Sarah and Nick had the most beautiful, intimate celebration at Hidden Lake Winery! With a ceremony on the deck overlooking the lake and surrounded my trees, it was the perfect venue for their vision of a romantic fall wedding. They both got ready at the winery with Sarah wearing a lace, long-sleeved gown, complete with a messy low bun, and her bridesmaids wore dusty pink gowns that popped against the background of Autumnal leaves.
Sarah shared…. “I wanted a romantic feel with lots of greenery, candle light, vintage elements, and soft colors. The perfect location was difficult to find until we came across Hidden Lake Winery which just worked — location, style, options, everything!”
Prioritising what was most important to them, and the experience of their guests, the couple kept decor mostly DIY and florals simple with lots of greenery, garden roses and eucalyptus. “We didn’t want to get caught up in the details on the day and forget about the meaning, choosing instead to spend on food, desserts, and treats for our guests – it was worth it! I also splurged on chairs because it was a detail I just couldn’t get past!”
“I have always been obsessed with long sleeve wedding dresses – my mom had long sleeves and I wanted to keep that element. It took me a while to find my dress, but loved it! For my bridesmaids, I just love mauve — and wanted something soft and elegant to go with the greenery. Then for Nick and his groomsmen navy was a perfect suit pairing!”
What were your favorite parts of the day?
“Our first look was by far my favorite! We also wrote letters to each other that we shared with our officiant several weeks before the wedding. She incorporated elements of our letters into the homily — it was an intimate moment we got to share with our friends and family.”
“I bought several pieces from antique stores and turned them into details for the wedding: the guest seating list was an old window painted, all the candle sticks were second hand — just needed some cleaning and polishing, we used an old mirror painted gold and an old barn door I found for our wedding signs; and I gave my brother a picture of the donut boards I liked and he crafted them from scratch!”
“We LOVE desserts and wanted to wow our guests with a dessert table! I would say this ended up being a favor, in addition to our late night snack of sliders and fries.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“Build time into your day of agenda for the two of you — a few minutes before the reception or during the reception to enjoy the moment!”
Tell us a little about your photographer…
“Erin Stubblefield is crazy talented! She guided the wedding party, kept things on schedule, was very open the day of to anything I needed. And, she made us smile the entire time! Her crew was also amazing. Find a photographer that gets you! Erin was absolutely fabulous!”
How yummy does that dessert table and donut wall look?? I love edible wedding favors! Huge congratulations to the happy couple Sarah & Nick, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Erin Stubblefield for allowing me to share their perfect day with you. If you love Erin’s photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website www.erinstubblefieldweddings.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Since 2011 we have been enjoying the Kate effect, with the wedding world and brides alike loving all things lace – especially sleeves! But after last weekend’s truly beautiful, and emotional, royal wedding, I think it is safe to say understated elegance is going to have its time in the spotlight. Having already looked at royal wedding worthy crowns and tiaras, today we are turning our attention to the other elements of Meghan’s wedding day look, and how you minimalist loving brides-to-be can recreate it for yourself!
I think its safe to say, the dress lacked the Markle sparkle everyone had speculated it would have. But personally I think that made the choice all the more breathtaking. Because whilst the Givenchy gown, designed by brit Clare Waight Keller, was most certainly understated it was anything but safe. With its bateau neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and tailored silhouette, it made a style statement of its own, that of utterly timeless elegance and understated splendor. Her choice showed restraint, and proved yet again that simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication. And probably most importantly, it was so different to Kate’s that it avoided any kind of true comparison! Personally I think it is impossible to do anything but love both.
It has long been said that accessories make an outfit. And this couldn’t have been more true than when Meghan stepped from that beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, and everyone caught their fist glimpse of that magnificent 16.5 ft veil. Made of silk tulle with silk and organza hand-embroidered flowers along the trim, representing all 53 of the Commonwealth countries, it added drama to her look and wowed the crowds and wedding world just as much as her dress.
And you can easily recreate her look, and add some regal style and drama to your wedding day look, with these beautiful cathedral length veils…..
Last but not least, the new Duchess of Sussex wowed us with her reception gown. Designed by Stella McCartney it really showed off her slender frame and beautiful shoulders, with its halter neck and slinky silhouette. Plus it would have been perfect for dancing the night away with her dapper new husband! (oh and if you loved his reception look too, you will find something similar for your groom here!)
And whilst not everyone can afford a Stella McCartney gown, there are more affordable alternatives out there…. that would most definitely be beautiful enough for the ceremony too! Don’t you think?
Well, whatever we think of the bride’s look on the day, I think we can all agree they make such a super sweet couple. And whilst having their budget might have been nice, I certainly don’t envy them the scrutiny their wedding day came under. Congratulations to them both for what looked to me like the most perfect day, and long may these smiles!
(don’t even want to think how long we have to wait now for the next royal wedding!!)
After the oh-so-elegant royal wedding last weekend, today’s editorial couldn’t be any more perfect. Captured at the beautiful Anderson House with its palatial staircases and rooms, the details are rich with regal opulence, from the calligraphy stationery and lavish table, to the organic seasonal blooms and the floral adorned wedding cake. And the bride’s heavenly blue lace dress, with its long sleeves and tulle skirt, is quite simply fit for a princess!
Here’s a few words by way of introduction from photographer Holly Von Lanken…..“The inspiration behind this stunning wedding editorial stemmed from the keyword, “mood”. Everything from the melted candlesticks from Chris Targoni to the rainy day atmosphere contributed to this vibe.
The Anderson House in Washington, DC was the perfect spot to host this Jeremy Chou Workshop shoot with its opulent interior and moody lighting. The romantic tablescape complete with plenty of pretty textures and our model bride’s wardrobe change from one Emily Riggs Bridal gown into another were some of my favorite elements of the design. “
Isn’t every detail just perfection?? I love the color palette, and especially the dusky blue in that divine wedding dress! It really is such a stunning editorial, I can’t thank everyone involved behind the scenes enough, but especially to Holly Von Lanken who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Holly’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at her website at www.hollyvonlanken.com and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
I love elopements! I know they’re not for everyone, but for me there’s nothing like an elopement for intimacy and romance – and today’s stunning celebration of love is no exception. Faith & Adam exchanged their vows beneath the bows of a Spanish moss strewn oak tree at Magnolia Plantation, one of America’s most beautiful gardens, in a stylish affair that shows just what makes elopements so very special!
Faith shared how this super sweet couple met at the most unlikely of places….. “Adam and I met when I was a Sophomore in High School, and he was a Junior. We met through a close mutual friend of ours at a Truck & Tractor Pull. If you knew me at all in High School you knew this was most likely the last place you would find me. I was the super sweet, quiet, and pretty shy girl. Adam on the other hand, was quite the opposite. Joseph, our friend, introduced me to Adam when we got to the pull. His big blue eyes and goofy smile immediately caught my eye. Lucky for me, he was not shy like I was, and immediately struck up conversation. It came so easily between us. It was like we had known each other for years. We talked and were inseparable all night, and he definitely kept me laughing the whole way home at the end of the night too. He walked me to my door, we exchanged numbers, and now here we are almost 7 years later. Married and still best friends.”
What were your favorite parts of the day?
“Honestly, I couldn’t pick a favorite part. The entire day was exactly what we hoped it would be. Although, I will say hearing Adam’s handwritten vows, and getting to read him mine, is a memory I will never forget. It was such a special moment!”
