Inspired by the romantic decadence of times gone by, yet influenced by the relaxed, carefree elegance of modern weddings, designer Anna Campbell and her Melbourne based team lives to create breathtakingly beautiful, decadently hand-beaded and embellished, vintage-inspired lace gowns that are memorable, sexy and romantic, designed to enhance natural beauty and ensure you’re sparkling on the inside and out!
Of course when the designer came to get married herself, choosing just one dress was an impossible task, so instead she designed herself 4 – yes F O U R! With the below being one… and quite a beauty I am sure you will agree. You can see her glamorous rustic wedding in full (and her other three dresses!) right here on Chic Vintage Brides.
Gwendolynne Burkin has established herself as one of Australia’s fashion purists with one of the most distinctive signature looks. Avoiding the latest fashion trends, instead remaining true to her own sense of style and obsession with creating beautiful unique designs. Gwendolynne‘s designs combine delicate fabric with antique-style trimmings, creating dresses that are ladylike without appearing over the top – the styling is elegant, sensual and romantic; appealing to contemporary and vintage loving brides.
Rewriting the rules of bridal design and not driven by either trends or tradition, Bo & Luca gowns are infused with a worldly soul and a 70s ease. With a signature bohemian luxe design aesthetic, grounded in uncomplicated styling and easy elegance, they conjure moods of glamourous yesteryears and timeless appeal. Their collections brim with effortless silhouettes, whimsical movement, signature hand beading and breathtaking finishes; offering a new kind of bohemia, re-imagined for the modern bride.
Embracing a philosophy founded on original design, fine technique and true luxury, Pallas Couture seeks a cohesive balance between classical couture, impeccable tailoring and modern sophistication. With founder and haute couture designer Joy Morris and her daughter Philippa at the helm, Pallas Couture collections features faultless gowns that showcase pristine lines and shapes dramatized by hand-appliquéd French lace and beading.
Lost in Paris
“It’s not about us. It’s about the lace.” – Lost in Paris. And they’re not lying with their gowns created from lace unearthed at antique markets in Paris, expertly crafted on century-old machines no longer in operation, or handmade with love by Nanas long passed, each piece has its own story to tell. Their talented team of dressmakers then painstakingly restore and refashion it into one-of-a-kind wedding dresses at their Sydney atelier. It is no wonder this label is popular with free-spirited gypsy babes and eco-conscious bohemian brides alike. See beautiful bride Emily in her Lost in Paris dress, that was just perfect for her intimate celebration, here on Chic Vintage Brides.
After more than 30 years designing for brides Wendy Makin is recognised as one of Australia’s best. Using only the best quality fabrics and laces from all over the world her gowns are well known for their quality of design, fit and manufacture. And more recently she has become renowned for her use of the most fabulous floral fabrics!
Goddess By Nature has one philosophy – all women are goddesses, and each deserves to feel like one. Being strong believers in body positivity they consider the unique shapes and sizes of each feminine body when crafting their gowns, striving to create timeless, contemporary, romantic and most importantly comfortable dresses that look gorgeous on every figure.
Influenced by the fashion houses of Europe and the fashion center of New York, every Essense of Australia gown is painstakingly imagined and created by their talented and highly experienced Australian design team. Combining a superb fit with luxurious fabric and exquisite beading, Essense of Australia brings an attention to detail that sets their wedding dresses apart, whilst an innovative couture finishing option allows their brides to customize her gown to best reflect her unique style.
Establishing her couture presence in Australia in 2000, today Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian designer, widely acclaimed for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown. With 17 years in the industry she knows what brides want and prides herself on exceeding rather than meeting their expectations. Her gowns celebrate the spirit of today’s stylish and sophisticated modern bride – all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist.
Grace Loves Lace designs define a new era of bride; the modern, free-spirited woman unbound by tradition. Specialising in effortless, luxurious and timelessly sophisticated wedding gowns handmade from only the finest European laces and silks, this is the brand for the bride with style, substance and passion.
Well if you weren’t completely smitten with these designers before, hopefully you are now! Find more International Weddings on Aisle Society or add ‘Australia’ to your society to keep up with all the latest Australian weddings!
After an intimate ceremony at their city hall, Kristi & Michael wanted to share their vows and celebrate their marriage with family and friends, so planned an elegant New Years Eve affair at Sprucewood Shores Winery. Kristi channelled her inner screen siren with old Hollywood inspired curls and glamorous red lips. Whilst for Michael and his groomsmen there could be only one choice for attire, the classic black tux – and didn’t they look dapper. When it came to the day everything came together perfectly, from the color palette, to the greenery filled florals, and the snow dusted scenery!
