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A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

 BHLDN, Classic, Formal, Glamorous, J.Crew, New Jersey, Pnina Tornai, Real Weddings, Retro, Traditional  Comments Off on A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Nov 262013
 
Bride and groom at a wedding in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Though Lindsey, 28, and Matt, 32, met in 2003, when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Bucknell, it wasn't until a Homecoming weekend after she'd graduated that their friendship (and her self-described "huge crush") turned into something more.

When Matt knew it was time to propose, he'd planned to pop the question on top of Table Mountain during the couple's trip to South Africa. However, concerns about bringing the ring through airport security (and thereby blowing the surprise) prompted him to propose before they left. So, after a broken-down car pushed his plan back yet another day, Matt got down on one knee in the couple's dining room and asked Lindsey to be his wife.

The couple, who'd originally wanted a backyard BBQ before Lindsey's father talked them into a country club reception, combined shades of white and green, burlap runners and lots of candlelight to bring the outdoors in. With help from family and friends–and a few DIY projects–on July 27th, 2012, they had the simple, sweet wedding they'd dreamed of, with an elegant twist.

Pnina Tornai lace wedding gown and corc Via Spiga pumps. Engagement ring and wedding bands with the couple's initials.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A college friend of Lindsey's works at Kleinfeld's in New York City, so choosing a place to go dress shopping was a no-brainer. Lindsey's friend knew exactly what the bride wanted, entering the fitting room with a backless lace gown by Pnina Tornai. Cork peep-toe pumps gave her bridal ensemble a natural flair.

Bridal bouquet of baby's breath wrapped in lace.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey carried a simple bouquet of soft baby's breath. She wrapped the stems with a piece of fabric from her dress.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Vans sneakers.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Matt and his groomsmen all wore Vans sneakers. His were plain white, while his groomsmen were in the classic checkered pattern.

Bridesmaid in a taupe J.Crew dress with a bouquet of hydrangeas.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in a soft taupe hue. They carried bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, wrapped in twine.

Groom in a Black by Vera Wang tuxedo, bride in Pnina Tornai. Bride in a lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress with an open back.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The simple silhouette of Lindsey's lace gown was accentuated by the dramatic keyhole back. Her loose up-do let the dress's details speak for themselves. Matt's Black by Vera Wang tuxedo was a classic, timeless choice, while his white Vans gave his outfit a dose of personality.

Wedding ceremony programs with unique typography. Two of the bride's friends served as

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Printed programs outlined all of the details for Lindsey and Matt's ceremony. Instead of flower girls, Lindsey's two best guy friends served as "flower boys." At 6'5" and 6', they were hard to miss as they tossed petals on their way down the aisle!

A classic Catholic wedding ceremony at Church of Christ the King in New Jersey. Classic Catholic wedding ceremony in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The church's soft blue walls, vaulted ceiling and checkered tile floor created a light, airy backdrop for the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony. Buckets overflowing with baby's breath were the only things Matt and Lindsey added to the church's décor.

A vintage Rolls Royce getaway car with a

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A vintage Rolls Royce with a burlap "just married" sign brought the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception. Says Lindsey, "People beeped at us and waved our entire drive to the reception and I can whole heartedly say that that was our favorite moment of the night." She also loved that their private ride gave her a few minutes alone with her new husband.

Place cards in grass.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

In keeping with the fresh, vibrant color scheme, place cards were displayed in burlap-wrapped trays of fresh grass.

Burlap runners with baby's breath centerpieces at country club wedding.

1Wooden table numbers with white and green hydrangeas. Wedding reception decorated with burlap, daisies, hydrangeas, and candles.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Burlap runners, arrangements of baby's breath, votive candles and mason jars full of hydrangeas and daisies transformed the reception space, bringing touches of the outdoors in.

Bride and groom releasing a wish lantern.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

At the end of the evening, Lindsey and Matt released a wish lantern. "It was the best day of our lives. Words cannot describe how amazing that day was," says Lindsey. "It meant so much to be with my mom and mother-in-law, and to dance with my dad. It made Matt and me both realize that weddings are just as important to the family as they are to the couple."

Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Shoes: Via Spiga || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Gail Ortuso || Makeup: House of Luciano || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: Jared || Florist: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Invitations & Paper Goods: Papyrus, BHLDN || Music: Sounds to Go DJs || Catering: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Favors: Donation to Team for Kids || Photography: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station

 California, Real Wedding, Real Weddings, Retro, Romantic  Comments Off on A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station
Nov 192013
 

Before Lockell and Chris chose the Huron Substation as the venue for their wedding, they knew very little about the space. However, by the time the deposit had been paid and the papers signed, they'd learned a little more about the site's former use as a place where energy was converted for Los Angeles's old light-rail system. That tidbit inspired them to incorporate the "rail" reference into their wedding, as well as into the engagement shoot they'd planned with photographer Molly of Luminaire Images.

They decided to take engagement photos at Los Angeles Union Station, a train station that still holds on to a classic Americana vibe. New outfits, some vintage-inspired hair and makeup, and access to the station's old ticketing area brought Chris and Lockell's rail-inspired engagement session to life.

A couple in retro-inspired outfits for their engagement session.

Chris proposed to Lockell at the end of a romantic dinner date. As he was preparing to pay the check, he 'accidentally' dropped his pen under the table. He told Lockell he saw it roll under her chair, so she volunteered to pick it up. When she sat back up, her gorgeous engagement ring was sparkling from the center of the table!

Engagement session outside of Los Angeles Union Station.
Engaged couple with vintage-inspired accessories for their engagement shoot.

As the couple began to work with their photographer to plan the engagement shoot, she mentioned Union Station's vintage architectural design, suggesting that the couple dress in a retro style to complement the location. Says Lockell, "It was an amazing idea and we loved the results!"

Bride's retro-inspired makeup.

The highlight of the day was when, as they explored Union Station, the couple's photographer noticed an area that was closed to public access. She was able to get permission for Lockell and Chris to briefly go inside the old ticketing area to take advantage of the towering windows and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful, empty space.

Lockell and Chris incorporated a more modern take on the rail theme into their wedding. The table names were designed to look like Metro stop pillars, and escort cards looked like LA Metro Transit Access Passes. Lockell even gifted Chris with Metro token cuff links to wear on their wedding day. They took their wedding party portraits at the Travel Town Museum, incorporating a few of the museum's trains into the backdrops of their wedding photos.

Location: Los Angeles Union Station || Hair: Ursula Campbell of Eclectic Hair Designs || Makeup: Jen Castelo || Bride's Attire: Stop Staring Clothing || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Photographer: Molly of Luminaire Images

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station

 California, Real Wedding, Real Weddings, Retro, Romantic  Comments Off on A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station
Nov 192013
 

Before Lockell and Chris chose the Huron Substation as the venue for their wedding, they knew very little about the space. However, by the time the deposit had been paid and the papers signed, they'd learned a little more about the site's former use as a place where energy was converted for Los Angeles's old light-rail system. That tidbit inspired them to incorporate the "rail" reference into their wedding, as well as into the engagement shoot they'd planned with photographer Molly of Luminaire Images.

They decided to take engagement photos at Los Angeles Union Station, a train station that still holds on to a classic Americana vibe. New outfits, some vintage-inspired hair and makeup, and access to the station's old ticketing area brought Chris and Lockell's rail-inspired engagement session to life.

A couple in retro-inspired outfits for their engagement session.

Chris proposed to Lockell at the end of a romantic dinner date. As he was preparing to pay the check, he 'accidentally' dropped his pen under the table. He told Lockell he saw it roll under her chair, so she volunteered to pick it up. When she sat back up, her gorgeous engagement ring was sparkling from the center of the table!

Engagement session outside of Los Angeles Union Station.
Engaged couple with vintage-inspired accessories for their engagement shoot.

