Our monthly Real Bride Series continues, and this month we are featuring a Babydoll Wedding’s past bride Shawna!

If you are looking to add some vintage flare to your wedding event, get some inspiration from Shawna’s wedding!  The vintage details shown here and mentioned by the bride herself pay homage to both sets of grand parents on each side of the family.

I present to you our March Real Bride Shawna!

What were your wedding colors? 

Black and White, with some red flare

How many bridesmaids did you have? 


Where did your ceremony and reception take place?
Wedding at the LDS temple in Mesa. Ring ceremony and reception at Regency Garden in Mesa.

Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?  
The temple was for religious reasons. Regency Garden was close to the temple and very reasonably priced.

Where did you find your dress? 

I used my grandmother’s dress – vintage, cream, lace overlay. It only required minimal alterations. It had such sentimental meaning, was free, and fit with the vintage Americana theme.

Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy? 
Pretty easy, just in my grandma’s closet.

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 

Red roses

What was the flavor of your cake? 

Vanilla and chocolate with cream cheese icing – Yum!

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?

All 4 sets of our grandparents had long, happy marriages, our wedding had a vintage theme, so we paid homage to our grandparents by making picture frames with pictures of them courting and/or of their wedding, we also included corresponding stories. We used them as table décor.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband?

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry, we didn’t have a song, our DJ actually picked this one and now it has become our song.

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 

We rented a trolley to transport guests between the temple and Regency Garden, the bridal party took it out for a special photo shoot – we got some great pictures and had tons of fun!

Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go? 

Yes! We went to Italy for a week (Rome and Venice).

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides? 

Get organized – create a binder immediately with contact info of multiple vendors, timelines, etc. – you won’t believe how many business cards, fabric swatches, etc. that you’ll collect. Also, pick the things that are most important to you and make sure that they happen the way you want. Then, be flexible with everything else – not everything will go as planned, but don’t let it ruin your experience!

Our thanks to Shawna for letting us in on her wedding details! We love the vintage elements you included in your day, such a fabulous way to pay homage to your loved ones.  The trolley is also an excellent idea! Looks like everyone enjoyed your beautiful day.  
Photographer: Maria Nissen Photography//Venue: Regency Garden//Makeup Artist: Sabrina at Babydoll Weddings//Catering: Jennifer Hall & Co.//DJ: Birkett Entertainment

If you are a past bridal client of Babydoll Weddings and would like to be featured in our Real Bride Series, send an email to info@babydollweddings.com or fill out our form our contact page!