Vendor Highlight: Lauren Carroll Photography

  • July 3, 2015

“My inspiration sparks from the way two people in love look at each other, sentimental details, beautiful colors, and the true emotions that I capture at each wedding.” Soft, romantic, and timeless, Lauren Carroll Photography makes memories come to life in the most meaningful way. Lauren’s wonderful personality totally comes across in her photos, which adds something even more special to her already brilliant work. It was truly a pleasure working with Lauren at The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans, and we’re thrilled to share more about her in today’s Vendor Highlight.

“Lauren was such a joy to work with! She is an absolute gem. Her personality was exactly what you want in your photographer! She has a talent for capturing just the right moment, love her!”
The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans Team



Describe Lauren Carroll Photography in five words or less.
Soft, romantic, and timeless.


Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by life and love. I am a firm believer of living in the moment and cherishing the little things. My inspiration sparks from the way two people in love look at each other, sentimental details, beautiful colors, and the true emotions that I capture at each wedding.


Why photography?
I have always been into drawing, painting, and other art mediums since third grade. My freshmen year in college, I took a film class as an elective. My whole semester turned developing beautiful black and white prints in the dark room. After changing my college major to graphic design & photography, one thing lead into another. I have now been a full time wedding photographer for four years. I consider myself very blessed to wake up every day with a job that I am so passionate about. I feel like I never work a day in my life.


What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is waking up with a hot cup of coffee (always in a cute mug to match my mood, of course!) and editing gorgeous wedding photos. Seeing these memories come to life through photographs is something I am lucky enough to witness every day. I love to express my creativity and deliver a beautiful, meaningful final product to my brides and grooms.


What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
My favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding was to photograph the amazing work of so many talented vendors. I LOVE to see the beautiful hairstyles, dresses, tablescapes, delicious goodies, and calligraphy. I also loved mingling with the excited brides-to-be!


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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!


Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled



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.


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


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




















































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.

Tuesday’s 10: Groomsman Gifts

  • June 30, 2015

Groomsman gifts can be tough. How can you thank the most important men in your life enough for standing by you on your big day? Luckily, our vendors come up with some pretty good ideas. From hand-rolled cigars to customized cufflinks, your groomsmen will thank you. Take a peek at ten unique groomsman gift ideas below!



MW Coastal Goods | The 1st Boston NotWedding


Boston Cigar Factory | The 2nd Cape Cod NotWedding Styled Shoot


Let’s Tie the Knot | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles


Spit Shine Man Goods | The Big Fake Wedding Charleston


Batch | The Big Fake Wedding Nashville


sockprints | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles


Jeff McLaurin Designs | The 9th Atlanta NotWedding Styled Shoot


Back40Life | The 1st Greenville NotWedding


Cherish Creations | The Big Fake Wedding Dallas

ATH1 - Kaitie Bryant Photography - stellaEM Haberdashery

stellaEM Haberdashery | The 1st Athens NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Lara Kimmerer | Keslie Corbett PhotographyYou & Me Photography | Carmen Ash Photography | Casto Photography & Cinema | Andie Freeman Photography | Jason Hales Photography | Mel Nocks PhotographyAlyssa Turner Photography | Kaitie Bryant


 Need some inspiration to plan the rest of your wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Visit our event page to find out when The Big Fake Wedding is coming to your city – you’ll get a chance to see all your local wedding vendors in action, as well as get some ideas for your big day. See you there!

Vendor Highlight: frankly.weddings

  • June 26, 2015

“Inspiration comes easily when each couple we meet brings a unique perspective, packing their own passion into every project. We pull from their bond, love, excitement, and personal backgrounds and use that to drive the entire planning process.” Weddings by frankly.weddings are like snowflakes; no two are exactly alike. When you book Frankie and her team for your planning and design needs, they look at your wedding with a completely unique perspective that is different for every couple they work with. It was truly incredible seeing what Frankie can do at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles (can we talk about that dreamcatcher ceremony backdrop?!), and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

“Frankie is amazing at what she does. In the weeks leading up to the event, she worked so hard to provide something amazing for the event and it was so evident by her work.”
The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles Team



Describe frankly.weddings in five words or less.
Personal . Inspired . Creative . Collaborative . Detailed


Who or what inspires you?
Our clients – of course! Inspiration comes easily when each couple we meet brings a unique perspective, packing their own passion into every project. We pull from their bond, love, excitement, and personal backgrounds and use that to drive the entire planning process.


Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
After years of designing and coordinating red carpet events, we knew we needed a change and were looking for something more personal. We wanted the opportunity to develop close relationships with our clients by making an impact in meaningful and creative ways. While it was a big transition, we knew we made the right decision, as nothing can replace the joy and happiness we see from brides and grooms on their big day!


What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Be reasonable about your time management and honest about your priorities. It’s important to stay true to your original vision for your business, while at the same time, allowing yourself room for creative growth. This could mean scaling back on the amount of jobs you take, allowing you to better focus on each individual project, or thinking big and bringing in additional help to tackle your work load. Every business is different; you don’t have to model yourself after another.


What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
The vendor collaboration – hands down!  The Big Fake Wedding brings truly exceptional creatives together in one room. The relationships created during the process can quite possibly become lasting bonds that continue to inspire you and your company for years to come!

Photo Credit:
Angie Silvy Photography | Erik Borzi Photography | Koman Photography | Valorie Darling Photography | Karolina Krupa Photography


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