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Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

The Melideos

The second we saw bride Angelica’s vintage Carolina Herrera’s wedding gown, it took our breath away – there’s no other way to put it. The Melideos did both the gown and the entire wedding day justice behind the camera, while Fox Fodder Farm provided the positively stunning flowers.

Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

From the photographers, The Melideos: It’s always fun to head back to one of our favorite venues, especially one that is constantly changing! Alder Manor in Yonkers, New York is under new management and they have been restoring this incredible mansion so that every time we have shot a wedding here, there have been some new surprises around every corner. While it’s looking less and less abandoned and decrepit (one of the reasons we absolutely loved it at first), it is being restored to its former glory and is just as stunning as ever. From that grand staircase to the architecture, there truly is a photo op everywhere you look!

Mint Green wedding Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

simple wedding invitations - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

dramatic wedding flowers - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

bride getting ready - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

black and white invitations - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

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Alder Manor wedding - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

wedding day jewelry - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

black bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

We were so excited to see Angelica and Justin again, we met them for the first time over a year before their wedding and we just knew this was going to be a fun celebration! When I saw Angelica’s vintage Carolina Herrera minty gown I think I did a cheesy fist pump and screamed “yessssssss!!!”, it was so unique and beautiful. Her lovely fishtail braid and the stunning bouquet just pulled the entire ensemble together and made her look like a fairy princess. We love when brides think outside of the box and choose to go with a gown that reflects their personality and style! Angelica and Justin are two of the sweetest most adorable people on the planet. They just oozed adorableness, and after every photo I think I basically melted into a puddle. It was such a beautiful party, such a fun event, and we absolutely loved being a part of it!

framed seating charts - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

bridesmaids and dessert table - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

paper table numbers - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

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Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

Alder Manor Wedding with a Mint Green Dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

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silhouette cake topper - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

bride dancing - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress

newlyweds first dance - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/alder-manor-wedding-with-a-green-dress


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Wedding Location: Yonkers, NY / Photographer: The Melideos / Florist: Fox Fodder Farm / Venue: Alder Manor / Wedding Dress: Vintage Carolina Herrera / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Caterer: Sergio A. Pennacchio / DJ: Constantine Ptohos

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress

Bohemian Weddings

Photos by:

Braun Photography

Every time I take a look at this wedding from Braun Photography and Far Hills Florist, I just end up speechless. Blame it on the Alice Temperley gown worn by bride Megan, or even her vintage 1920s reception dress — any way you slice it, this wedding has style for miles.

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

From the bride, Megan: Since Paul and I are both academics (he: a philosopher; she: a medieval historian), we have both been so fortunate to live in many fantastic communities–from Oxford OH, to Cambridge UK, to Nashville TN, to Washington DC, to South Bend IN; additionally, I am British, with my grandparents both serving in World War II before emigrating to the US, and I have lots of family in England and Ireland. Therefore, we saw our wedding as an opportunity to gather many important people in our lives from throughout the world together in one place, at one time, to celebrate. With that in mind, we also wanted to commemorate our pasts, how they have shaped us individually, and how we see our love–for each other and for everyone in our lives–growing in the future. So: lots of literary references, lots and lots of flowers, and many delicious British delicacies were on our minds from the beginning.

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bride getting ready - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

pale peach bouquets - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

mismatched china - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

bridesmaids dresses with a bow - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

ceremony decorations - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Since our wedding ceremony took place in my Mum’s absolutely wonderful garden in front of the potting shed that my grandfather had built my senior year, the wedding ceremony certainly had a British garden party strand running through it. Croquet, cucumber sandwiches cut into fours, meringues, Walkers Salt and Vinegar crisps, and my Nana holding court (as I once said to her, ‘I might be a princess on my wedding day, but you will be the Queen!): it certainly felt like being back in my grandfather’s house, where I grew up until I was 10, in Newmarket England. But we also had bits of whimsy: a bouncy castle, badminton, and tent filled with pillows, blankets and silks that I created for Paul (with some serious help from my wonderful bridesmaid, Chelsea Blackerby, a magnificent artist from Akron, OH) after three years of promises. (Additionally, my aunt Pat, an award-winning baker in Ireland and owner of Cobh Sweet Expectations Confectionery and Cookery, came all the way and made not, one, but *two* cakes for our wedding and my wonderful Mum and I made yards and yards and yards of cream, copper, and teal bunting!)

wedding ceremony - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

wedding ceremony - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

wedding ceremonies - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

newlyweds kiss - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

wedding recessionals - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Our reception that evening was held at Carillon Park, in a large crescent shaped building that can only be described as a train depot. Trains from the 19th century to 1960 all were open and able for people, as they arrived to walk through. We had a bit of a 1920’s theme going on there with architectural lines and a wonderful Big Band band (shout to to Different Hats!), although even here we didn’t hold fast to that one idea. On our tables, we had bought a bunch of globes from antique markets and the like, affixed one of our favorite cities on top with a little flag, in order for people to find their seats easier. Then we took canvases, a bunch of spray paint, antique maps, and little lug tags to make the escort table. We also had a *bunch* of English candies, ready for our guests to snatch them up as parting gifts. I have to say how absolutely wonderful our parents, and especially our two Mums, were throughout this entire journey. Not only did Paul’s parents spend more than one weekend helping to get the garden into shape, my Mum also totally understood my aversion to synthetic tablecloths and found dozens and dozens of the most beautiful antique tablecloths in varying shades of cream, all with beautiful madiera insets. And: teacups! We had so many antique china cups that we collected–once again, with a huge thanks to Paul’s parents that gave us several from their parents’ beautiful collection.

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

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Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

vintage wedding dresses - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

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Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

My most wonderful florist, Barbara Schneider, who has been a family friend for years, really shone in this wedding. She took one look at my Alice Temperely dress and, for the bridesmaid’s bouquets, pulled out all of the flowers in the embroidery and gathered them together. For my own bouquet, she kept it more cream, with hints of lavender from my Mum’s garden that she had picked the previous day. But the stars in my eyes were my magnificent crown, that I wore for over 12 hours, and it still looked wonderful, and the gorgeous arbor that she placed so, so many simply stunning roses, hyacinths, and the like in.

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Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

travel inspired receptions - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

travel wedding themes - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

embroidered napkins - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My own snippet of advice would be: consider a long engagement. Paul and I were engaged for almost two years, and it was the perfect amount of time to plan, especially since we had friends and family coming from Hawaii, England, Colorado and the like. Also, that way you can do a little bit each week, which makes planning so much more fun and fresh. Also, I found it helpful to consider our wedding not ‘our day’, but instead a wonderful celebration of everyone we love, and life in general. That way, when something goes awry–which it did for us; we forgot much of the decor for the evening reception–it won’t matter; everything, namely everyone, will be in front of you. Finally, try to hire local businessmen/women. My Mum, my Aunt, and my Nana have a wonderful network of local businesswomen as friends–Barbara Schneider from Far Hills Florist, Jenn Disanto from Fresca, and Miss Michelle from Michelle’s Nails, who made me feel so beautiful on my wedding day–which not only meant that they were all keenly invested in our wedding, but that we could work together to support each other. On that note, be open to new experiences: our absolutely magnificent photographers–who I now feel lucky enough to count as friends–spotted us at a grocery market, and asked if they could take our pictures! And they couldn’t have been more perfect…

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

vintage inspired receptions - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

lace wedding cake - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

travel wedding ideas - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress

Bohemian Wedding with a Colorful Patterned Dress - photo by Braun Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-wedding-with-a-colorful-patterned-dress


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Wedding Music:
Solitary though we academics are, music is so, so important. So, I really wanted ‘The Beatitudes’ by the Kronos Quartet to play as we walked towards my Popa’s potting shed, but we missed our cue. Instead, we had the birds chirping and the wind rustling in the trees–which was even more perfect. As for our recessional, it was the clapping and cheers of everyone around us! Our first dance was one of our most beloved songs, Kishi Bashi’s ‘Manchester’. Not only is the title’s name very near where my family originates, but it also has the most wonderful lyrics. But the most fun dance (apart from the first), was when everyone–and I mean everyone–danced to Rick James’ ‘Superfreak’.

Wedding Location: Dayton, OH / Photographer: Braun Photography / Florist: Barbara Schneider of Far Hills Florist / Reception Venue: Carillon Park / Wedding Dress: Alice Temperley / Reception Dress: 1920s vintage, from Dear Golden Vintage / Caterer: Fresco By Chef Jenn DiSanto / Wedding Cakes: my most talented aunt, Pat O’Brien of Cobh Sweet Expectations Confectionery and Cookery / Band/DJ: Different Hats / Wedding Invitations: dearemma

Whimsical San Juan Capistrano Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Joe+Kathrina

Who doesn’t love a wedding at the stylish Villa San Juan Capistrano? Shayna and James had a day full of love, laughter, and gobs of whimsy — right down to the moth theme throughout their wedding decor, including their fab wedding cake. Joe+Kathrina definitely did this wedding justice!

whimsical San Juan Capistrano wedding - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

From the photographer, Kathrina of Joe+Kathrina: While wedding planning the bride, Shayna, often described her wedding as an antique garden gala attracting a swarm of moths. And that’s exactly what they had. Adorning paper moths in her hair and on her bouquet she twirled around in her custom redesigned wedding dress looking like fairy celebrating the perfect day in her garden.

