7 Dresses for the Stylish Mother of the Bride (or Groom)

  • April 23, 2014

The NotWedding team always look to our friends at BHLDN for the most beautiful, refreshing trends in bridal fashion. This season they have managed to blow us away again; we are swooning over these gorgeous mother of the bride or groom gowns. You know they always say when mama’s happy, everybody’s happy and while we want the bride to be the belle of the ball on her wedding day, we believe her mother should feel beautiful, too. 
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BHLDN has partnered with the best in the business yet again for their Spring ’14 collection – Tadashi, David Meister and Badgley Mischka, to name a few. Look for exquisite detailing such as metallic lace, embroidery, brocade, chunky 3D lace or sequins and beading, and stick with a color palette of rich neutrals for a sophisticated, timeless look that still feels fresh. Here are BHLDN’s picks for on-trend looks for the mothers of the bride and groom.

Golden Light Dress
A well-cut shift dress is a sheer short sleeve in gorgeous metallic lace and a built-in beaded belt is fashion-forward and versatile with just enough coverage for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom. From David Meister, $540. Available at BHLDN.

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Viola Shift
The refined tweed pencil skirt beautifully balances the sheer embroidered organza bodice on this shift to elegantly display a woman’s figure. From Va et Vien, $350. Available exclusively at BHLDN.

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Sapphire Dress
An A-line dress always looks ladylike (very Audrey Hepburn) and this rendition crafted of silver-threaded lace, scallop-edged sleeves and a sweetheart bodice compliments a flowing tulle skirt. From Va et Vien, $380. Available exclusively at BHLDN.

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Early Skies Shift
A warm peachy hue, rich brocade and delicate gold embroidery add feminine touches to this structured shift. For a little extra coverage, pair with the Early Skies Bolero. From Badgley Mischka. Dress, $530; Bolero, $220. Available exclusively at BHLDN.

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Fiora Dress
Trendsetting mothers of the bride or mothers of the groom will love the fashion-forward silhouette of this trumpeted gown featuring a flourish of pale gold metallic flowers over lavender-hued organza. From JS Groupe, $400.00. Available exclusively at BHLDN.

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Cambridge Dress
For an evening wedding, this midnight blue mother of the bride gown with its sheer cap sleeves, sequined and beaded bodice and sweeping skirt is the perfect balance of elegance and drama. From Tadashi Shoji, $550. Available at BHLDN.

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Mabel Dress
Classic lace gets an on-trend update with a sleek belted peplum and tonal color blocking.  Details such as the eyelash trimmed lace and neatly pressed grosgrain bow sweeten this sophisticated floor-length dress. From Tadashi Shoji, $420. Available at BHLDN.

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Visit BHLDN for more fashionable dresses for mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom.

Vendor of the Week: Adorned European Floral Design

  • April 21, 2014

We love taking The NotWedding to new markets, especially when those new markets impress us as much as they have this year. The 1st Birmingham NotWedding blew us away with incredible southern hospitality and crazy talented vendors who are still amazing us. Heather of Adorned European Floral Design is one of those vendors – an artist who throws her sweet personality and love for aesthetics into every floral masterpiece she creates.

“Heather is such a loving and respectful woman. Absolutely talented and creative as well as wonderful to work with – she really knows her design and executes it amazingly!”
Samantha Cole, Birmingham Production Manager
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Describe your personal style for us.
I create fresh, natural, textural arrangements with an “in the moment” style: floral material in a full-blown state; flowers at their most glorious. It speaks life to me as I appreciate the beauty and shape of natural growth rather than forced form. Each life is a beautiful story. In gathering and arranging, my work lets me marvel at the story still to be told.

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What is your favorite flower? And why?
The peony always comes to mind as a favorite. I see it as a sly and mysterious bloom– starting as an innocuous small green bud, exploding into layer after beautiful layer of color and texture. The more colorful ranunculus and dahlia are similar “surprise parties in a vase” for me.

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Do you have a green thumb?
Living in England gave me the false idea that I could grow anything! My courtyard full of pots easily overflowed with color due to the climate. It did not take long for the reality to be exposed upon our return to America. I recall my husband’s gift, a “new” species of hydrangea: the “die-drangea”. He knew it’s days were numbered.

