Vendor Highlight: Cherish Creations

  • March 30, 2015

“Our motto has always been ‘life is worth celebrating!’ and it is something I firmly believe in. From grand celebrations to intimate weddings to monthiversaries and everything in between, I truly feel that every life and each part of life is worth embracing and enjoying.” Noël of Cherish Creations tells us about the best part of her job, and we couldn’t agree with her more. Energetic, creative, and progressive, there isn’t much Noël won’t (and can’t!) do. If it’s any testament to how incredible she is, Noël spent her birthday working our first Dallas event – and instead of seeing it as a negative way to spend her special day, she saw it as more of a reason to celebrate. It was truly a pleasure working with Noël at The Big Fake Wedding Dallas, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

“Noël is a creative genius and an absolute joy to work with. She is talented, kind, and has an eye for making the accents and touches to your wedding perfect! Love her!”
The Big Fake Wedding Dallas Team

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Tell us a little bit about the story behind Cherish Creations.
I had been creating works of art in the form of invitations and announcements for over 5 years before we ever launched Cherish Creations. I got my start by designing for sorority sisters and family members, and then quickly added a law firm and a few other businesses around the south to the growing list of happy clients. We strive for southern charm personalized just for you. We are a stationary boutique and design studio, based deep in the heart of Texas, and we can’t wait to work with you!

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Who or what inspires you?
So many things. The Lord’s creation is for sure my biggest influence. I am constantly in awe of His power and stunning beauty.

Also, people around me that challenge and motivate me. I was raised by two of the most traditional, classy, and wonderful southerners there ever have been and some super fab big brothers. My parents introduced me to my loves of etiquette and correspondence – through the beloved hand-inked thank you note. My big brothers have always been there to encourage me to dream bigger and push father, and always reminded me that I can do anything, even when I couldn’t (like the time I tried to ice skate on our frozen pool). My husband, the better half of Cherish, motivates me far more than he knows. He is has the best work ethic, highest integrity, loads of wisdom, and so much patience. He is my home, my heart, my unshakable ground. My in-loves have enriched my life more than I realized was possible.

As an artist, one of the hardest things (and most fulfilling things) to do is to create what’s in someone else’s mind, but it’s fun when clients aren’t super sure what they want. There is nothing quite like making their imaginations come to life. Those closest to me know that I am solar powered, so a spot in the sun + laptop + some quality queso + a cold bev = my utopia.

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Describe Cherish Creations in five words or less.
Classic, Custom, Southern Chic, Passionate, Joyful

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What is the best part of your job?
Celebrating life and all the joy that this life brings. Our motto has always been “life is worth celebrating!” and it is something I firmly believe in. From grand celebrations to intimate weddings to monthiversaries and everything in between, I truly feel that every life and each part of life is worth embracing and enjoying. It is such a treasure to be able to spend my energy and time celebrating something that we feel so strongly about!

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I enjoyed every aspect. From the creative freedom during the preparation to the relationships that were strengthened in our local vendor community along with the super fun clients and The Big Fake Wedding Staff staff we were able to celebrate and dream with.

Photo Credits:
Tyler + Lindsay | The Tarnos (2 + 4) | Sacred Image Photography | Personal

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More from Cherish Creations:
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Heather + Ryan’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta

  • March 27, 2015

Heather and Ryan met for the first time when Ryan gave Heather a tattoo. Are they rockstars or what?! They went on a date a week later, and were married 10 months after that first date. Fast forward a few years, 7 anniversaries and 3 sweet children later, Heather and Ryan are living their happily ever after. This dynamic duo will actually be celebrating their 8 year wedding anniversary during the week of The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, and their sweet five-year-old son will be helping them celebrate as a groomsman! Are y’all as excited as we are?

We are so pumped to celebrate Heather and Ryan as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, our 10th(!) event in our home city, this Sunday at W Atlanta Midtown. We hope to see you there!

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From her:

We met for the first time when Ryan tattooed me. We had our first date a week later, got engaged 4 months later and were married 10 months after our first date. We’ve been happily married for 8 years and have 3 kids and own businesses next door to each other.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day was seeing Ryan’s face when I walked down the aisle. Once the ceremony started, even while the pastor was talking he kept telling me how beautiful I was and we couldn’t stop telling each other “I love you.”

What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
I think the most awesome thing about our marriage is that God is our foundation and because of that we are able to love and respect each other and have grace for each other.

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From him:

Heather is my soulmate and my love packed into that little 5 foot 3 inch firecracker body.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
The best moment of our wedding day was when Heather mouthed “I love you” as she walked down the aisle towards me.

What is “your song” and why?
Our song for me is “Through the Darkness” by Tiger Army because every word of that song is true for us.

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Photo Credit:
Zack Arias

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The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta is now officially SOLD OUT! If you missed out, we invite you to join us at another one of our events – check out the rest of our 2015 schedule here.

Vendor Highlight: SPiN DJ Entertainment

  • March 27, 2015

Dallas brides, if you’re looking for a DJ, we’re happy to tell you that your search is over. When you book Chase of SPiN DJ Entertainment you don’t just get a DJ, you have the option of also getting a photographer, videographer, right-hand man, and friend. Chase loves what he does and it shows; his passion for music brings with it an energy that is perfect for kicking off the party. Not only is Chase a fantastic DJ, but he’s also a great person as well – at The Big Fake Wedding Dallas, he was helpful, accommodating, and totally on top of his game. It was such an honor having him as a part of our first Dallas event, and we hope to work with him again!

“Chase is truly one of the greatest DJ’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with logistically and simply having fun with at the event. He was completely on top of things and eager to help at the drop of a hat! He kept our guests dancing all night long and everyone loved him!”
The Big Fake Wedding Dallas Team

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Tell us a little bit about the story of SPiN DJ Entertainment.
We are a group of DJ’s that specialize in wedding events and carry a reputation for having a very high level of customer service. I think this is due to the fact that a lot of us play multiple roles. We are not just DJ’s, but most of us are also photographers and videographers. Therefore, when we run events, we take into consideration those roles as well, and always make a point to incorporate them into the events that require those services. Most couples rely on planners or coordinators to fulfill this role, but we take on that role when we can and enjoy doing it.

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What is the best part of your job?
Meeting people! We have met so many unique couples and have grown personal relationships with a lot of them. We are honored and humbled that we get to be a part of their wedding day. A lot of brides have planned this day out for years, and it means so much to us that we get to be the company that kick starts the party!

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
This would definitely have to be when I transitioned from being a club/bar DJ to a private event DJ. The night life is great when you’re young and full of energy, but I’m glad I am in the wedding industry and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love being off Sunday through Thursday! Haha.

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Who is your hero and why?
I don’t really have one person in my life that I would call a hero. Instead, I got a great group of family members and friends that mean the world to me. Heroes will come and go, but my family and friends are everything to me.

*Fun Fact* – I got engaged in Paris, France on May 5, 2014. Photo below!

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
So many things! 1) I hosted the 1st Big Fake Wedding in D-town! Boo-yah! 2) I met a lot of great vendors 3) I had tons of fun being a part of this unique show.

Photo Credits:
Personal | David Bacher

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More from SPiN DJ Entertainment:
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Guest Post: Love Gives Way

  • March 25, 2015

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I was numb. I had no words, especially because of the language barrier. All I could do was try and communicate as much love and comfort as possible the very few times she would actually look up amidst the fear and shame to let her eyes briefly meet mine. I hoped desperately that she would trust me though in order for her to understand that a portrait of her would mean putting a face to sex trafficking for the many who want to ignore it’s a reality. My name is Andy Brophy and I became a full-time photographer on September 1, 2010. Exactly 70 days later, I found myself standing face to face with this woman enslaved as a sex object in a brothel in India.

Serving As Our Own so quickly after becoming a full time photographer would shape my approach and mission as a photographer, but little did I know that the story had just started. After coming home to share with my wife the highs and lows of walking the streets of a red light district and standing in a brothel, she reminded me of a senior portrait session I had done about a month before leaving for India. Turns out that while I was over in India, that young man’s father was arrested for purchasing a 12-year-old girl for $600 in exchange for sex at a hotel about 2 miles from my house outside of Atlanta, GA. Let those numbers sink in.

12 years old
$600
1 night

I was numb all over again. I had just returned from the other side of the world, where many believe is the only place sex trafficking exists, only to find out I had shook the hand of someone who found himself on the other side of the problem just minutes away from home. My first thought was this, “How can I serve an organization half way around the world with my photography and not do something with it here at home?” In the hours that followed talking with my wife, Love Gives Way was born.

Love Gives Way is rallying the wedding community around organizations fighting sex trafficking. As a wedding photographer, I called a few of my wedding packages “Love Gives Way” packages. Every single time I was in a client meeting I was asked, “What does Love Gives Way mean?” It immediately gave me the opportunity to share the story you read above, raise awareness to the issue of sex trafficking abroad and at home, and give my potential client an invitation to immediately be part of the solution. As my blog posts became more and more filled with my Love Gives Way couples, I was asked by other Atlanta vendors on how they could join. After launching a website in January 2013 with a team of 11 wedding vendors in Atlanta supporting Wellspring Living, I began receiving emails from wedding vendors and causes fighting sex trafficking around the world how they could bring Love Gives Way to their city. So, out of my own experiences which led to action, we now have the opportunity to launch new Love Gives Way teams in cities around the world where wedding vendors and their clients can use the wedding day to support causes fighting sex trafficking in their own city.

For more information, please check out our site: www.lovegivesway.com

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Love Gives Way is hosting a meet up in Atlanta at Foster on Wednesday April 1st from 6pm-9pm. Come and meet some of our causes, buy a shirt, meet our vendors, and learn more if you are a wedding vendor who would like to participate! Grab your tickets here.

(Photo Credit: OneNine Images)