Preview: The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis-St. Paul

  • July 29, 2015

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Thursday, August 27th 2015 | Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis
Doors open at 6:30pm + the ceremony begins at 7:00pm.

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What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis-Saint Paul 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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Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis | denae brennan weddings & events | Laine Moire

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Pinstripes | Enticing Icing | Fab Event Design

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goGLOW | Thistle and Blooms | The Wedding Shoppe

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Allison Hopperstad Photography | Dynamic Drape & Lighting | Kennedy Blue

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Northeast Insurance Advisors | Bluewater Kings Band | MN Snow Shaved Ice

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Clingks | Brian Glad | Callie V Photography

The Experience

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Personal | Emily Griffith | Jessica Stoe | Personal | Personal | Melissa Oholendt Photography | Jason Worrell Photography | Jessica Fairchild Photography | Richaux Productions | Allison Hopperstad Photography | Personal | Richaux Productions | B2 Photography | Trista Dymond | Personal | Leslie Parker Photography | Spicy Meatball Photography | Callie V Photography

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There are still a few more tickets to this event, so snag a pair while you can! For more information, please visit the Minneapolis-St.Paul event page.

Patricia + Frank’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco

  • July 29, 2015

Although they’d technically known of each other for 15 years, Patricia and Frank had never had a real conversation until running into each other at a friend’s engagement party. He chased her to New York City for a third date and then to Europe for the next few dates. He told her he loved her in Oxford, and told her he was planning to marry her alongside side Lake Como in Italy. Despite the entire 29-person wedding party falling into a lake during their wedding (yep, they’re that couple), it was one of the best days of their life. They moved to San Francisco after the wedding and have been adventuring together ever since!

We are so excited to celebrate Patricia and Frank as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco, tomorrow night at General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center. We hope to see you there!

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What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?


From him:
You may or may not have already seen this, this, or maybe this. The above is definitely the most memorable, but not the best memory for me (although I had a good laugh even at the time). Some of our favorite memories from the day are:

In the whirlwind of wedding planning we’d both forgotten to pack for the honeymoon…about 4 hours before we’re supposed to get married we both showed up at the same house at the same time to throw things into suitcases. Expecting an empty house and finding someone else in it, Patricia called out, ‘Frank?!’ and she tucked quickly into the bathroom. No one else was home. We had a nice little wedding day chat through the closed door.

From her:
When we came off of the sailboat to be introduced. Flooding through a tunnel of my closest friends and family in the warm string lights under the trees on our way to the dance floor with my new husband…it felt like a blurry glimpse of heaven.

Another one of the most fun memories from the day was walking down the hill during the reception to see all of our friends and family from around the globe dancing gangnam style in unison behind my brother leading the charge with a big cigar sticking out of one side of his mouth.

Finally, one of my favorite memories was pushing off in a small red sailboat (which we’d asked to borrow just a few hours earlier from the neighboring dock because the other sailboat had to go) and watching the lanterns from the shore start to take flight as we listened to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. We lit our own lantern and watched it join the others. They reflected on the lake as all of our loved ones on the shore started to melt out of sight as we slipped out into the dark lake. I felt like I could explode with gratitude for such a beautiful experience.

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What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
I think the thing that has made our marriage so awesome is that we’re still tenaciously kind to each other. We put it in our vows and have been delighted to stick to it. That simple consistent kindness makes us a source of comfort and refuge for each other instead a source of stress. It’s not about just being polite, or about hiding how you really think or feel, or “not being yourself” – it’s about how you do all of those things and being sure to do them in a way that is true to the fact that you care about them and want the best for them.

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What advice would you give an engaged couple?
Talk about what you want your marriage to look like. What do you consider “success” in your marriage to be. Make sure you’re striving after the same ideals.

Photo Credit:
Chase Andrews | Achor & Eden

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The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco 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.

Preview: The Big Fake Wedding NYC

  • July 28, 2015

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding NYC, presented by BRIDES
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 | Houston Hall
Doors open at 6:30pm + the ceremony begins at 7:00pm.

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What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding NYC, presented by BRIDES, is a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss. The Big Fake Wedding offers a night of great food, dancing and surprises – 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!

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To inspire brides and grooms, wedding vendors from NYC will showcase 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.

Ashley Peraino Events | Baked | Black Sheep Bride | Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Buffy Weddings | Cake Heights | Cambria Hotels & Suites NYC – Chelsea | Cariad Lane Calligraphy | Chloe + Isabel | Classic StringsEastCoast Entertainment | Engaging Papers | FerrariFirst Take Filmworks | Flowers by G Bella | Got Cake! Cake Bar | Houston Hall | Kerry Ann Stokes | Kookla | Laura Lee Photography | Look Sharp Events | Love Inc.Love & RespectLVR Events | MDB Weddings | Moments On Magnets | My Darlin’ | MyWeddingNatalie Hall-Classic Strings | Olivenar | Park Slope Press | Poppy Booth | Samantha Lauren Photographie | Sophie Kawalek Photography | The Tailory New York | Theia | TrendyBrideWellWedWhite Elephant Events

Take a look at all the fun we had at the first, secondthird, and fourth NYC events to get excited, then scoop up a ticket of your own here!

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The Experience

At our last NYC event, the vendor team blew us away with their energy, creativity, and luxe designs. Our guests were able to meet these talented vendors face-to-face, get ideas for their own special day, and even had the chance to make a cameo on the TODAY Show. To take a peek into what our Big Apple events entail, watch our TODAY coverage below. We hope you’ll join us at The Big Fake Wedding NYC to make your own memories and see for yourself what the night has in store!

Photo Credit: Karen Kristian  | Video Credit: TODAY Show

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

Kylee + Jared’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore

  • July 22, 2015

Kylee and Jared met at youth group in central Pennsylvania when she was 13 and he was 16. They were friends for nine years as Jared surreptitiously let her know that he was interested in more than just friends – it just took her four years to figure it out! They started dating in July 2012, were engaged in March 2013, and married in August 2013 in PA. They now live in Baltimore and the rest is history!

We are so excited to celebrate Kylee and Jared as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore, presented by BRIDES, tomorrow night at Gramercy Mansion. We hope to see you there!

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Jared spent a lot of time and effort on my engagement ring without my knowledge. He designed it using three metals (white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold). When he proposed at night on a pier in the inner harbor, he told me he loved me for the first time. Earlier in our relationship he had told me that he wouldn’t say those words until he had a promise to back them up. He then pulled out my ring and explained that while he didn’t care about jewelry, he liked metaphors (typical guy). So his metaphor explained that the white gold represented God in our marriage, the rose gold represented me, and the yellow gold represented him. The three metals intertwine like a rope and meet under the diamond which represents the covenant of our marriage. Naturally the theme of our wedding was Ecclesiastes 4:12 “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

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Also, during his proposal he presented me with a journal. He had started writing to me before we were even dating. My husband certainly isn’t sappy, so it reads more comically than anything else. However, he did keep many ticket stubs and other things from when we were dating and at the end when he wrote that that night he would ask me to be his wife, I definitely teared up.

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I kept that journal until our wedding day when his best man gave it back to him with a note from his soon-to-be wife. I think I have a long way to go before I can top his proposal – but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever stop trying! We’ve desired that our marriage be a testimony, an encouragement, as well as an adventure.

Photo Credits:
Mark Huey Photography | Achor & Eden

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The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore 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.