Wedding Bouquet Recipe II ~ A Scentful Spring Bridal Bouquet

November 25, 2014

Good morning! After starting the week with that bright & beautiful 1960s inspired Spring wedding (do take a look here if you missed it, it really is a charmer chock full of beautiful details that are sure to inspire you) I thought nothing could be more fitting to follow than a beautiful (and sweet-smelling) Spring bouquet recipe from florist and stylist Toni McGregor at Magdalen Hill. In elegant shades of white and green; and with the sweetest something blue, I am certain you will love this bouquet, and the shoot that captured its creation, as much as I do…..

Wedding Bouquet Recipe ~ Scentful Spring Bridal Bouquet

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With the aim of shedding a little light on all things floral for you brides-to-be the lovely Toni is back with her second bouquet recipe (if you missed the first do take a peek here, it was a breathtaking hand tied Autumn bridal bouquet – and matching necklace!) In these posts we hope to help you understand the different styles and shapes of bouquets available (and there are a plethora!); provide an easy to understand price guide for budgeting; and break down each bouquet into blooms and stems – so when you go to meet your florist for the first time you know exactly what you love, what you can afford and what to ask for. So have your pen, paper and pinning finger at the ready!


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A Pomander Bouquet and a Palette of Blue & Yellow for a Spring 1960s Inspired Wedding from Christopher Currie Photography

November 24, 2014

Good morning lovelies, oh my goodness, you are going to ADORE today’s wedding! Who wouldn’t love a wedding that features a bride wearing a dress created by her mum, the sweetest flower girls, a Vintage VW Camper, fish & chip canapes and a reception in an incredible Georgian Country House chocka with DIY decor and details?! All captured through the sensitive eye (and camera) of Christopher Currie Photography.….Seriously, for any of you feeling the bite of Winter, Mika & John’s glorious Spring wedding is sure to warm you up.

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When Mika and John got married on a sunny Spring day in April of this year, they created a wedding that was big on love & laughs as well as style, by filling their day with beautifully personal and thoughtful details. With a ceremony in a quintessentially English country church and reception at the stunning Mottram Hall - a refurbished 18th Century Country House; their charming celebrations made me more than a little homesick. For their 1960s inspired wedding the couple chose the prettiest palette of yellow and blue that perfectly reflected the season. Mika explains “My favourite colour is yellow and John had always wanted a blue suit. The first flowers John ever bought me, were a bouquet of blue roses. Our colour palette was chosen as simply as that!” You see, choosing a theme or colour for your big day doesn’t have to be complicated, just got with your heart and those things that mean the most to you. Now have your pinning finger at the ready, I guarantee you are just going to want to look at these lovely ideas and images again and again and again!…..


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Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons – 5 Dashing Winter Groom Looks

November 21, 2014

Good morning lovelies – and a happy Friday! You’ve almost made it through another week (and did you know there are only 5 left until Christmas? Yes, really!) just time for one more thing before the weekend and to continue our Winter wanderings, after looking at perfect palettes and beautiful bouquets, today it’s the turn of our dapper grooms with 5 of the most dashing looks for a Winter groom…..

5 Dapper Winter Groom Ideas


1. You just can’t go wrong with a groom in a tux – at any time of year! But somehow the crisp black lines look all the more gorgeous against a snow white backdrop…..

5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Tuxedo Photography ~ Gracie Blue and Laura Leslie via Style Me Pretty

2. Be it a suit, a jacket or even just a waistcoat, layering old world fabrics like tweeds, plaids and houndstooth instantly adds warmth, as well as a vintage vibe, to any grooms look. Top it off with a hat and you have the perfect look for a relaxed, rustic vintage wedding…..

5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Plaid 5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Plaid Photography ~ Our Love Is Loud via Green Wedding Shoes

3. Plush velvet is the perfect material for an opulent Winter wedding. And a seasonal colour like cranberry red, just makes it all the more fitting for a winter wedding with a hint of the holiday season…..

5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Cranberry  Anna Delores Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


4. Of course you can use accessories to give your groom’s attire the winter feel – a simple scarf, cosy cardi, hat or coat will all keep the chill at bay and look super suave…..

