We are continuing the Aquamarine theme here on Chic Vintage Brides, in celebration of March (and Aquamarine being March’s birthstone), with today’s inspiration board a lavish and super sweet take on the shade. Full of delicate sky blues, elegant neutrals and splashes of gold, it exudes an understated glamour and timeless sophistication – and would be quite simply perfect for a Spring wedding!
Of course for a Spring celebration you want an abundance of seasonal blooms – think fragrant freesias, peonies, anemones and camellias; and I love the chic simplicity of keeping them pure white!
This palette would be just as lovely for a rustic, modern or boho wedding, but add a modern take on vintage with olde world design details such as hand calligraphy stationery, sumptuous tablescapes & place settings with candelabras and candlesticks (wherever your venue), vintage books and trays. The refined wedding cake keeps things contemporary and manages to exude a hint of opulence despite its lack of decoration, thanks to its elegant proportions, a trend we have been seeing for a while now, and that I for one love.
When it comes to wow wedding venues, there is nothing quite like an Austrian castle! Which is just where today’s vintage loving couple held their intimate wedding celebration. Filled with love and so many beautiful details in a rosé palette of delicate pinks and purples it is tailor made for romantics and lovers of old world elegance…..
After getting engaged on their 10th anniversary wedding photographers Mona & Karl planned their dream celebration in just 6 months! They knew lots of lovely venues from their job as wedding photographers, but finding the perfect place for their intimate celebration was not so easy. That was until they found Schloss Wartholz in the beautiful surroundings of Austria’s Mountains!
They celebrated their love just with closest family and friends with a romantic outdoor ceremony in the shadows of the castle. The venue and the couple’s strict dress code for the guests: ladies in rosé and gents in dapper black suits and ties; made for one of the most photogenic weddings I have ever seen.
Mona found her Rembo Styling wedding dress in a little shop called Atelier 7 in Vienna. Perfectly fitting for their vintage theme it was very much of the style of dresses from the 1930s and 1940s – a period whose fashion has always fascinated Mona. Although she was very excited to have found a dress she loved, it was not quite perfect yet. Speaking to the couturier she mentioned wanting removable long sleeves, and when she showed him how they should look he was utterly enchanted. It was then that Mona knew she has found her dream dress!
As both Mona & Karl adore antiques, the couple decided their wedding decor should also be vintage. Their chosen color scheme was pastel rosé, with lots of wood elements. Almost every detail of the table settings at their reception was made by them (during busy evenings creating with love): candle lights, place cards, stationary, table decoration, etc; with each element telling a bit of their love story. For instance, they had been collecting wine corks since their first date, little knowing that one day the same corks would be the holders for their table numbers and escort cards on their wedding some day. Whilst other details such as the cigar boxes, the vases for the centerpieces and lace table linens were found by the couple and their families during many visits to local flea markets.
After the couple shared their first kiss to the song “Kiss”, they decided the theme of their wedding had to be “Kiss Forever”, which they incorporated into their invitations and wine bottles.
Their delicious looking naked wedding cake by Schnabulerie was adorned with fresh blooms to match Mona’s beautiful bouquet, and a tiny ‘Mr & Mrs Blümel’ bunting tied with lace. It was served with macarons in matching shades of pink and purple.
Whilst their guests were enjoying a drink – and a cigar – the couple disappeared with their photographers to make the most of their beautiful venue. Just as the sun started to set, they found a small lake in the private gardens of castle Wartholz, with an old landing stage and a rowing boat called “Little Titanic”The light was magical and it was the perfect place to capture their love, and enjoy the last moments of their special day.
Don’t you just love it? Especially that stunning venue! Many congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Blümel, and special thanks to their lovely photographers Daniela & Roland of Linse 2 who did the most wonderful job of capturing their fairytale day. If you would like to see more of Dani & Roland’s wonderful work do head over to their website www.linse2.at, and you can find and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
I can’t quite believe it is time for the third post in our birthstone series already – where did February go?! I have so enjoyed these post so far, looking at all the ways you can infuse your big day with these gorgeous gems and hues. Starting with Garnet in January, and Amethyst last month, now it is the turn of March’s birthstone which is the beautiful Aquamarine – and it couldn’t be more perfect for Spring! A delicate and fresh stone, its colour is just the shade for a wedding at this time of year!
