Here's a wedding that has pretty much everything going for it. Gorgeous photography by Candice Benjamin Photography? Check! Beautiful couple? Check! Awesome decor and wedding day style? Check and check! Needless to say, I am so excited to share Brittney and Spencer's elegant, vintage style wedding today. What strikes me most about this wedding is that it was not planned by a professional. The bride handled (and made) many of the details herself (with the help of some fabulous vendors, of course), yet all of the details are so beautifully put together. Brittney did an amazing job of layering many unique elements, while still keeping the entire look very cohesive. For instance, check out the flower bouquets and the bridesmaid dresses. You wouldn't necessarily pair the elegant blush dresses with the more earthy green bouquets, but somehow, it totally works! Because she has such a great eye, and I thought you'd like to hear about the whole design process straight from the talented bride herself.
"I have always loved the antique look of old-fashioned furniture, so of course, I wanted my wedding to be unique and vintage. The first thing I did was look for a bridesmaid dress that fit my theme, and then I planned my colors around that. Usually, people do it the other way around, but it was hard to find the flowy, vintage look that I was looking for in a bridesmaid dress. The vintage peach Ann Taylor dresses that I found fit perfectly."
"Then, I went on to choose all the decorations. I started with the table design and went from there. I planned the essentials first, and then made a list of my 'Wants,' which included hanging lace lanterns and a photobooth, that I could get if there was still money in the budget. If I knew about Pinterest, that would have been a great application to help plan my wedding. Instead I would cut out magazine photos and create a design board. If something seemed too expensive, I would figure out a way to make it by hand. I always did a sample before I bought all the materials, and I always had a backup option in case I ran out of time. There is a way to make anything, it is just a matter of how much time you have, so choose the things that will save you the most money. For example, I loved the personal vase name cards, but they were too expensive when you have over 150 people coming to the wedding. So instead, we ordered plastic Christmas ornament balls, cut PVC pipe and mod podged fabric on them to make a base, which we then glued to the ornament. Viola! You have a personal flower vase that costs less than 50 cents!"
"Almost everything was handmade in our wedding, from the table cloths, to the table number planters to the invitations. Stick with a general theme and color pattern, and it will all fall into place. The biggest thing to tell yourself is that nothing is going to ruin your wedding day, relax and let things happen. If something doesn't work out or look how it was suppose to, no one will notice but you, so don't worry about it and enjoy your big day!"
Elegant Handmade Wedding with Vintage Lace - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography
Venue: Hawks Point Ranch
Caterer: DJ's Catering
Floral Designer: Shells Petals
DJ: Eric Parsons
Wedding Invitations, place cards, table numbers and linens: DIY by bride
Wedding Dress Store: Marylinn's Bridal
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mission Tuxedos
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor