Romantic Veils & Bridal Headpieces for the Modern-Vintage Loving Bride from Mignonne Handmade

December 18, 2014

Ooh do I have something special for you today! Something seriously swoon-worthy; dark, with an air of mystery and chock full of romance. Ladies, the gorgeous goodies in Mignonne Handmade‘s latest collection of veils and bridal headpieces is guaranteed to have get your heart racing!…..

2015 Wedding Hair Accessories Collection from Mignonne Handmade

I have long been an admirer of Mignonne Handmade‘s, not only for the beautifully bohemian and charming vintage inspired wedding hair accessories the lovely Jennifer (owner of the boutique) creates but also for the stylish shoots she pulls together that capture the essence of her collections so perfectly. Never has this been more the case than with her latest offering. This collection of delicate floral hair vines, silk flower combs, majestic ornate crowns and ethereal veils is vintage inspired, utterly timeless and just perfect for today’s modern-vintage loving bride. Each and every piece is handmade with love and care in the Mignonne Handmade studio using old school techniques and vintage millinery tools, but with a modern eye; which all together creates beautifully unique, heirloom pieces you will adore for a life time.

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Isn’t this silk flower comb lovely? And just wait until you hear how Jennifer creates these beautiful blooms ”I start the process with pure white silk that is then cut into petals that are dyed to a underlying hue, all colors hand mixed by me, then I paint each one in a watercolor style adding depth and a realism to the petals making each one a perfectly unique work of art. The petals are then pressed with millinery brass irons and sewn together to make perfect blossoms.”

Bridal Flower Crown and Drop Veil from Mignonne Handmade Bridal Flower Crown and Drop Veil from Mignonne Handmade


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Chic Vintage Bride – Anne Kock

December 17, 2014

Today’s Chic Vintage Bride is an absolute stunner! So forget about work for 5, grab a coffee and a chair and enjoy her exquisite style. Anne Kock married George Montgomery at St. Alphonsus Church New Orleans on April 15, 1950, in a wedding dress that looks as lovely today as it did over 60 years ago, and proves elegance is timeless……

Chic Vitnage 1950s Wedding Anne Kock to George Montgomery

With a lovely wide neck, those delicate sleeves and a cut that creates a silhouette fit for the silver screen her dress was perhaps not typical of the era – or at least, it’s not one of the tea length tulle delights we associate with the 1950s. But created for Anne by  by Miss Lillian at Town and Country (a boutique that still exists in New Orleans today!) it suits her perfectly and  looks as stylish today as it did back then. Anne’s stunning juliet cap with cathedral veil suits it perfectly and was accented by an antique lace panel that had been in her family for over 100 years! Her bouquet, created by Miss Elise of Metairie Ridge Flowers, was of white Phalaenopsis orchids and lilies of the valley.

Chic Vintage 1940s Bridesmaids

Whilst the bridesmaids dresses were created by the same talented lady who created Anne’s gown, I don’t feel they’ve aged quite so well…..although they are utterly fabulous, aren’t they? I think they must have been a lovely shade of purple, because apparently the bride had violets flown in especially for their bouquets!

And I love this photo of the happy couple cutting the cake, surrounded by happy and giggling bridesmaids. Its the stern-faced old gent in the back who makes me smile though, that disapproving look that says he’s just about had enough and all he really wants is to head home for his cocoa…..

Chic Vintage 1940s Wedding Cake (Source)

If you love this era too, you might want to take a look hereherehere and here at some more inspiring chic vintage 1950s weddings and brides. Or for more modern weddings with hints of the period have a peek at this beauty, or this ever so chic retro one.




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An Exclusive Early Glimpse at BHLDN’s Spring 2015 Collection

December 16, 2014

Good morning! If you follow Chic Vintage Brides you will know BHLDN (the bridal sister to the fabulous Anthropologie) is something of a fave of mine! Their carefully curated collections, always brimming with uniquely vintage-inspired style and overflowing with romance, are enchanting. I love how they pull together entire ensembles, for brides and bridesmaids, of beautifully mixed and mismatched gowns, coverups, accessories and adornments, all by designer names but at affordable prices. So, being the BHLDN lover that I am, there might have been no small amount of jumping up and down, and feeling like Christmas had come early, when I received an email from the lovely ladies and gents over there offering an early glimpse at their Spring 2015 collection. Oh and there was definitely some swooning when I saw it, so be warned and do take a seat before scrolling any further….

An Exclusive Early Glimpse at BHLDN's Spring 2015 Collection

BHLDN‘s Spring 2015 collection, which doesn’t officially launch until the 6th of January, features 18 new gorgeous gowns, a multitude of fabulous accessories as well as some simply gorgeous decor and finishing touches. Returning designers beloved by the BHLDN bride such as Tadashi Shoji, Catherine Deane, Watters and Nicole Miller, are joined by fresh and exciting new names like Rosa Clara, Eddy K and my personal favourite Johanna Johnson! And the wedding dresses they have designed are, if at all possible, even more lovely than ever before. There is lashings of delicate lace, silhouettes that are simply jaw-dropping, distinctive necklines and embellishments that will have you glittering like a star as you walk down the aisle. Oh and, whether peeking from beneath trains, or elaborately embellished for your bridesmaids, I know you are going to love the splash of blush that appears throughout. So, if you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016, have your pinning finger ready…..

