What is WEDPREP? It’s a 2 day class devoted to educating anyone 1. looking to learn about the wedding industry as a new and progressive business model 2. planning their own wedding or 3. wanting to blossom as a creative person in an already existing related career. There will be top professionals from all aspects of the Southern California based industry with lectures and hands-on ideas ranging from photography to florals to music to food to fashion to social media & everything in between. Founded by Paige Appel & Kelly Harris of Bash, Please this class will be held at Lightspace Studio in Culver City on June 22-23rd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org get more info and sign up! The cost is $1000 for two full days of extensive knowledge, delicious food, hands on projects, camaraderie, giveaways, sample business templates, and an overall a new perspective on all things wedding related.
“Working with Mancy and Alex was a breeze. They were confident about what they wanted their wedding to feel like from the beginning. Their priority was to have a celebration that was comfortable and warm, like a Kinfolk dinner with their closest friends and family gathered around them. And on their wedding day, Mancy and Alex really embrace the rainy weather with such grace. It actually felt like we planned for it to rain as the wet weather brought everyone closer and we had a very intimate gathering!”
From the bride, Mancy:
“When Alex and I were in the earliest planning stages, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, authentic, natural, organic, and most of all, fun. Alex is from California, and although I have lived in California for the past nine years, I was born and raised in Nashville. We loved the idea of having a “destination” wedding in Nashville so we could showcase my hometown for California friends and family (most of whom have never traveled to the South), but it was also daunting to think of planning a wedding from so far away. When I discovered Jessica Sloane’s work, I knew that we shared a similar aesthetic and I could trust her completely.
Our wedding day, which was exactly six months from the date of our engagement, was rainy and unseasonably cold. Thankfully, because spring weather in the south is so unpredictable, we opted to have the reception indoors at the Hermitage, which is not only historic and pastoral, but its cabin by the spring embodied the rustic simplicity that we were looking for. Although we had planned an outdoor ceremony, the rain forced the ceremony under the cabin’s covered veranda. The weather ended up being a blessing, since the rain and the mist made the ceremony so much more romantic and unique. And, the cabin’s two wood-burning fireplaces, which we did not originally plan on using, added even more warmth and coziness to the evening.
Alex and I could not be more pleased with our wedding weekend. We were so touched that friends and family were not only willing, but happy to travel so far for the celebration. We were able to highlight my southern roots from the setting to the food, but we also celebrated Alex’s Greek heritage by incorporating olive leaves throughout. But of course, we could not have accomplished any of this without Jessica Sloane (who made everything so beautiful and seamless), Rylee Hitchner (who graciously captured the day with such sweetness), Erika Finney (my dear friend who volunteered her time to design and oversee the paper goods), and every other vendor who made our day special. And, boy, did we have fun!”
Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”. For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level.
For the wedding we imagined thin, mismatched dripping candles along the long dinner table. I searched online, but I had in mind something more organic and imperfect. I’ve worked with beeswax plenty of times, so I thought I would give it a try myself… Candle-making without any real instruction. I created my first candle, sent it to Joy and she agreed this was the way to go. So I set off to make candle-dipping dates!
Melted Bleached or Unbleached Beeswax. We used Bleached Beeswax for a lighter color candle. Wax be found on Amazon.com or an art supply store.
A small piece of wood
Candle Wick. Also found on Amazon.com or an art supply store
A glass of water
A tall heat proof container. I bought a pouring pot I found online, but I believe you can use anything that is heatproof and tall enough for your desired candle length.
Prepare by heating your wax in a double broiler until entirely melted.
1. Create your dipping tool by putting two nails into a small piece of wood about 2 inches apart. We just used a small branch from outside but you could also use a ruler or perhaps a pencil.
2. With the wick draping over your dipping tool, decide how long your want your two candles. Remember to add an additional 2-3 inches to each candle since you will not drop your wick all the way to the wax. Since the wick is doubling over, double your math and measure out the rest of your wicks accordingly. *
3. Take each of your cut wicks, and quickly dip them entirely into your wax and remove and allow to dry. If you bought pre-waxed wicks, you can skip this step. This allows your next few dips to have something to grab onto.
4. Place your cooled & waxed wicks over the two nails and dip into the wax quickly. Alternate between dipping in the wax and into the water, which will quickly cool the wax before diving back in again. Watch the candle start to form.
5. Repeat until you find your desired width of your candle. For my candles, I dipped them 10-15 times.
*Remember: How deep your hot wax container is will determine how long your candle will be. Decide how long you want your candles to be and find a container to match your needs.
Tip: Halfway through the process, your wax may start to cool off. Take a break, put your pot back into your double broiler, and heat again.