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Not THAT Kind of Trunk.

Last week I got roped into going to a trunk show by my photographer's wife, Sharon. Now, I've never been to a trunk show so really had no idea what was in store for me. Whenever I hear the phrase, I imagine those old-timey steamship trunks. I imagine them opened up with piles of gorgeous silks and satins and laces exploding forth, like I've found some fabulousness hidden away in my grandmother's attic.

Not so much. There were no trunks. But there was fabulousness exploding forth, for sure.

Let's back up a second.

The trunk show was held at the fabulous Bride Room in Nashville. Seriously, it really is fabulous: amazing chandeliers, an amazing staff, gorgeous dresses. Total high end. Love it. My first foray into wedding dress shopping happened here. You can read about that experience here. I took two trusted friends with me. I did not find the one and to be honest, I was pretty damned overwhelmed by the whole experience. I did a lot of wedding dress shopping, if you are a new reader of The Thirty-Something Bride and you're not aware. You can read about the searches here and here and here. I was not one of those, "I fell in love with the first dress I tried on!" kinda brides. I hate those bitches. Oh no. My dress search took a while.

So Friday afternoon, Sharon calls me and totally flakes out on me. Some nonsense about a blinding headache. Whatever. Sharon, you know I'm kidding. No matter, because my awesome planner Tabitha was going to be there too. As I mentioned yesterday, I also borrowed a real camera from photographer friend Alecia Lohaus to play around with. I was so looking forward to seeing all the dresses exploding from trunks and taking pretty pictures of them.

The trunk show was for the Priscilla of Boston line. You are, of course, familiar with them, right? No? Lookie: a taste from their Spring 2010 line.


Holy bridal gorgeousness, right?

OK, so back to the trunk show. Tabitha and I cruise in and immediately make a beeline for the B. Jackson's cupcakes. Super yum. I considered them for our wedding before I opted for a cake buffet. Some sweet person also handed me a really strong champagne cocktail thingy. Why, thank you very much Bride Room. That's when I saw him. Now, I gotta tell you I am probably not as knowledgeable about the bridal fashion world as I should be. I do not know the ins and outs and I don't really care that much. However, since I write a bridal blog, maybe I should reconsider that tactic. But there he was, the infamous Mr. Kenneth Pool. No, not that jackass Austin Scarlett from Project Runway. He is not Kenneth Pool. He just designs for the Kenneth Pool label under the Amsale umbrella. The real deal designs for Priscilla of Boston now. Yes, it all sounds like one big bridal license cluster-fuck and it probably is. However, what I do know is that Mr. Pool designed under Bob Mackie, who is one of my all-time favorite designers ever. Bob Mackie was one of the reasons I stayed an extra year in college to get a Costume Design degree. It's true. The man is a genius. He designed costumes for The Carol Burnett Show for 11 years, creating the characters Mrs. Wiggins, Nora Desmond, Eunice (Mama's Family), and of course, the infamous Scarlett O’ Hara in her curtain rod dress. Just as a side note, the scene when Carol Burnett walks out in that Scarlett dress is the longest-timed live audience laugh in TV history. Meaning, people thought it was so funny the could not stop laughing during a live taping. That is a testament to the man's genius, no? Oh, and he also designed for Cher. You know the dresses.


Anyway, Mr. Pool worked under Bob Mackie, also with Amsale Aberra and with Vera Wang. Nice resume, right? On top of all that, he is quite a nice man. Not one to revel in the public eye, he entertained a question and answer session that was AWESOME. He told us quite plainly his favorite and not-so-favorite mega-stars he's worked with. Oh, the drama! I loved every gossip-laden moment of it! He gave a really great piece of advice for brides that I whole-heartedly agree with: DO NOT take your posse with you to try on wedding gowns. Take one, two people tops. Too many opinions make it too stressful. Just don't do it. Not only do I say so, so does Kenneth Pool. I have a feeling he might just know what he's talking about on this. Me, not so much. 

I did get a chance to talk to him one on one and it turns out we have a similar childhood background of military fathers and moving around a lot. Kinda cool to know that Kenneth Pool was a military brat just like me! We even lived in some of the same places!

OK, could my grin be any cheesier? I think I was just way over the moon excited. And what the eff is up with my hair? Looks like I just rolled out of bed. Nice, Louise. This photo was taken by a staff member of Dove Wedding Photography. I've forgotten her name because I suck at remembering names. I'm sorry picture-taker! Anyway, even if you aren't local, you should totally check out Dove's website because they are crazy good.

OK, so now that I've got my whole little star-struck thing out of the way, I can share with you a little bit more about The Bride Room and all the prettiness. It really was a grand affair. I got to play with Alecia's camera too.

 Flowers by Brocade Design Arts.


 Le Swoon. Le Sigh. Le Love. A Priscilla of Boston gown.


Photo courtesy of Tabitha.

This is the lovely Jessica Spazok, an Account Executive for Priscilla of Boston. She was so cool. I totally just wanted to go party with her and Kenneth in Nashville, I swear I did. Aside from that, she is totally rocking that lace dress and patent bow belt. Fabulousness abound!

This is Charlotte, the amazing (and so sweet!) owner of The Bride Room. Although, under all that sweetness, I'm betting is a killer business woman. You can't be in the wedding gown biz without having to deal with some serous shit.

So wish I hadn't cut off the top of her head in this pic, but check out the bling on this gown!


Me, trying to be all arty.

Sassiness all over the place with Jessica Spazok, the model and Kenneth Pool!

I rubbed elbows with the Carlson's of Dove Wedding Photography as well as David Wright of David Wright Photography.

I finally met Amy Lynn Larwig, a Nashville make-up artist who happened to work on The Thirty-Something Bride's Unfake Bride, Lillian. I don't think I gave her mad props under the vendor section, so I'm doing it here. Besides, I owe her one. I won a giant spatula off her blog.

So, it was a really fun trunk show, even though there were no trunks. Tabitha and I split and went across the street for sushi and I had lots of hot sake. It was awesome. I just wish Kenneth and Jessica had come with us. You know we would have tore it up Nashville-style, y'all.

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Reader Comments (3)

I really like the artsy picture. Had a great time being your date. We should do this again sometime.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

Looks like you all had a great time! So sorry I missed it. The dresses are absolutely beautiful! Pretty cool that you got a chance to take a photo with the famous Kenneth Pool!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashleys bride guide

It was great to meet you! I love your shot of the hangers!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney Carlson

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