Adalynn Wedding Dress from BHLDNs Spring 2015 Collection Golden Bloom Headband and Morning Glory Bracelet Wisteria Wedding Dress from BHLDN's Spring 2015 Bridal Collection Amelia Bridesmaids Dress from BHLDN's Spring 2015 Collection Golden Garden and Silver Rush Sashes


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A 1940s Wedding Dress for a Sweet Early Summer Wedding from Taylor & Porter

December 15, 2014

Good morning lovelies! Well I hope you had a wonderful weekend, just one more now until Christmas – are you ready?? I’m nowhere near! But I am not going to think about it today, for I have just the most beautiful wedding to share with you this morning. Something a little different to last weeks gorgeous Winter Wonderland and perfect for brightening this rather damp and cold Monday! When the bride wears vintage and the groom a suit from Saville Row, you just know you’re in for a style sensation. Beautifully captured by fine art film photographers Taylor & Porter, Michelle and Sam’s charming early summer wedding, really is something special…..

A 1940s Wedding Dress for a Sweet Early Summer Wedding from Taylor & Porter Photography

In fact it has it all –  not one but two stunning venues, an unconventional wedding cake that looks absolutely scrumptious, delicately dainty florals, and bride Michelle not only looks beautiful but positively radiates joy in her pretty flower crown and 1940s wedding dress. Michelle & Sam didn’t have a particular theme, colour scheme or era in mind when they planned their wedding, but they knew just how they wanted their day to look and feel. “We wanted lots of personal touches and for the day to be fun, relaxed and informal, so this was the driving force for how we planned it. We also wanted lots of colour and a simple vintage nod to our two venues.” I hope your pinning finger is ready because there is sure to be lots here you love!…..

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I do so love Taylor & Porter‘s style of photography, it is so luminous it is quite simply heavenly. Don’t you think?  (more…)

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Wonderful Winter Wedding Cakes

December 12, 2014

Good morning, it’s nearly the weekend – and there are only 2 weekends left until Christmas?! Eek! But before all that, this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is continuing our series of Winter Wedding inspiration posts and looking at 5 of the most wonderful Wedding Cakes. For whilst I have learnt over the 3 years I have been blogging, that on your day you can have whatever you want (something I hadn’t realised when as a bride-to-be I accepted being told I couldn’t have a wedding cheesecake) I do think its lovely when couples have a cake that reflects the season as well as their chosen theme – something fresh and pretty for Spring, light for Summer, fruity for fall; and for Winter? Something that matches the drama of the season, adds some warmth to a dark night and dazzle to your celebrations. Take a look…..

5 Wonderful Winter Wedding Cakes


1. Painted wedding cakes have been a big trend for 2014 (something I am sure is set to continue next year) and I love this rustic deer head, decorated with seasonal berries in the classic colours of Christmas. Although the skill and time required to paint a wedding cake won’t be cheap, what you spend on your cake’s decor you will save on the topper. For who needs a topper when your cake looks this lovely?

Deer Decorated Cake - Winter Wedding Cake Ideas Painted Wedding Cake ~ Dana Smyl, Photography ~ Precious Pictures Photography via Style Me Pretty


2. I love how simple yet effective textured white icing is and it is perfect for Winter! Give it a little extra gorgeousness and add some colour with just a dash of decor or a cute topper as Bess & Austin did (take a peek here if you missed their Winter Wonderland wedding) with their gold dipped deers…..

Gold Deer Topped Wedding Cake - Winter Wedding Cake Ideas Wedding Cake ~ Corner Space Cakes, Photography ~ Onelove Photography via Chic Vintage Brides


3. Whilst I love the glamour of gold, silver makes me think of snowflakes, icicles, the sparkle of frost and the twinkle of the stars in a crisp nights sky! Could anything be more perfect for a Winter wedding cake?…..

Silver Wedding Cake - Winter Wedding Cake Ideas Wedding Cake ~ The Caketress via MODWedding


4. I love how this square delight has much the same effect on a much smaller scale. The foliage adds that hint of silver and the glass cake stand (the perfect solution to every bride on a tight budget) makes a simple two tier wedding cake look grand and luxurious…..

