Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Vintage Getaway Ideas For An Unforgettable Wedding Exit

January 30, 2015

Good morning lovelies! Can you believe we’re at the end of January already? Next it will be Valentines Day and soon we’ll be thinking about Spring! Before all that though, this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons. After the confetti has been thrown, wedding cake cut and the sparklers have fizzled out, it will be time for you and your husband to make your exit, and just like the rest of your day you want it to be unforgettable! Something stylish and fun, something that reflects your personality, as well as the tone of your big day, and most importantly something that will make for some fabulous photos – and completely wow your wedding guests! Whatever your theme, style, venue or budget here are 5 wedding getaway ideas that are sure to leave a lasting impression…..

5 Unforgettable Vintage Wedding Getaways

1. Classic Car

From the 1920s to the 1960s a classic car adds glamour and wow to the exit of any wedding – and is guaranteed to be loved as much by your Groom as by your guests!

Classic Car Wedding Exits Classic Car Wedding Exits Classic Car Wedding Getaway Classic Car Wedding Getaway Classic Car Wedding Getaway 1 ~ Photography Paula O’Hara via Ruffled, 2 ~ Photography  Kirill Bordon via Chic Vintage Brides, 3 ~ Photography Chris Isham via Southern Weddings, 4 ~ Photography Jose Villa , 5 ~ Photography Victoria Phipps Photography via Bridal Musings

2. Horse Drawn Carriage

Or for something with a little more olde world romance consider a gentle getaway on a horse drawn carriage…..

Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Exits Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Exits Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Getaway Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Getaway Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Getaway 1 ~ Photography Jeremy Harwell via Snippet & Ink, 2 ~ Photography Katie Stoops, 3 ~ Photography KT Merry , 4 ~ Photography Clark Brewer via Southern Weddings, 5 ~ Photography Jeremy Harwell via Southern Weddings

3. Vintage Motorbike or Scooter (side-car optional!)

For a fun exit full of retro charm there is nothing more cool than a vintage scooter or motorbike (with or without sidecar) But think about your wedding dress before you go ahead and book because anything long or full finitely won’t work – perhaps a good excuse for a chic reception dress?

Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Exits Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Exits Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Getaway Horse Drawn Carriage Wedding Getaway Vintage Vespa - and Sidecar 1 ~ Photography Sarah Kate via Wed Society, 2 ~ Photography Kimbry Studios via Magnolia Rouge, 3 ~ Photography Tessa J. via 100 Layer Cake, 4 ~ Photography Sylvie Gil, 5 ~ Photography Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes

4. A Bicycle Made for Two!

Or for an exit that is a little more budget friendly, but no less romantic, how about a pedal driven option? Sit atop the handlebars and have ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ play as you ride away!

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You could even go tandem!

Bicycle Wedding Getaway

And two wheels can be made to look just as beautiful as four!

Bicycle Wedding Getaway 1 ~ Sylvie Gil Photography, 2 ~ Petronella Photography via Burnetts Boards, 3 ~ Photography Anne Robert via Style Me Pretty, 4 ~ Photography  Dawn Alexandra via Green Wedding Shoes, 5 ~ Photography Ruth Eileen via Style Me Pretty


5. Sail Away

Or (and this one is my absolute favourite) what could be more dreamy than drifting away into the sunset with your new husband in a boat just for two…..

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And here are some great Dos and Don’ts for decorating the Getaway Vehicle from The Knot – you might want to pass them along to your best man and maid of honour!

Have a great weekend lovelies,




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The Stunning 2015 Bridal Collection from Celia Grace – Wedding Dresses with a Heartwarming Story

January 29, 2015

I have often spoken of my dream of owning a wedding dress boutique here on Chic Vintage Brides; and my love of losing myself in the latest wedding dress designs. So I am sure it will come as little surprise to you that nothing makes my day more than receiving an email from a designer asking me to share their latest collection with you…..except maybe discovering their wedding dresses come with a truly heart warming story! I’d like to introduce you to Celia Grace…..

Fair Trade Wedding Dresses - Celia Grace 2015 Bridal Collection
Celia Grace is a bridal label that was created by the lovely Marcie Muehlke when in 2010, she couldn’t find for her own big day a wedding dress that fit with her personal values as well as her personal style. Disappointed and disheartened by what the wedding industry had to offer for the stylish but eco-conscious bride, she set out to create a line of beautiful wedding dresses that would be more meaningful for brides, seamstresses, and the environment. Since then the brand has absolutely flourished and the 2015 Collection, offers everything a modern bride looks for in her dream wedding dress. It is full of gorgeous silhouettes with a modern-vintage feel, sumptuous textures, beautiful fabrics such as light-as-air heirloom silks and delicate laces; as well as stunning design details and embellishments. And what’s even better is that behind every Celia Grace wedding dress is a story as wonderful as the dress itself. A story of Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and female empowerment.

