A Vintage Honeymoon Fashion Inspiration Shoot From Tara Whittaker

September 2, 2014

Good morning! I might be reaching the end of another wet day here in usually sunny Hawkes Bay, but I know most of you will soon be waking up, hopefully to a bright and beautiful morning. Don’t be glum though if the sun isn’t shining where you are either, for I am about to whisk you off to a sun soaked beach! Recently, I promised you more Honeymoon inspiration here on Chic Vintage Brides and today I am excited to be able to share the most fabulous vintage honeymoon fashion shoot with you. I promise it is absolutely guaranteed to warm you up and get you into the holiday spirit!

Vintage Honeymoon Fashion Inspiration

Planning the holiday of a lifetime must be almost as exciting as planning the big day itself. Sadly Mr E and I never really had a Honeymoon – unless you can call moving to the other side of the world a month later a Honeymoon? But I can just imagine the excitement of booking a beautiful hotel and the flights to get there, and then of course turning your attention to the ever so important wardrobe!! If you love fashion with a hint of vintage, swimwear with that old world charm, coverups and accessories that ooze glamour and scream siren, then you are going to love this shoot! I’ll hand over to the lady behind the camera, to tell you a little more about the inspiration behind it….. “The vintage-inspired beachwear that’s trending right now has really captured my attention.  I love the high waists, bold prints and flirty ruched details…ideal for soaking up the sun.  Updated versions of these retro silhouettes are flattering and fun for today’s bride on a beach honeymoon.

I was recently in Kelowna, British Columbia and teamed up with some fab vendors who shared my vision including Georgie Girl vintage boutique, make-up Artist Jenny McKinney and hair Stylist, Kris from Inspirado.  In addition to the beachwear, we added a “going away outfit” and some flirty summer dresses to fill a bride’s suitcase for any occasion.  This blend of modern and vintage treasures has me daydreaming of a sunny honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast.” Oh me too Tara, me too!

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Isn’t it sweet? Styled to perfection I love everything about it from those victory rolls, to that pretty parasol – oh and just wait until you see the darling high waisted swimsuit and kimono in the second half of this shoot! If you’re loving the look as much as I am take a peek at some of the things I found, just perfect for a vintage inspired honeymoon wardrobe.

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Figs, Garnets & Gold – An Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board in Blush and Opulent Jewel Tones

September 1, 2014

Good morning lovelies! And how was your weekend? I hope your Monday morning hasn’t started as wet and miserably as mine has. But if it has, I have just the thing to brighten your day! Do you remember the gorgeous Autumn wedding colour palettes I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, it seems you loved them as much as I did. In fact I was so overjoyed (and almost overwhelmed) with the love they were getting whenever and wherever I shared them (yep they were your most popular pins, posts and pics on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ & Instagram!) that I think I am going to make them a bit of a regular feature. When I saw how much you loved them, and thinking they might make a rather beautiful Autumn wedding inspiration boardI asked you to vote for your favourite and vote you certainly did, thank-you! It was all incredibly close, with the most popular palette winning by just 1 vote (yep, that’s right, there was just 1 vote in it), but anyway, without further ado here is your favourite……

An Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board in Garnet Blush & Gold Photography by Eric Ronald

Oh and I can so see why! A flower arch, a bride in blush and the most fabulously opulent colour palette of jewel tones I have ever seen. This is Autumn wedding inspiration at its best! Forget the traditional burnt reds and oranges of fall and think instead of the rich colours of ripe fruit. Brighten with blush and a splash of gold, and you surely have the perfect palette?

An Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board in Garnet Blush & Gold Place Setting ~ Onelove Photography via Style Me Pretty, Bridesmaids ~ Polly Alexandre Photography via Love My Dress, Cocktails ~ Allan Zepeda Photography via Style Me Pretty, Shoes ~ Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty, Wedding Cake ~ Onelove Photography via Burnett’s Boards, Bouquet ~ Lani Elias Fine Art Photography Photography via Magnolia Rouge, Emerald Ring ~ KT Merry Photography via Style Me Pretty, Invitations ~  Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Once Wed, Grooms ~ Emma Case via Love My Dress

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Bridal Headpieces with Old World Glamour from Gilded Shadows

