16 Alternatives to the Traditional Diamond Engagement Ring
Now-a-days, for modern brides-to-be, when it comes to our big days anything goes, and the same goes for our engagement rings! Diamonds may be the traditional stone of choice for a proposal – and a girls best friend of course! – but many of us contemporary, unconventional, fashion-loving and eco-conscious gals, are looking for something a little different….
Something more colorful, reflective of their own personal style or love story, and of course more ethical. Something a little more unique than the simple solitaire, yet still undeniably stunning! So with this in mind, I have rounded up 16 alternatives to the traditional diamond engagement ring for you to swoon over. And swoon I have no doubt you will, because these sparklers are wow……
Moissanite is one of the more popular diamond alternatives because of its similarity to the traditional stone – apart from its price (and less exploitative mining practices) it’s almost impossible to tell the difference!
Marquise Moissanite Engagement Ring – Olive Avenue Jewelry
I know, peach! Because not all sapphires are blue. In fact sapphires come in many beautiful colors (we’ll see more later) and being the birthstone of September make a great choice for brides born or getting married in that month!
Peach Sapphire Engagement Ring – Minimal VS
Of course a deep blue sapphire was the stone of choice for Princess Diana and sapphire engagement rings have seen a resurgence in popularity since the lovely Kate started wearing the same beautiful ring.
Sapphire Engagement Ring Set – Alya Personalised
But if blue isn’t your color, then how about a rich red ruby? Just like diamonds, a ruby’s quality is decided by its cut, color, clarity and carat weight, so its still worth doing your research and looking around before buying a ruby ring.
Marquise Ruby Engagement Ring – Minimal VS
Onyx first started being used in jewelry by the early Egyptians and I am not sure anything makes much more of a style statement than a black engagement ring!
Black Onyx Engagement Ring – Olive Avenue Jewelry
As well as being absolutely stunning, a sapphire has come to symbolise faithfulness and sincerity which makes it pretty perfect for an engagement ring… especially in this gorgoeus color!
Oval Teal Sapphire Rose Gold Engagement Ring – Minimal VS
Emeralds comes in many beautiful shades of green, and as well as being the birthstone of May they have long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. In fact, ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate the Emerald to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
Emerald Halo Engagement Ring – Moissanite Rings
Always one of my favourite stones, for its many colors, opals make a stylish alternative to the traditional diamond, especially when set like this! They’re also the birth stone of October and considered to represent faithfulness, making them rather fitting for an engagement ring.
Wandering Star Rainbow Ring – Catbird NYC
I told you they come in lots of colours! And if you’re looking for a pretty feminine stone, they don’t come much prettier than a pink sapphire…..
Emerald Cut Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring – Studio 1040
Whilst not the hardest of stones (so a turquoise engagement ring will require a little looking after) it is none the less a sophisticated choice for a centre stone, and with its vibrant hue will make quite the style statement.
Pear Turquoise Engagement Ring – Minimal VS
Pearls are as timeless as diamonds, and just as radiant with their iridescence…..
Pearl Engagement Ring – Alya Personalised
Morganite comes in the prettiest shades of blush and pink, and cut like a diamond can be just as sparkly, making it easy to see why this budget-friendly alternative has become such a popular choice in recent years….
Pear Morganite Engagement Ring – Minimal VS
And yes, sapphires also come in white! Clear, colorless and cut like a diamond, I think it would be hard to tell this isn’t one…
White Sapphire Engagement Ring – NY Fine Jewelry
Almost violet in hue, this precious stone would make a pretty choice for a proposal!
Trillion Tanzanite Ring – Minimal VS
The birthstone of March, Aquamarine is paler than a sapphire, and usually a little more budget friendly, but no less lovely. A tranquil shade of blue it is thought to bring peace and calm to those who wear it.
Hexagonal Aquamarine Engagement Ring – Capucinne
Used in jewelry and adored by both the ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed it was born from solidified rays of the Moon, moonstone became popular again during the Art Nouveau era with French goldsmith René Lalique and created a large quantity of jewelry using this stone.[
Oval Moonstone Engagement Ring – Minimal VS (see this ring in a stunning set here)
So you see, diamonds may be forever but so would be any one of these beauties! I know I would love to see one (or two) sparkling away on my finger.
For any guys out there reading this post and not yet convinced by a diamond alternative, you might want to read this rather interesting post over on The Art of Manliness – who knew our love of diamonds was just the result of a brilliant marketing campaign?!
