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21 Swoonworthy Engagement Rings

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Topping the list of 10 things to do when you get engaged is, of course, finding the perfect ring! But there’s so much to consider when finding THE ring: like antique, vintage or vintage inspired? white, yellow or rose gold? Or platinum instead? Solitaire, halo or trilogy? (I love the idea of a stone for your past, your present and your future!) Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire or something altogether different? And it’s so important you get it right, because this is a ring you should love and wear for the rest of your life. In the face of so much choice – and pressure – it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. But don’t worry because I am here to help with some inspiration, as well as just a few words of engagement ring wisdom, and 21 of the most swoonworthy sparklers you ever will see!

21 Engagement Rings EVERYONE Will Swoon Over

 

When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, my advice would be to follow your heart! Of course you should educate yourself a little first too. It’s oh so tempting, once the question has been popped, to head straight to the high street in excitement and buy the first ring you like. But there’s no rush! Take your time, shop around, familiarise yourself with the all important 4 cs (that’s carat, cut, clarity and color), learn the different properties of metals: for example, did you know white gold turns yellow after a year or two? And the only way to get that beautiful white back is to get the ring Rhodium plated? And whilst platinum may retain its color, it is a more brittle metal? Nope, me either – but I do now!

If all this has left your head spinning, and even less sure where to begin, I have a little inspiration for you. I have rounded up 21 seriously gorgeous engagement rings, so take a deep breath and swoon over these stunners…..

Diamond Engagement Rings

When it comes to timeless elegance, there is nothing quite like a diamond! And it is the most popular choice for an engagement ring for a reason, because whether you go solitaire, trilogy or halo, in a vintage, vintage inspired or modern setting, it is a stone that will outshine all the rest…..

Timeless Diamond Engagement Rings

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement RingMicropavé Trio Diamond RingBlue Nile

Vintage Inspired Diamond Engagement RingEdwardian Inspired Diamond Ring ~ Erica Weiner

Diamond Round Cut Engagement Ring

Delicate Diamond RingMelanie Casey

Mapleton Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

Art Deco Trio Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn

Vintage Inspired Diamond Engagement Ring

Vintage Inspired Diamond Solitaire Ring ~ Erstwhile

 

Colored Stone Engagement Rings

If diamonds are a little too conventional for you, you might want to add a splash of colour. Whilst your choice used to be limited to sapphires, emeralds and the occasional ruby, today you will find these and SO much more! With tourmaline, aquamarine and alternatively colored sapphires and diamonds (yep, they both come in different colors) offering stones in a literal rainbow of sumptuous and stylish shades…..

Exquisite Colored Stone Engagement Rings

Marquise Ruby Engagement Ring

Marquise Ruby Ring ~ MinimalVS on Etsy

Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring

Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring ~ Trumpet & Horn

Aquamarine Halo Engagement Ring

Aquamarine Pear RingDavie & Chiyo

Vintage Inspired Emerald Engagement Ring

Emerald & Milgrain Ring ~ Blue Nile

Pink Tourmaline Engagement RingPink Tournmaline RingS. Kind & Co

 

Budget Friendly Engagement Rings

And you will find that with a different choice of stone, the price decreases significantly! Meaning you can choose a sparkler with real wow, at a fraction of the price of a traditional diamond ring. Stones like Mossanite and Morganite are especially budget friendly, without sacrificing any of the sparkle or romance – and best of all, they’re conflict free!…..

Beautiful Cheap Engagement Rings

Hexagonal Champagne Diamond Engagement RingHexagonal Champagne Diamond RingCatbird NYC

Budget Friendly Mossanite Engagement Ring

Mossanite Rose Gold Engagement Ring ~ Etsy

Budget Friendly Sapphire Engagement RingMelika Sapphire RingCatbird NYC

Morganite Engagement Ring Under $1000

Morganite Rose Gold Engagement Ring ~ Davie & Chiyo

Under $1000 Emerald Engagement RingEmerald & Diamond RingCatbird NYC

 

Unique Engagement Rings

Of course if it’s unconventional you’re after, whilst still wanting the classic diamond, there are some incredibly creative jewelers today. From their choice of stones, to their settings, their designs are little works of art that are sure to make a statement….. they are not the rings for you though if you’re wanting your engagement, wedding and eternity rings to nestle neatly together!

Unique Engagement Rings

Unique Heart Diamond Engagement RingHeart Diamond Ring ~ Katoaka

Unique Opal Engagement Ring Opal Engagement RingCatbird NYC

 

 

Unique Wandering Star Engagement Ring‘Wandering Star’ Diamond Ring ~ Morphe Jewelry

Heidi Gibson Engagement Rings

Art Deco Inspired Rings – Heidi Gibson Designs

The most important thing of all though, when shopping for your engagement ring, is to enjoy the process! Choose one that you are confident you will always love, one that suits your style and personality, and you can’t go wrong. Oh and always choose timeless elegance over fashionable fads, because whilst rose gold is the biggest trend right now, how will you feel about it in 10 years time?

After looking at all of these beauties, the only question I have is, how is a girl supposed to choose?! I would be happy to see any one (or all!) of them sparkling away on my finger.

