Inspiration Boards

Ebony & Garnet – Dramatic Halloween Wedding Inspiration

The end of October is fast approaching which can only mean one thing! Time to dust off those cauldrons, carve your pumpkins and get the broomsticks out for All Hallow’s Eve. Here on Chic Vintage Brides I always celebrate this ghostly holiday with an inspiration board (you can take a peek at past years here, here and here) – and I think you’ll agree this years is anything but ghastly!

Ebony & Garnet - Halloween Wedding Inspiration Board

Ebony & Garnet - Dramatic Halloween Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride & Groom – A Sea of Love via Chic Vintage Brides // Escort Cards –  Ebb & Flow Ink, Photography by Gaby J Photography // Tablescape – Taralynn Lawton via Chic Vintage Brides // Invitation – Seeds Paperie, Photography by A Sea of Love via Chic Vintage Brides // Engagement Ring – Taralynn Lawton via Chic Vintage Brides // Boutonniere – The Bloomery Co, Photography by Taralynn Lawton via Hey Wedding Lady // Wedding Cake – Hey There, Cupcake, Photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Mixing black and dark grey with rich reds, and just a hint of purple, creates a dramatic color palette that exudes luxury. Layer velvet, feathers, ebony and of course candles for a chic touch of the macabre. But keep it romantic by balancing the deep and dark with the light and airy! Add silk ribbons, lush organic florals and lace in contrasting shades of pale pink, hazy heather and soft cream. I like to think of the whole look as a contemporary (and pretty) take on gothic!

The best thing about this colour theme is that it would work in almost any venue: it would wow your guests in a historical country estate house, it would look elegant in a hotel, stunning in an inner city loft space and and it would lend luxury and drama to an outdoor celebration! Whatever your chosen venue, I love the idea of sipping champagne (or mulled wine!) in front of a roaring fire, before dancing the night away and making an unforgettable getaway with a sparkler exit.

If you love the idea of a Halloween wedding but this colour palette isn’t for you, I have lots of other ideas perfect for the season here on the pages of Chic Vintage Brides. Like this moody romantic elopement, this lush floral editorial or for more gothic glamour this Halloween inspiration board is breathtaking!

If it’s the garnet red in this color palette that has stolen your heart but you’re not planning a Halloween celebration, just take a peek at how beautiful this shade can look mixed with gold and pink, or it can look just as perfect paired with shades of blue or how about gold and blush? Oh, and you will love these 21 ideas for a gorgeous garnet wedding!



1920s Weddings

A Prohibition Inspired Art Deco Wedding


A peaceful lakeside setting for a heartfelt ceremony, followed by a lavish marquee reception complete with feather centerpieces and a unique wedding cake, you are sure to be bowled over by the Gatsby inspired glamour of vintage loving couple Sarah & Adem’s fabulous 1920s Summer celebration…..

A Prohibition Inspired Art Deco Wedding

Married on the 8th of July 2017 at the quaint Mangapp Manor in rural England, the couples celebration abounds with Gatsby glamour in fresh shades of turquoise, but it couldn’t have been further from what they originally had planned for their big day! Beautiful bride Sarah is here to share all the details with us…..

“We were going to wed in Cyprus as Adem has family roots there, we even found a wedding planner and a venue we both really loved – the venue was a lovely fish restaurant with a pier going out over the sea! Unfortunately, after looking into the restrictions and requirements, this option proved just too difficult for us. I had set my heart on getting married over water though, so started looking at venues closer to home. After many failed Google searches we happened across Mangapp Manor . It was perfect for what we wanted as we would get to say our vows on a wonderful gazebo over a lake!

The 1920’s theme came after I was looking into wedding dresses. We both really like the style and elegance of the era and decided to embrace this fully, even asking guests to partake in our vision with their attire. Then, whilst looking for a wedding dress, I came across a lovely sequined art deco style dress in turquoise, it was chosen for my Maid of Honour and set the colour scheme for the day.”

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“I chose not to have flowers for the wedding and I opted for more keepsakes bouquets for the day. Feathers featured highly in our vision, including feather centerpieces at our reception, so I made my own broach bouquet with touches of our turquoise colour and feathers. I also made a feather bouquet for my sister, along with feather wands for the young bridesmaids all with a hint of turquoise to tie in the overall look.”

Turquoise Brooch Bouquet

“My dress is “Hope” from Phase Eight, I knew my dress was “the one” before I had even tried it on, in fact it set the whole vision for the day. It was the only dress I had tried on and fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.”

