A snow-dusted landscape makes for an unforgettable ceremony, but whilst nerves, excitement and a chic coverup are sure to keep you cosy, don’t forget to consider your guests too! Pretty pashminas, wool throws or rustic blamkets make for great favours that will be appreciated on the day and cherished for years after……
Lighting is important at any wedding, but especially so in the Winter when the nights draws in early and days can be overcast. In exactly the same way the right lighting can transform a room at home, it can do the same to your wedding – ceremony and reception. For a Winter wedding, lighting should be soft, warm and romantic; enveloping your guests and adding to the ambience of your celebrations…..
Rather than a cocktail hour, how about warming your guests with a yummy winter warmer from a Hot Chocolate (or coffee bar)? Wedding or not, there is nothing more comforting than a steaming hot mug of indulgent hot chocolate……
How about one of these delicious sounding drinks: easy gingerbread latte (top left), hot dulce du leche with chocolate (top right); or easy chai latte (bottom right) Or there’s nothing to say you can’t add something a little extra special – it is a celebration after all! so how about hot chocolate with cinnamon and orange liqueur??
Ooh do I have something special for you today! Something seriously swoon-worthy; dark, with an air of mystery and chock full of romance. Ladies, the gorgeous goodies in Mignonne Handmade‘s latest collection of veils and bridal headpieces is guaranteed to have your heart racing!…..
I have long been an admirer of Mignonne Handmade‘s, not only for the beautifully bohemian and charming vintage inspired wedding hair accessories the lovely Jennifer (owner of the boutique) creates but also for the stylish shoots she pulls together that capture the essence of her collections so perfectly. Never has this been more the case than with her latest offering. This collection of delicate floral hair vines, silk flower combs, majestic ornate crowns and ethereal veils is vintage inspired, utterly timeless and just perfect for today’s modern-vintage loving bride. Each and every piece is handmade with love and care in the Mignonne Handmade studio using old school techniques and vintage millinery tools, but with a modern eye; which all together creates beautifully unique, heirloom pieces you will adore for a life time.
Isn’t this silk flower comb lovely? And just wait until you hear how Jennifer creates these beautiful blooms ”I start the process with pure white silk that is then cut into petals that are dyed to a underlying hue, all colors hand mixed by me, then I paint each one in a watercolor style adding depth and a realism to the petals making each one a perfectly unique work of art. The petals are then pressed with millinery brass irons and sewn together to make perfect blossoms.”
Good morning! If you follow Chic Vintage Brides you will know BHLDN (the bridal sister to the fabulous Anthropologie) is something of a fave of mine! Their carefully curated collections, always brimming with uniquely vintage-inspired style and overflowing with romance, are never less than enchanting. I love how they pull together entire ensembles, for brides and bridesmaids, of beautifully mixed and mismatched gowns, coverups, accessories and adornments, all by designer names but at affordable prices. So, being the BHLDN lover that I am, there might have been no small amount of jumping up and down, and feeling like Christmas had come early, when I received an email from the lovely ladies and gents over there offering an early glimpse of their Spring 2015 collection. Oh and there was definitely some swooning when I saw it, so be warned and do take a seat before scrolling any further….
BHLDN‘s Spring 2015 collection, which doesn’t officially launch until the 6th of January, features 18 new gorgeous gowns, a multitude of fabulous accessories as well as some simply gorgeous decor and finishing touches. Returning designers beloved by the BHLDN bride such as Tadashi Shoji, Catherine Deane, Watters and Nicole Miller, are joined by fresh and exciting new names like Rosa Clara, Eddy K and my personal favourite Johanna Johnson! And the wedding dresses they have designed are, if at all possible, even more lovely than ever before. There is lashings of delicate lace, silhouettes that are simply jaw-dropping, distinctive necklines and embellishments that will have you glittering like a star as you walk down the aisle. Oh and, whether peeking from beneath trains, or elaborately embellished for your bridesmaids, I know you are going to love the splash of blush that appears throughout. So, if you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016, have your pinning finger ready…..