“Our wedding colours were; gold, forest green, black and cream. I have a pretty minimalist style and I like things to be classic looking. We chose to have our wedding at the beautiful Sprucewood Shores Winery. The idea came from one of my bridesmaids after she went there for a wedding and said how I would love it… which I totally did.” And when you see their wedding you will see why, it was the perfect
“My dress was bought at Bridal Couture in Windsor and the designer was Allure Bridal. I had searched at Davids bridal for a dress and just felt like there wasn’t one dress that described my style. I feel in love with this dress when I went to bridal couture and I was set on it from there out! I wore my moms wedding earrings to complement the dress and a hair piece she bought me off amazon.”
“My florist The Bourbon Rose was absolutely fantastic! I told her I wanted a more green than white bouquet. Lots of winter greens and eucalyptus. The bouquet smelled amazing and I was beyond happy with what she came up with!”
“My mom and I decorated the wedding ourselves but with a lot of help from friends and family. My sister made all the signs for the desserts and drinks and my dad build the arbour we used for the ceremony.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Try to plan as much as you can in advance. If you are planning on your own, like we did, then make sure to ask friends and family for help. They love to be included on your special day… And remember no one but you will see all the little details. Don’t stress to much about making everything perfect.”
“Michael and I decided to go with a smaller cake since our wedding was around 75 people. We looked online and found the perfect cake idea for us. Super minimal but still gorgeous! I have ordered from Sweet Revenge Bake Shop multiple times before and I knew they would be the ones who could help me out!”
Tell us a little about your photographer…..
“I found Chantelle online and fell in love with her work and her as a person right from the start. She was super sweet and generous to us! I loved working with her back in March for our civil ceremony and then again for the wedding on NYE. She had such a great eye and I am soo happy with the turn out of all of our photos.”
See what I mean? Kristi & Michael’s wedding was perfection! Many many congratulations to them both, as well as a big thankyou, to them and their fabulous photographer Chantelle of C + E Collective – who captured the whole celebration so beautifully. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website www.candecollective.com and be sure to find & follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
We’re taking a step back in time with today’s utterly bewitching bridal shoot. Inspired by the dramatic setting of the Valle Crucis Abbey ruins, in Wales (which was built in the 13th century!), it is brimming with a haunting, almost gothic, beauty. With details kept to the minimum to allow the venue to shine, the day of the shoot brought an unexpected surprise in the form of snow, which added to the stillness and serenity so exquisitely captured in these images. Once seen, this shoot will stay with you forever…..
By way of an introduction to this haunting beauty, I have a few words from photographer Avonné….“This shoot took place at the Valle Crucis Abbey in Llangollen, UK. We never intended it to snow, typical unpredictable UK weather! But the snow added more to the renaissance feel I was going for. I was unable to find a florist in time so I went to a local floral shop and pieced together a bouquet. The florals were something that I wanted to compliment the flow of the dress. I wanted a soft, yet wild look as if you handpicked them yourself.
I got my inspiration when I was hiking in Wales, UK. I stumbled upon the abbey and I INSTANTLY wanted to photograph a bride in it. The inside was extremely moody and had a eerie renaissance feel. I just had to do it. It was EXTREMELY cold on this day but it was completely worth it. The old vintage look that I saw in my head came to life.”
Isn’t the location just incredible?? And I think the snow, whilst unexpected, really adds to the drama! A huge thankyou to the whole fabulous creative for working so hard to pull this shoot together on such short notice, but especially to Avonné Photography who created her vision and photographed it so perfectly. If you would like to see more of Avonné’s work do pop across to her website www.avonnephotography.com, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
Nothing says Spring quite like the sight (and scent) of blossom-filled trees. And it was the soft shades of those delicate blooms that inspired the color palette for today’s oh-so-pretty garden wedding inspiration board! Mixed with a splash of a rich dusky blue, for the groom and his guys, it creates a super feminine look that simply exudes romance…..
A palette this pretty suits almost any venue, and whilst its delicate, slightly dusky tones, give it a sense of age that makes it perfect for a vintage celebration, it is also utterly timeless. Which means it will look just as lovely when you look back on your wedding photos in 5, 10 or even 50 years time!
With a color scheme so unashamedly feminine, the decor should be too! Think an abundance of seasonal blooms, layers of soft tulle, lashings of lace and all things dainty and delicate when it comes to the tablescapes. Whether you’re celebrating outdoors or in, add some lush greenery for a contemporary feel (and to stop it from being too sickly sweet!) alongside pops of gold, to hint at understated luxury. And be sure to give your guests a glimpse of the prettiness you have planned with some elegant calligraphy stationery, tied with a ribbon and complete with vintage stamps.
Whilst this is definitely one for the girls, I don’t think your guys will be too upset with that gorgeous dusky gray-blue. Be sure to add a few extra details just for them – perhaps a cigar bar, a separate groom’s cake (of his favourite flavour, or wheels of cheese?), and a vintage car for him to drive you away in – and they’ll be happy!
Envisioning a wildly romantic wedding, inspired by nature, Jenn & Teague set about planning a woodland celebration in the grounds of their venue Rigmor House, with strong greenery elements and little touches of Celtic tradition throughout as a nod to the couples ancestral roots. Of course almost 2 years of planning couldn’t stop mother nature from having other ideas! So when the heavens opened the outside was brought in with a greenery filled ceremony, before the space was transformed for an elegant afternoon tea reception (complete with willow pattern china)…..
“We wanted our wedding to feel earthy, but also elegant. Inspired by our engagement walk along the Eno River, we picked colors and feelings that, for us, evoked taking a woodland walk along the river at dusk. So we picked a palette of greens, blue-lavenders, and greys, with accents of coppery rose gold. These colors felt even more appropriate, as green is Jenn’s favorite color and blue is Teague’s favorite color—so it felt like the two colors were representing us both.
We picked coppery rose gold as our accent color, as it is warm and felt appropriate given that we were getting married close to midsummer / Summer Solstice. Ironically, rose gold became very popular as we were planning the wedding—so its rising popularity made it much easier to find items in that metal. We used copper and rose gold in things like our rose gold & mercury cake stand from BHLDN, copper lights to decorate the venue foyer, favor labels, rose gold jewelry and copper tie clip gifts, copper food label holders for the buffet table, rose gold pennants which we hung in some of the windows, a copper tray that our invitation suite was displayed on, copper ginko leaf metal tray that our wedding bands were displayed on, etc.
Located on private land, with fields and woodlands surrounding it, we chose Rigmor House primarily because it offered the perfect space for us to have the wedding outside (even though that didn’t end up happening) — we loved how quiet and secluded the venue is. The Rigmor House was also an ideal choice because of all the additional guest bedrooms on the second floor that we were able to offer for free to our out-of-town guests. As Teague is from Seattle and many of his close friends still live there, it was really important to us that we provide out-of-town guests with a place to stay.”
“I wanted to wear the wedding gown that my mother and maternal grandmother wore for their weddings. However, the gown did not survive the test of time very well, so I decided to look for a dress that was as close to their dress as possible. I knew I wanted something formal and traditional—with lace neck and sleeves, a long train, and lots of bead work. I looked all over for the right dress—tried out several boutiques in my area, as well as Seattle and DC, BHLDN, local wedding thrift stores, etc. It was actually quite challenging to find my dress and took me about 14 months of regular hunting. On my second try at David’s Bridal I found the dress I was looking for! It was an Oleg Cassini off-the-shoulder lace A-line wedding dress, which was a close match to my mother and grandmother’s dress. Plus, my dress had pockets (can’t get better than that)!”
“Given our “wild romantic” nature theme, one of our top priorities, besides a photographer and wedding coordinator, was to focus on finding a fantastic florist. We were blown away by Caroline, of Caroline Ruth Design, design proposal—she nailed exactly what we had envisioned! She designed and put together so many essential features of the wedding décor: our bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres, the flower crown for the flower girl, greenery for the wedding cake decorations, trailing greenery with clustered florals for our wedding ceremony arbor, ceremony aisle arrangements, floral-greenery swags over the doors, a special installment of greenery wreaths that were hung behind the cake display, table centerpieces as well as a head table centerpiece, and hanging greenery wreaths above each reception table (and because we ended up having the ceremony inside due to rain, the hanging greenery wreaths also hung over the pews).
