July 15, 2013

We have some darling vintage summer wedding inspiration for you today from Gigi Hickman Photography. Beautiful florals, mismatched bridesmaids, a super sweet dog, balloons and lots of pink details make this shoot extra fun ~ enjoy!

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June 26, 2013

We have an absolutely gorgeous, vineyard wedding from Anna Sawin Photography for you today! Paul and Marci were married at the beautiful Chamard Vineyards… flanked by romantic diy details, this couple truly planned a wedding that reflected their personalities!

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“Stopping for a moment and taking in the sight of everyone dancing and singing with the band to the Humpty Dance while holding their cotton candy… and our second favorite memory happened a month after the wedding. Someone sent me a video of the bus ride back from the vineyard to the hotels where the whole bus full of people; family & friends who were strangers at the beginning, singing the whole way home “99 bottles of beer” and shouting congratulatory messages to us!

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..We DIY-ed lots of things… the burlap table clothes, the ribbons and initials for the reception chairs, the table numbers, the galvanized buckets for the s’mores & blankets, the wine bottle favor tags, the place cards, and the chalkboards! I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Brides, Bliss Celebrations, and Paper Source. I knew that I wanted things to be shabby chic, relaxed and with a twist of fun. It was also important for us to source locally. My dress was created by a designer in Woodbridge CT, all the food was sourced locally and in season, we had local beer/wine, etc. The best piece of advice I have is to really define the look you are going for and always check back to see if the projects you are considering fit with that one single minded look/feel (the venue, the dress, the favors, the food, the music). It is easy to get caught up in all of the different ideas that you see everywhere and want to do it all, but there is a fine line between making an event look elegant vs. a tacky mish mash of fad accents ..or a seamless thread carried throughout all elements of the event.

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Something Old: my great grandmothers ring and handkerchief

Something New: my parents bought me a necklace that symbolizes marriage and the joining of 2 lives

Something Borrowed: our borrowed was Paul’s late grandfather’s tack hammer to close the wine box at the ceremony (we put a bottle of Chamard wine and notes to each other in the box and sealed it – we will open it up on our first anniversary, then we will put another bottle in and new notes for next year!

Something Blue: this really cute light blue Hanky Pankey thong with rhinestones that said “I do.” My friend Cindy gave them to me at my shower, she always thinks of the best little gifts!

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..My advice would be to decide what is really important for you and focus on those few things. Families start to get really involved because they are excited to help, so if you can throw a few low risk activities their way – they will feel like they’ve done something special and the things you really want to do your way you can manage by yourself. The day of, it all falls into place somehow and you will wonder why you ever worried. No matter what happens it will be your day, of special memories & unforgettable moments. OH… and stop to look around!” -Marci, the bride

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Wedding Photography: Anna Sawin + Nicki Griffith for Anna Sawin Photography // Wedding Venue: Chamard Vineyards // Officiant: Victoria Burdick // Event Coordination: TRUE Event // Floral Design: Flourescent, Milford, Connecticut // Catering: Gourmet Galley // Cakes: Gourmet Galley + J Cakes // Lighting + Tent Rental: Sperry Tents // Music: O’Brien Strings + The Nerds // Hair + Makeup: Lindsay of Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie + Timothy Pamment Salon // Transportation: STA Transportation + Post Road Limo // Accommodations: Saybrook Point Inn + Comfort Inn, Old Saybrook // Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via The White Dress by the Shore // Shoes: Something Bleu // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coren Moore via The White Dress by the Shore // Save the Dates: Pear Tree Greetings // Calligraphy (Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Chalkboard Menu): Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

June 24, 2013

“Jonny and Erin have been friends forever. We couldn’t have been happier to shoot their stunning wedding in Napa Valley! Their wedding was right up our alley…vintage feel, all antique china, and in the middle of an olive orchard at a vineyard in St Helena! Kara Delay from Love this Day rocked the details from the kings table to the amazing vintage bird cages. With only 20 people, it was such a quaint gathering of family and close friends, which was the perfect size group for this event. Thank goodness there is not a winery closer to our house, because we’d probably be there every day! For now, here’s Jonny and Erin!” – Brinton Studios

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I’m obsessed with Erin’s something blue! Jonathan’s mom gave a toast at their rehearsal dinner and as part of her well wishes for the couple she handed Erin cut apron strings – as a symbol of passing on the motherly/wife duties to her! I’m totally tearing up while I’m typing this ~ how sweet is that!!?? So Erin tied the blue apron strings onto her bouquet along with her something old – her grandfathers wedding ring. I love hearing stories like this where age old traditions are incorporated with such heartfelt meaning.

