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P.S. The Junior League’s ‘Tis the Season Marketplace will also be going on in The Factory.  So, do a little wedding planning and holiday shopping as well!


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I realized today that we haven’t posted any photos of our studio lately. We are always getting new vendors so in turn we are always re-arranging . For all you lovely Brides who haven’t made it into our studio, now you will know what to expect when you set up your free planning consultation. Remember our services are always free no matter how many meetings you want to schedule with us. No catch, honestly. You don’t need an appointment but we recommend one if you really want to get some of your planning taken care of. When you have an appointment we can guarantee that you get our full attention. This is how the studio looked as of Friday afternoon!

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First things first, if you live in Nashville and haven’t hear of Dave Ramsey then its probably about time you did. Here is an excerpt from Dave’s about page:

“Starting from nothing, by the time I was 26 I had a net worth of a little over a million dollars. I was making $250,000 a year—that’s more than $20,000 a month net taxable income. I was really having fun. But 98% truth is a lie, and that 2% can cause big problems, especially with $4 million in real estate. I had a lot of debt—a lot of short-term debt—and I’m the idiot who signed up for the trip.

The short version of the story is that debt caused us, over the course of two and a half years of fighting it, to lose everything. We didn’t tell anyone what was going on, but if we had to do it again, we would learn from the wisdom of others who have been through it. We soon learned that we were not the only ones at the bottom. Barbie and Ken (you know, the couple who appear to be perfect—perfect clothes, perfect car, perfect house) are broke, and I don’t take financial advice from broke people anymore.”

You can listen to Dave’s show everyday from 1 to 4 on Nashville’s local station 99.7 or go here to find where to listen in your area.

So why am I telling you all about Dave? Ryan Sweeney of Ryan Sweeney Photography will be teaching the Financial Peace University right here at Wedding 101 beginning September 9th. The class will run for 13 weeks and teach you everything you need to know how to pay down your debt.

On average, people who attend FPU pay off $5,300 in debt and save $2,700 in just 90 days. Seriously, that is amazing. Obviously this will all depend on your individual situation but I cannot think of a better way to start off a marriage then to be united when it comes to money.

If you are not sure that this is for you, then come out and meet Ryan on August 26th or September 2nd for a quick informational meeting.

The price for the FPU 13 week program is $99 plus tax per couple.

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Kristen of Kristen Steele Photography sent me this beautiful Italian wedding and I just could not wait to share it! I love the rustic feel of Italy and Kristen really captured the essence of the wedding with these photos.

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“Lily & Hanier had always wanted to elope in Italy, and they chose the amazingly beautiful location of Volterra to get married. Volterra is a city on a hill. As Rick Steves says, “It’s encircled by impressive walls and topped with a grand fortress, it sits high above the rich farmland.” It’s that and so much more. There are cobblestone streets, gorgeous churches, amazing doors, window boxes full of fresh flowers, bell towers and everything is just so beautiful.

Lily and Javier contacted Bonnie of My Weddings and More to be her Destination Wedding Planner. Bonnie helped coordinate their Italian wedding by handling all the paperwork (did you know there’s a LOT of paperwork to deal with if you want to get married in Italy??) and coordinating the day of details.

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The joy, the excitement and the sheer happiness between Lily and Hanier was palpable as we walked up to the scenic overlook where they got married. The ceremony was sweet and meaningful and the best part?? When Lucca the officiant said, “Hanier, you may kiss your bride.” The BELLS STARTED RINGING. All of them. There are probably 4 or 5 bell towers that we were overlooking and all of them started ringing at the same time. I seriously got goosebumps!

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I think that part of my job as a destination wedding photographer is to capture the feel of the town I’m in, so along with Lily + Havier’s wedding photos I’ve included some of the scenes around Volterra. I love the shot of them walking up the cobblestone street (that was VERY steep) with the beautiful Tuscan sun streaming in and all the tourists walking by staring. That is the “behind the scenes” shot to the other photo.

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Best Wishes Lily + Hanier and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your very special day!”

Would you like your wedding featured on our blog? If so, just click on the submit button to the right and we will get started!

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Today we have Ryan Sweeney here to share a few of his favorite captured moments. Before we get to the beautiful images  Lets get to know Ryan a little better.

“I became a photographer, so I could use the skills I already possessed to make beautiful images of people. However, I discovered something I never expected to find: love. A love for real people experiencing the most joyous day of their lives, a love for feeling such an intense level of happiness, and a love for photographing people together in celebration. That’s why I do this today. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite moments.”

My wife really likes this image because of its symmetry.

I love this image because it gets a really great response from people when they see it.  I always get asked,“how did you get her to go into the water????”.  The funny thing is, it was HER idea!

The trifecta: gorgeous dress, beautiful bride, and a really nice setting.

I like the burst of light that outlines them. I love how the guests are concentrated on the newlyweds during their first dance.

I like the contrast of colors, and the uniqueness of this image.

Where are you going to find two chairs in a barn?  I like this because it is different and chic.

The expressions don’t get better than this.  And bubbles help.

Thanks Ryan! These are some really beautiful shots!

Ryan Sweeney Photography
Nashville, TN
Call: 615.390.6913
Email: ryan@ryansweeneyphotography.com

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I seriously wish that Wedding101 was around when I was getting married,
because it would have made my whole planning process so much easier! This is a one-stop Bridal shop, where there’s no stress involved. It’s the most
light, bright, colorful and happy space. You might think I’m exaggerating,
but I’m not… it’s really what you think of when you think of the whole
being a Bride experience.

There are comfy white couches with frilly pink pillows, great meeting
spaces for you to meet with your vendors and two wonderful ladies, Amy and
Ashley, who will help you organize it all! You can come in, walk around and
see the displays and then sit on the couches to look through all the
vendors brochures and materials. They’ll even offer you coffee or a Coke if
you want one!

OK, so I’ll stop gushing and show you the pictures but you’ll see what I
mean…. Introducing my new booth at Wedding 101 at the Factory in
Franklin, TN!
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Isn’t this the best, most warm feeling?? Those tables are where we’ll meet
to discuss your big day!
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You can pickup the latest wedding magazines and wedding planning resources
Wedding 101 Franklin Wedding Planning Franklin Wedding Vendors

Isn’t this setup amazing from H 3 Events?
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Prim & Paper‘s
colorful paper products, don’t you just want them all?? If I had to go back
and plan my wedding again, I know I’d never be able to choose! Covered with
‘s cakes are also so pretty! Prim and Paper Franklin Wedding Planning Covered with Icing cake design

Olia Zavozina‘s custom made
gown is spectacular! Olia Zavozina custom made wedding dresses franklin wedding planning

Designs in Paper also makes
fabulous custom stationary, and they even offer custom vinyl products. How
cool is that?! Designs in Paper Franklin Wedding Planning

I hope you enjoyed your mini tour of Wedding 101 and some of the great
vendors there. You’ll have to go to the Factory for yourself to experience
it for yourself!

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Last but not least in the K series of photographers this week is Studio K2 Photography.  Take a peek at her style which she best describes as “artistic wedding imagery with a rustically elegant style.”  Once you scroll through these, visit her at www.studiok2photography.com to see more while you listen to some sweet music.

Precious, huh?

Now, which K to pick for your wedding day?

Happy Planning,


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