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Chic Vintage Bride – Shirley Schiff

January 28, 2015

Good morning lovelies! My Chic Vintage Brides are always some of my favourite posts, but even more so when they are the much cherished family photos from you the reader. And so today I feel incredibly chuffed and honoured to be sharing with you the beautiful wedding of Shirley Schiff and Lawrence Weiner – the grandparents of lovely CVB regular Allison……

Chic Vintage 1940s Bride - Shirley

They were married in Columbus, Ohio at the Roosevelt Hotel on May 14, 1944. Lawrence the dashing groom was just shy of 21 – and was on leave from the Navy, whilst Shirley was sweet 19. Her beautiful long sleeved wedding dress was made of liquid silk satin with the most lovely lace yolk.


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Provence Chic – Romantic Wedding Inspiration in a Palette Inspired by Provence

January 27, 2015

Despite the fact it is Summer here in NZ, it has been something of a wet and miserable day today. So I thought with this week’s inspiration board I would whisk us all away to somewhere lovely – and warm! Inspired by the charming stone houses of Provence, with their pretty shuttered windows, I chose a palette of soft blues, blush and champagne and added a hint of Art Nouveau, for a wedding that positively brims with romance and has a certain je ne sais quoi!

Romantic Wedding Inspiration in a Palette of Blue & Blush 1 ~ Jessica Lorren via Once Wed, 2 ~ J.Bird Photography via Ruffled, 3 ~ Alphonse Mucha, 4 ~ Shea Christine via SMP

 Add a hint of gorgeous green and what palette could be more perfect for a wedding in Spring, Summer or any season? Think relaxed and rustic but with ethereal elegance and a little Art Nouveau splendour. Layer textures such as velvet, silk ribbons, lace and linen; and mix your metals (gold + silver or bronze = luxury) throughout your celebrations to create a feeling of opulence. Rich floral centrepieces and ornate silverware added to simple outdoor, family-style dining will make for a relaxed yet luxurious wedding breakfast. Bouquets lush with foliage, created with a just-picked look and tied with cascading ribbon will look lovely – and kept small won’t break the bank!

Romantic Wedding Inspiration in a Palette of Blue & Blush Table Setting ~ Michael and Carina Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bride & Groom ~ Laura Gordon for Claire Pettibone, Engagement Ring ~ Tec Petaja, Bridal Crown ~ Lacielle Rose captured by Taylor Lord, Wedding Stationery ~ Jose Villa via My Sweet & Saucy, Flower Girls ~ Dresses from Monsoon, Photography by Edward Osborn via Style Me Pretty, Bridal Shoes ~ Emmy London, Gold Stamp ~ The Gifts of Life, Bridal Bouquet ~ Trent Bailey


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A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography

January 26, 2015

Good morning lovelies! For all of you still shivering through the midst of Winter, I have just the thing to warm you up and brighten your day this cold Monday morning. Today’s lush Spring wedding inspiration shoot from Toni Larsen Photography is full of the most creative and utterly gorgeous floral styling from Chic Vintage Brides favourite and regular Toni at Magdalen Hill (including a fresh flower necklace, sweet floral anklets and a stunning floral hair accessory) as well as lots of lovely ideas for how to add a little boho chic to your vintage wedding.

Boho-Vintage Wedding Ideas

Created in the midst of a wood, late on an early Spring day when the light was at its most magical, in a lush palette of white & green, inspired by nature and featuring the yummiest wedding cake that is sure to make your mouth water, this shoot is simple but charming, boho-vintage at its most chic. Before I share every fabulous detail, a little something from Toni at Magdalen Hill, the lady with the vision.

“Being a long-time admirer of Toni Larsen‘s work I went to her with an idea I had….

“I have this vision. A Bride and Groom standing in front of a 7 foot dream catcher on a rug in the middle of a forest. I’m thinking lots of natural textures, skulls with flowers and lots of green, emerald green. I fancy creating ankle garlands for something different, maybe a floral necklace, oh but a killer headpiece would be cool… actually maybe all three… a bit vintage with an elegant boho vibe”.

“Let’s do it” she said “I have just the couple”. Cue the gorgeous happy couple Renee Gleeson and her new husband Hayden.

Laces and linen were layerd with naturally dyed Turkish rugs, sheepskins and a deer hyde to give a sense of luxury. This was further enhanced with vintage tableware from Style Me Vintage and a naked wedding cake from Petit Fours was a beautiful accompaniment to the natural textures. A dream catcher made from vintage doilies softly fluttered in the breeze and stationery from Kate at Make Hey reflected this sense of whimsy coupled with just the right amount of sophistication perfectly. Flowers dripping from head to toe were juxtaposed with metallic tattoo’s from Vanishink for a bit of fun and added gypsy flair.”

Now doesn’t that sound like heaven to you? And I just know you are going to love the end result, so have your pinning fingers at the ready ladies!…..

Floral necklace - A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography Ginger, Cinnamon & Treacle Naked Wedding Cake - A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot The cake is ginger, cinnamon & treacle, now how mouthwateringly good does that sound?

A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography A Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Toni Larsen Photography


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Sponsor Saturday – Introducing Nestina Accessories’ 2015 Collection

January 24, 2015

For those of you are new to the blog, Saturday’s posts are dedicated to those people who inspire and enable me to write Chic Vintage Brides. To the creative designers, photographers, stationers and wedding professionals, without whom I couldn’t be doing what I am doing today, my lovely sponsors. I take great pleasure and pride in sharing their beautiful work with you, in the hope that through one of these posts, on one of these pages your dream wedding dress, photographer, florist, or the perfect accessory awaits you; and that I might play some small part in making your wedding day perfect – and your planning journey a whole lot easier! Today, I am pleased to be introducing you to one of CVBs very newest sponsors Nestina Accessories; as well as sharing a glimpse of her latest gorgeous collection of bridal hair accessories and headpieces for 2015…..

Bridal Accessories from Nestina Accessories 2015 Collection

Nestina Accessories is a one woman show run by home mom Ernestine Blesso. With a vision to make “couture “affordable she specializes in creating feminine and beautifully handmade bridal accessories from headbands, combs, pins and veils, to sashes, shoes, clips, clutches, garters and even jewelry – pretty much everything, but the dress – at a price that won’t break any brides budget! (with veils starting from as little as just over $40 and many of her beaded bridal hair accessories less than $100) This, her latest collection, was inspired by her obsession with beading embellishment and I just know you are going to love the delicate mix of rhinestones, glass beads, pearls and lace that give each piece  a lovely soft, touch of vintage and creates wonderfully romantic, statement bridal accessories.

Lou Bridal Hair Accessory from Nestina Accessories 2015 Collection Lola Bridal Hair Accessory from Nestina Accessories 2015 Collection Odile Bridal Sash from Nestina Accessories 2015 Collection Flavie Bridal Shoes from Nestina Accessories 2015 Collection


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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Gorgeous Vintage Engagement Rings

January 23, 2015

After the Christmas holidays lots of you newly-engaged brides-to-be will be lucky enough to be shopping for the perfect engagement ring (perhaps there are a few romantic beaus planning a Valentines proposal too?) With an almost limitless choice nowadays of retailers, rings, settings, stones, size, gold – and price!; there can be few purchases more exciting, or daunting, than choosing the ring you will love for a lifetime. Many discerning modern brides however, including celebs like Scarlett Johannson, Penelope Cruz, Emily Blunt & Kate Moss, are looking to the past for a truly unique, one-of-a-kind engagement ring. I have long had a love for vintage rings (ever since I was a little girl allowed to play shop with my Nan’s precious jewels) But it’s not just their unique glamour and utterly timeless style that makes me love them so; it is their history, the stories of love locked in them, to me there is nothing more beautiful than owning a piece of jewelry with a past.

So. this weeks Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is for all of you looking for your own heirloom to cherish and treasure (I confess I am more than a little envious!) I have scoured the wide world of the web for the 5 most gorgeous vintage engagement rings from 5 of my favourite eras (or styles) to wow, inspire and beguile you. From Victorian to Mid Century, diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire, they are all absolute stunners! If you see something you like, simply click on the image to be taken straight to where you can discover more about it (and buy it!)….. oh and just wait until you see the vintage Tiffany & Co!

25 Gorgeous Vintage Engagement Rings


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A Lush New Floral Wedding Perfume from Erica Elizabeth Designs

January 22, 2015

Good morning lovelies. You may remember back in November I shared the beautiful new collection of bridal hair accessories by Chic Vintage Brides favourite Erica Elizabeth Designs (if you are new to the blog and haven’t seen it, do take a peek here because it is utterly enchanting!) and in it, there was mention of an exciting new project she was working on – a romantic perfume, perfect for your wedding day. Well today, I am excited to be sharing with you all the details of this lush new floral scent.

Floral Wedding Perfume - Eglantine

The rose is a timeless metaphor for love and romance and now Erica Elizabeth Designs has captured the essence of this most enchanting garden delight in a perfume, and beautifully bottled it for you to wear on your wedding day. Erica spent a long time perfecting her perfume, paying attention to every detail to ensure it has the same air of romance and exquisite quality as her bridal accessories. Working with master perfumer Sarah Horowitz she learnt a new language, that of fragrance; training her nose to detect the multiple layers that combine to create a timeless, elegant, and long lasting perfume; and now Erica is excited to share her latest passion and first foray in to fragrance with you, Eglantine.

Eglantine is pure parfum oil (the most concentrated, long lasting form of fragrance) with a sumptuous bouquet. Both fresh and warm, thanks to its floral heart and musk base notes, it is a sophisticated, modern spin on the classic floral fragrance. Immediately familiar, and yet absolutely unique, Eglantine is not your typical rose scent (this is definitely no Nanna’s parfum!), it is is the darker side of rose, a scent that is meant to seduce! A captivating blend of tea rose, gardenia and Arabian rose with a heady top note of blood orange, it has deep, warm base notes of rich amber, incense and African musk, which linger on the skin long into the night.

Bridal Parfum - Eglantine


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