Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

  • February 26, 2015

Oh Queen City, how you shine. Our second event in Charlotte was nothing short of wonderful, thanks to our creative and talented vendors, precious couple, Jenn and Brian, and oh-so fun guests. We are delighted to share some highlights from The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte today – enjoy!


Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled



Our fantastic Charlotte vendor team was challenged with a “Candy Colored” inspiration board – whimsical, light, and dreamy. They were encouraged to contemplate defying gravity, hazy light, luminescent objects, and candy-colored skies before beginning their designs – and what they created was something we thought only existed in our imaginations.


Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Doughnut: Natalie E. | Sweet Peas: Floret Flower Farm | Gown: Leanne Marshall, Spring 2015 | Sky + Ocean: Griottes | Dress: Emilio Pucci, Resort 2015 | Glitter Balloons: Martha Stewart | Pastel Makeup: Allie Hine + Hayley Bidez


Venue: Levine Museum of the New South | Catering: Delectables by Holly | Catering: La tea da’s Catering & Events | Catering: Plate Perfect Catering by FS Food Group | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cocktail Hour Catering: Roots Farm Food | Photography: Bronwyn Duffield Photography | Photography: Alexa’s Photography | Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Day-Of Coordination: K Dream Effects (An Event Planning Company) | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop, Tables 1 + 4): Shay Brown Events : Floral + Event Design (Head Table with Pergola, Tables 3 + 6): Blossom Artistry | Floral + Event Design (Registration Table + Personal Flowers): Sophisticated Florals by Stephanie | Floral + Event Design (Lounge + Tables 2, 5, 7): River Kiss Weddings | Paper Goods: Invitations (Fuschia Floral) + Seed Packet Favors: Meg Michelle | Paper Goods: Invitations (Pink and Black Suite): Amanda Day Rose Paperie | Paper Goods: Invitations (Purple and Blue Suite): Ashley Bush Calligraphy & Lettering | Paper Goods: Menus + Catering Cards: MAD Design Studio | Groomsmen Attire: J.Hilburn Men’s Clothier | Wedding Dress: Classic Bride & Formals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel by Karrie C | Hair + Makeup Viva La Glam Hair + Makeup Artistry | Hair Accessories (Flower Crowns): Maiden Flower Crowns | Health + Lifestyle: healthyou | Entertainment (Band: Charleston Groove Factory): OtherBrother Entertainment |  Ceremony Musician: Musically Yours | Photo Booth: Electric Photo Booth | Wedding Cake: Five Star Bakeshop | Dessert Bar: Candy Girl Confections | Cupcake Bar: Iced Cupcakes | Vintage Dishes + China: The Whimsical Rose | Wedding Vow Art Canvas: The Standard Canvas | Signage: Estudio Rojo | Registry: Belk, Inc. | Interactive Guestbook: Thirty Day Dash | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: MyWeddingWeddings Unveiled Magazine, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine





















































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.

Preview: The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta

  • February 26, 2015

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, Sponsored by Shane Co.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 | W Atlanta – Midtown
Doors open at 4:30pm + the ceremony begins at 5:00pm.


What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, Sponsored by Shane Co., will be a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss. This is actually our 10th(!) event in our home market, so it’s going to be one of the biggest and best ones yet. The Big Fake Wedding offers a night of great food, dancing and surprises – in fact, at the 8th Atlanta NotWedding, there was even a surprise proposal! 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 fun!


To inspire brides and grooms, wedding vendors from Atlanta will showcase their creativity, products and services so that brides- and grooms-to-be can taste the cake, dance to the music and smell the flowers as they would on their real wedding day.

A Cacao AffairAvie Designs Stationery | Ben & Jerry’sBowman & Clark | Brideside | Coco Red Events | DJ Josh Whitlock | Epperly Travel | Ferrari | For the Love of Juneau Photography | Grace & Grit | Harpist for the King | healthyou | JD3 PhotographyInternational Dance Studios | Kyle Sklenar | Liddabits | Linda Margarita | Love & RespectLove Gives WayMadison Ties | Martha McIntosh Creative ConsultingModern Luxury Brides Atlanta | MyWedding | OtherBrother EntertainmentPetal + Fold | Perfect Wedding GuidePetite Cakes | Raven J. Events | Renea Kantrell | Shane Co. | Shutterbooth | That Grace Restored | The Guest Connect | The Sweet TrendThirty Day Dash | Topgolf |W Atlanta Midtown | West Georgia Cornhole | Weddings UnveiledWritefullyHis | XoXo by Cortni Lifestyle Photography

Take a look at all the fun we had at our ninth Atlanta event to get excited, then scoop up a ticket of your own here!

