Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Vintage-Style Wedding for My Dear Daughter

Victorian-style Lace Tussy Mussies I made to hold the hydrangeas that lined the aisle for the ceremony. After the nuptials, the tussy mussies were brought inside & graced stair rails around the venue. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
One of my favorite portraits - my daughter looks so happy, comfortable & peaceful here. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

My daughter and her husband with my three sons. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
Where did the time go? And, tell me, when did my beautiful daughter grow up? My dear daughter, my Erika, my first born was married this summer. Erika has grown from this beautiful, sweet, shy, quiet child into this beautiful, smart, educated woman turned angel of mercy. She is now a Nurse Practitioner and devotes her life to caring for ill children. She has studied hard & worked hard. She has sky-dived, soothed the sick in Haiti, hiked New Zealand & Switzerland, studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, survived rogue waves on cliffs in Hawaii, and on and on. She is an adventurous spirit with a great, loving heart.  And, my heart is overjoyed for her and for her husband--whom I love, too. A mother couldn't ask for a better man for her daughter.

A Simple, Vintage-Style Wedding Theme

To help keep expenses down, I pitched in and made some things for the wedding. My daughter is practical and frugal and didn't want a big, fussy wedding. We had pretty much the same vision for the wedding and everything turned out fine. I am realizing that sometimes less is more. The beautiful, historic venue, The White Room in historic St. Augustine, Florida on the bayfront, speaks for itself so you really don't have to go crazy decorating here. We live in the beautiful old city of St. Augustine. A popular destination for weddings, so we're lucky to live here.

For her wedding gown, Erika chose a creamy ivory, vintage, washed taffeta gown by Vera Wang. This is not a frou-frou gown but it was so beautiful. Erika wanted to be comfortable at her wedding...she wanted to be able to dance all night in her wedding gown. Isn't it lovely?

This gown has a unique and beautiful "tulip train"-- the fabric on the train overlaps, like flower petals. There is a light, wispy layer of creamy tulle over the washed taffeta--and the gown had hidden side pockets which I thought was cute. 

A Creamy, Washed Taffeta Wedding Gown by Vera Wang

Photo by Rob Futrell Photography 

Copyright/Photo by Vera Wang for David's Bridal

Wedding Decor - Tussy Mussies, Hydrangeas & Mercury Glass
White & green hydrangeas with hints of color at the tips, Ivory lace toppers over the linen table cloths,  a touch of burlap & lace in the decor, mixed mercury glass votives flickering on the tables alongside candlesticks and swirled, ruffled mercury glass vases filled with hydrangeas. Simple yet pretty.

I made the Tussy Mussies using heavy chip board craft cones. These were very easy to make. I spray-painted them with Rustoleum Heirloom White paint--let dry. While cones dried, I cut a template of the cones then cut the lace fabric pieces to cover each cone. Once the cones were dry, I saturated/dipped the lace fabric pieces into Mod Podge glue, wrapped the cones in the lace, then hot-glued fabric flowers and vintage millinery flowers onto them. Let the lace dry. Lastly, I strung them with lace ribbon. Done! I made a special one for my daughter with a vintage hankie embroidered with a cursive "E" and some really gorgeous antique, ivory millinery flowers.

My daughter's Tussy Mussy- made with vintage embroidered hankie with and antique millinery flowers 

Victorian-style Tussy Mussies covered in Lace hung from the aisle chairs during the ceremony

Great Music and Dancing Under the Stars

The ceremony was held up on the rooftop at The White Room overlooking the Matanzas Bay here in historic St. Augustine, FL. The rooftop was strung with lights where my daughter danced all night under the stars with her groom, friends & family.

The Bride & Groom Dance - Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
The groom Deron Baker is a professional musician and his talented friends made up the band that played the best music at the wedding. 

You can listen to Deron's music and book Deron at or at Deron has been voted The Best of Knot Weddings in 2013 and 2014. You can also find Deron mixing it up with his bandmates in their aptly named band The Mix, also available for your events.

Deron and friends - Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

The groom playing a few with his bandmates and friends at the wedding Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

Our son played bass guitar with the Jazz Combo during Cocktail Hour -

We enjoyed a great Jazz Combo band during cocktail hour compliments of our teenaged son and a few of his jazz-playing friends. They were really good and guests could not believe these boys were so young but professional.
The Jazz Combo 

Framed lace covered board for table number cards - we re-purposed a large picture frame & covered it in lace for the cards. My dear brother-in-law did this for me - Thank you Wayne! Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
Vintage-style Hydrangea Table Number Cards with Guests' Names. We just added the names to the image in Publisher.  (buy images at The House Across the Bay at

These are the paper strips we wrapped around the favor boxes. They are very sentimental and had the groom's song lyrics printed on them from a song he wrote for the bride. You could do this with any type of heartfelt sentiment or song.

Cake from Publix Bakery in St. Augustine, FL - They do great cakes! Photo by Rob Futrell Photography 
The guest favors were sentimental...we wrapped aged-look paper with the groom's song lyrics he wrote for my daughter then wrapped lace around them & topped them off with petite millinery flower bouquets (painstakingly made!)
The chocolates were amazing  from Claude's Chocolates, St. Augustine, FL The best chocolates I have ever had! Try the Salted Caramel and the Mimosa truffles if you ever get to Claude's. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

Dinner tables in the evening. Simply done but turned out very pretty. The Mercury Glass vases, votives, candlesticks really sparkled and reflected the light. Find them here at: Cultural Intrigue
To add to the sparkling light, we set 12" square mirrored tiles under each vase and sprinkled them with dried hydrangea & rose petals from Save on Crafts  (Photo by Rob Futrell PhotographyPhoto by Rob Futrell Photography

The tables were covered in ivory lace. I just cut about 2 yards of fabric which were laid over the white linen provided. The hydrangea-themedTable Number cards were beautiful & had an aged paper look. I printed the groom's song lyrics he wrote for my daughter and we added them to the backs of the table cards. Very sentimental. The guest loved it and everyone thought they were unique. You can buy the digital file here at The House Across the Bay Etsy shop.
(Photo by Rob Futrell Photography)
 The White Room in St. Augustine, FL is a fabulous venue for weddings. The building is historic with beautiful architecture, exposed brick walls, columns, arched windows, wood floors, antique furniture--perfect for a vintage-style wedding! The staff are very professional and exceedingly good at what they do. Shannon, the event coordinator there was fabulous and we don't know what we would have done without her.
My oldest son and his bride at their wedding - A storybook picture. My favorite.
 Maymont Gardens, Richmond, VA

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it gave you some inspiration for your event or your wedding.

Heartfelt thanks for being here~