Inspiration Shoots

English Manor Wedding Inspiration in Garnet & Blue


Today’s styled shoot took place at the Manor Country House Hotel, a stunning 11th century venue in Oxfordshire England. Our creative team of wedding professionals captured the essence of old world glamour and romance in a color palette of garnet and the prettiest dusty blue, with just-picked florals adorning the stately reception table and the most fabulous ruffled cake….

English Manor Wedding Inspiration in Garnet & Blue

A few words from Alexandra of Alexandra Rose Weddings….. “I took my inspiration from the venue itself, which radiated an ‘old world’ charm and beauty within it’s interior elements. With old world glamour as the foundation of my vision, we drew inspiration from the historical and architectural parts of the building to create our concept. The period undertones allowed me to implement a strong presence of golds, cranberry and dusty blue throughout the shoot, within the textiles, table decor and floral design. I wanted to combine the perfect balance of old world glamour and timeless elegance.

The floral designs contained a wild and escaping appearance, using seasonal, British, textured blooms that popped with colour, fitting in with our colour palette.  The main flowers incorporated are Dahlias, Clematis, English Roses and filler flowers consisting of Waxflower and Hypericum berries.  Dried Strawflowers are flowing throughout the table arrangement, in addition to being used as part of each place setting.  They are so rich in colour, but also have their own natural, flowing movement which helps to create such a beautiful and relaxed look.

We incorporated gowns from Ellie Sanderson, a long sleeved gown with button back and sheer lace detailing – ‘Salvador’ by Suzanne Neville.  We later changed to a contrasting gown, and Jesus Peiro gown from the Metropolis collection.  This beautiful gown consists of a lace panelled bodice with a wide waistband and fully structured skirt.  

I loved the dark wooden elements that were within the Country House’s furnishings, so I chose to set a small, dark wooden vintage dining table to set off our unique crockery and glassware.  We used a gorgeous new pale blue range of dining plates, combined with gold rimmed charger plates from Classic Crockery.  The mis-matched vintage glassware with very pale hints of pink, are a lovely contrast to the two statement blue glass candlesticks with tall cranberry dinner candles.

I worked closely with Annie from Scattercake to create a glamorous, and elegant four tier cake.  She focused on taking inspiration from my chosen florals for the day, and hand crafted deep cranberry Dahlias, surrounded by Succulents, Berries and Waxflower buds.  Using alternative textures for each tier of the cake, with a hint of gold leaf, vintage blue and deep cranberry ruffles to create our bottom tier, it finished the table setting just perfectly.

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The venue reminds me of something from Jane Austen! A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this lovely editorial, but especially to Mary Smith Photography who captured every detail so perfectly. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at their website at – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Now if this has you dreaming of an historic venue for your wedding, then you should take a look at this vibrant wedding inspiration shoot at Felicity Church, this elegant Winter affair at Hampshire House, or this olde world wedding inspiration at The Hollywood Castle. And this modern vintage beauty at Swan House is not to be missed!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Mary Smith Photography // Ceremony Venue – Manor Country House Hotel // Event Planning – Alexandra Rose Weddings // Floral – Alexandra Rose Weddings // Stationery – Mango Tree London // Wedding Cake – Scattercake // Rentals – Classic Crockery // Model – Jamie Leigh Hewett // Hair & Makeup – Maxine Wilson Hair and Make-up // Wedding Dress – Suzanne Neville & Jesus Peiro // Bridal Boutique – Ellie Sanderson // Fabric – Silk and Purl // Veil – Ellie Sanderson // Submitted via – Matchology

Inspiration Boards

Spring Skies – Heavenly Wedding Inspiration in Soft Shades of Blue

Oh yes, in this romantic Spring wedding inspiration board it is easy to see why we still love greenery so much! It is such a purse-friendly way to create a lush look on your wedding day (and bring the outside in, if you’re planning an in door celebration), and I thought its organic touch would be heavenly for a romantic garden wedding in delicate shades blue….. and I think I was right.

Spring Skies - Heavenly Wedding Inspiration in Soft Shades of Blue

Spring Skies - Heavenly Wedding Inspiration in Soft Shades of Blue

Bride – Sarah Kate via Chic Vintage Brides // Champagne – Kristina Adams Photography via SMP // Groom – The Nouveau Romantics via SMP // Engagement Ring – Brandwold Photography via Hochzeitsguide // Invitation Suite – Seniman Calligraphy, Photography by Maria Lamb via SMP // Wedding Cake – Sablee, Photography by Aaron And Jillian Photography via SMP // Wedding Reception – Ryan Ray Photography via SMP

Whilst I had Spring in mind when creating this inspiration board, it would of course be just as perfect for a Summer celebration, or even an early Autumn wedding – provided the days are still long and warm. Choose somewhere like a historic house or country estate and allow the natural beauty of your venue’s grounds and gardens be your decor.

This is a luxurious take on a backyard wedding, so champagne is obviously a must! And for the guys, it can only be a tux – white being perfect for the warmer months. After the garden ceremony continue celebrations in a chandelier lit marquee, with glass decor keeping the look light and breezy. I especially love the understated elegance of a glass cake stand. And with the cake, decor can be kept simple (and cost effective), with the wow coming from the tall proportions.

