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This wedding is the hot spot where modern meets retro. Anna and Anthony brought oversized modern paintings into a barn, and added Modern Art details sprinkled throughout the rustic setting to create an overall artsy vibe. Then Anna gets just the right touch of vintage by wearing the most amazing vintage green wedding dress and what you get is pure whimsy. Scott of Scott Andrew Studio was in charge behind the lens of this darling 50s inspired wedding.

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From the bride: I wanted it to be fun, unique, beautiful and as eco-friendly as possible. Our ceremony and reception were both at Oak Farm Vineyards. The location is beautiful and rustic, yet modern amenities make it perfect for a wedding. The decision was easy because Anthony’s family owns the venue, so we knew it was an easy location for family to get to. I was really excited about having the ceremony out by the grapevines under this huge oak tree. It is just a really pleasant and peaceful place.

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I like to say we had a retro, artsy, green wedding. The colors were green and dark grey/pewter, with a touch of orange. Cute retro owls and art were main theme for reception. The ceremony was outside at a vineyard so I wanted to keep it simple and show case the beauty of the nature around us.

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I loved the wedding favors we had. My dad is an artist, so he painted little pieces of canvas that I rolled up tied with a ribbon and note from Anthony and I to our guests. We also hung his art in the Barn at our reception. I loved the contrast of the rustic barn and the modern, bright art.

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Advice for brides planning their weddings now: DIY projects are great and allow you to customize your wedding but you need A LOT of help and it can take a lot of time. Also, I think you need to have someone in charge for organizing everything especially the day of the wedding. It is important to keep the flow going and make sure guests know where to go and what to do. Also, enjoy it as much as possible because it goes by so fast.

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Wedding Vendors (Lodi, CA):

Ceremony and reception location: Oak Farm Vineyards / Florist: Emily at Embellish Floral Designs / Photographer: Scott Andrew Studio via Two Bright Lights / Wedding Dress: vintage 1950′s Emma Domb dress, alterations by Lana’s Studio / Veil: Lana’s Studio / Jewelry: pearl necklace and bracelet made from a pearl necklace handed down through mother-in-law’s family / Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s suits: Calvin Klein / Ceremony Musician: Greg Williams / Reception DJ: Fantasy Sound Event Services / Caterer: Steve at Angelina’s Restaurant / Wedding Cake: River City Cake Co. / Wedding invitations: WeddingPaperDivas / Transportation: Vintage Limousine Service / Paintings: Michael Hoffee

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Sweet Beach Wedding

This charming wedding comes all the way from Brazil. Sharon is a wedding photographer whose work I’ve been following for quite sometime now, and when I saw her own wedding photos I jumped at the chance of sharing them with you. Even more exciting was to hear that she’s been reading Ruffled for wedding inspiration. Woo!

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From the bride, Sharon: Fernando and I met on April 2008 while I was shooting his brother’s wedding. We joked around with each other, but nothing else. At the time I was dating someone else and never imagined what was about to happen! We saw each other again around the time I was delivering his brother’s wedding album and exchanged online chat usernames. We started to talk to each other and only six months after his brother’s wedding we had our first kiss. We’ve been together ever since. Then we got engaged, bought an apartment and set the date for Valentine’s Day. (in Brazil, Valentine’s Day is June 12).

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Our wedding was very simple but full of love. I made pretty much everything myself. From the invitations to the decor, from the bouquet to the menus. My mother made the brigadeiros (Brazilian mini chocolate candy) that are the best in the world! My friends helped fold the 1000 paper cranes (or tsurus), that the Japanese folklore says we get a wish for each 1000 origami cranes.. We had a Celtic ceremony, a ritual connected with nature that includes everyone in the bridal party (in Brazil, the padrinhos). Fernando and I each read a letter saying what the other means to us and it was very emotional. Get married at the beach was a dream and I am very happy to have pursued it till the end. We feel very connected to nature and the ocean.

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The reception was simple and the photobooth was very popular. At the end of the night Fernando and I danced to a choreographed Can’t take my eyes off of you by Damien Rice. We had fireworks and my little brother, Allan, played a song on the violin as a surprise for me :)

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Wedding Vendors: (Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Photography: Fernanda Petelinkar of Fernanda e Sharon Fotografia de Casamento / Videography: Cana Video Production / Catering: Buffet Sweet Pepper / Wedding Dress: handmade and designed exclusively by Fafi Vasconcellos / Wedding Shoes: Emporio Naka / Photobooth and Favors: Fotocabine / DJ: Fernando Barbi / Event Design: Papillon Eventos

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