It has long been considered valuable, but Aquamarine’s most popular hues have changed over time; in the 19th century the most valued stones were green, today however we love stones to be a romantic sky blue.
And it’s not just its colour that makes it the ideal precious stone for weddings! The Romans believed it absorbed the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” And in medieval times it was thought to reawaken the love of married couples, also making it the perfect anniversary gift!
Of course you don’t have to use the gem alone to bring your Aquamarine wedding to life! Sprinkle the beautiful shades of blue they come in throughout your celebration to give a subtle reference to the sentiments and symbolism. Here’s some ideas to get you started…..
Whether you were born this month, planning a Spring wedding in March, or just love the colour; the romantic hues of Aquamarine make a stylish (and affordable) alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring, with emerald the most common cut.…..
Isn’t it just gorgeous! Much as it may be perfect for a Spring wedding, it would look just as lush against a snowy Winter backdrop. And paired with a burnt orange or a pastel pink, it would look super pretty for Fall or Summer too. Pretty much just a perfect color whatever season you’re planning your wedding.
Well, after aquamarine I am counting down the days to next month, which is Diamonds! I’m thinking lots of crisp white details and understated elegance.
A beautiful plantation venue with a tree-lined driveway and expansive grounds forms the perfect backdrop for this classically elegant wedding inspiration! Add to it some lush fall hues, a delicious table of seasonal pies, a timeless long sleeve wedding dress and the most dapper 4 legged ring bearer, and well, you pretty much have the wedding of my dreams…..
I know most of you are seeing the first signs of Spring, but here in New Zealand the leaves are starting to turn and I for one couldn’t be happier as it is my absolute favourite time of year – especially for a wedding! And today’s shoot is the perfect showcase of why – the soft Autumn light, the yummy looking seasonal desserts and of course that gorgeous dress!
Anyway, to tell us a little more about it, here is photographer Terri Isenhour with a few words, “This shoot was inspired by the southern aspect of this beautiful plantation in Gordonsville, Virginia. The main house was built circa 1774 and inhabits all the history you can imagine when first stepping foot on the grounds. The trees cascading over the long driveway going down to the main house were a perfect frame for this shoot.
The gown showcased a sheer lace with delicately covered buttons and a sweeping train. To top off this elopement was a decadent southern red velvet cake with a hand made sugar magnolia and the lattice mini cherry pies are like the “cherries on the top”.”
Everything is perfection, but I confess it is that oh-so-cute fur baby in his bow tie that steals my heart every time I look at him!
Don’t you just love it? A huge thankyou, as always, to everyone behind the scenes who brought this enchanting shoot together so seamlessly – you will find them listed below. And a special thankyou to photographer Terri Isenhour for such dreamy photography. To see more of her work pop across to her website at www.terriisenhourphotography.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Today’s romantic early Autumn wedding took place at the most beautiful 17th century church in Smithfield Virginia. With this historic venue and golden fall leaves as a backdrop Maria Grace Photography captured some gorgeous photos of Carson & Grace’s vintage inspired wedding. With the cutest flower girls, lush garnet hues florals and lavish antique decor this classic celebration is perfection, so have your pinning finger ready as you enjoy Carson & Grace’s magical day…
After meeting at church these highschool sweethearts were friends before love blossomed, and dated for 3 years before Carson popped the question. But once engaged they saw no reason to wait, planning their picture perfect affair in just 7 months! “It was the perfect amount of time. We had been waiting years to get married, so thought why wait any longer?!”
7 months is an incredibly short time to create such a perfectly styled affair, but the couple were lucky enough to have a seasoned professional on hand to help! “Planning our wedding was easy! I had a wedding planner, coordinator, and decorator and her name is Emily! (Carson’s Mum) I highly recommend to any bride to hire some help!”
