Vendor of the Week: El’s Cards

  • April 11, 2014

A girl after our own paper-loving heart, Ellen of El’s Cards is one genuine and talented vendor. Her willingness to get to know her clients and share their story through watercolor and calligraphy design is unique…and quite beautiful. We were thankful to have El’s Cards as a part of the very 1st Boston NotWedding.

“Ellen showcased such a range of paper goods from maps, to bookmarks, to calligraphy on every invitation! She was such a joy to work with and clearly loves what she does. It is apparent in her work and her vibrant personality.”
Allie Webber, Boston Production Manager
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What is your argument for paper products in this modern day?
It is such a special feeling to open the mailbox and see something arrive with a hand written address.  Then to open it up and find a colorful note or a card…or especially a beautiful wedding invitation. It just doesn’t compare to getting an email.  When I receive something like that, it makes my day.  I know that someone took the time to send it just for me.  Using lovely stationery is an affordable luxury that makes a big impact on the recipient.  As a girl, I was always encouraged by my Mom to write thank you notes when I would receive a gift. This is a courtesy that is timeless, and makes a huge impression.  I actually just received a hand written thank you note from a recent bride for creating her invitations.  It’s a thoughtful token of appreciation, but it means so much to be on the receiving end of someone taking the time to write!

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What is the most important thing you have ever done for the success of your business?
The most important thing I have done is to be true to myself.  I love what I do!  And I love people.  Through the years, I have met all types of people who have had ideas about how I could be running my business.  They have made suggestions about what I could be doing or what they think will be popular to sell.  My response is to smile and nod (and sometimes take it under advisement).  But I know what my strengths are and it seems right to keep working on what I am good at as opposed to branching out into too many different directions.  I attended a fabulous workshop last December with some other wedding professionals and the leader of the group said something really great.  She said that any time someone makes a business suggestion, we need to say to ourselves “Is this in line with my vision for my company?”  If we have a true vision of where we want to go, the answer will always be clear.

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What has been your favorite part of the NotWedding experience?
First of all, I felt honored to be included in the day.  It was wonderful to be surrounded by such creativity.  For me, it really comes down to the people and relationships we can build.  Meeting the other vendors and organizers was wonderful!  It felt like we were all on a big team to create the perfect wedding.  And then meeting the couples was fun, too.   Everyone was happy to be there and there was a palpable energy going through the rooms.  So many lovely details and it all came together flawlessly.  I work alone in my studio most every day, so to be out meeting others and seeing what they do and getting to chat has been a great experience.

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Photo Credits:
Rachel Halsey Photography | Melissa Mullen Photography (2 + 3) | El’s Cards
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Event Highlight: The 1st Boston NotWedding

  • April 10, 2014

We always love taking The NotWedding to new markets, but Boston, you were better than we imagined. Despite the freezing cold winter weather, vendors and guests showed up and showed off! It is with great pleasure that we share the event highlight from the very 1st Boston NotWedding.
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Save the Date | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled
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Inspiration

Vendors were inspired by Eastern Ikat; encouraged to make color and pattern shine in every little detail. And shine they did – our Boston vendors went big for this inaugural event!

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Jenny Packham: Spring 2014West of Persia | Max Wanger | Bella Figura | David Sutta | Aaron Delesie | Anna Kuperberg | Zuhair Murad

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Venue, Catering + Rehearsal Dinner: Petit Robert Central | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Rebecca K Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Page Photography | Photography: Lara Kimmerer Photographer | Videography: Videographer for Wedding | Day-Of Coordination: Elegant Aura | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets/Boutonnieres and Tables 2 + 7): The Little Flower Cottage | Floral + Event Design (Head Table and Tables 6 + 8): The Little Things | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop and Tables 1 + 5): Brierley Events – Wedding & Event Design | Floral + Event Design (Bar Area and Tables 3 + 4): B. Darling Floral | Invitations + Programs: Mia Maria Design | Invitations + Menus: Smudge Ink | Invitations, Paper Accents + Chalk Calligraphy: El’s Cards | Wedding Dress: Natasha’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Attire: Rent the Runway | Jewelry + Handbags: 83 West Studio | Hair Styling: Station Row | Makeup Artistry: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Photobooth: New England Photo Booth | Wedding Cakes: The Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe | Band + DJ: Unity + Murray Hill Talent DJs | Favors + Nautical Barware: MW Coastal Goods | National Travel Sponsor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Registry: Juliska | Event Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Linen Sponsor: LinenTablecloth | Sparkling Wine: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower Magazine, WellWed Magazine – Cape Cod, Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard, Boston Weddings 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 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.

