by: Lauren

The eclectic combination of modern and romantic style in this purple and green wedding from Ricky Stern Photography has absolutely won my heart! The bride and groom, Samantha and Chad, wanted to be sure to combine their personalities for their wedding design, and their wedding planner, Robyn Bruck Events, did an amazing job doing just that! Handmade details combined with lush, gorgeous florals and impeccable style make for a wedding that is both unique and stunning- you’re going to fall in love with it all! 

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our wedding planner, Robyn, was indispensable in helping me to plan my dream wedding.  Chad and I were planning our wedding from Atlanta, where we currently live, but we wanted to have our wedding in Miami, Florida, where I grew up.  As an out of town bride (who was also studying for the bar exam) I couldn’t do all the leg work to vet vendors, so Robyn pointed us in the right direction on who to use to make our vision come to fruition.  I also have to mention my sister/maid-of-honor, Michelle.  In the weeks leading up to the wedding she had the programs printed and also managed to paint the most beautiful “Mrs. Lennon” Tom’s for me to wear during the reception.  

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing for me when choosing vendors was finding individuals who were detail oriented.  I had faith that all the fundamentals would be in place, but I wanted the details to reflect who Chad and I are as a couple.  For instance, a lot of thought was put into the menu to make sure it reflected each of our histories.  I wanted some Cuban style food to represent Miami and Chad wanted some Southern style food to represent Atlanta (where Chad was born and raised).  The caterer had a sweet plantain mash station for me and brisket sliders for Chad.  The food was amazing and was one of the many details that made me feel that our wedding was specially tailored with us in mind.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

The inspiration for our wedding was the idea that a bunch of elements that shouldn’t work together can come together and be beautiful.  The wedding took place at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, which is incredibly modern.  I love their home because the design is very geometrical, but when you walk into the backyard it is a romantic oasis.  The tension between the two and their remarkable harmony inspired my wedding theme: modern meets romantic.  Chad is very modern and loves all things modern and I am a Jane Austen loving romantic, so in our wedding design we got to have our cake (and cupcakes, brownies, and bread pudding) and eat it too!  

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

 My favorite thing about our wedding were the things that we couldn’t plan for.  First, when Chad and I were saying our vows to each other we both spoke about the moment when we realized that we were with “our person.”  We have been together for over seven years so there could have been a lot of moments to choose from, but we both recounted the same exact night when I lost my most valuable possession: a necklace with a little diamond encrusted frog pendant.  I was devastated when I lost the necklace, but realized that the frog (who I referred to as “prince charming”) left because I had found my true prince charming (see, I’m such a helpless romantic).  Our vows wound up being a his/her version of the same event.  It made us laugh and cry because our vows wound up being an affirmation of how in sync we are as a couple.  Second, during the reception two of Chad’s groomsmen went on stage and started singing and playing the guitar with the wedding band.  One of the band members threw me a tambourine and Chad and I played the tambourine on stage with our friends and the band.  People went for the bubbles that we had intended for the ceremony and started blowing them into the air while we were on stage.  It was such a perfect memory and nothing that all my hours of planning could have orchestrated.  

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best piece of advice is to enjoy the wedding planning process.  Instead of it being a source of stress, it can be a way to create lasting memories.  For example, to make the bubbles my mom and I had to paint over a hundred baby food jars, affix labels on them, and create bubble wands out of pipe cleaners.  The project could have been painstaking, but now I look back at it as a fun way of bonding with my mother.  Another DIY project were the lanterns that we were supposed to have in the trees.  I invited my oldest childhood friend/bridesmaid, Lucy, over to my mom’s house while we were both home for Thanksgiving and we painted lanterns.  We were laughing and reminiscing the whole time and when we saw the finished product the lanterns were HIDEOUS.  There was no way I could use them in our wedding, but the process of painting the lanterns with such a dear friend contributed to the overall joy on our wedding day.

Wow, I love all of Samantha’s advice and insights! She has so many wonderful tidbits to share!

