The 1st Charlotte NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • September 2, 2014

“If you look the right way, then you can see that the whole world is a garden.” We have to agree with Frances Hodgson Burnett when we are at the McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte. We couldn’t dream ourselves into a more real version of The Secret Garden. Our friends at Nicole Caudle Photography beautifully captured the magical nature of this rehearsal night – from the picturesque scenery to the friendor personalities. Enjoy these photos as we wait to share the entire 1st Charlotte NotWedding with you later this week!

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Photography: Nicole Caudle Photography | Venue: The McGill Rose Garden

Vendor of the Week: Cassidy Carson Photography

  • August 29, 2014

“I’m inspired by beautiful light, the way the wind moves through soft fabrics, traveling, but above all, love.” The breathtaking pictures from Cassidy Carson Photography prove her words to be true. These timeless and effortlessly gorgeous photos blow us away! We were delighted to have Cassidy as a part of our talented photography team for the 2nd Nashville NotWedding and proudly introduce her as our Vendor of the Week.

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Describe Cassidy Carson Photography in five words or less.
Timeless, Organic, Light-filled

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Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired by beautiful light, the way the wind moves through soft fabrics, traveling, but above all, love. There can be a million details at a wedding, but there’s nothing quite like adoring glances between the bride and groom. I love those fleeting little moments!

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Describe the ultimate bride to work with.
The ultimate bride has a keen eye for style, values a fine art approach to photography, and whose wedding is an extension of her, her beloved, and their love for one another.

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If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
If I weren’t a photographer I would be a flight attendant. It’s definitely not glamorous, but I love meeting people and I feel like that’s the best way to see the world and meet lots of interesting folks.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience? 
My favorite part of The NotWedding experience was getting to meet and work with all of the vendors. It’s so nice to have a community of people with like-minded interests to surround yourself with.

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More from Cassidy Carson Photography:
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The 1st Chicago NotWedding: Bridal Styled Shoot

  • August 28, 2014

This John Dart Photography shoot is chock full of artistic inspiration. We encourage you to look through these photos several times because you will notice something different, something inspiring each time you do. From the vintage architectural design of the building to the reclaimed art installation and the blushing bride to the delicate florals, we just can’t get enough. We are still celebrating the success of the 1st Chicago NotWedding and all of the inspiration that the Windy City has to offer. Enjoy!

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“Our inspiration for the style of this shoot was the venue. Chicago is full of beautiful ballrooms, but we were wanting something a little more eclectic than a stuffy ballroom! Since outdoor weddings aren’t very common, the ability to have a roof top view of the Windy City is a nice touch. The venue is sustainable with most of the artwork being repurposed items of all kinds – the arch over the dining table is made of pieces of picture frames, lengths of film form most of the desk that greets you under the huge chandelier, and original beams hold lengths of industrial light and letters of all kinds. With great lighting, fun music and gorgeous table decor, the party will go on ’til the wee hours of the morning!”

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Photography: John Dart Photography | Styling, Creative Direction, Furniture + Florals: Trish Van de Merkt | Invitation Suite: Sugar Pear Design | Cupcakes: Courageous Bakery | China, Glassware + Flatware Rentals: Vintage Place Settings | Gowns: Bridal Expo Chicago | Venue: Lacuna Artists Lofts

The 3rd New York City NotWedding: Save the Date

  • August 28, 2014

Introducing Liz + Blue

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There is something remarkably brilliant about embracing simplicity and Cassidy Parker Smith did just that in this shoot. Beautifully. The New York skyline, the Manhattan Bridge, the big city sunset and oh, the passionately in love couple. We cannot get enough of these photos.

We will be celebrating Liz and Blue as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the third New York NotWedding on September 23rd at The Green Building in Brooklyn. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here.

“When I received the inspiration board for The NotWedding, the idea of a Blank Canvas was exciting and intimidating – NYC isn’t known for it’s minimalistic, clean, open space. That’s where the idea of a rooftop shoot at sunset came to mind. We didn’t have very much of a sunset that night but it worked in our favor since I wanted the sky to be our blank canvas, with Liz and Blue becoming the beautiful art displayed. And I knew I had to show off Liz’s awesome tats and her gorgeous platinum blonde hair fit the inspiration theme perfectly!”

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Photography, Concept + Art Direction: Cassidy Parker Smith | Pre-Shoot Coordination + Day-of Coordination: Color Pop Events | Vintage Rug (The Link Rug): Octavia & Brown | Floral Crown: Dee Kay Events | Hair Styling: Styles on B | Makeup: Nicole Sievers | Models: Liz + Blue

You can see more from this shoot on the Cassidy Parker Smith Photography blog.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 3rd New York City NotWedding, please visit the event page.