Or for more engagement ring ideas
You will also find a few in the Chic Vintage Brides boutique 🙂 Just remember, your engagement ring will be worn every day! It should be an extension of your style, not a representation of a current trend, so think carefully about what your true style is before making a choice.
A Festive, 1930s-Inspired, London Wedding
M & J PHOTOGRAPHY
Today I couldn’t be any more excited to be sharing Lucy & Andrew’s sparkly and festive Winter wedding with you! Full of candlelight, beautiful florals, and twinkling lights, in a palette of wine red, navy and touches of gold, it manages to be festive whilst avoiding being Christmassy. It is a truly magical wedding and a wonderful example of how great lighting can transform a space!
Beautiful bride Lucy explains…. “We both like Navy and Gold. The wedding was around Christmas time but we really didn’t want this to be the theme or overshadow the wedding. With the help of our planner Liz Linkleter we came up with a colour scheme that focused on these colours and various types of floor, ceiling and wall lighting to create the atmosphere/effect that we wanted.”
10 Alternative & Romantic Winter Wedding Color Palettes
When it came to what to wear, understated elegance was the key for the whole wedding party. Lucy wore a stunning long sleeve gown by UK designer Charlotte Simpson and her bridesmaids channelled their inner screen sirens in liquid silk satin gowns from Ghost. The guys didn’t let them down on the style stthough, donning military attire for this super stylish affair.
“Andrew wore his Royal Air Force No.1 uniform for the church service but wanted to change for the reception. After spending a bit of time researching Andrew found a couple of recommended tailors as he wanted to have a tailored dinner jacket. Andrew finally went for Gresham Blake as they understood exactly what he wanted and offered a friendly and bespoke service.
The groomsmen suits came from Marks and Spencer and their waistcoats from Debenhams. Despite being a simple look we thought they looked incredibly smart and they all did a great job ushering the 232 guests.”
What to look for in a Winter Groom’s Suit
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“We are both very lucky to have large families and a lot of friends who we really wanted to have at the wedding. However this meant that we’d likely have over 230 people at the wedding. We also wanted to put our own stamp on the wedding. This therefore resulted in us only having a few venues large enough to host the wedding. After visiting a couple of venues we didn’t find anywhere suitable in London, until I managed to find a different kind of venue in the form of St Mary’s Church Hall. It’s an active church but they do venue hire to bring in some extra income for their charity. After viewing it we knew it would be perfect.”
Wedding Planner Liz Linkleter shares how she transformed Lucy & Andrew’s reception space….. “We were tasked by the couple with creating something festive but never Christmassy, transforming a huge and empty church hall and it’s dark basement in beautiful Marylebone into a warm and welcoming location for their drinks, dinner and dancing. Brilliant Emma at Palais Flowers transformed the entrance with a stunning floral archway and decorations in the alcoves. Guests headed straight downstairs to the basement, where we draped the walls and lined them with hundreds of pillar candles.
Inside, the ceiling was covered in festoon lights, with a lightbulb installation above the bar. Following the drinks, guests headed up to the main hall with its dramatic high ceilings. Working in a palette of wine red, navy, champagne and gold, we dressed long rows of tables with hundreds of taper candles and beautiful florals, and hung a twinkling fairy light curtain behind the band. “
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“It’s your day so make sure the things you’re doing reflect you. Also, if you can stretch to having a wedding planner, we can’t recommend the decision enough. It helped make the process so much less stressful as you always have someone providing useful recommendations and more importantly you have someone there on the day to help ensure you get to fully enjoy your special day.”
“The canape reception music was a guitar and sax combo by the white keys. The evening music was done by The Whitekeys and their DJ Mikey. Andrew spent a whole day researching wedding bands and got down to three that he liked. He then showed them to me and I instantly said that I wanted the Whitekeys. We then discovered that I’d actually seen them at a wedding previously and had really enjoyed them so we were delighted with the decision. Amy and the band were incredible throughout and our planner Liz said she’d never seen a dance floor so full at a wedding.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Jonny of M&J Photography is a school friend of mine. They both did an incredible job throughout! Captured so many moments in particular ones when you didn’t even know they were there. The picture they captured of our first dance is really really special.”
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Wasn’t their day just fabulous?? Perfectly elegant with just the right amount of festive sprinkled on top! I love everything about it – especially those gorgeous bridesmaid dresses! Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Lucy & Andrew, and a heartfelt thankyou to their photographers Morgane & Jonny of M and J Photography for capturing their day so beautifully and for letting me share it with you here! If, like me, you are completely in love with their stunning style of photography be sure to pop over to their website www.mandjphotos.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
If you love this romantic Winter wedding and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Sidney & Dane’s charming church celebration, and Bess & Austin’s snowy Winter wedding. Or for more inspiration this Winter love story is a must see (especially the barn reception) and if like Lucy & Andrew you want to avoid the traditional red, gold & green color palette, then take a peek at these 10 beautiful alternatives! Oh and don’t forget to give some extra thought to what your man (and his men) might wear, here’s some advice on suits perfect for Winter from the Gentlemanual.
