Arizona Vintage Garden Wedding by Bethaney Photography

Brought to us by the magical touch of Bethany Photography, this gorgeous couple exchanged vows in an exotic Arizona vintage garden wedding. Surrounded by fragrant blooms and beneath towering trees. Inspired by the Provence region of southern France, The Wright House venue embodies the quaint charm of the countryside and sophistication of a European villa, creating a vintage garden wedding like no other. Ticking all the pretty boxes of an understated elegant affair, this ambient wedding displays quintessential charm from start to finish!

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Photographer: Bethaney Photography // Bakery: Frosted Art Inc. // DJ: Impact Djs // Reception Venue: The Wright House // Submitted by: Two Bright Lights

Red and Ivory Vintage Wedding Style

It’s another gorgeous week of wedding inspiration here at Love Wed Bliss with this elegant red and ivory vintage wedding style shoot by Jim Vetter Photography. It seems you can’t go wrong when you combine classic Audrey Hepburn style with vintage accessories and sophisticated tableware. Infuse a pop of red with a beautiful rose bouquet and you’ve got yourself one stunning vintage look.

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Photographer Jim shares the inspiration: I love Amy-Jo Tatum’s classic designs which harken back to Audrey Hepburn days. These styles just seems so well suited to the deco feel of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, California and it really turned out well with a great team of vendors. The ballroom set features the designs of Tamiko Garner of All Thing Simple and the lighting designs of DJ Jason Mitchell. They layered a contemporary finish onto the classic lines of the gorgeous Shattuck Ballroom. Laura Urbina and the rest of the Shattuck staff were a great pleasure to work with. The Bridal Suite settings were really driven by the beautiful interior designs of the suite provided by the Shattuck. If only every wedding day began in such a suite! The bedroom provided large windows and French doors by which to light our stunning bride. And of course the lavish king bed gave us the perfect way to complete the shoot.

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Photography: Jim Vetter Photography/Hair Stylist: Style by Lana /Event Planner:  All Things Simple /Floral Designer:  Grand Flowers / Reception Venue:  Hotel Shattuck Plaza / Dress Designer:  Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture / Equipment Rentals: Hartmann Studios Rentals / Makeup Artist: Tracy Shelor- Makeup, Skin and Airbrush Artist / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding by Studio Laguna Photography

Katie and Nick live in San Diego, but came back home to Minnesota for their wedding. They chose a vintage travel theme and paired it with a contemporary gray, navy and yellow color palette. All of the design elements were soft with a touch of glam. From the vintage trolley from Renee’s Royal Valet, to the reception in a St Paul train depot, the couple was on theme the entire time… so it only made sense that Studio Laguna Photography took them to a vintage train museum for portraits!

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Photographer:  Studio Laguna Photography / Floral Designer: Colleens Flower Cellar / DJ: Instant Request / Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier / Invitation Designer: Tate Stationery / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe  / Reception Venue: Union Depot / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Eclectic Boho Garden Wedding by Ria Mackenzie Photography

It’s no secret we adore backyard weddings at LWB. Not just for their beautiful intimacy, but also because they appear to effortlessly achieve a perfect balance of casual and elegance which is totally magnetic. Just take this darling eclectic wedding as an example – inspired by a Midsummers Night’s Dream, it combines bohemian vibes with rustic touches and vintage details – AND the whole mish-mash of pretty theming works a treat! Go ahead and savour every morsel of this garden affair by Ria Mackenzie Photography.

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From the bride:

Our wedding was a dream that came true. In some magical way, every piece came together to look and feel stunning, as I think happens when you have amazing vendors, loving family and dedicated friends surrounding your day.

Our vision for our wedding was an eclectic mix of all the captivating wedding themes popular right now with an over-arching theme of mid-summer’s night dream. We had some vintage, some rustic and some bohemian vibes. It was impossible for me to stick with just one theme, as I kept seeing things I loved all over the place.

A lot of my inspiration came from other weddings I saw online but also from every day life. In our home, we have mismatched plates, so I knew right away that I wanted to do that for the wedding to give it that homey feel.

The venue was this incredible bed and breakfast that had an alluring, natural space in their back yard that lent itself to feeling like you belonged there, contributing to the ‘at home’ feel. Our table numbers came from important dates in our lives and our tables were filled with the most stunning flowers I’ve ever seen that we had grown at a local farm. We had a ton of vintage vases combined with tree stumps, moss and a variety of candles to give the space that soft, romantic feel. It was awesome. Everyone got to take home a vase as their favor…something that we hope everyone will enjoy and use!

