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1950s Inspired Auburn Wedding

Vintage Weddings

One wedding theme that never fails to bring a smile to my face is the vintage theme – in particular, anything inspired by the 1950s. Emma and Anthony knew they wanted their big day to have the feel of a fifties garden party, and enlisted the help of Tiffany Hughes Photography, Invision Events, and Stanley Sistrunk to help round out their vision. Personally, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Emma’s cotton candy pink petticoat!

1950s inspired Auburn wedding - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

From the bride, Emma: We were striving for a 1950s garden party feel–light and airy with lots of flowers and mid-century/vintage touches, and a blend of informal and formal. Our colors were pink and mint. Some adjectives: vintage-inspired, 1950s, floral, garden party.

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pink white bouquets - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding
Flower recipe: The centerpieces at the reception were white azalea bushes. The bouquets and wedding arrangements at the front of the church were a stunning combination of pink and white roses, hydrangeas, and some other flowers.

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first looks - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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small bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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indoor church ceremony - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

indoor church ceremony - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

escort card table - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

We didn’t do too much DIY because we live in Washington, DC and the wedding was in Alabama and we were flying down without much time. Probably just as well, I could have spent months doing DIY projects! My effort was more tracking down vendors with specific vintage pieces we wanted and figuring out how to use them in the best way, combined with finding interesting version of standard things (like napkins) or diamonds in the rough (a great little metal cleaning caddy from World Market was the perfect color, perfectly vintage inspired, and just right for cards at the reception).

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rifle paper place cards - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Even if you are planning on doing most of the planning yourself, it’s worth every penny to hire a day of coordinator to handle the final arrangements with the vendor in the week prior to the wedding, setup the day before, and all of the details on the day itself. It really freed me up to enjoy the day, as well as my mom, sister, and bridesmaids who might have had to do a lot of that, which also would have not let me enjoy the day. Also, I feel like several people told me not to worry about the little details, to let those go and focus on bigger things (catering, music, etc). I don’t think they understood that it was the fun little things (choosing napkins and decorations and so on) that really made me happy and got me through the tedious processes of booking the logistics. And of course it’s those things that made the wedding as great as it was–people notice those details, and appreciate them. And even if they didn’t, it made me so happy to see the things I had carefully chosen and loved decorating our reception.

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From the event designers at Invision Events: Emma and Anthony’s spring wedding is chock full of so much prettiness and Emma did so much herself, as this was a budget soiree. We are completely, I mean completely, in love with them as a couple and their wedding. They have an amazing story, too! Emma, a mid-wife for women from countries in crisis, and Anthony met in Africa. They now live in Washington DC. And Emma’s dress is a vintage 50s one-of-a-kind. Emma really wanted a very simple and vintage inspired day. Their wedding was less than 100 guests and she wanted to use the sweet and quaint setting the Holy Trinity has to create a vintage garden party feel. Being a couple that travels a lot, coming back to Auburn and to Holy Trinity where Emma had grown up was an easy choice for them. Everything about their day was done to give their day a personal feel.

Wedding Music:
Mother/Grandmother Processional: Alleluia Mozart
Bridal Party Processional: Largo
Bridal Processional: Queen of Sheba
Ceremony: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Aria by Handel, and Be Thou My Vision
Recessional: La Rejouissance
First Dance: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
My dad has amazing taste in music and always knows what’s new and good on the music scene, so we delegated the music for the reception to him. He made several wonderful playlists with the perfect mix of old and new, slow and fast.

Wedding Location: Auburn, AL / Photographer: Tiffany Hughes Photography / Event Design: Invision Events / Florist: Stanley Sistrunk at The Flower Store / Venue: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Dress: Vintage, bought from Gogovintage and altered by the amazing women at Green and Blue Studio in Washington, DC / Petticoat: Modcloth / Wedding Veil: My mother’s, handmade by my great-grandmother for her / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Wedding Earrings: My aunt’s, made from a necklace of my grandmother’s / Caterer: Sprayberry BBQ / Hors d’oeuvres: Christine’s Gourmet / Wedding Cake: Sonshine Cakes / Music: Auburn String Quartet / Rentals: Special Arrangements / Vintage Decor: Rum and Roses / Cloth Napkins: Dot and Army / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Place Cards and Table Numbers: Rifle Paper Company

West Side Story Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

What could be a better jumping off point for a styled shoot than the classic musical, West Side Story? Reds, yellows, and – of course – a hardy dose of dancing make this session truly shine, but not without the fantastic helping hands of Marvelous Things Photography and Janie Medley Flora Design. So let’s go ahead and jump into the 1950s spirit:

West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

from the photographer, Tori of Marvelous Things Photography: I came together with some other local vendors from Richmond, VA to put together this shoot inspired by West Side Story. While we didn’t want to do a strong imitation of it, we took our inspiration from the movie’s aspects of brick, iron, red, yellow, dancing and of course a 1950s vibe. It’s simple and lovely and showcases some beautiful floral and easy decor that any bride could pull off or incorporate into her special day. The models are a local couple named Mandie and Eric Waagner.

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West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

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Shoot Location: Richmond, VA / Photographer: Marvelous Things Photography / Floral Design: Janie Medley Flora Design / Venue: Rocketts Landing / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster via Bella Bridesmaid / Hair: Mandie-Lynn Waagner Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist / Wedding Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company / Equipment Rentals: Paisley & Jade / Wedding Invitations: Dear June

Colorful Italian Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

L&V Photography

How could anyone resist this lovingly handmade and whimsical wedding from L&V Photography? Bride Elena is actually a wedding blogger herself – helping to share beautiful Italian weddings and inspiration – so it’s only natural that her own wedding would be filled to the brim with beautiful details and stunning flowers from Il Profumo Dei Fiori.

colorful Italian wedding - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

From the bride, Elena: We wanted an outdoor and informal celebration, with a slight vintage feel, lots of color, big smiles and tears of happiness. The beautiful hills of Oltrepò Pavese were the perfect location and we were so lucky to have an outdoor ceremony with a stunning view. We had an intimate wedding with only 40 guests, just family and close friends. We were so happy to get married after 8 years together and we wanted our wedding to reflect our joy. It was a wonderful day and it felt very “us.”

astilbe wedding bouquet - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Bouquet recipe: Hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, carnations, astilbe, chamomile, garden roses, berries and craspedia.

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post ceremony confetti - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

We wanted our wedding to be colorful and joyful with a late 50s-early 60s vibe. I chose a color scheme of red, light blue and pink with pops of yellow. We had several DIY projects for our wedding day. I’m a wedding blogger and Gabriele is a graphic designer so we wanted our wedding to feel as much personal as possible. We made over 100 paper pinwheels in different colors and size. I designed all the stationery, invitations, menu, table numbers, program fans and signs, with a little help from Gabriele. The music was a DIY project too, I spent the months leading to the wedding scouring the web for the most beautiful songs of the 50s and 60s to play during the reception. Gabriele made the oversized letters, we used them for our engagement session and then again on our wedding day as reception decor. Our family helped a lot, my grandmother made my 50s style wedding dress, my cousin did my hair and my bridesmaids were very supportive and helped us with the last details.

bride and groom - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

oversized letters - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

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unique escort cards - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would advise to delegate small tasks to family and friends who are willing to help. Also don’t skimp on wedding photography. Leti and Viola of L&V Photography made an amazing job capturing every detail and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We will cherish these photos forever.

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colorful Italian wedding - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Moon River,” Henry Mancini
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “These Arms Of Mine,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: Fortunago, Italy / Photographer: L&V Photography / Floral Design: Il Profumo Dei Fiori / Wedding Venue: Cascina Casareggio / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother / Bridal headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture / Hair: Bride’s cousin / Makeup: Letizia Girani Makeup Artist / Wedding Stationery, Paper Pinwheels: DIY

1950s Inspired Scottish Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Christopher Currie

I think if I could marry a wedding, it would be this one from Christopher Currie. The bright and cheery color palette of pink, red and teal makes me happier than a bug in a rug, and bride Sara’s vintage-inspired gown from LouLou Bridal is the perfect hint of sweet with a bow at the waist.

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From the newlyweds, Sara and Craig: We wanted a laid-back, informal feel to the day with a bright, colourful look and a hint of vintage style. Our color theme was red, pink and teal. Our DIY projects included mini champagne and ‘Nuts about You’ nibbles for the vintage bus journey, hand decorated jars for the table centerpieces, crochet hearts made by the bride’s grandmother, stationery and menus designed by the Mother of the Bride, paper flowers and homemade shortbread favours.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to your own style. Your wedding can be any format you want so don’t be afraid to break from the norm and to make decisions that other people don’t agree with. It is your wedding after all!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé
Recessional: “Baby I Love You,” The Ronettes
First Dance: “You Are The Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne

Wedding Location: Glasgow, Scotland / Photographer: Christopher Currie / Florist: I Heart Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Holmwood / Reception Venue: 29 Private Members Club / Wedding Dress: LouLou Bridal / Bride’s Fur Jacket: Biba, House of Fraser / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Suit: Hackett / Wedding Cake: Three Sisters Bake / Band: Franco / Vintage Bus: Waterside Weddings / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride’s mother

Retro 1950s Vow Renewal

Vintage Weddings

We might focus on wedding days here at Ruffled, but we also know that anniversaries and vow renewals are no small potatoes. Lauren and John have been married for seven years, and celebrated recently by renewing their wedding vows among friends, family, and Jessica May Photography at their home. To fit with their retro theme, the couple asked their guests to dress in 1950s-style clothing!

retro vow renewals

From the bride, Lauren: When we began to plan our vow renewal party, my husband and I knew we wanted a strong sense of the 1950s to evident in both the atmosphere and appearance of the event. I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for ferns and the forested botanical beauty of our environment in the Pacific Northwest, and so coupled with the vintage vibe, the feel of the whole event was very natural for us since both my husband’s and my design aesthetic often leans toward mid century style. We wanted to have a celebration that was reminiscent of dinner and cocktail parties of the past. On our invitations we asked that our friends come in 1950s cocktail attire to make the feeling of the party even more pervasive, and people enjoyed having an excuse to get dressed up in their finest!