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aqua wedding details - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

blue hydrangea bouquet - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

patterned bow ties - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

first looks - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

whimsical San Juan Capistrano wedding - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

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wedding ceremony - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

wedding recessional - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

kraft escort cards - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

lace wedding dress - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

James and Shayna planned the day their way, including quirky decisions like choosing Friday the 13th as the perfect date to be wed. They suggested guests’ attire to include hats, fascinators, and embellishments for the ladies and bow ties, suspenders and seersucker suits for the gentlemen. As for their own attire, Shayna bought her dress and completely changed it to what she liked, a bigger petticoat, a high low cut, and added sheer panels for straps. James searched everywhere for the perfect checkered suit jacket and accompanying paisley bow tie. For details they scoured flea markets and thrift stores to find the perfect center pieces that they could keep long after the wedding. Together they walked up the aisle hand in hand as a couple hopelessly in love. Together they walked down the aisle hand in hand, with tear-stained cheeks, hopelessly in love and blissfully married. Food was also a really important part for their wedding. They planned a decadent six course meal with their caterer and then had friends bring homemade sweets for their dessert table.

kraft escort cards - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

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blue wedding cakes - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

whimsical San Juan Capistrano wedding - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding

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first dance - photo by Joe+Kathrina http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-san-juan-capistrano-wedding


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Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Joe+Kathrina / Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano / Flowers: Fifty Flowers, arranged by bride and MOB / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana from The White Flower Bridal Boutique, with custom redesign / Wedding Shoes: Bettye Muller / Hair and Makeup: Bride / Groom’s Sport Coat: John Varvatos / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Caterer: Iva Lee’s / Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery / Centerpieces: All flea marketed and thrifted by Bride + Groom / Stationery: A+P Designs

1950s Inspired Auburn Wedding

Vintage Weddings

One wedding theme that never fails to bring a smile to my face is the vintage theme – in particular, anything inspired by the 1950s. Emma and Anthony knew they wanted their big day to have the feel of a fifties garden party, and enlisted the help of Tiffany Hughes Photography, Invision Events, and Stanley Sistrunk to help round out their vision. Personally, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Emma’s cotton candy pink petticoat!

1950s inspired Auburn wedding - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

From the bride, Emma: We were striving for a 1950s garden party feel–light and airy with lots of flowers and mid-century/vintage touches, and a blend of informal and formal. Our colors were pink and mint. Some adjectives: vintage-inspired, 1950s, floral, garden party.

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pink white bouquets - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding
Flower recipe: The centerpieces at the reception were white azalea bushes. The bouquets and wedding arrangements at the front of the church were a stunning combination of pink and white roses, hydrangeas, and some other flowers.

first looks - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

first looks - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

small bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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indoor church ceremony - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

indoor church ceremony - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

escort card table - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

We didn’t do too much DIY because we live in Washington, DC and the wedding was in Alabama and we were flying down without much time. Probably just as well, I could have spent months doing DIY projects! My effort was more tracking down vendors with specific vintage pieces we wanted and figuring out how to use them in the best way, combined with finding interesting version of standard things (like napkins) or diamonds in the rough (a great little metal cleaning caddy from World Market was the perfect color, perfectly vintage inspired, and just right for cards at the reception).

escort card table - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

floral paper goods - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

rifle paper place cards - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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blue gold place setting - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Even if you are planning on doing most of the planning yourself, it’s worth every penny to hire a day of coordinator to handle the final arrangements with the vendor in the week prior to the wedding, setup the day before, and all of the details on the day itself. It really freed me up to enjoy the day, as well as my mom, sister, and bridesmaids who might have had to do a lot of that, which also would have not let me enjoy the day. Also, I feel like several people told me not to worry about the little details, to let those go and focus on bigger things (catering, music, etc). I don’t think they understood that it was the fun little things (choosing napkins and decorations and so on) that really made me happy and got me through the tedious processes of booking the logistics. And of course it’s those things that made the wedding as great as it was–people notice those details, and appreciate them. And even if they didn’t, it made me so happy to see the things I had carefully chosen and loved decorating our reception.

vintage inspired receptions - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding

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bridesmaids and flower girls - photo by Tiffany Hughes Photography http://ruffledblog.com/1950s-inspired-auburn-wedding


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From the event designers at Invision Events: Emma and Anthony’s spring wedding is chock full of so much prettiness and Emma did so much herself, as this was a budget soiree. We are completely, I mean completely, in love with them as a couple and their wedding. They have an amazing story, too! Emma, a mid-wife for women from countries in crisis, and Anthony met in Africa. They now live in Washington DC. And Emma’s dress is a vintage 50s one-of-a-kind. Emma really wanted a very simple and vintage inspired day. Their wedding was less than 100 guests and she wanted to use the sweet and quaint setting the Holy Trinity has to create a vintage garden party feel. Being a couple that travels a lot, coming back to Auburn and to Holy Trinity where Emma had grown up was an easy choice for them. Everything about their day was done to give their day a personal feel.

Wedding Music:
Mother/Grandmother Processional: Alleluia Mozart
Bridal Party Processional: Largo
Bridal Processional: Queen of Sheba
Ceremony: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Aria by Handel, and Be Thou My Vision
Recessional: La Rejouissance
First Dance: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
My dad has amazing taste in music and always knows what’s new and good on the music scene, so we delegated the music for the reception to him. He made several wonderful playlists with the perfect mix of old and new, slow and fast.

Wedding Location: Auburn, AL / Photographer: Tiffany Hughes Photography / Event Design: Invision Events / Florist: Stanley Sistrunk at The Flower Store / Venue: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Dress: Vintage, bought from Gogovintage and altered by the amazing women at Green and Blue Studio in Washington, DC / Petticoat: Modcloth / Wedding Veil: My mother’s, handmade by my great-grandmother for her / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Wedding Earrings: My aunt’s, made from a necklace of my grandmother’s / Caterer: Sprayberry BBQ / Hors d’oeuvres: Christine’s Gourmet / Wedding Cake: Sonshine Cakes / Music: Auburn String Quartet / Rentals: Special Arrangements / Vintage Decor: Rum and Roses / Cloth Napkins: Dot and Army / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Place Cards and Table Numbers: Rifle Paper Company

Red and White Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

There’s no end to my love of this shoot from Erin Forehand Photography, The Lady Jane, and Peppermint Pretty. Put together to showcase Peppermint Pretty’s new gowns – all of which are ideal for any vintage-inspired bride – this shoot brings on the best of retro. Hints of carnival and lots of red and white wedding ideas to be inspired by!

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Location: Staunton, VA / Photographer: Erin Forehand Photography / Event Styling and Vintage Goods: The Lady Jane / Floral Designer: Sparrow’s Floral Design and The Bridal Flower / Venue: The American Hotel / Dress Designer: Peppermint Pretty

Nostalgic Los Angeles Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This little wedding sent over by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo makes our hearts sing with vintage joy — seriously, does it get any more stunning than this incredible bride? The bride and groom both collect vinyl records, so they not only used a DJ who spun vinyl but also used old records for their seating charts! There’s so much packed into these stunning California nuptials and some great advice from bride Victoria, so hop to it!

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From the bride, Victoria: We never really came up with a solid theme to follow. Kieron just kept on saying “Don’t think about themes, think about aesthetics!” We basically tried to incorporate some of our favorite things so pretty much every detail in the wedding directly reflects something about us. The color scheme is just colors we like (ivory, gold, emeralds and metallics); the vintage dress (the first and only dress I tried on — it immediately felt right) because I love vintage clothes and most of my wardrobe is vintage; the venue is the house where I grew up and my favorite place in the world; we incorporated vinyl records because we both collect records; we used succulents because I love them and I make cactus dishes for a hobby (I made all the mini-terrarium favors with my awesome bridesmaid Aubrey); the mariachi band to pay homage to my Mexican heritage and a classic photochemical photobooth because we’ve always taken photobooth pictures since we first started dating (see our save-the-dates made with photobooth strips over the years). I could go on but I guess I’m just saying that instead of going for some kind of theme, we just allowed the stuff that we love to become the direct inspiration for how we wanted our wedding to feel. Overall, I think one of the most important details for me was to have family be a big part. That’s why we had displayed the photos of weddings in our families throughout the generations and we felt so blessed to be able to have Kieron’s grandfather officiate the ceremony (he’s been married for 65 years so that really is an inspiration).


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Most memorable moment of the day? I would say it was when I was approaching Kieron for our first look. Of course Kieron had his back turned to me as I was walking towards him but I could tell that he was just as nervous and breathless as I was. It felt like everything that we had worked so hard on — all the planning, shopping, crafting and stressing — had lead up to this very moment. The shoot was next door so it was just Kieron and me (plus our wonderful photographer) and for the first time ever, that’s when I really FELT like his bride. Kieron turned around to see me and the expression was priceless. It was like nothing else in the world mattered and finally, we could just soak it up and enjoy each other.


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Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be? Be as involved as you possibly can in the planning process of your wedding. A few people told me how proud we should be of our wedding and that it had a really personal touch. We really do feel proud of our wedding day because we put so much of ourselves into it. Every detail deserves your special attention and every decision should be a thoughtful one. When in doubt, trust your instincts and follow your heart. Though it may be tough to see the forest for the trees in the planning stages, when it all comes together on your special day it will be well worth it!


