When a wedding described as ‘romantique’, ‘multicultural’ and ‘vintage inspired’ landed in my inbox I clicked open with bated breath…. and it is fair to say there were a fair few squeals of delight when I caught sight of the oh-so-lovely photos by Chloe Luka Photography! Because the pretty details and romantic style of Lea & Matt’s big day is truly something else……
From the prettiest palette of pinks, and the delicate floral arrangements (we’re talking peonies, roses and ranunculus!), to the breathtaking ceremony under a Willow tree, and the elegant barn reception with beautiful DIY decor by Lea & Matt; everything about this wedding says romantic, vintage perfection.
And, as if that isn’t enough, they also have the sweetest love story! You see Lea is French, and Matt American, so it seems when the couple met in 2010 in Lyon, France where Matt’s band were playing, it must have been fate! A long distance relationship for any length of time is never easy, but this loved up duo managed it for years, until Matt proposed and Lea applied for her Visa, only receiving it 8 weeks before their big day – yep 8 weeks!
Lea says “That was not a easy! It was REALLY stressful because we had only two months to plan everything – from the day I moved to America until the morning of our wedding – and Matt was home only 20 days of that because of touring!….. But it all turned out perfect! We loved creating a wedding that displayed our cultures, we incorporated both languages into our wedding. For example, our menu as well as our party favors were in french. On the bar, I placed and antique ice bucket that contained english words, as well as their French translation for the guests. It was important for us that both of our families and friends were present, some driving 40 minutes, and others flying 18 hours. This union of both culture and language differences made our day unforgettable.” I should say it did!
“I went for a vintage wave hairstyle and makeup, with vintage inspired pearl hair accessory, necklace & earrings”
“For Matt and his Groomsmen we wanted to go classy and went with black suits, crisp white shirts and black ties.”
“Thank god for my florist Jessie from Sherwood Florist. She is the best! Has the cutest shop in downtown Dayton. She totally captured my vision. She used a multitude of flowers such as garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and incorporated greens so it could match our wedding colors. The shape was a hand tied, cascade style.”
“I bought my dress in France in a lovely boutique in the city of Annecy. The dress is from the designer Yolan Cris. I was looking for a boho chic look and when I saw that one I fell in love immediately. I absolutely loved the stunning laces details and the vintage feel, it made me feel so glamorous.”
“I had 4 bridesmaids, two of my best friends from France, Solene and Sophie, who made the trip. And also two of my best friends from America, Jaime and Molly. Their dresses were from Asos, and the color I chose was a Blush Pink to match our colors. Since I was such a really nice bride, they were allow to chose whatever hair and makeup style and to pick their shoes and jewels.”
“We got married at The Willow Tree in Tipp City, Ohio, a small town north of Dayton. The venue was a barn on a beautiful property. It took countless hours of searching to find it, but it was absolutely the perfect venue. Standing under the willow tree while reading our handwritten vows to each other – putting years of 9 hour flights and Skype calls behind us, and starting a new beautiful chapter of our lives together with no more goodbyes – was our favourite moment of the day.”
“The reception was held in the barn at The Willow Tree. Our inspiration for the decor was a classy, romantic and vintage look that incorporates both of our styles and likes. As well as objects encompassing the trials of our long distance relationship. One of our favorite thing to do is to go to antique stores, where we spent many hours searching for just the right items to complete the wedding decor. This includes 46 brass candleholders! We chose the DIY approach to create a wedding both personal and unique. We made a LOT of things ourselves, for example, Matt built two bars out of palettes. These bars worked perfectly with the venue, and were not just purchased from a store. With a background in graphic design and art, I created the dessert bar backdrop, party favors as well as signs who were around the venue. We made a gigantic wire lighted heart as a backdrop for our host table . We also had a lot of paper lantern white, blush and gold.”
“Our wedding cake was made by Ele Cake in Dayton. It was a 3 tiered almond cake. The color was blush, with a gold fondant ribbon and the flowers were provided by Sherwood Florist. We also had pies and cheesecakes because it’s my favorite.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…..
