Relaxed Southern Vintage Wedding

When we saw this wedding on Courtney Dellafiora‘s blog, we just knew we needed to feature it. This couple is beyond the cutest I’ve ever seen. The bride, Lauren, is a marvelous graphic designer, and carried the theme of “All You Need is Love” throughout her entire wedding. What’s most touching, however, is the degree to which Lauren included her mother in her ceremony. She wore her mother’s exquisite vintage wedding dress, copied pictures from her mother’s own wedding, and came down the same stairwell as her mother for the ceremony. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this wedding! See all pictures in the gallery.

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From the bride, Lauren: The style I envisioned for our wedding was vintage, bohemian, indie chic with a laid-back feel. I wanted our wedding to truly reflect Joe and I so I stayed true to our personal style.

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Joe and I are HUGE Beatles fans, and Joe is a musician (which is how we met) so we have an underlying music theme to our wedding. I’ve never met a bigger fan of the Beatles than Joe and my dad, so the Beatles had to play a role in our wedding. We decided to incorporate “All You Need Is Love” into our event logo, which I designed. The song lyrics appear on a banner that falls in front of a heart-shaped record.

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We decided to have our ceremony at my Great Aunt’s farm house in Laurel, MS because my parents were married at that same Aunt’s home in town in the 70s. The ceremony was planned to be outdoor but due to horrendous weather, we had to move it inside her house. It ended up being even more similar to my parent’s wedding after all, as they were married inside and my mother came down the stairs.

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Any advice for brides? Stay true to you and your fiancé’s style and ideas. Welcome the ideas of others but don’t incorporate all of their ideas and don’t second guess yourself. Your guests will appreciate it in the end and you and your fiancé will be proud.

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Include your friends and family in the details of your event. It’s more special to them to feel involved, even if you have specific ideas about how you want them to help. This will allow you to do a lot of those little detail, DIY projects that will make your wedding so special. It’s too much work to do it all yourself.

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Start somewhere and build your color palette around it. I started with my bridesmaids’ and maid of honor’s dresses and then matched Pantone inks to be used on all of my paper goods from the fabric swatches. I carried those swatches with me throughout the planning process, and it really showed in the end.

southern vintage diy wedding

Courtney Dellafiora‘s blog, we just knew we needed to feature it. This couple is beyond the cutest I’ve ever seen. The bride, Lauren, is a marvelous graphic designer, and carried the theme of “All You Need is Love” throughout her entire wedding. What’s most touching, however, is the degree to which Lauren included her mother in her ceremony. She wore her mother’s exquisite vintage wedding dress, copied pictures from her mother’s own wedding, and came down the same stairwell as her mother for the ceremony. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this wedding! See all pictures in the View all wedding photos here

Wedding Songs:
Processional: All You Need Is Love by the Beatles
Recessional: All You Nee Is Love Reprise
First dance: In My Life by the Beatles, performed by the bride’s father and two brothers.

Wedding Vendors (Mississippi):

Ceremony location: Private residence / Reception location: The Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS / Florist: Randy Jackson of Flowertyme / Photographer: Courtney Dellafiora / Wedding Dress: Bride’s mother / Hair accessories: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Frye / Necklace: Bride’s mother / Reception dress: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s attire: J. Crew / Ceremony music: Momentum String Quartet / Reception music: This Orange Four / Caterer: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit / Wedding Cake: Tara’s Cakes / Wedding invitations: Lauren VanZandt (bride)

23 Comments
  1. so lovely! gorgeous bride! i really like the sweaters the bridesmaids are wearing! im trying to find a nice dressy sweater to go over my dress (im just doing a casual courthouse ceremony)…where did you get them?

  2. it’s gorgeous!!! i think you may want to check the link to the full gallery though, it doesn’t seem to link to the same wedding?

  3. Jenn — the maid of honor’s sweater is from J. Crew, and the bridesmaids’ sweaters are from Anthropologie, a couple of seasons ago. Hope this helps!

  4. Thanks! I have a special love for this wedding. The fuschia and mustard color combo, along with the stylish execution of a theme that could easily get too cheesy really win me over!

  5. definitely one of my favorites of all time!! love it and when my big day is to be planned, i’ll be looking for this post! thanks for sharing, i am a BIG BIG fan of this fantastic blog!

  6. I want to thank everyone who helped me make all of this happen. I am so blessed to have such great and talented friends, family and vendors who were willing to pitch in to make my dream day come true. And I’m especially thankful for my husband, Joe, for picking up my slack of everyday tasks so that I could focus on the wedding and for helping with some of the DIY projects that I know he hated doing!

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