The Big Fake Wedding Takes Lexington

by Kristina Rosen

With every Big Fake Wedding comes the challenge of putting together the ideal wedding based on a particular theme. Lexington’s challenge can be described in two words as industrial glamour. Envision rigid typography, romantic flowers, and a room warmed by candle lights and Edison bulbs. A color palette full of maroon, green, and gold, and a dark lit after party with loud music to the tune of “The Very Thought of You” by Ella Fitzgerald. The bride walks down the aisle of a tastefully decorated 40’s era warehouse sporting a glittery bohemian gown. Throw in 40 local vendors, 50 plus attendees, and an elegant ceremony, and you’ve got Lexington’s take on The Big Fake Wedding.

On July 14th, the alternative bridal show known as The Big Fake Wedding held an event here in Lexington. As a bridal show disguised wedding ceremony, this event hopes to inspire engaged couples, encourage strong lasting marriages, and promote small business. The purpose of The Big Fake Wedding is to give prospective brides and grooms a glimpse of what local vendors have to offer before couples commit. Local businesses throughout Lexington were asked to offer their services and Meant to Be Boutique was fortunate enough to be one of them.

Tasked with providing a dress, Meant to Be dressed the bride in a sparkly, chic Justin Alexander gown. The bride, Sybil, looked nothing less than stunning as she walked past the crowd in this fitted beauty. 

The night began with a short, but emotional ceremony where the featured couple, Sybil and Bruno, renewed their vows. The honorary lovebirds met their freshman year of college and dated four years before tying the knot. Their vow renewal served to show that a marriage can be just as solid whether it’s five days or five years after the wedding.

Following the theme of industrial glamour, the venue needed to be both rustic and stylish. With its brick walls, architectural details, and urban setting, The Livery was a prime location.

Classic candle lights and flower petals were added to turn this industrial warehouse into a chic reception site.

Once the ceremony was over, guests visited the reception area to check out the table settings, sample some food and enjoy the music. The Tunnel of Love, also known as the meet and greet with the vendors, opened up for guests to walk through and learn about the businesses who helped make this event possible.

Confused Confections Bakehouse did a great job incorporating the color palette into the cake display.

As they entered The Tunnel of Love, guests were provided with a vendor guide. This go-to booklet outlined what each vendor did and provided a resource for taking notes throughout the night.

Table Displays by: Confused Confections Bakehouse, Indigo Salon + WellnessSouthern Belle Glitz, and Sherwood Design and Events.

Four event and floral design companies were each asked to create two table placements that went with the theme. All of the tables nailed the industrial glamour theme, yet each was distinct from one another. Nonetheless, they all came together to create a glamourized look. Place settings were labeled so that each guest had a place to sit, but guests were encouraged to check out all the tables.  

PaperHeartBlooms hand-crafted these floral beauties to display on Table 2, along with creating the display for the Head Table.

Guests couldn’t make it to the dance floor without passing by the elegant table display done by Refined Social Events.

Along with the bouquets and boutonnieres, Carol Lynn Originals + Events designed a sophisticated, silver toned place setting for Table 5.

Sherwood Design and Events decorated the ceremony backdrop with leafy ornaments, in addition to designing a modish table featuring purple hues and a metallic globe.

Over 40 local vendors came together to make this a memorable event for Sybil and Bruno, as well as for the attendees. In the past several years, The Big Fake Wedding has hosted more than 30 events in 25 different cities. This year, Lexington was lucky to be a chosen destination and the participating businesses did not disappoint. Thanks to passionate local businesses, this unique event proved that there’s a community of people who care about you and strive to make your wedding dreams come true.