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Cosmic Dancer,” T. Rex
Bridal Processional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks
Ceremony Music: “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” The Beach Boys
Newlywed Entrance: “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” Chris Clark
First Dance: “Knock Me a Kiss,” Louis Jordan

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Planner: Party and Be Married / Wedding Flowers: Thistle & Twig / Vintage wedding gown: The Paper Bag Princess / Reception gown: made custom by Revamp / Engagement Ring: family heirloom / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Frostings

Bohemian Hawaiian Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Some how-you-met stories we only hear in the movies. Or so you would think if I told you the bride and groom from this gorgeous destination wedding were neighbors. Living in Portland, Tani lived right next door to Daniel. They decided to have an intimate wedding in Honolulu partly because Tani’s family is from there, partly because Daniel’s family was small. Everything was DIYed by them, and set up with the help of Tani’s family – including the flowers! So they booked Ashley Camper to capture their Hawaii wedding at the The Bayer Estate. Tani’s vintage Valentino and her cap veil crowned by a rhinestone halo is probably our favorite bridal look to date!

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From the groom, Dan: We did most of the planning and decorations ourselves — very much a DIY wedding. We wanted a “Midsummer Night’s Dream”/enchanted forest meets Victorian theme for the wedding. It was pretty hard to achieve that here on Oahu, so we imported most of the decor from Portland, OR.

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Hawaii destination wedding photography by Ashley Camper
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Wedding Location: Honolulu, HI / Wedding Venue: The Bayer Estate / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Camper / Wedding Flowers: Arrange by bride and friends / Flower Vessels: Vintage / Wedding Dress: Valentino / Groom’s Suit: Bertolini / Tablecloths, Draping, and Lighting: Debbie Hemingway

English Country Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This wedding sent by Joanna Brown of Browns Photography packs a serious punch. Not only is this sweet couple deeply in love, but they also have a taste for some awesome decor — how great is that reception tepee tent? Not to mention the precious Mr. and Mrs. tent as well! Make sure you settle in for this one… if you’re anything like us you’ll take a while to pore over these pictures!

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From the bride, Kelly: We wanted a relaxed day without too many formalities where everyone could hang out and most importantly have fun. Also, I get bored easily so we wanted to have loads of stuff going on (we had fireworks, fancy dress photobooth, a DJ, an awesome band, a lindy hop dance lesson, old black and white movies, a cake competition and a hot tub (obviously!)). I guess it was inspired by all these festival/country house parties we go to a lot, events like the Last Tuesday Society , Wyndstock and Secret Cinema. I basically ripped off all the bits I loved best about them! I work in publishing so the wedding quickly took a literary theme too – all our stationary was library-ish and the table’s were named after our favourite books. My obsession with the mid 20th century meant it was always going to have a vintage vibe too. I think it was very English.

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[I’d describe my wedding as] English country house party. Quirky. Vintage inspired. Literary. untraditional, fun (I hope!)

As above, I was inspired by the trend for quirky, vintage-y house parties so it had, I like to think, a mid-century country house party, but in tipis with a hot tub! We didn’t really have a colour scheme but we did try to work with the spring colours generally around – primrose, greys and wisteria blues.

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I tried to do as much DIY as possibly. I made all the stationery myself. I typed all the invites on my 1940s typewriter which was a real mission! They were supposed to look like library cards. My step dad made the table plan. It was supposed to look like old library cataloguing draws and I made escort cards to look like cataloguing cards with the cataloguing number and book (which was the name of the table) on them. I got an old date stamp to stamp them all with (we used this on the order of service too). I made all the orders of service stealthily on my work printers! Henry and I made all the signs and i spent what felt like forever making paper pom poms and super gluing bunting out of old lace curtains from ebay because I didn’t have a sewing machine. We used a 1960s typewriter for the guestbook. My mum made the bridesmaid dresses by taking apart one of my favorite dresses which I’d found in vintage store Beyond Retro. We arranged all the flowers for the venue ourselves using flowers from my mother in law’s gorgeous garden and supplementing them with wild flowers from a brilliant florist call The Wilde Bunch.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?

I REALLY wish we’d had an event manager on the day. I event manage as part of my day to day job so thought it would be easy but I was so wrong! With so much going on on the day I don’t think I really relaxed until about 10pm, which was fine but it would have been nice to leave it to someone else by that point, especially when the band came up to me during dinner and asked for money to go down the pub!

Other than that, if you’re going to DIY start early – especially invites. I had no life for about 3 months doing those! Don;t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone loves weddings and are probably desperate to help you. I was overwhelmed with offers of support. I also think if people invest time in a day they have loads more fun.

If you have a back garden type wedding where you are doing everything yourself I really recommend booking yourself in for something the night before the wedding so you can take a step back from it all, relax and focus on what’s really important (especially then you find out the best men have run out of petrol on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and only made it in time because they managed to flag down an ice cream van).

Also, you can never have too many paper pom poms.

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Wedding Songs:
I walked in to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve and out to The You and Me Song by The Wannadies. Both really 90s songs! They were played by the Bristol String Quartet. We really wanted to sing at the wedding so everyone sang Stand By Me by Ben E. King. I was worried it might not work or that people would think it was odd but afterwards people said how much they enjoyed it. We didn’t have a first dance.

Location: near Bristol, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown of Browns Photography / Ceremony: Mansion House / Reception: groom’s parent’s backyard / Florist: Wilde Bunch / Wedding Dress and veil: vintage from Fur Coat, No Knickers / Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon from ebay for £50 / Jewellery: Rust / Hair and makeup: Isabel While of Bridal Styling in Bristol / Bridesmaid Dresses: handmade by the bride’s mother / Groom’s suit: Henry wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row taylor Oliver Benjamin it was supposed to be a modern twist on a ‘50s style. All the other boys wore dark grey suits of their own. The bride made Liberty print handkerchiefs for them all / Band: Brassroots / DJ: Ollie Lyles / Ceremony Musican: Lindy hoppers were Hoppin Mad, String Quartet were the Bristol String Quartet / Caterer: Catering was Anne Guy / Dessert: Cake competition and caterer served them all for pudding / Wedding invitations: handmade by the bride / Transportation: We had a 1948 Bristol bus from Quantock Motor Services

Kangaroo Valley Vintage Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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I have no shame in admitting that I have a wedding crush for pretty much every nuptial that takes place in Australia. How can you can blame me though, with so much talent and creativity? The Story of Us not only designed Kate + Graeme’s paper goods, but also filmed their wedding day – which is a must watch, video is right below. Paired with photos by Julian Beattie and it’s a homerun. Kate + Graeme found their wedding venue by searching for vacation rentals, and were able to rent out the entire location for their big day and decorate it just to their liking. We’re pretty sure you’re going to love this wedding as much as we do!

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From the bride, Kate: The most important thing for us was that our wedding was authentic. We didn’t want to select a package from a “wedding factory” we wanted to find a venue that felt like home & decorate it to feel like Us.


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We found Melross by searching holiday rentals & were so lucky that they would rent the entire property to us. We sourced every element from the table cloths to the crockery ourselves. We also did all the decorations. We trawled blogs for ideas but mostly took inspiration from illustrations on old 1960s Buttericks sewing patterns.


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All our hard work really paid off. It was a big year collecting boxes of glass jars, linens, crockery, papers & ribbons but it really was worth it. I would recommend getting as involved as you can. I think the more of yourself you put in to your wedding the more welcoming the vibe & the greater feeling of inclusion for your guests.


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I walked down the aisle to Elvis’ “I Can’t Help (Falling in Love With You)” & carried a daisy bouquet. We wrote our own vows & kept them secret from each other until the day. Our friends sang “One hand, one heart” by Leonard Bernstein at the ceremony which was officiated by our Scottish celebrant. We walked back down the aisle to “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros as our guests threw rice.


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After the ceremony we all followed the bagpiper down a dusty road to the marquee. We had perfect weather including a bright pink sunset just as we went in for dinner. The night ended with delicious deserts & dancing with the band until the “wee” hours of the morning. Graeme & I watched the sun come up from the house on the property.


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My advice would be enjoy yourself! So many brides had told me how stressful the process is but you can make the decision not to get stressed. We had so much fun dreaming, planning & sourcing & it was an incredible day. I just wish we could do it again.


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Be sure to watch the video by The Story of Us!

Wedding Vendors (New South Wales, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Melross, Kangaroo Valley / Wedding Photographer: Julian Beattie / Bride’s Dress and Veil: Karen Willis Holmes Couture / Jewelry and Shoes: Vintage / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung and Chloe & Reese / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Jack London / Makeup: Christina Cleary / Hair: Cathy King of Toni & Guy, Mosman / Wedding Flowers: Gwenda Louise at The Country Flower Shop, Bowral / Wedding Caterer and Dessert Bar: PB Catering / Wedding Music: Ulterior Motive / Marquee and Furniture Rentals: YES Events / Bunting: Victorian Station / Officiant: David Courtney / Table Linens: Burlap Tablecloth / Wedding Invitations, Paper Goods, and Videographer: The Story of Us

Homemade Ranch Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When Ashley and Kellen of Weeno Photography sent this wedding over, we were immediately smitten with the bride, Rachel’s, style! Her taste in wedding decor proved to be just as spectacular, creating a relaxed atmosphere for the couple’s wedding guests with a local band Poor Man’s Poison and the helping hands of many a family member.

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From the photographers, Ashley and Kellen: John and Rachel got married mid October on an estate in central valley California. They tied the knot under a huge oak tree and had the reception surrounded by walnut orchards. They proceeded to have the live music and dancing in the barn! Every last detail of this wedding was thoroughly thought out by the bride. She is a very stylish bride with good taste and wanted that to come out in the wedding. Therefore, making their wedding perfect for each of their personalities.

