Happy Monday everyone! I definitely recommend starting off your week with this vintage eclectic wedding from Basia Mille Photography. The details are phenomenal, and no single detail was overlooked. It’s full of some excellent inspiration if you’re wanting a vintage wedding! And keep an eye out for some insight from the bride, Brittany- she has some great advice!
What or who helped you most in your planning process?
Besides lots of help from my husband, my mom was the most important person in the planning process. She does interior design and decor work and I studied art, so it was our dream come true to get to do a project together! We talked several years ago about how I’d want a vintage-inspired wedding someday, long before the look became popular and my mom and I are both lovers of old things, so we knew exactly where we’d pull the look from. We have very similar taste, so it was so great collaborating together. We couldn’t wait to share ideas with each other literally every day throughout the planning process, as I live in DC and she is in Florida, where the wedding took place. Because of the distance, my mom ended up dedicating much of her life to helping me work on the wedding details and I don’t think I can ever thank her enough for all she did!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with?
The most important thing I looked for in a vendor was someone who really understood my vision and felt like a good fit for my personality. Though vintage-inspired weddings have been popular in larger cities for the last few years, I feel like the look is really just starting to make it to the West Florida wedding scene. I really didn’t want a formal look. I wanted the wedding to just be fun and casual. Fortunately, all the vendors I choose completely understood what I was going for! I spent a lot of time before meeting with any vendors creating a “look book” with hundreds of images of the type of design I wanted and brought it to all my appointments. I found it really helpful for communicating my ideas to them, and I think the vendors appreciated it as well.
Did any of your vendors do anything special for you?
One of my favorite parts of the day was finding a few photos of my husband and I taken that were after our ceremony. I found them in my email as we were driving back to Tampa after our ceremony in Orlando. David, our photographer, managed to find time to send us a couple of beautiful photos of us that afternoon before our reception and it just made us even more excited about the rest of the day’s events. It was such a nice surprise!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I think my favorite thing about the wedding was getting to see the final product after months of work and getting to enjoy it with my husband and all of our family and friends. It was so nice when the wedding day finally came and my husband and I got to just spend a day celebrating together instead of working on yet another wedding project. I’m pretty detail-oriented (maybe even a little obsessive!) and had a very defined vision in my head for the reception. I’ve probably watched the movie “Father of the Bride” a hundred times since I was a little girl and had always dreamed of a beautiful, tented reception, just like the one in the movie. My mom and I worked to incorporate lots of personal touches and use tons of our favorite vintage items that we’ve had around for years, and the reception was just as I’d always imagined it in my head- a relaxed, backyard bash full of pretty vintage details.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I think my best advice is to just enjoy the journey of wedding planning and try to stay as relaxed as possible. Accept help offered to you by your family and friends. Let your fiance help you plan- they want to feel useful! Realize that not every little thing is going to turn out perfect and expect snags here and there- it’s not likely anyone will even notice! I do wish now that I had not stressed as much over certain small details in the days leading up to the wedding. DIY weddings are a ton of work, so keeping yourself very organized is absolutely essential. And just try to savor every moment of the wedding day because it flies by so fast!
Thank you for all of your insight Brittany! And thank you to David of Basia Mille Photography for sharing this wedding with us! The decor and inspiration is awesome!
So now I’m curious- how many of you are having a vintage style wedding? It was really popular last year, but it seems like it’s not quite as popular now. Tell me tell me! :)
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photography: Basia Mille Photography | Bouquets/Personal Flowers: Fishhawk Weddings | Catering: Catering By Design | Invitations: A Printable Press | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Cupcakes: Mmmm Delicious Cupcakes | Rentals: Great Rentals | Event Design: Maurina Biliter/Kenzie B Designs & Deborah Landis | Bride’s Dress: La Sposa- custom | Hair & Makeup: Laura Eaton | Favors: Botanical Paperworks | Sparklers: SparklersOnline.com
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