The Big Fake Wedding Recap!

Anyone who is married can tell you the planning process is not all roses and daisies. It’s making a thousand decisions and still having a dozen left to make. It’s skipping your lunch break so you can meet with the florist. It’s inviting your bridesmaid’s dress shopping and half can actually go. But what if you could continue planning but also have an awesome time with your sweetie? Like a date night but it totally counts as wedding planning. A place to gather real inspiration and see it in action! That is what The Big Fake Wedding is! An alternative to your generic wedding show of vendors booths all in a line. It’s a moment to remember why you are doing all this planning, so you can spend the rest of your life with the one person who gets you in every way.

Après Party had the pleasure of being part of The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis event in June that took place at JX Event Venue, in Stillwater, MN. All great parties have a theme and the theme for this party was “The Golden Age”. Over a dozen vendors took that theme, interpreted it in their own way, and shared their visions on guest tables. Just like any wedding the evening began with the very real and very emotional vow renewal ceremony.

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Photos By: Ali Leigh Photography

Following the vow renewal ceremony the guests filed through the Tunnel of Love. This is where the participating local vendors each have a table display and can share with guests what services they offer. Guests were given a guide book to take notes and find out what each vendor did. All the linens for these tables were provided by Après; Gold Riviera, Blush Shantung, Oyster Shantung, and Teal Poly.

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Photos By: Christina Reed Photography (right, left) and Courtney June Photography (center)

 

Just beyond the Tunnel of Love were the fully decorated reception tables. Four vendors; Bella Mystique Designs, Elaborate Style Events, Blommonster, and A Vintage Touch; had the task of dressing three tables each. Using linens from Apres Party and Tent Rental as the base for their tablescapes the event and floral design companies pulled from their own inventories to create the full look.

Bella Mystique Designs went with a bold Black and White Striped linen paired with an eye catching Teal napkin for one table. Between the Peach Sequin linen and the pink and copper accents this table was super romantic! Bella Mystique also designed the head table for the couple!

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Photos by Courtney June Photography 

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Blommonster went with a bright and bold table scape using Après’ Fuchsia Contour linen topped off with our Gold Beaded Chargers, Confetti China, Black Lido Goblet, and Gold Luxor Flatware. You can’t miss her gorgeous hot pink flowers crawling up the Black Candelabra centerpiece, or any of her floral pieces for that matter! For her second table she went just as bold as the first time around but totally in theme with the golden age. Using the Gold Rabbane linen for inspiration she added Square White China to play off of the circles in the linen design. Also on this table is our Diva Glassware, Burnished Gold Satin Napkin, and Gold Luxor Flatware. For her third table she used one of our newer linens, Ivory Sequin Lace, with the Moroccan Charger, Brushed Gold Flatware, Blue Lido Goblet, and Bellagio Powder Blue Napkin. One more time, a seriously gorgeous centerpiece using the Pantone colors of the year, wowza!!!

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 Photos by: Courtney June Photography

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 Photos by: Ali Leigh Photography (center) and Courtney June Photography (left and right)

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In keeping with the theme, Elaborate Styled Events had a shimmer of gold somewhere on the three tables they designed. You can see what they had to say about their experience over on their blog! The first table used the Pennrose Burnout overlay paired with the Blush Shantung napkin. A fun DIY able champagne glass with chalk base was the perfect name card! The Gilt Metallic Scroll overlay was used on the second table and added a bit of whimsy to the design with the gold scrolling design. The third table packed a gorgeous punch with the Gold Intensity Linen.

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 Photos by Christa Reed Photography (center), Courtney June Photography (left and right)

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Photos By: Christa Reed Photography (left and right) and Courtney June Photography (center)

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For the tables designed by A Vintage Touch she had a metallic theme throughout them all. The first of the three tables featured Apres’ Silver Sequin Mesh linen. The gold vintage plates pairs so nicely with that linen. The second table utilized our Metallic Weave linen, a subtle metallic thread going throughout the linen, using juxtaposing gold chargers and flatware, the golden theme came through. The third table can be described as classic vintage elegance. The Silver Satin linen is the perfect background to make all the details pop, also seen here is the Metallic Weave linen as table runner. You can’t miss the caligraphied names on the clear glass plates with the vintage accessories! 

 

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Photos by: Courtney June Photography (left) and Christa Reed Photography (center and right)

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Photos by: Christa Reed Photography (left) and Courtney June Photography (center and right)

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The night included delicious food and gorgeous desserts for the guests to enjoy while chatting with and learning about the vendors. It was so much fun getting to meet and work with all these local vendors and connect with the wonderful brides and grooms! See what Big Fake Wedding had to say about there visit! Be on the look out for Big Fake Wedding's stop in Minneapolis/ St. Paul for 2017!! If you want to see a complete list of all the vendors that participated and all the photos you can click over here.

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Desserts by Eniticng Icing Cakes

Photos by Ali Leigh Photography

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Macaroons by Nikkolette's Macarons

Photos By: Courtney June Photography (left), Christa Reed Photography (center)

 

 

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Invites by Lion and Lamb Design

 Photo by Courtney June Photography

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Band : Blue Water Kings Band | Bridesmaid Dresses : Rent the Runway | Cake : Enticing Icing | Cash Bar : Liquidmotion | Catering : BRIE cater | Cupcake Bar : A Cupcake Social | Day-of Coordinator : Sixpence Events & Planning | DJ + Emcee : Silver Sound Entertainment | Event Rentals : Apres Party and Tent Rental | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 1, 2, 3) : BLOMMONSTER | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 7, 8, 9) : Bella Mystique Designs | Floral + Event Design (Tables 10, 11, 12) : Elaborate Style Events | Floral + Event Design (Tables 4, 5, 6) : A Vintage Touch | Hair : 139 Hair by Heidi | Hotel : Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis | Invitations : Lion & Lamb Design | Jewelry : Style by Cia | Macarons : Nikkolette’s Macarons | Makeup : Just Cuz- Beauty Boutique & Styling Squad | Menswear : Savvi Formalwear | Photo Booth : Sandy’s Photo Booth | Photography : Ali Leigh Photo | Photography : Christa Reed Photography | Photography : Courtney June Photography | Signage : Lettered and Lovely | Smores Bar : North Mallow & Co. | Travel : IMINA Travel and Events | Venue : JX Event Venue | Videography : Sacred Light Studios | Vintage Rentals : A Vintage Touch | White Wine Sponsor : HALL Wines

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