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Vintage West Sussex Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Joanna Brown

As a lover and admirer of all things English, I was tickled pink to see this wedding sent over by Joanna Brown. Bride Rosie embraced her British heritage and arranged a wedding day full of lots of love, handmade goodness, and vintage details. Her silk wedding gown was last worn by a bride in the 1930s, and came with a portrait of the original owner on her wedding day!

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From the bride, Rosie: We wanted it to be relaxed and informal but still stylish – without looking overdone. The emphasis throughout the day was sharing-from our food choices and seating plan right through to the evening entertainment.


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Our style was vintage, country, rustic chic, with a good measure of Brit-love thrown in! We got married during a year where the world was hooked on the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics so we wanted to celebrate all that is great about England and particularly Sussex (the county where we live and got married). There were lots of DIY touches — bunting made from vintage hankies that guests could help themselves to during the speeches; to photos of our families weddings from the 1920s to the 1970s for guests to write messages on; hand-stamped name tags with the words ‘spread the love’ stamped on the reverse, tied to mini jars of jam and honey, which doubled as place settings and favours; to giant wooden initials which we threaded with white LED lights.


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I bought my dress from a vintage dealer-on the strength of one photo! I travelled three hours to see it and fell in love instantly. When it fit like a glove, with no alterations required I knew it was meant to be. It was an original 1930s oyster crepe-backed silk satin gown. Last worn in 1937, and purchased along with a photo of the lady who wore it and a copy of her order of service.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t rush into booking suppliers just to tick things off the list. And go with your gut instinct. Meet people, talk to them. If they embrace your ideas the chances are it’ll all go smoothly on the day. Try taking on some DIY projects. You don’t have to be naturally ‘crafty’ — I’m definitely not, but they do add a personal touch. Buy local. We sourced food, soft drinks, and our wine all within a 20 mile radius of where we live. It helped make the day feel very personal to us and supported local producers. Shop around before handing over your credit card — and take the time to track down small suppliers. You’ll get a more personal service and end up with something you want to buy-not something they want to sell. Sign up to Etsy. I sourced several original vintage pieces including my French beaded bouquet and my 1950s head piece by Hattie Carnegie for a fraction of the cost it would have been from a boutique.


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Wedding Location: Lindfield, West Sussex, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown Photography / Event Design: Bride, Roses All Over / Wedding Flowers: The Home Grown Flower Company / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Abigail’s Vintage Bridal / Hair: Mandie of Strands and Co. / Makeup: Ruth McHugh / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Frock Me / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Groom’s Tie: William Hunt / Wedding Caterer: Jacqui Hobbs / Wedding Music: The Vintage Give / DJ: Stick It On / Wedding Invitations: Sam Warner / Transportation: Premier Wedding Cars

Old Hollywood Glam Wedding Inspiration

Design Inspiration

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It’s no secret that we’re total suckers for Old Hollywood Glamour style. Mel and Steve of She-n-He Photography photographed and created the paper goods for this amazing styled shoot with the help of Zinnia and Company, Three Apples Events, and vintage chinaware from Antiquaria, this shoot is all about simple details for a maximum impact. The rich color palette has us daydreaming of a black-tie affair this afternoon!


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From Melanie of She-n-He Photography and Design: We collaborated with Zinnia and Company on this luxurious black, cream, and gold shoot to inspire couples with upcoming winter weddings, but certainly the classic look can translate to anyone putting together a fabulous party to entertain!


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art deco wedding inspiration ideas from she-n-he photography

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And we found the perfect outfit for our party hostess: a stunning oh-so-couture gown covered in gold sequins. And a beautiful pair of red Lanvin heels to go with it (the only pop of red!). From the tablescape to the invitations to the cake table, everything was designed to fit into the theme; to play on black, cream, and gold; and to really evoke a feeling of romantic extravagance. Antiquaria provided the china for the table – sets of cream plates with gold rims, gold-accented tumblers, and beautiful gold-rimmed wine glasses. Gold candlesticks dotted down the tables, but instead of holding candles, we thought cream roses would look stunning filling the various heights by each setting. The main table arrangement was an enormous piece Zinnia and Company created with gold-painted magnolia leaves (which were also tucked into each napkin behind the silver-ware!) and clusters of cream roses in a beautiful black urn.


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Inspired by Frank Sinatra’s “Put Your Dreams Away,” we chose The Vista on Seward Hill and wanted start to finish to be exquisite – everything in black, cream and gold, the epitome of a classic, lush dinner reception.


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Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):

Event Venue: The Vista on Seward Hill / Event Design & Coordination: Three Apples Events / Wedding Photographer: She-n-He Photography / Floral Design and Production: Zinnia and Company / Invitations, Table Number, Escort Cards: She-n-He Photography and Design / China and Glassware: Antiquaria / Chargers, Linens, and Flatware: Premiere Party Central / Dress, Jewelry, Perfume Bottle, other décor pieces: Gilda Grace Collections
Wedding Cake: Blue Note Bakery

She-N-He Photography and Antiquaria, and Three Apples Events members of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This wedding shot by Natalie Moser has me in a tizzy. In many ways, it reminds me of my own 1930s inspired wedding, but only way more stylish. Amber Events designed this wedding to the nines, and it’s chock full of simply beautiful ideas. Julian and Summer (a girl after my own heart) were recently married at the fantastic Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, and made it completely their own. In addition to bringing in dancing pinup models and cigar girls, the couple had their own stage made for their ceremony and for the swing band!


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

From the photographer, Natalie Moser: To say that this is couple is creative is an understatement: Summer, a costumer, and Julian, a writer, both love historic Los Angeles and vintage Americana and wanted to show their friends and family the LA that they love. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Marvimon House, a former Italian racecar showroom, and their guests were surprised by a retro slideshow by humorist Charles Phoenix. The day after brunch was held at the Oviatt Penthouse, the “castle in the sky”.


Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The Western Union telegram programs below bring me back great memories of my own wedding. Here’s my post on DIY telegrams. I included an editable envelope download to go with it.

