Modern Vintage Weddings

A Grace Kelly Inspired Bride and Her Timeless Wedding


When a bride names Grace Kelly her inspiration you know you are in for a treat! From start to finish Candace and Jason’s wedding is a lesson in timeless elegance and the modern-vintage aesthetic that we at Chic Vintage Brides so adore. Beautifully mixing meaningful olde world details with contemporary styling the couple created a celebration that whilst unmistakably modern transports you to a more romantic time and place…..

A Grace Kelly Inspired Bride and Her Timeless Wedding

It was the couple’s engagement that first inspired the theme of their big day. Candace tells us, “We had a memorable engagement in Paris and soon after the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.”

Of course first on their to do list was finding the setting for their European inspired celebration, and the Villa del Sol d’Oro, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, could’t have been more perfect. The Villa is a two-thirds scale replica of the Villa Collazzi near Florence which is rumored to have been designed by Michelangelo.

Candace and found the house and grounds so beautiful that it barely needed any decoration; “The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers.  Our florist, Of The Flowers, did  an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty,” Candace explained.

Timeless Lace Wedding Dress

“My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.”

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“I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’).  Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.”

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“Exchanging our personalized vows was my favourite moment . Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there.”

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“I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.”

Romantic Modern-Vintage Villa Wedding

“Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge.”

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“We opted out of having a cake and chose a dessert bar instead. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.”

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Oh how I love those special moments captured during the Father-of-the-Bride’s speech. Much as we love details here at CVB, it is the moments like this that make a wedding! A huge congratulations to happy couple Candace & Jason, and a big thankyou to their photographers BrancoPrata for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their beautiful fine art photography make your next stop their website and be sure to find and follow them on Instagram, FacebookPinterest & Twitter for daily doses of magic.

Timelessly Romantic Bride & Groom

And if you love this wedding as much as I do, and are looking to see more of those special moments, do take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video by Robert Michael Films. He has the most refreshing approach to wedding films and for this particular romance fest he decided to create a series of short stories focusing on one moment, giving a unique narrative of the most important parts of the day. He calls it the “Vignette Series” and each gave me chills, but watching them all together is simply magical!

“The Vignette Series” // Candace and Jason

To see more from Robert Michael head across to his website or find him on Vimeo and allow yourself to get completely lost in his creations – be warned you could find yourself there for some time!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – BrancoPrata // Venue – Villa del Sol d’Oro // Planning & Design – Twine Events // Videographer – Robert Michael Films // Wedding Dress – Bespoke // Bridesmaid Dress – Jenny Yoo // Floral – Of The Flowers // Calligraphy – The Pointed Pen // Musicians – Angelica Strings // Decor – Dish Wish // Rentals – Archive Rentals // Drinks – BottleShop 48 // Wedding Cake – Fantasy Frostings // Transport – ABC Tours // Officiant – Moore John Rev

Wedding DIY

Art Deco Wedding Invitation DIY with Download & Print


If you’re a paper-lover like me, finding the perfect stationery for your big day is one of your top wedding priorities. And today I couldn’t be more excited to be not only introducing you to my latest wedding stationery discovery, Download & Print; but also bringing you the most fantastic (and easy to follow) tutorial for making these glamorous and Gatsby-inspired, Art Deco wedding invitations!

DIY Art Deco Wedding Invitation

If you’ve not heard of them before, Download & Print are a fabulous resource for crafty couples looking to add a personal touch to their big day (as well as budget-savvy couples looking to save a few $s) by DIYing their stationery. Founder, and designer of these delightful templates, Anna Skye explains: “At Download & Print we want all of our customers to experience the joy of presenting a handmade invitation to someone they love. We design invitation templates that can be easily personalized in Microsoft Word or Mac Pages. With our templates Bride’s can make invitations for a fraction of the retail and online price. We are proud to have helped Bride’s all over the world create invitations, as far away as South Africa, UK, Australia, France, Canada, and Saudi Arabia; using our templates.”

With a library of available design templates, and all at super reasonable prices, you’re sure to find the perfect suite for you, whatever your style, theme or budget – they even have plenty of fab freebies too! Including today’s swanky Art Deco inspired design from the Ornate Vintage collection, which just happens to be one of the most popular wedding invitations on Download & Print – and it’s easy to see why! The detailed scroll work and gorgeous fonts take us back to a golden age of jazz, flapper girls and F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour! The full suite of 15 matching pieces, which includes all your day of stationery, thankyou cards and everything, is a bargain at $49. But if all you want is the invite, envelope liner and RSVP then you’re in luck, because today Anna is giving them away for FREE!