“Be kind to each other. And hire a professional photographer! Your wedding pictures are what you will have left of your day, so find someone that can bring your vision to life. I’m so thankful that I found Chloe Luka she was everything we could have hoped for and more.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…..
“We found Chloe by doing many many internet research. In the list of our priorities, finding a GREAT photographer was on the top. I felt in love with her pictures immediately. Words can’t fully describe how appreciative and happy we were with all of our beautiful engagement pictures and STUNNING Wedding photos Chloe took of us! I still feel so emotional looking at them. Chloe is such a beautiful and talented soul and she captured the beauty of our big day so perfectly, MORE THAN WE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. When we met her, we were filled with confidence that she knew exactly what we wanted. She has a lot of determination to make everything PERFECT. She was so professional and had the best personality. You can tell that her job is her passion, she is very creative, has an amazing attention to detail. She made our day perfect with Tim her husband. She captured our day with absolute perfection and we gained a wonderful friend.”
Many congratulations and huge thanks to the happy couple Lea & Matt! After all those years of living on different continents, it must feel like a dream to finally be together, and husband & wife!! A special thanks also to their lovely photographer Chloe Luka who really did do the most wonderful job of capturing the smiles, tears, love, joy and details of their magical day. If you would like to see more of her beautiful work, why not head over to her website www.chloelukaphotography.com and or you can find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
Proving that when it comes to colour palettes, sometimes less is indeed more, today’s ethereal styled wedding shoot features lush greenery filled florals alongside some of the most stunning styling to inspire your modern-vintage wedding, and all in heavenly shades of Serenity Blue. I could not be more awed by the beauty of the shoot and these images from Artiese Studios!….
The Holcim Waterfront Estate was the perfect backdrop to this intimate imagined celebration. Styled to perfection by Glaze & John using an abundance of gold candelabras to evoke the romance of the renaissance with a contemporary twist – who would have thought that something as simple as a fireplace could make such a beautiful ceremony backdrop? With a tablescape that strikes the perfect balance of olde world opulence and modern minimalism, an enticing masterpiece, the stage is set for the lucky love birds.
Windy Chiu and Suzie Kim created a natural, radiant look and soft waves for the ethereal bride who donned a delicate Alexandra Grecco gown that could not have been more perfect – I just love the off shoulder sleeves. A textured, organic, bouquet in shades of white by Bloom & Company completed the look with an air of pure, feminine grace; and perfectly complimented the table and aisle decor. Elegant calligraphy from Julie Ha Calligraphy adorned light, watercolor stationery, whose soft tones and soothing patterns were mirrored in the watercolour reception background from Event Graffiti and magnificent wedding cake from Nadia & Co.….. This is most definitely one of those shoots you are going to want to have your pinning finger ready for!
See what I mean?….. I am a little lost for words! And I hardly know where to begin when it comes to thanking the talented wedding professionals who took part in creating this romantic shoot – all of whom you will find listed below. As always a special thankyou must go to the person with the vision, who in this instance was also the lovely lady behind these beautiful photographs, Therese of Artiese Studios. If her light filled, fine art style of photography has you swooning (as it does me), you can see more of it over on her website www.artiesestudios.com, and find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
I am loving the current obsession with all things green, aren’t you?? And I can’t think of a more fitting space to embrace this trend than a barn…. But if you’re thinking a barn is too rustic a venue for the elegant celebration you have in mind, think again! Because barns are no longer just the venue of choice for cowboy boot rocking rustic brides, oh no! Today a barn wedding can be every bit as elegant or luxurious as any historic estate or mansion…..
I have long thought barns make the most wonderful venues, and love when couples today embrace their rustic charm whilst also adding a layer of luxury and glamour – be that with florals, linens or lighting. Such large spaces though can be costly to decorate, which is why I wanted to use greenery for this inspiration board (and of course it continues to be a key wedding trend!) Although it still needs the eye of a florist to make it look lovely, adding greenery to your floral arrangements is a cost effective way to fill big venues and create an air of opulence without breaking the bank!
