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Beautiful, Bright Inspiration Shoot at Carnton Plantation

Beautiful inspiration like this doesn’t cross our paths every day. So when it does, we tend to drop everything we are doing to soak up every last moment. Beautiful, bright and styled to perfection by Emerson Events – these images from Sawyer Baird couldn’t be prettier if they tried.

From Sawyer BairdWhen Lauren, from Emerson Events, contacted me about this shoot I was on cloud nine! Being a person who adores neutrals and deep moody colors I found myself surprised with how in love I was with this vision that Lauren had. These bright colors bring out the happiness that comes with warmer weather. It was a treat to be able to be apart of this shoot!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Florals: Caroline Jones Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Cake: Sophisticakes | Candle Sticks: Pottery Barn | Dinner Plate, Cutting Board, Flatware: West Elm | Event Design & Event Planning: Emerson Events | Glasses: West Elm | Hair + Makeup: Cayla Poindexter At Affinity Salon | Location: Carnton Plantation | Napkins: Williams Sonoma | Paper Goods: Ink Nashville | Salad Plate: West Elm | Tuxedo: Street Tuxedo

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Elegant Tennessee Plantation Wedding

Love stories are the heart and soul of every SMP wedding and this one was nearly 10 years in the making. And when the day rolled around these Tennessee sweeties opted for a hometown affair with a major nod to their roots. They brought on Austin GrosBright EventsMusic City Tents & Events and a whole crew of talented vendors for a day that can only be described as “Southern elegance done right.”

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From Sage Nines Event ProductionCaroline and Lee had been together for almost ten years prior to getting married and it was important to them to throw a celebration that exemplified their roots. Wanting a classic outdoor Southern wedding, they chose Carnton Plantation in Caroline’s hometown of Franklin, TN as their venue. The historic mansion and its grounds were the perfect backdrop for their day. Caroline’s father escorted her to the aisle via an arbor that surrounds the formal garden. The ceremony took place under a giant tree adorned with hanging lanterns and flowers in shades of white and ivory. Bridesmaids wore pale blush Monique Lhullier gowns. 

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour on the mansion’s porch featured signature drinks including the Mitchell Mule in honor of the groom’s family name, and the Sweet Caroline White Cosmo. Guests played corn hole, the couple’s favorite game, while enjoying mini margaritas and mini tacos, a nod to the couple’s love of Mexican food. Hand lettered magnolia leaves served as escort cards and directed guests to their tables for the main meal.

Dinner took place in a large tent adjacent to the garden, which was illuminated by a 6′ crystal chandelier chosen by the bride. Wooden farm tables were decorated with magnolia garlands intertwined with white roses and hydrangea, while round tables featured striking centerpieces of white roses in tall silver flutes. Abundant candlelight created a romantic warmth throughout the night of dining and dancing.

The happy couple departed the festivities in the bride’s grandfather’s vintage car after guests joined them in launching white balloons into the night sky.

Photography: Austin Gros | Flowers: The Enchanted Florist | Gown: Ines DiSanto | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering | Makeup: Stephanie Harrison | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Events | Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation | Event Design And Production: Sage Nines Event Production | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events

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Southern Winter Romance Style Shoot at CJ’s Off the Square

With the way the holidays fall this year, I have a feeling the festivities will continue well into the weekend and straight through New Years. So we thought we should keep the holiday pretty coming here too. And this shoot from Jen & Chris Creed and Event 29 at CJ’s Off the Square is filled to the brim with ideas for anything you might be hosting, and you can see them all right here.

From Gabrielle Green of Event 29We were inspired to create a winter shoot that was both seasonal yet welcoming, so we looked to the icy hues of the season and the warm, romantic Southern charm of our venue. From there, a palette of wintry steel blue and aquamarine with toasty cinnamon and mocha emerged. Champagne and gold tones were then incorporated to bring it all together. Pretty, ethereal elements were coupled with strong, classic pieces to tell a timeless love story, and our concept of a Southern Winter Romance was born.

In dressing our Southern couple, we played off the tones in our palette, and went with a navy blazer and copper tie for our groom. Our bride wore a delicate lace gown by Lea-Ann Belter with subtle mocha undertones that we all fell head over heels for! Our hairstylist created a romantic, low chignon, that was swept to the side, and softly enhanced the natural beauty of our model, and added just a hint of drama around her eyes. The bridal bouquet of roses, pieris, magnolia leaves, olive leaves, and hydrangeas dried and gilded by our floral designer was trimmed with an antique bracelet and trailing ribbon. The same flowers were repeated in our tablescape centerpiece in lush, free flowing form, and a garland dotted with roses and pieris twisted it’s way across the champagne tablecloth and spilled blithely onto the floor. We accompanied traditional pieces of gold-rimmed china and brass candlesticks with spicy cinnamon-toned napkins and tapers, and complimented the warmer hues with cool blue glassware. To tie the tablescape together, menu cards were designed with all of the colors in our palette. Our stationery designer created a custom emblem featuring the happy couple’s silhouettes, and repeated the charming motif throughout the shoot in the invitations and programs.

