Planner Tip from A Delightful Day

Our Planner Tip comes from Mary Alice Sublett of A Delightful Day this week:

“Don’t stress over the small details! Your guests are going to remember that they had a great time dancing the night away, your wedding was a reflection of the two of you, and they had great food and beverage! Details are always fun, but don’t drive yourself insane over making sure that you have every single detail that all of the blogs and magazines tell you you need!”
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Vendor Spotlight: Amanda Jerkins Design

Bonjour, Wedding Divas! Today we are excited to feature Amanda Jerkins of Amanda Jerkins Design! Amanda really creates amazing floral arrangements. Here’s what she had to say about her passion for floral design:

How did you get into floral design?

The floral design seed was planted while I was a store designer for the flagship Crate&Barrel in New York City. We had a huge weekly floral budget and I worked on the displays and arrangements for the store. After that foundation was laid, I did flowers for a few friends’ weddings and then my own wedding in 2008. After moving to Nashville I realized my passion for both weddings and flowers, and with the encouragement from family and other wedding vendors in town, I started my full-time business in 2010. I love my job and of course love all of the people I am able to work with, from brides to other vendors!

Explain your process of working with a bride.

I offer a free face-to-face consultation with each of my brides. In the meeting I try to get to know them, their style, their likes and dislikes, their vision for the day and a rough estimate of how many pieces they will be needing, etc. From there I work up a quote for the bride and her planner. After the wedding is booked, I make a point meet with bride and their planner a few more times before the big day to ensure that all of the details are properly attended to.

What are your favorite flowers?

This question is always tough for me because it changes so frequently. I always love garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and all kinds of leaves. I am not tied to any certain flower and often times I find myself drawn to a flower according to it’s color and texture rather than it’s pedigree.

What makes you different from other florists?

In addition to being a floral designer, I am also an interior designer. I put my ID skills to use daily in my floral business – scale, proportion, color combinations and interpreting clients visions into reality.

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

My most favorite thing to hear is that she has hired or will be hiring a wedding planner.

My second favorite thing to hear is that she completely trusts me to do what I do.

Some personal questions:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea or Coffee?I like coffee and tea equally.

iPhone or Blackberry? iPhone

Favorite Song Right Now? Marigolds by The Nobility

Zach Morris or AC Slater? Zach Morris

Special Thanks to Katy Marshall Photography and Stephen Jerkins Photography!

Be sure to contact Amanda here for your own floral fantasy! Until tomorrow ladies!

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Real Wedding of Arthur and Patricia

What better way to start the week than with a Real Wedding? This week’s submission comes from Dawn Schenkel, owner of Premier W.E.D. Fabulous images from Waldorf Photographic Art.

Patricia Winn and Arthur Yost’s ceremony took place on October 1, 2011 at The Hermitage Hotel. With gorgeous accents of black and red, this classy wedding was both timeless and chic. One request of the Bride? Bling, Bling, Bling!

 That’s it for today, Wedding Divas! Make sure to check us out tomorrow, when we learn everything there is to know about floral design!


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Jennifer Hamilton - January 16, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Gorgeous wedding Dawn!! That is black, red and white done right!! 😉 Very chic.

Deborah Jarrett - January 17, 2012 - 8:30 am

Very classy! Love the color theme.

Toni Carroll-Smith - January 22, 2012 - 9:46 pm

LOVE this! Great job Dawn!!!

Weekly Wedding Roundup

Happy Friday everyone! This week we featured many vendors and venues all over beautiful Franklin, Tennessee. We also posted some photos from our December group meeting at Sambuca in Nashville. Here’s a recap of what we saw:

December’s Group Meeting was held at Sambuca in Nashville. With their newly renovated event space overlooking the Gulch, Sambuca has one of the best views in Nashville!

We also visited Nashville caterers Stoveworks. Stoveworks serves up delicious Southern style cooking in the historic setting of The Factory in Franklin.

Next, we explored Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. A beautifully restored nineteenth-century plantation, Carnton offers several different settings in which to host your ceremony.

And Lastly, our Planner tip came from Co-Founder Jennifer Hamilton of Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events!

