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Sneak a peek at this an­tique-chic Ten­nessee wed­ding.

- BY STEPHANIE AGNES-CROCK­ETT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ABI­GAIL MALONE Lifestyle · Interior Design · Antiques · Hobbies · Anne of Green Gables

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.

THOUGHT­FUL THEME

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

fur­ni­ture.

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.

VER­SA­TILE 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.”

 ??  ?? THE MIR­ROR WALL, lo­cated along­side the cer­e­mony seat­ing, brings ex­tra char­ac­ter and “re­flec­tion” to the space. “We wanted to keep a lit­tle bit of fancy be­tween the harsh in­dus­trial pieces,” Mandi says.
THE MIR­ROR WALL, lo­cated along­side the cer­e­mony seat­ing, brings ex­tra char­ac­ter and “re­flec­tion” to the space. “We wanted to keep a lit­tle bit of fancy be­tween the harsh in­dus­trial pieces,” Mandi says.
 ??  ?? AN­TIQUE FARM TABLES are per­fect for sim­plis­tic styling. “You don’t have to use a table­cloth or cover any­thing up,” Mandi points out. “The table­top looks great dec­o­rated with green­ery.”
AN­TIQUE FARM TABLES are per­fect for sim­plis­tic styling. “You don’t have to use a table­cloth or cover any­thing up,” Mandi points out. “The table­top looks great dec­o­rated with green­ery.”
 ??  ?? MANDI AND HER HUS­BAND, Oliver, met in Oliver’s an­tiques store. Now, they run a shop to­gether—and work for the fam­ily busi­ness, Heir­looms Vin­tage Rentals, in Se­wa­nee, Ten­nessee.
MANDI AND HER HUS­BAND, Oliver, met in Oliver’s an­tiques store. Now, they run a shop to­gether—and work for the fam­ily busi­ness, Heir­looms Vin­tage Rentals, in Se­wa­nee, Ten­nessee.
 ??  ?? left: BRING A POP OF COLOR to your clas­sic, woodtrimme­d sofa with a col­or­ful throw pil­low. Mandi in­cor­po­rated jew­el­toned accents through­out her wed­ding dé­cor.
left: BRING A POP OF COLOR to your clas­sic, woodtrimme­d sofa with a col­or­ful throw pil­low. Mandi in­cor­po­rated jew­el­toned accents through­out her wed­ding dé­cor.
 ??  ?? top right: THESE COL­OR­FUL DOORS,
which came off a church in Chattanoog­a, pop in turquoise blue. Mandi and Oliver painted them, “adding some color to the brick, con­crete ex­te­rior.”
top right: THESE COL­OR­FUL DOORS, which came off a church in Chattanoog­a, pop in turquoise blue. Mandi and Oliver painted them, “adding some color to the brick, con­crete ex­te­rior.”
 ??  ?? above: “I WANTED A
HUGE, cas­cad­ing bou­quet,” Mandi says. “Noth­ing tight, noth­ing re­ally ar­ranged. Just loose and whim­si­cal.”
above: “I WANTED A HUGE, cas­cad­ing bou­quet,” Mandi says. “Noth­ing tight, noth­ing re­ally ar­ranged. Just loose and whim­si­cal.”
 ??  ?? THE PRE-WED­DING
VENUE, Bella Vista Farms, em­braces the same vin­tage style as the cer­e­mony, with rus­tic tables and mis­matched chairs.
THE PRE-WED­DING VENUE, Bella Vista Farms, em­braces the same vin­tage style as the cer­e­mony, with rus­tic tables and mis­matched chairs.
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 ??  ?? FOR FA­VORS, the cou­ple dis­persed tiny pot­ted suc­cu­lent plants, nes­tled sweetly atop this an­tique seed cab­i­net.
FOR FA­VORS, the cou­ple dis­persed tiny pot­ted suc­cu­lent plants, nes­tled sweetly atop this an­tique seed cab­i­net.
 ??  ?? BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT, these flow­ers, which ap­pear to be sprout­ing from the stonework, are the re­sult of an enor­mous, in­tri­cate ar­range­ment. “I wanted the flo­ral back­drop to look like it was grow­ing out of the wall,” Mandi says.
BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT, these flow­ers, which ap­pear to be sprout­ing from the stonework, are the re­sult of an enor­mous, in­tri­cate ar­range­ment. “I wanted the flo­ral back­drop to look like it was grow­ing out of the wall,” Mandi says.

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