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North Carolina Chinese New Year Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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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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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

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Nostalgic Dripping Springs Wedding

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Bride and Groom Deborah and Stephen returned to Deborah’s home state of Texas for a relaxed yet chic affair stuffed with nostalgic details. The bride took a weekly childhood tradition and gave it a sophisticated spin, making a table spilling with various types of handmade popcorn. Honestly, we’re loving all of the surprises in this wedding shot by Half Orange Photography!


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From the bride, Deborah: When we got engaged we quickly decided we wanted a “semi-destination” wedding with our close friends and family. In my mind there was no better place for it than my home state of Texas. I love the Texas Hill Country and knew it fit perfectly with my vision for our wedding: a fun, relaxed and beautiful night for our family and friends to celebrate the most amazing day of our lives. As Claire, Stephen’s Aunt, begin to design the dress I knew I wanted it to reflect the theme of the wedding too. Fun & unique. She did an amazing job capturing that in my dress. It was one of a kind and it was so fun to watch it come together.


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One of my favorite projects that I worked on for our big day was the popcorn table/bar. Every Sunday night growing up we had homemade popcorn, and you could say it has created a bit of an obsession in me. I bought several different flavors of popcorn from Cornucopia in Austin and had my Dad make his homemade blend as well. They were displayed in antique furniture drawers and turned out to be quite the hit. Another fun project was our favors for the guest. Each guest left with a hand sewn burlap bag full of Texas hill country coffee and homemade chocolate chip pumpkin muffins made by the mother of the bride.


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My husband’s favorite touch to the big day was the scotch and cigar hour. It was just one other fun little touch that made our wedding feel like us. Our night was exactly what we dreamed: elegant: a holy ceremony in a chapel that leaves you in awe, a reception site that was breathtaking… but most of all we had so much fun: we danced until our feet hurt, hugged so many friends and family and loved hopping on the party bus with 60 of our closest friends for an unforgettable ride back to Austin. If I could give future brides any advice it would be relax and enjoy it. Do not get to wrapped up in all the little details, take a deep breath, have fun and remember you are getting to marry your best friend!


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Wedding Vendors (Dripping Springs, TX):

Reception Venue: Camp Lucy / Wedding Photographer: Half Orange Photography / Wedding Dress: Claire Kennedy Design / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani / Wedding Flowers: Verbena Floral / Wedding Caterer: Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse / Wedding Cake: Ruth Rickey / DJ: Strat Kat DJ / Rentals: Marquee Events and Blue Bird Vintage Rentals / Popcorn: Bride’s father and Cornucopia

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HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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