Q&A with: Lisa Schneider

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the day of love, we thought it appropriate to talk to Lisa, the newly-instated president of the Tennessee Wedding and Events Specialists Association (TWESA). The whole point of TWESA is to get quality vendors around other quality vendors so we can all work together – aka so we can all love on each other. So, showin’ a little love to the president seems perfectly suitable today, right? Right.

Lisa at a Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide event

Lisa, far left, at a Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide event

On her day job: er, jobs. She’s a mother of 4 (which is enough for a full-time job in and of itself), wing-woman of her husband in their photography business aaaaand – the big one – regional manager of corporate market operations at Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide. The common denominator that she most enjoys is customer service, which is not at all what she ever saw herself doing! “I originally started in the public service field. I was a state certified EMT in Florida but eventually fell into dispatching as a 9-1-1 operator alongside law enforcement dispatching. I loved the work, but once the family came along and my agency went to 12 hour shifts, it became increasingly difficult to maintain a good and healthy balance of family, marriage and job. After 4 years of dispatching I left to be a stay at home mom…” We all know full-time mothering is probably the best customer service training around, so the rest is history.

On her big day: she shares our affinity for the reception, which remains the highlight of her own wedding. “The reception was an absolute blast. We danced the whole entire time. Not one thing went wrong on our day, no regrets either.” Although she does recommend hiring a planner, these days. 

On networking and lovin’ it: Okay, this gal knows how to network. When she and her husband decided to move to Nashville from Florida (“to enjoy four seasons”), they began to plug into social circles 2 years before buying their home! “We Googled ‘networking events in Nashville’ and TWESA came up right on top.” Since then, the couple has hardly missed a meeting. “It’s so good to be around people who love what they do and love those they work so hard for.”

On Tennessee: Lisa describes Tennessee brides as “trendy, smart, sophisticated and often times traditional … [they] have made trendy and traditional a duo combination that works.” She also tauts the state’s awesome variety of venues; “you can have a church wedding and a ballroom reception or hold your ceremony and reception out in a field. It’s so subjective to the bride’s taste and dreams of what her perfect day looks like.” (Hmm, sounds like y’all Tennesseeans jive well with the PEWS frame of mind, just saying.)

…and on New York and Mobile: well, the pews. Those are her favorites.

Go do something sweet for somebody you love, y’all! And thanks, Lisa! xoxo.


Take Five: Bouquets

There are five weeks in January which has inspired a little “take five-” themed post. Since this is possibly the most blah time of year (are we alone in this sentiment?!), let’s think about bouquets! Flowers can be magical medicine for the soul. One of us here at PEWS may or may not have a small fund dedicated to splurging on fresh flowers occasionally, to promote her belief that the combination of them, a good candle, and a glass of wine can solve many, many serious problems.

Anyway. Since each of our five pew styles has a personality of its own, we picked a few arrangements to suit them …

For the white washed: 

This wheat bouquet has the same simple, rustic charm.

For the colonial:

A collection of rose petals becomes a giant rose, which is just so perfect for the elegant and yet not quite polished glamour of the colonial.

For the golden oak: 

A unique and unexpected floral combination would be perfect with a warm, classic golden oak backdrop.

For the New York: 

This bouquet feels simultaneously luxurious and natural, which is quite like the New York.

Last but not least, for the Mobile: 

Spunky and bright with a classically feminine undertone is exactly how to characterize all things Mobile, AL.

Especially after that last bouquet, with all of its warm colors – we feel a little bit better already! What’s your favorite combination? Or would you go a completely different direction? Check out our Pinterest board of inspiration and let us know what you think.


Q&A with: Wesley and Emma

Talk about a couple that’s as sweet as the tea we drink around here – Wesley and Emma are the young couple behind W&E Photgraphie. We’ve worked with them a handful of times and the joy they radiate is contagious, which is exactly the type of folks we like to keep around. This week, we caught up with the married duo to talk about rainbows, butterflies, sunshine … and wedding photography.

Wesley, by W&E Photographie

Wesley, by W&E Photographie

A picture-perfect love. Before Wesley and Emma enrolled in the same black-and-white photography class at University of Alabama, they were self-proclaimed hobbyists. “Our love for photography kind of blossomed at the same time as our love for each other.” Four years after they first started learning and really pursuing photography, they took the leap and opened their own business.

Why weddings? The avid travelers are doing the only thing they know to do that allows them to combine a love of travel and visual storytelling. Hopping across states ain’t no thang, and this year they’ll start photographing weddings abroad, too! “Capturing emotions, making friends, telling stories, and eating wedding cake once a week” is a pretty good motivator, too.

He says, she says. While a treasured memory for Emma is a time, after shooting a wedding in Texas, when they put their cameras down and swam in a watering hole with their couple’s family and friends, Wesley has a different highlight. “Nick Saban gave me his cell phone to hang on to at his son’s wedding. I didn’t make any phone calls, but it was pretty cool,” says the Crimson Tide fan.

Sweet home Alabama… W&E is based in good ‘ol Birmingham, which Texas native Emma has come to really love. Wesley, who’s been in the state his whole life, says it’s finally growing on him, too – although it’s hard to compare to yearlong stints in Spain and Costa Rica.

…and European dreams. Should photography disappear (the horror!), Wesley would jump right back overseas and work with locals in some way, shape, or form. Emma would provide sustenance in the form of her childhood dream: “a quaint, European-style bakery.”

Don’t they make you want to drop everything and chase your dreams?! Oh, and don’t think we forgot to ask about their favorite pew. Both love the New York.