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    Over the past few years, so many women that I know have tried to work through the details of planning a wedding while trying to live a normal life, and lay a solid foundation for a marriage all at the same time! While many of them have done it with style and grace, all of them (including myself) missed out on something during the whole wedding process because we were so exhausted!

    This is how I developed a huge heart for Brides. Whether you need someone to help you through the details from start to finish or just to make things happen smoothly on the Big Day, I would love to bless you with the gift of time to live your life and enjoy your engagement, and the gift of freedom for you and your family to enjoy your Big Day!

Top 14 of 2014- Round Two!

Happy Hump Day, y’all!

I’ll pause for you to get your “Mike! Mike, Mike, Mike!” or “Hump DAY!” out of your system. I know I had to. That camel is the best thing to ever happen to Wednesday.

Anyway.

I had such a hard time narrowing down my top 14 photos for my last post, I decided I’d have a round two! This time with some fabulous details! Remember, no specific order! Just a list lover trying to squeeze them all in.

14) This sweet Bride’s, graphic designer Brother in law took this idea she found on Pinterest and made it their own for their invitations. It makes me giggle. I love creative stationery! Photo by Kristin Vanzant Photography

13) This is a two for one. Emily and Mark and I worked together to plan a 3 day wedding extravaganza for their closest family and friends in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and it. was. AWESOME. One thing we wanted to be sure and accomplish was to make sure everyone felt welcome upon their arrival to Playa, so we created a helpful and fun welcome bag! That hangover kit is definitely my favorite part. Neon 80′s style sunglasses, a little ibuprofen and tums… you know, just in case. I’ll say this. I saw a WHOLE lot of those sunglasses that weekend;)Fabulous paper goods by Designs in Paper and Photos by Courtney Davidson Photography

12) While our hearts are all ready turned to the seaside… I bring you another sweet detail from Emily and Mark’s Mexican Extravaganza. To be fair in the two from one wedding category, they had not just one event, but THREE.  Their Rehearsal Dinner was a full Mexican spread on the beach. I was charged with creating a simple, but intentional design for their tables all the while making sure that 1) they were able to travel with me 2) they wouldn’t blow away in the strong beach breeze! So Designs in Paper and I worked together to give each table a custom bit of love. Photo by Courtney Davidson Photography

11) Miranda, one of our June Brides, made this chalkboard herself for she and Ryan’s incredibly sweet Brunch wedding at The Standard in Knoxville, TN. Its surrounded by the gorgeous floral work of Lisa Foster Floral Designs. Photo by Alex Bee Photo.

10) Houston Station is such an incredible gem we are fortunate to have in Nashville. I love the versatility of it and the possibilities when flipping their main event room are vast. (And by flip the room, I mean have your ceremony and reception in the same room and a team of experts, like us, “flips” the room while you and your guests enjoy a cocktail hour elsewhere in the building!) Some shout outs in this photo: Rentals: Southern Events, Lighting: Bright Event Productions, Draping: Visual Elements, GORGEOUS flower wall by: The Enchanted Florist, Photo by: Matt Andrews Photography

9) Almost all of our Fall weddings this year had at least part of their event outside. Tennessee in the Fall can be a bit unpredictable weather wise, so for each of these weddings, we took extra steps to make sure the guests were comfortable should the temperatures dip once the sun went down. One special way we did that was to provide a number of quilts for the guests to cozy up under. This particular wedding had a fireside porch with rocking chairs and so it was a perfect place to stop and sit a spell after dinner, or to take a break from the awesome dance party taking place inside the Barn! I’m proud to say that almost all of the quilts we provide are either ones that were purchased and used throughout my family’s history or, like the blue and yellow one featured in these photos, they were made by my Mother. Venue: Belle Meadows Farm, Chalkboard Art: All Chalked Up, Chalkboard: Rented from Southern Events, Photo by Freestone Photography

8) Jessica and Justin’s incredible winter wedding at Houston Station filled every inch of the night with candlelight and sparkle. That cake by Kay Mc Confections tasted just as spectacular as it looked! That to-die-for silver sequin linen is a custom piece from the amazing I Do Linens in Atlanta, Georgia, and that crystal chandelier from Bright Event Productions was the perfect piece to tie it all together. Lord have mercy I can’t wait for you to see more of this amazing wedding! Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

7) We have now entered the floral portion of my favorite details of this past year!!! Emily’s gorgeous bouquet for their Mexican beach wedding was designed by Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design. She was such a jewel to work with. If you are planning a destination wedding in the Playa del Carmen area, I cannot say enough wonderful things about her! Its not easy to take a Bride’s vision and bring it perfectly to life when there are multiple things that can make it a little challenging such as a language and distance barrier! Photo by Courtney Davidson Photography

