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

Event Highlight: The 1st New Orleans NotWedding

  • August 27, 2014

A big thanks to our friends at Ruffled who inspired us to coin this event “not your mama’s garden party.” The brilliant inspiration colors coupled with the vibrant fanfare of New Orleans culture made Brigette and Jeff’s sweet love shine even brighter. It is with great excitement that we share the event highlight from the 1st New Orleans NotWedding – enjoy!

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Save the Date | Wedding Weekend Farewell Brunch Styled Shoot | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

New Orleans vendors were inspired by the summer garden: lush, overgrown and tropical. They embraced the wild nature and abundance of summer – and brought it into their work. Less organization and design inspired by growth creates a life of it’s own.

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Photo credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Popsicles, Anna Williams | Flowers, Anna Williams | Bridal Party, Pat Furey from this wedding |  Drinks, Aster & Olive | Dresses, Erin Fetherston | Gown, Monique Lhuillier | Stop & Smell the Roses, Rifle Paper Co | Cake, Justin Demutiis

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Venue + Catering: The Chicory | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals, Inc. | Rehearsal Dinner: The Gallery at The Chicory | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Sarah Becker Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: GK Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Greer G Photography | Videography: Clawson Media | Day-Of Coordination: Sapphire Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 5, 8, 11): Sapphire Events | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 1, 4, 7, 10): Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 6, 9, 12): Vaughn Social Charm | Invitations + Programs: P.S. Creative | Menus + Menu Cards: Impression Paperie | Wedding Dress, Accessories + Bridesmaid Attire: Wedding Belles | Handkerchiefs: Backyard Printing/Secondline Handkerchiefs | Groomsmen Attire: Perlis, Inc. | Hair + Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Beauty Services | Ceremony Musician: Kristen Monnik | Entertainment: Troy Marks and No Idea | Photo Booth: Mobile Memories Photo Booth | Wedding Cake: Shake Sugary | Dessert Bar: Divas Sweets and Parties, LLC. | Desserts: Sweet Lou’s New Orleans Sno-Balls | Candlelight + Specialty Decor: Luminous Events Candlelight & Specialty Decor | Wedding Signs: Smallchalk | Bridal Counseling: Bridal Counseling | Live Wedding Painter: Color Me Nola | Second Line Band: Red Hot Brass Band | Hotel: Embassy Suites New Orleans | Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower Magazine, The Knot, New Orleans 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 Greenville NotWedding: Save the Date

  • August 27, 2014

Introducing Jordan + Matt

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This is such the perfect nod to the bittersweet summer’s end. The luscious landscape, the buttery light and the darling couple who is oh-so-smitten with each other. Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography shares her gift with us as we introduce Jordan and Matt.

We will be celebrating Jordan and Matt as they renew their vows and tie the NOT at the very first Greenville NotWedding on September 9th at Certus Loft. We invite you to join us for the party – tickets are available for purchase online here.

“The inspiration for this shoot was Matt and Jordan, our amazing couple. They are carefree, warm and love the outdoors. And, The Civil Wars album (which I had on repeat all last year).”

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Photography: Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography | Location: Chattooga Belle Farm | Models: Jordan + Matt