Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Annual Brides Against Breast Cancer Gown Tour will take place at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. Aside from being able to buy a designer wedding gown at a discount, the gown tour benefits a very worthy cause. The VIP event will be held on Friday, January 2 followed by the Gown Tour Sale on Saturday, January 3.
Here are some of the details about the event:
"Brides Against Breast Cancer is a non-profit organization whose funds contribute to programs and services for cancer patients and their families. We have expanded outreach and educational efforts to bridal shows around the country to ensure that everyone impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer.
Wedding gown sales are an important fund-raising event for BABC. We have over 100 charity bridal shows across the nation bringing 700-1000 couture and designer gowns with us at a discounted price.
At our shows we create a boutique like atmosphere, setting up the ballroom into thirds. 1/3 dressing rooms; 1/3 gowns; 1/3 bridal partners. We create an intimate setting by helping brides-to-be say yes to the dress! Extra fun events are such as VIP power hours before the bridal show which offer the brides signature pink drinks, lite bites, and fun giveaways! In each city a grand prize is offered as well-usually a weekend stay in that hotel! Also, each of our exclusive vendor tables will have a raffle item donating their free services to the brides, guests and volunteers. So come say yes to the dress and attend your local Brides against breast cancer bridal show!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sometimes the element of surprise in an engagement isn’t the location, but time of day. Sometimes, the best wedding stories begin with an engagement that happens right in the middle of a seemingly ordinary day, smack dab in someone’s living room.
We loved hearing about Sarina and David’s engagement story and we’re happy to share it with you on the blog! So without further adieu, prepare to swoon over this heartfelt engagement story.
Oh! Their engagement photos were taken in Baltimore by their Nashville photographer, Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers, who flew to Baltimore just to capture this sweet couple.
Sarina & David
Date of proposal: February 1, 2013
Wedding date: May 17, 2014
How did you get engaged? Tell us about your proposal:
David and I were doing long distance at the time. He had just graduated from physical therapy school in Kentucky and he came up to visit me in Baltimore for the week. I was supposed to be on vacation/research time but I had to go into the hospital for a work meeting in the morning the day after he arrived. I was at the hospital all morning and I came back to the apartment to pick David up for lunch.
When I walked into my apartment, he had created a trail of rose petals, candles, and pictures of us leading from the front door to the back of the living room. He was waiting at the end of the trail with a ring. I'm sure he said something sweet, but I don't even remember because I was so excited, and of course I said yes.
I had a feeling that he was going to propose on this trip but I never expected it in the middle of a random afternoon. He said it was the only time he would have been able to surprise me. The cherry on top occurred when we went to dinner that night to celebrate. We were sitting in the restaurant in Baltimore and my parents walked in to join us for dinner! He had told them he was proposing and arranged for them to fly up from Kentucky to be there for our celebration.
What did you enjoy most about being engaged?
Living in the same city! David moved to Baltimore about a month after we got engaged and it was amazing to have him living down the street instead of 4 states away.
What was your wedding style?
Elegant but colorful! We combined cultures and had a fusion Indian-American wedding. We got married at the Omni Hotel in Nashville which naturally lends itself to being very elegant and sophisticated. However, indian weddings are very colorful and fun, so we didn't want to lose any of the vibrancy from my culture. Thankfully, we had some great people help us balance those two ideas.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Wedding day hair and makeup are crucial to how a girl feels on her special day. So when looking for someone to make you look and feel fabulous, it’s best to go with someone who’s professional and who’ll make sure you relax on the day-of.
Studio Nash Salon & Spa recently opened a new location in the Houston Station Event, Art and Music Community and their salon is beautiful! Their full service salon affords clients a wide range of services and their experience with wedding parties attracts many Nashivlle brides.
Learn more about them via our quick interview below and contact them to discuss hair, makeup and other beauty needs for yourself or bridal party.
Photo: Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers
Tell us about Studio Nash.
Studio Nash is co-owned by Nashville natives and sisters, Jaima and Jordan. I (Jordan) have been in the industry over seven years and always had a dream of owning my own salon. It only made sense when my sister became an esthetician to make that dream come true together. Studio Nash has been open for a little over two months inside the beautiful historic Houston Station. We have loved watching the Houston/Wedgewood area grow and couldn't imagine having our salon anywhere else.
What services do you offer to Nashville brides?
We offer everything from pre-wedding facials and waxing to beautiful updos for the whole wedding party the day-of. We really urge brides to have a pre-wedding plan as well as their plan for the actual day. Facials are crucial for healthy glowing skin and can really change the outcome of wedding day makeup for the better. Jaima also offers lash extensions which is great for brides and clients alike. The hairstylists of Studio Nash always require a trial run for the bride to insure complete happiness and relaxation for the big day. In addition to hair and facials for the bride, we also offer full hair services for the wedding party. Also, because we know how hectic the day of the wedding can be, Studio Nash will travel to the wedding venue for hair.
What makes Studio Nash unique?
Studio Nash is located in one of Nashville's newest, up-and-coming areas Houston/Wedgewood. We only use the best and top-of-the-line products. We currently use and retail Redken, Pureology, and Eminence Organics, an all-organic skincare line. We strive to keep the atmosphere fun and relaxing for our clients.
Why do you love weddings and Nashville brides?
We get to be a part of the biggest day of a girl’s life! It doesn't get any better than that.
What advice do you give to brides when it comes to hair and their wedding?
Trial runs are key! Search Pinterest and celebrity magazines and bring as many pictures of what you love and even don't love so we can get the right look.
Salon Nash is located inside the Houston Station Event Community, 434 Houston St Suite 274, Nashville, Tennessee (615) 332-2857
Photo: Kate Underwood Photography
Photo: Courtney Helton Photography
Monday, December 15, 2014
Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? Regalo Design has made thousands of them and we can show you how to make your own. Join us for this fun-filled two hour class and leave with a beautiful bouquet that you designed!
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On your wedding day you want a bouquet that is a reflection of you. Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? We’ve made thousands of them and we can show you the basics steps and techniques you need to make your own. In this fun, hands-on class you’ll learn the proper way to care for fresh flowers, best practices for cutting and prepping, and arranging styles. Your admission includes:
At the end of the night you’ll have an amazing arrangement that you can take with you and show off to all of your family and friends.
Bring your own wine or drink of choice (no liquor please) and your most creative self. Bring your bridesmaids and they can learn how to make their bouquets for your wedding as well!
Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
The Peacock Ballroom
6900 Lenox Village Dr
To register, follow this link. Nashville, TN 37211 Questions? Contact Regalo Design at 615-238-7937
Friday, December 12, 2014
Pammie worked as a travel nurse in Maui in the past and the pair knew that they’d one day get married there. But after their small wedding on the beach in July, they followed it with a reception for family and friends one month later, where they fell in love and got engaged...Music City!
We love their wedding approach! Fly to your favorite, lovely island with close friends, then return to a larger celebration. Why not have the best of both worlds? It's your wedding.
With one look at their reception photos, you'll agree that this couple did things their own way, from start to finish.
Pammie & Harris
Wedding Date: July 1, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: A beach in Maui
Reception Venue: Cannery One
Guests: Ceremony: 20, Reception: 140
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Simple, dark, sexy, modern.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
We went with an all black theme with touches of silver. We wanted an amazing venue that would need very minimal decor.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
The cake pops were a huge hit! People took the extras home as a wedding favor. I also think the guests liked the simplicity of our reception. It was all about good people, good food, good drinks and good music.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We wanted an amazing venue, amazing food and amazing music. We definitely didn’t cut corners in those areas. We felt those were the most important things for us. We did the invitations ourselves which saved us a ton and looked great! We also decided to go with candles instead of flowers — much cheaper — and they really went with the vibe of our reception.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Honestly, no. I know that sounds crazy, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I did the ceremony and the reception separately which I really felt made things easier for me. And I had Sarah Willard with Music City Events. She truly was a blessing and took care of even the smallest things. She didn’t give me a chance to stress.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Have fun and enjoy the process. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.
My Wedding Team
Planner: Sarah Willard, Music City Events
Photographer: Abigail Bobo Photography
Reception dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
Men’s Attire: Nothing fancy!
Hair: Allie Wood, bride’s sister
Makeup: Rosanna Nykanen
Stationery: Invitations - DIY; Menu cards - Emily Holmes
Caterer: Chef Penelope
Cake Pops: Nashville Sweets
Centerpieces: Lauren Atkinson
Reception Musicians: Shantelle and the Juke Joint Band
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting