by jessica, 03.3.22

liz + zach’s wedding weekend at RT Lodge

Liz and Zach wanted to celebrate with their close friends and family for a weekend in the mountains. They picked RT Lodge because it’s nestled in the Smoky Mountains and could accommodate all of their traveling guests. Liz is from the area, so it was a perfect fit. They also wanted all the fall foliage to shine. The timing worked out perfectly as it was peak season for the leaves to change to bright fall colors. We enjoyed collaborating with Colby West to design the tables with foraged items, including acorns foraged from the grounds and local fruits. He even dressed the poles of the sailcloth tent to mimic the trees surrounding the venue. Guests enjoyed being cozy at RT Lodge all weekend and Kyle John Photo captured every detail! You can read the full feature on StyleBluePrint.

by jessica, 12.11.21

arizona wedding

This Arizona wedding was what we like to call a “reimagined event.” After planning and re-planning a wedding in Sonoma, California, for this special client during the pandemic, her resilience and patience were rewarded with perfect weather in Tucson, Arizona at Tohono Chul. We teamed up with several new (to us) vendors and the collaboration produced a stunning result! The images by Laura Gordon just swept us away.

by jessica, 11.22.21

claire + dan

Claire and Dan area New York Couple with Tennessee roots, so they got married at Trinity View Farm, overlooking the highest hills in Franklin, Tennessee outside of Nashville. It was a beautiful September day that incorporated both Claire’s Southern heritage and Dan’s Jewish traditions as well as some of their favorite things, like their sweet dog and coffee roasted by a friend served out of the Aero Bar. I’ll never forget the amazing firework show we planned for them as a surprise. It literally ended with a bang! Photography by Brandon Chesboro.

by jessica, 07.13.21

expert tip: how to create an intimate home wedding

Creating an intimate wedding has become a focal point in a post-pandemic world. Weddings are a special moment in a couple’s life, and choosing to host the event at home can make it all the more memorable. However, planning for the big day at your residence takes intention and preparation. From updating your house with a fresh coat of paint to installing landscape lighting, there are many details that you may not think about when planning an intimate backyard wedding.

Our lead event designer was recently quoted in an article on Redfin giving a tip on how to create an intimate backyard wedding by using plants. You can read what other expert wedding professionals said in the full post on Redfin here.

Photos by Austin Gros from Jenna and Les’ wedding at White Avenue Studio. Plants were provided by Flora Plant Shop in Nashville.

by jessica, 02.12.21

taylin + taylor lewan’s big sur wedding

The drama of the California coastline and the serenity of the redwoods collide in Big Sur, California, which is where we scouted the best venue for Taylin and Taylor Lewan’s wedding. Taylor plays for the Tennessee Titans, so getting on a tiny helicopter with them to fly into Big Sur during the landslides is something I will never forget! We saw Ventana when it was closed down and before it went through a big renovation, but I knew it had potential. We blindly booked the venue and moved forward with planning their celebration.

All the design elements were inspired by the location. Their paper details mixed translucent vellum and watercolor paintings, designed by Jenny Sanders. The escort sign was done in a heavy acrylic to carry the theme of transparency. Jasmine Rae Cakes designed a delicate piece of art that mimicked the waves of the ocean.

The calm setting also had a healthy dose of fun. Taylor is one of the funniest people I have ever met! He wanted tattoos to be given on site, but since we could not legally do that, we hired a local tarot card reader and Smileboth to give their guests options during the reception. These gorgeous images captured by Jessica Lorren take me back to that perfect weather day!

by jessica, 01.20.21

julia + danny’s outdoor wedding at the greenbrier

Julia and Danny met while Julia was working as an event planner at The Greenbrier and Danny was a chef. When they got engaged, they naturally thought of the West Virginia location as the perfect spot to host their wedding. Their love for hospitality and healthy food presented itself in their organic laid-back wedding celebration. Family and friends started the weekend at the family’s mountain home and guests were hosted by The Greenbrier, which has a renowned golf course and it’s own casino.

In the design, we incorporated muted spring earth tones that were inspired by the palette of the misty mountains. We use customized tiles for place cards, a copper escort sign and mango wood to mix natural elements and textures into the tablescape. You can see the full feature on BRIDES here. All photos by Tec Photography and video by Josh Gooden cinema.

by jessica, 12.13.20

asymmetry pop-up dinner

The beauty in the imperfection and impermanence in nature is what resonates with me the most and influences my designs. On my own journey, I’m learning that what appears to be out of balance or less than, is in perfect harmony. A friend affirmed my instincts when he said, “Celebrating beauty is a holy endeavor.”

