Ever since I saw Father of the Bride I’ve loved a good wedding at home. And a wedding on a family farm? Even better! So when Erin H. Photography sent this wedding my way, it was pretty much a no-brainer that I’d love it. I hope you do too. Read More
It’s no secret that I’m a vintage-lover, but when vintage is done in a modern way with a DIY spin, then I’m just downright giddy. Today’s wedding is a touch of whimsy, mixed with the hipness of Portland, weaved together with personal DIY touches. And the photos by Stacey Kane are just too good for words.
For our ceremony music, we had two young and very talented musicians playing the violin and the viola. For the bridal party processional, they played the prelude of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major. I wanted to walk in to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” so they created an amazing arrangement for that song. The recessional piece was Mozart’s Duo in G. And our first dance song was Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me.”
Our venue was right on the water, located in the same complex as a marina, and the space used to be a factory where ships were built, so we also had a boat theme going on; I made kraft paper boats that we used as luminaries along the venue’s walkway, and I outfitted one boat with small cushions inside to use as a ring pillow.
My husband’s a writer, I love crafting things out of paper, and we love books, so much of the decor was created from old book pages. A few highlights: the escort cards were pinwheels made from illustrated children’s books, with a pencil for a stem; I made flower garlands out of muslin and book pages that draped over stacks of books for our centerpieces; and for the cocktail tables, we created book planters by carving a space right into the pages of an open book and planting succulents inside.
It was a labor of love to craft so much of the wedding decor ourselves, and in that way we put ourselves in every detail. We had lots of help from family, friends, and Meghan our amazing wedding planner, so it felt like this big collaborative art project. It was really important that David and I worked together and made decisions as a couple. We were true partners in the planning, and I think that’s what made our wedding US.
I just love a good Southern wedding, don’t you? Spanish moss, sweet tea, Southern charm…what’s not to love? Between the soft blue color palette and the absolutely fab DIY glass chandelier that hung over the ceremony, this wedding fits the bill.
Advice to couples planning now? I would say to start early and do tons of research. I think if you do your homework you can be creative and original without breaking the bank. It’s also so important to find the right vendors and that doesn’t happen overnight. I feel like our wedding day was so much fun and stress free because I had put so much time into the planning and I knew I could trust my vendors 100% to carry out my vision.
The one detail that was probably the most memorable was the glass globe candle chandelier at the ceremony. A friend with a metal workshop whipped up a stainless steel frame for me and I tied individual glass hanging globes with tea lights to the frame. We hung the chandelier from rope on a tree branch that hung right over Jason and I at the ceremony. I thought it looked great as the sun was setting.
I would have to say that the attention to detail was my personal mark on the wedding day. I really tried to make everything individual to us from the custom designed programs and menus to the 5 different flavored cakes on antique stands and the DIY glass globe chandelier at the ceremony. I wanted there to be something beautiful and original everywhere you looked, I hope that came across to our guests.
I die over that chandelier! And the shades of blue and gorgeous florals are pretty fantastic too. Oh, and take note on that ceremony decor of candles lining the aisle. A super budget friendly idea and just as beautiful as florals. Maybe even more beautiful… What do you think?
One of the things I love about my job is getting a little peek into people’s weddings and seeing parts of the country I’ve never been to before. This sweet wedding in Vermont has added yet another place on my must-travel list. And the emotion captured in the images by Boro Creative Visions Photography is heart melting too.
Advice for couples planning now? Have fun and get creative! We had a very low budget wedding and had to really get creative and make our wedding our own. We didn’t have the budget for a traditional tier wedding cake so instead I used a Pepperidge Farm Vanilla Cake (that is what my parents had after they eloped!) and then used my in-laws original cake-topper from the 70′s. I made signs that explained the symbolism of the cake, it was one of my favorite details and cost almost nothing!
For centerpieces, I bought decorative watering cans from Michaels and grew petunias all summer in pots. For a simple project I placed the petunia pots into the watering cans and made homemade signs for the table names. The tables were named after mountains my husband and I have hiked together.
Ceremony: Forever Young by Bob Dylan – My husband’s very musical cousin played an acoustic version of the song during the ceremony.
Recessional: Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads. My husband and I had a very chaotic year before our wedding: my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, we had a surprise pregnancy and had just moved to Vermont. This song was perfect for us!
First Dance Song: How Sweet it is to be Loved By You by James Taylor – A special song as we go to James Taylor’s concert every year on the 4th of July.
The simplicity of our wedding was perfect and the details represented all the things we love, the outside, family and Vermont.
How sweet is this wedding? And their son in the last photos – adorbs! I miss little baby feet… Congrats on your baby boy and marriage, Brandy & Philip!
I’m a huge fan of fall weddings. But I especially love the fall weddings that aren’t your typical “orange & yellow” with pumpkins and mums – a little something different makes for a chic twist. This wedding, with the white and grey pumpkins and the uniquely carved style is just what I mean!
I wanted a beautiful autumn setting and the Sonnet House provided that perfectly. The house, barn, and outdoor fireplace were breathtaking with the colorful leaves serving as the perfect backdrop. The beautiful venue made the entire wedding more than I had ever imagined.
Advice for couples planning now? Don’t get too caught up in the wedding industry…do it how you want and forget about the standards and rules. Keep it simple and soak up every minute because it goes by too fast!
I incorporated carved white and grey pumpkins into the ceremony and reception areas, which really brought out the autumn theme.
The fun, laid back atmosphere and the amazing southern comfort food made our wedding us!
Since I love fall, white pumpkins being my favorite things every, I am dying over the intricately carved white pumpkins used in this wedding decor. Aren’t they fab!? I love that this is a gorgeous fall wedding that didn’t go for the typical orange pumpkin theme.
I think styled shoots can be a great opportunity for planning brides to get inspired or find ideas they can make their own. My favorite styled shoots are simple, budget-friendly, and full of pretty. Today’s vintage farm-to-table inspired shoot is no exception. Here’s a bit about the concept from the vendors involved.
Rustic vintage elegance was the theme for this Southern California wedding shoot by ae martin photography and Leslie Miller Event Design. The details were inspired by sweet romance and the carefree days.
The hors d’ouvres table was adorned with vintage classic books, antique tea cups, and mason jars filled with lavender lemonade. Kiwi slices were added for a dash of summer green. The chef from Heirloom Gatherings chose simple yet delicious and colorful treats like bruschetta, cheese boards, and s’mores for dessert. French macarons added a classic sweet touch. The dinner table, set in a quiet meadow, was full of hand-me-down china and glassware. Old fashioned ink well jars served as candle holders. Homemade blackberry jam jars and candied almond satchels for favors finished the look.
The florals by Flowerchild were designed with a soft natural color palette, including pink blush roses, dusty miller, white dahlias, bay leaves, lavender, and amarathus hand-tied with ivory ribbon, pearls, and embellished with a vintage broach. The bride’s hair was set in soft curls adorned with handmade hair pieces by Acute Designs. The bride wore several different dresses; a classic Maggie Sottero, a flirty tea length gown hand made by Peppermint Pretty, and a trendy blush colored Rodarte. Her shoes, of course, were old cowboy boots. Her earrings were handmade from crystals recycled from an old wedding gown. The groom’s textured tan clothing and suspenders fit in perfectly with the farm setting.
I honestly don’t know what I love the most from this shoot. The bouquet is perfection, those dresses (especially that blush Rodarte!) are fab, and that beautifully set table in a meadow…I die! And I love the farm-to-table menu. In fact, it inspired a post I’ll be sharing next week, so be sure to check back. Hint: it might be a little cheesy.