Bridal Shows & Wedding Events - 2018/2019 - Nashville & Middle TN

Many of you may have received an engagement ring over this holiday season.  Here are the upcoming bridal shows in the Middle TN area for Winter and Spring of 2018.  You should plan on attending at least one Nashville bridal show to get great ideas for designs and trends.  (Be sure to check back often as this list is updated frequently)

 

Oct 28 - Here Comes the Brides - Franklin, TN

December 2 - Modern Love Event - Nashville, TN

January 13 - Pink Bridal Show - Nashville, TN

January 27 - Sumner County Bridal Show - Gallatin, TN

February 23 - The Bridal & Wedding Expo - Nashville, TN

March 3 - Perfect Wedding Guide - Nashville, TN

March 10 - Here Comes the Brides - Franklin, TN

 

Highlights from the 3rd Nashville Not Wedding

I was again honored to participate in The Not Wedding, known as the Big Fake Wedding, in November. This event is unlike most bridal shows.  An actual couple renews their vows and then there is a party with food and dancing.  For this event, I created a ceremony backdrop, 3 reception tables and the flowers for the bridal party.

The theme for the show was Wuthering Heights so I immediately began to think about the moors - barren, foggy, windswept and ruggedly natural.  The whole design got started with this inspiration board:

First our lovely couple who is actually a vendor friend Mary Love (a floral designer and owner of Rosemary & Finch) and her husband Ben. 

 Josie KAy Photography

Josie KAy Photography

 our amperstand photography

our amperstand photography

 josie kay photography

josie kay photography

 our amperstand phot0graphy

our amperstand phot0graphy

As part of my role in designing for the show, I created the flowers for the bridal party - the bride's bouquet, bridesmaid's bouquets and boutonnieres.  I wanted the brides bouquet to reflect the soft, muted look of the moors so I chose pale pink and white roses along with ranunculus accented with some wild stems, eucalyptus and greenery to give it a slightly natural look.  Flowing gray ribbon completed the look. Having never seen the bride's dress before the day, I was thrilled with the combination. 

 josie kay photography

josie kay photography

 photography anthology

photography anthology

 our amperstand

our amperstand

 josie kay photography

josie kay photography

My most time consuming project was creating the ceremony backdrop.  The simple arch and lanterns was finished with roses, flowing greenery and ribbons.  The gold hand lettering on the backdrop was quotes from the book "Wuthering Heights."  

 our amperstand

our amperstand

 our amperstand

our amperstand

This stunning head table was designed by Modern Vintage Events. 

 PHotography anthology

PHotography anthology

 photography anthology

photography anthology

In addition, I designed 3 of the reception tables and created florals for each one using the color scheme from the design board. 

 our amperstand

our amperstand

 our amperstand

our amperstand

 josie kay photography

josie kay photography

 our amperstand

our amperstand

 josie kay photography

josie kay photography

 Photography Anthology

Photography Anthology

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Event Location: Nashville, TN / Photography and Rehearsal Dinner: Our Ampersand Photography / Photographer: Photography Anthology / Photographer: Josie Kay Photography / Day-Of Coordination and Floral + Event Design (Table 7): Elliott Events LLC / Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers, Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 4, 6): Events by Elaine / Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1, 3, 5): Modern Vintage Events / Venue: Ruby Nashville / Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Wedding 101 / Wedding Dress: The Bride Room / Hair: Salon Nfuse / Makeup: Michelle Brooke / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bella Bridesmaids / Groomsmen Attire: Street Tuxedo / Catering: G Catering & Events / Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake: The Frosted Affair / Cupcakes: Connie Cakes / Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s / Desserts Bar: The Sweet Trend / Ceremony Musician:Sereno Strings / Entertainment: Kari & Billy LLC / Photobooth: Nashville Photoboot / Event Rentals: Liberty Party Rental / Wedding Invitations: Nesting Project / Menus and Menu Cards: Memoria Design / Save the Dates: J. Amber Creative / Videographer: The Kellys’ Productions / Transportation: Nashville Party Bus / Health Services: Nashville HealthNote / Wedding Website Builder: SquareSpace / National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel / National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth / National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari / Media Partners: flower MagazineThe KnotInspire Weddings and Marriage MagazineNashville Lifestyles WeddingsWeddings 101 NashvillePerfect Wedding Guide, and Ashley’s Bride Guide

Highlights from the 2nd Nashville Not Wedding

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Nashville Not Wedding.  This event is unlike your typical bridal show. Instead it is a vow renewal ceremony and a reception, similar to most weddings.   

The shows, held around the county, each have their own theme or idea board.  When I saw this in my email, I knew the show was going to be amazing:

So I got to thinking about how to create a down to earth feel but not rustic.  So mason jars and burlap were out.  I got to do a trial run, when I helped with a styled shoot for the show.  Check out the charming couples dinner party. 

