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Chateau Selah ~ Breathtaking Wedding Venue

The ladies at Shay Brown Events, had the privilege to experience  Chateau Selah last week and what a wonderful time we had with the ladies of the Chateau ~ Ivette, Leah and Amanda…

Nestled in the mountains, this East Tennessee Wedding Venue is one that you must add to your list when searching for the perfect  wedding venue.  It has all of the feels… Spectacular View,  On Site Housing, Ceremony Location that is Breathtaking, Outdoor Tavern for your Reception, In House Chef for private Dinners, Array of Outdoor Activities for you to enjoy (hint, they have a helicopter, what..) Amazing list of Preferred Vendors that will create the Wedding of your Dreams!  So make an appointment today….


A Little About Chateau Selah

Chateau Selah is the premier wedding and event destination in Northeast Tennessee.  With breath taking panoramic views to our stunning European style architecture and worldwide amenities, we provide all you need for your event.


  • A Luxurious Honeymoon Suite and Two Guest Bedrooms
  • Breathtaking 360 Degrees Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Urban Tavern for Reception
  • Gourmet Chef’s kitchen
  • Multiple Indoor & Outdoor Fireplace/Fire-Pit Settings
  • Ample and Complimentary Parking
  • Customized Packages


  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Corporate Events & Retreats
  • Murder Mystery Dinners
  • Fundraisers
  • Showers
  • Life Plans

Chateau Selah is also available to book for family reunions, romantic getaways or simply just to unwind and relax.

Vintage Elegance. Timeless Serenity. Distinguished Excellence.

Designed Exclusively For You



Photos By Elizabeth Large Photography

During our stay at Chateau Selah, we were able to experience the hospitality of some of their great vendors for the evening and it was such a treat.  The Bar was hosted by Tennessee Hills Distillery and let me tell you some of the best local libations we have tasted in a long time!  So much so I had to leave with their Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Lavender Lemon…   I am telling you the Founder Stephen Callahan is onto something!  Thank you, for the sampling of these amazing products.

A Little About ~ Tennessee Hills Distillery

Our motto is “Embracing Heritage”, and we apply this idea into everything we do at Tennessee Hills Distillery, located in Tennessee’s oldest town Jonesborough TN   It is our belief, when it comes to making spirits, the “old way is the right way” and this achieved by incorporating age-old recipes and distillation methods, handed down for hundreds of years, and carried to America by our Irish forefathers.

We use only the finest, locally grown, yellow dent corn and barley which is then stone ground in an antique mill.  To ensure premium quality our spirits are produced in small batches during the Civil War. We have a passion for distilling products authentic and unique to the Tennessee hills and we invite you to help us embrace our heritage by trying a sip of our time honored spirits today.


                     Just a little Plug… THEY SHIP


Then we were treated to a lovely dinner by Chef Nathan Buckmaster and if you have a private dinner, you need him.  The food was well thought out and executed to perfection!  I am dreaming about those lamb-lollies and ceviche …


A Little About ~ Chef Nathan BuckMaster

Nathan hails from Michigan and in the 80’s made his way to Tennessee, where he got his start learning from the best Chefs and getting his introduction into Southern Cooking and Creole Cooking.  The next step of his career lead him into understanding the fundamentals of French Cuisine and then to finish his education Cum Laude at Johnson and Wales.  In 2013 Nathan was offered a managing partnership at Bonefish Grill in Johnson City TN where he now resides… For a sample of his changing menu and excellent culinary skills visit him at Bonefish Grill or Contact him for a Private Chef Dinner!  You will not be disappointed…

Thanks so much to everyone that made this evening so special! All the special touches and time you took out of your day to provide such a great evening, Thank you!

So this is just a little highlight of our time spent at Chateau Selah and I can assure you that you will receive 5 start treatment from the time you arrive to your departure.  We are so excited about creating some magical events at the Chateau and do hope we see you there!

Call today and book your appointment!  It is a decision you will be happy you made…


The last but most important thing to remind you of is all of their activities they offer: Biking, Hiking, 4 wheeler’s,  Bristol Speedway, Helicopter Outings to name a few and yes, they can provide you with the ultimate end to your big event… Fireworks, where your guest can gather around the fire-pits and site on the knoll of the mountain and watch the amazing light show before them…







Until next time ya’ll…

Shay Brown ~ Owner and Lead Designer


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Wedding Invitation Trends for 2018 ~

Wedding Invitation Trends 2018

If you like most couples, you want your wedding to be unique, personal, and a memorable experience for your guests. The first glimpse of your wedding if your wedding invitations. You want to be sure to the tone, theme, and overall feel of your wedding from the moment your guests open their mailbox. Below are my choices for the top five wedding invitation trends 2018! I was also asked for my predictions in the International Wedding Trend Report. It is a fabulous resource for your upcoming wedding. The stationery trends are on pages 48 – 51 if you want to flip ahead like I did. It is free to download!

Watercolor Invitations

Watercolor wedding invitations take so many different styles. It can be a landscape of your childhood home, a sketch of your wedding venue, or light flowers. This invitation has the flowers from the bride’s bouquet and is worked into the invitation with the envelope liner and a pretty vellum belly band.

From the International Wedding Trend Report

Wedding Theme Trends

With all of my upcoming clients, they are trending away from a set theme per se. Where in years past, I’d see lots of “rustic barn with an elegant feel” or specific themes like “1920’s Great Gatsby”, couples are trending towards a feeling or overall look to the wedding. We’ll be seeing lots of Elegant and Opulant.

Laser Cut Acrylic Invitations

Laser invitations have been popular for a few years and I don’t see any stop to that. (You can see my top acrylic invitations here) The acrylic is taking a new shape and look this year. This invitation is layered with hi-shine metallic gold and then laser cut. The flowers in the design are directly from the bride’s wedding dress.

Hand Drawn Wedding Invitations

Unique and personal invitations go to another level with a hand-drawn invitation. Dawn and Kevin are self-proclaimed “geeks”. Inspired by a poster in their home, I suggested a drawing of the two of them looking up at the sky. When Dawn asked if their FIVE cats could be around them. My answer was, of course! Guests from their wedding raved and raved about the uniqueness of their invitations.

Velvet Wedding Invitation Trends

I started working with velvet a few years ago. (You can see those invitations herehere, and here). Now you see it all over the red carpet, in table linens, and ribbons. Adriann wanted the texture of the velvet with a flower pattern to match her wedding dress. Made as a panel style, there is a velvet pocket on the back for the inserts!

From the International Wedding Trend Report:

Colour Predictions for 2018 Stationery

Jewel tones, but in more muted tones. I’m seeing lots of lavender, dusty rose, slate blue, sage green. And of course, they are all still being paired with gold. I think that after years and years of only ivory and blush being the color accent to gold, we’re finally going to see some color coming back.

 Laser Cut Invitations

Laser cut wedding invitations have been popular for years now.  The designs are more intricate and more unique with each year. Jennifer and George’s wedding was at their family Greek Orthodox church. Their laser cut belly band is a design inspired by the curtains at the Fillmore Theatre with an Orthodox cross in the center.

Images credit: Rebecca Marie Photography

We here at Shay Brown Events are beyond lucky to work with some of the industries best stationary artist and designers in the nation.  We are always amazed by Tifany Wunschl’s work and our clients have been wowed by her talent and professionalism.  We hope you will reach out to her for your invitations.  We know, We Will!

Tifany Wunschl
owner, lead designer, insatiable foodie at Gourmet Invitations

 586.201.3120   ~ # InvitationsYouKeep


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2018 New Pantone Color ~ Purple

This Insightful Post from our very own Asheville NC native florist Robert Hill of BobbyMark’s Design

With a New Year in full swing brings new colors and trends for the upcoming Wedding Season in 2018.  After reviewing some of the top leading Wedding Professionals and print Magazines in the industries here are a few things we can expect to see for 2018.

Pantone colors of Ultra Violet and other various shades of purple is where this season is headed. The main color of ultra violet color can seem quite strong to many but, there are ways to incorporate such a powerful color into the season’s trend.

Leading Professionals are saying the organic greens and mixed greens will be taking a back seat this season. But, I think we haven’t lost it entirely. We can still see early in the spring and summer wedding a nice mix of softer dusty greens mixed with softer shades of floral working in the Ultra Violet pop of color. Mixing these softer shades of ivory/creams, various shades of pinks and lavenders will be on target for early season’s Trend.

Image by BobbyMark’s Design 

As we head into the later Summer/Fall Season we can expect more deep rich vibrant mix of colors giving a more Regal elegant feel to our Ultra Violet Trend. Deep rich vibrant shades of magenta, eggplants are sure to be seen in the later season’s mix. Some are saying the Royal wedding is leading the trend for this seasons color Palette ~ So will they select Purple?  We shall see…

With the trend in changing venues to unique Rooftops, Museums, Warehouses and other hidden finds. Professionals are telling us to expect more metals and woods in the mix of vessels with the floral mix and cleaner designs to this year’s trends. But, always keep in mind when working with the Ultra Violet colors in your venue, the darker the venue use lighter or strong vibrant contrasting colors to make your color of Ultra Violet pop and not blend into the venue.

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Enjoy the Season’s Color and Congratulations to all of our Newly Engaged couples!   ~ Bobby

Here is a little inspiration for the season:

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3 Ways to Find the Warmth in Your Winter Wedding

Winter is often considered an off season for weddings. From unpredictable snowfall to setting a date during the holiday season, the qualities of winter that can make for a great wedding are often overlooked. Just because it might be cold outside, doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be warm and romantic. I believe you can make your winter wedding warm, cozy and inviting for guests using these three simple tips.

Wedding Trends

Winter Color Schemes

Incorporating the right color into your wedding is a great way to make your guests feel warm and welcome. The colors of your wedding can be used in the small details of floral arrangements, or even in more grand and obvious ways, like the wedding party attire. Navy and Marsala, for example, is a great color combination for a winter wedding. Marsala is warm and elegant, and using this color as the foundation of your bridesmaid dresses will make your bridesmaids stand out against snowy scenery in wedding photos. Let these marsala-toned dresses from Weddington Way inspire you! If you’re looking for a stylish tuxedo rental for your groomsmen, I recommend the color navy. Navy is just as timeless and classic as a black tuxedo and compliments Marsala effortlessly. The Black Tux is a top pick among groomsmen for finding quality tux rentals online in a variety of colors.

Warm Cocktails

Equip your guests with mugs and surprise them with fun and delicious cocktails to warm them up. Mulled wine, irish coffees and hot toddy’s are crowd favorites when it comes to keeping your wedding fun and guests engaged. I recommend a hot chocolate bar for guests to make their own beverages as they mingle together. Be creative with candy and nut toppings and offer different liquors for guests to give their drinks a sweet and spiked twist.

Wedding Venue

Choosing the right venue is crucial for a winter wedding. The way your decor is displayed and flows together really depends on the venue that you choose. You can choose to keep the theme of your wedding rustic and charming by holding your wedding in a ski lodge tucked within the mountains. Or if you would like to keep things more elegant and sophisticated, hold your wedding at a polished and dignified stone castle. Cozy fireplaces and beautifully arranged wedding candle decor will set an ambiance to the venue’s atmosphere. Provide small seating areas for guests to gather for intimate conversation or choose a venue with large windows to admire the snow-covered scenery outside.

Winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons to get married in. Choosing the right colors, reception options, and venue are a few of the ways you can make your wedding warm and inviting. Use the season’s beautiful and unique traits to make your special day one of a kind. What would you do to bring a feeling of warmth to your winter wedding?

Check Back for more trends and insight next month… xoxo The SBE Team



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Happy Holiday’s From The SBE Team…

The SBE Team would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday! We look forward to working with you in the New Year and if you are newly engaged, let us know we would love to work with you in the 2018 and 2019.

Photo: Parker J Pfister Photography 

Venue: Biltmore Consevatory

Venue: Biltmore Estate

Thank you to all the amazing Vendors throughout the Southeast that made this year one to remember and provided exceptional service!  We look forward to creating The Southern Wedding Experience for you in 2018.
Happy Holiday’s
The SBE Team
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Dress Shopping with My Sister

From the eyes of Amy Wood – SBE Wedding Planner:

My little sister is getting married!!!  As her sister, bridesmaid, and of course wedding planner, I wanted to share behind the scenes tips and insight of the journey.

First of all, when I started wedding planning many years ago, I thought of all of my clients as sisters.  There are 5 of us girls, so older or younger, more traditional or bohemian, I had a sister that reminded me of most of my brides.  It also was a way to keep focus in those unexpected (and at times overwhelming) moments.  “If this were Lissa how would I help her?  What would I do for Abby if this were happening?”  Well now it is Abby and it’s so exciting to be able to give to her what I try to give to all of my bride-sisters!

Here are some of my favorite memories of  SBE bride-sisters:

Jen Yuson Photography at  High Hampton Inn

VesicPhotography at YesterdaySpaces

Recently all of us sisters met-up for dress-shopping.  Now, having 4 older sisters boss you around could be some people’s nightmare (think “that doesn’t look good on your shoulders… nope not that one, go try on another… what’s his family going to think of that fit…”).  Who can tell it to you as bluntly and with as much sincere love and happiness for you as your sisters?

Here we are with all the sisters

This brings me to my list of tips:

Tip #1 – When dress shopping or facing any decision in wedding planning (or life), know what you need from your team and select appropriate people.  Abby’s top store was BHLDN  and she had only an hour to try on too many dresses.  This was also her first dress appointment and her selections were all over the place.  It easily could have turned into her not getting through half of her dresses.  Plus, there are only a handful of BHLDN stores in the country. If she could not decide on this trip, logistically it would have been difficult for her to get a BHLDN dress.  What she needed from her team was help focusing on the cuts, color, fabrics, etc.  And, did her team let her down?  Not only did we get her through all her dresses, but we had 20 minutes to spare for her to go back and try on the top 3 and really give them the time they deserved.

Tip #2 – Know when to walk away.  After all the twirling, hair up and down, mock bustling, and holding it next to bridesmaid’s colors, it was time to go.  We left, got food, got lost, and made it home.  On the drive we dissected each facet of the dress, sisters campaigned and changed camps, and Abby was given assignments (put images of you in each dress all over your bathroom, visualize yourself walking down the aisle and Nace seeing you, send pictures to a few family and friends etc.).  She still didn’t know and we went on with our lives.  Sometimes you need to make decisions before you’re totally ready, but sometimes you have the luxury of time and settling into what feels right.

Final Tip #3 – Know what matters to you.  In the conversations a couple of deciding points came out.  One dress’s favorite feature was the stunning lace back.  Given the time of year and location, during most of the reception Abby likely will have a stole covering the lace.  She didn’t want that dress if the back was covered.  Another top-contender was gorgeous, but felt more appropriate to a church ceremony and formal reception, not the ranch wedding she’s creating.  And then one dress had a cut that she loved but her fiancé didn’t.  This got side-tracked in a sisterly debate as to if his opinion of the dress mattered.  For Abby it did, after all she didn’t want him wearing something she didn’t totally love.

At a certain point she knew the dress that was right for her, for her sweetie, for the location, and for what she wants to create and experience on wedding day.  The decision was reinforced when we were at the ranch. She could picture herself there on wedding day and deciding hair styles, and selecting jewelry.  I’m most happy that Abby has a dress she is so happy with and that she kept the process fun.  Wedding planning is full of big and small choices and with the right support and mindset it can be a really exciting process.

I can’t show you pictures of Abby’s dress yet, but here are a few more of my favorites from past SBE bride-sisters.


BlueSkyStudios at Old Edwards Inn

We look forward to helping you plan your wedding and keeping it all stress free, fun and exciting. Contact us today for more information.

XO, Amy

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Ceremony Decor

It is all in the setting and here at Shay Brown Events we love creating a design and vision for your wedding day that will be remembered for a lifetime!

A wedding ceremony that is created especially for you.  This is where all of your family and friends gather to watch two become one, as you take your first steps down the aisle together as a married couple.
Your loved ones as witnesses, it provides the spoken promises to one another to keep forever and always from this day forward. Make this a beautiful moment to remember with these lovely design ideas.  From the grand estate of Biltmore to a family warehouse church, SBE listens to what is important to you and we create a vision that is reflective of you!
Here comes the bride! What better way to walk down the aisle to your beloved than one lined with gorgeous flower arrangements, petals, lanterns or candles.
These romantic decorations set the tone for the first day of the rest of your life. Pretty pinks and neutrals create an intimate setting for an indoor venue, that feels lush and romantic.
Sunrise and sunset weddings are absolutely breathtaking. These types of ceremonies create the most amazing backdrops for the moment you say, “I do”. The rising or setting of the sun will catch the glimmer in your eyes as you say your vows to the one you love most.
Indoors or outdoors, ceremonies mark a memorable moment for you and your guests. Depending on the season, you may wish to have your winter wedding ceremony inside to keep your guests toasty or in the warmer months head outside for the natural glow of the summer sun.
No matter where the location a rustic barn, luxurious mansion, a family home or a national park. This moment is one to remember and cherish for the rest of your lives.
We at SBE look forward to helping you create a ceremony to remember.  From planning with one of our amazing planners to having Shay design and create a breathtaking backdrop, we are here for you!!
Till next time,
The SBE Team
XOXO, Taylor
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Wedding Favors