My dress was originally made in the 60’s and had this intricate and delicate lace that had faded to this breathtaking shade of antique cream. I had some alterations done to give it the flutter sleeves and the deep-V back and make it fit my perfect wedding dress vision. My sister-in-law has the prettiest handwriting and wrote out everyone’s name and table number on river rocks while my best friend made us our wood-burned advice box. We were very fortunate to have an entire bridal party of gifted and loving friends and family that made our wedding incredibly special.

The most important part of our wedding was also the most unique. Our ceremony started off with one our very talented friends and groomsmen playing the guitar while the bridal party and bride walked down the aisle. The bride’s best friend wrote and performed the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony while the groom’s aunt (a JOP) was able to step in at the end and marry us while we stood surrounded by all of our loved ones holding hands. We wrote our own personalized vows for one another that are words we now treasure and use against one another (sarcastically!) in every day life. The ceremony was full of depth, passion, love and joy and if I had the option to go back and change anything, I would leave it exactly the same.

My advice to any bride and/or groom reading this would be to make your wedding day meaningful, whatever that means to you and remember to be in the moment…the day goes quick and it’s back to being a dream.

 

 

Photographer: Ria Mackenzie Photography / Venue: The Connecticut River Valley Inn, Glastonbury, CT / Caterer: Zerio’s Old World Restaurant and Catering, Cromwell, CT / Table Flowers: Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, MA / Bouquets: Surroundings Floral, Broad Brook, CT

Vintage Inspired Manhattan Wedding by Bright Bird Photography

Manhattan weddings are known for their sophisticated style, effortless glamour and cool city chic. So when talented photographer Bright Bird Photography sent us this stylish vintage Manhattan number, it was an absolute must to feature it on the blog. With vintage-inspired fashion, editorial style imagery, a gorgeous bride and groom, and one mandatory ice-cream van it’s your quintessential New York City chic fete!

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Photographer: Bright Bird Photography / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Brooks Brothers / Reception Venue: One if by Land Two if by Sea / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic Chic Wedding in Uptown New York

Today’s wedding is bonafide bliss. It’s a rustic chic wedding so that probably goes without saying…one part rustic, one part total elegance. But then, it also happens to be uptown New York. Now, I’m sure New York City has a million cool spots to tie the knot in. But this one – the Midtown Loft & Terrace – well, let’s just say it’s a rooftop venue that is one to covet that’s for sure! The wonderful Lasting Memories Photography sent it over, knowing that the vintage details alone would make us squeal with delight! Settle in folks and enjoy all the pretty New York details…
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From the Photographer:

Jane and Brendan looked at over 50 wedding venues before they discovered that no package wedding would do for them. Both designers by trade they knew that a blank canvas was the only way they could create their dream day. Fortunately, Midtown Loft & Terrace provided them with this blank canvas. The venue is ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, which allowed their guests coming from all over the globe to make a weekend of it in the big apple. Keeping within a budget and controlling design elements was very important to them and they made the decision to hand make many of these elements themselves. 

Thematically they wanted to combine their love of the rustic outdoors of upstate New York and his love of vintage grand prix racing. Choosing coral and turquoise as their colors, and burlap and kraft as textures and paper, gave them the necessary colors and looks associated with a summer, rustic wedding. They wanted the evening to be farmhouse chic, right in the heart of New York. Several custom burlap pillows decorated the furniture in order to bring some of that rustic appeal into the space. Jane and Brendan designed and printed their kraft paper invitations, sealing each one with a wax seal. When unfolded it read as if were and old time advertisement for a Broadway show. Programs doubled as fans were also designed and printed by the couple. Additional printed pieces that were also created by the couple were the seating cards and menus, which were also done on kraft paper to match many of the other printed pieces that were made. One of the bridesmaids illustrated the wedding book/poster that all the guests then stamped with their fingers and signed. A close friend of the couple performed the ceremony on the rooftop. Cocktails and passed hors d’ouvres followed on the roof as the sun set over the Hudson. Time to dine and dance in the loft.

The couples opted for rectangular wooded farm tables laid out in long rows to give the feeling of eating at an outdoor picnic table. No table linens were used exposing the natural texture of the tables. They were dressed up using a burlap runners on top of which the coral colored centerpieces sat in galvanized tins. Candles adorn the tables along with bottles of wine, which had been labeled over with various grand prix track labels and vintage race numbers to act as table numbers. The stemware was simple but had the necessary pop, as they were turquoise. Mason jars dressed up with hand made straws each decorated with a little flag served as water glasses. 

