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Style Meets Southern Charm for this Fashion + Floral Filled Bridal Shoot

My adoration for bridal shoots grows deeper by the day. Latest case in point: this gem by Julie Paisley. With Glen Leven Farm as a backdrop, our Southern belle preps for her big day with not one, but two gorgeous gowns, and a bouquet that makes me weep tears of joy. I could ramble on and on about these pics but let’s save you the time and just hop on over to our Vault for it all – you can thank me later.

From Julie Paisley… Bridal shoots are big in the south. It’s a tradition for the bride to get completely ready for portraits just of her before the big day. We styled this bridal shoot and pulled inspiration from the historic Glen Leven Farm. It’s a pre-Civil War antebellum home complete with peeling wall paper, old floors, exposed brick and period furniture. The bride’s style is classic and Southern so the soft blush and neutral palette really played well with the overall feel of the shoot. We also loved being able to step outside under the old oak trees to capture some images in her reception dress and of course, the vintage car added more character to the shoot. The wedding day is something every bride dreams about since she was a little girl, having a pre-wedding bridal session gives more time for the bride to live out her dream.

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Cinematography: Alyssa Torrech Videography | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: The Bride Room | Stationery: Olive Juice Press | Hair + Makeup: Leslie Ellis Hair and Makeup | Vintage Car: Grand Avenue | Venue: Glen Leven Farm | Event Planning + Styling: Southern Social Events | Hair Accessories: Alice and Mae Bridal | Hair Accessories: Mejuri | Rentals: Two Monkeys Vintage

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Bacon + Bourbon Make This Southern Affair All the More Memorable

Sweet southern sizzle this wedding is everything. For not only did this pair plan one heck of a celebration, they also made sure guests were well equipped to carry on the fun throughout the night. Translation: A passed hors-d’oeuvre consisting of bacon paired with single barrel bourbon. If that doesn’t get your heart racing then maybe all the stunning captures from Austin Gros in The Vault will do the trick!

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Summer
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Classic

From The Bride…Where do you have a wedding when the bride grew up in Maryland, the groom New York, and they are currently settling in Los Angeles.  You dig for roots…

We planned a Tennessee wedding after relocating to from New York City to Los Angeles.  We were drawn to Middle Tennessee for our wedding as I spent many spring vacations from elementary and middle school visiting relatives and family friends in Franklin – rollerblading through town, movies at the Franklin Theater, and listening to seemingly endless family stories – as my dad wanted me and my sister to experience a little of our Tennessee roots. 

It wasn’t hard to sell Matt on the idea of a Tennessee wedding as few of our New York friends and Matt’s family had ever visited Nashville and he knew it would be fun for them to experience someplace new.   My easiest wedding decision was where to have the reception.   Carnton was in my blood – literally, as I am a lineal descendent of Randal and Sarah McGavock, who built the home.   Actually, as delineated in the “father of the bride” speech, our wedding reception is the first family wedding celebration held at Carnton since January 3, 1884, 131 years ago.  Also, there were more direct McGavock descendants at Carnton that May 9th evening than at any other time since the house was built in 1826. 

Most importantly, this was a magical evening for us, complete with a surprise ice-breaker for all the guests, Tennessee Moonshine.   The photographs capture the wedding spirit, complete with a bride and groom dance-off and yes, even doing “The Worm” on the dance floor.   Matt’s reaction early the next morning as he slowly, oh ever so slowly, eased himself into his now father-in-laws car: “That party was the best night of my life”. 

It was very important to us that our wedding feel relaxed and not formal.  On a night when all eyes were on us, we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed.  I credit this because we didn’t feel like we had to adjust how we acted due to the wedding, the wedding adjusted to us and our energy set the tone.  We were 100% ourselves that night, just as everyones wedding should be.  We made the decision to have our wedding party photos taken at Carnton before the ceremony.  This turned out to be crucial as we were able then to be present for and enjoy every minute of the reception.  While there were 250 people there, it still managed to feel like one tight-knit gathering. 

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Photography: Austin Gros | Coordination: Leigh Bawcom Events | Floral Design: Vintage Florals | Cake: Dessert Designs | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Assumption | Reception Venue: Carnton Plantation | Catering: Kristen Winston | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Gros | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Band: The Legendary Memphis Icebreakers Of RAM Entertainment | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Tent & Event Rentals: Music City Tents

A Laid-Back Wedding With So Much Heart. See Why We Adore These Grooms!

This morning we’re taking a little trip to rural Tennessee for a wedding with so much heart we can hardly stand it. These two grooms set out to plan their “perfectly imperfect” celebration with Stunning Events by their side, the end result was a day overflowing with love. Kristin Sweeting captured and there’s lots more right this way.

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Spring
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Rustic

From The Groom…Mike and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding day to be above all a celebration of love. We of course didn’t have the most storybook relationship and we knew that we didn’t want to have a storybook wedding, but we did want all of our closest family and friends to know and share in our love for each other. After a very long engagement, which itself took place in the presence of a small group of family and friends, we quickly set to work in planning the biggest day of our lives. We almost immediately settled on a spring wedding due to its association with renewal and life. With a spring wedding planned, we couldn’t bear the thought of getting married indoors, so it was relatively easy from there to land on Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tennessee as our venue. The site offered tons of space for our celebration, along with flexibility in planning.

Neither of us are formal people–we are most comfortable in gym clothes with a small group of friends. We wanted this casual vibe to be present in our wedding but in an elegant way–we wanted the day to be care-free for us and our guests while emphasizing elements of simple beauty. We chose blues, whites, and grays as our theme mostly because we knew that they would flow well with the background of spring in Tennessee. From there, it was mostly a matter of choosing our vendors and sharing our vision with them. Many of the people who helped us pull off our biggest day were already our friends, and those who weren’t became our friends during the process. Our two biggest life savers in the whole process were definitely our wedding planner, Kristin Kaplan of Stunning Events, and Kristin Sweeting of Kristin Sweeting Photography. Both were so easy to work with while maintaining a high degree of professionalism. There were definitely hiccups along the way, but these two in particular were right there to smooth them over.

In the end, our wedding day was perfectly imperfect. Our wedding party all looked beautiful, our florals were stunning, the food was delicious, the band was rowdy, the drinks were strong, and the rain held off until the final declaration and then let up right after cocktail hour. Our friends and family were able to celebrate with us for a whole night with more than enough smiles to go around. And the love, which we worked so hard to be able to show to the world, was given right back to us in overflowing abundance.

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Photography: Kristin Sweeting | Event Planning: Stunning Events | Floral Design: Tim Riffle | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids | Catering: Flavor Catering | Hair + Makeup: Brian O'Connor | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Arrington Vineyard | Cufflinks: Tateossian | Groom's Clothier: Levy's | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Invitations, Stationery + Logos: The Groom