Who doesn’t love a 4 legged guest making a cameo at a wedding? And when that 4 legged guest happens to be the cutest Alpaca…… well, cue extra cooing! He was the perfect finishing touch to today’s rustic vintage wedding inspiration captured at Bowood Barn by Terri Isenhour and Lauren Marie; complete with candelabras, antique lace, mismatched bridesmaids and a beautifully styled bride and groom…..
True wedding inspiration, today’s creative shoot is a vintage twist on a rustic farm wedding, and in the prettiest colour palette of peach, blush and sage.
Photographer Terri Isenhour is here to tell us all about it…. “We incorporated the lovely antique lace table cover over a hand made rustic table, paired with a set of candlesticks…vintage meets rustic..what a beautiful combination. The bride and bridesmaid’s gowns were hand made by a local fashion designer Gohar Ayvazyan Beaver of Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir Couture. This little venue called Bowood Barn is nestled back in the beautiful countryside of Louisa, Virginia. And of course this vintage inspiration would not have been complete without an alpaca!”
Oh, isn’t he cute?? Any venue that has a resident alpaca gets my seal of approval! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in this gorgeous styled shoot for all of their efforts behind the scenes, and especially to the lovely Terri Isenhour for photographing it all so perfectly. To see more of Terri’s wonderful work, take a peek at this timeless wedding inspiration just perfect for you fall brides!
Whilst you and I can barely bring ourselves to wave goodbye to Summer, the bridal fashion world already has their attention firmly set on 2018. And so with NYBFW just around the corner, this can mean only one thing – 2018 bridal collections are beginning to be unveiled!! As in previous years I will be bringing you a few of my favourites (in the hope you might love them too), including one or two new names. Which as it happens starts with today’s oh so romantic collection from Truvelle…..
I have been a fan of this particular boutique bridal label since I first set eyes on this sequin adorned stunner a year or so ago, but in case this name is new to you, let me introduce you. Based in the heart of Gastown, in Vancouver Canada, Truvelle is all about offering modern brides an alternative to the traditional wedding gown. Born from the belief that a bride should feel as good as she looks, their designs are effortlessly cool, with unconventional design details that make them perfect for the confident, and vintage loving, bride.
For Truvelle’s 2018 season, owner and designer Gaby and her team took a step back to refine and reflect on past collections, with the end result boasting a dreamy ensemble of delicate laces and a subtle colour palette that encourages individuality to shine. Undoubtedly their most feminine collection to date, the 2018 designs introduce fuller skirts, more structured bodices, and dramatic trains. At the same time, this ‘no-fuss’ bridal brand maintains their rep for effortless wedding dress design with simple silhouettes that add interest and comfort in their unending attention to detail.
Just beautiful don’t you think? I love the simplicity, and how each dress has one design detail that shines – be it a hint of color, or a stunning neckline or an open back. The new collection will be available to shop online and in stores September 6th. For more information do pop over to the Truvelle website at truvelle.com or find and follow Gaby on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest as well as real brides and glimpses from behind the scenes.
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot took place in downtown Detroit, but abounds with olde world elegance that compliments the architecture of the venue that serves as its backdrop, the old Michigan Theatre. The rich color palette of peach, emerald and gold, and Art Nouveau details bring together this breathtaking vision of modern romance…..
Here’s photographer Lynsey Lue to tell us all about it…. “Detroit’s visually rich and fascinating architecture and history reveal a city that once was, and in so many ways, still is breathtakingly beautiful and inventive. As a history-loving photographer exploring the city, I was drawn to investigate the former Michigan Theater in downtown Detroit. Outside, the building appears to be a typical 1920s office building with an attached parking garage. Inside the parking garage, driving up the parking ramp to the third floor, I was overwhelmed and inspired by the sudden appearance of the former Michigan Theater’s soaring ornate plaster ceiling. It’s a truly magical juxtaposition to stand in the middle of a utilitarian concrete parking deck between a grand two-story colonnaded theater lobby on one end and what once was home to a grand stage. The grandeur of the past is still very present within this Detroit gem through its faded plaster ceiling and remnants of the rich red theater curtains hanging by the stage area.
