Vendor Highlight: Scarlett & Grace

  • October 5, 2015

“Doing what we are passionate about is the easy part; never let the hard stuff overshadow what’s really important… following your dream!” Spoken like a true boss lady, Erin of Scarlett & Grace kinda has this whole “running a small business thing” on lock. Aside from her fascinating work ethic, Erin also has the ability to create floral arrangements that are straight out of a dream. It was a joy working with Erin at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco, and we’re so excited to share more about her in today’s Vendor Highlight!

“Erin is truly one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. She showed up early and left late, and she created some incredibly breath-taking designs for the event. She is a true professional!”
The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco


Sarah Maren Photographers

Describe Scarlett & Grace in five words or less.
Hopeless romance and artful botanicals.


Who or what inspires you?
Coming from a fine art background (I studied graphic and studio art at Cal Poly SLO), I am constantly inspired by artists of all genres and mediums. I’m currently working on a collaboration with a tattoo artist (shout out to Marie Brennan at Diving Swallow in Oakland!), where I am creating floral pieces that she is turning into tattoos for her clientele. It’s a really interesting process that is very different from my usual wedding work and the challenge is exciting! I hope to do collaborations with other types of artists, it satisfies another side of me that wants to create interesting, meaningful pieces that may not translate into a “wedding” look.


Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was joining an international design group called Chapel Designers. The support I receive from that group is immeasurable and I have learned so much from everyone in the group that I now call my flower family. I’ve met best friends and mentors, and we all value learning, growing and sharing in this amazing industry. My business is stronger because of them.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
I would advise new business owners to just keep at it. The beginning is scary (so is the rest of it, for that matter), but it gets easier to navigate the ins and outs of the business side. Doing what we are passionate about is the easy part; never let the hard stuff overshadow what’s really important… following your dream!

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I loved meeting other vendors who were just as excited about the wedding world as I am! There were so many talented people with beautiful spirits, it was a joy to be around them!

Photo Credits:
Sarah Maren Photography | Milou + Olin Photography | Lauren Carnes Photography | Tre Creative Photography | Katelyn Owens Photography


More from Scarlett & Grace:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Vendor Highlight: MelodyWed

  • October 2, 2015

When Jessica was invited to sing at a wedding where the entire musical repertoire was prepared by the groom, wheels started turning in her mind. She was a creative songwriter. There are so many couples that don’t have a special song. She could write and record a song based on their unique relationship, then they could use it for their wedding first dance! From that, MelodyWed was born. I mean, can y’all think of anything sweeter and more meaningful for your special day? Almost better than the idea itself is the fact that Jessica forms such a meaningful relationship with each couple and truly enjoys the process of turning their love story into beautiful music. It was an honor getting to see this process come to life at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco, and we’re thrilled to share more about Jessica in her very own Vendor Highlight!

“Jessica from MelodyWed created and recorded a FULLY CUSTOM first dance song that seriously had people in tears. This would be such a special gift for a spouse or for a parent to give their child (or for a girl to give her daddy!)”
The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco Team


Tell us a little bit about the story of MelodyWed.
The idea for MelodyWed Custom Love Songs was bred from a songwriter’s brain inspired by a custom wedding soundtrack! In 2008, founder Jessica Lindsay was invited to sing at a wedding where the entire musical repertoire was prepared by the groom. She started making connections: “I am a creative songwriter. So many couples don’t have a special song. I could write and record a song based on their unique relationship, then they could use it for their wedding first dance. They might even pay me for it. Eureka!” A fifty-page business plan, blood, sweat, and a few tears/years later, MelodyWed was born!


Who or what inspires you?
Okay, can we get real here? Taylor Swift. She is a serious songwriting powerhouse. Those catchy melodies and clever lyrics inspire me to no end! Not to mention almost every song she puts out is a hit.

Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
The first time I was invited to attend a client’s wedding and watch them sway to the custom song I had written for them blew me away. To have gotten to know them so intimately through the MelodyWed process, then to see them commit their lives to each other, and to witness them seal it all with an emotional, meaningful dance to their Melody. The pinnacle for me as the MelodyWriter is when I get to see the newlyweds mouthing the words of their custom love song to each other… All the feels.


What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the STORIES! I get to hear all kinds of melty meet-cutes, adorable anecdotes, and witty one-liners (that was alliteration too – think about it) and then turn them into a SONG! I seriously cannot think of anything more fun.

