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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.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Destination Nashville Weddings!, Destination Weds & Honeymoon , Photography, 0 comments »

Geny’s Flowers: Nashville’s Historic Flower Shop Offering Bridal Bouquets + More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo by Kelly Cummings Photography

When you're looking for your wedding flowers for your Nashville, TN wedding, you won't want to miss Geny's Flowers! As Nashville's long-standing floral shop (they've been around for 150 years!), Geny's has seen it all! And when it comes to your modern-day wedding, Joan with Geny's Flowers can help you craft the perfect wedding floral look. Geny's offers everything from DIY wholesale flowers to custom wedding floral designs. From simple bouttenieres to intricate floral arches and installations, Geny's can provide the flowers to fit your unique style and budget! I could go on, but I'll let Joan, owner of Geny's Flowers, tell the story below! 

Photo by Julie Paisley Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Flowers!

Joan: Geny's is Nashville's oldest purveyor of fresh cut flowers. We can take all the perfect things you have found for your wedding or event and show you how flowers will work to pull together the perfect look. Our skilled & highly experienced designers will guide you through floral selections that will complement your location, personal style and budget. We offer DIY consultations for the brave do-it-yourself bride or floral enthusiast.

Geny's Flowers has a rich history here in Nashville! Tell us about how the business has grown + lasted throughout the years!

Joan: John Geny, co-owner of Geny's Flowers and Bridal is a fourth generation Geny in the flower industry. His great grandfather John Geny and his brother Leon were master gardeners from the Alsace region of France. They began their career here in 1868 installing and caring for the gardens at Belmont Mansion for the then builder and owner, Adelicia Acklen. We have evolved with the industry over the last 150 years from green houses and train cars and five retail shops and are proud to be one of the two oldest, along with Levy's, family owned and operated businesses in Tennessee.

Photos by Abigail Lauren Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Flowers?

Joan: Our focus has always been on quality product and quality customer service. We care greatly about flowers and take great pride in our rich history in this business. So, we want you to be successful with your floral adventures, whether they be a small baby shower for a friend or a foray into owning your own small floral business. We want to be here with you every step of the way.

What are your strengths compared to other florists?

Joan: Knowledge and commitment to excellence. Since we work on both the sides of the flower business, retail and wholesale, we understand what quality products and service means to the finished look as a whole.

What type of bride books Geny's Flowers for their wedding?

Joan: Because we strive to offer services for every type of bride, I'm not sure if there is one specific kind. However, they tend to have more of a traditional style and an interest in quality more than quantity.

Photos by Rebecca Denton Photography

Tell us about some floral trends for 2017 that you're excited about!

Joan: Lots of textured greens! Texture in general is one of my favorite things and allows me to use many different, beautiful flowers and greens in our arrangements.

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

Joan: We are Nashville proud and we are here for you. We have been for 150 years and we hope to be for another 150 years.

First 2 photos by Ellie Odom Photography

Last photo by Julie Paisley Photography

Thank you so much for sharing all about Geny's Flowers and the rich history of the company, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Flowers on their website here or be sure to catch them over on Instagram here! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Geny's series tomorrow - we'll dive into their beautiful wedding dresses! 

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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

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, 0 comments »

Meet Rachael Ann’s Event Design: Nashville Wedding Planner + Florist

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When it comes to florals for your wedding, you want to hire someone with experience and design expertise. And if you're looking for a florist who is up on all of the latest and greatest trends, then look no further than Rachael Ann's Event Design (yes, she specializes in greenery)! And if you saw the elopement styled shoot she designed at Houston Station, then you know her floral designs are on point (it's seriously one of my favorites this year!). From designing small centerpieces and bouquets for your Nashville wedding all the way up to full-service wedding planning for Nashville brides that includes floral design, Rachael can do it all! No matter if your wedding budget is big or small, Rachael can work with you and deliver exactlly what you envisioned! Keep reading to learn more about her business...

Tell us about Rachael Ann's Event Design + how long you've been in business!

Rachael: We have been in business for three years now. We absolutely love doing floral design and making the bride's vision come to life. We can work with a variety of styles and budgets and always love working with new ideas.

How did you get started in weddings?

Rachael: I started by interning in college with an amazing wedding planner and florist. They helped grow my passion and I will forever be grateful.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Rachael: Our clients are our number one priority. We strive to make them the happiest they have ever been on that day. We want to create memories and joy that last them a lifetime.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Rachael: We are so versatile and can create so many different styles for all things floral.

What attracts brides to Rachael Ann's Event Design (+ describe that bride!)?

Rachael: How personable we are and how we can work with a variety of budgets. We don't have a minimum because all brides are different and have different visions.

Tell us - what's trending now in weddings? 

Rachael: Greenery is one of our specialties to work with and it's a major trend right now. Everything from greenery in bouquets, accent pieces, centerpieces, garlands, etc. We absolutely love working with it and the look that it gives a room.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Rachael! You can find more of Rachael Ann's Event Design on her website here. And be sure to check out her Instagram page here for more inspiration! She is one talented lady! :)

All photos provided by Rachael Ann's Event Design.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Details by Margaret: Providing Full-Service Wedding Planning in Nashville, TN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

If there is anyone I know who pays close attention to details, it is Margaret of Details by Margaret! The talent behind her wedding planning company in Nashville, TN is remarkable and she has so much fun while she's planning. Not only will Margaret help you with the ins and outs of your wedding day, but she will coach you to stay on track with your budget. No matter what size or style of wedding you have, Margaret is here to get the job done and by the end, she'll be your new BFF! Check out our interview with Margaret below and be sure to read it all the way through for a special deal at the end of the post... :)

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

Margaret: Details by Margaret is a full service event planning company. From day of planning to full service coordination and flower design, Details by Margaret will make your day stress free and fun. We plan parties because we are passionate about it! We listen to your ideas and dreams for the vision of your wedding. Our team is on site from beginning to end to ensure a smooth and memorable day. We have been in business for 10 years.

How did you get started in weddings?

Margaret: I LOVE weddings and events. It started with a friend and then the word spread that Margaret weddings are the best! I wanted to help couples have the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank. I coach couples on how to make selections to fit their budget without making the day feel low budget.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Margaret: You wedding shouldn't be stressful or a day that puts you in debt. Planning a wedding should be a fun and memorable adventure. I like to help couples put together a day that they will remember forever and their guests will be talking about for years come.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Margaret: I am not cheap but I am affordable. I help couples stick to a budget of $20,000 or $100,000. Whatever it may be, I can keep you on track. Plus, the details are FUN! We become friends with our clients along the way because we believe in building lasting relationships. We want to make sure the day is representative of the couple and not us. All of our weddings are unique.

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

Margaret: We are referral based for sure! We have worked with some amazing brides who tell their friends about the great experiences of working with us. We have 5 star reviews everywhere and satisfied clients! Our style is our bride's style. We find that our work is something you would see trending in magazines and on Pinterest. Lately, we have done weddings with a garden or rustic feel but we have also done super glam. Whatever the bride wants, we make happen!

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

Margaret: It isn't innovative or new.... we just provide the best customer service possible. We make our brides feel like they are our only clients. We are not only building relationships with clients but with some of the best vendors in town. We love putting together the dream to make a day perfect!

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

Margaret: Just meet us and you will love us! We are a team of fun, caring and upbeat girls who pay attention to the DETAILS!

And I have to share with you - Details by Margaret + Ryan Tolbet Photography have been married for 10 years, so they're offering brides who book both of them for their wedding a 10% discount! What a fun promo and such a dynamic duo to have on your #weddingteam! I highly recommend working with both of them! 

All photos provided by Details by Margaret

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