Lindsay + Scott’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Orlando

  • January 19, 2015

He thinks their first date was at a coffee shop, she thinks it was getting ice cream as an appetizer (they’ll explain) — but one thing Lindsay and Scott will always agree on is their love for one another. After these college sweethearts began dating, they were soon tested with a long distance relationship. They passed this test with flying colors, as they were married within the year — who says distance has to be hard? Not these two!

We are so excited to celebrate Lindsay and Scott as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Orlando on Wednesday night at the Orlando Science Center! We hope that you will join us for the party – grab a ticket here.

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We met as freshman at Furman University and were friends for years, but did not start dating until the last semester of our senior year. After college, we each moved back to our respective homes (NC for me, Orlando, FL for him) but continued to date long distance. However, the distance couldn’t keep us a part and within a year we were married.

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To this day, we are still in disagreement over what our first date actually was! He thinks it was the first time he causally asked me to get coffee (which ended up being five hours long to the point where the coffee house owners had to kick us out because they were closing). I think it’s the first time he used the actual “d” word. He picked me up and then had me write all my favorite restaurants on strips of paper and put them in a hat. I drew one out of the hat each for appetizer, dinner, and dessert. I ended up picking an ice cream place first and it’s still the best appetizer I ever had :) After restaurant hopping for our meal, Scott took me to a bookstore and we read our favorite children’s stories to each other.

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Scott and I got married at 23 and had no clue what marriage was at the time but we knew we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Four and a half years later that is still true but our love for each other is much deeper. We have learned that marriage is messy and laying down your life for another is no joke! However, we are both committed to growing individually and thus growing as a couple and we have seen God do some pretty remarkable things in our lives over the past few years. We are by no means perfect, but we are so excited and encouraged to see what is in store for us and are thankful for the opportunity to renew our vows!

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Photo Credits:
Cheryl Dawn Photography | Personal (2-4)

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We invite you to join us as at The Big Fake Wedding Orlando on Wednesday night at the Orlando Science Center. There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

Event Highlight: The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding

  • January 14, 2015

Deep pigments, vibrant details, lively guests — this bustling event was so full of energy and life, we’re surprised we didn’t blow the roof off. Can we party in Chattanooga every night? Between the remarkable details, passionate couple, and endless dancing, this night was certainly one for the books. It is with great excitement that we share the event highlight from our very first Chattanooga NotWedding — enjoy!

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Save the Date | Sappy Love Story | Rehearsal Dinner | As Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Ever dream of summer on a chilly November day? Well we kind of got to live this dream at the first Chattanooga NotWedding. Chattanooga vendors were inspired by the summer garden — lush, overgrown, and tropical. Embracing the wild nature and abundance of summer, our talented Chattanooga vendor team laced it into their work effortlessly. They were encouraged to think less about organization and instead let their design take on growth and life of its own. Utilizing warm hues and sultry summer details, our vendors left the whole room buzzing like june bugs.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Popsicles, Anna Williams | Flowers, Anna Williams | Bridal Party, Pat Furey from this wedding |  Drinks, Aster & Olive | Dresses, Erin Fetherston | Gown, Monique Lhuillier | Stop & Smell the Roses, Rifle Paper Co | Cake, Justin Demutiis

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Venue: Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza | Catering: GQR Catering & Events | Photography + Save the Date Shoot: Photos By Heart | Photography + Styled Shoot: Life with a View Photography | Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Bamber Photography | Day-Of Coordination: A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 1, 3, 5): May Flowers – Event Design Collaboration with Anchor Me Away | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 4, 6): Anchor Me Away – Floral Collaboration with May Flowers | Invitations + Programs: Tickled Ink Paperie | Invitations + Thank Yous: FOXY OXIE | Mens Formal Wear: Giorgio Mens Warehouse | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Prado Bridal and Formal Wear | Hair + Makeup: In the Buff Day Spa and Salon | Skinny Wraps: Wraps by Sarah | Jewelry: Namastemily | Entertainment: DJ Sterl The Pearl | Photo Booth: Chattanooga Photo Booth Co. | Wedding Cake: Yellow Cake Company | Jelly Favors: Miss Shelley’s Southern Jams & Jellies | Vintage Rentals, Lounge Space + Head Table: Heirlooms Vintage Boutique and Rentals | 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 KnotFoxy Oxie Supernova

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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.

 

Colleen + David’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

  • January 14, 2015

Colleen and David, Clemson sweethearts, were set up by another couple (now married as well!) who invited them on a trip down to a Clemson away game. After enduring a road trip together — the true test — Colleen and David became inseparable. The precious pair got married in Charleston, SC a few years later in September of 2009, and the rest is history. Now a family of three, Colleen and David have perfected the art of functioning as a team, and we are their biggest cheerleaders.

We are so excited to celebrate Colleen and David as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Dallas tomorrow night at The Joule Hotel. We hope to see you there!

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Tell us a little bit about your story.
We met at Clemson University in 2006 – David’s best friend and his girlfriend (now married) set us up by asking me to join them all on a trip down to Tallahassee Florida for the Clemson/FSU football game. The rest is history… David proposed on January 1, 2009 while visiting me in Dallas. We were married in Charleston, SC (where David is from) on September 26, 2009.

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What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
The best part of our wedding day was waiting to see each other until I walked down the aisle. We took a picture holding hands prior to the ceremony with a door separating us, which made the anticipation of seeing each other even greater!

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What is the best date you have ever had?
Our best date was a spontaneous weekend trip we took to Vancouver Canada one August. We took the gondola up the mountain and saw the most beautiful scenery and wildlife. We were able to eat and drink at the top of the mountain and also go snow tubing! It was such a fun day spent together exploring a beautiful new place!

