OZ Bride Kim Jeger featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

We had the pleasure of watching one of our brides featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week. Kim Jeger and her mother were surprised when Kim’s letter to Ellen was read aloud during the show. Kim and her mother were plucked from the audience and asked to come up on stage. After learning that Kim was engaged to be married, Ellen showered her with a few pretty special wedding gifts.

Check out the video above to see Kim and her mother’s amazing story!

Borrowed & Blue with our bride

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This past July I had the honor to design a stunning custom dress for Colby Tilman from our Flagship Boutique in Nashville, Tennessee along with a “mother of the bride” for the special day.  Borrowed and Blue featured her wedding alongside the stunning work of Scoobie Photography and many other great vendors in Nashville. 

To quote Borrowed and Blue, “Nashville never fails to bring us the most beautiful brides and the most stunning weddings! Just take a gander at Colby & Ben’s special day. Colby’s gorgeous gown set the tone for a wedding full of elegance and grace, with its lace embellishments and a stunning beaded belt.

Click here to read more and view her stunning wedding photographs.

-Olia

 

The Do’s and Don’t of a Sample Sale

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By: Jessica Galloway

It will be here before you know it and you want to be prepared! Olia Zavozina is having a sample sale- one day only- August 29th! Gowns will start at $700 and no appointments required. Doors open at 9 AM.

Unsure of a sample sale? Let me ease your mind! Sample Sales can be the perfect way to score your perfect dress for much less- but there are some things you may need to know to prepare yourself before shopping!

DO bring your friend, your mom, your grandmother- the one person that will give you an honest opinion but still stay true to your wants and wishes. It’s important to have someone that can help you choose!

DON’T come to a sale expecting a typical appointment. Sales can be very hustle bustle and although we do provide consultants to help you find the one, it may not be the one-on-one appointment that we can provide any other day.

DO be prepared to find “THE ONE.” A sample sale is the time to purchase. Unlike ordering a gown, when the dress is gone it’s gone. Many of our samples are one of a kind- only made once and will never be made again. For that reason if you fall in love and then leave we can’t guarantee the gown will still be there waiting on you (and more than likely the girl behind you will steal the moment and say yes!) So when shopping a sample sale be ready to buy!

DON’T say no to a sample sale because you don’t think of yourself as a sample size! This is not a typical runway size only sale! Our gowns will range in size from 2-18 and most gowns can be altered.

DO make sure you have looked through pictures, magazines and Pinterest to know somewhat an idea of what you are thinking! No need to know everything but having some sort of idea will help. With the number of gowns available and the limited time you have to look through everything it helps to know what silhouette or style you are most interested in. But don’t worry- if you get here and that changes we are still here to help and guide you in the right direction

DON’T plan on shopping a sample sale if you aren’t prepared to make some concessions. Sample sales are simply that- selling the sample. Gowns are sold on an “as is” condition. Granted, our samples are kept in excellent condition but there may be a few tweaks that are needed in alterations. Don’t let this scare you! Our consultants will be there to let you know what is and isn’t possible.

DO be open-minded! The best piece of advice for any bride-to-be is to always stay open minded. Wedding dresses usually look better on than on the hanger so don’t say no to a dress until you get it on. Most brides come in with one idea and leave with another so don’t be afraid to just try it on!

Now you have just a few pieces of advice to help you make the most of this amazing opportunity. Come ready to find the one- what better way to find your gown than at a discount!

One day only- August 29th. Gowns starting at $700. Doors open at 9:00 am and as they say, “The early bird always gets the worm.”

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Brides Magazine: A Wedding Dress We Love

Weddings We Love, Brides Magazine feature of Gigi

Brides Magazine wrote an amazing article about backless gowns.  I was honored Lauren Frankfort picked Gigi to be feature in the editorial as “classic gown with a surprising twist.”  Let me know your favorite blackless gowns in the comments below. To read the full article click the link to Brides, “A Wedding Dress We Love by Olia Zavozina.”

