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Glam Nashville Wedding

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Frankly, I could build a whole post around this bride’s Monique wedding gown alone. But add in some photography by Taylor Lord, an amazing Tennessee venue, and a Krispy Kreme bar, you’ve got a wedding after my own heart. Keep an eye out for a wedding film from Milestone Pictures!

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From the bride, Erin: We knew we wanted to have an outside wedding, we also knew we wanted it to be in the summer, it’s our favorite time of year. Kamron and I have our unique taste and we wanted that to be the style of our wedding. We wanted people to leave or wedding and say “that was so Kamron and Erin”, so we stayed true to things we really loved — that was our goal, for our wedding to look like us.


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Our wedding was most unique to us and our interest. We love estate sales, antiquing, and flipping furniture. We brought in 95% of the decor for the wedding. I had no color scheme in mind other than just the normal “stuff” that I love. My closet is full of creams and blushes… I have always been attracted to the light neutral palette.


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The decor we brought in was mostly re-done by us. We painted pretty much all of it. I am crafty by nature and so is my mother… She made all the runners for the tables and pillows. I made all the signs and banners for the wedding. My dad who is an artist made the “Kamron Kunce” Donut sign, along with the Father of the Bride sized tissue box. He also created the caricature of us for our quest to sign. He is pretty amazing!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Stay true to you and your style. Include the groom (it does take two people to get married). It’s YOUR wedding, not your mother’s, your aunt’s, your sister’s, your cousin’s, or your friends’… it’s YOURS. Do what you want. Lastly, don’t get your veil in a wad… it’s just a wedding…one day. 24 hours. Don’t get me wrong, enjoy your wedding, soak it up, but don’t get upset if your linens don’t come in the right shade of ivory. Be the bride that every wedding vendor wants… a happy, easy going one! Trust me, it will make your life easier and theirs! The 3 things I would spend my money on are the dress, the photographer, and the videographer. You will have pictures in the dress forever! Get a dress that every time you get in it — you never want to take it off. That’s how you know it’s your dress.


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Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Wedding Photographer: Taylor Lord Photography / Wedding Venue: Front Porch Farms / Wedding Planner: Nashville Event Planning / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s mother and friend / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier “Candy” via The Bride Room / Wedding Veil: friend / Wedding Shoes: Michael Kors / Bride’s Robe: Vintage Oscar de la Renta / Hair and Makeup: Taylor Roark of Rodells and Sorelle Skelton of Allure Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG and Watters and Watters / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: Chef’s Market / Wedding Cake: B. Jackson’s Bakery / DJ: Kyle Stephens of K&M Music / Wedding Invitations: Designs in Paper / Videographer: Milestone Pictures

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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DIY Painted Votive Holder

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We’ve got one more tutorial up our sleeve from Gather Events‘s Paint Party shoot for you all: these fabulous painted votive holders! Feel free to get creative with different designs and colors — we’re a big fan of geometric blocking. Thanks to The Why We Love for the images and of course, stay tuned for a video from Tower Films!

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For this project, you will need:
-glass vessels
-small, soft-bristle paint brushes (soft bristles minimize streakiness of the paint on glass)
-latex paint (acrylic paints or spray paint would also work)
-painter’s tape
-precision craft knife
-self-healing cutting mat

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Directions:
1. Roll out a length of painter’s tape and adhere adhesive side down onto a cutting mat.

2. Cut the tape to the width and length of your choosing. (We used a mat that has 1/2”
measurements already. It makes this project very simple!)

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3. Peel the strips of tape off of the mat and place onto the glass vessels in the design of your
choice. We opted for a simple angular design on the taller vessels and a more intricate angular design on the shorter ones. Adhere the tape really well to the vessels, leaving no air pockets for paint to escape into unwanted areas of the vessel.

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4. Brush a single, heavy coat of paint onto the exposed areas of the glass vessels.

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5. While the paint is still wet, just before it gets tacky, remove the strips of tape to reveal a
straight section painted onto your vessel.

Touching up:
If any of the paint seeps through the tape seam, wait until paint is completely dry and scrape off the troubled spots with your craft knife.

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Notes on paint options:
-Spray paint provides the most even coverage. The tape can be removed after the paint is
dry.
-Latex paint requires a very heavy single layer and the tape must be removed before the
paint dries to prevent peeling. The nice feature of latex is that, when dry, this paint peels very easily off of the glass, so you can change out colors or bring your vessels back to their original unpainted state.
-Acrylic paint looks very similarly to latex and goes on the same way, but does not peel off of the glass very easily. If you would like to remove the paint from the glass, it must be scraped off.