The key to this oh so chic look is simplicity, it is the ultimate sophistication after all! Keeping the palette to shades of just 3 neutral colours – ivory, green and gold (or bronze) creates an elegant effect that is utterly timeless.
Today’s colorful floral filled celebration is the perfect way to start the week! A rustic affair with a hint of vintage elegance and bohemian charm, it embodies stylish couple Kate & Wes’s laid back and fun-loving personalities perfectly. The dazzling color palette of bright Summer hues and rich purples pops against the lush farm setting, and the Edison bulb lighting adds a sense of intimacy to their inviting barn reception.
As breathtaking as the florals and all the decor details are though, it is Kate & Wes’s personal style that really caught my eye. Kate opted for custom cowboy boots instead of heels, as did her bridesmaids and all the ladies in her family, and showed them off perfectly with her high-low bridal gown. Whilst Wes and his groomsmen looked oh-so-dapper in 3 piece suits and mismatched neckwear. I do so love when couples embrace their inner style mavens on their wedding day!
Before we head to Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur, Colorado to see their flawless day, a few words from beautiful bride Kate “We wanted our wedding to be rustic but personal. We wanted thoughtful details that made the event feel like an extension of our home (whiskey tasting, fire pit, yard games). We also love food so serving a beautiful meal to our guests was a top priority!”
I am head over heels for Kate’s ranunculus, anemone, pieris, air plant & pincushion protea bouquet.
Wanting a relaxed reception befitting their rustic celebration, the couple chose to seat their 75 guests at two long farm tables. The wooden tables were set with vintage china, delicate grey runners, and a gorgeous mix of florals in wood boxes, delicate brown bottles, and beautiful smoky glass and stone urns filled with textural and lush blooms in a deep and saturated color palette. Watercolor painted place cards, loose artichokes and beautiful votives finished off the tables perfectly. Overhead, an eclectic mix of Edison bulbs were hung to give the tables a gorgeous glow.
HIRE A PLANNER. Also, listen to your vendors and give them some creative freedom – they’re in this business for a reason and they have amazing knowledge and ideas!
Isn’t it gorgeous?? The mix of colours in those lush florals work so perfctly together! A huge congratulations to the happy newlyweds, and a big thankyou to their photographer Connie Whitlock 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 Connie’s work pop over to her website at conniewhitlockphoto.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
We all know the key to completing any ensemble is in the accessories! And this is just as true, for brides and grooms, on your wedding day. Which is why I have collaborated with connoisseurs of all things dapper, The Gentlemanual, to bring you this series of posts on those all important finishing touches to any groom’s (or groomman’s attire) So far we’ve looked at Pocket Squares and Tie Bars and today it’s the turn of Suspenders…..
“Today, it’s pretty much a given that a well-dressed man and a good quality belt go hand-in-hand. You certainly don’t want want to be tugging up your waistband as your beautiful bride walks down the aisle. But, belts as we know and use them today are a fairly new invention in the history of fashion. Prior to WWI, belts were used almost exclusively for military uniforms as a decorative piece. The known, accepted, and loved apparatus used for holding up one’s trousers at the time was–you guessed it–a good ole pair of suspenders (also known as braces). What was once a functional piece has turned into a fashion statement worn by the most dapper of gentlemen. Don this look on your wedding day for the very best in vintage style.”
Suspenders date back as far as 18th century France, where strips of ribbon were attached to the buttonholes of trousers. Back then, suspenders were considered undergarments, and were not meant to be seen in public. In the 1820’s, British designer Albert Thurston began to manufacture versions of the modern suspenders we know today. The fashion of this time period prescribed that men wear trousers that were so high-waisted that a belt simply wouldn’t be able to do the job. Suspenders became a necessity for the sartorial gentleman.
Fast forward to the early 20th century, where a switch in favor of lower-sitting, lower-rise trousers meant that suspenders were no longer needed. These days, men’s fashion has seen a distinct revival of and fascination with 20th century culture, class, and style. Think fedoras, mustaches, speakeasies, and, yep, suspenders. We are proponents of this sartorial revivification. Suspenders are classy. Suspenders are comfortable. Suspenders are what your wedding wardrobe needs. So give your belts a break on this special day, why don’t ya?
