Ageless and Evergreen…Holiday Card 2015

Gregory_Byerline_Christmas_Card_2015_Evergreen_Dress‘Tis the season to play in the studio with some of Nashville’s top creative bridal professionals to bring you what has become one of the most anticipated shoots of the year…the annual winter holiday card. This year’s takes on the evergreen theme as we deck the bride with boughs of holly-related branches.

Here’s how it came to be…

Last Christmas season, I saw an evergreen dress created by my friend and colleague Rita Buck-Chanatry in the shop window at Glitz Nashville. Casually mentioning to her then that it would make a great Christmas card for the following year. Fast forward 11 months to Thanksgiving weekend when, after a full season of work and welcoming our newborn son into the world (reeealllly full year), it dawned on me that it was officially the holiday season.

And it was high time we get cracking on this idea!

Hooray for 11th hour creativity, though I confess our shoots are typically much more planned. But when you’re working with some of the best in the business, things can happen quickly when focused on a single vision.

That single vision was a real bride in a one-of-a-kind, real evergreen dress. And Rita knocked the evergreen dress over the proverbial snow-covered fence clear to the North Pole!

Ageless and evergreen.

These shoots started in 2011 to showcase Nashville’s fine collection of talent with a passion for bridal fashion. From bridal gown designer/boutique to hair/make up stylists to set design to lighting production and everyone in between–the Who’s Who of Nashville’s bridal fashion–our mission is to celebrate the season and show that brides have access to the high end magazine look for their bridal portraiture right here in Music City.

Here’s to you this holiday season as we celebrate the power of a portrait to encapsulate the pinnacle of your style and elegance. Cheers to another stellar year!

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P.S. Big thanks to these talented professionals for their marvelous work on this shoot. Make sure they’re a part of your wedding day plans.
Glitz Nashville / Tuxedo (by Behar Sebastian)
Rita Buck-Chanatry / Couture evergreen dress
Michelle Brooke / Hair and make-up stylist
Bekah & Josh Orr / Real bride and groom

Also…big thanks to Cris Cunningham of Hitched Wedding Cinema for this short behind-the-scenes film of this fun shoot in progress.

Unveiling Lee and Continuing A Family Tradition

Lee in Jasmine Couture bridal gown from The Bride Room

Lee in Jasmine Couture bridal gown from The White Room. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Hair & make-up styling by Michelle Brooke.

Summer wedding season is in full swing here in Tune Town, which means I can now share some pre-wedding bridal portraits that have been kept secret until the bride’s big reveal on their wedding day.

With that, I’m thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Lee who married Colin this past weekend at Natchez Hills Winery, tucked serenely in the rolling countryside about an hour south of Nashville.

This portrait session was extra special. Here’s why…

I’ve been an ardent proponent of the bridal portrait as the most important portrait of a woman’s lifetime. In previous posts, I mentioned that “You owe yourself a fabulous bridal portrait at your most glamorous. Your grandkids will fight over who gets the heirloom print.”

While an actual fight isn’t the desired outcome, the value and importance of the portrait is worthy of your grandchildren’s passions, elevating the wall print to family heirloom status.

That part definitely rings true, especially with Lee…because one of the first photos she showed when we met for coffee was her grandmother’s bridal portrait that she treasures in addition to her mother’s. And she wanted one too.

That tradition continues with this third-generation bridal portrait, and I am honored to be a part of that history (more about that later). 8)

Congratulations to Lee & Colin. Cheers to you both as you begin your history together in L.A. Thank you for letting me be a part of your marriage celebration festivities.

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About the session
Lee chose a studio session for a sleek, less-is-lots-more approach to focus fully on her Jasmine Couture gown from The White Room, Jimmy Choo shoes, and the bride herself who brings them to life. Hair and make-up styled by Michelle Brooke.

About the Most Important Portrait of Your Life

I believe bridal portraits are the most important portrait of a woman’s lifetime. Watch here to see and hear more about my perspective and why I do what I do. Let’s make yours.

Cheers to you!

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Celebrating the Sparkle in Your Eye and the Star in the Sky

Holiday Card 2014It’s that time of year again! Time to unveil one of my favorite personal shoots of the year…the annual holiday card photo shoot just for you!

These shoots started a few years back to showcase Nashville’s fine collection of talent with a passion for bridal fashion. From bridal gown designer/boutique to hair and make up stylists to set design to lighting production and everyone in between–the Who’s Who of Nashville’s bridal fashion–our mission is to show that brides access to the high end magazine look for their bridal portraiture right here in Music City.

I believe bridal portraits are the most important portraits of a woman’s lifetime, meant to portray her at a pinnacle of her style and elegance. I also believe that the wedding dress is the most important–and often the most decadent–dress a woman will ever wear.

And making the most important portrait of your life in the most important dress of your life is pretty much what we love most. This is your time to shine!

So here’s to you this holiday season as we celebrate the sparkle in your eye and the star in the sky. Cheers to another stellar year!

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P.S. Big thanks to these talented professionals for their marvelous work on this shoot. Make sure they’re a part of your wedding day plans.
The Bride Room / Bridal boutique (gorgeous Jenny Packham gown)
Modern Trousseau / Bridal boutique (lovely feather stole)
Amy Lynn Larwig / Hair and make-up stylist
Bright Event Productions / Set and lighting production
Salome Steinmann / Model

 

 

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