Now, let me hand you over to Anna for the step by step tutorial, but first a quick run down of what you’ll need…..


– Printable templates
– Printer
– White or cream card stock
– Paper cutter and/or scissors
– Double sided tape
– Black euro flap A7 envelope
– Black 4-bar envelope
– Gold star dream paper
– Bone folder
– Scoring tool
– Ruler

Oh, and when you reach the end of this tutorial, do check out the video for details on how to make the intricate art deco belly band. To me this is the show stopper. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it’s super easy to make. Enjoy!

Step 1: Download & Print

Art Deco Wedding Invitation DIY with Download & Print

Download the DIY vintage wedding invitation and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP. The fonts used are Ecuyer DAX and Aerolite CP – both are free fonts. So download the fonts to your computer, then open Word and the template.

Only the dark text in the picture above can be changed. The heading text that is grayed out cannot be changed. Print the file.

TIP: Print one copy and check for accuracy. Have someone else check the file for correct spelling and dates for you too, because there is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to find you’ve entered the wrong date!

When choosing paper I recommend paper that is between 65 lbs and 90 lbs. This is a heavier weight than standard copy paper to give a luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will jam your printer. You can also take the file and print at FedEx Office or your local copy shop. They will have a paper cutter on hand also to save you time on the next step.

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Step 2: Trim

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the cut lines. A paper cutter will produce straighter cuts and you can trim more than one sheet at once, speeding up the process. Plain old scissors will work just fine too though.


Step 3: Envelope Liner

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Print the envelope liner (it is the PDF file in the download) and trim around the edge. You can use a paper cutter on the three straight edges, then scissors for the curved flap. The trick to cutting a neat curve around the point is to hold your scissors still and rotate the paper.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Insert the liner into an A7 euro flap envelope, lining up the top of the flap just below the envelope adhesive.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Score the liner along the same crease as on the envelope. You want the liner and envelope flap to fold together. If you don’t have a scoring tool, a closed mechanical pencil or back of a utility knife will create a crease. Just don’t use something that is sharp enough to cut the paper!

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Fold the flap down and stick two pieces of double sided tape to the back. Fold the envelope flap over and push down to stick the liner and envelope together.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print


Step 4: Art Deco Band

And now for my favorite element to this set: The Art Deco Band! There’s no template for the band so you can change the sizes to fit your style and make the design your own. The dimensions listed below are what I used and what you see in the pictures.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Cut 1” wide strips along the long edge of the gold paper. This forms the band that will wrap around your invitation set. I used a lighter weight paper that was easily folded around the invitation set. Cut 3” square pieces from the gold paper. We’ll fold this into the art deco badge.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

For some extra interest I used a scoring tool and created three lines along the strips of gold. This is entirely up to you though if you like the look or not, or have the time and patience to add in this step! I ran the tool along the band at random intervals, I had two lines closer together at the top, and another line near the bottom. Don’t cut the band! The scoring tool just creates an ever so slight indentation that adds interest when the band catches the light.

For the steps to create the origami art deco badge please watch the video – it’s so much easier to follow along with the video than try to explain here. Don’t worry though, it’s not hard to make; just a few folds and you’re done. The instructions for making the band and badge start at 5:45 in the video.


Step 5: Assemble the Set

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Line the bottom point of the art deco diamond with the center scroll on the DIY vintage wedding invitation and wrap around the band. Make sharp folds at the invitation edge and pull the band so that it’s snug against the invitation. Use double sided tape to adhere the band arms to each other at the back, without sticking the band to the invitation. It needs to be able to slide off easily. Slide in the RSVP with 4-bar envelope and sit them on top of the invitation. The set is now ready to stuff in the A7 envelope and mail.

Isn’t it fabulous? As a bride who DIYed her wedding invitations, this tutorial would have helped A LOT – and they would have looked SO much better! A huge thankyou to creator Anna Skye of Download & Print for sharing this fabulous DIY with us today.

Now, if you love this design but would like it in another color palette take a look at the 10 color choices here. Or if Anna’s wonderful designs and skills have inspired you to DIY your invites, check out Download & Print and use the exclusive coupon code ‘CVB10‘ for $10 off your membership.

