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SIMPLY STUNNING EVENTS ◦ Nashville Wedding Planner

Since the moment I met Kristin Kaplan of Simply Stunning Events I have loved her! She is funny, sweet and completely real. I know that when she says something she means it and I just simply enjoy being around her! I actually met her husband, Brian Kaplan, a great Nashville photographer back in 2008. I immediately thought Brian was really cool and he told me his fiance was a wedding planner. It wasn’t until a year later that I got the chance to meet Kristin and I have to say that Brian failed to tell me that his fiance (now wife) was a ROCKIN wedding planner! Kristin is also a part of StudioWed and I am so happy to be working with such amazing people like her! So, without further adieu, blog readers, your chance to get to know a bit more about the one and only Kristin with an “i” :)

Why did you become a wedding planner?

I became a wedding planner because I truly love weddings (obviously!) and because it’s really the perfect job for my skill set and personality. I’m very type A, organized, love working with other people (both couples and vendors), like to manage and coordinate things, enjoy making budgets and to-do lists, and of course coming up with creative ways to make things pretty and unique!

How would you describe your wedding planning style?

I like to think my planning style is a mix of keeping it fun and keeping it real. I like to help couples navigate the wedding planning process by having a good time and keeping the stress level low. But at the same time it’s important to be very organized, on top of everything, and know when to get down to business. I’ve always been the type of person that tells it like it is, whether you want to hear it or not, and the couples I work with appreciate that honesty.

What was your favorite thing about growing up in the 80’s? :)

Ha great question! Let’s see, snap bracelets, Goonies, neon clothing and jelly shoes, reading The Babysitters Club, and of course playing Oregon Trail.

If you could plan anyone’s wedding in the past, present or future, who would it be?

Jeez these are getting tough! Well, this choice is purely because I want to meet this person. I would totally want to go back in time and plan Bruce Springsteen’s wedding, can you imagine how awesome the music would be? I’m a huge fan of his! (can you tell?).

If you could contribute one thing to a wedding day emergency kit, what would it be?

Double-sided tape and/or fabric glue. It’s amazing how many bridesmaid dresses don’t fit right and have to be adjusted and articles of clothing that break or rip on wedding days. I also have a mini sewing kit but sometimes there’s just no time and a little bit of glue can fix something fast!

What is your favorite wedding tradition?

I love the first dance between a husband and wife. It’s such an intimate moment between two people but witnessed by all the wedding guests. No matter what I’m doing on wedding day, I always drop everything and stop to just watch the first dance. And then I usually cry.

What is your favorite non-traditional wedding element?

Besides weddings, music is my other passion and I love it when couples choose ceremony music that reflects them as a couple rather than just what is traditionally used. I think it’s a great way to personalize the ceremony and create a special moment.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Without a doubt my family’s lakeside cabin in upstate NY. I’ve spent time there every summer of my life and not only is it peaceful and relaxing, but it has a lot of personal meaning to me. It’s also the spot that Brian proposed!

In the next 10 years what would you like to accomplish?

I hope in the next 10 years I can develop my business to be a leader in the wedding planning industry, and to be planning weddings beyond just Nashville. On a personal level I’d like to have a family and I’m hoping to find some way that I can contribute and give back. While I love assisting couples on one of the most meaningful days in their lives, I want to find a way to really use my gifts and talents to help people in a BIG way.

What is one thing every bride should know?

It’s just one day, and man does it fly by! I’m sure everyone says to soak it all in, but I really advise every couple to take a few moments to yourself every now and then throughout the day and look around at all the people that are there for you, loving you, supporting you, and celebrating with you. Slow down and take it all in. And remember why you’re there in the first place, to marry the person you love most.

Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, documents the beauty, the life and the story of weddings in Nashville and destinations worldwide.

HUNGRY HUNGRY HUSBAND & WIFE OF THE YEAR

I’ve been married for almost 3 years (side note, HOLY CRAP!) and Mr.Hogan (who I will affectionately refer to as Hungry Hungry Husband in this post) & I (who I will affectionately refer to as Wife of the Year) have yet to become a traditional couple with “job titles.” I.e. “You take out the trash, I wash the dishes, you cook, I do laundry.” Around our humble abode we both just do any of the household tasks whenever they need to be done, it’s just always been that way and has seemed to work out pretty well for us. On top of that, we’re usually pretty good about communicating when things need to be done. I’ll call him up on his way home from work and ask him to stop at the grocery store or he’ll make me a list before he leaves in the morning of things he needs me to pick up. It seems to work pretty effortlessly.

That is, until we hadn’t been to the grocery store in quite a while and it was obvious we were at the point of having a bottle of ketchup, a head of lettuce and a protein bar in the fridge. So Hungry Hungry Husband comes home from work just as I am heading out the door to go to an evening meeting. Kiss, see ya later! In the middle of my meeting I get a call from Mr.Hungry that he has to go fly some sort of bodily organ to Pittsburgh in the next hour and he’ll see me around 4 am. This is not unusual. So I decide on my way home that I’m going to stop at the grocery store even though it’s 11 pm and I’m not a big fan of said grocery store because a ketchup salad with side of protein bar isn’t exactly on my list of cravings. I grab the usuals: 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of bread, bag of apples, yada, yada. I get home and begin to unpack my cargo. I open the fridge to put away the milk and what should befall me but 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of bread, 2 bags of apples, yada, yada.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the breakdown of marital communication. Husband has wonderful idea to stop at the grocery store on his way home from work to spare Wife such hated trip but decides to leave the groceries in the car when he comes inside to greet Wife as she rushes out the door. Then later Wife of the Year decides to suck up hated trip and get food for Hungry Hungry Husband. And in such selfless acts by both parties, Hungry Husband and Wife of the Year now have 4 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread, 3 bags of apples, yada, yada. And no, we do not have kids. Milk and toast party, anyone?

Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, photographs the stories of beautiful people in Nashville, Iowa and around the world.

Nashville Wedding Photographer ◦ FEATURED ON OPULENT COUTURIER

I was so honored to be featured by fabulous event stylist and wedding coordinator Latrice of Opulent Couturier in her Nashville Eye Candy feature. Latrice is such an amazing woman and I absolutely love what she is doing for brides in Nashville. She has flawless style, a beautiful heart, and bonus, she knows how to make me laugh like crazy :) If you’re not already following her on Twitter, go here right now! I am so excited to be working with Latrice on a secret little project over the next few months; can’t wait to share!

Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, photographs the stories of beautiful people in Nashville, Iowa and around the world.

Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography ◦ Mexico ◦ ANGIE & AARON

I loved so many things about Angie & Aaron’s wedding. When we got to Puerto Vallarta we had never met Angie or Aaron but the second that we arrived we felt completely welcomed into their amazing circle of family and friends, who had rented out an entire boutique resort for their wedding! It was such a memorable weekend full of so much love and joy. Almost 4 years later, this is still one of my favorite weddings I have ever photographed!

Since then, we’ve kept in touch and last year they became parents to a beautiful little girl! I love being able to witness the beginning of a family on a wedding day and the growth of that family throughout the years. It makes what I do so rewarding. So as I was looking through adorable photos of their little girl on Facebook I decided I had to feature Angie & Aaron’s wedding on the blog and ask her a few questions for fun!

Thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your wedding, Angie & Aaron. You are some of the kindest and most genuine people that I know and, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you an amazing lifetime together.

I always love hearing what photos are favorites of my couples, so what are some of your favorite photos from your wedding day?

How can I narrow it down? I love them all so much! But here are a few: the one of Aaron and his mom dancing, the shot where Aaron is holding up my dress for me, the one where I am coming around the corner with the parasol…Seriously, I could go on and on… (keep scrolling to see her favorites!)

Hello ridiculously gorgeous bride!!

The photo of Angie walking to her ceremony holding the green parasol is still, 4 years later, one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. Glad to know she loves it too :)

Aaron had such an amazing reaction when he saw his bride walking down the aisle to him. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. 

I think they love each other :) 

What is a piece of advice you would give to brides-to-be about planning their wedding?

Relax. Seriously. The moments that you love and cherish will have nothing to do with the favors, or programs, or where you sat people.

The black and white photo of Aaron holding up Angie’s dress as they walk away from their ceremony has been the most requested shot by my brides over the last 4 years, hands down!

What is a piece of advice you would give to brides-to-be about marriage?

Always appreciate each other. Say thank you for the little things as well as the big things. Never take anything for granted. And always treat your spouse as #1. That last one gets a little harder when you have a baby, but we still try to do it :)

What is one thing you love most about your husband?

He can get along with anyone. Everyone loves him. And I never have to worry about him at parties, even when he doesn’t know a soul there. He is always able to strike up conversations and come away with friends. I can’t tell you how many times people tell me how great he is, and I absolutely agree.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Walking out and seeing Aaron at the end of the aisle, the pictures we took of just the two of us before the reception, and the fireworks!

Yes, they had surprise fireworks on the beach, just for their wedding! None of their guests knew until they started going off and it was such a magical moment!

This wedding knew how to party! Aaron ended up going behind the bar to “bartend” and got Angie’s mom to do a shot! So funny! 

No better way to end a wedding night than jumping in the pool! 

And a few shots from their day after session in downtown Puerto Vallarta! 

Nashville Wedding Photographer, Kristyn Hogan, documents weddings in a spirited, fresh, and timeless way.

Nashville Wedding Photography ◦ CIRCA 2006 ◦ KATIE & JIM

I think it is so important to take time as people to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we are going. In honor of that idea, I’m sharing a wedding today from September of 2006! Katie & Jim were married at a private family lodge on a gorgeous fall day over 3 years ago. I love looking at weddings from years ago because it reminds me of 2 things: First, the more we do something the better we get. I’m always striving to photograph the next wedding better than the last. Second, I want to tell the story of a wedding day in a classic, timeless way. I want my couples to look back on their wedding photos years later and still remember what that day felt like. A matchless moment in time. Truly timeless. 

Katie wore her mother’s veil. I love when things are passed down and bring a deeper meaning to the moment. 

Katie & Jim were married in front of a little pond surrounded by willow trees. I will never forget how beautiful the day was. 

Jim’s sister and father performed at the reception. It was such a touching moment. 

Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, documents weddings in a spirited, fresh, and timeless way.

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