February Group Meeting – Omni Nashville Hotel

Today, we are so very happy to share our February group meeting at the Omni Nashville Hotel with you!! After a long break, the planners were so excited to get back together and what better place than Nashville’s coolest new hotel! The Omni is located right in the heart of downtown Nashville, next door to Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame. And even better, the hotel is absolutely gorgeous! We just love the modern elegance of the hotel and all of the beautiful event space it has to offer. So in other words, The Omni is the perfect location for a Nashville wedding and is situated in just the right spot to give your guests an amazing look at Music City.

The Omni served us all a yummy lunch while we chatted and listened to the lovely music of harpist, Brittany Burns. So relaxing! Color My World Floral Design provided us with the loveliest centerpieces and Bespoke Soaps, by Little Seed Farm, provided us with the prettiest handmade soaps to take home! What a wonderful day with some truly great ladies!

Enjoy these awesome photos of the meeting, from the very talented, Abigail Bobo Photography!

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Vendor Spotlight – Amber Housley Design

We are so excited today to feature one of our own! Amber Housley, owner of Amber Housley Design, is a top notch designer in the Nashville area, specializing in invitation design, beautifully detailed paper goods and adding “pretty” to all kinds of celebrations. And just this year she has officially added wedding planning to her repertoire of services as well.  Amber and her team are immensely talented and we couldn’t be happier to have such a creative company as part of the Nashville Wedding Planner’s Group!

We recently caught up with Amber and had her answer a few questions for us!

How did you get started in the design / invitation business?

You could say the roots of my invitation business started in college when a sorority sister and I would sell handmade cards for sisterhood events. Post-college I started a career in marketing and branding and those day-job design and business skills eventually led to me opening up my own online shop on eBay in 2003. Fast-forward to 2007 when I was married here in Nashville and did the design and “branding” of our entire wedding. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to work with countless brides create fabulous detail-rich weddings.

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How would you describe your style? 

I am in love with bold color and vibrant patterns, and translate that style from my personal style into the style of my stationery designs.

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What trends are you seeing right now with invitation design? 

There are so many beautiful trends right now in invitation design. One of my favorite trends is unique colors of foil printing, including rose gold, gold, silver, and black. Hand lettering and hand painted illustrations are also trends that I continuously love to see featured on invitations. Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Pantone color of the year, so I am really excited to see how that color is carried through into the invitation design world.

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What is the most important thing you want brides to know about Amber Housley Design?

I truly want brides to know that when they work with Amber Housley Design, they will have a design that is completely custom to who she and her fiancé are as a couple. I strive to translate my clients’ unique love story come to life through the details of their design, from the colors to the wording to the way in which their paper goods are presented and sent to their friends and family.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea or Coffee? My usual order – Skinny Carmel Macchiato Half Caff from Starbucks

Favorite Movie? The Notebook – the location, the story…all perfection!

Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Baja Burrito – great place for a quick lunch on the go and reminds me of my Southern California roots!

 

 

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Vendor Spotlight – Mint Springs Farm

The NWPG was fortunate last year to have one of it’s meetings at the beautiful Mint Springs Farm. Mint Springs Farm is a gorgeous all-inclusive venue in Nolensville, TN. All of our planners were thrilled to learn more about this lovely location and to explore every perfectly planned out nook and cranny. The owners, Jan Tucker and Lynn Whisenant showed us all a wonderful time and made us very excited to work there! (Click here to see pictures and read more about this fun meeting!)

We recently asked Lynn a few questions to help you get more acquainted with this unique wedding venue.

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Give us a brief history of Mint Springs Farm.

Jan Tucker and myself came up with the idea of building a venue in January of 2011 and we looked for property all over Williamson county for 8 1/2 months. When we found this piece of property the hair on our arms stood up, we knew we had found it! Mint Springs Farm was a dairy farm that was founded by the Osburn family in the early 1940′s, we loved the name and asked if we could keep the name for our venue. We kept the existing house, totally renovated it to be the bridal suite and built everything else from ground up. We started building March 2, 2012 and had our first wedding March 16, 2013 and had 67 weddings from then until December 21, 2013! A fantastic first year with fantastic couples and families. 

