Inspiration Shoots

Romance & Rosé – Enchanting Wedding Inspiration at Wandering Tree Estate Gardens


Set in the romantic grounds of the Wandering Tree Estate, today’s wedding inspiration shoot abounds with the prettiest florals in dusky pastel pinks, creating a truly magical visual feast! It has all the elegance of a timeless vintage wedding and the relaxed charm of a celebration in the garden, whilst upping the fairytale stakes with the most incredible reception setting you ever will see…..

Enchanting Garden Wedding Inspiration

Photographer  Lisa Kathan shared these words about the editorial….. “The design inspiration for this shoot was sparkling rosé wine, of course! The color of the blush pink bubbly was a perfect pairing for everything romantic, especially the Wandering Tree Estate pleached allez. The space, covered with greenery, was ideal for the incredible dining table, filled with florals by Twisted Stem, linens from BBJ Linen, and table toppings by Arena Americas.

The romance story was carried through to a rosé-colored Rebecca Schoneveld gown from Honey Bridal and stunning bridal bouquet. The oversized pink and rose gold jewels from Marshall Pierce & Co. , and the vintage Rolls Royce from Classic Wedding Car lent just the right amount of luxury and elegance to the day.

The invitations and hand-dyed rosé silk ribbon were designed and created by Bien Fait Calligraphy, while the Cacao Sweets & Treats organic cake and shortbread were a delicious finish to the meal. To end, portraits were set in the venue’s private Japanese garden, and the sun set with a beautiful glow that only increased the drama and romance of the day.”

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Isn’t it magical?? I just love the soft pinks, especially in that gorgeous gown, and that table setting is simply stunning! Can’t you just imagine sitting there under those trees and floral installation as the sun starts to set….. It really is such a romantic and utterly inspiring editorial. I can’t thank everyone involved behind the scenes enough, but especially to Lisa Kathan who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Lisa’s dramatic style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at her website at and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Now if this floral affair has you dreaming of a garden wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this heavenly Lavender farm wedding editorial, or this ethereal fine art editorial is utterly breathtaking – with its focus on bridal style. You may also love this romantic garden wedding inspiration at Houston Oaks, and this fabulous farm to table wedding inspiration is lush.




Contributors & Credits

Photographer – Lisa Kathan Photography // Event Planner – Storybook Weddings and Events // Venue – Wandering Tree Estate // Wedding Dress – Rebecca Schoneveld // Bridal Boutique – Honey Bridal // Floral Design – Twisted Stem Floral Design // Hair & Makeup – Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists // Wedding Cake – Cacao Sweets & Treats // Calligraphy – Bien Fait Calligraphy // Men’s attire – Black Tie Tuxes // Jewelry – Marshall Pierce & Co // Rentals – Arena Americas // Linens – BBJ Linen // Vintage Car – Classic Wedding Car // Models – Molly G & Angelo Saia

Inspiration Boards

Summer Peach – Beach Wedding Inspiration in a Palette of Delicate Peach & Dusky Blues

Today’s inspiration board is a celebration of all things Summer! Created with a floral filled wedding at the beach in mind, and in a soft pastel palette including a delicious and oh-so-pretty peach; it is full of romance, but with a calm, carefree and breezy vibe perfect for its beach setting…..

Romantic Peach & Blue Beach Wedding Inspiration Board

Summer Peach Beach Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride – Alisa Ferris via Magnolia Rouge // Stationery Suite – Olive juice Press, Photography by Rustic White Photography via Grey Likes Weddings // Aisle Arch – Wai Reyes via SMP // Wedding Cake –  Bombon Bakery, Photography by Tamara Gruner Photography via Bajan Wed // Chair & Bouquet – Debra Eby via A Coastal Bride on Aisle Society // Place Setting –  Jenny Soi Photography via Chic Vintage Brides // Groom – Jonathan Wherrett via Nouba

There’s no place for a Summer wedding quite like the beach, and I do think this palette with its almost ethereal dusky blues suits such a setting perfectly! However if you’re not a sand between her toes kind of girl (or if you had your heart set on heels!)  this whole look would work just as well in a country garden or elegant historic house, or even a more industrial space like a loft. Much as I love the idea of outdoor celebrations in Summer, they’re not for everyone.

Whatever location or venue you decide on though, the key to this look is keeping it relaxed, verging on rustic, but with an unmistakably old world elegance. Think simple yet cohesive styling and decor, with a mix of natural textures that blends into your chosen setting – a rustic wood arch or chuppah, soft drapes, linen on tables (and your groom – to keep him nice and cool) and lots of soft colored glass. Allowing the setting to shine won’t fail to wow your guests and create a timeless take on a beach wedding timeless.

