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Woodsy Port Townsend Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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The vintage flair in this Washington wedding captured by Seattle photographer Yvonne Wong is nothing short of killer. From cardboard cutouts of retro ladies to hats aplenty for the gents, no detail was overlooked for these nuptials. And how about that woodsy ceremony setting also designed by Matthew Parker Events?


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From the bride, Anne: We wanted to do a modern twist on the Prohibition era and then stage the whole thing in the woods. The trees and ferns on our land were our first inspiration, and then we realized that there is a rich rum-running history in the Northwest. It all worked perfectly together. We used lots of color, lace, wood, and ferns. Then Matthew Parker took our ideas, brought them to life, and incorporated all these other elements of who we are that made the day so special!


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Sean is Dutch so we automatically had to use a lot of orange, then we just kept adding color! Dusty purple, persimmon, fern green, and light turquoise. We also used a lot of wood elements and tried to highlight the beauty of the northwest. Sean and I built the archway and aisle from a recycled garage door and old picket fence that we found at Waste Not Want Not in Port Townsend.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? We did two things that I would recommend to everyone: 1) We had fun! We spent as much time as possible dreaming and imagining together and this helped us create an event that was truly about us and our love for each other. 2) We only hired vendors that we really liked. We had a great team of flexible, supportive, friendly, and excited people. Everyone was great to work with and that made all the difference.


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We had 230 people and decided that with so many people we wanted to prioritize just the things that would really make it memorable. We chose a couple elements to really splurge on and then kept it simple for everything else. For example, we wanted great food so we went as all out as we could there, but then played it simple and just served beer, wine, and a few premixed cocktails at the bar.


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Wedding Vendors (Port Townsend, WA):

Reception Venue: Clam Cannery / Wedding Photographer: Yvonne Wong / Event Designer: Matthew Parker Events / Day-of Coordination: Karle Coppenrath of Weddings by Design / Wedding Flowers: Denise of Petals / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely, “2950” / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Necklace: Express / Bride’s Earrings: Nordstrom / Bride’s Rings: Studio 311 / Hair and Makeup: Glynne Davies / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. Hat Company / Groomsmen’s Outfits: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Hats: The Mad Hatter / Wedding Music: The Tune Stranglers / Wedding Caterer: Arran Stark of Cultivated Palette / Wedding Cake: Artisan Cake Guild / Wedding Invitations: Lucky Luxe / Information Cards: Anna Skates / Postcard RSVPs: Oh So Suite / Officiant: Kent Buttars of A Heavenly Ceremony / Tables, Chairs, and Dishware Rentals: R&R Party Rentals / Glassware Rentals: AA Rentals

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Mexican Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Doesn’t a waterside wedding in Mexico sound heavenly just about now? That’s exactly what Samantha and Patrick decided to have, escaping the chilly airs of Canada for a truly relaxing affair. We love all the details shot by Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography, including their cute “I love you more than beer” bunting!


beach ceremony set up

From the photographer, Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography: Samantha and Patrick chose to escape the cold winters of British Columbia to celebrate their wedding in beautiful Bucerías, México. Samantha had always dreamed of getting married on a beach but didn’t want to have a “beach wedding.” Working alongside the fabulous wedding planners The Dazzling Details, an elegant, vintage inspired wedding went from dreams to reality.


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The wedding decor was complete with a classic popcorn machine, a quilting station (including a Singer sewing machine), antique books, a historic photo timeline, improvised wooden tables and lounges, and miniature vases filled with sprigs of wildflowers. Samantha and Patrick were so full of love and gratitude towards each other, their family and friends, and the beautiful celebration that had been created in their honor. It was an incredible day. The wedding was held at a private beach front home in the sleepy town of Bucerías, Mexico.

