Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Ideas for an Amazing Autumn Wedding Cake

August 29, 2014

Whilst here in NZ I am looking forward to Spring, Autumn is just around the corner for most of you – and I am quite envious! So far I have shared with you 5 of the prettiest palettes and 5 beautiful bouquets, and I am keeping with the Fall theme for this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons. Today it is time to look at 5 ideas for creating the most amazing Autumn wedding cakes! These ideas will guarantee your wedding cake is memorable, yummy and just perfect for the season!

5 Ideas for Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes

1. Decorate in Autumn Colours

OK, so this may be an obvious one, but nothing says Autumn quite like the colour of leaves as they fall. Ice, paint or drape in flowers using shades of deep red and burnt orange, and your wedding cake is guaranteed to have a definite autumnal feel…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Kelsey’s Kakes, Photography ~ Echo Media Photography

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ The Chubby Bunny, Photography ~ Nikki Mills via Intimate Weddings

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2. Choose Chocolate

Perhaps it is the colour, or the comfort that a slice of gooey, moist chocolate cake brings; but either way there is something about the use of chocolate for a wedding cake that gives it a distinctly fall look. Plus, brown cakes look so much prettier than they sound! Iced or naked, who doesn’t LOVE chocolate??…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Intricate Icings, Photographer ~ Jarrod Reno via 100 Layer Cake

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Lael Cakes, Photographer ~ Allan Zepeda via Style Me Pretty

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Jonathan Caleb, Photographer ~ Lime Green Photography via Green Weding Shoes

3. Decorate with Seasonal Produce

Berries, figs, acorns, whichever you prefer! By making your wedding cake topper beautiful seasonal fruits or nuts, you’ll not only save a few pennies, but also create a cake that is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Paradox Pastry, Photographer ~ Katie Stoops Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Blackbird Bakery, Photographer ~ Manchik Photography via Style Me Pretty

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Cake ~ Crumb Fairy Bakery, Photographer ~ Onelove via Style Me Pretty

 

4. Yummy Wedding Cake Alternatives

Or how about forgoing the traditional wedding cake in favour of something a little different? Like some of those yummy comfort foods we so associate with the colder seasons? Think berry pies, shortbread sandwiches or cookies….. you could even use grandma’s of a family favourite recipe for a real personal touch!

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Coookies ~ McGees Catering, Photographer ~ Megan Welker Photography via Wedding Chicks

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Pies ~ Photographer ~ Jen and Chris Creed via Southern Weddings

 Or, if you have a more savoury tooth how about a delicious cheese truckle tower?…..

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5. Autumn Dessert Tables

Or heck, how about both? You only get married once after all! With a dessert table you can share ALL of your favourite sweet (or savoury) bites with your friends, family and loved ones. Or make it a DIY affair by asking guests to contribute their signature sweet – they’ll love the thought of helping with your big day and just imagine the display of desserts…..

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Dessert Table ~ Photographer ~ Amanda Dumouchelle via Wedding Chicks

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Desserts ~ Bon Bon Pastry and Café Photography ~ Aster & Olive Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons - 5 Ideas for Creating Amazing Autumn Wedding Cakes Dessert Table ~ Jenny Cookies via Cherryblossoms and Faeriewings

…..hmm I think my mouth may actually be watering! Wedding or not, this reminds me of another reason why I love Autumn – the comfort food.

 To help you recreate the look I have found you a few essentials for a fabulous fall dessert table and amazing wedding cake…..

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Amy

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The 2015 Collection from Delphine Manivet Full of Parisian Chic

August 28, 2014

It is such an exciting time of year for wedding bloggers and brides-to-be alike,  as we start to get glimpses of the latest bridal collections for 2015. I always wait with bated breath for the latest offering from Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier….I could go on, but you know what I mean. Those designers you just know are going to wow and delight with their vintage inspired or forward thinking designs. What I love just as much though is when I stumble across a designer who grabs my attention for the very first time, and I am bringing you just one of those today - I know for a fact you are going to love this stunning collection of boho and vintage wedding dresses from French bridal designer Delphine Manivet as much as I do…..

