1950s Weddings

A 1950s Inspired Woodland Wedding With a High Tea Reception

LARA HOTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Morning, morning my lovelies and how are you this fine Monday? I confess, I am quite giddy with excitement about sharing today’s wedding with you, because this enchanting 1950s inspired woodland affair is simply my idea of perfection! Complete with gorgeous vintage fashion, a woodland setting, a high tea reception and romantic boat getaway – have you ever heard anything so dreamy? All captured by one of my absolute favourite photographers Lara Hotz, just wait until you see the photos!

A 1950s Woodland Wedding

Sonia & Jules had 2 ½ years to perfect their 1950s inspired daytime celebration – and it was time much needed with all of the DIY and personal details they had planned for their lucky guests! From stunning national park locations for the ceremony and reception, a vintage Cadillac cavalcade, and tasty DIY favours to the delicious alternative wedding cake, this wedding was part woodland, part 1950s and most importantly to the happy couple, ALL them!

From bride Sonia “I have to admit, the whole day went by in such a blur, but, it was just as I hoped it would be. I got my dream cars, I succeeded in making my own wedding dress, the bridal party looked wonderful, the guests got in on the theme (a few even threw on petticoats under their dresses!), the weather cleared to a beautifully sunny day, and for months to follow we were told how much fun everyone had.” See what I mean about perfect wedding?? I hope your pinning finger is ready!

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Inspiration Shoots

Stunning Autumn Wedding Inspiration Dripping with Deco Decadence from Honey & Cinnamon

Ooh do I have something special for you today! Something deliciously dark and decadent, glimmering with touches of gold and abounding in romance. Lovelies, the rich shades and gorgeous details in today’s Italian Autumn wedding inspiration shoot from Vanessa Illi Photography and Honey & Cinnamon will be sure to make your knees weak!…..

A Beguiling Winter Wedding Inspiration Shoot with Deco Decadence

Set in the stunning Società Filarmonico Drammatica, a palatial old building in Macerata, Italy (if, like me, you have never heard of the city, you absolutely MUST Google it!); oozing elegance and overflowing with ideas in 2015’s hottest colour ‘Marsala‘, this is a truly inspiring shoot that takes you straight back in time. I have a feeling you are going to love everything about it! From the sumptuous florals by ISA Events, to the scrumptious looking wedding Cake and macarons by Pasticceria Lombardi, one of the most ancient and artistic pastry and bakery shops in the region; and the luxurious tablescape by Noeliya, not to mention the stylish bride – just wait until you see her updo!

Before we glimpse all of the gorgeousness though, a little something from one of the talented team behind the shoot Federica from Honey & Cinnamon, who specializes in destination weddings in the stunning Marche Region of Italy. “An old club in the heart of a magical Italian town was the perfect location for this vintage wedding styled shoot. The sensation you have entering this beautiful place, is that of being back in a decadent era of the past, when ladies and gentlemen would have gathered here for concerts, dances and ballets. So where could have been better? We decided to set up the main table, the sweet table and the bride in more than one of the marvellous rooms that form this magnificent structure. The model was purposely photographed in the huge theatre and on the grand staircase of the foyer, where you can imagine crowds of people meeting, the ladies with their 30’s dresses adorned with pearls; and the gentlemen in their top hat and tails, with their pocket watches and monacles. In this glorious atmosphere all the settings were purposely designed recalling pearls (the engagement ring, the earrings, the centerpieces) and gold, from flatware to the plates, to the cake and the sweets, to celebrate this magnificent nostalgic time.”

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Wedding Dresses

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away

Good morning lovelies, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! With Spring just around the corner, I want to share with you this morning one of my very favourite bridal trends of the moment, which couldn’t be any prettier or more perfect for the season – floral wedding dresses! A floral wedding dress makes a blooming (sorry, couldn’t resist) beautiful choice for all of you fashion forward brides wishing to avoid the conventional or traditional and really wow on on your wedding day……

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away(Atelier Eme)

Gorgeous, feminine and utterly romantic floral bridal gowns are a pretty way for girly, chic brides to make a style statement on your wedding day – and the catwalks for 2015 were awash with them in various guises. So, whatever your style, colour scheme, theme or budget you’re sure to find the perfect floral frock for you amongst this breathtaking 20!

