A Vintage California Wedding: Ashley + Ian

Today’s sweet wedding was sent over by the super creative Jesi Haack. I love that she really helps her couple’s personalities come through in each wedding she designs. Each wedding is so unique + personal! For Ashley + Ian’s wedding, vintage keys played an important role. In lieu of a ring, Ian had a key tattooed on his ring finger. Ian gave Ashley a key necklace on the day they would become husband and wife. Keys led wedding guests to find the seats where they would celebrate Ashley and Ian’s love. Keys were not the only source of inspiration for this wedding, though. Ashley’s love of everything vintage inspired Jesi and her team to create a romantic table of gray with white lace and milk glass vases, a wall of clocks, a wall of books, and a pretty backdrop of gloves and hankies. Congrats to Ashley + Ian!

romantic wedding bouquet

tattoo wedding ring

From Ashley, “There was one thing we knew for sure when planning our wedding: we wanted it to be unique. We had tons of different ideas when we first met with our planner, Jesi, and by the end of our meeting we decided instead of isolating one of the ideas we should incorporate all of them. From there, our “Things” inspired wedding took off. We also wanted our wedding to be personal, not just for us, but for our guests as well. Our friend played all the music for the ceremony, one of Ian’s friends officiated the ceremony, we wrote our own vows, and our first dance was to a folk song by the lead singer of one of Ian’s favorite bands, Millencolin (“Nobody Without You” by Nikola Sarcevic). Ian is obsessed with the 1950’s, so it had to have a vintage feel.”

bridesmaids at the beach

bridal party on the beach

lots of clocks ceremony backdrop

lots of clocks ceremony backdrop

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Our friend put together amazing acoustic versions of the songs we chose for the ceremony. Listening to this music was one of my favorite parts of the day. My grandparents and our parents walked down to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s melody of “What a Wonderful World/Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which I chose especially for my grandma. The girls and kiddos walked down to Coldplay’s “Green Eyes” and I walked with my dad to Ben Harper’s “Beloved One.” When Ian and I exited the aisle together, our friend played Nikola Sarcevic’s “You Make My World Go Around.

lots of clocks ceremony backdrop

mad libs wedding invites

Ashley + Ian had “Mad Libs” style RSVP cards and they used those to create a photobooth backdrop.

white table with pink flowers

white table with pink flowers

white table with pink and green flowers

wedding invitation with vintage stamps

gloves hanging on washline

My great-grandmother left my mom a ton of cool gloves and hankies, so we used those as one of our backdrops. I am a teacher and love to read, so there had to be books involved! I have always loved my aunt’s chocolate chip cookies and my best friend’s mom’s snickerdoodles, so they had a place amongst our dessert table. Since Ian loves pies, mini-berry pies were one of the many mini-desserts from Sweet and Saucy Shop As for dinner, instead of going with the food that was offered to our guests, Ian’s wedding meal was an Elvis sandwich (peanut butter, honey, bananas, and BACON!). Overall, we were both very pleased with the way our personalities came through.

dessert table with book backdrop

wedding cake with clock

dessert table with books

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Of course seeing my husband for the first time and saying our vows was memorable, but honestly what is most memorable is how much fun BOTH of us had. Contrary to what we had been warned about, we weren’t stressed, we were able to chat with everyone, we enjoyed our meals, and we danced ALL night. It was truly a blast.

Any advice for those planning now? First of all, don’t expect your fiance to be involved in every little detail of the planning. Guys really don’t care what kind of flowers are going to line the aisle or what type of paper your invitations are printed on. In addition, some of the best decisions we made for the day-of was doing a first look and greeting our guests as they entered the reception. The first look was great because then we were able to get our pictures taken and out of the way so we actually got to partake a little bit in our cocktail hour. Our cocktail hour was outside and the reception was inside, so as our guests grabbed their seat assignments, my husband and I took a second to say hi and thank everyone individually. Being able to see everyone was special, but this was also great because then we didn’t feel obligated or pressured to make the rounds when we really wanted to be eating. One last thing… bring an extra dress if you want to boogy. Those things get H-O-T! I would not have enjoyed my night nearly as much if I hadn’t thrown a lighter, shorter dress in my bag at the last minute.

photography: Focus Photography // event design: Jesi Haack Design // floral design: Bunch Studio // dessert display: Sweet and Saucy Shop // paper goods: Posh Paperie // music: So-Cal DJ // videography: Weddings by SML // venue: UCI University Club

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  1. I love love love the wall of vintage gloves and hankies and the book backdrop is pretty inspired. What a lovely wedding.

  2. This wedding is full of beautiful “collections.” Very well thought out and they make surprisingly wonderful backdrops.

  3. Gotta love the groom’s vintage key tattoo. Overall, it’s nice to see how their theme(s) informed everything, but not in an overbearing way. And I may just have to put one of those book walls up in our house.

  4. LOVE this wedding, thanks Jen! Your features are always AMAZING! THANK YOU!!!

  5. I love their smoochy face kisses they give each other! We do that!

  6. Wow! In love with the detailing! they put some very unique spins on things! Love it~ beautiful wedding

  7. holy amazing backdrop!! jesi haack and team always blow my mind.

  8. Wow, this looks great!! Thank you everyone… it made it so easy to photograph such a beautiful wedding! Love Love Love it :-)

  9. I knew I recognized this wedding, Focus Photography will be shooting my wedding in September and I think they are just AMAZING! I loved this wedding when I first spotted it on their website. The vintage touches are incredible.

  10. This wedding has so many great pieces of styling. The book wall, the clock wall, the glove wall, WOW

  11. wowza!!!! crazy amazing mind blowing details! that book backdrop is so awesome! love this wedding!!!

  12. I absolutely adore everything about this wedding. Talk about timeless classics – between the clocks, books, and vintage gloves it was just so brilliantly put together. Could have been an arranged photo shoot rather than a real wedding!!

  13. I love the clock wall backups :D
    So many creative ideas in this wedding.

  14. Wow! Now this is a wedding full of unique personalized details. The keys, the clocks, the gloves … I love it all!

  15. Such a beautiful wedding. This posting captures the day exactly as it was! The wedding was so perfectly “Ashley and Ian” –your vendors did such a great job matching the event to your personalities. I know my mom will be thrilled to see that her snickerdoodles got a shot out! =)

  16. I must admit… the two of you did a great job on creating a unique wedding! … much of which I have not seen before! My soon to be bride and I had the Mad Lip component at our engagement party and it was so great to read what everyone had to say!

    However, I will have to add that although it is not typical for grooms to interact in the plans of the wedding, it is not a completely unheard of. I struggled finding blogs or sites that really captured the grooms experience and finally thought that I might as well start one of my own. Feel free to drop me a comment or advice: mantothealtar.blogspot.com


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