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Winter Wedding Obsessions: Balsa Wood and Pine Cones

There’s nothing more convenient than non-floral alternatives for winter weddings, specially if you live in areas with harsh winters. Their rustic look easily lends a vintage feel when combined with millinery flowers or other vintage inspired elements, all of which makes for the perfect vintage winter wedding decor.

Pine Cone Boutonniere and Bouquet Vintage Winter Wedding ideas
Vintage Winter Wedding centerpiece ideas balsa wood flowers and lace
Pine cones vintage wedding decor design ideas
Balsa wood bouquet flower vintage winter wedding
Balsa wood bouquet flower vintage winter wedding
pine cone winter vintage wedding cake

First row: vintage millinery and pine cone boutonniere from Erica Cavanagh on Etsy and pine cone bouquet by Rosenow Floral; second and fourth row: lace and balsa wood centerpiece and boquet designed by JL Designs shot by Stephanie Williams; third row: pine cone place cards on oilcloth shot by Carrie Patterson Photography; fifth row: balsa wood and rhinestone bouquet designed Krislyn Design shot by Gia Canali; last row: wedding cake, unknown source

Jacki + Steven’s Vintage Indie Wedding

This wedding sent by Brent from Brent Van Auken Photography puts a smile on my face on this rainy day. All the thrift store finds and handmade details make my heart skip a beat. Seriously obsessed over the mix-matched vintage chairs idea used in their reception.

From the bride, Jacki:
I love all things old and one of my favorite activities is scouring thrift stores in order to come upon those treasures hidden amidst the discarded and unwanted. So it was only natural that our wedding would have a vintage vibe.

Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

I designed my dress which was made to reflect the style of my mother’s wedding gown. Very 60′s inspired with a natural waistline, cap sleeves, and inverted pleat. Made from a silk jacquard fabric. Shoes by Deena and Ozzie and I added the jewels for a little personal touch. Hairpiece made by a friend with a brooch I found at a flea market. I wore a cocktail ring that my mother gave me a few years back…my something old…and a necklace that was hand-made by a by a jewlery designer I found in L.A.
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

The setting was our step-sister and brother-in- law’s beautiful ranch house in Exeter, Ca which is surrounded by orange orchards and oak trees, and has a breathtaking view of the mountains. The inspiration for the decor and general theme was Victorian Garden Party. We found most of our decor from thrift and vintage stores including the mason jars and gold picture frames which hung from trees, the chandeliers, the colored glass dessert dishes, and the decorative vases/bottles used for centerpieces. The special details included the lace table clothes, doilies, and a multi-colored quilt made by my grandmother…as a child I remember spending countless hours curled in its colors. My mother helped collect lace table cloths from her own stash and from other family members. Music is something that lives inside of both myself and Steven so we wanted to incorporate that theme into some of the details. I made the guest book by inserting photos from our engagement shoot into an old book of music and we used sheet music as placemats under the dinner plates.
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California
Vintage Indie bridal party Wedding Exeter Redding California

We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple, and we truly feel that we achieved our goal. The ceremony was the most meaningful part of the day. We wrote our own vows and performed rituals that are important to us. Our goal was for it to be a laid back and enjoyable time spent with those who mean the most to us…which it was!

We are incredibly blessed to have such amazing, talented friends and family. The flower arrangements were put together by my dear mother, sisters, and best friend the night before the wedding. Our photographer was the incredible Mr. Van Auken. Hair by Rachel Van Essen. Make-up by Kiki Lee Vander Ark. Steven is in a band so he was in charge of music. Him and his band mate, Daniel Rice, arranged all of the songs. Daniel brought his upright piano and the music made by him and his wife Ranelle really set the tone of the ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend, Gideon Copple, who flew in from New York and is absolutely wonderful, generous, and eloquent.

Big thanks to Brent for sending over the images and to Jacki for sharing her wedding day with us today!






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Sera + Adrien’s Vintage Wedding

We have a bunch of darling vintage weddings lined up for next week, but I wanted to share this one with you before I take off for the weekend… Sera’s vintage wedding dress was her grandmother’s, that she wore in 1952. What’s even more special about Sera’s wedding dress is that there were no alterations needed! They had their ceremony and reception at the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, California. Sera and Adrien DIY’ed all of the decor, including her bouquet.

Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California
Vintage Wedding dress DIY ideas Huntington Beach California

Photography: Llanes Weddings
Hair and make up: Allison Escalante

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