The 1st Savannah NotWedding: Surprise Engagement Styled Shoot

  • April 8, 2014

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.” Our day is pretty grey and dreary today, and this talented group of vendors managed to put a big smile on our face with this styled shoot. Savannah photographer, Stephie Hicks, cultivated this group to present a cheery surprise engagement shoot – she shares some of her thoughts on the creative shoot idea below.
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“We wanted to put together a fun and celebratory shoot – and a surprise engagement was perfect for that!  Following the lemon and lime, bright sunshine theme was important to us and all of the vendors involved really went above and beyond to make it a success.”
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Photography: Stephie Hicks Photography | Styling, Floral + Patterned Boxes: Ivory and Beau | Wooden + Chalkboard Signs: Grace Graffiti | Food Labels + Framed Signs: Yellow Door Creative | Vintage Plates, Flatware, Glassware + Flutes: Fancy Plates | Vintage Napkins: Dot + Army | Bride/Groom Chair Signs, Sketched Lemons + Timeline Chalkboard: Senseless Sophistication | Vases, Candle Holders, Votives, Cake Pedestals, Paper Straws + Mini Chocolate Bars: Simply Southern | Paper Flags: Liddabits | Garters, Hair Accessory + Floral Sash: Southern Ever After | Ice Cream Sundaes: Leopold’s | Cookie Bar Cookies: Byrd’s Cookie Co. | Female Model’s Top: Rebecca Schoneveld 

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the 1st Savannah NotWedding, please visit the event page.

Vendor of the Week: The Little Things

  • April 4, 2014

Alexis from The Little Things flawlessly does all of the little things with a big bang. Her attention to detail and knack for style was quite a highlight of the 1st Boston NotWedding this year. She is a self-proclaimed hyper-organized event planner, design enthusiast and detail fanatic – basically a bride-to-be’s dream!

“Alexis from The Little Things clearly just got this inspiration! She put so much into the details on her tables. She was so easy-going and sweet to work with and her designs are full of life and charm.”
Allie Webber, Boston Production Manager
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What are the “little things” associated with a wedding and why are they so important?
I could go on for days about the “little things” associated with a wedding and why they’re so important, but the little things that I focus my attention on are those that make the planning experience smooth and stress-free, and those that make the guest experience unforgettable. For my clients, that means frequent and comprehensive communication and obsessive (ob-sess-ive!) attention to detail to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that those “oh my gosh we forgot to (fill in the blank here)” moments are avoided. For guests, the “little things” can be anything from providing heel savers for ladies wearing pumps at outdoor weddings to personalizing all of the wedding details so the guests feel like a part of the couple’s journey. At the end of the day, my clients are my top priority, and they want their guests to be comfortable and have a good time. When guests walk out of the wedding saying “there’s nothing they didn’t think of”, I’ve done my job. And that’s my goal every time!

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Tell us about your most favorite event that you’ve ever worked on.
It’s tough to choose! I’d probably have to say that the first event I ever worked on is my favorite- a rehearsal dinner for dear friends of mine. I was working full-time in corporate America, pursuing a career in Project Management, and it was a great opportunity to get some experience on a small scale. I loved knowing that I was taking some of the items my friends were stressing about off of their plates (they were planning their own wedding, sans planner). More than that I loved the emails I got from the guests, most notably the groom’s mother, who told me how fabulous the dinner was, and that their family would cherish those memories forever. I loved every second of planning it and pulling it off, and it was just the kick in the pants I needed to to say, you know what? I’m going to go down a different path than I’ve been on so far in life. And I’m totally pumped about it.

Image courtesy Caroline Talbot Photography, all rights reserved.

What has been your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
I loved getting to chat with so many awesome brides and couples all in one spot- everyone was at different points in the planning process, but everyone was (of course!) really excited about their upcoming nups. There was so much great energy and excitement throughout the whole night- it was super fun to be a part of!

Image courtesy Caroline Talbot Photography, all rights reserved.

Photo Credits:
Rebecca K Photography | Sarah Jayne Photography | Caroline Talbot Photography
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