This whole wedding looks like it was absolutely fabulous! From the design and decor, to the reception and dancing! Most of all though, I love the combination of a modern style with a romantic style. It’s so perfect that it was a combination of what both Chad and Samantha liked- and it came out gorgeously!

So how about you- are you combining different styles for your wedding design? I would absolutely do it for my own wedding if I were planning again!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Ricky Stern / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Robyn Bruck Events / Flowers & Decor: Fleurish Designs / Catering: Michael's Catering / Rentals: Love in Vintage / Invitations & Stationery: April Ink / Dessert Table: Misha's Cupcakes / Band: Sekond Nature / Hair & Makeup: Josie Miller / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bride's Shoes & Purse: Emmy Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo


by: Lauren

A vintage style was the perfect option for Lindsey and David’s gorgeous pastel wedding that I have for you all today! Captured beautifully by The Collection, this couple met and fell in love in Nashville, so naturally they decided to have a destination wedding at one of the most amazing venues in Nashville, Cedarwood. Wanting something natural, sweet and simple, Lindsey chose a pastel color palette and paired it with vintage details, and the outcome was absolutely amazing…

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From the bride, Lindsey:

What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Cedarwood has a wedding planner designated to you and they help plan the entire thing. All I had to do was show them a few pictures and answer a few questions and they took care of the rest! My Mom really helped me as well and made a few of the props that we used around the wedding.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We knew we wanted to get married in Nashville, TN because that’s where we met in college and a lot of our family lives there or could make the drive there, but I lived in Texas at the time and my husband lived in Ohio so I really wanted someone who could do a lot of the planning for me. That’s what we found in Cedarwood because they do a lot of weddings and already have vendors so I didn’t have to spend a lot of time hunting down caterers or florists, etc. Plus I wanted an outdoor farm wedding that was fun and beautiful, and Cedarwood really lends itself to that because of the location and the resources the staff has in decorating and really pulling off a wedding that fit my tastes. 

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest about flowers that I would want because I had never thought about that kind of thing before. I decided on something pastel and sweet with the pink and white and some light blues to contrast with the dark navy that I had my bridesmaids wear.  I didn’t want everything to be overly navy, so we kept the tablecloths white and just did navy napkins. We used some of these Spirit of Nashville postcards as a template for the table numbers because a lot of our friends came from out of town and the fact that it was in the city where we fell in love was really special to us.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The fact that we got to see a lot of people we hadn’t seen in a while and having all our family and friends surround us and really enjoy themselves at our wedding was my favorite thing. Our friends are quite the dancers.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Try to please everyone, but when every effort you’ve made can’t, just do what’s best for you. Also, find a great photographer. It will be worth it.

The pastel color palette is fabulous, don’t you think? Which do you prefer- subdued, pastel shades or bold, bright shades?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  The Collection//Reception Venue: Cedarwood Weddings//Caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering//Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Invitation Designer: designs in paper//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Crew//DJ:Jace Aaron Entertainment //Jewelry: Macy’s//Cake Designer: Patty Cakes//Dress Designer:Vera Wang Creative Services//Jewelry: Zales Jewelry//



by: Lauren

Romantic gold and white wedding ideas, rustic eclectic stylings, and the most stunning Chaviano Couture bridal gowns are all a part of today’s inspiration that was captured beautifully by Boon Vong Photography! Sit back and enjoy the gilded beauty- you’re going to love it!

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And a little behind-the-scenes video from Angle 3 Films…

The floral crown is just gorgeous, don’t you think? And I love the gold and white details- simple, but still so very lovely!

