Inspiration Shoots

Elegant Greenery Wedding Inspiration at Riverside Place

KAYLEEN MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

In celebration of May, and its beautiful birthstone, we are continuing the Emerald theme here on Chic Vintage Brides with today’s inspiration shoot. Inspired by one of 2017 key trends, greenery, it is filled with lush florals, timeless styling and a modern vintage tablescape, all in fabulous shades of green, from chartreuse to emerald, perfect for any season!

Timeless Greenery Wedding Inspiration

Here are a few words from curator and photographer, Kayleen Michelle “Greenery is the official 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, and it was stunning to see these luxurious hues, an upscale whiskey bar, beautiful models and specialty vintage rentals all come together – and at a unique and historic venue in Washington State. One of the city’s largest and oldest meeting places, the building was built in 1903 and it’s century old neoclassical architecture was once considered one of the grandest fraternal lodges in the west! Formerly the grand Spokane Masonic Temple, it is now known as Riverside Place and it is perfect for those looking for a grand city affair paired with classic elegance! 

As a wedding is symbolic of new beginnings, so is “greenery” and it is “emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” A small team of vendors can do wondrous things when they all come together, and when they are given total creative freedom. Being a small business owner, and one that strives to offer high class service to all, I wanted my team to mirror those same values. I asked the gals to “do their thing” and gave each vendor creative freedom all while keeping our green theme in mind. What is truly great, is most of the featured vendors are very new to the Spokane wedding scene, but they prove the saying true: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!””

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Many thanks to the whole creative team behind this creative collaboration, and especially to Kayleen Michelle Photography & Design for capturing each and every detail so beautifully. To see more of her work be sure to head across to her website www.kayleenmichelle.com, and you can also follow her on Instagram, FacebookPinterest & Twitter.

If this gorgeous shoot has you contemplating a greenery filled wedding, then you might want to see this blush garden beauty and this elegant rustic wedding inspiration. Or for ideas on how to infuse your celebration with this key trend, take a peek at these 30 stunning ways.

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Contributors & Credits

Curator & Photographer – Kayleen Michelle Photography & Design // Stylist/Event Planner – Kami Schiller, Alive with Design Events // Venue – Riverside Place in Spokane, WA // Co-Stylist/Specialty Vintage Rentals – Artifact Rentals // Floral Design – Briar and Bloom // Wedding Cake – SR Sweets // Hair – Julia Kushnerchuk // Makeup – Maud Artistry // Wedding Dress – Amber by Nah Khanh // Invitation & Table Number – Doorpost Designs // Models – Taylor Rae Dillard (bride) and Audrey Alfaro (bridesmaid) // Mr and Mrs Wood Place Settings – Leanne Madeline Boutique // Farm Tables – Spokane Farm Tables // Bridesmaid Dress – Sue and Joe Maxi Dress

Boho Vintage Weddings

A Boho-Vintage Beach Wedding in New Zealand

MEREDITH LORD PHOTOGRAPHY

I am so excited to be sharing today’s beautiful beach wedding! Because not only does it show how you don’t need an historic venue or heirloom wedding dress to have a vintage infused wedding (there are many different types of vintage), but also this perfect day took place in my home country of New Zealand and was captured by one of my absolute favourite photographers Meredith Lord…..

A Boho-Vintage Beach Wedding in New Zealand

Bride & Groom Suzy & Alan’s courtship was just as romantic as their wedding – with Alan pulling off one of the most romantic first dates I have ever heard of! “We met on Alan’s front doorstep 11 years ago while I was traveling the UK and Europe – I am close friends with his sister Charlie. Years went by and we were all friends sending the occasional message. When Charlie got engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid Alan and I started talking more about my plans to return to the UK for the wedding. Charlie had decided Alan and I were perfect for each other and so Alan and I played along in good humour. But after many days talking on skype it became quite clear that we were perfect for each other and our friendship developed into something more. When I returned to the UK he took me on our first date to Paris!”

When it came to planning their wedding, it was no mean feat – planning a New Zealand beach wedding whilst living in the UK! Luckily the couple’s friends and families were on hand to help. “Our Wedding was held at a beach up the coast from where Alan proposed just over 2 years before. We planned our wedding from the UK so it involved a lot of pinterest boards and facetime calls to my Mum and Sisters back in New Zealand. They did all the running around for me and collecting everything that pieced together the day.”

