Megan + Christian’s Sappy Love Story: The 1st Portland NotCouple

  • October 20, 2014

Megan and Christian met in the summer of 2008 coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) when repeatedly out with friends. Their story is one of unexpected love – found when they both were not looking. Through the years, they learned how deeply they truly loved each other and took time to ensure they were committed to taking marriage seriously. They were married in June of this year(!) and strongly believe that their story of redeeming love was knit to show God’s character to others.

We are thrilled to celebrate Megan and Christian as they tie the NOT at the very first Portland NotWedding at the Barn at Flanagan Farm on Wednesday night! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab your ticket here

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What is the best memory from your wedding day? 

Megan:
One of the best memories from my wedding day was the gifts given to me by my parents. My mother is Swedish and Swedish tradition states that mothers and fathers would give their daughter a gold and silver coin to be placed in her shoe to symbolize prosperity for the future marriage and family. My mother gave me a gold coin and my father a silver one for my shoes. My aunt also gave my mother who gave me a small handkerchief that was my great-grandmothers – to be passed down as tradition through the years when my daughter and future daughters marry.

Christian:
The absolute best memory from my wedding day was that my mother (who has never danced in her life), danced to “YMCA” by The Village People. Even better, there are several photos/video to capture the perfect moment.

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What is the best gift that Christian has ever given you? 

Megan:
The best gift Christian has ever given me is his heart. Christian is a love-able, giving, handsome, standup man who lets few people in to the deep places of his heart. He has given me the privilege of knowing him on a level so few in his life experience.

What is the best date that you two have been on? 

Megan:
The best date Christian and I ever had was our first. My thoughts were, “this won’t go anywhere, but hey – free dinner.” His thoughts were “who is the woman I’ve never met – mysterious.” Without expectations I was free to enjoy the evening regardless of what happened or didn’t happen and I was surprisingly shocked. Light-hearted conversation turned to attraction and interest very quickly. Terribly I had lined up another date for later that evening and had to scramble to cancel as I was so taken with Christian’s personality. I patiently awaited the ‘post first date call’ for 48 hours. I had butterflies when he did call and asked to see me again. Such a change of thoughts and emotions from 48 hours prior to our date!

Christian:
The best date we ever had was definitely the first for it was not a boring mundane dinner. The woman across the table from me had personality and sparked my interest. It was that night that I knew I would marry her.

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What advice would you give to an engaged couple? 

Christian:
The advice I would give to an engaged couple is patience. To be patient and always remember that love will endure forever. Patience will keep you from saying things that can’t be unsaid and doing things that can’t be undone. Patience is the common ground that successful marriages are grown from.

Photo Credits (1 + 3):
t.Dow Photography

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We invite you to join us as Megan and Christian will be tying the NOT at the first Portland NotWedding on Wednesday night at the Barn at Flanagan Farm. There are still tickets available so grab yours here now!

The 3rd San Diego NotWedding: 14th Anniversary Styled Shoot

  • October 20, 2014

While this styled shoot is certainly celebrating some very traditional aspects of the fourteenth anniversary, it is everything but typical. The bold, vibrant colors against the luscious landscape of Alcazar Garden make this shoot pleasing to the eyes – we can’t stop smiling right back at these photos. Lindsey of Brooke Photography & Design pulled together at rock star team of vendors to celebrate in style – we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us at the 3rd San Diego NotWedding this week!

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“Models, Kristin and David, are celebrating fourteen years of marriage this year and since the traditional anniversary gift and flower are ivory and dahlias, we used these elements as the driving force of our inspiration. Deep, rich Autumn colors of wine, eggplant and plum coupled with brassy-golds, ivories and natural wood set the elegant, middle eastern mood perfectly.”

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Photography: Brooke Photography & Design | Event Design: Decor by Design | Design Assistant: Hayley Brynn | Florals: Leaf it to Lexi | Stationery Design: Barney Design | Hair: Jamie Dana Hairstylist | Custom Jewelry: Flawed Perfection Jewelry | Venue: Alcazar Garden, Balboa Park | Decor + Props: TJ Maxx, Pier 1 Imports, Cost Plus World Market | Models: Kristin + David

For more footage from this anniversary styled shoot, please visit the Brooke Photography & Design blog.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 3rd San Diego NotWedding, please visit the event page.

 

Vendor of the Week: Sarah Becker Photography

  • October 17, 2014

“What scares me the most is reaching the end of my life and realizing I lived it scared.” Fun and fearless photographer, Sarah Becker, tries to do something that scares her every day, and we think that’s how life should be lived! It all started with her big move to New Orleans, where she currently specializes in historic home and plantation weddings. Sarah spends her days excited, brave, and thankful — this zest for life can only be expressed by her stunning photographs. It was a pleasure getting to work with Sarah this summer at the 1st New Orleans NotWedding.

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Describe Sarah Becker Photography in five words or less.
Historic home + plantation wedding photographer!

