Mrs. September Unveiled…Leslie Street Woodall

September’s here! In the South, that means college football season is here, but on this blog that means the unveiling of a new bride of the month. So…with as much fanfare as a collegiate marching band playing their team’s fight song just before kickoff, I present to you Mrs. September…the lovely Leslie Woodall.

Leslie’s bridal portrait session took place at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art in Nashville, TN. Here’s a favorite fashion-forward moment spotlighting Leslie in her winsome Pronovias gown and sexy Christian Louboutin shoes.

Cosmopolitan bridal portrait at Cheekwood Art & Gardens in Nashville, TN by Gregory Byerline www.gregorybyerline.com

I’m captivated by the movement and mystery of this moment. Bridal portrait sessions definitely include the important look-at-the-camera-and-smile shots as part of the overall experience, yet fleeting moments like these within the experience elevate and celebrate feminine beauty in a subtle narrative that resonates deeply with me and often become the bride’s unexpected favorite. Read more of the story about Leslie and her bridal portrait session on this previous post for more favorites with Leslie.

Cheers to you all for a happy September. Make time to celebrate you.

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Mrs. August Unveiled…Julie Culver Hibshoosh

Bridal portrait in "The King & I" by Reem Acra at Riverwood Mansion by Gregory Byerline

Julie’s bridal portrait in “The King & I” by Reem Acra at Riverwood Mansion by Gregory Byerline. Hair & make-up by Alexandra Phillips.

I love New York City. After the first day of my first visit to the Big Apple, a trip I took somewhat begrudgingly, I was surprisingly hooked on the perpetual motion the City offers. And what a pleasant surprise it was. One trip to New York City simply isn’t enough (“bright lights, big city”), and I’ve been fortunate to return several times since.

So when my iPhone displays a New York area number, what else could I do but be excited, right? That’s how I met Julie, this month’s cover girl.

Julie was referred to me by long-time friend and on-set cohort Amy Lynn Larwig, whom Julie lined up to style her beautifully on her late spring wedding day at Mint Springs Farm outside Nashville. Early parts of the conversation consisted of general “facts and figures” – her wedding day plans, her fiancé Dan, her Nashville-based family, the number of friends flying in from New York, and so on.

Then we turned to topics of catering, food & wine, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and other neighborhood restaurants, life in Manhattan, how I’d love to live there and be a part of the New York fashion scene but Music City has my heart. Charming conversation for sure. Then she said “and I’d like a bridal portrait”…. (insert record scratch here).

…A northern city girl said she wanted a bridal portrait. Yes, let’s do this!

Readers in the North may be scratching their heads since bridal portraits are most common in Southern regions, but they’re becoming more common up North too, and I’m honored to have made Julie’s bridal portrait that I can share with you.

Julie flew into Nashville carrying her sophisticated “The King and I” Reem Acra gown from Kleinfeld (host of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”) with intricately beaded strapless bodice and soft flowing skirt and train. We lighted upon the indoor comfort and surroundings of Riverwood Mansion for Julie’s bridal portrait session a mere seven days before her wedding day.

Pre-wedding schedules were becoming more and more challenging from 900 miles away, but we were able to complete the fun-filled shoot, select a final image, and print and frame it to display proudly at her wedding reception the following weekend! Julie recalls that several guests commented that they said “who is that model in this photo and why is it hanging here….oh, wait! That’s Julie! Look at her!” when they visited with her during the reception.

She emailed this week to say she’s “loving having my bridal pic. I keep leaning it against different walls at my place trying to decide on best spot where it will hang!”

Mission accomplished! Julie made and loves her bridal portrait, the most important photo of her lifetime. That’s what it’s all about.

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Mrs. July Unveiled…Erica McFarland Adderly

With the changing of the month comes the unveiling of a new bride of the month. The cover girl for Mrs. July is the lovely and cosmopolitan Erica McFarland Adderly.

Erica and I were introduced last November through her wedding planners Damon & Sarah Goude of Regalo Design. One of my definite favorite aspects of making photographs is getting to know amazing people, and Erica is easily included in that group. A dental student at the time, Erica walks into the office fresh from class, clad in typical blue medical scrubs accessorized atypically with a sassy leopard print scarf around her neck. Smart and stylish!

She is the eldest of four siblings to medical professional parents steeped in Southern sophistication from South Carolina to New Orleans. The flair of New Orleans, home of her alma mater, pulsing through her veins became evident as she talked about her fiancé Darren Adderly (in medical residency in Florida), about her family while telling stories about several vacation photos on the wall (another sister attending college in New Orleans), and about her amazing dress from Winnie Couture.

From the start, I knew how sophisticated and fashionable her bridal portrait would be, and the creative wheels started spinning with enthusiastic anticipation for the bridal portrait date several months later. Bridal portrait sessions are scheduled in a strategic time window between the first round of dress alterations and a few weeks before the wedding date. This timing allows for the dress to crafted to fit like a glove and leaves enough time to print and frame her signature print to display at reception on wedding day…and Erica’s print caused a flurry of Instagram activity when her friends saw it on display! In fact, that’s how Darren saw the print first as they traveled from ceremony site to reception site in a vintage 1961 Bentley.

Cosmpolitan bridal portrait by Gregory Byerline in downtown Nashville, TN

Erica in Fawne by Winnie Couture at her downtown Nashville bridal portrait session. Hair & makeup by Amy Lynn Larwig.

Erica’s dress is Fawne from Blush Label by Winnie Couture, a mermaid silhouette with ruched bodice and layered organza skirt (removable to reveal a sexy cocktail dress for reception celebration) with a gorgeous train. Here’s one of several favorites from her bridal portrait session in downtown Nashville. More favorites to be posted soon, including the image that she selected to print and display. Until then, I give you Mrs. July: the lovely Erica McFarland Adderly. Cheers!

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Celebrate Nashville’s Culinary Creativity

Written by Gregory Byerline on January 11, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Nashville Restaurant WeekYou’ve read about Nashville’s food scene in Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, and, most recently NY Times, now it’s your time to taste and see that this city is good. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week is right around the corner…the week of January 14–20…and 43 local restaurants are offering specials on 2–3 course meals. Meals include lunch and dinner and even breakfast at 43 participating restaurants for $20.13 or $30.13 (meals and prices vary by restaurant).

Participating restaurants include: 417 Union, 55 South, Burger Up, Cabana, Caffe Nonna, Chago’s Cantina, Copper Kettle, Cross Corner, Crow’s Nest, F. Scott’s, Fido, Flyte, Germantown Cafe, Holland House Bar and Refuge, Jackson’s, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, Mafiaoza’s, Midtown Cafe, McCabe Pub, Nero’s Grill, Noshville Delicatessen, PM, The Pineapple Room at Cheekwood, Provence Breads (Hillsboro Village and Downtown locations), Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant Downtown and Franklin, Puckett’s Boat House, Red Pony, Rumours East, Saffire, Sunset Grill, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, Table 3, Tin Angel, Watermark, Wild Iris, and Yellow Porch.

So come check out some of Nashville’s most innovative and great tasting dining experiences and reserve your table today! For information on restaurants, pricing and menus visit www.nashvilleoriginals.com.

Buon appetito! Bon appétit! Cheers to a deliciously decadent local meal!

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