Jenn + David’s Downtown Fullerton Vintage Wedding

When Jenn came to us with a vision for her wedding, we were thrilled. The ceremony and reception were held in our neck of the woods just down the street at Villa Del Sol in downtown Fullerton. Their guests enjoyed the 100+ year old charm of the old Hotel California and Found’s treasures fit right in.

Their wedding was featured on The Bride’s Cafe. Be sure to see more of Braedon Flynn’s lovely images there.

Jenn & David took advantage of downtown Fullerton’s urban vibe for their portraits.

For their ceremony at Villa del Sol, they used our mustard yellow desk as an altar and sat on our navy blue wingback settee while taking communion. Later they used the desk and settee for their sweetheart table.

Jeni designed table numbers for Jenn & David using stacks of vintage books and rusty metal numbers. The books were right at home as a central element of the centerpieces.

Our collection of vintage books also dressed up little nooks throughout the venue, creating continuity beyond the centerpieces and tables. Our framed chalkboard became the menu for their reception dinner and was placed with a grouping of vintage suitcases.

Our petite white farm table was the perfect platform for Jenn & David’s cake and cupcake display. The wooden crates, and stacks of suitcases provided lots of lifts and levels for their sweet treats.

Congrats and best wishes to Jenn & David. Thanks for letting us be part of your celebration!

Diary of a Picker: Familiar Faces at the Flea

Over the weekend Tim & I left New Hampshire and began our meandering trip home to the west coast. On our way, we passed a box truck (much like Found’s little beauty) from Olde Good Things, an antique dealer with showrooms strewn about the country. It made me smile and I urged Tim to slow down as we passed it at 70 mph so I could take a blurry picture (in the dark, mind you).

Somehow seeing that truck on the road gave me confidence that we were going in the right direction–headed to someplace great. I mean, if Olde Good Things is going to be there, it must be worth it! I actually didn’t know where they were headed (and whether they were picking or selling) but we were definitely stopping in the nation’s capital. What American road trip would be complete without it?

The next morning when I woke up, I stumbled upon The Capital Hill Flea Market. I don’t want to give you the wrong impression here. Picking takes great determination and a keen eye but I actually thought the market was on Sunday. I was delighted, however, to find it open for two days and was sort of proud that I’ve developed a kind of magnetism to antiques even when I’m not looking for them (a skill I greatly admire in Jeni).

Throughout my trek across America, I’ve been pleased to see such a variety of antiques and vintage treasures. Everywhere I’ve been has had a bit of regional flair tossed in among the always-present collectible staples of Coca Cola memorabilia and rusty horseshoes. I saw more primitive antiques in New England than anywhere else, more architectural salvage in the MidWest, and more industrial pieces in NY. Fascinating!

Overall, though, I felt like the strongest message I heard from America’s antiques was: “there’s nothing new under the sun.” I’ve seen croquet mallets in California, Kansas, and Maine. There were drop-leaf tables in Missouri, Virginia, and Tennessee. I could have purchased a wood-burning stove in Vermont, Ohio, or on Craigslist just about anywhere. While I’m intigued by what I found most frequently in each particular region, I was also relieved that no single section of the country had a corner on the world’s supply of any one treasure. Vintage pieces are accessible, you just have to know where to look.

On Saturday, once I was inside the flea market, I couldn’t help but laugh when the first booth I found was that of Olde Good Things. Despite their high-end collection (Jeni would kill me if she ever heard of me paying their prices for reclaimed ceiling tins), I knew I was in the right place. Seeing the same company in LA, NY, and DC just warmed my heart. I suppose I feel like if I find them everywhere I go, I know I’m in the right place.

My darkened-frantically-taken-on-a-freeway photo of The Olde Good Things truck

Backyard Wedding Celebration: Laura & Doug

Laura & Doug were married over the summer at a chic backyard celebration. We’re so glad that they incorporated our pieces in their celebration.

The intimate outdoor ceremony used our vintage church pews (as well as additional chairs) and an asymmetrical aisle.

Here’s Laura’s gorgeous knee-length dress & our metal urns flanking the ceremony altar.

At the reception, Laura & Doug used many of our mismatched farm tables to seat their guests.

Our gold chandelier added just the right amount of whimsy to this chic celebration.

Scrabble tiles from our collection were set throughout the reception area spelling sweet sentiments and table names. 

Thanks to Laura & Doug for including our collection in your marvelous day. We’re so thankful that we got to be a small part of your celebration.

All pictures courtesy Studio EMP. To see more images, check out the features on Wiley Valentine here & here.

French Patisserie Dessert Table Inspiration

Recently we were honored to be part of a table-top inspiration shoot put together by Melissa at Ruffled Blog. She included several pieces from our collection in her set-up and we’re happy to share it here now.

Here is her French patisserie-inspired dessert table.

Melissa also created a tea station with our vintage white buffet cabinet and collection of assorted silver.

Our wire mesh 3-tiered baskets (we have two!) housed tea and other accoutrements for the yummy display.

Melissa also incorporated our metal flower buckets (we have 10) in her French-inspired set-up.

Don’t you just love these desserts from Sweet & Saucy Shop? We can’t get enough of Melody’s incredible creations.

Thanks to Melissa and all involved in this photo shoot. You can see more images on Ruffled Blog’s feature.

All images courtesy Ashley Rose Photography.

Diary of a Picker: Turmoil in Brooklyn

Over the weekend, Tim & I went to the Big Apple to visit our dear and gracious friends Lindsy & Cuong. The last time we were with them in New York was for their inspired autumn wedding two years ago. While we got to experience some of their favorite things over that weekend at their intimate celebration, it was a joy to see their regular lives now which are filled with meaningful & important work, rich community life, and wonderfully delicious food. After catching up on all the juice, reminiscing about college days, and stuffing our faces at some of their beloved Brooklyn eateries, I was ready to get down to more serious business: the Flea.

The Brooklyn Flea is held (on Sundays during this time of year, at least) in a gorgeous old bank building (think amazing historic event venue, people). I was a little awestruck just soaking in the gilded mosaic ceilings. We got there early enough that vendors were still pulling pieces out of their trucks to set-up. That pre-crowd set-up time is special. You get the pick of the merchandise. It definitely takes a trained eye to spot the real gems when they aren’t even unpacked yet. I think Jeni would have been proud of my enthusiasm in that moment.

As we sifted through the market though, I had a gnawing thought at the back of my head. Two thoughts actually.

We drove a truck all the way across the country. We’re up to about 4,400 miles. Not only that but we drove that truck in New York, the trafficky, unpredictable, mayhem-filled, pothole-ridden city that it is. They don’t favor cars there, in fact, I’m convinced most New Yorkers believe that they are invincible and shouldn’t be bothered to stop just because a few vehicles are zooming towards them. Driving in the city takes serious concentration and I’m pretty sure I deserve a medal for the parallel parking job I did in that bad boy. My first thought was that I cannot, CANNOT, return from our trip in an empty truck. It almost seems wasteful or like a disservice to mankind.

Simultaneously, however, I had my second thought. The almost overwhelming desire to fill the back of that truck with antique sleds, school desks, salvaged ceiling tiles, door jambs, vintage sweaters, primitive toolboxes, old-school postcards, shelves, and pickles (not vintage ones) was palpable. It would be irresponsible not to and yet Jeni’s last words to me on Friday evening were ringing in my ears: “Don’t pay New York prices…”

“Love Succulently” Real Wedding

What a joy it was to collaborate with Bianca for her wedding decor. With a theme like “Love Succulently,” we knew we were in for a unique celebration. Although she has a modern-meets-vintage aesthetic, her eclectic look didn’t get too muddled. Instead, the chocolate, vanilla, eggplant, and sage color scheme tied all the details together and Matt & Bianca’s personalities shined through. You can read all about their inspiration and details in the feature on Style Me Pretty (and don’t miss part 2 or their video by Elysium Productions).

Enjoy the images from their big day from Jasmine Star (Bianca’s sister!) & Stephanie Fay.

At the Sunstone Winery, guests were greeted with a old-timey beverage station (created by Angel & Anna from Events of Love & Splendor–LOVE them!) on our vintage flour bin table.<

Generations of wedding photos were displayed on our long narrow black farm table.

Distressed vintage church pews created the perfect setting for the intimate ceremony. Jaclyne from Heavenly Blooms designed the oodles of hydrangea & succulent-filled arrangements. Bianca provided her own carpet aisle runners to complete the space.

At the reception (held at Root 246), our riddling racks filled with florals introduced guests to the style of the celebration. Escort cards tucked between bottles and succulents led guests to their seats. This collaboration with Jacylne brought just right touch of old world charm to the celebration entrance.

Bianca & Matt wanted an intimate but fun sweetheart table. Our distressed white table and newly-upholstered plum button-tufted chairs did the trick.

For an overflowing dessert display, we dove right in to create lifts, levels, and texture. Architectural pieces, vintage doors, gilded frames, and tarnished gold accents filled the space and made the desserts a focal point.

We’re grateful that we had the opportunity to be a part of such a personal and intimate celebration. Thanks Bianca for sharing your vision with us and trusting us to bring it to life!

After set-up was complete, Jeni & I couldn’t resist sharing our excitement in Bianca & Matt’s custom photo booth.

All images are courtesy of Jasmine Star & Stephanie Fay