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Indie Weddings Month 2012: Photographer Interviews - MI BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Please help me in welcoming MI BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY serving Westlake Village, CA. and out of town weddings.  



 Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started as a photographer

josh was raised in photography. his dad was a professional. michelle's aunt was also a professional so both of us had strong influences very early in life. 


Where are you located? Do you travel for shoots?
 we are located in westlake village, ca. In the past we travelled often for many destination weddings. Now that we have 2 kids it makes things a lot trickier, but we will absolutely still travel. This year we have weddings in Napa and Hawaii to name a couple that require travel.


What makes you different than other photographers? 
we treat our studio as a business and focus on customer service first and foremost. we answer emails and actually return phone calls. Ha ha! (you would be surprised at how many people do not call back leads)  oh, and we take great photos too!

(I want to get married again, so I can do this - Gabreial)

How do you make wedding and engagement sessions different?
 we bring a sense of fun and style to everything we shoot. we try to bring something new to every single client so that they all get something original


Is supporting independent businesses like yours important to you, and if so, why? 
absolutely. we love small business. it's great to be able to talk to a small shop and get results versus being lost in the land of automated phone recordings that lead you nowhere.


What types of photography do you offer? 
weddings, commercial, editorial, protraits, babies, families, etc, etc, etc.


A special thank you to Josh & Michelle from Mi Belle Photogpraghy for sharing thier business with us. Please visit them at their website for more information on scheduling with them for your wedding. 



Spring Advertising Specials!

Spring Advertising Special
It's a great time to advertise your business, website, blog or etsy shop here at Vintage Indie. We're kicking off spring sales for you with a spring advertising special. This offer is good on any of our Vintage Jewel sized ads and larger. For more information and to see our latest media kit, please contact me. Sale ends April 15, 2012. 

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Upcoming Topic for April: Raising Healthy Kids! 

Indie Weddings Month 2012: "vintage modern day minimalism wedding" Special Guest Kim Ludy from EthanOllie

I am a sucker for a romantic wedding...give me old lace, garden peonies and a big billowing white tent and I'm pretty much smitten.  But lately, I'm all about creating a simple, bare bones celebration, one part organic hippie love fest, one part vintage modern day minimalism.  Because when you get right down to it, your big day is really about you, the love of your life and the great big road ahead.  So here is a simple formula for orchestrating one of the most special days of your lives...Happy Trails! - Kim Ludy

 Profess your love...shout it, sing it, write it out for all the world to see.


 Choose a place with a sky that stretches on forever.



Wear something simple and pretty, it need not be fancy (go barefoot).




 Invite your closest friends.  



 Surround yourself with your favorite flowers and Play 'your' song

Source: etsy.com via Kim Ludy on Pinterest

Exchange a token of eternity





 Remember what brought you here in the first place

A special thank you to Kim Ludy from EthanOllie for putting this piece together! 


Indie Weddings Month 2012: Crafting & DIY with Contributing Writer Mary Ann Abbott: Sew Simple Gift Wrap

This week will wind down our last week of Indie Weddings Month 2012. We're ending the week with some crafty ideas, special guests and more! 


Today, a vintage romantic style way to wrap those wedding gifts by our crafty-diy contributor Mary Ann Abbott.


Sew Simple Gift Wrap

Always on the lookout for ways to be more frugal, I gave up on pricy, mass-produced gift wrap many moons ago. Through the years, I’ve tried several alternatives - from paper bags to maps to newspapers - until I hit on this idea a few years ago: sewing pattern tissue. Thrift shops are a great resource for tragic sewing patterns from the 1980’s and, if you’re a bargain hunter like I am, you can often find patterns for a nickel or dime at yard sales. I especially love when lady luck is on my side and I find vintage patterns for a quarter or less!


Since the patterns are full size, there is a lot of “wrapping paper” inside each envelope. I’m always surprised by how frequently the patterns are unused, which means the sheets remain in large, uncut pieces. Personally, I like to showcase the words and directions on the patterns as focal points on my wrapping, so the gift recipients immediately recognize the “paper”. To embellish the gifts, I stick with the sewing theme, most often using vintage crochet thread, buttons, Bakelite buckles, and strips of old fabric. The possibilities are limitless though! Use traditional ribbon, add gift tags with safety pins, or simply stamp the person’s name directly onto the tissue.


