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. George and Elizabeth share some of their 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

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

The 1st Philadelphia NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • July 21, 2014

Killer space, talented vendors and good food…in a brand new NotWedding city. Seriously, what more could we ask for? Philly knocked our socks off and we already can’t wait to go back.  Since we can’t share the event photos quite yet, here’s a sneak peek of the incredible team who pulled off the very 1st Philadelphia NotWedding. Enjoy these rehearsal dinner photos from Peach Plum Pear Photo!

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Photography: Peach Plum Pear Photo | Venue: Power Plant Productions | Catering: Oscar’s Catering

Vendor of the Week: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates

  • July 18, 2014

Who doesn’t love chocolate? The fantastic team behind Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates never ceases to amaze us with their beautiful creations. Not only do they create a wonderful presentation- their sweets are to die for! Just ask any of the 1st Kansas City NotWedding guests. Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates strives for excellence and empowers us to dream big. We introduce you to the hard-working (and delicious!) Vendor of the Week: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates.

“Cocoa Dolce just expanded into Kansas City from Wichita. They were eager and willing to do whatever. I asked for a macaron cake that followed our inspiration board and they exceeded my expectations. They also did favor boxes with yummy chocolates. So easy to work with!”
Ashley Moore, Kansas City Production Manager

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Tell us your story in three sentences or less.
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates was born out of the dissatisfied life of our owner. My true passion was in chocolate making around the holidays. This dream became a reality in November of 2005 and has grown into a flourishing business that hand-makes all chocolates and creates a unique chocolate lounge for our guests.

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Do you have any advice for folks who want to “follow their dreams” but are nervous about taking the plunge?
Dream big! I was lucky enough to have a supportive group around me when I followed my dreams, but have the confidence in yourself to pursue what truly makes you happy.

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Who’s your biggest fan and why? 
We are fortunate to have lots of fans, so EVERYONE! Who doesn’t love chocolate? We do appeal to the chocolate lover that notices and appreciates fine quality items.

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What is your all-time favorite sweet?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Butterfingers! They are my guilty pleasure.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
As a business, we love being a part of such a unique event. I wish The NotWedding was around when I got married.  It’s so great to see the wedding “in motion” and allow future bridal parties to envision their perfect day in an environment showcasing the best of the best in the wedding business.

Photo Credits:
Alyssa Marie Photography (1 + 5) | Angie Harris Photography | Tim Davis Photography | Gavin Peters Photography
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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.