Laura and Zach Wedding Wednesday!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

1. We would love to know your love story, how, when, and where did you and your fiance meet? When did you realize he was the one?

I met Zach my senior year at the University of Florida while on the Beta Theta Pi football road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. We had many mutual friends and saw each other often in the following months. After graduating, we moved back to our hometowns. A year later, Zach told me he was coming to Jacksonville for the Florida-Georgia football game. I had two tickets and invited him to go with me. We had a great time joking around and laughing about college memories. Zach returned to Philadelphia feeling that he might want something more than friendship. We began talking frequently and eventually planned a trip to Orlando with a few of my friends. I knew when he agreed to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that I was interested in something more too. After a great weekend together, we decided to give dating a shot, despite the distance between us. Over the next six months, we visited each other several times and fell in love.

At the end of my two years with Teach For America, I took a job in Philadelphia to be closer to Zach. A year later, I was accepted to Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville and we made the big move down South. Zach quickly found a job he loved and we settled into a new life with our dog, Gatsby.

After three years of dating (and many hints), Zach asked me to marry him under a beautiful waterfall in Tennessee. I was so shocked that I could only nod my head yes. A few tear-filled moments passed before Zach took my hand from my face and put the ring on. We knew Nashville was the perfect place for our wedding and easily found our dream venue. We are so excited to celebrate our love and commitment with close friends and family!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

2. Could you tell us a little about your wedding? Date, location, theme, how far along are you in the planning process?

The wedding will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 21, 2015. It will be a very traditional and classic black-tie wedding. It’s only a few days away so, right now we’re just finishing up last minute details!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

3. Finding your gown, how was your experience? Who came with you to your appointment? And how did you know which gown was the perfect one?

I had my dream dress shopping experience. My maid of honor flew in as well as two of my bridesmaids, mother, future mother-in-law, nana, and two aunts. We had a great time visiting different bridal salons. Before we started, my mother predicted that I would find my dress at Olia Zavozina. It was the last appointment of the weekend. I actually tried on the Tucker dress and loved the lace top. I purchased the Tucker that day but later at home, I found myself second-guessing my choice. I called the next day and the ladies invited me to come back and try on a couple other options. I fell in love with the full skirt and drop waist of the Lauren dress and after a few more changes, ended up with a custom dress that combined the beautiful skirt and details of the Lauren with a lace top inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. Olia’s mother updated my mother’s veil and my vision was complete.

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Wedding Wednesday featuring Brooke and Tim!

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1. We would love to hear the details of your love story.  How, when, and where did you and your fiancé meet? How did you know he was the one?

Tim and I met in college at Cumberland University. Tim played football and I was a cheerleader. The first time we met was actually on a double date, and not with each other. I was interested in dating one of his friends and my friend was interested in dating him. For the next 6 months, I only knew Tim as my friend’s boyfriend and vaguely got to know him. Tim left Cumberland the following year to go to Iraq and I did not see him again until two years later. He started back at Cumberland to finish his degree, during my last year there. I remember passing him on my way to class or seeing him in the computer lab, but still just simply waved hi and did not think much more about anything. My best friend, Katie, later told me that Tim had asked her if I would be interested in him. Of course that meant setting up a double date that we actually got to go on together for each other. After that double date, we started hanging out more and more over movies, talking and laughing. It only took about two weeks for us to realize that even though we were complete opposites, we were perfect for each other. My biggest fear prior to the two of us dating, was that I would never find a guy that I could completely be myself around and feel comfortable enough with. Not once did I ever question this fear of mine with Tim. I felt completely comfortable with him from the first date. I remember someone once telling me that once you meet the one you just know it is the one. This was exactly how I felt with Tim from the beginning, along with the fact that I did not have to search for him, he found me!

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2. How did Tim propose? Did you know he was going to that day?