Whatever time of year or venue you decide on though, think an outdoor celebration brimming with greenery. Get imaginative and talk to your florist about how to bring your more grandiose ideas to life: think greenery garlands, table runners, floral walls and hanging installations (like the chandeliers in the image above).

Of course if greenery isn’t your thing there are plenty of other wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Spring. like this citrusy soft yellow, which looks oh-so-lovely paired with slate blue! Or this romance-fest in rose quartz and serenity blue, and this elegant aquamarine affair. Oh and you won’t want to miss these 10 pretty Spring wedding colour ideas!



Boho Vintage Weddings

A Neutral & Chic Boho-Vintage Garden Wedding


I know I sound like something of a broken record when it comes to finding the perfect venue for your wedding day, but I really can’t stress enough the importance of it – once you find the right space, everything else just falls into place. And for Mandi & Ed their venue had extra meaning, making it perfect in EVERY way.

Mandi explains “We choose the The Old Fish House in Jupiter, FL for a few reasons. One- we loved the feel of it.  The big, old trees, the Loxahatchee River and dock, the bungalow homes, the white porch railings, boardwalk, and enchanting greenery entryway.  It has this old Florida feel and I knew it would fit the theme we were going for without a lot of extra decorations. It was so beautiful on its own. Also, we love their mission.  The Old Fish House is owned by a Veteran nonprofit, called The Renewal Coalition. They offer overnight retreats for recently returned US veterans. The weddings held at the Old Fish House support the nonprofit, so in paying for the venue we were supporting a great cause. A cause that happens to be so close to my heart because my husband is a Marine Veteran.”

The couple chose a neutral color palette and kept florals and decor understated but chic. Throughout the planning process, they didn’t forget what their day was all about and what was important to them. “I knew there were a couple of things that were important to us for our big day.  We wanted people to be relaxed, have a good time, eat and drink well, and be able to tell they were at Mandi & Ed’s wedding. I wanted it to feel very personal and organic.  I love neutral/natural colors and Ed loves a laid-back feel. I knew I wanted a bohemian chic outdoor wedding because it fit us as a couple. Mismatching pieces, greenery, the outdoors, nontraditional pieces, anything with a vintage feel equaled us.  Overall, I think the guests felt like they were celebrating us and enjoying themselves as well.”

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“My dress was from the Morilee Blu collection.  I loved that it had lace sleeves and a keyhole back. I found it at Angelus Bridal in Pompano Beach, Florida after looking at about 3 bridal shops. When I put the dress on I knew it was the one because my grandma started crying! She looked at me and said, “that’s it!” I loved the vintage look and bohemian feel of the dress.  It was also affordable which was a plus!! “

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“My florist was Boho Garden Crowns who I found on Instagram. I found her through her beautiful floral crowns.  I knew I wanted a leafy green eucalyptus flower crown and bouquet since I was having an outdoor wedding. My bouquet had various types of eucalyptus and white roses. My bridesmaid’s bouquets had eucalyptus and baby’s breath.  My flower crown was all eucalyptus and our flower girl’s crown was white roses and eucalyptus. The flowers fit perfect with the venue, it looked as if they were put together from the surrounding greenery!”

Greenery Bridal Bouquet & Flower Crown Bride & Mismatched Bridesmaids

“Our first look was perfect.  Ed’s face and reaction were so sweet. I love looking at the photos.  I remember the feeling of the exact moment. How beautiful everything looked.  We had worked so hard to bring this day together and saved all our pennies to pay for it.  It just felt amazing to hold onto each other and embrace the day and life we had been planning for together.”

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“Our dog, Bailey walked down the aisle before the wedding party in a flower wreath and hung out the whole wedding!”

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“I remember standing on the balcony porch overlooking the guests taking their seats and crying tears of joy that our special day was finally here. The usher who was giving me the cue to walk down the stairs to my dad said he had never seen a bride so happy and peaceful on her wedding day. At that moment I knew we had done everything right for our day.”

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“My matrons of honor and bridesmaids all wore mismatching dresses that they chose themselves.  I gave them color swatches to choose from which was dark blush, lavender, mocha, and grey. They were all different but floor length,  it looked so beautifully bohemian.”

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“It was really important for us to pay for our wedding in cash.  We did not want to start our new marriage with debt from the day. We skipped things we couldn’t afford like videography and transportation to and from the venue. If it didn’t fit in the budget we did not do it.  Most of my vendors worked with me so I could make payments over the year we were engaged and that really helped. The only thing I was not willing to skimp on was photography! I knew I had to have Erica J take our pictures.  I still feel really lucky that we were able to have her capture our day.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“Stick to your budget, guest list, and theme. Skip the stuff people don’t remember or care about ie: personalized napkins, excessive flowers, 4 different choices of meals to choose from, matching bridesmaid dresses and shoes.

During the actual ceremony stop and turn and look at the audience.  Take in the love and friendship of all the people there to celebrate your union.  It is such an amazing feeling.