 

1. Beautiful In Blush

This is the gorgeous dress that started it all for me! Hand-painted in watercolours by the bride herself it is quite simply heavenly…..

Blush Painted Wedding Dress20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath AwayWedding Dress ~ Kathryn Conover Couture, Photography ~ Katie Slater Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

2. Sweet Rose

Let your dress shine and keep your accessories to a minimum to avoid an overly fussy look…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Naeem Khan Spring 2015Naeem Khan

 

3. Alluring In Abstract

Abstract prints are slightly less girly, and creating an ombre affect with the pattern around the waist and bodice creates a stunning silhouette as well as a sense of height for the more diminutive bride…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Naeem Khan Spring 2015Naeem Khan

 

4. Delicate & Dewy

A simple, soft bridal updo finishes off a floral wedding dress perfectly…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away Bec Johnson Photography

 

5. Bold Bodice

If all over floral isn’t for you, think about keeping the pattern to just one part of your dress…..

Floral Bodice Wedding Dress from Jennifer GiffordJennifer Gifford Designs

 

6. Vintage Rose

Big beautiful blooms in muted shades of dusky pink and lavender, like on this captivating gown, create a vintage feel….. and there’s a stunning blue one available too!

20 Floral Patterned Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Wendy Makin

And I love how this bride avoided clashing with her bridesmaids by keeping them in ivory!

20 Floral Patterned Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Wendy MakinWedding Dress ~ Wendy Makin, Photgraphy ~ Meredith Lord

 

7. Delicate & Dreamy

I love this southern belle look, it is just so fabulously Scarlett O’Hara like! Full skirts and florals always look fabulous…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Atelier AimeeAtelier Aimee

 

8. Dusky Blue

Blue can look just as beautiful, whether dusky, china, duck-egg or midnight…..

Blue Wedding DressWedding Dress ~ Yolan Chris, Photography ~ Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay via Hochzeit Guide

 

9. Midnight Rose

For a more modern look, choose a striking silhouette…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away Douglas Hannant

 

10. Fullskirt & Floral

…..or mix textures for a hint of the current 2 piece trend!

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away Francesca Miranda

 

11. Tropical

Whilst watercolour washes of pink and lavender are soft and romantic, vibrant and tropical kaleidoscope prints look just as lush…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Jenny PackhamJenny Packham

 

12. Garden Goddess

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away Wedding Dress ~ Monique Lhuillier, Photography ~ Christian Oth Studio via Grey Likes Weddings

 

13. Heavenly Hemline

Keeping your blooms to the end of your skirt is a more subtle way to do the floral wedding dress, as well as a more flattering look for fuller figures…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Heidi Elnora Valerie Lynn20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Heidi Elnora Valerie LynnHeidi Elnora

 

14. Bohemian Beauty

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away Mango

 

15. Ethereal Allure

Embrace your inner Titania with gossamer light layers and the hint of floral water colour…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Elizabeth Filmore 2015Elizabeth Filmore

 

16. Graceful In Lace

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Elizabeth Filmore 2015Elizabeth Filmore

 

17. Bright & Beautiful

Bold and bright hues would look fabulous for a Summer celebration…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Lela Rose Spring 2015Lela Rose

 

18. Fall Delight

Or add some opulence and keep them dark and decadent for an Autumn do…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Dolce & GabannaDolce & Gabbana

 

19. Almond Blossom

Whilst soft, romantic neutrals would work all year round…..

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Badgley Mischka Spring 2015Badgley Mischka

 

20. Exquisite Embroidery

And much as I love the painted or printed designs, embroidered floral wedding dresses make my heart skip a beat!

20 Floral Wedding Dresses That Will Take Your Breath Away - Naeem Khan Spring 2015 Naeem Khan

I can’t wait to see more brides waltzing down the aisle in floral wedding dresses this year! For more unconventional bridal gown ideas take a peek at this post on (the boldest of all colours for a bride) black wedding dresses, or here for other coloured bridal gowns or pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Coloured Wedding Dresses board on Pinterest – it is positively brimming with beautiful alternatives to the traditional white gown!

