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

July 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

AW14 Bettie Heather Silk Night Gown from Betty Blues Loungerie

AW14 Bettie Heather Silk Night Gown from Betty Blues Loungerie

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

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Teddy from Betty Blues Loungerie

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Teddy from Betty Blues Loungerie

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

Vintage Bridal Lingerie - The Nell Slip from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Nell Slip from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Silk Bettie Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

Bridal Silk Bettie Robe from Betty Blues Loungerie

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

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

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Vintage Bridal Makeup

July 18, 2014

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Bridal Makeup

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

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Eyebrows

 

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Eyeliner Tragedy

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Eyeliner Tutorial

 

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Red Lips

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

 

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - Vintage Makeup Tutorial

 

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

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

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

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Margaret Whigham

July 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Whigham - Nancy Beatons Bridesmaid

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

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

Chic Vintage 1930s Wedding - Margaret Whigham

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

Norman Hartnell Wedding Dress worn by Margaret Whigham

Norman Hartnell Wedding Dress worn by Margaret Whigham Image Source

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

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

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

Amy

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Romantique – Claire Pettibone’s 2015 Collection

July 15, 2014

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

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone

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

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Rosemary

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Lilith

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Lilith

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Adelaide

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Adelaide

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Kasbah

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Robyn

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Clementine

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Clementine

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

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Queen Annes Lace

Romantique - The 2015 Collection from Claire Pettibone - Topanga

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Thyme

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

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

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Estelle

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Estelle

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Gardenia

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Gardenia

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Amour

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Amour

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Yolanda

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Yolanda

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Wedding Dress Collection - Seraphina

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Seraphina

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

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Ceylon

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Casablanca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Casablanca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Laurel

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Laurel

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Phaedra

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Phaedra

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Bianca

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Rhapsody

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Rhapsody

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

Romantique Claire Pettibone's 2015 Collection - Patchouli

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

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

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

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – Floral Wedding-DIYs

July 11, 2014

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

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - DIY Wedding Flowers

 

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

DIY Hair Flowers

 

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

Wedding DIY Fresh Flower Wall

 

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

DIY Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet

 

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

DIY Floral Letter

 

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

DIY Getaway Garland

 

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

DIY's Not for everyone! Ryan Gosling

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Have a great weekend – and happy DIYing!

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Kay Deibel

July 9, 2014

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

Chic Vintage 1960s Wedding - Kay Deibel and Frankie Avalon

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

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

 

Amy

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

July 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Whisper Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

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

Spellbound Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Lovestruck Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Siren Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Mesmerise Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

Serenade Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Serenade Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Allure Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Allure Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

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

Whirlwind Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Whirlwind Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Seapearl Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

Whisper Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Entice Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

Siren Wedding Dress from Terry Fox's Siren Song Collection

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

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

 

Amy

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Designer ~ Terry Fox

Photographer ~ Carey Sheffield

Headpieces ~ Donna Crain

Shoes ~ Charlotte Mills

Florist ~ Paula Rooney Weddings & Events

Stylist ~ Alexandra Merri Bijou Bride

Hair & Make-up ~ Malin Coleman

Models ~ Bethany Cammack, Eleanor Cooper & Jeannette Belaouane

 

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 4th of July Celebrations

July 4, 2014

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

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

 

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

DIY Red, White & Blue Flower Arrangement

Photography by Ruth Eileen via Style Me Pretty

 

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

Red, White & Blue Wedding Inspiration

Photography by Starfish Studios via Green Wedding Shoes

 

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

Red, White & Blue Wedding

 Photography by Dan O’Day via Ruffled

 

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

Red, White & Blue Wedding Cake

Photogrpahy by Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings

 

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

Red, White & Blue Wedding Inspiration Board

 

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

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Mary Nanton

July 2, 2014

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

Edwardian Wedding of Douglas Cameron and Mary Nanton

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

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

Amy

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Midnight Blues & Berry Reds – Romantic Wedding Inspiration in Red, White and Blue

Good morning! I have something a little seasonal, and special, for you today. What could be a better way to see in the first day of July, than with a romantic yet fun wedding inspiration board in honour of the upcoming holiday weekend for all of you US-based brides-to-be! (don’t worry though, I haven’t forgotten those of us not lucky enough to be looking forward to a long weekend of beach bonfires, barbecues and fireworks)…..

