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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} or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!


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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Kentucky English Garden Wedding

Doubling up on “I Do’s”? Yes, please! This fete at The Ashley Inn was just one of two weddings this trans-atlantic couple planned. Chris Cornwell was on the Kentucky guest list and snapped a day filled with  Small’s Greenhouse blooms, two gorgeous La Petite Sucre cakes, and a Stephanie Allin Bride concealing a very lovely garter from The Wedding Garter Company. More right here


Chris Cornwell Photography…. They met across the pond, finding each other in the most unexpected place – a rowing club. They rowed, flirted, played, traveled, and finally Kenny asked the MOST important 4 words. Jane could not refuse, she smiled and whispered her answer.

They married across the Atlantic ocean in February, and again in Kentucky. No detail was spared! Jane got to plan two weddings and the second time around she dreamed of a romantic feat with Kentucky (horse country) accents. With a new dress by couture bridal designer Stephanie Allin, she glowed and wowed her US family (and her groom!) and friends. Soft shades of lavender, blush and pale blue were accents throughout her day. From the pretty lavender ‘grecian-like’ bridesmaid’s gowns to the whimsical, mix matched table settings at her reception at Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast. Pretties aside, the day started off unusually wet and mild for a summer Kentucky wedding. She must have brought London with her, because it rained all day prior and on the wedding day! Luckily with a little prayer, the skies cleared for some glorious sunshine during the outdoor ceremony AND pictures!! Indeed a prosperous day!

At Ashley Inn, we chose the TARA room for Jane’s getting ready. It’s soft blues and posh details complimented everything Jane had in mind for her romantic day. The light was insanely beautiful and I could not have dreamed of a more perfect room to feel and look pretty in.

Jane and Kenny chose unique handmade wedding rings by Ruth Tomlinson. I adore the delicate necklaces the girls wore. Soft pearl and leaf design by Luxedeluxe at Etsy.

I couldn’t help but to explore a little at Ashley Inn B&B. I found some old classics in their library, a perfect perch and accent for Jane and Kenny’s details.

Kenny is no slouch when it comes to dressing. Carefully chosen pieces by Ted baker and Duchamp were just the tip of the ice. His handmade, bespoke Buday shoes paired well with the GRAY suit he chose for this special occasion.

Photography: Chris Cornwell Photography | Floral Design: Small's Greenhouse | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Allin | Cake: La Petite Sucre | Bride's Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Jewelry: Miriam Haskell | Rings: Ruth Tomlinson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: J Renders BBQ | Hair And Makeup: Ana Crane | DJ: Beth Mitchell | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groom's Shoes: Buday Shoes | Groomsmen's Attire: Ede And Ravenscroft | Venue: The Ashley Inn Bed And Breakfast | Wedding Venue: The Ashley Inn Bed & Breakfast | Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company | Bridesmaids Bracelets: Kathy Jobson | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Luxedeluxe | Desserts: Sweet Lulus | Garter: The Wedding Garter Company | Groom's Accessories: Duchamp | Reception Dress: French Connection | Wedding Rentals: Purdon's