It’s time to say goodbye to store-bought wrapping paper and hello to a thriftier, more creative way to share your gifts and highlight your love of vintage! It’s really sew simple!


Featurebutton_05Mary Ann Abbott, a collage & jewelry artist and author, lives in the heartland of America where she loves the thrill of scavenging, salvaging, repurposing, and sharing her passions with anyone who will listen! Her work has been seen in several Stampington & Co. magazines, Lark Books publications, and fiction books, but mostly in the homes of her family & friends who get her handmade goodies for every holiday & celebration (and who would probably love a gift card next year). She’d love for you to visit her website A Very Mary Design, but she hopes you’ll be kind as it’s currently in the process of a makeover. 


Indie Weddings Month 2012: Aqua & Red


Top Left: 50s Style Wedding Dress from LizzieJayne Top Right: Blue Flower Girl Dress from OliviaKateCouture 2nd Row Left: The Kimberly Clutch from thesocialseam 2nd Row Right: Flower Girl Basket & Ring Bearer Pillow from All4Brides. 3rd Row Left: Roses are Red Invitations from idoityourself 3rd Row Right: Wedding Cake Toppers from vintagegreenlimited 


OliviaKateCouture photos from Carly by Melissa Eaheart Photography

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Vintage 70s Hippie Wedding Gown from Factory Handbook

*This post was a sponsored post by Uncle Bob's Self Storage  


-no brand label (union label)
-Size: marked size 9 / 10 (vintage size not accurate to modern standards, please refer to measurements) 
-no content label
-Bust: approximately 34” – 35”
-Waist: 26” (measured at empire waistline seam)
-Hips: up to approximately 40” max
-Total Length: 57”

Purchase this dress at the swanky vintage shop Factory Handbook.


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Indie Weddings Month 2012: The Romantic Bride


Top Left: Dried Rose Buds with wooden scoop from MichelesCottage, Top Right: White Yellow Rose Custom Wedding Set from RareEarth, Bottom Left: Romantic Strapless Silk Gown by Loveybyisha, Bottom Right: Romantic Bride Paper White & Ivory Roses Bouquet from braggingbags.



Romantic Strapless Gown Photos  © Yuna Leonard Photography

The Daily Swank: The Sun is Shining - Happy Vintage Indie Style

Today the sun is shining and it feels like summer has already hit us full blast! I'm not complaining though, I'll take Mr. Sunshine over Mr. Rainy and Snowy any day! 



Top Left: Happy Molecule Sun Ornament by whatnomints Top Right: Vintage Happy Wooden Block Letters by vintagebyalexkeller Bottom Left: Rainbow print vintage cotton halter dress from salvagelife Bottom Right: Felted blue heat soap from SoFino 

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Vintage Wedding Gown 02. from MelroseAntiques


Two layer skirt with inner layer of crepe, 15 back buttons, 3 clasp wrists, gorgeous lace work.

Dress best fits sizes small to medium. Please refer to measurements.

Bust 36
Waist 28
Hips 40
Length 53
Sleeve 19



Shop for this dress and other vintage & antique gowns at MelroseAntiques.

Organic & Whole Living: Awesome Deal $18.00 for $40.00 at Ecomom.com

I usually don't publish deals like these at Vintage Indie, but maybe I should. This one, I just couldn't pass up. Plum District is offering a great deal $18.00 for $40.00 at Ecomom.com. We recently made a large wipes purchase for baby from Ecomom.com and couldn't have been happier with our transaction with them. 

So what's the deal? $40 vouchers to EcoMom.com for just $20. Get an extra $2 off the deal with promo code Visa10 if you use a Visa card, bringing the price down to just $18 for $40 worth of shopping at EcoMom.com! That’s over 50% off.

Ecomom.com offers all kinds of great products for the eco-friendly, organic minded families includes skin care, baby care, house and home, gifts and organic food. Many of the products which have good ratings according to the Environmental Working Group's website Skin Deep. 