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“Adem’s suit was purchased from Marks and Spencer, inspired by Savile Row and the groomsmen’s suits from Next. These all fit really well with our theme and had little 1920’s touches, such a relief to find something from the high street as we thought finding suits would be of the most difficult tasks of the wedding.”

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“The Maid of Honours dress is a Joanna Hope art deco inspired dress and the two older maid’s dresses are from GatsbyLady London. The younger maid’s dresses are from MelissaJane Designs from the USA, these dresses worked out pretty costly due to shipping and customs costs but were simply a must have. Having such different ages (6 and 12) for the younger maids it was difficult to find a style of dress that fit both age and body shape, theses dresses worked perfectly!”

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“Entertainment was top priority for us on the day, we wanted all our guests to enjoy every second and wanted the day to flow smoothly. The venue provided an array of lawn games for the reception drinks and we also booked a saxophone and singer duo from guest arrival, during the Ceremony and throughout reception drinks.  Sax and Honey were a huge help throughout the planning of the wedding helping us with ceremony song choices and reassuring us about the feel for the day and how they would keep to the Jazz feel. The evening DJ, Peter, was amazing, really helped the day and night run smoothly, he was very energetic and friendly getting everyone up on the dancefloor.”

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“All wedding stationary, invites, RSVP cards, Name Place cards, Table numbers and Table plan were handmade by my maids and I.”

Art Deco Wedding Table Planner

“As favours we had miniature Whiskey and vodka bottles with little “prohibition ends here” labels. We also put some of the labels around mini bottles of coffee syrups for the non-drinkers.”

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“I can only describe the cake as a simple extravagance. The cake itself was a vanilla sponge, white iced two-tier cake with our invite template placed on the bottom tier with silver draped pearl beading around the top tier, quite a simple cake. We then added a 7-tier silver Ferrero Rocher cake topper, holding 120 silver wrapped Ferrero Rocher. This made the cake very unique and very big!”

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“There is so much stress and worry surrounding wedding planning its sometimes so consuming. It seems like your trying to please everyone else and sometimes forget that it is about celebration the love you have for each other with your nearest and dearest. Be it a lavish extravagance or a small quiet ceremony, keep true to yourselves and what you want out of the day and you will have the day of your dreams.

Also, seriously consider a videographer, we chose not to have one and somewhat regret it now, as Bride and Groom you miss out on such a lot of the day just being busy it would have been nice to have something so sit down and watch even if just the once.”

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“One of our biggest wow factors was not to have a first dance. We wanted quite an informal feel to the day so opted out of traditional speeches and dances. Instead we were called up to the dance floor to take position for our pretend first dance, Peter called all the guests to gather round. Peter then started playing a song, we both looked at Peter and acted like he had messed up by playing a song that wasn’t the one we had chosen, Peter looked so upset that he had made such an error and that’s when our 1920’s Dancers entered the dancefloor and took over. Everyone was taken aback when they realised that this was in fact our first dance. The dancers also got the guests involved by having a little dancing lesson, our guests loved this and it was one of our highlights of the day.”

1920s Wedding Entertainment

“Danielle was recommended to us by a friend whom recently had Danielle photograph their own wedding. Danielle is amazing, her work is stunning and the attention to detail is paramount. She made us feel at ease with the type of photographs we wanted, understanding that our vision would be informal and unstaged, while capturing the highlights of everyones amazing attire. Danielle was thorough throughout the whole planning stages, making sure she knew all the people that were of importance and making sure she got the perfect shots we had asked for.”

Art Deco Wedding


Isn’t it fantastic? I love Sarah’s flapper inspired bridesmaids, and the feathers! A huge congratulations to her & Adem and a big thankyou to their photographer Danielle Smith for letting me share their fabulous wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Danielle’s work, head over to her website  – and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

If this has you dreaming of creating your own Art Deco affair you will find plenty of inspiration amongst the archives of Chic Vintage Brides. Why not start with this truly stunning shoot with Downton Abbey inspired elegance, or take a peek at this celebration with a glamorous speakeasy vibe, and I just know you will love this gorgeous Gatsby inspired shoot. Oh and if you’ve only just started out on your wedding planning path, and are giving any thought to having an e-sesh take a look at this one – it is fab-u-lous!



