Real Wedding: Heather + James’ Fun Vintage Wedding

Heather + James have known each other ever since they were little kids! – isn’t that so sweet?  A few years after high school they fell in love, James left to serve a two year church mission in Chile Santiago, Heather waited for him, James came home, proposed, now they get to be married!:) Such a sweet story! And today I get to share their fun, vintage carnival wedding photographed by Amelia + Justin Lyon of Amelia Lyon Photography.

A bit about the wedding from Amelia, Heather + James were married at the LDS Temple in Santa Monica, the details of their day were nothing short of amazing..seriously! I’m going to take a moment to brag about my family and how well they can pull together to put on a amazing wedding. I basically grew up in the wedding industry with my grandparents who started a catering company and opened up a gown shop in the 1950’s. Now, fifty plus years later, I have uncles and cousins that cater, cousins that are amazing florists, make-up artists, dj’s, bakers, photographers, ALL family! You name it, we got it and we do it for the wedding industry!! Anyway, Heather + James’ wedding really showed the beauty of family pulling together to make their day a dream come true (plus, James’ dad and grandpa can make some killer meatballs)! Oh, in case you are wondering, Heather and Amelia are cousins :)

mothers wedding dress

Love that top photo of Heather getting ready. Heather also wanted some photos in her mother’s wedding dress – bottom left (she wore a different dress for the wedding).

wedding dress blue sash with flower

wedding couple with umbrellas

It also rained all day, but that didn’t ruin the fun – love these creative shots with the umbrella!

bridal party umbrellas orange ties

From Heather, Picking a theme was really difficult. I started with looking through magazines, blogs, websites, etc. Finally I narrowed it down to some of my favorite ones. We wanted more of a fun atmosphere for our friends and family so we decided to go with more of a 50s vintage feel. We wanted to create a fun environment with bright colors and a lot of fun activities for our guests to do.

wedding bridal party umbrellas

bride and groom umbrella

Favorite memory of the day? One of my favorite memory of the day was walking into the reception (when they announced us) and seeing everything that i have planned for so long and dreamed of for so long come together. It was my dream wedding and more. To look around and see everyone that was there for us. Everyone who came from far to be there with us and celebrate an amazing event. I remember leaning over to James saying “This is exactly what i always wanted. My family and friends just dancing and having a blast!”

vintage carnival wedding

There was a candy bar, an old fashioned soda bar, a cotton candy station, a few old-mobiles, and a bunch of huge balloons.

soda bar wedding vintage

cake table wedding carnival

cake table vintage wedding

reception little white lights

I love their outfits they changed into for the exit!

wedding getaway car

Any advice for those planning right now? My biggest advice i can give to any bride now is “don’t stress about the small stuff on your day” i look back and think of how many things went wrong and how mad i could have gotten. (the rain, my dress ripping, bridemaids drama, etc ) But i honestly was so happy and those things didn’t matter. I think about my wedding day and if i had been bridezilla, I would have been really embarrassed, cause it really isn’t the point of that day! :) You spend so much time and money into planning. Its your wedding day… just enjoy it and think about how great everything is turning out! You get one day to enjoy it so LIVE IT UP!

Another piece of advice is go big on your photographer (Amelia Lyon Photography) and videographer (Shade Tree Films) because thats the only thing you can actually take with you. So those things should be top of your priority list. I look back and am so glad I chose my vendors well and trusted them.

Thanks Heather + James for sharing your story with us and thanks so much to Amelia for letting me share your beautiful photos! You can see lot more from the day including a slideshow on Amelia’s blog.

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  1. The sleeves on her mom’s dress are SO COOL! I love the dotty swags hung everywhere too.

  2. This wedding is such a joy! Love all the details, really done vintage style.

  3. her dress is so so pretty! love the lace.

  4. The colors are fantastic! I also am in love with the garland!!

  5. Wow! I love the lights on the ceiling in the photo of the two of them kissing!

    XX Lauren Stacks [book ends]

  6. Love the idea of wearing your mother’s dress for a photo!

  7. Adorable wedding… adorable couple. Love it all!!!

  8. Ahhh! The dress sash, bloom detail is so lovely, stunning…yes!

  9. Where are the bridesmaid’s shoes from? I’ve been looking for yellow ones like those!

  10. CUTEST little candy table!!! and love the vintage buggy cars. my favorite.

  11. I’m really in love with the old sodas and suckers idea. So sweet (pun intended)!

    Passport Smiles

  12. Why are so many Mormon receptions being featured? If I only had the reception to worry about, my life would be so easy!

  13. LOVE your dress Heather… I’m looking for a good modest dress now. It’d be lovely if you could tell me where you got yours?

  14. I agree that the bride should enjoy the journey and not be pre-occupied with the stress of the entire event. Another great vintage wedding. I love the color palette.

  15. i was there and this wedding was even more wonderful than you can imagine. perfect couple and a perfect day.

  16. This entire wedding is adorably amazing. I love vintage soda logos – this is divine.

  17. Where is the wedding dress from?? Im having a hard time finding a beautiful and modest one.

  18. I love the colors they used! its so cute and very vintage + modern!

  19. Absolutely beautiful dress, I also need a modest dress like this and I am wondering how you managed to find one without the horrid t-shirt top?

  20. I love her colors! This website is awesome!

  21. WHERE IS YOUR DRESS FROM? It is a beautiful gown!

  22. Where did you get the bridesmaids dresses?

  23. Love your dress!!! where did you get it?

  24. I will be starting to plan a wedding soon and I really want to do the vintage wedding that Heather and James did in these amazing pictures!! We’re are thinking of getting married in the Bountiful, UT temple!! Any advice?? And where did Heather get her dress?? It is exactly what I’ve always wanted!!! Thanks!


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