Chic Vintage Bride – A 1940s Wedding Party

May 27, 2015

There’s just so much I love about this week’s Chic Vintage Brides‘ wedding party, I hardly know where to begin!

Chic Vintage Bride - A 1940s Wedding Party (Image Source)


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20 Breathtaking and Budget Friendly Wedding Dresses (ALL Under $1000!)

May 25, 2015

Recently I’ve been starting the week with an oggle at some of the stunning new collections for 2016, sharing the latest lovelies from top bridal designers such as Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham and Ersa Atelier. Whilst these names and their dresses may have us all swooning, I’m all too aware that for many brides (and I was one of them) they simply break the budget. And as much as I believe every bride should walk down the aisle feeling a million dollars, I am also firmly of the belief that doing so shouldn’t cost a million dollars. So today’s post is all about how you can save a few pennies without scrimping on style, with 20 gorgeous gowns whose style, and price tag, makes my heart sing!…..

20 Budget Friendly  Wedding Dresses Under $1000


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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Stylish & Cool Summer Grooms Looks

May 22, 2015

Before I leave you for the weekend, there’s just time for one more thing. Continuing our Summer stroll, after looking at 5 of the most perfect palettes last Friday, for this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons we’re turning our attention to our dapper grooms with 5 of the most stylish looks for a Summer groom…..

5 Cool & Classy Summer Grooms Looks

Don’t get me wrong, there is little I love more than a man in a well fitting traditional tux, morning or 3 piece suit; they look suave, sophisticated and stylish….. but not always all that summery! So, I’m here with 5 ways to style your man stylishly vintage and most importantly cool for your summer celebrations. And with the current trend of Groom’s unleashing their inner style maven and showing some of their unique style and personalities on the big day, these are looks you will love just as much as your man will!


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Lavish Gatsby Wedding Inspiration from Ally Kristensen and Sue Gallo Designs

May 21, 2015

Today’s wedding inspiration shoot is a 1920s vision, in fact it could have come directly from the pages of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, it is so opulent and dripping in Art Deco details. From the imagination of Sue Gallo, whose work you may remember from this romantic wedding inspiration shoot, and beautifully captured by Ally Kristensen, it is a Gatsby loving girls dream!…..

Lavish Gatsby Inspiration for a 1920s Wedding Theme

Just before I let you go and feast your eyes on every gorgeous detail, a few words from Sue about the inspiration behind her vision…. “Inn on the Twenty and Cave Spring Cellars were the perfect inspiration for this gorgeous styled creative that is pure, unabashed romance. Set against the venues’ charming architecture, this vintage inspired shoot has a relaxed glamour that perfectly suits the most unique and beautiful venues in the heart of the Niagara Wine country.  This styled shoot is perfect inspiration for the glamorous couple who wishes to create a charming nod to a gone by era. With chic unfussy details, it is easy to imagine how a little romantic candle light, one magnificent garland draped mirror, an abundance of luscious florals, an exquisite shimmering gown, timeless furniture from Warehouse 84 and one beautifully crafted wedding cake by Sweet Avenue Cakery were the perfect pairings for such a dreamy and elegant wedding style. The whole creative team involved are utterly smitten with how positively mesmerizing the images that photographer Ally Kristensen shot.” And I can so see why! Ally has harmoniously captured the little details and the refinement of each of the venues to create a vision of charm and sophistication that I just know is going to knock your socks off – so have those pinning fingers at the ready ladies!….

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Chic Vintage Bride – Ruth Frecheville

May 20, 2015

Good morning lovelies! We’re returning to my favourite era for today’s Chic Vintage Bride, and I just know you are going to be as wowed by her as I was…..

Chic Vintage Art Deco Bride - Ruth Frecheville (Image Source)

Isn’t she striking? I absolutely adore her braided updo and I love how it is framed by that utterly fabulous veil, encircling her head like a halo. Beautiful art deco bride Ruth Lydia Frecheville married Peter Curtis Kibblewhite on the 4 October 1928, at St. Margaret’s, Westminster. It never fails to amaze me how much fashion changed in 10 short years, from the stiff, structured and very demure gowns of the Edwardian era to the loose and extrovert short sleeveless dresses of the jazz age. How bold (and brave) brides of the 1920s were, and how I love them so for it!

If you love them too, you should pop and take a peek at some of the other inspiring chic vintage 1920s brides I have shared here on CVB (there are almost 3 years worth!) hereherehere and here. Or for modern weddings with more than a hint of deco decadence take a look at this beauty, or this fabulous speakeasy inspired wedding soiree. And if you’re planning to add a touch of Gatsby inspired glamour to your own big day and are yet to find the perfect stationery, you must take a look at CVB sponsor and fave GoGoSnap – you won’t be disappointed!




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Late Summer Sun – Romantic Wedding Inspiration in Shades of Dusky Yellow & Pink

May 19, 2015

For today’s wedding inspiration board I was inspired by the colour picks recently released by Pantone, and in particular the gorgeous golden yellow you may remember Oak Buff. A stunning shade inspired by nature and with a distinctly vintage feel I knew, as soon as I saw it, it would look so elegant mixed with grey and a dusky pink….. and I was right!

Romantic Late Summer Wedding Ideas in Shades of Grey, Dusky Yellow & Pink Wedding Dress & Bridal Hair Accessory ~  Twigs & Honey Photography by Elizabeth Messina via Chic Vintage Brides

Yellow is such a summery colour, but with its dash of gold and mustard this yellow is more suited to the very end of Summer. As the leaves start to turn and the sun sits lower in the sky, but evenings are still long and warm….this colour palette would be just perfect for a glorious outdoor wedding making the most of the last heady days of Summer!

