Vendor Highlight: Paper Fox LA

  • May 22, 2015

“I get to surround myself with wonderful people who inspire me to work harder and be better. There is no better feeling than going to bed exhausted because you kicked ass that day.” Jessica of Paper Fox LA, on the best part of her job. We could not agree more, sister. Paper Fox LA, which specializes in handmade party and home decor, started as the result of a “when one door closes, another opens” kind of situation, and we are SO glad that it did! It was so much fun working with Paper Fox LA at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles, and we can’t wait to work with them again.

“Jessica is fantastic. She is incredibly creative, sweet, and such a blast to work with. The Paper Fox LA products are too cool – I want every single thing on their website!”
The Big Fake Wedding LA Team

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Tell us a little bit about the inception of Paper Fox LA.
Paper Fox LA was started because I really hated my job at the time. I knew I wanted to do something creative but I was daunted by the idea of starting a business. Then one day, the company I worked at downsized dramatically and I was suddenly out of a job! I knew I had to act fast and I definitely didn’t want to go back to a working at a corporate black hole. My friend Lauren and I decided to go all in and turn a little hobby into a full fledged, rent-paying business. I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time!

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Who or what inspires you?
Paper Fox is inspired by the wonderful city of Los Angeles! We love LA and all it has to offer. We meet inspiring women and entrepreneurs every day and get to work on amazing projects with incredible creative people. There is no doubt that that living in Los Angeles has been a major contributor to our success and growth.

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What is the best part of your job?
I get to be creative every day! And I get to surround myself with wonderful people who inspire me to work harder and be better. There is no better feeling than going to bed exhausted because you kicked ass that day. 

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the Big Picture. While it is important to look ahead and plan for the future, sometimes you just need to take it one step at a time. I often find myself getting stressed out when I look at a crazy packed schedule for the next few weeks and I wonder how I am going to get through it all. But when I just focus on today, on one hour at a time, I find myself getting so much more done and feeling more confident in myself.

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I loved getting to know and work with so many amazing vendors. They inspired me to go above and beyond what I thought we were capable of.

Photo Credits:
Personal (1-4) | Andrew Abajian (5)

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Stephanie + Ryan’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Philadelphia

  • May 20, 2015

Stephanie and Ryan met at church in 2007 in Orlando, Florida. Stephanie knew right away that Ryan would be her husband someday. A few months later, Ryan was on the same page (#men), and the pair began dating long distance. The distance was no match for Stephanie and Ryan, as they were married in 2011 in Orlando, where it all began. Now just wait until you hear their engagement story…

We are so excited to celebrate Stephanie and Ryan as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Philadelphia tomorrow night at Painted Bride Art Center. We hope to see you there!

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FROM HER:

Ryan and I met at church in 2007. For me, it was love at first sight; I knew he was going to be my husband someday. He took some convincing, but after a few months of hard work, he was mine. We dated long distance for the first year and had a long engagement before we were married in 2011 in my hometown of Orlando, Florida. After about 6 months of marriage, we moved to DC and from there have moved on to Philly. I’ll follow this man anywhere (fingers crossed the next place is warmer). We now have a five month old little girl, and it has been amazing to watch Ryan grow into an amazing father. I really hit the jackpot when I married him!

What was the most unique part of your engagement story?
The most unique thing about our engagement story is that it demonstrates the character of my husband. Ryan is a selfless man that puts God and me before anything he wants/needs. So here’s the story… I planned a surprise birthday party for Ryan – I had never hosted a party or cooked for anyone other than myself, so that was my gift to him. I would cook apps, dinner, and dessert for 30 of our closest friends in his home. Somehow in all my frantic planning, he figured out what I was doing and began trying to de-stress me. I was a hot mess; nervous, and anxious that all the food would be terrible. He sent me to get my nails done that week, as well as my hair. He even picked out a favorite outfit for me to wear. The party went off without a hitch. The food was good, the company better, everyone was having a great time, and then he made an announcement. He dropped to one knee, AT HIS OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY, and pulled out a ring! I didn’t believe that it was real. He’s a funny guy and he loves to tease me, so I assumed thats what he was doing. I was fuming. I was so embarrassed that he would tease me like that in front of all our friends after all the hard work I did for his party. It took me probably a full minute to respond to the poor guy, on his knee in front of all his friends, but I finally woke up and realized this was real. Of course, I said yes! So you see, that’s the type of man I married. He turned his own birthday party into a proposal and engagement party, and with that ring, turned me into the guest of honor that night. He has spent every day since then making me feel safe, secure, loved, important, honored, sexy, and happy…so happy!

What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
My husband is a Detroit Lions fan, and his favorite player of all time is Barry Sanders. So for a wedding gift, I contacted Barry Sanders’ office and asked if he would sign my garter. It was a silly request, but because no one had ever asked, he agreed. I ordered a Lions garter and shipped it straight to Barry. Ryan was so excited to take my garter off at the wedding and was about to toss it to a dance floor full of single guys, when I had the DJ stop the music and tell him to take a closer look at what he was holding. When he figured it out, he gave me mad props (and so did everyone else when they heard the story!).

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FROM HIM:

Stephanie’s and my relationship has been more than adventurous to say the least. We met in Orlando, FL in 2007 and were married four years later. Since then, we’ve moved four times and currently reside in Chadds Ford, PA. We have a little girl named Arrington Grace and a dog named Brooks and can’t wait to continue to grow our faith with God, our friendship with each other and our family :).