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography
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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

The wedding itself was held in the most beautiful art deco building in Los Angeles: Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building. As guests entered they typed a message on Julian’s childhood typewriter or wrote a postcard and “mailed” it in the old mailbox. The programs passed out were based on old Western Union telegrams that told the guests what was happening when. If anyone is familiar with Cicada you are aware that there is not a normally a stage in there–we commissioned an elaborate one to be built on which Julian & Summer could first have their ceremony then have our 13 piece swing band perform for the reception. Summer wore her hair in an old fashioned pin-up style with a birdcage veil and little strawberries pinned in it, and Julian wore a tie that Summer made for him: a peek-a-boo tie with a pin-up photo of herself and their dog Archie! The tie was such a hit that Summer decided to open up her own Etsy shop: The Peek-a-Boo Tie Shop.



Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

During the cocktail hour the guest went to the bar upstairs as the staff flipped the space from ceremony to reception. A jazz trio played next to the baby Grand Piano and guests found their escort cards pinned to vintage dress forms. The reception evening unfolded with surprises for the guests with a vintage dress up photobooth, the Satin Dollz pin-up dancers, vintage cigarette girls passing out party favors, and even our gorgeous bride Summer changing into a little sailor outfit to serenade her new husband!


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Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser PhotographyJulian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

Julian and Summer at Cicada from Amber Events and Natalie Moser Photography

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Natalie Moser / Wedding Planning and Design: Amber Events / Wedding Cinematography: Isabel Gonzalez / Officiant: David Teitelbaum / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Music: No Vacancy Orchestra / Desserts: Fantasy Frostings / Bride’s Hair: Stephen Ratliff / Bride’s Makeup: Alix Druckman / Entertainment: Satin Dollz Pinup Dancers and Ron Rubin Events / Vintage Photobooth: Paper Moon Vintage / Stationery: Emily Rose Papers and Zenadia Designs / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Stage Construction: Joseph Edelson

We love when we catch our vendor guide members gracing vendor lists in our features! Amber Events has our Blue Label vendor guide stamp of approval.

Elegant Alder Manor Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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A bride who wants a “Great Gatsby meets Great Expectations” vibe to her wedding? Say no more. Photographer Brookelyn traveled up to Yonkers to spend the day in one of our all-time favorite venues, Alder Manor, and photograph Carolyn and Tom’s amazing day.

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From the bride, Carolyn: We wanted a style and feel that was fitting for the venue. The Alder Manor is grand and ornate but after so many years, it’s also perfectly imperfect, with crumbling statues, creeping ivy, and peeling wallpaper. So we went with a vintage-inspired, romantic feel that recalled the glamor of the Manor’s heyday without being too polished. We tried to capture a “Great Gatsby meets Great Expectations” feel.

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vintage alder manor wedding by brookelyn

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vintage alder manor wedding by brookelyn

vintage alder manor wedding by brookelyn

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? With all the endless inspiration out there on blogs, shows, mags, etc., it’s easy to get overwhelmed and second guess everything you choose. If that happens, just go with your gut. Ask yourself what was the first centerpiece/veil/bridesmaid dress, etc. that you truly fell in love with, and stick with it. You won’t regret it!

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
Bride’s Entrance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Recessional: “Oh, It Is Love,” Hellogoodbye
First dance: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke
Father/bride dance: “Unforgettable,” Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
Mother/groom dance: “Greatest Love of All,” Whitney Houston

Wedding Vendors (Yonkers, NY):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Alder Manor / Wedding Photographer: Brookelyn Photography / Wedding Dress: Christos “Gracia” / Hair and Makeup: Joanne and Valerie, Salon V, Mamaroneck, NY / Wedding Shoes: Macy’s / Bride’s Jewelry: Bobbles and Lace / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters / Groom’s Tuxedo: J. Crew / DJ: DJ Ceremony / Wedding Caterers and Desserts: Chefs at Work / Wedding Invitations: Sal Trovato

Vintage Frontier Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This bride planned her wedding with a vision of a “West Virginia heritage/western frontier/1930s vibe” — are you as on board as we are? Her ideas came together brilliantly for a truly unique affair with the help of the lovely Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one gallery you won’t want to miss!

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From the bride: Jeff and I both love West Virginia and wanted to celebrate some of the things we love most about it. We decided to plan a destination wedding very close to home. Along with about 15 of our guests, we took the train from our home in Charleston to White Sulphur Springs. Making this trip a part of the day meant a lot to me because it took us through the New River Gorge, a historic and very scenic area where I grew up, during fall foliage season. The train excursion, though, is much more than just a fall foliage train ride. Much of this stretch of the New River Gorge is inaccessible by car, making the trip a unique opportunity to view the beautiful New River Gorge up close — passing ghost towns, old coal mining sites and numerous scenic spots tucked deep into the Gorge. Our destination was the Greenbrier Resort, another historic icon unique to West Virginia.

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We wanted our wedding to feature the natural beauty of West Virginia. We also leaned toward a vintage feel, which developed very naturally from the train trip, which just makes people feel nostalgic, to the Greenbrier Resort, which has been around since the 18th century.

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

I love DIY projects and was so thankful that the Greenbrier allowed us to provide most of the decor ourselves. For the centerpieces, we used Fostoria glassware, which came from the factory in Moundsville, WV when it closed a few years ago. Other centerpiece containers were wooden boxes, originally antique sewing machine drawers, which I found at local antique shops. I made all of the table runners from vintage lace doilies and place mats and I made a vintage brooch bouquet which held some pieces that belonged to friends.

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vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

The most time-consuming but enjoyable projects were the save-the-dates and invitations. For our save-the-dates, we used vintage postcards from the Greenbrier, which we found at a local antique store. Most of them were from the 1930s and 40s. We wanted our invitation to look like a vintage broadside poster, so we designed it ourselves and had it printed onto folded 7″ x 15″ cardstock. The postage stamps used to mail the cards, invitations and thank you notes were over 50 years old and were purchased unused from a local stamp and coin shop.

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We used a double wedding ring quilt, made by my grandmother, as a table cover on the gift table. Other DIY items were the flag bunting cake topper, and the cheer flags that we handed out for guests to cheer for us as we arrived at the venue.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I had heard this before, but it bears repeating. Something will go wrong. For us, the worst thing that could go wrong with our planning was for the train to be late that day. Sure enough, the train was 3 hours late! But you know what? Everything still turned out perfectly. My advice is to accept that everything may not go as you had planned, but know that, as long as you have the people you love around you, it will be perfect anyway.

