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TWESA: Connecting Nashville Area Brides to Licensed + Insured Wedding Professionals

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

When you're planning your Nashville wedding, where do we turn to find wedding vendors (besides Nashville Bride Guide)? Most likely it's off of a recommendation or we Google. But how do you know if a wedding professional is actually reliable, licensed, insured and experienced? You could read through all of these Googled vendors' bios to see how long they've been in business, email them to ask if they are licensed and insured and also look on Wedding Wire to see if they've received good reviews on past weddings. This is a LOT of work that will take a LOT of time. But we have good news - there's TWESA

What is TWESA? TWESA is the Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association - a group of Nashville area wedding professionals that meet once a month to network and build their businesses. TWESA also provides a list of all of these wedding professionals on their website for brides. The best news is that in order for a vendor to be involved in TWESA, they need to be a legit licensed and insured business. And another requirement to be a TWESA member is you have to be in business for 2 years. A recommendation letter from another TWESA member and a review from a customer is needed to be a member. So after all of these requirements, you know that TWESA members are some of the best in the business! 

In the TWESA vendor listings, each and every vendor is broken down by category. Looking for a florist? Check out the florist tab! How about a caterer? TWESA can direct you here, too! It's one of the only lists of its kind and it's such a huge asset for planning your wedding in Nashville! 

Do you have any questions about TWESA? Are you a vendor who would like to join TWESA and add your business to the directory? Feel free to reach out to me (I'm on the TWESA board as the Vice President!) or email your questions to We'll be sure to help you as much as possible! 

Check out more on TWESA here on their website and also follow them on Instagram to get the latest scoop!

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Travel Elopement Inspiration in Nashville by The Ganeys

Monday, April 24, 2017

This one is for the adventurous couple! The couple that loves a pop of color. The couple that loves to travel. And the couple that is romantic at heart. This elopement styled shoot in the woods cuated by travel wedding photographers The Ganey's is everything a spontaneous Nashville couple would want in a wedding! With all of Nashville's woodsy paths and hills, it's the perfect place if you're looking to get married somewhere quiet and intimate. And it makes for some gorgeous photos! The real couple Brad + Morgan are travelers themselves and have lived life together and apart across the pond and beyond! With travel themed details from some pretty incredible wedding professionals and Etsy sellers, the scene was filled with personality beneath a beautiful wooded setting. Check out all of the photos below and learn more about the inspiration from Emily of The Ganey's below! 


Style Shoot Team:

Photography | The Ganeys

Florals | Elizabeth Earnest Floral Design

Wedding Dress | BHLDN

Hairpieces | Romantic Art Life

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist | Nicole Pechonis

Paper Goods | Wayfaren Co

Furniture Rentals | Ever After Vintage Weddings

Linen Rentals | Silk & Willow

From the photographer Emily of The Ganeys: The love story between Brad and Morgan is straight out of a fairy tale. They first met about a decade ago in a youth choir at a local church. At that time in their lives, their age gap kept them apart, but it was clear there was interest in one another.

Several years later, after Brad had graduated from college, they went on a date and were inseparable. Over the course of their relationship, they endured a good amount of long distance. Brad spent time in England, pursuing his Master’s degree and Morgan decided to join him across the pond and study abroad for her senior year of college.

During this time, they explored numerous countries in eastern and western Europe – tasting new foods, exploring new cultures, even hanging out with camels. Their adventures didn’t stop there. They spent their three year anniversary climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Their love of travel and exploration was the inspiration for this elopement shoot.

I envisioned a couple that decided to skip the big party and all of the extras, in exchange for adventure. A couple that values natural surroundings as opposed to confined rooms. A couple that knows that adventure is out there, and wants to share new experiences together.

I was fortunate enough to come across Abby & Luke’s shop on Etsy – Wayfaren Co. Their pieces were the perfect element to complete the rest of the story. Morgan and Brad read their vows from their travel journals – journals that would be filled with words from their honeymoon and journeys throughout the years. After the ceremony, they pinned their travel map – with their past destinations, and the locations they were dreaming of exploring together.

Morgan wore an ethereal Watters gown from BHLDN and carried a jaw-dropping bouquet created by Elizabeth Earnest Florals. She wore a delicate RomanticARTLife floral hair piece to complete the look of her hair and makeup done by Nicole Pechonis.

This shoot was a dream, and the love between these two is absolutely contagious. I know their life, and travel journals, will be filled to the brim with adventure and love.


Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous shoot with us, Emily! You can check out more of The Ganey's work on their website here and also on their Instagram page here


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Harley + Daniel’s Southern Vintage Wedding at Briar Rose Hill by Caitlin Steva

Friday, April 21, 2017

A historical home. Vintage charm. A couple meant to be. Put them all together and you've found Harley + Daniel's wedding at Briar Rose Hill! The vintage elegance in every detail throughout the November day fit in perfectly with the historical charm of the venue. The touches of leafy green garland + pops of purple set the scene for a traditional Southern soireé. The array of pies, hand lettered signs + "found" furniture created a vintage wonderland at every angle. Photographer Caitlin Steva captured the moments beautifully - check out all of the couple's gorgeous photos along with an interview with Harley herself! 



Harley + Daniel

Briar Rose Hill


150 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Caitlin Steva Photography

Event Venue | Briar Rose Hill

Bakery | Faboo Cakes

Event Planner | Nashville Event Planning

Flowers | Posh Florals by Nashville Event Planning

Caterer | Wildberry Catering

DJ | Choice DJs

Tell us about your engagement!

Harley: We kept it sweet and personal. I was actually out for a girls' night with my best friend. When I got home he surprised me with a dozen roses and tea candles spelling "I love you" in the living room. He asked me, but before I said yes, I made sure he had asked my Daddy first.

What was the vision + theme for your wedding?

Harley: We had a front porch wedding surrounded by family and friends. The theme of "Vintage Southern Belle" is what I've always dreamed of since I was young.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Harley: Having my girls with me while getting ready helped me keep my stress levels down. One was helping me put my dress on and I accidently bumped her in the head with my knee. Walking out as Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Mayes was the best feeling. Getting to dance with my best friends and making a fool of ourselves was the best fun.

What are some tips you can share with other brides planning their weddings?

Harley: The point is to get married, as long as that happens there's no need to stress.

Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos with us, Caitlin! And also thanks to Harley for sharing the details of your wedding with us! You can check out more of Caitlin's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page

Also! Make sure you grab your tickets to our calligraphy workshop at Briar Rose Hill before they're gone!



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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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Old Romance Styled Shoot at Riverwood Mansion by Ashley Steffens Photography

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moody romance is a great theme for your Nashville wedding! Mixing light neutrals and pastels with pops of dark shades is how Ashley Steffens Photography created the beautiful scene at Riverwood Mansion. The blush spray rose flower crown atop the bride's curly locks, her dark lipstick shade and the sequins on the untraditional yet elegant dress give her look lots of dimension. And all of the brushed teal walls, antique funiture and gorgeous mantles of the historical home give the setting all the more intrigue! Take a look at all of Ashley's photos and read more below about the shoot through her lens... 

Old Romance Styled Shoot

Riverwood Mansion


Styled Shoot Team:

Photography | Ashley Steffens Photography

Venue | Riverwood Mansion

Dress | RCB Fashion

Flowers | Jackson Blume Studio

From the photographer, Ashley of Ashley Steffens Photography: After visiting the venue for the first time, I knew I wanted the look of this styled shoot to be ethereal & elegant, just like Riverwood Mansion. From the second I walked in the door I felt like I was in an old romantic movie, so that is how I wanted to shoot to feel! This styled shoot was inspired by the romance of Riverwood Mansion. When I originally saw the space, I knew the bright teal walls and window lighting had the potential to be one of the most stunning settings I have shot in. The fireplace lent itself to a romantic candlelit setting and neutral complimentary tones. Neutral tones were used to create an "Old Romance" feel.  We told the florist to create something elegant and neutral in order to create a sophisticated, beautiful scene. It couldn't have gone any better!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Ashley Steffen's work here on her website and also here on her Instagram page. Thanks, girl!

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