Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Melanie of the The White Room brought to our attention the growing trend of the “the little white dress” - or as most of you know it, the reception dress. These reception gowns are in huge demand. Not interested in taking off your dream wedding frock for your rececption? Some brides opt to wear one of these cute dresses to their rehearsal dinner or to a romantic, honeymoon dinner!
The White Room has two locations and between the two, they have an amazing collection of designers. We pulled our favorite little white dresses from the plethora of designers carried at The White Room.
V-Neck, Slim Dress
Left Photo: Sottero & Midgley, Eliza; Right Photo: Allure, Style 940
Sweetheart, Slim Dress
Left Photo: Allure, Style 951; Right Photo: Enzoani, Giovanna-D
Sweetheart, Flowing Skirt
Left Photo: Allure, Style 935; Right Photo: Maggie Sottero, Isadora Ann
Left Photo: Maggie Sottero, RD1105; Right Photo: Sottero & Midgley, Isabella Leigh
Illusion Bateau Neckline
Left Photo: Maggie Sottero, Abigail; Right Photo: Blue by Enzoani, Elkedra
Going for a more vintage look? Try an off-white or ivory!
Left Photo: Pronovias, Concierto; Right Photo: Pronovias, Cabriolet
Sparkly + Sexy
Mix it up even more and go for full on sparkles! Silver is the perfect compliment to white!
Left Photo: Pronovias, Cadena; Right Photo: Pronovias, Halifax
Interested in a little white dress for your reception or rehearsal? Make sure to contact The White Room! For Lebanon, call 615-449-9756, and for Murfreesboro, call 615-848-5262 to make an appointment today. (There is no guarantee that the dresses featured above will be available but you are sure to find something you love if they can't order it for you!)
Monday, August 27, 2012
A few months ago, I attended a much anticipated music concert with friends. I danced and laughed with my friends all night - only sitting during stage changes. I had the time of my life! But, I noticed that the folks sitting in front of me didn't dance or laugh with friends; they didn't eat popcorn or do much else...other than video the entire concert on their phones. More than likely, they were recording to share with friends on Facebook. Facebook! Ugh! I have a love/hate relationship with it, because many of us are more interested in capturing moments to share with friends and quasi-friends virtually than we are interested in truly enjoying the moment, as it happens.
Are we living in the present? Or, are we only capturing the present with the hopes of enjoying it on some future date? On your wedding day, you should enjoy your day. Hire the best photographer and videographer you possibly can - so that you can have them capture the moment, for you and your family - while you can savor every breathtaking second.
Jenna of JHenderson Studios is one photographer that not only shares my philosophy, but lives it first hand, every single wedding weekend. In fact, Jenna wants to be ignored at your wedding. She likes to be a fly on the wall as she captures the movement of your day.
Jenna is a Nashville wedding photographer whose focus, as best I can explain it, is on people - their faces, their expressions. Some photographers love the wedding details: your fabulous decor, cake, monogram, draping, dress, etc. Jenna will capture that, but most of the day, you will find her capturing your story as it unfolds moment by moment. For that reason, the bride she attracts is a no-fuss bride, one that values the gathering of her family and friends over details. Yes, her day will be beautiful but in a simple, understated way where the decor isn't center stage. For her brides, Jenna captures details, as they help in telling the story, but her photographic eye quickly returns to movement of people.
Take the two weddings shown below. While some shots are of details or poses, you can tell that Jenna's favorite photos are of moments that happen organically. She takes portraits. It's what she loves and what she's known for; and if you are a bride or groom for whom that resonates, contact Jenna to see if you two connect.
Wedding 1: Josh and Sherri's Intimate Backyard Wedding
In the first, Sherri and Josh chose to wed in her Sherri's grandmother's backyard. She borrowed her dress from a friend and obviously added minimal, yet warm floral designs and decor. She decided she didn't need to spend a ton to have a pretty wedding but what she did value - was an incredible photographer, who would be with her every step of the way, snapping photos of every moment - big and small.
See the full wedding via this link - part 1 and part 2.
Wedding 2: Kurt and Brenda's Wedding
Jenna traveled to Pennsylvania for Kurt and Brenda's wedding. The series of photos below captured the essence of what Jenna, and the brides that hire her, love. Notice the movement, the emotion captured? They certainly tell a wonderful story of love, excitement, closeness, and friendship.
See the full wedding via this link - part 1 and part 2.
Jenna's very helpful tips:
Jenna notes, rather profoundly, "In order for me to capture the moment, they have to be in the moment."
