You may remember the sneak peek of the latest collection from Claire Pettibone I shared a few weeks back (I am quite sure no-one who saw it could forget it!). Well more recently Claire and her husband Guy attended NY Bridal Market and created a divine show to unveil the collection properly. And today I am lucky enough to be able to share these beautiful images captured of the event by Sophie Kaye Photography……
Claire shared these words about her vision and the team that brought it to life…. “I believe I have found a kindred spirit in Elizabeth Gopal of East Made Co. She did an amazing job bringing the elements of inspiration together. From the cake displays of Trouvaille Bakery pulling in elements from my Ophelia gown to create a stunning visual center piece, to the lush floral design and her unparalleled flat-lays, her creativity and dedication to bringing all the details together was simply sublime.
The team of Faye + Renee really deserve a big shout-out for the incredible work they did through the night transforming the stately townhouse into a fragrant, vibrant wonderland. It was so beautiful, it literally brought tears to my eyes.”
Exquisite, don’t you think?? I have fallen even more if love with each and every design this second time of seeing them! You can see ‘Timeless’ and more incredible designs by Claire over on her website www.clairepettibone.com – and find out where you might be able to try one on here.
Today’s wedding whisks us all the way to Thailand and the beautiful coastal city of Phuket for a timelessly romantic celebration with a ceremony view to remember! In fact there are so many delightful details in Bonnie & Jimmy’s beautiful destination wedding you will definitely want your pinning finger at the ready…..
I will let the happy couple talk you through why they chose their tropical destination and the special details of their big day….. “We wanted our wedding to be an adventure for our family and friends, so we chose a beautiful exotic location for our ceremony. We were attracted to the beauty of the coastal city of Phuket, as well as the hospitality of the Thai people.
We loved the idea of bringing all of our loved ones together to spend an extended amount of time together across the world. While we chose an adventurous destination, we still wanted a traditional western wedding style with modern touches.
After exploring several options, we found Iliare with Wedding Boutique Phuket. Bonnie loves feminine flowers and details, so she and Ilaire worked together to create a vision of soft, muted pastel colors and lush flowers.
The most important thing for us was for our friends and family to enjoy themselves at our wedding. We were so happy that the wedding turned out to be very intimate and enjoyable.“
“Bonnie loves traditional pink roses, but also wanted to incorporate modern elements into the bouquet and flower arrangements. While we had many pastel flowers: dusty eucalyptus leaves, imported roses in neutral tones, veronica, lisanthius, and fresh lavender, Phuket Flower & Wedding Studio also added pampas grass and unique black and white anemones to the ceremony arch and centrepieces.”
Bonnie wore a modified A-line dress with a lace scalloped train, designed by Pronovias. She chose this dress because she fell in love with the intricate lace layers and the long train. The dress has 7 layers and it was a challenge for the bridesmaids to help her put it on!
Jimmy purchased his bespoke suit from Eison Triple Thread. He had a hard time finding appropriate summer colors during the winter season in San Francisco, and decided he wanted his suit to be custom. This small company put together his suit, and allowed him to choose all the little details from the buttons to the cuffs.
Today’s editorial is a timelessly romantic celebration of one of my favourite color pairings – blush and rose gold. Perfect for Springor Summer it features dusky seasonal blooms with feathers, wispy ferns and pops of pinky red, as well as a dreamy greenery backdrop that would be perfect for a ceremony, sweetheart table or cake display. All captured against the blank canvas of the fabulous Marion Hatcher Center …..
Here’s a few words about the shoot from florist and lady with the vision Rebekah of Florologie…… “I’ve been inspired by fine art florals for some time and wanted the opportunity to play with this style without restriction.
The shoot takes place at the Marion Hatcher Center, which is an old mansion with lots of charming details, but is also newly renovated. The home has a bit of a dark past – it was built in honor of a woman that was abused in a nursing home, but is now rented out as a wedding and business venue.
The stationery artist, Shana from Iris & Marie Press, creates the most beautiful, high-quality stationery that I have every seen in person. She hand paints each invitation suite, and embosses them on a huge, old letterpress.
We also had a vintage seller and vintage rental company bring some props for us to use – all the china, candlesticks, some of the furniture, and the venue is all vintage. Lastly, the model, Alice, actually works at Elegant Bridals, which is where we got the dress. Normally she sells the dresses, but for this shoot she got to pick one and play dress-up!”
Isn’t it lovely?? Thankyou to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their talents to bring this romantic vision to life. Especially to the lovely Ivey Gibb for capturing everything so perfectly. If you love her style of photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of it, be sure to pop across to her website www.iveygibb.com.
