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Shabby Chic Canadian Wedding

Real Weddings, Rustic Weddings

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Sophie, the bride, sent over her wedding to share with you all and it is so gorgeous! A really cool fact that I love: both the bride’s sister’s band and the groom’s band played at the reception! Many gracious thanks to Evan McMaster for the wonderful photographs!

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From the stylish bride, Sophie: We wanted a very relaxed feeling something that felt like a family picnic. The style we aimed for was vintage meets shabby chic.

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 vintage new brunswick canada wedding
 vintage new brunswick canadian wedding

We didn’t have a color scheme per se but we were sticking with creamy colors like ivory, peach, light seafoam green, those types of colors. There were lots of DIY projects for our wedding, we made two large monogrammed letters (S for Sophie and L for Laurent) that hung from two large barn doors; we made all of the bridesmaids bouquets; we also made all the utensil packages.

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We also made the bunting banner that hung behind the head table; we made all the flower arrangements on the tables; we made the photobooth sign; all the cakes on all the tables were homemade by different friends and family; our wedding cake was made by one of my best friends; the table markers were another DIY… the list goes on.

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Wedding Vendors (Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada):

Ceremony and reception location: Middle Sackville Baptist Church,  The Music Barn / Event Design and Styling: Lace & Twine Event Styling / Florist: Maggies Flowers, Costco / Photographer: Evan McMaster / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera, Garden Party/35806 from Preowned Wedding Dresses / Bride’s Accessories: Noaki JewelryAldo / Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Salon Boheme, Fresko Beauty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s suit:My Custom Tailor / Ties and Bowties: Me and Matilda / Cufflinks: dfuss / Groom’s shoes and belt: Cecil D’s / Videographer: Gilles Doiron

Royal Steamline


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I am excited to introduce you to a great sponsor – Royal Steamline! They offer many invitations to suit the needs of vintage brides, from 1800s to 1940s styles and beyond! How adorable is this customizable “telegram” style invitation for a 20s or 30s inspired affair?

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Below, to the left, is the new By George, a British Regency follow-up to the popular Victorian design they call Steamside, and is just the first of many new vintage designs you’ll see this Fall. They’ve even teamed up with to offer free wedding websites to match the theme of your vintage invitation!

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For even more Royal Steamline products and new designs, check out their blog!

Backyard Tennessee Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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This sweet wedding shot by Natalie and Dan of Watson-Studios makes my heart skip a beat. Bailee and Reggie had the most adorable Southern wedding on Bailee’s parents’ farm. The details of their wedding were to die for – like the vintage fabric handkerchiefs for the groomsmen and A&W Root Beer floats with classic matching mugs!

From the bride: My husband and I thought my parents’ farm was the perfect place for our reception; we both felt that my lifelong church was perfect for the wedding ceremony and both places would give us the freedom to do anything we wanted.

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 groom and groomsmen on red antique vintage truck
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The first purchase we made after the engagement was my wedding gown. My mother and I found it at an antique store located about 2 minutes away from our home and we originally thought it was a tablecloth! We quickly realized it was not a tablecloth at all, but a beautiful 1940’s wedding gown and it fit me perfectly!

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 groom in seersucker suit and pink bow tie with yellow pocket square
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There were certain things I knew I wanted from the very beginning, like ice cream and apple pie instead of the traditional wedding cake, and homemade strawberry jam as guest’s favors and then there were other things just happened like the color palette of blues and pinks, and those unplanned things are some of the most special.

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We had tons of DIY projects and all of my girlfriends would come over to the house and help me with constantly. I made all of the groomsmen handkerchiefs out of vintage cloth and they were all different.  We made all of our centerpieces and anything else that we could do ourselves.

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 root beer floats sign and cups for root beer

Advice for brides still planning their wedding?  Have PLENTY of time to plan! We took a solid year. Be nice to everyone. Your closest family and friends will be the ones there to come through for you and ultimately make your day the very best, so NO bridezillas! After all they know you the best and can please you better than anyone!

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Wedding Vendors (Knoxville, TN):

Ceremony Venue: First Apostolic Church / Reception Venue: parents’ home / Photographers: Watson-Studios / Veil: Birdcage Veils / Groom Suit: Express / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Groomsmen Suits: JCPenney / Caterer: Whitts Barbeque / Rentals: Campbell’s Tent and Rentals / Stationery: Hello!Lucky, BPI Design Group