Do a first look! I am so glad we did because we didn’t take time away from our reception by taking hours of pictures. So after a few family pictures, we got to enjoy the cocktail hour and then lined up to be announced into the reception with the rest of the wedding party. “ 

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“We skipped a cake and had our favorite doughnut shop deliver our favorite sweets!  They made us 2 special doughnuts with my new last name!”

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Tell us a little about your photographer….

“I found Erica J Photography at a friend’s wedding.  She was preparing to take photos and asked to take photo of me to adjust her camera settings.  I thought she had the sweetest spirit and smile. I saw my friend’s wedding photos later on and they were beautiful. I love Erica’s style and organic look.  I knew when my day came I would have to ask her to take my photos! When I reached out to her after I got engaged I asked if she remembered me and she did! She even remembered my makeup from that day and I was just so touched by her sweetness, kindness and of course her TALENT!”

Vintage Inspired Wedding


How gorgeous is all of that greenery? Huge congratulations to the happy couple Mandi & Ed, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Erica J for allowing me to share their beautiful day with you. If you love Erica’s photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Or if you love the timeless romance of this wedding, and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Jenn & Teague’s earthy & elegant wedding at Rigmor HouseAlex & Ian’s wedding at Salisbury House, or Alex & Amanda’s romantic celebration in the mountains of North Carolina! And you’ll love Matt & Kelly’s greenery filled affair at the Chandelier Ballroom!




Contributors & Credits

Photography – Erica J Photography // Venue – The Old Fish House // Event Planning – Joyce Dominico // Floral Design – Boho Garden Crowns // Stationery – Wedding Paper Divas // Wedding Dessert – Jupiter Donut Factory // Rentals & Linens – Better Party Rentals // Hair – Courtney Does Hair // Makeup – Kate Blake Artistry // Wedding Dress – Morilee // Bridal Boutique – Angelus Bridal // Groom’s Attire – Jos A Bank // Bride’s Shoes – David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo , BHLDN , Macy’s ASOS // Catering – Laura Ashley Catering // Entertainment – Kenny Mondo Productions

Wedding Wisdom

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot

The lovely Emily Ganey, fine art photographer extraordinaire, is back today for the third in a series of Wedding Wisdom posts focusing on wedding photography. I hope you caught her past posts, which have looked at some of the differences between film and digital photography and why you should use your wedding photographer for your engagement session. Well this time Emily is here to help with the all important choice of outfits for your engagement shoot……

10 Tips for Choosing Your Engagement Shoot Outfits

“One of the questions my couples ask me most often is, “what should I wear for my engagement session?” This is an important question to ask! Seriously, your attire has a big impact on the way your photos turn out! Here are some of my suggestions regarding what to wear for your engagement shoot!

1. Be confident and comfortable.

We have all purchased that dress or top that we think is stunning – but deep down we know it is a little too short or a little too low cut. You want to be beaming during your session – not worried about your dress and whether or not you need to pull it down a little farther. My #1 tip is to select an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident wearing.

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


2. Be yourself.
I want you to feel like yourself. There is nothing like getting photos back and feeling like a photographer truly captured you and your fiance in your true element. If you don’t usually wear maxi dresses – don’t go out and buy one for the shoot. If you saw a precious photo on Pinterest of a girl with bohemian, floral pants, don’t start a hunt for a pair if you think you’ll never wear them again. You want your photos to represent you – not replicate another couple.

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


3. Coordinate and compliment – but avoid matching.
Your engagement session is a time to be yourself and play off of one another – not walk into a department store and have family photos taken. On your wedding day, you’ll probably wear a white dress or a suit – so the engagement session is an opportunity to show off your every day style. You don’t always need to find elements of matching pop colors – but complimenting one another in the same tone range is critical.

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


4. Think of the seasons.
This may be a little less relevant depending on where you live, but if there are leaves changing colors or if the temperature is dropping, warmer, more earthy tones are a great way to go.

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


5. Pick your outfits together.
Most of the time, the bride-to-be is a bit more excited about the photos and dressing up than the groom. Even if that is the case, talk to your fiance and see what his favorite outfits of yours are. Does he always compliment you when you wear a particular dress? Start with that!

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


6. When in doubt, choose neutrals.
I’ve gotta say, my favorite outfits are always neutrals. They allow the images to truly focus on the couple. And the tones are always captured beautifully on film (our preferred medium).

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


7. Accessorize!
This tip may conflict with tip #2 (be yourself). If accessories aren’t your thing, don’t force it. However, if you do love a little sparkle, make sure to include it! Fun jewelry and scarves make great additions to your photos. Every accessory has the potential to tell more of your story.

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot

Also, dogs = accessories (at least in my book).

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


8. Bring at least two outfits: one dressy; one casual.
This offers some variety to your session and allows you to feel like you’re going on a mini-date. Be sure to grab dinner together after the session!

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9. Don’t feel obligated to avoid patterns.
Usually, larger patterns and prints photograph better than smaller ones, but don’t feel obligated to avoid them all together. If you are considering a print, I’d recommend only one of you stand out with a print! Remember that prints usually draw more attention than solids – but that isn’t always a bad thing!

