Black Sheep Bride: Weddings Standing Out By Giving Back

  • October 30, 2014

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We love making new friendships/partnerships with small businesses — especially ones that are changing the world. When we heard about Black Sheep Bride, we knew right away we wanted to be a part of the movement. So, what exactly is Black Sheep Bride? The incredible founder told us all about it, and now we’re so excited to share it with you.

Black Sheep Bride is an online wedding network connecting brides with vendors, ideas, and products that value giving back. The concept was conceived when the founder/photographer, Danielle Calhoun, was photographing several orphanages in West Africa two summers ago. She came home knowing that something had to give and that her wedding photography business had to do more to help others. She wanted to empower her brides and encourage her vendor friends to join in her efforts to take Wedding Change and Make World Change — and from this, Black Sheep Bride was born.

Black Sheep Bride was launched in July of 2014 and they have already started gaining nationwide attention for the disruptive vision behind their content. Because how could they not?!

They have begun pre-registering vendors (now through 11/15) for their upcoming new site launch and wanted to show all of our NotWedding vendors some love! The sweethearts at Black Sheep Bride are huge fans of The NotWedding and believe in our mission, so they are giving all of our vendors a one time vendor sign-up rate of $250, so long as you pledge to donate 10% of your time, product or finances to the greater good. That’s right, y’all — you give back with your business, you pay a one time rate that is good for the lifetime of your Black Sheep Bride vendor listing. Pretty rad, right?

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Dig what they are doing? Head over here to apply and take advantage of this awesome opportunity to join their cause from the front lines. And don’t forget to tell them … We sent ya!

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More from Black Sheep Bride: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

The 1st Portland NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • October 30, 2014

Located a few miles off the beaten path in Portland, ME, The Barn at Flanagan Farm is a cozy combination of rustic and elegant – making it the ideal space for very first Portland NotWedding rehearsal dinner. Resting comfortably on sixty acres, this beautifully refined 19th century barn and farmhouse felt like home for The NotWedding family. Kivalo Photography took some gorgeous head shots during the festivities and we are proud to share some of the talent behind this inaugural event. Stay tuned for the event highlight coming soon!

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Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm | Photography: Kivalo Photography | Catering: Fire & Co.

Event Highlight: The 3rd New York City NotWedding

  • October 29, 2014

As Alicia Keys once said sang, “Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you…” Let’s hear it for New York, y’all. We’re always impressed by the bustling energy, incredible people, and effortlessly cool vibe of the city. Our talented vendors wrapped all that up into one seriously stunning night that we’ll never forget. It is with great excitement that we share the event highlight from the 3rd NYC NotWedding – so get into that Empire State of Mind and enjoy! Okay, we’ll stop now.

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Save the Date | Paper Save the DateSurprise Proposal Styled ShootSappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

New York City vendors had a clean and crisp palette to work with at The Green Building — they were challenged to keep things simple, but add intriguing pops of color only where it was needed. Scroll on to see what they came up with…

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):

Cake, Highland Bakery | Emerson Quote, Oh My Deer | Macaroons, Elizabeth Messina | Milk Glass, Casa de Perrin | Ranunculus, White Loft Studio | Gown, Lazaro (Fall 2012) | Blind Letterpress, Sarah & Bendrix | Separates, Joie (Spring 2014)

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Venue: The Green Building | Catering: Ryan Brown Catering | Event Rentals: The Green Building | Vintage Rentals: Octavia & Brown | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Cassidy Parker Smith Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: Modern Wedding Photography | Photography: Laura Marie Creative Photography | Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Day-Of Coordination: Color Pop Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 4 and 7): STACIE SHEA EVENTS | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1 and 5): Starling on Bond | Floral + Event Design (Bar, Entry, Seating Area + Tables 3 and 8): Dee Kay Events | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 2 and 6): The Arrangement Floral Design and Events | Invitations + Programs: The Occasional Hello | Invitations + Menus: Paisley Dog Press, Artisanal Letterpress Wedding Stationary | Invitations + Paper Accents: Corinna Beau Letterpress Co | Paper Accents, Guest Book + Wooden Signage: Grace Graffiti, Inc | Wedding Dress: made by anatomy | Bridesmaid Attire: Bridal Reflections | Hair: Styles On B | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Bridal Accessories: Jaclyn Jordan New York | Jewelry: Vena Amoris Jewelry | Entertainment – DJ: Superlative Staff Events (DJ Fataah) | Entertainment – Band: Superlative Staff Events (M Entertainment) | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company | Ice Cream Truck: Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop | Lighting Production: BML – Blackbird Theatrical ServicesWedding Website Builder: Squarespace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower MagazineThe Knot, WellWed Magazine – Hamptons, WellWed Magazine – New York, Love, Inc, Penny and Mary

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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 9th Atlanta NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • October 27, 2014

Weekends are overrated. At least that’s what Monday Night Brewing thinks — and we couldn’t agree more. The idea for this Atlanta-based craft brewery grew out of a small Bible study, then grew into something even more special. They began brewing beer together on Monday nights as a way to get to know each other better; but as they got more interested in the industry and more people started showing up, beer quickly became much more than just a weeknight hobby. The crew at Monday Night Brewing believe that it’s not about living for the weekend, but about enjoying every day as much as you can — and we think that is absolutely wonderful. This venue could not have been more amazing for the 9th Atlanta NotWedding, and Jayne B Photography captured the excitement flawlessly. Let these fun photos tide you over while you await the event highlight!

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Photographer: Jayne B Photography | Venue: Monday Night Brewing | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Cake: Pêche Petite | Paper Goods: Liddabits Design Shop