Young Love – The Breathtaking 2015 Bridal Collection from Rue De Seine

July 28, 2014

Today’s post is a slight spur of the moment change to what I hand planned to write about and share today. But when you (and I) all got a little crazy over the glimpse on Facebook of the 2015 collection from Rue De Seine, I just knew I couldn’t wait any longer to share it in its entirety with you! It only seems like yesterday that we were drooling over the 2014 collection, which was exquisite, now prepare to be beguiled by “Young Love”…..

Young Love - Rue De Seine's Breathtaking 2015 Bridal Collection

Rue De Seine is the label of NZ designer Michelle Corty, inspired by the 5 years she spent living in the Parisian Quartier of St. Germain des Pres – and celebrating her own wedding on the Rue De Seine. The neighbourhood is famous for being the meeting place of the artists and celebrities of Paris, and is the vision behind the brand’s bohemian chic style. “Young Love” Michelle’s new collection for 2015 is everything we have come to expect of this wonderfully whimsical, ridiculously romantic and beautifully boho brand – and more! That’s right, I do believe this could be the most breathtaking collection yet! Don’t believe me? Just take a look at this…..

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Cleo Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Cleo Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Hannah Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Eve Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Eve Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Eve Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Devin Dress

Filled with lashings of corded and floral lace in flattering silhouettes, featuring low v backs and necklines of every shape, embellished with hand embroidery and all with the same, timeless, feminine and ethereal aesthetic that has become the signature of Rue De Seine. This collection really does have something for every vintage loving, boho bride and is just perfect if you are looking for a wedding dress that is elegant, a little bit unique and a lot special!

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Dahlia Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Dahlia Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Willow Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Willow Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Helena Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Helena Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Rhian Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Rhian Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Ivy Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Ivy Dress

The collection also includes a number of capes and coats, created to match and compliment the dresses. These fabulous outfit completing accessories enable Rue De Seine brides to pull together an almost bespoke look that absolutely fits your unique style and wedding, as well as allowing you to transform your look from day to evening – without the cost of a second dress! For the winter bride there is the Vivienne Jacket…..

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Vivienne Jacket

For the romantic bride the Hannah Cape, which of course couples perfectly with the Hannah Dress…..

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Hannah Cape

And for the elegant bride the lovely long lace sleeves of the Grace Blouse…..

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Grace Blouse

Now you all know how I love a cape! I said back at the start of the year that it would be a key look for 2014 and it seems it will be continuing well into 2015. It’s a look that’s not for everyone though, but fear not for Michelle has managed too include plenty of pretty sleeves in varying style and lengths…..

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Colette Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Colette Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Fallon Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Fallon Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Abbey Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sadi Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sadi Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sienna Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sienna Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sophia Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Sophia Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Poppy Dress

'Young Love' Rue De Seine's 2015 Bridal Collection - Poppy Dress

Aren’t they just…..beyond words beautiful??

To see more of the collection (nope, this isn’t even all of it!) take a look at Rue De Seine’s Website. Or if you’re lucky enough to be in Auckland why not call for a fitting at the Rue De Seine boutique (head over to Magnolia Rouge to see some gorgeous photos of it, it looks heavenly) Oh and if you’re going, you should know Rue De Seine also stocks a collection of beautiful vintage wedding dresses!

You can find your nearest Rue De Seine stockist here and keep up with all the latest news about the brand by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Flower Girl Must Haves

July 25, 2014

Morning lovelies! It is such a gloriously bright and sunny day here in the bay, what a beautiful way to end the week – I just hope it continues all through the weekend, so Mr E, the pup and I can go on lots more of these. Anyway, feeling all inspired by the sun (and the beautiful flower girl that accompanied this week’s Chic Vintage Bride) I thought I would mix things up a little for today’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – you know how I like to keep you on your toes! Usually these Friday roundups are all about my 5 fab finds, but this Friday it is the 5 must haves….although they are definitely still fab! Rather than just sharing beautiful pictures and posts to beguile and inspire you, I have tried to think of the 5 things to find and buy for your flower girl a bit of a checklist for you – and I have even found a few items that might just fit the bill!