We’ve broken down everything you need to know about this nifty accessory:
What are Suspenders, Anyway?
Suspenders are long strips of fabric worn over your shoulders with the purpose of holding up your trousers. They attach to your trousers with clips or buttons, and feature either an “X”, “Y”, or “H” shape at the rear for additional strength and support, and to prevent either strap from falling from your shoulders. Unless you’re going for a firefighter look on your wedding day, you probably won’t be wearing the “H” variety. “X” and “Y” are the most universal variations.
These days, you can find everything from super skinny to excessively wide when it comes to suspender straps. For a classic look on your wedding day, choose a pair with standard measurements such as 1.25” – 1.5”. Trendy and sartorially daring widths fall in the 0.5” – 1” range. Finally, functional, heavy duty suspenders meant for hard work (or hard-core dancing) or men with heftier builds fall on or around 2”.
Some will argue that both clips and buttons alike are acceptable. However, we are big supporters of buttons, simply because they look cleaner and more refined, especially important if your wedding is more formal. Most suits should still be equipped with interior buttons meant for suspenders. However, for pants and trousers without buttons, sewing them in yourself is an easy fix (Here’s how!). Clips are good if you’re trying to achieve a hip, trendy look (think more hipster than vintage). However, clips may damage the waistband of your garments. Be warned.
Most men will fasten the back of the suspenders, put their trousers on, and then afterward fasten their suspenders in the front. Others will fasten every button (or clip) first before putting their trousers on. It’s your preference.
Definitely, but never with clips. If you’re going to be rocking suspenders and a suit, stick to buttons, please. Again, make sure your suspenders match the formality of your event. Even if you and your groomsmen are going jacketless buttons may still be appropriate to give your look some subtle style.
What Other Rules Do I Need to Know About Suspenders?
Suspenders will look dapper with everything from the casual rustic wedding ensembles to that white tie celebration. Just be sure that the fabric of the suspenders either match or contrast the rest of your outfit. Or, if you’re wearing leather suspenders, it is a general rule that you should match these with your shoes. Also, unless your destination requires a coat or blazer, feel free to rock your suspenders sans-cover as you dance the night away. Let everyone know just how stylish you are. Finally, never wear a belt and suspenders at the same time. We get you don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions when all eyes are on you, but if you’re really that worried about your pants staying up you need a tailor, not a backup method.
“Suspenders are a great way to help you stand out on your big day. Something about them just says refined, composed, and truly gentlemanly. All you have to do is slip them over your shoulders, take a deep breath, and get ready to walk down that aisle.”
A huge thankyou to writer RJ Firchau and the lovely folks over at The Gentlemanual for again sharing their expert knowledge with us – who knew suspenders used to be undergarments?! If you loved this post, be sure to catch up on everything you need to know about tie bars and pocket squares, and you should definitely have a look at 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, something for you grooms looking to make a style statement – how to rock a bold colored suit!
With a name like ‘Chic Vintage Brides’ you would be forgiven for thinking these pages are all about the girls. But I know there are just as many vintage loving guys out there and today’s fabulous styled shoot is for you! Inspired by the imaginings of the inimitable Wes Anderson and given a distinctly vintage vibe it is eclectic, quirky and beyond creative – you’re going to love it!
The ever-amazing duo known as The Gay Beards, were the perfect couple to inspire this wedding shoot (if you haven’t seen the work of these fabulous best friends before, you should definitely pop over to their Instagram profile to see how they’re spreading love and laughter with their colorful beard creations!) Looking delightfully dapper in casual looks that were a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designer pieces.
