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Meet Something YOU: Custom + Made to Order Wedding Gowns for Nashville Brides

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Photos by Heather Decamp Photography

As a bride, you want to find the absolute perfect gown to fit your personality and your body type. You can visit your local bridal boutiques and try on gowns (and please do this!), but if you're not finding the ONE, then a custom gown might be the best route! If this is the case, may I introduce you to Ashley Gootee of Something YOU Bridal? She is your go-to gal for finding exactly what you want! She will carefully craft a wedding dress to suit your design aesthetic. And the best part is, you don't have to go through the trouble of alterations since the dress will be made specifically to your body type! Each dress is made to order and just like snowflakes, no two are alike! Get to know Something YOU Bridal below and check out all of her custom designs! (And scroll all the way down to find a special deal just for NBG brides!)

Photo by This Girl Sylvia

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Tell us about your Something YOU!

Ashley: I have been doing bridal dresses as a side gig for the past 7 years and recently started Something You. something You works closely with brides to create dream dresses and accessories for brides that couldn't find the perfect dress off the rack. To give you a bit of a backstory, I have been in fashion design for thirteen years. I worked for Zac Posen, Peter Som, Wal-Mart, and then ran my own fashion line, Zamrie, for seven years in Chicago. Most recently I consulted for different brands. But this is kind of a funny story on how and why I decided to go full force and create a full time custom bridal company, read on...

You know how you have one of those jobs, that is good... but you don’t love it. It's one that pays the bills, but you think to yourself, "I need to get out, but don’t know how?" Well, after I was fired via email, yep you read that right, I was fired via email, from my last gig, I actually started laughing because I was so relieved. However, I immediately started crying because I didn’t know what I was going to do! My husband was out of town and my best girlfriend from high school was coming over for dinner that night. She walks in the door, with her bubbly self, and says “Hey gurl! How are ya?!” And I said “ Welp, I just got fired VIA EMAIL about an hour and a half ago, but I’m actually okay... relieved, actually.” She high fives me and says, "Me too!” (She wasn’t fired via email, just laid off of her project). We could not stop laughing but when we did, I told her I had no idea what I was going to do, and how I was going to move forward. Her response? “I know. Ashley, I know exactly what you are going to do. You are doing bridal.” (Fun fact she was my first bride whose dress I made). I laughed and replied, “Funny you say that because I have had a couple requests for gowns over the past week through the grapevine, but…” She stopped me immediately and asked me why I kept ignoring this talent God had given me and said I had to take the plunge. It was now or never. Over dinner, and maybe some wine, we created my company that night. Something You was born, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited to make brides here in Nashville feel more beautiful.

Photos by This Girl Sylvia

How did you get started making wedding dresses?

Ashley: It all started with family and friends. My cousin couldn't find any bridesmaid dresses she loved, so knowing I was already in fashion design, she asked if I would make them. Of course, I said YES! And soon after, I had friends ask me to make their wedding gowns.

What's the philosophy behind Something YOU?

Ashley: My mission, since I started designing when I was 18, has always been to make women of any size color, or background, look and feel beautiful. To me, creating a gown which allows women to be beautiful, feel it, and know it, especially on her special day, is most important. I am not happy unless our work, the bride’s vision and my execution, surpasses her wildest expectations. What is unique about Something YOU, is that all of our gowns are made to order. This means no alterations and a custom fit for your special day.

Photos by Kirsten Miccoli Photography 

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Ashley: We work with each bride to ensure that we are taking their vision and turning it into a reality. Our detailed creative process helps to pinpoint what the bride truly wants. This means each dress is unique and created for her, made to her measurements and fits her perfectly on her big day.

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Ashley: We work with brides who aren’t able to find their perfect dress in a store or have a specific vision of what they want that may not be offered in the market.

Photos by Kirsten Miccoli Photography + Star Digital Services

Also, Ashley has a special deal just for NBG brides! The first 3 brides to book their wedding dress with Something YOU Bridal will receive 30% off of their gown! Amazing! Just mention that you saw this post on Nashville Bride Guide. :)

Thank you so much for sharing all about your business, Ashley! You can find more about Something YOU Bridal here on her website. And be sure to follow along with all the latest happenings here on Something YOU Bridal's Instagram page! 

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Bohemian Spring Wedding Inspiration by Brasspenny Photography

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring is alive and well! Which is why I'm so excited to share this bright and modern styled shoot with you today from Brasspenny Photography! The minimalistic style (which is one of my favorite wedding looks) created a surreal desert-like experience. The geometric shapes mixed with succulents and geodes would normally call for a neutral muted look, but I am totally loving the pops of rose quartz, blues and purples that make this shoot stand out! The watercolor invitation suite and bohemian wedding dress give the photos a laid-back vibe while keeping a clean look. Keep scrolling to find more of Brasspenny Photography's photos along with an exerpt on her inspiration behind the shoot! 

