Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Inspiration Boards

April 18, 2014

Welcome to the weekend lovelies! Don’t you just love a short week and a long weekend. I hope you have some wonderful plans for your Easter weekend. My weekend is going to be particularly long as Mr E and I are away on a mini holiday next week; our first ‘family’ holiday with Bodie. Don’t despair though for all will remain normal at Chic Vintage Brides in my absence (ain’t technology great) I have posts all lined up and ready for you – there will be beautiful bridal fashion, a chic 1930s bride and a Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons dedicated to some of the most romantic weddings EVER. So plenty to look forward to! Of course, I can’t say goodbye before I share this weeks Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons, five of the most gorgeous inspiration boards of the last 7 days……

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Jenny Packham’s 2015 Bridal Collection

April 17, 2014

Aaahhh Jenny Packham. A designer who has long had my heart (and of course I am in good company – didn’t the ever chic DoC look just lovely in that bespoke black dress on the recent trip to NZ?) I was a JP bride myself and her modern take on the enduring elegance of eras past always sets my heart fluttering. But after unveiling her latest collection she has earned a great deal more than my undying devotion.

Jenny Packhams 2015 Bridal Collection

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Chic Vintage Bride – Minnie Cushing

April 16, 2014

Today’s Chic Vintage Bride was a stunning 1960s bride…..

Chic Vintage 1960s Bride - Minnie Cushing(Image Source – Nathalie Freshnet)

Minnie Cushing married  American photographer, artist, diarist and writer Peter Beard in 1967 at her family’s home in Newport Rhode Island wearing a rather lovely Oscar De La Renta dress. I love the floral adorned bell sleeves and skirt, but it’s the flowers in her hair that I really adore – it is a little reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor‘s Lily of the Valley updo for her first wedding to Richard Burton.

 

Amy

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Five of the Most Beautiful Bridesmaids Trends for 2014

April 14, 2014

Hello lovelies! We’re starting the week with a post packed full of pretty. Having looked at Wedding, Bridal and Groom‘s trends for 2014 I thought it was well past time attention was turned to your sisters, cousins and besties; the most important women at a wedding (after you and your Mom of course) your maids! Gone are the days when being asked to be a bridesmaid was met with tears of joy mixed with more than a little trepidation (prompting nightmares of silk taffeta meringues in shades of puce) And no longer are bridesmaid dresses being relegated to the back of the wardrobe. Today’s five beautiful bridesmaids trends will leave your gals loving their gowns and longing to wear them again…..

5 Beautiful Bridesmaids Trends for 2014

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Bridal Hair & Makeup

April 11, 2014

Hello lovelies! What a week. I don’t know about you but here it has been grey, wet and felt decidedly miserable (but every cloud has a silver lining) Of course today everything changes and the world appears a little brighter, even through the rain; for it is everyone’s favourite day of the week, nearly the start of the weekend and time for my weekly roundup! This week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is all about bridal hair and makeup, because your look doesn’t finish with finding the perfect dress. We all know how a trip to the hairdresser or lick of mascara and lippy can have magical transformational powers, in how we feel as much as how we look; and so your hair and makeup will be almost as important in creating your wedding day ‘look’ as your dress, veil and accessories (nope, no exaggeration). This week, I found 5 of the prettiest bridal hair & makeup looks to excite and inspire you….

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Chic Vintage Bride – Evelyn Hickman

April 9, 2014

I confess it was neither today’s Chic Vintage Bride or her attire that captured my heart……

Chic Vintage Edwardian Bride - Evelyn Hickman

Although when Evelyn Hickman married Major Charles Simonds on the 23rd April 1907 she looked exquisite in her early Edwardian wedding dress (which with its high neck and long sleeves still followed the more modest Victorian fashion), it was neither her dress or even her glorious crown that made me squeal with joy, but rather the wedding party…..

Chic Vintage Edwardian Bride - Evelyn Hickman(Image Source ~ V&A Lafayette)

The bridesmaid’s hats are almost as big as their hair and bouquets, and they are fabulous; but it was the inclusion of the pooch I love so much. More dogs at weddings I say!

 

Amy

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Luxury, Love & Finesse from The Wedding Garter Co

April 8, 2014

A garter is a fabulously glamorous addition to your bridal attire; as well as a seductive surprise for your groom (he is guaranteed to love it) Simply put, it is the perfect secret accessory! And new British brand  The Wedding Garter Co specialises in creating bloomin’ gorgeous garters out of luxury, love and with finesse. The Wedding Garter Co is part of Britten, the luxury bridal accessories brand – you must remember their deliciously deco feather fans from their 2013 collection! (I am hoping to share their 2014 collection shortly). Well, at Britten the focus is on hair accessories, fans and purses; and the lady behind the brand, Sarah Jane, decided garters are different. Romantic and hidden they deserved her sole focus…..

The Wedding Garter Co

And so  The Wedding Garter Co was born. Every garter in this their first range is unique, designed by Sarah Jane, and handmade in her ancient workshop in Bath. Every bead is hand sewn, every pattern hand drawn, every piece of lace hand cut, and every flower hand pressed. Understated British luxury with Parisienne romance, handmade with love, each piece is presented in a luxurious dust bag and gift box – designed to keep the garter protected to be cherished for generations…..