The designer, Something Borrowed PDX, shared these words with us “Our initial inspiration for this shoot was Wes Anderson. We love the styling of his films — specifically the vivid color palettes, the symmetry of the scenes, all the rich textures, memorable characters, and playful details. The fresh spring color palette included vivid teal blue, bubble gum pink, mustard and tan, which contrasted nicely with the all the greenery and dark wood furniture. We chose to use flowers sparingly. Instead, Wildflower PDX incorporated lots of interesting potted plants, tropical foliage, and locally foraged moss, mushrooms and ferns. The stark black and white interiors, super high ceilings and natural light of The Evergreen in Portland provided the ideal backdrop for our lively scene.”
The Re.al Creative made the beautiful and colorful invitation suite, custom vow books and mushroom place cards, which featured quotes from some of our favourite Wes Anderson films.
Their beard bouquets consisted of snap dragons, angel wing begonia leaves, seeded eucalyptus, carnations, straw flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and vintage wooden daisies. Then later they adorned their beards with vintage buttons for a few shots, and confetti to finish the day!
The folks over at Mint + Mirth created a custom apple brandy and aquavit cocktail especially for the shoot called, “Boy with Apple” — a reference to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The head table was created from three mismatched smaller wooden tables from Something Borrowed and decorated with something of a Victorian vibe consisting of mushrooms statues, bell jar terrariums, vintage novels, an assortment of colorful glassware and vintage cutlery.
For the dessert table Lux Sucre created an array of fantastical and sparkly sweets to surround the gorgeous four-tiered cake that featured the quote “I think we’re just gonna have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that”. They even made tiny replicas of Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat – another reference from The Grand Budapest Hotel.
How fabulous are those two?? I am so utterly smitten with The Gay Beards and every detail of this shoot – I love it all! A huge thankyou to all the wonderful creatives who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and especially to Sarah of Hazlewood Photo for not only perfectly photographing it, but also for letting me share it with you here on Chic Vintage Brides. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Sarah’s work you might want to take a peek at Seana & Brian’s 1920s inspired wedding (especially if you love beards because Brian’s is a-maz-ing!) before popping over to her website at hazelwoodphoto.com. And don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
We’re off to the stunning Colorado mountains for today’s beautifully boho celebration; where Bailey & Chad combined rustic vintage charm with their bohemian free spirits to create the most romantic wedding. And if the ceremony overlooking the lake doesn’t take your breath away, I don’t know what will!…..
Reflecting their fun-loving and laid back personalities, the couple chose the picturesque Piney River Ranch with its magnificent natural surroundings, to wow their very nearest and dearest with an intimate celebration of their love. Bailey explains “We made our wedding day about us by choosing to have a small destination wedding with all our close family and friends. This allowed us to spend the night making memories and dancing the night away, rather than catching up with distant relatives and old friends.”
Wanting to highlight her affinity for florals, and complement rather than compete with the natural beauty of the surroundings, Bailey chose seasonal and wildflowers in soft shades of blush and ivory. Rachel of March Floral Designs created exquisite arrangements for throughout the day, my favourite of which though has to be the wildflower semi-circle that Bailey & Chad stood in during their ceremony (it’s a floral version of the pampas grass one we saw in this Fall wedding inspiration!)
The bridesmaids wore mismatched ivory and peach dresses reflecting their individual styles, and all held similar but uniquely different bouquets with trailing ribbons that fluttered in the mountain breeze. Their greenery filled flower crowns were the perfect finishing touch to their
I love the display for vintage handkerchiefs that stood at the entrance to the ceremony deck – for their guests happy tears!
The reception pavilion at Piney River Ranch was transformed by florist Rachel of March Floral Designs for the reception. Creating an indoor garden with trailing greenery and centerpieces of scent-filled blooms.
The couple’s naked wedding cake is from Whole Foods Market no less – sat atop a glass cake stand and finished with some fresh blooms it looked more than wedding worthy!
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Remember, you can’t please everyone. Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy this season of your life.”
“The most memorable moment of our wedding day was getting to escape the chaos after dinner and go out onto the lake in the canoe together. It was an opportunity to take it all in and really enjoy each other’s presence.”
At the end of the night, guests toasted smores on open camp fires under a starry night sky, and waved handmade ribbon wands as the couple made their exit.