“My dress came from an adorable little boutique in Suffolk called ‘Maya Couture on Main‘. I chose it because I always dreamed of wearing a gown with long sleeves (even before it was in style!) like Grace Kelly of Monaco. I wanted a dress that made a statement without being…loud. No glitter for this girl! The sheath of the dress was a champagne/gold color silk and the lace was ivory. It is hard for me to describe how it made me feel because all I can say is that it made me feel like myself.”
“I decided to go for a simple look as far as jewelry was concerned. I wanted the intricately detailed fabric of the gown to speak for itself. I had two hair pins with these delicate gold leaves that my hairstylist placed in my hair above my veil. My veil was a simple fingertip length with a blusher (because I am old fashioned).
Margaret Parr from Artistry by Margaret did my hair and makeup. I gave Margaret the artistic freedom to do whatever she felt would look best for me. She knew I was going for a subtle, classic, feminine look. I could not have been happier! She is amazing!”
“I let my groom dress himself and his friends! They all went to Jos. A. Bank and chose pants, vests, and ties. I was invited one time to approve the selection! The groom wore a blue window pane print suit from the 1905 collection. The groomsmen wore a vest and pants also from the 1905 collection. They looked absolutely perfect with the wedding theme!”
“My amazing mother in law, Emily Norton from The Main Event designed all my wedding flowers. I told her about a flower that she had never used before called “Hanging Amaranthus” that I always loved to add rich accent colors to any arrangement. She used red, blush, and white garden roses with greenery and my beloved Hanging Amaranthus to create the cascade bouquet.”
“We held the ceremony at Saint Lukes Historic Church in Smithfield. My eldest sister got married there in 2005 and ever since then I knew thats where I wanted to be married!”
“My bridesmaids were my sister Michaela, my sister in law Rebekah, and Carsons sister Hallie. We got their dresses from David’s Bridal. We went for the convertible dress in the color “Champagne”. I chose Champagne as the color because it was very neutral and it would show off the colors of the bouquets.”
“The reception was at the Smithfield Center. My mother in law, Emily from The Main Event decorated the whole reception with her crew. She used a lot of brass candle holders and chalices along silver tea pots to hold table center pieces. She also used antique furniture and books. It was gorgeous!”
“We had no favours as such. But Emily hired a caricaturist as a surprise! it was so fun and everyone had the cutest pictures drawn of themselves to take away with them.
Emily also had gone antique shopping in the months before to get decorations like a brass horse figurine, victorian shoe, and a jewelry box to decorate the sweetheart table.”
The cake was by Harmony Woods Catering and Confection. It was 4 tiered with 4 different flavors. We had Citrus, Apple Spice, Strawberry Champagne, and Almond. She used buttercream frosting and Emily added flowers to it.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“I went into the wedding day with the thought “This isn’t the pinnacle of my marriage. How ever today goes, I’ll be fine with it.” The whole wedding and reception went off crisis free, and it was more amazing than what I imagined!
I was told to walk slow and savor the moments of the ceremony. Other brides told me that the felt nervous and rushed through it and it left them feeling like they missed their own ceremony. Get a wedding planner/day of coordinator! I highly recommend to any bride to hire some help!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Maria is a good friend of Carson and I. I follow her blog and all her social media. She is so talented! She made me feel confident in all the photo shoots we did with her. It is a little nerve wracking the be in front of the camera so much but she makes it easy.”
Don’t you just love it? Especially those cherubic flower girls!! Many congratulations to the happy couple, and special thanks to their lovely photographer Maria Grace Photography who did the most wonderful job of capturing their romantic day. If you would like to see more of Maria’s wonderful work do head over to her website mariagracephoto.com, and you can find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Today I am super excited to be sharing some fashion ideas and advice for those oft neglected guys of ours from the lovely peeps over at The Gentlemanual (a must read for any soon to be groom!) Because much as the talk and attention on the big day surrounds the bride and her dress, finding the groom’s attire can be just as challenging! So we’re here to help, with 10 ideas for a dapper groom’s look…..
