You may have seen my post from a few weeks ago about The NotWedding 2011 in Atlanta. Well, the professional pictures are in, and it's time to recap!
All pictures are by Chelsea Patricia Photography, The Long Farewell, and Once Like A Spark.
The beautiful Not Bride and Groom were Caroline and Drew McClure...
Her dress was designed by Laurel & Fife, hair piece by Fine and Fleurie.
Bridesmaids, dressed (fabulously) by Core Bridesmaid Couture.
These beautiful sewn lanterns were made by Abany at Brown Linen & Co. and hung over the stage - made from old shipping pallets!
Amy Osaba and stylist Ginny Branch (a contributor at Design*Sponge) did a great job with the head table... this picture was so beautiful I couldn't keep it from you!
And another standout vendor - Gertie Mae's Floral Studio - she did an outstanding job... above and beyond everyone's expectations.
And now for my bit: stationery! Here's my board displayed at the front, near the registration table. You can see all my pieces - the invitation (front and back), the menu, pencil favors, envelope front with Abany's calligraphy, envelope reverse and the custom-printed envelope liner (my favorite part).
My inspiration for this suite came from the theme of the NotWedding as a whole, Frosted Poetry. I wanted the set to be reminiscent of an old book, I used the raised texture of thermography to give the invite an embossed book cover feel. I hand-drew the calligraphy for Caroline and Drew's names, as well as parts of the menu. I used an old Roman typeface for the set type, and hand-drawn frames to vignette the type. The envelope liner is printed in my handwriting (Shakespeare's sonnets), and I wanted that part to feel like a journal entry or a love note. I also took couplets from love poems to make the pennant flags for the pencils.
a detail of the pennant pencils...
In the Tunnel of Love, I had a small "booth" for brides to come and visit, here's a couple of shots of what I set out. The flowers are from GARDEN atlanta... beautiful.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience. I had so much fun with all of the vendors, and once the guests arrived, it felt like a real wedding - even from my perspective! Everyone really brought their best, and I think the guests got a LOT of great ideas - I know I did!
The next NotWeddings will take place in Atlanta, Orlando and San Diego - stay on the lookout for the next one near you!