Today’s simply stunning wedding editorial was inspired by an old joke no less! But with a contemporary minimalist feel, gorgeous florals in rich shades, an oh-so-cool airstream bar INSIDE the venue and a truly wow cake; it is sure to have you swooning rather than laughing!
The creative team shared these words about the inspiration for the shoot and the many lovely details…. “We really wanted to create something unique in this historic space to celebrate it’s venture to become an event space, but also respect the former use of the space. Because this was a former Register Guard paper location, I had the idea to design the shoot around the classic joke ‘what’s black and white and red/read all over…..a newspaper!’ This was accomplished by utilizing pretty exclusively black and white, with shades of red — including a striking groom’s suit!
Our paper suite was intentionally designed with a minimalistic approach and handpressed by Type A Press. It was then paired with some writings from an older magazine and photo publications.
Our florals from Seeds of Clay were ALL created onsite — including the bridal bouquet — due to being created from strategic foraging. No foam was utilized for any creations but instead an eco friendly option: chicken coop wiring for structure. Because of this approach, everything was created to be loose, and flowing. We wanted the florals to look like they had emerged from the ground of the historic space rather than creating something too overtly posh and precise.
We wanted people to realize how fashion forward the groom can be next to his bride. We went for something a bit different with a textured red checked suit with a slick silk collar and red tie. The red was carried over into the bridal look by incorporating this into her eyes in lieu of the traditional black smokey eye. We then blinged the couple out with jewelry from MiaDonna and also adorned the bride with some unique pieces from Eden Luxe Bridal — including a veil with black lace and tiara with black gemstones.
Our tablescape was designed to be minimalist whilst the cheesecloth runner down the center helped to soften the space. And our cake was an absolute show stopper with three tiers of red velvet and double chocolate cake complete with speckles, vertical drips coming from the top AND bottom. I won’t lie when I say it tasted just as beautiful as it photographed. I’ve never seen another cake like this in my life!”
Isn’t it stunning?? Who would have thought Black, White & Red could look so lovely?? A huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding pros and creatives who came together to create this vision of loveliness, but especially to photographer Lindsay Blair who captured it all so perfectly. If you love Lindsay’s work and would like to see more you should head over to her website at lindsayblairphotography.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Now you’re engaged your head must be spinning! And thoughts will have already turned to wedding planning, but before you jump into choosing color palettes or planning seating arrangements, take a moment to tick off one very important task. For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere befittingly beautiful to keep your engagement ring safe. And I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think one of these 22 unique, unusual and utterly lovely ring boxes could be just the thing!
Or if you haven’t popped the question yet, but you’ve found the perfect sparkler, and are looking for the perfect box to present it in, I have you covered! In fact some of these ring boxes will even ask the question for you 🙂
Built in 1928 the historic Swan House in Atlanta made the perfect backdrop for Catherine & Michael’s glamorous wedding! Using a timeless black & white color palette alongside opulent florals that included roses and orchids, they created a celebration that Jay Gatsby himself would have been proud to host…..
Catherine & Michael lived in the same building for 2 years before being introduced by a dating app – talk about serendipity. They went on their first date in 2015 and the rest, as they say is history!
And it was back in time they looked when they came to planning their big day. I will let them explain…. “We wanted a classic Art Deco style wedding with shades of black, white, gold and peacock. The Atlanta History Center was the perfect choice for an Art Deco style with the Swan House and a large ballroom that we could transform into a party reminiscent of that period. We wanted the room to feel dramatic when guests walked in and we think we definitely achieved it with a 16 foot diameter high gloss round bar in the center of the ballroom. The bar had gold accents and classic Art Deco lines.
Lights were placed around the perimeter of the bar under the top edge of the bar and a dramatic fluffy white ostrich feather arrangement was used to decorate it. The room also featured a 16 feet by 20 feet black dance floor with a gold monogram placed in the center.”
“I found my dress on my first trip to try on dresses. I was visiting my maid of honor in Nashville so we went to the Modern Trousseau store while I was in town. We tried on dresses on Friday and I was back at the store on Sunday to place the order! What I loved about my dress and the Modern Trousseau experience is that you can completely customize your gown. I ended up picking the top half of one dress and the bottom half of another in a thick silk fabric in diamond white. With a February wedding, I wanted the option to cover my arms and back so I also ordered a lace bolero that completed the perfect look for the ceremony. “
“One of our favorite parts of the day was our first look. It was great to have some quality time together and to exchange gifts in-person. It was also great to have all of our photos finished before the ceremony so that we could enjoy the reception with our guests. “
“Our florist was the fabulous Andy Beach. Our amazing planner, Brianne McMullan, recommended Andy for the job as she knew he would completely understand our Art Deco vision and would bring it to life with the décor and flowers.
Our flowers included hydrangea, garden roses, spray roses, gardenias, stephanotis, anemones and orchids – all in shades of white. Catherine’s bouquet had garden roses, gardenias. Stephanotis and phalaenopsis orchids. The bouquet was a tear drop shape and the stems of the bouquet were wrapped with white silk ribbon accented with pearls.
Our reception flowers were also used at the ceremony and included large lush mixed floral and foliage arrangements of white hydrangea, white garden roses, green foliage and gold foliage placed on top of tall stands. “
“The most important thing to Catherine was to carry the Art Deco theme throughout the wedding weekend. We ended up splurging on the décor but it was totally worth it because you truly felt like you stepped back in time for a fabulous celebration in the Art Deco period.”
“Our cake was fabulous. It was a round cake with 4 tiers and 2 flavors – salted caramel and triple chocolate hazelnut. It was covered in fondant and featured an Art Deco design inspired by our invitation suite. The bottom tier was simple white with a black trim. The second and third layers were covered in black fondant and featured an intricate Art Deco design in gold. The top tier was white with a black and gold fan pattern on the trim. It was almost too pretty to eat, but we are glad we did because it was delicious!”
WORDS OF WEDDING WISDOM
“There are so many decisions to make in the planning process so try not to get overwhelmed with all of the choices and just remember that it will be a perfect day no matter what you choose because you get to marry your best friend.”
“Brianne also recommended our photographer, Holly Von Lanken. Not only is Holly’s work stunning, but she is one of the nicest people we have ever met. She made us feel so comfortable and was a calming presence on the wedding day. She was also very efficient and made sure that we got all of the photos that we requested. My only complaint would be that she gave us too many beautiful photos to choose from!”
Such a stunning celebration, I am head over heels with every detail – especially their venue, Swan House has always been a favourite of mine. Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Catherine & Michael, and a heartfelt thankyou to their photographer Holly Von Lanken , for not only capturing their day so perfectly, but also for allowing me to share it with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Holly’s work, do pop and take a peek at her website www.hollyvonlanken.com and be sure to find & follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Specializing in exquisitely embellished gowns that hark back to some of our favourite bygone eras, Wardrobe Shop, in conjunction with Nataya, is the premier online destination for romantic, vintage inspired dresses for alternative brides – and Mothers of the bride or groom! And today I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing a little more about them alongside some of my favourite pieces from their fabulous collection…..
Nataya is beloved the world-over for her uber-romantic and Renaissance-inspired dresses. But what many people don’t know, is the level of craftsmanship that goes into each gown. Those of you who are true fans of design will be mesmerized by the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece. And for everyone else, putting on a Nataya will turn back time and make you feel like a princess on your special day.
The supple fabrics and highly-detailed designs will ensure your dress is exquisitely vintage, whilst the quality of cut and construction means that it will not only be comfortable to wear, but also that you will be able to wear and enjoy it for years to come.
Having developed her own garment construction methods in-house, the Nataya dresses available to purchase from Wardrobe Shop are unique creations, and hang beautifully when worn. Catering to a wide variety of body shapes and sizes, Nataya, has developed a collection of stunning silhouettes sold exclusively at Wardrobe Shop, that fit the curvaceous and hour glass figures as splendidly as they do slim ladies.
In addition to the romance of Nataya, Wardrobe Shop also carries a wide collection of footwear and accessories, styled after periods ranging from the Victorian era to the 1920s. The boots to be made of high grain leather, which means they are not only oh so soft to the touch but also comfortable to wear. Perfect for many occasions, the shoes at Wardrobe Shop are suitable for cowgirl-themed weddings, Victorian-inspired affairs, 1920s themed parties, garden galas, and many more.
Complete your wedding outfit with a pair of a beautifully fragile pair of lace gloves, beads and of course a headpiece with a mesh veil. A truly romantic outfit for a romantic lady, only at Wardrobe Shop. Whether you’re getting married again, or your daughter (or son) is, you are sure to find a Nataya gown, shoes and all the accessories you need to make your outfit for the special day as unforgettable as the day itself.
Can’t you just imagine Lady Mary waltzing around Downton Abbey in one of these beauties? The above designs are just a few of my favourites so be sure to check out the rest at wardrobeshop.com.
