Happy New Year! Today’s wedding really hits home for us at Ruffled, especially since the bride got a lot of her inspiration from our very own little site (awwwwwww!) All the good ideas really came together for Devin and Jenny, who married by the bride’s parent’s house in North Carolina this November. It’s handmade but elegant, whimsical but understated and, above all else, completely representative of the lovely couple. It’s all captured by Punam Bean Photography for us to enjoy.

vintage glam winter wedding

From the crafty bride. Devin and I live in Brooklyn, but we love visiting North Carolina and liked the idea of a pastoral, southern setting close to family. We knew we wanted to have a small, cozy wedding in North Carolina with lots of vintage elements. Devin described it as “a weekend in a country house, but where you have a cocktail party too.” We really wanted the details to reflect little things important to us as a couple.

vintage glam winter wedding
vintage glam winter wedding
vintage glam winter wedding

Devin and I are both avid readers, so we decorated tables with old books and wrapped votives with pages of old books (an idea we got from Ruffled.) Devin and I always tell each other: “I love you more than salt,” a line from an older, Indian version of the King Lear story. The story was one of the readings during the ceremony, and on each dinner table we placed a piece of Himalayan rock salt.

vintage glam winter wedding
vintage glam winter wedding

My mother searched antique and vintage stores for vintage glass, which we used alongside other family pieces on the dessert table. We used my aunt’s vintage embroidered dinner napkins along with other embroidered dinner napkins my mother found in antique stores. Devin and I love the food writing of MFK Fisher, so we both combed through her books looking for favorite quotes about food. Devin then wrote the quotes on vintage-inspired tags that we used as napkin rings.

vintage glam winter wedding

vintage glam winter wedding

I made our “guestbook”—a picture “puzzle” whose individual pieces the guests signed. Devin wrote out all of the paper signs for each table, which we then propped up with vintage forks (another idea we got from Ruffled!) Devin and I made fabric pennants to drape around the porch and to hang above the guestbook and dessert tables.

vintage glam winter wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t stress, it’s not worth it. When I was planning my wedding, I had two lovely ladies in my office who were planning their own weddings. Try and have someone to whom you can vent and un-self-consciously discuss your wedding with ad nauseam. Having people you can vent to will benefit your relationships with those that may be too close to your wedding and its planning.

vintage glam winter wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Chapel Hill, NC):

Ceremony and reception location(s): The Barn at Valhalla / Florist: The Purple Puddle / Photographer: Punam Bean Photography / Wedding Dress: Marisa, from Adrienne’s Bridal in N.Y. / Veil: custom from Adrienne’s Bridal / Feather Hairpiece: Lo Boheme / Shoes: Lady Dragon by Vivienne Westwood Anglophilia + Melissa / Vintage Fur Stole: Gabriella New York / Vintage Watch: Pippin Vintage / Hair: Syd’s Hair Shop / Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians: Mandolin Orange / Caterer: Sage and Swift / Wedding Cakes: Sage and Swift / Wedding invitations: Designed by bride, groom and bride’s brother; Printed at Moontree Letterpress / Transportation: Classy Transportation


Comments (20):

  • Janet Thompson on November 29, 2013

    I had the most memorable day thanks to your site. Having spent my childhood on Kerr Lake it seemed appropriate to spent the best day of my life back there. We were concerned about the weather but the day turned out to be perfect. You guys helped me find many ideas to our special day including www.classytransportation.com and http://www.tunstallfarmnc.com. Thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!
  • Kathie on January 31, 2011

    The guest book is amazing!
  • tracey on January 9, 2011

    Hi there, wow wow wow, fabulous looking wedding. original touches and love the veil!
  • Christine {BlissFullEssence} on January 5, 2011

    What a beautiful wedding!! Great Details. Congratulations to the happy couple!
  • Barbara Coughlin on January 5, 2011

    WOW! Jenny and her mother are gorgeous! The bride and groom radiate love. It looks like a beautiful, happy, really special wedding!
  • erin*sparkle&hay on January 4, 2011

    oh my goodness cozy gorgeous LOVE!
  • Haylee on January 4, 2011

    SO in love with the groom's bow tie. Also love how unique the guest book idea is!
  • Isabel DreamWeddingItaly on January 4, 2011

    Really beautiful vintage wedding. I love the look of the bride - she's so radiant! Absolutely best vintage style wedding ever!
  • Julia @ Brides Up North on January 4, 2011

    Wow - I love everything and anything LOG CABIN, so this is like, my perfect wedding! Beautiful bride. x
  • Kaylee on January 4, 2011

    Love the guest book idea..... How did you do it?
  • Lara on January 3, 2011

    I think your guestbook is awesome!
  • Jennifer @ Darling Notes on January 3, 2011

    Pretty, pretty! I love the cake table!
  • Erica Ann on January 3, 2011

    Wow, all of the personal touches makes this wedding so personal and unique. Love it!
  • Meredith on January 3, 2011

    This is an adorably sweet wedding!
  • Amanda Thorson on January 3, 2011

    Oh my goodness, what a post to start the year with! I don't know where you find such amazing weddings at...but it makes my day reading your posts. This wedding is amazing, simple and beautiful....I love the brides vail.
  • Laura *You Stir Me* on January 3, 2011

    oh I love the table numbers! So creative. And ditto on having some office buddies to vent wedding frustrations to - it'll help you and your loved ones:) Gorgeous wedding!
  • Christie on January 3, 2011

    oh wow i love that fur shug! my fave
  • Katherine {flower & honey} on January 3, 2011

    their guestbook idea is wonderful :) beautiful NC wedding!
  • Alison Ulshoffer | Events on January 3, 2011

    What a lovely wedding! Cheers to the bride + groom for such a wonderful job!
  • Sarah Goodwin on January 3, 2011

    So much to love! The flashcard table numbers are a hoot!


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