20 Photos from a Modern, Vintage Wedding

I was so enamored with this collection of amazing vintage wedding photos from the 40s-70s that I decided to see if I could find some photos of modern weddings that evoked a similar vibe. I was lucky enough to find this collection of photos from a 2011 wedding that perfectly captures the breezy quality of a bride and groom getting married in the 1970s, surrounded by what would be their families’ collection of heirloom china and other display items. The end result is quite sunny, relaxed, creative and lovely. Here are the key components that made their modern, vintage wedding work so well:

  • Color Scheme 1 of 20

    Mellow yellow! The quintessential 70s color!

  • Simple, Unique Rings 2 of 20

    Posed on a vintage book.

  • The Bride’s Hair 3 of 20

    Lifted high and fastened in the back with baby's breath. Stunning in its simplicity.

  • An Outdoor Ceremony 4 of 20

    Adds a nice hippie element. As you'll notice throughout the pictures, the couple borrowed from several different styles and areas of inspiration for the entire affair. The newsboy look worn by male and female attendants is one of many turn-of-the-century touches.

  • Relaxed Poses 5 of 20

    If you're going to throw a relaxed wedding, be sure to be willing to reflect that vibe even in your "formal" group photos.

  • A Soulful, Sweet Stare 6 of 20

    The color of this photo is so Instagrammy, and the bride and groom look as though they belong on the cover of a vinyl album about love.

  • Whimsical Atmosphere 7 of 20

    The horse-drawn carriage - a throwback to the late 1800s - feels like something a bride in the 70s would have thought was magical.

  • Eyelets and Flip-Flops, Oh My! 8 of 20

    I adore these junior bridesmaid dresses and the coordinated offbeat footwear.

  • The Junior Bridesmaids’ Bouquets 9 of 20

    Tiny little bursts of floral bloom.

  • The Gorgeous Yellow Bouquet 10 of 20

    So darling.

  • The Cameo Pin Used to Fasten the Bouquet 11 of 20

    A subtle touch.

  • Scattered Homey Objects 12 of 20

    Makes the decor feel very intimate.

  • Kitschy China 13 of 20

    I love that the bride and groom used collected objects at their reception. They appear to be family heirlooms, whether they are or not, adding a warm, historical touch.

  • Yellow Tablecloths 14 of 20

    Not sure what this key is for, but I like the place cards. The key adds some mystery!

  • Bird Plate 15 of 20

    Simple, natural, yellow.

  • Simple Place Cards 16 of 20

    Using familiar names like "Gram" instead of "Helen Smith."

  • Assorted Tea and Coffee Cups 17 of 20

    That look like they came out of your grandmother's cabinet in 1975.

  • Floral Plates 18 of 20

    Randomly collected china in different patterns next to the delightful, floral cake.

  • Cupcakes Stacked on Books 19 of 20




All photos via Flickr.


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