There is no doubt that couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning locations to get married, but for me the beautiful Pacific Northwest is right up there amongst the most spectacular and today’s wedding shows exactly why! A peaceful lakeside setting for a heartfelt ceremony followed by a lush woodland reception filled with Summer blooms and fruits, it is impossible not to fall head over heels for stylish couple Seana & Brian’s beautiful celebration…..
It was the couple’s chosen season and the groom’s childhood that first inspired the location of their big day. Seana tells us, “I knew that I wanted the wedding outside since the Northwest is so beautiful in the summer. My husband grew up in the country just near where we were married.
The venue we found, Bridal Veil Lakes, was perfect and I wanted it to feel as though everything in the wedding was naturally there. Since we had a lot of people coming out of town who had never been to Portland, I wanted the day to feel very local and natural. It was also 1920s inspired with touches like the vintage furniture, the mercury glass centerpieces, and the vintage lace from my dress which we found from a flea market in Paris.”
“I knew I didn’t want one certain color, so the color scheme was simply summer colors. My maid-of-honor wore a bright red-orange, a bridesmaid wore lavender, the other chartreuse, and my flower girl a greenish-blue. All the dresses were made with gathered silk chiffon with satin underlay which were light and flow-y in the open air setting. My mother who is fashion designer not only made my dress but also all the wedding party dresses and her own dress. I’m so lucky she’s my mom! Another handmade element was the letterpressed invites I designed and printed. The save the date, invite, and thank you card each had the color of a bridesmaid dress.”
“My priority was to use local and in season flowers. My florist at Swoon did such awesome work. Each bridesmaid carried bouquets matching their dress; my bouquet was a collection of all the colors. These included red-orange dahlias, cool water roses (lavender), maiden-hair ferns, blackberries, light pink ranunculus, and lemons in the centerpieces. I’m originally from California, so I figured blackberries are the perfect Northwest summer fruit and lemon is the perfect California summer fruit [in my opinion ;)].”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Of course plenty of time is ideal, but I underestimated how all the last minute details tend to add up at the end. Get everything done early if possible, such as gathering music and table arrangements. Even if you don’t have all the RSVPs yet, you can still get a rough draft going. The more you do early, the less you have to do last minute. I was also lucky to have my mother and godmother help with the planning such as calling hotels, transportation, and helping with table seatings. You won’t be able to do everything, accept help when offered!”
“My two-year old flower girl who is also my niece got so excited that we were dancing, she famously crashed our first dance. It was so cute and hilarious!”
Isn’t it just enchanting?? The woodland setting, Seana & Brian’s fabulous style, and those fruit infused florals, I love it all! A huge congratulations to the happy newlyweds, and a big thankyou to their photographer Sarah of Hazlewood Photo for not only flawlessly capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Sarah’s work pop over to her website at hazelwoodphoto.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
You might remember the oh-so-glam Art Deco wedding invitation tutorial from Download & Print that I shared last month? Well today Anna is back with another creative DIY invitation, and I must confess to being even more in love with it than I was the last one! If you are planning a wedding with a sweet whimsical or vintage vibe and want an invitation that is unique and memorable, this vintage handkerchief is for you!
Here’s founder of Download & Print and creator of this beautiful invitation, Anna, with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial….
The video tutorial gives you a great feel for just how easy this fabric is to use, or keep reading for the pictorial and step-by-step instructions. Oh, and don’t forget the freebie template. As always I can’t wait for you to try this for yourself so I’m giving you the template for FREE to get you started. Included in this tutorial is the square Artisan Botanical in blush pink, but if this doesn’t suit your color palette you can head on over here and check out the design in lavender and cornsilk.
The photo fabric comes in a roll 8.5” wide by 100” long. The first step is to trim this down to the size of a regular sheet of paper so that it will feed through your printer. A standard sheet of paper in North America is 8.5 x 11”, so measure out 11” lengths and cut. I first scored the photo paper at the 11” mark and cut along my score line with scissors, but you can mark off 11” with a pencil and cut if you prefer.
You will need one sheet of photo paper per invitation, so cut as many sheets as you need invitations.
Step 2: Download & Customize the FREE Template
Download and install your chosen vintage fonts on your computer. The fonts that I used to use are Olympic Branding and Tw Cen MT and these can be downloaded for free following the links. You can choose any fonts that you like however. After installing the fonts on your computer, open MS Word.
