It was a gray and drizzly day when the Not-Wedding began. Tucked away on a twisting side road, the Mason Murer Art Gallery’s parking lot was awash with people. I joined them almost as soon as I got out of my car, running to help Juli carry in box after box of vases, paper backdrops, flowers, and supplies.
I’ve participated in a photo shoot before, but never one like this: a sprawling bridal show alternative where multiple photographers, designers, caterers, and more all put their skills on display by creating a fake wedding. The usual photo shoot experience is hectic enough, but it gets even crazier when the public is going to be involved. Yet it was a relatively organized chaos, designers and photographers bantering back and forth as we all rushed to make plans for the day into a reality.
As both observer and on-call minion, it was fascinating to watch the event come together before my eyes. While tying small containers of flowers to the chairs lining the proverbial aisle and shouting to Juli about whether her lovely ceremony backdrops were hanging dead center, I watched as vendors ran left and right, gathering all their supplies and snapping photos of the preparations. Chairs were brought in, tablescapes arranged, boutonnieres and bouquets handed off to photogenic groomsmen and bridesmaids.
In all the madness it can sometimes be hard to see the end goal. But by the time things began to settle down, I could take a step back and see how gorgeous and cohesive everything looked. It’s an event I’m proud to have participated in, even if my role was small: and it’s an event I hope continues for years to come.
A full list of vendors can be found here