2nd Annual Nashville Wedding Planners Retreat

For our 2nd Annual NWPG Retreat, we wanted to create an atmosphere for our planners to relax & have a great time together. With wedding season approaching, we needed a fun retreat before the madness hits. It was only appropriate that we had custom stationery created for our planners to enjoy. Jessica with J. Amber Creative created an amazing suite for us.

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We reached out to Shelter & Roost, they own several properties in the Franklin/Leiper Forks area and we had the luxury of staying in their property, Leiper’s Fork Inn. The home is simply gorgeous and decorated so well.

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We welcomed the planners to the house, with lots of champagne & in room surprises.

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Our favorite treat were macarons from Sweet Darling Patisserie, a local company with the best macarons.

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After relaxing, getting our makeup done, & lots of fun we got ready to head out to dinner. The Big Love Bus came to pick us up & take us to Chuy’s for a fun Mexican dinner.

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After a long night of fun, we woke up smelling bacon coming from the kitchen. Jo’s Custom Cakes & Catering snuck in & laid out a delicious breakfast for all the planners.

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The best part of breakfast was the candied bacon, a favorite among our planners and was requested from Jo.

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Here are all the vendors that participated with our retreat, check out the #2105NWPGRetreat to see more pictures from all our amazing planners!!

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Vendor Spotlight- East Ivy Mansion

We were so excited to visit the venue, East Ivy Mansion for one of our meetings last year. East Ivy is unlike any other wedding venue in Nashville. Once you walk through the gates, you might think you were in a gorgeous Italian city. The best part is the huge pool & guest rooms for your wedding guests. We caught up with their Events Coordinator Jamie, to tell us more about this beautiful venue. 

Tell us about your venue.

The East Ivy Mansion is a historic home built in 1876 for Senator Henry Cooper. Boosting over 44,000 sq ft of indoor outdoor space, the property is Nashville’s hidden gem that sits 2 minutes from downtown. Exquisite gardens, koi ponds, Italian brick arches, a Grecian pool and cabana are just a few of the unique features at East Ivy. We can accommodate up to 250 and own tenting in case of inclement weather.

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What makes your venue different from other venues?
We bill ourselves as a destination wedding location. East Ivy becomes your personal home, as we only do 1 event a day. You have full access to the entire gated property including the pool and cabana, and 16 people stay overnight in the mansion, as well as the bride and groom in the gorgeous detached honeymoon suite, which opens up to the pool and outdoor shower. It’s a great way to kick off your honeymoon, and to celebrate with friends and family. It is more than just a ceremony and reception, it’s a wedding experience.

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What is the history of your venue? (How did it get started, etc.)
East Ivy has always a private residence, but 2 years ago when we took ownership of the property, we started doing special events as well.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?
East Ivy does not do “packages” which is awesome, because it allows the bride to customize her day to her budget and preferences. No wedding at East Ivy is ever the same, as we pride ourselves on giving our brides lots of options of how their day will look. We have multiple locations on site to have both your ceremony and reception, and space does not need to be flipped.

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Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?
We have wonderful list preferred vendors that we work with from caterers, rentals, florists, photographers, to entertainment. We do allow outside vendors, but there are a few categories like catering that would require a buyout.

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 am in the process of planning what I THINK will be the most creative event so far at East Ivy! I have a really fun bride and groom who are getting married in June, and they are going with a Boho/Moroccan themed event. Because the couple is so whimsical, we are going with super bright colors, mixed mediums of furniture, lots of lanterns and additional lighting. The guests will lounge on couches surrounded by fire pits, and enjoy the view of the pool that’s filled with floating flowers and candles. It’s always fun when you get to be out of the box!

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Some personal questions about Jamie:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea or Coffee? Coffee preferably Dunkin Doughnuts

Favorite local Nashville restaurant? Etch, Holland House, Edly’s BBQ

Favorite movie right now? I am more on the TV show band wagon House of Cards, Vikings, Game of Thrones etc

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Vendor Spotlight- Darcy Ferris Photography

Our first meeting of the year was a great one at Puffy Muffin in Cool Springs (original post here) and we were so glad to have Darcy Ferris there to capture it all. She was also super sweet to do some head shots for some of our planners. Darcy is a wonderful local photographer who specializes in weddings but also loves doing lifestyle sessions, like family, maternity and birthdays, as well!

Today we got to catch up with Darcy to learn more about Darcy Ferris Photography and what her business has to offer!

