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Real Wedding: Emmy and Joe - Historic Old Town Winchester

Vintage. Romantic. Elegant.

This Chicagoland couple returned to the bride's hometown for their charming vintage-inspired wedding. And, I was delighted to assist in the celebration of this wonderful couple!

Photography by Swadley Studios

Every aspect of this beautifully detailed wedding was reminiscent of a bygone era – from the ceremony held at the Old Stone Church (built in 1788), the reception at the Historic George Washington Hotel to the Trolley that transported the couple between to the two locations.


The bride was the personification of elegance in her Romona Keveza dress, vintage jewelry and lace sash. She carried a romantic bouquet of peach, pink & ivory roses.


The intimate wedding ceremony was co-officiated by the bride's grandfather and included vows written by the couple. The décor was simple and included baby's breath sprays & candles on the windowsills and altar. After the ceremony, guests wrote a wish for the couple and attached it to a white balloon. As the newlywed couple exited the church, guests released their balloons & wishes into the bright blue sky.


The cocktail & reception areas included numerous distinctive touches: a retro TV played classic film clips & a slide show of family & friends; Custom artwork created for the couples' playbill-style program and was also displayed framed in the ballroom; Swizzle sticks noted favorite love song titles; Cocktail table centerpieces utilized invitations from the couple's family & friends' actual weddings; A folding screen displayed family and bridal party photos and letters. The card (gift) table was a nostalgic display that included a vintage typewriter bearing a letter to their guests from the bridal couple. And, in lieu of a guest book, the couple chose a world map where guests could mark their favorite cities.


The dining tables were arranged family-style. Accented with lace overlays, handmade table runners, tall vases with large sprays of baby's breath and individual-sized cakes. Serving dual purpose, the centerpiece cakes provided guests with 12 flavors to choose from for dessert. Providing a dramatic flair were feather boas on the guests' chair backs. Of course, once the party started, the boas adorned many a guest on the dance floor.


They wed, dined, danced – and have the gorgeous photos to prove it!  Click here to view the entire gallery.



Photography: Swadley Studios

Venues: Ceremony - Old Stone Church   Reception - Historic George Washington Hotel

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza

Formal Wear: Joseph A. Banks

Beauty: Mane Attraction Spa & Salon

Florals: Flowers by Snellings

Cakes: Sheila's Sweets

Ceremony Musicians: Giovane Players

Reception Music: Eric Herod Entertainment

Transportation: Candy Hill Trolley

Wedding Coordinator: Amy VanMeter Events

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Reader Comments (2)

Beautiful wedding, Amy!

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I love the second black and white photo.. such a vintage feel!

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