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Garden Tea Time Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Wildflowers Photography is stuffed to the brim with love, and it shows in every aspect of the wedding day. With a focus on family heirlooms, recycling, and some inspiration from butterflies, Alicia and Chris (who are also photographers) had a wedding reception that no one in their circle will forget any time soon! Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing flowers, all of which came from the newlyweds’ very own garden.

newlyweds by water

From the bride, Alicia: We started our planning with a couple of themes that we love, a little Alice in Wonderland, and a little Pride & Prejudice. In the end, we decided to just make the wedding represent us as a couple instead of a specific theme. I also wanted all of our decor to either be vintage or handmade.


vintage doily decor

vintage index cards recipe box guest bookbutterfly flower centerpieces

bridesmaids showing shoes

white daisiesorganic wedding centerpieces

vintage furniture decor

We like to think that our wedding reception was a lot like our home decor, on a much grander scale. We tend to refer to our decorating style as “vintage rustic glam”, and I think our reception was somewhere along those lines as well. Our colors were peacock blue and pink, with dashes of yellow, purple, and all the other colors of our garden. We considered renting furniture and decor from a vintage rental company, but felt that would be silly since I have been collecting vintage furniture and decor for so many years. The morning of the wedding reception, we loaded up a moving van with the help of our good friend Mike, and set up a good portion of our furniture and decorations from home at the reception location.


pink feather bouquets

newlyweds with horsevintage table numbers

eco-friendly wedding signs

wedding menus fansorganic flowers in bottles
dream cottage wedding venue
newlyweds with horses

bunting with picturesantique reception furniture

vintage dollhouse dolls

story time sign

One thing that we were really set on having was a lot of mix and match vintage china. We originally considered renting china, but decided that we would like to have our own set of mixed vintage china anyway. We spent many weekends scouring thrift stores and estate sales until we had purchased around 300 plates and enough tea cups for all of the guests as well. Eventually we plan to sort through some of it and pare down our collection a little!

newlyweds first kisspink feather bouquets

moss wrapped napkins

newlyweds under arbor

vintage centerpiece decorantique trunk decor

english tea receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make a list of the projects you want to make, and prioritize them into “must haves” and “nice to have”. There were a few other projects on my “nice to have” list that got dropped once we got too close to the big day and I was running low on time. Be sure that all of the projects you take on make sense for your wedding and the guests you plan to invite. If you won’t have any trouble with people seating themselves, escort cards and place cards are a lot of work if they aren’t needed. As wedding photographers ourselves, we often see a lot of wedding programs go unused. If you are going to go to the trouble of making programs, be sure someone passes them out! Also, be sure to utilize Etsy! I had originally planned to make my own cake decorations, but ended up ordering some amazing edible butterflies from Etsy. I just loved them, and would not have been able to make something like that myself. I was also able to find cufflinks on Etsy for Chris that I had custom made to match our logo for our own photography company! They turned out so cute!


butterly wedding cakes

butterfly wedding decorvintage reception furniture

newlyweds first dance

newlyweds rice toss

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: Marriage of Figaro
First Dance: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Wedding Location: Palos Verdes, CA / Wedding Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden / Wedding Photographer: Wildflowers Photography / Wedding Coordinator: A Regal Affair / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Pemberley Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M / Groom’s Apparel: Giorgio Ferraro / Groomsmen’s Outfits: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suspenders: American Apparel / Groom’s Cufflinks: Bragging Bags / Wedding Caterer: Critic’s Choice Catering / Wedding Cake: Pacific Patisserie / Edible Butterflies: Sugar Robot / String Quartet: Innocenti Strings / DJ: Eric Von Bryant / Rentals: Vini’s Party Rentals / Jewelry and photo art prints: Pemberley Heirlooms on Etsy

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Julie + Brett’s Antique Store Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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When the extremely talented Chicago photographer Olivia Leigh from Olivia Leigh Photographie emailed me to submit this wedding, my eyes popped out when she told me that she had shot a wedding that took place at an antique store. Not only that, but the couple handmade most of the design, with lots of quirky details. Oh yeah!

Olivia tells us a little bit about their wedding:

A bit about this wedding: I met Julie and Brett in early 2009 and instantly felt a connection to them. They both have such a strong, palpable joie de vivre and I found myself energized by their excitement about each other and their wedding. Brett is a graphic designer and played a large role in the day, crafting a beautiful website, www.wemadethisourselves.com and making amazing, engaging programs with a detailed explanation of why they chose the songs they did, etc., to help add meaning and context to their day for the guests. He also designed their fabulous save the dates, and Brett and Julie scoured eBay to find vintage keys to send to all of their guests along with the delightful, curled tags. This theme carried over to the invitations, which featured an door that opened like a pop-up book, along with Gocco-ed save the dates.

Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh vintage globes
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh
Indie Handmade Wedding Architectural Artifacts Chicago Olivia Leigh


Julie and Brett decided to have their wedding at Architectural Artifacts, a fantastic space here in Chicago that is essentially an antiquities and curiosities emporium – three floors overflowing with vintage treasures, all built around an atrium perfect for weddings. We used the space for some of their portraits, which are some of my favorites ever! Julie wore jewelry and a headpiece from etsy vendors and had a beautiful dress from Liancarlo couture. She gave her bridesmaids custom Etsy clutch purses for the wedding. Brett wore a custom suit from Suit Supply in Amsterdam, a city that Brett surprised (literally told about a week before they went!) Julie with a trip to the day after our engagement session.

Centerpieces were sourced from the supply at Architectural Artifacts, and guests were free to roam to find other treasures on their own.

A live French jazz band provided a great soundtrack for much of the day, which, when combined with the globe lights that Brett and Julie and their wedding party strung from the floors, created a chic, European feel to the space (sounds so cheesy, but it is so true! I really felt like I was in some little adorable square in a small town in Europe).

Olivia’s boyfriend who is starting to get into wedding videography also sent a video of their day. It’s incredibly captured – watch it here.

Venue: Architectural Artifacts
Caterer: Jordan’s Food of Distinction
Hair and Makeup: Sonia Roselli Esthetique
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Tandem Bicycle Cake Topper: Heather Boyd on Etsy
Hair piece: Doomfox on Etsy
Bouquets and boutonnieres: Asrai Garden
Bridesmaid purses: Red Ruby Rose on Etsy
Groom’s suit: Suit Supply
All paper goods were made by the couple

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Freebie Fridays: Ceremony Program Ideas

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Martha Stewart again with her lovely ideas…First up is a ceremony program cover for 8.5″x11″ programs folded in half.

Program Cover:

Printable Instructions

Template in Black

Template in Gray

The image on the right is a cute addition to any nontraditional ceremony program. The Celtic version of astrology, “”What Tree Did You Fall From?” it’s sure to make guests take the program home. Both templates are the same size so you can use both!

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