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Weddington Way is not only loaded with an amazing array of beautiful dresses but is also a great resource for designing your entire bridal party look. You and your bridesmaids can meander through endless colors, styles, and fabrics, share styling ideas, and even choose accessories to match! They offer a central bridal party hub where you and your bridesmaids can add favorite dresses, like them on Facebook, and comment about each dress. Simply invite your bridesmaids and start saving your favorite dresses to your showroom. They have fine-tuned the shop-by-color experience by giving brides and bridesmaids the ability to explore different color families, compare hues, and shop products in their perfect shade. It couldn’t get easier than this.

You can find some of their most popular designs in their ever growing and oh so fabulous Real Weddings section, as well as their new Donna Morgan styles. These pretties are available on shorter delivery times and can be exchanged or returned for store credit during the month of February. Below are some of our favorites, in addition to the ones above — obsessed with the blue criscross number in the middle!

There is no more need to spend endless hours in a bridal shop searching for your perfect shade when you have every color under the sun right at your fingertips. With Weddington Way, it’s real simple. Choose your color, however specific it might be, filter through styles and fabrics, and build a showroom to share.

Pastels are a thing of the Spring and Weddington Way is sure to supply the best. To give you a visual idea of what we are talking about, below is a sample showroom. Bridesmaids can see what has been chosen, add their favorites, like, and make comments.

Weddington Way is the best resource for collaborating with your bridesmaids about their wedding day look. Share top dress choices, get feedback, choose from over 700 styles, colors, and fabrics, and accessorize your girls from head to toe! Ruffled readers can take 10% off sitewide with coupon code RUFFLED13.

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Callista & Company

Callista & Company offers personalized planning and design services for beautiful weddings and events around the world. With meticulous and organized coordination, warm and attentive support, as well as custom and creative design guidance, we create stress-free events that showcase your unique vision. Our team provides the highest level of service and showcases strong relationships with leading venues and renowned professionals to ensure you have an exceptional team on your side.

We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
recommendations based on years of experience and etiquette studies, while always considering your specific preferences.

Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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50s Brooklyn Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

I can admit it: I have a bit of a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel. From “500 Days of Summer” to She & Him to the New Girl, I never tire of her cute and quirky retro style. So naturally, when I heard Jessica Schmitt Photography and ever swoon wanted to construct a styled shoot with Zooey in mind, I couldn’t wait to see the result. Not only that, but these images are also filled to the brim with great ideas to throw a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or a small wedding.

retro wedding ideas

From the photographer, Jessica Schmitt: Our photo shoot was inspired by Zooey Deschanel and her playfully pretty style with a retro 50’s flair. The project united a team of wedding vendors that were emphatic about bringing together fresh and free spirited styles to give brides original and off-beat ideas for their own special day. The challenge: How to make an “adorkable” wedding chic, pretty and a little kooky!

pink teal invitations

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding ideas

string art table numbers

Starting with a lively color palette of hot pink and turquoise with dashes of gold, soft pink, and tangerine and mixing in a common graphic motif of polka dots we created a visual theme that carries through all the elements of a quirky, cool wedding day. This thread was carried through the style of the dress with its muted pink dot appliqués all the way to the homemade coconut crusted snowballs. Other retro desserts surround a polka-dotted cake studded with sweet tarts. Edible shot glasses hold His & Hers cocktails. Home sewn garland and mesh pinwheels dangle over tables. Circular notecards for guests to hang transforms a blank wall into a decorative element. Bright bunches of vibrant flowers in lemon yellow and magenta create big balls of fluffy bouquets.

boxed wedding favors

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding invitations

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding ideas

confetti guest books

retro wedding ideas

pinwheel backdrop

The invitation, printed on canvas and mounted on wood, evokes a throwback flair with line art silhouettes of the bride and groom that carry throughout all the paper goods. Colonie, a quaint restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, provided the perfect canvas for all the vivid decor, desserts, and sparkling bridal accessories. With its exposed brick walls, deep wood hues, original paned windows, and metal topped bar the venue conveys a personality that is vintage and friendly, but familiar in modern-day Brooklyn. Just like Zooey!

beaded table numbers

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding ideas

retro wedding desserts
brooklyn wedding signs

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Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography / Shoot Venue: Colonie / Event Coordinator and Stylist: ever swoon / Wedding Flowers: G! Designs / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Jewelry: I Do Jour / Makeup: Face the Day NY / Desserts and Styling: Alison Dulaney / Cups: Loliware / Wedding Invitations: Shindig Invites / Videographer: Love + Brain Films / Model: Alessandra Perez-Rubio

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Whim Hospitality

Since our launch in 2012, Whim Hospitality has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – catering, event and tent rentals, florals and venue management – we are innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the uncommon experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors.

We bring people together!