“From the moment I got engaged, I started browsing bridal magazines looking for wedding inspiration and the perfect dress. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted something form fitting to flatter my curves, a pretty back, and all lace. So I thought. I kept pulling the same Maggie Sottero dress out of every bridal magazine, because I couldn’t get over how incredible the dress was, even though it wasn’t ALL lace like I thought I wanted. When it came time to actually go try on dresses, a few of my girlfriends and I went to a local bridal shop in Boone. Lo and behold, the first dress I found that caught my eye was the same Maggie dress that I had pulled out of every magazine. I tried it on first, and as soon as I slid it on, I knew. I walked out to the mirror and had the biggest smile on my face. I did not want to get out of that dress. It made me feel so pretty and so comfortable. All I could think about was walking down the aisle in that dress to Adam standing there in his USMC Dress Blues.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“For the sake of your sanity, worry about yourselves. And I mean that in the best way possible. Before Adam and I decided to elope, we had gotten so caught up in what everyone else wanted us to do for the traditional wedding we were planning. It started to cause tension and arguments not only between us and family members, but us as a couple as well. Let me be the first to tell you, it’s not worth it. Your wedding day is YOUR wedding day. Be considerate and kind to others, but make sure you put yourselves first, it is YOUR special day. If you wanna run off and elope, go. If you prefer a DJ over a live band, get a DJ and give him every song you want played. If you want pie instead of cake, get a pie. No one will remember the little details that cause the tension. What they will remember is how much fun they had, how happy you are as a couple, and the beautiful pictures that you have to look back on your day.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“I could seriously brag on Avonné for days if someone would let me. She was the easiest person to work with. From the moment I contacted her, she was willing to work with our timing, location, and budget without fuss. She was always quick and eager to respond to any email or text I sent her. When the day of the wedding rolled around, she actually got there early, because she said she was so excited to explore our venue in Charleston.
She was the definition of calm, cool, and collected that day. We both share a love of Frank Sinatra and old classic music, which I had playing while I got ready. We quickly bonded over that. Then the ceremony rolled around, and y’all she captured the most beautiful pictures of our intimate little ceremony. When it came to the shots after the ceremony, she was so much fun to work with. She kept Adam and I laughing the whole time. It’s so easy to be around someone as genuine and bubbly as Avonné, and our pictures clearly show that. She knew when to catch the funny pictures and when to let Adam and I have a moment and catch the more special and intimate shots. Like I said before, I could go on for days. But all in all, Avonné is truly wonderful to work with.”
Isn’t it perfection?? I think those smiles say it all! And I couldn’t agree more with Faith’s pearls of wedding wisdom. Many many congratulations to the happy couple, Faith & Adam, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and photographer Avonné Photography for allowing me to share their beautiful celebration with you. If you love Avonné’s style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop and take a peek at this snowy Winter bridal shoot (at the most stunning British Abbey) or head on over to her website at www.avonnephotography.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
I am so excited to be sharing this feminine ethereal bridal shoot with you today! Featuring not one but three blushing brides, it begins with a beguilingly beautiful boudoir, before a delicious looking brunch and finally some stunning bridal looks complete with bouquets that are quite simply breathtaking. From start to finish it is guaranteed to wow and inspire you….
Jenny Soi Photography & NT Events shared these words about this vision of beauty… “We wanted to encompass the beautiful bond between women and the connection between besties, bridesmaids and brides alike on the morning of their wedding day. Who wouldn’t love an excuse to lounge around in beautiful robes by Domenica Domenica and Shop Gossamer, feel delicious in lingerie by Thistle & Spire and adorn their feet with beautiful heels from Bella Belle Shoes. And there’s something about these cap and lace veils designed by the amazing Veiled Beauty that can make any girl feel like a princess! Lovely styling linens from Tono & Co with vintage champagne flutes fit for queens from Katy Birds were the cherry on top! What’s a better way to commemorate such a life milestone than to celebrate them with your ladies!
For this shoot we wanted to challenge ourselves and experiment with bringing the outside in while playing with pops of a bolder and brighter color; mustard yellow! Balancing it with subtle touches of blush and blue hues to create this fun color scheme for our bridal editorial showcasing the glorious blooms and amazing deconstructed flower wall by April Baytan, the beautiful versatile gowns from Kinsley James on our gorgeous models beautified by Aimee Makeup Artistry with little details sprinkled throughout.
