Two Days Left to #giveLOVE

Two days left to take advantage of our holiday GiveLOVE special, that is. How does the Modern Vintage GiveLOVE special work? For any client that books us before the end of the year (that’s tomorrow, ya’ll!) we will donate 15% of our total fee to the charitable organization of their choice. That’s it! We have a few faves we can recommend, but as long as it is a legit organization, then it is pretty much your choice. No donations to the Human Fund, please ;)Give LOVE flyer

Just because our GiveLOVE special is ending with this year though, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to spread love in your community throughout the coming year! One way I plan to do that is by participating in the local Book ‘Em program. I am so excited for this. In January, I will train to be a volunteer reader for the Ready for Reading program. I will travel to pre-schools and elementary schools in the Nashville area and read to kids 2-4 times per month. Their philosophy is that children who are read to will become better readers and students as they grow. Book ‘Em just celebrated their 25th year in 2014 and is such an amazing program. I am super pumped to be a part of it!

How will you continue to #giveLOVE in 2015?

Warm Winter Wedding: Rebekah + Travis

The holidays are here! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. I love the lights, the smell of fresh pine trees, hot chocolate and holiday music. What a perfect time to post this absolutely lovely holiday wedding. We loved working with Rebekah and Travis. They both have an amazing sense of humor and are so much fun to be around. They also both work in the music industry and have a love for all things music. In addition to his regular job, Travis also spends a lot of his time at W.O. Smith School for Music, helping teach music to local kids. So, naturally, W.O. Smith made the perfect location for their wedding reception.

Curl up with a nice cup of hot cocoa and enjoy these photos from their day, complete with lots of beautiful, fresh pine trees and glowy candles and enough love to give anyone the warm fuzzies.

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Church: Midtown Fellowship

Venue: W.O. Smith Music School

Photographer: Piquant Photography

Caterer: Smoke et al

Desserts: Julia’s Homestyle Bakery

Flowers: Greenfinch Floral Design

Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental Company

Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting

Service: D&D Events Management

DJ: Nashville Party Authority

Holiday Food Deliveries #give LOVE, #feeding1000

Last week, we decided to #giveLOVE by volunteering to deliver holiday food boxes for NeedLink. Ever hear of these guys? They work tirelessly to provide rent and utility assistance to families in the Nashville area throughout the year so that lights can be kept on, heat can be used and families might be able to stay in their home a little longer. At this time of year, the organization also provides boxes of food to families to help restock the pantry at the holidays. And we’re talking some 40-50lb boxes. These are full to the brim with peanut butter, rice, noodles, potatoes, vegetables, milk and more.

We met out at the fairgrounds, where a huge team of tireless volunteers were busy packing these huge boxes with stacks and stacks of food. We signed up to be delivery drivers who go in groups of two. We were given a route with directions and boxes were loaded into my car, along with the largest heads of cabbage I have ever seen. And we were off.

Then we drove around Nashville delivering food to families. Which was AWESOME. The boxes were so loaded down with the food, it was actually kind of hard to get them out of the car and to the front doors. Don’t hate, we are actually really strong, I promise. When we returned from our shift earlier then expected, we asked if we needed to take another route and there were so many volunteers signed up, that they had already lined up a delivery driver for EVERYTHING. That is amazing and I am so glad we got to be a part of it.

How will you give love this holiday season? Share! #giveLOVE

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Angel Tree: #giveLOVE this Christmas to a sweet child!

This weekend I dropped off our gifts for a sweet 6-year old angel that we adopted from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. The program was started in 1979 to give people the opportunity to “adopt” a child from their community whose family is not able to provide Christmas gifts. Upon signing up, you get a card with your chosen child’s name, age, sizes, Christmas wishes and practical needs. I really enjoyed doing this shopping. Christmas was such a magical time for me when I was young. We left out milk and cookies every Christmas eve. I stayed up late, straining my ears to hear if Santa had landed on the roof yet. I crept to the top of the stairs to peek down at the tree and what may lie beneath. On Christmas morning, it was like the living room was transformed into the magical place filled with glittering boxes and bags.

Now that I am a mother, I want this experience for my own daughter. And if I were unable to provide that for her, it would be heartbreaking. I know that my experience is not shared by everyone, however much I wish that it were, but I hope that in a small way, I was able to help another mom or dad or grandparent to share some of that Christmas experience with this angel.  I may not know this child and she will never know my name, but what matters is that when she wakes up on Christmas morning, she will have a few of the items she wanted/needed this Christmas.