Head over to Plum District for all of the details, as I'm sure this is one that won't last. 

Happy Shopping! 

xoxo Gabreial 


ps. the links are rewards type links if you make a purchase, I get a deal, and if you pass the deal along you get a deal. 

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Nautical Wedding Accessories

If you're like me you like the classic look of navy and white. I adore these natuical wedding accessories. 




Top Left: Nautical Wedding Invitations by PlatypodeAlamode Top Right: Nautical Muslin Favor Bags by CraftyClementines Bottom Left: Antique Compass Cuff Link from TheGreenDaisyShop Bottom Right: Nautical Wedding Clutch from thesocialseam


Indie Weddings Month 2012: Vintage & Eco Friendly Bridesmaid Dresses from ARMOUR SANS ANGUISH

Be prepared to fall in love with these custom bridesmaid dresses. 

Aren't they gorgeous? 




"Armour sans Anguish garments are constructed entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. We embrace the tattered and disheveled quality of vintage materials and try to imbue each garment with the spirit of using what is already out in the world, creating a sustainable, eco-conscious approach to wearable couture."- Tawny Holt


Visit Amour Sans Anguish http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArmoursansAnguish




All images copyright © http://www.scotwoodmanphoto.com/

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Photographer Interviews - Alice Hu Photography


Please help me in welcoming Alice of Alice Hu Photography. Serving Costa Mesa, CA, and out of town weddings. 

Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started as a photographer?  
Ever since my first photo class in the 5th grade, I've been in love with photography.  My professional career started when I was in college and started photographing products for WeddingChannel.  Ever since then (10 years), I've been holding a camera every chance I get!
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Where are you located? Do you travel for shoots?  
My studio is based in Costa Mesa, CA.  I love traveling and have been lucky enough to photograph breathtaking weddings from St. John to Thailand.
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What makes you different than other photographers?
I like to have fun so I make sure my subjects are also having fun.  I also love color so my images are always bright and cheery.  
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How do you make wedding and engagement sessions different?  
It's all about the couple.  I try to let them enjoy their big day and have fun.  My style is a mix of pretty portraits and candid moments.
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Is supporting independent businesses like yours important to you, and if so, why?
Absolutely!  It is important to support other independent businesses because I started as an independent business.  I understand the struggles but also the great rewards.  
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What types of photography do you offer?  
Everything from weddings, portraits, boudoir, families, to babies!
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A special thank you to Alice for sharing some of her beautiful photography with us. 
Please visit Alice Hu at her website: Alice Hu Photography


Indie Alternative Gowns 2012: Bustier Gowns from Leah Raveglia

Handmade right in her home by Leah Raveglia. Take a look at her feedback on Etsy, she has quite a few happy customers. 





From the shop "I will be having a huge sample sale at the end of march! Almost every gown in my shop will be available to ship at a 30% Discount. Please contact me in advance if you would like to hold one of the gowns. All samples are size 2/4" 


Visit Leah at her shop WhiteRomance for more of her gorgeous gowns. 

Organic & Whole Living: Preview Hungry for Change a Food Matters Film Today

As some of you know I am a fan of the film Food Matters. Food Matter has recently begun the launch of their new film Hungry For Change. You can sign up to watch it for free if you register in time. 





HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don't want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more. 

Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?

In this free online premiere event you'll discover:

  • How to navigate your supermarket - what to buy and what to avoid
  • The real truth behind "DIET", "SUGAR-FREE" and "FAT-FREE" products
  • How to overcome food addictions and cravings
  • Why fad diets dont work
  • What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
  • What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
  • The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
  • How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair

Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. 

Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today. - Hungry for Change 


Indie Alternative Gowns: Romantic Wedding Gown by RuffleNBustle

Forever Yours Wedding Dress by RuffleNBustle





 " Wrapped up in a sea of lovely, soft, feminine cotton sateen with chiffon at the neckline and clusters of purple slate pearls adding a delicate detail. The dress zips up in the back, gathers at the waistline, and a sash or belt can be made if you would like. The dress flows daintily behind you as everyone watches you walk down the aisle and they ooooh and ahhh at how beautiful you look. Beautiful and romantic, perfect for weddings, formal dances, and black tie affairs. A matching headband or flower clip can be made for you if you like, at an additional cost."  - RuffleNBustle

Photography by: www.photographybysarahjean.com

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Rustic Wedding Accessories

 Shop handmade and small businesses for your rustic wedding accessories. 


