Friday, July 29, 2016
When it comes to makeup, I tend to only have 1-2 tricks up my sleeve in my day to day routine. And when I say tricks, I mean alternating eyeshadow and lip colors… But with 16 years of experience, Nashville hair and makeup artist Kara Gaylor knows all the tricks of the trade. And if you're like me, Kara's a great person to help you out in this area! Not only is she an exceptional choice to hire for your wedding hair and makeup, but she can even do lash extensions! How amazing would it be to wake up on your wedding day with a lush full set of eyelashes? Plus, she can even teach you how to do your everyday makeup and make the most out of your makeup bag! Check out our interview with Kara below - and make sure you read until the end for a special giveaway!
Photo by Tyler Sharpe
Photos by Leslee Mitchell
Tell us about your company!
Kara: I am an independent stylist in Nashville, TN offering a full range of services to cover all your beauty needs. Everything from custom hair color & haircuts, makeup tutorials, on-location hair & makeup styling for events, weddings and photo shoots, and most recently eyelash extensions.
How long have you been in business? How did you get started in weddings?
Kara: I started as a freelance makeup artist out of college, and kept getting asked if I did hair as well. A few years later I attended the Aveda Institue in Atlanta, and have been doing both hair and makeup ever since. I've been working in the beauty industry for over 16 years.
When I was first getting started as a freelance makeup artist years ago, weddings were some of my first jobs that came through friend referrals. Over time it snowballed into more and more referrals, clients that are wedding planners referring me to brides, and relationships with other vendors that I've made. It's a huge part of my overall business.
Photo by Jordan Short
What's the philosophy behind your company? What are your strengths?
Kara: I strive to enhance people's natural beauty, and show them how to work with their features and strengths instead of fighting against it to achieve a particular look. I like to think that I see in others what they do not see in themselves and I help bring that out.
Being an independent stylist allows me to have more of a personal connection to each client. I've been told that I listen well and pay close attention to detail. I want everyone in my chair to feel important and special.
What attracts brides to your business?
Kara: My aesthetic of "enhanced natural" really connects with a lot of brides. I'm not about heavy contouring, airbrushing, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but in my opinion, it has a time and a place and is not for everyone. A bride should look and feel like herself, especially on her wedding day. My goal is to bring out her most beautiful self. I think what I hear most often from brides that find me is, "you have a soft, natural aesthetic, and all your work looks like a real person, not an overly made-up face of makeup."
Photo by Leslee Mitchell
What is the most innovative new trend in your industry?
Kara: I'd have to say eyelash extensions for sure! They can really enhance your eyes without mascara, and last longer than a temporary false lash.
Tell us more about Lash Extensions! What all is involved in the process?
Kara: I think my favorite thing about them is the ease it provides. You wake up with your eyes already done without the need for mascara or any other eye makeup.
The process is a very detailed one. A synthetic eyelash is one-by-one adhered to each individual natural lash. There is a range of lengths, thicknesses and curls, so it is completely custom to each person. They last on average about 6 weeks and will shed as your natural lashes shed. A fill is recommended about every 3 weeks to account for the different stages of the lash growth cycle. I think that there is a lot of assumption out there that lash extensions all end up looking way too long and spidery. They don't have to, and that is certainly not my goal. I approach this the same way I do hair and makeup styling -- enhancing their look while keeping the health and integrity of their natural lashes intact.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and philosophy behind your business, Kara! And I have some more great news...
Photos by Leslee Mitchell
Kara is gracious enough to offer an ABG exclusive GIVEAWAY of FREE LASH EXTENSIONS to one lucky ABG reader! (A $200 value!)
Here's how to enter:
1) Follow @karagaylor_stylist and @ashleysbrideguide on Instagram
2) Like the giveaway posts on @karagaylor_stylist and @ashleysbrideguide Instagram pages.
3) Tag a friend in the comments on either Instagram post to complete your entry.
Contest starts now through Monday, August 1st. Winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, August 2nd. Good luck!
Bonus for ALL ABG readers, Kara is offering 10% off lash extensions when you book an August appointment now through Wednesday, August 15th! Contact her now at email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Summer is in full swing which also means planning your wedding may also be in full swing! Staying in while doing research and sending vendor emails may keep you from getting out with your beau and having a good time! But Cactus Creek Barn has come up with a solution by hosting a Weenie Roast + Ice Cream Social on August 12th from 6:30-10:30pm! Mixing wedding vendors with food, fun and friends is exactly what you need! Here's more from Cactus Creek Barn:
You deserve a night out as a couple, no kids, just good, clean fun with your sweetheart! "SAVE the DATE" night out series was developed to support healthy marriages and strengthen your bond as a couple. We have great vendors for you to experience and we hope you will mingle with old friends and meet some new ones. Start your evening off roasting weenies over the fire pit. Then be sure to head down to the creek to play some creekside games, cool your toes off in the spring fed waters of Yellow Creek and win a door prize! Bring your water shoes, towels and lawn chairs. As the sun starts to get low in the sky head back to the barn to enjoy some ice cream and listen to some fantastic music!
