In all my years in the wedding world, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a love quite like Sulome and Jeremy’s. The couple’s relationship was chronicled in various news articles, making an impact for their respective Jewish and Arab backgrounds. Cultural expectations were no match for their love, and the couple finally tied the knot in a Great Gatsby meets Steampunk celebration. Thank you to the talented team of Chellise Michael Photography, Jove Meyer Events, and Hops Petunia for bringing it all together!
An art deco inspired affair, today’s styled shoot boasts an incredible transformation of an industrial warehouse into sleek + sophisticated wedding inspiration. Lemiga Events partnered with Akeem Clayton to ensure that the sharp color blocking and acrylic table numbers were softened by towering floral arrangements and plush lounge settings. With a flickering seating chart display, the room is brought to life, and the resulting images from Alexis June are pure magic!
From the event designers, Lemiga Events: We love working with unique venue spaces to create an unexpected event design. For our winter styled shoot we were inspired by the Atlanta Daylight Studio located in the creative Westside District of Atlanta. Originally a 1920s Shell Oil facility, Atlanta Daylight Studio is a beautifully restored warehouse with metal riveted walls, beams and high ceilings. With multiple rows of windows, it is completely daylight controlled with the click of a switch. The unique character of the space created a raw and industrial backdrop to our luxe design.
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Lovers of vintage glam romance, this one’s for you. Lev Kuperman captured Foster and Marc’s incredible wedding day at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building, a long-time favorite venue for those who appreciate a bit of Old World charm. Throw in some retro inspired paper goods, a show-stopping Jenny Packham gown, and one heck of a dance party and you’ve got this memorable celebration!
From the bride, Foster: Our style was vintage and romantic. We wanted the night to feel enchanted and magical yet warm and comfortable. We steered away from the “rustic” elements such as mason jars because they tend to err on the side of “cute.” We sourced and collected all of the brass candle stick holders and medicine/apothecary flower vases to include table centerpieces and design elements throughout the space. My sister, who is an amazing graphic designer, designed the dinner menus and some of the signage (signature cocktail and welcome sign).
Flower recipe: There was a main focus on wild flowers; Specialty Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Garden Roses, Lavender, Proteas, Calla Lillys, Cymbidium Orchids, Succulents, Yarrow, Lisianthus, Zinnias, Snapdragons, Scabiosa, burgundy Scabiosa Gomphrema, Queen Anne’s Lace, Clematis, Veronica, Delphinium, Chrysanthemums, Antique Carnations, Cosmos, Fiddlehead ferns, Waxflower, Poppies, Early mysterious Ranunculas & Anemones.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Try not to let the little details become bigger than they are. Sometimes we found ourselves focusing too much on the minute details (and to be honest, no one even notices the little things). You can let these things go without sacrificing your overall vision. On the day, the outcome of some elements may not be exactly what you expected but it will all be beautiful and magical. Basically, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Processional: “Into the Gold Rush,” Neil Young & “Something,” The Beatles
Recessional: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
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It’s not really a secret we love Minted, and getting to share their new Save-the-Dates is just the excuse to shout it from the rooftops. With so many styles to choose from, Minted is sharing with us stationery trends for 2016 that might get your creative wedding juices flowing. And how does winning $500 towards Minted Wedding Collection sound? Read on how to enter for your chance to win big!
Did you and your fiancé meet in a city that is dear to you hearts? Maybe you call this place home and it’s where you plan on having your wedding. Minted has so many destination Cityscape inspired Save the Date to choose from.
For more City themed inspiration check out this NYC Brunch Wedding.
The Great Gatsby wedding theme is all the rage right now. Set the tone of your wedding with an Art Deco inspired Save the Date like these:
Love the Gatsby theme? Check out this Glam Gatsby Inspired Wedding in Perth.
Want a Save the Date that features your Engagement pictures? Great idea! Luckily, Minted has a ton of photo options to choose from. You will find some with bold typography and others with minimal graphics. If you want your Save the Date to feature more than one picture, they have templates to accommodate just that.
If you haven’t gotten your engagement pictures taken and need some inspiration this awesome Love Letter Engagement Session might be just what you need.
Each couple has a setting or season that they gravitate towards whether it be of personal significance or just because. Some embrace the wintry woodland theme, being surrounded by mountains and snow. While others enjoy a more bold tropical setting, the warm summer sun with the ocean and palm trees in the background. Whichever you and your fiancé fancy, Minted has a range of nature inspired Save the Dates for you to browse.
So the woodland theme strikes your fancy. Then this Whimsical Woodland Wedding will be right up your alley.
We just can’t get enough of watercolor weddings. Minted has a great selection to choose from if a watercolor theme is what suits you and your darling best. Say you want to add some glamour to the watercolor. We are in full support of that idea! Jazz it up with some foil or keep it simple. There is no wrong way to do watercolor.
Watercolor will always be a favorite theme. For more inspiration check out this Watercolor Whiskey Brunch Wedding.
Not into all the glitz and calligraphy? That’s totally fine, keep it simple. Minted has a ton of classically Save the Dates with a variety of typography to suit your styles!
Sometimes you just have to keep it simple and this Simply White Wedding Inspiration does just that.
What’s even better than getting to choose out from the many artistically designed Save The Dates that Minted has to offer? The chance to win $500 towards the Minted Wedding Collection! Let’s admit it, anything that helps out financially during wedding planning is a total win. Check out the link on Minted’s site to enter and make sure that you enter by midnight PT February 5th. Set your calendars. This giveaway is way too good to miss out on!
Gold and black with plenty of greenery is always such a sophisticated color palette, and it matches perfectly with an Art Deco wedding theme. Martha and Ricardo exchanged their vows in the heart of Chicago, with Victoria Sprung Photography, Sweetchic Events, and Asrai Garden by their sides. The wedding day was full of darling details, from the bride’s gold sequin reception dress to the Day of the Dead figurines.
From the bride, Martha: Ricardo and I, along with our sons, Leo and Max were already a family but we wanted a beautiful celebration and reflection of our love to share our joy with everyone that is special to us. It could not have turned out better. The ceremony was beautiful and the entire night was so amazing that we were pinching ourselves at the end of the night. We told everyone the wedding was a joyous blur because that’s exactly how it felt to us, just one night of pure, unadulterated joy. We danced all night and loved it all. We just wish we could do it again… and again.
We were trying to include glamorous and vintage elements by husband and I both love while also incorporating important cultural traditions. I didn’t set out to have a color scheme but I kept gravitating to gold and black, after a while I stopped fighting it. I just wanted something that felt pulled together and beautiful. I can’t say I DIY’d a whole lot, I was more of a creative director. I did make the bridesmaid’s bouquets myself with flowers from Fiftyflowers, I’m very proud of those. I was sporting a blister on my hand that day to prove it. My mother made by veil by hand, French Chantilly lace on silk tulle, it took her hours and is totally precious to me so I guess that’s the most important DIY.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Trust your gut about vendors and be honest about your budget. If someone is not as responsive as you would like or doesn’t understand your vision, feel free to walk away. Most importantly, get a planner, especially if you have a lot of details you want to see come together in the end but don’t want to be the one making sure it’s done right. My planner was Courtney Brust from Sweetchic and she was liberating. We felt like guests at our wedding and that was invaluable. The day went by so fast and I loved it every minute. In hindsight I know we would have been upset to have precious time taken up by making sure details were taken care of properly, and we had a lot of them.
