Amber Housley

August Thursday Therapy Recap

Our August Thursday Therapy Social was such a blast! Nashville wedding vendors all gathered at one of Nashville’s chicest new restaurants, Sinema, to mingle and get to know each other better. We welcomed vendor friends old and new, and loved meeting up at this intimate setting.

Amy of Amy Nicole Photography was at our social, and took some lovely photographs both of Sinema and of our fun conversations! Take a look below.

Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

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Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

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Nashville Thursday Therapy Social Hosted by Amber Housley Weddings | Amy Nicole Photography

We loved getting to meet and mingle with these great vendors, and are excited for our upcoming September Thursday Therapy Social to mingle with even more of you!

Our upcoming social will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 6-9 pm at Rumours Wine Bar in The Gulch. Drop by any time after work between 6-9, and feel free to invite any and all of your Nashville wedding vendor friends. You can RSVP to the social here. We look forward to seeing you later this month!

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.