Ann + Donnie – Dreamy Southern Wedding

June 18th, 2018

What says “day of your dreams” more than a magical garden of greenery and strung lights? In every detail, the focus of whites and creams with hints of gold seamlessly folded into the draping greenery. This beautiful southern wedding transformed a barn into a garden that dreams are made of. 

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The Couple’s names: Ann & Donnie Young

Wedding Date: August 5, 2017

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church/Saddle Woods Farm, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. We met through a mutual love of all sports. Donnie coaches at my alma mater, Vanderbilt University. We dated for 2 ½ years before we got engaged. Donnie caught me totally by surprise and proposed in the athletics department at Vanderbilt, where we first met.

Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Classic, southern, clean

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You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. I wanted a very clean, classic, and fresh wedding. Our wedding planners were fantastic and they helped bring my vision to life. We used a lot of whites and creams, some gold and lots of greenery

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What was your very favorite detail from the day? It is virtually impossible to name just one. I love how it all came together! The ladies at Big Events did such a beautiful job of transforming the barn. If I had to pick one favorite detail, it would probably be the way the ladies incorporated the greenery into the décor. It brought that garden feel into the reception.

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What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? We worked with Big Events a couple of years earlier on my sister’s wedding, and I was so impressed with their work. They thought of every detail, and I knew they would do a wonderful job on my wedding. They make sure there are no regrets!

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Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! I had a very particular vision for my wedding invitation. It is the first introduction for your guests to the tone of the wedding. Emily was so lovely to work with, she listened to what I wanted, and made helpful suggestions. The invitation turned out perfectly!

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This bride, these colors, these photos – BREATHTAKING! We felt honored to work with Ann and the talented team at Big Events on this wedding suite. We love an invitation where the font fills the entire paper with lovely script in letterpress. So luxurious, so classic and so personal at the same time. The color choice for this suite was on point as well! It’s soft, romantic and bold in all the right ways. Thank you, Ann and Donnie, for letting us help you set the tone for your lovely lovely wedding!

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DRESS BHLDN // ACCESSORIES shoes: Christian Louboutin Follies Strass // VENUE Ceremony: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Reception: Saddle Woods Farm // PHOTOGRAPHER Austin Gros // WEDDING PLANNER DeDe Scheibe & Lacey Fuson with Big Events // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Martha Greenwood with Big Events // CATERER Kristen Winston Catering // CAKE Desert Designs by Leland Riggins // LINENS BBJ LinensOver The Top Linens, and La Tavola Linens // RENTALS Music City Tents and Events and Please be Seated // LIGHTING Bright Events Productions // DRAPING Quest Events // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Bill Levkoff // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Michael Kors from Lauber Clothing // MAKE-UP Amanda Gros // BAND The Atlanta AllStars

Blake + Jordan – Matrimony and Magnolias

May 18th, 2018

It’s all in the location. At least it definitely was for Blake and Jordan when creating the desired aesthetic for their gorgeous summer wedding. With the focal point on the magnolia flower, Belle Meade was an effortless and perfect backdrop. From hightop Superga’s under the wedding gown to the sunlight through the magnolia trees, Blake and Jordan’s wedding day cultivated a wonderful sense of whimsy. 

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The Couple’s names: Blake and Jordan Blankenbecler

Wedding Date: June 10, 2017

Location: Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee

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Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. I (Blake) moved to Nashville in 2015 for grad school. A friend invited me to a shrimp boil over Labor Day weekend. I figured it would be a good idea to say yes to the invite seeing as I had just moved to town and needed friends. Lo and behold, the shrimp boil was at Jordan’s house. He liked my shoes (leopard print high top Superga’s) and I liked how he made me laugh. After we kept running into each other, Jordan asked me on a date and it didn’t take us long to fall in love. On our wedding day, I wore white high top Superga’s because it was only appropriate!

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Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Classical, whimsical, beautiful

You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. We wanted Belle Meade to be the backdrop of our wedding because it is just so lush and green and beautiful. We knew we wouldn’t have to work hard to make it beautiful because the setting already is! They have magnolia trees around the entire property and the white flower against the dark green crisp leaves was a stunning detail to us. We decided to make the magnolia flower the theme of our wedding and we are so glad we did! Both Jordan and I have a pretty classic and refined style. We went with colors for both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen that would stand out against the green backdrop. We spent time accentuating the beauty that was already there and couldn’t be more happy about how the day turned out!

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What was your very favorite detail from the day? The light was absolutely magical! A guest told us our ceremony was like being in the Garden of Eden. Walking down the aisle with my Dad – we were both crying – then getting to see Jordan and FINALLY marry him in front of out most important people… hands down the best. Also, I can’t go without mentioning the dance floor. The.Most.Fun.Ever!

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What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? Decision fatigue is a very real thing. Give yourself three options for everything and make the decision from those three. Oh, and wedding planners are God’s sweet sweet gift to brides and their moms! At first, my mom and I didn’t see the value of a planner, but as we got deeper into the wedding planning waters, we knew we couldn’t do it alone. Lindsay was such a God-sent to us as my mom and I had never planned a wedding before!

Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! We ADORED our paper lovelies!! The stationary was a very important detail to me as I think it sets the tone for the wedding and I am just a sucker for all things paper. Emily was a gem-and-a-half to work with. She was able to see our vision and make it personal to a T! They honestly turned out better and more beautiful than I imagined and I have Emily to thank for her creativity and beauty she put into every detail.

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Blake and Jordan were the ideal clients. They were laid back but knew exactly what they wanted – which made designing super fun and easy! With the magnolia as the centerpiece, we had to add it the invitations! A watercolor magnolia was the perfect fit. I also loved how they picked an oversized font for the bride/groom names with a watercolor effect that had grey tones changing throughout the letters. Their suite was a perfect example of how a wedding invitation can be flat printed and look exquisite! They also added southern vintage stamps which added a wonderful additional to the suite. They knew exactly where to add the special touches. Great taste, a touch of the southern whimsy, and a couple full of love and laughter truly made for a joyful celebration! Thank you, Blake and Jordan, for allowing us to be a small part of such a deeply important day.

Anything else you’d like to tell us? It takes a village to make an event like this happen! I couldn’t have done it without the help of my mom and dad…they worked so hard to make this day beautiful and I’m incredibly grateful for their love and support!

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DRESS Ladies of Lineage Bridal Boutique // ACCESSORIES earrings Anthropologie, shoes Superga Sneakers // VENUE Belle Meade Plantation // PHOTOGRAPHY The Image is Found // WEDDING PLANNER Lindsay Rothrock // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Shannon McLaughlin // CATERER Infinity Events & Catering // CAKE Amanda LeSaicherre // RENTALS Liberty Party Rentals // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Weddington Way // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Tailors’ Keep // MAKE UP Tina Davis // HAIR Alyssa Krauss

Sara + Paul – A Day of Celebration!

March 12th, 2018

Amidst the overpowering glitz and glamor that weddings often fall subject to, it’s easy to lose the sense of celebration that a wedding is intended to bring. Sara and Paul wanted to make sure that didn’t happen on their day. Instead, they focussed on elegance and simplicity. By pulling greenery into both ceremony and reception and borrowing beauty from nature itself, this memorable day was not just observed, it was joyously celebrated! 

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The couple’s names: Sara Sanfilippo and Paul Meehan

Wedding Date: August 19, 2017

Location: Church of the Assumption; Riverwood Mansion

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Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. Paul and I met at The University of Tennessee in college. We were fast friends and eventually became something more. After college we moved to NYC for an adventure together before coming back to Nashville to settle in as a married couple.

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Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Earthy, Elegant, Simple

You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. Greenery was my main inspiration. We wanted the wedding and reception to feel like a celebration and not too overdone or stuffy.

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What was your very favorite detail from the day? My favorite detail of the day was walking down the aisle to Amazing Grace. It is my mom’s favorite song, so my dad and I kept that as a surprise for her. Paul and I did not have a first look, so it was a very special moment when we locked eyes for the first time.

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What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Everything will fall in to place, and if anything does not you will be so busy that you won’t even notice.

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Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily O. Holmes custom paper is more than an invitation, it is art. We proudly have our framed invitation suite hung in our house as a beautiful reminder of our wedding day. Emily is extremely responsive and easy to work with. The invitations are so unique and beautiful, they set the tone for our entire day.

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When a bride emails you about their wedding inspiration and design, you immediately get a sense of their style and personality. I knew I liked Sara from the start. She wanted natural elements (check), hand lettering (check), and custom watercolor (check and check)  – all the things that make me thankful to call this my work. We passed ideas and proofs back and forth and before long we had a lovely wedding suite. Sara selected a beautiful paper and printing combo! Her text was engraved and the watercolor was flat print. What is engraving? It is a gorgeous, crisp and oh-so-fine method of printing that has been around for years and years. Simply put, to get something engraved, the printer takes a metal sheet and etches the text onto the plate. When the plate is passed through a very hot press, it makes the text raised (embossed) so that when you pass your fingers over the paper you can feel all the love and detail.  It’s the most classic form of printing and I love that Sara combined traditional engraving with contemporary flat print for the watercolor. Sara also allowed me to paint a custom map for her guest – which is always a treat and such a fun element for guests when they open up a wedding suite. Sara’s mother and mother-in-law where so kind as well to have the whole paper suite coordinate! Love when two families work together to make the bride happy and the paper cohesive! Last but not least, the vintage stamps and watercolor envelope liner – they pull the whole ensemble together. This suite is one for the books, and I am beyond thankful that Sara and Paul loved it so much that they framed it! This couple has a natural and beautiful glow about them that shows in these photos – what a treat to help document and celebrate this wonderful celebration.

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DRESS White Dresses // VENUE Church of the Assumption and Riverwood Mansion // PHOTOGRAPHY Waldorf Photographic Art // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Enchanted Florists // CATERER & CAKE 8 Lavender Lane // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Show Me Your Mumu // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE The Black Tux Rental // HAIR & MAKE-UP Katie Russo Beauty

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