Contributors & Credits
Photography – M and J Photography || Venue – Farm Street Church, Mayfair || Reception Venue – St Mary’s Church Hall || Wedding Dress – Charlotte Simpson || Hair – Emma Thomas || Makeup Artist – Claire Elizabeth || Groom’s Suit – Gresham Blake || Bridesmaid Dresses – Ghost || Planning & Styling – Liz Linkleter Events || Floral Design – Palais Flowers || Catering – Spook Cooking || Band – The Whitekeys || Stationery – Megan Riera // Transport – Retro and Classic Car Hire || Videographer – Boutique Wedding Films
A Sweet Snowy Vow Renewal
Photography - Maria Grinchuk
Captured at Baker Lake, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State, today’s super sweet shoot is actually a vow renewal. With the prettiest snow-filled landscape, a simple ceremony in front of the lake and a berry topped alternative to the traditional cake – all in the most festive color palette – even the most ardent lovers of summer will find themselves dreaming of a Winter wedding just like this…..
Photographer Maria Grinchuk shared these sweet words about the couple and their day…. “When you meet your soulmate you know that it will last forever. This beautiful couple renewed their vows after 5 years. Their feelings still fresh as mountains air. With the snow around them adding purity to their souls.
Colors are vibrant and deep, echoing nature. And the air is crystal clear, crisp and cold but full of love.
Vintage shades in their clothes reminding them of home and family in a far far land, Poland.”
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Isn’t the location just incredible?? And I don’t think there is anything lovelier than a snowy backdrop! A huge thankyou to the happy couple and to their photographer Maria Grinchuk who captured their special moment so perfectly. If you would like to see more of Maria’s work do pop across to her website www.mariagrinchuk.com, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
If this lovely Winter vow renewal has you dreaming of a snowy backdrop for your own big day, you might want to take a peek at this beautiful editorial in dusky blue, or this mountain wedding inspiration in a more dazzling blue, and this floral filled affair all the way from Russia mustn’t be missed! Or if its Christmas wedding inspiration you want then you should definitely check out this traditional Christmas styled shoot – including a reindeer! – again from Russia and this romantic Winter love story. And be sure to take a look at these 20 festive wedding finds!
Contributors & Credits
Photographer – Maria Grinchuk || Second Photographer – Alla Ala Khviasechko || Decor & Styling – Maria Grinchuk || Bouquet – Floral Masters || Cake – Ksenia Tsahhirov || Headpieces – NABI || Model – Joanna Derengowska & Przemysław Derengowski || Venue – Baker Lake, Washington State
Woodland Wedding Chic – Snowy Winter Wedding Inspiration
Inspired by this beautiful lakeside elopement, today’s wedding inspiration board features a wonderfully winter color palette full of icy blues, and woodland greens that is perfect for a snow white backdrop!
Groom – Erin Morrison Photography via Glamour & Grace || Engagement Ring – Tenth & Grace via Style Me Pretty || Bride – Greg Finck Photography via Style Me Pretty || Boutonnieres – Woods and Bloom, Photography by Peppermint Photography via The Wedding Playbook || Wedding Invitation – Lichenink || Place Setting – Kate Ignatowski Photography via Once Wed || Semi-Naked Wedding Cake – Tortenfantasy, Photography by A-Stone wedding & Lifestyle Photography via Hochzeitswahn
I imagined a woodland backdrop, perhaps somewhere in the mountains, but this look would work just as well for a barn wedding, or anywhere offering a hint of rustic charm. Because this is a theme for a relaxed wedding with a timeless vintage elegance. So think tweed waistcoats beneath wool suits, vintage fur shawls for the bride and bridesmaids, and blankets as favours for your guests.
Of course much of the celebration will be inside, but be sure to bring the season indoors with you by having fires roaring and table runners or hanging installations of fragrant greenery. Keep blooms crisp and white, flatware silver and other decor elements simple. I love the use of pine cones to decorate a barely iced cake (the light covering of icing gives it a snow-like look) – and you can find a similar wedding cake topper right here!
