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Abby + Kurt's Vintage Valentine's Day Wedding

Here’s a fun Valentine’s Day wedding, shot by Katherine O’Brien. Abby and Kurt got married at the Barr Mansion, a gorgeous venue in Austin, Texas. Vintage Valentine’s Day cards were used as their escort cards, hung from a clothes line and secured with clothes pins. They even had a friend show up dressed as cupid, fully prepared with a bow and arrow. Abby had the guitarist change from “Here Comes the Bride” to “Here Comes the Sun” as she was walking down the aisle, a nice surprise for guests. Thanks Abby for sharing your day with us, we wish you and Kurt a lifetime of happiness!

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Their friend showed up dressed as cupid, in honor of Valentine’s Day:
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Below is a wise man (from a nativity set) that’s half lifesize and my family has used it to prank each other for a long time (like, they’d leave it in the shower so you pull back the curtain and there’s an almost-human sized wise man there so you jump.) He made a surprise appearance at my wedding. :)
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Vendors:
Venue and Catering: Barr Mansion (www.barrmansion.com) / Dress: Coutures by Laura (www.austincoutures.com) / Flowers: Posey Floral and Event Design / Photography: Katherine O’Brien / DJ: Music4Life (www.music4lifedjs.com) / Guitarist: Mark Anthony Cruz (www.markanthonycruz.com)

DIY Steampunk Cake Topper

Opening our DIY Contest is Sarah G., with the cutest DIY steampunk cake topper! The theme of our contest is “Found Tucked Away and Used Today”, where participants must reuse an old item in a do-it-yourself project. The winner will receive $500, and the second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry!

Sarah upcycled her mom’s vintage cake topper to adapt to their quirky personalities:
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

What you’ll need:

- a base (either someone’s old cake topper, wooden box, or anything your imagination come’s up with – you could even use something like this)
- craft paint from Michaels or any craft store
- paint brushes
- hot glue and hot glue gun
- wooden pieces (found at any craft store, usually in the model building section)
- gear scrapbooking pieces (from Michaels or any craft store)
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

Instructions:

Step 1: Find a base for the caketopper. I used the base from my mom’s old cake topper. I removed the old tulle, fake flowers and little figurines (with her permission of course) and painted over the yellowed plastic with a base of silver paint.

Step 2: I started to “antique” the base by dry brushing tiny bits of black paint over the silver. The swirling in the hearts reminded me on wrought iron so I tried to imitate that as much as possible. The little spheres reminded me of lightbulbs so using a creamy-yellow I painted them to resemble light bulbs. Working with what you have is always a challenge, but if you take a moment to look at what you have things start to reveal themselves.

Step 3: Using small wooden pieces you can find at any craft store or hobby shop I constructed 2 small robot figurines by hot-gluing the pieces together.

Step 4: Paint robot figurines to your liking and hot-glue to the completed (and dried) base.

Step 5: To make the caketopper a bit more “mechanical” (because my fiancee is an engineer and likes all things mechanical) I found some clock gears, usually used for scrapbooking, and added them. Make sure everything is secure and dried.

A little more from Sarah:
This is definitely a piece I will keep after the wedding. It means a lot because it contains a piece of my parents wedding and all the love I put into our wedding. Plus it’s neat and quirky, just like us!

To enter your DIY Contest, email me at amanda @ ruffledblog.com or click here for details. Last day to submit your project is March 25, so hurry!






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Black and White Bridal Style

Nathalie from Luxe Fête sent over this photoshoot and instead of focusing on decor I thought it would be great to spotlight the couple’s style – and how you can do it on a budget. The bride’s fluffy short wedding dress with layers and layers of tulle is by Dolce & Gabbana, but you can find an equally gorgeous short wedding dress for a more affordable route (see our round up of 15 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500 and last year’s 10 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500). The groom’s vintage tuxedo is from C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique, proof that grooms can also find vintage clothing to wear for their wedding.

I am loving the black gloves – it reminds me of this post I made about darling gloves for vintage weddings nearly one year ago.

Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch

Photography: Ambrosio Photography / Wedding Dress: Dolce Gabbana / Groom’s Black and White Tuxedo Jacket: C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique / Furniture Rentals: Ronen Bar and Furniture Rental / Florals, Decor and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio / Hair and Makeup: Brittany Lammon/ Models: Maya Breykin and Buddy Krueger

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