Good morning, I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! I am just stopping by today to share with you an exquisite new collection of bridal hair accessories from one of Chic Vintage Brides much loved sponsors Gilded Shadows. You may remember seeing some of their beautiful pieces in my recent roundup of perfect Art Deco bridal hair accessories, or if you have been a follower of CVB for any length of time you will undoubtedly have caught glimpses of previous collections as well as some of their glamorous styles on Pinterest. Well, today I’m here to share my favourites from their incredible new collection…..
Ooh today’s wedding inspiration shoot from Wendy Cooper Photography is just so super sweet! An adorable take on the modern vintage wedding, it is infused with mid-century details, including the most heavenly vintage tea length wedding dress, but in shades of lavender and purple mixed with a juicy lime green that has a distinctly modern edge. Fun, flirty and utterly delightful I am sure it will have you smitten…..
As a designer I tried on during my search for the one, and would have worn (I fell hard for an elegant 1950s style number with pockets!) if only our venue’s aisle had been a little wider, I have long been a fan of Jesús Peiró and their elegant designs that shine with sophisticated simplicity. And whilst the occasional gown of theirs has appeared on these pages, I thought it was well past time I shared one of their stunning collections in its entirety…..
This Spanish design house has been creating bridal gowns since 1998 and their latest offering for 2016 is called ‘Nanda Devi’, after a beautiful mountain nestled between India and Nepal. Its name means “bliss-giving Goddess” and the collection most certainly has a snow dusted, ethereal elegance to it. Featuring gowns of iridescent fabric and lace, with sequins, crystal and metallic embroidery adding an understated splash of glitter, all working together to evoke “a Hindu princess walking barefoot on translucent snow.”
This collection is wonderfully romantic and feminine with delicate veiling of open backs, tinkling sleeves that drape the shoulders or float delicately down to the wrists and a beautiful array of necklines; silhouettes are unmistakably inspired by eras past (there is a distinctly mid century feel to many) whilst the design details and embellishments are most definitely modern; and each design is exquisitely tailored to maximise the sense of movement, to ensure you float elegantly down the aisle.
Forget wanting to be a Princess on your big day, these are for all of you Snow Queens out there…..
When you receive a wedding with the words elegant, Art Deco and Marsala in the description, you know you’re in for something special. Then when you learn the beautiful bride is also an event and wedding planner…..well, it’s hard not to let out a little eek of excitement let me tell you! And today’s floral extravaganza of a wedding from Matthew & Bo at CLY By Matthew is every bit as dreamy as you would expect!…..
And you will never believe bride Jessica & groom Christopher planned it all in just 10 short months! From the lush and lavish floral designs (we’re talking aisle arches, cascading bouquets and opulent centrepieces) in deep shades of red and rich Marsala, to the delicious looking cake and the moonshine favours, it is the epitome of modern Gatsby Glamour. And it all started with finding the perfect venue for the elegant celebration they envisioned for their big day.
“Our theme was Art Deco with gold and burgundy as the main colors, which are my two favorite colors. I love everything vintage, and the art deco era has always inspired me – there is something so romantic about the “Golden Age”. With our Art Deco theme we knew we did not want a traditional church venue, and I immediately thought of the De Seversky Mansion on Long Island near my childhood home. It is an incredible “Gold Coast Mansion” out of the 1920’s, which was just perfect! And I grew up in Long Island so it was important to me that we get married there. The De Seversky Mansion is so unique because you literally feel like you are in someone’s private home. Guests absolutely loved wandering the mansion and walking into the different rooms of the estate.”
“I am a nontraditional bride, and have an edgy style, so I wanted a very unique engagement ring in yellow gold. I read an article in New York Magazine about Ray Griffiths jewelry designer located in Manhattan. Ray has a signature “Crown work style”, based on his earlier career as an apprentice restoring historic Australian tiaras; it was something I had never seen before and has a very old fashioned vintage feel which I love. We met with Ray a few months before Chris proposed, and I loved his jewelry in the studio and the incredible amount of detail that Ray personally puts into making each piece. Chris designed the one-of-a-kind ring with Ray, and strangers literally stop me on the street to ask who made it.” I can completely understand why, it is stunning!”
“For jewelry I wore my great-grandmother’s antique Aquamarine and seed pearl necklace that was over 100 years old. I also wore my mother’s diamond stud earrings.”
“Since Chris and I are the same height, I needed to wear flats. It was incredibly difficult to find a pair of that went with the color of my dress, but I miraculously found these adorable blue rhinestone Betsey Johnson ankle flats that I wore. The fabric matched my dress perfectly, and I loved the subtle blue rhinestones.”
“I wanted my wedding dress to have a vintage feel to go with our Art Deco themed wedding. After searching high and low, I finally found the gorgeous Allure gown I wore. It was very formfitting with straps, a v-neck neckline, and a very small train. The fabric color was cappuccino which I loved (I didn’t want traditional white) and was a silk cappuccino slip with a gorgeous sheer overlay with delicate crystals in a flower pattern. It was so comfortable!”
