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Whimsical Backyard Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Jonathan Ong

Looking at Cathy’s smile beaming with glee warms up my heart, but that’s one just of the many reasons I fell in love with this wedding. Charming, heartfelt and fun, Cathy and Brent’s wedding is the whole package. And when Jonathan Ong is the photographer, I had no doubt in my mind the images would tell the story better than anyone else could put into words. This wedding is dripping with inspiration, so let’s get started:

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From the bride, Cathy: We wanted it to be relaxed, filled with music and colour, and to have a ‘festival’ feel. We wanted lots of colour, based around a teal, pink, yellow theme. Details in twine and paper, with paper aeroplanes used throughout the decorations and stationery. Everything was DIY – the stationary (Brent and I), decorations (my sister, mum and I), wooden benches (made by my step-dad), food (catered by my step-aunt), music (friends), desserts (friends), wedding cake (my bridesmaid). It took a LOT of love and time from our families to make it look so amazing on the day!

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whimsical backyard wedding
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whimsical backyard wedding
whimsical paper flower wedding

whimsical backyard wedding
whimsical paper flower wedding

whimsical backyard wedding

whimsical paper flower wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start any DIY projects as soon as possible! All those ‘little’ details take longer than planned and add up to a lot of time when you try and finish them all in the days before the wedding. Also, relax! Everyone is going to have an amazing time because they love you and are just so pleased to be there to see you get married.

Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine (sung by a friend)
Processional: A bluegrass arrangement of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” (sung by my bridesmaids)
Ceremony: “With a Song in my Heart,” Ella Fitzgerald (performed by my sisters)
Recessional: “Something in the Water,” Brooke Fraser

Wedding Location: Gippland, Victoria, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Design and Headpiece: A Home For Tandy / Wedding Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers / Wedding Dress: Annah Stretton “Didion Rose” / Wedding Shoes: Liebling / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Retrospec’d / Wedding Caterer: Bride’s Step-Aunt / Wedding Cake: Friends / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom

Vintage West Sussex Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Joanna Brown

As a lover and admirer of all things English, I was tickled pink to see this wedding sent over by Joanna Brown. Bride Rosie embraced her British heritage and arranged a wedding day full of lots of love, handmade goodness, and vintage details. Her silk wedding gown was last worn by a bride in the 1930s, and came with a portrait of the original owner on her wedding day!

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From the bride, Rosie: We wanted it to be relaxed and informal but still stylish – without looking overdone. The emphasis throughout the day was sharing-from our food choices and seating plan right through to the evening entertainment.


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vintage english weddings

fuchsia dahlia bouquets

Our style was vintage, country, rustic chic, with a good measure of Brit-love thrown in! We got married during a year where the world was hooked on the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics so we wanted to celebrate all that is great about England and particularly Sussex (the county where we live and got married). There were lots of DIY touches — bunting made from vintage hankies that guests could help themselves to during the speeches; to photos of our families weddings from the 1920s to the 1970s for guests to write messages on; hand-stamped name tags with the words ‘spread the love’ stamped on the reverse, tied to mini jars of jam and honey, which doubled as place settings and favours; to giant wooden initials which we threaded with white LED lights.


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I bought my dress from a vintage dealer-on the strength of one photo! I travelled three hours to see it and fell in love instantly. When it fit like a glove, with no alterations required I knew it was meant to be. It was an original 1930s oyster crepe-backed silk satin gown. Last worn in 1937, and purchased along with a photo of the lady who wore it and a copy of her order of service.


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vintage english weddings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t rush into booking suppliers just to tick things off the list. And go with your gut instinct. Meet people, talk to them. If they embrace your ideas the chances are it’ll all go smoothly on the day. Try taking on some DIY projects. You don’t have to be naturally ‘crafty’ — I’m definitely not, but they do add a personal touch. Buy local. We sourced food, soft drinks, and our wine all within a 20 mile radius of where we live. It helped make the day feel very personal to us and supported local producers. Shop around before handing over your credit card — and take the time to track down small suppliers. You’ll get a more personal service and end up with something you want to buy-not something they want to sell. Sign up to Etsy. I sourced several original vintage pieces including my French beaded bouquet and my 1950s head piece by Hattie Carnegie for a fraction of the cost it would have been from a boutique.


