From mismatched bridesmaids dresses to lush florals and a chocolate naked cake, today’s wedding is dripping with rich fall hues and inspiring details. Kaitlin & Chris married at the historic Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ drawing inspiration from Downton Abbey with finishing touches like an antique car, floral embroidered bridal shoes, luxurious gold stationery and an opulent candelit reception to give their day the feel of a bygone era!
Kaitlin and Chris met by chance, on the streets in New Orleans, and are the definition of opposites attract – Chris likes to go with the flow which perfectly compliments Kaitlin’s desire to plan every little detail. Together they kept each other in perfect balance during the wedding planning process.
“I wanted our wedding to have a vintage English garden party feel with gilded accents and muted rose tones. I really wanted to get married at Downton Abbey or another English manor, but since that was never going to happen, we explored outdoor tented venues at wineries or local parks, so I could control the decor and details. I quickly realized that putting everything together myself at one of these venues was going to be extremely difficult and too time consuming. My mom suggested we look at the Olde Mill Inn, as they have a smaller venue located in their Grain House Restaurant (many places wanted a minimum number of guests for a Saturday night and I wanted a small, intimate wedding). It had everything we were looking for – vintage decor, a rustic setting, historical interest, amazing food -and all with the comfort of having everything taken care of by the talented and seasoned staff. Plus, the site has a hotel on location so guests could walk right to their rooms!”
“My wedding dress was a fit and flare beaded chantilly lace gown with cap sleeves and a low v-shaped back. It had a scalloped lace hem and a chapel length train. I wanted a soft, ethereal, romantic and timeless look; I was not interested in going for a trendy style. I kept my veil a simple tulle cathedral length veil (because, why not?) and added a flower comb which completed my vintage look. I wore pink rose embroidered pumps from BHLDN, which I considered a splurge but were a perfect accompaniment to the timeless look I was after. I actually lost my original earrings which were a simple drop pair; I did not figure out they were lost until I was getting my hair done the day of my wedding. Luckily my mom was able to get to the mall and acquire a similar pair- what a saint! I can honestly say, that I have never felt more glam than I did on my wedding day – I felt like a vintage movie star (I know I was a bride, but I felt like a movie star on her way to the 1938 Oscars, or like Lady Mary going down the steps at Downton to marry Cousin Matthew!) Ok, sorry, I am getting carried away.”
“I was a nervous wreck the day of my wedding and I WISH I took more time to relax and enjoy the day (after months of planning, all I ate was a pig in a blanket). However, I loved getting glammed up with my friends and family, getting married in a traditional ceremony and repeating the timeless vows, and relaxing (a bit) with Chris once we were alone in our car after the ceremony. Many of the drivers on the road honked at us in congrats, which I thought was really sweet! I also LOVED seeing my vision come to life in terms of flowers and decor – it all looked perfect!”
I chose seasonal flowers because they were more economical and I wanted a Fall feeling to the day. I was particular about the look I was going for and our florist, Erin from J&M Floral and Event in Madison, NJ was patient and understood my vision completely. I wanted my bouquet to have ivories, dusty roses and cranberry colors and a loose, organic feeling. I also wanted it be a bit larger and deeper in color than my bridesmaids bouquets. We used dahlias, ranunculus, rosemary, seeded eucalyptus, pepper berry, quicksand roses, ivory and pee gee hydrangeas, astilbee, vendetta roses and majolica spray roses.
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“I was a bride on a mission to keep to our vintage theme – everything had to be unique in my attempt to have a Pinterest perfect wedding. I want brides and grooms to know it is OK (almost advisable) to stay off Pinterest, or at least limit your time on there. I put far too much pressure on myself to scour Pinterest and replicate my beloved pins. I drove people around me crazy and did not relax on many of the details until the final days leading up to my wedding.
The professionals helping you plan ARE PROFESSIONALS and often their advice is the best advice. Everything will work out and at the end of the day – no one will know the mini disasters that took place or the pins you couldn’t replicate. Many of us lose sight of the end game, and looking back, I acted foolishly and at times, was rude to everyone around me so my wedding could replicate a Victorian garden party I pinned to my wedding board. Try to relax, take the vendors advice and know you are in good hands.”
