Staff Highlight: Natalia + Sean’s Sappy Love Story

  • July 31, 2014

From high school to college, to the present, the vibrance of Natalia and Sean’s love has remained. Their beautiful depiction of a Christ-like marriage and the faithfulness of this couple is inspiring. We are so blessed to be able to work alongside Natalia!

Natalia has her Master’s in social work, so people are her specialty. As an account executive, she loves getting to know our vendors and truly figuring out what they need in their businesses and how The NotWedding can meet those needs. Chances are, you’ll love her immediately. Her husband, Sean, is the lead vocalist in Bellarive – he says, “We believe that God creates His children with specific design to reveal and bring glory to Himself in unique ways. For the six of us, that gift is creating music.” We proudly introduce you to our beautiful and unique Natalia – we hope that her Sappy Love Story inspires all of you as it does us.

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The funny part about our story is that it started on different days for the both of us.  I had to formally “meet” him three different times by three different people before Sean “remembered” meeting me. I, however, remembered him the first time I met him and hoped he would be the one!  The first time we met was at the youth ministry that we both were leading. At the time, we had separate campuses and he had to come fill in for the west side campus. Sean did an acoustic worship set with his friends and all I remember is telling my two of my very best friends sitting beside me that I wanted to marry him. Jokingly and seriously all at the same time. But honestly, I had never met a person so passionate and so intimately lost in worship. The connection and communion he was having with the Father right before me simply invited me in a greater worship with the King. I feel I could say the same for the rest of the crowd except I fell in love with the man leading us into this special and intimate worship. Since that night, I felt compelled to pray for him and his future. I knew he had an anointing, a gift, and a very special life to live. I happened to journal out my prayers for him and it is fascinating to see how God has fulfilled and met these prayers. The greatest part about it is that we have record of them!

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I was a senior in high school and he was a sophomore at UCF.  We met two other times and each time my heart would race uncontrollably. I had never felt that way before. And FINALLY, the day he claimed to remember me, a few (long) months later on a lovely night in March at our church lock-in, is where he claimed to have met me! We would randomly see each other at our home church, Status, and would have the most awkward interactions. Come to find out it was because we were both so nervous to talk to each other. I was so happy to hear that he was feeling the same!

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A few months passed where we did not see each other much (which was killing me!). Summer came rushing in and we both happened to be leading the same summer camp. We were able to interact a few times at camp and with one simple “good seeing ya at camp” text. We began hanging out and conversing every day. We would talk for hours, clearly we could not get enough of each other. Shortly after, on October 21st, Sean asked me to be his girl friend! That night, he shared many beautiful words and promises I will never forget.

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We went through our college years together. Developed and fostered our passions together. Went through tough times together. And experienced the greatest moments of our lives together. We are both so grateful and give God the credit for bringing us together. In His perfect timing. Every significant moment we have ever had in relationship has been God ordained and an absolute joy. We could not be more grateful to get to share our story and know that from the very start, the Lord was there. Through the incredibly blissful moments and the broken moments.

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August 5th marks our two years of marriage. October makes six years together. It has been such an honor to know my love as a husband. Love is so deep. When you marry with such an intentional purpose, to serve the other and walk hand in hand with a vision, it makes for one of the most challenging, yet rewarding gifts you can ever ask for. We are young, we are ready to be used and are available to be a hand to others. The best part about it is that we get to do it together. I love this man, his heart and his passion. It inspires me. And time and time again, it has made me better. We truly have lived an adventure. I can’t even tell you what the next few months will look like, but it doesn’t matter. I’m just excited for our days to come, walking alongside each other, wherever we go.

Photo Credits:
Cheryl Dawn Photography (1 + 2) | JonPaul Douglass Photography (3-5)

The 1st Charlotte NotWedding: Old-Fashioned Romance Styled Shoot

  • July 31, 2014

Intentionality was the fuel behind this gorgeous styled shoot and wow, it is just oozing from these photos. Rustic beauty, a natural setting and an old-fashioned good time make this shoot one for the books. Tyler LaCross of LaCross Photography pulled this group of talented vendors together to create around old-fashioned romance – and we couldn’t think of a better way to prepare for the very 1st Charlotte NotWedding. Tyler shares some of his thoughts behind the shoot below. 

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“Old-fashioned romance was the theme we wanted to portray with this shoot. In a modern age, when we are so connected to one another through social media, it is easy to satisfy our inner desire for real human connection in superficial ways. We wanted to challenge couples to disconnect from their day-to-day, leave smart phones behind and pursue each other the way their grandparents did, by spending quality, intentional time together.”

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Photography: LaCross Photography | Styling + Design: Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Blushing Hair & Makeup | Desserts (Macarons + Key Lime Pies): Sugar Euphoria | Flowers: Nectar | Vintage Items (Lace Runner, Suitcases, Camera, Wine Glasses): Vintage Charlotte | Pillows: Two Peaches Design | Invitation: Coppia Creativa |  Wine: Shelton Vineyards

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st Charlotte NotWedding on August 7th, please visit the event page

The 1st New Orleans NotWedding: Wedding Weekend Farewell Brunch Styled Shoot

  • July 22, 2014

The matron of wedding etiquette, Emily Post, says “Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.” And y’all, does New Orleans have character! This garden, this fabulous gold tablecloth, these ridiculously amazing florals and that signature cocktail…your guests might never leave.

New Orleans photographer, GK Photography, collaborated with some pretty talented vendors to host an al fresco post-wedding farewell brunch. Such a perfect way to continue the wedding weekend festivities and send your guests off in style. This lively and colorful event makes us even more excited for the very first New Orleans NotWedding. Valerie of Sapphire Events shares some of her thoughts on the creative inspiration behind the styled shoot below.

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“Even as the confetti has settled on a successful wedding celebration, the festivities are still not over! Here we have a farewell brunch featuring breakfast in a lush garden environment, complete with cajun Bloody Marys and plenty of vitamin D. Styled by Sapphire Events, we have two resort-wear looks that the bride could don as she makes her way to say final goodbyes before hopping on a jet to a tropical honeymoon destination with her groom!”

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Photography: GK Photography | Design + Styling: Sapphire Events | Venue: Beauregard-Keyes House and Gardens | Hair + Makeup: Bleu, a Blow Dry Bar | Wardrobe + Bracelet: Haus 131 | Shoes + Hat: Feet First | Sunglasses: Krewe Du Optic | Linens: Nuage Designs | Flowers: Kim Starr Wise | Candles: Luminous Events | Invitations: Scriptura | Chairs: West Elm

Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from our media partner, New Orleans Wedding Magazine.

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st New Orleans NotWedding on July 30th, please visit the event page.

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 |
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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.