Vendor Highlight: Blue Fern Designs

  • January 23, 2015

Inspired by the colors, textures and seasons of nature, Jennifer of Blue Fern Designs has a vision for floral design that she can bring to life effortlessly. Her designs are creative and one-of-a-kind, and the passion and love she puts into them adds a little something extra. At the first Portland NotWedding, Jennifer’s creations were unique, exquisite, and left the whole room breathless. We are thrilled to feature Blue Fern Designs in our Vendor Highlight today!

“Jennifer was the first in the door, the first to have all of her tables designed and one of the last to leave. She has a passion for what she does and it shows through her sourcing of nearly all local florals and products. She has a beautiful effortless vision that she easily brought to life at the event.”
The Portland NotWedding Team

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Describe Blue Fern Designs in five words or less.
I would describe Blue Fern Designs as creative and uniquely tailored floral-craft studio.

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Who or what inspires you?
I am most inspired by the colors, textures and seasons of nature. I am fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Maine where I can draw from the forests and mountains, as well as the coast.

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
One of the greatest moments was booking my very first wedding client.

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What is the best part of your day?
I would say the best part of my day is delivering wedding flowers to my clients. Knowing that together, we have created the designs that are so meaningful and personal to everyone.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
My favorite part of The Not Wedding experience was connecting with so many people — I was always speaking with someone! Great, talented vendors, wonderful clients and a truly unique show.

Photo Credits:
Kate Crabtree Photography | Personal (2 + 4) | Kenny Kim Photography (3 + 5)

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More from Blue Fern Designs:
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Vendor Highlight: Canvas Weddings

  • January 23, 2015

“One thing that I am certain played a huge role in the early successes I had in my business was the fact that I spent a lot of time seeking out and getting to know other wedding vendors. Not only have those relationships developed into some of my most treasured friendships…but a vast majority of my referrals come from vendors I work well with. You never know what friends and potential clients will come your way through other vendors.” Corinne of Canvas Weddings shares with us a valuable piece of advice for small business owners, and we could not agree more. We think that connections and relationships are a big deal, and Corinne runs her incredible business with this same mentality. She believes that working hard to perfect a couple’s big day is just as important as her relationship with them, and we so appreciate that! Corinne knows exactly how to make your wedding look and feel wonderful, and it was an honor working with her at the first Chicago NotWedding.

“Corinne is on top of it! She knew just what needed to get done and I never even had a chance to remind her of something because it was already taken care of. She is so fun and full of life and an incredibly hard worker. You can’t even tell how hard she is working with her effortless smile and poise!”
The Chicago NotWedding Team

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Describe Canvas Weddings in five words or less.
Committed. Artisan. Joyful. Soothing. Chic.

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What is the best part of your job?
The cake. Just kidding! Although I do love cake.

It’s so hard to pick just one part of my job — I love so many things about planning weddings. But hands down, my favorite part of planning weddings is building relationships with my couples. I think I must be simply lucky, because these deeply cool and sweet people somehow find me and invite me to be a part of their major life milestones. I love hearing about how they met, what they love to do, and how they want to share their love with their family and friends. I love laughing and DIY-ing with them over mixed drinks and setting them up with vendors I know they’ll love. I love reminding them that outside of saying vows before a qualified witness, they get to do whatever they want with their special day. I love that I get to be the one to say to the bride, “go when you’re ready,” just before she walks down the aisle. I could go on and on, but what it really boils down to is just that I love getting to be a part of my couples’ lives during such a special season.

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Describe the ultimate bride to work with.
My “ideal” bride is someone who gets more excited about the wedding ceremony than any other part of the day. She wants to express herself, the beauty of her relationship and her gratitude to her guests with her wedding, and wants people to leave her wedding with a greater understanding of who she is. She appreciates and enjoys beautiful and unique things, but when she makes a wedding choice, it comes from her vision of how the wedding should feel, rather than how it should look. She is someone who can treat me like a teammate during the planning process, but then relax and let me handle it all on the wedding day. In short, she is someone who simply can’t wait to be married in the most honest, beautiful and joyous way possible.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
There’s a lot I could say here, but there are two things I’d share without anyone about to start a small wedding business. One I feel I did well in when I was get started, and the other I didn’t.

First, buddy up! One thing that I am certain played a huge role in the early successes I had in my business was the fact that I spent a lot of time seeking out and getting to know other wedding vendors. Not only have those relationships developed into some of my most treasured friendships (wedding people are some of the best people there are), but a vast majority of my referrals come from vendors I work well with. So, get out there and network! You never know what friends and potential clients will come your way through other vendors.

