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Traditional Meets Modern Indian Bridal Session in Nashville by And How! Imaging

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bright, bold and colorful Indian weddings are so beautiful! I love learning about the culture and traditions behind these weddings and I'm so happy some of my vendor friends brought light to it in this styled shoot at Drakewood Farms! Photographer Amy of And How! Imaging along with makeup artist Katie-Laine Thornton created a cultural celebratory scene in the backdrop of a country barn - and it totally worked! The styles meshed terrifically as the colorful vintage china place settings blended with the pops of bright blooms from A Village of Flowers. Katie-Laine's talent stretches beyond traditional makeup - she also created the intricate mehndi designs on model Kaitlyn's hands! I'm so impressed with all of the thought and detail that went into this shoot - so I'll just leave you with the gorgeous photos to inspire your Wednesday!

Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Drakewood Farm


Styled Shoot Team:

Photographer | And How! Imaging

Floral Designer | A Village of Flowers, Inc

Venue + Place Settings | Drakewood Farm

Makeup + Mehndi | Katie-Laine Thornton, Makeup Artist

Hair | Keely Reed

Dress Store | Modern Trousseau Nashville

Model | Kaitlyn Appalsammy

From the photographer, Amy of And How! Imaging: We teamed up with several amazing wedding vendors to create this bridal inspiration shoot. We wanted to work together to create some images outside of the typical "southern/rustic" style demographic, and felt like Indian weddings and brides have been under represented here. We decided to include both modern and traditional elements, all while still being at one of Nashville's favorite outdoor wedding venues.

Thank you so much for sharing this styled bridal shoot with us, Amy + Katie-Laine! I love it when these two pair up - they make wedding magic! You can check out more of And How! Imaging's work here on their website and also be sure to check out Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , Inspiration & Trends, Multicultural, African-American weddings, Photography, 0 comments »

Cabbage Salad Recipe for Brides on the Go from A Happy Healthy Heart

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey girl! I am so excited to share this guest post with you today from food blogger Melissa Haithcock with A Happy Healthy Heart! Melissa was kind enough to share her cabbage salad recipe with us since it's the perfect healthy lunch for the on-the-go bride! Hopping from appointment to appointment on your lunch break and after work gets hectic - and finding time to eat healthy in hopes to look your best on your wedding day isn't always the easiest! But this cabbage salad recipe is one that will put these worries to rest. The delicious + fresh ingredients are sure to give your tastebuds a treat! Without further ado, I'll let Melissa share her story + recipe with y'all! 


Melissa from A Happy Healthy Heart: I haven’t always loved vegetables and when I first started experimenting with recipes that included them I had to make myself want to eat them. For me, this meant they had to be pretty! Our eyes are drawn to attractive things so I figured that if the food looked good then it must taste good too! I have now learned that the prettier the food, the better it is for you because the color comes from the nutrients within it. 


On Sundays, my mom would steam cabbage before church so that it would be ready for lunch later that afternoon. I remember waking up to the smell of it and thinking it was awful! The scent would drift into my room just as I was opening my eyes and because I didn’t like the way it smelled, I never ate it. I didn’t eat cabbage until a couple of years ago but now I absolutely love it; especially red cabbage.


I love combining all kinds of fresh vegetables into one bowl to make a complete meal. This dish is just that. The quinoa offers protein, the vegetables are full of nutrients and the peanut butter sauce is a source of good fat. If you like, you can always substitute almond butter in the sauce. It’s just a matter of preference. 


If you have an extra 20 minutes this week, make this nutrient-dense salad and let me know what you think. Wiley (my husband) absolutely loves it and I’m always happy to make it. Enjoy!



¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced

¼ head green cabbage, thinly sliced

1 head broccoli, chopped

5 mini bell peppers, sliced

½ sweet onion, minced

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

1 ¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup vegetable broth

handful of cilantro 


2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp tamari (or sub liquid aminos)

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Once all vegetables are chopped, combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mix until well incorporated and set aside. 

Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

In a large saucepan heated to medium heat, cook vegetable broth, onions, broccoli and peppers together. The vegetable broth should simmer and absorb into the vegetables. Allow to cook for 7-8 minutes.

In a large bowl combine quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cooked vegetables, and sauce. Mix well and until sauce has covered all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or cold. Store in air tight container for up to a week. 


Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us, Melissa! You can check out her healthy food blog A Happy Healthy Heart here online and also be sure to follow her for more healthy recipes on Instagram here


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Food/Catering, Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

REN Dermatology: Providing Beauty Services for Nashville Brides

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking your best on your wedding day starts with great skin! And if there's a beauty service you've been eyeing for some time, taking the plunge while you're engaged is the best time! To get that natural glow and smoothness, REN Dermatology in Franklin can provide some incredible treatments to help you achieve the skin of your dreams! With a wide array of options from laser hair removal to waxing to fillers, REN can help you customize a treatment regimine fit perfectly to your needs and skin type. And you're in luck because REN Dermatology provided a sample treatment plan for NBG readers to get you ready for your big day! Check out their plan suggestions below and keep reading to learn more about what each service entails...



Getting engaged is exciting!! REN is ready to help you plan your strategy for getting beautiful-looking skin by your wedding day.  We will custom tailor your skin care schedule to your budget and timeline so that you and your bridal party are picture perfect on the big day!


8 Months 

Start Customized At Home Skin Care Regimen with Neocutis, Epionce, Skinmedica, and Revision.

Target Problem Spots with Quanta, IPL, SRF lasers.  Number of treatments required and intervals vary.

Resurfacing of the Face – CO2RE Laser, 1 treatment, downtime 7 - 10 days, healing time varies.

Laser Hair Removal – treatment every 4 – 6 weeks, at least 4 – 6 treatments


6 Months 

Lift and Refresh Face and Neck – Ultherapy, one session, no downtime.

Tone and Shape Body – Round One of UltraShape Power 1 treatment, every 2 weeks, 3 treatments required. 

Clear and Glowing Skin on Face – Start customized rotation of Microneedling, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacial, every 4 – 6 weeks 

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, at home skin care, exercise, drink water, and maintain a healthy diet.


3 Months 

Plump Lips – Fillers

Eyelashes – Latisse

Tone and Shape Body – Round Two of Ultrashape Power, add Velashape 3 treatments, every 2 weeks. 

Clear and Glowing Skin Treaments – Continue rotation of Microneedle, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacial.

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, at home skin care, exercise, drink water, and maintain a healthy diet.


2 Months 

Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles - Botox 

Tone and Shape Body – Start Round 2 of VelaShape 3 treatments, every 2 weeks. 

Clear and Glowing Skin Treaments – Continue rotation of Microneedle, Peels, IPL and Hydrafacials.

Continue: Laser Hair Removal, At Home Skin Care, Exercise, Drink water, and Maintain a healthy diet.

Week of Wedding: Hydrafacial with Massage, Eyebrow Tint, and Lash Extensions, sleep, and drink plenty of water.


Have a Wonderful Time!!


And what exactly are each of these treatments? Take a look at REN Dermatology's menu of beauty options below:


Ultherapy – Lift and refresh face and neck with this non-invasive face lift. No downtime.  Gradual natural results over 3 – 12 months.

UltraShape Power – Permanently treat belly fat and tighten loose skin. No downtime. Gradual results over 1 – 3 months.

VelaShape – Targets and smoothes cellulite. No downtime. Gradual results over 1 – 3 months.

CO2RE – Retexturizing treatment for face.  Treats acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. 7 – 10 days downtime.  Healing time varies.

Quanta - Treat vascular lesions and telangictasias (tiny capillaries and veins).

IPL – Treats brown spots on face, neck, shoulders, chest. Treats redness.

SRF – Light resurface treatment.  Targets pore size, fine lines/wrinkles, acne scarring.  Downtime 2 days.

Laser Hair Removal – Treatment areas include axillae, lip, bikini, face, legs, arms, back, etc. No downtime.


Spa Treaments

Microneedling – Helps with collagen stimulation, appearance of hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks. Downtime 24 hours.

Peels – Refresh and resurface depending on level of intensity.  Downtime ranges from 24 hours – 7 days.

Hydrafacial – Multi-step treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells and replenish vital nutrients. Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles for instant results. No downtime.



Fillers – Add volume to lips and cheeks, create lift, smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox – Smooths fine lines and wrinkles on forehead, 11’s and crow’s feet.


At Home Skin Care and Products 

Latisse – Promotes growth and thickness of eyelashes.

Epionce, Neocutis, Revision, Skinmedica – At home skincare tailored toward your skin care goals. 

Spa Services: Lash Extensions, Eyebrow Tint and Wax.

