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Fashion Essentials with The Perfect Pair Nashville

Two Words: Bootie Wall. The Perfect Pair in Nashville might be our own little slice of bootie lovin heaven. It’s crazy chic design by Rachel Halvorson infused with fashion staples curated by a Nashville native who also happens to be one heck of a stylish lady. Meet Whitney Dunn Daniel, along with her retail baby so perfectly captured by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography and her top fashion must haves below!

From Alyssa Rosenheck Photography… I recently helped The Perfect Pair Nashville rebrand her store which is filled with layers of fashionable staples that apply to all seasons in a very conscious and artful way. She has a glorious bootie wall that I immediately fell in love with along with her casual chic style. I love that the booties can be worn with dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts, a cool hat and cut offs, great accessories etc.

Whitney Dunn Daniel has been a stylist to some of Country Music Royalty. She has curated labels that are environmentally mindful and mostly family owned. Whitney enlisted her close and talented friend Rachel Halvorson to create a space for her clients that is chic and casual.


1. A Neutral Bootie | Like this one from Coclico. It elongates the leg, looks great with all black, and pairs well with dresses or pants.

2. Geode Stud Earrings | These Liz Legg studs pair well with all of my jewelry. A pair of earrings that I rarely change out.

3. A Neutral Tote | These Nisolo totes are made right here in Nashville of the most wonderful leather.

4. A Great Wavy Blowout | From my friends at the Dry House in Nashville. Nothing makes me feel more ready for an event. They last for days! With my hair done, I feel more put together.

5. Molecule 01 | My all-time favorite scent. It’s mysterious and simple and smells unique on everyone.

Styling: The Perfect Pair Nashville | Bracelets: Winifred Grace | Crescent Pendant: Liz Legg | Cross Pendant: Cheri Coyle | Cross Wrap Necklaces: Virgins Saints & Angels | Graphic Geometric Gold Leaf Print: The Mint Gardener | Handbags: Nisolo | Interiors: Rachel Halvorson Designs | Italian Booties: Coclico | Location: The Perfect Pair Nashville | Photography + Styling: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

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Surprise Outdoor Nashville Wedding

Is there anything quite as exciting as a surprise wedding? I think not. With guests arriving at Roaring Creek Farm for what they believed to be a surprise birthday, a gorgeous wedding celebration ensued and it’s brimming with rustic elegance crafted by Missie Hinson, blooms by Missie Hanson and Cassidy Carson was there to snap every detail. More right here!

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From Cassidy CarsonI’m so excited to be submitting Tim and Dolly’s SURPRISE wedding! It was one of the most memorable weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Every aspect of their day was filled with significance and every detail reflected their personalities.

From The Bride…Given that this would be a second marriage for both of us and having done the big wedding before, Tim and I both agreed that something smaller and more intimate suited us best. Honestly, I would have eloped; however, Tim was adamant that his mother would never forgive us and she confirmed his belief on a phone call one day when we posed the question. After considering a destination or a small family wedding, I came across the idea of a surprise wedding. I posed the idea to Tim, and he loved it. Being from Nashville, it would have been nearly impossible to keep our wedding small so the idea of a surprise wedding centered around Tim’s birthday in May seemed the perfect choice especially given our venue location that could only accommodate 50 people. Those invited would include immediate family, a few out of town friends, and a group of couple friends from our neighborhood that had become like family to us. Paperless Post digital invitations were sent inviting guests to a surprise birthday dinner with guests realizing upon their arrival that they had been the ones surprised.

Once we had decided upon a surprise wedding , we immediately knew that we wanted to host our special day on Roaring Creek Farm. Over the course of our dating relationship, we frequented Joe Natural’s Farm Store & Cafe in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee and had come to love Farmer Paul (aka Joe) and his wife Pat. Having attended several dinners on their farm where the food, ambiance, and decor made for an amazing overall experience, there was no doubt that we wanted that same experience on our wedding day surrounded by our family and friends. Another plus for us was that they would pretty much handle all aspects of the wedding including food, rentals, place settings, decor, flowers, and dessert . We only needed to hire the photographer, band, and then decide what to wear. It allowed our wedding weekend to be virtually stress free, and allowed us a bit of surprise when we showed up to see our wedding vision come together.

Not only was the proposal and wedding a surprise, but the dress was a surprise as well. I had fallen in love with the dress after trying it on, but didn’t feel that my budget would allow for such an extravagance. Though in my heart I knew that I had found my dress, I continued to look, order online, and try on one dress after another hoping to convince myself that another dress was “the one.” A wonderful friend, having seen the dress and confirming it was perfect, conspired with Tim to buy the dress. If it was the dress I wanted and would feel beautiful in, Tim wanted me to have it. He gave my friend his credit card number, and told her to order it and have it shipped to me at work. Upon the arrival of the dress, the box actually had the name Donna Kelly on it. I kept denying the dress was mine given the name listed wasn’t me and I knew I had not placed an order. It wasn’t until every co worker had been asked who it belonged to that I had someone open the box. Upon describing the dress to her over the phone and confirming it was indeed the dress I had fallen in love with, I called Tim. I knew he had purchased it for me as it was just the type of thing he would do once again confirming that I was marrying the man of my dreams.

Having a wedding outside on a farm in May can certainly have one checking the weather daily. Luckily for us, the wedding weekend was beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Not only did the weather cooperate, it can be said that the farm animals did as well. During the wedding vows as I was asked to say “I do,” a goat, ironically named Dolly, decided to speak up at the exact moment I said those two little words. Our friends and family couldn’t even hear my response over the goat’s baa. I guess Dolly the goat decided she wanted to marry Tim too. It had everyone laughing, and was quite the memorable moment.

Following the exchanging of rings by me and Tim, Tim made a promise and vow to my six-year-old son, Finn, that not only was he vowing to take me as his wife but he was vowing to take Finn as his son, and would love him as such. At this moment, Tim presented Finn with a silver band as a symbol of his love for him. This was a perfect way to unite our family, and to include Finn in the ceremony vows in such a unique and special way.

Photography: Cassidy Carson | Event Planning: Missie Hinson | Florist: Missie Hanson | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Stationery: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Unisa | Caterer: Joe Natural's Farm Store & Cafe | Hair And Makeup: Jordan Byers | Band: Eileen Rose & The Silver Threads | Groom's Attire: Elie Tahari | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Ceremony + Reception: Roaring Creek Farm | Groom's Tie: Billy Reid | Ring/Earrings: Walton's Antique & Estate Jewelry

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Rustic Elegance in Nashville, Tennessee at Mint Springs Farm

Charming is a word we tend to use a lot on SMP, but when it comes to a southern wedding as sweet as this one from Jessica Lorren, there just doesn’t seem to be a more fitting adjective. Rustic yet elegant, sweet yet sophisticated - even with all the gorgeous details sitting in this gallery love just seems to outshine them all, and it doesn’t get more charming than that.

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From The Bride…Brandon and I wanted our wedding to speak to who we are, both as a couple, and as individuals. We wanted a classic, yet relaxed feel to the day, with elements of southern romanticism. For us, this meant tailoring elements of a classic wedding, so that it fit who we were. We had traditional wedding vows, yet we also wrote our own, and instead of having one minister to officiate the wedding, we had two ministers who were both very important and influential in each of our lives. I also had my father and grandfather walk me down the aisle. It was so important to me because my grandpa, who is still spry as ever at 90, has been such a significant part of my life, and has taught me how to truly love life, and not sweat the small stuff.

After the engagement, I began looking at Style Me Pretty almost daily for wedding inspiration, and pinned countless of their pictures on my Pinterest. From the beginning I knew I wanted the colors to be light and ethereal, and I went for a classic palette of blush pink, white, and ivory. I loved the way these colors looked with the light wood colors in the open-air chapel and the reception barn.

The days leading up to the wedding were hectic, of course, but perhaps the best part was how relaxed the entire day was. My planner, Brandy, and everyone at Mint Springs made the day so easy and stress free. My maid of honor and bridesmaids were truly the best, and I know I could not have made it through the day without them. The whole day was truly indescribably perfect, from arriving in the morning to driving off in our Rolls Royce that night.

My advice to other brides? Enjoy the day, knowing that at the end of the night you’ll be married to your best friend. For me, it was realizing that I had spent months planning, and I completely trusted my planner to make the day beautiful. Thus, all that was left to do was enjoy and savor every moment.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Floral Design: Mint Springs Farm | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Mint Springs Farm | Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg | Catering: Chef Penelope | Tux: Tom James | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Classic Nashville Ballroom Wedding

Some things in life just make sense together, and for me black tie and ballroom weddings are one. This timeless soiree captured by Bamber Photography is drenched in Southern elegance, and just like the Bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown, sure to leave you dazzled. It’s image after image of pure wedding magic, and you can see it all right here.

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From John And Lindsey BamberThis was one of our favorite weddings to date; classic, timeless, and extremely elegant in style. Lauren and Tyler are both from the south, so their classic wedding at the Schermerhorn center was filled with southern flair. During the cocktail reception guests were serenaded by a local saxophone player and enjoyed gourmet grilled cheese and BLT’s. People literally gasped when they entered the ballroom draped with crystals, orchids, and vases filled with Champagne. It was a gorgeous event.