Bohemian Styled Shoot

By Brasspenny Photography

Ravenswood Mansion

2.20.16

Styled Shoot Team: 

Photographer | Brasspenny Photography

Rentals |12th Table

Makeup Artist | Alyssa Kraus

Dress Designer | Anna Campbell

Invitation Designer | Erin Kirouac Design Co.

Model | Laurenne Juliet

Floral Designer | Memory of Elegance

Event Venue | Ravenswood Mansion

Caterer | Tash'Ville Catering

Dress Store | The Dress Theory

Personal Stylist | Twila Trahan

From the photographer Rachel Tenpenny of Brasspenny Photography: Part of what people don't tell you about becoming a somewhat successful creative, is that your time to play is cut short. So putting this little styled shoot together was a way to get to play at what I love to do. And since we're all so busy once wedding season fully kicks in, February was a cloudy but appropriate time to make the shoot happen. We wanted to incorporate rose quartz hue in a subtle manner, and once we started putting the hues we liked together, we realized we kind of had this muted desert vibe. From there the inspiration evolved fairly naturally. It seemed like keeping it somewhat minimalistic would be fitting. Succulents and cactus, raw quartz and geodes, and a breathtaking but *different* gown really set the look into place.

Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with us, Rachel! You can check out more of Brasspenny Photography's work here on Rachel's website and please make sure you give her a follow on Instagram here! LOVE this look for spring! 

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Paige Brown Designs’ Glam Enchanted Garden Styled Shoot at East Ivy Mansion

Friday, March 24, 2017

Class. Style. Elegance. Creativity... these are the words that come to mind whenever I see a styled shoot or wedding by Paige Brown Designs! Like I've said before, her innovative designs never cease to amaze me! She tops herself with each and every project - including this Vogue-inspired styled shoot at Easy Ivy Mansion! Paige carefully crafted every detail - from the elegant table blooms to the styled model shots, this shoot gives so much spring garden glam wedding inspiration! The pops of lilac and hints of gold against the green ivy garden is such a dream. The enchanted garden leaves us all with an element of whimsy and carries us through Paige Brown's daydream. Keep scrolling to see all of the photos from By Jarquise and learn more about Paige's inspiration with this shoot...

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Styled Shoot

Designed by Paige Brown Designs

East Ivy Mansion

2.4.17

Style Shoot Team:

Design, Creative Director, and Florals | Paige Brown Designs

Venue | East Ivy Mansion

Model | Latanya Greene with Maverick Renegade Management 

HMUA | Art Official Makeup

Dress | Elle Nelle Bridal 

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Photography | By Jarquise 

From the designer, Paige Brown: I daydream all of the time. There is so much beauty and creativity that lives within our imagination. It's there where anything is possible. I had a vision of a beautiful woman walking through an enchanted garden in a gorgeous silk gown at her flawlessly beautiful mansion. I took that vision and created an entire narrative around it.

I truly believe every woman deserves a fairytale experience at least once in their lifetime. ESPECIALLY on their wedding day. That's what Paige Brown Designs is all about... The magic and beauty of making fairytale wedding wishes a reality.

This couture shoot was inspired by Vogue and all things fabulous.

Wow - thank you so much for sharing this incredibly dreamy shoot with us, Paige! You can check out more of Paige Brown Designs' work here on her website. And be sure to give her a follow on Instagram here!

If you liked this styled shoot, be sure to check out Melanie + Chris' wedding here!

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Geny’s Bridal: An Incredible Selection of Wedding Dresses for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photo by T2 Photography

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of Nashville's long-time wedding professionals here in our beautiful city. Meet Geny's Bridal - Geny's Bridal carries some of Nashville's prettiest dresses from Pronovias and Ellis! And not only can you buy your wedding dress at Geny's, but they also provide beautiful florals for your Nashville wedding as well! As a bride with an ongoing checklist, I'm sure you'll appreciate the convenience of ordering your wedding flowers and your wedding dress in one place. You heard about their florals yesterday in the NBG two part series, however, today I've invited Joan of Geny's Bridal to share more about their beautiful lines of dresses they offer for Nashville brides! 

Photo by Abigail Lauren Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Bridal + how long you've been in business.

Joan: If you're looking for a beautiful, serene place to search for your dream wedding dress, Geny's Bridal is your place. Our highly experienced consultants are eager to show your our exclusive lines of gowns from Ellis Bridal and Pronovias. They will take the time to reveal all the mysteries of silhouette, fabrics and quality so that you understand what you are investing in. There is no better place to begin, and end, your quest for that perfect gown.

How did the idea of selling dresses along with florals come to fruition?