Tim proposed 4 years after we first met, on January 9, 2015. I graduated in May of 2014 from WKU with a degree in Dental Hygiene, and Tim graduated from Cumberland in December of 2013 with a degree in History and Education. Since we both were finishing school most of our relationship, we wanted to wait for marriage until we both got on our feet with our careers. With this being said, I was not completely shocked about getting engaged, but was very interested to see how Tim would pull it together. I am such a planner and have dreamed of my proposal and wedding since I was a little girl. Of course this put a lot of pressure on Tim, but he did so much better than I could have even imagined. Tim chose my ring all by himself, and it was the most gorgeous ring I had ever laid eyes on. Not only was I in love with this ring, but I was very excited that he chose it himself. This is what made the proposal even more special. Tim also knew that one of my very favorite places in Nashville was the Parthenon, so this is where he decided to propose. We had visited the Parthenon in the summer of 2012 and took a picture right in front of it. Tim found the exact same spot to propose. My sister, McKenzie, was hiding behind one of the statues to capture the special moment!

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3. Could you tell us a little about your wedding?  How far along are you in the process? Wedding date and theme?

I am a huge planner, so my dream wedding has been planned out in my head for years! The best part of course, is having Tim as my groom! We have set our wedding date for May 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The ceremony will take place at Woodmont Christian Church in Green Hills. I am a member at Woodmont, but had my heart set on this church for a long time prior. I did not even have to think twice about where to have my ceremony. Tim and I actually booked the ceremony prior to our engagement. I was so worried that the church would be booked the year we wanted to get married, so I wanted to make sure to save my spot plenty in advance. The reception was a little bit harder to come across. I wanted something very elegant, as well as near the church, but also within a reasonable budget. We looked at several different venues, but Scarritt Bennett was the one that we continued going back to. We finally agreed upon having the reception at Susie Gray Dining Hall at Scarritt Bennett. As far as my theme goes, I am all about elegance. I want a sophisticated, classy and elegant look from the venue to the attire. Peonies are a must for my flower of choice and I want a very neutral, but spring look for attire. I am mixing both tradition and non-tradition to my wedding style. I was opposed at first to the “first look”, but after much thought, I think it will be a great way to capture a special moment with just Tim and I. As far as tradition goes, I will still be walking down the aisle to the bridal march with the organ. I already have most of my planning complete, which helps make this all a fun and relaxing experience. Along with our venue, we have already booked our photographer, Chesley Summar, decided on our florist, purchased my gown, decided on my bridal party and have bought both of our rings. Since I have plenty of time to plan, it makes me enjoy the entire ride of engagement to its fullest!

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4. Finding your gown, how was the experience?  How did you know it was the perfect gown?

When it comes to wedding planning, finding your gown may just be one of the biggest decisions throughout the entire process. My dream dress has always consisted of a few different styles put together as one. My plan for dress shopping was to start looking ten months in advance and no earlier. My plans of course changed when I attended the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show in Nashville. While at the show, I noticed a booth representing bridal gowns. This was Olia Zavozina’s booth, and the fact that I had never heard of this bridal boutique made me interested. I spoke with Malory about the boutique and about Olia, and she had me very interested in visiting the boutique when time came closer. A week later, I received an email saying that I had won a gift card to this boutique. Since I was not ready to look for dresses yet, I decided I could at least stop by to pick it up and possibly purchase a veil. As I walked into this beautiful bridal boutique, I had the urge to try on dresses. I spoke with Malory again and decided to schedule an appointment for the following weekend. My mom came with me, along with my cousin Crystal, who I had also gone with when she looked for bridal gowns for her own wedding. The girls at Olia Zavozina were all so helpful and even encouraged me to send pictures of different gown ideas to help give them an idea on gowns to pull. The best part about the entire experience, was the fact that I had a slot just for me to try on and look at dresses. Unlike other bridal boutiques where several people are running in and out to try on dresses, Olia Zavozina had made a time just for me. The girls were all so helpful and pulled several different styles for me to try on. They were not pushy at all with any dress and even helped me decide on how to custom make my own dream dress. I tried on about five dresses that day, but the very first one was the one I knew was meant just for me. My face lit up with joy when I saw myself in the mirror, and I truly felt like I real bride. I was so excited about this dress that I did not want to take it off. We decided to add a little bit more to the dress, which helped make it unique and just for me. What sold me the most on this dress and veil, was the fact that it would completely be custom made just for me. I would not be altering a dress that other girls had previously tried on, but would have my very own handmade dress and veil. I decided two days later to purchase the dress and I have yet to have any regrets on this decision. The girls at Olia Zavozina truly helped me find my dream dress, that pulled all of the different aspects together that I had always wanted. I would not recommend any other boutique but this one when it comes to finding THE dress! Stay tuned to see pictures of my dream dress that brings the elegance to my wedding theme!

