Inspiration Shoots

Romantic Blue & Greenery Wedding Inspiration at The Barracks Inn

KATIE NICOLLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s inspiration shoot is an enchanting ode to the biggest wedding trend right now – greenery! Perfectly blending lush, cascading arrangements, with a restrained tablescape, a trio of delightful mini wedding cakes and a timelessly feminine bridal look. And whilst it was captured in the Summer, I can’t help but think the soft palette of dusky blues and neutrals would be just as lovely for a Winter or Spring wedding. You really won’t want to miss a single detail of this exquisite editorial…..

Romantic Blue & Greenery Wedding Inspiration at The Barracks Inn

Here’s the lady behind all of the fabulous florals, Sue Gallo, with a few words about the shoot….. “There is so much to love about our latest creative feature. Beautiful flowers are always in style … but this creative was really all about the foliage.  A seriously cool and trendy alternative to fresh flowers … a stunning over sized centerpiece that cascaded and puddled on the stone floor to the gorgeously lush crescent bouquet of trailing ivy, italian ruscus, baby eucalyptus, privette berry that is unfussy and free flowing in deep varying hues of greens … to the accenting delphinium stems that adorned the hearth … these florals were nothing less than specatular! Truly, one of my most favourite creatives to design for. This bouquet still gives me the goose bumps!!

Because no creative is complete without the most perfect details, our dear friends from Warehouse 84 provided the most perfect finishing pieces and furniture and & the  3 most stunning wedding cakes from Sweet Celebrations truly completed the feel of our afternoon at the historic Barracks Inn in Ancaster. With lovely stationary from Lovely Little Design Co. a beautiful gown from Second Dance Bridal, hair & make up by Pretty Me Make Up and with a whole bunch of loving help from Jackie Penner Events our little creative came together most perfectly. We are completely smitten with each and every image that photographer Katie Nicolle captured!”

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What a stunning shoot – and so-on-trend! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in bringing this organic vision to life, and especially to Katie Nicolle Photography for capturing every perfect detail so flawlessly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of her beautiful fine art photography, be sure to visit her website www.katienicollephotography.com and follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Or for more fine art photography wedding inspiration, take a peek at this gorgeous farm to table shoot and this incredibly romantic Terracotta floral extravaganza.

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Katie Nicolle Photography // Concept, Floral Design & Styling – Sue Gallo Designs // Rentals & Styling  – Warehouse 84 // Co-ordination – Jackie Penner Events // Venue – The Barracks Inn // Stationery – Lovely Little Design Co. // Wedding Cakes – Sweet Celebrations // Hair & Make-up – Pretty Me Make Up // Wedding Dress – Second Dance Bridal

Elopements

A Modern-Vintage Elopement in Historic Savannah

Sarah Ingram Photography

There is nothing quite like the intimacy of an elopement, especially one as flawlessly styled as today’s beauty in historic Savannah. The combination of historic architecture, lush florals in soft shades of dusky yellow and peach, and timeless fashion showcases to perfection just why elopements can be every bit as romantic and memorable as a wedding!

Historic Savannah Elopement

When it came to planning their wedding, College sweethearts Melissa, now an artist, and Andrew, a pastry chef, knew just what they wanted and even more importantly where they wanted it. The couple explains “We both like simple + modern styles, but love the unique and historical aspects of Savannah… And since we got engaged shortly after our trip there, it made perfect sense for us to marry there!

From the architecture to the kind southern residents and the budding food scene in Savannah, we have fallen in love with this rich and vibrant place. Not long after deciding to wed, we both agreed immediately that Savannah had to be the place to marry. Simple yet modern tastes and personalities are infused into each element while blending with the historic facets of this age old city.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…..

“Keep the centered thought that an elopement is something built to reflect you as a couple while retaining the ultimate intimacy. Without the fanfare and need to please a crowd that comes with a regular wedding, you truly can do just that if you stay committed to it. Scratch what causes stress and doesn’t really matter at the end of the day – things you may feel conflict over with hundreds of guests to impress.

Also, even though you aren’t inviting guests, keep those you love in mind and consider their feelings by doing something personal like an announcement of your elopement thanking them for their presence and influence in your life.”

A Modern-Vintage Elopement in Historic Savannah

Isn’t it stunning? Huge congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the happy couple Melissa & Andrews for sharing their beautiful day with us. And of course thanks also to their lovely photographer Sarah Ingram who did the most wonderful job of capturing every flawless detail. If you love Sarah’s fine art style of photography, and want to see more of her work, do pop and take a peek at her oh-so-lovely website at sarah-ingram.com, and be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

For more elegant elopement inspiration you should pop and take a peek at this chic City Hall elopement in San Francisco, and this enchanting woodland elopement. Or for you retro lovers there is this mid-century styled shoot,  or if you have a Spring elopement in mind, do take a moment to swoon over this blossom filled beauty for something a little more seasonal . Oh and for a real destination elopement, is there anywhere more romantic than Paris?? Just take a look at this stylish stunner.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Sarah Ingram // Design – Tristan Needham Designs // Floral Design – Colonial House of Flowers  // Venue – Harper Fowlkes House // Rentals – Savannah Vintage // Dress – Pronovias via Bleu Belle // Ring – Susie Saltzman // Suit – The Black Tux // Tabletop – Ooh Events // Wedding Cake – Savannah’s Hall of Cakes // Hair & Makeup – Lauren Kitchens // Wedding Stationery – Michaela McBride Calligraphy

Groom & Groomsmen

Everything You Need to Know About Pocket Squares

Today I am pleased to be welcoming back Chic Vintage Brides‘ resident gurus of groom’s attire, the folks over at The Gentlemanual. You may remember they popped in last month to share these 10 fabulous style tips for dapper grooms? Well this time they are shedding some sartorial light on the humble pocket square. Sharing everything you could possibly need to know about that little piece of fabric that nestling in a suit (or waistcoat) pocket can elevate a Groom’s look from dull to dapper!

