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DIY Plantation Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!

bride and groom by wall

plantation historical sign

From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.


rustic boutonnieres

vintage bridal beautybeaded wedding clutch

bride and bridesmaids

rings tied around bookleafy bridal bouquets

birdcage favor bags

I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.


chalkboard wedding sign

first look outdoors

plantation wedding ceremony

bridesmaid holding bouquetantique book centerpieces

green decorated clothespins

As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.


tin can centerpieces

bride and groom sunset

reserved signsimple pink centerpieces

owl cake toppers

Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.


vintage dessert tables

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reserved vintage centerpieces

The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!


bride and groom dancing


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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DIY Tennessee Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When we say this next wedding is handmade, we mean every.single.bit. Bride Rachel made her own wedding gown from lace curtains, made the bouquets and boutonnieres, and her sister made all the food for the day. Josh and Amber of Ulmer Studios captured the day magnificently, including a stroll to see some nearby baby horses! Keep an eye out for the getaway where the guests soared paper airplanes towards the newlyweds as they made their exit.

bride groom holding hands

From the bride, Rachel: I wanted our wedding to be different from the traditional wedding because traditional just does not represent my husband and me. Both of us are pretty laid back and we wanted a wedding that allowed us to be ourselves and our guests to be themselves. In order to do this, we incorporated many things that would represent who we are. We knew that we wanted our venue to be somewhere that people would feel comfortable, so we chose a barn in which the owner allowed us to decorate and setup how we wanted. One of the other ways we incorporated a laid back feel was in our and our wedding party’s attire. I chose to design my own dress so that it would fit my style better than a dress from a bridal boutique. I’m not a seamstress by any means, so with the help of my wonderful mother, who can sew, we were able to take a plain sweet heart dress, I purchased online, and turn it into a dress that I loved. We altered the dress so that it would be more form fitting and purchased lace to create the look that I wanted.

jewelry on bridal sash
bride walking by horse

The most unique part of my dress is that the lace is actually a curtain I purchased from K-Mart! We looked at several fabric stores, but were unable to find the pattern I wanted, so my mom began looking at lace curtains and found the exact pattern that I had in mind for my dress. I knew that I wanted to incorporate something of my grandmother’s, so I used one of her brooches and pinned it to a braided belt. For my shoes, I knew that I wanted something a little vintage-ish, so I had purchased a pair of cream oxford type heels from Modcloth which went perfectly with my dress. We also wanted my husband’s attire to match his personality, so in order to do that we actually just went through his closet and chose pieces that would match with the colors I had chosen for the wedding and to go along with a newly purchased pair of skinny jeans and tie.

bride walking by horse
clock teal wedding decortulip reception centerpieces

lace wedding bouquets

As for the wedding party’s attire, I wanted a combination of the style of the wedding and each member’s style. In order to do this, we shopped for outfits that each member would want to wear after the wedding, but were in the color scheme of the wedding. As far as the decor goes, I wanted both a natural and a vintage feel. In order to do this, we interspersed lace and wood decor throughout the ceremony and reception.

bride lace hair accessory
bride lace hair accessory

bride and groom outdoorsgray tulle bouquets

tan wedding shoes

For the ceremony, I made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages from lace, burlap, sticks, and wheat tops. I gathered sticks from my yard, and purchased the other items needed from Joann’s. My inspiration for this was wanting to be original. After looking at a lot of wedding websites, I knew that I wanted to create something that I hadn’t seen before. For the reception, in order to incorporate both the vintage and natural look, I used lace table cloths, a mixture of vintage serving platters along with vintage coffee mugs for our coffee/hot tea/hot chocolate bar and then slabs of wood that my dad cut and made into tiers for the display of the pies and our wedding cake. Our wedding cake was just a small cake since we served pies, cake pops, lemons bars, salted caramel chocolate bars, pumpkin donut holes, fruit, and trail mix to the guests. The cake topper was an estate sale find. My sister baked our cake, but we hadn’t been able to decide on a cake topper until my dad found these two little owls at an estate sale and I knew they had to be on top of our cake to represent my obsession of owl figurines, which just so happens to be a family obsession on both sides.

mismatched brown bridesmaids dresses

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barn wedding ceremony

individual mini piesowl cake toppers

Other things that we did to create a wedding that represented us was to make portions of the ceremony and reception that portrayed what was important to us,and what we liked. For the ceremony, we knew that we wanted God to be represented in it. He is everything to my husband and I and we wanted to represent that to our guests. In order to do this, we wanted the unity portion of our ceremony to show that He brought us together. At first, we had a hard time deciding how to do this until Alex researched unity ceremonies and found the unity braid. The braid has three strands representing God, Alex, and me. While we braided strips of lace, burlap and yarn we had one of Alex’s favorite worship songs (Divine Romace by Phil Wickham) playing and then once we braided the belt we asked the guests to join us for a moment of worship until the song ended.

ribbon altar backdrop

bride and groom by treesmug wedding favors

bride and groom first dance

For the reception, we had family and friends perform songs for us to dance to. As a surprise to me, Alex, my brother-in-laws and sweet friend surprised me with a performance of “Kiss the Girl” from my favorite Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.” It was the best surprise ever and really made our reception represent us.

paper airplane getaway

Wedding Vendors (Lebanon, TN):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Wedding Dress: Made by Bride / Bride’s Shoes: ModCloth / Lace Bouquets and Boutonnieres: made by bride / Wedding Caterer: Kendra Uhl, sister of the bride / Officiant: James Ulmer, father of the bride

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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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Tennessee Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Nothing brightens our day like a gorgeous wedding paired with an endlessly smiling bride and groom, and that’s what we have in Adam and Carmen! Ulmer Studios captured this couple’s infectious happiness on their big day in Franklin, TN, complete with innovative handmade and vintage details tackled primarily by the bride and her bridesmaid. We just adore Carmen’s Time Capsule idea!


Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

From the photographers, Josh and Amber Ulmer: Adam and Carmen had a gorgeous southern farm wedding at Southall Eden. Carmen, her bridesmaids & her planner, Jennifer Hamilton of Mr & Mrs Events both worked hands on together to create all of her fabulous details.


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Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm WeddingAdam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Carmen wanted a very undone/natural feel to her flowers so we went to Import Flowers and picked out lots of colorful wildflower bunches, lavender (most important to the bride), garden roses, hydrangeas and lots of greenery. The day before the wedding, Carmen and the bridesmaid’s went to Jennifer’s house and we worked cutting and arranging flowers and making the bouquets for a few hours before the rehearsal. I LOVE the lavender that we used in Carmen’s bouquet… really gave it a whimsical feel.


Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Time Capsule Activity – this was set up at cocktail hour and made by Carmen. Different colors and designs of paper were set out for guests to write advice etc… to the couple. I believe they’re going to wait 10 years to open the box and read all the notes.


Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm WeddingAdam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm WeddingAdam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding
barn wedding drapes
wedding chalkboard signs

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm WeddingAdam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

mason jar chandelier


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Southall Eden / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Wedding Planner, Designer, and Flowers: Jennifer Hamilton of Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events / Wedding Caterer: Down South Delights / Desserts: Bride and bridesmaid, Elizabeth Parker / Rentals: Music City Tents and Events / Ceremony Music: Russell Mauldin / Officiant: Groom’s Grandfather, Rev. Jack Dean / Transportation: Nationwide Parking and Valet

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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April Showers Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

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We just love when vendors can take a negative and turn it into something so positively beautiful. Event stylist Jessica of Love Bird Style designed an inspiration shoot for a couple who were victims of last year’s flood in Nashville, Tennessee. We adore the idea of turning this into a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even a wedding reception! Our thanks also goes out to Ulmer Studios for the wonderful photographs.

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wedding shower inspiration shoot

From the stylist, Jessica: We wanted to create an event that embraced the showers that come with spring and the new life that it brings. We chose to host a “shower” for a couple who were victims of the Nashville flood exactly one year ago. This “shower” theme could easily translate to an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding or even a re-shoot if it does rain on your special day!

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wedding shower inspiration shoot

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wedding shower inspiration shoot

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wedding shower inspiration shoot

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wedding shower inspiration shoot

wedding shower inspiration shoot

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Wedding vendors (Nashville, TN):

Event design: Love Bird Style / Wedding photographer: Ulmer Studios / Wedding flowers: Artisan Flowers / Wedding stationery: Red Ribbon Fox

Ulmer Studios is a member of Blue Label.

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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New Year’s Day Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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This indie-chic New Years Day wedding has all the personality you could ask for in an intimate winter wedding. The handcrafted pieces show such love, care and creativity. The wedding party looks fun, relaxed and straight-up-adorable with their mix-and-match styles and uber-creative boutonnieres and bouquets. You MUST check out the gallery for all the stunning portraits from the couple’s first look shot by the amazing Ulmer Studios. They make me woozy with romance!

handmade new year wedding

From the bride, Bailey: We really just wanted the look to be US. We wanted to have things that represented our style, our likes, our personality. We love the earthy feeling.. we love antiques, vintage-everything! And everyone said when they walked in, the Mill just screamed Taylor and Bailey.

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

Those amazing bouquets are all made out of PAPER FLOWERS. Isn’t that incredible? And I’m absolutely ga-ga over the boutonnieres the couple handmade for the groom and his groomsmen. Made out of buttons, feathers and twigs, they really set the tone for the aesthetics of the whole wedding.

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding
Because the bride is in pharmacy school, the couple chose to incorporate vintage apothecary jars into their centerpiece decor. What a great idea! They look lovely with all their different shapes and sizes. The couple also constructed the pennants from fabric and clothes from Goodwill and crafted all the paper pom poms.
handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding
Any advice for brides to be? See your future spouse BEFORE the ceremony. Get ready, go see them. This helps SO much in getting rid of weird butterflies, anxiety, etc… and this is the ONLY HOUR that you get to spend with that person ALONE. It is SO important!
handmade new year wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Chattanooga and Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: The Mill / Wedding planner and Event Designer: Kirsten Hawkins / Florist: DIY / Photographer: Ulmer Studios Photography/ Wedding Dress: Vineyard Drew by Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Nina Paladin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Groom’s suit: Vintage / Band: Concerning Lions / DJ: Eric Coomer / Caterer: Chef Penelope / Wedding Cake: Hermitage Bakery / Centerpiece pottery: Merideth Walter / Wedding invitations: Daniel Hall / Videographer: Bride and Groom passed around their camera and had everyone film the festivities (the couple are videographers and were able to edit their own wedding video!)