Today’s elopement editorial abounds with romance and timeless elegance. Against the historic Hampshire House a sumptuous visual feast was created in a dark and sultry palette perfect for a Winter wedding, with all the opulence of a stately celebration, and just a hint of Hollywood glamour thanks to the modern day Grace Kelly inspired bride and her oh-so-chic gown…..
Lindsay Hackney, who was not only the photographer but also the designer, says….. “With a space as elegant and lush as Hampshire House, I envisioned an intimate elopement for a modern Grace Kelly with an edge. Ceremony Boston (just up the street from Hampshire House in Beacon Hill!) provided a stunning Sarah Seven gown with clean lines that showed just the right amount of skin.
Our tablescape started with traditional elements–raised damask linens, gold-rimmed glassware, and lush florals from Apotheca Flower Shoppe –which we deconstructed a bit with hand-dyed ribbon, undone napkins and modern flatware. I imagined our couple sitting down to dinner for two after their intimate ceremony, taking in the view of Boston Common and sipping champagne before an evening alone. What could be more romantic?”
What could be more romantic indeed! So stunning, don’t you think?? To every member of the creative team (listed below) behind this elegant elopement editorial a huge thankyou, but especially to photographer Lindsay Hackney who captured it all so exquisitely. If you would like to see more of Lindsay’s beautiful photography do pop and take a peek at her website www.lindsayhackney.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!
The historic Palo Alto Plantation in Onslow County again takes centre stage in today’s charming seasonal wedding editorial. Its history filled rooms, and antique furniture provide the perfect Fall palette of rich browns and cream, complimenting the floral arrangements on show with their ‘just-picked’ feel. A simply styled tablescape adds to the understated elegance of the shoot, whilst the cherry topped drizzle cake adds a contemporary twist and is sure to make your mouth water. It’s impossible to be anything but smitten with this classic take on a Southern belle and her big day!
Here’s Nicole of Darling Today with a few words about the shoot….. “I wanted to capture the essence of a southern fall bride. The Palo Alto Plantation House is always a beautiful backdrop and its in-house furnishings is perfect for any bride looking for that antebellum charm. I wanted to do something different with this fall color palette. I wanted to represent the often warmer fall months we have here down in the south with the warm oranges and yellows of the ranunculus and include antique pinks and salmon ribbon for a romantic pairing. The dress by Weekend Wedding Dress is, in my eyes, reflective of a southern belle and elements of the dress, such as the laced bodice back, give off a romantic appeal. The cake by Sugar, Cream, and Peonies takes on a more traditional fall look with layers of spice and chocolate cake and spiced vanilla buttercream and chocolate drizzle.”
Just lovely, don’t you think? And how delicious does that drizzle cake look?! As always a huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives who lent their talents to this shoot, and especially to the lady behind the camera, Nicole of Darling Today, who has captured the romance as well as the details so perfectly. If this shoot has you wanting to see more of Nicole’s beautiful photography be sure to pop and take a peek at her website www.darlingtoday.com, and you will also find her on Facebook and Instagram.
I don’t even know where to begin with today’s couple and their beautiful wedding! Bride Betsy’s inspiration for the day were rich fall colors with pops of gold. And loving watercolor, calligraphy and florals she decided to incorporate all three into their celebration, all to breathtaking effect…..
Also, Betsy and Joel are very sentimental and wanted their personalities to shine through in what they wore and gave each other, and to be shared with each of their guests on their wedding day. So they filled their romantic celebration with heartfelt, meaningful details and thoughtful presents – for guests as well as their bridal party – making their day unforgettable in every way!
Betsy wore a custom engraved gold cuff with their wedding date as well as heirloom pieces from her grandmother and had pictures of loved ones no longer with us, each individually framed in small frames and tied to her bouquet. And since they had a lot of out of town guests, each one received a welcome bag with information about Texas and was filled with all of their favorite snacks and goodies.
Betsy shared “When we started planning our day, we kept in mind what was most important. All the little details were important to me, but we tried to remember what this day was really about.
