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Vintage Organic Australian Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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This wedding seems to be one of the most fun-filled days yet, with games aplenty for guests, both dogs and cats roaming around, and fireworks to round out the evening. The cutest detail? The bride and groom stood in a circle of flowers and shared their vows to each other in whispers. Thank you to the fantastic Julian Beattie for sharing his photographs with us!

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

From the photographer, Julian: This wedding was absolutely PACKED with details and awesomeness. It was held on a 100% organic avocado farm with a 100% vegetarian menu – a “carefree” ceremony where they whispered their vows .. and yeah, I could go on.

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

From the bride, Bek: Our wedding idea revolved around a vintage garden party – with cocktails and fun games in the afternoon then a long Italian style feast in the evening followed by dancing!

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

We had a splash of red going for the color scheme – red & white polka dot bunting, ribbons, table runners etc, mostly red flowers, drinks with red & white candy-striped straws, and of course I wore red shoes…

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

I am an artist & graphic designer, so I did all of the invitations, menus, name & table no. tags plus LOVE/JOY! tags on drinks & wine bottles. My family helped me put together all the bonbonniere packets (gifts of Baci chocolates in brown paper bags) with name tags and ribbons. I hand painted all of the signs on old bits of wood found around our farm. My mum and I also made red & white polka dot bunting. My partner (Rob) and his dad and friends renovated an old dairy bails on our farm to use as the kitchen/bar/lounge area. Plus they made the wooden benches (or ‘pews’) for the ceremony out of camphor wood from our farm. And a huge outdoor banquet table. The whole thing was pretty much a massive DIY project!

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure that whatever you do for your wedding day – it is what you and your husband-to-be would LOVE. And I recommend doing as much of it as you can with friends and family to help as this makes it a very unique and personalized event — make it a fun craft project! (Oh, and definitely get people to help where you can!)

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

carnival inspired vintage australian wedding

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Wedding vendors (Byron Bay, Australia):

Ceremony and reception location: Private Property / Wedding photographer: Julian Beattie of Kariz-Matik / Day-of wedding coordinator: Jane Magnus from Byron Bay Weddings & Events / Wedding flowers: Estelle Montlouis of The French Petal / Wedding dress: made by bride’s friend / Bride’s headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Earrings: Sweet Papillon / Stockings and cardigan: Alannah Hill / Wedding shoes: Chelsea Crew / Wedding hair and makeup: Stephanie Hosking / Flamenco musicians: Passion Flamenca / Wedding catering: Seaweed Cuisine / Wedding desserts: k’pane / Wedding invitations: Dolores Cupcake

Virginia Vineyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding is a study in all things lovely and cohesive. Christine and Tim met when they were just teenagers but their wedding eight years later was a grownup vineyard affair with quirky and personalized details. They handmade so many elements of their wedding day that the details came together to perfectly summarize their long courtship and their hopes for their marriage. The little graphic design elements- from those sweet silhouettes to the lovely paper goods- pull together the hundreds of ideas the couple gathered during their engagement to present a beautiful wedding weekend to their family and friends. A huge thanks to the oh-so-talented Heidi from Our Labor of Love by Heidi for sending it over!

al fresco vineyard wedding
From the bride, Christine: When we got engaged, we both knew that Charlottesville was where we would say our vows. It is a vibrant college town where I’d recently graduated, surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills, orchards, and vineyards and defined by a Southern charm and welcoming vibe unlike anywhere else. Take all that, add the stunning colors of fall, and you’ve got a little slice of what Tim and I are all about. We wanted to bottle that warmth and create a unique, personalized event by bringing together all those people we love most in a comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly FUN atmosphere where they could kick back, share a glass of wine, and become woven into the romantic history of the area.

al fresco vineyard wedding

al fresco vineyard wedding
Instead of a single wedding day, we chose a three-day wedding weekend so that our guests could have a getaway in Charlottesville; we hosted a bride vs. groom family soccer and frisbee match on the UVA Lawn, an apple-picking exploration in the orchards, and toured Jefferson’s Monticello. By wedding day, there was a magical buzz as everyone from all sides of our lives came together to create one cohesive family. It was exactly the feeling we’d both envisioned but never imagined would play out so perfectly.

