Preview: The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

  • December 19, 2014

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding Dallas
Thursday, January 15th 2015 | The Joule Hotel
Doors open at 6:30pm + the ceremony begins at 7:00pm.

What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Dallas 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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Celebrate Colorfully | Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Pretty Little Plates

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Beau Tied Affair | Tyler + Lindsey Photography | Jen Rios Weddings

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The Joule Hotel | Smitha Menon Bridal | Southern Affairs Weddings & Events

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Brittany Jones WeddingsMagnolia Tree Paperie | Mudleaf Coffee

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Circle Park Bridal Boutique | Cherish Creations

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Love Betty Creative | CRUNCH eats | Tag Me Bro

The Experience

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Apryl Ann Photography | Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Arden Prucha Photography | Lucia Cintra Photography | Tyler + Lindsey Photography | Jillian Zamora Photography | Eric Laignel | Ace & Whim | Miranda Marrs | Greg Blomberg Photography | Cottonwood Road Photography | Tylor McGee Photography | Personal | Tucker Images | Peyronet Photography | Personal | Personal

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

Event Highlight: The 3rd Nashville NotWedding

  • December 9, 2014

“When the sun shines we’ll shine together
Told you I’d be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath I’ma stick it out ’til the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella…”

Rainy days are usually not ideal for your wedding day; however, at the third Nashville NotWedding, the gentle drizzle simply added to the ambience. The dense November mist brought with it a feeling of tranquility and romance that leisurely settled among us like a thin veil of fog. Ruby harbored everyone from the storm in their cozy space, surrounding us with warm brick, rustic wooden beams, and twinkling lights. The whole night felt like a wonderful dream that we never wanted to end — take a peek at the magic below.

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Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

People sometimes ask us how a vendor team so large and diverse can come together to create a unified event that doesn’t look like a jumbled hodgepodge. We aren’t completely sure how to answer that other than the fact that our vendors are rock stars. We watched in awe as these unique small businesses worked together to construct something so cohesive, you would have thought it was done by one company. Our talented Nashville vendor team was challenged to use traditional notions in avant-garde ways to take guests to another reality — whimsical, windswept, and passionate. Embracing the tension of romance and drama, our vendors used aspects of classic beauty to create an abstract, dreamlike atmosphere that gave us permanent goosebumps.

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Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Transferware Pitchers: Country Living | Gown: Monique Lhuillier (Bridal 2014) | Norham Castle, Sunrise: J. M. W. Turner | Portrait: Perla Maarek, Fine Taste Magazine | Gown: Zac Posen (Spring 2014) | Sterling Forest: Leah Hoffman | Black Tea Cake: Baker Royale | Corsage: Amy Merrick

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Venue: Ruby Nashville | Catering: G Catering & Events | Event Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Photography: Photography Anthology | Photography: Josie Kay Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Our Ampersand Photography | Videography: The Kellys’ Productions | Day-Of Coordination and Floral + Event Design (Table 7): Elliott Events LLC | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers, Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 4, 6): Events by Elaine | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1, 3, 5): Modern Vintage Events | Stationery (Invitations): Nesting Project | Stationery (Menus + Menu Cards): Memoria Design | Stationery (Save the Dates): J. Amber Creative | Wedding Dress: The Bride Room | Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaids | Groomsmen Attire: Street Tuxedo | Hair: Salon Nfuse | Makeup: Michelle Brooke | Entertainment: Kari & Billy LLC | Ceremony Musician: Sereno Strings | Photobooth: Nashville Photobooth | Wedding Cake + Groom’s Cake: The Frosted Affair | Cupcakes: Connie Cakes | Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s | Desserts Bar: The Sweet Trend | Transportation: Nashville Party Bus | Health Services: Nashville HealthNote | Wedding Website Builder: SquareSpace | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: flower Magazine, The Knot, Inspire Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles WeddingsWeddings 101 NashvillePerfect Wedding GuideAshley’s Bride Guide

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If you have not been able to join us for a NotWedding event yet, we invite you to scope out our 2015 schedule as The Big Fake Wedding (!), 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.

The Heart of The Big Fake Wedding

  • December 8, 2014

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,” complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception. 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. Callie created The Big Fake Wedding with the intention of working towards the very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages. Today she tells us a little bit about the heart of The Big Fake Wedding — and why she decided to focus her business on these three things.

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Promoting small businesses: When I talk to small business owners, I hear the same struggles over and over. Either they are struggling to get ANY work, or they are struggling to escape the mound of work they are under. Oftentimes, strangely enough, they experience both of these things in waves. These are struggles I’ve experienced (and still experience!) as a small business owner myself, and it is a huge desire of mine to promote and support small businesses in ways much bigger than just connecting them to client leads. We believe that resourcing vendors with relationships, exposure and resources will lead to a much stronger and wider foundation for their businesses!

Inspiring brides and grooms: My hope is that brides and grooms can be encouraged to make decisions in line with their style and what’s important to them, rather than feeling like there are traditions or standards that have to be met. I love the idea of sharing new ideas (from creative and unique vendor options to ideas on how to set up tables or even your ceremony) that can empower couples to make decisions in line with their personalities, styles and hearts.