Wow… how can that scenery, and the beautiful blush flowers, not completely sweep you off your feet?? Huge congratulations to the happy couple Bailey & Chad and a big thankyou to them and photographer Kelly of Kellsworth Photo for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Kelly’s gorgeous photography be sure to make your next stop her website www.kellsworth.com and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Fall is by far my favourite wedding season. Always bathed in the most beautiful light, I have never seen an Autumnal wedding or editorial I haven’t loved – and today’s styled shoot is no exception! Tsali Notch, the largest muscadine vineyard in the state of Tennessee, created the perfect backdrop for this carefully curated dose of wedding inspiration, whilst the lush boho florals and rustic styling are nothing short of stunning…..
Before we dive head first into the exquisite images by Finch Photo, a few words from co-ordinator, and fellow blogger, Heather of The Bride Link.… “Amanda from Southern Bliss Weddings created from a color palette of wheat, navy, and orange which perfectly complemented the beautiful green vines that fill the vineyard rows of the 202 acre property. Coupled with beautiful heirloom china Unique Settings Tabletop & China Rentals, a stunning couple, and carefully crafted floral designs from LB Floral, this shoot is what vineyard dreams are made of.”
Isn’t it perfection?? If this doesn’t have you yearning for Fall, I don’t know what will! A huge thankyou to the lovely Heather of The Bride Link, photographer Ben of Finch Photo for capturing the whole day so beautifully, and all the wedding pros for their hard work behind the scenes. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Ben’s beautiful photography do pop across to his website at finchphoto.com, and don’t forget to follow him on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.!
I think this ethereal beach inspiration board could be my favourite yet for a Summer wedding! Inspired by that stunning cake (which you loved so much when I included it in this roundup of beautiful Summer color palettes) it is an exquisite mix of soft muted jades and sand, with just a hint of gold for some added luxury…..
I don’t do many beach wedding inspiration boards here on Chic Vintage Brides, but its not because I don’t love them! Especially when they showcase how an unconventional color palette can make for a breathtaking alternative to the traditional blues. The decor of this particular beach celebration is simple, relying on the natural textures and elements of the setting – think coral, driftwood, and seaglass; complimented by some soft metallics.
Such a venue suits a relaxed bohemian affair with a ceremony on the clifftops overlooking the sea, blankets on the sand for the reception and the evening finished around a fire toasting smores. That doesn’t mean however you can’t add some opulent details worthy of your celebration, such as that lace wedding dress with its elegant train, beautiful calligraphy stationery and an elaborately iced wedding cake.
From mismatched bridesmaids dresses to lush florals and a chocolate naked cake, today’s wedding is dripping with rich fall hues and inspiring details. Kaitlin & Chris married at the historic Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ drawing inspiration from Downton Abbey with finishing touches like an antique car, floral embroidered bridal shoes, luxurious gold stationery and an opulent candelit reception to give their day the feel of a bygone era!
Kaitlin and Chris met by chance, on the streets in New Orleans, and are the definition of opposites attract – Chris likes to go with the flow which perfectly compliments Kaitlin’s desire to plan every little detail. Together they kept each other in perfect balance during the wedding planning process.
“I wanted our wedding to have a vintage English garden party feel with gilded accents and muted rose tones. I really wanted to get married at Downton Abbey or another English manor, but since that was never going to happen, we explored outdoor tented venues at wineries or local parks, so I could control the decor and details. I quickly realized that putting everything together myself at one of these venues was going to be extremely difficult and too time consuming. My mom suggested we look at the Olde Mill Inn, as they have a smaller venue located in their Grain House Restaurant (many places wanted a minimum number of guests for a Saturday night and I wanted a small, intimate wedding). It had everything we were looking for – vintage decor, a rustic setting, historical interest, amazing food -and all with the comfort of having everything taken care of by the talented and seasoned staff. Plus, the site has a hotel on location so guests could walk right to their rooms!”
