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When I got this submission from Troy Grover Photography, I was excited.  I’m such a fan of their work, so I knew the photos would be lovely!  But when I saw the vintage travel-inspired DIY and details, I was giddy.  And the words from the bride about what they wanted their wedding to be about sealed the deal.  There is so much to love here – the vibrant red & beige palette, the fab bridesmaid dresses, the sweet DIY, the vintage touches…Oh, and the bride’s to-die-for glam shoes!  See for yourself!

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

 

vintage travel-inspired wedding by Troy Grover Photography

Some sweet words, DIY details, and make-it-YOU inspiration from the bride:

The inspiration behind our wedding was a nod to the era of my favorite movie “the notebook” but also that Micah and I love traveling.  He has traveled all over the world competing in swimming and Surf Lifesaving competitions.  I studied in Spain and have traveled all over Europe.  We cant wait to start traveling the world together.  We wanted to showcase our passion for traveling but with a vintage twist. We wanted our wedding to reflect us so we agreed on a vintage travel themed wedding. I love all things vintage!  Such romance from the past!  We named each of our tables after countries that we have been to and to distinguish tables we placed framed pictures that we took while in that particular country.  It was a piece of our history on each table.  The escort cards were written on vintage postcards. I hand wrote a note to each guest on the back of the card welcoming them to the wedding and sharing a memory or something that we admired about that person.  It was a very tedious process but we wanted our guests to know how special each of them are to us and how grateful we are to have them in our life.  We wanted the wedding to be about us as a couple but also focused on our guests having a good time and feeling a part of the experience.  We had a photobooth and our guests made a scrapbook out of the photos they took. It was awesome going through the pictures and seeing how much fun they had and how creative they got in the photobooth!  We had an area setup with vintage hats, shawls, jewelry (all things I found at the flea market or in my grandmothers things) and had felt lips and mustaches on sticks that guests could use in the photobooth.  I loved it!  We both love to dance and basically fell in love on the dance floor so we wanted a big party and wanted to see everybody let loose and get their dance on!  For our entrance as husband and wife, I had changed into a shorter dress just for the opening dance and we surprised everyone by doing a choreographed salsa to salt n pepa’s “Push It.” My bridesmaids didn’t even know until I had to ask them to help me get out of my wedding dress very quickly!  Loved the element of surprise.  Halfway through the dancing we brought out glow sticks and our guests really got their party on!  

 
For the vintage aspect of the wedding, I was able to use many things from my grandmothers and my mother-in-law which was a special element to represent more history from both sides of our family. Family is the most important thing to us so we tried to showcase that where we could. Our cake table had generations of family wedding photos. We put flowers in bottles from my great grandfather’s dairy farm.  There were suitcases everywhere!  I love the look of old suitcases.  We found them in our family’s attics, along with a vintage typewriter, jewelry trays, jewelry, lace tablecloths that we used on each table at the reception. We used vintage books that were my mother-in-law’s on each of the tables as well as vintage cameras that belong to my grandpa. Anything else I needed, I searched at flea markets to find.  We were on a budget so we tried to do many things ourselves without skimping on the important things we wanted to capture the moment, like photography and videography.  Our invitations were DIY from Michaels. I scored old cigar boxes from a flea market and used those to hold the escort cards. My sister-in-law did a beautiful job with our flowers. I loved them.  Any signage we had at the wedding we did ourselves.  I painted a pretty vintage mirror with chalkboard paint and used that to showcase our menu.  I never realized I was creative until I planned our wedding and now I fully enjoy crafts and planning parties!
 
It was a very special day for both of us and everything turned out perfectly.  Micah’s mom was diagnosed with ALS and was on hospice a month after we were engaged and we didnt think she would see us get married.  She fought hard and made it to our wedding 10 months later.  It was such a blessing to have her at the wedding, and we cherish our photos and wedding video now that she is no longer with us. To have all of our family see us say our vows is the most precious gift we could have hoped for. 
 
How special is that?  And I love how most her vintage elements belonged to her family – family heirlooms as wedding decor!  That escort card idea with the personal notes on each one is such a thoughtful touch, don’t you think?  Congrats to the gorgeous couple!
{Vendors} Venue: Ebell Club, Long Beach / Catering and cake: Jay’s Catering / Florals: Amy Escobedo of Simplicity Floral Design / Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani / Bridal Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Bridesmaid Dresses: Tart Collections /  Photography: Troy Grover Photography / Videography: Paperback Weddings / DJ: Station Identification
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