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August 2017 Archive

Signiture Drink: Blackberry Basil Whiskey Smash





If you’re still on the hunt for your perfect signature drink to display at your wedding, hunt no more! This yummy recipe will be a huge, ‘smashing’, hit at your wedding during these hot summer months.

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 tbs. Simple Syrup
  • 4 black berries
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • crushed ice

Using some type of muddler or wooden spoon, smash basil, lemon, black berries, and simple syrup in a glass. Add bourbon. Transfer to glass of your choice. Fill with crushed ice, and stir. Garnish with basil an blackberries! Try this out at home before you choose it to be your signature drink!

Vendor Spotlight : Sensational Sounds

We are loving this wonderfully warm August weather and hope you are too! Our vendor spotlight blogs are here to inform you of our very favorite Nashville vendors. This week we are featuring DJ Gerard of Sensational Sounds.


About DJ Gerard: 

Get to know Gerard:
1. What is your favorite vacation spot? — Sanibel, FL!
2. Favorite Nashville hangout? — we shamefully go to Lockeland Table nearly once a week, does that count?
3. What is your favorite sport? — to watch, football!  GO PATS!
4. What makes you stand out? — I’m never “performing”; it’s not my show.  I’m there to be a courteous, professional master of ceremonies (not a stand-up comedian), and then I play some awesome music, well curated and well mixed.
5. What does your ideal day look like? — coffee, obviously.  Then a smoothie; more coffee… “Ideally”, I’d probably sit in a pool all day, taking breaks only to practice some mixing or researching more music.
                Experience for any occasion:
    1. wedding ceremonies and receptions

    2. birthday and anniversary parties

    3. corporate functions

    4. clubs, bars and entertainment venues

      Fully customized disc jockey services:

    1. individualized playlists

    2. 28,000 song choices (and continually expanding)

    3. music for all ages and mainstream genres, including today’s top 40, hip-hop, rock, and country

      Master of Ceremonies services:

    1. tuxedo attire

    2. professional presentation

    3. public speaking and improvisational skills

      The best in sound quality and digital reproduction

    1. over 4,000 watts of crisp, clear Peavey and QSC amplification

    2. MacBook Pro with Serato ScratchLive DJ software

    3. Rane 24-bit audio interface and Pioneer pro DJ mixer

What Others Are Saying: 

Hey Gerard,

Just wanted to let you know how happy we were with your set at our wedding back in April — I have gotten several compliments from our friends and family! Please let us know if there are any websites where we can write you a recommendation.

Thanks again,

Chris and Allison

(Wedding: April 21, 2012)

“We just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did during our wedding weekend. We lost track of how many people came up to us to compliment you, and we know how much extra work you had to do working with a completely new set of music and preparing our complicated introductions. We doubt anyone else would have been able to navigate between both types of music so successfully that an entire dance floor of guests of all ages and backgrounds weren’t ready to stop dancing at 1:00 am.”

            — Swapna Reddy & Ben Feigenberg (6/29/2013)

@jhaas (via Twitter)

Haas wedding 10/16/2010:

@DJgerard47 You’re simply a hero. You slayed, and we got compliments on our selection all night long. Thanks a million!” Mac


Looking for more information about DJ Gerard? 

Gerard Hardiman

Disc Jockey

Nashville, TN

Toll free: 855.285.3560

Call or text: 617.285.3560

Photo(s) of the Week : Kristyn Hogan Photography

These photos show an abundance of class and romance! We are so captivated with them, that we decided to share them with you as well. Our wonderful vendor, Kristyn Hogan of Kristyn Hogan Photography snapped these wonderful photographs at a recent wedding of hers. Let us know what you think!





Non-Traditional Save the Date Ideas!

Nowadays everyone is looking for that unique zest to add to their wedding ensemble. What better way to add a spark then with the very first ‘invitation’ your guests will receive, the Save the Date letter! Making this interesting and unique will automatically draw your guests attention and they will be anxiously anticipating any further news/invitations you have for them regarding your special day!

A lovely and ornate piece of paper with the news of your wedding is always classic and timeless, but if that ‘s not for you, we have some other great ideas!

A gorgeous printed kitchen towel with your date and names printed on it, is so unique and cute! Also, very Eco-friendly if you want to go that route! Your guests will never forget your big day as they have this hanging in their kitchen.


I think this is such a fun idea! A balloon with all of your Save the Date information on it! Your guests will have to blow up the balloon in order to fully read what you decide to have printed on it. They will love having these cute balloons bobbing around their homes, as they will constantly be reminded of when your big day is! You can choose the font, color and whether to go with latex or non-latex balloons.


This is a super neat idea, buttons and pencils with your save the date information on it! With sending these out, your guests will be able to use these on a day to day basis and will have it penciled into their brain just exactly when your special day is. Love this idea!


Seriously, how clever is this?! Let your guests ‘decode’ the date of your wedding with these super cool, old-school glasses and decoding paper! Your guests will have so much fun decoding your hidden message! This is also a great idea if you only want certain people knowing your business. ;)



Do you have some other neat ‘Save the Date’ ideas? If so, we would love to hear about them! What did you think about this blog? We would love to hear from you! Let’s chat!