The 9th Atlanta NotWedding: Save the Date

  • September 29, 2014

Introducing Johnetta + Blue

He loves coffee, she loves tea — but something they do have in common is their adoration of each other. Take a peek into this couple’s sweet tradition as Johnetta and Blue recreate their love of coffee shops in this Save the Date shoot. Ryan of Akins Photography captured their contagious happiness beautifully, even on the cloudiest of days.

We will be celebrating Johnetta and Blue as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the ninth Atlanta NotWedding on October 15th at Monday Night Brewing. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here.

“While talking with Johnetta and Blue before the shoot we discovered that one thing they love to do is to stop at every new coffee shop they see and try out what they have. Blue is coffee and Johnetta is tea. We wanted to capture this part of their personality and tell a little bit of their story through the first part of the shoot. They were great and had a lot of fun together in front of the camera. The second location we chose was an orchard at Dogwood Church that serves to feed those in need in the surrounding area. It was a beautiful location and we were able to capture some great photos despite the overly cloudy weather.”

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Photography: Akins Photography | Models: Johnetta + Blue

Nedra + Jeremy’s Sappy Love Story: The 2nd Birmingham NotCouple

  • September 25, 2014

Jeremy and Nedra met in Nedra’s hometown, Atlanta, GA, while Jeremy was on tour with his band. Love letters and adventures together between a small town in Alabama that Jeremy grew up in and Georgia caused them to fall head first in love with each other. They dated for a year before Jeremy got down on one knee and then got married on August 31st of 2008 in Birmingham, where the Springers decided to call home. Jeremy and Nedra have been married for six amazing years, have two beautiful children (Sela Rose and Zion), a cuddly golden doodle, and they live a life of love and hope because of Jesus.

We are thrilled to celebrate Nedra and Jeremy as they tie the NOT at the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding at The Avon Theater tonight! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab your ticket here

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What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
Nedra: Marriage is the greatest gift, and I am so thankful to share it with the most incredible man that I can’t believe I get to call my husband. I am so thankful to begin and end each day with Jeremy. He is my best friend, my love, my soul mate and father of our children and I fall more in love with him every day. Marriage with him is filled with so much joy, laughter, play and adventure, and I am so excited for what is next on this journey together.

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What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
Nedra: My favorite memory from our wedding day was when I walked down the aisle to “Fix You” by Coldplay, and met eyes with Jeremy, I’ll always have his tear filled expression from that moment engraved in my heart for the rest of our lives. Every time I hear that song I tear up thinking back on that day and moment.

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What is the best date you have ever had?
Jeremy: There has been so many amazing dates over the past seven years that I’ve known this beloved woman, so it’s hard to pinpoint just one, but there is a recent moment in a date/trip that I will never forget. Almost two years ago we decided to drive up to Tennessee and stay outside of Nashville for a night or two. While driving through the countryside, we saw a picturesque field with slight rolling hills that seemed to be just begging for a couple of crazy love birds to go running through it. So we pulled over, jumped a fence, and held hands as we took off running into the wind, wild and free. It was as if that moment and that field was made for us. When we finally caught our breath and stopped laughing just enough to get a few words out, Nedra looked at me and said “I’m so happy”. Simple, yet powerful words. I then said, “Me too” as we ended up lying down and watching the sky.

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What advice would you give an engaged couple?
Jeremy: A few things…

Always position yourself to first receive the love of God everyday and in every moment so that you can love your wife or husband to the fullest. By doing this, not only can you love each other better, but you also release the expectation of each other trying to meet the deepest need that ultimately only God can and is intended to meet.

Always choose to believe the absolute best of each other in all situations, conversations, and moments.

Remember that at the end of the day, it’s your heads that hit the pillow together, not anyone else. Put each other first.

Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more together!

Photo Credits:
Benzaia Photography (2 + 4)

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We invite you to join us as Nedra and Jeremy will be tying the NOT at the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding tonight at The Avon Theater. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

Event Highlight: The 3rd Athens NotWedding

  • September 24, 2014

Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” We are pretty sure that all of our vendors took this insight to heart for the 3rd Athens NotWedding in August – the talented team painted an inspiring, idyllic event for brides- and grooms-to-be. It is with great excitement that we share the event highlight – happy looking!

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Save the Date | Urban Boho Bridal Luncheon Styled ShootRehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Athens vendors were encouraged to stay simple and relaxed with this blank canvas inspiration board. We didn’t want them to feel pressured to stick to pastels, but encouraged them to remember that a little bit of fully saturated hues goes a long way. They were intentional about where to draw focus and the little pops of surprise made all the difference…like the bottom of that wedding dress!

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Cake, Highland Bakery | Emerson Quote, Oh My Deer | Macaroons, Elizabeth Messina | Milk Glass, Casa de Perrin | Ranunculus, White Loft Studio | Gown, Lazaro (Fall 2012) | Blind Letterpress, Sarah & Bendrix | Separates, Joie (Spring 2014)

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Venue: The Classic Center | Catering: Levy Restaurants | Event Rentals: Barron’s Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage | Photography + Save the Date: Chloe Giancola Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Poppy La’Rue Photography & Design | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Kaitie Bryant//Canvas Studio | Videography: 11 Squared Films | Day-Of Coordination: Kristen J. Scott, Day-Of Wedding Coordinator | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers, Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 3, 5, 7): Bud and Bloom | Floral + Event Design (Bridal Party Styling + Tables 2, 4, 6, 8): Kaitie Bryant//Canvas Studio | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 9, 10, 11, 12): Holland Daze | Stationery (Invitations + Programs): The Creative Porcupine | Stationery (Invitations, Menus + Menu Cards): PLAINJANE DESIGNS | Stationery (Invitations + Paper Accents: Maps, Flags, Fans): Dearest Olive Calligraphy | Paper Accents (Flags + Banners): Liddabits Design Shop | Bridal Gown Dying: Alanah Textiles | Groomsmen Accessories: Alanah Textiles | Bridesmaid Dresses: Philanthropy | Hair Styling: tame. style bar | Makeup: Elijana Cosmetics | Accessories: Jessie Jordan Jewelry | Entertainment: The New Royals | Photobooth: ShutterBooth Photo & Video Booths | Wedding Cake: Classic City Confections | Dessert Bar: The Sweet Trend | Favors: Leccare Lollipops | Personalized Cutting Boards: HD Designs | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower Magazine, The Knot, Occasions Magazine, Inspire Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Weddings in Athens

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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.

Liz + Blue’s Sappy Love Story: The 3rd New York NotCouple

  • September 23, 2014

Liz and Blue met in graduate school at Columbia University, and quickly realized life was better together. They were married March 26, 2010 at The Foundry in Long Island City. They love comic books, going on adventures, and most of all, each other.

We are thrilled to celebrate Liz and Blue as they tie the NOT at the 3rd New York NotWedding at The Green Building tonight! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab your ticket here

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From Him:

“The lovely Liz and I met at Teachers College Columbia where we were both getting our Master’s. She stuck out like a rockstar with her spunky style. We got married March 26, 2010 at The Foundry in Long Island City.”

“I remember walking into a small room and checking in with each other before our first dance to make sure we both felt ready, even though we were nervous. It was great being together. Better than that, though, was seeing her coming down the aisle looking so radiant and utterly amazing. The best physical gift could be our wedding rings, since we have each other’s names engraved inside — that way her name is always with me. At our wedding, the priest actually gave us each the wrong ring by accident which added a bit of humor. A gift that I gave Liz that I felt proud of, though, was a pair of antique earrings that I spotted and just knew would look great on her and fit her style — even though it wasn’t for any occasion.”

“Liz never ceases to amaze and inspire me. She is big-hearted, hard-working, and creative. I’ve seen her pick up challenging new skills and attack new problems where others might have gotten paralyzed with fear. She’s like a force of nature when she puts her mind to getting something done and doing it well. She’s also quite lovable; I’ve met many former students of hers and colleagues who admire her greatly.”

From Her:

“The most unique part of our engagement story was that Blue drew a comic for me about an epic adventure about finding the love of his life — complete with dragons. I was laughing so hard I could barely say YES!!”

“My husband is the smartest man I know. He has a mind for math and I find it very sexy — though sometimes when he asks if I want to hear a cool new math trick, I kind of have to pretend that I’m super-duper excited. Maybe I shouldn’t say that.”

“The best memory of our wedding day is that we kissed at the wrong time! The priest was like, ‘not yet!’ and then I couldn’t stop laughing the rest of the ceremony because he had my red lipstick on his face for the ‘I do’s.’ Oops!”

“The most awesome thing about our marriage is being a family unit. It warms my heart to create our own family traditions and know that I am always a part of something this special. So cheesy, so true. Our love is always developing, changing, and getting better!”

“Our advice to an engaged couple is that marriage is awesome, but it’s consistent compromise and you can’t be a selfish person. A good rule of thumb for me is that if each person gives 60%, then it’s always all good.”

Photo Credit:
Cassidy Parker Smith Photography

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We invite you to join us as Liz and Blue will be tying the NOT at the 3rd New York NotWedding tonight at The Green Building. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!