Today we are so excited to feature a gown alterations business that is brand spanking new to Nashville. Altermyheart and it’s precious owner, Rachel Swayne, are here to take care of one of the most important parts of your big day, your wedding dress. (ok, let’s be honest, it’s THE most important part) Rachel truly cares about her clients and how they look on their wedding day and she has years of experience and a ton of talent to back it up. Oh and we just LOVE that she is available for day of emergencies!! We recently asked Rachel to tell us all about her new venture and here is what she had to say:
Tell us about Altermyheart
Altermyheart actually started as an Instagram name, a nod to my profession and my faith. When I decided to start my own alterations business, it was an obvious choice for the name. I do sewing of any kind, but my passion is working with gorgeous dresses and making brides feel beautiful.
What services do you provide for brides?
As the name implies, alterations is the bulk of my business. From basic fit issues (hems, taking in or letting out sides) to complete redesigns (adding sleeves, moving the waist seam, changing the silhouette, etc), I will do whatever I can to make a bride’s vision reality. In addition to bridal gowns, I alter mother of the bride/groom, flower girl, bridesmaid, rehearsal dinner, and any other type of dress you can imagine! I also make children’s dresses from vintage linens, which are perfect for a unique flower girl look.
Even brides who have a dress that fits perfectly can benefit from my services. I have excellent equipment for steaming or pressing gowns and veils, and any dress with a train could use a bustle for the reception!
I am also available for day-of emergencies–just call me the dress doctor! If a bride has a dress crisis (zipper breaks when she puts it on, she loses 10 pounds and doesn’t realize it) I have a sewing machine that fits in my car and I can do some last minute fixes.
How did you get into alterations?
Sewing has always been a part of my life. My mother made clothing for me when I was a kid, and she even helped me make my senior prom dress! Throughout middle and high school I kept sketchbooks full of designs, and dreamed of becoming a famous fashion designer. In college I discovered that I enjoyed making garments even more than I enjoyed designing them, but I didn’t know how that translated into a profession I would love. When I graduated from Lipscomb University in 2007 with a degree in Textiles and Apparel, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do (except travel!!). I was actually working as a flight attendant in Colorado when a former teacher called me about an alterations job in Nashville. The same day I got this phone call, I found out that the airline I worked for was closing their Denver base and relocating me somewhere much less desirable. It seemed so serendipitous that I decided to give the alterations gig a shot! I was at David’s for a year and a half before my manager left to run the alterations department at Bridal Warehouse. She asked me to come with her as her full time seamstress, and I have been there for almost 6 years now. I have dreamed of branching out on my own and 2015 is the year I’m making that happen!
What is your favorite type of alteration?
I love working with lace! I love the detail, the patterns, the techniques, all of it. Give me a lace dress to work on and I am one happy girl.
What is the most challenging alteration you have done?
More than once I’ve had to make a dress that is at least 3 sizes too small, fit like a dream. At the stores where I got my training, we often had to make the “impossible” happen. I have worked with many girls who were told by another seamstress that their gown could not be altered to fit. Most of the time this is just not true. I love a good challenge, and I will not let a bride leave my studio unhappy.
Are there any alterations you do that set you apart?
I have actually done quite a few dresses for girls from the LDS (Mormon) church. These brides have very specific guidelines for what they can wear in the temple. It takes a lot of time and creativity to transform a mainstream wedding dress into something fashionable and modest. These have been some of the most challenging and most rewarding dresses I have worked on.
Personal Questions about Owner Rachel:
Mac or PC Mac
Tea or Coffee Very enthusiastically, TEA!!! I am a serious hot tea addict.
Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures Instagram
Favorite Movie Right Now I stream a lot of TV shows on Netflix, more than I watch movies. Most recently, I binged on “The Paradise” and “Bomb Girls” because I absolutely adore historical costuming!
Happy Wednesday! We are so excited to feature Frosted Affair today on our blog. They have the best sweets & design some amazing cakes. We have worked with them on creating lots of fun treats for our planners.