“Black calla lilies are my favorite flower so I knew I wanted them in my bouquet. My other favorite flower is Dahlias (I’m an October baby!) so I had black callas, burgundy dahlias, hypericum berries, and peach roses that lightened up the bouquet. There was also hanging burgundy amaranthus on my bouquet which added drama and romance.”
And the grounds of their historic venue was the perfect setting for a ridiculously romantic first look…..
“Chris and his 6 groomsmen all wore tuxedos with a shawl collar to achieve the 1920’s look. Chris wore a Brooks Brothers shawl collar tuxedo that he purchased. Since Chris and I both love skulls, he had vintage pearl Alexander McQueen cufflinks, an Alexander McQueen pocket square, and custom made Del Toro skull shoes.”
“I had 6 bridesmaids and they all wore the same Allure bridesmaid dress. They had a sheer overlay and a rhinestone appliqué that had a very vintage look and I gave each bridesmaid a pair of rhinestone drop earrings that matched the appliqué on their dresses as a bridesmaid gift. All of my bridesmaids did updos and most of them did the 1920’s finger waves in their hair which I loved! It really added to our Art Deco theme.”
“The ceremonial arch was very important to us, as we would be standing under it during the most important part of the wedding. Chris loves a natural aesthetic of birch trees and moss (from his agronomy and horticulture background!) but I have a more “over the top romantic” aesthetic. So, we told the florist we wanted an arch “dripping in burgundy amaranthus, dahlias, and roses” for me, but to also incorporate the birch and moss for Chris. She executed our vision perfectly!”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…..
“The best advice we can give to any couple is to really enjoy the process and not lose sight of what it is all about- which is marrying your best friend and soul mate. It is really easy to get caught up in thing’s like checklists, and to-do’s, so you need to make sure as a couple you don’t lose the romance during the process.
Also, we made a rule that during our engagement we would have one date night a week where we would go out to dinner and NOT talk about the wedding or wedding planning at all. It really helped us so much! It was so nice just to be able to really connect with Chris during the engagement, and actually ENJOY the engagement and each other during our date nights out.”
“I purchased all of the programs, escort cards, menus and table numbers from Shanna Michele Designs on Etsy. I loved the Art Deco border pattern she had.”
“The reception centerpieces were larger versions of my bridal bouquet. They had black calla lilies, burgundy dahlias, peach roses to lighten them up, hypercum berries, and red roses. The centerpieces were held in vintage mercury vases. I chose this style because all of the flowers used were our favorite flowers, and the burgundy and deep red flowers were so romantic and really enhanced the romantic feel we were going for. I wanted the mercury glass vases because they had a vintage look, and further enhanced the romantic and rich feel.”
“Our favors were custom made mini moonshine bottles with a custom art deco label that our friend, who is a graphic designer in Manhattan, designed and produced. They had a black label with silver ink and said CFJ Moonshine Est. 10.11.14.”
“We wanted our wedding cake to continue with the theme, so we had the tiers decorated with white buttercream and gold hand-painted art deco fans. Then for our topper we had a larger gold art deco fan and we ordered a custom gold sequin linen for the cake table to really highlight the cake. The inside was vanilla cake with cannoli filling which was a nod to our Italian heritage.”
Any insider tips as a bride who works in the industry?…..
“When it comes to vendors, I think it is always a good idea to work with vendors that were personally recommended to you by other brides. This way, you have a sense of the quality of their work in advance. Reputation is everything in this business, so you should only book vendors that have great reputations and get great reviews.”
Wishing the happy newlyweds Jessica & Christopher a long and healthy happy ever after! A huge thankyou to them, and fabulous photographers Bo & Matthew from CLY By Matthew, for allowing me to share their stunning Art Deco wedding with you. To see more CLY By Matthew‘s beautiful work, pop across to their website www.clybymatthew.com and you can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest.
Not so long ago, finding an eco chic wedding dress was a challenge. But with a rise in couples looking to celebrate their love with a green and eco-conscious wedding, has come an increase in demand for wedding dresses that not only wow the groom but also go some way to saving the world! Allowing creative designers to flourish with a focus on sustainable by using textiles such as hemp, peace silk, organic cotton and bamboo, as well as repurposing beautiful vintage gowns and fabrics. So today’s stylish yet eco-conscious bride has a choice of designers and wedding dresses that are far from frumpy. Here are 4 Eco Friendly bridal designers I have come across that you should most definitely know…..
