Vendor Spotlight- Emily O. Holmes

The husband and wife pair of Emily and Wade Holmes are a great team when it comes to invitations and stationery! They have created a brand that will make your event extremely unique and special. There are so many choices of products ranging from custom invitations to signs for the event. No matter the event, Emily O. Holmes is the perfect place to get customized paper-goods and really give your event a personal touch. Check out all of their work here! The couple’s passion for the business is evident and their products are exactly what every event needs!

What made you go into the business of stationery?

Our love for coming alongside friends and family as they celebrate special occasions drew Emily to use her passion for art to create original designs for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, and other special events.

What are all the different ways brides can use your products?

We offer Save the Dates, Rehearsal Dinner Invites, Wedding Suites, Thank You notes, Bridesmaid/Groomsmen gifts and any other paper needs (which may include custom calligraphy, napkins, menus, place-cards, koozies, signs, etc… basically, any type of paper-good for a wedding).

What options do you offer?

Outside of everything that we offer for weddings, we also design and print personalized stationery, party invitations, birth announcements, and holiday cards. We offer a variety of printing methods including digital, offset, thermography, letterpress, engraved, and foil stamping. Our pricing is based upon paper selection, printing method, quantity of suites ordered, and number of pieces and inserts in the suite.

Do you ship to different states?

Yes! We ship all over the country. We have recently been designing the paper goods for a lot of beach weddings, and we have regularly had business from the East Coast to the West Coast and all sorts of beautiful places in between! Fortunately, with paper products, it is very easy for us to take care of out-of-town clients; we can work with the client to update the proofing process over email, and (once it is perfect) we send the fully finished wedding suite straight to their doorstep.

Mac or PC?

Mac, Mac, Mac.

Tea or Coffee?

Emily (the designer) loves her tea… a warm cup of Irish Breakfast Tea with a drizzle of honey and a splash of milk.

Wade (the business manager) loves his coffee… drinks it black and never met a coffee bean that was too bold and dark.

Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures?

Instagram. We love sharing pictures of our work and precious pictures of our little girl (Elsie).

Favorite Movie Right Now?

Hmm… “current” favorite movie… a movie from the past year that we both really loved was Saving Mr. Banks.

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Vendor Spotlight- The Wren’s Nest

If you are looking for a venue that comes with undeniable charm, The Wren’s Nest is the place for you! Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, this venue gives each bride the flexibility to create the perfect wedding for her special day. The Maple Barn is a vintage barn on the property that is a great location for events! It is a two-story barn that can suit the wedding along with the reception all in one venue! This venue is surrounded by gorgeous nature scenes year round and makes for a true Tennessee wedding! Sam and Amy Wright, the owners, have created the perfect venue to allow the couple to make their wedding unique and special! Contact Sam and Amy for more info or to schedule a tour of the venue!

 

Tell us about your venue.

We are blessed to have launched during a time when rustic barn weddings are so highly demanded. But we have something more special than that, I believe. What people don’t expect, and a camera can’t capture, is the beauty of exposed rock faces covered in moss, a hilltop glade surrounded in trees, a firepit made of boulders dug from the foundation of the old barn with fossils in the faces of the stone. The serenity, the wind blowing through the leaves, the beautiful seasons, the smell of wood burning, lights through the trees and structures. So, people who initially came for a barn/farm wedding have leaned heavily into the majesty of the woods and outdoor spaces. And, while barn weddings may come or go, Adam and Eve were married in a garden, and people have been enthralled by nature and meaningful pieces of history ever since. We pay close attention to the property, and expose natural features that make for great gathering spots and photography. We consider the grounds and structures the canvas on which to paint a wedding that reflects the couples who get married here. Every wedding is different, just like they are different.

What makes your venue different from other venues?

We are very flexible. We consider the spaces to be a template to paint a story of a bride and groom. We will empty a space, move things around, and more. We have a history in design and build/restoration, so we continually plan and design for meaningful changes to some part of the property every couple of months so that guests who return here see a different wedding each time. We do inclusive events, but we always use outside planners and vendors, even on our inclusive events. We marry the right caterer, the right DJ, the right florist, etc. with each wedding so that it matches the vision of the bride and groom. We also provide the spaces for couples who come in the door with a lot of vendors already hired and who just want to rent the venue. We qualify the vendors so that the experience at each wedding is great, but encourage our couples to be creative and express themselves at their wedding. And we have natural features of the property that are unlike any that we know of in the area.

