Vendor of the Week: Made by Anatomy

  • December 19, 2014

“There is no greater joy for me than watching a bride gaze at herself in her wedding dress. She feels absolutely beautiful and just can’t stop staring at herself…It is the happiest part of my day!” Ali of Made by Anatomy makes the kind of gowns that you thought only existed in your dreams. Somehow she seems to read the minds of her brides and then creates exactly what they want, truly making their dream a reality. When all is said and done, the only person that might be happier than the bride is Ali herself, solely because of how beautiful her client feels in her designs. On top of her creative ability, the drive that Ali has is seriously inspiring — she’s the kind of person that just knows what she wants and then makes it happen. It was an honor getting to work with Ali at the third NYC NotWedding, and we are always looking forward to her next creation.

“Ali’s gowns are just incredible. Her custom gowns are so unique and she really can do anything you dream of for your dress. Her work is perfect and meticulous and it shows in everything that she crafts!”
The NYC NotWedding Team

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Tell us a little bit about the inception of Made by Anatomy.
Made by Anatomy started off as a lifestyle brand store concept in Buffalo NY, where I showcased my ready-to-wear collection, made-to-measure collection, locally sourced accessories and gifts as well as antiques. Similar to the way Anthropologie fits everything in your life into one space, I created a space that was Buffalo-centric with the same ideals.

I have evolved to cater to the needs of my market, locally and on a broader scale which is how I found myself re-located inside the beautifully restored Hotel at the Lafayette creating beautiful custom wedding dresses, reconstructing old wedding dresses and offering an array of alternative and fresh bridal accessories.

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Who or what inspires you?
I’m very inspired by the women I work with. They each have their own distinctive style and personality. Any designer will tell you the style comes from within, and it’s not about dressing head-to-toe one look but inventing your own. That’s the main reason I was drawn to the world of bespoke bridal wear.

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What is the happiest part or your day?
There is no greater joy for me than watching a bride gaze at herself in her wedding dress. She feels absolutely beautiful and just can’t stop staring at herself! That’s my secret little moment of, “Yes! Nailed it!” It is the happiest part of my day!

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What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?
I’m pretty sure I’ve done nothing but taken risks since I’ve opened my doors in 2010! It was right after the economy went under and everyone was telling me to wait. I heard, “This is not the right time to start a business” a lot. But here in Buffalo there is such a sense of local pride and support, I felt as long as I hit the right spot with my consumers, I would be just fine. After a couple of years that spot became clear to me, and I’ve adapted to where I am today inside the Hotel Lafayette making custom and alternative wedding dresses.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Since my brand of wedding dresses is alternative in the silhouettes and style, I’ve been looking for more creative ways to market my pieces to a larger audience. When I found The NotWedding I knew it would be a chance for me to get my designs out there and in the most creative light possible. I loved how the team came up with a theme for all of the vendors to follow and all of the pieces just magically and beautifully fall into place! I felt totally free to create whatever I wanted within that concept. Of course, my real favorite part is the party itself! These girls know how to throw an incredible event! They are also really fun and supportive of small businesses, so it’s really amazing to be surrounded by that.

Photo Credits
City Lights Studio Photography (1 + 4) | Ayres Photography (2, 3 + 5)

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More from Made by Anatomy:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Preview: The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

  • December 19, 2014

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding Dallas
Thursday, January 15th 2015 | The Joule Hotel
Doors open at 6:30pm + the ceremony begins at 7:00pm.

What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Dallas is a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cake, and smell the flowers. The Big Fake Wedding offers a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-and-grooms-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!” Guests will leave the event with a swag bag in hand, fun goodies from various vendors, and tons of inspiration for planning their own wedding. We invite you to join the party — here’s a little preview of what you can expect from our incredible vendor team:

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Celebrate Colorfully | Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Pretty Little Plates

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Beau Tied Affair | Tyler + Lindsey Photography | Jen Rios Weddings

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The Joule Hotel | Smitha Menon Bridal | Southern Affairs Weddings & Events

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Brittany Jones WeddingsMagnolia Tree Paperie | Mudleaf Coffee

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Circle Park Bridal Boutique | Cherish Creations

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Love Betty Creative | CRUNCH eats | Tag Me Bro

The Experience

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Apryl Ann Photography | Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Arden Prucha Photography | Lucia Cintra Photography | Tyler + Lindsey Photography | Jillian Zamora Photography | Eric Laignel | Ace & Whim | Miranda Marrs | Greg Blomberg Photography | Cottonwood Road Photography | Tylor McGee Photography | Personal | Tucker Images | Peyronet Photography | Personal | Personal

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For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit the Dallas event page.

Vendor of the Week: Whitewash Films

  • December 19, 2014

We think the best kind of vendor is the kind that puts their whole heart behind their business, and Whitewash Films pretty much wrote the book on this. Jenn and Brian, the husband and wife team behind the Charlotte-based company, connect with you so wonderfully, you’ll feel as if your wedding video was shot by two of your closest friends. Not only is there a lot of love behind Whitewash Films, the quality of work is absolutely awe-inspiring. It was such a pleasure working with these two sweethearts at the first Charlotte NotWedding, and we look forward to working with them again.

“Jenn and Brian are gems! They are able to seamlessly move around and capture your big moments in a phenomenal way! They also have an eye for a great shot, and a heart to share a great story. We love them!”
The Charlotte NotWedding Team

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Describe Whitewash Films in five words or less.
We preserve memories in motion.

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What is the best part of your job?
We really love our couples. We feel so honored to capture their first few hours of marriage and then turn that into something a family can treasure for generations. It is also a blessing to work together as a couple. Every time we hear wedding vows it is a reminder of the covenant we made with one another all those years ago.

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Who or what inspires you?
We are always finding new inspiration around us. We especially love seeing God at work in the seemingly everyday moments of life.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Find a great support system. You’re going to need someone to believe in you at times when you don’t. There will be tough days but your community can help see you through.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
We loved getting to spend time with the local vendors and The NotWedding team. It was remarkable how well everyone meshed right from the start! The NotWedding does such a good job of pulling off an event that has all of the excitement of a real wedding but without all of the stress! Working with fun, encouraging vendors makes it even more enjoyable.

Photo Credits:
Lindsey Turner Photography | Crystal Stokes Photography (2 + 5) | Micah & Megan Photographers | LaCross Photography

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More from Whitewash Films:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vimeo

The 3rd Charleston NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • December 17, 2014

Charleston always feels a little bit like home, and a huge reason for that is the incredible vendor community. At the third Charleston NotWedding rehearsal dinner, this feeling of community was stronger than ever. Virginia’s on King only added to this feeling, treating us to their private upstairs room, delicious bites, and an array of spirits to accommodate every guest’s needs. Anchor & Veil Photography also took breathtaking head shots of a few of our vendors, capturing their personalities perfectly. Needless to say, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the Charleston festivities. Stay tuned for the event highlight coming soon…

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Photography: Anchor & Veil Photography | Venue + Catering: Virginia’s on King