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Flower Girl Must Haves

 

1. Of course number one is the dress, and there are A LOT of gorgeous dresses out there! No longer is a tulle ballerina skirt your only option, although there are definitely still plenty if that’s what you’re after. But as with all fashion, whether tulle-tastic or delicate in lace, the designs and styles for flower girls today are so much more grown up and sophisticated, like beautiful miniature wedding dresses…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Dress

This pretty one is Lyla from BHLDN

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Dress Photography by Nicole Berrett via Ruffled

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Dress Photography by Archetype Studio Inc.  via Style Me Pretty

I love the flower girl dresses by Doloris Petunia on Etsy. So much so in fact, that I would happily wear an adult version of this almost Audrey inspired design called the Annabelle….

Doloris Petunia Flower Girl Dress

And here’s a roundup of some other real cuties for flower girls of all ages…..

 

2. Ladies we all know what a difference shoes can make to an outfit, and this truth is universal – whatever your age. As Marilyn Monroe once said “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!”…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Shoes

Photography by  Binary Flips via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Boots

Photo by Marianne Wilson via Wedding Wire

 

3. Something to carry is also important. Be it a basket overflowing with petals, a banner or a ring-pillow, a little task will be cherished by your flower girl - and will give her something to focus on rather than all of those eyes watching her…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Banner

Photography by Alixann Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Parasol

Photography by Emily Wren via Green Wedding Shoes

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girls & Moss baskets

Photography by  Elyse Hall via Style Me Pretty

 

4. And what flower girls outfit would be complete without a flower crown?

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Dress

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girl Dress Photography by Braedon Photography via Ruffled

 Or other cute hair accessory…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Flower Girl Must Have

Photography by  Heather Rowland  via Style Me Pretty

Treat her to something pretty and spend a moment making sure it looks perfect because she will love feeling as pampered as you and your bridesmaids!

 

5. Last but not least, think of a special way to thank her! With something personal she can carry or wear on the day and treasure forever. I love the idea of this embroidered handkerchief from Inspired Stitches…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Flower Girl Must Haves

And here are a few other ideas any flower girl is sure to love!…..

 

Oh and don’t forget to be there to hold her hand…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Flower Girls Photography by CK Metro Photos via Chic Vintage Brides

Or create it the special job of one of your bridesmaids. Because remembering how nervous I was walking down the aisle as an adult, I can hardly imagine the nerves our poor flower girls must feel walking ahead of us.

Have a fab weekend!

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Joan

July 23, 2014

Of all the eras, I always find wedding photos from the 1940s most poignant because they so rarely reveal the hardships endured at the time (I think that’s why I love this chic vintage bride so much) Their smiling faces never betray the feeling that their joy and happiness could end all too soon. There is just a sense of making the most of every moment. I feel there’s much we could learn from the brides of the 1940s…..

Chic Vintage 1940s Wedding - Joan & Jean

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Today’s beautiful chic vintage bride is Joan and her dapper groom in his soldier’s uniform is Jean. I know little of what happened to them after their wedding some time in 1943, but I hope this was just the beginning of a long and happy life together.

Amy

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Introducing Bridal Loungerie with Old Hollywood Glamour from Betty Blue’s

July 21, 2014

Do I have some swit swoo beauty for you this Monday! Now ladies, I know at times it can be difficult to remember that your wedding is just the start of your married life, whilst engrossed in planning your big day it can feel like the be all and end all. But for starters there’s the holiday of a lifetime to think about, plan and shop for – I am of course talking the honeymoon! (something else you can expect to be seeing lots more of on Chic Vintage Brides going forward) And when planning any honeymoon there are a few suitcase essentials, as well as the obvious swimsuits and suntan lotion; the most important being some sultry, sassy lingerie that will make you feel confident to sashay around the hotel room, in-front your new hubby, in. Yes, I’m afraid the honeymoon is no place for those comfortable old sweat pants or tatty old T! But panic not, for do I have the perfect glamorous alternative for you – we are talking Hollywood siren sexy and pinup pretty. If you haven’t heard of them before, let me introduce you to Betty Blue’s Loungerie…..

