Vendor of the Week: Poppy La’Rue Photography

  • October 31, 2014

“Seeing how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished over the years really is good for the soul. It helps remind me that all of my hard work is not in vain, and that even the small things we do to better ourselves and our businesses, really do help.” Chelsea of Poppy La’Rue Photography not only inspires us with her photos, but now her words too? Who is this chick? Chelsea is a Georgia-based lifestyle photographer who specializes in wedding, family, commercial (and more!) with an alternative, colorful twist. Her photos are kind of like dreams that you can capture and hold on to forever — and we’re kind of obsessed with her. It was truly a pleasure working with Poppy La’Rue Photography at the 3rd Athens NotWedding.

“Chelsea is a doll! She has a talent that you will love and a personality that you will adore! She will shoot your wedding beautifully and make you feel so special during it. What more could you want in a wedding photographer?”
The Athens NotWedding Team

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Describe Poppy La’Rue Photography in five words or less.
Colorful, whimsy, fresh, modern and unique.

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What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is capturing a moment frozen in time never to be repeated so that my clients can forever have that moment and those people in it. I also like chasing two year olds around while they scream “pickle juice”, so that’s definitely my second favorite thing.

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List three of your favorite small businesses and why they are on your list.
-Amelie’s French Bakery: Hands down the best interiorly decorated place I’ve ever walked into. It’s full of french decor and multiple versions of the Mona Lisa everywhere. Plus, their tea and pastries are to die for.

-Crafted Westside: It’s like a small craft flea market with dozens of different artists setup inside. They sell everything from stationary to jewelry to paintings. Artists all over Atlanta set up shop there and it is an amazing experience and lesson on shopping local. I get lost for hours!

-The Merchant: It’s the coolest little gift/antique/stationary combination shop ever. Directly across from Crafted Westside, it’s loaded down with local artists work along with suites from Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co, etc. Just a cool place all around.

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What are you most proud of?
I think I’m most proud when I look at pictures taken by me from last year, the year before and even five years ago. Seeing how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished over the years really is good for the soul. It helps remind me that all of my hard work is not in vain, and that even the small things we do to better ourselves and our businesses, really do help.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
The connections that were made with other vendors, definitely. A few of us have already teamed up for something new, and it’s so exciting having people in your bubble that just “get it.”

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Vendor of the Week: Roll With It Enterprises

  • October 31, 2014

Want something completely unique for your Big Day? These guys have got you covered. Roll With It Enterprises specializes in renting modified vintage Airstream trailers for just about any event — not only weddings, but also bachelor/bachelorette parties, tailgates, holiday parties — you name it! Geoff Richardson, the demiurgic dude behind Roll With It, has always been drawn to the “retro-futurism” design, or what people in the past thought the future would look like. Connecting people and ideas with one another brings Geoff the greatest joy, and according to him, if you can imagine something in the Airstream, it can probably be done. Challenge accepted. We were thrilled to work with Geoff and his team at the 2nd Charleston NotWedding, and we can’t wait until we get to roll with them again.

“Roll With It has got to be one of the coolest things (no air-conditioning pun intended) that I’ve seen in a while! It’s one of those things you never knew you needed until you see it! They have done an amazing job at planning and providing a multi-functional space for anything you might need from getting ready, to a bridal luncheon, to a lounge space and so much more in between. Definitely an outdoor (or indoor) wedding must-have!” The Charleston NotWedding Team

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Describe Roll With It in five words or less.
Customizable Mobile Vintage Event Lounge.

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What inspired you to buy an airstream? 
I’ve been fascinated with Airstreams since I was a child.  The first one I ever saw was on a camping trip when I was about 6 years old.  This big shiny mirrored silver bullet rolling down the road.  It looked like something from the future.  I later learned that I’ve always been drawn to “retro-futurism” design.  What people thought the future looked like in the past.

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The most fun way to use my airstream would be: _________. 
The most fun way to use my Airstream would be as a photo booth or DJ bar lounge.  From pegboard steel walls, RGB LED lighting and a stainless steel bathroom that converts to a wet bar or DJ booth — the goal, creating the aptly named “Presto Change-O,” was to make it as universal and flexible of a unique space as possible.  If you can imagine it, it can probably be done.  But things like photo booths allow all the attendees to come and play inside of it.

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Why do you do what you do?
I’m a creative entrepreneur at heart. Like artists, I have a file full of ideas stored away just waiting for the right time and place to bring them to life (and maybe make money as well).  Connecting people and ideas to each other brings me the greatest joy.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience? 
My favorite part of the NotWedding experience was the originality of the experience created.  In today’s social media world of branding, the most boring thing you could do is throw a six foot table down under hard fluorescent lights and try to convince a bride or planner that your product is special because the environment itself right off the bat, is not special.  Creating an immersed experience with vendors allows you to see and experience EXACTLY how you might use a vendor for your wedding.

Photo Credits: McBee Photography (2) | Clay Austin Photography (3+4) __________________________________________________________________________________________

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Vendor of the Week: Denise Fike Designs

  • October 31, 2014

“I am never bored as long as I have something in my hand to draw with; at times, in a pinch, I have even used lipstick.” Illustrator of weddings, parties, showers, corporate events and more, Denise of Denise Fike Designs wears many hats — literally! Donning a fabulous fascinator as she effortlessly crafted unforgettable pieces of art, Denise totally blew us away. We were thrilled to have Denise as a part of the 1st Philadelphia NotWedding and proudly introduce her as our Vendor of the Week.

“Denise Fike Designs is not only so talented but such an inspiring talent. She was on her feet from the start of the event until the very end! A million sketches later…everyone was talking about how much they loved what she does and loved her personal style and passion!”
Allie Webber, Philadelphia Production Manager


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Describe your business in 5 words.
Classically artistic yet entirely original.

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Who inspires me?
What doesn’t inspire me? From the ebullience of my Grandson, James, the bizarre beauty of a passionflower, to the elegance of beautiful bride posing in anticipation. As soon as I open my eyes each morning, I am itchy to create.

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Why art?
Oh my, I wouldn’t exist without art. I am never bored as long as I have something in my hand to draw with; at times, in a pinch, I have even used lipstick.

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Who is your biggest fan and why?
Without a doubt, my family. They attend every opening, lug giant paintings to galleries; my daughters-in law pose for me; my sons photograph me as I draw at public events for my social media; my husband makes my giant frames. And best of all, they make me laugh.

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What is your Favorite part of the NotWedding experience?
The NotWedding created a festive evening; excitement that built from the moment I walked in the door. The buzz, as everyone gathered to create a splash for the bride and groom, was kinetic. The feeling that transpired felt completely genuine as we prepared for the moment when the bride walked down the aisle. The party that exploded after “I DO” was brilliant.

Photo Credits:
Peach Plum Pear Photo (2)


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Black Sheep Bride: Weddings Standing Out By Giving Back

  • October 30, 2014

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We love making new friendships/partnerships with small businesses — especially ones that are changing the world. When we heard about Black Sheep Bride, we knew right away we wanted to be a part of the movement. So, what exactly is Black Sheep Bride? The incredible founder told us all about it, and now we’re so excited to share it with you.

Black Sheep Bride is an online wedding network connecting brides with vendors, ideas, and products that value giving back. The concept was conceived when the founder/photographer, Danielle Calhoun, was photographing several orphanages in West Africa two summers ago. She came home knowing that something had to give and that her wedding photography business had to do more to help others. She wanted to empower her brides and encourage her vendor friends to join in her efforts to take Wedding Change and Make World Change — and from this, Black Sheep Bride was born.

Black Sheep Bride was launched in July of 2014 and they have already started gaining nationwide attention for the disruptive vision behind their content. Because how could they not?!

They have begun pre-registering vendors (now through 11/15) for their upcoming new site launch and wanted to show all of our NotWedding vendors some love! The sweethearts at Black Sheep Bride are huge fans of The NotWedding and believe in our mission, so they are giving all of our vendors a one time vendor sign-up rate of $250, so long as you pledge to donate 10% of your time, product or finances to the greater good. That’s right, y’all — you give back with your business, you pay a one time rate that is good for the lifetime of your Black Sheep Bride vendor listing. Pretty rad, right?

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Dig what they are doing? Head over here to apply and take advantage of this awesome opportunity to join their cause from the front lines. And don’t forget to tell them … We sent ya!

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