Everything You Need to Know About Pocket Squares

The concept of a pocket square is a little weird, and maybe the last thing you’re thinking about when planning the big day. You may even ask yourself how on earth could a functionally useless piece of fabric nested inside a pocket be considered “style”? We’ll just start right out and say that yes, while there may be no definitive “utility” involved in wearing a pocket square, not everything needs to be about function, especially on this day of celebration.

Pocket SquaresBryce Covey Photography via SMP

For some men, pocket squares are still, understandably, regarded as foreign territory. Often times, men who don’t don pocket squares either simply haven’t considered including them in their style arsenal yet (because of the whole lack-of-function thing), or, they feel that doing so would draw too much attention to their outfit. But your wedding day is perhaps the most dapper you’ll ever be dressed. Such an occasion calls for a little extra formality, and the devil really is in the details.  No, in this case, it’s all about style–and that’s exactly what adding a pocket square to your ensemble will do for you!

Simple White Pocket SquareWhite Images via Chic Vintage Brides

Now before you go looking for the perfect pocket square for your wedding day look, you should know a few basic pocket square rules. Here are the most important things to keep in mind:
1. Usually we’re staunchly against the matching tie and pocket square look. Rather, it should complement a color found on your tie, or contrast your tie altogether. However, we’ll make an exception for wedding parties due to their coordinating nature, and sometimes matching is acceptable. A simple pattern in the same color can help you avoid the full monochrome look.

Matching Tie & Pocket SquareCarrie King Photographer via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Paisley Pocket SquareAlexa Poppe via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

2. No matter which fold you choose, make sure that the resulting look doesn’t get bulky–you want to avoid pocket bulge. Your jacket pocket should still sit relatively flat against your jacket. Most of these folds are designed in such a way that this problem doesn’t arise, but if you have a particularly thick pocket square (or a smaller-than-average pocket), just keep on experimenting with folds until you find one that works.

Purple Pocket SquareBonnie Jenkins via Nouba

Grey Pocket SquareRyan Ray Photography via Wedding Chicks

 

3. Pocket squares are perfect for your entire party. Consider letting each groomsmen show some personality with a pocket square of their choosing. As long as it’s in the dominant color scheme of the rest of your accessories, you’ll still look cohesive.

Mismatched GroomsmenNatalie Watson via SMP

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4. Your fold should match your mood first, and the formality of your wedding second. Sure, some folds are more formal than others, but honestly, a pocket square is a dressy accessory by nature, no matter how you scrunch it up. Whether your ceremony is seaside or in a grand ballroom, the subtle touch won’t feel out of place. If you decide on pocket squares for the whole wedding party, make sure everyone is in agreement about which fold to go with. The three-point fold is great for black tie attire, while the presidential fold is better with a blazer look.

Brown Star Spangled Pocket SquareSarah Horton Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Rust Fall Pocket SquareLucy Greenhill  via Rock My Wedding

 

5. And don’t be afraid to wear a pocket square as a guest! There is no rule that says pocket squares are for the wedding party only, so if you’re serious about style, consider wearing a pocket square to every wedding. Wear a square and tie to all formal affairs, and opt for a blazer and square (sans tie) for your more casual celebrations.

Guests Pocket Square Leighanne Herr via Junebug Weddings

Silver Satin Pocket SquareBryce Covey Photography via SMP

Pocket squares are little pieces of fabric that speak volumes. We’ll be honest. You might not be the first thing everyone notices (that would be the lovely lady in the white dress) but as the groom, you are a close second. A little pop of color or pattern nestled inside your jacket pocket is a sign of sophistication, and also serves as an instant improvement to whatever you’re wearing up there. So reach for a square and start experimenting with colors, patterns, and folds until you find something that resonates with you and the rest of your wedding party.

Skull Pocket SquareCLY By Matthew via Chic Vintage Brides

Be sure to check out 12 of the most popular ways to fold your pocket square over on Ties – I don’t think you can beat the The Presidential!

A huge thankyou to writer  and everyone over at The Gentlemanual for again sharing their expert knowledge with us – who would have thought such a small piece of fabric could be folded so many ways?! If you loved this post, be sure have a look at their top style tips for a dapper groom, and be sure to check back here next month when we’ll be looking at tie bars. If you can’t possibly wait that long to see more Groom & Groomsmen attire inspiration, click here to look at some of Chic Vintage Brides most popular posts.

