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Harley + Daniel’s Southern Vintage Wedding at Briar Rose Hill by Caitlin Steva

Friday, April 21, 2017

A historical home. Vintage charm. A couple meant to be. Put them all together and you've found Harley + Daniel's wedding at Briar Rose Hill! The vintage elegance in every detail throughout the November day fit in perfectly with the historical charm of the venue. The touches of leafy green garland + pops of purple set the scene for a traditional Southern soireé. The array of pies, hand lettered signs + "found" furniture created a vintage wonderland at every angle. Photographer Caitlin Steva captured the moments beautifully - check out all of the couple's gorgeous photos along with an interview with Harley herself! 



Harley + Daniel

Briar Rose Hill


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Caitlin Steva Photography

Event Venue | Briar Rose Hill

Bakery | Faboo Cakes

Event Planner | Nashville Event Planning

Flowers | Posh Florals by Nashville Event Planning

Caterer | Wildberry Catering

DJ | Choice DJs

Tell us about your engagement!

Harley: We kept it sweet and personal. I was actually out for a girls' night with my best friend. When I got home he surprised me with a dozen roses and tea candles spelling "I love you" in the living room. He asked me, but before I said yes, I made sure he had asked my Daddy first.

What was the vision + theme for your wedding?

Harley: We had a front porch wedding surrounded by family and friends. The theme of "Vintage Southern Belle" is what I've always dreamed of since I was young.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Harley: Having my girls with me while getting ready helped me keep my stress levels down. One was helping me put my dress on and I accidently bumped her in the head with my knee. Walking out as Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Mayes was the best feeling. Getting to dance with my best friends and making a fool of ourselves was the best fun.

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Harley: The point is to get married, as long as that happens there's no need to stress.

Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos with us, Caitlin! And also thanks to Harley for sharing the details of your wedding with us! You can check out more of Caitlin's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

Also! Make sure you grab your tickets to our calligraphy workshop at Briar Rose Hill before they're gone!



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REN Dermatology: Providing Beauty Services for Nashville Brides

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking your best on your wedding day starts with great skin! And if there's a beauty service you've been eyeing for some time, taking the plunge while you're engaged is the best time! To get that natural glow and smoothness, REN Dermatology in Franklin can provide some incredible treatments to help you achieve the skin of your dreams! With a wide array of options from laser hair removal to waxing to fillers, REN can help you customize a treatment regimine fit perfectly to your needs and skin type. And you're in luck because REN Dermatology provided a sample treatment plan for NBG readers to get you ready for your big day! Check out their plan suggestions below and keep reading to learn more about what each service entails...



Getting engaged is exciting!! REN is ready to help you plan your strategy for getting beautiful-looking skin by your wedding day.  We will custom tailor your skin care schedule to your budget and timeline so that you and your bridal party are picture perfect on the big day!


8 Months 

Start Customized At Home Skin Care Regimen with Neocutis, Epionce, Skinmedica, and Revision.

Target Problem Spots with Quanta, IPL, SRF lasers.  Number of treatments required and intervals vary.

Resurfacing of the Face – CO2RE Laser, 1 treatment, downtime 7 - 10 days, healing time varies.

Laser Hair Removal – treatment every 4 – 6 weeks, at least 4 – 6 treatments


6 Months 

Lift and Refresh Face and Neck – Ultherapy, one session, no downtime.

Tone and Shape Body – Round One of UltraShape Power 1 treatment, every 2 weeks, 3 treatments required. 

Clear and Glowing Skin on Face – Start customized rotation of Microneedling, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacial, every 4 – 6 weeks 

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, at home skin care, exercise, drink water, and maintain a healthy diet.


3 Months 

Plump Lips – Fillers

Eyelashes – Latisse

Tone and Shape Body – Round Two of Ultrashape Power, add Velashape 3 treatments, every 2 weeks. 

Clear and Glowing Skin Treaments – Continue rotation of Microneedle, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacial.

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, at home skin care, exercise, drink water, and maintain a healthy diet.


2 Months 

Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles - Botox 

Tone and Shape Body – Start Round 2 of VelaShape 3 treatments, every 2 weeks. 

Clear and Glowing Skin Treaments – Continue rotation of Microneedle, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacials.