Choose somewhere like a vineyard or country estate and allow the beauty in nature to be your decor. Keep centrepieces low and trailing but add coloured glassware to your tablescape for a relaxed hint of luxury. Farmhouse style wooden tables for the reception and vintage pews for your ceremony seating would add some elegant rustic charm. And to save a few pennies, simply add some lush green foliage to bouquets, boutonnieres and centrepieces; and capture Summer in a bottle with DIY Olive Oil (or honey) for favours your guests will enjoy long after the big day.

Romantic Late Summer Wedding Ideas in Shades of Grey, Dusky Yellow & Pink Bridal Bouquet ~  Wilder Floral Co. photograpby Danielle Poff Photography via Hey Wedding Lady, Wedding Stationery ~ Laurie Arons, Ariella Chezar Design & PS Paper photograhy Lani Elias, DIY Wedding Favours ~ Style Me Pretty, Bridal Shoes ~ Badgley Mischka photography Carmen Santorelli via SMP, Wedding Cake ~ Sweet On Cake photography by Josh Gruetzmacher via Snippet & Ink, Ring Bearer ~ Photography Cory Weber via SMP, Engagement Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn photography Jen Huang, Bridal Necklace ~ Emici Bridal photography Anna Peters via Wedding Sparrow, Tablescape ~ Lani Elias

And this is a colour palette your groom & groomsmen will love as much as you do, with a light grey suit the perfect choice to keep them cool in the heat of the sun! It’s also relaxed enough for them to wear again after the wedding, but make it a 3 piece suit and it won’t lack formal elegance on the day.

For more wedding inspiration boards featuring yellow take a look at this elegant outdoor wedding inspiration, or if you’re looking for more ideas in shades of pink you might want to take a peek at this pink & peach Spring beauty, this opulent board for Autumn and this emerald & pink garden wedding inspiration. Or for other colour palettes perfect for a vintage wedding, whatever the season, simply click here.

And don’t forget, if you want a say in what colours make up the next inspiration board, click here and pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Facebook page and cast your vote! Simply Like the Summer palette you love the most, and the one with the most Likes on Friday will win. Oh and if you’ve missed them, you can take a peek herehere and here at the colours that have been chosen in the past for SpringAutumn and Winter.



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‘Through the Flowers’ Ivy & Aster’s Charming Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

May 18, 2015

If you’re a regular visitor here,  you will know that when it comes to Bridal designers, I definitely have my favourites! Those with unique style and vintage flair, the likes of Gwendolynne, Johanna Johnson, Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham, whose names appear time and time again on the pages of Chic Vintage Brides. Whilst I am simply unable to resist their glorious bridal gowns, you may also have noticed in recent months a few new names appearing, like Sally Lacock, Myra Callan, Celia Grace and House of Mooshki, as each one has caught my eye with their latest modern-vintage offering. Well today I am adding Ivy & Aster to that list, and you won’t have to scroll through much of their enchanting ‘Through the Flowers’ collection to see why!…..

'Through the Flowers' Ivy & Aster's Charming Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Whilst the name Ivy & Aster may be fairly new to me, the Atlanta based brand is renowned for its romantic-meets-bohemian style. Designing with a flowing femininity, sprinkled with sweet simplicity and a dash of whimsy, they create wedding dresses that capture a brides heart. And with this their latest collection, they have really taken romance to a new level!

“Why not be adventurous and let your dress speak the ‘Language of Flowers’?” asks Ivy & Aster founder and designer Jessica Brown “Our Spring 2016 collection is inspired by all things floral and the beauty that flowers symbolize in weddings.” As well as signature Ivy & Aster fabrics: Silk chiffon, silk organza, tulle, and lace; this season special hand picked laces were chosen to play on the floral garden theme. Showcasing gowns with timeless illusion necklines, flowing skirts, sheer long sleeves and portrait backs, the collection also features some of the key current trends with low backs, separates and even floral prints – which I just know you are going to love!

“Ivy & Aster brides know what makes them feel beautiful” says Jessica “and these dresses will let the bride be radiant on her wedding day.” So sit back, and imagine taking a stroll through the most lovely of gardens with a wedding taking place among the flowers, as you peruse these elegant delights…..

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Beautiful Vintage Engagement Rings + an Exclusive 10% Discount from Estate Diamond Jewelry

May 16, 2015

I have (often, I’m sure) mentioned before here on Chic Vintage Brides my love of vintage jewelry, and how it has been an obsession of mine ever since my dear nan allowed me to play shop with her precious treasures when I was a child. So I am sure it will come as little surprise that one of my favourite parts about writing CVB is when it introduces me to a purveyor of gorgeous gems like Estate Diamond Jewelry…..

Vintage Engagement Rings from Estate Diamond Jewelry

Estate Diamond Jewelry has one of the rarest and most beautiful collections of antique and vintage engagement rings I have come across. Their unique collection includes an impressive array of one-of-a-kind antique cushion cut and old European cut (an early version of the popular round brilliant cut) diamond rings, as well as rare antiques from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. Each ring in their collection has been carefully selected by their experienced jewelers and gemologists, which means their collection is comprised only of rings that meet their high standard of quality and style.

1.10ct Vintage Diamond Halo Engagement Ring from Estate Diamond Jewelry Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from Estate Diamond Jewelry 3.13ct Asscher Cut Diamond and Sapphire Ring from Estate Diamond Jewelry (more…)

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