Inspired by nature the couple set about creating their perfect day…. “I wanted to make it about us and not just about what I liked. So I decided to use the sea as inspiration. The colours, movement, natural aspects of it. We used white fabric to drape the marquee ceiling. White tablecloths. Drift wood from the beach Alan proposed at as place cards. Dried lavender like the seagrass. Little touches of blue. I didn’t want to overwhelm the garden reception as the surroundings were so beautiful.”

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“I didn’t want a perfectly round bouquet, I liked the more natural style. I showed a photo of what I liked to our family friend Tina who created them all for us. I was not worried about which exact flowers to use as it was the end of summer. I just wanted blue, white and greens. They all turned out absolutely stunning.”

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“We both love the beach and the sea, so it was a dream for both of us to be married barefoot on the beach. After taking Alan to my home in New Zealand it was clear that was the perfect place. As we love being outdoors and Bremdale Gardens was perfect for an outdoor reception.”

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“We had two readings during our ceremony. I sent Alan the poem ‘I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)’ by E.E Cummings while I was living in NZ. He then sent me a heart key chain to carry with me. So we chose that reading for its sentimental value to us.

The second was an exert from Captain Correlli’s Mandelin called ‘Love is temporary madness’. We chose it as it spoke about what marriage was to us, to decide everyday that we were married. When the being in love goes away, we remember that decision and continue to grow together.”

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“I wore ‘Marilla’ a dress custom made by Phoebe Blockley Bridal, in the UK. Phoebe let me help with the design because  I didn’t want any frills or anything that was too over the top, just simplicity and a chic timeless look.  We went for a three piece dress, with a white lace day top, blush bustier, silk skirt and a blue lace top for the evening.  The best feature was the blue that Phoebe hand painted at the bottom.  My Nana said it looked like a wave crashing on the beach.”

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“Alan and his groomsmen wore blue suits from Next. Our son Max wore a pale blue linen suit from Little Woods in the UK, and our ‘Best Maid’ Leanne wore a grey embellished dress from BHLDN.”

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“I had 5 bridesmaids, my sisters Adie and Dana, my sister in law Charlie (who set up Alan and I) and two of my closest friends Alice and Esther. I chose different greys for their dresses from For Her and For Him, they all chose what style they wanted. I wanted a elegant timeless look for them.”

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“My Mum, sisters, friends and family helped us create our reception. We used fabric sail my mother had made for my older sisters wedding draped the ceiling of the marquee. The owner of Bremdale Gardens made our flower chandelier, and our table centerpieces were dried lavender from my Aunties’ and flowers from Bremdale Gardens in jars. Drift wood from the beach Alan proposed on were the place cards, and Alan and I love blackboards so our seating plan was blackboards. We displayed our grandparents wedding photos and made a bar out of pallets. A sign post made from wood from my parents garden pointed our guests in the right direction.”

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“We chose not to have favours as it helped us stick to our budget. And as a lot of our wedding party and guests were traveling from overseas we didn’t want to load them with more things to carry.”

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Cakes by Adie, my older sister, made our cake. We wanted it quite simple and Alan loves sponge, which she covered with buttercream and made a silhouette cake topper of myself Alan and our son. She also made carrot, lemon, chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes.”

Single Tier Wedding Cake with Silhouette Wedding Cake Topper

Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

On the day take everything in, it all goes so fast, stop and pause. Take some time out with your husband but also your loved ones, it’s a big day for them too. We had a sweet hearts table so we could spend some time together to talk. In the morning it was just Mum putting me in my dress. I also had a first look with my Dad. It was important to me to have those special moments alone with my parents. 

Oh and things will go wrong. Just carry on and enjoy the day, you will be the only one who will notice. If you end up married to your best friend then nothing else matters.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“I chose Meredith 2 years before the wedding – before we had set a date or chose the venue. Being a photographer myself this was something I was most particular about. I was planning the wedding from the UK researching photographers in the area in NZ and found Meredith. After looking at her website, blog, instagram and pinterest I just fell in love with her work. She was really easy to get along with and captured our day beautifully. We had so many stunning locations surrounding the area and she  really went out of her way to include as much of it as possible.”

