Stephanie + Amato’s Intimate Wedding

This California wedding shot by Raya Carlisle is the sweetest of sweets. Stephanie and Amato, together with her daughter and close family and friends had a wedding filled with love and laughter. The handmade and DIY decor details simply reflected the couple’s thoughtfulness to their loved ones. I am specially loving the texture of the flowers and materials chosen such as the burlap used to wrap the boutonnière and the lace doilies seen throughout the decor. Thank you Steph for sharing your wedding with us!

Grant Park Ventura California Wedding Photos by Raya Carlisle Photography
Grant Park Ventura California Wedding Photos by Raya Carlisle Photography
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From the bride, Stephanie:

Intimate and light-hearted, our wedding day was an absolute family affair! My mother walked me down the aisle and my father officiated our wedding. Amato’s father closed the ceremony with a prayer over us and sang at the reception, where my daughter’s energetic and comical godfather was the master of ceremonies.

I’ve always loved vintage and handmade decor, so I tried to incorporate as much into our day as possible. We put heirloom jewelry on my bouquet, flooded the church with sola shell flowers, and gave away vintage hankies as favors. In lieu of the traditional guestbook, we had guests thumbprint “leaves” on a tree that now hangs in our house. Also, we did without a unity candle and, instead, wrote each other love letters that we placed inside a vintage wine box. It’s stored in our wine cellar with a bottle that will be at its peak in 30 years, and we can hardly wait to read our love letters on March 20, 2040! Our guests said goodbye to us with paper doilie cones filled with eco-friendly confetti and we followed Raya up to Grant Park in Ventura, California for pictures.

Wedding Vendors (Ventura, California):

Venue: Ventura Vineyard Church / Photographer: Raya Carlisle/ Day of Coordination: Holly Lomelino (hollylomelino [at] me [dot] com) / Flowers: Shell’s Petals / Cake Topper: GraceFallen on Etsy / Mini Flags: Pammaro on Etsy / Stationery: DIY by Gartner Studios / Decor: DIY (powered by, thrift stores, and lots of inspiration!) / Hair and Makeup: Crystal at Salon Elite (805-339-9220) / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Camarillo Bridal / Jewelry: Zales (Bride) and Titanium Kay (Groom) / Veil: Bel Aire Bridal / Hairpiece: Starz Selection on Etsy / Shoe Clips: b.Poetic on Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group / Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Photographer Raya Carlisle lives in Southern California but travels worldwide.

A Florida Art Deco Wedding

This wedding was sent my way by an avid reader who spotted this gem and promptly emailed me to let me know of it. The vintage bride is a costume historian, so having a gorgeous Art Deco wedding true to its style but still keeping a fresh feel was an easy task. Her 1930s inspired wedding gown was designed and handmade by Nicole as well. Their wedding took place at Disney in Orlando, but it was certainly not your typical fairytale affair, no sir. Beautifully captured by Jensey and Nathan from Root Weddings, who recently launched a jaw dropping new site and blog.

I could go on forever talking about this wedding, but I will stop yapping and let the photos speak for themselves:
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Disney Wedding in Florida by Root Weddings
Disney Wedding in Florida by Root Weddings

From the bride, Nicole:

I suppose most of it came from a 1930s and Art Deco inspiration. I’m a costume historian, so I have a strong interest in other times and I’ve always found the 1930s to be elegant without too many frills. The locations for the ceremony and reception we decided upon were heavily inspired by the early 20th century as well. I tried to bring the colors that worked with those areas, which were all based on a seaside theme, picking blue-greens and contrasting coppers. It was really fun to try to figure out a way to bring that vintage look into all the wedding aspects with out making it feel overdone. For the reception I wanted it to feel like an 1930s night club, so I choose jazz music and tried to find decorations that appeared in old photographs of clubs (mercury glass, palms, and peacock feathers). I also had a silhouette artist making favors, so I brought some vintage hats from home for the guests to wear during their sittings. I tried to DIY a lot of the wedding, even though Disney takes care of most of the event. I made the invitations, both of my gowns, my husbands suit, the bridesmaids coats and muffs, and the bridesmaids
made their own evening gowns to go under the coats. I also got to help with designing the cake, which was a very fun and new experience for me.

My advice for future brides would be to look for inspiration not just in wedding magazines, but in your locations and in places you wouldn’t necessarily associate with weddings. Our color scheme we originally found in one of my husbands video games which takes place in what was once an Art Deco utopia at the bottom of the ocean.

Wedding Vendors (Orlando, Florida):

Photographer: Nathan and Jensey of Root Weddings / Venue: Disney in Orlando / Wedding Dress: handmade by the bride / Officiant: Kevin Knox / Hair and Makeup: Patricia LeJeune / Shoes: My Vintage Sole / Vintage Parasols: Bella Umbrella / Top Hats: Gypsywitch Designs on eBay/Silhouettes illustrations seen at the reception: Kathryn Flocken from Paper Portraits / Bride’s hairpiece: Topsy Turvy on Etsy.

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Guest Blogger: Kathryn of Snippet and Ink

Kathryn from Snippet and Ink is back with us again, this time sharing the most charming Vintage Café inspiration board. Her blog is an endless source of inspiration, but I’m sure you already know that. Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Colors: Mocha, ivory and olive green
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Vintage Cafe au lait Mocha and Ivory Wedding ideas

Top row from left: photo with hat by House of MacGregor via From Me to You, cafe via Tartelette, leather clutch via This is Glamorous / Second row: key with calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, desserts via Cannelle et Vanille / Third row: cafe au lait photo by Cindy Loughridge, Leica camera via Dress Design Decor, white rose in tea glass from Real Weddings

Thanks Kathryn for stopping by today!

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