Amy

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Wedding Wisdom

Top 10 To Dos for Every Newly Engaged Bride-to-Be

Hello lovelies and happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous holiday season and are now feeling, as I am, refreshed, raring to go and eager to see what 2018 has in store! Whether you’re a regular follower of Chic Vintage Brides, friend, new visitor or fleeting passer by, it really is lovely to have your company as I start the new year.

If you are a new visitor, then an extra warm welcome to you! And if you have stumbled across these pages today as an excited, newly engaged bride-to-be wondering where to begin, a hearty congratulations – this first post of 2018 is especially for you! These are the top 10 to dos after getting engaged….. well, the top 10 after saying yes, shedding some tears, jumping up and down screaming, telling all of your loved ones, posting a ring selfie on Instagram and updating your Facebook status of course!…..

Top 10 to dos after getting engaged // Photography by Q Avenue PhotoPhotography by Q Avenue Photo

Top 10 To Dos After Getting Engaged // Photogrpahy ~ Bamber PhotographyTop 10 To Dos After Getting Engaged // Photogrpahy ~ Joanna Traeger Photography

1.  Choose Your Engagement Ring

Of course it might be that your exciting first job on the wedding planning path will be picking your pretty sparkler! And if it is, I don’t mind admitting to being more than a little envious. For whilst Mr E did a rather fabulous job of picking the perfect ring for his proposal, not every groom-to-be is so brave, and that’s ok! Because what could be a better way to begin the new year than shopping for your engagement ring?

If you have your heart set on something a little different, like perhaps a beautiful vintage or antique ring, then start by taking a look at these Top Tips for buying a Vintage Engagement Ring from industry specialists and purveyors of pretty Trumpet & Horn….

Vintage Engagement & Wedding Ring

Oh and to peruse a selection of my favourite vintage engagement rings pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Pinterest board – there are some absolute stunners!

 

2. Find Your Ring a Home

For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere pretty to keep it safe, so have a look around for something befittingly beautiful. I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think these velvet ring boxes inspired by eras past could be just the thing for your vintage engagement ring!

Pink Velvet Engagement Ring Box

Amonie Ring Boxes

Vintage Ring Boxes from The Mrs BoxThe Mrs Box // Photography by Jose Villa

Turquoise Velvet Engagement Ring Box

The Family Joolz

 

3. Follow A Few Wedding Blogs

Long gone are the days when brides-to-be were limited to subscribing to expensive and sadly un-inspiring wedding magazines loaded with advertising. Today the world wide web is awash with beautifully unique (and largely free!) wedding blogs to fit every imaginable wedding style, size, theme, budget and location. So find and follow a few, choose those whose voice and aesthetic you love and just see how quickly the ideas start flowing.

A few of my own personal favourites are Green Wedding Shoes for unique real weddings, Hey Wedding LadyBurnetts Boards for inspiration boards, and Magnolia Rouge for just plain gorgeous photography. Oh, and if you’re in the UK and a lover of all things vintage Love My Dress is the blog for you.

For more ideas, take a look at this carefully compiled list of 100 blogs to suit every couple over on the fabulous Bridal Musings, or head across to the Top 100 Wedding Blogs (on which CVB is proudly listed!)…..

Top 100 Wedding Blogs

Oh and its not just inspiration blogs can help you with! Find the right blog for you (one that suits your style, theme, budget and wedding location) and check to see if they have a directory, like CVB’s Little Book of Chic. These hand-selected lists of some of our favourite wedding vendors are guaranteed to help you find just the right people to bring your dream wedding to life.

 

4. Set a Date

After “Congratulations!” and “Ooooh, let me see your ring…” you will be asked “When’s the big day?” A LOT! So, set a date – even if it’s just narrowing down a year and season! And you can always start looking at Save the Dates if it is too soon for invites. But don’t rush into it, remember these are your guests first impression of your wedding, and we all know how important first impressions are!

Romantic Save the DatesElegant Save the DateRustic Watercolor Save the DateRomantic Destination Save the Date

The above 4 lovelies all came from CVB fave Minted who always have the most fabulous collection of cards, magnets and minibooks!

 

5. Treat Yourself to a Manicure

For the next month or so everyone’s eyes will be on your ring finger, which makes getting engaged the perfect excuse for a spot of pampering. Take the opportunity to spend some time with the girls (because there will be p-l-e-n-t-y of time to spend with your new fiance over the coming months, or years, of wedding planning) and book in a manicure for you and your Mum, sister or/and besties.

Get a ManicurePhotography by Greg Finck Photography

 

6. Book an Engagement Session

If I could change one thing wedding planning journey, it would be to have made the time to organise an Engagement session before our big day! Your engagement is an event well worth celebrating and capturing, so with all the excitement of wedding planning and dress shopping don’t forget to record it. Plus, an engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to get a little practice in front the camera with your photographer!

Gorgeous Glamping Engagement Session by We Are Origami Photography

We Are Origami Photography

Oh and if (or when) you do decide to plan your engagement shoot, do pop back here as I will be sharing some great engagement shoot advice posts over the coming weeks; including ideas on what to wear, where to go, and some beautiful must have shots!