What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
The Big Fake Wedding allows the emotion of a custom love song to be felt by all the guests FOR COMPLETE STRANGERS. The first dance set to a custom love song for the model couple provides a window into their real life relationship and adds a depth of meaning to the ceremony and reception for all attendees. As a vendor, it’s a unique way to display my skills, a wonderful way to connect with other wedding industry professionals, and a sweet opportunity to interface with engaged couples!

Photo Credits:
Ely Roberts | Novel Hill


More from MelodyWed:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | SoundCloud

Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis-St. Paul

  • September 30, 2015

Aerialists, magic tricks, photo boots, and snow cones – is it just us or did The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis-St. Paul totally rival the Minnesota State Fair? We might be biased, but we think our vendors had this one in the bag. Le Meridien Chambers provided the perfect setting for all the fun, and our guests added to the excitement with their amazing energy. Take a look at the highlights below!


Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled



Following a “Floral Graffiti” inspiration board, our Minneapolis-St. Paul vendors were challenged to be vandals, using flowers as their can of spray paint. Did this mean everyone had to go buy fresh flowers? Of course not! Our talented vendors were encouraged to draw flowers, make flowers, arrange things that weren’t flowers as if they were flowers… and most importantly, let the way they used their materials shine with joyfulness and freedom.


Aerial Arts Experience: Laura Emiola – Custom Aerial Arts Experiences | Bachelor Party + Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Pinstripes Events | Band: Bluewater Kings Band | Beauty: Skin MPLS | Bridesmaid Attire: Kennedy Blue | Cupcake Bar: Enticing Icing Designer Cake Studio | Day-Of Coordination: denae brennan weddings & events | Dessert: North Mallow & Co. | DJ + Emcee, Magician: Brian Glad | Drink Labels: Clingks | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 1, 5, 9, 11): Laine Moire | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 6): Thistle and Blooms | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 7, 10, 12): Fab Event Design | Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi | Insurance Provider: Northeast Insurance Advisors | Invitations (Folk + Floral): Dick and Jane Letterpress | Invitations + Personal Stamps (Vibrant Brush Calligraphy): Hello World Paper Company | Invitations + Programs (Graphic + Rustic Floral Suite): Something Designed | Lighting + Draping: Dynamic Drape + Lighting | Linens: Festivities | Menswear: Savvi Formalwear | Photo Booth: Time Into Pixels Photo Booth | Photography: Allison Hopperstad Photography | Photography: A.R.T. Photography | Photography: Callie V Photography | Shaved Ice: MN Snow Shaved Ice | Slow Motion Video Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Tanning: goGLOW | Venue + Catering: Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis | Videography: acowsay weddings | Vintage Rentals + Tables 4, 8: All the Rage Rentals | Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge | Media Partners: MyWeddingForever BrideMinnesota Bride

















































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: Wedding Cake Alternatives

  • September 29, 2015

Not into the traditional wedding cake thing? Maybe pies are more your speed? Or perhaps you and your groom had your first date at the county fair and now cotton candy just has a special meaning in your relationship. Whether you want something more unique at your wedding or you’re just not “cake people,” we think it’s a-ok to give other desserts some love. From macaron towers to s’mores bars, we’re here with ten (okay, twelve) wedding cake alternatives to give you some inspiration. Hope everyone has a sweet Tuesday!



Sweet Lauren Cakes | The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco


Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier | The 3rd Charleston NotWedding


Picnic Pops | The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore


Circa Doughnut | The 1st Greenville NotWedding Styled Shoot


North Mallow & Co. | The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis – St. Paul


Colorado Cotton Candy Co. | The Big Fake Wedding Denver


Dripp | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles


Willowdale Estate Catering | The Big Fake Wedding New England


Jo Snow Syrups | The Big Fake Wedding Chicago


Byrd Cookie Company | The 2nd Charleston NotWedding


Bliss and Baker | The Big Fake Wedding San Diego

Photo Credits:

Weddings by Sunnyside | Emily Millay Photography | Kimberly Brooke Photography | Angela Cox Photography | Allison Hopperstad Photography | Meigan Canfield Photography | Andie Freeman Photography, LLC | Somerby Jones Photography | Ed & Aileen Photography | Clay Austin Photography | Brilliant Imagery


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!