Corey and Xavier were married at Palm Door, a quirky event space in Austin. Their inspiration started with a vintage theme but they also wanted tons of colour so they collected and crafted all of of the décor items themselves.
“The inspiration for our wedding started with a vintage feel”, wrote Corey. “We knew we wanted a Texas wedding with traditional Texas food (BBQ!) so we opted for a somewhat vintage look with a backyard twist. We wanted to put a lot of personal touches on the décor and thanks to Pinterest and a willing bridal party, we ended up with a spectacular event.”
“The backdrop was definitely a labor of love. It involved hours upon hours of ‘fringing’ colored crepe paper, but it was worth it and turned out lovely. We knew we wanted bright colors as well, so after some time debating we settled on fuchsia and aqua. We ordered tissue paper pom pom flowers and lanterns from Amazon to put the finishing touches on our beloved back drop.”
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Felicia & Ariel wanted to plan a wedding with a nod to their heritage as well as the place they grew up. The wedding was held at The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit education and research organisation, owned by the groom’s parents. ”As born and raised Austinites and the children of hippies, we knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to have the ‘usual’ wedding,” began Felicia. “Ariel and I both love being in nature and so it seemed like a easy choice to have the wedding at the site of his family’s home and non-profit organization. We wanted the wedding to have a lot of color and reflect our passions and cultures. I’m Mexican-American and loved the idea of embroidered Mexican dresses for my bridesmaids, delicate papel picado banners, and bright paper flowers.”
“The funky architecture and homages on the property also added a lot of unique touches. We loved that our wedding was truly a family affair – from the location to the favors and the cupcakes, both our families were very involved. My mother is an artist and designed the invitations and streamers and my father, a musician, asked some of his bandmates to play during the cocktail hour. Our friends and family also had the choice of dancing or playing volleyball right next to the stage.”
This shoot was set up for Bow Wood Florist, based in Forney, a small town just outside of Dallas. They wanted some edgier images to really show modern brides what they can do. They created the bouquet but allowed photographer Britney of Tucker Images to let her imagination run wild with the styling and location of the shoot.
“I wanted to take the lace vintage dress and mix it with hard textures like the chains and the jagged edges of the building,” Britney explained. “I wanted to give a whole new twist to the ever popular ‘vintage’ wedding theme. The dress was actually my Grandmother’s wedding dress from 1962. Who knew that something deemed so simple back then could become so amazing and up to date with the addition of a black sash, black tights and some combat boots?”
No seriously. How beautiful is this bride? VERY! Dear Erica you make my job easy.
Erica married Rick last November in Austin, Texas. After an outdoor ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea, the newlyweds headed to the surrounding areas for a portrait session with their wedding photographer Rachel Sumner. “When we started planning our wedding we knew right away we wanted something very small and intimate,” Erica told me. “As soon as my husband scouted the location everything else fell into place. My dressmaker Anslee Connell on Savannahred was so amazing to work with she basically took all the garble out of my head and created my dream dress. She specalises is ‘curvy couture’ and what she created was perfect for me. I’m thinking about dying it hot pink and wearing it for our 1 year anniversary!”
“I think the most interesting thing about our wedding was how we came across our wonderful photographer,” the bride continued. “We had met with some local photographers, but didn’t feel a spark with anyone. Quality photos were number one on our list and so we decided to put an ad out on Craigslist. Rachel our photographer responded and as soon as I saw her photos I fell head over heels. She was our perfect match… but she lived in Seattle. Amazingly she was willing to come out to Austin and shoot our photos and I am so glad we scored her.”
The reception was held at The Treehouse Grill and was a very simple affair. The couple didn’t go mad for wedding details or ‘stuff’, they just focused on having a great meal and party with their loved ones. ”We didn’t have a ton of elements to our wedding but I knew I wanted glitter shoes and decided to give it a go myself. It was a HUGE mess and the shoes were HORRIBLY uncomfortable (as you will notice in a few in my pics) but they sparkled and that’s all that mattered! Our wedding was Rock and Roll, because it was very small and simple but a great reflection of us as a couple.”
