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Weekly Wrap-Up + Winner!

Can you take a guess at what my first thought was, the moment I placed my eyes upon these images? Take a good look at this session and let me know if you thought the same thing as I did. This dreamy session makes summer look bearable in the 90+ degree heat we will be having here today in NY. The vintage prom dresses, the pastel colors, and that vintage travel atlas, altogether are pure perfection! Shot by Mandy Lynne, who also made these darling prints available on her Etsy shop.

 
 
 
 
 

+ It’s time to announce the giveaway winner The Scent of Lisabetta necklace from Sora Designs! The lucky winner is #183- Kate C! She said:

“My favorite is actually what you’re giving away. All versions of the Lisbeta necklace are gorgeous!”

Congratulations, Kate! We will be in touch shortly!

+ It was so exciting to see our alphabet bunting download by Two Brunettes on Eat Drink Pretty this week! It made an absolutely darling addition to this Breakfast at Tiffany’s bridal shower. Want one for yourself? Download our alphabet bunting template. Don’t forget to show us what you made!

+ Did you know we are on Facebook? If not, now you know! We have lots of fun and goodies planned for our Facebook page soon, so make sure to head over (you can find us here) and “like” us :)

+ And oh! We have some BIG announcements coming soon. The first one is coming next week. Keep your eyes peeled!

A Down-Home BBQ Wedding

I love the casual feel of this sweet down-home BBQ wedding captured by Wildflowers Photography. The couple, Kathy and Eric, wanted their wedding to be cozy and filled with personal touches. Even without knowing them, I can tell that every last detail of the wedding radiates their personalities. Fun, down to earth and clearly, very stylish :)

More from the bride, Kathy:

We were sitting at a BBQ restaurant one day (early on in our relationship) — the kind of restaurant that serves ribs and iced tea in mason jars… and I said to Eric: “This is what I want my wedding to feel like.” Little did I know, we would get married a few years later… and the vision for our wedding spawned from that little comment.

 
 

Our wedding planner found our wedding venue online. We knew this was the place we wanted to get married after seeing the gorgeous rolling hills surrounding the ranch house. It was quiet and tucked away — perfect for the intimate wedding we envisioned.

 
 
 

Another big deciding factor was the fact that it was in Southern California. All of our family came in from out of town (or out of state) and we wanted them to see Southern California — where we lived.

 
 
 

Our wedding decor was rustic/vintage. Baby’s breath in galvanized french floral buckets lined the wedding aisle. Guests drank from mason jars and barber shop striped straws. Lots of pieces came from the Long Beach antique flea market and numerous thrift stores and garage sales. Mason jars hung from trees. Vintage lace hung from clotheslines. An old drawer with a vintage drawer pull held our guestbook notes. I found an old book published in 1899 entitled “To Have and To Hold” and we pasted our ceremony script in it for our officiant to read.

 
 

Speaking of our officiant– we asked our dear mutual friend (the one responsible for introducing us) to be the one to marry us. My mom walked me down the aisle. We read poems to each other and wrote our own vows.

 
 
 

My dad died from cancer a few months after Eric and I started dating, so unfortunately he never got to meet Eric. We wanted so much for him to be there with us, so Eric wore my dad’s vintage Christian Dior tie. I carried his picture in a locket tied to my bouquet (so he would be with me as I walked down the aisle). My two uncles (my dad’s brothers who are also jewelers) made our wedding bands. My dad was definitely with us that day.

 
 
 

I bought 30 pinwheels at the 99 cents store– the glittery kind with Disney characters all over them– and Eric spray painted them ivory. They fluttered in the light breeze, lining the perimeter of the olive tree under which we got married.

 
 
 
 

Eric is from the south and we always joke that I was a southern girl in a past life, so we knew we wanted good southern food. Our wedding represented who we are as people: down-to-earth, romantic, food-lovers.