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Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Simple Gifts”
Recessional: “St. Anne’s Reel”
Final song: “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver

Wedding Vendors (West Virginia):

Wedding venue: The Greenbrier and Howard’s Creek Lodge / Photographer: Emily Porter Photography / Caterer and Cake: The Greenbrier / Florist: Gillespie’s / Dress: Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Hair flower: BHLDN / Earrings: Tejani / Groom’s vest: Perry Ellis / Groom’s tie: Michael Kors / Invitations: Designed by bride and groom / Transportation: Amtrak from Charleston, VW to the Greenbrier / Band: The Majestic Brothers

Debra has listed her Claire Pettibone in our Recycle Your Wedding section. Click here to see her listing.

Vintage 1930’s Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Be ready to be charmed, as this gem shot by Nickel Images will entrance you into wedding mode in such a loving and relaxed way. Lucy and Bret met at a dancing ballroom, so it was only fitting they would choose a 1930s Jazz theme as the base for their wedding vision. This Seattle couple shares a love for vintage fashion, which is clearly shown below in the most scrumptious way! View all details in the gallery.

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Nickel Images will entrance you into wedding mode in such a loving and relaxed way. Lucy and Bret met at a dancing ballroom, so it was only fitting they would choose a 1930s Jazz theme as the base for their wedding vision. This Seattle couple shares a love for vintage fashion, which is clearly shown below in the most scrumptious way! View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From Nickel Images: I am so in love with this wedding. It oozes these two people’s personalities perfectly. Lucy and Bret met swing dancing a few years ago, and ended up falling in love and eventually, getting married! What I LOVE is that Bret fully embraces vintage, and does so in a stylish, classic way. Just look at his details. Lucy found her vintage 1930’s gown at a boutique in Seattle, along with her sisters 1950’s dress and her mother’s 1930’s gown. Lucy’s veil was also made from vintage and re-purposed netting and embellishments.

For the wedding, they combined all sort of elements to create their perfect centerpieces. Lucy and her mom crochet the red doilies, the wood was from her mom’s house, the touches of cotton were from Bret’s grandparents cotton farm, and the couple even reused wine bottles as vases (they cut the tops off).

Other noteworthy details were the flags for the ceremony. The venue is located right in a flight path, so in order to embrace the airplanes that flew by (about 1 a minute), Bret and Lucy gave their guests flags to wave as they went by. Talk about a great comedic relief during the ceremony.

The Reception was full of dancing (with a live jazz band!), the cake was made by a friend, and in the end, it was a beautiful reflection of what makes these two complete.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Seattle, Washington):

Venue: Georgetown Ballroom / Photography: Nickel Images / Event Coordination: The Invisible Hostess / Caterer: Via Tribunali / Band: Holotradband / Vintage Wedding Dress: Pretty Parlor / Bridesmaid dress: Vintage / Transportation: British Motor Coach / Flowers, hair, make up, veil, cake, officiant: Friends and family of the couple.

Weekly Wrap Up + Bridal Market

Weekly Wrap Ups

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You can’t talk about 1930s inspired wedding gowns without mentioning Jenny Packham. She is one of our go-to inspiration for Art Deco glamour, and her collections never cease to amaze me. So I couldn’t think of a more delightful way to end the week than with a few of my favorites from Bridal Market…


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1930s Art Deco wedding dresses

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Photos courtesy of Jenny Packham

Chic Western Australian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Happy Friday! This weekend is Bridal Market here in NYC, and we’ll be covering runway shows from our favorite designers. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for sneak peeks. Speaking of gorgeous gowns and chic affairs, this wedding shot by Natasja Kremers comes all the way from Australia and left us gaga over these gorgeous photos.

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Western Australian garden wedding
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Western Australian wedding classic
Western Australian garden wedding
Western Australian wedding classic
Western Australian garden wedding
Western Australian wedding classic
Western Australian garden wedding


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Wedding Vendors and Venue (Perth, Australia):

Ceremony: Christ Church in Claremont, Perth / Reception Venue: private residence in Peppermint Grove / Wedding Photographer: Natasja Kremers / Hair: Lee Taylor-Rennie / Wedding Dress: Pallas Couture / Flowers: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace / Chairs for the reception by Bride and Groom Store and Villa Kula / Makeup: Yvette Gray / wedding Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Hanging lanterns, candles and other lighting: supplied and set up by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art and Tony Salom from OMG Events

Art Deco Texas Wedding

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Peacocks, Art Deco, and some serious glam action — need I say more? Captured by our very own Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one gallery you won’t want to miss.

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From the bride, Allison: I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be a different and glamorous event, and for the guests to have a great time. I am totally in love with the 1930’s and 40’s culture-movies, clothes, hair, the elegance of the Art Deco era. Since this was our very own big day, we wanted to try to recapture the feel of a fete of years past. Since the vintage trend seems very haute right now, I was able to get tons of inspiration from this and other wedding blogs which became my weekend and after work obsession.

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We chose Austin, Texas as our location as Matt has some family there, and since all my family would be coming from out-of-state I figured Austin would be a nice place to visit for everyone. At a pool party one day, a friend mentioned that we should check out this place that was part of the Austin Museum of Art called Laguna Gloria. It was built in the early 1900’s and overlooks Lake Austin-a very old world feel. We had our ceremony and reception out on the lawns surrounding the villa.

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Colors were inspired by simple elegance of black and white, with pops of peacock inspired colors-teal & copper. My mother and I did the programs as a DIY project. Since it was a Jewish wedding, and Matt’s side of the family is not Jewish, we used it to help describe some of the traditions and steps of the ceremony that were occuring. I also found a poem that my Father had written for me for my Bat Mitzvah over 16 years ago and put that on the last page for the program.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a clear vision of what type of feeling you want people to walk away with and keep that in mind during planning. Don’t try to do everything yourself — get help where you can. Try to have everything completely done the week before the wedding and delegate out day of activities so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends, and future husband. Take that time to reflect on this life changing experience that is happening, and revel in the love and good energy everyone is sending to you. The actual event will go by so quickly. Enjoy every minute of it!

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Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one View more images from this wedding

Wedding Songs:
Processional: The Barcarolle from the opera Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach
Recessional and first dance: “It Had to Be You”
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” combined with “What a Wonderful World”

Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):

Wedding venue: Laguna Gloria / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Event planner: Becky Brock of BZ Events / Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Wedding caterer: Primizie / Wedding flowers: Merveille / Wedding cake: Coco Paloma / Rentals: Premiere Party Rental / Officiant: Rabbi Monty Elisaov / Ceremony musician: Strings Attached / Reception music: Vintage 15 / Stationery: Anibella Ink & Paper / Lighting: FILO / Makeup: Nisa Nicole and Tricia Lee of BOB Salon / Videographer: Crescent Video / Transportation: R&R Transportation

Katherine O’Brien is a member of Blue Label.