For the florals, we were inspired by the romantic, slightly unruly vibes of English country gardens: greenery heavy with lots of hand-picked wild flowers – in hues of whites, lavender blues, and sage green. For the main focal flowers, our florist Caroline and I chose garden roses, anemone, ranunculus, sweet pea, thistle, foxglove, and clematis to give that wild garden feel. Garden roses, anemone, ranunculus, and clematis provide gorgeous big blooms—I love their soft look. Sweet peas and foxglove—I love growing them in my own garden—and Caroline included them because they’re two of my favorite flowers. Thistle was a perfect addition to include also because of the thistle flower’s soft grey-blue color and also its association with Celtic moorlands. These florals were used in my bouquet but also in the bridesmaid bouquets and reception table centerpieces.”
“Along the nature theme, we originally envisioned the ceremony outside against a woodland treeline at Rigmor House, but it rained on our wedding day, so we did our best to bring some of the outdoors in.”
“We chose to do the reception in a British afternoon tea style, as we love having afternoon tea and wanted to share it with our family and friends! Jenn used to live in the UK when she studied modern and medieval Welsh (Celtic) literature and language at Bangor University in North Wales. Because of Jenn’s love of Celtic history (she’s a redhead after all!), we also integrated little touches of Welsh, Irish, and Scottish traditions into our wedding day and décor.
For the afternoon tea dishes and cutlery, we were very lucky to have Southern Vintage Table in the Chapel Hill area. Shelly, the owner, provided us with a gorgeous array of blue-and-white plates and porcelain tea sets, silver-plated cutlery, and other key serviceware items we needed for our afternoon tea reception. She even helped with dressing the tables and wow, the end result was more stunning than I imagined!”
“We gave out several favors. As the reception was a formal British afternoon tea, we gave out bags of the wedding tea blend we made ourselves and served at the tea as mementos so that guests could enjoy the wedding tea again later. It was an earl grey tea as the base, with lemon peel and lavender mixed in to present a delicate citrus-floral flavor. Jenn purchased the loose tea from Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC and Teague’s mother embroidered little gift bags to hold the tea bags. Each gift bag had a uniquely embroidered floral pattern, including beadwork, ribbon, and metal embroidery, with a copper Celtic heart pendant added to each bag.”
“Our wedding cake was a lemon cake with layers separated with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting, and a white buttercream on the outside in a ripple pattern, decorated with greenery that our florist provided. It was SO delicious and the lemon was the perfect flavor to counterbalance the midsummer heat. We served the cake with fresh local blueberries tossed in sugar.”
“Succulent plants. In keeping with the natural/earthy theme, we also gave out succulent plants. We wanted guests to have something that would last long after the wedding day itself and that represented the way love can be nurtured and grown. Teague’s mother also made little plant labels to go in each one – a wooden heart with Celtic knotwork on the front and our names and wedding date woodburned into the back, hanging from a copper stake.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
Come up with your wedding day must-haves in a rank order list and plan your budget accordingly. Knowing what your priorities are really can help with planning and money. Looking back, we are really glad we prioritized the things we did. In terms of vendors, the photographer and wedding planner or coordinator are essential and can make all the difference in your wedding day. Also seek out vendors early based on your priority. For example, as we knew a good photographer was at the top of our list, one of the first things we did was reach out to Boots.
If you are dreaming up and planning some, most, or all of the wedding yourself, start early. The more you are DIYing, the earlier you should start. We had about 20 months for planning between engagement to wedding, and I think more time would have been ideal. But we are both early career scientists and have intense work weeks, plus work most weekends, so we really had to carve out time to plan.
Even if you are planning most or all of your wedding yourself, we believe a wedding coordinator should be at the top of every couple’s list of wedding priorities. Erica was beyond crucial. She helped with additional planning and vendor identification, helped us figure out the best ways to materialize some of the more difficult parts of our wedding decorations and vision, thought of details we had overlooked, and oversaw the nitty-gritty organization of the day itself. Her professional insight was invaluable and I recommend that everyone should get the professional assistance of a wedding planner or coordinator like Erica, even if you are on a budget or DIY much of your wedding like we did. And perhaps most importantly—it was one of the best feelings in the world to be able to just focus on each other and our special day, knowing that Erica had everything well-organized and in hand.
Be sure you have rainy day alternate plans you love. It rained a lot throughout our wedding and although it was disappointing not to have our outdoor wedding amongst the trees like we had originally planned, we were really happy we had a good alternate indoor venue plan. This was also something that we wouldn’t have pulled off well without Erica’s help. She completely took charge of updating the last-minute plans with vendors, came up with an indoor ceremony décor plan, and ensured the indoor ceremony space was “flipped” into the afternoon tea reception set-up, without it delaying our schedule. Without her at the helm, the rain would have caused major stress. We are so glad we had Erica there!
