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Downton Abbey Meets Romantic Garden in this Vintage Inspired Wedding

With nods to Downton Abbey and the allure of the 1920’s, A Charming Fete created this vintage garden party themed wedding that gets better and better with every peek at Addison Jones’ pics. From the overflowing bouquets of roses to the collection of sweet cakes by Luna Bakery & Cafe, it’s a win from every angle. See the beauty below and more in our Vault right this way!

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Summer
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Vintage

From A Charming FeteWe are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding. We worked very closely with the bride on every tiny detail. She loved the elegant Downton Abbey aesthetic so we really tried to pull that 20’s formality through in all the details down to the flatware, cut crystal, color scheme and vintage style champagne tower. The tall floral pieces on the head table with sterling silver candelabra base were perfection, the perfect amount of drama. The venue location is a historic club in Cleveland and lended the perfect atmosphere for outdoor ceremony and 20’s garden vibe. 

From the Bride… I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple and where we are headed in life. Basically, Matt and I come from hardworking middle-class families who fell on a lot of difficult times, but through that we both managed to become really successful in our academics (through scholarships and work), and to me that personifies a lot of what it means to be American. In that sense, I wanted the 1920’s vibe because to me it reflects a glittering time of success and celebration. We are also both big nature buffs so we wanted to tie that in tastefully, through big blooming bouquets, lush cascading vines and the beautiful formality of Downton Abbey times. We worked with our planner to create a magical 20’s Garden Party inspired design, down to the details on the cakes and the curated menu. I LOVED that feeling of seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding. I could tell each of the guests were stunned by it too, people are still talking to my parents and I about how it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to. Saying my vows to Matthew in front of everyone was really emotional for me and I just felt like the luckiest person in the world. Another favorite moment was watching my bridesmaids and our moms get the movie star treatment and end up looking so beautiful, that really meant a lot to me! They deserve it. Matt’s friends really rallied around him last minute when he had two groomsmen cancellations, it was really wonderful and spoke to what a great man Matt is. The guys also loved getting their hair done and personal grooming like proper gentlemen. It also warmed my heart SO MUCH to see all the guests dining on the amazing food, taking advantage of the open bar, dancing, talking, and celebrating! The pictures of them having a blast are among my favorites from the day.

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Photography: Addison Jones Photography | Event Design: A Charming Fete | Event Planning: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Lowe's Greenhouse | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Luna Bakery & Cafe | Invitations: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy | Reception Venue: Glidden House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Marigold Catering | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Therapy | Calligraphy: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy | Farm Tables, Chairs and Lounge: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Floral Linens: BBJ | Glassware + Dinnerware: Event Source | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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They Met at Work and the Rest is Seriously Stunning History

Meeting the love of your life at work? SUCH a fairytale beginning. And when the stars align in that Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan sort of fashion, it’s a story that deserves a jaw-droppingly beautiful wedding. And these two? They delivered.  Think classic meets romantic with sweet cultural details woven into every moment. See it all captured by the insanely talented Lauren Gabrielle in THE VAULT, then hit play on the awesome film from The Image in Motion below.

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Spring
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Classic

From the Bride… Petar and I met at work — I was a medical student in my last year of school, and he was a surgical intern. Through a mutual friend, he heard there was a Serbian (like himself) medical student at the same hospital, so he tracked me down and crushed from afar until he got his chance to introduce himself. One thing led to another, and not long after he popped the question!

When it came time to plan the wedding, I envisioned a glam spin on a vintage romantic wedding. But because we are both Serbian, it was really important to both us and the family to incorporate cultural traditions into our day. Our wedding parties tend to be much larger– in addition to a typical bridal party, we have additional roles such as first witnesses and formal hosts of the wedding who wear sashes that display their role in the wedding. Incorporating traditions also made choosing the reception venue tricky. I wanted the wedding style I envisioned while still paying homage to our Eastern European roots — hence, the Slavic chic motif. The Old Courthouse in Cleveland served as the perfect venue to balance other bold cultural elements, with gorgeous golden light fixtures and marbled pillars lending a glam and almost regal feel to the event. One of the other important aspects to the planning process was choosing the right photographer.

Because Orthodox Christian churches and other cultural items are often adorned with gold and red accents, we wanted a photographer whose work had pretty, ethereal overtones so the cultural aspects of our day didn’t come across as kitschy. Our photographer Lauren Gabrielle was a perfect fit and such a dream to work with, and her photographs speak for themselves. And funny enough after deciding to go with her, we found out she ended up having some Serbian roots herself! We were lucky enough to also find a videographer who fit our aesthetic as well with The Image in Motion and are thrilled with the highlight video we just got back. There was so much love and energy around us that day; we are really lucky to have found such great vendors to put everything together and document it all.