And be sure to keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna will be back next month with another creative wedding invite DIY, with the sweetest vintage handkerchief design, that you definitely won’t want to miss!



Inspiration Shoots

Old World Castle Wedding Inspiration


There’s nothing quite like a castle to create a fairy tale wedding! And this heavenly styled shoot filled with opulent and ethereal wedding inspiration in a pretty palette of greyed blues, is tailor-made for modern vintage romantics. The sweetheart table, adorned with lush white blooms, coupled with the incredible venue, and celestial bridal look are absolutely swoon-worthy……

Olde World Castle Wedding Inspiration

Old World Castle Wedding Inspiration

Equally lovely are the watercolor stationery suite with gold calligraphy and the simple yet stunning wedding cake atop a vintage stand, which fit oh-so perfectly with this elegant, modern-vintage style. In fact brimming with old world charm and splendor, it is hard to believe this shoot took place just outside LA!

The Hollywood Castle is a majestic mansion, beautifully crafted to resemble a real British castle, nestled high atop the Hollywood Hills.  With breathtaking views and complete solitude, this hidden treasure is a unique palatial estate located minutes from the heart of Hollywood yet  surrounded by luscious gardens.

Here are a few words from photographer and creator of this stunning shoot, Lara Lam “I am always dreaming about old castles and mythical romance depicted in paintings and literature. This bridal inspiration shoot shows a lot of my personal aesthetic vision and passion.” 

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As always, a huge thankyou to the inimitable, and oh so lovely, Lara Lam who captured every detail with such an exquisite eye. If you are as in awe of her fine art photography as I am then you will want to see this stunning heirloom bridal shoot and this chic San Francisco elopement inspiration! Be sure to pop and take a peek at Lara’s website too, to see even more of her work, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for a daily dose of romance.

For more castle wedding inspiration you might want to see this intimate celebration in an Austrian Schloss and Charlotte & Grant’s beautiful day in a French Chateau. Or if you love the idea of an historic venue for your wedding (castle or otherwise), you won’t want to miss this romantic bridal shoot in a Russian palace and be sure to take a peek at this elegant wedding inspiration at Swan House and this Autumn delight at Twickenham House (another mansion you must see!)



Contributors & Credits

Photographer ~ Lara Lam // Floral Design ~ Karen’s Garden // Hair & Make-up ~ Hikari Murakami // Jewelry ~ Petals & Stones // Vintage Decor  ~ Etablir Shop // Wardrobe  ~ Coralie Beatrix // Calligraphy ~ Letters to You // Wedding Cake ~ Amor Bakery // Venue ~ The Hollywood Castle

Boho Vintage Weddings

A Romantic, Boho-Vintage Wedding with Rustic Charm and Monarch Butterflies


Today’s Australian wedding is filled with the most stunning native florals and DIY details. I fell instantly in love with the relaxed style of the happy couple Kristina & Josh and their bridal party, which embodies a modern vintage and boho vibe that perfectly suits their romantic rustic setting. Their outdoor ceremony takes full advantage of the lush Australian bush and lovely grounds at groom Josh’s family home…..

A Romantic, Boho-Vintage Wedding with Rustic Charm and Monarch Butterflies

After being introduced at the tender age of 16, by their Mum’s no less, and getting engaged at the very tip of Cape York during a romantic two month holiday around Queensland, Kristina & Josh set about creating a celebration that reflected the couples interests and relaxed personal style. Kristina explains, “A lot of the inspiration for the wedding was taken from our everyday lives. My mother in law has been collecting antiques for many years and both josh and I have developed the love for them as well. We wanted to create a romantic yet relaxed outdoor atmosphere, which we could achieve on Josh’s parents beautiful rural property.”

And like many couples they wanted to achieve their dream wedding, as well as wow their guests, without breaking the bank – and I think after seeing the photos you will agree the certainly did, with a little help from their nearest and dearest. “I tried to stick to a budget.  It wasn’t always easy but it did help with the planning. Having some DIY projects (ceremony seats, arbor, veil, flowers, and invites) using the help of family & friends and using Josh’s family property helped to cut costs in some ways.”

With lots of steal-worthy details and ideas, be sure to have your pinning finger ready!

