Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding

The title pretty much speaks for itself, folks. The pastel, vintage, 1950s-inspired bridesmaids dresses (that the bride had to scour the internet and Etsy to find) come together in a unique and beautiful way. They remind me of really fluffy, really pretty cotton candy :). The bride bought her dress online and brought it to a seamstress to revive. She made her own antique brooch bouquet and threw a luncheon so her bridesmaids could do the same. They had a very traditional first look (behind closed doors) and ceremony, followed by one heck of a party on a RIVERBOAT through downtown Cincinnati. I don’t know about you all, but I think that’s pretty darn cool! The bride’s unique vision for her special day is impressive, sure, but what I love the most is that it was exactly right for her groom and her :). Lucky Heart Photography captured it 100% perfectly!! We heart this!!

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Kevin and Morgan met through a mutual friend. She had just returned from studying abroad in Spain with her best friend, Mitch, who also happened to be Kevin’s fraternity brother. Since they were all in college together, it is unclear how many times they actually crossed paths before they can actually remember meeting one another, but it wasn’t until the following summer that they really spent any quality time together.

Morgan had gone to visit Mitch and lo and behold found out his roommate was Kevin (who she made fun of constantly for being a computer game nerd). Mitch had to work one of the days of Morgan’s visit, so she dragged Kevin (the “nerdy roommate”) to the pool before he took her around to all the places in their college town that she hadn’t yet had the pleasure of visiting.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

They never really had a first date. But they do recall at least two times that could have been unofficial first dates. The first was at a tailgate (IU football is more about the tailgating than the actual football game). Morgan somehow knew who Kevin’s parents were even though she had never met them and Kevin wasn’t even with them when she did. In her tailgating stupor, Morgan walked over, sat in their trunk, and drank a rum and coke with Kevin’s dad, while eating the ginger snaps they’d brought for their son. By the time Kevin arrived, she was already pretty acquainted with his parents, even though they were still trying to figure out who she was supposed to be. Was she just a friend of their son’s? Was she his girlfriend? She had purple streaks in her hair, but everything was a-okay because she liked a good rum and coke just like his dad!! ;) The second was when Kevin’s sister came into town and Kevin called asking her to come meet them. When she said no, he told her that she had to come because his sister wanted to meet his “girlfrrrrrrrie…whatever.” The rest is, well, history!!

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

One of their very favorite memories was their first Valentine’s Day. They didn’t want to deal with crowds when all they really wanted to do was eat a nice dinner and be with each other, so they stayed in. She went over to Kevin’s place, which was spotless for, like, the first time since he’d moved in. He’d set up a card table in the family room with a white cloth and red napkins. He had a bouquet of red tulips and white roses in the middle of the table with sweethearts scattered around it. They went grocery shopping together and cooked spaghetti carbonara, drank wine, and listened to music in their t shirts and sweatpants.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

The next year, they tried the whole “get dressed up and go out for a steak dinner” type of date, but they both missed their little evening of cooking and just being together in t shirts and sweatpants. It’s been their tradition ever since.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Morgan was antsy, waiting for Kevin to pop the question, but he was all about finding the perfect opportunity to surprise her with it. They were planning on going away together the weekend before Christmas, and at the very last minute, Kevin decided to do it. Before they left, he asked Morgan’s dad for his permission just in case.

The bed and breakfast was adorable and they had a really wonderful weekend. They spent most of it in t shirts and sweatpants, playing Gin (an ongoing and very competitive game that even has its own notebook to keep the score in), watching Christmas movies and episode after episode of How I Met Your Mother. After escaping for a couple hours to go antiquing, they went back to the room and Morgan decided she wanted to take pictures of the place. Kevin, who usually doesn’t like pictures, but usually humors Morgan, told her no. She relented, and they went back to the room, changed into sweatpants, and, upon his insistence, picked up yet another game of Gin. (Little did she know he’d scribbled a very important question on the Ace of Hearts while she’d been in the shower…)

The game began. She discarded, and turned to watch the show. He discarded, but she didn’t look up from the show. It took her several (long) minutes to even look at his card and then another couple of (long) seconds to process what he’d written upon it, “Will you marry me?” When she finally realized that it was her turn to say something, she jumped across the game and into his lap!! She never actually said the word yes, but if her reaction doesn’t scream positivity, I don’t know what does :).

