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Formal Nashville Plantation Engagement

First off, can we just stop and talk about this ring. This show-stopping, canary diamond beauty one lucky bride-to-be gets to call her own. The bling is about as drool-worthy as it gets, but I promise the entire engagement sesh by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography is equally as lovely, and you can see it all sitting right here.

From Alyssa Rosenheck… Rachel and Eric have had an extraordinary cross country romance. They are both such travel bugs that it is only fitting that they will be doing long distance up to their fall Baltimore wedding. They met and fell in love in Austin, TX. Eric told me he knew she was the one the moment they looked at each other. They travel between Utah and Baltimore to see one another and their epic engagement took place in Iceland. (Speaking of Iceland, she was “iced in Iceland”!!!) We made a memorable weekend of their engagement session in Nashville and one of my incredible clients let me borrow their breathtaking private estate that made for the perfect backdrop and set the tone for such a classic romance. My heart is complete knowing the people I love have found their partner in life and I am beyond grateful to have captured part of their love story.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Styling : Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Floral Design: 12th Table | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring : Mark Broumand | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Black Gown: BHLDN | Ribbon: 12th Table | Statement Earrings : J. Crew | White Shirt: Ted Baker

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Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

There are beach resorts in Florida, and then there is the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; a Naples wonderland of drop-dead gorgeous accommodations, top-notch service and luxurious amenities at every turn.  Think seaside “I do’s” meets an elegant ballroom reception meets an entire weekend of lounging around with your sweetie.  Put simply, it’s amazing.

Whether you’re saying “I do” for the first time, renewing your vows or simply planning your honeymoon in paradise, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is THE place where all of the above happens, and it happens perfectly.  From your choice of stunning venues (pristine beach + fab pool + breathtaking ballroom) to the team of professionals that will walk with you step by step through the planning process to your end of the night walks underneath a golden sunset.

Contact LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort today to start planning your dream wedding!


Emerald + Copper Irish Wedding Inspiration

Tis the day for all things gorgeously green and Irish and this shoot by Jenna Henderson with Cedarwood Weddings has all that plus a stationery suite by Designs in Paper that I can’t stop ogling at. With mid-century modern design elements and some amazing copper accents, I feel lucky just gazing upon all these pics. Grab a Guinness and let’s celebrate St. Paddy with these green gems.

From Cedarwood WeddingsThe Cedarwood design team in Nashville is sharing our love of mid-century-modern style today in a fun collaboration of copper and emerald, showcasing a couple’s Irish heritage. Despite a super windy day that challenged us a bit, photographer Jenna Henderson was able to capture the event design details in film.

Our design team had been dreaming of combining geometric elements found in mid century modern design with metallic copper and emerald, set in natural outdoor landscapes. The 50 acres of Historic Cedarwood’s estate is a flexible backdrop for ever-changing event design, and we enjoy creating new styling combinations.

Our copper and emerald green color palette found inspiration in the rich hues of hammered copper and vintage “forest charm” glassware. Pieces of these iconic emerald tabletop accents from our vintage collections are from the 40′s-50′s era and we pair them with equally iconic ghost chairs of the mid century period.

Copper pennies drilled to attach custom printed tags saying “Lucky us” are key chain guest favors. A glittered copper styled wine bar features the bride and groom’s signature cocktail “Lucky in Love,” a celebration of their union and nod to their irish heritage. We even found vintage emerald green glass shamrocks for bride and groom plate decor.

With the help of the super talented team at Designs in Paper, our ceremony altar is a custom, cut-out geometric backdrop. Stunning against the evergreen tree line, the backdrop is a perfect compliment to the atomic-age-inspired paper goods. Geometric shapes continue through the event design, including a DIY star burst display for place cards and star burst baubles hanging from the dance floor.

Florals (including the bride’s bouquet) were loosely arranged fresh flowers with touches of copper-painted dried materials. Pops of evergreen foliage emphasis emerald hues and metallic ribbon is luxurious and festive. The wedding cake is totally covered with green Hydrangea florets, and topped with a 3D copper monogram from the invitation suite.

The fashion star of this mid-century modern day is our Irish bride in her gorgeous Hayley Paige “Kira” gown from The Dress Theory. The A·line, sweetheart lace bodice has a detachable lace cap sleeve bolero that forms a keyhole in front and back. The gown’s silk georgette flounced skirt, paired with copper shoes and belt, is a flirty ensemble perfect for twirling on the dance floor.

