Vintage bride and groom holding balloons - Picture by Josh Dookhie Photography

A Creative, Vintage Wedding in Canada

Vintage bride and groom holding balloons - Picture by Josh Dookhie Photography

We absolutely love the pictures from this wedding, taken by Josh Dookhie Photography. Mike and Janis are creative and artistically talented people, and after spending time collecting ideas and vintage items, they created a wedding which was a work of art. Oh, and they planned it all in just 7 months!

“We both love spending time on little details and making things look as creative and pretty as possible, so we really wanted our wedding to reflect this. We also wanted it to be a big, fun dinner party with all of our favourite people.

“One of our favourite things about our wedding was the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception at The Exchange Community Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It’s such a unique spot (for Winnipeg!) and was a completely blank canvas. We were given a great deal of freedom from the church to transform it into whatever our hearts desired, and we just went nuts. We didn’t want to lock ourselves to strict wedding colours, so we left it pretty open. In the end, white was predominant, with earthy brown (lots of twine and burlap!), green, and yellow as accents.

“Mike did an amazing job with all the paper goods, designing the invites, programmes, menus, seating cards, little signs throughout the venue, dessert table descriptions, and favours. Since he was able to design everything, the design was very cohesive. It also really reflected our taste as a couple.

“Before the ceremony, we had a breakfast with our family. Josh, our photographer, joined us there and we then went on to take family photos. After that, we got all dressed up and had our first look. We went out into the country with Josh and took photos by these amazing cement cylinders.

“In between the ceremony and reception, guests were able to go to a nearby art gallery for drinks.

“At the reception, Mike and I sat at a small circular table in the middle of the room. My mom lent us an old, crocheted tablecloth to use for our table. We hung white wooden birds from the ceiling so that they were directly above our heads. We were so happy about the location of our table, because it allowed people to come and talk to us while they were going up for food or passing by.

“We had an amazing Italian dinner, compliments of Buccaccino’s (an Italian restaurant in Winnipeg). We ended the night with an epic dance party, complete with laser lights and a strobe! We left the building to a sparkler send-off and drove off in Mike’s 1989 VW convertible Cabriolet.”

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Tipi wedding reception by the beach - Picture by Archibald Photography

A Castle and Beach Tipi Wedding

Tipi wedding reception by the beach - Picture by Archibald Photography

This week’s real wedding feature is the beautiful wedding of Lucy and Martyn, photographed by Archibald Photography. Lucy and Martyn married in the ambient Dirleton Castle in Scotland and then had a vintage style wedding reception in beach tipis provided by PapaKåta. The couple put so much effort into the detailing and special touches which make this wedding so inspirational.

“We both felt very strongly that we wanted to incorporate everything we love about Scotland; the beaches, the castles and the countryside. This formed the basis of our wedding ideas book and it just grew from there. We wanted to make sure it was relaxed and fun for us and everyone else.

“When we were deciding on our venues, we wanted to give our family and friends a taste of what we love about Scotland. Dirleton castle was the first castle we visited when we moved here and we just think it is so romantic. We love how you can see Bass Rock from the top, as you can from ‘our beach’.

“Lucy had always loved the Tipis and we knew we wanted them in a location where they would fit in with the surroundings, and also close to the beach. The tipis were supplied by PapaKåta. We stumbled across Lochouses and it was the perfect location.

“The three tipis were designed individually to create a separate feel for each one. The centre was designed around the smokeless fire in the middle, with round tables surrounding it with a long top table. The tables were dressed with vintage china, candlesticks and flowers. The dance floor tipi had fairy lights up the poles and a disco ball at the top which twinkled all night, with a slightly lifted stage for the band. The chill out tent at the end, had sofas and benches with reindeer skins, again focused around the fire, with a ‘photo washing line’ across the canvas showing a history of the time we have spent together.

“The day was just magical. We loved having all our family and friends together, and I think because of the setting, everyone was so relaxed and just enjoyed every minute. It turned cooler as the day wore on, but that made the fires in the tipi come to life. As night set in, to be enclosed in our own self-created wonderland within the tipi just walking distance from the coast was everything we ever dreamed of.”