5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Cosy Scarf 5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Cosy Scarf Photography ~ Helen Cawte via Rock My Wedding

5. Or how about a complete top hat and tails? Have you ever seen anything so dapper? Or so perfect for a formal New Years Eve wedding? Believe me, it really is the best day of the whole year to get married!

5 Dashing Winter Grooms Looks - Top Hat & Tails Carmen and Ingo Photography via Style Unveiled


I love them all! If these looks haven’t taken your fancy though, have a peek at past posts for more groom ideas – here for dapper Autumn looks and here for 10 easy ways to style your man vintage. Or pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Pinterest page, the Grooms & Groomsmen board is packed full of ideas (over 800 pins worth!)

Have a fab weekend!




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Top 10 Bridal Trends for 2015

November 20, 2014

Good morning lovelies! It only seems like yesterday that I was scouring the catwalks and collections for my pick of the Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2014 (you can see them here and here if you missed them) yet we are already fast approaching the end of 2014 (there are only 5 weeks until Christmas?! Yes, really!) and 2015 will soon be upon us. So, having shared some of my favourite, and most vintage infused, of the latest collections (you can see them here, herehere and here if you missed them) I thought it was time to unveil the Top 10 most wonderful (and wearable!) Bridal Trends for 2015. From the very top wedding dress designers from around the world, these are the trends, features, looks and details that will be seen in bridal boutiques, and gracing brides waltzing down the aisle, everywhere next year. If you’re getting married in 2015 grab a seat and have your pinning finger at the ready, because one of these might be for you…..

Top 10 Bridal Trends for 2015


1. Off Shoulder Sleeves

Thanks to the continuing Boho movement, and of course the ever stylish Mrs Clooney (number 3 is an almost exact replica of her dress by the way) wide open necks with off shoulder sleeves are a big trend for next year. Keep them gossamer light and floaty for a romantic summer wedding, lace and tight for a timeless formal celebration or long and elegant for a Winter affair…..

Off Shoulder Wedding Dress from Christos 2015 Bridal Collection Off Shoulder Wedding Dress from Dennis Basso Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Off Shoulder Wedding Dress from Oscar De La Renta Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Off Shoulder Wedding Dress from Romona Keveza Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Off Shoulder Wedding Dress from Johanna Johnson's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection 1 ~ Christos, 2 ~ Dennis Basso, 3 ~ Oscar de la Renta, 4 ~ Romona Kevezaq, 5 ~ Johanna Johnson


2. Screen Siren Slits

Infuse your bridal look with some red carpet glamour by choosing a dress with a sultry screen siren slit (or two!) This is a beautiful look for a bold bride – although perhaps not fitting for a traditional church wedding, unless you go for the more demure hint of a slit a la Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Filmore…..

Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Alvina Valenta's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Reem Acra's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Inbal Dror's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Inbal Dror's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2015 Bridal Collection Screen Siren Slit Wedding Dress from Elizabeth Filmore's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection 1 ~ Alvina Valenta, 2 ~ Reem Acra, 3 & 4 ~ Inbal Dror, 5 ~ Monique Lhuillier, 6 ~ Elizabeth Filmore


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Chic Vintage Bride – Lady Deramore

November 19, 2014

Who’s loving Downton’s Abbey‘s 5th season? And I hear rumours there could be another wedding on the horizon in this series! Why all this talk of my favourite TV show? Well, my continuing obsession with court dress is all season 4′s fault – who could forget Rose’s presentation? I hope you loved it as much as I did, because today’s Chic Vintage Bride is a bit of a cheat as she isn’t strictly speaking wearing her wedding dress – although Lady Deramore was presented on the 28 February 1908, following her marriage……

Chic Vintage Edwardian Court Dress - Lady Deramore

Surely now you see why I simply had to share her with you – just look at that dress! Isn’t it magnificent? And as beautiful and inspiring as any wedding dress you have ever seen? The court journal described it as “An ideal Court gown of white chiffon and fine Brussels tulle embroidered all over with silver and crystal in a floral and basket design, the entire gown being finished with touches of cloth of silver. A white satin Court train, lined with cloth of silver and softened with white chiffon, draped from the shoulders with silver cords and tassels, and almost entirely veiled with very beautiful real lace.”

Here’s another picture, this time of Lady Deramore with her husband, who is of course wearing the Full Dress Uniform, Lieutenant Colonel Yorkshire Hussars…..

Vintage Edwardian Court Dress Lord & Lady Deramore (Image Source – Lafayette)

I just Edwardian era fashion! If you do too, you can see more Edwardian brides (and I promise they are real brides!) here, here (she was the great-grandmother of a CVB follower!) here, here and a royal one here or if you are as in love with court attire as I am, then take a look at some more fabulous court dresses here, including the captivating Lady Crofton!




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English Rose Collection – Enchanting Bridal Accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs

November 18, 2014

We ladies all know that accessories can make an outfit, and this fact is especially true on your wedding day. I have often shared on these pages that much as I adored my Jenny Packham wedding dress, it was actually the addition of my accessories that made me feel like a bride and reduced me to tears. Which is why I await each season’s new bridal accessories collections as eagerly as I do the latest wedding dresses. And I can honestly say there is no collection I look forward to more than that of Erica Elizabeth Designs - I am confident you will understand why after seeing her 2015 offering, the English Rose Collection…..

English Rose Collection Enchanting Bridal Accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs

I have long loved Erica Elizabeth Designs, not only for the uniquely vintage inspired bridal accessories she creates but also for her exquisite promotional imagery (you can see her past collections here and here - and they are well worth a look for they are truly breathtaking and she still sells many of the most popular pieces!) I am always completely enchanted with the styling and photography by Caroline Tran, whose sensitive eye captures the romantic and elegant essence of Erica’s collections so perfectly. Never has this been more the case than with her 2015 collection, in which Erica has focused on recreating the luxury of a gorgeous blooming English rose, fashioning its Olde World appeal into a rich repertoire of timeless vintage-inspired accessories for today’s modern bride.

“I was captivated anew by the seduction and mystery of the English rose while launching a venture into the world of scent. As with my fragrance, each new headpiece stems from this floral inspiration, with this signature flower adorning crowns, halos, circlets and bandeaus. My wish is that these creations will not only be cherished on the wedding day, but also treasured as keepsakes through love’s long journey.”

Enchanting Bridal Accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs Bridal Crown from Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collection Bridal Headpieces from Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collection Bridal Halo from Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collection Enchanting Bridal Accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs Blusher Veil from Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collection Blusher Veil from Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collection Enchanting Bridal Accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs


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Gorgeous 1930s Inspired Vintage Wedding Ideas by Kirill Bordon Photography

November 17, 2014

Good morning lovelies! If you’re looking for something to brighten your day this Monday morning, you have come to the right place! For today’s 1930s inspired vintage styled shoot from Kirill Bordon Photography, and a talented team of Canadian wedding professionals, is brimming with florals by Limelight Floral Design in shades of rich reds, fiery oranges and the prettiest of pinks so beautiful, they are guaranteed to take your breath away…..

Gorgeous Vintage 1930s Inspired Wedding Ideas by Kirill Bordon Photography

Shying away from the muted colours commonly associated with ‘vintage’ weddings, Limelight Floral Design chose this bright, beautiful and perfect for Autumn palette to show how you can achieve a modern vintage look for your 1930s inspired wedding. The setting for the shoot was beautiful boutique winery Mount Lehman in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with its rolling grounds bathed in warm sunlight no venue could have been more perfect for this swanky vintage shoot. Featuring fabulous bridal headpieces from Olivia and a glorious vintage car from the aptly named A Stylish Arrival I just know you are going to love it as much as I do. So grab a pew and you brides planning an Autumn wedding have your pinning finger ready…..

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Snippets, Whisper & Ribbons – 5 of the Most Gorgeous Winter Bridal Bouquets

November 14, 2014

It has been something of a bouquet themed week here on CVB – there was the DIY bouquet in Monday’s lovely vintage country chic wedding, the bouquet recipe on Tuesday (for the stunning floral arrangement from the Secret Garden inspired shoot I shared with you a couple of weeks ago); and then Wednesday’s Chic Vintage 1920s Bride carried the most incredible Edwardian bouquet! So it seems only fitting the theme should continue for this week’s Snippets, Whisper & Ribbons, today’s second post (I hope you didn’t miss the first – that is one competition not to be missed!) And so with Winter fast approaching for many of you, I have searched for and found five of the most gorgeous Winter bridal bouquets just perfect for the frosty season…..

5 of the most Gorgeous Winter Bridal Bouquets


1. A white bouquet looks as lovely in Winter as it does in Summer, and mixed with pretty blush pink, lush green and a hint of black it really pops - even against a snow white backdrop…..

Pretty Blush Pink & White Winter Bridal Bouquet Bouquet ~ Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events, Captured by Rebecca Hollis Photography via Style Me Pretty



2. Winter can make for a most romantic bouquet with lots of lovely foliage available to create texture and a beautiful sense of whimsy, like the wild red berries in this bouquet…..

Lush Pink & Berries Winter Bridal Bouquet Bouquet & Photography Clayton Austin

 Isn’t it gorgeous? I love that it looks as though the bride could have picked it walking down a country lane on the way to the church.


3. Succulents make a wonderful, and wise (being available all year round), choice for a Winter wedding. They’re the perfect base for adding hints of colour to with Baby’s Breath, Viburnum Berries and a snippet of pretty coloured ribbon…..

Green & Blue Succulent Winter Bridal Bouquet Bouquet ~ Blush and Bloom Captured by 3Photography via Ruffled


4. Nothing says Winter like rich red and green, and adding shades of pink (yep pink!) just makes it all the more pretty…..

Beautiful Red Winter Bridal Bouquet Bouquet ~  Cedarwood Weddings, Captured by Jenna Henderson via Style Me Pretty


5. Add a touch of frost to your bouquet and floral arrangements with plants like Dusty Miller, Helichrysum and Brunia…..

Gold & Green Winter Bridal Bouquet Bouquet ~  Art With Nature Floral Design, Captured by  Esther Sun via Ruffled

…..they look stunning with any colour but I especially love the gold roses in this bouquet, don’t you?

So it seems Winter is the new Summer! And Winter bouquets are just as beautiful as their Summer counterparts.

Have a lovely weekend!




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Win a Custom Made Photo Book Collection Worth $1000 – Crafted by the Award-Winning Design Team at MILK Books

Hello lovelies! Don’t worry, it is definitely Friday, and the usual Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons post will be published shortly. In the mean time I just had to pop by and share the news of the most amazing competition launching today over at Chic Vintage Brides sponsor, and genuine favourite, MILK Books! We’re talking the chance for you to win the PERFECT way to preserve your weddings memories…..

Wedding Photo Books and Albums from MILK Books

For those of you who are new to CVB, and might not have heard of MILK Books let me tell you a bit about them – oh and you can read more about them on CVB here, here and here. Created by a team of award-winning publishers, the company was inspired by a heartfelt belief that every life has unforgettable moments and stories that define them; and that these moments should be preserved and cherished (MILK actually stands for Moments, Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship – now how lovely is that??) With this belief in mind they set out to create a collection of the most beautiful Wedding Photo Books and Albums – and I mean seriously beautiful, coffee table quality books that you will want to keep out and look at EVERY day. They are exquisite heirloom quality pieces designed and produced to the highest standard. Created to stand the test of time, they are made to be loved for a lifetime by you and then handed down to be treasured by generations to come. Could any album be more perfect for your wedding photos than that?


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30 Beautiful Little (and Long) Black Dresses Perfect For Bridesmaids

November 13, 2014

Good morning lovelies! The perfect bridesmaid dress can be hard to find, but I think I have 30 of them right here! And what makes them so perfect? Well ladies, what is the one colour we all turn to when looking for the perfect dress? That’s right, timeless, versatile, oh so chic and perfect for accessorizing, black is every woman’s colour of choice when style and elegance are called for. So what colour could possibly be more perfect for your bridesmaids?? Need convincing further? Here are 5 good reasons why you should choose black for your bridesmaids…..