Vow Renewal

bride getting ready

Vow Renewal

bride getting ready

We wanted to purposefully enjoy our friends and family and take time to focus on how our faith in God has made it possible for us to have stayed married through seven years filled with three children, two old homes, and challenges that required us to love and forgive each other sacrificially like Jesus has done for us. We also wanted to make it a lovely night out for our friends and family, and since many of our friends have small children, we provided childcare for everyone; friends simply dropped their kids off at our house and made their way to the party in our garage.

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Vow Renewal

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We had a very romantic, nostalgic, botanical, and even homey, 1950s theme to the party thanks in large part to my grandmother, who gave us her large collection of linens, her beautiful old record player, and so many other pieces to decorate our space, which was our garage next to our home in Tacoma. Our color scheme was in peaches and golds, with orange, white, and green mixed in. Much of the decor came from things we already had, like vintage china passed down from our families, a 1920s piano that we recently found via Craigslist, and a variety of makeshift tables that we threw together and covered with layered vintage linens.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The art of the party is in danger of being lost on this generation of married couples; and I truly think wedding is a big party in celebration of two people’s love for each other. Aside from deep family traditions or cultural elements, it isn’t something that you are required to do in a certain way. You don’t need to spend a giant amount of money on a wedding or become so wrapped up in the planning and preparation that you become so stressed out that you nearly forget WHY you are having the party. You are beginning a new chapter of life together with the one you love!

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If when planning a wedding or party you look first at what you already have to work with, secondly to things you can make and borrow, and then to things you must purchase, you will nearly every time find a less costly option than looking first to things you want to buy. Don’t feel like you need to go so wildly big with this celebration that you never want to host another party again. Lastly, being considerate of other people’s expenses in being a part of the wedding party is something not to overlook.

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Location: Tacoma, WA / Photographer: Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Flowers: Paisley Petals / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Aquamarine Dream, hand-dyed by bride / Wedding Shoes: Payless, glitter DIY by bride / Gloves: Vintage / Necklace: Bride’s grandmother / Earrings: The Big Green Giraffe / Hair: Victoria Scharpf of Salon Mogano / Makeup: Nicol Wulkowicz / Groom’s Attire: H&M Jacket, vintage wool tie, Gap trousers / Caterer: Bride / Wedding Cake: Dianne’s Delights and bride’s friends / Music: Michael Rabb and Kraig Oman / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom

Brookshire Gardens Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Jaquilyn Shumate

Kimberly and David’s California wedding is straight out of a retro dream: a short flirty dress from Ellana Couture, floral arrangements by friends and family, and images from Jaquilyn Shumate which capture everything to perfection. Peeping through these images was like stepping into a fifties fantasy world, so let’s get started on the journey, shall we?

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From the bride, Kimberly: The feeling we went for was a 1950’s garden party full of personal touches that spoke to our style and passions. We aren’t super formal or fancy so it was important that our day reflected our comfortable and easy-going style.


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vintage garden weddings

retro wedding ideas

Devin and I love to spend our free time treasure hunting at thrift shops and yard sales for antiques so it was perfect that our wedding was full of vintage goodness. We both adore all shades of teal, aqua, turquoise, and mint so any of these colors were approved. I love the way red and coral compliment these so we incorporated splashes of both as well. For months I scoured thrift stores, garage, and estate sales hunting down vintage milk glass and bottles for table decor. Etsy and Ebay were my best friends in finding the vintage 1950’s table cloths and antique camera’s. I am a photography junkie so I loved that the cameras spoke to this.


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retro wedding ideas

vintage handkerchiefs

In order to stay on budget we did quite a few DIY projects: We painted furniture found at estate sales (and behind a dumpster believe it or not) that were used for our sign in tables. We caulked vintage milk glass plates to candle sticks for cake plates for our sweets table. We cut fabric into strips and tied them together to make a garland backdrop, then also attached them to lathe which was then attached to an existing arbor for the dance floor canopy. I made the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen out of ribbon glued to lapel pins of vintage cars and a Winnebago for my groom. I used my photo shop skills to make our table numbers, programs, various signs around the event, even our cake topper.


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wedding lawn games

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If something becomes too stressful or difficult, don’t be afraid to chuck the idea. In the end no one else will know what details didn’t make it. If your family and friends want to help, let them. You will not only appreciate having less on your plate but the day is that much more meaningful for everyone when loving hands have pitched in to make it all happen. Most important force yourself to take a moment or two to just soak it all in. The big day will fly by and if you don’t make yourself savor a few special moments it will be a blur. Thank God for great wedding photographers!


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newlyweds first dance


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “Close to You,” The Carpeneters
Recessional: “Happiness,” David Crowder Band
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: El Dorado, CA / Wedding Photographer: Jaquilyn Shumate / Ceremony Venue: El Dorado Community Church / Reception Venue: Brookshire Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s friends and family / Wedding Dress and Veil: Ellana Couture / Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Earrings: Iloniti / Wedding Caterer: Bocca Catering / Wedding Invitations: Three Eggs Design

Vintage West Sussex Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

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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vintage english weddings

fuchsia dahlia bouquets

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

Vintage Romance Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Joyeuse Photography

I have the utmost respect for today’s bride and her dedication to celebrating all things vintage and Old World-inspired. Not only was her wedding gown a true 1950s dress, but she also sourced each of her bridesmaids’ dresses to fit with the 1950s fashion look she envisioned. Joyeuse Photography was the perfect complement to realize her aesthetic of a vintage holiday wedding!

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From the bride, Jaimie: I had always envisioned my wedding feeling like a Christmas Eve service. I wanted it to be a night wedding with lots of candles, creating an environment that was warm, intimate, ethereal, and holy.

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I love the intricate and high quality craftsmanship of vintage clothing, furniture, and decorations so we started searching antique malls to find details that would create that old-world, romantic feel. We also decorated with antique pieces that belonged to both sides of our grandparents’. It was so special to use pieces connected to their daily lives and legacies of life-long marriages. We wanted to use light blushes for the bridesmaids to give some color but mostly we were decorating with antique lace and muted browns, golds, and cremes. To create more light in the space and to aid the whimsical feel, we found dead tree branches at our local recycling center, connected them with wire, and put them in tree stands. Then we spray painted them golds and browns and strung Christmas lights and other decorative pieces from crafts shops like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

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We found the archways at antique shops and decorated them with lace that was my grandmother’s, as well as decorative pieces and lights from craft shops. We used lace pieces dipped in modge podge on our candle holders so they would cast intricate patterns when they glowed and found glass medicine bottles in antique shops and decorated them with muslin, ribbons, and buttons for the flower vases on the reception tables. After the ceremony, the bridal party led a candle-lit processional to the reception site. The house party passed out branches with tiny brass bells that we had attached with wire and lace so everyone could make noise celebrating!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it is very important for Brides to find ways to make their wedding extremely personal and meaningful to them. In the years to come, what will be most important is that memories of your wedding remind you of the warmth in your relationship and that you can look back and say you made choices that were consistent with what is important to who you are as a couple. I would also suggest that couples allot time to nurture and grow the relationship outside of wedding planning.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “More Love to Thee,” Fernando Ortega
Communion: “The Lord’s Prayer,” Selah
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ll Be in my Heart,” Phil Collins
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
First Dance: “Thinking About Me,” The Light Parade

Wedding Location: Abilene, TX / Wedding Photographer: Joyeuse Photography / Wedding Planner: Bride and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: Vintage Alfred Angelo designed by Edythe Vincent / Wedding Veil: Mia “068” via Violet Bells / Bride’s Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer “Jasmine” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J Ferrar / Wedding Caterer: Tru-Blue Catering (trublucatering @ me.com) / Wedding Cake: McKay’s Bakery / Reception Music: The Light Parade / Wedding Invitation: Bride and bride’s mother

Mid Century Mod Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Gideon Photography

As far as I’m concerned, this styled shoot from Gideon Photography and Forevermore Events is THE shoot to end all shoots. Gorgeous saturated hues in shades of reds and blues and some delectable treats from Cupcakes by Julie set the scene for a perfect vignette at the home of Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals.