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Rachel and her family did everything for their wedding. Her mom and her found old tin coffee cans filled them with flowers and made centerpieces. For the numbers on the tables she got old books from a estate sale nearby and her dad bolted old address numbers to them. Each of the plates for the reception was bought at a thrift store where John and Rachel first met while working there!!

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It was a dry wedding, so instead of beer they had soda in bottles! It was a huge hit, especially with the striped straws! The bride and groom also set up their own little “love bird” table. They bought the Mr & Mrs letters from and antique store and hung them, the chairs were in her apartment previously but she knew she wanted to use them for the wedding.

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The ceremony was lined with signs that she and her parents painted with the date, their names, and little sayings from the actual ceremony. A beautiful touch to making a big ceremony site feel a little more intimate. Her father walked her down the aisle to her groom and her grandpa. Her grandpa said a few words, and then her father went on to marry them. Her brother is a musician so he played during the communion keeping it a family affair.

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As for the reception they hired a local pizza place to bring a mobile wood burning pizza oven and make TONS AND TONS of pizza! And for the dancing, they hired a local bluegrass band, Poor Mans Poison to play in the barn. It was a HUGE hit, and the everyone danced the night away!

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Wedding Vendors (Visalia, CA):

Wedding Venue: Bennet Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Weeno Photography / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage and Forever 21 / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic License / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and Macy’s / Groom’s Attire: Forever 21 / Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Vans / Stationery: Bride / Ceremony Musician: Luke Mundy / Wedding Music: Poor Man’s Poison / Wedding Caterer: Fatte Albert’s Pizza / Ice Cream Sandwiches: IT’S-IT Ice Cream / Officiants: Bride’s father and grandfather

Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Nothing beats a sophisticated color palette mixed with texture with a nod to Mother Nature. When Esther of Esther Sun Photography told us she and a group of California pros gathered for an inspiration shoot to celebrate Earth Day, we knew it was going to be something beautiful. As an added bonus, Sara Holland of At Your Door Events, is here to share with us 5 Eco-Chic wedding planning tips:


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1. Location: Reduce your carbon footprint by selecting a venue with an on-sight ceremony space. Not only isn’t good for the Earth, but it saves you on the cost of hiring transportation for you and the wedding party!


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2. Invitations: Select an Earth friendly recycled paper or plantable paper. Plantable papers have tiny little flower seeds embedded in the paper fibers, guests can plant the paper in the ground and flowers will grow!


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3. Rings: Select environmentally conscious metals. Ask your jeweler about rings made of recycled metals. OR — collect jewelry from family and have it melted down and crafted into your own personal ring design.


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4. Bridal Gown: Consider using vintage or taking your mothers wedding dress and having a tailor transform it into something unique for you!


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5. Floral: Cut flowers are not green. Considering centerpieces such as terrariums! These are living, breathing eco-system contained in a glass jar. As a grouping on a table they make a glamorously green center piece AND a wonderful keepsake for guests. For your bridal bouquet, add succulents. The stems of succulents are actually root systems. After your wedding, you can take the succulents and plant them. The succulent will thrive and you will be able to keep a living memento of your wedding day!


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Wedding Vendors (Long Beach, CA):

Venue Location and Paper Goods: Paper Crew / Wedding Photographer: Esther Sun / Wedding Planner: Sara Holland of At Your Door Events / Wardrobe Styling: La Femme Vintage / Makeup: Rose Park / Furniture: Urban Cottage / Wedding Caterer: Seafood World Restaurant / Desserts: Sweets by Annie / Videographer: Lovebirds Film / Models: Minta Allred, Lorraine Caguin, and Lauren Jensen

Whimsical Garden Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Botanical garden weddings never cease to amaze me with their ultra romantic settings. With a spin on the psychedelic movement, this botanical setting takes the stage for the perfect marriage of soft and bold. Styled by Belovely Events and shot by Jillian McGrath Photography, these images offer inspiration aplenty for a botanical psychedelic wedding. We may be biased, but we’re loving her pink ruffled wedding gown!


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Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Venue Location: Fairmount Park / Wedding Photographer: Jillian McGrath Photography / Event Designer: Belovely Events / Wedding Flowers: wildflowers by design / Wedding Dress: Patina Vintage / Wedding Hair: Brianna B. Adams / Wedding Makeup: Dylan Michael Cosmetics / Groom’s Attire: Tony Laguda Formal Wear / Personal Stylist: Brittany Bollard Styling / Wedding Caterer: Leila Miller of Stephan Starr Catering / Baked Goods: Addy Mae’s / Vintage Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Studio Four Three

Stylish Cape Town Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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This South African affair photographed by Lizelle Lotter has style for miles, from the bride’s custom-made gown to her jeweled headpiece to her sheer polka dot shortie gloves. The abundance of feminine blush tones make this beauty a real treat for the eyes, no? Also, the bride and her friends threw together her perfectly organic white and green bouquet, which we love!

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From the bride, Chani: Our style was a vintage, fun style with pastel colours that are soft on the eye and earthy elements eg. the logs used on the tables and lavender pots in the aisle. The feel I wanted to create was a relaxed and calm feeling and nothing like your typical wedding.


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I did not want to go for a specific theme, but the colour scheme was soft pastel colours, mainly pink and blue, and neutral tones. All the flower arrangements we did ourselves as well as the bouquets; we did the invites as well as the decor.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you know what you want it makes it so much easier. So get your ideas and inspiration well in advance so that when the time comes to make decisions on decor and colour schemes you can just fire away. And of course invest in a good photographer. It’s the one thing you keep with you forever.

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Wedding Vendors (Cape Town, South Africa):

Wedding Reception: Treat Patisserie / Wedding Photographer: Lizelle Lotter Photography / Wedding Flowers: Arranged by bride and friends / Wedding Dress: Lana Design Studio / Shoes: Stuttafords / Bride’s Jewelry: Lulu-Belle / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Skirts by Honey, Tops by YDE / Groom’s Suit: Romens / Groom’s Shoes: Zoom / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Treat Patisserie / Wedding Invitations: Made by bride and groom

Palms Springs Christmas Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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When Yuna Leonard showed us this wedding they shot, we squealed with glee! Phil and Sasheen met in London 15 years ago, and tied the knot sunny Palm Springs at Elvis’ Honeymoon Estate, where he lived with Priscilla during their first year of marriage. So add Palms Springs and Elvis to a Christmas theme, and what do you get? Pure vintage bliss. Their vintage Christmas inspiration was carried throughout with silver and pink, that was also translated onto gorgeous florals designed by Sugar Branch Events. Don’t miss the adorable highlight film from Hello Super 8 at the end.


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From the photographer, Yuna Leonard: Phil + Sasheen chose an classic and authentic vintage, mid-century style in as the setting for their wedding, Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Estate, Palm Springs. They adore all things 50s-60s and their wedding was full of their characters. The love story began in London where Sasheen met Phil and fell in love. The bride’s dress was from 1961 and the grooms suit was from the same era and Palm Springs just oozes the mid-century design aesthetic that they live and love. The wedding colors are baby pink and silver {A vintage Christmas theme!} There were only 36 guests. Close families and best friends. Very intimate and very special. These lovebirds rock the day!

Below it reads: The miracle of Christmas and the magic of True Love bring joy to our lives”

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Phil and Sasheen are lovely. Both soft spoken and incredibly warm as individuals, together they are even more welcoming and kind. They have been together since 1997, so needless to say their families were overjoyed when they announced they were finally engaged! The couple reside in the Bay Area but decided on a mini destination wedding in sunny Palm Springs. Sasheen and Phil are huge music fans (Phil especially loves Elvis), so it seemed only natural that they tie the knot at the Elvis Honeymoon Estate where Elvis and Priscilla spent their first year of marriage.


Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Marveling at all the old rock and roll memorabilia, Sasheen and Phil felt instantly connected to the mid-century estate and wanted a wedding that reflected their individual styles and paid homage to the iconic rock and roll legend… The owner of the bakery where they ordered their cake recommended a pastor to officiate their wedding, and as fate would have it, after they met with him, Phil remembered that he had played in a band with Pastor Chad 20 years ago in London! It was meant to be! The whole wedding was a complete genuine reflection of Sasheen and Phil and we wish them all the happiness as they continue their lives together.


Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CASasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

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Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA

Sasheen & Philip's super true vintage wedding Elvis Honeymoon House, Palm Springs, CA
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Wedding Vendors (Palm Springs, CA):

Wedding Venue: Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Estate / Wedding Photographer: Yuna Leonard Photography / Wedding Coordination and Floral Design: Sugar Branch Events / Wedding Dress and Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: Vintage / Wedding Cake: Deborah Quinn of Pastry Swan / Videographer: Megan Hill of Hello Super 8

Intimate Austin Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When this wedding from The Nichols landed in our inbox, we immediately felt the love jumping off the screen. Jennifer and Jake married in the middle of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden of Austin, TX amid their dearest friends and family. We’re ga-ga over the bride’s vintage dress found on etsy, the endless array of succulents, and Jennifer’s polka dot tights!

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From the bride, Jennifer: We are both attracted to vintage style and subdued natural colors. We wanted our wedding to reflect that, and we aimed to create a relaxed environment that highlighted the beauty of the venue. The natural wood and fiber elements we used were meant to complement our surroundings, while the thrift-found glass elements and paper poms spoke to our love of vintage.