Betty Blue's Bridal Loungerie - Vintage Bridal Lingerie & Loungewear

Now this is a brand after my own heart! Betty Blue’s, a purveyor of luxurious and high-quality vintage inspired loungewear, was born out of the seeds of an idea, sewn many years ago in the imagination of owner of the brand Betty (my word you must see this lady – think Dita Von Teese with red hair!)

“I remember watching black and white musicals with beautiful screen starlets in, with my Grandma when I was a little girl. Stars such as Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth and Jane Russell captivated me with their stunning gowns and I used to watch in wonder as the stars reclined elegantly in night gowns of shimmering satins, velvets and chiffons.” – me too Betty, me too!

So taken with these evocative memories Betty followed her heart and trained technically in corsetry and lingerie design, gaining entry to the prestigious and only course in the world for such specialist skills. She graduated in the summer of 2010 with BA (Hons) in Contour Fashion. After just a couple of years interning at several luxury lingerie companies, and gaining valuable insight into what customers want in their lingerie and loungewear at a beautiful luxury lingerie boutique just off Carnaby Street, Betty Blue’s was born. Here’s a sneak peek of her coming AW14 collection….

AW14 Bettie Heather Silk Night Gown from Betty Blues Loungerie

AW14 Bettie Heather Silk Night Gown from Betty Blues Loungerie

This year, Betty has turned her attention and talent to brides with the launch of a collection of slips, teddies and robes that are sure to seduce you as much as they will your hubby. Betty Bridal sees some of Betty Blue’s best selling designs produced in luxurious ivory silks and laces.  The collection is designed to bring out the inner Hollywood starlet of any bride; think Mae West in silk satin, slinking seductively across the silver screen (we all have one don’t we? Mine’s definitely a Joan Crawford :) she occasionally shows her face)  The designs are absolutely perfect for wearing on Honeymoon – perhaps under your going away suit, or packed away simply to seduce in the boudoir…..

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Teddy from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Teddy from Betty Blues Loungerie

All of Betty Blue’s pieces are proudly made in Britain. By manufacturing, as well as sourcing as many of the fabrics and components as possible in Britain, Betty ensures that all her garments meet her strict and high quality standards.

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Slip from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Nell Slip from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Silk Bettie Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Silk Bettie Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Talk about kicking the week off with a bang! Isn’t it stunning?? I would like the Bettie robe please! (and the models fierce red nails to go with it)

You can see more of Betty Blue’s collection on her website here (there are some incredible discounts at the moment) - and follow her Facebook page here for more glimpses of her latest offering!

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Vintage Bridal Makeup

July 18, 2014

Hello lovelies! Can you believe another week is almost over, the start of the weekend will soon be here and the beginning of August is almost upon us – we will soon be talking Halloween and Autumn?! I really don’t know where this year has gone. I big plans for the rest of this year and Chic Vintage Brides, all of which are most exciting…..but I won’t give anything away yet. Just expect to see a new look and new features coming soon! One thing you can definitely expect to see more of on these pages is beauty, starting today with a Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons dedicated to bridal makeup advice and DIYs…..actually bride-to-be or no, I just know you’re going to love these tips and tutorials for the perfect vintage makeup!

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Bridal Makeup

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You see it has occurred to me that with any look, and particularly vintage, there are 3 key areas to focus on…..

1. The first being eyebrows, the frames of your face. It is amazing how different good, or bad, eyebrows can make you look. Don’t believe me? Think Marlene Dietrich vs Audrey Hepburn! Yes, now you see what I mean. And now you can see how important it is to ensure they are well shaped and maintained for your big day. Don’t panic though as Bustle have you covered with these 8 brilliant brow tips…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Eyebrows

Oh and here are a few tools and accessories to help you perfect those shapely brows…..

 

2. The second being the winged eyeliner – something I have never quite managed to master. In fact this infographic from Lime Crime perfectly captures how my ventures into vintage eyeliner usually end…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Eyeliner Tragedy

But thanks to Nicola Kate and her genius eyeliner pictorial, I am hoping my next foray will be more fabulous than frightful! (I just hope it is as easy as she makes it look)

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Eyeliner Tutorial

If you’re eager to have a try then these liquid eyeliners might help you get the look…..

