Cassie & Adam’s DIY Historic Pensacola Museum Wedding with Retro Flair
Hello dear readers! I’m back from our 10-day Tokyo holiday armed with tons of origami paper, patterned masking tape, and DIY projects to share! But as I’m not done unpacking, those projects will have to wait until the coming weeks. However, I do have a retro-tastic wedding to show you today.
Meet the lovely Cassie and Adam, all sweet aboard a charming antique trolley at their wedding reception! Their DIY vintage wedding had a lot of retro flair and personal touches — peace sign lollipops, pop rings, matchbox cars, handmade paper bouquets and boutonnieres — and their venue, the Museum of Commerce, was a historic building in downtown Pensacola that was restored to look like an early 1900s city square complete with working stoplight and cable car. Adam restores classic cars and their beloved VW bus played a major role in their wedding portraits and was the inspiration for many of their details.
We have Aislinn Kate Photography to thank for this awesome submission and without further ado, here are her beautiful photos of the special day!
Let’s get to know the beautiful bride and groom a little better. Here’s Cassie with the deets:
My husband and I are both free spirits at heart. We have large families and a passion to travel. One of our shared loves is our VW bus that we proudly show off at local car shows and events. It’s also a huge part of our favorite past time of camping out at the beautiful Pensacola beaches.
How fun are their retro-themed details? There’s more to come and I think it’s best to let Cassie tell you more about the story behind their celebration:
I don’t think we had one specific theme. I knew I wanted to showcase the wonderful history of my hometown. My husband’s entire family is from Missouri and considers Pensacola a vacation spot for swimming. I wanted them to see the historical presence this town offers. We chose the Old Christ church in historic Pensacola as our ceremony site. Our reception was held at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce. We wanted his family to hear “museum” and then surprise them when they walked in. Inside the building is a recreation of one of historic Pensacola’s streets in the 1900s complete with a trolley car. From there we tried to add details that built onto the look of the room. Glass bottle cokes that featured the original bottle design, lantern centerpieces, and reclaimed barn windows were a few touches.
I wanted to feature as much of our family and individuality as possible. Upon entering the reception site we had a photo collage of photos framed in barn windows reclaimed from my uncles home in my fathers hometown. This display featured not only our photos but also our family’s weddings and childhood photos. We wanted to celebrate who we came from as much as what we were there for.
Instead of ordering flowers my husband and I spent months hand making every bouquet, boutonnière, and corsage out of paper flowers. I come from crafty family and this was one of their favorite touches.
Since we chose cupcakes instead of cake, we selected our family’s favorite flavors and topped our display with the same cake topper my husbands parents used at their wedding.
The biggest feature that made our wedding different was the inclusion of our VW bus! It was everywhere! The bus was featured in our engagement announcements, parked directly in front of the church for the ceremony, and its image was used on everything from the party favor take out boxes to the photo booth logo. Our favorite touch was our Grooms cake. The amazing Betty Weber made a 3D recreation of our bus complete with shiny headlights and our wedding date as the license plate. It was fantastic!
And now, we have some parting insights and words of advice from the bride:
I spent a great detail of time focusing on the smallest details determined to make everything perfect. Then the day came and everything that could have ruined that planning happened! It rained, we forgot SO many things at the house, I kept tripping on my dress that was the right length the day before, and the professional photo booth broke after two photos. But it didn’t matter! No matter what could have happened that day I think it would have been the most wonderful day possible. The stress is going to happen, it’s part of it. But when it gets down to the wire and the actual ceremony is starting the most important thing is your there to celebrate sharing your life with your family and friends. The bad things wash away and your left with amazing memories!
Thank you so much Aislinn for sending this very fun vintage-flavored wedding my way and congratulations Cassie and Adam! Wishing you guys a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Aislinn Kate Photography
Church: Old Christ Church
Reception: Pensacola Museum of Commerce
Grooms Cake: Betty Weber
Cupcakes: Simply Cupcakes
Flowers: homemade, made of paper
Catering: Apple Market Catering
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, handmade weddings, retro weddings, vintage weddings