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Fairytale Romance for Bella Belle’s ‘Enchanted’ Bridal Shoes Collection

KURT BOOMER

I have long been swooning over the beautiful bridal shoes of Bella Belle – since they first introduced themselves some 2 years ago (you can see their first two collections here and here on Chic Vintage Brides) The intricate designs fusing old world elegance and contemporary details, exquisite luxury and attention to detail including their ‘Something blue’ sole, make them perfect for the modern vintage bride. And so today I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing this magical shoot showcasing the timeless romance of their latest collection ‘Enchanted’. In addition to the gorgeous designs, you’ll find the styling of the shoot by none other than Joy Proctor Design perfection; and Kurt Boomer‘s emotive photographs will no doubt take your breath away!….

'Enchanted' Bridal Shoes Collection from Bella Belle

From Erina & Veronyca, the lovely ladies at Bella Belle“The inspiration for Bella Belle’s Enchanted collection sprung from a lush spring garden abounded with luscious flora. We infused a lot of handcrafted floral details in form of beading and embroidery on this enchanting collection. The lush gardens remind us of the spring season which signifies the start of the new chapter. How fitting for Bella Belle brides as they walk down the aisle to start a new chapter in their lives!

The Enchanted collection carries a range of delicate mesh flats, hand embellished and embroidered with intricate details. They are the perfect modern day glass slippers. Bella Belle heel collection showcases a play in texture and materials. Pairing intricate mesh fabric with opulent jewels to achieve exquisite details, our heel collection is as statement making as it is comfortable.

For this collection, we have teamed up with Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design to design three pair of heels for the collection. Joy’s vision for her designs came from the colors, textures, and shapes that inspire her most. The heels she has designed reflect the elegant yet understated beauty that her design is known for. Taking inspiration from the three great women in her life that has inspired her, Joy named her designers after her grandmother, mother and Sister. The Belle, an elegant sheer bootie with delicate tulle and peal embroidery was named after her grandmother, Virginia Belle Proctor. The Adelaide, which was named after Joy’s mother, is a traditional style Mary Jane made with natural silk linen with bloom embroidery in soft pastel colors. The Elise is a feminine yet elegant heel complete with a tulle bow, named after Joy’s little sister.”

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Isn’t it just heavenly? All those beautiful florals and stunning shoes… how is a bride to choose? Oh and if you haven’t been thinking of a destination wedding before, surely Chateau Cocomar and it’s beautiful architecture has you tempted?? A huge thank-you to Kurt BoomerJoy Proctor Design and everyone involved in creating this enchanting vision. And especially to Bella Belle shoes whose creations were the inspiration for the whole shoot.

If you’re still looking for the perfect heels (or flats!) to finish your bridal look, be sure to pop across to see the full collection on their website at www.bellabelleshoes.com. With Erina and Veronyca overseeing all phases of each shoe’s creation from the design process to production, and those all important beautiful finishing touches, you can be confident of quality and finish. You can also keep up to date on all the latest Bella Belle designs, news and offers by following them on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Shoes – Bella Belle // Photography – Kurt Boomer // Stylist & Planner – Joy Proctor Design // Floral Designs – Bows and Arrows // Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav // Rentals – Aztec Events and Tents // Hair Accessories – Maria Elena // Venue – Chateau Cocomar // Hair & Makeup – Hey Lovely Make Up // Additional Bridal Gowns – Watters // Accessories – Bekah Anne // Veil & Lingerie – Girl and a Serious Dream // Hair Accessories – Bekah Anne // Model – Amy Work at Neal Hamil Agency // Styling Boards – Heirloom Bindery // Cinematographer – Elysian Fine Art // Film Lab – Richard Photo Lab

Wedding Dresses

‘Morning Mist’ – The Enchanting New Bridal Collection from Katya Katya Shehurina

If you are one of Chic Vintage Brides regular visitors, then you will no doubt be familiar with the beautiful bridal gowns by Katya Katya Shehurina. Since discovering them in 2015 I have made no secret of my adoration of the exquisite designs that this unique bridal label produces – I quite simply love how they seamlessly blend the classic with the contemporary. For me their dresses epitomise the modern vintage aesthetic, and their collections are never anything short of divine; so I couldn’t be any more excited to be unveiling their 2017 offering ‘Morning Mist’.….

'Morning Mist' - The Enchanting New Bridal Collection from Katya Katya Shehurina

Having learnt her craft from renowned French designers, Katya the founder and designer at Katya Katya Shehurina, has time and again brought us bridal collections that are uniquely stylish and exclusively feminine, with more than a hint of boho charm and vintage elegance – you can see past collections here and here on Chic Vintage Brides. Her designs are aimed at the bride wanting to distinguish herself with elegance and allure, without sacrificing the comfort that gives her the freedom to let her personality really shine on her wedding day.

“My unique design style reflects a modern vintage aesthetic, impeccable craftsmanship and a lightweight, ethereal finish,” explains Katya. “In our collections, we use vintage styles mixed with a modern silhouette and we believe that your dress should reflect your personality perfectly and changes of colours and designs are things that we love to do. Our brides are strong individuals who take pride in the fact that they feel comfortable within themselves and are wearing a piece that mirrors this.”

Influenced by the romance of periods past, particularly those in which there were major changes in both fashion and women’s positions in society, it is easy to see in the ‘Morning Mist’ a nod to those eras, and their relevancy for today’s modern bride….. 

