September 19, 2022 - No Comments!

Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration at Wanderwood Barn Venue in Maine

We are planning more weddings than ever in one particular state lately here at 'Cause We Can Events and we love it. In 2019, lead planner, Jessica moved to Maine. If you know us, you know we are fans of unique and adventurous weddings in breathtaking places. There are so many cool places to host weddings in the area so we make it an effort to discover new (or at least new to us) venues. Today, we are bringing you along for a styled wedding photo shoot. Our Maine team worked together to create the captivating, natural, and intimate wedding vision you are about to see. Keep reading to discover this eco-friendly wedding inspiration at Wanderwood barn venue in Maine!

About Wanderwood

Wanderwood is an intimate event venue and organic farm in Maine. The owners, Kelsey and Matt are passionate about sustainability making active efforts for the cause such as onsite composting and recycling onsite. They also grow their own flowers that are available for purchase on your wedding day! This venue even offers a farmhouse that can accommodate 8-10 guests for lodging. This is a wonderful way to experience the venue even more! Here are more details about hosting a wedding at Wanderwood:

  • Renovated and heated 1970s barn for hosting weddings
  • Accommodates up to 200 guests from May through October and up to 75 guests from November through April
  • Ideal for weekend weddings at the 95-acre property
  • Located 10 minutes away from downtown Damariscotta and Newcastle

After reading this blog, you can discover even more details about hosting a wedding at Wanderwood on their website.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

Onto the wedding inspo! We utilized the beautiful outdoor space at Wanderwood for this styled shoot. A styled shoot is simply a photo shoot capturing a mock wedding. This is a great opportunity to introduce couples to new venues and local vendors. It can be super helpful to see a space in some type of "wedding" form when viewing it for the first time. Styled shoots make this possible!

One of our favorite local Maine photographers, Katelyn Mallet captured this day. We conceptualized a barn wedding day with an eco-friendly theme. A natural color palette, organic florals straight from the farm, and the intimate style all brought this idea to life. It is always fun to work with our wedding vendor friends to bring you creative inspiration.

Check out the final product!

Check out all of the amazing vendors from this day on Instagram:
venue: @wanderwoodmaine
planning & design: @jesspancake_  with @causewecanevents
florist: @falmouthtownflowerco
baker: @barndoorbaking
invitation designer: @girlthatdesigns
photographer  @katelynmallettphoto

Looking for more details about how to plan an eco-friendly wedding? Good news, we have a blog breaking down exactly how to plan an eco-friendly and low-waste wedding. Or maybe you want to see some more Maine weddings! If you loved this wedding, you need to check out this woodland fall elopement in Maine next.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Styled Shoot

September 5, 2022 - No Comments!

Nashville Wedding Venue Tour: OZARI

If you are searching for your perfect modern-industrial wedding venue, I have just the space for you. We are taking a look at a sophisticated warehouse space located in Nashville. Keep reading this blog for a Nashville wedding venue tour of OZARI event space!

Windows at OZARI wedding venue Nashville

The Basics

Let's go over the basics about OZARI first. This event venue is located in L & L Market, a contemporary market and gourmet food hall. This is located conveniently within the city! OZARI is a private space within L & L Market that can seat up to 150 guests. If you are planning on a cocktail-style celebration, the venue can then hold up to 300 guests. As a planner, I especially appreciate the on-site parking and valet along with the catering kitchen. These aren't the most glamorous parts of an event but your vendors will thank you! This also can save you on costs and additional planning. Here are some more basics about OZARI that you need to know:

  • 3,967 square feet of space
  • Patio available
  • Additional private and semi-private spaces available upon request
  • 175 cross back chairs included in venue rental

You can check out more details about OZARI on their website.

OZARI wedding venue

OZARI

Now it's time to tour the space. The black steel details, industrial brick walls, high ceilings, and spacious windows create the perfect canvas for the modern event. OZARI is an open floor plan which provides more creativity for your layout. Even if you have an idea of what you might prefer for your wedding layout, it is important to work with a wedding planner. They will be able to handle the logistics and catch any "hidden" details to make the function of your event seamless.

