Today I have the pleasure to share with you, my lovely readers, a truly unique backyard wedding, full of colorful details, vintage inspired touches, even a handfasting ceremony. When Kelsey White from One O.A.K. Photography submitted this wedding for us to share, I had to get the deets behind everything that went into the planning. I immediately reached out to Bailie, the bride, to see if she would share any details, and I was so elated that she offered her input!
Before I let the magic unfold before your eyes, I want to share a little bit about handfasting ceremonies. I am not accustomed to this, so I had to look this up. For those who don't know and are curious, here is the definition I found for this type of ceremony, so steeped in tradition:
Handfasting is an ancient Celtic ceremony of betrothal or wedding that dates back to pre-Christian times and usually involves the tying or binding of the hands of the bride and groom with a cord or ribbon. ~ via Wikipedia
Bailie goes on to describe a little bit more about their unique ceremony below, along with all the other amazing details and touches included in their wedding. Here is some background info on how Bailie & Curtis came to be husband and wife:
How did you and Curtis meet?
He tattooed me :)
How did he propose?
He knew that I was a bride for Halloween one year when I was a child, so the night before Hallowen, he told me he wanted to make me his bride for this year's Halloween.
I present to you Bailie & Curtis' Vintage Inspired Wedding, captured by One O.A.K. Photography:
The PlanningDid you have a specific vision in mind for your wedding day?
I wanted to mix my love for all things vintage with eccentric and quirky things. Kinda my grandma's attic meets Tim Burton's Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
The Color Palette
How did you come to pick your color palette?
I used vintage tablecloths and napkins I had collected from my grandmother and thrift stores....mostly creams, light pinks, light blues, with little pops of bright color here and there.
Can you describe the details and/or decor that went into your wedding?
I collected vintage pieces like scales, cameras, books, doilies, etc and mixed it with oversized paper flowers. We covered the tables in brown kraft paper so guests could color during the reception. I handtied napkins together to hang above the evtire recpetion as well as rolled all the silverware with the napkins and bakers twine. The bridesmaids made their own hair pieces the mornign of the wedding with little paper flowers and birds I had collected. We made all the signs for the bar, favors table, photobooth, guestbook with simple floral printed craft paper and lace or bakers twine.
Is there a significance with the venue you chose for the wedding?
We got married in our backyard at our home....we shared our first kiss there. The recpetion wax held nearby at an event venue.
The Planning Process
Can you describe your planning process?
We enlisted all of our friends and family to help with different details from building a new fence and cleaning up the landscaping to painting our backdrop and wrapping favors. We started planning from day 1 of our engagement so by a month before the wedding, everything was finished which made the final weeks incredibly stress free. We did hire Inspired Vintage Rentals to help us set up part of the ceremony and the reception. They also rented us vintage pieces of furniture. Since you can officiate yourself in Colorado, we had our siblings officiate for us. We focused on how a relationship is not only made up of a couple, but also every individual around them. We did a handfasting ceremony instead of exchanging rings. We asked each guest to tie a knot into a piece of ribbon which symbolized their love and support for our marriage. We tried to ask friends to be involved in all the aspects, so almost everyone that helped was a friend of a friend. We were lucky that we know some talented people!
Can you describe the search to find your dress?
I knew I wanted a blue dress that felt as if you were going to a tea party....I found one of Betsey Johnson's dresses from years ago on ebay for $50 and snatched it up. It fit like a glove.
Who were your lovely bridesmaids? Where did they get their dresses from?
My bridesmaids were my sister, sister in law and coworkers/friends. They wore dresses made by Louise Hedly of Sohomode. They were handmade tea dresses in vintage pink floral fabrics.
Any favorite moments that stand out from your entire day?
After our ceremony was over, we took a brief walk around our neighborhood, just the two of us. It was probably the best moment in that we were able to completely focus on one another and the fact that we were married.
Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go?
We went to Costa Rica and stayed at an amazing ecolodge called Lapas Rios in the Osa Penninsula area.
Any advice for brides when it comes to wedding planning?
Accept that you will have moments in which you will think, "Why are we doing this?" Accept that others will have their own opinions and wishes for your big day. Accept that the picture you have in your head may not completely come to life in front of you. At the end of your wedding day, the details will be obsolete.
I am a smitten kitten over this entire wedding! Bailie & Curtis make such a cute pair with their vintage and eclectic vibe and styling. Everything from the colorful fabrics & decor to the little vintage touches was really tended to with so much thought, making it all so swoon worthy! Bailie describes it all perfectly with the vision she had for their wedding of being "grandma's attic meets Tim Burton's Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory". The invitation suite sets the tone for just that vision, including the cute fox couple!
I have to say I do have a crush on the bridesmaid dresses, and on Bailie's Betsey Johnson dress! They are all so colorful and feminine. Accompanying the dresses with colorful converse shoes puts the icing on the cake of their ensembles.
A special thanks to Bailie for sharing a bit of background to all the details of your wedding! Many congrats to you both on your recent nuptials!
Thanks to Kelsey at One O.A.K. Photography for sharing your work with us!
Photographer: One Oak Photography, La Porte, Colorado
Reception Venue: The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado
Wedding Dress Designer: Designer Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Louise Hedley - Sohomode
Shoe Designer: Converse, Irregular Choice
Hair Stylist: Kari Rainey - Studio B, Fort Collins, Colorado
Makeup Artist Amanda Eichhorn - Screamin Peach, Fort Collins, Colorado
Groom's Suit Designer Aurora Scineros (bowties)
Florist Alternative Blooms Alternative Blooms
Invitation Designer: Zazzle, Color Pro, Fort Collins, Colorado
Caterer: The Rainbow Restaurant, Fort Collins, Colorado
Baker: Beet Box, Denver
Wedding/Event Planner: Inspired Vintage Rentals