For all these reasons, I just knew my debut styled shoot had to take place here, in the former Michigan Theater. So, I approached Aimee from Modernly Events with my intent to plan a styled wedding shoot in the building and my ideas for a fresh and modern Art Deco style. We collaborated closely to make our vision come to life, choosing to take the shoot in the direction of the early twentieth-century Art Nouveau movement of incorporating arts and crafts, nature, and organic lines and shapes. We brought in flowing and abstract geometric and floral motifs, as well as brass cranes for a whimsical accent and a little bit of nature.
The design came together with the help of so many different vendors, most of them residing in the Metro Detroit area. Visually, Curtsy and Bow Events brought us color with their beautiful floral arrangements. The linens from Luxe Event Linen dressed our table in the perfect way. Sweet Heather Anne‘s artistry gave us a cake that was beyond beautiful. Pops of color were tied together with the stationery, created by the talented Invitations by Caitlin. The dress that turned our model into a goddess was provided and styled by Detroit Bridal House. Our models were adorned with details provided by Everistta Bridal, Lavaliere, and Cyberoptix. All the details came together to make one of my favorite secret Detroit locations come to life. It brought me back to a time that was modern and romantic, whimsical and structured, all by the hands of some wonderful creatives.”
Isn’t it stunning?? A huge thankyou to the lovely Lynsey Lue for capturing the whole shoot so beautifully, and to all the wedding creatives involved for lending their talents. If you love this and would like to see more of Lynsey’s work do pop across to her website at www.lynseyluephotography.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
This one is a little late (or a lot late even, considering they will be unveiling their Spring 2018 colours in little over a month) but with the end of Summer just around the corner I thought there was no better time than now to share Pantone’s color picks for Fall 2017! Whilst this might come too late for brides planning a wedding this year, these colors really are so beautifully timeless that they will make just as perfect a choice for a Fall wedding next year!
This is the third year I’ve covered Pantone’s colors, but in case you might be new to Chic Vintage Brides and are sat looking at the screen wondering who is Pantone? And why are the colors they choose so important? Let me give you the lowdown.
The Pantone Color Institute are pretty much the world authority on colour. Their colour cards and codes (those 6 digit numbers that precede each shade’s name) are referenced and used by almost every industry on the planet, and especially the fashion and wedding industries! And when they say a colour is fabulous and going to be big next year, they’re usually right.
Remember last year the world was awash with pastel blue and pink? That’s because Pantone chose Serenity & Rose Quartz as their colors of the year. And have you noticed how this year greenery is everywhere? Well, guess what color Pantone picked for 2017? Yep, that’s right, Greenery!
Every season the team at Pantone evaluates the colors shown by designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create a list of their top 10 colors for the upcoming season. And almost without fail, theses the hues and shades that fill the shops!
So, what did they have to say for Fall 2017? Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, shared “Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth. While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.”
Hot on the heels of the success of Marsala in 2016, this year Pantone have taken red to a new depth. Tawny Port is not only dramatic, it is elegant, sophisticated, and absolutely perfect for a romantic modern-vintage wedding!
A quintessential Fall colour, Autumn Maple is a tawny, russet brown that introduces warmth into the palette. If brown isn’t for you though, you can incorporate this colour into your celebration, and add another layer of luxury at the same time, with touches of copper!
A move on from their Spring 2017 ‘Greenery’, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade an earthy tone choice with a twist, and a refreshing complement to the other fall classics. With a hint of chartreuse it is also has an unmistakably olde world feel – can’t you just imagine a luxurious velvet in this gorgeous shade??
Continuing with the jewel tones, Navy Peony is a romantic, dark sapphire blue that will add a timeless sense of opulence to any wedding. This deep hue also gives grooms and groomsmen a stylish alternative to the traditional black tux!