Another draw is that we are a true outdoor venue with a true indoor option, without the addition of tenting material, that still feels “outdoors” if needed. We have built retracting, sliding and swinging doors and walls on the barn that can be shut down for bad weather, or opened wide to let the outdoors and indoors join together. Many spaces have multiple uses. For instance, there is one room that has at different times been a storage room, a bar, lounge, catering service area, drink station, photo booth, s’mores prep area, kids’ hangout, and I’m sure other things. The upper hall can be a dance floor, dining hall, or ceremony space. We encourage brides to use the property in the way that works best for them, not the way others have done it.

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

Our daughter was newly engaged, and had a vision for an outdoor wedding on New Year’s Eve, in a real authentic barn. “Okay, that’s winter, sweetie.” That pushed the limits of what were were able to find. Bad weather was not only possible, but likely. We had to be able to heat it while it still was a real old barn. We could not find the place that was a real historic structure, safe enough to dance around in, open enough to feel outdoors, and flexible enough to let us use the vendors we wanted; not all in one place. So we decided to build a venue, with Kaitlyn and Daniel’s wedding as the first. We were going to build a structure out of old wood and do our best to copy an old barn. Instead, in the hunt for a barn to do a take off plan, we found a 100+ year old barn that a gracious owner was willing to part with. So, we numbered the pieces, disassembled it, and moved it here, reset on concrete, structurally engineered it to handle the weight, and put in new wood where necessary for integrity. I had a 27 year background in logistics, sales, marketing, and design + restore and remodel work. Owning and running is a wedding venue is a combination of all of those things. I do NOT have a background in planning, though. Which is why we always require a professional planner. Best to leave that to the pros.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

The sky is the limit, based on budget and creativity. We have a Venue + base package which provides the venue and some nice base services, and we have inclusive offerings based on the number of guests. We also do custom offerings. Our brides are welcome to use vendors they love, even in our inclusive weddings. We take care of the details that they don’t want to deal with at all, and involve them in the decisions they do want to be a part of, resulting in a highly customized wedding; even at base budget levels. In other words, we don’t do “Wren’s Nest Weddings,” we do “Anthony and Cheyenne” weddings, and “Jim and Dana” weddings, etc.

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

They are free to bring their own. We are happy to provide referrals, so some vendors are here more than others. But if a bride loves a particular vendor, and they are licensed and insured, and have not failed to perform on a previous wedding here, they are welcome. By not limiting vendors, it’s caused us extra work, but we’ve had some amazing weddings with caterers from Memphis, DJ’s from Chattanooga, drinks brought in from New England, and the most beautiful dessert table ever from a girl’s grandmother who is known by her family for her beautiful cakes and pies. And we have found some wonderful relationships with true professionals we’d have never met if we’d have limited who we allowed to serve here.

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

I think our most successful ones have been where the bride and groom’s history both received nods in the style and execution. When that happens, it requires both families to be on board. This wedding is not found on Pinterest, it’s found in the history of an Irish guy marrying a girl from New York, for instance. That type of wedding requires creativity; introducing types of food, music, decor and more where both the man and woman feel that they were honored by the other, and by both sides of the family. The passion, kindness and deference that goes into that wedding has, from what I can remember, has never failed to be stirring and memorable.

Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

I prefer Apple phones and tablets, and PC laptops.

Tea or Coffee?

Yes, please. Before noon coffee is great, afternoon, bring daddy a tall glass of sweet tea, please.

Favorite Local Nashville Restaurant?

We eat in Murfreesboro almost exclusively. We have a favorite Mexican restaurant called Camino Real. We love them and they love us. The food is good and the people are great. But we like Miller’s Cafe, Goodness Gracious, Puckett’s Grocery and other relaxed southern eateries as well.

Favorite Movie Right Now?

I really had a hard time watching Lone Survivor. It was gritty and hard to watch, but reminded me how much our men and women are willing to sacrifice so that we can write, say, go and do as we wish. And we have a son who is a Marine, so it made it hit home even more. So, while it was not a feel-good movie that I will ever watch again, it stirred me deeply, which I can’t often say about a movie.

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Vendor Spotlight- Nashville Event Lighting

This week’s Vendor Spotlight highlights Nashville Event Lighting! This company focuses on taking any event space to the next level all through lighting design! Blake Chaffin is the owner and is based in Nashville. He has worked in a variety of venues and has the ability  to transform every event into something beautiful. Check out his gallery here to view the variety of ways he has used lighting to make each event unique! Nashville Event Lighting has so much to bring to the table for your wedding and make the experience unforgettable.

