I am more than a little head over heels with today’s Summer wedding inspiration board! The fresh colour palette was inspired by the warm tones of sandstone, the sort you might see in the hills of Tuscany. Mixed with a crisp granite grey and infused with greenery, to soften the look; it is elegant, lush, so on trend yet utterly timeless, and my idea of heaven!…..
I have been obsessed with Sunstone Winery since publishing this exquisite styled shoot, and with its magnificent buildings and grounds it would make the perfect venue for just such a celebration. For an elegant Summer wedding anywhere though think a historical estate or winery, with grand gardens lush with greenery, perfect for a family style reception under the trees.
The key to this simple palette looking inviting rather than cold, is to embrace greenery (you will find lots of ideas for how to infuse your big day with this key trend for 2017 here) and add lots of soft textures throughout the decor! Hints of velvet (another of the key trends for 2017) will give your day a modern vintage aesthetic, then layer linen, lace, and silk throughout for refined luxury. Wood seating and splashes of gold (or brass) in the stationery, centerpieces and flatware will add that final touch of warmth.
Today’s wedding is so cute, it is impossible to be anything other than charmed by every detail when you see it. Retro and colourful, with the punchy green of the woodland ceremony setting and an abundance of vibrant native florals, followed by an intimate restaurant reception, it is just delightful! So have your pinning finger ready as Bride & Groom Caddy & Ernesto share every magical moment…..
Choosing Gembrook forest, just outside Melbourne Australia, for their intimate ceremony, proved perfect for the beautifully moody, and slightly damp, day with the trees providing some much needed cover for guests as they enjoyed cocktails under the canopies. Caddy explains “We knew that we wanted our wedding to have an earthy, botanical feel that utlised the natural environment so the Dandenong Ranges offered the perfect settling with the natural abundance of trees and forests and rolling green hills.”
And if their day isn’t cute enough, just wait until you hear their love story – it could have come straight from the script of a Hollywood romcom! “We met back in 2012. We started writing to each other online for a couple of months and then finally met up for coffee. We talked for hours. We clicked instantly and found many similarities in each other. Such as how closely we held our friends and family and a shared love for old music, old things and the romance of yesteryear.” Caddy felt Ernesto was a real gentleman and fell in love with his old fashioned values. Ernesto was in awe of Caddy’s warmth and generosity and her ability to laugh at his jokes, and so it seemed their love was meant to be!
When it came to planning their big day, everything clicked in just the same way. Caddy explains, “Overall, we wanted our wedding to have great food, great music AND plenty of dancing! We just wanted our guests to have a ball and to get swept up in the fun and romance. We weren’t really keen on a big wedding and knew that we wanted something pretty simple and understated without much fuss.
Shortly after we got engaged, we visited The Independent, a fantastic little restaurant in Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges and just fell in love with the space! Their food was also out of this world and we knew our family and friends would just fall in love with their menu, so we booked right away. When looking for the perfect place to host our ceremony, we wanted to find something that was close to our reception, preferably within walking distance so that our guests (and us!) could spend less time trapsing around the country side and more time celebrating!
Keeping the ceremony and reception venues close together also meant that we could give ourselves plenty of time to take photos but didn’t have to keep our guests waiting for too long. Luckily, we found the prettiest little tree filled park just a short five minute stroll from our reception venue. It couldn’t have been more perfect!”
“For my hair, I decided to go with a flower crown which, in keeping with the theme, I wanted to be unstructured and romantic so we used a mixture of the roses we had chosen and added some gyp for softness and native berries for texture.”
“For our ceremony, we just had a simple wooden arbour with some unstructured floral arrangements, chairs for immediate family and a wedding sign welcoming our guests as they arrived.”
“When planning our wedding we tried to work with as many local makers and suppliers as possible to give back to the local community. Melanie Pringle from Viva La Fleur was a local florist based in the Dandenong Ranges who specialised in weddings and was absolutely amazing to work with.