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It may be a little early to start thinking about Spring yet, but it’s hard not to think of sunshine and warmer days thanks to today’s sweet shoot and the splashes of yellow & blue in its color palette! A little bit mid-century, a little bit modern and beautifully minimalist, it is a taste of things to come in 2019…..
Jeanette of Party Crush Studio told us all about the inspiration behind the shoot and a little more about the design details within it…. “When it comes to design and handmade items we love styling and creating around what we love. I am a huge fan of mid century and I wanted to have our newest collection of silk runners inspire some of our modern mid century brides.
There is something about mixing trends and designs that we just love. We went with a very simplistic look for the bride with touches of modern elegance and the groom suit complimented the bride more airy and fresh feel.
The ceremony had stunning fresh greenery and vintage vases from the actual mid century time period. The tablescape had beautiful centerpieces and geometric vases to complement the overall concept.
A simple tiered cake from Batter Up Cakery was decorated with a beautiful mid century design from a vintage platter. We hope you enjoy this mid-century modern style as much as we did dreaming it up.”
Hello lovelies and happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are now feeling, as I am, refreshed, raring to go and eager to see what 2019 has in store! Whether you’re a regular follower of Chic Vintage Brides, a friend, new visitor or fleeting passer by, it really is lovely to have your company as I start the new year.
If you are a new visitor, then an extra warm welcome to you! And if you have stumbled across these pages today as an excited, newly engaged bride-to-be wondering where to begin, a hearty congratulations – this post is especially for you! These are the top 10 to dos after getting engaged….. well, the top 10 after saying yes, shedding some tears, jumping up and down screaming, telling all of your loved ones, posting a ring selfie on Instagram and updating your Facebook status of course!…..
Of course it might be that your exciting first job on the wedding planning path will be picking your pretty sparkler! And if it is, I don’t mind admitting to being more than a little envious. Whilst Mr E did a rather fabulous job of picking the perfect ring for his proposal, not every groom-to-be is so brave, and that’s ok! Because what could be a better way to begin the new year than shopping for your engagement ring?
You might want to start by swooning over these 21 stunners – that include diamonds, colored stones, budget friendly sparklers and unique settings….
Or if you have your heart set on an heirloom vintage or antique ring, then you must start by having a read of these Top Tips for buying a Vintage Engagement Ring from industry specialists and purveyors of pretty Trumpet & Horn….
For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere pretty to keep it safe, so have a look at these 22 ring boxes for something befittingly beautiful for your engagement ring.
I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think these velvet ring boxes inspired by eras past could be just the thing for your vintage engagement ring!
Long gone are the days when brides-to-be were limited to subscribing to expensive and sadly un-inspiring wedding magazines loaded with advertising. Today the world wide web is awash with beautifully unique (and free!) wedding blogs to fit every imaginable wedding style, size, theme, budget and location. So find and follow a few, choose those whose voice and aesthetic you love and just see how quickly the ideas start flowing.
Oh and its not just inspiration blogs can help you with! Find the right blog for you (one that suits your style, theme, budget and wedding location) and check to see if they have a directory, like CVB’s Little Book of Chic. These hand-selected lists of some of our favourite wedding vendors are guaranteed to help you find just the right people to bring your dream wedding to life.
4. Set a Date
After “Congratulations!” and “Ooooh, let me see your ring…” you will be asked “When’s the big day?” A LOT! So, set a date – even if it’s just narrowing down a year and season! And you can always start looking at Save the Dates if it is too soon for invites. But don’t rush into it, remember these are your guests first impression of your wedding, and we all know how important first impressions are!
For the next month or so everyone’s eyes will be on your ring finger, which makes getting engaged the perfect excuse for a spot of pampering. Take the opportunity to spend some time with the girls (because there will be p-l-e-n-t-y of time to spend with your new fiance over the coming months, or years, of wedding planning) and book in a manicure for you and your Mum, sister or/and besties.
If I could change one thing on our own wedding planning journey, it would be to have made the time to organise an Engagement session before our big day! Your engagement is an event well worth celebrating and capturing, so with all the excitement of wedding planning and dress shopping don’t forget to record it.
Oh and if (or when) you do decide to plan your engagement shoot, do pop back here as I will be sharing some great engagement shoot advice posts over the coming weeks; including ideas on what to wear, where to go, and some beautiful must have shots!
7. Say Hello to Pinterest
I wonder now how I ever managed to plan our wedding without it, so if you haven’t already, create an account and embrace Pinterest. It makes collating, bookmarking, organising and communicating all of your ideas so much simpler. To start with though don’t focus too much about the specifics, don’t worry about finding THE dress, perfect gifts for your bridesmaids, or your dream centrepieces; just let the inspiration wash over you and be prepared to get lost in all of the pretty! Pin everything wedding (or even non wedding) you love, anything at all that makes your heart skip a beat or your hands tremble and see if a pattern, theme, scheme or look emerges….. but be warned, it is seriously addictive.
Oh and after 3 years of me declaring my love for this particular Social Media platform, only to receive a disdainful look, Mr E finally discovered its merits over the holidays! Last week, out of nowhere, and to my utter amazement he announces “I love Pinterest!” So, involve your soon to be husband in the wedding planning process from the start by inviting him to pin to your secret Wedding Board.
8. Follow Chic Vintage Brides on Pinterest
With a board for every wedding detail as well as every theme, colour, decade and style of wedding (or if there isn’t, let me know and I will create one!) I promise you will find something you love, so pop across, peruse some of the 34,000 pins (I told you it was addictive!!) and join 4 million brides-to-be, brides, wedding professionals by following Chic Vintage Brides here…..
This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so before you start planning (or even looking – for there is nothing worse than falling in love with a wedding dress only to find it is way out of your price range!) set a budget and agree with your groom to stick to it!
But don’t be pressured into thinking a beautiful wedding will break the bank and cost the earth, just take a peek at this beautiful bride and her budget friendly DIY wedding!…… Or here for more budget friendly weddings and money saving ideas.
Most of all, if you are basking in the glow of a proposal popping New Year, bask a while longer. Yes, it’s true you have a lot of decisions to make in the next few months but, for now, take some time to enjoy being engaged. Book a weekend away with your fiance, throw a party, have a family meal; however you want to do it, before you start down the wedding planning path, just take a breath and with your nearest and dearest celebrate being engaged!
Click here to see all the photos from this speakeasy inspired shindig. Photography by Chris Spira
Set in Kinfolk 94and with the New York City skyline as a backdrop today’s shoot is full of dramatic details! From the lush florals that include a ceremony backdrop and a wall installation for the reception in rich, dusky hues, to the black wedding cake and not to mention the bride’s incredible dress and crystal headpiece. Today’s editorial is a masterclass in how to add a little modern boho glamour to your timeless wedding….
Margaret of Margaret Rose Events was the creative director and planner for the shoot, and she shared these words about the inspiration behind it…. “Our goal was to create an edgy, moody atmosphere that also felt romantic and beautiful much like the neighborhood we shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shot by Forever Photography, a color scheme of grey, emerald green, and mauve with gold accents was used to capture a dark, yet idyllic vibe that is quintessentially New York City.
I drew a lot of inspiration from Downtown New York City, an area that is both eccentric and cool but also effortlessly glamorous. She wanted to capture a wedding that was both romantic and luxe, but with an edgy, cool aesthetic.
Highlighted by its geodesic dome-like enclosure made of red cedar and leveled interior, Kinfolk 94 provided the perfect enclave for our moody love story to take shape. The amazing team at Botanique NYC designed the florals including the framed floral installation that gave life to the white brick wall in the space. They absolutely nailed the theme and hit it out of the park by somehow making the flowers look both antique and fresh at the same time. They also made the lovely smudge stick favors which smelled as pretty as they looked.
Ashley Holt of Sugar Monster Sweets (and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker!) designed the four-tier eggplant and gold cake with black accents. Ashley is a creative force who was able to deliver this cake within days of giving birth to her first child! What a rock star.
The delicate, feminine jewelry was provided by Everett NYC, a New York City-based brand founded by Alexandra Cole Nelson. Her pieces are simple and clean in design, set with complex and brilliant stones. They provided just the right amount of sparkle while maintaining the effortless beauty we were looking for.”
Isn’t it stunning?! I just love the florals and that candle lit table is so amazing! Thank-you so much to the creative team listed below who all played their part in bringing this vision to life, and especially to Forever Photography for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of Andrea & Jessica’s beautiful photography by popping across to their website www.foreverphotony.com and by following them on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Brimming with romantic florals in an array of pretty hues, balanced by elegant black and set against a castle backdrop, today’s wedding editorial is a beautiful embodiment of vintage elegance and the perfect way to wave farewell to 2018 and see in the New Year. All the way from Russia, in a landscape dusted with snow, it shows just why Winter weddings are so magical….
Here’a few words from Olga Siyanko about what inspired this frosty aristocratic wedding editorial….. “When we met Olga and Alexander they were dreaming about a winter wedding. They dreamed about waking up into a frosty noble morning of England during 1930s-40s and going for a walk through crunchy snow around their own ancestral estate…
The venue for this vintage wedding inspiration shoot was an old castle built in the English style. Every brick was filled with a sense of history! The groom came for his bride in a vintage car – a black Chrysler Desoto from 1939.
