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Vintage Frontier Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This bride planned her wedding with a vision of a “West Virginia heritage/western frontier/1930s vibe” — are you as on board as we are? Her ideas came together brilliantly for a truly unique affair with the help of the lovely Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one gallery you won’t want to miss!

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

From the bride: Jeff and I both love West Virginia and wanted to celebrate some of the things we love most about it. We decided to plan a destination wedding very close to home. Along with about 15 of our guests, we took the train from our home in Charleston to White Sulphur Springs. Making this trip a part of the day meant a lot to me because it took us through the New River Gorge, a historic and very scenic area where I grew up, during fall foliage season. The train excursion, though, is much more than just a fall foliage train ride. Much of this stretch of the New River Gorge is inaccessible by car, making the trip a unique opportunity to view the beautiful New River Gorge up close — passing ghost towns, old coal mining sites and numerous scenic spots tucked deep into the Gorge. Our destination was the Greenbrier Resort, another historic icon unique to West Virginia.

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

We wanted our wedding to feature the natural beauty of West Virginia. We also leaned toward a vintage feel, which developed very naturally from the train trip, which just makes people feel nostalgic, to the Greenbrier Resort, which has been around since the 18th century.

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

I love DIY projects and was so thankful that the Greenbrier allowed us to provide most of the decor ourselves. For the centerpieces, we used Fostoria glassware, which came from the factory in Moundsville, WV when it closed a few years ago. Other centerpiece containers were wooden boxes, originally antique sewing machine drawers, which I found at local antique shops. I made all of the table runners from vintage lace doilies and place mats and I made a vintage brooch bouquet which held some pieces that belonged to friends.

vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

The most time-consuming but enjoyable projects were the save-the-dates and invitations. For our save-the-dates, we used vintage postcards from the Greenbrier, which we found at a local antique store. Most of them were from the 1930s and 40s. We wanted our invitation to look like a vintage broadside poster, so we designed it ourselves and had it printed onto folded 7″ x 15″ cardstock. The postage stamps used to mail the cards, invitations and thank you notes were over 50 years old and were purchased unused from a local stamp and coin shop.

vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

We used a double wedding ring quilt, made by my grandmother, as a table cover on the gift table. Other DIY items were the flag bunting cake topper, and the cheer flags that we handed out for guests to cheer for us as we arrived at the venue.

vintage west Virginia frontier train wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I had heard this before, but it bears repeating. Something will go wrong. For us, the worst thing that could go wrong with our planning was for the train to be late that day. Sure enough, the train was 3 hours late! But you know what? Everything still turned out perfectly. My advice is to accept that everything may not go as you had planned, but know that, as long as you have the people you love around you, it will be perfect anyway.

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Simple Gifts”
Recessional: “St. Anne’s Reel”
Final song: “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver

Wedding Vendors (West Virginia):

Wedding venue: The Greenbrier and Howard’s Creek Lodge / Photographer: Emily Porter Photography / Caterer and Cake: The Greenbrier / Florist: Gillespie’s / Dress: Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Hair flower: BHLDN / Earrings: Tejani / Groom’s vest: Perry Ellis / Groom’s tie: Michael Kors / Invitations: Designed by bride and groom / Transportation: Amtrak from Charleston, VW to the Greenbrier / Band: The Majestic Brothers

Debra has listed her Claire Pettibone in our Recycle Your Wedding section. Click here to see her listing.

Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Just when I think I’m falling out of love for shabby chic settings, this super adorable shoot lands in our queue. Shot by Lindsay Docherty Photography, this tablescape presents simple + achievable wedding ideas using doilies and birch, layered with rust and navy blue details. We’re also loving the felt wrappers around the vases! View all of the deets here.

Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas
shabby chic wedding table
Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas
Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas
Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas
shabby chic wedding table
Doily and Birch Wedding Ideas

Lindsay Docherty Photography, this tablescape presents simple + achievable wedding ideas using doilies and birch, layered with rust and navy blue details. We’re also loving the felt wrappers around the vases! View all of the


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Laurita Winery was the ideal venue for an inspiration shoot to showcase summertime soirees with its endless grapevines and myriad of nooks. We played off the natural beauty of the location and kept things very organic. The vineyard’s greenery and beautiful sunsets inspired a color palette of pale blues and greens, creamy whites, ivories, and hints of rust. The deserted barn and silos inspired a design for a rustic, yet chic and feminine, weddingscape. By mixing rust, mercury glass, burlap and lace, we had a lush blend of textures and colors that evoked a feeling of endless summer days. Our table was created with antique blue mismatched china, burlap accents, mercury glass chargers and lace die-cut menus. A runner of sewn-together antique doilies laid under an array of sweet summer blooms and succulents. In a quiet corner of the vineyard, an antique gate displayed placecards and mason jars with tealights hung from the tree above. The delicious cake and desserts sat on silver serving trays beneath hanging window panes and a fabric banner that read “sweetness”. A beverage station sat along the vines to help guests keep their cool: mason jars wrapped in twine, burlap and lace served as glasses for the yummy limeade and blueberry sangria that were displayed atop an antique shrapnel box. Vintage keys were tied to little love notes and were pinned to chicken wire on an old ladder. The sweetheart table was situated between old silos and draped in vintage cream lace with a set of antique plates, mercury glass, soft florals, and votives. Their sweetheart chairs were adorned with the cutest “Mr” and “Mrs” fabric banners. Our bride, adorned in a spiral lace Birnbaum & Bullock gown, carried a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers tied in natural fabrics and finished off with a cute blue wool ribbon. Her look was the perfect complement to the organic décor and stunning setting.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (New Egypt, NJ):

Venue: Laurita Winery / Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography / Event Designer: Proud to Plan / Floral Designer: Papertini / Cake Designer: Anna Violet Confections / Makeup Artist: Cheekadee

Streamers, 3 Different Ways II

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Next up is all about rustic weddings. This time, streamers are starring as ceiling decor to dress up the huge ceilings from a barn. We picked a few items that will go flawlessly with streamers in a rustic setting, paired with a few DIY project alternatives.

streamers ceiling wedding decor barn wedding ideas

1. Vintage milk glass. Love their delicate look on raw wooden tables, as seen on this rustic wedding shoot. You can also get the DIY on how to faux milk glass here.

2. Long rectangular wooden tables are gorgeous as they are without tablecloths, but a vintage doily runner would make a great addition.

3. Streamers as ceiling decor, as seen on this wedding we featured last year and this gorgeous Scottish wedding published a few weeks ago.

4. Vintage tins. We’re loving the ones from this wedding we share last month.

5. Novelty edible snacks, such as cotton candy, sorbet or pop corn. I also love the gingham cone for a pom pom or petal toss! You can view the entire wedding from the image above here.

Stay tuned for our last installment!