Well, that’s the end of Part I, Part II which comprises of Pantone’s more unusual color choices for Fall is coming soon. But in the meantime be sure to let me know what you think of these rich Autumnal shades – do you have a fave? I would love to hear because as always I will be choosing one to become CVB’s next inspiration board, and at the moment I am completely torn! I love the jewel tones, but Golden Lime would make an exciting change…..
Today’s bright and beautiful Summer wedding is for you lovers of the 1950s! We’re talking bridesmaids dresses with full tulle petticoats, a chic bridal updo, velvet sofas, a vintage Bentley getaway and the cutest 4-legged wedding guests! Full of summer shades and fun, personal details it is the sweetest celebration…..
After a romantic proposal at the top of a mountain with views over Mt Fuji no less, creative couple Lauren & Deven set about planning their perfect day, luckily lovely bride Lauren is here to tell us all about it! “Deven and I decided to throw a vintage garden party. We found an estate that was built in the 30s and had the front and back gardens available to us. Croquet on the lawn, vintage furniture, and string lights captured the fun vintage feel we we’re going for. Our colors were fun summer tones that incorporated aqua, coral, gold and cream.
We loved to splurge on unique details. Our favorite additions were the butterfly release during the ceremony, popsicle vendor for cocktail hour, and the 1950s black and white Bentley for our getaway car. We considered having a jazz band for cocktail hour but decided to save our money and go with a DJ who could play jazz instead. Our Polaroid photo bar was such a fun guest book idea.”
“For my dress I wanted something vintage inspired with a soft romantic feel. I wanted something unique but something at would make me feel like a bride. After 5 bridal boutiques I fell in love with my dress from Tiffanys Bridal designed by Stella York. In a blush color and dramatic illusion back it was the perfect choice for me.
I could not imagine covering the back of my dress with a traditional veil so I opted for a vintage flower hair accessory designed by Le Flowers instead. And for my shoes I had to have the divine “Mimosa” from Rachel Simpson in Rose Gold. For the reception I changed into a pair of fun sparkly Rose Gold canvas shoes by Keds Kate Spade.”
“It was very important to involve our dogs in our special day. Roddy and Rumple are family and we couldn’t imagine getting married without them.”
“For the men I wanted to keep in mind that the wedding was outside and chose a more casual patterned shirt and vest combination. The tan suits complimented the aqua bridesmaids dresses and was a unique choice. “
“I wanted the bridesmaids dresses to have a 1950s feel but customized to each lady’s personal taste. Moonboots studios custom made their dresses and allowed each lady to choose a different neckline, sleeve length, and hem length which still using the same general sillouette and Aqua fabric.”
“Amanda Burnette brilliantly designed our florals. I asked for greenery and romantic, colorful, and unique seasonal flowers. I loved the various roses and peonies she used. My dress was blush so I wanted colors to compliment and coordinate with a palette of peach and shades of pink.
I love the unique centerpieces we collaborated on. I really wanted to use glass terrariums for half of the tables of the display and she put together larger arrangements in compotes for the other half creating a lovely compliment.”
“We wanted a large dramatic cake with a different design on each tier to coordinately with a different flavor on each tier. My husband designed and 3D printed our cake topper. The bottom and top tier were german chocolate, 2nd tier was lemon with raspberry filling and the 3rd tier was carrot cake.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“The wedding is just one day and an amazingly short amount of time compared to the planning before hand and the happily ever after to follow. Don’t sweat the small stuff because guests, and even you, may not even remember what you ended up choosing. If it is overwhelmingly stressful and strains relationships it’s not worth it!
Also pay for an open bar! It’s worth the splurge!”
“After the wedding was over we had a relaxing romantic ride in our vintage car and enjoying riding through backroads on the way to out hotel. This was our first moment to be alone as a married couple and recoup after such a chaotic day.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Beth is so talented and has such a unique perspective. Deven and I do a lot of photography projects so we searched a long time online to find the perfect photographer. We love the romantic and intimate quality of her photos and I was impressed with her ability to photograph pets as well as her couples. When we spoke on the phone she was really excited about our ideas and we felt we were a perfect match.”