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How did your degree and eye for Interior Design help you in the floral industry?
Interior design is form, function and spatial relationships. That same eye for sight lines and balance is the foundation for my floral designs. The same can be said for color, pattern and texture with living materials.

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Photo Credits:
Nolen Photography (2, 3, 4) | Adorned European Floral Design (1 + 5)
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The 1st Birmingham NotWedding: flower Magazine Review

  • 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!)
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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!
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Venue: BridgeStreet Gallery and Loft | Catering: Bayles Catering | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Morgan Trinker Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Spindle Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Koli Nichols Photography | Videography: 35 Atlanta | Day-Of Coordination: M. Elizabeth Events | Floral + Event Design (Bridal Party + Tables 9, 10, 11, 12): Adorned European Floral Design | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 3, 5, 7): HotHouse Design Studio | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 2, 4, 6, 8): Invision Events | Wedding Dress: White Dresses Boutique | Bridesmaid Attire: Rent the Runway | Program : Gray Cloud Print | Makeup: Rawwbeauty Makeup Artistry | Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Cakes by Kim | Live Event Art: Live Event Art – The Wedding Artist | Pew Rentals: P.E.W.S. – Purely Elegant Wedding Statements | Drapery + Entertainment: Amerson Events | Event Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | National Travel Sponsor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Valet + Trolley: Apex Valet, Inc. + Rare Transportation, LLC. | Linen Sponsor: LinenTablecloth | Alcohol + Bartending: High Ridge Spirits + The Bar Hops | Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari |

Janna & Scott’s Sappy Love Story: The 1st Savannah NotCouple

  • April 14, 2014

The excitement in Scott’s account of his perfectly planned summer camp engagement and his love for his sweet wife Janna is almost too precious for us to handle. Our team is ecstatic to bring The NotWedding to Savannah for the very first time and couldn’t be happier to celebrate these two. Janna and Scott will be tying the NOT at the 1st Savannah NotWedding tomorrow! 

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I bought Janna’s engagement ring over two months before the proposal while she was on a summer mission trip in Mozambique, so I was anxious and more than ready to get the ball rolling when the big day finally came around. Janna and I spent the night at my parents’ house in Woodstock on a Friday night, and decided to drive up to Dahlonega the next day in celebration of dating for a year and a half (that was the cover up). After a wonderful lunch in the square, I suggested we take the two-mile drive to Camp Glisson to see a few camp friends of ours and just to spend time together at our favorite place.

After we arrived at camp, we hung out with our friends for a bit before I asked Janna if she wanted to go on a walk. I took her to the chapel, and we walked up to the stage. I turned to her and said I wanted to take her on a trip down memory lane in honor of our anniversary (remember…the cover up!). I pulled an envelope out of my backpack with “Chapel” written on the front. She read the letter inside, which reminisced upon a memory we shared in the chapel during our last summer working together. At the bottom of the letter was a compliment to Janna that correlated with that specific memory. I then took her to eight different locations around camp, stopping at each place to give her a marked envelope with a letter inside. Each letter had a new compliment at the bottom as well as all of the previous ones. Some of the locations included the pool (where we first met), the dining hall porch where I would flirt with her, and my old cabin B1 where I prayed fervently about pursuing Janna for a relationship.

Unbeknownst to Janna, as we were walking down memory lane, my friend was setting up a surprise for us back at the chapel. Janna and I made our way around camp, and returned back to the chapel. I had Janna close her eyes as we opened the big wooden doors together. Tea candles lit up the center aisle as well as the altar in the front, and there was a bed of daisies (Janna’s favorite flower) in front of the altar. She looked at me through tears and said, “What is all of this?” We held hands and walked down the aisle together. I turned to her, said a few things that neither of us remember, dropped a knee, pulled out the bling bling, and asked the most amazing girl in the world to marry me. Luckily, she said, “Of course!”

Best day ever, y’all.
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Photos: Personal | Lesley Kerr Photography
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We hope that you are planning to join Janna and Scott as they renew their vows tomorrow at the very 1st Savannah NotWedding at The Mackey House. There is a small hand full of tickets left – you can grab yours online here!