New Faces, New Changes, New Fun

Greetings Friends ~
It has been awhile since we have posted anything and we are sooo sorry about that. With Jen leaving (for her next BIG THING) and Me coming back into the country after being gone 5 weeks it’s been a bit of a whirlwind getting back in the groove with our fall wedding season! But I am sooo excited for some great happenings here and some absolutely amazing weddings taking place this fall not to mention all the fabulous images coming in from the end of summer weddings! So my friends hang on cause there is about to be some most MAGICAL happenings here on the blog real soon! Time to scurry off to a wedding so I chat with you all ASAP!  But in case you missed it I shared a few thoughts with the ladies of Wedding 101 earlier this week on first looks and so did some other amazing talents in the business so I wanted to make sure you had the link!!

To Do or Not To Do A First Look – That my friends is the question!!


Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~


Into the “wilds” of East Africa – set up looks a bit different

Greetings from Addis Ababa Ethiopia ~

Yes I (Courtney) am still 7,300 miles away in the heart of East Africa!  One of the reasons I love my job sooo much is simply because it provides me with opportunities like this!  To travel the world and set up events in unique and different spaces.

It also allows me perspective into the jobs we do in America!  While working on a event here these past few weeks I snapped a few photos of the “housemen” doing set up.  We have “housemen in the states and they are responsible for the set up and breakdown of tables and chairs typically in hotels, convention center and banquet halls.  They would also set stages and place water stations and set the room to the basics so the client could come in with the finishing touches!  I paid close attention to the set up this time to see how our worlds were the same and just how our worlds were different.

Take a look –

Housemen at work

There are no carts to stack the chairs on here in Ethiopia – nope they stack the chairs on their heads and carry them!

Housemen at work

Carrying the table frame – it’s a one man job!

Housemen at work

Tables get carried in 2 sections here in Ethiopia unlike in the states where we just collapse the legs and roll the table away

A helpful friend

And there is ALWAYS a monkey or 2 or 3 or more around to assist

So there you have it!  At the end of the day we really are not all that different after all or are we? You decide!!

I’ll be back in the states Aug 24th so until than I bid you adieu from Addis!

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~



The Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Fair

This past Sunday, July 21st, Krisie and I (Mary Ann), had the opportunity to work The Perfect Wedding Guide bridal fair! As interns, Courtney gave us the daunting task of creating a Great Gatsby themed tablescape all on our own to represent The Carousel House Wedding and Event venue. A Magical Affair helps out with the in-house coordination there, so we were super excited to be able to represent this venue with our table design! About a month prior to the show, you could say we were pretty nervous when Courtney all of the sudden told us that we would be designing this table, renting all the supplies, and working the booth at the show without her help. We weren’t even sure where to start. We immediately logged on to Pinterest (of course) and started getting ideas and creating a design board. After countless days in the office conjuring up ideas, we ventured over to  Liberty Party Rentals and ordered all of our supplies. Krisie and I thought it would be awesome to add a touch of DIY, so we decided to create our own centerpieces with the help of Chocolate Rose florist. It was so much fun taking field trips to Hobby Lobby and making our own black vases and gold glitter candles, even if we did leave the office covered in sparkles from head to toe. The bridal fair turned out to be a huge success! It was amazing to see all of our hard design work and this vision we had in our heads for a month come to life! We had so many brides that loved the table design and wanted to consider Carousel House as their wedding venue. Check out these photos that portray how everything came together from start to finish!













The Chocolate Rose-

Liberty Party Rentals-

The Carousel House-

Platypus Papers-

Daniel and Stephanie- A Magical Wednesday Wedding

The very first wedding I (Mary Ann) had the pleasure of helping out with was Daniel and Stephanie’s intimate Wednesday wedding on May 15th at the Delta Pavilion inside Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. They are living proof that you don’t need to book a Saturday wedding to make it truly magical! I came across these photos from Matt Andrews Photography and had to share! Daniel and Stephanie said “I Do” in front of a small group of family and friends then had dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse. See for yourself how gorgeous this bride and groom’s magical day turned out to be!


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My Favorite Things

One of the first weddings I (Mary Ann) had the pleasure of working was of Trey and Ahna Adcox at King’s Chapel last month. Although it was a long, hot day in Arrington, I loved the small country wedding setting that was set up that day. There were many things that I liked about that wedding, but I will share just a few that I really loved:

1. The centerpieces-

The centerpieces for this young couple’s reception were what I like to call “Pinterest Perfect.” They were various colored and shaped wine bottles that were cut in half, then had various bows and ties wrapped around them for decoration. They even added some glitter to the bottom of some. The bows were made from lace, burlap, and different ribbons. There were so many of them that we were able to have about five per table. They were all different heights and widths, not one was alike but they all came together when you put a cluster of them on the table. The head table had its own set, including the name “Adcox” glued to one, and their wedding date on another. After filling the bottles halfway with water and adding a simple floating tea light, these centerpieces added a beautiful rustic charm to the clubhouse reception room.

2. The ring exchange-

This is the only wedding that I have been to where I have witnessed an exchange of purity rings from the bride and groom. This is something we don’t see as much in today’s society and it was very refreshing to witness this from the young, beautiful couple. Trey and Ahna had been wearing these rings for quite some time, symbolizing the importance that “true love waits.” As it came time to exchange the purity rings for their wedding rings, they slid them onto a ribbon that they were both holding onto and vowed to give these rings to their future children. This definitely touched my heart and was the most memorable part of the ceremony for me. I may or may not have shed a tear or two…

3. Opening the doors

I had the pleasure of standing at the chapel doors right before Ahna was about to walk down the aisle to her future husband. Watching her and her father exchange “I love you’s” in the midst of tears was an image that has stuck with me. He was about to give her away, and she was about to start a new life with Trey, but your father is the first man you love. Being very close to my father as well, I couldn’t help but tear up as I opened up the doors for her and her dad to walk down the aisle in front of all their family and friends to her future husband and his future son-in-law.