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, At Home Skin Care, Exercise, Drink water, and Maintain a healthy diet.

Week of Wedding: Hydrafacial with Massage, Eyebrow Tint, and Lash Extensions, sleep, and drink plenty of water.


Have a Wonderful Time!!


And what exactly are each of these treatments? Take a look at REN Dermatology's menu of beauty options below:


Ultherapy – Lift and refresh face and neck with this non-invasive face lift. No downtime.  Gradual natural results over 3 – 12 months.

UltraShape Power – Permanently treat belly fat and tighten loose skin. No downtime. Gradual results over 1 – 3 months.

VelaShape – Targets and smoothes cellulite. No downtime. Gradual results over 1 – 3 months.

CO2RE – Retexturizing treatment for face.  Treats acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. 7 – 10 days downtime.  Healing time varies.

Quanta - Treat vascular lesions and telangictasias (tiny capillaries and veins).

IPL – Treats brown spots on face, neck, shoulders, chest. Treats redness.

SRF – Light resurface treatment.  Targets pore size, fine lines/wrinkles, acne scarring.  Downtime 2 days.

Laser Hair Removal – Treatment areas include axillae, lip, bikini, face, legs, arms, back, etc. No downtime.


Spa Treaments

Microneedling – Helps with collagen stimulation, appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks. Downtime 24 hours.

Peels – Refresh and resurface depending on level of intensity.  Downtime ranges from 24 hours – 7 days.

Hydrafacial – Multi-step treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells and replenish vital nutrients. Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles for instant results. No downtime.



Fillers – Add volume to lips and cheeks, create lift, smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox – Smooths fine lines and wrinkles on forehead, 11’s and crow’s feet.


At Home Skin Care and Products 

Latisse – Promotes growth and thickness of eyelashes.

Epionce, Neocutis, Revision, Skinmedica – At home skincare tailored toward your skin care goals. 

Spa Services: Lash Extensions, Eyebrow Tint and Wax.

You can check out more of REN Dermatology's offerings here on their website and also here on their Instagram page! Are you ready for your first treatment? Be sure to tell them NBG sent you! :)


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Old Romance Styled Shoot at Riverwood Mansion by Ashley Steffens Photography

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moody romance is a great theme for your Nashville wedding! Mixing light neutrals and pastels with pops of dark shades is how Ashley Steffens Photography created the beautiful scene at Riverwood Mansion. The blush spray rose flower crown atop the bride's curly locks, her dark lipstick shade and the sequins on the untraditional yet elegant dress give her look lots of dimension. And all of the brushed teal walls, antique funiture and gorgeous mantles of the historical home give the setting all the more intrigue! Take a look at all of Ashley's photos and read more below about the shoot through her lens... 

Old Romance Styled Shoot

Riverwood Mansion


Styled Shoot Team:

Photography | Ashley Steffens Photography

Venue | Riverwood Mansion

Dress | RCB Fashion

Flowers | Jackson Blume Studio

From the photographer, Ashley of Ashley Steffens Photography: After visiting the venue for the first time, I knew I wanted the look of this styled shoot to be ethereal & elegant, just like Riverwood Mansion. From the second I walked in the door I felt like I was in an old romantic movie, so that is how I wanted to shoot to feel! This styled shoot was inspired by the romance of Riverwood Mansion. When I originally saw the space, I knew the bright teal walls and window lighting had the potential to be one of the most stunning settings I have shot in. The fireplace lent itself to a romantic candlelit setting and neutral complimentary tones. Neutral tones were used to create an "Old Romance" feel.  We told the florist to create something elegant and neutral in order to create a sophisticated, beautiful scene. It couldn't have gone any better!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Ashley Steffen's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. Thanks, girl!

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Meet Katie-Laine Thornton: Beauty + Makeup Artist for Your Nashville Wedding

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Photos by Once Like a Spark + Jenna Hendeson

Having your hair and makeup professionally done for your wedding is a must in my book! It's one of the most important days of your life and you'll be looking at your photos for years to come - you want to look your absolute best (but still like you of course!). And this is where hair and makeup artist Katie-Laine Thornton can help you! She is a Nashville area based makeup artist who can help you in the beauty department. With a specialty in natural beauty and all-natural and organic beauty products, Kaite-Laine will also be sure you look camera ready for each and every photo that is snapped on your big day! As you can see from these beautiful photos, the results are amazing! She even did my makeup for the Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party and I was so incredibly pleased with the results - it was exactly what I was looking for! Read more about Katie-Laine's story and how she can help you with your wedding makekup for your Nashville wedding!

