- April 18, 2014
The first Birmingham NotWedding came and went in a blur, but we are still enchanted by the gorgeous photos. Our national media partner, flower Magazine, is based in Birmingham and we loved having some of the flower girls at this inaugural event. We are excited to share their review of the event as well as a sneak peek of some of the images. (The event is being featured on Ruffled so we are saving the rest of the photos until they are published…stay tuned!)
We are thrilled to be National Media Sponsor and partner with “The NotWedding” as they spread their love all across the United States! What’s even more exciting? Experiencing our first NotWedding in Birmingham, Alabama. The ceremony and reception took place at Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft, a quaint downtown location that really showed off the historic qualities of Birmingham. We immediately recognized the “southern hospitality” as the NotWedding team in all smiles welcomed us and handed out gift bags filled with wedding swag (complete with the March/April issue of flower!).
The wedding celebrated the one-year anniversary of Laura and Mark, whose rustic yet modern sensibilities made for a wonderful mix of classic décor with unique details.
One of my favorite scenes from the reception was the head table— especially the flowers hanging tied to ribbons up above the wedding party’s heads. I loved the use of a church pew from P.E.W.S. with pillows and a blanket to create an intimate and relaxed feeling. The small details on each table were hard to miss, with geometric containers, votives, and tie-dye napkins that were reflected on some of the other tables as well.
Each guest table was setup a little differently to reflect the different vendors’ styles, and all came together to create a beautiful, coherent reception area. Bistro lighting (even indoors) always puts a smile on my face and sets the mood for a fun evening!
Now for our favorite part—the flowers! I enjoyed seeing how the different floral designers used the same color palette yet the results were unique. Originality is such an important quality to have as vendors work together to create one event. Fishing hooks, colorful ribbon, and large ‘protea’ flowers helped tie together the bold arrangements while the eucalyptus and button flowers kept them classic and feminine.
Guests dined and danced the night away as they sipped on made-to-order cocktails, such as the delicious Peach Mint Julep. If they needed to catch their breath, the NotWedding’s signature “Tunnel of Love” provided the perfect respite for brides-to-be. Instead of the traditional bridal show set-up, guests were able to swing by vendors’ tables and actually get the chance to interact with the vendors in a casual, light-hearted atmosphere.
Overall we were thrilled to be a part of a new and exciting outlet for brides in the Birmingham area. The NotWedding allows guests a unique perspective and lets them see several vendors, not only at one event, but also in action. We, for one, picked up a few tips and cannot wait until the next event. Don’t miss The NotWedding in your hometown for a big dose of inspiration and fun!