So dreamy, don’t you think? If its early days in your wedding planning process and you want to see more wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Summer look no further because you will find lots in CVB’s archives! Like this chic garden wedding inspiration in yellow & grey, and  elegant affair in the softest shades of blush, or this understated beauty in on trend neutrals. Oh and this ethereal beach wedding color palette is one of my all time favourites! And you won’t want to miss these 10 gorgeous Summer wedding colour ideas.



Art Deco Weddings

A Great Gatsby Inspired Mountain Wedding


Jackie & Todd’s Gatsby inspired wedding in the Blue Ridge mountains exudes an understated vintage chic. With art deco details including their stationery suite, flower covered chocolate Guinness wedding cake (how delicious does that sound??), a champagne tower and dresses for the bride and bridesmaids with a 1920s silhouette; and all in a color palette of dusty blue and cranberry, with splashes of platinum, it is quite simply heavenly!

Art Deco Inspired Shenandoah Valley Wedding

When choosing on a location for their day, the couple decided there was no other option than to go back to Jackie’s roots in the Shenandoah Valley. “I’ve missed my mountain vistas ever since we moved away to SC and needed those views on our wedding day to feel at peace and connected to God. There is something about the mountains that just revitalizes my soul.

We both love being outdoors so knew we would need an outdoor ceremony location but also are aware that the evenings in the valley can get very chilly, and you can’t always predict April weather. Thus we also needed a location with an indoor reception space that could be converted for ceremony space as well if needed. Wanting to keep the views of the mountains in mind and sunsets was key and after touring The Columns at Six Penny Farm there was no competition. The manor house and reception hall are of Jeffersonian architecture, providing that glamorous and elegant vibe with surrounding mountain views and lush green grass. ” 

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“It was not the silhouette I had browsed for or tried on until that moment. Everything else was A line or ballgown; but with these I didn’t feel like I could move or stand very close to my groom. I knew I wanted to feel comfortable and confident. So I tried on the sheath dress and fell in LOVE instantly! My mother wasn’t sold though because she still wanted more drama, aka a full skirt. So our consultant brought over a tulle skirt and I actually loved that look as well! I felt like the princess I always wanted to be on my wedding day. So at the end of the day when we punched the numbers it was still under our budget to do the dress and skirt! This option gave me two completely different looks that were perfect for my Gatsby mountain wedding!”

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“Peonies are my favorite and fortunately we were married when they were in season! Again I wanted a neutral bouquet so that my bridesmaids’ could capture the colors of our wedding with the cranberry tones. I love that our florist was able to encompass succulents and rannunculous in my arrangement and that the groomsmen had real berries for their boutonnières!”

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“I wanted my ladies to look their best that day which meant different dress styles on each of them while still giving off a more elegant vibe, and consequently varying shades of dusty/steel blue. The four of them also had some element of sparkle to stay true to the Gatsby glam vibe. “

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“The groom wore a charcoal colored Italian suit that was perfectly fitted with the slim style, again giving off that era appropriate prestige of a perfectly fitting suit. As bride and groom we wanted to be more neutral rather than wear color so he donned a platinum colored tie. Finally we finished him off with some dusty blue socks with palm tree print to reflect his upbringing in Maui.”

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“The first look is a moment we always want to remember. Both of us were tearing up in anticipation before we even saw each other. When I came around the corner of the house and saw the back of Todd and his leg bouncing in excitement I got really emotional and had to control my face for the pictures. When I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around with a huge smile, laughs and tears I was swept up in the perfection of the day and it was finally our time! His reaction to seeing me was more than what I had expected and it melted me. He took in every detail, spinning me to see the back, running his hand over the beading, taking my earring in his fingers to see it close and my hair comb, even stopping to smell my bouquet.”

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“Our cake was designed by a family friend, who happens to be the owner of Paradox Pastry. We have had her chocolate Guinness cake before and thus knew we needed it as a sheet cake. For the cutting cake we wanted something lighter and went with the Italian Cream. It was amazing! We wanted Art Deco design in white and platinum which is exactly what we got! It was amazing and so yummy!”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“For us it became a priority to focus on the guest experience, while also holding true to what we really want because it’s our day. Food is super important to us so we went with an amazing caterer that was still reasonably priced and customized to include a tater tot bar – because who doesn’t love tater tots? We also recommend going the route of a day of coordinator! Because we had Alyssa we were able to enjoy and be a part of the day rather than handle any details.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer….