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Green Building Brooklyn Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Paper Antler

As teenagers, Matt and Amy listened to Louis Armstrong’s “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” as they shared their very own first kiss. Years later, just as if it were a movie, the couple shared their first dance to the same song in front of their family and friends in Brooklyn’s The Green Building. Luckily for us, Paper Antler was there to capture their wedding day to sheer perfection!

vintage bride and groom

From the bride, Amy: Both Matt and I have design backgrounds, so right away we knew that we wanted to personalize as much of our wedding as possible. We also love things to be quirky and fun, mixing things that don’t traditionally go together. We envisioned an urban vintage feel; set in a warehouse with farm tables and vintage china, but also with neon accents, tongue in cheek handmade signs, and food trucks complete with milkshakes.

loose wedding bun

vivienne westwood shoes

romantic wedding at sunset

groomsmen in pink socks

classic wedding car

soft bridal beauty
gray bridesmaid dresses
flower girl dresses

bride and bridesmaids

modern romantic ballgown

pink groomsmen socks

medal boutonniere

We did not have a color scheme, much to our families’ dismay at matching things for us. We started with a palate of four colors for our invitations- grey, yellow, deep red, and slate blue, but soon we were overtaken with sparkly silver, neon pink, and an amazing peach satin flowergirl dress that ended up determining the flower colors. It had been made by my mother for a cousin’s wedding in the 80s, and had many fond memories attached to it from my childhood. I was thrilled that it could be a part of my wedding day, and it influenced the grey of the bridesmaids dresses (as a contrast) and the peach and white ombre of the flower bouquets.

medal boutonniere

newlyweds recessional

rose wedding centepieces

escort card tables

timeless wedding photos

herb place settings

photobooth wedding

indoor wedding receptions

vintage china at wedding

The groomsmen wore neon pink socks, a color which found its way into random decorations throughout. I added a sparkly silver ribbon belt to the bridesmaid dresses, which in turn ended up deciding the confetti choices. Since we designed the invitation suite ourselves, the ever changing palate made its way through as neon pink reply cards (which we then recycled as confetti for the table tops) and silver and gold ink addressing grey envelopes for our pale blue invitations. Some of the DIYs that we did included the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, the various signs at the reception, the chocolate mustache favors, and the invitation suite. All of the plates were antique china collected by family and friends throughout the year.

vintage china at wedding

groomsmen with monocles

frame table backdrop

wedding cake tables

vintage suitcase as card holder

holographic wedding signs

silhouette wedding cake

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Remember to step back and really enjoy the process. It gets very stressful, especially if you are trying to balance time for DIY projects and vendor coordination, but don’t let yourself get lost in the details. I found that my best decisions were the quickest ones- the more I agonized over something and changed my mind, the less likely I was to like it later. Also, I think the best decision we made was to hire a day of event coordinator. She took all of our projects and put them together for us into the beautiful, cohesive reception that I had dreamed of (but was never sure was going to happen). I was able to focus completely on my family and my new husband because I felt secure in that she was taking care of everything. Also, despite creating/making the decisions on every decoration, plate, and morsel of food that went into our reception, it still felt like a wonderful surprise when we saw it all together for the first time.

photobooth prop ideas

punched wedding confetti

chalkboard seating chart

wedding cake tables

candles as wedding decor

unique wedding signs

Wedding Music:
I was thrilled to be able to use the “Wedding March” by Wagner for my walk down the aisle- it is used in many movies and is the tune used to sing “here comes the bride,” but it is not typically allowed in a Catholic ceremony. The 5 year girl in me was so happy that our priest had no problems with it. The recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn, another widely popular wedding choice that I couldn’t resist. Matt and my first dance was to Louis Armstrong singing “A Kiss To Build A Dream On.” This has been our song since we were 18, soon after we first met. We were listening to music while hanging out, before we had ever kissed. “A kiss to build a dream on” came on and both of us just looked at each other and then we kissed for the first time. For the cake cutting we played “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson, such a fun quirky love song.

milk and cookies wedding treats

holographic wedding signs

Green Building wedding

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Wedding Location: Brooklyn, NY / Wedding Photographer: Paper Antler / Ceremony Venue: St. Agnes / Reception Venue: The Green Building / Day-Of Coordination: Ruth of The Event Shop Ltd / Wedding Flowers: Kimberly of Rose Red and Lavender / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood “Melissa” / Hair: Krista of Foxy Salon / Makeup: Anni of NYC Faces / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: Zara / DJ: DJ K Ross of Scratch Weddings / Food Trucks: The Milk Truck and Cooking With Fire / Wedding Cake: Marisa of Sugar Coated Bakery / Edible Butterflies: Sugar Robot / Cake Topper: Simply Silhouettes / Wedding Invitations: designed by bride and groom / Wedding Paper and Printing: Paper Presentation

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My company, Crimson Letters creates unique hand painted wedding stationery, specialising in opulently painted, heavily illustrated design work, with calligraphy. All items are digitally printed from a master watercolour or acrylic artwork piece and individually and lovingly painted upon. Using only the finest papers and card stock sourced from London And Paris.

I’m a British designer with a degree in textile design, artist and a person with a passion for intricate creativity who’s inspired by all fine things, whether it’s food, interiors or architecture. I’m influenced heavily by my love of travelling, my rich heritage and travelling frequently through the Mediterranean where I have family in Portugal and Paris. I’m exhilarated and humbled by the beauty of this world. Bringing these ideas back to my design studio, each piece is fuelled from the cultures across the world.

I enjoy bringing a fresh decadent approach to wedding invitations, which are a timeless medium. I have always loved weddings and seeing the bride in her white dress has always been a magical moment for me. I feel completely over the moon to be able to create irreplaceable memoirs that the bride can look back on one day with a huge smile.

When I’m not busy in my design studio, I love exploring new parts of Europe, trying to improve my hopelessly basic French and Portuguese skiing, cross stitching, kissing my sons, watching period dramas and painting whilst drinking copious amounts of tea.

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