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Nashville Bride Guide Features Geny’s Wedding Dresses on Today in Nashville

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I'm going to start this post off by saying - it takes a TEAM! And a few weeks back during my segment on Today in Nashville, I had so many wedding professionals and models willing and able to step up to the plate and help a sister out! During this particular segment, I showcased 4 gorgeous wedding dresses from Geny's Bridal. Now, if you've never been to Geny's, you are missing out! Shop manager Kim and seamstress extraordinaire Faye helped me with model fittings and briefed me on their newest and most trending dresses in the shop! They were gracious enough to spend time and energy making these models look fantastic for the camera - and boy did they ever! Plus, makeup artist Katie-Laine Thornton brought her team of beauty professionals to the WSMV studios to make the models look top notch! After much coordination (and even a bit of a hiccup day of!), everyone worked together to make this segement one of the best yet! Even Amy of And How! Imaging was able to capture the moments behind the scenes and even on air documenting the entire process. Take a look at all of her stunning photos and hear all about the latest fall dress trends from Geny's (plus, see the full segment below)! 

So what's new as far as fall wedding dress trends go? We had Victoria wearing a beautiful Pronovias gown with an illusion back detailing with the lace appliques peeking through! Illusion backs are all the rage and bringing more interest to the back of the dress this season is key! We're also seeing beautiful buttons cascading down the backs of these dresses as well. And another element that is cool about Victoria's fit and flare dress is that the lining is champagne and the lace overlay is ivory - so that means the dress really has some dimension and pops! We are not seeing any true white dresses this season - in fact, they are really hard to come by! So color is key - we're even noticing hues of light pinks and blues walking down the aisle.

Another really cool trend (that I love!) for fall is a wedding jumpsuit! Not every bride needs to feel confined to wearing a dress - jumpsuits and pant suits are all the rage. I had Olivia Shea Styles wearing a beautiful sweetheart jumpsuit from Pronovias with a V-back and long sleeve beaded detailing. It's something unique that brides may also want to slip into during their rehearsal dinner, shower, or even during their reception. Kim at Geny's recommends that you can even bring it on your honeymoon and wear it out again to a dressy dinner! Who knew you could wear your wedding dress (er, jumpsuit!) again!

Next, La-Tanya wore an absolutely stunning Pronovias gown with a cathedral train! Cascading trains are making a huge statement this fall and combining it with long sleeves, buttons and illusion back detailing is a complete win to be on trend! The front of this dress also has the illusion detail and makes the plunging sweetheart neckline just a bit more modest with the illusion fabric. You can even buy an insert to go with the dress if the plunge is still a bit low for you, so the versatility works wonders for many different types of brides!

And finally, Victoria did a super quick change into another dress while we were live (I mean, MAJOR props to the Geny's team and Victoria for doing this!). This dress is an Ellis dress (did you know Geny's is the only shop in Tennessee that carries Ellis gowns?), and gives way to sleek and classic style! The off the shoulder trend is huge in fashion right now, so why not wear this style on your wedding day? This satin dress gives a nod to the days of old with simplistic style and meaninful design details! Plus - POCKETS! I mean, what girl doesn't love dress pockets? Perfect for carrying those tissues in case you shed a happy tear on your wedding day! (This dress can be seen in the video clip below - check it out!)


WSMV Channel 4


Thanks again to everyone who helped with this segment - Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton, And How! Imaging and Geny's Bridal! Be sure to check them out - they are all so talented and would be the perfect addition to your wedding team! 

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A Recap of Spring Bridal Fashion Week in New York from Ninth & Everett

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It happens twice a year and brides and wedding industry vets wait in anticipation to see what each wedding dress designer will send down the runway at New York Bridal Fashion Week! I know a lot of Nashville wedding professionals made their way out to New York for the big show, and we were fortunate enough to speak with wedding planners & designers Ninth & Everett about their experience at the show! Josiah + Blake experienced the Kelly Faetanini + Lela Rose runway shows firsthand! We sat down with Josiah to talk about 3 of the latest trends for the upcoming bridal season!



1) Color

According to Josiah, many of the dress designers decided to forego the traditional white and ivory for a pop of color this season! The most prominent color incorporated into gowns this year was black. And we’re not talking about adding a simple black sash or small beaded black details… Kelly Faetanini decided to incorporate an all black ostrich feather skirt into her signature full A-line feathered look. Josiah also noticed black sheath slips underneath sheer white dresses to give a moody peek of black for an all-over look. Mixing the traditional white with black was also a trend - white bodices with black skirts and the reverse. So incredibly chic and modern!


