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The 2nd NotWedding Nashville

Last year we shared the first NotWedding Nashville, and today we have a recap of this year’s event. Same town, different faux wedding! The 2nd Nashville NotWedding is full of texture and earthy elements. The event throws a fake wedding for engaged couples to see what the pros can do in real life for their own weddings, encouraging participating vendors to work together to showcase a cohesive event.

The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/

The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Cassidy Carson -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/

Photos above by Cassidy Carson Photography


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Hannah Elaine Photography

The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The 2nd NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Hannah Elaine -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/

Photos above by Hannah Elaine Photography


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Maile Lani Photography

The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/
The NotWedding Nashville - photo by Maile Lani -  http://ruffledblog.com/notwedding-nashville/

Photos above by Maile Lani Photography


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Down to Earth wedding ideas
Photo sources, from left to right, from top to bottom: Ozzy Garcia, Paige Jones, Anna Williams, Agnetha Home, Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, Claire Pettibone

Venue: Events at 1 Cannery Row / Rehearsal Dinner: Edgehill Café / Photography + Save the Date: Cassidy Carson Photography / Photography + Styled Shoot: Hannah Elaine Photography / Photography + Rehearsal Dinner: Maile Lani Photography / Day-of Coordination + Event Design (Table Numbers 13, 14, 15): Creative Designs & Events / Event Design (Head Table + Table Numbers 3, 6, 9, 12) Events by Elaine / Floral Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Table Numbers 2, 5, 8, 11): Rosemary & Finch Floral Design / Event & Floral Design (Bridal Party Flowers + Table Numbers 1, 4, 7, 10): Shay Brown Events / Invitations: Nesting Project / Programs: With Love Paper Goods / Save the Dates: Green Bean Paper Company / Menus: J. Amber Creative / Local Handcrafted Goods + Gifts: Batch Nashville / Paper Accents: Liddabits Design Shop / Groomsmen Attire: Street Tuxedo / Bridal Party Attire: The Bride Room / Hair: Salon Nfuse / Makeup: Hayley Bidez Makeup Artistry / Perfume: Flower Acre / Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Frosted Affair / Cupcakes: Connie Cakes / Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s / Event Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental / Entertainment: Snyder Entertainment / Photobooth: Snyder Entertainment / Wooden + Iron Accents: Narrow Gate Artisans / Travel: 2 Travel Anywhere, LLC / Transportation: F.A.D.D.S. Party Bus / Health + Wellness: Nashville Healthnote / Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace / National Linen Vendor: Linen Tablecloth / National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari / Media Partners: flower Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Weddings, Wedding 101 Nashville, Ashley’s Bride Guide

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Wedding

Sabrina and Hamad exchanged vows in picturesque St. Lucia, but they didn’t let that stop them from celebrating back in the states with their friends and family. Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the ideal location for their reception, where Mary Margaret Smith, Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, and Hothouse Design Studio brought their A-game to create a memorable celebration.

eucalyptus bouquet - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

From the bride, Sabrina: Hamad and I really have a love for travel, so we decided on a private ceremony in St. Lucia and honeymoon while there. We were already legally married in the States as to avoid the hassle of their marriage laws. It was just the two of us saying our vows that we wrote on napkins the morning of the ceremony. It was important to us to be in the moment and capture our feelings of the day. Once we returned home, we had a small reception for only close friends and family to celebrate our marriage. We wanted to create a laid back atmosphere as if you were coming over to our house for dinner. The event was held in a small cafe at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where guests were welcome to walk around, eat, and mingle. No schedules or itineraries, just fun!

champagne wedding shoes - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

peach wedding invitations - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

marquee light signs - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

thistle wedding bouquet - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Bouquet recipe: I love blue thistle, and our florist added light blue delphinium, peach Campanella roses, and poppy seeds to make my stunning bouquet.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

chair back signs - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Our style had a whimsical and eclectic flair which very much suits our own personality. I love the look of oil lamps, so the design team took this idea and ran with it. They were brilliant! Our colors were different shades of blue, peach, blush, and cream. A few DIY touches were added to the decor like the photo booth. My husband is very techie so he set up the photo booth while I made the fabric strips backdrop and photo booth props. I also made honey jar wedding favors filled with local Alabama honey, bride/groom signs, Mad Libs words of wisdom cards, and framed pictures of us throughout the venue of our ceremony in St. Lucia.

milk glass centerpieces - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

vintage book diy idea - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you are considering a destination wedding, find out the marriage laws of that particular country. Some are more strict than others and you will want to be prepared. As far as the reception planning, go with vendors that you feel the most comfortable and those who understand your vision. Then, trust them! It makes the planning process less stressful. I know the saying goes “the devil is in the detail,” and to an extent, it is. But there is so much online now days, you could spend hours and hours pouring over it. This can be a little overwhelming so don’t get swept away in it all. I recommend internet browsing just to get a general idea for your style, brainstorm with your design team, and then let your imagination take over!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

milk glass centerpieces - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

cake tables - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding cake flowers - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

wedding cake - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

reception dinners - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding
Birmingham honey wedding favors - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding

Birmingham Botanical Gardens wedding - photo by Mary Margaret Smith http://ruffledblog.com/birmingham-botanical-gardens-wedding


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Wedding Music:
We had background music inside the Cafe: a mix of Frank Sinatra, Nora Jones, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Our song is “Come Away with Me” by Nora Jones and was our feature song.

Wedding Location: Birmingham, AL / Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith / Planning and Coordination: Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events / Floral Design: Hothouse Design Studio / Ceremony Location: Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia / Reception Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via Ivory and White / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Tie: Calvin Klein / Catering and Pies: Kathy G. and Company / Wedding Cake: Dreamcakes / Decor: Prophouse Birmingham / Rentals: Decor to Adore / Wedding Invitations: Sonia Davis






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Unique Packaging and Gift Ideas with Zazzle

We are undoubtedly devoted fans of pretty packaging, paper goods and personal gifts. Much to our delight, Zazzle has everything your heart desires in these departments. There you can customize or create your own, and you know when it comes to weddings, you will want to do just that. From wedding pillows, to posters and seating charts, you can stylize your wedding with some truly unique finds. You can also create gifts for your wedding party and make cute mementos for your home once your wedding photos arrive. Let’s get to our favorite finds already:




Think of Zazzle as your own personal creative factory, where you can have nearly anything printed or designed on virtually anything. You can make a monogram porcelain plate to use as your guestbook, have totes printed for out of town guests filled with goodies, make custom coolers for the groomsmen, pretty + personal pillows or wristlets for the girls, iphone cases…take a gander at everything they offer.

When it comes to weddings, oh do they do wonders for weddings. Go ahead make your own gold foil stamps to match the gorgeous gold-dot invitations you selected, and get matching cocktail napkins too. From custom stamps to invitations, to favor boxes and labels, you can have an entire coordinating suite. You’ll likely want to grab all of the coordinating products including stickers, napkins, table numbers, favor boxes, tote bags and so much more. If you don’t find anything exactly as you wanted, you can design your own, upload your files and bam. Your wedding vision is granted.


Wedding champagne

Champagne photo, shot by Soul Mates Photo

As you see, Zazzle is so SO much more than custom stamps. Bookmark this site, folks, because it will be our secret tool to get unique wedding items customized in a jiffy. See and have fun choosing your wedding line + gifts!

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