Heather + Ryan’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta

  • March 27, 2015

Heather and Ryan met for the first time when Ryan gave Heather a tattoo. Are they rockstars or what?! They went on a date a week later, and were married 10 months after that first date. Fast forward a few years, 7 anniversaries and 3 sweet children later, Heather and Ryan are living their happily ever after. This dynamic duo will actually be celebrating their 8 year wedding anniversary during the week of The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, and their sweet five-year-old son will be helping them celebrate as a groomsman! Are y’all as excited as we are?

We are so pumped to celebrate Heather and Ryan as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, our 10th(!) event in our home city, this Sunday at W Atlanta Midtown. We hope to see you there!

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From her:

We met for the first time when Ryan tattooed me. We had our first date a week later, got engaged 4 months later and were married 10 months after our first date. We’ve been happily married for 8 years and have 3 kids and own businesses next door to each other.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day was seeing Ryan’s face when I walked down the aisle. Once the ceremony started, even while the pastor was talking he kept telling me how beautiful I was and we couldn’t stop telling each other “I love you.”

What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
I think the most awesome thing about our marriage is that God is our foundation and because of that we are able to love and respect each other and have grace for each other.

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From him:

Heather is my soulmate and my love packed into that little 5 foot 3 inch firecracker body.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
The best moment of our wedding day was when Heather mouthed “I love you” as she walked down the aisle towards me.

What is “your song” and why?
Our song for me is “Through the Darkness” by Tiger Army because every word of that song is true for us.

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Photo Credit:
Zack Arias

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The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta is now officially 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 Savannah

  • March 24, 2015

“He’s leavin’
On that midnight train to Georgia
Said he’s goin’ back to find
A simpler place in time

And I’ll be with him
On that midnight train to Georgia
I’d rather live in his world
Than live without him in mine”

All aboard, The Big Fake Wedding Savannah! We took a midnight train to Georgia, but what we found was far from simple. Between the exquisite decor, luxe details, fabulous cast, and excited guests, our second Savannah event was the picture of glamour. Minus the rainstorm – that wasn’t very glamorous. Take a peek into this dark, romantic, and luxurious night below – enjoy the ride.

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Preview | Sappy Love StoryAs Seen in Ruffled

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Inspiration

Our talented Savannah vendors juxtaposed glam elements against the old-fashioned backdrop of the Georgia State Railroad Museum, and the result was extraordinary. We’ve all seen rustic and we’ve all seen glamorous, but putting them together in this certain situation truly took our breath away.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Candles: image by Haley Sheffield | Cassiopeia Wrap: Carol Hannah | Silver Cake: Jason Schreiber for Martha Stewart | Headpiece: Seraphine | Gowns: Marchesa, featured in Vogue | Thread + Seal: image by Nicole Franzen | Bouquet: Calie Rose

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Balloons: Art Pop Balloons | Bridal Accessories: Southern Ever After | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Catering: Southern Soul Barbeque | Cocktail Hour: Byrd Cookie Company | Cookie Bar + Pastry Bar: Byrd Cookie Company | Day-Of Coordination: TOAST of the Coast | Dessert Bar: The Sweet Trend | Entertainment (DJ): OtherBrother Entertainment | Event Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Floral + Event Design (Registration Table + Tables 9, 10): AUGUST – Floral & Event Design | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets and Boutonnieres + Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 4, 6, 8): Shay Brown Events | Hair + Makeup: Salon EllaPar & Spa | Hotel Accommodations: The Brice – A Kimpton Hotel | Ice Cream: Leopold’s Ice Cream | Invitations: Chrissy Skutnik Design | Jewelry: 32 Degrees North Jewelry | Linen Napkins: Dot and Army | Men’s Accessories: Madison Ties | Paper Accents (Maps + Signage): JLeslie Wedding Decor | Photo Booth: Tapsnap 1135 | Photography: Carrie Friesen Photography | Photography: image four:twelve photography | Photography: Vanessa Velez Photography | Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah, Inc. | Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Vintage China: Lillian’s China | Vintage Rentals + Lounge: Savannah Vintage Rentals, LLC | Wedding Cake: Coastal Confections | Wedding Dress: Ivory and Beau | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Sparkling Wine Vendor: Ferrari | Media Partners: MyWeddingWeddings Unveiled MagazineA Lowcountry WeddingSavannah Weddings MagazineBlack 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.