Red, White and Blue Wedding Inspiration Mood Board

Red, White & Blue 1 ~ Love Katie & Sarah, 2 ~ Vintage Suitcases, 3 ~ Red Lips & Nails, 4 ~ White & Blue Cake

Of course, the perfect palette for a July wedding is red, white and blue, but wanting to shy away from the traditional nautical theme I have chosen much deeper, more opulent midnight blues and berry reds, mixed with an equally rich and warming gold; which I think makes it just as perfect for a Winter wedding as it is for a Summer celebration! Midnight blue is flattering, bold and a lot less boring than the traditional black (as well as completely on trend for 2014!) for the groom and groomsmen; whilst you and your bridesmaids can have a choice of either colour – or mix and match.

Red, White and Blue Wedding Inspiration Board

Place Setting ~ Photography Rebecca Hollis via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bride & Bouquet ~ Bouquet by En Fleur Event Design Photography by Katie Parra via Style Me Pretty, Red Velvet Ribbon ~ TinTiaraTrims on Etsy, Hanging Flowers ~ Photography by James Frost, Bridesmaids Dress ~ Modcloth, Groom with Cake ~ Cake by Bella Cupcakes Photography by Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings, Sapphire Earrings ~ Trumpet & Horn, Shoes ~ Modcloth, Stationery ~ Jose Villa

So bright and beautiful, these shades would look just as fabulous against a snow white backdrop as they will at the beach. Create a breathtaking table with rich red floral centrepieces, flush with foliage and pops of privet berries. Oh and mixing patterned plates with plain is a great way of creating opulent place settings whilst keeping costs down.

For more in these gorgeous colours pop across to Chic Vintage Bride’s boutique where you can shop the look – decor, bridesmaids dresses, shoes and accessories all in shades of midnight blue and berry reds.

When it comes to the wedding dress, how about channeling your inner Olivia Palermo, the new Mrs Huebl (didn’t she look as flawless as ever? Not very vintage, I know, but I love any bride who stays true to her style for her big day) A tulle skirt is so fun and flirty – plus super cute and absolutely perfect for a Winter wedding, and for pairing with a knitted top. And if you are looking for a tulle skirt, there is only one decade to turn to. Tea length, ballerina or floor, the 1950s was tulle-tastic!

How about this strapless lace and tulle 1950s wedding dress from The Vintage Mistress. It comes with a sweet lace jacket but I think could be given more of a modern edge with a coloured knitted cardigan…..

1950s Tulle Wedding Dress from The Vintage Mistress

1950s Tulle Wedding Dress from The Vintage Mistress

1950s Tulle Wedding Dress from The Vintage Mistress

Or for something a little more modern but no less romantic how about the Campana from Rosa Clara (that lace coverup is completely removable)…..

Tulle Skirted Wedding Dress Campana from Rosa Clara

Or here’s a sneak peek of the Laura Teresa dress from Ersa Atelier‘s 2015 collection (come back next week to see the full collection, it is guaranteed to have you swooning)…..

Tulle Skirted Wedding Dress Laura Teresa from Ersa Atelier's 2015 Collection

Tulle Skirted Wedding Dress Laura Teresa from Ersa Atelier's 2015 Collection

Or if tulle really isn’t your style, but you still want to achieve the full skirted look how about this stunning scalloped chiffon 1950s dress from The Vintage Mistress…..

The Vintage Mistress 1950s Wedding Dress

The Vintage Mistress 1950s Wedding Dress

Oh that embroidery is just soo pretty and tea length is just perfect for a beach celebration!

For more red, white and blue wedding inspiration take a look at CVB’s Pinterest board - it has LOTS more ideas. Oh and don’t forget to pop along to Chic Vintage Bride’s boutique to take a peek at what else I found in these fab colours (don’t hang about though because they won’t be in there for long - the boutique is refreshed with each inspiration board!)

Happy 4th of July everyone – enjoy your holiday weekend.

 

Amy

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – DIY Braids

June 27, 2014

We are seeing out the week how we started it, with some beautiful bridal braided updos! Did you see Monday’s post? It was brimming with 20 stunning bride-worthy braids that really got me wishing I was a little more clever and creative with my updos!  (I have never mastered more than the simple ponytail) But after hunting high and low for some of the very best, and prettiest, braid tutorials, I have made something of a resolution to make 2014 the year I learn! Who’s going to join me?