If you are searching for your Nashville wedding planner, let's chat! We have a team located in Nashville and would love to hear your story.

Indoor Space

Indoor event venue, OZARI NASHVILLE
Industrial wedding venue in Nashville

Patio

I can already imagine an outdoor cocktail hour here!

Patio at OZARI wedding venue

If you would like more of a walkthrough tour of OZARI, go check out my YouTube video on this space! Watch until 2:53 for the video tour. Then, you can keep watching the video for some behind the scenes of being a wedding planner. I am sharing how we create layout mockups for clients like you!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

August 22, 2022 - No Comments!

Euphoria Wedding Inspiration at The Wedge Building in Nashville

In between weddings, our planners still find a way to be creative! I met up with a dream team of local Nashville vendors for a Euphoria styled-shoot. I, Gabby, am based in Nashville so it was nice to get together with other wedding vendors to create something just for fun! Like many of you, I couldn't stop watching the popular show earlier this year (let's talk about Season 2 on Instagram). As a wedding planner, the fashion, makeup, and sense of creativity stood out to me! I couldn't help but wonder how the show's style would translate to weddings.

This styled photo shoot took place in the springtime so you will see influences from the season along with themes from the show. I'll also be giving you a mini-virtual tour of the venue this all took place at - The Wedge Building! Whether you are looking for inspiration for your big day or are searching for your Nashville wedding venue, keep reading.

Let's take a look at this Euphoria wedding inspiration at the Wedge building in Nashville together!

The Wedge Building

The Wedge Building is an indoor industrial venue space. There is a coffee shop and art gallery next door so this venue is definitely for all of the artsy, creative couples out there! It is an open space ready to transform into your vision. The venue is a bit more intimate while still providing plenty of room for all of the traditional wedding events from the ceremony to the reception.

This space was perfect for this styled shoot because the vendors and I focused on creativity! We all challenged ourselves to take inspiration from the show Euphoria and our own spin on it. Of course, while following the general mood board we all worked together on starting on Pinterest. Take a look at the blank space below!

The Wedge Building Nashville

Invitation Suite

How cute is this invitation suite? We decided on a mix of different fonts and colors to ensure that the invitations weren't too uniform. I love the printed floral design detail! Didn't Gabrielle von Heyking do a fantastic job creating this flat lay photo? Gabrielle also captured this entire day!

Makeup & Outfits

The makeup in Euphoria is practically a character itself. The makeup plays an important role in representing each character's unique style and emotion. The same idea can be applied to a wedding look! For the makeup and the outfits, we went with bold, out-of-the-box looks that are modern and trendy.

Purple wedding ring with gold band in ring box with flowers

Ceremony Decor

If there is one aspect of your wedding you can keep minimal without sacrificing your aesthetic, it's the ceremony. The first step is making sure you love the ceremony space before anything is added. The bright windows and industrial interior at The Wedge Building stood strong on their own! The addition of some colorful florals by New Mood Floral added that pop of color and texture needed for the ceremony. We added some clear acrylic chairs to complete the look.

By the way, I filmed all of the behind-the-scenes from this day on my YouTube Channel! Be sure to watch the video below for even more details after reading this blog:

Industrial wedding ceremony at The Wedge Building with colorful florals inspired by Euphoria
Colorful wedding ceremony floral design for Nashville wedding

Table Decor

The table decor is where you can see this palette shine. Can you spot the repurposed ceremony florals? Creativity was truly woven into this day! The dried floral place cards on each colorful place setting also make perfect guest favors. I still can't decide what my favorite part of this tablescape is.

Colorful wedding tablescape inspired by Euphoria the show
Pink, orange, blue, and yellow floral centerpiece for creative wedding

Desserts & Drinks

Remember the carnival in season one of Euphoria? We had to include some cotton candy for this wedding inspiration. The cotton candy even dissolved beautifully into a sparkly champagne drink. Then, we included the classic wedding cake decorated as a piece of art. I hope you enjoyed reading all about this Euphoria styled shoot!

Are you planning your own creative wedding day? Let's chat! We would love to hear about your story and your unique vision for your big day.

Check out all of the talented vendors from this day on Instagram:
Photographer: @gabriellevonheykingweddings
Planning & Design: @causewecanevents
Rentals: @southerneventsonline
Florals: @newmoodfloral
Hair/Makeup: @rcobridalbeautyteam
Cake: @agirlwithaparty
Cotton Candy: @twistedforsugarnashville
Invitations: @whiteinkcalligraphy
Bridal Boutique: @ilabridal
Dress designers: @alexperryofficial @samantha.sleeper
Veil designer: @alice_and_mae 
Jewelry: @bellemeadefinejewelry
Venue @thewedgebuilding
Models: @browntriniting @moormanalexis

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Styled Shoot

August 18, 2022 - No Comments!

Rainy Micro-Wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains Filled with Love

Now that we are closer to the fall season, I have to share this micro-wedding from last year with you. Don't get me wrong, we love big weddings here at 'Cause We Can Events, but there is something so special about intimate weddings. If a larger wedding doesn't sound like your cup of tea but you are afraid of missing out on certain aspects of those events, keep reading. When Gia and Maro approached us with their Under Canvas Smokies wedding, we were incredibly excited. They had a smaller guest count but still wanted a party. So, we made it happen (it was easy with a dream of a group like this)!

Get ready for a beautiful day with lots of fun, a heartfelt group, stunning decor, and RAIN. Don't worry, we'll talk more about that. Let's dive into this rainy micro-wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains filled with love.

The Couple

Adventurous, glamping weddings are our jam, but without the cool couples we work with, we wouldn't love our jobs as much as we do. Gia and Maro were so lovely to plan with! Our team stepped in a month before the wedding to coordinate the final details and take the last planning steps off of the couple. You can learn more about our Wedding Management Package here. This is a great option for those that want to take care of the bulk of the planning on their own but need some support when it comes to the logistics. Then, of course, our planning team continues to be there with you on the day of your wedding. Gia and Maro were planning this event as a destination wedding, so wedding management can also be super helpful for couples whose wedding location is not local to them.

Their style was romantic, modern, and boho. I think their outfits matched this aesthetic perfectly! The details like the hair pieces and printed jacket really added some unique flair to their wedding outfits.

A Rainy Ceremony

Rain was on the forecast for this wedding day right around the time of the ceremony. But, the couple and their guests didn't let that stop them! We moved the timing slightly so that it wasn't pouring during this portion of the day. The ceremony still took place outside and the raindrops were actually quite romantic for photos. Didn't Joy + Everette Photography do an incredible job?

Pro tip from a wedding planner: If you are planning a wedding that will be outside at any portion, always rent a tent. Even if you don't mind some sprinkles, you never know exactly how much it will rain or how items like your flowers will hold up. A tent will help you keep your peace of mind and you will be thankful you rented it if it isn't completely sunny outside. While this couple didn't have to use their tent for their ceremony, they did use it for the reception.

Look at the love on their faces! After saying their "I Dos", the guests celebrated the couple with these streamer poppers. Talk about a Pinterest-worthy moment.

The Party

After snapping some couples photos, it was time to party. The reception kicked off with some delicious spicy margaritas and a meal from Rothchild Catering. Then, the group enjoyed some heartfelt speeches. They even got to video call some loved ones for speeches during this sweet moment!

Wedding Planners: @causewecanevents
Rentals: @rentsparkvintage
Florals: @flourishingflowersbymari 
Photography and Videography: @joyandeverettephoto
Officiant: @sensationalceremoniestennessee 
Catering: @rothchildcatering
Hair & Makeup: @intensifybypatience
 Venue & Bar: @undercanvasofficial

For the rest of the evening, the couple and their guests danced the night away. To make the dancing extra fun, guests added some feather boas, glowsticks, face crystals, and festival glasses to their looks.

What an unforgettable micro-wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains!

Love this Under Canvas location and want more inspiration? Check out this vibrant boho wedding next.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

July 14, 2022 - No Comments!

Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Save The Date Invites

You’re newly engaged, planning your dream wedding and you just booked your wedding venue. What’s next? It’s time to spread the word and invite your loved ones! The “appetizer” of your wedding invitation feast is called Save The Date Invite or just, Save the Date. These little cuties are going to provide your guests with some teaser information about your wedding as well as set the tone for the epic day they’re about to have. 

While sending a save the date postcard isn’t rocket science, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind. Ready to learn everything there is to know about Save the Date Invites? Let’s dive in!

This blog post is sponsored by our friends at Basic Invite. Hop over to their website and see all the amazing save the date postcards and wedding invitations they have!

Use your wedding color palette

As wedding planners, we tell my clients that in order to be cohesive throughout our design process, we need to first choose a wedding color palette. This will be referenced when we’re looking at florals, napkins, bridesmaids dresses, and…wedding invitations! We love when couples start off their wedding planning strong by designing their save the date invites with their official color palette. This gives the guest a sneak peek at the theme of the wedding so they can plan their outfits accordingly.

By the way, Basic Invite has over 180 colors to choose from for your save the dates and wedding invitations. You can customize every aspect of their samples which is what makes them so unique!

Don’t have a color palette yet and getting anxious to send out your save the date postcards? Don’t worry, we also encourage couples to use their engagement photos as another option. You can still set the tone of your wedding with fonts, patterns or just a beautiful picture of the two of you!

Save the Date postcard example

Keep it simple

We know you want to tell your guests everything about the wedding but you will have the wedding invitations and wedding website to do that later. For your save the date invites, all you need to add is:

  • Names of the people getting married
  • Wedding date
  • Wedding venue (Pro tip: add the address so people can start thinking about their travel)
  • Optional: “Invitation to Follow” or “Visit our wedding website at www.JandJgettingmarried.com”. Basic Invite provides FREE wedding websites too!

We love this minimalist example from Basic Invite. The save the date postcard is simple but clearly showcases all the important information. This also gives guests a little preview of the theme of the wedding: minimal & modern.

Make it an art piece

Even if you’re going the minimalist route, your save the date can still be an art piece. Your guests will be displaying it on their fridge for months to come so might as well make it look nice, right? This particular save the date postcard is one of our favorites. With the outline of the mountain range and some soft colors, this is something I would be excited to display in my home as a wedding guest!

Remember, the save the date invite is meant to get people excited about the wedding to come while giving them some essential information. You want to give them a little taste without sharing all your wedding plans. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing like receiving a physical invitation to a formal event in the mail rather than digitally or over text.  

Did this inspire you to send out a fun save the date invite for your wedding? We sure hope so! There are hundreds of styles over at Basic Invite for everyone’s unique taste. Hop over to their website to find your perfect save the date for your wedding.

BONUS, Basic Invite will collect your guests' addresses for free! You just send your friends and family a quick link via text or social media and consider it done. They’ll also address the envelopes for you which is a huge time saver. 

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Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

May 25, 2022 - No Comments!

Vibrant Palm Springs Wedding at Casa Cody

Today we are taking a trip to Palm Springs, California for a beautiful intimate wedding! The couple of honor, Claire and Scott hosted their dream day at a historic hotel venue, Casa Cody. The luxury bed and breakfast is truly an oasis in the heart of Palm Springs. Whether you want to enjoy a cocktail by the pool with your guests or explore lush gardens, this is a unique venue to consider. For your wedding day, Casa Cody can accommodate up to 200 guests. Along with the option to stay at the venue, you can work with the onsite catering and bar to make planning that much easier.

Now, let's take a look at Claire and Scott's big day together! Keep reading for all of the details from this vibrant Palm Springs wedding at Casa Cody.

The Color Palette

Shades of green, deep fuschia, hints of peach, and warm neutrals created the stunning color palette for this wedding. We gathered inspiration from the natural blooms in the garden at the venue. These colors are a great option if you love jewel tones but want something softer. Since the wedding was outdoor in Palm Springs, we decided to keep the palette vibrant, playful, and fresh!

The Details

Florals were a major part of this wedding design! We even mixed in some desert plants with the fresh blooms for a unique design. From the hair accessories, signage, centerpieces, to the printed fans for the ceremony, the floral elements brought this vision to life. To add some more tropical details, we placed fresh fruit on the tables! It was so fun to get creative with this summer-inspired wedding.

Claire & Scott

Onto the couple's photos! After Claire and Scott got ready for their big day, they shared a first look at the venue. This is something more and more couples are opting to do on their wedding day. A first look is a great opportunity to capture some of your photos as a couple and calm any pre-ceremony nerves.

Then, it was time for the ceremony. The couple said their "I dos" among their closest family and friends in one of the venue's private gardens. Look at that view!

Table Decor

For the reception, we created this stunning outdoor layout under string lights. For the guest tables, we added a delicate neutral runner and placed all of those colorful centerpieces we mentioned before. I love the wooden table numbers and pops of green in the napkins! Claire and Scott's sweetheart table included a similar design with the addition of woven fans to keep cool in the Palm Springs heat.

Party

Time for the party. Guests could enjoy signature cocktails by the pool or among the gardens. There was even a photo booth at the wedding for a fun entertainment option. Of course, the couple and their guests had a blast on the dancefloor.

We can't wait to come back to Palm Springs for more celebrations like this. Planning your Palm Springs wedding or another destination event? We would love to chat with you. Our team has a range of different services to bring your dream day to life. Contact us today to learn more!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

April 4, 2022 - No Comments!

Nashville Wedding Venue Tour: The Venue at Birchwood

I'm back with another Nashville wedding venue tour for you! This modern barn style venue offers 26 acres of space with a classic rustic charm. From the spacious reception location option to a sweet chapel, there are options for everybody. The venue is located just outside of Nashville making this an ideal location for both local and destination weddings. Let's take a look at The Venue at Birchwood Together!

Outdoor Space

One aspect I always look for when touring a venue is the photography space. Even if you plan on mainly celebrating indoors, you will probably want to capture some photos outside together. There is so much space to explore on Birchwood's property. From the spacious landscape, a historic barn, to photos outside of the venue, you won't be lacking options here! Plus, the venue looks beautiful in all seasons. I happened to your the space in the snow, but look at how stunning it was.

If this has you thinking about what else you should look for when touring a venue, we have you covered! Use our downloadable wedding venue walkthrough checklist as you search for your perfect space. This is something our planners use everytime we complete a tour. This ensures you won't miss anything and can often save you both time and money in the long run.

Chapel

For the ceremony, you can say your "I dos" in the chapel space. This location incorporates the natural light from the spacious windows that look incredibly dreamy. The venue offers a selection of onsite arbors and pews making creating your ceremony layout that much easier! Check out The Venue at Birchwood's Instagram for more details and photos of the chapel.

Reception Barn

The reception barn includes everything you need to celebrate. Here are the key aspects of this space:

  • Indoor reception location: The space for you and your guests to dine and dance!
  • Covered porch + cocktail patio: Having a separate space for cocktail hour and for guests to relax can elevate your event.
  • Bride & groom suites: This will make getting ready on the day of your wedding a breeze.
  • Warming kitchen: Your caterer will thank you for this one!
  • Bathrooms: Always essential for any venue.
  • Upstairs loft: This offers extra space to seat guests or incorporate extra entertainment features. Perfect for larger events.

The Details

Now, you may love this space but what about the specifics? Let's take a look at the details you need to know for hosting an event here:

  • Guest Capacity: 240 guests
  • 100 car parking lot available
  • Tables, chairs, mobile bars, arbors, and sound system available. See more rentals from the venue here!
  • Venue rental fee begins at $7,500

If you are interested in touring The Venue at Birchwood or have more questions, email info@thevenueatbirchwood.com or contact us today!

If you loved this venue, read all about more of our favorite Tennessee wedding venues next.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

March 8, 2022 - No Comments!