How did you get into photography?

My Mother always had a some type of camera in her hands, so you could say that my love for photography came from her. She captured the family get togethers, birthdays, weddings, etc. I took photography (film) classes all through junior high and high school as well.

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What do you love about photography?

It’s my passion and what fills my soul and makes my cup runneth over. I love capturing moments that no one else sees from the point of view I do. I love that you can look at a photograph that happened four months ago or forty years ago and have the very same feeling you did the day the photo was taken. A photograph is like a song. It can take you back to a specific moment in time. I also love the multiple formats photographs can be in these days. You can carry your photographs in digital form on your phone or get an album and turn the pages.

What would you say is your photography style?

I say that I am a ‘lifestyle’ photographer. By that I mean, It’s very free flowing and moving. I cannot say that I do not pose couples or subjects at all when shooting engagements or weddings. However, I give them as little direction as possible to keep movement natural. Every couple/family is different. If they look like they need more direction, then I’ll give them more. When I capture children in their home, I just let them be. I follow them as if I am a fly on the wall just observing.

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Do you shoot digital or film?

At this point in my career, I only shoot digital. At some point, I will incorporate film back in, but for now it’s digital.

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

First of all, I want the bride (the couple) to be in love with my photographic creations. I want them to love the way I see and capture moments. Next, I want them to like me, my personality, and the way I interact with them. A wedding photographer is with the bride and groom all day (anywhere from 7-10 hours). My couples need to feel comfortable with me. I believe that goes with any photographer. Couples need to relate to their photographers personality. My clients have told me that I am easy to work with, adventurous, a good communicator, and attentive.

Some personal questions about Darcy:

Mac or PC MAC MAC MAC – once you go MAC you’ll never go back =)

Tea or Coffee Tea, sweet or fruit

Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures My website/blog/facebook

Favorite Movie Right Now Identity Theft was the last movie I saw. I’m not a big movie or tv person. I’d rather be outdoors or creating something.

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Vendor Spotlight- Altermyheart

Today we are so excited to feature a gown alterations business that is brand spanking new to Nashville. Altermyheart and it’s precious owner, Rachel Swayne, are here to take care of one of the most important parts of your big day, your wedding dress. (ok, let’s be honest, it’s THE most important part) Rachel truly cares about her clients and how they look on their wedding day and she has years of experience and a ton of talent to back it up. Oh and we just LOVE that she is available for day of emergencies!! We recently asked Rachel to tell us all about her new venture and here is what she had to say:

Tell us about Altermyheart 

Altermyheart actually started as an Instagram name, a nod to my profession and my faith. When I decided to start my own alterations business, it was an obvious choice for the name. I do sewing of any kind, but my passion is working with gorgeous dresses and making brides feel beautiful.

 

What services do you provide for brides? 

As the name implies, alterations is the bulk of my business. From basic fit issues (hems, taking in or letting out sides) to complete redesigns (adding sleeves, moving the waist seam, changing the silhouette, etc), I will do whatever I can to make a bride’s vision reality. In addition to bridal gowns, I alter mother of the bride/groom, flower girl, bridesmaid, rehearsal dinner, and any other type of dress you can imagine! I also make children’s dresses from vintage linens, which are perfect for a unique flower girl look. 

Even brides who have a dress that fits perfectly can benefit from my services. I have excellent equipment for steaming or pressing gowns and veils, and any dress with a train could use a bustle for the reception!

I am also available for day-of emergencies–just call me the dress doctor! If a bride has a dress crisis (zipper breaks when she puts it on, she loses 10 pounds and doesn’t realize it) I have a sewing machine that fits in my car and I can do some last minute fixes.

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How did you get into alterations? 

Sewing has always been a part of my life. My mother made clothing for me when I was a kid, and she even helped me make my senior prom dress! Throughout middle and high school I kept sketchbooks full of designs, and dreamed of becoming a famous fashion designer. In college I discovered that I enjoyed making garments even more than I enjoyed designing them, but I didn’t know how that translated into a profession I would love. When I graduated from Lipscomb University in 2007 with a degree in Textiles and Apparel, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do (except travel!!). I was actually working as a flight attendant in Colorado when a former teacher called me about an alterations job in Nashville. The same day I got this phone call, I found out that the airline I worked for was closing their Denver base and relocating me somewhere much less desirable. It seemed so serendipitous that I decided to give the alterations gig a shot! I was at David’s for a year and a half before my manager left to run the alterations department at Bridal Warehouse. She asked me to come with her as her full time seamstress, and I have been there for almost 6 years now. I have dreamed of branching out on my own and 2015 is the year I’m making that happen! 

 

What is your favorite type of alteration?

I love working with lace! I love the detail, the patterns, the techniques, all of it. Give me a lace dress to work on and I am one happy girl.

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What is the most challenging alteration you have done?

More than once I’ve had to make a dress that is at least 3 sizes too small, fit like a dream. At the stores where I got my training, we often had to make the “impossible” happen. I have worked with many girls who were told by another seamstress that their gown could not be altered to fit. Most of the time this is just not true. I love a good challenge, and I will not let a bride leave my studio unhappy.

 

Are there any alterations you do that set you apart?

I have actually done quite a few dresses for girls from the LDS (Mormon) church. These brides have very specific guidelines for what they can wear in the temple. It takes a lot of time and creativity to transform a mainstream wedding dress into something fashionable and modest. These have been some of the most challenging and most rewarding dresses I have worked on.

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Personal Questions about Owner Rachel:

Mac or PC Mac

Tea or Coffee Very enthusiastically, TEA!!! I am a serious hot tea addict.

Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures Instagram

Favorite Movie Right Now I stream a lot of TV shows on Netflix, more than I watch movies. Most recently, I binged on “The Paradise” and “Bomb Girls” because I absolutely adore historical costuming!

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Vicki - March 26, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Rachel is a true professional! Talented and dedicated!! Truly the best!!!!

Amy - March 31, 2015 - 11:33 am

Rachel is absolutely wonderful! We have loved working with her!

Vendor Spotlight- Frosted Affair 

Happy Wednesday! We are so excited to feature Frosted Affair today on our blog. They have the best sweets & design some amazing cakes. We have worked with them on creating lots of fun treats for our planners.

Tell us about your company

Frosted Affair is known regionally for its delicious buttercream, unique flavoring offerings, and well-executed creative dessert designs. While the heart of our business is our custom cakes, cookies, cake pops, macarons, and other desserts, we also have the team in place to truly frost your affair! We have graphic designers that can provide custom invitations, labels, gift tags, signs, banners, etc. We can even help with creative non-baked party favors! We have been frosting affairs since November 2012.

We are located in Green Hills near Green Hills Mall. 

2209 Bandywood Drive

Nashville, TN 37215

615-856-1903

www.thefrostedaffair.com

Our shopping center is a bride’s haven as The Bride Room, Street Tuxedo, Bella Bridesmaid, and Daniel Cole are all just steps away!

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What type of services/items do you offer brides?

We offer complimentary tastings and consults to brides. During the consult, our cake artists will sketch and design a custom dessert offering. Desserts range from tiered wedding cakes, carved groom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons, iced sugar cookies, as well as dessert bars. We offer delivery and set upas well as table styling utilizing our large selection of cake plateaus, serving pieces, jars, table runners, and table décor

We also have a store front open Tuesday – Saturday, so brides and grooms can pop in anytime and pick up a sweet treat to share with friends!

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What are some different flavors that you offer brides?

We have more than 30+ flavors available! Our most popular wedding flavors are strawberry (our #1seller!), almond, chocolate, red velvet, and vanilla. However, we have many non-traditional flavors such as French Toast, Guinness Bourbon Chocolate, Key Lime, & Apple Pie Moonshine!

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What are some new things you are working on for 2015?

Our 2015 Bridal Collection will be released in March 2015. It will be comprised of 10 completely original designs and will utilize new decorating techniques as well as many of the 2015 pantone colors. The 2016 collection will be released in November. 

Additionally, we just completed a brand new website (www.thefrostedaffair.com) that features weekly blogs. Finally, we completed our store re-model that features a private consult room and a cake finishing room with glass doors so you can see the cake artists at work!

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Tell me why brides should choose Frosted Affair.

We pride ourself in our top notch customer service and delicious desserts. However, three things set us apart from others: 

Design and execution. Our artists can create and execute cakes unavailable anywhere else in Nashville!
We never serve guests fondant! We can do multi-tiered buttercream cakes, or we can do faux cakes with sheet cakes (4 layers!) in the back for designs requiring a fondant base.  
Safety Net. We have 3 cake artists on staff that can execute every cake designed! So plenty of back-ups for illness or unforeseen events. 

 

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