Amber Housley

Nashville Wedding Photographer | Austin Gros

I am a firm believer that one of the biggest investments that you should make for your wedding is your photographer. You can have the most beautifully designed wedding with many emotional moments, but none of that will be captured perfectly without the work of a trained wedding photographer. One of our favorite Nashville photographers is Austin Gros.

Nashville Wedding Photographer | Austin Gros

Austin uses film photography, a form of photography that makes me swoon every time I see it. He truly has an amazing talent for capturing raw emotions as well as the beautiful details of your paper goods, table decor, and more. As Austin has said, “My approach is simply to capture the wide range of details, moments & emotions that happen during the course of a Wedding Day. I want people to look back on their photos & remember the day exactly as they experienced it.” And that is exactly how it should be!

Nashville Wedding Photographer | Austin Gros

While Austin is based here in Nashville, he loves to travel! He has photographed weddings in California, Alabama, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more. So if you love his work but do not live in the area, reach out to him and see if he is available to photograph your wedding.

Visit the Austin Gros website to read more about him and see more of his fantastic photographs!

Nashville Wedding Vendor | Crumb de la Crumb

I love sweets. So, so much! Who doesn’t though? One of my favorite parts of wedding planning is watching the couple oogle over all of the various cake flavors at their initial cake tasting. In order to create such a reaction, you have to be tasting your cakes from an amazing bakery. One of our favorite local Nashville cake makers is Crumb de la Crumb.

Crumb de la Crumb | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

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Crumb de la Crumb recently renovated their space, widening it to make more room for their cafe, the Cottage Cafe! It is perfect for tastings, as well as for bridal lunches, showers, rehearsal dinners and more. They also cater parties up to 100 people!

They are open for Breakfast and Lunch with full service coffee and espresso bar. While you are there, you absolutely must try anything and everything on their lunch menu with a tall glass of Vanilla Lemonade. It is delicious and one of the best places to eat in Nashville!

Not only do they have unique drinks, but Crumb de la Crumb also has the most fantastic variety of cake flavors, and are constantly introducing new ones. A classic favorite is their Dulce de Leche infused cake, and some of my new favorite flavors that they introduced at their open house party include S’mores, a bourbon apple flavor, Chocolate Merlot, and Maple Bacon. They can also make a custom flavor that will be unique to your wedding, so if you have a favorite sweet treat flavor in mind, make sure to let them know and they will create it for you!

Take a look at their website to read more about the story behind Crumb de la Crumb and see all of their flavors, and make sure to stop by the Cottage Cafe if you are ever in the area!

Blue and Yellow Wedding Inspiration

While we often times lean toward pink weddings, but love seeing wedding inspiration for a variety of other color palettes as well! This blue and yellow wedding inspiration is absolutely perfect for Spring. It is so whimsical and reminds us of days frolicking in fields of flowers. You can’t get much more Southern than that!

Blue and Yellow Wedding Inspiration | Amber Housley Weddings | Nashville Wedding Planner

Wedding Invitation Suite | Bouquet | Bride and Groom | Custom Cornhole Set | Table Setting | Custom Drinks

Set the tone for your wedding with a wedding invitation suite in pretty hues of vibrant yellow and sky blue, like the invitation suite we designed for the Song of the South editorial shoot for Southern Weddings. Carry yellow into different aspects of your wedding day by making a soft bouquet of yellow flowers, and then placing it in the basket of your bicycle to take cute newlywed pictures with your sweetheart after the ceremony.

While the two of you are taking pictures during the cocktail hour, have fun outdoor games for guests like cornhole with a custom cornhole set featuring both of your home states. After the cocktail hour is finished, seat guests at a table outdoors with pops of blue and accents of gold to brighten up the color palette. Once dancing ensues, offer guests a refreshing yellow custom drink with adorable straw flags to quench their thirst as they dance the night away!

Are you planning a blue and yellow wedding? If so, how are you tying the color palette into your big day? We would love to hear in the comments section below!

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe

We are so fortunate that there are so many amazing wedding venues here in Nashville. The Thistle Stop Cafe, a part of Thistle Farms, is a great place to hold a bridal tea, a rehearsal dinner or a quaint wedding reception.

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe | Amber Housley Weddings

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe | Amber Housley Weddings

Photography by Peggy Napier

What we love most about Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe is that it is a philanthropic choice for Nashville couples. Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Run by Thistle Farms’ two-year residential program Magdalene graduates and residents, the Thistle Stop Café sells Nashville-based and fair-trade coffees, teas and healthy catered foods. A venture of Thistle Farms, the social enterprise of Magdalene, the Café features food as good for the body as it is for the earth. How amazing is that?

The cafe now offers wedding and event rentals, with full use of the facility and the ability to choose from their beautiful china, coffee or tea airpots, and more.

To see more about the Thistle Stop Cafe,their story, and what they have to offer, make sure to visit their website!

Top Picks for Spring Bridesmaids Dresses

It is officially wedding season! With the start of the wedding season and the beautiful Spring weather, we are going to be showcasing some of our favorite clothing and accessory pieces for various parts of your wedding right here on the blog. Today, we’re talking all about our top picks for Spring bridesmaids dresses.

Top Picks for Spring Bridesmaids Dresses | Amber Housley Weddings

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There are so many great options to choose from this Spring! Some work perfectly for a more casual garden wedding, and others are excellent for a black tie affair. As you can see, we personally prefer classic cuts with a surprise detail, like the sequined v-neck back in the navy Camilyn Beth dress and the gold soutache trim on the baby blue Lilly Pulitzer shift dress. We also adore the idea of patterned bridesmaids dresses, whether they are soft florals like the pattern on the Jenny Yoo dress or bold stripes like the pattern on the Lula Kate dress (which by the way has pockets!).

Which dress do you love most for Spring bridesmaids dresses? Is there another style that you are envisioning asking your best girl friends to wear on your big day? Let us know in the comments below!