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With each collection this innovative designer surpasses the last and ‘Morning Mist’ is no different. Continuing to evoke romance with beautiful French & Italian laces that stay true to the brands aesthetics, whilst simultaneously introducing new and modern contemporary laces as well as intricate embroidery and personalised signature belts. And their unique, siganture slips, glimpsed underneath their gowns, have deepened in tone to mocha, blue and pink, accentuating the delicate lace and details like never before!

“The Morning Mist Collection remains heavily grounded in an earthy, wild, botanical world of romance where the night ends and the day breaks. Between these two radiant worlds the mist starts to lift as light starts to cut through the trees……”

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Katya Katya Shehurina wedding dresses are often instantly recognisable by those signature slips I mentioned earlier. Their subtle sweeps of colour are simply heavenly, and just the sort of detail that any bride looking to add a little more personality to their look will adore!

“Our slips aren’t attached to the dress so a lot of our brides purchase two and say have a white slip for that traditional church wedding and then change into a nude or blue slip in the evening. We can make a slip in any colour so if you have a colour scheme in mind, we can work to find a fabric close to that and we also offer a dying service where bridal dresses have been dyed blue or have had a dip-dye.”

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As well as the charming designs in the ‘Morning Mist’ collection, Katya and the team at her beautiful new flagship boutique in London also offer an incredibly affordable bespoke service where prices start from £2000. For any brides dreaming of a completely personal design and a wonderfully unique experience this really is something to consider. Personally I love with the thought of not only having a gown designed just for me, but also the prospect of being witness to (and involved in) the entire design experience where after your initial consultation, Katya creates several sketches for you before work on your chosen design starts, and at the end of this exciting journey you’re guaranteed a one-of-kind gown! If not for your wedding, when else in your life might you ever get the opportunity to do something so special?

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Every bit as lovely as ‘Flowers of the Valley‘ don’t you think? I love the hint of color those beautiful slips give, and even better they’re so easy to swap – so why not choose a white one for the ceremony and a color for your reception?

The Morning Mist collection will be available from this month and can be tried on at Katya’s flagship boutique in London or in stockists around the world. For more information do pop over to the Katya Katya Shehurina website at shehurina.com or find and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ for all the latest news and glimpses from behind the scenes.

Amy

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Boho Vintage Weddings

A DIY Woodland Themed Wedding

ALICIA KING PHOTOGRAPHY

I am so completely smitten with today’s enchanting Woodland themed wedding! Abounding with family heirlooms, DIY decor and rustic styling; there are so many details to love it is hard to know where to begin – I’m talking vintage doily bunting, whimsical gold painted woodland creatures, a grandmother’s beautiful veil, and a chicken! Believe me when I say you will want your pinning finger ready for this creative beauty….

A DIY Woodland Themed Wedding

When bride & groom Kelsey & Brandon tried to describe the theme of their DIY wedding to friends & family, nobody understood what they meant. But they stuck true to their unique vision and (as you will soon see) when it was it all put together, it made complete sense!

“Our theme was “tasteful Narnia” and the colors were sage, dusty rose and gold. I literally made everything myself, with most of the materials coming from my late grandmothers belongings – all the lace and doilies were hers. Since I have always preferred older aesthetics and vintage things it all came together beautifully!

It was also a group event that we wanted to last longer than the average wedding party. So all our friends and family went in on renting houses together and stayed for the whole weekend, Friday night we had a taco bar/talent show, Saturday was the main event and Sunday we had a Long Island bagel teardown party! It was great to see all our favorite people get to know each other over the course of a few days!”

Bridal Locket with Grandmother's Wedding Photos

“Unfortunately, both of my grandmothers have passed away and both of their death anniversaries were the same week as the wedding. In my locket I put each of their wedding photos, so they were both with me all day.”

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“Brandon wore his grandfather’s pocket watch. And I carried his mother’s families wedding handkerchief, 4 generations later, we all have our initials embroidered in the hem.”

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Their marquee reception was a real family affair when it came to decor, Kelsey explains “Everything from the table runners to the tree cookie coasters were made with love and very little money. We only really paid for the catering, photography and the rented tent/tables/chairs. All the center pieces were created using found objects and material from nature – I spent the whole summer collecting interesting looking pieces of wood and fallen branches to use as the table settings. My ‘Army of Aunts’ helped make everything else happen by hand and elbow grease, it was a team effort for sure!”

Boho Vintage Marquee Wedding ReceptionDIY Wooden Wedding Sign

“My Great Aunt decorated my Nanny’s old ladder which sat at the entrance to the marquee. It was completely covered in little flowers, candles, animals, lace and moss. Decked from the very tippy top, spilling out into the entrance, it was be the first thing guests saw walking in – and it was stunning!”

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“We also made the table seating chart out of hanging vintage window, my mom’s going to make them into cork boards now!”

Vintage Windows Wedding Seating Chart

“Our favors were handmade tree cookie coasters – they were Brandon’s big job and my brother helped!”

Rustic Wooden Coasters Wedding FavorsDIY Wedding Signage

“My favorite detail was the golden woodland creatures, all I did was spray paint a couple dozen plastic toys, but they were so cute and pulled our theme together. Everyone seems to have taken one home with them also, each time I’ve visited a friend since they’ve had one! There was a corresponding bingo game that you could play with the animals as well if you wanted! “

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“Our guest book was a vintage recipe scrapbook when I found it. But I replaced the hardware, added new pages and photo corners, so that our guests could have their pictures taken with a Fujifilm Instant Camera (like a Polaroid, I’m a photographer too) they added their photo and a message, which was really cool.”