“Photography was our number one priority for a vendor as we know these images are how the two of us, our family and friends, and future generations will remember this special day. My Matron of Honor had found Lieb Photographic for her 5 year anniversary and recommended we meet with Michelle. I loved her style/look online with how bright and light her and photos are and once we met and connected in person it was a perfect match! Michelle doesn’t pose people in awkward/uncomfortable positions and thus you can see how truly happy and natural we are in our photos! We can honestly say that we could not have selected a better option for photographer that felt like an extension of our wedding party, and connected us with most of our other vendors!”

Shenandoah Valley Wedding


Such a perfect day! Huge congratulations to the happy couple Jackie & Todd, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Michelle of Lieb Photographic for capturing it all so beautifully and allowing me to share it with you here. If you love Michelle’s photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Or if you love this super romantic vintage wedding, and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Alex & Ian’s gorgous green wedding at Salisbury HouseLucy & Andrew’s festive wedding (that’s not too Christmassy!) , or Imogen & Matt’s wedding in a 16th Century French Chateau no less! And Samantha & Steven’s honey themed wedding is super sweet!



Photography – Lieb Photographic // Venue – The Columns at Six Penny Farm // Event Planning – The Posey Detail // Floral Design – The Posey Detail // Stationery – Ivory Isle Design // Stationery – Minted // Wedding Cake – Paradox Pastry // Rentals: -The Posey Detail // Linens – The Columns at Six Penny Farm // Hair & Makeup – Yisell Santos Hair and Make Up // Wedding Dress – Mori Lee // Groom’s Attire – The Black Tux // Bride’s Shoes – Tieks // Bridesmaid Dresses – Adrianna Papell // Bridal Salon – New York Bride and Groom // Headpiece – Amore Treasure // Catering – Eric Stamer // Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses – The Dessy Group // Earrings – Nadri // Wedding Ring – Jared // Socks – The Tie Bar // Ties – The Tie Bar // Wedding Ring – Clean Casting // Bridesmaid Robes – SS Weddings // Submitted via Matchology

Wedding Wisdom

Crowning Glory – Tips for Choosing the Perfect Tiara for Your Wedding Day

As predicted Meghan Markle wowed the wedding world on her big day. And whilst some were torn about her choice of dress (personally I thought it was the epitome of chic!) the verdict on her choice of headpiece was unanimous! Of course nothing but a tiara was fit for the new Duchess of Sussex, and what a tiara it was. Whilst not all brides have the luxury of a royal jewelry collection to choose from, you can recreate her look and wow your groom and your guests by choosing the perfect tiara for your wedding day look. And today, to help you with just that is designer and Chic Vintage Brides favourite Ivy Long of Edera Jewelry…..

Choosing the Perfect Tiara for your Wedding Day


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“Tiaras have a mystique and romance about them. Usually worn only on special occasions, their feeling of timelessness, fantasy, and ceremony means they never entirely go out of style. But after the much-anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this regal headpiece is definitely having a moment.

With the current bridal gown trends of long sleeves, capes, and higher necklines, the focus is all on the head and face when it comes to accessorizing these days. This makes tiaras a great option for today’s brides, either worn with the traditional veil, or without for a more modern approach. And who doesn’t want to feel like royalty on her wedding day?



1. Consider how you will be wearing your hair

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You’ll want to select a tiara that feels secure and comfortable throughout your wedding day. If you plan on wearing your hair down, a tiara that is a halo style, has adjustable ribbon ties, or is mounted on a headband is a good option, as it will stay in place without the need to use bobby pins. Headbands and halo-style tiaras also work well with shorter hair.

Many tiaras come mounted on a thin wire frame with loops at the end. These are perfect if you’re wearing an updo, as the tiara can be incorporated into the hairstyle with hair pins through the loops, or even by wrapping the hair around portions of the headpiece to keep it securely in place. Be sure to bring your tiara when you go to your wedding hair trials so you can discuss with your stylist how best to incorporate your headpiece into your wedding day look.

Most of the crown designs in my collection feature loops at the end of the tiara, with adjustable ribbon ties that can be removed and where hair pins can be threaded through if desired. Because I make everything to order, though, I’ve customized tiaras for brides by adding small combs, or creating the design on a headband base instead, depending on how a client will be wearing her hair.


2. Look at scale and proportions

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A tiara is definitely a statement piece, but you don’t want it to overwhelm you. If you’re petite, look for a style that is delicate and smaller in scale, taller at the center and tapering at the sides for the illusion of added height.

Complement your natural beauty by selecting a tiara that accents your features. A round or square face looks great with a tiara that is fuller at the top and narrower at the sides, lengthening the face. If your face is long, a tiara that fits closely to the head will look more balanced and flattering than one with a lot of height. If you have a heart-shaped face, skip a tiara that is a halo style, or one that runs across the full width of the head, as that will exaggerate the fullness of a wider forehead.