Catering or wait staff are worth it. We did mostly self-catering ourselves for the afternoon tea reception. Besides the afternoon tea scones and wedding cake, everything else we got in bulk from Costco or prepared ourselves. The spread of food was delicious and dainty—exactly like a proper afternoon tea. But we completely underestimated how much work it would be to prepare all the food. We chose foods that could be served cold, since we didn’t want to struggle with keeping food hot or having someone prepare food in the oven during the ceremony itself—plus in the summer, cold food for an afternoon tea is more appropriate! However, buying food in bulk from Costco meant someone had to chop up all the vegetables for the vegetable platter, arrange all the cheese and fruit and salamis into a beautiful charcuterie spread, someone to assemble the mixed green salad, make the cucumber sandwiches, etc. etc. We did some food preparation the day before, but in the end, several close friends staying at the wedding venue ended up working the morning before our wedding (that afternoon) chopping, assembling, and arranging. We are incredibly grateful for how hard our friends worked, but we also hadn’t meant for the food to be as much work as it was. In future, even for relatively simple food spreads, we recommend couples find a local caterer or someone they can hire who will be in charge of food preparation and display.
Tell us a little about your photographer….
“When we first sat down to plan our wedding, we started by making a list of what we wanted most for the wedding. We both immediately agreed that our wedding photos, as a way of preserving memories of the day, was one of our top priorities. One of Teague’s colleagues was friends with Rebekah, of Rebekah Senter Photography and recommended her to us—and wow! We were so impressed by her particular eye for details, her organic, earthy approach which fit with our wedding “feeling”—and also the softness of her portraits. She is incredibly talented and we both knew right away we wanted to work with her! We cherish the photographs that she took, both for our engagement and for the wedding—it means so much to have a tangible way (i.e., photos) to help us relive and remember this special time in our lives.”
How gorgeous is all of that greenery? Huge congratulations to the happy couple Jenn & Teague, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Rebekah Senter for allowing me to share their beautiful day with you. If you love Rebekah’s photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website rebekahsenter.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
For those of you coming to the end of a long cold Winter, or simply looking forward to longer and warmer days, I have the perfect post for you today! This inspiration shoot is brimming with not only lush florals, elegant stationery and the most divine long sleeve wedding dress, but also beautiful golden Southern Californian sunshine, that can’t fail to fill you with warmth – so sit back and enjoy!
Photographer Amy Golding shared these words about the inspiration behind this vision of loveliness…. “From a romantic row boat ride to an all things pretty, this bridal inspiration filled afternoon took place under the flowing willows at the beautiful Willow Tree Pond. Ponds, rowboats and neutral color palettes for florals never fail to deliver. Plenty of prettiness laced all the accents. A bouquet to swoon over from Joy of Bloom Florals and elegant calligraphy details by All Things Yoom tie it all together to create the whimsy and effortlessness of romance.
Starting with a mauve color palette, we took a blend of rich tones to compliment the neutrals in this shoot to create a romantic garden affair that paired perfectly with the cool tones of the pond. Everything was set up in the warmth and glow of the Southern California sunshine as the backdrop to create a timeless, romantic etherealness.”
Isn’t that dress just incredible?? And how heavenly to arrive at (or exit) your ceremony is a row boat! A huge thankyou to the fabulous creative team (listed below) behind this dreamy editorial, but especially to Amy Golding who photographed it so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Amy’s work do pop and take a peek at her website amygolding.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
Today’s styled shoot took place at the Swan Coach House, an immensely charming historic venue in Atlanta. Our talented creatives captured the essence of a romantic wedding in a color palette of marsala, blush and touches of gold, with lush florals adorning the ceremony backdrop and elegant reception table, as well as the beautiful bouquets. Every timeless detail is utterly inspiring, from the blush bridesmaids dresses to the whimsical floral wedding cake and cascading table centrepiece; and the day ended perfectly with an iconic sparkler send off!
A few words from the team about the inspiration behind their vision…. “Our inspiration for this shoot was to shine a modern light on an already historic, elegant venue. The Swan Coach House is a historic gem located in the heart of Atlanta. It’s charm and indefinable character is unrivalled by any other venue in the city. With new bold, romantic details and a chic backdrop, we were able to create a timeless setting.
This styled shoot captured all the aspects of a real wedding day, starting with the beautiful styling of our bride and bridesmaids by Margaret Snider Artistry! The ceremony backdrop Host & Toast provided truly blew us away! Though it is beautiful on its own, the additional floral display by Stylish Stems made it an absolute showstopper! Stylish Stems also created a lush cascading floral display that perfectly complemented the vintage chic table and chairs provided by Peachtree Tents and Events and Collection Event Furnishings, and helped bring our vision to life.
Castle Paper Company was our go-to paper goods vendor for this shoot! Her whimsical and elegant style is exactly what we needed in order to perfectly complement the stunning gown from Fabulous Frocks! I Do Linens enhanced the modern vintage feel of the shoot by adding a richly textural velvet green linen to the cake that tied the entire look together. Finally, Confection Perfection created an exquisite three-tier cake to top it all off!
From the hair and make up to the magical sparkler send off in front of the house, this fabulous shoot is sure to be the perfect inspiration for your wedding day!”
Isn’t the palette just perfection?? Oh marsala how I have missed you! A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this dreamy editorial, but especially to Natalie of 4Corners Photography who captured every detail so perfectly. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at their website at www.4cornersphotography.com – and don’t forget to follow Natalie& Tyler on Instagram.
Inspired by their beautiful venue and love of antiques, Alex & Ian planned a timeless vintage wedding surrounded by loved ones; and to say their day was perfect would be an understatement. From the stylish couples attire, to the palette of greens and pastel florals, they considered every detail creating a welcoming and unforgettable celebration. It was a perfect Summer day filled with so many memorable moments and the happiest of tears!
Bride Alex shares….. “I have always loved collecting vintage and antiques, so planning a style for our wedding was easy. I’m a photographer so the first thing I did the day after Ian proposed was send an email to Kristen Marie Parker whose career I had followed for years. It only took us a couple of days to agree that we did not want to have a long engagement, so we started planning right away. The next week we toured Salisbury House & Gardens which is this incredible family estate turned museum in Des Moines. It was built in the 1920’s by a cosmetics magnate and modelled after the King’s House in Salisbury, England. It was the perfect setting for our wedding. We wanted an intimate wedding with our close family and friends, so we got married in the common room, had a dinner on the east lawn, and danced on the south terrace. We didn’t choose a specific color palette to follow but ended up choosing a lot of shades of green, blue, and soft pinks.”
“Initially I had dreamt of wearing a simple lace dress with long sleeves, but we decided to get married in June. Summers in Iowa can be hot and humid though. I only tried on 5 or 6 gowns until I found ‘the one’, by Mikaella. I wore that with a custom juliet cap veil made by Agnes Hart, a pair of green velvet heels from ASOS, vintage earrings, and a vintage rolex watch that had been my grandmother’s.”
“I reached out to Shelly Sarver Designs for our florals. She’s the best in Iowa. She made my bouquet with garden and David Austin roses, peonies, king protea, blue delphinium, pink amaranthus, burgundy ranunculus, blue hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. I told Shelly the kinds of flowers I liked, the kind I did not like, colors I liked, and she created beautiful, vintage floral arrangements. When I saw them for the first time I cried.”
“We thrifted over 100 brass candlesticks, collected antique oil lamps. and a few other vintage items for decorations. The biggest labor of love was a crescent moon photobooth that Ian and his brother made. All of our friends helped us paint a giant black backdrop with white stars for two days leading up to the wedding. I collected wedding photos from all of our family members and made some art and framed it all in thrifted brass picture frames.”
“Our wedding cake, and other desserts, were made by my close friend Meg who owns Dust Bowl Bakery. It was a dark chocolate stout and pumpkin layer cake with a cardamom cream cheese frosting, topped with cherries and pistachios. Our topper was a set of taxidermy mice dressed in wedding clothes that were a gift from my maid of honor.”
What were your favorite memories of the day?
