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Elina + Daniel ~ September 10, 2016

Elina + Daniel were married in a traditional Jewish Ceremony where the beauty of our garden lead their organic luxe design.  The couple used natural elements including succulents and kiwi branches to compliment their natural theme. The Enchanted Florist transformed our event pavilion with soft florals, hanging greenery, and floating candles under which the guest laughed & dined. Later the newlyweds, family and friends danced the night away under the glow from the Edison bulb chandelier and candlelight. We most loved the thoughtful details – the lego boutonnieres, the bride’s stunning gown and the handmade chuppah crocheted by the groom’s mom. We’re still swooning!

Thank you to Marcy Rolerson Photography for capturing the details of this stunning day!

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Bride’s Dress: Rebecca SchoneveldHandcrafted in Brooklyn, NY
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Flowers: Enchanted Florist
 Hair & Makeup: One10 Beauty
Stationery: Menu Cards Designs in Paper
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Your wedding ceremony really and truly is the most important part of your wedding day. It is the moment when you and your beloved exchange your vows, make lifelong a lifelong promise to one another, and officially enter the next chapter of your lives together. Your love is unique and special, so why would you want a cookie cutter ceremony? We love when couples personalize their ceremonies to be as intricate and as beautiful as their love. Here are some wonderful ways you can easily personalize your wedding ceremony.

Show Your Cultured Side

Bring in elements from your heritage for a truly special way to share your big day with your guests. Take a page from Kalee and Aaron‘s Hawaiian wedding, Meg and Josh‘s Celtic knotting tradition or Elina & Daniel’s signing of the ketubah.

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Elina + Daniel’s Wedding – Marcy Rolerson Photography

Share Your Vows

Before you pledge your love in front of the world, steal a special moment to share your love with your future spouse – either through a letter exchange or private reading of your vows. Holly and Nathaniel, Daisy and Ross, and Emily and Cam all took the time before their ceremonies to share their vows with each other privately. It is a truly beautiful way for two lovebirds to begin their day together!

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Include the Whole Family

Don’t leave your fur-babies at home just because it’s a wedding! When it’s an outdoor wedding, including your pets – especially such adorable ones – lets the whole family enjoy the day.

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Break With Tradition

Traditions are beautiful, but there really is no rule book when it comes to your big day. We love seeing couples shake things up – like when Julia had her mother walk her down the aisle, or when Rachael and Douglas lovingly told their guests to “choose a seat not a side.” And Meg didn’t care about gender – male or female, the important people in her life were at her side on her big day! Her bridesman was happily by her side no matter what.

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Wear Meaningful Momentos

Something old, something new… we adore when brides wear something meaningful and include it as a part of their nuptials. Sarah included a family cameo and handkerchief on her bouquet, and Stephanie’s sweet husband-to-be wrote his vows on her wedding shoes, making them even more meaningful and bringing tears to her eyes!

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Personalizing your wedding ceremony is such a simple but beautiful way to make your big day completely your own. Whether incorporating traditions from your culture or wearing meaningful momentos, it’s truly so important to personalize your ceremony and make your wedding day as unique as your love.

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Meredith + Andrew ~ October 2, 2016

We absolutely love it when a couple incorporates memorable and personalized details into their big day. Meredith and Andrew did just that for their vintage glam wedding. With sophisticated details and ornate decor, the entire day was truly stunning. The design inspiration for this fall wedding came from a vintage key – this was reflected in everything from the custom invitations and menus, Andrew’s boutonniere and the gold piping on the couple’s wedding cake. The attention to detail was only second to the couple’s love for each other – we love the sweet stolen kisses captured but Nicola Harger Photography.  Enjoy!

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Videography: With This Ring 
 Bride’s Dress: Madison James
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Stationery: Custom Design by the bride and groom
Transportation: Music City Dream Cars
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After narrowing down hundreds of gorgeous details for a top 5 in each category, we let you vote to choose the very “Best Of 2016”. Thank you to everyone that share, liked and commented but most of all, thanks to everyone that voted! After thousands of votes were cast during our contest, we are thrilled to announce the winners!