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Wedding Location: Lindfield, West Sussex, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown Photography / Event Design: Bride, Roses All Over / Wedding Flowers: The Home Grown Flower Company / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Abigail’s Vintage Bridal / Hair: Mandie of Strands and Co. / Makeup: Ruth McHugh / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Frock Me / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Groom’s Tie: William Hunt / Wedding Caterer: Jacqui Hobbs / Wedding Music: The Vintage Give / DJ: Stick It On / Wedding Invitations: Sam Warner / Transportation: Premier Wedding Cars

Vintage Romance Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Joyeuse Photography

I have the utmost respect for today’s bride and her dedication to celebrating all things vintage and Old World-inspired. Not only was her wedding gown a true 1950s dress, but she also sourced each of her bridesmaids’ dresses to fit with the 1950s fashion look she envisioned. Joyeuse Photography was the perfect complement to realize her aesthetic of a vintage holiday wedding!

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From the bride, Jaimie: I had always envisioned my wedding feeling like a Christmas Eve service. I wanted it to be a night wedding with lots of candles, creating an environment that was warm, intimate, ethereal, and holy.

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I love the intricate and high quality craftsmanship of vintage clothing, furniture, and decorations so we started searching antique malls to find details that would create that old-world, romantic feel. We also decorated with antique pieces that belonged to both sides of our grandparents’. It was so special to use pieces connected to their daily lives and legacies of life-long marriages. We wanted to use light blushes for the bridesmaids to give some color but mostly we were decorating with antique lace and muted browns, golds, and cremes. To create more light in the space and to aid the whimsical feel, we found dead tree branches at our local recycling center, connected them with wire, and put them in tree stands. Then we spray painted them golds and browns and strung Christmas lights and other decorative pieces from crafts shops like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

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We found the archways at antique shops and decorated them with lace that was my grandmother’s, as well as decorative pieces and lights from craft shops. We used lace pieces dipped in modge podge on our candle holders so they would cast intricate patterns when they glowed and found glass medicine bottles in antique shops and decorated them with muslin, ribbons, and buttons for the flower vases on the reception tables. After the ceremony, the bridal party led a candle-lit processional to the reception site. The house party passed out branches with tiny brass bells that we had attached with wire and lace so everyone could make noise celebrating!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it is very important for Brides to find ways to make their wedding extremely personal and meaningful to them. In the years to come, what will be most important is that memories of your wedding remind you of the warmth in your relationship and that you can look back and say you made choices that were consistent with what is important to who you are as a couple. I would also suggest that couples allot time to nurture and grow the relationship outside of wedding planning.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “More Love to Thee,” Fernando Ortega
Communion: “The Lord’s Prayer,” Selah
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ll Be in my Heart,” Phil Collins
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
First Dance: “Thinking About Me,” The Light Parade

Wedding Location: Abilene, TX / Wedding Photographer: Joyeuse Photography / Wedding Planner: Bride and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: Vintage Alfred Angelo designed by Edythe Vincent / Wedding Veil: Mia “068” via Violet Bells / Bride’s Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer “Jasmine” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J Ferrar / Wedding Caterer: Tru-Blue Catering (trublucatering @ me.com) / Wedding Cake: McKay’s Bakery / Reception Music: The Light Parade / Wedding Invitation: Bride and bride’s mother

1920s Travel Inspired Shoot

Wedding Design

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This afternoon’s shoot sent to us by Gideon Photography blends a love of travel and old maps with Old World aesthetics and beauty. To add a little pop of color, blue elements were added to the reception table through the napkins, table numbers, decor. Forevermore Events knocked it out of the park with all the special touches perfect for any reception table!

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Shoot Location: St George, UT / Wedding Photographer: Gideon Photography / Event Venue: Green Gate Village Inn / Event Design: Forevermore Events / Wedding Flowers: My Favorite Flowers / Hair: Studio Salon

Pretty Pastels + Dahlias

Design Inspiration

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I’m in utter heaven with this styled shoot from Jaclyn Davis — total floral heaven. Peachy floral arrangements never get old for me, and these vintage dresses in sorbet colors are the perfect match. They’d make such great bridesmaids dresses! Continue on to see some serious perfection styled by Flora Bond and florals by Lemon Blossom Designs:


reminisce styled shoot from flora bond and jaclyn davis

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From the stylist, Nicole of Flora Bond and Laura of Lemon Blossom Designs: For this shoot, we created a sweet rustic-meets-Anthropologie ambiance, with vintage flowing dresses in pinks and ivories and accessories with pretty pleats and ruffles. The entire color palette included mint blue as the base color and was accented by pops of peach, orange, yellow, pink, coral, red, and burgundy. For the table flowers, a blue wooden fruit compote complimented the flowers and created the organic flowing arrangement out of dogwood foliage, passion vine, green apples, cafe au lait dinnerplate dahlias, fresh cut garden roses, sweet ranunculus, and persimmon fruit. Persimmon fruit was placed loosely around the arrangement and dahlias graced the vintage dinner plates. Blowing in the wind above the table were handmade chandeliers made of vintage wallpapers in blues, and naturals.

