Vendor of the Week: Color Pop Events

  • September 19, 2014

“You can’t just jump with no planning, but you also can’t wait for THE perfect moment because you will be waiting forever.” Leah Weinberg, the brave babe behind Color Pop Events, shares with us some wonderfully wise words on following your passion. She had the courage to leave her job as an attorney to start her own business in event planning, never stopping to look back. Leah takes her organizational skills from the legal life and weaves them within her innate creativity, leading to a unique and impressive company. It was an honor to work with Leah at the 2nd New York NotWedding, and we can’t wait to see what’s up her sleeve at the 3rd New York NotWedding.

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Describe your personality in one sentence or less.
I would describe myself as colorful, quirky, insanely organized, considerate, and creative.

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Tell us a little bit about your life pre- Color Pop Events and how you made the transition to your life as we know it.
There’s a phrase people use to describe attorneys who have left the practice of law—they call them “recovering attorneys.”  As of the end of July, I am proud to call myself a recovering attorney, because that means I can focus all of my attention on Color Pop Events.  I was a commercial real estate attorney for almost nine years, but always wanted to own my own business.  Every time I was leaving one of my law jobs, I would brainstorm ideas for businesses to start up, and event planning was something I came back to time and time again.  It’s the perfect mix of my super-organized type A personality that loves all things spreadsheets and my creative side, which was getting little use as an attorney.  After designing and planning my own wedding in 2012, I knew that event planning was what I was made to do.  So I started by taking an online course in event planning and Color Pop Events was born in September 2013.  For the last year, I worked on Color Pop in my spare time and finally decided this past summer, that it was something I needed to do, and was ready to do, full time.

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Share one tidbit of advice for small business owners.
Although it’s not the most glamorous part of owning a small business, it definitely pays to build a solid foundation for your business.  That means determining the correct type of entity for the business (limited liability, partnership, etc.), getting proper insurance in place, and working with an attorney to prepare a form service contract to use with your clients that offers you the most protection.

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What are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of the fact that I had the courage to make the leap and start my own business.  It is definitely terrifying, but it is so exciting and exhilarating at the same time.  Don’t get me wrong, you can’t just jump with no planning, but you also can’t wait for THE perfect moment because you will be waiting forever.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Hands down my favorite part of being part of The NotWedding has been meeting and working with so many incredibly creative, talented vendors.  I have already collaborated with a handful of vendors from the April event and, although it sounds cheesy, I have definitely made some friendships from The NotWedding that I know will last a lifetime.

Photo Credits:
Ardent Story (1+4) | Brklyn View Photography | Martina Micko Photography | Jessica Oh Photography

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More from Color Pop Events:
Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

The 3rd Athens NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • September 17, 2014

Good food, good people, and one heck of a good time. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the 3rd Athens NotWedding than with these three things. Our generous hosts at The Classic Center know how to take care of people – our vendors and staff felt right at home from the moment they walked in the door. It is our pleasure to give you a sneak peek of the rehearsal dinner, but more importantly, of some of the talented vendors behind the scenes. Stay tuned next week for the entire event highlight!

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Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography | Venue + Catering: The Classic Center – Empire Room

Kelly + Josh’s Sappy Love Story: The 1st Denver NotCouple

  • September 16, 2014

After meeting through a network of close friends in college, Kelly and Josh enjoyed two years of deep, beautiful friendship. That friendship turned to falling in love and they have chosen to love ever since. They were married in 2013 and their relationship is authentic, challenging and inspiring for all – and we are honored to celebrate them as they renew their wedding vows this week.

We are thrilled to celebrate Kelly and Josh as they tie the NOT at the very first Denver NotWedding at the McNichols Building at Civic Center on Thursday! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab your ticket here

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“I first knew I was in love with Josh during my freshman year of college…he was the leader of the student-lead ministry that I was a part of and we became close friends. At first, I thought he would never even look my way (he was “that” guy that every girl LOVED) but as our friendship grew, I could see that he saw me for who I was and was constantly challenging and encouraging me. I just kept praying that either The Lord would take my feelings away or he would direct Josh’s affections for me. After two years of praying for this, Josh told me that he was in love with me and asked if he could date me (wrong order, I know!)…I was shocked. The Lord’s timing was everything and the rest is history!”

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“Kelly is obsessed with tree houses and I managed to find one overlooking a lake to propose to her in. I took her for a morning ‘date’, led her up to the tree house where her favorite flowers lay, read a Scripture that defines our marriage and popped the question with the ring that she only dreamed of getting. After asking the question, I washed her feet as the first act of our future together.”

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Photography Credits:
Sarah Marie Photography & Design

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We invite you to join us as Kelly and Josh will be tying the NOT at the very first Denver NotWedding on Thursday (9.18) at the McNichols Building at Civic Center. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now! 

Event Highlight: The 1st Chicago NotWedding

  • September 15, 2014

“Aren’t you somethin’ to admire? ‘Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror. And I can’t help but notice, You reflect in this heart of mine.” Jump into these gorgeous photos from the 1st Chicago NotWedding and you can almost hear Justin Timberlake serenading you. We were literally blown away in the Windy City – from the breathtaking views of City View Loft to the crazy talented vendors and the absolutely beautiful cast. It is with great pleasure that we share this inaugural event highlight with you – enjoy! 

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Hype Video | Save the Date | Bridal Styled Shoot | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Is this a wedding or an Oscars after party? Chicago vendors were challenged to think of ways to be tailored, formal and almost masculine while still appealing to a bride. This old Hollywood, Justin Timberlake vibe coupled with our model couple, Ashley and Brian, really couldn’t be better. Hats off to you, Chicago!

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

Typewriter, Khaki Bedford | Tablescape, Bryce Covey | Chalk Lettering, Molly Jacques | Invitation, Watermark Stationery | Swatches, James Nord | Sid Mashburn, Heather Clawson | Dress, Marissa Webb (Spring 2014) | Festiva Maxima, Ingalls Photography | Gown, Vera Wang (Spring 2014)

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Venue: City View Loft | Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering | Rehearsal Dinner: City View Loft | Event Rentals + Specialty Linens: Ultrapom Event Rental | Photography + Save the Date: Megan Saul Photography | Photography + Styled Shoot: John Dart Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Booth Photographics | Save the Date Video + Stationery: Amelia Street Studio | Video: Spiel | Day-Of Coordination: Canvas Weddings | Floral + Event Design (Tables 2, 5 + Head Table): Ryan Alexander Events | Floral + Event Design (Tables 1, 4 + Ceremony Backdrop): The Bread & Butterfly: Handcrafted Weddings | Floral + Event Design (Tables 3 + 6): Naturally Yours Events | Invitations: Chykalophia Design | Programs: OrangeBeautiful | Menus + Catering Cards: Sugar Pear Design | Wedding Dress: Dame Couture | Bridesmaid Attire: Rent the Runway | Groomsmen Attire: Menguin | Hair + Makeup: Bride Style Beauty | Accessories: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery | Jewelry: Simply Wood Rings | Entertainment: Gussied | Ceremony Music: Neil Dixon Smith, Guitarist | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company | Doodlebooth: Doodlebooth | Poetry/Guest Book: Poemgrown | Wedding Cake + Desserts: Courageous Bakery | Tabletop Vintage Rentals: re:find Joy | 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, Modern Weddings, Modern Luxury (CS), Bouquet Catcher

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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.