Heartland Meadows and the rolling hills of Knoxville Tennessee form an idyllic backdrop to today’s elopement styled shoot. The rustic vintage styling adds a layer of richness deserving of such a special occasion; and the intimate table infused with copper, citrus, and this year’s biggest trend greenery, invites the happy couple to continue their celebration in style……
Simplicity was key for this particular editorial, with the creatives involved, led by Heather of The Bride Link, wanting to showcase the romance of a wedding celebration with just the bride, groom and the flowing meadows. A neutral, earthy color palette of light greens and browns was chosen to compliment the natural surroundings, whilst lush wild flowers and greenery were used for the decor and bridal bouquet to reflect the setting.
Mismatched vintage velvet chairs lent some luxury and a sense of age to proceedings, contrasting nicely with the landscape and rustic, solid wood table used. As well as working perfectly with the color palette, the copper elements on the table also brought a warmth and contemporary twist to the tablescape. And the bride & groom couldn’t look any more relaxed or stylish in an ethereal gown that moved beautifully with the breeze and a dapper navy suit and bow tie.
Boudoir shoots not only make a great gift for your groom, they’re also a wonderful way to celebrate your body and capture one of the most important times in any girls life. Today’s breathtaking bridal boudoir comes from Koby Brown Photography, and it uses a rustic venue and a rugged landscape to full effect as the perfect backdrop to a gorgeous bride….
Elizabeth of Avery Lane explains “We love an adventurous bride who knows what she wants, and Laura was exactly that! We all travelled many hours by plane and car to reach her dream photo destinations, Big Bend National Park and the Gage Hotel – and it was well worth the effort.
Laura wanted to include boudoir images to gift to her groom along with a stunning scenic backdrop for her bridal portraits. We started with boudoir at The Gage Hotel, incorporating some beautiful lace elements to add romance to the rustic setting. “
“After the boudoir, we loaded up the car for a couple hour drive into Big Bend National Park, being careful to time our arrival for the perfect light of the setting sun. As any adventurous bride must be willing to do, Laura was happy to hike a bit to the location we had scouted the day before – a stunning place overlooking a view called, The Window. Her gown was a perfect choice for this adventure – she chose a beautiful Martina Liana low backed gown with fabric that had some stretch and did not wrinkle (who knew there was such a thing in wedding gowns?!). The stretch and flexibility of the gown was also important since she planned to ride her horse to the ceremony on wedding day!”
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Oh how I love it when couples abandon the traditional on their wedding day, in favour of something wow. Especially when the bride shies away from ivory and rocks a wedding dress in bold and beautiful color, like the beautiful Amy! Amy chose to walk down the aisle in a flower adorned, tea length dress in deep shades of pink and red, that couldn’t have been any more perfect for her city-garden venue…..
Amy & Patrick met through work after Amy assisted in the hiring of Patrick – although she assures me nothing inappropriate happened at work, as they were friends for many years before they started dating. The couple had a very short engagement after deciding in the April that they would get married in September – giving themselves just 5 months to plan their big day..
But, by having a clear idea of what was important to them it was more than enough time for this stylish couple to create the intimate celebration they dreamed of. Bride Amy explains “We love seeing our friends and family happy. So guest experience was the most important thing to us when planning, and to ensure that the wedding reflected who we were. We wanted a beautiful venue that wasn’t just a white room in a function centre that could be absolutely anywhere.” And I would say they couldn’t have found a more perfect spot than The Grounds of Alexandria, a garden event space in Sydney.
Both bride & groom also had a clear idea of what they wanted to wear – although finding it was another matter altogether. Patrick wanted a bespoke suit, but unable to choose between two materials he loved he ended up with two! Whilst Amy was firm that there were to be no white, cream, ivory or champagne wedding dresses! Finding her dress maker (magician) was somewhat serendipitous.
When looking for the perfect material for her wedding dress she stumbled across Bewitched Fabrics. There the staff were so helpful that before Amy knew it, they had taken her (with material) two doors down from their shop to La Bottega Di Barbara. After explaining what she wanted, Barbara sketched a dress that embodied it perfectly. Amy says “Barbara put in so much time and work on the dress, it looked better than I could have ever imagined.”
“The florist was provided by our venue and I wanted to ensure that the flowers matched my dress. I also wanted ranunculus, roses and sweet peas, but no silver foliage or baby’s breath. The florists did an amazing job of the bouquet, head piece and table flowers which included the flowers I wanted, along with paper daisies, peppercorn tree and other native foliage.”
“Patrick loves dressing in a suit, so finding just one was always going to be a tough challenge. Patrick knew that he wanted something made just for him rather than a suit off the rack that gets worn to work by some people day in day out. When he approached Ron Bennett and their tailor making service all he was worried about was the unique materials and finishes they could offer. Hence he ended up with two suits that he wanted to wear on the day. Given he would be spending a lot of time in the shirt, he wanted to ensure that it fit him well across the shoulders, arms and waist and again, a tailor made shirt was the only way to go, along with cufflinks in the shape of roses.”
“The first thing we did when we started planning our wedding, was recall weddings we had been to before and what we remembered the most as guests – it became easy from there – number one and two were food and music! With that, we wanted to plan an amazing experience for our guests, so that meant delicious food, great music that we would love and a relaxed party feel that put all of our guests at ease. Everything was done with our guests in mind, from the food, blankets on seats for our older guests, a photo booth for those that wanted some happy snaps to remember the night by and evening organising a mini bus to take guests between the train station and venue.”
Skip or splurge…..
“SPLURGE – definitely the venue/catering and the music. We had two different styles of music in the form of a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour while we had a four piece band for the reception.
SKIP – formal transport. Amy drove Patrick and some close friends to the venue (in her wedding dress!) in a rental van that we had used to deliver items to the venue the day prior and the day of the wedding.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Don’t sweat the small details or spend a lot of money on things guests don’t remember, invest it on things people will remember.
Try not to take on too much DIY yourself. Now is not the time to be stressing about putting together flowers, order of service booklets or sewing dresses.
Try not to agonise over seating charts, it’s for one night only and sometimes people just need to be polite to the strange person sitting next to them.
Don’t feel the need to do or not do something “because that’s what happens at weddings”. If you love a trend, run with it. It’s not about making anyone else happy other than yourselves, after all it’s probably the only time there will be a lot of time, money and effort spent on the celebration of your love, so make sure the majority of the decisions are about you.”
“One of our dear friends owns a cupcake business (with the best buttercream icing I have ever had) and we asked her to create us a small cake for the two of us to cut at the wedding and then enjoy (alone!) afterwards. Lisa created us a four tier six inch vanilla cake with her amazing buttercream icing throughout. It made for great snacking over the weekend! The cake topper cost me $3 from a craft shop and was spray painted the morning of the wedding!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Bless Photography was the result of a google search! Once we had secured our venue we then looked for a photographer that had previously shot weddings there. Bless Photography stood out for all the right reasons! All of their photos had a great feeling about them, people looked relaxed, candid, non-posy, as though they were actually having fun and made us think, “yeah, I would want that on display in my home”.
Tamar offered an “Engagement Shoot” prior to the wedding which allowed us to all get to know each other a bit more and assisted in us being far more comfortable in front of the camera. This definitely made things easier on the wedding day.
Tamar ensured that we got the best out of our day by suggesting we move the ceremony forward an hour so we could have daylight and night time photos – something we hadn’t even considered at the time of booking the ceremony, but this definitely made all the difference! We had asked that they almost appeared invisible during the reception, which they managed to do but we still ended up with the most amazing photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographic choice.”
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot took place in the beautiful state of North Carolina but abounds with European elegance, inspired by the architecture and old world charm of the venue that serves as its backdrop, The Bradford. The lush florals, splashes of gold and vintage details create a rich and romantic visual feast, and all in the prettiest palette of peach and purple!
Before we jump straight in to all the gorgeous details, here are a few words from photographer Alaina Ronquillo… “The Bradford is a charming European inspired wedding venue with a breathtaking terrace. The goal was to create something romantic, elegant and fresh as we prepared for spring around the corner. Our colors were soft pastels including shades of pink, lavender, dusty blue and peach. Cottage Luxe’s European parquet table paired with two Alexandrian chairs fit the look we were going for. Touches of gold from the candlesticks to the flatware tied in with the natural tones of the house.
The florals from North Raleigh Florist were so elegant and lively. Our table arrangement featured roses, greenery and baby kale. And hand painted ribbons fell gracefully from the bride’s bouquet. We wanted the day to imitate an actual wedding day. So we started with the details all the way to those romantic sunset photos. The bride’s simple tulle dress from Gilded Bridal was perfect for that golden dusk light.