Details such as, not one but three, uniquely divine rings from Trumpet & Horn that paired perfectly with headpieces from Mood and Muse, the elegant invitation suite completed with vow books handmade by Little North Company, the glorious cake adorned with delicate sugar flowers by A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes, beautiful vintage rentals from Katy Birds on this sweetheart table that doubles as a brunch setting with your ladies accented with lovely linens by Party Crush Studio. We hope that this shoot, all shot at the wonderful loft of Suite J studio, resonates with a fun summer bride!”
Isn’t every detail just perfection?? I love the pairing or blush and mustard yellow! A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this heavenly editorial, but especially to Jenny Soi who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Jenny’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of her work you should head to her website at www.jennysoi.com and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
I don’t think any colour says Summer quite like yellow! Warm and vibrant, it evokes the glow of the sun and long hazy days of Summer. Yet this zesty shade is often overlooked when it comes to weddings, especially vintage weddings. But with today’s inspiration board I wanted to show that it has a softer side, and can be timeless, as well as refined and oh so romantic. Especially when paired with a neutral like this lovely cool grey….
Whilst I had Summer in mind when creating this inspiration board, the soft shades of yellow and grey would of course look just as lovely for Spring I think. And being a garden setting, you have a choice of venues from an historic house with extensive grounds to your own backyard, this is a look and theme that would work equally well in either.
The decor and styling is as understated as the color palette. Keep it simple with seasonal flowers in soft shades of ivory and yellow, and lots of natural materials such as wood and linen. I love the idea of a pergola or summer house for the ceremony, but a floral arch would create just as beautiful a backdrop. With an outdoor Summer wedding, wherever you’re having it, just be sure to spend a little extra time thinking of your guests, and their comfort: so consider parasols and fans for the ceremony, and shawls or blankets for the cooler evening of the reception.
Long gone are the days when vintage meant either shabby chic, a tea length wedding dress or flapper style headpieces. Today’s vintage loving couples are taking their love of eras past and infusing it into a modern celebration in the most stylish ways, and I absolutely love it! And Meagan & Adam are the perfect example of this. They tied the knot at the Jackson Terminal in Knoxville, and took the industrial feel of the space with its vintage brick walls and exposed beams, and added a layer of romance to create the perfect backdrop for their summer celebration!
Meagan’s chosen color palette of blush pink, mint, cream and gold, alongside the Summer blooms and mismatched bridesmaid dresses, added more than a hint of softness and romance to their industrial venue. But the couple kept their decor minimal, allowing the architecture of the historic building to shine, and included modern elements such as geometric terrariums filled with succulents, which they mixed with old bicycles, rustic DIY signs and vintage suitcases. And Meagan’s Granddad’s old truck made a special appearance, as a surprise gift for the bride, unveiled during their emotional first look!
Here’s the lovely bride herself, to tell you all about it….. “We got married at the historic Jackson Terminal in beautiful downtown Knoxville. We knew we wanted to get married downtown (that’s where we met, worked together for a long time, and love hanging out in our free time), and there were many beautiful downtown venues. But when I walked in JT, I knew it was the right space. The size was perfect, not too big or too small, and we could have both the ceremony and reception in the same space. I loved the historic and somewhat industrial feel, and Adam loved all the dark wood and architecture. We found it by just driving around and exploring downtown venues.”
“My perfect dress was the first dress I tried on at the first appointment I made to try on dresses at the first dress boutique I visited. I orginally spotted my dress on the BHLDN website and started following the designed (Watters) on Instagram. The more photos I found of my gown, the Penelope, the more I fell in love with it and knew that it may be the one. When I walked into White Lace & Promises in Knoxville, TN I asked for the Watters Penelope by name and tried it on first. It was love at first sight. I tried on many others, but just kept coming back to that first dress.”
“I searched high and low for the perfect shoe. I had envisioned a dainty gold sandal with a small heel. After ordering and sending back many pairs of not-quite-right shoes, I finally found the perfect shoe (again on the BHLDN website), but they were out of my size. So, I went directly to the designer and purchased them from Klub Nico. They were exactly what I was hoping for, and were comfy all day long!”
