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Go Bonanza!: Nashville, TN’s Modern Wedding Photo Booth Rental

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm not gonna lie - I'm a sucker for a good photo booth! But all the cheesy props I could definitely do without. At any given networking event, wedding or party, you'll see me sifting through the photo booth props to find the cutest most non-cheesy prop to wear or hold in the photos with my friends. And when I met Braden of Go Bonanza! at the LVD Bridal open house a few weeks back, I knew his photo booth was perfect for Nashville weddings! With a classy and modern backdrop and fun and cute props, Braden thought of everything for his booth. It's made just for weddings specifically and has that extra level of sophistication you're looking for to match the rest of your elegant wedding decor. I absolutely love the "LOVE" greenery backdrop (I want that sign for my office!) and he even offers a guest book for all your guests to sign! Keep reading to learn all about Go Bonanza! and don't miss the special offer just for NBG readers below! 

Tell us about Go Bonanza! + how long you've been in business!

Braden: Go Bonanza! Photo Booth Co. was started with the goal to change the way photobooths are represented, specifically within the wedding industry. Essentially, we're a photo booth company that specializes in weddings, with that in mind, aspects should be approached with consideration. We care about the importance of details and appearance to make your event truly memorable, not only for you, but also for your guest! The company has been a year in the making, we officially launched over a month ago & are excited to have a big presence in wedding photo booth rentals in Nashville & surrounding cities!

How did you get started in weddings?

Braden: I've seen the movie "Wedding Crashers" over 16 times (Great reference right? Haha). The weddings I've attended so far were nothing like the movie, however, they were always fun-filled, packed full of emotions & great food! Since then, weddings were always at the very top of my list! They're an ever-evolving tradition, & I'm very happy to be a part of the culture.

What's the philosophy behind Go Bonanza!?

Braden: There's an intimate connection with photographing people & every step is taken to recognize its importance. As the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words" we want to make sure those words are filled with positivity! Go Bonanza! Photo Booth Co. stands to provide superior fun & memorable entertainment!

What are your strengths compared to other photo booths?

Braden: We focus on details that others may miss. Your wedding isn't a photography studio, you & your guest shouldn't see a backdrop stand, a printer sitting on the table/floor, or a prop tote. These are just some of the standards that have been accepted far too long; we made a commitment to change this within the wedding photo booth rental industry. Brides & grooms take careful consideration in choosing every facet to make their most important day a success, why not the photo booth? We've also made our process easy & transparent, wedding planners appreciate our simplistic approach.

What attracts brides to your business?

Braden: With our chic & sophisticated style we appeal to brides from all walks of life. Brides understand that it's not just a photo booth but a representation of her. Life flows with rhythm, coordination, & synchronicity...it's like a melody. We aim to ensure she is represented well in an important song of her life.

What are some trends you're seeing in wedding photo booths lately?

Braden: Combined with the most up-to-date technology, our photo booth design is the staple of our company, we offer a booth that is sleek, modern, & minimal. It can fit in with any wedding or event. Props are also important; that's why we use a balance of stylish & creative props that are not only fun but that coordinate well. We also provide elegant minimalistic photo designs that our clients love!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about Go Bonanza!?

Braden: We want to thank all of the people & businesses who support us & believe in what we're changing within the industry. Please visit us on Instagram, @gobonanzabooth! Thank you.

And that's not all - Braden is offering NBG readers a free custom engraved wooden guest book when booking your photo booth! Just mention NBG to snag the deal!

Thanks so much for sharing all about Go Bonanza! with us, Braden!

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ShaveFace: The Perfect Groom + Groomsmen Gifts

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Finding that perfect groomsmen gift can be a challenge. You want something that each and every guy - no matter how different they are - will love and enjoy (and actually use!). And what does almost every guy on the planet do? Shave! ShaveFace provides a unique product line of men's shaving and grooming products - from razor accessories to beard oil to shaving cream! So whether your groomsmen are clean cut or scruffy, you'll find something for each and every guy to go gaga over. Want to hear more about ShaveFace and how you can get your hands on some of their products? Read below for our interview with James and see for yourself!