The gift table was made to look like a flea market. To hold the wedding cards a custom box was made by the groom to look like an old leather trunk complete with travel stickers. The desert table held miniature pies set upon a tiered birch bark holder provided by their florist. A custom made pie topper, ordered by the bride to surprise the groom, was displayed. It was created by an Etsy artist to look like the bride and groom on their wedding, but with a bit of a racing twist. After dinner and dancing, guests were invited to pick up their favors. Custom boxes were made by the groom to hold lottery tickets with a sticker on the outside reading, “Lucky in Love”

Finally, for those who had not danced enough another small after party on the rooftop completed the evening allowing guests to wind down while enjoying the fantastic views of Midtown Manhattan at night.

Photography: Lasting Memories Photography / Wedding Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Event Co-ordinator, Flowers & Decor: Nancy Swiezy Events / Music: Scratch DJs / Rentals: Broadway Famous / Wedding Gown: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Alexander McQueen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Renewal of Vows French Country Style by Belle Momenti Photography

After three days of extensive Asian/Western wedding celebrations, Aaron and Sheena, who were unable to fulfill their ambition of marrying abroad, decided that they would one day renew their vows in a more intimate setting. Through their mutual love of travel, culture and all-things European, they decided that the location should be in an authentic, real-life fairytale castle – Château des Buis, situated in the Rhones/Alps region of France. At nearly 850 years old, the Château is steeped in history and filled with French ambience and tradition, giving Aaron and Sheena the intimacy they were seeking, with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside.

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From the photographers: In the morning, the venue’s hair and makeup artists arrived at the Château to help Sheena create her bridal look whilst Aaron relaxed with his best man. After some individual stylized photographs the couple renewed their vows in the beautifully renovated stone Orangerie, which had been decorated for an intimate ceremony.

The couple lit a Unity Candle to mark the occasion, witnessed by their two best friends, before making their way to the beautiful fresco adorned coach entrance for confetti throwing. Afterwards, Aaron and Sheena were photographed in all of the key locations in and around the Château – from the wonderful gated courtyard to the classically beautiful staircase, opulent bridal suite and ‘Salle de Freques.’ Sheena was even captured throwing her bouquet of red roses from the tower to her Prince below in a gesture of pure romance! 

Aaron and Sheena then moved into the Écurie, for a lavish yet intimate reception meal with their friends and an appropriate toast of the Château’s own Grand Cru Rose wine. After cutting their cake – a chocolate gateau covered in a Chantilly cream icing – the couple fed each other ‘Tart au praline’ – a delicious specialty of the region. Unbeknownst to the happy couple, their family and closest friends had contacted the Château beforehand, to offer their congratulations and loving wishes. Lucy, the Château’s dedicated wedding planner, transferred these messages to handmade labels and tied these with coloured ribbons onto a wishing tree…adding a further surprise to their day!

To end the celebrations, Sheena changed into her Asian wedding dress, which she wore on her wedding day, before joining Aaron to dance under the candle lit lanterns that Lucy had arranged for them. Finally, after a night’s stay in the Château’s bridal suite, they were awakened with yet another personal touch – a champagne breakfast complete with croissants from the local artisan bakery.

 

Photography: Belle Momenti Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateaus des Buis, France

Love at Grand Central Station New York

This is what you get when you chose an amazing and original location such as Grand Central Station for your engagement session. Stunning images that are intimate yet grand, beautifully classic yet refreshingly progressive, and most importantly… totally original. I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with this shoot from Storm King Photography as much as I have!

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From the Photographer: Jess and Sean chose to have their engagement session at Grand Central Station on the day following the start of its centennial calibration. A romantic and vintage styled shoot with a primary goal of create a sense of intimacy yet still showcase the grandeur of the terminal. This was achieved by seeking out more private location in addition to the hustle and bustle of the main terminal, including remote corridors, and even an elevator. 

 

 Photographer: Storm King Photography / Location: Grand Central Terminal, New York / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Vintage Chic Fall Wedding by J+A Photography

This next little piece of  vintage chic gorgeousness is lovely as you can possibly get. With handmade DIY details infused into every corner, a warm and rustic fall color palette, and the most beautiful flowers to make your heart melt you would hardly believe it was all achieved on a budget. That’s why we know this North Carolina wedding, photographed by J & A Photography is one you’ll want to ponder over again and again. 

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From the bride & groom: Our wedding day was simply perfect and I could not have asked for a better day!  When I began planning for our special day, I knew that I wanted it to have a vintage feel with an elegant touch. Immediately, my first stop was my Aunt Janice, our decorating extraordinaire.  I gave her my vision, my colors, my random ideas that didn’t make a lot of sense, and told her to run with it… I trusted her 1,000% to make it perfect! 

We had a little over a year to prepare, so we began collecting family heirlooms and portraits to add the special touches to our day.  We had old pictures, family bibles, and other special pieces that we wanted incorporated.  Aunt Janice turned my random thoughts and MANY Pinterest snapshots into something wonderful and unforgettable. There were many nights spent making flower arrangements and decorations.  In fact, every flower (including my bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and all boutonnieres) were handmade by my Aunt Janice and Aunt Sharon!!!  They are some AWESOME ladies!  My family and I bagged all of the favors and birdseed and the delicious deserts as well.

The aim was to create my dream wedding on a budget… and we DEFINITELY accomplished that!  We truly had a great team on our side that kept things running as smoothly as possible!  Of course there were challenges, but we were determined to not let anything stand in our way.  The most memorable part of the day was the First Look! (seeing each other before the wedding) I will forever and always be grateful to J+A for suggesting it to me… despite my wishes to be super traditional!! Experiencing that moment… just the two of us… was priceless! THANKFULLY, I have the pictures to help me remember that moment (and our entire day) for the rest of our lives!

 

Photography: J+A Photography / Ceremony Venue: Sandy Plain Church– Pink Hill, NC / Reception Venue: Duplin Commons (Kenansville Agricultural Center) – Kenansville, NC / Dress: MoriLee from Carolina Bridal World, Smithfield, NC / Tuxes: Busy Bee – Beaulaville, NC /Hair Artist: Hair Exchange – Beaulaville, NC / DJ: Weekend Dance Party / Linens: Cornerstone Florist and Gifts – Beaulaville, NC / Dance Floor/ Rentals: Grand Rental Station – Clinton, NC / Florals/centerpieces: Family + Friends

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Hollywood Glamour Wedding Inspiration

Hey lovelies! It’s that time again for some gorgeous wedding inspiration from the lovely Haydee from Sweetest Celebrations. Take it away Haydee!
 
In a day and age where brides are turning to the past for wedding inspiration, it is difficult to stand out in a sea of vintage weddings, full of rustic and natural details.  Fear not, you can still channel your vintage goddess, but in a much more glamorous way.  If your wedding is not the perfect excuse for dolling up and being as glamorous as can be, when else can you indulge in decadent details that evoke glamour at every turn? I created this inspiration board for the bride who wants to feel and look like a glamour queen on her wedding day.  These images evoke a subtle Hollywood Glamour mood that is perfect for the bride who wants to be surrounded in gold and shimmery details, and be the star of her event.
 

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A beautiful gown is a must, but it must be sleek and chic and overflowing with beautiful details, like this perfect sheath dress covered in gold beading with the drop-dead back detail, that leaves them breathless even as you walk away.  Keep the hair chic and elegant with a perfect updo highlighted with a sparkly vintage brooch, with makeup as effortless and flawless like those in the movies.  Set the tone for your wedding with this perfect invitation in gold, and carry out the same theme to your escort cards for the guest’s seating.  The cake is simple yet decadent, with gold piping and a sweet brooch detail to accent the top tier.  Gold chandeliers at your venue allow you to focus on a clean design for your table settings, highlighted with gold and silver and a touch of blue for subtle color.  A sparkly cocktail to welcome your guests kicks off the evening and is sure to enchant all who attend.
 
I hope more brides embrace the beauty of the past in their own unique way.  Look to the past for inspiration but be sure to make your wedding unique by adding personal touches that speak to your personal style.

 

 
Author: Haydee Duarte is the owner of Sweetest Celebrations, a boutique event styling and coordination business in South Florida. Sweetest Celebrations styles your entire wedding experience – everything from the engagement session right through to wedding decor – and is passionate about infusing soft and romantic details into a couple’s special day, with a touch of modern glamour.  For more information about Haydee and her services take a peak at the Sweetest Celebrations portfolio
 

 

Image Credits: Hair and Brooch via Pinterest by Powder Blue Bijoux on Etsy / Chandelier via Style Unveiled / Gold Escort Cards via Pinterest from Floridian Weddings / Invitations via Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Cake via Brides from Wedding Chicks / Beaded Gown via Loverly from Wedding Chicks – Bridal Looks / Sparkling Drinks via Pinterest via Snippet and Ink from Martha Stewart Crafts / Wedding Bouquet via Pinterest from My Big Fat Wedding Kitsch Tumblr Blog / Tablescape via Pinterest from United with Love – Glam Goddess Inspiration