2016 Publication Partnership Intro: FRESHbash, Sacramento California

Excited to announce our second year of working with the wonderful folks at FRESHbash, in Sacramento, CA. At the beginning of 2015 BSB had the pleasure of connecting with this amazing team of ladies (the team: Rosaura Unangst – Pigment & Parchment; Dena Argyropolous – Throne Invitations; Carmen Salazar – Carmen Salazar Photography -photos shown below; and Hailey Silver – Pretty Planner Weddings & Events) that ignited this wedding/design experience in Northern California!


FRESHbash was developed to transcend the traditional networking/wedding expo events by curating a gathering of beautiful, creative minds, a venue to challenge their design skills, and a showcase of experiential elements to engage the FRESH design and bridal community.


FRESHbash fosters community amongst Northern California event creatives by bringing event talent together to inspire, share, and collaborate, in an industry that thrives on collaboration and inspiration. The response to the FRESH community and bash have been monumental– resulting in new relationships that transcend city limits unlike ever before, more imaginative work, and inspiration for brides planning the perfect wedding.


Last year, the very first bash showcased an entirely new take on the modern event, featuring thoughtfully curated swag bags, an outdoor pre-party with live music, and an art gallery filled with color, sound, and experiences. FRESHbash guests enjoyed innovative bites, mixology, live demonstrations, and forward-thinking floral and décor design. Central to the bash were four design teams made up of geographically diverse vendors from different parts of the industry and their four unique, on-trend installations. FRESHbash attendees voted for their favorite installation, crowning one team “FRESHest” in the Northern California event industry.

Special ticket code offer ($5 off) for our BSB readers: ​FRESHideas

(Shhhh… And we’ll even let you in on a little secret…  The first 150 attendees at the event get some FRESHswag in a super cute bag! ($100 value) – get there early!)

This year we will be there in person, ready to share all the fun, up close and personal.

You should join us! FRESHbash will be on March 12th, 2016 from 5:30pm-9pm at Beatnik Studios and Events in Sacramento, CA.

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Grab your tickets over at FRESHbash website today, before they are all snagged up!

See you in Sacramento!



Swoon Austin Recap

The Swoon Event in Austin went down smashingly last month and we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the amazing fun, people and products that were a part of the day! They were also able to collect over 20 donated dresses for Project Princess! (All photos below courtesy of Bonnie and Lauren Photography)

Here are a few of our fav vendors with hearts for giving back, eco, organic, ethical, and socially conscious business models from this event:

1.  Slavonk & Hortus Terraria – The Terranium Bar


2. Cold Ones Pops– Texas locally sourced ingredients.


3. Batch Austin– locally sourced and made artisan goods and gifts.


4. Ix- Tile : Coin purses, bags, purses and textiles made by indigenous women in Mexico.


5. Green Lily Bakery (Local and Organic)


6. Fine Day Press– Environmentally friendly luxe paper goods.


7. Baked by Amy


8. Espacio Handmade


9. West Elm Austin- Love this sample table they designed with their amazing artisan made products!


10. Unbridaled: Carries independent, fun and hip bridal/bridesmaids gowns for every budget.


And here a few highlights from the other amazing participating vendors.

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Here are is the list of other amazing participating vendors:

Fair Market , West Elm, Bonnie & Lauren, Smile Booth Austin, Birch and Brass, Davy Gray, The Pink Avocado, Austin CocktailsUnbridaled, The Peached TortillaGreen Lily Bakery, Stacey Conant Photography, Kennedy Creative Events,  Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, Salt Lick BBQ, Fine Day Press, Nails Y’all, Texas Pro DJ, Frankie Jean, 2tarts Bakery, Paige Newton Weddings, Jessilyn Kay Calligraphy, Events with HeartInviting Affairs, Globe Theatre, Kindle & Gather, Hayley Cakes and CookiesEspacio Handmade, Austin Makeup and More, Wild Sky EventsCold Ones Pops, Spirits Guide, Beauty Rookie, Katrina Barber Photography, Emma Gundlach, Diana Scarrunz, Nutrition by Jessica, Jen Ramey Designs, Bella MUA


Visit The Swoon Event for more information on upcoming events.

2016 Publication Partnership Intro- District Bliss DC

Introducing one of our newest Publication Partner additions for 2016: District Bliss!

District Bliss offers two types of socials: The Couples Social and Vendor Social.

The Couples Social came to life when the owners, both lovingly named Sara(h), realized how overwhelming attending bridal expos can be. The Sara(h)s believe planning a wedding should be fun, stress-free, and much more streamlined—so, Sara + Sarah decided to launch the Couples Social. Say goodbye to booths of vendors – wedding HAPPY HOURS is what you’ll find here!

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The Vendor Social blossomed when S+S realized it was super difficult to find an event where wedding + event vendors and creatives could hang out, socialize, meet new small business owners—and just have FUN! Sara + Sarah want to celebrate all of your hard work and give you a night off (because when do you really get one of those?) So, the District Bliss Vendor Social was born.


