Today we’re going back to the swinging sixties – fitting really given the news today 🙁 – with a charming garden wedding inspiration shoot full of mod fashion, daisies (one of my favourite flowers) and super sweet details; all in a vibrant palette of white, yellow and green that screams Summer……
“Welcome to the Summer of Love! The 1960’s were such a cool era. I love Mod looks, the glamorous hair and makeup, and the groovy fashions. I also love bright colors and flowers. Daisies were the perfect fit for this sweet little styled shoot, they are such cheerful and hearty flowers. I decided to use a bright yellow and white color scheme to bring it all together. The overall look is fresh and light, perfect for summer!
We used two different bouquets. One is a brooch bouquet of daisies, created especially for this shoot by Susie Kays Design. The bridal bouquet was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and small fillers. The bridesmaid bouquet was a mix of daisies. The table centerpiece was a mix of daisies, hydrangea, and fillers in a rustic teapot, set upon a vintage cake stand.
The cake by Cake Wasted was a beautiful three tier confection of perfection! The bottom tier was hexagon shaped, covered in yellow fondant frosting and a delicate white geometric pattern. The top two round tiers were covered in creamy white fondant frosting, and adorned with a cascade of handcrafted daisy blooms. The golden cake topper, provided by Everlaser, read “I love your sunny funny face.” It was a cute nod to one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn, and complemented the bright yellow color scheme of the shoot.
I wanted vintage attire for this shoot. I chose an elegant, long sleeved cream gown, which featured a woven cream and gold top, and a wide gold belt, which looked amazing on Lauren. On our bridesmaid model, Sammy, I chose a flirty sundress in light yellow with an overall polka dot design. We accessorised with a pale yellow birdcage veil, and short vintage gloves. On our groom Brandon, we kept a clean, classic look with a button down shirt, pastel bow tie and suspenders. On Lauren’s adorable daughter Addie, we chose a light yellow shantung dress with a simple white organza overlay skirt that had a few floral appliques.
Our tablescape was an eclectic mix of items. The lemon yellow satin tablecloth was topped by a daisy print runner, handmade by Laurie Wallick of Lorili Design. We used beaded glass charger plates, white dinner plates with a basket weave detail, and smaller dessert plates with hand painted daisies on them. Glassware was a combination of vintage green cut glass goblets, and small champagne flutes. The matching napkins and napkin rings were also made by Laurie Wallick. The centerpiece was placed on a vintage white cake stand.”
Isn’t it fabulous?? I always picked my Nan daisies when I went to visit her so I love how much they feature in this shoot! Such a huge thankyou to all the wedding pros and creatives whose hard work created this mid-century charmer, but especially to Stephanie and John of Imagine It Photography who captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work you should head to their website at imagineitphotography.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Today’s inspiration shoot is taking us back to the 1970s, with some bright and beautiful boho wedding ideas that are just perfect for these late Summer days. Set in wide open fields of gold, just outside of wine country in the heart of Central California, it captures an angelic innocence and purity of nature that perfectly suits the free-spirited vibe of the 1970s……
The creative team shared these words about their vision and inspiration for this stunning editorial…. “Janet Tacy of Sandcastle Celebrations had a vision of wildflowers being the sole inspiration and pulled together a team of creative individuals who value the idea of one-of-a-kind creations. Fete and Quill created the groovy invitations and menus utilizing hand-painted and hand-crafted vintage fabric and other textures. She researched vintage fonts to utilize on the invitations and the menus. We’ve never seen anything like it! They are fun and unique and so very 1970’s. As well, Fete and Quill crafted the dinner menus using pressed wildflowers from around her property. So creative!
Let’s talk about that bouquet! Hand-tied in a blush Silk and Willow ribbon, Eden Floral created a one-of-a-kind bouquet full of poppies, blue delphinium, chamomile daisies, lupine and clover. Everything we could ever want in a wildflower bouquet! Some foraged, some home-grown, all locally and responsibly sourced.
Whitney at Papercake Events created those awesome and so very 1970’s patterned cookies. She can pretty much make anything your heart desires. Her cookies and cream chocolate gems, sugar cookies, and chocolate cake pops all echoed the fun and funky color scheme. These were fun and unique keeping with a simple and eye catching 70’s pattern!
Central Coast Tent and Party provided the table top rentals. The white rustic table and white ghost chairs in the fields of golden daisies exemplified a clean and simple aesthetic. This created a modern touch without distracting from the 1970’s vibe. Adorned with copperware, clear plates and stemware, your attention is focused only on the flowers especially that dynamite wildflower centerpiece. A hand-thrown ceramic footed vessel held old world florals like geraniums, wisteria, wild buttercups and bachelor buttons, all 70’s favorites.
Everything about this shoot made us want to host a wedding with Wildflowers as the inspiration! And Michelle Roller did an amazing job at capturing all that golden ethereal light that we LOVE, something you see in almost every 1970’s picture or album cover. Stay wild and free my friends.”
Have you ever seen anything so…. glorious?? That field of gold and the wild floral arrangements in their rainbow colours…. glorious is the only word for it! Such a huge thankyou to all the wedding pros and creatives involved behind the scenes, but especially to Michelle Roller who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Michelle’s work and would like to see more you should head to her website at michelleroller.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Victoria & James’ beautiful wedding not only took my breath away with its romance and aristocratic elegance, but also made me more than a little homesick taking place in my home county of Somerset, England. The venue was a quintessentially English country estate (like something from Downton Abbey) affording the couple a charming country church to exchange their vows in, before celebrating in style at the stately home whose grandeur was guaranteed to wow their guests!
Stunning bride Victoria has kindly shared every detail of their day and their wedding planning experience, which as always started with finding the perfect venue! “We wanted a venue that we’d have exclusively and that all our guests could stay at afterwards. The moment we walked into Orchardleigh we loved it – there was a roaring fire, the staff were friendly, the setting was beautiful, and where possible, all the food is grown and reared on the estate.
We loved the tiny church on the estate that had no electricity and so was all candlelit, and we liked that there were lots of different areas in the house, like the billiards room and the lounge, where we had tea, coffee and cupcakes available all day.
For James, the clincher though was that the owner of the house has a helicopter which you can hire to transport you from church to the house (although it’s only 5 minutes drive away!). ” Talk about leaving the church in style!
“I was considering buying an expensive pair of shoes, but when I saw my shoes in a department store, I loved them, and they were comfy too. I did lose a few rhinestones on the photoshoot though!”
“I came across a photo of my dress on Google images, but it turned out to be on a Chinese website where the seller had been removed for copyright infringement! A friend then told me about an app called The Hunt, where I uploaded the image and within 24 hours someone had found the original dress, which was by Allure Bridals. My mum called about ten stockists before finding one that had it and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one – although I ordered it in blush instead of ivory. I can’t tell you how much I loved my dress!
I’d tried on a lot of veils, including my mum’s from her wedding, but I was running out of time and hanging all my hopes on a long, lace edged one I’d ordered from someone on eBay who handmade them. It only turned up the day before we had to leave for the venue so I was pretty lucky it worked.”
“We wanted the guys to be comfortable and James was keen to wear tweed to fit in with the country manor vibe, so we found some navy tweed jackets at Cavani which we asked the boys to wear with navy chinos and a white shirt. I found ties in a similar colour to the bridesmaids’ dresses and bought some raw silk on ebay which I cut and sewed into pocket squares.”
“In the church we had gypsophilia as pew ends, and I’d bought a couple of rolls of rattan and silk ribbon and netting, which were tied to the posies on arrival.”
“Although I was originally considering a dusky purple for the bridesmaids, I couldn’t find any dresses or ties in the right colour. I started thinking about a grey-blue, and then found the dresses in Coast, in two slightly different colours and styles, which I liked the idea of. “
“As we were planning our wedding only 6 months ahead, all the local florists were booked up for our date. I really wanted fairly wild looking flowers and after a lot of searching I came across Lucy Anna Flowers. I collected lots of images on Pinterest and then spoke to Lucy, who helped to refine my many ideas! I really wanted peonies but otherwise I was open to whatever Lucy thought as long as the style was quite unstructured. I wanted a teardrop bouquet of mostly cream and nude, with a little bit of dusty blue to highlight the bridesmaids’ dresses. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar to mine and had trailing ribbon, which I loved.”
“We’d only told the ushers about the helicopter, so the rest of the guests were pretty surprised when they heard a helicopter hovering overhead as we were doing confetti!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Be more explicit than you think you need to be with instructions! My brother and dad parked outside the front of the venue, the gypsophilia pew ends got taken out of the church but got left in a car boot, and someone else wore my mum’s corsage.