We hosted a pop-up dinner at the new Fairlane Hotel with Juniper Green, using my inspiration to call the evening, “Asymmetry.” I asked my friend Sarah Scarborough of Tea Huntress to speak of the embodiment of these concepts in the ritual of tea. Everyone was treated to a tea presentation upon arriving and a tea pairing throughout dinner.

SALT Ceramics provided custom “imperfect” vessels for the floral (a mix of fresh and dried) designed in collaboration with Saint Maide, and I styled the tables. You can see the coverage of the event by Nashville Edit here and some of my favorite images captured by Abigail Lewis.

by jessica, 08.5.20


I love it when things come full circle. Emily used to work for me. For years, she was my right hand and we worked really well together. Fast forward several years. She has built a beautiful clothing brand that she designs out of Nashville. It was an honor to work with her again, styling her latest collection. Photos by Ashtin Paige. See the full 2020 Spring Collection of EMLEE here.

by jessica, 05.14.20

sophie + max’s organic farm fall wedding

Sophie and Max live in NYC, but chose Nashville for their destination wedding. They got married at one of our favorite venues, Bloomsbury Farms, in the fall. The ceremony was held in an open field, followed by a celebration in the pavilion and tent.

Sophie’s Marchesa dress from The Dress Theory, set the stage for this boho design. We used autumn fruits with a very textural floral design from Vintage Florals. You will see figs make a repeated appearance. The tablescape also included the “Sloane flatware,” who Please Be Seated affectionately named after our love of black!

Our friend and one of our favorite photographers, Jessica Lorren, captured it on film. Don’t you just love the last photo of the recessional with celebratory confetti?

by jessica, 03.24.20

wynne & pooh

We are looking forward to the time where we can be together again for celebrating life’s happy moments. Here’s one of our favorite examples! This is Taylin + Taylor Lewan‘s daughter’s second birthday celebration that we designed last year. We coined the Winnie the Pooh theme, “Wynne & Pooh.” Wynne and her friends had a tea party. They snacked around the table with the Pooh characters, played together and were sent home with themed treats. All the cute photos were captured by Premo Creative.

by jessica, 12.18.18

named top planner across the U.S. by BRIDES

We have been in business almost nine years. As 2018 comes to a close, with another destination wedding, this time in Tulum, Mexico, we are humbled and honored to be named a ” Top planner across the United States” by BRIDES magazine. Check out the current issue. Thank you, BRIDES!

by jessica, 12.6.18

2019 wedding trends

Martha Stewart Weddings has a reputation for leading the trends in the wedding industry, so naturally I was honored when they asked me and some of the nation’s top event planners to project wedding trends for 2010! Here is what I predicted: “Event designer Jessica Sloane explains that weddings are getting edgier, something we’ll see come to fruition in many ways next year. This is particularly interesting, since moodier accents are in direct contrast with the romantic blush décor, soft textures, and bright photography that’s dominated the wedding scene in recent years.” You can read the article here!

by jessica, 09.21.18

light vs. dark editorial shoot

I wanted to do a shoot that explored light versus dark, putting emphasis on how pretty darkness can actually be. A piece of artwork fueled the inspiration for the pieces I curated to bring the shoot together. Conceptualizing a shoot, and then collaborating with other artists to breathe life into it, is one of my favorite things to do. I hope you find inspiration in this moody bridal shoot with gorgeous floral design by The Farmer’s Florist. You can see it all on Once Wed here. Photos by my friend, Kyle John Photography.

by jessica, 08.8.18

modern bride editorial shoot

We are all about bridal style with a relaxed and fresh vibe! It was a joy to collaborate with Lauren Balingit, Kelly Lenard and Nomad Collective on this effortless bridal editorial. We shot at the Nashville venue, Ruby, because of it’s warm white textural walls. We wanted to evoke the presence that is found in slow living and tell that story. This bride is drawn to art, Italian architecture and family dinners. She decorates the table with fresh flowers from her garden. You can see more in the full feature on Once Wed.

by jessica, 06.19.18

expert tip: how to word your invitation

Paperless Post is a great resource for save-the-dates, engagement parties, showers and birthday parties! They recently published a great article that I wanted to share that can help you pick your invitation wording. To see the post, click here.

Calligraphy by Written Word Calligraphy and design in collaboration with us for a client last December. Photo by Tec Petaja.

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by jessica, 06.3.18

arkansas bride: hannah + shay mooney

Arkansas Bride and Style Me Pretty featured the beautiful wedding of Hannah + Shay Mooney (of Dan + Shay), that I gave a glimpse of, in my post on their wedding here.

