Nothing in the world evokes the warm and fuzzy feelings in us more than a wedding filled with memories, tradition and love – especially one that has such a gorgeous vintage flair! It was on their private dock in Ship Bottom on LBI, NJ where Alyson and Paul (0ne of our favorite couples) said I DO! Inspired by the 1950’s, their wedding was nothing short of charming – with homespun vintage pieces and family heirlooms interlaced with touches of blue and coral (swoon!). We are both honored and excited to share not only this special day, but we are thrilled to share the second wedding that Alyson and Paul threw for their family and friends with our readers in the coming weeks.
The gorgeous couple share their personal experiences with us –
“Planning this wedding brought us so much joy, since every step had a piece of our families in it. We looked to this wedding to come as a time to celebrate not only us, but our families and closest friends who we know will forever be by our sides. We also decided to give the whole event a vintage feel. As lovers of 1950s fashion, we envisioned circle skirt dresses and handsome waistcoats. Therefore, we knew all the touches- invites, flowers, table numbers, gifts- would also have to reflect this.
It started with the Save the Dates and the invitations and again we were blessed! With the thanks of a very talented friend, Ali Giese, who is starting her own business (7 Squared Design out of San Francisco), we got our ideal creations. The Save the Dates were messages in antique bottles to reflect the island. We collected the bottles one by one in Barnegat, NJ antique stores, with the city and states names of all of our 40 guests. We shipped these (carefully) and hand delivered others. This is one of the joys of a small wedding! For the invitations, Ali made our visions a reality. She combined wax stamps, twine and vintage fonts to reflect our theme. Our guests got a true treat in the mail
Then the clothing! I think it was fate that I met Paula at Mill Crest Vintage in Lambertville, NJ. Wedding dress shopping without a mom or dad could have been a tough experience. Instead, I stumbled upon this jewel of a store and this incredible owner whose passion for vintage dresses is only matched by the care she gives her clients. Her energy and excitement was contagious and I walked out with not only my dress, but the two dresses for my maids of honors, our cardigans, white gloves and sweet shoes. As for Paul, we headed west! I knew of Al’s Attire (a designer that lives vintage) in North Beach of San Francisco since 2000 when I lived in the neighborhood. His business has grown quite a bit since those first days and we knew he would do justice on Paul’s waist coast for the big day. Without a doubt he met all expectations and Paul has a classic vintage piece for his collection!
Our florist, Lily of the Valley in Beach Haven, had dropped off our centerpieces, which were done in my mother’s collection of antique Nantucket Basket purses for a personal touch. Paul and I had also been collecting antique milk bottles and Ball jars for quite some time. Paul is from a dairy farm in WI and it was a great way to include a little piece of home for his family. My ten wonderful family volunteers put together beautiful arrangements of our flowers in a great mix of bottles that would accompany the centerpieces.
A couple other touches were our wedding photos of guests and our table cards. We had asked each couple to send us a photo and displayed them (8x10s) above the pre-ceremony reception table. In addition, we had been collecting antique LBI post cards for a bit of time and used these for our place cards, giving our guests a window into the history of LBI. I had also found antique bottles and old house numbers to create great tables numbers that were reminiscent of our Save the Dates and these sat with antiqued lanterns in the middle of our farm tables. Our guests’ gifts were Field Notes books. Paul discovered these about a year ago and we loved the idea of using them for this day. We purchased three small notebooks for each guest, one from PA (where I am from), one from WI (where Paul is from) and one from NJ (where the wedding is and where we now live). We then wrote personal notes to each person in the books to take another moment to express how happy and thankful we were to have them with us that day.
After the ceremony, we took photos with our wonderful photographer Lauri Tripaldi (LaLee Photography). Then we rode off into the sunset on my bride’s gift from Paul, a 1963 Schwinn Tandem Blue Bicycle. Perfect!”
Wedding Experts:Save the Dates/Invites: 7 Square Design Florist: Lilly of the Valley Photography: LaLee Photography Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery Catering: Mayetta’s Octopus Garden Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage Bridesmaids’ Attire: Mill Crest Vintage Vintage Bridal Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage Groom’s Attire: Al’s Attire
OH MY GORGEOUSNESS! Elegance and glamour with a retro twist never looked so good as these amazing images captured by the lovely and talented Erin Saldana of Erin Saldana Photography for this “Vintage Noshing at Tiffany’s” styled shoot. Not only do we get to drool over these photos, we are also honored to have been a part of this talented ensemble of wedding professionals – who (lead by the uber creative Alison of The Wedding Yentas) made this all possible so we could share this eye candy with our readers.
The bride was styled in a classically cut, authentic 1950’s vintage tea length lace wedding dress from Mill Crest Vintage.