August 30, 2014

Just as exciting as the glimpses we are beginning to get of the new 2015 collections of wedding dresses (did you see Delphine Manivet‘s?? Brimming with timelessly elegant gowns, flowing bohemian dresses, short but chic designs – and even the ever so on trend trouser ensemble! It really is a must see) is the unveiling of the latest bridal accessories and headpieces! I have spoken before of the importance of finding the right accessories to complete your look. I remember as clearly as if it was yesterday that when I went wedding dress shopping back in 2010, much as I loved my Jenny Packham, it was the addition of a feather shrug and a decadently deco headpiece that finally made me feel like a bride, bringing tears to my eyes! So each year I anticipate the latest offerings of veils and headpieces as eagerly as I do the gowns and dresses. So far we have seen understated and elegant from Mignonne Handmade and breathtakingly beautiful from Wanlu Bridal, today it is time for some old world glamour with the latest vintage inspired offering from Chic Vintage Brides sponsor and favourite Gilded Shadows……

Glamorous Bridal Headpieces from Gilded Shadows

Since 2011 when she opened her Etsy store, Kristen from Gilded Shadows has been creating beautiful, original and often one of a kind headpieces for brides all over the world. Today, her store is an absolute treasure trove of the most glamorous bridal accessories headpieces, crowns, tiaras, combs, pins and veils from birdcage to juliet cap! Inspired by days gone by, when the fashion was elegant and the accessories were intricate her designs have a distinctly old world feel. Created from only the very best quality fabrics, including Chantilly lace and delicate tulle, adorned with the most exquisite feather, crystal and pearl embellishments; they are perfect for the modern bride with a vintage soul looking for not only that perfect finishing touch to your wedding day, but also a gorgeous keepsake for years to come.  I have long been a fan of Kristen’s designs, with her peacock feather pieces having always been my favourite, until now! Just take a look and you’ll see why…..

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It is not just the breadth of range, beauty or quality of Kristen’s designs though that makes Gilded Shadows the place to look for your bridal accessories. She is also such an absolute pleasure to work with, and everyone says so! I think its fair to say, and I am sure you will agree, that as brides we have very clear visions and high expectations when it comes to the details of our big day – and so we should! So, you only have to see her incredible reviews on Etsy (5 out of 5 stars average) all from happy brides and brides-to-be absolutely singing her praises (with new ones being added every day!), to know that when you shop with Kristen you are in safe hands! (more…)

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Ideas for an Amazing Autumn Wedding Cake

August 29, 2014

Whilst here in NZ I am looking forward to Spring, Autumn is just around the corner for most of you – and I am quite envious! So far I have shared with you 5 of the prettiest palettes and 5 beautiful bouquets, and I am keeping with the Fall theme for this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons. Today it is time to look at 5 ideas for creating the most amazing Autumn wedding cakes! These ideas will guarantee your wedding cake is memorable, yummy and just perfect for the season!

5 Ideas for Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes

1. Decorate in Autumn Colours

OK, so this may be an obvious one, but nothing says Autumn quite like the colour of leaves as they fall. Ice, paint or drape in flowers using shades of deep red and burnt orange, and your wedding cake is guaranteed to have a definite autumnal feel…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Kelsey’s Kakes, Photography ~ Echo Media Photography

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ The Chubby Bunny, Photography ~ Nikki Mills via Intimate Weddings

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake via Every Last Detail

2. Choose Chocolate

Perhaps it is the colour, or the comfort that a slice of gooey, moist chocolate cake brings; but either way there is something about the use of chocolate for a wedding cake that gives it a distinctly fall look. Plus, brown cakes look so much prettier than they sound! Iced or naked, who doesn’t LOVE chocolate??…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Intricate Icings, Photographer ~ Jarrod Reno via 100 Layer Cake

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Lael Cakes, Photographer ~ Allan Zepeda via Style Me Pretty

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Jonathan Caleb, Photographer ~ Lime Green Photography via Green Weding Shoes

3. Decorate with Seasonal Produce

Berries, figs, acorns, whichever you prefer! By making your wedding cake topper beautiful seasonal fruits or nuts, you’ll not only save a few pennies, but also create a cake that is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Paradox Pastry, Photographer ~ Katie Stoops Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Blackbird Bakery, Photographer ~ Manchik Photography via Style Me Pretty

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Crumb Fairy Bakery, Photographer ~ Onelove via Style Me Pretty

Are you loving these cakes as much as I am? Aren’t their display stands beautiful too? From subtle to statement it seems the right stand can help to make a cake unforgettable. To help you recreate the look I have found you a few essentials for a fabulous fall dessert table or amazing wedding cake!