“Our centerpieces were a trio of pumpkins that were spray painted rose gold with a variety of the same flower types used in the bouquets. To add texture we used burlap overlays on the tables and scattered simple glass votive candles.”
“We chose a naked cake with fresh flowers to keep with our rustic theme. We had a few choices of flavors to choose from and we chose the most unique on offer – chocolate cake with coconut frosting. For the topper, I chose a vintage floral bunting style topper that took hours of Etsy research and a customized listing, but it worked out perfectly and looked great.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“It was a LONG time ago, but I found our photographer Laura Lee on instagram under the hashtag #rusticweddings #vintagenjweddings #vintageweddings and the like. I wanted a soft and ethereal look to our photos that didn’t look like your average, point and shoot, terribly posed wedding photos. My husband is an amateur photographer and made sure we scoured portfolios of MANY photographers in the region to make sure we were getting someone who knew what they were doing. Laura passed the bill with flying colors and I could not be happier with our choice. I am SO happy she is being noticed for the talented person she is. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Laura every time!”
Oh I do so love a fall wedding, and Kaitlin & Chris’s color palette is utter perfection! Many congratulations to them both, and of course a big thankyou for sharing every detail of their beautiful day with us. Special thanks also to their wonderful photographer Laura Lee who so perfectly captured the romance of it all. If you would like to see more of her work head across to her website at imlauralee.com, and you will also find her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Today’s coastal wedding inspiration shoot from Taralynn Lawton bewitches with a fiercely romantic beauty. With a breathtaking bridal look, a tablescape that truly tempts and organic floral arrangements in a palette of delicately muted Spring hues against a dramatic coastal backdrop, it is a vision of modern, vintage loveliness!
The shoot took place on the California Coast in Santa Cruz, and inspired by the subtle pastels and textures of watercolors every gorgeous detail has a delicate and airy feel befitting of the beautiful setting. Here’s the lovely Taralynn with a few words“We wanted to combine a dreamy spring color palette with wild and organic florals, accented with hints of gold. The ladies of Studio Mondine put together a super soft color palette in their floral arrangements with pale pinks, golden yellows, creamy oranges, and rusty blushes. I drew inspiration from textured brush strokes when hand-painting the plates for the tablescape, pulling in subtle tones from The Bloomery Co‘s paper suite and accenting with an organic gold pattern that Pretty Please Bakeshop also incorporated into their elegant cake design. Tura Sugden‘s sweet jewelry pieces added hints of sparkle and texture, complimenting the delicate details of the Sarah Seven wedding dress. Kelly Jones‘s stunning hair and makeup pulled it all together with soft peach lips and cheeks and a luxurious smoky sparkle on the eyes. A huge thanks to all of these talented ladies as well as the gorgeous model and Pieces By Violet as well as Frances Lane for their beautiful furniture & prop contributions!”
Isn’t it stunning?? I am just head over heels for everything about this beautiful shoot. A huge thankyou to Taralynn Lawton for capturing everything so perfectly, and of course to every wonderfully talented wedding professional (listed below) who played a part in creating it. If the modern vitnage aesthetic and fine art photography of this shoot has you swooning, then you might want to take a peek at this gorgeous garden wedding inspiration shoot from Taralynn. And do pop over to her website taralynnlawton.com and remember to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest. Oh and keep an eye out on Chic Vintage Brides, as another of her shoots is being published right here very soon!
I am so ready for a romantic, tropical island escape after seeing this dreamy destination elopement editorial! Inspired by the secluded spot on the shores of Phuket that forms the backdrop, it focuses in on the gorgeous beach setting with an organic, modern-vintage style that I adore. The wild, natural elements are balanced with an air of elegant, sophistication from the delicate florals, ethereal bridal gown and intimate table for two set right next to the water. I am sure you will be completely enchanted by every single detail…..
A few words from photographer Amelia Soegijono before I let her images sweep you away to balmier climes.… “The thought behind this photoshoot is the dream of having a secret wedding, in an exotic beach location, surrounded by the green forests, and a 280m stretch of a sandy beach on the tropical island of Phuket where the waters glisten, the sun kisses the shore and the air is fresh. Phuket seems to be the perfect location for a secret elopement like this.