Our goal for the wedding was to achieve homey, rustic, Virginian warmth. Our color scheme really played off the incredible fall tones evident in the grape vines and treetops in Charlottesville in October. Beyond that, our florist, Pat Roberts, was a genius at reading our minds in terms of turning our (sometimes scattered) ideas into an incredible, unifying reality.
al fresco vineyard wedding
Tim and I are high school sweethearts. We actually met on the first day of school our freshman year on the gym bleachers (and that’s where Tim proposed eight years later!) With that sort of history, it was only fitting that we get married in a spot where history surrounds you. The University of Virginia chapel is a gorgeous but intimate stone building in the middle of Grounds (UVA students don’t use the word “campus”) just adjacent to the Rotunda and the beautiful colonnades of the UVA Lawn. Its interior is defined by bold stained glass scenes and dark, rich wood tones. The location allowed us to have a lunch reception in a nearby garden after which we had UVA student guides lead our guests on a historic tour of Jefferson’s University, which is also a World Heritage Site.
stitched wedding programs
The reception site was a bit more complicated. After spending a full day hopping from vineyard to vineyard, Tim, my mom and I were tired, cranky, and ready to give up. We had one more stop and almost decided to forget it and head home! Thank goodness we didn’t, because as soon as we drove down the long, gravel lane to the gates outside Delfosse Vineyard and Winery, we knew we’d found something special. Nestled in the Charlottesville hills, Delfosse is a French-style vineyard with incredible wines and an even more impressive location and ambience. The property has a historic log cabin with a large, wrap-a-round porch overlooking the expansive views where we held our cocktail hour and a large open terrace where the dinner and reception took place. It was made even more perfect by the fact that the winery is owned and operated by one of my French teachers from the high school where Tim and I met!
al fresco vineyard wedding
After commissioning a graphic artist from New York to design a personalized silhouette as our cohesive wedding “icon”, we designed and then printed, lined, and hand crafted our invitations, welcome bag paper goods, programs, and menus with supplies from The Paper Source. We found a budding wedding calligrapher on Etsy for our envelopes.

We created our own welcome bags with goodies that had played prominent roles in our relationship or were special to Charlottesville. They included Old Dominion root beer, Route 11 Potato chips, Virginia salted peanuts, Swedish fish, sour patch kids, bottled water, and Juicy Fruit gum. We also included a welcome letter, custom map of the area, and lists of our favorite restaurants, bars, historic sites, hiking spots, and wineries.
stitched wedding programs
We used iron-on transfers of Tim and I’s individual silhouettes to customize the burlap runners we’d created for each table.My mom created the mason jar chandeliers that hung from the clear top tent at the reception. She aged 6- and 8-foot wooden planks and then screwed the mason jar tops into holes she’d drilled into the planks. The pillar candles illuminated the tent with a soft, romantic glow throughout the entire night!
al fresco vineyard wedding
I used an old window I’d salvaged from the trash and a white ink pen to create our seating assignment chart.We designed all the table names after funny memories, mostly self-deprecating humor of embarrassing moments, from our years together. Each card had a name on one side and the story on the other.
stitched wedding programs