“My bouquet was absolutely gorgeous. I chose Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio for my florist and she and her team were wonderful! My color palette was blushes and pinks, mints and light greens, creams and golds. My bouquet included mostly roses, succulents, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. My bouquet was medium sized and round shaped- simple and elegant.”
“I finished my look with a sweet, simple flower crown. During the ceremony and for part of the reception I wore a fingertip veil with gorgeous eyelash lace detail. My jewelry choices were simple- no necklace or bracelet, only teardrop opal earrings from designer Everything Angelic (also purchased at White Lace and Promises).”
“My sweet groom wore a light grey, slim fit suit that we found at Jos. A. Bank with a white button-up shirt, handmade light brown leather suspenders (made by leather artist, Carol McCoy of Real Leather Stuff), and a mint, striped bowtie that we ordered from Etsy shop Tangled Ties. He wore paisley blush/grey socks and cognac colored leather wingtip shoes. He looked more handsome that I could have ever dreamed.”
“I chose eight bridesmaids to stand by my side as I married the man of my dreams. I chose friends from each stage of my life- ladies that I consider to be lifelong friends. Several of the girls were best friends from college, a couple were old roommates, a couple were my closest friends since I’ve moved to Knoxville, and one was my new sister-in-law (and great friend).
I was going for a romantic and airy look for my bridesmaids. I gave my ladies a couples of shades of blush to choose from and described my style and vision to them, and let them find a dress of their choosing. Half of my girls chose long dresses and the other half chose short dresses- it just happened to work out equally! They all chose different styles and fabrics (each fitting their own unique personalities), but all of the dresses they ended up choosing came from BHLDN. The dresses ended up looking AMAZING together – I couldn’t have planned it better if I had tried to do it all myself. Each bridesmaid wore gold sandals (some with a heel, some wore flats), but all shoe styles were different yet beautiful together.”
“My groom chose the attire for his groomsmen. The eight groomsmen and one junior groomsman were dresssed in various shades of light grey, slim fit suits. Groomsmen were not given one specific suit to purchase, but the suits all blended and worked well together. They wore white button-up shirts, brown leather suspenders, cognac colored wingtip shoes, and each had their own special bowtie and fun patterned socks in shades of blush, mint, and grey.”
Since March Adam he had been restoring Meagan’s grandfather’s vintage Ford truck. On Saturdays, he would say that he was going to “work,” which he technically was… but he was working on making the old truck run again. When they did their first look the truck was placed behind the two of them, and after they saw each other, he surprised her with the key.
“My dress made me feel beautiful, lovely, and everything I had imagined I would feel on my wedding day. It was completely comfortable all day long. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to take it off by the end of the night. My groom couldn’t take his eyes off of me in my perfect dress, which was exactly what I had hoped for. It fit me in all the right places, and was great for lots of twirling on the dance floor.”
“The reception was in the same venue as our ceremony – Jackson Terminal. We wanted both events to be in the same space to keep it simple and to best use the beautiful space. The reception area was delineated by gorgeous ivory drapes from floor to ceiling. I rented these romantic drapes from All Occasion rentals. There was lots of greenery, moss, and flowers. I wanted everything to look natural, lovely, and romantic. All signage was done with cute chalkboards. Our gift table was set-up with a vintage white suitcase to house any cards that were given. Myself, my florist, my family, and my event coordinators decorated the reception area perfectly!”
“We had a large piece of furniture that displayed not only pictures of us (recent and childhood photos), but also displayed an entire shelf of photos of those family members that have passed on before our wedding. We truly wished they could have been there to celebrate the joyous occasion with us.”
“I really loved our wedding guestbook. Adam got me a polaroid camera a couple of Christmases ago, and I absolutely love the thing. I take it everywhere, and I am obsessed with the vintage look of the photos it produces. So, for our guestbook, we had guests take a polaroid photo, and them post it into our book with a small area to write a little message to us. It was one of my favorite touches!”
