Ruby’s Mint Geometric Nursery Design

Five weeks ago, my life changed forever. On April 26, the Modern Vintage family expanded when I became the mother of the sweetest baby girl. Ruby Amelia was born at 2:36 pm at 8 pounds, 21 inches. Everyone tells you a new baby will rock your world, but I honestly didn’t know the half of it until I saw that precious face for the first time.

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Being a planner, I of course started planning out Ruby’s nursery pretty much the minute I found out she was on the way. I had a blast picking out colors and designs and adding some sweet DIY touches. My hubs and I made the chevron bench seats ourselves from foam pads and plywood covered in fabric and they came out amazingly well. We found the old mirror in a junk store and spray painted it gold. The pillow shams I made using this tutorial, which was surprisingly easy (coming from someone who has owned a sewing machine for 10 years but is only just now learning to use it). We had the 1920’s dresser painted a soft peach and I love how it turned out. For the walls, I had to go with mint because it is currently one of my favorite colors and I think is so calm and soothing. Then I paired some bold geometric patterns with some fun woodland touches. I love the result that we got, soft and feminine but not over the top girly and something that Ruby can grow into.

We are thrilled that Ruby Baby’s nursery was featured on the On To Baby blog yesterday along with some of my maternity shots! You’ll recognize the awesome triangle mobile from a previous post that was hand crafted by Becca for my shower. Becca also DIYed the lovely Hello Ruby sign on the wall. Enjoy the sweet photos captured by the lovely Rebecca Rotenburg of I Love You Too Wedding and Event Photography.

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Modern Vintage Giveaway with BeChic Accessories!

That’s right, folks! We at Modern Vintage are teaming up with Hana from BeChic Accessories for our very first blog giveaway. Hana owns BeChic Accessories on Etsy, where she sells her beautiful handmade creations. Her site features facinators, birdcage veils, bridal headpieces and garters, as well as traditional pillbox hats. The romantic quality of her craftsmanship is definitely swoon-worthy. And how did she learn to create such beautiful pieces? From none other than the royal milliner to the late Queen Mum in London. Hana uses traditional millinery techniques on her work, no sewing machine – which is why we think they are so beautifully unique.

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Here are a few words from Hana about her design and experience:

From an early age my mother and both grandmothers encouraged and taught me to draw, knit, sew, crochet and also embroider when I was little. After earning my psychology degree and settling my career in Human Resources, I realized I was still missing something. So I started to create again and slowly moved to millinery as its techniques range from shaping, sewing to embellishing and trimming, the possibilities are endless. I have chosen a great teacher – Rose Cory, royal milliner to late Queen Mum, also called the “milliners’ milliner”. She taught me couture millinery techniques with attention to the elaborate details. Every flower and every leaf is handmade by me, using traditional millinery technique and my own patterns. I also make my own hat blocks for blocking cocktail hats, which make my designs really unique. Premium quality fabrics, pure silks, feathers and millinery material come from shops in London, where I like to travel. Much of my inspiration is from these materials and also from my customers when working on bespoke hats. My biggest motivations for my work are lovely pictures of happy brides wearing my accessories.
 
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We have joined forces with Hana to reward one lucky reader with a $150 gift card to Hana’s shop. I am already jealous of the bride who gets to sport one of these lovely and totally unique designs on her wedding day. Hana also takes custom orders and could work with the winner to create something totally new.

To enter the contest:

There are two ways to enter! You can enter once or both ways, up to you. Leave a comment on this blog post about your favorite accessory at BeChic (1 entry). You can also gain another entry by liking us on Facebook.  Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (11:59 CDT) on Tuesday, April 22. We will notify the winner via email on Wednesday, April 23rd. Easy entry and additional terms and conditions can be found below. Good luck!

 

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Nashville Wedding Planners: Christina + Eric: Married!

Christina and Eric are such a truly unique couple. They both have this great, quiet sense about them, but then they will surprise you with a hilarious story that will have you laughing uncontrollably. And we loved their laid back, totally free (and awesomely tatted) style. They have a clear, deep love for one another that is apparent from the moment you meet them. Not to mention the love they have for their awesome Spud’s McKenzie look alike dog, Crash (aka the Best Man). And they are just so cool – I mean check out the photos of the rat rod that Eric built for Christina and unveiled on wedding day.

We had a blast working with both of them and are excited to share photos of their lovely day out at the Wren’s Nest, compliments of Angel’s Photography. Enjoy!