Many years in the making, when it came to their wedding Jaime & Steve knew exactly what they wanted to showcase “them.” Jaime’s vintage inspired sophistication (a girl after my own heart she loves all things Downton Abbey and Art Deco!) mixed with Steve’s laid-back casual California personality. And with it all rooted in the tradition (and color palette) of the San Francisco Giants baseball team made for a truly unique, and so elegant event.
I won’t waste a moment in handing over to Jaime to talk us through the couple’s planning process and the details & special moments (of which there were many!) of their big day….. “The most important aspect when planning our wedding was securing the venue. I first fell in love with the Heritage Museum of Orange County after attending the Victorian society’s holiday tea with my bridesmaids & friends in the bridal suite of the Kellogg House years ago.
This venue is an absolute gem! The centerpiece of the museum, which covers nearly 12 acres in all, is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Among the buildings is the Kellogg House, our ceremony site, built in 1898. Every aspect of the wedding was inspired by the venue. With the exception of our color palette where we drew inspiration from our love of the San Francisco Giants — champagne, coral, tangerine, patinaed silver.
There are a few things we decided to splurge on: live music, our videographer (who also shot some of our wedding video with Super 8 film), and the stunning 1937 Packard Sr. car.”
“After working for a bridal designer years ago and dreaming about the big day since I was a little girl, I knew that the dress would have to be a showstopper. I saved a ton of dresses and had a very specific look in mind. However, I ended up going in the opposite direction!
While they were beautiful dresses, they were very overwhelming. I really wanted to wear the dress and not let the dress wear me. I am very cognizant of my petite size and the fact that our wedding was in the middle of August, and I would be out on the dance floor for most of the night. So, the dress had to be lightweight, yet exquisitely detailed, handmade, and feel as if it was an extension of me.
This was the third dress I tried on and proceeded to tear up every time I kept coming back to it. I just had the feeling that it was the one! The dress made me feel like an old Hollywood movie star crossed with royalty. The dress is by Amare Couture and I found it at the Casablanca Bridal Flagship boutique in Newport Coast, California.
I kept the accessories minimal and selected a swarovski crystal belt with similar leaf detailing to coordinate with the beadwork on the bodice. A 100 year old heirloom brooch, originally worn by my great-great-grandmother on her wedding day in 1908, acted as my something old, and was sewn on to my feather headpiece by AA Bridal. There is a special heart shaped bracelet that belongs to my husband’s grandmother. It has become a tradition that every female in his family wears it on her wedding day. My mother-in-law graciously presented me the bracelet to wear and it acted as my something borrowed. My blue Christian Louboutin sequin shoes were my statement something blue.”
My bridesmaids carried flower-filled clutches in lieu of a traditional bouquet to honor my fashion roots.
Following up on the second post in this series about bridal veils, where I looked at some of the most regal and romantic Cathedral length veils, today we are looking at the quintessential vintage veil – the birdcage veil!
First made fashionable in the 1940s, nowadays birdcage veils are seen as a timeless and glamorous bridal accessory – and one that never really goes out of fashion. Today’s unstructured modern interpretation sometimes feature lace or sparkling diamante, and are often attached to beautifully embellished hair combs or clips.
There are so many reasons they remain forever popular, with modern and vintage-loving brides alike. Chic and understated for the bride not wanting the more traditional veiled look, they also don’t cover up your beautifully styled hair, and can be a more cost effective alternative to the long lengths of lace edged tulle.
But if none of those reasons have convinced you that the birdcage veil is for you, maybe one of these beauties will…..
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot blends two beautiful cultures to create an unforgettable feast for the eyes! Set in the grounds of the historic Villa Gentiloni, in the Marche region of Italy, this timeless Spring celebration brims with romantic oriental details. From the origami escort cards and ceremony backdrop to the bride’s wedding dress and the incredible cherry blossom wedding cake, it is a delight from start to finish!
Let me introduce you to Eugenia from L’Avverasogni Weddings&Events, who will tell you what inspired this elegant take on the orient…. “Japan, a land so far and yet so admired for it’s culture, the perfect synthesis between modernity and tradition. Homeland of Manga and the lotus flower, of bright metropolis and temples immersed in green, of technology and progress together with a discrete and elegant ceremonial, mystery and discipline. The charm that comes with it is incomparable.
Organizing this inspiration shoot was like merging two different worlds but both so rich in history: the delicacy and levity of oriental decorations and the ancient suggestion of a historical Italian venue, Villa Gentiloni, immersed in the Marche countryside.
The suggestion of candle light, greenery and soft pastel colors for a lush but understated decoration. Drapes of organza and Japanese silk for the wonderful robe of the bride and for the table setting. A special fil-rouge to unite internal and external spaces and to coordinate every single stylistic choice of marriage. The perfect idea for those who love a sober style, for those who avoid excesses but want to leave an indelible mark in their memory and on their guests.”