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reminisce styled shoot from flora bond and jaclyn davis

reminisce styled shoot from flora bond and jaclyn davis
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reminisce styled shoot from flora bond and jaclyn davis

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Location: Idaho countryside / Photographer: Jaclyn Davis / Event Stylist: Flora Bond / Makeup and Hair: The Twisted Crown / Desserts: The Caramel Tree / Florist: Lemon Blossom Designs / Vintage Wedding Dresses and Accessories: Flora Bond / Stationery: Martha Hatfield (marthahatfielddesign@gmail.com)

Vintage Brooklyn Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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There’s so much to love in this wedding shot by Karen Hill, we hardly know where to begin. Her Vera Wang was completely knocked out of the park by bride Erinn, who may have also mastered the art of the birdcage veil. This blended family is so clearly full of love that you can’t help but to come away happy after viewing these images –including the rest in the gallery!

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From the photographer, Karen: At Erinn and Randall’s wedding I let the day carry me away. I loved the details and every part of their beautiful wedding. The flowers, the stationery, the color palette, the bride’s dress, the location, the amazing late September light and all the personal touches they added to their day that made it their own – loving and beautiful with style. Erinn and Randall married each other and in doing so blended their families into one. They had their children, her daughter and his son and daughter, participate in the day by having them part of the candle lighting ceremony. It was very touching.

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From the bride, Erinn: Warm, elegant, romantic, intimate describe our day. I created a look book of ideas including flowers, stationery, table settings, clothing, accessories and overall look and feel. I shared this with everyone on the team so they could help me create the look and feel I wanted. Water was an important element in our wedding so we chose the River Cafe as our venue. Our colors were the reflected colors of the Manhattan skyline, the necklace lights of the Brooklyn Bridge on the water. Our colors were teal blue, black and metallic copper. Our invitations were a designed by a friend and featured copper stamping on black stock. We featured the Brooklyn Bridge and designed a logo that was carried over to all the DIY menus, programs, napkins and matches. I worked with Rory Kotkin as a calligrapher to pen all the invites, seating cards and dessert table cards: copper ink on black stock. I also had ribbon printed and used it to make a copper foil cupcake stand for the dessert table. The look was very rich and unusual.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make an inspiration folder or book. I used Powerpoint. Anytime I saw something I liked I put it in a folder. As I organized the information, it really helped me narrow down what was important. This helped save lots of time and got all the creative people excited about interpreting the vision. Also, get a day-of wedding coordinator! I work as a producer and am very detail-oriented, but on that day I was so happy to not have to think about the details. I just enjoyed my day. Finally, interview people in person! A phone call or email won’t give you a real picture of someone and whether they are right for you.

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Karen Hill, we hardly know where to begin. Her Vera Wang was completely knocked out of the park by bride Erinn, who may have also mastered the art of the birdcage veil. This blended family is so clearly full of love that you can’t help but to come away happy after viewing these images –including the rest in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding Songs:
Processional: Cat Stevens, “Moonshadow” and Tom Petty, “Here Comes My Girl”
Ceremony: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: Etta James, “At Last”
First Dance: Chris Botti, “Ever Since We Met”

Wedding vendors (Brooklyn, NY):

Wedding venue and catering: The River Cafe / Wedding Photographer: Karen Hill / Wedding flowers: The Green Vase / Wedding dress: Vera Wang / Wedding veil and hair jewels: Brideshead Revisited / Wedding shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding jewelry: Maurice Jewelers / Groom’s suit: Armani / Wedding cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery / Wedding favors: La Maison du Chocolat / Wedding stationery: Leah Morgan Design / Calligrapher: Rory Kotkin / Day-of wedding planner: Exquisite Events / Wedding musician: Vida from Scratch Weddings

Charlotte Casadéjus Wedding Gowns

Fashion & Beauty

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If we could be princesses for a day, we’d certainly be contacting British designer Charlotte Casadéjus. Charlotte’s gorgeous wedding gowns are so perfectly vintage. Each of her pieces includes original vintage details, ranging from vintage lace to beading to antique buckles. Because of this, none of her pieces are the same and each offers a totally different aesthetic!

vintage inspired lace wedding dresses

vintage inspired lace wedding dresses

I’ve been oohing and ahhing over these dresses for days! I think the champagne satin gown above right has to be my favorite. Which is yours?

vintage inspired lace wedding dresses

vintage inspired lace wedding dresses

We’re also extremely excited to announce Charlotte Casadéjus will be giving us a firsthand look into her newest wedding dress line in the coming weeks, which we will, of course, be sharing with all of you as soon as we get it. Thank you Charlotte Casadéjus for sharing these images with us!

Vintage Alabama Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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We’ve seen quite a few brides in our days, but this bride is seriously as cute as they come. Her hair? Utter perfection. Her makeup? Clean and understated. And that dress? It has to be the epitome of simple, vintage sophistication. As soon as we saw this wedding on 1313 Photography‘s blog, we just had to snatch it up to share with all of our dear readers.

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From the bride, Charlie: As a bride, I first began wedding planning with the knowledge my mother has always instilled: to keep things classic yet simple and there will always be elegance! Brian and I knew we wanted a small, intimate ceremony and reception, with our dearest friends and closest loved ones. We strived to keep Mobile, its southern charm and southern influences a part of our wedding.

To celebrate the city where we met and fell in love, we designed our day around Mobile, Alabama and the city’s charm and Southern sensibility. Southern influence was included throughout the wedding; from the the invitations and wedding cake to the menu and local band.

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It was very important that in the future I wanted to look at our photos and our wedding not look dated or trendy. I didn’t want to be able to be placed in a decade, I wanted it to be timeless. No official theme was selected and no colors. I wanted everything to flow together, for nothing to look out of place. The Ezell House was the site of both the wedding ceremony and reception. It has both French and Spanish architectural influences with coordinating décor. It was important to keep floral aspects simple, to make since in the house.

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vintage alabama wedding

Wrought iron detail is seen throughout Mobile and is a highlight of the fence, gates and courtyard of the house. We used black metal lanterns (that we found one by one) to hang from the porch and place in the Carriage House (bar). We used antique silver pitchers and serving pieces from family and friends to display candles, the bouquets (centerpieces) and programs. A handmade basket, a gift from bridesmaids mother held the flower petals for our exit. I also made handmade cards for my bridesmaids, asking them in a poem, to be a part of our wedding. They said, YES!

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vintage alabama wedding

We incorporated a hand ceremony into our wedding ceremony. We also had our close friends, a young family with two young children present our rings to us foregoing the traditional ring bearer. We felt it was more symbolic to have a family who we respect and has happiness, health, joy, birth and prosperity – all things we as newlyweds want and strive for in our future.

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Wedding Vendors (Mobile, Alabama):

Ceremony and reception venue: The Ezell House / Wedding Photographer: 1313 Photography / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Maysoon Sayaad / Flower arrangement: Belle Bouquet / Wedding Dress: San Patrick Pronovias / Wedding Veil: San Patrick / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair accessories: Sweet Briar Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Flower girls’ dresses: Strasburg Children / Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Makeup: Whitney Starling / Hairstylist: Jeff Carrell of Shear Glamour / Wedding Music: The Cary Laine Band / Catering and cakes: Martha Rutledge Catering / Wedding Cake: The Pastry Shop / Invitation graphics: San Smith / Wedding invitations and paper goods: Soiree Signatures / Calligraphy: Soiree Signatures

1313 Photography is a member of Blue Label.

Eclectic Vintage Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Truthfully, this next couple has got to be the epitome of cool. The bride, Jenny, is a true lover of all things vintage, and went to great lengths to ensure her wedding would be infused with vintage flair. Kelty of Steep Street, who sent us this wedding, took on a major part of that task; we have to say she certainly succeeded! And those flowers, which the bride arranged herself, are a simply flawless blend of the softest pinks and the freshest yellows. See the complete wedding feature here!

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From the photographer, Kelty: The bride used more amazing vendors and artists for her and Allen’s wedding than I’ve ever seen. Her dress was designed by a Project Runway contestant, she wore a gorgeous Ban.Do hair-piece, they rode a cable car to the church and reception site, and the wedding was basically a crafty and colorful Polish/Filipino bash following a gorgeous Catholic ceremony in a church unlike I’ve ever seen, with friends and family snapping polaroids all over the place. Words don’t do it justice.

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From the bride, Jenny: Allen and I met while working together at Urban Outfitters in Evanston, Illinois. Though we’d been friends for a while, we just so happened to start hanging out when a bunch of Gael Garcia Bernal films hit the theatre, so we got to see both La mala educacion AND Diarios de motocicleta within about a week of each other, much to my delight. I think it was during the second film that Allen decided he was falling for me. And that’s a good thing, because I had pretty much already fallen for him. We knew we were best friends right from the start, but impromptu, late-night road trips; food fights; and various other shenanigans sealed the deal.

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So we wanted the wedding to reflect both our personal styles and cultural heritages. Allen is Filipino, so our wedding mass included some traditional ceremonies (cord, candle, veil, and coin), using the same cord and veil from his parents’ wedding. The main contribution from my Polish heritage was booze. Really strong, plentiful booze. It made for (along with our incredible DJ’s who were instructed to play old songs and 90’s dance music and did so quite expertly) a pretty fun dance party that only about half of our guests remember…

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eclectic vintage wedding

We actually ended up getting a lot of things on Etsy or at thrift stores. We collected a bunch of old floral plates from which to serve the food. We got some floral handkerchiefs to tie around the bouquets, which Hannah, my bridesmaids, and I made the morning of our wedding. Our photobooth prop mustaches and chalkboards were from Etsy, and we also found one-inch buttons to put on our escort cards made up from children’s books, a nod to Allen’s job as a kindergarten teacher. The table numbers were made from vintage valentine cards, and our friends painted the numbers on. The cake toppers, both the bunting and the deer, were also from Etsy.

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One of the most important parts of the entire event, for me (besides marrying Allen, of course), was figuring out how to properly document it. In sort of going with the vintage-y theme, we decided to go with Steep Street for our wedding photography (after poring over hundreds of other photographers worldwide) because of her skill in putting a vintage touch on everything she shoots, and she knocked it out of the park! We also didn’t think we were going to go for a wedding video, but we discovered a local company that films weddings in super-8, and we knew we had to rethink our plan on a wedding film. We also decided to rent a significantly more expensive real photobooth because a digital booth just isn’t our style (and didn’t really fit in with the decor of our venue, anyway :).

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I also have a knack for having hobbies and interests in things that are discontinued or generally difficult to find. To that end, we Goccoed our save the date cards (with a design drawn by my sister, Tiffany, who also painted our wedding invitations), on cardstock we also ordered from Etsy, stamped with vintage stamps which we got from . . . Etsy! Gocco is a self-contained screen printing system from Japan that they’ve stopped producing certain materials for. Rest assured, though, there’s a lot available on Etsy :). I also handed a bunch of my friends various cameras from my vast collection of Polaroids with instructions to just shoot what they wanted.

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eclectic vintage wedding

Steep Street, who sent us this wedding, took on a major part of that task; we have to say she certainly succeeded! And those flowers, which the bride arranged herself, are a simply flawless blend of the softest pinks and the freshest yellows. See the wedding feature here

Wedding Vendors (Chicago, IL):

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul Parish / Wedding Reception Venue: Atrium Events at Architectural Artifacts / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall / Wedding Shoes: Marais USA Mercer Flats / Hair accessories: Ban.Do No. 11 / Groom’s Attire: Jacket by Nom de Guerre, Pants by Dunderdon, Shirt by Gitman Bros, Bow Tie by Brooks Brothers, Shoes by Adidas / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amanda Archer Collection / Photographer: Kelty of Steep Street / Photobooth: 312 Photobooth / Wedding Musicians: Kate and Rachel at Toast & Jam / Wedding Cake: TipsyCake / Late Night Snacks: “Naanwiches” from Gaztro-Wagon / Super 8 Cinematography: InFilms / Flowers: done by bride / Save-the-dates: made by bride and bride’s sister

Sixties Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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For most wedding connoisseurs, the word “theme” has become the target of contemptuousness. Some are inclined to go slightly overboard, and the result leaves little to the imagination. When we opened our inbox to find Rebecca Hansen‘s St. Patrick’s Day-inspired photoshoot, our preconceptions were blown out of the water. Rebecca was able to take one of my favorite color combinations for wedding bouquets, green and white, and turn it into a jaw-dropping, ever-so-sweet wedding shoot. Don’t miss the gallery here!

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From the event stylist, Rebecca: This is a styled wedding shoot I’ve been working on for a little while. The idea behind it is that you can have a theme wedding without being tacky and going overboard, the theme here being a St. Patrick’s Day wedding. I wanted to use lots of green and white with gold accents. I love the look and feel of paper so I wanted to incorporate that as well. I think it turned out looking really airy and fresh and not themey at all! I love it. The bride’s dress is a vintage 60’s dress that is just adorable. Almost all the tableware is vintage from etsy.

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I’ve been trying to do a lot more work for myself this year. Things to help me grow as a photographer and wedding professional. I got the idea for this shoot when I saw a gorgeous, but simple green and white bouquet on another photographer’s blog. I really love the green and white color combo. It’s really versatile and fresh. You can use green and white for winter, spring, summer. I wanted to do a theme but not make it look to themey and blatantly St. Patrick’s. I started getting lots of green and white items but felt like it needed a little extra pop to help it catch peoples’ eyes and make it feel a little warmer, so I went with gold.

