Event Highlight: The 1st Portland NotWedding

  • November 20, 2014

Rainy days don’t stand a chance against you, Portland. Despite the drizzle, the atmosphere at was warm, cozy, and a little magical. The Barn at Flanagan Farm provided the most beautiful, intimate shelter from the sprinkles, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way for our very first Portland NotWedding. Prepare to get lost in your daydreams as you take a peek into this delightful night — we hope you enjoy!

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Save the Date | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

“How can you use classic beauty to create an abstract, dreamlike atmosphere?” This is the question we posed to our Portland vendors, and they blew us away like a cool New England breeze. Using inspiration from the tension between romance and drama in Wuthering Heights, the impressive team of vendors took guests to another reality — and we sort of wanted to stay there.

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Transferware Pitchers: Country Living | Gown: Monique Lhuillier (Bridal 2014) | Norham Castle, Sunrise: J. M. W. Turner | Portrait: Perla Maarek, Fine Taste Magazine | Gown: Zac Posen (Spring 2014) | Sterling Forest: Leah Hoffman | Black Tea Cake: Baker Royale | Corsage: Amy Merrick

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Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm | Catering: Fire & Co. | Event Rentals (Farm Tables): Heartwood Essentials | Event Rentals: PARTY TIME RENTALS | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: ME Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Page Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: kivalo photography | Videography: LMV Productions | Day-Of Coordination: The Refinery – Events & Marketing | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2 and 6): Lana Wescott Events | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1 and 4): The Purple Orchid, Event Planning | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 2 and 5): Blue Fern Designs, The Finest Florals | Invitations: Impress Me Designs | Programs: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Paper Accents: Parrott Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair + Makeup: Bei Capelli | Band: Wavelength Band | Photobooth: TapSnap Phototainment | Wedding Cake: My Three Cakes | Dessert Bar: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower MagazineThe KnotWellWed Magazine – Maine and New Hampshire

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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.

Vendor of the Week: Sapphire Events

  • November 14, 2014

What inspires Valerie of Sapphire Events? “I am most inspired by the women I have come to know around the country who have started their businesses in this industry to satisfy their creative side and support their families.” As a team of all women, we absolutely LOVE that — and you all know how we feel about small businesses! Valerie specializes in planning and event decor + design, and we think she’s one of the best in the biz. Sapphire Events impressed us to no end at the first New Orleans NotWedding, and we are honored to feature Valerie as our Vendor of the Week.

“Valerie is superwoman, don’t let her fool you. This woman is everything you want in a planner, coordinator, and right hand! She has an eye for direction and a skill for execution and she is a joy to work with!”
The New Orleans NotWedding Team

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Tell us a little bit about the inception of Sapphire Events.
I started Sapphire Events in 2011 because I wanted to deliver a high quality planning service to destination brides planning their wedding in New Orleans. I specialize in planning and event decor and design, and have a special place in my heart for millennial brides who love New Orleans as much as I do!

View More: http://kentmeisterphotography.pass.us/matt_simone_nola
Who or what inspires you?
As a business owner, I am most inspired by the women I have come to know around the country who have started their businesses in this industry to satisfy their creative side and support their families. As a creative, I look to the interior design world to derive ideas for wedding inspiration. The colors and textures and styles used in interiors is an easy application to the wedding world!

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Describe the ideal bride to work with.
My ideal bride is decisive! She knows what she wants when she sees it and has a determination about her. I also love working with brides that are creatives themselves and open to collaboration.

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What is the happiest part of your day?
Seeing the groom’s reaction when he first sees his bride, seeing the father of the bride tear up when he kisses his “little girl” on her cheek at the altar, and watching everyone cheer the newlyweds on their farewell exit — these emotional moments are my favorites!

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
I really enjoy the guest experience from start to finish – being able to have a test run of the big day and seeing what your vendors are capable of producing is so valuable when planning a wedding!

