Vintage Travel-Themed Wedding: Brittney + Patrick

bride and groom

Brittney + Patrick wanted to create a fun, slightly untraditional wedding that was sure to be uniquely theirs. They settled on a vintage travel-themed celebration, with a nod to their favorite Disney adventure, Up, and painted the setting with playful details like vintage suitcases, old postcards + antique globes! To keep things from feeling overly vintage (and to round out the design), they had Belle of the Ball Designs create more structured, modern floral arrangements. Love how they helped give the environment a fresh + whimsical vibe! When it came to planning their day, Brittney + Patrick stuck to their guns and made sure not to get too wrapped up in the beautiful scenes in magazine spreads or on Pinterest. The end result was a celebration that was meaningful to them and their guests + truly embraced all of the things that make them who they are together!

From the bride, Like most couples, we wanted to make our wedding personal, warm, and fun, and enjoy it with our guests. After a lot of brainstorming and deliberation, we chose an adventure theme to bring our love story together. This included small nods to our favorite adventure story, Disney’s Up, naming our tables after our dream vacation destinations, and some vintage travel decor. We didn’t want to fully jump on the vintage bandwagon because no matter how much we appreciate that look, it wouldn’t be “us” to have a full vintage wedding. Instead, we found select decor items that had meaning to us: Patrick’s grandpa’s childhood baseball mitt, a telephone switchboard to honor Patrick’s grandma who worked as a switchboard operator in Manhattan, and Brittney’s great grandfather’s tool box that held the wedding cards.

Big thanks to Marianne Wilson for the pretty photography and congrats to Brittney + Patrick on a beautiful day!

orange invitation



adventure book

run away with me

peach bridesmaids

Brittney’s colorful bouquet included some of my favorites: succulents, craspedia, dahlias + scabiosa pods!

orange and peach bouquet

first look

bride and groom


wedding party

peach bridesmaid dress

paper airplane

ceremony fans



flower arch

Not one to keep with the traditional ceremony, we opted for something short written and performed by Patrick’s brother. We also had a “Rum and Coke” ceremony to signify our unity and asked guests to throw paper airplanes during the recessional to signify the beginning of our journey. 



Our favorite moment of the day was the ceremony recessional. Walking out, holding hands, glowing from a ceremonial rum and coke (instead of a sand ceremony, or a candle lighting ceremony, we opted for rum and coke), with paper airplanes sailing toward our faces, greeted by the cheers of our family and friends; we felt the love. It was perfect.


card table

seating chart

escort cards


postcard table names

postcard table names

vintage suitcase table decor

And how cute is their adventure-themed sweetheart table?!

vintage suitcase table decor

map letters

bunny cupcake topper

bride and groom

bride and groom


Processional: Wedding Party: First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes; Bride: Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine

Recessional: Heart it Races – Dr. Dog

First Dance: Dearest – The Black Keys

first dance

cafe lights

sparkler exit

Make sure you take a peek at Brittney + Patrick’s sweet wedding film by Modern 8 Films!

Don't worry about living up to others' expectations of what your wedding should be. Get used to the idea that you might have to nicely turn down loved ones suggestions and gently explain to them your inspiration for your wedding.

If the vendors you contact don't make you feel special, keep looking. When it came to vendors, it was very important that they respected us as people and did not treat us as just another customer that could be overcharged and treated poorly. As a result, we weeded through a few vendors very quickly to come up with the best possible crop of professionals that made for a flawless, stress-free day. I would recommend that couples do the same thing within their budget. It's important that you are comfortable around your vendors, because they will be by your side throughout your wedding.

photography: Marianne Wilson Photography // venue: Maravilla Gardens Camarillo, California // florals: Belle of the Ball Designs // wedding dress: Jinny’s Bridal // hairpieces: Etsy // shoes: Macys // bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom // hair + makeup: Unveiled Hair and Makeup // groom suit: Macys // videography: Modern 8 Films // paper goods: Minted // catering: Command Performance Catering // cake: Frosted Cupcakery // music: DJ Keith // vintage rental company: Pretty Vintage Table

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  1. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your special day with us :)

  2. Brittney and Patrick did a wonderful job on weaving their theme throughout every aspect of their wedding. They never lost touch of it, yet it was not in your face but rather a subtle nod at each turn. Their colour palette was really lovely and I especially love the vintage suitcases as table centrepieces. Oh, and the mapped wrapped initials were a really cute detail. A really lovely wedding.

  3. So many great ideas. I’m overwhelmed. I just wrote a scene in my wedding scene in my second novel and now I want to go back and rewrite with this theme. It’s a “vintage” novel. I love how you did the boutonnieres and the luggage. It reminded me a tiny bit of It’s a Wonderful Life when George and Mary get married! Lovely pictures too!

  4. This is delightful. Love how the colours pop in places yet are subtle in other spots – great composition too!

  5. What gorgeous boutonnieres! Also excellent use of the (often overlooked) beauty of maps.

  6. Wow! This is totally my wedding doppelganger!! My fiance and I are getting married this year and we’re also having an UP! inspired wedding. This wedding is absolutely beautiful and I love seeing how they incorporated their own love for the movie into their special day. Absolutely lovely!!

  7. I absolutely love the detail of the wedding and i ADORE the shoes! I noticed they’re from Macys but cannot figure out the make? anyone have any ideas as these are my perfect wedding shoes!!

    • I bought the shoes at Macy’s. They are by Joan & David. I’m not sure they still carry them. And although they are very padded for heels and I wore them to my bridal shower for 4+ hours, I had to have back up wedges to change into after the ceremony. Check for similar shoe designs by a different brand. Hope this helps!

  8. What a great theme!!! All the attention to detail makes for an amazing wedding.

  9. What a beautiful wedding! Does anyone have any idea where I could find something similar to the destination cards for the table names? I noticed that the paper goods are from Minted but I haven’t been able to find anything like that.

  10. Elly, the postcards that served as our table names were from Zazzle. The small brown escort cards that had guests’ names and table numbers listed were from Michaels. Both items are relatively inexpensive.

  11. This is all so beautiful and is giving me tons of ideas!! Where was the ‘spirit of adventure” tablecloth purchased? I’ve been searching the intern and can’t find it. :(

  12. absolutely flipping love this!!
    Anyone know where the hot air balloon post its are from? so need them for my wedding


    • I’m a little confused by your reference to a hot air balloon post it. You might be referring to the coral-colored, heart-shaped programs with a hot air balloon on them. They were handmade (at home on a printer) and attached to craft sticks to act as a fan.

  13. I’m from Brazil and loved everything about this wedding! The video is amazing, the ideas are so cool!! I’m overwhelmed by how fun this couple is! Loved it.


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