Bride’s Processional: Clair de Lune, Debussy
First Dance: “Across the Universe,” The Beatles
Cake Cutting: “By My Baby,” The Ronettes
Father/Daughter Dance: “Mi Niña Bonita”
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography / Event Design: Sweetchic Events / Bride’s Bouquet, Altar Arrangement, Boutonnieres: Asrai Garden / Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Bride / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago / Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley “2306” / Reception Dress: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother / Bridal Sash: Sara Morgan Bridal / Crystal Comb: Percy Handmade / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Ramsay Marston / Makeup: Briette Madrid / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway / Groom’s Attire: Indochino / Caterer: Hue-gah / Wedding Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s / DJ: Toast & Jam / Lighting: Elevated Event Design / Flatware and Linens: Ultrapom Rentals / Sequin Table Runners: Sparkle Pony / Napkins, Wine Tags: Foryourparty.com / Couple Figurine: LaCasaRoja / Photobooth: Magbooth / Gold Foil Invitations: Devco Foil / Paper Goods: Merrymint Designs / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Videographer: Sean Loftus
Let’s talk about weddings in museums, guys. Between the open space and built-in artwork, has there ever been a more perfect venue? Ariel and Drew exchanged vows in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, not too far from where the couple met and fell in love years before. Thank you Lara Kimmerer and The Barn Florals for your gorgeous work on this fall wedding!
From the photographer, Lara Kimmerer: Ariel & Drew met and fell in love while attending Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Williamstown and the adjacent town of North Adams sit at the base of Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires. They chose to have their wedding at Mass MoCA in North Adams to celebrate the beginnings of their relationship and all that was to come. To begin the day, Ariel got ready at Field Farm Guest House – a part of the Trustees of the Reservations. Drew got ready at Porches in North Adams. They decided on a first look on the gorgeous property at Field Farm, but as will happen, it began to rain. The first look happened inside the guest house. Sometimes the unplanned parts of a wedding day can end up being the best. The first look inside the house helped to create an intimate few moments for them before the whirlwind of the rest of the afternoon and evening really began.
Mass MoCA is a unique venue in that no two weddings ever have to be the same. The exhibits change of course, but each couple gets to choose the areas of the museum they’d like to use for their event. Ariel & Drew really tried to use every available space open to them. Guests arrived to a champagne reception in one gallery, and were escorted to another gallery for the ceremony. Following the ceremony guests moved to a three story brick-lined stairwell for toasts and cocktails, one of them a signature drink named Tallulah after their dog, who unfortunately could not attend the reception. Ariel & Drew, along with their parents and friends who were toasting them, stood on a balcony overlooking the stairwell and floor below where their guests looked on. Everyone then moved on to the reception in the Tall Gallery where there was a beautiful exhibition by artist Jason Middlebrook. The party was located in two spaces. Dancing was inside with the band Darlingside, whose members also attended Williams College. Outside guests enjoyed sitting by fire heaters while smoking cigars. The couple left to a sparkler send-off in the Mass MoCA courtyard.
Wedding Location: North Adams, MA / Photographer: Lara Kimmerer / Floral Design: The Barn Florals / Venue: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / Music: Darlingside / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo / Hair and Makeup: Lari Manz / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Caterer: Mezze / Wedding Cake: Irene’s Cakes by Design / Calligraphy: Pretty in Print / The artist for the gallery space for the ceremony: Sol LeWitt / The artist for the reception space: Jason Middlebrook
Goodness gracious, this wedding dress. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit for bride Amanda than this Tadashi Shoji stunner — the vintage-inspired lace, the tiered skirt, and the long sleeves work perfectly against the contrast of her dark hair with shocks of purple. Thank you to Sarah of Hazelwood Photo for her beautiful work here!
From the bride, Amanda: We wanted our wedding to be relaxed but still elegant. I had decided on a vintage theme, but we didn’t want it to go too far in any one direction, so we threw in some tarot card and crystal elements. We wanted our guests to feel taken care of, instead of feeling stiff or uncomfortable. I think the open bar + photobooth really helped everyone settle in!
We envisioned art deco vintage meets summer garden vintage, with a few vegan and art nouveau touches. We used a vintage-pastel color theme (pink/green/cream/white) for the flowers, added a little bit of gold & silver for deco-sparkle, and some black to ground the whole thing. Our invitations echoed the pink ceiling of the ballroom. The only thing we made ourselves was the seating chart, which only involved cutting up color copies of tarot cards and downloading a nice font.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Give yourself plenty of time so that A.) you aren’t restricted by a vendor’s availability, and B.) you can focus on each task individually. Browse vendor profiles and websites to narrow it down to a shortlist of businesses you’d actually like to meet up with. There’s always going to be one more thing you hadn’t thought of, so don’t sweat it if you suddenly have to add a new task onto your list. Be confident and don’t let tradition dictate something you don’t want.
Newlywed Entrance: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall and Oates
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Wedding Planner: Pearl and Roses Wedding Planning / Flowers: Swoon Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden / Reception Venue: North Star Ballroom / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji / Hair and Makeup: Jessica Belknap / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Caterer: Josh Raymond of The (Vegan) Caterer / Wedding Cake: Johannah Zuniga / DJ: Samir of Stumptown DJs / Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Elli
This bride and I have something in common — we both have a soft spot for Art Deco and the 1920s. Something about this era seems so consistently elegant and opulent, and Dixie Pixel Photography nailed that very something in her photos from Adrienne and Will’s wedding. You’ll be swooning as soon as you see her portraits of the bride, which masterfully mix modern photography with vintage styling and technique.
From the bride, Adrienne: I loved the beauty, elegance and carefree feeling of the Art Deco era. We chose an old Catholic church that was built in 1926 for the ceremony. For our reception venue we chose The Emporium, a non profit are gallery in downtown Knoxville. The building itself was built in 1898 and was perfect for our theme. I chose to have my wedding dress made by Colleen Moore with White Orchid Bridal. Having my dress made was such a special and amazing process. It was so wonderful getting to meet with her to discuss ideas and to watch the dress come to life with each fitting. She also embellished my bridesmaids’ dresses to create a more cohesive look. Fourth Year Studio created the perfect invitation to portray the classic, elegant look of our upcoming wedding. Our caterer, Chef Mark Wischhusen, researched old menus from places like the Waldorf Astoria, The Stork Club and The Plaza on Central Park as inspiration for the menu. It was common to serve a “herbal drink” to aid the digestion of an upcoming meal. Chef Mark took that idea and put a modern twist on it by serving a ginger infused margarita. We also chose to have Pavlova for our wedding cake.
Will’s family has New Zealand heritage and I grew up dancing ballet. The desert was named after the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova when she toured the country in 1926 and it is one of our favorite desserts. We also served New Zealand sauvignon blanc as one of our wines and used New Zealand lamb on our menu. When I was little my father and I loved going to yard sales. One time when I was about 7, I found this small straight pin with a funny little bird on it. My dad told me it was a kiwi bird and he bought it for me. I still had it and had it with me on my wedding day.
I wanted the wedding to be clean and bright. My colors were champagne and other metallics. I used touches of orange-red in my flowers for a pop of color. I wanted people to know the significance of why we chose certain menu idems, so even though we had a buffet I had menus at each place setting that talked about some of the history and importance of our selections. I had purchased different art deco and some art nouveau postcards online. Some were old advertisements for food, fashion, and travel and some were just pictures of people or historical events of that time. I used the postcards as the cover to my menus. I wanted more texture on the table and it was really hard to find art deco fabric or paper that I liked. I ended up finding specialty wallpaper with an art deco print that I cut and placed on the table. And then we come to my stars… I loved the idea of hanging star lights and I found some plain 9 pointed ones online. So then I began to bedazzle them…. and bedazzle them… and bedazzle them some more. I mixed 4 different kinds of glitter together to get the right look and hung smaller stars and beads from them. They were absolutely the most time consumes venture of the whole wedding but I was very happy with how they turned out. I gave extra beads to my florist to hang off the centerpieces to help tie in the look. Colleen Moore with White Orchid Bridal had a giant crescent moon that she let me borrow for the reception. One of my bridesmaids painted it and one of the groomsmen made and stand for it.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You’re going to fight about the wedding. It’s ok, it doesn’t mean that your marriage is going to be a failure! And enjoy it! You are hopefully not going to ever do this again so enjoy every moment. If you can afford it, get a wedding planner. Get a good photographer!! Your photos will be one of the few things from that day that will last forever.
Bride’s Processional: “La Vie En Rose,” Edith Piaf
First Dance: “Young and Beautiful,” Lana Del Rey
Mother/Son, Father/Daughter Dance: “Pure Imagination,” Gene Wilder
Bouquet Toss: “Love is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar
Garter Toss: “Gold Digger,” Kanye West
I chose to have a string trio for the ceremony music. My husband’s family is Methodist so I incorporated some old hymns for the mothers and the wedding party to walk down to. For the reception I downloaded original songs from the 1910s, 20’s, and 30’s and had our DJ play them during the cocktail/dinner hour and then transition into dance music when the time was right.
Wedding Location: Knoxville, TN / Photographer: Dixie Pixel Photography / Flowers: Floral Designs by Samuel / Ceremony Venue: Holy Ghost Catholic Church / Reception Venue: The Emporium Center / Wedding Dress, Hair Piece, Veil, Earrings: White Orchid Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Wedding Caterer: Mark Wischhusen Catering / Wedding Cake: Rosa’s Catering / DJ: Jim Ogle of Ogle Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Fourth Year Studio
Without a doubt, my current color scheme crush is gold and black. Something about the pairing screams elegant, fresh, and luxe — and photographer Kat Harris would seem to agree! She formed this shoot after getting inspired by runway collections from Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade, and we’re tickled to see how well her ideas translated into wedding design.
From the photographer, Kat Harris: Ever since I saw Ralph Lauren’s fall 2012 black + gold collection along with Kate Spade’s Spring 2013 collection, I have been dying to do a black and gold themed wedding! Black and gold are timeless, and never go out of style yet you rarely see them incorporated into weddings. What excited me about this theme is that timeless, tailored, class is back ladies! I’m a Southern Prep at heart so I’ve been giddy to see tailored suits for men come back as well as classically polished silhouettes for ladies to be back on the horizon. And of course I had to include bows and chevron prints into the shoot!
What is refreshing to me about this theme is that although timeless it offers a fresh, polished, tailored, yet spunky way to incorporate classic All-American details into your wedding. This is why we incorporated a lemon whiskey bar, chevron print on the invites, and bows upon bows upon bows! And don’t even get me started on how cute Jessie and Johan are together. They’re the perfect couple to embody this shoot! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Shoot Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Kat Harris / Shoot Venue: Serra Plaza / Tablescape, Food, Desserts, and Whiskey Bar: Mary of Jay’s Catering / Wedding Flowers: Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets / Dresses: Julia Lovan Designs and Kate Spade / Groom’s Suits: All Saints and J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke / Models: Jessie and Johan / Linens: Veronica Specialty Linens / Paper Goods: Typologie & Co.
While David of Modern Vintage Weddings jumped at the chance to work with expert makeup artist Gemma Sutton, we just as quickly jumped at the opportunity to share the exquisite result with you all. The pair brought on The Bijou Bride to help style this bridal-shoot-meets-wedding-inspiration, which brings Art Deco glam and travel allure to the wedding editorial world!
From the photographer, David of Modern Vintage Weddings: When I got the call from hair and make up artist Gemma Sutton with the idea of putting together a bridal inspiration photoshoot at Brookland’s Museum, near London, I jumped at the chance. Gemma Sutton’s work is sublime and the idea we came up with together was to photograph a story that was modern, but had vintage luxury elements we hoped might inspire brides to be who were considering a travel theme for their wedding.
Brookland’s Museum has a stationery Concorde, and you can get married on board! I am big fan of aeroplanes and travel a lot shooting destination weddings but never had the chance to fly in one so this was of course the next best thing. Our bride for the day, Sophie, was travelling somewhere fabulous to her honeymoon, in style. That was the idea, and The Bijou Bride, perfectly styled the look with golds and deep reds, to give a luxurious feel to the setting. I hope that Ruffled’s readers enjoy the images and the planning of their own big day.
Shoot Location: Weybridge, Surrey, England / Photographer: David of Modern Vintage Weddings / Shoot Venue: Brooklands Museum / Event Stylist: The Bijou Bride / Flowers: Vintage Floral Design Co. / Bride’s Attire: Luella’s Boudoir / Headpieces: The G & D Collection / Hair and Makeup: Gemma Sutton / Wedding Cakes: Elizabeth Solaru / Stationery: Elle is For Love / Model: Sophie Green
Julie Roberts Photography along with Ruffles and Rouge Events created this Deco inspiration shoot with a mint, gold and champagne color palette that adds just the right amount of warmth to a winter fete or a little bit of cool to summer nuptials. We are head over heels about that dessert table backdrop!
Shoot Location: Knoxville, TN / Photographer: Julie Roberts Photography / Event Designer: Ruffles and Rouge Events / Floral Designer: Flourish Floral Design Studio / Invitation Designer: Be True Designs / Dress Store: White Lace & Promises / Cake Designer: Rosa’s Catering / Equipment Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Meridian Formal Wear / Bakery: The Sweetery Boutique Bakery / Event Venue: Candoro Marble Company
This little wedding sent over by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo makes our hearts sing with vintage joy — seriously, does it get any more stunning than this incredible bride? The bride and groom both collect vinyl records, so they not only used a DJ who spun vinyl but also used old records for their seating charts! There’s so much packed into these stunning California nuptials and some great advice from bride Victoria, so hop to it!
