Big Fake Wedding at Pontoon Brewing, Atlanta

The images are in from the Big Fake Wedding Atlanta! This was such a fun event-I am so happy I was a part of it. I have been approached in the past but always turned it down because of the investment, my fear of talking to people (ha!) and just wasn’t confident of my work. This year I decided to take a chance and go for it—I am so glad I did.

You can see more photos on the Big Fake Wedding Blog and the feature on Junebug Weddings. I have included some of my favorite shots below!

Stationery:

Invites and custom map

Menu

Vellum place cards with marigold wax seals

Photography – Madalynn Young Photography, Rivet Events, L + A Photography
Event & Floral Design – Lineage Florals (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 5), Clementines (Head Table, Mobile Trailer, Tables 3, 6), Annelore’s Market (Personal Flowers + Tables 4, 7), Carlton Lee Studios (Dessert Table Backdrop)
Event & Signage Design – North Meets South (Table 8)
Event Rentals + Design – Mayker Creative (Table 1)
Day-Of Coordinator – Designs by Franklin
Venue – Pontoon Brewing
Catering – All Events Catering Company
Craft Cheese Board – CalyRoad Creamery
Cake – It’s Cake and Company
Desserts – Sweet Cotton (Gourmet Cotton Candy), Café Vendôme (French Pastries)
Popsicles – Steel City Pops
Ceremony Coaching + Experience Design – Just Us Two
DJ + Emcee – Lethal Rhythms Entertainment
Photo Booth – Shutterbooth
Live Event Painting – The Painting Mama
Stationery – Smitten Event Invitations
Makeup Artist – Artistry by Shannon
Hair Styling – Meg Danielle Hair
Wedding Dress – Anya Bridal Warehouse
Bridal Accessories – Little Things Borrowed
Bridal + Bridesmaid Jewelry – Solomon Brothers
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Whimsy in White
Menswear – HKT Custom Clothiers
Men’s At-Home Ring Try-On – Hitched
Mobile Trailer – Temperance Trailer
Tent Rentals – Classic Tents
Vintage Rentals – MCM Rent Shop
Marquee Letters – Alpha Lit Atlanta
Outdoor Games – Kinobly Game Rentals
Transportation – Atlanta Limousine and Transportation
Hotel Accommodations – Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
Marshmallow Favors – Malvi Marshmallow Confections
Registry – Zola
Travel Specialists – Adventure Together Travel
Tourism – Visit Sandy Springs
Financial Planning – New York Life

Big Fake Wedding Atlanta

I am getting excited and nervous about the Big Fake Wedding at Pontoon Brewing on August 20th—just a few days away! I have been putting together look books, setting up my table display and tweaking my website to make sure I am ready. I even ordered custom pencils to give away to guests at the event! I love them even more than I thought I would and will have a hard time letting them go! I’m planning on saving a few to throw in orders as they ship out :)

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I’ll be sure to share photos of the event and my invitations!

Styling photos

So i’m stepping out of my comfort zone here—learning how to take professional looking photos of my work. Scrolling through instagram, I see tons of beautiful flay lays of invitation suites and I thought….maybe I could do that? I teamed up with my dad to create some backdrops using canvas and drywall paste. We made three different backdrops and had so much fun! I painted one with a light gray wash, but still deciding what to do with the other two.

Next was props! I went around the house and found a few things I could use:

My calligraphy pen and inks, vintage scissors, ribbons, leaves from the yard, etc.

I hit up the thrift store:

I got this awesome silver tray for cheap! I just love how tarnished and well loved it looks!

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And finally, my favorite store, Homegoods/Tj Maxx:

I picked up some nice marble coasters and vase filler (little sprigs of leaves, dried flowers).

Oh—and I scored some mint condition vintage stamps from ebay.

Here is what I came up with playing around with all my new props:

I am using my brand new Canon Rebel T7—I previously had a Rebel XTI-from about 10 years ago! I am having fun learning new things with my camera and finding excuses to use it.

My new baby is a great model also:

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Bridal show

Big Fake Wedding

I am SO excited to have been asked to be the invitation designer for the Big Fake Wedding Atlanta in August. I will be designing the invite suite based around the event/venue—the fake wedding will be held at Pontoon Brewing on August 20th, 2019. I have so many ideas for illustrations!

If you are a bride in the Atlanta area, hit me up! I have a few free tickets (while supplies last).

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Wedding Panning Timeline

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TIMELINE

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR A SMOOTH PLANNING PROCESS!

9 - 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

• Research venues and pick a date.
• Hire a wedding planner, if you choose to use one.
• Create a wedding website--The knot has free sites.  You can incorporate your registry and even have guests RSVP through the website.
• Plan an engagement party.  Traditionally, friends or parents of the bride and groom throw an engagement party for the couple, but more and more couples are throwing their own.  There are no rules! 
• Start working on the guest list!  Once you choose a venue, you will be able to calculate how many guests will fit comfortably.  Begin collecting addresses for your guest list. 

6- 8 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

• Hire a photographer.  You can interview several photographers to see which one is the best fit.  You'll want to schedule your engagement photos around the 6-8 month mark.
• Order and send save the dates.  
• Start thinking about the theme for your wedding invitations.  Will your wedding be a destination wedding, botanical theme, traditional, etc?
• Start your wedding registries.  Many couples are opting for online registries these days--gifts are automatically mailed to the couple and guests don't have to worry about going to the store, wrapping the gift, and bringing it to the ceremony.  I used Zola for my own wedding and we loved it! It made things so simple.  Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon are also great options.

3 - 5 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

• Choose your favorite wedding invitation designs and work with your wedding stationery designer to create a unique, custom suite.  
• Order invitations.  Give yourself enough time to assemble and address your invitations.  This can take up to a week depending on complexity.
• Send your bridal shower and bachelorette party guest lists to your host.

2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

• Send invitations and update details on your wedding website.  Include venue addresses and times.
• Order coordinating ceremony programs, menus, and other paper items.  Order reception decor (table centerpieces, Photo Booth props, guest book, favors, etc.

1 MONTH IN ADVANCE

• Finalize your guest list and seating chart.  Get with your wedding coordinator
• Order coordinating table numbers and place cards.  table numbers and place and escort cards
• Order and send rehearsal dinner invites.
•Order or make your own wedding favors.  

ENJOY THE BIG DAY!

2 - 4 WEEKS AFTER YOUR WEDDING:

• Write and send thank you cards. Don’t forget to thank your vendors!
• Capture your wedding memories forever with photo prints and albums.

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Taking the leap....

Hello!  Welcome to Smitten Event Invitations!  My name is Jenny Hager Lemoine.  I have designed wedding invitations for years, but since getting engaged and married this year, I have become more in love with everything wedding related!  Over the past few months, I have been more focused on creating unique, hand painted designs.  

I wanted to share a fun project I had the honor of being part of.  Alchemy Events approached me and asked if I would be interested in designing a wedding suite referencing the Aurora Borealis.  After hearing her vision for the styled photo shoot, of course I said yes!  The idea for the shoot was an ice cave wedding.  

This is the entrance to the ice cave:

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The shoot took place in and around the cave.  Alchemy Events assembled a power team of vendors: "We used opals as a nod to the famous aurora borealis of Alaska and although we were surrounded by snow and ice, we wanted to bring in those famous aurora pops of color."

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To achieve the famous aurora borealis streaky, glowy effect, I experimented with dry brushing watercolor, layering soft colors on top of each other.  I paired the soft blue aurora borealis invite and rsvp with a soft pink envelope and shimmery gold belly band.  I had so much fun with this project.  You can find the invite suite here.

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Wedding Chicks has written up a lovely story on the shoot.  Take a gander for more photos.

Participating Vendors: