Real Wedding: Stephanie + Brian’s Vintage Outdoor Wedding

I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day Weekend! Today’s wedding features the most gorgeous couple – Stephanie + Brian. Brian is in the service and was deployed twice during their relationship. Stephanie + Brian describe their wedding as “peaceful, comfy, and personal.” It’s also full of lovely vintage details, gorgeous flowers and lots of love. Photographed by the talented Brandon Kidd, their wedding is just so lovely! Thanks to Stephanie + Brian for reading Green Wedding Shoes throughout the planning process and for sharing a bit into your day with us :)

military wedding

blue wedding shoes with bow bride

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How did the two of you meet? We met at a dueling piano bar in Hollywood. :)

Describe the proposal. We had just come home from a very long, very sweaty bike ride from a beach BBQ with friends. I had just collapsed into the couch with our two dogs when out of the corner of my eye was Brian – shirtless, sweaty on one knee. It was perfect for us. Simple, sweet and totally odd.

wedding military couple first look

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We both agree it was when I walked down the aisle with my mom. All our guests, with the exception of some immediate family, stood around for the ceremony. It was like a big hug from our closest friends and family. It felt so personal. There was so much love around us.

wedding ceremony walk down the aisle mom

backyard wedding pinwheels

wedding ceremony kiss backyard

wedding party military uniform

wedding portraits

wedding portraits military

wedding vintage keys placecards

The flowers were one of my favorite things about the day. I don’t know the first thing about flowers so rather than tell Stacey what kind I wanted, I told her the feel I was going for. She totally got it. The flowers helped tie everything in to make this romantic, serene, vintage-feeling day. It was better than I could have imagined. We felt like we had our own secret garden.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was probably the centerpieces. Every table was a different assortment of vases, vintage tins and trinkets that we found over the course of our engagement at various garage sales and flea markets. Each centerpiece was like a little museum. I think people could really see “us” in each one.

vintage wedding centerpieces

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backyard wedding details

vintage backyard wedding reception

wedding desserts and fingerprint wedding tree

We served mini pies from Urth Caffe with ice cream for our dessert. We wanted the evening to feel cozy and thought pies a la mode oozed coziness. Not to mention they are like edible heaven. We cut out little paper hearts, stamped them with the word “love” and glued them onto toothpicks to poke into the tops of each pie. So yummy and so cute. We also got a cake from Sweet & Saucy shop so that we could cut a cake at the wedding. It was perfect with pale green lace, creamy pearls and a huge pink flower. What’s even better is that it actually tasted amazing!

modern wedding cake

Congrats to Stephanie + Brian. And a special note of thanks to all of those out there who are serving our country or have served. We all appreciate it greatly! And be sure to check out even more photos on Brandon’s blog. Brandon is located in Orange County, CA and available to travel worldwide.

Photographer: Brandon Kidd
Venues: The Villa – San Juan Capistrano
Florist: Floral Occasions
Wedding Cake Baker: Pies: Urth Caffe; Cake – Sweet & Saucy Shop
Caterer: The Villa
Bride’s Dress: Lazaro from Mon Amie Bridal in Costa Mesa
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal with a flower & feather pin from Etsy Room 105
Stationary: Joycee Designs
DJ and Lighting: Jeff Holmes of Moondance
Photoboth: Renowned Events
Make up Artist: Taryn VanDon; Hair by Selleca Wong
Earrings: Etsy – Wired Vintage
Hair piece: David’s Bridal – custom
Shoes: by Michael – found at Off Brodaway 2 days before the wedding after the shoe dyer ruined my original pair
Wedding Tree: Bleudetoi on Etsy

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  1. Hi, I was wondering where you got the flower that is attached to the veil? I checked the David’s Bridal website and did not see it. Yours is gorgeous! The ones listed on the David’s Bridal look a bit cheesy and cheap. Thanks!

  2. Theresa,
    So glad I checked this today! I’m trying to (finally) put our album together and came on for help. I made a boo-boo when I put David’s. The veil and flower are from Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa, the same place I got my dress.

    I found my keys mostly in antique stores, ebay, etc. and I did like my DJ. He was really laid back and behind the scenes so there wasn’t any DJ cheeziness which was nice. Plus, he let us pretty much create our own playlist even if it meant he had to download 2,000 new songs. ;) His name is Jeff Holmes

  3. Stephanie Portelli on:

    I’m simply in love with the style of this wedding! I absolutely adore the bride’s dress and the vintage edge to the whole wedding!

    I’m on my way to becoming a floral and wedding stylist in my country and just love your blog… filled with all these amazing ideas!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, that is one gorgeous couple! I love the bright coloured florals too.They did a great job with their choices


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