My vision was romantic with lots of details! I knew I wanted jewel tones and lots of gold elements. I gave each of my vendors a general feeling of the wedding and I let them go with it. Each of them came together to make every single detail perfect.”
“I felt beautiful on my wedding day! The dress I wore (at Brickhouse Bridal and by Pronovias) was the last dress I tried on and was chosen by the salesperson. But I loved it! I wore a bracelet with our wedding date engraved on it, a diamond bracelet of my grandmothers, and a blue jeweled ring from my grandmother.”
“Our florists, Blush and Vine, were amazing! I found them through our photographer, Dana Fernandez. I chose them because their bouquets are not the traditional, or formal, tight bouquet. They are flowy, romantic, and beautiful.”
As for their gifts to each other, they each secretly consulted with Nib and Pixel to create a unique gift with their vows to each other incorporated. Joel’s present to Betsy was a custom hand drawn 4 foot banner with a space to thread a rod so it can hang in their new home together. And since Joel loves cigars, Betsy had her vows custom written and engraved on the lid of a humidor. Along side some cigars for Joel to enjoy on the wedding day, she had custom labels wrapped around cigars for every major milestone of their life (wedding day, first home, first child, anniversaries, etc).
One of my favorite parts of the day though was the gift that Betsy’s father gave Joel. When Betsy was a child, her father gifted her a heart necklace and at the reception, her father gave Joel the matching key, which he had been saving for Betsy’s future husband.
“The best part of our wedding day was the group of people in the room. We had people travel from 9 different states outside of Texas and 6 different countries outside of the USA. This was the first and most likely last time we will get to experience our closest loved ones from around the world in one room. The energy in the room was just incredible. I will never forget how loved and elated I felt that day!
Another favorite memory was my grandmother, Maw Maw tearing up the dance floor. She passed away unexpectedly just 2 months after the wedding. We have so many wonderful photos and memories of her on that day.”
“Each guest got a small drink holder that contained a “Midnight Snack” – 1 small botle of topo chico, 1 small bottle of coke or diet coke, and 2 small bags of popcorn (ordered from Emma’s popcorn in PA). Just a couple of Joel and I’s favorite treats!”
“I knew I wanted a BIG cake! I go to weddings for the cake (duh!) so I wanted it to taste delicious, too. The main bridal cake by Kiss The Cook Cakes was 5 tiers and included brushed gold details and fresh florals. In lieu of a traditional groom’s cake, we decided to have 2 cakes on either side of our main cake which were created by Maple and Love. “
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Choosing a great photographer is so important because after the wedding day all you have are the memories and photographs/videos.
And trust your vendors!! Let them be creative because afterall, that’s what they are best at!“
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“I found Dana through hours of looking online. As soon as I met her and saw all of her work, I knew she was who I wanted to photograph our big day! She has exceptional style and an eye for detail. I am ALL about the details and Dana captures details so wonderfully.”
Wasn’t their day beyond beautiful?? The flowers, the palette, the details….. everything is perfection! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Betsy & Joel, and to their photographer Dana Fernandez for capturing the romance of their day so beautifully! If, like me, you are completely in love with Dana’s stunning style of photography be sure to pop over to her website www.danafernandezphotography.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Today we’re stepping back in time to the turn of the 20th century and the Belle Époque, with this oh-so-romantic bridal editorial. Inspired by one of my favourite periods, the Edwardian era (think season one of Downton Abbey!), it is elegant to the extreme. Brimming with lush blooms, silk ribbons, calligraphy and the most heavenly braided updo, you can’t be anything but completely captivated by it!
Oh and don’t even get me started on the incredible gowns! Created by one of my favourite designers Joanne Fleming (you can see another of her dresses in this enchanting Venice elopement) they are beyond romantic, and truly bring the whole shoot to life.
By way of a proper introduction, here are a few words from Jana and Dmitry of Verona Lain – who not only styled the shoot to perfection, but also captured it in their dreamy fine art photography….. “The shoot has been inspired by the Edwardian era and its hedonistic lifestyle. The main idea was to keep this project as minimal as possible, focusing mostly on the emotional part of the shoot and its details. We have divided our shoot into two parts – a bright and a dark one, to show two sides of one personality. We also tried to experiment a little by adding some double exposure and blurred movement shots. All effects were made in camera using Kodak Portra 400 medium format film.”
