Sneak Peek: DIY Southern Vintage Wedding

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There is so much lovely to Travis and Mandy’s DIY southern vintage wedding, we’re taking two days to unpack the loveliness. Today is a behind the scenes tour–from attire to the DIY décor. Tomorrow … their full wedding feature.

Travis and Mandy were married at the Historic Jasmine Plantation near Richmond, VA. Their wedding colors were mostly dark purple and sunflower but they also used lots of browns, greens and champagne. Mandy wore an exquisite champagne-colored dress with a beaded bodice and ruffled bottom {more on that later!}. Jamie Jansen of Jamie J Photography is the talented photographer behind the beauty and MagnetStreet Weddings had the honor of being their stationer and printing their save the dates, invitation suite and thank you cards.

As you’ll soon see, their casual southern style and vintage vibe is creatively woven throughout their entire wedding. Mandy, an event planner herself, made and decorated almost everything herself. And here she is to walk us through the decor and DIY elements.

DIY Vintage Southern Wedding sneak peek

bride getting ready photos

groom getting ready photos

First Look …

First Look photo

“My dress was my absolutely favorite! It was an Allure dress that had a sweetheart neckline and A-line bottom. It was not anything I pictured myself getting married in but I fell in love with it. It was actually the very first dress I tried on and after three more bridal appointments at different stores, I had to go back and get that dress. It had a lace top with “craziness” at the bottom. My favorite part was that it was a champagne color. It was by far the darkest dress on the racks but that went perfect with my “southern vintage” wedding theme.

wedding gown and fabric bouquet

I wore cowboy boots for my shoes. They were brown cowboy boots with a purple inlay design to match my wedding colors. All of my bridesmaids wore different purple colored strapless bridesmaids dresses with cowboy boots. My flower girl also wore cowboy boots with a purple tutu and yellow shirt (I knew I could never find a flower girl dress in my champagne color dress so a friend made a tutu for her to wear).

 Wedding dress and purple cowboy boots

Vintage and fabric bouquets. The friend who made my veil, hair flower, and flower girl’s tutu, also made the fabric bouquets for myself and my 7 bridesmaids. My bouquet was made of lace, burlap, and purple and champagne fabric flowers. The stem of the bouquet was wrapped in lace with a lace bow and included a locket of a picture of my older brother who died of cancer when he was 5 and I was 4. My bouquet also included vintage brooches and earrings from my mother and my two grandmothers which accounted for my “something old” and “something blue” in that old saying. My bridesmaids also had fabric bouquets but included more yellow and green–but without the brooches.

vintage wedding bouquet wrap

bridesmaids bouquets

DIY decor: ceremony bows, ceremony programs, all the signs (chalkboard, wooden, reserved, etc.), centerpieces, bouquets, burlap chair sashes, photo booth.

I made the photo booth hanging from the tree, my mother made all the centerpieces, mason jar flower arrangements at the ceremony site and the reception, the boutonnieres and corsages for the groomsmen and all the family, and other odds and ends like the flower girl basket and the cake cutting knife and server.

DIY wedding photo booth

historic Jasmine Plantation

DIY Programs table

Memoriam table

Southern Vintage Wedding Attire

The chalkboard signs. The chalkboard signs were spray painted and put together by my mom and I and written by my bridesmaids.

Almost everything you see in the decorations is something that either myself, my mom, my step mom, or my bridesmaids made or put together. We decorated for 3 straight days for this wedding and everything turned out better than I could ever imagine.

DIY ceremony and reception decor

groomsmen sitting on a porch

DIY chalkboard signs and mason jars

DIY welcome sign

Hand painted parasols The parasols hanging from the reception tent, the “thank you” parasol, and the parasol I held in front of my face before reaching the aisle were hand painted by myself and my bridesmaids,

DIY hand-painted parasols

DIY parasols on the ceiling

wedding cake

unique wedding ring shot

The wedding invitation. Mandy and Travis personalized Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation design in their wedding colors.

Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation by MagnetStreet

And your invitation ya’ll … to come back tomorrow…

See you tomorrow to see the rest of Mandy and Travis’ gorgeous southern vintage wedding!

DIY wedding signs


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Artsy, Relaxed, Engagement Sessions

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It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Virginia when Emery and Benjamin set out to have their engagement photos taken in two different locations within their hometown city. The first session was in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom–inside a graffiti-filled abandoned building. With Emery and Benjamin being a fan of the arts, this area and location was the perfect spot for them.