3. Draw inspiration from your gown and accessories

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If you’re wearing a gown with lace detailing or embroidery, the motifs can provide inspiration for selecting your headpiece—look for a tiara that features a similar pattern and feeling. It can also be fun to mix it up: contrast a geometric shape with florals, or vice versa for a more modern look and an interesting interplay of textures.

Many bridal gowns these days are embroidered with crystals in metal settings, or have metallic lace or embroidery details, so you may want to select the metal for your tiara based on these accents, as well as the metal used in any other jewelry pieces you’ll be wearing. Wedding dresses created in a pure white fabric generally look best with sterling silver or platinum accessories. Ivory and cream gowns work beautifully with shades of gold.

A tiara can also be a great place to get creative with color. I see a lot of my brides opting for a tiara or headpiece as a way to add a hint of color to their look, whether that be “something blue” or tying in their wedding’s color palette with their accessories. Jewel tones normally complement gold, while pastels pair well with silver.”

A huge thankyou to Ivy for her words of wisdom! If you’re only just discovering Edera Jewelry, their beautiful designs have been carried by BHLDN and can be seen on the hit television series Reign. You can see and shop her designs over on her website, or on Etsy at Oh and don’t forget to keep up to date with the latest collections, news and special offers from Edera by following on Facebook and Instagram.



Photography – Ashley Largesse and Colette Kulig

Inspiration Shoots

Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration at Langdon Hall


Today’s styled shoot took place at Landgon Hall, a sprawling estate in Ontario Canada, with the most perfect grounds for creating a garden wedding. With more than a smattering of elegance thanks to the calligraphy stationery and the groom’s timeless tuxedo; and no shortage of romance, reflected in the lush seasonal florals, the bride’s off the shoulder wedding dress and the floral iced wedding cake, this editorial is simply stunning from start to finish….

Romantic Spring Garden Wedding at Langdon Hall

Photographer Whitney Heard shared these words about the editorial….  “Overflowing with details, this shoot pairs fresh spring colors, the romance of lace and the timelessness of Landgon Hall. It has been brought to life to inspire you to do something a little different on your wedding day. Planner Cynthia Martyn  helped this couple bring new ideas to their ceremony space with a picnic full of pillows, baguettes and wine. A fine art painting by Michelle Armas also brings creativity to the gathering.

The day filled with laughter and cheer as the couple socialized over a stunning harvest wood table. With bridesmaids in mismatched dresses, the bride invited her closest friends to add a hint of spontaneity to her wedding images. The florals played a huge part in bringing this look together, adding color and freshness. With bouquets and arrangements full of peonies, ranunculus and greens, flower studio  Living Fresh shows us the joy in bringing color into your dream wedding day.

The cake, hand crafted by Toronto patisserie Nadia & Co, was inspired by bright florals and lush greenery. Delicate strokes from Plume Calligraphy adorn the menus and stationery suite, and provide a fitting invitation to this stunning collection of inspiration.”

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Isn’t every detail just perfection?? I just love the bright colored florals, and that stunning wedding cake! It really is such a romantic and utterly inspiring editorial. I can’t thank everyone involved behind the scenes enough, but especially to Whitney Heard who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Whitney’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at her website at and be sure to find and follow her on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Now if this floral affair has you dreaming of a garden wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this heavenly Lavender farm wedding editorial, or this ethereal fine art editorial is utterly breathtaking – with its focus on bridal style. You may also love this romantic garden wedding inspiration at Houston Oaks, and this fabulous farm to table wedding inspiration is lush.



Contributors & Credits

Photography, Styling and Concept – Whitney Heard Photography // Planning & Styling: Cynthia Martyn Fine Events // Floral Design – Living Fresh Flower Studio // Bridal Gown – Catherine Langlois // Calligraphy – Plume Calligraphy // Veil – Blair Nadeau // Hair & Makeup – Amanda Zack // Wedding Cake – Nadia&Co // Venue – Landgon Hall // Men’s Apparel – Theodore 1922 // Ring – Alexis and Gallery // Ring Box – The Mrs Box // Table & Chairs – Guelph Tent & Event Rentals // Tabletop Rentals, Glasses & Props – Plate Occasions // Fine Art Painting – Michelle Armas // Vintage Kimono – Shop Gossamer // Models – Spot6 Model Management // Film Lab – Goodmanfilmlab

Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Colorful City Garden Wedding


Oh how I love it when couples abandon the traditional on their wedding day, in favour of something wow. Especially when the bride shies away from ivory and rocks a wedding dress in bold and beautiful color, like the beautiful Amy! Amy chose to walk down the aisle in a flower adorned, tea length dress in deep shades of pink and red, that couldn’t have been any more perfect for her city-garden venue…..

