Christmas Gift Guide / Kid Bibles

October 24th, 2020

Bible-Blog-updated

Time to start holiday shopping! Over the next few weeks I am going to post some of our family’s favorites to help with your gift giving. I always love when other parents share what works in their home so I thought I would give you a little insight into what we like here! Please shop at your local bookstores! In Nashville, you can call Logos and they can order almost anything or they may have it in stock!  You can also shop on Amazon if you get in a time bind:) I have attached the Amazon links so you can read the reviews but I am also giving you Logos phone number and address to make it easy to support local!!

1. The Biggest Story – My current fav to read with Elsie (who is 7 yrs old). I cannot give enough great reviews about this book – the art, the colors, the story, the simple but insightful language – buy it! It inspires my heart and leads to great questions with Elsie. Loretta loves the colors and images as well!! It is a work of art.

2. Jesus Storybook Bible – This book should be a staple in every home…for kids AND adults! Buy this and hear the Lord’s tenderness for you!

3.  Read Aloud Bible Stories – These books are AWESOME for little eyes and little ears. The books are large, the pictures are big, and the stories are concise. At the end of each story there is a little page that says – What did you learn? And then, it gives a two-sentence summary of the story. We love the rhythm of these stories.

4. The Big Picture Story Bible – This is Wade’s favorite! He loves how it is a clear picture of the Bible telling a single, unified story from creation to the resurrection. It is a thick book but it’s a great intro into the full story of the Bible.

5. Children of God Storybook Bible – This book was recommend by a friend that knows the truth of scripture and loves all the color of God’s people. I’m excited to order this and read it with my girls!

6. Tim Thornborough Series – These books were HIGHLY recommended by the same friend and she reads them with her daughter! Love that the people of the Bible have skin of color!! We are definitely ordering these for the girls for Christmas!!

Logos Christian Bookstore, 4012 Hillsboro Pike #6, Nashville, TN 37215, (615) 297-5388.

Carl + Frances – Backyard Reception

March 28th, 2019

When he proposes at her family lake house, what better way to keep the wedding just as personal than to have the reception in his backyard? You know what they say: location, location, location. Yes, that is mostly used in real estate, but the same is true for weddings. Carl and Frances really embraced the sentiment of the at-home wedding. From the prominence of roses that mirrored the gardens to the lounge area on the landing over the swimming pool, they kept the perfect touch of backyard elegance and romanticism of the at-home wedding. 

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The Couple: Carl + Frances Grote

Wedding Date: September 8, 2018

Location: St. Georges and Home of the Groom, Nashville

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Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. We were in the same friend group in high school and our families have been friends forever. So we have known each other for a while just as friends, he went to MBA and I went to Harpeth Hall. After college we met up again at a New Years Eve Party at The Ruby and talked to one another all night. The following day he asked me out on our first date and we have been together ever since.

Pick three ways you would describe your wedding. Romantic, garden-feel, and classic/southern.

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Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. I really wanted to embrace the location, at home weddings are so special. There were tons of roses in the garden so our main flower was the garden rose. We used pale pink, tan, and greens in the flowers. We also used a lot of tan koko loco roses from California, which were amazing. The colors for the wedding were tan, white, and sage. Bridesmaid dresses were sage and looked lovely with all the greenery. We had custom painted bars from Please Be Seated in tan and white, and a custom brown and white dance floor. Also, the pool was partially floored to make a “landing” with lounge furniture.

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What was your favorite detail from the day? Carl is an amazing dancer, so our first dance was my favorite part, “Hallelujah I just love her so”, by Ray Charles. Second, his college band played the final song of the night “Good Lovin’”, which was amazing. Carl played the piano and it was a huge hit.

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What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started planning your wedding? I am a meeting and event manager and have coordinated weddings before. So I was pretty familiar with the process, but I would say just knowing your style is good and being confident and decisive about your decisions. (Don’t over complicate it!)

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Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily did an amazing job on my invitations. The paper was a nice linen finish, so thick, and the letterpress was perfect. We needed a nice taupe gray color to blend with our wedding colors. Fabulous job. 

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Frances is the epitome of the classic southern bride. She is simply lovely! Lovely to work with, has lovely style and planned a lovely wedding with wedding planner Jenny Corts. (Can we mention the gorgeous flowers and the lounge area over the pool!! To die for!) Frances was a joy to work for and design with.  It is always helpful when a bride knows what she wants and what she does not want. I always encourage brides to tell me ‘no’ or  suggest another font…only helpful because the end result is always better! We want our brides to LOVE their wedding suites and feel pride in sending them to their guests. For the wedding suite, we used a luxurious paper with a custom taupe letterpress ink. Letterpress is a classic printing method, where each invitation is pressed by hand and leaves a stunning impression in the paper. It portrays elegance and let’s the guests know that they are in for a wedding that will be timeless! There are so many talented vendors in Nashville and we were honored to have been chosen to work with Frances and Carl! Cheers to the Grotes!!