The Experience

At our Atlanta events, the vendor team always kills it. Our guests are able to meet these talented vendors face-to-face, get ideas for their own special day, and end their night with an epic dance party. To take a peek into what our Atlanta events entail, watch one of our favorite Atlanta highlight videos below. We hope you’ll join us at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta to make your own memories and see for yourself what the night has in store!

Photo Credit: Our Labor of Love, Kelley Raye Photography, Kaitie Bryant, Rustic White PhotographyMala Hyder Photography, Akins Photography, Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography, The Long FarewellLytle Foto | Video Credit: Incer Studios


For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit the Atlanta event page.

Tuesday’s 10: Bouquets

  • February 24, 2015

At your wedding, there are two very important things you hold on to all day: your handsome groom, of course, and your bouquet. Since we most likely have the whole “groom” situation figured out, let’s talk bouquets. It might seem simple enough, but there are a few things you’ll need to consider. Will your bouquet be colorful or subtle? Classic or whimsical? Do you want specific flowers? If so, what will be in bloom around your wedding date? Although these questions will need to be answered eventually, the best (and most fun!) way to “pick” your bouquet – no pun intended – is to look through lots of beautiful pictures to get a feel for what you love. We’ve got your first ten covered here!



Bud and Bloom | The 3rd Athens NotWedding


Adorned European Floral Design | The 1st Birmingham NotWedding


Magnolia Floral Studio | The 2nd Wichita NotWedding


Primrose and Company | The 1st Philadelphia NotWedding


Blue Fern Designs | The 1st Portland NotWedding


Leaf it to Lexi Floral Design | The 3rd San Diego NotWedding


May Flowers | The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding


Statice Floral Couture | The 1st Charleston NotWedding


Blossom Artistry | The 3rd Charleston NotWedding


The Ruffly Rose | The 1st Denver NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Kaitie Bryant PhotographyMorgan Trinker Photography | Jennifer Miller Photography | Peach Plum Pear Photo | kivalo photography | Brooke Photography & Design | Bamber Photography | MorningWild Photography | Emily Millay PhotographyJackie Cooper Photo

 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: Elena T Beauty

  • February 23, 2015

“I think every bride is beautiful in her own way and it’s my job to bring out and enhance her best features and natural beauty.” What more could you want to hear from your makeup artist? Elena of Elena T Beauty is not only incredibly talented, but is also one of the sweetest people out there. She helps brides look and feel their absolute best on their special day, and it means so much to her to be a part of it. Elena is one of those people who gets to do what they love for a living, and it totally shows in her beautiful work. We had such a blast with Elena at the third San Diego NotWedding and we can’t wait to work with her again!

“Elena is fun, flexible, funny, and welcoming with anyone she comes in contact with. She makes a bride and her bridesmaids feel like an absolute beauty already and her skill and talent only highlights that! She has an eye for enhancing beauty in someone and is a wonderful person to work with. We love her!”
The San Diego NotWedding Team



Describe Elena T Beauty in five words or less.
Professional, Creative, Elegant, Diligent & Friendly


What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?
The jump from a regular 9-5 Monday-Friday steady income and clientele to doing it all on my own. Also, getting up the courage to solely rely on no one else but myself.


Describe the ultimate bride to work with.
My ultimate bride would be someone who is fun-loving, open-minded and who is looking to have a natural makeup look. I think every bride is beautiful in her own way and it’s my job to bring out and enhance her best features and natural beauty.


What is the happiest part of your day?
I could answer this two ways. In a wedding day sense, it would be when the bride’s face lights up when she sees her makeup all done for the first time. That look is priceless and I wish more photographers would capture that. In an everyday sense, I would say being able to wake up and not only be my own boss, but to go into “work” and not feel like it’s “work.”


What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Everything! From meeting all the organizers, to networking with different vendors, to ultimately meeting potential brides. There are so many parts that come together to make The NotWedding such a huge success and when things run so smoothly and effortlessly, it makes for a well rounded amazing experience. One that I will never forget and always be grateful to have been a part of.

Photo Credits:
Allie Lindsey Photography | She Wanders Photography (2+5) | Melissa McClure Photography | Chris Wojdak Photography


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