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I really love hands on projects so I did most of the preparation myself. I made paper chains for the “photobooth” area over a few days. It didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped but that’s ok, that happens. I made the 4 layer cake and covered it with paper leaves I had cut out from a thicker watercolor paper, with a stencil. It was just a mix, with raspberries and buttercream frosting (it was really good!).

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I used etsy as a major resource for finding a lot of the items used. I would encourage brides to look there for any vintage or handmade items the might need for their weddings.

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I met the florist Becca Olcott a few weeks ago in boston and she is a dream. I showed her what I had for the shoot and just told her “lots of green and white” and she got it just perfect! She was really fun to work with and so adorable.

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Kirsten Bingham is one of my best friends and designed the paper pieces for the shoot. I didn’t have to give her any direction other than green, white, modern. She does amazing work, and she knows me so well that I knew she would do it just perfectly. The models, Casey and Troy, are some of our good friends here in Boston and they’re great photographers as well. They were good sports to put up with all of my shenanigans and go to the beach in the cold.

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Rebecca Hansen‘s St. Patrick’s Day-inspired photoshoot, our preconceptions were blown out of the water. Rebecca was able to take one of my favorite color combinations for wedding bouquets, green and white, and turn it into a jaw-dropping, ever-so-sweet wedding shoot. Don’t miss View all photos here

Wedding Vendors (Boston, MA):

Venue: Hamel Mill Lofts, and Salisbury Beach / Invites, Menus, Placecards: EvaPaul Design Hair/Makeup: Kristen Strassel / Styling and concept: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Photography: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Floral: Petal Floral Design / Models: Casey and Troy Harrison / Tablecloth, Dishes, Glassware: Etsy / Ring: Westergard / Boutonniere: Wildfloret / Wedding Dress: Go Go Vintage Wedding Shoes: Old Navy / Paper Flowers: Luna Bazaar

Salt Lake City Wedding

DIY Weddings

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We’re always so tickled when our brides find useful items via Ruffled- whether it’s DIY projects from the contest, unique dress styles, amazing wedding professionals, or decor ideas. Alyssa, the gorgeous bride, was able to integrate all kinds of vintage-inspired projects into her wedding to Noah this past year and we think the end result is just the sweetest. I love the aesthetic behind all of the film photos from Green Apple Photography as well. Crisp, clean and totally gorgeous.

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From the bride, Alyssa: I wanted our wedding to embody a rustic vintage feel. Almost all of the details involved in our wedding were DIY projects. I made my brooch bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, decorations, our pinata, centerpieces, etc. We didn’t have specific colors but we had a common color scheme of creams and pastels.

LDS DIY Utah Wedding

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LDS DIY Utah Wedding
We knew we wanted our ceremony in the mountains so after a lot of searching we found the perfect little clearing up Millcreek Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just before the ceremony it had rained so everything was damp and beautiful.
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LDS DIY Utah Wedding
We planned on having our reception in a friend’s backyard in South Jordan, Utah, but because of the rain we had to have the reception indoors at my family’s funeral home (sounds weird, I know, but it worked out great and looked just like a reception center.)
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Recognize that adorable pinata from this DIY post?

LDS DIY Utah Wedding

LDS DIY Utah WeddingLDS DIY Utah Wedding

LDS DIY Utah WeddingLDS DIY Utah Wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice would be have one detail like the dress or an object be inspiration for the rest of your wedding details. That helped me keep everything mesh well together.

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First Dance: You Make It Real by James Morrison

Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Ceremony location: Millcreek Canyon / Reception location: Bride’s family business / Florist: DIY tea-dyed material / Bride’s bouquet: DIY vintage brooches/ Photographer: Lindsey Stewart from Green Apple Photography / Wedding Dress: reworked Jessica Mcclintock dress from Dani’s Bridal Works / Bridesmaid Dresses: all vintage / Groom’s suit: thrifted sport coat / Music: Ipod playlist / Wedding Pie: Lion House Bakery in Salt Lake City / Wedding invitations: Designed and printed by bride and groom

Vintage Toronto Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Claudia and David knew exactly where to DIY and where to leave it in the capable hands of professionals. Having just battled breast cancer, the bride knew she wanted to wear her mother’s vintage wedding gown and her aunt graciously volunteered to make that dream happen. When you have these sentimental touches, you can leave the other details to vendors whom you trust and whose work you admire. This wedding is a reminder to focus on what really matters on your wedding day: family, traditions you cherish, and the beautiful love you share as a couple. Learn more about Claudia’s brave battle here.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding

From the bride, Claudia. We originally wanted a wedding downtown Toronto but we’re Italian and had a lot of guests, so it was hard to accommodate everyone. We ended up going super traditional and chose The Terrace, which was all Italian food. Plus, it was close to most of our guests so that made it a lot easier for everyone.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding
My dress was my mother’s wedding gown, my aunt transformed it for me. It originally had long sleeves and a high collar so we took those off, and added lots of tulle to the skirt. We redesigned it and she made the belt for me by hand! We wanted a classic, vintage wedding that was clean and simple. We stuck to a color scheme of whites, greens and yellows.

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding
While planning the wedding, I was just finishing up treatments for breast cancer so I was fatigued and my health was most important, so our florists, Covers Couture, were very accomodating and took care of both the flowers and the decor for me. They basically saved my life!

vintage toronto winter wedding

vintage toronto winter wedding

From Vanessa, of Boyfriend/Girlfriend pictures. Claudia and I would occasionally chat about how she was doing during her chemotheraphy treatments and surgeries. I got a few different photographs of her adventurous hairstyles she tried before she lost her hair – from bleached blonde to mohawks. She always had her wits about her and a positive attitude that was beyond inspiring. When Jess and I got the news that they were going ahead with their day despite her health concerns, we could not have been happier. Claudia figured that her and Dave were in love and no matter what, they were in it together. It goes without saying that Jess and I are so honoured we could be part of their day and above all else are so grateful to have met such an amazing woman.

vintage toronto winter wedding

Huge thanks to Vanessa and Jess of Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures for sharing these images and to Claudia for sharing her amazing story with us!

Wedding Vendors (Toronto, Canada):

Reception location: The Terrace at Vaughn / Florist: Covers Couture / Photographer: Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures / Wedding Dress: Bride’s mother’s gown, reconstructed by Bride’s aunt / Makeup: Zoe Zaplatel / Hair: Stephen Cito / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, Svetlana Arpas, and Domenic Serio / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Band: The Blackboard Blues Band / Caterer: The Terrace / Wedding Cake: Adjoa Duncan of Pretty Sweet / Wedding invitations: Linda Commisso and Tania Meschino of Pulpcuts and printed by Pronto Reporductions / Transportation: Majestique Limo

Indie Chicago Winter Engagement

Engagement Sessions

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Today we’re lucky to have a hybrid engagement session/stylized shoot in the lovely city of Chicago. Robert and Susan teamed up with a fantastic design team to produce not only their sweet, wintry engagement photos but also some winter table inspiration in the groom’s new boutique hotel. The outcome is sure to warm even the coldest of Chicago winter mornings, don’t you think? And I’m just swooning over those little arrangements from Fleur! Thanks for sending it over, Jessie!

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

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Vendors (Chicago, IL):
Venue: Longman and Eagle Inn / Photography: Simply Jessie / Florist: Fleur / Paper Goods: Sarah Drake Designs

Fleur is a member of Blue Label.

Crafty Christmas Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions

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‘Tis the season to show your love in fun and creative ways! Or so is the case for Elsie and Jeremy, a too-cute couple who were recently snapped by photographer Sarah Rhodes for their engagement photos. This is a perfect example of using the engagement photos as an opportunity to showcase your personalities and, well, your gosh-darn adorableness. Elsie is the crafty maven behind Red Velvet and Jeremy is an amazing singer/songwriter in Springfield, Missouri. Enjoy!

holiday indoor home engagement photos

holiday indoor home engagement photos

holiday indoor home engagement photos

holiday indoor home engagement photos

holiday indoor home engagement photos

holiday indoor home engagement photos

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You can tell that they had a total blast putting together this shoot. A big thanks to photographer Sarah Rhodes for sending these over! Congratulations, Elsie and Jeremy- can’t wait to see the wedding!

Quirky British Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Mixed florals, vintage dresses and the photography of Emma Case are just some of the reasons my insides are aching over today’s wedding. With all the quirkiness we could ask for, British couple Ray and Phil infused their day with fun, mismatched pieces and, from the looks of it, lots of laughter. I would’ve given an arm and a (vintage kitten-heel clad) foot to have been at this adorable wedding! Congratulations, you two!

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From the stylin’ bride, Ray. We wanted the wedding to feel like us – we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and comfortable and to be able to enjoy the day as much as possible. We also have a flat full of vintage stuff gathered from various London junk markets and we wanted the wedding to have a similar feel.

quirky british wedding
quirky british wedding
quirky british wedding

We went for bright colours and mismatching florals. My bridesmaids and friends were amazing. We made all of the decorations – My maid of honour (who is also my sister in law) made metres and metres of crepe paper bunting for the reception as well as doily bunting for the ceremony.

quirky british wedding
quirky british wedding

My other bridesmaid made all of the boys’ ties and (along with her amazing Mum) made 80 napkins (one for each guest). My Bridesman arranged all of the flowers for the ceremony and reception. We wanted a wedding as local to where we lived as possible. South East London doesn’t have that many venues that suited our taste or budget (!). We wanted somewhere that felt relaxed and had a pub atmosphere – Davy’s was the first and only reception venue we visited and we knew immediately that it would be perfect.

quirky british wedding
quirky british wedding
quirky british wedding

Instead of a cake we had a ‘bake off’. we asked 10 guests to bake a cake and then everyone voted on which was best – the winner was given a bottle of champagne.

quirky british wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be too ready to compromise. Trust your gut. If there’s something you really want to feature in the day, be willing to work that little bit harder for it even if it makes things a little more stressful for a while. Compromising too early meant I bought two lots of bridesmaids dresses as well as two dresses for myself!

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Wedding Vendors (London, UK):

Wedding reception: Davy’s Wine Bar / Florist: Kirsty from Igloo Flowers created bouquets and the boutonnieres / Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Fur Coat No Knickers / Headpiece: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s suit: Burtons / DJ: iPod playlist / Caterer: Davy’s Wine Bar / Wedding Cake: various from wedding guests / Transportation: Groom’s father’s Beetle (the same car the groom’s dad proposed to his wife in!)

Melbourne Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions

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This Melbourne engagement session shot by Adrian Tuazon is not just delightful, it’s also from a reader! Cat and TJ put on their vintage frocks and walked around Mornington Peninsula where rain and overcast only added to the sweet moodiness of their photos.

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More DIY to come! Check back soon for more DIY entries…

Weekly Wrap-Up + Winner!

Design Inspiration, Giveaways, Sponsored

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Can you take a guess at what my first thought was, the moment I placed my eyes upon these images? Take a good look at this session and let me know if you thought the same thing as I did. This dreamy session makes summer look bearable in the 90+ degree heat we will be having here today in NY. The vintage prom dresses, the pastel colors, and that vintage travel atlas, altogether are pure perfection! Shot by Mandy Lynne, who also made these darling prints available on her Etsy shop.

 
 
 
 
 

+ It’s time to announce the giveaway winner The Scent of Lisabetta necklace from Sora Designs! The lucky winner is #183- Kate C! She said:

“My favorite is actually what you’re giving away. All versions of the Lisbeta necklace are gorgeous!”

Congratulations, Kate! We will be in touch shortly!

+ It was so exciting to see our alphabet bunting download by Two Brunettes on Eat Drink Pretty this week! It made an absolutely darling addition to this Breakfast at Tiffany’s bridal shower. Want one for yourself? Download our alphabet bunting template. Don’t forget to show us what you made!

+ Did you know we are on Facebook? If not, now you know! We have lots of fun and goodies planned for our Facebook page soon, so make sure to head over (you can find us here) and “like” us :)

+ And oh! We have some BIG announcements coming soon. The first one is coming next week. Keep your eyes peeled!

Black Lace Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Black lace is a little bit vintage, a little bit glamour and a little bit rock and roll – and all three elements are equally amazing at weddings!  The dark contrast with the usual “wedding white” is elegant and sophisticated, and when coupled with romantic objects like the cream peonies or wedding cake below, the bold black gives an edginess to the sweet nature of the flowers and the pure white of the cake. I am falling more in love with this black lace every time I look at these pictures!

black wedding wedding ideas
black wedding wedding ideas
black wedding wedding ideas
black wedding wedding ideas

Black Lace:

Bouquet – NK Photography / Dress – Vintage Vogue / Cake: Real Simple / Stationery: Effi Georgia / Necklace: Tree and Kimball

Rodarte Vintage Slip Dresses

Design Inspiration

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Vintage Slip dress Rodarte for Target

Hello engagement session outfit. The designer label Rodarte just launched a line exclusively for Target with several unbelievably gorgeous vintage inspired items. Although I think it’s unfortunate that they only have smaller sizes, this vintage inspired slip dress is so romantic and fashion forward I want to live in it. And oh, it’s $39.99 (it’s sold out online but you might have better luck finding at your local Target).

13 Bees Vintage Clothing

Fashion & Beauty

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These beautiful vintage dresses from 13bees come in all shapes, colors and sizes — which makes them feel so one of a kind for a vintage bride! They’re mostly 50s and 60s simple gowns and frocks, perfect for outdoors, summertime and lots of dancing. The best part? It’s almost a guarantee that no one will have the exact same dress!

1950s vintage wedding dresses
1950s vintage wedding dresses
1950s vintage wedding dresses

Vintage Wedding Dresses: 13bees