Vintage Rustic Romantic Affair

Image from Style Me Pretty.
Image Style Me Pretty
Image from Style Me Pretty

This beautiful and delicate wedding is perfect for the city girl who loves being a little bit country. Yep, that is me. I love strolling through the oak groves in Southern California. This wedding reminds me of Socal Country Chic. And I totally recognize the location.

The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, is an Appalachian home transported to Southern California wine country. When I first got engaged I inquired about this place thinking it would be perfect. And it was, but at the time the rental fee was a bit high. But, having known now what I know: most place are the same, I would have gone ahead and booked.

I love the way the tablescape is decorated with tea cups, birch wood table numbers, red and white straws. It is perfect for my peach color schemes and my vintage vibe. So much rustic ambiance! So much country flavor! A just perfect romantic affair! Perfect inspiration!


Rustic Boho

Image from Style Me Pretty.

I love this rustic bohemian-theme photo shoot from Style Me Pretty. It is inspired from a wedding palette of soft browns, wheat, pinks and greens. I totally adore subtleties that make it a little bit Western (it is inspired by Austin, after all) such as the fringed scarf and cotton plants. The feel is not overly Southwestern or overly down-home-country. No cacti or comfort food. The result is an elegant wedding that is vintage, romantic, and earthy!

As I begin trying to think more about my own table scape I am struck by the font on the burlap sacks and the added doilies to the table numbers. It all feels very Parisian in Texas! J’adore, Cowgirls! LOL.

Image from Style Me Pretty.

That gets me wondering, Boho Brides. Are there two themes that you want to incorporate for your wedding? Perhaps they are from the get-go opposite styles?

Way back when I was trying to identify my theme I was tossing around the idea of a retro vibe of Polynesian and Parisian. Think of the Hawaiian restaurant Roy mixed with the Las Vegas’s Paris hotel buffet: Rib eye steaks with teriyaki sauce (my favorite combo), crab legs, Nicoise salad, macadamia nut cupcakes (imagine with a pink orchid) and bananas foster. That one didn’t take, a little too customized–right!

Brooklyn Bride BAM

A few weeks ago I attended my very first bridal event. Why did I go? Why not? I didn’t have much else to do. I had been spending way too much time on the computer and was feeling the need to get out. But why else did I go? Because they advertised that they had a focus on tablescapes. I thought, “This was what I need!” I had no idea about how to decorate our tables. This could be my needed inspiration. And well, it turned out to be so!

Image from 100 Layer Cake

When I first entered the space I saw exactly what I came for: tables set up two different ways. One side was for the vintage-loving bride (me) and the other was for the modern gal (not so much me!). I was really inspired by the use of gold, pinks and aqua. The menu cards were hand drawn with glitter lettering (how’d they do that!!). And the retro pink coconut cake was just so Marie Antoinette cool.

Image from 100 Layer Cake

The only bummer was that this was the extent of the tablescapes. Darn! Just one?! It took me two hours to get there from New Jersey. In total it took me only 20 minutes inside looking at stuff, talking to vendors–but this vintage tablescape was worth it..right?

Personal photo

After cruising around on 100 Layer Cake, I noticed that they posted pictures from the event. Have a look and which do you prefer? To the left is Modern and to the right is Vintage. Below is a picture I took myself of another beautiful bouquet that inspired me. It was at a vendor’s station advertising calligraphy arranged by Bloom Floral (I think).

If you are thinking about attending a bridal event–go for it! It really does help to go see things in-person and talk to people in the business. At the bottom is the real reason to go–the perks! Lots and lots of samples. I was on such a sugar high when I left it was spectacular. Truffles, cheese, cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes, chocolate, cupcakes! Mmmm…yum! I received a number of follow up phone calls from people. But since I am not having my wedding around here it really limits what I need help with. I wish I could take up any of those cupcake vendors ;-}

Kumquat Bakery

The Frock – Vintage

I love history. I love books. I love legacy.

I have been toying with the idea of wearing a vintage gown because I love the notion of wearing something that another woman wore with such excitement. As if this inanimate object gets even more and more happier, blessed, beautiful with each person wearing it. Other reasons why to buy a vintage gown: knowing that there will not be hundreds of brides wearing your dress and the ability to choose from a wide variety of styles (from Victorian to Edwardian to Deco to Flapper).

The Frock, an online vintage dress boutique, is a fun place to start “thinking” about a vintage dress. They have a great buyer so it is easy to explore well designed dresses and get your first exposure to the different decades.

A little pricey (they do offer layaway!) but if you are interested in a truly authentic vintage gown by a well known designer this is your place!

Vintage Wedding Resource


Recently The Knot launched “Vintage Weddings by The Knot” –your go-to resource for everything vintage! Founded by Emily Jane, a boho bride looking to match her “indie” personality with her love of everything vintage, this site offers ideas, recommendations, and –the BEST part–discussion boards to help you plan your day with others brides who share your interests. This is the place to go when you are searching for vendors who have a vintage-like quality to their work or who actually use vintage equipment. Search through their repertoire of photographs to get inspired by contemporary weddings that have a vintage flair or look at actual weddings from past eras.