Real Wedding: Elizabeth and Johnny, III
June 12, 2009
DIY InspiredVintage

We have so much more eye candy to share with you today but before I get into all of that, head on over to the Little Black Book Blog for an AWESOME giveaway by Gourmet Invitations!

We are love, love, loving Elizabeth and Johnny's featured affair today. I have to admit, it was the incredible photography shot by Twin Lens that first caught my attention...and then, as I read more about the wedding, I realized that it was the ridiculously lovely, completely creative couple that made each photograph shine.

twin lens

We had a friend growing flowers as her gift to us (as well as for her own personal edification as a novice gardener). We basically found images of flowers that we thought we pretty, and she planted as many of them as she could find. We knew some of them might not grow in the desert, so we developed a plan B of using supermarket bouquets to fill out our floral arrangements. This is ultimately what we ended up doing - combining flowers from Julie's garden with flowers from Whole Foods to make bouquets, boutineers, and a few table arrangements. We didn't really need many flowers for decor, as our location was a lush, garden setting. If you think about the average wedding bouquet costing around $250, a few bunches at $15-$20 a piece becomes a really great deal.

twin lens

My dress was actually a contemporary gown by Lian Carlo. I found it at Belltown Bride in Seattle, 'a discount bridal boutique.' The owner sells overstock and sample dress, all of them quite affordable as wedding gowns go. My sisters came with me, and we were on a mission as it was about 10 weeks to the wedding. I had pretty strained dress experiences up to that point, but I found about 5 different possible dresses at this shop. The dress I chose was the one with absolutely no cons on the pros & cons scale. The flower accessory was a bouquet belt from Jcrew (my secret addiction). I thought it made the flower embroidery on the bodice come to life.

Johnny's suit came from a vintage shop in San Diego called Wear it Again Sam. It's from the late 1940's. As a member of the band Le Chat Lunatique, Johnny owns a number of suits for playing gigs with this dapper quartet. He originally bought the suit just because he loved it and his band gives him the perfect excuse for owning gorgeous attire.

So much more to come!

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