Seasonal spiced pear cocktails were served in etched glass goblets on an elegant brass tray. The steel gray console table that served as our bar also held our custom pastoral-inspired wedding cake atop a handmade wooden stand. Our designer lined the drawers of the table with the same spicy fabric used for our dinner napkins, and left them open to hold programs and a relaxed arrangement of roses on a bed of magnolia leaves.

Our event designer worked to create a concept and a palette that would warm and inspire winter brides, and coordinated with our skilled vendors to bring it all together. Our talented models told the story, and our lovely photographers captured it all in stunning detail. We had so much fun the day of the shoot watching the elements fall into place, bringing the Southern Winter Romance to life!

Photography: Jen & Chris Creed | Event Design: Gabrielle Green Of Event 29 | Floral Design: Greenfinch Floral Design | Cake: Sweetface Cakes | Stationery: Megan Wright Design Co. | Hair and Makeup: Meko Davis | Wedding Venue: CJ's Off the Square | Bridal Gown: Tess by Lea Ann Belter | Bridal Shop: The Bride Room | Menswear: J. Michael Clothiers | Model: Josh Baker | Model: Celia Anzalone

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Tennessee Barn Wedding from Glass Jar Photography

Today’s lineup of lovely continues with a Tennessee barn wedding infused with a sense of southern charm. Filled with cheery pops of coral and a touch of rustic whimsy, this wedding has all the right components for the perfect “I do” day. Glass Jar Photography captured all the sun-soaked images sitting pretty in the full gallery here.


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From Glass Jar Photography… Sam flew to Egypt to propose to Danielle so they wanted to incorporate lots of Egyptian elements into their day and decor mixed with where they live in the south. Some neat ideas and details of the day were that they played “Rock, Paper, scissors” for who said their vows first, they had their own beer brewed and bottled for the reception and the walkway from the ceremony to the reception was lined with family wedding photos to make a love lineage.

Wedding Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Wedding Planning + Coordination: Sara Fried of Fete Nashville | Wedding Venue: Family Home outside Franklin, Tennessee | Floral Design: Always in Bloom | Catering: Jo’s Custom Cakes and Catering | Wedding Cake: French Confection | Invitations: Bride | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | Drapery: Blue Nova | DJ: Nashville Party Authority | Furniture and Rentals: Southern Events | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors

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Franklin, TN Wedding from Brandon Chesbro + Mary Crimmins Event Design

Grab your morning cup of jo and snuggle in real close SMPers, because this wedding is so flippin’ adorable you’ll need time to cozy up with each pretty as can be picture from Brandon Chesbro. Each one. Because that’s when you’ll start to see all the perfectly whimsical, color-filled details dreamt up by this couple and the Bride’s sister (who also happens to be the talent behind Mary Crimmins Event Design). It’s image after image of pure loveliness, and it’s all waiting for you right here.

From the Bride… From the moment we started planning our wedding, Shawn and I knew that we wanted it to not only be special for us, but a blast for everyone else. My sister Mary offered to be my wedding coordinator/designer/Wonder Woman and she and I planned most everything. We wanted a unique wedding with lots of personal and whimsical touches and tons of color. The location was something we put a lot of thought into. We wanted it to feel intimate, relaxed, and like you were transported to some other place, so we ended up having it outside on a friend’s property which was absolutely perfect. Shawn is from Las Vegas and I’m from Nashville so we chose to make it both really Southern with touches of the desert mixed in. We added lots of succulents in to pay homage to the desert and lots of colorful soft flowers to stay true to my Nashville roots.

We got tons of ideas from Pinterest and blogs and ended up with most of the decorations being DIY. We spent hours constructing pinwheels and programs, painting baskets, and shopping at the flea market for antique colored glass and fabric. For seating at the ceremony we used hay bales covered with patterned colored fabric which really captured the laid back feel of the day. We brought out my sister’s vintage silver Airstream trailer to add something quirky.

The food and drinks were also important. We wanted delicious food that was also largely local and organic, something that’s really important to Shawn and I. The drinks were mixed by my sister Mary, and ended up being just what everyone needed to get up and dance to some awesome Jazz and Motown, which was one of our favorite things about the wedding.I absolutely loved how magical and special our ceremony ended up being and how much fun the reception was. Everyone really let loose and we had such a blast at the reception that we didn’t want to leave. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change a single detail. Everything was absolutely perfect and very true to Shawn and me as a couple. It felt like us.

Wedding Photography: Brandon Chesbro / Wedding Venue: Private Property of Katy Snow (615-485-9598) / Wedding Planning, Design + Stationery: Mary Crimmins Event Design / Floral Design: Lisa Jones of Garden Delights / Wedding Day Coordination: Treasured Weddings By Tonya / Catering: Martha Stamps Catering / Wedding Cake: Rachel Make My Cake!  / Reception Band: Tom Michael Jazz Ensemble + Zodlounge Music  / DJ: DJ egYpt (718djegypt813@gmail.com) / Rentals: Southern Events / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via The Bride Room / Bride’s Jewelry: Bario-Neal  / Hair: Nathanael Gambino / Makeup: Dayle Lemon / Groom’s Shirt: Burberry / Groom’s Pants: W.R.K. via Nordstrom / Groom’s Shoes: Zara / Groom’s Tie: Otis James / Bride’s Rings: Lisbeth Jewelry + Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry / Groom’s Ring: The Bride’s Grandfather

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