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
The Palo Verde trees in full bloom on this gorgeous spring day in Scottsdale, Arizona, made for a perfect backdrop to the rustic vintage garden wedding of Rachel and Scott. Thanks to the genius photography skills of Mike Olbinski Photography, we have the honor of sharing this amazing wedding with you.
Crystal bead and pink carnation flower garlands swayed from the tree under which the ceremony was held. Scattered potted petunias that Scott’s mom planted, along with paper lanterns and hanging strings of café lights completed the rustic, yet romantic theme.
While scouring wedding blogs for inspiration, Rachel fell in love with a vintage wedding dress from the collection at Mill Crest Vintage. She wasn’t local to the vintage boutique, so she took a leap of faith and ordered it online. With a few alterations and tweaks, including adding buttons up the back, Rachel had found the vintage wedding dress of her dreams.
Rustic wooden tables set with mismatched bottles, doilies as runners, real vintage glassware, and beautiful vintage silver perfectly set the tone for this rustic and romantic vintage theme. To add a personal touch to their special day, Rachel and Scott included a few DIY wedding details such as the dinner menus, which were cleverly written on reclaimed doors. The homemade grape jelly wedding favors were lovingly made by the bride’s parents, who live in rural Indiana. The place settings were accented with sprigs of rosemary from Scott’s parents’ backyard. Fragrant centerpieces of succulents complemented with sprigs of rosemary were scattered throughout the tables, along with vases filled with fresh flowers for a comfortable, yet elegant touch.
Rachel and Scott also shipped in some famous Tell City Pretzels from the bride’s hometown. Other intimate and personal touches also included vintage wedding photos of each of the couple’s family members in attendance and their 60 guests were invited to use the vintage typewriter to sign the guest list.
The Wedding Experts:
Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Groom’s parents’ backyard
Officiant: Pastor Jason Fritz from Highlands Church
Invitation Designer: LittleOwl Letterpress
Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio
Catering: Rendezvous Catering
Florist: Liz Mareno
Cake: Variety of tartes by Rendezvous Catering
Wedding Dress: Mill Crest Vintage
Wedding Dress Redesign & Alterations – Janet Kirkman
Reception Dress – Aidan Mattox
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Hey Lady Shoes, Veil – Unveiled Bridal Designs, Garter –JLWeddings, Earrings – Majorica
Bridesmaid’s apparel and accessories: Dress – Jcrew, Bridal party robes – Plum Pretty Sugar
Hair and make-up: Ohana Spa & Salon
DJ: Teffanie Brasch
Favors: Homemade grape jelly made by the bride’s parents
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Rings: Bride – Schmitt Jewelers (custom), Groom – Stuller
Vintage Soda Bottles: Smeeks
Pretzels: Tell City Pretzels