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“My favorite memory was watching all of my bridesmaids walking down the aisle and then the moment where I looked at my dad, grabbed his hand (while we both cried hysterically) and begin walking down the isle to Jonathan to my favorite Louis Armstrong song. It was surreal and very emotional. I couldn’t wait any longer for that moment!

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..Many of the items at our wedding were hand crafted including our invitations, which were printed on vintage handkerchiefs that I had collected over the years – they were all different shapes, sizes, and styles. We also had vintage postcards that we transformed into our guest book where our friends and family could write warm wishes for our marriage. 1 year prior to the wedding my family and I collected mismatched china, silver, goblets and antique flower vases so that each guest could have a different and unique place setting that fit their personality…

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Something old: I wore my grandmothers wedding pearls and tied my grandfathers wedding band to my bouquet.
Something new: I wore a vintage hat that I had purchased from a Kentucky Derby hat shop in New Orleans.
Something blue: Jonathan’s mom had given a speech at the rehearsal dinner the evening before. As part of her wishes to us she presented me with her cut apron strings (which where blue). For her this was her way of passing on the wife/motherly responsibilities from her to me. I used the blue apron strings to hold my grandfather’s wedding ring on my bouquet.

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..Enjoy your day and don’t let anything stop you from this. Allow the day, environment and people to exemplify your relationship, family and love!” – Erin, the bride

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photography: Brinton Studios // catering: Tra Vigna // event planner + floral design: Love This Day Events // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // dress: Nicole Miller // cake: Jace Crane (brother of bride) // hair + makeup: Heaven & Earth // venue: Private Estate

June 10, 2013

“There is just something very special about being able to bring old wedding treasures back to life. Especially meaningful ones. This Washington, DC bride was ecstatic to find some vintage wedding pieces, previously worn by her mother. Although not the traditional wedding white, the gown exudes the very definition of “timeless”. This styled bridal shoot recreates the traditional and classic bridal looks with a modern twist, and adds the personal touch of a bride being able to adorn such lovely heirlooms.” – Photography by Valerie

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May 23, 2013

“Emily planned the wedding by drawing inspiration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and incorporating tasteful, vintage decor. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on a spring day in the suburbs of Houston, TX with gorgeous morning light and a crisp breeze. The bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements included pastel colors that tied both themes together. Guests were served a phenomenal brunch that included custom omelets, fresh fruit, and homemade blueberry pancakes!” – Amy Watson Photography

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“My favorite wedding day memory is at the end of the ceremony. We were introduced to our guests as “Mr. and Mrs. Broussard”, turned around, and “Linus and Lucy” from Charlie Brown began to play, courtesy of the string quartet we hired. As we turned around this is the first time I got to see all of the guests so it was exciting for me. I also loved when we got to eat. We had a brunch wedding, so the food consisted of eggs made to order, a pancake station, hashbrown casserole, a ham carving station, etc. The guests loved it!

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..My something old was my great-grandmother silver ring that I wore on my pinky finger. My something blue was a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress that we tied around my garter. Her wedding dress was actually blue!

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..My mom did alot of DIY projects for my wedding. Our favors for the guests were little jars of strawberry freezer jam that my mom made and jarred and decorated all on her own. Everything for the centerpieces either came from my mom’s house or was found at garage sales. We designed how we wanted each table to look and had the florist add a few flowers to each table. My mom also made the ceremony programs which were fans and the menu and schedule for each guest…

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..Don’t sweat the small stuff. I remember worrying about every detail of the centerpieces, music, etc. But when the big day arrives, none of those things matter! I started to realized this in the 2-3 weeks before the wedding and I began to feel so relieved. It feels so much better to just go with the flow. Eveything will happen the way it is supposed to.” Emily, the bride

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photographer:  Amy Watson Photography // venue: Belle Rose Maison // dress: Blue by Enzoani // tux: Black Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse // ties: Nordstrom // bridesmaid dresses: different designers all purchased from Venturas Bridal // invitations: Invitation Solutions // flowers: Antique Rose // musicians: divisi strings, llc // cake: Dream Cakes Inc. // catering: E&P Catering // videography: The Pros // hair: Your Beautiful Face