The 2nd Cape Cod NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • November 25, 2014

If there was a perfect way to kick off the second Cape Cod NotWedding, this rehearsal dinner was it. Borsari Gallery was kind enough to provide a space for our little NotWedding family reunion, and Eric Foley Photography took some seriously stunning vendor head shots. If you want to know how much fun this crew had at the Cape Cod rehearsal dinner, just check out that selfie below — what a group! Stay tuned for the event highlight coming soon…

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Photography: Eric Foley Photography | Venue: Borsari Gallery Cape Cod | Catering: Sumptuous Events & Catering | Alcohol: Harney’s Wine and Liquors

Event Highlight: The 3rd San Diego NotWedding

  • November 22, 2014

The energy that radiated from the third San Diego NotWedding had us buzzing for days. The warm colors, intriguing textures, and extraordinary details sparked a contagious excitement in the room that was impossible to put out. Our vivacious couple only added fuel to the fire with their laughter, passion, and killer dance moves. Needless to say, we couldn’t have asked for a better night. Until next time, San Diego!

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Save the Date | 14th Anniversary Styled Shoot | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

San Diego vendors were inspired by the the warm elements and intricate details of global culture — deserts to island beaches, spice markets to bazaars… Instead of choosing traditions from one culture, vendors were challenged to blend influences to make something fun, new, and accessible to brides. Each Eastern Ikat-inspired detail they created was truly a masterpiece — it was incredibly fitting that we were in the San Diego Museum of Art!

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Jenny Packham: Spring 2014 | West of Persia | Max Wanger | Bella Figura | David Sutta | Aaron Delesie | Anna Kuperberg | Zuhair Murad

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Venue: The San Diego Museum of Art | Catering: Coast Catering | Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co. | Rehearsal Dinner: Panama 66 | Rentals: Crown Rentals | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Mala Hyder Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Brooke Photography & Design | Photography & Vendor Head Shots: Natalie Bray Photography | Videography: Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Duo | Day-Of Coordination: Amber Lay Events | Floral + Event Design (Bridal Party Flowers + Tables 2, 6, 10): Leaf it to Lexi Floral Design | Floral + Event Design: (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 3, 7, 11): Organic Flora | Floral + Event Design (Bar/Registration + Tables 4, 8, 12): A Gypsy Fête | Stationery (Invitations + Programs): Barney Design | Stationery (Invitations + Menus): Twinkle & Toast | Stationery (Paper Accents + Event Details Cards): Ink & Knot | Stationery (Save the Dates): Nic Roc Designs | DIY Accents (Tunnel of Love Sign, Hashtag Signs, Aisle Signs + Parasols): Something Turquoise | Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Hair: Jamie Dana Hairstylist | Makeup: Elena T Beauty | Bridal Party Jewelry: Flawed Perfection Jewelry | DJ: Musical Journey’s | Ceremony Music: So-Cal Wedding Music | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth, Inc. | Cotton Candy: Cotton Clouds For A Cause | Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego | 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 KnotSomething Turquoise

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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.

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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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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