Holy smokes. Let's just start off by saying that the team at The Big Fake Wedding is just fantastic! We had the most amazing experience, met amazing new friendors (which, I didn't know what that meant until the BFW event, so for you all that don't either, friend+vendor), and were able to speak with so many fun folks who either are getting hitched/know someone getting hitched/or were there for the great time! We feel so fortunate for being included in this wonderful experience, thankful we were able to share a bit of our quirkiness and laughter, and LOVED sharing our ideas.
Brit and I love a good inspiration board, I mean who doesn't, right? But, boy did we get a good one. The theme for the event was "Farmhouse Fete", inspiration board pictured below. We loved the overall relaxed vibe of this board, the bold colors, and bright blooms.
If you know us, you know we like to forage pretty much everything. We thrift, we hoard materials from friends (thanks all who donated tin cans and wine bottles!), and we love to reinvent. Honestly, it's slightly embarrassing the amount of things we have stored, because hey, you NEVER know when you might need 800 rulers...(*cough* glad, that hoard isn't in my house! *cough*) ;) Back to the reason we are here though. We wanted to show brides what you can do with a little bit of time, not a lot of money, and just some plain old creativity! So here we go!
We wanted the ceremony backdrop to reflect the relaxed vibe of the inspiration board and what says easiness like a vertical garden, am i right? We collected various tin cans from friends, grew some plants in the garden, threw some dirt in the cans, and called it a day! Slightly more involved, but you get the picture! We loved the idea of a bold chevron pattern and the addition of the tin can clusters full of lush green foliage.
The ever so talented Kimberly Brooke Photography captured these photos:
A few with the stunning bridal party by Brandilynn Aines Photography ...
One of the great things about the Big Fake Wedding is that every table is different, which is so fun, you can see many different interpretations, all in one space, talk about inspiration!
For our first table, we wanted to go very cutesy, I mean when else can you use a red and white checked table cloth!? We loved the idea of combining milk glass, straw place mats, mason jars and vintage china. Brit found a wonderful floral resource for those of you in the Northern Virginia/ Maryland area, Butler's Orchard It is this great farm that allows you to go pick your own florals and pay per quart container, which is such a fun way to bring local, seasonal florals into your event. Definitely go check it out, I know Brit had a blast!
Each place setting had a berry basket full of local blackberries, a hammered piece of silverware acting as the "name card" that can also serve as a fun gift to your guests, and a ditsy floral vintage plate.
For our second table, we wanted to go a slightly more sophisticated, but still have an element of fun. We loved the idea of wine bottles doubling as vases and candle holders. We wanted to keep this table fairly simple and just use key materials: glass, wood, metal.....oh, and white plastic horses.
Photos from the ever so lovely Shannon Bishop Photography below..
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Emily & Brit