It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (we even put our Christmas tree up yesterday 🙂 ) And so there could hardly be a more perfect time to revel in the wonder that is Winter and look at some beautiful color palettes for anyone considering a wedding at this time of year. As a Winter bride myself (New Year’s Eve to be precise!), I can honestly say that whilst Summer may be the more popular season, Winter is definitely the most magical in which to say “I do” Think elegant long sleeves, roaring fires, sparkly lights, blankets and a coffee bar, because the nights draw in early – meaning more time for celebrating!
Now whilst red, gold and green may be the more traditional Winter color palette, I have rounded up 10 alternatives that I think might have even you Summer brides swooning!
Nothing says Winter wedding quite like snow! And of course no Winter color palette roundup would be complete without a collection of blue hues, but these dusky shades add a hint of age and elegance perfect for the vintage loving bride.
These soft ethereal shades of jade are just exquisite! They look so regal paired with a pearly white and sparkly silver – plus I love the idea of bucking the gold (and rose gold) trend that has been so strong for the last few years.
The key to this palette is to keep it understated, so lots of white with just hints of color. It would be especially lovely for a wedding high up in the snow-covered mountains somewhere… just imagine traipsing (or sledging) through the snow to your ceremony!
There’s something lovely about a color palette that offers a surprise and the bright pop of fuchsia in this one does exactly that. This is a romantic choice for a feminine bride, and perfect for a floral affair!
And from the feminine to the masculine….. I love the rich Wintery shades of blue and green in this color palette With a lingering hint of dusk they would be perfect for an historic estate or barn wedding, where the groom and groomsmen can embrace their inner country gent (think Lord Grantham) and don something tweed!
Nothing says Summer quite like yellow, which is why I love it so much for a Winter wedding! Especially paired with blue – to highlight its delicate warmth. Use sparingly, perhaps only in your flowers, for a timelessly elegant take on this palette.
You may think of this palette as being more perfect for Spring or Summer, but how lovely do these Winter ladies look? Blush will not only add a hint of warmth to any Winter wedding, it is also a gorgeous shade for pairing with neutrals. Personally, I am in love with this little collection of colors!
Now for something completely different! With Victoriana and velvet having been such big trends recently, there can be no better time to embrace your inner goth and show a little of your dark side. You may think this palette a little too bold for you, but dark colors have an opulence and drama like no other! And you can always brighten it up with some berry hues, if you wish.
Last but most definitely not least, I wanted to show you that bright colors aren’t only for the Summer months! This eclectic mix of the boldest shades will look spectacular on even the coldest of days…. and talk about wowing your guests, is there anything more wow than a red dress??
Now, if these don’t have you dreaming of a Winter wonderland wedding, I don’t know what will! If none of the above have caught your eye though, or set your heart a flutter, you might want to have a look at the 11 Winter wedding color palettes from last year…. they’re still just as lovely, don’t you think? Or there are plenty of beautiful ideas in CVBs Inspiration Board archives! Such as
It may have been foggy and cold when Beatrice & Gabriele said “I do’ on the edge of lake Viverone, Italy, but this romantic Winter elopement will definitely melt your heart! Beautifully intimate and with a color palette of greyed jade and thistle blue, that reflects both the season and their chosen setting, it captures the very essence of love and reminds us that weddings don’t have to be big to be breathtaking….
Groom Gabriele is an illustrator, so when it came time to pop the question of course the romantic used his artistic talents to create the perfect proposal. Beatrice explains “He proposed in the most personal and natural way as possible. I was at his house and after dinner he gave me a drawing. Just a simple house with a heart balloon on top and a phrase: will you marry me?” Awww, how cute is that?
“Our special day was simply perfect. There was us, our love, our story, the colours we chose (inspired by the lake and the nature surrounding ourselves) and all the little details that make the difference. We decided to opt for a unique ceremony (at least here in Italy were we live)! Just the two of us on a dock in the middle of a lake. We knew this was our kind of wedding for the very beginning, we are creative people and we really wanted something different. I couldn’t be more grateful to Danielle who perfectly planned and styled everything and to Irene that was able to tell our story in such a lovely, romantic way.”
“Our wedding day started at home. We wanted to share everything, from the beginning to the end, so we got dressed in the same room. I loved my dress! When I shared a picture of that crop top to my granny she started grumble, but I knew it was the one. I first saw it online -Maura (the designer) shared a video of her new collection and I immediately felt in love. So a month later I booked an appointment. I tried that dress and two more, but that one was the one. No doubts. And then Gabriele found his suit a couple of days later in the same atelier (Il Sogno Atelier). He was a dream in his green jacket. Smart and informal at the same time!”
“It might be obvious but the ceremony was definitely our fave part of the day. Just the two of us and some swans on a dock at sunset time. It was such a cold day, but the sun decided to came out just in time for our vows exchange. It was so magical and I’m sure we will never forget that special moment, it was so surreal and amazing!”
“And finally we came back home, just the two of us and enjoyed a lovely meal drinking Italian wine and finally tasting Dewis’s from Passione Cupcakes cake. We loved our cake: it had the lake hues, the water silver glare, and some colours inspired by my bouquet.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Our number one piece of advice would be: have your own kind of wedding. There’s nothing that you must do and nothing you can’t do. If you want a intimate wedding then go and get it. Don’t be afraid to think different and enjoy every moment because you’ll be surprised at how quickly the day passes.”
Tell us a little about your photographer…..
“Irene it’s such an easy person to work with: passionate and nice, not intrusive at all. So if you want a natural and romantic reportage of the day she’s definitely the one for you!”
Wasn’t everything about Beatrice & Gabriele’s elopement just dreamy?? *swoon* Many many congratulations to the happy couple, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and photographer Irene Fucci for allowing me to share their beautifully intimate celebration with you. If you love Irene’s style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop and take a peek at this ethereal bridal shoot (at the most stunning Italian villa) or head on over to her website at www.irenefucci.it, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!
Brimming with romantic florals in an array of pretty hues, balanced by elegant black and set against a castle backdrop, today’s wedding editorial is a beautiful embodiment of vintage elegance. All the way from Russia, in a landscape dusted with snow, it shows just why Winter weddings are so magical….
Here’a few words from Olga Siyanko about what inspired this frosty aristocratic wedding editorial….. “When we met Olga and Alexander they were dreaming about a winter wedding. They dreamed about waking up into a frosty noble morning of England during 1930s-40s and going for a walk through crunchy snow around their own ancestral estate…
The venue for this vintage wedding inspiration shoot was an old castle built in the English style. Every brick was filled with a sense of history! The groom came for his bride in a vintage car – a black Chrysler Desoto from 1939.
Their brunch was held at an elegantly set table. All the flowers around them were in an autumnal color palette: terra-cotta, caramel, marsala, mustard, and milk. And every single piece of decor like tables, chairs, tableware, cutlery, brass candlesticks, were all were chosen to compliment the vintage wedding style.
The couple was styled to create an aristocratic old-world sense for our bride and groom: a noble velvet tuxedo, an elegant dress made from natural silk and a vintage fur cape on bride’s shoulders. The bride’s vintage style was perfected by a special hand-embroidered headpiece.
Additionally, the calligraphy wedding invitation suite enriched the spirit of the shoot and gave it a perfect final touch!”
Now if that doesn’t make you consider a Winter wedding, I don’t know what will! Every single detail is just perfection. I can’t thank the creative team behind this beauty (listed below) enough, especially Olga Siyanko for photographing it so exquisitely and for allowing me to share it on Chic Vintage Brides. If you love this shoot as much as I do, do pop over to Olga’s website www.olgasiyanko.ru to see more of her stunning work, and you will also find her on Instagram.
Today’s sweet wedding editorial in the Blue Ridge Mountains is earthy and natural, laid-back yet elegant, and just oh so lovely! Brimming with greenery and timeless details it shows exactly why intimate celebrations are often my favourites. Because cutting down on size and keeping things simple, doesn’t have to mean scrimping on style!……
To tell us a little more about the shoot and the creatives involved in pulling it all together, here’s Meaghan Clare Photography…. “The Blue Ridge Mountains were the perfect backdrop for Thomas and Elisa’s intimate, candlelit, country wedding. Thomas, a Maryland native, and Elisa, a Texas gal, knew they wanted a wedding that was elegant, rustic, and intimate, nodding to both of their rural roots. Shelagh Bolger, Event Planner and sister of the Groom, styled the event. From the blush-colored wine glasses, to the vintage dishware and handcrafted ladder bar, she knew just how to design an elegant, rustic atmosphere that would speak to the couple’s taste.