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“My dress was from A Brides Blessing. We had been to 3 other dress shops that morning but once I tried my dress on, I fell in love with it! I didn’t get it that day just as I was unsure and wanted to think about it, but that was it! – I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back first thing the next morning to buy it! I wore Josh’s grandmother’s necklace & my grandmother’s rings. Everything complimented one another perfectly. I looked exactly how I wanted & felt so good wearing it.”

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“I wanted natives for my bouquet my aunty Marie was my florist and she did a wonderful job. The beautiful purple flowers she used we picked straight from the bush just near our place.”

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“Josh, his dad Rob and some good mates built the arch, seats for the ceremony and the doors for the entrance into our reception area.”

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“Josh & the boys wore suits from YD – these complimented the rustic style of our wedding. They all wore different super hero socks as a fun & personal touch!”

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“I loved the whole day but I would say my favourite part would be our ceremony. Standing in front of all our family and friends and marrying my best friend was just perfect.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“We are very lucky to have such wonderful family and friends that helped with whatever we needed in the whole wedding planning and on the big day. If you can have as many friends and family involved in the day and setting up it will help relieve some of your stress and make everyone feel included.”

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“I wanted a naked cake and Love at first slice did a wonderful job. The cake was exactly what I wanted and was delicious. We topped it with a personalised cake topper from Glistening Occasions that included us with our dog, Woody.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“My photographer, Tamar, is a friend I worked with before she started full time photography. I love her work! Everything I have seen from her is always beautiful. Both her and her husband ,Matt, (2nd photographer) helped make the day seem so easy.”

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I am so head over heels with Kristina & Josh’s romantic style! It is the perfect mix of boho and vintage, don’t you think? A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Tamar of Bless Photography for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Tamar’s work pop and take a peek at Holly & Brad’s bright and beautiful woodland weddingShadiyah & Dave’s stunning coastal celebration or Megan & Chris’s rustic vintage winery wedding right here on Chic Vintage Brides, or head over to her website – and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

If you love the relaxed style of this wedding and are looking for more boho-vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see this stunning celebration at a Chateau in the Dordogne, and this simply gorgeous boho-vintage wedding inspiration shoot at Deux Belettes. Or if it is its rustic styling that has charmed you, you MUST see Anna Campbell’s glamorous rustic wedding!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Bless photography // Venue – Groom’s family property // Floral Design – Bride’s Aunty Marie Johansson // Wedding Stationery – DIY // Wedding Cake – Love at First Slice // Marquee & Linens – Hawkesbury Party Hire // Hair – Groom’s Sister Sarah Heather // Makeup – Oakville Beauty Bliss // Wedding Dress – A Brides Blessing // Groom’s Attire – YD // Bride’s Shoes – Basement HQ // Bridesmaids Dresses – Forcast  // Veil – Created by the Groom’s Mum Tanya // Catering – Rosie and Co Catering // Entertainment – Band- Three Blind Monkeys // Necklae – Vintage from the Groom’s Grandma // Flower Girls Dress – Coco Blush Boutique // Transport – Rusty Kombi Hire // Celebrant – Lulu Celebrations – Louise O’Brien // Cake Topper – Glistening Occasions // Rings – Zamels // Tent – Jennah Hallam at The Avant-Garde Camping Company

Inspiration Shoots

Dreamy Garden Wedding Inspiration with Provence Charm


Today’s romantic inspiration shoot from the fabulous Taralynn Lawton exudes elegance and chic Provence charm! Set in the gardens of the gorgeous Rose Story Farm; with flowers from A Splendid Occasion, gowns by Emily Riggs Bridal and a simple yet enticing courtyard tablescape, all impeccably styled by Tinge Floral; it is my idea of modern-vintage heaven and I am a little giddy at being able to share it with you! So, grab a cuppa, sit back and don’t even think about starting work for just another hour (or so) whilst you take in every detail of this flawless creation…..

Dreamy Garden Wedding Inspiration with a Hint of Provence

Looking at the grounds of Rose Story Farm near Santa Barbara, abundant with lush lavender, you are instantly transported to a village in Provence, a setting that perfectly fits this vision of an intimate modern-vintage wedding, full of old world elegance and romance. Drawing from the most beautiful colour palette of blush paired with vintage greens and a muted grey,  Michael Radford and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, alongside a wonderfully talented team, created this romantic garden wedding inspiration for their Film & Flora workshop. Pairing gorgeous gowns with ethereal veils from Emily Riggs Bridal, and simple but elegant place settings with richly gathered, organic floral arrangements (reminiscent of Victorian floral oil paintings) from A Splendid Occasion, they infused a simple garden venue with a touch of opulence. Each and every detail has been perfectly captured by Taralynn Lawton, and her images drenched in dreamy Southern California light are enough to make any bride weak at the knees! I hope you have your pinning finger ready…..

