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

 

 

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!

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Mrs. December Unveiled…Amber as Snow Princess Bride

A few days ago, this year’s holiday card was unveiled, and it’s only fitting that Amber the Snow Princess should also be the bride of the month for December 2013. Much was mentioned in the holiday card post about the amazing cast of talent that joined me in the studio for this beyond-fun shoot, and I’d like to share a little behind-the-scenes view on how it all came together.

Here’s a summary…

1 idea
1 year of idea development
3 months of focused pre-production
8 visionary professionals
300+ emails and phone calls

This shoot was a fun one for sure. The idea developed over 12 months’ time (unusually rare) and was intended for the 2012 holiday season; however, the idea came to me with too little ramp up time to pull it all together to unveil early December 2012. Though disappointing at the time, I’m delighted that it marinated for a year because this session took on a life of its own once everyone became involved, and the experience on set that day was worth the wait.

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I’m an avid reader of fashion magazines…Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and W to name a few…for creative inspiration and idea stretching. Over Summer 2012, I flipped through a 2005 issue of Vogue and landed on a fantastic shoot of Tilda Swinton as the White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe feature film, and I was immediately captivated by the high fashion “winter bride” costume. Idea wheels started rolling to put my own spin on a Snow Princess session using only local professionals. This is Nashville, nicknamed the Third Coast, since we have the same kind of creative talent as the East and West coasts. We can do this here; so we did.

It was time to team with a set design coordinator, bridal boutique, headpiece designer, hair and make-up stylist, and the always-important jewelry designer to doll up Amber for this shoot. Amber and I have known each other for several years, and she’s always a pleasure to be around. I knew her fair skin, long natural blonde hair, and high fashion affections were on target to cast her for this other-worldly, exotic Snow Princess theme.

A common question asked after seeing this shoot is “how did you make that digital snow?” Then I smile and say that everything you see in the images happened on set in camera through the tried-and-true method of a snow flurry machine plus a fog machine for the billowing snow drifts. Fun, fun times. Way more fun than creating a Photoshopped snow effect.

To see visual snippets of the pre-production creative process, pop over to the now-public Pinterest board where the entire team of creatives contributed inspirations and ideas. I still visit it from occasionally to relive fond memories of the creative process, and I’m excited about pulling together the next one.

Time to do one for you! Cheers!

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P.S. Another big thanks to these talented professionals for their marvelous work on this shoot. Make sure they’re a part of your wedding day plans:
Krystal Bonner of Phoenix Forrester Events / Set Design Coordination
Glitz Nashville / Bridal Gown
Amber Chapman of DNA Stylix / Model & Jewelry Stylist
Sunny Fitz of SUNNYband / Custom Headpieces
Amy Lynn Larwig / Hair & Make-up Stylist
Brian Snyder of Snyder Entertainment / Fog Machine
Gregory Byerline / Creative Director & Photographer
John Jordan of John Jordan Films / Behind-The-Scenes Video Greeting Card (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

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