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 :)

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blue wedding shoes with bow bride

wedding bouquet peonies bridesmaids

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. I am in awe of all the details in this wedding! I kept searching the pictures to discover even more amazing items and beautiful decor. I loved everything from the keys to the pies to all the centerpieces.

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations to Stephanie + Brian!

  2. Sorry to be a drag–I’d love to see photos of the tables from further away. The details look so amazing and I wonder how they all came together.

  3. What were the keys used for?

  4. Beautiful to the last detail!

  5. What a gorgeous outdoor wedding. The bride is absolutely stunning, what a cute couple! My fav detail: the mini pies. So cute, I haven’t seen them before!

  6. I just love the shoes! Have been looking for some like that everywhere…!!

  7. I love the tree with the fingerprints!!! What an amazing idea!!! I wish I’d thought of that for my autumn wedding….

  8. All of the details of this wedding came out beautifully! Love all of the vintage tones and bits of their personal style. We enjoyed working with Stephanie to create their unique wedding tree. Available from Bleudetoi on Etsy.

  9. Beautiful images and such a lovely couple! All the details are amazing!

  10. Oh wow! What a breathtaking wedding. I love her shoes (simply gorgeous) and the little vintage details.

  11. loving all the details especially that little archway decor!

  12. Courtney – the keys were attached to paper that had the guest name and table number :)

  13. This is a gorgeous wedding with so many pretty details. The flowers are beautiful and I know Stacey of Floral Occasions is so incredible to work with!!

  14. This wedding is so romantic. I love the flower arches.

  15. SO pretty! love the keys and ALL of these antique touches!

  16. Simply beautiful is all that’s needed to describe this wedding. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Stacey Fitts @ Floral Occasions on:

    I’m so honored to have been a part of such an amazing wedding with two of the kindest people, Brian + Stephanie have an incredible love for each other and wanted their guests to enjoy their wedding and gave such attention to every element of their day.

    Thank you GWS for sharing our work, truly it is an honor to be on your amazing website :)

  18. I wish the bride and groom would have their own garage sale! I would love to pick up some of the stuff they used for the center pieces!!!

  19. The photos are wonderful! So many great ideas for the bride to be. I love the wire bird cage with the flowers in it! Thank you for including my tags in your photos!


  20. This is gorgeous! I’ve got to say, there is really something fantastically handsome about a groom in uniform.

  21. What amazing photos – I love the romantic, beautiful bouquets, with the fine placement of fern. Just stunning!!

  22. What a beautiful wedding. I loved every detail, especially the tree fingerprint seating chart! Congratulations to the bride and groom!

  23. I must say pictures do not do it justice. This day was such a day full of love and happiness. Stephanie thought of every detail down to making her own blankets and sandals for her quests. I was never excited to have a wedding until I experienced this one.( and I’m not just saying this cause I was lucky enough to be apart of the bridal party hehehe) congratulations my dear friends.

  24. What fabulous photos! I can certainly appreciate how much went into the design and setup for this wedding! What a beautiful day!

  25. Hi, just wondering of the actual date or time of year the wedding was? I saw the fingerprint tree was in autumn colours but the photos make it look a bit like it was spring…

  26. Hi Lysh – This wedding took place this April :)

  27. I love this wedding, the detail is so so pretty! I also love the fact that the colours are so delicate yet the bridesmaid dresses are black which works really well too..

  28. This has to be the most elegant wedding I’ve ever seen. Such gorgeous details. I, too, love the fingerprint tree, but the keys, containers and vases, flowers – everything is beautiful. And of course, a BEAUTIFUL bride to go along with it all. Jaelyn,

  29. A couple after my own heart.

  30. Wow! One of the prettiest weddings ever. The bride, the reception, everything was perfect!

  31. What an elegant wedding. I love the detail and the vintage theme. What a beautiful couple. Congratulations!!!

  32. Absolutely gorgeous wedding! Each detail is perfection. Love the brides bouquet with the springs of fern and her DRESS- Stunning! If the bride is reading this, do you mind revealing the style number the dress is?

  33. I love this wedding, the detail is so so pretty! I also love the fact that the colours are so delicate yet the bridesmaid dresses are black which works really well too..

  34. Megan: The dress is by Lazaro and the style # is 3916. The only change I made was making the top more of a sweetheart. Thanks for all the wonderful comments guys! It was so much fun to plan!I wish I could do nothing but shop for pretty things all day – forever! =)

  35. Beautiful wedding! I would love know where you found all the vintage keys… I love keys!!

  36. Stephanie, I LOVEEEEE your dress!! so much so it makes me want to buy another wedding gown (even though I’ve already been married for almost a year)! Congrats on a beautiful wedding!

  37. I’m in love with the shoes AND the color!

  38. Thank you so much to Green Wedding Shoes for giving people a peek inside of The Villa of San Juan Capistrano- one of Orange County’s best kept secrets. The venue was honored to host Stephanie & Brian – a fantastic couple with great taste! Best – The Villa

  39. Where are the shoes from??? I LOVE them!!!!

  40. Simply amazing! A lovely couple, a beautiful setting, a fabulous day, beautiful memories, and exquisitely presented.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  41. Lovely table decorations and table number cards

  42. I was curious where you found your keys? And, how did you like your DJ? I am looking for one for my Irvine wedding.

  43. 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!

  44. 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

  45. 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!

  46. 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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