A Thousand Threads

Tag: vintage

Did you say that summer is almost over?

a thousand threads

Because my skin didn’t get the message.

To tell you the truth, even when I’m super tan, I’m really not.  My mother would call it my beautiful “porcelain skin.”

Nice spin, mom.  Way to make the little lady feel a little better while she slathers on that sunscreen.

Well played.

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Jacket: J. Crew / Tank Top: aerie, similar / Shorts: J. Crew / Necklace: vintage

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a hoarder.

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When it comes to my closet, I have some real hoarder tendencies.

No matter how many times I sort and toss, there are always a few (dozen) things I know I’ll never wear, but I will also never throw away.

I can’t.

Some are sentimental, some are just plain cool (somehow, someday, I swear I’ll find a use for them) and some, well okay some just don’t have any explanation at all. But they’re there… and they’re never going away.

One day I’ll be tragically smothered under a crushing pile of vintage slips and cowboy boots…

“She couldn’t stop,” they’ll say, “We always knew it would get out of hand.”

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Anyway… I was pretty sure this dress was destined to remain in the second category forever… hanging there, staring at me… daring me to figure it out.

But this past weekend I finally had the eureka moment I was looking for.

The key is really the belt… because without it, I think this vintage Jams dress (that if I’m going to be really honest, I think I’ve had since I was 12) is one very small step away from a muumuu.

Once I found the right belt, the rest seemed to flow pretty naturally, and really, after figuring it all out… I’m a little lost as to why I’ve found it so tough to style in the past!

I’m kind of inspired to tackle the rest!

Because of course, wearing them all is much more realistic than throwing them away… even the boots that are two sizes too small.

Don’t judge.

Dress: vintage / Jacket: EmersonMade, similar / Belt: similar / Shoes: similar / Necklace: similar

{Real Weddings} Martin & Nina

This super fun German couple worked hard to make sure their day was a perfect representation of themselves, and nobody else… even shunning the idea of a traditional wedding cake in favor of mincemeat pie!

I couldn’t possibly say it better than the bride, so I’ll let her tell you all about their beautiful DIY day…

Get married? No way! Should it still happen some day, then by no means in a white wedding dress. That was my staunch and constant conviction. But then finally came my dream prince, and the dream wedding followed.

In our relationship things are a bit different. The proposal was not made in the traditional way by my boyfriend, but by myself. For the two of us it was clear from the outset that we were going to have a big wedding party – with all our good friends and the entire family. We started planning our wedding two years in advance by opening a “wedding account.” Initially that was all.

We did not want to have our party in a city venue but somewhere in the countryside and so we quickly opted for the cozy Café del Sol, which is situated near the Rhine in an idyllic nature reserve. The owner’s last name was “Sunshine,” and so of course we decided in favor of his place.

… We started collecting old vases: big, small, medium-sized, simple, trashy, broken or still intact. It did not matter. We only wanted them to have charm and fit the occasion. At best they were meant to give our guests a feeling of having a history of their own. We also collected all sorts of empty bottles: wine bottles, champagne bottles, ketchup bottles. We decorated them with bright ribbons, roses and laces. Additionally we filled marmalade jars with brightly colored lemonade tablets.

… Despite rainy weather it became the most beautiful day in our lives.

… Though my husband and I are quite sweet, we did not want a sweet wedding cake. Knowing our meat-loving friends, we wanted to delight them with something more solid: a minced meat pie with onions. Many of our guests told us afterwards that the pie was THE highlight of the evening.

I think our wedding was a real success.

Photographer: Britta Schunck / Venue: Café del Sol / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Engel & Helden / Groom’s Hair: Oliver Undorf / Dessert: Café del Sol / Flowers: DIY / DJ: Rainer Lucas / Veil and Headpieces: DIY / Rings: Trauringschmiede Düsseldorf / Jewelry: Heirloom / Schuhe Braut: Siemes / B.A. Star / Groom’s Suit: Peek & Cloppenburg / Groom’s Shoes: Lloyd / Stationery: DIY by the Groom (Matteng.de) / Button Machine: Ever Green

{Real Weddings} Taylar & Neal’s BC Bash

Taylar and Neal were married on a sunny November day in Langley, BC, in an intimate affair at Murrayville Hall.  The wedding was filled with handmade touches, including paper flowers the bride made from old sheet music, and the bride and groom chose to take a lot of their shots at the gorgeous and so perfectly vintage Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast.

Photographer: Danielle Dobson Photo / Reception Venue: Murrayville Hall / Accommodation: Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast

{Real Weddings} Katie & Brett’s Handmade Celebration

I love this bride and groom’s description of their wedding even more than I love each and every handmade detail.  Their words and wedding are the perfect representation of everything I’ve been feeling lately.  I’m so happy they sent this my way!