Whenever you hear the phrase “wedding fashion,” it may immediately conjure up thoughts of wedding dresses. With so much of the focus placed on bridal attire, it’s understandable that the groom’s style decisions may feel less important, or altogether neglected. However, there has never been a better or more exciting time to get creative with your groom style.
Today more than ever, grooms (and wedding designers) are thinking outside of the box and experimenting with unconventional colors, textures, and elements to make groom suiting a unique and exciting experience. Gone are the days of slim pickings when it comes to acceptable outfits to wear when you say “I do,” but with so many options and directions to go, modern day groom suiting can be daunting. Here are 10 style tips to make your wedding day ensemble dapper……
1. Make Yourself Stand Out
Don’t spend too much time worrying about matching your groomsmen (or even your fiancé, for that matter). Yes, your looks should complement each other, and there should be elements of each of your looks that play into the other’s, but that’s not to say you should be carbon copies of one another, either. When it comes to you and your groomsmen, your outfit should be easily and noticeably distinguishable from the rest. You can achieve this by choosing different accessories, a different suit color, or even by subtly varying the outfit (say, you wear a suit jacket but your best men rock suspenders instead).
When it comes to your fiancé, both of your looks should emphasize your individual tastes, but you can easily incorporate complementary elements, like matching the colors of your accessories or jacket to her bouquet, for example.
A black tux with a crisp white shirt is standard groom fare. But these days, the suiting and color options are endless. When choosing the foundation of your look, consider alternative colors, suit separates, and other directions beyond your basic black and white.
If you do opt for a suit though, go for the 3-piece. You’ll have a suit jacket when you walk down the aisle, but at the end of the day when you want to take the jacket off and dance, you’ll still look put together and sleek with a matching vest in tow.
Fit is key! No matter what look you go for. So, if you’re getting a suit off the racks, be sure to pay your tailor a visit so that he can customize the best and most flattering fit for your build. Or, if you can afford to spend a little more, and if you’re planning to buy a suit that you will wear well beyond your wedding day, you may also want to consider opting for made-to-measure, or even bespoke, as either option will lend you a superior fit and comfort – that off-the-rack simply can’t beat.
If you’re going to have a themed, outdoor, small, or vintage wedding, you could also consider an entirely different alternative to the traditional suit: going jacketless. This look can be achieved in several different ways. You can try out a vest and rolled-up sleeves for a rustic, vintage aesthetic. Or, go for some classic suspenders—the kind with buttons—for you and your groomsmen for a more casual, 20’s-inspired look. You could also do without any extras and simply don a tucked in button-up; just make sure that the level of formality (or lack thereof) of your ensemble is in line with the vibe of the wedding, as well as the venue.
Patterns don’t have to be off limits, as long as you make sure you’re choosing them tastefully and not going overboard. If you’re leaning towards a solid suit, consider injecting some personality into your look with a patterned shirt. If you’re considering a patterned suit, try something classic like chalk stripes. Regardless of where you incorporate pattern, offset your look from the rest of the groomsmen’s by having them wear solid variations.
Just because your wedding color is garnet, or serenity, or amethyst, or, well, you get the picture, doesn’t mean you’re limited to solid-colored, one-note neckwear. Consider patterned or textured neckwear that falls into the color scheme of your wedding. Patterned or textured ties are an easy way to elevate your look from traditional to unique. As you consider alternatives to traditional colors, you should also consider alternatives to the standard necktie shape. While the tie may be some men’s preference, others may find that a skinny tie, bow tie, ascot, or even a tie-free ensemble is more fitting. It all comes down to your personal taste.
An easy way to inject your ensemble with personality, and distinguish yourself from your groomsmen, is to choose fun, unique accessories – beyond your neckwear! Consider your socks, pocket squares, watch, and even your shoes as opportunities to get creative. If you like eye-catching footwear, consider a pair of socks or shoelaces that either reestablishes the theme or highlights who you are.