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Huge congratulations to our gorgeous bride and groom and many thanks to the wonderful Meredith Lord Photography for these utterly beautiful images. I sure feel lucky to call this beautiful part of the world home! If you would like to see more of Meredith’s beautiful work, pop and take a peek at this intimate garden wedding with Old Hollywood glamour and this sweet Summer winery wedding, right here on Chic Vintage Brides; before heading to her website www.meredithlord.com. You can also find and follow her on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Meredith Lord Photography // Ceremony Venue – Arora Beach, Mahia // Reception venue – Bremdale Gardens, Nuhaka, New Zealand // Wedding Dress – Custom-made by Phoebe Blockley Bridal // Boutique – Tina Raskin // Bridal Shoes – ASOS // Veil – Vintage (borrowed from the bride’s grandmother) // Jewellery – Ernest Jones // Bridesmaids Dresses – For Her and For Him // Jewellery – Sugar Oh Honey Honey // Flowergirls Attire – Homemade // Pageboy – Suit from Ladybird // Hair & Make up – Bernita Stone and Dana Gasson // Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire – Next // Best Woman’s Outfit – BHLDN // Floral Design – Bremdale Gardens Rose-Marie // Caterer – Craig Kokich // Wedding Cake – Cakes by Adie // Stationery – Samantha Robertson (friend) // Celebrant – Reverend Richard Senior // Engagement Ring – Designed by the groom at Diamond Heaven // Wedding Rings – Diamond Heaven // Transport – 4 Classic Minis from the Father of the Bride // Entertainment – Kiri Gilbert

Inspiration Shoots

‘Morning Sky’ – A Dreamy Bridal Inspiration Shoot

WHITNEY HEARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Fairytale romance against a backdrop of the gorgeous, historic Graydon Hall, and regal bridal gowns from the wonderful Catherine Langlois combine to give us this dreamy bridal vision. Each element is a flawless work of art, creating an enchanting take on vintage in a sophisticated palette of muted tones…..

'Morning Sky' - A Dreamy Bridal Inspiration Shoot

The dark splashes of red amongst the soft shades of pink in the lush blooms adds a further layer of luxury to the ornate, light-filled rooms. Whilst the mix of luxurious cut crystal glasses and elegant china serveware with the more modern flatware provides a contemporary feel to the inviting tablescape. But it is most certainly the dreamy wedding dresses, with their dramatic embellishments and hints of color that truly shine!

Here’s designer Catherine Langlois with a few words about the collection and today’s shoot “The inspiration for the photo-shoot was to take a princess inspired classic theme and “dirty up” the look. Our models sported pink and purple big messed up hair, the make-up was colorful pastels and slightly smudged. The models were instructed to pose as if they had a good time at the wedding, and this was the next morning. Hence the title of the collection “Morning Sky”.

The inspiration behind the collection was to showcase the shades of a morning sky, in a variety of styles within the current favorite bridal tones of blush and grey. As a designer, I wanted to show how blush can take on many different looks depending on the style of gown, fabric and detailing.”

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Wow…. isn’t it just divine?? The setting, the details, and those gowns…. they simply take my breath away! A huge thankyou, as always, to all the talented wedding pros who came together to create every beautiful detail you see here so perfectly. But a special thankyou must go to photographer Whitney Heard for not only capturing it all so flawlessly but also for letting me share it with you here and of course the designer of these incredible wedding dresses Catherine Langlois. To see more of the collection be sure to pop across to her website at www.catherinelanglois.com and you can find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

Or if this has left you wanting to see more romantic wedding inspiration then take a peek at this colorful Spring shoot in bright and beautiful citrus hues, this breathtakingly romantic bridal shoot in terracotta and this Spring delight all the way from Russia (you absolutely MUST see the palace it was shot it!)

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Contributors & Credits

Venue – Graydon Hall, Toronto, ON // Bridal Gowns – Catherine Langlois  // Photography – Whitney Heard Photography // Makeup – Maya Goldenberg // Hair – Ladylynn Gool // Hair Accessories – The Loved One // Florals – Living Fresh // Table Design – Cynthia Martyn // Tabletop Rentals – Plate Occasions // Invitations – Plume Calligraphy // Models: May – Plutino Group  and Haruko – Spot 6

Inspiration Boards

Summer Blush – Glamorous & Elegant Wedding Inspiration in Shades of Blush

Oh yes, in this romantic Summer wedding inspiration board it is easy to see why you love Blush so much! An enchanting shade of pink it is almost overwhelmingly pretty, and I thought its delicate touch would be heavenly for a refined modern-vintage wedding….. and I think I was right.

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Summer Blush - Glamorous & Elegant Wedding Inspiration in Shades of Blush

Invitation Suite – Script Merchant + Signora e Mare, Photography by Bethany Erin via Magnolia Rouge // Boutonnieres – Vangs Garden Flowers, Photography by Tara Francis Photography  +  Bunn Salarzon via SMP // Place Setting – Casa de Perrin, Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography via SMP // Bride & Bouquet – Sarah WinwardJose Villa Photography via SMP // Bridal Shoes – Jimmy Choo, Photography by Sawyer Baird via SMP // Heart Engagement Ring – Studio 1040 on Etsy// Wedding Reception – Vasia Photography via SMP

All too often I create boards for outdoor settings (I think because I was a Winter bride myself and so I missed out on the garden celebration I would have liked) and whilst this would no doubt look just as lovely in a garden or vineyard, I actually had a marquee, ballroom or orangerie in mind when creating it – a venue that would be the blank canvas this pretty palette needs to really shine.

