Vintage Inspired DIY Wedding in Utah :: Susan & Jesse

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.



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.







Mountain West

Vendor Credits

Photography: Duston Todd / Ceremony venue: LDS Temple in Logan, Utah  /Reception venue: Salt Lake Hardware Building in Salt Lake City / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss


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  • camillempurpura says:

    This is just the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! I can't believe she made the dress! And she looks STUNNING in it too :))
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.

  • DapperPaper says:

    she looks STUNNING. I cannot believe she made that dress. It's so lovely.
    I loved that they used a lot of things from home and didn't want a "color palette". It's very original and personal.

  • rococococious says:

    Absolutely gorgeous all around!

    Now someone tell us where that bridesmaid's earrings came from! :)

  • Elle says:

    Love how vintage and darling her wedding dress was… so much more fabulous than the classic plane jane A-line that you see both coming from designers and en masse at David's Bridal and similar stores….

  • Amelia says:

    LOVE THIS! i adore her dress, jacket & headband. and i especially love the photo with her italian greyhound!

  • Masha says:

    I'm amazed. 1920s style is one of my favourites and if I could have another wedding (same man :) )I would go for that theme.
    Her dress is absolutely gorgeous!

  • says:

    This style is amazing and that dress so beautiful..very creative wedding!

  • Jill says:

    She looks gorgeous! I'm so jealous of people who can pull off going totally vintage.

  • Amanda says:

    wow, this is so pretty!!! i would totally do this as one of my many "wedding redos" great post!! lots of good ideas in there!

  • bonafidebride says:

    I am surely a sucker for rustic weddings, but I must say that this wedding stole my heart. I adore the bouquet in the first picture, and I cannot believe Susan made her own dress! She certainly puts my DIY skills to shame…

  • Rachel says:

    Where do those bridesmaid earrings come from? They're amazing!

  • Emma says:

    beautiful! i love her dress and flowers. i am always so amazing by dyi weddings, i could never do it!!

  • heatherly2410 says:

    That's my temple! I love the versatility of that building, the variety of styles that it's classic look can accomodate, and the sense of heritage it carries that can inspire incredible occasions like this. And the temple is always the most important part.

  • Edera Jewelry says:

    What a beautiful wedding–the bride's dress is gorgeous!


    I'm in love with the bride's dress and the bridesmaid's earrings… fabulous!!

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