You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘vintage’ tag.

So you all remember Alison & Paul, one of my FAVORITE weddings from photographer Randi Voss! Alison & Paul decided to go two rounds for their wedding, incorporating a small intimate destination wedding in Maine first, and opting for a seriously fabulous and all out party back in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I especially love Alison’s multi-dress change incorporating the old with the new. Love. So here it is,  round two… and really, it just keeps getting better. Enjoy!

From the bride…  After our  bed-and-breakfast destination wedding in Maine at the end of September, Paul and I were ready for an all-out party for our at-home wedding reception at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  I was initially under the impression that having an ‘at-home’ reception after our actual wedding would be less stress but it actually turned out to be pretty stressful!  Despite us already being married, we truly were planning a full ‘typical’ wedding reception in Pittsburgh, complete with catering, cake, music, photography, floral details, etc so there was a lot of details, organization, and coordination required. My parents were an absolute lifesaver in the month between the actual wedding and the reception and I owe most of the reception’s success to them for sure as they were my eyes, ears, hands, voice, etc for most of it! Regardless of the extra stress that popped up here and there, the reception turned out fantastic and everything came together perfectly!

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

From the bride… Our venue, the Heinz History Center was nothing less than perfect. I was certain that I wanted a venue that had its own personality and of which did not require a lot of decorating. The History Center was a perfect fit and provided just the amount of character that I was looking for with its exposed brick walls, steel beams and vintage vehicles, the best being a full-sized classic Pittsburgh trolley that provided the perfect photo-op.

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo courtesy of Randi Voss

From the beautiful bride… The best thing about our reception for Paul and I was to get the chance to celebrate with our larger group of family and friends. We have a large group of friends from our days in consulting and since many of them live out-of-town, we do not get to see them very often. We are also very lucky to still remain close to friends we had growing up through high school, many of whom live out-of-town as well. So, when we get the opportunity to have everyone together, and then adding in delicious food and cocktails, great music for dancing, photographers and videographers to capture everything, it makes for a wonderful time!

Photo courtesy of Randi Voss

From the beautiful bride… We used the ‘a&p’ logo (along with the lower-case font) on our cocktail napkins, menu cards, truffles that were placed on each table, bathroom guest towels, candy table signage, etc.  Our centerpieces utilized two different arrangement-types and included pink, ivory, and green flowers as we similarly had in Maine for our wedding.

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

From the bride…  One of the things that was meaningful to me and of which I was most excited about was what I ended up wearing to the reception. Soon after we decided to have a destination wedding and then a reception at home, I was convinced that I wanted to be a two-dress bride and wear more of a party/reception dress in Pittsburgh. Enter my mom’s wedding dress….. On a whim, my mom suggested that we take her wedding dress to the seamstress that was currently fitting me for my actual wedding dress to see if she would be willing to create a reception dress for me from my mom’s dress. Only a few weeks later, my mom’s long-train, high-neck, long-sleeved, lace wedding dress was turned into a short, strapless, lace reception dress for me! We made sure to have a picture of my mom in her dress on her wedding day at our reception to show everyone what the dress used to look like! Now that I had my reception dress, a part of me also wanted to wear my actual wedding dress so the guests that were not in Maine with us could see the dress I was married in. So, I ended up wearing my short dress for most of the reception but also changed into my actual wedding dress for our introductions, first dance, and cake cutting. Best of both worlds!

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

Photos courtesy of Randi Voss

From the bride…  The food was absolutely delicious and was presented as station-style eating, with a pasta, carving, and Mediterranean station that gave a nice variety of food for our guests. The band had everyone on their feet all night long and gave a wonderful performance. Last but not least was the most talented photographer – Randi Voss, who continued as our photographer for our reception and produced nothing less than amazing photographs for us once again!

Congratulations twice over to Alison & Paul from Wedding Belles! Thanks for sharing both of your very special days with us!

Maybe it’s that’ I just re-watched 500 Days of Summer and fell in love with it (and Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe) all over again, but I’m loving vintage these days. Mixing it with contemporary pieces… I just love it. Plus it doesn’t hurt that I love just about everything from every era gone by. (Except maybe the 80’s. I lived through that the first time and somehow it’s just not as fun the second time around. Anyway, I’ve been inspired and I’ve been browsing Etsy, where else, for some seriously amazing pieces that I need to have. I bought a beautiful pair of vintage earrings from Belle’s Booty yesterday. See below. Side note- She’s awesome, and her stuff is great!

