Trunk Show Tuesday: Haute Bride, Tia Adora & Pronovias

Written by Gregory Byerline on March 18, 2014 at 7:30 am
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It’s Trunk Show Tuesday! Here’s your round-up of Nashville bridal trunk shows for this coming weekend.

Three trunk shows on the same weekend make this THE weekend full of opportunities to say yes to your dream dress. From West End to Lebanon, here’s a look at this weekend’s trunk shows.

(top left) Pronovias at The White Room Lebanon and (top right) Ti Adora with (bottom) Haute Bride Accessories at Arzelle's this weekend

(top left) Pronovias at The White Room Lebanon and (top right) Ti Adora with (bottom) Haute Bride Accessories at Arzelle’s this weekend

Pronovias at The White Room

Drive around Middle Tennessee, and you’ve seen The White Room’s billboards. On Instagram and Pinterest? You’re likely following the dress shop’s active profiles. The White Room is a high profile and highly loved full service bridal and formal wear boutique with locations in Lebanon, TN and Murfreesboro, TN.

This weekend, the Lebanon location hosts a trunk show for Pronovias.

I’ve admired Pronovias gowns for years, and many past brides have chosen Pronovias as their answer to “who are you wearing?” when they walk down the aisle. This elegant line from Barcelona, Spain celebrates the dream for an evening or a lifetime, and they promise to dress the dream, beautify the woman, bring love to life with elegance and tradition.

Details for Pronovias at The White Room (Lebanon location)
1001 Murfreesboro Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090 (map)
March 20–22, 2014
Schedule appointment at 615.449.9756 or lebanon@thewhiteroom.us

Descriptives: Dreamy, Passionate, Beautiful

Haute Bride and Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta at Arzelle’s

Arzelle’s presents two trunk shows this weekend to dress you from head to train.

For your dress, Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta blends soft, vintage romance with the fresh, modern soul of today’s bohemian bride. Playing with soft fabrics and lace combinations, luxe embroideries and inspired silhouettes, designer Jessica Williams approaches Ti Adora as a love affair of the romantic free spirit, offering her signature of detailed, feminine artisanship with a twist of cool and carefree styling.

Come see Haute Bride‘s line of veils, headpieces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, necklaces, sashes, and belts to finish your wedding day look. Haute Bride designs are now available in over 200 retail bridal salons worldwide, and can be seen regularly gracing the cover and inside pages of the top bridal magazines, including Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridal Guide, Get Married Magazine, Wedding Belles, and more. Just fine years after creating this line, Haute Bride’s founder and designer proudly accepted the “New Accessories Talent Designer of the Year” award for the Couture Bridal Market in NYC.

Details for Haute Bride and Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta at Arzelle’s
2926 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (map)
March 20–23, 2014 … Haute Bride (accessories)
March 22–23, 2014 … Ti Adora by Alvin Valenta (dresses)
Schedule appointment at 615.327.1020 or arzelles@gmail.com

Descriptives: Bohemian, Soft, Luxurious, Sophisticated

Trunk shows offer brides the opportunity to see full collections in one appointment, more than an oftentimes limited selection available at shops on a regular basis.

Contact these Nashville area bridal boutiques to schedule your appointment. Cheers to a great Tuesday!

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Mrs. September Unveiled…Leslie Street Woodall

September’s here! In the South, that means college football season is here, but on this blog that means the unveiling of a new bride of the month. So…with as much fanfare as a collegiate marching band playing their team’s fight song just before kickoff, I present to you Mrs. September…the lovely Leslie Woodall.

Leslie’s bridal portrait session took place at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art in Nashville, TN. Here’s a favorite fashion-forward moment spotlighting Leslie in her winsome Pronovias gown and sexy Christian Louboutin shoes.

Cosmopolitan bridal portrait at Cheekwood Art & Gardens in Nashville, TN by Gregory Byerline www.gregorybyerline.com

I’m captivated by the movement and mystery of this moment. Bridal portrait sessions definitely include the important look-at-the-camera-and-smile shots as part of the overall experience, yet fleeting moments like these within the experience elevate and celebrate feminine beauty in a subtle narrative that resonates deeply with me and often become the bride’s unexpected favorite. Read more of the story about Leslie and her bridal portrait session on this previous post for more favorites with Leslie.

Cheers to you all for a happy September. Make time to celebrate you.

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Leslie and the Story of a Cosmopolitan Bridal Portrait

Wedding season is in full swing here in Tune Town, which means I also get to unveil favorites from bridal portrait sessions that occurred a few weeks before the big days themselves. I’ve been sitting on these images for nearly two months, and I’m so excited to share them here.

First, meet Leslie. I met Leslie through Sarah of Music City Events (who created a fabulous wedding event at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art for Leslie & Terry), and I really dig the vibe Leslie has. Sophisticated yet unstuffy, cosmopolitan yet casual all at the same time. She had me at “I want a bridal portrait” so we checked calendars and booked it for early March. A bit early for the bloomfest that overtakes a botanical garden, yet the weather on shoot day was gorgeous.

We arrive on location at Cheekwood, where I meet her mom Nancy, and get things set up to begin hair & makeup by the great Talin Love. Then Leslie pulls out a pair of royal blue and signature red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes. Quite the lovely surprise guest for sure. How’s that for some unexpected decadence, eh?

Check out a few favorites of this lovely rocking a Pronovias gown from The White Room with her blue Louboutins (Blueboutins?).

Bridal portrait at Cheekwood Art & Gardens

She climbed down and up rocky steps ever-so-carefully…

Bridal portrait at Cheekwood Art & Gardens

…And plopped herself down on the “comfy” old stone steps. You know, something a bride would always do in her Pronovias dress, right? Never fear, dear fashionisti. No wedding dresses were harmed or dirtied during the making of this image. Through some creative finagling, Leslie’s gorgeous gown is protected from the dirty, rough stone steps by a cleverly hidden shirt. Three cheers for always wearing an undershirt with the outershirt. Always makes for a fun moment when the shirt comes off only for situations like this, mind you. Gotta protect the dress in order to get the shot.

See there? Even at her bridal portrait session, she has something old (those steps), something new (amazing dress), something borrowed (my shirt for a seat cushion), and something blue (those sexy shoes). And I love how her blue shoes sing with vibrance in an otherwise monochromatic setting as Leslie delivers a beautifully warm smile. Great presence.

Bridal portrait at Cheekwood Art & Gardens

By now, we’ve shot for an hour-ish. Fast forward 35 minutes to shoot in another location then walk an easy trail connecting several excellent sculptures to this amazing glass bridge. Cheekwood’s website elaborates that more than 500 years ago the great glassblowers of Murano, Italy, tried to build a glass bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice. Sadly, the sparkling gem collapsed into the lagoon, not to be recreated – until now.

Cheers to artist Siah Armajani for making one that still stands. Tucked away in the back forty of a botanical garden and forestation that had yet bloomed (translated, still looked like the dead of winter) stands this amazing structure that begged to be photographed, exuding its cosmopolitan-ness amongst the rustic natural setting. The curves, the lines, the texture, the beautiful bride in her gorgeous gown with those shoes. Time to grab a lens, cut out all signs of barren trees, compose for those cool lines, create a scene, and make a new favorite image with a fun bride.

What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Bridal portrait on glass bridge at Cheekwood Art & Gardens

Big thanks to Leslie for having me do what I love to do. Nothing quite like a bride in her wedding dress. What’s your favorite image here and what strikes you most about it? Always curious. Cheers.

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