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot


10. When all else fails, dress it up!
You can never go wrong with dressing up! Take a look on Rent the Runway and rent a fabulous dress to make your engagement session unforgettable! Flow-y dresses always look incredible in images! ”

10 Tips for What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot

Thanks once again to the wonderful, and super talented, Emily of The Ganeys for sharing these words of wisdom with us. If you loved these glimpses of her beautiful photography, you should take a look at Alex & Amanda’s romantic wedding, she captured it so perfectly! Oh and this romantic Spring wedding inspiration is an absolute must see. You will find lots more over on their website at – and don’t forget to follow Emily & Thomas on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Be sure to check back here too, as I will be sharing more advice from Emily on finding your perfect wedding photographer over the coming months.



Inspiration Shoots

Rustic Farmhouse Winter Wedding Inspiration


Today’s wedding inspiration shoot makes me want to snuggle up with a hot chocolate! With a dramatic color palette of plum reds, navy and hints of copper, that works perfectly with the colder weather and light of Winter, it conveys a timeless elegance with rustic chic styling guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired to embrace a winter wedding.

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Here’s a few words from the creative team behind this vision of a Winter wonderland….. “Winters in Tennessee are usually incredibly mild, but our first blustery, chilly, and overcast day of the season coincided with this session, our winter wedding inspiration styled shoot. Held at a local venue, The Concord Farmhouse, we wanted to channel the rustic nature of the setting in styling elements while also ensuring wintery details were highlighted. 

The farmhouse, built in 1905, sits on 2 ½ acres in the small town of Farragut within Knoxville. The home feels like a step into the country amidst a city setting as it surround by woods and features a classic Southern-style covered porch. The historic home contains many original finishes, and the owners also built much of the furniture displayed in the home, including the large oversized farmhouse table. 

The first decision we made regarding this inspiration were the gorgeous jewel tones that were incorporated in the floral, place settings, cake, and even the makeup. These hues evoked a winter vibe, and the copper accents through the handmade candle holders and mugs added a warmth and richness that made these colors pop even more.

The rich black dahlias incorporated in the stunning bouquet and table garland also carried into the groom’s boutonniere, which was ornate but inherently masculine.

Plump berries on the naked wedding cake by Whisk N’ Batter and bright pink and red cranberries strewn along the table made up the other fresh elements along with deep purple plums as the centerpiece for each place setting. Fruit was another defining component of this inspiration, and we wanted all of the choices to feel like the perfect winter edibles.

The bride’s lovely fur stole paired perfectly with her flowing white Azazie wedding gowns that allowed for graceful movement, and our groom’s navy suit from Regal Tuxedo featured a cozy tweed vest and tie necessary for a cool outdoor winter wedding.”


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Isn’t it stunning?? The color palette is just perfection! A huge thankyou to everyone involved, but especially to Jason & Stace of Juicebeats Photography who captured every detail so beautifully. If you would like to see more of their work do pop and take a peek at their website, and of course be sure to find and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

Now if this has indeed got you dreaming of a Winter wedding of your own and looking for more inspiration, you might like the dusky neutrals of this snowy Winter wedding styled shoot, or this mountain wedding inspiration features a stunning blue and gold color palette, and this rustic Winter love story comes complete with a barn reception and a horse drawn sleigh!




Credits & Contributors

Photography – Juicebeats Photography // Venue – The Concord Farmhouse // Floral – Echelon Florist & Gifts // Stationery – The Tri Star Scribe // Ring Box – The Mrs. Box // Wedding Cake – Whisk N’ Batter // Rentals – Unique Settings Rentals // Ribbon – A Ribbon’s Nest // Hair – The Hair Life by Elisha Goosie // Makeup – Bluzy Buffs Edienna Smith // Wedding Dress – Azazie // Groom’s Attire – Regal Tuxedo // Film Lab – The FIND Lab // Special Thanks – Meagan Bingham // Model – Ashley Hoggood // Model – Christian Harding // Submitted via Matchology

Inspiration Shoots

Hamilton Inspired Wedding at the Luxmore Grande


Today’s oh so romantic wedding styled shoot was inspired by the Broadway hit musical Hamilton. An incredible team of vendors brought so much heart to this shoot mixing together 18th-century history, nods to the musical, and contemporary style ideas, making this shoot a truly creative endeavour and so inspiring.

Romantic Hamilton Wedding Inspiration at Luxemore Grande Estate

Greta of Green Pearl Photography dreamt up this wedding between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler after becoming enamored with the soundtrack. She searched high and low for the perfect team to bring her vision to life. Greta explained, “If you are not familiar with the story of Alexander and Eliza’s love, Alexander made a lot of mistakes, though Eliza chose to stay and she chose to repair their marriage. Then, once he was gone, she continued to tell his story and to keep his legacy alive, because she loved him that much even through his imperfections.”

The Luxmore Grand proved to be the perfect venue. Tucked away on the outskirts of Orlando it provided the feel of the Schuyler Mansion. The library, hardwood floors, grand foyer, and stained glass windows from the 1850’s made it the perfect backdrop for this shoot. There was a lounge, from RW Events, set up in the blue parlor, where Alexander and Eliza said their vows in the musical.