From the Bride and Groom… A few piece of advice for planning a wedding, firstly, if you can afford it, hire a reputable wedding planner. Our planner did a fantastic job of getting to know our tastes and narrowing down every decision to just a couple of options. This made our lives so much easier and made the whole process much more fun. Secondly, allow yourself plenty of time to plan. We had a relatively long engagement (15 months), but it still felt like a whirlwind. Third, Be organized. We are both Type A people, but all of the planning can easily become overwhelming without a system to keep track of everything that has been done and what needs to be tackled next. Fourth, remain calm when you experience bumps in the road- things will not always go according to plan, but it will be okay!
We wanted a classically elegant black-tie wedding with some elements of Southern charm thrown in. Our ceremony was held in an old Gothic-style chapel on the campus of Vanderbilt University, and we had our reception in the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. We could not have been happier with these venues- they gave us exactly what we wanted! Celebrating our commitment to each other with all of our family and friends (we had approximately 220 guests at our wedding), and seeing all of the hard work we put into planning this event come together for a truly magical night. The Bride’s something borrowed and something blue was actually the same item- a beautiful sapphire ring owned by Lauren’s grandmother that had been given to her as a gift from Lauren’s late grandfather.The something old was a handkerchief that Lauren’s mother and grandmother had carried with them on their respective wedding days. We had it sewn into the inner lining of Lauren’s dress. And of course the something new was Lauren’s stunning dress itself!

Photographer: John And Lindsey Bamber | Event Planner: Jayne Bubis Events | Floral Design: Branches- Mike Whitler | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Dessert Designs By Leland | Invitations: INK Nashville | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Bride Room | Catering: Kristen Winston | Band: Eric Blue Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Ceremony Site: Wightman Chapel At Scarritt Bennett | Linens: BBJ Linen | Reception Site: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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Woodland Tennessee Wedding With Rustic Elegance

There are some people that are just meant to be, and really, it only takes one look at these gorgeous images from Brandon Chesbro to see that these two lovebirds fall beautifully into that soul mate category. Their wedding was a culmination of love and gorgeous styling by the Bride, her mother-in-law and Amanda Matacale, and the result was a day they are all sure to remember forever.

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From The Bride…Jourdan and I met by way of a pancake. On that day, my sister and roommate, Christin, her friend Evan, and Jourdan came over to meet me. Before they left the car, Jourdan was dared to present me with a nasty, day old pancake. Jourdan accepted the challenge of greeting me, pancake in hand. He admits, when he saw me for the first time – he immediately regretted the situation. But he accepted a challenge, so he went through with it anyway. I thought it was a sweet gesture and replied with “Ah, for me?? Thank you!” Then he proceeded to tell me, “You don’t want that, it’s been in a car all day.” I stared confused. He left feeling silly. This inspired our wedding favors – pancake mix and syrup. Our wedding party came together to make these as we reminisced about the day Jourdan and I met. The favor included a tag that said, “A Pancake Story”.

Jourdan’s mom, Robin, told him at a very young age that he would marry a girl named Rachel. She was determined of this throughout his entire life. Jourdan would occasionally meet a girl name Rachel and wonder… maybe this is it? He went so far as to name his car Rachel! On our third date, Jourdan picked me up in his blue Ford and took me out for dinner. We parked and I got out and slammed that blue door shut a little too hard. Jourdan jokingly said, “Be careful with Rachel!’ I replied, “Hey, that’s my middle name!” I will never forget Jourdan’s face turning pale white. He didn’t tell me why at that time. Several months past and he finally confessed. The day Jourdan proposed Robin and Harry, his dad, surprised me afterwards. As we set down for dinner, I turned to Jourdan and asked if it was time to tell Robin about my middle name. He said it was the perfect time. I turned to Robin and said I had something very important to tell her. I said,” Robin, my middle name is Rachel.” Robin and Harry turned to each other and tears welded up in their eyes. Robin had prayed over this “Rachel” for years and that girl happen to be sitting right in front of her. Robin often refers to me as “her Rachel.”

I had the joy of planning this wedding with my mother-in-law. I shared my vision and she executed it out more beautifully than I could have imagined.

We hired a close friend of mine, Amanda Matacale, to be the wedding coordinator. Amanda added her own beautiful touch to the wedding, making flags for the mini-pies, tags for the favors, and many other details that popped throughout the wedding. She was Robin’s right-hand lady. I STILL have people come to me and ask where I found my fabulous wedding coordinator. She was exceptional and I still can’t figure out how her and Robin pulled everything off.

