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):
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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: Save the Date

  • October 16, 2014

Introducing Soly + Michael

The beauty of San Diego — the beaches, the city, the heavenly weather — can only be rivaled by that of our amazing couple, Soly and Michael. What makes our San Diego NotCouple so beautiful inside and out is how much fun they have together. Soly and Michael are sweet and fun-loving — much like the cotton candy they playfully shared with each other. This save the date shoot from Mala Hyder Photography captured the pure joy between these two love birds wonderfully, and we can’t wait for you to see it for yourself.

We will be celebrating Soly and Michael as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the third San Diego NotWedding on October 22nd at The San Diego Museum of Art. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here

“Soly and Michael and I had a blast during this shoot! We didn’t have a theme – just to have fun, and capture the amazing love these two share together. They make it easy to take photos.”

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Photography: Mala Hyder Photography | Cotton Candy: Cotton Clouds for a Cause | Models: Soly + Michael

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

The 1st Portland NotWedding: Save the Date

  • October 15, 2014

Introducing Megan + Christian

This save the date shoot from ME Photography delicately embraces the tension between romance and drama as the vendor team took Megan and Christian to another reality – whimsical, windswept and passionate. All of these elements coupled with the picturesque setting makes the couple seem like they are characters in a classic novel; the white dove release is just icing on that cake. Symbolizing love, peace, happiness and prosperity, the dove represents qualities of a solid and committed marriage.

We will be celebrating Megan and Christian as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the very first Portland NotWedding on October 22nd at the Barn at Flanagan Farm. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here

“My team of vendors and I were driven to create an overall look and style for this shoot that was inspired by Wuthering Heights. With the leadership of our event coordinator and designer, Adrienne Horty, we found the perfect location for our shoot: Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, ME. Together we climbed to the hilltop and found ourselves at the quaint Beech Nut, which resembles the isolated countryside of “Wuthering Heights.” Additionally, we wanted our bride and groom to embody this theme. It was romantic and whimsical, yet dramatic and unique.”

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Photography: ME Photography | Location: Beech Hill Preserve | Coordination + Design: The Refinery – Events & Marketing | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Bei Capelli | Doves: White Doves of Maine | Models: Megan + Christian

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 1st Portland NotWedding, please visit the event page.

Event Highlight: The 1st Greenville NotWedding

  • October 14, 2014

Rich hues, weathered textures, and natural elements — what could be better to kick off the fall wedding season? Our talented vendors at the 1st Greenville NotWedding in September incorporated the beauty of natural decay into their designs, making the event far from a typical “rustic” wedding. The combination of the rough and rugged details with the cozy, intimate brick loft made for a magical pairing — almost as perfect as the sweet couple, Jordan + Matt.

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Save the Date | Bridal Breakfast Styled Shoot | Sappy Love StoryRehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Bouquet, Ozzy Garcia | Homespun Dinner, Paige Jones | Dining Room, Anna Williams | Brown Bottles, Agnetha Home | Naked Cake, Jose Villa | Botanical Backdrop, Elizabeth Messina | Gowns, Claire Pettibone

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Venue: Certus Loft at the Huguenot Mill | Catering: Holmes Catering and Events | Event Rentals: Industry Event Rentals | Event Rentals: Professional Party Rentals, Inc. | Photography + Save the Date: Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Angela Cox Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Mel Nocks Photography | Videography: Famzing Photography and Video | Day-Of Coordination: Christine Faust Events | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 1, 5, 9): Statice Couture Florals + Event Design |  Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 6, 10): Frilly Bloomers | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 7, 11): Willow Florals | Floral + Event Design (Tables 4, 8, 12): Shay Brown Events | Invitations + Paper Accents: Jankun Creative Studio | Invitations + Menus: Sofia Invitations and Prints, LLC. | Wooden Signs: Back40Life | Wedding Party Totes: Samantha Grace Designs | Wedding Gown: Adore Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Jessica’s Formal Wear | Bridesmaid Attire: Fab’rik | Hair + Makeup: Bo Stegall the Salon | Jewelry: Danielle Miller Jewelry | Ceremony Music: Wirewood | DJ/Emcee: Jumping Jukebox | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Wedding Cake: Buttercream Bakehouse | Desserts: The Chocolate Moose | Desserts: Yumsies: Cookies and Confections | Mosquito Control: Palmetto Exterminators | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Vendor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower Magazine, The Knot, Inspire Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Wedding 101 Greenville, Weddings and Events with Style, Weddings Unveiled Magazine

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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.