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Elegant Kentucky Farm Wedding

After spending countless hours looking for the perfect wedding venue, I quickly realized that sometimes it’s right in your backyard! This particular farm wedding took place on the private family farm, where countless other family member weddings have been held. Now if that’s not special, I don’t know what is! Melanie Mauer captured every moment from the big reveal to the elegant details found in the tented reception. You can see all the gorgeous detailing here!


From Melanie Mauer…. This gorgeous wedding took place on the family’s private estate in Lexington, Kentucky. With beautiful stone walls, iconic Kentucky rolling hills and horse farms it provided the perfect backdrop for the day (not to mention plenty of places for kiddos to explore). The couple got ready, were married and had their reception on the family estate, which was also the location for other family weddings making it that much more memorable. The bride had a vision for the ceremony (“dark wood floors, chiavari chairs, chandeliers and large vases with flowers”) and because she was unable to attain it in town, she created it right on the property so everything could take place there. Their personalities were a part of everything from the sweet tea and macaroon favors to the location of the tent under the stars. Every detail was an expression of what they love and the memories they wanted to make that day. The bride Jessica wanted these moments to be the most special of their lives and worked so hard pinning, clipping and planning to make sure the details of the day matched how they felt about each other.

Photography: Melanie Mauer | Videographer: Tandem Productions | Planner: Melissa Buck Of Soiree Blue | Florist: Crist Creona | Cake: Martines Pastries | Reception Venue: A Private Estate | Bridesmaid Dresses: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique | Caterer: Apiary | Bridal Gown: Martina Liana | Lighting & Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental | Make-up & Hair: Ana Crane

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Commerce Street Events

This wedding is everything.  A heartfelt ceremony set against a breathtaking backdrop, a dance ’til the sun comes up reception and drop-dead gorgeous details wowing each and every guest.  It’s the kind of wedding that mixes Southern tradition with a little modern bling, and it was all planned and designed by the team at Commerce Street Events, a group of ladies that know a thing or two about perfect weddings.

From the stunning ceremony featuring a floral arbor, fabulous custom made doors and wooden church pews to the rustic farm tables highlighting the reception, this is a day that is all about the details. Something the team at Commerce Street Events is so very, very good at.  They have the ability to take your story (in this case, an adorable duo who literally fell in love over their shared love of wine) and make that story the centerpiece of your big day.  Think an Arrington Vineyards setting meets a sophisticated elegance that is literally jaw-dropping (hello, chandeliers).  Teaming up with Commerce Street Events means hiring a group of amazing planners and designers who will walk with you step by step throughout the process, from event design and management, set-up and tear down, timeline management, guest services, vendor negotiations… and more.  Which means that fairytale wedding you’ve been envisioning is right at your fingertips.

Contact Commerce Street Events TODAY to begin planning that wedding of a lifetime.  You most definitely won’t regret it.

Photography: Ace Photography | Florals: Making Arrangements Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Dessert Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane, Bella Bridesmaids Nashville | Catering: Chef's Market | Hair & Makeup: Meg Boes | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | Band: The Nashville Bluetones | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lilac Farms At Arrington Vineyards | Ceremony Musicians: Bluetone Chamber Players | Custom Logo: Green Bean Paper Company | Draping: Visual Elements | Event Design & Planning: Commerce Street Events | Fine Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Paper Goods: Donna Birtle's Gifts | Rentals & Linens: Southern Events Party Rentals | Wine: Arrington Vineyards

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Romantic, Vintage Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

We love photo shoots of all shapes and sizes, but rehearsal dinner inspiration from the lens of Chris Cornwell? Well, that’s something worth celebrating. Decked out in vintage glamour this garden soiree has no shortage of pretty-filled moments and Doug Smith Designs and Events was behind every last bit. Treat yourself to eye candy a’plenty in the gallery right here.

From Chris Cornwell Photographer… Jeanie and Daniel were amongst their closest family and friends one cool summer day in August… who came from afar to celebrate their union Kentucky Style. Horses, bourbon and touch of romantic, vintage glamour they were all decked out in the fanciest dresses, fascinators, and bow ties : )

