real wedding:: bright & colorful plantation wedding

Oh, Stephen and Jenn. I occasionally cry at the weddings I work, but this one was a particular tearjerker/emotionally-attached wedding:  the wedding of my brother-in-law and his high school sweetheart.

Despite the tears (in fact - the reason behind them), it was absolutely the happiest day. We were all beaming from morning until midnight that night. So much love came together to make everything absolutely perfect for the sweet couple and their Carnton Plantation wedding Memorial Day weekend.

Jessica McIntosh did a PHENOMENAL job photographing the intricacies of the day. We are all blown away by the portraits of these two -- aren't they just to die for? Jessica risked limb and life by creeping down in fields of flowers and greenery to get these shots -- and that was before we found the snake hanging out in the garden before the ceremony!

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yellow bridal bouquet

Jenn's bridal bouquet was absolutely gorgeous -- Cheryl's Flowers composed a beautiful arrangement of ivory hydrangea, calla lilies, roses, and peonies with a few pops of yellow.

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Can anything really beat the natural beauty of this stately Southern plantation home? So lovely, especially at the "golden hour."

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I seriously die over all these portraits. That garden is just to die for!

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The Southern-style spread for dinner was out-of-this-world insanely good. Bacon & Caviar for the win!

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Once the party got started, OH how we wobbled...

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Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Photographer | Jessica McIntosh Photography
Venue | Carnton Plantation
Caterer | Bacon & Caviar
Hair & Makeup | Brenna Mader
Personal Flowers | Cheryl's Flowers
Lighting | Bright Event Productions
Audio | Stager Audio
Rentals | Music City Tents & Events
Cake | The Bekahry Bake Shoppe
 
Honeymoon Planning | 2 Travel Anywhere - Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

real wedding:: rustic and relaxed winter wedding

Laura and Michael's January wedding was held at one of my favorite venues - Loveless Barn: a classic Nashville location with legendary biscuits (a must-have with their peach or blackberry preserves!). L & M were high school friends who reconnected a few years after graduation and fell madly in love.

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oh, hey there june! {also known as life updates | may 2014}

Haiii there June!

June is a month of potential. Of clarity. Of continued progress. It's awesome.

I won't tell you how busy May was because you can figure that on your own. 

However, I will say this happened:

And this.

And a lot of this!

As well as a few of days of this:

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And some peeking around at this.

And a whooooole lotta eating this.

And it was glor-i-ous! Wedding chaos, a spontaneous trip to the beach (and serpentarium and strawberry field and five islands and my sister's house), beaucoups of shrimp & grits / lowcountry boil / pico de gallo & guacamole, and overall Southern splendor. Dreamy May. 

Now it's June!

I'm attempting to start blogging more frequently. I tragically have a zillion weddings I haven't blogged. I always said I wouldn't be "those planners" who waited a year plus to blog the weddings they just got finished executing, but here I am, eating my words.

I'll get caught up, promise!!

 

June Goals:

1 | Catch up on blogging KDE weddings from 2013 & 2014.

2 | Meet my best friend's baby! (He still hasn't actually come yet, but he'll be coming at LEAST by tomorrow!)

3 | Make some more progress on summer/fall weddings. More marathon planning sessions, summer-style?

4 | Work out some details for a fun shoot coming up this summer! Woo hoo!

Vision for June: Calm. Peace. A little hustle but not too much bustle. Some yoga, some learning. A really lovely wedding. Some step-ups for next year planning. A new client or two? Finally finishing up some office things and perhaps a little shoot to celebrate? Keeping our home clean. Finding some clarity in life plans and God's plan for us. Following grace. Staying in the present moment rather than only living for tomorrow. Give me a couple of outdoor dinners under the string lights and a few waterfront afternoons and I'm an exceptionally happy girl.

 

kelly dellinger lifestyle :: making the most of the holidays

2013 has been my year to slow down {somewhat} and try reeeeeally hard to get a grip on what's going on, day to day. The past two years in my life were so chaotic and crazy, between desperately wanting to get engaged (and looking for my Drew on bended knee at any possible opportunity) to GETTING engaged and planning the wedding of MY dreams, and then settling into married life and figuring out how to "do life" as a fully-fledged married adult with a home and two cats, and then planning the launch of this fabulous enterprise.

The past two Christmases flew by insanely fast. The last one, particularly, just went in a blur and was over like the blink of an eye. It snuck up on us. We didn't get our tree until mid-December, then almost as soon as we had hung up our ornaments and the stockings we recently ordered from etsy, we headed off to east Tennessee to spend the week of Christmas. Because married Christmases are crazy and now involve a whole lot of travel (since I have family in Savannah, Georgia, Drew has family in East Tennessee, and we're obviously in Nashville).