Melanie understood exactly what we were after from the get go and helped turn our vision into a reality. I have always loved natives and unstructured bouquets so I knew this would form the basis for the theme of our flowers. From there it was really a matter of choosing the perfect colours and best selection of blooms according to the season. Being summer, Mel and I decided to use Banksia and Firewheels for our natives and added some Dahlia’s and roses for some softer textures and a bit of romance. I’ve always loved pinks, peaches and corals so these colours formed our colour palette. To highlight these colours, we used Carmine Classic, Yours Truly, Salmonie and Fandango roses’ and a peach Dahlia. For contrast we added lots of greenery and texture through native foliage’s like gum as well as some creamy white tones using achillia, gyp and queen Anne’s Lace to balance things out a little. Some soft reds were also added for vibrancy as well as some hypericum berries to add texture.”
Ernesto: “When shopping around for a suit I wanted to find something that not only looked good, but was timeless and would last forever. I’m a practical man so I wanted to make sure that whatever I purchased, I would be able to wear again.
I decided to have my suit made by a tailor because I wanted to experience the feeling of having a custom made suit and going through the process of creating something that was perfectly suited to me. I settled on The Suit Shop in Melbourne because they walked me through the whole process of selecting a style, fabric and colour and helped make what could have been a really overwhelming process really fun and easy.”
“I’ve always loved vintage clothing and so there was really no doubt in my mind that my dress would either be vintage, or vintage inspired. I ended up finding a beautiful little 60’s wedding dress on Etsy which sadly, wasn’t quite right but became my muse. I loved it so much that I took it to my dressmaker, Linda Doble and asked her to re-create it for me with a few of our own little touches. I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s simple, yet elegant and very me.”
“Overall, we used 17 difference varieties of flowers and foliage’s throughout all of our floral arrangements and my bouquet ended up being so heavy that by the time our ceremony was over by arm was almost numb! Luckily, I had my new husband and bridemaids on hand to help share the load!”
“Because we had booked such a great space for our wedding reception, we didn’t need to do much to tizz things up. We arranged for some festoon lighting to be installed earlier in the day to add ambiance and aside from that, just asked our florist to place simple vases of flowers down the middle of our tables. Our place settings were also very simple, with a personalised thank you card, our wedding favour and a small bunch of rosemary.”
“As our wedding had a natural theme with a big emphasis on flowers and trees, for favours we decided to give our guests a packet of seeds that they could take home with them and plant in their gardens. We found a seller on Etsy called Megmichelle who offered printed seed packets for wedding favours which we were able to have custom printed with our names, wedding date and a personal message from us on the back. We had the seed packets printed in a Kraft stock to match our theme and filled them with a mixture of seeds for some of our favourite flowers including Zinnia, Pom Pom Dahlias, Shirley Poppys and French Marigolds. Our guests loved the idea and ever since the wedding we have been receiving photo updates of their flowers starting to sprout in their gardens. We can’t wait to see them all in bloom!”
“We also created a small memorial area where we had a lit candle and a couple of pictures of Ernesto’s father who is sadly no longer with us. It was our way of honouring his memory and including him in our celebration.”
“My mum has always loved cake decorating and has made wedding cakes for almost everyone in my extended family so it’s kind of a family tradition now! My sister in law Jade is also really into cake decorating so over the years mum has been showing Jade the ropes and they have since made lots of cakes together for different parties and events. With two capable ladies at our disposal, we were happy to leave our wedding cake in their hands and just found a couple of pictures of cakes we liked online to use as a guide.
Jade took charge of finding the perfect recipe and after a family cake tasting, we settled on a moist coconut cake with a passionfruit curd while mum took charge of designing the exterior decorations. For the design, we wanted something simple, much like a naked cake but decided to use sugar flowers instead of fresh flowers. Mum hand formed each of the flowers that was placed on the cake and airbrushed them to add colour and texture. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful cake and we were just thrilled with how it turned out. It tasted absolutely delicious too!”
“Sticking to our budget was important but at the same time we made sure that we did things our way and didn’t go without anything that we really wanted. Flowers and lighting was really important to me (Caddy) and for Ernesto it was more about the food and good music so we allowed ourselves the room to splurge on those things. It was also really important to us that none of our family and friends (and us!) had any jobs to do on, before or after the day. We wanted our venue and suppliers to handle everything so that everyone could just focus on having a good time – particularly our mums.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Keep things simple!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“I had the great pleasure of meeting Anna from Pixie Rouge Photography through an old job and had always admired Anna’s natural and quirky photography style so when it came time to select a photographer, Anna was the first person that came to mind. We really loved Anna’s use of natural light and her emphasis on capturing natural and candid moments. Also, somewhat knowing Anna was also nice because we knew she would slot in well with our guests and just feel like one of our friends following us around with a camera, opposed to being followed by the paparazzi!