Best of Bridal Bouquet: Sarah’s Bridal Bouquet

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Best of Shoes: Meredith’s Silver Heels

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Best of Tablescape: Halley + Andy’s Elegant Gold & Blush Wedding

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Best of Wedding Cake:  Halley + Andy’s Wedding Cake

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The winning couple in each category will receive a one-year subscription to Batch Nashville! Batch Nashville is the perfect gift of locally curated goodness + gifts from Music City.  Give your out of town guests a Southern welcome with their wedding batches. Completely customizable, featuring favorite items of your choosing they can be designed to fit your budget.  Visit their website for more information.

Thanks to everyone that participated and congratulations to our winners!

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Meg + Josh ~ October 9, 2016

Meg and Josh had a chic boho garden wedding that was true to the autumn season, featuring deep colors and a dramatic onyx cake. The bride was breathtaking in her Rue de Seine dress with off the shoulder straps from The Dress Theory. And take a closer look at her bouquet, designed by Rosemary + Finch. It features not only cascading greenery with marsala, purple, and pink blooms, but blackberries as well!

The groom looked dapper as ever in his suit with a simple black tie – the perfect Southern Gent. And ladies, if you ever had a doubt about having a “bridesman”, think again! We love how Meg included everyone who was important to her, regardless of gender. Thank you to Abigail Bobo Photography for capturing this stunning day! Enjoy!

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Hair + Makeup: One10 Beauty
 Bride’s Dress: Rue de Seine from The Dress Theory
Transportation: Matchless
Entertainment/Musicians: The Corwin Trio
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2016 was such a beautiful year for weddings! We were honored to be a part of so many couples’ Big Days. One of the perks of working with so many lovely brides and grooms is being able to see how they incorporate the latest trends into their garden setting nuptials. Whether fashion-forward or heart-melting, we hope to see more of these trends in the year to come.


Vow Exchange

Going beyond a first look, 2016 gave us couples that took an additional moment before the ceremony to read their own vows to one another. This trend really fills us with so much love – we absolutely adore when couples bring the focus to their love and commitment. It is a truly beautiful way for two lovebirds to begin their day together, and we hope 2017 couples agree!

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Daisy and Ross shared such a touching moment together on the stairs of our front porch before their ceremony began. We love this couple wanted to share a sweet moment together that was more than just seeing each other’s outside beauty – this was all about loving their partner on the inside and saying what their upcoming marriage means to each other, in their own words. Our hearts are melting! Thank you Sarah Sidwell for sharing these photos!

Bridesmaids in Jumpsuits

Now this is a fashion forward style we can get behind! Forget the traditional cocktail dresses or gowns that most maids are resigned to – we love the idea of a bridal party rocking out in jumpsuits like these two did at Genna and Casey’s wedding!

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More than just a fun trend, bride Genna make sure this style was even more beautiful by opting for jumpsuits with unique necklines and adding the perfect strappy sandals! See more of Genna and Casey‘s wedding. Photo by Jenna Henderson.

Rose Gold

A pinker version of gold? Yes, please! Rose gold details were everywhere this past year, from to tablescapes and centerpieces to florals and cakes! It’s one of our favorite trends that we hope to see more of in 2017 – we love its classic roots and how the color exudes can elevate any color palette to be even more romantic. We love how these couples included this elegant trend into their weddings.

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Kalee and Aaron’s fall wedding was made even more romantic by including rose gold, blush, and copper elements. Combine that with more traditional fall florals in burgundy and you have a truly dazzling day! Photos by John Myer Photography.

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Weekday Weddings

Last but certainly not least, weekday weddings were big for many of our 2016 couples. We love seeing a shift in everyday couples deciding to call a Monday or Tuesday the perfect day to say “I Do.” These usually intimate weddings are often understated but breathtaking, with simple details and a dreamy love story.


With so many beautiful trends in 2016, we are so excited to see what our 2017 couples come up with!

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