I had the chance to work with some amazingly talented vendors.  First our sweet couple. This ceremony backdrop was by Rosemary & Finch:

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

 Cassidy Carson

Cassidy Carson

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

For a bridal show, my role is less about wedding planning and more about event design.  This was about my design style, the colors, the textures.  My biggest challenge was creating a head table that was perfect for our theme and completely befitting a southern wedding. I also knew that it would get photographed and blogged about so it had to be memorable. I was inspired by the idea of a French Farmhouse with subtle colors and simple elegance. 

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

I placed a long piece of barnwood down the middle of the table.  Then added off-white pillar candles, small brown bottles with red and white flowers, and finished with some greenery.  For each place setting, I used artisan stoneware plates topped with different vintage saucers and a cloche dome.  Each setting had gold rimmed glasses and vintage silver flatware.  

 (Vintage saucer with cloche dome) Maile Lani Photography

(Vintage saucer with cloche dome) Maile Lani Photography

 (White pillar candles on barnwood) Maile Lani Photography

(White pillar candles on barnwood) Maile Lani Photography

Above the table, I hung a greenery swag and two lanterns with candles.  

 (Eucalyptus swag with lanterns) Hannah Elaine Photography

(Eucalyptus swag with lanterns) Hannah Elaine Photography

For the finishing touch, and to add a bit of whimsy, I placed a small 3-tier naked cake under each cloche dome and topped them with red flowers. 

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

 (Mini naked cakes with red ranunculus under a cloche dome) Maile Lani Photography

(Mini naked cakes with red ranunculus under a cloche dome) Maile Lani Photography

These adorable mini cakes under cloche domes were made by The Frosted Affair who also created this beautiful table of cakes. 

 Cassidy Carson Photography

Cassidy Carson Photography

In addition to my head table, I also created 4 reception tables.  These were all different and eclectic.  I included a hand lettered table number on slate and created unique floral arrangements to match the style of each table. 

Table 3 was a cream and gold pitcher filled with roses and hydrangeas on an antique plate with gold details setting on an old piece of barn wood.  Votive candles and small vases of roses were scattered around. 

 Cassidy Carson Photography

Cassidy Carson Photography

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

 Maile Lani

Maile Lani

Table 12 used a long piece of drift wood down the middle.  Footed vases and crocks contained different floral arrangements in red and cream. 

 Cassidy Carson

Cassidy Carson

Table 9 was a rusty crate filled with weathered rocks and topped with moss.  Inside were a collection of old bottles each filled with flowers or greenery.  A small metal cup was an accent on the table. 

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

Table  6 was a very large log slab with a green foot vase filled with hydrangeas, roses and eucalyptus.  Small bottles and votive candles surrounded them. 

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

Some of the fabulous stationery from the show. 

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

  Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

  Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

Look at some of these other stunning centerpieces from the show.  

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

 Maile Lani Photography

Maile Lani Photography

 Hannah Elaine Photography

Hannah Elaine Photography

Venue: Events at 1 Cannery Row / Rehearsal Dinner: Edgehill Café / Photography + Save the Date: Cassidy Carson Photography / Photography + Styled Shoot: Hannah Elaine Photography / Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Maile Lani Photography / Day-of Coordination + Event Design (Table Numbers 13, 14, 15): Creative Designs & Events / Event Design (Head Table + Table Numbers 3, 6, 9, 12) Events by Elaine / Floral Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Table Numbers 2, 5, 8, 11): Rosemary & Finch Floral Design / Event & Floral Design (Bridal Party Flowers + Table Numbers 1, 4, 7, 10): Shay Brown Events / Invitations: Nesting Project / Programs: With Love Paper Goods / Save the Dates: Green Bean Paper Company / Menus: J. Amber Creative / Local Handcrafted Goods + Gifts: Batch Nashville / Paper Accents: Liddabits Design Shop / Groomsmen Attire:Street Tuxedo / Bridal Party Attire: The Bride Room / Hair: Salon Nfuse / Makeup: Hayley Bidez Makeup Artistry / Perfume: Flower Acre / Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Frosted Affair / Cupcakes: Connie Cakes / Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s / Event Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental / Entertainment: Snyder Entertainment / Photobooth: Snyder Entertainment / Wooden + Iron Accents: Narrow Gate Artisans / Travel: 2 Travel Anywhere, LLC / Transportation: F.A.D.D.S. Party Bus / Health + Wellness:Nashville Healthnote / Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace / National Linen Vendor: Linen Tablecloth / National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari / Media Partners: flower MagazineNashville Lifestyles Weddings,Wedding 101 NashvilleAshley’s Bride Guide