The invitation suite created by Andi Mejia blended the historical calligraphy and modern day font perfectly. The jewelry from  Edera Jewelry was inspired by historical pieces from the period.

Eliza wore a lace and tulle Hayley Paige gown from The White Magnolia, Tampa. The blue skirt  paralleled Eliza’s blue wedding gown from the musical. Her hair was pulled back in a twisted low bun. Her fresh, natural makeup was applied perfectly by Laura Reynolds Artistry. In her arms, she carried a lush garden style bouquet from Flowers by Lesley. Filled with ranunculus, white roses and greenery it complimented Eliza’s wedding attire perfectly.

The Schuyler sisters wore Jenny Yoo and Nouvelle bridesmaids dresses from Calvet Couture Bridal. The soft color palette was an appropriate representation from the musical. General George Washington (the groom’s “right hand man”) and John Laurens also attended the event. Each gentleman wore a custom suit from Bespoke & Co. Alexander Hamilton had a double-breasted vest in a beautiful blue tone.

The guests enjoyed specialty tea from K-Teas before moving into the reception space. The farm table from RW Style was set with pewter chargers and blue goblets from Ever After Vintage Weddings. Three lush centerpieces sat along the runner from Nuage Designs. At the end of the day, the wedding party enjoyed a piece of the incredible five-tiered wedding cake from The Pastry Studio.”

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Isn’t it fabulous?? A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this dreamy editorial, but especially to Emily of The Ganeys who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Emily’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at this heavenly Spring wedding inspiration and Alex & Amanda’s romantic wedding before heading to her website at – and don’t forget to follow Emily & Thomas on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Now if this has you dreaming of a floral-filled wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this this romantic garden wedding inspiration at Houston Oaks, or this chic garden wedding styled shoot captured at Cornerstone Sanoma (the color palette is heavenly), and this fabulous farm to table wedding inspiration.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – The Ganeys // Concept – Green Pearl Photography // Venue – Luxmore Grande // Day of Coordination – Christine with Coastal Coordinating // Floral Design – Flowers by Lesley // Tabletop Rentals – Ever After Vintage Weddings // Furniture Rentals – RW Style // Linens – Nuage Designs // Stationery – Andi Mejia // Wedding Cake – The Pastry Studio // Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige // Bridal Boutique – The White Magnolia // Bridesmaid Dresses – Nouvelle & Jenny Yoo from Calvet Couture Bridal // Hair & Makeup – Laura Reynolds Artistry // Bridal Shoes – Bella Belle Shoes // Jewelry – Edera // Groom’s Attire – Bespoke & Co // Specialty Tea – K-Teas // Models – Yianni TsafoniasChris KeoughKarla GoodwinRose MeyersRalph AlphonseCharlene Anderson // Film Lab – Richard Photo Lab


Inspiration Boards

Ethereal Romance – Breathtakingly Romantic Wedding Inspiration in the Softest Shades

When it comes to color I have always been a lover of everything rich and bold, but of late I find myself somewhat taken by neutrals, in all of their delicate and ethereal elegance. So its fair to say I am more than a little head over heels with today’s romantic inspiration board, where the drama is in the lack of colour, with just the lightest gossamer grey, pinks and soft sand combining to create the prettiest of palettes…..

Ethereal Romance - Breathtakingly Romantic Wedding Inspiration in the Softest Shades

Ethereal Romance - Breathtakingly Romantic Wedding Inspiration in the Softest Shades

Invitation Suite –  Jose Villa Photography via SMP // Engagement Ring – Susie Saltzman, Photography by Tamara Gruner Photography via Hochzeitsguide // Bride – RomaBea Images via Wedding Sparrow // Escort Cards – Bespoke Lettering via Polka Dot Bride on Aisle Society // Tablescape – Taylor & Porter via Wedding Sparrow // Bridal Shoes – Bella Belle Shoes // Wedding Cake – Nine Cakes, Photography by  Jen Huang via Wedding Sparrow

As well as being oh-so-romantic, this mix of soft neutral shades evokes an understated sense of luxury thanks to the mix of textiles and metallics. And there is more than a hint of olde world charm reflected in the styling, with candlesticks, calligraphy and silverware.

When it comes to settings and venues, the possibilities are endless I think when it comes to this palette. From an industrial inner city space to a lavish country pile somewhere, it would evoke a timeless elegance! In fact, I like to imagine a destination wedding, with a ceremony overlooking Lake Como followed by a sumptuous celebration in one of the historic hotels….. But it doesn’t have to be an extravagant (and expensive) celebration to achieve this look. Florals don’t have to be lush, but rather refined and simple, with seasonal greenery and a mix of blooms that allows the palette to shine. Add further elegance to a simpler venue with candelabras, ornate flatware and vintage treasures.

Isn’t it heavenly? If you’re not head over heels with these pretty shades, or if its early days in your wedding planning process, and you want to see more ethereal wedding colours and inspiration boards then you might want to take a peek at this romantic take on a soft Spring color palette, or this dreamy beach wedding inspiration board! And this blush beauty couldn’t be any pretties or more perfect for Summer.