Today I am pleased to be welcoming back Chic Vintage Brides‘ resident gurus of groom’s attire, the folks over at The Gentlemanual. You may remember they popped in a while ago to share these 10 fabulous style tips for dapper grooms? Well this time they are shedding some sartorial light on the humble pocket square. Sharing everything you could possibly need to know about that little piece of fabric that nestling in a suit (or waistcoat) pocket can elevate a Groom’s look from dull to dapper!
The concept of a pocket square is a little weird, and probably the last thing you’re thinking about when planning the big day. You may even ask yourself how on earth could a functionally useless piece of fabric nested inside a pocket be considered “style”?
Well we’ll just start right out and say that yes, while there may be no definitive “utility” involved in wearing a pocket square, not everything needs to be about function, especially on this day of celebration.
For some men, pocket squares are still, understandably, regarded as foreign territory. Often times, men who don’t don pocket squares either feel that doing so would draw too much attention to their outfit, or simply haven’t considered including them in their style arsenal yet (because of the whole lack-of-function thing).
But your wedding day is perhaps the most dapper you’ll ever be dressed. Such an occasion calls for a little extra formality, and the devil really is in the details. No, in this case, it’s all about style–and that’s exactly what adding a pocket square to your ensemble will do for you!
Now before you go looking for the perfect pocket square for your wedding day look, you should know a few basic pocket square rules. Here are the most important things to keep in mind:
1. Usually we’re staunchly against the matching tie and pocket square look. Rather, it should complement a color found on your tie, or contrast your tie altogether. However, we’ll make an exception for wedding parties due to their coordinating nature, and sometimes matching is acceptable. A simple pattern in the same color can help you avoid the full monochrome look.
2. No matter which fold you choose, make sure that the resulting look doesn’t get bulky–you want to avoid pocket bulge. Your jacket pocket should still sit relatively flat against your jacket.
Most of these folds are designed in such a way that this problem doesn’t arise, but if you have a particularly thick pocket square (or a smaller-than-average pocket), just keep on experimenting with folds until you find one that works.
3. Pocket squares are perfect for your entire party. Consider letting each groomsmen show some personality with a pocket square of their choosing. As long as it’s in the dominant color scheme of the rest of your accessories, you’ll still look cohesive.
4. Your fold should match your mood first, and the formality of your wedding second. Sure, some folds are more formal than others, but honestly, a pocket square is a dressy accessory by nature, no matter how you scrunch it up. Whether your ceremony is seaside or in a grand ballroom, the subtle touch won’t feel out of place.
If you decide on pocket squares for the whole wedding party, make sure everyone is in agreement about which fold to go with. The three-point fold is great for black tie attire, while the presidential fold is better with a blazer look.
5. And don’t be afraid to wear a pocket square as a guest! There is no rule that says pocket squares are for the wedding party only, so if you’re serious about style, consider wearing a pocket square to every wedding. Wear a square and tie to all formal affairs, and opt for a blazer and square (sans tie) for your more casual celebrations.
Pocket squares are little pieces of fabric that speak volumes. We’ll be honest, you might not be the first person people want to see on your wedding day (that would be the lovely lady in the white dress) but as the groom, you are a close second.
A little pop of color or pattern nestled inside your jacket pocket is a sign of sophistication, and also serves as an instant improvement to whatever you’re wearing. So reach for a square and start experimenting with colors, patterns, and folds until you find something that resonates with you and the rest of your wedding party.
Be sure to check out 12 of the most popular ways to fold your pocket square over on Ties – I don’t think you can beat the The Presidential!
A huge thankyou to writer RJ Firchau and everyone over at The Gentlemanual for again sharing their expert knowledge with us – who would have thought such a small piece of fabric could be folded so many ways?! If you loved this post, be sure have a look at their other posts on Tie Bars & suspenders, as well as their advice on wearing a bold colored suit on your big day, and Winter suits. If you long to see more Groom & Groomsmen attire inspiration, click here to look at some of Chic Vintage Brides most popular posts.
I feel, with Summer already just around the corner, that I’m a little late with this year’s look at Spring color palettes. But better late than never! I’ve always thought Fall was the prettiest season for color, and yet whenever I look at the soft hues of Spring I find myself envying those of you choosing this season for your wedding celebration. Of course the hardest part is choosing a favourite …..
Chartreuse, Blush & Jade
I love this combination (so much so that you will find one similar in these Fall color palettes) it’s so fresh but with a hint of age that gives it an unmistakably old world feel. And it is one of those versatile palettes that will look beautiful in any setting or venue……
Peonies are my absolute favourite flower, coming in the prettiest shades of pink and only blooming in Spring, they make the perfect inspiration for a palette – and a really good reason for choosing this season (if you need another one!)