Photos by Sam Frawley

Tell us about your Shave Face + how long you've been in business!

James: ShaveFace is a men's grooming company that specializes in natural and organic men's shaving goods, as well as an accessory (The Strop) that keeps your disposable razors sharp for months -- say goodbye to overpaying for razors. We have been in business for just over two years.

How did you get started in weddings?

James: We actually got started in weddings when one of our friends was getting married and asked if we could custom stamp Strops for his groomsmen. We had never done it before but it was a huge success. Now we can include our ShaveCare (Shave & Beard Oil, ShaveCream, Aftershave Balm) in groomsmen packages for a customized gift.

Photo by Sam Frawley

Photo by James O'Brien

What's the philosophy behind Shave Face?

James: Shaving should be simple, healthy, and enjoyable. And it shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. We use simple, straightforward ingredients, for the best shave out there.

What are your strengths compared to others men's shaving products?

James: Our products are designed to give you all the benefits of a rigorous skin care routine, without adding extra steps to your daily regimen. The idea is that, as you use our products, they are able to simultaneously give you a great shave as well as treat, hydrate and protect your skin for the day or night ahead. When it comes to The Strop-- we are the only company that makes a denim sharpening Strop (think old school leather strops that barbers would use for their straight razors) for disposable razor cartridges (Gillette, Dollar Shave Club, etc).

Photos by Sam Frawley

What attracts grooms/groomsmen to your business?

James: We have a unique, classy set of products that they have usually never seen anywhere else. Not to mention, they can be customized and they are functional within their day to day lives (as opposed to a cigar cutter or lighter etc).

What is trending lately in your area of focus?

James: Our products make for a fun, new gift that promotes health and wellness. Not to mention, when gifting ShaveFace sets, it gives the groomsmen a set of products to use on the wedding day -- so there's no excuse for the men in the wedding party to look anything other than their best. ; )

Photo by Jason Myers

Photo by James O'Brien

Thanks so much for sharing all about your company with us, James! You can check out all of the ShaveFace products here on their website. Plus, if you're out and about shopping locally, you can check them out at men's custom suit shop, Alton Lane! And be sure to hop over to their Instagram page and give them a follow!

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And How! Imaging: Embracing Unique Nashville Wedding Photography

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Capturing the emotion + personality in your wedding is essential. And sometimes finding a photographer who can do that along with being personable AND professional be can be a tough find! But let me introduce you to Amy + Chuck of And How! Imagaing. This couple brings their own unique style and personality to your big day and will understand YOU as a couple first and foremost. So I've had the privilege of interviewing Amy about their photography business below! I absolutely love Amy's quote "So yeah- all you dreamers, adventurers, weirdos, puppy love addicts, and brave hearts- we see you. We get you. We LOVE to work with you." This seriously makes me smile every time I read it and it fully describes their unique sense of humor and personality that shows through in their beautiful photography. Without further ado, I'll hand it over to Amy!

Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Amy: While in school working toward a fine art degree, I decided to add a photography class into my schedule and within only a couple weeks I could feel myself falling in love with it. Things just blossomed from there! It lit a fire in me, and I knew this was what I wanted to devote my time and passion to. My obsession began to rub off on my husband, Chuck, and he started learning right along side of me. That journey started seven years ago, and we now have been running our business together for five years. We live in Gallatin, TN, and photograph weddings and boudoir sessions in Nashville and all throughout Middle Tennessee.

How did you get started in weddings?

Amy: It actually all started with my childhood best friend! We grew up together and had always been like sisters- so when I moved to Tennessee, and she moved to Arizona, it was hard. But one day she called me and told me she was engaged, and that I had to come, and that she wanted me to photograph her wedding! Chuck had also grown up with her. (Fun fact- Chuck and I actually have known each other and have been friends since we were about six!) Of course we said yes! Experiencing the feeling of capturing such real and beautiful emotions, moments in peoples lives that you know they will always want to remember, and being able to preserve those for them- we knew we had to keep doing this. And man, let me tell you- that feeling never gets old!

What's the philosophy behind And How! Imaging?