The 2015 Bridal Collection of Vintage Wedding Dresses from Delphine Manivet Full of timelessly elegant gowns, flowing bohemian dresses, short but chic designs – and even the ever so on trend trouser ensemble! The collection is perfect for the bride looking for a unique wedding dress with a quirky edge and a dash of vintage charm for their wedding. I love how Delphine has cleverly used sleeves throughout many of the designs in the collection to evoke eras gone-by from Edwardian to the 1970s! Whilst her signature style of creating beautiful separates keeps the collection unmistakably contemporary. And her inspiration for the collection? Why that would be you of course! “Every day is an opportunity to gather inspiration. Of course I look to fashion past—the fine stitchwork on Marie-Antoinette’s dresses, the ingenuity of Jeanne Lanvin—but it’s also very much about the women of today, observing them and striving to understand what makes them feel beautiful.”

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If the name Delphine Manivet is new to you, then let me tell you a little bit about her…… (more…)

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Chic Vintage Bride – Margaret Buckley

August 27, 2014

The September 27, 1888, wedding of today’s Chic Vintage Bride Margaret Buckley and her soon to be husband Edward T. Davis drew quite the crowd – some 40,000 people no less! And no, they were neither royalty or celebrity. But you’ll understand why when you see their wedding photos…..

Chic Vintage Victorian Wedding in a Hot Air Balloon

Margaret Buckley and groom Edward T. Davis were married in the mammoth hot air balloon “Commonwealth” at the Rhode Island State Fair at Narrangansett Park in Providence. After the ceremony, the 24 men at the guy ropes released their hold and aeronauts James Allen and his son James K. directed the rather special ‘getaway’ skyward. The Davis’s honeymoon got off to rather a rocky start however, with the balloon landing in a swamp near Easton, Massachusetts at dusk. Apparently the wedding party was “obliged to cling to the ropes above the basket to keep out of the water.” Finally rescued, and the balloon tied safely to a tree, the couple safely completed their trip by rail.

Chic Vintage Victorian Wedding in a Hot Air Balloon (Image Source)

After their honeymoon, the happy couple reenacted their wedding for a photographer in a studio – wearing rather more lavish clothes than on the day! Doesn’t she look beautiful with that cinched in waist and you can see the start of a bustled train. And Edward looks quite dapper in his long coat.

Victorians were so adventurous, it was such a new and exciting era, full of discovery….and fabulously fancy fashion! Isn’t it fabulous?

 

Amy

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Urban Elegance – A Wedding Inspiration Board in Black, White & Red for a Sleek and Chic Wedding

August 26, 2014

Hello lovelies! I hope you have had a marvelous start to your week. I have to say we kicked the week off with something of a bang here on Chic Vintage Brides with yesterday’s super stylish vintage inspired wedding! I don’t know about you but I love how the bold and beautiful bride wore red – yes, red! I do so adore a bride who isn’t afraid to shy away from tradition, especially when it comes to the colour of her dress. Well, today the style continues, with a wedding inspiration board that could almost have been inspired by yesterday’s stylish celebration. From the creative talents of Chic Vintage Brides sponsor and fave Beacon Lane let me introduce you to Urban Elegance……

Wedding Inspiration Board - Urban Elegance by Beacon Lane Invite ~ Urban Elegance by Beacon Lane, Wedding Cake ~ Classic Cakes captured by Alea Lovely via Wedding Chicks, Wedding Dress ~ Alexander McQueen via Vogue, Flowers ~ Constança Cabral via Flickr, Lightbulbs ~ via Domus

 

Sara and Jessica at Beacon Lane pulled this lovely board together around their wedding stationery suite Urban Elegance, which is a bold design in black & white brightened with pops of red and splashes of gray. A little bit mod, very sleek, chic and snazzy; I love how they have paired it with that understated but utterly elegant Alexander McQueen dress; kept it pretty with an almost naked wedding cake; and given the whole affair a slightly industrial feel with their choice of lighting. We all know how important lighting at both your ceremony and reception is in creating the mood and ambiance for your big day!

Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress Nearly Naked Wedding Cake

Want to see more of Urban Elegance?

Urban Elegance Wedding Invites by Beacon Lane

Isn’t it fabulous? Personally, I love the strong colours, but if you like the design and not the colour palette, you can always change them, as the suite is fully customizable. Colors, fonts and wording can all be altered to suit you and your wedding’s style during the ordering process.