al fresco vineyard wedding
We hand stamped hundreds of white paper bags with our custom silhouette to create lanterns to illuminate the walk down from the cocktail hour in a historic cabin on the property to the reception tent down below. This was also the pathway we drove back up to get to the cabin where we spent our wedding night!
al fresco vineyard wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think a lot of brides question whether taking the time and energy to dabble in what might seem like minute details is really worth it. To me, what made Tim and I’s nuptials so incredibly special were the personalized details we’d worked on together over the course of the prior year – from the paper goods we’d designed and hand crafted individually to the violinist and trumpeter Tim had secretly hired to play during the recessional a la “Love Actually” to the surprise groom’s cake inspired by a book Tim had written as a second grader to the table names based on hilarious and/or important moments during our long courtship to the dance Tim and I’d choreographed for our first dance (which included a “Dirty Dancing” element and the robot). These were the things that made our day “ours,” and they are the things that our guests continue to bring up time and time again. So, my advice is to go for it – take the extra time, listen to every crazy idea that pops into your head and make it happen. It’s completely and entirely worth it!

The corresponding piece of advice is to book your key vendors as early as possible and pay attention to reviews and references. That way you have a creative, reliable crew who can execute the big picture stuff and free up time for you to focus on your own special, personalized additions!

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: Canon in D by Pachelbel, played by my little brother on saxophone
Recessional: Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, played by our long-time friend and professional organist Donny Isaac and two UVA students on violin/trumpet Tim hired as a surprise (mimicking the opening scene from Love Actually)
First Dance: “Everything” by Michael Buble, remixed and played live by our amazing band, 10 Spot

Wedding Vendors (Charlottesville, Virginia):

Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia chapel / Reception Venue: Delfosse Vineyard and Winery, Faber, Virginia / Photographer: Our Labor of Love by Heidi / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection “Maeve” gown / Veil: cathedral-length, also from Priscilla of Boston / Wedding Shoes: bronze Enzo Angiolini heels / Hair and Makeup: Julia Shifflett (no website) / Bridesmaids dresses: mistmatched from Anthropologie, J.Crew, Banana Republic and other small boutiques / Groom and Groomsmen suits: Heritage Italian wool shadow plaid suit vests and pants from Banana Republic, different color Argyle socks from Brooks Brothers / Wedding Band: 10 Spot / Caterer: Pierce at 20 South / Flowers: Pat’s Florals / Bride and Groom Wedding Cakes: Paradox Pastry / Donuts: Carpe Donut / Stationery: silhouettes designed by BDUB / Calligraphy: Danielle Writes / Transportation: Vintage 1959 MA convertible from Sports Car Rentals

Sweetly Intimate Mountain Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Michelle and Doug’s Oregon wedding was all about declaring their love in front of family and friends… and then making sure those family and friends had a great time! Set in the scenic Pacific Northwest mountains, the couple added endless homemade details made possible by loving family and talented friends. Thanks Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative for sharing!

mountain wedding

When Doug and I were planning our wedding we kept thinking “upscale barbeque.” The most important thing to us was that our family and friends would have fun, so we decided to have various activities available. The property of the Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast is spacious and spectacularly beautiful. It was so fun to watch people playing horseshoes, bean bag toss, and doing 3-legged sack races right up until dusk.

mountain wedding

We used Mason jars instead of beer and wine glasses – each guest wrote their name on their jar and kept it with them all night. Seating assignments were done with simple gift tags and stamped numbers…Table numbers were simply tied to the flower centerpieces.

mountain wedding
mountain wedding
mountain wedding

Instead of a guest book we had guests write a wish for us on “wish flags” that hung on a line with clothespins; our own Mt. Hood version of the Himalayan Prayer Flag. We liked the idea that the mountain winds would carry the wishes of our loved ones to us.

mountain wedding
mountain wedding
mountain wedding

We didn’t have a formal wedding party. Instead, one of our favorite touches of the wedding was when my two nieces (age 13 and 4) pulled our 10-month old daughter down the aisle in a Radio Flyer wagon!

