Become a Top Wedding Planner – “Shabby Chic” Themed Wedding Ideas From “Tori and Dean: sTORIbook Weddings”


Last week on “Tori & Dean: sToribook Weddings,” the celebrity wedding planners helped a couple who had lost their venue three weeks before their wedding. The bride and groom had discovered that their venue did not have the proper licenses to hold events and were in danger of not being able to have the “shabby chic” wedding of their dreams. (Tip – if you have found a unique place to use as a wedding venue, make sure they have the proper licenses and permits to operate.)

 Tori and Dean to the rescue. Tori loves “shabby chic.” She and Dean found a venue with both indoor and outdoor space to hold the wedding, Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. The ceremony took place outdoors but everyone went indoors for the reception. There is local law that prohibited music outdoors after 7PM and the couple wanted to be able to dance. (Tip – make sure you know the neighborhood rules regarding music and noise when you plan an outdoor wedding.)

Dean rowed the bride across the pond to her ceremony which was on a island on the property. (Tip – If you are having your bride enter in a row boat, make sure you have an experienced person doing the rowing and someone to help the bride in and out of the boat.)

She walked down an aisle lined with white daisy petals and joined her groom in under a rustic canopy and vintage chandelier – see photo at top. (Vintage decor and furniture were from Found Vintage Rentals who has more photos from the show on their blog.

The couple released white doves during their ceremony. The birds represented faithfulness, honor, commitment and everlasting love. Birds were also symbolic to the couple, they considered themselves to be lovebirds because they had to fly to see each other during the early stages of their relationship. (Tip – Some venues do not allow a dove release, check before you order this. Also, as Tori and Dean learned, the release has to be done in daylight so the birds could fly home.)

The bride and her attendants carried bouquets of daisies. The bridemaids wore dresses from Two Birds Bridesmaids, a company that many of you, who watched celebrity wedding planner David Tutera’s show, “My Fair Wedding,” might remember. David dressed bridesmaids in their dresses for several different weddings.

The guests were given daisies to toss at the big kiss.

The ceremony and reception sites were filled with vintage decor.

Silhouette artist, Karl Johnson, whose work has appeared in many magazines, created silhouettes of each of the guests for the bride and groom’s guestbook. (Tip – silhouettes can also be used as favors, like actress Hilary Duff used at her wedding.)

 The bride didn’t feel the need to have a big tiered wedding cake so she opted for a small cake in her theme color of Tiffany blue.

Guest instead enjoyed a dessert bar of cupcakes served on vintage stands and hanging from small, painted bird cages. The cake and desserts were from Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach, California. You can see more photos from the wedding on their blog

Tonight’s episode actually aired last night also, so many of us have seen it. The wedding theme is Arabian Nights so it should be fun and exciting.

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