Celebrating with the Spirit of Giving

Written by Gregory Byerline on December 12, 2013 at 9:02 am
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Modern Trousseau Tennessee's 10% Off December Special

Modern Trousseau Tennessee’s 10% Off December Special

Modern Trousseau celebrates the holidays and the season of giving throughout the month of December. First, the Nashville boutique offers 10% off any bridal gown order placed before December 31st.

Secondly, the couture bridal gown company has generously supported Gabriel Project Mumbai, a Jewish initiative providing hunger relief and literacy for children living in India’s slums in your honor. Visit the project’s website to learn more and make a personal donation.

I’m a big fan of Modern Trousseau’s sophisticated gowns, and I’ve shot several of them (see here). I’m an even bigger fan of the Modern Trousseau team.

I had the pleasure of visiting with designer Callie Tein during a recent visit to Music City, and Ally Lomoscolo will take great care of you during your appointment at the chic downtown boutique.

Be sure you book your appointment before the December craziness kicks in. Tell Ally hello for me when you go. Cheers!






Three Questions with Modern Trousseau Nashville

He popped the question on one knee, and you gleefully squeeled “YES!” and hugged the tightest you’ve ever hugged, twirling around and kissing while basking in the new excitement. You call everyone important to you to share the big news then set your sights on picking the perfect dress for your wedding day.

I’ve mentioned several times before that bridal portraits top my list of favorite shoots. I believe a finely crafted bridal portrait is like a Renaissance painting, meant to portray women at a pinnacle of their style and elegance. Until this time in your life, there has not been…nor will there ever be…a more important dress. And that’s where a fantastic dress boutique comes in.

I recently asked Mary Claire Weaver of Modern Trousseau Nashville three questions, and I’m excited to share that brief conversation here.

gb: Why do you do what you do?

mcw: My job is very rewarding for me in several ways, but most of all I just love bringing happiness to my brides. The dress is one of the most highly anticipated, not to mention most dreamed about details of a wedding. I have the privilege of witnessing the joy and excitement that a bride experiences when she has found the dress that makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. For me that experience is very gratifying.

How did you discover your talent?

I have a background in design and particularly enjoy the creation of a beautiful product. As I learned more and more about the different wedding dress designers out there it became obvious that Modern Trousseau was a perfect fit for me. By allowing endless customizable options, I am able to work with a bride to essentially create a gown that is all her own. In the end, it is a very exciting and creative experience for me, and the ladies I have the pleasure of working with never cease to be amazed at how gorgeous the end result is.

What one wish do you have for your clients?

My one wish would be that my brides leave here not only with the gown of their dreams, but with happy memories from the time that they spent with some of the most important people in their lives, choosing the most important dress they will ever [wear]. I wish for my brides to not only reflect back on the time they spent at Modern Trousseau with fondness, but to also look back at their wedding photos 20 years from now and fall in love with their gown all over again. When you become a Modern Trousseau bride you can expect to be treated like a member of our family. We want nothing more than for each woman who walks through our doors to receive a very personal and enjoyable experience in addition to a meticulously crafted, custom couture wedding gown.

Learn more about Modern Trousseau here and take a look at Wallis, my favorite Modern Trousseau design and how it stopped me in my tracks.

And, as a special bonus to my blog readers, I have a handful of cards offering 25% off at Modern Trousseau Nashville. One can be yours through these simple three steps:
(1) like Modern Trousseau Nashville’s Facebook page
(2) like  my own Facebook page
(3) complete this form by June 30, 2012 so I can send one your way.

You’ve said “YES!” to your fiancée; now it’s time to say “YES!” to your Modern Trousseau dress. Until next time…. cheers.




Vendor Spotlight: Paint Your Event

So you throw this amazing party, and you want to commemorate the event. Of course, you’d hire a professional photographer to capture it all, and you’d be happy to consider hiring a painter for the event too. Yes, a painter. Brushes, rainbow of colored paints (including the glittery, sparkly kind), big canvas…and a uber-cool painter to turn your event into a one-of-a-kind work of art. Enter Heidi Schwartz of Paint Your Event. I recently sat down with Heidi to learn a bit more about her approach to the Paint Your Event experience.

gb: Why do you do what you do?

hs: It’s creative, interesting and a challenge. I get to do something for people that they enjoy and I enjoy doing.

How did you discover this talent/gift?

By complete accident! I fell into live painting. I’m a singer/songwriter, and I made a record where every song had a painting that incorporated the lyrics (kind of like a word picture). I contacted the entertainment manager at Gaylord Opryland hotel about doing some singing gigs. He checked out my website to hear my music and saw my paintings and asked if I could paint a dinner. It built from there on…

What one wish do you have for your clients?

I want my clients to have a painting years from now still hanging in their house and it brings them back to that special moment in time. And at the same time, adds beauty to the present.


She does just that. You may recognize Heidi from the behind-the-scenes slideshow of the Betsey Johnson-inspired photo shoot from a few posts back. Check out this time lapse video of her in action at that photo shoot and see for yourself.

We delight in looking at the finished 48″ x 48″ painting on our wall everyday as we are still amazed she gathered so many different style elements from the shoot and put them all onto one canvas right before our eyes. So, so good. Check out more of Heidi’s live event paintings at www.paintyourevent.com and book her for your next event before someone else does.



P.S. Big thanks to my friends of Worldwide Groove Corporation for the cool chill tune in this time lapse video. Hear more of their music at the official Worldwide Groove Corporation MySpace page.

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