Its delicate tones perfectly suit the greenery trend, and mixed with some dusky neutrals and metallics it would look surprisingly sophisticated. Give your guests a glimpse of the luxury awaiting them on your big day this with some timeless white stationery, in gracefulful handwritten calligraphy, completed with vintage stamps and tied with a ribbon that hints at your chosen palette.

Keep proceedings elegant with understated linens and place settings with hints of blush in the glasswear and florals. Add a further layer of luxury with just the right lighting for such a refined affair – I am of course talking crystal chandeliers! I can just imagine them sparkling softly as the sun sets and the party really gets started.

So dreamy, don’t you think? If you’re just not sure about this pretty shade, or if its early days in your wedding planning process and want to see more wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Summer don’t go anywhere because you will find lots in CVB’s archives! Like this early Summer beauty in the softest shades of pink, or this beach inspired beauty in sea, sand & pearl, and this fun mint & peach palette just perfect for a garden wedding, or for a trio that truly evokes the long days of Summer take a peek at this red, white & blue beauty – so much more elegant than it sounds. Oh and you won’t want to miss these 10 gorgeous Summer wedding colour ideas!

Amy

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Modern Vintage Weddings

A Grace Kelly Inspired Bride and Her Timeless Wedding

BRANCO PRATA

When a bride names Grace Kelly her inspiration you know you are in for a treat! From start to finish Candace and Jason’s wedding is a lesson in timeless elegance and the modern-vintage aesthetic that we at Chic Vintage Brides so adore. Beautifully mixing meaningful olde world details with contemporary styling the couple created a celebration that whilst unmistakably modern transports you to a more romantic time and place…..

A Grace Kelly Inspired Bride and Her Timeless Wedding

It was the couple’s engagement that first inspired the theme of their big day. Candace tells us, “We had a memorable engagement in Paris and soon after the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.”

Of course first on their to do list was finding the setting for their European inspired celebration, and the Villa del Sol d’Oro, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, could’t have been more perfect. The Villa is a two-thirds scale replica of the Villa Collazzi near Florence which is rumored to have been designed by Michelangelo.

Candace and found the house and grounds so beautiful that it barely needed any decoration; “The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers.  Our florist, Of The Flowers, did  an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty,” Candace explained.

Timeless Lace Wedding Dress

“My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.”

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“I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’).  Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.”

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“Exchanging our personalized vows was my favourite moment . Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there.”

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“I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.”

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“Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge.”

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“We opted out of having a cake and chose a dessert bar instead. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.”

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Oh how I love those special moments captured during the Father-of-the-Bride’s speech. Much as we love details here at CVB, it is the moments like this that make a wedding! A huge congratulations to happy couple Candace & Jason, and a big thankyou to their photographers BrancoPrata for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their beautiful fine art photography make your next stop their website www.brancoprata.com and be sure to find and follow them on Instagram, FacebookPinterest & Twitter for daily doses of magic.

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And if you love this wedding as much as I do, and are looking to see more of those special moments, do take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video by Robert Michael Films. He has the most refreshing approach to wedding films and for this particular romance fest he decided to create a series of short stories focusing on one moment, giving a unique narrative of the most important parts of the day. He calls it the “Vignette Series” and each gave me chills, but watching them all together is simply magical!


“The Vignette Series” // Candace and Jason

To see more from Robert Michael head across to his website robertmichaelfilms.com or find him on Vimeo and allow yourself to get completely lost in his creations – be warned you could find yourself there for some time!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – BrancoPrata // Venue – Villa del Sol d’Oro // Planning & Design – Twine Events // Videographer – Robert Michael Films // Wedding Dress – Bespoke // Bridesmaid Dress – Jenny Yoo // Floral – Of The Flowers // Calligraphy – The Pointed Pen // Musicians – Angelica Strings // Decor – Dish Wish // Rentals – Archive Rentals // Drinks – BottleShop 48 // Wedding Cake – Fantasy Frostings // Transport – ABC Tours // Officiant – Moore John Rev

Wedding DIY

Art Deco Wedding Invitation DIY with Download & Print

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If you’re a paper-lover like me, finding the perfect stationery for your big day is one of your top wedding priorities. And today I couldn’t be more excited to be not only introducing you to my latest wedding stationery discovery, Download & Print; but also bringing you the most fantastic (and easy to follow) tutorial for making these glamorous and Gatsby-inspired, Art Deco wedding invitations!