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

{From the Bride} When we first started planning our wedding, I started planning a traditional wedding, but quickly realized it wasn’t really me. I wasn’t sold on the floor length gown, I didn’t need my bridesmaids to match, and I didn’t necessarily want to celebrate our wedding in the same old banquet hall. I decided that through each step of the planning process and throughout the final wedding event I wanted everything to be fun and to be uniquely me and my husband.

We wanted the actual wedding ceremony to be a solemn, serious, religious event, so we decided to hold it at my parents’ church. When it came to the celebration however, we wanted it to scream Cincinnati. Most of our family and friends were from our of town so we really wanted to have everyone truly experience Cincinnati on our big day! When my mom thought of the riverboat, we knew right away that we wanted a reception cruise downtown!

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Once I had decided not to stick with the traditional wedding, I had so much fun brainstorming and planning the day! It was only natural to go with a 1950s theme. For my look, I knew exactly what I wanted in my head, it just wasn’t anywhere to be found. I ended up ordering a dress online without ever trying it on. I knew it would make a good base and it shipped to my home straight from China. Once I got the dress, it needed exactly what I thought it would. I scoured Etsy for sashes and tulle skirts. After an epic fail with the additional tulle skirt and a 2-day panic with an attempt to dye the skirt, we ended up buying perfectly-matching, loose tulle from Jo-Anne Fabric. We took all the pieces to my seamstress and had her remove the bow off the front of the dress, add layers of tulle to the skirt, and sew on the beautiful satin sash that I found so that it could tie in a large bow on my back. Since my dress really didn’t cost that much, I went all out when picking my veil and shoes to complete the look. For my bridesmaids looks, I asked them to pick out pastel-colored, vintage, 1950s dresses.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

The flowers were one of my favorite parts. For the bouquets, I decided to stick with the vintage theme and my mom bought the most gorgeous selection of antique brooches. I paired them with ivory silk flowers for some texture. My bouquet took hours, but my mom and I threw a luncheon for the bridesmaids and each of them made their own.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

When I first saw everyone in their vintage dresses, crinoline (when applied), and all the bridesmaids in their pearls, with their little bouquets, I knew I wasn’t crazy to think it really all would come together perfectly. My fun vision really did come to life.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Being traditional, Kevin and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony, but I did want something. So, with the photographer’s help, we got to hold hands around the door and just take a second to realize that we really were about to marry the love of our life!

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Everything happened so fast all day, but it went so smoothly that I was able to enjoy every moment as it happened. In the end, anything that did go wrong really didn’t matter. And I just couldn’t stop smiling. My favorite moment of the day was our first dance. It was the first time all day that Kevin and I were able to just be with each other. We were supposed to apply some of our dancing lessons during our long five-minute song, but we ended up just dancing our way, holding each other close, and soaking in the wonderful feeling of being married.

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

{Advice for Couples} Don’t fret over the little things. Always keep in mind the big picture! In the end, brides, you want to be beautiful, marry your best friend, and have the time of your life. If the details like the bridesmaids dresses, flowers, and food work out, then great! If something goes wrong, you can still have the happiest, most beautiful, and most fun time of your life anyways!

Also, Kevin and I left for our honeymoon Monday morning. And if anybody asks, we totally recommend it! Take Sunday to recover, relax, and visit with family and friends before they leave town. My parents threw a casual brunch at their house for people to stop by before they left and we had a blast being able to relax and visit without the restriction of a wedding day timeline.

Marriage advice: Try to make each other laugh at least once every day!

Pastel Vintage Riverboat Wedding, Lucky Heart Photography

Congratulations, Kevin and Morgan! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many thanks to Lucky Heart Photography for sharing their very special day with us today!! xoxo

Photographer: Lucky Heart Photography / Venue & Catering: BB Riverboat / Florals: (the bride) and The Flowerman / Cake Baker: Maribelle Cakery / DJ: Steve Bender Productions / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various shops on Etsy / Hairstylist: Bella Chic Salon

Comments

  1. What an enchanting story! Lovely couple, amazing wedding, so happy to be able to read about it and see it come to life in pictures!

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