Isn’t it 50s inspired fabulous??? Especially Lauren’s gorgeous maids! Many congratulations to the happy couple, and huge thanks to them and their lovely photographer Beth of 3 Cats Photo for letting me share their big day with you here. If you would like to see more of Beth’s work head over to her website www.3catsphoto.com, and you will find her on Facebook.
When it comes to color palettes often the most simple are also the most sophisticated, and today’s monochromatic styled shoot not only epitomises chic but the heavenly shades of blue would also make a perfect choice whatever season wedding you are planning! Dreamed up by the lovely ladies of Aisle Society and showcasing the Fall 2017 collection from David’s Bridal if it doesn’t have you dreaming of a monochromatic wedding, nothing will…..
Inspired by a stunning David’s Bridal wedding dress by Melissa Sweet that features ethereal, ice-blue blooms cascading down the bodice, the creative team decided to push conventional wedding color palettes by playing in a world of only blue. Creating a vision that is light & airy with elevated design and style. An open plan loft space served as the perfect backdrop, giving the styled shoot a romantic modern metropolitan feel.
The bride’s gown was just the starting point of her romantic look however which was complimented by sapphire hued jewels and the most perfect accessories, including a two-tier cathedral-length veil and a sparkly headband. Mismatched bridesmaids dresses in delicate shades of blue lace completed the bridal party, with each of the ladies carrying beautifully loose wild flower bouquets created by Diana Gould.
The creative team upped the wow factor of their chosen venue with a statement ceremony installation that is easily one of my favourite design details from the whole shoot. The massive backdrop featured a diamond grid, inspired by harlequin style tiles, with a dazzling brushed metallic overlay that sent light dancing around the light and airy loft. Ghost chairs were chosen to line the ceremony, adding to the sense of light and allowing the backdrop to take centre stage .
Ghost chairs were also the perfect accent to the glass top reception table. An elongated flower box was created running the full length of the table, with a variety of blooms hugging the box like the forest floor, whilst statuesque flowers stretched tall reaching for the sun.
As with the ceremony backdrop, pattern also played a big role in the wedding tablescape, yet again encouraging a sense of light and movement. Each place setting featured 4 tiers, infused with various shades of blue, creating a calm and inviting feel. Whilst I love the colored stemware, the showpiece for me were the hand dyed shibori napkins from Make Craft Workshop which flowed right off the tabletop.
The wedding cake continued the play on movement and whimsy with a tassel waterfall swaying from the exposed loft ceiling, perfectly framing the minimalist 3-tier cake. Displayed on a short white pedestal standing atop a metal table it too took on the feel of an art installation.
Isn’t it just divine?! With almost every style element of this shoot (bridal gown, accessories, jewelry, bridesmaids dresses, and even stationery!) coming from David’s Bridal, they make such a great choice for any bride. Their brand is built on the ideal that every woman deserves to have the wedding dress of her dreams regardless of her style preference, shape, size or budget. And their exclusive assortment of bridal gowns, including a collection from my favourite designer Jenny Packham, features a broad spectrum of silhouettes, lengths and styles, empowering you to find a look that is as unique as you are for your special day. And I think you will agree, their bridesmaids dresses are just dreamy!
A huge thankyou to David’s Bridal and all of the wedding professionals and creatives involved, and especially to the lovely Cassi Claire for capturing it all so beautifully. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Cassi’s work, pop on over to her website at www.cassiclaire.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
Today’s inspiration shoot is the epitome of enchanting! We’re talking a garden ceremony and lush florals (oh the bouquet!) brimming with ethereal elegance, a bridal look that could have come straight from the pages of a fairytale, and an historic venue that puts Lake Como at the top of my must visit places! It is a magical take on vintage, full of timeless romance…..
