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Mid-Century Mod Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Bright colors, a fun and festive setting, and a beautiful couple are what makes this wedding inspiration so great to look at. This San Francisco wedding event was inspired by the coolness of the mod 1960s and we can’t blame them! It was a lively time and everything was as vibrant and energetic as it could be. Don’t miss the eye-popping shades of aqua and orange, paired with some incredible details from florals to that retro wedding cake that looks almost too good to eat.

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Manali Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Manali Anne Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Kate’s Captures Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Manali Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Manali Anne Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Kate’s Captures Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Manali Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Manali Anne Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Rapp Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Rapp Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photos by Kate’s Captures Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Rapp Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Rapp Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photos by Rapp Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Manali Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Manali Anne Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photos by Kate’s Captures Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Rapp Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Rapp Photography

Retro Midcentury Wedding Inspiration - photo by Kate Captures http://ruffledblog.com/retro-midcentury-wedding-inspiration

Above photo by Kate’s Captures Photography

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Photography

Kate's Captures Photography, Manali Anne Photography, Rapp Photography

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General's Residence at Fort Mason Center

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Brigitte Bardot Inspired Bridal Brunch

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Jennifer Trahan

Brigitte Bardot has always been one of my style icons, so when this styled shoot landed in my inbox I had pretty high expectations. Fortunately, Jennifer Trahan and Mandy Forlenza Sticos didn’t disappoint, and pulled off an absolutely stunning styled bridal brunch inspired by the one-of-a-kind Bardot. We love this tablescape especially for a wedding shower!

Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

From the stylist, Mandy Forlenza Sticos: This is it: A sweet soirée filled with fresh flowers, brie, rosemary and fig toast, a little bubbly and a homemade cake topped with daisies, of course. The table is set casually with vintage mismatched gold rimmed china and cut amber glass goblets from Little Vintage Rentals. A linen napkin is loosely tied with lace ribbon, a feather and calligraphy name tags by Fleur de Letters. The flowers are from my favorite wholesaler, Blooms by the Box. The dramatic Free Spirit roses provide the perfect accent to delicate white lisianthus and yellow ranunculus. Seeded eucalyptus add a soft touch in mini vases paired with assorted brass candlesticks. Daisies, almost a signature of Bardot, are scattered about.

spring flower arrangements - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

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paper goods - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

simple wedding ideas - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

vintage reception decor - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

simple wedding cakes - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

vintage reception decor - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

brigitte bardot bride - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

vintage inspired receptions - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

Our model Suzanne evokes the naturalistic yet chic image of Brigitte in modern day bohemian clothing from Ruche. The signature black eyeliner and nude lip was used by Adriana Andaluz for most of the shoot and then a coral lip was used later to be paired with our vintage felt hat. Captured beautifully by photographer Jennifer Trahan, a true master of luminosity.

leafy flower arrangements - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

brunch wedding inspiration - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

calligraphy paper goods - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

vintage inspired receptions - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

brigitte bardot inspired wedding - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

simple wedding cakes - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

vintage inspired receptions - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch

Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch - photo by Jennifer Trahan http://ruffledblog.com/brigitte-bardot-inspired-bridal-brunch


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Shoot Location: New York City, NY / Photographer: Jennifer Trahan / Event Design, Styling and Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos / Flowers Supplied By: Blooms By The Box / Clothing: Ruche / Makeup: Adriana Andaluz / Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals / Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters / Model: Suzanne Kvilhaug

1960s Inspired Mod Shoot

Wedding Design

The 1960s had so much to offer the world, from messages of peace and love to shortened hemlines. One of our favorite 1960s moments was the “mod” movement, which brought forward tailored suits, the popularity of jazz and R&B music, and bright colors aplenty. Tuan H. Bui Photographer, Naturally Yours Events, and Fab Flora put together this styled shoot with the mod aesthetic in mind, and we’re wild about the result.

mod wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

From the event stylist, Naturally Yours Events: This shoot is inspired by the 1960s style of entertaining with small canapés and bright colors. We used vibrant orange and yellow in the flowers with accents of green in the foliage. The flowers were featured in a grouping of white modern vases, each with their own unique shape. Our florist, Fab Flora, made sure to use seasonal flowers by working with orange winter berries, yellow dahlias, and white anemones.

mod wedding invitations - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

metal table numbers - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

green yellow bouquet - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

white wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

yellow place setting - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

To complement these textured blooms, we used a layering effect with different pieces on the table. White linen was accented with a geometrical patterned runner, porcelain white plates sat atop textured wooden chargers, while green and blue glassware added in some color next to the mix-match of wooden and acrylic candle holders. One of my favorite elements in the shoot is the vintage mirror place cards and handmade table number. The venue, Firehouse Chicago, provide the perfect backdrop with white subway tiles and dark wooden doors. Because it was an old firehouse they even had lightly used furniture from the 1960’s in the basement, ready for our use. We incorporated the mod furniture into our craft cocktail lounge where FIG Catering whipped up some colorful old-fashioned drinks fit for entertaining.