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A huge thankyou to the whole creative team below, and especially to Taralynn Lawton for capturing everything so beautifully, and of course for allowing me to share her work with you here. You can see more of her beautiful fine art photography on her website as well as on her blog. If you love her work as much as I do, do remember to follow her on FacebookInstagram, Google+ & Pinterest. Oh and keep an eye out on Chic Vintage Brides, as I very much hope this is the first of many posts featuring her work!

Before you go, if you loved this and are looking for more romantic modern-vintage wedding inspiration do take a look at this heavenly beach wedding inspirationthis enchanting Venice elopement or for something a little more seasonal this breathtakingly romantic fall wedding inspiration? Or if it is real weddings you are after, then simply click here!



Photography – Taralynn Lawton // film & Flora Workshop Hosts – Michael Radford Photography and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral // Planning & Design – Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral // Venue – Rose Story Farm, Carpenteria, California // Florals – Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion // Wedding Dresses & Veils – Emily Riggs Bridal // Bridal Hair & Makeup – 10.11 Makeup // Other floral contributors – Renegade Floral, Maegan Deegan of DiMauro Originals and Kiersten DeVore // Wedding Cake – Whisk & Whittle // Wedding Stationery & Menus – Mon Voir Calligraphy // Linen – La Tavola // Tables – Found Vintage Rentals // Table Settings – Casa De Perrin // Model Agency – Hello Gorgeous Models

Inspiration Boards

Summer Jewels – Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

Summer Jewels - Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

In celebration of May, and its beautiful birthstone, we are continuing the Emerald theme here on Chic Vintage Brides with today’s inspiration board. Mixing it with a rich sapphire blue to create a lavish and deeply romantic Summer wedding color palette. With a splash of gold adding to the sense of luxury, this is a look that radiates glamour and timeless sophistication…..

Summer Jewels - Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

Bride & Bridesmaids – Jen Huang via SMP // Wedding Sign – Lauren Scotti via FabMood // Boutonnieres – Michelle Lywood, Photography by Audrey Norman Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Engagement Ring & Velvet Box – Rachel Solomon via SMP // Bridal Shoes – Gold Lace Shoes by Bella Belle Shoes, Photography by Anna Tereshina Photography // Garden Wedding Tablescape – Kurt Boomer via SMP // Groom – Michael Radford Photography

I love the idea of making the most of the long hot days with a garden wedding, with an arbor or tree filled courtyard providing your guests with some much needed shade for the reception. An outdoor reception doesn’t mean you have to go rustic, instead think menus in vintage gilt frames and elegant candle laden tablescapes with plush chairs under crystal chandaliers. Keep your tablescape understated and neutral to allow the natural surroundings and color palette to shine.

Much as I think this colour scheme will make the most beautiful Summer wedding, the jewel tones and touch of gold means it is a palette that would be just as perfect for a wedding in Autumn, Winter or Spring. Just move it indoors for an Autumn or Winter affair – think roaring fires and candles lighting the long night – but be sure to bring the greenery indoors with you! Because this mix of sapphire and emerald relies on the natural greenery to give it its lush contemporary feel.

If you have your heart set on a Summer celebration but aren’t in love with this colour palette you will find plenty of other wedding colours and inspiration boards in CVB’s archives. Like this romance-fest in the softest shades of pink, this elegant peach affair and this 4th of July inspired red, white and blue palette.




Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Dreamy Summer Orchard Wedding

Today’s floral filled beauty is the perfect wedding for this May Monday! The sweet couple’s love and joy shines through their beaming smiles in every gorgeous capture by Ryan Ray Photography; and from their soft watercolor palette, to their lush early summer blooms and stunning garden ceremony, it makes for quite the unforgettable, affair…..

A Dreamy Summer Orchard Wedding

Childhood sweethearts Tyler and David met when they were just 13 and 14 year old eighth graders in Colleyville, Texas, and remained a couple even while attending rival high schools and different colleges three-hours apart. “From the first day of freshman year, there was a countdown until we could be together again,” David says. Tyler adds “Dating long distance was so hard but so rewarding. I tried to cherish the time we were together—even if it was only for a couple of hours—but in the back of my mind there was always that feeling that we’d have to part again soon. Living separately for so long made our wedding day even more special. We kept saying to each other, ‘We don’t have to say goodbye again!'”