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4. Yummy Wedding Cake Alternatives

Or how about forgoing the traditional wedding cake in favour of something a little different? Like some of those yummy comfort foods we so associate with the colder seasons? Think berry pies, shortbread sandwiches or cookies….. you could even use grandma’s of a family favourite recipe for a real personal touch!

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Coookies ~ McGees Catering, Photographer ~ Megan Welker Photography via Wedding Chicks

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Pies ~ Photographer ~ Jen and Chris Creed via Southern Weddings

 Or, if you have a more savoury tooth how about a delicious cheese truckle tower?…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cheese Cake ~ Photographer ~ Welsch Photography via Polka Dot Bride

 

5. Autumn Dessert Tables

Or heck, how about both? You only get married once after all! With a dessert table you can share ALL of your favourite sweet (or savoury) bites with your friends, family and loved ones. Or make it a DIY affair by asking guests to contribute their signature sweet – they’ll love the thought of helping with your big day and just imagine the display of desserts…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Dessert Table ~ Photographer ~ Amanda Dumouchelle via Wedding Chicks

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Desserts ~ Bon Bon Pastry and Café Photography ~ Aster & Olive Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Dessert Table ~ Jenny Cookies via Cherryblossoms and Faeriewings

…..hmm I think my mouth may actually be watering! Wedding or not, this reminds me of another reason why I love Autumn – the comfort food.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Amy

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The 2015 Collection from Delphine Manivet Full of Parisian Chic

August 28, 2014

It is such an exciting time of year for wedding bloggers and brides-to-be alike,  as we start to get glimpses of the latest bridal collections for 2015. I always wait with bated breath for the latest offering from Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier….I could go on, but you know what I mean. Those designers you just know are going to wow and delight with their vintage inspired or forward thinking designs. What I love just as much though is when I stumble across a designer who grabs my attention for the very first time, and I am bringing you just one of those today - I know for a fact you are going to love this stunning collection of boho and vintage wedding dresses from French bridal designer Delphine Manivet as much as I do…..

The 2015 Bridal Collection of Vintage Wedding Dresses from Delphine Manivet Full of timelessly elegant gowns, flowing bohemian dresses, short but chic designs – and even the ever so on trend trouser ensemble! The collection is perfect for the bride looking for a unique wedding dress with a quirky edge and a dash of vintage charm for their wedding. I love how Delphine has cleverly used sleeves throughout many of the designs in the collection to evoke eras gone-by from Edwardian to the 1970s! Whilst her signature style of creating beautiful separates keeps the collection unmistakably contemporary. And her inspiration for the collection? Why that would be you of course! “Every day is an opportunity to gather inspiration. Of course I look to fashion past—the fine stitchwork on Marie-Antoinette’s dresses, the ingenuity of Jeanne Lanvin—but it’s also very much about the women of today, observing them and striving to understand what makes them feel beautiful.”

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Chic Vintage Bride – Margaret Buckley

August 27, 2014

The September 27, 1888, wedding of today’s Chic Vintage Bride Margaret Buckley and her soon to be husband Edward T. Davis drew quite the crowd – some 40,000 people no less! And no, they were neither royalty or celebrity. But you’ll understand why when you see their wedding photos…..

Chic Vintage Victorian Wedding in a Hot Air Balloon

Margaret Buckley and groom Edward T. Davis were married in the mammoth hot air balloon “Commonwealth” at the Rhode Island State Fair at Narrangansett Park in Providence. After the ceremony, the 24 men at the guy ropes released their hold and aeronauts James Allen and his son James K. directed the rather special ‘getaway’ skyward. The Davis’s honeymoon got off to rather a rocky start however, with the balloon landing in a swamp near Easton, Massachusetts at dusk. Apparently the wedding party was “obliged to cling to the ropes above the basket to keep out of the water.” Finally rescued, and the balloon tied safely to a tree, the couple safely completed their trip by rail.