Top Left: Rustic Woodland Bridal Bouquet from FloraBond 

Top Right: Rustic Love Birds Cake Topper from GoRustic 

Bottom Left: Rustic Wooden Guest Book Set from DazzlingExpressions 

Bottom Right: Lilly Grass Plant Wedding Favors from NatureFavors 


 All images copyright © of their shop owners. 

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Photographer Interviews - Glass Jar Photography

Please help me in welcoming husband and wife team, Whitney & Bethany Dean of Glass Jar Photography. Serving Huntsville AL, and out of town weddings. 


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*Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started as a photographer (s)?
I (Whitney) have been in a couple of band, one of which was the predecessor to "The Civil Wars" with John Paul White, and I was always the photographer or one trying to organize the band photographer stuff...from there I went on a month long travel trip across western europe and fell in love with taking serious photographs and trying to really capture something the way I "saw it", then it gets easy..I met my wife, we got married and we both had a passion for photography and weddings (or love in general) saw an opportunity to have an amazing job together have fun capturing people at one of the happiest and exciting times of their lives.
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*Where are you located? Do you travel for shoots?
We live in Huntsville, AL but do almost exclusively travel or (out of town) weddings. so our specialty is travel weddings or better yet, if you like our style and "eye" we can do capture your day anytime, anywhere.
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*What makes you different than other photographers?
Thats hard to really pin point from being on the inside...But we try to focus on capturing the emotion of love and the chemistry of people in a romantic and classic way, with a vintage soft focus and color treatment. I think we're different because of the way we see events, people or situations, and then the ability to capture that.
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*How do you make wedding and engagement sessions different?
We always try to work with our clients on colors, themes and decor to optimize the images from a session or wedding. It's pivotal in our opinion to have the couple understand what we are trying to capture, and us what they are looking for out of our style. We approach our sessions/weddings very laid back and positive, after all this is suppose to be fun! and if needed coach couples into relaxing in front of the camera and us so that the images are natural, and the couple enjoys the time with us.
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*Is supporting independent businesses like yours important to you, and if so, why?
Yes, absolutely. we understand what it's like to either be a start up company looking for a break or even lightly experienced needing some tips or feedback. We think that independent or not, talent is talent, and if your good at what you do you deserve a chance to show that and be supported. 
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*What types of photography do you offer?
We only really offer one type of photography. Our style obviously, which is laid back, natural light photography that's romantically creative with a vintage/fine art feel, soft color processing.


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A special thank you to Whitney & Bethany at Glass Jar photography for sharing more about their business with us. 



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Please visit Glass Jar Photography at their website: Glass Jar Photography 


Kentucky Life: Help for 2012 tornado victims of Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana


Tornados 2012

Map from Local TV Station Fox19


If you aren't local to our area you may not  know about the devastating tornadoes that touched down in our Tri-State area including Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana (plus many other states).  I've never experienced something so close to home. I'm thankful for God's protection over friends of ours who live close and praying for those families who are dealing with the tragedy. 

There are so many stories of so many familes that need prayer and uplifting during this time. I'm thinking of a little toddler girl who was found in Indiana without her four other family members. She is the sole survivor and still in intensive care. Please keep her in your prayers. 

Psalms 10:14 

14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; 
   you consider their grief and take it in hand. 
The victims commit themselves to you; 
   you are the helper of the fatherless. 




source: nameless found via Oh Hello Friend

Revalation 21:5 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

For those of you who do live here and are looking for a compilation of ways you can help. I hope to have gathered as much information for you as possible. Please feel free to add anything to the comments section. Monday is a big volunteer day for many churches and organizations. 

As always, please be cautious and follow up on any organizations asking for money. 