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What makes your venue unique? 

We feel that we are unique in that we offer all-inclusive to our couples to the max! We want our couples to feel comfortable in knowing they truly don’t have to worry about a thing during this process. We offer a resort type atmosphere for their special day. With the ability to come as early as 10:30, bring their own hair and make-up techs and not have to worry about being so many different places trying to prepare for their day. We also created an amazing space for the groom and his groomsmen, who so often get overlooked. Our couples enjoy the day experiencing love, laughter and excitement… all with no stress!

View More: http://mattandrewsphotography.pass.us/kristi_dillon
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What are some of your options for weddings and receptions? 

We have so many selections of decor for our couples. We strive to collect and continue to purchase new decor and table linen options for our couples. We have collections of so many categories that span from elegant crystal to deer antlers! The fact that they don’t have to worry about weather at our venue is a huge comfort as well. 

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What type of bride would your venue be perfect for? 

A bride that wants to be involved with the planning and decor selection, but wants to enjoy her day with family and friends without having to worry about one thing!  A bride that wants incredible photo opportunities, beautiful farm and lake views and a farm/barn type atmosphere.

Does your venue require the use of certain vendors or are brides free to bring in their own? 

We do require our couples to use our preferred vendors for the most part. We feel that we have incredible vendors that KNOW our facility, are experienced in their field and are fantastic with our couples. Couples are free to bring in outside cake vendors, musicians, photographers, planners and designers.

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What event has most creatively taken advantage of your space and what made that event a success? 

All of our weddings have been both creative and successful, but one that comes to mind was a couple that had about ten attendants each. They had such a fun day, ALL DAY LONG! The groom and his groomsmen created (and rehearsed in the reception barn) a choreographed dance to surprise the bride at the reception that evening. It was great!!!

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What is the most important thing you want brides to know about Mint Springs Farm? 

That we TRULY LOVE what we do and with each and every couple we work with we focus on making their day amazing!

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea of Coffee? Coffee

Favorite Movie? That’s HARD! One of them is The Proposal, I laugh until I cry! Another is Phantom of the Opera.

Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Midtown Cafe

Photography Credits:

Justin Wright Photography

Gregory Byerline Photographer 

Nyk & Cali Wedding Photographers

Rae Marshall Weddings 

Matt Andrews Photography

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Absolutely versatile venue! Creatively designed and fully of options for beautiful ceremonies and wonderful wedding photos. So happy this venue is in Nashville available for the wedding community!

Vendor Spotlight – P.E.W.S.

We are so lucky here in the South to have several specialty wedding vendors at our fingertips. No matter the type of wedding you’re planning, you can usually find great businesses that have the products and services you need to make your day the way you envisioned. One of those great specialty businesses is P.E.W.S., a company based in Alabama that rents the prettiest church pews. The acronym, P.E.W.S., also stands for “Purely Elegant Wedding Statements” and boy are they!  Whether you’re looking for fun seating pieces for your guests or want a pew or two to add to your rustic-chic decor the gals at P.E.W.S. can help you find what you need!

Read on for more information on P.E.W.S. and to see pictures of their beautiful inventory!

 

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How did you get started in the rental business? 

P.E.W.S. began out of a personal determination to figure out how I could serve others in a creative way. I grew up planning to be a nurse because I do love taking care of people – but quickly realized I would not be able to pursue much creativity where I was working – so I started to think about where I could fit into the Wedding Industry. A planner mentioned that she could never find church pews so my husband and I decided to fix that! We had no idea of the difficult   challenges that laid ahead but I am so thankful for all that we have overcome. We love what we do and how we get to help fulfill dreams of so many wonderful couples.

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What do you love most about being in the wedding industry in the South? 

Starting a Pew Rental Company would not work anywhere but the south! We are so thankful to have lived and work in this part of the country that celebrates the elegant parts of the past! Having church pews as ceremony or reception seating adds a historic appreciation because all of our pews have come from churches, and each one has their own story.

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What is unique about your pews? 

We specialize in providing options of authentic church pews. You can stick with one style to seat your guests or mix them up to add an eclectic feel that takes a modern spin on the traditional style of seating. P.E.W.S. is now able to seat over 750 guests with our 160 church pews!
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What is the most important thing you want brides to know about P.E.W.S.?
We want brides to know that they will only regret not having pews at their wedding. Every one of our brides has loved this aspect of their wedding and many say it is their favorite decor decision of the wedding! Please check out our Kind Words page to read how thrilled our brides are with our pews and for the way we care for their wedding!
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Some questions just for fun:
Mac or PC? Mac forever and ever!
Tea or Coffee? Chai Tea Latte, please!
Favorite movie? Princess Bride is always towards the top of my list.
Favorite Nashville venue to work at? Being at The Omni in Nashville in January was amazing!
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Vendor Spotlight – Peerless Photography

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We love Fridays and we looooove love so needless to say today is the best day ever! (have we said the word “love” enough yet?) Well we’re going to say it again, because we also love showcasing the fabulous wedding professionals that we’ve worked with and today we’ve got a good one!

Nathan Morgan now of Peerless Photography is a fabulous local photographer. We got to work with him on our Food Truck Event at the McConnell House and he was so much fun to work with! Nathan has such a cool style and his love of people and emotion shines through in each photo he takes.

Nathan recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Read on to learn more and to see some of his amazing work. Oh and check out the end of this post for a great Valentine’s Day special!

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How did you get into photography?

My parents encouraged me by generously allowing me to develop film from trips and vacations we’d go on. In high school I started using the dark room and loved shooting landscapes until I photographed a school play. Even though they were acting, I made some photos that showed emotion and that ignited a much deeper interest.

Entering college I planned to study social work and possibly minor in photography until I realized that there is a whole social work aspect to photojournalism.

I’m very blessed and thankful to be a photographer. I’ve connected with amazing people and love that photography has the potential to share hope and encourage community.

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What do you love most about photographing weddings? 

Two things: For most people it’s the best day of their lives, one that symbolizes hope being realized and love fulfilled. Who wouldn’t want to be there to photograph all of those emotions? I also really love being a witness to two families coming together and celebrating.

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What would you say is your photography style? 

Moments rise to the top for me when it comes to my style. I graduated with a B.A. in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University and have worked most of my professional career with editorial publications. The focus has always been on capturing candid moments of emotion to tell a story with photography. After a stint as staff photographer, I continued to refine my portraiture working under several photographers in L.A.  Today, in addition to wedding photography, I shoot corporate portraits for a local business publication, the Nashville Business Journal, and take on freelance assignments for the New York Times as time allows. You can check out Nathan’s work in photojournalism here

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Do you shoot digital or film? 

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

I continue to be amazed at the number of really talented wedding photographers in Nashville. The decision should be based on more than just talent. On a personal level, one of things I think that can be easily overlooked is finding a photographer that you get along with and enjoy. I’m with brides almost the entire day of the weddings so it’s important to me that brides feel like they can trust me and know that I genuinely care about making sure their day goes well.

On a more practical side, I’ve recently entered into a relationship with  Peerless Weddings, a company that shares my values and a standard of excellence. For brides that are interested in a wedding videographer, we offer a substantial discount when a photography and film package are booked together.

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A few personal questions:

Mac or PC? Definitely a Mac fan. I worked with Apple while I was in LA and it only grew my respect for their company and brand.

Tea or Coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon with milk and sugar.

Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Tough question since Nashville has so many great locations these days. Four I really enjoy are City House, Kitchen 404 and as a Nashville native I’m a fan of Hattie B’s and 400 Degrees.

Favorite Film Right Now? As a new father and creative storyteller, Saving Mr. Banks struck a chord. Also as a new father, I’ve not seen too many movies this year.

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Thanks so much Nathan! And exciting news…..Nathan is running a Valentine’s promotion just for our readers! If you book his 8 hour wedding package or higher by February 22nd he is offering a free engagement session!! For more information, you can email Nathan at nathanmorganphoto@gmail.com

Okay, we’re going to say “love” just one more time….we love you guys and hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and weekend! See you next week!

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Kate - March 25, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Hi. I am impressed by your work. I will surely recommend this website to my friends for their upcoming wedding.

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