To keep within our budget, we did as much DIY as we could. We scoured thrift stores and auction sites and took advantage of Black Friday sales to scoop up all the vintage vases, mercury glass compotes and votives we could find. I also recommend exercising patience when stalking online sales — it’s how I found my Jimmy Choos for half off retail! I also wanted personalized cake toppers, so I made ours out of baking clay. The signs and paper goods I made a little at a time in the months leading up to the big day. Petar made the photo wall from artificial boxwood panels and a frame out of white PVC piping from Home Depot. Just a heads up — make sure to give yourself plenty of time in advance for these bigger projects so you can work on it a bit at a time so you don’t go into panic mode when things get down to the wire.

My wedding gown was a Carolina Herrera sample that I picked up at the Glamour Closet in Chicago — a gem in the city with a ton of designer sample gowns. If you end up going the sample dress route, I cannot stress enough how important it is to find a skilled alterations shop. I went to Davis Imperials and they were beyond amazing– shoutout to my seamstress Yana who saved the day when I somehow shrunk a few inches just days after the final fitting! Also, don’t be afraid to take on bigger DIY projects that you can do in advance (so you have time to make other plans if it doesn’t work out.) I fell in love with a sash, but couldn’t stomach the $1200 price tag. So, I made an inspired version with some grosgrain ribbon, Swarovski rhinestones, other various beads and more patience than I thought I was capable of.

While florals was not an area where we splurged, our florist was a magician and made some seriously stunning centerpieces. Erin with The Budding Tree totally nailed the whimsical, loose romantic arrangements I had wanted! Also, we had initially decided against getting a planner, along the way we ran into a Serbian events planner, Maria, who already understood our traditions and how the verrry long Orthodox wedding day plays out. With her on board, it allowed my husband and I to feel like guests at our own wedding instead of having to stress about fixing last minute glitches. We were able to spend more time with our loved ones, which made it all so worth it!!!

The one thing I always hear other brides say is that “the day goes by so fast!” And it is sooo true. At some point during the reception, Petar grabbed two coffees and we snuck away together for 15 minutes to just sit and talk. This was one of the best pieces of advice we got, and really did help us stay in the moment — so try and sneak away for a few minutes to yourselves! And don’t sweat the little things — it is such an honor to have so many loved ones come together to celebrate your wedding that it’s not worth it to stress about things out of your control. The day flies by, so spend that time and energy with your guests instead!

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Cinematography: The Image In Motion | Event Planning: Elegant Events By Maria | Floral Design: The Budding Tree | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: A Cookie And A Cupcake | Ceremony Venue: St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: The Old Courthouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bariano | Catering: A Taste Of Excellence | Hair: Dina Culotta | Lighting: Selective Sound | DJ: Selective Sound | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Bridal Boutique: Glamour Closet | Live Music: Dragan Prica | Rentals: A Taste Of Excellence

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European Garden Inspiration with the Most Romantic Florals

This gorgeous inspiration session is all my secret garden wedding daydreams come true. From the impeccably elegant tabletops dressed by Wildflower Linen and adorned with soft peach and ivory roses, ranunculus and peonies, arguably the most romantic florals in existence, the prettiness will have you pinning away at every lovely image in The Vault!


From Ashley Link PhotographyThis shoot was inspired by the organic grace of a European Garden Wedding. The florals were inspired by summer elegance and consisted of soft peach and ivory roses, ranunculus and peonies, with pops of red and maroon sweet peas and dahlias. The colors all tied together to compliment the brides sophisticated beauty and the grooms unique maroon tux. All of the neutral elements flowed perfectly together in order to allow the pops of color to really glow throughout each space.

The evening ended with our bride and groom riding off in a gorgeous horse drawn carriage strewn with blushing florals…the perfect way to make an exit!

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Photography: Ashley Link Photography | Event Planning: Tara Nicole Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Prairie Wild | Wedding Dress: MH Pomander's Bridal | Cake: Get Caked by Stacy | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Mary Moore | Hair: Heather Krol | Groom's Attire: Bridal By B | Venue: Kingwood Center | Bride's Shoes + Clutch: Emmy London | Dress Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Horse + Carraige: Pine Acres Carriage | Invitations + Signage: Erica Hammer Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Event Source | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Vintage Rentals: Violet Vintage

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