Captured at Baker Lake, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State, today’s super sweet shoot is actually a vow renewal. With the prettiest snow-filled landscape, a simple ceremony in front of the lake and a berry topped alternative to the traditional cake – all in the most festive color palette – even the most ardent lovers of summer will find themselves dreaming of a Winter wedding just like this…..
Photographer Maria Grinchuk shared these sweet words about the couple and their day…. “When you meet your soulmate you know that it will last forever. This beautiful couple renewed their vows after 5 years. Their feelings still fresh as mountains air. With the snow around them adding purity to their souls.
Colors are vibrant and deep, echoing nature. And the air is crystal clear, crisp and cold but full of love.
Vintage shades in their clothes reminding them of home and family in a far far land, Poland.”
Isn’t the location just incredible?? And I don’t think there is anything lovelier than a snowy backdrop! A huge thankyou to the happy couple and to their photographer Maria Grinchuk who captured their special moment so perfectly. If you would like to see more of Maria’s work do pop across to her website www.mariagrinchuk.com, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
I imagined a woodland backdrop, perhaps somewhere in the mountains, but this look would work just as well for a barn wedding, or anywhere offering a hint of rustic charm. Because this is a theme for a relaxed wedding with a timeless vintage elegance. So think tweed waistcoats beneath wool suits, vintage fur shawls for the bride and bridesmaids, and blankets as favours for your guests.
Of course much of the celebration will be inside, but be sure to bring the season indoors with you by having fires roaring and table runners or hanging installations of fragrant greenery. Keep blooms crisp and white, flatware silver and other decor elements simple. I love the use of pine cones to decorate a barely iced cake (the light covering of icing gives it a snow-like look) – and you can find a similar wedding cake topper right here!
It may have been foggy and cold when Beatrice & Gabriele said “I do’ on the edge of lake Viverone, Italy, but this romantic Winter elopement will definitely melt your heart! Beautifully intimate and with a color palette of greyed jade and thistle blue, that reflects both the season and their chosen setting, it captures the very essence of love and reminds us that weddings don’t have to be big to be breathtaking….
Groom Gabriele is an illustrator, so when it came time to pop the question of course the romantic used his artistic talents to create the perfect proposal. Beatrice explains “He proposed in the most personal and natural way as possible. I was at his house and after dinner he gave me a drawing. Just a simple house with a heart balloon on top and a phrase: will you marry me?” Awww, how cute is that?
“Our special day was simply perfect. There was us, our love, our story, the colours we chose (inspired by the lake and the nature surrounding ourselves) and all the little details that make the difference. We decided to opt for a unique ceremony (at least here in Italy were we live)! Just the two of us on a dock in the middle of a lake. We knew this was our kind of wedding for the very beginning, we are creative people and we really wanted something different. I couldn’t be more grateful to Danielle who perfectly planned and styled everything and to Irene that was able to tell our story in such a lovely, romantic way.”
“Our wedding day started at home. We wanted to share everything, from the beginning to the end, so we got dressed in the same room. I loved my dress! When I shared a picture of that crop top to my granny she started grumble, but I knew it was the one. I first saw it online -Maura (the designer) shared a video of her new collection and I immediately felt in love. So a month later I booked an appointment. I tried that dress and two more, but that one was the one. No doubts. And then Gabriele found his suit a couple of days later in the same atelier (Il Sogno Atelier). He was a dream in his green jacket. Smart and informal at the same time!”
“It might be obvious but the ceremony was definitely our fave part of the day. Just the two of us and some swans on a dock at sunset time. It was such a cold day, but the sun decided to came out just in time for our vows exchange. It was so magical and I’m sure we will never forget that special moment, it was so surreal and amazing!”
“And finally we came back home, just the two of us and enjoyed a lovely meal drinking Italian wine and finally tasting Dewis’s from Passione Cupcakes cake. We loved our cake: it had the lake hues, the water silver glare, and some colours inspired by my bouquet.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Our number one piece of advice would be: have your own kind of wedding. There’s nothing that you must do and nothing you can’t do. If you want a intimate wedding then go and get it. Don’t be afraid to think different and enjoy every moment because you’ll be surprised at how quickly the day passes.”
Tell us a little about your photographer…..