We decided this year that we were not going to let "busy" derail our enjoyment of the holiday season. Drew has to travel several weeks in November and December, so he'll be gone for a good chunk of the season. But we refused to let that put a damper on our holidays!!!! Instead, we decided to... Start early. Get organized. and Be Intentional.

One of our "Start Early" campaigns was buying a fake tree (sad day!) and decorating it the second weekend in November to maximize the time we get to enjoy it. Isn't it stunning?!

One of our "Start Early" campaigns was buying a fake tree (sad day!) and decorating it the second weekend in November to maximize the time we get to enjoy it. Isn't it stunning?!

Our first order of business was starting early. If we're gone for two solid weeks in November and December and Drew's traveling for work for 4 weeks additionally, that only leaves us with a couple of rushed weekends and not a whole lot of free time to sit around the house drinking hot cocoa and watching Rudolph. Instead of feeling pressured to keep the holidays segregated to not "cheat the system," we're bunking tradition and spreading out the season to span a longer period of time of enjoyment! Part of the joy of being married is getting to set your own NEW rules and traditions! We decorated our Christmas tree and set up everything in our apartment for December holidays last weekend. We watched Frosty the Snowman while Drew made homemade biscuits, listened to Duck the Halls, and started our Christmas shopping early. I've already got a handful of presents wrapped carefully underneath our tree, and it feels glorious. PLUS I got to visit Christmas Village with my wonderful mom last week and got a couple of fun things to make our home a little more festive, too:)

In order to get organized, one thing I've tried to implement this year is a Holiday Binder. It's not some fancy product I'm trying to sell (although that would be absolutely legit). It's really just a 1.5" pretty patterned binder I got from Target that I am slowing but surely procuring recipes, bucket lists, gift lists, addresses, and other goodies into in order to keep up with everything and not be all over the place.

Our last (and most important) holiday pillar was to be intentional with our time, attention, and efforts. Ain't nobody got time for "busy." We are paring down our holiday calendars to focus on what matters, planning out meals and presents in advance (to avoid last-minute unnecessary splurges or wasting hours trying to find a recipe for that party in two hours), and putting more emphasis on the MEANING of the season:  celebrating Christ's coming to earth for our incredible salvation.

 

Celebratorily yours,

Kelly

so who does what?

 I'm so excited to have our new KDE intern, Abby, contribute to the blog! Today she's giving her two cents' about bridal party responsibilities and what all entails walking down the aisle by your best friend's side:) 

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by wedding parties. 

It takes energy, time and dedication to be a part of a wedding and I was curious to know what specific tasks fall to the maid of honor, bridesmaids, the best man and groomsmen.

Here's a little summary of what Emily Post has to say!

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featured:: 100 layer cake:: winter's end

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Words cannot express how thrilled I was to have my work featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs (one I've followed for years and years!)... 100 Layer Cake! Working with W&E Photographie was an absolute joy and pleasure -- Emma's vision for a wintry, lovely, Northwest-inspired cabin wedding turned out just stunning when it came to fruition.

 

kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot
kelly dellinger events winter's end shoot

Photography: W & E Photographie / Event Designer: Kelly Dellinger Events / Hair Stylist: Joanna Ballentine / Floral Designer: Mandy Busby / Venue: Sweet Apple  Farms / Dress Store:Ivory & White / Dress Designer: Ivy & Aster / Suit: Olia Zavozina / Heirlooms: Feather Me This / Props: At Home Furnishings / Linens & Rentals:  Southern Events Party Rentals / Paper Props: Four Hats Press

NEW service offered:: honeymoon suite decor

If you know my business very well, you'll know that I'm always open to out-of-the-box requests and custom packages that encompass services out of the bounds of my traditional wedding planning offerings. (No, that doesn't mean you pick and choose which line-items you don't want to pay for out of my packages and set your own pricing -- I'm talking creative projects that push the bounds of my imagination and satisfy your event needs!)

I had a groom send me one such request a little over a month ago: he wanted to surprise his bride-to-be with an elaborately decorated honeymoon hotel suite for their wedding night! I thought it was a sweet idea and something that would be really special for the two of them. We talked at length about how he loosely envisioned the whole affair, the couple's likes and dislikes, specific requests, and I wove all those little details together to create something absolutely lovely for them.

It was such a great experience I've decided to expand my traditional services to now include honeymoon suite design and decorating! Please shoot me an email if you're interested in kicking up your hotel suite a few notches in the romance department:) I'm happy to create a custom package for you! 

Check out pictures from D.W. & Hannah's honeymoon suite (at the Hutton Hotel in downtown Nashville), taken by the talented Micah G. Robinson!

honeymoon hotel suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events
honeymoon suite decoration kelly dellinger events

Think of something you'd love to incorporate in your wedding or special event that hasn't been done before? Shoot me an email and I'll be happy to find a way to make it happen for you! :)