The 2nd Wichita NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • October 24, 2014

Delicious food, a beautiful venue, and amazing company. What better way to kick off the 2nd Wichita NotWedding? We’re so excited to give y’all a sneak peek of the fabulous rehearsal dinner and even more fabulous vendors who made it all possible. Stay tuned for the event highlight coming soon…

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Photography: Merrick Rhodes Photography | Venue: Abode Venue | Catering: Larkspur | Paper Products: Alicia’s Paper Co. | Favors: Cocoa Dolce | Design + Decor: Events and Design by Ashley

Vendor of the Week: Clawson Media

  • October 24, 2014

Getting to do what you love with the person you love?! This couple has seriously hit the jackpot. Meet the Scott + Sarah – the fantastic husband and wife team behind Clawson Media. As wedding videographers, not only do the Clawsons get to capture one of the happiest days in couple’s lives, but they get to do so in the rich culture of New Orleans. Although starting their own business presented some challenges, it has only made them stronger. We were honored to work with Clawson Media at the 1st New Orleans NotWedding.

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What is the best part of your job?
The best part of our job is truly experiencing the joy of capturing two people becoming one. No matter how many weddings we film, the exchanging of vows never becomes mundane! Marriage is one of life’s greatest milestones and to be a witness to this event is a blessing beyond measure. Also, a huge perk to filming in New Orleans is the rich culture that can be found in each wedding. Second lines, cake pulls, and money dances bring a unique aspect to each film which makes our job all the more exciting.

Where do you find your inspiration?
It’s no surprise that wedding days are hard work! After shooting for 9+ hours, we are often exhausted. For this reason, in general, Scott handles the equipment logistics and I (Sarah) make my primary focus finding the beauty and inspiration in each angle of film.  Even months after a wedding is delivered to a client, I still find myself watching footage from the first look over and over.  That moment—when the groom sees his bride for the first time—gives me chills each time I watch it. From those clips alone, I find the most incredible inspiration which always impacts our future work.

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
The pivotal moment in our career came when we began to receive clients who loved our work and the whole experience enough to highly recommend us to their family and friends.  Also, it has been rewarding to have a growing list of professional vendor recommendations.

What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Seek advice from others who have been in your shoes and make a business plan which features goals and strategies.  Starting a small business is one of the toughest things we have ever been through.  It has challenged our lifestyle, friendships, and marriage, but in the end, we have grown stronger through the process. When starting our business, we had no clue what we wanted it to become, and therefore did not write out any goals. We were fresh out of college and living in a new city where we knew no one.  These things inhibited us from making a business plan and reaching out to other professionals in the area.  Our lack of help from others caused us to learn many hard lessons that could have been avoided with the advice and wisdom from other people in our field.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
That’s a hard one! We enjoyed every single aspect of the experience, but if we have to narrow it down to just one, it would be the opportunity to meet so many lovely brides in the Tunnel of Love.  Even though most bridal shows allow for the experience to meet brides, the style of The NotWedding is truly unique because of its party-esque and relaxed atmosphere!  We laughed and danced with our brides, all the while promoting our business—it is an experience we will never forget!

Photo Credits:
Greer G. Photography

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The 2nd Cape Cod NotWedding: Save the Date

  • October 23, 2014

Introducing Jessica + Mike

This save the date shoot at the county fair from Lisa Elizabeth Images totally gives the carnival scene from The Notebook a run for its money. Besides this summer staple, Cape Cod is the home of some of our favorite things — historic lighthouses, lobster rolls, quaint summer shanties, wild beaches — we could go on. It’s the perfect place to court and be courted; there’s nothing like sharing Cape Cod’s simple pleasures with your sweetheart. Take a moment to peer into this window into another time — just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

We will be celebrating Jessica and Mike as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the second Cape Cod NotWedding on November 9th at Sea Crest Beach Hotel. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here

“We decided to do the Save-the-Date shoot at the Barnstable County Fair, a Cape Cod staple event at the end of July. Corn Dogs, Ferris Wheels and all, Jessica and Mike had a blast at the fair and let us capture some photos of them throughout the evening.”

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Photography: Lisa Elizabeth Images | Styling: Cape Cod Celebrations | Floral: Alchemy Flowers and Gardens | Paper Products: Tag Design | Hair + Makeup: Lisa George | Models: Jessica + Mike

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2nd Cape Cod NotWedding, please visit the event page.

 

Carrie Anne + Chris’s Sappy Love Story: The 3rd San Diego NotCouple

  • October 22, 2014

The love between Carrie Anne and Chris knows no bounds. After their life-changing first date, this couple spent the next 14 months stretching their relationship across the continent and three time zones. After facing this challenge — not to mention the true test, mingling his Cuban/Guatemalan family with her Southern, sweet tea-drinking folks – they knew they were meant to be. With strong faith in their hearts and San Diego sunshine on their faces, Carrie Anne and Chris are living the life and living it in love. Just the way we like it.

We are so excited to celebrate Carrie Anne and Chris as they tie the NOT at the third San Diego NotWedding at the San Diego Museum of Art tonight! We hope that you will join us for the party – there are a few tickets left here

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On a very busy afternoon in Atlanta, GA in September 2012, I received a text message from some close friends that I was to clear my schedule and come to dinner. They had been attending a church planter’s conference and wanted me to meet a new friend they met there who lived in California. With no other knowledge than the high likelihood that he was a pastor and they thought this was a match made in heaven, I said yes and was hoping for a great night with a California guy that might forever change my life…or he’d leave the next morning and I’d never see him again.

That night over an amazing Cuban meal ordered by my Spanish speaking soon-to-be husband began the love affair of my life. For the next 14 months, Chris and I spent countless hours on the phone, staring into each other’s eyes on video calls and sleeping on air planes as we stretched our relationship across the continent and three time zones. Marrying Chris meant I was going to uproot my southern ways and transplant them in the laid back world of Southern California where SEC football is a foreign concept and white is worn no matter what time of year it is. His Cuban/Guatemalan family collided with my Southern sweet tea drinking family at a beautiful antebellum home just outside of Atlanta, GA on November 16th and till death do we part began.

We made the three-day drive to San Diego a couple weeks later arriving December 3rd. For the last eleven months we’ve immersed ourselves in a city full of sunshine, breweries, wineries, beaches and amazing people. Chris spent five years in Chicago planting a church before we met and is looking to do the same here in San Diego, so we spend our days driving through neighborhoods and dreaming and praying about how God might use us to grow his kingdom here. I brought my job from Atlanta out here and work remotely while he splits his time between the seminary he graduated from eight years ago serving their alumni and being the Church Planting Intern at our church, The Resolved.

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Photo Credit:
Lindsay Joy Photography

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We invite you to join us as Carrie Anne and Chris will be tying the NOT at the third San Diego NotWedding tonight at the San Diego Museum of Art. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!