I’ve called our wedding style ‘Modern Vintage’ on several occasions, as it’s the only term I could think of that truly captured what I was going for! Starting with a palette of peach, mint and ivory (so popular this year!!), and small pops of Strawberry Red (‘Fraise’ is French for Strawberry, afterall!) – I wanted to incorporate vintage elements but in a slightly modern way.
Let’s start with our Candy Buffet – so many wedding favors go unclaimed, but candy or treats never go to waste! My husband and I don’t really agree on too many sweets (he’s vanilla, I’m chocolate) – but there is one thing that we both love: Malt Balls. Who knew? Due to this, we had 4 different kinds of Malt Balls on our Candy Buffet!
*Helpful Tip: Always try to have a good mix of candy types included in your buffet. Not everyone likes Chocolate (weirdos!), so be sure to cover all your candy bases! In addition to all the Malt balls, we also had: Rock Candy, Saltwater Taffy, SweetTarts, MnM’s, Red Licorice, Almond Hersey’s Kisses, Marshmallow Pops, Strawberry Truffles & Sour Apple/Peach Candies. They all fit nicely into our wedding colors, but there was a wide variety.*
One of the ways I tried to give a modern touch to the vintage elements for our wedding was the Geometric Backdrop. I sourced lace, ribbon, burlap, and fabric in our wedding colors from everywhere I could over the year leading up to our wedding. Some of that lace is all the way from Paris – from a super cute shop called Les Bonheur Des Dames! By placing the strips in an overlapping, geometric pattern, I was able to give some punch to the delicate and pretty fabrics.
All the tags were custom made by us out of Kraft paper using one of the fonts from the programs, and I was able to reuse our custom address stamp by stamping just our names (covering the address with another piece of paper so it wouldn’t show) and a pretty strawberry on both the take-away bags and the small muslin bags holding the MnM’s.
And, yes – those are turtle figurines on the bookcase! My husband and I met at a local bar that is famous for ‘Turtle Races’, where people place turtles in the center of a wrestling mat and whichever one makes it to the outer ring first is the winner. People have been gifting us little Turtle figurines ever since! I really wanted to personalize as much of our day as possible, so we included little touches like this throughout the day.
A few of my other favorite details of our day were a hanging installation made of various vintage lampshades, the button escort cards for each guest, and the centerpieces. I collected gold and mint vessels to go with our collection of milk glass pieces, and think the groupings came out amazing! The wood tables at The Smog Shoppe are already beautiful, so I didn’t want to cover them up – and ended up adding runners of wide ivory lace that we had in our collection. We topped off the tables with simple kraft flag table numbers sticking out of the centerpieces – they matched perfectly and were super cost-effective!
Stay tuned tomorrow for all our ceremony details!
All Photos ©2012 Meghan Christine Photography
June 25, 2013