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.

The Surprise Wedding

  • June 25, 2015

By now, you already know how much we love surprises (proposals, baby announcements, you name it) and weddings (real and fake) – so a surprise wedding pretty much made our little hearts explode. So how in the world do you pull off a surprise wedding, you may ask? The formula looks a little something like this: one sweet, deserving couple + an amazing network of talented vendors and generally wonderful human beings + a lot of love. Check out Jennifer and Brian’s incredible story below!

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Jennifer and Brian were planning a wedding in September, but when they found out Brian was being transferred to Tokyo in June, they started planning to secretly head to the courthouse on May 8th. Jennifer told her friend, Callie, who happens to be our CEO, about her plans and mentioned how sad she was to miss the experience of her dad walking her down the aisle. She wanted Brian to have that moment of seeing her in a dress, but they knew there wasn’t time to make that possible.

In true Callie Murray form, she began reaching out to her widespread network of wedding industry sweethearts, and together they started to plan an amazing surprise wedding for these two. Jennifer only knew it was happening, but didn’t know any of the details. As for Brian, however, he was under the impression that he was meeting her at the courthouse. Instead, his dad dropped him off at the wedding location, where his mom awaited with a boutonniere in front of a sign that read, “Welcome to the wedding of Jennifer and Brian.” She handed him a letter from Jennifer that let him know that they would be able to experience a wedding ceremony after all, and then his parents walked him down the aisle where their family and close friends (who had come in from all different parts of the country) were waiting.

A musician played their song as Jennifer walked down the aisle, and after the ceremony, played as Jennifer and Brian had their first dance and dances with their parents. After that came dinner, cake, and toasts on the front porch (graciously donated by the florist!), and the night ended with a pretty rad coffee truck and a lantern release.

The next day was their “engagement party” and they got to let everyone else in on their little secret: they were married!

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Flowers, Styling and Venue: Holland Daze | Vintage Rentals and Styling: Miss Milly’s | Cake: Gingerspice | Catering: FarmBurger | Officiant: Bill Murray | Hand Lettering: Fleecher Designs | Photography: Jonathan & Kaye | Ceremony Dress: Rent The Runway | Reception Dress: Wedding Angels | Videography: Up & Up Weddings | Music: Jonathan Wisdom | Coffee Truck: Refuge Coffee Co. | Jewelry: You Want Candi, Chloe + Isabel by Brette

For more from this oh so fun surprise wedding, check out Ruffled today.

Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Nashville

  • June 24, 2015

Oh Nashville, you never fail to show us a good time. Between the good music, great food and even better company, The Big Fake Wedding Nashville, sponsored by Shane Co., was a night we’ll never forget. Take a look at some highlights from our 4th Music City event below – enjoy!

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Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Robust, timeless, and elegant – the inspiration board behind The Big Fake Wedding Nashville, “Roma Red,” kept things neutral then added purposeful pops of red. Our Nashville vendors were encouraged to take their cues from the Italians and balance fresh and unfussy with intricate attention to detail. Ciao!

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Hot Rod: image by Cinzia Bruschini | Muslin Invitations: Lucky Luxe via Oh So Beautiful Paper (OSBP) | Gold Calligraphy: image by Jose Villa | Basilica: image by Ely Fair | Reem Acra Spring ’15: via Little White Dress Bridal Boutique | Geraniums: image by Rochelle Cheever | Tomatoes: image by Cambria Grace

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Bar + Staffing: D&D Events Management | Bridesmaid Attire: Brideside | Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering | Day-Of Coordination: Bella Bleu Weddings and Events | Favors: Two Vintage Drums | Floral + Event Design (Head Table, Personal Flowers + Tables 5, 6): Rosemary and Finch | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 2, 3, 4): Yellow Rose Co. | Gift Baskets: Batch | Hair: Abby Artistry | Health + Lifestyle: Neighborhood Barre Nashville | Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Paper Goods – Accents: Caroline Creates | Paper Goods: Invitations (tan and brown, hand-lettered tri-fold suite): Prints for Events | Paper Goods: Save the Dates + Invitations (french-inspired watercolor suite): Simply Jessica Marie | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth Photo & Video Booths | Photography: Casto Photography & Cinema | Photography: Laura Kay Photography | Photography: Melanie Grady Photography | Skin Care: Rodan + Fields | Skinny Wraps: Wraps by Sarah | Specialty Lighting + Pipe and Drape: Nashville Audio Visual | Transportation: Nashville Wedding Trolley | Venue: The Cannery Ballroom | Videography: Casey & Kristin | Wedding Band: Rachel Rogers & The Real Good Feel Goods | Wedding Cake: Lil Cakes and Custom Creations | Wedding Dance Choreographer: Charlie Knows Homes | Wedding Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | Title Sponsor: Shane Co. | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Media Partners: MyWeddingWeddings Unveiled Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles WeddingsPerfect Wedding GuideBlack Sheep Bride | Wedding 101Ashley’s Bride GuideWander Knot

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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.

Preview: The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco

  • June 23, 2015

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco
Thursday, July 30th 2015 | General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center
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 San Francisco 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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Global Gourmet Weddings | General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center

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Scarlett & GraceJu.Lee Chic |  papercake designs

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The Poetry StoreStand Up FilmsCameron Ingalls

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Bernal Burrow | Kristine Tsai | Jilly Ink

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Paper PortrayalsHazy Lane Studios

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Oh Na La InvitationsKrista Strader, Harpist | Weddings by Sunny Side

The Experience

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Personal | Rachel Blackwell PhotographyMilou + Olin PhotographyRahel Menig Photography | Lane Dittoe | Amanda JaffeStand Up FilmsCameron Ingalls | Personal | Lynn-Kai Chao PhotographyJustin BuellNick PeluffoHazy Lane Studios | Personal | Weddings by Sunny Side | Weddings by Sunny Side

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This event is officially SOLD OUT! For more information, please visit the San Francisco event page.