Amanda + Travis’s Sappy Love Story: The Big Fake Wedding LA

  • March 18, 2015

Amanda and Travis met five years ago at the church where they now both work. Amanda was one of the vocalists at the church and saw him while she was singing on stage. A few weeks later, they were finally introduced through a mutual friend. They started to date and within a year and a half they were married! Amanda and Travis just celebrated their four year wedding anniversary and couldn’t be happier.

We are so excited to celebrate Amanda and Travis as they renew their vows at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles tomorrow night at 440 Seaton. We hope to see you there!

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The most unique part of our engagement story was that I actually found out that he was proposing and didn’t tell anyone because I was so nervous. He ended up finding out, and to my surprise kept the same date and proposal time. I totally thought he was gonna change it!

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The best gift my husband gave me was actually this year’s birthday gift – a concert to Sam Smith! It was such an amazing show that we both enjoyed and had an amazing time at!

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The best gift my husband says I have to him was me ;) So cute. So when I told him now I feel super materialistic for my answer, he laughed and said the second best gift was his surprise 30th party with all of his closet friends and family. We all had an amazing night. Definitely one for books!

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Photo Credits:
Mike Carreiro (1 + 3) | Perpixel Photography (2 + 4)

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The Big Fake Wedding LA is now officially 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 NYC, presented by BRIDES

  • March 17, 2015

To say we love NYC is an understatement. Between our crazy-talented vendor team, romantic venue, and oh-so fun couple, our fourth New York City event was one to be remembered. As a testament to how fabulous it was, The Big Fake Wedding NYC, presented by BRIDES, was even covered by the TODAY Show. Was it real life?! We’re still not sure. See for yourself in this event highlight – enjoy!

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Preview | Sappy Love StoryAs Seen in Ruffled | As Seen on TODAY Show

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Inspiration

Dark, mysterious, and glamorous – The Big Fake Wedding NYC took on a sultry edge thanks to our killer vendor team and the “Smoke and Mirrors” inspiration board they followed. Our NYC vendors accepted the challenge of turning dark beauty and dramatic romance into something soft and appealing to brides. They accomplished this with materials such as crystals, metallics and glitter as well as luxurious textures like marble and silk. What they designed was exquisite, delicate, and took our guests to a mystical new place.

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Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Silver Cake: Jason Schreiber for Martha Stewart | Gowns: Marchesa, featured in Vogue | Thread + Seal: image by Nicole Franzen | Headpiece: Seraphine | Candles: image by Haley Sheffield | Bouquet: Calie Rose | Cassiopeia Wrap: Carol Hannah

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Presenting Media Sponsor: BRIDES Magazine | Cocktail Hour Sponsor: HoneyBook | Venue 26 Bridge | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Impression Bridal | Menswear: The Tailory New York | Photography: Ann Blake Photography | Photography: Elvira Kalviste Photography | Photography: Karen Kristian Photography | Videography Majestic Creative Films | Catering + Bar: City Chefs Catering | Event Rentals: RentQuest | Day-Of Coordination: Hoopla! Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop and Tables 3 + 6): All Who Wander Event Design | Floral + Event Design (Head Table and Tables 1 + 4): Sparkle Motion Decor | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers and Tables 2 + 5): Juli Vaughn Designs | Paper Goods – Invitations (Grey Floral): Gartner Studios | Paper Goods – Invitations (Black, White + Gold): Lilac Lily Design | Paper Goods – Programs: Pure Paper NY | Paper Goods – Hand-Stamped Paper Accents: Bella Carta Boutique | Paper Goods – Thank You Cards: Paper by JLee | Signage (Check-In, Bar, Tunnel of Love, Head Table): Cricut, DIY decorations | Hair: Warren Tricomi | Makeup: Pucker Makeup Studio | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman Custom Fine Jewelry | Entertainment: EastCoast Entertainment | Photo Booth: Poppy Booth | Wedding Cake: Ovenly | Dessert Bar: Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop | Registry: CityBird Registry | Vintage Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ceremony Musician: Event Music Concierge | Tunnel of Love – Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Tunnel of Love – Bouquets: To Hold & To Have | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Cocktail Hour Venue: Pucker Makeup Studio | Media Partners: BRIDES Magazine | MyWedding | WellWed Magazine | Love Inc. Magazine | Wedding Sites and Services

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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.