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Vintage Chic Southern Mansion Wedding

First it was the old Southern mansion that caught my eye, and then I started oohing and aahing over the Brides’s gorgeous gown. But then I saw the bridesmaid dresses and I’m just going to officially declare this wedding a winner. The whole soiree is a breath of fresh air, captured by Glass Jar Photography and with Bright Event Productions, every moment shined. Join me in the fan club right here!

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From Glass Jar PhotographyJess and Grayson both work in the music industry in Nashville and wanted a lovely floral with vintage elegant toned wedding, and they nailed it.

Loads of classic and antique design elements all around an old Southern mansion near Nashville, TN.

A totally in love couple, with a ton of great design and styling ideas for anyone looking for an elegant and timeless toned wedding.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our relationship and all of the things it is: full of unique beauty, brimming with old-fashioned-meets-modern romance, sweet and a little bit wild, dreamy-eyed for days gone by balanced with our joy for now and tomorrow – all framed by the people we love and cherish most.

We know our love story is the only of its kind, and we wanted our wedding to be the same way. Relationships and romances are like fingerprints; no two are the same. Grayson and I wanted to put our unique stamp on our wedding by not following any specific rules while still sprinkling in traditional rituals and elements as we wished. Nashville and the surrounding areas have a multitude of wedding venues, but Grayson and I were initially unsuccessful in finding the place that was perfect for us.

However, we soon got word of a new venue, Ravenswood Mansion, just south of Nashville in the idyllic rolling hills. The historic venue, built in 1825, wasn’t due for restoration completion until a month prior to our wedding, but we took a gamble and set our date. We wanted unique and we got it: we were the very first couple married at Ravenswood.

For aesthetics and creative direction, we turned to the brilliantly talented Janna Brown of Janna Brown Design Co. (who also happens to be my sister). Her taste and style are flawless, and we trusted her to take our ideas and run with them. She listened to what inspired us, what we were drawn to and considered all of the outside elements. Her professional expertise and creative ideas not only guided the overall creative direction for the day, she made it a truly personal and touching experience for both us and our guests. In addition to providing/styling all of our props and vintage rentals, Janna surprised us throughout the wedding day with gorgeous details and touches that we could never have imagined. Her vision and coordination with Kara Anne Paper for calligraphy and signage created some of the most memorable touches of the day. She created a hand-drawn crest for our wedding day of Ravenswood Mansion that appeared on cocktail napkins, hand-painted cookies and more. In addition, Janna and Kara created a “logo” of our two beloved dogs—Buddy and Linus—which was found on custom koozies and more hand-painted cookies. To name the multitude of elements such as these that Janna Brown envisioned and executed would be impossible. I’ll just say that she far exceeded our wildest dreams for a wedding day ripe with beauty, styled
to the nines and attention to detail at every turn.

Janna also worked with Lauren Atkinson of LMA Designs to create floral designs and tablescapes that were out of this world. Lush, wild, organic and romantic, they were inspired by an Arizona-meets-Tennessee muted color palette and anchored by a variety of succulents, Juliet David Austin
roses, dahlias, olive and eucalyptus branches. To add more texture and contrast, my bridal bouquet featured king proteas. Lauren has a fantastic eye for detail which yields her extraordinary arrangements, and we can’t recommend her highly enough.

Our photographers and videographers, Glass Jar Photography, are visionaries and have phenomenal talent at capturing light, emotion and moments. We had already worked with them for our engagement session, and they felt like old friends from Day 1. We can’t say enough about how Whitney and Bethany not only saw the beauty of the day and all of the moments that stitched it together, but they were able to translate it into a medium that we will be able to treasure forever.

One of the most interesting, fun and lovely aspects of our wedding day was our cookie table. Grayson grew up in northeast Ohio community in which weddings were always celebrated with a fabulous cookie table. The cookie table at a northeast Ohio wedding is twice as important as a wedding cake and so much more delicious. It’s a tradition that’s said to originate in northeast Ohio/southwestern Pennsylvania by Eastern European, Italian and Greek immigrants who wanted to bring a taste of the homeland to the New World. At our wedding, the gorgeous gourmet cookies were all homemade and brought by family and friends.

