Carnton Plantation Franklin Tennessee

Historic Carnton in Franklin, TN, was built in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former mayor of Nashville. It sits about 23 miles outside of the city’s center. During the Civil War, Carnton served as a field hospital for the Battle of Franklin. The floors of the house are still stained with the soldier’s blood, but don’t let that scare you away from hosting your wedding here (a good wedding planner can work around anything). The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Carnton Association. I’ll be honest, I have been procrastinating on writing this article for about 2 months.Read More →

white peonies and eucalyptus garlands

This post features one of our weddings from June 2016. The bride designed and planned this event herself, with floral design and day-of coordination by An Elegant Encounter. Her ideas were so great, it made our job all too easy! The event was held at The Wren’s Nest venue in Murfreesboro, TN. The ceremony was held on a beautiful hilltop clearing in the woods, with the reception in the barn. It was hot, hot, hot on this summer day, and we were so grateful for The Wren’s Nest’s shady woods. We hand-made over 200 feet of willow eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus garland for this wedding,Read More →

honeymoon in paris france

Thanks for checking out part two of our honeymoon in France mini-series, which is all about the city of Paris. If you missed part 1, be sure to check it out here for some other great cities in France. For now, let’s dive into Paris! There are SO many blog articles on Paris. Do I really need to review the sites with you? Surely you are familiar with the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and nearby Versailles. I’ll throw in some photos for your viewing pleasure, but I don’t think you need yet another post about these oh-so-famous sites.   So,Read More →

By Claire of Wed in Central Park Meet guest blogger Claire of Wed in Central Park. Claire will be presenting some of her best tips for planning a destination wedding at Central Park in New York. If you would like her help planning your wedding, you can contact her at the links provided at the end of this post. Central Park is a popular place for couples to bring their friends and family for a destination wedding, or to elope for a quiet ceremony with just the two of them. I have been planning weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’sRead More →


France is quite a popular location for tourism, and that includes honeymoons. In fact, there is so much to France, that we really can’t cover it all in one post. Today we are introducing a 3-part mini-series on honeymooning in France. In this post we’ll give you all the juicy details on the most romantic locations and things to do when spending time with your new hubby or wifey. Nice First stop on the grand tour is Nice, next-door neighbor to the famous film festivals. If you arrive in the summer time, you just may encounter a few of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. But that alsoRead More →

Hello lovely readers! I am SO excited to share this post with you. Today An Elegant Encounter is featuring artist Susan Elizabeth Jones, who creates custom wedding venue and bouquet paintings. I am seriously in love with these beauties. Ms. Jones specializes in Nostalgic Impressionism, using oils and acrylic paints. These make absolutely fantastic wedding presents that the bride and groom with treasure forever. Brides, no one thought to give you such an awesome gift? Well, you can totally order one for yourself!     Here are some of our favorites:       Do you recognize this venue? It’s Nashville’s own Andrew Jackson’s the Hermitage.Read More →


If you know anything about An Elegant Encounter, you know that we are big on honesty. We’re always gonna tell you the truth. And the truth is, Nashville wedding venues are EXPENSIVE. Our wedding planners have been scouring the outer edges of Nashville looking for alternative wedding venues for you. If you haven’t read our review of the bride-friendly Historic Rosemont, read it here. Today, we would like to present to you Rippavilla, an amazing, affordable wedding and event venue in Spring Hill, TN. Never heard of Spring Hill? It’s a small town about a 30-minute drive south of Nashville. Your guests can stay theRead More →

Courses for brides

You want a designer wedding, but you can’t afford a wedding planner. You’ll have to DIY in order to save money. WHERE do you start? Should you pick a theme first? Or should you buy the dress and plan everything around that? And venues fill up so quickly, so maybe you should book that first. But how do you pick a venue when you don’t know the size of the guest list? Wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially for those with no experience. Pinterest is a great place to start, but you may have been Pinterest-planning your wedding for years. Your wedding board is huge;Read More →

Most of us do not have an unlimited budget for our wedding. In the past, we’ve discussed prioritizing your budget, which is to spend more on aspects of the wedding that are most important to you and less on those that are not so important. . When cutting costs for a wedding, it is so tempting to allow a friend to help. But how do you know if that friend will do a good job? And if the friend is slacking, will you able to convey your concerns without hurting their feelings? After all, you aren’t paying them, and you get what you pay for,Read More →

Sea Glass Wine Bottle

Today I’m going to teach you how to make these super cute Sea Glass Wine Bottles for your wedding decor. I can’t believe I’m actually sharing this with you, because I sell these on Etsy all the time. You’re seriously getting a good deal here. So, here are the supplies you will need: Wine Bottles Sea Glass Paint Start by removing the wine bottles. I filled a sink with hot water, vinegar, dish soap, and baking soda, then let the bottles soak over night. There should be lots of suds, like so:   Now we have clean wine bottles, ready for painting: Next, I placedRead More →