DRESS Isabelle Armstrong // VENUE St. George’s Episcopal Church // PHOTOGRAPHER Kristin Sweeting // WEDDING PLANNER Jenny Corts // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Flwr Shop // CATERER Dani Kates // CAKE Leland Riggins // RENTALS Nashville Tent and Awning & Quest Nashville & Bright Event Productions & La Tavola & Lendable Linens & Please Be Seated // HAIR AND MAKEUP Debbie Dover

Taylor + Brooke Winter Wedding

January 24th, 2019

A December wedding with all the best parts of Christmas – warmth, glowing lights, and all your people together for one big festive night! And boy, did they accomplish it! How, you might ask? The combination of winter greenery, woodsy colors, the subtle touches of traditional Christmas ornaments and the cheer that only the holidays can bring. With an incredible aesthetic and an accurate reflection of their journey from friendship to marriage, Taylor and Brooke’s day was a fanciful and fun celebration that we were honored be a part of. 

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The Couple’s Names: Taylor and Brooke Shomaker

Wedding Date: December 16, 2017

Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church; The Cordelle

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Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. Taylor and I met working in Knoxville, and a great friendship turned into an amazing love story. We dated for several years and then each made our way to Nashville. We both knew we would spend a lifetime together from the very beginning, and I was ecstatic when Taylor proposed in his backyard with our dog Bear asking me on his collar: “Will you marry us?”

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Pick three words to describe your wedding. A BLAST!, SO us, and unforgettable!

You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. We wanted a winter wedding without being all Christmas themed, so we incorporated lots of green touches and deep florals + greenery. I love warm and woodsy tones and a soft palate, so I found my inspiration there. We wanted our wedding to feel like a reflection of us, casual yet whimsical. The Cordelle felt like the right spot for us, as we loved the exposed walls and beautiful lawn.

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What was your very favorite detail from the day? The clear tent! I almost didn’t go clear, but am so glad I did as it felt magical in the tent that night with all our people together. I also loved the clear ornaments we used for the escort cards that had an olive branch inside, and a tag with the menu on one side and name on the other. A little hint to the holiday season.

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What is one thing you wish you would’ve know before you started wedding planning? There are silly things that you get bogged down on, just remember they’re silly when you’re in it.

Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily captured the aesthetic of my wedding perfectly before I had even finished the details of the wedding decor. She had the idea of doing green envelopes, which ended up being a theme throughout the wedding. I LOVED how timeless my invites were, and have it framed now at my house.

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There are so many things we love about this couple – SO. MANY. But two words that sum up this couple and this wedding are warmth and joy! It was very fitting that they got married during the holidays, a season all about the warmth of being together and the joy of celebrating. Brooke and Taylor have been warm from first meeting them, and have stayed the same over the years. We have known the bride since she was a teen (!!!) and her warmth has been consistent ever since (and Taylor is the same, as was shared at the rehearsal dinner). Two people who are consistently for their people and for celebrating the present. Brooke was the same when it came to her invites – she wanted the first impression to portray a lovely celebration without being stuffy. Enter gold foil on a soft ivory paper and there you have it! A stunning invitation with hand lettering for the names and a minimal font for the remaining portion of the invitations. A full gold foil suite with a green envelope and gold calligraphy for the addresses – not sure it could be more perfect for them! Thank you, Brooke and Taylor, for using EOH for your paper and allowing us to be apart of your life and your wedding! Cheers to many more magical celebrations!!

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DRESS Olia Zavozina // ACCESSORIES wedding band: Consider the Wldflwrs, wedding ring: Markman’s, shoes: Pelle Moda // VENUE Covenant Presbyterian Church & The Cordelle // PHOTOGRAPHY Whitney Neal Photography // WEDDING PLANNER Linley Stokes // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Electric Flora, Phillipe Chadwick // CATERER Flavor // wedding cake: Publix, groom’s cake: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes // RENTALS Music City Tents & Events & 12th Table // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE everyone picked their own // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Jos. A. Banks // MAKEUP Giovanni Diaz // BAND Bizz and the Everyday People // CALLIGRAPHY Claire Nuismer Lumsden //

 

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