A contemporary palette for a Spring wedding, I love the contrast of warm yellow with soft silver and grey. And with a hint of blush it is also surprisingly romantic. It would work so well in a white space – perhaps a loft or a renovated barn. Just be sure to include lots of greenery.
This more masculine mix of colors may not be the most obvious choice for a Spring wedding, but it is one that works surprisingly well. It would be the perfect palette for a garden wedding at a country estate or historical venue, where your groom can channel his inner Lord Grantham with some tweed…..
You can’t get a more feminine color palette than this mix of soft shades of blush and silver. As well as being super romantic it is also one of the most versatile color palettes, looking lovely whatever your chosen setting or venue….. plus of course it is perfect for creating that lovely mismatched look for your bridesmaids!
From feminine hues to duskier blues…. This wedding color palette is understated and not overly feminine, yet would still look timelessly romantic. The key to it not looking too Wintery is to use plenty of seasonal blooms and add splashes of gold to your decor for warmth.
This colour palette is the perfect mix of early Spring hues and romance. With a lingering Wintry dusk, these soft shades of yellow and green somehow manage to be contemporary with a minimalist feel, yet still hint at an old world romance..…
Greenery is a trend that isn’t going anywhere! And this color palette embraces it alongside the minimalist look that Meghan & Harry’s chic wedding has made so popular…. nothing says understated elegance like a monochromatic color palette!
An unusual alternative to the more traditional Spring pastels! The blend of ethereal shades of grey with dusky pink and yellow though is perfectly pretty and hints at a golden age. I love the addition of lace and greenery to this look and can just imagine it for an historic church or country estate setting…
This palette just couldn’t be any prettier! The crisp powder blue is delicate and surprisingly feminine (with stock and blue thistle coming in the perfect shades), whilst the soft shades of peach adds contrast and warmth. And it is one of those palettes that will be loved as much by the men as the ladies in your wedding party…..
Roberta & Tony’s romantic wedding took place at Tenuta Venturini Baldini, an historic winery nestled on the gentle slope of the Matildic Hills of Reggio Emilia, in Italy. It is the perfect balance of timeless elegance and relaxed calm that reflects the laid back couple’s approach to their big day. And with a vintage VW, the most charming courtyard reception, and the most delicious looking semi-naked cake there are plenty of inspiring details……
Bride Roberta shares….. “When planning our wedding, we wanted to create a day that represents us. The most important for us was to create something that would let all our guests have fun and share with us our day. We want it to be a party!
We chose a soft palette of sage green and antique rose. We wanted our wedding to be a little vintage and bohemien. And we found the perfect place for what we had in mind in countryside – Tenuta Venturini Baldini.”
“I had seen my dress years before and I was so happy when I finally found it. Jenny Packham dresses are simply beautiful!
My husband chose a Gucci suit, elegant but not too sophisticated.”
“The ceremony was exciting and absolutely the most moving part of the day.”
The couple celebrated the start of their marriage at the beautiful Tenuta Venturini Baldini , a winery nestled on the gentle slope of the Historical Matildic Hills of Reggio Emilia. “We loved the dinner under the stars in the yard.”
Love isn’t always easy. Sometimes love is lost or forced to hide in locked drawers. Sometimes life happens and lovers part ways. Sometimes you live far away from the one you thought you can’t live without. This was the romantic idea behind today’s editorial….
Photographer George Liopetas shared what inspired this beautifully melancholic vision of a bride without her love…. ” I wanted to create something unique. I wanted to let my imagination run free, without prejudice, without something tying me back and create something true. This is when I came up with an editorial shoot for the unlucky ones, the heartbroken.
We wanted a beautiful venue for our editorial shoot, somewhere with great history, and we realized from the beginning that ‘Konstantinos Palaiologos Hotel’ was the ultimate place for us.
Varvara of Wedding Planner Shabby Chic did an amazing job with the styling, the vintage table setting, all the golden details, and the moody floral arrangements. We chose a beautiful gown by the Greek designer Crochelle and to die for handcrafted wedding shoes with Swarovski embellished heels by Lina Maragou.
Our stationery was designed by Christina and Marco, owners of ‘Beautiful Letters’ from Italy. They created the most amazing handwritten love letters for our shoot. Our lovely model did an amazing job bringing into the shoot the unending melancholy of an absent soulmate.”
“Like a flash-thunder, you break the darkness of my life, like a storm you devastate my soul. I’m walking through the ruins of my life, I’ve got no defence against you and your net captures me. You are coming like a butterfly over flowers and I sink into your eyes.”
Isn’t it lovely?? To all the wonderful creatives who lent their talents, a big thankyou! And especially to George Liopetas who captured it all so perfectly. If you love George’s images and would like to see more of his work do pop over to his website at www.georgeliopetas.com and don’t forget to find and follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.