Wednesday, November 25, 2015
White Dresses opened its Nashville location last weekend, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome this Alabama-based boutique to our city.
We haven't formally met the co-founders, Ella Kinsland and Kara Leonard, but we've happily stalked their Instagram page in anticipation of their opening. We hope to do a more in-depth interview once they get all settled in. Until then, here's what we know about the boutique:
"White Dresses is a collection of Southern bridal shops with locations in Alabama and Tennessee. Our Nashville bridal shop offers a collection of handpicked wedding gowns that are sure to make any Southern bride swoon! Currently, our Nashville bridal boutique offers gowns from Anna Maier, Blush by Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm, Heidi Elnora Build a Bride, Hello Darling, Lela Rose, Palazzo by Jane White, Peter Langner, and Stephanie Allin. Gown prices at our Nashville bridal shop range from just under $2,000 to $10,000, with the majority of our gowns being between $3,000 and $6,000.
Our Nashville bridal shop is located in the Germantown neighborhood - just minutes away from downtown... Our Nashville bridal boutique is open by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.
To request an appointment at our Nashville bridal shop, please click here."
1206 4th Avenue N | Nashville, TN | 256.962.8020
Tuesday: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Thursday: Noon until 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Photographers that can capture the love of a couple AND the natural beauty of their surroundings can be hard to find. Khalid and Megan did not give up in their search for that photographer. They knew exactly what they wanted: photos that were natural, clean, and simply beautiful. And when Megan and Khalid found Nyk and Cali Wedding Photographers, they knew they'd found their engagement and wedding photographers.
Braving freezing January temperatures, Nyk and Cali headed to the Carnton Plantation (which is also the couple's wedding venue) to capture the true love of this young Nashville couple.
Read all about their engagement and photo session during our chat with Megan today.
How did you and your groom meet?
Khalid and I met in a cab in Nashville. My friends and his friends happened to share a cab to go downtown. There was an instant connection and we all spent the night running around town. The following day, he asked me on a date and we went out on our first date two days later.
Tell us about your proposal- with all the details!
Four months after we met, Khalid had already made it known that he intended to propose and had already asked my father for his blessing! He had taken me to Boston in early July to meet his family and friends, and I just fell in love with all of them. On July 28th, we decided to go to Percy Warner Park and Khalid packed a picnic. We walked around for a couple of hours and stopped for food once the sun started to go down. Khalid had packed candles, a bottle of champagne, dinner, and homemade chocolate-covered strawberries (my favorite)! After we ate, I reached in the bag to grab dessert and when I turned back around, he was on one knee. It was the sweetest, most perfect proposal, and, of course, I said yes!
Good job Khalid! Why did you decide to do engagement pictures?
Khalid and I have had a busy and stressful first three years of our relationship! Between a deployment to Afghanistan, retiring from the Army, career changes, school, etc., we haven't had the chance to travel or do anything just for us. We really wanted to have someone take pictures to capture our young love so we could have something to look back at and something for our family to see in years to come.
Why did you choose the location of your engagement shoot?
We are getting married at the Carnton Plantation and we love it there! We chose the venue for the wedding because we wanted an outdoor ceremony and I was determined to get married under a big, beautiful tree. The landscape there is breathtaking! There is a long arbor, stunning garden, and the historic and magnificent Osage orange tree. Everything about the plantation is simply perfect! We chose to take our engagement pictures there because we couldn't think of a more charming place, and we wanted to explore before the wedding!
What characteristics were you looking for in a photographer?
The main thing we looked for was the quality of the pictures and the style of the photographer. We are both into natural, clean, simple beauty- nothing that looks enhanced or photoshopped. This was surprisingly harder than I thought, until we found Nyk & Cali. We wanted someone who could photograph the love of a couple while still paying close attention to the beauty of their surroundings. We were also searching for someone who was well-rounded in the type and content of the pictures they took, making sure to get the close-ups, details, emotional moments, and the playful candid shots. We were also looking for two photographers because we didn't want any moments missed!
How did you work with your photographer to achieve the photos you envisioned?
Khalid and I were both nervous, as neither of us are photogenic at all. However, Cali made it fun and easy. She coached us when needed, but did so without making us feel awkward and posed. She knew what shots to get and used the whole venue. One of the things that was important to us was to include our dogs in our engagement session. Cali worked with us and our crazy dogs to get some really wonderful pictures of our little family.
What was the engagement picture experience like?
What you can't tell from the pictures is that we took them in January, when it was 40 degrees outside. We were freezing but determined to get them done in time for our Save-the-Dates. Nyk & Cali managed to make everything look perfect! We didn't have to do anything except run around and have fun!
Do you plan to use these photos for your wedding?
Absolutely! Not only did Nyk & Cali make our Save-the-Date postcards, but they are making a guest book with pictures from our engagement session!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Vicki, of Branching Out Floral and Event Design, has offered floral event design for Nashville brides since well before we launched AshleysBrideGuide.com in 2006. When we came on the scene, she was an established wedding professional whose work we admired.
Not much has changed since then. She continues to design beautiful florals ranging from classic to modern for Nashville events. Her designs are pinned and re-pinned all over Pinterest and loved all over the world by brides and fellow floral designers alike.
If you're local but aren't familiar with Branching Out, take a look at some of their varied bridesmaids bouquets. Our favorite: the sunflower-based bouquets paired with the blue bridesmaid gowns. Which do you love?
