Today’s inspiration board puts an understated yet elegant spin on a Winter wedding… and for a setting that is a little different to the garden celebrations I so often create for. This one is for all of you inner city chic couples looking to say ‘I do’…..
Much as I had a chic city celebration in mind when creating this board, this color palette would look equally opulent at a country estate or a marquee (adorned with chandeliers of course!) in a grand garden somewhere. And of course I have already shown how fabulous it can look at an unexpected venue like a barn! (you will find that inspiration board here if you missed it)
Whatever the venue, the key to this look is in the simplicity of the palette, so keep it black and white with shades of grey and pops of metallics (gold, silver or mixed would all work) And of course layer fabrics like velvet to add warmth and really up the luxe stakes.
Keep florals white, with an abundance of greenery, and decor to a minimum with texture being the key. So a white iced cake with geometric patterns, understated place settings with modern flatware and crystal cut glass, and of course plenty of candles for when the night draws in and the party starts!
Today’s editorial abounds with all the elegance of an Art Deco wedding, yet with an industrial vibe that makes it utterly contemporary. In an eclectic color palette that mixes warm golden shades of peaches, with a hint of blue and dramatic black, a visual feast was created that is just perfect for a modern vintage loving couple and a truly stylish wedding…..
Here’s a few words about the shoot from photographer, and lady with the vision, Hope Helmuth…. “I have been dreaming of a moody wedding inspiration shoot for some time. When we heard a new Lokal Hotel was opening in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, this vision automatically came to mind.
With an art deco flair, we incorporated metallic details and mixed metals for an old meets new vibe. Our goal was to mix 1920’s prohibition with a modern hip edge. Re+Bloom Couture Florals really set the mood with a warm and vibrant color pallet.
My favorite part of the story was our geometric bar wall. What better way to celebrate then with local craft spirits and old fashion cocktails? Our vendor team really brought the sparkle and made this vision come to life.”
Isn’t it just fabulous?? The styling is utter perfection! And the bride’s hair & makeup….. divine! A huge thankyou to everyone involved, but especially to Hope Helmuth who captured it all so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Hope’s work do pop and take a peek at this rather beautiful Scandi inspired Winter wedding editorial before heading over to her website hopehelmuthphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram!
Whatever your style or budget, and whatever you have in mind for your big day – or small celebration – don’t underestimate the planning that will be involved. Even an elopement requires planning! And these planners, organisers and journals contain everything you need to plan your dream wedding…..
Today’s wedding planners, as well as being super stylish, offer something for every couple. Whatever your wedding vision, these 16 wedding planning books will help you avoid big day anxiety and keep you organized every step of the way.
Whilst you can, and many do, plan your wedding using Excel, or Evernote or some other online software, there is still a place for the traditional wedding planner.
Because the best wedding planning books are more than a pretty place to file information; they are journals to capture your thoughts and ideas, and after your day they become a keepsake and memento of one of the most exciting times of your life.
If you haven’t already, be sure to read these top 10 to dos after getting engaged before going any further. Or if you are ready to start your wedding planning journey you may want to start thinking about your vows – it is never too early to start!
Well congratulations again on your engagement, I hope to see you here again soon!
Ken & Sabrina are known for their parties, so when it came to their wedding it had to of course be the ultimate party, and that is most definitely what they delivered – a whole weekend of celebrations centered around their big day. From their timeless ceremony, to their laid back reception (which included a game of beer pong!), to their dance-floor filled evening, their wedding perfectly reflected this fun-loving couple and and their love!
Beautiful bride Sabrina shared all the details with us…. “From the beginning of planning, we both shared the desire for a wedding weekend. We have attended several beautiful weddings that seem to fly by without ever getting a chance to really connect with the couple. We had so many friends and family flying cross country for us so we wanted to get as much time with them as possible.
We started the Labor Day weekend off with a Thursday night BBQ at a house we rented on the hotel property. On Friday, about 60 of us went on a three-stop wine tour through Temecula and that night we all went bar hopping. Saturday was our wedding day and guests spent most of it watching college football, lounging at the pool and visiting Ken in the guest house and Sabrina in the bridal suite. Post wedding, most of the guests continued the party at the guest house and the weekend wrapped up with a Sunday brunch. The whole weekend flowed easily and the vibe was always relaxed, happy and full of love.
Our wedding colors were slate blue and dusty rose. The bridesmaids wore slate blue tulle skirts and white lace tops. The men wore navy blue suits and Ken wore a dusty rose tie and shoes.”
“As soon as I discovered the Australian company Grace Loves Lace, I knew I wanted to wear one of their wedding dresses. Their style completely spoke to me – I think it’s the perfect mix of feminine, sexy and comfort. During my fitting, I tried on several dresses I liked but when I put on the Alexandra, I knew it was the one. I felt confident and at ease. The low back and high slit was just the perfect amount of sexy for my wedding day.”
“Our bouquets comprised of ivory, blush, and dusty rose blooms including garden roses, spray roses, scabiosa, lisianthus, dahlias, and astilbe. Open, organic design tied with ivory ribbon. And lush, seasonal foliages appeared throughout the wedding.”
“We had farm tables with garlands of mixed foliage lining each one. We rented beautiful furniture pieces from Madam Palooza including a living room setup for the Stone House, a blue velvet sofa for photos chandeliers to hang from the trees. There was a game area with bocce ball, beer pong, flip cup and corn hole. We had polaroid cameras set out and a fruit drying board for guests to hang their photos and messages. “
“We killed a few birds with our party favors! Each guest received a small succulent to take home. In each succulent was a name tag with the guest’s name and his/her table number. We had three colors for the pots – pink, white and blue. These colors signified to the kitchen staff what the guest’s meal preference was.”
“Our cake was a three tier feathered white cake with two flavors. The top two tiers were vanilla almond with raspberry filling and fresh almonds and the bottom tier was chocolate cookie buttercream. Individual flowers were placed around the cake.”
WORDS OF WEDDING WISDOM
“This is obviously much easier said than done but don’t sweat the small stuff! If I could go back to the planning process, I would remind myself that no matter what, the day would be amazing because I was marrying the love of my life and that’s all that mattered. I would have tried to relish the planning process a little more because, ultimately, it really is fun to plan your dream weekend that’s all about you!
Also, definitely do a first look! I was so nervous all morning and couldn’t even stomach a glass of champagne (rare for me!) I was anxious about walking down the aisle and then reading my vows in front of 130 people. But the minute I saw Ken for the first look, all of my nerves vanished. I felt giddy with excitement. After our photos, my bridesmaids and I had some champagne and walking down the aisle was one of the most confident moments of my life.”
“Ken is an executive producer and director of television so he has a very critical eye. Thus, he was put in charge of finding the videographer and photographer. As he was speaking to Sarah of One Love for the first time, he texted me saying that this was definitely the one. From the beginning, everyone at One Love was so invested in our wedding and happiness. It often felt like we were their only clients because of all the attention they gave us! It was clear they wanted to do everything in their power to make our wedding photos exactly what we wanted.
Stephanie, our wedding photographer, could not have been lovelier. Neither Ken or I enjoy having our photos taken. We both feel self-conscious and it’s hard for us to not just resort to being goofy. But Stephanie made us feel so comfortable and confident that we often forgot the cameras were even there. We could not be happier with the final product. The photos captured our goofy, wild sides while also showing how much love there is between us and our beautiful friends and family.”
Isn’t it lovely?? What a relaxed yet beautiful day! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple Ken & Sabrina for allowing me to share their big day with you, and to One Love photography for capturing every detail and moment so perfectly! If, like me, you are completely in love with their style of photography be sure to take a peek at some of their other weddings here on Chic Vintage Brides before popping over to their website www.onelove-photo.com as well as find and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
If you are looking for that perfect piece of jewelry to complete your ensemble for the big day, then look no further! Glitz & Love is where you will find a collection of exquisite and intricately handcrafted pieces that include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches – perfect for brides and bridesmaids alike. Their pieces are all borne out of love, created with quality materials and the utmost care, and they will be perfect for your special day.
Glitz & Love has long offered brides and bridesmaids a great collection of glamorous earrings – from simple studs to more elaborate chandelier designs. However there wasn’t always a necklace to match – for those brides looking for a jewelry set to create a cohesive look. But that has most definitely now changed!
The new collection of statement necklaces is designed with sophisticated and timelessly elegant brides in mind. With exquisite sets including earrings, bracelet and necklaces in gold, white gold and rose gold – for the more contemporary brides. Even better, for those of you looking to bare your back, you can now customise your statement necklace by adding a backdrop, which will really wow with a daringly low cut wedding dress.
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All too often when we think of Italy we think of one of its magnificent cities, or the rolling hills of Tuscany. But today’s shoot introduces us to another beautiful region in Italy, Apulia. And it makes for quite the stunning backdrop to this boho-vintage vision of a relaxed yet romantic wedding…..
Before we jump right in to all the inspiration, a few words from wedding planner and stylist extraordinaire Anne Laure….. “A few years ago, I visited Apulia, the “heel” of Italy, and instantly fell in love. This region is very unique for its olive groves and cacti growing everywhere, its authentic and wild atmosphere and the typical, ancient farmhouses reconverted in luxury hotels called masseria.
The chosen venue, Masseria Potenti, features traditional white painted walls and pastel colors. To fit this frame, I imagined a soft boho atmosphere with elegant touches that includes traditional elements like the « pumo », the symbol of Apulia in the shape of a little pine cone, and delicate details like silk ribbons and a watercolor wedding invitation in pastel hues.
My main focus was on authenticity. My couple of models for the day are high school sweethearts and after all those years, their love is still very palpable in the images. Roby’s sweetness and the softness of the whole shoot was beautifully captured by the talented Irene Fucci.”
And the lovely Irene added these words….. “This project has a special place in my heart. I have a thing for light, bright places, for cacti and succulents, for boho atmospheres and soft colors so when Anne Laure first talked to me about her idea I knew I had to jump in.
I loved everything about that day: from the color palette of neutrals mixed with a soft, blush pink to the intimate atmosphere. Not to mention the beautiful details like the gold handmade rings or that gorgeous cake with a tiny cactus on top. But my very fave part of the day was to work with a real couple. There’s something magical and unique about shooting a real love that always reminds me the reason why I love my job so much.”
I do so love seeing and sharing how couples celebrate their love all around the world, and today’s wedding comes all the way from Belgium. Pieter-Jan & Helene’s celebration is a timeless affair with understated decor but a beautifully warm color palatte – it is a masterclass in understated elegance!
As is often the case, finding the perfect venue was the couple’s first priority. “Our starting point was the location. We knew straight off the bat that we wanted to find a location that personified who we are as a couple. We were looking for something that would reflect cosiness and warmth.
When we stumbled (almost by accident) onto the old barn at Kasteel van Hoen, we were sold. The fact that it also had a ceremony room with a huge fireplace just made it even more perfect.
From there, we decided on oxblood, (dark) olive green and gold as our wedding colours. This was reflected in the invitations, the table setting, PJ’s suit, the (mismatched) bridesmaids dresses, the groomsmen’s bow ties and the flowers. “
“I chose a dress by Pronovias. It took visits to three different bridal boutiques to find the perfect dress, but I knew this was the one the moment I put it on. It featured a figure-hugging design with slight mermaid, had a high neck but low back and featured delicate (though minimal) beading on the front and back. As accessories, I opted for delicate drop earrings and a faux fur stole to get through the November chill.”
“On the wedding day, Helene’s mother surprised her by gifting Helene the ring that was given to her by Helene’s father when Helene was born. The caveat was that this ring should be passed down through generations when daughters get married. Featuring a small diamond and sapphire stone, it was the perfect ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’! Needless to say, it was an incredibly special mother-daughter moment. “
“The flowers (protea and eucalyptus) were a nod to the time Helene spent in Australia when she was growing up. “
THE GROOM’S ATTIRE
“I opted for a tailor-made three piece suit in dark olive green. It was designed by Café Costume and reflected everything I was looking for in a suit. It was a wonderful experience to choose the suit together with my mother. As finishing touches, I added an oxblood bow tie and eucalyptus boutonniere. I also found the perfect black wedding shoes with an oxblood stripe around the lip of the shoe. Oxblood socks finished the look for me.”
“The ceremony itself was PJ’s idea, and was done by the Flying Pastors. These guys are a comedic duo who have perfected a humoristic approach to the wedding ceremony, whilst still allowing for the romance to shine through (e.g. with the exchange of the rings and the vows). However, the laughter from everyone attending during the ceremony was one of the highlights of the day!”
SPLURGE & SAVE
“We just wanted this day to reflect who we are as a couple. We were looking to incorporate warmth, cosiness and an overall warm feeling thoughout the day. We splurged on the photography, the food and the entertainment, as these to us would make or break our wedding. We saved on wedding transportation as we wouldn’t need this anyway (we were able to get ready at the location itself, and both the ceremony and dinner/evening celebrations were held there).”
“We did not have a wedding cake, opting instead for a variety of local dessert pies as this is a long-standing tradition within Helene’s family. Additionally, we had a full dessert buffet (including chocolate fountain!) so everyone could find something to their liking.”
WORDS OF WEDDING WISDOM
“Make it your own. The more you make this day a personal one, the more you’ll enjoy it when everything (finally) comes together!”
“Our photographerJessica Van Durenwe found on Instagram. Immediately when coming across her feed, we LOVED the overall vibe and romantic feel of Jessica’s photos. We met her before the wedding and straight away felt that click, which is ever so important when you have someone sharing each and every moment of such a special day with you! She made us feel incredibly at ease when we were taking the pictures, and knew just what to say to get that perfect shot. As the pictures are really the biggest way we will be remembering the wedding, we are super thrilled that we chose Jessica as our photographer – the photos are just amazing.”
Isn’t it lovely?? All that greenery! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple Pieter-Jan & Helene for allowing me to share their big day with you, and to their photographer Jessica Van Duren for capturing is all so perfectly! If, like me, you are completely in love with Jessica’s style of photography be sure to pop over to her website photography.jessicavanduren.nl as well as find and follow her on Facebook & Instagram.
Today’s wedding styled shoot cleverly mixes two of the biggest trends right now, boho and minimalist, then layers a hint of vintage…. and whilst it may sound like this eclectic mix shouldn’t work, it most definitely does! Against a blank canvas of The Ruby, each color, design detail and moment sings – I do hope you have your pinning finger ready!
Before we lose ourselves in her lovely images, a few words from photographer Mandy Liz….. “Fruit and Flora is a Spring bohemian inspired styled shoot where we focused on pops of colors and natural elements. The venue is a historic church in Nashville that was restored. Our vintage rugs added color to our ceremony and we felt they were a perfect for a boho bride to walk down the aisle.
Our bride wore a stunning yet simple dress, and she accessorized with boho gold cuffs, bracelets, and stackable rings. She held an oversized bouquet to complement her minimalist gown.
Our reception table was lined with blue velvet and fresh fruits. Our mismatched vintage china from The Wedding Plate added elegant touches of soft pink, and created a sweet and romantic vibe. We lit candles to set the mood, and let the wax organically melt into place. We used pomegranates and blackberries to add fresh elements.
We had 3 cakes on display on the dessert table, and each one was topped with fresh flowers and fruits. The 2 tier cake was drizzled with caramel and topped with blueberries. Our baker used pomegranate seeds and matching macaroons to garnish the cake.
The two 1 tier cakes were decorated with flowers and fresh fruit. One of the cakes had a pink ombre frost and the other one had a natural unfinished look (exposing the cake at places). If you take a good look at the pink cake you will find a sweet miniature macaroon hidden between the cut pear and the flower!”
Isn’t it gorgeous?? A wonderful blend of boho and vintage, whilst also managing to retain the minimalist aesthetic that is so on trend at the moment! As always, a huge thankyou to the creative team, listed below, who lent their time and talents to create this styled shoot. And especially to Mandy Liz Photography who captured it all so perfectly. If you love Mandy’s images and would like to see more of her work do pop over to her website at www.mandyliz.com and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot abounds with timeless romance and delicate Spring florals in the palest shade of blush. It has all the elegance of a vintage wedding, and the relaxed charm of a celebration in the garden, whilst the two bridal looks couldn’t be any more romantic…..
Photographer Kirstie Veatch shared these words about the inspiration behind her vision…. “We were inspired by our venue Rollins Mansion, and its ability to create a french cottage feel, with our lace gown, and floral arrangement. We wanted the key elements to be simple and effortless.
We imagined a girl, getting married on her parents estate, putting on some simple makeup with loose curls, going out to pick the best blooms from her mother’s garden. We then did a second look with a more modern but still romantic twist. A satin gown, blunt bangs and a bob haircut with a darker bold lip.
The flowers are beautiful long stems of greenery, along with some light peachy David Austin roses, french tulips and Moonrise Peonies.
The cake was a light peachy pink, with gold painted edging and cracks, adorned with some greenery and two roses.
The sweetheart table was a simple setup, with a ruffled table runner. Candle sticks, greenery were used to surround the cake and centerpiece.”
Isn’t it lovely?? As always, a huge thankyou to the creative team, listed below, who lent their time and talents to create this delicate vision of romance. And especially to Kirstie Veatch who captured it all so perfectly. If you love Kirstie’s images and would like to see more of her work do pop over to her website at kirstieveatch.com and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
After the venue and the dress, choosing a color palette for your wedding is one of the biggest decisions you will make – and it’s not as easy as it may sound! After all it is not just finding a color that you and your beloved both agree on, there is so much more to consider than that. Such as whether the color you are considering will work with your chosen venue, and compliment your bridesmaids colorings? Will there be flowers in season in such shades and does it reflect you and your style as a couple? Your color scheme often sets the tone for your wedding as much as your chosen setting and season, so consider it carefully.
So, with this in mind, and many of us enjoying (or not) some seasonal snow, I thought it would be a good time to look at some perfect palettes for a Winter wedding. I have rounded up 12 of my favourite color stories for a celebration in the cooler months from the more traditional shades associated with the season, to more unusual choices…. all are absolutely lovely though!
1.Evergreen & Cinnamon
Starting with something of a traditional palette that mixes the soft emerald green of the seasonal trees so abundant in Winter with a warm neutral and cinnamon. This is a palette perfect for a rustic affair in a barn or atop a mountain somewhere…..
I just love the bright pop of red in this palette! It is the perfect contrast to those deep shades of blue and teal. This is a vibrant and bold color scheme that will work so well, if not by a frozen lake, in a chic city celebration!
From bold blues to duskier hues…. This color palette is understated and not overly feminine, yet would still look romantic – and imagine the bridesmaids in a mix of mismatched blues! The key to it not looking too cold is to layer plenty of cosy fabrics and texture.
This may not be the most obvious choice for a Winter wedding, but it sure is one of the prettiest! Only the palest shades make the cut, which when mixed together and layered with feathers and furs looks oh-so-lovely and surprisingly wintery!
Another color palette that is oh-so-feminine and romantic, but this time a little bolder with a richness that can’t fail to wow your guests. I can just imagine an abundance of red roses in tall centerpieces…. the key to this palette is to keep the darker shades to the florals, with the rest of the details and decor in the softer colors.
Nothing says timeless elegance quite like a monochromatic color scheme and it works particularly well against a snowy backdrop with just a hint of blush, and of course lots of greenery, to warm it up. Black & white is a classic wedding colour combination for a reason!
Don’t you just love this mix of dazzling shades of blue with a burnished copper brown? A bold take on the more traditional icy blues that as well as being rich and opulent, also has an unmistakably contemporary feel. And it is a color palette that somehow manages to be both stylishly masculine and beautifully feminine…..
Jade is just one of those colors that just looks beautiful whatever the season! Utterly timeless and oh so flattering it is perfect for pairing with soft neutrals…. And you can always add a splash of blush should you wish to warm it up a little.
Icy blues always work in Winter, and mixed with soft neutrals make such a heavenly choice for a rustic wedding celebration. Balancing cool and warm tones it is as versatile as it is breathtaking and would look just as lovely for a Spring or Fall wedding!
And no list of Winter wedding color palettes would be complete without a nod to Christmas and the holidays. And there is no palette more traditional than red, green and gold… and yet this is such a romantic and contemporary take on it, don’t you think?