Inspiration Shoots

Romantic Citrus Wedding Inspiration at Cornerstone Sonoma


If there is one thing that can transform a wedding (or any celebration) it is a cohesive color story – that can be a strong monochromatic scheme, or a complex color palette of complimentary and contrasting shades. Styling and individual elements can be stunning, but it is the color story that brings everything together; and today’s beautiful garden wedding editorial is a wonderful example of this! An exquisite vision of modern vintage romance, with a marble wedding cake, chic garden tablescape and simply incredible florals, all brought together in the most lovely of color palettes…..

Romantic Citrus Wedding Inspiration at Cornerstone Sonoma

The lovely Jenny Soi talks us through the inspiration behind this beauty….. “This romantic garden wedding is inspired by the simplicity, beauty, and the organic nature of citrus blooms set in a garden venue in gorgeous Sonoma. Guided by warm tones against the thoughtful textures of our handmade ceramic plates to our cake, our design defines understated elegance. Our florist Laura’s Floras created a beautifully playful and delicate arrangements dripping with citrus colors.

The greenery, hedges and flowers blossoming at Cornerstone Sonoma was exactly what we were looking for in a soft, fun, and summery shoot. We wanted a unique table styling and showcased the beautiful table texture to give it the organic touch with a different dimension to the settings. The draped linens along with the fun and free flowing bridal gowns gave us that extra movement we have through out the shoot. We hope this motivates couples to be inspired by the changing seasons and it’s colors.”

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Oh its all so heavenly! A huge thankyou to the lovely Jenny Soi for capturing every detail so exquisitely, and to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents. If you love Jenny’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work do pop across to her website at, and don’t forget to follow him on FacebookPinterest and Instagram.!

For more Citrus wedding inspiration cast your eyes over this colorful wedding editorial and this soft Spring color palette. Or if its ideas for a garden wedding you’re after then you might want to take a look at this dreamy editorial inspired by Provence and this floral filled terracotta wedding shoot. Ooh and I am sure you will love Katherine & Daniel’s romantic garden wedding at a Victorian house and Elizabeth & Matt’s elegant Downton Abbey inspired affair.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Jenny Soi Photography // Videography – Cinema Butterfly // Floral Design – Laura’s Floras // Engagement Ring – Trumpet & Horn // Make Up – Aimee Make Up Artistry // Calligraphy – Paula Lee Calligraphy // Groom’s Attire – The Black Tux // Wedding Venue – Cornerstone Sonoma // Bridal Separates – Grace Blouse by Rue De Siene //Cake Stands – Julia Cake Stand Rentals // Plate & Glassware Rentals – Katy Birds Shop // Bridal Separates – Lya Tulle Skirt by Alexandra Grecco // Hair Accessory – Maggie Wu Studio // Planning and Design – NT Events // Linen Rentals – Napa Valley Linens // Groom Model , Bride Model – Navid Golemohammadi // One Shoulder Bridal Gown – Noah by Leanne Marshall // Bridal Boutique – Lovely Bride // Cake & Desserts – Paper Heart Patisserie // Farm Table Rentals – Pine and Perry // Chair Rental – The Chiavari Guys // Model Agency – scout model and talent

Inspiration Shoots

Dutch Masters Inspired Spring Bridal Shoot

Whilst many of you are welcoming Fall, down here in New Zealand Spring has officially sprung – the trees are heavy with blossom, ducklings swim the park ponds and all is looking lush and green. And whilst I am a little envious of you (Autumn is my favourite season after all), today I wanted to celebrate the end of Winter ‘down under’ with this oh-so-romantic and utterly beautiful bridal shoot…..

Fine Art Spring Bridal Inspiration

Luckily we have the lady behind this vision, Becca Blevins, to tell us all about it….. “In my hours spent wandering through the halls of European art galleries, I’ve always been inspired and drawn in by the quiet perfection and romantic elegance of Victorian and Dutch paintings. My heart still skips a beat when I think of the Dutch Masters and the classic style of the Vanidades, a collection of symbolic still life paintings created by a group of Dutch painters. I wanted to give an ode to these intentionally composed paintings; filled with richly draped fabrics, lush flowers and moody light.

This shoot took place in Portland, Oregon fittingly known as the home of the artist. The palette was chosen to give a soft fresh airy look to these painterly images. I was so lucky to team with amazing creatives who immediately understood the vision and added their own spin, making the shoot even more than I had imagined.

The amazing Renee Tophia of Eden Willow and I hand painted a backdrop to match the style and give this shoot an editorial fine art feel. The gown by BHLDN matched in elegance and simplicity with just a touch of flow and movement. Heather at Summersweet Design did an amazing job with her structured yet cascading arrangements. She was even able to whip together a beautiful flowering branch in the off season. Kellye Jameson made us swoon with her choice of blushes and nudes for makeup and the matching hairstyle was nothing short of perfection. The shoes were provided by Miz Mooz, a small vintage inspired shoe company out of New York. The bespoke Portland boutique, The Salty Tea Cup, furnished the accessories from their private label made by owner Karen Urban from repurposed vintage jewelry.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have had the chance to bring this personal dream of a shoot to life.”

