Group Meeting at Saddle Wood Farms

If you haven’t visited Saddle Wood Farms as a possible venue for your wedding, I suggest you visit soon. It’s a gorgeous venue with lots of glamorous touches.  When the owner, Jayne invited our group out, we had to take her up on it & bring out our planners.

Nashville Audio Visual graciously left us this draping that they created for a couple that past weekend. The draping dressed up the venue perfectly.

Daniel with DMCK Photography came out & took some great pictures for us, to highlight the venue.

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Christin with The Farmers Florist created some amazing floral arrangements for us, that matched perfectly with the linens from Over the Top Linens. Christin uses what’s local and in-season from Nashville/Middle Tennessee flower farmers and often gathers materials herself from the surrounding landscape on her own farm.

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Chef’s Market set up an amazing spread for us, with lots of yummy options.

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For dessert, Chef’s Market had Apple Pie covered apples for us!!

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Vendor Spotlight: Kris Rae Photography

Today we are featuring a local wedding photographer Kris Rae Photography. We had the pleasure to work with him at one of group meetings & wanted all our readers to get to know him a bit more.

Soft bridal portrait | Photo Kris Rae - krisraeweddings.com

How did you get into photography?

For me, becoming a photographer was a natural evolution of my family’s business. My grandfather owned an independent print shop in the 1970s & 80s, so I grew up with the sounds of the shop and the smell of the ink all around me. This, combined with my mother’s encouragement make me into an artist from a very young age. By the time I was in High School I was drawing portraits with pencil & charcoal, and I had begun to claim our camera during family vacations. In my Senior year, I elected for photography classes and was captivated by the “immediate” process of making a portrait on film and being able to develop it in a relatively short amount of time. Where once I was spending days to craft a perfect portrait with pencil, I could do the same within the span of a single afternoon. I never looked back.

What do you love about photography?

My love of photography has changed over the years. Where once I loved perfecting my craft more than anything else (and it’s still a high contender), I have re-tuned and am in love with flaws and imperfections that keep an image honest. Small hairs out of place, a stray splash of light or an expression that hasn’t quite hit it’s peak… the story that is told through the imperfect is so much more compelling than the story told through only the Highs of life.

What would you say is your photography style?

As a student to so many different niches of photography, I have an amalgamated style, and can quickly switch between them given the story arc of the day. I will shoot light and bright for a fall farmland wedding, or use the drama of the shadows in a classic historic building. If we’re specifically talking about weddings: I feel that couples most often choose locations that reflect their personalities and the way that the light plays in those locations directs me how to shoot and present the story.

Fun Elegant wedding celebration in Mystic CT. www.krisraeweddings.com

Do you shoot digital or film?

While I started on film 15 years ago, and indeed, was part of the “last class” at my college to have a purely film workflow, as soon as I graduated and started stringing for the local newspapers, they put the first viable DSLR in my hands ( the original Nikon D1) and I became a digital shooter through and through for my professional work. However, I’ve always had a roll of film in a camera in the car, and shot personal work with it to keep myself aligned to the feel of film. Remembering to work slow and appreciate the tonal qualities of images that shouldn’t be digitally processed… I like to think it has kept me grounded and honest in my work. Never too much retouching. Never portraying something that “Is not.”

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

I can’t honestly tell someone why they should hire one photographer or another. There is no amount of skill or a particular style that deems one photographer better than another. A couple will hire the professional that they connect with. After all they are trusting this person with documenting the biggest day of their lives to date (there will be bigger days to come!) and you have to trust the guy who is with you for the whole journey, pointing a big-ass lens all the while. That’s a big deal. If you connect with the work in my portfolio, and when we meet, if you think you can trust me (and you can!), and we could be friends as well as vendor/client, then please do hire me. It’ll help me feed my kids.;)

Fun Elegant wedding celebration at Jonathan Edwards Winery. www.krisraeweddings.com

 

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NWPG Welcome Party at Homestead Manor

Each year the Nashville Wedding Planners Group starts fresh with new venues, vendors, & activities. So we were excited to have Homestead Manor host of our 2016 Welcome Party. Amy Parman the Event Coordinator at Homestead pulled out all the stops for us & made us feel very welcome. Special thank you to Mindy with Phindy Studios for coming & taking these amazing pictures for us.

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Homestead Manor severed us the best food & drinks! We were so happy to enjoy all the tasty options!!

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The Farmers Florist created the gorgeous florals for the evening!!

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The cake from Triple Crown Bakery looked & tasted absolutely amazing!!

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Love and Lion setup a fun tattoo station for us.

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What is the difference between a Wedding Planner & a Venue Coordinator

A question we hear almost everyday, we wanted to share the thoughts of our co-founder Tiffani Helms owner of Creative Designs & Events.

With many brides entering the wedding planning process, I really feel it’s important to help them understand the details. I get this question a lot of times during the planning process, “Why do I need a wedding planner, the coordinator at the venue is helping me”? I personally love educating brides, and I think they all should know the difference between an independent wedding planner & a venue coordinator.

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An independent wedding planner works for their client, the bride & groom. They will assist & work along with all the vendors participating with your wedding, plus with family & friends. They will listen to your needs & desires, in order to make them happen on your wedding day. The wedding planner will be there with you from the day you book them through the entire planning process, (depending on the services you book) as well as wedding day. The wedding planner will verify your cake has arrived, pack your wedding gifts at the end of the night.

A venue coordinator works for the venue. They facilitate the needs of the venue. They do not work for the bride & groom & will not help you with details or logistic outside of the venue. Now they may offer help or recommendations, but ultimately they will not assist you through the planning process of booking your vendors.

 

Having a venue coordinator doesn’t mean that your wedding details will run as smoothly as possible. I suggest to very bride, book a wedding planner, they work for you!

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Vendor Spotlight-The Tux Truck

Street Tuxedo has been serving Middle Tennessee for over 30 years and dressing grooms every where for their weddings. Recently they created The Tux Truck a mobile tux shop, a great way for the groom & his groomsmen to feel pampered too.

Give us the back story of The Tux Truck…..

A bride and groom of ours owned a local fashion truck. The more we spoke about their business the more my mind reeled with ideas of how a mobile tux shop could be amazing for us. The fact that we can bring our shop to you as well as be in cities that we don’t have a brick and mortar shop is invaluable. So I took the idea to the owners and about 8 months later the dream was realized.

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What made you go into the business?

Mark Street bought a men’s shop in Madison, TN in 1984. He slowly sold of all of the everyday wear (socks, undies, jeans) and bulked up in formal wear (tuxes and suits). Now 31 years later, we have 4 stores and 1 mobile location. My brother and I loved growing up in the business and decided to make it our career. Needless to say the Street family has a passion for the wedding industry.

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Tell us about your services.

Free groom try on and style consultation- The bride got her “say yes to the dress” moment, and we feel like he should as well. This service allows the groom to try on several styles to see what he likes best. Believe it or not this is not common practice at other tuxedo shops.

Bow tying service- This service is for those super classy grooms that prefer the look of the self-tie bow ties but don’t know how to tie them. We come to the groom/groomsmen the day of the wedding and tie all of the bows.

Concierge Service- This service includes delivery of the tuxedos, a trained Street Tuxedo employee to assist the guys in getting dressed properly, on site alterations, bow tying and pickup of tuxedos on Monday.

Same Day Rentals- This service allows that last minute guy plenty of options. You can go into our warehouse, get measured and walk out with a complete tuxedo within an hour or less.

Pick up of tuxedos on Monday- We will go to 1 central location (hotel, venue etc.) and pick up all the tuxedos. This is especially helpful for destination weddings where the whole wedding party is leaving town on Sunday.

Tux Truck on site style consult- This service is for the couple on-the-go or maybe a destination wedding. We come to their home, hotel, venue, etc. prepared to do a groom try on as well as style consult.

TT Bachelor Party Fitting- The Tux Truck will come to the bachelor party and we’ll fit all of the groomsmen at one time. This is a great way to get it all knocked out at once while “the boys” are in town.

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What are all the different ways brides/grooms can use your services?

Some wedding pros don’t realize that we carry way more than just tuxedos. Yes, we rent suits too. Also, do you have clients going for that country chic look? You know, jeans, button up, vest, tie and boots? We can rent a la carte…vests, suspenders, shirts, ties, etc., whatever they need to complete their look. We also sell suits for those guys who want to keep their wedding ensemble.

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