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Nashville Inspired Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When this wedding from Alison Conklin landed in our inbox, we knew within seconds we wanted to feature it. Bride Amber filled the day with details (some taken from Ruffled!) that were personally meaningful for this non-traditional couple, right down to the wedding cake — which was made by the bride’s 15-year-old sister! Keep reading for some inspiration from this 1960s Nashville-inspired wedding:

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From the bride, Amber: Our biggest goal while planning our wedding was to have it be both a reflection of us as individuals, and as a couple. We also wanted to blend both old & new, showing our guests that just because we’re non-traditional ourselves, didn’t mean that we wanted to disconnected ties with all traditions. Lastly – we wanted the whole process and day of to be a lot of fun.

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Our starting point for a theme was 1950s/1960s Nashville. John and I have visited there a couple of times together and have just fallen in love with the music scene, southern hospitality and the food! Because we both love all things vintage, this naturally played a large role in the decor.

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There were a TON of DIY projects involved in this wedding. Here’s a list:
-Hand-painted burlap table runners
-Hand-dyed doily garland
-Groomsmens’ bowties made using vintage fabric
-Bridesmaids’ dress hangers and button rings
-AJ DIY Marquee sign
-Vintage style concert posters, I designed them in Photoshop and had them printed on Vistaprint
-Painted dessert stands
-Banners for around the reception
-45rpm record place cards
-Ruffled streamers
-Here comes the bride banner
-Doily poms at the end of pews
-Flags & lavender sachets for post-ceremony parade

vinyl place settings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re doing a lot of projects yourself, it is NEVER too early to get started. Get as much done ahead of time as you can! Also – keep yourself as organized as possible. I swear by a wedding binder. It’s a great place to keep all of your contracts, to do lists, inspiration, etc.

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newlyweds first dance


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: Four Seasons Spring Movement, Vivaldi
Bride’s Processional: Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody
Recessional: Symphonie No. 2, Op. 13, No. 2, Charles Marie Widor
First Dance: “Picture in a Frame,” Tom Waits
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “You’re the One,” The Black Keys

Wedding Vendors (Easton, PA):

Wedding Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Reception: Third Street Alliance / Wedding Photographer: Alison Conklin / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Wedding Shoes: Discount Dance / Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair: Ashley’s Main Street Styles (Coopersburg, PA) / Groom’s Outfit: Express / Bow Tie: Countess Mara / DJ: Soundscape DJ Entertainment / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Bride’s Family / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Maloney / Cake Topper: Simply Silhouettes

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

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BBQ, Rock ‘n Roll Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Erin and Jason’s love for music sparked their inspiration for their own wedding. Starting on a high note (pun intended),Katherine O’Brien Photography shot their engagement session at a record store, which carried through to their wedding day with lots of good music, two bands and dancing shoes.

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BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

From Katherine, the photographer: Erin & Jason were inspired by their love of music and the city of Austin for their awesome wedding at Star Hill Ranch! They printed and framed classic vintage photos of their favorite musicians for their table arrangements and seating charts. They also had their two favorites bands play a street dance in the middle of Star Hill Ranch’s main street. The Trisha’s opened and then T bird and the Breaks played until their exit. The first dance “Big River” by Johnny Cash, Jason is also a musician and played “The Weight” by The Band and Erin and her family started off the Father Daughter dance with “My Girl” by The Temptations.

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Wedding Venue + Vendors (Austin, Texas):

Venue: Star Hill Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Caterer: Patrick Taylor Bands: T Bird and the Breaks and The Trisha’s / Flowers: Central Market by Donna Foster / Dress: Alexia Gavela / Grooms’ Suit: Al’s Formal Wear / Rings: Custom by Boaz Arch / Invites: Sweet Nothings By Shari Fors / Cakes: Central Market

Katherine O’Brien Photography is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here. If you’re a vendor and would like to apply, please click here.

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Okay, this couple is almost painfully gorgeous. This is rock ‘n’ roll chic at its finest, complete with a mullet — yes, I said mullet — style wedding dress. The bride pulls it off wonderfully, don’t you think? Most of all, that all-white dessert table has me positively swooning… Each image was perfectly captured by Yuriy and Julia Manchik.

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Wedding songs:
Processional: Song from a Secret Garden by Alexander Rybak
Processional: “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Crocker
Recessional: “Amado Mio,” Pink Martini

Wedding Vendors (Federal Way, WA):

Ceremony venue: Annie Wright Chapel / Reception venue: Slavic Gospel Church / Wedding photographer: Yuriy and Julia Manchik / Wedding flowers: Bea Belindean / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal / Wedding shoes: Christian Louboutin / Jewelry: Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ dresses: See by Chloe / Groom’s suit: Nordstrom / Wedding musician: Anastasia and Vitaliy Belonozhko / Wedding catering: Mariya Manchik / Wedding invitations: done by bride

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Retro Nautical Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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We’re kicking off the week with a deliciously fun rockabilly Florida wedding shot by Shannon Nicole Smith. Michelle and Steven’s wedding is chock full of heartfelt touches and vintage details. Michelle is also a wedding photographer, so it’s always a good day at Ruffled HQ whenever we get a real wedding of a pro!

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From Juli Vaughn of Juli Vaughn Designs who helped Michelle create her retro Nautical / vintage theme through tons of DIY ideas:
Michelle was a blast to work with because she had a very clear vision of what she wanted the wedding to “feel” like. She had these amazing pictures of 50’s and 60’s Nautical scenes and she wanted to work from that idea and keep the wedding very “homemade.” I loved her colors so much because they’re so fresh: Cherry Red, Navy, Light Creamy Peach, Sunny Yellow, and a delicious Minty Blue.

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She really did most of the personalized DIY stuff – everything from making flower accessories for each of her bridesmaids out of zippers to constructing her bolero and birdcage veil. She worked tirelessly – she was still sewing the backdrop for her photobooth the night before which was adorable and slightly crazy! I helped her with making sure the accessories went together and added to the look rather than distracted. We taped tons of “button flowers”, glued paper leaves, and sewed nautical flags together. One of the things she really loved and wanted was birds somewhere and I came up with the idea to make the birdtoppers for her cake instead of trying to buy them because they can get really pricey. They’re one of my favorite things from her wedding because they captured her colors and that homemade feel so perfectly.

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From Shannon: The bottle they are holding has a lot of meaning for them. For fear of butchering the story, I will tell you all that it was once filled with their love letters and buried under a rock in the earlier years of their relationship, was dug up many years later during Steven’s proposal, and was now thrown into the ocean on the day of their wedding. If you are a young bachelor, please take notes. Steven has got the ‘romance’ department cornered. The two of them together care for each other, take care of each other, and spoil each other in the most loving ways and it is definitely awesome to witness.
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From the bride, Michelle:
What I made myself was my bolero and veil, most of the accessories my bridesmaids, sisters, mom wore, unique for each one, I made my little brothers bow-tie, signage and decor for all the baked goods, candy buffet, photo booth backdrop & props, glass bottle with our letters to one another. My mother along with the help of my 6 sisters and 1 brother baked and decorated each one of the amazing baked goods including the absolutely gorgeous and delicious wedding cake!

Gathered/purchased/thrifted (Vintage touches): coca-cola wooden crates, polka dot paper, buttons for the buttonieres, parasols, paper staws, vintage compass for Steven as a gift, and old fashion candy to give that vintage feel.

Sentimental: my necklace was given to me by my dad as a gift from an old antique market years ago, My mom made and decorated all the baked goods and wedding cake, family gathered during the ceremony.

Wedding Photography: Shannon Nicole Smith at SNS Photography and Event Planning and Design by Juli Vaughn Designs

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Michelle + Dave’s Classic Vintage Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Michelle and Dave’s gorgeous rockabilly inspired wedding took place at the Baldwin School in Philadelphia. The bride’s gorgeous vintage inspired look is just perfection! Another beautiful wedding shot by the talented Nadine from Love Me Do Photography. Fabulous hair and makeup by Alanna from I Love Salon Blush.

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Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
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Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly

See more photos from this 50’s inspired wedding on Love Me Do’s blog here.

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Candace + Rodney's Intimate Reception

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Candace and Rodney were married a couple weeks before and wanted to throw a big party to celebrate. The ridiculously talented Joey and Jessica Seawell took them out for a love session around Greensboro, North Carolina, near where the reception took place at Natty Greene’s. Candace’s bridal style is darling. Her short wedding dress and cardigan are so vintage chic!

Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina

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Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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