Richmond engagement photography

mural in engagement photos

artsy engagement photos

historic neighborhood of Richmond, VA , engagement photos

Richmond, VA engagement photography

The second location was in Richmond’s Carillon neighborhood. “Emery and Benjamin wanted this part of the shoot to be more stylized and fun so we created a “winter picnic”. With a picnic blanket and a few (root) beers in hand, Emery and Benjamin strolled through the park and settled on top of the Carillon stairs to drink and talk while enjoying each other’s jokes and kisses” said Photographer, Jeffrey Ocampo.

Picnic engagement session

Congrats Emery and Richard!

What’s your favorite type of engagement session? Rural? Urban? Modern? Artsy? Rustic?


Photographer:  Jeffrey Ocampo Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Unique Proposal + DIY Scrapbook Idea

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Courtney & Casey were high school sweethearts.

Creative and artistic, Casey’s proposal was a reflection of that in the DIY scrapbook he made for Courtney. The book was filled with images and memories of the two of them from when they first met until the present. Most books end with a blank page or the words, “The End” – for these two, the last page represented a new beginning: Casey proposed by inscribing the words “Marry me” and tying the ring to the last page. So sweet and unique!

unique proposal idea

DIY "Will you marry me?" scrapbook

rustic engagement photo inspiration

Congratulations Casey and Courtney. We wish you all the best!

Photographer:  Crystal Stokes Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Beat the Heat! 3 Hot Ways to Keep Guests Cool

Categories Ceremony + Wedding Stationery

It appears we’ve officially entered the dog days of summer: The sun is high, the heat is fierce—and the deodorant is working overtime!

A few weeks ago I attended an outdoor wedding ceremony for a dear old college friend. As beads of sweat dripped down the back of my neck, and my legs plastered themselves to the chair, I tried my best to keep my focus on my friend, the beautiful bride, as she recited her vows to her now husband. However, I’m not going to lie: it was hard. I was hot, sweaty–and distracted.

Outdoor ceremonies are romantic, fun, modern…but they can also be one other thing: HOT!  This got me wondering: What can a bride and groom do to keep their guests cool, comfortable, and focused on the ceremony?

Here are Three Hot Ways to Keep Guests Cool:

Idea #1: Program Fans

Wedding Program Fans

Program fans are beautiful multi-taskers: they not only keep guests cool, but they also keep them informed about the order of your service. And, since program fans can be personalized to match your wedding colors, fonts, etc., they also give you one more way to express your creativity and accent your wedding theme. Guests can fan themselves as they follow along to your ceremony—a program perk they’re sure to appreciate. :)


Idea #2: Personalized Water Bottles

Personalized Water Bottle Labels

When temps are high and humidity flares up, you know what they say: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! To keep guests perky (not parched), hand out bottles of water as they sit down for the ceremony. Water—and specifically, water bottles—are great because they are plastic and have caps, so you don’t have to worry about stains, slippery spills, or broken glass (none of which is on your “dream wedding” list, I’m guessing).

For fun, you can jazz up your H2O with personalized water bottle labels (like the ones above). These labels are made with waterproof vinyl, so the ink won’t bleed through from condensation. You can personalize the colors to match your wedding theme, and the text can be changed to whatever you want, too: monograms, your wedding date, or even a cute caption or quote.


Idea #3: Sunglasses 

Colorful Sunglasses - Photo by Drew B Photography

Most of the time I love my blue eyes—except when I’m outdoors, when the sun’s rays practically render me blind. The squinty-eyed look is never attractive (or comfortable). Why not spare your fair-eyed guests the discomfort by passing out sunglasses before they sit down. Plastic, colorful glasses are a fun way to accent your wedding colors and theme, but you could also find quirky shades at thrift shops and such.

The great thing about sunglasses is that they can double as wedding favors, too: You could tie a wedding favor tag to them and personalize it with a special note of thanks. Guests will appreciate the fashion-meets-function aspect of their wedding favors, too. :)

I’d love to hear from other brides, grooms, and even wedding guests: Did you hand out, or receive, something helpful for your hot, outdoor wedding ceremony? Do you have additional ideas on how to keep guests cool? Feel free to share!


Happy Friday,

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings


For allowing us to use their photography … much thanks to:

Colorful sunglasses on ceremony chairs - Drew B Photography


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