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Oh how adorable are those little gold animals?? And the animal bingo is such a great idea – an easy way to keep the kids busy too!! I just love Kelsey & Brandon’s laid back style! A huge congratulations to them on creating such a magical day, and a big thankyou to them and their photographer Alicia King for letting me share every detail of it with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Alicia’s fabulous work, why not make your next stop her website at aliciakingphotography.com and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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If, as I do, you love this wedding and are looking for more rustic vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see this gorgeous greenery-filled vision, this colourful country meet’s city wedding and the bee themed celebration of Samantha & Steven is not to be missed – it is simply fabulous! Or if its the woodland theme that has you feeling inspired, do check out Sonia & Jules 1950s inspired affair.

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Alicia King Photography // Venue – The Thorn Preserve // Floral Design – Wildflower Design // Catering – New World Catering // Rentals – Rhinebeck Rentals // Wedding Dress – Ivy and Aster // Bridal Boutique – Lovely // Veil – Vintage // Bracelet – Cambodian Bomb Bracelet

Wedding Trends

21 Ideas for a Dazzling Diamond Wedding

Today I’m excited to be sharing the fourth in our series looking at beautiful birthstones. I have been looking forward to April since they started back in January, because this month’s birthstone is diamond, and if ever there was a wedding-worthy gem, it is this one!

Stunning Diamond White Wedding Ideas

No stone says “I love you” quite like a diamond, making it the perfect gem for proposals, weddings and anniversaries. As well as being a girls best friend (thanks to Marilyn) we also know that “a diamond is forever.” This is because, as well as being one of the hardest substances on earth, it is also a stone that has long been a symbol of deep and everlasting love.

The Victorians also used diamonds as a symbol of constancy, whilst the poem published by Tiffany in 1870 suggested the purity of the stone’s color gave it another meaning: “She who from April dates her years, Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears For vain repentance flow; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known.”

Since first being discovered somewhere between 3000 and 6000 years ago, Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones. But as we now know from past posts, diamonds weren’t always the gem of choice for engagement rings. Whilst it was as early as the Renaissance period that we first started to see diamonds in engagement rings, the diamond solitaires we  know and love today didn’t become the standard until a De Beers marketing campaign in the early 20th Century.

Of course, a wedding dripping with real diamonds isn’t an option for most of us, however it is still possible to give your wedding a similar level of sparkle and sense of luxury with some clever use of colour and crystals!

 

Engagement Ring

Diamonds have remained the most popular stone for engagement rings for almost 100 years, and for good reason! They are the sparkliest and most timeless of all the stones….. although of course they are also the most expensive!

Heidi Gibson Oval Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring

Heidi Gibson Engagement Ring

Stargaze Diamond Engagement Ring

Stargaze RingMelanie Casey

And, who said Diamonds must be white? They come in all sorts of shades from yellow and pink through to striking black…..

lack Diamond Engagement RingBlack Diamond Engagement Ring Set – Artemer

 

Invitations

Introduce your guests to your diamond theme with a glamorous diamante adorned invitations, or with a geometric diamond pattern. Or for a more understated nod to the gem choose a sophisticated white suite, and let some beautifully handwritten calligraphy or lavish letterpress be the only decoration.

Elegant White Wedding Stationery

Sesame Letterpress // Photography – 2 Brides Photography via SMP

 

Bridal Bouquet

Similarly with your bouquet, to add a little sparkle you could hold a glamorous brooch bouquet or select some seasonal blooms in shades of white for a scent-filled alternative. Actually, white bouquets always make a chic choice whatever month you get married, and I love the organic nature of this beauty which includes Ranunculus, Hellebores, Olive, Privet berries, Clematis vines, Majolica spray roses, Lily of the Valley, Juniper, and Amaryllis!

White Bridal BouquetIntertwine Style // Photography – Lauren Albanese Photography via Wedding Sparrow

 

Bridesmaid Dresses

For a long time white was a colour only worn by brides, but no longer – today’s bride doesn’t shy away from colour or embellishments for fear of being outshone, instead she wants her squad to look every bit as glamorous as she does! As well as beautifully ethereal, white is also the perfect colour for the mismatched trend that is still going strong…..

Mismatched White Bridesmaid Dresses

Photography – Graham Terhune via Grey Likes Weddings

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

Ivory Bridesmaid Dresses

Photography – Rylee Hitchner via SMP

 

Aisle Arch

White Floral Wedding Aisle Arch

Emblem // Photography – Erich McVey via Inspired by This

 

Bridal Crowns

Embrace your inner princess with one of my favourite bridal accessories: a regal diamante encrusted crown!

Diamante Bridal Crown

Caroline Crystal Bridal TiaraEden Luxe Bridal

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

 

Garter

Diamante Glam Bridal Garter

Bridal GarterNestina Accessories

 

Chair Decor

Swathes of white silk or tulle with continue the white theme to your reception and add an ethereal luxury to your decor. And I love the idea of tying them to your chair with a posy of white blooms to match your bouquet!

Floral Wedding Reception Chair Decor

Jana Williams via SMP

 

Chandeliers

Ok, so I might be a little obsessed with these statement light fixtures (I even have a new Pinterest board dedicated to them), but chandeliers are a fabulous example of using crystals to .