Encouraging solid marriages: I’ve seen how damaging divorce can be and even how damaging stagnant marriages are, and we know that marriages require a lot of attention. We believe that weddings are definitely worth dreaming about and planning for, but after a wedding comes a marriage, and THAT is worth investing in as well. We hope to encourage our guests, vendors and all who come in contact with us to pursue a solid, committed and thriving marriage.

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More from The Big Fake Wedding:
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Jenny + Will’s Sappy Love Story: The 3rd Charleston NotCouple

  • December 6, 2014

A couple that plays together stays together! From bike rides and daring dates to cooking and traveling, Jenny and Will do it all and do it with love. This adventurous couple met at Clemson before quickly becoming inseparable, moved to downtown Charleston, and were married on picturesque Sullivan’s Island five years later. They love their sweet pup Loosey, trying new things, and most of all, each other. Read more about Jenny and Will’s sweetest stories in their very own Sappy Love Story.

We are so excited to celebrate Jenny and Will as they tie the NOT at the third Charleston NotWedding tomorrow night at Historic Rice Mill on Sunday night! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab a ticket here.

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From Jenny:
Will and I met in college at Clemson University our freshman year but it wasn’t until our senior year that we began dating. Following graduation, I moved back home to Charleston where Will soon followed. We each lived downtown off of King Street with friends and really grew as a couple during this time spent together, which included getting our dog Loosey! We were married 5 years later at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island and the reception was at the William Aiken House. Both of these locations are very near and dear to our heart. I grew up as a member of Stella Maris Church and Will joined me once he moved to Charleston. The William Aiken House is on King Street, which is the area downtown where we spent a lot of time with each other following college. We consider it our “stomping grounds.”

From Will:
We met at college and almost immediately became inseparable. If I was doing anything, I wanted her to be there with me. From tailgating to running, we did everything together our senior year of college. When we graduated, we both moved to Charleston, just off of upper King Street. This was before it had become popular and we got to grow with the area. Being able to explore all of Charleston together are some of my favorite memories. We have been growing and exploring ever since.

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What was the most unique part of your engagement story?
Our engagement story is unique because its our own. Will spent months taking me on bike rides so I wouldn’t think anything was out of the ordinary when he suggested a bike ride on that evening. He knew the proposal meant a lot to me and spent time gathering friends and family to celebrate with us. But he made sure the actual proposal was private, which was very important to him. He is not very showy and wanted it to be an intimate moment. I loved that the moment was intimate, followed by a great surprise celebrating with everyone afterwards!

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?

Jenny:
The best memory from our wedding day is a tie between seeing Will and walking down the aisle to him and celebrating with friends and family at the reception. It truly was the best day. Having both of our families and all of our friends dancing the night away and celebrating our love is irreplaceable. The feeling surrounding the whole day was very special and something we will never be able to recreate.

Will:
My favorite memory from our wedding day has to be when I first saw Jenny. I was at the altar and when the doors opened, her veil flew back and sun was behind her — it was almost as if she was glowing.

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What is the best gift you have ever given each other?

Jenny:
The best gift Will has given to me is his love and acceptance for who I am. Will loves me for who I am and never expects me to be anything else.

Will:
The best gift was Loosey, our dog. Really it was a gift to both of us, but I surprised her with it. She’s been one of the brightest parts of our lives together.

What is the best date you have ever had?
I would have to say the best date was early in our relationship, which is why it is sticking out in my mind. The beginning of the relationship when you are falling in love is a hard sentiment to beat. We were in college at Clemson and had a previous conversation about how neither of us had been to the Botanical Gardens. One evening, he called me and asked if I was free — luckily for him, I was :). He picked me up in his Tahoe and took me to the Botanical Gardens. He set up a sleeping bag on the roof of his car and had a bottle of wine for us to enjoy. About 30 minutes into the date, a police man walked over to inform us that the gardens are closed after dusk. Will quickly recovered by moving the date to the lake where we sipped on wine looking at the stars and talking about life. That was the night I knew I loved him.

What inspires you about each other?

Jenny:
He inspires me to be a better person. He inspires me to be a better sister and daughter. Being selfless, he inspires me to be less selfish. His loyalty and determination inspires me. His work ethic, honesty and integrity inspire me. His love inspires me; he will never give up.

Will:
I’m always inspired by Jenny’s smile, energy and loving nature. She has such a big heart.

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What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
The most awesome thing about our marriage is that we truly make each other happy. We genuinely love spending time together and being adventurous. Will is always thinking of new things to do and I am on board. We love to cook, be active and travel; we share an interest and passion for food and we love being tourists in our own town. We are not perfect. There are days when we are not each others favorite person but we are comfortable with that. We know that there will be ups and downs and we’re not afraid of it. We tackle the hard times and are learning to tackle them more quickly. There is no room for egos in marriage. We are a team and we are each other’s biggest fans. We are best friends and at the end of every day we know that we are in it until the end. There is nothing more comforting.

What advice would you give an engaged couple?
Advice I would give to an engaged couple is to of course enjoy your time being engaged. Continue dating each other but also remember that this time should be used to prepare for a lifetime together. It is easy to get caught up in everything that goes into planning a wedding, the parties and celebrations but taking the time to prepare for the commitment you are going to make is important. Go to premarital counseling and remember the big picture!

Photo Credits:
Caroline Ro Photography

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We invite you to join us as Jenny and Will will be tying the NOT at the third Charleston NotWedding on Sunday night at Historic Rice Mill. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!