As promised, last weeks Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons (which if you missed it was packed full of the most perfect bridal hair accessories) was just the beginning of this Art Deco series. Each week over the coming months I’ll be looking at a key part of styling your Gatsby glamour inspired wedding from hair accessories to stationery, wedding dresses and groom’s attire, bouquets and bridesmaid dresses, oh and not forgetting wedding cakes…..you name it, and need it for your big day, we will be looking at it here and sharing the very best ways to re-create the looks for your modern vintage wedding. And today I am sharing some perfectly gorgeous Art Deco wedding invitations because these little pieces of paper don’t just convey the date, time and location of your wedding, they also give your guests their first glimpse of the style of celebration you have planned. I can’t imagine any guest wouldn’t be excited to see an invite as decadent and glamorous as these land in their letterbox…..
Shivering in my office, in the midst of Winter, today’s wedding inspiration shoot from Presh Floral (whose name you might recognise from this beautiful blue vintage Dior shoot from a few weeks back) and Kymberlie Dozois was just what I needed to warm me up! Created in a palette of soft neutrals & pretty shades of purple inspired by Provence, and featuring lush cottage-garden florals as well as the prettiest looking cheese wedding cake you ever will see, it is simple but charming, French country at its most chic…..
Florist extraordinaire and Chic Vintage Brides‘ resident flower expert Toni from Magdalen Hill is back for another Bouquet Recipe. And today she has identified and jotted down the blooms for one of your favourite bouquets on Pinterest. And it is SUCH a stunner, I can completely see why it made you weak at the knees!…..
We’re starting the week in the most perfect – and exciting! – way, by offering you the chance to win your own beautifully intimate wedding! Yep, just imagine a completely stress free day, in the most beautiful place on earth, with every little detail in the hands of amazing wedding professionals, where all you have to do is turn up looking absolutely gorgeous – and don’t forget the rings. Well, that’s just what ‘One White Day‘, a collective of fabulous Hawkes Bay wedding professionals, is providing. Bringing together their skills, they create perfectly intimate elopements and unique destination weddings, and today they’re offering you the chance to WIN your very own one white day worth $3,500!
Of course, as a resident, I might be slightly biased but Hawkes Bay, on the North Island of New Zealand, really is the most beautiful place in the world. Boasting art deco architecture, stunning landscapes (that includes white sandy beaches and long winding rivers, as well as snow capped ranges) and award winning wineries, it also makes the most PERFECT destination to say “I do!” And now, thanks to the team at One White Day, planning a celebration here couldn’t be any easier.
One White Day is the brainchild of wedding professionals; celebrant Nichola Nicholson, stylist and florist Toni McGregor of Magdalen Hill and photographer Natalie McNally (whose names and work you will recognise from Chic Vintage Brides’ Bouquet Recipes). Spying a gap in the wedding market, this talented trio decided to create something completely new and oh so exciting, a wedding experience with a real difference! They set about taking the hassle out of planning a big day by designing and organising intimate weddings, perfect for couples looking to elope or celebrate with their very nearest and dearest, at a cost most couples can afford. How did they do all of this without compromising on style or quality? Natalie McNally explains. “We spotted a trend in overseas weddings that really inspired us professionally and creatively – the concept of sharing the cost of your wedding day with other couples! It’s proven to be really popular with all ages and couples who don’t want the stress, cost or feel of a ‘cookie cutter’ wedding”.
And so One White Day was born. With a beautifully styled intimate ceremony incorporating flowers, music, a creative photo session and a stunning venue (with the first being Church Road Winery in Napier) all included in the cost; each day is designed for up to five couples to get married at different times throughout one day, thereby spreading the cost throughout each ‘mini’ wedding. “By sharing the cost, couples can concentrate on love and the romantic act of getting married, which is after all the most important thing!” says co-‐owner Nichola Nicholson.
Whilst you may be sharing the day of your wedding with other couples, the women behind One White Day realise the importance of making sure each wedding is special and unique for the people involved. “We schedule each day to make sure that couples that are celebrating their love through One White Day have enough time for their ceremony and wedding experience. They won’t see any of the other weddings taking place that day and can customise their special day with added extras.” says Nichola.
Doesn’t it all sound perfect! Want to hear a little more about the competition?…..
WHAT YOU WIN
Your own One White Day on the 29th of November 2015, including;
Entering is easy! All you have to do is head over to One White Day and tell them your love story, then pop across to Facebook and like One White Day. The competition closes on the 19th of September and the winner, selected by Nichola, Toni & Natalie, will be notified shortly after by phone or email, before being announced on Facebook.
Please note travel is NOT included. You and your loved ones will be required to make your way to Napier, New Zealand for the wedding held on the 29th of November 2015 at Church Road Winery. To read more about this competition and all of the Ts & Cs, please head to One White Day’s website www.onewhiteday.co.nz/competition.
And if you love the sounds of these beautiful intimate celebrations, then rest assured that November 29th is just the first date of many One White Days throughout the upcoming wedding season. They have two more dates already in the diary, which you can read about here, with the option to add more. So just drop the team a line at [email protected] or fill in the form here letting them know your vision for your One White Day, they would love to chat about making it happen!