If you love vintage and DIY, you’ve come to the right place! You will also fall in love with today’s real wedding from Elizabeth Nord! This couple crafted their perfect wedding filled with vintage charm. How perfect are the vintage photograph table numbers?
My husband and I share many interests and hobbies so we wanted to display that in our wedding style and decor. I am an artist and I am obsessed with anything vintage and charming so I decided to choose a vintage mint and blush pink for my color choices. I wanted to incorporate our love of aviation (my husband is a pilot and aircraft mechanic). We found the perfect old fashioned venue in Joliet, IL called the Jacob Henry Mansion to have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The mansion is located on a beautiful estate with a church and ballroom. The buildings are surrounded by beautiful gardens and a fountain. The venue allowed us to bring in our own decor and rent their linens so we could really make it our own.
We included many heirloom details into our wedding. We displayed wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and even showcased my mom’s wedding veil. Because Troy’s grandparents have all passed away, we included an “in loving memory” section on the photo table where they could be a part of our day. My grandmother also let me wear her pearls. This was special because my grandmother, mom, cousins, and aunt had all worn these pearls on their wedding days.
What was most important to us for planning was really making our wedding our own and incorporating our friends and family into the process. We were able to have friends and family help make some DIY projects for the big day while also keeping cost in mind. We wanted to showcase our love of all things vintage and aviation.
I love DIY projects and was eager to finally make handmade touches for the wedding. I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and I even found ideas scouring the local antique and thrift shops. I found charming old glass inkwells at an antique store and paired them with fresh garden roses and mint leaves for the centerpieces. I also found silver platters at the Dollar Store which I ‘antiqued’ with a brown glaze to create that old charm. I placed the inkwells with flowers on the platters and put strands of pearls around them.
For the table numbers, I found Victorian photos and glued on gold numbers which were also placed in the centerpieces. For our aviation theme, I found vintage travel/map papers and folded them into small paper airplanes. I also glued on the guests’ names and their table number. (I folded about 200 paper airplanes! Phew!)
There were so many parts of my day that were incredibly special. It is hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say sitting up at the head table with my husband and bridal party during dinner was special. We were able to look out and see all of our friends and family celebrating our big day. I was actually able to take a breath, sit back, and see everyone. I was able to live in the moment and reflect.
Photography | Elizabeth Nord | Venue & Catering | Jacob Henry Mansion Estate | Planning | Storybook Weddings | Florals | Flowers By Steen | Desserts | Milano Bakery | Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals | Photo Booth DJ’s | DJ | DJ Loren Freeman | Dress | Casablanca from Volle’s Bridal | Veil | Belle Jo Veils | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal | Hair | Rachel Uskert | Makeup | Kristy Gargano