Good morning lovelies! Well I hope you had a wonderful weekend, just one more now until Christmas – are you ready?? I’m nowhere near! But I am not going to think about it today, for I have just the most beautiful wedding to share with you this morning. Something a little different to last weeks gorgeous Winter Wonderland and perfect for brightening this rather damp and cold Monday! When the bride wears vintage and the groom a suit from Saville Row, you just know you’re in for a style sensation. Beautifully captured by fine art film photographers Taylor & Porter, Michelle and Sam’s charming early summer wedding, really is something special…..
In fact it has it all – not one but two stunning venues, an unconventional wedding cake that looks absolutely scrumptious, delicately dainty florals, and bride Michelle not only looks beautiful but positively radiates joy in her pretty flower crown and 1940s wedding dress. Michelle & Sam didn’t have a particular theme, colour scheme or era in mind when they planned their wedding, but they knew just how they wanted their day to look and feel. “We wanted lots of personal touches and for the day to be fun, relaxed and informal, so this was the driving force for how we planned it. We also wanted lots of colour and a simple vintage nod to our two venues.” I hope your pinning finger is ready because there is sure to be lots here you love!…..
I do so love Taylor & Porter‘s style of photography, it is so luminous it is quite simply heavenly. Don’t you think? (more…)
Good morning, it’s nearly the weekend – and there are only 2 weekends left until Christmas?! Eek! But before all that, this week’s Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons is continuing our series of Winter Wedding inspiration posts and looking at 5 of the most wonderful Wedding Cakes. For whilst I have learnt over the 3 years I have been blogging, that on your day you can have whatever you want (something I hadn’t realised when as a bride-to-be I accepted being told I couldn’t have a wedding cheesecake) I do think its lovely when couples have a cake that reflects the season as well as their chosen theme – something fresh and pretty for Spring, light for Summer, fruity for fall; and for Winter? Something that matches the drama of the season, adds some warmth to a dark night and dazzle to your celebrations. Take a look…..
1. Painted wedding cakes have been a big trend for 2014 (something I am sure is set to continue next year) and I love this rustic deer head, decorated with seasonal berries in the classic colours of Christmas. Although the skill and time required to paint a wedding cake won’t be cheap, what you spend on your cake’s decor you will save on the topper. For who needs a topper when your cake looks this lovely?
2. I love how simple yet effective textured white icing is and it is perfect for Winter! Give it a little extra gorgeousness and add some colour with just a dash of decor or a cute topper as Bess & Austin did (take a peek here if you missed their Winter Wonderland wedding) with their gold dipped deers…..
3. Whilst I love the glamour of gold, silver makes me think of snowflakes, icicles, the sparkle of frost and the twinkle of the stars in a crisp nights sky! Could anything be more perfect for a Winter wedding cake?…..
4. I love how this square delight has much the same effect on a much smaller scale. The foliage adds that hint of silver and the glass cake stand (the perfect solution to every bride on a tight budget) makes a simple two tier wedding cake look grand and luxurious…..
5. Or Winter is also the perfect season to indulge in a cake that is deliciously rich and heavy. For a rustic wedding a scrumptious fruit filled pie (yes people, a wedding pie!) will be sure to warm your guests. Or for something a little more chic but just as tasty how about a yummy soft Gingerbread cake? I love how the icing and dusted fruit gives this one a frosted look……
There are many reasons I wished to be a Winter bride, and the fabulous accessories was definitely one of them. For nothing screams vintage glamour quite like a chic coverup! Be it a stole, shawl, shrug, collar, cape, capelet or coat, they always evoke memories of Old Hollywood; and our favourite sirens sashaying across the screen, coverup draped over one shoulder as they languidly drawl “daaaarling” to the dapper gent, for whom they are pouring a drink, over the other. Of course the question isn’t whether to go with one of these fabulous adornments, oh no, you simply must wear something to keep you snug if you’re planning a Winter wedding! There can be nothing more miserable than being cold on your wedding day, plus of course, chattering teeth and goosebumps NEVER look attractive in photos. The question is whether you go for feather or fur?…..