Their Fall Arkansas wedding was one for the books (or in this case, magazines) and this spread truly highlights the elements I felt honored to be a part of. When Hannah and I first combed through images of things she was drawn to as far as inspiration for their wedding, we landed on a mood of warm, timeless romance. That is exactly what the day became and what I know the two of them will have forever.

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by jessica, 05.28.18

nell + elliott’s spring wedding at the cordelle in nashville

Nell and Elliott were as laid-back as it gets when it came to planning their wedding. Their priority was to have a fun dance party with their friends, which we accomplished by having a massive dance floor area inside The Cordelle with The Downtown Band on stage. Guests enjoyed dinner under the tent in the lawn and then moved inside for the party! Images captured by Brandon Chesboro.










by jessica, 05.15.18

hannah + shay mooney’s farm wedding

So many features, so much joy. Hannah + Shay Mooney (of Dan + Shay) are just as amazing as the picturesque landscape they said “I do” in front of. Their wedding was featured with People, Country Living & BRIDES (to name a few) and I feel honored to have been a part of it. Let the pictures below (courtesy of Heather Payne Photography) take you on their beautiful journey. Oh, and Shay sang an original song for Hannah at the reception. You can see their wedding vide here!



















by jessica, 04.16.18

tatiana + randy houser’s wedding in people magazine

It was hard to keep this one under wraps for so long, but entirely worth it!

On a warm afternoon in May, Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski were married under a large oak tree. Just as the two said their vows, a large clap of thunder unveiled a rainstorm that broke the heat. Randy and Tatiana described it as a “beautiful thing,” as if the environment was being effected by the energy the two have.

We focused on a warm and inviting aesthetic that really represented these two. It was the perfect mix of masculine + feminine that intertwined their taste and backgrounds.

It was also refreshing to conduct a “cell phone collection” at the start of their big day, which really aided everyone to live in the moment and take in the events that were unfolding around them.

By the end of the night, the open-air room was full with candlelight and a warm fire from the double-sided fireplace that mirrored the emotions of everyone in attendance.

People Magazine was also present for the special day, covering the highlights in their exclusive article here.
































by jessica, 03.26.18

christina + shaina’s miami wedding

Christina and Shaina are genuinely best friends! I loved working with them on their very lush and vibrant wedding in Miami, Florida at Villa Woodbine this time a year ago and it was featured on Martha Stewart, here! We loved working with Anthology Floristy for the first time. This was also our first time using velvet table runners, which we sourced from BBJ Linen. And it’s always an honor to work with the great Erich McVey, who documented the celebration! Despite the unexpected rain during dinner, this was joyous celebration! Happy first anniversary to these two!






















by jessica, 03.11.18

christine + ben’s nola wedding on martha stewart

Christine and Ben have a love story for the ages, while they met in high school,  both on their debate teams from opposite sides of the country, they didn’t find romance until years later through mutual friends when they were both in New York. It was so special planning their New Orleans Wedding, which blended Christine’s Vietnamese heritage and Ben’s Jewish roots. I miss these two! You can find featured in Martha Stewart Weddings; “A New Orleans Wedding with a Pastel Color Palette.











































by jessica, 02.6.18

brooke + nic’s tennessee wedding on martha stewart weddings

Brooke and Nic met in high school. Their relaxed vibe was represented in the classic, yet edgy design. Brooke wore her hair in a sculptural low bun that contrasted with her column dress with bell sleeves. The same contrast was represented in the tablesape. The farm tables were set with naturally dyed textiles, black candles and copper chargers. The clear tent allowed the guests to feel completely outdoors among the trees and open sky. This fun wedding can now be seen on Martha Stewart Weddings. Photography by Lauren Kinsey.

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by jessica, 02.2.18

rose + jarrett’s southern tennessee wedding

When we work with clients who are more like friends, it’s a seamless partnership. Rose is a calm and collected woman with lots of grace. She trusted me and her wedding was such a beautiful celebration. I’m honored at what she said about working with us.

“We wanted to showcase the things we both love about Nashville. Southern charm, hospitality, and the ability to be modern and chic while effortlessly classic, laid back, and comfortable at the same time. Great food and music above all things were priorities. There is no one I can imagine who appreciates and embodies all of these things and can bring them together with style and grace the way Jessica Sloane did!”

This wedding was featured in the Magnolia Rouge magazine and can be seen here!

