March 14, 2013

The Not Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. The wedding guests’ are brides-to-be who get to enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing wedding vendors in action. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Los Angeles event which took place on 2.27.13 – where we incorporated 5 of our DIY tutorials into the wedding day. The fabulous images below are from Candice Benjamin Photography, who was one of the talented vendors that participated.

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Everyone asks about the situation regarding the couple… each ‘Not Wedding Couple’ is already married and durring the ceremony they are actually renewing their vows. In this senario, the attendants are their close friends and the darling little flower girls are their adorable daughters!

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Each vendor is asked to do what they do best; the photographer takes the pictures, the florist does the flowers, the bakery does the dessert, the planners plan, etc… with all those ‘cooks in the kitchen’ it truly creates an event like no other!

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You might recognize the two projects below… they are our very popular ‘Time Capsule Guest Book‘ project and our tech savvy ‘Instagram your Wedding‘ project…

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Different wedding planners and designers are given a few tables each to go wild – they get to create any type of decor their hearts desire (based around an inspiration board created for the event) in hopes of gaining the attention of brides-to-be…

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One of the home-runs from the night were the ‘Wed-libs‘ – our fun wedding Madlibs. Each guest received one at their table and we had a fabulous time watching people as they filled them out and then laughed at their answers! We had an overwhelming response to them on Instagram  – which absolutely warmed my heart.

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All over the venue we also provided our ‘conversation starter mason jars‘… which help to break the ice and get people talking. They are pictured below on the bar…

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Another one of our DIY’s… the ‘chalkboard here comes the bride sign‘ made the most darling appearance of the night!

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Such a lovely couple and such a heartfelt ceremony, they wrote and read their own vows and I was in tears!

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After the ceremony and the yummy dinner… guests get to wander around and meet all the talented vendors who created the event in an area called ‘The Tunnel of Love”… where we each had a cocktail table to display our best – here are just a few…

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At the very end of the evening we were able to watch a fantastic ‘highlight film’… which Amari Productions worked feverishly on throughout the entire day! Watch it below…

Here are a few images I Instagramed durring the evening… a huge THANKS to my dear friend Christin who helped me with the event and another huge THANKS to all the vendors who made the entire day a success! They are all listed below, xoxo.

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the event images above are courtesy of: Candice Benjamin Photography // other photographers associated with the event: Meghan Christine Photography and Chelsea Mitchell Photography // videography: Amari Productions // venue: Lot 613, Los Angeles // The Not Wedding event coordination and design: Couture Events // event designers/planners: Sweet Emilia JaneTwo B Events and Fabulously Wed // other decor: A Fresh Coat of Paint // florist: The Little Branch // stationary: Smitten on Paper // catering: Premiere Events // wine: Ferrari // cupcakes: Sprinkles // dress: Maude Couture // wedding accessories: Happily ever Borrowed // makeup: Shelby Wilson // photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth Co. // production, lighting, and DJ: SOS Entertainment // event rentals: Pico Party Rents & Sales // media sponsor: Ceremony Magazine // marriage resources: StartMarriageRight.com // DIY decor: your’s truly!


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Vanessa: the queen of swag !
March 14, 2013

Thanks so much for an amazing time!