Showing love for their hometown, today’s couple was inspired by California’s citrus history for their wedding captured by Jenn & Pawel Photography. The bride’s vintage dress and veil are breath-taking (and a total steal for less than $60 for the whole look!) And the bridesmaids’ floral print dresses fit perfectly into the colorful vintage vibe!
Kyle and I wanted to get married in a location that had historical value to our town. Riverside, CA used to be one of America’s largest orange suppliers, so the California Historic Citrus State Park fit the bill perfectly. We chose our colors to match the citrus theme. In addition, finding my dress was the catalyst in the decision to add a vintage flair to our wedding.
Vintage and affordable was the goal for our attire. My mom found my $25 wedding dress at Goodwill; I initially tried on the dress as a joke, but ended up falling in love with it. I’m a halfway decent seamstress so I altered the dress myself and found a $30 vintage veil on Etsy to complete the look. Kyle splurged and purchased a new gray suit for our wedding; he was also able to find a MadMen-esque Italian tie on Etsy that perfectly matched our wedding colors. Our bridesmaids wore affordable wiggle-style dresses from Asos and our groomsmen were able to wear suits they already owned.
The most important thing to Kyle and I was having our family around us and being able to make our day as special for them as it was for us. We had both our families there by our sides to help put together our wedding, but at the end of the day, I’m so glad we splurged and hired a wedding coordinator. Even though our wedding was smaller and we had so much support, Kyle and I were both extremely stressed. Having a third party to coordinate the event made it so much easier on our families and ourselves.
We both agree that our favorite part of the day was sitting next to each other at the reception, relaxing after the chaos of the wedding ceremony. After all the build up and stress of the wedding, sitting with my best friend and soaking in all the love from our friends and family that surrounded us was the most amazing experience ever.
Oh hello gorgeous dresses of your dreams! I have been dying to share this stunning wedding inspiration I helped create with Aisle Society starring some stunning David’s Bridal gowns! This brand new collection by Oleg Cassini just debuted this month and the timeless elegance is sure to have you swooning!
The inspiration for the shoot evolved from the designer himself. Oleg Cassini was a celebrity designer known for dressing icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly. As the queen of timeless elegance, we were inspired by Grace Kelly, and envisioned the romance of “Grace Kelly in the Hamptons” captured beautifully on film by Nikki Santerre. Each gown is effortlessly gorgeous and is perfect for any modern vintage bride!
The venue, Seven Springs, is a picturesque historical estate just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1732, the manor has a rich history, included a stay by George Washington himself. With a tree lined gravel drive and towering magnolia trees, it is a serene and timeless locale. Seven Springs is also home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep, who make an appearance at events for animal lovers.
The bridal gowns were the stars of the show, with dreamy pale pink lace, timeless silhouettes, and impeccable beading as some of the highlights. With breath-taking cathedral veils and the perfect red lip, the brides showcased a timeless elegance that would have made Grace proud! The sleeveless illusion lace neckline gown was a favorite and perfection for any bride dreaming of a timeless and elegant look.
The bridesmaid dresses were sublime in varying shades of burgundy and blue, creating a dreamy palette perfect for any season. The illusion lace necklines and flowing tulle skirts absolutely stole our hearts! Isn’t that metallic botanical inspired lace darling?
At the reception, we designed a romantic table for two, complete with sweetheart settee for the newlyweds. For the tablescape, we took our inspiration straight from Grace Kelly in a scene in High Society, where she is with a model boat of the boat, True Love. As the perfect nautical touch and nod to the film, the highlight of the decor is the model boat, floating on a bed of greenery, with “Darling, let’s be adventurers” in calligraphy adorning the sail. Heirloom glassware and silverware add to the chic timelessness, while hand-lettered mussel place cards give an added touch of whimsy.
Ending off the celebration was a retro caravan bar that featured scrumptious champagne accoutrement selections like lush blackberries, fragrant rosemary and a dash of pear juice. The caravan served as the perfect bridge to yesteryear while showcasing modern amenities and stylings. The day was complete with a champagne toast and a cuddle with Cupid, one of Seven Springs’ sheep!
Event Design | Aisle Society | Event Production | Storyboard Wedding and Glamour & Grace | Photography | Nikki Santerre Photography | Venue | Seven Springs | Florals | Amanda Burnette | Wedding Dresses | Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses | Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal | Shoes, Veils & Bridal Accessories | David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup | Ave 42 Style Studio | Rentals | Paisley & Jade | Bar Rental | Cozy Caravan Club | Place Cards | Love Always, Me. | Tabletop Rentals | Creme de la Creme | Calligraphy | Capital Calligraphy | Invitations | Laura Lavender
We are ending off the week with so much sweetness! A 50th wedding anniversary! This New Jersey couple chose a romantic vow renewal and celebration with family and friends planned by Bogath Weddings and Events captured by Heather Palecek Photography. We just love all their charming details, like the ingredients to marriage table names and the heirloom toasting cup! They even still had their key from their honeymoon suite in Paris!
Ginny and Richard met in the mid 1960s while working in a NJ courtroom. They quickly decided to go on a date. Ginny convinced her father to lend her the car, and she drove to meet Richard. After a night sitting and talking, at the bus stop because they had no money to buy dinner, Ginny returned the car to her father with an empty tank. On their second date, they remembered to fill the tank back up. It did not take long to recognize that it was the real thing.
We chose to renew our on Long Beach Island because that is where our family has been spending summers for vows generations. We envisioned a small celebration, with 60 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. But the true goal was to celebrate in a way that our children, and especially our grandchildren, would remember for the rest of their lives.
We chose to name each table instead of numbering them. And the names we chose were the “ingredients” we felt made our marriage successful over the years: faith, friendship, laughter, love, etc. The hand-lettered mirrors with signage and a seating chart pulled the entire event together in a way that was just so much fun! We were so happy with the hand-lettered mirrors created by The Shaded Maple. Our wedding planner, Bogath Weddings and Events, found the mirrors at different thrift shops and painted them all gold. The Shaded Maple hand-lettered them with quotes and “fun facts” about how long 50 years really is. One of my favorite spaces in the event was our memory table. Filled with family photos, our wedding album, and my painted bridal portrait (something not done much these days). And our memory table featured the key to our honeymoon suite in Paris. They don’t make the like that anymore!
We have a family tradition of drinking a toast at every wedding from a special silver cup. We used at our anniversary the same toasting cup we used at our wedding. It was also used at the weddings of our children.
Photography | Heather Palecek Photography | Venue | Mainland Holiday Inn, Manahawkin | Event Planning | Bogath Weddings and Events | Florals | Lily in the Valley | Videography | Creative Unlimited | Table Runner | Ocean Tents | Hair & Makeup | Bella Donna Salon and Spa | String Musicians | Ceremonious Strings | Calligraphy | The Shaded Maple