We couldn’t be more pleased with how our photos turned out and Anna captured absolutely every part of our wedding perfectly. Anna’s joy and enthusiasm for capturing weddings absolutely shines through to her work. Anna’s energy on the day was also so much fun! She made us laugh and was so immersed in the process. We loved how excited Anna would get when we found the perfect location for a shot.
The colours in our photos are so vibrant and beautiful. We couldn’t believe how gorgeous all of our photos turned out and have received countless compliments from our family and friends.”
Isn’t it completely charming?? So relaxed, yet perfect in every way, I am totally smitten with every part of Caddy & Ernesto’s big day! A huge congratulations to them both, and a big thankyou to their photographer Anna of Pixie Rouge Photography for capturing every moment and detail so perfectly, and for letting me share her gorgeous images with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Anna’s work pop and take a peek at Jacqui & Matt’s rustic and fabulously fun day right here on Chic Vintage Brides, before heading over to her website pixierouge.com.au – and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
The wonderful folks over at The Gentlemanual are back today with another must read for any soon to be groom! Last time they helped us with that wedding attire staple, the pocket square. Well today we’re turning our attention to the tie bar. An accessory oft forgotten, but no less important (unless of course you’re wearing bow ties!) for creating a polished look for your big day…..
“Gentlemen, the tie bar, tie clip, tie clasp, tie slide–call it what you will–is your ode to style and class. You (or your bride) have already picked out the perfect tie, so why wouldn’t you take it one step further? A tie bar will not only add some refined flair, it’ll also keep your necktie out of your dinner when you’re rushing to eat between greeting guests and the first dance at your reception. And trust us, there’s so much more to that piece of metal than you think!”
Men’s tie bars date back to the days of tie chains, tie pins, and collar pins; back to the days when men’s fashion meant being authentic and classy, not ‘baller’ and ‘swagged out’; back when people communicated with sentences, not acronyms. And even before the tie bar, it’s predecessor was the tie pin. It conquered the ties of hundreds of Victorian Era gentlemen. With the introduction of the tie pin, ties could no longer fly with the wind, nor could they ruin soup dinners. The issue with said tie pins, however, was the perforated aftermath. The pins punctured neckwear, reducing their lifespan. A dapper 1900’s era gentleman acknowledged this and revolutionized the tie accessory that we know and love today. The spring-loaded tie bar was born as a solution, so that ties no longer needed to be punctured in order to be kept in check. Soon after, a more simple slide version of this bar came into existence. Even if the style of your wedding vintage, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some 21st-century technology.
Much like cufflinks, tie bars speak volumes about one’s personality. The right tie bar is ultimately the one that you feel the most comfortable and confident wearing, especially since all eyes will be on you. Whether you’re going for the classic penguin look (read: black and white) or are going a little more relaxed in your wedding getup, the tie bar will vastly improve any ensemble you’re planning to don. However, to help you along with with the ever-so-important choice, we have a couple of suggestions.
Slide and clasp bars are generally the same (when seen from the front, at least). The choice then comes down to preference.
The tie clasp operates on a hinge and essentially clips onto your tie to secure it in place. The slide bar, on the other hand, works like its namesake implies–you simply push and slide it into place. Whatever you prefer, either one gets the job done, and is sure to stay put throughout the celebration.
Then comes tie bar dimension. Do you want yours flat or, well, voluminous? A flat tie bar is for the minimalist gentleman. It shows that you are aware of your fashion sense but you do not advertise it; you are letting it speak for itself. A tie bar with dimension is for the gentleman who appreciates a second degree of detail (that is, detail on detail). Be prepared for action within your personal space–people will want to come in for a closer look.
Think of the finish on your tie bar like the finish on your car. It can be matte, semi-gloss, or gloss. A matte finish is more subtle without any sheen at all. This look is great for ceremonies that have a rustic or boho vibe. This finish will not blind anyone but it will glow with style-y goodness. Glossy or metallic finishes are more standard for tie bars. They will provide you with a classic look, much like the look of those Mad Men fellas, and who wouldn’t want to be that suave? The high gloss sheen also lends itself nicely to the opulence of a 1920s themed wedding.