Rustic Vintage Weddings

A Rustic Vintage Wedding at Grace Meadows Farm


After meeting as performers in Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and falling in love over a shared passion for horses, Rachel & Jordan set about creating a relaxed, September wedding for 150 of their nearest and dearest. Rachel’s vision for the wedding was to reflect herself and Jordan’s authentic interests and personalities, including agriculture, horses, and all things rustic, in a chic way. As is always the case, finding the perfect venue for their celebration was key…..

“We chose Grace Meadows Farm because it is a functioning farm. The barns we got dressed and ate in once were a livestock auction barn and horses lived in them. There’s a level of authenticity you could not replicate. In addition, I had always wanted an outdoor wedding. There’s just something about sunlight in pictures that cannot be replicated. However, I was realistic, rain could have been a possibility. Grace Meadows farm had enough indoor and outdoor space to adequately provide for our 150 guests, no matter the weather!

We wanted our color palette to reflect the time of year we were getting married. I had always dreamed of a September wedding, because the days are still long and warm, in addition to being more mild than the brutal southern summer days that we’re used to. We chose navy and natural creams/golden wheats as our neutrals and bold oranges with pops of red to tie into the red barn our venue had. The most influential piece of our wedding was by far our cattle brand. Jordan designed an incredible brand implementing a J and R side by side with a curved line in between to represent a B for Briggs, our last name. We branded nearly everything we could, representing us, as one from here on out.”

Rustic Fall Bouquet

“I had a floral designer… I really left the blossom choices up to her. I simply conveyed my vision as a late summer/early fall fresh cut hay field. I wanted organic wheat as a filling and to step away from greeneries. I wanted wild flowers in a gathered bouquet… but nothing fancy. I didn’t want our florals to overwhelm anything. Our floral designer chose orange spidermums,  red bacarra roses, hypericum berries, other seasonal flowers and organic wheat to fill. They ended up being the perfect complement.”

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“Jordan and I are very traditional. So traditional, Jordan did not want to see me until I walked down the aisle, and boy, what a sweet moment that was!! We did chose to pray together before our ceremony, so our photographer found a corner around the barn we wouldn’t be able to see each other and we did. It was such a sweet moment of intimacy together, before we were overwhelmed with the day ahead of us.”

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Rachel chose a dress that was everything she wanted. “Kiana by  Maggie Sottero  was the first dress I tried on. I tried several others on at different boutiques following that dress, but I could not get it off my mind. I had to have that dress. Its unique soft tulle base, covered in dazzling lace appliques was the perfect compromise to me wanting to look soft and beautiful, yet fabulous and chic. The dress wasn’t wearing me, I was wearing that dress!

I complemented the dress with floral hand tooled boots which matched the large paisley shape of my dress’ lace appliques, and complementary earrings and a bracelet. My veil was custom ordered. I had a fairly long train, but I didn’t want to wear a cathedral length veil for an outdoor wedding. I loved the look of me two-tiered 90” veil trimmed in  a scalloped shape and adorned with pearl and clear sparkles.”

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“Every detail of our wedding was hand picked by Jordan and I. we wanted the wedding to reflect us truly. We hand stained and branded every centrepiece box. Jordan built a custom white washed and branded photo backdrop for our polaroid guest book, as well as our dancefloor. We laid out every plate and folded every napkin. Every bit of hanging decorations and table runners were put together by Jordan’s mom. Rachel’s mom chose to put together and appetizer table to serve guest during cocktail hour. Our cocktail hour area was a creation of Rachel’s vision. It had our handmade dancefloor at the center, surrounded by cocktail tables, whiskey barrels, hay couches we put together and fire pits to encourage our guests to relax or have fun!”

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“Our wedding cake was something fun for us to dream about. The cake topper was a perfect reflection of us. The brand and florals were included to tie into the tablescape and theme. We chose for the bottom layer to be brown and include piped swirls and dots was resemble tooled leather, much like my boots and bouquet wrap. Jordan loves sweets, so narrowing down a flavor was kind of a challenge for us. We chose to go with two layers of classic almond and butter cream, and our center layer was white chocolate cake with blackberry filling. We complemented our cake with fruit pies much like you might get in the late summer days of harvest. We also included cookies for the kids!”

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“Something Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is famous for is its creamy vegetable soup. Seriously! People come to the show simply to get a taste of the soup. We chose to have to the soup mix as our favour for our guests, and to say they loved them was an understatement! It was a total hit. Not to mention, it reminded everyone how we met!”

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Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…..

“Don’t rush your wedding! Sure, you want to be married! I get it, but our 25 month of engagement was actually a wonderful season of life in and if itself! We got to hand pick every detail we wanted to and with no time crunch. I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a single thing about the day, because I had plenty of time to love every decision we made!”

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Tell us a little about your photographer…..

“I found Jyn on social media. I was instantly a fan of her work. Her pictures captured organic looking moments and I loved that! She was great to work with!! She made our bridal party picture quick easy and, dare I say, painless! Jyn makes you feel like a fabulous model, all the while, she’s unafraid to make any angle or location happen! Being on a farm might be uncomfortable for some, but like us, Jyn isn’t scared of dirt, mud, or manure, and we loved that about her!! Most importantly, she captured every moment so perfectly for us to look back on.”