Are any of you planning on using gold in your own wedding? How will you be using it?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Gowns: Chaviano Couture / Photographer: Boon Vong Photography / Model: Vivian Byrd / Cinematography: Angle 3 Films / Makeup Artist: Beauty Bott / Flower Crown: Flower Crown Society / Vintage Rentals: Four Inch Fold / Stylist: The Little Canopy / Venue: Kent Rock Manor / Accessories: French Knot Studios / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Canopy


by: Carlee

Today’s Texas wedding from Shaina Sheaff Photography is filled with love, happiness, and a fabulously eclectic color palette of yellow and turquoise. Wanting a laid-back and relaxed vibe for their guests, Lauren and David chose a beautiful Texas vineyard as the location for their wedding weekend, which ended up inspiring a great deal of the wedding details. Lauren is here with us today sharing more about her wedding…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

David and I had a year long engagement, and since I was in my final semester of college, I started planning and reserving everything about few months prior to the wedding. I decided to do everything on my own, and being a designer gave me the opportunity to create items which were one of a kind and incredibly special. I would sketch ideas with David, and we would make sure it was “us.” I also took over the decor, and created most of the items seen around the room.

In lieu of a professional videographer, we crowdsourced our wedding video, asking guests to use their phones to capture various moments of the day. I edited about five hours of combined guest footage into a wedding film which can be found here! This is one of the mementos I am most proud of, because our friends helped make it happen!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

That others knew I didn’t need to be doted on. I know for a FACT this drove my bridesmaids completely nutty-buckets For David and I, the most important thing was that our guests were comfortable, taken care of and had a great time. Using local vendors and small businesses to print design work was also very important. I was thankful that we collaborated with some of the most talented artists who each delivered what we envisioned.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

David and I are pretty laid back, so being able to make our wedding day feel so relaxed for ourselves as well as our guests was key. Choosing a vineyard in the Texas hill country was something we had both wanted initially, and it was David’s daughter who exclaimed that she wanted to see us get married under a tree! We were thrilled that the designs and decor echoed those feelings to others. It’s pretty incredible to watch everything come together.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Between the sunset over the lavender, and the children prancing around us during our song (we sort just swayed there smiling at each other and forgot to dance, so thanks kids!), I can not imagine a more perfect day marrying my best friend. There is one memory that sticks with me, and was documented perfectly and quietly by Shaina. As us ladies brought our things into the bridal cottage, I grabbed our flower girl, David’s daughter and my littlest best friend, Ciana, to get her ready. There was so much excitement downstairs and outside, and as someone who gets nervous presenting to a group, my nerves started to wiggle and fidget Yet, as soon as she and I ascended the steps to the attic, everything slowed down. We took our time, dressing her into the dress she chose, the shoes she picked out, and the flower crown she making sure everything of hers was perfectly placed. That time spent focusing on her was so special and serene, that all those wiggles and fidgets went away.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Space out. Seriously! Just stand there and take it all in. Sneak off and steal a moment, or ten. Do not let anything bring you down. Whether it’s one of your vendors, a guest or the weather, it’s okay! Embrace the crazy, and do not let a negative force take away from all the beauty and joy.

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I love the puzzle piece guest book, don’t you?! And Lauren’s advice to “space out” at your wedding to enjoy everything- that is seriously SUCH a great suggestion! But most of all, the fact that Lauren and David wanted to make sure that everything was an enjoyable “vacation-like” weekend for their guests is what I love most.

So how about you- what do you want the “vibe” to be for your wedding, and how are you planning on executing that vibe? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Reception Venue: Becker Vineyards / Photographer: Shaina Sheaff Photography / Second Shooter: Sarah Barber / Flowers & Decor: Spout Flowers / Catering: My Own Chef Catering / Cake Baker: My Own Chef Catering / DJ: DJ Ray with Live Oak DJ’s / Portrait Station: Live Oak Photobooth / Hairstylist: Simply Hair Salon & Day Spa / Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal / Cardigans: Faye Costello @ MiriMiri Fashion / Bride's Headpiece and Bracelet: Branchbound / Bride's Necklace: Freshly Fig / Garters: somethingnewdesigns / Flower Girl’s Engraved Birch Pail: Floral Accents / Ring Bearer’s Ring Holder: Monika Monroe / Cake Topper: bobobabe / Cake Topper: Lovebird Goods / Wooden Tree Guest Book Puzzle: Couple's Friend / Wooden Cake Base:: Chateau Radford / Placecard Holders: This Fine Day / Custom Flasks for Groomsmen: Moxie & Oliver

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