When I think of elegance, the image that pops up in my head is almost a complete replica of this shoot from Les Amis Photo and Fluida Design. Photographed in Florence, this inspiration is full of rich floral design, vintage clothing, and of course the unbeatable scenery of Italy. We also can’t wait to replicate the flowers and greenery intertwined in the candelabras for our next event!
From the photographers, Les Amis Photo: A private event in an old villa in the center of Florence; the model was wearing with the vintage clothing brand Princesse Florence, who also dressed Lady D. The floral arrangements were baroque, lavish vases, bright colors, regal clothes. There was the scent of a Luxury Florence with a romantic and melancholic taste.
Today’s styled shoot is the result of mixing a bit of vintage, a dash of modern, and a hint of glam into one truly stylish event. Joey T Photography, Two Be Wed, and Oui Floral pooled their collective talents to highlight masculine vs feminine elements — IE, the angular lines typical of Art Deco contrasted against the bride’s tulle skirt and lush, tall centerpieces. Love!
From the event designers, Two Be Wed: Inspired by The Astorian’s sleek industrial architecture and art deco touches, we set out to create an inspiration shoot that captured a modern and luxurious feel. One of our absolute favorite touches that really set the tone for the design, was the dress provided by Now and Forever Bridal Boutique. We knew as soon as we saw it, that this Hayley Paige dress was meant for what we were designing. The structure and design of the bodice, along with the flowing pleated skirt was the perfect combination of masculine and feminine. This carried over to our invitation suite provided by Bering’s Hardware. The lines on the stationery reflected the lines of the dress, and how could we resist the suite which was appropriately named “Gatsby.”
The amazing floral arrangements for the shoot were put together by Oui Floral. The designs included unusual and textural pieces that created a modern and architectural feel. The mirror and metal containers highlighted the industrial aspects of the venue. We also designed the table to be minimal and symmetrical, to where there would be nothing between you and the guest across from you, creating the ideal flow for conversation. This could be easily recreated on any long reception table. The most unique floral design was the groom’s boutonniere – nothing says like masculine like wrapped in metal.
A key element in the overall table designed was the hand selected, mix-matched china. We mixed two patterns from Bering’s, Robert Haviland Syracuse Taupe and Jaune de Chrome. While the Robert Haviland pieces provided an art deco inspired pattern, the Jaune de Chrome pattern was the perfect choice for a more masculine and industrial feel. This unique pattern is created by a special technique that combines rich, metallic glazes with refined colors. We had Sugary and Chic replicate this pattern onto the cake with an unusual shape to highlight the modern design and unique structure of the space.
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This right here is a wedding after our own hearts. Andrea and Joseph, the very talented duo behind Connection Photography, exchanged their own vows in the heart of North Carolina with their friend and fellow photographer Kelly Maughan Photography behind the camera. The couple collected endless amounts of beautiful antique decor to display throughout the wedding day, so let’s get started!
From the bride, Andrea: As wedding photographers ourselves we see so many weddings and everyone would constantly say “You must know exactly what you want for your wedding!” But it was completely opposite. We knew for sure all the things we did NOT want on our wedding day but everything else we just kind of decided along the way. I’m from Ohio and Joseph is from North Carolina so we wanted to incorporate that in our wedding somehow so we used our state shapes for decoration on invites and menus. We spent hours walking through dozens of antique stores picking out gold and cream colored vases, tins and accessories to use for centerpieces. Then when we had countless boxes filled we spent a few nights setting up each table the way we wanted it to look and taking pictures. Joseph’s aunt was also our florist so it helped that she could bring flowers over to see what we liked and didn’t like.
3 weeks before our wedding we were wondering through an antique store and found our gold backdrop for the ceremony! It was sooo big and heavy that I had to ride 2 hours home in the backseat because it would only fit in the car with the front passenger side seat down! Joseph built a lot of things too. He built our cake table, the arbor that went over it, our head table and the bar sign out of an old mattress spring, lights and a custom sign we made. Everything just seemed to fall into place. We had tons of family and friends from North Carolina and from out of town who came and helped set everything up and without them it wouldn’t have been possible! They were amazing!
I think our favorite part of the day was our first look when we could finally see each other and all the stresses of the wedding day just melted away. It was so nice too because we knocked out all the pictures we wanted before the ceremony and it calmed the nerves! We also loved having our friends shoot our wedding. It made it so easy to just be ourselves. Also, our reception was a blast! We had the Band of Oz and danced and laughed and just really enjoyed each other and our friends and family during the reception!
Wedding Location: Albemarle, NC / Photographer: Kelly Maughan Photography / Floral Design: Salisbury Flower Shop / Venue: Il Bella Gardens / Wedding Dress: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique / Wedding Shoes: ModCloth / Hair: Traci Almond and Madison McIlwaine / Makeup: Nicole Rose and CO / Groom’s Attire: ASOS / Groom’s Shoes: Aldo / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Whit / Wedding Music: Band of Oz
This Los Angeles wedding, captured beautifully by photographer Stacee Lianna, is a perfect combination of the couple’s favorite things: antiquing and gardening. Everything from the patterned napkins to the mixed florals caught my eye and had me wanting to see more perfectly mismatched details!