Isn’t it exquisite?? I love the Art Nouveau inspired updo and that stunning gown in the light part of the shoot. And the colors in the bouquet in the dark part of the shoot are just so perfect for Fall! A big thankyou to every one of the creative team behind this vision of vintage loveliness, and especially to Jana and Dmitry of Verona Lain Photography for styling and capturing everything so perfectly. If their beautiful fine art photography has you head over heels, you can seen more of it right here on Chic Vintage Brides, or pop on over to the Verona Lain website www.veronalain.com. You will also find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ & Pinterest.
As we are nearing the end of Fall, by far my favourite season, I couldn’t resist one last look at an Autumn wedding color palette. Today’s inspiration board presents dark dusky hues that hint at the cooler temperatures and long nights to come, and contrasts them beautifully with a pale peach, warm brown and gold to create a sophisticated palette for an elegant celebration not lacking in romance!
As well as being oh-so-romantic, this mix of neutral shades evokes an understated sense of relaxed luxury thanks to splashes of gold, and a rustic elegance with its rich chestnut and golden green. Both are reflected in the styling too, with chandeliers, candlesticks and crystal cut glasses, contrasting farm style tables and a simply decorated naked wedding cake.
Whilst Spring and Summer are the seasons for flowers, Fall abounds with fruit and foliage, so think figs, berries, grasses and greenery for bouquets and centerpieces to let your chosen season shine. An outdoor setting fits this wedding style and palette perfectly: winery, farm or estate grounds (if the climate allows); and let the turning leaves of your chosen venue be a natural (and cost effective) part of your decor.
Or for a wedding in cooler temperatures move your celebration inside after exchanging your vows! This color palette will work just as well in a barn, hotel, lodge, mansion or marquee. Just be sure to bring the outside in with you with plenty of foliage, florals and natural earthy tones in the decor.
Isn’t it gorgeous? If this inspiration board has you dreaming of an elegant Fall wedding, you might like this polished take on a rustic wedding in a slightly cooler color palette. Or have you seen the current trend for all things greenery? If not, you will love this greenery filled beauty. Or should you be after more fall wedding color ideas, then be sure to check out this top 10!
High School sweethearts Claire & Robert had almost 2 years between proposal and big day, and it was time much needed to perfect their vintage inspired celebration with all of the DIY and personal details they had planned for their lucky guests! From the church in which they exchanged their vows, to the vintage red car in which they made their getaway, every detail of their day was carefully considered and completely them – just how every wedding should be!
Bride Claire is here to share all the details with us…. “I have always dreamed of getting married at Sabylund Lutheran Church, the beautiful country church near my family’s farm in Stockholm, WI. I can see the beautiful copper steeple of the church across the pasture from my bedroom window. For years there was nowhere to hold a formal reception nearby, but a few years ago a beautiful winery and event space called Villa Bellezza was built a few miles away so our venue choice couldn’t have been easier. With the location set, we decided to build the wedding around that timeless setting. My engagement ring also served as inspiration as it’s a vintage piece from the early 1940s.
Given our mutual appreciation of history and my love of vintage fashion we tried to put together a romantic, vintage wedding with elements of our favourite eras (the 40s, 50s, and early 60s). We incorporated family elements (like my father’s antique ice cream bike), vintage finds, and lots of handmade details. We wanted our guests to experience classic romance from the past, without the wedding feeling uncomfortable or stuffy. We spent a lot of time curating vintage vessels, cake plates and linens to make the give the wedding a home-like feel through the eclectic mix of pieces. We hoped it would seem like we’d collected pieces from our extended family to create each unique tablescape. Color-wise we drew inspiration from wildflowers to put together a palette of soft champagne, faded turquoise, earthy green, red and sunflower gold.”
