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Olia Zavozina Store Opening Party

There is hardly anything that makes us swoon more than beautifully designed wedding gowns. Add chic lounge seating on a patio and gorgeous flower arrangements, and we’re over the moon! That is what we experienced at the store opening of one of Nashville’s finest bridal boutiques, Olia Zavozina. The store just relocated to the Green Hills area, and their new location could not be any more perfect! Right in the heart of wonderful Nashville shopping.

Olia Zavozina Store Opening Party

Image by Annabella Charles Photography

Olia Zavozina Store Opening Party

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Olia designs all of the gowns in her boutique, and you can also find her gowns at boutiques throughout the United States and some Nordstrom Wedding Suites. Her gowns are sophisticated yet classic, and are made with luxurious fabrics and custom lace.

One of the aspects of Olia’s designs that we love is that brides can customize their gowns. They can alter their silhouette, neckline, and fabric in order to make their gown completely original and unique to them. Who wouldn’t want that?

Nashville brides, you absolutely must go take a look at the new Olia Zavozina boutique! Their new location is 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite B-104, Nashville, Tn 37215. If you happen to go, comment here and let us know which design was your absolute favorite!

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Kick-Off Social Recap

Our first Thursday Therapy social was so wonderful! We had a great group of Nashville wedding professionals come out to the Tequila Library in Saint Añejo last month to meet, mingle, and share. Great conversation flowed, margaritas and sangria glasses were poured, and chips, salsa, and guac were tasted. It was the perfect way to kick-start Thursday Therapy in Nashville!

Ian Riley was at our kick-off social, and he took some fantastic photos to showcase the fun atmosphere of Thursday Therapy. Take a look at some of the highlights below, and make sure to visit our Facebook page to see the entire album!

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

The Tequila Library was the perfect location for our first social. It has such a cool feel to it, with lounge seating, a bar, and excellent decor. It would make a great spot for an intimate rehearsal dinner or a fun spot to start a bachelor party evening!

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

Thursday Therapy Nashville July Social | Images by Ian Riley Photography

We loved getting the chance to mingle with old vendor friends and make new vendor friends throughout the evening! We cannot wait to see how Thursday Therapy grows with each month’s social.

Our next Thursday Therapy gathering will be held on August 21st from 6-9 pm at one of Nashville’s hottest new restaurants, Sinema! We are excited to have another laid-back gathering in a chic setting for our August social, as vendor friends will be gathering in this restaurant that is located in the historic Melrose theater. Amy from Amy Nicole Photography will be there to capture all of the wonderful candid moments throughout the evening.

Visit our Events page on the Thursday Therapy Nashville site to RSVP for the August social, it is one that you surely won’t want to miss! And of course, make sure to sign up for our email list if you haven’t already in order to receive updates about our monthly gatherings.

High Cotton Ties

Bow ties are the quintessential accessory for grooms and groomsmen in the South, and we of course are quite smitten by them! We especially adore High Cotton Ties, a company that makes locally hand-cut and hand-sewn products in North Carolina. They support the revival of the NC textile industry and the Southern tradition of the mannerly, warm, and approachable well-dressed gentleman, which we absolutely love! High Cotton reached out to us personally to share a peek into an experience that we just know y’all will adore! They call it their High Cotton Home Try-On. High Cotton Bow Ties | Amber Housley Weddings | Nashville Weddings High Cotton Bow Ties | Amber Housley Weddings | Nashville Wedding Planner Not only are High Cotton ties incredibly stylish and affordable, but they also have a wonderful Home-Try On service that is perfect for weddings! Simply select five bow ties that you would like to try on, and they ship them to you for free. You have five days to try on the five bow ties at home. Compare them to your wedding color swatches and the bridesmaid dresses nearby. Once you have found the perfect match, you can place the order for your wedding party online and return the package with the other bow ties. How incredibly smart is that? We know that our grooms would hands down use this for their big day. We’re curious to know, which bow ties would you choose to try on? Can you guess which bow tie is our favorite?

Filming the A&E Reality TV Show “Big Smo”

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It’s true. I’ve been keeping a little secret!  I was privileged to tape an episode for the A&E Reality TV show “Big Smo” earlier this year. If you’re not familiar with Big Smo, it is a reality series which follows the life of hick-hop rapper, Big Smo and airs weekly after Duck Dynasty. Big Smo and family live about an hour south of Nashville and he’s an up and coming music industry artist.

Now that the commercials have been airing on A&E, friends and family have been peppering me with lots of questions! Almost everyone said they did a double-take in seeing me on the preview for this week’s episode. The hubby and I giggled when we saw it too, and I had to pause it and take a picture of my first national tv appearance!

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The Behind The Scenes…

The producers reached out to me in February (just a few weeks after Kayla was born) to see if I come and film myself as a Nashville wedding planner for Smo and Whitney’s upcoming wedding. Obviously, appearing on national tv a few weeks after I had a baby wasn’t the highest on my priority list, but being on tv was a personal bucket list item, so I figured why not? I was not familiar with Big Smo, but after meeting him and getting to know him and the full management team, I have a feeling he’s going to be big.

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Despite my initial reservations, it was a great learning experience and fun! Big Smo, Whitney and family are so kind and personable. It was great getting to know them over the two days of filming. The crew of A&E were equally great. It’s amazing how many production people and work goes into the behind the scenes.

It was the real deal y’all – call times, long days, getting mic’d — which included me persuading them to let me wear my cute statement necklace even though it interfered with the mic – priorities, right?!

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Of course, I’m not sure how in the end the episode will be edited. I took a risk in participating but I believe my genuine passion for weddings, helping others, and professionalism will shine through. The show likes to infuse a lot of comedy so I have no doubt there will be some funny moments. I can’t reveal the specifics of our episode but you can expect some laughs. ;)

The episode airs this Wednesday at 9:30pm Central. Be sure and let me know what you think!

Here’s the episode description and preview:

Smitney | Season 1: Episode 6 | Premiere Date: July 16, 2014

Who says a country boy can’t have nice things? Well, Smo & Whitney’s wedding planner might — unless the couple can find a way to cut down their massive list of kinfolk invitees. Meanwhile, Alex and Haden aren’t distracting Smo from his wedding woes, they’re adding to them, as they jockey for the prized spot as Smo’s best man.

New Wedding Planning Services Menu!

We are so excited to announce our new wedding planning services menu to y’all! Not only are we offering full design and planning services, but also partial planning and month-of planning for you ladies and gents who have already figured out some of the wonderful details for your special day! Of course, we had to add some sweet Southern flair to our menu, and what better way to do so than to incorporate our favorite refreshment — sweet tea!

Amber Housley Wedding Planning Services Menu

We recognize that every couple is different, so although we offer three wedding planning concoctions, we will still tweak each recipe to make sure that it tastes absolutely perfect to you and your sweetie. Take a look at the different recipes below, and see which sounds the most delicious to you!

A Sip of Sweet Tea ~ Month-of Planning

Are you a do-it-yourself kind of lady who is looking for an experienced planner to bounce all of your fabulous ideas off of? Have you already begun selecting your wonderful wedding vendors, but aren’t quite sure how to tie everything together? Well honey, not only do we know how to tie a dashing bow-tie, we most definitely know how to tie together design and logistic details to create the wedding of your dreams! Kick up your feet and take a sip of sweet tea as we pull together the remaining strings of your wedding! Investment Starting At $1,450.

Add Some More Sugar ~ Planning & Design

Have you figured out a handful of the logistics of your wedding, but don’t have a darn clue how you want your special day to look? Or, are you the opposite- you’ve had your wedding design planned since you were a little girl, but just don’t know which vendors to choose to perfectly execute everything? We believe the combination of the two is just as important as the right balance of sugar in a pitcher of sweet tea! We have the perfect mix of fabulous vendors and creative design ideas to make the sweetest batch for your big day.

The Full Glass ~ Comprehensive Planning & Design

Did you just get engaged and want to jump right into the planning process, but the thought of browsing thousands of wedding magazines and blogs is making you a bit dizzy? Do you have a Pinterest board (or a few) dedicated to wedding ideas, but aren’t sure how to bring them to life? Well luckily, we adore bringing creative ideas to life in a way that is unique to your love story and different than everything else you have already seen in the magazines, blogs, and on Pinterest! We’ll take your story, your style, your budget, and your interests into account and find the best vendors for you south of the Mason Dixon. We’ll be there with you every Jack Rodgers wearing step of the way, from cake tastings to picking the perfect palette for your invitation suite to making sure your dress falls perfectly right before you walk down the aisle.

*All of our wedding planning and design recipes include a $200 gift in paper goods design services. Use it toward your invitations, menu cards, gift tags, or whichever type of paper goods that makes your heart skip a beat!

Ready to Get Started

Is one of these recipes starting to make your mouth water, but you would like to tone down the sweetness or add a little more sugar? Send Jessica Clinch, our Lead Planner of Pretty, a message today with all of your fantastic ideas and questions, and she will work with you to create a custom recipe that perfectly suits your palette.

Are you not only interested in wedding planning services, but are also looking for assistance with planning and designing other activities surrounding your special day? Well you’re in luck! Our menu also comes with a delicious side of fixin’s that you can add to your order. Need help planning your rehearsal dinner, organizing a bridal luncheon, styling your engagement photo shoot, pulling together a morning-after brunch, or any other creative details? You can choose any one fixin or a custom combination to round out your menu.

We cannot wait for the opportunity to meet you lovely ladies and gents and serve you a cold glass of sweet tea to welcome you into the Amber Housley Weddings family!