I've done my fair share of bridal shows, but The Big Fake Wedding takes the cake! This "bridal show" is really nothing like a bridal show. It truly is a "big fake wedding" in the form of a vow renewal for a real couple. I was lucky enough to be selected as the Day of Coordinator for the event. The lucky couple was Lauren and Sean, who were celebrating five years of marriage.
The Big Fake Wedding came to Philadelphia on July 25. This company tours the United Stares and showcases local wedding vendors. The vendors work together to pull off a wedding! The vendor team that I worked with was amazing. Engaged couples attend the wedding and get to see real vendors in action. After the vow renewal, guests get to talk one-on-one with the vendors in the "Tunnel of Love". They also get to eat, drink, and dance...just as if they were attending a real wedding. Some of the vendors also styled tables. I styled tables #1 and #2.
The vendors had a mood board to follow, which helped give direction for styling the tables. The theme of the event was "Edwardian England" as seen below.
Below are some of my favorite pictures!
To view more pictures, check out RuffledBlog, The Big Fake Wedding, Red Oak Weddings, and Modern Weddings
Team of Wedding Professionals:
Photography: Bee Dee Blue Photography, MLE Pictures, LLC, Haley Richter Photography
Alcohol and Cocktail Hour Sponsor: SOCIAL Sparkling Wine
Band: To the Max-EastCoast Entertainment
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Catering: Bon Appetit Management Company
Ceremony Musician: Miss Musique
Cigar Lounge: The Traveling Tobacconist
Chocolate Candy Bar: Crissy’s Crafty Candies
Chairs: Vision Furniture
Day-Of Coordination: Table 1 Events
Desserts: Marie Bee Cake Pops & Events
Favor Boxes: Two Pretzels
Floral and Event Design — Tables 1, 2: Table 1 Events
Floral and Event Design — Head Table + Tables 3, 4, 5: Alexandria Catherine Events
Floral and Event Design — Registration Area + Tables 6, 8, 12: stylWed
Floral and Event Design — Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 9, 10: Amy Champagne Events
Floral and Event Design — Dessert Design + Tables 7, 11: 7textures LLC
Floral and Event Design — Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Belovely Floral & Event Design | Hair: Beyond Bridal
Hotel: Hyatt at The Bellevue
Invitations: House of Catherine
Linens: South Jersey Party Rentals
Marquee Lights: Philly Marquee
Makeup: JazminRae Makeup
Photo App: Share Your Photos
Photo Booth: Instaglamour Photo Booth
Place Cards + Bridesmaid Cards: Side Street Designs
Signage: La Luna By Sierra
Transportation: Secrets Limousine Service
Venue: Perelman Quadrangle Special Events
Videography: Andrew Gormley Films
Wedding Cake: Heart of the Kitchen
Wedding Dress: La Belle Mariee Bridal
Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas
White Chocolate Party Favors: Heavenly Sweet Chocolates
Jess and Dennis were married on September 30th at Old Saint Mary's church in Philadelphia. The reception took place at the Ballroom at the Ben. This was one of the more upscale weddings I did this year and it did not dissapoint! This couple spared no expense to make their dream wedding come to life.
The bridal party stayed at the Hotel Monaco to prepare for the big day. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the excitement on everyone's faces the morning of a wedding. Everyone was very excited for the day to start. The bride and groom both seemed very calm even though they were in for one of the most exciting days of their lives.
This couple met on a blind date! They were set up by Dennis' brother-in-law Steve. Steve met Jessica at a work dinner. He later called Dennis and told him "I met your wife!"
The bridal party took trolleys to the church and the couple said their vows in front of 170 guests. One of my favorite parts of this ceremony was seeing the four ring bearers (yes--- four!) walk down the aisle. They looked super cute in their mini tuxedos.
I also love to see how the groom looks as the bride is walking down the aisle. Dennis looked very excited to see his soon-to-be-bride!
Once the ceremony ended, guests waited outside and did a big bubble exit for the newlyweds!
The bridal party then got in the trolley and made their way through the city, making stops at some of historic Philadelphia landmarks. Uusually I head over to the reception venue during this time, however the couple asked me to stay with them while they were getting photos. I made sure everyone stayed on track, and even held an umbrella for the bride, since there was a little bit of rain during this time. These are some of my favorite pictures!
Once pictures ended, it was time to party! Everyone headed over to the Ballroom at the Ben to dance the night away! The band "Paris" got everyone up and on the dancefloor! One of the fun surprises happened at the reception when Jess surprised Dennis with a Groom's Cake. However this was not an ordinary cake. This cake was made with twinkies, which was a nod to Denni's love of twinkies.
Jess + Dennis' team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Mary's Church
Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben
Catering: Finley Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Philip Gabriel Photography
Florist: Gina Conshetti
Invitations: Becca Hadley
Band: Paris (EBE Entertainment)
Lodging: Hotel Monaco
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal
Hair: Roxy Brennan
Makeup: C.E. Facial Artistry
Bridesmaid dresses: Bijou Bridal
Tuxedos: Jos A. Banks
2016 was a wonderful year for us over at Table 1 Events! We worked with some beautiful couples and amazingly talented vendors! Click through the pictures below to see our favorite wedding moments from this year...sorry in advance that there are so many pictures, we had a lot of favorites!
Favorite Bridal Party Style
Best DIY Decor
Favorite Groom Moments
Favorite Expressions of Love
Favorite Wedding Guest
Best 'First Look' Moments
Favorite Little Ones
Best Dancefloor Moments
Best wishes to all of my couples as they bring in the new year as Mr. + Mrs.! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2017! -Lauren