Download the free hanky invitation template and open the file in Word. Add your names and wedding details. The text is completely customizable, so add lines, delete lines, and play around with the formatting until you are 100% happy with the way it looks.
Save the file on your computer so you can come back to it time and time again.
Step 3: Print!
This is where the magic happens. It’s time to print the hanky. I found the photo paper had a tendency to curl toward the wax side so I loosely rolled each sheet in the opposite direction to flatten it out. I also found that placing some sheets of regular paper behind the photo paper when I loaded it into my printer helped the printer pick up the fabric paper.
I loaded each sheet of fabric paper individually, so this did add time to the printing process. Each printer is going to act a little differently with the photo fabric paper, as with any non-standard paper, so you may need to find your printer’s quirks and work with them.
Print the hanky template on a sheet of photo fabric.
TIP: Print a copy of the invitation on regular paper first to check for spelling errors, formatting issues, date accuracy etc. Have a second and even third set of eyes read over the invitation before committing them all to print. This way you won’t waste any photo fabric and you won’t be left kicking yourself for overlooking a silly mistake!
Step 4: Remove Wax Backing
Peel back the wax backing on the photo paper. Now the photo paper is starting to look and feel like fabric.
Step 5: Trim Invitation
I decided to finish the edge of the hanky using pinking shears. I had a rotary cutter and pinking blade on hand, and I trimmed around the invitation using these. I lined my ruler up just inside the pink edge of the invitation so as not to get any white in the crimped border.
If you are handy with a sewing machine and want to take the extra time you could also create a rolled hem around the border. Or a serger machine would also put a clean edge on. For me the pinking shears were quick, easy and cheap, and gave an edge that I was happy with.
How awesome does this look! Once you touch and feel it you will be as rapt with this DIY as I am.
Step 6: Fold & Finish
There are an endless number of ways you can finish this DIY and display the hanky for mailing. I folded the hanky in half and in half again, and stuffed into a 5.5” square envelope that I had finished with our coordinating envelope liner. I also included the coordinating RSVP card and a 4-bar envelope for guests to send back their responses.
A huge thankyou to creator Anna Skye of Download & Print for sharing this fabulous DIY with us today – yet again she’s made it all look so easy! Isn’t it fabulous? If you try this tutorial (or any of Download & Print’s wonderful DIYs) I want to hear from you! Do let us know how your efforts turned out in the comments below – and feel free to email me photos to [email protected]
Now, if you love the idea of DIYing your invitation but are looking for something more glamorous be sure to check out the tutorial and free Art Deco invitation template Anna shared with us last month. Or if you have been inspired you to create your own invites, and want to see some of the other designs available, be sure to check out Download & Print and use the exclusive coupon code ‘CVB10‘ for $10 off your membership.
And keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna will be back next month with another creative wedding invite DIY, this time with a beautiful rose background, that you are going to adore!
The venue of today’s inspiration shoot is something straight from the pages of a fairytale, and the timelessly elegant styling suits it perfectly! A color palette of ivory and the softest shades of blush complements the garden setting and grand backdrop of the Chateau, whilst the lush florals that include a cascading bridal bouquet and floral arch complete the oh-so-romantic look……
Captured at the Kayla Barker Workshop, we have fine art photographer Kayla Barker, Stefanie Miles and Bows + Arrows here to tell us all about it… “Last summer in the quaint town of Saint Julien l’Ars just a few hours from Paris, a group of photography attendees from all over the world gathered at the one thousand year old Chateau St Julien for the Kayla Barker Workshop. From welcome to departure, every detail was attended to by film photographer, Kayla Barker and workshop and event designer, Stefanie Miles and their team.
Patricia of My Beauty Corner perfectly styled bride Brytny’s hair and make-up for the shoot whilst jewelry and details were styled by Stefanie along with beautiful custom calligraphy pieces from Written Word Calligraphy. The elegant and romantic invitations incorporated the crest found at the entrance to the Chateau, as a subtle nod to the historic charm of the property.”