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The Unbelievably Beautiful ‘I Wish I May’ Collection from Erica Elizabeth Designs

April 7, 2014

Morning lovelies! I have awoken to a somewhat grey and wet Monday, but today’s post is guaranteed to brighten even the most miserable of days. I am beyond excited to be introducing ‘I Wish I May’, a stunning collection of beautifully romantic bridal accessories and adornments from the incredibly talented (and lovely) Erica Elizabeth Designs. She long ago captured my heart (you can see her Fall 2013 collection here) with her ability to marry details of bygone eras in her modern day designs, and with this her latest offering I do believe she has achieved perfection…..

Erica Elizabeth Designs 2014 Collection

Erica Elizabeth Designs crafts heavenly bridal accessories with exceptional materials, creating pieces that are more than just perfect for your wedding day, but than can endure and be treasured as family heirlooms. ‘I Wish I May’ features crowns, tiaras, bridal hats and flower halos; as well as the more traditional veils and headpieces, something for every bride whatever her personal style.

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Tablescapes

April 4, 2014

Woo hoo for the weekend! No matter how quickly the weeks are going, aren’t you always ready for another weekend? Still, I can’t quite believe we’re in April already! And it being Friday can only mean one thing, time for one more post before the start of the weekend……When you think weddings there are the obvious details such as the wedding dress, groom, bouquet, bridesmaids, cake and invitations and yet often looked over details can create just as lasting memories on your big day, on you as well as your guests. I remember walking into our reception area after our portraits and with all the candles lit and the scent of the floral centre pieces it absolutely took my breath away. Sitting there that New Years Eve, surrounded by everyone I hold dear, basking in the warm light and love that filled the room, will be a memory that stays with me forever. Of course the important thing was having everyone there I loved, but the decor sure made the room (and memory) look pretty! Creating beautiful and memorable tables for your guests to sit at doesn’t have to involve gardens of expensive flowers or decadent cutlery, just a little thought and attention to detail. So for this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons I have rounded up 5 of the most elegant, creative and down right fabulous tablescapes from the last week…..

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Beautiful Bridal Shoes from Merle & Morris

April 3, 2014
If only I had known when planning my wedding, all of the things I know now! There isn’t much I would change about our wedding, it was perfect in every way that is important – I married the man I love, feeling like a screen goddess!; surrounded by friends, family and a blanket of joy. If I could change one thing though, it would be my choice of shoes! I LOVE heels and more importantly the way the right pair of heels can make you feel; and I knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding day (that being: vintage inspired Mary Janes in silver – that I could love and wear for years to come) but had not the faintest idea where to start looking for them. I was eventually ‘persuaded’ that they would be too heavy anyway and to buy a pair of ivory satin sandals instead…..Anyway I shan’t dwell, instead let me say now, ladies if you know what you want, don’t let anyone dissuade you that it’s not right (just because its unconventional or not traditional) or that it’s not possible; because there are no rules and ANYTHING is possible, if you know who to go to. And on that note, let me share my latest discovery and shoe obsession Merle & Morris – if you are looking for luxury, affordable, vintage inspired and beautiful shoes for your big day, look no further!

Beautiful Bridal Shoes from Merle & Morris

Inspired by their love of shoes and their own search for the perfect bridal shoe, Hazel & Shelley the lovely ladies behind the brand, set out to create a bridal range that they both lusted after and so Merle & Morris was born. This their debut collection of 6 stunning styles is just perfect for the vintage loving modern bride, looking for something other than the conventional ivory satin. (more…)
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Chic Vintage Bride – 1920s Mystery

April 2, 2014

I love Wednesdays! At the start of each week I look forward to sharing the style and stories of my Chic Vintage Brides. I happily spend hours tirelessly searching for a familiar face (or name), a detail that makes my heart skip a beat, a moment beautifully captured. Occasionally though, just occasionally (3 times in fact so far, you can see the others here, here and here) a nameless face captures my imagination and my heart; and try as I might all I have is a magical moment that I feel compelled to unveil. Like today’s Chic Vintage 1920s Bride and her beautiful bridal party…..

Chic Vintage 1920s Bride(Image Source – SLV)

I know nothing of her, but I love this photo! How cherubic is her flower girl? And I adore the bridesmaids headdresses (the quintessentially art deco turbans) but I fear those magnificent presentation bouquets must have weighed a tonne!

See what I mean, have you ever seen such an enchanting group? I fear we must leave it to our imaginations though for her name and story….what do you think?

Amy

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20 Incredible Wedding Dresses for under $1000

April 1, 2014

Now, I love a designer wedding dress as much as the next girl (I was a Jenny Packham bride after all) but I am also firmly of the belief that as magical as your wedding day is, and as much as it should be everything you dreamed of and more, it should not break the bank! Nor does it have to, especially your wedding dress for there are budget friendly options every way you turn – and I am not talking poor quality, unethical, designer knock offs. Today I set out on a one woman mission to prove you could buy a swoonworthy, and even designer, wedding dress for less than $1000, and was absolutely blown away with what I found. So here are 20 of the most incredible, delectable and affordable bridal gowns you ever will see…..

20 Incredible Wedding Dresses Under $1000

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