Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder July 27, 2011

chris + susan | details

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shabby chic wedding details

Susan wanted a shabby chic, vintage style wedding and it literally took her ten months to make it all happen. Finding all these elements was painstaking but so very worth it. Between Susan and I, we DIY’d everything you will see.

We’ll talk about the table numbers first, she had old family books that her an her mother crackle painted and glued house numbers from Lowe’s onto. Yep, house numbers. I think they worked beautifully. Susan’s and her aunt gathered vintage china for months, so that each place setting had a different look… and they gathered milk glass along the way too. Her favors were delicious handmade sea salt caramels from The Little Flower Candy Co. inside of adorable muslin bags hand stamped from etsy seller Papermoon by Kat. The personalized ribbon was from Beau-Coup.

shabby chic wedding ideas

The next detail that I have to talk about are the invitations, all different vintage handkerchiefs silk-screaned. She gathered all the handkerchiefs for months. She found some on Ebay, Etsy, and random vintage stores around her home. I actually designed all of the details with Susan’s cameo motif and a friend of ours did the silk-screaning. We wrapped the handkerchiefs around the rsvp and information cards and tied them with three different colors of twine… then they were mailed to the guests. It was the perfect way to invite her friends and family to this special destination wedding.

vintage handkerchief wedding invitations

Susan bought her adorable ‘here comes the Bride’ sign from the adorable esty shop: The Ritzy Rose. Her chair ‘Bride and Groom’ signs and ‘Happily Ever After Starts Here’ sign are from the super cute esty seller: The Back Porch Shoppe.

This trunk is what started it all! Early on Susan found this beautiful trunk at the Feed Store in Long Beach, and her and Chris actually refinished the trunk themselves and added little hooks for the string. We cut tags out of a heavy muslin material and used a regular brown marker to write each guests seating information, we adorned each tag with a faux vintage key and hung little helper alphabets to make finding your name easy.

vintage style wedding decor

Above is the guest book… or what will be the guest book. I designed these little cards for each guest to write a note to the couple and Susan is going to scrapbook them later on along with pictures from the wedding.

Last but not least, her gorgeous (and delicious) cake! Kaite from Montecito Confections was able to take Susan’s cameo motif and add it to the cake. I hand stamped the little banner as their cake topper and I plan to do a DIY tutorial on that project in the coming weeks.

shabby chic wedding cake

{photo credits} Something Turquoise Photography of Studio 11

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