Time-Travel Inspired Vintage Wedding

“Love is timeless. It is the memory of the past, the happiness of today, and the promise of tomorrow.”

In April, I had the pleasure of teaming up with the wildly talented (not to mention sweetest ever!) Jessica Christie Photography for one of her signature With Love Workshops. Jessica approached me, hoping I would take her vision of a vintage, time-travel themed wedding and engagement shoot and bring it to life. Of course, I was more than thrilled to partner with her on this endeavor, and I am so excited to be sharing the fruits of our labor (these gorgeous images) on my blog!

Engagement Shoot Favorites

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Wedding Beauties
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A huge thank-you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who came alongside us for this shoot — we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you!

Venue: Creekside Tree Nursery

Vintage Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals

Reception Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Florist: The Perfect Petal

Models: Katie Etcheverry & Alexej Halvorson

Dress: Maggie Evans Design

Make Up Artist: Lindsay Ambrosio

Hair Stylist: Shelbie Borgman

Cake: Krissy’s Sweet Treats

Invitations & Paper Goods: Vintage Invites

Jewelry: Lucky & Me.

Photography Assistant: Shalynne Imaging

Something Old & Something New: Bridal Gown Redo

One of the bridal trends that is quickly gaining popularity is something many brides in days past would have never (ever!) even considered. The latest trend in wedding attire means brides are actually wearing the dresses of their mothers, grandmothers and sisters down the aisle — minus the puffy sleeves, teal sashes and any other details that once upon a time were in vogue, but now seem, well, indiscriminate. They are giving these dresses complete (and amazing!) makeovers, and I promise, the transformations will leave you blown away. If this sort of thing fills you with excitement and you have a dress in mind, fabulous!

If you’re still skeptical, or don’t have a “something old” dress to start with you’re not alone. Read on…

Considering my mother’s wedding dress to be my own was never an option for two reasons. One, she was tiny (both vertically and horizontally), so I couldn’t even get her dress over my kneecaps to mull it over. Two, I had never considered the possibility that her very of-the-time gown from 1984 could ever be transformed into something that would be even remotely fashionable in the 21st century.

In light of that story, I wanted to share some other ways I considered incorporating my mother and grandmother’s wedding day attire into mine, so I could indeed carry pieces of two very important women with me on one of the most special days of my life.

Incorporate just a piece of someone special’s wedding fashion into yours. While not everyone is crazy about you cutting a chunk out of their heirloom, my mother definitely considered letting me snip a piece of lace from her 15-foot train to wrap around my bridal bouquet. While I didn’t end up doing it simply because I felt bad, there are plenty of other options, like sewing a small piece of her dress — even the liner! — or grandmother’s handkerchief into your dress.

Veils are far more fashionably timeless than dresses. Whether it’s a fluffy veil your sister was married in, a lengthy cathedral veil that was your mother’s, or grandmother’s birdcage veil, all are still beautiful and can be easily incorporated into your bridal style — even if your dress is really modern.

What gal doesn’t like vintage jewelry? One of my favorite pastimes — from the time I was 3 until now — is going on a treasure hunt in my mother and grandmothers’ jewelry boxes. There is never a lack of beauty to be found, and they have pieces that are so unique and beautiful I could have never found the match from a bridal boutique or department store. Whether it’s a simple pair of earrings, or the entire set of her bridal jewels, I promise that wearing a special trinket or piece of bling with rich family history will make your day that much more special!

I want to hear from you! What is (or was) your something old or borrowed?

Wedding Planning: Including the Groom

Once upon a time, a groom almost never involved himself in the planning of a wedding — disinterest, intimidation, hard-pressed for time? Whatever the reason, it just didn’t happen as frequently as it seems to be happening now. I am really excited and encouraged when I see a groom at a bridal show, or when a bride comes to me explaining that the groom’s point-of-view is essential to keep in mind during the planning. I think it is so important to ensure both the bride and the groom are happy with the planning process and final wedding product — but also that guests see both people’s personalities in the ceremony and reception. Following are a few of my favorite ways to involve your man in the plans:

Incorporate His Hobbies

Does he love golf? Consider a golf club as your wedding venue. Is he a cigar aficionado? Have a cigar bar at the reception. Regardless of how it manifests, it’s his day just as much as it is yours — so making sure his hobbies and interests are present will make it special for him, too!

Color Combination

Do you love pink, but he isn’t too keen on a super girlie wedding? Consider toning it down with a more masculine, complementary color — such as blue, grey or taupe. Or, find a way to mix your favorite colors together, or to use a color combination you both like!

Delegate Tasks

If he is willing to help, you might as well take him up on it! Find tasks and to-dos that he’ll enjoy pitching in on, such as setting up meetings with a few DJs, picking out the menswear for the wedding party — really anything he’s excited about that you could use the support on. Even having him come along with you to meet the planner and participate in the cake tasting can create fun bonding experiences!

Personalize the Catering

Consider incorporating his favorite food into the catering. Even if it’s something as bachelor-friendly as macaroni and cheese or pizza, there are always ways to “fancy” it up for a wedding menu. You can also salute your groom by using his favorite drink in your signature cocktail. If he’s a big whiskey fan, an Old Fashioned, Manhattan or even a Mint Julep might be the perfect libation for guests to sip at your cocktail hour!

I want to hear from you! How did you find the perfect balance of both bride and groom at your wedding?