What was your inspiration behind your wedding day? Matt and I have always been into really old things. Our home is full of antiques and hand me downs with tons of character. We love frequenting antique shops around our area or finding items on the side of the road and refurbishing them! We also really enjoy tending to our garden! We thought the perfect inspiration for our wedding would be an “Antique Garden”! It was great because we had a good excuse to go antique shopping for items to incorporate into our big day!
What is your favorite memory of the day? Oh my gosh there are way too many to pick just one! I’d have to say I loved the moment when I thought I’d be so nervous walking down the isle in front of so many people, but when I saw Matt’s smiling face at the end of the aisle, I was instantly calmed knowing we were doing this together! (Matt was nervous too). Also, after we were finally able to sit down at our sweetheart table, hold hands and look out at all of our wonderful friends and family enjoying the night, and the realization that everything had come together so perfectly, that moment was truly special.
Do you have any advice for brides planning now? Don’t get wrapped up in the tiniest of details! Ultimately you (and your guests) are going to remember you and your spouse exchanging vows, dancing, cutting the cake, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask the people that are closest to you to take some of the projects off your hands! If your coordinator didn’t already do so, make a timeline both for your vendors AND bridal party. The bridal party should be kept in the loop and know when and where they are expected to be! The day will run so much smoother if everyone is on the same page! Lastly, hire a videographer! A video truly captures the emotion and excitement of your day… I am still brought to happy tears every time I watch our video :)
Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Stacee Lianna Photography / Event Planner: Count on Us Creative Consulting & Solutions (hardecreations at gmail.com) / Caterer: Très La Catering / Floral Designer: Jose’s Floral Couture / Dress Store: Mariposa Boutique / Videography: McDuff Productions / Wedding Cake: Lido Bakery / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Event Venue: Carondelet House, Los Angeles CA
Around our neck of the woods, it sometimes feels like we’ve seen it all — which makes it that much more exciting when something falls into our inbox that we haven’t seen before. That’s exactly what we found in this wedding from Kate Harrison, where newlyweds Melissa and Stephen married in an antique store, Big Daddy’s Antiques. With its phenomenal built-in decor and unique nature, we hope to see this trend sweeping the nation soon!
From the bride, Melissa: Stephen and I wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate gathering, reflecting our culture and traditions, as well as our personalities and the city we call home. While we planned a traditional wedding ceremony, we wanted our reception to be playful and quirky. We wanted to mimic the feel of Big Sur, where we got engaged. We used natural wood tones, moss greens and ocean blues.
Stephen’s mom went to the San Francisco Flower Mart to to pick out all the flowers. My mom and my two aunts helped her put simple, elegant bouquets together. My bouquet was tied with my grandmother’s rosary, so I had it with me during the whole ceremony, and my sister’s bouquet was made of tulips, her favorite flower. My aunt used the same types of flowers as the bouquets to make simple arrangements in mason jars for the reception. For the reception, Stephen spent the morning of the wedding hand-picking the rosemary for the tables from our yard. To tie in the feel of Big Sur, we also knew we wanted to have succulents. Over the course of months, my aunt collected teacups from around the city and planted cuttings from her own succulent garden in the cups. Those succulents served as place cards as well as favors for our guests.
It was really important to us that we incorporate my culture into the wedding, as it was now part of Stephen’s culture, too. He and the groomsmen wore the Filipino barong Tagalog, which is a traditional white wedding shirt. It was really special for me to have Stephen honor that side of my heritage – not to mention I thought he looked so handsome in his barong!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Delegate to people you trust, be it family and friends or a wedding planner. We enlisted family to help with the details that interested them, and trusted a day-of wedding coordinator to help us tie together all of the details seamlessly. In fact, we enjoyed working with our day-of coordinator so much that I’d recommend carving that cost out of your budget when you start planning, and DIY what you can to cut costs elsewhere. Also, always make sure one of you has the keys to your apartment! We got home with our last piece of cake and a bottle of champagne only to realize that neither of us had our keys. We weren’t going to bother our landlord, so we had to call my sister who had been out with the other bridesmaids. While in retrospect, waiting for my sister while wrapped in Stephen’s arms and looking out at the stars was a beautiful and memorable end to the evening, having our keys with us might have been smart!
From the photographer, Kate Harrison: Melissa & Stephen were married in San Francisco with their reception at Big Daddy’s Antiques. Big Daddy’s is heavenly and full of well-edited pieces big & small. The reception took place among their found items– they even incorporated their amazing tables & chairs. I love this place. Melissa & Stephen each walked to the church for their ceremony & used Uber to get to their reception. Very SF. :)
First Dance: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Ceremony Venue: St. Philip the Apostle / Reception Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques / Event Design: Downey Street Events / Wedding Flowers: San Francisco Flower Market and The Bud Stop / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche “4098” via Paris Connection / Reception Dress: Adrianna Papell / Wedding Veil: Bridals & More, Jacksonville FL / Wedding Shoes: Miss Me? / Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Traditional Filipino barong Tagalog / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Bride’s cousin / Wedding Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes / Donuts: Dynamo Donut / DJ: DJ Goyo / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Wedding Invitation Design: Ashley Schofield / Invitation Printing: Babylon Burning Silkscreening
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This cute engagement session comes to us from Wildflowers Photography, and I just love the couple’s story! The bride collects many vintage pieces, including the blue glass collection featured. The groom has helped add to her collection of vintage – by writing her love letters on the backs of vintage postcards! Another cute detail: their good friend owns the Model A and the antique store called Fishy Finds in Simi Valley, CA.
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Andy and I wanted a semi destination wedding. So we started looking north along the Coast. Online we found a beautiful White barn that sat on a little beach town off the coast. Cayucos, The Cayucos Creek Barn! Don’t let the name throw you off. Cayucos is bright, welcoming, and a perfect combination of country and small beach town. We had the ceremony and dinner right outside the barn and reception in the barn. Perfect!!! The weather, the fresh ocean air, the fun laid back feel of the barn, Motown music in the background. Perfect!!!
More sweet details from Mercedes: Most of the decorations were home made or found at garage sales and thrift stores. We started right away looking for mason jars, old books and candlesticks on craigslist, or second hand stores. I also hosted a few wedding project nights at my house. Where the girls and I polished tin trays, candlesticks and cake platters. We also covered old tin soup cans with burlap to be used for vases around the barn.
The soup cans were collected for me by the mentally disabled adults that I work with. My Designer and friend made this beautiful frame display out of fishing wire and plastic tubes used to hold water for flowers after they’ve been cut. We used the frames as the back drop of our ceremony. My husband and his guys made an amazing chandelier out of rope, old glass bottles, and light bulbs that hung on stage above the band. I created a L.O.V.E sign out of fabric letters from Anthropologie, chicken wire, ribbon, and an old frame. The Love sign hung at the entrance of the barn and above our head table.
Advice for Brides: Don’t do it all yourself! It’s more fun for everyone promise :) Love your Fiance’ through the whole process of the wedding. Not because your getting married but just because you love him. Don’t make your wedding the focus of the relationship for those few months. It’s refreshing :)
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Wedding Venue: The Cayucos Creek Barn /Photographer: Matthew Morgan / Event designer and Florist: Christa Rose / Groomsmen shoes: TOMS / The Band: The Blue Breeze Band / Caterer: The Sea Shanty / Wedding Invitations: Kendall Riley / Videographer: Ariel Amaro
Andy and Mercedes’ wedding is nothing short of stunning, and these photos from Matthew Morgan prove it. It took place at an old farm down a quaint country road – near the seaside, no less! From the short wedding dress to the antique frames hanging behind the altar, I have nothing but love for this wedding!
From the gorgeous bride, Mercedes: I found my sweet off white little wedding dress at Macy’s on sale for $60, my mom added lace, sleeves, and a petticoat to add a vintage twist on the dress. My Veil was an early 50’s off white box hat (I think that’s what they’re called?) My friend added the lace veil in front. My shoes were Steve Madden sparkly flats, that added a perfect girly touch.
Finding bridesmaids dresses… Wow was that an episode! I had supermodel tall girls, petite tiny girls, and an 8 months pregnant girl. But I was determined to have adorable fashionable dresses. It worked out, half wore tight fitted, sweetheart cut, tweed dresses. The other half wore beige baby doll dresses with tiny burnt orange polka dots. To tie them all together they wore the same shoes as well as hair accessory and ribbon belts made by a wonderful girlfriend of mine. All dresses were from Anthro.
Check back soon for part II! Mercedes had much more to share with us, you don’t want to miss it!
Amber and Emily of Amber Karson Events recently designed this darling butterfly themed bridal shower with a rustic flair. The maid of honor picked the venue and let the talented ladies of Amber Karson Events do the rest. I am loving the intimate feel of the room and the oh-so-adorable butterfly adorned favors! Check out the wonderful shots below from Abby Jiu Photography. Thanks for sharing, ladies!
From Amber and Emily: To kick off the rustic charm of the event, custom invitations were sent to each guest using colors of moss green and wrapped with twine. We wanted to create a romantic feel to enhance the natural elements such as stone and wood the Harvest Room provides. An array of branches with clusters of flowers and hanging butterflies was the focal point for the long farm style table where guests enjoyed mimosas and Sunday Brunch. Using leftover burlap and twine, we created small favors adorned with a butterfly for each guest.
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