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Isn’t everything about it heavenly?! The soft shades, the lush florals, the gorgeous har and makeup……I am so in love with every little detail! And especially the beautiful fine art photography of Becca Blevins and Renée Tophia of Eden Willow. They captured the romance and sense of age flawlessly. A heartfelt thankyou to them both and to all the wonderful wedding professionals involved in creating this editorial.



Contributors & Credits

Photography & Styling – Becca Blevins Photography // Wedding Dress – BHLDN // Bridal Shoes – Miz Mooz // Floral Design – Heather of Summersweet Design // Hair & Makeup – Kellye J Hair and Makeup // Jewels – Karen Urban of Salty Tea Cup // Vintage Furniture – 55 York Design Studio // Assistant Styling & Second Shooting – Renée Tophia of Eden Willow

Rustic Vintage Weddings

A Relaxed & Rustic DIY Wedding at Jack’s Barn


I’ve often said how I love a barn wedding! But my heart flutters all the faster when that barn wedding features chandeliers galore, inspiring DIY details and a mouthwatering alternative to the traditional favour! 10 years after they met at a high school house party, AJ & Kristin tied the knot in a rustic affair that whilst laid back none-the-less overflowed with elegance and romance.

A Relaxed & Rustic DIY Wedding at Jack's Barn

Bride Kristin kindly shared their story with me…. “I knew I always wanted a rustic laid back barn wedding. When we came across Jack’s Barn we knew right away it was the perfect venue. It was the right amount of rustic, antiques, and DIY mix.

Every single detail was a DIY and handmade. To the hand painted mason jars to the hand picked lanterns. We picked our own frames and hand select pictures of AJ and I. We also had someone hand write all of the chalkboards. Because the barn was DIY, we took a lot of time in the details.”

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“AJ wore a cobalt blue, skinny fit suit. With light brown wing tipped shoes with some fun colored socks. They also wore brown leather suspenders and champagne bow ties.”

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“My bouquet was a lush and loose hand-tied bouquet made of pink roses, peach garden roses, white ranunculus, bright pink gerber daisies, peach spray roses, peach stock, light pink astilbe, lavender limonium, dusty miller and greens. Our florist was Barbara Bell Design.

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Inspiration Shoots

Victorian Inspired Bridal Shoot at the Castle Green


We’re taking a step back in time with today’s oh-so-romantic bridal shoot. Inspired by the elegance and drama of the Victorian era, it is brimming with lavish details and regal opulence. With a stunning ruby engagement ring, a modest yet alluring vintage wedding dress, and the most stately looking dessert table you will ever set your eyes on, this beautiful shoot really is a vision…..

Victorian Inspired Bridal Shoot at the Castle Green

Here’s a few words from photographer Lara Lam about the inspiration behind it: “The historic Castle Green is the most cherished building in the heart of Pasadena. The Castle Green was built in 1898 the Victorian era and it is the perfect backdrop for a vintage wedding. 

The stunning interior rooms are furnished with original Victorian antiques and plush velvet drapes. Frederick Roehrig, the architect for Castle Green has has made it’s exterior Mediterranean Revival style. Castle Green gives a perfect vintage ambiance and a sense of exquisite luxury.

When we first sketched the shoot’s inspiration board, we couldn’t help imagining how regal a wedding could be. The extravagant vintage pieces from Etablir Shop magically made the old paintings came to life. From the delicate French hand-crafted linens, crystal antique scales, to the statement floral arrangement by Karen’s Garden, each detail drew the clock backward, bringing us back to the glorious old times. Invitation sets and secret vows written by Letters to You were sealed in burgundy wax seal. Laura, a flawless beauty styled by  Jinjutha Make Up, dressed in victorian vintage wedding gown bringing back the stunning old world beauty … Captured in Kodak Portra film, these images have an unmistaken gold undertone. Lara developed the black and white film in her own studio darkroom that gives the images a bit of her personal touch.” 

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Isn’t it exquisite?! I am so in love with all those rich reds and the deep dusky greens of the wedding venue. And as always the discerning eye of Lara Lam, the lady behind the camera, has captured the details and the sense of age flawlessly. A heartfelt thankyou to her and all the fabulous wedding professionals involved in creating this Victorian vision!

