Though it isn’t too far in our past, it’s never too soon to revisit the decadent beauty that was The 1st Wichita NotWedding. This was our ground-breaking event in the midwest, and our own Ashley Moore of Events by Ashley pulled it off in exquisite NotWedding Style. Ready for a little step-by-step of how the party pulls together? Of course you are:

Step 1: Inspiration

The Wichita inspiration board was brimming with lush tones and deep, romantic winter shades — perfectly seasoned, if you ask me. The extra fun thing about THIS board is that it shared an event with The 1st Athens NotWedding! It’s interesting to see how our Southeast vendors chose to reflect the inspiration in comparison with our Midwest ones.


Step 2: Say Hello to Amy & Tim

The second thing we do is pluck a lovely young married couple out of the area (usually one we know and love) and ask them if they’d like to renew their vows and be a part of our event! Luckily for us, Amy & Tim said yes, and Darrin Hackney Photography got to take them out for a pre-event Save the Date shoot.

We also got the inside scoop on their love story, which is super sweet — especially Tim’s 11.11.11 proposal!



Step 3: The main event!

Alright fans, we’ve now arrived at the main attraction. You know that our vendors have been armed with an inspiration board to set their minds ticking and their creative fingers to tinkering. You’ve been introduced to the NotCouple and have sighed and aww’ed at how lovely and cool they are. Now, buckle yourselves in for the beautiful last leg! You’re about to see the representative work of 30+ vendors and 3 chic photographers all situated in the Wichita, Kansas area.

Venue: Abode | Entertainment: Accent Mobile Music | Invitations & Paper Accents: Adalee’s Paper Boutique | Jewelry: Amy Lea Jewelry (On Facebook: Amy Lea Jewelry) | Catering: Blue Moon Caterers | Linens: Bowman and Company | Wedding Cake: Buckingham Cakes | Dance Lessons: Care to Dance? Latin & Ballroom Studio | Hair Styling: Charisma Salon | Invitations & Menus: Chykalophia Group | Catering: Ciao | Desserts: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates | Photography & Save the Date Shoot: Darrin Hackney Photography | Calligraphy: Emilime Designs | Event Rentals: Event Elements | Day-of Coordination & Event Design: Events by Ashley | Sparkling Wine: Ferrari Wine | Photography & Styled Shoot: Heartland Photography | Hotel: Hotel at Old Town | Wedding Dress & Wedding Party Attire: I Do Bridal & Tux | Catering: Java Villa | Floral Design: Ceremony, Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Tables 2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23&26: Magnolia Floral Studio | Makeup Artistry: Makeup By Iris | Candle Favors: Milk + Honey Candles | Photography & Rehearsal Dinner: Millie B Photography | Videography: Nick Miller Films | Invitations & Programs: Creative | DIY Elements: Something Turquoise | Furniture Rentals: Social Manor | Media Partner: Splurge! Magazine | Floral Design: Head Table & Tables 1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22&25: Stems Floral Shop | Event Design: Cake Table Backdrop, Tables 3,6,9,12,15,18,21&24: Swatch Studio | Photobooth: Tapsnap | Travel: The Chic Travelista | Rehearsal Dinner: The Loft at 420 | Bartending Services: Xclusive Bartending |


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— Millie B Photography —



— Heartland Photography —



— Darrin Hackney Photography —


Nick Miller Films filmed the event and the video turned out TOO CUTE.

The 1st Wichita Not Wedding from on Vimeo.

Wichita treated us right, and we hope we treated you, too! We look forward to going back to Wichita and meeting more brides and vendors. If you are a wedding vendor in the Wichita 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).

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