Wedding Chandelier

Love & Light Photographs via SMP

Wedding Chandeliers

Leo Patrone via Green Wedding Shoes

 

Place Setting

Choose simple white crockery with a geometric pattern for a nod to your theme, and add an extra layer of luxury (as well as a diamond look) to place settings with clear, crystal cut glass wear……

White Wedding Place SettingCrystal Cut Glasswear

Photography –  Jen Huang via SMP

 

Shoulder Jewelry

Shoulder adornments are a big bridal trend right now (and I have no doubt will continue into next year) and another great way to add a little sophisticated sparkle to your wedding day ensemble…..

Zara Bridal Shoulder Jewelry

Zara Shoulder JewelryBlair Nadeau

 

Jewelry

Victorine Bridal Earrings from Edera Jewelry

Victorine Bridal Earrings – Edera Jewelry

 

Hair Accessories

Twigs & Honey Floral Bridal Hair Chain

Floral Bridal Hair Chain – Twigs & Honey

Rose Gold Bridal Hair Comb

Evie Rose Gold Bridal Hair CombLulu Splendor

 

Veil

Juliet Cap Veil

Juliet Cap VeilGilded Shadows

 

Bridal Shoes

Offer a hint of sparkle from beneath your wedding dress with some glamorous embellished heels…..

Bella Belle Bridal Shoes

Bella Belle Shoes – Kurt Boomer Photography

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

Glamorous Bridal Heels from Emmy London

Emmy London

 

Wedding Dress

Or go all out and choose a dress that will see you shining bright like a diamond on your big day…..

Open Back Beaded Mesh Column Wedding Dress

Open Back Beaded Mesh Column GownBerta

Ashton Fit & Flare Wedding Dress from Amsale

Amsale

 

Cake Stand

Last but not least, carry your theme through to the end of your day with a glamorous wedding cake stand. A crystal adorned beauty will offer a vintage vibe, or a glass stand would make a minimal alternative whilst still hinting at your diamond theme…..

Crystal Wedding Cake Stand

Cindy’s Cakery via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Simple White Wedding Cake

Photography – Kate Weinstein via Style Me Pretty

 

Wedding Cake

Glam White Wedding Cake

COCO Cakes Australia

 

Groom’s Attire

Last but not least, choose some diamond adorned accessories for your Groom, like these dapper cuff links…..

Diamond Cuff LinksMaxim Cuff LinksNordstrom

Or how about a diamond white tux jacket? It would make a super stylish alternative to the traditional black!  And how perfectly cool for a Summer wedding (find some similar here and here)

White Tuxedo

Marissa Lambert via SMP

They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and I couldn’t agree more – especially when it comes to wedding colour palettes! There’s something so crisp and clean about a white wedding, and this little roundup has given me a whole new appreciation for this chic color.

If this is the first post in the series you have seen, then you can catch up with past months here – starting with Garnet in January, Amethyst in February and Aquamarine for March.

Oh and want to know what’s coming next month before you go? Well May’s birthstone is quite possibly my favourite wedding color ever (since Pantone picked it for their color of the year in 2013) and it is one of the only shades that is perfect for a wedding whatever the season…. Emerald – I can’t wait already!

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Colorful Citrus Spring Wedding Inspiration

STEPHANIE BRAZZLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s wedding inspiration couldn’t be any more perfect for a glorious Spring day. An irresistible combination of vibrant citrus hues and modern vintage styling in the lush garden setting of the Dallas Arboretum, it positively brims with romance and I am head head over heels in love with every perfectly styled detail.

Colorful Citrus Spring Wedding Inspiration

Before jumping into all the pretty, a few words from the lady behind the concept and design, Sarah of Keestone Events “We wanted to welcome Spring with a fun, yet elegant statement filled with bold hues. Our color palette was orange, yellow, fuchsia and a pale gray to balance all the shades out.

This season is a cheerful time when flowers come into bloom, and we wanted to highlight that with a vibrant centerpieces and stationery. A fun twist on that was to insert fruit where in unexpected areas like the place cards and as part of the main centerpiece.

Our calligrapher also spun a unique look on the invitation envelope by invoking a whimsical script that echoed the playfulness of the flowers. As everything else was so bright, it was important that we bring a sense of grace through the linens, place settings and furniture. We wanted to evoke the feeling that Spring brings, and craft a shoot that is as chic and effortless as our inspiration.

We also wanted to blend capricious and sophistication together with the bride. Her dress held delicate lace details and flowers were placed in her hair for a sense of whimsy.”

