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Retro Nautical Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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We’re kicking off the week with a deliciously fun rockabilly Florida wedding shot by Shannon Nicole Smith. Michelle and Steven’s wedding is chock full of heartfelt touches and vintage details. Michelle is also a wedding photographer, so it’s always a good day at Ruffled HQ whenever we get a real wedding of a pro!

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From Juli Vaughn of Juli Vaughn Designs who helped Michelle create her retro Nautical / vintage theme through tons of DIY ideas:
Michelle was a blast to work with because she had a very clear vision of what she wanted the wedding to “feel” like. She had these amazing pictures of 50’s and 60’s Nautical scenes and she wanted to work from that idea and keep the wedding very “homemade.” I loved her colors so much because they’re so fresh: Cherry Red, Navy, Light Creamy Peach, Sunny Yellow, and a delicious Minty Blue.

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She really did most of the personalized DIY stuff – everything from making flower accessories for each of her bridesmaids out of zippers to constructing her bolero and birdcage veil. She worked tirelessly – she was still sewing the backdrop for her photobooth the night before which was adorable and slightly crazy! I helped her with making sure the accessories went together and added to the look rather than distracted. We taped tons of “button flowers”, glued paper leaves, and sewed nautical flags together. One of the things she really loved and wanted was birds somewhere and I came up with the idea to make the birdtoppers for her cake instead of trying to buy them because they can get really pricey. They’re one of my favorite things from her wedding because they captured her colors and that homemade feel so perfectly.

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From Shannon: The bottle they are holding has a lot of meaning for them. For fear of butchering the story, I will tell you all that it was once filled with their love letters and buried under a rock in the earlier years of their relationship, was dug up many years later during Steven’s proposal, and was now thrown into the ocean on the day of their wedding. If you are a young bachelor, please take notes. Steven has got the ‘romance’ department cornered. The two of them together care for each other, take care of each other, and spoil each other in the most loving ways and it is definitely awesome to witness.
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From the bride, Michelle:
What I made myself was my bolero and veil, most of the accessories my bridesmaids, sisters, mom wore, unique for each one, I made my little brothers bow-tie, signage and decor for all the baked goods, candy buffet, photo booth backdrop & props, glass bottle with our letters to one another. My mother along with the help of my 6 sisters and 1 brother baked and decorated each one of the amazing baked goods including the absolutely gorgeous and delicious wedding cake!

Gathered/purchased/thrifted (Vintage touches): coca-cola wooden crates, polka dot paper, buttons for the buttonieres, parasols, paper staws, vintage compass for Steven as a gift, and old fashion candy to give that vintage feel.

Sentimental: my necklace was given to me by my dad as a gift from an old antique market years ago, My mom made and decorated all the baked goods and wedding cake, family gathered during the ceremony.

Wedding Photography: Shannon Nicole Smith at SNS Photography and Event Planning and Design by Juli Vaughn Designs

Citrus Rosemary Gin Cocktail Recipe

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Sharing French Provincial inspiration by Alisa Lewis Event Design wouldn’t be complete without food and drinks! Preluding our cocktail recipe, we shared a terracotta herb favor project. Now we will share Citrus Rosemary Gin just in time for your weekend soirees.

citrus rosemary wedding drink

  • 3/4 lb sliced kumquats (or citrus of your choice)
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • Gin
  • Spritzer or Sprite for sweeter taste

Citrus wedding cocktails

  • Slice kumquats very thinly. Muddle some kumquats with some rosemary. Add to shaker. Add ice. 1-1.5 ounces of gin. Mix gently.
  • Pour into pretty glass and top with spritzer or sprite for a fizz!
  • Add kumquat slices and a sprig of rosemary.

Photographer: Rebecca Hollis Photography / Art Direction, Styling, and Coordination: Alisa Lewis Event Design / Floral Design: Habitat Events / Dresses: Jenny Packham “Foxglove” and “Syrie” via The Dress Theory / Jewelry: Cloth & Crown / Hair: Boom Swagger Salon / Makeup: Skin Chic / Vintage Rentals and Styling Props: The Attic | A Vintage Rental Company / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Katie Linder Design

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Italy + France Honeymoon: Packing


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Three weeks ago Matt and I left for Italy and France for a vacation + celebration of sorts and since so many of you are going across the pond for your honeymoon, I thought I’d share a bit about our trip. Hope you find it helpful! Today I’m going to share my packing list. It feels incredibly egocentric to share what I packed, but lurking on Pinterest I found super helpful seeing what others packed. So here’s my turn! We left for Europe mid-September, just when the weather started to change:

packing for Europe

We flew a few times in order to save time while traveling from city to city instead of taking the train, which was another reason to pack lightly. EasyJet’s (the airline we used) maximum carry on size cannot exceed 21 inches in length, and their strict policy charges 50 euros per luggage if needs to be checked (it varied from airport to airport). Flying twice, Matt’s + my carry ons… 4×50 euros = not worth bringing the extra duds. Not to mention the narrow train corridors and the many staircases along the way. You can thank me later for fitting everything in a small carry on :)

Bottoms: striped skirt, white jeans, dottie shorts (originally from J.Crew, but I found these ones still in stock and for much less!), neon skinnies and dark wash jeans

Tops: silk tank, black tunic tee from HM, lace top, striped boatneck sweatshirt and emerald green top from J.Crew

Shoes: sandals, nude ballet flats and sneakers

Layers: cropped trench coat, wrap cardigan and scarf

Best packing tip I’ve read: pack for just one week, even if you’re traveling for longer. I sort of took heed, but next time I’m definitely trying packing for half the days I will be traveling. There are many apartments with washer + dryer, or your hotel can do it for you.

What’s your packing tip? I’d love to hear in the comments! How do you pack for long and short trips, what is your must pack, what do you typically don’t pack that others might…we’re all ears :)

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