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Such a fun day, and so obviously a reflection of Rachel & Jordan’s love! And how fabulous is that fall color palette?? Huge and heartfelt congratulations to them both, and a big thankyou to them and of course to the fabulous Jyn Allen who captured the whole celebration so perfectly. If you love Jyn’s photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of her work head over to her website and don’t forget to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Or for more rustic vintage inspiration for your own wedding, then you should see Laura & Jake’s heartfelt woodland affair, or Kristina & Josh’s charming celebration all the way from Australia! Oh and you will love Tyler & Alison’s romantic rustic barn wedding – it is an absolute must see!




Contributors & Credits

Photography – Jyn Allen Photography // Venue – Grace Meadows Farm // Day-of Coordinator – At Last Weddings & Events // Floral Design – Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design // Popcorn Programs – Erickson Design // Videography – A Lifetime Photography // Wedding Cake – Embree House Wedding Cakes // Rentals – Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design // Linens – Action Rentals // Hair – Taryn Escobar Hair Design // Makeup – April Bennett Makeup // Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero Designs // Groom’s Attire – Prestige Tuxedo // Bow Tie – Brackish Bow Ties // Groom’s Boots – Anderson Bean Boot Company // Bride’s Shoes – Boulet Boots // Bridesmaids Dresses – Filly Flair // Veil – White Lace and Promises // Catering – Braeden’s Barbeque // Entertainment – Greenwood Party Mixers

Wedding Wisdom

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Your Wedding Photographer for Engagement Photos

Today I am excited to be sharing the second in a series of Wedding Wisdom posts from the fabulous Emily Ganey, photographer extraordinaire. I hope you caught her first post a few weeks back, which highlighted some of the differences between film and digital photography – a must read for any couple before you even start the search for your photographer! Well this time Emily is helping us understand some of the benefits of using your wedding photographer for your engagement shoot……. and if you were considering skipping the e-session, hopefully this post will have you changing your mind – I know not having one is one of my biggest regrets!

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Your Wedding Photographer for Engagement Photos

Why You Should Use your Wedding Photographer for Your Engagement Photos

“Every month I receive a handful of inquiries asking about engagement sessions – and just the engagement session. Immediately my mind runs in 12 different directions – from “Ooh! A fun new couple!” to “I wonder where they’re getting married?” to “But wait…” So today I wanted to share my thoughts about why you should use your wedding photographer for your engagement photos. I know, I know, you may be getting married out of state or having a destination wedding, but if it is at all possible, I would try to make it happen… here’s why:


1. The engagement sessions allows you to get to know your photographers. Meeting in person and interacting with your photographer while they are “doing their thing” really makes a difference. Thomas and I always strive to really become friends with our couples, and the engagement session is a critical element for this. On your wedding day, we want to show up and feel like one of the crew!

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2. Doing an engagement session with your photographer provides you with an opportunity for feedback. It is so helpful when couples write back after their engagement session and say “After seeing these photos, I realize that I prefer this side of my face,” or “I loved the photos where we were walking and laughing. Can we do more of those on the wedding day?”

Why You Should Use your Wedding Photographer for Your Engagement Photos


3. You’re more efficient on your wedding day if you’re already familiar with your photographer’s style. There are times where I can call out pose names on a wedding day and the couple instantly knows what I’m talking about. Thomas and I have already directed them with posing through the engagement session, so on the wedding day they’re pros and can flow through poses quickly.

Why You Should Use your Wedding Photographer for Your Engagement Photos


4. A lot of photographers include engagement sessions in their package (including us!). If you’ve had photos taken by another photographer, we still require you to take them with us – it is that important to our workflow and relationship.

Why You Should Use your Wedding Photographer for Your Engagement Photos


5. Having a destination wedding? Most photographers (us included!) love to travel! Even if you’re not living in the same city, put out some feelers to your photographer about taking your engagement photos in your hometown – their response could surprise you!

Why You Should Use your Wedding Photographer for Your Engagement Photos

Our favorite part of the wedding process is taking engagement photos! It is so fun to have a relaxed time with our couples where we can talk and get to know them. I love hearing more about their relationship and getting clued in on the wedding details ahead of time.”

A huge thankyou again to the lovely Emily of The Ganeys for sharing her insights. If you loved these glimpses of her beautiful photography, you should take a look at Alex & Amanda’s romantic wedding, she captured it so perfectly! You will find lots more over on their website at – and don’t forget to follow Emily & Thomas on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Be sure to check back here too, as I will be back with more words of wisdom from Emily on finding your perfect photographer over the coming months.




Aisle Society

10 of the Most Exciting Australian Bridal Designers Right Now

Over on Aisle Society this week we’re celebrating our unique diversity as a truly international collective by kicking off the ‘Around the world with Aisle Society’ project and showcasing everything this group of wedding bloggers loves about Australian weddings! Who better to start the project than Australian wedding blog Polka Dot Bride with a roundup of just why the whole world is head over heels with all things Australian when it comes to weddings. And today it’s my turn, and I couldn’t resist the chance to introduce you to 10 of the Aussie bridal designers turning heads at the moment, with a glimpse of their gorgeous gowns…..