Glamorous 1930s Art Deco Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Art-Deco weddings are inherently glamorous, but this wedding from Brian of Callaway Gable and Alexandra of Sterling Engagements takes glamour to a whole new level. The bride and her architect fiance themed their wedding day around travel and the 1930’s and the outcome is nothing short of stunning.
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From the bride, Carrie: We love anything vintage from our own house to furniture to architecture. Michael is a LA history buff and enjoys learning about historical architecture of LA’s old beautiful buildings and Carrie also has an appreciation for such LA gems. Because of our love of historic buildings we knew we wanted to have our wedding at a historic place- Union Train Station and specifically the Fred Harvey Room Restaurant, was the perfect location for us. The architecture is gorgeous and because it is a symbol of travel, it suited us perfectly since we also love to travel. We have been to Ecuador, Mexico, many countries of Europe and backpacking throughout California.

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My mother helped with many of the printed materials; she and her boyfriend made the “vintage punch train ticket” save the dates, art deco invitations, art deco menu cards and programs. We chose wedding attire that was close to the 30’s – 40’s. We had our guests sign vintage postcards instead of a guest book which were stored in an old cigar box and vintage suitcase. The escort cards, which were tickets to tables which were named for the countries that we had traveled to together and they were displayed in vintage suitcases that we actually have as decor in our house

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

We wanted to have international stations- Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin American cuisine- to go along with our travel theme. Also, we had time era signature drinks- Ramos Fizz and Basil Gin Gimlets during our happy hour. Our toasting glasses were my Nana’s. They are champagne glasses from the 1920’s.

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

From Alexandra of Sterling Engagements: I worked very closely with not only Carrie but also her mother Linda and they both were so detailed with every aspect of the day, there was not one element that was forgotten, every detail was covered and created extra special just for Carrie and Michael. It was so heartwarming to be a part of and execute on their behalf.

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

We had a blast at our wedding- dinner was fabulous and we wanted to make sure our guests had food that we enjoy to eat. While dinner was served guests listened to old classics such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. We loved the backdrop of Union Station for our pictures as a we wanted our pics to look vintage. Our photographers did an awesome job styling our pictures and choosing the best shots. Our pictures and our day was amazing – romantic and glamorous.

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Venue: The Fred Harvey Room at Union Station / Photography: Brian Callaway from Callaway Gable / Event Design: Sterling Engagements / Bride’s Makeup: Mariah Nicole / Catering: Auntie Em’s / Florist: Gilly Flowers and Events / Transportation: Classic Limos

Dainty Indie English Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Our next affair comes from an adorable couple across the pond. They were sent to us from the oh-so-talented photographer, Rosie Parsons. The bride and groom celebrated with family and friends in a doily and lace clad TEE PEE in the yard of the groom’s uncle. How romantic is that? This wedding and all the dainty details makes my heart go pitter patter.

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From the bride. It’s very weird – but I didn’t actually think about a certain theme – or feel, I just wanted something very individual to Jon and I. I knew I wanted something pretty, relaxed, happy – and not too stiff or contrived – but for it to have a bit of personality!

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There was no set theme or colour, it was very organic. I bought the bridesmaid dresses early on and that kind of set a tone for the colours, which were pale neutral pastels. I kept all of the decoration in the teepees to white, as I knew my flowers were going to be the main colours inside.

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closeup vintage teacup place setting
bride and groom in front of VWI hand made the pom poms, hand stamped the order of service, and bought all decorations and decorated everything myself.

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doily garland with string lights

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start collecting decoration bits and pieces early on, so that you have lots of nice things to choose from, and don’t have to worry about going out and getting it all at the last minute. Check out wedding blogs for inspiration – also fashion magazines, such as Jalouse and Japanese Vogue.

Wedding Vendors (London, England):

Ceremony and reception location: Groom’s uncle’s house / Florist: Scarlet & Violet, family / Photographer: Rosie Parsons / Wedding Dress and Headpiece: Delphine Manivet / Bride’s shoes: Margiela / Makeup: bride / Hair: bride’s friend / Bridesmaid Dresses: Smallable, Mango / Bridesmaid shoes: Camilla Skovgaard / Groom’s suit: Raf Simons / DJ: Stick It On / Caterer: bride’s friend Janie Fraser / Wedding Cake and Dessert: Laduree / Wedding invitations: Groom / Videographer: friend / Transportation: Devon Cool Campers

Whimsical Colorado Wedding

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Brace yourself because this wedding shot by Erik Clausen of Poser Image will knock your socks off. This is a gigantic feature, so I am going to let the bride, Abbey, take the stage:

From the bride, Abbey: Dan decided early on in the planning process that top hats were high on his list of “must haves.” A nod to his British heritage, this started the ball rolling. Having both grown up in theater (with mothers who are both costumers) we knew that drama (and DIY) would play a big part. More than aesthetics, however, we knew we wanted a wedding that was a uniquely “us” and so we set out to incorporate meaning into every detail so nothing was included unless it spoke to our lives, our families and our love.

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We rented a 1936 white touring coach from The Ambassador’s Rolls. The coach, which seated 14, was originally designed and used for touring national parks like Zion and Yosemite. My dad’s side of the family was heavily involved in the founding of national parks in the southwest, so we felt that this was an appropriate choice.

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Your wedding style? Whimsical, theatrical, traditional (with a twist).

I could not commit to a tight color palette, so I opted instead to keep most of our details black and white allowing our flowers to be a total explosion of color.

Almost everything about our wedding was DIY, from the 10 page booklet style invitations to the website designed with help from my new brother-in-law (http://www.abbeyanddan.com/) to the clay mustaches in our photobooth that we set up with crepe paper streamers, lighting kit, tripod and remote shutter release. We used the same remote shutter release to take our own engagement pictures in DC and had so much fun with it, we knew our guests would too.

We folded cootie catchers, designed and printed signs, made programs that doubled as fans and attractive mustaches and spent a year collecting the vintage globes, books, scrabble tiles, bells (to ring for a kiss), snow globes (from places we’d visited), sugars and creamers and random treasures that decorated the tables. We made arrangements out of wholesale flowers, created a dozen different guest books and assembled photos of every member of our extended family on their wedding day. Even my shoes were a DIY achievement, but more on that to come.