“Accessory-wise, I’m a big believer in less is more. I wore just a beautiful pair of pearl and diamond pave drop earrings that Rob had given me for my 22nd birthday. In my hair I wore a pearl and rhinestone broach that had belonged to my grandmother and I topped it off with a simple champagne tulle veil with blusher. For my wedding band, I took stones from both of my grandmothers’ wedding bands and had them merged into an antique-style diamond band so I could carry both of them with me.”
“Because I am a musician, I ordered antique sheet music and formed them into cones for our petal toss upon leaving the church.”
“I had always dreamed of getting married in a lace dress with long sleeves. I wanted it to feel like it stepped out of another time, but could never find anything vintage that was the right size and in good condition. I decided to hunt for dresses out in NYC and tried on many, quickly landing on a ballgown shape because of its vintage vibe and the comfort it afforded compared to tighter styles.
At my 4th store, RK Bridal , the consultant brought in a lovely white cap sleeve V-neck ball gown with a lace top, tulle skirt and buttons trailing down the back. It was by Allure Bridal (#9272). I liked it, but the white struck me as quite stark so Iasked if it came in a cream or another color. She returned in a few minutes with the same gown that was a mix of ivory lace and soft champagne tulle in the skirt and I was in love. All that was missing were my cherished lace ¾ length sleeves. I had them build those in once the dress arrived in the spring and also widened the neckline to compensate.”
“Rob wore a fitted Ludlow shawl collar tuxedo by JCrew. He actually had a cream dinner jacket as well, but on the day it got left at the hotel in Red Wing so it was never worn. As a wedding present, I gave him my grandfather’s monogrammed cufflinks to wear as well. By some happy twist of fate they happen to share the same initials RHM.”
“We also hunted down an antique car through a family friend that was the same model as one my grandfather used to own in the 1960s.”
We hired a florist for the bouquets/boutonnieres, 2 large arrangements for the altar, wreaths for the church doors and flowers for the arch over our sweetheart table. We chose Clementine Floral in Redwing, as the owner is a friend of my family and many of her flowers are grown locally. She included some other favourites in my bouquet like marigolds and lilac. She did a beautiful job realizing our vision.
“As I said, we drew a lot of inspirations from wildflowers. I wanted all of the flowers to look rally natural, like you went out to the garden or a pasture and scooped them up. We ended up DIY-ing most of the flowers for reception, almost 100 vessels.
We collected antiques from the era for our centerpieces to give the décor an antique, local feel including antique tins, metallic containers and blue glass ball jars. We even ended up purchasing many of our linens (overlays, runners, some napkins) as the rental options lacked the originality and eclectic feel we were going for. “
“We wanted something light and fresh, so we decided to do a naked cake with no frosting, just powdered sugar and fresh berries. It was absolutely delicious. We also ordered donuts to make a special donut tower for a groom’s cake—it’s something I surprised Rob with. He loves donuts and used to be a unicyclist so I had them put a lego groom on top of a donut like he was riding a unicycle. “
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Go for the look you want, regardless of what’s “in”. It may make things a bit harder, but it will totally pay off in the look and feel of your event. Our lives would have been a lot easier if we’d stuck with 1 rental vendor and went with the popular monochromatic pastel/white/metallic scheme, but our event ended up feeling much more personal and unique and we absolutely loved it and so did our guests.
Also, make sure your involve your family and friends along the way. Our families wanted to help and were happy to take on projects—it made them feel like they were part of our day and was a fun bonding experience for all of us while taking some of the stress off of Rob and my shoulders.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Our photographer, Jim Woolsey, was absolutely fantastic. He was one of 3 photographers we interviewed. but we ended up choosing him because of the artistic quality of his photos and his laid-back professionalism. His photos weren’t the typical wedding photos, even posed shots had this gorgeous artistic quality that really captured the moment. We’re so glad we made that decision. Jim was super flexible and easy to work with. He customized his package to bring in a second shooter, he was very responsive with our day-of coordinator, he captured our event without interfering with our experience of the day, and he listened to all of our ideas and shooting locations and turned them into something beautiful. Throughout the process he made us feel comfortable and calm and we can’t thank him enough.”
Isn’t it fabulous? And didn’t Claire look amazing?! Her wedding dress was just perfection, especially the neckline and sleeves. It is well worth remembering that wedding dresses can be altered if you can’t find JUST what you’re looking for. A huge congratulations to Claire & Robert and a big thankyou to their photographer Jim Woolsey for letting me share their big day with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Jim’s work, head over to his website jimwoolseyphotography.com – and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
I share a lot of beautiful and inspiring wedding shoots here on Chic Vintage Brides, but today’s is a little extra special. Not only because it is perfectly styled in autumnal hues and to evoke one of my favourite eras, the glamorous 1940s; but also because it comes complete with some super sweet and thoughtful ways to honor loved ones on your wedding day!
The lady behind the vision, Radhika of Radian Photography shared these few words….. “Wedding days are filled with joyous moments, the loved ones in your life surrounding and celebrating you. But what happens if they are not able to be there? For various reasons, the team of vendors who collaborated to create this shoot all shared this experience; time, distance, life circumstances, or other factors kept some of their loved ones from being able to be present on their wedding days. This shoot was created to find ways to honor loved ones who might not be there physically, but whose love and presence can be felt in different ways with a little intention and planning. We captured this shoot at the Parlour at Manns Chapel, a building that was almost forgotten, but brought back to life with tender care. We felt that this would be the perfect setting for this shoot.”
Five Ideas for Honoring Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day
Surround yourself with the belongings of your loved ones while getting ready. This can look like using your grandmother’s mirror for final touches hair and makeup touches, or dressing in a room decorated with family portraits. Creating these types of spaces and moments can allow you to feel presence of your loved ones at special times on your wedding day. Specific wardrobe pieces can be included as well: wearing a vintage stole or hat that belonged to a loved one is a beautiful way to honor them.
Incorporating your loved one’s favorite florals into a bouquet or centerpiece arrangements can be a beautiful way to celebrate them. Mustard roses, in this case, were chosen as a unique accent piece in the bride’s bouquet and in arrangements. The smell, color, and distinct look of this flower allowed the florist’s grandmother’s heart to shine through.
If heirloom jewelry pieces are available to you, absolutely use them on your day. A beautiful strand of pearls, vintage earrings, and an old pocket watch were incorporated to honor family members. Wearing these pieces, even if they can’t be seen by others around you, can help you feel closer to the ones you love.
One of the most hallmarks of this shoot were the love letters written and sent by the planner’s grandfather while at war. These incredible gifts were incorporated into the stationery items used in this shoot and heightened the experience of opening the suite to something that allowed guests a peek into family legacy.
If a loved one has or had a signature receipe that could often be found in their hand, then consider adopting it on your wedding day to honor them. In this case, a cake recipe was used to make the wedding cake seen in these photos.
Such thoughtful ideas, don’t you just love them? A huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives involved in bringing this vision of vintage loveliness together, and especially to Radhika of Radian Photography for her words of wisdom and for capturing every detail so perfectly. To see more of her work be sure to pop across to her beautiful website at www.radianphotography.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
I love this time of year, especially with all of the dark and moody creative editorials we’ve seen and shared of late. And today we’re celebrating Halloween with another one! An utterly bewitching take on a Fall wedding inspired by Grant Wood’s American Gothic, it mixes Victorian drama, with lush seasonal florals, and all in the most ravishing autumnal palette…..
Florist extraordinaire Marisa of Revel Petals is here to tell us all about it….. “A wedding is a transition into the newness of marriage and life as a union. What could be a more perfect inspiration for a moody autumn wedding? With harvest as a major marker of autumn, we wanted to create a contemporary interpretation of Grant Wood’s American Gothic. We imagined our couple as farmers, younger than Grant’s characters yet still embodying the stern, hard weathered perspective of the painting. This harshness is coupled with the vulnerability of love, creating a tense beauty that we weaved throughout the story.”
And Jenni MacLeod of The Blushing Bird added these words….. “Instead of the traditional orange and black colors of Halloween, we focused on a palette of gold and black, accented with moody burgundy, dusty lavender, ethereal whites and muted shades of caramel. While the macabre elements of Halloween could have become too gruesome for a wedding, we used masks of leaves and sticks, prickly flowers, the spiny arms of succulents and dried money tree wisps crafted by Marisa of Revel Petals, and darker mood elements sparingly, to create a hauntingly romantic tone that easily paired with the gothic, Victorian and contemporary style.”
Oh wow….. I am speechless! A huge thankyou to all the incredible wedding professionals and creatives involved and especially to Tyler Branch for capturing every moment of this stunning shoot so flawlessly, and allowing me to share it with you here. To see more of his wonderful work be sure to pop across to his website tylerbranchphoto.com, and don’t forget to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
It was Audrey Hepburn who said, “Paris is always a good idea!” and she was so right. The city of romance with its culture, history, and incomparable landmarks – we’re talking the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, Moulin Rouge, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame….. *sigh* I could go on and on – it is my favourite city! Everything about it makes Paris the perfect place for the most unforgettable proposal, an intimate elopement, or a chic city Honeymoon. As today’s exquisite editorial shows, all you need is the one you love, some elegant attire, a beautiful bouquet and of course a fabulous photographer to capture every love-filled moment…..
Sweet newlyweds Inez & Felix’s love story began 9 years ago at a training center, and they have been the most important person in each other’s life ever since. Finding the dreamy city of Paris mesmerizing, it was their first choice when it came to planning their honeymoon. And whilst visiting they couldn’t resist the chance to capture their love anew with a romantic shoot that all came together perfectly with a little help from some super talented local wedding professionals!
Florist Akiko of Florasion Paris shared this little snippet about the bouquet….. “The bouquet was a gradation color bouquet using brown ranunculus, cafe au lait roses and cream color flowers.
I loved the brown color ranunculus so I created the bouquet so that the brown ranunculus will be eye catching. Colors were inspired by Spring and paintings. The floral arrangement brings the romantic and moody feeling for the overall styling.”
And the lady behind the camera, the lovely Lara Lam, added: “Inez and I worked together on building an elegant and effortless atmosphere. We selected a blush tone to match with the soft morning light in Paris. The two were so deeply in love and their emotions brought the whole shoot alive.”
Spring time in Paris…. so dreamy! I am so in love with all those wonderful Paris landmarks and skylines….and of course fine art photography of the inimitable Lara Lam. A huge thankyou to her as always for capturing Inez & Felix and the romance of Paris so flawlessly, and to all of the wedding professionals who lent their creative talents!
You may recognise the beautiful faces in today’s editorial from the Halloween inspiration board I shared earlier this week, I must confess to it having been in no small part inspired by today’s stunning styled shoot. Whilst the rich deep palette makes it more than perfect for this time of year, the creatives involved didn’t necessarily have Halloween in mind when they created this vision, instead looking for an unconventional alternative to the light and ethereal images we so often see in wedding inspiration shoots…. and I definitely think they found it!
Sarah from Keestone Events is here to tell us all about it…. ““Moody Romance” was the theme, with the idea that this couple had just eloped. Our goal was to create a deep, passionate feel with an edge. To balance out the darker tones, Brik Venue worked perfectly with its rugged brick walls and large windows, which brought in a lot of natural light. This really helped by adding dimension to the darker colors of the shoot.
To marry edge with romance, a color palette of deep burgundy, plum tones, accented with mixed metals was selected. Soft napkins, ribbon and a flowy magnolia and eucalyptus garland helped cut through the darker lines of gold mid century vases and matte black bowls.
Since this bride goes against the norm, a black lace gown from Free People worked perfectly, paired with minimal accessories and dark makeup. The lace details in the dress and the stationery from Seeds Paperie served as an inspiration for the cake. The details on the cake, created by Whisk Until Sweet, mimic the lace from the dress, and the texture from the stationery.
Oh and a fun fact: our couple was engaged at the time of the shoot and got married one week later!”
Isn’t it divine?? Dark and moody has never looked so good! A heartfelt thankyou to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents to creating this vision of gorgeousness, and especially to Morgan + Blake of A Sea of Love for so perfectly capturing every detail. If you love their photography do take a moment and pop across to their website at www.aseaoflove.com to see more of their work – and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!