Vendor Spotlight- Branching Out Floral & Event Design

Branching Out Floral & Event Design is this week’s featured Vendor Spotlight! The owner, Vicki Sanders, has worked hard to build an event design company that has the talent, passion and network of professionals to make your event exceed your expectation! With experience in a wide variety of event styles, you will have Branching Out’s experience to create the perfect event. The floral design, along with event design mastery, is the best combination in a design company and Branching Out has just that. Keep reading for questions to Vicki about the business and a few personal ones, too!

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How did you get into floral design?

My mother was an award winning floral designer (and also had a catering business), so I grew up watching her. I took the career path of education, and I was a classroom teacher for many years. When a friend asked me to design her daughter’s wedding flowers, I jumped right in (although truly I had never designed flowers on my own). That was a success and then others began asking me to design flowers. For a while I worked from my garage, then from a wholesaler flower importer’s space… then it was time to rent a commercial space!

Explain your process of working with a bride.

I do like to meet with brides here at my workshop…I have a nice meeting room area. We discuss options, look at my portfolio, their photos of course they have from Pinterest! I have a showroom (or two) of containers, so that we can actually put them on the table and do a “mock up” of different looks, etc.

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What is your favorite flower?

Peony

What makes you different from other florists?

I am really not sure what other florists do…however one advantage I have is my very large inventory of containers and props. I do not have a minimum, in fact on my occasions we have just designed a single bride bouquet, if that is all a bride needs.

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

I love to hear that she trusts me to actually DESIGN something unique for her..and not just copy from Pinterest!

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

PC

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee…and lots of it!

Favorite Flower?

Peony

Favorite Season for Flowers?

Spring

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Vendor Spotlight- The Embassy Suites Nashville South

 

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is featuring The Embassy Suites Nashville South located in the heart of Cool Springs. The venue is very close to the historic downtown Franklin as well! The Embassy Suites is great and convenient for the wedding guests due to the hotel being in the same building as the event space. This venue offers different spaces for any size wedding along with many space options to create your vision for the wedding! The Embassy Suites offers great customer service to help cater to you and exactly what you are looking for in a venue! Keep reading to find out a little more about The Embassy Suites Nashville South! Contact The Embassy Suites for more information or to schedule a tour of the venue!

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Tell us about your venue.

The Embassy Suites Nashville South is located in the heart of Cool Springs, Franklin.

The Embassy Suites Nashville South Cool Springs is nestled in the heart of Cool Springs, our hotel is just minutes away from fabulous shopping, first rate restaurants, Historic Downtown Franklin and all the excitement of downtown Nashville – Music City!

At Embassy Suites Hotels™ we know exactly what it takes to help you pull off a spectacular event every time. From the boardroom to the ballroom, our planning professionals have the experience and expertise to help you coordinate every aspect of your function.

Our guests enjoy spacious two-room suites that offer plenty of room to stretch out and relax. And the evening offers you more chances to unwind with our Evening Reception where we set you up with your favorite beverages and snacks, all on the house. And your family and Friends can mingle with others or simply take it easy in the serene surroundings of our open-air atrium.

What makes your venue different from other venues?

We are a full service property that offers many aspects of your wedding ceremony and reception. The Catering and Banquet Professionals at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs provides the bride, groom and their families a carefree event planning experience. Onsite set-up, vendor organization and excellent culinary experience are what leave our guests at ease when deciding to host their special day with us.

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

The Embassy Suites Hotels are a part of the Hilton Brand. Overnight Guests at the Embassy Suites Nashville South-Cool Springs hotel stay in spacious two-room suites and receive a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary nightly Evening Reception. Each suite is beautifully decorated and has a private bedroom and roomy living area, complete with a sofa bed. As standard, all of our quality hotel suites come complete with two flat screen televisions and wet bar amenities, such as a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. Added amenities include: complimentary shuttle to local restaurants/bars, shopping and downtown Franklin, indoor pool and fitness center, business center, gift shop, The Athletic Club Sports Bar & Grill and more….

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What are some of your wedding and reception options?