“My wedding dress was a fit and flare beaded chantilly lace gown with cap sleeves and a low v-shaped back. It had a scalloped lace hem and a chapel length train. I wanted a soft, ethereal, romantic and timeless look; I was not interested in going for a trendy style. I kept my veil a simple tulle cathedral length veil (because, why not?) and added a flower comb which completed my vintage look. I wore pink rose embroidered pumps from BHLDN, which I considered a splurge but were a perfect accompaniment to the timeless look I was after. I actually lost my original earrings which were a simple drop pair; I did not figure out they were lost until I was getting my hair done the day of my wedding. Luckily my mom was able to get to the mall and acquire a similar pair- what a saint! I can honestly say, that I have never felt more glam than I did on my wedding day – I felt like a vintage movie star (I know I was a bride, but I felt like a movie star on her way to the 1938 Oscars, or like Lady Mary going down the steps at Downton to marry Cousin Matthew!) Ok, sorry, I am getting carried away.”
“I was a nervous wreck the day of my wedding and I WISH I took more time to relax and enjoy the day (after months of planning, all I ate was a pig in a blanket). However, I loved getting glammed up with my friends and family, getting married in a traditional ceremony and repeating the timeless vows, and relaxing (a bit) with Chris once we were alone in our car after the ceremony. Many of the drivers on the road honked at us in congrats, which I thought was really sweet! I also LOVED seeing my vision come to life in terms of flowers and decor – it all looked perfect!”
I chose seasonal flowers because they were more economical and I wanted a Fall feeling to the day. I was particular about the look I was going for and our florist, Erin from J&M Floral and Event in Madison, NJ was patient and understood my vision completely. I wanted my bouquet to have ivories, dusty roses and cranberry colors and a loose, organic feeling. I also wanted it be a bit larger and deeper in color than my bridesmaids bouquets. We used dahlias, ranunculus, rosemary, seeded eucalyptus, pepper berry, quicksand roses, ivory and pee gee hydrangeas, astilbee, vendetta roses and majolica spray roses.
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“I was a bride on a mission to keep to our vintage theme – everything had to be unique in my attempt to have a Pinterest perfect wedding. I want brides and grooms to know it is OK (almost advisable) to stay off Pinterest, or at least limit your time on there. I put far too much pressure on myself to scour Pinterest and replicate my beloved pins. I drove people around me crazy and did not relax on many of the details until the final days leading up to my wedding.
The professionals helping you plan ARE PROFESSIONALS and often their advice is the best advice. Everything will work out and at the end of the day – no one will know the mini disasters that took place or the pins you couldn’t replicate. Many of us lose sight of the end game, and looking back, I acted foolishly and at times, was rude to everyone around me so my wedding could replicate a Victorian garden party I pinned to my wedding board. Try to relax, take the vendors advice and know you are in good hands.”
“Our centerpieces were a trio of pumpkins that were spray painted rose gold with a variety of the same flower types used in the bouquets. To add texture we used burlap overlays on the tables and scattered simple glass votive candles.”
“We chose a naked cake with fresh flowers to keep with our rustic theme. We had a few choices of flavors to choose from and we chose the most unique on offer – chocolate cake with coconut frosting. For the topper, I chose a vintage floral bunting style topper that took hours of Etsy research and a customized listing, but it worked out perfectly and looked great.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“It was a LONG time ago, but I found our photographer Laura Lee on instagram under the hashtag #rusticweddings #vintagenjweddings #vintageweddings and the like. I wanted a soft and ethereal look to our photos that didn’t look like your average, point and shoot, terribly posed wedding photos. My husband is an amateur photographer and made sure we scoured portfolios of MANY photographers in the region to make sure we were getting someone who knew what they were doing. Laura passed the bill with flying colors and I could not be happier with our choice. I am SO happy she is being noticed for the talented person she is. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Laura every time!”
Oh I do so love a fall wedding, and Kaitlin & Chris’s color palette is utter perfection! Many congratulations to them both, and of course a big thankyou for sharing every detail of their beautiful day with us. Special thanks also to their wonderful photographer Laura Lee who so perfectly captured the romance of it all. If you would like to see more of her work head across to her website at imlauralee.com, and you will also find her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.