As the couple began to work with their photographer to plan the engagement shoot, she mentioned Union Station's vintage architectural design, suggesting that the couple dress in a retro style to complement the location. Says Lockell, "It was an amazing idea and we loved the results!"

Bride's retro-inspired makeup.

The highlight of the day was when, as they explored Union Station, the couple's photographer noticed an area that was closed to public access. She was able to get permission for Lockell and Chris to briefly go inside the old ticketing area to take advantage of the towering windows and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful, empty space.

Lockell and Chris incorporated a more modern take on the rail theme into their wedding. The table names were designed to look like Metro stop pillars, and escort cards looked like LA Metro Transit Access Passes. Lockell even gifted Chris with Metro token cuff links to wear on their wedding day. They took their wedding party portraits at the Travel Town Museum, incorporating a few of the museum's trains into the backdrops of their wedding photos.

Location: Los Angeles Union Station || Hair: Ursula Campbell of Eclectic Hair Designs || Makeup: Jen Castelo || Bride's Attire: Stop Staring Clothing || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Photographer: Molly of Luminaire Images

—Jaimie Schoen

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Watch: 1950s-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot Captured on Video

 Photo & Video, Real Weddings, Retro, Vintage, Whimsical  Comments Off on Watch: 1950s-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot Captured on Video
Jul 312013
 

Enjoy a few moments of pure inspiration with this artfully-created short film of a 1950s-inspired styled wedding shoot. Filmed by Vintage Cinema in collaboration with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore who styled the shoot, the upbeat video brings to life all the details in this playful wedding sequence, from the sleek Airstream trailer to the vintage-inspired dresses by Ivy and Aster, Coren Moore and J. Crew. "We channeled Mad Men's Betty Draper," says Chapman, "and and conjured up playful attire that complemented the rustic setting. We hope this shoot inspires you to add a little bit of 1950's nostalgia to your wedding or welcome party!"

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Jul 052013
 
Wedding dress from the Claire Pettibone 2014 collection

Photo: Steve Eichner

While some brides want to model their wedding-day style after modern-day princesses (hello, Kate Middleton), vintage-loving gals may look to another regal lady for inspiration—Downton Abbey's Lady Mary. This gown from Claire Pettibone's Spring 2014 collection has a vintage-inspired cameo motif that offsets its slim, modern silhouette—perfect for a bride who wants a touch of Edwardian glamour on her wedding day. The romantic, embossed flowers and stripes are subtle but lovely, and the demure V-neck is universally flattering.

View the entire Claire Pettibone Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Terri Pous

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May 292013
 
Wedding dress from the Junko Yoshioka 2014 collection

Photo: Thomas Iannacone

Thanks to its over-the-top, retro-glam decadence, Great Gatsby fever is showing no signs of slowing down. This above-the-knee, flapper-inspired Junko Yoshioka Spring 2014 wedding dress is playful and breezy, but the beading and contemporary illusion neckline keep the look bridal enough for a bohemian garden wedding. We love the possibilities that a casual wedding opens up for bridal fashion, and this frock proves that even a laid-back affair can still have plenty of glitz and glamour!

View the entire Junko Yoshioka Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Terri Pous

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An Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Bridesmaid Dress by Alfred Sung

 Alfred Sung, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridesmaids, Pink, Retro, Spring, Summer, Whimiscal  Comments Off on An Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Bridesmaid Dress by Alfred Sung
May 212013
 
Alfred Sung pink bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Alfred Sung

Breakfast at Tiffany's fans rejoice: this Alfred Sung bubblegum pink bridesmaid dress looks like it came straight from Audrey Hepburn's closet. The clean, tailored lines and visible darts give it an undeniably retro feel. With this streamlined silhouette your bridal party is bound to look polished, while the candy-coated hue and charming bow add a dash of whimsy to the dress. Holly Golightly would definitely approve.

Style D570, Alfred Sung bateau neck peau de soie dress in twirl, $198, available at Weddington Way

—Lauren Frankfort

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