North Carolina Chinese New Year Wedding

Vintage Weddings

After seeing this epic wedding shot by photographer Richard Israel, Stephanie and William decided to book him for their wedding as well. Viewing these images is akin to stepping into a different era. The wildflower bouquet and centerpieces, the vintage garb, and the darling flower girl all lend themselves to a nostalgic point in time, and we’re absolutely loving the aesthetic!


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From the bride, Stephanie: Our wedding was two days before the start of the Chinese New Year so we had a loose Chinese New Year theme. It started with our Chinese paper cut invitations, designed by Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress. Dan was born in the year of the Tiger and I was born in the Year of the Pig. We found pig and tiger curios at an antique shop which we used as our wedding toppers. Our good friend and mural artist Molly T. Must did an artful paper lantern installation using second-hand fabric, paper lanterns, and LED lights. Also, in honor or the Chinese New Year we gave out tangerines as a favor, they are traditionally passed out freely during the new year as a symbol of good luck.


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Vintage wedding film photos by Richard Israel
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There were many DIY projects. My mother and I ordered a large roll of burlap and created 72″ square burlap overlays for the 18″ round tables which were clothed in white. I have been collecting vintage linen and cotton napkins of various sizes and hand-dyed the napkins in four different dye-baths to create mismatched napkins for silverware rollups at each place setting. We made the place cards from card stock stamped with a pig and tiger image designed and drawn by the maid of honor (sister) Kristina Costa. These place cards were strung across frames made from salvaged boards put together by friend Jeremy Maxwell-Parish. Our sister Kristina Costa (maid of honor) also designed and drew the programs.


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A local dressmaker refashioned my mothers wedding dress from 1981. I wanted something vintage and loved the idea of wearing my mothers dress but wanted to update it and make it more my style. It was perfect! Brooke cut the bottom of the gown to make a high-waisted skirt which went over a long sleeve mesh and lace top/slip. The lace for the top was taken off of the original dress as were the sleeves and the buttons. Brook also made a veil from my mothers original veil. One of the best parts of the dress was that I was able to take the skirted gown part of the dress off after the wedding and replace it with a white pencil skirt over the top/slip piece to create an after party wedding dress that I could wear out to the bar after the wedding. I did my own hair and didn’t wear make up. I made an impromptu headpiece to tie in my hair while getting ready for the wedding which included some red strands of yarn handed to me before the wedding by Dan’s Aunt and my grandfathers handkerchief. I wore white lace up fry boots (I replaced the laces with strips of fabric).


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “The Chase,” Giorgio Moroder
Bride’s Processional: “Nimrod Enigma Variation No. 9,” Edward Elgar
Recessional: “Hunting Song,” Felix Mendelssohn
First Dance: “Blue Moon,” Beady Eye
Father/daughter Dance: “Kind and Generous,” Natalie Merchant

Wedding Vendors (Leicester, NC):

Wedding Venue: Yesterday Spaces / Wedding Photographer: Richard Israel / Day-Of Coordinator: Jennifer of Verge Events / Wedding Flowers: Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm / Wedding Dress Alterations: Brooke Priddy / Ceremony Music: Larry Crawford (859-333-7478) / DJ: Rob Castillo (215-760-7018) / Wedding Caterer: Kim Austin (kim.austin41@gmail.com) / Wedding Cake: Ashley Capps of Dovetail Cakery / Wedding Invitations: Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress

14 comments
  1. dekalb wedding photography

    Oh, that’s gorgeous. Everything has such a calm and rustic feel throughout. We’re particularly keen on how the bride had her mom’s dress redone so she could use it. The alterations were very well done; you can’t even tell the dress wasn’t new.

  2. neal carpenter

    Beautiful images by an amazing man.

  3. Jim Unger

    Ruffledblog has become one of my favorite wedding blogs, because of awesome finds like this one! Not a day goes by where I don’t read through your posts and real weddings.

    Love this one!

    Your newest fan!

  4. Sally Watts

    Just…wow.
    So stunning and unique.
    I’d never in a million years have believed that some of these images were modern-day.

  5. Nicole Riley, Verge Events

    We were thrilled to be a part of this wedding! Thanks so much to the couple for allowing us to be a part of your day, and to all the wedding vendors! Amazing images Mr. Israel…fantastic!

  6. cambria

    That IS the dress I want! Is there anyway to find out where she got it? Or if it was thrifted? It is absolutely amazing and everything I could dream for!

    Thanks,
    Cambria

  7. CN

    This wedding is insane. Such gorgeous photos. Such an awesome looking wedding. Amaze-balls.

  8. Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw

    This is absolutely phenomenally gorgeous. Wow! Imagine their great grandchildren looking back at the photographs wondering what era they got married in.

  9. Sam & Gertie Photography

    Wow, those images are absolutely timeless.

  10. Raquel

    Wow..this is the most beautiful wedding I have ever laid my eyes on. Oh, and the photography is absolutely breathtaking. This, my friends, is my dream wedding.

  11. Bridget

    Can’t tell you how much I love that she says she didn’t wear makeup. That’s unheard of, original, & you know what? She obviously didn’t need any… what a gorgeous bride!
    Cambria: She says in the paragraph in the middle that it was her mother’s wedding dress, which she had altered.

  12. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair

    The theme is carried throughout the wedding so incredibly perfectly. I would LOVE to shoot a wedding like this. How incredibly INSPIRATIONAL! It just makes me feel peaceful looking at the images. The sepia works well. Beautiful, beautiful day.

  13. Brittany Bellagala Intern

    What a unique bridal bouquet! The neutral hues are stunning.

  14. kimberly

    I am in love. The style of those photos are great. Inspiring me to search more for a great photographer.

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