Carrie Anne + Chris’s Sappy Love Story: The 3rd San Diego NotCouple

  • October 22, 2014

The love between Carrie Anne and Chris knows no bounds. After their life-changing first date, this couple spent the next 14 months stretching their relationship across the continent and three time zones. After facing this challenge — not to mention the true test, mingling his Cuban/Guatemalan family with her Southern, sweet tea-drinking folks – they knew they were meant to be. With strong faith in their hearts and San Diego sunshine on their faces, Carrie Anne and Chris are living the life and living it in love. Just the way we like it.

We are so excited to celebrate Carrie Anne and Chris as they tie the NOT at the third San Diego NotWedding at the San Diego Museum of Art tonight! We hope that you will join us for the party – there are a few tickets left here

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On a very busy afternoon in Atlanta, GA in September 2012, I received a text message from some close friends that I was to clear my schedule and come to dinner. They had been attending a church planter’s conference and wanted me to meet a new friend they met there who lived in California. With no other knowledge than the high likelihood that he was a pastor and they thought this was a match made in heaven, I said yes and was hoping for a great night with a California guy that might forever change my life…or he’d leave the next morning and I’d never see him again.

That night over an amazing Cuban meal ordered by my Spanish speaking soon-to-be husband began the love affair of my life. For the next 14 months, Chris and I spent countless hours on the phone, staring into each other’s eyes on video calls and sleeping on air planes as we stretched our relationship across the continent and three time zones. Marrying Chris meant I was going to uproot my southern ways and transplant them in the laid back world of Southern California where SEC football is a foreign concept and white is worn no matter what time of year it is. His Cuban/Guatemalan family collided with my Southern sweet tea drinking family at a beautiful antebellum home just outside of Atlanta, GA on November 16th and till death do we part began.

We made the three-day drive to San Diego a couple weeks later arriving December 3rd. For the last eleven months we’ve immersed ourselves in a city full of sunshine, breweries, wineries, beaches and amazing people. Chris spent five years in Chicago planting a church before we met and is looking to do the same here in San Diego, so we spend our days driving through neighborhoods and dreaming and praying about how God might use us to grow his kingdom here. I brought my job from Atlanta out here and work remotely while he splits his time between the seminary he graduated from eight years ago serving their alumni and being the Church Planting Intern at our church, The Resolved.

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Photo Credit:
Lindsay Joy Photography

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We invite you to join us as Carrie Anne and Chris will be tying the NOT at the third San Diego NotWedding tonight at the San Diego Museum of Art. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

Event Highlight: The 1st Denver NotWedding

  • October 21, 2014

From simple wooden elements to a gown whose dip-dyed train rivaled the Rocky Mountain panorama, the details at the 1st Denver NotWedding last month had us swooning for days. Our vendors juxtaposed classic + clean with bright + beautiful, and the result truly took our breath away. Allow yourself to get lost in the heavenly whites, pretty pastels, luxe metallics, and rich pops of primary – happy daydreaming!

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Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Denver vendors were challenged to keep it simple with this blank canvas inspiration board. Though it may not sound like a difficult task, our talented vendors made calculated decisions about even the smallest of details. Starting with calculated negative space, then adding purposeful pops of color, our vendors proved that simplicity can often stand out the most.

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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: McNichols Building at Civic Center | Catering: Foodie Call Catering | Photography: Green Blossom Photography | Photography: Jackie Cooper Photo | Photography: Our Love Is Loud | Videography: White Robin Pictures | Day-Of Coordination: Hourglass Productions Denver | Vintage Rentals: Good Ol’-Fashioned Party | Floral + Event Design (Head Table): Good Ol’-Fashioned Party | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Design + Tables 2, 4, 6): Hey! Party Collective | Floral + Event Design (Bridal Party Flowers + Tables 1, 3, 5, 7): The Ruffly Rose | Stationery (Invitations + Programs): Whimsy Design Studio | Stationery (Invitations + Paper Accents): Anthologie Press | Signage: host & toast | Wedding Dress: a&be bridal shop | Bridal Accessories: Nerida Mason Australia | Hair: Hayley Styles | Makeup: Alli B – Makeup Artist, LLC | Laser Skin Care: American Laser Skincare | Jewelry: Swoon Jewelry Studios | Entertainment: Ignight Entertainment | Photo Booth: Center Stage Photo Booth | Wedding Cake: Yours Truly Cupcake | Dessert Bar: Sweet as Pie Bakery | Nanny Service: The Nanny Brigade | Wedding Hangers: First Comes Love | Nail Services: Pretty ‘Round the City | 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, Rocky Mountain Bride, Denver Life Weddings, COUTUREcolorado, MyWedding

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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.

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):
t.Dow Photography

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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: 14th Anniversary Styled Shoot

  • October 20, 2014

While this styled shoot is certainly celebrating some very traditional aspects of the fourteenth anniversary, it is everything but typical. The bold, vibrant colors against the luscious landscape of Alcazar Garden make this shoot pleasing to the eyes – we can’t stop smiling right back at these photos. Lindsey of Brooke Photography & Design pulled together at rock star team of vendors to celebrate in style – we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us at the 3rd San Diego NotWedding this week!

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“Models, Kristin and David, are celebrating fourteen years of marriage this year and since the traditional anniversary gift and flower are ivory and dahlias, we used these elements as the driving force of our inspiration. Deep, rich Autumn colors of wine, eggplant and plum coupled with brassy-golds, ivories and natural wood set the elegant, middle eastern mood perfectly.”

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Photography: Brooke Photography & Design | Event Design: Decor by Design | Design Assistant: Hayley Brynn | Florals: Leaf it to Lexi | Stationery Design: Barney Design | Hair: Jamie Dana Hairstylist | Custom Jewelry: Flawed Perfection Jewelry | Venue: Alcazar Garden, Balboa Park | Decor + Props: TJ Maxx, Pier 1 Imports, Cost Plus World Market | Models: Kristin + David

For more footage from this anniversary styled shoot, please visit the Brooke Photography & Design blog.

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