 

3. The third being lips of course. And for a vintage look it has to be red! Not the easiest colour to choose or wear, but get it right and it is the perfect, showstopping look for any glamour adoring bride. Take a look at this seductive, hi-shine cherry lips tutorial over on The Beauty Department…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Red Lips

If you’re loving red but not sure what shade to select then take a squiz at another brilliant post by The Beauty Department on choosing the right shades for your skin tone here. It shows both subtle and statement shades for porcelain to almond skin colours.

And here are a few of the very best lippies on the market for that perfect red pout…..

 

4. But of course no look would be complete without perfect, glowing skin (or at least the illusion of it) Designer and blogger Keiko Lynn shared all of the steps, as well as some hints and tips, for getting her perfect porcelain skin on Etsy…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Makeup Tutorial

 

5. If all of that has left you feeling inspired (and brave enough) to do your own makeup for your big day, then take a look at these top 5 tips for making sure you get it right over at Bridal Musings…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Tips for doing your own wedding day makeup

Have a fab weekend everyone – I’m off to try that eyeliner trick!

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Margaret Whigham

July 17, 2014

Today’s Chic Vintage Bride‘s wedding dress was so beautiful that it is currently on show at the V&A as part of their Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibit. And although it sits alongside such iconic gowns as those worn by Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese, it is still managing to steal the show!

Chic Vintage 1930s Wedding - Margaret Whigham & Charles Sweeny Image Source

(speaking of stealing the show, how sweet is the old dear, in her fur coat, peering under the policeman’s arm??)

Ethel Margaret Whigham married the dashing Charles Sweeny at the Brompton Oratory, London on the 21st of February, 1933. She wore a truly incredible bridal gown by Norman Hartnell (the designer responsible for many of the royal families most fabulous frocks, including the wedding dress for Queen Elizabeth II) And such was the public excitement surrounding her wedding dress, that when the big day arrived the traffic in Knightsbridge came to a standstill for more than three hours (that may be an everyday occurrence in London today, but imagine the furore it would have taken to cause such a scene 80 years ago)

You may recognise Margaret as one of the heavenly bridesmaids from the unforgettable wedding of a past Chic Vintage Bride…..

Margaret Whigham - Nancy Beatons Bridesmaid

(Margaret is second from the right and the other bridesmaids were from left: Lady Violet Pakenham, Baba Beaton, Lady Anne Wellesley, and Liticia Chattock)

Indeed, it is hard to imagine that any wedding dress could have been more breathtaking than the bridesmaids dress she wore as part of socialite Nancy Beaton‘s wedding party, but Norman’s dramatic star adorned creation really was a vision to behold…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Wedding - Margaret Whigham

And for once, thanks to the V&A exhibition, we are able to glimpse the gown in all of its glory (I hope you’re seated because it is a stunner!)…..

Norman Hartnell Wedding Dress worn by Margaret Whigham

Norman Hartnell Wedding Dress worn by Margaret Whigham Image Source

Exquisite, don’t you agree? Silk satin embroidered with shimmering stars and a dramatic train, it is little wonder that it stopped traffic all those years ago – and I have no doubt continues to today as part of the exhibition. Of course, not to be outdone by Nancy who married just a month before her, Margaret’s own bridesmaids dresses are almost as spectacular!…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Wedding - Margaret Whigham & Charles Sweeny Image Source

I could just look at this dress all day…..I’m in heaven!

Amy

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Romantique – Claire Pettibone’s 2015 Collection

July 15, 2014

Claire Pettibone has long been the queen of ethereal elegance and romance – who could forget her Still Life and Decoupage collections? Breathtaking Edwardian inspired visions; brimming with gowns of lace, adorned with fancy floral appliques. ‘Romantique‘, her 2015 collection however, channels a far more free-spirited, dare I say 1970s vibe? Think boho with a hint of gypsy glamour – but without losing any of the romance we have come to associate with the inimitable designer.