The cotton paper invitations, designed by Mindy Ascosi, Calligrapher and Graphic Artist at Ascosi Creative, added the perfect element of classic simplicity. Brooke Gagnier ofStem and Thistle , provided a gorgeous, herbal floral bouquet and gorgeous chair swags made of a mix of olive branch and italian ruscus. My personal favorite floral element was the little sprigs of olive branches that she used to decorate the menu cards. Shauna Kennedy, Hair and Makeup artist, helped emphasize the bride’s natural beauty. Lastly, the adorable floral covered cake baked by Sweets by Sarah Lynn was just as wonderfully tasting inside as it looked from the outside.”
Isn’t the brides flower adorned braid crown gorgeous?? And I love the freshness of the understated color palette, just white and gold with little splashes of color. A huge thankyou to all the wedding pros involved but especially to Meaghan of Meaghan Clare Photography for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Meaghan’s wonderful photography head on over to her website at www.meaghanclarephotography.com and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
After seeing today’s wedding, it comes as no surprise to hear the bride & groom run their own vintage shop, Hoof & Antler. Because not only was their gorgeous garden party brimming with DIYed details (cleverly crafted by the bride’s father), lush organic florals, with that ‘just picked’ feel, and creative garden details; but also vintage ephemera decorated every surface and corner!
Jennifer & Ronnie got married on their 10 year anniversary, and if you think that is sweet, just wait until you hear about their first date! “We met for our first date at a coffee shop in South Philly, which initially was supposed to consist of coffee, a quick bite to eat for lunch, and some time spent playing chess. As we polished off our lunch the conversation flowed and it was at this time that our mutual love for thrifting surfaced. Before long we were digging through countless treasures at thrift stores, antique shops, and used book shops just a few blocks away. At one point we discovered a shelf full of dusty vintage games which kept us enthralled for hours. When all was said and done our first date lasted over 12 hours and as we went our separate ways we both realized that something very very special had just happened. Since that day we have been inseparable, on our eight year anniversary, we returned to the coffee shop where it all began and got engaged.” Isn’t that just the sweetest??
Anyway, when it came to planning their big day, the couple knew just what they wanted from the start. Jennier explains, “Living in the city, we wanted to stay true to our Philly roots, while also wanting to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Since we run a vintage business it was important for us to incorporate vintage decor throughout the event, as it’s a huge part of who we are as a couple. The wedding was situated within a botanical garden, so we created a “vintage garden party” look and feel!”
“Luckily for us we have lots of very talented friends, so we decided to put their talents to good use throughout the day! Our wedding ceremony pianist + violinist, our officiant, and DJ were all close friends of ours, which, coupled with our bridal parties, really added to the overall sense of family and celebration. Having all of our favorite people taking part in the event is something that we’ll never forget.”
“We created or procured most of our wedding decor. We have a small vintage decor business, and I (the bride) am a graphic designer. We also had help from my father, who is a carpenter, for all of our power tool needs. Our list of DIY projects included: all the paper materials, which we printed and crafted at home; the table runners, table number stands, and cake stands; the ceremony archway; DIY photo booth background; and the giant JENGA game.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…..
“Being an artist, and avid DIYer, I wanted to finely curate every detail of our wedding. For not just my own sanity, but that of my future husband, I quickly realized we could not do it alone. We needed a planner – someone to “hold our hand” along the way, and take care of all the “day of” logistics. Hiring a planner to handle your “day of details” will allow you to relax, maximize time, and really enjoy your day. Plus, by opting to DIY everything possible, we were able to hire a planner at a budget friendly price.”
Isn’t that portrait such fun! Huge and heartfelt congratulations to the happy Jennifer & Ronnie! A big thankyou to them and of course to the wonderful Tree of Life Films & Photography who captured all the important moments and gorgeous details so perfectly. If you love their photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of their work, head over to their website www.treeoflifeweddings.com and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Today’s Art Nouveau inspired wedding editorial comes in a palette of the prettiest pastels – making a refreshing change to the dark and moody fall hues we’ve been seeing so much of lately. With every detail bringing the Edwardian era to life, from the Alphonse Mucha inspired stationery suite, to the ceremony backdrop, painted wedding cake, and stunning turn of the century venue; this really is a a beautiful step back in time.