If Lara’s beautiful fine art photography has you head over heels, then you will want to see this old world castle wedding inspiration, this stunning heirloom bridal shoot and this romantic blush bridal shoot at Palace of Fine Arts! Be sure to pop and take a peek at Lara’s website too, to see even more of her work, and don’t forget to follow her on FacebookPinterest and Instagram for a daily dose of romance. And I couldn’t be more proud to say you can find her HERE in CVB’s Little Book of Chic – an invaluable resource if you’re a lover of all things vintage planning your big day.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Lara Lam // Venue – Castle Green // Vintage Rentals – Etablir Shop // Floral Designs – Karen’s Garden // Wedding Dress – Shop Lavienne // Hair & Make-up – Jinjutha Make up // Invitation Suite – Letters to You // Model – Laura Rose

Inspiration Boards

10 Beautiful Wedding Colors for Fall from Pantone – Part II

Having already shared 5 of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Fall 2017 (you can catch up here if you missed them, alongside the lowdown on who Pantone are and why you should pay attention to their color picks each season) today I’m sharing Part II! And whilst the first five colors were what you’d expect for Fall – all jewel tones and rich neutrals; today’s bold brights and pretty pastels are an unusual take on Autumn shades sure to capture the imagination of couples looking for something a little different!

Pantone's Top 10 Colors Fall 2017

Pantones Top 10 Colors Fall 2017 Part II

I am clearly a traditionalist at heart when it comes to seasonal shades, because Pantone’s braver picks always leave me needing a little convincing at the start. But as with last years Serenity & Rose Quartz, once I begin to see them brought to life in inspiration boards like the ones below, they soon win me over.


A powerful, dynamic red, Grenadine 17-1558 is just one of those shades that works well for any season! Mixed with Tawny Port it will lift a Fall colour palette, or pair it with Shaded Spruce and splashes of gold for a traditional holiday color palette.

Grenadine Wedding Inspiration

Grenadine Wedding Color Palette

 Bouquet – Plenty Of Petals, Photography by Ashley Kelemen via SMP // Wedding Cake – Cakes By Chloe, Photography by Mark Potter Photography via SMP // Wedding Stationery – Crown and Clover, Photography by Taylor Lord via Green Wedding Shoes // Floral Centerpiece – Michael Radford Photography via Grey Likes Weddings // Boutonniere – R Love Floral Designs, Photography by Nicole Berrett Photography via 100 Layer Cake



Fresh and bright, Marina 17-4041 is possibly the most Summery shade of Pantone’s picks for Fall. But infuse your florals with blooms in shades of the darkest red (like Tawny Port) and layer rich Autumnal fabrics such as velvet and tweed, and it may just pleasantly surprise you. If you need further convincing, take a look at this vibrant and romantic winter wedding inspiration and this charming blue and blush wedding editorial!

Marina Wedding Inspiration

Marina Wedding Color Palette

 Bride & Bridesmaids – Jacqueline Dallimore via Wedding Sparrow // Wedding Table – Charla Storey Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Wedding Cake – Boulangerie Bageri & Cafe Waxholm, Photography by Brandwold Photography via Burnetts Boards // Wedding Stationery – Bridgett Lynette Designs, Photography by Courtney Woodham Photography via Bajan Wed // Groom – Melissa Mills Photography via Chic Vintage Brides


 Ballet Slipper

Ballet Slipper 13-2808 is a move on from last year’s much loved Rose Quartz. With a cooler tone it is a surprisingly perfect shade for adding a little feminine romance to a Fall or Winter wedding. And paired with Navy Peony it would make for an elegant wedding color palette…

Ballet Slipper Wedding Inspiration

Ballet Slipper Wedding Color Palette

Bride & Bridesmaids – Cassidy Carson via SMP // Floral Arch – Clary Pfeiffer Photography via Wedding Chicks // Boutonniere – The Blooming Bud, Photography by Savan Photography via Chic Vintage Brides // Wedding Table – Qlix Photography via Polka Dot Bride on Aisle Society // Bridal Shoes – Angga Permana Photo via SMP


Neutral Gray

Neutrals have had something of a revival in recent years, and Neutral Gray 17-4402 is the perfect shade for partnering with what is undoubtedly the biggest trend in weddings right now: greenery (which you will be pleased to hear is going nowhere for 2018) Timelessly elegant, this gorgeous shade of grey can be used as an accent or a beginning-to-end statement shade for an understated affair…..

Neutral Gray Wedding Inspiration

Neutral Gray Wedding Color Palette

 Bride & Groom – Rachel May via Wedding Sparrow // Sweetheart Table – Rachel Rose via Want That Wedding // Wedding Stationery – Oversized Paper, Photography by Ava Moore Photography via Burnetts Boards on Aisle Society // Engagement Ring – Maria Lamb via Chic Vintage Brides // Wedding Menu – Signora e Mare, Photography by Ryan Ray Photo via Wedding Sparrow



This snug and toasty shade may not be the first color that springs to mind for a Fall wedding. But it is a surprisingly chic neutral that is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening. And mixed with metallics it gives a contemporary twist to vintage.