2) Mermaid No More

Out of all the silhouettes that walked the runway this year, Josiah says Mermaid dresses were few and far between. The fitted look with dramatic poofs starting at the knee were not to be found, but A-line and sheath dresses were ruling the runways last week in NYC! Instead, we’re seeing more out of the box dresses and unique silhouettes.


3) Pant Suits & Jumpsuits

Designers were escaping tradition and feeling the liberty to design outside of the box. Josiah mentioned that jumpsuits and pant suits were prominent silhouettes walking the catwalk. More and more designers are accommodating tastes for all marriages and women who may feel uncomfortable in a traditional ball gown dress. This off-beat trend is alive and well - and some designers like Lela Rose styled overcoats over the dresses and jumpsuits to freshen up this fun new trend!



All in all, Josiah says the new tradition is to be NOT traditional. We LOVE this here at NBG and are excited to see more untraditional wedding dresses incorporated into Nashville weddings!


Want to see more of Ninth & Everett’s photos from New York? Follow them on Instagram here and also be sure to check out their portfolio on their website here to see some incredible wedding designs!


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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


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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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



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

Photo by T2 Photography

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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Meet elleNelle Bridal: Creating Custom Wedding Gowns in Nashville, TN

Thursday, March 16, 2017

When it comes to bridal fashion, as a bride you want to find the perfect wedding gown. You'll most likely spend hours upon hours browsing Pinterest, watching Say Yes to the Dress, and making the rounds to multiple bridal shops in the Nashville area. But if you're left feeling empty after seeing what's out there, or if you want something completely custom, I'd love to introduce you to Leah of elleNelle Bridal! Leah can design a custom wedding gown for your Nashville wedding. And not only that, she can create dresses for your bridesmaids as well! You may have seen her work here on Nashville Bride Guide in her own wedding at The Lodge (yes, she made her own wedding dress!) and also on the model in the Lakeside "I Do" styled shoot in collaboration with Paige Brown Designs. I'm not going to lie, I am still starry-eyed over that bridal jumpsuit she created! Not to mention, Leah is hosting an event next Thursday where you can meet her in person and see what all she has to offer! But without further ado, I'll let Leah tell us all about her journey to becoming a wedding dress designer...

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

Leah: elleNelle Bridal is a premier brand that caters to women looking for custom-made bridal and formal wear. We strive to give our customers a dress that meets every bit of their expectations. We do that by listening to what our customer wants, creating sketches, carefully selecting fabrics, and constructing quality pieces. Here at elleNelle we truly care about our clients and want to do our best to ensure they look their best on their special day.

How did you get started in weddings?

Leah: I’ve always been a creative at heart, and after pursuing two degrees in Accounting, I realize that life is too short not to do what you love. (Ha! Fine time to have this epiphany)! Nonetheless, about 6 years ago I decided I would pull my grandmothers old sewing machine out of storage and teach myself to sew. I started off reconstructing thrifted clothing, then after educating myself through trial and error, video tutorials, books, drop in classes, etc. I decided to move on to making clothes from scratch. By 2013 I created a custom evening/party wear line, called Racks Couture. It wasn’t until 2015 when I made my own wedding dress that I found my true niche. I loved every moment of wedding planning. Once my wedding was over I wanted to stay in the bridal industry and make brides feel as beautiful as I did on my big day.

What's the philosophy behind your elleNelle Bridal?

Leah: Our philosophy is to listen to our brides and create quality gowns that make them feel beautiful on their special day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Leah: elleNelle's strength lies in our ability to design unique bridal attire, incorporating both contemporary and traditional style.

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

Leah: I think brides see our unique styles and attention to detail and fit; that attracts their interest. Our brides are stylish and fashion forward. They are willing to step out of the box and make their own rules when it comes to their wedding gown.

What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Leah: Bridal jumpsuits are a major trend these days, and that's something that I'm seeing more and more brides request. They can be formal, sexy, comfortable, and transitional. You can see in our lakeside photoshoot how a jumpsuit can be worn at a wedding.

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

Leah: At elleNelle, we offer bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, + Prom/special occasion gowns!

Also, be sure to check out the elleNelle Bridal event coming up next week! You can meet Leah in person at StudioWed on Thursday, March 23rd. Check out all the details here on our events page! 

Photos by Shannon Bankston Photography

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