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by jessica, 11.26.17

ny times: kelly clarkson’s the ‘meaning of life’ album release party

It’s not everyday we have the privilege to step out of our comfort zone and try something outside of our norm. Planning and styling an album listening party for over 200 radio programmers was new territory for us and we loved every minute of putting this major event together for Kelly Clarkson! The “Meaning of Life” is Kelly’s eighth studio album with an edgy cover and soulful sound. Orchestrating the event at which she would share it with a small corner of the world before it’s release felt very special to me. The New York Times say it best in their article mentioning the event; Kelly Clarkson Is Nobody’s Puppet. She is an inspiration to all women and that’s what we worked hard to represent at this special event that took place at her personal home!

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by jessica, 11.16.17

cozy fall wedding in the tennessee hills

Occassionally, I’m asked to style instead of plan. Usually I do all of the above for a client. But, this one was just a styling job.. but it made it really fun to come in and work with m friend Jessica Lorren to compose shots and tell such a beautiful story for Natalie and Danny’s wedding. See more on Style Me Prettyjessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_001 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_002 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_003 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_004 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_005 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_006 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_007 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_008 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_009 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_010 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_011 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_012 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_013 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_014 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_015 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_016 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_017 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_018 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_021 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_019 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_022 jessica sloane and jessica lorren fall wedding_020

by jessica, 09.11.17

organic garden bridal inspiration in nashville

Cheekwood is the perfect canvas for a simple editorial shoot with plenty of lush gardens and corners to get lost in. Joey Kennedy and I did just that as we created a fresh bridal look around the beautiful Chandon Gown by Miss Hayley Paige via The Bridal Theory. I always love working with Melissa of Vintage Florals and naturally like to build a design that gives her creative freedoms. The stunning bouquet she designed was a focal point for the shoot and I worked to a build a nude color story around that. A neutral palette brings out the vibrancy of everything you pair with it. Get all the details from this organic garden inspired shoot courtesy of Magnolia Rouge.

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by jessica, 09.7.17

erika + alex orbison’s wedding in BRIDES magazine

It’s been an exciting week: BRIDES has featured one of our Summer weddings as their Nashville Wedding of the Day. Erika Wolf married Alex Orbison, son of the late Roy Orbison, at Bloomsbury Farm, right outside of Nashville. In planning their special day, it was all about capturing the true magic of the venue and of course, Old Hollywood. Sarah Falugo was a joy to work with!

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by jessica, 02.6.17

charming cheekwood wedding

Liz and Warren said their vows by the Reflection Pool at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, TN. The celebrating continued with dinner and dancing in the neighborhood at Belle Meade Country Club. It was a night full of celebrating, not only the couple’s marriage, but also the bride’s birthday! You can see the full featured on Once Wed. Photos captured by the sweet and talented Cassidy Carson and featured in the current issue of Nashville Lifestyles Real Weddings magazine.





by jessica, 01.30.17

minimal and contrasting earth tones

I’m so drawn to the color black and the stark contrast with nude tones. I couldn’t come up with a great name for this board, but non-the-less, it’s one of favorites to date.


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by jessica, 01.29.17

rock quarry wedding editorial

It was inspiring to work on an editorial shoot in a rock quarry! I thrive off working in new and unexpected environments. We produced this along with Leah Michelle, Melissa Broadwell, FEAST at Graystone Rock Quarry as seen in the gorgeous current issue of Magnolia Rouge!






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by jessica, 01.24.17

martha stewart weddings: who to follow on instagram

We got some exciting news this week: Martha Stewart Weddings named us as one of “27 Wedding Planners You Need to Follow on Instagram.” And what Martha says is gold!

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by jessica, 08.16.16

big sur mood board

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

I’ve been traveling more for work this year and I love it! It’s always inspiring to see new things or some of the same things, in a new way. I’m headed to Big Sur next week and had to do an inspiration board for what’s to come.

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by jessica, 06.23.16

RT lodge familiarization trip

I had the honor and privilege of being invited to RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee this spring for a familiarization trip. The venue and staff there far exceeded my expectations and I’m dying to do a wedding there soon! We were wined and dined and got to make new friends while making ring dishes with McQueen pottery and foraging flowers to make our own arrangements. New friends Natalie Watson and Sarah Ingram shared these photos, which shows off this hidden Southern gem!

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by jessica, 05.27.16

translating interior inspiration into tablescape styling


Drawing inspiration from anywhere, I often find myself feeling particularly inspired by interior spaces that resonate with my aesthetic. Drawn in by color (or more accurately, the lack of color), line, pattern and textures, when I walk into a store, restaurant or home (where all these things align), I feel more alive than I did a few minutes prior. More than just being pleasing to the eye, your environment can be food for the soul.

