A Carnton Wedding…

August 14, 2010 } Blog, My Franklin Favorites, Real Weddings, Wedding inspirations { by Kelly | 4 Comments

I love Franklin-really love it.  One of the things I love most about Franklin is its history.  (Southerners just love history.)  So of course planning and styling a wedding at Historic Carnton Plantation was right up my alley.  The 1847 restored garden is amazing, not to mention the magnificent 150 year old Osage orange tree and Greek Revival porches….just makes me swoon thinking about it (said in my best Scarlett voice).

The 1826 family home of the McGavock’s is the perfect backdrop for a wedding.  I look for Rhett every time I am there.  With the back of my hand pressed against my forehead, fiddle dee dee!  (Again, Scarlett voice.)

The sweet couple had some major time restraints and needed to get married before the groom (lead guitarist for Paramore) had to rejoin the band on tour.  Now anyone who lives in this area knows that spring weather is really unpredictable….so needless to say, I had a backup plan in case Mother Nature decided not to cooperate.

Late Thursday afternoon the bride and I (after both looking at the weather radar map) decided that we were not going to order the tent for the garden. YIKES!  So on Saturday morning when I woke up to a downpour I was concerned that maybe we had made the wrong call.  The rain finally stopped and I was able to load my SUV and head over to the site to start setting up.  While I was wiping down tables and making a few adjustments to the floor plan a beautiful rainbow appeared over the house…..and guess what?  I didn’t have my camera.  Figures!

Jenna and Josh had a beautiful day and I was so happy to share it with them.

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

These flowers were in big mason jars and we hung them from six Shepard’s hooks  down the aisle.

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Photo by Brandon Chesbro Photography

Venue –  Historic Carnton Plantation

Photography –  Brandon Chesbro Photography

Flowers  –  Garden Delights

Cakes  –  Crumb de la Crum

Lighting  –  Nashville Event Lighting

Caterer  –  Daily Dish

Band – Pat Patrick’s Band

Wedding Planned and Styled by Kelly Spalding, Perfectly Placed


The Gala Girls

June 23, 2010 } Blog, Inspiration { by Kelly | No Comments

The Pink Gala is my New Year’s Eve fundraiser in memory of my mom who lost her battle with breast cancer on December 24, 2009.  I got some of my best girlfriends together to help me and we had our first Gala Girls get together at Boxwood Bistro last night.

I had to pretty up the table a bit before my peeps got there and took a few pictures for you.  I forgot to take any pics of the girlies but I will get them next time.  But isn’t the table cute?  I have a thing for boas….the feathers not the snakes.  Anywhoooo….because I want the party to be fun, I asked Nancy (my  graphic designer diva) to put a twist on the breast cancer ribbon and make it me….a fancy Nancy party for grown ups!  So thats the story of the feather centerpiece.  Don’t ya just love it?  The sponsorship brochure is also my designer diva’s creation….I love her, in case you didn’t pick up on that earlier.


A candy bar was the sweet treat for them to take home.


I think Cosmos will be the signature drink for the night….it is so Sex in The City (I not II) cool.

I love my Gala Girls and want to make sure they know how much I appreciate their help and support so I plan to spoil them a bit whenever I can.

Want to come to the best New Year’s Eve party evva?  Then check out The Pink Gala and plan to party with a purpose!



Southern Exposure Summer Issue Party

June 23, 2010 } Blog, Events { by Kelly | 2 Comments

I am so excited about this month’s issue of Southern Exposure Magazine.  Why?  Well since you asked, because a Perfectly Placed party is on the cover!  Not to mention a fabulous write up about entertaining at home!

Because I love to plan a party, I approached SEM about having a Summer Issue Party to celebrate.  We had the event at Chuy’s in Cool Springs and asked for donations to support Hard Bargain Flood Victims.  We invited the featured businesses to join in (the more the merrier don’t y’all think?) and we were lucky enough to have The Sweet Stash bring samples of their cupcakes….the strawberry ones were to die for!

My son Tanner volunteered to collect the money and because Brandy Blanton (Publisher of SEM) has a soft spot for him she let him.

Are you in?  Well you should be!  Become a subscriber to Southern Exposure Magazine.

It was HOT out on the papala (patio) but the margaritas were great!  We had a fabulous time and I think we might just do it again next issue!  Don’t worry, I will invite you too!   Check out Southern Exposure Magazine and tell them Kelly sent ya!



Let’s go Buggy!

June 18, 2010 } Blog, Party ideas { by Kelly | 2 Comments

I love lady bugs, don’t you?  Well this lady bug party is going to inspire you to throw one of your own.
The Party Dress created this adorable party and I am thrilled to share it with you.
How cute is this banner?  Love the different patterns, polka dots and stripes.
The finishing details in the table setting are delightful.
A color-coordinated drink station was set up with lime and blackberry Izze sodas, stripe paper cups embellished with a lady bug sticker for the kids, and glasses with decorated straws for the parents.  I think that is so clever.
The best part of the party of course was the dessert table.  The star of the show!  My favorite detail are the Lady Bug stickers.  What’s yours?
These lady bug bubble tins just make me smile!
Go to The Party Dress to see all the details of this precious party, and WH Hostess , who designed the adorable paper goods and bubble tins.

Rock and Roll Rehearsal Dinner Part 2

June 14, 2010 } Blog, My Franklin Favorites, Rehearsal Dinners { by Kelly | No Comments

I just love this rehearsal dinner for several reasons.  One is that it was held at my friend Laura Hill’s event venue, The Red House in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.  This is an incredible venue that has so much personality and history and it was the perfect place to hold this rehearsal dinner.

The Red House

The next reason is that it fit the groom’s personality perfectly.  Josh Farro is the lead guitarist for Paramore.  Obviously music is a huge part of his life, but that wasn’t the only reason this was a great choice.  The Red House allowed the wedding party and family a very intimate and private place to gather and celebrate the couple’s marriage.

So with the venue picked, it was time to personalize the dinner.  I started with the invitations.   They were concert tickets and set the stage for the theme of the evening.

Josh & Jenna made CDs filled with some of their favorite songs for the favors,  a very personal touch that was a reflection of how thoughtful the couple was.

Josh’s Italian heritage was represented in the dinner menu that was served family style by Constant Cravings Caterers.

I added small wrapped candy bars to the table that matched the place cards and menus for added detail.  Once the lights were dimmed and the candles were lit the atmosphere was just amazing.

At the end of the night Josh, Zac & Taylor all signed the wall at The Red House (a tradition for all musicians that visit).  Check it out if you get a chance!

Paramore has a new album out and released a new video, Careful, directed by the talented Brandon Chesbro.   He also photographed Josh & Jenna’s wedding and I can’t wait to share some of those photos with you.

I hope you are inspired to personalize your rehearsal dinner!