Tell us about your company
Frosted Affair is known regionally for its delicious buttercream, unique flavoring offerings, and well-executed creative dessert designs. While the heart of our business is our custom cakes, cookies, cake pops, macarons, and other desserts, we also have the team in place to truly frost your affair! We have graphic designers that can provide custom invitations, labels, gift tags, signs, banners, etc. We can even help with creative non-baked party favors! We have been frosting affairs since November 2012.
We are located in Green Hills near Green Hills Mall.
2209 Bandywood Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
Our shopping center is a bride’s haven as The Bride Room, Street Tuxedo, Bella Bridesmaid, and Daniel Cole are all just steps away!
What type of services/items do you offer brides?
We offer complimentary tastings and consults to brides. During the consult, our cake artists will sketch and design a custom dessert offering. Desserts range from tiered wedding cakes, carved groom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons, iced sugar cookies, as well as dessert bars. We offer delivery and set upas well as table styling utilizing our large selection of cake plateaus, serving pieces, jars, table runners, and table décor.
We also have a store front open Tuesday – Saturday, so brides and grooms can pop in anytime and pick up a sweet treat to share with friends!
What are some different flavors that you offer brides?
We have more than 30+ flavors available! Our most popular wedding flavors are strawberry (our #1seller!), almond, chocolate, red velvet, and vanilla. However, we have many non-traditional flavors such as French Toast, Guinness Bourbon Chocolate, Key Lime, & Apple Pie Moonshine!
What are some new things you are working on for 2015?
Our 2015 Bridal Collection will be released in March 2015. It will be comprised of 10 completely original designs and will utilize new decorating techniques as well as many of the 2015 pantone colors. The 2016 collection will be released in November.
Additionally, we just completed a brand new website (www.thefrostedaffair.com) that features weekly blogs. Finally, we completed our store re-model that features a private consult room and a cake finishing room with glass doors so you can see the cake artists at work!
Tell me why brides should choose Frosted Affair.
We pride ourself in our top notch customer service and delicious desserts. However, three things set us apart from others:
– Design and execution. Our artists can create and execute cakes unavailable anywhere else in Nashville!
– We never serve guests fondant! We can do multi-tiered buttercream cakes, or we can do faux cakes with sheet cakes (4 layers!) in the back for designs requiring a fondant base.
– Safety Net. We have 3 cake artists on staff that can execute every cake designed! So plenty of back-ups for illness or unforeseen events.
Stoney River….for all of our planners, those 2 words conjure up delicious images of garlic mashed potatoes, juicy steak, crispy wedge salad, the yummiest mushrooms and of course, white chocolate cheesecake. Our lucky members got to enjoy all of these foods and more from a custom menu this past December. (original blog post here) Stoney River would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids luncheon or other celebration for up to 65 guests. It’s also conveniently located to downtown Nashville hotels and other event venues.
Read on for more information about this fabulous restaurant…..warning, these pictures will make you want to drop everything and head over there immediately!
Tell us about Stoney River
Stoney River is an upscale steakhouse, specializing in hand-cut steaks and gourmet entrees, served in a sophisticated atmosphere by professional servers. Guests can enjoy diverse menu offerings such as Center-cut Filets, Bone-in Rib-eye’s or a Classic NY Strip.
Stoney River offers fresh seafood selections, signature salads and house specialties.
Whether relaxing at the bar or dining in the comfortable atmosphere, enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail, local draft beer or glass of wine from our boutique wine list. Our goal is to provide you with the finest culinary experience that exceeds your expectations.
What are some of your rehearsal dinner options?
We have three different pre-set menus that include an appetizer course, salad/soup course, entrée course and dessert course. We have signature items like our Coffee Cured Filet Mignon and a delicious variety of chef inspired items that are delivered with seamless service in a polished environment.
What options do you have available as in space?
We have three different private dining rooms that can accommodate 10 to 65 guests and we also have a covered patio, which is great for cocktail events!
Today’s spotlight is on Jay Farrell Photography! Jay was so kind to come to our December dinner last year to take photos, which we’ve shared on an earlier blog post, here. It’s not easy to be the only fella in room full of wedding planners but Jay did it splendidly! We recently asked Jay a few questions about his business and this is what he had to say…..
How did you get into photography?