Butterum Wedding Inspiration

Butterum Wedding Color Palette

Bride – Katerina Lobova Photography via Burnetts Boards // Stationery – Written Word Calligraphy, Photography by We Are Origami Photography via The Wedding Playbook // Boutonnieres – Mindy Rice, Photography by Elizabeth Messina Photography via Magnolia Rouge // Wedding Table – Holeigh V Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs on Aisle Society // Engagement Ring – Sally Pinera via Magnolia Rouge

Well, now you’ve seen all of Pantone’s picks for Fall 2017, what do you think? Lovelier than last year’s?? Be sure to let me know! And, as always, don’t forget to leave your favourite of these 10 gorgeous hues in the comments below and it might just be in the colour palette for CVBs next inspiration board.




Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Heartfelt Rustic-Vintage Woodland Wedding Full of DIY Details


Today’s wedding is a romantic affair, brimming with so many inspiring DIY and meaningful details! Sadly, beautiful bride Laura’s father passed away just 7 months before she and Jake walked down the aisle. But whilst their wedding remained nothing but a celebration, the couple ensured that they found heartfelt ways to remember him throughout the day.

Meaningful & Romantic Rustic Wedding

All too often the focus of a wedding is largely on the bride, so I was beyond thrilled to get a few words from today’s groom Jake, about why their relationship is so special and what made Laura the one for him….. “Our favorite thing about our relationship is that we are friends first and foremost. Our friendship is the foundation on which every other aspect of our relationship rests. A lot of couples say that they are best friends, but don’t live it. No matter what we’re doing or where we are, she’s the one I want by my side to tell jokes with or be silly with. We have so many dreams and goals for our lives together. So many places we want to go, things to experience, good food to eat, laughs to be had, and family to create. I get excited thinking about every aspect of our life moving forward; the good, the bad, and everything in between! The fact that there will never be a challenge too big for us. We can handle any hurdle thrown at us and I’ve never felt so comfortable and confident in my life.”

After Jake proposed on the 13th of February, because apparently proposing on Valentines Day is a cliché, this cute couple set about planning their perfect day, and as is often the case, it started with finding the perfect venue…. “We wanted our wedding to be uniquely us. That anyone could walk into our wedding and say “this is SO Jake and Laura”. That was what drew us to Chapel In The Woods; that it was a blank slate and we could truly customize our wedding to be exactly what we wanted. Nothing cookie cutter for us! I had a huge focus on the local. From the honey in our wedding favors to the cupcakes, we used local artists and businesses for nearly every aspect. I wanted our look to be vintage rustic without taking away any elegance or sophistication. Soft golds, greens, and corals would allow for a bright spring wedding while also remaining true to our vintage style.”

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“I chose to do blue suits because I wanted something different than the common gray suit that I had seen constantly. I felt like it was classy and unique enough to be different, but not completely out of the box. The bow ties added the southern charm I was looking for. Don’t forget the matching American flag socks!”

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“For my wedding gown I was looking for something atypical. I knew based on my body type that I didn’t do well with sleeveless, sweetheart neckline, or ball gown style. Unfortunately for me, that is pretty much all the bridal shops are stocked with. However I found a wonderful bridal shop, Carolina Bridal World, in Smithfield North Carolina that catered to all different dress sizes and styles. It was a total game changer for me to be able to try on a wedding gown in my correct size (not 6 sizes too small) and be able to see it as the designer meant it to be. I ended up going with a sleeved Mori Lee gown with an illusion embroidered back and a semi-mermaid fit. It was everything I could have dreamed of and I’ve never felt prettier!”

Rustic Vintage BrideRomantic Pink & Blush Bridal Bouquet

“For my bridesmaids I wanted something soft and flowy. I chose to go with a soft gold to complement the pink and green tones in my florals. The tulle on the skirts added softness while the embroidered tops brought classiness to the dress. With my venue being completely outdoors in the woods I wanted to make sure that I brought sophistication into the space since it was very natural. It was a perfect blend of southern elegance.”

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“Our bouquets included dahlias, roses (garden, standard, and spray), stock, astilbe, tulips, dusty miller, eucalyptus, and succulents. We also incorporated peonies and goldenrod in other places. We chose these flowers because of their classic beauty, but we chose vibrant, summery colors that made them feel modern and fun. We chose shades of peach, coral, and soft pink, with pops of yellow and bright pink added in. The bouquets were a fairly traditional round shape but still felt organic and natural.”

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“Nearly everything about our wedding was a DIY project. I live and breathe handmade touches and projects and that was heavily influenced in my wedding. I made nearly everything – the welcome and aisle signs, honey jar tags, table place cards, seating chart, programs, ceremony mantle, photo collages in old vintage frames, etc. You name it, I had a personal handmade touch on it!”