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Wedding Wednesday! Hannah and Scott!

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1) We would love to know your love story! How? When? and Where did you meet? When did you realize he was the one?

Scott and I were introduced during my senior year of college in Birmingham, AL. I was attending Samford University at that time, and Scott was currently living outside of Birmingham. We were introduced in November through my best friend and roommate. Although we were both attracted to each other and enjoyed our first evening out, we were hesitant to start anything serious as we were both going to be leaving Birmingham. I was graduating in May and heading to medical school, and Scott was temporarily relocating to Texas (within 2 weeks of initially meeting him) in preparation for spending 9 months overseas with his job. Despite his move across the country, we talked constantly each day. We were able to spend some time together in Nashville when he got some time off for Christmas, and although we didn’t have any serious discussions about our relationship then, I was starting to realize that I really liked him and didn’t want things to end just because he would be gone for 9 months. Two weeks before he left in March, he surprised me and flew into Birmingham for the weekend and then came back for his final weekend as well. Fast forward 4 years, and we are now engaged! I am so thankful to have found the most selfless, supportive best friend and partner for life.

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2) How did he propose? Did you know?

Since we currently live in Mobile, AL, we planned a trip to nearby Orange Beach for Memorial Day weekend with our closest friends down here. Little did I know that he was also proposing to me that weekend. He proposed to me on the beach, and it couldn’t have been more perfect weather. I don’t remember anything that he said…all I remember is squatting down in the sand and crying before I even looked at the beautiful, unique ring he had picked out. We popped a bottle of champagne and spent the day celebrating on the beach with our friends.

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3) Tell us about your wedding!

Well, we actually don’t have a wedding date yet! We were supposed to get married on May 16th, but we had to postpone the wedding due to an unexpected change in fiancé’s work schedule. However, we are planning on having the ceremony at Brentwood United Methodist Church and the reception at the Pleasant Hill Mansion at the Governor’s Club. Besides that, we don’t have anything planned yet!

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4) Finding your gown, how was your experience? who came to the appointment with you? how did you know which gown was the one for you? 

Ironically, I initially was going to cancel my appointment at Olia Zavozina because I had just learned 3 days before that we were having to postpone the wedding so I was still pretty bummed. However, my mom thought it wouldn’t hurt to look (and it would cheer me up because who doesn’t love trying on beautiful dresses?) so we decided to keep the appointment. My mom and I looked at some of her dresses online before going, and there were 2 that I absolutely loved. Despite me trying on multiple dresses, I ended up falling in love with one of the dresses I initially saw on the website. I loved it so much that we decided to purchase it even though we still don’t know when the wedding will be, but now I’ll have one thing already marked off my list whenever we do set the next date!

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Sample Sale Sunday, March 15th!

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sample sale photo 3Olia Zavozina Flagship Boutique is having a huge pre-Market Sample Sale! Gowns and veils will be marked down anywhere between 30%-75% off. Dresses will be priced between $300-$2500.

Appointment times will be from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, please call our store at 615-760-5174 to book your appointment. This is an exclusive sale only available at our Flagship Boutique, located at 2002 Richard Jones Rd. Nashville, TN 37215.

Each appointment will be limited to 40 minutes, brides will be paired with an experienced consultant to help guide them to find their perfect wedding gown. Refreshments will be served to you and your guests throughout the appointment. Dressing rooms will be limited to 3 gowns per room at a time.

Only sample sale gowns will be displayed, to view full price or custom gowns please make an appointment at a different date.

We recommend only bringing 2-3 guests to help make your decision easier.

Sample sale gowns are sold as is and do not include alterations. We will recommend local seamstresses we trust.

Payments will be made in full at time of purchase. Only cash, credit, and debt cards will be accepted.

For more information please call 615-760-5174 

Wedding Wednesday Featuring LaiKyn and Alex

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We would love to know your love story, how, when, and where did you and your fiancé meet? When did you realize he was the one? 

