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



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


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.


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


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.


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)


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



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


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.


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.


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.


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


More from Canvas Weddings:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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



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


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!


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.


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!


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


More from carolyn a. events:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Vendor Highlight: Deliver Paper Studio

  • January 16, 2015

“We are incredibly inspired by brides who have a vision. If a bride gives us just an inch of their vision, we run a mile with it.” More like a marathon, Deliver Paper Studio! Kelly and Sam, the dream team behind Deliver, have the most creative minds and execute their ideas to perfection. Whether you want to keep things classic or go for something more unique, these two will come up with something that suits any couple. Not only do Kelly and Sam create the prettiest paper products, they are also delightful to work with — making the whole process a dream. Let’s just say when it comes to paper, this dynamic duo knows how to Deliver. Wink wink. We were thrilled to work with Kelly and Sam at the 2nd Birmingham NotWedding and we are excited to share them on our blog today!

“Kelly and Sam are the sweetest pair! These two have an amazing talent, a clean brand, and the greatest personalities! They are a perfect choice to work with to bring your paper products to life in your own specific way! Dream team!”
The Birmingham NotWedding Team



Tell us a little bit about the inception of Deliver Paper Studio.
We are two designers who met at the graphic design studio at Auburn University. We quickly bonded over typography, long studio nights, design details and the need for sleep. We have been collaborating for years now, always sharing similar design aesthetics. During that time of side projects and collaboration, we saw a void in the creative wedding world. Thus, Deliver was born out of the need for refined paper goods for the design conscious bride.


What inspires you?
We are incredibly inspired by brides who have a vision. If a bride gives us just an inch of their vision, we run a mile with it. We love when brides are as curious, enthusiastic and interested in paper goods as we are. It helps us push the envelope (so to speak) while delivering intentional, conceptual design that meshes with the bride’s overall vision. We are also inspired by tangible design such as texture, shapes, architecture, fine art and textiles.


What is the best part about working as a team?
We would easily say there are so many benefits working as a team. Mostly, it helps with the decision making process. It requires that we slow down and have a conversation to ensure it is the correct decision rather than quickly and solely making one without someone to double check loop holes or look over details. It also helps to have two brains on a decision, whether it be a creative or financial decision. We are a strong team and enjoy bouncing ideas of each other. Lastly, we get to share meals together regularly! Our best ideas come over dinner at our weekly briefing meeting.

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List three of your favorite small businesses + why they are on your list.

Britt Bass
Britt is an incredible abstract painter straight out of the deep south. We respect all she has accomplished at her age and feel very inspired to do the same, seeing as we are similar to her in age. We adore her intentional use of color, strong shapes and powerful composition. She is confident in her art and in her capabilities, and as designers, we hope to daily experience ourselves.

Old Try
The Old Try is a print shop based around the good past, present and future ideas of the south. They pride themselves on the south’s rich history while remaining approachable, relevant and passionate and we admire their ability to connect with an audience they seem so familiar with. We also adore the medium of screen printing and enjoy watching them continually strive to perfect their craft.

Proud Mary
Proud Mary is textile business founded on intentional design, economic growth and craft preservation. The minimalistic textiles merge the gap between traditional methods and modern aesthetic. This creates an environment of relevant design with exceptional quality and high standards, which every good designer must seek. Of course we wouldn’t mind owning every piece either :)

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What is your favorite part of The NotWedding experience?
Being brand new in the game, making local connections was huge for us. It was incredibly helpful putting names to faces and getting to meet local vendors we have heard so much about. Also we loved getting to experience the wedding day. Being in the paper business, our job is done long before the day of the wedding so it was great to see the job come full circle while experiencing our product in person.

Photo Credits:
Deliver Paper Studio (1, 2 + 3) | W&E Photographie (4 + 5)


More from Deliver Paper Studio:
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