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Vintage Real Wedding with President and Jackie Kennedy

JFK Wedding Day

As we approach Independence day, we would like to pay homage to and feature the wedding of one of the most loved presidential couples in our history as a country: President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie). Known for being a socialite and having impeccable, classy style, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to take a peak into Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day and to celebrate a time in their lives that was full of hope and promises.

Vintage Wedding Entering the Church escorted by her step father, with a look of absolute thrill.

President Wedding Ceremony The church and ceremony

bridal party  The wedding party.

Keeping Wedding Traditions

As a country, the U.S. is full of traditions as a part of the foundation of who we are. The fact that most of the country will be attending holiday parades, park events, and fire work shows in honor of those who have served and in celebration of the independence of this country is a demonstration of our love for (and need of) tradition. There seems to be a security or reassurance in tradition. That is probably why we uphold them and why it is so comforting -and even exciting- to see that in the lives of our Presidents traditions are kept. JFK and Jackie Kennedy upheld many wedding traditions, including but not limited to the first dance and cutting the cake.

Kennedy first dance The First Dance.

Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Veil Is that wedding veil not insanely gorgeous?

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

President Wedding TraditionThey look like the kind of couple that would smash the cake in each other’s faces (under extreme punishment if he got any on her dress, of course).

Having so many glimpses into their wedding, knowing where their future led, emphasizes the wonderful nature of the wedding day. It is a snap shot, and captured moment of simple joy, complete love, and the promise of many days of happiness.

As you approach your wedding day, don’t forget it’s significance goes beyond the table settings and the reception decorations. Have your goal for the day to have the same look of joy on your face as the Kennedy’s do on their wedding day.


Use Real Weddings While Planning Your Wedding

real wedding inspiration

We are having so much fun receiving and sharing your weddings! Real weddings are the absolute best source for ideas and inspiration because they are doable and have a much wider variety. If you are a new bride beginning your planning, read through and check out real weddings before your search through a catalog. Features are great because they often come with advice from the bride and groom that can help you avoid the same complications. All in all, it is a great starting point for before you make any purchases and even set a date. It is like window shopping!

4 Things to Look For

  1. Location: Try and find weddings local to your area so that if you like their vendor or venue you may actually be able to use it.
  2. Vendors: Pay attention to links to who their photographer was and where they got their dress. It is always so much more useful to know exactly where you can get a cake like the one in the picture because you will know who made it!
  3. DIY: If the real wedding you are looking at was pretty crafty it will be easy to find wedding accessories and decorations that you can make yourself on your budget.
  4. Tips and Tricks: These couples have been through exactly what you are doing. It can’t hurt to head their advice!

Real Weddings Featured on Wedding Collectibles 

sunflower wedding

For a country rustic themed wedding take a peak at McKenna & Vince’s Tiffany Blue Wedding.

gay wedding

For ideas on how to pull of an elegant and traditional same sex wedding check out Josh & Jason’s Real Wedding

hawaii wedding

If you are looking to have a destination wedding, Melissa & Cameron’s wedding has a lot of good ideas to keep it on budget.

Check out more weddings in the real wedding category of our blog!

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Wedding

We absolutely love our brides and grooms. It is our hope that their stories and weddings can help new brides in their own wedding planning. If you are a bride or groom that want to share the beauty of your wedding day or are a wedding photographer or planner that wishes to submit a wedding you have recently worked on, be sure to submit a wedding feature application by following this link!

Thank you to all of you that have submitted to us already; we are looking forward to publishing your feature!

Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Engagement Photography


Meet the couple and and read about pre-wedding set up, mishaps, fixes, and planning by clicking Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor: Part 1



Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Beach Wedding

Wedding Photography by Dorritt Solesbee

Their California wedding was styled simply but with precise elegance. Her colors were navy, peach and creme. She decided on these colors because she desperately wanted a bright wedding, but didn’t want to use summer colors during the fall. So she used the navy to bring in a deeper tone and allow the peach to pop out. She, Taylor, their relationship and their wedding are absolutely breathtaking.

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Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 1: An Engagement to Remember)

 Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor

(Part 1: An Engagement to Remember)

Engagement PhotographyMeet the Couple

Dani and Taylor both grew up in California, but met working in the very romantic setting of In-N-Out while attending school in Utah. They dated for a whole two months before their first kiss, Dani lamented, but also proclaimed, “It was the best first kiss I have ever had.”

“Taylor was walking me to my car from his apartment and the whole way I was so nervous because I knew we were finally going to kiss. I say finally because we had been dating for almost two months already and he hadn’t kissed me yet! So lets just say I was dying. We got to my car and we hugged and I looked up at him. But he didn’t kiss me. So what did I do? I took charge and kissed him! It was the best first kiss I have ever had. As we pulled away we hugged again and he gave me the sweetest kiss on the forehead and then I went home. He will still to this day deny that I kissed him first.”

So what do you say Taylor? Will you admit she made the first move or do you have another story to tell?

Whether he admits it or not, that two months of waiting ended up helping them build a strong foundation to stand on. Plus he more than made up for it when he proposed in early august of last year.