 

7. Say Hello to Pinterest

I wonder now how I ever managed to plan our wedding without it, so if you haven’t already, create an account and embrace Pinterest. It makes collating, bookmarking, organising and communicating all of your ideas so much simpler. To start with though don’t focus too much about the specifics, don’t worry about finding THE dress, perfect gifts for your bridesmaids, or your dream centrepieces; just let the inspiration wash over you and be prepared to get lost in all of the pretty! Pin everything wedding (or even non wedding) you love, anything at all that makes your heart skip a beat or your hands tremble and see if a pattern, theme, scheme or look emerges….. but be warned, it is seriously addictive.

An Introduction to Pinterest

Oh and after 3 years of me declaring my love for this particular Social Media platform, only to receive a disdainful look, Mr E finally discovered its merits over the holidays! Last week, out of nowhere, and to my utter amazement he announces “I love Pinterest!” So, involve your soon to be husband in the wedding planning process from the start by inviting him to pin to your secret Wedding Board.

 

8. Follow Chic Vintage Brides on Pinterest

With a board for every wedding detail as well as every theme, colour, decade and style of wedding (or if there isn’t, let me know and I will create one!) I promise you will find something you love, so pop across, peruse some of the 34,000 pins (I told you it was addictive!!) and join 4 million brides-to-be, brides, wedding professionals by following Chic Vintage Brides here…..

Chic Vintage Brides Wedding Inspiration on Pinterest

Did you know Chic Vintage Brides was also named one of 10 Pinterest Boards to follow by Vogue Paris no less!

Top Wedding Pinnser to Follow by Vogue Paris

You will also find Chic Vintage Brides on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+

 

9. Agree On A Budget

This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so before you start planning (or even looking – for there is nothing worse than falling in love with a wedding dress only to find it is way out of your price range!) set a budget and agree with your groom to stick to it!

SET A BUDGET

 

But don’t be pressured into thinking a beautiful wedding will break the bank and cost the earth, just take a peek at this beautiful bride and her budget friendly DIY wedding!…… Or here for more budget friendly weddings and money saving ideas.

Budget Friendly Wedding

 

10. Celebrate!

Most of all, if you are basking in the glow of a proposal popping New Year, bask a while longer. Yes, it’s true you have a lot of decisions to make in the next few months but, for now, take some time to enjoy being engaged. Book a weekend away with your fiance, throw a party, have a family meal; however you want to do it, before you start down the wedding planning path, just take a breath and with your nearest and dearest celebrate being engaged!

Vintage CelebrationSpeakeasy inspired party

Click here to see all the photos from this speakeasy inspired shindig. Photography by Chris Spira

Oh and of course, do stay a while and familiarise yourself with these pages! You will find lots to love including beautiful real weddings, inspiring styled shoots, perfect colour palettes and inspiration boards, and more helpful hints and top tips to see you through your wedding planning journey.

 

Amy

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1920s Weddings

A Sophisticated & Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

ALL BLISS PHTOTOGRAPHY

It is fair to say that today’s wedding is a little bit special! Over the years I have seen many a beautiful celebration, but today’s completely took my breath away when it hit my inbox – and is just perfect to help us see in the New Year in style! With the Châteauesque mansion of Biltmore House as its backdrop it is a stately affair brimming with Gatsby inspired glamour…. seriously, if this doesn’t get you swooning then nothing will!

A Sophisticated & Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding at the Biltmore Estate

Gorgeous bride Samantha shared how the couple decided upon their lavish Art Deco theme…. “Kent and I are both old souls and we love doing things out of the ordinary. We also have this fascination with the 1920s era, to us it is a time that was very sophisticated, glamorous, and proper but edgy at the same time. So our design and style was Art Deco inspired, we wanted it to feel like a blast from the past.

While that was the main focus for design, I also wanted it to feel very romantic so that is where the light colored flowers, huge crystal chandeliers and high ceiling tent comes in. We wanted our guests to feel like they escaped their crazy, hectic lives and entered a magical night of love.”

Avoiding the conventional heavily beaded and drop waist Art Deco bridal gowns, Samantha instead chose a dramatic, curve hugging, lace design from Berta, that created a sultry silhouette and kept her look contemporary – but still oh so glamorous! Whilst Kent donned a tailed Tom Ford tux and was the epitome of dapper for his beautiful bride.

Biltmore Estate Wedding Wedding Dress Photo Rose Gold Bridal Earrings Bridal Fingerwaves Bride Getting Ready Mother of the Bride helping the bride get dresses Bride Getting Ready Bride's Gift Romantic Timeless Bride Groom Getting Ready Groom's Cufflinks Groom Getting Dressed

“The most important thing to us was to keep our love and our union at the center of everything. That being said, everything we chose from overall design down to the little details, had a direct connection to our relationship and our love for each other. It was super important that we kept this as our main focus during the planning process to avoid becoming crazy because at the end of the day it was all about our union as one and everything else were added bonuses.”

