Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Fairytale Wedding at a Castle in Italy

Photography by Stefano Santucci

We’re off to Italy again, but today for the magical real wedding of Tiffany & Carlos! Against the backdrop of a stunning historic castle nestled in the Tuscan countryside, these high-school sweethearts, with Greek and Venezuelan backgrounds, created a celebration that was a uniquely personal blend of their cultures and personalities. Combining the fairytale charm of the setting, with opulent florals and plenty of meaningful details their wedding really must be seen to be believed!

Fairytale Wedding at an Italian Castle

Bride Tiffany shared these words about their beautiful day…. “Both of us were extremely involved in the wedding process and wanted to make as many details as possible unique and representative of who we are as a couple. Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision making, and we made sure that, for every decision, we both worked together as a team to bring out our personalities in every choice made. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a lot of things done a certain way. We were both very passionate about different aspects of the wedding, and in the end, we wanted to guarantee that our personalities both emanated through every moment of that day. We chose to skip some of the traditional elements such a guest signing book and four tier cake and splurge on the wow factors of the day such as flowers, music, food and surprises.”

But as is often the case, it was finding the perfect venue that same first…..“Carlos and I were looking for a place with a lot of character and charm. We are not big fans of closed ball rooms or barns. We also wanted to create a different atmosphere for each part of the wedding, so we had to find a place that allowed us to have the ceremony in a romantic semi-open space, the aperitivo in a garden, closed space for the dinner and a separate environment for the party. When we found Castello di Vincigliata looking the depths of my wedding Pinterest board, we knew this was the place we were looking for. We wanted a romantic and semi-rustic feel for the whole day that played off well from the castle’s setting.”

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“I wore a long sleeve, mermaid cut dress with an overlay princess gown skirt that I wore during the ceremony. I had the chance to design my dress which was a wonderful adventure on its own. It was very special because it was a collaboration with my mother, and the seamstress who made it was my mom’s seamstress in Venezuela. I only wore a pair of small pearl earrings as accessories to compliment. “

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“The main flower that we chose for my bouquet and our decor was the protea. I love wild flowers, and specially strange looking ones. We also incorporated eucalyptus and olive branches which have a lot of symbolism in the greek culture.”

Fairytale Italian Castle Wedding Stunning Protea Bridal Bouquet

“The groom’s suit was also a custom made design made by Crown Tailors. Carlos’ suit had an engraving that said “May the Fourth Be With Us” Being a play on words that signified both our wedding date and the famous refrain by Yoda on Star Wars.”

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“The most emotional moment for me was as I walked down the aisle I saw my groom standing there with a big smile on his face and then I looked around and I saw my grandmother sitting on the front row with my parents. She had told me she was not going to be able to make it to the wedding and she showed up as a surprise. I hand’t seen her in almost three years and that’s when the tears started rolling.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“Start out with an idea of what sort of mood you want your special day to evoke; understand that there will be compromises throughout the entire process, but remember that only you and your significant other will know of them. Communicate as much as possible with your significant other,
and share every responsibility to make sure you are both on the same page. And lastly, think of small details you can incorporate – they are what make weddings, and any other special event, truly memorable.”

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“We went with a traditional mille folglie Italian wedding cake which was prepared in front of our guests. The cake was not only absolutely delicious but it also added a touch of entertainment to the end of the dinner.”

Traditional Italian Wedding Cake

“Picking a favorite part of the most memorable day of your life is hard, but definitely the most memorable part would be our first dance. Carlos is Greek, so we had a Greek band play a classic Greek song while we danced our way down the stairs of the castle to meet our guests. We then all
proceeded to dance and cheer together, while breaking lots and lots of plates on the floor as typically done in Greece. Seeing everybody laugh and get involved while enjoying this small tradition was something neither of us will ever forget.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“We found our photographers through our amazing wedding planner. As I was looking through their portfolio of weddings, I caught myself with teary eyes looking at the beautiful emotions they had capture from people I didn’t know attending wedding of strangers! I had a quick call with them before making a final decision and in that conversation we instantly clicked. I feel like they did a really good job at capturing every detail of our day.”

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Magical, don’t you think? As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Tiffany & Carlos, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Stefano Santucci for capturing the romance and beauty of it all so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Stefano’s work be sure to pop over to his website www.photosantucci.com.

And if you are considering an Italian wedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration from this beautiful country then you will love this timelessly romantic inspiration shoot also captured at a castle, this editorial set gainst the backdrop of an 18th Century Italian villa, and  Valerie & Jesse’s Tuscan elopement, or for something a little different yet no less romantic Beatrice & Gabriele’s on Viverone Lake, Italy. And this ethereal bridal shoot in an XVII villa on the edge of Lake Como is not to be missed!

