Despite the fact it is Summer here in NZ, it has been something of a wet and miserable day today. So I thought with this week’s inspiration board I would whisk us all away to somewhere lovely – and warm! Inspired by the charming stone houses of Provence, with their pretty shuttered windows, I chose a palette of soft blues, blush and champagne and added a hint of Art Nouveau, for a wedding that positively brims with romance and has a certain je ne sais quoi!
Add a hint of gorgeous green and what palette could be more perfect for a wedding in Spring, Summer or any season? Think relaxed and rustic but with ethereal elegance and a little Art Nouveau splendour. Layer textures such as velvet, silk ribbons, lace and linen; and mix your metals (gold + silver or bronze = luxury) throughout your celebrations to create a feeling of opulence. Rich floral centrepieces and ornate silverware added to simple outdoor, family-style dining will make for a relaxed yet luxurious wedding breakfast. Bouquets lush with foliage, created with a just-picked look and tied with cascading ribbon will look lovely – and kept small won’t break the bank!
Created in the midst of a wood, late on an early Spring day when the light was at its most magical, in a lush palette of white & green, inspired by nature and featuring the yummiest wedding cake that is sure to make your mouth water, this shoot is simple but charming, boho-vintage at its most chic. Before I share every fabulous detail, a little something from Toni at Magdalen Hill, the lady with the vision.
“Being a long-time admirer of Toni Larsen‘s work I went to her with an idea I had….
“I have this vision. A Bride and Groom standing in front of a 7 foot dream catcher on a rug in the middle of a forest. I’m thinking lots of natural textures, skulls with flowers and lots of green, emerald green. I fancy creating ankle garlands for something different, maybe a floral necklace, oh but a killer headpiece would be cool… actually maybe all three… a bit vintage with an elegant boho vibe”.
“Let’s do it” she said “I have just the couple”. Cue the gorgeous happy couple Renee Gleeson and her new husband Hayden.
Laces and linen were layerd with naturally dyed Turkish rugs, sheepskins and a deer hyde to give a sense of luxury. This was further enhanced with vintage tableware from Style Me Vintage and a naked wedding cake from Petit Fours was a beautiful accompaniment to the natural textures. A dream catcher made from vintage doilies softly fluttered in the breeze and stationery from Kate at Make Hey reflected this sense of whimsy coupled with just the right amount of sophistication perfectly. Flowers dripping from head to toe were juxtaposed with metallic tattoo’s from Vanishink for a bit of fun and added gypsy flair.”
Now doesn’t that sound like heaven to you? And I just know you are going to love the end result, so have your pinning fingers at the ready ladies!…..
The cake is ginger, cinnamon & treacle, now how mouthwateringly good does that sound?
For those of you are new to the blog, Saturday’s posts are dedicated to those people who inspire and enable me to write Chic Vintage Brides. To the creative designers, photographers, stationers and wedding professionals, without whom I couldn’t be doing what I am doing today, my lovely sponsors. I take great pleasure and pride in sharing their beautiful work with you, in the hope that through one of these posts, on one of these pages your dream wedding dress, photographer, florist, or the perfect accessory awaits you; and that I might play some small part in making your wedding day perfect – and your planning journey a whole lot easier! Today, I am pleased to be introducing you to one of CVBs very newest sponsorsNestina Accessories; as well as sharing a glimpse of her latest gorgeous collection of bridal hair accessories and headpieces for 2015…..
Nestina Accessories is a one woman show run by home mom Ernestine Blesso. With a vision to make “couture “affordable she specializes in creating feminine and beautifully handmade bridal accessories from headbands, combs, pins and veils, to sashes, shoes, clips, clutches, garters and even jewelry – pretty much everything, but the dress – at a price that won’t break any brides budget! (with veils starting from as little as just over $40 and many of her beaded bridal hair accessories less than $100) This, her latest collection, was inspired by her obsession with beading embellishment and I just know you are going to love the delicate mix of rhinestones, glass beads, pearls and lace that give each piece a lovely soft, touch of vintage and creates wonderfully romantic, statement bridal accessories.
After the Christmas holidays lots of you newly-engaged brides-to-be will be lucky enough to be shopping for the perfect engagement ring (perhaps there are a few romantic beaus planning a Valentines proposal too?) With an almost limitless choice nowadays of retailers, rings, settings, stones, size, gold – and price!; there can be few purchases more exciting, or daunting, than choosing the ring you will love for a lifetime. Many discerning modern brides however, including celebs like Scarlett Johannson, Penelope Cruz, Emily Blunt & Kate Moss, are looking to the past for a truly unique, one-of-a-kind engagement ring. I have long had a love for vintage rings (ever since I was a little girl allowed to play shop with my Nan’s precious jewels) But it’s not just their unique glamour and utterly timeless style that makes me love them so; it is their history, the stories of love locked in them, to me there is nothing more beautiful than owning a piece of jewelry with a past.
So. this weeks Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is for all of you looking for your own heirloom to cherish and treasure. I have scoured the wide world of the web for the 5 most gorgeous vintage engagement rings from 5 of my favourite eras (or styles) to wow, inspire and beguile you. From Victorian to Mid Century, diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire, they are all absolute stunners! If you see something you like, simply click on the image to be taken straight to where you can discover more about it (and buy it!)….. oh and just wait until you see the vintage Tiffany & Co!