To create the classic, chic, glamorous and timeless mood of the Tiffany’s theme in a subtle but stylish way, the wedding team brought in little pops of blue paired with dove grey, metallic silver, sparkling crystals, pearls and hints of black against soft cream toned textured. Floral vintage chintz offered a feminine and whimsical feel to the table setting. Pops of color in the brunch buffet were added to complement the iconic blue and worked perfectly against the lush background offered by Stonehaus of Westlake Village, California.
Hello Gorgeous! Ok, yes… we admit it… we were talking to that vintage Rolls Royce. The bridesmaid, who is channeling Holly Golightly, isn’t too bad herself. In fact, we think she is perfection!!
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Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Serving-ware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center
Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan BluthRead More
Soft yellow mixed with black and white damask, set against the backdrop of a charming rustic lakefront venue, was the absolute perfect pallet for this eclectic vintage inspired wedding at FortWhyte Alive, an environmental preserve, in gorgeous Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Thank you so very much to the amazingly creative and talented Tracy and her equally as delightful groom, Jay, for sharing their special day with us.
The bride was beautifully adorned in an authentic 1960’s vintage mermaid cut damask wedding gown and vintage-jeweled birdcage veil. Her shoes, by Sam and Libby, complemented her Swarovski accessories and unbelievable crystal belt. The groom wore a dapper pinstriped suit from Moore’s and a bit of Swarovski bling himself. SWOON!
Fabulous food served in an easy and elegant environment was the experience the couple wanted for their 98 guests. Guests we served an amazing three course meal inspired by local and organic Manitoban ingredients and were invited to enjoy a refill of their Sweet tea lemonade before hitting the dance floor to the bride and groom’s own personal play list. Special touches that made this wedding really pop against the fresh, green backdrop of the lakefront venue included; hand selected vintage vases and milk glass, birds and birdcages, steel colored damask table runners against white linens, yellow daisies and white zinnias, and fresh lemons and lemonade. The best part – many of these lovely details were DIY!! This bride knows style and we LOVE it!
Location: FortWhyte Alive
Photographer: Blackout Photography
Florist: Norwood Florists
Catering: Buffalo Stone Cafe
Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage
Veil: Sheena Holland
Belt: Twisted Crystals
Jewelry: Andrew Nyce Designs
Beauty: Vamp Industries
Groom Attire: Moore’s
For Elizabeth and Todd, having friends and family involved in the planning of their hometown mid- century/modern minimalist style vintage inspired wedding made their day even more special than they could ever have dreamed. The ceremony and reception were held in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on an absolutely perfect Summer day. We are honored that this lovely couple invited us to share their very personal day with our readers.
The Bride wore an authentic blush toned tea length vintage wedding dress exclusively from the collection at Mill Crest Vintage. She paired it with a full petticoat and simple tiara with removable net veil. Gorgeous!!!!
Five bridesmaids were adorned in vintage inspired dresses in a pallet of pastels, which perfectly complemented the summer colors of their flower bouquets and the blush tones of the bridal dress.
The bride shared with Mill Crest Vintage – “Having harbored a longtime love of all things vintage, we enjoyed mixing mid-century elegance with modern minimalism to create our own wedding aesthetic. It was very important to the both of us that we share our marriage celebration with our beloved family and friends around the home that we love so much: Brooklyn! The Prospect Park Picnic House served as a perfect location, as it had been the meeting place for many past barbecues and birthday parties over the years; the park was a natural choice as many of our friends live near and around it (it’s also a quick walk from our apartment, and served as a perfect backdrop for private and social pre-wedding photos). It was also important for us to work with local Brooklyn vendors, from finding the perfect wedding rings and the immense wedding cake spread from One Girl Cookies to the exclusive Brooklyn Brewery beer selection at the reception. We also chose to handcraft as much of the wedding elements as possible, incorporating our beloved family and friends where we could. – We both felt incredibly lucky to have had such a wealth of support from loved ones who came together from all over the world to celebrate and share in our wedding celebration!”
It was a true family affair. Music for the ceremony was bagpiped by the bride’s brother-in-law and the groom’s cousin officiated the ceremony. DIY vintage touches were in full swing – as much of the programs, stationary and wedding favors were designed and hand-made by the bride, friends and family. The couple’s decision to include a photo booth at the reception (a genius offer, compliments of the photographers) resulted in hundreds of priceless moments that were turned into cherished memories. LOVE!
Location: Prospect Park Picnic House
Photographer: Weddings by Two: Nelson Hancock
Florist: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
Linens: Broadway Famous Party Rentals
Entertainment: JJ Brown (DJ)
Catering: Bon Soir Catering
Wedding Cake: One Girl Cookies
Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage
Tiara: Debra Moreland for Paris
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Jewelry/Rings: The Clay Pot
Rentals: Bon Soir Catering
Beer: American Beer Distributing Co.
Wine: Scotto’s Wine Cellar