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Wedding wishes - Picture by Allyson Magda Photography

A Romantic and Whimsical Wedding in Santa Barbara

Wedding wishes - Picture by Allyson Magda Photography

If you are looking for inspiration for a stylish, romantic wedding with an element of fun, today we have the most beautiful wedding to share with you, photographed by Allyson Magda Photography. Gabi and Brian’s romantic and whimsical wedding in Santa Barbara, with their timeless details and pretty touches, will inspire you.

“Brian and I met four and a half years ago at Westmont College in Santa Barbara; he was a senior and I was a sophomore. Once Brian graduated, much of our relationship was long distance, but Santa Barbara remained our home base. It felt completely right that we should get married there!

“When we first looked at the Montecito Country Club, we immediately fell in love with the venue. It possesses every characteristic of Santa Barbara that we love – the lush green hills, the view of the ocean, the Spanish architecture; it was absolutely perfect! From there, everything kept falling into place so easily. My mom and I (and Brian too!) had the best time planning together, and every vendor that we worked with was incredible to say the least! I LOVED my wedding team.

“Our inspiration for the wedding was, first of all, romantic and whimsical. We wanted to create a beautiful day, but we also wanted our guests to have fun! Second, we really focused on textures – I absolutely loved how the dresses, linens, and flowers all played off one another. We also wanted to incorporate the Spanish style of the venue, and kept that in the “theme” with lots of lace and flowers, the Papel Picado banner, and the amazing Spanish guitarist, Anthony Ybarra. Finally, Brian is a lover of golf so we also tied that into the details throughout the wedding.

“The whole day was a perfect dream come true; it was the happiest day of my life. We were overwhelmed by the love and support surrounding us in our wedding, and it was so fun to see everything come together more beautifully that I ever hoped for!”

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A Classical Elegant Wedding with a Mad Hatter Tea Party for the Children - Picture by Hayley Ruth Photography

A Classical Elegant Wedding with a Mad Hatter Tea Party for the Children

A Classical Elegant Wedding with a Mad Hatter Tea Party for the Children - Picture by Hayley Ruth Photography

Today we have pictures from this beautiful, elegant wedding to share with you, taken by Hayley Ruth Photography. Emma and Ed’s wedding took place at Barrington Hall in Cambridge, and was styled with lots of homemade touches, creating a very elegant feel. They also created a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ for the children…

“We’re both very traditional at heart, but we didn’t want a bog standard wedding and we wanted to put a lasting stamp on everything. The styling we chose suited us as a couple; it’s probably a reflection of us in a way. Because we are far from boring, we put more personality into Evie’s part of the day… I think many adults would have loved to have joined in the tea party!

“Being a wedding and event stationer, there was never any doubt that the papery bit of the day was going to be anything short of excessive! We created everything from the save the date cards to the invitations (including a special invitation for the children), order of the day, confetti cones which had the words from the readings on them, the table plan, recipe book table name cards (Ed’s a Pastry Chef so all of the tables were named after his favourite French desserts), place cards that included each guest’s individual menu, tags for the rings (“with these rings”) and for the cake knife (“Cut me, Eat me”), Alice in Wonderland colouring mats for the children; the list goes on. The bunting was handmade by my Aunt… all 30+ meters of it!

“The shoes were created to match elements of the dress and the bouquet was made from vintage jewellery. There were many personal and individual touches.”

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Bride holding dandelion facing groom - Picture by Jonas Peterson Photography

An Elegant Relaxed Wedding in New South Wales

Bride holding dandelion facing groom - Picture by Jonas Peterson Photography

Today’s real wedding pictures come from this beautiful, country wedding in New South Wales, photographed by Jonas Peterson Photography. Claire and Nick created a perfectly relaxed yet elegant wedding without really even trying. The couple said they were not too fussed about creating a wedding ‘style’, they just added items that they liked and it all came together… sometimes this just works!

“We didn’t really have a wedding “style” per se. It was important to us that everyone felt comfortable; out-of-town weddings demand more from guests than your standard wedding, so we wanted to make sure people didn’t feel burdened by the long trip. Style wasn’t important to us, really. We just kept adding little things that we both liked and thankfully it all worked out for the best. We used Penguin books in the place of table numbers because we thought it would be a little way for us to have some fun and was a nice way to reflect that part of our personalities without going over the top. We also bought a Fuji Polaroid camera off eBay so our guests could have some fun taking photos. We laced some twine on a wrought iron display so our friends and family could hang up their shots.”

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