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone

I do so love it when designers take a risk and dip their toes into a new style! Claire calls Romantique “A little Moroccan villa, a touch English garden – timeless with a vintage vibe.” which perfectly describes the eclectic, relaxed feel of the collection. Alongside the dramatic re-embroidered lace and appliques that are so unequivocally Claire Pettibone, Romantique features simple cotton, crepe and flowing chiffon gowns, with billowing blouson and flutter sleeves. Undeniably different to past CP collections, it is no less feminine or pretty. Just take a look…..

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Rosemary

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Lilith

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Lilith

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Adelaide

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Adelaide

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Kasbah

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Robyn

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Clementine

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Clementine

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Queen Annes Lace

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Queen Annes Lace

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Topanga

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Thyme

As with the unveiling of all of Claire’s past offerings, almost as much attention to detail has been paid to the design and styling of the catwalk show as to the collection itself. Nearly bare-foot models, sashaying down the rug strewn runway with their long, loose tresses crowned with gypsophila just so perfectly conveys the relaxed, bohemian charm of ‘Romantique’.

Of course no Claire Pettibone collection would be complete without the striking silhouettes and beautiful back details that have become her signature. And long-time lovers of her style will not be disappointed with the latest designs to be offered…..

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Estelle

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Estelle

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Gardenia

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Gardenia

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Amour

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Amour

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Yolanda

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Yolanda

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Seraphina

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Seraphina

But beautiful backs or off the shoulder flutter sleeves, ‘Romantique’ definitely has a distinctly more boho, beach-babe  vibe than previous Claire Pettibone collections, which I think will result in a bevy of new CP brides next year. I can just seem them all, floating down the aisle like Aphrodite…..

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Ceylon

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Casablanca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Casablanca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Laurel

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Laurel

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Phaedra

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Phaedra

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Bianca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Rhapsody

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Rhapsody

My favourite from this collection? The long lace sleeved Patchouli, I just love the re-embroidered lace…..

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Patchouli

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Patchouli wedding dress with long lace sleeves

Isn’t it lovely? What do you think of the ‘Romantique’ collection? Still distinctly Claire Pettibone, but with added Boho! Oh my goodness how perfect will these billowing sleeves be for a festival inspired wedding, perhaps with a little of my latest obsession glamping?!

You can find your nearest Claire Pettibone stockist here - in NZ she is stocked exclusively at Primrose & Finch and in Australia at Intique & Co. I can’t wait to start seeing bohemian 2015 brides wearing these beauties – please, please send photos to amy@chicvintagebrides.com!

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Floral Wedding-DIYs

July 11, 2014

I love a good DIY project and they are just perfect for weddings. There is quite simply no better way to make your day beautifully unique and personal; involve friends, family and loved in the build up to your celebrations (and believe me when I say, everyone will want to be involved!) all whilst saving yourself a few pennies. Sadly, without a crafty or capable bone in my body I am DIY useless! Having said that though, I swear the Wedding Flower DIYs in this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons have been made to look so simple, even I am tempted to give them a  try…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - DIY Wedding Flowers

 

1. Inspired by the gorgeous floral updo in this pin, I think this pretty Hair Flower DIY tutorial from The Beauty Department is just perfect for you or any of your ladies – bridesmaids or flower girls…..

DIY Hair Flowers

 

2. This pretty wall of fresh blooms by Flower Muse featured on Green Wedding Shoes would make the most gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony, a romantic sweetheart table or a whimsical photobooth!…..

Wedding DIY Fresh Flower Wall

 

3. When I say I am DIY useless, I truly mean useless – even struggling with the simple task of arranging a bouquet. So I have this Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet DIY from Rustic Wedding Chic pinned, just ready for the next time Mr E surprises me with a bunch of something beautiful…..

DIY Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet

 

4. Wedding or no wedding I am tempted to try this sweet DIY Floral Letter from The Mrs & Momma Bird, and how fab would it look in a monogram? It would make such a lush and scent filled finishing touch to your wedding decor – and you will never believe how much it cost to make! (HINT not even double figures!)

