Interview with Amanda Nistor: Ruffled Blog

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Q & A with Amanda Nistor, Ruffled Blog …

Ruffled was one of the first wedding blogs I fell in love with when we first started our Truly Engaging blog. I adored the vintage inspiration and the way brides were celebrating other eras with modern flavor and romantic style. I adore it to this day. That is why I’m excited to bring you Amanda Nistor, curator of Ruffled—one of the most popular wedding blogs today. Even beyond vintage inspiration, Ruffled is a site where creativity and sophistication convene in the most delightful ways.

Enjoy … as Amanda shares ideas for the vintage-inclined as well as fashion advice for grooms, plus a few details from her her own vintage wedding and more!

Ruffled was born out of a need to plan for your 1930’s inspired wedding. How did your previous experience of online marketing at a fashion magazine help with that?
It broadened my perspective on what a blog is, and everything that it can be. Working at a large fashion magazine also was a reality check on how much work is involved behind any website…

Sometimes vintage and retro are used interchangeably. Can you tell us what the difference is?
Vintage is defined by any item that is older than 20 years, but the inspiration is subjective. Retro is often used for kitschy designs, and are typically used for new items with a nod to older elements.

As a 1930’s vintage bride, what was your wedding style like? Where did you draw inspiration from?
Our wedding venue was so ornate, we took inspiration from its architecture and bold Art Deco designs. The space was so gorgeous, we didn’t need to decorate much!

If a bride feels that a vintage wedding is for her, where is the first place she should start?
You can draw vintage wedding inspiration from so many places, I especially love getting inspiration from unexpected places that aren’t wedding-related, such as architecture elements, antique furniture and jewelry and of course, old movies and magazines.

Does a guy have to be intrinsically fashionable to pull off a vintage aesthetic?
I love a tailored three piece suit, or even just a vest and dress pants . Also, a slim fit double breasted suit is a nice nod to a chic 1940s-1950s inspired wedding.

Can a vintage wedding ever be overdone?
You can’t wrong when the couple’s personality translates into their wedding, whether it’s vintage or not!

Can you give us 5-10 vintage style, design, photo or decor ideas?
Vintage pharmacy/apothecary bottles as small vases, vintage cheese crates as centerpiece containers, vintage chandelier crystal beads as escort card hang tags, vintage books as ring holders, vintage Depression glass as candle containers, calligraphy on tea stained paper for menus and place cards, white on white decor or flower arrangements, anything with a rich fabric texture such as velvet or brocade.

What is the best means to giving a modern twist to vintage inspired wedding invitations?
I love when couples take inspiration from other ephemera such as vintage signs and incorporate a few elements from it on their wedding stationery. You can also never go wrong with mixing and matching vintage designs with modern colors.

What do you love most about Ruffled and being the purveyor of all things pretty and vintage?
My favorite part about Ruffled is reading the couples’ stories and getting to look at so many amazing photos everyday. I also love the eco-friendliness of vintage, and its nod to the couples’ family history.

Fun facts about Amanda

-Do you really drink coffee all day? Just one very large cup
-What do you like to do in your spare time? Thrifting
-Favorite flower? Ranunculus
-Favorite junk food? Cinnamon Rolls from Cinnabon…yum!
-Favorite book of all time? Blink
-Morning or evening person? Morning
-Introvert or extrovert? Introvert

Thanks Amanda- for inspiring us and for the treasure trove that is Ruffled … full of real weddings, design and decor ideas and perfect for couples wanting to incorporate flavor and elegance into their wedding.


10 Fun! Engagement Session Theme Ideas

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Need help choosing a location or theme for your engagement session? Add that something extra to your save the date with a unique photo that represents your engagement session. Check out these

10 {Fun} Engagement Session Theme Ideas:


Get dolled up in the clothing of your favorite era and have a retro-themed engagement session. Use props from the time period to enhance the look and feel you’re going for. This 50′s retro shoot features an adorable couple in a malt shop {a 1950′s hotspot!}. Impeccably styled, this sesh is so cute, colorful and fun! {Browse Vintage Save the Dates}

Retro theme engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Give guests a vibe of where you live with a city engagement session. That’s what Chicagoans, Emily and Joe did… They went downtown for an awesome photo shoot amid the skyscrapers and cool neighborhoods of Chicago. From hanging out at the doughnut shop to riding the L train, these two were on the move! {Browse city skyline Save the Dates}