6) Stephanie’s bouquet, designed by her family friend from her hometown, Dickson, TN, Mrs. Regina Potter, was the perfect blend of rich colors, romance and whimsy. I love using warm colors like these in Fall weddings! Photo by Courtney Davidson Photography

5) Kelsey is an incredibly creative and talented young woman who truly designed almost every detail of her wedding day on her own. (She made every single one of those little hearts around their altar and they also flanked the edges of their aisle!) I was fortunate enough to be apart of bringing it all together and creating this floral arbor for her. The arbor itself belongs to their venue, The Messick Farm, in Lascassas, TN, but with a lot of labor and love, it was my pleasure to bring this bohemian, romantic floral piece to life. Kelsey’s Floral Crown: Rion’s Flower Shop Photo by: Evane Stoner Photography

4) For Magen, we designed a bouquet that would be full of color and life (just like her!) Photo by Freestone Photography

3) And for Magen’s Bridesmaids, we designed a bouquet that would compliment her dynamic bouquet but also the deep eggplant of their adorable dresses. Photo by Freestone Photography

2) Molly and Kirk’s wedding was a celebration of all things fun, romantic and classically Southern. Therefore, I tried to design her bouquet to be the culmination of all of those things! I love when Brides accent their bouquets with something special to them. We wrapped the stems of this boquet in a handkerchief and a brooch (something old and blue!) that belonged to her Grandmother. Photo by Alex Bee Photo

1) When you start out with an invitation like the ones you saw at the beginning of this post, you better pull out the stops to create a fun bouquet to match that beautiful Bride and the awesomely bad dance moves. I tried;)Photo by Kristin Vanzant Photography

There may or may not have to be a part 3 of this whole top 14 of 2014 thing… we’ll see! It depends on how long the Pumpkin Spice coffee holds out.

Hope this new year is treating you well so far!

Happy Planning!
Em

Top 14 Moments of 2014

Happy first Monday of 2015, y’all!

WHEW, where did the year go? It has been one of the busiest and most exciting years for the SYW team. There have been quite a few changes, a lot of growth and lots of wonderful couples who have had truly fantastic events!

I believe if I could put a name on 2014 in a theme that ran not only through every. single. one. of our couples, but also in my life as well, I believe it would be Joy: for better, for worse. I think these images absolutely capture the essence of that theme. It brings tears to my eyes to sit with each one.

These are in NO particular order, I just like lists. They make my life happy.

14) Suzanne and Greg- In light of the theme I mentioned, its only to start our list with an image from our first wedding of the year back in February. Two days before S&G’s wedding, a stomach virus started working its way through the wedding party and immediate family surrounding the wedding day. Greg himself had been at Vanderbilt Hospital a few hours before the wedding ceremony receiving IV fluids. But despite it all, they made it and they were so full of joy. Photo by Alyssa Noel Photography at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN.

13) Kelsey and David- “This is happening!”  Photo by Evanne Stoner Photography at The Messick Farm in Lascassas, TN

12) Lucy Kay and Marshall- I mean that DRESS. But I don’t think Marshall was gazing at the dress, just his stunning Bride. Photo by Austin Gros at ONE at Cannery Row in Nashville, TN.

11) Devon and Ashton- Let love sparkle. Especially when a vintage fur coat is involved. Photo by Kristin Vanzant Photography at Houston Station in Nashville, TN

10) Hillarie and Brian- Friendship and sisterhood is so much fun. Photo by Matt Andrews Photography at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN

9) Lauren and Caleb- Speaking of fun and friendship…. not to mention these GORGEOUS floral robes! (Here is a link to the Etsy Shop where she purchased these, btw!) Photo by Megan McGee Photo at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN.

8) Caroline and Ben- I told you. These two were up to their elbows in joy. And hello to that gorgeous bouquet from Brocade Designs. Photo by Kristin Vanzant at St. Mark’s UMC in Murfreesboro, TN (Reception followed at the Childhood home of the Bride.)

7) Edie and Damian- Through thick and thin. What a pair these two make. Photo by Matt Andrews Photography at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN.

6) Magen and Kirk- Its hard for me to find words to describe this photo or this day. It was an honor to witness this radiance. Photo by Freestone Photography at Belle Meadows Farm in Lascassas, TN.

5) Stephanie and Tommy- Beard Party of 4. The love they have for each other and for their children is contagious. And precious. Photo by Courtney Davidson Photography at Loveless Barn in Nashville, TN.

4) Molly and Kirk- I’ve never met a couple who just loved having fun together as much as these two. Such a gift to each other. Photo by Alex Bee Photo at Houston Station in Nashville, TN.

3) Emily and Mark- Its almost unfair to select one photo from this breathtaking experience. Emily and Mark’s love for each other and their family and celebrating victories in the midst of loss is incredible. Not to mention, their three day Mexican wedding extravaganza was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Photo by Courtney Davidson from their Destination Wedding at Le Reve Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2) Miranda and Ryan- If it were possible to capture a couple’s personality, this might be it. Radiating joy and love inside their favorite local coffee truck from Three Bears Coffee Company. Photo by Alex Bee Photo at The Standard in Knoxville, TN.
1) Kate and Ben- One of the most joyful couples I have ever met who truly choose each other. Every day. Photo by Matt Andrews Photography at Marathon Village in Nashville, TN.

I hope you enjoyed our little recap! And this is just the PEOPLE addition. And there may or may not have to be a part two…  I can’t wait to show y’all some of the design pieces from this year! Whether by collaboration or our own design, there has been a whole lot of pretty in 2014!  I do sincerely apologize that there hasn’t been more blogging, but there has just been so much designing and planning and walking with couples through all the craziness of engagement-ing! And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. We’ll see what we can do about some more consistent updates in 2015! In the mean time, be sure you are following us on instagram! (@simplyyoursweddings) and Pinterest!

Now where did I put my coffee cup… clearly, its Monday and a new year is afoot! Oh and I did turn 30 on Friday. Oy.

Hope this year is starting off happy and blessed for each and every one of you. And if it is not, let me tell you dear one, you are loved. For better or for worse.
xoxoEm

Fall + Football = The Perfect Match ~ Lisa & Bobby ~

Earlier this week, I revealed to you my deep love for all things Fall. Today I introduce you to a special guest blogger today who shares my love of a lot of things, but particularly great weddings. Especially great Fall weddings! Y’all know how behind on blogging weddings I am, and to be honest, when I look at some of these images that I love, I have hard time of thinking of how to share them with you because I love everything in them! So this time, I showed images to the fabulous Blair, one of our Brides from 2011 (the one who had her wedding featured on Wedding Chicks AND Southern Living Weddings Magazine!) who is also a dear friend and part of our wedding team from time to time! She then was willing to offer a fresh perspective on some of the fun details that stood out to her as a newlywed and wedding lover.

You know what I love most about fall? That feeling of change in the air, of new beginnings, of a fresh start on a new year. While it’s not technically a “new year,” it sure does feel that way, doesn’t it? The trees, in spectacular fashion, are shedding the old to make way for the new. The air is more crisp, the vibe more cozy and romantic. What better time of the year to get married and start a new life together!

 Of course, in the South especially, fall wouldn’t be fall without football. And this wedding brought together what some might call a “house divided,” with one hard-core Alabama fan (Bobby) and one die-hard Tennessee Volunteer (Lisa)! Anyone have some marriage advice for the days their teams play each other?;-)

Lisa and Bobby held both their ceremony and reception at Brentwood Baptist Church. They filled their special day with classic fall décor and sweet personal details. The natural touches like branches and pumpkins, along with warm traditional colors throughout the décor (browns, golden yellows, crimson reds with natural greens) made this a classically beautiful fall celebration.

To make it extra-personal and show off that mutual passion for football, they surprised their guests with a pretty unbelievable Alabama Crimson Tide grooms cake! At the end of the day they required their guests to “pick-a-side” by choosing a Tennessee or Alabama shaker, and they were sent off to their honeymoon through a sea of bright orange and crimson!  Don’t you just love when couples bring personal details into their wedding that really share who they are? I know I do!

Enjoy the beautiful images from Justin Wright Photography and prepare to be inspired for your own fall wedding!

A few vendor details!

-Flowers by the always fantastic Brocade Designs
-Photography, the fabulous Justin Wright Photography
-Venue (for ceremony and reception): Brentwood Baptist Church
-Bride’s Cake – The Bake Shoppe (The Groom’s cake was made especially for the Groom in his hometown in Alabama and then driven up here. Now that’s commitment to your roots!.)

Happy Planning, y’all!

Em

PS- The pic is black and white with the shakers, but let me tell you… that is A LOT of crimson and white and not so much orange and white. Bless your heart, UT. One of these days, the glory days will return to thee.

Rachel - March 21, 2014 - 5:59 am

Beautiful wedding. I especially love the flowers. Seems like a traditional wedding. Where is the officiant?

Bob Robertson - November 20, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Thanks for sharing these great photos! Brought back a lot of wonderful memories of a fun day for our families! Everything was beautiful and went off without a hitch!

It’s Fall, y’all!

Oh Fall… you are so beautiful and special to me. Your sights, your smells, your flaming colors, your pink and purple sunsets, your coffee and cider… ah. So good. Growing up in East Tennessee, I didn’t like Fall. Not because it wasn’t absolutely gorgeous and not because I didn’t love me some football, BUT my allergies were SO out of control in the Fall, I could never enjoy it! It was like I wanted to constantly curl up in a box of tissues and not come out until it started snowing. However, now that I’ve lived in Middle Tennessee for ten years, I definitely get sick at some point, but not nearly as bad. I can actually drive with my windows down, or sit wrapped up in a blanket on my front porch and watch the sun go down at 4:15pm…. (the ONE down side to living in Central Time.)

All that is to say: I love Fall. And because of that, I LOVE Fall weddings! Which is a good thing because it is hands down the busiest part of wedding season every year. To celebrate our love for Fall weddings, I have compiled my top 10 favorite images from Fall weddings. A combination of some of my favorite things: pictures of our precious couples, Fall and a list. Oh happy day:)

10) Lindsey & Chad- Loveless Barn- Wootton Photography

9) Jamie & John- Scarritt Bennett- Philip Slowiak Photography

8) Lisa & Bobby- Brentwood Baptist Church- (However, this photo was taken off-site near Steeplechase!)- Justin Wright Photography

7) Dannie & Johnathon- Carnton Plantation- Justin Wright Photography

6 and 5) Meagan & Alex- The Messick Farm- Jennette Leigh Photography

*The remaining 4 are from my favorite Fall wedding ever… Rachel & Eric- Traveller’s Rest- Matt Andrews Photography

Thank you for enjoying the beauty of Fall with me today! I hope that the weather is behaving itself so that you can go outside and enjoy the fun while it lasts! If you just can’t get enough and need a little more, check out our feature of Meagan and Alex’s wedding on Ashley’s Bride Guide!

Happy Planning,Em

PS- I just want to give a shout out to the magnificent Hillary Yeager of Brocade Designs. She is the florist who did all the flowers in the images from Rachel and Eric’s wedding as well as Jamie and John’s!

Top 10- A wedding related post- YAY!

You wouldn’t think photos matter so much to a blog…. until you can’t post any!

HUGE shout out to my sweet and always so supportive (and ever so talented) friend Kristen Steele for fixing the photo-posting-problem!

Here are my top 10 favorite wedding related photos from the last year. These are not necessarily in a specific order… just further proof we have been doing weddings!!

10) Paige and Jordan at the Messick Farm- Kristin Vanzant Photography- This moment is when the Father of the Bride saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the very first time. I cannot urge you enough to consider having a “First Look” with the men in your life BEFORE you start taking pictures. If you are blessed with a sweet relationship with a father and/or brother, it is an incredible moment to share with the man (or men) who have been first in your life for so long. And it gives you time to get the mascara fixed before you move on to the other fantastic photo moments;)

 

9) Meagan and Alex at the Messick Farm- Jennette Leigh Photography (Guess who did the flowers? This girl!!)

 

8) Michelle and Jeff at Carnton Plantation- Justin Wright Photography (Guess who also did those flowers? !!!);)

 

7) Lindsay and Jack at the Parthenon (all though their wedding was at Houston Station!)- Matt Andrews Photography

6) Paige and Jordan at the Messick Farm- Kristin Vanzant Photography

 

5) Liz and Hunter at Oaklands Historic Mansion- Courtney Davidson Photography

4) Ryan and Katie at Carnton Plantation- Courtney Davidson Photography 

 

3) Michelle and Jeff at Carnton Plantation- Justin Wright Photography‘s Photobooth- AWESOME Polaroid prop by Designs in Paper!

2) Sarah and Travis at Belle Meade Plantation- Steve Cross Photography

1).OK so I cheated..  this is actually one of the first photos taken of my daughter on her birthday, March 16th, 2013. BUT in all fairness, she was born on a wedding day, in the midst of a wedding reception. True story. The oh-so wonderful Bride and Groom hired me the day before I found out I was pregnant and even after I gave them the news, they wanted to stick with me as their planner. The amazing Becca George of Modern Vintage Events graciously stepped in to be the hands on planner that beautiful day in March. (The #5 photo is from that special day!) Further proof that my #1 planning philosophy is still true, now more so than ever: “Something will always not go as you planned, but you should still always have a back up plan.”;)

Listen, my life is a constant mixture of wedding world and figuring out how to be a family of 3 these days… figured it might as well bleed over into my blog as well;)

If you’re interested… check out Day 3 of Blogtember on my Tumblr!

Happy planning, y’all!

Em

Courtney Davidson - September 24, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Great post Emily! So honored to be a part of it! :)

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