My favorite part of the shoot though was seeing our models, who are actually engaged, together! When they saw each other for the first time, you could definitely feel the love. The way they looked and smiled at each other was so precious. And at the end of the day, that is the most important aspect of the wedding; the love a couple shares for each other!”
Isn’t it perfection?? It’s left me wanting to plan a trip to Europe…. or a weekend at The Bradford! A huge thankyou to the lovely Alaina Ronquillo for capturing the whole shoot so beautifully, and too all the wedding creatives involved for their hard work behind the scenes. If you love this and would like to see more of Alaina’s beautiful photography do pop across to her website at www.alainaronquillophotography.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.!
I am more than a little in love with today’s inspiration board because if truth be known I have always been green with envy of those gorgeous old barns you built so beautifully over there in the US. Their rustic charm and pastoral grandeur never fail to wow me, making them my absolute favourite wedding venues! And this inspiration board captures that, mixing it with a little modern vintage elegance and an alternative color palette to create the most delightful fall wedding…..
I do so love an unexpected color palette, and so when creating my barn wedding I decided to go with an array of soft and dusky blues, rather than the ubiquitous mustard yellow, burnt orange and rich reds (much as I adore them!)
Whilst this is predominantly rustic wedding inspiration, I added a hint of vintage elegance with a gold calligraphy invitation suite and cut crystal glasses, as well as the groom’s tweed 3 piece suit and bride’s delicate lace bodice. The lush organic florals too give a nod to the dutch masters, whilst lending some much needed softness to the wooden venue.
Layer with rich fabrics such as silks, velvet and heritage wools to add further softness to your celebration. And when it comes to lighting, another consideration for these rustic venues, I always say go with the 3 Cs – chandeliers, candelabras and candlesticks! I love the mix of rustic, vintage and contemporary design details.
Long gone are the days when vintage meant either shabby chic, a tea length wedding dress or flapper style headpieces. Today’s vintage loving couples are taking their love of eras past and infusing it into a modern celebration in the most stylish ways, and I absolutely love it! And Meagan & Adam are the perfect example of this. They tied the knot at the Jackson Terminal in Knoxville, and took the industrial feel of the space with its vintage brick walls and exposed beams, and added a layer of romance to create the perfect backdrop for their summer celebration!
Meagan’s chosen color palette of blush pink, mint, cream and gold, alongside the Summer blooms and mismatched bridesmaid dresses, added more than a hint of softness and romance to their industrial venue. But the couple kept their decor minimal, allowing the architecture of the historic building to shine, and included modern elements such as geometric terrariums filled with succulents, which they mixed with old bicycles, rustic DIY signs and vintage suitcases. And Meagan’s Granddad’s old truck made a special appearance, as a surprise gift for the bride, unveiled during their emotional first look!
Here’s the lovely bride herself, to tell you all about it….. “We got married at the historic Jackson Terminal in beautiful downtown Knoxville. We knew we wanted to get married downtown (that’s where we met, worked together for a long time, and love hanging out in our free time), and there were many beautiful downtown venues. But when I walked in JT, I knew it was the right space. The size was perfect, not too big or too small, and we could have both the ceremony and reception in the same space. I loved the historic and somewhat industrial feel, and Adam loved all the dark wood and architecture. We found it by just driving around and exploring downtown venues.”
“My perfect dress was the first dress I tried on at the first appointment I made to try on dresses at the first dress boutique I visited. I orginally spotted my dress on the BHLDN website and started following the designed (Watters) on Instagram. The more photos I found of my gown, the Penelope, the more I fell in love with it and knew that it may be the one. When I walked into White Lace & Promises in Knoxville, TN I asked for the Watters Penelope by name and tried it on first. It was love at first sight. I tried on many others, but just kept coming back to that first dress.”
“I searched high and low for the perfect shoe. I had envisioned a dainty gold sandal with a small heel. After ordering and sending back many pairs of not-quite-right shoes, I finally found the perfect shoe (again on the BHLDN website), but they were out of my size. So, I went directly to the designer and purchased them from Klub Nico. They were exactly what I was hoping for, and were comfy all day long!”
“My bouquet was absolutely gorgeous. I chose Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio for my florist and she and her team were wonderful! My color palette was blushes and pinks, mints and light greens, creams and golds. My bouquet included mostly roses, succulents, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. My bouquet was medium sized and round shaped- simple and elegant.”
“I finished my look with a sweet, simple flower crown. During the ceremony and for part of the reception I wore a fingertip veil with gorgeous eyelash lace detail. My jewelry choices were simple- no necklace or bracelet, only teardrop opal earrings from designer Everything Angelic (also purchased at White Lace and Promises).”
“My sweet groom wore a light grey, slim fit suit that we found at Jos. A. Bank with a white button-up shirt, handmade light brown leather suspenders (made by leather artist, Carol McCoy of Real Leather Stuff), and a mint, striped bowtie that we ordered from Etsy shop Tangled Ties. He wore paisley blush/grey socks and cognac colored leather wingtip shoes. He looked more handsome that I could have ever dreamed.”
“I chose eight bridesmaids to stand by my side as I married the man of my dreams. I chose friends from each stage of my life- ladies that I consider to be lifelong friends. Several of the girls were best friends from college, a couple were old roommates, a couple were my closest friends since I’ve moved to Knoxville, and one was my new sister-in-law (and great friend).
I was going for a romantic and airy look for my bridesmaids. I gave my ladies a couples of shades of blush to choose from and described my style and vision to them, and let them find a dress of their choosing. Half of my girls chose long dresses and the other half chose short dresses- it just happened to work out equally! They all chose different styles and fabrics (each fitting their own unique personalities), but all of the dresses they ended up choosing came from BHLDN. The dresses ended up looking AMAZING together – I couldn’t have planned it better if I had tried to do it all myself. Each bridesmaid wore gold sandals (some with a heel, some wore flats), but all shoe styles were different yet beautiful together.”
“My groom chose the attire for his groomsmen. The eight groomsmen and one junior groomsman were dresssed in various shades of light grey, slim fit suits. Groomsmen were not given one specific suit to purchase, but the suits all blended and worked well together. They wore white button-up shirts, brown leather suspenders, cognac colored wingtip shoes, and each had their own special bowtie and fun patterned socks in shades of blush, mint, and grey.”
Since March Adam he had been restoring Meagan’s grandfather’s vintage Ford truck. On Saturdays, he would say that he was going to “work,” which he technically was… but he was working on making the old truck run again. When they did their first look the truck was placed behind the two of them, and after they saw each other, he surprised her with the key.
“My dress made me feel beautiful, lovely, and everything I had imagined I would feel on my wedding day. It was completely comfortable all day long. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to take it off by the end of the night. My groom couldn’t take his eyes off of me in my perfect dress, which was exactly what I had hoped for. It fit me in all the right places, and was great for lots of twirling on the dance floor.”
“The reception was in the same venue as our ceremony – Jackson Terminal. We wanted both events to be in the same space to keep it simple and to best use the beautiful space. The reception area was delineated by gorgeous ivory drapes from floor to ceiling. I rented these romantic drapes from All Occasion rentals. There was lots of greenery, moss, and flowers. I wanted everything to look natural, lovely, and romantic. All signage was done with cute chalkboards. Our gift table was set-up with a vintage white suitcase to house any cards that were given. Myself, my florist, my family, and my event coordinators decorated the reception area perfectly!”
“We had a large piece of furniture that displayed not only pictures of us (recent and childhood photos), but also displayed an entire shelf of photos of those family members that have passed on before our wedding. We truly wished they could have been there to celebrate the joyous occasion with us.”
“I really loved our wedding guestbook. Adam got me a polaroid camera a couple of Christmases ago, and I absolutely love the thing. I take it everywhere, and I am obsessed with the vintage look of the photos it produces. So, for our guestbook, we had guests take a polaroid photo, and them post it into our book with a small area to write a little message to us. It was one of my favorite touches!”
“Our wedding cakes were crafted by Sweet Beginnings by Elaine. Elaine makes some of the most delicious cake I have ever tasted, and we were very happy with her beautiful work. Instead of one large cake, I chose three smaller cakes. The “bride’s cake” was a two-tier cake in the middle decorated with lots of lovely pink flowers. The two smaller cakes on each side were one tier and had fun icing textures/patterns. The wedding cake flavor was strawberry with vanilla buttercream icing.
Our serving-ware for our cakes was borrowed from my mom. It was the same serving pieces she used at her and my dad’s wedding back in 1983. It had lovely mother-of-pearl handles, and was perfect for our wedding style. I loved the extra personal touch it added.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“Start early! Give yourself time for planning mishaps! Give yourself a planning cut-off date- mine was the Wednesday before the (Saturday) wedding. I needed a few days to celebrate and NOT worry about the details. Make a word document with all those little details, DELEGATE, and then drink wine and relax. : )”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Erin Morrison was a dream to work with. I actually found her through another photographer I had contacted. When this other photographer told me she was booked they recommended Erin …it was MEANT TO BE. Erin was the perfect match for us. Erin herself is lovely and real, and her work truly reflects that – it shows raw emotion and real moments. She does an amazing job of capturing little moments throughout the day, and those are the moments I didn’t want to miss. She was great to work with, and I was extremely pleased with her work. Erin made us feel like we were the coolest, cutest couple in the world, and she made the whole day flow effortlessly. I liked that she took the reigns with planning the day’s photographic opportunities, and really embraced all the beautiful moments and details throughout the day. If I did it all over again I would choose her every time!”
Isn’t it just gorgeous?? I love that couples no longer feel their wedding must fit a certain style or period. A huge congratulations to the happy couple Meagan & Adam! And a big thankyou to their photographer Erin Morrison for not only beautifully capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Erin’s work, pop on over to her website at www.erinmorrisonphotography.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Today I am bringing you the third in a series of DIY posts from the brilliant Download & Print, and wow is it a doozy! After an Art Deco invite Jay Gatsby himself would be proud to send, and a sweet vintage handkerchief invite that looks anything but DIY, today’s tutorial is for a beautifully elegant and timeless design with a rose print background that makes it perfect for any creative couple…..
If DIY’s typically aren’t your thing, this is the time to break out of your comfort zone and take a peek at the tutorial below. On a scale of 1 to 10 Anna assures me the crafting skills required are a 1, it’s really that easy – so there are no excuses. And I think you’ll agree the resulting invitation is truly breathtaking.
So, as always, let me hand you over to Anna for the step by step tutorial……
“This timeless invitation is printed on gorgeous, shimmering vellum paper. A beautiful rose peeks through the translucent vellum, it feels almost sensual. It’s unique, sophisticated, so so pretty, and really easy to put together.
I found the rose image on Unsplash, an amazing resource of free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. If roses are not your vibe, find awe inspiring landscapes, architecture and botanical images to use with this project, and create an entirely unique look for your stationery. The rose image I fell in love with is from Russian photographer Daria Shevtsova.
I’ve paired the rose background with our Ornate Vintage invitation in navy. It’s got vintage charm and plenty of white space to let the background shine through.
Download the Ornate Vintage invitation in navy and save the file to your computer. If you love the fonts I’ve used download the free fonts EcuyerDax and Aerolite CP and install them on your computer. This must be done prior to opening the template in Word.
Open the invitation in MS Word or Mac Pages and type over the placeholder text with your wedding information. Check and double check your spelling, dates and formatting. I recommend printing one copy, and getting another set of eyes on your invitation to check again for errors before committing to print them all.
Once you checked and are happy with them, print the invitations on the vellum paper.
TIP: If your printer has trouble with the vellum, try folding a thin piece of tape along the lead edge of the paper. Your printer may be able to better pick up the tape than the slippery paper. If your printer still proves fickle try taping a regular sheet of paper behind the vellum, again placing the tape along the lead edge of the paper. You can remove the tape and regular paper once the vellum is printed.
Step 2: Print Rose Background
Download the free rose printable background and print on 8.5 x 11″ card stock. Choose a heavy card stock to give your invitations form. Just make sure the paper isn’t so thick that it jams your printer. Your printer should be good with any paper between 65 lbs and 90 lbs.
TIP: You can also print the templates on A4 paper.
Step 3: Trim Invitation
Trim the vellum invitation and rose background along the dotted lines. The finished invitation size is 5 x 7″.
I find this step goes quicker with a paper trimmer and I get straight cuts, however you can use scissors or an X-acto knife and ruler.
Step 4: Assemble
Layer a vellum invitation over the rose background. *Gasp* It’s so pretty!
Oh she wasn’t kidding when she said it was easy! And I have only just realised the invite is the same design as the Art Deco invite, but how different it looks printed on vellum in navy and with that rose background?! It’s amazing. A huge thankyou as always 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 do keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides, because Anna and her tutorials will be back!
Set in the rustic but of so romantic Owl Creek Farms, with the most stunning Autumn tablescape, abounding in beautiful florals and vintage styling, and all in the surprisingly lovely colour palette of cobalt blue and crimson red; today’s wedding inspiration shoot captured by the discerning eye of Sposto Photography is the perfect way to contemplate the end of Summer and the start of my favourite season; Fall!
