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Homespun Twins Oaks Estates Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Let’s kick this Wednesday off right with a perfectly adorable wedding shot by Megan Plenge Photography. Full of handmade touches and heartfelt gestures that went beyond decor, Blain and Russell’s wedding marks the spot for a sweet homespun fête.

From the bride: We wanted our wedding to reflect our sweet, playful love & our fun, artsy and musical families. I imagined a whimsical, home-made and vintage backyard wedding with our families playing the music with coca-cola bottles in hand, and what we came up with was truly a dream come true! Growing up in the Arizona desert the one thing I knew was cactus wasn’t for me! I wanted lush greenery and cooler air and I immediately remembered a sweet yellow school house that I had passed on the way to my Grandmothers house as a little girl. When I was researching it, I found out, lo and behold, they now hold weddings! Once we booked our dream location, Twin Oaks Estates, everything fell into place.

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Twin Oaks Estates vintage wedding

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Twin Oaks Estates vintage wedding

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Twin Oaks Estates vintage wedding

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From Megan Plenge Photography : Aside from their full time jobs, Graham is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association & Lauren has spent her free time working in theater & 50’s pin up modeling. This wedding was a true representation of their personalities & love. As a definite labor of love, this wedding was full of amazing details including handmade bridesmaids dresses by the brides mom, centerpieces created from antiques collected by relatives, personalized handkerchiefs, candy bar filled w/the couples favorite treats, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres made of embroidered flowers, scrabble letters & antique keys. The venue, Twin Oaks Estate, was the perfect fit for this couple complete with an 1800s schoolhouse for the bride to get ready in & serve as a perfect vintage backdrop. The owners of the Estate had recently purchased a section of a pub bar sent from London to add an old-fashioned feel. Other details included the grooms younger brother singing “I wanna grow old with you” during the ceremony & the band made up of the bride’s grandparents, groom’s father & brother. A completely adorable evening, with a new detail around every corner, was spent with this couple whose vision of a backyard vintage wedding came true!

Wedding Vendors (San Marcos, California):

Venue and Caterer: Twins Oaks Estates / Wedding Photography: Megan Plenge Photography / Florist: Jerry Disney / Hair: Tiffany Monday / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani

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Handmade Mountain Wedding

DIY Weddings

We’re all about iconic and beautiful destinations this week! This wedding blends quirky into a rustic chic fete so seamlessly, that it brings the lovebird theme to a whole new level. Arianne and Andrew are both self proclaimed bird-nerds, and incorporated illustrations of birds throughout their wedding day. Thank you Laura Murray Photography for sharing these images with us!

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird

Laura Murray Photography: Arianne and Andrew described their wedding as a major labor of love. Each detail was thoughtfully chosen and executed by all of their loved ones, making it a truly special day. The elegant flower arrangements were made by the groom’s sister and mother. They were the perfect element that tied in the color scheme of yellow and gray. The brides’s aunt loves to bake and took a cake decorating class in anticipation of her role as the wedding cake baker. She enlisted a couple other family members to take the class with her and they made all the desserts in advance. They brought all the cake baking supplies from Dallas, Texas to Steamboat, Colorado and arrived early to practice baking the cakes for the big day.

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird

The favors were handpicked Alaskan berry jam made by Arianne’s mom and her Alaskan bridesmaids. They also crafted all the boutonnieres, cake toppers, and the fabric napkins. The invitations and wedding paper were made by a friend.The DJ was one of their friends and groomsmen. The couple chose to use birds in their wedding day decor. Both Arianne and Andrew have a love for nature and wild things, and some of their first dates were spent “bird-nerding” in upstate New York. When Andrew proposed, it was under the guise of a bird watching trip in Denver’s foothills. To this couple, the birds are representative of their shared interests and love of nature. Even the bride’s hair and made up was done by a family member. Everyone contributed to make this wedding a complete success.

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird

Colorado Steamboat wedding bird


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Wedding Vendors and Venue (Steamboat, Colorado):

Venue: Catamount Ranch and Club / Photography: Laura Murray Photography / Dress: Eco Bridal Gown / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren / Invites and Stationery: Evan Chute / DJ: Jon Shares

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Given the importance of appreciating those guys that are the most important to you in life, Groovy Groomsmen Gifts want to ensure whatever you give them on wedding eve hits the mark, honors your posse and is something that doesn’t end up in that box in the basement.

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Asbury Park, NJ Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Oh beachy summer days, I just can’t quit you. This wedding shot by Lindsay Taryn Photography took place in Asbury Park, New Jersey and is full of sweet details and whimsy. Maeve and Nate met through match.com, and read their profiles as part of their ceremony vows! I will let Maeve take it from here: We couldn’t decide if we should get married in NJ (near my family) or MN (near Nate’s family). So I made a trend board for each scenario, then we sent it out to both our families and had them vote anonymously. NJ won the vote.

We knew that if we got married by the ocean we didn’t want to do a typical nautical theme. I grew up on the Jersey shore – which may not have the best reputation (*cough*cough* thanks, MTV *cough*) but as a local, the area evokes nostalgia that is much different from the show – I was inspired by vintage boardwalk imagery like confectionery shops, parasols, carousels, seashells, antique arcade games, and postcards. I tried to imagine what the area would have looked like at the turn of the century (19th/20th).








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Maeve and Nate had me at ‘non-traditional, fun, and quirky’ – words they used to describe themselves and their wedding. Oh, and the Jersey Shore. They had a whimsical beach wedding on the boardwalk at Asbury Park, where during their ceremony they recited their match.com profiles as vows, had guests play an interactive ‘get to know you’ game, and enjoyed tunes from a barbershop quartet. They also held a hula hooping contest at the reception and devoted two full hours to portraits during their wedding day. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this wedding celebration!

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Asbury Park, New Jersey):

Cocktail Hour: Aqua / Reception: The Berkeley Hotel / Photography: Lindsay Taryn Photography / Dress: Sarah Seven / Florist: Flowers by Colleen / Stationary/Invitations: DIY by bride / Caterer: Falco’s Catering / Coordinator: Stephanie Fazzolari / Veil and Hair Accessories: Pishposhes, Eeekdesigns / Barbershop Quartet: Hit Parade

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