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Dan and I both grew up in Colorado, so deciding to host the wedding extravaganza in Denver was a no-brainer.

We were married in Our Lady of Loretto Chapel on the campus of Colorado Heights University (which most Denver-ites remeber as Loretto Heights). The church celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The art history geek in me loved the catholic church trappings, carved canopy over the altar, statues of Mary and Jesus and plenty of stained glass. The non-traditionalist in me loved that there was no resident congregation, and so we were free to choose the readings, music and officiant we wanted.

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Our dear friend and Boulder Fire Chief, Andrew Moschetti was ordained for the occasion and did us the honor of officiating. Friends gave readings that ranged from Madeline L’Engle to dinosaur stories.

We chose Mile High Station for our reception because we loved the industrial feel that was so reminiscent of our old warehouse loft that we lived in in Denver before moving to DC. From the polished concrete floors to the incredible chandeliers, the space is fantastic and requires no additional decoration.

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We designed, printed and assembled our 10-page booklet-style wedding invitations ourselves. The labels on the front were from Envelopper, Inc. The paper including linen cover stock, velvet interior stock and vellum were all from The Paper Mill Store. The kraft paper outer and RSVP envelopes were from Paper Presentation, and the booklets were bound with black and white twine from Divine Twine.

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My dress was custom-made for me by my college costume design professor, and incredibly talented friend, Ted Stark. It was exactly the ruffled-cream confection of my dreams and was all the more special in that it was made just for me.

My mom made my birdcage veil decorated with an antique rhinestone necklace from her mom.

My shoes were a near disaster – and one of my favorite DIY moments. After deliberating for weeks over which pair of shoes to buy (but knowing I wanted blue) I selected a white dye-able pair and brought them to the cobbler so I could choose the perfect hue. Just days before the wedding I received a nervous call; the shoes were somewhat tie-dyed, blotchy and runny, not at all what I had hoped for. My two teenage cousins and junior bridesmaids swung into action with a trip to the craft store, a handful of blue fabric markers and hundreds of clear crystals. Everyone took a shift at the kitchen counter affixing sparkles and the final product was made with so much love, they surpassed anything I could have purchased. They may have dyed my feet blue, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Another very talented friend, Jessica, coiffed my hair along with most of the bridal party’s. I did my makeup myself.

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Our moms entered to Simple Gifts; The bridal party to Trumpet Voluntary, and I walked down the aisle to the classic Bridal Chorus all played on the 100-year-old pipe organ.

As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, a 20 person choir made up of musical friends from across the country erupted in Can’t Help Falling in Love of Elvis fame from the church’s balcony.

Dan and I danced to Ben Fold’s The Luckiest performed by on of our multi-talented groomsmen, Jordan Kenning and we twirled around the floor with my dad and his mom to La Vie en Rose – which it certainly was.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnière for groom, groomsmen, ring bearer and dads, and corsages for our moms and grandmas were made by Megan at Happy Canyon Flowers. She did a fabulous job of incorporating all of my different ideas. My bouquet included favorite flowers for the women on my mom’s side of the family. The groomsmen wore craspedia, the dad’s; bachelor buttons and Dan; an incredible fuchsia dahlia. Our mom & grandma’s wrist corsages included vintage 50’s pins that said “Mom” and “Grandma” and our ring-bearer’s boutonnière, a lego man; his favorite.

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The groom and groomsmen all wore full morning suits (in keeping with our British styling). Dan’s was purchased and tailored just for him while the rest of the guys rented from Men’s Warehouse. We bought the vests online separately to avoid the shiny backless options at Men’s Warehouse and get something a little more authentic. Each groomsmen wore a different black and white cravat and a set of Chicago U token cuff-links – a gift from Dan to commemorate his bachelor weekend there. Dan finished his look with a purple cravat and grey and purple argyle socks. Our littlest bridal party member, ring-bearer Brandon opted for black Converse instead of dress shoes. The hats that set the whole party in motion were also ordered online.

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Catering by Design worked with me to create the family style feast we envisioned. A traditional British meat and potatoes meal featured roast beef and mashed potatoes with spicy mustard and basil mayo with plenty of roasted veggies on the side. Appetizers during cocktail hour focused on our different backgrounds with mini rellenos representing my southwestern roots.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings? Have fun, enjoy the ride, take time to incorporate meaning and let your personalities shine through and find meaningful ways to incorporate your family and friends into building your big day.

My favorite memories of the wedding were of the week before with all of my family huddled around the table, sculpting mustaches, bedazzling shoes and arranging flowers. By the time we got to the reception, they had as much ownership of the event as I did! It was their party too, and I loved that.

Check out Abbey and Dan’s DIY paper goods bonanza on Abbey’s Flickr!

Wedding Vendors (Denver, Colorado):

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Loretto Chapel on the campus of Colorado Heights University / Reception Venue: Mile High Station / Photographer: Erik Clausen of Poser Image / Wedding Dress: custom made by a friend / Birdcage veil: handmade by the bride’s mom / Table arrangements: DIY, flowers from Fifty Flowers / Bouquets and Bouts: Happy Canyon Flowers / DJ: 8trac M.E / Caterer: Catering by Design / Wedding Cake: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet / Wedding Cake Topper: Melabo on Etsy / DIY Invitation resources: Envelopper Inc, The Paper Mill, Paper Presentation, Divine Twine / Transportation: The Ambassador’s Rolls

1930s Ballroom Wedding II

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I am awe-struck by this beautiful, vintage-done-right wedding. If part I of this vintage wedding wasn’t enough to take it all in, I’d like to bring you part II and their ballroom reception. I have oodles of Art Deco elegance inspiration from Lacey and Ben’s 1930s vintage wedding, captured by Sarah Yates.

From the bride, Lacey:
The reception was held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchant’s Exchange Building. It is an exquisite SF landmark building that houses one of the most stunning, warm, and inviting ballrooms you’ve ever seen. We chose the space for it’s history, period details, warmth and incredible staff. The space coordinator, Linda Hylen is truly phenomenal! She went out of her way to be sure every detail of my vision for the reception was realized (every item on the table was numbered, from the plate favor, to the place card holders and salt and pepper shakers) I had such a specific idea of how I wanted everything to look and Linda made all my dreams come true.