Marisa of Peterson Design & Photography shares….“This was a total passion project for me! I absolutely adore all things vintage and wanted to have a mixture of classic art nouveau with modern touches that could be applicable to any bride. Some of the main elements I really wanted to focus on were color and texture inspired by our venue, Ruby Street which was originally built as a church in 1905 during the original American arts and crafts movement. The invitation suite by GoGoSnap was a jumping off point for many of the elements we used in this shoot. We focused on texture with the soft ombre influences in the linens, opal ring, ribbon, and arch and with patterns in the repeating floral, scrollwork and feathers.”
Isn’t it fabulous?? Here are a few more words about the details from Marisa….. “We chose the color palette to tie in with the venue, and utilize common colors for the period. And Here Come the Blooms created floral arrangements incorporating the grandeur of the era with a modern twist.
The cake designed by Nicole Bakes Cakes incorporated the ombre and metallic elements of the shoot with the stained glass of the venue and the flower motif from GoGoSnap!‘s invitation suite.
We wanted the attire to reflect the era, so both gowns incorporated unique scrollwork and lace reminiscent of art nouveau designs while the gentlemen donned classic suits with a subtle floral element to their bowties.
The custom made ceremony arch by Paper Moon Shoppe was one of my favorite elements as we worked closely with them to envision a design that hearkened back to the Art Nouveau illustrations in wallpaper and magazines. The signage, ceremony backdrop and sweetheart table backdrop were all hand made and painted by Paper Moon Shoppe and were designed and created over many hours of work.
For the tables cape we wanted to incorporate the feather, ombre and art nouveau motifs together from various other elements in the shoot, so we added gold ombre feathers to the superb menus by GoGoSnap! which all sat upon gorgeous vintage dishware from Via La Roche and ombre napkins from QT’s Pretty Little Things. We wanted a lush and elegant setting for our newlyweds to enjoy their first meal together.”
Today’s editorial takes one of my favourite films, Legends of the Fall, as its inspiration and captures the romance of it flawlessly. The vast open plains of Montana and the beautiful Resort at Paws Up serves as the perfect backdrop to this epic affair; with delicate florals that contrast delightfully with the magnificently rugged landscape, and a reception that is far more elegant than rustic, every detail really is jaw-droppingly gorgeous!
A few words from the photographers who envisaged and captured this beauty, Jeremiah and Rachel Photography…. “This past September, we had the privilege of collaborating with Greenwood Events and The Resort at Paws Up to work on a shoot that had been on our hearts for years. We had a vision of showing Montana in it’s best light, romantic, wild, passionate and untouched. We adore the story Legends of the Fall, and Tristan’s fight against himself. It might be a tragic story, but the happiest he is in that movie is when he’s with his true love, Isobel. And that’s where this shoot was born from. The Resort at Paw’s Up is one of the most beautiful places in Montana, and just being on the ranch was awe inspiring. Darci and Arden of Greenwood Events tapped right into our hearts and created this entire setting, even making a field of wildflowers for our lovely couple.”
As always a huge and heartfelt thankyou to all the wedding professionals and creatives behind the scenes, and especially to photographers Jeremiah & Rachel for capturing the details – and the landscape – so flawlessly! If, like me, you are completely in love with their light filled style of fine art photography, you can see more of it over on their website jeremiahandrachel.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Today’s romantic wedding takes place at the beautiful BR Cohn Winery, nestled between Sonoma Mountain and the Mayacamas Mountain range, in Glen Ellen. With its Picholine olive grove and rolling hillside vineyards it was the perfect spot for Kayla & Matt’s elegantly relaxed outdoor affair…..
You see, not only was it the vineyard at which Matt met Kayla’s parents for the first time. But with the venue known as much for its olive oils as it is for its wine, the couple held their reception underneath the olive trees, which was the perfect landscape to represent Kayla’s growing up as her family own an olive farm. And as if that wasn’t enough, the couple love Italy – especially its cuisine, so every dish served at their wedding was inspired by the country and its flavours, giving it a real Tuscan feel.
As beautiful as the venue is though, it is how Kayla & Matt decorated it that really caught my eye. With lush florals, that incorporated a special something from home, in the most romantic palette of soft pinks and deep reds; marquee & bistro lighting, gold vintage frames and Vineyard worthy details like a wine barrel altar and cork table numbers. If you’re planning a Vineyard wedding you will find plenty of inspiration in their lovely celebration…..