Amy

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Photography – Stefano Santucci || Venue – Castello di Vincigliata || Event Planning – The Tuscan Wedding || Floral Design – Flowers Living || Videography – Matteo Castelluccia || Wedding Cake – Galateo Ricevimenti || Wedding Dress – custom made design made by the bride || Groom’s Attire – custom made design made by Crown Tailors || Groom’s Shoes – Meermin Shoes || Bride’s Shoes – Miu Miu || Catering – Galateo Ricevimenti

Inspiration Shoots

Timelessly Romantic Wedding Inspiration at an Italian Castle

Sposto Photography

Captured at an historic castle nestled in the hills of Umbria, Italy; today’s inspiration shoot is like something from the pages of a fairytale – it really is! Brimming with romance, every detail is perfect from the lush white and green floral designs, to the watercolor stationery, elegant tablescapes and utterly divine bridal gown….

Timelessly Romantic Wedding Inspiration at an Italian Castle

The elements of local stone, lush rose-filled gardens, woods, hills and history inspired designer Silvia from Si Weddings in Italy. Together they captured the very essence of the land from which she comes, a land full of history and tradition.

A few words from the creative team… “A wistful maiden awaits her love with longing for their much-anticipated wedding day. Set in the ancient grounds of Castello Ramazzano, this story begins with a natural colour palette of greens and whites echoing the foliage around the castle. The Italian countryside provides a breathtaking glimpse into the rural simplicity of Perugia – the charm of which we were utterly captivated by.”

I think you’ll agree the talented team of wedding creatives and professional interpreted her vision beautifully and brought this magical vision to life…..

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Isn’t it a stunner?! There is so much more to see in the gallery so do pop over and take a peek before you go. Thank-you so much to the whole creative team listed below for breathing life into such a vision of timeless beauty. And a special thanks to the lovely Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share her work on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Shauntelle’s beautiful fine art photography right here on CVB or by popping across to her website spostophotography.com and by following her on FacebookInstagramTwitter & Pinterest.

If you’re considering an Italian wedding of your own and are looking for more inspiration from this beautiful country then you will love this editorial captured at an 18th Century Italian villa, and  Valerie & Jesse’s Tuscan elopement, or for something a little different yet no less romantic Beatrice & Gabriele’s on Viverone Lake, Italy. And this ethereal bridal shoot in an XVII villa on the edge of Lake Como is not to be missed!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Sposto Photography || Design & Planning – Si Weddings in Italy || Floral Design – Si Weddings in Italy || Venue – Castello di Ramazzano || Wedding Dress – Carlos Salazar || Jewellery – Chiatelli Laboratorio Orafo || Hair – Andrea Parrucchieri || Silk Runners & Ribbons – Tono & Co.|| Stationery – Sugar Letters || Model – Alessia Bura Castellini || Make-up – Beauty Planet

Wedding Dresses

The Top Bridal Trends for 2019

Wow, after a whirlwind few weeks of wedding dresses I have seen and swooned over all the 2019 collections from New York Bridal Fashion Week. And whatever your style, season or budget there really was something for everyone this year! Of course many designers were influenced by the not one but two royal brides of 2018, but there was plenty of other looks to love too. So I thought it was time to share the trends I see being big – and beautiful – for brides next year…..

Most Beautiful 2019 Bridal Trends

Top 2019 Bridal Trends

From the very top wedding dress designers from around the world, these are the trends, looks and design details that will be seen in bridal boutiques, and gracing brides waltzing down the aisle, everywhere! So, if you’re getting married in 2019, grab a seat and have your pinning finger at the ready, because one of these might be THE one for you…..

Understated Elegance

We almost certainly have Meghan Markle’s double dose of understated wedding elegance to thank for this particular trend! Because whilst beaded embellishments, lashings of lace and endless appliqués are definitely still to be found, more and more designers showcased unadorned and understated gowns for 2019 that still manage to wow thanks to their cut and silhouettes. From slip dresses to full skirts, most designers included an ode to minimalism in their collections this season, giving brides the ability to channel their inner Megan and keep things simple and sophisticated.

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1 – Anne Barge || 2 – Rime Arodaky || 3 – Elizabeth Fillmore || 4 – Justin Alexander || 5 – Marchesa || 6 – Anne Barge

Regal

Whilst undoubtedly a result of not one  but two royal weddings in 2018, this trend is less about emulating either royal bride and their understated elegance but more about living the fairytale. From glittering tiaras, to regal styles that gave nods to some of history’s most iconic royal brides (yes, we’re still talking about Kate almost 8 years later!), most of the 2019 collections have something fit for a princess!

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1 – Reem Acra || 2 – Anne Barge || 3 – Marchesa || 4 – Zuhair Murad || 5 – Viktor & Rolf || 6 – Reem Acra

 

Beautiful Bows

Though this trend on its own doesn’t seem so new or exciting, the scale of the bows spotted throughout the 2019 collections is most definitely unexpected! Whilst in the past waistlines have been adorned with this timelessly feminine finishing touch, in 2019 bows have been promoted to become the focal point of a bold bridal look.

