Jacki + Steven’s Vintage Indie Wedding

Bohemian Weddings, Garden Weddings, Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

This wedding sent by Brent from Brent Van Auken Photography puts a smile on my face on this rainy day. All the thrift store finds and handmade details make my heart skip a beat. Seriously obsessed over the mix-matched vintage chairs idea used in their reception.

From the bride, Jacki:
I love all things old and one of my favorite activities is scouring thrift stores in order to come upon those treasures hidden amidst the discarded and unwanted. So it was only natural that our wedding would have a vintage vibe.

Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

I designed my dress which was made to reflect the style of my mother’s wedding gown. Very 60’s inspired with a natural waistline, cap sleeves, and inverted pleat. Made from a silk jacquard fabric. Shoes by Deena and Ozzie and I added the jewels for a little personal touch. Hairpiece made by a friend with a brooch I found at a flea market. I wore a cocktail ring that my mother gave me a few years back…my something old…and a necklace that was hand-made by a by a jewlery designer I found in L.A.
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

The setting was our step-sister and brother-in- law’s beautiful ranch house in Exeter, Ca which is surrounded by orange orchards and oak trees, and has a breathtaking view of the mountains. The inspiration for the decor and general theme was Victorian Garden Party. We found most of our decor from thrift and vintage stores including the mason jars and gold picture frames which hung from trees, the chandeliers, the colored glass dessert dishes, and the decorative vases/bottles used for centerpieces. The special details included the lace table clothes, doilies, and a multi-colored quilt made by my grandmother…as a child I remember spending countless hours curled in its colors. My mother helped collect lace table cloths from her own stash and from other family members. Music is something that lives inside of both myself and Steven so we wanted to incorporate that theme into some of the details. I made the guest book by inserting photos from our engagement shoot into an old book of music and we used sheet music as placemats under the dinner plates.
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple, and we truly feel that we achieved our goal. The ceremony was the most meaningful part of the day. We wrote our own vows and performed rituals that are important to us. Our goal was for it to be a laid back and enjoyable time spent with those who mean the most to us…which it was!

We are incredibly blessed to have such amazing, talented friends and family. The flower arrangements were put together by my dear mother, sisters, and best friend the night before the wedding. Our photographer was the incredible Mr. Van Auken. Hair by Rachel Van Essen. Make-up by Kiki Lee Vander Ark. Steven is in a band so he was in charge of music. Him and his band mate, Daniel Rice, arranged all of the songs. Daniel brought his upright piano and the music made by him and his wife Ranelle really set the tone of the ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend, Gideon Copple, who flew in from New York and is absolutely wonderful, generous, and eloquent.

Big thanks to Brent for sending over the images and to Jacki for sharing her wedding day with us today!

27 comments
  1. Jes ( A.Mountain.Bride )

    I have to admit, this is one of the best weddings i’ve seen on here! it’s so REAL and SWEET!

  2. Stephanie @ Geezees

    I adore the black and white pics!!

  3. True Blind Faith

    I love the mix and match chairs-charming!

  4. Sara Code-Kroll

    So beautiful!! Love the details! My favorite image is the holding hands one. So sweet and totally in tune with the sweetness of the wedding itself. <3

  5. Kristi Wright

    I love the table settings!! Such beautiful details.

  6. stacy

    Very refreshing and natural. Great setting.

  7. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day

    I love the chairs! The different colors and the mis-matched designs.

  8. Sarma

    WOW- beautiful all around!

  9. Mary

    Love those mis-matched chairs; great idea!

  10. Stephanie @ Geezees

    I love this couple…the bride is absolutely stunning!!

  11. Linz

    when i thought the pictures and reception couldn’t get any cuter… the chairs just cinched it. i love those vintage, mismatched chairs.

  12. abi

    beautiful photography for a beautiful wedding :)

  13. Gabreial (Vintage Indie)

    Beautiful wedding, I love the chairs!

  14. Cindy

    This wedding is PERFECT. Such sweet vintage details…totally how I envision my wedding to be!

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  16. Lanie

    The colors in these photos are so sweet. I love the classic look of her dress too!

  17. kaleigh

    wow. those chairs are EXACTLY what i’ve been searching for!!!! beautiful.

  18. Kim @BrideGoggles

    LOVE those chairs!!

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    Such an amazing vintage wedding. I wish I could shot something like this. I thought the signs on the back of the b+g chairs were really cute!

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    Love the vintage look and feel of this wedding, beautiful candid captures that really tell the story of the wedding. Very well done!

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