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Lawyers In Love Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Meghan Christine

I’m tickled pink that today’s shoot was inspired by the love story of the stylist’s own parents. Given that her parents met in law school, Margaux of Harmony Creative Studio styled a shoot incorporating cheeky law and justice references and darling vintage details, all photographed by the lovely Meghan Christine Photography.

lawyers in love wedding shoot photo by Meghan Christine via ruffledblog.com

lawyers in love wedding shoot photo by Meghan Christine via ruffledblog.com

From the event stylist, Margaux of Harmony Creative Studio: This shoot was inspired by my parents, who met in Law School during the mid-1970s. Circumstances kept them from having an actual wedding, so they eloped with only two friends present. This is what I think their wedding might look like today, with different vintage elements worked in. The theme of ‘Lawyers in Love’ was a natural fit: touches like the green law lamp, balance scales, vintage paperweights and yellow legal paper translate the theme in a sophisticated way.

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We integrated the signing of the marriage certificate into the actual ceremony, with a large showpiece the couple could frame later. The invitation wording was also a play on a court summons. The upstairs ‘Library Room’ at The Victorian was perfect for our Law theme. Our ceremony was flanked by vintage lampshade mobiles, and the sound was provided by an amazing sound system packed into a vintage suitcase, from our friends at Hi-Fi Luggage! What a perfect way to get your groom interested – guys love killer audio systems! All of their pieces are iPod friendly, so you can DIY your wedding music!

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hanging lampshade displays // photo by Meghan Christine via ruffledblog.com

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I thought it would be cool to have one of the bookcase shelves packed with flowers. Recycled Love Story made it happen! The photobooth backdrop is actually plastic garden fencing (available at any home improvement store!), which had ribbons and vintage fabric cut into 1″ strips weaved through. My parents share a love of cookies, so we created an ‘Old School’ Cookie Bar, with such favorites as Oreos and Nutter Butters. For me, adding vintage touches is not about translating a time period exactly, but taking the best elements of eras past and making them your own. Personal touches like a family heirloom locket for your ceremony can contrast with statement earrings for your bridal shoot. I think if my mother were young now, this is something she would have done.

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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Santa Monica, CA / Photographer: Meghan Christine Photography / Shoot Concept, Event Design, Vintage Props and Fashion Styling: Harmony Creative Studio / Floral Design: Recycled Love Story / Venue: The Victorian / Tea Length Dress: Unique Vintage / Lace Dress: Nordstrom / Hair: Lauren Prohaska Hairstyling / Make Up: Kassandra Karr Beauty / Vintage Dinnerware: The Vintage Table Company / Custom Vintage Luggage Audio Systems: Hi-Fi Luggage / Paper Goods: Amanda Habbershaw Creative / Models: Laura Yochum and Ryan Poole

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Carnival-Themed DC Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Happiest of Wedding Wednesdays to you! This vintage carnival wedding is hot off the presses, brought to us by the lovely ladies of Amber Karson Events. Sarah and Joe chose an old amusement park right outside of Washington DC for their wedding, which included old carnival games and swing dance lessons for guests. Shall we begin?

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From Amber Karson Events: Sarah and Joe were married at Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown Campus followed by a reception in an old Bumper Car Pavilion at historic Glen Echo Park. Sarah and Joe love to swing dance and often visit the park on Friday nights to dance. It was a perfect choice for their wedding reception. For the bar, ared & white striped tent placed in the corner of the Bumper Car Pavilion served as our festive bar for the evening. A vintage cash register served as a holder for cocktail napkins & straws atop the bar. For the Carnival Alley, guests mingled around the Pavilion and had fun playing a few favorite carnival games including Win A Goldfish, Ring Toss, and Tic Tac Toe. We loved the vintage looking signage made by Gourmet Invitations for each carnival game.

Wedding vendors (Washington, DC):

Ceremony venue: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University / Reception venue: Glen Echo Park / Wedding Planning & Event Design: Amber Karson Events / Wedding photographer: Sam Hughes Photography / Flowers: Elegance & Simplicity / Catering: Main Event Caterers / Dessert: Georgetown Cupcakes / Videographer: Hello Super 8 / Invitations & Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations / Band: Dr. Zoot / Balloon Artist: Balloon Affairs of Frederick / Tent & Carnival Games: Talk of the Town / Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth / Bride’s dress: Hannelore’s / Bridemaid’s Dresses: Aria / Hair: Hair by Jewels / Make-Up: Kiki D’talien / Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Gourmet Invitations is part of Blue Label, our handy dandy local vendor guide.

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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New York Picnic Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Delia and Jeff’s wedding is jam packed with DIY. Along with lots of little handmade details, the rain and the stories they have to tell are really what makes this wedding so sweet. Shot by Boston photographer Channing Johnson, this woodsy New York wedding will have us pinning from end to end!

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upstate New York picnic wedding
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upstate New York picnic wedding
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upstate New York picnic wedding
upstate New York picnic wedding
upstate New York picnic wedding
upstate New York picnic wedding
upstate New York picnic wedding

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We had always envisioned people lounging around on blankets, playing cards and field games, dancing and frolicking, but we also wanted to balance the casual vibe with a sophisticated look.

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Something will always go wrong – be prepared ahead of time to laugh it off! When things get tough, it’s so easy to forget the real reason you’re arranging those flowers, baking those cupcakes or packaging your favors. You’re getting MARRIED- and that’s an awesome thing on its own.

Delia also shared the ups and downs of having a DIY wedding, as well as all of her insights and lessons learned on her blog.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Skin of Our Yellow Country Teeth” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Salt Point, New York):

Venue: Salvato Mill / Photographer: Channing Johnson / Florist: DIY with flowers from Fifty Flowers / Wedding Dress: handmade / Crown: handmade by the bride / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo heels, Christian Louboutin flats / Bridesmaid Dresses: handmade by the bride / Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman suit, Banana Republic shirt / Groomsmen Ties: Penguin / Caterer: Rossi’s Deli / Wedding Cake: DIY / Wedding invitations: DIY using paper, envelopes, stamps and prints from Paper Source and Paper Presentation; Jeff Hinchee designed and screen printed the vintage image on the front of the booklet

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Handcrafted Sussex Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Today we’re going across the pond to share another stylish British wedding, this time shot by Browns Photography. What wasn’t handcrafted by friends and family was purchased vintage, like Anna’s vintage lace wedding dress. It’s true that we envy British brides for their endless options of quaint and idyllic venues, but not quite like this one. Anna and Rakesh were married at Bluebell Railway, an old train station in West Sussex. SO much more to see in the gallery!
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding


Browns Photography. What wasn’t handcrafted by friends and family was purchased vintage, like Anna’s vintage lace wedding dress. It’s true that we envy British brides for their endless options of quaint and idyllic venues, but not quite like this one. Anna and Rakesh were married at Bluebell Railway, an old train station in West Sussex. View all images in the gallery

Watch the video by Lauren Pires:

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “Come Softly” – the Fleetwoods

First dance: “I Gotta Know”- Wanda Jaskson

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Highbrook, West Sussex, UK):

Photographer: Browns Photography / Decor: DIY by friends and family / Groom’s Suit: Gresham Blake / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Avey / Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Dresses: handmade / Flowers: Miss Moles Flower Emporium / Cake and Catering: DIY / Music: friends and family / Venue: Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station / Reception: Highbrook Village Hall / Stationery: DIY

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Whimsical Wedding in Virginia

Whimsical Weddings

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The adorableness of this wedding is too much for words. With just the right dose of whimsy, Erin and David’s wedding shot by Jodi Miller Photography makes me weak in the knees. It’s no secret how much I love her Melissa Sweet tea length gown, but I particularly love how it ties in with their super darling nuptials. More to see and pin in the gallery.




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Jodi Miller Photography makes me weak in the knees. It’s no secret how much I love her Melissa Sweet tea length gown, but I particularly love how it ties in with their super darling nuptials. More to see and pin in the See all images in the gallery

Erin + David’s handmade Jewish wedding took place at the historic home, Sundara in Boones Mill, VA. They wanted a playful, but sweet wedding with lots of personal details made by the bride herself. They had originally planned for their entire wedding to be outside, but because of a long afternoon storm, their wedding plans were quickly changed and everything was held under the reception tent. To play up their whimsical wedding, they incorporated hearts all over the wedding, from the invitations, to the centerpieces and the balloons Erin carried around during their “first look”. Even Erin’s dress, hair piece, and cute pink flats added an amount of whimsy to their wedding aesthetic.

Wedding Venue and Vendors (Boones Mill, VA):

Venue: Sundara / Photographer: Jodi + Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography / Event Coordinator: Patty Trostle of Sundara / Makeup: Jolene of Les Cheveux / Hair: Brandy of Les Cheveux / Cake/Caterer: Center Stage Catering / Florist: Creative Occasions / Officiant: Mr. Robert Freed, Uncle of Bride / Band: The Winn Brothers Band / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet purchased from Priscilla of Boston / Hair Accessories: Twigs and Honey / Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Steve Madden / Groom’s suit: Indochino / Stationery: The Paper Ship / Calligraphy: Katherine Meiller / Ketubah: Stephanie Caplan / Other paper goods and streamers: DIY

Handmade Melbourne Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Last year we shared Cath and TJ’s engagement session, shot by talented Australian photographer Adrian Tuazon. Today Catherine is back to share a little bit about her wedding day with us! The images below are just a glimpse of how sweet their day was — join us in the gallery for more.

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Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress
Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

We both agreed that we wanted our wedding to feel like every party we have ever wanted to go to, ever. That meant keeping things casual and fun, low-fuss, and filled with as many nostalgic childish things as possible.
Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Our theme began as an obsession with collecting old teacup sets, something that I have been doing since I was 19. Over the years I had managed to amass over 100 of them, and these became our gifts for each guest. From there, the theme became really broad, encompassing childhood nostalgia (scrabble piece, vintage Golden Books, lolly buffet, ice-cream van), op-shop jumble sale and traditional country wedding elements like hay bales and crazy dancing.

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

Start planning/freaking out about DIY projects early in the process to avoid the classic last minute DIY-induced repetitive strain injuries. Tell your fiance at least once every week that no, the wedding will not be too girlie, and yes, he can have his favorite boutique beer at the reception. Enjoy looking at wedding blogs for inspiration but remember that in the end your day will be special to you, not matter how it ends up looking.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “Space They Cannot Touch” – Kate Miller-Heidke
Recessional: “Hold You In My Arms” – Ray LaMontagne
First Dance: “Heart It Races” – Architecture in Helsinki

Cath and TJ’s engagement session, shot by talented Australian photographer Adrian Tuazon. Today Catherine is back to share a little bit about her wedding day with us! The images below are just a glimpse of how sweet their day was — View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Mornington, Australia):

Ceremony: St Peters Anglican Church / Reception: Briars Park, Mouth Martha / Florist: Flowergirls / Wedding Photographer: Adrian Tuazon / Wedding Dress: Wallflower Vintage / Hair Piece: whichgoose / Groomsmen Ties: herANDishop / Caterer: MOREish Catering / Desserts: Create Great Cake, Aussie Soft Serve / Wedding invitations: DIY by bride / Decor: DIY by bride

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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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Minnesota DIY Barn Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend for those of you in the U.S! Mysti and Dietrich’s wedding shot by Brandon Werth Photography is ushering us into another week of gorgeous nuptials, and it couldn’t begin in a better way than with a vintage DIY wedding. The couple handmade most of the details for their wedding, which you can see in full in the gallery.