First a few words from photographer Irene Fucci….. “When Elena, Anna – the wedding stylists – and I started thinking about this bridal session, we had this vision of a elegant session in a greenhouse with an ethereal, kind of Renaissance, bride. So finding the perfect location and model for us were the key. When we spotted the amazing XVII Century Villa del Grumello, and its greenhouse, on the shores of Lake Como, we immediately knew it was the one… some of the most important Italian genius have stayed in this place (from the battery inventor Alessandro Volta to the revolutionary writer Ugo Foscolo). It’s like the perfect romantic location every bride has always dreamed about, but with a twist. Then we found Isabella, the model, and we fell in love with her amazing long copper hair.
Next it was time to think about the perfect color palette. The spring season called for a mix of soft hues: dusty pink, light green and pale yellow. And lastly the amazing tulle dress, and handmade crystal headpiece, a vintage inspired mise en place completed the vision. My very fave part of the shooting day? Taking pictures of the amazing details like the villa ceiling and doors, Isabella’s freckles on her shoulders and the teeny tiny sparkling details of the dress. So inspiring!”
Such a beautiful venue! Is there any venue more perfect for a vintage wedding than an Italian villa?? A huge thankyou to everyone involved in this enchanting shoot for their hard work behind the scenes, and especially to the lovely Irene Fucci for photographing it all so perfectly. To see more of Irene’s wonderful work, pop across to her website at www.irenefucci.it, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!
I am so excited to be sharing this gorgeous wedding with you today, because if there is anything I can’t get enough of it is Downton Abbey! And through every detail, from the couples elegant attire, to their historic venue The Glidden House and lavish reception with cut crystal, towering centerpieces, candelabras, chandeliers and a champagne tower; Elizabeth & Matt conveyed the grandeur, opulence and drama of the era perfectly, creating a celebration that once seen will never be forgotten!
Beautiful bride Elizabeth is here to tell us all about her big day and how it came together… “I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple and where we are headed in life. Basically, Matt and I come from hardworking middle-class families who fell on a lot of difficult times, but through that we both managed to become really successful in our academics (through scholarships and work), and to me that personifies a lot of what it means to be American. In that sense, I wanted the 1920’s vibe because to me it reflects a glittering time of success and celebration.
We are also both big nature buffs so we wanted to tie that in tastefully, through big blooming bouquets, lush cascading vines and the beautiful formality of Downton Abbey times. We worked with our planner to create a magical 20’s Garden Party inspired design, down to the details on the cakes and the curated menu. I LOVED that feeling of seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding. I could tell each of the guests were stunned by it too, people are still talking to my parents and I about how it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to.”
“Living in Chicago I had access to a great number of wedding dress stores and pretty much tried all of them. After a few months of looking I finally ended up at the small boutique, Alice in Ivory, where I fell in love with the Stella dress by Leanne Marshall. It had everything I was looking for – a simple, elegantly sculpted bodice and a soft, buttery silk skirt made from multiple panels of fabric. It was just a fabulous dress both to wear and to look at. I look forward to hopefully hemming it into a formal gown length because I would love to wear it again! I paired the gown with a lace top, also from Leanne Marshall, for the ceremony and a Twigs & Honey belt for the reception.”
“I couldn’t actually say all the blooms in the bouquet (I know there were at least some cabbage roses and peonies), Lowe’s Greenhouse really took the vision A Charming Fete and I discussed with them and developed it in their own creative way. I was stunned with the end result!”
“Matt and his groomsmen wore classic black tux with a silk/satin lapel, silver pearl buttons/cufflinks, and a personalized velvet and silk, Gatsby-style bowtie that Matt picked out for each of them. He then changed into a stunning black velvet jacket for the reception.”
