Monday, September 5, 2011

{vintage wedding ✿ inspired diy ideas no. 2}

Lighting of a Unity Candle has become more common place over the last couple of decades. The lighting takes place during the wedding ceremony and is quite often performed in two separate parts. The first, is when a representative of the bride's family and of the groom's family each light a taper candle and then place them in a holder. Next the bride and groom each take one of the taper candles and light the 'unity candle' simultaneously.

There are many explanations to the symbolic nature of the Unity Candle ceremony, but one of the more common ones is that the two lighted candle represent the bride and the groom; two individual and separate hearts aflame. When the bride and groom light the unity candle, the two flames burn as one | two families one | two lights become one. 

Add some fabulous vintage vibe by replacing the traditional white unity candle with a vintage oil lamp. The look and ambiance of a oil lamp is soft and elegant, the perfect combination. The oil lamp can be used during the ceremony and then displayed in front of the husband and wife at the main table at the reception. This vintage oil lamp will also make a perfect addition to the couple's new home...{forever}

{add a painted heart | bride & groom | wedding date}

Vintage oil lamps can be found for fairly inexpensive flea markets and many online venues such as Etsy or eBay.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

{vintage wedding ✿ inspired diy ideas no. 1}

So now that I have shared with you some of my favorite vintage inspired wedding ideas, I thought I could expand the idea and create some DIY posts. Of course, for the most part, I offer these services but I just figure that you are either going to hire someone to do it for you or you are the type of person to do it yourself and if I don't share then you can find the inspiration somewhere else. I rather be a one-stop-shop for your vintage wedding needs.

Mason Jars with Homemade Vintage Ice Cream

This is a recipe that is near and dear to my vintage heart. My Dad made this ice cream when I was a little girl and I just loved it, so YUMMY and many sweet memories. It is a cross between Brown Bread Ice Cream {which is an English recipe that was popular, especially towards the end of the Victorian Era, when the more well-to-do homes had new cooler making ices more popular} and Grape-Nut Ice Cream {which is a popular regional dish in the Canadian Maritimes and New England}.

Boston Brown Bread Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat and barley nugget cereal (e.g. Grape-Nuts™)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pint half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavored extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Place cereal in a bowl and pour in enough milk to cover (1/2 to 1 cup); set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, condensed milk, half-and-half, maple flavor and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Place in freezer canister of ice cream maker. Stir in enough milk to reach fill line.
  2. Freeze according to manufacturers' directions on ice cream maker. When ice cream begins to solidify, add cereal mixture before freezing completely.
Fill Pint Sized Vintage Mason Jars with the prepared ice cream and store in freezer until just before ready to serve. Use vintage wash tubs filled with ice to nestle the jars. A delicious alternative to the norm and compliments wedding cake fantastically. Of course there are hundreds of vintage ice cream recipes to chose from. ✿ Enjoy!!!

{do you take me}

I'm IN LOVE with vintage...I admit it. And during the course of my courtship with it I have fallen deeply in love with the vintage inspired wedding theme, so much so that I am most of the way committed to expanding my business to wedding planning. Now this is coming from someone who has been married for 16 years, was married in Las Vegas, and has NEVER EVER had that twinge of "ohhhhhh I wish I had had a big wedding". I am completely content with the fact that I got married with short notice and little hoopla...just fits my personality. But now that I have had the opportunity to work with some brides in helping them create their seating charts, menus, photo frame with my antique and vintage windows I have begun to see the allure of planning A wedding, anyone's wedding other than mine or one that requires MY money! hahaha

Once I started looking around for inspiration I began stumbling upon SO MANY lovely vintage finds. MASON JARS on ice in metal tuns with homemade ice cream in each | VINTAGE BUTTONS used throughout the wedding from accent pieces on invitations and thank you notes to splashes of color tossed on tabletops | VINTAGE HYMNALS cut into small hearts and used to decorate the wedding reception tables | ANTIQUE OIL LAMP in place of the Unity Candle | and so much more...

I have started a Vintage Inspired Wedding Ideas Board on Pinterest where I have begun pinning my favs. Seems like every day I fall in love with a new idea. I carry many of the items in my Etsy shop that can be used to create these darling items, ready for your touch or our touch {cause I am always thrilled to design that perfect vintage piece for your wedding}.

I am currently working on a fantastic wedding present for a customer. It is a Six-Pane Vintage Window that I have painted white (or perhaps my husband has painted) and knocked down for a shabby chic look; I will be penning the couples initials {LMB} and their wedding date in the upper left-hand pane and penning their wedding location {Central Park New York, NY} in the lower right-hand pane. Here is a sample glimpse of the initials (just a trial run)...
The final product won't have the silver accent...just the lettering.