Brigette + Jeff’s Sappy Love Story: The 1st New Orleans NotCouple

  • July 29, 2014

He had my attention from day one, but wooed me for almost six months with fireflies in mason jars, African wild flowers in glass coke bottles, and sweet notes waiting on my windowsill!” This love sounds almost too good to be true, but the magic behind Brigette and Jeff’s love is real and we feel so blessed to be able to watch them renew their vows at the 1st New Orleans NotWedding tomorrow. Their love has beat distance and sorrow. We cannot wait for you to read their oh-so-sweet Sappy Love Story – enjoy! 

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Who I am today began just a few years ago with love for God and a willing heart. January 14, 2010 I squeezed my sweet momma and my baby brother one last time with a knot in my throat and tears ready to burst. I made my way through the airport wondering what God had in store. A short flight later those feelings faded as I found myself meeting the team that I was going to spend half a year with in Africa – and when I say “team” I specifically mean a comical, dashing, chivalrous, young man.

Do you see where this is going?

He had my attention from day one, but wooed me for almost six months with fireflies in mason jars, African wild flowers in glass coke bottles, and sweet notes waiting on my windowsill! Unfortunately, our trip came to an end and I found myself squeezing him one last time with a knot in my throat and tears ready to burst. We split ways and endured a year in a long distance relationship. Thankfully we got engaged, married, and pregnant (in that order!) faster than I could say “yes!”

I miscarried my first baby and went through the darkest, deepest hurt of my life, but God graciously provided life in my womb once again and that is my sweet baby Ella. She’s my joy, my motivation. And my little shop assistant.

Photos:
Sarah Becker Photography
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Brigette and Jeff will be renewing their vows as they tie the NOT tomorrow at the very 1st New Orleans NotWedding at The Chicory. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

Event Highlight: The 2nd Nashville NotWedding

  • July 17, 2014

We absolutely adore Nashville. It kinda sorta feels like home to us – the people are down right awesome, the food is delicious and the good music is oh-so-endless. There’s not much not to love about Nashville and that’s certainly how we feel about the second Nashville NotWedding. Too good, y’all. Too good. Enjoy!

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Save the Date | Couple’s First Dinner Party Styled Shoot | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner |
As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

This down to earth palate isn’t your typical “rustic” wedding. Our Nashville vendors did an incredible job incorporating the beauty of natural decay into every aspect of their designs. It was perfectly simple, yet friendly and beautifully warm.

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Photo credits (left to right, top to bottom):
Ozzy Garcia | Paige Jones | Anna Williams | Agnetha Home | Jose Villa | Elizabeth Messina | Claire Pettibone

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Venue: Events at 1 Cannery Row | Rehearsal Dinner: Edgehill Café | Photography + Save the Date: Cassidy Carson Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Hannah Elaine Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Maile Lani Photography | Day-of Coordination + Event Design (Tables 13, 14, 15): Creative Designs & Events | Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 6, 9, 12): Events by Elaine | Floral Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 5, 8, 11): Rosemary & Finch Floral Design | Event + Floral Design (Bridal Party Flowers + Tables 1, 4, 7, 10): Shay Brown Events | Invitations: Nesting Project | Programs: With Love Paper Goods | Save the Dates: Green Bean Paper Company | Menus: J. Amber Creative | Local Handcrafted Goods + Gifts: Batch Nashville | Paper Accents: Liddabits Design Shop | Groomsmen Attire: Street Tuxedo | Bridal Party Attire: The Bride Room | Hair: Salon Nfuse | Makeup: Hayley Bidez Makeup Artistry | Perfume: Flower Acre | Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering | Wedding Cake: Frosted Affair | Cupcakes: Connie Cakes | Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s | Event Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental | Entertainment + Photo Booth: Snyder Entertainment | Wooden + Iron Accents: Narrow Gate Artisans | Travel: 2 Travel Anywhere, LLC. | Transportation: F.A.D.D.S. Party Bus | Health + Wellness: Nashville Healthnote | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Linen Vendor: Linen Tablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Partners: flower Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Weddings Magazine, Wedding 101 Nashville, Ashley’s Bride Guide

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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.

Laura + Charlie’s Sappy Love Story: The 2nd Charleston NotCouple

  • July 8, 2014

If their NotWedding is half as fun and beautiful of a celebration as their real wedding last summer, we are in for a treat, Charleston. Even though Laura and Charlie have only been husband and wife for a few days over a year, they exude this peace and confidence in their marriage that many couples seek to find for years. It is such a honor to celebrate with these two as they renew their vows tomorrow at the SOLD OUT 2nd Charleston NotWedding!

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Charlie and I repeatedly say that timing really isn’t ‘our thing,’ but timing was definitely on our side when it came to our meeting. It was fall of 2007 at Clemson University where we both were in undergrad, he a fifth year senior and I just starting my junior year. During registration that summer, I signed up for a class that was outside of my major based solely on the fact that I really liked the teacher offering the course. Charlie decided toward the end of his senior year that he wasn’t quite ready for the real world and thought he’d stay in Clemson a little longer to get a minor in addition to his declared major. As luck would have it, we found ourselves in the same microbiology class that semester. As well as I can remember, Charlie sat next to me on the first day of class and every day after. We had awkward small talk. You know, the kind where you want to talk to someone but don’t know them well and having nothing to talk about in a calculated five minutes before class will start. I still tease him and say he must’ve asked me 57 times if I would be ‘going downtown this weekend.’ I wasn’t even 21, which he knew. Despite my strategically planned outfits and friendliest smile, nothing materialized from our casual banter. Oh well, I thought.

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If you knew Charlie personally, you’d definitely know that he isn’t in a rush about anything. Once he finally gets where he needs to be, he takes a month waiting to make a decision. Eight months after we met, I took to my sorority sisters and did a little investigative work which included my first mission, get Charlie’s phone number. I, unlike Charlie, am calculated and motivated. My second mission, tell Charlie that I have a crush on him. Six years later, I find myself sitting at Charlie’s computer writing this message to all of The NotWedding fans. Six years later, Charlie still isn’t in a rush about anything. Once I finally told him how I felt about him, we lived together before he took me on our first real date. I not only planned, but booked, our wedding before we were engaged.

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I am a planner, a fixer and a doer. I believe that the word ‘opposite’ was created to perfectly describe Charlie and me. That passivity that haunted me every night for four years while I was anxiously waiting for that diamond, I now look at and see as patience that will be invaluable when up all night with a crying newborn. That indifference that I thought I saw picking out a new pair of shoes, I now see as self-control that will be precious when big decisions need to be made. I cannot always rush into things. He cannot always avoid them. Together, our timing is perfect. We are not perfect. Through him, I am able to see the person that I am and the person that I want to become. We make mistakes and we correct them. We go to bed mad, but wake up forgiving. We are the perfect combination of ketchup and mustard on your fries, which we both love by the way. Cheers to there being no manual for a perfect marriage, but figuring it out all along the way!

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Photos: Gene Ho Photography

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Laura and Charlie will be tying the NOT tomorrow at the SOLD OUT 2nd Charleston NotWedding at Boone Hall Plantation. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you!

Amanda + Jake’s Sappy Love Story: The 1st Philadelphia NotCouple

  • July 7, 2014

From the perspective of the groom…our FAVORITE! Besides the perspective of Amanda and Jake’s Sappy Love Story, we cannot get over the creative and fun-loving way that this couple decided to spend their (real) wedding day. Our team is thrilled to bring The NotWedding to Philly for the very first time and couldn’t be happier to celebrate these two. Amanda and Jake will be tying the NOT at the 1st Philadelphia NotWedding this week! 

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It kind of just slipped out. Amanda and I had beed dating for two weeks and were sitting on the couch watching TV together.  I turned to her and said, “I’m going to marry you.”   

I held my breath.  If the etiquette for early dating were actual laws, I would have just committed a felony.  I couldn’t help it though – we had a connection that I just couldn’t describe.  I had spent the previous few weeks humming country love songs because I felt like I was in one.  

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This was more than just new relationship excitement: it was something more.  I was sure of it.  I knew that she was the one.  The real question though, was, did she?  Did I just scare her away?  Did I just ruin everything?  I moved over a little bit in case she wanted to run out the door. 

To my relief, Amanda cocked her head, looked back at me, and said, “You know, that’s kind of scary, but I feel the same way.” 

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A year later I picked her up from work on a Wednesday night and proposed as soon as we got home.  I just couldn’t wait any longer.  

The following Spring we contacted 30 of our closest family members and friends and gave them an address of where to meet for our wedding – we didn’t tell them any details.  We had them gather in our favorite neighborhood restaurant where one of our close friends married us using a ceremony that we wrote ourselves.  A party bus then picked everyone up and took us around the city to multiple locations for adventures of food, drink, and fun.  Having everyone we love in one place on such an important day meant the world to us.  It was truly something we will never forget.

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Does marriage have its ups and downs?  Of course it does, but we couldn’t be luckier to walk through life together, holding hands.  We are both in the medical field with crazy schedules, but coming home to one another is always the best feeling.  One of our favorite expressions is, “It’s like having a sleepover with your best friend every night!”  

We love being married to each other so much that we can’t wait to “Not” marry each other again!  This one though, neither of us predicted on the couch that day…

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Photos:
M2 Photography
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Amanda and Jake will be renewing their vows as they tie the NOT on Wednesday at the 1st Philadelphia NotWedding at Power Plant Productions. There are a few tickets still left so grab yours here now!