If you would like to see some more perfect palettes for a Winter wedding take a peek at these 10 alternative – yet romantic – Winter wedding colors, and this elegant colour palette of coffee, bronze & gold, or for a touch of glamour you can’t beat garnet & gold, whilst for something a little more rustic, this snow dusted Winter Woodland board in earthy neutrals is gorgeous!
A Romantic Italian Elopement on Viverone Lake
IRENE FUCCI PHOTOGRAPHY
It may have been foggy and cold when Beatrice & Gabriele said “I do’ on the edge of lake Viverone, Italy, but this romantic Winter elopement will definitely melt your heart! Beautifully intimate and with a color palette of greyed jade and thistle blue, that reflects both the season and their chosen setting, it captures the very essence of love and reminds us that weddings don’t have to be big to be breathtaking….
Groom Gabriele is an illustrator, so when it came time to pop the question of course the romantic used his artistic talents to create the perfect proposal. Beatrice explains “He proposed in the most personal and natural way as possible. I was at his house and after dinner he gave me a drawing. Just a simple house with a heart balloon on top and a phrase: will you marry me?” Awww, how cute is that?
“Our special day was simply perfect. There was us, our love, our story, the colours we chose (inspired by the lake and the nature surrounding ourselves) and all the little details that make the difference. We decided to opt for a unique ceremony (at least here in Italy were we live)! Just the two of us on a dock in the middle of a lake. We knew this was our kind of wedding for the very beginning, we are creative people and we really wanted something different. I couldn’t be more grateful to Danielle who perfectly planned and styled everything and to Irene that was able to tell our story in such a lovely, romantic way.”
“Our wedding day started at home. We wanted to share everything, from the beginning to the end, so we got dressed in the same room. I loved my dress! When I shared a picture of that crop top to my granny she started grumble, but I knew it was the one. I first saw it online -Maura (the designer) shared a video of her new collection and I immediately felt in love. So a month later I booked an appointment. I tried that dress and two more, but that one was the one. No doubts. And then Gabriele found his suit a couple of days later in the same atelier (Il Sogno Atelier). He was a dream in his green jacket. Smart and informal at the same time!”
“It might be obvious but the ceremony was definitely our fave part of the day. Just the two of us and some swans on a dock at sunset time. It was such a cold day, but the sun decided to came out just in time for our vows exchange. It was so magical and I’m sure we will never forget that special moment, it was so surreal and amazing!”
“And finally we came back home, just the two of us and enjoyed a lovely meal drinking Italian wine and finally tasting Dewis’s from Passione Cupcakes cake. We loved our cake: it had the lake hues, the water silver glare, and some colours inspired by my bouquet.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Our number one piece of advice would be: have your own kind of wedding. There’s nothing that you must do and nothing you can’t do. If you want a intimate wedding then go and get it. Don’t be afraid to think different and enjoy every moment because you’ll be surprised at how quickly the day passes.”
Tell us a little about your photographer…..
“Irene it’s such an easy person to work with: passionate and nice, not intrusive at all. So if you want a natural and romantic reportage of the day she’s definitely the one for you!”
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Wasn’t everything about Beatrice & Gabriele’s elopement just dreamy?? *swoon* Many many congratulations to the happy couple, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and photographer Irene Fucci for allowing me to share their beautifully intimate celebration with you. If you love Irene’s style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop and take a peek at this ethereal bridal shoot (at the most stunning Italian villa) or head on over to her website at www.irenefucci.it, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!
Or if you’re considering an elopement and are looking for more inspiration then you will love this elegant affair in the city of romance, or how about this chic city hall elopement, oh and this enchanting Venice elopement is one not to be missed!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Irene Fucci || Event Design – Danielle Design || Cake Topper – Geraldine – lovely Crafts || Floral – Danielle Design || Jewelry – Giverso Gioielli || Wedding Cake – Passione Cupcakes || Vintage Car – La Manovella || Hair & Makeup – Hair and Makeup by Anka || Wedding Dress – Maura Brandino || Groom’s Attire – Maura Brandino || Robes – Mes Petites Dentelles || Groom’s Shoes – La Marchigiana || Submitted via Matchology
Mexican Villa Wedding Inspiration Brimming with Greenery
Photography - Lucille Photo
Today’s lush greenery-filled wedding editorial was inspired by the creative teams love of fresh garden hues and the wonderful Mexican culture that abounds in San Antonio. Set in the grounds of The Veranda, a stunning space that was created in 1931 for an oil baron and his artist wife, which beautifully captures this culture and the spirit of the rich history of the area; there is so much to love about this inspiration shoot! The soft spring color palette, romantic styling and gorgeous green wedding cake to name but a few…..
Event planner Julianna of Pen & Whistle Design Co. shared these words about the shoot….. “The design for our shoot was inspired by the rich culture of San Antonio and our love of fresh garden hues. The venue The Veranda really brings out traditional Mexican architecture in a very modern way.
The flowers by The Vintage Bouquet Bar are very lush with interesting textures being created by the more unconventional types of flowers and greenery.
The tablescape was my favorite thing to style. The vintage dish set was an easy choice because of its beautiful detailing on the rim. The brass candlesticks added a vintage feel. The cascading greenery of English Ivy gave the table a look of absolute elegance.
The cake created by 2Tarts Bakery is simple yet modern with its unique color and floral detailing – we wanted to create something that is not seen often in a wedding cake.
This shoot was all about creating dimension. The dress was chosen with this in mind. The softness of the sleeves and the intricate detailing on the bodice was what set this dress apart from others.”
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Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the creative team listed who all played their part in bringing this vision to life, and especially to Lucille Photo for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of Lucille’s beautiful photography by popping across to her website lucillephoto.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Now if this romantic affair has you dreaming of a garden wedding of your own, you might want to take a look at this modern-vintage vision all the way from Greece, or this heavenly Lavender farm wedding editorial, and this ethereal fine art editorial is utterly breathtaking – with its focus on bridal style. You may also love this romantic garden wedding inspiration at Houston Oaks, and this fabulous farm to table wedding inspiration is lush.
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Lucille Photo || Venue – The Veranda || Event Planning – Pen & Whistle Design Co. || Floral Design – The Vintage Bouquet Bar || Stationery – Callirosa || Wedding Cake – 2Tarts Bakery || Rentals – Cru Vintage Rentals || Hair & Makeup – Prim & Powder || Wedding Ring – Good Stone || Bridal Boutique – Liv and Love Bridal || Submitted via Matchology
20 Fabulously Festive Wedding Finds
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The holiday season is almost upon us – we even put our Christmas tree up yesterday! And so feeling festive, and loving Winter weddings as I do, I thought I would round up 20 of the chicest and cutest Christmas wedding ideas I could find. From stationery and florals, to styling and fashion these are the details that will give your holiday wedding a festive feel…..
Holiday Inspired Invitations
Give your guests a glimpse of the Christmas celebration you have planned with a holiday inspired invitation. There are endless ways of incorporating the spirit of the season into your invites from florals with pops of berry red, to snowflakes and plaid are just a few.
Wedding Invitation Suite – Remember November Inc
Add a hint of the holiday season to your groom’s look with some seasonal berries and foliage….
Winter Wonderland Boutonniere – Wild Rose & Sparrow
Christmas Cocoa Bar
Keep your guests contented and cozy with a hot cocoa bar….
Cocoa Bar Sign – Pen & Paper Flowers
Let them take home a lasting reminder like these super cute, rustic Christmas decorations…..
Christmas Wedding Favours – Rustic Wood Slices
Red Bow Tie
A splash of rich red velvet will give you’re groom’s attire some seasonal spirit…..
Velvet Bow Tie – Bubibubi Ties
Something to Kiss Under
Hung above your ceremony space, or saved for the reception, a mistletoe kissing ball makes a perfect addition to your floral arrangements…..
Mistletoe Kissing Ball – Wild Rose & Sparrow
Sparkly Bridal Shoes
If ever there was a good excuse for wearing the most wow shoes, a Christmas wedding is surely it! So make them sparkly and maybe red….
Beatrice Shoes – Emmy London
Fairytale Flower Girl Dress
Have your flower girls look worthy of sitting atop the Christmas tree is a princess style dress…..
Tulle Flower Girl Dress – Miss Missis Boutique
Whether for the proposal, the big day or after, a beautiful ring box is a modern day bridal must have…..
Geometric Proposal Box – Waen
Feature seasonal blooms, or shades, in your table centerpieces for a festive feel at your reception…. Poinsettias, Amaryllis and Roses all come in that rich red perfect for Christmas!
Amaryllis Topiary – Pottery Barn
Chic & Cosy Coat
A statement coat or cape will look super stylish if its going to be a white Christmas….
Hooded Bridal Coat – A N Lace Studio
Red Vow Books
Keep the seasonal theme going and write those all important words in some gorgeous calligraphy vow books….
Calligraphy Vow Books – Custom Crafted Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses in Seasonal Shades
If you’re going with a Christmas theme, it has to be red or gold for your bridesmaids…..
