Real Bride: Jessica from What I Wore

We invited some of our favorite, but very distinct brides to stop by Ruffled this week to share a little bit of their behind the scenes wedding planning, and we’re going to start with Jessica, from What I Wore. If you’re looking for vintage fashion inspiration, her blog is a must read. Jessica always finds the best vintage gems in thrift stores and shows how she wears them in several different ways.

She recently got engaged and just had her session done with Tiffany Arment Photography in Brooklyn.

Indiana Engagement Session by Tiffany Arment
Indiana Engagement Session by Tiffany Arment

From Jessica:
Although Adam and I met in Brooklyn, we knew we wanted a Hoosier wedding with a relaxed, backyard feel. We also love all things from the past – old photos, books, and clothing so we hope the reception will have a feeling of years gone by. The reception will take place in an 1850′s restored barn, 10 minutes from my childhood home in Indiana.

Alyssa + Howard's Vintage Michigan Wedding

I have a very soft spot for Michigan weddings since I got married in Detroit, so this gorgeous vintage wedding in Ann Arbor makes my heart skip a beat. If that wasn’t enough reason for me to squeal to the point where my neighbors may think I am crazy, Jessica Johnston was the photographer in charge of capturing this wedding. A little side note, she was my very own wedding photographer. So needless to say, I am very excited to share another vintage wedding shot by Jessica and Nate Johnston.

The bride did everything herself, from the wedding cake to the flowers. Alyssa found her vintage wedding dress on eBay and her t strap shoes are Channel. They got married in her parents’ backyard in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The only vendor they hired besides the photographers was the caterer, by Katherine’s Catering. I am blown away with her bouquet. If Alyssa doesn’t own a flower shop, she should definitely consider it!

Vintage DIY Wedding in Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston
Vintage DIY Wedding in Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston
Vintage DIY Wedding in Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston
Vintage DIY Wedding in Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston
Vintage Cake Topper Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston
Vintage DIY Wedding in Ann Arbor Michigan by Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan but loves to travel worldwide. Click here to here more images from this wedding.

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The B-List Meetup 2010

I am leaving town for a brief family trip but I have invited some great guest bloggers who will be stopping by Ruffled for a few days. We have officially started our new site expansion, to accommodate all the new features we will be launching soon. Since we’re at it, I’d love to know what would you like to see more of on the blog. Please email me at and let me know! The job openings have been filled, but I have all the applications safely on file for future opportunities. Thank you for the overwhelming response!


A few weeks ago, me and several other talented wedding bloggers headed to Old Town Alexandria for our annual B-List Meetup. Thanks to Envelopments, Torpedo Factory, Holly Chapple Flowers, Nine Cakes, DC Rentals, Design Cuisine, Elan Artists, Smilebooth, Dolci Odille and the ladies at Ritzy Bee for putting an amazing event on Friday evening!

B-List Wedding Blogger Conference 2010
I will give you a cookie if you can spot me!

On Saturday we had our Wedding Blogger Conference at the Lloyd House, organized by Ritzy Bee and amongst the great speakers there was the talented Kate Headley. After the conference was over we all headed to The Hive at 1511.

Swag Bag Sponsors:
Chronicle Books, Smock, David Tutera, Paloma’s Nest, Rust Designs, Envelopments, Pottery Barn, Emersonmade, Wedgewood, Santa Barbara Preserves, Whisker Works, Footpetals, viv&ingrid, 9Spot Monk, Crane & Co., Delphine, Bridal Reflections, Sycamore Street Press, Flory Photo, Chewing the Cud, Scout Books, The Pink Initiative, Jessica Foster Confections, Lo Boheme, Rembrandt and Thoughtful Day.
Big thanks to the sponsors who made the B-List weekend happen:
Pottery Barn / WeTV/ Envelopments

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