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Real Maryland Wedding With Trevor & Emily

Meet The Couple

Engagement Photo

When asked about their first kiss, Emily simply stated, “It was awesome, perfect, and in a hammock.” This, almost completely, describes the relationship between Trevor and Emily. These two love birds met in Utah in January of 2011; her first memory of Trevor being him “showing off” on the piano playing “Great Balls of Fire” during a church choir practice.They began dating in August of 2011 when Emily invited Trevor to go running with her. It wasn’t long after that until they, and anyone within two feet of them, knew that they were meant for each other.  In a way, Emily’s sweetness and Trevor’s (sometimes described as annoying by his siblings) habit of knowing everything about just about everything, strikes a balance between the two, making it easy to love one another.

Bride and Groom

Trevor proposed to Emily at a picnic at the Corona Del Mar beach. His family can remember his eagerness as he whisked her off to this specially planned picnic after an 8 hour drive from Utah to California to visit his family, unable to wait another day.

Mormon Temple

The couple was married six months latter in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s Maryland Temple on May 4th.

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Real Wedding: Purple and French With Trina & Spencer

 Real Wedding: A French Styled Purple Wedding With Trina & SpencerBride and Groom

Meet the couple: Tina and Spencer met and fell in love while attending their church activities. Trina quickly picked him out as a cutie and it wasn’t long until they were dating. The first time they kissed, Trina snuck a kiss on his cheek as he dropped her off at her front door and Spencer’s face lit up. Trina remembers it feeling so special and sweet to see him beaming as he drove off that night. Spencer, nervous, proposed to Trina up at the look out point in Fullerton California after spending more time than normal trudging through trails and sprinklers. Of course, Trina eagerly said yes, but right before Spencer put the ring on her finger he adorably asked “This is the finger it is supposed to go on right?” Essentially sealing the deal for Trina’s heart without even realizing it.

This sweet couple was married in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a simple ring ceremony through the OC Sailing and Event Center for those that were unable to enter the Temple to be a part of. The wedding and reception was full of joy and fun; however, the night before the wedding they were met with sobering news: Trina’s father had passed away. Sharing this, Trina stated that “with love, support, and smiles, our family was able to have an amazing wedding day”. Her father’s passing made each quiet moment special and she knew without a doubt that her father was still with her that day.

Their Wedding Style : French with Purple All Over

Real Wedding CenterpiecesTheir table centerpieces alternated between tall elegant vases with flowers by Saadia Kibirya from Kismat Events and intricate birdcages.

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A Tiffany Blue Country Real Wedding -McKenna & Vince

High School Sweethearts

Country Wedding

McKenna and Vince met and began dating in high school in 2011. They very quickly knew they wanted to go through life together (Vince kind of unintentionally blurted out “I Love You” a little sooner than expected) and were engaged at the end of the following year in 2012.

Wedding Ring Photo

Just by looking at their pictures, and hearing McKenna talk about Vince, it so easy to see that they are crazy about each other. McKenna is a Cali girl that loves the country style and recently finished school at Paul Mitchell. Vince is a man’s man with a soft spot for just about anything his wife wants and is working on getting his EMT. As a couple, they simply love spending time together. One of their favorite spots is Disneyland and they even have matching Minnie and Mickey kiss tattoos.

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“The Perfect Event” Real Wedding – Josh and Jason

The Happy Couple


Josh  (on the left) and Jason (on the right) actually “met” for the first time online. They had mutual friends and were able to bond quickly because they had grown up in the same church and had similar Disney backgrounds -Josh had worked at Disneyland, Jason worked Disney World, and they both ended up working on Disney cruises (They really like Disney). For the first four months of knowing each other they just talked online and over the phone. Josh stated that “It was really nice getting to know someone for who they were, rather than all the ‘materialistic’ things that you normally look at when dating.”  After about a year of dating they moved in together, and then after three years full of growing closer together, Josh decided that it was time to “pop the question”.

Wedding RIngs

Nervous and excited, Josh asked Jason to marry him in the Rose Pub at Disney World right before the fireworks went up. What could be more appropriate? The memory includes an enthusiastic yes, dear friends that were just as excited as the couple, and chairs that were a little too close together, making it so that Josh could only “kind of kneel”. Continue reading

Destination Hawaii Real Wedding Feature – Melissa & Cameron

A Get Away Destination Hawaii Wedding – Melissa & Cameron


Meet newlyweds Melissa and Cameron.

Melissa and Cameron met when they were just in the 3rd grade and became fast friends. Time and school quickly parted them, but by age 16 they were in each other’s lives again and they quickly fell in love (though, as Melissa reports, Cameron wouldn’t kiss her until 9 months after they were dating). Both Melissa and Cameron live life with adventure in their heart. Cameron is in the Navy and Melissa is currently pursuing her passions in aviation, fitness and make up design. With their adventurous spirits there was no question that their wedding would be full of love, adventure, and that little feeling you get right before you leap.

Planning the Wedding On a Tight Budget

After they got engaged, stress set in. Melissa had always dreamed of her wedding, but what wasn’t a part of  that dream was the anxiety that set in. “We had only three months to put it together. We had a pretty small budget. $3000. Also, my father-in-law promised us a honeymoon somewhere. After about a month of stressing over how to pay for things like: locations, photography, flowers, invitations, announcements, cake, food, entertainment, etc. I text my soon-to-be saying why don’t we get married in Hawaii and spend the rest of our honeymoon there. And so we did!” Continue reading