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A Colorful 1950s Inspired Plantation Wedding with Shabby Chic Charm


Today’s bright and beautiful Summer wedding is for you lovers of the 1950s! We’re talking bridesmaids dresses with full tulle petticoats, a chic bridal updo, velvet sofas, a vintage Bentley getaway and the cutest 4-legged wedding guests! Full of summer shades and fun, personal details it is the sweetest celebration…..

A Colorful Shabby Chic Plantation Wedding

After a romantic proposal at the top of a mountain with views over Mt Fuji no less, creative couple Lauren & Deven set about planning their perfect day, luckily lovely bride Lauren is here to tell us all about it! “Deven and I decided to throw a vintage garden party. We found an estate that was built in the 30s and had the front and back gardens available to us. Croquet on the lawn, vintage furniture, and string lights captured the fun vintage feel we we’re going for. Our colors were fun summer tones that incorporated aqua, coral, gold and cream. 

We loved to splurge on unique details. Our favorite additions were the butterfly release during the ceremony,  popsicle vendor for cocktail hour, and the 1950s black and white Bentley for our getaway car.  We considered having a jazz band for cocktail hour but decided to save our money and go with a DJ who could play jazz instead. Our Polaroid photo bar was such a fun guest book idea.” 

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“For my dress I wanted something vintage inspired with a soft romantic feel. I wanted something unique but something at would make me feel like a bride. After 5 bridal boutiques I fell in love with my dress from Tiffanys Bridal designed by Stella York. In a blush color and dramatic illusion back it was the perfect choice for me. 

I could not imagine covering the back of my dress with a traditional veil so I opted for a vintage flower hair accessory designed by Le Flowers instead. And for my shoes I had to have the divine “Mimosa” from Rachel Simpson in Rose Gold. For the reception I changed into a pair of fun sparkly Rose Gold canvas shoes by Keds Kate Spade.”

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“It was very important to involve our dogs in our special day. Roddy and Rumple are family and we couldn’t imagine getting married without them.”

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“For the men I wanted to keep in mind that the wedding was outside and chose a more casual patterned shirt and vest combination. The tan suits complimented the aqua bridesmaids dresses and was a unique choice. “

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“I wanted the bridesmaids dresses to have a 1950s feel but customized to each lady’s personal taste.  Moonboots studios custom made their dresses and allowed each lady to choose a different neckline, sleeve length, and hem length which still using the same general sillouette and Aqua fabric.”

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Amanda Burnette brilliantly designed our florals. I asked for greenery and romantic, colorful, and unique seasonal flowers. I loved the various roses and peonies she used. My dress was blush so I wanted colors to compliment and coordinate with a palette of peach and shades of pink.

I love the unique centerpieces we collaborated on. I really wanted to use glass terrariums for half of the tables of the display and she put together larger arrangements in compotes for the other half creating a lovely compliment.”

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“We wanted a large dramatic cake with a different design on each tier to coordinately with a different flavor on each tier. My husband designed and 3D printed our cake topper. The bottom and top tier were german chocolate, 2nd tier was lemon with raspberry filling and the 3rd tier was carrot cake.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“The wedding is just one day  and an amazingly short amount of time compared to the planning before hand and the happily ever after to follow. Don’t sweat the small stuff because guests, and even you, may not even remember what you ended up choosing. If it is overwhelmingly stressful and strains relationships it’s not worth it!

Also pay for an open bar! It’s worth the splurge!”

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“After the wedding was over we had a relaxing romantic ride in our vintage car and enjoying riding through backroads on the way to out hotel. This was our first moment to be alone as a married couple and recoup after such a chaotic day.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“Beth is so talented and has such a unique perspective. Deven and I do a lot of photography projects so we searched a long time online to find the perfect photographer. We love the romantic and intimate quality of her photos and I was impressed with her  ability to photograph pets as well as her couples. When we spoke on the phone she was really excited about our ideas and we felt we were a perfect match.”

Vintage Inspired Bride & Groom with their Dog

Isn’t it 50s inspired fabulous??? Especially Lauren’s gorgeous maids! Many congratulations to the happy couple, and huge thanks to them and their lovely photographer Beth of 3 Cats Photo for letting me share their big day with you here. If you would like to see more of Beth’s work head over to her website www.3catsphoto.com, and you will find her on Facebook.

And if this mid-century inspired celebration only whet your appetite, why not take a peek at this glamorous boho-vintage glamping wedding, or this modern vintage celebration with a barn reception and you definitely won’t want to miss rockabilly wedding!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – 3 Cats Photo // Venue – Apple Blossom Plantation // Wedding Co-ordinator – Peggy Sneed (at Apple Blossom Plantation) // Floral Design –  Amanda Burnette // Wedding Cake –  David (friend of a friend) // Stationery – Minted // Catering – Apple Blossom Plantation // Popcicle Vendor – King of Pops // Vintage Furniture – Paisley and Jade // Linens & Glassware – Classic Party Rentals // DJ – Tony Hawkes // Hair & Makeup – The Studio Hair Salon // Bridal Gown –   Tiffanys Bridal, Essence of Australia – Stella York // Bridal Shoes – Rachel Simpson // Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire – Mens Warehouse // Bridesmaids – Moonboot Studios // Bridal Headpiece – Le Flowers // Butterfly Release – Vibrant Wings // Vintage Car – First Class Limo // Necklace – Poetry Jewelry // Earrings – Design by Kara // Hand Lettering – Grace Notes Lettering