All of the flowers – including bouquets, centerpieces, aisle decor & the cake – included live olive branches. And all of the branches were hand picked from Kayla’s family farm in Corning, CA and brought to Sonoma to be a part of the wedding.
Looking out over the vineyards, under the shade of the tree, can you imagine a more perfect spot to exchange vows?
How fabulous is the color of Kayla’s bridemaids’ dresses? Just the gorgeous shade of red that is perfect for Summer, Fall, or Winter!
What a fab idea for a seating chart – and so easy to DIY!
I love this heartfelt detail for loved ones who may no longer be with us, but will never be forgotten.
The table numbers were all hand made by Kayla and her mom out of wine corks – many of them from bottles Matt and Kayla had enjoyed together through the years of their relationship.
The guest book was a wood crafted piece of California made by Matt & his dad. Even the heart which was placed over Sonoma County on the map was hand carved for the piece.
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Get a wedding planner. No matter how big or small you think your wedding day will be, the most important part is that you are able to enjoy the day of and not worry about anything. My wedding planner was amazing and when it came to the day of my wedding I was completely dismissed from all stresses because her and her team completely handled the set up and even keeping guests on track as they arrived. It was the best experience to be able to look back and not be concerned about anything, except to enjoy each second of the entire day. ”
Today’s elopement editorial abounds with romance and timeless elegance. Against the historic Hampshire House a sumptuous visual feast was created in a dark and sultry palette perfect for a Winter wedding, with all the opulence of a stately celebration, and just a hint of Hollywood glamour thanks to the modern day Grace Kelly inspired bride and her oh-so-chic gown…..
Lindsay Hackney, who was not only the photographer but also the designer, says….. “With a space as elegant and lush as Hampshire House, I envisioned an intimate elopement for a modern Grace Kelly with an edge. Ceremony Boston (just up the street from Hampshire House in Beacon Hill!) provided a stunning Sarah Seven gown with clean lines that showed just the right amount of skin.
Our tablescape started with traditional elements–raised damask linens, gold-rimmed glassware, and lush florals from Apotheca Flower Shoppe –which we deconstructed a bit with hand-dyed ribbon, undone napkins and modern flatware. I imagined our couple sitting down to dinner for two after their intimate ceremony, taking in the view of Boston Common and sipping champagne before an evening alone. What could be more romantic?”
What could be more romantic indeed! So stunning, don’t you think?? To every member of the creative team (listed below) behind this elegant elopement editorial a huge thankyou, but especially to photographer Lindsay Hackney who captured it all so exquisitely. If you would like to see more of Lindsay’s beautiful photography do pop and take a peek at her website www.lindsayhackney.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for daily doses of gorgeousness!
The historic Palo Alto Plantation in Onslow County again takes centre stage in today’s charming seasonal wedding editorial. Its history filled rooms, and antique furniture provide the perfect Fall palette of rich browns and cream, complimenting the floral arrangements on show with their ‘just-picked’ feel. A simply styled tablescape adds to the understated elegance of the shoot, whilst the cherry topped drizzle cake adds a contemporary twist and is sure to make your mouth water. It’s impossible to be anything but smitten with this classic take on a Southern belle and her big day!
Here’s Nicole of Darling Today with a few words about the shoot….. “I wanted to capture the essence of a southern fall bride. The Palo Alto Plantation House is always a beautiful backdrop and its in-house furnishings is perfect for any bride looking for that antebellum charm. I wanted to do something different with this fall color palette. I wanted to represent the often warmer fall months we have here down in the south with the warm oranges and yellows of the ranunculus and include antique pinks and salmon ribbon for a romantic pairing. The dress by Weekend Wedding Dress is, in my eyes, reflective of a southern belle and elements of the dress, such as the laced bodice back, give off a romantic appeal. The cake by Sugar, Cream, and Peonies takes on a more traditional fall look with layers of spice and chocolate cake and spiced vanilla buttercream and chocolate drizzle.”
Just lovely, don’t you think? And how delicious does that drizzle cake look?! As always a huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives who lent their talents to this shoot, and especially to the lady behind the camera, Nicole of Darling Today, who has captured the romance as well as the details so perfectly. If this shoot has you wanting to see more of Nicole’s beautiful photography be sure to pop and take a peek at her website www.darlingtoday.com, and you will also find her on Facebook and Instagram.