We are blessed to have the incredibly intricate hand-beaded Jasmine gown by the very talented Australian couturier Gwendolynne draping our beautiful bride. We also have a trendy and exclusively designed wedding ring by Verda & Floren from Bangkok, Thailand presented in a beautiful ring box by Amonie, a modern version of the vintage French ring box. The Bridal Planner set up a private dinner with a hand dyed table clothed that’s graced with a bridal centrepiece created by IAMFLOWER Phuket. Our bride gracefully cradles her white and foliage bouquet tied with delicate Songbird Silk ribbons. The grey marble cake with touches of gold was created by Joob Joob. A heartwarming wedding vow was designed by My Creative Space who is based in Australia. Our bride looks radiant and stunning in Neil of Elite Hair and Makeup‘s gifted hands.”
What a breathtaking location – so perfect for an elopement! A huge thankyou to the lovely Amelia Soegijono Photography or capturing every detail so flawlessly and all the wedding pros for their hard work behind the scenes. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Amelia’s beautiful photography do head on over to her website at www.ameliasoegijono.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for daily doses of loveliness!
There is no doubt that couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning locations to get married, but for me the beautiful Pacific Northwest is right up there amongst the most spectacular and today’s wedding shows exactly why! A peaceful lakeside setting for a heartfelt ceremony followed by a lush woodland reception filled with Summer blooms and fruits, it is impossible not to fall head over heels for stylish couple Seana & Brian’s beautiful celebration…..
It was the couple’s chosen season and the groom’s childhood that first inspired the location of their big day. Seana tells us, “I knew that I wanted the wedding outside since the Northwest is so beautiful in the summer. My husband grew up in the country just near where we were married.
The venue we found, Bridal Veil Lakes, was perfect and I wanted it to feel as though everything in the wedding was naturally there. Since we had a lot of people coming out of town who had never been to Portland, I wanted the day to feel very local and natural. It was also 1920s inspired with touches like the vintage furniture, the mercury glass centerpieces, and the vintage lace from my dress which we found from a flea market in Paris.”
“I knew I didn’t want one certain color, so the color scheme was simply summer colors. My maid-of-honor wore a bright red-orange, a bridesmaid wore lavender, the other chartreuse, and my flower girl a greenish-blue. All the dresses were made with gathered silk chiffon with satin underlay which were light and flow-y in the open air setting. My mother who is fashion designer not only made my dress but also all the wedding party dresses and her own dress. I’m so lucky she’s my mom! Another handmade element was the letterpressed invites I designed and printed. The save the date, invite, and thank you card each had the color of a bridesmaid dress.”
“My priority was to use local and in season flowers. My florist at Swoon did such awesome work. Each bridesmaid carried bouquets matching their dress; my bouquet was a collection of all the colors. These included red-orange dahlias, cool water roses (lavender), maiden-hair ferns, blackberries, light pink ranunculus, and lemons in the centerpieces. I’m originally from California, so I figured blackberries are the perfect Northwest summer fruit and lemon is the perfect California summer fruit [in my opinion ;)].”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Of course plenty of time is ideal, but I underestimated how all the last minute details tend to add up at the end. Get everything done early if possible, such as gathering music and table arrangements. Even if you don’t have all the RSVPs yet, you can still get a rough draft going. The more you do early, the less you have to do last minute. I was also lucky to have my mother and godmother help with the planning such as calling hotels, transportation, and helping with table seatings. You won’t be able to do everything, accept help when offered!”
“My two-year old flower girl who is also my niece got so excited that we were dancing, she famously crashed our first dance. It was so cute and hilarious!”
Isn’t it just enchanting?? The woodland setting, Seana & Brian’s fabulous style, and those fruit infused florals, I love it all! A huge congratulations to the happy newlyweds, and a big thankyou to their photographer Sarah of Hazlewood Photo for not only flawlessly capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Sarah’s work pop over to her website at hazelwoodphoto.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
You might remember the oh-so-glam Art Deco wedding invitation tutorial from Download & Print that I shared last month? Well today Anna is back with another creative DIY invitation, and I must confess to being even more in love with it than I was the last one! If you are planning a wedding with a sweet whimsical or vintage vibe and want an invitation that is unique and memorable, this vintage handkerchief is for you!
Here’s founder of Download & Print and creator of this beautiful invitation, Anna, with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial….
The video tutorial gives you a great feel for just how easy this fabric is to use, or keep reading for the pictorial and step-by-step instructions. Oh, and don’t forget the freebie template. As always I can’t wait for you to try this for yourself so I’m giving you the template for FREE to get you started. Included in this tutorial is the square Artisan Botanical in blush pink, but if this doesn’t suit your color palette you can head on over here and check out the design in lavender and cornsilk.
The photo fabric comes in a roll 8.5” wide by 100” long. The first step is to trim this down to the size of a regular sheet of paper so that it will feed through your printer. A standard sheet of paper in North America is 8.5 x 11”, so measure out 11” lengths and cut. I first scored the photo paper at the 11” mark and cut along my score line with scissors, but you can mark off 11” with a pencil and cut if you prefer.
You will need one sheet of photo paper per invitation, so cut as many sheets as you need invitations.
Step 2: Download & Customize the FREE Template
Download and install your chosen vintage fonts on your computer. The fonts that I used to use are Olympic Branding and Tw Cen MT and these can be downloaded for free following the links. You can choose any fonts that you like however. After installing the fonts on your computer, open MS Word.
Download the free hanky invitation template and open the file in Word. Add your names and wedding details. The text is completely customizable, so add lines, delete lines, and play around with the formatting until you are 100% happy with the way it looks.
Save the file on your computer so you can come back to it time and time again.
Step 3: Print!
This is where the magic happens. It’s time to print the hanky. I found the photo paper had a tendency to curl toward the wax side so I loosely rolled each sheet in the opposite direction to flatten it out. I also found that placing some sheets of regular paper behind the photo paper when I loaded it into my printer helped the printer pick up the fabric paper.
I loaded each sheet of fabric paper individually, so this did add time to the printing process. Each printer is going to act a little differently with the photo fabric paper, as with any non-standard paper, so you may need to find your printer’s quirks and work with them.
Print the hanky template on a sheet of photo fabric.
TIP: Print a copy of the invitation on regular paper first to check for spelling errors, formatting issues, date accuracy etc. Have a second and even third set of eyes read over the invitation before committing them all to print. This way you won’t waste any photo fabric and you won’t be left kicking yourself for overlooking a silly mistake!
Step 4: Remove Wax Backing
Peel back the wax backing on the photo paper. Now the photo paper is starting to look and feel like fabric.
Step 5: Trim Invitation
I decided to finish the edge of the hanky using pinking shears. I had a rotary cutter and pinking blade on hand, and I trimmed around the invitation using these. I lined my ruler up just inside the pink edge of the invitation so as not to get any white in the crimped border.
If you are handy with a sewing machine and want to take the extra time you could also create a rolled hem around the border. Or a serger machine would also put a clean edge on. For me the pinking shears were quick, easy and cheap, and gave an edge that I was happy with.
How awesome does this look! Once you touch and feel it you will be as rapt with this DIY as I am.
Step 6: Fold & Finish
There are an endless number of ways you can finish this DIY and display the hanky for mailing. I folded the hanky in half and in half again, and stuffed into a 5.5” square envelope that I had finished with our coordinating envelope liner. I also included the coordinating RSVP card and a 4-bar envelope for guests to send back their responses.
A huge thankyou to creator Anna Skye of Download & Print for sharing this fabulous DIY with us today – yet again she’s made it all look so easy! Isn’t it fabulous? If you try this tutorial (or any of Download & Print’s wonderful DIYs) I want to hear from you! Do let us know how your efforts turned out in the comments below – and feel free to email me photos to [email protected]
Now, if you love the idea of DIYing your invitation but are looking for something more glamorous be sure to check out the tutorial and free Art Deco invitation template Anna shared with us last month. Or if you have been inspired you to create your own invites, and want to see some of the other designs available, be sure to check out Download & Print and use the exclusive coupon code ‘CVB10‘ for $10 off your membership.
And keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna will be back next month with another creative wedding invite DIY, this time with a beautiful rose background, that you are going to adore!
The venue of today’s inspiration shoot is something straight from the pages of a fairytale, and the timelessly elegant styling suits it perfectly! A color palette of ivory and the softest shades of blush complements the garden setting and grand backdrop of the Chateau, whilst the lush florals that include a cascading bridal bouquet and floral arch complete the oh-so-romantic look……
Captured at the Kayla Barker Workshop, we have fine art photographer Kayla Barker, Stefanie Miles and Bows + Arrows here to tell us all about it… “Last summer in the quaint town of Saint Julien l’Ars just a few hours from Paris, a group of photography attendees from all over the world gathered at the one thousand year old Chateau St Julien for the Kayla Barker Workshop. From welcome to departure, every detail was attended to by film photographer, Kayla Barker and workshop and event designer, Stefanie Miles and their team.
Patricia of My Beauty Corner perfectly styled bride Brytny’s hair and make-up for the shoot whilst jewelry and details were styled by Stefanie along with beautiful custom calligraphy pieces from Written Word Calligraphy. The elegant and romantic invitations incorporated the crest found at the entrance to the Chateau, as a subtle nod to the historic charm of the property.”
“Bows + Arrows’ Alicia and Adam Rico not only foraged from the land surrounding them at the fifty acre estate, but Stefanie and Alicia were in creative heaven as they scoured the Parisian flower market for the most gorgeous blooms and textures to bring the vision to life. They found many seasonal summer blooms to fill their on site studio – lotus, peony, scabiosa, dahlia, lisianthus, poppies, cosmos, and locally grown garden roses were all in abundance. They used these for the bridal bouquet paired with ribbon from Silk & Willow. A wedding ceremony arch was created in the garden with asymmetrical blooms and free-flowing wild vines and greenery to create an idyllic setting for the ever-important marriage vows.”
“Stefanie created a stunning layered tabletop, effortlessly mixing shades of gray undertoned-ivories with golds, a textured table throw tossed over the french table linen and accented with just the right amounts of blush in the floral for an extra dose of feminine charm. The calligraphed menu was presented on a ceramic gold-rimmed handmade tray, and the velvet ribbon created a stunning presentation for the scrolled place cards for the napkin treatment. The gold flatware courtesy of Posh Couture Rentals was a standout piece on the tabletop, adding just the right amount of elevated luxury to the setting.”
“The wedding dress was custom made for the workshop by Tatyana Merenyuk with organic florals and French romance in mind with the lace overlay corset top and flowing chiffon skirt complemented by a Girl With a Serious Dream veil. Model’s, and real life couple, Brytny and Kiley’s true love was clearly apparent while being photographed around the gorgeous grounds of the chateau. While flower girls, Dotty and Pia scattered petals in the garden in preparation for their farewell kiss.”
When a couple are as stylish as Shannon & Kim you just know their wedding is going to be something special. A city celebration in a lush palette of ivory, black and green, with the perfect mix of vintage and modern, and a hint of industrial too; it exemplifies “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”! So if you’re a lover of all thing chic and sleek you had better have your pinning fingers at the ready!…..
This elegant affair was inspired by and took place at The Foundry, a 19th century venue full of industrial character and stunning proportions, in Long Island City, with views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop terrace! Polished yet heartfelt, packed with romantic florals by Workship Luxury and elegantly co-ordinated from the dapper bridal party, to the refined wedding cake; and all captured by Matthew & Bo from Cly By Matthew.
Before I share all the lovely details, a few words from photographers Matthew & Bo “We really loved the organic floral design and the simple decor of this chic same sex wedding at the Foundry. Workship Luxury did an amazing job decorating the center pieces and we really loved the bride’s bouquet with long stems. It was unique and beautiful. Shannon, the bride with the wedding gown, went for the vintage chic 1920’s hair style and red lipstick. She was really drop dead gorgeous in person and we enjoyed capturing her beauty. They did not see each other before they walked down the aisle and when they did, I will never forget their facial expressions. They were just so in love and in the moment together. They had many out of town family and friends who joined the celebration. There was so much love in the room and family and friends really had a great time.”
I am more than a little in love with Kim’s dapper Tux and black & white brogues – doesn’t she look fab??
The Foundry looks like such a fabulous venue, with industrial architecture but such chic decor – it was just perfect for Kim & Shannon’s crisp and elegant colour palette!
Lockets on a bouquet is such a heartfelt but simple way to keep absent loved ones close to your heart on your wedding day.
Awww I see what Bo & Matthew meant now….. whether it happens before or during the ceremony, the first look is always so precious!
And I love how the newly-weds made their way back down the aisle – so full of joy, they boogied…..
How swoonworthy is Shannon’s updo??
And don’t the bridesmaids look fabulous in their LBBDs, paired perfectly with chic nude heels…..
I love their understated reception decor! Their floral centrepieces and candle votives create such an elegant and romantic atmosphere…..
With her veil removed you can see just how lovely Shannon’s updo was in this shot of the happy couple at their sweetheart table…..
And their wedding cake and display was simply perfect – one tier, atop an ornate stand amongst a ring of roses….. I love it!
If Tuscany hadn’t already topped my list of places to visit, it would after today’s exquisite wedding inspiration shoot. Featuring dark and decadent berry reds with rich petrol blues and emerald greens, and captured in a nineteenth-century villa, it is the epitome of opulence, utterly swoonworthy, and sure to tempt you with a destination wedding!
First, a few words about the shoot, from the wedding professionals behind it…. “A wonderful Villa of the nineteenth century in Lucca, set in a beautifully restored village, was the perfect location for this winter wedding shoot designed to enhance the beauty of the Tuscan countryside and luxurious villas of the territory.
Ilbiancoeilrosa treated in detail an environment that reflects the old world with a decadent touch. The interior of the noble Villa was the dinner setting and the table was decorated with beautiful ceramics provided by Le Mas and an impressive centerpiece made by Fiori Belluomini.
The Villa Lenka garden and the fish pond were the perfect background for photos of the bride and groom by Intimate Love Memories. A refined lace dress with wide tulle skirt for her, a stylish dark suit for him. To complete the look of the bride artisanal jewelry and a petrol blue faux fur, which together with the dark red were the colors of the palette chosen for the shoot.”
Isn’t it just heavenly? The venue, the details, and those deep dark colors…. it’s all just perfection! As always a huge thankyou to the whole creative team behind this Tuscan vision, and especially to Beatrice & Alberto of Intimate Love Memories for photographing every detail so flawlessly and for allowing me to share it with you here. To see more of their wonderful work be sure to make their website your next stop – you will find them over at intimatelovememories.com, and you can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
For today’s breathtaking inspiration shoot, fine art photographer Lara Lam and the team of creatives drew inspiration from the stunning venue, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Playing with its soft pink hue, they incorporated lush florals in similar tones, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and an elegant tablescape laid, alongside beautiful calligraphy wedding stationery by Seniman Calligraphy, to create a modern vintage vision of romance…..
Kyla Gold, of Oui Events is here to tell us a little more about it “For this bridal shoot we drew our inspiration from the romantic details of the monumental Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the swan lagoon. We kept the design fresh, simple and elegant with a mixture of blush tones accented with gold and white details. We hope to create inspirations and gift ideas for a warm and sweet gathering between the bride and bridesmaids. Often times the bridesmaids are the best friends of the bride and their love and support plays an important part. We’d like to inspire all the brides-to-be that an elegantly styled breakfast with lovely gifts and flowers could be a beautiful opening prelude for the wedding!
Seniman Calligraphy created a beautiful custom invitation suite in gold ink and a special bottle of rosé with hand calligraphy for our custom bridesmaid gift baskets. We also filled the bridesmaid baskets with a pink and gold mini emergency kit from Pinch Provisions and lovely sweets from Sugarfina. Bowerbird Atelier created a beautiful table arrangement and hand tied bouquets in soft pinks and white with fresh greens. Skyla Arts and Makeup by Quis kept the girls look fresh and feminine to compliment the lovely Dessyand JLM Couture gowns provided by Weddington Way. Lara’s film captured the soft details of the bridal shoot at this stunning landmark.”
A huge thankyou, as always, to the wonderful Lara Lam who always manages to wow me with her ability to capture every detail so beautifully. She really does have such an exquisite eye and I couldn’t be more proud to say you can find her HERE in CVB’s Little Book of Chic – an invaluable resource to any couple planning a vintage, vintage inspired or modern vintage wedding.
Striking the perfect balance between modern sophistication and old world charm, today’s wedding is sure to take your breath away! Filled with chandeliers, candles and lush blush florals, it is a picture of timeless elegance and romance – and a lesson on how to do vintage in an urban city centre…..
After an intimate at home proposal Elizabeth & Louis set about planning their perfect day. With a love of old world elegance, and inspired by some shoes she bought long before becoming engaged, Beth knew just the look they wanted to create. But getting married in bustling LA, it was all about finding the perfect venue – which I am sure you will agree, they most surely did!
Elizabeth explains, “I am huge fan of period dramas, so the wedding was inspired by shows/movies like Downton Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. I wanted it to feel dramatic, romantic, and vintage, so we incorporated light neutrals with pops of dark, dramatic color like deep red and navy blue. We chose details that would add an element of luxury like velvet table cloths. Carondelet House was perfect for the vibe we were going for, it was a former residence built in the 20’s and converted to an event space that kept a lot of that original detail and charm – we didn’t have to do much to make it look great.”
“In many ways, the whole vibe of the wedding started with the shoes and I bought them before we were even engaged. They were from Boden and when I saw them I knew I wanted to wear them when I got married. They felt very vintage and set the tone for everything else. Unexpectedly, I found my dress at the first store I went to. I loved it when I saw it on the rack and I loved it when I tried it on – luckily, my mom loved it too because we don’t always see eye to eye on fashion choices. I wore really simple jewellery by Marchesa because I wanted the dress to be the statement. And I had fresh flowers in my hair, which I loved! “
“Our florist Enchanted Garden did a wonderful job of capturing the romantic vibe we were going for. They were one of the preferred vendors at the venue and for good reason. My favorite touch was the flower arch for the ceremony – it was full of blooms and greenery – stunning! The bouquets were made of full blooms like ranunculus, dahlias, and roses – very lush and romantic. My bouquet was a loose collection with velvet ribbons tying it all together. ”
“The most personal detail for us was the ceremony itself. We wrote the script for the ceremony together incorporating traditions from both of our religious backgrounds and our sense of humor. Our friend performed the ceremony and he killed it, I just remember laughing and feeling very happy during the entire ceremony.”
“We had a four tiered cake from Susie Cakes and each layer was a different flavour combination – we couldn’t pick just one. The cake was decorated very simply with every other tier being coated with crystal sugaring. Then we had our wedding coordinator add fresh flowers to the top and base and a velvet ribbon wrapped around the base. It turned out beautifully!”
“We are both coffee lovers and our first date was at a coffee shop, so we gave all of our guests freshly roasted coffee beans to help them wake up the next morning!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Plan as much as you can and want to, then do your best to let go of your expectations before the big day. At least one thing will inevitably go wrong and the more you can let go, the more you will enjoy the day. Of course, it’s easier said than done, but just try to be gracious with everyone and most importantly, yourself.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We really loved our photographers’ work. They have a journalistic style and we wanted our photos to tell a story. They were also preferred vendors at our venue which makes things much easier when there is a familiarity with a venue and any specific quirks it may have. We ended up making our own album through Artifact Uprising and are very happy with the final product.”
Oh I do so love a chandelier lit wedding! In fact I am utterly head over heels with every detail of Elizabeth & Louis’s beautiful day! Many congratulations to them both, and of course a big thankyou for sharing their beautiful day with us. Special thanks also to their wonderful photographers John and Colette who did the most wonderful job of capturing the romance of it all so perfectly. If you would like to see more of their work head across to their website at johnandcolette.net, and you will also find them on Facebook and Instagram, and Google+.