Credits & Contributors

Photography – Danielle Smith // Venue – Mangapp Manor // Stationery – DIY // Wedding Cake – Melanie Ferris Cakes // Rentals – Lovely Wedding Touches // Hair – Katie Jane (Sister) // Makeup – DIY // Wedding Dress – Hope by Phase Eight // Groom’s Attire – Marks and Spencer // Bride’s Shoes – Perfume Pink by Paradox // Bridesmaids Dresses – Joanna Hope Simplybe, Gatsby Lady & Melissa Jane Designs // Headpiece – Melancholy Magpie // Catering – Valentine Cuisine // Entertainment – Find a performer- 1920’s Girls & Sax and Honey // Bridesmaid’s Hairpieces – Claire’s // Miniatures – Skoodo

Inspiration Shoots

Glamorous Green & Gold Wedding Inspiration


Today’s green and gold wedding editorial was inspired by its Spanish influenced setting, but the vintage styling, lush greenery filled florals and bold color palette created an oh-so-glamorous look I am sure you will appreciate. With a romantic allure thanks to the vintage picture frame backdrop, calligraphy ceremony backdrop and splashes of velvet, you will definitely want your pinning finger ready!

Glamorous Greenery & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Oana Foto is here to share the behind-the-scenes inspiration….. “Steps from the sand and sea with ocean views and Spanish influences, the newly remodelled Balboa Inn  was the perfect venue for an intimate styled shoot. Inspired by the location and a primarily green and neutral palette, Lisa from Simon Says Design sought out to deliver a design that could be adapted for any season.

Out of the Dust Rentals created the foundation for the designs in the two spaces with rustic wood tabletops, vintage frames, brass candlesticks, a vintage chair upholstered in the Pantone color of the year, GREENERY, as well as other vintage and found objects. Overall, this shoot represents the relaxed yet elegant lifestyle of a California bride, that appreciates fine design and simple details.

Our florist from 4 Fresh Blooms worked with greenery and blooms that would accent the overall design while being both relevant and attainable to a range of tastes and budgets. Simon Says Design created a custom scroll ceremony backdrop with a love poem in gold calligraphy scripted across and adorned with greenery and candles to set the mood. Cherished Rentals introduced their brand new, curated collection of china, the “Eden Collection” in this shoot and it complemented the tabletop design perfectly with the white floral and gold details. 

We chose a simple cake to tie in all the whites in the rest of the vignettes and accented it with fresh blooms. And it all came together with a custom Casablanca Bridal gown and veil, which gave it just the right touch of elegance. The dress was designed with a deep v-neck, sheer bodice and a full skirt, with horsehair hemmed layers that moved beautifully with the bride.”

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Oh so glam, don’t you think?? A huge thankyou to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents, and especially to Oana of Oana Foto for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of her work do pop across to her website at, and be sure to follow her on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram.!

If this gorgeous shoot has you contemplating a greenery filled wedding, then you might want to see this rustic wedding editorial all the way from England and this gorgeous barn wedding inspiration board. Or for ideas on how to infuse your celebration with this key trend, take a peek at these 30 stunning ways.



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Oana Foto // Venue – Balboa Inn // Wedding Planner – Simon Says Design // Floral Design – 4 Fresh Blooms // Rentals – Out of the Dust Rentals & Cherished Rentals // Make-up – Erica Kawai // Wedding Cake – Rossmoor Pastries // Invitation – Jen Simpson Design // Laser Cuts – Happily Ever Etched // Wedding Gown – Casablanca Bridal // Bridal Shoes – Nina Shoes // Ribbon – Nettle Textiles

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Inspiration Shoots

Timeless Fall Wedding Inspiration with Vogue Glamour at The Foundry

Today’s wedding inspiration shoot abounds with romance and mixes red-carpet style glamour with timeless details to create a breathtaking look that will be adored by vintage lovers, but is undoubtedly contemporary. The gorgeous styling brings a hint of luxury to the rustic-vintage setting, whilst the rich color palette and pampas grass infused florals makes it perfect for fall….. oh and keep an eye out for the most delicious looking donuts!

Timeless Fall Wedding Inspiration with Vogue Glamour at The Foundry in Nashville

Photographer Emily Anne is here to tell us all about it….. “This styled shoot was an absolute DREAM… where classic beauty meets romance.  Classic, rich, timeless, with a pop of vintage with retro furniture styled in a 1907 est. original Foundry. The Foundry is the first place where the Marathon Car was invented and the venue still has the retro/vintage feel while still remaining one of the trendiest spots in Nashville. The beautiful rich color palette of the dark blues, teals, golds, pops of vibrant corals, peaches brilliantly illuminates the industrial brick textures of one of the most unique venues in Nashville, The Foundry. Rent Vintage Sparkle provided us with the cutest vintage furniture and props for us to make it incredible!

