July 7, 2010

What’s Up, Nashville!!

Happy Hump Day Blogosphere! This morning’s post is all about giving love to Nashville!

First up, back in May we headed down to Nashville because the oh-so-lovely Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty fame asked us to shoot a wedding designed by her and insanely talented event designer, Sarah True of True Event. Ummm…..yes please!!

So we packed our cowboy boots and aqua net hair spray and headed down South. :) (I’m kidding Nashville peeps, you know I love you!!) Well, despite massive flooding two weeks before, a 95 degree day on a rooftop venue complete with excessive sweating, and the brightest light we’ve ever seen until just a few minutes before the guests arrived….we managed to grab a few shots. :) They are now being featured on Style Me Pretty and you should head over and scroll through all the posts to see how the day came together. And you can go HERE in particular to read about our take on the day.

In that section, we shared some of our favorite tips on putting together killer details for your wedding, and we thought it would be good to share them again here too. So here ya go:

Justin & I are all about amazing details. So when we were asked to shoot a wedding designed by the joint powerhouse of talent that is Sarah True and the SMP crew, trust me we were all over it! For us, we believe that there are two things that separate a stand out wedding from your basic paint by numbers formula: raw emotion and killer details. The first we can’t really help you with (you either have it or you don’t!), but when it comes to the details just a little bit of extra effort can make a huge difference. So we put together our top five tips for all you brides to keep in mind when thinking about what details you’d like to include.

1) It doesn’t have to take a huge budget to have amazing details. What I loved the most about this wedding was that so much of it was do it yourself. I think a lot of brides out there get discouraged if money is tight that they won’t be able to have the beautiful wedding that they want. But in reality, there are a ton of details you can put together with just a little bit of money and good old fashioned creativity. One of my absolute favorite details was the “keep warm” blankets at the lounge areas. Abby & Sarah could have just put out some stacks of blankets for the guests (or not done anything at all), but just that little bit extra effort (plus some ribbon & a cute tag!) really took this wedding to a whole other level. I really believe that it’s those little unexpected touches, like the blankets and those fantastic sparkly pillows, that make your guests feel like they are a part of something special.

2) Pick things that are so YOU as a couple. The whole point of the details is to make your guests feel like they are being taken care of and for them to get a feel for who you are as a couple, even if they only knew one of you before the wedding day. I loved the small cans of champagne that were passed for the toasts. That was something that Libby & Patrick loved, and I think when you share the things you love with your guests it counts for so much more than just your basic cookie cutter details.

3) Presentation is everything! Don’t just think of the details individually (i.e. one place card), think also of how you can display them as a collective to create a wow factor. As photographers, we love to shoot things in rows or in groups of things as part of their environment. So we absolutely fell in love with the flower display on the head table! Separately, each of the peony centerpieces were really pretty & simple, but when pieced together as a collective all of us were blown away with how it turned out.

4) Set up the timeline with your photographer so they have time to get in to shoot the details before the guests get there. We used to have it all the time, where the schedule of the day had us shooting the bridal party 45 minutes away from where the reception was going on. By the time we got there, cocktail hour was nearly over and the details (signature drinks, escort table, custom drink stirrers) were all but gone. Trust me I know from experience, you work so hard thinking up these details and putting them together and come the wedding day you might not even get to see them. So now we work with all of our couples to make sure we have time to get in there and capture everything for them.

5) Don’t be afraid to do something unexpected. I feel like a lot of brides really struggle with what they think they are *supposed* to do and what they really want to do. But often it can be exactly those unusual details, like the silhouette chandeliers and the zebra striped rugs, that make a wedding stand out from all the other weddings the guest have been to. Don’t be afraid to stamp your day with your own style.

HUGE thanks also go out to the super talented Chase Rivers, Julie from Elysium and Laura Hooper for helping to make the SMP Wedding so spectacular! You guys are the bomb! Dot com.

Now here’s the really exciting part. We had such an awesome time putting together a wedding in Nashville with SMP that we decided to do it again, this time for our Walk Through a Wedding Workshop! We are bringing the Workshop to Nashvegas on August 10th and would love to see you there!! We pre-released the workshop to our newsletter and Facebook Fan Page, so a lot of the seats are gone. But there are still some left, so email us quick like a bunny if you want one!! justin @justinmarantz.com. All the details you need are below!

  1. Connie Sithi

    Gooooooooooooorgeous post on SMP! So gorgeous I squealed! Your photos are amay-ZING! :-)

  2. Erica Velasco

    So wish I could be there!

  3. Sophia Harcourt

    Would love to attend one of these. If you ever have an opportunity to come to somewhere between Virginia and S. Carolina I’m in (live in NC)

  4. Jessica

    Aww!! Mary…I am literally Dying to do this with you guys!! Please please let your faithful readers *ahem, mua* know if you have any weddings in the Seattle area! I really want to do this with you guys!

    Thanks x0x0!


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