A Different Strip {Ladies' weekend in Nashville}

We’ve all heard of the traditional trip to Vegas to give away your soon to be wedded best friend, and even though Vegas is my favorite vacation spot in the US-yes really, sometimes you’ve got to put on your cowboy boots and explore a different part of the states. And yes, I do mean cowboy boots. I’m talking about the Music City of Nashville! What’s not to love about an amazing Iconic music scene, BBQ and it’s within driving distance to boot! Where to Stay: The Sheraton Nashville Downtown had great ammenities and even shuttled guests anywhere downtown! TIP: Shuttle ends at 11pm, but the Nashville strip is only 4 blocks away. Where to Eat & Drink: Where to start is a better question. Puckett’s, a grocery store/restaurant hybrid had some pretty awesome BBQ. Their brunch looks promising if you’re (You will be eating BBQ more than once or you’re not doing it right) wanting to start off your day with a kick. Saint Anejos, located in the up and coming Gulch area, had a cool new vibe. Their extensive tequila list could get you in trouble though! Saint’s Mexican food was out of this world good. I recommend washing down your dinner with just about any of their margaritas; the ginger being my favorite! Jack’s: They boast a well deserved first place award for the 2013 American Royal Barbecue Sauce Contest. Their white sauce is the most popular, but my favorite was their spicy sauce. TIP: This is a great place to stop on your way out of town to get your one last bite of good BBQ....

Jess + Zach {West Bend Country Club}

Jess and Zach’s rehearsal was the first I’ve ever been involved with that all guests stood in a circle, holding hands with one another (some complete strangers) and one by one not only had to tell a story about themselves, but also had to give a well wish to the soon to be wed couple. In addition to each and every wish, there were several attendants who mentioned having sunshine over the rain showers that were being forecast for the upcoming day. You could tell people were a little nervous at first, but it was entirely evident after the fact that everyone had huge hopes for Jessica and Zach as well as undying love. Something else that was evident? Just how IN LOVE this couple was. Jess seemed smitten, shy and giggly throughout the evening. Zach couldn’t take his eyes off his bride to be. If they were near one another, which chances are they were, their hands were always interlaced. At some points in time they were entirely oblivious to everyone around them. It turns out that this wonderful, free and easy going rehearsal was definitely a sure-fire indicator of what the wedding day would be like. Looming clouds gave way to a bright and gorgeous day, just as the bride was stepping foot onto the shuttle. Yes, this sounds too good to be true-like a fairy tail. Yes, it really happened. Jess wanted to add sparkle and shine to every element of the wedding day that she possibly could. And pink. She loved pink. The pops of pink in her bouquet were absolutely stunning. Throughout the evening,...

Bustle Blunders

A topic that we find oh-so-necessary to touch base on that brides wouldn’t normally think twice about? BUSTLES-a tiny item that could have a large impact on your evening. As of late, we’ve be stumbling upon more and more problems, due to brides stumbling along their dresses. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind on your wedding day to beware of faulty bustles. 1. It is typical to leave your bustle down for all photos, events before your ceremony. Only after you walk down the aisle does it come up. Refraining from tying it up and pulling it down multiple times will keep all parts intact and strong for later on in the evening when you’re busting on dance moves on the floor. 2. All bustles are different; although we’ve seen many, it doesn’t mean we’ve seen them all! Appoint a bridesmaid or mom to lead in the tying or buttoning of your bustle. Go through the steps a few times before the wedding as to keep from slowing down the tie up. TIP: If your mom or maid of honor was with you during your dress shopping, they will be the best point of contact for the day. 3. Have a plan of action for if or when your bustle breaks. Bustles are delicate and no matter how expensive your dress was, it doesn’t fool proof your bustle from breaking. Keep a sew kit or pins on hand in case of creating a makeshift bustle. TIP: It may seem tacky to bustle with pins, but they are often the strongest resolution. And if you are...