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Amanda McKinnon

Amanda McKinnon

weddingphotographer
Love and Photography are two of Amanda’s favorite things, so weddings are an obvious passion of hers. Based in Southern California and available worldwide. Amanda’s approach is strongly based on a personal connection, telling your unique story and capturing the essence of your love and personality. View all of her work here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

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Timeless Vintage Wedding Inspiration

giant wooden letters

No matter the time of year, the Biltmore features attractions that are unlike anything your guests have seen before. With a wondrous azalea garden and eighty thousand tulips blooming in the spring, followed by fields of sunflowers in the summer, it is always stunning! The historic location coupled with gorgeous vintage gowns give this shoot never ending appeal.

We suggest you find even more head turning details from these timeless vintage wedding ideas in the full gallery here, photographed by With Love and Embers.

vintage wedding loooks

hand drawn wedding map

craft hoop invitation

a bit about the custom stationery

The antiquity of the property lends itself to creating stationery that you might find in the actual details of the Vanderbilt home; within the embossed wallpaper, ornate woodwork, treasured artworks, or the rich draperies adorning each window. Featuring a family crest-style monogram, just as the Vanderbilt’s would have on their own letterhead, was a design choice I did not second guess. Updating the look with watercolor and hand gilded touches was a must. Vintage details such as threaded buckles and floral appliques, confirm the era of a time gone past, while watercolored cross-stitch inspired artwork adds a nod to modernity. With acres of forest woven throughout the property to include restaurants, shops and a winery, a hand-drawn map was a necessity for the navigation of guests. Although George Vanderbilt constructed a stately home with miles of landscaping ingenuity, his desire to live in the simplicity of the North Carolina mountains inspired me to instill this approach in my artwork.

long sleeve wedding dress

vintage wedding bouquet

elegant painted wedding sign

vintage bridal inspiration

amaranthus bouquet

A bit about the wedding venue

The majesty of the Biltmore home and grounds was an irresistible backdrop with all its beauty and splendor seen at every turn. When I first approached the estate, cliche as it may sound, I felt as if I were stepping into a masters painting. Immediately I knew, somehow this feeling of being immersed in a magical scene of historical magnitude, needed to be distilled…albeit in a fresh, more artful way. Bursting with a sense of pride, the Biltmore is a place yearning for exploration. Implored to share my awe of the Biltmore with others and inspired to present this historical property in a decidedly artful light, I set out to build a team as mystified by this place as I was. The home and grounds have been maintained and treasured by the Vanderbilt family for generations, and having been graciously given the opportunity to experience the splendor this, still feels like a precious gift.

thank you or welcome bags

gorgeous reception venue

unique seating ideas

vintage reception idea

tall standing greenery and white bloom centerpiece

green floral cake topper

Get ready to smile when you see the romance unfold in the film from this wedding below, captured by Blueberry Creative.

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Cinematography: Blueberry Creative
Stationery: Momental Designs
DIY Flower Provider: Fifty Flowers.com

Photography: With Love and Embers
Coordinator: Erica Stawick via Ashley Baber Weddings
Venue: Biltmore Estate
Flowers: Lily's GreenThumb
Cake & Caterer: Biltmore Catering
Hair: Emily Anne Hair
Makeup: Blush
Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Prop/Furniture Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals
Jewelry: Lulu Frost
Styling and Design: Kristy Rice
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Hoop Art Place Cards: Thimble and Thistle
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Custom Woodworker: Skilltree Designs
Print Media Outlet: Destination I Do Magazine
Dinnerware: Party Reflections

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: gold, green, pink, white
Styles: destination, vintage

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Classy and Eclectic Canadian Wedding

forest wedding

Dan and Julie turned their favorite things into a dream wedding day, one DIY at a time. With a venue like Little Creek Farm their creativity knew no bounds. Keep scrolling to see how the lush green surroundings, soft color palette, and bronze table decor made this day truly incredible. 

We just know you will fall for this gorgeous day, all beautifully captured by Jessica Zais. Get even more inspired by checking out the full gallery.

use an umbrella in your wedding photos

blush and white bridesmaids dresses

Maid of Honor love

mismatched groomsmen

piñata guestbook idea

From the Bride

From a nearby apricot tree we hung photos showing both our early lives before we met, and then our long journey together. We handmade much of the décor, and we managed to accomplish all the wedding setup together by drawing on our family and friends. The guestbook paper mache piñata was especially fun to make and contains the handiwork of nearly a dozen of our family members. We’re so excited to open it up on our one year anniversary and read our guests’ messages.

From the start we knew that our wedding would be at Little Creek Farm. I had worked on the farm for years when I was younger and have always considered it my very favourite place in the world. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to bring so many people from different places and times in our lives to this magical place.

We chose baby’s breath as the main flower because it grows abundantly around the property and I love its delicate, lacy look. We were so pleased that our months of brainstorming and weeks of crafting come together on our wedding day beautifully.

heart shaped trees in garden wedding

ceremony exit petal toss

cute couple portrait

Table Seating Idea

Print outs of various animals found surrounding British Columbia forest (with the possible exception of the unicorn) were tied around mason jars. Each guests name was hand written on a blue label with a gold sharpie.

labels on mason jars

brass centerpieces

gold centerpieces

Each guest was given a bottle of a salad dressing from the wedding venue. Clever and usueful wedding favor.

salad dressing wedding favor

romantic shots after the day

favorite things farm wedding

Photography: Jessica Zais
Venue: Little Creek Farm
Dress designer: Leanne Marshall
Beaded shawl: BHLDN
Groomsmen ties/bowties: Pomp & Ceremony
Metal Arts: Amber Denison

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: gold, pink, yellow
Styles: diy, garden, vintage