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What made you go into the business of event lighting?

I’ve loved lighting since HighSchool, really. Maybe since junior high when I got a black light and a Jimi Hendrix poster that would glow, and a lava lamp. I don’t know where it started, I guess…. I’ve had NEL for 7 years now and I just saw a huge need that wasn’t being met.

What are all the different ways brides can use your products?

I think of us as a service…. We’re selling an experience. We transform spaces. We use tools (aka Lights) to do the job, and there’s nothing we can’t do. The best thing to do is to see our website and pictures at NashvilleEventLighting.com

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What options do you offer?

Up-Lighting, Pin-Spots, Chandeliers, Moving Lights, Lekos, Gobos, …a Lot. This question is somewhat venue specific, too. I encourage anyone to come sit down with us, and we’ll educate them on their options for any particular space.

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Some personal questions about Blake:

Mac or PC?

Mac, but I think Bill Gates is an amazing guy with his philanthropic work.

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee, Black, all day long, even when it’s 100 Degrees.

Favorite Things To Do in Nashville?

I love songwriting and hearing good music, of course. I love the Bluebird Cafe and all that…

I like sitting outside, I like my friends, I like eating at Woodland’s every chance I get!

Favorite Song Right Now?

Jack White – Lazaretto, I am wearing that song out.

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Vendor Spotlight- Little Seed Farm

After making their way to a farm in Tennessee from NYC, James and Eileen Ray have founded Little Seed Farm! The farm focuses on producing only the best products for you which ranges from organic skincare products to humanely raised meat! The couple work to always provide the most sustainable products and have a passion for the farming model based around that! Products from Little Seed Farm can be a great way to add a unique touch to your wedding. Keep reading to find out more about what Little Seed Farm is!

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What made you go into the business of Little Seed Farm?

We lived in NYC and worked long hours at jobs that didn’t inspire us, or make us feel like we were giving anything back to the world. Our dream was to start a business together that would give back to our community and help inspire others to pursue their dreams. As we brainstormed various ideas, we kept coming back to food and farming and eventually decided we could start our own farm and make it work. At the end of 2013 James was able to quit his job and now we’re both full-time on the farm, which is literally a dream come true.

What are all the different ways brides can use your products?

Our soaps are typically used as favors for wedding or shower guests. They are custom designed to fit the aesthetic of any wedding. We can also work with any size of order.

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What options do you offer?

The soaps are custom labeled as the bride and groom see fit. We offer stock templates and can also work with custom graphics or provide our own design work.

The various types of soap include Rosemary Mint, Lavender, Geranium Rose, Cocoa Spice and many others.

Do you ship to different states?

Yes, we ship all over the world

 

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Some personal questions about James & Eileen:

Mac or PC?

That’s the perfect question for us. Eileen does all of the design and branding work on a Mac, while James is the number cruncher and prefers to use a PC. There is a well-known battle between the two in our household.

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee and tea are regularly brewed, as well as espresso. We’ll take our caffeine any way we can get it!

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Favorite Things To Do in Nashville?

If we can get away from the farm, it’s usually to get some good food and drink some local beers. We like to wander around and explore the shops in East Nashville and spend a day picnic-ing at the park, people watching. It’s pretty easy to entertain dairy farmers.

Favorite Song Right Now?

These are controversial questions! Eileen’s favorite at the moment is “Right Time” by Nikki Lane. James mostly listens to The Darkness and The Handsome Furs, and his favorite local band is Alanna Royale.

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August Group Meeting-East Ivy Mansion

If you have not visited or toured East Ivy Mansion you are missing out on a true hidden gem wedding venue in Nashville. Once you walk behind the gates, you step back into time & it’s truly amazing. Our photographer for the evening was Ian Riley Photography & he really captured the beauty of the venue.

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Our amazing invitations were creating by Emily O Holmes. They were perfect!!

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A Dream Come True Catering really displayed a delicious buffet for us to feast on, it was all so good!

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Our Director Of Operations Danielle, Co-Founder Tiffani Helms, & Co-Founder Jennifer Hamilton. They create the most amazing group meetings for our Nashville wedding planners.

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The calm before the storm, the splashing turned into two planners jumping into the pool. We really are a fun group of wedding planners.

Nashville Vendors that Participated:

Venue-East Ivy Mansion

Photographer- Ian Riley Photographer

Caterer- A Dream Come True

Florist-Rhonda Patton

Stationery- Emily O. Holmes 

Harpist-Music City Harp

Transportation-Hello Trolley

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