Red Bridesmaid Dress – ASOS
Gold Jacquard High Low Dress – ASOS
Berry Beautiful Bouquet
And don’t forget to add a seasonal touch to your beautiful bouquet…. the red will really pop and look fabulous against the white of your wedding dress!
Cascading Winter Wedding Bouquet – M Kedra Wedding
Christmas Wedding Wreath
Every holiday home needs one, and they will look just as beautiful behind your sweetheart or dessert table!
Holiday Wreath – Nova Wreaths
Don’t forget the second most important guy at your wedding…. I love these plaid suspenders!!
Plaid Bow Tie & Suspenders – Doll Dressed Up
Festive Flower Crown
And how about something for atop your head
Woodland Berry Flower Crown – Innocent Chaos
Something for Atop the Cake
I love this super cute Nutcracker topper – they will make the sweetest keepsake for after the big day too!
Nutcracker Wedding Cake Topper – Gimme Some Sugar Y’all
Channel Your Inner Snow Princess
It just isn’t the holidays without a little snow and sparkle…..
Christmas Wedding Tiara – Gadegaard Design
For the ceremony or reception, nothing says Christmas quite like snow covered pins, berries & jingle bells…..
Rustic Decor – Rosy Rilli
Now, if that hasn’t got you dreaming of a Christmas wedding, nothing will! If you’re planning to have your big day in the holiday season and are looking for more festive wedding inspiration, you will love this romantic rustic holiday wedding inspiration, and this swoonworthy snowy wedding inspiration. Or for something else in a traditional Christmas color palette be sure to take a peek at this editorial all the way from Russia – there is even a reindeer!! And if its real weddings you want to see then I would definitely suggest taking a squiz at Matt & Kelly’s greenery filled beauty and Andrew & Lucy’s festive 1930s inspired celebration – both feature alternative palettes to the traditional red, white and green, and the most magical reception lighting!
A 1930s Inspired San Francisco City Hall Wedding
Photography - Molly + Co
Today’s stylish and intimate wedding celebration makes my heart sing! Because Katie & Ryan have an authentic love for all things vintage. Their style pulls inspiration from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and one thing was for sure when it came to their wedding at the stunning San Francisco City Hall – it was going to be full of fabulous vintage finds and meaningful family heirlooms; which just made made their day all the more special!
Beautiful bride Katie shared these words about their special day… “We skipped the big traditional wedding, choosing to keep the guest list down to family only so we could enjoy every moment with those who meant the most to us.
I wanted an intimate, historical, vintage wedding, my maternal grandparents had a city hall wedding and I always loved the story. I actually googled “best city hall in America” and that is how we found San Francisco City Hall. I knew I wanted the venues to stand out and hold their own, so I wouldn’t need to spend money, or have unneeded stress, decorating.
The best part of the day was that I felt so connected and present. I spent the morning with my fiancé, choosing flowers, eating breakfast, and going to get coffee. My mother, sister, and nieces helped me get ready which was a very special time for all of us. We had a kings table and a family style dinner so I felt so in the moment the entire time.”
“I purchased my dress from BHLDN with help from my mother and mother in law. I wanted to be comfortable and the weight of my beaded gown and the no fuss undergarments were a huge selling point. I knew it was the one the moment I put it on, it just felt amazing. My 1920s head piece was a last minute find from Etsy and matched perfectly. I picked up my handbag and necklace from the rose bowl flea market.”
“My husband has his suit made custom with a personal embroidery on the inside from indochino, we wanted to spend the money on something he could wear again. Ryan’s cufflinks and boutonnière pin came from a vintage store in Houston Texas.”
“The morning of our wedding, Ryan and I walked out of our hotel and found a street vendor florist. I picked from the selection she had and made my bouquet and Ryan’s Boutonnière in my hotel room. The prayer book was my grandmother’s. She held a prayer book for her wedding in 1949 so I wanted to have a piece of her there with me.”
“We hired the most adorably nervous pastor and he read another couples wedding ceremony. I still remember the look on my husbands face when he realized it. At that point, he could have read it in a foreign language and I couldn’t have cared less. We still laugh about it now. It was perfect even though it wasn’t what we had chosen.”
Words of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Use Pinterest with caution. Once you find something you love, stick with it and move on. There are so many opinions and ideas out there it is easy to second guess yourself. Go with your gut, always.”
“We opted out of flowers for the reception table and decided to display our parents and grandparents wedding photos instead. It was a nice reminder of the love that came before us and those who couldn’t be there with us physically.”
