Modern Vintage Weddings
A Grace Kelly Inspired Bride and Her Timeless Wedding
When a bride names Grace Kelly her inspiration you know you are in for a treat! From start to finish Candace and Jason’s wedding is a lesson in timeless elegance and the modern-vintage aesthetic that we at Chic Vintage Brides so adore. Beautifully mixing meaningful olde world details with contemporary styling the couple created a celebration that whilst unmistakably modern transports you to a more romantic time and place…..
It was the couple’s engagement that first inspired the theme of their big day. Candace tells us, “We had a memorable engagement in Paris and soon after the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.”
Of course first on their to do list was finding the setting for their European inspired celebration, and the Villa del Sol d’Oro, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, could’t have been more perfect. The Villa is a two-thirds scale replica of the Villa Collazzi near Florence which is rumored to have been designed by Michelangelo.
Candace and found the house and grounds so beautiful that it barely needed any decoration; “The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers. Our florist, Of The Flowers, did an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty,” Candace explained.
“My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.”
“I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’). Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.”
“Exchanging our personalized vows was my favourite moment . Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there.”
“I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.”
“Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge.”
“We opted out of having a cake and chose a dessert bar instead. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.”
Oh how I love those special moments captured during the Father-of-the-Bride’s speech. Much as we love details here at CVB, it is the moments like this that make a wedding! A huge congratulations to happy couple Candace & Jason, and a big thankyou to their photographers BrancoPrata for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their beautiful fine art photography make your next stop their website www.brancoprata.com and be sure to find and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter for daily doses of magic.
And if you love this wedding as much as I do, and are looking to see more of those special moments, do take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video by Robert Michael Films. He has the most refreshing approach to wedding films and for this particular romance fest he decided to create a series of short stories focusing on one moment, giving a unique narrative of the most important parts of the day. He calls it the “Vignette Series” and each gave me chills, but watching them all together is simply magical!
To see more from Robert Michael head across to his website robertmichaelfilms.com or find him on Vimeo and allow yourself to get completely lost in his creations – be warned you could find yourself there for some time!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – BrancoPrata // Venue – Villa del Sol d’Oro // Planning & Design – Twine Events // Videographer – Robert Michael Films // Wedding Dress – Bespoke // Bridesmaid Dress – Jenny Yoo // Floral – Of The Flowers // Calligraphy – The Pointed Pen // Musicians – Angelica Strings // Decor – Dish Wish // Rentals – Archive Rentals // Drinks – BottleShop 48 // Wedding Cake – Fantasy Frostings // Transport – ABC Tours // Officiant – Moore John Rev