The summer before senior year, the couple chose an engagement ring, and David proposed on a Cape Cod beach at sunset – how romantic! *swoon* Eager to start the next stage of their relationship, the couple didn’t let graduating get in the way of planning their big day: Tyler graduated on the 9th, David on the 17th, and this beautiful wedding occurred on the 31st. “Our last semester was quite the whirlwind!” says Tyler.

They set the scene using a palette of light pink, mauve, green, and blue, inspired by their oceanfront engagement, and it all came together perfectly thanks to their planner and event designer Stefanie Miles“The wedding
 was influenced by a piece of abstract watercolor art,” says Stefanie, who created a mood board of pictures, including that painting, to communicate her vision. “Once Tyler shared the ocean-inspired colors she was considering, the image came to mind. I used it as a jumping-off point for the look and feel of the watercolor details.

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Julie Song Ink designed, calligraphed, and hand-painted the couple’s dreamy watercolor stationery suite.

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David wore a light grey linen J.Crew suit, and Tyler a vintage-inspired off-white silk and chiffon dress by Saja which she added a bit of sparkle to with a belt from Tessa Kim.

Bride & groom getting ready

Bows + Arrows created the groom and each of the groomsmen a unique boutonniere using poppy pods, ranunculus, scabiosa, china berry, and various herbs, all tied together with lavender, blush, or cream-colored ribbon.

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The couple chose The Orchard in Azle, Texas, a 100-acre property with 50 acres of century-old pecan trees, because “we wanted a relaxed, semi-rustic, organic feel,” says Tyler. A wooden arbor was dressed for the romantic outdoor ceremony with swags of linen, lace, and more beautiful flowers from Bows + Arrows.

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The couple’s three-year-old ring bearer suffered a bout of stage fright at the top of the aisle, but recovered once he saw him mom. “He didn’t walk the whole way, but it made everyone smile,” Tyler says.

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Tyler’s beautiful bouquet by Bows + Arrows Flowers was an asymmetrical cascade of ‘coral charm’ and ‘angel cheek’ peonies, scabiosa, clematis, sweet peas, honeysuckle, and passion vine; a real early Summer stunner!

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Tyler was supported by six bridesmaids and two maids of honor, dressed in mismatched pretty pastel chiffon dresses.

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The couple has a gorgeous 1941 Packard, adorned with a “Just Married” sign framed with peonies, garden roses, and clematis, for their getaway car – and it made for some stunning portraits too!

Summer Bride & Groom and Vintage Car

An antique stand with floral accent held the menu beautifully calligraphed by Julie Song Ink, whilst the reception tables were set with sage, peach, or silver linens, and lush floral centerpieces that included peonies, scabiosa, and clematis in terra-cotta vessels.

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The newlyweds cut into the towering spiced-carrot naked wedding cake adorned with fresh flowers by Cakewalk Bake Shop, which sat on a table laden with mini cakes in other delicious flavors like burnt-sugar cake with strawberry, and dark chocolate cake with espresso buttercream – how good do they look and sound??

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After their first dance as husband and wife, Tyler took to the dance floor again, this time with her dad, swaying to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

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Oh just so so beautiful isn’t it?? The wedding and the photography! And those smiles….. . A huge congratulations to newly weds Tyler and David, and a big thankyou to their photographer Ryan Ray for letting me share their wedding with you. If his fine art style of photography has you swooning and dying to see more of his beautiful work be sure to make your next stop his website And you will also find him on Instagram, for daily doses of wedding loveliness.

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If, as I do, you love this wedding and are looking for more inspiration for your own Summer wedding then you might want to see this gorgeous vintage garden wedding, this rustic barn wedding and the nautical details of this summer wedding are not to be missed!