“Irene it’s such an easy person to work with: passionate and nice, not intrusive at all. So if you want a natural and romantic reportage of the day she’s definitely the one for you!”
Wasn’t everything about Beatrice & Gabriele’s elopement just dreamy?? *swoon* Many many congratulations to the happy couple, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and photographer Irene Fucci for allowing me to share their beautifully intimate celebration with you. If you love Irene’s style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop and take a peek at this ethereal bridal shoot (at the most stunning Italian villa) or head on over to her website at www.irenefucci.it, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!
Today’s lush greenery-filled wedding editorial was inspired by the creative teams love of fresh garden hues and the wonderful Mexican culture that abounds in San Antonio. Set in the grounds of The Veranda, a stunning space that was created in 1931 for an oil baron and his artist wife, which beautifully captures this culture and the spirit of the rich history of the area; there is so much to love about this inspiration shoot! The soft spring color palette, romantic styling and gorgeous green wedding cake to name but a few…..
Event planner Julianna of Pen & Whistle Design Co. shared these words about the shoot….. “The design for our shoot was inspired by the rich culture of San Antonio and our love of fresh garden hues. The venue The Veranda really brings out traditional Mexican architecture in a very modern way.
The flowers by The Vintage Bouquet Bar are very lush with interesting textures being created by the more unconventional types of flowers and greenery.
The tablescape was my favorite thing to style. The vintage dish set was an easy choice because of its beautiful detailing on the rim. The brass candlesticks added a vintage feel. The cascading greenery of English Ivy gave the table a look of absolute elegance.
The cake created by 2Tarts Bakery is simple yet modern with its unique color and floral detailing – we wanted to create something that is not seen often in a wedding cake.
This shoot was all about creating dimension. The dress was chosen with this in mind. The softness of the sleeves and the intricate detailing on the bodice was what set this dress apart from others.”
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the creative team listed who all played their part in bringing this vision to life, and especially to Lucille Photo for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of Lucille’s beautiful photography by popping across to her website lucillephoto.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
The holiday season is almost upon us – we even put our Christmas tree up yesterday! And so feeling festive, and loving Winter weddings as I do, I thought I would round up 20 of the chicest and cutest Christmas wedding ideas I could find. From stationery and florals, to styling and fashion these are the details that will give your holiday wedding a festive feel…..
Holiday Inspired Invitations
Give your guests a glimpse of the Christmas celebration you have planned with a holiday inspired invitation. There are endless ways of incorporating the spirit of the season into your invites from florals with pops of berry red, to snowflakes and plaid are just a few.
Today’s stylish and intimate wedding celebration makes my heart sing! Because Katie & Ryan have an authentic love for all things vintage. Their style pulls inspiration from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and one thing was for sure when it came to their wedding at the stunning San Francisco City Hall – it was going to be full of fabulous vintage finds and meaningful family heirlooms; which just made made their day all the more special!
Beautiful bride Katie shared these words about their special day… “We skipped the big traditional wedding, choosing to keep the guest list down to family only so we could enjoy every moment with those who meant the most to us.
I wanted an intimate, historical, vintage wedding, my maternal grandparents had a city hall wedding and I always loved the story. I actually googled “best city hall in America” and that is how we found San Francisco City Hall. I knew I wanted the venues to stand out and hold their own, so I wouldn’t need to spend money, or have unneeded stress, decorating.
The best part of the day was that I felt so connected and present. I spent the morning with my fiancé, choosing flowers, eating breakfast, and going to get coffee. My mother, sister, and nieces helped me get ready which was a very special time for all of us. We had a kings table and a family style dinner so I felt so in the moment the entire time.”
“I purchased my dress from BHLDN with help from my mother and mother in law. I wanted to be comfortable and the weight of my beaded gown and the no fuss undergarments were a huge selling point. I knew it was the one the moment I put it on, it just felt amazing. My 1920s head piece was a last minute find from Etsy and matched perfectly. I picked up my handbag and necklace from the rose bowl flea market.”
“My husband has his suit made custom with a personal embroidery on the inside from indochino, we wanted to spend the money on something he could wear again. Ryan’s cufflinks and boutonnière pin came from a vintage store in Houston Texas.”
