This wedding is truly the heart of vintage glam, from the amazing venue to the birdcage veil to the utterly precious flower girl and ringbearer in their sweet outfits! The bride and groom stuck to a classic black and white palette, with some gold accents thrown in for good measure. We featured Vicky and Sergio’s retro 1940s-themed engagement session back in January, and today we get to share their wedding day! Big thanks to Justin DeMutiis for sharing their wedding photos with us and to Vicky for sharing your wedding story. Congrats to you and Sergio!
From the bride, Vicky: Both my husband and I love vintage things and history. We really wanted to have an elegant wedding that captured “old” elements. I would have to say that the movie The Notebook and the whole 40’s era served as an inspiration for me during the planning process; even our engagement shoot! I wanted it to be elegant and timeless in the sense that when I look back at pictures, say in 40 years, I won’t think to myself “What was I thinking?!” — or at least I hope I won’t think that. We did not want a large wedding. It really meant a lot to us to keep it as small and intimate as possible, and share that moment with those that were closest to us. Plus, with a smaller guest list, this meant we didn’t have to spend so much on food and could use that money in other areas of the wedding budget.
Our color scheme was a basic black and white. We chose black because not only can it be elegant but it is also easy to coordinate. I knew that no matter whether you purchase items in-store or online, black will be black. Unlike other colors such as pinks and blues, there are so many variations of these colors that it can be a challenge to purchase something online to coordinate with the rest. Also, when it came to doing things ourselves such as the stationery, it was almost a given that you would find black and white. So I may have cheated a little with choosing black but it sure made the planning process easier!
As far as things we did ourselves, we made our own stationery using DIY packages from craft stores. We also made the wooden plaques that had sayings like “Bride,” “Groom,” “Thank you” etc. I got this idea from other weddings and both the husband and I tag-teamed and made these ourselves. He did the crackle paint and I painted the words. Another thing we made were the pearl strands that we hung from the staircase rails. I had seen this in a wedding magazine and loved the look. Unfortunately, as much as I searched I could not find the pearl strands and decided to make them myself using fishing line and pearls. It seems like a lot of work but I would work on it a little bit every night while watching TV and had them done in no time. For our table numbers, we used different pictures from our engagement shoot and labeled them using stickers. It was an easy project and added a personal touch to each table.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? First and foremost, enjoy every minute of the wedding planning. It will go by faster than you think. It can at times be overwhelming and stressful (especially when working with a budget), but it will be worth it at the end. There is much satisfaction when seeing the results of the months of planning. Also, I would say that when thinking about a budget for the wedding it’s best to put your money in things such as photographer or videographer. When all is said and done, after the wedding what you have left are memories and whatever images and video you have to look back on the occasion. When I budgeted for the wedding, I was willing to put more money into a good photographer and videographer because I wanted to have a way to look back and cherish that special day. Even if you are not having a “platinum wedding,” the emotions and memories that photos and videos capture are priceless.
Bridal party procession: “Bella’s Lullaby/A River Flows in You,” Carter Burwell
Bride’s procession: “Only Hope,” Mandy Moore
Reception entrance: “Super Massive Blackhole,” Muse
First dance: “Still in Love,” Beyonce
Wedding vendors (Tampa, FL):
Reception venue: The Don Vicente Historic Inn / Wedding photographer: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Hair Stylist: Maria Santiago / Floral designer: La Vie en Rose / Cinematography: Trinity Wedding Video / Lighting: Inspire / DJ: Inspire / Ceremony musician: Christopher Dobson / Makeup artist: Nur Alaqili Makeup / Wedding dress: David’s Bridal / Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Men’s Warehouse / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding cake: Alessi’s Bakery