Groom & Groomsmen in Tuxedos Gatsby Inspired Groom Glamorous Black Bridesmaids Dresses Pink Wedding Bouquets Pink Bridesmaids Bouquets Black Bridesmaids Dresses for a New Years Wedding Glamorous Modern Bride

“The most memorable part of the day was definitely the moment I was walking down the aisle. Despite all the people there watching us, all I saw was Kent‘s huge smile as he was trying to hold back his tears. I will never forget the emotions I felt during that moment.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Ceremony String Quartet Wedding Music Flower Girl Frenchies in Tuxes Bridesmaids Processional Bride & Father Emotional Groom's First Look Bride & Father Walking Down the Aisle Bride & Groom Wedding Ceremony

“We decided to write our own vows. They ended up being very different from one another but they portrayed each of our personalities. For us it was a way to genuinely profess our love and commitment to one another in front of all our friends and family. By the end of our vows I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Venue Marquee Wedding Ceremony Pink Bridesmaids Bouquets Gatsby Inspired Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony Photos First Kiss Biltmore Estate Wedding Marquee Wedding Biltmore Estate Wedding Romantic Biltmore Estate Wedding Gatsby Inspired Biltmore Estate Wedding Romantic Biltmore Estate Wedding Glamorous Bride Glamorous New Year Bride

“Making any decisions, small or large, were really easy for me because I had a clear and precise vision of how I wanted to wedding day to look and feel. I suggest brides hone in on the vibe they want for their wedding before making any decisions. This will help with having any seconds thoughts or uncertainty as you go through the wedding planning process.”

Biltmore Estate Wedding Reception Luxe Biltmore Estate Wedding Decor Luxe Wedding Table Luxe Biltmore Estate Wedding Reception Art Deco Inspired Wedding Cake Gatsby Inspired Wedding Cake Opulent Wedding Reception Lavish Wedding Reception Decor Gatsby Inspired Wedding Place Setting Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table Art Deco Inspired Glam Wedding Place Setting Gatbsy Inspired Wedding Table Glam Wedding Bar Gatsby Inspired Bride & Groom Luxurious Wedding Reception Gatsby Inspired Wedding Cake Bride & Mother of the Bride Wedding Fireworks Wedding Fireworks at the Biltmore Estate Wedding Fireworks at the Biltmore Estate

Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…

“I suggest that you check off as many items on your to-do list as soon as possible. Even if that means overloading yourself with a bunch of work because it will pay of in the end. You want to enter the week before your wedding as calm and relaxed as possible so you can focus on the most important thing…getting married!”

Groom & Groomsmen Smoking Cigads Glamorous Wedding First Dance Glamorous Wedding First Dance Glamorous Wedding First Dance Groom Dancing Bride & Groom Dancing Sparkler Wedding Exit Vintage Wedding Car Biltmore Estate Wedding Exit

Tell us a little bit about your photographer…..

“It was such a breeze working with our photographer! While I love a good photo taken of myself, (who doesn’t?!) I get really awkward in front of the camera when I have to pose. Marylou of All Bliss Photography was able to capture so many great moments beautifully without me knowing she was even there! It was really important to me to have photos that were more artistic than your classic wedding photos and Marylou did just that! She was able to organically capture moments that portrayed all of the emotions that were felt on our big day.”

Glamorous Art Deco Biltmore Estate Wedding

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Huge congratulations to our oh-so-glamorous couple Samantha & Kent! A big thankyou to them and of course to the lovely Marylou of All Bliss Photography who captured every gorgeous moment and detail so perfectly. If you love her rich photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of her work head over to her website allblissphotography.com and don’t forget to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

And if you love Samantha & Kent’s glamorous celebration and are looking for more Art Deco wedding ideas for your own Gatsby inspired wedding, then you might want to see Elizabeth & Matt’s garden wedding, or Sarah & Adem’s prohibition inspired celebration and Seana & Brian’s bright and beautiful Summer wedding, with subtle references to the era, is a wedding not to be missed!

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – All Bliss Photography // Event Planning – Asheville Event Co. // Venue – Biltmore Estate // Floral Design – Blossoms at Biltmore // Catering – Biltmore Estate // Officiant – Pastor Brad Jones // Live Music – The Perfect 10 BandAmati Chamber Music // Videography – Pie and Mash Filmworks // Invitations – Durante New York // Hair & Makeup – Faces by Seven // Wedding Dress – Berta // Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Amsale // Groom’s Apparel – Tom Ford // Groomsmen’s Apparel – SuitSupply // Rings – Kadella Diamonds // Rentals – Classic Event Rentals // Transportation – Young TransportationAir Haven Limo // Cigar Roller – Bull City Cigars

Inspiration Boards

New Year Elegance – Stylish Wedding Inspiration in Ivory, Garnet & Gold

As a New Year bride myself, I can confidently say (from experience) that there is no better time of year to exchange your vows! The season of celebration is guaranteed to have your guests in the party mood, making for an evening to remember! But for those of you who still need convincing, there’s just enough time, before we welcome 2018, to share this exquisite example of a New Years wedding inspiration board…..