You've hired a quality photographer/videographer for a reason. Ask your family and friends not to live the moment behind the lens; let the photographer tell the story.
Ask your guests to keep their photo/video taking to a minimum so that the photographer that you splurged on can actually get great photos without the flashes of your guests OR with photos of your guests in the background all taking photos too. Jenna has photographed some weddings where the couple placed a sign stating: "We want you to enjoy this moment with us; we have hired a photographer to capture the day. Let us enjoy you in our photo album without being distracted by photos of you with your device."
Or, ask guests to leave their recording devices in their car/home OR you can ask them to only take photos during minor moments amongst themselves - not during major moments where the pro photographer will be - i.e. bride's entrance, bridal party exit, first dance, etc. Good times for guests to take photos might be while they are hanging out at Table 6, during obvious down time.
Considering some of the tips above will help ensure that your mother is actually enjoying the moment versus taking photos the entire day, leaving all of your photos of her in your album with a camera for a face! Yes, it has happened.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Winter weddings are typically styled in dark colors, a nice contrast on bleak days or in the snow, but Becky and Mike have proven that light grey tuxedos from Street Tuxedo can add a lovely softness to their choice of dark blue bridesmaids' dresses. Their wedding was held at Houston Station, with all of it's romance and their unique coffee bar. Hopefully, you will enjoy their day and the photos by Mary Rosenbaum as much as we did!
Their wedding highlight video by First Dance Pictures!
Becky + Mike
Wedding Date ~ January 22, 2011
Ceremony + Reception Venue ~ Houston Station
Guests ~ around 150
$20,000 – 50,000
Planner | Kristin Kaplan of Simply Stunning Events for month-of planning
Photographer | Mary Rosenbaum Photographs
Venue I Houston Station
Videographer | First Dance Pictures
Gown | Jim Hjelm from Faccio Bridal
Bride’s Accessories | Veil: Faccio Bridal, Shoes: Steve Madden, Faux Fur Jacket: Forever 21
Groom’s Attire / Groomsmen Attire | Street Tuxedo
Bridesmaids Attire | Anthropologie
Hair + Makeup | Amy Lynn Larwig
Stationery | Etsy
Caterer | Becky Daniel - Burton Catering
Cake Artist | The Bake Shoppe
Floral Designer | Sue Workman
Ceremony & Reception Music | iPod
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting
Coffee Bar | Scott Davis of Noteable Blends
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
I’d say our style as a couple is comfortable, uncomplicated, and inviting.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
I really wanted our wedding to be personal, warm, romantic, and classic. I think that our style was portrayed through the minimal décor, warm lighting, and cozy atmosphere. Houston Station has such an inviting feel with the hardwoods, exposed beams and brick throughout. Pairing that with soft string-lights and candles/lanterns created such a warm and comfortable, yet oh so romantic, feeling for our day.
What was your guests’ favorite aspect of your wedding?
I think our guests loved the coffee bar. It was a January wedding, so the availability and variety of the delicious custom-made coffees, teas, and hot chocolates was a definite crowd-pleaser. We even had our own custom coffee blend made up and given out as favors!
Also, our wedding had traces of our 3-year long-distance relationship intertwined. Our invitations and our groom’s cake were good examples of this. (The groom’s cake was a replica of a Southwest airplane flying between Maryland and Tennessee). Aside from that, I heard from a lot of the guests talk about how much they loved the venue itself and how unique it was.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on my dress and our photography. I always knew those were the two things I cared most about spending money on. We saved on music by having a friend work an iPod for the ceremony/reception. We saved on invitations by using Etsy. We also kept our florals and catering very simple to keep costs down in those areas. We didn’t want anything elaborate, and preferred to keep the focus on us and our commitment.
Why did you choose tuxedos for your groom / groomsmen? How did you decide what colors they should wear? Did Street Tuxedo have the right colors or a broad enough variety?
I knew going in that I wanted the guys to be in grey. The bridesmaids were wearing navy blue with black details and I didn’t want use black for the groomsmen too. I wanted to keep them a little lighter. I originally wanted them in a deep grey, but when we went in to Street Tuxedo we were shown a lighter grey and we ended up loving it. We compared it against one of the bridesmaid dresses and we thought it worked out well.
What did you most enjoy or not enjoy about choosing your men’s attire from Street Tuxedo?