From the bride, Victoria: We never really came up with a solid theme to follow. Kieron just kept on saying “Don’t think about themes, think about aesthetics!” We basically tried to incorporate some of our favorite things so pretty much every detail in the wedding directly reflects something about us. The color scheme is just colors we like (ivory, gold, emeralds and metallics); the vintage dress (the first and only dress I tried on — it immediately felt right) because I love vintage clothes and most of my wardrobe is vintage; the venue is the house where I grew up and my favorite place in the world; we incorporated vinyl records because we both collect records; we used succulents because I love them and I make cactus dishes for a hobby (I made all the mini-terrarium favors with my awesome bridesmaid Aubrey); the mariachi band to pay homage to my Mexican heritage and a classic photochemical photobooth because we’ve always taken photobooth pictures since we first started dating (see our save-the-dates made with photobooth strips over the years). I could go on but I guess I’m just saying that instead of going for some kind of theme, we just allowed the stuff that we love to become the direct inspiration for how we wanted our wedding to feel. Overall, I think one of the most important details for me was to have family be a big part. That’s why we had displayed the photos of weddings in our families throughout the generations and we felt so blessed to be able to have Kieron’s grandfather officiate the ceremony (he’s been married for 65 years so that really is an inspiration).
Most memorable moment of the day? I would say it was when I was approaching Kieron for our first look. Of course Kieron had his back turned to me as I was walking towards him but I could tell that he was just as nervous and breathless as I was. It felt like everything that we had worked so hard on — all the planning, shopping, crafting and stressing — had lead up to this very moment. The shoot was next door so it was just Kieron and me (plus our wonderful photographer) and for the first time ever, that’s when I really FELT like his bride. Kieron turned around to see me and the expression was priceless. It was like nothing else in the world mattered and finally, we could just soak it up and enjoy each other.
Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be? Be as involved as you possibly can in the planning process of your wedding. A few people told me how proud we should be of our wedding and that it had a really personal touch. We really do feel proud of our wedding day because we put so much of ourselves into it. Every detail deserves your special attention and every decision should be a thoughtful one. When in doubt, trust your instincts and follow your heart. Though it may be tough to see the forest for the trees in the planning stages, when it all comes together on your special day it will be well worth it!
Bridal Party Processional: “Cosmic Dancer,” T. Rex
Bridal Processional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks
Ceremony Music: “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” The Beach Boys
Newlywed Entrance: “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” Chris Clark
First Dance: “Knock Me a Kiss,” Louis Jordan
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Planner: Party and Be Married / Wedding Flowers: Thistle & Twig / Vintage wedding gown: The Paper Bag Princess / Reception gown: made custom by Revamp / Engagement Ring: family heirloom / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Frostings
There’s really something to be said for the timelessness of the 1920s-era style, isn’t there? This shoot sent over to us from Michelle March designed by Peplum Events + Design, exhibits a sophisticated Art Deco aesthetic with a supremely stylish bride and groom, a Deco-inspired cake, and graphic paper goods with nostalgic decor touches here and there.
Wedding Photographer: Michelle March / Event Stylist: Peplum Events + Design / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Hair Accessory: LIxCreations / Hair: Beth Aamodt, In Style Hair / Makeup: Lynet Martinez / Cake: Sweet Lola’s / Location: Orlando, FL
This wedding shot by Natalie Moser has me in a tizzy. In many ways, it reminds me of my own 1930s inspired wedding, but only way more stylish. Amber Events designed this wedding to the nines, and it’s chock full of simply beautiful ideas. Julian and Summer (a girl after my own heart) were recently married at the fantastic Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, and made it completely their own. In addition to bringing in dancing pinup models and cigar girls, the couple had their own stage made for their ceremony and for the swing band!
From the photographer, Natalie Moser: To say that this is couple is creative is an understatement: Summer, a costumer, and Julian, a writer, both love historic Los Angeles and vintage Americana and wanted to show their friends and family the LA that they love. Their rehearsal dinner was held at Marvimon House, a former Italian racecar showroom, and their guests were surprised by a retro slideshow by humorist Charles Phoenix. The day after brunch was held at the Oviatt Penthouse, the “castle in the sky”.
The Western Union telegram programs below bring me back great memories of my own wedding. Here’s my post on DIY telegrams. I included an editable envelope download to go with it.
The wedding itself was held in the most beautiful art deco building in Los Angeles: Cicada Restaurant in the Oviatt Building. As guests entered they typed a message on Julian’s childhood typewriter or wrote a postcard and “mailed” it in the old mailbox. The programs passed out were based on old Western Union telegrams that told the guests what was happening when. If anyone is familiar with Cicada you are aware that there is not a normally a stage in there–we commissioned an elaborate one to be built on which Julian & Summer could first have their ceremony then have our 13 piece swing band perform for the reception. Summer wore her hair in an old fashioned pin-up style with a birdcage veil and little strawberries pinned in it, and Julian wore a tie that Summer made for him: a peek-a-boo tie with a pin-up photo of herself and their dog Archie! The tie was such a hit that Summer decided to open up her own Etsy shop: The Peek-a-Boo Tie Shop.
During the cocktail hour the guest went to the bar upstairs as the staff flipped the space from ceremony to reception. A jazz trio played next to the baby Grand Piano and guests found their escort cards pinned to vintage dress forms. The reception evening unfolded with surprises for the guests with a vintage dress up photobooth, the Satin Dollz pin-up dancers, vintage cigarette girls passing out party favors, and even our gorgeous bride Summer changing into a little sailor outfit to serenade her new husband!
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Wedding Venue: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Natalie Moser / Wedding Planning and Design: Amber Events / Wedding Cinematography: Isabel Gonzalez / Officiant: David Teitelbaum / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Music: No Vacancy Orchestra / Desserts: Fantasy Frostings / Bride’s Hair: Stephen Ratliff / Bride’s Makeup: Alix Druckman / Entertainment: Satin Dollz Pinup Dancers and Ron Rubin Events / Vintage Photobooth: Paper Moon Vintage / Stationery: Emily Rose Papers and Zenadia Designs / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Stage Construction: Joseph Edelson
Get ready, because this wedding from Love Me Do Photography is some serious Art Deco glam awesomeness. This is a great example of how you can take a classic color scheme – crisp black and white – and use it in a modern way. Brittany and Pat added a tiny touch of sparkly throughout their wedding day, and the mix of glam and rock ‘n roll is a picture perfect recipe. We’re going gaga for Brittany’s Lazaro gown!
From the bride: We chose 24 Fifth because of its Art Deco feel and sunken dance floor. This space used to be the ballroom for the old 5th Avenue Hotel which was built in the 1920s. The building is now apartments but they’ve kept the ballroom. I really wanted our guests to feel like they were in an old supper club which technically, they were! We then chose the church because of it’s location and history as well. It’s the oldest Catholic church edifice in Manhattan.
I made my bridesmaids’ feather hair clips and necklaces with vintage dress clips I bought on Etsy. I really loved getting all the photos of our grandparents together and hunting down these antique frames to put them in. None of them are with us anymore so it was a way of having them there. In the same respect, my bouquet was filled with old pins from my mother’s side. I had hat pins from my grandmother as well as my grandfather’s TWA pins. He was an airline mechanic for them for 30 years.
Everyone knows the actually GETTING MARRIED part is pretty incredible but I have some runner-ups. Walking into the venue and seeing what I had been working so hard on for the past year come to fruition was overwhelming. I cried very happy tears. Also, one of the best parts of a wedding is having all your favorite people in one room. We had friends and family from all over the world (including Australia!) fly in for us. It wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of them there.
Anything else you’d like to add? I can’t say enough good things about Etsy. I had only recently started buying from there before planning the wedding and it was mostly just for vintage clothing. It then became a part of my wedding planning obsession. Everything from the invitations, to bridesmaid presents to my after party dress was bought through Etsy! I may or may not have made over 40 purchases through them. The customer service you get through the sellers is better than you’d get through any brick and mortar retailer.
Wedding Vendors (New York City):
Ceremony venue: St. Joseph’s of Greenwich Village / Reception venue: 24 Fifth / Wedding Photographer: Love Me Do / Wedding dress: Lazaro / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Hair: Alissandra Hipona of High Horse Salon / Makeup: Jackie Schneider / Wedding flowers: Pristine Events / Birdcage veil: AgnesHart / Wedding shoes: Milk and Honey / Bride’s clutch: vintage / Invitations: Hello Love Boutique / Labels: IvyPink / Escort cards: SpectacularStuff / Cards, banner: FlapperGirl / DJ: Hi Society Productions
You can’t talk about 1930s inspired wedding gowns without mentioning Jenny Packham. She is one of our go-to inspiration for Art Deco glamour, and her collections never cease to amaze me. So I couldn’t think of a more delightful way to end the week than with a few of my favorites from Bridal Market…
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Photos courtesy of Jenny Packham
Honey of a Thousand Flowers is showcasing pieris japonica, which may be my favorite flower! Its soft shape in subdued hues compliment nearly any bouquet, and its dreamy and romantic look left us swooning over an Art Nouveau inspired wedding in blush pink, aqua and gold. Thank you Heather Nan for the lovely images!
From Sarah: Pieris have my heart. The blooms resemble that of lily of the valley, they are small bell shapes. They are romantic, yet structured and geometric-a perfect balance if you ask me. I imagine them in the hair or arms of a maiden in a Mucha paintings. They would look gorgeous in a glamorous art deco or Art Nouveau inspired wedding. They are gorgeous in both bouquets and centerpieces because the blooms cascade down from the main stem. Often times they have a pink tint on the bloom.
They are in season in the spring, February-April and also in September-October.
I imagine them being used in a Art Deco or Art Nouveau inspired wedding. It would be a glamorous affair held in a building who’s architecture was inspired by the Deco movement. A color palette incorporating mostly neutrals with gold, copper, and olive for accents. Silk dresses and headbands for the bridesmaids and, a jeweled flapper inspired dress for the bride. Structured and geometric designs for the invitations and maybe cake decoration would be a great juxtaposition to the flowing dresses and cascading Pieris flowers.
Other flowers in this arrangement & boutonniere: anemone, lamb’s ear, scabiosa, wild grass.
By now you probably already seen Kate Moss’ wedding photos, right? We don’t typically post celebrity weddings, but we couldn’t help but drool over her wedding. After seeing a few famous weddings this year, we noticed a few things in common amongst them. They typically share vintage-inspired elements that are key to a timeless wedding that could be flawlessly incorporated in budget-friendly weddings. Kate and Jamie’s wedding was particularly inspired by the 1920s Jazz Age, and we love how fresh it looks. You don’t need to go over your budget to have a classic wedding, either. Observe:
Kate Moss’ 1920s-inspired gown was desgined by Galliano, but you can find similar styles for less at places like Dillards and Nordstrom. Here‘s one for under $500!!
1. For those getting married in a house of worship such as a temple or chapel, why not take a few portraits in front of it? Below are some weddings we featured with the most adorable portraits in front of their ceremony venues.
2. White on white color palette. How could you ever go wrong with white? Whether it’s a winter wonderland or summer wedding (like Kate’s wedding), this color looks sharp year round. It’s such an easy color to find rentals, beautiful china and in-season flowers too.
3. Flowers instead of a cake topper. Since your florist (or yourself if you’re buying flowers in bulk) will be using the same flowers for the tables and your bouquets, why not ask her/him to decorate the cake? You can use leftover flowers if you’re DIY your own floral arrangements. White cake calls for buttercream icing, which is as delicious as it is budget-friendly!
4. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses. We’ve been long time fans of the mismatched look, but we also love that your bridesmaids have the freedom to choose a dress that they can wear again (if they don’t already have it in their closets). Kate Moss’ matrons of honor all wore their own stylish frocks.
5. Now that you saved using the tips above, why not splurge on an amazing photographer and pamper your guests? Jamie and Kate’s photographer was iconic fashion photographer Mario Testino, and they hired classic cars to transport their guests from the church to reception. Save wherever you can, and splurge on what matters to you and your fiance the most!
All photos by Mario Testino from Vogue
Peacocks, Art Deco, and some serious glam action — need I say more? Captured by our very own Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one gallery you won’t want to miss.
From the bride, Allison: I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be a different and glamorous event, and for the guests to have a great time. I am totally in love with the 1930’s and 40’s culture-movies, clothes, hair, the elegance of the Art Deco era. Since this was our very own big day, we wanted to try to recapture the feel of a fete of years past. Since the vintage trend seems very haute right now, I was able to get tons of inspiration from this and other wedding blogs which became my weekend and after work obsession.
We chose Austin, Texas as our location as Matt has some family there, and since all my family would be coming from out-of-state I figured Austin would be a nice place to visit for everyone. At a pool party one day, a friend mentioned that we should check out this place that was part of the Austin Museum of Art called Laguna Gloria. It was built in the early 1900’s and overlooks Lake Austin-a very old world feel. We had our ceremony and reception out on the lawns surrounding the villa.
Colors were inspired by simple elegance of black and white, with pops of peacock inspired colors-teal & copper. My mother and I did the programs as a DIY project. Since it was a Jewish wedding, and Matt’s side of the family is not Jewish, we used it to help describe some of the traditions and steps of the ceremony that were occuring. I also found a poem that my Father had written for me for my Bat Mitzvah over 16 years ago and put that on the last page for the program.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a clear vision of what type of feeling you want people to walk away with and keep that in mind during planning. Don’t try to do everything yourself — get help where you can. Try to have everything completely done the week before the wedding and delegate out day of activities so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends, and future husband. Take that time to reflect on this life changing experience that is happening, and revel in the love and good energy everyone is sending to you. The actual event will go by so quickly. Enjoy every minute of it!
Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one View more images from this wedding
Processional: The Barcarolle from the opera Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach
Recessional and first dance: “It Had to Be You”
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” combined with “What a Wonderful World”
Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):
Wedding venue: Laguna Gloria / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Event planner: Becky Brock of BZ Events / Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Wedding caterer: Primizie / Wedding flowers: Merveille / Wedding cake: Coco Paloma / Rentals: Premiere Party Rental / Officiant: Rabbi Monty Elisaov / Ceremony musician: Strings Attached / Reception music: Vintage 15 / Stationery: Anibella Ink & Paper / Lighting: FILO / Makeup: Nisa Nicole and Tricia Lee of BOB Salon / Videographer: Crescent Video / Transportation: R&R Transportation
You can never have too much of a good thing, especially if it is pretty, sparkly and comes in small packages. I am loving the modern take on vintage rhinestone bracelets, with different design bracelets stacked on one arm. It can be your something old and a cute homage to the women in your family. Stack them in odd numbers and and mix and match them with different designs. Below are some of our favorite brides’ styles:
Below are some brands that made beautiful rhinestone bracelets back in the day. Keep an eye out for these names when shopping for vintage wedding jewelry, they often have marks on the back of the clasp:
Coro created modestly priced costume jewelry — with a great success in their line of pins — from 1910 to the late 1970s.
Founded in 1904, Lisner became a seller of costume jewelry for over 60 years.
Kramer was a New York-based manufacturer of jewelry ranging from the simple to the extravagant from 1934 to the late 1970s.
Founded and owned by Paul Selenger, Selro produced costume jewelry from the 1950s to the 1960s.
With a business dating back to the early 1920s and featuring incredible designs from Alfred Philippe, Trifari continues to create costume jewelry to this day.
Also New York-based, Weiss manufactured both low and high end lines of costume jewelry from the 1940s to 1971.
Photo credits: top, Amaranth Weddings Photography; second row: left, Megan Holly Clouse Photography; right, jwvintagejewelry on Etsy; third row: jean jean vintage on Etsy; last row; left: JeepersKeepers on Etsy; right, Kaylee Eylander Photography
We just love, love unexpected pops of color, and this New York City wedding has plenty of them! The bride, Stephanie, is a designer for Betsey Johnson, and used her industry know-how to design her super cute reception dress. As if that weren’t enough, the bride also designed the 1920s-style invitations herself, and we’re just smitten with their Art Deco feel! Most importantly, be sure to check out all images from Belathée Photography in the gallery.
Wedding vendors (New York City, New York):
Reception Venue: BAM in Brooklyn / Wedding Photographer: Belathée Photography / Wedding dress: designed by the bride / Shoes: Pour La Victoire / Caterer: Great Performaces / Wedding flowers: Poppies and Posies
And what a year it’s been! 2010 saw Ruffled evolve and grow into something bigger and better. We started the year by relaunching our Recycle your Wedding. We had two rip-roaring amazing DIY contests, one in the spring and one in the fall. And Ruffled got a brand-spanking-new makeover, followed by the launch of our vendor guide, Blue Label. 2011 is the year of the big reveal of the shop. I can’t wrap my head around how excited I am about this. The Loop is also debuting in 2011. Double dose, my dears.
In weddings, we saw style that ran the gamut from quirky to romantic. You all amazed us with your unending fountain of inspirational weddings, DIY projects and photo sessions and we can’t wait to see what 2011 brings to our world of beautiful things and beautiful people!
Now, let’s recap some of our favorite Real Weddings from 2010, one from every month of the year! It was so much fun to review all the goodness we got to share this year and sooo hard to pick just one for each month. So enjoy our choices and let us know which weddings are your personal favorites. See you next year!
We started the year of with a big, colorful BANG with Tamar and Mike’s Pink and Green Wedding bursting with color and fun!
The color and creativity just kept coming in February when the winter blues were broken up by Jess and Mike and their Indie City Hall Wedding, in NYC no less.
We had shamrock green on the brain after this jaw-dropping Brazilian Orchard Wedding, featuring everything from a “pond” pool to absolutely stunning floral archways and tunnels. Gorgeous!
That dress! The decor! Those Chanel shoes! There was plenty to squeal about in Alyssa and Howard’s Vintage Wedding from April.
In May we shared Dayna and Ian’s eco-friendly wedding. Love everything about it, from her wedding dress to their table numbers.
I love me an indie couple and Jenna and Dustin’s sweet wedding portraits hit just the spot. Her headband is so cute and their love just emanates off the screen, don’t ya think? It just screams June sunshine.
We celebrated the Fourth of July with an adorable (and patriotic!) couple whose Backyard Barbecue Wedding felt so summery and sweet that it set off fireworks in my heart…
The wedding sign that lives on in infamy! The sweet sentiment was just one part of this August wedding that put it at the top of my list. The fun color pallette and handmade details from Christy and Chris’s Southern Affair really put it over the edge!
September brought us this Amazing 1920’s Vintage Wedding, brimming with period details and charm from the UK. The bride’s shrug and their adorable ceremony make it such a special soiree.
In October we posted Whimsical Colorado Wedding, chock full of vintage-inspired details.
When this Sensational UK Wedding landed in our laps this November, we were drooling over all the hundreds of details. Not only is it feminine and quirky and creative and awesomely unique but the reception was held in a teepee! How cool is that?
And last but not least: December’s chilly air leads us to this Cozy London Affair! Full of bright details and a super-cozy venue, our favorite piece of this wedding are of course all the amazing vintage dresses the bride and bridesmaids wore! They are just BEYOND. Vintage never goes out of style!
We’re wrapping up a few projects for next week that we are very excited about. Thank you all so much for your continued readership and support of Ruffled! You all are endlessly inspiring and I can’t wait to share another great year with you lovely Ruffled readers!
Art-Deco weddings are inherently glamorous, but this wedding from Brian of Callaway Gable and Alexandra of Sterling Engagements takes glamour to a whole new level. The bride and her architect fiance themed their wedding day around travel and the 1930’s and the outcome is nothing short of stunning.
From the bride, Carrie: We love anything vintage from our own house to furniture to architecture. Michael is a LA history buff and enjoys learning about historical architecture of LA’s old beautiful buildings and Carrie also has an appreciation for such LA gems. Because of our love of historic buildings we knew we wanted to have our wedding at a historic place- Union Train Station and specifically the Fred Harvey Room Restaurant, was the perfect location for us. The architecture is gorgeous and because it is a symbol of travel, it suited us perfectly since we also love to travel. We have been to Ecuador, Mexico, many countries of Europe and backpacking throughout California.
My mother helped with many of the printed materials; she and her boyfriend made the “vintage punch train ticket” save the dates, art deco invitations, art deco menu cards and programs. We chose wedding attire that was close to the 30’s – 40’s. We had our guests sign vintage postcards instead of a guest book which were stored in an old cigar box and vintage suitcase. The escort cards, which were tickets to tables which were named for the countries that we had traveled to together and they were displayed in vintage suitcases that we actually have as decor in our house
We wanted to have international stations- Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin American cuisine- to go along with our travel theme. Also, we had time era signature drinks- Ramos Fizz and Basil Gin Gimlets during our happy hour. Our toasting glasses were my Nana’s. They are champagne glasses from the 1920’s.
From Alexandra of Sterling Engagements: I worked very closely with not only Carrie but also her mother Linda and they both were so detailed with every aspect of the day, there was not one element that was forgotten, every detail was covered and created extra special just for Carrie and Michael. It was so heartwarming to be a part of and execute on their behalf.
We had a blast at our wedding- dinner was fabulous and we wanted to make sure our guests had food that we enjoy to eat. While dinner was served guests listened to old classics such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. We loved the backdrop of Union Station for our pictures as a we wanted our pics to look vintage. Our photographers did an awesome job styling our pictures and choosing the best shots. Our pictures and our day was amazing – romantic and glamorous.
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Venue: The Fred Harvey Room at Union Station / Photography: Brian Callaway from Callaway Gable / Event Design: Sterling Engagements / Bride’s Makeup: Mariah Nicole / Catering: Auntie Em’s / Florist: Gilly Flowers and Events / Transportation: Classic Limos
I am awe-struck by this beautiful, vintage-done-right wedding. If part I of this vintage wedding wasn’t enough to take it all in, I’d like to bring you part II and their ballroom reception. I have oodles of Art Deco elegance inspiration from Lacey and Ben’s 1930s vintage wedding, captured by Sarah Yates.
From the bride, Lacey:
The reception was held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchant’s Exchange Building. It is an exquisite SF landmark building that houses one of the most stunning, warm, and inviting ballrooms you’ve ever seen. We chose the space for it’s history, period details, warmth and incredible staff. The space coordinator, Linda Hylen is truly phenomenal! She went out of her way to be sure every detail of my vision for the reception was realized (every item on the table was numbered, from the plate favor, to the place card holders and salt and pepper shakers) I had such a specific idea of how I wanted everything to look and Linda made all my dreams come true.
My shoes were re-created from an authentic vintage pair in my size (a real treat as I had recently undergone foot surgery and had no idea what I would do about shoes) by Al’s Attire. They even attached a 1931 silver sixpence to the underneath of my shoe to fit with the original rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”.
What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Authentic, Romantic, Dramatic, Polished, Elegant, and of course Vintage! Our color scheme came from spring and the vintage palette: using lilac, purple, cream and silver. I undertook many DIY projects for the wedding, mostly involved in collecting and re-designing vintage objects for our reception or clothing for our bridal party.
We wanted to steer away from creating a vintage “themed” wedding and sought more to create a wedding that someone might have attended 80 years ago. The whole design process began with graphic designer, Mara Taber, who worked with me to create a “movie” poster that represented our wedding. Using inspiration from romantic old films like “It Happened One Night” made in 1934 we created a film title, tag line, and she used it to make us the most gorgeous wedding website imaginable: http://ithappensthisspring.com.The most daunting project involved the collection of vintage plates to serve as favors for each guest. More specifically, I found a plate for each individual guest that’s design represented something that person loves or a memory we had shared together. (i.e. where they are from, a favorite food, or experience or memory of that guest). I then painted the guest’s name and our wedding date on the back of each plate. While an often overwhelming task, we wanted each guest to know how important they are to us and how much it meant to us to have them at our wedding. So we wanted each favor to focus on the guest and their relationship with my husband and I.
At the cocktail hour, my best friend and world-famous mixologist Joe McCanta (www.pursip.com) researched some of the oldest cocktails on record. He created a historically-detailed cocktail menu that involved 2 drinks that had very old ties to San Francisco, and the 3rd cocktail was one of the oldest cocktails that my husband and I happen to love: the Sazerac. Instead of a champagne toast, Joe McCanta created a brand-new champagne-based cocktail especially for my husband and I, called “The VerHage.”
Our guest book was an old registry book from a Vermont guest house that I had re-bound. We asked our guests to sign “amongst the historic signatures” so that past and present would come together in another instance at our wedding.
Our first dance song was performed by another good friend of my husband and I who is a brilliant musician, Brian, and at the conclusion of our dance our dance teacher, Cynthia Glinka invited the guests to join us in dancing as she and her partner A.C. Griffing gave the guests on the spot lessons and made them feel comfortable dancing to period music.
Lastly, throughout the night we had a table for coffee tasting. One of my husband’s passions is roasting coffee, so we had a wonderful local roastery offering a variety of coffees for the guests to sample (http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/).
The whole experience was truly a labor of love for me. Everyone involved made our wedding what it was: a true celebration of history, love, marriage, family, and friends coming together and sharing the incredible love that my husband and I share.
Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Photographer: Sarah Yates / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Wedding dress: Antique Dress / Shoes: custom by Al’s Attire / Makeup Artist: Makeup Mafia / Groom’s suit: eBay / Ceremony Musicians: Yee Duo / Cocktail Musician: Luke Franco / Reception Band: Royal Jazz Society Sextet / Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette / Invitations: Ceci New York / Videography: IN Films / Transportation: Classic Cable Car Charters and Art Deco Limo / Wedding Website: Mara Taber
Last year I featured Lacey and Ben’s vintage-inspired engagement session, and have been patiently waiting to share their wedding day ever since. You can picture my excitement when Sarah Yates sent over their images. We have a huge two parter to share today, so I am going to let Lacey, the bride, take the stage:
Details are extremely important to my husband (as a biomedical engineer) and I (as a film preservationist), and we really sought to make every part of the ceremony and reception have meaning to us. We wanted to remember and savor every moment and by concentrating on details we were able to remember everything! We did our best to include the historical background on our venues (found on our website), musical selections for the ceremony, and cocktail menu for the reception.
I enabled the enlarge feature on the vertical photos so you can catch all the details (just click on them to enlarge).
My dress was an authentic 1930s wedding gown. The gown and matching veil were purchased from antiquedress.com It was altered beautifully (while keeping the integrity of the era) by Diana Ackerman “the Threadbender” who specializes in restoring vintage wedding gowns.
Our ceremony was performed by one of my best friends and written by my husband and I. We wanted our ceremony to be polished and elegant, so we chose to have our musicians a part of our rehearsal day. We took the 1928 version of the “Book of Common Prayer” and adapted it to reflect our own beliefs while still utilizing the historic language. We selected music from past family weddings or favorite romantic pieces and the blessing of our marriage culminated in my father reading the words to a song my grandfather wrote for my parent’s wedding. Since my grandfather was a violinist, we had our wonderful ceremony musician the Yee Duo (Thomas & Jieun Yee) play the music and at the conclusion of the song we were pronounced “man and wife.” In this way we felt that in a way, the past and history of love would marry us.
We chose to have our wedding in San Francisco, California since it is where we first met and where our own love story began. Our ceremony was held at a beautiful 1930s chapel on the Presidio National Park. It is one of the most gorgeous and dramatic settings possible, it is intimate and historic inside, with sweeping views of the pacific ocean, Alcatraz, and period buildings outside.
Don’t be afraid of the details! Make your wedding unique to you and you will always cherish your memories as something personal and a reflection of your love.
Wedding Vendors (San Francisco, CA):
Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Photographer: Sarah Yates / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Wedding dress: Antique Dress / Shoes: custom by Al’s Attire / Makeup Artist: Makeup Mafia / Groom’s suit: eBay / Ceremony Musicians: Yee Duo / Cocktail Musician: Luke Franco / Reception Band: Royal Jazz Society Sextet / Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom / Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette / Invitations: Ceci New York / Videography: IN Films / Transportation: Classic Cable Car Charters and Art Deco Limo / Wedding Website: Mara Taber
Lee of Sakura Photo recently sent over this 1930s Gatsby inspired wedding shoot, and you all know that I have a thing or two for vintage weddings :) I just love how simple and attainable the ideas she presented are – from the feathers to the deep burgundy color, easy ideas for a 1930s wedding pour over these photos. The glorious Art Deco venue is the Stoneleigh Hotel located in Dallas, Texas. Big thanks to Lee for sharing!
Wedding Vendors (Dallas, Texas):
Aaryn and Paul’s rooftop wedding by Noa of Feather Love Photography was absolutely bananas! The elegant art deco design of the venue and jaw dropping views of Los Angeles were pure perfection. The majority of this wedding was a labor of love by Aaryn, Paul and their bridal party. One of Aaryn’s bridesmaids designed her gorgeous wedding dress, Paul designed and printed all of their stationery, and the flowers were arranged by Aaryn and her lovely ladies. Pretty impressive, huh?
From the bride, Aaryn:
On June 20, 2008 we had a tiny ceremony on the roof of my friend’s apartment building in West Hollywood. Kate, my bridal dress-maker and bridesmaid, was our minister during that ceremony.
So when it came time to plan our second and more traditional wedding we thought it only natural that we might have another rooftop wedding. I found an amazing venue located in Downtown Los Angeles that provides such a venue! Not only is the rooftop view of Downtown’s financial district breathtaking, but the original 1928 Art Deco architecture and decor weren’t too shabby.
My wedding dress was designed by one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Kate Kolb.
The colors for the wedding were purple and green, with the bridesmaids all wearing unique dresses in shades of purple.
We wanted our wedding to be colorful with an upscale Art Deco setting, a mixed-print floral theme and lots of DIY flare.
Because we are both graphic designers, we wanted to do a lot of the projects for the wedding ourselves. Paul works in the web-print-game world of graphics and I work in apparel doing textiles and tee shirts, so we tried to combine our talents and create an event that was true to our styles.
A few months before the wedding I took a floral design class at Glendale Community College. I designed the look of the bouquets and had my bridesmaids assist me in making all the bouquets, boutonneires and table arrangements.
Invitations and Place cards Designed and handmade by Paul and I. Home screen printing for all paper stationary was done using Gocco.
My husband picked out our adorable, and incredibly fitting cake topper.
Some advice from Aaryn:
Give yourself lots of time to plan everything, but make sure you are able to let go of anxiety as the day approaches, it’s all about having a good time.
To see more images from this wedding, make sure to check out Noa’s post on the Feather Love blog!
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Photographer: Feather Love Photography / Wedding Venue: Oviatt Penthouse / Bride’s Dress: Kate Kolb / Hair Stylist: Jennifer Injaian of Phoenix Salon / Makeup Artist: Cicada Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Helena Wirth Cakes / Cake Topper: Builders Studio
Happy Friday! What’s not to love about a crisp, all white wedding? White on white is a chic color combo that can be used year round, and it’s timeless. Add a dash of French charm with Art Deco, and what you’ll get is a wedding design that will leave you swooning for days. It was only fitting to include a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin heels.
First row: Frid Photography; second row: French Deco wedding invitations by Hello Lucky; third row: Art Deco wedding cake by Cakes by Francesca; fourth row: Christian Louboutin wedding shoes by Jen Huang; fifth row: left, dainty flower girl dress, from Martha Stewart; right, white on white tablescape shot by Sybrand Cillie; last row: all white dessert bar by Amy Atlas
This wedding was sent my way by an avid reader who spotted this gem and promptly emailed me to let me know of it. The vintage bride is a costume historian, so having a gorgeous Art Deco wedding true to its style but still keeping a fresh feel was an easy task. Her 1930s inspired wedding gown was designed and handmade by Nicole as well. Their wedding took place at Disney in Orlando, but it was certainly not your typical fairytale affair, no sir. Beautifully captured by Jensey and Nathan from Root Weddings, who recently launched a jaw dropping new site and blog.
I could go on forever talking about this wedding, but I will stop yapping and let the photos speak for themselves:
From the bride, Nicole:
I suppose most of it came from a 1930s and Art Deco inspiration. I’m a costume historian, so I have a strong interest in other times and I’ve always found the 1930s to be elegant without too many frills. The locations for the ceremony and reception we decided upon were heavily inspired by the early 20th century as well. I tried to bring the colors that worked with those areas, which were all based on a seaside theme, picking blue-greens and contrasting coppers. It was really fun to try to figure out a way to bring that vintage look into all the wedding aspects with out making it feel overdone. For the reception I wanted it to feel like an 1930s night club, so I choose jazz music and tried to find decorations that appeared in old photographs of clubs (mercury glass, palms, and peacock feathers). I also had a silhouette artist making favors, so I brought some vintage hats from home for the guests to wear during their sittings. I tried to DIY a lot of the wedding, even though Disney takes care of most of the event. I made the invitations, both of my gowns, my husbands suit, the bridesmaids coats and muffs, and the bridesmaids
made their own evening gowns to go under the coats. I also got to help with designing the cake, which was a very fun and new experience for me.
My advice for future brides would be to look for inspiration not just in wedding magazines, but in your locations and in places you wouldn’t necessarily associate with weddings. Our color scheme we originally found in one of my husbands video games which takes place in what was once an Art Deco utopia at the bottom of the ocean.
Wedding Vendors (Orlando, Florida):
Photographer: Nathan and Jensey of Root Weddings / Venue: Disney in Orlando / Wedding Dress: handmade by the bride / Officiant: Kevin Knox / Hair and Makeup: Patricia LeJeune / Shoes: My Vintage Sole / Vintage Parasols: Bella Umbrella / Top Hats: Gypsywitch Designs on eBay/Silhouettes illustrations seen at the reception: Kathryn Flocken from Paper Portraits / Bride’s hairpiece: Topsy Turvy on Etsy.
I’m on my way to Washington D.C as we speak headed to the B-List this weekend, but wanted to leave you with a vintage chic wedding from Australia. Trish from Tealily Photography sent me these photos a little while ago, but Marissa, the bride was kind enough to share a little bit about her wedding day after she and her husband came back from their honeymoon. It was worth the wait! You may recognize her Johanna Johnson gown from this post I did a few months ago on Art Deco wedding dresses.
From Marissa, the bride:
I LOVE all things vintage, but my particular style takes a modern twist on vintage, with clean lines and vintage features. My inspiration was a print advertisement for a major perfume campaign, and I decided to tie the wedding colour palette in with that. I feel that vintage styling exudes absolute elegance and has a classic, ethereal feel to it, which I really wanted to capture for our day, throughout every detail.
Given the vintage theme, we were married in a beautiful sandstone church I had selected which had amazing stained glass throughout and was quite old (for Australia) – it was built in the 1860’s. The dress, headpiece and veil were all chosen to reflect the vintage theme, but my necklace (which I had custom made from gold and smoky quartz) added a slightly modern touch. I also wore my great grandmother’s engagement ring to cover the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”.
We selected The Museum of Contemporary Art for our reception venue given the fact it was in a really impressive building right on Sydney Harbour, whilst essentially being a blank canvas inside which gave me the ability to put my mark on the wedding and really make it my own. I wanted to make the night unforgettable for the both of us, and also for everyone there.
It was really fun going through what I wanted to create for the wedding with the events company and looking at all they could provide – one of my favourite pieces was the 10 foot tall framed vintage mirror at the door with guests names and table settings printed on the glass as opposed to using escort cards. I had small birdcages on each table with large David Austin blooms wired around the cage with candles inside to create something secret garden-esque.
The MCA has a large terrace looking directly over Sydney Harbour which was fantastic – French doors from our room opened out on to the terrace and guests were flowing in and out all night, with guests upon entry being served cocktails and canape’s on the terrace prior to starting on their 3 course dinner.
We love music and so we had cello, violin and bass players at the church to create a lovely, emotional atmosphere, and a jazz band at the reception which was great and which everyone really enjoyed – people were dancing the entire night.
For me the definite highlights of the day were being pronounced as husband and wife of course, as well as the really beautiful speeches that my father and sisters gave about us at the reception, and my husband’s speech. I also chose to give a speech at the reception and seeing the happiness on the faces of my husband and parents when I spoke about what they mean to me and how loved they are will stay with me forever.