One of the best outlets for vintage style is through gorgeous weddings. The Vintage Herald features big days that exemplify the timelessness, beauty and excitement that you can only find with vintage themes.
Love is intoxicating… we say to our martinis at the end of a long day. What is it about love that seems to consume us in such a profound way? Let’s be real, it can turn the sanest person psycho-obsessive (hi, Jay Gatsby) or cause deadly wars (we see you Helen and Paris) or even cause cold dead hearts to feel again (get at us Vodka and Vermouth). But regardless of the effect, love will always be the best thing in the entire world. For example, we love vintage inspiration (surprised?) and we love masterfully executed events. Lucky for us, the wedding we have for you today combines both of those things into something truly magical. Our talented friends at Anna Elizabeth Photography sent over this stunning “Vintage Outdoor Woodsy Wedding,” and we’re swooning over every inch of it.
According to Anna, “when Carianne first contacted me, I knew we were a perfect match. Her wedding day vision was something I was so excited to photograph! She is an event planner, so she planned her entire wedding day! They were married in the woods with a gorgeous mantel, ombre candles and a chandelier hanging from the tree! Everything was so whimsical and dreamy. They had a cute cocktail area, and the reception details made my jaw drop! Plus, down the road was an old runway where photos were taken! How awesome is that?! The forecast called for rain, but her wedding day was a mix of sun and clouds. It wasn’t until everyone was inside for the reception that it started down pouring! The rain held off! This is one of those wedding that I will never forget.”
One of our greatest disappointments in this modern age is the utter lack of extravagance. No longer do people wear lavish gowns and put ships in their hair on a daily basis. How can we stand the sheer injustice of it all!? Easy. We have friends like Jenfolio Wedding and Portrait Photography who send over shoots like this “Vintage Luxury meets Modern Wedding.” And it’s here to show 2019 that “splurging” on a few items can take any wedding to a level of extravagance that would even make our girl, Marie Antoinette, proud.
According to Jenfolio, “this shoot was inspired by the trending look of over size ceremony floral statements. We basically wanted to marry timeless and modern together. It’s about adding a little bit of luxury here and there on your wedding day to make your wedding day dreams come true.The dress is hand made by one of the top dress designers in Kentucky and in the South. Amira of Design Decor never leaves a detail untouched, she works until perfection.”
Excuse us while we go order an exact replica of this insanely stunning gown and floral arrangement. So what if we still need an estate, impeccably manicured gardens, and a handsome gentlemen to complete the picture? Minor details. This shoot is simply something out of a fairytale and should serve as inspiration to all you vintage-lovers out there looking to add a bit of “extra” to your big day.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you are a fellow “vintage-phile.” And for that, you have become one of our new best friends – hope you like martinis! But it also probably means that you are a lover of history as well. Lucky for us, history isn’t something you just learn about in school or watch reenacted on TV and in movies. It can be something you actually experience. OK, no, we have not figured out how to travel back in time. Trust if that happens, you probably won’t be hearing from us for a very long time. However, you can visit historical sites that provide a glimpse into another period. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been shamed for crying because of the connection we felt at certain places (Versailles, we’re looking at you!).
We would feel slightly embarrassed (emphasis on “slightly”), but it turns out, we’re not the only ones who have felt something similar. So maybe they didn’t start crying. However, our very talented friend, Lynsey Lue, felt a lightning strike of inspiration when she walked into the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit. And when you have something beautifully historic at your disposal, why not add a dose of romance to really bring ‘er home. Perhaps this “Vintage Love at the Historic Fort Wayne” styled shoot will have you feeling some type of way as well.
According to Lynsey, “walking onto the property of the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit is literally walking into the past. Although the fort never saw battle, it housed many walks of lives throughout the years. The second I saw the fort, I knew I had to do a shoot here. Designed for battle, I instantly saw beauty and love. The history and buildings captivated me from the very beginning.”
Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the whimsical and magical story of Alice in Wonderland. It has everything a childhood fairytale should have… tea parties, croquet, adventure, cake, body-altering drugs, beheadings, a hookah-smoking Caterpillar… wait, what? OK, so maybe things get a tad “kooky” at times, but it will always remain a classic. And, if you’re anything like us, you’ve wanted nothing more than to get a coveted invite to one of those exclusive tea parties. Well our friends at Bloom & Design have made our dreams come true with this incredible Alice in Wonderland inspired tea party. What great timing too as it just so happens to be our very own “Unbirthdays!” Oh yeah, good luck getting that song out of your head.
According to Bloom & Design, “this shoot was meant to bring inspiration and ideas for any event including themed parties, bridal parties, engagement parties, and ultimately weddings! We teamed up with a few of our local vendors to make this dream come to life. It was magical! The mossy elements set the mood for a whimsical mystery and a pop of colorful flowers brought the table to life. The color palette was derived from Alice in Wonderland featuring clocks, tea cups and old vintage books.The desserts served as important key factors to the tea party which tied in the Alice tea party with cake, cupcakes, and macarons. As the mad hatter said, ‘it’s always tea time!’”
And no truer words have ever been spoken… it is always tea time. This is one of those styled shoots that becomes more impressive the longer you look at it. We feel as if we’ve been transported to a world of imagination and magic. There’s no doubt that even Alice herself would feel at home. Seriously, if any of you out there are looking for some Wonderland-inspo, go no further than this beauty.
If someone was to ask you “what is the definition of couple goals,” what would you say? See, for us, we would say Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (psh, duh), Cinderella and Prince Charming, Bonnie and Clyde, Vodka and Soda… But we realize that today we need to add to that list. Our talented friends at Images by Amber Robinson sent us this vintage inspired industrial wedding, and not only does the couple make the cut, but the theme does too.
According to Images by Amber Robinson, “Kim and Wyatt are what we in the wedding industry like to call “couple goals”. They are kind, loving, and fun to be around. Surrounded by their very closest friends and family on their wedding day, Kim and Wyatt wed in a beautiful ceremony in the vintage Cadillac Service Garage, turned wedding venue (of the same name) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
They exchanged sweet gifts before the ceremony as they prepared for the big day with their bridal parties, and exchanged vows in front of a romantic flower adorned mantle and Persian rug alter. The urban industrial interior of the wedding venue were made to feel soft and romantic with flowers and candles, sweetly styled vintage vignettes, and lots of personal touches like the guestbook station, the guys lounge which was decorated with plush leather chesterfield sofas, cigars, and of course a pool table.
The couple had a full bar, but the old fashioned bottled cokes and wine were crowd favorites. The apple cider bar was added at the end of the evening to keep the spirits of Kim and Wyatt’s guests warm as they departed back into the chilly January evening.”
See, what did we tell you? Couple. Goals. We just cant seem to get over the vintage inspired gown, antique decor, and sweet touches mixed with the sleek and cool backdrop of this incredible venue. This wedding is such a great example of how something as delicate as “vintage” can mesh seamlessly with something so modern. Pretty much all we can say is that the next time you’re making your “couple goals” list, please don’t forget about this wedding and this perfectly executed theme.
What is it about danger that is so attractive? Give a girl a handsome criminal or a corrupt gentleman and we’re like moths to a flame. Perhaps that’s why at least half the TV shows, movies, and novels out there have the leading man “three sheets to sin.” But please don’t get us wrong here, we absolutely love it. So when our talented friends at My Love Wedding PR sent over this Peaky Blinders inspired styled shoot, we felt ourselves swooning for the bad boys.
According to My Love, “Ella Farrell from Ella Farrell Weddings is a Peaky Blinders fan – the feel of the 1920’s in England is so dangerously romantic. Ella contacted Jenny from Wedding Boston, who loves to pull together a styled shoot and together they brought this amazing 1920’s vintage romance to life. Our vision for this shoot was pure vintage romance with a sense of fun and danger and to provoke a sense of creativity when planning a wedding or an after wedding styled shoot.
Carrie Nation in Boston was the perfect pallet to host this styled shoot with it’s Speakeasy room; an elegant, windowless lounge with plush leather seating, dark polished wood, billiards and a full bar. Jenny couldn’t resist reaching out to BHLDN for the ever so stunning vintage dresses that embraced each model every so perfectly. Ella & Jenny then chose stunning models and on point wedding professionals to assist in ensuring every detail was perfectly romantic.”
If you’re anything like us, then you constantly daydream about jumping on a plane and heading on some magical adventure. So what if these thoughts happen to occur during those 2PM meetings…that’s not a coincidence, right? Regardless, we are total suckers for the romantic spontaneity that can come from such a thing. The all-star group of vendors that we have for you today, seem to agree. Jessica Davies Photography sent over this epic 1960’s styled airliner bridal shoot that has us packing our bags immediately.