By Nashville wedding photographer: Andrea Hallgren
By Nashville wedding photographer: Brooke Rainey
By Nashville wedding photographer: Evin Photography
By Nashville wedding photographer: Brooke Kelly Photography
Except where noted, photos from the Branching Out Facebook page.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Do you ever wonder how the wedding of a wedding professional might look? Where would they save, splurge? Who would they hire? After all, they do know the best wedding professionals around the city, right?
It's not often that the tables are turned and the pro becomes the client, but such was the case with Lindsay, an event professional who spends her days helping Nashville couples plan their wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. So, when we got to ask Lindsay all about her wedding, who she hired, what she loved, we jumped at the opportunity. It was no surprise that this event expert and her Nashville native (now) husband chose to immerse their guests in all things great about Nashville.
Read all about Lindsay + Matthew's Nashville wedding, our feature of the week.
Lindsay + Matthew
Wedding Date: July 11, 2015
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Incarnation
Reception Venue: Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Venue | Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Photographer | Josh Reeder
Videographer | Mayberry Studios
Gown | The White Room
Bride’s Accessories | b.hughes
Men’s Attire | Street Tuxedo
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Bridesmaids.com
Hair + Makeup | Amy Lynn Larwig
Stationery | Master Image (Birmingham, Ala.) and Empress Stationery (Birmingham, Ala.)
Caterer | Two Twenty Two Catering
Cake Artist | Dessert Designs
Floral Designer | Geny’s Floral
Ceremony Musicians | Evan Thomas, Elliott Thomas, Ricky Braddy
Reception Musicians | Band 24/7
Rentals | Music City Tents and Events, BBJ
Lighting + Transportation | Country Music Hall of Fame
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Traditional! Matthew and I wanted a very traditional wedding and reception. The only exceptions were that we saw each other before the wedding and I did not throw a bouquet.
Where did you get your inspiration?
I knew the amazing view from the Event Hall would provide a ton of color, ambiance, and excitement for the reception. Therefore I wanted to keep everything else really clean and simple so the stunning view would remain the focal piece.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
I’ve worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum for almost eight years. As I assisted bride after bride with their own plans, I always dreamt of being able to host my own friends and family – the majority of whom are from out of town and have never been to Nashville, let alone the Hall – at my own wedding one day. Matthew was born and raised in Nashville, so he was also very keen on showing off our city to all of the guests that were traveling to join us. So, it was a very easy decision for us to book the Event Hall: the spectacular view combined with the amazing service, food, etc. truly made for an unforgettable night.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
When you host a wedding in Music City, you’d better provide some good music, and I think my guests would join me in saying that from start to finish, the music was a huge hit. I was very fortunate to have my best friend sing at the ceremony; together with two other dear friends (including his twin), they provided an a cappella version of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” that was incredibly moving and set such a worshipful tone for our ceremony. For the reception, the Hall of Fame’s entertainment team assisted me in booking the amazing Band 24/7 to provide a variety of music: Motown, pop, rap, and they were even gracious enough to let this karaoke-lover hop on stage and surprise the audience with some Whitney Houston. I knew that not everyone would gravitate to the dance floor so easily, so I had customized tambourines and maracas distributed as the party was in full swing. It was a great way to get even the shy folks dancing to the live music.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We saved on flowers: Geny’s provided our bouquets, boutonnieres and two large arrangements for the reception, and I had friends assemble the rest. We splurged on videography, which was not originally in our budget. We ended up shopping for and hiring a videographer only a month before the wedding. I’m so glad that we did! It just added an extra dimension to the many memories of the day.
Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
The team at the Hall of Fame went above and beyond. Obviously, working with them every day, I have to say that, but very early in the wedding planning process, I realized how supremely essential it was to have full trust in your vendors if you have any intention of enjoying your wedding. I never questioned if I were in great hands with the Country Music Hall of Fame. Having such a top-notch team to execute the event and take care of everything allowed Matthew and I to really relax and delight in the reception without worrying about anything.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing, honestly!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Enjoy it! One other fun detail – Matthew’s great-grandparents were married at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, where we said “I do!” nearly 100 years later.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
A few months ago, we featured Aaliyah + Terrell's Nashville wedding, which was designed by Paige Brown Designs. Since then, owner Paige Brown has been on our radar as a Nashville up-and-comer to watch.
Paige is hosting a grand opening to introduce Nashville brides to Paige Brown Designs in December. We're all busy with super-packed schedules, so why should you make time to attend? We asked Paige ourselves:
Why should brides attend the Paige Brown Grand Opening?
Brides should attend our grand opening for several reasons: There will be an overload of wedding tips, design inspiration, and great vendor relationships to be made. Aside from this, there will be live music, soft hors d'oeuvres, and tasty cocktails. You don't want to miss this!
What makes your services different, or your approach?
We offer an exclusive luxury service to the stylish and sophisticated bride who appreciates elegance with a non-stuffy flair. We have a fresh perspective when it comes to sleek and contemporary designs, and we take pride in planning and designing wedding experiences that truly fit the voice and style of our individual client. This is one of the biggest days of your life, and it should be planned, designed, and executed with style, passion, and enthusiasm with a professional on your side who is passionate about planning and designing the wedding that you've always dreamed of having.
Want to learn more about the Paige Brown Designs difference and meet other engaged couples and wedding pros? Click here to RSVP by 11/27 to attend the 12/3 grand opening.