Chicago engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Get crazy with color and have a chalk color war! Elizabeth and Caleb had a totally relaxed engagement shoot getting messy with chalk. Their photographer wanted to capture the essence of this couple–vibrant, forgiving, fun and happy. Oh, and I’d venture to add playful to that list! {Browse Unique Save the Dates}

chalk color war engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Joe and Rachel’s snowy sesh in winter is just plain gorgeous! Don’t under estimate a winter engagement session. The muted colors of the background allow your colors to stand out. Plus, who doesn’t love snowball fights? {Browse Season Save the Dates}

rustic winter engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Chrissy and Josh went from a yogurt shop to the zoo … to playing guitar on the beach … to finally ending their engagement session in the city for a night on the town. Fun, varied and telling of their personalities, we get a great feel for who Chrissy and Josh are–perfect for sharing your love story and lifestyle with family and friends. {Browse Beach Save the Dates

engagement photos taken at multiple locations- yogurt shop, zoo, beach, downtown (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Jonathan and Victoria’s whimsical love shoot at one of Alabama’s gorgeous botanical gardens is a perfect reason to have a park engagement session. What’s in your backyard? {Here’s an article on national & state park wedding ideas}

botanical gardens engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Let the kids in you come out to play! Jessica and Barron went to a local carnival near closing time and ended of having the park to themselves. They have this vintage vibe and you could plainly see how much fun they had playing games and going on rides. {Browse Vintage Save the Dates}

vintage carnival theme engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Tisha and Larry had a flight-themed picnic engagement session. They met by chance at an airport and incorporated their first encounter into their love sesh! So clever. {Browse Hobbies and Interest Save the Dates}

flight and picnic themed engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Amanda and Theo had a really fun e-sesh that combined two themes in one: military and props. These two are clearly in love with each other–and service to their country. We love the push-up shots. So cute! {Browse Military and Service Save the Dates}

military engagement photos with props (10 e-sesh theme ideas)



Love football? Have a football themed engagment session. Get everyone in the spirit–for the team and for you! Lori and Thomas returned to their Alma Mater–where they started their engagement session with a tour of the Neyland Stadium. Browse Sports Save the Dates}

UT football themed engagement photos (10 e-sesh theme ideas)


What’s your favorite theme?



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Springtime Engagement Sesh in Seattle

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Speaking of Save the Dates, almost every photo in Tara and Kelly’s sun-soaked, springy Seattle e-sesh would look incredible on any of the large, full photo save the date designs. The expansive backgrounds are perfect for creative text overlays!

That said, Tara and Kelly began their Seattle, WA engagement session in the northwest neighborhood of Queen Anne. From there, they went to Washington Park Arboretum–where they were surrounded by nature and drenched in sun. They ended their day perfectly–with a sunset in Parson’s Garden and Kerry Park! Along with beautiful photos from Amanda Lloyd Photography, two of our fave highlights include all the gorgeousness within the arboretum and of course, Tara’s vintage 1800′s engagement ring. Enjoy!

Gorgeous spring Seattle engagement session

Couple walking along pathway in Seattle arboretum.

Couple in Seattle arboretum for their engagement session.

vintage engagement ring

Couple in Seattle arboretum for their engagement session.

Couple in Seattle arboretum for their engagement session.

Seattle, WA engagement session

Seattle engagement photos in Parson’s Garden and Kerry Park at sunset.

hands in heart shape

Engagement photo of couple at sunset in Seattle, WA Kerry Park.

Congrats Tara and Kelly.



Photographer:  Amanda Lloyd Photography
Reception Venue: Washington Park Arboretum
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Intimate, Ottawa City Hall Wedding

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We have a super sweet city hall wedding from Nicole Amanda Photography for you today! Our Canadian couple, Shermica and Dwight, were married at Ottawa City Hall and their fall nuptials also included their portraiture at nearby Confederation Park. Looking mighty handsome, Dwight wore a purple vest and tie to complement his gray suit. And carrying a small bouquet of lavender roses and baby’s breath, Shermica looked incredibly lovely in her floral hairpiece, darling short lace dress, and purple pumps. After pictures in the park, Shermica and Dwight gathered with family and friends for a small lunch at Courtyard Restaurant.

Getting married at city hall? Be inspired! Enjoy!

Bride and Groom in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom at Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom at their Ottawa City Hall wedding

wedding ring exchange at City Hall wedding

Ottawa City Hall wedding

Groom, Groomsmen lifting up Bride at Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom after Ottawa City Hall wedding

small bouquet of lavender roses and baby's breath

Bride and Groom sitting on a bench in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall Wedding

Bride and Groom in Ottawa's Confederation Park

Bride and Groom at Courtyard Restaurant after their City Hall Wedding

Bride and Groom at Courtyard Restaurant after their city hall wedding


If a small and local wedding is more your thing, check out this resource article and download the printable pdf of wedding venue ideas–from city hall to a botanical gardens.



Photographer:  Nicole Amanda Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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