Simple Wedding Cake - Winter Wedding Cake Ideas  Square Wedding Cake ~ Sweet and Saucy Shop,Photography ~ Meghan Kay Sadler via 100 Layer Cake


5. Or Winter is also the perfect season to indulge in a cake that is deliciously rich and heavy. For a rustic wedding a scrumptious fruit filled pie (yes people, a wedding pie!) will be sure to warm your guests. Or for something a little more chic but just as tasty how about a yummy soft Gingerbread cake? I love how the icing and dusted fruit gives this one a frosted look……

Soft Gingerbread Winter Wedding Cake Call Me Cupcake

Doesn’t it look yummy? I think I might have to try baking it, wedding or no wedding! If none of these have taken your fancy, have a peek at past posts for more wedding cake ideas – here for amazing Autumn cakes, here for 20 decadent and delicious chocolate wedding cakes and here for fabulously fancy Art Deco inspired wedding cakes. Or pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Pinterest page, there is a Wedding Cakes board and a Dessert Tables board brimming with beautiful ideas just waiting for you.

And I hope you have managed to catch the other posts in this series, so far over the last 5 weeks we’ve looked at everything (or almost) you would need to create the perfect Winter wedding – pretty palettes for the seasongorgeous Winter bridal bouquetsdapper looks for your groommagical Winter tablescapes and the most beautiful colours for your bridesmaids!

Well I’m off to do some Christmas shopping, have a wonderful weekend lovelies!




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The Chic Vintage Winter Bride’s Dilemma – Feather or Fur?

December 11, 2014

There are many reasons I wished to be a Winter bride, and the fabulous accessories was definitely one of them. For nothing screams vintage glamour quite like a chic coverup! Be it a stole, shawl, shrug, collar, cape, capelet or coat, they always evoke memories of Old Hollywood; and our favourite sirens sashaying across the screen, coverup draped over one shoulder as they languidly drawl “daaaarling” to the dapper gent, for whom they are pouring a drink, over the other. Of course the question isn’t whether to go with one of these fabulous adornments, oh no, you simply must wear something to keep you snug if you’re planning a Winter wedding! There can be nothing more miserable than being cold on your wedding day, plus of course, chattering teeth and goosebumps NEVER look attractive in photos. The question is whether you go for feather or fur?…..

The Chic Vintage Winter Bride's Dilemma - Feather or Fur?

This is a dilemma I remember all too well. In the end I decided feather, it felt a little more delicate, which was appropriate for my Jenny Packham dress, and even more glamorous for our New Year’s Eve Wedding (yep, it will be our 4th anniversary soon!) But to help with your decision, I have scoured Pinterest and the wedding blogging world for the most beautiful brides rocking both, starting with…..


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Chic Vintage Bride – Norma Jeane

December 10, 2014

Today’s Chic Vintage Brides is definitely one of my all time favourites. It is quite simply impossible to resist her sweet smile….

Chic Vintage 1940s Bride - Norma Jeane

In 1942 a 16 year old Norma Jeane Baker married neighbour, friend and first love James Dougherty.

Chic Vintage 1940s Wedding - Norma Jeane Bakes & James Dougherty (Image Source – The Times)

Wearing a dress of broderie anglaise and the most fabulous veil….I only wish I could find a better photo of how it!

How charming she looked, and so full of anticipation for all her future holds. 




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Wedding Bouquet Recipe III ~ A Soft & Whimsical White Bouquet

December 9, 2014

Good morning lovelies! I knew there was only one post I could share today after starting the week yesterday in such a magical way, with that snowy Winter wonderland wedding (do take a look here if you missed it, it really is a must see) and that is with a beautifully whimsical bridal bouquet recipe. This time florist and stylist extraordinaire Toni McGregor from Magdalen Hill helped identify the blooms and recipe for one of your favourite bouquets on Pinterest. And my oh my do you have good taste, because this white bridal bouquet may be simple in colour but it is absolutely breathtaking!…..

Wedding Bouquet Recipe III ~ A Soft & Whimsical White Bouquet

Created by McKenzie Powell for a wedding that simply oozed Art Deco glamour (which you can see more of  here on photographer Kim Smith Miller‘s blog) this bouquet perfectly epitomises modern vintage to me. I love how the flowers look as though they could have been picked from an English cottage garden and that bride Zora has paired her glamorous Jenny Packham gown with this relaxed bouquet, so full of texture, rather than a more formal posy.

Wedding Bouquet Recipe III ~ A Soft & Whimsical White Bouquet

Toni says”Soft and whimsical, this hand-tied bouquet is full of exquisite Spring treasures.  The scent of the lilac and hyacinths is as enchanting as the floating movement created by the jasmine vine.  Increasingly popular, horizontal bouquets are perfect for the Vintage-Boho bride, as they provide a slightly deconstructed, ‘just picked’ feel, as well as giving a nod to the bouquets of yesteryear.  Blooms grouped together add to that freshly picked vibe, with textures enhanced by the use of monochromatic whites.  Long tails of contrasting ribbons are a great way to link the bouquet to other key components of the wedding, such as bridesmaids’ dresses, although I like to also imagine a fabulous pair of shoes peeking out below the gown!” Oooh yes, me too Toni! And I love ribbons on a bouquet, not only are they a great way to tie-in your bouquet to your colour scheme, they also look so opulent and create the illusion of a cascading bouquet.


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