Joan: Changes in the industry prompted us to discontinue selling high-end silk flowers, which left us with a large show room that needed something to fill the space. We obviously wanted something that correlated with our flower business. Wedding gowns were a natural choice since we already design and produce flowers for about 50 weddings a year. Our vision was to establish a relationship with brides when they purchased their gown and continue that to their flowers.

3 Photos Above by Levon Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Bridal?

Joan: Our philosophy in our bridal salon is the same as it has been for the flower shop for almost 150 years. Great quality product and impeccable customer service. Brides tell us over and over that our bridal salon is by far the best customer experience in town.

What are your strengths compared to other dress shops?

Joan: We are truly invested in our brides' success in finding the gown that is going to make her feel her most beautiful on her wedding day. And, we want to make the experience of purchasing that gown as memorable as when she walks down the aisle in that gown.

Photo by Parker Young

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How would you describe the dresses offered at Geny's? What type of bride would like these dresses?

Joan: In selecting the lines we wanted to carry in the salon, our focus was on value. All gowns are not created equal and while we wanted a great price point, we wanted great quality for that price. Ellis Bridals and Provovias fulfilled those desires.

What are some dress designs that are trending this season?

Joan: Crepe fabric is huge for the 2017 season. We love how it drapes and hugs, it's very comfortable to wear. A low or open back is also very popular this season as well.

Photo by Marbelle Photography

Photo by Ulmer Studios

There's one more thing I'd like to add - Geny's is hosting a Pronovias Trunk Sale next weekend from March 31st - April 2nd! You can find more details here on our events page and be sure to give them a call to set up your appointment!

Thank you so much for sharing all of your insight and knowledge with us today, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Bridal and browse their selections on their website here. And be sure to follow them here on Instagram!

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Geny’s Flowers: Nashville’s Historic Flower Shop Offering Bridal Bouquets + More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo by Kelly Cummings Photography

When you're looking for your wedding flowers for your Nashville, TN wedding, you won't want to miss Geny's Flowers! As Nashville's long-standing floral shop (they've been around for 150 years!), Geny's has seen it all! And when it comes to your modern-day wedding, Joan with Geny's Flowers can help you craft the perfect wedding floral look. Geny's offers everything from DIY wholesale flowers to custom wedding floral designs. From simple bouttenieres to intricate floral arches and installations, Geny's can provide the flowers to fit your unique style and budget! I could go on, but I'll let Joan, owner of Geny's Flowers, tell the story below! 

Photo by Julie Paisley Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Flowers!

Joan: Geny's is Nashville's oldest purveyor of fresh cut flowers. We can take all the perfect things you have found for your wedding or event and show you how flowers will work to pull together the perfect look. Our skilled & highly experienced designers will guide you through floral selections that will complement your location, personal style and budget. We offer DIY consultations for the brave do-it-yourself bride or floral enthusiast.

Geny's Flowers has a rich history here in Nashville! Tell us about how the business has grown + lasted throughout the years!

Joan: John Geny, co-owner of Geny's Flowers and Bridal is a fourth generation Geny in the flower industry. His great grandfather John Geny and his brother Leon were master gardeners from the Alsace region of France. They began their career here in 1868 installing and caring for the gardens at Belmont Mansion for the then builder and owner, Adelicia Acklen. We have evolved with the industry over the last 150 years from green houses and train cars and five retail shops and are proud to be one of the two oldest, along with Levy's, family owned and operated businesses in Tennessee.

Photos by Abigail Lauren Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Flowers?

Joan: Our focus has always been on quality product and quality customer service. We care greatly about flowers and take great pride in our rich history in this business. So, we want you to be successful with your floral adventures, whether they be a small baby shower for a friend or a foray into owning your own small floral business. We want to be here with you every step of the way.

What are your strengths compared to other florists?

Joan: Knowledge and commitment to excellence. Since we work on both the sides of the flower business, retail and wholesale, we understand what quality products and service means to the finished look as a whole.

What type of bride books Geny's Flowers for their wedding?

Joan: Because we strive to offer services for every type of bride, I'm not sure if there is one specific kind. However, they tend to have more of a traditional style and an interest in quality more than quantity.

Photos by Rebecca Denton Photography

Tell us about some floral trends for 2017 that you're excited about!

Joan: Lots of textured greens! Texture in general is one of my favorite things and allows me to use many different, beautiful flowers and greens in our arrangements.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?

Joan: We are Nashville proud and we are here for you. We have been for 150 years and we hope to be for another 150 years.

First 2 photos by Ellie Odom Photography

Last photo by Julie Paisley Photography

Thank you so much for sharing all about Geny's Flowers and the rich history of the company, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Flowers on their website here or be sure to catch them over on Instagram here! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Geny's series tomorrow - we'll dive into their beautiful wedding dresses! 

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