5 Reasons Black is THE Perfect Colour for Your Bridesmaids

1. Black is always in fashion, never looking anything but chic and glamorous…..

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Black Dresses  Rebecca Arthurs Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs


2. It suits everyone – whether your bestie is a brunette with olive skin, a blonde with a golden glow or red head with a complexion like porcelain black suits them all!

Bridesmaid in Ever Flattering Black Dresses Photography by  Michelle Boyd via Style Me Pretty


3. And every style, theme, venue and season! Gatsby-esque, New Year glamour, country chic or rustic; in a stately home, boutique hotel, backyard or barn black will look fab with them all…..

Bridesmaids in Black Dresses Perfect for the Holiday Season Aaron Young Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


4. It is the perfect colour for mismatching – and we all know why that’s such a perfect look for bridesmaids! (missed that post? Then head here to read all about it)

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Black Dresses Photography by Byron Loves Fawn via One Fab Day


5. And its the one colour your bridesmaids are bound to love and want to wear again! (especially at this time of year)

Bridesmaids in Short Black Dresses Photography by Brooke Images via Green Wedding Shoes

Oh and if they don’t have you convinced, some of these beautiful dresses surely will!…..


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Chic Vintage Bride – Miss May Constance Coles

November 12, 2014

Good morning! I love my weekly step back in time in search of the most inspiring vintage brides and weddings, to share with you on a Wednesday – indeed my Chic Vintage Brides are some of my favourite posts! I love how I am able to lose myself for an hour or two in the faces, fashion and stories captured so perfectly within these photographs. Today’s Chic Vintage Bride Miss May Constance Coles married Sally Soloman on the 1 September 1920, and never have you seen a more dapper duo! Their attire has a distinctly Edwardian look with just glimmers of the Art Deco era approaching, and as they’re my two absolute favourite eras, I couldn’t love this wedding any more ….

Chic Vintage 1920s Bride - May Constance Coles

Her lovely veil is more mantilla (with a hint of mob cap) than juliet cap, the veil of choice for the art deco era; her dress not quite short and her shoes ribbon tied slippers of satin. But her opulent bouquet is definitely of the grandiose style so loved in the 1920s, sadly hiding much of the dress detail I would dearly love to see! Oh and if you think the happy couple are lovely, just wait until you see the rest of the bridal party….. (more…)

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Wedding Bouquet Recipe ~ An Opulent Hand-Tied Autumn Bouquet

November 11, 2014

Good morning lovelies! Now I have no doubt that all of you who saw this seriously stunning Autumn wedding inspiration a couple of weeks ago will remember it clearly (oh and if you missed it, you can take a peek here – it is definitely one NOT to be missed!) It was a once seen never to be forgotten kind of affair. Brimming with gorgeous vintage styling, a little bit of whimsy, the most incredible braided updo and all captured perfectly by Natalie McNally; the whole thing was perfection. But what really took my breath away, and I think you will agree, was the luscious floral design by Toni McGregor of Magdalen Hill. In rich shades of deep red and plum, they were dramatic, romantic and something to behold. Now, you may also recall my excitement at the fact that it was the first of hopefully many posts featuring that talented duo, well today I am even more excited to be sharing the second…..

Fresh Flower Bridal Necklace

Remembering all too well, even 4 years later, how much my head spun in our first (actually, in every) meeting with our florist – I had never given any thought before Mr E got down on one knee to flowers, their cost, size or seasonality; I asked Toni to help shed some light on the mystery that is flowers. And so every couple of weeks, she will be stopping by with a post packed full of pretty floral inspiration and information. Featuring some of her bridal bouquets from the coming wedding season, as well as some of your favourites from Pinterest, she will be sharing the many different styles and shapes bouquets come in; providing the bouquets recipe (by bloom and number of stems) as well as an easy to understand guide for budgeting – so you know exactly what to ask your florist for in your first meeting! And no bouquet could be more fitting to kick this series of posts off with, than that glorious Autumn bouquet from Toni’s and Natalie’s styled shoot!

Bouquet Recipe

Opulent Hand-Tied Autumn Bouquet Recipe


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