Designed with a timeless look, our bride’s hair was styled to accentuate the gorgeous back of her Ellis gown, intricately covered with lace. Whilst our groom’s suit is a charcoal grey not the traditional black, which complemented his skin and gave the shots of the two of them a unique look.”

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Oh so glamorous, don’t you think?? If you love these images then you absolutely must watch the short video that accompanies them and captures even more details of this Vogue inspired vision. It’s only a few minutes long and well worth a watch…..

A huge thankyou to the lovely Emily Anne for capturing the shoot so flawlessly, and to all the wedding creatives involved for lending their talents. If you love this and would like to see more of Emily Anne’s work do pop across to her website at, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

Or for more glamorous wedding ideas you should pop and take a peek at Rob & Adrienne’s chic woodland wedding, or Kate & Matt’s garden wedding infused with Old Hollywood glamour and you might like this glittering Winter wedding inspiration board!



Contributors & Credits

Photographer & Videographer – Emily Anne Photo Art // Event Planner &Stylist – Alyssa DiCicco at Nashville Bride Guide // Venue – The Foundry // Floral Design – Petals & Fields // Hair & Makeup – Morgan Jae Beauty // Vintage Furniture Rentals – Vintage Sparkle // Drapery & Lighting – Nashville Audio Visual // Bridal Boutique – Geny’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire – Street Tuxedo // Wedding Rental Décor – Liberty Party Rental // Wedding Rental Furniture & Details – Southern Social // Wedding Cake – Connie Cakes // Desserts (Donuts) – Five Daughters Bakery // Wedding Stationery – Darby Cards // Calligraphy – White Ink Calligraphy // Models – Sara Cardona & Stephen Neal // Video Song –  “Begin” by Ellito Middleton

Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Colorful Country Meets City Wedding


I was head over heels for today’s utterly lovely wedding from the very first image. From the bright and beautiful native Australian blooms, to the romantic ceremony under a giant oak tree, and the unique backdrop of an inner city farm trimmed with bunting and twinkly string lights; it is the perfect mix of vintage glamour and rustic charm…..

A Chic & Colorful Country Meets City Wedding

I will let lovely bride Amy tell you all about it….. “We would describe our wedding as country meets the city. Aaron grew up on a farm in Northern Victoria and Amy in metropolitan Melbourne and we wanted a wedding that reflected who were are as a couple and the bringing together of our lives. The Collingwood Children’s Farm suited this perfectly – a little country oasis just on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD. From our venue through to our invites, styling and decor, a rustic theme with pops of colour (such as our bunting and the native Australian flowers) came through.  

We have a diverse group of very close friends which lead us to have a bridal party of 14 🙂 But each played an important part of our day and it was so wonderful to surrounded by all the people in the world who are important to us.”

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“One of our groomsmen made a personalised directions sign for the entrance of the venue which pointed to the ceremony, and reception!”

Floral Wedding Decor // Photography ~ Pierre CurryHanging Floral Wedding Installation // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“Our florist was Ame from Raven and the Rose, who we discovered through our photographer. The brief we gave her was Australian natives with a pop of colour, and unstructured bouquets with a feature of King Proteas…… She absolutely nailed it!”

Tree Wedding Ceremony // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“Our ceremony was held outdoors, under the big oak tree along the Yarra River path near the Collingwood Children’s Farm. The feel we wanted for our ceremony was a relaxed vibe. The Collingwood Children’s farm decorated the area with rustic/vintage feel including native flowers in glass jars, registary table with white lace table cloth and a pop-up bar including drinks iced in an old wheelbarrow.”

Colourful Wedding Bouquets // Photography ~ Pierre CurryBride & Father // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“My dress was by Justin Alexander, style 8792. I sourced it from Fairytales Bridal in Moonee Ponds. It was elegant and gorgeous and I loved that it wasn’t pure white!

It was the first one I tried on and I purchased it that same day after only trying on 2 others! Before I went shopping I didn’t really know what I was looking for, all I knew was that I didn’t want strapless.”

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“We chose our celebrant, Julia Doevan, for her warm and bubbly personality – we felt as though a great fit the both of us. She made the experience unique, interjecting our personal story along with the formalities required. We were also really lucky that she let us have one of our groomsmen announce us as husband and wife!”

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” I went for a bit of a vintage look for my hair, and kept my make up natural and feminine.”