Snippets, Whispers & RIbbons - DIY Braids
1. Even I should be able to manage this romantic side braid with the brilliant tutorial by Bryce Covey on Once Wed…..

DIY Romantic Side Braid

 

2. This DIY braid crown on Hair Romance may take a little longer but would be perfect for the beach….or prettied up with a hair vine for an evening out or flowers for a fresh and sweet wedding look…..

DIY Braid Crown

 

3. Emily from The Freckled Fox (she does some of the most amazing hair tutorials) makes this romantic boho lace braid updo look so easy! See how she does it over on Wonder Forest…..

DIY Lace Braid Updo

 

4. This great tutorial by The Beauty Department mixes two of my favourite bridal looks! And a braid at the back is such an effective way of prettying up a simple ballerina bun…..

DIY Braided Bun

 

5. This Waterfall Braid byAlison Brislin on Once Wed might be more difficult than it looks, but it’s such a sweet style for the days when you feel like wearing your hair loose, that I’m going to have to give it a go…..

DIY Waterfall Braid

 

Right, I’m off to master the braid!

Have a fabulous weekend,

 

Amy

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‘The Laneway Shoot’ by Gwendolynne

June 26, 2014

If you have been following Chic Vintage Brides for a while then you will know just what to expect from Gwendolynne, one of Australia’s leading bridal designers (and favourite of mine – you can see more of her work on CVB here, here and you absolutely must see this!) If you’re new to the blog however, welcome, you are in for quite the treat!

The Laneway Shoot by Gwednolynne

 Gwendolynne Burkin is a fashion purist; her unique designs and collections epitomise an old-world glamour that is utterly timeless, whilst always with an edge that will appeal to the modern bride. Drawing inspiration from the decadent days of the Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Aesthetic Movement her designs are always instantly recognisable and absolutely breathtaking. Using some of the most exquisite fabrics, in opulent shades of champagne, pearl and oyster, and embellished with the most beautiful beading; Gwendolynne creates the most romantic wedding dresses that not only look stunning, you just know would feel amazing as well!

The Laneway Shoot not only showcases her latest designs, but also her impressive styling and photography…..

Frances by Gwendolynne

Frances by Gwendolynne

Frances by Gwendolynne

Frances by Gwendolynne

Frances by Gwendolynne

Isn’t the ‘Frances’ design just lovely? That beading and open back would certainly wow your guests as you walk down the aisle! The embellishment in geometric shapes is very art deco, whilst the pleated skirt adds a more modern vibe. I do so love how Gwendolynne avoids the latest trends, choosing instead to always remain true to her own unique sense of style.

Willow by Gwendolynne

Willow by Gwendolynne

The ‘Willow’ is so perfectly ethereal, perfect for the bohemian or Edwardian inspired bride. You will find all of Gwendolynne’s gowns are cut to float and drape whilst her distinctive necklines – from boat necks, plunging backs and halter necks, embody the vintage inspired Gwendolynne style.

Drew by Gwendolynne

Drew by Gwendolynne

Drew by Gwendolynne

Drew by Gwendolynne

The Drew is a little more grecian goddess with its  halter neck and soft draping.

Lily by Gwendolynne

Lily by Gwendolynne

Lily by Gwendolynne

And Lily is something of a showstopper with her dramatically embellished neckline. Gwendolynne’s relentless pursuit of perfection ensures her gowns appeal to any bride wanting to invest in a timelessly beautiful design. 

Chantelle by Gwendolynne

Chantelle by Gwendolynne

I love the delicate flow of the Chantelle, complimenting and enhancing the natural silhouette. How gorgeous are those cape like sleeves?

Josephine by Gwendolynne

Josephine by Gwendolynne

My favourite though? The Josephine, just look at that satin!

 Gwendolynne is constantly guided by her overriding principle of flattering the female form “I like women to feel they are individuals and beautiful, and that they are able to wear clothes that suit them and enhance their natural beauty.”

If you love Gwendolynne‘s designs you can keep up with her latest collections and shoots via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

 

Amy

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Wedding Dresses ~ Gwendolynne

Hair and Makeup ~ Vivian Ashworth

Photography and Styling ~ Gwendolynne

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