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Love Me Do

This beautiful, almost peaceful New York wedding was send to me by the photographer Amanda of Love Me Do Photography.  The wedding took place in Central Park and the reception was held at a hip French Bistro in Midtown. What’s great about this wedding (quite apart from how stunning it is) is that the couple, Jen & Hooper pretty much DIY’ed the whole thing themselves. I think the only thing they didn’t make themselves was the cake and the dress!

The Bride, Jen is a fabulous blogger, painter and photographer herself, so she definitely started off of the right foot wedding planning wise! (Amanda even took some of Jen’s art as payment for photographing the wedding – how awesome is that!?)
Jen and Hooper designed the invitations/save the date (which you can see on Jen’s blog), the centerpieces and flowers (including the bouquets and those wicked masks), the guest book and the cute little Jen and Hooper paper dolls at each place setting. 
Jen’s dress was a silk chiffon evening gown from Bergdorf, her bolero was by Kate Towers and her gloves were by Carolina Amato

Enjoy these..and I’m pretty sure I don’t even have to mention how much I adore Jen’s bird tattoos…<swoooon!>

Credit: Amanda @ Love Me Do Photography

Temple Ready

Jenna aka That Bride/That Wife/Jenna Cole Photography coined that phrase when I posted some beautiful long-sleeve wedding dress inspiration a while ago, so now every time I see a long sleeve dress lovely I always feel the need to share them!
I have been lucky enough to chat with the genius behind the lens of these images Evelyn Eslava who in turn chatted to the Bride to get you all the info you could want – Ta Daaaaa…

Where did the wedding took place? Manti Utah LDS temple
Where the dress was from? My Grandma wore it when she got married over 50 years ago, when she passed away I really wanted it and she knew it and knew that I would wear it so it was passed on to me. It fit like a glove we didn’t even have to resize  it. It made me feel like she was there with me
How did you make your wedding special/unique/rock n roll?!  It poured rain. This made it special because during our summer engagement my husband was working long hours at a landscaping job and the only way he would get out of it was when it was raining every night we would say pray for rain so we could spend time together. Then when he proposed he wrote a song and one line said “pray for one more day of rain.” and it says it on the inside of his wedding band, well needless to say we got what we asked for on our wedding day, rain.
Would they have done anything differently? Not a thing. We didn’t had a reception and it really took a lot of stress off of not only me but our parents as well
Did you have a favorite wedding day moment? The actual ceremony was so special how could it not be when were finally married for time and all eternity?

Cute…Thanks Evelyn!

Credit: Evelyn Eslava Photography

Pretties

Wow, I appear to have a lot to blog today..I apologise if I’m keeping you longer than usual (or spamming up you RSS lovelies inbox’s with all the updates!)
But come on..I found pretty pretties like this over the weekend!
(I’ve literally got about 6 more posts worth today..I may have to spread them out a bit so you don’t get sick of me!)

Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins Photography

Danny & Dena – The Interview

I have had some amazing responses from you guys about Danny & Dena’s inspirational 1930′s style wedding so I knew you would all want to know more about the couple.  I was lucky enough to interview the pair..enjoy…

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Where did you guys meet?  I became a fan by viewing “King Gimp” and felt that I should contact him directly to let him know how inspired I was.  It began with a phone call and had a bit of a communication problem-we followed with emails and he “wowed” me by his long responses (I felt so special and groovy – I later found out it was all cut and paste!!  Even a king has “Trick’s up his sleeve”.
Was there a proposal? It was a day that he became a “Master-of Fine Arts” (After dinner Graduation Party) We invited our friend/family to cocktail hour afterwards. I set up the event like we were on a picnic…(one of my most favourite memories of Danny was a spontaneous sunny day-I took him for a picnic and had a bottle of cheap beer and some sandwiches, he lay in my lap and told me that he had so many dreams of that moment.  I was so surprised how I was able to accomplish that wish and it was so easy.)  I had a picnic basket on the table.  I blindfolded him (he says he can’t close his eyes because of having Cerebral Palsy-I think it’s because he doesn’t like surprises…) I put a OLD MAN’S tie, suspenders and hat- I unveiled him and asked if he would grow old with me.  In his film, it was a pivotal scene where he is lost in his thoughts saying he feels like he will grow old, alone.
You got married on April 1st. Is that a special date to you, was there a particular reason you chose to get married on April Fool’s day!? Two fools in love. Our mission in life, to laugh. Jokesters to the end.
Dena, where were your dresses from? Was it a deliberate decision to have more than one dresses?
We are BIG recyclers and felt that our garments should be just that.  I went to the Goodwill and bought 3 wedding dresses.  Found a woman on Craigslist as a seamstress.  She was disabled and we LOVE to advocate that message…unfortunately, she fell down her stairs a couple weeks before our wedding…yet still had continued to create.  Up until the day of the wedding the dress was completed.  After a certain point, I wasn’t willing to allow this over-take the moment of excitement.  I called Danny at 5:00 p.m. (our wedding was at 6:00p.m) Left him a message:  Daniel, I want to let you know that our garments will not be ready…I started to cry.  I am not crying because I’m upset…it is because I can’t wait to see you at the alter.  Whatever we were dressed in here and now….We will go “As-Is.”  We will be ourselves.  The dress showed up right after the ceremony.  When I saw it, I didn’t want to put it on because I finally felt like it was meant to be this way.  The dress is nothing of what I wanted.  It was what the seamstress wanted.  The truth is, it was a riot. When I put it on, I totally started cracking up because it looked like a “HOT MESS”.  I then thought….you know this is April Fools Day, why not laugh about the experience rather than getting all pissed off.  Danny thoughts:  It’s a fucking parachute.  My thoughts of his garments:  Can you please tell me why in the hell my husband is wearing a prom dress?  The next day, we buried it in the dumpster along with a few flowers to lay it to rest.  It actually the BEST PHOTO of the garments.  Unfortunately, the bride and groom were no where near it. Hahaha.
Can you explain a little about Danny’s condition? Danny has Cerebral Palsy.  He was a 12 pound baby.  The doctor was trying to deliver two babies at once and gave his mother a medication to stop the labouring.  This delay of oxygen gave Danny brain damage.  He actually passed away and a nurse rubbed him…brought him to life.  He often says, “Having Cerebral Palsy is just a part of my personality.”  One might think that he would hold a fierce grudge, considering it was medical error that could have been prevented.  You will never hear him carrying venom…he feels his life has purpose.  I couldn’t agree with that more.
Danny, I have seen your art work everywhere. It is aaamaizng! How did you get into art?High school.  Java is his inspiration.  A private collector once purchased  a piece of work and put between his personal collection :  Mattiesse and Piacasso.  
Your wedding had a 1930′s theme. How did you decide this was the theme you wanted to go for? Is it an era you have always been fascinated with? The Senator Theatre was built in the 1930’s…Danny’s film was premiered there in 2000, they gave him a cemented walk of fame and felt that it brought a lot of magic during a wonderful time in his life.  Everyone dressed the part but more importantly-they had fun seeking their own garments.  It gave reason to giggle when you shopped.
The wheelchair was purchased off of Craigslist.  It was journey picking it up.  The ad read “in New Jersey”…which was a green light for me.  Great…3 hours away…I can do this.  Suddenly I found myself lost and frustrated…ready to give up and called Danny at home to fill him in on my ugly feelings.  With a bit of investigation….he delivered me to the place where I should be.  It took in total 14 hours to retrieve it.  Danny said, “This is a symbol of marriage….just when you get over-whelmed you must continue, never evade”.  He said, “Welcome to the beginning of our life”.  Hahaha.  That wheelchair was like a mother having a child.  The moment you see your beautiful gift, forget it….all the pain is dismissed.
Any vendors you’d like to give a shout out to?  Our “Sugar” Dream Team (MangoRED/Dino Lara/Jason Magbanua) Our photographers from the Philippinesand a restaurant that never waivered the craziest idea of bartering for catering/photography.  They saw Danny’s artwork as an even exchange of their investment of time and financial means.
Any big surprises on the day? Everything from A to Z.  We call it “the conspiracy”. Never know what your going to get…
Would you have done anything differently? Had a private moment alone before the reception.  I wish I would have told him how lucky I felt….perhaps-I did and he read it in my eyes.
Have you ever come up against adversity or bad vibes from people because of your relationship? Ignorance is uncontrolled.  We are in control which is key.
What keeps you going? Patience….it does not come easy, however when it is appreciated-”We feel golden”.
Why would you say you were a ‘rock n roll couple’? We like to play Rock, Scissors and Paper for problem solving.  If he wins, I just roll on him.
You choose some stunning photographers to document your day and flew them all the way from The Philippines. Why did you do this instead of going for some homegrown talent? It all started 3 glasses of wine at midnight goggling “Funky Wedding Photographers”.  Bingo…MangoRED! What sold us was not the photography.  It was the quirky side of their personalities that you read about, only to be followed with fun and unique artistry.  Danny and I had two photographs of each other in 5 years together.   We knew, we met our match. Their excitement was germ like…”spreading”…filling our swollen heads with goodies.  Before you knew it, others became inspired and wanted to come pro-bono.  My Danny has made a beautiful name of himself…It is not the “Academy Award Winning Documentary”…that he will be most known for.  He is triumphant, this is what Randall, Ryan, Joanna, Dino, Florian, Jason and Pang sought for. This “Sugar Dream Team”…-were a part of our journey because they “Believed”…in our story.  Destination, Financial obligation, Time and investment of craftman-ship “was given” as a gift to us.  They are the leaders in the industry of nothing more than being compassionate to their passions.     