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1 – Reem Acra || 2 – Zuhair Murad || 3 – Oscar de la Renta || 4 – Viktor & Rolf || 5 – Reem Acra

 

Fabulous Feathers

Feathers have been around the bridal world for a few seasons now, but for 2019 these posh plumes make a stronger statement. The use of feathers is more sculptural, taking the place of all-over embroidery and embellishments. Just be careful to style this trend carefully – subtlety is key because going over the top will give you a look more fitting for the stage than the aisle!

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1 – Inbal Dror || 2 – Sassi Holford || 3 – Naeem Khan || 4 – Pronovias || 5 – Oscar de la Renta

 

Shoulder Baring Sleeves

A trend that has been around for a couple of seasons now but appears to be going nowhere is the hopelessly romantic drop sleeves. Harking back to the Victorian & Edwardian eras it is naturally a trend I love! And is perfect for showing off your decolletage or those sun-kissed shoulders.

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1 – Lazaro || 2 – Marchesa || 3 – Lazaro || 4 – Galia Lahav || 5 – Galia Lahav || 6 – Reem Acra

 

3D Blooms

Whilst its no surprise to see flowers on a wedding dress – be it a print, applique or embellishment – this year florals took a more bold form, with designers adorning dresses with garden inspired blooms. Indeed who needs to carry a bouquet with dresses like this…..

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1 – Anne Barge || 2 – Viktor & Rolf || 3 – Oscar de la Renta || 4 – Marchesa || 5 – Galia Lahav || 6 – Inbal Dror

 

Preppy Pockets

At last, a trend that is practical as well as stylish! Pockets not only look super relaxed and cute, and surprisingly sophisticated, they’re also perfect for keeping an always much needed tissue handy – or your hands warm if you’re a winter bride.

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1 – Pronovias || 2 – Inbal Dror || 3 – Galia Lahav || 4 – Sasi Holford || 5 – Pronovias || 6 – Inbal Dror

 

Sophisticated Jumpsuits

Sophisticated and, somehow sexy, tailored jumpsuits are a streamlined and elegant option for the fashion forward bride wanting to avoid the traditional meringue. Beautifully cut to skim the curves and showcase your legs they are just as feminine as a sleek sheath. Jumpsuits are definitely no longer just for the after party!

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1 – Tadashi Shoji || 2 – Justin Alexander || 3 – Ines di Santo || 4 – Viktor & Rolf || 5 – Jenny Packham || 6 – Tadashi Shoji

 

Halter Necks

Undoubtedly another trend we have to thank Megan – and her fabulous reception dress for – halter necks are back from the 90s. And looking fabulous… especially for those of you with yoga toned shoulders!

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1 – Elizabeth Fillmore || 2 – Rivini || 3 – Viktor & Rolf || 4 – Theia || 5 – Tadashi Shoji || 6 – Elizabeth Fillmore

 

Romantic Long Sleeves

Long sleeves have been around since the last royal wedding, and still remain a big trend for 2019. But whilst in seasons past they have been silhouette forming, skin skimming sleeves in lace or tulle, for 2019 designers also added billowy sleeves for the bold bride….

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1 – Anne Barge || 2 – Reem Acra || 3 – Galia Lahav || 4 – Marchesa || 5 – Rime Arodaky || 6 – Leanne Marshall

 

City Hall Chic

With the rise in popularity of intimate, backyard and city hall weddings, it is little wonder more and more designers are creating beautiful . So whether you’re planning a less formal affair, a chic City Hall celebration or looking for a second ensemble for the reception – or the traditional meringue (or pants) just aren’t your thing – there is a wealth of mini-styles this season.

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1 – Viktor & Rolf || 2 – Oscar de la Renta || 3 – Tadashi Shoji || 4 – Elizabeth Fillmore || 5 – Viktor & Rolf

Well that’s my pick of the top 11 bridal trends for 2019…..what do you think? Have any got you swooning? Each and every one makes me want to get married again, so I for one can not wait to start seeing brides wearing them.

A few other things we are seeing as trends – and love – are dramatically high necks, capes, fishtail silhouettes, metallics, cowl necklines, ball gowns, … In fact, lets just say, 2019 is looking like a fab year to be a bride! I am quite envious of all who are getting to walk down the aisle this year.

Amy

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Wedding Dresses

Zuhair Murad’s 1930s Inspired 2019 Bridal Collection

Every year when bridal designers from all over the world descend on New York to unveil their latest collections, I wait with baited breath. And every year my heart skips a beat at my first glimpse! But for me never has a collection captured the very essence of Chic Vintage Brides and all I love, quite like this collection from Zuhair Murad…..

