Two of my favorite things are killer shoes & funky jewelry.  I found a creative genius who combines the two.  She's on etsy.com & her store name is "sofisticata."

You can use these on any of your shoes and feel like you have a brand new pair, plus they're removable which means you can use them on various pairs of shoes.  Your closet will love you.

These are perfect for the bride who wants to wear fun shoes.


Winter Wonderland - Styled Shoot

My friend & photographer, Elizabeth Glessner, and I have been at it again.  This time with a Winter Wonderland Styled Wedding.  Below are some of our pics at Lillie Belle's in Franklin.

I did some floating candles in water & faux candles underneath the flowers to make them glow.

Menu by {anna.michelle cards}

Chairs & linens were provided by Grand Central Party

Hair & makeup by Mallory Eggleston

Cake by Sweetface Cakes


Dessert Tables replacing the big CAKE

Some people like to stick with traditions and then there's me.  Although I find wedding cakes to be absolutely gorgeous I love the idea of having something for everyone.  Some people don't like cake.  I typically don't like frosting.  I think we'll start to see a trend in weddings that offer all kinds of desserts.

Think candy buffet but with all kinds of pastries.  Below is what I would offer for a Winter Wedding Dessert table.

First up: Canolli  (canollo is singular, canolli is more than one)


And yes, I'd offer variety amidst the variety with some dipped in chocolate, others with chocolate chips in the filling, and the traditional pistachio kissed.

Next up:  Ricotta Pie (this dessert is GLORIOUS on the tastebuds)....Mike's Pastry box in the background (North End, Boston) DELISH!

Coconut Macaroons:

These can also be dipped in chocolate.

I am loving that my favorite desserts are all perfect for Winter Weddings!  NEXT.....

Some might say it lacks a certain "class" but if the rest of it is done right and it's not the only thing you're offering, why not?  Boston Cream Donuts.  YES!

You could even sprinkle some snowflakes, etc on top.  These are made of heaven & chocolate.  Pic from http://www.halfthesugarbowl.com/.


PUDDING!!!  Chocolate AND Vanilla.

from Marthastewart.com

Cover some oreo cookies in chocolate and throw a snowflake on top or these red hearts (would work well with a Christmas Red & Green Wedding) or dip some in white chocolate:

Aaaaaaand this is a lot of dessert so before I go crazy I'd also add some smores & whoopie pies.  NOM NOM NOM


10.15.11 - Southern CHIC at Belle Meade Plantation

We're still waiting on the detail shots from this wedding but we plucked these from our bride's blog.  CHIC did month-of plus design and all the flowers for this wedding:

There should be some coming with cowboy boots as well!

LOVE this picture

The sweetheart table:

Our beautiful bride despised this little guy.  It makes me laugh just thinking about it.  He was an unwanted guest.  The solution?  Decorate him:


These were a HUGE hit on the dance floor moments earlier:

Vendors that made this wedding day a fairytale:
CHIC Nashville Weddings & Events
Betsy Limbaugh Photography
Down South Delights
more vendors to be added later


Christmas Wedding Centerpiece Inspiration

Clearly Christmas Weddings aren't as big as they should be because when I google "Christmas Wedding Centerpieces" my own blog pops up on the first page.  Below are some beautiful centerpieces I'd love to see at a Christmas-time Wedding.

I would like this even better if the entire bottom glowed in ivory, red, or green.  And if you're going to splurge on a centerpiece THAT beautiful....don't use those boring table markers.

from weddingbee.com

Here we have the makings of a beautiful wedding centerpiece.  Just a touch of my magic wand would transform this into an unforgettable Christmas Wedding Centerpiece.

from weddingbee.com

This looks VERY similar to a piece I just made for the entryway to our condo.  I used the snow covered branches from our recent "Winter Wedding" styled shoot and hung ornaments of varying colors, shapes, & sizes from the snow kissed branches.

from briderella.wordpress.com


Winter/Christmas themed Wedding - The Gown

I'm all about comfort.  I rarely (if ever) wear something I'm uncomfortable in.  So when I see the wedding dresses with giant ruffles & depth during the Summer/Spring, I don't give them a second glance.  As Winter weather sets in, however, these gowns become an accessory to Winter/Christmas Wedding perfection. 
The dresses below are all from the Jasmine Bridal Couture collection.