Citrus Colored Bridal BouquetCitrus Colored Wedding Stationery SuiteSpring Garden Wedding Tablescape in Citrus HuesCitrus Inspired Wedding Place Settings Romantic Spring Garden BrideBridal Bouquet in Bright Citrus HuesCitrus Decorated Wedding CakeCitrus Wedding Place SettingSpring Garden Wedding Tablescape in Citrus HuesCitrus Wedding CenterpieceWedding Place Setting in Citrus ColorsSpring Garden Bride with Bouquet in Citrus ColorsBridal Updo Decorated with Fresh FlowersSpring Garden Wedding Centerpiece & Place Setting in Citrus ColorsSpring Garden Wedding Tabescape in Citrus ColorsSpring Garden Wedding Tabescape in Citrus ColorsSpring Garden Wedding Reception in Citrus ColorsWedding Place Setting in Citrus ColorsCitrus Wedding DessertsRomantic Spring Garden BrideSpring Garden Bride with Bouquet in Citrus ColorsSpring Garden Bride with Bouquet in Citrus Colors

Isn’t it fabulous? All those bright colours and Spring florals can’t fail to bring a smile to your face. A huge thank-you to Sarah of Keestone Events and everyone involved in creating this enchanting Spring vision. And especially to Stephanie Brazzle who, I am sure you will agree, captured it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of Stephanie’s beautiful fine art photography be sure to pop across to her website at stephaniebrazzle.com and take a peek at her Instagram profile – it is just as heavenly!

Or for more romantic Spring wedding inspiration you might want to take a look at this lush vision in peach & green (all the way from Russia), or this lush floral-filled garden wedding inspiration laced with Terracotta, and this organic farm-to-table styled shoot is a MUST see. You will find all of these, and lots more, here.

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Concept & Design – Keestone Events // Venue – Dallas Arboretum // Photography – Stephanie Brazzle // Jewelry – Shapiro Diamonds // Hair & Makeup – Wendy Zerrudo // Floral Design – Lush Couture Florals // Stationery –  Golden Greys // Dessert – HoneyLove Cakery // Rentals – Posh Couture Rentals // Wedding Dress – Patsy’s Bridal Boutique

Boho Vintage Weddings

A Boho-Vintage Vineyard Wedding

ELIZABETH WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s bride and groom were inspired by their Vineyard setting, creating a beautifully boho-vintage wedding with a relaxed, carefree vibe that was anything but short on style. The result was flawless, showcasing a serene elegance with the refined decor and vivid florals striking against the dramatic Colorado backdrop…..

A Boho-Vintage Vineyard Wedding

With a reception that included a stately lounge complete with cigars, whiskey flights, and delicious fare from a local food truck, bride and groom Emily and Chris truly celebrated the start of their marriage in style. Amidst the Canyon Wind Cellars vineyards, with Edison string lights hung above mismatched vintage tables and chairs, the live blue grass music kept friends and family dancing long into the night.

Before we head to the majestic Colorado Bookcliff Mountain and see their beautful day, a few words from photographer Elizabeth Wells “Chris and Emily invited us up to Western Colorado for their gorgeous and intimate wedding this summer. Their wedding was thoughtfully crafted and was beautiful in every way. Stonewood Vintage nailed the design and made this day so special for all of their closest family and friends.”

Boho Vineyard Wedding CeremonyWine Barrel Wedding Welcome SignBoho Wedding StationeryBoho Vintage Wedding Dress

Before their wedding ceremony amongst the vines, the couple had the sweetest first look…. I do so love it when a groom gets weepy!

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Their ceremony space couldn’t be more lovely, or more DIY friendly – vintage kilim rugs form the aisle leading to a log teepee adorned with greenery. It is perfection, especially with that backdrop!

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Seriously swooning over Emily’s look, and especially her bridal bouquet with those bright pops of color. A mix of Peonies, David Austin Roses, succulents, lavender, blue thistle and eucalyptus; it is such an interesting array of blooms.

Boho-Vintage Vineyard Wedding Bridal BouquetBoho-Vintage Vineyard Wedding Bride & Groom

It is their reception space however that really stole my heart! A real collection of vintage and boho decor, with a red velvet sofa that would look fabulous in the lounge of my little cottage!! And how wonderful do those mismatched vintage tables and chairs look topped with macramé?

Boho Vintage Vineyard Wedding ReceptionBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding ReceptionBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding TablescapeBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding ReceptionBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Place SettingBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Decor

‘Stin iyá mas!’ is a Greek toast used when drinking, that means “cheers and good health!” – the perfect sign for a wedding bar, don’t you think?

Boho Vintage Vineyard Wedding CenterpieceBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Place SettingBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Reception LoungeBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Reception CigarsBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding DecorBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding DecorBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Reception BarBoho Vintage Vineyard Wedding Reception Lounge

 

Rustic Vineyard Wedding Dessert TableNaked Wedding Cake

It is just perfection!! A huge congratulations to the happy couple Chris and Emily, and a big thankyou to them and Elizabeth Wells Photography for letting me share their celebration with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Beth’s beautiful photography pop and take a peek at this glamorous rustic vintage wedding at Ghost Ranch right here on Chic Vintage Brides before heading over to her beautiful website elizabethwellsphoto.com. Oh and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Boho Vintage Bride & GroomBoho Vintage Bride & Groom

If you love this wedding and are looking for more boho-vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you should see Amy & Nick’s glamorous boho-vintage glamping wedding, and Shelby & Zachary’s bright and beautiful garden wedding is just heavenly.