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From the photographer, Jimmy of Gideon Photography: This is a really fun Mid Century inspired wedding shoot. Lots of fun details. A beautiful bride, and all the charm that quietly screams the 1950s. The home and decor for the shoot was provided by Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals, the wildly popular restoration design blog.

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Shoot Location: St. George, UT / Photographer: Gideon Photography / Shoot Venue: Private Residence / Event Design: Forevermore Events / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Market / Hair: Macy Dockstader / Groom’s Attire: Adrian’s Tuxedo Store / DIY Projects: Vintage Revivals / Desserts: Cupcakes by Julie / Wedding Invitations: Pink Piggy Design

1950s Technicolor Inspired Wedding

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Give me a bride whose icon is Doris Day, and I’ll show you one happy blogger. Bride Chanmony styled her wedding aesthetic around Doris’ films from the 1940s and 50s, used colors that florist Megan of Honey and Poppies described as “1950s technicolor sherbet,” and danced her first dance with hubby Jeff to Doris Day’s “It All Depends On You.” He and She Photography was there to capture this blissful, color-filled day to utter perfection!

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From the bride, Chanmony: The feel that we wanted was fun and us. Something that reflected our personality and what was important to us. Family, laughter and fun. Our big theme was Doris Day. She is my idol… like I get swept up talking about her. I love her and the feeling of her movies from the 40-50’s. Megan (our incredible florist from Honey and Poppies) helped guide us towards a direction for colors scheme, which were, as she puts it “50’s technicolor sherbet.” Adjectives: Fun, vibrant, cool, crazy, hilarious, humbling and sweet.


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As for DIY projects, there were a ton. I started with making our save the dates and then making all the little details that we (Jeff and I) or some of our geeky friends will know. I made a lot of Doctor Who things, like the bride and groom Daleks. My vow book is a book from Doctor Who. My sister and I collaborated in making a sign for the flower wrapping station. She painted and I did the crafty stuff. I painted the door silhouettes.


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The programs were actually kinda fun to make because of all the different covers we had and because I’m somewhat of a nerd and figured how to make the programs layout the way I wanted and also was able to explain our knot tying bit in our ceremony because that was something from the Cambodian culture that we wanted to incorporate. Also, the guestbook were madlibs sheets that were fun for the guest and we can bind them easily and have a book to look through because we had a bunch of guest that made great illustration.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My best advice is give yourself enough time to plan and make sure that the wedding is a reflection of you as a couple. Trust the people you hired; they are the professional and they make things so much easier. Saying that, hire vendors that match your style.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “I Got This Friend,” The Civil Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Falling In Love With You Again,” Imelda May
Recessional: “Life Is A Happy Song,” The Muppet Soundtrack
First Dance: “It All Depends on You,” Doris Day

Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: He and She Photography / Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Design: Libby Centeno of Dragonfly Events / Wedding Flowers: Honey and Poppies / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander “8465” via Mon Amie Bridal / Wedding Veil: honeycombveils / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN “Spirit of the Moment” / Hair: Cheryl Snowden of Carlton Salons / Makeup: Makeup by Berit / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Torrid / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: LoftLifePress

Palms Springs Christmas Wedding

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When Yuna Leonard showed us this wedding they shot, we squealed with glee! Phil and Sasheen met in London 15 years ago, and tied the knot sunny Palm Springs at Elvis’ Honeymoon Estate, where he lived with Priscilla during their first year of marriage. So add Palms Springs and Elvis to a Christmas theme, and what do you get? Pure vintage bliss. Their vintage Christmas inspiration was carried throughout with silver and pink, that was also translated onto gorgeous florals designed by Sugar Branch Events. Don’t miss the adorable highlight film from Hello Super 8 at the end.


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From the photographer, Yuna Leonard: Phil + Sasheen chose an classic and authentic vintage, mid-century style in as the setting for their wedding, Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Estate, Palm Springs. They adore all things 50s-60s and their wedding was full of their characters. The love story began in London where Sasheen met Phil and fell in love. The bride’s dress was from 1961 and the grooms suit was from the same era and Palm Springs just oozes the mid-century design aesthetic that they live and love. The wedding colors are baby pink and silver {A vintage Christmas theme!} There were only 36 guests. Close families and best friends. Very intimate and very special. These lovebirds rock the day!

Below it reads: The miracle of Christmas and the magic of True Love bring joy to our lives”

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Phil and Sasheen are lovely. Both soft spoken and incredibly warm as individuals, together they are even more welcoming and kind. They have been together since 1997, so needless to say their families were overjoyed when they announced they were finally engaged! The couple reside in the Bay Area but decided on a mini destination wedding in sunny Palm Springs. Sasheen and Phil are huge music fans (Phil especially loves Elvis), so it seemed only natural that they tie the knot at the Elvis Honeymoon Estate where Elvis and Priscilla spent their first year of marriage.


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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Marveling at all the old rock and roll memorabilia, Sasheen and Phil felt instantly connected to the mid-century estate and wanted a wedding that reflected their individual styles and paid homage to the iconic rock and roll legend… The owner of the bakery where they ordered their cake recommended a pastor to officiate their wedding, and as fate would have it, after they met with him, Phil remembered that he had played in a band with Pastor Chad 20 years ago in London! It was meant to be! The whole wedding was a complete genuine reflection of Sasheen and Phil and we wish them all the happiness as they continue their lives together.


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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Do yourself a favor and watch the video Hello Super 8. It’s a winner.

Wedding Vendors (Palm Springs, CA):

Wedding Venue: Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Estate / Wedding Photographer: Yuna Leonard Photography / Wedding Coordination and Floral Design: Sugar Branch Events / Wedding Dress and Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: Vintage / Wedding Cake: Deborah Quinn of Pastry Swan / Videographer: Megan Hill of Hello Super 8

Mid Century Modern Wedding Inspiration

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This wedding inspiration shoot, designed and styled by Jenna Trapasso of Red White and Green Photography and by our very own Ashley Hayward, is bursting at the seams with mid century wedding ideas for both retro and modern brides alike. The paint inspiration is carried through and through, from their paint-a-cupcake to their paint by number guest book – which is a doozy of a DIY project. Oh, and that good looking couple? They graced our site many moons ago on their wedding day.


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From the photographer, Jenna of Red White and Green Photography: This shoot brings to life the harmony that was created in the 1950’s between tradition and modernism. It is overflowing with wedding ideas for the vintage-meets-modern-bride.

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The midcentury modern movement was defined by incredible works of art and unique architecture, so the shoot incorporated some fun artistic elements beginning with a RSVP card that allows guests to draw the meaning of love… and ending with paint-your-own-cupcakes.


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The bride and groom were styled with the 50’s sub-culture in mind. Instead of the classic Audrey Hepburn wedding look from the 1950’s, this bride and groom are showing off a look that is more reminiscent of the modern fashion and design that began creeping into culture in the middle of this era.


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Wedding Vendors (Charlotte, NC):

Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photography: Jenna Trapasso of Red White and Green Photography / Event Stylist: Ashley Hayward / Makeup and Hair: Elizabeth Tolley / Headpiece and Bridesmaid’s Bouquet: McKinna Hahn of Ceremony / Bride’s Dress and Ring: Hong Kong Vintage / Bridesmaid’s Skirt: Sleepy Poet / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Cake Lady Jill / Wedding Flowers: Lynette of Bloom Room / Wedding Invitations: Ello There

Retro Handmade Australian Wedding

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The bride from this Brisbane wedding has more talent than you can shake a stick at. Not only did she design her cute-as-pie retro wedding dress, she had her hands all over the rest of the wedding decor! Get ready for lots of red and polka dots in this beauty from Feather and Stone Photography. Check out the rest of the images in the gallery!

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From the bride, Letitia: We wanted our day to be intimate and dignified but also loads of FUN! The idea of a large traditional wedding made us feel nervous; we wanted to keep it simple and relaxed. We had our ceremony at a hall in New Farm and enjoyed refreshments with our guests outside afterward. Our Reception was held at Bistrot Bistro, a fantastic French Restaurant in the Woolloongabba Antique District. We had looked at a number of venues that just didn’t move us, Bistrot Bistro had a cellar room that was exactly what we wanted… small with bucket loads of character and atmosphere. We sat with our guests around two long tables, it really made us feel part of the celebration and because we only had about 50 guests we were able to chat to everyone.

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I’ve always loved vintage and my entire wardrobe is full of plenty of 2nd hand and vintage bits and pieces sourced through my travels, as well as many ebay/etsy purchases. So I knew that I wanted my weddings dress to represent my love for Vintage things, however I wanted it to be handmade. The Design and ideas were conveyed by means of many words, hand gestures and picture samples to a friend/local dressmaker who brought it all together faultlessly from imagination to reality. I wanted a cream base for my dress, incorporating my love of colour and polka dots with a bit of flair.