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Rustic/Vintage was our main theme but I also wanted it to be elegant, which mainly happened because of the sheer number of flowers we had! I wanted lots of color, but not so much that it was busy or distracting, so we did a lot of pastel colors, which also fit in with the vintage feel.

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vintage kinfolk wedding

[Our wedding was] vintage, country-chic, elegant, rustic, colorful, DIY… Our color scheme was mainly spring colors: greens, yellows, orange, light pink and then a dark dark reddish color for some contrast. Our entire wedding was DIY. A year in advance we went to my husband’s aunt’s house in the woods and found dozens of tree stumps (for our cakes) and “tree cookies” (for our place card holders) and let them dry over the winter. We bought fabric, cut, sewed, and made our tablecloths.

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I made about 100 garlands out of paper punches and found old vintage windows that we hung in the barn to display pictures of me and my husband when we were kids and wedding pictures our our ancestors.I bought frames and house numbers and painted and assembled them to make our table numbers. I created our placecards using an online polaroid maker program and each one was a picture of the guest – I then painted frames with lace strips to hold them.

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I also took a giant bulletin board and lined it with vintage paper to create a “guest board” where guests could write (on note cards or the typewriter) us a message or answer 1 of 3 questions:
1. What should we name our kids?
2. What should we do for our first anniversary?
3. What is a piece of marriage advice you have?

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Brandon Werth Photography is ushering us into another week of gorgeous nuptials, and it couldn’t begin in a better way than with a vintage DIY wedding. The couple handmade most of the details for their wedding, which you can View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
Throughout the wedding planning process I was lucky enough to have supportive people that wanted our wedding to truly be an expression of us and our style and creativity and everyone wanted to help make things. I think it can be helpful to be aware of traditions and “rules” about how and when to do certain things, but don’t get hung up on it. There is no ultimate rule or way to do anything. I just tried to shake it up and just do what felt right and appropriate for us, even if it was “outside the box.” Some people might expect certain things, but its ultimately your day and if you make it meaningful and personal and about you two everyone will enjoy it and be impressed.

Also a note about DIY – I am VERY detail oriented and created dozens of little crafts and details and decorations, but the reality of DIY is that at some point you have to let go. There was a point when I had to stop and wasn’t done, but I had to just trust my husband and our families to finish putting together my vision and it was more perfect than I could have imagined.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “The Lover’s Waltz” – Instrumental

Recessional: “All you Need is Love” – Instrumental

Reception Entrance song: “You are The Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

First Dance song: “That’s How Strong my Love is” – Otis Redding

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Red Wing, MN):

Venue: Round Barn Farm / Wedding Photographer: Brandon Werth Photography / Makeup and Hair: Amy Jo beniek / Caterer: Anna Bells Catering / Florist: Acanthus Floral Art / Wedding Dress: Angels Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Zappos / Shoe Clips: CholeANDMaddie / Bride’s Earrings: Nesting Pretty / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Wedding Invitations, Programs, and Wine Labels: Kindly Spoken

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

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

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Ruffled Shop!

Fashion & Beauty

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Some of you may have already seen the amazing images of our Shop shot by Elizabeth Messina, and today we’re bringing back a few more to gush over.

Our wedding dresses are completely customizable. All of the tops and skirts are interchangeable, and you can also choose fabric, color and skirt length to create the gown you love. You can also choose to include pockets! Some of our vintage inspired wedding dresses below…

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vintage inspired wedding dresses custom services

Our hair accessory section is full of delicate combs and fun birdcage veils.

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Lois, the silk gown below, has a dainty buttoned back and French cuffs! I can’t think of a better way to incorporate your something old and honor your grandfather than borrowing a pair of antique cufflinks…and call it your something borrowed too!

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vintage inspired wedding dresses custom services

vintage inspired wedding dresses custom services

Sarah Seven brought us her drool-worthy bridesmaid gowns in exclusive colors that are also available at a multi-order discount. Any purchases of 3 or more dresses receive a hefty discount — just let your girls pick their favorite colors, and you will see the discount pop up in your shopping basket. Easy peasy.

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Click here to start shopping! For any questions, always feel free to email us at shop@ruffledblog.com.

Vendors:

Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Photography: Elizabeth Messina
Stylist: Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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Green and Yellow Rustic Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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I squealed when this wedding fell in my lap. It’s not only super adorable, but the bride is wearing a gown like the one from our shop by the same designer! Thank you Katrina Louise for sharing these images with us. Be sure to check out the gallery for more!

We envisioned our wedding to be welcoming, fun and comfortable so our friends and family could feel our love and party the night away:)

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polka dot tulle wedding dress ruffled shop


polka dot tulle wedding dress ruffled shop

DIY project included all the wood details (table numbers wood slices) a tree fell in my parents backyard and it could have come at a better time so my dad sliced away with the tree!

My dad also made our photo booth and my husband and I painted it.

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polka dot tulle wedding dress ruffled shop

polka dot tulle wedding dress ruffled shop

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to have fun and don’t get overwhelmed it will all come together..it’s your special day so celebrate the way you two want it. Remember at the end of the day you are marrying your best friend and that’s what truly gets you through the stressfulness of planning.

Wedding Songs:

I walked down to lullaby by Dixie Chick! It is beautiful!

My wedding party walked down too lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

We exited too love by Matt White

Our first dance was to Forever by Ben Harper

The father-daughter dance was too I loved her first by Heartland

our shop by the same designer! Thank you Katrina Louise for sharing these images with us. Be sure to View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Camarillo, CA):

Ceremony and reception venue: McCormick Home Ranch / Wedding planner or event designer: Linda Carson at Glow Floral / Florist: Linda Carson at Glow Floral / Wedding Photographer: Katrina Louise / Wedding Dress, Veil: Fancy purchased at Camarillo Bridal / Bride’s Hair: Angela Lew at Salon HG / Bridesmaid’s Hair: Piper at Salon Studios / Bride, Mother of Bride and Maid of Honor Makeup: Tifanie White / Bridesmaid’s Makeup: Maggie Munroe / Caterer: Stone fire Grill / Wedding Cake: One Sweet Day Cupcake Parlour (skellington31@hotmail.com) / Wedding invitations: The Vintage Alley

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Virginia Backyard Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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After saving up to buy a house, Melissa and Chris decided to skip the traditional venue route to have their wedding reception in the backyard of their newly purchased 1950s home. Hence the inspiration for a retro backyard fete. Captured by Amy Otto Photography who kindly shared these images with us!


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tea length wedding dress backyard wedding ideas

tea length wedding dress backyard wedding ideas
tea length wedding dress backyard wedding ideas

From Amy: We started out with bridal preparations at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, where the couple would spend their wedding night. After a first look in the hotel, we took a little time to get some images in Old Town Alexandria of the couple and their bridal party. Melissa and Chris are big fans of film and plastic toy cameras so, I was happy to shoot a bit of film and do some Holga panos. After Old Town, we were off to the couple’s house for the ceremony and reception, all hosted in their backyard. The ceremony featured readings from The Jerk & sharing of lemonade, which was so sweet. There were so many DIY elements to this wedding: The cake topper and ring pillow were knitted by the bride. She also made the paper chain decorations while Chris made their very own photo booth, complete with the ability to instantly upload the images to Facebook. Chris’s brother in law painted their guestbook, and Melissa’s family worked on the ceremony chair decorations and the getaway car. The couple designed and screen printed the invitations themselves, and Melissa and her bridesmaids put all the flowers together after ordering them from a wholesaler.

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors + Venue (Old Town Alexandria, Virginia):

Reception Venue: Private Residence / Getting ready location: Hotel Monaco / Wedding Photographer: Amy Otto Photography / Caterer: Eat & Smile Catering / Dress Designer: Dolly Couture / Heirlooms and extras: Beach House Living / Calligrapher: Angelique, Ink / Jewelry: Macy’s / Bakery: Silva’s Patisserie

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Vintage Bowling Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Be still my vintage-obsessed heart. It’s true that the fifties is one era I will never tire of, but a wedding in a bowling alley is quintessentially retro. Jessica is a designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in the gallery.

We’ve been asked why we chose the 1950’s as our wedding theme. To be honest, we’re really not sure. Maybe it was a love of the music, maybe it was a love of the style, or maybe it was Ryan’s love of Back to the Future. It’s hard to say for sure. It just seemed…natural.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

Our venue–The Doctor’s House at the Brand Arts and Music Library–was a much more conscious choice. We’d lived in the Burbank/Glendale area for many years and the Brand Arts and Music Library offered us the beautiful outdoor setting we both wanted. It was also the site of the career retrospective of Ryan’s favorite artist, Joseph Mugnaini. And since we’re not the sit-down-to-dinner type, the reception was hosted at the Montrose Bowl. A private bowling alley, the Montrose Bowl has appeared in many television and film productions, including Pleasantville and Teen Wolf. We wanted everyone at the reception to have fun, play games and maybe feel a little nostalgic, and the Montrose Bowl was the picture-perfect venue for it. Along with open bowling lanes and our ‘photo booth,’ games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tiddly Winks were scattered about to coax out everyone’s inner child.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

retro 1950s bowling wedding

With so many family and friends coming from out of town, we really wanted to share with them a true southern California culinary experience. And what else says southern California like a food truck? In this case it was Seabirds, a gourmet food truck. We chose Seabirds because of their impressive and delicious vegan menu. Seabirds vegan fare was a huge success. One guest even complained that she was “angry [she] couldn’t eat more!”

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro bowling wedding

The wedding also had a green component. The bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and corsages were made from colorful cut-up clothing catalogues that normally would have found a home in the recycle bin. The bridal bouquet was a blossom of broaches sent by friends from around the world. Realizing that many of our international friends would not be able to attend, I sent out a call for broaches, rings, and pendants. Each piece was symbolic of a cherished memory, a friendship, an absent family member.

Taking full advantage of the bowling theme at the reception, guests signed a bowling pin as opposed to a traditional guest book. And keeping with our desire to make the event both fun and memorable, we thanked each guest with a bowling trophy. The trophies sported either a male or a female bowler and were engraved with our names, the date, and the eye-roll-worthy pun “With Love to Spare”.

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro 1950s bowling wedding

designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Montrose, California):

Ceremony Location: Brand Arts Music Library / Reception Venue: Montrose Bowl / Wedding Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Invitations: Little Hinka / Caterer: Seabirds Truck / Hairstylist: Miss Lowe / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Wedding Cake: Babycakes

Heidi Ryder is a member of Blue Label.

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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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Yellow New Mexico Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This week Ruffled is three years old! So you can imagine how excited I’ve been about this week for a while now. Kicking off our birthday week is a sweet New Mexico wedding shot by Clary Photo. It’s not news how much we love Dolly Couture, but paired with yellow rainboots? Love. Many, many more images to see in the photo gallery.

Santa Fe vintage yellow wedding

Santa Fe vintage yellow wedding

Santa Fe vintage yellow wedding

Santa Fe vintage yellow wedding

Santa Fe vintage yellow wedding

From Danica, the bride: Yellow and white were the base for our decor but with lots of fun accent colors. TONS of DIY projects. Yellow lotus lanterns hand made to float in pond, the different patterned table runners, banners, flags, vases, bird house and gift box all done by Adam’s mom. My mom hand engraved our wedding invitations on to wood stepping stones. Adam created our wedding website www.robotlovebattleforeternity.com and our photo booth. I was Etsy fanatic and ordered everything from the cupcake topper to the variety of cake plates, cupcake wrappers and chalkboards.

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun and make it meaningful to you. Don’t worry what other people will think!

Wedding Songs:
Processional: All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar
Recessional: Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead
First Dance: Home by Edward Sharp
Also our friend Joel Sweeney wrote and composed a song for our ceremony entitled “It’s about damn time”

Clary Photo. It’s not news how much we love Dolly Couture, but paired with yellow rainboots? Love. Many, many more images to see in the View all images from this wedding

Wedding Vendors (Santa Fe, New Mexico):

Ceremony and reception location: Sunrise Springs Santa Fe / Wedding planner or event designer: Adam’s Mom Catherine Thoele / Florist: Adam’s Mom Catherine Thoele (AIFD) / Photographer: Clary Photo / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Wedding shoes: Nine West / Rainboots: Target / Necklace: great grandmothers pearls / Hair & Makeup: Joanna Pedroncelli at Pure Elements in Rio Rancho (no web address) / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / DJ/Band/Ceremony Musician: Adam & I created the mix and had a friend play it / Caterer: Sunrise Springs Resort / Wedding Cake (or other dessert): Cupcakes from Cupcakeology / Wedding invitations: Inviting Moments on Etsy / Videographer: Patty at Real Image Productions

Handcrafted Philadelphia Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Monday couldn’t come fast enough to share the scrumptious weddings that we have lined up for this week. To start the week off right, we have a super creative DIY wedding shot by the ladies from Love Me Do Photography, a seasoned Ruffled photography team based in Philly. Amy and Stephen handmade all of their decor and incorporated lots of family heirlooms and vintage items — including Amy’s mother’s wedding dress, which was altered for Amy. They used Philadelphia as their main inspiration throughout their wedding, including their brownstone skyline in their stationery and vintage map confetti toss. You’re missing out if you don’t check all images from this wedding in the galley!

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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas
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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas
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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas
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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas
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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas
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From Amanda of Love me Do Photography: Stephen and Amy had a down-to-earth and sincere, thoughtfully-handcrafted Philadelphia wedding inspired by our loving families, local history and passion for adventure. They set out to create a lively and heartfelt backyard garden party where guests felt like participants – not members of an audience. Stephen had all three of his brothers as his “Best Men”, Amy’s short wedding dress had pockets, their cake was 65 inches long and their “getaway car” was a bicycle pedicab. Our venue, tucked away on a tiny street in the middle of downtown Philadelphia, was warm and inviting with antique clocks, portraits of presidents past and ivy covered brick walls..

vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas

vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas

Some details from the bride, Amy :

My mother made my wedding dress and jacket using lace from her very own wedding dress. She sewed a 2011 penny into the pocket for good luck, and as a nod to Benjamin Franklin.

Stephen’s dad was our officiant and my uncle performed the same song that he played at my parent’s wedding 31 years ago. Bouquets were wrapped with my grandmother’s handkerchiefs.

Table assignments were printed on slides from Stephen’s collection of travel slides and the guestbook was fashioned from an old atlas.

Each guest received a jar of locally-sourced Hives for Lives honey accompanied by family recipes. 100% of the profits from this honey go to help beat cancer, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

Love Me Do Photography, a seasoned Ruffled photography team based in Philly. Amy and Stephen handmade all of their decor and incorporated lots of family heirlooms and vintage items — including Amy’s mother’s wedding dress, which was altered for Amy. They used Philadelphia as their main inspiration throughout their wedding, including their brownstone skyline in their stationery and vintage map confetti toss. You’re missing out if you don’t View all images from this wedding

Wedding Venue + Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Bike cab: Chariots of Philly / Bridal dress: Julie Chidichimo / Cake: Katie Lanciano / Caterers: Birchtree Catering / Cookies: Lou Hahn / Dinner napkins: Barb Saxton / DJ: No Macarena / Embroidery hoops: Debra Touchette / Flowers: Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting / Hair: Snip / Invitations: Andy Schulz / Makeup: Tracy Lopez / Photobooth Backdrop: Nina Chidichimo / Photographers: Love Me Do Photography / Venue: Colonial Dames PA Headquarters / Videographer: Chris Carlone / Books for centerpieces: The Book Thing in Baltimore / Wedding Dress: vintage Amy’s mom

Love Me Do Photography is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here

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Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Seattle DIY Boathouse Wedding

DIY Weddings

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I have been crazy in love with this Justin Alexander number ever since the first time I saw it from this wedding we featured last year, and I don’t think I will ever tire of it. This wedding captured by Nichole Jordan brings all the charm of Seattle, and sun with it too! The bride and groom, Josh and Ali, are photographers as well, so you can be rest assured their day was nothing short of creative! You can view this wedding on Nichole’s blog and all images in the gallery right here.

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

From the bride, Ali: Vision: It was really important to us that our wedding was fun, light-spirited, intimate and DIY. We met in college as art students and so we really wanted to incorporate creative elements into our wedding. Josh and I now work as wedding photographers, and I love crafting, so creating the perfect wedding together was such a blast! I was very lucky to have a groom who was strangely involved in the whole process and genuinely enjoyed it. We only invited 50 guests and most everyone lived out of town so we were on our own in the planning! We managed to keep to a small budget while still making sure everything was really special. The first thing I bought was my wedding dress, and I kept an inspiration folder to build off of the vintage feel of the dress! I had pictures I saved from different movies or shows we loved that had vibrant colors and carnival-esque themes, such as Big Fish, Water for Elephants, and Pushing Daisies. The inspiration phase of planning was the best! We chose to go with red, eggshell blue, and black for colors, with ‘love birds,’ stripes, and red hearts throughout the wedding. I also wanted the girls’ dresses to be different colors but the same vintage style, so the hunt for those began early on!

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Handmade elements: So many elements of the day were handmade, and the rest were from etsy. Our apartment became a little wedding workshop! I created the nest boutonnieres and matched them to the bridesmaid’s hair fascinators, which I also made. I did not use any DIY instructions- I just made them with materials I liked so they were one of a kind. The girls carried lavender, which I wrapped in burlap with vintage-style buttons matching their different dress colors tied on with twine. My dad, who walked me down the aisle, and Josh’s dad, who officiated the ceremony, both had lavender boutonnieres to match the girl’s bouquets. I had my friend and talented florist of Monday’s Flowers create my bouquet before I put my hand-made touch on it: I wrapped it in burlap and individually sewed on vintage buttons with lace ribbon tied on loosely. The groomsmen wore ties (red, blue, and black respectively) to match the bridesmaid dresses. Josh chose for each tie to have a different design based on an inside joke with each groomsman (the guys also carried unique flasks). As for the groom’s tie, Josh wore ivory to match my dress with peacock feathers because it’s my favorite bird and it went with our theme.

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Josh is a talented designer, so he and I worked together to create our invites, rsvp cards, and programs. For the reception tables, we spray painted wine bottles and small collected containers ivory and tied burlap and heart buttons around them with twine. The vases were filled with flowers from Pike’s Place Market, springs of lavender, and twigs. I made our favors by using small seed cartons and putting wildflower seeds inside of them, sewing on instructions with a pearl to each one (some of our guests’ flowers are already planted, so now they can think of our wedding and our love growing!). For our place settings, I used chalkboard paint on stones to paint ‘bride’ and ‘groom’, placed in birds nests that had lavender springs tied on with ribbon. I planned out how I wanted our sign-in table to look. Josh made the sign-in book with our engagement photos, and I decorated the table with a burlap runner my mom made, various gathered items such as birdhouses, and milk glass vases from my grandmother who could not be at the wedding. We did not have a planner, so for the day of the wedding, I had created detailed instruction lists with pictures of how I wanted everything set up. Friends and family were so helpful in making my vision happen! They filled up heart balloons, assembled flowers, and followed my instructions to a T. We were so grateful to hand over duties to them!

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Ceremony: Josh and I wrote out the ceremony ourselves from beginning to end, keeping some familiar elements but making it all our own with special quotes (such as: “Sometimes, the only way to catch an uncatchable woman is to offer her a wedding ring” from Big Fish) and unique wording. We used the word “partner” and gender-neutral language out of respect for friends at our wedding and our belief in wedding equality. Every word meant something to us. We had family members send marriage suggestions to our officiant so that we heard them for the first time the day of the wedding. With Josh’s dad officiating, the ceremony was fun, relaxed, and very intimate. Everyone was crying (even the manliest of men). Josh and I wrote our own vows and people are still talking about how lovely his were, in particular. I was so emotional I could barely read mine!

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse
vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Songs at the Wedding: Music was so important to us for the theme of the wedding. We handpicked every song that would play throughout the entire day, including the order they would play in. That was a fun project! I walked down the aisle to “Comptine d’un autre ete” by Yann Tierson from the movie Amelie. The wedding party walked down to “The Winner Is” by Devotchka. For the recessional we played, “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by The Proclaimers. The reception was more of a dinner party with the perfect playlist, with over 80 different artists (some were: Alexi Murdoch, Joey Ryan, Iron and Wine, Sigur Ros, Mumford and Sons, She and Him, and Rufus Wainwright). We also had an entrance song, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as well as a cupcake song, “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson. We did our first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson, our Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance to “Black Bird” (the Glee version) and a special surprise song so our parents could dance together to “Faithfully”. As the night went on, the music became more bouncy and “fun,” including artists like Flogging Molly, Regina Spektor, Belle and Sebastian, and The Pogues.

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Memorable Moments: The whole bridal party came to the venue in a limo and the bridesmaids and I rode into the actual ceremony, getting out of the limo one by one, which was so much fun. Josh and I used it after the ceremony to ride away and spend a moment alone near the water to drink a glass of champagne. The day was so surreal so this time away really helped! Hearing each other’s vows ended up being our very favorite part of the day. Also, we did our exchange of rings very untraditionally by writing them each ourselves, which turned out to be quite the hit! As Josh put the ring on my finger he said, “Ali, I give you this ring as a promise to love you, randomly bring you flowers, slow dance with you in our quiet apartment, and rock you like a hurricane.” As I put on his ring I said, “Josh, I give you this ring as a promise to make you pancakes at midnight, to leave love letters on your windshield, and to love you madly.”

vintage Seattle wedding boathouse

Advice: Keep healthy and relaxed! Planning a wedding is fun but stressful, and I know I took on a little too much myself, which is probably why I ended up being very sick the week of the wedding (and the day of, darn it)! The whole planning process I kept thinking, “Oh, I can totally make that!” Though I enjoyed my projects, I suggest other couples delegate to either a planner or friends and family! Josh sent a masseuse to my hotel the morning of the wedding and it was much needed and such a lovely bride’s gift. Also, find vendors you trust and keep true to your vision for your day, but don’t be afraid to go with the flow of things when things don’t work out as you planned. We LOVED breaking traditions that didn’t make sense for us, personally, and that made it easy to plan! Josh and I would ask ourselves, “Is this element of weddings important to US?” If it was not, we didn’t worry about it. The day goes so quickly, so enjoy every moment and make sure it is well documented!

this wedding we featured last year, and I don’t think I will ever tire of it. This wedding captured by Nichole Jordan brings all the charm of Seattle, and sun with it too! The bride and groom, Josh and Ali, are photographers as well, so you can be rest assured their day was nothing short of creative! You can view this wedding on Nichole’s blog and all images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery!

Wedding Venue + Vendors (Seattle, Washington):

Venue (Ceremony/Reception and Catering): Ray’s Boathouse / Hair/Makeup: Kat Green Events / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Justin Alexander 8465 / Rings: E.E. Robbins / Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Unique Vintage / Bride’s bouquet: Monday’s Flowers / Cupcakes: Cupcake Royale / Photographer: Nichole Jordan Photography / Bridal Suite: Chelsea Station Inn / Alterations: Debra Hedeen

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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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Streamers, 3 Different Ways I

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We have featured so many amazing weddings using streamers as their wedding decor ;ate;y, that we couldn’t help but notice how versatile they are. From casual handmade weddings to city chic soirées, they can be incorporated in virtually any wedding style, hence the mini series. Starting with a DIY wedding theme, here are few of our favorite vintage decor must-haves that can be perfectly matched with streamers:

Vintage Party Decor Must-Haves for weddings

1. Vintage cakestands. This vintage-inspired cakestand from My Sweet and Saucy Shop has the right amount of cute to make your wedding cake pop!

2. Tea-length wedding dresses alone make my heart go pitter-patter, and in blush pink? From Dolly Couture.

3. Crepe paper streamers for your ceremony backdrop. You can double it as a photobooth backdrop for your reception! The photo above is by W Scott Chester. You can view another great example of a streamer ceremony backdrop in this wedding we featured a few months ago. You can buy paper streamers in bulk here.

4. Vintage mismatched china. This wedding we featured back in 2009 had a unique place setting for each guest. You can scour flea markets and thrift stores, and we also often see brides selling the vintage china collections in our Recycle Your Wedding section, so be sure to keep your eye peeled for new listings.

5. Retro soda bottles as centerpieces. Brands like Faygo and Boylan have a vintage-inspired look and can be found at most supermarkets. You can view the rest of this wedding here.

6. Paper straws and lemonade, is there a better combo to beat the heat with such charm? Though vintage milk glass bottles are tough to find in large quantities, you can get the same look by getting Starbucks or Archer Farms (by Target) Frappucino bottles pronto :) You can find paper straws in large quantities here.

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Big Sur Woodsy Wedding

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Is there a more a more perfect location for a woodsy wedding than Big Sur? This wedding captured by Ever Whim Photographs will charm you with its style. The bride Gabie is a girl after my own heart – I am so madly in love with her glittery heels and tea length wedding dress! The couple handcrafted most of their wedding, so be sure to check out the gallery to see lots more from this little gem!

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Big Sur Vintage Wedding

From the bride, Gabie: when Matt and I moved to California we fell in love with Big Sur. Matt asked me to marry him on our favorite beach there. We knew right away that Big Sur is where we would have our wedding. After researching a few locations we decided to stop by the Henry Miller Library and instantly fell in love with it’s woodsy charm. Adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding are vintage, woodsy, bright and cozy… The colors I used were different shades of orange, yellow and pops of bright robins egg blue. My sister, Madeleine( plus a few other helpers, Kris, my mom, Matt) and myself made all of the tissue paper flower napkin rings. I also collected vintage milk glass vases for the table. I made place cards and a friend, Jamie Coxon, made the the frame that held them. We also made all of the honey jar favors and I drew our “wedding tree” for our guest to sign.

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Big Sur Vintage Wedding

Big Sur Vintage Wedding Dress tea length

Vintage tea length wedding dress

Vintage tea length Wedding Dress

Vintage tea length wedding dress

Vintage big sur wedding escort card display

Vintage big sur wedding escort card display

Vintage big sur wedding escort card display

Vintage big sur wedding escort card display

Ever Whim Photographs will charm you with its style. The bride Gabie is a girl after my own heart – I am so madly in love with her glittery heels and tea length wedding dress! The couple handcrafted most of their wedding, so be sure to check out the View all images in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
Processional: “If I needed you” by Townes Van Zandt
Recessional: a song by The Northstar Session. Both songs were played and sung by our dear friend Matt Szlachetka from The Northstar Session

Wedding Vendors (Big Sur, California):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Henry Miller Library / Florist: DIY by bride, mother of the bride and friend, purchased wholesale in Nipomo California / Photographer: Jennifer Elin Hogan of Ever Whim Photographs / Wedding Dress: “Trish” by Pricilla of Boston in San Jose California / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Jewelry: pearl bracelet from bride’s mother / Hair: Noelle Pritchard / Hair Accessory: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: suit from J.Crew, tie was Burberry, and shoes were Frye. The Groomsmen’s ties were from J.Crew / Band: The Band was Sparrows Gate / Caterer: bride’s parents, Hydrangea Catering / Wedding Cake: Cupcakes made by close friend Madison Stock (mstock115@aol.com) and the Vegan cupcakes were made by another friend, Cerisse Beltran / Wedding invitations: Tinyprints

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Charming Backyard Texas Wedding

DIY Weddings

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This wedding captured by Abi of Abi Q Photography is a total charmer. The bride, Aly, found her gorgeous vintage tea length wedding dress at thrift store for a whopping 32 dollars! Her handsome groom wore his Army Service uniform instead of a tux, and we all know that’s always a fave amongst the gals. Most importantly, read on to hear Aly’s advice to newly engaged brides. I couldn’t agree more with her!

backyard military wedding in Texas

From the bride, Aly: We wanted a simple, home made, country backyard wedding. We used almost all second hand and borrowed materials from thrift stores and friends.

Three years ago, I just happened to fall desperately in love with a soldier just as I was beginning my college career. Because of this, he has spent 24 of the last 36 months deployed overseas and the 12 months he has been stateside we spent mostly apart because I was in school while he was stationed in upstate New York. We decided to plan our wedding during his 2 week R&R in the middle of his Afghanistan deployment. Since his family agreed to allow us to get married in the backyard of their Texas Ranch home we decided to fly my family out.

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Our weddings was vintage, homemade, simple, Texas charm, “something borrowed”. The color scheme was navy and yellow but complimented with many various floral/patterned fabrics from thrift stores used throughout the wedding. Everything about the wedding was DIY. We created all of the centerpieces, decor items, floral arrangements, etc. from found, borrowed, or thrift objects. We made cut-out doves to hang from tree branches, homemade fans and programs. hand-made Texas-shaped boutonnieres. The cake stand and wedding arbor were made by the groom’s father. The entire wedding was catered by family and friends, people brought food anywhere from a 5 minute drive to shipping across the country from North Carolina.

backyard military wedding in Texas

backyard military wedding in Texas

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backyard military wedding in Texas

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
There is a misperception that a beautiful wedding has to cost a ton of money and you have to micromanage every single detail down to the last minute. I was truly able to enjoy my wedding because we spend very little money, borrowing and buying used. I got my most trusted helpers together and let them know my vision. I sent them photos of inspiration and then left the minor things up to them to figure out. My wedding was in Texas, I live in Savannah, Georgia and my husband was living in Afghanistan. We didn’t get to Texas until 6 days before the wedding and everything still went well. I think the biggest advice I have is to not sweat the small stuff. Things will NOT go 100% as planned. Don’t try to stick to a harsh schedule, go with the flow! This day only happens once and I would rather know I had a good time with my family/friends rather than spending time stressing over little details and traditions.

backyard military wedding in Texas

backyard military wedding in Texas

Wedding Songs:
Processional: the Beatles’, “Here and everywhere”
Bridal Processional: Elvis’ “Can’t stop falling in love”
Recessional: Natalie Cole’s “This will be”

Wedding Vendors (Willow Park, Texas):

Ceremony and reception locations: groom’s family ranch/ Photographer: Abi Q / Wedding Dress: vintage, purchased at a thrift store / Veil: DIY by bride’s mother / Makeup: bride’s own / Hair: Elite Salon / Bridesmaid Dresses: My bridesmaids were given basic instructions of buying a knee-length navy blue dress and encouraged to buy them second hand. I gave them matching pearl stud earrings from etsy.com and they purchased matching ivory shoes. / Groom’s suit: Groom wore his ASU (Army Service Uniform) and groomsmen wore tuxes from Mens Wearhouse / DJ: Mike Stewart / Wedding Cake: Crumbs and Cream

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This wedding brings together the best of all words — one part rustic, one part vintage, and just enough femininity to set our hearts aflutter. How absolutely adorable is the bride’s setup of shoes for the day? There’s something to be said for preparedness! Don’t miss the gallery to check out more images from the fabulous Michele M. Waite!

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

From the bride, Carly: We wanted our wedding to feel cozy and warm, not too fancy, but still with a little luxury. The rustic charm and outdoorsy feeling of Willows Lodge is one of the reasons we chose it.

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Rustic, Vintage, Spring, Earthy, Lovely, and Sweet describe our day. Our color scheme was peach with pale blue and mint. We also used beige/champagne as a neutral. I also love patterns and fabrics, so I used a lot of those too.

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly stressed about details, they may seem important now but they won’t be high on your priority list on the day of… and delegate tasks for the day of and allow yourself to enjoy your day!

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

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Wedding music:
Processional: Michael Buble, “Everything”
Recessional: The Temptations, “My Girl”

Wedding vendors (Woodinville, WA):

Wedding venue: Willows Lodge / Wedding photographer: Michele M. Waite / Wedding flowers: Fleurt / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Ceremony shoes: Bourne / Reception shoes: Daniblack / “Later on” shoes: Seychelles / Rain boots: Dav / Hair accessories and lace gloves: BHLDN / Earrings and right-hand ring: Anthropologie / Necklace: Terrain / Hair and makeup: Ola Salon / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Ties: Tie Obsessed / Groom’s shoes: Santoni / Wedding musician: Joe Pereira / Wedding catering: The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge / Desserts: Top Pot / Cake topper: Lollipop Workshop / “Be Calm and Marry On” sign: And the Sign Says / Wedding invitations: designed by bride