The 1970s is an era we’re starting to see represented a lot more in the wedding industry. For a while it was avoided, with the 50s and 60s being the most popular decades for brides to emulate on their big days. However I’m thrilled that the tides are a-changing, especially when this resurgence in popularity lands pretty inspiration like this on my desk!
The shoot took place at Mercury Hall, Austin and was set up by photographer Jessica Monnich. “Mercury Hall was the perfect backdrop for this particular shoot as it is a gorgeous white cottage (on the inside and out) with colorful stained glass windows,” she wrote. “I have seen this space transformed in many different ways and I thought it would be perfect for our needs as the layout and design is simple.”
The bride wore a dress which Jessica bought on etsy and customised herself. “I dyed the dress with an ombre effect to give it a little bit of a modern hippie look. Our model created the beautiful feather earrings as well. The jewelry was borrowed from my Mom’s jewelry box and were authentic 70s pieces. The shoes she wore for most of the shoot were from Forever21 so nothing was super expensive but her foot tattoo really helped these shoes pop.”
“We really strived to create a ‘Peace, Love and Marriage’ feel throughout the shoot,” Jessica concluded. “Visual Lyrics created some amazing florals for us that had a ‘fresh picked out of the garden’ feel to them mixing high end flowers with typical 70s flowers like baby’s breath. The same owners of Visual Lyrics also started a new vintage rental company called Vintques so they brought all the beautiful couches, chairs and table and set up a table scape that complimented our theme perfectly.”
“They created a lounge scene outside that would be perfect for guests to wander to if they were all danced out. They also set up hookahs out there where guests use while lounging outside.”
You might mistakenly think that Jessie & Mark’s wedding is a little on the pretty and elegant side for me, but you’d be wrong. On the odd occasion (in between all the tattooed chicks and badassery) I do like to swoon over a genuinely beautiful wedding like this one.
The outdoor ceremony wedding and rustic barn reception were held at Fischer Hall, Texas. The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston gown which she found on preownedweddingdresses.com and real flowers in her hair.
“Our inspiration was sort of Footloose meets a vintage romance,” Jessie told me. “i.e soft beautiful flowers, vintage vases, mismatched plates and silverware, personalized touches for each guest, good wines and rockin’ music to dance the night away! What better place to do it in than an old dance hall that is more than 100 years old?!”
“Our entire wedding was DIY. Everything,” she continued. “We even hunted down enough vintage mismatched plates and silverware for every guest. Our awesome family and amazing friends all pulled together to make it happen. Anna did the flowers. Noi dj’ed. Emily almost gave herself a heart attack helping bake the gluten free cupcakes. My baby brothers, their ladies, Mark’s sister and brother in law came in at the crack of dawn to help set up the hall. But think our best diy story is about the spoons…”
“After seeing the idea (on god knows what blog, I stalked many wedding blogs during my planning!) of a set of personalized wedding party spoons I decided that we were going to do them for all of the guests. It seemed so awesome and easy in hindsight. Awesome yes. Easy no. But it didn’t matter because we wanted each guest to have something really unique and special. I first had to round up all of the spoons, all 140 mismatched vintage ones plus extras for mistakes…And although I love my husband he didn’t understand that not just any spoon would do, it had to have a specific type of handle pattern to appease my crazy vision. So this task was all me. Once gathered they then had to be pounded flat and everyones name hand hammered into them. 120 spoons, a whole lot of profanity and a few thrown spoons later we were done. It was way more work than my crazy wedding obsessed brain had anticipated but damn they were awesome. Thanks to Nathan we have pictures to prove it!”
Agreed Jessie, these are freaking beautiful. I would definitely love to receive one of these as a wedding favour…
“Not everything went as planned that day,” she concluded, “but that didn’t matter. In the end it was all about us, hand in hand, celebrating our journey with everyone we love.”