I cut my teeth with street photography and photojournalism, and have always enjoyed capturing those decisive moments and natural candid moods in people. Later, I participated in art classes about the female form and fine art photography, as well as various photography workshops. Working with true masters of photography helped me truly focus on capturing the soul of each subject I photograph. I started photographing weddings in 2007, after working as a second and backup photographer for another. I quickly found my place as a journalistic-style wedding photographer, using my native style. And here we are today.
What do you love about photography?
I love having creative control of all aspects of a photograph. It’s important to be to be able to put my personal touch on everything from composition, lighting, capturing that defining moment and mood with my subjects, depth of field, etc. It’s rewarding to see the finished product, and even more rewarding to have a happy client. It’s a personal service that people trust me to provide, and it’s great to see them excited about their photos. There’s always something new to do, and it’s fun to see visions come to life. Photography has also brought a lot of people in my life that I am so grateful for.
What would you say is your photography style?
Documentary / journalistic style wedding photography, lifestyle / commercial style portraits, and artistic.
Do you shoot digital or film?
Digital primarily, I switched to a Fuji X mirrorless system last year exclusively. In many ways, it mimics film, as far as manual control and layout of the camera. I do occasionally shoot with film, recreationally with my twin lens medium format and 35 mm. It is good for it’s unique tonal quality and discipline.
Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.
I don’t take lightly the fact that wedding photography is a very personal service. It’s important that a couple love the photographer’s work as well as their personality. I am the service provider the couple spends the most time with. I care about the needs of my clients, and come with energy ready to work for them. It’s important to me that it’s a fun experience for all of us. I have a unique non-intrusive journalistic style that captures the intimate loving feel of the day. Some other selling points are my unique approach to natural and off camera lighting, overall efficiency and keeping up with demands of the day without setup delays, and high standards for finished product and artistically designed albums.
Some personal questions about Jay:
Mac or PC: Mac all the way!
￼Tea or Coffee: I’ve never developed the taste for coffee, but do enjoy hot tea in colder weather.
Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures: Facebook and Pinterest.
Favorite Movie Right Now: Some of the best movies are the ones that never made it big in the mainstream, in my opinion. Some recent discoveries I really thought were brilliant are Station Agent, Cashback, and Henry Poole Is Here. Plus longtime favorites like Indy Film, Me And You And Everyone We Know, and Clockwork Orange.
Here in the South we love our barbecue and Nashville is no exception. Many couples take their love of barbecue and carry it in to their wedding festivities. Barbecue engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, etc…. can be a ton of fun and are always a crowd pleaser. Last year we had the delicious opportunity to have Dickey’s Barbecue Pit cater one of our meetings. The barbecue and sides were soooo yummy (we especially love their jalapeno beans) and would make the perfect meal for any event. Oh and definitely go see them at their restaurant in Brentwood…they have free ice cream every day!
We also had the pleasure of meeting Dickey’s owner, John Clark and his lovely daughter. We got to ask them a few questions about Dickey’s and here’s what they had to say:
How did you get into catering?
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owners, John and Susie Clark, were looking for a way to get to Nashville to be closer to their daughter and also realize a dream of being their own boss. Dickey’s was a perfect fit! Catering is a huge part of the business and they are excited to be a new, high quality, affordable option for Nashville brides!
What are some different options for catering that you offer brides?
We offer a delivery buffet where we come and get everything set up to self serve. We also offer a full service buffet where we can have staff on site to cut meat fresh from the block and serve, as well as clean up after guests.
What are some new things you are working on for 2015?
We are working on more options for passed appetizers.
What are you seeing that is popular in catering in 2015?
We are finding that people are really looking for high quality at a great price. And with the continued trend of the outdoor or semi-outdoor “rustic” themes, we fit in perfectly.
Tell me why brides should choose Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for the catering needs?
Brides should choose Dickey’s Barbecue Pit if they are looking for great tasting food that pleases the masses that won’t break the bank. At about $10-$13 per plate, this is a great option for the laid back, country feel so many brides are seeking.
Some personal questions:
Mac or PC? Mac all the way!
Tea or Coffee? Tea, but only if it’s SWEET!!
Favorite Local Nashville Restaurant? That’s tough, too many to choose from! Can I pick a dessert place? LOVE Ivey Cake!
Favorite Song Right Now? “Home to Me” by Keith Waker