What will your guests take away from your wedding? At Shay Brown Events, we want your guests to have a unique and wonderful wedding experience with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Wedding favors are a thoughtful way to thank family and friends for coming to celebrate the big day with you. Traditionally, these gifts consist of bags of chocolates, potpourri, or mints these are things your guests will enjoy but we like to encourage our client to give something that will be a lasting memory.  So let’s switch it up a bit and give them something they can remember you by for years to come!

One of our brides incorporated beautiful greenery and pastel colors into her wedding day and wanted to send her guests home with the gift of beautiful plants. These adorable succulents and air plants are placed in simply decorated mason jars –  they were the unique present she was looking for. Succulents are easy to care for and will remind your guests to let love grow!

Have you and your partner started any new hobbies lately? Perhaps jams and jellies are your new obsession? What about a newlywed brew or an fruit infused vodka? These homemade gifts are personal and make a customized gift from the two of you.

An increasingly popular idea is customized mugs, shot glasses and mason jars.  These are perfect for guests to use for filling their cup during the wedding and a great take home present for many years of use… Another fun favor is small bottles of your signature liquor with ribbons and a cute thank you note for your guests to enjoy another day.

Whatever your wedding favor idea is, Shay Brown Events is here to help you execute every detail to make your wedding the wedding of your dreams.
XOXO, The SBE Team
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Breathtaking Mountain Wedding

Happy Labor Day Ya’ll.. We truly enjoyed this beautiful wedding for Alix and Julian at Hawkesdene. They were such a beautiful couple both inside and out and were so much fun to work with during their wedding. Thank you Jessie Felix for capturing the moments that made this wedding so special. We are so lucky to be able to #design and #plan breathtaking weddings for special couples. Thank you, to all the vendors that contributed to making this day something they will always cherish. Thank you, Loveinc. for publishing this special day and all the special touches for this #mountainwedding. #sbeevents #sbedesign #thesouthernweddingexperience #wncmountains #allinthedetails

Alix and Julian’s Mountain Wedding

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Winter Wedding at Old Edwards Inn, Highlands NC

The warm days are gone here in Asheville! We, at Shay Brown Events, are really looking forward to our winter events and loved this wedding at Old Edwards Inn so much we thought we would have a flashback to this beautiful winter day for those planning their winter 2016/2017 weddings.

Old Edwards Inn is an amazing venue year round but is particularly special after a fresh dusting of snow. This European style retreat is set atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina giving your wedding the perfect scenery and backdrop. We loved the photographer, Nick Breedlove Photography. He captured the beauty of the season and was a delight to work with.

It may have just snowed the night before, but that did not stop this bride from showing off her lovely dress with her bridesmaids. She rocked her warm fur coat and heels before making her way down the church aisle and then into her stunning reception at Old Edwards Inn.

Sparkling white lights and gorgeous greenery created the most amazing ambiance for this winter wedding. Glowing candles and fresh flowers made this night comfy and cozy for all to enjoy. Guests loved the warmth of the venue while watching light snow blow around outside through the large open windows surrounding the reception.

Beautiful centerpieces and decor are what we live for. Candles and delicate flowers are perfect for an intimate table setting. The incredible flower arrangements were done by Oakleaf floral, they turned out so wonderfully. These flowers mixed with silver votives add touches of elegance and reflect the brightness of tea lights around the room for a remarkable candlelit dinner.

The SBE Team is here for you every step of the way as we plan and design your perfect wedding. We take such pride in our work and want to make your day everything that you ever wanted it to be.
Until next time,
The SBE Team
All Images from Shay Brown Events
Venue: Old Edwards Inn
Photographer: Nick Breedlove
Florist: Oakleaf