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Vintage Bowling Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Be still my vintage-obsessed heart. It’s true that the fifties is one era I will never tire of, but a wedding in a bowling alley is quintessentially retro. Jessica is a designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in the gallery.

We’ve been asked why we chose the 1950’s as our wedding theme. To be honest, we’re really not sure. Maybe it was a love of the music, maybe it was a love of the style, or maybe it was Ryan’s love of Back to the Future. It’s hard to say for sure. It just seemed…natural.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

Our venue–The Doctor’s House at the Brand Arts and Music Library–was a much more conscious choice. We’d lived in the Burbank/Glendale area for many years and the Brand Arts and Music Library offered us the beautiful outdoor setting we both wanted. It was also the site of the career retrospective of Ryan’s favorite artist, Joseph Mugnaini. And since we’re not the sit-down-to-dinner type, the reception was hosted at the Montrose Bowl. A private bowling alley, the Montrose Bowl has appeared in many television and film productions, including Pleasantville and Teen Wolf. We wanted everyone at the reception to have fun, play games and maybe feel a little nostalgic, and the Montrose Bowl was the picture-perfect venue for it. Along with open bowling lanes and our ‘photo booth,’ games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tiddly Winks were scattered about to coax out everyone’s inner child.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

retro 1950s bowling wedding

With so many family and friends coming from out of town, we really wanted to share with them a true southern California culinary experience. And what else says southern California like a food truck? In this case it was Seabirds, a gourmet food truck. We chose Seabirds because of their impressive and delicious vegan menu. Seabirds vegan fare was a huge success. One guest even complained that she was “angry [she] couldn’t eat more!”

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro bowling wedding

The wedding also had a green component. The bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and corsages were made from colorful cut-up clothing catalogues that normally would have found a home in the recycle bin. The bridal bouquet was a blossom of broaches sent by friends from around the world. Realizing that many of our international friends would not be able to attend, I sent out a call for broaches, rings, and pendants. Each piece was symbolic of a cherished memory, a friendship, an absent family member.

Taking full advantage of the bowling theme at the reception, guests signed a bowling pin as opposed to a traditional guest book. And keeping with our desire to make the event both fun and memorable, we thanked each guest with a bowling trophy. The trophies sported either a male or a female bowler and were engraved with our names, the date, and the eye-roll-worthy pun “With Love to Spare”.

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro 1950s bowling wedding

designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Montrose, California):

Ceremony Location: Brand Arts Music Library / Reception Venue: Montrose Bowl / Wedding Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Invitations: Little Hinka / Caterer: Seabirds Truck / Hairstylist: Miss Lowe / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Wedding Cake: Babycakes

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Missouri Vineyard Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this vineyard wedding in the gallery!

Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vintage wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vintage wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vintage wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vintage wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding
Missouri vineyard wedding

From the Bride: We were inspired by classic vintage details, our vineyard location, and a little bit of European goodness. Our wedding day REALLY could not have been more perfect from beginning to end. Hugh and I both have the same favorite moments (ironically the opening and closing of the day): the pure joy we felt when those Church doors opened and we first saw each other from opposite ends; and the cap to the night when family and friends encircled us and we all happily swayed and sang along to “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the last song at the reception. Of course, this special day would not have been even close to possible without the hard work of all of our generous family and friends. In addition, the vendors we selected all went above and beyond to make our day truly wonderful. Their work was not only excellent but also their kind and willing attitudes made wedding planning and day of coordination so much easier.

Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (St. Louis, Missouri):

Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral Basilica / Reception: Chandler Hills Vineyard / Photographer: Deidre Lynn Photography / Florist: Thorn Studio / Wedding Dress: custom designed by Dagmar from Sash Couture (on Etsy) used all of these ideas to design and create my dream dress. (We never met in person once, as we are located very far apart. I found her on Etsy and she completely designed this from our phone and e-mail conversations – it’s possible!) / Bridesmaid dresses: Dagmar/Sash Couture / Veil: BHLDN / Bow hair piece: Mignonne Handmade (on Etsy) / Necklace and bridesmaid necklaces: Petitor (on Etsy) / Groomsmen jackets: Club Room / Groomsmen pants: Perry Ellis / Groomsmen ties: Tux and Tulle (on Etsy) / Cake topper: Figs & Ginger (etsy) / Thumbprint guest book: TearDrop Weddings

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Sixties Modern Wedding Flowers

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Continuing with our sixties, bohemiam flower child inspiration, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with yet another utterly gorgeous flower arrangement. She blended a sixties bohemian feel with a modern and fresh aesthetic combining Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox. Thank you Yan Photography for the amazing bouquet photos!

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Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

From Sarah: One of my favorite late summer flowers is coneflower, you might know it as Echinacea. It comes in a few different varieties. In this particular shape we get a cream, orange, and a really pretty nutty pink; the pink is my favorite. The center of the flowers stick above the petals making it a bit more interesting than a regular daisy shape, and the natural color combinations are gorgeous. The rust colored centers in the pink variety are sometimes used on their own too, after the petals have fallen.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Coneflower look great in garden type arrangements, they have a nice shape to contrast with other softer looking flowers. I think they have sort of a 60’s flower power vibe to them, and that is where my inspiration for these arrangements came from. I tried to keep the 60’s inspiration subtle so that this design and color palette can be used in a lot of different settings. The hot pink and lime green with hints of orange and purple speaks loudly enough for itself, but I think pairing it with bits of floral patterns would be fun. I see bouquets like this paired with some solid color long maxi skirts or pretty party dress silhouettes for the bridesmaids, and some floral bow ties for the men.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Neutral containers and for the dinner table with these bright colors would give you some room for fun with your napkins, I see a vintage ditsy floral print napkin being pretty with these.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

The flowers used in these arrangements are: Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox.

Credits: Forage Bow Ties; Yan Photography; Amy Butler; Elizabeth Messina

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