Handmade Temple Wedding

Vintage Weddings

I’m utterly in love with this bride’s wedding dress, so imagine my surprise when I found out it was designed and made by — wait for it — her own mother! This wedding has just the right touch of pinks and purples to add a vintage flair and Provençal allure. Be sure to take a peek at the rest of the images in the gallery! Thank you Stacie and Geoff of Lang Photographers for sending this gem of a wedding our way.

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From the bride, Amber: It was crazy how it all came together. I hadn’t thought about what theme I’d want my wedding to be until right before Mark and I got engaged and all of a sudden I was stalking all the wedding blogs (Ruffled being my number one site to go). I knew for sure I wanted an outdoor reception and having it in the backyard of the house I grew up in was a no-brainer! My favorite store of all time is Anthropologie and having helped one store with its grand opening, I was inspired with all the do-it-yourself projects.

vintage handmade lds wedding

vintage handmade lds wedding

vintage handmade lds wedding

I grew up doing crafts and sewing, all of which I learned from my mother dear. I just wanted it to be an experience for people when they came to celebrate with us. I wanted it to be magical and for them to think “Oh! That’s so “Amber”!” I didn’t want people to feel that it was so formal but that they could stay and hang out and eat some delectable sweets. I’m extremely opinionated and I’m pretty sure I thought about each tiny minuscule detail for hours! So, I would say the style was vintage with a twist.

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vintage handmade lds wedding

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I just did as much research as possible so I could make sure everything was what I wanted. When I’d find something I liked online, I would copy the picture and paste it into iPhoto. Then I organized the photos into folders: Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Children, Decorations, etc. Oh and before that, I had a wedding ring folder so I showed Mark my top choices and then he made the final decision. Then, once I decided on colors, I went and got paint cards at Lowes, a bunch of each color, and passed them out to family to keep with them and if they saw anything in those colors (fabric, dresses, ties, decorative things) to get them! I did have a few things that didn’t go my way and I worried about it for a while. So, I would suggest to try to let things go, big or small, and just have a blast on the actual day! Oh, and definitely treat yourself with massages, waxing, facials, and spray tans so you feel relaxed and beautiful for the wedding.

vintage handmade lds wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):

Ceremony venue: LDS Mesa Temple / Reception venue: private residence / Wedding photographer: Lang Photographers / Wedding coordinator: Sandy Hestand / Wedding flowers: Sandy Hestand / Wedding dress: made by bride’s mother / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Anthropologie / Wedding veil: made by bride’s mother / Wedding makeup: Chelsee Hunt / Wedding music: Justin Nichols: Wedding catering: Sandy Hestand / Wedding invitations: Jenny Stott / Videographer: Lang Photography

  1. BL

    Gorgeous! I love the bride’s look so much! Classic and romantic. I’m wearing a tea-length dress for my wedding too. How amazing that the bride’s mother made the dress!

  2. Susana Ferrand

    Everything so beautiful and so romantic. Love it!

  3. Candace {Lovestru.ck}

    Those flowers are so unique and beautiful, and the mismatched bridesmaid dresses are so cute!

  4. Stacie Lang

    The feature looks great, thanks and go Amber – we love you guys! :)

  5. Sarah

    I love those flowers. They look so natural and fresh.

  6. Jennie - Duryea Place Designs

    Such an adorable collection of dresses all around! Just beautiful!

  7. Kate

    This is lovely. I’m guessing that dress was inspired by BHLDN’s Fondant Tea Dress? It looks remarkably similar.

  8. Amanda

    @Kate yep! I believe she really liked the dress, but needed it Temple-appropriate. I love how it turned out!

  9. Nicole

    I love, love, love her dress. It’s absolutely gorgeous, her Mom is so talented!!!!

  10. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair

    I remember this dress from the Lang’s blog. I absolute love the details on the dress. It’s absolutely beautiful. The rick rack on the dress cracks me up, but is so delicate and sophisticated at the same time- something I never thought I would say about rick rack! :D

  11. Hayley Mann

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the brides dress! You can’t beat a scalloped bottom hem. Great photography, I’m a big fan of the Langs! Woohoo!

  12. Photographer Aspen CO

    Thanks for posting these beautiful inspiring images – it’s wonderful when couples hire a pro photographer – it seems to be happening less and less these days unfortunately.

  13. erin * sparkle & hay

    looove those flowers in the bottles!!

  14. lydia {ever ours}

    love love her dress. so sweet that her mother made it!

  15. Ilpuntodirugiada

    so beautiful the bride and her bridesmaids

  16. Emma

    Such a gorgeous wedding, it’s got such a romantic vintage feel to it! Love it!

  17. Amy ~ Belles on a Budget

    LOVE the dress. It’s just perfect. And how special to have your wedding dress made by your mom!

  18. Abbi

    Beautiful! I love the dresses and the unique simplicity of the flowers.

  19. Sariah

    I love this wedding!!!!! What are the names of the flowers she used?

  20. Samantha

    I am in love with the peach laterns (?) in the tree! Where are they from? Are they DIY?

  21. silvia

    Hi, I really love the mood of this wedding! lovely pictures.

  22. Madison

    Oh wow i love her dress! How lucky to have such a talented mum! The florals are super gorgeous and the wedding is so beautifully captured.

  23. erin * sparkle & hay

    aaaah! love their bouquets!!!!!

  24. Sally @ ourdreamlives

    This wedding is so natural and so beautiful, absolutely love it! And the dress is dreamy :)

  25. elizabeth

    does anybody know what those tiny purple flowers with the rosemary are called?! so beautiful!!

  26. Becka

    I am absolutely in love with that hairpiece! I would be ever so grateful to know where it came from!

  27. Chelsea

    I am also interested in wear she got her hair piece! Beautiful wedding! So sweet! :)

  28. Kate

    Interested in knowing where this bride got her hairpiece or how she made it if she did it herself, thanks!

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