Vendor Highlight: Lauren Carroll Photography

  • July 3, 2015

“My inspiration sparks from the way two people in love look at each other, sentimental details, beautiful colors, and the true emotions that I capture at each wedding.” Soft, romantic, and timeless, Lauren Carroll Photography makes memories come to life in the most meaningful way. Lauren’s wonderful personality totally comes across in her photos, which adds something even more special to her already brilliant work. It was truly a pleasure working with Lauren at The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans, and we’re thrilled to share more about her in today’s Vendor Highlight.

“Lauren was such a joy to work with! She is an absolute gem. Her personality was exactly what you want in your photographer! She has a talent for capturing just the right moment, love her!”
The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans Team

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Describe Lauren Carroll Photography in five words or less.
Soft, romantic, and timeless.

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Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by life and love. I am a firm believer of living in the moment and cherishing the little things. My inspiration sparks from the way two people in love look at each other, sentimental details, beautiful colors, and the true emotions that I capture at each wedding.

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Why photography?
I have always been into drawing, painting, and other art mediums since third grade. My freshmen year in college, I took a film class as an elective. My whole semester turned developing beautiful black and white prints in the dark room. After changing my college major to graphic design & photography, one thing lead into another. I have now been a full time wedding photographer for four years. I consider myself very blessed to wake up every day with a job that I am so passionate about. I feel like I never work a day in my life.

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What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is waking up with a hot cup of coffee (always in a cute mug to match my mood, of course!) and editing gorgeous wedding photos. Seeing these memories come to life through photographs is something I am lucky enough to witness every day. I love to express my creativity and deliver a beautiful, meaningful final product to my brides and grooms.

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
My favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding was to photograph the amazing work of so many talented vendors. I LOVE to see the beautiful hairstyles, dresses, tablescapes, delicious goodies, and calligraphy. I also loved mingling with the excited brides-to-be!

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More from Lauren Carroll Photography:
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Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding San Diego

  • June 30, 2015

¡Ay, Caramba! San Diego never fails to amaze us – and The Big Fake Wedding San Diego, presented by BRIDES, was no exception. Our vendor team completely blew us away with their brilliant creativity and ability to transform The Moniker Warehouse into a Mexican fiesta at the drop of a hat (er, sombrero). Enjoy some highlights below!

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Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Inspired by the exciting culture of Mexico, our “Paleta de Piña” inspiration board incorporated fresh flavors, bright colors, and fascinating traditions. Think big skirts, perfect for twirling. Hot days by the beach cooled down by fruity paletas (aka popsicles). Woven blankets, piñatas, embroidery, pottery, Dia de los Muertos… the list goes on and on. Our San Diego vendors were encouraged to be vibrant, brave, and fun in this sweet and spicy opportunity to cut loose and celebrate with color.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Market: image by Nicole Franzen | Carne Asada: image by Marcus Nilsson | Dia De Los Muertos: Primary Petals | Piña Charger: image by Joielala | Pineapple Paletas: Delicious Happens | Spanish Gown: Joan Shum | Zinnias: Floret Flower Farm

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Bridesmaid Attire: Brideside | Catering + Bar: Continental Catering | Catering + Event Design: Eco Caters | Ceremony Musician: Caprice Strings | Cookie Bar: Cravory Cookies | Day-Of Coordination: So Much Fun Events | Desserts – Rice Krispies: Bliss and Baker | Dessert Bar: Sweet As Bliss | Entertainment: Angels & Outlaws Productions | Event Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Table 5): Blanc Floral Design & Event Styling | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 2, 3, 4): Coastyle Events | Floral + Event Design (Floral Installments + Table 8): Luxe Botanique | Floral + Event Design (Tables 6, 7): Madmade Designs | Floral + Event Design (Bar + Ceremony Backdrop): Maria Owston Floral Designs | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Hair + Makeup: Sierra Warnock Styling | Hangers: Black Label Decor | Health + Wellness: Skincare: Arbonne | Jewelry: Lei Bijou | Lighting + Marquee Signage: Socialights | Nails: OPI | Paper Goods: Invitations (Papaya, Lime and Orange Fiesta-Inspired Letterpressed Suite): Sunkissed Paper | Paper Goods: Invitations (Floral Suite with Decorative Banner Design): Take Note! Creations | Paper Goods – Programs: Epoch Des | Paper Goods – Silhouettes: Sweet Silhouette | Paper Goods – Señor and Señora Thank You Suite + Accents: P27Creative | Photo Booth: Petite Pix: A Photo Booth Company | Photography: Brilliant Imagery | Photography: Jessica Elaine Photography | Photography: Loud Love Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: The Moniker Warehouse | Specialty Glasses: Let’s Tie The Knot | Sushi Station: Yooshi Sooshi Catering & Event Production | Venue: The Moniker Warehouse | Videography: I Do Wedding Video | Wedding Cake: Artistic Wedding Cakes by The Grove | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Presenting Sponsor: BRIDES Magazine | Media Partners: BRIDES MagazineMyWeddingCeremony MagazineSomething Turquoise

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If you have not been able to join us for an event yet, we invite you to scope out our event 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 Big Fake Wedding family.