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The adoption period for this year ended this weekend, but the Salvation Army is still in need of clothes and toys to fill in for those angels who were not adopted this year. They are accepting donations at their warehouse at 2 Dell Parkway Dr. Nashville 37217 until December 13.  How will you #giveLOVE in your community this holiday season? Modern Vintage has a few more things up our sleeves!

Giving Tuesday + #GiveLOVE

Yesterday was my first Giving Tuesday. Although it was officially kicked off in 2012, I hadn’t actively participated until this year (yes, shame on me, I know). Let me just say I really enjoyed digging around to see where I could help out in the community.

Every year as a company, Becca and I run a special that we like to call #GiveLOVE. Ok, so it started without the hashtag, but here we are in 2014 and you, dear reader, are lucky that #thiswholeblogpostisn’tinhashtags. The way our special works is that for each client who books with us from Thanksgiving through the end of the year, we will donate 15% of our entire fee to the charitable organization of their choice. We have a few favorites that we recommend, but we are happy to oblige any client that has their own favorite. This year, we wanted to ramp up our #giveLOVE campaign by actively getting out and giving some additional love in our community, just because. And the perfect way to kick that off was with Giving Tuesday. We’d love to tell you a little about our experience and the three amazing organizations we visited yesterday.

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We started our Giving Tuesday out at Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms is the social enterprise of Magdalene, an organization that provides a residence, therapy, food, education and job training to women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. While in the program, women participate in job training at Thistle Farms, where they learn valuable skills creating, manufacturing, marketing and selling natural bath and body products. This place is so great. Every Tuesday they do Teas and Ties, where volunteers can come help get products packaged and ready for order fulfillment. Yesterday, we got to work with some awesome, incredibly kind women, helping package candles, wrap gift sets, create lavender sachets and more. My hands have never smelled so good. Afterwards, we had super yummy sandwiches in the adjoining Thistle Stop Cafe.

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After leaving Thistle Farms, we headed over for a quick stop at The Hope Clinic for Women. I had several unopened packs of diapers, now too small for my Lil’ Bit, and this was the new home I found for them. The Hope Clinic is an organization that provides support, education and options for unplanned pregnancies, pregnancy prevention, loss and postpartum depression. They are in constant need of baby and maternity items for new mothers in their program.

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We had a photo of the huge load of diapers, but it mysteriously disappeared from my phone…

Our last stop for the day was at the Nashville chapter of the American Red Cross, where we both gave blood for the very first time. I’ve always been a little nervous about giving blood, despite the fact that my hubs does it somewhat regularly. Well, yesterday was the day. We both sucked it up, pushed up our sleeves and gave a pint. And you know what? It wasn’t bad at all. And you get cookies. So there’s that.

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We were both super pumped and energized about our #giveLOVE #givingtuesday combo and sad at the end of the day that we couldn’t go do more. So you know what? We will do more! We have some more fun things up our sleeves throughout the month that we’ll be doing to continue to give love in our community beyond Giving Tuesday. We can’t wait to share them with you!

How do you plan to #giveLOVE this holiday season?

Fresh, Fall Indie Wedding: Nashville Wedding Planners

Jen and Devin are awesome. Like, for serious. These two are genuine people who love beer, music and most of all each other. We loved getting to know them and their awesome, laid back sense of style.

As home brewers, you know they had to incorporate their love for all things hoppy, like the candles buried in containers of barley and hops that lined the ceremony aisles. They hand stamped the table numbers on all of the super cool burlap runners. The flowers, by Turnbull Creek Farms, were all locally grown and the copper buckets really played off the brick walls to give the room a lovely, autumn glow.

We were so excited for this gorgeous wedding to be featured on Trendy Bride’s blog yesterday. We have some more loveliness brought to you by Joshua Gull Photography (who we LOVE by the way) below. Enjoy and happy Monday!

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Photographer: Joshua Gull

Venue: Cannery One

Florist: Turnbull Creek Farm 

Caterer: The Chef and I

Officiant: Stephen Seymour

Rentals: Music City Tents and Events

DJ: Dan Buckley  

Vintage Door Backdrop: Stockroom Vintage

Cake: Adorn Cake Design

Hair: Trim

Makeup: Babe Beauty Bar

Planner/Designer: Modern Vintage Events

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