I love this dress.  It's like a bad a$$ Ice Queen & an elegant Ballerina had a baby.  Obvi the perfect genetics for a wedding gown.

The sash on the dress below can be made in a deep red or hunter green for a Christmas Wedding.  This dress is far from simple yet formfitting.

 Because the bottom of this dress makes such a big impact and the top is simple, I would balance it by going big with neck bling.

A necklace like this from Oscar de la Renta is perfect:


Why Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

Most wedding planners have different packages you can work with and CHIC does everything a la carte which means you specifically select which areas you want a planner involved in. A Wedding Planner will end up saving you money, stress, and make sure the only hitch in your day is you & your fiance.

As a Wedding Planner who has worked with hundreds of vendors, I know who you want working your wedding and who you don't.  From broken glass bulbs, forgotten lighting,  and dj's backing out just days before the wedding to having to wait two months for your pictures, I have an insider's point of view on who is a trustworthy professional and who isn't.  Use my previous experience & knowledge of working with vendors to guide you towards a hassle-free day. 

Most vendors I've enjoyed working with have a mutual feeling so guess what that means?  They'll want your wedding and might be willing to discount if needed to meet your budget.  Other vendors just automatically give planners a discount (usually 10%) that I always pass on to my couples for bringing them the business. 
Would you have your father, who is a doctor that once built you a treehouse, draw the blue prints to your new home? 

Then why would you have your cousin, who is an accountant that got married last year, in charge of your wedding day?  Your wedding is the biggest event of your entire life and something always goes wrong.  I'm not trying to scare you but it's simply the truth.  Timelines go askew, vendors get lost, tables are missing.....let someone who understands the timing & flow, the venue, and how to smooth the bumps be in charge.  Wedding planners are accustomed to last minute changes and will make the right decisions so that you & your guests don't even realize anything went wrong.

During my initial consultation, I ask my couples questions to better understand their vision.  One of the questions I ask is always, "what do you want your guests to remember most about your wedding?"  There are a variety of answers given but the number one is typically that they had fun and enjoyed themselves. 

A wedding planner understands the timing of the day unlike anyone else.  When I type out the timeline it includes increments of five minutes and what you think might be a ten minute moment truly takes a half hour.  With that said, it's important that you don't leave your guests hungry, sitting for too long, or confused about what's going on. 

Wedding planning should be FUN.  It can become overwhelming and stressful but with a planner, you can actually enjoy the planning experience.  It's like having a personal shopper who brings everything you've asked for to your home and you just sit back and make final decisions.

On the actual day of your wedding, you and your family (don't make poor Mom do everything....she may not show it but she's a bundle of nerves) should be guests at your wedding.  Do you really want to be getting your hair done and making phone calls to confirm your cake delivery?  And if you're worried about making sure the food is served on time, you'd have to cut that conversation with Grandpa short.  So if you want to be able to enjoy your wedding day & ensure your guests do to, think about having a planner present.

If you care about the look, the feel, the overall ambiance of your big day, you NEED to hire a professional event designer.  I have helped plan what feels like a million weddings, photo shoots, and other events and no matter how many magazines and blogs you look over, you'll never get the design experience a planner already has.  Event designers understand color, height, depth and how everything will impact the landscape.  Use their expertise to make YOUR vision come to life.


Ashley & Caleb

Bird seed exit from the church!

We went for yellow with hints of green.

"Suckers for love."

Crowded gift table.

Again, yellow with hints of green.

I saw something similar and wanted this shot.  I got it!  Smack in the middle of Broadway, Downtown Nashville.

Photography by Erin Thacker Photography, http://www.erinthacker.com/, erinmthacker@gmail.com