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NotedOccasions

Notedoccasions offers unique custom wedding invitations, with designs for every type of wedding- rustic chic, country weddings, boho chic weddings, outdoor weddings and whimsical vintage weddings alike.

As a graphic designer, I believe that great graphic design is in the details {read: spending lots of time at the computer looking at pixels.} If you dont know what a pixel is- congratulations- because that’s why graphic designer types exist! {to save your eyesight} Really, though-design is more than matching colors and picking pretty fonts {but I do have major love for fonts} – it’s about conveying your message to the world with a swirl, a flourish, a dot, a pattern- whatever it takes to creatively encompass your clients vision and send that vision out into the world with impact.

That’s what I try to do. EMPHASIS on TRY. I adore designing and am currently the owner of NOTEDOCCASIONS.COM , an online site catering to everyone who loves having a party. And who doesn’t because as I see it, life’s a party!

Custom invitation design requests are always welcome – we welcome the opportunity to make your event absolutely perfect!

Sandy Buckley, NotedOccasions

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DIY Marbled Place Mats

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We’re sure you all loved the Paint Party shoot from Gather Events, so we’re ecstatic to share this marbled place mat tutorial shot by The Why We Love! This project will take at least two days — the first day for priming the mats, the second for the “painting” — but I’d say the results make it definitely worth it! Make sure to check out the video from Tower Films for a little extra help.

For this project, you will need:
-fabric (we cut a canvas drop cloth into 12‘x18” pieces)
-alum (not pictured; found at grocery stores in the spice section)
-2 plastic tubs or containers large enough for your fabric pieces to lay flat
-shaving cream
-hand spatula, ruler or any rigid material with a straight edge that is easy to glide across and
smooth the shaving cream surface
-acrylic paint in multiple colors
-glass jars or paper cups for mixing paint and water
-straws
-water
-thin wooden dowel (you could also use a pencil or end of a paint brush)


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Note: this is a 2-day job as you’ll need to treat fabric the day before you marble it.
Directions for pretreating fabric: (not pictured)
Treating your fabric with alum is not required, but helps the paint adhere to the fabric.
Do this step the night before you plan to marble your fabric. It needs a number of hours to dry. Use rubber gloves when handling alum.
1. Fill a rubber tub with hot but not boiling water.
2. Add 3 tablespoons of alum for every quart of water.
3. Mix alum to dissolve.
4. Place fabric in tub and soak for around 15 minutes. Remove; hang flat to dry.

Directions for marbling fabric:
1. Gather all materials together in your work space. This process goes relatively quickly and
so it’s good to have everything near you.
2. Fill one tub with 1-2 gallons of cold water; set aside.
3. Pour acrylic paints into glass jars or paper cups. Water down slightly and mix until you
have the consistency of heavy cream. Place a straw into each of the paint vessels. Set aside.


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4. Fill the second tub with a thin layer of shaving cream.
5. Smooth the shaving cream with your hand spatula to create an even surface.
6. Take a jar of paint. Covering the top of the straw with your index finger, grab straw and lift
out of vessel to see the paint collected into the straw. Wave your hand about 4” over the shaving cream and release your index finger. Paint will drop out of straw and onto shaving cream surface. The goal is for the paint to sit on the surface of the shaving cream. Don’t release paint too high above surface or the paint will sink too far into the shaving cream.


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7. Quickly repeat with this and the rest of your paints until you have an abstract design. Set paint jars aside.
8. Hold your dowel and place one end into the shaving cream at the top let corner. Glide dowel down and up, creating vertical lines, all the way across to the right. Repeat horizontally. You’ll see a beautiful marbled pattern form with the paint in the shaving cream.


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9. Lay a piece of fabric smoothly onto the shaving cream, patting down gently to remove any bubbles and ensure that every inch of fabric is making contact with the paint on top of the shaving cream surface.
10. Let the fabric sit for a few moments until you see the paint seeping through to the visible side of fabric.


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11. Grab bottom two corners of fabric and slowly peel it away from the shaving cream. You’ll see that the paint has transferred onto the fabric!


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12. Place your fabric into the clean container with cold water. Still holding the corners, gently agitate the fabric for a few moments to remove the shaving cream and excess paint.

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13. Remove fabric from the water to reveal your beautiful marbled place mat. Hang on a clothesline to dry.


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14. You can “double dip” a new piece of fabric into the paint batch you just created to form a more abstract look and save on materials. Otherwise, skim the top paint layer off of the shaving cream and begin again at step 6 with new paint. Replenish the shaving cream as needed.


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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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