The rose is a timeless metaphor for love and romance and now Erica Elizabeth Designs has captured the essence of this most enchanting garden delight in a perfume, and beautifully bottled it for you to wear on your wedding day. Erica spent a long time perfecting her perfume, paying attention to every detail to ensure it has the same air of romance and exquisite quality as her bridal accessories. Working with master perfumer Sarah Horowitz she learnt a new language, that of fragrance; training her nose to detect the multiple layers that combine to create a timeless, elegant, and long lasting perfume; and now Erica is excited to share her latest passion and first foray in to fragrance with you, Eglantine.
Eglantine is pure parfum oil (the most concentrated, long lasting form of fragrance) with a sumptuous bouquet. Both fresh and warm, thanks to its floral heart and musk base notes, it is a sophisticated, modern spin on the classic floral fragrance. Immediately familiar, and yet absolutely unique, Eglantine is not your typical rose scent (this is definitely no Nanna’s parfum!), it is is the darker side of rose, a scent that is meant to seduce! A captivating blend of tea rose, gardenia and Arabian rose with a heady top note of blood orange, it has deep, warm base notes of rich amber, incense and African musk, which linger on the skin long into the night.
Good morning lovelies! The super-talented, and very lovely, florist extraordinaire Toni from Magdalen Hill is back today with her fourth bouquet recipe – oh and if you missed the other three do take a peek here, the first one, a hand tied Autumn bridal bouquet, especially was a MUST see – it had a matching flower necklace!. For those of you who are new to Chic Vintage Brides, for whom this may be your first glimpse of Toni’s work (I know there are a lot of you – welcome!), you are in for quite the treat! As well as inspiring and delighting you, the aim of these posts, where we break down some favourite bouquets (yours and ours) into blooms, bunches and stems, is to help shed a little light on all things floral. With the flair, talents and insights of Toni, we hope to ensure that, when you go to meet your florist for the first time, you know exactly what you love, what might be in season when you’re getting married, what you can afford and what to ask for. Today’s ‘just-picked’ posy, a bouquet for one of Toni’s brides, was created in such a pretty palette of pinks and captured so perfectly by Natalie McNally, so have your pen, paper and pinning finger at the ready before scrolling any further!
Hello lovelies! Ahhh the start of another new week already, where did that weekend go? Really, is it just me or is January flying by?? Speaking of flying (See what I did there?? Sorry, we’ll have to agree to put that one down to Monday morning madness!), today’s vintage inspired engagement session is just too adorable not to melt each and every one of your hearts! With its fabulously vintage styling, unique location (Florida aeroplane hangar Fantasy of Flight) and super sweet couple Robert & Katie whose beaming smiles couldn’t be more contagious, all captured so impeccably by Shannon of Vine & Light Photography; it is quite simply the perfect way to start the week!
From Shannon, the lovely lady behind the lens “This is one of my all time favorite sessions! These two are not only insanely photogenic, but super kind and genuine people to be around! They are going to Europe to get married (awesome!) and will be using these travel themed engagement photos to announce their marriage and decorate their state-side reception when they return! How cool is that?” Oh elopements always make me swoon, I can’t wait to see this handsome pair’s! In the mean time though, have a squiz at their seriously sweet engagement session…..
The vintage luggage was from a local thrift store and the luggage lock was custom made with Katie & Robert’s initials!
Before we dive head first into all the pretty, a little something from the lovely lady behind the lens Anna Peters: “Our inspiration for this shoot drew from the magic feel of the garden tucked away behind stone walls in Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Walking into the courtyard of the Bozarth Mansion, you are instantly transported into a vision of intimate, old world elegance that fit this vision perfectly. Drawing from a color palette of berry tones paired with a gorgeous faded indigo blue ribbon from Silk and Willow, Alisa Lewis and her wonderful team created this romantic garden wedding inspiration filled with hand-crafted touches. We paired a vintage-inspired Rue de Seine gown with romantic side-swept hair and a fresh coral lip to create a unique bridal look that was accented by the bespoke accessories from Emici Livet. The richly gathered floral arrangements from Garden of Eden added a touch of wild elegance reminiscent of the garden in the novel; and hand lettered paper goods and the gold chalkboard designed by Bridget Smith contributed glimmers of gold.”
Those of you who saw it will no doubt remember the early glimpse the lovely folks over at BHLDN gave us of their Spring 2015 Collection before Christmas (if you missed it, or just want a reminder, you can have a look here) Well, since you loved it so much (it was one of the most popular posts of 2014!) and it finally launched last week, I thought I really should share ALL of the gorgeous details with you! So, continuing on this week’s Spring theme (wasn’t yesterday’s romantic Spring inspiration board lovely?) let me introduce you to “The Painted Garden”…..
For their Spring 2015 collection, inspired by lush blooms, trailing vines and hidden nooks, BHLDN chose the perfect location for a shoot, the picturesque city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. With dense flowerbeds, sprawling greenery and secret entryways it is a paradise befitting of their ethereal gowns and dreamy accessories. Consisting of 18 gorgeous new gowns by top designers such as Tadashi Shoji, Catherine Deane, Watters, Rosa Clara, and my personal favourite Johanna Johnson!, a multitude of fabulous bridal accessories as well as some simply gorgeous decor and finishing touches; the collection was inspired by two beautiful and distinct design concepts: “The Painted Garden” and “Bon Vivant”. The bridal gowns inspired by ”The Painted Garden” feature romantic sheer elements like illusion necklines and portrait backs, exquisitely fine lace and voluminous trains; while those wedding dresses of the “Bon Vivant” feature intricate beading, silhouette enhancing draping, soft tailoring and elaborate embroidery. Having now seen them all, you are sure to wow whichever you choose! Those all important finishing touches haven’t been forgotten either, with pretty floral hair accessories, sparkling jewelry and delicate lace bridal shoes, guaranteed to add an extra element of elegance to your wedding day look.