The Not Wedding Scoop

A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I was selected to be a part of Nashville's 2nd Not Wedding. I was nervous, excited and nervous - it was my first ever wedding show. Luckily, it was not the traditional kind of show where gobs of vendors are packed together in a sea of banquet tables and pipe and drape.

 My table and a selection of the brand new wedding line from J. Amber Creative.

My table and a selection of the brand new wedding line from J. Amber Creative.

The folks at The Not Wedding have figured this thing out - they throw a huge, fake wedding (but it definitely doesn't feel fake!) to show brides just what this handpicked group of local vendors is capable of. And let me tell you, these vendors brought it! Each was a local, small business that specializes in some type of wedding-related thing - cakes, invitations, photography, flowers, travel, and the list goes on.

 The stunning florals that were hanging over the happy couple as they exchanged vows. By the very talented  Mary Love Richardson of Rosemary & Finch.

The stunning florals that were hanging over the happy couple as they exchanged vows. By the very talented Mary Love Richardson of Rosemary & Finch.

The cutest married couple of two years renewed their vows during the Not ceremony at The Cannery Ballroom on Wednesday. Then the wedding guests proceeded downstairs for a stunning reception. Tables were styled by florists and wedding stylists, and guests enjoyed a spread of tasty southern bites.

And the cakes. Oh my word the cakes. First of all, there were three wedding cakes and cupcakes to boot! The cakes were gorgeous. Really. Like can-I-get-married-again gorgeous. Then again, who says you have to get married to order a wedding cake, right? And they were equally tasty - get yourself some fresh strawberry cake from Frosted Affair and get back to me. But then I had a cupcake, and it changed my life. I never saw it coming. It was just a little chocolate cupcake, perfectly topped with with cream cheese frosting. You wouldn't think that could be so life-altering. But it was. So moist (that word is ok when you're talking cake), so chocolatey...and oh the frosting.  Just give me a minute...ok.  I thank Connie Cakes for introducing me to my new guilty pleasure. I'll be seeing you Connie. You can count on it.

 The cakes from  The Frosted Affair  - check out the little wooden silhouettes over there!  Photo courtesy of  The Not Wedding Instagram .

The cakes from The Frosted Affair - check out the little wooden silhouettes over there!  Photo courtesy of The Not Wedding Instagram.

 The cupcakes. From Connie. And her magical cake-baking ways. Photo courtesy of Connie's Cakes Instagram.

The cupcakes. From Connie. And her magical cake-baking ways. Photo courtesy of Connie's Cakes Instagram.

There were really too many details to cover them all. You just need to check out these people yourself. They are top-notch. In fact, the people were my favorite thing of the evening. I made some sweet, sweet friends that do just downright good work.  If you are curious about any of them, drop me a note, and I'll give you the details!

 All the beautiful paper goods. That aqua number in the upper left is the menu for the event by yours truly. The flip side of it was my favorite, with hand drawn florals in the wedding colors.  Photo courtesy of  Sierra Piland Instagram .

All the beautiful paper goods. That aqua number in the upper left is the menu for the event by yours truly. The flip side of it was my favorite, with hand drawn florals in the wedding colors.  Photo courtesy of Sierra Piland Instagram.

And as for me, I was thrilled with how everything for J. Amber Creative turned out. A lot of long days and late nights paid off in the end. I was able to showcase my new wedding suites to excited brides. And hopefully (fingers and toes crossed super tight) I'll be able to help a few with some beautiful wedding paper goods of their very own. I look forward to it - these orders will be extra sweet, given everything that went in to making them happen.

 Some details of my table. Those gold edge-painted business cards were quite the show-stealer.

Some details of my table. Those gold edge-painted business cards were quite the show-stealer.

And the best part is, I get to do it all again in November! The 3rd Not Wedding will be a good one, folks. Without a doubt. But for now, I'm off to find a nap somewhere.

 Up close and personal with the menus I created for the event on super-yummy cotton paper. See...the backs are where all the fun is going on!

Up close and personal with the menus I created for the event on super-yummy cotton paper. See...the backs are where all the fun is going on!