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“We had 7 bridesmaids!!! Who we allowed to chose their own dresses – Wwe wanted them to be comfortable and really enjoy what they were wearing. Our only specifications were no maxi lengths and no strapless. “

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“Our reception was held in the Collingwood Children’s Farm Barn. This is a working barn during the day and was transformed for our event with 10 long harvester style tables, decorated with Australian natives. We kept the decorations quite simple for the rest of the barn, with the bunting being the main feature.”

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“We had a rustic ladder with names as our table planner.”

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“We wanted to promote socialising and a relaxed feel as much as possible, so we had both the entree and the dessert served in Jars so people could pick one up and still move around, rather than being restricted to their tables. The mains were served on share plates in the middle of the table, again to promote a relaxed environment that was easy to socialise in.  We’re both big foodies and we absolutely loved the decadent spread that the farm put on for us – no one was going hungry!”

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“The maid of honour made our cake, which was incredibly special. She and her husband flew to Australia (they live in England) and she made the cake in the week leading up to the reception (she has a blog and business called Dessert First )

The cake was a ‘naked’ cake, topped with blooms by Raven and the Rose to match our bouquets. It was lemon and raspberry flavoured – lemon sponge with raspberry cheesecake layers with lemon buttercream, finished with a white chocolate ganache drip.”

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception // Photography ~ Pierre CurryRustic Wedding Band // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“We selected to have a 5-piece ensemble from Lark Music, who felt the mood and played different sets depending on what stage we were up to for the evening.  We had seen lark at a friends wedding and knew they were the band for us – upbeat, and funky, not to mention great at the classics!

We had two of the members of our bridal party choreograph our first dance to the song ‘ love is in the air’ and we had so much fun performing it for everyone!  After this everyone danced the night away!”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“Try to keep perspective – it’s so easy to get caught up in the hype! We remembered it is our day, and we tried not to get too caught up in the little details as the most important thing was that we got to share this special day with not just each other, but all of the people who are really important to us.

To help create your perfect day whilst sticking to your budget, pick the details you can’t imagine your day without and go for them, but also decide upon those things that you are willing to compromise on. For us, we really wanted beautiful food, a live band and a great photographer, and we spent extra money on all of these things. We were able to afford these things as we were willing to sacrifice favors, wedding cars and an immediate honeymoon overseas.”

Tree Wedding Guestbook // Photography ~ Pierre CurryFingerprint Wedding Guestbook // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

“Instead of a guest book, we had a finger print tree which we loved! and its now framed and hung in our lounge room.”

Fingerprint Wedding Guestbook // Photography ~ Pierre CurryRustic Barn Wedding Reception // Photography ~ Pierre CurryRustic Barn Wedding Reception // Photography ~ Pierre Curry

Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“Our photographer was Pierre Curry and he was AMAZING! He takes beautiful candid shots and you hardly even realise he’s there. He was also instrumental in creating the wedding. After the venue, Pierre was the next vendor we chose, and he and his wife Lucie provided lots of suggestions helping us find other vendors, particularly our florist – Ame of Raven and the Rose.”

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I just love that last picture – the glamour against the rustic background is just so cool! Hugs and huge congratulations to beautiful bride Amy and her dapper hubby Aaron. Plus big thanks to them, and to their wonderful photographer Pierre Curry who captured their charming day so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here on Chic Vintage Brides. Do pop across to Pierre’e website to see more of his work, and follow him on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.

For more bright and beautiful weddings you might want to take a peek at this Winter woodland beauty and you won’t want to miss the glamorous rustic affair of bridal designer Anna Campbell! Or for more barn wedding receptions pop across to this elegant and opulent vision of loveliness and this 1920s stunner. You will find all of these and more here.





Photography – Pierre Curry // Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander // Bridal Boutique – Fairytales Bridal // Bridal Shoes – Dianna Ferrari // Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Modcloth, ASOS // Bridesmaids Shoes – Bonbons // Groom’s Attire – Oscar Hunt // Accessories – Samantha Wills // Hair – Sassy Boss Hair // Ceremony Venue – Collingwood Children’s Farm // Celebrant – Julia Doevan // Floral Design – Raven and the Rose // Catering – Farm Cafe // Wedding Cake – Dessert First // Stationery – Paper Dainty // Men’s Grooming – Men + Co // Bunting – A Few Of My Favourite Strings // Acoustic Music – Luke Meeking // Band – 5 Piece Ensemble from Lark Music

Inspiration Shoots

Riverside Wedding Inspiration with Gothic Romance


Deep red hues and a hint of gothic romance combine in today’s dramatic editorial to create an elopement perfect for Halloween. Hauntingly beautiful with an Edwardian inspired bride, a riverside ceremony and a sweetheart table set within a woodland ruin; it is sure to give you goosebumps for all the right reasons…..