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Food and music were high on our priority list. It only took one meal at Bistrot Bistro to convince us of the quality and it was in no way lacking on the night. We hired a French gypsy style duo called Paris Dreaming that played most of the night. The party started a lot earlier than expected with everyone dancing amongst the tables before the planned dance music had even started. We had no speeches organised for the night as we didn’t want to put any pressure on anyone, but my sister, bro-in-law and my beautiful little niece put on a surprise performance singing an altered version of “anyone else but you”. It was amazing. The photography was an easy decision with our dear friends Seth and Tenielle from Feather and Stone. We have always loved and admired their unique creativity and couldn’t wait for them to be a part of our day. They were thrilled to do the photos for us. We had such a blast driving around to the different locations with them, it really made a difference knowing them and feeling at ease and relaxed. This really came across in the photography.

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We wanted the decorations to be simple and uncluttered but vibrant and happy. I sourced a large amount of Red Polka dot material which my mother tirelessly hand sewed into table runners. We used these runners in both the hall where the ceremony was held and on the tables at the reception venue. My mother also fan folded the material around single stem sunflowers and put them on the end of the chairs in the aisle. My folks and I wrapped some large glass jars in hessian (hot glued) and then finished off with some lace and polka dot ribbon. We filled those jars with some long-stemmed sunflowers. I do stencilling on canvases as a creative hobby, so I created a simple stencil and spray painted it on a canvas saying “Letitia & Kristian” for the entrance of the reception.

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We had a refreshments table outside the hall where we were married so that we could mingle with the guests after and any others that had come to share our special day. We covered these tables with gingham table clothes and decorated with fresh flowers. A friend lent us some vintage cake stands which held many home-made treats and also some toffee apples and heart lollipops – which were certainly a hit with the guests.

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Wedding vendors (Brisbane, Australia):

Reception Venue: Bistrot Bistro / Wedding photographers: Feather and Stone / Wedding music: Paris Dreaming / Fabric for bride’s dress: Gardams / Bride’s petticoat: Straight Razors and Parasols / Bride’s earrings: Crush Jewels / Bride’s shoes: Mollini / Cupcake holders and straws: IsaKay Boutique / “Eat Me” signs: Sweetly Scrapped Art / DIY Decor: Spotlight / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s shirt and tie: Ben Sherman / Groom’s boutonniere: Bloomin’ Cute

Feather and Stone is currently based in Australia, but Seth is from the U.S so he loves traveling back home. Feather and Stone will be in the U.S in June and July for anyone who is interested in booking them for their wedding!

Carnival-Themed DC Wedding

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Happiest of Wedding Wednesdays to you! This vintage carnival wedding is hot off the presses, brought to us by the lovely ladies of Amber Karson Events. Sarah and Joe chose an old amusement park right outside of Washington DC for their wedding, which included old carnival games and swing dance lessons for guests. Shall we begin?

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From Amber Karson Events: Sarah and Joe were married at Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown Campus followed by a reception in an old Bumper Car Pavilion at historic Glen Echo Park. Sarah and Joe love to swing dance and often visit the park on Friday nights to dance. It was a perfect choice for their wedding reception. For the bar, ared & white striped tent placed in the corner of the Bumper Car Pavilion served as our festive bar for the evening. A vintage cash register served as a holder for cocktail napkins & straws atop the bar. For the Carnival Alley, guests mingled around the Pavilion and had fun playing a few favorite carnival games including Win A Goldfish, Ring Toss, and Tic Tac Toe. We loved the vintage looking signage made by Gourmet Invitations for each carnival game.

Wedding vendors (Washington, DC):

Ceremony venue: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University / Reception venue: Glen Echo Park / Wedding Planning & Event Design: Amber Karson Events / Wedding photographer: Sam Hughes Photography / Flowers: Elegance & Simplicity / Catering: Main Event Caterers / Dessert: Georgetown Cupcakes / Videographer: Hello Super 8 / Invitations & Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations / Band: Dr. Zoot / Balloon Artist: Balloon Affairs of Frederick / Tent & Carnival Games: Talk of the Town / Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth / Bride’s dress: Hannelore’s / Bridemaid’s Dresses: Aria / Hair: Hair by Jewels / Make-Up: Kiki D’talien / Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Gourmet Invitations is part of Blue Label, our handy dandy local vendor guide.

West Sussex 1950s Wedding

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It may be this gorgeous bride’s gown, or her bridesmaids’ twirling petticoats or the simple fact that this English wedding is jam packed with beautiful images and details from end to end, shot by Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the photo gallery.

From Megan, the bride: We wanted something vintage, country and relaxed. We imagined floral patterns and pastel blues, 50s dresses and ivory lace, country barns and rolling hills. We wanted social food and lots if wine! We wanted a big, gorgeous party.

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I wanted a vintage style dress and had appointments booked at various cool vintage shops in London…however, as I was waiting for these appointments I thought I’d pop into a bridal shop in the city I work, Chichester. I saw on their website that they had a dress I had seen, cut out and loved in a bridal magazine. I tried on a few other options while I was there but there was nothing to compare to ‘the one’. I wanted lace and a ballerina length tulle skirt – I didn’t think it actually existed. This dress was exactly what I wanted. It was really different, still had a vintage vibe and was brand shiny new.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We designed and made all our own stationery. Mike created the beautiful vintage rose pattern we used on his computer – I had seen a lot of rose patterns I liked so we designed something that reflected those. We then used recycled manila card to give that rustic, country feel. I order all my card from Eco-Craft. I used pinking shears to cut everything out before I stuck it onto the manila card. For the save the date cards and place names we used parcel tags with twine tied in a bow. We even designed a cool little old fashioned ticket stub as a free drinks token for the evening guests. We carried our rose pattern across everything – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the place names, the table plan, the drinks tokens, the reserved signs on the seats and the thank you cards.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Vintage, English country wedding, relaxed describes our wedding perfectly. We themed the wedding around a gorgeous vintage rose pattern that Mike created based on rose patterns I’d seen on various fabrics. He spent a lot of time on his graphic design computer software trying to recreate what I had in my mind. In the end it was perfect – a vintage rose on a pale blue background with white polka dots. We used this pattern across everything and handmade it all – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the table plan, the place names, the labels for the favours, drinks tokens and the thank you cards. This pattern became the basis for everything – our theme was based entirely around it. The pale blue background we used influenced the groomsmen’s ties, the flowers (blue hydrangeas), the neck ties the caterers wore etc. We then took the rose theme through to the bridesmaid dresses, my accessories, the table plan board and more. I spent a good few months hitting the flea markets and started collecting vintage tea cups and saucers, as well as vintage vases and jugs – our florist put flowers in these and they formed our table centrepieces. We also collected a load of glass jars, put candles in them and tied twine and floral ribbons around them to decorate the venue.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We’re not religious so churches were out and we wanted to have one venue for the whole day – have the ceremony and the reception all in one place. We were also really keen to have exclusive use. I wanted to have as raucous as party as possible and not annoy anyone. We didn’t want a hotel wedding – you tend to just pick a package and I wanted much more flexibility to do exactly what we wanted to do. Food was also massively important to us – we wanted to have tapas for the wedding breakfast and a huge paella outside in the evening. Most hotels only give you a couple of meat and veg options – we wanted to pick our own caterer and have them produce a Spanish feast. This led us to explore converted barns. We live in Sussex in the UK which has the most gorgeous countryside. There are a few barn venues in the area – some were too rustic (hay still in the back) and some were too slick (more hotel in feel than country barn). Then we found Upwaltham Barns which must be the most beautiful wedding venue in the UK (but I would say that).

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re going to make the stationery yourself for that lovely homemade touch, start early – it takes ages! In fact…maybe don’t bother at all. It wipes out your evenings for months. And never, ever scrim on the photographer – all you’ll have left after the event is the photos, they need to be perfect. We found Joanna Brown, a photographer we loved – we became massive fans of her work and would admire her photos on a daily basis. She’s an artist and the best money we spent. Everyone is talking about how gorgeous our photos are.

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Wedding Songs:
We chose Celtic harp music for the ceremony – Aran Boat Song and music by Turlough O’Carolan. I really wanted something upbeat and happy for the first dance so we went for Jennifer Hudson’s Dressed Up in Love. It’s such a happy song and makes me grin every time I hear it. It’s also impossible not to dance to.

Wedding Vendors (West Sussex, England):

Ceremony and reception locations: Upwaltham Barns / Florist: Barbara Mole of Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium / Photographer: Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Novia D’Art and I bought it from Proposals in Chichester, UK / Birdcage veil: Lilly Lewis / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson/ Earrings: Eclectic Eccentric / Hair: Jean-Yves Aubin / Bridesmaid Dresses: 1950s style circle dresses from Vivien of Holloway / Groom’s suit: three piece suit from Marks and Spencers / Groom’s tie: Topman Band/Musician: During the ceremony and drinks reception we had Lieshja play the harp. My parents are Welsh and Irish so I really wanted some Celtic music at the wedding. Liehsja played the most beautiful Celtic harp music. / Caterer: Buns to Banquets / Wedding cake and dessert: four tiered luxury champagne and strawberry cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company / Wedding invitations: DIY / Videographer: Jonathan Nicol of Other Finger Films

Retro Handmade Melbourne Wedding

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Brace yourself for this beyond-words-gorgeous wedding shot by Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. Pour over this sweet Melbourne wedding right here in the gallery!

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From the bride, Sarah: The style and feel we were aiming for was fun, inclusive, relaxed, vintage, with loads of DIY details and surprises! We wanted every choice to truly represent every aspect of our partnership over the past 4 years. Things like our love of cups of tea or background in performing were all included somewhere along the line.

As Justin and I met on the set of a TV show, got engaged in a theatre, and are forever producing shows, we wanted our wedding to be like the biggest production of our lives, yet to still feel simple and from the heart. We chose a celebrant who is also on radio in Melbourne and who we knew would have a natural performers vibe, The Golden Tappers kicked off proceedings and made everyone’s hearts burst with joy at the reception (they’re an all-women tap dance troupe aged over 60 and tap dance like nobody’s business!), and a friend choreographed a flashmob wedding dance which roughly half our guests were secretly asked to participate in. Honestly, seeing the shocked look on partners and family members faces as their loved ones took to the floor and did the dance was PRICELESS. It was a performer’s dream wedding. A good friend of ours joked afterwards “There were so many personal touches, I felt violated!” which was awesome to hear.

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Early on, we came up with the dress code “Snazzy Picnic” which basically became the theme of the entire wedding (think Enid Blyton children’s book illustrations meets The Great Gatsby meets the 1950’s). We had a loose colour scheme of peach and navy, but found it easier to stick to the theme rather than colour scheme.

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My dress was modelled off a 2009 Giambattista Valli gown that was no longer available despite my best eBay-scouring efforts. Luckily I found the incredible Alice from Alice Haute Couture who literally gasped when I showed her a photo of the dress because “brides never ask me to make these kinds of dresses anymore!”. She was so excited by the design and made the dress from scratch based off a few photographs. The fabric is ivory woollen silk from Valentino, which the fabulous Ruth at La Modiste found for me in Milan!

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The whole wedding was DIY. Justin and I were engaged for 16 months, and literally worked for every one of those months to bring it all together. We got married at the very end of the Australian Winter and worried that guests would freeze in our outdoor ceremony, so the first thing we set about doing was collecting 150 (yup, 150!!!) vintage tea sets so every guest could have a warm drink after the ceremony which then doubled as their take home gift. We collected for months, and then finally drove for three days through three states and visited every thrift shop in every town to get our numbers.

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My mum, dad and 83 year old grandmother together made 150 of the most amazing bags for guests to safely transport their tea sets home at the end of the night. Justin and I along with a graphic designer friend made teabags with a pretend tea company name and the slogan “The Perfect Blend Since 2007” which guests loved. The tea component was by far the biggest DIY project we undertook.

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The day before the wedding, family and friends banded together and made a mix of 15 AMAZING cakes. Instead of having one wedding cake, we thought it would be way funner if every table had their own. That way when we did the cake cutting, all our guests could cut with us! Justin made the cake stands, and when it was time to cut the cake, 150 knives were handed out and away we went. It was truly awesome with guests table hopping to sample all of the amazing cakes!

Another friend drew our portraits and we made button badges for all our guests. Then there were the groomsmen boutonnieres, flower girl dresses, photo booth, chapel doors, chalkboards…all DIY!

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For our ceremony we wanted something with a rustic vibe, that was in Melbourne and with catering on site. A tall order! After months of searching, someone suggested Collingwood Children’s Farm, and from the second we saw it and met Farmer Andrew (who was so excited about us potentially getting married there) we were sold. It’s like a hidden oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. The baby animals are all born in early August and were the perfect icebreaker for guests. It’s right in the heart of the city, just minutes away from our reception venue, is a working farm (meaning there’s animals everywhere and a sheep could easily just wander into your wedding ceremony!) and a friend runs the farm cafe which serve the most delicious, fresh, organic produce. Nothing was a problem and Tom Hay at the farm cafe and Farmer Andrew were a dream team to work with.

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Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Surround yourself with friends and family who have a “Yes we can!” attitude. Positivity is everything.

If you’re going down the DIY path, people will tell you you’re mad, and you will question your own sanity at various points along the way. Stick with it! Enlist helpers who have strengths in different areas. We were initially adamant not to bother anyone with our preparations, and to just buy anything we couldn’t do ourselves, but then we had people like the mum of our flower girls who is a Home Ec teacher and amazing sewer who really wanted to make her girls their dresses, or another friend who the second we got engaged emailed to say “Who’s doing your AV, because I want to do it!”. You really need to accept the amazing help on offer, and realise that people don’t want to do it for any reason other than because they’re so happy for you and want to put their skills to a great cause! It adds the most personal touch to your day.

Wedding Songs:

They both chose songs for their walk in and march out songs without telling each other and they ended up being the exact same song!

Processional: This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies
Ceremony:Sleepyhead by Chris Pickering performed by Lauren and Keren from Pleasing Anna
Recessional: This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies
First Dance: Be My Baby by the Ronettes

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Victoria, Australia):

Ceremony Location: Collingwood Children’s Farm / Reception Venue: The Regal Ballroom / Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Event designer: Georgie Kay and Erin Lilja from Georgeous Events / Florist: Melanie Stapleton from Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress: Alice Haute Couture / Blusher Veil: Etsy seller Portobello / Wedding Shoes:’Darla’ from Kate Spade / Gloves: BHLDN / Bracelet: J. Crew / Vintage Sarah Coventry Earrings from Etsy / Custom wedding rings from Chris Parry / Hair by Marie Uva & Giovanni Tedesco at Rokk Ebony South Melbourne / Makeup: Rosemary Walsh / Bridesmaid Dresses: Stop Staring Raileen dresses in navy / Groom’s suit: J. Crew vest, bow tie by xoelle on etsy, Eugenia Kim hat from The Hat Mansion, shirt by French Connection. Groomsmen wore shirts by French Connection, vests by Charles Tyrwhitt, and jeans from Carhartt / Celebrant: Jon Von Goes / DJ: Brendan and Liam at DJ Masters and friends Lauren Glezer and Keren Leizerovitz from Melbourne band Pleasing Anna sang at their ceremony, and Andy McLelland of Mr Mc Clelland’s Finishing School DJ’d their reception / Caterer: Tom Hay at The Farm Cafe did their devonshire tea and catering by The Regal Ballroom / Wedding Dessert: DIY Ice cream Sundae Buffet styled by Georgeous / Wedding invitations: bride’s cousin Caitlin Gahan designed the invitations (caitlingahan@hotmail.com), and the bride and groom designed their brown paper bag envelopes / Videographer: Sarah Walker from Sarah Walker Photography / Transportation: 1938 Diamond T Bus from Vintage Fun Hire Cars

Homespun Twins Oaks Estates Wedding

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Let’s kick this Wednesday off right with a perfectly adorable wedding shot by Megan Plenge Photography. Full of handmade touches and heartfelt gestures that went beyond decor, Blain and Russell’s wedding marks the spot for a sweet homespun fête.

From the bride: We wanted our wedding to reflect our sweet, playful love & our fun, artsy and musical families. I imagined a whimsical, home-made and vintage backyard wedding with our families playing the music with coca-cola bottles in hand, and what we came up with was truly a dream come true! Growing up in the Arizona desert the one thing I knew was cactus wasn’t for me! I wanted lush greenery and cooler air and I immediately remembered a sweet yellow school house that I had passed on the way to my Grandmothers house as a little girl. When I was researching it, I found out, lo and behold, they now hold weddings! Once we booked our dream location, Twin Oaks Estates, everything fell into place.

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From Megan Plenge Photography : Aside from their full time jobs, Graham is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association & Lauren has spent her free time working in theater & 50’s pin up modeling. This wedding was a true representation of their personalities & love. As a definite labor of love, this wedding was full of amazing details including handmade bridesmaids dresses by the brides mom, centerpieces created from antiques collected by relatives, personalized handkerchiefs, candy bar filled w/the couples favorite treats, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres made of embroidered flowers, scrabble letters & antique keys. The venue, Twin Oaks Estate, was the perfect fit for this couple complete with an 1800s schoolhouse for the bride to get ready in & serve as a perfect vintage backdrop. The owners of the Estate had recently purchased a section of a pub bar sent from London to add an old-fashioned feel. Other details included the grooms younger brother singing “I wanna grow old with you” during the ceremony & the band made up of the bride’s grandparents, groom’s father & brother. A completely adorable evening, with a new detail around every corner, was spent with this couple whose vision of a backyard vintage wedding came true!

Wedding Vendors (San Marcos, California):

Venue and Caterer: Twins Oaks Estates / Wedding Photography: Megan Plenge Photography / Florist: Jerry Disney / Hair: Tiffany Monday / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani

Vintage Bowling Wedding

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Be still my vintage-obsessed heart. It’s true that the fifties is one era I will never tire of, but a wedding in a bowling alley is quintessentially retro. Jessica is a designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in the gallery.

We’ve been asked why we chose the 1950’s as our wedding theme. To be honest, we’re really not sure. Maybe it was a love of the music, maybe it was a love of the style, or maybe it was Ryan’s love of Back to the Future. It’s hard to say for sure. It just seemed…natural.

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Our venue–The Doctor’s House at the Brand Arts and Music Library–was a much more conscious choice. We’d lived in the Burbank/Glendale area for many years and the Brand Arts and Music Library offered us the beautiful outdoor setting we both wanted. It was also the site of the career retrospective of Ryan’s favorite artist, Joseph Mugnaini. And since we’re not the sit-down-to-dinner type, the reception was hosted at the Montrose Bowl. A private bowling alley, the Montrose Bowl has appeared in many television and film productions, including Pleasantville and Teen Wolf. We wanted everyone at the reception to have fun, play games and maybe feel a little nostalgic, and the Montrose Bowl was the picture-perfect venue for it. Along with open bowling lanes and our ‘photo booth,’ games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tiddly Winks were scattered about to coax out everyone’s inner child.

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With so many family and friends coming from out of town, we really wanted to share with them a true southern California culinary experience. And what else says southern California like a food truck? In this case it was Seabirds, a gourmet food truck. We chose Seabirds because of their impressive and delicious vegan menu. Seabirds vegan fare was a huge success. One guest even complained that she was “angry [she] couldn’t eat more!”

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The wedding also had a green component. The bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and corsages were made from colorful cut-up clothing catalogues that normally would have found a home in the recycle bin. The bridal bouquet was a blossom of broaches sent by friends from around the world. Realizing that many of our international friends would not be able to attend, I sent out a call for broaches, rings, and pendants. Each piece was symbolic of a cherished memory, a friendship, an absent family member.

Taking full advantage of the bowling theme at the reception, guests signed a bowling pin as opposed to a traditional guest book. And keeping with our desire to make the event both fun and memorable, we thanked each guest with a bowling trophy. The trophies sported either a male or a female bowler and were engraved with our names, the date, and the eye-roll-worthy pun “With Love to Spare”.

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designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Montrose, California):

Ceremony Location: Brand Arts Music Library / Reception Venue: Montrose Bowl / Wedding Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Invitations: Little Hinka / Caterer: Seabirds Truck / Hairstylist: Miss Lowe / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Wedding Cake: Babycakes

Heidi Ryder is a member of Blue Label.

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Hold on to your seat, because you will be pinning your little heart out after you see this wedding shot by Jennifer of Ever Whim Photographs. Every detail, from the pink ikat tablecloth to the heirloom teddy bear tied to her bouquet, is just to die for. Don’t even get me started on her gorgeous Oscar gown, because I can ooh and ah over it all day long. So before I swift away to la la land, be sure check out all images from their wedding in the gallery.

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pinning your little heart out after you see this wedding shot by Jennifer of Ever Whim Photographs. Every detail, from the pink ikat tablecloth to the heirloom teddy bear tied to her bouquet, is just to die for. Don’t even get me started on her gorgeous Oscar gown, because I can ooh and ah over it all day long. So before I swift away to la la land, be sure View ALL images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Venue + Vendors (Menlo Park, CA):

Ceremony Venue: Menlo Park Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Allied Arts Guild / Event Design: Cameron Humphrey / Graphic Design: Mike Humphrey / Photograpy: Ever Whim Photographs / Letterpress: La La Press / Dress: Oscar De La Renta / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Florist: Jose Ibarra/ Apis Floral / Caterer: Cafe Primavera / Cake: Jen’s Cakes / Hair: Monica Foster (Bride), Christian Roche and Liz Tabler (Bridesmaids and MOB) / Band: Simply Jazz / DJ: Mike Ewing

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Inspired by yesterday’s vintage glam wedding, we picked a few items from our classifieds section following the theme. We spy a few chandeliers for sale, tapered candles and lots of vintage glitzy items. There are also gorgeous gowns for sale, but can we talk about the dapper groom below for a quick sec? So so SO in love with his 50s glam look – even his stephanotis boutonniere is classic 1950s!

Vintage silverplated and crystal wedding decor, $500 for the lot; rustic chandelier with crystals, $50; Lace wedding dress, $700

Spring in Bloom Brooklyn Wedding

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It’s always a treat when we have a wedding to share shot by Jen Huang. Sarah and Ted wanted a “Spring in Bloom” mood with a retro 1950s feel, and I don’t think they could have chosen a more perfect venue than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for their wedding day. The gorgeous vintage bride Sarah designed their own wedding invitations, and I’m loving them!

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From the bride, Sara: Color is dominant! Each of my bridesmaids will be wearing dresses in the same gray shade, but they’ll be accessorizing and carrying flowers in their “assigned” color. Each of us accessorized in various shades of our color- monochromatic and layered- not all the same shade of blue, etc. We had multicolored blooms on the table, multi-colored fans for guests, a colorful candy buffet, and much more. As you can tell, I love color… However, I wanted to set the color against crisp white, so the table linens will be white, our cake is white with white sugar flowers, the gift boxes for guests are white with green ribbon. All in all it was a colorful and fun day!

Wedding Vision: Spring in Bloom with Color All Over (with retro details)

Wedding Vendors (New York, New York):

Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens / Photographer: Jen Huang / Wedding Dress: Vineyard Collection, style Morgan / Wedding Shoes: Gwyneth Paulette Pump (dyed two shades of green) / Invitations: Designed by the bride Sara who is a Graphic Designer / Florals: Zuzu’s Petals of Park Slope / Catering: The Palm House / Band: The Gainsborough Trio / DJ: Dj Shakey aka Julie Covello / Cake: Ana Parzych / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shabby Apple

1950s Peacock-Inspired Wedding

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This New York City wedding reads as an expert’s guide to how to properly integrate pops of color into your wedding day. The bride, Bethany, used a gorgeous and rich teal motif throughout all details of her big day, right down to her very own wedding gown! If you’re a big fan of peacock feathers (and even if you’re not!), be sure to check out all the images from Joyeuse Photography.

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From the bride, Bethany: We love all things vintage & handmade, so we wanted our wedding to reflect that. (especially 1950s & 1960s era!) We love that both vintage & handmade goods are more sustainable than buying things new and it is one of our values to be as sustainable and socially responsible as possible in terms how we shop, or decorate our home, or plan our wedding. Plus, we love the aesthetic. We also have an incredibly talented & close knit community and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our community as well. Almost every detail of our wedding was covered in the fingerprints of our friends & family, and that made it feel so much more special.

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I love the deep rich colors in peacock feathers so we decided to use a peacock feather as our color inspiration. In terms of DIY projects, we tried to hand make as many elements as we could. Jerod drew our cameos and used them to design our save the dates & programs. He and I also handmade our invitations from tiny glass bottles we collected on a magical beach in Brooklyn. (We also used bottles that we found there as the vessels for the flower arrangements at the reception). As everyone came into the church for the ceremony, they received a tiny flag to wave which had been stamped with “b & j” or “love”, which friends and I made using letters from an antique printing press and a mix of vintage fabrics and scrap fabrics in peacock colors. We used the same fabrics to make the bunting, strung throughout the reception space. The garlands of crocheted yarn, strung from the ceiling of the reception space, were made by my aunt, my brother-in-law, one of my bridesmaids, and me.

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As one of my bridesmaid gifts, I made 12 different hair pieces for each of the girls to wear (with help from my mom!). For the guestbook, we had the ribbon on my grandma’s antique typewriter replaced, and the hand-typed notes that we came home with were so special! The incredible boutonnieres for the groomsmen were made by my dear friend, bridesmaid and crafter, Kylie Fife. It was truly a community affair, which made it such an emotional and incredible experience to walk into the reception site for the first time and see all the beauty.

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Jerod and I designed the “message in a bottle” invitations and made them using 200 tiny antique bottles we scavenged on a Brooklyn beach. We printed the paper invitation component ourselves on quarter sheets of teal paper, and tied and bottle neck with twine. We attempted to hand deliver as many as we could, but the ones that were mailed even managed to make it to South Africa intact!

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept help! Sometimes this can be difficult to ask for or accept, but once I began delegating and letting people help me, the load felt so much lighter, he the outcome so much more beautiful. Secondly, the wedding is so important, but ultimately, the wedding is a precursor to the marriage, so don’t lose sight of prioritizing that! Throughout our engagement, Jerod and I had at least 1 night a week in which we did not talk about the wedding planning at all, which was really refreshing and important for us.

And everyone says this, but try to really be present on the day of. So many people had told me that their wedding day felt like a blur and it was my desire to really be present, relish in it, and take it all in, especially because we had so many friends in from all over the world that we rarely get to see. After all, when again will you have all the people that you most treasure and love in the same room? I feel like we were really able to do this and it made the memories of the day so sweet and priceless.

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons
Recessional: “Forever Young,” Bob Dylan
First dance: “When It Don’t Come Easy,” Patty Griffin

Wedding vendors (New York City, NY):

Ceremony venue: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn / Reception venue: 320 Studios / Wedding photographer: Tahni of Joyeuse Photography / Wedding flowers: Leeanne Rickey / Wedding dress: designed by bride, made by Heather Anderson / Makeup: Stephanie Wise / Wedding hair: Felicia Nelson / Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein / Wedding music: Jake Armerding, Gregory Essington, Laura Rogers, and Brian Miller / Wedding cake: Laura Huss / Wedding invitations: bride and groom

Retro Brisbane Wedding

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The bride’s vintage pin-up hairstyle, the flower girls’ poofy skirts, the intimate ceremony venue… all of these things add up to perfection. Steven Elmer picked up this wedding and knocked it out of the park — every image is a peek into how special the day truly was for the couple and their guests. There are loads more photos to be seen in the gallery, so don’t miss it!