Amy: We love helping to tell a couple's story- that unique and beautiful connection that ties you and your love together. We believe that story deserves to be told, and are passionate about creating photos that capture it. From your engagement, to your wedding, and then the day after- we want to help you be able to go back and experience all of those emotions and beauty from your entire journey together again and again through your photos. And not just through some digital file on a computer screen, but by custom made albums. Even fifty years after your wedding, you can still sit with the ones you love, flip through the pages, and feel all of those emotions again and again.

What are your strengths compared to other photographers?

Amy: I feel that our strengths really lie in the ability to connect with what makes you you, and to show that. We don't go into your wedding knowing nothing about you and take the exact same "cookie-cutter" photos for every single wedding or engagement session we do. We take the time to know you, to talk to you, to understand what makes you you, and what makes your relationship tick. Then we can come to your engagement session and wedding with that knowledge and capture it and you authentically- all while having a ton of fun. Even clients that tell us that they normally hate having their photo taken, or that they were nervous about it, end up having a blast, and consistently tell us how much fun they had by the end of it. We are super laid back people, and will most likely have some sort of inside joke that we will all be laughing about together by the time we get to your wedding! We love the fact that many of our clients have become our good friends.

What attracts brides to your work?

Amy: I feel that brides are often attracted to our business because of our distinct style, and our ability to understand theirs. It's like when you meet someone new at a party- you dig their style, so you start chatting. Then you find out that they are also addicted to Doctor Who as well, that their favorite place to travel to is also Joshua Tree, that they also have dachshunds and are equally obsessed with them as you are. You leave that party with a new best friend, because they get you- they connect with you. So yeah- all you dreamers, adventurers, weirdos, puppy love addicts, and brave hearts- we see you. We get you. We LOVE to work with you.

What are some trends you're seeing in wedding photography?

Amy: I feel that brides and grooms really do appreciate the fact that we are tapped into current styles and trends, and will understand what they are going for. At the same time- we will also make sure their images will stand the test of time, and that they won't cringe at them 20 years down the road like an 80's prom photo, ha! Another thing that I think is appreciated is that we are full service photographers, and don't just drop a ton of digital files in their lap and say "see ya!" While we do always include digital files, we also take the time to work with them after the wedding to get their images off their computer and into their hands and homes. Our design service for album, prints, and wall art is always complementary, and we love being able to offer a full service and whole product that they and their family can enjoy for years and years to come.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about And How! Imaging?

Amy: We've had the pleasure to work with so many amazing couples over the course of our five years in business. We can handle whatever you have to throw our way with our experience and skill set. You can rest assured in knowing that you are hiring true professionals, and not someone who is "a friend of a friend with a camera." Chuck and I work together to capture all the elements of your wedding day as it unfolds. We give you our full attention and are very organized. We are assertive when needed to help assist you in staying on schedule (without being pushy), and always have your back.

Thank you so much for sharing all about your business with us, Amy! You can find more of And How! Imaging's work on their website here and also here on Instagram

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Meet Darby Cards Collective: Nashville’s Source for Wedding Invitations + More

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Photos by High Five for Love

You've seen her work on our blog before.... here, here and here. And if you know what the Nashville Bride Guide logo looks like, then you for SURE have seen her work! Who am I talking about? Darby of Darby Cards Collective! Darby is the master wedding invitation designer in the Nashville area. Not only can she design your invitation suites, but Darby can also help with your Save the Dates, placecards, wedding signage, thank you notes and more! So no matter what design you are looking for, Darby (along with her team of talented local designers) can help you find the best quality invitations for the best price! Without further ado, I'd love to introduce you to Darby - read below to learn more about her business!

Photo by She He We Photography

Tell us about Darby Cards Collective + how long you've been in business!

Darby: Darby Cards {now with the added word Collective} has been up and running since the summer of 2011. The idea started out as a greeting card line business for card shops and boutiques. The greeting card line is still alive and growing, however, the paper market dictated a lot of where we would go in the future. The retail line of invitations and stationery started in 2012 and has remained the bulk of my business. Creating wedding invitations, coordinating cocktail napkins and designing seating arrangements keeps us busy bees year round! We love becoming someone's "paper person for life." We keep up with our clients through birthday parties, baby announcements, Christmas cards and so much more! Just recently, the idea of a collective has been bouncing around our office walls. This is a collective of young designers looking to get their designs out into the market under the umbrella of a largely recognized name. I love working alongside these designers to see their aesthetic and creativity. It has been such a success for Darby Cards by bringing in new clientele and keeping the creativity new and fresh.

How did you get started in weddings?

Darby: I was hired as a part-time sales girl at a gift and invitation shop while I was in college. I didn't realize I loved the art of invitations and stationery until I discovered it there. I worked there selling invitations from big design companies in the north while learning the etiquette and aesthetic of spacing, fonts, balance and color. Shortly after graduation was when I had left this shop to pursue my own designs and create Darby Cards.

What's the philosophy behind Darby Cards Collective?

Darby: There is something for every bride. I loved working in the boutique selling wedding invitations but many brides were disappointed to find out how expensive some invitations can be. The print world is massive and can be very confusing to someone who hasn't done their homework. There are all types of printing processes; digital, thermography, letterpress, foil stamping, and engraving and they have different rules for printing and of course, price. I recognized that brides of course could fall in love with a $17.00 letterpress wedding invitation, but many girls don't have that in their budget or want to spend the bulk of their budget on some other aspect of their wedding, so the premise for designing invitations was to design elegant flat printed invitations at an affordable cost. Our most basic cardstock is still a gorgeous 120 pound eggshell finish cardstock that comes in a crisp white or warm ivory. It's getting the look you want without spending an arm and a leg. Since our first year in business, we have grown quite a bit and now have the options for letterpress, foil stamping and engraving, but still striving to get the best look at a fair cost. We meet with each bride (face to face if they are local) to talk with them about their wedding to get a sense of feel and tone so we can point them in the direction of a wedding invitation that would be perfect for them. From there, we look through our predesigned invitations and past samples to get together a collection of their interests and then we design a custom look for them. Each bride is different, so every invitation should be too!

Photos by Tracy Burch Photography + High Five for Love

Photo by Kelly + Logan Photography

What are your strengths compared to other paper goods companies?

Darby: We are here to meet with you and talk through your questions, likes and dislikes. A bride can feel extremely comfortable that she is working with someone that if she has a question, she can pick up the phone and call us. She won't get a recording and wait on the phone for hours. Because we are a small business, each bride is very important to us. By the time their big day rolls around, we are usually hugging, wishing them the best, and begging for wedding pictures as they leave our office. We are definitely in the relationship business and love to make each client happy.

What attracts brides to Darby Cards Collective?

Darby: Brides come to us because we have such an extreme variety of design and styles. A bride getting married at Loveless could come in and get a southern style invitation suite with the Nashville skyline and a paper bag colored envelope or a bride getting married at Cheekwood could come in and we can design a gorgeous orangic wreath letterpressed on our cotton paper and tied with silk ribbon. The collective really helps us expand our design styles as well by bringing in new invitations from a completely different aesthetic and perspective.

What is a huge trend you're seeing right now in wedding paper goods?

Darby: The biggest question I get right now is about seating arrangements and YES, we do them!! We can design a seating arrangement to coordinate with your invitation and other paper pieces so everything from save the date to cocktail napkin flows flawlessly. A seating arrangement chart does the exact same duty as placecards but saves a table and instead is placed on an easel. We print them in a number of different sizes and then back them on foam board so they are sturdy. These also make for a grand entrance into your reception!!

Photos by Rachel E. Ligon Photography + Amilia Photography

Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful invitation designs with us, Darby! You can find out more about Darby Cards Collective by visiting her website here and browsing lots of ready-made invitation designs (or create your own custom design alongside Darby)! And be sure to give her a follow over on Instagram here to see the latest and greatest designs!

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Elopement Packages to Norway for Nashville Brides by Michaela Potterbaum

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Elopements are SO in right now! I'd say over the past few months, I've seen at least 4 of my friends on social media elope - and it's so exciting! So if you're that Nashville couple who may be looking to travel the world to say your "I dos", I have one incredible opportunity to tell you about! Nashville-based photographer Michaela Potterbaum is planning an elopement package trip to the fjords of Norway! Her program called Promise Mountain is sure to capture the hearts of any adventurous couple here in Nashville. This year, the program runs from June through September so book your date with Michaela for an experience unlike any other! Not only can Michaela help you plan your mountaintop ceremony, but she can even offer up to 7 days of adventurous activities complete with romantic views and luxury lodging during your wedding week. But now I'll let Michaela step in and tell us more about eloping in the fjords of Norway!

Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business!

Michaela: My name is Michaela and I specialize in adventure elopement photography around the world as well as unique local weddings here in the Nashville region. Over the last 9 years, I've photographed over 110 weddings in 11 nations around the world. I recently spent 3 years living and photographing elopements and weddings in the fjords of Norway which is what led me to start Promise Mountain. After several inquiries from brides wanting to elope with their fiancés in the beautiful fjords of Norway, I decided to use my resources from the last few years of living in the region and start a small, full-service adventure elopement company that takes care of all the details and provides couples with an amazing elopement experience. We provide 2, 4, and 7 day elopement packages with a mountain top ceremony (w/pastor), luxury cabin lodging, a professional photographer, and day adventure trips to incredible local fjord/mountain viewpoints with continued photography so you end up with a romantic photo story by the end of your trip! There is a lot more in the packages that can be seen on the website at: promisemountain.com

How did you get started in weddings?

Michaela: I studied photography in 2006 through a photojournalism school in Amsterdam which led me back to the states where I jumped in on the wedding scene shortly after that and haven't looked back since! Promise Mountain is a newer project that naturally unfolded as I had more and more requests for elopement photography in the fjords.

What's the philosophy behind Michaela Potterbaum Photography?

Michaela: We love creating amazing wedding images and adventure experiences that last a lifetime and beyond for our clients.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Michaela: After living and photographing for 3 years in beautiful Norway (as well as traveling to 37 countries) I'd say some of my main strengths are adaptability, understanding cultures and making the most of any situation. When you travel a ton you learn that the world doesn't revolve around you and sometimes things happen... like rain, or wind during a wedding or missed ferries or flights. I absolutely love working with other cultures, and sometimes that means shooting a wedding in a language I don't know, or in the case of Promise Mountain, it means guiding people through the most amazing parts of the fjords and telling the story of their romance through photography as it unfolds. I love bringing people on adventures to discover the beauty of the world and this is why I hope to attract Nashville couples to the fjords of Norway for what we think may very well be the most magical, wonder-filled elopement experience on earth.

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

Michaela: We have yet to find anywhere else in the world that offers full-service elopement adventure packages like that of Promise Mountain. It's not just your standard elopement-- but an entire elopement adventure which means a mountain top ceremony, adventure guiding, professional photography, luxury cabin lodging, the wedding cake, hair/makeup and more... all in one of the world's most beautiful settings-- the fjords of Norway. If the fjords of Norway aren't your thing, we love working with local brides to create amazing wedding imagery here in the region that tell a story of adventure and FUN with romance woven throughout the entire story.

What are some trends in weddings today?

Michaela: I see more and more elopements coming to the forefront of the wedding industry. People want to simplify, get away, and just enjoy each other... in our case, we are creating elopement experiences that weave in adventure, romance, and wonder. We love anything out of the box... and we hope that Promise Mountain can be an out of the box experience that will create a new trend of romance filled wedding adventures around the world.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with Nashville brides?

Michaela: We've still got several adventure elopement openings for this coming summer and we would love to fill those dates with as many Nashville couples as possible! PS. We also offer honeymoon or anniversary adventures if elopements aren't your thing!

Wow - these photos are so spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing all about your elopement photography and the Promise Mountain trip! Brides, if you are interested in heading out to the fjords of Norway this summer from June - September, find more information here on Michaela's website! You'll also want to follow her here on Instagram for allllll the Norway eye candy!

And if you're a photographer, listen up! Michaela has a special Norway photography workshop just for you! It's called Into the Fjords. Find all the information here + happy adventuring!

All photos by Michaela Potterbaum.

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