Here is a list of their upcoming events: 


District Bliss NYC Couples Social

Date: February 21st

Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Location: 501 Union – 501 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY

Who can attend: Wedding vendors + creatives

What type of event: Vendor social – a new spin on the networking event

Tickets: $15, RESERVE HERE 

What to look forward to: Gifts, complimentary drinks + food, inspiration, photo booth fun, and awesome rad vendors!



District Bliss NYC Vendor Social

Date: February 23rd

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Location: The Bedford – 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Who can attend: Wedding vendors + creatives


What to look forward to: Gifts, complimentary drinks + food, inspiration, photo booth fun, and awesome rad vendors!


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District Bliss DC Couples Social

Date: March 9th

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location: Fathom Creative – 1333 14th Street Northwest

Who can attend: Engaged couples, friends, + family

What type of event: Couples Social – a new spin on the traditional expo event


What to look forward to: Gifts, complimentary drinks + food, inspiration, vendor products, photo booth fun, wedding saving tips!


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District Bliss MD Vendor Social

Date: March 10th

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location: Pixilated – 3200 James Street Baltimore, MD 21230

Who can attend: Wedding vendors + creatives

What type of event: Vendor social – a new spin on the networking event


What to look forward to: Gifts, complimentary drinks + food, inspiration, photo booth fun, and awesome rad vendors!



For more information visit their website! Excited for what’s in store with District Bliss and Black Sheep Bride partnering up!

Big Fake Wedding Recap: Houston

The Big Fake Wedding Houston encouraged vendors to give in to their indulgent side with luxurious elements, haute hues, and elegant details. Inspired by glamorous brides, our vendors created designs that were both feminine and totally high fashion. From diamonds to ruffles to sky-high heels, The Big Fake Wedding exemplified what every little girl’s dreams are made of.
The BFW’s stunning bride and groom were the perfect couple for this fashion-forward and luxe event, as they met during a runway tour for Ebony and Jet Magazine. Too sweet!
Photos below courtesy of The Light Company
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Photos below courtesy of Kristen Curette Photography
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Photos below courtesy of Shutterenvy Photography
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Also don’t miss this gorgeous and fun highlight reel from Addison J Weddings

Special thanks to our BSB vendors, Becki for representing Black Sheep Bride, and Kelsey ( Chloe + Isabel participating vendor ).

Participating Vendors:

Alcohol: Palace Party Beverage | Bridal Party Gifts: Things Remembered | Cake: Edible Moments | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Ceremony Musician: Resonance Chamber Music | Day of Coordination: Events With Heart | Day-of + Creative Services: Thirty Day Dash | Dessert Bar: Get Caked | Donut Bar + Candy Bar: Sugar Bunch Creations | Entertainment: Royal Dukes Band | Event Lighting: House of Letters Houston | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 9, 10, 11, 12): Ashlye McCormick – Floral.Design.Studio | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5): Heather Benge Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 13, 14, 15, 16): SwaLaRue Events | Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel | Linens: House of Hough | Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Menswear: Tailorme | Nails: Essie | Photo Booth: Snapped by Nicole | Photography: The Light Company | Photography: Kristen Curette Photography | Photography: Shutterenvy Photography | Seating Chart: Dove Designs | Wedding and Social Stationery | Slow Motion Photo Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Specialty Signage: Beau Tied Affair | Spray Tanning: Beautifully Bronzed | Stationery (Invitations + Menu Designs): nine0nine creative | Venue: NOAH’S of Katy | Videography: Addison J Weddings | Wedding Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge


*Black Sheep Bride has a Publication Partnership with Big Fake Wedding. With that said, not all of the weddings featured from these events specially have a socially conscious theme, the event itself gives back by sending couples in marital crisis on marriage counseling retreats, with a % of their ticket sales. We also list any of our participating Black Sheep Bride Vendors on the top of each event posting.

2016 Publication Partnership Intro- Indie Wed

We’re pretty excited to be aligning with one of our longest standing favorites (pre-BSB) : Indie Wed! Based in Chicago, IL, Indie Wed claims the title of the longest running independent wedding show in the country! They highlight local, independent, edgy, eco-friendly/socially conscious &/or unconventional exhibitors in wedding related fields such as stationery, fashion & accessories, florists, event coordinators, caterers, stylists and more.


Photo Credit: Jeremy Lawson Photography

Indie Wed is a unique wedding show and market, the first of its kind in the Midwest. Their goal is to present alternatives to the typical wedding show, focusing on vendors with a twist. Their hope is to appeal to not only those who want a full blown non-traditional event, but also to the more conservative couple who may just want to add a little bit of personality to their special day.

Indie Wed – Founder Profile from Fresh Roasted Films

The goal of Indie Wed is to connect unique couples with the equally unique vendors they love. Visit Indie Wed for more information.