DIY Art Deco Wedding Invitation

If you’ve not heard of them before, Download & Print are a fabulous resource for crafty couples looking to add a personal touch to their big day (as well as budget-savvy couples looking to save a few $s) by DIYing their stationery. Founder, and designer of these delightful templates, Anna Skye explains: “At Download & Print we want all of our customers to experience the joy of presenting a handmade invitation to someone they love. We design invitation templates that can be easily personalized in Microsoft Word or Mac Pages. With our templates Bride’s can make invitations for a fraction of the retail and online price. We are proud to have helped Bride’s all over the world create invitations, as far away as South Africa, UK, Australia, France, Canada, and Saudi Arabia; using our templates.”

With a library of available design templates, and all at super reasonable prices, you’re sure to find the perfect suite for you, whatever your style, theme or budget – they even have plenty of fab freebies too! Including today’s swanky Art Deco inspired design from the Ornate Vintage collection, which just happens to be one of the most popular wedding invitations on Download & Print – and it’s easy to see why! The detailed scroll work and gorgeous fonts take us back to a golden age of jazz, flapper girls and F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour! The full suite of 15 matching pieces, which includes all your day of stationery, thankyou cards and everything, is a bargain at $49. But if all you want is the invite, envelope liner and RSVP then you’re in luck, because today Anna is giving them away for FREE!

Now, let me hand you over to Anna for the step by step tutorial, but first a quick run down of what you’ll need…..

Supplies

– Printable templates
– Printer
– White or cream card stock
– Paper cutter and/or scissors
– Double sided tape
– Black euro flap A7 envelope
– Black 4-bar envelope
– Gold star dream paper
– Bone folder
– Scoring tool
– Ruler

Oh, and when you reach the end of this tutorial, do check out the video for details on how to make the intricate art deco belly band. To me this is the show stopper. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it’s super easy to make. Enjoy!

Step 1: Download & Print

Art Deco Wedding Invitation DIY with Download & Print

Download the DIY vintage wedding invitation and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP. The fonts used are Ecuyer DAX and Aerolite CP – both are free fonts. So download the fonts to your computer, then open Word and the template.

Only the dark text in the picture above can be changed. The heading text that is grayed out cannot be changed. Print the file.

TIP: Print one copy and check for accuracy. Have someone else check the file for correct spelling and dates for you too, because there is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to find you’ve entered the wrong date!

When choosing paper I recommend paper that is between 65 lbs and 90 lbs. This is a heavier weight than standard copy paper to give a luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will jam your printer. You can also take the file and print at FedEx Office or your local copy shop. They will have a paper cutter on hand also to save you time on the next step.

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Step 2: Trim

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the cut lines. A paper cutter will produce straighter cuts and you can trim more than one sheet at once, speeding up the process. Plain old scissors will work just fine too though.

 

Step 3: Envelope Liner

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Print the envelope liner (it is the PDF file in the download) and trim around the edge. You can use a paper cutter on the three straight edges, then scissors for the curved flap. The trick to cutting a neat curve around the point is to hold your scissors still and rotate the paper.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Insert the liner into an A7 euro flap envelope, lining up the top of the flap just below the envelope adhesive.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Score the liner along the same crease as on the envelope. You want the liner and envelope flap to fold together. If you don’t have a scoring tool, a closed mechanical pencil or back of a utility knife will create a crease. Just don’t use something that is sharp enough to cut the paper!

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

Fold the flap down and stick two pieces of double sided tape to the back. Fold the envelope flap over and push down to stick the liner and envelope together.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Stationery with Download & Print

 

Step 4: Art Deco Band

And now for my favorite element to this set: The Art Deco Band! There’s no template for the band so you can change the sizes to fit your style and make the design your own. The dimensions listed below are what I used and what you see in the pictures.

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Cut 1” wide strips along the long edge of the gold paper. This forms the band that will wrap around your invitation set. I used a lighter weight paper that was easily folded around the invitation set. Cut 3” square pieces from the gold paper. We’ll fold this into the art deco badge.

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For some extra interest I used a scoring tool and created three lines along the strips of gold. This is entirely up to you though if you like the look or not, or have the time and patience to add in this step! I ran the tool along the band at random intervals, I had two lines closer together at the top, and another line near the bottom. Don’t cut the band! The scoring tool just creates an ever so slight indentation that adds interest when the band catches the light.

For the steps to create the origami art deco badge please watch the video – it’s so much easier to follow along with the video than try to explain here. Don’t worry though, it’s not hard to make; just a few folds and you’re done. The instructions for making the band and badge start at 5:45 in the video.

 

Step 5: Assemble the Set

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Line the bottom point of the art deco diamond with the center scroll on the DIY vintage wedding invitation and wrap around the band. Make sharp folds at the invitation edge and pull the band so that it’s snug against the invitation. Use double sided tape to adhere the band arms to each other at the back, without sticking the band to the invitation. It needs to be able to slide off easily. Slide in the RSVP with 4-bar envelope and sit them on top of the invitation. The set is now ready to stuff in the A7 envelope and mail.

Isn’t it fabulous? As a bride who DIYed her wedding invitations, this tutorial would have helped A LOT – and they would have looked SO much better! A huge thankyou to creator Anna Skye of Download & Print for sharing this fabulous DIY with us today.

Now, if you love this design but would like it in another color palette take a look at the 10 color choices here. Or if Anna’s wonderful designs and skills have inspired you to DIY your invites, check out Download & Print and use the exclusive coupon code ‘CVB10‘ for $10 off your membership.

And be sure to keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna will be back next month with another creative wedding invite DIY, with the sweetest vintage handkerchief design, that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Old World Castle Wedding Inspiration

LARA LAM PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s nothing quite like a castle to create a fairy tale wedding! And this heavenly styled shoot filled with opulent and ethereal wedding inspiration in a pretty palette of greyed blues, is tailor-made for modern vintage romantics. The sweetheart table, adorned with lush white blooms, coupled with the incredible venue, and celestial bridal look are absolutely swoon-worthy……

Olde World Castle Wedding Inspiration

Old World Castle Wedding Inspiration

Equally lovely are the watercolor stationery suite with gold calligraphy and the simple yet stunning wedding cake atop a vintage stand, which fit oh-so perfectly with this elegant, modern-vintage style. In fact brimming with old world charm and splendor, it is hard to believe this shoot took place just outside LA!

The Hollywood Castle is a majestic mansion, beautifully crafted to resemble a real British castle, nestled high atop the Hollywood Hills.  With breathtaking views and complete solitude, this hidden treasure is a unique palatial estate located minutes from the heart of Hollywood yet  surrounded by luscious gardens.

Here are a few words from photographer and creator of this stunning shoot, Lara Lam “I am always dreaming about old castles and mythical romance depicted in paintings and literature. This bridal inspiration shoot shows a lot of my personal aesthetic vision and passion.” 

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As always, a huge thankyou to the inimitable, and oh so lovely, Lara Lam who captured every detail with such an exquisite eye. If you are as in awe of her fine art photography as I am then you will want to see this stunning heirloom bridal shoot and this chic San Francisco elopement inspiration! Be sure to pop and take a peek at Lara’s website www.laralamweddings.com too, to see even more of her work, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for a daily dose of romance.

For more castle wedding inspiration you might want to see this intimate celebration in an Austrian Schloss and Charlotte & Grant’s beautiful day in a French Chateau. Or if you love the idea of an historic venue for your wedding (castle or otherwise), you won’t want to miss this romantic bridal shoot in a Russian palace and be sure to take a peek at this elegant wedding inspiration at Swan House and this Autumn delight at Twickenham House (another mansion you must see!)

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photographer ~ Lara Lam // Floral Design ~ Karen’s Garden // Hair & Make-up ~ Hikari Murakami // Jewelry ~ Petals & Stones // Vintage Decor  ~ Etablir Shop // Wardrobe  ~ Coralie Beatrix // Calligraphy ~ Letters to You // Wedding Cake ~ Amor Bakery // Venue ~ The Hollywood Castle

Boho Vintage Weddings

A Romantic, Boho-Vintage Wedding with Rustic Charm and Monarch Butterflies

BLESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s Australian wedding is filled with the most stunning native florals and DIY details. I fell instantly in love with the relaxed style of the happy couple Kristina & Josh and their bridal party, which embodies a modern vintage and boho vibe that perfectly suits their romantic rustic setting. Their outdoor ceremony takes full advantage of the lush Australian bush and lovely grounds at groom Josh’s family home…..

A Romantic, Boho-Vintage Wedding with Rustic Charm and Monarch Butterflies

After being introduced at the tender age of 16, by their Mum’s no less, and getting engaged at the very tip of Cape York during a romantic two month holiday around Queensland, Kristina & Josh set about creating a celebration that reflected the couples interests and relaxed personal style. Kristina explains, “A lot of the inspiration for the wedding was taken from our everyday lives. My mother in law has been collecting antiques for many years and both josh and I have developed the love for them as well. We wanted to create a romantic yet relaxed outdoor atmosphere, which we could achieve on Josh’s parents beautiful rural property.”

And like many couples they wanted to achieve their dream wedding, as well as wow their guests, without breaking the bank – and I think after seeing the photos you will agree the certainly did, with a little help from their nearest and dearest. “I tried to stick to a budget.  It wasn’t always easy but it did help with the planning. Having some DIY projects (ceremony seats, arbor, veil, flowers, and invites) using the help of family & friends and using Josh’s family property helped to cut costs in some ways.”

With lots of steal-worthy details and ideas, be sure to have your pinning finger ready!

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“My dress was from A Brides Blessing. We had been to 3 other dress shops that morning but once I tried my dress on, I fell in love with it! I didn’t get it that day just as I was unsure and wanted to think about it, but that was it! – I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back first thing the next morning to buy it! I wore Josh’s grandmother’s necklace & my grandmother’s rings. Everything complimented one another perfectly. I looked exactly how I wanted & felt so good wearing it.”

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“I wanted natives for my bouquet my aunty Marie was my florist and she did a wonderful job. The beautiful purple flowers she used we picked straight from the bush just near our place.”

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“Josh, his dad Rob and some good mates built the arch, seats for the ceremony and the doors for the entrance into our reception area.”

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“Josh & the boys wore suits from YD – these complimented the rustic style of our wedding. They all wore different super hero socks as a fun & personal touch!”

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“I loved the whole day but I would say my favourite part would be our ceremony. Standing in front of all our family and friends and marrying my best friend was just perfect.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“We are very lucky to have such wonderful family and friends that helped with whatever we needed in the whole wedding planning and on the big day. If you can have as many friends and family involved in the day and setting up it will help relieve some of your stress and make everyone feel included.”

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“I wanted a naked cake and Love at first slice did a wonderful job. The cake was exactly what I wanted and was delicious. We topped it with a personalised cake topper from Glistening Occasions that included us with our dog, Woody.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“My photographer, Tamar, is a friend I worked with before she started full time photography. I love her work! Everything I have seen from her is always beautiful. Both her and her husband ,Matt, (2nd photographer) helped make the day seem so easy.”

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I am so head over heels with Kristina & Josh’s romantic style! It is the perfect mix of boho and vintage, don’t you think? A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Tamar of Bless Photography for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Tamar’s work pop and take a peek at Holly & Brad’s bright and beautiful woodland weddingShadiyah & Dave’s stunning coastal celebration or Megan & Chris’s rustic vintage winery wedding right here on Chic Vintage Brides, or head over to her website www.blessphotography.com.au – and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

If you love the relaxed style of this wedding and are looking for more boho-vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see this stunning celebration at a Chateau in the Dordogne, and this simply gorgeous boho-vintage wedding inspiration shoot at Deux Belettes. Or if it is its rustic styling that has charmed you, you MUST see Anna Campbell’s glamorous rustic wedding!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Bless photography // Venue – Groom’s family property // Floral Design – Bride’s Aunty Marie Johansson // Wedding Stationery – DIY // Wedding Cake – Love at First Slice // Marquee & Linens – Hawkesbury Party Hire // Hair – Groom’s Sister Sarah Heather // Makeup – Oakville Beauty Bliss // Wedding Dress – A Brides Blessing // Groom’s Attire – YD // Bride’s Shoes – Basement HQ // Bridesmaids Dresses – Forcast  // Veil – Created by the Groom’s Mum Tanya // Catering – Rosie and Co Catering // Entertainment – Band- Three Blind Monkeys // Necklae – Vintage from the Groom’s Grandma // Flower Girls Dress – Coco Blush Boutique // Transport – Rusty Kombi Hire // Celebrant – Lulu Celebrations – Louise O’Brien // Cake Topper – Glistening Occasions // Rings – Zamels // Tent – Jennah Hallam at The Avant-Garde Camping Company

Inspiration Shoots

Dreamy Garden Wedding Inspiration with Provence Charm

TARALYNN LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s romantic inspiration shoot from the fabulous Taralynn Lawton exudes elegance and chic Provence charm! Set in the gardens of the gorgeous Rose Story Farm; with flowers from A Splendid Occasion, gowns by Emily Riggs Bridal and a simple yet enticing courtyard tablescape, all impeccably styled by Tinge Floral; it is my idea of modern-vintage heaven and I am a little giddy at being able to share it with you! So, grab a cuppa, sit back and don’t even think about starting work for just another hour (or so) whilst you take in every detail of this flawless creation…..