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What is the best part of your day?
It’s a tie between when I first wake up in the morning and head to my desk (the potential! the whole day! so much fun stuff to do!) and the evening when I have dinner with my husband, Luke, and we talk about our very different days (he is a drug addictions counselor and a grad student!).

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If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
A book reviewer (you can follow my reviews on Instagram, #beckerreadsbooks), a historian, or a real estate agent!

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What scares you?
Plenty of things! For the past two years or so I’ve tried to “do something scary every day” (paraphrase from Eleanor Roosevelt) which started with moving to New Orleans! Some days it is as tedious as filing my taxes (I’m always scared the screen will pop up with YOU OWE US A MILLION DOLLARS! It hasn’t yet), as simple as sending an email to someone I admire, or as stomach-turning as speaking in front of a large group. They all count, and they all make me braver! I love this quote from Tracee Ellis Ross, it’s right by my computer so I read it every day: “I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me and not terrify me.” That being said, what scares me the most is reaching the end of my life and realizing I lived it scared.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Being able to collaborate with so many amazing vendors and The NotWedding team. There’s something about other vendors and creatives, they just get you, and it was so great throwing a party together!

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Vendor of the Week: Maude Couture

  • October 17, 2014

What is Caroline of Maude Couture inspired by? The answer is everything. Her family, her faith, the beauty of women’s bodies, and the world we live in — just to name a few. Caroline takes this inspiration and weaves it within eco-friendly fabrics, luxurious silks, and heirloom laces to create custom gowns that are truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re on the hunt for a unique wedding or party dress, Maude Couture takes your ideas and turns them into something unforgettable. It was an honor working with Caroline at the first and 2nd Charleston NotWedding events, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

“Caroline of Maude Couture is one of the sweetest ladies we know! If you want a special-designed gown with every detail an intentional choice and thought (and if you want to look absolutely stunning) then this is the lady for you. Caroline has an amazing eye for design and a talent to match her creative vision.”
The Charleston NotWedding Team

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Describe your style in five words or less.
Celebratory, Eclectic, Spirited, Inquisitive & Inspired.

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How did you get into design?
Practically speaking, I got into design because I could not seem to get it out of me.  I have been designing since my earliest memories…recycling anything into clothing.  I did my best to follow a practical path, but I kept coming back to my love for creating.  I graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business; but I still had such a heart for design that three days after graduation, I moved to New York City to pursue my dream.  I got my Fashion Design and Millinery degrees from F.I.T. and returned to Charleston five years later with a wonderfully supportive husband to begin living happily ever after.

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Who or what inspires you?
Everything.  Absolutely everything inspires me.  I love life.  The world is such an amazing place and people are incredible.  I thank God everyday for my life, the people in it and all of the tiny miracles I cannot fully grasp…for sleep, for breath, for children, for food, for books, for heartbeats, for art, for bodies, for water…everything!  The world is the most amazing and awesome puzzle imaginable.  Nothing could be more inspiring to me than these perfect imperfections.  Some days I feel like I can barely be in the world because I am overwhelmed by my awe of it.  Life is just so beautiful.

And I love women.  All women.  All shapes, sizes, ages and stages of women.  The fairer sex is at once delicate and graceful, yet powerful and life-giving.  We can literally grow human beings in our bellies, then deliver them and nourish those new beings with just our own bodies…that is SO incredible!  Women have such great, innate potential in their bodies.  I am so inspired by the female figure and the stories that go along with it.  I so revere its purpose, form and power.  I love bodies and I want my customers to love, honor and respect their bodies.  I feel honored to dress women; and I want women to feel as beautiful as I see them.  Women inspire me.  Whether it belongs to a young bride, a new mother or a mature cancer survivor, our bodies tell a huge part of our stories as women; and I celebrate that story with design.

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What are you most proud of?
Hm, tricky.  The most honest answer is my children…they are the most amazing things I have ever had a hand in creating.  I say “a hand” in full acceptance that they are not “mine” or “things” I created; but they are, in fact, the most amazing gift a mother could ever get.  I am so honored to be their mother.

Inside that answer is another, more recent truth I am proud of…and that is surrender.  I have reached a wonderful point in my life where I really understand that I am not in control of my life and that THAT is a good thing.  I feel so freed by surrendering to God, opening my heart, listening for His Plan for us and trusting Him.  I am so honored by His gifts and so eager to use them for His glory.  I feel so real and restored in my surrendering to the Lord.  I feel relieved and most fully myself; and in a real way I feel it for the very first time.  I am ever so grateful to be here…in this magical world, with its amazing people and our loving God.  I am so excited about our future and cannot wait to see what God has in store next for MAUDE COUTURE, for our family and for me.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
The people. There is a faithful, positive and glory-filled undertone of The NotWedding; and it is so incredible to see so many fabulously different people’s gifts in motion at once. It is truly awesome!

Photo Credits:
Virgil Bunao (1 +4) | Angela Cox Photography | Candice Benjamin Photography | Riverland Studios

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