VIntage Earrings from Belle's Booty

I also bought these from Etsy seller Country at Heart.

VIntage earrings from Country at Heart- Etsy

And these from Vintage Alcove, also on Etsy.

Vintage Earrings from Vintage Alcove- Etsy

Here are some more of my favorite vintage things on Etsy these days… sigh. Enjoy!

Trio of vintage vases - from Impulse Art on Etsy

Trio of vintage vases - from Impulse Art on Etsy

Vintage Bumble Bee and Copper Locket from Freshy Fig- Etsy

Vintage Bumble Bee and Copper Locket from Freshy Fig- Etsy

Vintage1970's Manolo Blahnik's from Lula Mae-Etsy

Vintage1970's Manolo Blahnik's from Lula Mae-Etsy

Vintage beaded clutch from Lenore Eighty Four- Etsy

Vintage beaded clutch from Lenore Eighty Four- Etsy

Four Vintage Owl Glasses from The Relic Trail- Etsy

Four Vintage Owl Glasses from The Relic Trail- Etsy

I can’t believe it’s September. How did that happen? I have a few amazing weddings left for the year, and I’m still waiting on photos from some of the last few that I attended to share with all of you! In the meantime though, here are some of my FAVORITE new Etsy finds for Fall.

I LOVE this new beautiful bridal froof from Icing 1010… Studies in loveliness. Truly beautiful

Bridal skinny sash belt $45 from Etsy vendor icing 101...

Bridal skinny sash belt $45 from Etsy vendor icing 101...

I love this super vintage looking banner. It’s perfect for a casual chic late summer reception. This one is from b. poetic, one of my FAVORITE Etsy vendors. I LOVE THEM.

Just Married Banner $45 from Etsy vendor  b.poetic

Just Married Banner $45 from Etsy vendor b.poetic

But there’s more… b.poetic has these AMAZING shoe clips. I first came across shoe clips when I was living in Italy and had to diversify my all black wardrobe from time to time. These are amazing and will kick up any outfit.

Shoe Clips $22 from Etsy vendor b.poetic

Shoe Clips $22 from Etsy vendor b.poetic

I am in LOVE with these adorable little love birds from Couture Creatures.
I am attending a very religious Jewish wedding in October and these little love birds would be perfection!

Jewish Love Birds- Cake toppers from $75 from Couture Creations

Jewish Love Birds- Cake toppers from $75 from Couture Creatures

Happy September!

So there’s a part of me that really believes that in my past life I was sitting on a piano (Madonna style in Dick Tracy) singing my little heart out with a tumbler of brandy in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I LOVE the elegance and charm that is any and all things vintage. It’s so much more fun and unique than  cookie- cutter decorations, and accessories. On this hump day I bring you some of my WED favorite vintage pieces… another good place to shop vintage.. flea markets. Weather permitted… I’m heading there this weekend. Here are some treats to hold you over until then…

 

Oval Frame pouch from Oktak (Etsy) $78

Oval Frame pouch from Oktak (Etsy) $78

 

 

Silvertone Shoe Clips from Lorel Mae (Etsy) $20

Silvertone Shoe Clips from Lorel Mae (Etsy) $20

FYI- Shoe clips instantly change a pair of shoes and an entire outfit. I adore them, and these are wonderful. Or… make your shoes your something blue.

 

Vintage Half Bow Slingbacks (8.5) from Esea (Etsy) $14

Vintage Half Bow Slingbacks (8.5) from Esea (Etsy) $14

 

Vintage Hair Accessories from Che Che Couture (Etsy) $5.50

Vintage Hair Accessories from Che Che Couture (Etsy) $5.50

 

Vintage Brush & Comb Set from Vintage Butterfly 94 (Etsy) 415

Vintage Brush & Comb Set from Vintage Butterfly 94 (Etsy) 415

Delightful Blogs Directory Member

Wedding Belles Tweets

August 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031