How to Include Dogs in Your Wedding (and keep everyone happy)

It is no secret that our 'Cause We Can Events team loves dogs! In fact, I have three of my own. We understand how important it is to include in your life as much as you can. Many of our adventurous couples as us, "How can we include our dogs in our wedding?" Today, we are sharing exactly how! Keep reading to find out how to bring your pups along for your big day while keeping everyone happy.

Talk to Your Venue

Before you can consider including dogs in your wedding, you need to talk to your wedding venue. If your venue is outdoors and adventurous, it is worth asking! For many of our glamping weddings, we see many pups in attendance. Your venue will be able to tell you their policies regarding dogs so you can be well prepared.

Then, you can invite your guests to bring their dogs once you know exactly what is and isn't allowed. Think about how many of your guests have dogs and how many would want to bring them along for the wedding. You might decide to only bring your pups along or extend the invitation to only a few wedding party members or guests.

Designate a Quiet Space for Your Dogs to Rest

Bring Crates

Make sure to bring crates along to include with this quiet space. Your dogs will be safe and secure so you won't have a worry.

A wedding is tiring for everyone. Make sure your glamping tent or a quiet space is available for your dogs to rest. They can chill while you keep dancing!

Consider Hiring Professional Dog Sitters

You really need someone to check on the dogs during the wedding day. You and your guests will be busy with all of the exciting moments of the day. Hire some professional dog sitters to take care of your pup friends during the wedding. We love using Rover.com for this but a similar vendor might be available locally in your city. Don't worry, you will still see your pups and they will be included in portions of the day! This will just take the extra responsibility off of you.

Check out the team from this wedding on Instagram:
Planning & design @causewecanevents
Photographer @hilaurenhello
Venue @undercanvasofficial
Florist @thistleandlaceflorals 
Beauty @bangsandblush_

Bring Plenty of Water, Food Bowls, & Waste Bags

This is an obvious one! Bring plenty of water and food bowls along with waste bags. Expect to provide these for your guests' dogs if you have extended the invitation to them. It is so helpful to have food and water stations set throughout the venue. Set some waste bags out in a cute basket for your guests to use for their dogs as well. You might create mini tables dedicated to dog supplies! Add some extra leashes and treats to take this a step further.

Bring a Doggy Pool

Since you will be outdoors for at least a portion of your wedding when bringing your dogs along, find ways to keep them cool and comfortable! Bring doggy pools for the pups to play and cool off. They always have so much fun with this and it won't cost you too much out of your budget.

When You Shouldn't Bring Your Pup Along

Now, there are some points when you should consider not bringing your dogs along. I've seen dogs jump on buffet tables, dogs bark all night, and dogs left completely exhausted from all of the loud music and partying. Some dogs absolutely love the atmosphere and some dogs hate it. At the end of the day, the decision is up to you and your partner. You know your pups best!

Your Dog Is The Nervous Type

Does your dog react to every little noise or movement at home? Or are they just a little nervous in general? A wedding might be overwhelming for the anxious pup.

You Want to Party

If you know you want to party and not worry about anything else, it might be a good idea to not bring your dog to your wedding. Even with dog sitters, it is hard not to want to check-in or question where your dog is at any moment. If you feel like this would hinder your ability to have a good time, it is something to factor into your decision.

I hope this blog helps you out when thinking about how to include dogs in your wedding. Now you might be thinking, "I need help finding venues that are pup-friendly." Here's one example at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains to help you have an idea of what to look for in your search.

Of course, this is just one of the many items that require some research and professional knowledge. If you are planning your adventurous wedding, let's chat! We have many different levels of support just for your big day.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

January 18, 2022 - No Comments!

Vibrant Boho Wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Today we are back at one of my favorite Under Canvas locations - the Smoky Mountains! This day was filled with vibrant colors, some boho flair, and a live band. I know you might be looking for inspiration for your wedding day, so I'm sharing all of the details with you.

Now, I understand being inspired and bringing a vision to life is different.

Well, friend, this is why we created this Wedding Moodboard Template! We’re sharing 2 of our very own Wedding Moodboards with you so you can properly customize, organize and visualize your wedding day.

What you’ll get with each template is:

  • Color palette page and how to use it
  • Specific sections for ceremony, cocktail, florals, tablescape, etc.
  • Pro Tips from us and how to use this template
  • Super easy instructions on how to copy it in your very own Canva account

Ready to wow your vendors (and your partner) with a clear vision of your wedding day? Grab these 2 ready-to-go moodboards for $19! So, when you see details you love from this day, you will be able to capture them on your own design. Now, onto the wedding.

The Outfits

The celebrated couple got ready at a cabin close to the venue. Check out their outfits! They accessorized their boho looks with some unique accessories. From a pampas grass filled bouquet to floral printed boots, this couple had incredible style.

Boho wedding bouquet with pampas grass

Ceremony

After getting ready for the day and capturing some photos, it was time for the ceremony. The setup was extra special because of this custom Sunburst Arch from our sister company, Blue Fish Event Rentals. The couple was inspired by the sun for their wedding so this arch was a must! We opted for a ceremony in front of the woods for this breathtaking backdrop. With the right location, less is definitely more. Our local vendor friends at Lang Florals decorated the arch and the ceremony site was complete!

Bride and groom kissing at glamping wedding ceremony

Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and charcuterie while the newlyweds captured more photos. Along with the food and refreshments, we always recommend adding some additional entertainment for your guests during this portion of the day. Something as simple as lawn games or a polaroid guest book can be so effective!

Charcuterie for cocktail hour appetizer at wedding

Reception Decor

With adventurous weddings, we often find ourselves decorating for a reception underneath a twinkle light tent like this. This rental is not only practical in the case of inclement weather, but it also expands on the available venue space. You can still view your surroundings while staying comfortable. For this Under Canvas Smoky Mountains wedding, the tent overlooked the glamping tents and a lush field!

Now, let's talk about the decor. Vibrant orange tones balanced with neutral colors set the theme for each table. Delicate bud vases and printed place cards (showing off that sunshine theme!) added just the right amount of detail.

The Party!

After enjoying a delicious meal and sharing toasts, it was time for the party to begin. Have I mentioned how cool our couples are? The groom is a member of the live band for this wedding so of course, he planned a drum solo. The group had a blast dancing the night away. What another wonderful wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains!

Bride and groom first dance at Under Canvas Smoky Mountain wedding

Check out these amazing vendors from this day on Instagram:  
Wedding Planner: @causewecanevents
Photographer @holcombandco
Florist @langfloraldesigns
Bar @singlebarrelevents
Beauty Bride's Friends
Cheese board @cheesegal
Catering @sweetpbbq @captainmuchachos
Desserts @dessertdesignsbyleland
Band @blazethecity
Rentals @aopartyrentals
Venue @undercanvasofficial

Planning your adventure wedding? We have multiple options to support your big day! Just fill out this inquiry form and schedule a quick call.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

January 3, 2022 - No Comments!

Glam Backyard Wedding Under Twinkle Light Tent In Nashville

If this isn't the dreamiest backyard wedding you've ever seen, I don't know what is! I'm about to show you every single detail of this glam backyard wedding, and yes, it was under a twinkle light tent.

Before we go any further, if you're engaged and feeling overwhelmed with your wedding planning reach out to us! We have different levels of support that we're also happy to customize for you so don't be shy. Just fill out this inquiry form and schedule a quick call.

Alright back to this intimate backyard wedding. This was one of the brides' parents backyard in Gallatin, TN which is just about 30 minutes from Nashville. There are definitely pros and cons to having your wedding in a backyard so let's talk about a few of those.

Pros and cons of hosting a backyard wedding

Pros:

  1. No venue fee. The fact that there is no actual venue fee attached to your backyard can sound pretty appealing. Couples can often save thousands of dollars by hosting their wedding in their backyard. Of course, the home owner may want to put some money into landscaping and cleaning up the home before the wedding day.
  2. No restrictions. For the most part, if you have a backyard big enough to host a wedding you most likely live somewhere with a lot of space. You ultimately have total creative freedom when it comes to decor, tenting and even small details like candles.
  3. Unlimited number of guests. If you want to have a big bash, hosting a backyard wedding might be a good option. Since you or someone you know is the owner, you don't really have any limits on capacity.