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“For me in the planning process I had a few things that I was very much a stickler on. I was adamant about having a quality photographer and videographer and I wanted to have a day of coordinator. Thank goodness that I made that a priority! Yes, things like catering and decorations are important, but at the end of the day once your wedding is over the only thing that you have left are the memories in your head and pictures and video footage! If those two things are not quality, you are going to regret it! I’ll say it again; you will regret not spending the money on quality professionals!”

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“Our wedding favors were 4oz Mason jars of local honey from Tart Family Farms. We had been buying and loving their honey for years and knew it was exactly what we wanted to share with our guests. Each hand poured jar (seriously sticky business!) had a hand stamped label with twine that read “Meant To Bee”. It was the perfect tie-in since our wedding hashtag was #meanttobejablonski!”

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“For our wedding cake we wanted to go minimalistic. We choose a lightly frosted “naked” cake with buttercream filling. Our florist added a few live flower touches and it was simply perfect. For our guests we had local cupcakes from a farm-to-table bakery in Raleigh. Jake and I had a blast picking out our flavor combinations like banana pudding, key lime pie, and blueberry lemon! They were a huge hit and there wasn’t a crumb left at the end of the night!”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“My best advice looking back at the whole experience would be to just not sweat the small stuff. Which for me, the type-A, check list loving, mega planner- was not easy. I had to keep reminding myself that no matter what, the end result was going to be achieved. Jake and I were going to become husband and wife. That was the reason for this entire celebration and I had to keep coming back to that singular focus. It’s about us and our love. I had a lot of little details that I wanted included our wedding to make it unique and special. But, I had to realize that, if for whatever reason it didn’t get done nobody was going to know but me! I was the only one who would notice. So, sweating the small stuff was only affecting my own happiness (and stress level) in the planning process.

I would also advise couples to be very much in communication with each other. Discuss your budget in detail, what is important to you and what is not. What are deal breakers and details that would be regretful if not included. Also, make sure you have a very very firm understanding of your guest list! Make sure all parties are involved and spend a thorough amount of time making sure this list is all-encompassing. Having surprises, a month before the wedding that your great aunt Susie’s best friend wasn’t invited and that’s going to be a huge deal are NOT fun!

Just remember, people will mean well and have A LOT of opinions (sometimes misguided) about your wedding day. But, it just comes down to what do you and your soon-to-be husband want. This is your day! This is your chance to be the belle of the ball and have your dreams become reality. Stay true to yourself, true to your love story, and the rest is all cake!”

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“One of my favorite parts of the day was the dance I had in honor of my father whom I lost seven months before my wedding. I invited all of my uncles and my grandfather to dance with me to one of my daddy’s favorite Delbert McClinton songs. There wasn’t a dry eye in the entire place, myself included! Thank goodness for waterproof mascara! I truly felt my daddy in the arms of every father figure I danced with. I know that he was beaming ear to ear watching these men he loved and trusted take his place in the traditional father daughter dance. Not having my father present on my wedding day to walk me down the aisle was a very difficult concept for me. But I found small ways to honor him throughout my wedding and I felt extremely close to him on that day.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“We found Andrew & Tianna Photography through their work with Chapel in the Woods. With it being a brand new venue there were very little photos of the venue space to go on. They had done a stylized shoot at the venue and we were able to see their work in the space itself. Once we met the duo the decision to work with them was a no-brainer and the BEST decision we made! We were drawn to Andrew and Tianna’s story-telling photography style. Their pictures tell a narrative and you can see that play out in their individual styles. They not only talk the talk but walk the walk when it comes to knowing what makes love between two people so special. As a husband and wife team the benefit of having two photographers who have different strengths is invaluable. We knew we wouldn’t be getting school portrait level photography with these two! Plus the use of film was a huge bonus as we have fallen in love with the richness of that product!

I don’t think there are enough positive words that I could say about Andrew and Tianna photography. They are exceptional beyond measure. The level of attention to detail in their photographs is unmatched by anyone I’ve ever worked with before. You will get a treasure as a finished product. The attention to detail, storytelling, and use of film makes your photos look like something out of a magazine. Worth every penny! Andrew and Tianna are also some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. I truly believe that makes all the difference and what sets them a step above. Being a husband and wife team the chemistry between them allows them to capture love between other people. They have their own set of strengths that you just wouldn’t find going elsewhere. When working with them you are not just a client, you become a friend. They truly care about capturing your happiest moments. Your happiness becomes their happiness and it is absolutely reflected in their work. We will use them as photographers for every life event that requires photography, that’s a promise!”

Rustic Vintage Bride & Groom


I am so completely in love with Laura & Jake’s beautiful day, aren’t you? Especially all those sweet DIYed details Laura worked so hard on and the way she honoured her father throughout the day made me reach for the tissues more than once! I have no doubt that her father would have been smiling down on them with tremendous pride.