“Our wedding cake was gluten-free because I I have celiacs disease. It was a lemon-raspberry filling with n Art Deco buttercream frosting. Our cake topper was a vintage find in Louisiana from Pink Elephant Antiques. It wasnt until I got home and cleaned it that I realized the back read “made in occupied japan” on the back. I like to think a GI likely brought it home from the war for his bride.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer….
“I met Molly just like how I met my husband, in the CrossFit gym! She was one of my favorite members who would come in with her big floppy puppy everyday. I had seen how gorgeous her work was and she was the first person who came to mind when I began planning. She was so relaxed, easy going and great with directing family for group photos, it was a pleasure having her along for the day. I am absolutely obsessed with the photos and get compliments on them to this day.”
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Isn’t it fabulous? I love intimate weddings! Because at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then your wedding was perfect – however big it was! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Katie & Ryan, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Molly + Co for capturing it so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Molly’s work why don’t you pop on over to her website www.mollyandco.com – and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.
And if you are considering a chic Citywedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration then you will love Amy & Patrick’s colorful city garden wedding, or this chic modern vintage elopement inspiration and Lucy & Andrew’s festive 1930s inspired wedding in London is not to be missed!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Molly + Co || Ceremony Venue – San Francisco City Hall || Reception Venue – Park Tavern || Stationery – Minted || Wedding Cake – Park Tavern || Wedding Dress – BHLDN || Groom’s Attire – Indochino || Bride’s Shoes – Royal Vintage Shoes || Bridal Headpiece – Etsy || Wedding Cake Topper – Vintage from Pink Elephant Antiques || Engagement Ring – CAM Jewelry || Submitted via Matchology
Harvest Wedding Inspiration with Pops of Fuchsia
Maura Jane Photography
Loving this time of year and unusual color palettes as I do, you can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful editorial through Matchology. The palette includes an unexpected pop of fuchsia, alongside navy, deep purples and the more traditional red; and the details are vintage inspired, but at the same time timelessly romantic. I especially love the use of bold proteas in the florals, the alternative to the traditional wedding cake and the sweetheart table decor. With so much to inspire be sure to have your pinning finger ready before scrolling any further!
Here are a few words from photographer Maura about the shoot…. “Amanda and James have always loved Thanksgiving. The colors, the friends, the family, and of course the food. So while creating a styled shoot for this deserving military couple, we kept their favorite holiday in mind. We chose to keep the fall harvest colors focused around purples, the couples favorite colors.
We gathered vendors from around the city to pair all the couples favorite things. Just Lovely Weddings created a beautiful fall tablescape with fruits and candles and florals and the couples favorite quote on craft paper.
In lieu of a wedding cake, following the thanksgiving theme, Emerald Pie Bar created an intricate black berry peach pie decorated with chocolate lace flowers and lemon tarts decorated with greenery and fresh fruits, along with bright fall colored macaroons with gold leafing.
The Flower Company designed a beautiful overflowing organic bouquet with eucalyptus, protea, burgundy cremons, purple scoop scabiosa, feathered acacia, gunni greens, chocolate lace, white hypericum berries, crocosmia and white genestra that doubled as a centerpiece.
We then took the couple out to the woods along the river for the fall colored leaves.”
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Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the wonderful team listed below who lent their creative talents breathing life into this harvest celebration. And a special thanks to Maura Jane Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share it here on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Maura’s beautiful photogrpahy by popping across to her website www.maurajanephotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
If you’re considering a Fall wedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration for a celebration in this beautiful season, you should take a look at this boho-vintage desert elopement inspiration, or this stunning gothic inspired editorial and this breathtakingly romantic styled shoot at Twickenham House – both are just perfect for the season. And this stunning wedding inspiration shoot from Sweden has a similar Fall color palette but a more Scandi style. And if its color ideas you are looking for, then do take a peek at these 10 inspiring Autumn palettes!
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Maura Jane Photography || Event Planning – Just Lovely Weddings and Events || Floral Design – The Flower Company || Stationery – Pennysmiths Paper || Desserts – Emerald Pie Bar || Rentals – Darling Details || Hair & Makeup – Genica Lee || Bridal Boutique – Bridal Elegance by Darlene || Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero || Groom’s Attire – The Black Tux || Bride’s Shoes – Michael Kors || Jewelry – Badgely Mischka || Submitted via Matchology
10 Fabulous Fall Wedding Color Palettes
Before we all turn our attention to Christmas and get lost in a Winter Wonderland I wanted to take one last look at Fall with some of the most fabulous (both traditional, contemporary and unconventional) color palettes for couples considering a wedding at this time of year. Whilst I was a Winter bride myself, if I got the chance to do it all over again, Autumn would be my season of choice. Summer may not always deliver the promised sunshine, Winter the snow, or Spring the seasonal blooms, but there is always something magical about a Fall affair – be it the golden light, the turning leaves or the abundance of berries. So there is no season more beautiful when it comes to weddings, but if you still need convincing maybe one of these will do it…..
Chartreuse & Blush
Shying away from the traditional reds, oranges and burnt yellows, chartreuse and blush is an unusual choice for a fall wedding; and yet they work so perfectly for a garden, winery or barn wedding. Both colors have a delightfully vintage feel and the addition of the burgundy gives gorgeous depth…..
Photography – Lacie Hansen via Chic Vintage Brides
As well as being utterly timeless, this dramatic color palette offers more than a hint of masculinity – a nice change to the traditionally feminine wedding hues. So whether you are a gay couple or a bride looking for something a little different, this dark and dusky palette could be perfect for you….
Photography – Emily Magers via Chic Vintage Brides
Whilst burnt yellows and oranges are synonymous with Fall, when mixed with soft dove grey they are given a more contemporary twist. The key to this palette and its understated elegance is to layer the greys and whites throughout your day, and go with just pops of the brighter shades.
Florals – Max Gill || Photography – Sylvie Gil Photography via Style Me Pretty
Dark & Dramatic
I love this unusual mix of colors so much! In theory you would say they shouldn’t work, yet when you see them in this bouquet….. it is clear they do. The lavender and purple are the surprise colors in this palette, whilst the rich mustard yellow and reds couldn’t be more perfect for Fall.
Floral Design – The Flower Method || Photography – This Modern Romance via Chic Vintage Brides
It’s easy to have your eye caught and head turned by all of the gorgeous rich shades in fall, but nothing says timeless elegance quite like neutrals, especially when you layer some sparkly metallics! Just add a touch of deep red to hint at your chosen season…..
Photography – Lindsay Hackney via Chic Vintage Brides
Nothing says Fall quite like the crunch of leaves, and this palette was inspired by that. It is rich and rustic yet still romantic with the addition of a dusky peach. The key to this particular palette is to keep the decor natural, bring the colors into your day with elements from nature such as wood, leather, raw silks, linens and wools.
Photography – Wild Love via Chic Vintage Brides
Jade & Bronze
Choosing an unexpected color for your wedding is one way to wow your guests and make a real style statement, and I think Jade makes quite the bold (but still beautiful) choice for an Autumn wedding. It is a shade that is too often overlooked or forgotten, yet has a delicate elegance that is perfect for a modern vintage wedding, especially when mixed with a dusky neutral and seasonal bronze.
Stationery – Small Brown Writes || Photography – Lana Ivanova via Style Me Pretty
Sage & Blush
With just a subtle hint of Autumn, this palette is super pretty, as well as versatile in terms of style, setting – and even season really. It has a softness that we don’t always associate with Fall, but I think you will agree is charming, and that would look just as lovely in Spring or Summer.
Photography – Fotograf Emma Ivarsson via Chic Vintage Brides
I couldn’t do a Fall wedding palette roundup without considering Halloween, and this is an elegant take on an All Hallow’s Eve wedding. Mixing dark, dusky greens and gold with a splash of black, and with no hint of the traditional pumpkin orange, it exudes drama – and would be perfect for the bride looking to be bold and rock a black wedding dress!
Photography – Tyler Branch via Chic Vintage Brides
Rubies & Rose Gold
Last but not least, this oh-so-feminine and super pretty palette of ruby reds mixed with rose gold…. it is one of my favourites! To keep these colors looking contemporary and chic, mix with a wash of greenery and layer the colors carefully, with only pops of the brightest and darkest shades.
Floral Design – Bee’s Wedding Designs || Photography – Mon Soleil via Wedding Chicks
What do you think? Are any of these tempting you with a Fall wedding? I know most couples dream of a sunny Summer celebration, but I think these show that those early days after Summer can be just as perfect for a wedding. Of course if you’re yet to decide on a date for your big day, then you might want to look at some of my favourite palettes for Spring, Summer, and Winter
Or if these have got you dreaming of an Autumn affair but none of the above have set your heart a flutter, don’t despair because there are lots of gorgeous fall wedding color palettes in CVBs archives! How about this romantic beauty in blue & neturals, or this rustic and radiant delight for the early days of Autumn, or for a timeless look that will take your breath away take a peek at Roses & Figs a winery wedding inspiration board – I think you will love it!