mod wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

spring wedding flowers - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

mod wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

mod wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

colorful centerpieces - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

They didn’t stop there — FIG Catering took classic 1960s canapés, like egg salad and pigs in a blanket, and presented them on vintage platters from Nimble Well. Their sweets table featured delicious small bites of grandma’s classic sweets like, pineapple upside down cake and lemon meringue. We added more of a mix-match layered look with different textured platters in wood, porcelain, and acrylic. The cake from Elysia Root Cakes, featured a square shape, smooth texture, with a pop of color and pattern. The pattern seen on the cake was incorporated throughout our stationery elements designed by Spilled Ink Press. That same pattern was carried over with the sweets table backdrop where we repurposed embroidery rounds painted royal blue and chicken wire as an architectural piece to hang floral elements from.

sixties wedding inspiration - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

unique wedding backdrop - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

green yellow flowers - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

mod wedding ideas - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

The whole shoot was perfectly brought together by Tuan H. Bui’s photographs. He capture the drama and excitement of the 1960’s style of entertaining and of our stylish models. Our bride wore a true 1960’s beaded dress with white gloves. Her makeup and hair, done by Debra Petrielli, captured the times perfectly. Our groom drew his inspiration from the Beatles with the skinny a pant and bright blue suite coat. His look was perfectly finished with a yellow patterned tie.

sixties inspired wedding - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

decorated wedding cake - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

yellow wedding cake - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/

sixties wedding inspiration - photo by Tuan H Bui Photographer http://ruffledblog.com/1960s-inspired-mod-shoot/


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Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer / Event Planner: Naturally Yours Events / Florist: Fab Flora / Venue: Firehouse Chicago / Wedding Dress: Powdervtg / Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli / Savory Canapés, Sweets, and Cocktails: FIG Catering / Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes / Table Rentals: Tablescapes / Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen / Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well / Stationery: Spilled Ink Press / Models: Jena Nixon of Gold Noise DJs and Neil Cummins

50s Brooklyn Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

I can admit it: I have a bit of a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel. From “500 Days of Summer” to She & Him to the New Girl, I never tire of her cute and quirky retro style. So naturally, when I heard Jessica Schmitt Photography and ever swoon wanted to construct a styled shoot with Zooey in mind, I couldn’t wait to see the result. Not only that, but these images are also filled to the brim with great ideas to throw a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or a small wedding.

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From the photographer, Jessica Schmitt: Our photo shoot was inspired by Zooey Deschanel and her playfully pretty style with a retro 50’s flair. The project united a team of wedding vendors that were emphatic about bringing together fresh and free spirited styles to give brides original and off-beat ideas for their own special day. The challenge: How to make an “adorkable” wedding chic, pretty and a little kooky!


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string art table numbers

Starting with a lively color palette of hot pink and turquoise with dashes of gold, soft pink, and tangerine and mixing in a common graphic motif of polka dots we created a visual theme that carries through all the elements of a quirky, cool wedding day. This thread was carried through the style of the dress with its muted pink dot appliqués all the way to the homemade coconut crusted snowballs. Other retro desserts surround a polka-dotted cake studded with sweet tarts. Edible shot glasses hold His & Hers cocktails. Home sewn garland and mesh pinwheels dangle over tables. Circular notecards for guests to hang transforms a blank wall into a decorative element. Bright bunches of vibrant flowers in lemon yellow and magenta create big balls of fluffy bouquets.


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pinwheel backdrop

The invitation, printed on canvas and mounted on wood, evokes a throwback flair with line art silhouettes of the bride and groom that carry throughout all the paper goods. Colonie, a quaint restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, provided the perfect canvas for all the vivid decor, desserts, and sparkling bridal accessories. With its exposed brick walls, deep wood hues, original paned windows, and metal topped bar the venue conveys a personality that is vintage and friendly, but familiar in modern-day Brooklyn. Just like Zooey!


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Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography / Shoot Venue: Colonie / Event Coordinator and Stylist: ever swoon / Wedding Flowers: G! Designs / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Jewelry: I Do Jour / Makeup: Face the Day NY / Desserts and Styling: Alison Dulaney / Cups: Loliware / Wedding Invitations: Shindig Invites / Videographer: Love + Brain Films / Model: Alessandra Perez-Rubio

Retro Australian Elopement Ideas

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Stewart Leishman

As soon as we saw the story Juli of One Sweet Girl cooked up of a retro bride and groom who recognized from their own wedding, we knew it was going to be something pretty sweet — and images from Stewart Leishman are always a treat. Toss in a farmer who comes to the rescue, some strawberry cake, and a beyond incredible bouquet from The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and we’re sure to swoon.

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From the event designer, Juli of One Sweet Girl: This project came about from a few inspiration points – the ‘family’ car (a restored ’66 Chevy) – a chance discussion about my idea with the photographer whilst on another project together – and a plan with my friend Virginia (the florist on this project) about yet another idea involving strawberries… and so this particular story came to life.


