There’s something so incredibly special about a bride wearing her mother’s or her grandmother’s wedding dress, wouldn’t you agree? This beautiful bride paired her grandmother’s dress with blue velvet flats and a full-length, lace-trimmed veil, and the result was nothing short of glamorous perfection. Here, the whole gorgeous celebration as captured by photographer Matt Edge.
“I did the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” says the bride. “Old: My grandmother’s wedding dress. 62 years old to be exact. No alterations done. It just fit like a glove and looked as good as the day she wore it. New: My beautiful spanish styled veil. Borrowed: I wore Alex’s mother’s pearl bracelet that was her mother’s and his stepmother’s pearl earrings. Blue: My blue velvet flats.”
Jaclyn carried a bouquet of white blooms, including roses and calla lilies, accented with almost-black privet berries.
Shares the bride: “My grandfather was a Lutheran pastor and was set to marry us at the First Lutheran Church of Fullerton. Unfortunately, he passed away six months before our wedding and having it at the church made it all the more special to honor him. The pastor of that church married us. He knew my grandfather for years and as a surprise to me, even wore my grandfather’s cross around his neck during our ceremony. “
“Our reception was held at a restaurant called Angelo’s & Vinci’s (right around the corner from the church) that we would go to to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our anniversary for years. Both venues were very sentimental to us. We wanted a more relaxed and fun wedding. And that is just what Angelo’s & Vinci’s delivered!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I knew I wanted a traditional, classic wedding. I love everything about Spanish architecture and wanted to get married in a Spanish styled church. So, that’s where I started in the whole planning process. We lucked out finding The First Lutheran Church with Spanish architecture in Fullerton. We wanted everything to be classic. Looking back 30 years from now, I didn’t want to ask: What were we thinking?! I don’t think your wedding is a time to experiment too much. I love black, white and gold and all things Art Deco as does Alex and we just decided to keep within those colors and stay simple. The restaurant is like an Italian Disneyland so we really didn’t need to do anything for the reception besides the floral centerpieces which was great!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Just seeing everyone we love and care about in one room celebrating our love was the most overwhelming feeling.
What advice do you have for other brides? My best advice is to not get blinded by the little things and remember what the day really means. If your decor doesn’t come out exactly how you imagined or if you are running a bit behind schedule just take a deep breath and remember that everyone is there to celebrate your love for one another. Stay grounded in your love.
Happy weekend, y’all! Are you getting ready for some St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Monday? I’ll be cooking corned beef for the first time, so wish me luck! Until then, take a little break from wedding planning with these fun links…
I love the way the ladies of Rad + In Love look at weddings. Their photos are full of love and emotion captured in a way that is beautiful and fun and totally unique. Melanie and Michael’s wedding is no exception, with so many sweet moments caught on camera. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the bride and groom are a fun loving pair who wanted their day to be all about friends and family – definitely take the time to read what the lovely bride wrote about the day. It’s truly inspiring.
Says the bride: “We made these little books for everyone entitled YOU YES YOU. In it we included every single guest that was in attendance. We wrote each person’s connection to us, as well as a little something about them. Some were funny, some were sweet, others were downright inappropriate. It really made people feel like they were there for an actual reason, not just another name on a guest list. It was such a huge treat to see our guests find themselves in the book and read what we wrote for them. It took us about four months to complete.” The programs also featured a red and white YES button with the instructions to “Pin this button over your heart as a symbol of support for this union.”
Shares the bride, “A great moment for me was during the vows. My bridesmaid Jenny had written a song for me years ago and when Michael began his vows, she and our brothers softly hummed the tune in harmony in the background while he spoke. It made an already emotional moment almost unbearable. In the best of ways. Also, although we wrote our own heart wrenching vows, we followed up with the traditional exchange of vows, which are so simply perfect and do not get enough credit.”
Favorite part of the day? “Right after the ceremony, we invited all of our guests to take part in the recessional, which is a Sicilian tradition. We all walked together down a big dirt road to the reception, as our brothers played the accordion and fiddle and my sister sang traditional Sicilian folk songs. It was unreal. We were there surrounded by every single guest at our wedding. The excitement and love were so thick it felt like it was propelling us forward.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Orcutt Ranch could accommodate our huge families and our tiny bank accounts. It is a city park, so at any moment a couple weekend hikers could waltz through, but the more the merrier. Also, it was super gorgeous and unpretentious as hell.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The one thing we kept coming back to was “community.” We wanted everyone there to feel like they were a part of our union. That and the song “Love Story” by Randy Newman. It essentially is a play-by-play of our wedding day, and hopefully our life.
What other music was part of your wedding day? During the ceremony, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Hello My Baby” played while guests of note processed, and Jenny O played “Sun, Moon, and Stars” while the wedding party processed. She also played “Love Story” by Randy Newman for our first dance and “Forever” by The Beach Boys for the Father/Daughter dance. Luke Rathborne played his song “Solon Town” for the Mother/Son dance. Becky Calinsky played “Old Kentucky Home” by Randy Newman while we sang it for addendum to the first dance.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?To get a day-of coordinator. Allie was indispensable. Talk about giving yourself an effing break already.