Photo Credits:
Arte De Vie | Kent Meister Photography | GK Photography | Eddie Marroquin Photography | Ardent Studio

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Event Highlight: The 2nd Wichita NotWedding

  • November 12, 2014

Wichita sure knows how to put on a show. Between the luxe details, epic dance party, and chocolate fountain (!), the 2nd Wichita NotWedding was a night we’ll never forget. As if it couldn’t get any sweeter (see what we did there), it was all under the roof of the regal Eaton Venue, which kind of made us feel like we were at an Oscar’s after party. We’re excited to share some of the fun with you today — we hope you love it as much as we did!

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Save the Date | Bachelorette Party Styled Shoot | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

The elegant, old Hollywood vibe of the Wichita NotWedding (not to mention our drop-dead gorgeous NotCouple!) made us feel like we were in a black and white movie. Our Wichita vendors were challenged to create tailored, formal, and borderline masculine pieces, while still appealing to a bride. What they came up with was classic, glam, and timeless — and we were beyond impressed.

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom): Typewriter, Khaki Bedford | Tablescape, Bryce Covey | Chalk Lettering, Molly Jacques | Invitation, Watermark Stationery | Swatches, James Nord | Sid Mashburn, Heather Clawson | Dress, Marissa Webb (Spring 2014) | Festiva Maxima, Ingalls Photography | Gown, Vera Wang (Spring 2014)

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Venue: The Eaton Venue | Catering: Blue Moon Caterers | Catering: Empire Catering | Alcohol + Signature Drink: Xclusive Event Services | Event Rentals: Ray Party Rentals | Linens: Classically Covered | Linen + Chavari Chairs: Bowman & Co. | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Jennifer Miller Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Darrin Hackney Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Merrick Rhodes Photography | Videography: Nick Miller Films | Day-Of Coordination + Production: Events & Design by Ashley | Event + Floral Design (Even Table Numbers): Events & Design by Ashley | Event + Floral Design (Personal Flowers + Odd Table Numbers): Magnolia Floral Studio | Stationery (Invitations, Menus, Catering Cards + Paper Accents: Alicia’s Paper Co. | Attire (Wedding Dress, Groom + Groomsmen Attire, Bridesmaid Dresses): “I Do” Bridal & Tux | Attire (Flower Girls): Rylee & Reece Kid’s Boutique | Makeup: Makeup by Iris | Hair: Brie Wallace | Nail Accessories: Fresh Spa Market | Entertainment + Lighting: Accent Mobile Music | Transportation: Spot’s Party Bus | Photobooth: TapSnap Phototainment | Wedding Cake, Cookies + Desserts: Cheri’s Bakery | Dessert Bar: Sweet Ride Soft Serve | Dessert: The Chocolate Fountain Event Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Endless Treasures Vintage Rentals | Favors: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates | Wood Novelties + Signs: FreestyleMom | Dance Instruction: Care To Dance | Hotel: Hotel at Old Town | Travel: The Travel Junkie, LLC | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Sparkling Wine: Ferrari | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | Media Partners: flower MagazineThe KnotSPLURGE! 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 2014/2015 schedule and get in on the fun yourself.

The 3rd Charleston NotWedding: Save the Date

  • November 10, 2014

Introducing Jenny + Will

The historic architecture, romantic sunsets over the water, that cool southern breeze — what’s not to love about Charleston? This save the date shoot from Becky Williamson Photography captured some of our favorite things about the southern city, as well the gorgeous Charleston NotCouple who is lucky enough to call it home. Jenny and Will spend as much time as possible outdoors, exploring and celebrating their city; as you can tell from the carefree, relaxed vibe in the photos, the adventurous pair was totally in their element. Much like the Charleston Harbor behind them, the love between Jenny and Will is powerful and serene — and we can’t stop staring.

We will be celebrating Jenny and Will as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the third Charleston NotWedding on December 7th at Historic Rice Mill. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here.

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Photography: Becky Williamson Photography | Venue: Historic Rice Mill | Dress: Fabulous Frocks | Save the Date: Amanda Day Rose | Models: Jenny + Will

For more information on the 3rd Charleston NotWedding, please visit the event page.

This event is SOLD OUT!