I can’t thank Laura & Jake enough for allowing me to share every detail with you. And of course thanks must also go to their photographers Andrew & Tianna for capturing it all so perfectly. If you love their light-filled style of photography and would like to see more of their work, head over to their website – and be sure to follow them on InstagramFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Or if you love this wedding and are looking for more rustic vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see this colorful rustic wedding, or this butterfly filled beauty in the Australian outback. And designer Anna Campbells’ glamorous rustic affair is a wedding not to be missed!



Contributos & Credits

Photography – Andrew & Tianna Photography // Bridal Shop – Carolina Bridal World // Wedding Dress Designer – Mori Lee // Bridal Headpiece – Powder Blue Bijoux // Bridesmaids Dresses – Mori Lee // Groom & Groomsmen Suits – Men’s Warehouse // Venue – Chapel In The Woods // Wedding Planner, Vintage rentals & Florist – Plume Events // Videographer – Dansby Productions // Hair & Makeup – Perfection by Patricia // Cake & Cupcakes – Common Kin Bakery // Strings Duo – Triangle String Quartet // Vow Books – Paper Bound Love // Burlap Runner & Ceremony Pedestal – Homemade Bride // Stationery – Minted //  Reception Rentals – Classic Party Rentals // Catering – Southern Harvest, Farmers Table // Bar Services – Pour Bar  //  DJ – First Choice DJ

Groom & Groomsmen

How to Wear a Bold Colored Suit on Your Wedding Day

Today I am excited to be welcoming back gurus of all things groom’s attire, the folks over at The Gentlemanual. You may have seen their fabulous insights over the last few months on the humble pocket square, the sartorial staple that is suspenders and the must have for creating a polished look on your big day (unless you’re wearing a bow tie of course) the tie bar! Well this time they are sharing advice for your groom and groomsmen on how to rock a bold colored ensemble on your big day…..

How to Wear a Bold Coloured Suit on Your Wedding Day

How to Wear a Bold Coloured Suit

“You’ve got your suiting basics down. In your closet, you’ll find tailored charcoal, navy, and khaki suits. Although these suits will take you through the seasons, your wedding day requires something more memorable. Fall and winter may call for heavy and textured fabrics, and spring for something lighter and brighter. But no matter your wedding date, this post is for you. Today, we’re talking about color. A bold suit, on top of being a fun alternative to your usual, is sure to to be a showstopper. This striking choice will help you easily stand out among your wedding party and though your bride may feel bound by tradition, you certainly aren’t! Here are some tips on how to make a bold suit even better.

Emerald Groom

Photography – Sambajoy via Chic Vintage Brides


Accessorize with Restraint

You’re already wearing a show-stealing suit, and the last thing you’d want is for your accessories to distract from that. You want your ties, shoes, lapels, etc. to complement the outfit, rather than draw all the attention. Think in terms of brown, tan, beige, and black. This isn’t to say that other colors aren’t doable. If you want to add more color, it is possible, but requires a more in-depth understanding of color combination.

Golden Yellow Groom's SuitGolden Yellow Groom's Suit

Photography – Apryl Ann Photography via SMP

Accessories are also a great way to create cohesion between yourself and your wedding party. If you’re wearing  a bottle green suit, groomsmen could try suspenders or a bowtie in the same tone.

Blue Groom's Suit

Photography – Finch Photo via Chic Vintage Brides


Consider the Season

When selecting the color of your suit be sure to consider the season in which you are getting married – also worth keeping in mind when choosing the fabric of your suit too! Most times when a groom selects a bold suit, he chooses something within the color palette of the wedding, which will likely be seasonally appropriate.

Groom in a Pale Pink SuitVintage Inspired Groom & Groomsmen

Photography – M & J Photography via Rock My Wedding

If you decided to go farther off the beaten path, remaining in a complementary color family will make your look cohesive. Jewel tones like burgundy or emerald are great for fall and winter, while soft pastels such as a coral or yellow are perfect for spring and summer.

Bold Groom's Suit

Photography – Kylee Yee Photography via Love My Dress


Fit is King

We’re sure you know this already, but it always helps to get down to the basics. Unless you’re buying bespoke, most suits will need tailoring. Learn how to talk to your tailor, and make sure your fit is pristine. Color, especially brighter tones, are much less forgiving of an imperfect fit. Remember, this is going to be one of the most (if not the most) important days of your life, and the last thing you want is to be tugging at your suit throughout the day. Not to mention, there will be plenty of photos as well.

Royal Blue Groom's Suit

Photography – Lynette Boyle Photography via SMP


Confidence is Key!

When it comes to wearing a bold colored suit on your wedding day, wearing it with confidence is key. You may not be accustomed to wearing a lot of a single color, but rock it as though you’ve been wearing it for years and you will wow your guests almost as much as your bride!