Boutonnieres are a classy and traditional, but totally optional, accessory. These elusive accessories are reserved for formal occasions, as they are most commonly made with fresh flowers. If you choose to go the route of a boutonniere on your big day and want to avoid looking dated or frumpy, keep other accessories to a minimum and skip the pocket square. Go for smaller flowers, leaves/vines, or even a non-flora-based variation to make it more modern and sleek. Going the non-floral route opens up a whole world of opportunity for you (and your fiancé) to get creative. Incorporate a personal message, a nod to your wedding theme, or a symbol of something special into your boutonniere and wear it proudly.
You may find that certain elements of traditional groom attire are your preference, while certain modern details are also appealing to you too. Don’t feel like you have to skew 100% toward one or the other. It’s your wedding day, and your outfit, so mix things up as you see fit. If you are drawn to the look of a suit and black bow tie, but like the idea of incorporating your wedding color, do so by choosing a colorful suit or a bold pair of socks. If you like the look of a vest and bow tie but want to give it a modern flair, try achieving the silhouette with unorthodox patterns and colors, like gingham and stripes.
If you’re at a loss for how to customize your look, one of the easiest ways is to look to the season. If your wedding is taking place in the fall or winter, get playful with textures and rich colors. A tweed suit, knit tie, or velvet blazer could serve as great cold weather pieces. If you’re getting hitched in the spring, look into pastels and a suit that’s good for all seasons, like cotton or a cotton blend. If summer is the season for you and your fiancé, consider short-sleeve shirts, vests (or no vest/jacket whatsoever), and breathable fabrics in lighter colors.
How are you planning to be a dapper groom on your wedding day? Whether it be with intriguing accessories, a bold color, or a nontraditional suit, enjoy your big day and stand tall. We’re sure you and your fiancé will look like a million bucks (but hopefully, without spending a million bucks!)
A huge thankyou to writer RJ Firchau and the folks over at The Gentlemanual for sharing their style tips for a dapper groom, I love each and every one of them! And if you did too, you might want to take a moment to peruse these 10 ways to style your groom vintage on your big day – it’s not all bow ties and suspenders!
Of course for a Summer wedding you will want to make the most of the season with a ceremony and reception outdoors! Whether you go backyard, beach or country estate be sure to provide some protection from the Summer sun for your guests, like this bride did. 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 (I am thinking a chandelier or two!)
This is the perfect palette, and season, for a floral affair! So whatever your blooms of choice be sure to splash them everywhere – especially as lush florals is a big trend for 2017 (and I am willing to bet anything we’ll see this trend continue into 2018 too) Whether it’s your bouquet, centerpieces, aisle decor, wedding cake or even your hair, think flowers, flowers, flowers. And then when you think you have enough, add a few more, because when it comes to this trend, more is more!
Let the palette and florals shine, and add an extra layer of romance, with delicate design details – calligraphy stationery, candlesticks and candelabras for lighting, coloured glass in your place settings, and an elegant white wedding cake. And yes, that stone grey is the perfect shade 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, a splash of colour in their ties, and some tan dress shoes.
We’re off to Vegas for today’s wedding. But we’re not talking your typical White Wedding Chapel, complete with Elvis celebrant, Vegas elopement! Oh no, Margaret & Christopher did Vegas in a meaningful and vintage (or ‘motique’ = modern + antique) way, creating a passionately personal day full of love, and celebrated surrounded by friends and family……
Of course planning a vintage destination Vegas wedding starts with finding the right venue! “We were married in the orchard at The Grove, Las Vegas. We knew that we wanted to get married in Las Vegas, not on the strip, and not have our guests have to travel to different places for the ceremony and reception. We wanted as much of an inclusive experience as we could find, and The Grove offered exactly that.”
Whilst finding the perfect venue may have been a challenge, finding THE dress was never a problem! “My dress was the entire catalyst to us having a vintage inspired wedding. My dress has been worn by three generations of women in my family: my Gram, my mom’s mom, saw her dress in a magazine from NYC and placed an order to have it delivered to her in Butte, Montana. She wore it for her wedding in 1948. Next, my mom wore it at her and my dad’s wedding in 1975 and my Aunt Mara wore it when she married my Uncle Bob in 2016.