This is a dilemma I remember all too well. In the end I decided feather, it felt a little more delicate, which was appropriate for my Jenny Packham dress, and even more glamorous for our New Year’s Eve Wedding (yep, it will be our 4th anniversary soon!) But to help with your decision, I have scoured Pinterest and the wedding blogging world for the most beautiful brides rocking both, starting with…..
Good morning lovelies! I knew there was only one post I could share today after starting the week yesterday in such a magical way, with that snowy Winter wonderland wedding (do take a look here if you missed it, it really is a must see) and that is with a beautifully whimsical bridal bouquet recipe. This time florist and stylist extraordinaire Toni McGregor from Magdalen Hill helped identify the blooms and recipe for one of your favourite bouquets on Pinterest. And my oh my do you have good taste, because this white bridal bouquet may be simple in colour but it is absolutely breathtaking!…..
Created by McKenzie Powell for a wedding that simply oozed Art Deco glamour (which you can see more of here on photographer Kim Smith Miller‘s blog) this bouquet perfectly epitomises modern vintage to me. I love how the flowers look as though they could have been picked from an English cottage garden and that bride Zora has paired her glamorous Jenny Packham gown with this relaxed bouquet, so full of texture, rather than a more formal posy.
Toni says”Soft and whimsical, this hand-tied bouquet is full of exquisite Spring treasures. The scent of the lilac and hyacinths is as enchanting as the floating movement created by the jasmine vine. Increasingly popular, horizontal bouquets are perfect for the Vintage-Boho bride, as they provide a slightly deconstructed, ‘just picked’ feel, as well as giving a nod to the bouquets of yesteryear. Blooms grouped together add to that freshly picked vibe, with textures enhanced by the use of monochromatic whites. Long tails of contrasting ribbons are a great way to link the bouquet to other key components of the wedding, such as bridesmaids’ dresses, although I like to also imagine a fabulous pair of shoes peeking out below the gown!” Oooh yes, me too Toni! And I love ribbons on a bouquet, not only are they a great way to tie-in your bouquet to your colour scheme, they also look so opulent and create the illusion of a cascading bouquet.
There is little that excites me more than finding a talented new wedding industry professional be they a designer, photographer, planner or florist. When I stumble across someone whose work makes my heart beat a little faster, or oooh and aah at my screen, I just can’t wait to share them with you. And that is exactly how I felt when I discovered the beautifully delicate and feminine bridal headpieces of Elibre…..
Strictly speaking, Elisa the lovely lady behind Elibre discovered me. But from the moment I read her email and clicked the link through to her store, I was SO glad she had! In fact I couldn’t resist adding some of her pretty pieces to my Etsy Page (did you not know CVB is a Tastemaker on Etsy?? Pop across here to see my favourite pieces from Elibre and all of my other discoveries) Elisa is a Venice based artisan boutique who sells her delightful bridal headpieces – vines, veils, crowns, brooches, combs and bands on Etsy. Inspired by nature Elibre‘s collection of flower adorned pieces is a charming mix of elegance and whimsy that are perfect for the bride looking for just a little something for her hair – and that I know you are going to love as much as I do.
As a firm believer that handmade products have a soul that mass produced items simply can’t replicate, Elisa creates every single one of her pieces by hand with love. “I work in my studio based near Venice, Italy, surrounded by nature my main source of inspiration. I’m attracted by the particular shapes of flowers, berry vines, entwined twigs and all concerning the world of flora and this is my starting point for creating a piece . Each piece means a lot to me. Behind them there is a story that tells of commitment it takes to realize it, uniqueness that sets it apart and great satisfaction to see the raw materials change and transform through my hands where a wire is transformed into an intricate crown and a piece of fabric becomes a delicate flower.” And wanting to ensure each pieces is shipped safely she even takes care of the packing and delivery.