Robin and I found a local Nashville wholesale florist, Geny’s, and met with a sweetheart named Nicole Arbuckle. She was fabulous to work with! I highly recommend her. She caught onto the vision in no time.

Robin drew the entire wedding by hand. She called the vision, A Woodland Fairytale. I was in awe as she shared her drawings with me. She took all of my ideas and married them on a page right before my eyes. She is a very talented woman! We wanted the décor to be very floral, including moss and branches. Our wedding was beautiful and elegant with a Hobbit like feel (I like to say). Robin’s drawings shocked most people. Her vision was so extravagant. How could she accomplish everything? With an army of loved ones. We did not hire one single person I didn’t know personally, down to the florist. My father has delivered mail to Geny’s for over 20 years. Our wedding was a labor of love. That is why I am convinced, it could not have come together more beautifully. When I gazed upon the décor, I realized how much my family and friends truly love us. My suto-mom, Amanda Sites spent countless hours with Robin planning and talking about the wedding. I witness a friendship form between them. My mentors hosted a GOURGEOUS bridal shower that I will never forget. My sister and maid of honor, Christin, threw me a bachelorette party I will never forget; we met Robin Williams!

Our caterer, Debbie Hart, is a very close friend of ours. She is family to us. We were spoiled rotten, having Chef Deb at our fingertips. She worked closely with Robin, helping choose table décor. I STILL can’t stop talking about that spinach dip – oooh wee!

A couple I know from church, The Fennels, took on the HUGE carpentry jobs Robin planned out. Burt Fennel made the wood pie/cake platter. Burt helps load in the branches that would turn the reception area into the Woodland Fairytale is truly was!

Our ceremony sight did not need much décor. Our backdrop included a creek with a huge, mossy stone cliff and trees galore. We added an arbor made of branches and flowers. The scene was breathtaking. We placed a vintage doorway at the start of the aisle.

Robin wrote a song for Jourdan and I to sing at the reception. This song incapsulated our story in a beautiful way. Here are the lyrics.

Three Little Words

Nothing like this moment

Nothing like this place

Nothing like the way you look

A vision of grace

Here I am to say

Three little words

Three little words

I love you

I love you

Let me say again

Say it every day

I love you

Nothing like this beauty

Nothing like your face

Nothing like this feeling

That I have for you today

I dreamed of you

Prayed for you

Gave up others waiting for you

Just to say

I love you

Let me say again

Show it everyday

I love you

Shortly after Jourdan and I met, my best friend passed away after 3 months fighting for her life. This song was inspired by the way Jourdan stood by me during that time.

I had no idea what the reception would look like. Robin kept it a secret. Jourdan and I were blind folded and guided to our reception. When the room was revealed, I could not believe my eyes. This far surpassed my dream. It took my breath away. Branches filled with lights towered the room. Flowers filled the tables. I looked around to see those who worked countless hours preparing for this moment and our guess enjoying our reactions on the back porch. I can’t describe the joy that brought me with words.

Photography: Brandon Chesbro | Videography: Alex Morgan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Matacale | Flowers: Geny's Flowers | Stationery: Overnight Prints | Rings: The Green Bull | Catering: Debbie Hart | Hair: Mary Stanley | Groom's Attire: Express | Mini Pies: Debbie Hart | Veil: The White Room | Venue: Five Star Retreat Center

Enchanted Southern Summer Wedding Inspiration

I love all weddings, I really do, but Southern Weddings just so happen to pull the hardest on my heartstrings. The romance is palpable, the style impeccable… so obviously, when this Southern wedding inspiration shoot popped up on my computer I was giddy with excitement. Ashley Upchurch and her talented team pulled together what I can only assume will be the top trendsetter in the seasons to come!


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From Ashley Upchurch PhotographyTennessee in the summer is full of bright colors, warm sunshine, and luscious green fields so I knew it had to be incorporated into the backdrop for this summer wedding inspiration shoot. When we began planning this styled shoot I knew I wanted to expand on the idea of the southern wedding. Too many brides believe that a true southern wedding is full of burlap, mason jars, and baby’s breath. While those elements are still beautiful they don’t have to be the staple for a truly southern wedding. Angela and I, along with my fellow photographer friend, Leilani Evans of Elsy Photography, decided to use a color palette of peaches, light pinks, and corals to compliment the greens surrounding the location. By pairing these colors with gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates and glasses, we are showing brides how to incorporate southern elements with classic pieces. We chose a lacy Rivini gown for the bride and a dark navy suit for the groom to add to the southern charm. We also decided to have a more casual, organic style cake for this shoot.

Photography: Ashley Upchurch | Wedding Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal | Cake: Catie Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Rachel Douglass | Grooms Attire: James Davis | Floral Design & Styling: Angela Mazanti