Chic Vintage Victorian Wedding in a Hot Air Balloon (Image Source)

After their honeymoon, the happy couple reenacted their wedding for a photographer in a studio – wearing rather more lavish clothes than on the day! Doesn’t she look beautiful with that cinched in waist and you can see the start of a bustled train. And Edward looks quite dapper in his long coat.

Victorians were so adventurous, it was such a new and exciting era, full of discovery….and fabulously fancy fashion! Isn’t it fabulous?

 

Amy

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Urban Elegance – A Wedding Inspiration Board in Black, White & Red for a Sleek and Chic Wedding

August 26, 2014

Hello lovelies! I hope you have had a marvelous start to your week. I have to say we kicked the week off with something of a bang here on Chic Vintage Brides with yesterday’s super stylish vintage inspired wedding! I don’t know about you but I love how the bold and beautiful bride wore red – yes, red! I do so adore a bride who isn’t afraid to shy away from tradition, especially when it comes to the colour of her dress. Well, today the style continues, with a wedding inspiration board that could almost have been inspired by yesterday’s stylish celebration. From the creative talents of Chic Vintage Brides sponsor and fave Beacon Lane let me introduce you to Urban Elegance……

Wedding Inspiration Board - Urban Elegance by Beacon Lane Invite ~ Urban Elegance by Beacon Lane, Wedding Cake ~ Classic Cakes captured by Alea Lovely via Wedding Chicks, Wedding Dress ~ Alexander McQueen via Vogue, Flowers ~ Constança Cabral via Flickr, Lightbulbs ~ via Domus

 

Sara and Jessica at Beacon Lane pulled this lovely board together around their wedding stationery suite Urban Elegance, which is a bold design in black & white brightened with pops of red and splashes of gray. A little bit mod, very sleek, chic and snazzy; I love how they have paired it with that understated but utterly elegant Alexander McQueen dress; kept it pretty with an almost naked wedding cake; and given the whole affair a slightly industrial feel with their choice of lighting. We all know how important lighting at both your ceremony and reception is in creating the mood and ambiance for your big day!

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Want to see more of Urban Elegance?

Urban Elegance Wedding Invites by Beacon Lane

Isn’t it fabulous? Personally, I love the strong colours, but if you like the design and not the colour palette, you can always change them, as the suite is fully customizable. Colors, fonts and wording can all be altered to suit you and your wedding’s style during the ordering process.

 

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The full suite includes: invitation, ceremony card, info card, RSVP card, envelopes, belly band and name or date tag. There are even Thank-you cards to match available! But Beacon Lane have various packages available so you can tailor your order to perfectly suit you – and your budget. If you would like to see Urban Elegance before placing an order, and it is always easier to make a decision having seen the product, then a sample is available to purchase over at their Etsy shop, just click here for details.

If chic and sleek isn’t for you though, do take a look at their last wedding inspiration board Ruffled Romance - a floral beauty in the prettiest of pinks!

 

Amy

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The Bride Wears Red for A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding with Flair from Lara Hotz Photography

August 25, 2014

We are kicking off the week with some serious style! If you loved the perfect styling of Kate & Andrie’s Speakeasy inspired wedding soiree, then you are going to love Ursula & Chris’s bold and beautiful Sydney wedding. Who wouldn’t love a wedding that features a bride wearing red, a Vintage VW Camper, an icecream truck, a rocking first dance oh and a reception with the most incredible views over the Sydney Opera House?! All captured through the inimitable eye (and camera) of Lara Hotz.….

The Bride Wears Red for A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding

Ursula and Chris were married in April 2014 with an intimate ceremony at The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and a DIY filled reception looking over Sydney Harbour. Having been together since they were 18 the couple new exactly what was important to them when it came to their wedding. ” I think the thing that made our wedding ‘unique’ was that so many of the details and decor we chose were things that we just liked – not things that we thought we ‘should’ have or do. I wore a red dress, not white, because I didn’t feel like ‘me’ in any of the classic white ones that I tried on; we had a cute red kombi van rather than a classic old car because we figured if we had to hire transport, it may as well be fun! We ordered a tiramisu cake rather than a classic ‘white’ cake because….well, we really wanted to eat tiramisu at our wedding! We also secretly got dance lessons for a couple of months and learnt an awesome swing dance (well, technically our dance teachers told us it was a blend of rockabilly and Charleston) to the Black Keys song, “Lonely Boy”. When we first told Ryan and Avril, our dance teachers, that we wanted to do our dance to that song, they looked at us funny (“You want to do your wedding dance to THAT song? But it says “lonely boy…”) but in the end the dance was one of the highlights of our night – it was just cheeky enough and plenty fun enough and it was just US all over.”

And that’s what every wedding should be, shouldn’t it? A reflection of the bride & groom and a celebration of their love.

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From the lady behind the lens Lara “Ursula + Chris tied the knot recently and what a beautiful, emotional and bold wedding they had! If you are a fan of giant radiant smiles, the colour red and non traditional wedding dresses then you are going to love it!” I agree Lara! In fact, if you can measure the success of a wedding from the size of the beaming smiles, then this wedding was everything it should have been and more. So without further ado……

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“We didn’t have a ‘theme’. I can’t count the number of times that people asked what my ‘colour scheme’ was?! There wasn’t one. Red was the one colour that appeared throughout (across our outfits, flowers etc) but our stunning flowers had splashes of so many amazing colours… In terms of styling, I guess we went for a sort of vintage/handmade look… we had beige hessian table runners (that have been handed between relatives and friends and featured at about 4 weddings now!), old jars and glass bottles for vases, and all the table numbers, name tags, and wedding favours (gifts) we handmade.” There is such a lot of pressure to choose a theme for your big day, and with so many out there it can be a daunting task, overwhelmingly so! (I remember it well) But Ursula & Chris’s wedding shows that a theme is unnecessary when you fill your wedding with everything you love!

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“We did SO many DIY projects! We made all the rose petal cones ourselves (with the help of Angie, the bridesmaid) out of pages of an old copy of Pride and Prejudice; for the reception, we made all the table numbers and menu cards (Chris cut/carved them out of wood with the help of his best man Nick, then we painted them with blackboard paint, then I did the scripting with gold paint), and we also made all the wedding favours (handmade fabric necklaces OR fabric flower brooches/pins for the ladies; handmade bowties for the men – all made using vintage fabric remnants and sewn by me with help from Chris and Angie our bridesmaid) We also handpainted and decorated the boxes that we packed the wedding favours in (those boxes were bought in bulk from Reverse Garbage, an amazing secondhand store in Sydney that sells industrial seconds and samples of anything you can practically think of!) And we made a beautiful big blackboard and wrote a C.S. Lewis quote on it to decorate the gift table. We probably saved a bit of money with our DIY projects, but we definitely underestimated how long it would take to do it all!…. I don’t think we would change any of that though, because those were the bits that made the wedding feel like us… but if we did it all again, we might give ourselves a bit more time to do it in!”

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“On the wedding day itself one of the funniest moments was right after dinner had been served, a huge fireworks display went off over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, giving our guests the perfect view. It was a total coincidence – I think it was part of an outdoor opera happening on the same night- but it was an awesome moment (and about 10 of our friends subsequently claimed that they had ‘organised’ it for us especially).”

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Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the happy couple…..

We would highly recommend doing a fun wedding dance – not only was it the highlight of our night doing that for our family and friends, but the weekly dance lessons were a whole lot of fun, and meant that we spent time having fun together and relaxing in the lead up to the wedding. This was a VERY welcome stress relief (particularly because Ursula was finishing writing up her PhD at the same time as organising the wedding!)

Another piece of advice is that we actually found that in the end we wanted to write our vows together. I had always thought that I would want to write them individually and keep it all a secret until the day, but the pressure of what to write and whether our vows would be ‘matched’ (in length, in sentiment, etc…) was a little bit paralysing! In the end we talked about it and realised that what would work better is just to sit down and talk about what I wanted Chris to promise me, and what he wanted me to promise him, and what we both hoped for the marriage, and we helped each other write them. It was unexpected, but it was also an amazing experience having that conversation and it meant that they were so much more meaningful because we knew what we were promising was what the other person deeply wished for.

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“We aren’t very good at taking photos of ourselves normally so really wanted some amazing photos of the wedding that weren’t just your average cheesey shots… and we had seen Lara’s work and just knew she was worth it. She was also just lovely and relaxed to be around on the day and even stayed after she was done taking photographs to make little take-home bouquets of flowers for the guests from our table flowers. Just awesome.”

A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding from Lara Hotz Photography

Wishing the smiley, happy couple Ursula & Chris a marriage that is as full of joy as their wedding day clearly was. A big thankyou to them and photographer Lara Hotz for allowing me to share this bold & beautiful wedding with you. If, like me, you can’t get enough of it, then you can see more here on Lara‘s blog. Where you can also lose yourself in Lara’s dreamy photography – and her couple’s stylish weddings. No-one captures a special occasion or wedding quite like this lady. Her portraits are always creative, unique and utterly perfect for the couple, I really don’t have the words to describe how much I love her work! You can also follow Lara on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Oh I do love a bride who shies away from tradition, especially when it comes to her wedding dress! More brides in red please!! Any of you tempted?

Amy

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Credits

Photographer ~ Lara Hotz

Wedding Planner ~ Girl Friday

Wedding Officiant ~ Jessie Cacchillo

Ceremony Venue ~ The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Reception Venue ~ Quayside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Bride’s Dress ~ Custom design (vintage lace and raw silk) by Kitsch Bitsch

Wedding Dance Dress ~ Topshop

Beaded Ivory Sash ~ WonderfulBride on Etsy

Bride’s Shoes ~ Django & Juliette

Bride’s Headpiece ~ Sandy Bizzy

Bride’s Jewellery ~ vintage

Hair ~ Katerina Havelka from Bedrock Hair

Make Up ~ Little Fox Make-Up Artistry

Groom’s Attire ~ Tailored suit by Suit Shop

Bridesmaid’s Dress ~ Custom design by Kitsch Bitsch

Cake ~ The Sweet Spot Patisserie

Flowers ~ My Violet

Stationery ~ Teal Typewriter

Caterer ~ Fresh Catering

Band ~ The New Trocadero Dance Orchestra

Any Reception Decor/Props ~ Handmade by the bride and groom

Transport ~ Vintage kombi van (“Gorgeous George”) from Kombi Weddings

Handprinted fabric Ceremony backdrop ~ Ink & Spindle fabrics

Swing Dance Lessons & Choreography ~ Ryan and Avril found through Swing Patrol

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Beautiful Veils & Headpieces from Wanlu Bridal

August 23, 2014

In keeping with this week’s rather Autumn look and feel here on Chic Vintage Brides I have a beauty of a styled shoot for you today, capturing the stunning veils and headpieces of CVB sponsor and designer Wanlu Bridal. You may remember a while ago I shared her beautiful Wedding Dress collections, if you missed it you can take a look here - and you really should because they’re Gorgeous, with a capital G! (Think affordable Vera Wang infused with vintage lace) Wanlu Bridal may have began life on Etsy, but she is quickly building a reputation as the designer of choice for any bride wishing to express her own personal style and looking for a little extra romance. Specialising in creating fairytale bridal gowns Wanlu focuses on exquisite details and quality. “Our goal is to introduce completely fresh and romantic bridal looks. We cherry-pick only the highest quality materials that will most suit our brides, from fabrics to packing. And all of our pieces are made with a heart full of love.” And her new collection of bridal accessories has been designed with the same eye for detail and the same passion for quality…..

Beautiful Veils & Headpieces from Wanlu Bridal

It is fair to say I was smitten with Wanlu’s collection of veil and headpieces from the moment she sent me the first snaps from the shoot. Dreamily romantic mantilla and birdcage veils have been created from the most luxurious fabrics including silk, tulle and delicate french lace, to sit alongside a selection of glorious gold headpieces, all inspired by old movies, vintage shops and little trips.  The look is so fresh, but with all the romance and glamour of eras past it is perfect if you are looking to create a vintage vibe to your bridal look. The use of gold and pearl embellishment gives the pieces such luminosity and richness, this really is just the most beautiful collection of accessories and perfectly captured in this oh so pretty seasonal shoot with photography by Jackie Moore. Sit back and enjoy this Autumn amble, I just know you are going to love it……

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets

August 22, 2014

It might be thanks to last week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons, or all the pretty pins on Pinterest or just because it has been distinctly un-Spring like here this last week, that and the fact that it is of course my favourite season, but I am feeling very Autumnal at present and loving all of the beautiful fall colour palettes and inspiration about at the moment! So for this Friday’s fab 5 I decided to indulge my love of fall and pull together the most beautiful Autumn bouquets just perfect for the season…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - The Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets

Autumn no longer limits you in terms of flowers for your wedding, but instead opens up a whole heap of beautiful possibilities.

