The Trendy Sparrow: Real Weddings: Vintage and Rustic

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Real Weddings: Vintage and Rustic

This week we are featuring Julie and Chris's fun and vintage inspired rustic wedding! To stay true to the vintage aesthetic, the happy couple rented some vintage furniture and trinkets to use to decorate both the ceremony and the reception. My favorite part? Life size Jenga for the wedding guests to play! I can appreciate a couple that takes into consideration the playful nature of their guests and gives them something to do while the wedding party is taking photos.

Check out some of the photos below and click "read more" to see the interview with the bride to read all about their big day!

For their guest book, the couple went with our blue and pink lovebird madlibs

Click "read more" to see the interview to read all about their big day!

Interview with the Bride
Julie Turner & Chris Klaeser
Wedding Date: 09. 26. 14

1. Describe the vibe and personality of your wedding. What kind of wedding was it? Vintage? Chic? Glam? Silly?
Vintage, Bit rustic, Very personal-we integrated a lot of our own vintage items.

2. What was your favorite part about the big day?
The ceremony. I was terribly nervous leading up to the ceremony. I am grateful my brother walked me down the aisle. He was a calming presence for me.  Our wedding ceremony was very small and personal. Our good friend Carrie officiated. So happy we had Carrie officiate. She knows us so well and the kids are very comfortable with her.  I really wanted the kids to be as comfortable as possible. It is pretty nerve racking to stand in front of 100 people, especially at 5 and 7 years old. My brother walked me down the aisle to meet Chris and Calvin (7yrs) and Penelope (almost 5 yrs). We met with Carrie several times to make sure we included the children in just the right ways. We practiced, but not too much. We did a sand ceremony with the kids, which the kids loved. I am so happy we didn’t over rehearse it. The kids were themselves. I was so nervous walking down to Chris and the kids, but once the ceremony started, it felt like it was just Chris and I and the kids just as we had practiced in our living room.
Once the ceremony was complete, I was able to take a deep breath and enjoy the rest of the day.

3. Share a little bit about the planning process. Did you get a planner or do it on your own? Any planning tips you want to share?
I did not have a planner. I am an older bride (44), so I am at a point in my life that I know what I like and I am less worried about pleasing others. Our wedding was planned by myself and my husband.  We both enjoy incorporating old things into real life. We wanted everything to be meaningful to us. We made the theme “better together”.  This also has a double meaning for us. It felt like our wedding was a family reunion. Better Together on a larger scale. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson was also our recessional song! Chris resurrected a vintage tandem bicycle that we used for engagement photos and as a theme for save the dates and invites. We also brought the tandem to the wedding. We used many of our vintage items in the wedding. We used an old trunk Chris’ great grandparents brought over from Norway for gifts. Chris’ grandparents were given this trunk as a wedding gift many moons ago. We used an old seed box of Chris’ for collecting the Madlibs we set at each table. We wanted the Madlibs to be a type of guestbook and a conversation starter at each table. We used a beautiful artist easel of Chris’ mothers to hold our engagement photos at the reception. We chose to give honey as a gift to our guests. Chris has been a beekeeper for 15 years. We purchased a garden bench for another type of guestbook. We took up our side yard to grow wedding flowers, so we are excited to design a new garden with this memorable guest bench as the centerpiece this Spring.
We incorporated vendors that suited our style.  It made it much easier.
We both had friends and family coming from out of town/state so we wanted to make sure to have a great meal in a wonderful atmosphere. It felt like a family reunion on some level. We were concerned with people being bored because neither of us wanted to have a dance. Instead, we decided to provide fun lawn games, which were a huge hit. We lucked out with wonderful weather and all seemed entertained, even without a dance.

4. Talk a little bit about the dress. Who is it by? Is it vintage? Where did you get it?
The dress was Vera Wang and it had a vintage look to it. I really was seeking a dress with an illusion piece. I just loved the look of it. I am not the woman that has dreamed of my wedding since I was a little girl, so when Chris and I got engaged and chose to throw a wedding, I sort of freaked out! I didn’t know what kind of dress I wanted. I didn’t know any wedding dress terms. My sister, Jane, sent me some bride magazines and I just flipped pages until I saw dresses I liked. I found a different dress that I needed to travel to see. The plans all fell through, but I still really wanted to go looking. My mom and I, on a whim, made an appointment for David’s Bridal. Within an hour, I was wearing my wedding dress. I fell in love with it. Turns out it was discontinued, but one was found in Ohio and shipped to me. Thankfully, I bought the protective garment bag because I came home one night to find the box tattered and open in a heavy snow storm. Yikes!

5. Tell us a little bit about the groom. What’s he like? How did you meet? How did he propose?
Chris is great. We like a lot of the same things. We both like to be outside growing things. He loves growing vegetables (He works on an organic produce farm) and I like growing flowers. We both love re purposing old items into new environments. I think we both like controlled chaos, considering our home garden takes up most of our yard. We have two kids, a dog, a cat and chickens. We met on Match. I reached out to him because I was not having much luck otherwise. I was tired of Match picking for me so I took matters into my own hands. I was trying to eat healthier and his Match name was Veggie Farmer. I thought that couldn’t hurt! We met at a coffee house and it just went really well. Things moved fast, because of our ages, partially. You pretty much know what you are looking for in your 40s.
About one year ago today, I came home from work pretty crabby. I called Chris on my way to see if he was able to make dinner. In the winter, Chris has a couple months off from farming so he often has dinner going by the time I get home.
Anyway, I get home and Chris seemed frazzled. No dinner and he seemed preoccupied. He also seemed in a hurry, which Chris in never in a hurry!! J I had no idea that he had been running around to the jewelers and trying to get all these special food items for dinner.
Chris prepared a wonderful meal, including dessert. Meanwhile, I through on my pajamas and crashed out on the couch. Poor Chris woke me up to propose! I was so surprised. I, of course, said “yes” and then sat in shock the rest of the evening. J Much to my surprise, 10 months later I would be married.

6. Did you do any DIYs for the wedding? If so, what?
We made the cards and gifts bunting signs (My good friend, Natalie, did this when I needed her help so desperately). Chris cut out the table numbers from a tree that fell on our driveway last winter. When Chris cut down the tree, there was an imperfection making the middle look like a heart. We saved them at the time for something special. Turns out they were for our reception table numbers. Chris also cut out the Giant Jenga we used for some of the outdoor games.

7. What advice can you share with brides who are getting ready for the big day?
Surround yourself with the calming ones.  I was nervous, so I made sure the people I had around me were the calming ones for me. This includes my photographer. I am very camera shy, so I really needed someone I trusted. Althea is like a cup of chamomile tea. I needed chamomile tea!
Our officiant, Carrie. So glad we chose a friend to guide us through this day. My attendant, Natalie, who helped me all day on my wedding day. So thankful for her!!!!

8. Describe your wedding in 3 words.
Worth The Wait

9. Any additional information you wish to share?

I wish I had a video of the ceremony. It all went so fast that I wasn’t able to take it all in. I wish I had a video to just play back and remember the details I poured my heart and soul into.

Vendor Information:
Photographer:  Althea Dotzour  // Venue: Quivey’s Grove
Dress // White by Vera Wang // Florist: Metro Market (& grew the rest themselves)
Cake: Bloom Bake Shop // Vintage Rentals: A la Crate

For more ideas, check out my Pinterest Board for chic weddingsclassic weddings, and vintage weddings.
Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for wedding paper goods and chic art prints.

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