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My shoes were re-created from an authentic vintage pair in my size (a real treat as I had recently undergone foot surgery and had no idea what I would do about shoes) by Al’s Attire. They even attached a 1931 silver sixpence to the underneath of my shoe to fit with the original rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”.

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What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Authentic, Romantic, Dramatic, Polished, Elegant, and of course Vintage! Our color scheme came from spring and the vintage palette: using lilac, purple, cream and silver. I undertook many DIY projects for the wedding, mostly involved in collecting and re-designing vintage objects for our reception or clothing for our bridal party.

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We wanted to steer away from creating a vintage “themed” wedding and sought more to create a wedding that someone might have attended 80 years ago. The whole design process began with graphic designer, Mara Taber, who worked with me to create a “movie” poster that represented our wedding. Using inspiration from romantic old films like “It Happened One Night” made in 1934 we created a film title, tag line, and she used it to make us the most gorgeous wedding website imaginable: http://ithappensthisspring.com.The most daunting project involved the collection of vintage plates to serve as favors for each guest. More specifically, I found a plate for each individual guest that’s design represented something that person loves or a memory we had shared together. (i.e. where they are from, a favorite food, or experience or memory of that guest). I then painted the guest’s name and our wedding date on the back of each plate. While an often overwhelming task, we wanted each guest to know how important they are to us and how much it meant to us to have them at our wedding. So we wanted each favor to focus on the guest and their relationship with my husband and I.

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At the cocktail hour, my best friend and world-famous mixologist Joe McCanta (www.pursip.com) researched some of the oldest cocktails on record. He created a historically-detailed cocktail menu that involved 2 drinks that had very old ties to San Francisco, and the 3rd cocktail was one of the oldest cocktails that my husband and I happen to love: the Sazerac. Instead of a champagne toast, Joe McCanta created a brand-new champagne-based cocktail especially for my husband and I, called “The VerHage.”
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Our guest book was an old registry book from a Vermont guest house that I had re-bound. We asked our guests to sign “amongst the historic signatures” so that past and present would come together in another instance at our wedding.

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Our first dance song was performed by another good friend of my husband and I who is a brilliant musician, Brian, and at the conclusion of our dance our dance teacher, Cynthia Glinka invited the guests to join us in dancing as she and her partner A.C. Griffing gave the guests on the spot lessons and made them feel comfortable dancing to period music.

Lastly, throughout the night we had a table for coffee tasting. One of my husband’s passions is roasting coffee, so we had a wonderful local roastery offering a variety of coffees for the guests to sample (http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/).

The whole experience was truly a labor of love for me. Everyone involved made our wedding what it was: a true celebration of history, love, marriage, family, and friends coming together and sharing the incredible love that my husband and I share.

Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Photographer: Sarah Yates / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Wedding dress: Antique Dress / Shoes: custom by Al’s Attire / Makeup Artist: Makeup Mafia / Groom’s suit: eBay / Ceremony Musicians: Yee Duo / Cocktail Musician: Luke Franco / Reception Band: Royal Jazz Society Sextet / Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette / Invitations: Ceci New York / Videography: IN Films / Transportation: Classic Cable Car Charters and Art Deco Limo / Wedding Website: Mara Taber

1930s Ballroom Wedding

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Last year I featured Lacey and Ben’s vintage-inspired engagement session, and have been patiently waiting to share their wedding day ever since. You can picture my excitement when Sarah Yates sent over their images. We have a huge two parter to share today, so I am going to let Lacey, the bride, take the stage:

Details are extremely important to my husband (as a biomedical engineer) and I (as a film preservationist), and we really sought to make every part of the ceremony and reception have meaning to us. We wanted to remember and savor every moment and by concentrating on details we were able to remember everything! We did our best to include the historical background on our venues (found on our website), musical selections for the ceremony, and cocktail menu for the reception.

I enabled the enlarge feature on the vertical photos so you can catch all the details (just click on them to enlarge).

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My dress was an authentic 1930s wedding gown. The gown and matching veil were purchased from antiquedress.com It was altered beautifully (while keeping the integrity of the era) by Diana Ackerman “the Threadbender” who specializes in restoring vintage wedding gowns.

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Our ceremony was performed by one of my best friends and written by my husband and I. We wanted our ceremony to be polished and elegant, so we chose to have our musicians a part of our rehearsal day. We took the 1928 version of the “Book of Common Prayer” and adapted it to reflect our own beliefs while still utilizing the historic language. We selected music from past family weddings or favorite romantic pieces and the blessing of our marriage culminated in my father reading the words to a song my grandfather wrote for my parent’s wedding. Since my grandfather was a violinist, we had our wonderful ceremony musician the Yee Duo (Thomas & Jieun Yee) play the music and at the conclusion of the song we were pronounced “man and wife.” In this way we felt that in a way, the past and history of love would marry us.

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We chose to have our wedding in San Francisco, California since it is where we first met and where our own love story began. Our ceremony was held at a beautiful 1930s chapel on the Presidio National Park. It is one of the most gorgeous and dramatic settings possible, it is intimate and historic inside, with sweeping views of the pacific ocean, Alcatraz, and period buildings outside.

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Don’t be afraid of the details! Make your wedding unique to you and you will always cherish your memories as something personal and a reflection of your love.

Wedding Vendors (San Francisco, CA):

Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Photographer: Sarah Yates / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Wedding dress: Antique Dress / Shoes: custom by Al’s Attire / Makeup Artist: Makeup Mafia / Groom’s suit: eBay / Ceremony Musicians: Yee Duo / Cocktail Musician: Luke Franco / Reception Band: Royal Jazz Society Sextet / Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette / Invitations: Ceci New York / Videography: IN Films / Transportation: Classic Cable Car Charters and Art Deco Limo / Wedding Website: Mara Taber

Vintage DIY Wedding

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This laid back vintage-inspired wedding was sent by Veronica, who you may recognize a few of her DIY projects we shared here a little while ago, including her gorgeous Easter Lily backdrop that she made for the altar. From the bride: We were married at my parents’ house, my childhood home, and I immediately imagined a very old-fashioned, personal wedding.  We never lost sight of our guests during our planning – we wanted them to feel comfortable and happy and very much a part of the day.  I always, prefer vintage over new and brought in as many vintage elements as I could.  I wanted it to feel special and handmade and for each guest to know I had made something just for them.