What advice do you have for other brides? 1. Get a day-of coordinator. 2. That thing you’re stressing about?… NO ONE IS GONNA NOTICE.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We, like everyone, had a tight budget. And we stayed within it. We designed our stationery and invitations – our invites literally cost us $75 total. / If you can find one vendor that you trust and that works for your budget, find all of your other vendors through them. They will lead you in the right direction. / Look into public spaces! Our venue ended up costing us $2000 for a 12-hour day. / Anywhere we could cut a corner, we did. Chairs for example: we used the same chairs from our ceremony for our reception. We just asked 10 of our male guests ahead of time if they would move the chairs after the ceremony for us. They were so happy to help and it only took them 10 minutes to move 175 chairs. Saved us over $400. / Find a small local chain to cater. Local means you can trust the quality and the people. Chain means it’s gonna be more cost-effective. Ours was Stonefire Grill. It was buffet style and it was perfect and we spent $4000. No one cared that it was BBQ.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Yes. We encouraged our guests to bring their kids. This was so important. The kids made everything light and loose and fun. Any table that had a kid at it had a big basket full of crayons, tattoos, stickers, paper, bubbles, etc. so the kids felt special. / We never left our guests. A lot of people told me to take some time after the ceremony, but we really did not need or want to. There was no grand entrance or separation between us and them. We were all in it together and it felt so right. / The other thing that made it so special was the involvement of our guests in the entire day. Our friends performed our first dance songs, my high school youth minister was our DJ, my uncle made our simple gold wedding bands, a friend did our flowers, all of my aunts and cousins brought the desserts, my 10 year old nephew and my best guy friend filmed the entire event, and we did all of the clean up. Michael and I changed into tennis shoes at the end of the night and cleaned the heck outta that place. It was so important to us to see this thing to completion. It felt great. I can’t explain it. There was something very emotional about being the last to leave, knowing that we had taken care of all of our guests, all of these people that were so important to us and had been there for us on our first day to help us take our first step.
Robyn and Dean’s sweet farm wedding feels like summer, with greenery, and sunlight, and dinner in an apple orchard. Cappy Hotchkiss (one of our Select vendors!) captured the day and shared these beautiful images with us…
Robyn shares a moment from the ceremony: “I’ve always dreamed of getting married barefoot on a hill in Tuscany. But Italy wasn’t going to happen, and knowing my father, he certainly wasn’t going to let me walk down the aisle barefoot. I stumbled across a wedding blog highlighting a foot washing ceremony. I thought the symbolism of being humbled and serving your partner was beautiful and emailed it to Dean thinking he’d say it was crazy. Turns out he loved the idea. After we said our vows, our first act as husband and wife was to wash each other’s feet. It created a special moment between just the two of us, where we could pause to focus on the commitment we were making to each other. After that, we kissed and walked down the aisle barefoot. The plush green grass between our toes and the sun shining at our backs; it was a perfect moment I will remember until I die.”
“Dean and I met while working at Charlie Trotter’s a little over 4 years ago, and we both currently work at Per Se in NYC,” says Robyn. “To us, a beautiful outdoor garden and delicious, local and organic food shared with our closest family and friends is all we really care about in life.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Nature, garden flowers, farms, Italy, dinner parties.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There are so many! Besides the classics: Wedding photos with chickens and goats. It was so much fun and perfect for who we are. They also made for some great renditions of American Gothic. A chorus of local church bells broke out in song during our service. I remember thinking money couldn’t buy that moment. Our nieces and nephews dancing around us on our first dance. They were squealing with delight and seemed almost like fairies. Lighting our wishing lantern. Dean picking me up to carry me across our yurt threshold. I started to cry because I had completely forgotten about that since I was a little girl.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Our officiant rang a Tibetan singing bowl at the beginning of the service. It was a nice way to begin the ceremony as it brought everyone’s attention to the present moment. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful sound.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I was engaged to a different man 5 years ago. We had planned a gorgeous, ballroom wedding that would make any mother and father of the bride proud, but it didn’t represent my personality at all. After going through that (and calling it off!), I realized the best wedding is one where you go with your gut. The two of you make decisions based on what speaks to you and what reflects who you are as individuals, and more importantly, as a couple.
What advice do you have for other brides? Go with your gut, and don’t second guess yourself. There are so many choices and decisions involved in wedding planning, you’ll drive yourself (and everyone else) crazy if you change your mind. We planned our wedding in three months and everything turned out better than we both imagined. Just do it! Also, my one regret was not getting a videographer, or even just asking a friend to shoot it on their iPhone.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Decide what you really have to have and what you could live without. For us, it was location, great food and wine, and photography. We spent the bulk of money on those things and pulled everything else together ourselves. DIY is a lot of work, but in the end, it reflects love and detail you can’t buy. Printing and designing my own paper goods was really easy and saved hundreds of dollars. My brother was the DJ, but he had so much fun in lugging the speaker around and was proud to do it. The challenges and stresses of the DIY projects were definitely there, but they were all overcome by love and support from friends and family members. Isn’t that what a wedding is really about anyway? A big family get together!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We spent our first night as husband and wife in a yurt, smack dab in the middle of the apple orchard. It was magical to wind through the candle lit grove at midnight while we listened to our friends still partying in the background, only to wake up surrounded by dew covered apple trees. It was just our style to “glamp” on our wedding night, and it offered such a unique and memorable experience.