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?


Tea or 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.











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.;)


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.


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.


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.


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.


Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

L & J: Mac daddy!


 Tea or Coffee?

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

J: Coffee: black as night.


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!


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

Vendor Spotlight- The Corwin Trio

This week’s Vendor Spotlight highlights the music of the Corwin Trio! These three women are a string ensemble based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Veronica Joines, Melissa Edgington, and Syneva Colle are the musical ladies who make up this group. Having these three women as a part of your event can add the elegant touch you might be looking for! The Corwin Trio has played at some of the best venues around Nashville such as the Belle Meade Plantation, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Their ability to transform an event with their music is something you do not want to pass up! Below are some questions to learn more about their music and a few personal questions, too!

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Explain your music style at weddings. 

It’s fun getting to know each bride as we plan the music for her wedding. Some brides feel overwhelmed by the endless possibilities, so it can be helpful to peruse our detailed list of music suggestions. Our repertoire spans from traditional classical pieces to Celtic music, sacred selections, and pop tunes. Last month we really enjoyed playing an all-Beatles wedding!

How do you handle  music selections at weddings? 

Some brides already have a detailed plan for the their wedding music when they come to us, and our job is simply to bring it to life. If there are any favorite songs that are meaningful to the couple, we can create custom string arrangements to work these songs into the wedding. One bride wanted to surprise her fiancé with the theme from their favorite movie. He had no idea it would be part of the ceremony. It was great seeing him grin when we started to play the theme from the Boondock Saints before the doors opened and she came down the aisle.

How many musicians will be in the band? 

The Corwin Trio is composed of two violinists and a cellist. A string trio provides a rich harmonic sound while being more economical to hire than a string quartet. However, we always keep a viola player on call so that we can play as a quartet where preferred. We can also trim down the ensemble to a duo or a solo performer depending on the needs of the bride.

Explain your process while working with a bride. 

“Corwin” is an Old English name meaning “friend of my heart.” We chose the name because music is more than a profession to us—it is a way to connect with other people. Our ensemble has been together for six years and we love spending time together, whether we’re rehearsing in Melissa’s living room or dressed in black playing Bach at a wedding reception. It is a treat to meet so many people through our music as we play for weddings and other events.


Some personal questions: 

Mac or PC?

Veronica and Syneva use PCs but Melissa is progressive enough to have a Mac!

Tea or Coffee?

Ideally a glass of wine along with chocolate during our rehearsals.

Favorite Things to Do in Nashville?

McNamara’s Pub on Old Lebanon Road is an incredible place to eat a meal or have a beer while listening to world-class Irish music.

Favorite Song Right Now?

We’re musicians! What an unfair question! Some favorite songs we have played at weddings would be “Dreams” by the Cranberries, “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” by G.F. Handel, and “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf.


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Planner’s Social at Wedding 101

One of our favorite things about the Nashville Wedding Planner’s Group is that it gives local planners an opportunity to hang out and get to know each other on a more personal level. And who wouldn’t want to spend time with and learn from other hard-working gals who work in their own industry? Not us!!

To take our “hanging out” to the next level, we enlisted our fabulous member, Parthenia Fayne, owner of Epiphany Events, to plan several social events for us throughout the year. Two months ago, Parthenia planned a fun night of screen printing, brainstorming and chowing down at the beautiful Wedding 101 space in the Gulch. Keep scrolling to see a bunch of wedding planners having a blast and to check out some fun images from CJ Wells Photography !

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The ladies from Hip Hues helped us make bags and t-shirts with our group logo! It was such a fun activity that would be perfect for bachelorette parties, wedding receptions, really any event where you’d like your guests to leave with a unique and personalized gift!

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 That’s it for today! Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!!


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