Vendor of the Week: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

  • November 21, 2014

“Be prepared to work hard and don’t be afraid to do it.” – This piece of advice from the amazing Kim Starr Wise pretty much sums up this fearless lady in a nutshell. She is focused, inspired, and innovative — a recipe that yields a perfectly designed event, every time. Because of her unique eye and unfaltering attention to detail, her floral designs are simply unforgttable. It was a pleasure to work with Kim at the first New Orleans NotWedding.

“Kim is a creative like no other. She takes an ordinary space and sees all the possibilities within it, not only can she see it but she makes it happen! Working with her was a dream!”
The New Orleans NotWedding Team

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What is the best part of your job?
Seeing the brides face when she gets her bouquet.

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
My first undisclosed celebrity wedding.

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Who or what inspires you?
Art, Interior, Decorating, Textures, Color.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Be prepared to work hard and don’t be afraid to do it.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Being able to work alongside some of the best vendors in New Orleans.

Photo Credits:
Ashleigh Jayne | Diana Marie Photography | Greer G Photography | Photography by Jennifer Hu

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More from Kim Starr Wise:
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Vendor of the Week: The Sweet Trend

  • November 21, 2014

“I am inspired everyday by the people in this industry. The ones who have started their businesses before me and those right along side of me.  Their talent and creativity inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and follow my heart as I layer the pieces together to create something beautiful.” If there’s one thing we love more than small businesses, it’s when we see them supporting one another. Living life with a smile on her face, Lisa of The Sweet Trend certainly lives up to her business name. At the third Athens NotWedding, we watched in awe as she expertly set up a dessert bar that we thought only existed in our dreams. Working with Lisa was truly a pleasure, and we can’t wait to see what she cooks up next.

“Lisa is THE sweetest, pun intended! She will work with you to have the exact sweetness that you need at your wedding!”
The Athens NotWedding Team

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What is the “sweetest” part of your job?
The sweetest part of my job is sharing the special occasions of my clients. Having the opportunity to design and create a table that reflects their vision of a perfect event.

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
My favorite quote, that I found as I started this business is and snapped a picture of, which I think of often, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty” – Erich Fromm.

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Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired everyday by the people in this industry. The ones who have started their businesses before me and those right along side of me.  Their talent and creativity inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and follow my heart as I layer the pieces together to create something beautiful.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Believe in what you want to do. Trust yourself but also listen to others, you can grow much from their wisdom too. Working towards success, the hours can be very long, but each time I finalize an event and put the last detail in place, I feel delighted with what I have accomplished. It is worth every minute you put into the company that you call your own.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
It was such an awesome time! I would have to say the PEOPLE, on all levels! I met wonderful vendors in this industry. People I have done business with since, asked advice of, spent time with. Brides, friends and their families who came by my table and have contacted me, from local and neighboring states. Not all wanting tables, but something I could help them with. I felt honored by that trust they put into my thoughts and knowing I could help put that piece together for them. They were all such a pleasure to meet. Last, I cannot say enough about the people from The NotWedding! Their energy and positive encouragement set me, and all the vendors up for a successful event.

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More from The Sweet Trend:
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Vendor of the Week: Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design

  • November 21, 2014

We think the best kind of wedding planner is the kind that you can really connect with, and Erin of Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design is one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever. Not only is she a sweetheart, she also knows how to plan an event seamlessly. We were so impressed by how she well she balanced work and play at the first Charlotte NotWedding, we knew right then and there she had to be our Vendor of the Week. What a gal!

“Erin is a little fireball. She is so much fun to be around and work with, but she is all business as knows what needs to get done — and she does it well! She was such a joy to work (and dance) with!”
The Charlotte NotWedding Team

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What is the best part of your job?
While I love the entire wedding planning process, my favorite part actually happens the day of the wedding. Seeing the faces of my brides and grooms — their excitement and joy, their love for one another and their pure happiness — brings such a smile to my face! Doesn’t hurt that I get to eat dessert at every wedding too! :)

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
One of my favorite highlights was when one of my current brides referred me to one of her engaged friends. All my brides put a lot of trust in me and my team to handle all the details for their wedding and it is such an honor that they loved me enough to recommend me!

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Who or what inspires you?
My husband, Jonathan, inspires me more than anything or anyone else. He is not only a serious hard worker, but he also is an amazing supporter and fully pushes me to be better than I am!

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If you weren’t a planner, what would you be?
I am a huge animal lover — so I would probably do something crazy like train tigers or dolphins! Can you imagine my little 5 foot frame training such big animals?!?

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Hands down meeting all the other vendors and building relationships! The NotWedding Charlotte was full of wonderful people — not only professionally but on a personal level. I am lucky to say that I have a handful of new friends from the event!

Photo Credits:
Old South Studios (1 + 5) | Stephanie Gregory | Choox Photography & Design | MacKenzie Kern

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More from Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design:
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Event Highlight: The 1st Portland NotWedding

  • November 20, 2014

Rainy days don’t stand a chance against you, Portland. Despite the drizzle, the atmosphere at was warm, cozy, and a little magical. The Barn at Flanagan Farm provided the most beautiful, intimate shelter from the sprinkles, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way for our very first Portland NotWedding. Prepare to get lost in your daydreams as you take a peek into this delightful night — we hope you enjoy!

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Save the Date | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

“How can you use classic beauty to create an abstract, dreamlike atmosphere?” This is the question we posed to our Portland vendors, and they blew us away like a cool New England breeze. Using inspiration from the tension between romance and drama in Wuthering Heights, the impressive team of vendors took guests to another reality — and we sort of wanted to stay there.

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Transferware Pitchers: Country Living | Gown: Monique Lhuillier (Bridal 2014) | Norham Castle, Sunrise: J. M. W. Turner | Portrait: Perla Maarek, Fine Taste Magazine | Gown: Zac Posen (Spring 2014) | Sterling Forest: Leah Hoffman | Black Tea Cake: Baker Royale | Corsage: Amy Merrick

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Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm | Catering: Fire & Co. | Event Rentals (Farm Tables): Heartwood Essentials | Event Rentals: PARTY TIME RENTALS | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: ME Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Page Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: kivalo photography | Videography: LMV Productions | Day-Of Coordination: The Refinery – Events & Marketing | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2 and 6): Lana Wescott Events | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1 and 4): The Purple Orchid, Event Planning | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 2 and 5): Blue Fern Designs, The Finest Florals | Invitations: Impress Me Designs | Programs: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Paper Accents: Parrott Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair + Makeup: Bei Capelli | Band: Wavelength Band | Photobooth: TapSnap Phototainment | Wedding Cake: My Three Cakes | Dessert Bar: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower MagazineThe KnotWellWed Magazine – Maine and New Hampshire

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If you have not been able to join us for a NotWedding event yet, we invite you to scope out the rest of our 2014 schedule and get in on the fun yourself. If you are a wedding vendor and wish to be involved in this fabulous adventure, apply now to join the NotWedding family.