If it’s a dramatic backdrop you’re looking for, then how about looking a little further afield for your venue? What bride wouldn’t love to get married in a french chateau in the Dordogne? Or an historic venue nestled in the hills of Tuscany? Or you could chanel your inner Mr & Mrs Clooney with a breathtaking Venice elopement!…. They’re enough to make me want to get married again.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Elizabeth Wells Photo // Venue – Canyon Wind Cellars, Palisade, Colorado, USA // Event Design – Stonewood Vintage // Floral Design – Bride and Bloom Design // Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine // Catering – Bin 707 Foodbar

Wedding Cake

5 Things Your Wedding Cake Maker Wishes You Knew

Remembering all too well, even 6 years later, how much my head spun in our first (actually, in every) meeting with our wedding professionals, I have asked wedding cake designer extraordinaire Dalana of The Cake & The Giraffe to join us here on Chic Vintage Brides and help shed some light on things couples should know about choosing one of those beautiful iced confections. And so she is stopping by today with the truth about 5 ‘myths’ she often hears about wedding cakes…….

5 Wedding Cake Myths BustedHayley Rae Photography

5 Wedding Cake Must Knows

Dalana is a creative cake designer and pastry chef  who has been baking since the age of 4. After graduating from high school she completed Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, won a scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier, and attended the Bonnie Gordon School for Cake Design – this lady knows her stuff! So without further ado let me pass you over to her so she can share her expert insights….. oh and be sure to have your pinning finger ready because her wedding cakes are simply stunning!

“Ah cake – the sweetest part of the wedding! (other than your sweetheart sitting next to you, of course) When shopping for a wedding cake, there are a lot of myths (and money saving tricks) many couples bring with them to consultations, and I would love to clear some of those up! :)”

1. The “Budget-Friendly Side Slab” isn’t (always) as budget-friendly as you might think!

I get a lot of clients asking about having a big fake cake to have for show and a side slab to serve to guests.

This option can save a little money if the cake you are looking for is plain white with some fresh flowers… but the way to really think about it is double labour! When making a wedding cake, so much of the cost is in the labour to make it gorgeous! So when you want to purchase a fake cake and a side slab, you are really just buying two cakes. Depending on the design you choose, this can often end up being much more than just a big, beautiful, all edible cake!

Plain White & Gold Striped Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Blush Wedding Photography

Art Deco Inspired Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Ophelia Photography

 

2. “Simple” doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper.

It is easy to assume certain designs are simple, and many times they are. But often, the simplest, understated cake can take hours to create. I’ve had responses of, “It would really be that much for a simple cake like this?”, when in fact the cake is covered in hand made fondant ruffles or maybe it’s plain white but with a cascading trail of sugar flowers – sugar flowers can significantly increase the cost of the cake.

Floral Sugar Icing Wedding Cake

Wedding Cakes ~ Sweet Appetite // Photography by Chymo & More via Chic Vintage Brides

Floral Sugar Icing Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Simply Rose Photography

This cake was super “simple” and understated, but that monogram was all hand piped and painted

White Monogrammed Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Cliff Ma Photography

Cable Knit Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Christie Graham Photography via SMP

 

3. Wedding cakes don’t love the great outdoors!

I LOVE outdoor weddings – I had one myself! But guess who doesn’t always like them…. Cakes! The ideal temperature for a cake is about 20˚c, which is at the low end of ideal for many outdoor weddings. (*I love the heat!)

Cakes, especially fondant covered ones, are pretty resilient but playing it safe is always a good idea! So, there is one situation I would suggest you consider ignoring myth number 1 and opt for the side slab! If you want a big, fancy cake and are hoping to get married in the middle of summer and you know it’s going to be at least 27˚c, then the fake cake might be the perfect fit for you!

Pretty Painted Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photogrpahy ~ Camilla Anchisi Photography via Fab You Bliss

Stunning Spring Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & the Giraffe // Photography ~ Caroline Ross Photography

4. We prefer not to ‘re-create’ that dream cake you found on Pinterest!

As a cake designer, I am also a cake artist. I respect the work other cake artists and therefore kind of think of recreating their work as ‘cake plagiarism’. I do love however when clients bring in inspiration photos that we can work with to create a unique cake just for them!

Painted Dream Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & the Giraffe // Photography ~ Sparrow Photography

Bison Painted Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & the Giraffe // Photography ~ Jelger and Tanja Photographers via Rocky Mountain Bride

 

5. The sooner you book your cake, the better!

For couples planning their wedding during the peak wedding season (that’s June to September here in the US) I always recommend getting in touch at the end of the previous year – so that’s 6 to 9 months before your wedding date.

Whilst it may not take 6 months to bake and decorate a cake, most of us are booked up for the season by the end of March. Because depending on the size of the operation, many cake designers can only take on a limited amount of cakes per week to ensure the highest quality. If you are planning a wedding on any of the long holiday weekends, booking early is especially recommended!

Geometric Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake and the Giraffe  // Photography ~ Kirill Bordon Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

Art Nouveau Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake ~ The Cake & The Giraffe // Photography ~ Cliff Ma Photography

Wow, I for one will think twice before labelling a cake ‘simple’ in future! A huge thank-you to Dalana, for sharing all of her know how – fingers crossed I hope to bring you more from her soon! In the mean time, if you can’t get enough when it comes to wedding cake inspiration, then you might want to see these roundups of the yummiest chocolate wedding cakes, 20 single tier stunners (perfect for brides on a budget), elegant wedding cakes with playful proportions, or for something a little unconventional how about these black beauties? And of course you don’t have to go with a cake at all, here are 20 alternatives to the traditional iced confection.

Or pop across and take a look at CVBs Wedding Cakes Board on Pinterest – with almost 800 pins (and  4 million followers!) I am pretty sure you will find something you love there.

Amy

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