Photography: Jenna Henderson | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Groom's Attire: Toramon Necktie Company | Bridal Gown : The Dress Theory | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid's Dress: Nordstrom | Invitations And Custom Paper Goods: Designs In Paper | Rentals : Liberty Party Rental

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Rustic Winter Farm Wedding of Chris Thile + Claire Coffee

Romantically cozy—that’s what we’re deeming this Christmastime fete. Snapped up by Viera Photographics, it’s a day full of heart and warmth, and at the center of it all are two sweet and talented souls. The handsome Groom who just happened to score a Grammy last night. Congrats Chris! And the stunning Bride, Claire, whose character we all love watching on NBC’s Grimm. From good friend Rob of Bon Iver filling the air with music to Claire’s vintage dress, each moment will charm you, guaranteed.


From the Bride… We met in New York in 2011 at a dinner party in Brooklyn, a set-up by our mutual friend, Alex Boling. I was living in LA at the time and Chris was living in the East Village in New York. We dated long distance until the following spring, when I moved to New York full time. Portland is now our home base since I have to be there to shoot Grimm and Chris tours most of the year.

We were married December 23rd at Blackberry Farm, a rustic resort in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and our favorite place on earth. Chris has played for many special events over the years, and it was the first place he took me on getaway as a couple. We’ve become great friends with so much of the staff that the place now feels like home.

There were 20 people total in attendance at the wedding…Our immediate family and grandparents, plus Chris’ best friend Rob Moose (Bon Iver), who played Bach’s 3rd movement of the C Major Sonata for solo violin for my walk down the aisle. I wore a vintage lace gown from 1937, purchased at Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon in Portland, in the 11th hour. Chris’ touring schedule and my hiatus schedule made scheduling a wedding difficult… It was either the upcoming Christmas holiday or a year and a half from that Christmas, and I was just didn’t have the patience to wait that long. Also, the idea of spending an efficient but nutty three months planning sounded better than stressing about an event for over a year! Such a short timeline eliminated the custom order gown option, so I started scouring the racks.

I’m a frequent shopper at Xtabay, a vintage dress boutique in Portland, and the girls there know me and my taste fairly well. That lace gown had just arrived to the vintage bridal salon – they hadn’t even put it out on the rack yet – and it fit like a very delicate glove. Erin Schmitz, their marvelous seamstress, stitched up and reinforced some of the lace that had fallen apart over the years so that we were assured it would make it at least through the ceremony. I called it the James Bond dress, since it was bound to self-destruct immediately after the ceremony (it made it to the end of the night, but just barely!) The veil was vintage tulle sewn onto a 50′s era Juliette cap, also from Xtabay.

I did my own hair and makeup on the day, after getting some coaching from our Grimm makeup artists.Chris’ dark brown wool suit was custom made by Against Nature, a bespoke suit shop in New York City.

My sister Abbie officiated the ceremony, which we wrote by cobbling together pieces of old and traditional ceremonies. Our vows came from an old Irish ceremony I found and absolutely fell in love with:

By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayst thou love me.
As the sun follows its course, mayst thou follow me.
As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart,
May thy presence be with me, Oh one that I love, ’til death comes to part us asunder.

Flowers were by Leah Teague of Flourish Floral, a local Knoxville designer, who created the gorgeous archway to Yallerhammer Pavilion.

Dinner was in the wine cellar at Blackberry Farm’s The Barn at Blackberry Farm. The menu featured grilled Carolina shrimp, guinea and dumplings and local Border Springs Farm lamb. The cake was a rich dark chocolate made by the Blackberry Farm pastry team, with mint chocolate chip ice cream, Chris’ favorite. Andy Chabot, Blackberry Farm’s wine director and a friend, curated a wine pairing using our favorite varietals and vintners.

We drank our first toast from my Grandmother’s Welsh Drinking cup, a tradition that’s been in the family for longer than I know!

Post dinner we retreated to one of the cottages for port and stilton cheese, fried black eyed peas and christmas carols accompanied by Chris, Rob, and my mother on flute (something she hasn’t done in at least a decade!).

We stayed on at Blackberry Farm after the wedding for Christmas with our family.

Photography: Viera Photographics | Floral Design: Flourish Floral | Bride's Lace Gown + Vintage Veil : Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon In Portland | Ceremony And Reception: Blackberry Farm, TN | Dinner: The Barn At Blackberry Farm | Groom's Custom Suit: Against Nature In New York City | Musician : Rob Moose Of Bon Iver

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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 | 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 | Florals: Making Arrangements Florist | Paper Goods: Donna Birtle's Gifts | Rentals & Linens: Southern Events Party Rentals | Wine: Arrington Vineyards


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Romantic Belle Meade Plantation Wedding

Drenched in a classic contemporary style, yet casually chic, this Belle Meade Plantation wedding is worth a good long gander m’dears. The Bride in her custom Olia Zavozina dress will make your heart flip-flop a few times, while every detail from Simply Stunning Events follows that same stunning air. Our fave moments below are just the start—there’s even more in the full gallery from Bamber Photography!


From the Kristin Kaplan with Simply Stunning EventsAs to Jessica & Adam’s wedding style: They wanted their wedding to feel classic and contemporary but also have some natural elements to blend well with the style of Belle Mead Plantation. We decided to stick with a neutral color palette of white, ivory, champagne, and blush tones with pops of gold, green, and pink. Jessica also wanted to mix some of her Indian upbringing into the overall southern feel of the event which we did with the food and the music.

My biggest advice to brides is to not get too caught up in a million little details. Pick a few aspects of the wedding to tie in some personal details such as the signature drinks, favors, or paper products. Resist the urge to incorporate every idea you see on Pinterest or obsess over every tiny thing. It will just lead to feeling overwhelmed. At the end of the day your guests are there to celebrate with you and have fun!

From the beautiful Bride…My husband proposed to me in Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg holds a special place in my heart because I went to Heidelberg for my undergraduate degree. Besides the city holding a special place in my heart because I went to university there, the city is also known for its romantic flare and they say Heidelberg is a city where many people loose their heart. So for my husband to propose to me on the famous bridge, “Alte Brücke”, was one of the most cherish-able moments of my life.

From the very first day that I started planning the wedding, I knew the most important thing to me was for my big day to be a big party. I wanted it to be classy yet casual so that the atmosphere and vibe on my big day didn’t feel stiff. So it was important to me to choose a venue that was just classic and elegant so that the decor we chose just added to the classic feel of the venue but not overpower it.

The thing I was looking forward to the most on my wedding day was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband for the first time at the altar and then for the dance party.

I have always been one of those girls that knows what looks good on my body and hence I knew exactly what I wanted. It was actually one of my bridesmaids that pinned a dress on my wedding board, and ever since I had laid my eyes on that dress on Pinterest, I knew that was my dress. That said, to make this dress come to life, I went to local couture designers in Nashville who came highly recommended from friends. The designer that made my dress was Olia Zavozina. Olia is a Russian/American designer based in Nashville, who has an amazing eye for detail and style and she was able to bring my dress and vision to life beautifully. I LOVED my dress.

My parents flew in from India and my brother and his girlfriend flew in from Germany. My grandparents unfortunately couldn’t make it to the wedding because it would have been too long of a journey for them; but otherwise it was just magnificent. Adam is from Chicago and when we decided to do the wedding in Nashville, we knew this would be a destination wedding for 80% of our guests. So just having everyone around us from all over the country and the globe celebrate our union and our marriage was just fantastic.

What I would really like other brides to know about my planning and thought process is to most importantly have fun throughout the whole process. Minute details such as how the napkin color looks against your table cloth; how the flowers look etc doesn’t matter at the end of the day. The things that your guests remember about your day are if you as a couple had fun and the after party. So if you ever find yourself thinking twice about whether to spend more money on flowers or to spend more money on drinks or food; do yourself a favor and choose the latter.

Further, choosing a venue that reflects the type of wedding you are planning is very very important because I think that is half the battle. For me, like I mentioned before, a classic venue with the rustic charm was very important because I didn’t want to spend much on flowers etc. So by choosing Belle Meade Plantation, I knew from the very first day that no matter what I did, the venue was just so beautiful that I wouldn’t have to do much to make it “wedding ready”.  That said, I am going to contradict myself by saying – you only get married once (I hope); so if there is something or a particular vendor that you really want and have dreamt off, then please do spend the few additional $$$ to make that happen. For me those few additional splurges were worth every memory.

Photography: John And Lindsey Bamber | Event Planner: Simply Stunning Events | Floral Design: Fresh By CarrieAnne | Catering: Chef's Market | Makeup Artist: Katie Russo Beauty | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | DJ: Timothy Hiber | Ceremony And Reception: Belle Meade Plantation | Dress Designer: Olia Zavozina | Equipment Rentals: Visual Elements | Linens And Coverings: Southern Events

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