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Tina and Shainne are ‘goin to the chapel’ to get hitched… only they break down while taking a shortcut down a country lane. Whilst Shainne tries to repair the car, Tina indulges in some wedding cake (of course, what else is a bride to do but have her cake and eat it?!), and tries to wait patiently for them to be on their way… but fate intervenes in the form of a local farmer, who marries them in a field, then sees them on their way to married life with a bouquet toss out the car window.


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Shoot Location: Pakenham, Victoria / Shoot Concept, Styling, Props, Desserts, and Vehicle: Juli Stertern-Gill of One Sweet Girl / Photographer: S Leishman Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Shoot Venue: Private Farm / Models: Tina and Shainne

Rock ‘n Roll Festival Inspired Wedding

DIY Weddings

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The theme for this wedding from Tiffany Arment is one of my absolute favorites — “rock n roll festival.” With a wedding playlist to envy and reception tables marked by vinyl albums from rock music history, this day is filled with details perfectly tailored to the couple.

newlyweds in the grass

From the bride, Jacki: We just wanted a wonderfully laid back, HAPPY day filled with our friends, family, natural rustic surroundings, great music, yummy food and a whole lotta LOVE. With my creative friends and family, I knew that the rest of it would come together beautifully.


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The theme was ‘Rock ‘n Roll Festival’. We both love music so much — it is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect that. Every song was hand-picked for each part of the day to create a specific nostalgic and happy feeling.

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bride and groom celebrating

We were getting married in a barn. I didn’t want to fight its natural beauty, so we went with a natural color scheme — cream, tan, brown, green and blue. Practically the whole wedding was DIY. I designed and made my own invitations, favors (jam jars and CDs), name cards and programs, the table ‘numbers’ came from our own vinyl collection, my Dad made our rings, one of my best friends made my gown, my best friend and maid of honor (who introduced us) got ordained to marry us and wrote our ceremony… it was truly a group effort!


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mini jam jarsgreen napkin place settings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take it easy and have fun with it! Remember that it’s the marriage that matters most… this is just one day out of the rest of your married life. Things are going to go wrong, and other unexpected things are going to go sooooooooo right that they make up for it! Stop worrying so much because you can’t control it all! In the end, it is going to be the most wonderful day of your life… you got to MARRY him! How lucky are YOU?


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Wedding Music:
Family’s Processional: “Ooh Lala,” The Faces
Bridal Party Processional: “A Little Help From my Friends,” Joe Cocker
Recessional: “Not Fade Away,” The Rolling Stones
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “Teach Your Children,” Crosby Stills Nash and Yong
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Germantown, NY / Wedding Photographer: Tiffany Arment / Wedding Venue: Apple Barn Farm / Event Coordinators: Kerri & Mary Beth Boruta, at Apple Barn Farm / Bouquets: Rosery Flower Shop / Wedding Dress: handmade and designed specifically by best friend Sandra Usherov / Shoes: already owned / Jewelry: “something borrowed” / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: bride asked to pick any black dress they wanted, from different sources / Groom’s suit: white shirts, black skinny ties, black pants and either a black vest or suspenders with converse all-stars, the best man wore red ones to match the MOH / Music: Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music / Caterer: Barbara Goldstein. She made BBQ with all organic, local ingredients, both traditional and vegan. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, brisket, the works! / Dessert: array of ‘rock n’ roll’ cupcakes, also by Barbara Goldstein / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, paper goods from Paper Presentation / Transportation: Old school buses, arranged by Apple Barn Farm

Retro Flight Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Those of us at Ruffled have a sort of fascination with the nostalgia of flying in the 1960s — think flying glamorously on Panam and TWA. Photographer Olivia Gird worked with Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs to put together an inspiration shoot stylized around this glamorous era, with pops of sparkly tones for some extra eye candy. We adore the bride’s bright jade silk jacket and her precious pillbox hat, the blue print poster of the couple!


retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

From the photographer, Olivia Gird: In the heyday of air travel, early 1960s, it was an event to fly. It was glamorous with hats and white gloves. Every little piece was special. This stylized shoot was inspired by a touch of 1960’s-era glamour (think Mad Men). In the early springtime I think it’s important to give inspiration to the bride with an out-of-the-box venue, options to wear over her gown and some ways to stay seasonal with decor. DIY mini sky painting favor/escort cards and a hand drawn custom “blueprint” (by a local artist) of the couple give this shoot personal flair!


retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography

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retro aviation inspired wedding shoot from olivia gird photography


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Wedding Vendors (North Kingstown, RI):

Venue Location: Quonset Air Museum / Wedding Photographer: Olivia Gird / Event Design: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs / Wedding Flowers: Sunderland’s Studio / Wedding Invitations: Admire Design / Illustration: Ellen T. Crenshaw / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye from Everthine Bridal Boutique / Fashion and Styling: Everthine Bridal Boutique / Makeup Artist and Hair: Sara Faella / Wedding Cake: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes / DJ: Victor Events / Cinema and Video: Wedding Stories / Feather Hair Accessory: Sara Faella / Models: Stacie Waleyko and Tim Walsh

60s Mad Men Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

We’re greeting our mid-week bestie Wedding Wednesday with a darling shoot by Lilia Photography, designed by Savage Rose with paper goods by note•ify. This sixties inspired shoot with pink and gold has all the little details we crave and can easily be incorporated into a real wedding flawlessly. Be sure to check out the gallery for more images. Also a DIY project is coming your way soon, so be sure to be back soon!

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Lilia Photography, designed by Savage Rose with paper goods by note•ify. This sixties inspired shoot with pink and gold has all the little details we crave and can easily be incorporated into a real wedding flawlessly. Be sure to check out the View all images in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Sonoma, CA):

Reception Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma / Photographer: Lilia Photography / Hair Stylist: Jaclyn Jean Hair and Makeup / Floral Designer: Savage Rose / Invitation Designer: note•ify / Linens and Coverings: Classic Party Rentals / Jewelry: One World Designs Bridal Jewelry

Sixties Modern Wedding Flowers

Wedding Design

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Continuing with our sixties, bohemiam flower child inspiration, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with yet another utterly gorgeous flower arrangement. She blended a sixties bohemian feel with a modern and fresh aesthetic combining Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox. Thank you Yan Photography for the amazing bouquet photos!

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Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

From Sarah: One of my favorite late summer flowers is coneflower, you might know it as Echinacea. It comes in a few different varieties. In this particular shape we get a cream, orange, and a really pretty nutty pink; the pink is my favorite. The center of the flowers stick above the petals making it a bit more interesting than a regular daisy shape, and the natural color combinations are gorgeous. The rust colored centers in the pink variety are sometimes used on their own too, after the petals have fallen.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Coneflower look great in garden type arrangements, they have a nice shape to contrast with other softer looking flowers. I think they have sort of a 60’s flower power vibe to them, and that is where my inspiration for these arrangements came from. I tried to keep the 60’s inspiration subtle so that this design and color palette can be used in a lot of different settings. The hot pink and lime green with hints of orange and purple speaks loudly enough for itself, but I think pairing it with bits of floral patterns would be fun. I see bouquets like this paired with some solid color long maxi skirts or pretty party dress silhouettes for the bridesmaids, and some floral bow ties for the men.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Neutral containers and for the dinner table with these bright colors would give you some room for fun with your napkins, I see a vintage ditsy floral print napkin being pretty with these.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

The flowers used in these arrangements are: Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox.

Credits: Forage Bow Ties; Yan Photography; Amy Butler; Elizabeth Messina

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Vintage Sixties LA Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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We’re kicking off the week with a charming and witty vintage wedding captured by Melissa of Fresh In Love Photography. Emily’s vintage wedding dress, veil and makeup evokes her perfectly adorable bridal Twiggy from the 1960s. The groom, James, designed their wedding stationery, from posters to invitations. If you think that was plenty of cute for a wedding, check out their pooch Oliver as the ring bearer. It may or may not have stolen the show.

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James and I have known each other for 14 years, and although anyone close to us could have told you that we were a perfect match, it took 11 years for us to finally go from “just friends” to “couple”. James is originally from Tokyo and moved back for five years to go to art school. We always kept in touch, though, and it didn’t take too long after he moved back to the States for us to finally get together. The wait was worth it. We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed, warm, personal affair. We really wanted it to reflect our personalities and feel like a big party. We found the venue first and let the style go from there. We chose Los Angeles because we both love the city (I’m a born and raised Angeleno) and for a while we lived not far from the venue.

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sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

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Things really came together after James designed the invitations. I have a pretty crafty family and spent a few days with some great ladies making the decorations. My mother had a giant basket of vintage lace she inherited from my late great aunt, and the pieces became a unifying design element. Our invites and the sign in board were inspired by our habit of leaving little drawings and notes on post-its for each other. Anyone who has been to our place has seen them randomly stuck all over the place. We didn’t have a bridal party, but we asked my brother to walk our dog down the aisle and stand up there for us. The photo booth was something we really wanted as well, we knew that we would get some great shots of friends and family, and it added a bit of fun to the reception.

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sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

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sixties vintage wedding veil short wedding dress huron station

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My advice for brides is to start small and let the inspiration go from there. Pick a fabric or one design element you really want to incorporate and things will blossom. Ask for help! People like to help and often have great ideas. I thought I could manage the whole thing but no one can. We didn’t get an event planner, but we did have someone coordinating the day, which was a tremendous help. You really won’t have time to oversee it all on the day of. Take time to pick the right venue, finding somewhere you really love makes all the difference. Pick a photographer whose work you love, too. The big day is such a blur that you won’t have time to really appreciate all the little details you worked so hard on, and seeing wonderful pictures after the fact feels amazing! Above all else, stay true to yourself and your idea of the perfect day. You will feel overwhelmed and stressed and worried but just remember that nothing that can go wrong can ruin the most important part, you are in love and getting married to someone who loves you! OH – and have fun!

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, California):

Wedding Venue: Huron Substation / Site Management: TACT Event Management / Valet: Jeffrey Valet / Rental: Party Unlimited / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Caterer: Gus’s Barbecue / Vegetarian Catering: Auntie Em’s Kitchen / Bride’s Dress and Hat: Made by Mother of the Bride / Groom’s Suit: Thick as Thieves / Wedding Photographer: Fresh In Love Photography / Officiant: LA Wedding Woman / Vintage vases: eBay / Fabrics: Warm Biscuit Bedding Company / Invites: Designed by groom, printed at Indie Printing / Flowers: Purchased at L.A. Flower Mart, arranged by Aunt of Bride / Wedding Favors: Botanical Paperworks / Wedding dress: vintage / Makeup: Jayme Kavanaugh

Fresh In Love Photography is a member of Blue Label.

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

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1947 Princess Elizabeth

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

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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?

Sixties Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Design Inspiration

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For most wedding connoisseurs, the word “theme” has become the target of contemptuousness. Some are inclined to go slightly overboard, and the result leaves little to the imagination. When we opened our inbox to find Rebecca Hansen‘s St. Patrick’s Day-inspired photoshoot, our preconceptions were blown out of the water. Rebecca was able to take one of my favorite color combinations for wedding bouquets, green and white, and turn it into a jaw-dropping, ever-so-sweet wedding shoot. Don’t miss the gallery here!

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From the event stylist, Rebecca: This is a styled wedding shoot I’ve been working on for a little while. The idea behind it is that you can have a theme wedding without being tacky and going overboard, the theme here being a St. Patrick’s Day wedding. I wanted to use lots of green and white with gold accents. I love the look and feel of paper so I wanted to incorporate that as well. I think it turned out looking really airy and fresh and not themey at all! I love it. The bride’s dress is a vintage 60’s dress that is just adorable. Almost all the tableware is vintage from etsy.

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I’ve been trying to do a lot more work for myself this year. Things to help me grow as a photographer and wedding professional. I got the idea for this shoot when I saw a gorgeous, but simple green and white bouquet on another photographer’s blog. I really love the green and white color combo. It’s really versatile and fresh. You can use green and white for winter, spring, summer. I wanted to do a theme but not make it look to themey and blatantly St. Patrick’s. I started getting lots of green and white items but felt like it needed a little extra pop to help it catch peoples’ eyes and make it feel a little warmer, so I went with gold.

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I really love hands on projects so I did most of the preparation myself. I made paper chains for the “photobooth” area over a few days. It didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped but that’s ok, that happens. I made the 4 layer cake and covered it with paper leaves I had cut out from a thicker watercolor paper, with a stencil. It was just a mix, with raspberries and buttercream frosting (it was really good!).

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I used etsy as a major resource for finding a lot of the items used. I would encourage brides to look there for any vintage or handmade items the might need for their weddings.

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I met the florist Becca Olcott a few weeks ago in boston and she is a dream. I showed her what I had for the shoot and just told her “lots of green and white” and she got it just perfect! She was really fun to work with and so adorable.

green white vintage wedding

Kirsten Bingham is one of my best friends and designed the paper pieces for the shoot. I didn’t have to give her any direction other than green, white, modern. She does amazing work, and she knows me so well that I knew she would do it just perfectly. The models, Casey and Troy, are some of our good friends here in Boston and they’re great photographers as well. They were good sports to put up with all of my shenanigans and go to the beach in the cold.

green white vintage wedding

Rebecca Hansen‘s St. Patrick’s Day-inspired photoshoot, our preconceptions were blown out of the water. Rebecca was able to take one of my favorite color combinations for wedding bouquets, green and white, and turn it into a jaw-dropping, ever-so-sweet wedding shoot. Don’t miss View all photos here

Wedding Vendors (Boston, MA):

Venue: Hamel Mill Lofts, and Salisbury Beach / Invites, Menus, Placecards: EvaPaul Design Hair/Makeup: Kristen Strassel / Styling and concept: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Photography: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Floral: Petal Floral Design / Models: Casey and Troy Harrison / Tablecloth, Dishes, Glassware: Etsy / Ring: Westergard / Boutonniere: Wildfloret / Wedding Dress: Go Go Vintage Wedding Shoes: Old Navy / Paper Flowers: Luna Bazaar

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

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)

Laidback Cali Wedding

Real Weddings, Whimsical Weddings

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Nicky and Gideon had a very hippie-chic wedding with Jane Austen flair and the result was a fun time with a laidback vibe true to a California wedding! Big thanks to Aaron Shintaku for sending this gem our way. We’re la la loving the ethereal look of Nicky’s dress!