“The morning of our wedding, Ryan and I walked out of our hotel and found a street vendor florist. I picked from the selection she had and made my bouquet and Ryan’s Boutonnière in my hotel room. The prayer book was my grandmother’s. She held a prayer book for her wedding in 1949 so I wanted to have a piece of her there with me.”
“We hired the most adorably nervous pastor and he read another couples wedding ceremony. I still remember the look on my husbands face when he realized it. At that point, he could have read it in a foreign language and I couldn’t have cared less. We still laugh about it now. It was perfect even though it wasn’t what we had chosen.”
Words of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Use Pinterest with caution. Once you find something you love, stick with it and move on. There are so many opinions and ideas out there it is easy to second guess yourself. Go with your gut, always.”
“We opted out of flowers for the reception table and decided to display our parents and grandparents wedding photos instead. It was a nice reminder of the love that came before us and those who couldn’t be there with us physically.”
“Our wedding cake was gluten-free because I I have celiacs disease. It was a lemon-raspberry filling with n Art Deco buttercream frosting. Our cake topper was a vintage find in Louisiana from Pink Elephant Antiques. It wasnt until I got home and cleaned it that I realized the back read “made in occupied japan” on the back. I like to think a GI likely brought it home from the war for his bride.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer….
“I met Molly just like how I met my husband, in the CrossFit gym! She was one of my favorite members who would come in with her big floppy puppy everyday. I had seen how gorgeous her work was and she was the first person who came to mind when I began planning. She was so relaxed, easy going and great with directing family for group photos, it was a pleasure having her along for the day. I am absolutely obsessed with the photos and get compliments on them to this day.”
Isn’t it fabulous? I love intimate weddings! Because at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then your wedding was perfect – however big it was! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Katie & Ryan, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Molly + Co for capturing it so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Molly’s work why don’t you pop on over to her website www.mollyandco.com – and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.
Loving this time of year and unusual color palettes as I do, you can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful editorial through Matchology. The palette includes an unexpected pop of fuchsia, alongside navy, deep purples and the more traditional red; and the details are vintage inspired, but at the same time timelessly romantic. I especially love the use of bold proteas in the florals, the alternative to the traditional wedding cake and the sweetheart table decor. With so much to inspire be sure to have your pinning finger ready before scrolling any further!
Here are a few words from photographer Maura about the shoot…. “Amanda and James have always loved Thanksgiving. The colors, the friends, the family, and of course the food. So while creating a styled shoot for this deserving military couple, we kept their favorite holiday in mind. We chose to keep the fall harvest colors focused around purples, the couples favorite colors.
We gathered vendors from around the city to pair all the couples favorite things. Just Lovely Weddings created a beautiful fall tablescape with fruits and candles and florals and the couples favorite quote on craft paper.
In lieu of a wedding cake, following the thanksgiving theme, Emerald Pie Bar created an intricate black berry peach pie decorated with chocolate lace flowers and lemon tarts decorated with greenery and fresh fruits, along with bright fall colored macaroons with gold leafing.
The Flower Company designed a beautiful overflowing organic bouquet with eucalyptus, protea, burgundy cremons, purple scoop scabiosa, feathered acacia, gunni greens, chocolate lace, white hypericum berries, crocosmia and white genestra that doubled as a centerpiece.
We then took the couple out to the woods along the river for the fall colored leaves.”
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the wonderful team listed below who lent their creative talents breathing life into this harvest celebration. And a special thanks to Maura Jane Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share it here on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Maura’s beautiful photogrpahy by popping across to her website www.maurajanephotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Before we all turn our attention to Christmas and get lost in a Winter Wonderland I wanted to take one last look at Fall with some of the most fabulous (both traditional, contemporary and unconventional) color palettes for couples considering a wedding at this time of year. Whilst I was a Winter bride myself, if I got the chance to do it all over again, Autumn would be my season of choice. Summer may not always deliver the promised sunshine, Winter the snow, or Spring the seasonal blooms, but there is always something magical about a Fall affair – be it the golden light, the turning leaves or the abundance of berries. So there is no season more beautiful when it comes to weddings, but if you still need convincing maybe one of these will do it…..
