Vintage Inspired Weddings
A Vintage Americana Wedding with Historical Charm
If you thought the styled shoot I shared to end the week last Friday was lovely (you can take a peek here if you missed it) then you are going to love today’s vintage Americana wedding from Abigail Bobo Photography! With a similarly rustic feel and simple palette of ivory and green, with just hints of colour here and there, it is intimate, romantic and oh so chic……
After it played an important part in their romance, Stephanie & Alex had only one place in mind when they got engaged – Nashville! And they found the perfect venue for history buff Stephanie and Americana loving groom Alex – Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage! A grand mansion on grounds that also houses the quaintest little Church built in 1823, the ideal location for the intimate celebration this DIY loving couple had in mind.
I’m going to hand you over to Abigail Bobo, who was there to capture it all, for the details “This story starts three years ago when Alex and Stephanie met in NYC on a fishing trawler. They fell in mutual love on the salty deck. Alex tells the story best… ‘Stephanie and I met on a fishing boat. My friend bought a groupon to go fishing and had an extra ticket. He called me and told me I had 3 minutes to get ready and make the trip. I was planning on sleeping in that day but I am really really happy I took that call and got on that boat.’
A couple of years later, they got iced in during a vacation to Nashville. The pair fell in love with the city and decided to host a unique destination wedding to share their love of Nashville with their favorite people. Stephanie is a menswear designer for Swiss Army and wove together beautiful details, including a scavenger hunt of Nashville, hand-lettered invitations, cross stitch decorations, vintage flags, hand-written magnolia place cards… Alex is a lover of Americana and provided a surprise groomsman in an American flag suit, vintage record table numbers and Andrew Jackson penny press boutonnieres. However, what truly sets this day apart is Alex and Stephanie themselves. They are kind, warm and hilarious people who take nothing seriously but having a great time with the people that they love!”
“We started without any “colors” for our wedding besides the blue sky and the green earth. We researched the history of our venue Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and started collecting as much Andrew Jackson memorabilia as we could, Wheaton Glass bottles, antique campaign pins, vintage pennants, as well as dozens of candelabras, doilies, etc. ”
“I created the invitations by using seed paper (when planted it sprouts flowers) and calligraphy letters mimicking Jackson’s handwriting inviting guests to his home for “Martellimony.” All invites had ‘Hermitage’ and Andrew Jackson stamps (collected off ebay) Our wedding programs doubled as old-fashioned fans to fight off the heat in the historical church.”
“Cross-stitch hoops were used with lace and bells to make homemade tambourines for the big kiss during the ceremony. I also filled them with vintage doilies and embroidered them to make a fun piece of wall art with “HOLLER AND SWALLER” (aka: ‘cheers’) and other wedding party phrases.”
“I wore a simple boatneck duchess satin dress with buttons down the entire length of the back, a blush train, and a repurposed leather belt I borrowed from my husband. I made my own veil. Simplicity was important to me.”
“Alex wore a denim shirt and chambray tie (in homage to my time as a denim designer when we first met) with a navy suit and pressed penny boutonniere. It was important to him to be able to dance wild and free! The bridesmaids chose their own blush dresses, while the groomsmen wore oxford chambray suits….well, most of them did!”
“Our menu was a take on upscale BBQ and our bar featured all local Tennessee whiskies & moonshines. We used tea-stained American flags stitched to sticks for the sendoff at the end of the night.”
“We met on a boat, so there were a few boat references hidden throughout the wedding on napkins and with a large gold pirate ship we found while antiquing in Nashville.”
A huge congratulations to the newlyweds Stephanie & Alex, wishing you a lifetime of happiness! A big heartfelt thankyou too, to them and to their wonderful photographer Abigail Bobo for not only capturing their day so perfectly, but also for allowing me to publish it here on Chic Vintage Brides. Do pop across to her website www.abigailbobophotography.com, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram, to see more of her work.
And if you’re as smitten with this historical affair as I am, why not take a peek at this enchanting Garden wedding, or this modern vintage beauty with an elegant barn reception and you definitely won’t want to miss this intimate celebration full of rustic vintage charm! You will find all of these, and lots more by clicking here.
Photography ~ Abigail Bobo Photography
Event Design ~ The Bride – Stephanie Martell
Floral Design: Greenfinch Floral Design
Coordination ~ Bonnie Hix
Catering ~ Two Fat Men Catering
Venue ~ Hermitage Home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee