Indie Weddings Month 2013: Handmade Tulle & Lace Flower Girls Dresses


It is Indie Weddings Month here and we're bringing you the latest and greatest goodies from small, handmade and vintage shoppes from around the globe. Today's Flower Girl dresses don't disappoint and remind me why I love shopping handmade! 








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Indie Weddings Month 2013: Castle Venues


With all of the Downton Abbey buzz this year, castle venues are gaining popularity if your budget can fit the bill. 

I've gathered a few for you should you wish to check out what the US has to offer. 


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Falkenstein Castle Office
401 Buchanan Drive, Suite #1 
Burnet, Texas 78611

Website: Falkenstein Castle


OHEKA CASTLE • 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, New York 11743

Website: Oheka Castle


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Website: Pythian Castle


Thornewood Castle 8601 N. Thorne Ln SW Tacoma, WA 98498

Website: Thornewood Castle

Copyright 2012 Thornewood Castle LLC. All rights reserved.


Boldt Castle 1000 Islands, NY

Website: Boldt Castle 

Copyright © 2013 · All Rights Reserved 


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Indie Weddings Month 2013: Vintage 1950s Sweetheart Wedding Gown

Today's Indie Weddings Month Dress is a spectacular 1950s V line Sweetheart Wedding Gown. 

Bust: 35"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 70"
Length: 59"
Length to End of Train: 66
If you're looking for the perfect vintage dress, this might be the one for you. Visit FabGabs for this dress and more for a steal at $324.00. 

Vintage Indie Weddings: Vintage Fall Flowers

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Vintage Style Mason Jar Fall Wedding

Who knew you could create an entire wedding or wedding party surrounding these timeless jars. 
Mosaicf34b4da68cb593db9ae215efe84c0736db8bf07ePerfect for centerpieces Shabby Chic Mason Jars by BeachBlues
Engagement Party Invitations Hanging Mason Jars by silverscraps
Save the Date Wedding Favors by  RedCloudBoutique 

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. 



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

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 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

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.

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




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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. 

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

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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 


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? 

VI Headliner: An interview with Dahlphotog



 Vintage Indie would like to welcome our sponsor Dahlphotog's owner and  photographer Kristofor Dahl along with Lauren Agresti Principal Photographer. 


Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started as a photographer? 
Lauren and I (Kris) both have art degrees. I have a Studio Art degree in ceramics/sculpture and I learned photography so I could take film slides of my work for gallery shows. Lauren has a B.F.A. in photography and comes from a long line of photographers in her family. Lauren tells a great story of her dad giving her a Pentax K1000 when she was 10 yrs old then teaching her how to make darkroom color prints from film around the same age. From film to digital, we have come a long way in the photography world. Now we are finding that many customers love the vintage style film packages we offer, so are are happy to have that solid background in film photography. 

Where are you located? Do you travel for shoots?

We are located in Orange County California but we travel all over the country for weddings and other events. For example, we are going to both San Francisco and Detroit to shoot weddings this year.

What makes you different than other photographers?

I think that we are both real artists. We choose to occupy our lives with art in all of its forms. We have our own artistic endeavors and projects we constantly work on outside the wedding and event industry. We shoot commercial and lifestyle/magazine work in addition to the fine art and wedding business. As a couple we share the experiences and joy of being photographers in a very real sense. We have an aesthetic, we work at it all day. As an artist you know when you have a good aesthetic and you go through the growing pains of developing your work into something beautiful. I think that really comes through in the weddings we shoot.


How do you make wedding and engagement sessions different?
We try to stay away from the boring overly traditional posing and allow the client's personalities to shine through in the photos. In every shot we attempt to use dynamic ideas and lighting to achieve something that is in and of itself beautiful. We use a mix of film and digital and whatever else we can to make each image tell a story. We try very hard to not over edit and over work an image in the computer, allowing the image to come alive with minimal post-processing.

Is supporting independent businesses like yours important to you, and if so, why?

Yes, that is where the best artists are! In every aspect of life, the people making things for self-expression their own way everyday -- these people have always been the innovators of the world.


What types of photography do you offer?

Our services include wedding photography, children/family/maternity portraits, commercial work, and photos for print or web. You name it, we shoot it -- as long as it is based in art!
A special thanks to Kristofor Dahl for supporting Vintage Indie and for sharing your passion for your independent business. Please visit Dahlphotog for pricing and more of their gorgeous photography! 


Vintage Indie Weddings: A Vintage Beach Wedding

In honor of my dear friend, who's daughter is about to get married on a beautiful sunny beach, a vintage beach wedding inspiration board. 



Wedding Cake Banner Pennant  - mudpiesandmarigolds

A Sea of Paper Hearts  - lillebear

Flower Girl Basket - My Primitive Boutique 

Shoes Optional - The Back Porch Shoppe 

Starfish Necklace - lindesigns

Mason Solar Lite Bird Cage - Treasure Again