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Real {vintage} Wedding

Real Weddings

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When I first saw Laura’s knot planning bio, I knew her wedding was going to be awesome. I’ll be taking tomorrow off, but I’ll leave with you plenty of wedding eye candy.

Thanks so much Laura for sharing your wedding photos and resources!

Invitations/Programs/Table Numbers/Menus/Donation Cards: Etsy-artist Heather Toupin. Co-designed by both Heather & myself – screened by Ms. Toupin. :)

Day-of Bag w/buttons: pouch was a vintage-store find, attached to a bead-bracelet – pins by Etsy-artist Button Empire

Save the Date patch (sewn on day-of hoodie): Etsy-artist Chakra Pennywhistle

Bridal Jewelry: Etsy-artist Nanda. Amazingly-affordable fresh water pearl jewelry from Taiwan!

Flowers: Jim DiMarino, Golf Srithamrong – Eventgarde Presents (

I went w/all creams and blushes for our color palette – very sweet, soft and clean. Jim DiMarino and Golf Srithamrong were GODSENDS. Armed w/notepads and sheer-genius, we conferenced numerous times @ the Metropolitan Building, throwing around ideas and talking candles (of which there were to be MANY!). These two spotted things about the space I would have NEVER thought of – for instance, they noted that the sun would be shining in directly on our guests during the ceremony so they fashioned an ivory gauze curtain behind us during our vows. Another amazing bonus of using the Metropolitan Building was that since the nature of the venue is that of an antique warehouse, you were encouraged to go through all of the amazing antique pieces in their storage to help decorate for your event! And while antiques are inherently my thing, a Bride needs to know when to delegate duties :) so I entrusted this detail in Jim & Golf… they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Nike Tongue-Tags: Etsy artist Monde Design

Matt is a HUGE sneaker-head so there was absolutely no-question as to what his Groomsmen gifts might be. We collected all of the Groomsmen’s shoe sizes and set out to find a Nike dunk in an ivory color-way… impossible? Almost. We lucked out in finding our chosen shoe, ordered them all in bulk from and then had the personalized tongue-tags made by Shelli Moon of Monde Design – she has recently taken over the Garter Maker website where she makes not only garters but monogrammed dress-tags and, well, just about anything you may need stitched up!

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BCBG Max Azria

I always knew I wanted some sort of patterned dress for my girls (I have never been a fan of the traditional Bridesmaid-selection provided by Bridal boutiques) and this one was the 1st I discovered in my dress-search from the Spring 2007 BCBG line. Then when it came time to decide, in Jan 2008, I went right back to this one. Bonus: w/Spring 2008 then rolling out, casting Spring 2007 out of stores, each one of my girls found her dress on eBay for under $100 (retail price of the dress was $360!).

Little Pug in my bouquet – vintage jeweled brooch from eBay.

Make Up: Adriana Lomysh

Wedding Gown: Barbara Allin, purchased @ Adrienne’s on the LES

Barbie & Ken cake-topper: given to me by my Aunt in 1995 but can be found today on eBay.

Wedding video clip by Timeless Films: click here to watch.

(all photos by Angelica Glass)

Don’t forget to visit Laura’s blog!

DIY Flower Girl Lavender Basket

DIY Projects

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This DIY Tutorial was created by Kathy from the wonderful Pink Chalk Studio blog. Although this project was meant to be used as a home decor, I thought this basket would be adorable for flower girls to carry down the aisle (specially at venues where petal toss is not allowed).

Kathy’s Lavender Basket:

General: The basket ornament uses the same construction process of weaving as displayed in making lavender wands. This tutorial will assume you are familiar with that concept.

What you’ll need:

– 13 stems of Lavender (or any odd number you prefer)

– 2 yards of satin ribbon

– Wire

Step 1: Tie one end of ribbon approximately 2 inches below base of lavender buds.

Step 2: Turn the whole project upside down. Spread stems in same fashion as you would for making a lavender wand.

Step 3: Weave ribbon until you reach the base of the lavender buds.

Step 4: Divide the stems in two parts. One part will have 6 stems, the other 7. These stems will be grouped to form the basket handles.

Step 5: Cut 2 pieces of wire. Wrap wire around each of the two sections meeting to form a single handle at the top. The wire will keep the stems from separating and provide structure to the basket handles.

Step 6: To finish basket, take remaining ribbon and wrap around the handle beginning at the base of the buds and making your way around the entire handle until you’re back where you started. Tie off the end and make a decorative bow as desired.

Romance sans Paroles.

Design Inspiration

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If you’re looking for amazing 1920’s and 30’s inspiration, check out George Barbier Illustrations. He was one of the greatest illustrators in France at the time and he was famous for his fabulous high fashion sketches. These particular images were created using a process called Pochoir, which consisted of a series of stencils in each color applied by hand (it was very common to see Pochoir during the Art Deco period). George Barbier’s illustrations epitomizes glamour and romance of the 20’s and 30’s and although they’re not wedding related, it’s such a helpful source of inspiration to brides planning their Art Deco wedding! To view more of his beautiful work, click here.