The ladies at Street Tuxedo were very easy to work with and the process was very simple from beginning to end. Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently? Our planning process was rushed to say the least. We planned our wedding 3 months from our engagement (tired of long-distance dating). I think we did a pretty good job considering the time allowed. It worked out surprisingly well!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Don’t plan your wedding for other people, the day is about your love for each other and that should be your focus from the proposal to the “I do”!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Hillary is a Nashville newlywed and a wedding planner who owns Your Day of Fairy Tales. I was lucky to get honest insight on her struggle to find the perfect dress and shoes as a plus-size bride. I hope that her experience will help you as you plan and help those in the fashion / gown industry make the search for the dress a bit more easy and joyous for all!
Ashley/ABG: What is the experience for a plus-size bride looking for a wedding gown in Nashville?
Frustrating. Shopping for a dress as a girl who is not your typical size 6 can be a daunting task. Even shopping for my groom, who doesn’t have a 36” waist, was hard.
A lot of gown places are selling the same gown to plus-size brides so they all end up with the same dress. They just buy what's available because they do not have the confidence to take the risk and order a different sample dress in a larger size.
When I started the dress shopping process, I knew that I did not want the typical “David’s Bridal” type dress that every bride wears! I wanted something unique but not over the top and knew it had to have lace and be an A-line.
But as I began looking, I noticed that every dress was the same: beaded waist, A-line or halter top dress with beads. No thank you!
SO I began to explore different options. I went to various stores all around Middle Tennessee. We visited numerous stores in Nashville, Goodletsville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, and Clarksville. The first store we visited was in Clarksville where I had purchased both of my prom dresses in high school. My mom and I went and just browsed through the dresses and found one I really liked but it wasn’t the right style. We decided to just look other places first and come back if we didn’t find anything. No other places had any dresses that even came close to what I wanted. They all fell into that David’s Bridal type or had no dresses I could actually try on.
This was the same problem with the dress I found at the Bride’s Boutique in Clarksville. The dress I fell in love with was a size 10 and wouldn’t even go over my hips to try for a semi look at the dress. Luckily, on that day I was determined to find a dress, the consultant informed me that Casablanca dresses can have a custom skirt! SCORE!!! But I still hadn’t tried this dress on. So I asked a random person to try the dress on for me. She did and I fell in LOVE even more. I went out on a total limb and bought my dress having never actually tried it on.
Fast forward 6 months to September when my dress came in. It was too short and not an A-line at all. The alteration guru, Edith, took extra care of me, ordered lace to make it longer and tulle to give it that bell shape I wanted. Ten alterations and trips to Clarksville later, my dress was perfect.
Shopping for a dress was the most difficult task of my wedding and I shed many tears over it. I would not have wanted a different dress even if I had gotten to try it on before hand.
My advice to others would be to not limit yourself to what you see in the store in your size. Look at other sizes and ask someone to try it on. Find a style (A-line, mermaid, ball gown) you like and then go from there.
~ Hillary in her gorgeous dress, after 10 alterations!! ~
How did you know the style that would look best on you?
I’d tried on a enough dresses to know what would work. I shopped for a top style that looked good, then shopped for a bottom style.
I knew from trying other dresses that I did not look good in a mermaid-style. The dressmaker was able to change the style, so I had them change it to an A-line ball gown.
Was there a fee for your custom order?
I didn’t have to pay a special order fee; most people are not aware that bridal shops/designers typically don’t charge a fee.
So, you could have maybe gotten your dress somewhere else but you choose Bride’s Boutique because they were so helpful?
Yes definitely. I ultimately ended up getting my dress at the Bride's Boutique in Clarksville; they did not have the best plus-size selection, but the best overall selection and were willing to help me most of all. I actually got scary looks from some stores when I went to try on dresses.
What else was difficult to find for you as a plus-size gal?
Oh yes! I wear a shoe size 12 wide in dress shoes. I went to every shoe store in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Clarksville; no place carried shoes in my size so I knew when it came to dress shoes I would have a problem.
After looking around town and online, I ended up getting them special ordered and dyed at the bridal salon where I got my dress.
Thank you Hillary for sharing your honest and helpful advice.
Ladies - Until we change the industry, here are some options based on Hillary’s experience: 1) shop around to find the style that works for you, 2) if you don't mind the limited inventory, buy what’s available, OR 3) give yourself ample time to shop to find the best style for your top and bottom looks - then, take a risk and special order the dress of your dreams!
In the meantime, please enjoy Pretty Pear Bride for great ideas and inspiration for your beautiful wedding.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I love bridesmaid bouquets. They add pops of color, can first be carried by your bridesmaids and can then be used to decorate your wedding reception. They are simply lovely and over the last month, The Enchanted Florist has shared a great variety, to show you many many options for your wedding - from bright and bold to pretty pastel.
Contact Caprice of The Enchanted Florist to learn more about the floral designs below.
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