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)

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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