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.

Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Chicago

  • May 13, 2015

Fun, vibrant, and energetic – that’s pretty much The Big Fake Wedding Chicago in a nutshell. When we first described the mood of the inspiration board to our vendors, who knew how wildly accurate it would turn out to be? Not only did the decor and details embody these three words perfectly, but our vendors, cast, and guests did as well! There were *grown-up* sno-cones, a gif-style photo booth, and a never-ending dance party led by the cast (that included a bridesmaid doing the splits). Let’s just say that our second Windy City event was so much fun that even after a 14 hour work day, we never wanted to leave. Take a look at some highlights below!

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Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Flowers can be soft and romantic, sure. But they can also be bright, loud, and explosive. Following a “Floral Graffiti” inspiration board, our Chicago vendors were encouraged to be vandals, using flowers as their can of spray paint. Did this mean everyone had to use fresh flowers in their designs? Of course not! The talented vendor team used the floral color palette in creative ways, incorporated floral tastes into desserts, and used materials that were fresh, vibrant, and wild.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Ombre: Mandy Kellogg Rye + Rustic White | Edible Flowers: Amy Merrick + designlovefest | Floral Gown: image by Claudia Rose Carter | Menu: Miss Wyolene | Bomber Jacket: Jonathan Saunders, Spring ’14 | Cakes in Bloom: Peggy Porschen

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Bachelor Parties + Reception Space: Pinstripes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Candy Bar: Confetti Candy Buffets | Ceremony Backdrop: Lil Epic Event Design | Day-Of Coordination: You Name It Events | Entertainment: Toast & Jam DJs | First Dance: Dance SPA | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Table 4, 5, 6): Parrott Party Productions | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 1, 2, 3): Vision of Elegance Events | Guestbook Poem: poemgrown | Hair: HOLLIBEAUTY | Invitations (Yellow and Purple Letterpress Suite): Lucky Invitations | Invitations (Pink and Coral Floral Suite): Maxe Designs, LLC | Invitations (Coral and Purple Letterpress Suite) + Table Numbers: penelope’s press | Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel By Nicole Donegan | Linen Rentals: Windy City Linen | Makeup: Marguerite Preston Makeup Artistry | Personalized Wedding Magazine: Oh! Ella Publications | Photo Booth: Smilebooth | Photo Magnets: Moments On Magnets | Photography: Ed & Aileen Photography | Photography: Jen Dederich Photography | Photography: Melanie Anderson Photography | Programs + Menus: aDORAble Designs by Candice | Snow Cones: Jo Snow Syrups | Venue + Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering + City View Loft | Wedding Cake: A Baker’s Tale | Wedding Dress: Mrs. Robinson’s Daughter Bridal | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | Media Partners: MyWeddingModern Luxury Brides Chicago SocialChicago Style WeddingsWedding Guide ChicagoBlack Sheep Bride

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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.

Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Charleston

  • May 6, 2015

Between our couple doing a live dove release and a break dancer doing flips over three vendors and a groomsman, The Big Fake Wedding Charleston was full of surprises. Take a peek for yourself in our event highlight – enjoy!

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Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

A little beachy, a little modern. Bright, but not too loud. Our Charleston vendors followed a “West Coast Foliage” inspiration board that attempts to pin down that effortless California cool. Starting with a blank slate of simple, linear characteristics, our talented vendor team added in pops of warm hues and leafy details – taking our guests on a sweet mini vacay.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Blogshop NYC: designlovefest + SS Print Shop | A-Framed Mirror: Moving Mountains | First Course: Sun in My Belly + Erica Loesing | Fern Wreaths: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Palms: image by Landon Jacob | Gown: Naeem Kahn, Spring ’15 | Braid: image by Arina B. Photography

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Banners: The Banner Sisters | Bartenders: Squeeze OnSite | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Catering: MOSAIC Catering + Events | Catering: SaltWorks Catering | Ceremony Musician: Charleston Virtuosi | Cookie Bar: Grey Ghost Bakery | Day-of Coordination: Winey Blonde Events Co. | Dove Release: Holy City Doves | Entertainment (DJ + Break Dancer): OtherBrother Entertainment | Event Rentals: Snyder Events | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 5 (Green/White Ikat), 6 (Coral)): Fox Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 5 (Burlap), 6 (Wooden Placemats), 7, 8): Grace Graffiti | Gift Baskets: Batch | Groomsman Accessories: Spit Shine Man Goods | Hair + Makeup: Lava Salon | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront | Invitations: Mia Maria Design | Jewelry: The Cultured Pearl of Charleston | Mosquito Control: Palmetto Mosquito Control | Photo Booth: Coast Photo Booth | Photography: Carmen Ash Photography | Photography: Linda Kovtoun Photography | Photography: Shutter Sweet Photography | Programs: PostNet | Registry: Belk, Inc. | Rehearsal Dinner: Foodies Cafe & Catering | Transportation: Coastal Pedals and Paddles | Uplighting: Charleston Uplighting, LLC | Venue: Harborside East | Videography: Dock House Digital | Wedding Cake: Pawleys Island Bakery | Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: MyWeddingWeddings Unveiled Magazine, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine, A Lowcountry WeddingCoastal BrideBlack Sheep BrideLove Gives Way

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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.

Sophie + Beau’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans

  • May 6, 2015

Sophie and Beau met at a Persian New Year Party that her family goes to every year. He sat next to her at the table and they talked the entire night. After a few weeks of talking, they went on their first date and got married four years to the date after they met!

We are so excited to celebrate Sophie and Beau as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans tomorrow night at The Chicory. We hope to see you there!

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From her:
Beau and I met at a Persian New Year Party that my family goes to every year! He sat next to me at the table and we talked to entire night. After a few weeks of talking we went on our first date and got married 4 years to the date we met. I was finishing up my last year at LSU and he was running a local company in town. He has always challenged me to be bigger and better than ever and I just admire him so much! We are clearly soulmates and I can’t wait to take on the world together, with our cats!!

What was the most unique part of your engagement story?
Beau proposed to me in a private room at our local club and then we had brunch with our family. But I was the one that set up the brunch and had no idea it was my proposal! We also got married March 28, 2015 4 years to the date we met March 28, 2011.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
Looking into Beau’s eyes as he was crying while I read him my written vows. The way his emotions were, it was so overwhelming for the both of us. It truly felt like we were connected.

What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
I am more of the, go to the store and buy him a gift but Beau is more of giving an experience. He has done trips, outings, concerts, etc. He is always about doing something new and different and doing it as a couple. But the best he has ever done was taking me on a hot air balloon ride over Baton Rouge and over LSU Tiger Stadium during the biggest concert of the summer, Bayou Country Superfest! He knew that was on my bucket list and he is always thinking about me!

What inspires you about each other?
Beau is the inspiring one. He is the one that pushed me to finish LSU, he is always challenging himself and pushing him self to be better and better. He is such a hardworker and he’s a,ways doing what’s best for us and our future. He just started his own company and I can’t wait to be there for him as it grows! He inspires me to work towards what I love and never makes me feel low, he is always lifting me up!

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From him:
Sophie and I met at a New Years party and married four years later, on the same date. We always laugh with (or at) each other and treat our pets as kids.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
Our first look and reading of our own vows were the highlights of the wedding for myself. However, the weather, location and band were all top notch. The day of our wedding (3/28/15) was also exactly four years from the day we met!

What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
For Sophie’s birthday the first year we were together, we took a hot air balloon over LSU and Baton Rouge…a moment neither of us will forget.

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Photo Credit:
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We invite you to join us at The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans tomorrow night at The Chicory. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!