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My first purchase was the vintage wallpaper that we used as table runners and everything was built up from there.  I seriously DIYed the entire thing.  The bouquets and boutonnieres (for the wedding party and all of the guests), decorations, table numbers, menus, the stamped napkin placecards, etched water bottles, tote bags for overnight guests, our invitation suite, the chandelier and altar and much more . . . seriously everything.  I even made my dress and veil.  My mom made the beautiful beaded necklaces my bridal party wore, and two of my aunts potted all of the centerpieces (those flowers are still thriving, by the way!).  My dad completely transformed the backyard – dramatically changing the landscaping and even taking down sections of the fence.  It was DIY MADNESS!

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Veronica’s advice: Our rentals were not in great shape unfortunately – pretty rusty and there were even some holes in the roofs of the tents.  I would really suggest researching your rental company ahead of time and making sure they have top quality items – that was something I really took for granted. And as for fun advice – make sure to look around and take it all in – the love and the happiness is so overwhelming. It still warms my heart when I think of it.

Handmade Backyard Wedding Vendors (Sandwich, IL):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Private residence / DOC:   Lisa Gordon / Florist:  Johnson’s Floral and Sandwich Floral / Photographer:  Innerlight Photo / Dress and Veil:  Veronica Sheaffer / Shoes: Aris Allen /Jewelry: Handmade and Target / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay and Jasmine / Groom’s suit: Formally Modern Tuxedo / Caterer: The Catering Gourmets / Wedding Cake : Sweet Sensations / Transportation:  First Student

Check out Veronica’s DIY Entries on how to make her gorgeous accordion wheel DIY rosette table numbers, her bridesmaids’ DIY fabric bouquets and her jaw-dropping Easter Lily altar backdrop.

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Gatsby Wedding Ideas

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Lee of Sakura Photo recently sent over this 1930s Gatsby inspired wedding shoot, and you all know that I have a thing or two for vintage weddings :) I just love how simple and attainable the ideas she presented are – from the feathers to the deep burgundy color, easy ideas for a 1930s wedding pour over these photos. The glorious Art Deco venue is the Stoneleigh Hotel located in Dallas, Texas. Big thanks to Lee for sharing!

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Wedding Vendors (Dallas, Texas):

Photographer (and Styling): Lee Carter, Sakura Photo / / Flowers: Brianne Denton, Blue Lotus Floral Design / Hair Stylist: Ryan Chambers / Makeup Artist: Jenny Torry, JTorry Makeup Artistry

French Deco Inspired

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Happy Friday! What’s not to love about a crisp, all white wedding? White on white is a chic color combo that can be used year round, and it’s timeless. Add a dash of French charm with Art Deco, and what you’ll get is a wedding design that will leave you swooning for days. It was only fitting to include a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin heels.

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First row: Frid Photography; second row: French Deco wedding invitations by Hello Lucky; third row: Art Deco wedding cake by Cakes by Francesca; fourth row: Christian Louboutin wedding shoes by Jen Huang; fifth row: left, dainty flower girl dress, from Martha Stewart; right, white on white tablescape shot by Sybrand Cillie; last row: all white dessert bar by Amy Atlas

A Florida Art Deco Wedding

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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

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.

Angie + Ryan’s 1920s Bridals

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This gorgeous 20’s inspired shoot by Rebekah Westover Photography is extra special, because the gorgeous model is her sister! Ryan‘s looking dapper too. Angie is wearing their grandmother’s wedding dress from 1929. Her fur stole and flapper headband are also antique, and her hair and makeup are to die for. Big thanks to Rebekah for sharing your work with us again!

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1920s 30s twenties thirties wedding shoot hairdo makeup ideas Utah Rebekah Westover
1920s 30s twenties thirties wedding shoot hairdo makeup ideas Utah Rebekah Westover
1920s 30s twenties thirties wedding shoot hairdo makeup ideas Utah Rebekah Westover

Rebekah Westover is based in Utah but is available for travel worldwide. Hair styled by Josh Parkin and makeup by Amber Pearson. Click here to see more images from this session!

Gabrielle + Bertrand’s Vintage Wedding

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We have big news to be announced later today, but first I’d like to start this week with a sweet Art Deco inspired wedding. Gabrielle’s grey ruffled wedding dress is the Genevieve Harlow by Mariana Hardwick, another talented wedding dress designer based in Australia. Love the black petticoat with blush pink layers peeking underneath her gorgeous dress! Photos by Australian photographers from Wildberry Design and Studio.

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Vintage Wedding Gray Ruffled Dress
Vintage Wedding Gray Ruffled Dress
Vintage Wedding Gray Ruffled Dress

1930s Wedding Dresses by Johanna Johnson

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Next week we’ll be sharing a lovely vintage wedding where the bride wore this amazing Art Deco inspired wedding dress, and when I heard it was by Johanna Johnson I had to see more. Doing a quick Google search, I found the entire collection. You can zoom in to see every little detail. Every inch of these bias cut gowns screams 1930’s glamour, with tactfully placed crystals and the most dreamy sleeves a wedding dress can have. Not to mention the vintage inspired hair and makeup heaven this collection is – and they’re natural looking, too. What about the vintage inspired cap veils? I was never fond of long veils, but this first one got me.

It was very difficult to pick just a few, but I think these will give you a taste of Art Deco delight…

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The most beautiful vintage hairdo!

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What a selection of gorgeous vintage brides we are having this week! Shot by the talented duo Cathy and David, this bride is all about vintage glam – where was she when I was planning my own wedding? Her hairdo is unbelievable. This bride’s look might be your newest inspiration for a 30s/40s look. I love the makeup as well, it’s so natural and vintagey. Oh yeah, and her earrings seem to be rhinestone baguettes, which were very popular in the 1940s.

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Vintage glam hair do hairdo updo fingerwave curl birdcage veil art deco
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I saved the best for last. The composition of this photo is beyond amazing! Her updo, paired with her vintage inspired wedding dress reminds of the gorgeous, timeless 1950’s ball gowns
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See more photos from this gorgeous wedding on Cathy and David’s blog.

ETA: The hairstylist responsible for this gorgeous hairdo is Tigerlillie Salon in Chicago, Illinois.

Jinni + Derek’s Vintage Aviator Session

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I am in love with this session Sarah from
Sarah e. Evans Photography sent me. Jinni and Derek are having a 30’s/40’s vintage inspired wedding and their engagement session tied in with their style perfectly. I seriously can’t wait for their wedding!

