I spent the day yesterday packing up most of our apartment, so I wasn’t able to get up the inspiration board that’s sitting half finished on my desktop. Hopefully this beautiful (and totally DIY) wedding will make up for it. Susan and Jesse were married in November in a private ceremony, followed by a reception full of fabulous vintage details.

Says bride, Susan: We did the vast majority of the work on our own. I stayed up late
making the bouquets after our florist went in for a surgery. Jesse‘s mom
took care of the boutonnieres.

The bridesmaids all wore authentic 1920s dresses.

I made the dress from something old and something new. The lace portion of was taken from a dress from the early 1910s (purchased from Timeless Vixen at the Vintage Clothing Expo in Los Angeles. I deconstructed the dress, and stitched the lace to a French tulle dress (made by St. Patrick), which I also altered. I found the tulle dress on clearance at a Bridal shop a few blocks from my house, and it was perfect!

We wanted to avoid traditional colors and themes, and we also wanted to be as economical as possible. We thought the best way to get what we wanted was to do what we like, and punch it up. We were able to use a lot of the things we already owned, antiques, frames, easels, etc.

We hired our friend to DJ for us at the reception, and also used an antique phonograph for the music. It was great to have our friends and family involved, and we appreciated all of their help.

Ceremony venue: LDS Temple in Logan, Utah

Reception venue: Salt Lake Hardware Building in Salt Lake City

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Can you believe that Susan made her own dress?! Beautiful. Thank you to Susan and Jesse for sharing their lovely wedding with us, and thank you of course to Duston Todd for sending over these wonderful pics. You can see even more from this wedding over on Duston’s blog.

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A couple of weeks ago I got a package in the mail with no fewer than 15 invitation samples from Minted, and every single one of them was a treat to open. Minted has just launched 145 new wedding invitations, and each one comes with the option of adding coordinating details, like slide-in envelope liners, wrap-around envelope labels, and (my favorite) patterning on the back of the invites (appropriately called “backers”). Even better? The new suites are competitively priced, starting at $147 for 50 invitations.

{cocktail hour}


{charming go lightly}

{modern tweed}

One of the coolest things about Minted is their design community and design challenges – I was actually a guest judge for their very first wedding invitation design challenge! Independent designers from all over the world compete to have their designs carried by Minted – it’s such a great way to keep their assortment of styles fresh and unique. Whether you’re having a destination beach wedding or an urban black-tie affair or something in between, you’re bound to find a design that suits your wedding style.

left {pear nouveau}
middle {whirly dot}
right {bloom}

left {block print waves}
right {destination}

left {willow tree}
right {you & me}

left {julia}
right {oak tree}

To celebrate the launch of these stylish new designs, they’re offering free backers for the entire assortment of wedding invitations, as well as three free samples for those of you still in the earlier stages of planning. If you haven’t already, this is the perfect time to check out all the excited new things going on at Minted!

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Project Wedding is chock full of inspiration and ideas for just about any type of wedding you can imagine. Browse through hundreds of real weddings, as well as plenty of DIY projects, and find just what you’re looking for…

A farm wedding in New York, shot by Jen Huang.

Mexican and Indian cultures come together in this beautiful wedding, shot by Elizabeth Messina.

Some of my favorite bloggers are regular contributors to Project Wedding’s growing catalog of DIY projects. Wheatgrass centerpieces and a lilac bouquet are just the tip of the iceberg. Hop over to Project Wedding and see what inspires you!

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