Zuhair Murad's 2019 Bridal Collection

Inspired by the Art Deco era of the 1930s, and particularly New York’s Chrysler Building with architectural silhouettes and geometric details, the dresses are beautifully lavish with the flare Zuhair Murad is known for. Offering both softness and structure the collection includes beautiful off-the-shoulder ball gowns, deep V-necks,  sheaths with a tiered overskirts, and full ballgowns.

Art Deco inspired embellishments and feathers hark back to Old Hollywood glamour and such sirens of the silver screen as Joan Crawford and Bette Davies, whislt maintaining a contemporary feel thanks to trompe l’oeil and tattoo-like effects. And for the romantics out there he incorporated lush floral embroideries (a big trend for 2019), corded lace and crystal appliqués. This collection really does have something for everyone…. and has me head over heels!

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Isn’t it incredible?? I don’t think there is a single design in the whole collection that I don’t love! And as for the classic car….. *swoon* If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer do visit the Zuhair Murad website at www.zuhairmurad.com and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news and collections by following him on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Or if it’s more from the collections for 2019 you’re yearning for, then be sure to check back later this week when i will be sharing ALL of the Top Bridal Trends for the coming year!

Amy

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Wedding DIY

DIY Floral Chandelier

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DIY projects for weddings are a fun way to get friends and family involved – and can be a budget friendly option for brides looking to save a few $s. You can craft beautiful flower crowns for you and your bridesmaids to wear, you can design your own wedding invitations and you can even create your own unique centerpieces! The possibilities are almost endless with the different things you can make. If you want to go above and beyond for your special day, why not try your hand at creating a beautiful floral chandelier?

DIY Floral Chandelier

Floral Chandelier DIY

A handmade flower chandelier is the perfect decor item to really make a statement at your wedding! You can hang this show stopping piece above your dessert buffet or sweetheart table to really catch everyone’s eye, or you can frame your wedding ceremony under these hanging florals to paint a beautiful picture for your vow exchanges. Even though these chandeliers are super versatile, they still have a feature that tops it all! Flower chandeliers look grand but aren’t actually too difficult to make.

ProFlowers, who last month showed us how easy it is to make a beautiful flower crown, put together a step-by-step guide to help you create your own hanging flower chandelier. They include a full materials list including their recommended flowers and detailed steps to make sure you have the flower chandelier of your dreams for your big day. And if you’re stuck on what types of blooms and greenery to you use, you can check out their styling tips down below to see how other weddings put together their flower chandeliers.

Floral Chandelier Materials

DIY Floral Chandelier Materials

Fresh flowers – When selecting flowers, have a theme in mind, consider which blooms are in season and also which flowers will hold up the longest without water. Fresh blooms of different types work well for this project. The florals you select should have long stems, this will make it easier to attach the flowers by threading them through the base.

Fresh foliage – Select fresh foliage that matches the theme of your chandelier.

Floral hoop – You’ll need a floral hoop to create the top tier of your chandelier. We recommend a hoop that is 19 inches in diameter, but you can choose any size, as long as it’s smaller than the large wire wreath.

Large wire wreath – A large wire wreath frame will act as the base of your chandelier. We recommend one that is 24 inches in diameter. If you’re not able to find a suitable wire frame, a hula hoop will work just fine. A green hoop is ideal for this project, but if you can’t find one, you can always paint it.

Floral tape – Floral tape is ideal for fresh flowers due to its strength and elasticity. It also comes in natural hues like greens and browns which blend well with flowers.

Floral wire – You’ll use floral wire to attach fresh flowers and foliage to your small hoop and large wire frame.

Fishing line – You’ll need fishing line to hang your chandelier. You can also opt for twine, string or ribbon if you’re going for a rustic or vintage feel.

Scissors – You’ll need to cut the tape and fishing line, so have scissors or a sharp knife handy.

Crimp tubes – You’ll use crimp tubes to secure your fishing line in place. These are small metal rings that will make it so your knots don’t slip out of the fishing line.

Pliers – Pliers will be used to secure the crimp tubes to the fishing line.

Pro Tip: If you use a hula hoop for the base of the chandelier rather than the large wire wreath frame, paint it green the night before.

Make sure to have fun picking out your fresh florals and foliage. For this tutorial we used nine bushels of greenery and ten+ flower bouquets. To make your selection a little easier, we created a recommended list of flowers that are long lasting even when out of water.

Flower Chandelier Step by Step

Flower Chandelier Step by Step - Step 1

Step 1: Attach the large wire wreath to the floral hoop with the fishing line.

You should determine how far apart you want the wire wreath and the floral hoop to be, and then cut that amount of string in four pieces. Each piece of fishing line should be of the same length so that your chandelier hangs steadily. Attach the large wire wreath and the floral hoop together using the four pieces of fishing line evenly spaced around the diameter. Secure the line with traditional knots and a few pieces of scotch tape.

