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ANTIQUES HOLD A UNIQUE PLACE IN EACH INDIVIDUAL’S HEART. For vintage enthusiast Mandi Oakes, antiques shops aren’t only great places for foraging; they’re also an integral part of her love story. Mandi met her husband, Oliver, in his antiques shop. Together, the two of them own an antiques store. And Oliver has since come on board with Heirlooms Vintage Rentals, the wedding rental shop Mandi and her mom, Karen, started in 2009. For Mandi and Oliver, their “love of junk” runs deep, so naturally, they had to have a vintage wedding.
When it comes to planning a vintage wedding, Mandi’s advice is clear and simple: “Pick a style or
theme that you love that speaks to your personality and run with it.” Whether you’re getting groovy with a 1970s theme or going antique à la Anne of Green Gables, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. After all, the vintage style can lend itself to countless possibilities to fit your taste.
This is certainly evident in Mandi and Oliver’s case. Although the two own a vintage shop together, and even met in an antiques store, they each have very distinct aesthetics that reflect their own tastes and personalities. While Mandi is drawn to elegant vintage style, Oliver favors industrial and midcentury pieces. Rather than choosing one style over the other, the couple decided to integrate their favorite style elements into a single, stunning design. “We combined my husband’s love of industrial midcentury with my love of vintage,” Mandi says. “We wanted something different.”
To this end, the couple chose an industrial venue. “It was an old brick building that didn’t have a roof,” and it was backed up against an old set of railroad tracks. For the design, Mandi incorporated lots of flowers “to soften the industrial feel.” And, of course, it helped that she had a whole store’s
Try “flipping” your ceremony midway through to get the most out of your
worth of furniture to choose from. “We used pretty much our whole vintage inventory,” Mandi notes, from sofas to silverware. With the exception of some new black candles, everything at the wedding was vintage.
Vintage pieces are known as storied items with histories of their own. Throughout its lifetime, a single piece may serve multiple functions. At Mandi’s wedding, her furniture was on double-duty, thanks to a clever “flip” in staging.
For the ceremony, the chairs and sofas were arranged in tidy rows for optimal viewing. Then it was time for a swift redesign.
“We sent everyone out for cocktail hour with tacos,” Mandi explains, “then flipped the ceremony into a reception area.” While the guests enjoyed their appetizers and beverages outside the venue, a crew of well-prepared workers shifted the seats and tables, creating distinct areas for dining and reclining. Restaging furniture is an excellent way to make the most of the items you have, while establishing cohesion and consistency.
Whether you’re newly engaged or planning to renew your vows for your silver anniversary, vintage weddings are perfect for a heartfelt celebration.
“Pick a style or theme that you love … and run with it.”