Most of all though, enjoy the process, and when it comes to the day, forget all the small things that go wrong. It will truly be one of the best days of your life. “
“The table decorations were a mixture of tall candelabras intertwined with ivy, gold candlesticks, gold tealight holders, jam jars of flowers, and V&J cardboard letters from Hobbycraft which I sprayed gold. I used templates from Download & Print for all our stationery – invites, menus, table plan, order of services etc. I printed these on cream paper and stuck them onto gold card, and used a lace corner punch to add detailing.”
“I had seen a couple of ‘lace’ cakes at a wedding fair, and when I spoke to my sister-in-law’s friend, Holly, who has her own wedding cake business, she was up to the challenge and absolutely nailed the decoration – I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful cake. We had three tiers, Victoria sponge, lemon and chocolate.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“For me, the photos were really important – you spend so much time planning for one day, you want to make the memories last. I’m a part time wedding photographer and found Anne on Facebook while looking for photographers whose styles I admired (she prefers natural light, like myself). Shortly after we’d got engaged she’d posted a photo from a European wedding and I asked whether she’d be back again the following summer. Amazingly, the dates worked out and we flew her over from the Netherlands, where she was visiting family. We love Anne’s unobtrusive style, and the way in her more directed shots, the couple is often secondary to nature. Her photos are classic and beautiful.”
Wasn’t their day just exquisite?? And how magnificent was their venue – see what I mean about it being like something from Downton Abbey! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Victoria & James, and to their photographer Anne Paar for capturing the romance and beauty of their day so flawlessly! If, like me, you are completely in love with Anne’s stunning style of photography be sure to pop over to her website www.annepaarphotography.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Today’s beautiful wedding editorial comes all the way from Greece! With a stylishly simple color palette of the prettiest shades of blue (alongside just a hint of gold), a Meissen laden tablescape and wedding cakes far too lovely to eat; it is quite simply heavenly, and every detail utterly pin-worthy!
The concept design and implementation for this day was inspired and organized by Eclectic Events Greece, who shared these words about their inspiration…. “The story of Odette & Adrian starts in a authentic Byzantine scenery, in Nasioutzik Museum, unfolding the story of two people fell in love…. told through the eyes of Dimitris Giouvris.
Odette is wearing a dress made of French lace, embroidered with crystals and payette created by the super-talented Elena Soulioti. Her artful bridal hair was created by Ilias & Staff team, while her make-up was taking care by Adamantia Katsampi. Adrian is looking handsome in his cool wool suit, in smoking one button slim line, his handmade bow tie and pochette and leather shoes, all handmade by Takis Giannetos.
Beautiful floral decorations from the creative team of Les Fleuristes, fully harmonized with the environment, give us the sensation of luxury and chic combined with elegance – the magnificent white hydrangeas and the Aegean blue color of delphinium inspired us creating an impeccable bride’s bouquet, an impressive Salix fence with small bouquets of white and blue delphiniums, while the oversized garland that was placed along the dinner table was out of this world.
What to say about the exquisite Blue Onion porcelain dinner ware by Meissen, which brings in a unique sense of luxury to our story. A romantic desert stand was prepared, to match our colors and style, with two impressive cakes in blue & ivory colors with touches of gold and ivy, handmade cookies with our printed blue onion porcelain pattern and traditional Greek mini sweets, all handmade by Piece of Cake.
Our Royal blue wedding invitation kit was also inspired by Meissen’s blue onion collection. The deep blue envelope in combination with the premium and special quality of the papers, gives a luxurious and sophisticated look & feel, all by Just Invite.”
Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the simplicity of the color palette! A huge thankyou to all the wedding professionals involved in pulling this styled shoot together, especially to Dimitris Giouvris who captured it all so stylishly. If you would like to see more of his work be sure to head over to his website at www.dimitrisgiouvris.com and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Whilst rich reds and dusky neutrals are more often considered Autumnal shades, I wanted to show just how lovely they can look for a sultry Summer wedding! As well as evoking luxury with their depth, these reds are oh so romantic, and when combined with warm greys or cool browns, surprisingly not too feminine.
With a timeless elegance, and just a hint of rustic charm, this is a contemporary take on vintage that will never go out of fashion. Keep styling and decor cohesive but simple, with lots of neutrals and just pops of red. Mix of textures too for some extra wow – velvet always looks so luxurious and adds an air of vintage to any outfit (I LOVE those velvet heels!), whilst textured icing will make even the most simple cake unforgettable.
