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Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!
































About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.

During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.

Ceremony Venue: Orchardview Winery / Reception Venue: Orchardview Winery / Photographer: SHD Photography / Catering: Wheelan's BBQ Shack / Cake Baker: Covered in Chocolate / Rentals: Kelly's for the Occasion / DJ: Dwonka and Funke

I am a sucker for a good antique. It may be because I’m a bit of an old soul, but something about real, wooden furniture and armoires of old just make me giddy and ponder what their past lives were. I’ve noticed that more and more brides are utilizing them for their ceremonies and receptions in a variety of ways. We’ve collected below a few of our favorites.

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How would you incorporate antique pieces into your wedding? Just a touch for table numbers or a full seating area?

Today, we bring you a gorgeous stylized shoot from Kristina Cipolla Photography. Kristina wrote:

Myself, Kristina Cipolla and friend/photographer Jenny Hodges of Moondance Photography wanted to put together a stylized shoot with a “Vintage Pastel” theme. We both love weddings, antiques, vintage flare, and love the romantic feel of pastels so we created “Vintage “Pastel”. Kuhs Farm was the perfect setting for our vintage shoot. And our fabulous vendors could not have done a better job bringing the vintage pastel theme to life. 

Photography: Kristina Cipolla Photography
Wedding Concept and Design: Kristina Cipolla and Jenny Hodges
Location: Kuhs Farm and Estate
Wedding Design: White House Weddings + Events
Florist: Peacock Blooms Floral Design
Make Up & Hair Stylists: Nikki Cox and Angela Larson
Wedding Cake and Desserts: The Cakery Bakery
Stationary: La Rue Louise Designs
Bridal Attire: (Coral Dress) My Vintage Addiction. (Mint Bridal Dress) Retro 101. Bridal Belt, Km2 Shoes and Accessories
Bridal Hair Piece: Couture Designs By Ice Green Eyes
Men’s Neckwear: justliv
Flyer Design: Even Keel
Videographer: 4a.m. Visuals
Models: Grace Baldetti, Nickie Sanlin, Mike Davis, and Jordan Crown

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: WHITE HOUSE weddings + events / Flowers & Decor: Peacock Blooms Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: La Rue Louise Designs / Cake Baker: The Cakery Bakery / Photographer: Kristina Cipolla Photography

I am a sucker for vintage-inspired weddings. Something about incorporating timeless, classic and sometimes quirky touches from the past hit home to me. I love it even more when couples incorporate vintage cars into their engagement photos or weddings themselves. Whether it’s a great uncles classic Camaro or my personal favorite a VW Bug, incorporating a classic ‘getaway’ car or incorporating a vintage car or truck into your engagement photos means a special touch that adds personality to your big day. We’ve collected a few examples below:

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Do you have a favorite vintage car? Which one would you use?

This wedding is vintage. This wedding is retro. This wedding is full of life, love and plenty of DIY. The bride and her family did all of the decorations themselves… all of them. (Did you see that burlap monogram!) What’s even more special and unique about this wedding is that Meghann & Clark’s guests participated in the traditional dollar dance, but this wasn’t just any dollar dance. Their dollar dance was a fundraiser for the orphanage the couple volunteered at in Uganda this past year. Talk about adding a personalized touch to your wedding day… amazing.

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Keith Czechanski Photography

Floral Designer: Chinell’s | Reception Venue: Governor’s Row House | Bakery: BlueBird Cakery


I am definitely swooning over this wedding today. The bride and groom pulled together a handmade but polished vintage affair by incorporating borrowed china and silver, a cigar bar for him and a candy bar for her, and the bride’s unique dress and gorgeous bouquet. And then there are the hand sewn, coordinating escort cards, napkins, and table numbers-I’ve always loved this way of designating tables! I think my favorite part though, are the shots of the bride and groom post-ceremony, loving on each other in the beautiful greenery.

From the Photographer:

Neele and Walter planned a hometown wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they and their families and friends worked tirelessly to make it hit the vintage but modern mark Neele was looking for. They sewed 250 napkins, matching runners, and escort cards, laid out a cigar station and a candy bar, made moss covered initials to hang on the church door and stage throughout the reception, and sourced silver and china from relatives.

Photographer: J. Nelson Photography / Reception Venue: Cascade Hills Country Club

While the photos from this wedding are gorgeous on their own, the story that comes with them is one of my favorites. When the ceremony is so personal (and silly in the right places), it really just gets to me that this whole day is about celebrating two people joining their lives together forever. Okay, and the vintage details are to die for!