“Just be yourself!! Don’t be afraid to do things a little non traditionally or add fun details. It’s your wedding so make it your own.”

That’s it for this week! Make sure to check out next weeks blog!

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Vendor Spotlight-Carnton Plantation

Last May we had our group meeting at Carnton Plantation in Franklin. A really great historic venue perfect for outside weddings. We asked Leigh the Special Event Coordinator a couple of questions about the venue:

Tell us about Carnton Plantation

Nestled in the small town of Franklin, Tennessee, Carnton Plantation consists of a beautifully restored nineteenth century plantation home and gardens.  Carnton Plantation boasts several locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.  Brides and grooms typically get married under the one hundred sixty-year-old Osage Orange tree in our 1847 reminiscent garden, surrounded by a grapevine-covered arbor and flowers native to Middle Tennessee.  Others choose to say their vows on the grand circa 1850s porch.  Receptions are held either next to the ceremony site in the garden or in the Fleming Center.

 What makes your venue different from other venues? 
Our unique venue offers a variety of different wedding ceremony and reception options.  Carnton Plantation is attractive to out of town brides who want to host their wedding at a site reflective of the region, rather than a standard venue.  Brides love our secluded location.  Carnton Plantation, while only a 5 minute drive from downtown Franklin, sits back from the main road, giving weddings intimacy that brides desire for their event.  Carnton Plantation also possesses versatility, allowing brides to host black tie affairs or casual events.  While we require that they use Music City Tents and Events for rental items, they may choose any other vendors they wish to create the wedding of their dreams.


What is the history of your venue? Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 and served as a Confederate field hospital during and after the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.  The home continued to be privately owned until the late 1970s, when it was donated to the Carnton Association.  The house and grounds were soon after opened for tours and events.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

We offer six different wedding and/or reception packages.  The price is determined by the day of the week and the reception location.  Each package includes a complimentary two hour photo shoot, use of the bridal suite, use of the men’s and women’s restrooms, and a one hour rehearsal the day before the wedding.

Option1:  Exclusive Use for Ceremony and/or Reception – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

The ceremony is in the garden or on the porch and the reception is at the Fleming Center.

Option 2: Use of the Garden for Ceremony and/or Reception – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

The ceremony is in the garden or on the porch and the reception in the area adjacent to the garden.

Option 3: Wedding and/or Reception in the Fleming Center – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

Use of the Fleming Center and patio for your wedding and/or reception.

Option 4: Exclusive Use for Ceremony and/or Reception – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

The ceremony is in the garden or on the porch and the reception is at the Fleming Center.

Option 5: Use of the Garden for the Ceremony and/or Reception – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

The ceremony is in the garden or on the porch and the reception is in the area adjacent to the garden.

Option 6: Wedding and/or Reception in the Fleming Center – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

Use of the Fleming Center and patio for your wedding and/or reception.

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

Carnton Plantation has an exclusive contract with Music City Tents and Events for all rental items.  Using the same rental company for every event ensures personal attention and quality rentals for each wedding.  Brides may choose their own vendors in any other capacity, including caterers, florists, DJs, wedding planners, etc. provided that they are properly licensed and insured.  This flexibility enables brides to transform their wedding dreams into a reality with minimal interference from the venue.  At each appointment, brides are given a preferred vendor list.  We only refer vendors whose work we have personally experienced and those that truly go above and beyond for their brides.


In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?

Carnton Plantation is owned and managed by the Battle of Franklin Trust, which is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.  Our revenue is generated primarily from tours of the historic home and property, as well as special events, such as weddings, corporate functions and fundraisers.  In August of 2011, we hosted the First Annual Bootlegger’s Bash.  Inspired by Williamson County’s unique history of bootlegging, this casual evening gave guests the opportunity to taste local whiskeys, enjoy a country pig roast with an array of Southern side dishes, and be entertained by a lively bluegrass band.  While there is no documentation of bootlegging at Carnton Plantation, it proved to be the perfect setting for this very special event!

Leigh Bawcom has served as the Special Events Coordinator since June 2010. Please call Leigh Bawcom at (615)794-0903 or email her at for more information.

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Beautiful venue.
Great info!

Keep it up ladies:)