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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
One of my favorite times of year, award season, has recently come to a close... which means I'm still over here looking at all of the beautiful gowns that made their debut on the red carpet this year! And guess what, WHITE was a huge trend this 2017 award season! So obviously the cloud of white dresses made me dream of seeing these trends walk down the aisle at some incredible weddings in Nashville, TN. Without further ado, let's take a look at what the designers are showing this season!
1) Simple + Sleek
Making a statement with your wedding gown does not have to mean adding beads + embellishments. Keeping the silhouette simple + sleek can create a striking and modern look (head to toe!). I'm loving how fashion forward Karlie Kloss' one-sleeve cape dress looks on the carpet along with Naomi Harris' modern cutout dress with a train (one of my absolute favorites on the red carpet this season!).
2) Beautiful Beading
If there was one detail we saw a LOT of this award season, it was beading! There were so many intricate patterns gracing the stars' dresses. Drew Barrymore even mixed a boho look with classy beading - one of the most unique looks on the Golden Globes carpet. While Giuliana Rancic's SAG Awards dress stunned with beading a la 1920s gatsby with a modern silhouette.
3) Sheer Sophistication
Goodness we are seeing a lot of sheer on the red carpet! From sheer laser cut dresses to sheer lace numbers, so many stars donned this sheer trend at award shows this season. (Which means stylists were hard at work strategizing their undergarments!) Julie Bowen's SAG Awards dress definitely caught my eye while Kristin Wiig's all over lace number was perfectly paired with her pixie cut!
4) More White Moments
There were so many more white moments on the red carpet - from Darby Stanchfield's geometric chiffon to Sienna Miller's simplistic cutouts, white is where it's at this season!
5) Bonus: Gorgeous Golds + Neutrals
Even though these dresses aren't necessarily the traditional white, I'm all about a pale-colored wedding dress! Emma Stone + Tracee Ellis Ross were breathtaking in these elegant gowns!
What wedding dress trends are you drawn to this year?
When I first heard that Goodwill was hosting a wedding gala in Nashville, I was so excited! As a second-hand wedding dress bride myself, this cause held dear to my heart! And when I heard that they were selling designer dresses between $99-$399, my heart skipped a beat! I mean... I don't think you can find deals as good as this one anywhere! So mark your calendars for March 18th and read below for more details on this incredible event!
More than 500 wedding dresses and 400 bridesmaid gowns will be sold at bargain prices during the Goodwill Wedding Gala from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the Rivergate Goodwill store, 2101 Gallatin Pike North in Madison.
Prices for wedding gowns will range from $99 to $399. Brand names such as Monique Lhuillier, Tomasina and Amsale, and popular styles in short and long lengths and many colors and sizes, will be available. Local bridal stores donated much of the merchandise.
“This sale is a once-a-year chance for brides-to-be and bridesmaids to find the dress of their dreams at an amazing price,” said Goodwill Retail District Manager Jennifer Martin. “Goodwill’s entire stock of these dresses will be on the sales floor from the start of the sale, so shoppers should come early.”
Dresses, as well as jewelry and accessories, will be found in a featured section at the front of the store. Wedding-related vendors, such as salons, venue providers, photographers and caterers will also be on hand. There will also be refreshments and giveaways.
Shoppers can gain early entrance to the sale, to browse and purchase dresses as much as an hour before the general public, by making a $25 donation at the door. These VIP passes can be obtained from 5-6 a.m.
The Rivergate Goodwill store is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (615) 859-4473.
GOODWILL’S WEDDING GALA
Sale from 6–10 a.m. Saturday, March 18
Rivergate Goodwill Store
2101 Gallatin Pike North
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