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Venue:     The Wren’s Nest

Photo:      Angel’s Photography

Catering:  Groomsman/Family Friend

Cake:         Jo’s Custom Cakes and Catering

Band:        Backlit

Videographer:  Matt G Video

Flowers:   Green Finch Floral Design

Planner/Design:   Modern Vintage Events

 

Vintage Valentine Inspiration

Today is a whole day dedicated to what we center our business around: LOVE.  We absolutely love what we do. We love getting to be a part of one of the biggest outpourings of love a couple will experience: their wedding day. But as we celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, let’s let it be about ALL kinds of love – love not just for our spouses or fiancees, but also for our friends. For our families, our pets and even those we don’t get along with very well or don’t know. After all, The Beatles said it best, “All You Need Is Love.”

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On that note, we’ve put together some lovely images that inspire us for Valentine’s Day. We’ve added a bit of a vintage flair, because hey, we LOVE all things vintage :) Enjoy and tell someone you love them today!

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Collage Sources: 1. Mason Jars | 2. Love Marquee | 3. Valentine Straws | 4. Teacup Cupcake | 5. Tulip Bouquet | 6. Cross-Stitch Cake |   7. Couple with Banner | 8. Vintage Valentine

Nashville Engagement: Emily + Eric

What can we say about Emily and Eric? First off, they are just SO. MUCH. FUN. Emily is one of those clients who you just instantly feel like you have known forever. She is super outgoing, great to hang out with and knows what she wants. We LOVE having a client who is in touch with what they like and can easily help us visualize their sense of style. She and Eric have a fantastic relationship that is made of playfulness and a ton of love. We absolutely can’t wait for their April wedding and all of the fun and lovely things we have planned.

Until then, we are super excited to share their beautiful engagement photos courtesy of Jen and Brad of Q Avenue Photo, who we have a date with on the dance floor in April. Enjoy!

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2013 Year in Review

As 2013 draws to a close, we are so grateful for all of the wonderful clients we’ve had the pleasure of working with this year. It has been an amazing ride. This year we doubled our events from the year before and have so enjoyed watching our little business really start to blossom.

Each bride and groom that we worked with this year had such distinct and unique personalities and yet two things remained the same: a fierce love for one another and for what marriage stands for. We have been blessed with couples that not have only have the desire to create a beautiful wedding atmosphere filled with amazing details, but also recognize what’s really important about their day: building a strong marriage and sharing that foundation with family and friends.

So without further ado, here are some of our favorite moments from 2013. Unfortunately, not every event is represented below as we are still awaiting photos from a few, but the majority are here. Thank you also to the amazing photographers we had the pleasure of working with over the past year.

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And, we don’t just do weddings. We also love when we get to put our creativity to work on other events, like Shelby Grace’s adorable first birthday party.

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We were also blessed by being featured on some wonderful blogs and local publications this year! In February, Emily and Josh’s Scarritt Bennett/backyard shindig was featured on Borrowed and Bleu:

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Then the next day, Megan and Art’s organic foodie wedding was featured on Love and Lavender.

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February also brought an exciting feature in the form of a styled shoot that we did for Murfreesboro Magazine, found both inside the publication as well as on the cover.

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In May, Brittni and Andrew’s Cinco de Mayo wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Blag Book Blog.

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In July, Morgan and Brett’s lovely and local Cheekwood/Loveless Barn wedding was focused on the Wedding Wire blog.

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And then they were featured again in the Winter/Spring edition of Nashville Lifestyles Weddings.

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And in June, we participated in the first Nashville Not Wedding, which was an absolute blast! Some of our work was featured in the write up done by the Ruffled blog.

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And finally, this month Wedding Chicks featured us on their Vendor Happy Hour.

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Since this blog post is getting as long as the past year was, it’s time to wrap up the year end wrap up. Again, we’d like to thank both our fabulous clients and the awesome hard working vendors that help make all of these events possible. Without all of you, Modern Vintage would not be where it is today.

As we welcome the new year, we are taking some big steps and giant leaps of faith to continue to grow our little business. We love what we do and are so excited to see what 2014 has in store for us!

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A Holly Jolly Playlist

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, really it is. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Weather wise, I’ll take a nice hot summer day any time. But I am one of those cheesy people like you see on TV that gets absolutely giddy for the lights, the smell of pine trees, the warm taste of hot chocolate and decorating sugar cookies for hours. It’s the time of the year that this typically non-traditional chick can’t wait for the traditions that my family has had in place my whole life. Peanut butter kiss cookies (if my mom didn’t make these, my brother Chris would cancel Christmas), picking out the tree, opening that one teaser present on Christmas Eve.

And then there’s the Christmas music. I won’t start before Thanksgiving – as much as I love Christmas, I am still a firm believer of letting Thanksgiving be it’s own holiday and not letting Christmas seep in before then. But once Thanksgiving day comes, buddy, it’s all over. The radio dial gets tuned to that Christmas station and doesn’t move again until after the season is over. I LOVE my Christmas music. So without further ado, here is a sampling of some of my absolute faves of the season. Enjoy!