My dress, the two-piece Giuliana corset and skirt by Monique Lhuillier, was my dream dress, and I couldn’t have been happier with how it tied all of the elements of the wedding together in its mix of traditional and modern design. For my bridesmaids—my sister and two sisters-in-law—I asked them to choose a dress in a shade of champagne that reflected their personality best. I wanted them to feel comfortable, beautiful and be able to wear the dress again. They chose beaded dresses in a variety of styles from Adrianna Papell and Sue Wong. Grayson and his groomsmen wore dark grey, slim-cut suits and champagne neckties to compliment the ladies’ dresses and the overall wedding color palette.

We were truly pleased with all of our vendors: Katie Choma of Always Inspired Events was a fantastic day-of coordinator; Five Senses Catering provided an absolutely delicious dinner and impeccable service, Bright Events Productions delivered top-notch lighting, Jake Burton Entertainment kept us entertained and dancing into the night, and Leslie Ellis made us feel beautiful with her hair and makeup talents.Grayson and I knew while planning our wedding that every couple wants their wedding to be beautiful, go smoothly and be absolutely memorable for the bride and groom as well as family and friends. We were no different in that regard, but we did want to have ours be uniquely ours. We had a wedding day that was all of those things and so much more thanks to all of the people mentioned above, as well as our families and loved ones. It was a celebration in every way and will live on for decades in our hearts and memories.

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Event Styling: Janna Brown | Floral Design: LMA Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Frosted Affair | Invitations: The Paper Place | Jewelry: Ben-Amun By Isaac Manevitz | Catering: Five Senses | Hair And Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | DJ: Jake Burton Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Ravenswood Mansion | Day Of Coordination: Katie Choma, Always Inspired Events | Rentals: Janna Brown Design | Sound: High Tone Entertainment

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Prohibition Era Themed Nashville Wedding

With a wedding theme revolving the prohibition, you bet this themed affair is filled heritage. From the Bride’s Hey Lady heels, to the rustically arranged blooms, to the cookbook favors, I Love You Too Weddings captured it all (including some pretty incredible cocktails) here!

From Modern Vintage EventsCaitlin and Luke are a couple who truly know what they want. Their intelligence and attention to detail made everything about their day truly reflect who they are as people and as a couple. We themed the wedding after the Prohibition era. They brought in elements from both of their hometowns and from the things they loved. Caitlin and Luke lived in a building that has so much history and beautiful architecture, the church where they got married had the same beautiful vignettes. Their reception site was a renovated factory that had a perfect mix of modern architecture and historical pieces.

When it came to colors Caitlin described her palette as a summer palette that had been out in the sun and faded over time. This muted palette was perfect for their wedding in September. We used flowers there grown locally and arranged them in tin cans and bottles. The tables were named after literary couples who had positive stories. Caitlin and Luke tied in heritage wherever possible; they brought photos of their parents on their wedding day and gave cookbooks with family recipes as favors.

We brought back cocktails from another era with the French 75 and served local beer on the bar. The band, The Jake Leg Stompers, kept everyone entertained with Prohibition era music as well some recognizable new music. The evening ended with a second line and hugs and cheers from friends and family.

From the beautiful Bride… We met through online dating, but it turns out we were both grad students at the same university (kismet!) and we even knew some of the same people! We were really slow about dating though and our family and friends gave us a lot of grief. We had our first date in July of 2011, and we were slowly starting to see each other more and more. At some point in October, we finally decided that we needed to define things, which was mainly just “So, we’re dating, right?” “Right.” Unfortunately, we were so casual about it, neither of us remember when this actually happened (nor do we remember the exact date of our first date). My younger brother was thoroughly offended that we didn’t have an anniversary, so he arbitrarily assigned us October 12th. A slow start was more in line with our personalities, and it gave us both room to welcome the other into our lives more fully. Of course, the first thing Luke said when we set our wedding date was “At last! A REAL anniversary!”

Our approach was to try and capture as much of the Nashville vibe as we could. Almost all of our guests were from out of town and we really wanted to showcase the city that had been the start of our lives together. We wanted things to be personal for us and representative of our city. One of my favorite details was how we did the table names. Instead of numbers, we chose couples for our favorite books – not necessarily well-known, but ones whose stories were *good.* Our printer made up false book covers and we wrapped them around old books to label the tables. In the same vein, I gathered up quotes from literature about love, my parents printed them, and put them in picture frames to decorate around the bar and gift table. Sonnet 116, my favorite poem by Shakespeare, was the centerpiece of that element. And now (as soon as I can find the space in my apartment) I can hang up the frame as a reminder of our wedding day.

Our first big choice was our wedding planners (well, actually I bought the dress before hiring planners, but Luke wasn’t there for that!) and planner(s) you like and trust are essential. I wouldn’t do a wedding without them. We mainly went with their recommendations and were never disappointed. Your planner and your photographer, it’s almost as important that you think you can get along with them as that you like their work. You’re going to spend some very stressful hours with them, so make sure that your personalities mesh well! A planner and a photographer who can keep you calm will be a great thing come crunch time.

My absolute favorite part of the day was the 15 minutes we got alone during the cocktail hour. We were whisked away to a separate part of our reception venue while everyone else was downstairs chatting and snacking. The venue staff sent us plates of appetizers and glasses of water and cocktails and left us alone. It was a glorious moment to just… revel in the fact that we were now married! And, it guaranteed that we got at least some water, some food, and some of our cocktail before we started glad-handing everyone. Not only do I recommend fitting this into your day, I’d say it is essential. The rest of the day is about what looks nice, what photographs well, what the mammas want, what will be fun for your guests… this moment is well and truly about the two of you.

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Hip Nashville Wedding at Cannery Row

Take note SMP’ers because this is what trendsetting is all about. For this hip and happening affair is overflowing with delightful details from I Love You Too Weddings that are oh-so-chic. Think industrial accents mixed with crisp white candles, it’s a gallery filled with goodies and you can see it here!

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From I Love You Too WeddingsNashville is home to a lot of super hip trendsetters and when two of them get married…it’s truly an event to remember. Britt and Alexis hosted close family and friends from near and far for a weekend of celebration. The weekend started with a Friday night welcome/rehearsal dinner at local East Nashville hot spot, Barista Parlor. Britt’s sister and close friends own a favorite East Nashville bar called No. 308 (coincidentally where Britt and Alexis first met) and they crafted deliciously boozy punches to accompany the delicious Mas Tacos Por Favor taco truck catering. Nashville delivered an epic sunset after friends and family toasted the happy couple and then continued on to 308 to keep the party going. Saturday brought the formal celebration with a very touching ceremony and dance-filled reception at Nashville’s music hub, Cannery Row, in their newly imagined event space, ONE. While their wedding day was designed with incredible taste and personal flair, it was the love of the couple and their friends and family around them that made the day so memorable. Alexis and Britt truly know what it means to eat, drink and be merry. From the beautiful Bride Alexis… Instead of choosing a set theme or picking colors, we focused our decor on a few key elements that best represented us as a couple. Our home is filled with vintage mid-century furniture, plants, and then more plants — so we ran with that and added a ton of white candles and soft white string lights. We had a lot of fun antiquing for wedding stuff in the months leading up — cake stands, picture frames for signage, cake servers, etc. We also utilized Etsy for a handful of details — matchbox labels from LiaGriffith for our DIY matchbox favors; caketopper from MelaboWed; and OurWeddingInvites for the guestbook. Britt has a degree in art and design, and she made all our signage and hand-wrote all the invitation envelopes. We were super fortunate to have pre-existing relationships with most of our vendors, so planning our wedding allowed us to work with friends. This included Kate York and Jeremy Lister, two super talented singer/songwriters who sung live for our procession and recession. They have beautiful voices individually, and together they created the perfect harmony. I’ll never forget locking eyes with Britt as I walked down the aisle clutching my mom’s arm, listening to Kate and Jeremy. One of our favorite elements was our sign-in table. We had guests take polaroids of themselves to put in our book with a handwritten message. And atop the sign-in table were wooden letter boxes (A & B) from Flora Grubb Garden, filled with succulents we had planted a few months before. We also loved our custom wooden chuppah with tiny plant holders for the air plants we attached to it. The same furniture designer made our dining table at home with reclaimed wood and the chuppah is now in our backyard. Most memorable moment: It’s hard to pick just one moment from the entire weekend, but both Britt and I cherish our ceremony. We got legally married at a municipal building in Brooklyn two weeks before, but wanted to share our love in front of our friends and family for a proper celebration in Nashville. As we clasped hands to recite the vows we had written it was like time stood still and no one else was in the room. Our good friend, mentor, and neighbor lead our ceremony. When she didn’t have everyone in tears, she had everyone laughing, especially with “By the power vested in me by absolutely nobody, but instead reflective simply of the transformative, radical power of love, I welcome you into your marriage.” Advice: Approach vendors you love who may not be in the wedding industry and ask if they’ll help with your special day. The owner of our favorite plant store, All Seasons, decorated our venue with ferns, succulents, and air plants. She had never done a wedding before, but was so excited to help. Also, during the planning process, make sure to set aside time together for non-wedding related things. Music: Nashville is Music City, ya’ll! The music selection of course was super important! Procession: Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks Recession: One Love by Bob Marley First Dance: Somebody to Love by Valerie June

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Southern Railway Station

There is something about train stations that I find ultra romantic, and I’m happy to learn I’m not the only one. The Southern Railway Station was the site for this elegant affair, planned and designed by Jennifer Laraia Designs. Jennie Andrews worked her magic behind the lens and Milestone Pictures filmed away, all resulting in one beautiful video and a gallery that I just can’t get enough of.

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From Jennifer Laraia Designs… Kathryn and Kent are an urban couple with both modern and classic sensibilities. They wanted to create a naturally elegant atmosphere that didn’t feel too formal. A place where friends and family could gather and enjoy a night of great food and fun.

They selected the Southern Railway Station for both the ceremony and reception. This two-story building, built in 1901, has a rich history and is nestled in the heart of downtown Knoxville. We used a muted color palette in order to compliment the original architecture, not compete with it.

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and dinner outside along the train platform. Long tables were dressed with crisp white linens, gorgeous china, sparkling glassware, and glowing lamps. Custom table number booklets not only showed guests to their seats, but included the history of the Station, information about the wedding party, and thank you’s from the bride and groom. Romantic centerpieces were overflowing with garden roses, berries, fennel, tulips, hydrangea, anemone, dahlias, maidenhair fern, and scabiosa. Kathryn’s Mom is a very talented floral gardener, so some of the herbs and flowers came directly from her own garden just days before the wedding. The creative team at Whimsical Gatherings did a beautiful job incorporating them into the most sentimental areas like Kathryn’s bouquet and the boutonnieres.

Personal touches were everywhere. The grandmothers played the role of “flower girls,” handing out stems to guests as they walked down the aisle. Kathryn’s Uncle Kevin married the couple in a very intimate ceremony. And bridesmaids were gifted with delicate shawls hand knitted by Kathryn’s Mom.

After dinner, cake was served with a side of raspberries (Kent’s favorite) and a custom fortune cookie. Every cookie included a special prediction about the couple, each one lovingly designed by Kathryn’s Dad. The fun continued as guests danced and participated in a competitive game of trivia until late in the evening. When it was time to say goodbye, the new Mr. and Mrs. Southworth led friends and family on a promenade through downtown Knoxville right to their hotel. It was the perfect ending for this perfectly beautiful couple!

Photography: Jennie Andrews | Videography: Milestone Pictures | Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter | Cake: Rosa's Catering | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various Designers Selected By Each Bridesmaid | Catering: All Occasions Catering | Makeup: Claire Balest | Hair: Bangs and Blush | Hair : Salon Visage | Lighting: Sound Revue | Wedding Venue: Southern Railway Station | Bridal Shop: Wedding Wonderland | Bridesmaids' Shawls: Mother Of The Bride | Event Design & Planning: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Rime Arodaky

Loves, if you haven’t yet met Rime Arodaky, it’s soooo time you do.  Because this talented French designer knows a thing or two about making you look all kinds of beautiful.  Imagine a breathtaking collection of gorgeous gowns + honeymoon attire that will completely change your wedding world.  It’s boho chic meets rock ‘n’ roll for your big day and beyond… and we can’t get enough.

Known for her intricate lace detailing, stunning silhouettes and bohemian-inspired stylings, Rime Arodaky’s fabulous new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”), brings a sweet Coachella meets Californian vacation vibe to your honeymoon… and beyond.  Think gorgeous lace cover-ups, beautiful gowns and uber-chic swimwear, all with that dash of rock ‘n’ roll that appears in every fabulous masterpiece Rime Arodaky creates.  Which means that you’ll look just as amazing saying “I do” as you will frolicking on the beach post-wedding with your sweetie.

To start your wedding journey with Rime Arodaky, visit her website for more information on her breathtaking + custom-fit gowns, or to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And for your daily dose of inspiration, follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram NOW!

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