Pro Tip: Secure the knots using crimp tubes and pliers for a more steady chandelier.

Flower Chandelier Step by Step - Step 2

Step 2: Start by wrapping lengths of greenery and foliage around the small floral hoop.

Wrap the pieces around the hoop using a small piece of floral wire in order to secure them. Use the tape where you want to guarantee your greenery will stay put or where you think it is needed. You can also use a combination of both. Although, we mainly used the floral wire. Keep in mind the more secure your chandelier is, the better. Make sure that the foliage hangs naturally as you are wrapping. Distribute the greenery evenly and avoid leaving any open spaces between the wire ring and the large metal ring. You won’t be adding any flowers to the top tier of your chandelier, so feel free to make the foliage as dense as you’d like.

Pro Tip: Wind each piece of foliage around the wire ring for added support before attaching with the tape or floral wire.

Flower Chandelier Step by Step - Step 3

Step 3: Next, add greenery to the base of your chandelier, the large wire wreath.

After you’ve finished the top tier of your chandelier, move on to designing the bottom. This portion is the base of your chandelier, so create layers and design with intention as this is the part that’s most visible to guests. Start by adding a few layers of foliage wrapping each individual piece around the wire wreath one at a time securing with a small piece of floral wire. Be mindful of the manner in which the foliage hangs and set it in place using the wire and tape as needed.

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Step 4: Hang your chandelier.

It will be easier to design and assemble your flower chandelier while it’s hanging. Suspend the structure using fishing line, twine or ribbon, taking into consideration how the chandelier will hang. Will it be attached to the ceiling? An exposed beam? You should also consider the height you’d like your chandelier to be, and measure the length of line accordingly. Use three pieces of twine or fishing line of the same length to hang the chandelier. This will assure it’s balanced and will hang correctly. Secure your chandelier by tying extra knots and using crimp tubes and pliers to keep them in place.

Flower Chandelier Step by Step - Step 5

Step 5: Attach flowers to the large wire wreath.

Once you have a layer of greenery, it’s time to add the fresh blooms. Attach each bloom one-by-one by placing the stem into the foliage. Intertwining the stems of each flower through the greenery will help make sure that they stay put. Create clusters of three flowers equidistant from one another around the large wire wreath frame and then design how you’d like. Creating something unique is the best part of this project. Plus, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Pro Tip: Be mindful of the size and colors of blooms that you use. Select a variety of flowers with different colors and textures to make your chandelier more visually appealing.

Flower Chandelier Step by Step - Step 6

Step 6: Fill in gaps of your chandelier with small flowers and extra greenery.

Use smaller blooms and vines to fill in the gaps of your chandelier. Consider balance, color and shape of the flowers as you are adding in a few extra.

Pro Tip: Step back from your project every so often to be sure you’re on the right track.

While trends vary, we know that the flower chandelier is here to stay, and for good reason! Now that you’ve created a beautiful decor element, make sure you get to enjoy it for as long as you can with the care guidelines below.

Mist your chandelier with water before your guests arrive to ensure that your flowers look their freshest for the celebration.

Avoid hanging your chandelier in direct sunlight, near heating and cooling vents or near open windows.

DIY Flower Chandelier

Now that you have your DIY floral chandelier basics down, check out all of these unique designs for inspiration….

Wedding Floral Chandelier

Bels Flowers ||  Katy Melling Photography via Rock My Wedding

Wedding Floral Chandelier

Alstonville Florist || Photography – Finch & Oak via Hello May

Wedding Floral Chandelier

Poppy & Blush || Photography – Valorie Darling via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Floral Chandelier

Florals by the Sea || Photography – Lauren Kinsey via Style Me Pretty

 

Oh and here’s a quick video (just 1 minute long!) recapping the 6 simple steps to creating a flower chandelier of your own….

Or if you love the idea of a floral chandelier but don’t fancy DIYing one, how about buying one of these ready made beauties….

White Faux Floral Chandelier

White Faux Floral Chandelier

Test Tube Flower Chandelier

Test Tube Floral Chandelier

Blush Floral Chandelier

Blush Floral Chandelier

Flower Chandelier

Flower Chandelier

Faux Flower Chandelier

Faux Flower Chandelier

A huge thankyou to Pro Flowers for sharing this fabulous DIY with us! For more DIY projects, including a delicious donut wall tutorial, be sure to take a peek in CVB’s archives here. Or pop across to Pinterest for the best Wedding DIY finds from around the web.

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Inspiration Shoots

Edwardian Inspired Bridal Editorial

Photography - Verona Lain

Today we’re stepping back in time to the turn of the 20th century and the Belle Époque, with this oh-so-romantic bridal editorial. Inspired by one of my favourite periods, the Edwardian era (think season one of Downton Abbey!), it is elegant to the extreme. Brimming with lush blooms, silk ribbons, calligraphy and the most heavenly braided updo, you can’t be anything but completely captivated by it!

Ethereal Edwardian Inspired Bridal Shoot

Oh and don’t even get me started on the incredible gowns! Created by one of my favourite designers  Joanne Fleming  (you can see another of her dresses in this enchanting Venice elopement) they are beyond romantic, and truly bring the whole shoot to life.

By way of a proper introduction, here are a few words from Jana and Dmitry of Verona Lain – who not only styled the shoot to perfection, but also captured it in their dreamy fine art photography…..  “The shoot has been inspired by the Edwardian era and its hedonistic lifestyle. The main idea was to keep this project as minimal as possible, focusing mostly on the emotional part of the shoot and its details. We have divided our shoot into two parts – a bright and a dark one, to show two sides of one personality. We also tried to experiment a little by adding some double exposure and blurred movement shots. All effects were made in camera using Kodak Portra 400 medium format film.”

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Isn’t it exquisite?? I love the Art Nouveau inspired updo and that stunning gown in the light part of the shoot. And the colors in the bouquet in the dark part of the shoot are just so perfect for Fall! A big thankyou to every one of the creative team behind this vision of vintage loveliness, and especially to Jana and Dmitry of Verona Lain Photography for styling and capturing everything so perfectly. If their beautiful fine art photography has you head over heels, you can seen more of it right here on Chic Vintage Brides, or pop on over to the Verona Lain website www.veronalain.com. You will also find them on FacebookInstagramTwitter & Pinterest.

If you loved this and are looking for more romantic Edwardian inspired wedding ideas do take a look at this love poem brought to lifethis mix of elegance and romance in a crisp clean palette of white, green and gold, this Secret Garden inspired shoot and you will love this shoot with the most beautiful Edwardian wedding dresses & accessories!

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Credits & Contributors

Styling & Planning – Jana Avotina for Verona Lain || Photography – Dmitry Serostanov for Verona Lain || Model – Rebecca Garland from Profile Models || Gowns – Joanne Fleming Design || Makeup – Laura Szydlowski at Tori Harris Pro Team || Calligraphy – Moon and Tide || Floral Design – Some Enchanted || Props – Lula & Rye || Silk Ribbons – Kate Cullen || Jewellery – London Victorian Ring || Ring Boxes – La Petit Box || Film Lab – Canadian Film Lab

Inspiration Shoots

Equestrian Fall Wedding Inspiration at Baker Creek Farm

Photography by Jenny Haas

Today I have another spectacular fall editorial for you, complete with an abundance of florals, rich Autumnal shades and a carpet of fallen leaves. Oh and if you love horses, you are going to be head over heels with its romantic take on an equestrian theme!

The lovely Gina of Shi Shi Events shared these words about her vision….. “Baker Creek Farm is a charming outdoor venue with several al fresco spaces for tenting and ceremonies. I chose Baker Creek because it was the perfect backdrop for the autumnal story I was looking to tell and I’ve always wanted to incorporate a horse into an editorial so it was a win all around.

The color palette was drawn from the moody tones that are of endless inspiration to me as well as a mix of neutrals which I love as forever wedding classics. There were so many spaces to create within onsite; we chose an area near the stables for our tablescape, cake and bar setup, and the perfect tree ensconced grove for our ceremony.

The cake was such a collective effort; one that produced a cake with which I’m still very much in love. The crisp white tiers offset an absolutely delicious swag of pampas grass, ranunculus and pepper berry and I love the horseshoes cradled by strands of textural ribbon and amaranthus. The hand lettered scroll on the cake reads “In a sea of people my eyes will always search for you.” Impossibly romantic.

The bar the cake was perched on was such fun to create! I especially loved the punch of color the ground cherries in the chalice brought and the fig pinwheels on the rocks glasses. The asymmetrical floral was really exciting as well and gave so much dimension and decadence to the bar.

The attire was meant to feel both modern and a bit bohemian while keeping classic roots. Our groom in that marsala suit was so dashing. More grooms should take risks with their fashion! And the bride in Lela Rose’s The Canyon was just a dream. From the fishtail braid to the burgundy velvet heels that tied at her ankle, she was top to bottom perfection.”

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Molly Taylor and Co. took my ceremony vision and brought it to life even more exquisitely than I could have imagined. We centered the ceremony in the grove showcasing the lush, billowing, mature trees surrounding the space. Using a color palette of candlelit ivory, blush, honeyed coral, sienna, dusty rose, marsala and burgundy, the ceremony design centered around a horse jump backdrop adorned with orchids, dahlias, roses, hydrangea and smilax. A mix of pampas grass, hydrangea, roses and dahlias framed the front from the ground and created an aisle.