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The perfect love song featuring Amanda and Bill

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

I moved to Nashville in August of 2009, a few weeks before I started grad school at Belmont. Two days after I moved here, I ran into Caroline Cutbirth at Petsmart. We were acquaintances from our hometown in Texas; we grew up at the same church, went to the same high school, but were 4 years apart, and were not really friends. She was with her boyfriend, Michael. She told me that her boyfriend was in this awesome rock band. The band had a show that night, and they invited me. At the time, I knew not a single other soul in Nashville. All of my belongings were still in boxes at my new apartment. So I went. Caroline and Michael let me tag along with them, and we went backstage, where Bill Satcher and I met. He was super shy. We made small talk about Saved by the Bell. I guess somehow I made an impression on him, because a few days later, Caroline’s band had a show at the same venue, and he went because he heard I was going. Even though he was quiet, he was sweet and funny, and very interesting. I knew I had to get to know him more. Over the last few weeks of summer, we went on a few dates to concerts around town, barbeques, and dinners. That was about it. He had my heart. We fell in love pretty fast. Within the first few months I knew he was the one. Almost 6 years later, I still fall more in love with him every day.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

For Christmas this past year, we decided to go see both of our families…my family first in Waco, Texas, then his family in Newberry, South Carolina. About a month before we went to Waco, my parents planned a party to have a bunch of their friends over to listen to some of Bill’s band’s new music and eat chili. About 20 minutes before everyone came over, my dad said he wanted to take some family pictures by the Christmas tree. After a little photo shoot, Bill said he wanted to go get Kona (my Boston Terrier) from the other room so we could take one more picture with her in it. While my dad was snapping a picture of Bill and I with Kona, Bill asked if I saw her new dog tag. I hadn’t noticed. One side said her name. The back side said “The Satchers” with our Nashville address. He said, “Well since she’s going to wear that, I hope you’ll wear this…” and reached into a cabinet behind me to pull out the ring. He got down on one knee in front of the Christmas tree, my parents, and Kona. It was pretty perfect. About 5 minutes later, all of our friends started arriving. My Godparents were the first to arrive, then my best friend, and my sister. It was awesome. I had NO idea.

Engagement Night

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

We’re having a September wedding in Nashville, with a small ceremony at our chapel and then a larger reception that will just be a big party. We are so excited to have found a great band, amazing food, and a really big dance floor. Our amazing wedding planner, Christina Logan at Christina Logan Design has made the whole process so seamless and easy. Honestly, it has been so fun and stress free. What woman doesn’t want to look at beautiful dresses and flowers? Our “theme” is just natural and ethereal feeling. We have a color palette of grays, taupe, & blush. An ombre sunset. Everything is very organic and delicate. Things that make us comfortable. The Episcopal chapel we are getting married in makes you feel like you are in a forest. It’s stunning.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

Finding my gown! Woah! My bridesmaids were all in town for our engagement party. We had appointment that day at another dress shop in town. I don’t want to say much more than it was not a great experience. I left nearly in tears. My sweet friend and soul sister kind of forced me to push through my bad mood, and all of my bridesmaids stubbornly asserted that we not end the day on that note. When my best friend called to ask if y’all could possibly work us in, the dolls at your beautiful store told us to come in 30 minutes. My best friend described the type of dress I loved and what to steer clear of. The girls at Olia pulled dresses for me before I got there. 6 of my 7 bridesmaids were with me. It was the first dress I tried on, and I didn’t try on any others. It was so easy and perfect. Even though the day didn’t start out great, I honestly believe it couldn’t have ended up so perfect if it didn’t happen just as it did. Later that evening, my fiancé’s band ( A Thousand Horses) debuted at the Opry, and then we had our engagement party with friends from near and far. It was a day for the books.

Thank you for such an amazing experience at Olia. My goal of wedding planning has been just to slow down and enjoy it, and y’all definitely helped me to do that by making it such a smooth process.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

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