How lovely is that butterfly hair comb and brooch? One of the things I love most about Elibre, is the unique designs Elisa creates (the rhinestone hair wrap being another one of my favourites) As well as being pretty as a picture, they are like nothing I have ever seen before. And many of the designs can be made in silver or gold; or flowers created in blush or white depending on your own personal style and colour theme.
With her style, imagination and eye for detail it is clear Elibre isn’t just Elisa’s passion, but her calling that was obvious even when she was little. “My passion for fashion, accessories and everything concerning wedding was born when I was a child, when I stayed for hours drawing and sewing clothes for my dolls with small pieces of unused fabric. When I grew up, I realized that this was my way and after graduating in fashion design and some work experiences in the fashion industry, I started to create accessories for my friends, then for the friends of my friends and so on….. encouraged by my family, Elibre was born.”
“For me it is a great pleasure to realize special creations for the most important occasion in a woman’s life and for that reason my priority is to create accessories that make a bride feel beautiful, self-confident and at ease on her big day.” And when she’s not hard at work creating dream accessories for her brides? “When I’m not working you can find me walking in the prairies with my two beautiful sons or making cakes or sweets for the family. Also I like going on vintage markets to discover treasures and antique jewelry – my other big passion.” Oh Elisa, a woman after my own heart!
The crazy talents of the artists, designers and creatives on Etsy never fail to amaze me – I so wish I had found this little trove of treasures when planning my own wedding! These are just a few of my favourites from Elisa’s current collection, You can see more of her pieces on Etsy at www.etsy.com/nz/shop/Elibre. You can also keep up to date with the latest Elibre news and special offers by following on Facebook and Pinterest.
Oh and of course keep an eye out here on Chic Vintage Brides for you are sure to see more of Elisa’s pretty bridal headpieces here soon!
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After looking over the last few weeks Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons at the most wonderful Winter colour palettes, bouquets, grooms and tablescapes , today I thought it was time to make sure your bridesmaids dazzle and shine as much as they deserve to on your big day. Winter is the perfect season to be bold with colour, it opens up an entirely new, and glamorous, palette of vibrant hues and never was there a better season to add some sparkle. So, here are 5 of the most gorgeous colours for a Winter, or holiday season wedding, that are guaranteed to have your bridesmaids looking wow….
If you’re loving this post or are planning a Fall wedding, you should definitely take a look at my pick of the 5 prettiest colours for Autumn. Or, for more bridesmaid inspiration, take a look here for gorgeous Summer looks and here for some of the key trends of 2014 (oh and I’ll be doing one for 2015 soon!) or pop across to Chic Vintage Brides Bridesmaids Pinterest board – with almost 900 beautiful bridesmaids dresses and looks I just know you will find something you love!
Good morning lovelies! I have been longing to share this post with you for some time. For whilst every single one of the past bridal accessory collections from Jannie Baltzer have been beautiful, her latest offering quite simply took my breath away – and I have no doubt it will yours too!
I first discovered the divine bridal headpieces of Danish designer Jannie Baltzer some 2 and a bit years ago now and she very quickly became a firm favourite of mine and yours. Oh and I’m not just saying that, you can see more of her work and past collections on Chic Vintage Brideshere, here and here – and you know I don’t allow just anyone to grace these pages! With her unique design style, Jannie’s pieces and indeed her whole collections, have a way of of perfectly combining the elegance and romance of eras past, with the sophistication and glamour we modern brides demand. Always brimming with exquisitely embellished hair vines and headbands, ethereal veils and captivating combs; her collections, beautifully captured by Sandra Åberg Photography are invariably a delight to behold. But I do believe her 2015 collection could be her greatest yet…. I hope you have your pinning finger ready!