Ways to help:  

Cry out 4 Crittenden
Northern Kentucky: Coordination of help for Northern Kentucky Vitims of 3.12.12 Tornados  Once you join this Facebook Group, be sure to check out the documents link at the top right hand corner of the group page. A lot of information there. 
700WLW will be at Matthew 25 Ministries Warehouse on Monday to help collect items needed for Disaster Relief of the Storm and Tornado victims on Monday. Information is on our website at 700wlw.com, search “Events.’ We are linked to Matthew 25 Ministries website if people want to donate money if they can’t make it to Blue Ash in person.

8:30am Brant Schulz
10am-12N Seg Dennison
10am-12N Doc Rogers
10:30am-11am Dan Carrol
11am-1pm Eddie Fingers
1pm-3pm Scott Sloan
3pm-4pm Bill Cunningham
3p-5p Lisa Wells


Hazard National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 4

Jackson National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 4
651 Armory Drive
Jackson, KY 41339


Sprint Store - Accepting clothing, children’s items, water, food, cleaning supplies through 7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
2081 Centennial Blvd.
Independence, KY 41051

Taylor Mill KY Drop Spot: 

King Chiropractic 11939 Taylor Mill Rd. Annie King's office taking donations as long as we know people are coming we will be here! We have already had 2 truck loads go to Piner Baptist. We have a contact in Piner so we have the capibility to get thru, otherwise you can not get in..the "looky lou's " have caused them to not let most thru ...859.363.1222 if you need to call

Morning View KY

Piner Baptist Church

We are still in need of the following items:
Pillow cases

We have received tons of donations and are hoping to begin distributing large amounts tomorrow. Thank you for your great generosity

Lakeside Park, KY 41017

Lakeside Christian Church: Tornado/Storm Relief Effort: 

Please bring non-perishable food items, water, personal hygiene products, baby items and clothing of all sizes to Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Sunday March 4th. People in our nearby community are in need of these items due to the recent devastating storms. Lakeside is about loving Jesus and loving like Jesus...let's put that into action!

Questions? Contact Christon@lakeside.org or Melissa@lakeside.org


 - Walton Baptist Church has all types of supplies available for distribution - just go to the back of the church if you are in need of clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.. Distribution will be from 7 -7 on Sunday and then 9 -8 daily. Please pass this information on to those in need.


 - Nicholson Christian Church located on KY16 will become a clothing distribution center beginning Sunday, March 4th. People in need of clothes should be directed to this location. Thank you.

 - Crittenden Baptist Church

215 Russell Rd Crittenden, KY 41030 (859) 428-3122

Starting Monday morning 9AM, families in need...please come and get these amazing donations!

Please help spread the word : We lived in Northern KY (including Peach Grove) many years ago and would like to help ! My office will file federal and state income tax extension requests for anyone affected by the tornados at no cost to them. That will give them until October to try to get their lives back in order before having to deal with Uncle Sam:

Rick O'Rourke - Integrity Business Service

Family - owned in KY for 30 years.

office - 859-335-5281

cell - 859-816-4535

LAUREL COUNTY – East Bernstadt
East Bernstadt Fire Department – accepting volunteers and donations
2541 N US Highway 25
East Bernstadt, KY 40729

A service for survivors to register and leave an “I’m safe” message so loved ones can search for them to check their status: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
• Text “Redcross” to 90999
• Drop off a check at any Central Bank location


There are so many places to list, so if I missed yours please feel free to add it, again in the comments section. 

God Bless, 

Gabreial Wyatt & Family 

Today Kicks off Indie Weddings Month 2012!

Well hello everyone! Welcome to Indie Weddings Month 2012!

I just wanted to stop by and remind you to mark your RSS feeds if you haven't already done so as this month we'll be featuring wedding goodies galore! We'll also have some Vintage Indie Kids, Teach Me, and other Vintage Indie reviews and features for those of you who don't have weddings on the mind. 

In the meantime, look out for today's Indie Wedding Feature and if you simply cannot wait, visit our Vintage Indie Wedding Archives for a ton of inspiration from past years. 


xoxo Gabreial


ps. How do you like the new look?