Edwardian Inspired Riverside Wedding

Here’s a few words about the inspiration behind this vision from Lauren of Swoon Soiree….. “This shoot was inspired by the Cardinal bird and the laws of attraction. The brighter red the male bird, the stronger a mate he will be.  I wanted this shoot to be about a deep romance, a strong courtship, and slightly reminiscent of a time past

The setting is The Mill At Fine Creek. This used to be an old grits mill alongside a creek.  It has since been turned into a venue but the old mill and creek still stand. We selected bright red colours and luxe details to showcase the elements of the attention demanding cardinal.  The tablescape was draped in satin and velvet, linens. The plates were stacked using natural elements, copper, stone, and glass.  The menu cards were handwritten and accented with a wax seal, and the black flatware and taper candles tied it all together.  The cake is hand painted and was set in the window of the old mill.  We really wanted the set to look intimate but bold.  We played with textures keeping them organic and cohesive.

The altar is actually on a rock in the middle of the creek.  I didn’t want the feeling of the altar to be too heavy. I wanted it to blend in with the natural beauty of scenery.  The dress and the jewelry are authentic vintage pieces.  The jewelry is gold and opal.   Diamonds just seemed a little too modern.  The boutonnière is more of an art piece.  The florist Black Iris Floral Events used copper pieces to create more of a statement.  This again ties back to being the most impressive cardinal.

Through the entire process I kept coming back to a quote I had seen.  I wanted the shoot to feel intense, bold, and slightly risky.  The quote reads: “You were a risk, a mystery, and the most certain thing I had ever known.”  – Beau Taplin.”

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Oh isn’t it gorgeous?? I love the deep red of the florals, and that wedding cake is just perfection – who knew black could look so pretty? A huge thankyou to to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents and especially to The Pinwheel Collective for capturing every detail and letting me share them with you here. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of their work do pop across to their website at

For more Halloween wedding inspiration pop and take a peek at this oh so romantic elopement, and cast your eyes over this gorgeous (now ghoulish) wedding inspiration board. Or if its the Edwardian era you love so much then this Sunstone Winery inspiration shoot full of olde world elegance is for you! And ‘Love Letters from WIllowbank’ will be sure to have you swooning – especially all the greenery!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – The Pinwheel Collective // Venue – The Mill At Fine Creek // Event Design & Planning – Swoon Soiree // Floral Designs – Black Iris Floral Events // Wedding Dress – Vintage // Wedding Dress Boutique – Meriweather Vintage // Hair – Rachel Shrader // Makeup – Phawn Lane // Wedding Stationery – Amanda Day Rose // Handmade Details – One Sweet Day in May // Wedding Cake – Commonwealth Cake Company // Rentals – Rent-E-Quip // Linen Rentals – La Tavola // Specialty Rentals – Swoon Soiree // Models – Sonnie Slagle & Justin Doerflein

Wedding Dresses

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Lihi Hod’s 2018 Bridal Collection

6 years into blogging, and seeing the latest wedding dress designs sashay down the catwalk is still just as exciting as it was the very first year! Every October, when NYBFW rolls around and bridal designers from all over the world descend on New York to unveil their latest collections, I wait with baited breath. And every year my heart skips a beat at my first glimpse! But never more so than at the exquisite offerings for 2018, and today I am sharing one of the very best; ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ from Lihi Hod…..

Lihi Hod's 2018 Bridal Collection

After starting her label in 2010 and winning “Best Wedding Dress Designer in Israel” not once but twice (in 2014 and 2016), Lihi Hod has fast established a name in the bridal industry for chic and unique wedding dresses, that combine timeless elegance inspired by the past with the nonchalant attitude of the present. And her 2018 collection is no different.

Inspired by simplicity, the ultimate form of sophistication and elegance, Lihi Hod designed her new collection “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. An insulated capsule with no recollection of time and place; each gown exudes femininity in its purest form. Featuring dramatic necklines, stunning silhouettes and striking design details and delicate laces, she has created timeless pieces that go beyond the boundaries of time and place yet reflect Hod’s meticulous craftsmanship.

