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.

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

 

 

A Valentine for the Lovely Ones

Valentine by Gregory ByerlineHappy Valentine’s Day, Lovely One!

Making custom holiday cards has been a love of mine for years, and Valentines are especially significant to make. It’s the holiday of love.

Cupid draws back his bow causing people to fall in love.

Poets spin phrases into heart-melting sentiments.

I chose this verse from Pablo Neruda, regarded as the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language, and it is significant because it uses one of my favorite words (“lovely”), which I write about here, and it speaks from an onlooker’s perspective of the beheld.

Lovely one,
Flower of the world,
Thus I see you,
Lovely one.
~pablo neruda

In 12 words, the poet expresses my purpose and perspective for each portrait session. You are a Lovely One.

Cheers!

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P.S. I’m grateful to these Nashville professionals who helped make this Valentine possible:

The Dress Theory … couture dress boutique
Katie May … sleek, backless dress designer
SUNNYband … custom headpiece
Rebecca Red … hair & make-up
Laura Alford … real bride

Snow Princess Bride is Fabulous in Flurries for the Holidays

Snow Princess Bride Portrait by Gregory Byerline

Today is the official start of the year-end holiday season! From Hanakkuh to Thanksgiving to National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (yes, it’s real) to Christmas to Boxing Day to Kwanzaa to celebrating the New Year!

With the holiday season officially underway, it’s time to unveil the Snow Princess Bride shoot, made especially for this year’s holiday greeting card.

This is a shoot I’ve had in mind for over a year, and I’m grateful to a team of talented professionals dedicated to providing a rich, fashionable experience for sophisticated brides who helped me pull it off:

Krystal Bonner of Phoenix Forrester Events and I became fast friends after working a 2013 wedding together, and I knew she’d know how to bring the snow scene to life as set design coordinator, complete with falling snow flurries.

Sunny Fitz of SUNNYband and I met each other early 2013 at the Betsey Johnson style shoot where I first saw her couture fascinators and head pieces. She was the first friendor I called about the shoot, and she jumped on board right away after hearing “this piece can be BIG!” Soon she started sending sketches of blinged out snowflakes and feathers and icicles.

I spent the most time curating the dress (that’s how it’s done, right brides?) for this shoot, and this princess dress by Justin Alexander from Glitz Nashville with the belt of bling enrobing a fitted bodice and befeathered layers of ruffled tulle fit the set in fine fashion.

Now we needed a bride…and Amber of DNA Stylix was my first and only call. We first worked together back in 2007, and she’s such a natural in front of the camera that I knew she’d jump headfirst into the character. She also provided the amazing choker and bracelets to complete the ascension into high fashion.

Then Snow Princess Bride needed some glittering shimmery icing. Enter hair & make-up stylist Amy Lynn Larwig to complete the look. Amy Lynn and I also go back several years with dozens upon dozens of shoots together, including many of the bridal portraits you’ve seen on my site and blog. We work so well together, and it’s always a pleasure having her on set and letting her fly.

The final element of the scene was made possible by Brian Snyder of Snyder Entertainment through the fog machine he has at the ready for brides and grooms to make a dramatic entrance to their wedding reception. It also helps create a billowing snow drift for the winter scene inside a cozy climate-controlled studio.

Behind the scenes were three more team members including my two assistants, Emily McGonigle and Emily Jones, with friendly smiles and helping hands.

Rounding out the shoot team is filmmaker John Jordan of John Jordan Films who created a fun and festive video greeting card of the shoot (below), just like he does for couples to remember their wedding day.

I am deeply grateful to share this shoot experience with these talented professionals…the veritable Who’s Who of Bridal Fashion…so we can share it with you.

As we kick off the holiday season, I’m raising a glass your way to say cheers to you for a decadent holiday season. We have so much to be thankful for and commemorate as 2013 draws to a close and ushers in a new year. Celebrate with those you love.

Cheers!

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P.S. Click here for your video greeting card from the Snow Princess Bride team.

Snow Princess Video Greeting Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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