Welcome to the much-anticipated exclusive look at the process behind The 1st Athens NotWedding!
Step 1: Inspiration
The Athens inspiration board sported deep, romantic hues of ruby red and smokey blue — the overall effect was reminiscent of the iconic UGA red & black: Bulldogs gone bridal, if you will.
Step 2: INTRODUCing Katie & Andrew!
Our NotWedding bride Katie met Andrew in our venue, The Melting Point, a little over 3 years ago when he was a bachelor in the Men of the Classic City Bachelor Auction. They hit it off immediately, and Katie knew from the start that there was something very special about this one. She didn’t get to “buy” him that night, but he DID ask her on a date! One date led to another, and Andrew proposed a little over a year later! You can read more of their love story here. They were so much fun to hang out with at the Save the Date shoot and it was a joy to hear them recite the vow renewals they had written each other for the main event. It was an honor to be represented by you, Rasmussens!
Step 3: Bonding
For our 1st Athens NotWedding event, we decided to get all our vendors to meet up at Terrapin Beer Company for a tasting tour and an event we fondly know as the Rehearsal Dinner. We brought dinner in, and the team got to hang out, discuss ideas and bond as a NotWedding family.
Step 4: The main event!
Now, for the moment you’ve all been scrolling for. We’re confident that you will find the deep red and blue tones as to die for as we do. While you’re gawking, be shopping! Everything you see featured was created or provided by the vendors in the following list. This doesn’t have to be your dream wedding — it can be your real wedding! (Also, in case anyone was wondering, it seems artichokes are the fashion for the upcoming design season.)
Venue & Catering: Foundry Park Inn & The Melting Point | Event Rentals: Barron’s Rental Center | Sparkling Wine: Ferrari Wine | Sangria: Savida Sangria & Stacey Wines | Photography & Save the Date Shoot: Elle Golden Photography | Photography & Vendor Headshots: Kaitie Bryant Photography | Photography & Styled Shoot: From the Hip | Day-of Coordination & Event Design: Registration, Ceremony Backdrop and Tables 3,7,10 & 13: Taylor Larson Group | Vintage Rentals & Event Design : Lounge Area & Tables 6 & 14: Re-Find Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Bouquets & Tables 1,2,4,5,8,9,11 & 12: Bud and Bloom | Invitations & Fans: Natty Michelle Paperie | Invitations, Menus & Catering Cards: Puddleduck Paper Co. | Paper Flags & Banners: Liddabits | Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: I Do I Do Bridal Boutique | Handmade Jewelry: Jessie Jordan Jewelry | Menswear: Perno’s Formal Wear | Custom Bow Ties & Pocket Squares: stellaEM Haberdashery | Dessert Bar: Sugar Kneads Cakery | Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes Athens | DJ, Emcee and Lighting: Dawg-Town Entertainment | Band: The Highballs | Hair Styling: tease. | Makeup Artistry: Cat Cantrell Makeup Artistry | Videography: Incer Studios Films | Premarital Counseling: Stonegate Counseling Associates | Logistics: Bowtied
Now, in case you haven’t gotten a satisfying feel for what we do here at The NotWedding and how it played out in Athens, grab some headphones and a cozy chair and watch the recap from Incer Studios on repeat. They captured our debut perfectly:
Athens treated us right, and we hope we treated you, too! We look forward to going back and meeting more brides and vendors. If you are a wedding vendor in the Athens area and wish to be involved in this fabulous adventure, apply now to join the NotWedding family! If you are a bride (or not!) and you like what you see, buy a ticket now for one of our upcoming events and get in on the fun yourself. If you can’t make it, FEAR NOT– you can still be involved by helping us out as a Brand Ambassador! (They get free T-shirts. Duhhh, no-brainer).