Introduce your color scheme to your table through some lush floral centerpieces and layer on the romance and old world elegance with antique candlesticks and candelabras that will light your celebration as the late Summer sun sets. Soften the farmhouse style table with some light and airy silk chiffon table runners, and you can always provide your guests with blankets or shawls in case the temperature should start to drop.
If Juestina & Chuck’s wedding doesn’t have you dreaming of a destination wedding, I don’t know what will. It combines everything we love about a traditional wedding: timelessly elegant fashion, a romantic reception, and the couple surrounded by loved ones; with the benefits of being somewhere breathtakingly beautiful! So sit back and enjoy every sun-soaked and joy-filled image….
The lovely Juestina shared a few words about their day and why they chose to go destination…. “We wanted an intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. It also gave us a chance to spend quality time with people who are most important to us. Phuket is such a beautiful destination and we really enjoyed visiting in the past and wanted to share it with our guests!
With sweeping ocean views as their stunning backdrop, Wedding Boutique Phuket created a unique design tailored toward our vision. We all were inspired by nature and elegance of the place, especially by the big Banyan Tree on the ceremony terrace at Pullman Arcadia Resort. So, Ilaire created the “Branches of Love” inspiration theme with touches of earthy cream and pearl grey to match natural greenery and wood textures.”
“My wedding dress is a Pronovias best seller, purchased at the Pronovias Flagship store on Madison Ave. in NYC. A perfect match with my stylish Jimmy Choo gold nude shoes.”
“I fell in love with my bouquet at first sight. It was simple but unique; a mix of lush eucalyptus leaves with fresh garden roses and wild green berries.”
“Two trees decorated with fresh white orchids were one of the focal points of our ceremony – simple and elegant. Wedding Boutique also incorporated several handcrafted designs such as Calligraphy stationery to create a cohesive natural feel. However, the unique touch was given by the few modern objects and the copper details included into the classy design.”
The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Vero Restaurant of the resort. A sweetheart table, just for the couple, was the visual centerpiece of the room and featured an abundance of lavish, greeneries & all-white blooms. Chandelier floral installations and hundreds of candles added to the elegant and romance of the room.
“Our favors were small jars of organic honey from Thailand, we heard from Ilaire it’s a very popular gift and those were so cute with our personalized label and mini dipper! We also wanted to have modern geometric tiles from Lovely Fest Goods as name cards on plates, which was another nice gift for every guest.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Do not stress about the little things! Things will go wrong and not everything will be perfect. What matters most is the love you are sharing with your husband/wife.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer….
“Oh, we have been so lucky! Wedding Boutique Phuket selected Chang, a talented Thai photographer which is one of their best partners and he came out with an amazing work! On top of that another great destination wedding photographer, Ken Tan from Canada, was on tour in Phuket for our wedding and he decided to cooperate with Ilaire for our Day. See the pictures and judge for yourself!”
Such an elegant affair! Wasn’t their ceremony with the ocean backdrop just heavenly?? Huge congratulations to the happy couple Juestina & Chuck, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Ken Tan for capturing it all so perfectly and allowing me to share it with you here. If you love Ken’s film photography and would like to see more of his work then be sure to pop across to his website www.kentanphoto.com – and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Quite a few of the weddings and inspiration shoots I have shared on Chic Vintage Brides of late have included Vow Books, it is one of the biggest, and loveliest, trends right now in weddings: couples writing their own vows. And I absolutely love it, because what makes a wedding truly memorable isn’t the flowers, the food or even the dress; it is the ceremony! Be it full of laughter, tears or a mixture of both, an emotional ceremony filled with love and words spoken from the heart is something your guests will never forget.
Of course if you are going to take the time to write your own vows, then you will want somewhere special to write and keep them. And a wedding vow book is the perfect place! Not only are they a great way to create a keepsake, that you can treasure forever, out of the words you and your beloved exchange, but writing your vows in a pretty personalised book or booklet instead of a piece of paper, note card or plain old journal, will ensure that your vows don’t get lost on, or after, the big day!
So, with this in mind, I thought I would round up 25 of my favourite vow books and booklets from Etsy for you. Whatever your style, color scheme or budget I think you will find something you love amongst the below and when you do simply click on the link to take a closer look or make a purchase.
Of course now you’ve found the perfect place to keep your vows, it’s time to start thinking about writing them…. which is a subject for another post I think. All I will say is definitely don’t leave it until the night before or morning of the wedding – yes men I am talking to you!
