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A Welcome to Chic Vintage Brides & The Top 20 Posts of 2015

I have been seeing lots of lovely new visitors to the site since New Year and much as Mr E would like to think it is all thanks to the swanky new look he gave CVB, I have a sneaky suspicion a lot of you became engaged over the holidays! Congratulations lovelies, what wonderful news!! At this point in your celebrations (now you have told your Mum & Dad, besties and announced it on Facebook – hopefully in that order!) you are more than likely jumping straight into planning (who can resist once you have that sparkler on your finger??) Starting with of course looking for inspiration, which is probably what brought you here! Well, welcome, I am so glad to have you and I hope you find just what you’re looking for here amongst these pages. To help, and to give you an idea of what you can expect to see from Chic Vintage Brides over the coming year, I thought I would share some of the most popular posts from 2015……

Top 20 Posts of 2015

Starting with this one – if you haven’t already seen it, you really should! I know how overwhelming it can be when you first get engaged, so start off the wedding planning process in the right way with these Top 10 To Dos…..

10 To Dos After Getting Engaged

 

But I know when I was a bride-to-be planning my big day, it wasn’t advice I wanted, but weddings!

Weddings

2. If you’re planning a fall wedding then you will love this elegant Autumn affair from Austin Gros Photography…..

An Elegant & Intimate Autumn Wedding from Austin Gros Photography

Especially the gorgeous tablescapes (that include hanging centrepieces) and place settings!

An Elegant & Intimate Autumn Wedding from Austin Gros Photography

 

3. Then, there is this truly stylish DIY wedding from John Benavente, that proves, whatever you may think now, rain won’t spoil your day….

A Juliet Cap Veil for A Vintage Country Chic Wedding Even the Rain Couldn’t Dampen from John Benavente Photography

 

4. And if you thought the Art Deco trend was over, then take a look at this Art Deco inspired celebration captured by Gantes Co, that brims with romance and features the most delicious looking DIY naked wedding cake…..

A Timeless Art Deco Inspired Wedding from Gantes.co Photography

 

5. If you’re considering a destination wedding (or even if you’re not) then you might want to take a peek at this charming celebration under the Tuscan sun with fine art photography by Nadia Meli…..

A Dreamy Vintage Destination Wedding in The Hills of Tuscany from Nadia Meli Photography

Not only for the setting, but because you might also love the dapper groom’s attire and his cute as can be ring bearer!

A dapper vintage groom

 

6. Or if you’re looking for some mid-century inspiration and like the sounds of a high tea reception, you’ll want to take a look at this Woodland wonder from Lara Hotz…..

A 1950s Inspired Woodland Wedding With a High Tea Reception from Lara Hotz Photography

…..their romantic exit is simply one not to be missed!

Romantic Rowboat Wedding Exit

 

Of course when it comes to planning your big day, the thing most likely to top your to-do list, is finding THE dress! Well you will find plenty of inspiration here – from roundups of key trends, to the latest collections from the very best designers, and a few you might not have heard of yet!

Fashion

7. Even 5 years after the wedding that started this trend, long sleeves are going nowhere based on the popularity of this roundup of the most exquisite from the 2015 collections – and I for one am SO glad!

30 Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses

 

8. Or for the bold bride, how about eschewing the traditional white gown, for something altogether more…… fabulous! (Floral was an emerging trend in 2015, and one that I hope only grows stronger in 2016)

20 Floral Wedding Dresses

 

9. And the popularity of this collection of 25 of the most gorgeous tea length gowns proved that there is one wedding dress trend that never goes out of fashion for the vintage loving bride! …..

25 Charming Tea Length Wedding Dresses

 

10. Oh and if you like that post, then you’ll love this one! I shared lots of lovely collections from top designer names like Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham, Elizabeth FilmoreJesus Peiro and Sareh Nouri; but it was the 2016 collection from The House of Mooshki that most captured the hearts of CVBs brides…..

House of Mooshki 2016 Bridal Collection

 

11. But not forgetting it isn’t just you that needs to look your best on the big day! This post proved popular last year with brides – and grooms! – looking for stylish ways to add a vintage vibe to your groom’s and groosmen’s look…..

10 Ways to Style Your Groom (and his men) Vintage

 

12. And here’s something a little different for your bridesmaids too…..

Bridesmaid Bouquet Alternatives

 

When it comes to incredibly creative and truly inspiring wedding ideas though, nothing beats a styled shoot! When wedding industry professionals are given the freedom to let their creative juices flow, the end result is always spectacular…..

Wedding Inspiration

13. Just take a look at this enchanting woodland wedding styled shoot from Noi Tran Photography to see what I mean…..

Elegant Woodland Wedding Inspiration from Noi Tran Photography

 

14. This mid-century inspiration from Wendy Cooper Photography is also super sweet, and who doesn’t love Lavender?

Sweet 1950s Inspired Wedding Ideas in Lavender & Green by Wendy Cooper Photography

 

15. For sheer creativity this ‘A Rive Runs Through It’ inspired shoot from Christy McKee Photography is a joy to behold….. who knew fishing could be so….pretty?

A Dreamy ‘A River Runs Through It’ Inspired Wedding Shoot

 

16. And if you’re looking to add a splash of boho (a trend that it destined to still be strong in 2016) to your vintage vibe, then take a peek at this Spring Woodland Shoot from  Toni Larsen Photography & Magdalen Hill….. that cake is ginger, cinnamon & treacle, now how mouthwateringly good does that sound?

 Inspiration Photo-shoot Lush Spring Boho-Vintage Wedding Inspiration from Toni Larsen Photography

 

Just as important as your wedding dress, venue and theme, is of course your colour scheme! And there are perfect palettes a plenty on the pages of Chic Vintage Brides (I am an inspiration board-aholic!)…..

Wedding Colours

17. Most popular in 2015 was this blush pink and peach palette paired with some fresh greens and a warm neutral grey, which is just perfect for a romantic Spring (or summer) wedding…..

Spring Romance – Garden Wedding Inspiration in Pretty Pastel Shades of Peach, Blush & Green

 

18. My favourite was this delicate mix of blush and blue inspired by Provence….. and it would be perfect for 2016 with Serenity Blue being one of Pantone’s colours of the year!

Provence Chic – Romantic Wedding Inspiration in a Palette Inspired by Provence

 

19. Palettes that include Lavender are always popular on Chic Vintage Brides and it is easy to see why when they are this lovely…..

Lavender & Lilac – Spring Wedding Inspiration In Romantic Shades of Purple

 

20. Last but not least, if you want to see what colours are going to be strong in 2016, take a peek at Pantone’s Top 10 picks for Spring – which includes their two (yes, TWO!) colours of the year Serenity and Rose Quartz…..

Top 10 Colours for Spring 2016

Part 1 and Part 2

Oh but that really isn’t all! In fact these posts are just a glimpse of what you will find here – 253 posts were published on Chic Vintage Brides last year! So do stay a while and have a good look around, and if you don’t know where to start still why not take a look at CVBs fabulous Wedding Bouquet Recipe series – it will help shed a little light on all things floral, as well as inspire and delight you, by breaking down some beautiful bouquets into blooms, bunches and stems! Or for some ideas on how to decorate the all important aisle (plus some great ceremony location ideas you might not have thought of) pop across to the Aisle Style category. And if you’re wondering about the perfect finishing touch for your look, then you will love the collection of posts on Bridal Accessories – from veils, to flower crowns, tiaras and headbands, there is something for every bride.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little intro and found LOTS you love! Perhaps I will see you back here tomorrow for more wedding inspiration – I do hope so!

Amy

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