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Aren’t they all divine?? It’s almost impossible to pick a favourite….. but the cap sleeves and neck detail of Celia might just be the one for me… although I also love the lace and silhouette of Luna! If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer you can see her 2017 collection, ‘Maison Des Rêves’, right here on Chic Vintage Brides. Or pop over to the Lihi Hod website at and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news, trunk shows and collections by following her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Or if its more collections for 2018 you’re yearning for, then ‘Morning Mist’ from Katya Katya Shehurina and Reem Acra’s regal collection are for you! And be sure to check back soon as I will be sharing more over the coming weeks – including a roundup of some of my favourite trends! If you want to see what they were for 2017, take a peek here.



Wedding Dresses

Reem Acra’s Regal 2018 Bridal Collection

It is my absolute favourite time of year! Not only is it officially the start of Fall and the countdown to the holiday season, but also last week was New York Bridal Fashion Week – the week when the wedding world gathers in New York to see the latest bridal collections unveiled. And whilst I was unable to attend this year (being busy moving house instead) my inbox has been brimming ever since with the most beautiful wedding dresses for 2018. Sadly it isn’t possible for me to share EVERY collection with you, I will however be publishing a few of my favourites, those that delighted and beguiled me most, including (as I have in past years) a few new names alongside the finest and most vintage inspired I can find. Which brings me today’s stunning offering from Reem Acra…..

Reem Acra's Bridal Collection 2018

Renowned international designer Reem Acra is known for her breathtaking collections that combine tradition with a modern aesthetic, and has lead the way by continuously redefining bridal boundaries since her first collection in 1997. In her 20 years in the industry she has established herself as a favourite with brides and blogger alike with her detailed and innovative couture designs – and her impeccably styled shows!

For her 2018 collection, which was inspired by the words “We are protected. The spirit of saints,”Acra invited the wedding world to The New York Public Library, a setting that with its grandiose columns, marble tiling and cavernous ceilings, was a sight to behold itself and was worthy of her regal gowns. Ethereal touches such as baby’s breath crowns, garlands and bouquets completed the sublime show….

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Isn’t the whole look just heavenly?? I love the romantic twist on the flower crown! If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer pop over to the Reem Acra website at and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news, trunk shows and collections by following her on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Or if its more collections for 2018 you’re yearning for, then ‘Morning Mist’ from Katya Katya Shehurina is for you! And don’t forget to check back here in a few hours, and over the coming weeks, when I will be sharing more including the latest from new favourite of mine Lihi Hod.



Photography by Maria Valentino

Aisle Society

Romantic Grace Kelly Inspired Bridal Shoot


Few names evoke the idea of vintage elegance quite like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, so when David’s Bridal unveils an exclusive new bridal and bridesmaid collection by a designer who dressed both, you just know it is going to be something special! And today’s inspiration shoot from the talented ladies of Aisle Society captures the regal opulence and timeless elegance of the latest designs from Oleg Cassini perfectly…..

Romantic Grace Kelly Inspired Bridal Shoot

And luckily we have the lovely Aisle Society ladies on hand to talk us through every detail…. “Our inspiration evolved from the designer himself. Oleg Cassini is a celebrity designer who is known for dressing icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly. As the queen of timeless elegance, we were inspired by Grace Kelly, and envisioned the romance of “Grace Kelly in the Hamptons” captured beautifully on film. 

The venue, Seven Springs, is a picturesque historical estate just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1732, the manor has a rich history, included a stay by George Washington himself. Seven Springs is also home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep, who make an appearance at events for animal lovers. 

The gowns were the stars of the show, with dreamy pale pink lace, retro silhouettes, and impeccable beading as some of the highlights. With breath-taking cathedral veils and the perfect red lip, the brides showcased a timeless elegance that would have made Grace proud!”

Ending off the celebration was a retro caravan bar that featured scrumptious champagne accoutrements selections like lush blackberries, fragrant rosemary and a dash of pear juice.  The caravan served as the perfect bridge to yesteryear while showcasing modern amenities and stylings.  The day was complete with a champagne toast and a cuddle with Cupid, one of Seven Springs’ sheep!”

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“At the reception, we designed a romantic table for two, complete with sweetheart settee for the newlyweds. For the tablescape, we took our inspiration straight from Grace Kelly in a scene in High Society, where she is with a model boat of the boat, True Love. As the perfect nautical touch and nod to the film, the highlight of the decor is the model boat, floating on a bed of greenery, with “Darling, let’s be adventurers” in calligraphy adorning the sail. Heirloom glassware and silverware add to the chic timelessness, while hand-lettered mussel place cards give an added touch of whimsy.” 

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As a designer for Grace Kelly and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Oleg Cassini is known for creating some of the most memorable moments in fashion history, and so I can only imagine how special it would be to walk down the aisle in one of of his creations [does this make it seem like he’s still alive and designing? He is not, sadly, but his legacy lives on in his namesake collections at David’s Bridal]! To me his dresses embody the glamour of American royalty with timeless silhouettes and lavish adornments. Apparently the designer once said that designing a wedding dress is “perhaps the most special task,” and the collection that bears his name reflects this devotion to detail with each gown crafted of the most luxurious fabrics, appliqués, and beadwork; simply perfect for the bride with an eye for elegance. The new and exclusive Oleg Cassini bridesmaid collection launched in stores and online at last week.

A huge thankyou to David’s Bridal and all of the wedding professionals and creatives involved, and especially to the lovely Nikki Santerre for capturing it all so beautifully. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Nikki’s work, pop on over to her website at, and be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Or to see more beautiful bridal inspiration from David’s Bridal (this time in a heavenly palette of blues) take a peek here.



Contributors & Credits

Event Design – Aisle Society // Event Production – Storyboard Wedding and Glamour & Grace // Photography – Nikki Santerre Photography // Venue – Seven Springs // Floral  Design – Amanda Burnette // Wedding Dresses – Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses – Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal //  Shoes, Veils & Bridal Accessories – David’s Bridal // Hair & Makeup – Ave 42 Style Studio // Bar Rental – Cozy Caravan Club // Rentals – Paisley & Jade // Place Cards – Love Always, Me. // Tabletop Rentals – Creme de la Creme // Calligraphy – Capital Calligraphy // Invitations – Laura Lavender  

Compensation for this post was provided by David’s Bridal for Aisle Society.

Inspiration Shoots

Wild Champagne Chic – Outdoor Bridal Shoot


Vintage inspired gowns and a celebration of friendship, combined with an abundance of lush greenery infused florals, create a refined bridal vision against a rustic backdrop in today’s stylish bridal editorial. With not one but three distinct bridal looks, and its pretty palette of cool greens and blues giving a nod to Winter, it is sure to inspire…..

Wild Champagne Chic - Outdoor Bridal Shoot

Photographer Levana Melamed and Victoria from Copper & Sage shared….“Time to pop the champagne! There are so many reasons to celebrate in life, but there’s one very special relationship that rarely gets its due in the world of event design. Our concept was to create and capture an atmosphere that highlights the beauty of friendship. We wanted to design an elegant yet unique look, with unexpected twists in color, while showcase three gal pals enjoying fun, laughter, and glass of bubbly together.

Shenango Pines Farm set the scene with it’s rolling hills and lush scenery. The rustic backdrop contrasted nicely with the other classic elements and created a the perfect basis the design. This shoot features not one, not two, but three amazing wedding dresses from Blanc de Blanc Bridal with styling by Face By Grace. While every dress is a different style, they complement each other in a understated way. This really lets the personality of each woman radiate throughout the vignette. We kept a neutral color palette with added pops of color among natural looking bouquets from Karrie Hlista Designs. The floral’s seem as though they were plucked straight from the wilderness and add some drama to the over all appearance. We paired these details with some elegant furniture pieces from Copper & Sage Vintage Rentals which created a more laid-back lounge-like feel to add that extra perfect touch of vintage which completed the vision which was capture through Levana’s lens.

Our efforts resulted in an amazing experience with newfound friends showcasing the beautiful work of every vendor involved. I hope you enjoy our wild champagne chic day as much as we did!”

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Oh its all so heavenly! A huge thankyou to the lovely Levana Melamed for capturing all the gorgeousness today, and to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents. If you love Levana’s 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 her on Facebook and Instagram!

For more bridal inspiration cast your eyes over this stunning Victorian inspired shoot captured at Castle Green and this romantic Russian bridal shoot. Or if you’re looking for something a little more summery, you will love this ethereal beach bridal inspiration!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Levana Melamed Photography // Venue – Shenango Pines Farm // Floral Design – Karrie Hlista Designs // Furniture – Copper & Sage Vintage Rentals // Bridal Boutique – Blanc de Blanc Bridal // Wedding Dresses – Henley & Stevie by Chantel Lauren + Amaris by Divine Atelier // Hair & Makeup – Face by Grace by Lindsey Kuruc  // Head Pieces – Twigs & Honey and Emma Katzka // Assistant – Tori Stipcak