“Bows + Arrows’ Alicia and Adam Rico not only foraged from the land surrounding them at the fifty acre estate, but Stefanie and Alicia were in creative heaven as they scoured the Parisian flower market for the most gorgeous blooms and textures to bring the vision to life. They found many seasonal summer blooms to fill their on site studio – lotus, peony, scabiosa, dahlia, lisianthus, poppies, cosmos, and locally grown garden roses were all in abundance. They used these for the bridal bouquet paired with ribbon from Silk & Willow. A wedding ceremony arch was created in the garden with asymmetrical blooms and free-flowing wild vines and greenery to create an idyllic setting for the ever-important marriage vows.”
“Stefanie created a stunning layered tabletop, effortlessly mixing shades of gray undertoned-ivories with golds, a textured table throw tossed over the french table linen and accented with just the right amounts of blush in the floral for an extra dose of feminine charm. The calligraphed menu was presented on a ceramic gold-rimmed handmade tray, and the velvet ribbon created a stunning presentation for the scrolled place cards for the napkin treatment. The gold flatware courtesy of Posh Couture Rentals was a standout piece on the tabletop, adding just the right amount of elevated luxury to the setting.”
“The wedding dress was custom made for the workshop by Tatyana Merenyuk with organic florals and French romance in mind with the lace overlay corset top and flowing chiffon skirt complemented by a Girl With a Serious Dream veil. Model’s, and real life couple, Brytny and Kiley’s true love was clearly apparent while being photographed around the gorgeous grounds of the chateau. While flower girls, Dotty and Pia scattered petals in the garden in preparation for their farewell kiss.”
When a couple are as stylish as Shannon & Kim you just know their wedding is going to be something special. A city celebration in a lush palette of ivory, black and green, with the perfect mix of vintage and modern, and a hint of industrial too; it exemplifies “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”! So if you’re a lover of all thing chic and sleek you had better have your pinning fingers at the ready!…..
This elegant affair was inspired by and took place at The Foundry, a 19th century venue full of industrial character and stunning proportions, in Long Island City, with views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop terrace! Polished yet heartfelt, packed with romantic florals by Workship Luxury and elegantly co-ordinated from the dapper bridal party, to the refined wedding cake; and all captured by Matthew & Bo from Cly By Matthew.
Before I share all the lovely details, a few words from photographers Matthew & Bo “We really loved the organic floral design and the simple decor of this chic same sex wedding at the Foundry. Workship Luxury did an amazing job decorating the center pieces and we really loved the bride’s bouquet with long stems. It was unique and beautiful. Shannon, the bride with the wedding gown, went for the vintage chic 1920’s hair style and red lipstick. She was really drop dead gorgeous in person and we enjoyed capturing her beauty. They did not see each other before they walked down the aisle and when they did, I will never forget their facial expressions. They were just so in love and in the moment together. They had many out of town family and friends who joined the celebration. There was so much love in the room and family and friends really had a great time.”
I am more than a little in love with Kim’s dapper Tux and black & white brogues – doesn’t she look fab??
The Foundry looks like such a fabulous venue, with industrial architecture but such chic decor – it was just perfect for Kim & Shannon’s crisp and elegant colour palette!
Lockets on a bouquet is such a heartfelt but simple way to keep absent loved ones close to your heart on your wedding day.
Awww I see what Bo & Matthew meant now….. whether it happens before or during the ceremony, the first look is always so precious!
And I love how the newly-weds made their way back down the aisle – so full of joy, they boogied…..
How swoonworthy is Shannon’s updo??
And don’t the bridesmaids look fabulous in their LBBDs, paired perfectly with chic nude heels…..
I love their understated reception decor! Their floral centrepieces and candle votives create such an elegant and romantic atmosphere…..
With her veil removed you can see just how lovely Shannon’s updo was in this shot of the happy couple at their sweetheart table…..
And their wedding cake and display was simply perfect – one tier, atop an ornate stand amongst a ring of roses….. I love it!
If Tuscany hadn’t already topped my list of places to visit, it would after today’s exquisite wedding inspiration shoot. Featuring dark and decadent berry reds with rich petrol blues and emerald greens, and captured in a nineteenth-century villa, it is the epitome of opulence, utterly swoonworthy, and sure to tempt you with a destination wedding!
First, a few words about the shoot, from the wedding professionals behind it…. “A wonderful Villa of the nineteenth century in Lucca, set in a beautifully restored village, was the perfect location for this winter wedding shoot designed to enhance the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and luxurious villas of the territory.
Ilbiancoeilrosa treated in detail an environment that reflects the old world with a decadent touch. The interior of the noble Villa was the dinner setting and the table was decorated with beautiful ceramics provided by Le Mas and an impressive centerpiece made by Fiori Belluomini.