So excited to be spending our first Christmas in our new house!

Every year, we pick out the perfect, real tree and our house smells so good!

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Next year, we will have a third stocking to add to the fireplace!

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Our mini tree for upstairs!

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Happy Christmas from the Pinsons!

The Not Wedding

Back in July, we were thrilled to get to participate in The Not Wedding here in Nashville. What is a Not Wedding, you ask? Well, just one of the coolest big fake weddings ever. Definitely not your typical bridal show. The Not Wedding is a full scale event production in which local vendors come together to design, coordinate and execute a wedding ceremony and reception for a REAL live couple who is renewing their vows. The “guests” are real local couples who get to attend and see vendors in action. How cool is that? And we were pretty pumped to be a part of an event with such a cool message of building and maintaining strong marriages, inspiring local couples and promoting local businesses.

Don’t get me wrong, we enjoy doing traditional bridal shows as well, but I have to admit, then can get a little bit overwhelming brides, looking over that sea of booths and shouting over people to ask questions. At The Not Wedding, vendors participate by actually performing as they would in a normal wedding. Designers plan and execute centerpieces and table designs, caterers serve their best food, photographers capture the event and so on. Once the guests have had a chance to see, taste, smell and experience everything the vendors have to offer, they have the opportunity to speak to them in The Tunnel of Love, where we each had a small table.

Modern Vintage designed four of the guest tables for the event as well as the registration area and our Tunnel of Love space. We tried to really bring in some local flavor, using growlers from Middle TN breweries as well as the lovely TN flags made for us by Liddabits Design Shop. We loved getting to work alongside some absolutely amazing vendors and had so much fun. It was great seeing how all of the designs seemed to just fit together seamlessly even as unique and different as they all were. Below are some of the lovely images of our contributions captured by I Love You Too Photography, declare Photography and Zipporah Photography. I had to throw in a few  of Rhain and Zach as well since they were such an awesome couple, recommitting themselves to one another throughout the event.

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You can see more lovely images of the Nashville Not Wedding featured on RuffledGrey Likes Weddings and on Ashley’s Bride Guide.  You may also enjoy the video from Matt G video:

We can’t wait to do it again next year!

The vendors featured here are as follows:

Rentals: Southern Event Rentals

Floral: SOULflowers

Cake: Creative Crumbs

TN Paper Flags: Liddabits Design Shop

Table Design, Tunnel of Love Design and Ribbon Wheels: Modern Vintage Events

Halloween + Dia de los Muertos Inspiration

Happy Halloween, ya’ll!

Do you have your costumes ready and your candy purchased? Are you ready to gorge on said candy while watching scary movies all night? I know I am. I am a big lover of all things holiday and love getting to see all of the different creative things people will come up with for Halloween costumes. So in honor of All Hallow’s Eve, as well as Dia de los Muertos beginning tomorrow (which I am also very fond of after having lived in New Mexico), we thought we’d provide you with some fun ideas to spice up an October 31st or November 1st wedding.

I personally think going the masquerade route with some definite Dia de los Muertos touches would be very fun and would allow for some really creative design.

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Column 2 from top to bottom: 4. Erin Kate Photography; 5. Coco + Kelley Blog; 6. Tulle & Chantilly
Column 3 from top to bottom: 7.  amaretto; 8. Theme Rooms blog; 9. Coco + Kelley blog; 10. Rock N Roll Bride

 

Nashville Party Planning: Shelby Grace’s Chevron + Confetti 1st Birthday

Let me tell you a little about Shelby Grace and her mom, Ashley. Shelby is about the cutest, spunkiest one-year-old you could meet and Ashley is so sweet and such a loving mom. Ashley approached us this summer about helping to design Shelby’s first birthday party and we were so excited. We love being able to get creative and crafty with things like this and birthday parties are so much fun!

After meeting to talk about ideas – there are so many ways you can go with this! – we landed on a chevron and confetti theme. We love mixing bold geometric patterns with different shapes and we went with lighter, pastel colors to give it a soft, sweet look. We got our craft on with some bunting, tissue poms, tassel banners and more.

Enjoy some photos from Angela Zuill Photography of all the lovely details!

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Invitation : Tiny Prints

Chalkboard decor : All Chalked Up

String Banner (behind highchair) : Pomtree

Chevron & Confetti Toppers and Tags : greenapplepaperie

Chevron Cake : Faboo Cakes

Design, banners, tissue poms and tassles : Modern Vintage Events