Photo by The Ulmers


Tell us about Katie-Laine Thornton Makeup + how long you've been in business.

Katie-Laine: I have been a makeup artist for the past 14 years, working with multiple brands and in multiple genres. My work has been published in numerous magazines such as People Country, Nashville Lifestyles, Murfreesboro Magazine, and others. I offer high-end makeup and hair services for Nashville and the surrounding area. I also partner with other amazing industry professionals that specialize in hair and makeup plus the things I don't do - like facials, waxing, nails, and massage. I customize the perfect beauty look and team (if needed) for each bride I work with.

How did you get started in weddings?

Katie-Laine: While working for MAC Cosmetics, I was fortunate to work with a lot of brides. I absolutely loved helping a bride find the perfect look for them so they could feel confident and empowered for their day. Weddings are my absolute favorite - I love the energy while everyone is getting ready and spending time together. I've actually lost count of how many weddings I've been lucky enough to be a part of but it's well over 500 brides!

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Katie-Laine: I love helping women feel beautiful, confident and empowered in a way that feels totally authentic for them.

First two photos by And How! Imgaging, Last photo by Wild Cotton

What are your strengths compared to other makeup artists?

Katie-Laine: I am extremely knowledgeable and experienced in both the beauty industry and the wedding industry. I am an expert (and educator) in makeup for photography. I am passionate about clean, gorgeous beauty and healthy skin.

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

Katie-Laine: My beauty services are for the bride that wants too look natural and glamorous with a luxury feel. Brides love that I have so much experience in the wedding industry and that I also am an expert in makeup for photography.

What is the most innovative new trends in wedding makeup?

Katie-Laine: Not only am I an expert in makeup for photography but I'm also an expert in ingredients and non-toxic beauty. I offer non-toxic, eco-friendly makeup and hair options. I also teach lessons and classes on the topic to help people clean up and transition their daily beauty routines.

Photo by And How! Imgaging

Photo by High Gravity Photography

Photo by Alison Bynum

Katie-Laine, thank you so much for sharing more about your amazing makeup services for Nashville brides! You can check out more of Kaite-Laine Thornton's work on her website here and also on her Instagram page here


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Jennifer + Chris’ Downtown Nashville Rooftop Engagement Shoot by And How! Imaging

Monday, April 17, 2017

Girl meets boy at a local Nashville divebar and the rest is history... or so it goes with Jennifer + Chris! Their creative and eclectic engagement shoot with And How! Imagaing was definitely one to remember. The shoot started out at the place they met in Nashville with a group of friends for a laid-back party. Then it was off to a private rooftop overlooking downtown Nashville and finally the couple battled it out by playing their favorite video game - Mortal Kombat! I absolutely love that Jennifer + Chris's photos encapsulate what they like to do as a couple and show so many sides of who they are! See their photos below along with an exerpt from And How! Imagaing...


Jennifer + Chris

Engagement Shoot



Photographer | And How! Imaging

Hair | Fairy Batey at J.S. Fields

Makeup | Joule Schatz

From the photographer, Amy of And How! Imaging: One of the main reasons we loved Jennifer and Chris' engagement session was because it really told a story that is personal to them; their story as a couple. We began the session where they met at a local dive downtown. They even had their friends that were there the night they met to come along to hang out for this part! Next we went to a roof top patio for some classy and romantic photos with some dancing thrown in the mix. The sun was setting behind them and the colors were so warm and alive. We finished off their session at their home, with them snuggled up doing one of their favorite things- playing Mortal Kombat (which is also our favorite game, so we were stoked when they suggested this!) We had such a great day working with them, and can't wait for the wedding!

Thanks for sharing this fun and eclectic engagement shoot with us, Amy! You can check out more of And How! Imaging's work here on their website and also here on Instagram!


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