A Colorful City Garden Wedding

Amy & Patrick met through work after Amy assisted in the hiring of Patrick – although she assures me nothing inappropriate happened at work, as they were friends for many years before they started dating. The couple had a very short engagement after deciding in the April that they would get married in September – giving themselves just 5 months to plan their big day..

But, by having a clear idea of what was important to them it was more than enough time for this stylish couple to create the intimate celebration they dreamed of. Bride Amy explains “We love seeing our friends and family happy. So guest experience was the most important thing to us when planning, and to ensure that the wedding reflected who we were. We wanted a beautiful venue that wasn’t just a white room in a function centre that could be absolutely anywhere.” And I would say they couldn’t have found a more perfect spot than The Grounds of Alexandria, a garden event space in Sydney.

Both bride & groom also had a clear idea of what they wanted to wear – although finding it was another matter altogether. Patrick wanted a bespoke suit, but unable to choose between two materials he loved he ended up with two! Whilst Amy was firm that there were to be no white, cream, ivory or champagne wedding dresses! Finding her dress maker (magician) was somewhat serendipitous.

When looking for the perfect material for her wedding dress she stumbled across Bewitched Fabrics. There the staff were so helpful that before Amy knew it, they had taken her (with material) two doors down from their shop to La Bottega Di Barbara. After explaining what she wanted, Barbara sketched a dress that embodied it perfectly. Amy says “Barbara put in so much time and work on the dress, it looked better than I could have ever imagined.” 

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“The florist was provided by our venue and I wanted to ensure that the flowers matched my dress. I also wanted ranunculus, roses and sweet peas, but no silver foliage or baby’s breath. The florists did an amazing job of the bouquet, head piece and table flowers which included the flowers I wanted, along with paper daisies, peppercorn tree and other native foliage.”

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“Patrick loves dressing in a suit, so finding just one was always going to be a tough challenge. Patrick knew that he wanted something made just for him rather than a suit off the rack that gets worn to work by some people day in day out. When he approached Ron Bennett and their tailor making service all he was worried about was the unique materials and finishes they could offer. Hence he ended up with two suits that he wanted to wear on the day. Given he would be spending a lot of time in the shirt, he wanted to ensure that it fit him well across the shoulders, arms and waist and again, a tailor made shirt was the only way to go, along with cufflinks in the shape of roses.”

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“The first thing we did when we started planning our wedding, was recall weddings we had been to before and what we remembered the most as guests – it became easy from there – number one and two were food and music! With that, we wanted to plan an amazing experience for our guests, so that meant delicious food, great music that we would love and a relaxed party feel that put all of our guests at ease. Everything was done with our guests in mind, from the food, blankets on seats for our older guests, a photo booth for those that wanted some happy snaps to remember the night by and evening organising a mini bus to take guests between the train station and venue.”

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Skip or splurge…..

“SPLURGE – definitely the venue/catering and the music. We had two different styles of music in the form of a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour while we had a four piece band for the reception.

SKIP – formal transport. Amy drove Patrick and some close friends to the venue  (in her wedding dress!) in a rental van that we had used to deliver items to the venue the day prior and the day of the wedding.”


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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“Don’t sweat the small details or spend a lot of money on things guests don’t remember, invest it on things people will remember.

Try not to take on too much DIY yourself. Now is not the time to be stressing about putting together flowers, order of service booklets or sewing dresses.

Try not to agonise over seating charts, it’s for one night only and sometimes people  just need to be polite to the strange person sitting next to them.

Don’t feel the need to do or not do something “because that’s what happens at weddings”. If you love a trend, run with it. It’s not about making anyone else happy other than yourselves, after all it’s probably the only time there will be a lot of time, money and effort spent on the celebration of your love, so make sure the majority of the decisions are about you.”

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“One of our dear friends owns a cupcake business (with the best buttercream icing I have ever had) and we asked her to create us a small cake for the two of us to cut at the wedding and then enjoy (alone!) afterwards. Lisa created us a four tier six inch vanilla cake with her amazing buttercream icing throughout. It made for great snacking over the weekend! The cake topper cost me $3 from a craft shop and was spray painted the morning of the wedding!”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

Bless Photography was the result of a google search! Once we had secured our venue we then looked for a photographer that had previously shot weddings there. Bless Photography stood out for all the right reasons! All of their  photos had a great feeling about them, people looked relaxed, candid, non-posy, as though they were actually having fun and made us think, “yeah, I would want that on display in my home”.

