From the Bride...As soon as my husband and I got engaged, we almost eloped because we were so freaked out by the cost and stress of a wedding - we both already work full time and go to school full time, how on earth could we manage a wedding as well? But we soon realized we had to have a celebration for our family and friends, and when the big day came around, we knew we had made the right decision.
When I started wedding planning, I knew I wanted a vintage vibe, but I wanted something a little different from the typical mason jars, twine, and paper straws. As soon as I found my Save the Dates I knew exactly what I wanted - an outdoor garden affair with little, elegant, vintage, details. Even though we were getting married October 1st, I couldn't get myself to go with classic fall colors. Instead, I went with navy, charcoal, cameo pink and green for more timeless pallet, with silver and pearls as accents.
Early on I fell in love with pearl bouquets, but I knew I wanted flowers for my bouquet since I'm also a biologist and have spent a lot of time studying plants, I can never have enough flowers! At the same time I was having trouble with centerpieces, and although I knew I loved the mixture of milkglass, silver and cut glass I had been collecting, I wanted something that added some "oomph". Some hot glue, floral foam, wire, paint and a couple thousand pearl beads, buttons and brooches later I (with the help of my mother and MOH) came out with these unique, quirky table numbers similar to brooch bouquets to add to my centerpieces. The vintage bride and grooms came next - when I was looking for our own vintage topper, I couldn't choose; I bought one, then another, then another... soon I added them into the centerpieces as well.
We also wanted to incorporate some things from my grandparent's wedding - they also married in October (in 1954). Not only were we able to use their ring pillow, but we displayed their cake topper next to our cake. My grandmother had also worn a tiara, which is unfortunately long lost. While wearing a tiara was a little too dramatic for my taste, instead I got one for my flower girl. I loved having that history with us on our own special day.
I also had the favors double as place cards - since we were outdoors I couldn't do tented paper cards for fear they would blow away, and this way I didn't have to also buy card holders. I found these great little vintage-looking honeys - and I added some navy ribbon and textured paper with a "Thank You" stamp on the back, and wrote our guests name on the front . I printed the menus myself on the same textured paper, and used a fancy corner rounder to add lace-like detail to the corners. The reserved signs for the ceremony seating were also made in a similar fashion, with navy paper backing to make the corner detail pop.
I should also probably mention my husband has a Clark Kent complex - but instead of making a typical superman logo groom's cake, we made it a bust of the groom ripping his tux off to revel the superman logo underneath - we had our baker match his tux colors and our florist make a boutonniere to match his, it was perfect!
Finally, one of my favorite things was having my mom do a custom pastel of our venue. I was able to share it with our guests by using it on our programs, but I also have the original framed in our hallway as a gorgeous piece of art to remind us of our wedding in a slightly more subtle way than plastering our house in our wedding photos.
The day of the wedding was amazing, it made all those hours and late nights of hard work worth every second. I know they say you can't have a perfect day, but it pretty sure was close.
Wedding Photography: Addison Studios / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Winfield Inn / Floral Design: Last Petal / Wedding Cakes: Pennington's Cakes / Vintage Cake Toppers: eBay / Custom Venue Pastel: PurpleLizardStudio / Save the Dates: GoGoSnap / Custom Stamp + Logo: OnYourMarkStamps / Photobooth: Max Photography / Cake: Pennington Cakes / Gelato: The Chocolate Cup / Coffee Bar: Kenny's Coffee / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Bride's Make-up: Avery Allen of Austin Wedding Makeup