DIY Floral Letter

 

5. If you follow Chic Vintage Brides on Facebook you will have already seen this gorgeous garland adorned vintage car getaway. And if you loved it as much as I do, then this is the DIY project for you! The team over at Once Wed gave away all of their secrets on just how to recreate the look for your own big day…..

DIY Getaway Garland

 

Such perfect projects for the weekend! Of course for those of you (or rather, us) that are less than crafty, we can console ourselves with these wise words from the gorgeous Mr Gosling…..

DIY's Not for everyone! Ryan Gosling

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Have a great weekend – and happy DIYing!

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Kay Deibel

July 9, 2014

One of my absolute favourite films growing up was Grease – when I was little I used to start every day of the school summer holidays watching it (and wishing I looked like Sandy, of course!) So, when I saw today’s Chic Vintage Bride‘s groom was none other than ‘Teen Angel’ (who could forget him crooning to pink haired ‘beauty school dropout’ Frenchy?? ) I knew I just had to share her with you…..

Chic Vintage 1960s Wedding - Kay Deibel and Frankie Avalon

Didn’t she look fabulous? Kay Deibel married teen idol Frankie Avalon on the 19th of January 1963. There is just SO much I love about her chic, mod ensemble – that pillbox hat and tulle veil combo had me squealing with delight and her boxy lace top with its boat neckline just couldn’t be any more stylish! It was simply the perfect for the couple’s intimate celebration.

Is it just me, or is the bridal fashion of the 1960s growing on you too?

 

Amy

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Siren Song – The 2015 Collection of Enchanting Bridal Gowns from Terry Fox

July 7, 2014

As someone who started blogging after getting married, as a way to sate my appetite for wedding dresses, without frightening my poor hubby; it is fair to say that there is little I love more than stumbling across a new bridal collection. Especially, when it is as spectacular and utterly breathtaking as Siren Song from Terry Fox is!…..

Siren Song - The Enchanting 2015 Collection of Bridal Gowns from Terry Fox

Whilst the name may be new to many of you (I only recently discovered her myself), Terry Fox is certainly no newbie to bridal fashion – she apprenticed with the Emmanuels (yes, those Emmanuels! who designed that dream dress for Princess Diana), has sold designs to Harrods and ran a sewing school at Liberty’s in London, where she taught the intricacies of corsetry. In fact Terry Fox could well be the wedding world’s best kept secret! Although she doesn’t (yet, at least!) receive the same exposure as the likes of Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham, Terry’s designs are equally as unique and beautiful. And her stunning 2015 collection, inspired by folklore and fairy-tales couldn’t be any more perfect for brides looking for something elegant, with more than a nod to the romance of by-gone eras…..

“My latest collection is called ‘Siren Song’, and has been inspired by the Sirens of the sea. I love a good fairy tale and get very excited by the thought of creatures weaving their mystical magic – beautiful women (mermaids) calling men into the depths of the sea and keeping them for eternity. What better inspiration for a wedding dress?!”

Siren Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection of Bridal Gowns

Whisper Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Pearly Queen Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Pearly Queen Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Spellbound Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Lovestruck Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Siren Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

I absolutely adore the beguiling femininity of the Siren Song collection and how Terry has managed to combine elaborate embellishment with simple elegance; and vintage elements with thoroughly on-trend design details. All Terry Fox designs are beautifully hand made using only the very finest silks, satins and lace; with every bead, sequin and flower lovingly put onto each gown individually in Terry’s magical showroom in Bury St Edmunds, England.

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Naughty Alex Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Serenade Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Serenade Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Allure Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Allure Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

All of Terry’s gowns scream sophistication, glamour, drama and style. But what I particularly love is the attention to detail she has paid to the back of each design, ensuring as one of her brides you will look as breathtaking when stood at the alter as you do walking down the aisle…..

“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focusing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.”

Whirlwind Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Whirlwind Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Seapearl Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

I adore the creative styling of this beautiful shoot almost as much as I love Terry‘s collection! Everything from the vintage backdrop to the opulent flowers and gorgeous accessories adds to the romance and magic of the designs. Captured by Carey Sheffield Photography,  headpieces are by Donna Crain, Floral design is by luxury florist and event designer  Paula Rooney, hair and make-up by Malin Coleman, shoes are from new designer Charlotte Mills and overall styling is courtesy of blogger extraordinaire Alexandra Merri of Bijou Bride - what a ridiculously talented team!

