From the beginning, Sarah knew that she wanted The Wedding Guys® to design her long-distance wedding. She knew that she wanted all of the details of a perfectly curated ceremony and reception, but now living in California had limited opportunity to meet with suppliers and make selections. A few pre-wedding trips and a lot of back-and-forth email, would be the best way to accomplish all that Sarah and Christopher wanted for their celebration. Fortunately for us, Sarah contacted us before any of the major decisions had been made, so we were able to style the entire wedding including shopping with her for her bridal gown.
We knew that a vintage inspired lace gown would be perfect. Together, we selected a beautiful fluted-skirt gown with a delicate sheer overlay. A deep neckline and open back was accented with all-over lace. A toffee belt featured an off-center hand crafted ribbon and lace flowers. Cowboy boots and a beautiful lace flower for Sarah’s hair would complete the look.
The guest experience began upon their arrival. A vintage bicycle featured a basket of gorgeous flowers welcoming them to the ceremony. The bicycle was a repeated theme throughout the event. When Sarah sent us their engagement portraits, we knew we had the opportunity to expand on the inspired shoot. They had selected vintage clothing and a bicycle built for two. The selection of photographs seemed perfect for the invitation. We designed a series of photo matted boards, each would include a photograph on one side and the wedding invitations detail on the other. We selected a line drawing of a vintage bicycle built for two and used it in repetition on the pieces.
The pieces were tied together with string and placed in a craft paper-covered box. We selected a series of stamps to continue the vintage effect.
Before the ceremony, guests sipped iced tea and lemonade that was styled with large glass decanters and red and white paper straws. A distressed sideboard held mason jars and arrangements of fresh lemons. A weathered table featured a birdcage for cards and the thumbprint tree guest book.
We embellished the grapevine wrapped gazebo with strung pearl, teardrop chandeliers and for the ceremony we created eclectic seating. We combined metal garden benches in two styles with stools, wood benches, bamboo folding chairs and hay bails. To embellish, we accented with oversized burlap pillows.
For the cocktail reception, we placed champagne bottles in vintage wash tubs. Glasses of champagne featured sprigs of lavender. Guests played vintage games including badminton, bocce ball and croquet. Hightop tables featured heavy woven linens with a weathered blue stripe.
After enjoying champagne and lawn games, guests moved onto the reception where we had designed a hearty display of grilled vegetables, gourmet breads, crackers, cheese and olives. A large farm table featured the abundant display.
Under the reception tent, we placed a mixture of furniture including vintage sofas, tables, trunks and sideboards. Mix and match vintage flatware was placed in open drawers for guests to grab.