Their wedding weekend began at the Woodford Reserve, a setting truly ‘horse country’ and bourbon making. They chose the site as a treat to their distinguished guests to tour and enjoy. They wanted an outdoor garden feel for their dinner gathering but also knew what Kentucky weather was like. Unpredictable. So, a clear tent was the perfect idea for their ‘garden’ vision. Emma, the groom’s mother had big dreams of a vintage themed event with lace, pearls, cream and blush. Old books, antique tea roses and cut glass vases came to mind as she researched for hours online. Yes, pinterest was largely to blame. For months Emma kept a folder with dreams, ideas and to do lists. She made ‘DIY’ framed pictures of the lovely couple to bring touch of personal to the tablescape. Multiple pillar and tea candles added to the warmth and romance of the event. Other ‘soft’ elements were nude table linens, sashes and ivory lace. Everything hard and harsh at the Dryer House was covered and draped. Bolts of cream and blush stretch fabric were used to make garlands.. carefully draping the black iron rails. No detail was overlooked. All these came together with the help (and magic hands) of Doug Smith and Glenn Blind of Doug Smith Designs and Events. Perfectly placed florals, bows and settings, everything came together more perfectly than Emma had imagined. Her dream of a warm and inviting but ‘from years gone by’ event came true. An appetizer to a spectacular wedding weekend.

Keeping with the southern charm of Kentucky, the guest tables were named after famous bourbons, instead of traditional table numbers.

Jeanie sparkled in her “Parker” beaded and feathered dress, perfect for dancing the night away. Here with her is Rachel, her Maid of Honor sparkled in a Sue Wong masterpiece. Oh how I love these fabulous dresses!! Sue Wong’s designs exudes sensuous Hollywood glamour and the mystery and romance of Paris. They’re made of soft silk… hand-beaded and embroidered with art deco lines and swirls. Jeanie and Rachel chose a classic silhouette with a flirtatious hemline.

Photography: Chris Cornwell Photographer | Event Design: Doug Smith Designs And Events | Event Planner: Emma McCormack MD | Floral Design: Doug Smith Designs And Events | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Catering: The Woodford Reserve | Venue: The Woodford Reserve | Bride's Dress: Parker | Desserts: Martine's Pastries | Furniture Rental: Purdon's | Music: Ken Davis | Rentals: The Chattanooga Tent Company

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at}jekyllclub.com or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!

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Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Fact: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is the type of place that just makes your soul happy.  The perfect combo of luxury and elegance, it’s glistening beaches meets amazing accommodations meets that sweet Florida sun.  In other words?  It’s the ideal setting for your wedding, vow renewal or honeymoon.

Located against a stunning Gulf of Mexico backdrop, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort knows a thing or two about throwing a perfect party.  From that intimate vow renewal to that 200-person affair, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has the venue just right for you and yours.  Think grand ballrooms, poolside spaces and sandy beaches that will wow you and your guests with their awesomeness.  Not to mention an amazing team of wedding professionals that will make sure each and every moment of your day is simply flawless.  Add all of that to the peace and tranquility of a Naples vacation and it’s the wedding of your dreams… and then some.

Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015

Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous.  And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s.  Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues.  It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue.  And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away.  Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers.  Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment?  Sooo awesome.  Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.

For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Photography: KMI Photography | Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Videography: Philip James Films | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Videography: Blueberry Creative | Videography: Seven Season Films | Event Design: Lily Belles Event Design | Event Design: Kickstand Events | Event Design: Fiore Fine Flowers | Event Design: Design Perfection | Event Design: Social Butterfly Events | Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Floral Design: Beautiful Flowers By June | Floral Design: Eco Chic Blossoms | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Cake: Alison's Cakery | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes | Reception Venue: The Loft On Front | Catering: City Club At De Rosset | Catering: 128 South Events & Catering | Catering: Culinary Creations | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Catering: The Beam Room | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Co. | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Transportation: The British Taxi | Beverages: Wilmington Wine | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 128 South Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brooklyn Arts Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Balcony On Dock | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Atrium By Ligon Flynn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bakery 105 | Health & Beauty: Makeup For Your Day | Health & Beauty: ADG Fashion Styling | Health & Beauty: Salon Fringe Wilmington | Health & Beauty: GoGirl Fitness | Ice Sculpture: Ice Sensations | Invitations & Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Live Music: The Midatlantic Band | Live Music: Violinist Maura Kropke | Live Music: Guitarist Trey Hamlin | Live Music: Benny Hill Music | Live Music: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band | Photo & Video Booth: The Soapbox Photo & Video Booth | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Photo Booth: The Truth Booth | Rentals: CE Rentals | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Rentals: Eventful Furnishings & Design | Specialty Gifts: Pressed Cotton | Specialty Gifts: Reeds Jewelers | Specialty Rentals: Harborside Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Sweets: Nye's Cream Sandwiches | Wedding Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Wedding Publications: Southern Bride & Groom | Wedding Publications: SALT Magazine | Wedding Publications: Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Weddings Magazine | Wedding Publications: The Knot Magazine NC

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