Vendor of the Week: Made by Anatomy

  • December 19, 2014

“There is no greater joy for me than watching a bride gaze at herself in her wedding dress. She feels absolutely beautiful and just can’t stop staring at herself…It is the happiest part of my day!” Ali of Made by Anatomy makes the kind of gowns that you thought only existed in your dreams. Somehow she seems to read the minds of her brides and then creates exactly what they want, truly making their dream a reality. When all is said and done, the only person that might be happier than the bride is Ali herself, solely because of how beautiful her client feels in her designs. On top of her creative ability, the drive that Ali has is seriously inspiring — she’s the kind of person that just knows what she wants and then makes it happen. It was an honor getting to work with Ali at the third NYC NotWedding, and we are always looking forward to her next creation.

“Ali’s gowns are just incredible. Her custom gowns are so unique and she really can do anything you dream of for your dress. Her work is perfect and meticulous and it shows in everything that she crafts!”
The NYC NotWedding Team

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Tell us a little bit about the inception of Made by Anatomy.
Made by Anatomy started off as a lifestyle brand store concept in Buffalo NY, where I showcased my ready-to-wear collection, made-to-measure collection, locally sourced accessories and gifts as well as antiques. Similar to the way Anthropologie fits everything in your life into one space, I created a space that was Buffalo-centric with the same ideals.

I have evolved to cater to the needs of my market, locally and on a broader scale which is how I found myself re-located inside the beautifully restored Hotel at the Lafayette creating beautiful custom wedding dresses, reconstructing old wedding dresses and offering an array of alternative and fresh bridal accessories.

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Who or what inspires you?
I’m very inspired by the women I work with. They each have their own distinctive style and personality. Any designer will tell you the style comes from within, and it’s not about dressing head-to-toe one look but inventing your own. That’s the main reason I was drawn to the world of bespoke bridal wear.

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What is the happiest part or your day?
There is no greater joy for me than watching a bride gaze at herself in her wedding dress. She feels absolutely beautiful and just can’t stop staring at herself! That’s my secret little moment of, “Yes! Nailed it!” It is the happiest part of my day!

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What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken?
I’m pretty sure I’ve done nothing but taken risks since I’ve opened my doors in 2010! It was right after the economy went under and everyone was telling me to wait. I heard, “This is not the right time to start a business” a lot. But here in Buffalo there is such a sense of local pride and support, I felt as long as I hit the right spot with my consumers, I would be just fine. After a couple of years that spot became clear to me, and I’ve adapted to where I am today inside the Hotel Lafayette making custom and alternative wedding dresses.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Since my brand of wedding dresses is alternative in the silhouettes and style, I’ve been looking for more creative ways to market my pieces to a larger audience. When I found The NotWedding I knew it would be a chance for me to get my designs out there and in the most creative light possible. I loved how the team came up with a theme for all of the vendors to follow and all of the pieces just magically and beautifully fall into place! I felt totally free to create whatever I wanted within that concept. Of course, my real favorite part is the party itself! These girls know how to throw an incredible event! They are also really fun and supportive of small businesses, so it’s really amazing to be surrounded by that.

Photo Credits
City Lights Studio Photography (1 + 4) | Ayres Photography (2, 3 + 5)

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Vendor of the Week: Whitewash Films

  • December 19, 2014

We think the best kind of vendor is the kind that puts their whole heart behind their business, and Whitewash Films pretty much wrote the book on this. Jenn and Brian, the husband and wife team behind the Charlotte-based company, connect with you so wonderfully, you’ll feel as if your wedding video was shot by two of your closest friends. Not only is there a lot of love behind Whitewash Films, the quality of work is absolutely awe-inspiring. It was such a pleasure working with these two sweethearts at the first Charlotte NotWedding, and we look forward to working with them again.

“Jenn and Brian are gems! They are able to seamlessly move around and capture your big moments in a phenomenal way! They also have an eye for a great shot, and a heart to share a great story. We love them!”
The Charlotte NotWedding Team

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Describe Whitewash Films in five words or less.
We preserve memories in motion.