 
 
 
 
 

Dear friends, family members, co-workers, restaurants and strangers collected clear glass jars and bottles for us to use as vases. In 5 months we collected over 250 jars and bottles. My co-workers bought flowers from the downtown LA flower mart. We wanted it to look like freshly picked wildflowers in jars.

 
 
 

I found some vintage number stamps at an antique flea market and stamped our wedding date on shipping tags. We tied the tags around some of the jars and bottles used in the table arrangements.

 

Some advice from Kathy:

It’s true what everyone says– your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. Don’t forget to take a moment when you’re standing in front of all your friends and family and let it all soak in.

Take pictures of your wedding planning process! Eric and I have fun pictures of us stamping our invitations, cutting out burlap for our table runners, putting our chalkboard menu together. I took one picture a day during the month leading up to our wedding (posted on my Facebook). It’s so great to have pictures to remember even the process leading up to the big day.

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Photographer: Wildflowers Photography / Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve / Wedding Planner: Miki Nguyen of Miki Events / Florist: DIY by Friends + Family / Photobooth: Photobox LA / Caterer: Spring Street Smokehouse / Cake: Costco / Invitations: Target / Hair & Makeup: Gina Nguyen / Bride’s Dress: Cleo by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Electra by Nina / Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic / Bride’s Rings: Art of Gold / Groom’s Ring: Minh Van Le / Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud tuxedo, vintage Christian Dior tie and John Varvatos cufflinks






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Beautiful Portland Wedding

From sunny California to Portland, Oregon! Ryan of You Look Nice Today Photography sent over this beautiful intimate fete, complete with an adorable church and outstanding imagery. Monica’s darling vintage wedding dress belonged to her mother, who wore the dress 30 years ago when she married her father.

From the bride, Monica:

We knew we wanted a small wedding, one that felt very from the heart and personal. We wanted it to feel like a joyful celebration of life and love, and not just of each other, but of the people in our lives who we love and cherish. We wanted to be able to talk to and spend time with our guests, which was very possible with our small guest list of 35!

 
 

We were very inspired by our city, Portland, which is full of nature and is very classic, vintage and modern at the same time. Our wedding was inspired by spring, and very much by the pink WOW of the dogwood blossoms!

 
 

Our ceremony location, the Oaks Pioneer Church http://www.oakspioneerchurch.org/home.htm in Portland, we happened to check out on a whim when my parents were visiting, and the little white chapel (built in 1851!) was so perfect for the intimate ceremony we wanted. The warm wood paneled walls, stained glass and details like the organ and wood stove made it feel very cozy, warm, and inviting.

 
 

We spent a lot of time thinking and talking about our ceremony, reading passages and poems, and our loving ceremony officiant brought so many good suggestions to us. Our ceremony was really true to who we are, and included the people who attended our wedding. We really wanted it to feel like a threshold we were crossing, into a new commitment to each other in a marriage.

 
 

We were so in love with our flowers that we even brought some of them along on our honeymoon!

 
 

My wedding dress was vintage, last worn by my mother 30 years ago when she was 19 and married my Dad! The dress carried special sentiment and good luck, since my parents celebrated 30 years of marriage this year!

 
 

For our reception, we knew we wanted GOOD LOCAL FOOD!! We knew Wildwood Restaurant was amazing, and it clicked when we found out that they have private rooms that would accommodate the size party we had! The food was incredible, and Wildwood is a must eat if you are in Portland!

 
 

Some advice from Monica:

Enjoy the planning, and know that when the day comes it will be beautiful and euphoric!

Wedding Vendors (Portland, OR):

Photographer: You Look Nice Today Photography / Ceremony Venue: Oaks Pioneer Church / Reception Venue & Catering: Wildwood Restaurant / Florist: New Seasons Market / Vegan Cake: Sweet Pea Bakery / Invitations: Designed by couple with help from Lanz- Printed by Minuteman Press / Hair Stylist: Diane from Halo Salon / Bride’s Dress: Monica’s mother’s vintage wedding dress. Altered by Lindsay Pantano / Bride’s Hair Flower: Mignonne Handmade

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