mountain wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Borrow lots of ideas from wedding blogs! Don’t worry about anything on the day of the wedding, like weather or last minute details. At that point it’s out of your hands and all you can do is sit back and enjoy your day. It’s really true what people say – it goes by in the blink of an eye, so really savor every beautiful moment.
mountain wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Parkdale, OR):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast / Florist: Groom’s mother and aunt / Photographer: Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative / Caterer: Blossoms Catering (at the Hood River Hotel) / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo from The English Dept / Hairpiece: Twigs and Honey / Groom’s Suit: Adam Arnold / Wedding invitations: Mike Hirshon, illustrator

Chichester Picnic Wedding

Bohemian Weddings, Real Weddings

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Some of you may remember Lisa Devlin who shot Lauri and Stuart’s epic vintage wedding (and part II here). A few weeks later, Lisa got to shoot Lauri’s cousin Bec and her groom Matt’s laidback and equally delightful wedding and she is back to share it with us. Deck chairs, pinwheels and lawn games, this wedding has a little bit of kitsch, a little bit of quirkiness and a whole lot of fun!

 bride and groom at seaside and yellow pink blue plaid tablecloth
 folding lawn chairs and blanket
 folding lawn chairs for ceremony
 vintage old car and groom
 cute dog at wedding
 heart frying pan and purple socks on groom
 lawn chairs beach chairs for wedding
 vintage handkerchiefs for ceremony
 dahlias flowers for wedding centerpieces
 gingham tablecloth and infusion jars
 guestbook card tags well wishes
 lucky just married horseshoe
 green grass ceremony site

Wedding Venues (Chicester, UK):

Venues: Assembly Rooms in Chicester, Duncton Village Hall, Petworth Park / Photographer: Lisa Devlin / Crockery: Mad Hatter (Hannah Elford) +44 (0)7725851192 / African Drummers: Batafon Arts / Wedding Dress: Proposals / Deck chairs: Uncle Mick

1920s Inspired Wedding II

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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If you are looking for a gorgeous, strikingly chic vintage wedding, then today is your day. Earlier we showed you part I of Victoria and Graeme’s 1920s inspired wedding, and now we’re back to show you the reception and their portraits. Oh my, their portraits… Big thanks to Simon Fazackarley for sharing their wedding with us! When I didn’t think this wedding could be any more amazing, Victoria tells me they walked down the aisle to David Bowie’s Heroes. Shut. the. door.

 bride and groom first look happy smiling
 bride and groom vintage first look
 bride and groom hug and kiss

From the bride: We were going for a vintage summer picnic, very relaxed and informal with plenty of champagne and cocktails with home made elderflower cordial! It was very DIY, I made most of the decorations myself (with a little help from Graeme and other friends and family). There was no particular colour theme, though I tried to stick to more muted pastel colours.

 bride and groom embrace loving
 bride and groom kissing vintage wedding
 felt hearts in a jar
 wedding guests looking at displays
 smiling bride and groom happy
 champagne and drinks with striped straws
 ice cream chalkboard sign
 tags as wedding guestbook
 table settings and tags for seating cards
 red white striped straw and bride
 vintage table settings with clothespin

We ignored tradition and combined the wedding cake and dessert into one. And instead of spending a fortune on a shop made wedding cake I asked all our friends to bring along a cake or dessert to contribute to the cake buffet. My sister in law stayed up the night before making hundreds of profiteroles and I spent the day before my wedding baking (it was surprisingly relaxing) I ended up making three cakes – courgette, elderflower and strawberry shortcake.

 maroon burgundy bow tie
 red and white wedding table settings
 wine and small table centerpieces decor
 wedding dessert bar
 bride and groom at beautiful water seaside
 groom having fun with guests
 horseshoes fun lawn games at wedding

Advice from the bride: Don’t worry about flouting tradition and doing things the way you want. We didn’t have a traditional wedding cake cutting. We walked down the aisle as man and wife to David Bowie’s Heroes. We wrote our own kooky vows and we spent our first night as man and wife in a tent. Just have fun, enjoy yourselves and take everyone else along for the ride! The day will go so quickly, so make sure you sit back and take it all in once in a while.

 bouquet toss to waiting wedding guests
 happy smiling bride and groom funny

Wedding Vendors (Sussex, UK):

Ceremony and reception location: Laughton Barn / Florist: DIY flowers, purchased from a supermarket / Photographer: Simon Fazackarley / Wedding Dress: Sarah Arnett / Hair Accessories: Etsy seller Romancingthebling / Jewelry: Bride’s grandmother’s and mother’s / Shoes: Dune / Feather shrug: Principles / Groom’s suit: Gresham Blake / DJ: a friend of the couple / Caterer: Circa Events / Dessert bar: potluck by friends and family / Wedding invitations: created by groom, a designer

1920s Inspired Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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When Victoria, the bride, sent over her engagement session and told me about her wedding plans, I immediately jumped at the chance to share her story and images. If you were smitten by the teaser I posted yesterday as much I was, be ready to ooh and ah over her wedding. Their sweet ceremony is only part one of Victoria and Graeme’s feature and a glimpse of their insanely beautiful vintage wedding in Sussex, UK. The perfectly sweet images are by Simon Fazackarley, who was kind to share them with us today.

 groom kissing brides hand
 wedding outfit brides dress gown shoes

From the bride: It was Graeme’s idea initially, he suggested we get married at the Charleston farmhouse in Sussex (home of Virginia Wolfe’s sister) and the whole idea of a vintage 1920s theme came from there. When we found out Charleston was unavailable we decided to just go ahead with the original theme anyway. We both love that era and we wanted an excuse to go vintage!

 bride and groom talking after wedding
 holding hands bride and groom outdoor wedding
 happy bride and groom during toasts
 bride and groom walking together aisle

When we first went to see the venue, the sun was setting over the South Downs and gleaming off the ponds. A group of geese were grazing at the other end of the field – we couldn’t have found a nicer venue. Another couple had dropped out of the first weekend in August, freeing up the 7th for our wedding. It seemed like fate!

 wing tip shoes vintage wedding
 happy laughing bride and groom
 kissing happy couple wedding bride and groom
 

My dress was by a local, Brighton based designer called Sarah Arnett. She was having an end of line, closing down sale for her ready to wear collection and I dragged Graeme along to go take a look (I’ll admit it, I was scared of going alone because of all those ladies you hear about – grabbing and ripping clothes out of each others hands). I saw the dress! Another woman was just returning it after trying it on and I pounced on it, it was worth it. I grabbed myself a ridiculous bargain – £100 reduced from £1700.

 bride and groom celebrating confetti toss

Check back soon for part two. Victoria will be back to share more details about their insanely beautiful day!

Wedding Vendors (Sussex, UK):

Ceremony and reception location: Laughton Barn / Florist: DIY flowers, purchased from a supermarket / Photographer: Simon Fazackarley / Wedding Dress: Sarah Arnett / Hair Accessories: Etsy seller Romancingthebling / Jewelry: Bride’s grandmother’s and mother’s / Shoes: Dune / Feather shrug: Principles / Groom’s suit: Gresham Blake / DJ: a friend of the couple / Caterer: Circa Events / Dessert bar: potluck by friends and family / Wedding invitations: created by groom, a designer

Croquet Bridal Shower

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Corinne of What a Day! Photography sent over what to me is considered the most fun, boho chic bridal shower! Hawaii could be the one to blame for such a chic laid back vibe. What else do you need besides a glass of bubbly and friends? Love the idea of incorporating lawn games such as croquet.

Bridal Shower on a Picnic Blanket
Adorable Croquet Bridal Shower Bride
A Bountiful Bridal Shower Spread
Croquet Bridal Shower
Champagne with Raspberries
Croquet Bridal Shower
Croquet Bridal Shower
Vintage Croquet Props
Croquet Bridal Shower
Croquet Bridal Shower
Croquet Bridal Shower
Champagne and Flowers
Croquet Bridal Shower at Dusk