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From the bride: We wanted something completely unique and ethereal. Lots of trees, a sense of being in another time and place entirely. Like a fairytale or a myth. We wanted a great amount of attention to detail, and the feeling of complete peace and nature all around. We aimed for a natural/organic style mixed with a strong sense of the past….everything from the 60’s to the 1800’s, to the time of King Arthur!
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Our colors were grey blue, sage green, and antique wheat. All of our lace tablecloth overlays were borrowed; many were quite old. My father attached cream colored, artfully cut out paper to each tablecloth with a ribbon that matched our wedding colors. My father hand-labled them each by writing to whom they belonged and the lender’s relationship to the bride!

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The MOST important thing you can do to preserve your sanity is to keep a proper perspective! Remember why it is you’re getting married in the first place, and when things become more stressful than you feel you can handle, recall that at the end of the day, you will be married to your best friend in the world. What could be more precious and valuable than that?

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Wedding Vendors (Huntington Beach, CA):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Red Horse Barn / Wedding planner: Jenny Jackson (949) 584-4181 / Florist: Karen from Blooms / Photographer: Aaron Shintaku / Wedding Dress: Ebay, no designer – bride’s friend Mikelle added details and designed and crafted bride’s headpiece and earrings, no shoes / Hair: Van Lam / Makeup: Sarah Joubert / Bridesmaid Dresses: Poplar Branch Dress by Maeve from Anthropologie / Bridesmaid earrings: designed by bride and made by bride’s cousin. / Groom’s suit: English Laundry shirt and suit by Believe / DJ: Teena Shoobs from Fly By Night (714) 698-8250 / Caterer: Tutto Famiglia (Chef Noel) / Wedding Cake: Tutto Famiglia / Wedding invitations: Alison Guidry from Threehouse design studio

Sixties Engagement Shoot

Engagement Sessions

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A John Lennon and Yoko Ono inspired engagement session, what else could I ask for? This 1960s inspired shoot styled by April Foster of April Foster Events is a feast to my eyes. From April: “Lora and Mike are both in theater. Their quirky sense of style combined with their fun personalities made this engagement session both unique and incredibly fun. Prior to the shoot, I got to know Lora and Mike a little better. I found out the following: they both love theater, music, celebrities from the 60s and 70s, the outdoors, and anything a little different. The day of the shoot, Lora, Mike and I stopped at Goodwill to pick out some additional outfits. We loaded up the car with the props I picked out earlier in the week at various shops. We were headed to a great sunflower patch but had to make one stop first – to get a shot of Lora and Mike in a bathtub.”

Shot by Megan W Photography (whose work you may remember from this equally gorgeous Ice Cream Parlor Session I posted last year). Big thanks to April and Megan for sharing this shoot with us!

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Freewhelin' Wedding Posters

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Happy Monday! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Memorial Day if you’re in the U.S. I promised I’d be back tomorrow, but couldn’t wait to share these wedding invitations inspired by Bob Dylan’s first album, The Freewheelin’ in 1963. Barb and Josh had their engagement session inspired by the cover, and how did Josh propose to Barb – singing one of Bob Dylan’s songs of course!

From Maia of Toast Photography:
The whole theme of their engagement session was around Bob Dylan, specifically The Freewheelin’ cover. Bob Dylan and Suze had a dynamic relationship, as is the case of Josh and Barb. He proposed to her on thanksgiving, surrounded by their “family”; aka, friends, and as the circle was coming around on all friends discussing what they are thankful for, Josh started reciting a song from Bob Dylan before getting down on his knees and proposing to Barb, that she was what made me love this song out of them all. They truly are an amazing couple, and you can see it in the photographs. The concept of the engagement photo were on two specific concepts, Bob Dylan and the late nights they spent at cafe’s getting to know one another when they first started dating. The Freewheelin’ photoshoot came together brilliantly from their wardrobe, the album cover itself, and the random found blue VW bus I saw in the location we were shooting. The owner was kind enough to unlock the car to let us shoot in!

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Bob Dylan Freewhelin Vinyl Cover wedding invitations
Bob Dylan Freewhelin Vinyl Cover wedding invitations

Wedding invitations designed by Chad Pickett. Maia of Toast Photography are based in Chicago but will travel worldwide.

Callie + Jay’s 1960s Woodland Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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I love when brides submit their own weddings! Callie emailed me last week sharing a bit of her vintage wedding, with a 60s inspired “woodland” theme and a vintage dress to drool over. A vintage wedding dress worn by Twiggy? Yes, please! Let’s dive in to this super mod wedding fete.

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1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress
1960s Woodland Vintage Wedding mod wedding dress

From the bride, Callie:
We got married last November, in a cozy historic lodge in Berkeley, California. We fell in love with the lodge the moment we walked in. With wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and located in the middle of the secluded Berkeley Hills, part of the East Bay National Park District, we new it would be ideal for our 1960’s woodland themed wedding. And it was indeed super cozy and intimate. We had about 75 of our closest friends and family attend an extremely short ceremony lasting just over five minutes and officiated by my husband’s favorite cousin followed by a vegetarian supper paired with delicious wines from my hometown of Santa Ynez, CA (made famous by the film Sideways), backed by 1960’s folk and rock soundtrack (think Neil Young, Love, and the Zombies) spun by my two girlfriends who I used to DJ with back in my early 20’s. We walked down the aisle to 13 by Big Star and walked away to La la la love you by the Pixies.

Her story is so good, I didn’t have the hear to edit shorter. It’s that worth it! Read more

Katie + Josh's Eco Chic Wedding

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Love eco-friendly weddings, probably just as much as I love vintage weddings! Their 60’s psychedelic styled invitations and vinyl record save-the-date “cards” (!) set the tone for Katie and Josh’s modern chic affair. Katie’s dress is one of my favorite wedding gowns ever…it’s the Scarlet by Monique Lhuillier. Shot by the talented Annie McElwain.

Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Katie’s advice to those who planning their weddings:

My first piece of advice for new brides would be to figure out what you and your future husband love and marry those idea’s. My greatest achievement with planning our wedding was that I was able to incorporate my loves, his loves, and our loves.

Secondly, when looking for a dress try to only bring one other person that knows you well or go alone. The dress you wear should be the dress you pick and love, not what other people say looks best. After you’ve decided on one, then bring whomever you’d like to see it. Of course everyone is different, but that’s what worked best for me and ultimately with friends of mine that were recently married.

Thirdly, try to have fun! Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful, just ask for help where you need it. And lastly, trust your instincts. You know you and your fiance best. My wedding was also 80% Eco Friendly. If you are looking to have a “green” wedding, it can be done without compromising your style.

Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding

Wedding Planner: Camilla Ghedini / Florist: Gilly’s Flowers / Photography: Annie McElwain / Caterer: Eco-Caters / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca DuMoulin (brooklynhair@gmail.com) / Rabbi: Rabbi Jay Levi / DJ: Howie Pyro (googoomuck13@gmail.com): Video DJ: Chris Holmes (ashtarchris@hotmail.com) / Venue: The Smog Shoppe / Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals Invitations, Save the Dates, Place Cards, and Table Numbers: Michael Kendrick (if anyone should ask for his info, please let Katie know in the comment section) / Cake: The Cake Diva’s (organic, gluten free, sugar free) / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Lanvin / Groom’s Suit: J. Lindeberg / Shoes: Barney’s New York / Bridemaids Dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg

Erica + Collin’s 60s Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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I stumbled upon Jacob Pritchard‘s work the other day and had to share this quirky 60s wedding that I saw on his blog. Erica, the bride, shares all the tidbits about her wedding day:

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Collin and I made the CD – the picture is the same one we used on the front of our wedding invitation, which we designed and had printed at a postcard place. We’re both sci-fi dorks and I use sci fi costumes and plotlines a lot in my artwork. The songs are all songs that Collin and I have made together or separately over the course of the probably 15 years or so that we’ve been making music.
1960's Vintage Wedding
1960's Vintage Wedding
Their wedding rings had each others’ fingerprints on the outsides.
1960's Vintage Wedding

I wear a lot of 60s/70s/80s clothes but was definitely feeling more of a 60s vibe at the time and thought that would be a good visual theme to the way we looked. I thought I would try on a million different wedding dresses, but I saw that one online and just bought it, and that was that. I had it tailored by this awesome woman Ann Hamilton, who specializes in vintage wedding dresses. She was excited that I was keeping the dress’s poofy arms (one of my fave features on a dress), as most of her clients have her remove the arms from their dresses. She took out the lining of the arms and also replaced the lining of the entire dress, which was this really stiff kinda cheap fabric that made a swishy noise when I moved in it. I also retooled my mom’s veil, replacing the lace and tool, and that felt kind of nice.

1960's Vintage Wedding
1960's Vintage Wedding

Cupcakes – we asked some friends and family to contribute one dozen cupcakes each of their choice. We did still have a small cake to cut – it was one that my mother made – my favorite recipe of all time. And we had a few dozen cupcakes made from the same recipe. so the end result was a nice assortment of different familiar flavors in a handy pre-portioned size. No plates needed!
1960's Vintage Wedding
1960's Vintage Wedding
I’m usually a natural light kind of girl, but I’m loving the use of flash on these photos:
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For the dresses for the bridesmaids, we went shopping one afternoon at a few vintage/thrift stores I knew carried a lot of 60s/70s clothing and each of them got a dress within a 60sish palette I was looking to use. I tried to convince Collin to wear a wacky/hokey 1960s or 1970s suit but he preferred to rock a more sophisticated modern look. We had a hard time figuring out what to do with the guys, but ended up finding them shirts (at Express) that more or less matched the ladies’ dresses.

1960's Vintage Wedding
1960's Vintage Wedding
1960's Vintage Wedding

As for other stuff relating to the aesthetic – I designed some fabric that we used for the backdrop for our photos at the hotel. I had it printed at spoonflower.com. For centerpieces, we planted various plants in milk glass containers that we collected at various thrift stores and tag sales over the course of the summer – 3 per table. We found some really cool and unique pieces, and people seemed to enjoy bringing those home. Each group of 3 sat on a square of the fabric that I made. We also hung some big white lanterns in the barn to lighten up the space, though the barn itself did have a very excellent warm and homey rustic vibe to it. I also tried to aim for a bouquet that was sort of sixties-esque in that it had a cascade. We also had these cool floral bracelets for the ladies which were a nice touch on the florist’s part.

The band – Collin’s family is very musical – his dad has playing guitar for most of his life, his brother Scott is an awesome drummer, and his brother Kyle played guitar back in the day and picked it back up again for them to play at Scott’s wedding in April 0f 08. Collin makes music and has been in a band and plays the guitar and bass. I sing and make music, and my mom sings in the Hartford Chorale. My dad is a huge music lover and got me interested in a lot of music when I was younger. He bought Nirvana’s Nevermind before me – I think that helps to put it in perspective. Anyway…Collin’s family plays together and my family really doesn’t, so I thought it would be cool to join forces and make a supergroup of members from both sides. I sang on most songs and was joined by Collin, his dad Mel, my mom Elaine and my aunt Missy, who’s also a singer and musician. My dad also sang and played keyboard on Whip It (one of his karaoke faves). We were only able to practice twice but it was great fun and I think we did an awesome job.

This is my favorite part of their wedding story:

Also there is a cool story about our engagement. I wish we could just send you a video clip from the ceremony but we haven’t actually digitized it yet. I’ll just briefly go over what we did. My friend Sarah married us, and we worked with her to develop the ceremony and vows. We more or less wrote our vows the night before, which was kinda stressful, but worked out fine. For the readings, we had friends read poems and song lyrics that we wrote over time about each other, and we also had them talk about and demonstrate the Proposal Box, which Collin used to propose to me. He works with electronics and designed this cute little box to ask me to marry him. There was a “yes” and a “no” button and some LEDs. When the YES button was pushed, the Beatles “The End” started playing – right at the part where it goes “OH YEAH! ALRIGHT!!!” We’ll have to put up a video of that in the near future!

Wedding Vendors: (Wethersfield, Connecticut)

Venue: Webb Barn
Photography: Jacob Pritchard
Florist: Gordon Bonetti
Vintage wedding dress: Vintage Wedding
Vintage Dress alterations: Ann Hamilton (NYC)

Dory + Chris’s Mad Men Elopement in New York

Real Weddings

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This couple is straight out of Mad Men! You can imagine my excitement when talented NYC photographer Jen Huang sent this courthouse wedding my way. They not only have amazing style, but also eloped in New York City! Dory wore a teal dress from French Connection, a vintage fur cape and made her own feather fascinator. Chris wore a 1960’s gray plaid suit and a black striped tie.

Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography
Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography
Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography
Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography
Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography
Vintage 1960's 50's Mad Men New York City Elopement at City Hall by Jen Huang Photography

Zola + Derick’s Sixties Wedding, Part Deux

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Continuing with part II Zola + Derick’s dreamy vintage wedding by Feather Love Photography.

The couple placed photos of themselves from when they were children and photos of their parents on a wall for the photobooth. The vintage yellow fabric just brings more energy to such fun photos!
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70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
The Twiggy bridesmaid dresses are so sweet!
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70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
And their sweet ride…a fire red 57 Chevy with its glorious fins!
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding

Check out part I of this vintage-tastic indie wedding here. Big thanks to Noa for sharing this wedding with me!

The most amazing vintage wedding!

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Fresh from the oven… The fabulous Noa from Feather Love Photography just sent me these and I just couldn’t wait til tomorrow to share and you will know why when you see how fantastic this vintage retro wedding is! Their ceremony took place at the Marston House and reception was at Redwood Circle, both in San Diego.

Zola found her vintage wedding dress on Etsy and the bridesmaids wore a mod 60’s inspired yellow dresses. Let’s start with part one of two:

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70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding dress
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
 Vintage Handmade Terrarium Wedding Centerpiece
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding
70's Vintage retro indie wedding

Christine + Charles’s Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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I had the chance to meet Christine, Charles and Abdi from 3 Photographers at the B-list meet up event and see their work. After a few minutes Christine told me she was a bride herself this past October and I could just picture a vintage modern wedding as we talked about vintage gowns. Her wedding was photographed by the another member of 3 Photographers, Abdi.

Wedding Photographer Christine from 3 Photographers gets married

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Wedding Photographer Christine from 3 Photographers gets married

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