Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”
Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”
Shauna and Eric were married Old Newhall Barn in Newhall, Calif. on October 13. “I loved how it fit into my vintage, rustic look,” Shauna said. “Plus, it was in our backyard and very special to my husband!” The bride wore a custom designed wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a sparkly gray sash and “something blue” peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white bow tie and initialed cufflinks. “Our first look, I was so nervous because it was like meeting him for the first time again,” she said. Inside the barn, fabric draped from the ceiling’s wooden beams and mason jar candles hung from the walls during the ceremony. Tables were then decorated with burgundy linens, lace, and silhouette pictures during the reception. Notice it served double-duty? If dinner wasn’t enough, the dessert display was! Guests could pick and choose between lollipops, pumpkin pies, apple pie pops, chocolates, cookies, and taffies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a 1950s Hudson automobile with a “Just Married” sign hand painted on the back window along with soda cans trailing from behind. Not to mention the sea of sparklers too! Their best advice: “Hire a wedding planner!” Shauna said. “At least for the day of. It’ll make everything run smoothly.”
We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Kara-Marie wrote in with the following request:
I’m looking for a 1950’s inspired strapless multi-layered lace gown with matching jacket…I dream of looking like my grandmother did on her wedding day, If I had the money I would recreate her dress specifically!
Luckily for Kara-Marie, many designers created gowns with retro-inspired flair this season. While she didn’t mention if she’s looking for a tea-length style (typical for 1950s wedding dresses) or not, we included some here. And you’ll notice that not all of these styles are strapless – we thought an illusion neckline might be a good (and era-appropriate!) coverage option, as well.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We originally wanted the look and feel of an old house, but we were having a hard time finding one that could accommodate all of our guests. When we stumbled upon the Highlands Ranch Mansion by accident, we knew it would be perfect.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Ceremony: We put very little emphasis on the ceremony during the planning process, but you can’t plan the feeling you get standing up in front of your friends and family and tying the knot. 2. Photography: The day goes by in such a blur, but having amazing images to remind you of the details helps bring it all back into focus. 3. Atmosphere: A big spooky mansion a few days after Halloween, must we say more?
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
The best advice we can give is to ignore most of the advice you are given. While family and friends have great ideas and intentions, it’s important to remember that it is your wedding. The details that are important to you should be there.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
There was a moment right after the ceremony, walking up the driveway to the mansion when we looked at each other, exclaimed “We’re married!” at the same time and laughed the rest of the way to the mansion. Those grins didn’t leave our faces for the rest of the night.