Contributors & Credits

Photography ~ Ryan Ray Photography // Venue ~ The Orchard // Event planning, Styling, & Design ~ Stefanie Miles Events // Wedding Dress ~ Saja // Bride’s Belt ~ Tessa Kim // Bridal Shoes ~ J.Crew // Bridal Jewelry ~ Betsey Johnson // Hair & Makeup, Lindey Duckworth and Amy Clarke // Bridesmaids’ Dresses ~ Camilyn Beth; BHLDN; Ann Taylor; J.Crew // Robes ~ Plum Pretty Sugar // Flower Girl Dresses ~ Nordstrom // Flower Girl Shoes ~ Jumping Jacks // Groom’s suit ~ J.Crew // Groom’s Tie ~ Tie Deals // Groom’s Tie Clip ~ The Tie Bar // Groom’s Shirt & Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes ~ Sebago // Catering ~ Tastefully Yours Catering // Flowers ~ Bows + Arrows // Videography ~ Mason Jar Films // Stationery & Calligraphy ~ Julie Song Ink // Cakes ~ Cakewalk Bake Shop // Ice-cream Sandwiches ~ Melt Ice Creams // Music & Lighting ~ Astounding Sounds & Lighting // Rentals ~ POSH Couture Rentals; AFR Event Furnishings; Perch Event Decor; Todd Events; La Tavola Fine Linen // Transportation ~ // Valet ~ VIP Valet Services

Inspiration Shoots

Tuscan Inspired Olive Grove Wedding Inspiration


For today’s gorgeous styled wedding shoot, the creative team drew inspiration from the hills of Tuscany. Nestled in a lush olive grove the elegant rustic tablescape, adorned with lush blooms and blue vintage china place settings, is absolutely swoon-worthy – and guaranteed to give you instant wanderlust – so be sure to have your pinning finger ready before scrolling any further!

Romantic Tuscany Inspired Olive Grove Wedding Inspiration

From the flowers and fashion, to the styling and setting, everything is perfection, and sure to inspire any couple considering a late Summer wedding.

Here are a few words from the team about their shoot and why they chose Tuscany as their inspiration…. “We encourage couples to seek inspiration in the traditions and beauty in their surroundings and culture to incorporate in their wedding day. 

There was simple beauty all around with the soft light glowing down through the olive branches on to the elegant details of the dinner table. Colorful fruit and elegant florals decorated the long farm table, alongside fine china, and linen napkins.”

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Don’t you just love it? A huge thankyou, as always, to all the wonderful wedding pros behind the scenes who brought this exquisite inspiration shoot together so flawlessly. And a special thankyou to photographer Savan Crutchfield of Savan Photography for such dreamy photography. If her fine art style has you swooning, then be sure to take a look at this fabulous farm to table inspiration published last month that she captured so perfectly. To see more of her work pop across to her website at and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

If this has you dreaming of a Tuscan inspired celebration then you should definitely have a peek at this al fresco wedding inspiration and this styled shoot brimming with olde world romance! Or to see how a bride & groom this vintage destination wedding under the Tuscan sun, to see




Contributors & Credits

Photography & Direction ~ Savan Photography // Venue ~ Temecula Olive Oil // Coordination & Design ~ Weddings by Jessee // Floral Design ~ Florals by Isabelle // Hair & Makeup ~ Bridal Artist Agency // Paper Goods ~ Pirouette Paper Company // Wedding Cakes ~ Batter Up Bakery // Table Rentals ~ Rustic Events // China Rentals ~ Cherished Rentals // Wedding Dress ~ Rose & Delilah // Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn // Accessories ~ Petal & Stones // Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Shop Skylar Belle // Tux ~ The Black Tux // Film Lab ~ Alpine Film Lab

Inspiration Shoots

Romantic Blue & Greenery Wedding Inspiration at The Barracks Inn


Today’s inspiration shoot is an enchanting ode to the biggest wedding trend right now – greenery! Perfectly blending lush, cascading arrangements, with a restrained tablescape, a trio of delightful mini wedding cakes and a timelessly feminine bridal look. And whilst it was captured in the Summer, I can’t help but think the soft palette of dusky blues and neutrals would be just as lovely for a Winter or Spring wedding. You really won’t want to miss a single detail of this exquisite editorial…..

Romantic Blue & Greenery Wedding Inspiration at The Barracks Inn

Here’s the lady behind all of the fabulous florals, Sue Gallo, with a few words about the shoot….. “There is so much to love about our latest creative feature. Beautiful flowers are always in style … but this creative was really all about the foliage.  A seriously cool and trendy alternative to fresh flowers … a stunning over sized centerpiece that cascaded and puddled on the stone floor to the gorgeously lush crescent bouquet of trailing ivy, italian ruscus, baby eucalyptus, privette berry that is unfussy and free flowing in deep varying hues of greens … to the accenting delphinium stems that adorned the hearth … these florals were nothing less than specatular! Truly, one of my most favourite creatives to design for. This bouquet still gives me the goose bumps!!

