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.

The 1st Portland NotWedding: Newlywed Mini Moon Styled Shoot

  • December 10, 2014

Whether a couple decides to push off their honeymoon for a few months due to post-wedding broken piggy banks or they’re just waiting until the weather is warmer, a “mini moon” can be a wonderful prequel/alternative to a honeymoon. By definition, a mini moon is a short trip taken by a newlywed couple, often in advance of a longer getaway to be taken on a later date. This styled shoot from the first Portland NotWedding took place at a cozy lodge in Maine and features some sweet newlywed activities such as breakfast in bed, a canoe ride, and a picnic. Page Photography captured the weekend excursion beautifully, as well as the love between the cute couple, Sarah and Alex. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!

“We envisioned a ‘mini moon’ for the newlyweds; a quick weekend away at Migis Lodge in Casco, Maine, before their big honeymoon. We styled a little picnic and canoe ride for the couple, and drew inspiration from the surrounding colors, environment, and the ocean.”

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Photography: Page Photography | Venue: Migis Lodge | Catering: Dandelion Catering | Sarah’s Clothing: Bliss Boutiques | Coordination + Design: The Refinery Events & Marketing | Hair + Makeup: Ariel Johnson | Invitations: Impress Me Designs | Models: Sarah + Alex

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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