Oh I do so love a unique wedding dress – and that dazzling blue beauty is most certainly that! But doesn’t it look lovely with the rich crimson red and gorgeous fall shades. Yep, it is fair to say I was completely smitten with this styled wedding shoot from the very first image! The combination of the soft shades of the lush florals by Little Hill Floral Design, the inviting place settings brushed with gold, and elegant vintage rentals from Touched By Time Vintage Rentals & Allie’s Party Rentals works so beautifully against the rustic outdoor setting, creating a cosy little oasis of love, which is only enhanced by calligraphed stationery from Lauren Thomas Calligraphy. And how fabulous are those vintage stamps from Edelweiss Post?? They alone are enough to make me want to get married all over again!
Just before we soak up every stunning detail, a few words about the shoot from photographer Shauntelle of Sposto Photography “Cobalt blue and crimson red are at the heart of this countryside chic wedding inspiration photo shoot. The nostalgia of summer nights gone by is evoked with old-time movie theatre seating amidst the golden fields of this Temecula pomegranate farm. At the same time, there’s a delicate yet elegant balance between the lush colors of the hydrangeas, unripened black berries, star-of-bethlehem, and protea; and the timeless beauty of the white and gold tablescape lined with white tapered candles, brass goblets and pepper tree garland. And all these, beneath a crystal chandelier.”
Isn’t it stunning? I am so in love with that blue dress!! Thank-you so much to the whole creative team listed below for breathing life into such a vision of Autumn beauty. And a special thanks to the lovely Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share her work on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Shauntelle’s beautiful fine art photography by popping across to her website spostophotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
When a wedding described as ‘romantique’, ‘multicultural’ and ‘vintage inspired’ landed in my inbox I clicked open with bated breath…. and it is fair to say there were a fair few squeals of delight when I caught sight of the oh-so-lovely photos by Chloe Luka Photography! Because the pretty details and romantic style of Lea & Matt’s big day is truly something else……
From the prettiest palette of pinks, and the delicate floral arrangements (we’re talking peonies, roses and ranunculus!), to the breathtaking ceremony under a Willow tree, and the elegant barn reception with beautiful DIY decor by Lea & Matt; everything about this wedding says romantic, vintage perfection.
And, as if that isn’t enough, they also have the sweetest love story! You see Lea is French, and Matt American, so it seems when the couple met in 2010 in Lyon, France where Matt’s band were playing, it must have been fate! A long distance relationship for any length of time is never easy, but this loved up duo managed it for years, until Matt proposed and Lea applied for her Visa, only receiving it 8 weeks before their big day – yep 8 weeks!
Lea says “That was not a easy! It was REALLY stressful because we had only two months to plan everything – from the day I moved to America until the morning of our wedding – and Matt was home only 20 days of that because of touring!….. But it all turned out perfect! We loved creating a wedding that displayed our cultures, we incorporated both languages into our wedding. For example, our menu as well as our party favors were in french. On the bar, I placed and antique ice bucket that contained english words, as well as their French translation for the guests. It was important for us that both of our families and friends were present, some driving 40 minutes, and others flying 18 hours. This union of both culture and language differences made our day unforgettable.” I should say it did!
“I went for a vintage wave hairstyle and makeup, with vintage inspired pearl hair accessory, necklace & earrings”
“For Matt and his Groomsmen we wanted to go classy and went with black suits, crisp white shirts and black ties.”
“Thank god for my florist Jessie from Sherwood Florist. She is the best! Has the cutest shop in downtown Dayton. She totally captured my vision. She used a multitude of flowers such as garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and incorporated greens so it could match our wedding colors. The shape was a hand tied, cascade style.”
“I bought my dress in France in a lovely boutique in the city of Annecy. The dress is from the designer Yolan Cris. I was looking for a boho chic look and when I saw that one I fell in love immediately. I absolutely loved the stunning laces details and the vintage feel, it made me feel so glamorous.”
“I had 4 bridesmaids, two of my best friends from France, Solene and Sophie, who made the trip. And also two of my best friends from America, Jaime and Molly. Their dresses were from Asos, and the color I chose was a Blush Pink to match our colors. Since I was such a really nice bride, they were allow to chose whatever hair and makeup style and to pick their shoes and jewels.”
“We got married at The Willow Tree in Tipp City, Ohio, a small town north of Dayton. The venue was a barn on a beautiful property. It took countless hours of searching to find it, but it was absolutely the perfect venue. Standing under the willow tree while reading our handwritten vows to each other – putting years of 9 hour flights and Skype calls behind us, and starting a new beautiful chapter of our lives together with no more goodbyes – was our favourite moment of the day.”
“The reception was held in the barn at The Willow Tree. Our inspiration for the decor was a classy, romantic and vintage look that incorporates both of our styles and likes. As well as objects encompassing the trials of our long distance relationship. One of our favorite thing to do is to go to antique stores, where we spent many hours searching for just the right items to complete the wedding decor. This includes 46 brass candleholders! We chose the DIY approach to create a wedding both personal and unique. We made a LOT of things ourselves, for example, Matt built two bars out of palettes. These bars worked perfectly with the venue, and were not just purchased from a store. With a background in graphic design and art, I created the dessert bar backdrop, party favors as well as signs who were around the venue. We made a gigantic wire lighted heart as a backdrop for our host table . We also had a lot of paper lantern white, blush and gold.”
“Our wedding cake was made by Ele Cake in Dayton. It was a 3 tiered almond cake. The color was blush, with a gold fondant ribbon and the flowers were provided by Sherwood Florist. We also had pies and cheesecakes because it’s my favorite.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…..
“Be kind to each other. And hire a professional photographer! Your wedding pictures are what you will have left of your day, so find someone that can bring your vision to life. I’m so thankful that I found Chloe Luka she was everything we could have hoped for and more.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…..
“We found Chloe by doing many many internet research. In the list of our priorities, finding a GREAT photographer was on the top. I felt in love with her pictures immediately. Words can’t fully describe how appreciative and happy we were with all of our beautiful engagement pictures and STUNNING Wedding photos Chloe took of us! I still feel so emotional looking at them. Chloe is such a beautiful and talented soul and she captured the beauty of our big day so perfectly, MORE THAN WE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. When we met her, we were filled with confidence that she knew exactly what we wanted. She has a lot of determination to make everything PERFECT. She was so professional and had the best personality. You can tell that her job is her passion, she is very creative, has an amazing attention to detail. She made our day perfect with Tim her husband. She captured our day with absolute perfection and we gained a wonderful friend.”
Many congratulations and huge thanks to the happy couple Lea & Matt! After all those years of living on different continents, it must feel like a dream to finally be together, and husband & wife!! A special thanks also to their lovely photographer Chloe Luka who really did do the most wonderful job of capturing the smiles, tears, love, joy and details of their magical day. If you would like to see more of her beautiful work, why not head over to her website www.chloelukaphotography.com and or you can find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
Proving that when it comes to colour palettes, sometimes less is indeed more, today’s ethereal styled wedding shoot features lush greenery filled florals alongside some of the most stunning styling to inspire your modern-vintage wedding, and all in heavenly shades of Serenity Blue. I could not be more awed by the beauty of the shoot and these images from Artiese Studios!….
The Holcim Waterfront Estate was the perfect backdrop to this intimate imagined celebration. Styled to perfection by Glaze & John using an abundance of gold candelabras to evoke the romance of the renaissance with a contemporary twist – who would have thought that something as simple as a fireplace could make such a beautiful ceremony backdrop? With a tablescape that strikes the perfect balance of olde world opulence and modern minimalism, an enticing masterpiece, the stage is set for the lucky love birds.
Windy Chiu and Suzie Kim created a natural, radiant look and soft waves for the ethereal bride who donned a delicate Alexandra Grecco gown that could not have been more perfect – I just love the off shoulder sleeves. A textured, organic, bouquet in shades of white by Bloom & Company completed the look with an air of pure, feminine grace; and perfectly complimented the table and aisle decor. Elegant calligraphy from Julie Ha Calligraphy adorned light, watercolor stationery, whose soft tones and soothing patterns were mirrored in the watercolour reception background from Event Graffiti and magnificent wedding cake from Nadia & Co.….. This is most definitely one of those shoots you are going to want to have your pinning finger ready for!
See what I mean?….. I am a little lost for words! And I hardly know where to begin when it comes to thanking the talented wedding professionals who took part in creating this romantic shoot – all of whom you will find listed below. As always a special thankyou must go to the person with the vision, who in this instance was also the lovely lady behind these beautiful photographs, Therese of Artiese Studios. If her light filled, fine art style of photography has you swooning (as it does me), you can see more of it over on her website www.artiesestudios.com, and find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.