Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the owner/finder of Trove Vintage Rentals (+ Handmade Affairs). I was asked by Mikaela to do a guest post while her and Shane are enjoying the rest of their tropical honeymoon, and even though I’d rather be in St. Lucia myself, I thought this was a pretty fun idea too. Mikaela and I first met up to work on a styled shoot somewhat recently – actually, this wasn’t our first meeting as we happened to go to the same elementary school not so recently. And not even a couple weeks ago, I was able to help with some of the decor and styling at Mikaela and Shane’s wedding. It’s pretty neat when life throws you little unexpected surprises such as this :)
A few things you should know about me: I’m an artist at heart and I thrive on creativity; I have a deep appreciation for colour, nature, and really anything that gives good inspiration; rearranging furniture and art in my home has become a compulsive disorder which my sweet husband has probably thought about having me committed for; and probably most important for this post – I LOVE vintage!
I started Trove Vintage Rentals because of my appreciation for finding treasures from the past; beautiful items that appear to be more like pieces of art than simply everyday tools of another generation. I knew that many other people in this new world of disposable plastic also shared my love of vintage. Especially when it comes to weddings, I believe that incorporating vintage pieces gives your special day an air of nostalgic romance that is difficult to get elsewhere.
What I have found that I love most about styling vintage inspired weddings, is how easy it is to personalize the theme of a wedding in a way that truly represents the bride and groom. I’ve tracked down old baking and sewing equipment for a bride that is a professional baker and a groom that is involved in the fashion industry. It truly is all in the details, and there are so many ways to get creative. We live in a time where people are encouraged to look beyond cookie cutter weddings, and create a day that is a true celebration of two unique individuals coming together in love. It’s a beautiful thing :)
Mikaela’s vintage lawn bowling styled shoot that I was able to be a part of is a good example of this. Located at a bowling green in the Summer, the idea was to set up a refreshments station that had a fun, colourful look, and also incorporated sporty details. I used tiny trophies, a bowling pin, a croquet set, and bowling bag to play into the Summer games theme.
As far as Mikaela and Shane’s wedding, it was no surprise the level of thought and creativity that went into that day. We all know of the utterly romantic Starbucks proposal which was carried through into the wedding itself. Both M + S have a love for photography, travel and coffee, and they creatively included each of these elements into their beautiful wedding. There were old globes and suitcases, vintage cameras, silver coffee urns, coffee tins and coffee grinders, and cute little burlap sacks filled with coffee beans.
I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to help. I was able to snap a few quick photos at the time of set up (please remember that I am a stylist and not a photographer!)
Once again, thank you to Mikaela and Shane for letting me be a small part of their special day. And to anyone who is interested on adding a few vintage details to their next event, feel free to check out the Trove website.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day :)