Jennifer & Richard’s Gold and Burgundy Nostalgic Vintage Wedding
Happy Friday! Today’s feature is *packed* with creative inspiration and lovely imagery so be ready to pin. 🙂 Jennifer and Richard are fans of classic, timeless style so they incorporated vintage-inspired elements into their celebration. Wrapped all around the theme is their love for family & friends and it showed in the personal touches – handkerchiefs embroidered with loving messages for Jennifer’s parents, old records to remember Richard’s dad by at the reception, and thoughtfully put-together nostalgic pop candy and DIY details for guests to enjoy. (They even included old school games in the centerpieces for the guests who weren’t interested in dancing!) The choice of burgundy and gold was obviously a wonderful idea as the lovely fall colors complemented their motif beautifully.
We have Carrie Guggenmos with Sur La Lune Photography to thank for the beautiful, dreamy photos. Enjoy!
Let’s about the couple and their gorgeous wedding from the lovely bride herself. Over to you, Jennifer:
Rich and I live in Louisville, KY. We met through our church small group and were friends for about a year or so before we started dating for a year and a half. Then we got engaged and married 6 months later and time keeps whizzing by! We’re almost at 4 months of marriage. In addition to his full-time job as Classroom Technology Manager at a seminary, Rich is the Editor-in-Chief at Christ and Pop Culture and I’m a social worker at a men’s residential substance abuse facility. We love our city, church, and friends and hope to stay in Louisville for the near future. 🙂
Rich and I both love classic and timeless looks, so we wanted our wedding to reflect that, as well as a bit of nostalgic/vintage themes. We picked burgundy and gold colors since our wedding was in November and used tones within those colors. I wanted our reception to have somewhat of a “bistro” feel so we had bistro lights strung up and small DIY-votives and pretty simple decorations overall over white tablecloths.
Most of our decorations were DIY by myself and other friends. We also used some of Rich’s dad’s old records for our centerpieces because he passed away last year and it was a way to remember him at our reception. I think the defining theme of our wedding was that it was more a celebration of our family and friends and their love for us than anything else.
Our wedding could not have happened without their love and support, as well as their very practical help on the day of. Our reception also stands out to us because everyone was PACKED on the dance floor –just about everybody danced, which we totally didn’t expect and made the night that much better. There was definitely a tangible joy that was evident from everybody, not just us in our newlywed bubble.
Very helpful words of advice from the newlyweds:
I would advise against the mentality that a wedding is all about the bride–it’s clearly not, because there is a groom and usually some level of family and friends involved. So plan a wedding that is conscious of the *reasonable* needs of others. On that note, either plan to hire a wedding coordinator who will do the thinking for you or be prepared to plan out things to almost the last detail, including a loose schedule for the reception. Then at least have someone for the day of to coordinate so that you or your family don’t have to answer questions on your wedding day! Two friends of ours helped coordinate the rehearsal and wedding and it was such a relief not to have to worry about details after giving them all the info. I planned a lot and stressed a lot before the wedding but on the day of I was completely calm because all the details were already planned out and I wasn’t afraid to delegate tasks to our bridal party beforehand. That being said, make sure to thank everyone in some way or other — thank you notes, giving a speech, etc.
Thank you Carrie for sending your gorgeous photos my way, and congratulations Jennifer and Richard! I wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Sur La Lune Photography
Ceremony Venue: Third Avenue Baptist Church
Reception Venue: St. Matthews Catering and Banquet Hall
Florist: Nanz & Kraft Florists
Bridal Shoot Venue: Central Park
Wedding Planner: The couple’s friend
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Salon Bacco; makeup by the Maid of Honor
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Invitations By Dawn
DJ and/or Band: Elite Signature DJs
Videographer: couple’s friends
Cake: St. Matthews Catering and Banquet Hall
Catering: St. Matthews Catering
Candy Buffet: DIY with a lot of help from Save on Crafts, Vistaprint, and Oriental Trading Company
Image submission via Two Bright Lights