“The vision for the wedding was inspired by the colors of the late spring season: nudes and pale pinks, accented with dark burgundy and greenery; and the early-1900s charm of the venue we chose. From there I pulled in some favorite, but somewhat random, elements that I wanted to come together like silver antiques, lush flowing greens, looping calligraphy, flowing fabrics and vintage books. A Charming Fete really helped me solidify these thoughts into a cohesive vision and, eventually, a beautiful reality!”
“Saying my vows to Matthew in front of everyone was really emotional for me and I just felt like the luckiest person in the world. “
Oh and if you thought their wedding ceremony was beautiful, just wait until you see their reception!
“As a baker the cake was one of my favorite displays and was surprisingly hard to chose from the many amazing options Luna Bakery & Cafe laid out for us. We ended up going with five cakes (all different sizes) with two flavors – either vanilla almond cake with swiss meringue or chocolate with salted caramel icing. I was very insistent that we stick with buttercream over fondant because I’m such a frosting flavor diva. The end result was five stunning cakes, each with a unique fluffy buttercream design, topped with gorgeous flowers from Lowe’s! Of course this was all surrounded with half a dozen other varied desserts Luna made for the wedding as well.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
It’s the biggest and most exciting art project you’ll ever undertake! Listen to each other and to the professionals to help guide your vision.
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
I LOVE Addison as a person and photographer. Addison was the first vendor I chose because I knew right away her photography style was like nothing else I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to (hopefully) have her with us at other life events down the road J ! She’s simply the best there is.
Isn’t it so absolutely stunning? Every single detail of Elizabeth & Matt’s big day had me swwoning! A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Addison Jones for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Addison’s work, head over to her website addisonjonesphotography.com – and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
The historic Palo Alto Plantation in Onslow County takes centre stage and provides the perfect backdrop to this super romantic Southern affair. Showcasing summery floral arrangements with a ‘just-picked’ feel, a beautifully styled tablescape, and a drizzle cake deliciously topped with seasonal berries; everything about this styled shoot is utterly charming…..
Here’s a few words from photographer Danielle Hutchinson to tell us all about it…. “When I began to put together this styled bridal session, I had a vision. I was looking for a venue that embodied old world southern charm and the Palo Alto Plantation did not disappoint. Sitting on 3 acres of land and surrounded by quaint farmland, this historical mansion is complete with its sweeping porches and farmhouse tables. Details of lace, chiffon, pink roses and gems lend to the southern appeal, embodying the local aesthetic.
What a beautiful venue, so perfect for Summer garden wedding! A huge thankyou to all the wedding professionals and creatives for their hard work behind the scenes of this shoot, and especially to the lovely Danielle Hutchinson for capturing it all so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Danielle’s beautiful photography, pop and take a peek at her oh so pretty website at www.daniellehutchinson.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
I am more than a little in love with today’s light and airy Summer wedding inspiration board – in fact it has to be my favourite yet! Because instead of the traditional bright and beautiful hues we so often associate with Summer, I took one of 2017’s biggest trends, greenery, and gave it a splash of cool grey and blue to create a look that is vintage but with an understated elegance that is unmistakably contemporary…..
With a Summer wedding you want to make the most of the season with an outdoor ceremony and reception I am sure. But whether you go backyard, vineyard or country estate don’t forget to provide some protection from the Summer sun for your guests – think parasols, hats and suncream. Or find a spot under the canopy of a tree to offer some natural shade, as well as a perfect place to hang some lighting!
Whilst Summer is the perfect season for a floral affair, foliage is the flower of choice at the moment, so when it comes to your bouquet, centerpieces, aisle decor, wedding cake or even your hair, think greenery, greenery and more greenery. Ferns lend a contemporary feel and work beautifully with this soft, cool color palette.
Let the lush greenery and the backdrop of your chosen venue shine by keeping the decor in neutral colors. But keep your celebration from looking too modern with calligraphy stationery, vintage furniture, and cut crystal ware. And yes, that soft grey or cool blue are the perfect shades for your groom’s & groomsmen’s suits! They will look so summery in a 2 (or even a 3) piece suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and tie.