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From The Dazzling Details: Samantha and Pat shared with us from the beginning that they envisioned a wedding full of vintage details as well as unique and personal touches in a palette of seafoam green, pale blues and cream, and throughout our design work, a lovely and eclectic blend of rustic furniture pieces and vintage decorative elements came together flawlessly to create an amazing wedding ambiance for the couple and their intimate group of guests!

The ceremony took place on the beach with an aisle lined by painted bottles with single blooms emerging from them or hand-made pinwheels twirling in the wind! The couple said their “I dos” on an elevated platform and beneath fabric wedding garland blowing in the breeze!

The cocktail-style reception included passed appetizers throughout the evening followed by cake and a late-night authentic taco cart – all scribed on the vintage door-turned-chalkboard-menu! Lounging couches were set in the garden and on the beach surrounding a gazebo set up for dancing (with a vintage chandelier suspended in the middle, of course!) An old wooden headboard and a window frame were converted into low tables set on beach blankets and surrounded with oversized pillows for comfortable alternative seating. Small lounge tables each featured a unique centerpiece composed of vintage novels, pinwheels, blooms in mason jars, twigs, lanterns, candles and vintage brass pieces.

Above the bar hung a special fabric garland with hand-painted words “I Love You More than Beer,” a nod to a special gift exchanged between the couple throughout their relationship. On the other side of the garden, a rocking chair upholstered with the same fabric found in pillows on the lounging couches, sat in a corner creating a cozy seat during the evening’s activities.

Sam and Pat decided to forego a traditional guest book and instead had their guests write notes to them on fabric squares which they intend to have made into a quilt. Just days before the wedding, we found an old Singer sewing machine and table in a local antique shop and knew we just had to have it for their “quilting table.” The sewing machine actually brought tears to the bride’s eyes when she saw it for the first time on wedding day, and it made a perfect little table for guests to write their notes to the bride and groom.

The couple also wanted to draw special attention to and honor the happily-married-years of other couples in their families. Rather than setting up photo frames, we decided to do something a bit more unique with the family wedding photos! We created a special “History of Love” – a physical timeline strung between two trees with dates, photos and fun “love facts.” Right before the wedding, we snapped a polaroid of Sam and Pat and added it to the timeline right after the ceremony!

For a fun food surprise, early on the bride professed her love of popcorn, and we knew we just had to incorporate the tasty treat into the wedding. We set up an old vintage popcorn machine and popped it all night long!

The simple, two-layer wedding cake was highlighted with lines of the same fabric garland as the ceremony canopy – only in mini! Candles and exposed-bulb lighting kept a romantic yet festive ambiance alive late into the sweet night!

Wedding Vendors (Bucerías, Mexico):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Kiersten Rowland of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography / Wedding Planner: The Dazzling Details

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CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Weddington Way

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We love highlighting our sponsor Weddington Way. Their completely interactive website makes finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your ladies easy and painless. To sweeten the experience, they have over 300 new styles and 60 colors to choose from. They also ship everywhere in the US and worldwide, which means that no matter where the bride or bridesmaid lives, they can easily get the exact dress they want without geographic limitations!

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Sometimes a swatch just isn’t enough. Well, well well! Weddington Way is rolling out a new sample dress program in the next month that will allow you to turn your living room into your own personal showroom! For a minimal fee, you can see, touch, and try-on your perfect dress before making the purchase. For those brides/bridesmaids in the San Francisco Area, Weddington Way just opened up an appointment-only showroom where you are able to view and try on dresses in person before making the purchase.
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They are currently running a promotional contest through February 29th. One lucky bride will win up to $800 towards bridesmaids dresses for her bridal party! To enter, simply visit Weddington Way’s contest page and sign-up for an account to be automatically entered in the running. Weddington Way will select one winner at the end of February!

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Moko & Company

At Moko and Company, we design welcome bags and offer locally inspired gifts to go in them. Our gift options include stately mementos, small batch snacks, locally-inspired gifts, and all around enjoyable treats for your guests. Customize welcome tote bags, labels, and stickers with your names, date, colors, designs, and more.

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