Whisper Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Siren Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Aren’t these dresses exquisite? And they are just a select few! You can see more of the Siren Song collection over at Love My Dress - the lovely Annabel was lucky enough to get the exclusive first glimpse of the collection back in June.

The full collection will be arriving in boutiques shortly. Currently Terry Fox designs are only stocked in the UK (although I am sure this won’t be the case for much longer) – you can see where and find your nearest boutique here. You can also keep up with Terry’s latest news and collections on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Amy

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Designer ~ Terry Fox

Photographer ~ Carey Sheffield

Headpieces ~ Donna Crain

Shoes ~ Charlotte Mills

Florist ~ Paula Rooney Weddings & Events

Stylist ~ Alexandra Merri Bijou Bride

Hair & Make-up ~ Malin Coleman

Models ~ Bethany Cammack, Eleanor Cooper & Jeannette Belaouane

 

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 4th of July Celebrations

July 4, 2014

I couldn’t let today pass without a nod to the date, and so this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is dedicated to you US brides looking forward to a long holiday weekend with loved ones. Of course a red, white & blue colour palette is perfect for celebrations other than the 4th July! So whether you are Stateside looking forward to enjoying a weekend on the beach; or elsewhere escaping the winter chill in front of a roaring open fire (which is how Mr E and I will be spending this Independence Day); I have some gorgeous red, white and blue wedding inspiration for you…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 4th of July Wedding Inspiration

 

1. Whether for a summer wedding or a 4th of July celebration, this DIY strawberry and flower arrangement is seriously sweet – and super easy (my favourite kind of DIY!)…..

DIY Red, White & Blue Flower Arrangement

Photography by Ruth Eileen via Style Me Pretty

 

2. This red, white and blue wedding inspiration shoot is just brimming with unique design ideas and finishing touches that are perfect for turning this iconic American holiday into an alternatively stylish event any bride (and I mean ANY) would love…..

Red, White & Blue Wedding Inspiration

Photography by Starfish Studios via Green Wedding Shoes

 

3. When it comes to weddings, I think fun is the best way to go with this palette, like lovely bride Anita did with these red petticoats peeping out from underneath her bridesmaids flirty blue 1950s inspired dresses…..

Red, White & Blue Wedding

 Photography by Dan O’Day via Ruffled

 

4. I just love the midnight blue of the grooms velvet jacket in this shoot (taken from the latest breathtaking issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine) Deep and opulent, midnight blue it is the perfect shade for a more Wintery celebration (plus, velvet? So lush!)…..

Red, White & Blue Wedding Cake

Photogrpahy by Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings

 

5. And last but not least this ever so chic red, white and blue wedding inspiration board, with a french country twist by Hey Wedding Lady…..c’est ooh la la!

Red, White & Blue Wedding Inspiration Board

 

US or otherwise, I hope your weekend (long or short) is a fab one!

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Mary Nanton

July 2, 2014

Today’s Chic Vintage Bride is really more of a Chic Edwardian Wedding, but it is so fabulous I just had to share it with you…..

Edwardian Wedding of Douglas Cameron and Mary Nanton

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Mary Georgina Nanton married Douglas Cameron on September 5th 1912 in Winnipeg. But whilst the bride does look beautiful, I especially love her veil, I confess it is the wedding party in their glorious Edwardian attire that I really find enchanting. Each and every time I look at it I see something new I love: the ladies in their fine feather adorned hats (I definitely want to see more guests wearing hats at weddings, by the way!), the sweet flower girls with their baskets, the angelic looking ring bearers all in white and the lace capped bridesmaids….oh and have you ever seen so many flowers? Even Grandma (seated) appears to have a huge arrangement of flowers! How on earth did they carry them all day?

Oh yes, I think this wedding has made the Edwardian era once again my favourite (well this wedding and that gorgeous sapphire ring! Did you see it? You really must!)

Amy

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