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
We did a first look before the wedding and I will never forget that moment when I first saw her. We were able to capture the moment, gather our thoughts, pray together and have 30 minutes of just us to talk about emotions, feelings and what was in our hearts before everything started.

What inspires you about each other?
I love who my wife was when I married her and even more so now. She has inspired me by her commitment to better herself and our family by encouraging me, supporting me and even challenging me at times. She works tirelessly on her own business all while taking care of our little girl and dog when I’m working and constantly amazes me with her time management. She’s full of life, loves Jesus and challenges me with my walk daily. My love constantly grows for her daily and I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

Most awesome thing about marriage?
That it’s rarely ever serious. I love that we have a playful, fun-loving relationship with each other and most of the time we can joke and laugh about everything. Life’s too short to let everything affect you and it only gets better when there’s someone to laugh with you.

What advice would you give engaged couples?
Fight naked when you’re married, it lightens the mood :). Communicate with each other. Marriage is the hardest thing you will encounter and at the same time it’s the most rewarding thing you can experience. When you argue, and you will, remember there are two types of people. Those who argue to win and those who discuss to resolve. Talk to each other and not at each other. Think of the long term goal of your relationship and not just the immediate. Communication is king. Make sure you both have the same priorities. God, Spouse, Children… in that order. If not, reread about communication.

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The Big Fake Wedding Philly is completely 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.

Tuesday’s 10: Centerpieces

  • May 19, 2015

Who needs something pretty to look at on this Tuesday afternoon? As always, we sure do! For this week’s Tuesday’s 10, we’re featuring ten unique centerpieces from our past events – we hope you enjoy it!

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River Kiss Weddings | The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

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Anchor Me Away | The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding

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The Treasury Event Rental Studio | The Big Fake Wedding Orlando

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Love Is Sweet Events | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

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The Little Flower Cottage | The 1st Boston NotWedding

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AUGUST – Floral & Event Design | The Big Fake Wedding Savannah

BHAM1 Styled Shoot - Spindle Photography

Hothouse Design Studio | The 1st Birmingham NotWedding Styled Shoot

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Statice Couture Florals + Event DesignThe 1st Charleston NotWedding

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Vision of Elegance Events | The Big Fake Wedding Chicago

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Starling on BondThe 3rd NYC NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Bronwyn Duffield Photography | Photos By Heart | Earthmuse Photography | Andie Freeman Photography | Lara Kimmerer Photographer | Carrie Friesen Photography | Spindle Photography | MorningWild PhotographyEd & Aileen Photography | Cassidy Parker Smith

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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!

Vendor Highlight: Batch Charleston

  • May 15, 2015

A box filled with some of the best local goodies from your hometown? Count us in. Batch combines a few of our favorite things: supporting small and local businesses, Southern cities, and goodies being delivered to our doorstep. Batch offers monthly subscription boxes and customized gift ideas with products from several cities, all with high-quality, hand-crafted items that y’all are guaranteed to love. We were lucky enough to work with Batch Charleston at our fourth Holy City event, and it was a HUGE hit with the guests, other vendors, and our team! Can you imagine a more perfect idea for wedding favors? Neither can we. We had such a blast with Kelly and the Batch team at The Big Fake Wedding Charleston, and we’re so excited to share a little more about them in today’s Vendor Highlight.

“I can’t say enough good things about Kelly and the Batch team. They have such a unique product to offer and they showcase it beautifully. I loved watching Kelly interact with other vendors – you can tell how much she cares about people.”
The Big Fake Wedding Charleston Team

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Tell us a little bit about the story behind Batch.
Batch started two years ago in Nashville as a monthly subscription box service. Simply put, the company connects people all across the country with the tastes, artisans, and culture of particular cities. We currently operate in four Southern cities (Nashville, Memphis, Charleston, and Austin) with a fifth on the way (Atlanta). Since our founding, we’ve begun delivering more than our monthly subscription boxes. We now offer curated gift boxes from all our cities, as well as bulk custom orders (like for wedding favors, hint, hint).

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What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?
Buying sushi at the airport. The next biggest risk is to add a new market. We try hard to pick cities that have great acclaim, wonderful makers, and support what we do. Charleston, therefore, was nearly a no-brainer! It’s been fun to work with so many great local makers in Charleston and to help make someone’s big day as perfect as possible.

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What is the best part of your job?
That’s an easy one – all the great people I get to meet. From the local artisans and purveyors to the brides-to-be, I get to work with so many fun and interesting folks! Being able to share some of what makes Charleston such a fantastic (and delicious) city makes every day a good day. I’d say second best thing about my job – discovering all the tasty treats made right here in the Holy City!

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Find your audience. Don’t assume you’ll be able to appeal to everyone with your service or product. Instead, take the time to pinpoint that niche customer who really needs what you sell. Then, once you delight them, they’ll return again and again, helping to make you a success.

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
The collaboration with The Big Fake Wedding team members and other vendors. It was such an exciting time to see it all come together and featuring so many components of what goes into making that special day! The surprise breakdancer at the end was a fun bonus!

Photo Credits:
Personal (1 + 3) | Shutter Sweet Photography (2 + 5) | Frenzel Studios (4)

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