Oh and if you do decide to go floral (or unconventional) for your dress dress, don’t forget to keep a close eye on your groom if you’re not involved in his suit search – you don’t want him turning up in tartan or wearing a patterned shirt that might clash!

Amy

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Bridal Accessories

Stunning New Bridal Flats For Spring 2015 from Emmy London

Yes, you read that right, our favourite bridal shoe designer Emmy London has created a stunning new collection for Spring 2015, including beautiful flats and kitten heels! With all the same exquisite embellishment and details we have come to expect and adore from Emmy’s designs they are sure to have you swooning and are guaranteed to outshine their heeled rivals…..

Stunning New Spring 2015 Bridal Shoes from Emmy London - Ella Silver

Since launching in 2004 Emmy Scarterfield has made her name creating lavishly luxuriant shoes and accessories for the modern vintage loving bride –  and the new Aurelia collection is no exception! Inspired by the magical mythology of the sea, Emmy has looked to mermaids, selkies and sea sirens (sultry creatures known for luring men to their destiny) as her muse. Fairytale illustrations from the turn of the century and rippling Art Nouveau forms have further influenced the Aurelia collection, which alongside the new range of flats, also features subtly shimmering suedes in sea green and ice blue emblazoned with ornate crystal beading.

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Groom & Groomsmen

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

Good morning lovelies – and a happy Friday! Having swooned this week over that elegant Spring wedding, the Lavender & Lilac hued inspiration board and yesterday’s breathtaking blossom-filled Spring wedding styled shoot, (and with a sneaking suspicion I may have been neglecting them of late) today’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons continues the Spring theme and turns our attention to our boys.

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

Just as you brides no longer need to conform to tradition when it comes to your wedding day style, so the options for our guys are no longer limited to the morning suit or black tux (although they do look good in both!) Grooms & groomsmen are increasingly donning wedding day attire that better reflects them – their style, their passions, their personality. With this move away from the formal and traditional we’re seeing grooms embrace the excitement of getting married, looking relaxed in front of the camera and approaching the day with some swagger; and I for one am loving it! So, here are 5 stylish Spring groom suit ideas and looks, to inspire your man to have a little fun with his look…..

1. Grey is a more rustic, as well as cooler, alternative to the traditional black for Spring. And as the weather warms up you can always skip the jacket, but keep the look appropriately smart by having your guys rock wasitcoats and some headwear…..

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring GroomsPhotography ~  Jacquelynn Henderson via Green Wedding Shoes

 

2. Choosing a muted neutral for the suits, allows the more classical groom to introduce some Spring colour in his tie and pocketchief for a timeless and elegant look…..

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring GroomsPhotography ~  Whitney Neal and Molly Roberson via Style Me Pretty

 

3. When it comes to formal wear blue is definitely the new black for 2015! (did you see the Oscars? Idris Elba looked smoking!) Be careful with blue tuxedos though, as the old brown belt & shoes for a blue suit goes out of the window when the tuxedo has black lapels!

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring GroomsPhotography by  Lavara Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

 

4. Whilst brightly coloured suits are all the rage (did you not see my top trends for grooms & groomsmen post?) they’re not for everyone. A waistcoat though is a great way to add some colour (or texture) as well as a vintage vibe to any grooms look…..

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring GroomsPhotography ~ Emm&Clau via Style Me Pretty

 

5. There really is no better way to convey a season than with colour and nothing says Spring quite like yellow! As well as being utterly timeless and quintessentially vintage, houndstooth and tweed are perfect for pairing with more patterned or lustrous ties to really make a style statement…..

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring Grooms

5 Gorgeous Looks for Spring GroomsPhotography ~ Novel Hill Studio via Green Wedding Shoes

I love them all! But if these looks haven’t taken your fancy, have a peek at past posts for more groom suit ideas – here for dapper Autumn looks, here for dashing Winter grooms and here for 10 easy ways to style your man vintage. Or pop across to Chic Vintage Brides on Pinterest because the Grooms & Groomsmen board is packed full of ideas (over 900 pins worth!)

Oh and if you missed last week’s 5 Perfect Palettes for a Spring Wedding, do take a peek before you go, and don’t forget to have your say on which one becomes the next inspiration board by popping across to Chic Vintage Bride’s Facebook page and letting me know which is your favourite!

Have a fab weekend!

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

Beautiful Blossom-Filled Spring Wedding Inspiration in an Orchard From Jen Fariello Photography

Good morning lovelies! We’re continuing the distinctly Spring theme to this week’s posts (I hope you didn’t miss Monday’s fabulous real wedding with that lush bridal bouquet, or the gorgeous Lavender & Lilac wedding inspiration board – do go and take a peek if you did) with today’s heavenly blossom filled inspiration shoot from Jen Fariello Photography! In the most perfect colour palette for the season of pretty pinks alongside soft and gentle greens, it is positively brimming with Spring wedding ideas……

Beautiful Blossom-Filled Spring Wedding Ideas In An Orchard

Wanting to capture the beauty and sweetness of Spring, photographer Jen Fariello, stylist & co-ordinator Jeannine from Be Loved and the creative team came together to make the most of the beautiful rolling hills, wineries and acres of apples and peach orchards surrounding Charlottesville. And from the sumptuous florals by Southern Blooms, the delicate and delicious looking wedding cake by Maliha Creations, the sweetest wedding stationery by Tucked, to the dreamy bridal look, I think you’re going to love it!  Just before we dive head first into every glorious detail, here’s a little something about the idea for the shoot from Jeannine at Be Loved

” ‘Blooms’ was conceived around a table in the dead of Winter while we were all dreaming about Spring. The blossoms on the peach trees at an orchard just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia became our inspiration for a truly collaborative shoot. We wanted to convey the joy that comes with those first, pretty signs of warm weather after a long winter. And we discovered an easy way to have our model exude true joy – we asked her boyfriend to be our groom for the shoot!”

This shoot really is breathtakingly beautiful and enough to fill me with envy of any of you lucky enough to be planning a Spring wedding! So if you’re looking for ideas for your Spring celebrations, be sure to have your pinning finger ready…..

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Inspiration Boards

Lavender & Lilac – Spring Wedding Inspiration In Romantic Shades of Purple

Following on from yesterday’s elegant Spring wedding (did you see that bouquet?? *swoon*) today I have more beautiful ideas for a Spring wedding for you with a romantic inspiration board infused with delicate shades of lavender and lilac. If you have been following Chic Vintage Brides for some time, then you will know of my love of lavender (in fact this is my third inspiration board in the hue!) It’s not just the timeless and ever so flattering colour of lavender I adore, but also its beautifully soothing scent. I can think of none more perfect to calm your wedding day nerves…..

A Romantic Lilac & Lavender Wedding Inspiration Board1 ~ Photography by Jose Villa via SMP, 2 ~ Gemma Milly Photography by Weddings By Nicola and Glen, 3 ~ The Gifts of Life, 4 ~ The Little Squirrel

Inspired by the gorgeous shades of those mismatched bridesmaids this palette of dusky pale blue, lavender and lilac couldn’t be any prettier or more perfect for a Spring celebration. Whilst I had an outdoor wedding in mind, lavender with its rustic charm would look just as lovely adorning any venue from estate garden to barn, church to woodland clearing. Lavender is a budget friendly bloom and makes great decor for place settings, escort cards and favours; as well as beautiful bouquets for your bridesmaids and boutonnieres for your groom. And it looks lovely contrasted with more opulent blooms for the bridal bouquet, reception centrepieces and decor…..

A Romantic Lilac & Lavender Wedding Inspiration BoardAisle Arch ~ Jaclyn Journey captured by Whitney Neal Photography via SMP, Wedding Stationery ~ The Aerialist Press captured by Bradley James Photography via SMP, Groom ~ Pure Love Photography via SMP, Lavender Escort Cards ~ Maggie Harkov via SMP, Lavender Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ Cherries Flowers Photography by Jose Villa via SMP, Wedding Cake ~ Sweet Heather Anne captured by Bradley James Photography via SMP, Name Card ~ Pahountis Photography via Love4Wed, Lavender Filled Ring Box ~ Feather and Stone Photography via SMP, Table Setting ~ Gladys Jem Photography via SMP

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