I knew that I wanted something that had movement, an open v-neck, and ¾ sleeves. Kim Corwin, Mrs. Sew and Sew was an absolute blessing and worked with me to handcraft the dress from no pattern. She truly turned it into our work of art and meeting at her house for fittings was so exciting.
The dress and buttons were made from the old dress and I added a chiffon material overlay. It was very important to my mother that we kept the same vintage buttons. It was one of her fondest memories from her wedding – her mom painstakingly buttoned each individual button! It made for a special moment, wonderful memory, and beautiful pictures. So I added the overlay fabric and a belt from Roseybloom Boutique to the dress, and wore a gold and ivory birdcage veil during the ceremony by Elegance at Hand.”
“I opted to be barefoot for the wedding and reception but did purchase gold and blue jewelled barefoot sandals on Etsy.”
“My Matron of Honor suggested the idea for gold sparkle dresses that ended up inspiring the colors and glam for the entire wedding! It was perfect because I have more sequins dresses in my wardrobe than I care to admit and wearing a floor-length sequins gown was (1) very Vegas (2) glamourous in photos, (3) modern and classic all at once, and (4) a way to ensure that no guest would be confused for a member of the wedding party! Three of my bridesmaids rented their dresses from Rent the Runway and one purchased hers online from Lulu’s.
I also wanted my bridesmaids to carry something other than a bouquet and I tried to think of several ideas that would be both modern and vintage, but also something that would look fitting against the multiple shades of gold dresses. I opted on clutches from Mod Dot Textiles and am so glad that I did! It gave them a place to store their necessities for the day, something to do with their hands in the ceremony and looked wonderful in photos! They were made in the gold angles fabric and with an antique gold frame. The clutches were personalized with four different colors of fabric as the inside lining. I chose the fabric based on the name, names that elicited memories between myself and each of my bridesmaids.”
“My flowers, roses, were provided through the venue. I chose a mix between coffee roses and champagne roses to complement the gold tones in the wedding. The boutonnieres were matching roses with ivory ribbons.”
“The groom and groomsmen wore navy blue suits from the Michael Strahan collection at JC Penney. Chris was dressed in pants, vest, and jacket with a champagne gold bowtie. The best man was dressed in the same pants and vest as Chris but without a jacket. The remaining three groomsmen all had matching navy pants, champagne gold ties, and suspenders. All the men had similar, but varying patterns of navy blue button down shirts and wore their own brown shoes. We wanted to keep the total cost of each groomsmen outfit under $100 and were able to do so with the help on JCPenney’s sales and strategic use of coupons.”
“Chris’s mom passed away while we were dating and we didn’t want to have a father/daughter dance in the reception only as a painful reminder that a mother/son dance would not follow. Instead, I opted to do a ‘first look’ and ‘first dance’ with my dad prior to our ceremony. There is a gazebo on the grounds of The Grove and they were able to pipe in the song for my dad and I’s dance, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. It was perfect.”
“We bought the sign that was on the arch from Mama Hess Painting that we customized with the Ruth bible verse “Where you go, I will go and where you stay, I will stay.” This verse has been true through our several moves to and away from one another. These were also the words that we said during our ring exchange and we moved the sign into the reception area as decoration after the ceremony. It now hangs in our home as a reminder that we move through life together, as a family unit and a team.”
“At the ceremony, we had wind chimes hanging in a tree in memory of Chris’s mother, Barbara, who passed away in May 2015.”
“Chris’ step-dad, Dan Hendrix, was our officiant. Chris and Dan walked down the aisle together to begin our ceremony. They were followed by the members of our wedding party, then both my parents and I began our walk, arm in arm. It was important to me that my mother and father both walked me to the aisle, but that I walk to the ceremony arch and to my groom on my own. I wanted both, not just one, of my parents to walk me because they both raised me and both support our marriage.”
