The 1st Savannah NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • April 24, 2014

Savannah’s Byrd Cookie Company knows that the way to our NotWedding heart is through our stomach! Living by their mantra, “May your cookie jar never be empty…” the team welcomed us with open arms and tons of delicious treats for the 1st Savannah NotWedding. We could have had the rehearsal dinner in the middle of a parking lot as long as they brought their famous cookies, but instead, vendors enjoyed a delicious three-course meal at swanky B. Tillman. Space that is ideal for special events is enhanced by the smell of baking cookies…truly the icing on the experience. One of our talented Savannah photographers, Mackensey Alexander captured the event (and the goods!) as well as head shots of some of our amazing vendor team.
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Photography: Mackensey Alexander Photography | Venue: B. Tillman and Byrd Cookie Co.

The 2nd New York NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • April 22, 2014

Oh my, this view. There are absolutely no words to describe it. The 2nd New York NotWedding was memorable for many reasons, but in our opinion, the view from the rehearsal dinner at The Ides at the Wythe Hotel takes the cake. Enjoy the scenery (and meet some of our talented vendors!) from Tami Melissa Photography.
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Venue: The Ides at the Wythe Hotel | Photography: Tami Melissa Photography | Haiku: The Haiku Guys

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 |