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Vendor Spotlight : Kristyn Hogan Photography


Vendor Spotlight : Kristyn Hogan Photography 



About Kristyn Hogan Photography: 

When I was ten years old, I picked up a camera, dressed my three year old little brother in a suit, wrapped a white blanket around the neighbor girl and took them into the backyard to take their “wedding photos.” Eight years later, I shot my first wedding with a real bride & groom and fell completely in love. I fell in love with capturing life, with finding a moment and holding onto it forever. It’s been eleven years since that first wedding and I’m still falling in love with these moments that tell a story. And having my husband by my side for every one of them makes me the luckiest girl in the world.

A few things I love besides the look on a groom’s face as he watches his bride walk down the aisle. Jesus. Making my husband laugh. Football. Switzerland. Board games. And closing my eyes & breathing in fresh air.

Please enjoy the moments & stories you find here. I’d love to hear your story.

Get to know Kristyn Hogan:

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot? — Wengen, Switzerland! It’s an amazing spot amidst the Alps that you can only reach by train. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, hundreds of waterfalls and meandering cows with no cars allowed…It really is the most beautiful place on earth.
  1. Favorite Nashville hangout? — Matt & I recently built our home on 11 acres of beautiful countryside outside of Nashville, so right now I have to say that’s our favorite hangout spot!
  1. What is your favorite sport? — We enjoy sailing together, it’s surprisingly quite a work-out!
  1. What makes you stand out? — Matt has the best laugh in the world, ask anyone who knows him and they’ll agree :)
  1. What does your ideal day look like? — Spending time in my garden, going for a hike, relaxing with a glass of wine, playing a strategy game with friends and laughing with my husband.

What Kristyn Hogan Photography Offers: Spirited, Fresh, Timeless wedding photography


What Others Are Saying: “Your husband has the best laugh in the world. And you take pretty great photos too.”


Contact info: On the web: / On Instagram: @kristynhogan /



Good Omen for your Wedding Day!

We love these tips for good luck on your special day!



You’re already lucky in love, but are you destined to have good wedding day luck? Well, it’s time to find out! We’re not big believers in superstitions by any means, and we know you’ll be blessed on your big day regardless of whether or not you do these things. Just for fun though, we decided to dig up four ways you can theoretically “increase” your wedding day luck.

1. Set off fireworks after the ceremony
According to many wedding planners, lighting fireworks after your ceremony is over is supposed to ward off evil spirits. It’s actually common practice at Chinese weddings, where they believe the loud noise of the firecrackers will scare the spirits away. While a full-on firework show may be a tough one to swing depending on your budget and where you live, it would definitely make for the most epic cocktail hour ever, that is, if it’s dark enough out yet.

2. Wear a veil
Speaking of evil spirits, another tried and true way to keep those wicked suckers away on your wedding day is to rock your veil on your walk down the aisle, says Corn. This superstition dates all the way back to the Ancient Romans. Back then brides wore flame-colored veils that completely covered their face as a way to protect themselves from the spirits. Hmm, wonder if it works on crazy family members too?

3. Add some lavender to your bouquet
Not only does it smell great, but Corn tell us that adding a little lavender, as a symbol of happiness, to your wedding bouquet will bring good fortune to your union. Brides, you can thank the luck of the Irish for this tradition.

4. Put a silver sixpence in your shoe
We’re all familiar with the good luck charms, “something old, something borrowed, something blue”. But did you know that after that the saying goes, “And a silver sixpence in her shoe”? Stick one in your left heel or flat on your big day, and you’ll be blessed beyond measure (or so we’d like to think!). For extra luck and prosperity, sprinkle a dash of salt in your right shoe!

Photo by : Courtney Davidson Photography

Vendor Spotlight : Beyond Details



We are so excited to share this vendor spotlight with you all! This week we are focused on our contact Amber, at Beyond Details! They are an ‘all inclusive’ wedding resource. From catering to florals they have you covered and always do an exceptional job. Read up on this week’s vendor spotlight to find out why they are our preferred catering and floral design vendor!

About Beyond Details: 

logo2The Southeast’s one-stop wedding resource for Weddings. Beyond Details will orchestrate your Wedding Day from beginning to end. We will help you create an unforgettable Ceremony and Reception that guests will talk about for years to come. At Beyond Details, our motivation is our client, each being different and unique. Our “outside of the box” thinking and design is what makes each event spectacular. Our goal is to personalize each event to reflect your style, personality and taste buds!

Get to know Amber: 



1. What is your favorite vacation spot? — Surprisingly, Nashville used to be my

favorite vacation spot. Now that I live here – any place where there is a beach and warm

weather will be good enough for me!

2. Favorite Nashville hangout? — Oh there are so many! I love coffee shops so you

may see me hanging out at Star Bagel or Just Love every now and then.

3. What is your favorite sport? Football – Go Bucks!

4. What makes you stand out? — My personality helps me stand out more than

anything. I will start a conversation with a complete stranger and act like I’ve known

them for years.

5. What does your ideal day look like? —  I LOVE

coffee, so that’s first. I prefer to answer emails and

work on proposals right away in the morning and

coffee usually helps with that. As the day goes on I

will reach out to new [and existing] clients and

research the latest wedding trends. Most of the

preparation for the weekend events will begin near

the end of the week. An ideal week ends with

successful events and happy clients!

What Beyond Details Offers:

Beyond Details offers catering, event planning & floral

design. We have an amazing staff who will go the extra mile to make sure we exceed our

client’s expectations. Not only do we strive for perfection when it comes to the quality of

our food, but presentation falls close behind. If you are looking for a caterer or florist, we

would love to meet you!



What Others Are Saying: 

  • “Beyond Details is the catering company that will go above

and beyond the call of duty. Apart from having absolutely

delicious food, they are a delight to work with and

incredibly professional all the way around. They have done

several smaller events at the Musicians Hall of Fame as well

as a recent one of over 600 guests and completely knock it

out of the park every time. Absolutely love them – my first

recommendation every time!”

  • “Amazing. I am a banana pudding snob, and these were some of the best desserts I

have tasted. I had 6. Confession. Their Key Lime Minis and Chocolate ganache smores

were also amazing. Not to mention, the staff were all so nice and as soon as I got done

eating they immediately came by to grab my dish.”

  • “Attentive staff, and exceptional desserts”


Contact info: 

Amber Fleck

419-953- 4370

How to Change Your Name…Step by Step!



Finally being able to change your name, could feel like the icing on the (wedding) cake! This is such a monumental occasion! This can also be very confusing…that’s where we come in!

This blog will take you through the step-by-step process of how to change your name in the state of Tennessee. Whether you choose to add your new last name to your old last name, or if you choose to take your spouses last name all together, you’ll know the in’s and out’s of changing your last name by the end of this blog!

Step 1: You will need to get a “Petition for Change of Name” form, from your county clerk’s office.

Step 2: Fill out the form!

Step 3: Take the form (completed) along with proof of your identity and residency to your county clerk’s office.

Step 4: You will have to pay a ‘filling fee’ (these vary by county).

Step 5: Apply for a brand new driver’s license with your beautiful new last name, at your DMV.

Step 6: Be sure to change your name of your accounts at your bank and anywhere else that is important (SS office, workplace, etc.).

Step 7: Enjoy the married life!!! It’s an excuse to get everything you see monogrammed with your new monogram! ;)


Photo by Kristyn Hogan

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