Tuesday’s 10: Groomsman Gifts

  • June 30, 2015

Groomsman gifts can be tough. How can you thank the most important men in your life enough for standing by you on your big day? Luckily, our vendors come up with some pretty good ideas. From hand-rolled cigars to customized cufflinks, your groomsmen will thank you. Take a peek at ten unique groomsman gift ideas below!

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MW Coastal Goods | The 1st Boston NotWedding

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Boston Cigar Factory | The 2nd Cape Cod NotWedding Styled Shoot

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Let’s Tie the Knot | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

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Spit Shine Man Goods | The Big Fake Wedding Charleston

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Batch | The Big Fake Wedding Nashville

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sockprints | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

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Jeff McLaurin Designs | The 9th Atlanta NotWedding Styled Shoot

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Back40Life | The 1st Greenville NotWedding

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Cherish Creations | The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

ATH1 - Kaitie Bryant Photography - stellaEM Haberdashery

stellaEM Haberdashery | The 1st Athens NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Lara Kimmerer | Keslie Corbett PhotographyYou & Me Photography | Carmen Ash Photography | Casto Photography & Cinema | Andie Freeman Photography | Jason Hales Photography | Mel Nocks PhotographyAlyssa Turner Photography | Kaitie Bryant

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 Need some inspiration to plan the rest of your wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Visit our event page to find out when The Big Fake Wedding is coming to your city – you’ll get a chance to see all your local wedding vendors in action, as well as get some ideas for your big day. See you there!

Staff Highlight: Landrum

  • June 29, 2015

“Hearing someone’s life story is an incredible way to learn and grow in your own personal life…the best way to learn what to do is not to ask for advice, but to ask for stories and learn from the experience of others.” It’s kind of an understood prerequisite to this industry that you’ve got to love and understand people. Lucky for us, our new Production Manager, Landrum, pretty much wrote the book on this. She’s the perfect combination of sweet and straightforward, so she can get things done like a boss but always does so with a smile on her face. Could we ask for a better person to be producing our events?! Landrum brings a wonderfully unique perspective to The Big Fake Wedding, as she has been on nearly every side of the wedding industry – a vendor, a guest, a wedding planner – and now that she’s engaged, a bride! We are so thrilled to have Landrum on our team, and we hope you enjoy learning a little bit about her in her Staff Highlight.

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Describe yourself in five words. 
Driven, adventurous, affectionate, dependable, and compassionate.

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Who or what inspires you?
Stories inspire me. Hearing someone’s life story is an incredible way to learn and grow in your own personal life. Whether the life story involves climbing a mountain or raising five kids, every story can teach you something, so it’s important to just listen. One of my mentors taught me that the best way to learn what to do is not to ask for advice, but to ask for stories and learn from the experience of others.

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What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Gosh, how do I even decide? I have a love for adventure and a love for travel. Usually the two go hand and hand. If I could pick an adventure to go on tomorrow it would be visiting Machu Picchu in Peru. I’m currently obsessed with the idea of traveling to areas with a lot of history!

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If you could only give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t live for the approval of men. I have spent some much of my life worrying about what others thought of me and it stole my joy. It was a lot of weight to carry and I could never work hard enough to please everyone. Once I realized that if I simply give it my best effort, feel confident in my own work and only seek the approval of the Lord, it freed me to be joyful in my day to day life.

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You’re engaged! What do you think your current season of life brings to your role at The Big Fake Wedding?
I get it. I get what the brides are experiencing and wanting and I get what the vendors are working towards. I have had the honor of seeing almost every side of the wedding industry at this point. I’ve been a vendor, I’ve been a guest, I’ve been a wedding planner and now I’m a bride! My goal in this role is to use my experience and insight to make this the best experience for not only the brides attending the weddings, but also an incredible experience for the vendors too!

Photo Credits:
Carson Studios (2 + 4)

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