ceremony. It gave us more time to be with our guests after the wedding, and seeing each other beforehand allowed us a precious moment of privacy and a chance to shake off our pre-wedding jitters before the ceremony. 

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4 Romantic Ways to Incorporate Roses

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 11, 2013

The rose has long been a classic symbol of love and beauty. No wonder it’s the quintessential wedding flower and the highest in demand around Valentine’s Day. Since there are over 120 different varieties in color and scent, according to the Society of American Florists, roses lend themselves to all sorts of stylish unconventional uses. Forget having a bouquet full of roses, instead swoon over one of these alternative ways to incorporate roses:

1. Aisle Runner: Can’t resist the ombre effect? Create an aisle runner with rose petals. It can visually enhance any ceremony space.

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Photo: Liz and Ryan

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Pretty in Blush Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 30, 2013

Dara & Tony

October 27

Santa Rosa, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the venue itself. When we first got engaged, we looked at over 15 wineries, and they all looked the same to me. I felt like the guy from the movie “Sideways” screaming about Merlot, but I was swearing off looking at another row of grape leaves. Then we walked into DeLoach. Yes, there were grape leaves but also so much more. 

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

First, our flowers. Our florist, Olivia, transformed DeLoach into a fairytale. I sent her a few pictures of the look we were going for and really just let her run with it. She nailed it, above and beyond. I cannot say enough about her and Papillion Floral. They were professional and so fun to work with! Second, my hair. I just loved my hair, it was perfect. If I could have Jolene at The Loft salon do my hair like that every day I would. Lastly, our food.  Food is very important to our family, and this was an area where we really wanted to seek out the best. Not only did the food look gorgeous, it tasted even better. 

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

Towards the end of dinner, after speeches were finished, the sun had set and candles were lit, my husband and I looked at each other and then looked out at both of our families and friends, eating, drinking and laughing. Everyone we loved was in the same place, smiling under the same twinkling lights for us.

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