NWP October Group Meeting

This year we decided to have our members/planners plan our group meetings for the year. So for October, we had these amazing planners:

Becca & Jessie of Modern Vintage Events
Ashley Tidwell of Sweet James Events
Lauren Hartman of Southern Soiree
Christina Logan of Christina Logan Events
Tanza Cooper of Lee Henry Events
Stephanie Dematos of Socialize Event Co.
Ashley Coston of Southern Social Events & Rentals

Thanks ladies & enjoy these gorgeous pictures from CK Photo!

All the vendors that participated:
Brad Reed  3rd Coast DJ
Jenna Lee Flavor
Kelli Dirks CK Photo
Brittani Jackson Mason & Co.
Lauren Atkinson LMA Designs
Donette Buxton Designs in Paper
Jennifer Steinway Red Wine & Spirits
Jennie Lorenz 12th Table
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NWPG Fontanel Styled Shoot

We had the pleasure of getting together with The Inn at Fontanel & creating a faux wedding. Thanks to Klassey Productions for this amazing video! Props to the planners that created with the shoot:

Erin Johnson of Kenzie Events
Tiffani Helms of Creative Designs and Events
Sara Lubow Fried of Fête Nashville
Elizabeth A. Wright of Elizabeth A. Wright Events
Jennifer Huggins Hamilton of Jennifer Hamilton Events
Kasey McCall Schaffer of TOAST Events : Atlanta, Nashville & The Coast


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Vendor Spotlight: Mandy Whitley Photography

Today we are sharing with you a long time friend of the group, Mandy Whitley Photography has been around for years & we are happy to share more info about her with everyone.

How did you get into photography?

With my family and friends, I have always been the person who had a camera in hand and felt the importance of documenting life. I actually got started photographing weddings after my own wedding in 2006. My sweet wedding photographer was so kind to mentor me and help me learn about wedding photography by photographing weddings with her, which was such a great learning experience for me. I just fell in love with it! Over the years that love of photography transitioned into specializing in pets and their people photography, and I couldn’t be happier with what I am doing now!



What do you love about photography?

I think photography is so much fun! Especially now that I’m specializing in photographing pets and their people. How can you top a job where you get to document life’s most important events for people and share in the joy of their wedding day, and include their fur-childen? You really can’t, in my opinion.



What would you say is your photography style?

My style is clean, natural and fun. I love working with natural light and really love to capture true moments and interaction between my couples, and their pets.



Do you shoot digital or film?  Digital

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

I love photographing weddings & engagements that include your fur babies and I have lots of tips and tricks to make that go great!. I love photographing all the planned formal shots, as well as the candid moments when you don’t even know I’m there. When you look through your images you will have a complete and full story of your wedding day. I’m also very organized and easy to work with – I love reaching out to your other vendors to help insure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you on your big day!


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Vendor Spotlight- South Fork Catering Co


How did you get into catering?

Romana and I were running a restaurant in a small historic town right outside of Prague in the late 90’s and we were asked to cater a party for about 300 guests at a really cool shop we liked called Le Patio right in the city center of Prague. There we met Lucie Pilipova who would become our future partner and eventually together we started Millennium Catering. We catered events in Prague Castle, in 16th century chateaus and even lunches at the World Bank/IMF meeting during street riots!





What are some different options for catering that you offer brides?


Our goal is to be as accommodating as possible so our Brides get exactly what they want on their wedding day. So we have done everything from plated seated dinners to family style French Service, BBQ buffets and smoking whole sides of salmon for hors d’oeuvre over a live oak fire at Bloomsbury Farm. Now that was fun, although challenging.





What are some new things you are working on for 2017?

Since the majority of what we use comes from Tennessee and is seasonal we are just getting more creative in how we cook and present the food. Right now we are working on a new canapé collection that will feature farm eggs and local cheeses in a crustless quiche, mini street tacos using local beef and charred vegetable “tartines” with fresh herbs. Plus some inventive new ways to present our Nashville Hot Chicken that’s been the surprise hit this season! And more empanadas for sure.





What are you seeing that is popular in catering in 2016?

Defiantly a lot of specialty cocktails featuring bourbon! I’m seeing a lot of doughnuts on Instagram. And late night snacks are popular, and I think its a great idea especially when there is bar involved.





What catering trends do you wish would die?

I would be happy to never hear about mashed potato bars again





Tell me why brides should choose South Fork Catering?

First and foremost our brides are not only our client, they are our guest. We work hard for everything to be perfect for the special day, and that starts by listening carefully to what their vision is. Then we can work with the planners to orchestrate a beautiful event that everyone remembers. It is our pleasure, let us cook for you.




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Group Meeting–Tuckers Gap

Today we are sharing our group meeting we had at Tucker’s Gap Event Center with pictures from Mandy Whitley Photography. Tucker’s Gap is a newer venue located in Lebanon, TN that boasts over 13,000 square feet under roof, with full heat and air conditioning for year round use. The main hall is 5,000 square feet, capable of seating over 300 guests and includes a floor to ceiling stone, gas fireplace and five large rolling doors for the option to have an open air experience.









The groom’s area.


Sweet Jane Nashville’s owner Amanda came out & provided us with her amazing little ice cream cupcakes.


Caramel Apple was our favorite!!




Clean Plate Club provided a nice ambiance & very tasty lunch for us.









And finished it off with a slice of Apple Cheesecake with a Salted Caramel Sauce!!


As a treat to the planners we invited Project Belle out to show off their services & we used our planner Katie as the model in Tucker’s bridal area!





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