Shauna and Eric were married Old Newhall Barn in Newhall, Calif. on October 13. “I loved how it fit into my vintage, rustic look,” Shauna said. “Plus, it was in our backyard and very special to my husband!” The bride wore a custom designed wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a sparkly gray sash and “something blue” peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white bow tie and initialed cufflinks. “Our first look, I was so nervous because it was like meeting him for the first time again,” she said. Inside the barn, fabric draped from the ceiling’s wooden beams and mason jar candles hung from the walls during the ceremony. Tables were then decorated with burgundy linens, lace, and silhouette pictures during the reception. Notice it served double-duty? If dinner wasn’t enough, the dessert display was! Guests could pick and choose between lollipops, pumpkin pies, apple pie pops, chocolates, cookies, and taffies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a 1950s Hudson automobile with a “Just Married” sign hand painted on the back window along with soda cans trailing from behind. Not to mention the sea of sparklers too! Their best advice: “Hire a wedding planner!” Shauna said. “At least for the day of. It’ll make everything run smoothly.”
We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Kara-Marie wrote in with the following request:
I’m looking for a 1950′s inspired strapless multi-layered lace gown with matching jacket…I dream of looking like my grandmother did on her wedding day, If I had the money I would recreate her dress specifically!
Luckily for Kara-Marie, many designers created gowns with retro-inspired flair this season. While she didn’t mention if she’s looking for a tea-length style (typical for 1950s wedding dresses) or not, we included some here. And you’ll notice that not all of these styles are strapless – we thought an illusion neckline might be a good (and era-appropriate!) coverage option, as well.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We originally wanted the look and feel of an old house, but we were having a hard time finding one that could accommodate all of our guests. When we stumbled upon the Highlands Ranch Mansion by accident, we knew it would be perfect.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Ceremony: We put very little emphasis on the ceremony during the planning process, but you can’t plan the feeling you get standing up in front of your friends and family and tying the knot. 2. Photography: The day goes by in such a blur, but having amazing images to remind you of the details helps bring it all back into focus. 3. Atmosphere: A big spooky mansion a few days after Halloween, must we say more?
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
The best advice we can give is to ignore most of the advice you are given. While family and friends have great ideas and intentions, it’s important to remember that it is your wedding. The details that are important to you should be there.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
There was a moment right after the ceremony, walking up the driveway to the mansion when we looked at each other, exclaimed “We’re married!” at the same time and laughed the rest of the way to the mansion. Those grins didn’t leave our faces for the rest of the night.
It’s never too early to start planning your spring or summer wedding! Become inspired by this modern style shoot that incorporates a mint green and melon color palette along with a variety of floral arrangements and unique retro 1960s details. And, if you’re thinking of wearing two different dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, there are two pretty dresses to swoon over!