You will be sure to fall head over heels for this sweet heirloom Virginia wedding captured by Sarah Street Photography! The bride was absolutely lovely in her third generation wedding dress, worn by both her mother and grandmother, which was the inspiration for the whole wedding!
Taylor and I were high school sweethearts and had been together for 7 1/2 years when we got married. It was a vintage style wedding centered around my gown that my maternal great grandmother Elaine found for my grandmother in a department store called the Emporium in San Francisco (no longer operational). From then, by grandmother wore it on March 31,1962, then my mother wore it on August 19, 1989, and I wore it for my wedding. I altered the gown somewhat from the original (removed puffy sleeves, etc) but other than that it hadn’t been altered. Additionally, I wore a necklace around my wrist that was worn by my grandmother with the dress originally and an aunt on her wedding day.
The wedding colors were ivory (to match the dress), grey and blush/neutral pink. I loved the process of choosing bridesmaid dresses, as all of the girls were free to choose different styles and colors as long as they matched the scheme. All of the girls seemed happy with the choices, as was I.
Most important to us was having a genuine Christian ceremony that accurately reflected our love for one another. Also most important was the comfort and enjoyability of family and friends, while focusing on what we wanted as well. Delicious food/cake, wine/drinks, and great dancing were also necessities!
My favorite part was seeing my groom crying when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. Taylor’s favorite part was the ceremony as well (“Saying I do” he says). I also loved the excitement of getting ready, being with all of my closest friends and family, and all of the dancing during the reception!
We chose the Williamsburg Winery for the venue as it had a vintage and romantic feel. I wanted a semi-formal affair that was beautiful but comfortable for my guests, and I feel as though this is exactly what I got. All of my vendors were so amazing. We could not have done it without them.
I did make signs for the wedding with my best friend and maid of honor. We made a welcome sign, wedding directional signs, reserved signs (for the ceremony), a bar menu sign, some other small signs and a non traditional “guest book” (a beautiful piece of maple featuring “Jones est. 2017”). We also made a seating chart out of a rustic looking wooden frame and tags clothes-pinned to twine. My father made the beautiful arbor for the ceremony. It sits in the backyard of our first home now and it is something we will cherish forever.
Photography | Sarah Street Photography | Venue | Williamsburg Winery | Coordinating | Chickadee Events | Florist | Kelly Gish Floral Designs | Cake | Bella Cakes | DJ | Astro Entertainment | Alterations & Veil | Pleiades Bridal Design | Hair | Ashley Soltis | Makeup | Kim Porter | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal and All the Rage
Colorful, handmade, and meaningful, today’s DIY wedding captured by Smile Peace Love Creative is the perfect inspiration if you’ve been dreaming of a fun casual wedding! How cute are all the handmade mismatched printed napkins? They add so much fun and color to the reception!
We wanted to get married in our home town and wanted to keep it personal. We asked a friend if we could get married at their home because it is one of the most beautiful grounds you could ask for in the perfect location. We also wanted to keep everything local and small town. Anything that we did not do on our own we used local services for and are so glad we did. I wanted an eclectic mix of patterns and textures as well as natural and personal feel for our day. We used a mix of blues and greens with white. There was a vintage vibe that went perfect with the Victorian home that we spend the morning getting ready in and the intimate smaller crowd.
My dress was the only dress I tried on. I had gone to pick up a bridesmaid dress and it was hanging on its own next to the desk. I called my mom over , who was looking at all of the other wedding dresses, to look at how amazing it was. We were both just in aw of the fact that everything I wanted in a dress was right there in front of me, which I never thought I would find EVERYTHING in one dress. It was my size and once I tried it there was no doubt it was meant to be. My earrings were custom made over 25 years ago for my Nana. She had worn them for my aunt and uncles wedding and they were perfection with my dress. I also wore one of her pearl and silver bracelets. I was also blessed to be able to wear my late aunts engagement ring for the day as well.
We married ourselves with a self uniting service. We wrote our own vows and the entire ceremony. We also set our chairs in a circle so we could be surrounded by our loved ones. During the ceremony we had our rings passed around the circle so everyone could say a silent blessing on them for our marriage and relationship.
We just wanted our wedding to be US. Our wedding was about the love that Albert and I share for one another and that’s what we wanted our guests to feel and experience. We paid for everything so I had planned a budget and priced things out for an allowance for each area. We stuck to our budget and did not have to give anything up. The one thing we did skip was a minister. We applied for a specific wedding license and married ourselves, which was just another part of staying true to ourselves. Standing with him in the center of a circle of loved ones and becoming husband and wife under our own power was a beautiful thing.
Our whole wedding was pretty much DIY. Our centerpieces included glass bottles that we dug up from Albert’s grandmothers land (in those days they had bottle pits!) We washed and scrubbed them and they gave the space so much charm and individuality. Our seating chart was a dresser with shots of tequila with a flag with guests names on them and table name flying out of the lime wedge. Our hand made sign said “take a shot and take your seat”. Our tables did not have numbers, but instead names of places we had traveled to together . There was a book standing up on the table with the pace written on it and a photo of us at that place affixed to the book cover. We also had old books throughout the space and venue. We enjoy reading and think that books are a great way to travel as well.
Our guest “book” was actually an old globe on a tall stand. We wanted to have something we could display in our home and not just put away after the wedding and with the thought of travel what could be more appropriate than a globe. The best part was hearing from everyone after the wedding saying that they had never been to a wedding like ours and how much they enjoyed the feel and experience.
One of our favorite moments of the whole process was the next day after cleaning and having rentals picked up Albert and I took one more trip to the venue to make sure everything was done. We stood in our empty tent in the dark looking around remembering the day before and how sad in a sense that it was over. Albert asked for one last dance at our wedding. Alone in the dark, Albert turned his phone on and we slow danced, just us in the moment crying and laughing about how wonderful it all was.
Photography | Smile Peace Love Creative | Rentals | Chippy White Table and J&J Tent Rentals | Cupcakes | Love at First Bite Cup | Catering | Leave it to Donna | DJ | Sounds by Shane | Dress | The Dress Lounge | Hair & Makeup | Alex Gleco Hair
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If you love the romance of lace, you will fall in love with this dreamy vintage wedding inspiration from Ever After Vintage Wedding captured on film by The Ganeys! The soft color palette of mauve, blush, and cream is absolute perfection! It is a gorgeous combination for any season. We have fallen for the open field ceremony, with it’s subtle floral backdrop making the perfect altar! And those bouquet ribbons? They have us swooning!
Photography | The Ganeys | Venue | The Lange Farm | Planning | Ever After Vintage Wedding | Floral | Ever After Vintage Wedding | Paper Goods | Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Cake | J’aime Cakes | Rentals | Ever After Vintage Wedding | Linens | Ever After Vintage Wedding | Dress | Lillian West from The Dressing Room | Hair & Makeup| Lasting Luxe Hair & Makeup | Jewelry | The Dressing Room | Signage | Mulberry Market Design | Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab | Model Agency | Modern Muse Models