Friday, April 23, 2010

A magical winter wonderland - how one bride's vision became a reality

by Carly Rager, Carly Rager Design & Event Planning

The most signifigant part of any wedding budget is usually spent on the reception. On February 27th, I had the honor of assisting Amanda and Jason with their wedding. The decorating began the night before right after the wedding rehearsal just before the dinner. Blaire and I met the bride and groom along with some of their family and friends at Waterstreet Events Center. We began arranging the tables to a likable floor plan, covering the tables with the beautiful midnight blue linens Amanda had rented, as well as slip covering all the chairs with the matching midnight blue with ivory sashes. (see video below)

I asked Amanda to have a few friends available for this task. It is very time consuming task and next to impossible for 1 or 2 people to do alone the day of the wedding if they are handling all the other tasks for the day. I had a brief session with them to go over how to do it and achieve the look Amanda wanted.

Upon arriving Saturday morning I was very excited to see that they had completed the chair covering and I simply needed to re-tie some of the sashes. The amazing Courtney, from Sango Village Florist met me there that morning just to offer a helping hand.

I can not tell you how much I appreciated having one extra set of hands. Blaire was with the wedding party working their way through all the pictures. There was a small mishap with the linen supplier. They sent the wrong number of linens with the damask print, but I quickly improvised and no one ever knew what the original plan was.

Amanda's vision was a magical, crystal, winter wonderland theme with a medieval twist. She had purchased tons of crystals and sparkly things to spread throughout the room. I began with placing runners on the family tables and then spreading crystals in the center of all the tables.

Amanda had purchased a variety of glassware for Sango Village Florist to work their magic with. There were many styles of centerpieces from low to medium to tall. All uniquely designed with Amanda's theme in mind. They used a variety of white flowers, silver bear grass and silver branches. We placed the different arrangements on alternating tables allowing the guests something different to look at everywhere they turned.

The couple had decided on some really nice favors for their guests and they were displayed in a treasure chest. There was also a camera and printer displayed next to the favors giving the guests the opportunity to take a picture and add it to a guest book where they could personalize a message for the couple.

There was also an ice martini luge which was a hit with all the guests. It was back lit with blue lighting provided by Sound Machine DJ. The bride's family and friends provided the food preparation and services. The groom's mother made and designed both cakes as well as the branch archway that greeted all the guests when they enter the reception hall. We hung sparkling snowflakes off the branches completing the winter wonderland feel.

The guests had an amazing time dancing the night away. I really enjoyed working with this couple on such an important day in their lives. Please visit my blog to see some of the still shots I took of some of the details from their day. I would also like to thank to always wonderful and oh so talented Danielle Lear of Turning Point Productions for documenting my work. See the video below. I really love working with such reliable and talented vendors. It really makes my job easier.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ashlea was inspired to go back to school and earn her degree in photography after planning her own wedding. "For many years I had pursued photography as a hobby, but had never thought it could be a career. I saw how much the field of wedding photography had changed in the time from when my friends were married to the time I was married and was inspired by the idea that wedding photography could actually be artistic."

Ashlea previously worked professionally in mental health and sees this as an advantage during the busy wedding day. "I have shot weddings where the make-up artist didn't show up, as well as weddings where family members very clearly did not get along. This is when my previous experience helps smooth the day." Many times, the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day, outside of your Maid of Honor, is your photographer. It's a wonderful thing to have a photographer by your side who wants very much to not only capture great images, but who has your emotional best interests at heart.

Ashlea is a member of Professional Photographers of America and has an A.A.S degree in Visual Communications from Nashville State. Ashlea was recognized for her skill and artistic talent while in school and was awarded the Cathy O-Bryant photography scholarship.

To see Ashlea's latest work, she invites you to visit the Ashlea Terhune Photography website and blog.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Up to 75% OFF at The Bride's Boutique!!

Certain ReOrder Only Bridal Samples not included, but that still leaves 85% of the store on SALE!!!!!!

Come in today and see just how much you can save with this incredible sale! The Bride's Boutique is located at 329-M Warfield Blvd. No appointment required. Open until 6 on weekdays. 931.552.4866 for more info.

Photo by Shea.

Friday, April 9, 2010

100 FREE Personalized Napkins

Place an invitation order of 150 or more
from the "Blue" album and receive
100 FREE Personalized Napkins.*
*Some exclusions apply.

Contact Visions by Debra
Event Planning for details and ordering.

Visions also offers 20%
off invitations and wedding
accessories, in addition to free napkins.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

McKenzie & Smiley - New look, new lines

In mid-January McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers (Wilma Rudolph location) underwent a re-model. I hadn't been in to visit until a couple of weeks ago and I was wowed. Fresh and new inside, new carpet and tile and the store appeared so much bigger! And yet they tell me they have more display cabinets than that had before!

I went in to check out the new line of tungsten and titanium rings for men that they are now carrying (since my husband has a birthday coming up and he loves anything titanium.) Here's a few examples of the titanium rings (but not the one I bought - that's a secret, shhh.)

Next time you're nearby, stop in and take a look around. Tell them ClarksvilleBrides sent you!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Your Wedding Video can support a great cause!

Special for the month of April! Book your 2010 or 2011 Wedding/Event Videography Package with Turning Point Productions during April 2010, and 10% of the package price will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We will be donating through the St. Jude Trike-a-Thon which takes place this month at The Little Country Schoolhouse Preschool and Early Childhood Learning Center here in Clarksville.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.

If you are interested in booking, you can contact us at 931-920-4220, or e-mail