Vintage Chicago Wedding at Salvage One
March 27, 2014
VintageIndustrialSpring Weddings
This Salvage One wedding is the sum of so many fun parts all captured by Meg Redenz. Those bits include a Bride going airborne during the father/ daughter dance to Abba's Dancing Queen, a Groom who hand-crafted everything from the invitations to the centerpieces and, of course, an appearance by the couple's beloved VW Bus. See it all here.
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From the Bride... We wanted our wedding to be a very unique experience for our guests, so Salvage One was the perfect choice. Salvage One is an upscale thrift shop by day and enchanting event space by night. During the ceremony, guests sat in salvaged church pews and everything at the venue is for sale! Ken is an artist and uses found materials and images to assemble his mixed media collage. That is also the perfect description of our wedding; from the mixture of bridesmaid dress styles and colors, unique handmade centerpieces for every table, and the wide variety of chairs and tables used for dinner seating.

My dress was the perfect mix of elegance, maturity and vintage. The beading sparkled perfectly in the evening light. My headpiece was designed by Kelly Summers, friend of a bridesmaid, and my hair was designed by Stevie Cook at Tsubo Hair Salon. Jennifer Hill, My First Heirloom, reworked my mother's 1940's First Communion Dress into a Flower Girl Dress for my niece Avery. Jen also created a satin gown for Avery to wear during the reception.

Music was a huge part of our day. Ken and I have enjoyed hundreds of concerts together and we both work in the music industry. For the head table centerpiece, Ken created a collage of our old ticket stubs behind a yellow vintage window. Ken and I both entered the ceremony to Bob Dylan songs, we exited to The Beach Boys, and had a unique sibling/mother/father candle lighting ceremony to a live performance of a George Harrison song. Forget Hannah kept the party rocking with 3 hours of dancing (including 3 unprepared singalongs with the myself and the bridesmaids). During the father/daughter dance, my father surprised me half way by switching our song to Dancing Queen by Abba, which resulted in me going airborne, not once, but twice.

Since Salvage One decorates itself, we focused on the dinner tables. Ken handcrafted 30 centerpieces made of found wood, music records, album covers, magazine clippings and splashes of colors. Ken and I also thrifted to collect hundreds of vintage colored vases, candle holders and mason jars for the occasion. Cindy DeNike from Coleman Florist was charged with arranging centerpieces for a wide variety of vase sizes and shapes.
The cake table displayed 3 beautiful cakes made by Tipsy Cake. The table was adorned with music collateral. One cake was actually displayed on a record player and one cake on a vintage suitcase.

Ken created the save the dates, the invites, thank you notes, place cards, programs, centerpiece numbers and Just Married sign. All contained a similar rock n roll vintage feel. Invites were constructed from album covers, including a 45 sleeve to hold the paper materials in place then bound with grommets and twine. Thank you notes were inspired by Bob Dylans "Subterranean Homesick Blues" with a vintage looking-Ken holding a Thank You sign under the train tracks. For the wedding programs, Ken sawed records into 6-inch strips and assembled the cream pages with grommets and twine. Place cards were created from remaining record album covers, which also created a vibrant image at the display table. Table numbers were constructed with 45 records and propped on wooden doll rods. Cards were placed in a vintage toolbox with a handmade wooden 'card' sign. In lieu of a guest book, guests typed messages on vintage postcards and placed their notes in a family mailbox from the 1940s.

As a parting favor, guests enjoyed Munster donuts on the spot or could take a to-go bag with handmade donut labels inscribed "Thank You For Rockin n Rollin With Us". And of course, our wedding would not be complete without our VW bus that has transported us on so many road trips and concert adventures. Immediately after the ceremony our wedding party captured one celebratory shot with the WV and our handmade JUST MARRIED sign.