Dreamy Garden Wedding Inspiration with a Hint of Provence

Looking at the grounds of Rose Story Farm near Santa Barbara, abundant with lush lavender, you are instantly transported to a village in Provence, a setting that perfectly fits this vision of an intimate modern-vintage wedding, full of old world elegance and romance. Drawing from the most beautiful colour palette of blush paired with vintage greens and a muted grey,  Michael Radford and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, alongside a wonderfully talented team, created this romantic garden wedding inspiration for their Film & Flora workshop. Pairing gorgeous gowns with ethereal veils from Emily Riggs Bridal, and simple but elegant place settings with richly gathered, organic floral arrangements (reminiscent of Victorian floral oil paintings) from A Splendid Occasion, they infused a simple garden venue with a touch of opulence. Each and every detail has been perfectly captured by Taralynn Lawton, and her images drenched in dreamy Southern California light are enough to make any bride weak at the knees! I hope you have your pinning finger ready…..

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A huge thankyou to the whole creative team below, and especially to Taralynn Lawton for capturing everything so beautifully, and of course for allowing me to share her work with you here. You can see more of her beautiful fine art photography on her website taralynnlawton.com as well as on her blog. If you love her work as much as I do, do remember to follow her on FacebookInstagram, Google+ & Pinterest. Oh and keep an eye out on Chic Vintage Brides, as I very much hope this is the first of many posts featuring her work!

Before you go, if you loved this and are looking for more romantic modern-vintage wedding inspiration do take a look at this heavenly beach wedding inspirationthis enchanting Venice elopement or for something a little more seasonal this breathtakingly romantic fall wedding inspiration? Or if it is real weddings you are after, then simply click here!

Amy

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Photography – Taralynn Lawton // film & Flora Workshop Hosts – Michael Radford Photography and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral // Planning & Design – Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral // Venue – Rose Story Farm, Carpenteria, California // Florals – Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion // Wedding Dresses & Veils – Emily Riggs Bridal // Bridal Hair & Makeup – 10.11 Makeup // Other floral contributors – Renegade Floral, Maegan Deegan of DiMauro Originals and Kiersten DeVore // Wedding Cake – Whisk & Whittle // Wedding Stationery & Menus – Mon Voir Calligraphy // Linen – La Tavola // Tables – Found Vintage Rentals // Table Settings – Casa De Perrin // Model Agency – Hello Gorgeous Models

Inspiration Boards

Summer Jewels – Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

Summer Jewels - Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

In celebration of May, and its beautiful birthstone, we are continuing the Emerald theme here on Chic Vintage Brides with today’s inspiration board. Mixing it with a rich sapphire blue to create a lavish and deeply romantic Summer wedding color palette. With a splash of gold adding to the sense of luxury, this is a look that radiates glamour and timeless sophistication…..

Summer Jewels - Garden Wedding Inspiration in Midnight Blue & Emerald

Bride & Bridesmaids – Jen Huang via SMP // Wedding Sign – Lauren Scotti via FabMood // Boutonnieres – Michelle Lywood, Photography by Audrey Norman Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Engagement Ring & Velvet Box – Rachel Solomon via SMP // Bridal Shoes – Gold Lace Shoes by Bella Belle Shoes, Photography by Anna Tereshina Photography // Garden Wedding Tablescape – Kurt Boomer via SMP // Groom – Michael Radford Photography

I love the idea of making the most of the long hot days with a garden wedding, with an arbor or tree filled courtyard providing your guests with some much needed shade for the reception. An outdoor reception doesn’t mean you have to go rustic, instead think menus in vintage gilt frames and elegant candle laden tablescapes with plush chairs under crystal chandaliers. Keep your tablescape understated and neutral to allow the natural surroundings and color palette to shine.

Much as I think this colour scheme will make the most beautiful Summer wedding, the jewel tones and touch of gold means it is a palette that would be just as perfect for a wedding in Autumn, Winter or Spring. Just move it indoors for an Autumn or Winter affair – think roaring fires and candles lighting the long night – but be sure to bring the greenery indoors with you! Because this mix of sapphire and emerald relies on the natural greenery to give it its lush contemporary feel.

If you have your heart set on a Summer celebration but aren’t in love with this colour palette you will find plenty of other wedding colours and inspiration boards in CVB’s archives. Like this romance-fest in the softest shades of pink, this elegant peach affair and this 4th of July inspired red, white and blue palette.

 

Amy

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