1. Autumn is the perfect season for creating a distinctive bouquet by adding berries or fruit…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Flowers By Adrien  captured by Alyssia B Photography via Ruffled

 

2. Autumn bouquets don’t have to follow the traditional fall palettes, adding a surprise splash of pink or blue to your burnt oranges or deep reds works beautifully….

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Blumen Meisters captured by Ashlee Newman Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

 

3. Whatever the colours you choose for your Autumn wedding, there is nothing more opulent or vintage than a cascading bouquet…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Crystal And Bark Designs captured by AMW Studios via Style Me Pretty

 

4. Or create the illusion of a cascading bouquet with a velvet ribbon – texture is such a great way to add richness and create a feeling of warmth for an Autumn wedding. Choose a colour to match, or compliment, your flowers…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~  McKenzie Powell captured by Ryan Flynn Photography via Ruffled

 

5. And don’t forget that even the simple leaf is beautiful in Autumn! So you can save a few pennies on your bouquet and floral arrangements, without compromising on the pretty!…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Heaven on Earth Floral captured by Pam Cooley Photography via Wedding Sparrow

 Oh now if you didn’t love Autumn before, you must do now! It really is the most perfectly romantic time of the year to be wed. Are any of you planning a fall wedding? Do share your ideas and plans for your bouquet and flowers in the comments below.

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies,

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Ginger Rogers (again)

August 20, 2014

OK, so I might have cheated the last time Ginger was my Chic Vintage Bride but not this time!…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Bride - Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers married Lew Ayres on the 14th of November 1934. I love her lace skirt and jacket ensemble, especially the jacket with that gorgeous collar! But what I love most of all? Her hat! Have you ever seen anything so adorable? At a guess I would say Ginger didn’t marry in white, Lew was her 2nd (of 5!) husbands and Ginger Lew’s 2nd wife so I suppose it would have been considered improper in those days for the bride to wear white. I would give anything to know what colour her outfit is….I would like to think a nice light dusky blue or blush!

If the ceremony itself was more understated, it certainly looks as though they celebrated in style after…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Bride - Ginger Rogers

Lew is giving the cake topper such a funny look in that photo – I would love to know what was going through his head :)

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And what a topper it was! It’s taller than the cake?!….but beautifully poised mid dance, it is I suppose just perfect for Ginger!

 

Amy

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A Deliciously Art Deco Speakeasy Inspired Wedding Soiree from Chris Spira Photography

August 18, 2014

Hello lovelies! What a way to start the week, I have for you this fine Monday morning – I just know you are going to Love it (yes, with a capital L!) This speakeasy inspired shindig is a wedding soiree! What on earth is a wedding soiree I hear you ask? Well, it’s an evening of wedding celebrations, just without the ceremony beforehand. Yep, that’s right, all the fun of a wedding, but without any of the stress – doesn’t it sound perfect? And just wait until you see it…..

An Art Deco Wedding Soiree from Chris Spira Photography

Kate & Andries eloped a couple of months before their Brooklyn Bash, but having kept their ceremony intimate they still wanted to celebrate their wedding with loved ones, friends and family so organised this relaxed, fun and classy evening at The Green Building.

“We wanted to create an atmosphere that was not too serious and tradition based, but still felt like a wedding. We kept it more casual by doing family style dinner, dessert trucks, having cocktails before getting into the “serious” stuff. Also the decor was not too precious. The idea was for it to look “lived in” and encourage interaction.”

Big on style, elegance and fun; and positively brimming with the most fabulous vintage details including chalkboard signs created by Sharp Shooter Signs, vintage books and glass hired from Little Vintage Rentals, gorgeous gramophones, a live Jazz Band…oh and a waffle cart! Ok, maybe not so Art Deco but delicious, right? The art deco styling of this speakeasy wedding soiree is a master class on how to theme your wedding, without it feeling like fancy dress! Seriously, Jay Gatsby himself would have been proud to host it!

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