“There are so many. Buying coffee and pastries the morning of and driving away with the pastries on top of the car. Running out of gas. Getting stuck behind a funeral procession. Feeling nervous and shaky, then calm as we arrived at the venue. Seeing each other for the first time. Writing my vows an hour before the ceremony. Seeing my only living grandparent there with us. Our entire ceremony which was done by our friend. Hearing Ian’s vows. The weather was absolutely perfect, weirdly perfect. The sound of 1920’s jazz during dinner. Stopping and saying hello to everyone. Dancing with Ian to songs we loved. The speeches from my dad, our wedding party, and a surprise speech from our nephew that had us in tears. Looking around at one point and crying because everyone we love was there in the same place.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Delegate tasks to people that want to help. Ask your catering company to handle furniture and linen rentals. Make a Pinterest board. Be true to your relationship and do what’s right for the two of you. Make spreadsheets! I would have lost my mind if we didn’t have spreadsheets with addresses, phone numbers, who gifted what, etc. Have your photographer make the schedule. We followed Kristen’s schedule almost to a T. It gave us time for all the photos we wanted and made the whole day run smoothly. Don’t try to DIY things that are brand new to you, you’ll end up getting frustrated. Make time for the things that are important to you.”
Tell us a little about your photographer….
“I had followed Kristen’s work for years and I knew she had the ability to capture people’s emotions and gorgeous candid moments. She was the first person I contacted the day after we got engaged. She was incredible to work with. She asked a lot of questions, had me fill out a questionnaire so she knew what was important to us, and she made us laugh. We look at our photos almost every day and she truly captured the memories from that day so perfectly.”
See what I mean about perfection? Many many congratulations to beautiful bride Alex and her dapper groom Ian. And a big thankyou to them and of course to their wonderful photographer Kristen Marie Parker who didn’t miss a moment and captured every detail so beautifully. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website www.kristenmarieparker.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Set in the sleepy trees at Stonebridge Weddings (previously Lange Farm), this impossibly romantic styled wedding shoot is the perfect combination of vintage and contemporary. Cassandra from Ever After Vintage Weddings took intricate lace as her inspiration and infused it throughout, layering seasonal blooms in the softest palette of pinks and cream, an elegant tablescape and a blush wedding dress!
Photographer Emily of The Ganeys shared…..“To set the stage for the wedding, guests received the most gorgeous invitations from Kelsey Malie Calligraphy. The delicate script made it seem like we had stepped back in time.
Filled with white peonies, cappuccino roses, creamy garden roses and greenery, the flowers were tied with hand-died ribbon. The bride wore a sweetheart Lillian West gown from The Dressing Room with the off-white hue complimenting her loose garden bouquet. Makeup by Lasting Luxe was flawless and smokey and her strawberry blonde hair was pinned in loose curls.
A wooden sign from Mulberry Market Designs welcomed guests to the ceremony. The vows were exchanged between the sweeping trees on the property. A semicircle of flowers acted as the altar. The couple used the bride’s ancestor’s vow book from 1890 during their ceremony. Seeing the witness’s script made us all feel as though the family was there in spirit.
The dining table was covered with a delicate piece of lace. Gold flatware lined the ceramic plates. Vintage candelabras set the mood for the meal. And at the end of the evening, the bride and groom enjoyed a delicious dessert from J’aime Cakes. The two-tiered cake, complete with lace piping and fresh flowers was the perfect way to end the celebration!”
Have you ever seen anything so pretty?? The palette is just perfection! A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this dreamy editorial, but especially to Emily of The Ganeys who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Emily’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at Alex & Amanda’s romantic wedding before heading to her website at theganeys.com – and don’t forget to follow Emily & Thomas on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
It would be fair to say I am more than a little in love with today’s Spring wedding inspiration board! The romantic colour palette was inspired by the delicate florals and soft light of Spring. A rich warm yellow mixes with cooler shades of blue to create a look for your wedding that is elegant, timeless, and my idea of heaven!…..
All too often I find myself creating boards for outdoor settings, but today I actually had a historic house in mind – a romantic space that would provide a sense of age (although this colour palette would certainly work just as well in a garden or vineyard!) Its delicate tones perfectly suit a vintage celebration, as well as the season and its blooms, and layered with some metallics it would look oh so elegant.
Add to the sense of softness with layers of ethereal fabrics, think flatware wrapped with silk satin ribbons, gossamer thin table cloths or runners, and delicate napkins in the palest of pastels or neutrals. The key to this chic look is in its simplicity, so keep florals, glassware and decor understated. Give your guests a glimpse of what awaits them on your big day timeless stationery, in graceful handwritten calligraphy. And you can always complete your look with a statement accessory like that beautiful beaded silk cape! Designed by the wonderful Gibson Bespoke it is actually available to buy here!