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austin texas garden wedding by jennifer nichols photography

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austin texas garden wedding by jennifer nichols photography

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austin texas garden wedding by jennifer nichols photography

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austin texas garden wedding by jennifer nichols photography

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? We got married 6 months after getting engaged. We also waited a couple of months before really getting our plans organized. Our advice would be to plan as early as possible. Make a list and start making phone calls. Having a wedding coordinator was a life-saver, and we were so fortunate that she saw straight into our vision. If you can pull it off financially, invest in a well-suited coordinator. Most elements of our wedding were DIY. We got through each element by reminding each other to breathe and smile.z

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Wedding Songs t:

Processional: Jake’s oldest son, Harper, played “The Swan” on the cello
Recessional: “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side,” Magnetic Fields
First Dance: “Apple Blossom Time,” Flat Duo Jets

Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):

Wedding Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum / Wedding Photographer: The Nichols / Event Designer: Aimee Villa of Lizbelle Event Management / Wedding Flowers: Central Market / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman / Bride’s Hair: Sara Ostovar of Modesty Hair Studio / Makeup: Bride and Bride’s sister / DJ: Will Fiveash (will.fiveash@gmail.com) / Wedding Caterer: Takoba Restaurant / Wedding Desserts: Bake Sale / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride and groom

Blue Hill Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Eunhee and Joshua’s wedding was a long time in the making. When Hurricane Irene came along this past August, it put a kink in their wedding plans, to say the least. The two rescheduled their wedding for October, and looking at these photos from Brian Wright of The Brothers Wright, you’d never know the plans were ever any different. To make light of their change of plans they titled their wedding as “Hurricane? What Hurricane?” and incorporated the inside joke on their paper goods.

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From the bride, Eunhee: I started shopping for my dress 4 months before the wedding. I enjoy shopping when it’s for leisure, but when I have something specific to get, I procrastinate due to dread. Initially, I wanted a tee length baby blue dress, but my mother was not having that. She said “if you wear anything else but a long, white dress, I’m not coming.” I found my dress after only going to one other store. The consultant picked out all these typical dresses-strapless, mermaid style. Although all those styles are quite lovely and stunning, I just didn’t feel like me. I didn’t think it reflected my style or personality. I saw a dress at the corner of my eye, a high neck 1950s inspired gown, and said “I want to try this on” the sales lady looked and me and said “trust me, you don’t want to try that one. for one it’s a size 10, and secondly, that dress has been here for 5-6 years and not one soul has tried that on. it’s old fashioned, and you are too young for that.” I totally understood where she was coming from, but I do believe no one knows what you like and your style more than you. I tried it on, and fell in love immediately. I love details and for me, details are everything. I loved how when right amount of light hit the top of the dress, it looks like this beautiful necklace, and how the bottom was finished with a thick off white ribbon, keeping with the 1950s inspiration. It didn’t come with a black sash. I envisioned it with a thick, silk black sash to break up the dress, so it’s not just one long white thing. Also, the sash helps to keep a nice balance between the top and bottom textures.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

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We pretty much made everything other than the food. Joshua hand drew and painted the invitations. We folded over 1,000 cranes for good luck (but then Hurricane Irene came!); made the pendants and wrap for the mini honey favors; made the canisters and filled them with mini bubbles for the chairs; made bubble signs. We took a bunch of polaroids throughout our wedding planning and hold punched them and strung them on the branches along with other memorable photos, including photos of our family.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

Any advice for future brides? Pick a photographer that you can 100% trust and feel connected to. Brian and Brandon got us right away-our style, our desire for something with whimsy, depth and of course, a great eye for details. The Photos reflected Joshua and I perfectly. It was like “this is totally us. This is totally what we look like.” It was kind of creepy, but in the kindest way ;-) When our August 28th wedding was canceled, they were already in NYC, so they suggested a bridal/faux wedding shoot, where Joshua and I would wear our formal attire and take photos on the farm. Brian and Brandon were so generous in heart and spirit. We were able to walk the farm, enjoy the craziness of all that was happening. Because a hurricane was on its way, the sky was amazing! It was light pink, purple… I’m still left breathless when I think about that sky. But honestly, I really don’t think any other photographer could have taken their place. Everything about your wedding will fade including your own memories, which will get cloudy over time, but photos are these physical wonders that recreate those memories for us. Choosing the photographer that you feel the most comfortable with would be our number 1 thing, even more important than the venue, dress, etc.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

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Wedding vendors (Pocantico Hills, NY):

Wedding Venue: Blue Hill Farm / Wedding Photographer: The Brothers Wright / Wedding Dress: Vintage Novia D’art / Bride’s Black Sash: Mokumba / Bride’s Earrings: Museum of Modern Art / Bride’s Shoes: Butter / Beaded Purse: Lost and Found Vintage / Bride’s Hair: Cowlicks Japan / Bride’s Makeup: Space Salon / Groom’s Suit and Shirt: Bespoke by Brooklyn Tailors / Event Coordinator: Estelle Sibermann / Wedding Flowers: Sandy Clothier / Wedding Cake and Catering: Blue Hill Farm

Central Park Elopement

Elopements

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When we saw this darling NYC ceremony from Mademoiselle Fiona, we just knew we had to feature it. Though the wedding had to be postponed after news of thunderstorms hitting the city, the bride was not to be deterred. Grant and Jenn’s day came together beautifully, with a set of images to swoon over.


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Wagner Cove Central Park elopement from Mademoiselle Fiona

From the bride, Jenn: Grant and I wanted to elope for several reasons. We knew we wanted to get married in New York but we knew it wouldn’t be possible for our family to fly. We told our parents about our plans and although they were initially sad (I’m the only child for my mom), they were extremely supportive. We both spent our lives compromising on so many things that for our wedding, we just didn’t want to compromise on anything – we wanted to follow our hearts and have a wedding on our terms, in our vision. Our parents, the few people who knew about our wedding beforehand, were very supportive of our decision. We also didn’t want to spend too much for just one day; it’s an important day but we felt we could make it special without going into debt. So we set a number we absolutely could not go over, and that budget was a really good guiding light. And even if money wasn’t an issue, Grant and I wouldn’t have wanted a large wedding. We wanted something intimate, unique, romantic.

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central park elopement garden wedding from mademoiselle fiona

central park elopement garden wedding from mademoiselle fiona

As for the specific location in Central Park, we knew that we wanted to get married at Wagner Cove in Central Park because that was our special place in the park when we lived in New York. We even have our initials engraved on the wooden shelter there. Wagner Cove is a very dreamy hidden oasis from the rest of the park, and that’s the only place we envisioned exchanging our vows, right by the water. The added bonus was it was free to wed there.

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central park elopement garden wedding from mademoiselle fiona

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About Jenn’s wedding dress: We had about three months to plan our wedding and trip to New York. Two of the most important things for me were finding the right wedding dress and the right photographer. I knew it was going to be a bit challenging for me to find the right dress because I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress and I was on a tight budget. After a disappointing online search for vintage or vintage-inspired dresses, one day as I was crossing the street in my neighborhood, I saw a taupe colored evening gown hanging in the window at a used clothing store called Take 2 by my apartment and so I went in. The lady told me I wouldn’t fit it because it was a size 12 (I’m a size 4) but I felt compelled to try it on, and as expected it was huge on me, sagging down, there were holes and rips everywhere, but Grant’s eyes lit up when he saw me in the dress. We both saw the beauty and potential in that dress and so I bought it despite the flaws. I didn’t care that it was a Badgley Mishka evening gown, I just loved that it reflected my style. My wedding dress was not perfect (the beads started falling apart on my wedding day), and I understand some brides would probably freak out about that or wouldn’t even dare wear the dress. But what attracted me to the dress initially was that it had an air of old world glamour and I knew that not every bride would have it. To me, the dress is intricate, delicate, refined but a bit rough around the edges, and it was a bit of a pain to fix, but it was completely worth it. I had some family and friends who weren’t so happy when I told them my dress is a taupe color since they all said “but you should wear white or ivory” but as a bride you have to wear what reflects your personality and personal style, and this dress was it for me. Since we were going to be walking around all day, I wanted to be comfortable so I wore an old pair of comfortable gray shoes I’ve worn for many years.

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central park elopement garden wedding from mademoiselle fiona

Some advice from Jenn: It’s really important to work with people who not only have a great portfolio but have an easy-going attitude and are just simply nice. On the night we had to change the wedding date, both my photographer and videographer kept emailing words of encouragement like “don’t worry about a thing” and “it’s no problem for us.” You have no idea how much that meant to me because I would have spent all night feeling bad that I had to trouble them, but those emails they sent me put me at ease. Just keep in mind that something will go wrong on your wedding day, and it’s good to be mentally prepared for that ahead of time. But the most important thing to remember is that even if everything doesn’t go according to plan or how you envisioned everything lining up in your head, it’s okay because when you exchange vows with your best friend, all the negative stuff just melts away and you will find a bright, perfectly imperfect perfect day.

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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young

Wedding Vendors (New York, NY):

Wedding Venue: Wagner Cove, Central Park / Wedding Photographer: Mademoiselle Fiona Photography / Wedding Videographer: Madison Waters / Dress: Vintage Badgley Mischka, Take 2 (Seattle WA) / Dress Alterations: Misook Chung, Superb Custom Tailors (Seattle WA) / Officiant: Beth Lamont, Wedding Your Way New York / Wedding Flowers: Wholesaler at Manhattan Flower District

Best of 2011: Fashion

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We have no shame in telling you that we spent hours pouring over images from stylish brides and grooms featured this year, and trust us when we say there were thousands of gorgeous images to look through. So before we end up posting all of them, we stopped at 15, in no particular order. This best-of is chock full of gorgeous veils, gowns, and boys’ outfits, so get your pin it button ready! Be sure to click through each image for a peek at the original features.

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1. Long Beach Wedding shot by Chad Cress, Dress is vintage and bride added flutter sleeves

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2. North Carolina Wedding shot by Oh! Darling Photography, Dress by Prada

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3. Bali Destination Wedding shot by Laura Wellington, Dress by Collette Dinnigan

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4. New Year’s Eve wedding captured by Ulmer Studios

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5. Stylish vintage-inspired bride from this wedding shot by 1313 Photography

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6. Vintage Australia Wedding shot by Adrian Tuazon, Dress by Wallflower Vintage

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7. We may have all gasped in unison when we saw this gown from this South Africa Wedding shot by Wesley Vorster, Dress by Abigail Betz

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8. Vintage Scottish Wedding shot by Lisa Devlin, Dress by La Sposa, Top by Bebaroque

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9. Red Australian Wedding shot by Feather and Stone

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10. Fall Inspiration Shoot shot by Alea Lovely; Dress made by Alea Lovely (now available for purchase)

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11. Floral bridesmaid dress and bow wedding dress by Novia D’Art spotted and drooled over this wedding shot by Joanna Brown Photography

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12. The uber stylish bride wore two equally stylish dresses in this wedding shot by Sean Flanigan, gown on the right by Tadashi Shoji

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13. Red, white and black from this modern museum wedding shot by Bella Grace Studios

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14. This mid century wedding captured by Stewart Leishman is looking sharp.

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15. This countryside wedding captured by Anna Rose Photography might have stolen our hearts.

See how we can go on forever? Any stylish bride and groom we may have missed? We’d love to know! Of course we have oodles more here in the photo gallery.

Retro Handmade Australian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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The bride from this Brisbane wedding has more talent than you can shake a stick at. Not only did she design her cute-as-pie retro wedding dress, she had her hands all over the rest of the wedding decor! Get ready for lots of red and polka dots in this beauty from Feather and Stone Photography. Check out the rest of the images in the gallery!

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From the bride, Letitia: We wanted our day to be intimate and dignified but also loads of FUN! The idea of a large traditional wedding made us feel nervous; we wanted to keep it simple and relaxed. We had our ceremony at a hall in New Farm and enjoyed refreshments with our guests outside afterward. Our Reception was held at Bistrot Bistro, a fantastic French Restaurant in the Woolloongabba Antique District. We had looked at a number of venues that just didn’t move us, Bistrot Bistro had a cellar room that was exactly what we wanted… small with bucket loads of character and atmosphere. We sat with our guests around two long tables, it really made us feel part of the celebration and because we only had about 50 guests we were able to chat to everyone.

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I’ve always loved vintage and my entire wardrobe is full of plenty of 2nd hand and vintage bits and pieces sourced through my travels, as well as many ebay/etsy purchases. So I knew that I wanted my weddings dress to represent my love for Vintage things, however I wanted it to be handmade. The Design and ideas were conveyed by means of many words, hand gestures and picture samples to a friend/local dressmaker who brought it all together faultlessly from imagination to reality. I wanted a cream base for my dress, incorporating my love of colour and polka dots with a bit of flair.

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Food and music were high on our priority list. It only took one meal at Bistrot Bistro to convince us of the quality and it was in no way lacking on the night. We hired a French gypsy style duo called Paris Dreaming that played most of the night. The party started a lot earlier than expected with everyone dancing amongst the tables before the planned dance music had even started. We had no speeches organised for the night as we didn’t want to put any pressure on anyone, but my sister, bro-in-law and my beautiful little niece put on a surprise performance singing an altered version of “anyone else but you”. It was amazing. The photography was an easy decision with our dear friends Seth and Tenielle from Feather and Stone. We have always loved and admired their unique creativity and couldn’t wait for them to be a part of our day. They were thrilled to do the photos for us. We had such a blast driving around to the different locations with them, it really made a difference knowing them and feeling at ease and relaxed. This really came across in the photography.

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We wanted the decorations to be simple and uncluttered but vibrant and happy. I sourced a large amount of Red Polka dot material which my mother tirelessly hand sewed into table runners. We used these runners in both the hall where the ceremony was held and on the tables at the reception venue. My mother also fan folded the material around single stem sunflowers and put them on the end of the chairs in the aisle. My folks and I wrapped some large glass jars in hessian (hot glued) and then finished off with some lace and polka dot ribbon. We filled those jars with some long-stemmed sunflowers. I do stencilling on canvases as a creative hobby, so I created a simple stencil and spray painted it on a canvas saying “Letitia & Kristian” for the entrance of the reception.

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We had a refreshments table outside the hall where we were married so that we could mingle with the guests after and any others that had come to share our special day. We covered these tables with gingham table clothes and decorated with fresh flowers. A friend lent us some vintage cake stands which held many home-made treats and also some toffee apples and heart lollipops – which were certainly a hit with the guests.

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Wedding vendors (Brisbane, Australia):

Reception Venue: Bistrot Bistro / Wedding photographers: Feather and Stone / Wedding music: Paris Dreaming / Fabric for bride’s dress: Gardams / Bride’s petticoat: Straight Razors and Parasols / Bride’s earrings: Crush Jewels / Bride’s shoes: Mollini / Cupcake holders and straws: IsaKay Boutique / “Eat Me” signs: Sweetly Scrapped Art / DIY Decor: Spotlight / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s shirt and tie: Ben Sherman / Groom’s boutonniere: Bloomin’ Cute

Feather and Stone is currently based in Australia, but Seth is from the U.S so he loves traveling back home. Feather and Stone will be in the U.S in June and July for anyone who is interested in booking them for their wedding!

DIY Portland Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Being an avid sewer and dressmaker, it was a no brainer that the bride Suzannah would make her own wedding dress, as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses. Her vintage-inspired gown, a drool-worthy gray tulle tea length number is off the charts amazing. Thank you Becky Studio 623 Photography for the images!

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From Suzannah: I always imagined I’d have a DIY wedding. I do everything myself by nature, and love the power I feel from taking things into my own hands and doing my own home décor, minor upholstery, jeans-mending, trendy dress-making. From before we were even engaged (and before DIY weddings were cool, I swear ;) !) I’ve imagined I would do just about everything for the wedding myself. I love making food for large groups so figured I could even do the catering, and make the cake! And of course I’d make my dress and the bridesmaid dresses, and everything else would be vintage! But once the ring was on my affair was. For more than 100 guests, many from out of town, we needed a big place with amenities like a hotel and a real bar, and from going to more friends’ weddings in the time before ours I realized no, I would not have time to instruct the AV guys exactly where the mic should go, or set up the cake table. I would be in pictures and getting dressed and maybe freaking out a little. I know some brides do it ALL, but for me I found I needed to stick to what I knew.

We had almost two years to plan the wedding, and picked the location about 18 months before. When I had done my research I realized how much easier it would be if we went with a place that made the food for you, and used their own catering services so you didn’t have to check out tons of food vendors. Another huge plus of any McMenamins location (a great local chain around the Northwest) is that the room rental fee is waived if you hit a food and beverage minimum. Um, no rental fee, just pay for food? Yes, please!

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gray vintage wedding dress

As for the attire… as someone who sews and loves clothes, and weddings!, this was probably the most exciting part for me. I designed and made my wedding dress, but it was an… uh… organic process, and I didn’t know what it would look like until it was almost done! But I did know what the bridesmaid dresses would be like pretty early on. I thought about purple or yellow originally, but decided on a classy pale grey, with purple shoes and cardis! I’ve always loved J.Crew weddings, with the simple but beautiful silk or cotton dresses in all the colors, but I also wanted a vintage vibe, so the dresses are a relatively crisp stretch cotton blend with pleated, full skirts. I let all the bridesmaids choose the bodices for their dresses, and they each got something different, and it was so fun to make custom clothing for all my friends! And they loved it. As a sewist, it’s always a good learning experience to make clothes for someone else. They all turned out really cute! And I found the perfect (literally perfect!) purple cardigans at Nordstrom Rack for $16.97 each a few months before the wedding, so the girls has purple accents with the cute crewneck button-up look like I had been hoping for. And the weather on the day of was so perfect, not too hot, so they actually wore them as the evening went on! Oh—and, as a last-minute decision, I decided they should all wear some sort of pearl jewelry. Necklaces and/or earrings, whatever shape, but all ivory pearls. A few of us had multiples and lent them out—some of my friends haven’t ever worn them and made some June Cleaver references. But I think they looked great!

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I wore pearls, too, and tried to do a pretty classic 50’s look brought into a modern shabby chic romantic look. I love birdcage veils, so I made myself one with some netting and buckram and a silk flower I made, too. My makeup was pretty classic and while I debated red lips I decided they didn’t go with my dress, so I did pink and am glad I did Not as retro, but still quite appropriate. I got my dream shoes (I’ve loved this style by Nina for ages), and took of their bows and added silk poufs shoe clips that I made. I always wanted colorful wedding shoes but in the end, these ivory ones worked a lot better.

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Oh, the dress, too of course. It was grey. And pale pink, peach, and ivory. I like to be a little different, I guess, so I wasn’t ever sure about wearing a white dress, although I did want to look wedding-ey. I love grey, and it’s pale enough that in the right shape it still looks pretty bridal. The dress design process was lots of fun and I used a lot of online inspirations but didn’t ever find the perfect dress if I had wanted to buy one, anyway. I’ve always wanted to make my dress, so I’m so glad I was able to! My mom helped out with some fitting issues, since she’s the pro dressmaker with years of experience, but she didn’t really understand what I wanted until it was done. Making the dress itself didn’t take long at all (it’s a very simple bodice pattern with a gathered overskirt over a circle skirt), but making all the self-fabric flowers (by hand) did. I watched a lot of movies while cutting out and sewing together all those little petals.

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gray vintage wedding dress

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A week or so before the wedding, when most of the DIY projects were done and the house was sprinkled with “stuff to bring on Saturday,” this excited anxiousness came over me. I don’t have a problem being the center of attention, let’s say, so I wasn’t worried about all the people. I was honestly just so excited to see all our hard work come together, to see the garden all decorated, to see my friends and future sisters in their bridesmaid dresses, to kiss my husband and dance the night away! I always thought I would feel stressed in the days leading up to the wedding, but I really didn’t feel stressed as much as I did just excited for the day to come and go so I could sit back and look at the pictures! And, thanks to Becky, who turned our pictures around SO fast!, I was able to do that not too long after.

We took a few weeks between the wedding and honeymoon (Hawaii, wahoo!) and enjoyed being newly married. Our wedding was so much fun, and so far being married ROCKS! Sure, little things went wrong, but overall, OMG, getting married is awesome. I hope everyone gets to have as much fun as we did!

Wedding Vendors (Portland, OR):

Venue: McMenamins Edgefield Administrator’s House / Photography: Studio 623 Photography / Makeup/Hair: DIY, bride and maid of honor / Donuts: Voodoo Donut / Flowers: DIY, bride and bride’s mother / Officiant: Bride’s father / Wedding Shoes: Nina / Dress: Designed and made by bride / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Designed by bridesmaids and bride, made by bride / Groom’s suit: Claiborne / Stationery: VistaPrint

Vintage 1930’s Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Be ready to be charmed, as this gem shot by Nickel Images will entrance you into wedding mode in such a loving and relaxed way. Lucy and Bret met at a dancing ballroom, so it was only fitting they would choose a 1930s Jazz theme as the base for their wedding vision. This Seattle couple shares a love for vintage fashion, which is clearly shown below in the most scrumptious way! View all details in the gallery.

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Nickel Images will entrance you into wedding mode in such a loving and relaxed way. Lucy and Bret met at a dancing ballroom, so it was only fitting they would choose a 1930s Jazz theme as the base for their wedding vision. This Seattle couple shares a love for vintage fashion, which is clearly shown below in the most scrumptious way! View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From Nickel Images: I am so in love with this wedding. It oozes these two people’s personalities perfectly. Lucy and Bret met swing dancing a few years ago, and ended up falling in love and eventually, getting married! What I LOVE is that Bret fully embraces vintage, and does so in a stylish, classic way. Just look at his details. Lucy found her vintage 1930’s gown at a boutique in Seattle, along with her sisters 1950’s dress and her mother’s 1930’s gown. Lucy’s veil was also made from vintage and re-purposed netting and embellishments.

For the wedding, they combined all sort of elements to create their perfect centerpieces. Lucy and her mom crochet the red doilies, the wood was from her mom’s house, the touches of cotton were from Bret’s grandparents cotton farm, and the couple even reused wine bottles as vases (they cut the tops off).

Other noteworthy details were the flags for the ceremony. The venue is located right in a flight path, so in order to embrace the airplanes that flew by (about 1 a minute), Bret and Lucy gave their guests flags to wave as they went by. Talk about a great comedic relief during the ceremony.

The Reception was full of dancing (with a live jazz band!), the cake was made by a friend, and in the end, it was a beautiful reflection of what makes these two complete.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Seattle, Washington):

Venue: Georgetown Ballroom / Photography: Nickel Images / Event Coordination: The Invisible Hostess / Caterer: Via Tribunali / Band: Holotradband / Vintage Wedding Dress: Pretty Parlor / Bridesmaid dress: Vintage / Transportation: British Motor Coach / Flowers, hair, make up, veil, cake, officiant: Friends and family of the couple.

York Homespun Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Quintessentially British, Kath and Ste’s wedding will charm you with loads of style. Emma Case Photography, who is not new to Ruffled, was on hand to capture their day at the York Maze – a corn maze field complete with a pretty barn and a giant trampoline!

York England British indie wedding
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Neither of us had a specific idea of how our wedding might look, but we both wanted it to be an informal, fun and relaxed event. It was also important to us for our guests to have a good time. When I first started looking at magazines, I saw some beautiful weddings but they didn’t feel like our style. It wasn’t until I discovered the world of wedding blogs that I found some real inspiration – we particularly liked the look of a lot of the casual, backyard style American weddings, and stole a lot of our DIY ideas from these.
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We didn’t want to spend a lot on decorations, so I made the hanging fans in the barn myself with lots of help from my bridesmaid Ruth (a primary school teacher so very useful in crafty situations) although I did manage to superglue my fingers together in the process. The flowers were an incredible joint effort by our parents who cut them from their gardens the day before and arranged them in a mix of mason / jam jars and old milk bottles from my grandad’s farm. We also put tea lights into lots of jam jars and put them outside when it got dark.
York England British indie wedding
York England British indie wedding

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hay bale wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would just say relax, enjoy the planning and don’t let it become all consuming. Remember that the wedding industry is a big business, so stand your ground and don’t just do something because it’s the done thing or because a supplier is intimidating you into it – my first dress shopping experience was awful because I had such a pushy sales assistant. Having vendors that you like, trust and that understand what you want make life so much easier – so do your research, choose wisely, and it’s half the battle won.
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York England British indie wedding
barn first dance wedding shot

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: “Sweet Thing”- Van Morrison
Recessional: “Good Day Sunshine”- The Beatles
First dance: “Two For The Road”- Bruce Springsteen

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Elvington Lane, York, England):

Venue: York Maze / Photographer: Emma Case Photography / Florist: DIY / Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Shoes: Joules / Rings: Rust / Hair: Bang Hair / Makeup: Catherine Gajewska / Groom’s suit: Debenhams / DJ: friends and family / Dessert: Yorkshire Wolds Dairy Ice Cream / Wedding invitations and posters: Liz Newell (liznewell84@hotmail.com)

West Sussex 1950s Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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It may be this gorgeous bride’s gown, or her bridesmaids’ twirling petticoats or the simple fact that this English wedding is jam packed with beautiful images and details from end to end, shot by Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the photo gallery.

From Megan, the bride: We wanted something vintage, country and relaxed. We imagined floral patterns and pastel blues, 50s dresses and ivory lace, country barns and rolling hills. We wanted social food and lots if wine! We wanted a big, gorgeous party.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
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I wanted a vintage style dress and had appointments booked at various cool vintage shops in London…however, as I was waiting for these appointments I thought I’d pop into a bridal shop in the city I work, Chichester. I saw on their website that they had a dress I had seen, cut out and loved in a bridal magazine. I tried on a few other options while I was there but there was nothing to compare to ‘the one’. I wanted lace and a ballerina length tulle skirt – I didn’t think it actually existed. This dress was exactly what I wanted. It was really different, still had a vintage vibe and was brand shiny new.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We designed and made all our own stationery. Mike created the beautiful vintage rose pattern we used on his computer – I had seen a lot of rose patterns I liked so we designed something that reflected those. We then used recycled manila card to give that rustic, country feel. I order all my card from Eco-Craft. I used pinking shears to cut everything out before I stuck it onto the manila card. For the save the date cards and place names we used parcel tags with twine tied in a bow. We even designed a cool little old fashioned ticket stub as a free drinks token for the evening guests. We carried our rose pattern across everything – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the place names, the table plan, the drinks tokens, the reserved signs on the seats and the thank you cards.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Vintage, English country wedding, relaxed describes our wedding perfectly. We themed the wedding around a gorgeous vintage rose pattern that Mike created based on rose patterns I’d seen on various fabrics. He spent a lot of time on his graphic design computer software trying to recreate what I had in my mind. In the end it was perfect – a vintage rose on a pale blue background with white polka dots. We used this pattern across everything and handmade it all – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the table plan, the place names, the labels for the favours, drinks tokens and the thank you cards. This pattern became the basis for everything – our theme was based entirely around it. The pale blue background we used influenced the groomsmen’s ties, the flowers (blue hydrangeas), the neck ties the caterers wore etc. We then took the rose theme through to the bridesmaid dresses, my accessories, the table plan board and more. I spent a good few months hitting the flea markets and started collecting vintage tea cups and saucers, as well as vintage vases and jugs – our florist put flowers in these and they formed our table centrepieces. We also collected a load of glass jars, put candles in them and tied twine and floral ribbons around them to decorate the venue.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We’re not religious so churches were out and we wanted to have one venue for the whole day – have the ceremony and the reception all in one place. We were also really keen to have exclusive use. I wanted to have as raucous as party as possible and not annoy anyone. We didn’t want a hotel wedding – you tend to just pick a package and I wanted much more flexibility to do exactly what we wanted to do. Food was also massively important to us – we wanted to have tapas for the wedding breakfast and a huge paella outside in the evening. Most hotels only give you a couple of meat and veg options – we wanted to pick our own caterer and have them produce a Spanish feast. This led us to explore converted barns. We live in Sussex in the UK which has the most gorgeous countryside. There are a few barn venues in the area – some were too rustic (hay still in the back) and some were too slick (more hotel in feel than country barn). Then we found Upwaltham Barns which must be the most beautiful wedding venue in the UK (but I would say that).

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re going to make the stationery yourself for that lovely homemade touch, start early – it takes ages! In fact…maybe don’t bother at all. It wipes out your evenings for months. And never, ever scrim on the photographer – all you’ll have left after the event is the photos, they need to be perfect. We found Joanna Brown, a photographer we loved – we became massive fans of her work and would admire her photos on a daily basis. She’s an artist and the best money we spent. Everyone is talking about how gorgeous our photos are.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding


Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
We chose Celtic harp music for the ceremony – Aran Boat Song and music by Turlough O’Carolan. I really wanted something upbeat and happy for the first dance so we went for Jennifer Hudson’s Dressed Up in Love. It’s such a happy song and makes me grin every time I hear it. It’s also impossible not to dance to.

Wedding Vendors (West Sussex, England):

Ceremony and reception locations: Upwaltham Barns / Florist: Barbara Mole of Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium / Photographer: Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Novia D’Art and I bought it from Proposals in Chichester, UK / Birdcage veil: Lilly Lewis / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson/ Earrings: Eclectic Eccentric / Hair: Jean-Yves Aubin / Bridesmaid Dresses: 1950s style circle dresses from Vivien of Holloway / Groom’s suit: three piece suit from Marks and Spencers / Groom’s tie: Topman Band/Musician: During the ceremony and drinks reception we had Lieshja play the harp. My parents are Welsh and Irish so I really wanted some Celtic music at the wedding. Liehsja played the most beautiful Celtic harp music. / Caterer: Buns to Banquets / Wedding cake and dessert: four tiered luxury champagne and strawberry cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company / Wedding invitations: DIY / Videographer: Jonathan Nicol of Other Finger Films

Turn of The Century Session in Germany

Engagement Sessions

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I haven’t posted a bridal shoot in a long long while, but this turn of the century inspired session shot by Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios in a bucolic town in Germany makes me want to book a trip to Europe stat. Maria is based out of Texas, but travels to Germany often to visit her family.

Germany wedding engagement session
Germany wedding engagement session

From Maria: While on vacation in Germany this past August I had the opportunity to shoot this bride & groom session with Ricarda & Matthias. They both live in a small town near Berlin and knew the perfect location for our session that was inspired by the look of old Victorian wedding photos you find in antique stores. The vintage dress, the peeled off wall paint and the random props we found in the attic made the entire shoot come together perfectly. We finished our session right before sunset in a nearby field and shot some images with Matthias’ vintage German scooter.

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Germany wedding engagement session
Germany wedding engagement session

Location: Schuetzenhaus Finsterwalde, Germany / Photographer: Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios / Hair: Janine Pankowski / Make up: Maria Hibbs of Squareville Studios / Dress: vintage purchased on Etsy

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.

Mornington Australia vintage wedding dress

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

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.

vintage inspired wedding dresses custom services

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!

vintage inspired wedding dresses custom services

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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Vendors:

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

Charming British Countryside Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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It’s no secret how much I love British weddings, and you can’t blame me. The quaint churches, a lush countryside complete with moody skies, it pretty much sums up what my dream wedding would look like if I were to plan it again. With Tyler Branch Photography on location to capture Maria and Nick’s nuptials, it was a no brainer their wedding was going to be one for the books. See all of the images from their wedding in the gallery for oodles more.

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From the bride, Maria: Nick and I met at a speak-easy called 86, in Los Angeles almost 4 years ago. He was English, and in a touring band…pretty much the guy your dad warned you about. Clearly, I had my own ideas about who to avoid, and so our love story began. We fell in love at the same place we met only weeks before, listening to Wonderwall on the car radio outside the bar. Two years later, Nick surprised me with a trip to Paris for Christmas, where he proposed to me with a ring that he designed himself, and his uncle hand made. At that moment, it felt like we were alone in Paris – like we had it all to ourselves. It was beautiful and perfect.
vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s England wedding
vintage 1970s wedding in London England

Nick and I lived together in Los Angeles for 3 years, and when we found out we were having a little baby boy, we decided to make the move to Nick’s home town of Haslington, in the Cheshire countryside. We decided to have the wedding here in England, making it a half-destination wedding! We knew we wanted it to be DIY, because we wanted it to look and feel just like us…cool and clever with some interesting character – some romance, a little tradition and most of all, FUN! That started the hours upon months I spent scouring blogs, thrift stores, antique markets, auction houses, Ebay, Etsy and my future in-laws house for cool stuff and inspiration.

We were married in our local church, St. Philips. It is the most beautiful little pink church, full of character and quirkyness. The church was originally bought from Harrods in London as a flat pack! In 1883, the church was built, and moved by horse and cart to the location it is still in today. The music for the ceremony was very special to us. The wedding party and I walked down to “Air A.M.”, a song composed for me by Nick – it was beautiful. We also had a mandolin player to accompany the hymns we chose.
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vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s wedding in London England

vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s England wedding
vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s wedding in London England
vintage 1970s England wedding
vintage 1970s wedding in London England

Wedding Songs:

Ceremony:
Procession: Air A.M. by Nicholas Bentley (2009)
Hymn: Morning Has Broken
Song / Reading: Thank You by Robert Plant (1969)
Song: Blackbird by the Beatles (1968)
Hymn: Lord of the Dance
Recession: Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March)

Reception:
Father/Daughter Dance: Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel) by Billy Joel
Mother/Son Dance: Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
First Dance: Wonderwall by Ryan Adams

Tyler Branch Photography on location to capture Maria and Nick’s nuptials, it was a no brainer their wedding was going to be one for the books. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Venue + Vendors (UK + US):

Ceremony Location: St. Philip’s, Hassall Green, UK / Reception Location/Catering: Crewe Golf Club, Haslington, UK / Photographers: Tyler Branch Photography / Bride’s Wedding Dress: Vintage (Her Mother-In-Law’s!) / Bride’s Reception Dress: Victoria’s Secret / Bride’s Wedding Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana / Bride’s Reception Shoes: Vintage and Converse / Bride’s Jewelry: intage Oscar de la Renta (wedding) and Vintage Christian Dior (reception) / Bride’s Headband: Vintage / Bridesmaid Dresses: Goddiva UK / Bridesmaid Hair Fascinators: Forever21 (UK) / Groom’s Suit: Maison Martin Margiela / Groom’s Wedding Shoes: Reiss / Groom’s Reception Shoes: Converse / Baby’s Tuxedo: H&M / Cinematographers: Paperback Weddings / Getting Ready Location: Chimney House Hotel / Desserts: Gill’s Puddings / Wedding Cars: Andrews Austins / Master of Ceremonies: Danny Hagendorn / DJ: Peter from Melody Corporation / Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Back Stage Passes: The Bride / Invitation / Name Card Calligraphy: The Groom’s Mother / Napkins: The Bride / Book Safe, ‘London, Los Angeles, Party’ Sign: The Groom

Sweet Ranch Texas Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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We have a super sweet wedding from Texas to share this afternoon! The bride, Michelle, found her vintage lace wedding dress at a thrift store and had it transformed into a dainty strapless number. Isn’t it gorg? Apryl Ann Photography was on hand to capture their wedding day.

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vintage lace wedding dress upcycled altered

vintage lace wedding dress upcycled altered

vintage lace wedding dress upcycled altered
vintage lace wedding dress upcycled altered

Michelle and Johnny are both teachers at the same school. One day, at a track meet, it started pouring rain. They ran for cover to Johnny’s truck and talked for hours…it’s been love ever since! Their wedding was was held at the Weston Gardens in Forth Worth, Texas. This place is a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. Old stone and brick with lush greenery make this an awesome venue for a hidden garden wedding. The guys get ready on a stone ship while the bride gets ready in a room with oak walls! Absolutely amazing. Vintage lace, blue jars, vintage garden furniture along with some southern aesthetics including the custom cake topper and Johnny’s boots and belt buckle, made this simple yet gorgeous wedding special to them. Michelle found her dress at a thrift store and she and her mother made it sleeveless with a dropped back. It was absolutely perfect.

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors + Venue (Fort Worth, TX):

Venue: Weston Gardens / Photography: Apryl Ann Photography / Wedding Dress: Vintage (altered by bride and her mom) / Shoes: BHLDN / Maid of Honor Dress: JCrew / Make-Up: Nicole of Kiss and Make-Up / Videography: Turquoise Video Productions / Cake Topper: Mary at Pokeberry Patch on Etsy / Catering: At home catering / Cake: The Bride

Apryl Ann Photography is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here

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

Southern Fusion Wedding

Garden Weddings

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The dapper groom, Ruben is from Mexico; Elise, the bride is a Southern Belle. Right then and there I knew their wedding was destined to be a gorgeous fusion wedding, blending Ruben’s Mexican roots and old traditions from the South. Elise wore her mother’s wedding dress, altered with a freshened up neckline. The groom and groomsmen wore black tie tuxes, and the bridesmaid wore mismatched blush pink dresses. Thank you Steven Michael for capturing their day and sharing these images with us!

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fusion multicultural wedding
inter racial fusion wedding ideas Mexico Southern Wedding
fusion multicultural wedding
inter racial fusion wedding ideas Mexico Southern Wedding
fusion multicultural wedding
inter racial fusion wedding ideas Mexico Southern Wedding
fusion multicultural wedding
inter racial fusion wedding ideas Mexico Southern Wedding
fusion multicultural wedding
inter racial fusion wedding ideas Mexico Southern Wedding

So so much more to see in the gallery!