Vendor Spotlight- Rosemary & Finch

It’s July & knee deep in wedding season! We are so happy to finally feature Mary Love owner of Rosemary & Finch. She creates some amazing floral arrangements for lots of Nashville brides. Keep reading to learn more about her company! 

How did you get into floral and event design?

After studying painting at Belmont University, I knew I wanted to do something artistic and work with my hands. On a whim, I asked my sister’s wedding florist for an internship and it all snowballed from there. I worked for other florists for a while and slowly built up my own business before taking the leap and becoming self-employed full time in 2013.

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Explain your process of working with a bride.

I truly believe that every single wedding is unique so I work really hard to specialize every wedding to reflect the bride and groom’s distinct taste. People always ask me if I hate Pinterest, but I actually really love getting to scroll through all these different pictures that have caught the bride’s eye. After meeting with a bride and getting acquainted with her vision, I create a custom quote based on her inspiration photos and Pinterest boards. It’s so fun to develop each wedding into something completely tailored to the bride and groom!

 

What is your favorite flower?

Oh, what a hard question for a floral designer! I love, love, love textured, lush arrangements so I tend to like more unusual flowers like king protea and scabiosa. I’m also always a sucker for any kind of David Austin garden rose!

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What makes you different from other florists?

I think my love of texture and variety is what makes my work unique. I love mixing lots and lots of different florals and botanicals to create the perfect color palette.

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What’s one thing you love to hear in consultation with a bride?

It’s rare, but I totally love it when the groom actually has opinion about the flowers. I find it so interesting to hear what a guy has to say about flowers, one of the most feminine aspects of wedding planning!

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Vendor Spotlight- The Golden Band

The Golden Band was founded by singer-songwriters, Brittany Hadley and Dan Storm, and is led by the vocal duo. We perform classic wedding songs and cover songs from various genres in several different styles.

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Explain your music style at weddings.

Our style is your style. Our band is fronted by our male/female vocal duo, but every other member of the band is interchangeable depending on what style of music the client is looking for. So, if a client wants bluegrass, the band will include a banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass and a fiddle player. If a client wants classic rock, the band will include electric guitarists, a drummer, bass player and a keyboard player. Because we don’t have a set band roster, we can be flexible in helping our clients create the perfect band to fit their specific vision. For past clients we have played pop, rock, bluegrass, country and almost everything in between.

 

How do you handle music selections for weddings?

We want our clients to absolutely love their wedding music, so we encourage each bride and groom to handpick their songs! We have a repertoire of about 80 songs that we call our “House Playlist.” Clients can pick and choose songs from that list OR choose an entirely unique playlist of songs that are important and meaningful to them. Past clients have asked us to learn songs from Jack White, James Taylor, The Backstreet Boys and many more artists. We also have a unique songwriting service, where we have even written personalized songs for first dances, daddy daughter dances and as special bride/groom gifts.

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How many musicians will be in the band?

As we mentioned before, our band changes depending on the wants and needs of our clients. We can provide anything from acoustic/vocal cocktail music to high energy dance bands. We provide each client with a customized quote, calculated based on how many band members they are interested in and for how many hours. This allows us to be flexible with our clients in accommodating any budget!

 

Explain your process while working with a bride.

Every wedding we participate in is unique. No two band rosters are the same. No two playlists are the same. We rely on our brides to provide us with their unique vision for their wedding music and we make that vision a reality. We pride ourselves on being very hands on and accessible. We walk each bride through every step from first dance to last song to make sure she loves what she hears on her big day.

Check out these videos of their performances here!

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May Group Meeting-Southall Meadows

For our May Group Meeting we ventured out into Franklin to see Southall Meadows, a newer wedding venue. The place was perfect for brides looking for a rustic venue with classy touches, with the gorgeous chandeliers. Jenna Henderson saved the day & graciously came out to take our images for the day.

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Rustic Rentals provides the silverware & tables runners that complemented the gorgeous centerpieces from Green Finch Florals.

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Corner Pub Catering feed us a delicious lunch. Many don’t know, but Corner Pub can cater your event with lots of options.

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Vendor Spotlight- The Horton Building

Tell us about your venue

Our venue is in a beautiful, historic building that serves several functions including a small coffee shop, roasting operation and web marketing firm. Our attractive and intimate space is perfect for birthday parties, wedding receptions, showers, showcases and any other occasion worth celebrating!

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What makes your venue different from other venues?

We are a unique space located downtown just a block off Broadway. With a built-in stage, BYOB built-in bar, attached coffee shop and open vendor policy, this Nashville event space is truly a space to make your own.

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

The building itself dates back to the early 1900s and has been a variety of businesses including the Nashville Piano Company and a colonial hat shop! Horton Group, a web marketing firm that owns and operates the building, moved into the space in 2011. I (Karli) came on in September 2014 and gave the name a space and a presence in the community and began booking a variety of events in the space including wedding receptions, a charity auction with the Nashville Junior Chamber, a night of Brazilian coffee and much much more.

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What are some of your wedding and reception options?

We offer use of our in-house coffee shop with our expert staff as baristas, licensed bartenders and day-of coordination.

 

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

Brides can use whomever they want, but we are always happy to make suggestions!

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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?

The Nashville Junior Chamber Wine & Dine 2015 charity auction was a wonderful use of the space. Our eclectic mix of in-house furniture mixed with small touches — like hanging paper lanterns and small terrariums as center pieces — were a great use of the space. They utilized the entire space with a full bar, photo booth, Tin Cup Coffee, a DJ and plenty of dancing!

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