Tamar offered an “Engagement Shoot” prior to the wedding which allowed us to all get to know each other a bit more and assisted in us being far more comfortable in front of the camera. This definitely made things easier on the wedding day.

Tamar ensured that we got the best out of our day by suggesting we move the ceremony forward an hour so we could have daylight and night time photos – something we hadn’t even considered at the time of booking the ceremony, but this definitely made all the difference! We had asked that they almost appeared invisible during the reception, which they managed to do but we still ended up with the most amazing photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographic choice.”

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Those smiles say it all don’t they? I am so completely smitten with Amy & Pat’s big day! A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Tamar of Bless Photography for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Tamar’s work, pop and take a peek at Kristina & Josh’s romantic boho-vintage weddingHolly & Brad’s bright and beautiful woodland wedding and Megan & Chris’s rustic vintage winery wedding right here on Chic Vintage Brides, or head over to her website – and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.




Contributors & Credits

Photography – Bless Photography // Venue – The Grounds of Alexandria // Floral Design – The Grounds Florals by Silva // Stationery – Vistaprint // Wedding Cake – The Dessert Cupcakery // Hair & Makeup – Whooshka Hair // Barber – BHQ Barber Headquarters // Wedding Dress – La Bottega Di Barbara // Wedding Dress Fabric – Bewitched Fabrics // Groom’s Suit – Ron Bennett // Groom’s Shirt & Cufflinks – Shirt Bar // Tie – Peter Jackson // Groom’s Shoes – Politix // Bride’s Shoes – Diana Ferrari // Flower Crown – The Grounds Florals by Silva // Earrings – Swarovski // Catering – The Grounds of Alexandria // Ceremony Music – Salt String // Reception Entertainment – Twenty Somethings // MC/DJ – Fui Fobservations // Photobooth – In The Booth // Reception/décor props – Queen Street Vintage Prop Hire // Placecards – Beady Boo Bridal // Table Numbers – Wooden Letters Australia on eBay

Inspiration Shoots

Stunning Regency Wedding Editorial from Piedmont, Italy


Today’s wedding inspiration shoot is set in the stunning Monferrato region, north Piedmont, Italy; and takes us back to one of my favourite periods: the Regency era. A time of elegance, chivalry, brocade, empire silhouettes and of course Jane Austen! And set in a magnificent 18th Century villa with ornate plaster details, high painted ceilings, beautiful gild work and rich wall papers; it is like walking into the pages of Price & Prejudice…..

Romantic Regency Wedding Inspiration in Piedmont Italy

Here is a little more about the shoot in the words of wedding planner, Greta Betton…. “The idea behind this shoot was to bring back the feeling of the early 19th century, particularly the Regency era, with all its subtle elegance. Following the historic theme, the color palette is mainly blue with a hint of violet in reference to Pantone’s color of the year, with golden accents and elegant greys.

The venue is Villa Pravernara, built in 1700, a perfect setting for our shoot thanks to the wonderfully kept rooms that immediately bring us back in time. Our bride moves through the Villa wearing a crepe de chine beautifully simple dress with an empire style which played up the historic and romantic feel, along with the small and round all white bouquet and it is accessorised with gold earrings and a statement diamond engagement ring.

The table setting reflected the theme with golden cups to showcase the rich flower arrangements, and the typical blue china that brings the all concept together. The Stationary keeps with the atmosphere thanks to the blue flowers designs and the simple yet very elegant details of the handmade paper enriched by the ribbons and the wax seal.

For the seating chart we decided to create filing drawers filled with flowers to decorate the space, and the extra touch given by the vintage books brings in that romantic Jane Austen novels feel. The ombreé dusty blue cake is decorated with blue, violet and white flowers. To highlight the cake cutting moment we set the area in the Villa’s orangerie, with the stunning windows as a beautiful background.”

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A modern take on Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s wedding, don’t you think? And I love the color palette! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in this enchanting shoot, and especially to the lovely Daniela of Di luce e d’ombra for photographing it all so perfectly. To see more of Daniela’s wonderful work, pop across to her website at, and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Or if you’re looking for more wedding inspiration with Italian elegance, then you will love this ethereal bridal shoot or this romantic al fresco wedding inspiration, or you might like this luxurious wedding color palette inspired the stunning Villa Cetinale, and if it is a real wedding you’re after, then Manuela & Klaus’s dreamy destination wedding in the hills of Tuscany is an absolute must see!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Di luce e d’ombra // Event Planning & Wedding Stationery – Greta Betton // Venue – Villa Pravernara Valenza // Floral Design – Dofour Fiori // Wedding Dress – Biba Spose by Maruccia Olearo // Bridal Robe – 2012 Intimo ed Abbigliamento by Francesca Lombardi // Hair & Make Up – Ornella Maniscalco and Elisa Degrandis // Model – Martina

Inspiration Boards

Almond Love – Tan & Greenery Wedding Inspiration Board

After choosing a vibrant Summery yellow for my last inspiration board, today I decided to go with an alternative palette. An ethereal take on neutrals that would work for almost any season, a soft, warm brown (that I like to call Almond) forms the base and is paired with a dusky peach and a lush green. Understated and chic, it is a refined color combination for the couple looking for something that little bit different!

Almond Love - Neutral & Greenery Wedding Inspiration Board

Tan & Greenery Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride – Katerina Lobova Photography via Burnetts Boards // Engagement Ring – Sally Pinera via Magnolia Rouge // Wedding Table – Holeigh V Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs on Aisle Society // Stationery – Written Word Calligraphy, Photography by We Are Origami Photography via The Wedding Playbook // Boutonnieres – Mindy Rice, Photography by Elizabeth Messina Photography via Magnolia Rouge // Bridal Shoes – Badgley Mischka, Photography by Alex Warschauer Photography via SMP // Wedding Cake – Photography by Olga Siyanko via Magnolia Rouge

Paired with lashings of greenery, and a mix of metallics, these romantic neutrals look a visual treat! In terms of styling keep it timeless and elegant, but with hints of vintage. I love the metallic wax seal on the the calligraphy stationery and the patina of the vintage ringbox. With such a simple colour palette texture is key, so choose opulent linens for your table, ombre or dip dyed fabrics for backdrops (or even your wedding dress!) and decorate with silk satin ribbon. Isn’t it amazing how a simple white cake can be so transformed with a fabulous cake stand and a length of fabric?!

When it comes to florals (and I know I have been saying this a lot lately, but…) you just can’t go wrong with organic looking greenery. Budget friendly, so on trend and utterly beautiful, it is a must to recreate this look. Choose seasonal blooms and keep the palette soft, then ask your florist for asymmetrical arrangements with a just picked feel.

So perfectly romantic don’t you think? And a little bit different to the typical Summer color palettes, which I love. If it’s not for you though and you want to see more wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Summer look no further because you will find lots in CVB’s archives! Like this elegant affair in the softest shades of blush, or this understated beauty in on trend neutrals, or this ethereal beach wedding color palette s one of my all time favourites! Oh and you won’t want to miss these 10 gorgeous Summer wedding colour ideas.




Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Romantic Fall Wedding at Hidden Lake Winery

Sarah and Nick had the most beautiful, intimate celebration at Hidden Lake Winery! With a ceremony on the deck overlooking the lake and surrounded my trees, it was the perfect venue for their vision of a romantic fall wedding. They both got ready at the winery with Sarah wearing a lace, long-sleeved gown, complete with a messy low bun, and her bridesmaids wore dusty pink gowns that popped against the background of Autumnal leaves.

Sarah shared…. “I wanted a romantic feel with lots of greenery, candle light, vintage elements, and soft colors. The perfect location was difficult to find until we came across Hidden Lake Winery which just worked — location, style, options, everything!”

Prioritising what was most important to them, and the experience of their guests, the couple kept decor mostly DIY and florals simple with lots of greenery, garden roses and eucalyptus. “We didn’t want to get caught up in the details on the day and forget about the meaning, choosing instead to spend on food, desserts, and treats for our guests – it was worth it! I also splurged on chairs because it was a detail I just couldn’t get past!”

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“I have always been obsessed with long sleeve wedding dresses – my mom had long sleeves and I wanted to keep that element. It took me a while to find my dress, but loved it! For my bridesmaids, I just love mauve — and wanted something soft and elegant to go with the greenery. Then for Nick and his groomsmen navy was a perfect suit pairing!”

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

“Our first look was by far my favorite! We also wrote letters to each other that we shared with our officiant several weeks before the wedding. She incorporated elements of our letters into the homily — it was an intimate moment we got to share with our friends and family.”

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“I bought several pieces from antique stores and turned them into details for the wedding: the guest seating list was an old window painted, all the candle sticks were second hand — just needed some cleaning and polishing, we used an old mirror painted gold and an old barn door I found for our wedding signs; and  I gave my brother a picture of the donut boards I liked and he crafted them from scratch!”

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“We LOVE desserts and wanted to wow our guests with a dessert table! I would say this ended up being a favor, in addition to our late night snack of sliders and fries.” 

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Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…

“Build time into your day of agenda for the two of you — a few minutes before the reception or during the reception to enjoy the moment!”