Because no creative is complete without the most perfect details, our dear friends from Warehouse 84 provided the most perfect finishing pieces and furniture and & the  3 most stunning wedding cakes from Sweet Celebrations truly completed the feel of our afternoon at the historic Barracks Inn in Ancaster. With lovely stationary from Lovely Little Design Co. a beautiful gown from Second Dance Bridal, hair & make up by Pretty Me Make Up and with a whole bunch of loving help from Jackie Penner Events our little creative came together most perfectly. We are completely smitten with each and every image that photographer Katie Nicolle captured!”

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What a stunning shoot – and so-on-trend! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in bringing this organic vision to life, and especially to Katie Nicolle Photography for capturing every perfect detail so flawlessly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of her beautiful fine art photography, be sure to visit her website and follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Or for more fine art photography wedding inspiration, take a peek at this gorgeous farm to table shoot and this incredibly romantic Terracotta floral extravaganza.




Contributors & Credits

Photography – Katie Nicolle Photography // Concept, Floral Design & Styling – Sue Gallo Designs // Rentals & Styling  – Warehouse 84 // Co-ordination – Jackie Penner Events // Venue – The Barracks Inn // Stationery – Lovely Little Design Co. // Wedding Cakes – Sweet Celebrations // Hair & Make-up – Pretty Me Make Up // Wedding Dress – Second Dance Bridal


A Modern-Vintage Elopement in Historic Savannah

Sarah Ingram Photography

There is nothing quite like the intimacy of an elopement, especially one as flawlessly styled as today’s beauty in historic Savannah. The combination of historic architecture, lush florals in soft shades of dusky yellow and peach, and timeless fashion showcases to perfection just why elopements can be every bit as romantic and memorable as a wedding!

Historic Savannah Elopement

When it came to planning their wedding, College sweethearts Melissa, now an artist, and Andrew, a pastry chef, knew just what they wanted and even more importantly where they wanted it. The couple explains “We both like simple + modern styles, but love the unique and historical aspects of Savannah… And since we got engaged shortly after our trip there, it made perfect sense for us to marry there!

From the architecture to the kind southern residents and the budding food scene in Savannah, we have fallen in love with this rich and vibrant place. Not long after deciding to wed, we both agreed immediately that Savannah had to be the place to marry. Simple yet modern tastes and personalities are infused into each element while blending with the historic facets of this age old city.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…..

“Keep the centered thought that an elopement is something built to reflect you as a couple while retaining the ultimate intimacy. Without the fanfare and need to please a crowd that comes with a regular wedding, you truly can do just that if you stay committed to it. Scratch what causes stress and doesn’t really matter at the end of the day – things you may feel conflict over with hundreds of guests to impress.

Also, even though you aren’t inviting guests, keep those you love in mind and consider their feelings by doing something personal like an announcement of your elopement thanking them for their presence and influence in your life.”

A Modern-Vintage Elopement in Historic Savannah

Isn’t it stunning? Huge congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the happy couple Melissa & Andrews for sharing their beautiful day with us. And of course thanks also to their lovely photographer Sarah Ingram who did the most wonderful job of capturing every flawless detail. If you love Sarah’s fine art style of photography, and want to see more of her work, do pop and take a peek at her oh-so-lovely website at, and be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

For more elegant elopement inspiration you should pop and take a peek at this chic City Hall elopement in San Francisco, and this enchanting woodland elopement. Or for you retro lovers there is this mid-century styled shoot,  or if you have a Spring elopement in mind, do take a moment to swoon over this blossom filled beauty for something a little more seasonal . Oh and for a real destination elopement, is there anywhere more romantic than Paris?? Just take a look at this stylish stunner.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Sarah Ingram // Design – Tristan Needham Designs // Floral Design – Colonial House of Flowers  // Venue – Harper Fowlkes House // Rentals – Savannah Vintage // Dress – Pronovias via Bleu Belle // Ring – Susie Saltzman // Suit – The Black Tux // Tabletop – Ooh Events // Wedding Cake – Savannah’s Hall of Cakes // Hair & Makeup – Lauren Kitchens // Wedding Stationery – Michaela McBride Calligraphy