You can check out more of REN Dermatology's offerings here on their website and also here on their Instagram page! Are you ready for your first treatment? Be sure to tell them NBG sent you! :)


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Meet Katie-Laine Thornton: Beauty + Makeup Artist for Your Nashville Wedding

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Photos by Once Like a Spark + Jenna Hendeson

Having your hair and makeup professionally done for your wedding is a must in my book! It's one of the most important days of your life and you'll be looking at your photos for years to come - you want to look your absolute best (but still like you of course!). And this is where hair and makeup artist Katie-Laine Thornton can help you! She is a Nashville area based makeup artist who can help you in the beauty department. With a specialty in natural beauty and all-natural and organic beauty products, Kaite-Laine will also be sure you look camera ready for each and every photo that is snapped on your big day! As you can see from these beautiful photos, the results are amazing! She even did my makeup for the Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party and I was so incredibly pleased with the results - it was exactly what I was looking for! Read more about Katie-Laine's story and how she can help you with your wedding makekup for your Nashville wedding!

Photo by The Ulmers


Tell us about Katie-Laine Thornton Makeup + how long you've been in business.

Katie-Laine: I have been a makeup artist for the past 14 years, working with multiple brands and in multiple genres. My work has been published in numerous magazines such as People Country, Nashville Lifestyles, Murfreesboro Magazine, and others. I offer high-end makeup and hair services for Nashville and the surrounding area. I also partner with other amazing industry professionals that specialize in hair and makeup plus the things I don't do - like facials, waxing, nails, and massage. I customize the perfect beauty look and team (if needed) for each bride I work with.

How did you get started in weddings?

Katie-Laine: While working for MAC Cosmetics, I was fortunate to work with a lot of brides. I absolutely loved helping a bride find the perfect look for them so they could feel confident and empowered for their day. Weddings are my absolute favorite - I love the energy while everyone is getting ready and spending time together. I've actually lost count of how many weddings I've been lucky enough to be a part of but it's well over 500 brides!

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Katie-Laine: I love helping women feel beautiful, confident and empowered in a way that feels totally authentic for them.

First two photos by And How! Imgaging, Last photo by Wild Cotton

What are your strengths compared to other makeup artists?

Katie-Laine: I am extremely knowledgeable and experienced in both the beauty industry and the wedding industry. I am an expert (and educator) in makeup for photography. I am passionate about clean, gorgeous beauty and healthy skin.

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

Katie-Laine: My beauty services are for the bride that wants too look natural and glamorous with a luxury feel. Brides love that I have so much experience in the wedding industry and that I also am an expert in makeup for photography.

What is the most innovative new trends in wedding makeup?

Katie-Laine: Not only am I an expert in makeup for photography but I'm also an expert in ingredients and non-toxic beauty. I offer non-toxic, eco-friendly makeup and hair options. I also teach lessons and classes on the topic to help people clean up and transition their daily beauty routines.

Photo by And How! Imgaging

Photo by High Gravity Photography

Photo by Alison Bynum

Katie-Laine, thank you so much for sharing more about your amazing makeup services for Nashville brides! You can check out more of Kaite-Laine Thornton's work on her website here and also on her Instagram page here


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Relaxed, Romantic Portrait Styled Shoot By Aña Monique of Facetime Beauty

Friday, September 16, 2016

This portrait styled shoot is all about relaxed and natural beauty beneath the trees in Bellevue, TN. The ease of the flawless makeup artistry by Aña Monique of Facetime Beauty (now in Nashville!) is highlighted on the beautiful model Allee. The warm fall florals designed by Petals and Fields gives warmth against the flawless white dresses by The Spoiled Lady. And Aña's tousled hair designs and minimalist take on natural makeup are right on trend and we can't get enough! Take a look at the gorgeous photos by Madi Flournoy...

Styled Shoot Location | Bellevue, TN

Photography | Madi Flournoy Photography Instagram : @madiflo

Flowers | Petals and Fields Wedding Florist Instagram: @petalsfields

HMU | Aña Monique - Facetime Beauty / Nashville

Dresses | All dresses by Tara Keeley provided by The Spoiled Lady Instagram: @thespoiledlady

Tuxedos | Provided by Street Tuxedo Instagram: @streettuxedo

Models | Allee-Sutton and Monroe

"We were inspired by more of a relaxed feel with the dresses, hair and makeup. Very much wanting to capture the ease and romanticism that is Nashville." - Aña Monique

I hope your weekend is as relaxed and easy as this styled shoot!

Find more of Aña's work on her website

All photos by Madi Flournoy Photography.

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