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Tell us a little about your photographer…

Erin Stubblefield is crazy talented! She guided the wedding party, kept things on schedule, was very open the day of to anything I needed. And, she made us smile the entire time! Her crew was also amazing. Find a photographer that gets you! Erin was absolutely fabulous!”

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How yummy does that dessert table and donut wall look?? I love edible wedding favors! Huge congratulations to the happy couple Sarah & Nick, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Erin Stubblefield for allowing me to share their perfect day with you. If you love Erin’s photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Or if you love the timeless romance of this wedding, 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 – Erin Stubblefield Weddings and Portraiture // Venue – Hidden Lake Winery // Floral Design – Accents Floral Design // Wedding Stationery – Minted // Videography – Erin Stubblefield Weddings and Portraiture // Wedding Cake – Covered In Chocolate // Hair & Makeup – J and L Salon // Wedding Dress – Clarice’s Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses – Bella Bridesmaids // Submitted via Matchology

Wedding Trends

How to Steal Meghan Markle’s Wedding Day Style


Since 2011 we have been enjoying the Kate effect, with the wedding world and brides alike loving all things lace – especially sleeves! But after last weekend’s truly beautiful, and emotional, royal wedding, I think it is safe to say understated elegance is going to have its time in the spotlight. Having already looked at royal wedding worthy crowns and tiaras, today we are turning our attention to the other elements of Meghan’s wedding day look, and how you minimalist loving brides-to-be can recreate it for yourself!

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All royal wedding images issued by The Royal Family via Facebook & Instagram

The Wedding Dress

Harry & Meghan Royal Wedding 2018

I think its safe to say, the dress lacked the Markle sparkle everyone had speculated it would have. But personally I think that made the choice all the more breathtaking. Because whilst the Givenchy gown, designed by brit Clare Waight Keller, was most certainly understated it was anything but safe. With its bateau neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and tailored silhouette, it made a style statement of its own, that of utterly timeless elegance and understated splendor. Her choice showed restraint, and proved yet again that simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication. And probably most importantly, it was so different to Kate’s that it avoided any kind of true comparison! Personally I think it is impossible to do anything but love both.

Jesus Peiro Grace Wedding Dress

Grace – Jesus Peiro

Bacall Gown

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Cowl Back Wedding Dress

Cowl Back Wedding Dress – Noel & Jean by Katie May

Long Sleeve Understated Wedding Dress Resal by Pronovias


Suki Wedding Dress Rime Adroaky

Suki – Rime Adroaky

Jenny Yoo Blythe Wedding Dress

Blythe – Jenny Yoo

Pronovias Huarte Wedding Dress

Huarte – Pronovias


The Veil

It has long been said that accessories make an outfit. And this couldn’t have been more true than when Meghan stepped from that beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, and everyone caught their fist glimpse of that magnificent 16.5 ft veil. Made of silk tulle with silk and organza hand-embroidered flowers along the trim, representing all 53 of the Commonwealth countries, it added drama to her look and wowed the crowds and wedding world just as much as her dress.

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And you can easily recreate her look, and add some regal style and drama to your wedding day look, with these beautiful cathedral length veils…..

Cathedral Mantilla Veil

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French Lace Edged Cathedral Length VeilOne Blushing Bride || Yasmin Roohi Photography

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Lace Edged Bridal Veil

Lace Bridal Veil – Victoria Spirina

Roseline French Lace Veil

RoselineGirl and a Serious Dream

Mantilla Cathedral Length Veil

Mantilla Cathedral Length VeilSibo Designs


The Evening Dress

Last but not least, the new Duchess of Sussex wowed us with her reception gown. Designed by Stella McCartney it really showed off her slender frame and beautiful shoulders, with its halter neck and slinky silhouette. Plus it would have been perfect for dancing the night away with her dapper new husband! (oh and if you loved his reception look too, you will find something similar for your groom here!)

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And whilst not everyone can afford a Stella McCartney gown, there are more affordable alternatives out there…. that would most definitely be beautiful enough for the ceremony too! Don’t you think?

Pasarela Rosa Clara

Pasarela – Rosa Clara

Brody Amsale Wedding Dress


Modern Bridal Gown

VivienneDavie & Chiyo

Gwen by Jenny Yoo

Gwen – Jenny Yoo

Dreba by Pronovias Wedding Dress

Dreba –  Pronovias

Well, whatever we think of the bride’s look on the day, I think we can all agree they make such a super sweet couple. And whilst having their budget might have been nice, I certainly don’t envy them the scrutiny their wedding day came under. Congratulations to them both for what looked to me like the most perfect day, and long may these smiles!

Harry & Meghan Royal Wedding 2018

(don’t even want to think how long we have to wait now for the next royal wedding!!)