Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Best Day Ever...Bridal Brunch Recap

Here it is friends...my very first wedding weekend review. Pardon me for all of the photo-heavy posts to come, though, I wanted to make sure we captured every little bit so that one day I can hopefully accomplish the task of making my own wedding scrapbook to pass on for future generations. Cheesy, I know ;).
Some posts will have to wait, i.e. the rehearsal dinner, getting ready with my girls, the actual wedding, and reception, as those were left up to the professionals we hired, but here is a little sneak peak into how the beautiful weekend began.

Mom and I wanted to celebrate the morning before the craziness with a homestyle Bridal Brunch for my wonderful bridesmaids, friends, and family with a simple brunch at my parent's house. We started off with the invitations which screamed southern and feminine sophistication  and then carried the moss green and white color scheme throughout.
Here is the invitation we chose via Minted:
Then we decided to take matters into our own hands and work with one of our favorite places here in Nashville for our light, but yummy morning treats and tastings, Puffy Muffin. We ordered quiche, their infamous poppyseed bread, fruit salad, pastries and danish, chicken salad and pimiento cheese sandwiches, salad, and gourmet carrot cake...all incredible! We then created a bar packed with pomegranate, pineapple, and orange juice for a do-it-yourself champagne cocktail treat complete with berries and fruit. Here is the finished product:
For the tablescape, we ventured to Import Flowers of Nashville to select the flowers and then lucky for me I had my 2 best friends over the Thursday night before to arrange each and every stem...so much fun! Here is the finished table complete with personalized place cards and my Mom's formal china for my girls to dine in style.
After we ate, I surprised the girls with their gifts...for each of my bridesmaids, I bought them monogrammed natural burlap beach totes, flip flops to use at the reception, matching custom earrings I designed with a vendor on Etsy, custom patterned clutches/jewelry rolls, and monogrammed waffle wraps. I think they loved their gifts and I was so happy to be able to shower them for all they had done for me prior to and during the wedding weekend.
In addition, I also had Mom a little something as a big thank you for 1) being the most spectacular wedding planning partner, and 2) to let her know just how much I love her. This is when the tears started to flow, as I surprised her with a 14K gold wedding bell charm to add to her most prized possession-- her charm bracelet in which she adds one charm for each major vacation she goes on and big life events such as this. She was over the moon happy and said it was the perfect gift to remind her of such a joyous occasion and then she opened the personalized handmade handkerchef I bought for her, my new mother-in-law Kaye, and my grandmother, which were big hits as well. Happy times for important women in my life.
Then the photoshoot started...gorgeous weather, gorgeous friends, and it made me realize the fun was really about to start and that the wedding weekend had officially kicked off!!
Hope you enjoyed! This is so much fun looking back on such a joyous occasion that my heart just melts...and the really good stuff is yet to come! Next up, one of my favorite tasks--the out of town bag gifts for all of our travelling guests.
As always, happy to answer any questions you have--I worked with some great businesses for gifts and such, and would love to help other brides-to-be with any and all wedding planning.
Happy Thursday!!

31 comments:

  1. You are too cute! Everything looks perfect!

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  2. Everything looks so perfect !!! I love those invitations :)

    Bisous ! :)

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  3. Your totally glowing.. A) the tan B) mostly because your about to get married!

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  4. How beautiful was that brunch!? I love it. Those were some wonderful gifts too.. and your white dress, to die for! Everything was lovely! CONGRATS!:)

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  5. What a beautiful shower! Everything looked stunning :)

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  6. You look gorgeous! I absolutely love your dress! And, the gifts that you got for your girls and the "moms" in your life were great ideas! I will definitely be referring to this, some day.. ;)

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  7. Oh my goodness! I love your white dress!! What great ideas with the bags - everyone needs a good beach bag!

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  8. You look just radiant, and the brunch was decorated & catered just perfectly! I know you had a great time with your girls. Fantastic job by the way on the bridesmaids gifts!

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  9. You are soo pretty girlie. You looks so radiant and soo happy. :)
    xo
    Samantha

    betterblondesam.blogspot.com

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  10. love the dress!!! such a cute way to start off the day!

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  11. I have loved reading about your wedding planning- and I cannot wait to see all the pictures! As I am planning my weddig now, I am definitely taking notes. I need to know though, who makes the dress you wore to your bridal brunch? It is adorable!

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  12. Looks like the PERFECT event! Love all the personal touches and the flowers are divine.:)

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  13. Beautiful!!!! I love the bags for your bridesmaids. Can't wait to see so much more.


    Now help me plan my wedding :). ha!

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  14. I love the gifts you got for your bridesmaids and mom!

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  15. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Where did you get the embroidered hankerchief?

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  16. i love the idea of doing an embroidered hankerchief for my mom! <3 i'm with Kelsea, where did you get that made?! great pics girl!

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  17. Woo HOOO!! You looked gorgeous. I am so happy to be seeing pictures, that white dress is beautiful, your friends are beautiful! SO MUCH FUN!

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  18. Such a beautiful brunch and a great way to start your wedding day. Your dress was beautiful! Perfect for a bride-to-be!

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  19. What a beautiful brunch! I love love love your dress! Where is it from?

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  20. gotta ask about the white dress!!!! is this the dress you tweeted you found a few months back??? please do tell!

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  21. Along with everyone else, I have to say I love your dress!
    The brunch looked beautiful and intimate--so nice.

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  22. Everything was darling! Love your dress!!

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  23. What a great day! I teared up when I read what you did for your mom. But what's Friday lunch without some tears of joy, haha. I'm sure that meant so much to her! And everything looks gorgeous! And let me be the 25th person to ask- where is that dress from?? It is absolutely beautiful on you. Congrats again!

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  24. Everything is so well done! I have to ask - where did you get the burlap totes? So cute!

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  25. You look absolutely beautiful, Tash! :) Not that I would expect anything less from you girlfriend! xoxo

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  26. You are too adorable!! What a lovely brunch and I agree that your dress is the cutest thing.

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  27. I think we used the same girl from Etsy for the hankies! Our moms just LOVED them too! :) Great pics! I'm anxious to see the wedding! :))

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  28. Love the dress you are wearing! and I love the gift you gave your mom, such a great idea!

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  29. where did you get the burlap totes? and also the hankerchiefs? so adorable!!!

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