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What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
The most awesome thing about our marriage is how well we function as a team. We share duties around the house and balance each other out in ways we didn’t know we would need when we got married. Now that we have Carter (our 9 month old son), this has become especially important. Thankfully, we are on the same page with what we want out of our lives as a couple and as parents.

Photo Credits:
Caroline Jurgensen Photography | Personal (2 + 3) | Courtney Dox Photography

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The Big Fake Wedding Dallas is now officially SOLD OUT! If you missed out on this event, we invite you to join us when we return to Dallas in September — grab your ticket here.

The Big Giveaway: Testimonial

  • January 12, 2015

“It was a beautiful affair that let upcoming brides and grooms see vendors in action and see how all the different elements of the vendors can come together to create a wedding.” – John + Whitney, guests of the second Charleston NotWedding and winners of The Big Giveaway.

Last year, we started a little something called The Big Giveaway. If you bought a service or product from a vendor you found through The Big Fake Wedding, you had the opportunity to enter to win a killer prize package. One lucky couple would receive a “Newlywed Starter Kit” featuring a beautiful Lamon Luther farm table, a case of delicious Ferrari wine, and fabulous trip to Thailand from Luxury Concierge Travel. We were flabbergasted at the response to The Big Giveaway; we were completely inundated with a flood of entries, all giving glowing endorsements of our wonderful vendors. To our talented 2014 vendors, to everyone who booked them, and to all of you who continue to support The Big Fake Wedding — we thank you!

Although we wish we could have given each and every participant the incredible prize, only one couple could win. It happened to be two guests at the second Charleston NotWedding, one of our most packed, ridiculously humid (yet stunning!) events to date — bless their hearts. John and Whitney, the sweet, deserving winners of The Big Giveaway, booked a total of four vendors from The Big Fake Wedding family for their beautiful October wedding. Not only this, the precious pair also wrote up the most lovely, thoughtful testimonial of the vendors that contributed to their special day. We are so excited to share their experience below!

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Before settling on a venue, we toured and analyzed 17 various locations around Charleston, from charming historic homes, beautiful tranquil plantations, ballrooms, parks, to waterfront properties. The Historic Rice Mill was number 17. We had already attempted a deposit with a previous venue, but after looking at several photographs of the first Charleston NotWedding, we decided to go have a look. Upon entering, we were greeted with beautiful exposed brick, tin ceilings, an enormous mahogany bar leading out to an outdoor patio, and a gorgeous view of the sailboats resting on the Ashley River. It was elegant, yet understated, with all the historic charm and character of Charleston that we were looking for. We passed on our original venue and selected a date right away: October 3, 2014.

The ceremony was held outside by the water, and we were very fortunate that the rain held out just in time for us to finish our pictures. After the ceremony, our guests proceeded to cocktail hour to mingle under the lights of the covered patio provided by OtherBrother Entertainment. The lighting provided just the right touch that we were missing.

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I think many people can attest that wedding planning has its many ups and downs, but having amazing vendors truly makes the process a lot easier. Although many people also might tell you that the little details won’t matter, personal details were important to us. They were a way for us to have that extra little piece to hold on to after the white dress is put away and the wedding excitement fades. When we stumbled upon Back40Life and their custom wedding signs and décor at The Big Fake Wedding, we knew that would be the perfect touch to welcome our guests to our wedding. The sign is currently on display in our house, and we still love it!

We cannot say enough wonderful things about The Historic Rice Mill, Good Food Catering, and Eve Gray, our wonderful venue coordinator. Although our initial face-to-face introduction didn’t occur until the second Charleston NotWedding at Boone Hall Plantation, she was so easy to reach and completely spoiled us from our catering tasting (we ate way too much!) all the way through our wedding day. Even with several dietary restrictions, Good Food Catering was more than happy to work with us to customize a menu that suited our needs. Our guests were provided with a beautifully stationed dinner of rib-eye, shrimp and grits, swordfish and pasta. After all the food, we had more than enough of a reason to dance the night away with the Blues Factor Band!

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Between Eve, and our amazing coordinator, Amanda Assey Lewis of Southern Chic Weddings and Events, we could not have been in better hands. Even when small snags and hiccups occurred (yes they will happen!), these two were right by our sides. With their professionalism, talent, devotion, compassion, sense of humor, and eye for detail, they brought a sense of calm over even the most stressful situations and made us feel like we were truly the only thing that mattered in the entire room. We cannot express our gratitude enough to them and their teams for all their hard work to make our day truly special.

Although she is not currently a vendor with The Big Fake Wedding, we cannot leave out our photographer, Lauren Kinsey of Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Photography. Photography was a top priority for our wedding budget along with the venue, and to this day, we do not regret our decision or our investment as it truly ended up being so much more. Lauren was with us almost since day one. She knew our history and was completely invested in our story, our style, our interests, and our hearts. We were fortunate enough to have an engagement shoot over the summer with her to show her the city we loved and get to know her better; however, we didn’t fully comprehend how much a strong connection with a photographer, both personally and artistically, would impact our wedding day. On our wedding day, Lauren made us feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. We will forever cherish our first look shoot with her as she captured the tears streaming down both of our faces when we first saw each other. She provided assertiveness during group pictures and a warm hug, kind words, and a sense of calm whenever needed. Throughout our entire wedding, we did not feel like we were working with a vendor, but a friend that will forever be in our hearts.

Photo Credit:
Lauren Kinsey

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