“The Nuernburg Wedding Cup has been part of my family tradition since the 1980s. We were stationed (my father is retired US Army) in Germany from 1985-1988 and my parents bought the wedding cup there. They gifted it to my mom’s parents who drank from it and kept it in their China hutch. Both of them have passed away and the cup is now in my parent’s hutch. The cup was used by my grandparents and parents. It was also drank out of by both my siblings the night before their wedding.”
“The reception was at The Grove and was decorated by the venue. We found gold/champagne sequins tablecloths for the head table and cake table from Fantasy Farbic Designs.”
“Our guestbook was a canvas that guests signed with a scrapbook pen. The canvas was by Miss Design Berry printed with our names, wedding date, and the three states that told our story: Kentucky, Montana, and New Mexico.”
“We were pretty stuck on finding a good idea that we both liked for favors. We wanted something fun, but nothing large that our guests would have to pack back as everyone, except two, travelled to Vegas. We decided on bright colored sunglasses from Deal Cardinal with our hashtag #VegasVows2016 on the side. These sunglasses were placed in cloth bags that had gold glitter on them and said “I regret nothing” from Everlong Events. Inside the bags we also put wintergreen Lifesavers breath mints and individual packets of advil.”
We opted for cupcakes with ivory frosting and gold glitter. The cupcakes were provided through the venue baker Cake Couture in Las Vegas
“Instead of a wedding cake we opted for cupcakes with ivory frosting and gold glitter. The cupcakes were provided through the venue baker Cake Couture in Las Vegas and came in two flavors: marble and lemon.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Be prepared to feel loved! Everyone talks about weddings as stressful or overwhelming, but I found the love and support of friends and family to be the overwhelming part. Overwhelmingly unexpected and wonderful! So yes, be prepared to feel loved.
I would do a destination wedding, or at least one where you travel outside of where you live or grew up. Everyone travelled, everyone was inconvenienced, no one expected us to entertain them because….Vegas, and everyone was in a vacation set of mind! Everything had to be planned and packed before or it wasn’t going to be involved so there was no last minute panic. If it didn’t get packed, it just wanted going to be part of the day!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Not only was Kristen one of the original photographers that I had reached out to, but she came recommended by so many Las Vegas photographers! She was absolutely wonderful! She was in easy going, professional, and prompt in email and phone contact with us prior to our travel to Vegas and met with Chris and me a few days before the ceremony to make sure she had clear notes of the photos that we wanted. I am so excited that your blog is choosing to highlight her work; it is artful and deserving!”
Just so lovely, don’t you think? Those sparkly sequin bridesmaids gowns are stunning, and I just love how many meaningful and personal details the couple incorporated into their day! Do take a moment to enjoy the gorgeous video Pure Light Creative captured on the day too – I defy anyone to be able to watch them exchange their beautifully written vows without shedding a tear!
A huge and heartfelt thankyou to Margaret & Christoper for sharing their wonderful day with us, and to Kristin of KMH Photography for photographing it so perfectly! You can see more of Kristin’s gorgeous work over to her website www.kmh-photography.com, or you can find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Whilst Spring is just around the corner for many of you, here in New Zealand Winter is coming. And, if I hadn’t already long thought it the most romantic season to get married, today’s shoot would certainly have convinced me! In a vibrant palette of blue, gold and rich warm shades of red and orange, it is proof that Winter weddings can be every bit as colorful and beautiful as Summer or Fall. In fact against the bare trees and cool skies, the colors just pop all the more…..
I can’t wait to share every beautiful detail with you! But first, a few words from Brent of Live View Studios by way of an introduction to the shoot and the inspiration behind it…”The barren, neutral backdrop of winter in the mountains was the canvas for this warm and vibrant wedding inspiration. Drawing from the natural terrain and simple living in the mountains, a wood table and mismatched chairs were set for dining with a dusty blue silk runner spilling over from the tabletop, mimicking cascading waterfalls and rushing mountain streams.
Fire, in the form of candlelight, brings romance and also inspires the bold color palette. Touches of gold, from the candlesticks to the gold goblets at each place setting, invoke elegance and tie in with the natural tones from the hops used in the floral centerpieces and bouquet. Velvet and silk ribbons fall gracefully from the bride’s lush bouquet. The cake with it’s delicately torn edging pairs perfectly with the handmade paper from the invitation suite, and is embellished with fresh blooms and fruit.
Our bride is gorgeous in a lace and chiffon Sarah Seven dress adorned with a gold and silk belt and dripping crystal and gold earrings designed by Lindsay Marie. Her beautifully braided hair is accentuated with a gold and crystal headpiece, and like the fog that rises and shrouds the mountains, her stunning veil wraps and pools around her and her lover as they embrace.”
I am so proud to be a founding member of Aisle Society – an innovative wedding planning resource that enables you to find the most beautiful and inspiring wedding ideas from some of the top wedding blogs around the world! And today I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing with you the news that Aisle Society has partnered with the luxe Abaco Beach Resort to offer you Aisle Society Weddings!
Now, if you’ve not considered a destination wedding before, or have but was been put off by the cookie cutter approach of most, let me tell you why Aisle Society Weddings is different! These weddings, so carefully curated by your favourite wedding tastemakers, the ladies of Aisle Society, enable you to create the destination wedding of your dreams. With hand-picked decor, details, and activities designed to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones, they take away the stress of planning a wedding without sacrificing style or attention to detail! Whilst the beautiful Abaco Beach Resort immerses you and your guests in some of the most delightful, unexpected, and authentic Bahamian experiences.
It may be just a 40-minute flight from Florida but Abaco Beach Resort is a world away, the destination of your dreams! Built in 1955, this boutique resort has historic Bahamian charm, and though more than large enough to accommodate your destination wedding attendees (there are 89 beachfront rooms), it’s also small enough to feel like you have the place to yourself. Intimate, secluded and private, there will be no having to Photoshop tourists out of your beach wedding portraits at Abaco!
With authentic Bahamian elements like colorful conch shells, classic details such as glimmering oil votives and stylish lanterns, and accent pieces custom-created for Abaco Beach Resort, your wedding in The Abacos is sure to be as unique as the love that you share. For your ceremony choose from a lush tropical lawn or private sandy beach adorned with a draped bamboo altar, handcrafted wooden benches and lantern aisle accents!
Then celebrate in style at your Aisle Society designed wedding reception with locally handcrafted farm tables under a canopy of bistro lights nestled in the white sandy beach. And because we ladies at Aisle Society know that your wedding celebration doesn’t end at the reception, there are several add ons to choose from to keep the champagne flowing and celebrations going late into the night including a customized outdoor lounge area, live local music, and a beach bonfire option – with s’mores and throw pillows.
One of the things I love most about destination weddings though is that your wedding day is just the start of the celebrations! Rather than waking up the morning after wondering where the day went, and thinking about the big clean up, you get to relax and spread the fun over a few days surrounded by your closest friends and family. And at Abaco Beach Resort there are some fantastic activities (and inactivities) for you all to enjoy! How about swimming with the famous Abaco Island Pigs, a fishing excursion – with the resort chef on hand to cook your catch when you return, an Abaco Islands bar crawl; or how does dining on a private island sound?? So utterly romantic! You can do all this, and so much more, at this beautiful property.
Now who isn’t considering a destination wedding after that?! Abaco Beach Resort has me completely smitten! They offer so many unique details experiences that would make any wedding and honeymoon truly unforgettable! Just in case you’re still not convinced though, do take a moment to watch this video which brings the whole place and experience to life…..
You can get all the details of this dream destination wedding experience here!
Or to read more about Aisle Society, and to find the latest beautiful wedding inspiration from the world’s top wedding bloggers (including Chic Vintage Brides of course!) head across to www.aislesociety.com and register for your free account – couples and vendors welcome! You can also join 100,000 others in following Aisle Society on Instagram – and you will find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter too.