Vendor Spotlight: Feather + Oak Lifestyle Rentals

This week we got with Jennifer of {feather + oak} prop styling lifestyle rentals to tell us about her company & services that she offers Nashville brides.

What made you go into the business of event rentals?

I love creating beautiful gatherings and part of doing so is setting the atmosphere that makes an event feel special. Details – such as a magnificent floral vessel that beautifully supports a floral artist’s work or the simplicity of wood handled Civil War era flatware – set the tone for an event. I often refer to my inventory as lifestyle rentals because these details support making a gathering, big or small, memorable.

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What type of rentals do you offer?

Clients come to me for focal points. Items that spotlight a ceremony such as rugs or 100+ brass candlesticks // dessert tables that feature rare, antique cake stands // unique floral vessels for welcome tables or other vignettes // background items such as trays in brass, silver, wood, copper, and bronze for detail captures with regards to bouquets, boutonnières, and paper suites.

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Explain the process of working with a bride.

The question I ask every client, bride or not, is how do they want their event to feel? From there we take those descriptives and carefully hand select items that support their vision.

What are the different ways brides can use your products?

I love to dream new life for old things. One of my favorite details for the fall season is my collection of vintage thermoses. While most of them are in fine shape for their intended purpose, they also make adorable floral vessels; perfect for an autumn themed head table or for welcome and dessert vignettes. For winter gatherings we have a gorgeous antique sleigh carriage that is a spectacular statement piece filled with florals. And lastly our collection of carnival glass punch bowls make for a delightful drinks display. We like to pair them with simple clear glassware for a contemporary twist and let the punch bowls have all the attention.

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Vendor Spotlight: Christy Wilson Photography

This week we are featuring Christy with Christy Wilson Photography. She is Nashville based with a blend of posed portraiture and photojournalism style. Learn more about Christy below!

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How did you get into photography?

My dad is a photographer, so I have always been surrounded by cameras. When I had my first child, I decided to really learn how to really work a camera. It then evolved to taking pictures for other families, eventually charging for them and second shooting weddings around town. I fell in love with photographing weddings and decided that this is what I was meant to do. So I attended several workshops, was mentored by Julie Paisley, and honed in my specific style and went into weddings full time!

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What do you love about photography?

My favorite part of photography is giving the gift of time. I am invited to share in a couple’s most intimate and important day of their lives and document it in a way to show their love story. I take tremendous pride in my task and love that I am able to give them something that they will be able to look back on and cherish for the rest of their lives.

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What would you say is your photography style?

My photography style is a blend of posed portraiture and photojournalism. I love documtening the story of the couple on their wedding day and strive to capture all of the great details that unfold. When it comes time for portraits, I place the couple in a flattering pose with beautiful light and gorgeous scenery. From there I let things natural happen as well as a little directing to get some key shots! I love for my photographs to look real, romantic and dreamy!

Do you shoot digital or film?

Hybrid- Film and Digital

Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.

I want brides to first choose me because they feel something when they look at my work. I feel like that is such an important part of the process! I then want to connect and have a great relationship with my couples. That connection is what gives way to real and authentic images. It allows them to feel comfortable around me with a giant camera in their face, but they don’t mind because they know and trust that I will capture who they really are as a couple!

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Group Meeting at The Barn at Sycamore Farms

We had the opportunity to have our group meeting at the new Barn at Sycamore Farms in Franklin, TN. The venue is brand new & gorgeous! If you’d like more info about the venue, visit our previous post about the venue here.

Rebecca & Brandy went all out to create an amazing afternoon for the planners, taken by Kristin Sweeting our featured photographer.

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Kate with Owsley Design created some amazing floral arrangements for the tables.

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Chuy’s Restaurant now caters & has a good truck, they catered our group meeting with yummy tex-mex food & their world famous Jalapeño Ranch!!

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Vendor Spotlight: Owsley Design

Today we are so happy to spotlight an amazing Nashville florist, Kate owner of Owsley Design.

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How did you get into floral and event design?

I have always been driven by the need to create. In college, I studied fine art. I experimented in several media, from wood to paint to metal; sculpture was always my favorite. I have always enjoyed decorating and event styling, and had the opportunity to help make the arrangements at wedding for several friends. I fell in love! Afterwards, I became the manager of a floral design studio in Boston where my event clients ranged from brides with garden weddings to corporate event for the Boston Celtics and NHL All Stars. I have been featured in Style Me Pretty, All You Magazine, 5th & Hollyhock, Parade magazine’s Community Table, and Huffington Post. When I moved to Nashville, I decided it was time to open my own floral design studio, Owsley Design. Because of my experience in sculpture, I look at each flower arrangement as its own work of art, creating unique compositions with a balance of color, texture, and movement.

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Explain your process of working with a bride.

My favorite part of a wedding is getting to know the bride and groom. When we first meet, I make sure to learn their story and personalities as well as their wedding style and dreams. It is one of the most important days of their lives, and I am honored to be a part of it. The better I get to know the couple, the more unique and personalized the wedding decor and floral designs will be. Each bride and groom is completely different and special from the next, why should their flowers look like everyone else’s?

After we have talked about their favorite inspiration photos and ideas, I create a custom flower board to show them all of the options and designs that will fill their wedding. We continue to customize until every detail is perfect. The day of the wedding, I personally ensure that each arrangement is better than they had dreamed of. We only take one wedding per day, so all of our attention is focused on the bride. At the end of the day, when I see the smiles on the bride and groom’s faces, I am reminded why I love working with flowers & weddings.

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What is your favorite flower?

It changes every week! Each season offers its own unique opportunities, and each design opens doors for new colors, shapes, and textures. We always love trying out new ideas, and select flowers that are appropriate to the client and design, not my personal taste. That being said, I tend to be drawn to lush blooms (peony, ranunculus, dahlia) and unique details (berries, pods, or grasses). We only buy the highest quality flowers, and never deliver less than our best work.

 

What makes you different from other florist?

Besides being an artist, I am also passionate about well designed environments and interiors. Not only do I ensure that each detail of the flowers are perfect, but I also believe the whole room should flow seamlessly together, creating an inspiring design that guests will remember for years to come.

 

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What’s one thing you love to hear in consultation with a bride?

Their engagement story! We focus on designing florals that are custom to the bride and groom. What better way to get to know them than to hear about the moment they decided to spend the rest of their lives together? It is fun when a bride allows us to take hold of the creative reigns and make her something beautiful. We have lots of ideas and would love to make something new for your wedding day! I also empathize with a bride who knows exactly what she wants. At the end of the day, we are there to make the design process easier and make your wedding day beautifully and uniquely you.

 

The photos are by: The Defining Photo, White Rabbit Studios, ShutterLeaf Studio, Amanda Danzinger

 

 

 

 

 

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Vendor Spotlight: The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Today we are happy to get with our good friend Brandy the general manager, to tell us about this new Nashville wedding venue The Barn at Sycamore Farms.

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Tell us about the venue.

The Barn at Sycamore Farms is a brand new event venue located on 28 acres in the heart of Arrington, Tennessee capable of accommodating up to 400 guests. Our barn features cedar beams, crystal chandeliers, bridal and grooms suites, stone benches, two verandas overlooking the only island ceremony setting in Tennessee. A stone bridge leads guests to the 9,000 sq.ft island. The island can seat up to 400 people and is completely surrounded by a 2 acre lake. Our main hall features a custom made 8 ft. crystal chandelier. Heat and air conditioning and the latest lighting and audio video technology is available. Most importantly, our barn is heated and cooled and is designed for all seasons and weather conditions.

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What makes your venue different from other venues?

Heat/air conditioning, our large capacity, and our island ceremony setting to name just a few. One of the largest advantages of our barn is the heat and air conditioning. We have 3 separate systems to keep everyone comfortable. The main hall has a unit, as well as a unit for the bridal suite, and a unit for the grooms suite. At the touch of a button the bride and groom can easily adjust the temperature in their room to remain comfortable.

Another feature that sets us apart is the lake and island. Many have a lake, but not an island capable of seating the entire wedding party and guests. In the same way, our main hall is large enough to seat 300 guests and covered verandas can seat 150-250 more guests. The verandas also offer a stunning view of the lake, island and 100 year old Sycamore tree.

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Our goal is provide as many modern conveniences to the bride and groom as possible. The bridal suite offers makeup stations, plush seating, large flat screen TV, farm table for dining, private restroom and 3 crystal chandeliers. The grooms lounge offers leather seating, shuffleboard table, poker table, foosball table, large flat screen TV and a private restroom. We also offer lighting, audio video, wireless microphones and props for decorating.

 

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 What is the history of your venue? (How did it get started, etc.)

Our owner was raised in east TN and grew up loving the Tennessee countryside. He had a vision of grand barn venue for events after he saw the property’s 100 year old Sycamore tree. It is said that a 7 prong Sycamore tree is good luck…we agree.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

The sky is the limit! It depends on the size of the wedding and the couple’s preference. Ceremony locations include the island, inside the barn, under the Sycamore tree and inside the barn in the main hall. The couple has exclusive use of the entire property for the day so where they choose to hold their events is up to them.

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Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?

We have an extensive preferred vendor list for the bride to choose her vendors, but if she wishes to use vendors outside the list she can buyout that clause in her contract.

In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?

We’ve only been open a week and have already hosted 2 events! But both events showcased the barn’s versatility. The Canadian skirl cedar wood that the building is constructed of inside and out offer a raw but refined look, so the barn can be easily transformed to their taste.

 

 

 

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