Checked Grey & Purple Groom's SuitChecked Grey & Purple Groom's Suit

Photography – Bless Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

Because they’re not traditional, some may see choosing color for such a big day as a bit of risk. But hey, bold suits are the next step into defining your personal style, and a little risk can go a long way. Just remember this day is about you and your bride. A wedding is first and foremost a celebration, and a bold suit will reflect exactly that. So, pick a color, find the suit, tailor it, and above all, enjoy it.”

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

Emerald Green Groom's Suit

Noose & Monkey Green Suit

Skinny Purple Groom's Suit

Skinny Purple 3 Piece Suit

Light Blue Wedding Suit

Light Blue Suit with Floral Print Lining

Pink Velvet Groom's Suit

Noose & Monkey Pink Velvet Suit

Checked Groom's Suit

Skinny Suit in Large Blackwatch Check

Burgundy Wedding Suit

Burgundy Wedding Suit

Peacock Blue Groom's Suit

Peacock Blue Suit

Dazzling Blue Wedding Suit

Royal Blue Suit

Dusky Pink Wedding Suit

Dusky Pink Wedding Suit

Or go really bold with a floral suit!

Velvet Floral Groom's Suit

Floral Velvet Suit

A huge thankyou as always to the lovely folks over at The Gentlemanual for sharing their expertise and insights. If you loved this post, and feel inspired to add some sartorial flair to your wedding look, you might also like to read their 10 fabulous style tips for dapper grooms. Or for more Groom & Groomsmen inspiration delve into Chic Vintage Brides’ archives here.

And be sure to check back here for more from The Gentlemanual!



Inspiration Shoots

Rustic Vintage Farm Wedding Inspiration Featuring the Cutest Alpaca!

Who doesn’t love a 4 legged guest making a cameo at a wedding? And when that 4 legged guest happens to be the cutest Alpaca…… well, cue extra cooing! He was the perfect finishing touch to today’s rustic vintage wedding inspiration captured at Bowood Barn by Terri Isenhour and Lauren Marie; complete with candelabras, antique lace, mismatched bridesmaids and a beautifully styled bride and groom…..

Rustic Vintage Farm Wedding Inspiration Featuring the Cutest Alpaca!

True wedding inspiration, today’s creative shoot is a vintage twist on a rustic farm wedding, and in the prettiest colour palette of peach, blush and sage.

Photographer Terri Isenhour is here to tell us all about it…. “We incorporated the lovely antique lace table cover over a hand made rustic table, paired with a set of candlesticks…vintage meets rustic..what a beautiful combination. The bride and bridesmaid’s gowns were hand made by a local fashion designer Gohar Ayvazyan Beaver of Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir Couture.  This little venue called Bowood Barn is nestled back in the beautiful countryside of Louisa, Virginia. And of course this vintage inspiration would not have been complete without an alpaca!”

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Oh, isn’t he cute?? Any venue that has a resident alpaca gets my seal of approval! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in this gorgeous styled shoot for all of their efforts behind the scenes, and especially to the lovely Terri Isenhour for photographing it all so perfectly. To see more of Terri’s wonderful work, take a peek at this timeless wedding inspiration just perfect for you fall brides!

Or if you’re looking for more wedding inspiration with rustic vintage charm, then you will love this rich winery wedding inspiration in a palette of purples, or you might like this timeless vintage country inspiration perfect for an elopement or a wedding. If it is a real wedding you’re after, then Amanda & Ryan’s glamorous affair at Ghost Ranch really is a must see and Megan & Chris’s winery wedding (in Australia) is super sweet!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Terri Isenhour Photography // 2nd Photographer – Lauren Marie Photos // Venue – Bowood Barn // Bridal & Bridesmaids Gowns – Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir Couture // Makeup – Gohar Makeup // Floral Design – Colonial Florist & Antiques // Hair – Top Knot Studio // Cupcakes – Granatus // Jewelry – Andrew Minton Jewelers // Calligraphy – Simply Handwritten by Anna // Bride – Jennifer Linke // Groom – Joshua Thomason // Bridesmaids – Deirdre Elayne & Eugenia Gonzales

Wedding Dresses

Truvelle’s Beautifully Ethereal 2018 Bridal Collection

Whilst you and I can barely bring ourselves to wave goodbye to Summer, the bridal fashion world already has their attention firmly set on 2018. And so with NYBFW just around the corner, this can mean only one thing – 2018 bridal collections are beginning to be unveiled!! As in previous years I will be bringing you a few of my favourites (in the hope you might love them too), including one or two new names. Which as it happens starts with today’s oh so romantic collection from Truvelle…..

Truvelle's Beautifully Ethereal 2018 Bridal Collection

I have been a fan of this particular boutique bridal label since I first set eyes on this sequin adorned stunner a year or so ago, but in case this name is new to you, let me introduce you. Based in the heart of Gastown, in Vancouver Canada, Truvelle is all about offering modern brides an alternative to the traditional wedding gown. Born from the belief that a bride should feel as good as she looks, their designs are effortlessly cool, with unconventional design details that make them perfect for the confident, and vintage loving, bride.