Chartreuse & Blush
Shying away from the traditional reds, oranges and burnt yellows, chartreuse and blush is an unusual choice for a fall wedding; and yet they work so perfectly for a garden, winery or barn wedding. Both colors have a delightfully vintage feel and the addition of the burgundy gives gorgeous depth…..
As well as being utterly timeless, this dramatic color palette offers more than a hint of masculinity – a nice change to the traditionally feminine wedding hues. So whether you are a gay couple or a bride looking for something a little different, this dark and dusky palette could be perfect for you….
Whilst burnt yellows and oranges are synonymous with Fall, when mixed with soft dove grey they are given a more contemporary twist. The key to this palette and its understated elegance is to layer the greys and whites throughout your day, and go with just pops of the brighter shades.
I love this unusual mix of colors so much! In theory you would say they shouldn’t work, yet when you see them in this bouquet….. it is clear they do. The lavender and purple are the surprise colors in this palette, whilst the rich mustard yellow and reds couldn’t be more perfect for Fall.
It’s easy to have your eye caught and head turned by all of the gorgeous rich shades in fall, but nothing says timeless elegance quite like neutrals, especially when you layer some sparkly metallics! Just add a touch of deep red to hint at your chosen season…..
Nothing says Fall quite like the crunch of leaves, and this palette was inspired by that. It is rich and rustic yet still romantic with the addition of a dusky peach. The key to this particular palette is to keep the decor natural, bring the colors into your day with elements from nature such as wood, leather, raw silks, linens and wools.
Choosing an unexpected color for your wedding is one way to wow your guests and make a real style statement, and I think Jade makes quite the bold (but still beautiful) choice for an Autumn wedding. It is a shade that is too often overlooked or forgotten, yet has a delicate elegance that is perfect for a modern vintage wedding, especially when mixed with a dusky neutral and seasonal bronze.
With just a subtle hint of Autumn, this palette is super pretty, as well as versatile in terms of style, setting – and even season really. It has a softness that we don’t always associate with Fall, but I think you will agree is charming, and that would look just as lovely in Spring or Summer.
I couldn’t do a Fall wedding palette roundup without considering Halloween, and this is an elegant take on an All Hallow’s Eve wedding. Mixing dark, dusky greens and gold with a splash of black, and with no hint of the traditional pumpkin orange, it exudes drama – and would be perfect for the bride looking to be bold and rock a black wedding dress!
Last but not least, this oh-so-feminine and super pretty palette of ruby reds mixed with rose gold…. it is one of my favourites! To keep these colors looking contemporary and chic, mix with a wash of greenery and layer the colors carefully, with only pops of the brightest and darkest shades.
What do you think? Are any of these tempting you with a Fall wedding? I know most couples dream of a sunny Summer celebration, but I think these show that those early days after Summer can be just as perfect for a wedding. Of course if you’re yet to decide on a date for your big day, then you might want to look at some of my favourite palettes for Spring, Summer, and Winter
Or if these have got you dreaming of an Autumn affair but none of the above have set your heart a flutter, don’t despair because there are lots of gorgeous fall wedding color palettes in CVBs archives! How about this romantic beauty in blue & neturals, or this rustic and radiant delight for the early days of Autumn, or for a timeless look that will take your breath away take a peek at Roses & Figs a winery wedding inspiration board – I think you will love it!
We’re off to Italy again, but today for the magical real wedding of Tiffany & Carlos! Against the backdrop of a stunning historic castle nestled in the Tuscan countryside, these high-school sweethearts, with Greek and Venezuelan backgrounds, created a celebration that was a uniquely personal blend of their cultures and personalities. Combining the fairytale charm of the setting, with opulent florals and plenty of meaningful details their wedding really must be seen to be believed!
Bride Tiffany shared these words about their beautiful day…. “Both of us were extremely involved in the wedding process and wanted to make as many details as possible unique and representative of who we are as a couple. Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision making, and we made sure that, for every decision, we both worked together as a team to bring out our personalities in every choice made. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a lot of things done a certain way. We were both very passionate about different aspects of the wedding, and in the end, we wanted to guarantee that our personalities both emanated through every moment of that day. We chose to skip some of the traditional elements such a guest signing book and four tier cake and splurge on the wow factors of the day such as flowers, music, food and surprises.”