Their brunch was held at an elegantly set table. All the flowers around them were in an autumnal color palette: terra-cotta, caramel, marsala, mustard, and milk. And every single piece of decor like tables, chairs, tableware, cutlery, brass candlesticks, were all were chosen to compliment the vintage wedding style.
The couple was styled to create an aristocratic old-world sense for our bride and groom: a noble velvet tuxedo, an elegant dress made from natural silk and a vintage fur cape on bride’s shoulders. The bride’s vintage style was perfected by a special hand-embroidered headpiece.
Additionally, the calligraphy wedding invitation suite enriched the spirit of the shoot and gave it a perfect final touch!”
Now if that doesn’t make you consider a Winter wedding, I don’t know what will! Every single detail is just perfection. I can’t thank the creative team behind this beauty (listed below) enough, especially Olga Siyanko for photographing it so exquisitely and for allowing me to share it on Chic Vintage Brides. If you love this shoot as much as I do, do pop over to Olga’s website www.olgasiyanko.ru to see more of her stunning work, and you will also find her on Instagram.
The last post before breaking for the holidays, and what a stunner it is! Because when it comes to describing Magdalena and Sebastian’s wedding, magical would be an understatement. From the couple’s timeless style and their historical church ceremony, to the chandelier & candlelit palace reception, not to mention the snow dusted backdrop of Salzburg, it is the epitome of a chic Winter wedding…..
Here’s a few words about the couple and their stunning celebration…..“It was love at first sight when Magdalena and Sebastian met. Serendipity was the phenomenon that united them. Their winter tale wedding happened in the most musical and romantic city of Austria, Salzburg. And not in any Palace, it was the Sound of Music Palace – Schloss Leopoldskron.
The ceremony was held in the historical St. Peter’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and former cathedral. Followed by the cake cutting and first toast at The Stiftskeller nearby the church. Christmas and love was definitely in the air. A breathe-taking winter wedding filled with romance, elegance, happiness and togetherness.
The Leopoldskron Palace’s lake was frozen and set a very special scenery for the couple shoot. The flowers were designed to both enhance and stand out from the winter scenes: Organic Christmas and love feelings with white, green, deep purple, deep red, and Marsala tones.”
So if you’re recently engaged and wondering what season to get wed, or if you’re already think a Winter wedding might be for you, sit back and soak up every beautiful moment – and have your pinning finger at the ready before scrolling any further!
Isn’t it just perfection?? The snowy backdrop, the flowers, the Christmassy color palette, the venues….. everything! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple Magdalena and Sebastian for allowing me to share their magical day, and to their photographer Greg Finck for capturing is all so exquisitely! If, like me, you are completely in love with Greg’s fine art style of photography be sure to pop over to his website www.gregfinck.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
We’re continuing our countdown to Christmas today with some more seriously gorgeous Festive wedding inspiration! Schilling’s Christmas Tree Farm provides a charming backdrop to this surprisingly elegant affair, with the rustic setting contrasting perfectly with the glamour and opulence the beautiful palette of garnet and copper lends it.
The bride wears a beautiful long sleeve wedding dress by Calla Blanche from Inverness Bridal, just perfect for the cooler temperatures. The corded lace adds a hint of vintage to an otherwise contemporary look, with loose hair in soft romantic waves, and smokey makeup. An organic bouquet of rich blooms and greenery from Tanarah Luxe Floral, tied with silk ribbons in matching hues completes her look. Whilst the groom looks dapper in a hunter green suit, over a tweed vest with a velvet bow tie the finishing touch.
The inviting sweetheart table pairs wood with copper and plush chairs to create an elegant floral-filled space in which to continue the celebrations. At every place a warming marshmallow-topped, cocoa in a copper mug, the perfect accompaniment to a slice of yuletide stollen! Calligraphed name cards tied with ribbon around copper flatware, welcome the happy couple and hint at timeless elegance. Before the celebration concludes with the most delicious looking chocolate drizzle cake from Patticakes Bakery, topped with more beautiful fresh blooms.
Isn’t it gorgeous?? Who would have thought a Christmas tree farm could make such a romantic wedding venue! Such a huge thankyou to all of the wonderful wedding professionals and creatives who lent their talents to this fabulous shoot, and especially to BJ of B. Matthews Photo for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of his work, do pop and take a peek at his website over at bmatthewsphotos.com, and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.