We offer a wide variety of spectacular banquet space. Based upon your guest attendance and event details, our Event Manager will assist you in selecting the perfect Ballroom and set up for your wedding celebration. Food and Beverage minimums will vary according to square footage requirements and selected event date. In addition, there will be applicable service charges and state sales tax.

Our Wedding Reception Package Include the Following:

• Professional and Attentive Staff

• Tables and Chairs for the Ceremony and Reception/Dinner

• In house inventory of Table Linens, Skirts, and Napkins

• Dinnerware and Glassware

• Hotel’s Centerpieces

• Dance floor (Size Determined by number of guests)

• In house Staging

• Champagne or Sparkling Cider Toast

• Catering

• Cake Cutting Service

• Complimentary Suite with Bridal Amenity for Bride and Groom on the evening of your event

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

Brides are welcome to bring their own vendors. Expect all the food and beverage must be provided by the hotels catering team. We can serve Plated Dinners, Buffet Style, Reception Style, or Family Style Dinners.

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

When discussing with your Event Sales Manager your room set-up, get create and find different ways to use the space. For example, we hosted a wedding that split up the ballroom using drapes to separate the Dinner from the Dance floor giving the ballroom a “lounge” feel.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

PC

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee Mocha with Whipped Cream

Favorite Local Nashville Restaurant?

Kayne Prime

Favorite Movie Right Now?

Games of Thrones is my favorite TV series right now.

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Vendor Spotlight- The Cordelle

If  you are looking for a quaint location located minutes from Broadway, The Cordelle is the perfect venue! Chandra, Nealy and Leigh, the owners, have made this venue the perfect place to make your event completely unique in a great rustic building! The Cordelle is in downtown Nashville’s historic Rutledge Hill which makes it very convenient for guests and other aspects of your wedding being so close to downtown. The landscape along with the interior design of the house make so a unique event your guests will never forget! Below are a few questions for more about The Cordelle as well as a couple personal questions for the women behind the venue! Contact these ladies for more info or to schedule a tour of the venue!

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What makes your venue different from other venues?

The Cordelle is a unique venue because of its versatility and downtown Nashville location. Our indoor/outdoor event space allows for a gorgeous garden setting or an interior backdrop that is part modern and part vintage. The historic Victorian home and new Great Hall come together to set the perfect stage for any event. The furnished Loft also makes The Cordelle truly unique! This organic, yet designed space that is yours for the day of your event… bonus!

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

Saying “YES” to a man popping the question got us into building our idea of the perfect event space! The Cordelle is owned and operated by three long time friends, 1/3 of the trio was looking for a spot to tie the knot in Nashville. In our search we started to see the need for this type of space in downtown. 2 years later there was a new event space for the city and finally a wedding for the couple who sparked the idea:). Now the fun part is getting to share it with couples and hosting their special day!

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What are some of your wedding and reception options?

The Cordelle is extremely versatile, we have lots of configurations that work. Outdoor garden setting, cocktail style, seated dinner, area for full band performances or DJ, historic backdrop in the Victorian or the modern white space of the Great Hall there are lots of options. In designing the space we wanted to create a venue that didn’t need a ton of decor to make it work and our lighting is on dimmers throughout which sets a tone and atmosphere. For smaller events we can even host rehearsal dinners in our furnished Loft. Causal or refined, small or large guest counts and wedding, reception… or both, The Cordelle is flexible for your design and aesthetic.

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

At The Cordelle we have an open vendor policy. We do require that vendors are licensed and insured, but you can choose who you would like to be a part of your special day. Our venue also allows clients to provide their own beverage package.

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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 recently hosted a reception for 265 guests and the event utilized the entire property. Farm tables and rounds were set in the garden under the canopy of a hundred year old tree, buffet was set on the covered patio with access points in the front and back of the yard. From the outdoor dinner seating the guests were lead into the Great Hall for a cocktail style set-up for drinks, cake cutting and dancing . A bourbon bar was set up in the Victorian with lounge seating and high boy cocktail tables which transitioned into the Great Hall where a large stage and band were performing. The furnished Loft was the perfect place for the newly weds to take a moment together after their ceremony and when they were announced as “Mr & Mrs” exiting from the Loft balcony made a grand entrance. Each area utilized and created a great flow for the event.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

Mac

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee

Favorite local Nashville restaurant?

City House

Favorite movie right now?

1974′s release “Chinatown” is always a favorite! The costuming, cinematography and acting are impeccable… always a go to.

 

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June Group Meeting at The Cordelle

The Cordelle, one of Nashville’s newest event venues, opened for business a few months ago and we have just been itching to get a peek inside this unique downtown space! We got our chance in June when the sweet ladies of the Cordelle were the gracious hosts of our June meeting.

The Cordelle is truly a beautiful space with a beautiful story and the owners, Chandra and Leigh Watson and Nealy Glenn, worked hard during renovating it to maintain the integrity of the space  and let it’s history shine through. We love every nook and cranny of the Cordelle but two of our favorite aspects are the elegantly exposed brick walls and gorgeously restored wooden floors crafted by a local artisan. It would be the perfect space for any event, but especially if you’re wanting a unique and romantic space to say “I Do”.

Scroll down for just a taste of this lovely space. Photos by Teasley Photography.

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Other Vendors We’d Like to Thank:

Catering: Vintage Cakes and Catering

Draping and Rentals: Visual Elements 

Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting

Florals: Branching Out Event Florist

Favors: Batch Nashville

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Vendor Spotlight- Reaux Photo

Reaux Photo is this week’s Vendor Spotlight! This husband and wife duo capture the most beautiful moments of any event! Their love for one another, as well as their five children, is evident and they would make a great addition to any wedding! Their passion for photography shows in their images by their ability to capture moments that a bride and groom will never want to forget. Check out their website to see all of their work and how genuine and breathtaking the moments they capture from any event are. Nashville is lucky to have such a wonderful couple in photography and make sure to go to their website to see their lovely photos! Keep reading to learn more about Jeromy and Laura Reaux of Reaux Photo!

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L: I started a personal blog 9 years ago and taking photos for it built my passion for photography. I dove in and learned from workshops, books and other photographers.

J: I was fortunate to have Laura’s contagious passion around me, and she taught me everything she knows.;)

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What do you love about photography?

L: I love how an event can be unfolding before me and hundreds of other people, and I can share the very unique way that I’m seeing it with others. Not one other person has my view, my vision, and that is a beautiful thing. Our clients get that x 2.

J: I love being able to catch a moment of emotion and it lasting forever through photos… especially tangible printed photos.

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What would you say is your photography style?

L: Our style is vibrant, in-the-moment, and often dripping with emotion. We love creating portraits with movement and telling a visual story of this sweet, monumental day for the amazing clients who grant us the incredible honor of being their photographers.

J: We have a documentary style. We pay close attention and get caught up in the moments with our clients. That allows me to be able to capture that intimate exchange between the people in front of me.

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Do you shoot digital or film?

L & J: We have such a sweet spot for both. We have been solely film and solely digital at different times over the last 7 years in business, and we’ve now come to the place where we choose which is best for our vision in that moment.

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

L & J: If our style is the perfect fit for a couple and they mesh well with our playful personalities, they would have fun with us on the wedding day and receive amazing photos from this beautiful time in their life.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

L & J: Mac daddy!

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 Tea or Coffee?

L: Lots of coffee & occasionally a sweet, flavored tea.

J: Coffee: black as night.

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Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures?

L: Favorite? Hmm… I really love social media. Instagram & Facebook are our most used for Reaux Photo.

J: Instagram!

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Favorite Movie Right Now?

L: I LOVE movies! A few of my all-time favorites are The Holiday, Sweet November and You’ve Got Mail.

J: This is probably the toughest question. I love watching chick flicks with Laura (just don’t let the guys read this). I’ll throw in Bad Boys for good measure.

 

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Laura & Jeromy Reaux - August 18, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Thanks so much for the sweet words, guys! and for featuring us. :) xo

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