 Alex and I met in college. He was an in coming freshmen and I was a sophomore. Two of my friends at the time kept telling me about this guy that I just HAD TO MEET. They would go on and on about him for hours. They actually had called “dibs” on dating him. It was quite annoying actually. Finally one day after chapel, (we went to a small Baptist college in Louisiana) I had the opportunity to meet this mystery man. He was sitting in the student center catching up on some homework, and when he looked up, my heart fell to my stomach. In the back of my head I was like “oh my gosh, he is so attractive. I have to get to know him more.” Thankfully I did. A few months went by and we went on our first date to see Wreck it Ralph. (Yes, cheesy I know) A few more dates followed and he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I’m not sure how much y’all know about small Baptist colleges, but have you ever heard of the term: “ring by spring”. Well, there, every person is trying to find his or her husband/wife. There is even a swing called the “marriage swing” where supposedly whoever sits on it will get married. Crazy, huh? I say all this to say; Alex and I had talked about marriage before we even started dating. We both knew that this relationship was a serious one and if one of us didn’t feel like this is where we were supposed to be then we would tell the other. But honestly, I knew he was the one the moment I laid eyes on him. Sometimes you just know.

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How did he propose? Did you know he was going to?

 Well since we had been talking about marriage for a while I knew it was going to be soon, since we planned on getting married right after Alex graduated. One day Alex, out of the blue, told me that his parents were coming down to visit. This peaked my interest because they live two hours North of us and do not frequently come down without a reason, so I became a bit suspicious. I said ok and played it off. I work in a dentist office so I wear scrubs on a daily basis. We had planned on going to “dinner” with his parents after I got off, so I brought my clothes with me. I was supposed to be getting off early that day, but ended up getting tied-up at work. I finally got to my car to see that there was an envelope on my steering wheel. To give you a little back-story, if any of y’all have a Pinterest you know about the ‘open when’ box. It’s a box full of letters that you open at different times. For example: I have one that says, “Open when you are mad at me” and he wrote some things to make me feel better, laugh, or understand him better. The letter that was on my steering wheel said: “open when you get off work”. If I wasn’t tipped off before, I certainly was now! When I opened the letter, it told me to go back inside, get dressed and meet him at the local Park, which happened to be the place we first told each other, “I love you.” After getting dressed I headed straight there. My heart was pounding. When I pulled up to the exact place, there stood Alex with a chalk drawn heart on the ground. I parked my car and got out. I immediately started crying. He handed me another letter that said, “Open when we get engaged”. I was crying too much at this point to actually read the letter but it said some sweet things and the last thing it said was, “This is the part where I get down on one Knee.” He got down on his knee and asked me. I was so excited. I didn’t want to stop hugging and kissing him. He gave another letter that told me all about how excited he was for the future and about the engagement party that we were going to have when his parents got in. We then proceeded to the party that all my friends and family were at to celebrate this happy day for us.

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Could you tell us a little about your wedding? Date, location, theme, how far along are you in the planning process?

 Our wedding is going to be in Bossier City, Louisiana at the church that Alex was a member of and worked at before he went to college. It is a beautiful sanctuary that is painted white and has a beautiful chandelier hanging from the ceiling. I’ve always wanted a church wedding and the first time I saw the church I KNEW I just had to get married there. The date of our wedding is May 21st, 2016, so we have a lot of time to plan and get every detail ready way before hand, so I don’t have to stress about it later. I wanted to keep the theme very elegant and classy. My vision is very vintage and whimsical. Think tulle and lace with a bit of Disney princess added in. I’m honestly not very far in my planning. We have the church booked, my dress, the bridal party, and the time planned out. Since our wedding is a while from now, I think I’m doing pretty well.

Finding your gown, how was your experience? Who came with you to your appointment? And how did you know which gown was the perfect one?

 Finding my dress was actually a big surprise to me. I was not excepting to find it as soon as I did. Olia Zavozina was actually the very first place I went to try on dresses. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted so I was kind of open to trying anything. My mom came with me to the appointment and was looking at dresses while I tried on the ones the girls at the shop had pulled for me. When my mom brought the dress over for me to try on I was not sure at all about how I liked it. I kept putting it off. I finally tried it on and as soon as I did, I fell in love. There were no tears shed, but I knew this was my dress. It fit me perfectly and even the girls kept telling me how well it fit me. I just couldn’t believe I found my dress at the first place I went to, but I’m so thankful I went. Olia Zavozina has some of the best staff I’ve come in contact with. They were very helpful and attentive. They helped me try to create the vision that was in my head and were wonderful at it. I don’t think I would have found my dress without them.

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