Today’s styled shoot whisks us away to Italy and an era of elegance and romance! Set in a stunning 18th century villa, complete with frescoes, open fireplaces and grand gardens; it is a timeless take on a vintage wedding with delicate fine art details and a refined nobility that utterly suits its setting….
Here’s a few words from photographer Maria Francesca Nitti about the inspiration behind this beautiful editorial…. “The venue we chose is the 18th-century country estate of the Buonaccorsi family, located outside the village of Potenza Picena, in the Marche region. The villa sits on the crest of a hill, the south-facing garden of five terraces laid out behind it, with a view on a clear day over rolling landscape to the blue Adriatic Sea beyond.
We let ourselves be inspired by its late-baroque charms and the surrounding nature. We liked playing with branches a little everywhere to emphasize the close connection of the villa with its unique italian garden. The Gallery space, covered with amazing frescoes, was ideal for an intimate yet sophisticated table setting, filled with white and green florals from Paola Paoletti, linens and fluffy silk tulle from Allegoria.
The look of our bride and the stunning bouquet are just how we wanted: timeless, light, romantic with the right amount of luxury. She wears a gown with a pinch of light blue in the petticoat, a french lace veil as a cap, all from Silvia Valli, with shoes from Mascia Mandolesi and jewelry from Yvone Christa completing her look.
Isn’t it just so romantic?? A big thankyou to the whole creative team who came together to create vision of timeless romance, and especially to photographer Maria Francesca Nitti for capturing it so perfectly and allowing me to share it with you here. If you love Maria’s style of fine art photography and would like to see more of her work pop over to her website at www.mariafrancescanitti.com, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Today’s elopement is so perfect, from the fashion and florals to the styling, setting and decor; you would be forgiven for thinking it is a styled shoot. But no, this is the real elopement of Erin & Justin in all of its utterly breathtaking beauty. So sit back and swoon a while over their intimate and truly inspirational wedding…..
It can’t be easy to find a venue that reminds you of Tuscany, its ancient villages and rolling hills, in Vegas! But Springs Preserve not only had the perfect place for a ceremony, complete with sandstone walls, but also the lush foliage and hidden little spots for the most beautiful portraits and an exquisite celebratory meal for the new husband and wife!
Beautiful bride Erin shared with us….. “After a European vacation and falling in love with Tuscany we began to want to keep the wedding as simple and stress free as possible. We also didn’t want to wait any longer to be husband and wife. We spontaneously called our wedding planner Emily of Weddings & Events by Emily and discussed a possible intimate wedding. We talked about trying to recreate our memorable Tuscan vacation and incorporate our love for Italy in our wedding. She matched us with a great team of professional vendors that were able to bring our vision to life.
The wedding was intimate and so special to Justin and myself. We were able to have our dream wedding without spending a fortune. We are so grateful for our photographer Gaby J for the beautiful photos from our wedding that we were able to surprise our friends and family with. We knew our loved ones would support our decision to elope and everyone could not have been happier for us.”
Isn’t it just so romantic?? I am swooning hard over those florals! Many many congratulations to the happy couple, Erin & Justin, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographer Gaby J for sharing their beautiful day with us. If you love Gaby’s style of fine art photography and would like to see more of her work pop over to her website at www.gabyjphotography.com, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Summer is all about the outdoor spaces so today’s inspiration board is centered around a graceful and elegant garden affair, and in a similar palette to the Southern inspired board I created just this time with a less dusky green, paired with an ethereal duo of greys…..
As is so often the case, the key to keeping this look chic is keeping it simple – simplicity is, as the say, the ultimate sophistication! Show restraint with the palette, choosing just soft, silvery shades of grey and a hint of blush. And whatever venue you choose, give your celebration a romantic garden vibe with lashings of seasonal greenery.
Choose somewhere like a vineyard or country estate, with the grounds and space to create a separate ceremony setting and reception area. A floral arch and vintage church pews for your ceremony, then rustic, wooden cross back chairs with farmhouse style tables for the marquee reception. Hanging floral installations will bring the outside in to your marquee and allow you to keep centerpieces simple – freeing up space on your tables.
Layering textures will add an opulence to even the most simple setting and decor. Rich fabrics such as chiffon for your bridesmaids, satin for your shoes, and a touch of velvet here and there, will add a sense of luxury and elegance. I especially love the white sugar icing flowers on the white iced wedding cake, it is such a timeless look.