 

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The full suite includes: invitation, ceremony card, info card, RSVP card, envelopes, belly band and name or date tag. There are even Thank-you cards to match available! But Beacon Lane have various packages available so you can tailor your order to perfectly suit you – and your budget. If you would like to see Urban Elegance before placing an order, and it is always easier to make a decision having seen the product, then a sample is available to purchase over at their Etsy shop, just click here for details.

If chic and sleek isn’t for you though, do take a look at their last wedding inspiration board Ruffled Romance - a floral beauty in the prettiest of pinks!

 

Amy

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The Bride Wears Red for A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding with Flair from Lara Hotz Photography

August 25, 2014

We are kicking off the week with some serious style! If you loved the perfect styling of Kate & Andrie’s Speakeasy inspired wedding soiree, then you are going to love Ursula & Chris’s bold and beautiful Sydney wedding. Who wouldn’t love a wedding that features a bride wearing red, a Vintage VW Camper, an icecream truck, a rocking first dance oh and a reception with the most incredible views over the Sydney Opera House?! All captured through the inimitable eye (and camera) of Lara Hotz.….

The Bride Wears Red for A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding

Ursula and Chris were married in April 2014 with an intimate ceremony at The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and a DIY filled reception looking over Sydney Harbour. Having been together since they were 18 the couple new exactly what was important to them when it came to their wedding. ” I think the thing that made our wedding ‘unique’ was that so many of the details and decor we chose were things that we just liked – not things that we thought we ‘should’ have or do. I wore a red dress, not white, because I didn’t feel like ‘me’ in any of the classic white ones that I tried on; we had a cute red kombi van rather than a classic old car because we figured if we had to hire transport, it may as well be fun! We ordered a tiramisu cake rather than a classic ‘white’ cake because….well, we really wanted to eat tiramisu at our wedding! We also secretly got dance lessons for a couple of months and learnt an awesome swing dance (well, technically our dance teachers told us it was a blend of rockabilly and Charleston) to the Black Keys song, “Lonely Boy”. When we first told Ryan and Avril, our dance teachers, that we wanted to do our dance to that song, they looked at us funny (“You want to do your wedding dance to THAT song? But it says “lonely boy…”) but in the end the dance was one of the highlights of our night – it was just cheeky enough and plenty fun enough and it was just US all over.”

And that’s what every wedding should be, shouldn’t it? A reflection of the bride & groom and a celebration of their love.

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From the lady behind the lens Lara “Ursula + Chris tied the knot recently and what a beautiful, emotional and bold wedding they had! If you are a fan of giant radiant smiles, the colour red and non traditional wedding dresses then you are going to love it!” I agree Lara! In fact, if you can measure the success of a wedding from the size of the beaming smiles, then this wedding was everything it should have been and more. So without further ado……

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“We didn’t have a ‘theme’. I can’t count the number of times that people asked what my ‘colour scheme’ was?! There wasn’t one. Red was the one colour that appeared throughout (across our outfits, flowers etc) but our stunning flowers had splashes of so many amazing colours… In terms of styling, I guess we went for a sort of vintage/handmade look… we had beige hessian table runners (that have been handed between relatives and friends and featured at about 4 weddings now!), old jars and glass bottles for vases, and all the table numbers, name tags, and wedding favours (gifts) we handmade.” There is such a lot of pressure to choose a theme for your big day, and with so many out there it can be a daunting task, overwhelmingly so! (I remember it well) But Ursula & Chris’s wedding shows that a theme is unnecessary when you fill your wedding with everything you love!

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“We did SO many DIY projects! We made all the rose petal cones ourselves (with the help of Angie, the bridesmaid) out of pages of an old copy of Pride and Prejudice; for the reception, we made all the table numbers and menu cards (Chris cut/carved them out of wood with the help of his best man Nick, then we painted them with blackboard paint, then I did the scripting with gold paint), and we also made all the wedding favours (handmade fabric necklaces OR fabric flower brooches/pins for the ladies; handmade bowties for the men – all made using vintage fabric remnants and sewn by me with help from Chris and Angie our bridesmaid) We also handpainted and decorated the boxes that we packed the wedding favours in (those boxes were bought in bulk from Reverse Garbage, an amazing secondhand store in Sydney that sells industrial seconds and samples of anything you can practically think of!) And we made a beautiful big blackboard and wrote a C.S. Lewis quote on it to decorate the gift table. We probably saved a bit of money with our DIY projects, but we definitely underestimated how long it would take to do it all!…. I don’t think we would change any of that though, because those were the bits that made the wedding feel like us… but if we did it all again, we might give ourselves a bit more time to do it in!”

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“On the wedding day itself one of the funniest moments was right after dinner had been served, a huge fireworks display went off over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, giving our guests the perfect view. It was a total coincidence – I think it was part of an outdoor opera happening on the same night- but it was an awesome moment (and about 10 of our friends subsequently claimed that they had ‘organised’ it for us especially).”

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Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the happy couple…..

We would highly recommend doing a fun wedding dance – not only was it the highlight of our night doing that for our family and friends, but the weekly dance lessons were a whole lot of fun, and meant that we spent time having fun together and relaxing in the lead up to the wedding. This was a VERY welcome stress relief (particularly because Ursula was finishing writing up her PhD at the same time as organising the wedding!)

Another piece of advice is that we actually found that in the end we wanted to write our vows together. I had always thought that I would want to write them individually and keep it all a secret until the day, but the pressure of what to write and whether our vows would be ‘matched’ (in length, in sentiment, etc…) was a little bit paralysing! In the end we talked about it and realised that what would work better is just to sit down and talk about what I wanted Chris to promise me, and what he wanted me to promise him, and what we both hoped for the marriage, and we helped each other write them. It was unexpected, but it was also an amazing experience having that conversation and it meant that they were so much more meaningful because we knew what we were promising was what the other person deeply wished for.

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“We aren’t very good at taking photos of ourselves normally so really wanted some amazing photos of the wedding that weren’t just your average cheesey shots… and we had seen Lara’s work and just knew she was worth it. She was also just lovely and relaxed to be around on the day and even stayed after she was done taking photographs to make little take-home bouquets of flowers for the guests from our table flowers. Just awesome.”

A Bold & Beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding from Lara Hotz Photography

Wishing the smiley, happy couple Ursula & Chris a marriage that is as full of joy as their wedding day clearly was. A big thankyou to them and photographer Lara Hotz for allowing me to share this bold & beautiful wedding with you. If, like me, you can’t get enough of it, then you can see more here on Lara‘s blog. Where you can also lose yourself in Lara’s dreamy photography – and her couple’s stylish weddings. No-one captures a special occasion or wedding quite like this lady. Her portraits are always creative, unique and utterly perfect for the couple, I really don’t have the words to describe how much I love her work! You can also follow Lara on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Oh I do love a bride who shies away from tradition, especially when it comes to her wedding dress! More brides in red please!! Any of you tempted?

Amy

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Credits

Photographer ~ Lara Hotz

Wedding Planner ~ Girl Friday

Wedding Officiant ~ Jessie Cacchillo

Ceremony Venue ~ The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Reception Venue ~ Quayside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Bride’s Dress ~ Custom design (vintage lace and raw silk) by Kitsch Bitsch

Wedding Dance Dress ~ Topshop

Beaded Ivory Sash ~ WonderfulBride on Etsy

Bride’s Shoes ~ Django & Juliette

Bride’s Headpiece ~ Sandy Bizzy

Bride’s Jewellery ~ vintage

Hair ~ Katerina Havelka from Bedrock Hair

Make Up ~ Little Fox Make-Up Artistry

Groom’s Attire ~ Tailored suit by Suit Shop

Bridesmaid’s Dress ~ Custom design by Kitsch Bitsch

Cake ~ The Sweet Spot Patisserie

Flowers ~ My Violet

Stationery ~ Teal Typewriter

Caterer ~ Fresh Catering

Band ~ The New Trocadero Dance Orchestra

Any Reception Decor/Props ~ Handmade by the bride and groom

Transport ~ Vintage kombi van (“Gorgeous George”) from Kombi Weddings

Handprinted fabric Ceremony backdrop ~ Ink & Spindle fabrics

Swing Dance Lessons & Choreography ~ Ryan and Avril found through Swing Patrol

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Beautiful Veils & Headpieces from Wanlu Bridal