We met in the hotel room.  Introductions were exchanged with a victory hug and popping flashes from their cameras.  Once we settled into our comfort zone of a beer in hand…I asked, “Why…Why…(as my throat lumped with joy)  What was your reason why you came for the sake of our love story?  I cry as I write this.  I challenge each reader to find the reason why when you visit their website.  It is discovered amongst the photographs…when you are a viewer.  We are the subject…but that is not what I see.  We see their vision, not us.  The real trick to success is finding the skeleton of the subject.  You follow it to the end.  A photo is a lasting mark.  It is all in how you make that mark.  It is their heart and soul…followed by talent. Our Sugar Dream Team…came upon us after 3 glasses of wine.  The devine cluster was our “serendipity”-a most fortunate accident.

What’s your favourite memory/moment from your wedding day? Why, Serendipity it is!

Vintage Vacation

This sounds like a wedding I am going to love! The wedding will be taking place in July (eek, so soon) and the couple have planned to do everything themselves from from making the decorations, Jenn’s veil and even baking their own cakes – proper DIY!  The theme they are going with will be based on “vintage vacation”, with a western cowboy twist..I can’t wait!

Jenn is also a photographer herself, so be sure to check out her blog & etsy site too!

Credit: Patrick Williams of PWP Studio

Groundbreaking, Earth Shattering Joy

Do I sound a bit OTT with that statement? You won’t think so when you hear this story and see these images. I am not an overly sentimental or gushy, girly girl when it comes to such things…however this story had really touched me.  It is quite simply a joy and an honour to showcase these for you.
As you all know, I am one of MangoRED‘s biggest fans. I (think) I was one of the first bloggers to feature them and I am certainly the first blogger to feature this set (as the gorgeous and amazingly talented brothers emailed me them for first dibs – woohoo!)

Danny & Dena chose to fly the Ryan & Randall all the way from The Philippines to shoot their Baltimore nuptials.
The MangoRED boys describe the circumstances leading up to them heading off to the US of A:
After a furious initial exchange of emails, Randall and I honestly thought it has all the makings of a prank. Ohhhhkaayy… let’s see…“Danny and Dena”..the names sounded overrrly twee. Plus, Dena’s letters were unusually giddy &  goading us into action..got us into thinking…alright…keep the cute coming… we’re not listening! haha. We’d chime in chorus…April fool’s!Who would travel halfway around the world to shoot a stranger’s wedding on ungodly April 1st? However with Dena’s emailing tenacity, it gradually dawned on us that this is happening for real, they are for real! Our hearts sunk and we suddenly found ourselves in stoned ruminations…errrr…..reveling in the waaaarm musical afterglow of the moment. We cant stop conjuring up images of syrupy country-music ballads and hovering butterflies. weeeeeee! Ice-cold America..i have asthma!

Fast forward to Towson Baltimore. Wedding day. I will not even attempt to put it into words. How can one describe episodes of…(warning: hokey lines ahead)… ” rise & fall of purpose and belief? “ or …. ” renewal of hope?”…. ” sustaining of faith? “. The testament to human resilience makes up for the absence of ornament. Everything was devoid of descriptive adjectives. For a moment, one can just forget about the ordinariness of life…

The newlyweds thanked MangoRED for not only photographing their day, but for allowing them to be themselves.  Isn’t that what a rock n roll wedding is all about people?!
Thank you for letting us be real and allowing us to share our story in it’s normal state. Errors, delays, nervousness, and pride with joy. The beauty is not in the garments nor the perfect setting or a perfect written vow. It is made of mistakes and quirky non-sense that seems to follow with smile made of eternity measures. Let us be the lead for what Grooms and Brides…perfection is not necessary, attempt is absolute.

I am literally blown away…

Credit: MangoRED

Edit: I have just realised Jason Magbanua shot their wedding video too..wowzer! (Jason, Pwwwwease send me the rest of their wedding in video form when you have it online!)

King Gimp: The Morning of the Wedding from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

Edit: Dino Lara was also their to capture the couple’s day…Below is a slideshow of his images, definately worth a watch

King Gimp – The Wedding from Dino Lara on Vimeo.