We wanted our wedding to feel like home. A place for our guests to kick off their shoes and celebrate the love we have for each other. Everything was hand made, home baked, and even borrowed from our families homes. Every single part of our wedding was a generous gift of time, skill and love from all of our favorite people. What we wanted most from our day was to have a great time with each other. To dance, eat, and drink with the people we love most. And to leave hand in hand. We did just that. It was a great way to kick off a life time of fun with our best friend. We hope you enjoy the photos from the Big Day as much as we do.

Photographer: Faithfully Focused Photography / Floral Designer: Details of the Day / Dress Store: J. Crew, Anthropologie / Other: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Vans Shoes / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar

A Little Inspiration: Vintage Green and Gold

Hanging Dress / Envelopes / Frames / Bridesmaid / Vintage Dress / Feathers / CeremonyBracelet / Boutonnieres / Notes / Brooch

{Real Weddings} Chuck & Ginger’s Sweet Southern Charm

This one is really special.  I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse).  This one takes my breath away.

I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…

How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue.  We wanted something unique and country.  My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.

What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret.  My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.

Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer

I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.

Photographer: Matt Phoenix Photography / Reception Venue and Ceremony Location: Front Porch Farms

{Real Weddings} Rachael & Adam’s Stylish Soirée

When I first opened this gorgeous submission from Anne Nunn Photographers, I wondered if it was a styled shoot.  I mean, seriously, look at that gorgeous couple.

Turns out, Rachael and Adam are just that fabulous.

As a photographer herself, Rachael knew exactly how to get the most gorgeous shots imaginable on her day.  She gave her photogs complete freedom to go anywhere they liked, and a full two and a half hours to shoot… which now has me rethinking my planned hour and a half.  Enough, do you think?  Maybe not.

Photographer: Anne Nunn Photographers / Hair Stylist: Face it! / Floral Designer: Cherish Hill Florist / Cake Designer: Market of Choice / Jewelry: Hum Designs Jewelry / Event Venue: Downtown Athletic Club, New Song Fellowship

{Real Weddings} Amos & Justine’s Vancouver Bash

I heart this wedding and this adorable couple.  From the colorful bridesmaids dresses and matching groomsmen’s socks to the gorgeous flowers and personal touches, Justine and Amos’ day looks like so much fun!

From the photographer:

Justine and Amos met when they both worked at the same law firm for a couple of years. Justine says, “Our firm had a Breakfast Club every Friday morning and Amos and I would often end up arriving before our co-workers. That is where I got to know him and his humour, good nature and blue eyes.” Amos said he is attracted to how sweetly outspoken Justine is, “she says what is on her mind and calls a spade a spade.” This is how you know you have found an amazing guy, Justine moved into Amos’s neighbourhood and before she got cable, Amos kindly invited her over to watch The Hills at his house so she wouldn’t have to miss any episodes. {Sorry ladies Amos is now married!!}

After a tricky week of on and off rain, the wedding day was here and so was the sunshine and almost summer like temperatures. It was a day that went so fast, Justine looked stunning and Amos looked so GQ. Their wedding party was FAN-TAS-TIC. I think one of the things I loved were the girls being able to choose their dresses and the colour of their dresses, then the guys matched their socks to the girls dresses. LOVE. Justine created a lot of the details at the reception herself which I love when a couple puts their own personal touch on their wedding. It truly was an amazing day.

Photographer: Daydream Weddings / Event Planner: Down the Aisle / Floral Designer: Celsia Florest / Dress Store: Frocks, J. Crew / Ceremony Location: Burnaby Village Museum / Jewelry: Twigs & Honey / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Harry Rosen / Restaurant: Boneta

{Real Weddings} Brendan & Joanna’s Sunny Soirée

What a weekend… I’m still recovering!

Our trip was even better than expected, with great weather, amazing sunrises, fresh air, and views.  There is nothing better.  But I have to admit… all of that cold has me craving the heat, and this beautiful celebration is just the fix.

Brendan and Joanna’s intimate wedding is full of gorgeous vintage touches and plenty of sun — enough to warm even the coldest of days.

Not to mention one of the prettiest bouquets I’ve ever seen.

Photographer: Lauren Reynolds Photography / Caterer: Carbonara Catering / Floral Designer: Krista Jon / Planner and Stylist: Ki Ki Lee Herr / Cake Designer: Itty Bitty Sweets / DJ: Divel Entertainment / Equipment Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals / Event Venue: The Historic Cottage