Ashley + Matthew’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Savannah

  • March 4, 2015

“…Honestly a wedding is all about the love two people share with each other, the promise they’re making, the two families becoming one and your best friends who support you.” We couldn’t agree more. Ashley and Matthew met a few summers ago when Ashley was painting a mural at the hangar where Matthew currently works. The two became close friends and kept in touch when Matthew was deployed a few months later. When he returned, they started going on dates and the rest is history. The precious pair was married in Chatham Square in August 2014.

We are so excited to celebrate Ashley and Matthew as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Savannah tomorrow night at Georgia State Railroad Museum! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab a ticket here.



From her:
We met in the summer of 2012 at Hunter Army Airfield, I was painting a mural at the hangar where Matthew currently works. He ended up deploying in December of 2012 and during the deployment we remained really close friends. When he returned we still hung out as friends and then started going on a couple of dates. We got married in Chatham Square in August of 2014!

From him:
Ashley and I met at Hunter Army Airfield while she was painting a mural in the office. We remained close friends for the next two years and when I got back from deployment we began our awesome relationship. We fell in love quickly and it was history from there!

What was the most unique part of your engagement story?
From her:
A really long story short… It was all a big surprise with friends involved! I had no idea he was even thinking about proposing. He bought me a dress to wear for a “dinner” next weekend. My friend and I ended up meeting her husband and my “boyfriend” at the time in Chippewa Square in downtown Savannah. We get there and he had a dozen red roses, gave them to me and asked to take pictures. Still not knowing whats going on, he stood behind me for pictures. Our friend who was taking our pictures told me to turn around, and when I did Matt was kneeling on one knee. After proposing he asked if I was aware what Square we were in. He proposed in the Square where Forrest Gump was filmed, our favorite movie!

From him:
When I proposed to her and she didn’t believe me.

What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
From him:
I bought her an adorable pomchi puppy named Hank.

What was the best memory of your wedding day?
From her:
We did an incredibly small wedding by saying our vows with just our families and our best friends, so I think there was a total of 15 people with us. My family lives in Texas and his lives in Virginia so they both came down to spend this day with us. My dad is a pastor so he is the one who married us, which meant so much! Our wedding was super relaxed – I wore a white sundress with cowgirl boots and he wore jeans with his cowboy boots, everyone who came wore whatever they would be most comfortable in, in the middle of the August heat. It was truly a perfect day, we didn’t have a big wedding by any means, and honestly a wedding is all about the love two people share with each other, the promise they’re making, the two families becoming one and your best friends who support you.

Photo Credit:
Reuben Kim Photography


We invite you to join us at The Big Fake Wedding Savannah tomorrow night at Georgia State Railroad Museum. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

Tuesday’s 10: Ceremony Backdrops

  • March 3, 2015

Our fabulous vendors are known to knock it out of the park with their creative ceremony backdrops at our events. Unbelievably intricate, innovative, and just downright beautiful, the ceremony backdrops at our events always turn some heads. In this week’s Tuesday’s 10, check out some inspiring takes on ceremony backdrops that caught our eye! Because narrowing this down was close to impossible, we encourage you to peruse our gallery to explore the decor at the rest of our past events. Happy Tuesday!



Anchor Me Away | The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding


Events and Design by Ashley | The 1st Kansas City NotWedding


Sapphire Events | The 1st New Orleans NotWedding


Organic Flora | The 3rd San Diego NotWedding


Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design | The 1st Charlotte NotWedding


Experience Events | The 2nd New York NotWedding


Ever Thine Vintage Rentals | The 1st Charleston NotWedding


Porch Therapy // 99 MKT | The Big Fake Wedding Orlando


Rosemary & Finch Floral Design | The 2nd Nashville NotWedding


Frilly Bloomers | The 1st Greenville NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Photos by Heart | Alyssa Marie Photography | Greer G Photography | Natalie Bray Photography | LaCross Photography | Martina Micko Photo | MorningWild PhotographyAmanda Lenhardt Photography | Hannah Elaine Photography | Mel Nocks Photography


 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!

The Big Fake Wedding

  • February 28, 2015

The concept of The Big Fake Wedding (formerly The NotWedding) was established in 2008 by founder and CEO, Callie Murray. The idea was to have a bridal show alternative in the form of “the ultimate wedding.” For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors, and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level. The Big Fake Wedding was created with the intention of working towards the very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages.


The Big Fake Wedding – Top Ten for Guests from The BigFakeWedding on Vimeo.

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding is a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss.

To promote small businesses, The Big Fake Wedding curates a group of the best and the brightest wedding vendors in each city to put on the ultimate wedding. This hand-selected vendor team follows a unique inspiration board to ensure that each event is cohesive and that our guests feel a sense of unity. Apply to join the vendor team here.

To inspire brides and grooms, this rockstar vendor team showcases their creativity, products and services so that brides- and grooms-to-be can taste the cake, dance to the music and smell the flowers as they would on their real wedding day. Our guests are able to meet these talented vendors face-to-face and get ideas for their own special day. Buy your tickets here.

To encourage solid and committed marriages, each event has a featured couple who renews their vows at The Big Fake Wedding. The Big Fake Wedding begins with a sweet and emotional ceremony to remind our guests that planning your wedding leads to something much more special – spending the rest of your life with the person you love.

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 fun – take a look at the rest of our 2015 schedule here!


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Vendor Highlight: The Waterhouse Pavilion

  • February 27, 2015

Sometimes our venues just go above and beyond to make our events amazing and our lives easier – and The Waterhouse Pavilion seriously blew us away. Not only was this venue absolutely stunning, but Paige, the Program Manager, was so unbelievably helpful, sweet, and accommodating. It was a pleasure working with Paige and her team at the first Chattanooga NotWedding and we are thrilled to feature them on our blog today!

“Paige at The Waterhouse Pavilion is a gem of a human. She was so efficient, fun, resourceful, clear, and easy to work with. What more could you want in a venue? Her attention to detail leaves no room for holes and all the room in the world for an amazing event. Absolutely loved her!”
The Chattanooga NotWedding Team



Describe The Waterhouse Pavilion in five words or less.
Chic downtown Chattanooga venue.

What is the best part of your job?
Making one of the biggest decisions in planning a wedding clear, easy and exciting.


Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
A previous neighbor of mine came in with a girl he had been dating while we lived in the same building. Now happily engaged, they have chosen to share their special day at the pavilion.

What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Have a great product with little effort required from the customer. Invest in your product and service first and the sales will follow.


What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Meeting all the wonderful vendors and The NotWedding staff. The pavilion looked so beautiful with the vendors pulling out all the stops to put on a flawless event.

Photo Credit:
Photos by Heart | Life with a ViewBamber Photography


More from The Waterhouse Pavilion:
Website | Facebook | Twitter