Whoa, is it Wednesday already?! Wow! Well I spent my day yesterday at an event conference that’s here in Tampa (yay for something actually coming to Florida for once!), which also means that I was out of the office and so now I’m spending today playing catch up! BUT, I have a pretty awesome wedding for you all today from Nashville photographers Jen & Chris Creed! Rustic AND elegant- yes, it can happen, and in fact, it’s quite amazing! The bride Lindsay is joining us today to share some of her insight into planning her gorgeous rustic and elegant wedding…
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My mom is very creative and detail-oriented, so she helped me immensely before and during the wedding. I have a good friend who got married about a month before I did, and she did all of the design work for our save the dates, invitations, etc. and we shared a lot of ideas and helped coordinate each other’s wedding. I couldn’t have done it without those two.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The customer service. I quickly learned that no matter how great the price on something, if the vendor was flaky or gave me a bad feeling, it just wasn’t worth it. I loved working with all of our vendors because they were very customer-oriented, communicated well and stayed organized.
Did any of your vendors do anything special for you before, on, or after your wedding day that you would like to share?
Yes! Two things really stuck out to me that relate back to the customer service I mentioned. Our photographers, Jen and Chris Creed, sent us a care package in the mail about a week before the wedding. It had everything for a date-night-at-home and came at the perfect time! It was so thoughtful. Also, our photo booth photographer, who is a friend from graduate school. Between the time I asked her to do our photo booth and the summer of our wedding, she moved from Nashville to Minnesota! I was so pleased when she said she was planning to come back to Nashville to fulfill her commitment…and we are so glad she did- the photo booth was amazing!!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Marrying my husband!! A close second was that we had so many friends and family that helped with the wedding day- from our moms and grandmas making home-made desserts for the Candy Bar and our family friend creating our beautiful floral arrangements, to a groomsman who played guitar and sang an original song for our first dance – there were so many personal touches from people who are important in our lives.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I’ve heard stories of couples who fight like crazy over wedding planning, and my advice to other brides is to enjoy the process and don’t let it cause conflict in your life. When you start to get stressed, always remember the reason for the occasion- to celebrate the fact that you’ve found that perfect match. The rest is just….details. The details start to be all-consuming, so I had to keep myself in check a few times. :) You won’t remember every detail of the decorations or the sides that were served, but you’ll always remember the feeling of the day. Try to soak it in as much as possible- it flies by so quickly!
Yes yes yes! Great advice, and also what she said earlier about customer service being incredibly important- SO true!!! Thank you for sharing your wedding insight with us Lindsay, and thank you to Jen & Chris Creed for sharing their gorgeous work too!
Love the yellow with a light blue! Did you see that cute little note about the blue mason jars too? Using vintage elements with a purpose like that is so sweet! I love all the details too- the little notes, the table numbers, the poster… yep, all of it. So what do you think about this rustic elegant wedding? What’s your favorite detail? And is anyone planning a rustic elegant wedding???