Wendy Makin Floral Wedding Dress

Photography – Meredith Lord


Anna Campbell

Inspired by the romantic decadence of times gone by, yet influenced by the relaxed, carefree elegance of modern weddings, designer Anna Campbell and her Melbourne based team lives to create breathtakingly beautiful, decadently hand-beaded and embellished, vintage-inspired lace gowns that are memorable, sexy and romantic, designed to enhance natural beauty and ensure you’re sparkling on the inside and out!

Of course when the designer came to get married herself, choosing just one dress was an impossible task, so instead she designed herself 4 – yes F O U R! With the below being one… and quite a beauty I am sure you will agree. You can see her glamorous rustic wedding in full (and her other three dresses!) right here on Chic Vintage Brides.

Anna Campbell Wedding Dress

Photography –  Brown Paper Parcel



Gwendolynne Burkin has established herself as one of Australia’s fashion purists with one of the most distinctive signature looks. Avoiding the latest fashion trends, instead remaining true to her own sense of style and obsession with creating beautiful unique designs. Gwendolynne‘s designs combine delicate fabric with antique-style trimmings, creating dresses that are ladylike without appearing over the top – the styling is elegant, sensual and romantic; appealing to contemporary and vintage loving brides.

Gwendolynne Wedding Dress

Photography – Amelia Soegijono Photography via Chic Vintage Brides


Bo & Luca

Rewriting the rules of bridal design and not driven by either trends or tradition, Bo & Luca gowns are infused with a worldly soul and a 70s ease. With a signature bohemian luxe design aesthetic, grounded in uncomplicated styling and easy elegance, they conjure moods of glamourous yesteryears and timeless appeal. Their collections brim with effortless silhouettes, whimsical movement, signature hand beading and breathtaking finishes; offering a new kind of bohemia, re-imagined for the modern bride.

Bo & Luca Wedding Dress

Photographer – Rachel Kara via Hello May


Pallas Couture

Embracing a philosophy founded on original design, fine technique and true luxury, Pallas Couture seeks a cohesive balance between classical couture, impeccable tailoring and modern sophistication. With founder and haute couture designer Joy Morris and her daughter Philippa at the helm, Pallas Couture collections features faultless gowns that showcase pristine lines and shapes dramatized by hand-appliquéd French lace and beading.

Pallas Couture Wedding Dress


Lost in Paris

“It’s not about us. It’s about the lace.” Lost in Paris. And they’re not lying with their gowns created from lace unearthed at antique markets in Paris, expertly crafted on century-old machines no longer in operation, or handmade with love by Nanas long passed, each piece has its own story to tell. Their talented team of dressmakers then painstakingly restore and refashion it into one-of-a-kind wedding dresses at their Sydney atelier. It is no wonder this label is popular with free-spirited gypsy babes and eco-conscious bohemian brides alike. See beautiful bride Emily in her Lost in Paris dress, that was just perfect for her intimate celebration, here on Chic Vintage Brides.

Lost in Paris Lace Wedding Dress

Photography – Love Note Photography


Wendy Makin

After more than 30 years designing for brides Wendy Makin is recognised as one of Australia’s best. Using only the best quality fabrics and laces from all over the world her gowns are well known for their quality of design, fit and manufacture. And more recently she has become renowned for her use of the most fabulous floral fabrics!

Wendy Makin Floral Wedding Dress

Photography – Meredith Lord


Goddess by Nature

Goddess By Nature has one philosophy – all women are goddesses, and each deserves to feel like one. Being strong believers in body positivity they consider the unique shapes and sizes of each feminine body when crafting their gowns, striving to create timeless, contemporary, romantic and most importantly comfortable dresses that look gorgeous on every figure.

Goddess by Nature Bridal Separates

Photography – Twig & Fawn Photography


Essense of Australia

Influenced by the fashion houses of Europe and the fashion center of New York, every Essense of Australia gown is painstakingly imagined and created by their talented and highly experienced Australian design team. Combining a superb fit with luxurious fabric and exquisite beading, Essense of Australia brings an attention to detail that sets their wedding dresses apart, whilst an innovative couture finishing option allows their brides to customize her gown to best reflect her unique style.

Essense of Australia Wedding Dress

Photography – Jen Dillender Photography via SMP


Karen Willis Holmes

Establishing her couture presence in Australia in 2000, today Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian designer, widely acclaimed for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown. With 17 years in the industry she knows what brides want and prides herself on exceeding rather than meeting their expectations. Her gowns celebrate the spirit of today’s stylish and sophisticated modern bride – all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist.

Karen Willis Holmes Karina Wedding Dress

Photography – Kylee Yee


Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace designs define a new era of bride; the modern, free-spirited woman unbound by tradition. Specialising in effortless, luxurious and timelessly sophisticated wedding gowns handmade from only the finest European laces and silks, this is the brand for the bride with style, substance and passion.

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Photography – Elsa Campbell Photography

Well if you weren’t completely smitten with these designers before, hopefully you are now! Find more International Weddings on Aisle Society or add ‘Australia’  to your society to keep up with all the latest Australian weddings!




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