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Vintage Hangar 1940's Engagement Session Photos Texas Charles Louisiana  Sarah e. Evans Photography
Vintage Hangar 1940's Engagement Session Photos Texas Charles Louisiana  Sarah e. Evans Photography
Vintage Hangar 1940's Engagement Session Photos Texas Charles Louisiana  Sarah e. Evans Photography
Vintage Hangar 1940's Engagement Session Photos Texas Charles Louisiana Sarah e. Evans Photography
Vintage Hangar 1940's Engagement Session Photos Texas Charles Louisiana  Sarah e. Evans Photography

Sarah is also one of my lovely sponsors and she has only 2-3 spots available for 2010 weddings. Contact her asap if you’re still looking for a photographer in the Southeast Texas area.

Check back later to see who is the winner of Free Wedding Photography giveaway by Caroline Ghetes!

Katy + Mat's Early 1930's Wedding Part II

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Continuing with Katy and Mat’s 1930’s inspired wedding…

From the bride, Katy:

The most important thing to us was location, I’m from the UK and Mat is from the other side of Australia, so most of our guests were travelling from all corners of the globe. We wanted a hotel so everyone could stay for a few days and not need to go anywhere. There are plenty of choices around the area, but very few have any character. We chose Caves House Hotel in Yallingup for a few reasons, first because we could have the ceremony and reception there, second because we could all stay there and third because of it’s incredible Art Deco heritage. Oh, plus the word Yallingup is an Aboriginal term meaning “Place of Love” (a bit vomit inducing cheesy, but rather quaint!).

Vintage Glam 1930's Wedding

Vintage Glam 1930's Wedding

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Ebony + Andrew’s 1920’s Art Deco Inspired Wedding

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The talented Marzena Wasilewska sent me this gorgeous 1920s inspired wedding and boy, do I love it!

From the bride, Ebony (who also happens to have a very cool Etsy shop!):

Pure magic, that’s what we wanted. To suspend reality. From the moment guests received their invites till the very end of the reception we wanted them to feel like magic exists. True love and happiness exist. We believe it does. There is so much beauty in this world. Dreams can come true. You can create a beautiful wedding with a limited budget. You just have to use your imagination..

Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding

I designed my dream stationery suite. As an illustrator the stationery was a very important stylistic element for me. It had to be whimsical, to draw upon the many vintage sources of ephemera I collected, studied and loved. I wanted to create symbols and a color palette that would be used throughout the entire wedding. That would unify all elements. I chose a classic ivory, grey and silver palette. Symbols such as our monogram, stars, moon, teapots, hearts and roses were present in the invites, in the hand drawn illustrations and later in the decorations. Invites should be a preview to your wedding. Don’t give away all your secrets but get people interested excited about what is to come.

Our invites were printed on pearlescent card. Guests were sent vintage style rsvp cards and invites were sent in silver envelopes. These were seled with wax and their names were embossed in pewter ink.
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
I wore an elaborately beaded figure hugging MR K gown. Miss Mae (www.missmae.com.au) did an exceptional job with my hair and makeup. I was quite a challenge, not a conventional bride at all. How she managed to transform my sharp bob into flowing fingerwaves I’ll never know. I love dressing up and so having Marzena take some movie style glamour shots before the wedding was so much fun.
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
We had a very special surprise for our guests. Hidden in the garden was a large cut out moon for them to sit on and have their picture taken with. I love the concept of the paper moon popular at carnivals and shows from the 20’s to 50s. I have a picture of my great grandmother dressed up with her little flapper hairdo sitting on the moon and I’d always wanted to be able to take my picture like that. Andrew ever the handyman made my little dream come true.
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
50 guests drank from hand painted porcelain tea cups. These were painted by myself and given as gifts. I wanted to give family and friends something special they could use. I don’t see the point in expensive meaningless gifts. Painting the 50 teacups, a teapot and two milk jugs took a little longer than I’d anticipated but it was definitely worth it.
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
Ebony and Andrew's 1920's Wedding
And when you think all craftiness is over, here is the 3 tier wedding cake she baked!

Despite only ever having baked a cake from packet mix I managed to learn how and to ultimately bake and decorate my own three tiered fondant covered wedding cake. I made the art deco kewpie style cake topper too. I love the little hat. So cute.

Our theme was Nostalgic Whimsy. Andrew and I are very sentimental people, collectors,creative crafty types. We wanted everything to be vintage or made to look that way. To have history and meaning. We focused on details and quality. What we couldn’t afford or find we made ourselves. That was important to us. We spent a year preparing for our wedding. It was quite a journey. We learnt new skills, we grew as people, grew closer to each other. We are proud of what we accomplished together and look forward to many new adventures..

We couldn’t decide on a specific era in terms of style because we love so many and so we referenced the best of what the past had to offer.

Our attire was traditional 1920s and I mean traditional. I’m obsessed with this period. I’ve always loved the fashion styles of the 20’s. I’m sure I was quite the vamp in a past life. Andrew was dashing in top hat and tails. I made him a Victorian tussie mussie boutonniere. A handmade satin rose with Swarovski crystal center.

I purchased my vintage 1920s cap veil from ebay. It was lovely but very plain. I had my heart set on a glamorous traditional veil worn by flappers of the art deco era and so I appliqued french lace all over the front of the cap and added three roses either side. The lace, roses and entire outer edge of the veil were handbeaded. It took me around a month to complete. By the end I had discovered a new passion for creating couture. As an illustrator I have always loved drawing magnificently dressed women with amazing hats, headdresses and accessories. My wedding was the perfect opportunity to learn the skills I needed to make my drawings come to life.

Our photographer Marzena was amazing. Employ people who are passionate about what they do. Hiring Marzena was the best decision we made. I trusted in Marzenas talent, I was relaxed on my wedding day knowing that Marzena would take photos from the heart, from an artist’s perspective. I can’t thank her enough for the gift she has given us.

Big thanks to Ebony for sharing her wedding day with us!

Vicky + Adam’s 1920’s Teaparty Wedding

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This wedding was sent me by the talented Rosie Parsons (check out her blog for more fun weddings like this one). Vicky, the bride, own a vintage china teacup hire business and she used them beautifully throughout the reception. I loved the idea of dainty little teacups with flowers in them. Kat first posted this one, but thanks Rosie for sending me some exclusive shots from this wedding!

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