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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.

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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

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Vintage Organic Australian Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

This wedding seems to be one of the most fun-filled days yet, with games aplenty for guests, both dogs and cats roaming around, and fireworks to round out the evening. The cutest detail? The bride and groom stood in a circle of flowers and shared their vows to each other in whispers. Thank you to the fantastic Julian Beattie for sharing his photographs with us!

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From the photographer, Julian: This wedding was absolutely PACKED with details and awesomeness. It was held on a 100% organic avocado farm with a 100% vegetarian menu – a “carefree” ceremony where they whispered their vows .. and yeah, I could go on.

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From the bride, Bek: Our wedding idea revolved around a vintage garden party – with cocktails and fun games in the afternoon then a long Italian style feast in the evening followed by dancing!

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

We had a splash of red going for the color scheme – red & white polka dot bunting, ribbons, table runners etc, mostly red flowers, drinks with red & white candy-striped straws, and of course I wore red shoes…

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

I am an artist & graphic designer, so I did all of the invitations, menus, name & table no. tags plus LOVE/JOY! tags on drinks & wine bottles. My family helped me put together all the bonbonniere packets (gifts of Baci chocolates in brown paper bags) with name tags and ribbons. I hand painted all of the signs on old bits of wood found around our farm. My mum and I also made red & white polka dot bunting. My partner (Rob) and his dad and friends renovated an old dairy bails on our farm to use as the kitchen/bar/lounge area. Plus they made the wooden benches (or ‘pews’) for the ceremony out of camphor wood from our farm. And a huge outdoor banquet table. The whole thing was pretty much a massive DIY project!

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure that whatever you do for your wedding day – it is what you and your husband-to-be would LOVE. And I recommend doing as much of it as you can with friends and family to help as this makes it a very unique and personalized event — make it a fun craft project! (Oh, and definitely get people to help where you can!)

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

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Wedding vendors (Byron Bay, Australia):

Ceremony and reception location: Private Property / Wedding photographer: Julian Beattie of Kariz-Matik / Day-of wedding coordinator: Jane Magnus from Byron Bay Weddings & Events / Wedding flowers: Estelle Montlouis of The French Petal / Wedding dress: made by bride’s friend / Bride’s headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Earrings: Sweet Papillon / Stockings and cardigan: Alannah Hill / Wedding shoes: Chelsea Crew / Wedding hair and makeup: Stephanie Hosking / Flamenco musicians: Passion Flamenca / Wedding catering: Seaweed Cuisine / Wedding desserts: k’pane / Wedding invitations: Dolores Cupcake

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Rustic Chic Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

It’s not everyday that we get to share two beautiful rustic weddings on the same day. When Amy of Williamson County Weddings sent over this wedding, I knew I had to share. What’s not to love about a traditional wedding with bits of vintage details sprinkled throughout the day, a Monique Lhuillier gown and two adorable ring bearers in suspenders and bowties?

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From Amy of When my best friend, Katie, from back home in Southern California called me at midnight on Christmas Eve 2009 to tell me that Ed had just proposed, I just couldn’t wait to get started helping her put together their wedding. Being a wedding planner is always fun, but when it’s your best friend, there’s a another level of excitement in the mix!

Katie & Ed wanted to create a vintage glam affair with lots of laid back SoCal energy, for which the private hacienda style estate, Rancho Las Lomas, was the ideal setting. They brought two unique styles to the table – Katie has a soft femininity with a background in fashion, and Ed is an All-American boy with a love of baseball and flip-flops! We chose to incorporate both of their influences, but focus it all into an early 20th century style for a cohesive look.

Tables were named after historic ballparks such as Ebbet Field, Yankee Stadium, and Wrigley Field, and designated with framed era-appropriate photos. Ed was particularly excited about that detail! The ring bearers carried a vintage baseball glove rather than a pillow, and Ed’s groom’s cake was an exact replica of that glove.

To create Katie’s soft look, we chose a color scheme of creams, pinks, and champagne, accented with gold and silver mercury glass. Larrissa and her staff at Inviting Occasion bathed the venue in ruffly cherry blossom branches and peonies to keep the look delicate, and accent pieces such as loveseats and armchairs from Found Vintage Rentals were perfect accessories, topped off with a great hutch and buffet to display Sweet & Saucy’s absolutely stunning wedding cake (I literally gasped in joy when it arrived!) and adorable mini-desserts.

The liner design from their invitation was carried throughout the entire event. We used it as the tent cards for the seating assignments, as well as the backing to the menu cards on the head table. The specialty paper, called Tuscany, didn’t include the same color palette, but it worked as a visual theme because it embodied the elegance and rich texture of the overall event style. Don’t be afraid to incorporate details that aren’t exactly “matchy matchy” to your linens and florals. If the feeling and personality of those details are right, it will work!

Wedding vendors (San Diego, California):

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas / Planning & Coordination: Amy Parman and CJ Dickson, Williamson County Weddings / Photography: White Haute Photography / Catering & Rentals: Jami Willis, 24 Carrots / Floral: Larrissa Rehder, Inviting Occasion/ Cakes & Desserts: My Sweet & Saucy/ Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals / Gown: Monique Lhuillier/ Bridesmaids Gowns: Lulu Kate/ Guitarist: Edward Trybek/ Wedding Stationery: Williamson County Weddings/ DJ & Lighting: Mike Carcano/ Hair: Salon One/ Makeup: Makeup by Berit

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