Charlie & Brent’s Honey Creek Farms Wedding

Charlie & Brent’s wedding was a true Southern, family affair with Christ at the center of everything they did. Charlie’s mom handled most of the decor – mismatched china and babies breath accented with light pink roses. It was light, … Continue reading

Hiring a Wedding Coordinator Can Save You Money

I’ve always been involved in event planning. I love it: watching all the details come together, working with all the vendors to achieve something, tackling problems as they arrive, and oddly enough I love cleaning up and breaking everything down … Continue reading

We’ve been published!

We’re thrilled to be featured on two separate blogs! What a dream come true!

Check out our country glam/farmhouse wedding shoot on Borrowed & Blue and The Daily Wedding!

Amanda with Amanda May Photos (seriously one of my favorite photographers to work with!) came over last night so we could shoot a gorgeous tablescape. Hopefully I’ll have more publication news soon ­čÖé

Don’t Be Afraid of Flowers!

Not only have I seen a big debate on DJs or do-it-yourself music playlists, but I’ve seen a surge in brides asking where to find flowers cheap, or should they just use fake. If at all possible, avoid fake flowers! They don’t photograph as well as real. So what are some other ways to cut down on costs? After a great meeting with a bride and Melissa Timm Designs, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

First, it all starts with a great florist. Find someone in your area who 1) knows her flowers and 2) is good about working with a budget. Your florist should be knowledgeable about what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, and what flowers can be used if you’re wanting to stay in a specific color range. They’ll be able to use this info to help keep you in budget, but also achieve a final look you’ll love.

Second, start big and work your way back. In your first meeting with your florist, go over your “perfect world” scenario. Start planning without the budget, and include the most expensive flowers to achieve the look you want. See how far off you are from the budget and scale back from there.

Third, don’t be afraid to mix and match! Not all the tables have to look the same and you don’t have to use large floral centerpieces at every table. Maybe pick two looks: one floral arrangement and one non. The non-floral arrangement could be lanterns, a stack of vintage books with rose petals scattered around, or something else. This will help the budget so much!

Lantern

You can use lanterns with LED candles as a great centerpiece alternative to a large floral arrangement. (Image from Wedding Stuff Ideas Blog)

Lastly, REUSE! Are you lining the aisle with floral arrangements? Have your wedding coordinator move them to reception tables after the ceremony. You can also use your bridesmaid’s bouquets as centerpieces or accent pieces on the gift or cake table.

Not So Basic Linens

So often when brides think of linens, they automatically plan on white tablecloths and colored napkins or a basic table runner in navy, gray, red, etc. They think the focal point needs to be a large floral arrangement in a range of vibrant hues. I’m here to tell you, though, there is another way!

Consider trading out the basic table runner for a fun, patterned number! Minted.com has hundreds of options you can choose from. They have adorable runners for bridal and baby showers. Complete the look with a simple floral arrangement (think all white or just greenery) and coordinating napkins. If your venue provides white linens or you like the clean look of them, think about adding a fun place mat for a more casual feel.

Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough table runner in Noir Photo from Minted.com

Deco

Deco table runner in Gold Photo from Minted.com

Interlock Table Runner

Interlock table runner in Wheat Photo from Minted.com

Let's Go Glamping

Let’s Go Glamping table runner in Raspberry Pink Photo from Minted.com

cadre placemat

Cadre placemat in Cobalt Photo from Minted.com

Shibori Squares

Shibori Squares placemat in Aquatic Teal Photo from Minted.com

As always, if you need help pulling a look together, send an email to info@zstudioevents.com. We would love to help!

Honey Creek Farms Open Dates

This is shaping up to be an incredible year for Z Studio. I’m so excited to work with all my brides and grooms! In case you’re wondering, we still have open dates and so does Honey Creek Farms! Some very desirable dates have opened up and I wanted to get the word out as soon as possible. I’ve listed all the dates below. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a special offer!

May: 7, 14, 21

June: 18, 25

August, 13, 27

October: 29

November: 12, 19, 26

All of December

For anyone interested in the May dates but worried you can’t pull a wedding together by then, no worries. If you book a wedding at Honey Creek Farms for May we will give you a special discount on full service planning. Think 50% off!! Email info@zstudioevents.com for info!

Not getting married at Honey Creek Farms but in need of coordinating? Email us today to secure your date!

Rose Gold Wedding Trend

One of this year’s big wedding trends has me super excited. Rose gold makes me oh so happy, especially when paired with shades of blush and pink. One of our Z Studio Brides has decided to use it as a wedding color which has me browsing around for inspiration. If you’re wondering where you can add little touches of this gorgeous hue, I’ve rounded up some of my top picks. From save-the-dates and invitations, to attire and even food, there are so many ways to add some subtle glam touches.

We shared these gorgeous invites from Minted last week. There are three different options for this real foil design and you can complete the look with RSVP and thank you cards.

minted invite

Deco Chevron Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitation Photo from Minted.com

Check our Instagram and Facebook in the following weeks for more photos and inspiration!

Shane Hawkins Photography: Ramey Wedding

We loved being a part of Lucas and Casey’s wedding at Honey Creek Farms this past September. After a 20 minute rain delay (that I think the groomsmen prayed for so they could keep watching the football game!), we had the most beautiful ceremony, and the reception that followed was even better. Thank you so much to all our vendors and all the guests for being such great sports during the delay! Shane Hawkins Photography captured all the details, big and small, and he was so great to work with! He was prepared for the rain with clear umbrellas for the bridal party to use so he could still capture photos in case they had to walk in the rain. Thanks for sharing these photos with us Z Studio, Shane!

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

This May, I have the privilege of standing next to one of my best friends as she marries her perfect match. I’ve anxiously been waiting for word on our bridesmaid dresses and we got the email about a week ago.
We are using Azazie to achieve the bride’s vision of blue hues. The site is very unique in that each dress is custom made! You hear “custom” and immediately think “expensive” but the average price is about $120!! Yes, you read that right. Most of the dresses range in price between $99 and $139, and there are so many styles and colors to choose from.

I will be keeping you updated on the ordering process and the dress! All reviews I’ve read are great so I’m hoping for a positive experience. I work with so many budget conscience brides who don’t want their bridesmaids to spend an arm and a leg and this might just be a perfect solution.

Here are a few of the dresses I’m trying to decide between:

Azazie Alexandra

Azazie Alexandra


Azazie Chaya

Azazie Chaya


Azazie Ingrid

Azazie Ingrid


Azazie Kierra

Azazie Kierra


Azazie Lailah

Azazie Lailah


Azazie Mila

Azazie Mila

Vanessa & Bobby

Vanessa and Bobby’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, and I had the pleasure of being involved a little earlier than usual. I want to say a huge thank you to all the vendors that made the day perfect! The Blossom Shop Greene’s did a wonderful job decorating the arbor, and the mums they provided were gorgeous (and so Fall!). And I may have snuck a couple mini cupcakes provided by Scrumps Cupcakes in Knoxville because they were DELICIOUS and I couldn’t stop at just one! Huge shout out to Wendy Ivens Photography for capturing everything, including the surprise proposal that the bride and groom helped plan!! Most people wouldn’t want to share the spotlight on their special day, but Vanessa and Bobby were happy to. I highly recommend Wendy for any bride and groom currently searching. She was great to work with!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, and thank you for letting me share in your day!