The 9th Atlanta NotWedding: Save the Date

  • September 29, 2014

Introducing Johnetta + Blue

He loves coffee, she loves tea — but something they do have in common is their adoration of each other. Take a peek into this couple’s sweet tradition as Johnetta and Blue recreate their love of coffee shops in this Save the Date shoot. Ryan of Akins Photography captured their contagious happiness beautifully, even on the cloudiest of days.

We will be celebrating Johnetta and Blue as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the ninth Atlanta NotWedding on October 15th at Monday Night Brewing. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here.

“While talking with Johnetta and Blue before the shoot we discovered that one thing they love to do is to stop at every new coffee shop they see and try out what they have. Blue is coffee and Johnetta is tea. We wanted to capture this part of their personality and tell a little bit of their story through the first part of the shoot. They were great and had a lot of fun together in front of the camera. The second location we chose was an orchard at Dogwood Church that serves to feed those in need in the surrounding area. It was a beautiful location and we were able to capture some great photos despite the overly cloudy weather.”

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Photography: Akins Photography | Models: Johnetta + Blue

Vendor of the Week: Dannon K. Collard

  • September 26, 2014

Dannon K. Collard is a perfectionist in her craft, specializing in airbrush makeup application for weddings and events. Her goal is to work with her clients on a look that will not only look flawless in the pictures that you will cherish forever, but in person as well. Her work has been featured in Style Me PrettyCharleston Wedding MagazineWeddings UnveiledGrey Likes Weddings, Wedding Sparrow, Smitten MagazineTrendy Bride, Rustic Wedding Chic and many more. By hiring a makeup artist like Dannon, you will not only be provided with the skills and techniques, but with all the right products and tools to ensure longevity, even through the sweat and the tears! It has been an honor to work with Dannon at both the 1st Charleston NotWedding and the 2nd Charleston NotWedding.

“Dannon is a sweetheart. Plain and simple. When you meet her you just want to hug her! She will do a phenomenal job at doing your makeup all the while making you feel like the most beautiful person to ever cross her path. She has a gift for highlighting your beauty and simply just making you laugh! Such a joy to work with!”

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Describe your style in five words or less.
Sexy, natural, feminine, bridal and glam.

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Who or what inspires you?
Red carpet celebrities!

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If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
Fashion designer :) Though I have started a blog around my love for fashion (www.liketheyogurt.com)

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What is your biggest source of encouragement?
My husband!

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
The reception! I like to boogie.

Photo Credits:
Loren Routhier Photography | Elisa Bricker Photography | Chris Isham PhotographyLandon Jacob Photography | Anna Naphtali Photography

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More from Dannon K. Collard:
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The 2nd Birmingham NotWedding: Big City Meets Southern Charm Styled Shoot

  • September 25, 2014

Southern belle, Magen Davis Photography, invited a talented team of vendors to bring the charm in this styled shoot for the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding. They were successful with a polite nod to the hospitality of the south while stepping up the scene with pure elegance. If this is any indication of how beautiful the event will be tonight, we can’t wait.

“Big city meets southern charm in this upscale heart of the South styled shoot. Our inspiration for this shoot was that of creating something fresh, elegant, and keeping in line with the design board. We wanted to combine elegance with southern charm and hospitality. Inspired by how marble combines colors and textures, we translated this to a watercolor look in the menu as well as the chargers, which were custom painted and textured rosette tablecloth. We wanted the tables to feel warm and intimate which is why we used the settee and chairs for the sweetheart table. I love this color palette because I feel like it is season-less…any bride can use this color palette any time of the year. As we appreciate unique elements, we used a mint cake pedestal for the floral arrangement to add more color to the table. The Oaks was the perfect backdrop for our elegance meets southern charm look.”

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Photography, Planning + Styling: Magen Davis Photography | Event Planning, Styling + Decor (Chargers, Napkins, Flatware): I Do I Do! Wedding Planning | Decor (Sofa, Pillows, Navy Cloth, Candlesticks, Pillar, Upholstered Chairs, Votives + Cake Pedestal): PropHouse Birmingham | Floral Design: Spade & Annual | Rosette Tablecloth: Decor to Adore | Table + Chavari Chairs: Event Rentals Unlimited | Paper Design: wedding.swag by I Do I Do! Wedding Planning | Location: The Oaks

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding tonight, please visit the event page.

Nedra + Jeremy’s Sappy Love Story: The 2nd Birmingham NotCouple

  • September 25, 2014

Jeremy and Nedra met in Nedra’s hometown, Atlanta, GA, while Jeremy was on tour with his band. Love letters and adventures together between a small town in Alabama that Jeremy grew up in and Georgia caused them to fall head first in love with each other. They dated for a year before Jeremy got down on one knee and then got married on August 31st of 2008 in Birmingham, where the Springers decided to call home. Jeremy and Nedra have been married for six amazing years, have two beautiful children (Sela Rose and Zion), a cuddly golden doodle, and they live a life of love and hope because of Jesus.

We are thrilled to celebrate Nedra and Jeremy as they tie the NOT at the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding at The Avon Theater tonight! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab your ticket here

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What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
Nedra: Marriage is the greatest gift, and I am so thankful to share it with the most incredible man that I can’t believe I get to call my husband. I am so thankful to begin and end each day with Jeremy. He is my best friend, my love, my soul mate and father of our children and I fall more in love with him every day. Marriage with him is filled with so much joy, laughter, play and adventure, and I am so excited for what is next on this journey together.

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What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
Nedra: My favorite memory from our wedding day was when I walked down the aisle to “Fix You” by Coldplay, and met eyes with Jeremy, I’ll always have his tear filled expression from that moment engraved in my heart for the rest of our lives. Every time I hear that song I tear up thinking back on that day and moment.

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What is the best date you have ever had?
Jeremy: There has been so many amazing dates over the past seven years that I’ve known this beloved woman, so it’s hard to pinpoint just one, but there is a recent moment in a date/trip that I will never forget. Almost two years ago we decided to drive up to Tennessee and stay outside of Nashville for a night or two. While driving through the countryside, we saw a picturesque field with slight rolling hills that seemed to be just begging for a couple of crazy love birds to go running through it. So we pulled over, jumped a fence, and held hands as we took off running into the wind, wild and free. It was as if that moment and that field was made for us. When we finally caught our breath and stopped laughing just enough to get a few words out, Nedra looked at me and said “I’m so happy”. Simple, yet powerful words. I then said, “Me too” as we ended up lying down and watching the sky.

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What advice would you give an engaged couple?
Jeremy: A few things…

Always position yourself to first receive the love of God everyday and in every moment so that you can love your wife or husband to the fullest. By doing this, not only can you love each other better, but you also release the expectation of each other trying to meet the deepest need that ultimately only God can and is intended to meet.

Always choose to believe the absolute best of each other in all situations, conversations, and moments.

Remember that at the end of the day, it’s your heads that hit the pillow together, not anyone else. Put each other first.

Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more together!

Photo Credits:
Benzaia Photography (2 + 4)

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We invite you to join us as Nedra and Jeremy will be tying the NOT at the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding tonight at The Avon Theater. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!