New Year Elegance Wedding Inspiration Board

New Year Elegance Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride & Bridesmaids – Brad and Jen Photography via Bridal Musings on Aisle Society // Boutonnieres – Still Leben Deko, Photography by Die Hochzeitsfotografen via Hochzeitsguide // Wedding Cake – Patty Cakes, Photography by Brad and Jen Photography via Bridal Musings on Aisle Society // Wedding Stationery – Early-June , Photography by Jessica Lorren via Wedding Sparrow // Wedding Welcome Sign – Antea Amoroso Design, Photography by Alisha Maria Photography via Hey Wedding Lady // Bridal Shoes – Photogrpahy by Sara Hasstedt via SMP // Wedding Place Setting – Diana Marie Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Again this year (it’s become a bit of a tradition to share one each year, so in case you missed them, you can see the last 6 years here) I wanted to avoid the cliched ideas for a New Year wedding, and instead showcase a contemporary mix of glamour and elegance. This gorgeous set of hues, with its black, ivory and gold base, alongside splashes of a nude pink and deep red, is sure to create a stylish celebration worthy of such an auspicious date!

Guests attending a New Years eve wedding will be expecting something special! So make it a formal affair – think black tie for the men and full length gowns for the ladies; keep the champagne flowing (a champagne tower would be a lavish touch to add!) and finish the night with fireworks or a sparkler exit. Formal doesn’t have to mean traditional though! Showcase your individuality, personalities and style with a few unconventional twists – I for one love the idea of a black wedding cake!

Well, I think it’s time to turn off my laptop for a few days and spend some time with my nearest and dearest. All that is left for me to say is happy New Year! And, whether you’re an avid follower, a regular reader, CVB partner, sponsor, photographer, wedding industry pro, fellow blogger or passer by; I would like to say a big heartfelt thankyou for being a part of Chic Vintage Brides throughout 2017, and I look forward to seeing you next year!

Happy 2018 everyone!

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Snowy Winter Wedding Editorial in Dusky Blue & Neutrals

LISSA RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s inspiration shoot abounds with seasonal charm and a relaxed sophistication. Against a wintery white backdrop a visual feast was created in a cosy palette of neutrals that is just perfect for a chic Winter wedding. With all the elegance of a vintage celebration, it manages to remain still utterly contemporary thanks to the greenery filled florals and our oh-so-stylish couple…..

Snowy Winter Wedding Inspiration in Neutrals

Here’s photographer Lissa Ryan sharing a few words about the inspiration behind it…. “The concept behind this editorial was to provide couples with inspiration for wintery weddings in a unique way.  While the winter is typically a slower season in our region’s wedding industry, there are ways to have a really beautiful winter wedding without it looking too much like the holidays. 

Claire of Claire Duran Weddings & Events styled this editorial beautifully with a simple but elegant tabletop with lots of gorgeous greenery and highlights of neutral florals, touches of fur to give the feeling of cozy warmth despite the snowy setting, and adding just the right pop of color through our bride’s bright red lip. Catherine of Catherine George Cakes designed the incredible cake modeled after actual tree bark that was absolutely perfect for the theme.”

Snowy Neutral Wedding Inspiration Snowy Winter Wedding Table Winter Wedding Floral Centerpiece Winter Wedding Place Setting Snowy Winter Bride Snowy Winter Wedding Inspiration Winter Groom's Attire Winter Bridal Bouquet Snowy Winter Wedding Inspiration Calligraphy Place Setting Dusky Blue Winter Wedding Table Winter Wedding Cake Winter Wedding Cake Neutral Winter Wedding Bride & Groom Winter Wedding Stationery Calligraphy Wedding Stationery Winter Wedding Table Dusky Blue Wedding Inspiration Winter Wedding Cake Neutral Winter Wedding Bride & Groom Romantic Winter Wedding Bride & Groom Diamond Engagement Ring Neutral Snowy Winter Wedding

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What a magical backdrop snow makes! Don’t you just love it?? A huge thankyou to every member of the creative team (listed below) behind this dreamy editorial, but especially to Lissa Ryan Photography who captured it all so exquisitely. If you would like to see more of Lissa’s beautiful photography do pop and take a peek at her website www.lissaryanphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on FacebookInstagram, Google+ and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!

Now if this has you dreaming of a Winter wonderland wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this mountain wedding inspiration in a stunning blue and gold color palette, and this rustic Winter love story (with a barn reception and a horse drawn carriage!)

Or if its the exquisite fine art style of photography that has you swooning, you should take a look at this floral filled aristocratic beauty (all the way from Russia), or this creative rustic Legends of the Fall inspired wedding editorial and this elegant affair was inspired by the Art Deco era – and more specifically, my favourite, Downton Abbey.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photographer – Lissa Ryan Photography // Planner and Designer – Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Makeup – Tmak Artistry // Hair – Hair by Melissa Elbert // Floral Design – Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Wedding Cake – Catherine George Cakes // Calligraphy – Allison Dee Calligraphy // Film Lab – The Find Lab

Inspiration Shoots

Plaid Rustic-Vintage Holiday Wedding Inspiration

CHRISTINE SKARI PHOTOGRAPHY

Well lovelies, we’ve come to the end of our Christmas countdown (this will be the last post before we break for the holidays) and we’re wrapping it up with a traditional take on festive that is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit. Set in the pine woods at South Coast Botanic Garden and featuring plaid details, pine cones and berries, it is an absolute yuletide delight!