There was a point in the bar’s history when colors were essentially limited. You had gold or you had silver.
Glossy silver works well with practically any tie combination. Gold, on the other hand, will certainly stand out, and thus it does not work well with all color combinations. Gold will work best against a darker blue or red hue. However, it can most definitely add a pop of flair. And of course, both colors would pair perfectly with any black tie, the eternal neckwear staple. If you’ve used a metallic as one of your wedding colors, make sure your tie bar (and the rest of your accessories) fall in line with that color scheme.
The color options for tie bars have grown in recent years as menswear is making a comeback. Colors now range from neutrals to neons and everything in between. Though these do stray from a classic look and are significantly more fashion-forward, when worn with gusto, their effect is great. Do proceed with caution, though. As the colors get more bold, their ability to complement decreases, and they will ultimately steal the show as opposed to simply adding to your overall outfit.
If you will be wearing other accessories on your wedding day, be mindful of their colors as they can potentially clash with the tie bar. If you want to play it safe, match your tie bar and cufflinks. If you’re feeling bold, go forth and pair how you will – here are some ideas!
The first rule of tie bar sizing is… well, that you don’t talk about tie bar size. No, that’s not true. There is one caveat to tie bar sizing, and that is to keep it smaller than the width of your tie. Sizes range from half an inch to three inches. Generally, skinny ties will be worn with tie bars under an inch, while wider ties will work better bars greater than an inch. Work it out visually–if the bar extends further than the tie, something is wrong.
Now that you have a color-coordinated and properly sized bar, it’s time to determine its position. There is a general area between the third and fourth button on your dress shirt that we dubbed “the sweet spot,” but if you want to get a little more specific, the sweetest spot is right below the third button. This is where the bar can truly shine in all its glory while retaining its impeccable functionality. If you position it too high, you’re basically choking your tie and losing your bar’s functionality (it will no longer work well at holding your tie in place). Too low, and you are getting into a weird asymmetric zone. Stick to the sweet spot; you’ll know when you’ve found it.
“There you have it! Everything you need to know about this dapper (and diminutive) accent. While it may not be the bar most of your guests are concerned with, this little accessory will certainly put your wedding day ensemble over the top.”
A huge thankyou to writer Jacob Sigala and the lovely peeps over at The Gentlemanual for sharing their expert knowledge on tie bars – who knew you could get so many different styles! If you loved this post, you should definitely have a look of their top style tips for a dapper groom, or for more Groom & Groomsmen inspiration click here.
And be sure to check back here for more from The Gentlemanual. Next up, those all important accessories for any vintage loving groom – suspenders!
In celebration of May, and its beautiful birthstone, we are continuing the Emerald theme here on Chic Vintage Brides with today’s inspiration shoot. Inspired by one of 2017 key trends, greenery, it is filled with lush florals, timeless styling and a modern vintage tablescape, all in fabulous shades of green, from chartreuse to emerald, perfect for any season!
Here are a few words from curator and photographer, Kayleen Michelle“Greenery is the official 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, and it was stunning to see these luxurious hues, an upscale whiskey bar, beautiful models and specialty vintage rentals all come together – and at a unique and historic venue in Washington State. One of the city’s largest and oldest meeting places, the building was built in 1903 and it’s century old neoclassical architecture was once considered one of the grandest fraternal lodges in the west! Formerly the grand Spokane Masonic Temple, it is now known as Riverside Place and it is perfect for those looking for a grand city affair paired with classic elegance!
As a wedding is symbolic of new beginnings, so is “greenery” and it is “emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” A small team of vendors can do wondrous things when they all come together, and when they are given total creative freedom. Being a small business owner, and one that strives to offer high class service to all, I wanted my team to mirror those same values. I asked the gals to “do their thing” and gave each vendor creative freedom all while keeping our green theme in mind. What is truly great, is most of the featured vendors are very new to the Spokane wedding scene, but they prove the saying true: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!””
I am so excited to be sharing today’s beautiful beach wedding! Because not only does it show how you don’t need an historic venue or heirloom wedding dress to have a vintage infused wedding (there are many different types of vintage), but also this perfect day took place in my home country of New Zealand and was captured by one of my absolute favourite photographers Meredith Lord…..
Bride & Groom Suzy & Alan’s courtship was just as romantic as their wedding – with Alan pulling off one of the most romantic first dates I have ever heard of! “We met on Alan’s front doorstep 11 years ago while I was traveling the UK and Europe – I am close friends with his sister Charlie. Years went by and we were all friends sending the occasional message. When Charlie got engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid Alan and I started talking more about my plans to return to the UK for the wedding. Charlie had decided Alan and I were perfect for each other and so Alan and I played along in good humour. But after many days talking on skype it became quite clear that we were perfect for each other and our friendship developed into something more. When I returned to the UK he took me on our first date to Paris!”
When it came to planning their wedding, it was no mean feat – planning a New Zealand beach wedding whilst living in the UK! Luckily the couple’s friends and families were on hand to help. “Our Wedding was held at a beach up the coast from where Alan proposed just over 2 years before. We planned our wedding from the UK so it involved a lot of pinterest boards and facetime calls to my Mum and Sisters back in New Zealand. They did all the running around for me and collecting everything that pieced together the day.”
Inspired by nature the couple set about creating their perfect day…. “I wanted to make it about us and not just about what I liked. So I decided to use the sea as inspiration. The colours, movement, natural aspects of it. We used white fabric to drape the marquee ceiling. White tablecloths. Drift wood from the beach Alan proposed at as place cards. Dried lavender like the seagrass. Little touches of blue. I didn’t want to overwhelm the garden reception as the surroundings were so beautiful.”
“I didn’t want a perfectly round bouquet, I liked the more natural style. I showed a photo of what I liked to our family friend Tina who created them all for us. I was not worried about which exact flowers to use as it was the end of summer. I just wanted blue, white and greens. They all turned out absolutely stunning.”
“We both love the beach and the sea, so it was a dream for both of us to be married barefoot on the beach. After taking Alan to my home in New Zealand it was clear that was the perfect place. As we love being outdoors and Bremdale Gardens was perfect for an outdoor reception.”
“We had two readings during our ceremony. I sent Alan the poem ‘I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)’ by E.E Cummings while I was living in NZ. He then sent me a heart key chain to carry with me. So we chose that reading for its sentimental value to us.
The second was an exert from Captain Correlli’s Mandelin called ‘Love is temporary madness’. We chose it as it spoke about what marriage was to us, to decide everyday that we were married. When the being in love goes away, we remember that decision and continue to grow together.”
“I wore ‘Marilla’ a dress custom made by Phoebe Blockley Bridal, in the UK. Phoebe let me help with the design because I didn’t want any frills or anything that was too over the top, just simplicity and a chic timeless look. We went for a three piece dress, with a white lace day top, blush bustier, silk skirt and a blue lace top for the evening. The best feature was the blue that Phoebe hand painted at the bottom. My Nana said it looked like a wave crashing on the beach.”
“Alan and his groomsmen wore blue suits from Next. Our son Max wore a pale blue linen suit from Little Woods in the UK, and our ‘Best Maid’ Leanne wore a grey embellished dress from BHLDN.”
“I had 5 bridesmaids, my sisters Adie and Dana, my sister in law Charlie (who set up Alan and I) and two of my closest friends Alice and Esther. I chose different greys for their dresses from For Her and For Him, they all chose what style they wanted. I wanted a elegant timeless look for them.”
“My Mum, sisters, friends and family helped us create our reception. We used fabric sail my mother had made for my older sisters wedding draped the ceiling of the marquee. The owner of Bremdale Gardens made our flower chandelier, and our table centerpieces were dried lavender from my Aunties’ and flowers from Bremdale Gardens in jars. Drift wood from the beach Alan proposed on were the place cards, and Alan and I love blackboards so our seating plan was blackboards. We displayed our grandparents wedding photos and made a bar out of pallets. A sign post made from wood from my parents garden pointed our guests in the right direction.”
“We chose not to have favours as it helped us stick to our budget. And as a lot of our wedding party and guests were traveling from overseas we didn’t want to load them with more things to carry.”
“Cakes by Adie, my older sister, made our cake. We wanted it quite simple and Alan loves sponge, which she covered with buttercream and made a silhouette cake topper of myself Alan and our son. She also made carrot, lemon, chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“On the day take everything in, it all goes so fast, stop and pause. Take some time out with your husband but also your loved ones, it’s a big day for them too. We had a sweet hearts table so we could spend some time together to talk. In the morning it was just Mum putting me in my dress. I also had a first look with my Dad. It was important to me to have those special moments alone with my parents.
Oh and things will go wrong. Just carry on and enjoy the day, you will be the only one who will notice. If you end up married to your best friend then nothing else matters.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“I chose Meredith 2 years before the wedding – before we had set a date or chose the venue. Being a photographer myself this was something I was most particular about. I was planning the wedding from the UK researching photographers in the area in NZ and found Meredith. After looking at her website, blog, instagram and pinterest I just fell in love with her work. She was really easy to get along with and captured our day beautifully. We had so many stunning locations surrounding the area and she really went out of her way to include as much of it as possible.”
Fairytale romance against a backdrop of the gorgeous, historic Graydon Hall, and regal bridal gowns from the wonderful Catherine Langlois combine to give us this dreamy bridal vision. Each element is a flawless work of art, creating an enchanting take on vintage in a sophisticated palette of muted tones…..
The dark splashes of red amongst the soft shades of pink in the lush blooms adds a further layer of luxury to the ornate, light-filled rooms. Whilst the mix of luxurious cut crystal glasses and elegant china serveware with the more modern flatware provides a contemporary feel to the inviting tablescape. But it is most certainly the dreamy wedding dresses, with their dramatic embellishments and hints of color that truly shine!
Here’s designer Catherine Langlois with a few words about the collection and today’s shoot “The inspiration for the photo-shoot was to take a princess inspired classic theme and “dirty up” the look. Our models sported pink and purple big messed up hair, the make-up was colorful pastels and slightly smudged. The models were instructed to pose as if they had a good time at the wedding, and this was the next morning. Hence the title of the collection “Morning Sky”.
The inspiration behind the collection was to showcase the shades of a morning sky, in a variety of styles within the current favorite bridal tones of blush and grey. As a designer, I wanted to show how blush can take on many different looks depending on the style of gown, fabric and detailing.”
Wow…. isn’t it just divine?? The setting, the details, and those gowns…. they simply take my breath away! A huge thankyou, as always, to all the talented wedding pros who came together to create every beautiful detail you see here so perfectly. But a special thankyou must go to photographer Whitney Heard for not only capturing it all so flawlessly but also for letting me share it with you here and of course the designer of these incredible wedding dresses Catherine Langlois. To see more of the collection be sure to pop across to her website at www.catherinelanglois.com and you can find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.
Oh yes, in this romantic Summer wedding inspiration board it is easy to see why you love Blush so much! An enchanting shade of pink it is almost overwhelmingly pretty, and I thought its delicate touch would be heavenly for a refined modern-vintage wedding….. and I think I was right.
All too often I create boards for outdoor settings (I think because I was a Winter bride myself and so I missed out on the garden celebration I would have liked) and whilst this would no doubt look just as lovely in a garden or vineyard, I actually had a marquee, ballroom or orangerie in mind when creating it – a venue that would be the blank canvas this pretty palette needs to really shine.
Its delicate tones perfectly suit the greenery trend, and mixed with some dusky neutrals and metallics it would look surprisingly sophisticated. Give your guests a glimpse of the luxury awaiting them on your big day this with some timeless white stationery, in gracefulful handwritten calligraphy, completed with vintage stamps and tied with a ribbon that hints at your chosen palette.
Keep proceedings elegant with understated linens and place settings with hints of blush in the glasswear and florals. Add a further layer of luxury with just the right lighting for such a refined affair – I am of course talking crystal chandeliers! I can just imagine them sparkling softly as the sun sets and the party really gets started.
When a bride names Grace Kelly her inspiration you know you are in for a treat! From start to finish Candace and Jason’s wedding is a lesson in timeless elegance and the modern-vintage aesthetic that we at Chic Vintage Brides so adore. Beautifully mixing meaningful olde world details with contemporary styling the couple created a celebration that whilst unmistakably modern transports you to a more romantic time and place…..
It was the couple’s engagement that first inspired the theme of their big day. Candace tells us, “We had a memorable engagement in Paris and soon after the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.”
Of course first on their to do list was finding the setting for their European inspired celebration, and the Villa del Sol d’Oro, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, could’t have been more perfect. The Villa is a two-thirds scale replica of the Villa Collazzi near Florence which is rumored to have been designed by Michelangelo.
Candace and found the house and grounds so beautiful that it barely needed any decoration; “The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers. Our florist, Of The Flowers, did an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty,” Candace explained.
“My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.”
“I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’). Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.”
“Exchanging our personalized vows was my favourite moment . Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there.”
“I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.”
“Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge.”
“We opted out of having a cake and chose a dessert bar instead. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.”
Oh how I love those special moments captured during the Father-of-the-Bride’s speech. Much as we love details here at CVB, it is the moments like this that make a wedding! A huge congratulations to happy couple Candace & Jason, and a big thankyou to their photographers BrancoPrata for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their beautiful fine art photography make your next stop their website www.brancoprata.com and be sure to find and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter for daily doses of magic.
And if you love this wedding as much as I do, and are looking to see more of those special moments, do take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video by Robert Michael Films. He has the most refreshing approach to wedding films and for this particular romance fest he decided to create a series of short stories focusing on one moment, giving a unique narrative of the most important parts of the day. He calls it the “Vignette Series” and each gave me chills, but watching them all together is simply magical!
To see more from Robert Michael head across to his website robertmichaelfilms.com or find him on Vimeo and allow yourself to get completely lost in his creations – be warned you could find yourself there for some time!
If you’re a paper-lover like me, finding the perfect stationery for your big day is one of your top wedding priorities. And today I couldn’t be more excited to be not only introducing you to my latest wedding stationery discovery, Download & Print; but also bringing you the most fantastic (and easy to follow) tutorial for making these glamorous and Gatsby-inspired, Art Deco wedding invitations!
If you’ve not heard of them before, Download & Print are a fabulous resource for crafty couples looking to add a personal touch to their big day (as well as budget-savvy couples looking to save a few $s) by DIYing their stationery. Founder, and designer of these delightful templates, Anna Skye explains: “At Download & Print we want all of our customers to experience the joy of presenting a handmade invitation to someone they love. We design invitation templates that can be easily personalized in Microsoft Word or Mac Pages. With our templates Bride’s can make invitations for a fraction of the retail and online price. We are proud to have helped Bride’s all over the world create invitations, as far away as South Africa, UK, Australia, France, Canada, and Saudi Arabia; using our templates.”
With a library of available design templates, and all at super reasonable prices, you’re sure to find the perfect suite for you, whatever your style, theme or budget – they even have plenty of fab freebies too! Including today’s swanky Art Deco inspired design from the Ornate Vintage collection, which just happens to be one of the most popular wedding invitations on Download & Print – and it’s easy to see why! The detailed scroll work and gorgeous fonts take us back to a golden age of jazz, flapper girls and F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour! The full suite of 15 matching pieces, which includes all your day of stationery, thankyou cards and everything, is a bargain at $49. But if all you want is the invite, envelope liner and RSVP then you’re in luck, because today Anna is giving them away for FREE!
Now, let me hand you over to Anna for the step by step tutorial, but first a quick run down of what you’ll need…..
Oh, and when you reach the end of this tutorial, do check out the video for details on how to make the intricate art deco belly band. To me this is the show stopper. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it’s super easy to make. Enjoy!
Step 1: Download & Print
Download the DIY vintage wedding invitation and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP. The fonts used are Ecuyer DAX and Aerolite CP – both are free fonts. So download the fonts to your computer, then open Word and the template.
Only the dark text in the picture above can be changed. The heading text that is grayed out cannot be changed. Print the file.
TIP: Print one copy and check for accuracy. Have someone else check the file for correct spelling and dates for you too, because there is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to find you’ve entered the wrong date!
When choosing paper I recommend paper that is between 65 lbs and 90 lbs. This is a heavier weight than standard copy paper to give a luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will jam your printer. You can also take the file and print at FedEx Office or your local copy shop. They will have a paper cutter on hand also to save you time on the next step.
Step 2: Trim
Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the cut lines. A paper cutter will produce straighter cuts and you can trim more than one sheet at once, speeding up the process. Plain old scissors will work just fine too though.
Step 3: Envelope Liner
Print the envelope liner (it is the PDF file in the download) and trim around the edge. You can use a paper cutter on the three straight edges, then scissors for the curved flap. The trick to cutting a neat curve around the point is to hold your scissors still and rotate the paper.
Insert the liner into an A7 euro flap envelope, lining up the top of the flap just below the envelope adhesive.
Score the liner along the same crease as on the envelope. You want the liner and envelope flap to fold together. If you don’t have a scoring tool, a closed mechanical pencil or back of a utility knife will create a crease. Just don’t use something that is sharp enough to cut the paper!
Fold the flap down and stick two pieces of double sided tape to the back. Fold the envelope flap over and push down to stick the liner and envelope together.
Step 4: Art Deco Band
And now for my favorite element to this set: The Art Deco Band! There’s no template for the band so you can change the sizes to fit your style and make the design your own. The dimensions listed below are what I used and what you see in the pictures.
Cut 1” wide strips along the long edge of the gold paper. This forms the band that will wrap around your invitation set. I used a lighter weight paper that was easily folded around the invitation set. Cut 3” square pieces from the gold paper. We’ll fold this into the art deco badge.
For some extra interest I used a scoring tool and created three lines along the strips of gold. This is entirely up to you though if you like the look or not, or have the time and patience to add in this step! I ran the tool along the band at random intervals, I had two lines closer together at the top, and another line near the bottom. Don’t cut the band! The scoring tool just creates an ever so slight indentation that adds interest when the band catches the light.
For the steps to create the origami art deco badge please watch the video – it’s so much easier to follow along with the video than try to explain here. Don’t worry though, it’s not hard to make; just a few folds and you’re done. The instructions for making the band and badge start at 5:45 in the video.
Step 5: Assemble the Set
Line the bottom point of the art deco diamond with the center scroll on the DIY vintage wedding invitation and wrap around the band. Make sharp folds at the invitation edge and pull the band so that it’s snug against the invitation. Use double sided tape to adhere the band arms to each other at the back, without sticking the band to the invitation. It needs to be able to slide off easily. Slide in the RSVP with 4-bar envelope and sit them on top of the invitation. The set is now ready to stuff in the A7 envelope and mail.
Isn’t it fabulous? As a bride who DIYed her wedding invitations, this tutorial would have helped A LOT – and they would have looked SO much better! A huge thankyou to creator Anna Skye of Download & Print for sharing this fabulous DIY with us today.
Now, if you love this design but would like it in another color palette take a look at the 10 color choices here. Or if Anna’s wonderful designs and skills have inspired you to DIY your invites, check out Download & Print and use the exclusive coupon code ‘CVB10‘ for $10 off your membership.
And be sure to keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna will be back next month with another creative wedding invite DIY, with the sweetest vintage handkerchief design, that you definitely won’t want to miss!
There’s nothing quite like a castle to create a fairy tale wedding! And this heavenly styled shoot filled with opulent and ethereal wedding inspiration in a pretty palette of greyed blues, is tailor-made for modern vintage romantics. The sweetheart table, adorned with lush white blooms, coupled with the incredible venue, and celestial bridal look are absolutely swoon-worthy……
Equally lovely are the watercolor stationery suite with gold calligraphy and the simple yet stunning wedding cake atop a vintage stand, which fit oh-so perfectly with this elegant, modern-vintage style. In fact brimming with old world charm and splendor, it is hard to believe this shoot took place just outside LA!
The Hollywood Castle is a majestic mansion, beautifully crafted to resemble a real British castle, nestled high atop the Hollywood Hills. With breathtaking views and complete solitude, this hidden treasure is a unique palatial estate located minutes from the heart of Hollywood yet surrounded by luscious gardens.
Here are a few words from photographer and creator of this stunning shoot, Lara Lam“I am always dreaming about old castles and mythical romance depicted in paintings and literature. This bridal inspiration shoot shows a lot of my personal aesthetic vision and passion.”