“Our wedding cakes were crafted by Sweet Beginnings by Elaine. Elaine makes some of the most delicious cake I have ever tasted, and we were very happy with her beautiful work. Instead of one large cake, I chose three smaller cakes. The “bride’s cake” was a two-tier cake in the middle decorated with lots of lovely pink flowers. The two smaller cakes on each side were one tier and had fun icing textures/patterns. The wedding cake flavor was strawberry with vanilla buttercream icing.
Our serving-ware for our cakes was borrowed from my mom. It was the same serving pieces she used at her and my dad’s wedding back in 1983. It had lovely mother-of-pearl handles, and was perfect for our wedding style. I loved the extra personal touch it added.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“Start early! Give yourself time for planning mishaps! Give yourself a planning cut-off date- mine was the Wednesday before the (Saturday) wedding. I needed a few days to celebrate and NOT worry about the details. Make a word document with all those little details, DELEGATE, and then drink wine and relax. : )”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Erin Morrison was a dream to work with. I actually found her through another photographer I had contacted. When this other photographer told me she was booked they recommended Erin …it was MEANT TO BE. Erin was the perfect match for us. Erin herself is lovely and real, and her work truly reflects that – it shows raw emotion and real moments. She does an amazing job of capturing little moments throughout the day, and those are the moments I didn’t want to miss. She was great to work with, and I was extremely pleased with her work. Erin made us feel like we were the coolest, cutest couple in the world, and she made the whole day flow effortlessly. I liked that she took the reigns with planning the day’s photographic opportunities, and really embraced all the beautiful moments and details throughout the day. If I did it all over again I would choose her every time!”
Isn’t it just gorgeous?? I love that couples no longer feel their wedding must fit a certain style or period. A huge congratulations to the happy couple Meagan & Adam! And a big thankyou to their photographer Erin Morrison for not only beautifully capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Erin’s work, pop on over to her website at www.erinmorrisonphotography.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
With the countdown to the much anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry & Megan Markle well and truly under way (eek, SO excited!!), when it came to creating today’s roundup the subject couldn’t have been easier to choose. Because with a royal wedding you can always guarantee one thing, a swoonworthy crown – or two!
Now those who have been following for Chic Vintage Brides for some time will know that I love any excuse to call for a crown or tiara revival, but its fair to say a royal wedding is the best excuse of all! Who can forget the beautiful diadem the Duchess of Cambridge wore in 2011? And as well as being the accessory of choice for the rich, famous & royal, I happen to think a crown or tiara is a timeless choice for any bride – and the perfect heirloom piece to pass down to your daughter and granddaughter. So here are 33 of my favourite diadems – a mix of dramatic, majestic, glamorous, boho and downright beautiful, there is something here for every bride!
I want one of each!! Well I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see Miss Markle walk down the aisle. And I can only hope whatever crown adorns her head, it will inspire more brides to embrace this regal accessory.
If none of these tiaras tempt you though, you should take a look through the Chic Vintage Brides archives, where you will find plenty of perfect pieces to complete your bridal look.
Today’s editorial is an oh-so-romantic and utterly beautiful bridal shoot that is just perfect for Spring. Set against the backdrop of the historic The Jarvis at 220 it is light and airy in a palette of pastel mint and pink, and abounds with the prettiest florals.…
Photographer Shauntel Gull and the team created this bridal beauty, planned and styled by Geneva of Party Perfection Weddings + Events, to show case the historical architecture and character of The Jarvis at 220 – from the grand staircase to its stunning fireplaces it seemed like the perfect setting. Flowers by Avalon Event Floral were kept soft and southern, with quicksand roses for a touch of blush, wax flower and soft greenery.
The bride wore a romantic lace Kenneth Winston with a corset back, to create the perfect silhouette. Her long locks were loosely curled and put into a half updo whilst her makeup by Shelley Simeon was a slightly glam version of natural. The look was completed with timeless heels from Betsey Johnson and a drop veil from Blush Boutique.
Isn’t it just oh-so-pretty?? And I think the The Jarvis at 220 looks like it will make the perfect wedding venue! A huge thankyou to the whole fabulous creative for bringing this bridal vision to life, and especially to Shauntel Gull who photographed it so perfectly.
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…..
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!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”