Vendor Spotlight: Mandy Whitley Photography

Today we are sharing with you a long time friend of the group, Mandy Whitley Photography has been around for years & we are happy to share more info about her with everyone.

How did you get into photography?

With my family and friends, I have always been the person who had a camera in hand and felt the importance of documenting life. I actually got started photographing weddings after my own wedding in 2006. My sweet wedding photographer was so kind to mentor me and help me learn about wedding photography by photographing weddings with her, which was such a great learning experience for me. I just fell in love with it! Over the years that love of photography transitioned into specializing in pets and their people photography, and I couldn’t be happier with what I am doing now!



What do you love about photography?

I think photography is so much fun! Especially now that I’m specializing in photographing pets and their people. How can you top a job where you get to document life’s most important events for people and share in the joy of their wedding day, and include their fur-childen? You really can’t, in my opinion.



What would you say is your photography style?

My style is clean, natural and fun. I love working with natural light and really love to capture true moments and interaction between my couples, and their pets.



Do you shoot digital or film?  Digital

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

I love photographing weddings & engagements that include your fur babies and I have lots of tips and tricks to make that go great!. I love photographing all the planned formal shots, as well as the candid moments when you don’t even know I’m there. When you look through your images you will have a complete and full story of your wedding day. I’m also very organized and easy to work with – I love reaching out to your other vendors to help insure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you on your big day!


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Vendor Spotlight- South Fork Catering Co


How did you get into catering?

Romana and I were running a restaurant in a small historic town right outside of Prague in the late 90’s and we were asked to cater a party for about 300 guests at a really cool shop we liked called Le Patio right in the city center of Prague. There we met Lucie Pilipova who would become our future partner and eventually together we started Millennium Catering. We catered events in Prague Castle, in 16th century chateaus and even lunches at the World Bank/IMF meeting during street riots!





What are some different options for catering that you offer brides?


Our goal is to be as accommodating as possible so our Brides get exactly what they want on their wedding day. So we have done everything from plated seated dinners to family style French Service, BBQ buffets and smoking whole sides of salmon for hors d’oeuvre over a live oak fire at Bloomsbury Farm. Now that was fun, although challenging.





What are some new things you are working on for 2017?

Since the majority of what we use comes from Tennessee and is seasonal we are just getting more creative in how we cook and present the food. Right now we are working on a new canapé collection that will feature farm eggs and local cheeses in a crustless quiche, mini street tacos using local beef and charred vegetable “tartines” with fresh herbs. Plus some inventive new ways to present our Nashville Hot Chicken that’s been the surprise hit this season! And more empanadas for sure.





What are you seeing that is popular in catering in 2016?

Defiantly a lot of specialty cocktails featuring bourbon! I’m seeing a lot of doughnuts on Instagram. And late night snacks are popular, and I think its a great idea especially when there is bar involved.





What catering trends do you wish would die?

I would be happy to never hear about mashed potato bars again





Tell me why brides should choose South Fork Catering?

First and foremost our brides are not only our client, they are our guest. We work hard for everything to be perfect for the special day, and that starts by listening carefully to what their vision is. Then we can work with the planners to orchestrate a beautiful event that everyone remembers. It is our pleasure, let us cook for you.




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Group Meeting–Tuckers Gap

Today we are sharing our group meeting we had at Tucker’s Gap Event Center with pictures from Mandy Whitley Photography. Tucker’s Gap is a newer venue located in Lebanon, TN that boasts over 13,000 square feet under roof, with full heat and air conditioning for year round use. The main hall is 5,000 square feet, capable of seating over 300 guests and includes a floor to ceiling stone, gas fireplace and five large rolling doors for the option to have an open air experience.









The groom’s area.


Sweet Jane Nashville’s owner Amanda came out & provided us with her amazing little ice cream cupcakes.


Caramel Apple was our favorite!!




Clean Plate Club provided a nice ambiance & very tasty lunch for us.









And finished it off with a slice of Apple Cheesecake with a Salted Caramel Sauce!!


As a treat to the planners we invited Project Belle out to show off their services & we used our planner Katie as the model in Tucker’s bridal area!





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Vendor Spotlight: The Clean Plate Club

Today we are so happy to feature a true legend in the Nashville catering world, The Clean Plate Club. They have been around for ages & we are glad to finally feature them.

How did you get into catering?

Our founder, Monica Holmes, first entered the food and beverage world by catering for production crews in the Nashville area, and, soon after, founded The Clean Plate Club (1980). Monica’s ‘big break,’ as she likes to call it, occurred when she was asked to cater Naomi Judd’s wedding reception. From there, her business took off!

Monica’s passion for the culinary industry inspired her son, Chris Holmes, to attend culinary school and eventually join The Clean Plate Club as co-owner. The Clean Plate Club has had numerous locations around Nashville since its inception – from Thompson Lane to 12 South, we’re now located in the trendy Wedgewood-Houston area.


What are some different options for catering that you offer brides?

Our culinary team has extensive experience catering events for weddings – from rehearsal dinners to bridal luncheons to receptions. In terms of catering options, we have done all types of service styles, including seated plated, buffets, action stations, and the list goes on. Whether a bride’s event offers fine dining or fried chicken, our team’s passion for excellence and perfection will make the special occasion truly memorable!



What are some new things you are working on for 2017?

One of our main goals for next year is to explore new ways to build upon the traditional ‘southern’ recipes by incorporating or fusing new flavors. We also plan to make more of our own cured meats and ‘in-house’ smoked meats that can be paired with local whiskey, wines, spreads, mustards, and jellies.



What are you seeing that is popular in catering in 2017?

The Nashville/southern cuisine trend will likely continue the next couple of years, which includes the infamous Nashville Hot Chicken, as well as cured meats paired with local jams, and more of the traditional southern sides and entrées.

We feel that, given consumers’ expanding palettes; there will be an increasing interest and demand for highly creative and complex menus – in which we are thrilled and prepared to take on!



What catering trends do you wish would die?

To be completely candid, we want Nashville Hot Chicken to go!

Tell me why brides should choose The Clean Plate Club

The Clean Plate Club consists of an experienced team of culinary professionals who works with each client to ensure every detail of their customized menu exceeds their expectations and meets their taste preferences. Our meticulous planning and logistical know-how ensure that the bride’s event will be a success, no matter how large and complex the occasion. We begin planning with a level of creativity, sensitivity, and enthusiasm that is sustained right through your wedding day!




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Kathy Anderson - December 15, 2016 - 6:16 pm

Monica Holmes and The Clean Plate Club team planned and catered my outdoor wedding. It was simple, elegant, romantic and memorable. They were a true pleasure to work with!

Group Meeting-GranDale Manor

For this group meeting our planner Ashley Coston with Southern Social & Events Co. graciously volunteered to plan this meeting for us. It was filled with amazing touches & vendors that participated.













Styling/Rentals: Feather & Oak | @featherandoaktn

Floral: Petal & Pine | @petalandpine

Catering: South Fork Catering | @southforktn

Rentals: Liberty Party Rentals | @libertypartyrental

Cinematography: Loomis Films| @loomisfilms

Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press | @olivejuicepress





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