According to Jessica, “this bridal shoot has a classic look with a fun, vintage twist. The airplane and old luggage give a ‘fly away with me’ feel.” This stunning shoot includes a vintage 1967 Piper Cherokee Airplane, vintage luggage, and classic inspired dress, hair, and make up. In other words, the perfect recipe for, well, perfection. The other piece of the puzzle is that it doesn’t feel forced. We love that this vendor team kept an element of “today” that keeps this feeling refreshed and relevant while still maintaining that nod to the past that we love so much. So for all of our fellow jet-setters (real or imaginary), please kick back, relax, and let this gorgeous shoot take you to a wonderful vintage fairyland.
Want to know a secret? We’ve never met a historical mansion we didn’t like. OK, well maybe that isn’t too surprising, but we figured it was worth saying. Why? Because the wedding we have for you today is so incredibly gorgeous, it honestly has us kind of mad. Our friends at Lindsay Dawn Photography sent over this intimate wedding in the historic Sebring Mansion, and we’re trying to figure out how something can be so perfect.
According to Lindsay Dawn, “Dania & Jason had a beautiful, unique, and intimate wedding in the Sebring Mansion. The mansion is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. It has been restored to it’s former glory, with the back interior still being worked on. Glass door knobs, stained glass windows, unique light fixtures, the list goes on. Dania and Jason had their ceremony in the foyer, surrounded by Dania’s two daughters as bridesmaids, and 17 close family members. The ceremony was followed by hors d’oeuvres and photos, and then dinner in the third floor dining room & bar.”
We are obsessed with this edgy vintage vibe set amidst a truly gorgeous historical venue. The antique gold accents with occasional pop of color take the styling of this event over the top. No doubt that this wedding has topped our list of fabulous historic mansion weddings and should be used as inspiration for all to come!
One of the most expensive parts of any wedding is often the dress. It can be so hard to have your dreams exceed your purse when it comes to such an important aspect of your big day. And if we’ve learned anything from our all-day Say Yes to the Dress binge sessions, it’s that you shouldn’t try anything on you’re not willing to sell your soul for. But as vintage lovers, we’ve come up with a little trick to solve this conundrum. How you ask? Well, by utilizing one of the best resources we all have…our ancestors. So when brides take advantage of that fact and use family gowns as their own, we always have to share. Our friends at Julia Sharapova Photography sent over this 1950’s heirloom dress bridal portrait shoot, and it’s proving to brides everywhere that hand-me-downs are as good as new.
According to Julia, “I believe a passionate life leads to a life well lived. I believe a life well lived is made up of fleeting moments that add up to one extraordinary story that deserves to be told. And from the very first e-mail that I received from Mary Catherine and Patrick I knew that their story is going to be the one I would love to tell and to share. Their story is elegant, and classic with delicate details and family heirlooms. Their love is timeless and I hope that I was able to reflect the romance that they both share…
For her bridals Mary Catherine picked Aldredge House (built in 1915-17) in Dallas to compliment her style. She was wearing a very special dress. The dress, that both her grandmother and mother wore for their weddings. That must be very special to have this dress from 1953, to see two happy marriages that is was a part of and to be able to preserve this legacy. I am honored and happy to be part of this beautiful story, and it’s my joy to share this beautiful portraits.”
We’ve talked about the beauty of mashups before. The art of combining two seemingly opposite things into one magical outcome is one of our fave talents. So when KC Kreit Photography sent over this 1970’s Victorian tea party, we were the first in line to see it in all of its glory.
According to KC Kreit, “the vision for these Great Falls, Montana bridal portraits was Victorian innocence meets 70’s editorial boho. When I first walked into Feather Your Nest’s new bistro, in historic downtown Great Falls, I immediately saw the idea. With a wall of antique tea sets and and vintage decor throughout the room, I knew that this would be a great place to make make two worlds collide.”
And what a great place indeed. We are just obsessed with the wall of antique tea sets (seriously, where can we get one of those???). The 1970’s inspired styling looks right at home in such a demure and delicate environment. This just goes to show you, beauty can come from any era and timelessness is a real thing.