August 23, 2014

In keeping with this week’s rather Autumn look and feel here on Chic Vintage Brides I have a beauty of a styled shoot for you today, capturing the stunning veils and headpieces of CVB sponsor and designer Wanlu Bridal. You may remember a while ago I shared her beautiful Wedding Dress collections, if you missed it you can take a look here - and you really should because they’re Gorgeous, with a capital G! (Think affordable Vera Wang infused with vintage lace) Wanlu Bridal may have began life on Etsy, but she is quickly building a reputation as the designer of choice for any bride wishing to express her own personal style and looking for a little extra romance. Specialising in creating fairytale bridal gowns Wanlu focuses on exquisite details and quality. “Our goal is to introduce completely fresh and romantic bridal looks. We cherry-pick only the highest quality materials that will most suit our brides, from fabrics to packing. And all of our pieces are made with a heart full of love.” And her new collection of bridal accessories has been designed with the same eye for detail and the same passion for quality…..

Beautiful Veils & Headpieces from Wanlu Bridal

It is fair to say I was smitten with Wanlu’s collection of veil and headpieces from the moment she sent me the first snaps from the shoot. Dreamily romantic mantilla and birdcage veils have been created from the most luxurious fabrics including silk, tulle and delicate french lace, to sit alongside a selection of glorious gold headpieces, all inspired by old movies, vintage shops and little trips.  The look is so fresh, but with all the romance and glamour of eras past it is perfect if you are looking to create a vintage vibe to your bridal look. The use of gold and pearl embellishment gives the pieces such luminosity and richness, this really is just the most beautiful collection of accessories and perfectly captured in this oh so pretty seasonal shoot with photography by Jackie Moore. Sit back and enjoy this Autumn amble, I just know you are going to love it……

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets

August 22, 2014

It might be thanks to last week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons, or all the pretty pins on Pinterest or just because it has been distinctly un-Spring like here this last week, that and the fact that it is of course my favourite season, but I am feeling very Autumnal at present and loving all of the beautiful fall colour palettes and inspiration about at the moment! So for this Friday’s fab 5 I decided to indulge my love of fall and pull together the most beautiful Autumn bouquets just perfect for the season…..

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Autumn no longer limits you in terms of flowers for your wedding, but instead opens up a whole heap of beautiful possibilities.

1. Autumn is the perfect season for creating a distinctive bouquet by adding berries or fruit…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Flowers By Adrien  captured by Alyssia B Photography via Ruffled

 

2. Autumn bouquets don’t have to follow the traditional fall palettes, adding a surprise splash of pink or blue to your burnt oranges or deep reds works beautifully….

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Blumen Meisters captured by Ashlee Newman Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

 

3. Whatever the colours you choose for your Autumn wedding, there is nothing more opulent or vintage than a cascading bouquet…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Crystal And Bark Designs captured by AMW Studios via Style Me Pretty

 

4. Or create the illusion of a cascading bouquet with a velvet ribbon – texture is such a great way to add richness and create a feeling of warmth for an Autumn wedding. Choose a colour to match, or compliment, your flowers…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~  McKenzie Powell captured by Ryan Flynn Photography via Ruffled

 

5. And don’t forget that even the simple leaf is beautiful in Autumn! So you can save a few pennies on your bouquet and floral arrangements, without compromising on the pretty!…..

5 of the Most Beautiful Autumn Bouquets Bouquet ~ Heaven on Earth Floral captured by Pam Cooley Photography via Wedding Sparrow

 Oh now if you didn’t love Autumn before, you must do now! It really is the most perfectly romantic time of the year to be wed. Are any of you planning a fall wedding? Do share your ideas and plans for your bouquet and flowers in the comments below.

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies,

 

Amy

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Chic Vintage Bride – Ginger Rogers (again)

August 20, 2014

OK, so I might have cheated the last time Ginger was my Chic Vintage Bride but not this time!…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Bride - Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers married Lew Ayres on the 14th of November 1934. I love her lace skirt and jacket ensemble, especially the jacket with that gorgeous collar! But what I love most of all? Her hat! Have you ever seen anything so adorable? At a guess I would say Ginger didn’t marry in white, Lew was her 2nd (of 5!) husbands and Ginger Lew’s 2nd wife so I suppose it would have been considered improper in those days for the bride to wear white. I would give anything to know what colour her outfit is….I would like to think a nice light dusky blue or blush!

If the ceremony itself was more understated, it certainly looks as though they celebrated in style after…..

Chic Vintage 1930s Bride - Ginger Rogers

Lew is giving the cake topper such a funny look in that photo – I would love to know what was going through his head :)

Chic Vintage 1930s Bride - Ginger Rogers (Image Source)

And what a topper it was! It’s taller than the cake?!….but beautifully poised mid dance, it is I suppose just perfect for Ginger!

 

Amy

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A Deliciously Art Deco Speakeasy Inspired Wedding Soiree from Chris Spira Photography

August 18, 2014

Hello lovelies! What a way to start the week, I have for you this fine Monday morning – I just know you are going to Love it (yes, with a capital L!) This speakeasy inspired shindig is a wedding soiree! What on earth is a wedding soiree I hear you ask? Well, it’s an evening of wedding celebrations, just without the ceremony beforehand. Yep, that’s right, all the fun of a wedding, but without any of the stress – doesn’t it sound perfect? And just wait until you see it…..

An Art Deco Wedding Soiree from Chris Spira Photography

Kate & Andries eloped a couple of months before their Brooklyn Bash, but having kept their ceremony intimate they still wanted to celebrate their wedding with loved ones, friends and family so organised this relaxed, fun and classy evening at The Green Building.

“We wanted to create an atmosphere that was not too serious and tradition based, but still felt like a wedding. We kept it more casual by doing family style dinner, dessert trucks, having cocktails before getting into the “serious” stuff. Also the decor was not too precious. The idea was for it to look “lived in” and encourage interaction.”

Big on style, elegance and fun; and positively brimming with the most fabulous vintage details including chalkboard signs created by Sharp Shooter Signs, vintage books and glass hired from Little Vintage Rentals, gorgeous gramophones, a live Jazz Band…oh and a waffle cart! Ok, maybe not so Art Deco but delicious, right? The art deco styling of this speakeasy wedding soiree is a master class on how to theme your wedding, without it feeling like fancy dress! Seriously, Jay Gatsby himself would have been proud to host it!

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Sunday Style Icon – Lauren Bacall

August 17, 2014

This week we lost two true Hollywood greats and whilst I lack the eloquence to write of the first, I would like to take a moment to celebrate the life of the second.  It is hard to know where to even start with the style icon and legend that was Lauren Bacall. And she really was a legend, unlike the many names that word is thrown at today. Lauren Bacall was so much more than a model or actress, so much more than her spellbinding beauty….she was a real dame!

Sunday Style Icon - lauren Bacall

Sunday Style Icon - lauren Bacall

Sunday Style Icon - lauren Bacall

A breed of women born from the necessities of the era, the dame wooed Hollywood audiences throughout WWII, with her glamour and sensibility, her subtle sexuality, her sweet toughness; she ruled until the girl next door of the 1950s came along and quelled her with cuteness! And Lauren Bacall was the epitome of a dame with her seductively husky voice; her elegant, tailored style and her coy yet challenging look, that verges on sullen but is utterly beguiling. Her life, loves and career was like something from a Hollywood movie itself, but did you know, it all started with a cover on Harper’s Bazaar? Bacall described it as, “the twist of fate that changed my life forever”.

Sunday Style Icon - lauren Bacall  (Image Source)

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Understated & Elegant Bridal Accessories from Mignonne Handmade

August 16, 2014

Good morning, I hope you are all enjoying a lovely start to your weekend! I have such a treat for you today that I just know you’re going to love. It has been such a long time since I last shared something from Mignonne Handmade – too long in fact! For many of you this could well be the first time you have seen anything of this Chic Vintage Brides favourite on these pages. So let me start by telling you a little something about this lovely little brand. Mignonne Handmade is a purveyor of fine, handmade bridal accessories and clothing with more than a hint of vintage romance and timeless elegance. Made with love using old school techniques and vintage millinery tools but with a modern eye, each design is created by maker and owner Jennifer Wood with a real personal touch and passion for high quality. “Our products are handmade in small, made to order batches keeping in the tradition of fine artisan quality workmanship, we also produce limited, one of a kind pieces every month. Our aim is to provide unique and timeless pieces for the modern, non traditional bride and woman.”

Understated & Elegant Vintage Veils from Mignonne Handmade

With Mignonne Handmade‘s 2014 collection Jennifer looked to nature creating opulent vintage inspired veils and headpieces adorned with floral embellishments, hand made silk blooms and beaded blossoms, all in the prettiest palette of blush and pink, perfectly capturing the beauty and delicacy in nature. Whilst the colour palette remains the same, Jenn’s latest offerings are more ethereal and simple. A collection of veils with clean lines and little embellishment: a splash of lace, a burst of shimmering gold polka dots or a dash of bronze; that are no less elegant or beautiful for their simplicity. If you are looking for an understated utterly affordable accessory (prices start at just $40!) with a timeless sophistication then look no further…..

Vintage veils from Mignonne Handmade - Blush Veil

Mignonne Handmade's 2014 Bridal Accessories - Blush Veil

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Vintage veils from Mignonne Handmade - Tulle Birdcage Veil Comb

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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Perfect Palettes for an Autumn Vintage Wedding

August 15, 2014

Whilst we are looking forward to the start of Spring here in NZ – warmer days, later nights, gardens filled with flowers and BBQs with friends; I confess Autumn remains my favourite season! In fact, I am more than a little envious of you starting to see the leaves turn and planning trips to the pumpkin patch. It is by far the most beautiful time of year and so it surprises me that it’s not a more popular season for weddings. Can there be anything more romantic than that warm Autumn sunlight? And it is such a fabulous season for food – forget canapes, cocktails and wedding cake, think roasts, hot cider and pie, or coffee and toasting marshmallows around a roaring fire! If that hasn’t convinced you though, I am hoping these pretty vintage wedding colour palettes that are just perfect for Autumn might…..

1. Starting with the most romantic! Deep, dark plum mixed with dusky pinks and blush look sooo pretty together. The rich, deep colours add opulence whilst the dusky paler colours lighten….and just imagine the options when it comes to bridesmaids!

5 Vintage Wedding Colour Palettes Perfect for Autumn - Burgundy Blush Photography by Eric Ronald

 

2. Take the colours of autumn leaves, add a splash of Cranberry for elegance and the deepest French navy blue for the groom and you have a classic and timeless palette perfect for the season…..

5 Vintage Wedding Colour Palettes Perfect for Autumn - Autumn Glow Photography Eric Kelley via Once Wed

 

3. Cranberry, red and gold is a classic colour combination for Autumn, but add a splash of bright blue and it is given a whole new dimension. Add this colour in rich textures like velvet or silk and it just increases the sense of luxury, whilst brightening what could be an otherwise dark palette.

5 Vintage Wedding Colour Palettes Perfect for Autumn - A Pop of Bright Photography by Tec Petaja via Once Wed

 

4. This slightly unusual palette is perfect for a wedding with a touch of whimsy. Pair shades of radiant orchid with blue, mustard yellow and a hint of peach and you have an unexpectedly gorgeous colour combo packed with personality……

5 Vintage Wedding Colour Palettes Perfect for Autumn - Purple Haze Photography by Katie Farrell via One Fab Day

 

5. For rustic elegance however you just can’t go wrong with beautiful neutrals inspired by nature. Shades of green with hints of brown, gold or bronze and just a splash of the richest cranberry are earthy but oh so chic! Sublime for a glamorous outdoor ceremony and a barn reception!

5 Vintage Wedding Colour Palettes Perfect for Autumn - Woodland Wonder LMarie Photography via 100 Layer Cake

 

So, have I convinced you to get cosy and be an Autumn bride with any of these?? I think they’re all so lovely, but my favourite surprised me! I adore the romantic Blush and Burgundy but the elegant neutrals in Woodland Wonder completely won me over….in fact, I might just have found my next Inspiration Board colour palette! What do you think?

 

Amy

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