Recap of The Big Fake Wedding | Greenville, SC | 9.03.15

Hi all!

Wanted to share the highlights from The Big Fake Wedding in downtown Greenville, SC at the Huguenot Mill Loft from September 3, 2015. I have been so excited to share photos and details regarding the event but since The BFW partners with a pretty big wedding blog, we had to wait until they posted the pics first.

Speaking of a big wedding blog, check out what Ruffled recently had to say about Greenville’s High Tide inspired event!

For those of you that don’t know what it’s all about - “The Big Fake Wedding℠ is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.” So pretty much a big party (aka fake wedding) complete with a ceremony (vow renewal for a real married couple), flowers, decor, food, a bar, music…need I say more? It’s an event for future brides and grooms-to-be to have a chance to see what their wedding could look like based on the vendors that attend and what they have to offer.

The inspiration board:
Our “High Tide” inspiration board isn’t about the beach – it’s about the ocean. It’s about listening to the waves crash, staring out into endless waters, and exploring deep into the blue. Our Greenville vendors were challenged to channel their inner mermaid and really dive in to the mysterious beauty of the sea. The result? A world we thought only existed in our daydreams (and Finding Nemo, of course).

I absolutely LOVED the idea of this event, not many wedding shows do it in this fashion so I signed up right away. My category was to create a map and wedding story that went along with the High Tide theme. It took a lot of planning, and I found the project to be super fun, yet somewhat challenging conceptually. Since Greenville really doesn’t pertain to ‘High Tide’ nor are we all that close to the shore, my category needed some creative juice to really make it work. After much thought, I decided to create a wedding map of Greenville with their wedding location as well as the story about how they met, where they were married originally last year, their favorite places to visit in Greenville and a highlight of their favorite things to do locally. I was able to pull in the oceanic colors and created nautical type graphics to go along with the theme. All in all, I think it turned out pretty sweet!

Highlights from the planning process:
I was fortunate enough to have the chance to really get to know the bride and groom. Since my category needed lots of details about their back story and how they met and what all they liked to do in the area there were lots of emails going back and forth. I loved getting to know Margaret and Ryan and at the end of the night, I gave them one of the maps to take home as a keepsake. Pretty awesome!

Highlights from the event:
One thing that I didn’t think that would happen was that I would not only meet some awesome brides and grooms-to-be, but also that I would meet some amazingly talented vendors (and new friends) as well. Big props to my new friends at Hearts & Twine, Rebekah Hodges of Jamberry, Lilacs & Co. (cutest bow ties and back story ever), Writefully His, (check out her company mission – amazing), Kara Nash Designs and soooo many more! (For a complete list of all the vendors that attended, click here). I not only gained new friendships and professional relationships, but also left the event feeling TOTALLY INSPIRED. I cannot wait until The BFW 2016!!

I also have to give mad props to the photographers that took shots of not only the entire event (from start to finish), but also all of the details that went into making this event so amazing. Special thanks to Emily Platt Photography, Southern Jewel Photography and Casto Photography & Cinema


Check out the amazing photos they took:

Casto Photography & Cinema (below)

The Big Fake Wedding


Emily Platt Photography (below)



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Southern Jewel Photography (below)




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