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A DIY Vintage Americana Wedding in New Jersey {inspired by 4th of July}

Today's real wedding is one that I love to feature - not only because it's beautiful and filled with lovely DIY creations, but because the bride herself emailed to share her wedding with me. The wedding of Kelly and Wayne {high school sweethearts} took place just a few weeks ago on July 6th in New Jersey. Their vintage Americana wedding was inspired by the Fourth of July and Kelly's grandfather {who had worked for Coca Cola for nearly 40 years}. Even though her grandfather is passed, Coca Cola remains a huge part of Kelly's family so it seems only fitting to incorporate that into their wedding. Continue reading for much more on the wedding itself and even more gorgeous photos from Rebecca Watkins Photography.


Kelly and Wayne's entire outdoor wedding used the color scheme of ivory, navy, burgundy and baby blue. It also included, of course, lots of the old time coke a cola glass bottles. As, Rebecca the photographer wrote: "Kelly and her bridesmaids had spend months creating all of the details, but left it to the boys to put them in place that morning. With a little guidance, Wayne and the guys did it perfectly. Who said boys were bad at arts and crafts?!" Don't you love that?

All of Kelly's jewelry along with the jewelry for her bridesmaids were handmade from artists on and her hairpiece was even made from her Mom's wedding dress. To wrap up the reception, Kelly, Wayne, and the entire bridal party had a surprise for the wedding guests . . . a fun choreographed dance {I will see if I can get a clip of the dance}.

you can see even more photos in the gallery below . . .  {click on each for a larger version}

Wedding Vendors:
Flowers - ShopRite of Chews Landing, NJ
Bride's dress - David's Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses + Shoes {hello darling wedge in navy} - Mod Cloth
Wayne's suit - Banana Republic 
Cake - Diane's LaPatissere in West Berlin, NJ
Video - 23 Circles by Kevin and Danielle Malone 
Invitations - PaperSnaps 
Program Fans - Simply Inviting in Collingswood, NJ 
Necklace - Zafiriena on etsy
Bracelet - borrowed from grandmother
Earrings - Modern Designs by VKG on etsy
Hairpiece - Brass Boheme on etsy {made from Mother's old wedding dress sleeve}