From the Photographer:

Dana & Aubrey were married on May 27th, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Every part of their wedding day was jam-packed with meaning and emotion! Aubrey put together details to create a lovely, feminine, vintage theme to her day. From her shoes to her veil to the chandelier at the ceremony, everything was delightful! They got ready at the house Dana & Aubrey bought only a month before their wedding, and we began the portrait time in their beautiful front porch. Everyone in the bridal party was such a trooper to endure the thick Iowa heat! A few important details and stories: Aubrey’s father gave her a heart necklace years ago and told her that he will keep the key to her heart until the man comes along that she will marry. During the ceremony they did a very joy-filled, emotional “giving the key away” ceremony. It could not have been a more beautiful picture of a dad giving his daughter away to the man of her dreams! Right before the ceremony’s processional, Aubrey & Dana’s proposal video was played. The video was incredibly emotion-filled as well as quite humorous! Most of the guests were left with tears of joy. It was such a beautiful way to begin the ceremony, as the proposal laid the foundation of their commitment to each other. The video can be found on my blog post of their wedding here: http://www.allisonmariephotographyblog.com/kansas-city-wedding-photographer-aubrey-dana/ There were all sorts of surprises during the ceremony! Aubrey sang to her new husband (and she is not known as a singer!!), her brother performed quite the dancing act, and all the groomsmen and ushers sang a hilarious version of a boy band song to Aubrey! Details: A friend of Aubrey’s custom made the bridesmaid dresses, and another friend designed their bouquets! Words cannot express how deeply moving, joy-filled and emotional their wedding day was! Even I, the photographer, was in tears 🙂

Photographer: Allison Marie Photography / Reception Venue: Tuscany Event Center

Even though this is just a style shoot, the simplistic rock n’ roll nature of the details and attire have me jumping for joy. It’s music to my ears (and just about any wedding vendor) when a couple embraces their personal style and lets it shine through in their wedding. And, to be honest, it shouldn’t be any other way. Thank you, Dette, for sharing!

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From the Photographer:
This styled wedding shoot was inspired by by the idea of an alternative couple wanting to have a somewhat off-beat, yet simple and intimate wedding, in a very unique location. That venue was a gorgeous art gallery in the trendy warehouse district of Northeast Minneapolis {Anita Sue Kolman Gallery}.

We combined this one-of-a-kind location with a modern bridal dress {short + silver sequins!} and bridesmaids dresses in a muted gray tone. We added lots of vintage jewelry {paired with modern leather/studded accessories}, custom-made edgy veils/head pieces, bright spring flowers, matching invitations, French macaroons and some really easy DIY table decor {inexpensive thrift store finds of vases and candle holders, spray painted in our color palette of purples and blacks}. Think rock-n-roll chic meets “New Girl” theme. 

Photography: Dette Snaps | Floral Designer: Flowerama | Invitation Designer: Tate Stationery | Dress Store: Dena Marie’s Bridal | Makeup Artist: Amber Rose Hair & Make Up | Bakery: Sweets Bakeshop | Venue: Anita Sue Kolman Gallery | Fashion Designer: Something Borrowed Bride | Model: Emily Trempe, Kimberly Bowman, Abraham Reddy, Shannon Lee

From Meghan at Oodlelolly Events:
Lauren and I met in college in Kansas. We shared late nights in the studio, big pots of mac ‘n cheese, and stories of boys and what we wanted to be someday. So when we were trying to decide the theme for this shoot we knew the prairie of Kansas had a special place in our hearts. It’s where we each fell in love, and out of love, and back in love. We took that wide open, windswept prairie setting, and added in a dash of glitz and rustic glamour. Couple those design elements with my best friend Lauren and her love, Sid, and we got our La Vie {Prairie} Boheme.

Event Design: Oodlelolly Events | Photography: Golly, What a Day! | Dress: Muse Clothing

Good friend (and bridesmaid), Kate Fenwick, recently shot an intimate wedding with classic details.  But it wasn’t the details that caught my eye.  It was the bride’s gown.

You see, this gown, in its simplicity, used to belong to the bride’s mother. At one point, it had sleeves and was “totally 80’s” as the bride called it.  Andrea, the bride, had the gown altered to fit her and her style, and it turned out beautifully.  This my friends is a classic case of turning something old into something new (and being eco-friendly).  The difference here? The new is so classic and timeless, you probably would be none the wiser had I not told you it was her mother’s. Le swoon 🙂

Images courtesy of Fenwick Photography