But as is often the case, it was finding the perfect venue that same first…..“Carlos and I were looking for a place with a lot of character and charm. We are not big fans of closed ball rooms or barns. We also wanted to create a different atmosphere for each part of the wedding, so we had to find a place that allowed us to have the ceremony in a romantic semi-open space, the aperitivo in a garden, closed space for the dinner and a separate environment for the party. When we found Castello di Vincigliata looking the depths of my wedding Pinterest board, we knew this was the place we were looking for. We wanted a romantic and semi-rustic feel for the whole day that played off well from the castle’s setting.”
“I wore a long sleeve, mermaid cut dress with an overlay princess gown skirt that I wore during the ceremony. I had the chance to design my dress which was a wonderful adventure on its own. It was very special because it was a collaboration with my mother, and the seamstress who made it was my mom’s seamstress in Venezuela. I only wore a pair of small pearl earrings as accessories to compliment. “
“The main flower that we chose for my bouquet and our decor was the protea. I love wild flowers, and specially strange looking ones. We also incorporated eucalyptus and olive branches which have a lot of symbolism in the greek culture.”
“The groom’s suit was also a custom made design made by Crown Tailors. Carlos’ suit had an engraving that said “May the Fourth Be With Us” Being a play on words that signified both our wedding date and the famous refrain by Yoda on Star Wars.”
“The most emotional moment for me was as I walked down the aisle I saw my groom standing there with a big smile on his face and then I looked around and I saw my grandmother sitting on the front row with my parents. She had told me she was not going to be able to make it to the wedding and she showed up as a surprise. I hand’t seen her in almost three years and that’s when the tears started rolling.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Start out with an idea of what sort of mood you want your special day to evoke; understand that there will be compromises throughout the entire process, but remember that only you and your significant other will know of them. Communicate as much as possible with your significant other, and share every responsibility to make sure you are both on the same page. And lastly, think of small details you can incorporate – they are what make weddings, and any other special event, truly memorable.”
“We went with a traditional mille folglie Italian wedding cake which was prepared in front of our guests. The cake was not only absolutely delicious but it also added a touch of entertainment to the end of the dinner.”
“Picking a favorite part of the most memorable day of your life is hard, but definitely the most memorable part would be our first dance. Carlos is Greek, so we had a Greek band play a classic Greek song while we danced our way down the stairs of the castle to meet our guests. We then all proceeded to dance and cheer together, while breaking lots and lots of plates on the floor as typically done in Greece. Seeing everybody laugh and get involved while enjoying this small tradition was something neither of us will ever forget.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We found our photographers through our amazing wedding planner. As I was looking through their portfolio of weddings, I caught myself with teary eyes looking at the beautiful emotions they had capture from people I didn’t know attending wedding of strangers! I had a quick call with them before making a final decision and in that conversation we instantly clicked. I feel like they did a really good job at capturing every detail of our day.”
Magical, don’t you think? As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Tiffany & Carlos, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Stefano Santucci for capturing the romance and beauty of it all so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Stefano’s work be sure to pop over to his website www.photosantucci.com.
Captured at an historic castle nestled in the hills of Umbria, Italy; today’s inspiration shoot is like something from the pages of a fairytale – it really is! Brimming with romance, every detail is perfect from the lush white and green floral designs, to the watercolor stationery, elegant tablescapes and utterly divine bridal gown….
The elements of local stone, lush rose-filled gardens, woods, hills and history inspired designer Silvia from Si Weddings in Italy. Together they captured the very essence of the land from which she comes, a land full of history and tradition.
A few words from the creative team… “A wistful maiden awaits her love with longing for their much-anticipated wedding day. Set in the ancient grounds of Castello Ramazzano, this story begins with a natural colour palette of greens and whites echoing the foliage around the castle. The Italian countryside provides a breathtaking glimpse into the rural simplicity of Perugia – the charm of which we were utterly captivated by.”
I think you’ll agree the talented team of wedding creatives and professional interpreted her vision beautifully and brought this magical vision to life…..
Isn’t it a stunner?! There is so much more to see in the gallery so do pop over and take a peek before you go. Thank-you so much to the whole creative team listed below for breathing life into such a vision of timeless beauty. And a special thanks to the lovely Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share her work on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Shauntelle’s beautiful fine art photography right here on CVB or by popping across to her website spostophotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.