Photo by Nashville Wedding Collection
6:30 - 7:30 Weenie Roast - Photo Booth - Creekside Games
7:30 - 8:00 Ice Cream Social - Door Prizes
8:00 - 10:00 Musical Entertainment featuring Andrew Salgado playing some old favorites and some original songs.
Photo by Nashville Wedding Collection
Two Fat Men Ice Cream Company
Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema
Petals and Fields
KP Events & Rentals
The Mosquito Authority
Door Prize Sponsors:
Southern Sass Hair Salon, At Home Realty - Sue Blizman, and more to come!
Early Bird Registration: $12/person through Aug 5th
General Admission: $15/person after Aug 5th
Cactus Creek Barn Couples: $5/person through Aug 5th (If you don’t receive an email invitation with the discount code please call, text, or email us for it)
Cactus Creek Barn Couples: $10/person after Aug 5th
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Photos by Ivory Door Studio
Thank you to Cactus Creek Barn for creating an opportunity for engaged Nashville area couples to mix and mingle. Share your wedding planning experiences over some ice cream and call it a night! And remember to register early before August 5th to receive an early bird discount!
Added bonus: you might get to meet the newest addition to the Cactus Creek Barn family, "Sweet Alfalfa". :)
Thursday, July 7, 2016
I am beyond thrilled to announce Ashley's Bride Guide is nominated for Best Blog in the TOAST Readers' Choice Awards!
Since becoming the owner of ABG 2 months ago, I have been working hard and preparing the best in Nashville weddings just for you. I've had a blast getting to know brides and vendors - I think meeting all of you has been my favorite part so far! When I saw the blog was nominated, it made me step back and think of how being a small business owner and running the blog is so worth it - I'm loving every minute of it! I'm so incredibly thankful to be nominated in this category alongside such amazing and talented bloggers in Nashville.
With that being said, I would SO appreciate it if you voted for Ashley's Bride Guide! Here's how to do it:
1) Go to the Toast of Tennessee page.
2) Click to People & Places > Best Blog (second category).
3) Click on the Vote button for Ashley's Bride Guide.
4) Log in with your email address & click the confirmation link in your email inbox.
5) Head back to the page and make sure your vote counted. And you're done! :)
Thanks in advance! xoxo
Monday, May 30, 2016
When an email from Brides Across America graced my inbox, I was thrilled to see there is a wedding-focused organization giving back to military spouses. In honor of Memorial Day, I am delighted to share with you Brides Across America - a non-profit providing wedding dresses for military brides.
In 2008, Heidi Janson founded Brides Across America after growing up in the wedding industry and seeing the difficulty brides had in planning their wedding due to deployment, injury or economic hardship. Over the past 8 years, the organization has gifted over 15,000 wedding dresses and 20 weddings to military brides with the help of America’s wedding community. How incredible is that?! And not only does Brides Across America benefit military families, but they’ve expanded wedding gown donations to first responders. Even more amazing…
How can you get involved? Twice a year, the organization hosts giveaway events and in fact, the next one is coming up on July 7th right in our backyard at Glitz Nashville! Register for the event here: http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/register-by-list
If you’d like to donate your wedding dress to Brides Across America, click here for more information.
Thank you to those who have served in the military - we are truly grateful for your sacrifice for our country.
All photos from Brides Across America website.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
If a good portion of your wedding guests are traveling to Nashville (or you're having a destination wedding), you'll want to send a save-the-date announcement well in advance of your big day to alery your guests to the date and location of your wedding. You'd be surprised at how fast everyone's calendars fill up, especially for popular dates!
Save-the-date announcements are also a fun way to introduce your guests to your "couple" personality. And with 15 different paper collections, all offering different styles of save-the-date announcements, you're sure to find the perfect announcement at paperKuts studio, a super cute paper boutique right here in Nashville.
For the entire month of January, paperKuts Studio, will take 20% off your save-the-date sale order so now's an ideal time to start shopping for your announcements. Contact owner Kim at 615.885.0231 to schedule your appointment before the sale ends.
paperKuts Studio is located at located at 2545 Lebanon Pike.
Collection: Page Stationery
Collection: Carlson Craft