Category Archives: Tradition

Vintage Details

Weddings are all about the details from the lighting to the place cards; the music selection to the appetizers. But sometimes the details can become fragmented when you’re trying to pull together so many different elements into one very short day. One way to avoid a big, disjointed wedding day is to stick with a specific theme and colors that all help add to the day instead of leaving guests wondering what kind of a wedding they had just been to…

These days, all things vintage seem to be on the forefront of high fashion and lifestyle choices with everything from clothes to homes to weddings. So today it’s all about the vintage details! We’re not talking an entire vintage reception (we aren’t suggesting a complete throwback), instead you can give your wedding the vintage feel by adding some simple (and some very budget friendly, do-it-yourself) accessories. Like what? It’s all about the little things when we talk details, so just a few suggestions in pictures… starting with some fun vintage save-the-dates and invitations, your engagement ring (yes that will be “at” the wedding too!), using old books as centerpieces and old suitcases for guests to drop off their gift envelopes or even to store your vintage place cards, or how about leaving your guests with these adorable macaroon favors in a very vintage “vase”… still not convinced? Trust me, you will be once you add these little details to the big day and tie all of your wedding decisions and decor together!

 

 

 

Credits:  Not on the High Street, Ring O BlogCardinal Bridal, Tabitha & Sachi from Illuminate PhotographyJ’adore les Macarons, Demi Couture Fashion Blog, Perfect Wedding GuideThe Yellow Buttercup, Butter Toast BoutiqueRevel Blog

Back to the Basics – For an Old Fashioned Wedding

We (you, me, everyone) seem to forget in our tech-friendly, app obsessed, 21st century life, how lovely and charming the old world approach to things (life, love, weddings, etc) was and can still be. Instead of boats we take planes, instead of paper we use computers, instead of meeting our husbands and wives “organically”, we meet online, and instead of traditional weddings, we are wrapped up in the next best thing… because we are all living in a very modern world.

Okay fine, I know I’m not out to convert all of the modernists back to our traditional roots, but I do want to prove that there is plenty of beauty in an “Old Fashioned” wedding filled with charm, glamour, and grace. If you’ve stopped reading please don’t! I promise that even the most modern of us all can find ways to incorporate the past into our weddings (even though today I’m proposing any entirely back to the basics, old fashioned wedding approach and lots of inspiration!)

So as always, I like to begin with the bridal gown! This Ian Stuart gown (below) is impeccable. The detailing of the skirt, the choice color (ivy, not white), and most especially the separate jacket with a corset that hugs the waist, make this dress the perfect choice for a very traditional wedding. But there are plenty of ideas that aren’t just about the fashion. Try making fun place cards for your guests using vintage keys like the ones below… For the reception, throw in vintage rented furniture to fill an empty reception hall (see below) like this 18th century inspired sofa canape upholstered with blue and silver silk lampas. For the bride, accent your modern hairstyle with a very vintage brooch (below) and a pair of vintage shoes – I am OBSESSED with these Vintage Di Scarla of Italy heels from Etsy! And finally for your color palette, pick accents like cream and mauve which can be used perfectly in all of the floral centerpieces and bouquets (I LOVE the bouquet below). These colors are so muted that you can add the loud touches like an intricate wedding dress and vintage furniture which nicely balances those creams, taupes, and mauves to create that “old fashioned” look we are going for…

 

Credits: Met Museum, Ian Stuart – BellevueStyle Me Pretty, All the Rest, The Wedding Chicks, Etsy, Etsy

For the Hat Lover

The wedding hat… I should stop my writing here and let the pictures do the talking…

But how can I resist a bit of commentary on a subject that I have been desperately wanting to write post after post about! Really though, I am dying over wedding hats! I talk a lot about wedding accessories and how important it is to find the little ways to accessorize the big day, but the hat is the ultimate in accessories! Not only is it clothing, but it is fashion AND art! Think back a year to some of the hats made famous after the royal wedding; they are fine pieces of art and I can think of no better way to express yourself at a wedding (as the bride, maid of honor, mother of the bride or a guest) with the perfect hat.

So today, since I couldn’t post 100 hats, I wanted to emphasize more of the “mainstream” hat instead of the artsier pieces (that I am equally obsessed with). So for the more faint of heart, don’t worry there will be no Princess Eugenie or Beatrice creations today (but they will be coming soon!) Enjoy these elegant and more traditional selections for now…

Credits:  Pinterest, PinterestPhilip Treacy, EtsyMaggie Mae, Beauty Cent, Kiss the Groom, Emily WeddingsGina FosterLove Hats,

The Wedding Kiss

With the first anniversary of Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding just around the corner (this Friday), I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a whole week filled with UK and royal wedding inspired posts! But first, to kick it off, we’re going with something a bit more universal… the kiss

We’ve all heard it before, “you may now kiss the bride”, but it’s when a newlywed couple like William and Kate find themselves on the world stage that we all ponder, why a kiss? The tradition was said to have begun in ancient Rome where a marriage was not legal until the couple kissed. A kiss was considered legally binding to seal a contract; and so the tradition began…

Though we may have evolved from requiring the kiss to legalize a marriage; we certainly haven’t moved away from the tradition! Aside from Prince William and Kate, other royal nuptials have “sealed the deal” in front of public audiences with dramatic first kisses (see Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson on their wedding day in May, 2004 and Swedish royals, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel Westling, both below). But that doesn’t mean a royal kiss is any less extraordinary than a commoners kiss! And for soon to be newlyweds, a dramatic, romantic and unforgettable kiss is of course still easily attainable… If you take away the princess tiaras from the royal brides below, don’t they blend in well with these other couples? Indeed they do… hopefully reminding us all that even commoners can make a kiss magical!

 

 

Credits:  Washington Post, Elegant WomanAstral Alchemy, Heidi Vail, Creative Photography MagazineMy Wedding, MSN

The Bride’s Best Friend

I find myself talking a lot about wedding accessories and finding creative ways to incorporate the little things into your big day. So today is the ultimate in accessorizing! What could be better than bringing an accessory to life with your dog!

We all know that dogs are man’s best friend, but on your wedding day, a dog can be the bride’s best friend too – especially when it comes to the pictures. Your dog does not need to be the ring bearer, or even present at the reception, but you can find creative ways to incorporate him (or her) easily and unforgettably! These pictures say a lot about what a special role your dog can play on your wedding day, just look at how perfect they all are! This just proves that dogs really can serve as the perfect (living) wedding accessory and of course best friend!

 

Credits:  Jay Eads Photography, The Knotty Bride, Every Last DetailJonas Peterson, Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs