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Give Back with Your Wedding Registry at Nashville’s Ten Thousand Villages

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Often times we get caught up in the day to day wedding planning tasks. And although the day is all about you as a couple, many couples look for ways to give back through their wedding. One great way to do that is through your wedding registry! Especially if you are looking for some unique products to decorate your home with, starting your wedding registry at Ten Thousand Villages is definitely the way to go! (Plus, you may remember back this past winter, we created a custom wedding basket on Today in Nashville with some of their amazing products!) At Ten Thousand Villages, you won't have to worry about where your products came from... every product is 100% fair trade approved and provides a fair income for the underprivileged across the globe. Talk about making an impact with your wedding registry! You can visit their shop right here in Green Hills or shop online and access your registry at any Ten Thousand Villages shop across the nation. We interviewed Nashville shop owner, Jo about how you can start your wedding registry at Ten Thousand Villages and fill your home with some of the most unique pieces... all while making a huge difference.

Tell us about your shop Ten Thousand Villages! Where are you located, the history, and what types of products do you offer?

Jo: Ten Thousand Villages is a 100% Fair Trade retail store. We are not your typical business. We are a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets.

What is the philosophy behind Ten Thousand Villages?

Jo: Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. That is our only goal. Every purchase improves the lives of the makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.

We hear you offer wedding registries! Tell us about the process.

Jo: You can sign up online, or in your local store. Your registry can be accessed at any Ten Thousand Villages Store. To sign up on-line, go to At the top of the screen, click on "wedding registry." Step-by-step directions are provided.

What types of wedding gifts do you offer?

Jo: Kitchen ware such as, place mats, tablecloths and napkins, hot pads, and dishcloths. Home decor including stone and metal bookends, carved stone coasters, woven sari chairs, pillows, hand-woven and metal wall hangings. Spring pots and garden decor. Unique jewelry for the bride or bridal attendants. Beautiful hand blown wine glasses, serving dishes, baskets. Wedding sculptures made from kissi stone.

Tell us about more ways couples can give back by buying products at your shop.

Jo: Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. We offer a way for you to become part of the story, to shop your values and give gifts with meaning. Because this is bigger than us. You may also make a monetary donation to help us further our mission.

What are some of the main communities and organizations that benefit from shopping at Ten Thousand Villages?

Jo: Together, we directly impact the lives of 20,000 makers in 30 developing countries. Some of the communities include Dhaka, Bangladesh, where women make beautiful throws and pillows from recycled saris; Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where artisans use bomb casings remnants to transform items meant for war into wearable beauty; Tirupur, India, where people of the marginalized Harijan community in a village in Tamil Nadu region craft vegetable glycerin soaps.

Thank you so much for sharing all of your insight with us, Jo! I am such a huge fan of Ten Thousand Villages and we are so excited to have you represent a unique wedding registry option for couples right here in Nashville! You can find out more about Ten Thousand Villages here - and make sure you visit their location in Green Hills and give them a follow on Instagram! You can also check out their post on 4 Ways to Step Up Your Wedding Gift Game!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Eco-Friendly Weddings, Guests, Gifts & Favors, 0 comments »

Ashlee + Richard’s Romantic Summer Wedding in the Rain by Prairie Rose Events

Monday, May 22, 2017

With all the rain we had this weekend, I was thinking about all the brides making their rain plan decisions... it's a tough call to make for sure and I admire every single couple's will to go with the flow and know their love is greater than any weather that is thrown their way. And this is why Ashlee + Richard's wedding is perfect to showcase today! As a rainy day couple themselves, planner + designer Emily of Prairie Rose Events & Design describes their day so beautifully - it sure helps working with a couple who can gracefully weather the weather - you can just tell how strong their bond is in times like these! The beautiful barn setting at Southall Meadows and upscale details made their wedding shine through even the rainiest of days. See all of their photos by Sharpe + Walker Photography below!


Ashlee + Richard Lowe

Southall Meadows

August 2016

Wedding Team:

Photography | Sharpe & Walker Photography

Venue | Southall Meadows

Planner | Prairie Rose Events & Design

Florals | Elder Floral

Catering | Peg Leg Porker

Rentals | Southern Event Rentals

Music | Premier DJs

From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: Ashlee + Richard are a loving and down-to-earth couple who wanted wanted a romantic wedding in Southall Meadow's century old tobacco barn. Both have huge personalities and lead busy lives: Richard is on the coaching team for MTSU's women's basketball and Ashlee is a rugby player. They have huge laughs and did so much of this wedding themselves. Ashlee collected over 200 wine bottles to use as her centerpieces, washed them all in her bathtub to remove the labels, and dried them out on her apartment's porch. She also learned how to make candles, and she created leather & whisky candles for their guests to take home from the wedding.

They poured so much time and effort into their wedding, and then wouldn't you know, it began raining about fifteen minutes before their ceremony. With guests arriving and half wanting to sit in the rain so Ashlee & Richard could have their wedding between the two hills outside and the other half huddling inside the barn, there was a big question to be answered. Where will we do the ceremony? Having to choose the rain plan is what every bride dreads during the planning process and so many lose sleep over. I've never seen it handled better by any couple.

From the planner & designer, Emily of Prairie Rose Events: After we talked about the positives and negatives of both options, Richard looked at Ashlee (they did their first look earlier) and said something along the lines of, "I love that it rained. I love that our day isn't perfect because if it was perfect it wouldn't be us and it wouldn't be a marriage." He put his soon to be wife at ease and made the decision so easy for her. That is a couple who can weather anything.

We went with the rain plan: a reception style ceremony, which the guests appreciated. We opened the doors behind the preacher and let the rainy skies act as the backdrop. Ashlee and Richard had a beautiful ceremony and then we got to the party! No part of the wedding was dampened by rain, and the couple look back on that day as fondly as any bride who had sunny skies.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully rainy wedding with us, Emily! You can check out more of Prairie Rose Events & Design's portfolio on her website here and also here on her Instagram page


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

Elizabeth + Casey’s Glamorous Wedding in the Woods by Chad Erickson Photography

Friday, May 19, 2017

Geometric shapes, geodes + jewel tones are all the rage which is why I'm SO excited to share Elizabeth + Casey's wedding with you today! Devon of Meet Cute Event Planning helped design the couple's day to fit their modern aesthetic into a woodsy setting. And adding a little sparkle never hurt anyone! :) I am in awe of Elizabeth + Casey's DIY geometric installations hanging from the ceiling and next to their sweetheart table! Can I just have some for my house? Their love showed through in every moment captured by photographer Chad Erickson. And their adventurous spirit was so beautifully displayed when they suggested to stand on a cliff for a wedding photo! Check out all their photos below as well as exerpts from Chad about what it felt like to photograph this beautiful day...

Elizabeth + Casey Potts

Cedars of Lebanon State Park


100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Chad Erickson Photography

Event Venue | Cedars of Lebanon

Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Floral Designer | Import Flowers

Cake Designer | Lindsay Dial

Hair Stylist | Little Rosie and Co

Caterer | Martin's Barbecue

Musicians | Mason Lee

Event Designer | Meet Cute Event Planning

Dress Store | The White Room


Tell us about Elizabeth + Casey!

Chad: The couple were best friends before they started dating. They met at a camp after a time apart and started up a romantic relationship. As camp was a big part of their story, they decided on an outdoor wedding at a state park they loved.

Tell us about their vision!

Chad: Devon of Meet Cute Event Planning described the wedding as a "glamorous wedding in the woods". They wanted to keep it intimate with a heavy focus on the natural surroundings.

What was their theme and what inspired it?

Chad: Devon's idea was to use a variety of metals and geometric shapes and themes to bring a bit of sparkle to the golden Tennessee fall atmosphere. "A night to shine for this couple who brighten each other's lives and all those around them!".

What details were used to create the theme?

Chad: Devon used geodes as her main inspiration for color and theme. The groom, Casey, spent weeks in advance building the wooden cube and geometric shapes that were used as table decorations as well as the giant hanging art installation that hung above the cake.

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Chad: I knew they were an adventurous couple, but I didn't realize how much until they told me they wanted to walk out onto the ledge of a cliff and take pictures. It wasn't super high, but the small size of the ledge combined with the tremendous size of the dress and the fall leaves had me sweating a bit. But they made it with no problems, and we got some great portraits of them.

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Chad: Everything went off without a hitch as far as I can remember. Mostly due to an extraordinary amount of planning and an overall laid back attitude.

Thank you so much for sharing Elizabeth + Casey's wedding with us, Chad! You can find more of Chad Erickson's work here on his website and also be sure to follow him on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »

ShaveFace: The Perfect Groom + Groomsmen Gifts

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Finding that perfect groomsmen gift can be a challenge. You want something that each and every guy - no matter how different they are - will love and enjoy (and actually use!). And what does almost every guy on the planet do? Shave! ShaveFace provides a unique product line of men's shaving and grooming products - from razor accessories to beard oil to shaving cream! So whether your groomsmen are clean cut or scruffy, you'll find something for each and every guy to go gaga over. Want to hear more about ShaveFace and how you can get your hands on some of their products? Read below for our interview with James and see for yourself!

Photos by Sam Frawley

Tell us about your Shave Face + how long you've been in business!

James: ShaveFace is a men's grooming company that specializes in natural and organic men's shaving goods, as well as an accessory (The Strop) that keeps your disposable razors sharp for months -- say goodbye to overpaying for razors. We have been in business for just over two years.

How did you get started in weddings?

James: We actually got started in weddings when one of our friends was getting married and asked if we could custom stamp Strops for his groomsmen. We had never done it before but it was a huge success. Now we can include our ShaveCare (Shave & Beard Oil, ShaveCream, Aftershave Balm) in groomsmen packages for a customized gift.

Photo by Sam Frawley

Photo by James O'Brien

What's the philosophy behind Shave Face?

James: Shaving should be simple, healthy, and enjoyable. And it shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. We use simple, straightforward ingredients, for the best shave out there.

What are your strengths compared to others men's shaving products?

James: Our products are designed to give you all the benefits of a rigorous skin care routine, without adding extra steps to your daily regimen. The idea is that, as you use our products, they are able to simultaneously give you a great shave as well as treat, hydrate and protect your skin for the day or night ahead. When it comes to The Strop-- we are the only company that makes a denim sharpening Strop (think old school leather strops that barbers would use for their straight razors) for disposable razor cartridges (Gillette, Dollar Shave Club, etc).

Photos by Sam Frawley

What attracts grooms/groomsmen to your business?

James: We have a unique, classy set of products that they have usually never seen anywhere else. Not to mention, they can be customized and they are functional within their day to day lives (as opposed to a cigar cutter or lighter etc).

What is trending lately in your area of focus?

James: Our products make for a fun, new gift that promotes health and wellness. Not to mention, when gifting ShaveFace sets, it gives the groomsmen a set of products to use on the wedding day -- so there's no excuse for the men in the wedding party to look anything other than their best. ; )

Photo by Jason Myers

Photo by James O'Brien

Thanks so much for sharing all about your company with us, James! You can check out all of the ShaveFace products here on their website. Plus, if you're out and about shopping locally, you can check them out at men's custom suit shop, Alton Lane! And be sure to hop over to their Instagram page and give them a follow!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , 0 comments »

Paperkuts Studio on Money Saving Tips for Wedding Stationery

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wedding invitations are your guests' first impression of your wedding. And this is why having a great stationer to work with is key! Kim with Paperkuts Studio is a great source for all things wedding paper goods. From personalized invitations to place cards to menu cards, Kim can create custom designs specific to your wants and needs for your wedding. She even created all of these gorgeous invitations, place cards + menu cards for our greenery themed table scape on Today in Nashville! But here's where it gets a little tricky with invitations and paper goods - pricing. How much should you be spending on your invitations? Kim breaks it down and gets real with us on the numbers of how much your invitations should cost. Keep reading below to get her take on the cost of your wedding invitations...

How much do you recommend couples spending on wedding stationery? 

Kim: That is the top question from brides as they begin their search for wedding invitations - and it's the hardest to answer! The statistics show that the average wedding costs around $30,000 and your budget should be 2-3% for stationery. That’s $600-$900 and yes, that’s a lot of money, but most often, not enough. Realistically, you should budget 4-8% or more and that’s $1,500-$1,800 based on the average wedding cost.

What are the must have stationery pieces for a wedding? (Save the dates, invites, RSVPs, thank you notes, etc.)

Kim: The must haves for your wedding invitation suite are two items: your invitation and RSVP. But it totally depends on your vision. Most brides will send save the dates about a year in advance, especially if they are planning a destination wedding or expect a lot of out of town guests.  From there, you can add a reception card, accommodations card, directions card, website card, etc.  Along with your invitation and RSVP, the next must have is your thank you cards.  Order early and have them available as you receive gifts.  This will lighten the load!

How can couples save money on their wedding stationery?

Kim: As always, your invitation sets the tone for your wedding. Couples can save money by setting a realistic budget and assessing their needs. Ensuring your guest list is accurate and  confirming that the information on the invitation is correct (location, time, names) is crucial. The worst thing is to re-order paper because of an error like that! Also, understanding that all of those bells and whistles have a price tag associated with them is important. And if you are a DIY’er, totally go for it! 

What is your best money saving tip for couples searching for wedding stationery?

Kim: The best money saving tip is to stick with your budget. I am the classic, “Bologna budget, Caviar taste!” Invitations are like everything else, you get what you pay for. Let your stationer know what your budget is, the number of invitations that you need and what message you want to convey.  Nothing hurts my heart more than when a bride loves the caviar selection, but it isn’t within her budget. Don’t even look at those types of selections because nothing else will compare and you will never be fully satisfied.  

Any other tips/comments you may have?

Kim: Be open to ‘tweaking’ the invitation you originally found on ebay or Pinterest!  The majority of those invites are custom and custom costs money. Most of all, relax, savor the moments and enjoy!

Thanks so much for sharing all of your insight with us, Kim! Want to see more of Kim's work? Check out the Paperkuts Studio website here and also see more of her work on Instagram here!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Invitations & Paper Goods, 0 comments »