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From the bride, Tegan: More than anything we wanted a very relaxed, family-based wedding that children, including our own two girls, would be happy to be a part of. We went for a bright garden party style of reception at our place where everyone could be comfortable and enjoy each others’ company. There was also a bit of a retro feel that came from our love of 50s style, tattoos and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Homemade, retro, casual, family, fun, rockin’ are a few of the adjectives I’d use to describe our wedding. We didn’t really have a theme, though we did use a lot of red, blue and yellow in our decorations, the central colours used in old school tattoos that we both love. We also had a bit of a retro 50s style running throughout the day, which wasn’t planned but came about from our own personal style.

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There were a lot of DIY aspects to our wedding. We had the reception at home in our yard so all of the decorations were done by family. Most of the food was also made by family and friends, something we really wanted from the get-go because there are so many delicious things we love and grew up eating! My father-in-law did a special wedding homebrew beer, complete with custom labels, to celebrate the occasion as well! I made the flowers for my bouquet and my fantastic sisters and sister-in-law finished it off for me so that I had one less detail to stress over!

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Tegan’s advice for future brides: I know everyone always says don’t stress over everything, accept help from anyone who offers etc, etc. But I also know from experience that it’s hard not to get wound up and try and do everything yourself! What I will say is the day before your big day do as little wedding-related stuff as possible. Go out for dinner and talk about everything but the wedding, spend time on your own reading a book, watching a movie or whatever. What is going to be will be and there is no point trying to change or finish anything last minute! Enjoy some wedding free time and on the day if things aren’t set up exactly how you wanted or the samosas don’t get served (yep, happened at my wedding), what does it matter? You’re marrying the person you love!

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Steven Elmer picked up this wedding and knocked it out of the park — every image is a peek into how special the day truly was for the couple and their guests. There are loads more photos to be seen in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding songs:
Processional: “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” Weezer
Registry signing songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Gerry and the Pacemakers and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Fatally Yours,” Alkaline Trio

Wedding vendors (Brisbane, Australia):

Ceremony location: Macarthur Park / Reception location: Private residence / Wedding photographer: Steven Elmer / Wedding dress: “Sally” from Fancy New York / Head scarf: Vivienne Westwood / Wedding shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Wedding desserts: homemade / Wedding invitations: made by bride / Bride’s earrings: Johnny Cupcakes / Bridesmaids’ dresses: bridesmaids’ own / Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman

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Personally, I fell in love with this photoshoot as soon as I saw the mini waffle towers. Seriously, how perfect is that? I love the idea of presenting food underneath an apothecary jar! This shoot of real-life couple Tabitha and Cynthia was made possible by a list of ridiculously talented vendors, including Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal just to name a few. Thanks to such a great team for sharing your work with us! Be sure to check out model Tabitha’s aptly titled blog, Ms. Awesome, here.

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From the stylist, Emilia: I have a soft spot in my heart for intimate at-home weddings of yore that usually took place morning or mid-day. Think of Father of the Bride… no, not with Steve Martin… the original with Elizabeth Taylor. They were on their way out the door for their honeymoon by dusk! I would love to see the mid-day wedding make a comeback. You’ll save oodles by just serving mimosas or a fun build-your-own bloody Mary bar instead of a full bar. Plus brunch food is the best – pancakes, waffles, donuts, loads of syrup! I could seriously eat brunch all day long. That is where the inspiration for this shoot first started.

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shootretro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

But I didn’t want to create a shabby chic, pastel-hued brunch wedding… I wanted it to be a little rock ‘n roll and a lot of fun. We used a ’50s diner as inspiration and brought in bright colors like magenta, teal and coral. Gold tones brought a little elegance to the vintage doo-woppy decor. Sweets Indeed put together an amazing brunch table with mini-pancake and waffle stacks, french toast, donuts… it was all so delicious!

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shootretro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

For a cheap decor element, I used loads of tissue paper for the fringe wall, confetti and the homemade popper favors. Head on over to Wal-mart after Easter (or any major holiday) and you can find packages of tissue paper in a every color for super cheap. And it doesn’t take that much at all to do a lot. My favorite element were the poppers that I made by cutting paper towel rolls into thirds, filling them with confetti + taffy and wrapping them up in paper. Super easy and super cute! Plus they really pop!

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shootretro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

Christa Rose put a spin on the carnation… a poor flower that gets a bad reputation… by mixing various shades with craspedia. She even spray-painted the white carnations gold which looked really awesome! I loved the look of the carnation clusters in the more modern IKEA vases.

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

I know this might seem obvious to some people but a fast way to stay within budget is to stick to a small guest list. So many of the major elements – catering, rentals, flowers – are based on the number of guests or at least the number of tables. Keeping the guest count small will keep the bottom line small. We imagined an at-home wedding for about 35 people. Even though we created a tablescape, you wouldn’t even need to have set tables. Create little lounge areas with the already existing furniture and let people mingle and sit where they’d like. You’ll be able to spend more time with the people you love and have more money left over to splurge on something that is really important to you.

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

retro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shootretro 1950s rock n roll inspiration shoot

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding photographer: Amanda Doublin / Wedding stylist: Sweet Emilia Jane / Desserts: Sweets Indeed / Wedding flowers: Christa Rose Florals / Wedding dresses and accessories: Lovey Bridal / Wedding Makeup and Hair: Faces of California / Models: Cynthia and Tabitha

Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal are members of Blue Label.

Vintage Singapore Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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We were so delighted when bride Jia sent us her wedding from last year. It isn’t often we get to feature weddings from such distant lands, so we’re extra-excited to share this gorgeous wedding from Singapore. Jia, an ardent lover of the 1950s and all things vintage, incorporated this love into her traditional-yet-whimsical reception. Thanks to photographers Joseph from BitterSweet, Fengzhi from This is It! & Charity from Charity Goh Photography for the wonderful images!

vintage singapore wedding

From the bride, Jia: The wedding theme reflects our personalities and it was a whimsical vintage one. I love vintage, especially the 1950s. The church ceremony was a solemn affair, which followed the traditional Chinese “gatecrashing” involving the groom and groomsmen trying to overcome “obstacles” prepared by the bridesmaids to enter the home of the bride. Dinner was held at a beautiful colonial house at the Botanic Gardens. 

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

Inspiration was gathered from many many different sources, some of them from the movie “Up” and most of them using recycled items and handmedowns from my family.

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

The corsages on the groomsmen’s vests; bridesmaids’ lace hairclips, ushers’ badges were all handmade. I love buttons and cheery colours. :) We also made a picture gallery with cheap frames sandpapered to give them a rugged look, vintage lace cloth as a table runner complete with old photographs of our past to give our guests a peek into what life was like before we met. I do a little bit of copywriting at work, so I came up with the table names – associated with our love life, the little signs at the photobooth and desserts table etc.

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

vintage singapore wedding

Wedding Vendors (Singapore): 

Ceremony Venue: Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Burkill Hall, Botanic Gardens / Photographers: Joseph from BitterSweet, Fengzhi from This is It! & Charity from Charity Goh Photography / Wedding Dresses & Veil: bespoke / Birdcage veil: custom made by Blessed Brides / Make-up & Hairstyling: Cleo Chang / Wedding Styling & Planning: Anna from Spellbound Weddings / Caterer: Kriston / Wedding Cakes: lovingly made by a friend / Wedding Stationery: lovingly designed by friends / Transportation:  Vintage Wedding Car / Photobooth: Baicapture

Timeless Beauty…

Fashion & Beauty

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One of the most exciting questions of the past few weeks has finally been answered, and we couldn’t be more pleased! Kate Middleton (or shall we say Duchess Catherine) chose Sarah Burton of fashion house Alexander McQueen to design her wedding gown, and we couldn’t help but see a parallel between Kate’s gown and Grace Kelly’s timeless lace wedding dress. Kate has brought modest simplicity back to bridal sophistication, from her simple tiara to her small posy lily of the valley bouquet. Classic brides, take note from these royal brides of times past:

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1956 Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco
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1937 Duke of Windsor to Wallis Simpson and on the right, 1978 Baroness Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz

royal wedding dress
1947 Princess Elizabeth

royal wedding dress
1963 Princess Alexandra; on the right, 1961 Duchess Katharine Worsley

royal wedding dress
1967 Queen Margarethe of Denmark

royal wedding dress
1976 Queen Silvia of Sweden; on the right, 1960 Princess Margaret
What did you guys think of Kate’s look and bouquet?

Vintage Ballroom Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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If the words British and wedding together weren’t enough to make my little heart skip a beat, imagine then when Chloe of Caught the Light sent over this wedding from across the pond. It was a special request by the bride who happens to be a long time Ruffled reader. Right then I knew her wedding dress was going to be an one of kind gem. And it sure was. Her vintage-inspired lace gown is just beyond words gorgeous, and so were her bridesmaids fifties-inspired frocks. Alex, the bride, hand drew her wedding invitations and recently opened up shop, called Dear So and So.

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridgevintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

Says the bride, Alex: We wanted to go for something quite vintage, but with a traditional glamorous edge… and a lot of DIY input. The colours we wanted running through everything were mustards, oranges, cream, pinks, reds and light blue… we wanted the colours to be quite clashing and autumnal.. Both of us being designers it was evident that we would do a lot of DIY projects. We bought loads of vintage crockery for the main meal and for a cake buffet, along with vintage tablecloths. We framed lots of family wedding photos in old frames we found in charity shops. I came up with the idea of our table plan being our wedding favors, so Chris’ mum made lots of jars of homemade jam, I bought the jars off the internet, and then wrote the names of all the guests on the lids, a ribbon tied around the lid had a tag which then stated what table number they were on.

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridgevintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

We bought a chalk board to write ‘Table Plan’ – I then wrote out all the place names on tags which were tied around the napkins which then had the cutlery tucked into and placed on a vintage plate, all miss-matched. I had little birds in the flower arrangement on the head table. I bought wooden table numbers and spray painted them yellow. I bought loads of crocheted doilies to put around the centre of the table where the number and the flower arrangement sat. We did all the flower arranging ourselves and I was there the night before doing all the flowers for the centre of the tables. I bought massive round balloons for the library room, all within the colour theme and made bunting to go across from one book shelf to the other. We had a little bucket with sparklers in by the back door so that people could go outside and use them, as it was near bonfire night. I also had lots of vintage bottles which I put little flowers in and had around the hall. We designed all our stationery, and I even designed the icing for our wedding cake!

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridgevintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridgevintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridgevintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it’s mind blowing how much wedding inspiration there is out there, magazines and blogs like these make it so easy to pick up ideas…I would say though to try and keep it relatively simple and personal to you…It is sometimes easy to run away with yourself and before you know it you have a wedding full of loads of ideas that other people have done, and nothing really personal to yourself…

vintage wedding in Anstey Hall Cambridge

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel
Recessional: Te Deum, Charpentier
First dance: Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Wedding Vendors (Cambridge, England):

Reception venue: Anstey Hall / Wedding Photographer: Chloe of Caught the Light / Tea Length Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Wedding shoes: Rachel Simpson / Headpiece: Accessorize / Makeup: Natalie Castro / Bridesmaid Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s suit: bespoke / Groomsmen’s suits: Topman / Flowers: done by bridal party / DJ: Bee’s Knees / Wedding invitations: Designed by bride / Transportation: Citroen DS

Vintage Australian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Nothing makes us happier than a well-done garden wedding, and that’s precisely what you’ll find with this vintage Australian affair. Particularly touching is the level of involvement between the bride and her grandmother, who helped with various elements of the day, from the wedding cake to the wedding invitations. Karalee of Angel-Smith Photography captured all of the wedding bliss just expertly, don’t you think?

vintage Australian garden wedding

From Karalee of Angel-Smith Photography: the wedding was held at Chateau Tanunda in the Barossa Valley (a wine region) in South Australia. Their names are Janaki and Rohan and have a love of good food and wine. They made their own wedding cake, Janaki’s grandmother did the icing flowers and also hand-stitched the reception stationery. Janaki has a really unique style and so the details were fairly fabulous. She also “modded” her dress from a shop-bought dress. They did a “first look” at Jacob’s Creek Retreat, also in the Barossa, as they didn’t have a lot of spare time after the ceremony.

vintage Australian garden wedding

vintage Australian garden wedding

From the bride, Janaki: we envisioned a wedding that reflected us and our personalities. We incorporated things into the wedding that were important to us (not because the wedding industry dictates a certain way or particular element). We wanted to celebrate the occasion with a fabulous party with all our friends and to have great wine, food and dancing! Flowers and a good photographer were also particularly important to us.

vintage Australian garden wedding

vintage Australian garden wedding

vintage Australian garden wedding

vintage Australian garden wedding

The bouquets and flowers on the table had a ‘just been picked’ look and were in coloured vintage looking vases of varying sizes and heights. The bouquets and flowers included deep burgundy, red, pale and hot pink and lime green seasonal flowers, roses, calla lilies, molluca balm, rice flower, berries and David Austin roses. We had lots of candles on the table to give a relaxed dinner party vibe and collected vintage crystal bowls and vases to put the candles in.

vintage Australian garden wedding

vintage Australian garden wedding

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: Air – All I Need
Recessional: Chaka Chan’ – Ain’t nobody
First Dance: David Bowie – Let’s dance

Wedding Vendors (South Australia):

Ceremony and reception location: Chateau Tanuda, Barossa Valley / Florist: Avril from Viva the Flower Store / Wedding Photographer: Karalee from Angel-Smith Photography / Wedding Dress: Nyphes Bridal / Wedding Make-up: Ali Stewart / Hair: Jess from Gritti Palace / Wedding Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Necklace: Sophie Kyron / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dresses from George / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Wedding Music: The Shizzle / Caterer: Owen Andrews Catering / Wedding cake: Made by bride and groom

Retro Whimsical Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This wedding, captured beautifully by photographer Ashley O’Dell, is just the burst of color we need on on a gray, fall morning. The couple, both librarians, have an excellent sense of how to channel color and their creativity into a beautiful and playful wedding for family and friends.

From the bride. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were invited to a party, rather than a serious or formal event. We tried to give things a DIY and retro feel without going overboard or getting too campy; since we both work in library settings we thought it would be cute to have a bookish feel to our seating cards and wedding favors. We picked a venue that was already heavily decorated and visually dynamic so we could keep to simple flowers and table linens. All in all, we think it was a success!

black and white portrait of bride in doorway
groom holding dog in arms

We wanted a location that would be near public transportation and other tourist attractions, but also close to our home. It was also important to us to find a venue that would allow us to host both the ceremony and reception. We also wanted our guests to remember our wedding fondly as a unique experience. Harvard Square fit the bill and we happened to dine at Upstairs on the Square early in our planning stages – we wondered if they hosted weddings and were thrilled to find that they did!

outside of Upstairs on the Square
laughing at the altar
pink orange and purple dining room

Upstairs on the Square is heavily decorated in pink, gold, and green with dark wood accents. We made our favors and the guest book the same green color to complement the pink, mirrored dining room and we chose pinks for our flowers. We used the same green color for our invitation envelopes but didn’t try to incorporate the same pinks or get too matchy.

bride portrait in front of window
party food on a plate

The hairpiece was created by my sister-in-law, Alissa, who created a fabric flower ranunculus out of ivory fabric, complete with a chandelier glass piece center, and russian netting and lace accents. I was inspired by vintage birdcage veils, but didn’t want a formal veil, so this was just perfect for me.

bright pink flowers on a pink table setting
card catalog seating assignments
pink rose bouquet

The seating cards were a very last-minute idea I had. They are loosely based on library catalog cards. Again, I have to thank my sister-in-law for making these a reality – she printed each card on her home printer! I came up with the format, and made up the call number convention and subject entries for each “author” (aka guest).

My mother-in-law and I gathered all the containers for my flowers from thrift stores (with a little help from Ebay).

pink and blue icing on top of cake
bride and groom portrait outside building

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Definitely look at blogs and real weddings to get ideas, but don’t feel like you have to incorporate every great idea into your wedding! It is easy to become overwhelmed with the details – so just pick a few things that are important to you. Also, DIY projects are fun and fulfilling but time consuming – so don’t be afraid to ask for help and give yourself plenty of time!

Wedding Vendors (Cambridge, MA):

Ceremony and Reception Location, Catering, Wedding Cake: Upstairs on the Square restaurant/ Florist: Bow Street Flowers (Somerville, MA)/ Photographer: Ashley O’Dell/ Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture’s “Beverlywood”/ Shoes: Steve Madden’s “Ulltra”/ Jewelry: pearl earrings from bride’s mother, vintage milk glass bag from groom’s mother/ Hairpiece: made by groom’s sister, Alissa/ Hair and Makeup: Lisette Murphy/ Groom’s suit: vintage from Bobby from Boston/ DJ: Angela Sawyer, Weirdo Records/ Invitations: Matt Smith

Vintage Indiana Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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You may remember this epic sixties engagement session inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon that I shared a few months ago. Megan of Megan W Photography also captured their wedding and I am ecstatic to share with you!

 
 
 
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sixties vintage wedding
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sixties vintage wedding
sixties vintage wedding

sixties vintage wedding

From Lora: Our style is eclectic, laid back, vintage, alternative. We had a dj spinning old funk and soul records, I wore a tea length Audrey Hepburn inspired 50’s wedding dress from a designer in LA, and the food is all Southern Indiana with an emphasis on local and organic; barbecue, corn on the cob, lemon poppyseed cake, Upland brew, etc. It’s nonstuffy and fun. We hope :)

Wedding Vendors (Bloomington, IN):

Venue: Deer Park Manor / Photographer: Megan of Megan W Photography / DJ: Seth Mahern of the Magnetic South recording studio / Flowers: made her mother and her mother’s best friend / Caterer: Lighthouse Lunchbox diner in Bloomfield, IN ((812) 384-4105)