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a vintage California wedding- Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Ok, this one is really REALLY close to my heart, as these are the photos from my wedding! Kara Miller did an amazing job of capturing all of our special moments from the day, and I am overjoyed and honored to be featured on Style Me Pretty California. What a special day it was indeed. I was praying for no rain, and of course I got the exact opposite of rain: scorching heat. I think it was about 100 degrees at 3:30PM that day when our outdoor ceremony started. There is one photo of me using a vintage hanky to wipe my husband’s cheek during our vows, which looked really sweet, like I was wiping his tears. But I wasn’t. Nope, just trying to wipe the sweat out of his eyes. A few hours into the reception, and a few ice-cold beers later, the sun started to go down as well as the temperature and all of our guests seemed to be doing just fine! We chose to have a live bluegrass band, The Creak, play for en extra long cocktail hour so we could enjoy our guests and the music right along with everyone. It was such a great way to really say hello and chat with all of our guests before dinner.

In California, we do two things very differently than New Orleans, one: seated dinner. Everyone gets a name card and table number, sometimes even a seat assignment at said table, and two: our weddings last a very long time. Our ceremony started at 3:30PM, the last shuttle bus took us to Murphy’s Historic Hotel for the after party (is that a California thing as well?) at 10:00PM, and we didn’t leave the party until about midnight. I’m pretty sure most of our guests stayed out even longer!

Our exit was one of the most epic moments of my life. The historic hotel, where we held the after party, is a two story hotel with a killer saloon downstairs, and an amazing balcony overlooking Main Street upstairs. Since the entire hotel was pretty much filled with our wedding guests, they were both upstairs on the balcony and downstairs spilling out of the saloon doors. When Rob and I left the party we crossed the street to get a full view of the hotel, and turned around to see SO many of our wedding guests upstairs and down cheering and clapping and bidding us farewell. It still brings tears of joy to my eyes to think about that moment. That final moment of our wedding, and what a success it was.

I hope you enjoy these photos and perhaps draw some inspiration from my big day as I always do from others. ~Julia xox

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography My brother made us this hitching post to hold the most beautiful hand drawn sign by Laurel Anderson of Esla Events. The coffee pot belonged to my mother, but both are now available for rent from Mrs. Vintage!

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This is the backside of the italian store at the venue- Milfiori in Douglas Flat, California. Our guests entered through here!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

I hand made all the boutonnieres out of cotton of course! The invitations were wrapped up with peach colored string.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography The calligraphy for our custom save the date stamp and invitations was done by Angelique Ink, she also created the Mrs. Vintage logo!! I had everything printed myself and assembled them in a kraft pocket envelope.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Our rings were tied on an antique pin cushion I found on Etsy. It was also my something blue!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Our table centerpieces consisted of cotton from Floral Cotton, books and vintage bottles from One True Love vintage rentals, and roses from Fifty Flowers.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography I bought these white pitchers at Ikea and then stuck table numbers on them. Love love love how they turned out. Also available to rent from Mrs. Vintage.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

We had a shelf of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents from their wedding day, such a nice touch and our guests loved it!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography How cute are my little cousins?! Another gorgeous sign by Esla Events for rent from Mrs. Vintage!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

When you get married 3 hours from a major city, having super talented besties really comes in handy! My maid of honor did my hair and all four bridesmaids helped with flower arrangement and makeup!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Michelle, my maid of honor, just so happens to be an amazing hair stylist at Mockingbird Heights.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography A quiet moment before the ceremony. We could see all the guests arriving from where I was getting ready. Such a perfect moment.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography My sweet and lovely bridesmaids made all of the bouquets!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography This is actually an iPhone pic but I just thought it was so funny to see the groomsmen stuffed inside of a 1980′s VW van. My groom (far right) looks pretty nervous!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography My brother made these as a surprise! Available to rent from Mrs. Vintage!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography My dad is asking me if I’m ready right here.. I was so nervous!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Yay!!! We did it!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Bluegrass band, The Creak, out of San Francisco.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Red Truck catered the wedding, via food truck! It was so fun and delicious!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Now I understand where I get my love of lace and hats.

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Love this photo so much!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography Ahhh! That 1 room school house was so epic!

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Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography whoopie pies!

Mrs. Vintage Blog ~ Kara Miller Photography

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