The Villa Lenka garden and the fish pond were the perfect background for photos of the bride and groom by Intimate Love Memories. A refined lace dress with wide tulle skirt for her, a stylish dark suit for him. To complete the look of the bride artisanal jewelry and a petrol blue faux fur, which together with the dark red were the colors of the palette chosen for the shoot.”
Isn’t it just heavenly? The venue, the details, and those deep dark colors…. it’s all just perfection! As always a huge thankyou to the whole creative team behind this Tuscan vision, and especially to Beatrice & Alberto of Intimate Love Memories for photographing every detail so flawlessly and for allowing me to share it with you here. To see more of their wonderful work be sure to make their website your next stop – you will find them over at intimatelovememories.com, and you can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
For today’s breathtaking inspiration shoot, fine art photographer Lara Lam and the team of creatives drew inspiration from the stunning venue, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Playing with its soft pink hue, they incorporated lush florals in similar tones, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and an elegant tablescape laid, alongside beautiful calligraphy wedding stationery by Seniman Calligraphy, to create a modern vintage vision of romance…..
Kyla Gold, of Oui Events is here to tell us a little more about it “For this bridal shoot we drew our inspiration from the romantic details of the monumental Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the swan lagoon. We kept the design fresh, simple and elegant with a mixture of blush tones accented with gold and white details. We hope to create inspirations and gift ideas for a warm and sweet gathering between the bride and bridesmaids. Often times the bridesmaids are the best friends of the bride and their love and support plays an important part. We’d like to inspire all the brides-to-be that an elegantly styled breakfast with lovely gifts and flowers could be a beautiful opening prelude for the wedding!
Seniman Calligraphy created a beautiful custom invitation suite in gold ink and a special bottle of rosé with hand calligraphy for our custom bridesmaid gift baskets. We also filled the bridesmaid baskets with a pink and gold mini emergency kit from Pinch Provisions and lovely sweets from Sugarfina. Bowerbird Atelier created a beautiful table arrangement and hand tied bouquets in soft pinks and white with fresh greens. Skyla Arts and Makeup by Quis kept the girls look fresh and feminine to compliment the lovely Dessyand JLM Couture gowns provided by Weddington Way. Lara’s film captured the soft details of the bridal shoot at this stunning landmark.”
A huge thankyou, as always, to the wonderful Lara Lam who always manages to wow me with her ability to capture every detail so beautifully. She really does have such an exquisite eye and I couldn’t be more proud to say you can find her HERE in CVB’s Little Book of Chic – an invaluable resource to any couple planning a vintage, vintage inspired or modern vintage wedding.
Striking the perfect balance between modern sophistication and old world charm, today’s wedding is sure to take your breath away! Filled with chandeliers, candles and lush blush florals, it is a picture of timeless elegance and romance – and a lesson on how to do vintage in an urban city centre…..
After an intimate at home proposal Elizabeth & Louis set about planning their perfect day. With a love of old world elegance, and inspired by some shoes she bought long before becoming engaged, Beth knew just the look they wanted to create. But getting married in bustling LA, it was all about finding the perfect venue – which I am sure you will agree, they most surely did!
Elizabeth explains, “I am huge fan of period dramas, so the wedding was inspired by shows/movies like Downton Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. I wanted it to feel dramatic, romantic, and vintage, so we incorporated light neutrals with pops of dark, dramatic color like deep red and navy blue. We chose details that would add an element of luxury like velvet table cloths. Carondelet House was perfect for the vibe we were going for, it was a former residence built in the 20’s and converted to an event space that kept a lot of that original detail and charm – we didn’t have to do much to make it look great.”
“In many ways, the whole vibe of the wedding started with the shoes and I bought them before we were even engaged. They were from Boden and when I saw them I knew I wanted to wear them when I got married. They felt very vintage and set the tone for everything else. Unexpectedly, I found my dress at the first store I went to. I loved it when I saw it on the rack and I loved it when I tried it on – luckily, my mom loved it too because we don’t always see eye to eye on fashion choices. I wore really simple jewellery by Marchesa because I wanted the dress to be the statement. And I had fresh flowers in my hair, which I loved! “
“Our florist Enchanted Garden did a wonderful job of capturing the romantic vibe we were going for. They were one of the preferred vendors at the venue and for good reason. My favorite touch was the flower arch for the ceremony – it was full of blooms and greenery – stunning! The bouquets were made of full blooms like ranunculus, dahlias, and roses – very lush and romantic. My bouquet was a loose collection with velvet ribbons tying it all together. ”
“The most personal detail for us was the ceremony itself. We wrote the script for the ceremony together incorporating traditions from both of our religious backgrounds and our sense of humor. Our friend performed the ceremony and he killed it, I just remember laughing and feeling very happy during the entire ceremony.”
“We had a four tiered cake from Susie Cakes and each layer was a different flavour combination – we couldn’t pick just one. The cake was decorated very simply with every other tier being coated with crystal sugaring. Then we had our wedding coordinator add fresh flowers to the top and base and a velvet ribbon wrapped around the base. It turned out beautifully!”
“We are both coffee lovers and our first date was at a coffee shop, so we gave all of our guests freshly roasted coffee beans to help them wake up the next morning!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Plan as much as you can and want to, then do your best to let go of your expectations before the big day. At least one thing will inevitably go wrong and the more you can let go, the more you will enjoy the day. Of course, it’s easier said than done, but just try to be gracious with everyone and most importantly, yourself.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We really loved our photographers’ work. They have a journalistic style and we wanted our photos to tell a story. They were also preferred vendors at our venue which makes things much easier when there is a familiarity with a venue and any specific quirks it may have. We ended up making our own album through Artifact Uprising and are very happy with the final product.”
Oh I do so love a chandelier lit wedding! In fact I am utterly head over heels with every detail of Elizabeth & Louis’s beautiful day! Many congratulations to them both, and of course a big thankyou for sharing their beautiful day with us. Special thanks also to their wonderful photographers John and Colette who did the most wonderful job of capturing the romance of it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work head across to their website at johnandcolette.net, and you will also find them on Facebook and Instagram, and Google+.
I am more than a little head over heels with today’s Summer wedding inspiration board! The fresh colour palette was inspired by the warm tones of sandstone, the sort you might see in the hills of Tuscany. Mixed with a crisp granite grey and infused with greenery, to soften the look; it is elegant, lush, so on trend yet utterly timeless, and my idea of heaven!…..
I have been obsessed with Sunstone Winery since publishing this exquisite styled shoot, and with its magnificent buildings and grounds it would make the perfect venue for just such a celebration. For an elegant Summer wedding anywhere though think a historical estate or winery, with grand gardens lush with greenery, perfect for a family style reception under the trees.
The key to this simple palette looking inviting rather than cold, is to embrace greenery (you will find lots of ideas for how to infuse your big day with this key trend for 2017 here) and add lots of soft textures throughout the decor! Hints of velvet (another of the key trends for 2017) will give your day a modern vintage aesthetic, then layer linen, lace, and silk throughout for refined luxury. Wood seating and splashes of gold (or brass) in the stationery, centerpieces and flatware will add that final touch of warmth.
Today’s wedding is so cute, it is impossible to be anything other than charmed by every detail when you see it. Retro and colourful, with the punchy green of the woodland ceremony setting and an abundance of vibrant native florals, followed by an intimate restaurant reception, it is just delightful! So have your pinning finger ready as Bride & Groom Caddy & Ernesto share every magical moment…..
Choosing Gembrook forest, just outside Melbourne Australia, for their intimate ceremony, proved perfect for the beautifully moody, and slightly damp, day with the trees providing some much needed cover for guests as they enjoyed cocktails under the canopies. Caddy explains “We knew that we wanted our wedding to have an earthy, botanical feel that utlised the natural environment so the Dandenong Ranges offered the perfect settling with the natural abundance of trees and forests and rolling green hills.”
And if their day isn’t cute enough, just wait until you hear their love story – it could have come straight from the script of a Hollywood romcom! “We met back in 2012. We started writing to each other online for a couple of months and then finally met up for coffee. We talked for hours. We clicked instantly and found many similarities in each other. Such as how closely we held our friends and family and a shared love for old music, old things and the romance of yesteryear.” Caddy felt Ernesto was a real gentleman and fell in love with his old fashioned values. Ernesto was in awe of Caddy’s warmth and generosity and her ability to laugh at his jokes, and so it seemed their love was meant to be!