When working with my clients, this is what I aim for – a personal, individual events space that feels like you! Your wedding day should not only reflect your personal aesthetic, but more than that, it should be an extension of who you are, and what ‘home’ means to you.

Curating a minimal, thoughtful tablescape also requires a clever and focused symphony of individual elements. Using the interior trend of mixed metals (copper on gold!) and contrasting neutrals as an example – a trend that has inspired me and that I’ve used with a client recently – you can layer copper chargers with organic ceramics, minimal glass and matte rose flatware. To add height, dimension and a sense of visual balance, weave in copper and marble held taper candles, adding softer textures with charcoal linen and cotton paper place cards.

When translating interior inspiration into a complete, cohesive tablescape, here are some more general guidelines you can adhere to: 

  • Ambient lighting helps set the mood: using lots of candles helps the space feel warm and inviting.
  • For a tablescape to look finished, you must straighten all your flatware, position plates in the centre of the chair at least an inch away from the edge of the table.
  • Don’t crowd your table with decorative elements: leave room for elbows so your guests are comfortable.
  • Edit down your use of too many colors.
  • Mix textures within your color palette.
  • Use unexpected elements: for instance, in the tablescape design I mentioned above, we used copper piping connectors to form candle holders adhered on marble tiles.

Read the full article here on my favorite blog, The Lane!

by jessica, 03.22.16

gavie’s historic carnton wedding

This wedding was a joy to design. It is rare that I get to work weddings from afar and not be present on the day of, but still see the vision come to fruition. It took place on a beautiful day at Carnton Plantation, a historic estate that is in Gavie’s family. This wedding was also featured in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings most recent issue and captured by the talented, Austin Gros.


by jessica, 03.7.16

anna + adam’s cheekwood wedding

What stood out to me most about Anna and Adam and their family was how kind and thoughtful they all were. Their intentionality showed in the details of their wedding. Shades of red were complemented by the simple gold accents, while Anna’s bridesmaids shined in their beaded gowns. The intimate ceremony was held in the stunning Church of the Assumption in Nashville and the reception was at Cheekwood Botanical Garden’s Museum of Art and Swan Lawn. The grounds at Cheekwood inspired the natural arrangements with pops of burgundy and sprawling branches by Vintage Florals. It was a night to remember!

See the feature on Once Wed today. Images captured by Rylee Hitchner.

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by jessica, 02.10.16

welcome boxes from teak and twine

I had the honor of helping Teak & Twine with their product shots and have since gotten to know the owner, Torrance. I really admire the message behind Teak & Twine, which is, “gratitude changes everything.” Gosh, that’s so true!

In your search for the perfect gift to thank your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, hostesses and guests, look into these thoughtfully curated boxes and you’ll look no more!


by jessica, 02.8.16

sneak peak: new orleans wedding

Destination weddings are exciting for both the couple and the guests. They’re a time to escape to somewhere new and they add a mystical element to an already magical day.

Christine and Ben are a busy couple living in NYC. Christine was named one of Forbes Top 30 under 30 of 2015. In their off time, they like to vacation in one of their favorite cities, New Orleans, because it’s so different from their normal lives. I’m excited to join them in NOLA for their special day this April.

Not only is the wedding taking place at the amazing, Marigny Wedding House (which has hosted several celebrities), but we have an all-star vendor team: photography by M.K. Sadler, florals by Holly Carlisle and Michaela McBride‘s talented calligraphy and paper goods. Stay tuned to see how this we help tell this couple’s journey!


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If you follow my posts at all, you’re probably no stranger to the concept of my inspiration boards. They help me to hone in on an overall aesthetic for an event and conceptualize it more efficiently throughout the planning process. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect for this NOLA wedding.

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by jessica, 01.29.16

jessica’s home tour on design sponge

What an honor it was to be asked by one of my all-time favorite blogs, Design Sponge, to feature my home! My son’s nanny, Shelby Hornbuckle, is multi-talented. She took these photos and I’m excited to share them! All the calligraphy you see is from our previous nanny, Jessie Early. Apparently I like to employ really creative people! You can see the full tour here.


by jessica, 01.21.16

serenity + rose quartz

Pantone did something they’ve never done before.. they chose a color combo, a soft shade of blue and a milky pale pink, for this year’s color of the year.

I really love what their Executive Director said, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” This is board is my interpretation.

please be seated shoot

  1. nicole pletts 2.unknown 3.corbin gurkin for emily riggs 4.the mrs. box
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