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The tabletop was heavy with texture being layered in a faille linen with velvet and cheesecloth runners. Taper candles in cafe au lait and dove grey lent a romantic glimmer to the sweeping floral rich with dahlias, ranunculus, scabiosa and seasonal foliages. I wanted the tablescape to translate to a variety of venues; alternatives like vineyards and private estates in addition to country inns and b&bs or a barn wedding.

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Isn’t it just gorgeous?? Those florals and the colors! A huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding pros and creatives who came together to create this vision of Fall loveliness, but especially to photographer Jenny Haas who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Jenny’s work and would like to see more you should head to her website at www.jennyhaas.com – and don’t forget to find and  follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

For more Fall wedding inspiration 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.

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Jenny Haas || Venue – Baker Creek Farm, Columbia Station, Ohio, USA || Planning & Event Design – Shi Shi Events || Floral Design – Molly Taylor and Co. || Wedding Dress – Lela Rose modeled by Amanda Cole || Bridal Boutique – Something White || Hair – Kristin Demko || Makeup – Kajal by Kimberly || Groom’s Attire – Davide Cotugno Executive Tailors and Topman || Stationery & Calligraphy – Gypset Creative || Wedding Cake – Hummingbird Bake Shop || Tabletop & Furniture Rentals – Event Source || Linens – BBJ Linen || Candles – Creative Candles || Candlesticks – Borrow Rentals || Models – Drew Davis Walker

Elopements

Victorian-Inspired Gothic Elopement in New Orleans

Hannah Pickle Photography

Today’s epic elopement is not only perfect for Halloween, bride Nadia wears the most incredible black wedding dress and red bridal shoes!, it is also a reminder that when it comes to your wedding, there are no rules! Whatever society or traditions say, it is your day, to be celebrated however you want.

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Nadia & Sern met while working on a yacht – he’s from South Africa, and she’s from Australia. As they are both regularly working away at sea, they planned their elopement in just 3 short months! New Orleans was their chosen destination and the historic Pharmacy Museum their unusual venue. Rather than inviting everyone they know, and a few people they don’t, just 7 of their closes friends attended their wedding. They chose a non-religious ceremony that was full of meaning to them, and forwent the traditional wedding cake in favour of a tower of cheese. But I think you will agree, traditional or not, their wedding is still one of the most beautiful I have ever seen…..

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I had always had trouble envisioning myself being married in white, because my entire life I have been happiest in black (with the occasional streak of red). When my fiancé proposed to me with a black diamond because of my “weirdness,” we evidently had a running theme. I fell in love with that ethereal dress by Sweet Caroline Styles on Etsy.” And to complete her ensemble, Nadia’s maid of honour, Alicia of Tattered Gossamer, created her most incredible headpiece.

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Luckily Sern also looks rather dashing in black! And knowing that Nadia’s shoes were going to be red he found a fabulous red bowtie with guinea fowl feathers from Brackish Bowties.

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Pick-a-Petal helped the couple craft a bouquet that was perfectly them…  “Sern is South African, so I included red Proteas in my bouquet, some red Kangaroo Paws for my Australia, and a deer antler for the USA where we tied the knot.”

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“Standing in front of my man and our celebrant, flooded with the relief of finality and dying of laughter at his barely contained tears after I myself had just spent three hours trying not to have a heart attack, was one of my favourite memories from the day.

The ceremony by the gorgeous LaToya of Waning Moon was brief, funny, joyful and non-religious (just like us!), and our reading was a bittersweet poem I wrote a couple of years ago when we were about to be separated by sea for work.”

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After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with champagne, oysters and an alternative to the traditional wedding cake…..

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“As Sern’s not one for sweets, I was much more excited by the idea of a cheese tower, so we scrapped the cake thing and added oysters to be available along with my favorite champagne (discovered working aboard a yacht) throughout the ceremony.”

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Afterwards, the newlyweds and their wedding party headed to a bar where they drank Negronis and then signed their names on the ceiling. Their first dance was done as they passed a trumpet player while walking down Royal Street.

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Their photographer, Hannah, shared these words of wisdom…. “My advice for brides planning now is sometimes trying to have too much control over every aspect of the day can set high expectations. It’s ok to let go. It’s ok to just let things happen and to remember that you don’t have to play by anyone’s rules but your own. If you want to wear black, wear black. If you want only a handful of people there, do it.”

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Many, many congratulations to Nadia & Sern, and a huge thankyou to them and their photographer Hannah Pickle for capturing it so flawlessly and allowing me to share their day with you here on Chic Vintage Brides. To see more of Hannah’s work head across to her website www.hannahpickle.com, and you can also find and follow her on Instagram.

If you toolove the idea of an All Hallow’s Eve wedding, I have lots of inspiration perfect for the season here on the pages of CVB. Like this moody romantic elopement, this stunningly dark editorial or for more gothic glamour this American Gothic inspired shoot and this Halloween inspiration board are both breathtaking!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Hannah Pickle || Venue – Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA || Florals – Pick-a-Petal || Wedding Dress – Sweet Caroline Styles || Headpiece – Tattered Gossamer || Bride’s shoes – John Fluevog || Bride’s Ring – Jewelry by Johan || Hair & Makeup – Angele || Groom’s Wedding Ring – Jewelry by Johan || Catering – Black Pearl Catering || Officiant – LaToya

Inspiration Boards

Halloween Romance – Wedding Inspiration in Black, Green & Palest Pink

This dark and decadent Halloween inspiration board has to be my favourite yet (if you missed them, you can take a peek at past years herehere and here) – and there’s not a pumpkin in sight! Because instead of the traditional partners of orange and red for a Halloween palette, I took one of the biggest trends in weddings of late, greenery, and gave it an elegant gothic twist to create a look that is both magical and sophisticated…..

Halloween Romance - Wedding Inspiration in Black, Green & Neutrals

Halloween Romance - Wedding Inspiration in Black, Green & Neutrals

Bride – Noi Tran via Magnolia Rouge (Black Wedding Dress – BabyDollShopRu) || Engagement Ring – KT Merry Photography via SMP || Place Setting – Julie Harmsen via Coco + Kelley || Venue – Swan House, Photography by Davy Whitener via Grey likes Weddings || Black Wedding Stationery – Pen Paint Ink || Candlesticks – Charla Storey via Wedding Sparrow || Wedding Cake – Melissa’s Fine Pastries, Photography by Archetype via Chic Vintage Brides

Infusing it with a little Victorian-inspired romance with candlesticks, calligraphy, and an ornately iced cake. And of course when it came to the venue only a historical country house, with more than an air of mystery, would do.

Much as I created this inspiration board with Halloween in mind, it is just as perfect for the bold bride looking to create some drama on her big day – whatever date it may be. And whilst I absolutely adore when a bride shies away from the traditional with a black wedding dress, this look would definitely not lose any of its drama or romance with a rich ivory (silver or gold) wedding dress instead.

If you love the idea of an All Hallow’s Eve affair but this colour palette isn’t for you, I have lots of other ideas perfect for the season here on the pages of Chic Vintage Brides. Like this moody romantic elopement, this stunningly dark editorial or for more gothic glamour this American Gothic inspired shoot and this Halloween inspiration board are both breathtaking!

If it’s the color palette that has stolen your heart but you’re not planning a Halloween celebration, just take a peek at how beautiful these shades can look for a Spring, Summer and Art Deco wedding instead.

Have a happy Halloween!

 

Amy

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Inspiration Shoots

‘Fire of Autumn’ – Fall Wedding Inspiration in Scarlett & Black

Francesca Francesca Photography

I love this time of year! Not only for the fall colours, but because it seems it is the one season when the wedding world embraces a little darkness. And today’s beautiful editorial is a wonderful example of that. All the way from Italy, it is an utterly bewitching take on a Fall wedding that mixes Victorian inspired drama (just wait until you see the dress!!), with romantic florals, and all in the most stunning color palette of Scarlett, gold and black – making it a little bit perfect for Halloween too!

Scarlett & Black Fall Wedding Inspiration

The lovely Nadia of Loving Marche Wedding shared these words about the shoot, and its wonderful setting…. “The wedding styled shoot was created at the end of October in a magic venue in the heart of Le Marche region, Italy. An ancient villa called Villa Della Rovere immersed in an old and gorgeous Italian garden with secular plants and old trees.

The fall season is special in Italy because leaves turn red and yellow. During this season, the villa reaches its maximum splendour with red ivy covering the walls all around. It’s the perfect location for a cozy, elegant and intimate Italian wedding.”

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Stunning right? And I am just so in love with that dress! A big thankyou to everyone involved in this wildly romantic vision, and especially to Francesca Francesca for photographing it so beautifully. If her dark and moody photography has you head over heels, you can seen more of it right here on Chic Vintage Brides or over on her website www.francescafrancesca.com. You will also find her on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

Or if it is more inspiration for an All Hallow’s Eve wedding you’re look for, then you might want to take a peek at this stunning dark & moody editorial I shared earlier in the week, and this romantic elopement, or this American Gothic inspired Harvest wedding editorial is an absolute MUST see! And if all things gothic gets your heart racing, you will LOVE this inspiration board.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photographer – Francesca Francesca || Planner – Loving Marche Wedding || Venue – Villa Della Rovere || Music – Roxy Rose || Stationery – Auca Design || Groom’s Attire – Sartoria Luca Paolorossi || Wedding Dress – Francesco Copparoni || Floral Designs – Andrea Duca || Vintage Accessories – Heyfoo || Caterer – Oasi Catering