For Truvelle’s 2018 season, owner and designer Gaby and her team took a step back to refine and reflect on past collections, with the end result boasting a dreamy ensemble of delicate laces and a subtle colour palette that encourages individuality to shine. Undoubtedly their most feminine collection to date, the 2018 designs introduce fuller skirts, more structured bodices, and dramatic trains. At the same time, this ‘no-fuss’ bridal brand maintains their rep for effortless wedding dress design with simple silhouettes that add interest and comfort in their unending attention to detail.

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Just beautiful don’t you think? I love the simplicity, and how each dress has one design detail that shines – be it a hint of color, or a stunning neckline or an open back. The new collection will be available to shop online and in stores September 6th. For more information do pop over to the Truvelle website at or find and follow Gaby on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest as well as real brides and glimpses from behind the scenes.



Contributors & Credits

Wedding Dresses – Truvelle // Photography – Blush Wedding Photography // Hair & Makeup – Tori Harris // Models – Emily Steel (Product Shots) & Alice Topps (Editorial) of Storm Model Management // Creative Direction – Truvelle

Inspiration Shoots

Art Nouveau Wedding Inspiration at the old Michigan Theatre in Detroit


Today’s wedding inspiration shoot took place in downtown Detroit, but abounds with olde world elegance that compliments the architecture of the venue that serves as its backdrop, the old Michigan Theatre. The rich color palette of peach, emerald and gold, and Art Nouveau details bring together this breathtaking vision of modern romance…..

Art Nouveau Wedding Inspiration with a Modern Industrial Vibe

Here’s photographer Lynsey Lue to tell us all about it…. “Detroit’s visually rich and fascinating architecture and history reveal a city that once was, and in so many ways, still is breathtakingly beautiful and inventive. As a history-loving photographer exploring the city, I was drawn to investigate the former Michigan Theater in downtown Detroit. Outside, the building appears to be a typical 1920s office building with an attached parking garage. Inside the parking garage, driving up the parking ramp to the third floor, I was overwhelmed and inspired by the sudden appearance of the former Michigan Theater’s soaring ornate plaster ceiling. It’s a truly magical juxtaposition to stand in the middle of a utilitarian concrete parking deck between a grand two-story colonnaded theater lobby on one end and what once was home to a grand stage. The grandeur of the past is still very present within this Detroit gem through its faded plaster ceiling and remnants of the rich red theater curtains hanging by the stage area.

For all these reasons, I just knew my debut styled shoot had to take place here, in the former Michigan Theater. So, I approached Aimee from Modernly Events with my intent to plan a styled wedding shoot in the building and my ideas for a fresh and modern Art Deco style. We collaborated closely to make our vision come to life, choosing to take the shoot in the direction of the early twentieth-century Art Nouveau movement of incorporating arts and crafts, nature, and organic lines and shapes. We brought in flowing and abstract geometric and floral motifs, as well as brass cranes for a whimsical accent and a little bit of nature.

The design came together with the help of so many different vendors, most of them residing in the Metro Detroit area. Visually, Curtsy and Bow Events brought us color with their beautiful floral arrangements. The linens from Luxe Event Linen dressed our table in the perfect way. Sweet Heather Anne‘s artistry gave us a cake that was beyond beautiful. Pops of color were tied together with the stationery, created by the talented Invitations by Caitlin. The dress that turned our model into a goddess was provided and styled by Detroit Bridal House. Our models were adorned with details provided by Everistta Bridal, Lavaliere, and Cyberoptix. All the details came together to make one of my favorite secret Detroit locations come to life. It brought me back to a time that was modern and romantic, whimsical and structured, all by the hands of some wonderful creatives.”

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Isn’t it stunning?? A huge thankyou to the lovely Lynsey Lue for capturing the whole shoot so beautifully, and to all the wedding creatives involved for lending their talents. If you love this and would like to see more of Lynsey’s work do pop across to her website at, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Or for more wedding ideas infused with Art Nouveau and Edwardian elegance you should pop and take a peek at Elizabeth & Matt’s stunning Downton Abbey inspired wedding, or this beautiful bridal editorial brimming with Edwardian elegance and this styled shoot full of romance and lush florals.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Lynsey Lue Photography // Styling, Planning & Rentals – Modernly Events // Floral Design – Curtsy and Bow Events // Wedding Cake & Macarons – Sweet Heather Anne // Stationery – Invitations by Caitlin // Wedding Dress – Detroit Bridal House // Jewelry – Everistta Bridal // Headband – My Lavaliere // Linens – Luxe Event Linen // Ribbons – A Ribbon’s Nest // Tie – Cyberoptix // Models – Jacquelyne & Mark