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What is the best part of your job?
We really love our couples. We feel so honored to capture their first few hours of marriage and then turn that into something a family can treasure for generations. It is also a blessing to work together as a couple. Every time we hear wedding vows it is a reminder of the covenant we made with one another all those years ago.

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Who or what inspires you?
We are always finding new inspiration around us. We especially love seeing God at work in the seemingly everyday moments of life.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Find a great support system. You’re going to need someone to believe in you at times when you don’t. There will be tough days but your community can help see you through.

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
We loved getting to spend time with the local vendors and The NotWedding team. It was remarkable how well everyone meshed right from the start! The NotWedding does such a good job of pulling off an event that has all of the excitement of a real wedding but without all of the stress! Working with fun, encouraging vendors makes it even more enjoyable.

Photo Credits:
Lindsey Turner Photography | Crystal Stokes Photography (2 + 5) | Micah & Megan Photographers | LaCross Photography

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The 3rd Charleston NotWedding: Rehearsal Dinner

  • December 17, 2014

Charleston always feels a little bit like home, and a huge reason for that is the incredible vendor community. At the third Charleston NotWedding rehearsal dinner, this feeling of community was stronger than ever. Virginia’s on King only added to this feeling, treating us to their private upstairs room, delicious bites, and an array of spirits to accommodate every guest’s needs. Anchor & Veil Photography also took breathtaking head shots of a few of our vendors, capturing their personalities perfectly. Needless to say, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the Charleston festivities. Stay tuned for the event highlight coming soon…

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Photography: Anchor & Veil Photography | Venue + Catering: Virginia’s on King

Vendor of the Week: Kristen J. Scott

  • December 12, 2014

“I have defined my own version of what a Day-of Coordinator should be, and it begins with a commitment to the bride’s vision and the single purpose of bringing it to fruition.” Kristen J. Scott, Day-of Wedding Coordinator, is the total package. She has the ability to get things done and get them done right, but at the same time is sweet as can be. This incredible combination creates a recipe for perfection that yields flawless events, every time. It was a pleasure getting to know (and love!) Kristen at the third Athens NotWedding, and we are proud to introduce her as our Vendor of the Week.

“Kristen is the best! She has the heart and love of a mother and friend, but the work ethic of a killer boss lady. She will do what you need, when you need it, and in the best way that it could be done. What more could you want in a Day-of Coordinator? LOVE her!”
The Athens NotWedding Team

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What is the best part of your job?
Although my job is all about spreadsheets, itineraries, and budgets, the work is still very personal. Not only do I get to share the best day most people ever have, but I get to see people at their best. What could be better than sharing a handkerchief with a tearful mom or helping a nervous dad with his toast? And pay no mind to the bridezilla images you see on TV. My brides are 100% fabulous!

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Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
There was a huge leap of faith when I left a full-time job to pursue day-of wedding coordination. The concept was fairly new to the industry and loosely defined; yet I was confident that the need was there. I have defined my own version of what a Day-of Coordinator should be, and it begins with a commitment to the bride’s vision and the single purpose of bringing it to fruition. My pivotal moment? The day I turned away my first client because I was already booked. I was like, “Wow. I never say that coming!”

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Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration comes from the soul, and I’m always amazed at what touches my soul. But motivation — that is another thing. People motivate me. The vendors with whom I work are incredibly creative and a true source of energy. I’ve worked throughout the southeast with some of the best artists — musicians, designers, caterers, bakers, and photographers. A great vendor is worth their weight in gold and I adore watching them create their magic on a couple’s wedding day.

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
I am a “stay-in-your-lane” kind of person. I would encourage new small business owners to know their strengths, work with passion, and do what you do exceptionally well. Don’t try to be everything to everybody. When you are starting out, there is a temptation to take on any client that comes along but this does not necessarily serve you well. Know your value, know your strengths, and stay in your lane!

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Without question, my favorite part of The NotWedding experience would be when the couple renews their vows. I hold the institution of marriage in very high regard and their expressions of love and commitment always give me goosebumps. Every single time. Oh yes, and the desserts. I adore the desserts!

Photo Credits:
Jeff Roffman Photography | Vue Photography | Elle Golden Photography | Kaitie Bryant Photography | Caroline Petters Photography

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