When it came to planning their big day, everything clicked in just the same way. Caddy explains, “Overall, we wanted our wedding to have great food, great music AND plenty of dancing! We just wanted our guests to have a ball and to get swept up in the fun and romance. We weren’t really keen on a big wedding and knew that we wanted something pretty simple and understated without much fuss.
Shortly after we got engaged, we visited The Independent, a fantastic little restaurant in Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges and just fell in love with the space! Their food was also out of this world and we knew our family and friends would just fall in love with their menu, so we booked right away. When looking for the perfect place to host our ceremony, we wanted to find something that was close to our reception, preferably within walking distance so that our guests (and us!) could spend less time trapsing around the country side and more time celebrating!
Keeping the ceremony and reception venues close together also meant that we could give ourselves plenty of time to take photos but didn’t have to keep our guests waiting for too long. Luckily, we found the prettiest little tree filled park just a short five minute stroll from our reception venue. It couldn’t have been more perfect!”
“For my hair, I decided to go with a flower crown which, in keeping with the theme, I wanted to be unstructured and romantic so we used a mixture of the roses we had chosen and added some gyp for softness and native berries for texture.”
“For our ceremony, we just had a simple wooden arbour with some unstructured floral arrangements, chairs for immediate family and a wedding sign welcoming our guests as they arrived.”
“When planning our wedding we tried to work with as many local makers and suppliers as possible to give back to the local community. Melanie Pringle from Viva La Fleur was a local florist based in the Dandenong Ranges who specialised in weddings and was absolutely amazing to work with.
Melanie understood exactly what we were after from the get go and helped turn our vision into a reality. I have always loved natives and unstructured bouquets so I knew this would form the basis for the theme of our flowers. From there it was really a matter of choosing the perfect colours and best selection of blooms according to the season. Being summer, Mel and I decided to use Banksia and Firewheels for our natives and added some Dahlia’s and roses for some softer textures and a bit of romance. I’ve always loved pinks, peaches and corals so these colours formed our colour palette. To highlight these colours, we used Carmine Classic, Yours Truly, Salmonie and Fandango roses’ and a peach Dahlia. For contrast we added lots of greenery and texture through native foliage’s like gum as well as some creamy white tones using achillia, gyp and queen Anne’s Lace to balance things out a little. Some soft reds were also added for vibrancy as well as some hypericum berries to add texture.”
Ernesto: “When shopping around for a suit I wanted to find something that not only looked good, but was timeless and would last forever. I’m a practical man so I wanted to make sure that whatever I purchased, I would be able to wear again.
I decided to have my suit made by a tailor because I wanted to experience the feeling of having a custom made suit and going through the process of creating something that was perfectly suited to me. I settled on The Suit Shop in Melbourne because they walked me through the whole process of selecting a style, fabric and colour and helped make what could have been a really overwhelming process really fun and easy.”
“I’ve always loved vintage clothing and so there was really no doubt in my mind that my dress would either be vintage, or vintage inspired. I ended up finding a beautiful little 60’s wedding dress on Etsy which sadly, wasn’t quite right but became my muse. I loved it so much that I took it to my dressmaker, Linda Doble and asked her to re-create it for me with a few of our own little touches. I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s simple, yet elegant and very me.”
“Overall, we used 17 difference varieties of flowers and foliage’s throughout all of our floral arrangements and my bouquet ended up being so heavy that by the time our ceremony was over by arm was almost numb! Luckily, I had my new husband and bridemaids on hand to help share the load!”
“Because we had booked such a great space for our wedding reception, we didn’t need to do much to tizz things up. We arranged for some festoon lighting to be installed earlier in the day to add ambiance and aside from that, just asked our florist to place simple vases of flowers down the middle of our tables. Our place settings were also very simple, with a personalised thank you card, our wedding favour and a small bunch of rosemary.”
“As our wedding had a natural theme with a big emphasis on flowers and trees, for favours we decided to give our guests a packet of seeds that they could take home with them and plant in their gardens. We found a seller on Etsy called Megmichelle who offered printed seed packets for wedding favours which we were able to have custom printed with our names, wedding date and a personal message from us on the back. We had the seed packets printed in a Kraft stock to match our theme and filled them with a mixture of seeds for some of our favourite flowers including Zinnia, Pom Pom Dahlias, Shirley Poppys and French Marigolds. Our guests loved the idea and ever since the wedding we have been receiving photo updates of their flowers starting to sprout in their gardens. We can’t wait to see them all in bloom!”
“We also created a small memorial area where we had a lit candle and a couple of pictures of Ernesto’s father who is sadly no longer with us. It was our way of honouring his memory and including him in our celebration.”
“My mum has always loved cake decorating and has made wedding cakes for almost everyone in my extended family so it’s kind of a family tradition now! My sister in law Jade is also really into cake decorating so over the years mum has been showing Jade the ropes and they have since made lots of cakes together for different parties and events. With two capable ladies at our disposal, we were happy to leave our wedding cake in their hands and just found a couple of pictures of cakes we liked online to use as a guide.
Jade took charge of finding the perfect recipe and after a family cake tasting, we settled on a moist coconut cake with a passionfruit curd while mum took charge of designing the exterior decorations. For the design, we wanted something simple, much like a naked cake but decided to use sugar flowers instead of fresh flowers. Mum hand formed each of the flowers that was placed on the cake and airbrushed them to add colour and texture. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful cake and we were just thrilled with how it turned out. It tasted absolutely delicious too!”
“Sticking to our budget was important but at the same time we made sure that we did things our way and didn’t go without anything that we really wanted. Flowers and lighting was really important to me (Caddy) and for Ernesto it was more about the food and good music so we allowed ourselves the room to splurge on those things. It was also really important to us that none of our family and friends (and us!) had any jobs to do on, before or after the day. We wanted our venue and suppliers to handle everything so that everyone could just focus on having a good time – particularly our mums.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Keep things simple!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“I had the great pleasure of meeting Anna from Pixie Rouge Photography through an old job and had always admired Anna’s natural and quirky photography style so when it came time to select a photographer, Anna was the first person that came to mind. We really loved Anna’s use of natural light and her emphasis on capturing natural and candid moments. Also, somewhat knowing Anna was also nice because we knew she would slot in well with our guests and just feel like one of our friends following us around with a camera, opposed to being followed by the paparazzi!
We couldn’t be more pleased with how our photos turned out and Anna captured absolutely every part of our wedding perfectly. Anna’s joy and enthusiasm for capturing weddings absolutely shines through to her work. Anna’s energy on the day was also so much fun! She made us laugh and was so immersed in the process. We loved how excited Anna would get when we found the perfect location for a shot.
The colours in our photos are so vibrant and beautiful. We couldn’t believe how gorgeous all of our photos turned out and have received countless compliments from our family and friends.”
Isn’t it completely charming?? So relaxed, yet perfect in every way, I am totally smitten with every part of Caddy & Ernesto’s big day! A huge congratulations to them both, and a big thankyou to their photographer Anna of Pixie Rouge Photography for capturing every moment and detail so perfectly, and for letting me share her gorgeous images with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Anna’s work pop and take a peek at Jacqui & Matt’s rustic and fabulously fun day right here on Chic Vintage Brides, before heading over to her website pixierouge.com.au – and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
The wonderful folks over at The Gentlemanual are back today with another must read for any soon to be groom! Last time they helped us with that wedding attire staple, the pocket square. Well today we’re turning our attention to the tie bar. An accessory oft forgotten, but no less important (unless of course you’re wearing bow ties!) for creating a polished look for your big day…..
“Gentlemen, the tie bar, tie clip, tie clasp, tie slide–call it what you will–is your ode to style and class. You (or your bride) have already picked out the perfect tie, so why wouldn’t you take it one step further? A tie bar will not only add some refined flair, it’ll also keep your necktie out of your dinner when you’re rushing to eat between greeting guests and the first dance at your reception. And trust us, there’s so much more to that piece of metal than you think!”
Men’s tie bars date back to the days of tie chains, tie pins, and collar pins; back to the days when men’s fashion meant being authentic and classy, not ‘baller’ and ‘swagged out’; back when people communicated with sentences, not acronyms. And even before the tie bar, it’s predecessor was the tie pin. It conquered the ties of hundreds of Victorian Era gentlemen. With the introduction of the tie pin, ties could no longer fly with the wind, nor could they ruin soup dinners. The issue with said tie pins, however, was the perforated aftermath. The pins punctured neckwear, reducing their lifespan. A dapper 1900’s era gentleman acknowledged this and revolutionized the tie accessory that we know and love today. The spring-loaded tie bar was born as a solution, so that ties no longer needed to be punctured in order to be kept in check. Soon after, a more simple slide version of this bar came into existence. Even if the style of your wedding vintage, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some 21st-century technology.
Much like cufflinks, tie bars speak volumes about one’s personality. The right tie bar is ultimately the one that you feel the most comfortable and confident wearing, especially since all eyes will be on you. Whether you’re going for the classic penguin look (read: black and white) or are going a little more relaxed in your wedding getup, the tie bar will vastly improve any ensemble you’re planning to don. However, to help you along with with the ever-so-important choice, we have a couple of suggestions.
Slide and clasp bars are generally the same (when seen from the front, at least). The choice then comes down to preference.
The tie clasp operates on a hinge and essentially clips onto your tie to secure it in place. The slide bar, on the other hand, works like its namesake implies–you simply push and slide it into place. Whatever you prefer, either one gets the job done, and is sure to stay put throughout the celebration.
Then comes tie bar dimension. Do you want yours flat or, well, voluminous? A flat tie bar is for the minimalist gentleman. It shows that you are aware of your fashion sense but you do not advertise it; you are letting it speak for itself. A tie bar with dimension is for the gentleman who appreciates a second degree of detail (that is, detail on detail). Be prepared for action within your personal space–people will want to come in for a closer look.
Think of the finish on your tie bar like the finish on your car. It can be matte, semi-gloss, or gloss. A matte finish is more subtle without any sheen at all. This look is great for ceremonies that have a rustic or boho vibe. This finish will not blind anyone but it will glow with style-y goodness. Glossy or metallic finishes are more standard for tie bars. They will provide you with a classic look, much like the look of those Mad Men fellas, and who wouldn’t want to be that suave? The high gloss sheen also lends itself nicely to the opulence of a 1920s themed wedding.
There was a point in the bar’s history when colors were essentially limited. You had gold or you had silver.
Glossy silver works well with practically any tie combination. Gold, on the other hand, will certainly stand out, and thus it does not work well with all color combinations. Gold will work best against a darker blue or red hue. However, it can most definitely add a pop of flair. And of course, both colors would pair perfectly with any black tie, the eternal neckwear staple. If you’ve used a metallic as one of your wedding colors, make sure your tie bar (and the rest of your accessories) fall in line with that color scheme.
The color options for tie bars have grown in recent years as menswear is making a comeback. Colors now range from neutrals to neons and everything in between. Though these do stray from a classic look and are significantly more fashion-forward, when worn with gusto, their effect is great. Do proceed with caution, though. As the colors get more bold, their ability to complement decreases, and they will ultimately steal the show as opposed to simply adding to your overall outfit.
If you will be wearing other accessories on your wedding day, be mindful of their colors as they can potentially clash with the tie bar. If you want to play it safe, match your tie bar and cufflinks. If you’re feeling bold, go forth and pair how you will – here are some ideas!
The first rule of tie bar sizing is… well, that you don’t talk about tie bar size. No, that’s not true. There is one caveat to tie bar sizing, and that is to keep it smaller than the width of your tie. Sizes range from half an inch to three inches. Generally, skinny ties will be worn with tie bars under an inch, while wider ties will work better bars greater than an inch. Work it out visually–if the bar extends further than the tie, something is wrong.
Now that you have a color-coordinated and properly sized bar, it’s time to determine its position. There is a general area between the third and fourth button on your dress shirt that we dubbed “the sweet spot,” but if you want to get a little more specific, the sweetest spot is right below the third button. This is where the bar can truly shine in all its glory while retaining its impeccable functionality. If you position it too high, you’re basically choking your tie and losing your bar’s functionality (it will no longer work well at holding your tie in place). Too low, and you are getting into a weird asymmetric zone. Stick to the sweet spot; you’ll know when you’ve found it.
“There you have it! Everything you need to know about this dapper (and diminutive) accent. While it may not be the bar most of your guests are concerned with, this little accessory will certainly put your wedding day ensemble over the top.”
A huge thankyou to writer Jacob Sigala and the lovely peeps over at The Gentlemanual for sharing their expert knowledge on tie bars – who knew you could get so many different styles! If you loved this post, you should definitely have a look of their top style tips for a dapper groom, or for more Groom & Groomsmen inspiration click here.
And be sure to check back here for more from The Gentlemanual. Next up, those all important accessories for any vintage loving groom – suspenders!