Romantic Plaid Holiday Wedding Inspiration

Event designer JenEvents shares… “We wanted to capture the snowy winter season, but also the warmth that comes with it. So we incorporated cozy plaid & flannel accents, along with rich colors in the bouquet and on the tablescape!”

Pirouette Paper created a simple, but sweet invitation suite that included a berry red envelope and a monogrammed wreath. The bride’s ruffled Justin Alexander gown came from Adina’s Bridal and was topped with a chic feather bolero. She carried a lush seasonal bouquet with red coffee berries, white peonies, burgundy poinsettias, frosted grevillea, pine, and red roses, all tied together with plaid.

The rustic farm table and benches from Party Pieces by Perry fit perfectly in the woodsy setting, whilst the tablescape was set with gold-rimmed china plates, vintage candlesticks from France and ornate gold flatware from Cherished Rentals that lent it an air of elegance. The coloured glassware in seasonal shades also lifted the celebration. And it was all finished off with a hot chocolate and a slice of cake from LoveCakes!

Christmas Engagement Halo Engagement Ring Christmas Wedding Invitation Christmas Wedding Invite Christmas Bride Classic Christmas Bride Christmas Bride & Red Bouquet Vintage Inspired Groom Christmas Wedding Inspiration Plaid Wedding Inspiration Plaid Wedding Table Christmas Wedding Table Christmas Wedding Place Setting Christmas Wedding Tablescape Christmas Wedding Table Christmas Bride & Groom Christmas Bride & Groom Christmas Wedding Dessert Table Christmas Wedding Decor Christmas Wedding Decor Christmas Wedding Cake Pine Cone Christmas Wedding Decor Holiday Season Wedding Festive Wedding Christmas Wedding Dessert Table Christmas Bride & Groom Christmas Wedding Ideas

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Now, if that hasn’t got you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will! A big thankyou as always to all of the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives who worked behind the scenes to bring us this fabulously festive shoot, and especially to the super lovely Christine Skari Photography for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of her work, do pop and take a peek at his website over at christine-skari-photography.com, and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

If you’re looking for more holiday wedding inspiration, you will love this romantic rustic holiday wedding inspiration, and this swoonworthy snowy wedding inspiration. Or for something else in a traditional Christmas color palette be sure to take a peek at this editorial all the way from Russia – there is even a reindeer!! And if its real weddings you want to see then I would definitely suggest taking a squiz at Matt & Kelly’s greenery filled beauty and Andrew & Lucy’s festive 1930s inspired celebration – both feature alternative palettes to the traditional red, white and green, and the most magical reception lighting!

Amy

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Credits & Contributors

Photography – Christine Skari Photography // Venue – South Coast Botanic Gardens, Palos Verdes, California, USA // Event Design – JenEvents // Floral Designs – Kat’s Creations Floral Design // Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander // Bridal Boutique – Adina’s Bridal // Hair & Makeup – Genesis Imagery // Groom’s Attire – Friar Tux // Stationery – Pirouette Paper // Wedding Cake – LoveCakes // Tabletop Rentals – Cherished Rentals // Furniture Rentals – Party Pieces by Perry

Inspiration Boards

Timeless Noel – Classic Christmas Wedding Inspiration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And to celebrate I have a beautiful snow dusted wedding inspiration board to share with you in the classic festive color palette of red, green & gold…..

Timeless Noel - Classic Christmas Wedding Inspiration

Timeless Noel - Classic Christmas Wedding Inspiration Board

Bridal Bouquet – Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events, Photography by Rebecca Hollis Photography via Chic Vintage Brides // Engagement Ring – Inspired by Love via SMP // Mr & Mrs Plaid Blankets – Alicia King Photography via Ruffled // Christmas Wedding Table – Alicia King Photography via Ruffled // Wedding Menu – Rachel May Photography via Magnolia Rouge // Christmas Wreath – Rosy Rilli // Christmas Wedding Cake – Geri’s Confections, Photography by Nicole Colwell Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

For a truly timeless affair, nothing says Christmas quite like this trio of colors, which makes it perfect for a festive season Wedding. Best of all, this is a colour scheme that would work in almost any venue! Whilst I had a Christmas tree farm in mind (after this beautiful editorial) it would look just as perfect in a church, historical country estate house, barn or backyard! Whatever your chosen venue, I love the idea of sipping Christmas cocktails (or perhaps mulled wine) in front of a roaring fire, before dancing the night away to a live band under twinkling lights with the scent of pine filling the air.

When it comes to decor think rustic but rich seasonal centrepieces of fir, pine cones and berries, which will not only look lovely but infuse your venue with an unmistakably seasonal scent. Add some warmth to proceedings with splashes of gold with gilded flatware and candlesticks (or candelabras) on the table. And don’t forget a little something to keep your guests snug, a cosy plaid blanket draped over the back of their chair would be perfect.

If you would like to see some more perfect palettes for a Winter wedding take a peek at these 10 alternative – yet romantic – Winter wedding colors, and this elegant colour palette of coffee, bronze & gold, or for a touch of glamour you can’t beat garnet & gold, whilst for something a little more rustic, this snow dusted Winter Woodland board in earthy neutrals is gorgeous!

Or if you’re looking for more holiday wedding inspiration, you will love this romantic rustic holiday wedding inspiration, and this swoonworthy snowy wedding inspiration. Or for something in today’s traditional color palette be sure to take a peek at this Christmas wedding inspiration all the way from Russia – there is even a reindeer!!

Right, well I’m off to wrap some presents whilst enjoying the customary annual viewing of Love Actually (its just not Christmas without it).

Amy

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Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Greenery Filled Winter Wedding at the Chandelier Ballroom

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When a florist gets married you know it’s going to be something pretty special – and Matt & Kelly’s greenery filled affair is surely that! But add a snow-covered Wisconsin landscape, a candlelit evening ceremony and the most excited looking fur baby you have ever seen….and it becomes something completely magical!

A Greenery Filled Snowy Winter Wedding at the Chandelier Ballroom

For Matt & Kelly, owners of Jane Kelly Floral, Winter has a special place in their hearts being not only the season in which they had their first date – during a large ice storm in fact (after meeting online, only to discover they lived just two blocks apart!) – but also the season in which they got engaged! Kelly explains “Matt and I love Christmas and he decided to propose to me while we were decorating our Christmas tree with hiding the ring box in the ornament box for me to discover while decorating the tree to then turn around to see him down on one knee.” Awww, isn’t that just the perfect proposal??

So when it came to planning their perfect day, of course it had to be Winter wedding, and cozy romance was at the heart of their vision. They decorated their venue, the Chandelier Ballroom, with fire pits, candles and lanterns; exchanged their vows in front of a beautiful brick fireplace with a candlelit aisle, and continued their celebrations under a canopy of greenery and hanging candles, before finishing the night roasting s’mores under the starlit sky – creating such a magical experience for their lucky guests. Adding to that experience was the dusting of snow that fell just days before, and it meant so much to bride Kelly! “It was a very minimal snowy winter leading up the wedding day and two days before it snowed and it covered all of the trees and it was stunning.  I like to think my dad up in heaven played a part in that as a lovely wedding gift.” 

Flower Adorned Bridal Flats

“Matthew and I own a wedding floral business so we designed our own wedding flowers. My bouquet was structured with subtle organic accents of greenery.  The blooms were roses, anemones, gardenias, rice flower, and rannanculus. The colors I wanted were very neutral with pops of blushes and burgundy.”

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“We decided to have the day all in one location at the Chandelier Ballroom which has sentimental reasons to my late father who worked there during his battle with cancer.  I felt a part of him was there with me that day.” 

Chalkboard Wedding Sign Greenery Filled Winter Wedding

“We had Matt’s dad marry us and my mom did a reading.  My two sisters walked me down the aisle.  It was all about family.  My sister gave me a pin to pin into the inside of my dress that was family pins/charms that were my something old, borrowed and blue.”

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“There was a large presence of greenery throughout the ballroom and an enormous amount of candles to set the romantic tone.  We also wanted to bring the scale of the large ballroom down to a more intimate feeling and built structures over the main family table where Matthew and I had dinner with our immediate family and several other structures over guest tables.”

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“We wanted a foodie experience for all guests so we planned divine food stations, and a dessert bar to select a variety of treats to enjoy.” 

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“Matthew’s mom and dad baked our layered chocolate cutting cake and we added a “K” initial and fresh florals at the top.” 

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Words of wedding wisdom from the bride…..

“Stay true to what you both want for your wedding day.”

Romantic Winter Wedding

Tell us a little bit about your photographers…..

“Being in the wedding industry we know a lot of vendors but there was something about TJ and Shannon Uttke that I wanted them to be part of our day.  They are wonderful people, super chill, professional and uber talented behind the camera.  I love their moody technique to their photos and that paired perfectly with the vision we had for our day.  They are the type of people that make your heart feel full of all kinds of happiness. “

Snowy Vintage Wedding

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Such a beautiful day, I am completely smitten with every detail – especially their gorgeous pup, Lucy’s floral collar! And is it just me, or did all those desserts set your stomach rumbling?  Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Kelly & Matthew, and a heartfelt thankyou to their photographers TJ and Shannon of Uttke Photography & Design for capturing their day so perfectly! If you would like to see more of their work, do pop across to their website over at www.tjuttke.com and follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

If this romantic Winter wedding has you dreaming of a snowy celebration, then you might want to see Bess & Austin’s snowy Winter wedding. Or if its Kelly & Matthews beautiful take on vintage that has you swooning, you are sure to love Sidney & Dane’s charming church celebration, and Lucy & Andrew’s festive Winter wedding

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Uttke Photography & Design // Venue – Chandelier Ballroom // Floral Design – Jane Kelly Floral // Wedding Cake – Annie’s Ovens // Rentals – Vintique Rental // Linens – Windy City Linens // Hair & Makeup – Style by R – Rebecca Ross // Wedding Dress – Sottero and Midgley // Bridal Boutique – Amelishan Bridal // Groom’s Attire – Jos A Bank // Bride’s Shoes –  Nine West // Catering – Chandelier Ballroom // Entertainment – Milwaukee Airwaves // Pipes & Draping – Blissful Events

Wedding Trends

10 Beautiful Wedding Dress Hangers

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When it comes to planning your wedding it’s all in the details, and to make your day perfect no detail can be deemed too small! One detail that is all too often overlooked (I know I did!), is something beautiful on which to hang your wedding gown. Because after that long search to find your dream dress, you don’t want your photographer capturing it on the standard plastic hanger do you?

10 Beautiful Hangers for your Wedding Day

Photography – Rebecca Yale

10 Photoworthy Hangers for your Wedding Dress

So, for that all important picture of your bridal gown elegantly held aloft somewhere, before you slip it on to walk down the aisle, here are 10 of the most beautiful – and truly photo-worthy – wedding dress hangers…..

1. Arrow Wedding Dress Hanger

Arrow Bridal Gown Hanger

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2. Vintage Brass Hanger

Vintage Brass Hanger

All Picked

 

3. Painted Hanger

Painted Hanger

David’s Bridal

 

4. Wedding Dress Hanger

You can actually personalise this one with lace or fabric from your own wedding dress!

Wedding Dress Hanger

Gryphons Acquisitions

 

5. Rose Gold Sequin Wedding Dress Hanger

Rose Gold Sequin Wedding Dress Hanger

Gryphons Acquisitions

 

6. Minimal Rose Gold Hanger

Minimal Rose Gold Hanger

Akito Avalanche

 

7. Personalised Hanger

Personalised Hanger

Z Create Design

 

8. Lace & Velvet Wedding Dress Hanger

Lace & Velvet Wedding Dress Hanger

Gryphons Acquisitions

 

9. Personalised Hanger

Personalised Bridal Hanger

Ecklace

 

10. Gilded Bow Hanger

Gilded Bow Wedding Gown Hanger

BHLDN

I’d quite like to see a few of these hanging in my wardrobe – I especially love that gilded bow! Whatever your style and budget though, there’s a hanger for you.

If you’re still looking for the finishing touches to your day, be sure to take at look at some of the bridal accessories I’ve shared on these pages – especially Blair Nadeau‘s Celestial Wanderer!

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Modern-Vintage Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Inspiration in Garnet & Copper

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We’re continuing our countdown to Christmas today with some more seriously gorgeous Festive wedding inspiration! Schilling’s Christmas Tree Farm provides a charming backdrop to this surprisingly elegant affair, with the rustic setting contrasting perfectly with the glamour and opulence the beautiful palette of garnet and copper lends it.

Modern Vintage Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Inspiration

Christmas Tree Farm Wedding

The bride wears a beautiful long sleeve wedding dress by Calla Blanche from Inverness Bridal, just perfect for the cooler temperatures. The corded lace adds a hint of vintage to an otherwise contemporary look, with loose hair in soft romantic waves, and smokey makeup. An organic bouquet of rich blooms and greenery from Tanarah Luxe Floral, tied with silk ribbons in matching hues completes her look. Whilst the groom looks dapper in a hunter green suit, over a tweed vest with a velvet bow tie the finishing touch.

The inviting sweetheart table pairs wood with copper and plush chairs to create an elegant floral-filled space in which to continue the celebrations. At every place a warming marshmallow-topped, cocoa in a copper mug, the perfect accompaniment to a slice of yuletide stollen! Calligraphed name cards tied with ribbon around copper flatware, welcome the happy couple and hint at timeless elegance. Before the celebration concludes with the most delicious looking chocolate drizzle cake from Patticakes Bakery, topped with more beautiful fresh blooms.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?? Who would have thought a Christmas tree farm could make such a romantic wedding venue! Such a huge thankyou to all of the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives who lent their talents to this fabulous shoot, and especially to BJ of B. Matthews Photo for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of his work, do pop and take a peek at his website over at bmatthewsphotos.com, and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Just be sure to head back here after! Especially if you’re looking for more holiday wedding inspiration, because you will love this romantic rustic holiday wedding inspiration, and this swoonworthy snowy wedding inspiration. Or for something in a more traditional color palette be sure to take a peek at this traditional Christmas wedding inspiration all the way from Russia – there is even a reindeer!!

Amy

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Credits & Contributors

Photography – B. Matthews Photo // Event Planning – JM Wedding Group // Venue – Schilling’s Christmas Tree Farm // Floral Design – Tanarah Luxe Floral // Wedding Cake – Patticakes Bakery // Videography – Brad Fugere Media // Invitations – KB Calligraphy // Makeup Artist – Haley Hanna // Hair Styling – Lynlee Wyatt // Wedding Dress – Calla Blanche via Inverness Bridal // Groom’s Apparel – XEDO // Rings – In the Raw Designs // Paper, Ribbons, and Table Runner – Silk & Willow