I have been so excited waiting to share this amazing winter vintage wedding from Two Birds Photography! It is the perfect amount of vintage glamour with modern touches and handmade details. And I absolutely love the 3rd generation wedding gown, such a treasure and great tradition!

The inspiration for our day came from vintage piano music sheet covers and my family wedding dress. The sheet music illustrated colorful scenes depicting couples dancing together through out the eras. I responded most to the looks from the 1940’s and 1920’s. My grandmother’s dress was from the 40’s and she wore it in 1942. My mom wore it in 1981 and luckily kept it looking very classic. I was also inspired by the winter season and took design cues that included a festive, candle-lit glow without being overly holiday. Lots of sparkle mixed with white flowers and cotton to create an ethereal and snowy feel.

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter white bouquet by Fleur du Jour Chicago | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage wedding dress | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage wedding dress | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

burgundy bridesmaids | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

first look | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

first look | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

groomsmen | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

The best part of the day was exchanging our own vows. They were true testaments of love to each other and we worked hard to make them entertaining, meaningful and memorable. They were a surprise to each other and wonderful! We did have a first look before the wedding so we could take pictures before the ceremony. 

modern wedding program | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

ring bearers | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter groom look | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

The dress was a big DIY project because I had to have it restored and then I redesigned the bodice significantly. It was a labor of love but well worth it. I also collected all 130 silver, milk glass and cut glass vases used the various centerpieces. I made the table numbers as well with supplies from Paper Source.

vintage glam centerpieces | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

DIY gold table numbers | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage white centerpieces | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage white centerpieces | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

antipasti menu | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

white square cake | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

I think it’s most important to identify the three most meaningful things to you as a couple for your day and make sure those are where you invest your time and money. Everyone has different priorities in planning the affair, and you’ve got to hold true to what matters to you. Let some of the other stuff slide. It’s never going to be perfect, but if those three things are perfect you’ll be happy. Also as a DIY gal…pick two projects and have fun, don’t go overboard.

winter vintage wedding | Two Birds Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Two Birds Photography | Venue | Salvage One | Florist | Fleur du Jour Chicago

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  1. Krisstin | On the Go Bride
    December 17, 2013 1:55 pm

    So gorgeous. Love all the decor and the dark bridesmaid dresses.
  2. Jake and Jennifer
    December 17, 2013 4:13 pm

    Thank you so much for a lovely feature of our work!! It's always an honor to have one of our weddings on your beautiful blog!
  3. Alizeebridal
    December 17, 2013 11:13 pm

    Such a stunning and vintage winter wedding!I like the wedding's every detail,everything is so empire and charming.Thanks for sharing!
  4. Virginia Wedding Photographers
    December 18, 2013 1:18 am

    Gorgeous & unique work!
  5. Virginia Wedding Photographers
    December 21, 2013 12:36 am

    Her dress is gorgeous!
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