Second, get help when you’re getting started. There are so many great (and sometimes free) resources out there for small business owners, from classes on business plans and marketing, accounting, legal issues and so much more. As a creative who runs a business, I struggled early on with the financial end of my business, and was too intimidated to take my questions to people who how how businesses should run. I wish I had checked my pride at the door earlier and let other professionals help and guide me.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
The whole experience was great, but meeting so many like-minded and fun vendors was my favorite part. Like I said before, networking and buddying up has been a major contributor to my businesses’ success, so it was fun spending time with so many new faces that I could see myself working with for years to come.

Photo Credits:

Woodnote Photography (1 + 2) | Willow & Stone Photography | Paper Antler | Emily Johnston

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More from Canvas Weddings:
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Tuesday’s 10: Ceremony Dresses

  • January 20, 2015

So you’ve set a date, picked a venue, and sent out your Save the Dates — now it’s time to start thinking about that little white dress. Perhaps one of the biggest decisions of the wedding planning process (and in life?!), we understand that saying yes to a dress is a big deal! There are endless styles, shapes, and silhouettes — so how will you ever decide? Before you venture out to boutiques to start trying on dresses, we encourage you to take a look at our favorite ceremony dresses from our events. Whether you’re looking for a classic and simple gown or a one-of-a-kind show stopper, we’ve got you covered. Eat your heart out, Pinterest!

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Maude Couture | The 2nd Charleston NotWedding

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a & bé bridal shop | The 1st Denver NotWedding

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Rent the Runway | The 1st Portland NotWedding

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Ivory & White | The 2nd Birmingham NotWedding

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made by anatomy | The 3rd NYC NotWedding

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Dame Couture | The 1st Chicago NotWedding

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Ivory + Beau | The 1st Savannah NotWedding

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The Bride Room | The 2nd Nashville NotWedding

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Adore Bridal Boutique | The 8th Atlanta NotWedding

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made by anatomy | The 1st Philadelphia NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Clay Austin Photography | Our Love is Loud | Kivalo Photography | Magen Davis Photography | Modern Wedding Photography | Booth Photographics | Stephie Hicks Photography | Hannah Elaine Photography | Katey Penton Photography | Peach Plum Pear Photography

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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: carolyn a. events

  • January 16, 2015

From creative event design to precise planning, Stephanie of carolyn a. events does it all and more. She has such an incredible eye for design and it is seriously amazing to see what she can come up with in a matter of hours. At the 9th Atlanta NotWedding, we all watched in awe as she set up some of the most exquisite, unique, and breathtaking tablescapes — needless to say, we’re big fans. It was truly a pleasure getting to work with Stephanie at our last Atlanta event, and we look forward to working with her again.

“Stephanie is a dream. She is kind, hard working, talented, and wonderful to be around! We loved working with her and getting to see her amazing talent come to life.”
The Atlanta NotWedding Team

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Describe Carolyn A Events in five words or less.
Passionately curious and design obsessed.

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Who’s your biggest fan and why?
I’d have to say my closest friend group. When I decided to start my own business they supported me fully. From giving out my name as a recommendation, to simply asking how things were going, to being excited with me when incredible things happened, they pushed me to become what I am today; they continue to help me grow me further each and every day and never hesitate to help me out!

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Describe the ultimate bride to work with.
Our dream client is a couple that has a vision for their wedding and trusts us to execute it. Whether this involves design or planning we enjoy couples that really focus on preparing for their marriage and then let us handle the small details about their big day.

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What is the happiest part of your day?
When coordinating for a bride and groom, our favorite part is actually the minute or so we get to spend with them before their final exit. Most of the guests are waiting outside with favors and we have a brief second with the couple. We take this time to ask them if they had fun and enjoyed themselves, which is our top priority. It brings us such joy and emotion to see their lit up faces knowing that we were able to help them actually be at their wedding. Then we send them on their way as husband and wife!

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Oh man, all of it! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to work and collaborate with the other vendors and were ecstatic to meet new brides and couples. It was exciting to put our best work on display and then have potential brides and grooms actually see our skills face-to-face. It was a joy watching people take a closer look at our designs and then party. I love the whole concept of The NotWedding!

Photo Credits:
Jason Hales Photography | Storytellers Photography | Gracie Blue Photography | Paige Jones Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography

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More from carolyn a. events:
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