For this styled shoot, we knew that wanted to do a 1960s backyard wedding. We began searching for an authentic mid-century modern home in our area and found this gorgeous property a block from Lake Montebello. Its designer and original owner was Benjamin Eisenberg, a local attorney, inspired by the pastel-hued Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach when he built this home in 1947. We curated the color palette around the interior and exterior. The current owners had kept much of the original furniture and we knew we wanted to use all of the authentic vintage pieces that we could find.
The ceremony was held in front of the house and featured a custom painted art installation by The Darling Myth. The installation was comprised of acrylic panels in various sizes that were hand-painted to create colorful Atomic Age design elements and topped with painted rug canvas to add texture and depth. The bridal bouquet was created by Rogue Petal Co. using exclusively faux flowers. The design was our play on the hoop and basket bouquets that are currently trending. We knew that we wanted it to have a unique structure and decided to do a starburst shape in the center to tie in the mid-century modern theme.
The tablescape was designed to be bright and colorful with floral boxes adorned with custom string art by Stephanie Strings. We teamed up with Phipps Moran of Too Artful For You to curate a collection of 1960s era vintage pieces for the table including yellow and white checkered plates, yellow flatware, frosted yellow and blue glasses, and beautiful floral crystal bowls.
The bride wore a silk dress from Cherie Amour Bridal, a bridal resale boutique that donates 100% of its proceeds to supporting disadvantaged men and women pursuing employment. We loved the crisp, clean, and simple lines in this dress. The bride also wore beautiful vintage jewelry from Nelson Coleman and handmade laser cut earrings by AKA Rita Designs. The groom wore a custom suit from Gian Marco Menswear—only one of each size in each style is made. The bridesmaids wore vintage dresses from the 1960s.
Each table setting had a hand lettered menu on wooden paper and a personalized paper doll of each guest as a place card. The seating chart was another installation by The Darling Myth. Each table was represented by a pompom starburst of a different color. The starbursts were constructed from wooden dowels, handmade pompoms, laser cut paper guest names, and wooden numbers. All of the paper goods were designed by Dear Darling Weddings. The invitation suite was comprised of various shapes, including a wedding map in the shape of the venue. The envelopes were topped with colorful calligraphy in a style that would jive with the era and even had vintage Barbie stamps. And lastly, the “getaway” dress is an iridescent sequin beauty designed by Sarah Ripault for Richilene, exclusively available at Coplin’s in Milwaukee in the 1960s and the vintage suitcase she carried read “Lady Baltimore”—fitting for a beautiful Baltimore bride. A white 1967 Volvo pulled up for the couple’s ride to their honeymoon. – Darra Sargent, Dear Darling Design Studio
Beauty Manic Pixie MUA Cake Cakes by Kakes Calligraphy, Invitations + Handmade Items Dear Darling Weddings Earrings AKA Rita Designs Fiber Art Myth and Moss Florals Rogue Petal Co Installations The Darling Myth Jewelry Nelson Coleman Laser Cut Goods Lucky Kat Design Planning + Design The Darling Myth Photography Madison Short Rentals Opal Moon Vintage String Art Stephanie Strings Venue Mid-Century home of Brad Frieze and Jon Weiland Videography Storia Studio Vintage Too Artful For You Wedding Gown Cherie Amour Bridal Menswear Gian Marco Menswear Models Katrina, Cole, Ashley and Nicole