I love when brides submit their own weddings! Callie emailed me last week sharing a bit of her vintage wedding, with a 60s inspired “woodland” theme and a vintage dress to drool over. A vintage wedding dress worn by Twiggy? Yes, please! Let’s dive in to this super mod wedding fete.
From the bride, Callie:
We got married last November, in a cozy historic lodge in Berkeley, California. We fell in love with the lodge the moment we walked in. With wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and located in the middle of the secluded Berkeley Hills, part of the East Bay National Park District, we new it would be ideal for our 1960’s woodland themed wedding. And it was indeed super cozy and intimate. We had about 75 of our closest friends and family attend an extremely short ceremony lasting just over five minutes and officiated by my husband’s favorite cousin followed by a vegetarian supper paired with delicious wines from my hometown of Santa Ynez, CA (made famous by the film Sideways), backed by 1960’s folk and rock soundtrack (think Neil Young, Love, and the Zombies) spun by my two girlfriends who I used to DJ with back in my early 20’s. We walked down the aisle to 13 by Big Star and walked away to La la la love you by the Pixies.
Her story is so good, I didn’t have the hear to edit shorter. It’s that worth it!
Our vintage inspired wedding was extremely DIY, we are fortunate enough to have a circle of super creative friends who were able to provide at little and/or no cost to us the photography, music, and decorations. My bestie made our amazing table seating assignments which were individual trees with leaves hanging off featuring our guest’s name and the “tree” they would be sitting at. The tables had names like Oak, Fir, Pine, etc. She also made the boutonnieres out of tiny red toadstool mushrooms, acorns and leaves… they ended up so cute, even my Dad approved!
The woodland vintagey theme kind of took on a mind of its own once I found my vintage wedding dress which I should add, is a story in itself. I found it via a vintage dresses feature they were running on Good Morning America. It’s a 1969 Bill Blass dress originally modeled by Twiggy, that was actually featured on the show! I found my patent leather 60’s inspired Chloe heels on eBay for just under $300, I believe they were originally sold for around $700, so I felt I really lucked out on those. At 4 inches, they were surprisingly comfortable! I chose to wear ivory opaque tights with my dress which I’m quite glad I did. I thought they completed the mod 60’s carnaby street look I was going for, plus, they made me feel a little less self conscious about the length of my dress. I let my two best friends who stood up for me choose their dresses themselves. We had a palette of gold, mustard, chocolate, black and ivory. They both found their dresses at Anthropologie and though they were mismatched, I loved the way they looked together. They were both knee length, but still longer than my dress and they both wore black opaque tights.
For the photobooth, I brought several polaroid cameras I had from home (I’ve collected vintage cameras since college) and we set up a photo station complete with gold gel pens, a framed sign sharing tips & instructions, glue sticks, and a wood based polaroid album where our guests dutifully attached their photo with a short note- such a great souvenir from the evening!
Over all, our wedding went off without a hitch and I’m so proud of the efforts of all our friends & family that made the night so special and awesome for us, that I felt inclined to share it with other future brides who are in the midst of all the chaos, frustration, & excitement that comes with planning a wedding…
Thanks Callie for sharing your day with us! We wish you and Jay a lifetime of happiness together!