Vintage Arkansas Wedding by David Coleman Photography
December 22, 2010

I spy with my little eye a downright gorgeous vintage-inspired wedding by David Coleman Photography. The bride's purple shoes might have put me over the edge into prettiness overload! Or it could have been the adorable little cake, the ornate frames or the "happily ever after" bike.  I just can't choose which detail is my favorite!  There is oh-so much more vintage pretty in the full gallery!

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For as long as I can remember, I have always envisioned a wedding that was personal, simple, loving, and fun.  What would encompass this feeling would be the only big wish I desired - to have our reception under a tent at my parent’s house.  With just a little weather hesitation from my mom, my wish was granted, and the full planning begun. I stalked the wedding blog world for a lot of my inspiration, especially SMP, which I still confess, I look at every day!

My dress was the easiest decision. A couple of years ago, my grandmother pulled me aside at a family gathering and told me it would mean a lot to her if I would consider wearing her wedding dress when I got married.  At that time I was single and didn’t think too much of it, except that I was honored that she would like me to wear her dress.  Well, to my surprise I met the man of my dreams shortly after that conversation, and this was the first thing my grandmother asked, “Would you like to wear my dress?”  To make our wedding even more special would be to set the tone of the evening with this beautiful heirloom dress.  With a little bit of coaxing to allow me to change it up a bit, I had my dress, and with the luck that my mother’s veil was an absolutely stunning match to it, I had my veil and the inspiration of our wedding had unfolded.

The ceremony, I knew was going to be very traditional, but with as many personal touches that I could think of.  We were married in the church that I grew up in, and the Pastor who confirmed me, married us as well, and is an important person in my life.  The music was not traditional wedding music, as I hand selected special songs that I felt were good reminders of what the day meant.  Instead of having a full ensemble of bridesmaids, I chose to have all the women who were important in my life carry down a candle, two-by-two to the song “This Little Light of Mine” and placed it on a table before the altar.  It was so reverent and appropriate; I still get tears in my eyes thinking of what each lady means to me.  Also, instead of having a ring bearer, I chose to have a bell ringer to signal the bridal entrance.  This moment, the moment I heard that bell, I know I will never forget, as I whispered “Thank you, and I love you” to my father, and I knew I was walking from the man who has loved me my whole life to another man who will love and protect me from this day forward.

Details that surrounded the day were all carefully chosen and mostly do-it-yourself creations, such as;  custom made burlap ruffled table runners, collected vintage bottles, jars, candleholders and the like, to hand tied jute bows adorning the white napkins, which were just the start of the fun.  I also found a vintage tandem bike that was used throughout our theme, starting with our save-the-dates and ending with our getaway vehicle for the wedding.  We repurposed furniture and decor that my mom and I had, and displayed our yummy cupcakes and Oreo dessert bags (my husband works for Kraft ).  A canoe was filled with ice and beverages, which was one of the hits of the party.  My father constructed a photo booth background which he attached vintage hooks to hold the many hats, boas, and props for our guests to use.  We lined our driveway with shepherd hooks that held the DIY mason jars filled with pebbles and candles.  My mother made the entrance sign to our reception spot which pointed the way to: “Field of Dreams, Parking, Dinner, Dancing… and fun.” She also hand painted the Wedding Tree along with creating the burlap ruffled seating chart- she is so talented I can’t even explain!

Planning was truly a collection of talent from my mother and me. We really did the planning all ourselves, and the day of the wedding, we asked one of my friend’s moms to help with the last minute details while we were at the ceremony. The day could not have been more perfect.  And the weather, for a September wedding in Arkansas was absolutely PERFECT!  No clouds, no rain, 75 degrees of pure bliss. A live band, good food, and great company really hit the wedding of my dreams out of the field!

Wedding Photography: David Coleman Photography / Cinematography: Lisa Harris for Art Vision Productions / Florist: Holly Mang for Brick Street Botanicals / Ceremony Venue: Peace Lutheran Church / Invitations: Red Shoes 26 Design / Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee / Rentals: Eventures / Entertainment: Joe Giles and the Homewreckers