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Weddings To Inspire: It’s Not Just YOUR Wedding April 22, 2009

Filed under: Weddings To Inspire — genesiswse @ 7:30 am


Planning your wedding is one of the most important occasions in a woman’s lifetime, if not the most important. Every bride wants her wedding to be the most beautiful, the most fun, and simply the best. It’s understandable that it is your wedding and you want everything to be perfect. However, it is very tempting for brides to forget about their guests and to only tend to their wants and needs. This momentary “It’s MY Wedding” attitude may make you happy at the time, but the repercussions from your bridal party, future in-laws, and guests may be long-lasting. There are a handful of suggestions that I usually make to my brides in order to make your guests happy so that they enjoy the day as much as you do.

1. Gift Baskets For Out-Of-Town Guests: This is a wonderful way to let your out-of-town guests to know they are appreciated for traveling all of this way, and to welcome them to the area. It is important to make them feel comfortable in an unfamiliar place since they have traveled (usually at their own expense). There are several things to include in the gift basket: The most important is a map of the area, the most efficient public transportation info, and a short note of appreciation. You can also add items that are from the specific area and businesses where they are staying. Perhaps consider brochures for parks or local attractions. Gift baskets don’t have to be huge or a lot of work; just something to help your guests feel at ease.

2. Bridesmaid’s Input On Dresses: Once in a while your bridesmaids will be less than thrilled with the dress you have chosen for them. Just because it looks amazing on the mannequin doesn’t mean it will look as great on your bridesmaids due to the fact that they have real curves. While you could use your carte blanche “It’s MY Wedding” argument, please consider that having a happy bridesmaid is cause for having beautiful wedding photos. Otherwise, you may have whole bunch of photos with women having that “stomach virus” look. Offer dresses in both regular and plus sizes, and allow your friends to choose between at least two dresses in the same color. FYI, there is not a rule that makes it mandatory for everyone to wear the same dress. Don’t be afraid to show some personality and allow your friends to choose what they like. After all, they are stuck with the dress after the wedding.

3. The More Showers The Merrier: While it is usually the Maid of Honor’s job to throw a wedding shower, sometimes other friends/family would like to throw one for you as well. Even though your mother-in-law-to-be invites all of her friends/family and you may not know them, this is the time to play nice. Consider this the time to meet new members of your extended family as you don’t want anyone to feel slighted.

As always, please feel free to ask questions or provide feedback to me at I would love to here from you! And, if you would like to announce your engagement or wedding, contact me or go to and fill out the questionnaire.


Celebrate Earth Day Because She Loves Us!

Filed under: Giveaway/Contest — genesiswse @ 7:18 am
Spitzbergen (A Norwegian Island)

Spitzbergen (A Norwegian Island)

There is no denying that Mother Earth loves us, so why don’t we love her!? Please take the time today to think about a couple ways that you can help save energy and be more eco-friendly.

Send in your ideas for an eco-friendly wedding to and we will choose the best ones to post. Our top three favorites will receive your choice of an eco-friendly favor from Kate Aspen.


Motivational Monday: Success April 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — genesiswse @ 12:15 am

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
~ Colin Powell

* Sorry this is late, but my mom had surgery on Friday and I had to help her out today. Enjoy!


There’s a Storm coming!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — genesiswse @ 12:13 am

Ok, so I stopped by the Verizon store and got this awesome new Blackberry Storm! It has a touchscreen, camera, web, gps, video, email, and so much more! Check it out!



Memories are made at Monteagle Inn April 18, 2009

Filed under: Check Out This Venue — genesiswse @ 4:10 pm

This Thursday, we went to Monteagle to measure for a tent at the Jim Oliver Smokehouse.  However, after we were finished, the manager pointed us in the direction of an amazingly charming bed and breakfast down the road called the Monteagle Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Along with the beautiful landscaping, adorable rooms and home away from home atmosphere, there is this adoring church right next door.  I took some photos for all of you to enjoy!

Monteagle Inn Bed & Breakfast

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Blast From The Past! MTSU Top Model April 16, 2009

Filed under: Blast From The Past — genesiswse @ 9:19 pm

*This article is from a couple years ago when I produced a television show for MTSU.*


MTTV Channel 10 Brings You “MTSU’s Next Top Model”

By: Kristen Teffeteller  03/16/2006 – Sidelines/Exposure

Many people have heard of the reality shows “Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model.” Now, MTSU has its own reality television show on MTTV Channel 10: “MTSU’s Next Top Model.”

A year ago, executive producer Nicole Thompson, an electronic media communications major, was trying to think of a show for her MIDI Production class.

“I watched ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and thought it would be a good idea,” Thompson said. “It basically was a project to get me into MTTV.”

Thompson sent out a request for help on PipelineMT. Josh Robbins, head booker of the Wilhelmina-Dan Agency in Nashville, heard about her Thompson’s project and offered the agency’s help. The agency’s expertise and industry contacts lend a professional touch to the show and they also provide a $3000 prize package, including a one-year developmental modeling contract with Wilhelmina-Dan Agency.

The show has not gone without problems. Season one began airing on MTTV last semester and then was dropped from the channel’s line-up.

“The reason was that we had one editor and we couldn’t get the edits done in time,” Thompson said. “[Currently] we’re still editing to get it done in time to air. We need some knowledgeable, good editors.”

Production on season two began later than Thompson originally anticipated. She said “the most obvious problem” was lack of help and interest during Christmas break, when she was “actually trying to get it running.”
With the production experience of the first season under her belt, Thompson decided to make a few changes to the format, hence the tagline “The rules have changed!”

For example, the first season had 14 contestants, including two males. This year, nine female contestants were chosen from the application process and an open casting call. Thompson revealed that more female contestants will be added during this week’s filming for a “Wild Card” episode. The judging of the contestants will also be structured more like Bravo’s “Runway.”

The challenges are also undergoing a makeover. Thompson said some of last year’s challenges were simply fun, such as applying makeup without the aid of a mirror or a photo shoot with a ferret. Other challenges were similar to “America’s Next Top Model,” like a lingerie shoot held at Nashville’s Coyote Ugly Saloon.

“This year, Stephanie Williams [president of Dan Agency and a judge] wants it to be more professional,” Thompson said. “We’re using pro photographers, hair and makeup…it will be geared more towards the real ‘Top Model.'”

Filming of the second season has already begun for round one contestants. They have had three photo shoots in the Middle Tennessee area and will begin filming for round two this Saturday. With a more professional style and surprising twists and turns, “MTSU’s Next Top Model” may become a new guilty pleasure for students.

“It is the most awesome show on the station, pure and simple,” Thompson said.


Princess For A Day: Requesting Donations April 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — genesiswse @ 9:24 pm

The Princess For A Day Project helps young high school girls that are unable to afford a prom gown and accessories to choose an ensemble for free. We are looking for both persons and businesses to donate prom gowns no older than six years old and in excellent condition, and accessories such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. Please contact us to make arrangements for pickup or dropoff. Go to for more information.