It's that time - to get the #girlsquad together to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with a Nashville bachelorette party weekend! The only question is, what can we do that everyone in your bridal party (and more) will enjoy? Most likely your friends range from the laid-back lass to the party girl and you'll want to find something to do that will please all of your bridesmaids! Well, we have a great solution - Paint Nite! And no, this isn't your average get together with the ladies, paint-by-number painting class. It's a full-on PARTY!
Yep, Paint Nite pairs painting with party music, food and drinks galore! While you paint your magnificent masterpiece, you may find yourself taking a dance break in the middle of the room with your besties... or even sipping on specialty cocktails and noshing on artisan appetizers! The best thing about Paint Nite, is that each event is hosted in one of the many restaurants or meeting spaces in the Nashville area! That means you get to experience LOCAL bars providing LOCAL drinks and food!
If you and your bridesmaids would prefer to go the private party route, the good news is, Paint Nite can accommodate! Paint Nite will pair you with one of their experienced event planners to get the low-down on what you and your girls want to get out of the party. From customized music to specialty cocktails, the Paint Nite staff can create a one-of-a-kind night to celebrate you!
It gets even better - you can win a free ticket to Paint Nite! All you have to do is:
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!
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.
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."
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...
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!
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". :)
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:
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…
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