Cons:

  1. Hidden costs. Wait didn't I just say there were no venue fees? True but the reasons wedding venues charge what they do is because they include things such as: restrooms, cleaning crew, trash, electricity, AC and sometimes even rentals. When you're renting everything yourself, the costs add up quick.
  2. No rain plan. Unless you're renting a tent (which we always recommend you should unless you live in the desert), you may not have a rain backup plan for all your guests. Can you fit them all in the house? Is there room for dinner and dancing? Definitely something to keep in mind!
  3. Grumpy Neighbors and permits. How friendly are your neighbors? Consider talking to them about your idea before you start planning your backyard wedding in case they are completely against it. No one wants the cops to show up at their house on their wedding day! Some counties will also require permits for any type of large event being held. Do your research!

That being said, if a backyard wedding under a twinkle light tent is still calling your name, do it! But first, you may want to grab our Venue Walkthrough Questionnaire to help guide you through the process.

Getting Ready in the Family Home

Most backyards have a house that comes with it too (imagine that!). This makes for a perfect place for you and your partner to get ready the morning of the wedding. Make sure you have separate rooms if you don't want to see each other before the ceremony and that you have windows to let in that natural light for makeup and photos.

Ceremony under a tree

Now the plan was the have an outdoor ceremony under the beautiful big tree, except the rain decided to come. We decided to wait it out a few minutes and still have a ceremony outside minus the dangling chandeliers that would have gotten damaged if they got wet. Don't worry, the chandeliers got used above the reception table, you'll see!

There's also something so fun about a pre-ceremony cocktail. For this wedding we did champagne for guests to grab and sip one while they waited for the brides to walk down the aisle.

The wedding reception details

Buckle up folks because it's about to get dreamy in here! For real, that first photo was a sneak peak of what's about to come. The decor and details under this twinkle light tent was unreal!! Ready? Here we go.

Unique wedding guest book

First up, let's talk about the guest book. How fun is this record and record player guest book?! Absolutely adorable and will be so fun for the brides to hang this in their home.

Cute trailer bar and specialty cocktails

I've said it before and I'll say it again but cocktail hour is one of the best parts of a wedding. This is where guests get to loosen up a bit, enjoy a cocktail and an appetizer and explore the property. Meanwhile, the couple is out taking gorgeous sunset photos or enjoying some time alone after the ceremony.

For this wedding we hired Aero Bar, a cool trailer bar company to come out and serve cocktails. The brides even ordered custom napkins with a monogram of their dog on it. So many fun personal touches!

Dinner under a twinkle light tent

Ok the moment you've all been waiting for! This has got to be the best twinkle light tent of the year right? I mean look at the chandeliers over the tables, the hundreds of strands of twinkle lights over the dance floor and that dreamy candle light.

Jess truly had a vision for what she wanted this tent to look like. Although it was only 25 people, we still managed to make it feel like a party! A live band, a giant dessert spread and Jess and Grace's favorite people were there.

The dance party

After a quick shoe change, the brides danced, sang, drank champagne and ate cake! I don't know if you could really ask for any better than that. Since this was the family's backyard, a sparkler exit was allowed so we took full advantage.

So what did you think? Are you planning to do something similar for your wedding? We're happy to chat with you and share the costs of this wedding as well, schedule a call with us!

Planner @causewecanevents // Photographer @joshuacoreyphoto // Videographer @cardboardfilms // Florist @the_florista_ // Band @emeraldempireband // Catering @flavorcatering // Bar @theaerobar // Hair/Makeup @indigobeautycollective // Desserts/Cake @eastleighdesserts // Rentals @whitedoorevent and @southerneventsonline // Paper goods: Pine and Paper Co // Officiant Jeannie Ingram

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding