2 August 2016
Perhaps you’ve got an undying love for floral prints, Cameo pins, antique collectables or your pear shaped 1ct engagement ring… The antique inspired wedding scheme encases all things vintage, feminine and pretty. Take your guests on an adventure to eras gone by with classy and classic fashion, décor, food and favours all inspired by the fabulous Marie Antoinette. For a soft and stylish wedding aspire to these antique accents in your day.
If you channel you inner Marie Antoinette you immediately vision opulent designs, gorgeous gowns and luxe everything. A chateau dressed in timeless tones of pastels, pinks and gold’s are the perfect backdrop for this soiree. The aim – a plethora of cakes, a multitude of props and intricate details. As a bride, the search for your gown should be one that brings out the soft, sweet and fancy side of you, so think ball gown shapes, layers and a lot of beading and detail.
Lavish floral arrangements and chandeliers, elongated tables and chaise back chairs all make for luxurious extra details. Gold vases contrast beautifully with china dinnerware in muted pastel tones and gold trimmings. Your stationery should reflect the theme with cursive writing and an ornate border; why not have them cut in the shape of a handheld mirror, such a super cute idea. Create a seating area styled with antique sofas and armchairs complete with a few pouffes for your guests comfort, just like the picture below.
5 April 2016
A glamorous City Hall inspired wedding is the perfect style for city-dwelling metropolitan brides. Old-soul romantics and those Carrie Bradshaw ladies will fall in love with the elegant interiors and rich furnishings as they say “I Do’ donning short ‘n chic wedding dresses. Luxe glamour, a hint of vintage elements and clean lines are all you need to recreate such a stunning and effortless style…
Its all about effortless class, combining casual elements with the right amount of attitude and touches of sophistication. Clear vases or apothecary jars/bottles filled with fresh blooms make for the perfect mix of edge and femininity.
21 March 2016
Inspired by the bluey-greys of an autumn storm, the prettiest palette of slate, grey and neutrals come together perfectly for a chic city celebration full of Parisian flair. The cool colours hint at an air of decadence, especially when mixed with bronze and brown shades to add warmth; these colours are the epitome of chic, so think elegant and opulent decor with chandeliers, mixed metals and lashings of lace for your dress.
To make this palette look pretty rather than cold, the key is to layer the shades rather than focusing on each colour separately. Make use of a range of fabrics to do this, which will also add a beautiful texture to proceedings. A Place setting with wooden chargers atop linen and ornate vintage cutlery wrapped with a pretty silk bow is the exact look for that vintage chic style.
gold bridal crown / vintage chandelier wedding decor / slate grey bridesmaid dresses / vintage inspired grooms accessories / chalkboard wedding sign / vintage silver cutlery / ribbon hanged wedding seating chart / gold glitter wedding shoes / parisian inspired lace wedding dress / slate wedding name cards / two-tiered vintage blue inspired wedding cake
1 March 2016
Roll up, roll up, the carnival is in town! This vibrant and fun wedding style incorporates the fantasy world of the traveling carnival. Give your guests a ticket to the greatest show on Earth and have them witness the extraordinary wonders of your nuptials...
Think back to childhood memories of the summer carnivals - the games, the food and the exciting atmosphere. Create anticipation long before your wedding day with invitations unlike any other...include an 'admit one' ticket so that guests can gain entry to your wedding.
The best part about a carnival is all the exciting food. An apple pie stick, toffee apples, coloured macaroons, fairy floss and popcorn are all simple and delicious carnival style foods. Cake pops are also a new, carnival-esque style of dessert that you can treat your guests to! Why not offer your guests something totally unique as a wedding favour - thank your guests in true carnival style and have a caricature on hand sketching your guests!
12 January 2016
The opulence + charm that old Hollywood glamour oozes is pretty hard to resist! Elegant, classic + deliciously vintage in all the right ways, this theme screams classy fun as you transport guest back in time to femme fatales + tuxedo clad gentlemen – everywhere! For the bride, vixen red lip, luscious Hollywood curls + a vintage inspired gown that is sure to drop jaws. Incorporate feathers where you can, whether it be in you [or your bridesmaids] hair, bouquet or as a centrepiece + don’t forget those Hollywood touches – an autograph guest book or disposable cameras for that paparazzi feel. Take sparkle, fiery red + sexy satin black as your muse and bring to life the beauties of the past..
black + gold old hollywood glamour inspired wedding tablescape / seating chart inspired by old hollywood stars / old hollywood glamour inspired grooms suit / old hollywood glamour bridal hair + makeup inspo / opulent black + gold tiered wedding cakes / old hollywood glamour wedding seating chart / old hollywood inspired wedding centrepiece / wedding reception table styling inspired by old hollywood / wedding celebration champagne tower / opulent hollywood glam inspired wedding ceremony styling / bride channeling old hollywood glam
30 December 2015
10 December 2015
Lets throw it back to the sixties and throw a mad men themed bash. It’s all about demure necklines, nipped waists, + wide skirts for the ladies while the men indulge in well-cut suits, expertly tailored with a narrow tie + cocktail in hand. Allow guests to enjoy themselves with a vintage whiskey + cigar bar complete with a crystal decanter or style your photobooth filled with plenty of white gloves, fedora hats + pearl accents. A chic hotel or rooftop patio makes for an ideal reception venue, tying the whole mad men look together.
city hall inspired wedding / mad men inspired wedding cocktail bar chalkboard / mad men inspired wedding whiskey + cocktail bar / 60s inspired typewriter wedding decor + bouquet / 60s inspired bridal makeup + hair with birdcage veil / quirky wedding photobooth props / mad men inspired bride + groom getaway car + styling / 60s mad men inspired wedding dessert table / mad men inspired wedding cigar bar
24 November 2015
Can anything be more romantic than saying “I Do” surrounded by the fashion, the architecture and romantic nature inspired by the city of lights?! Chateaus featuring perfectly manicured gardens + vintage accents make for the perfect venue to host your nuptials. Pastel hue’s of pink’s + blue’s coupled with elegantly gracious gold’s make for the perfect whimsical palette to celebrate a Paris love story.
macaroon wedding favour / whimsical parisian inspired wedding centrepiece / whimsically decorated pink wedding champagne / bride + groom wedding photo in front of the eiffel tower / four tier whimsically vintage wedding cake in pastel blue / paris inspired wedding invitation / parisian inspired wedding headpiece / scooter wedding getaway vehicle / paris chateau inspired wedding reception hall / paris chateau wedding venue
10 November 2015
Say “I do” surrounded by the calm + graceful ambiance of an English garden styled soiree. The perfect style for a relaxed bride wanting to add sophistication + charm for all to enjoy. With dreamy pastel accents + vintage heirloom, it is just the thing to get us in a tea-sipping, wonderful hat wearing kind of mood.
whimsically decorated getaway wedding car / bride + groom on their wedding day / deep purple wedding invitation / vintage ice cream wedding truck / english garden inspired floral + ribbon decorated chiavari chair / garden wedding pie bar / whimsy wedding centrepiece / garden wedding lawn games / whimsical winding wedding reception centrepiece / whimsical winding wedding reception centrepiece / gold printed wedding table number / flower filled church door way
28 October 2015
THE COUPLE: Trista + Cameron
PALETTE: We wanted the day to be enjoyable, relaxed and ‘us’. Cameron and I wanted a fairly simple wedding with a few ‘DIY’ touches. With a love of vintage and rustic styling we used hessian, string, and brown paper and fairly neutral colours, with some blush and pastel tones. This theme allowed us to include some personal touches, get crafty and have a day that reflected us.
THE DRESS: After visiting multiple bridal stores and trying on a variety of wedding gowns I knew they weren’t ‘me’. At first I was not entirely sure what I was after, I wasn’t a girl who grew up with a ‘dream dress’ idea, however there were particular dresses that stood out to me straight away. I decided I wanted something lacy with a vintage feel that was simple in shape yet had some detail. When looking at gowns I always found myself looking at the back. I also wanted something that I could be comfortable in all day. My gown was a ‘v-neck’ bust with scallop edging and pretty lace straps that also ran down the back forming a ‘v-shape’. There was also a beautiful hand beaded embellished band under the bust that wrapped around to form a bow at the back. The entire dress had intricate hand beaded work. My something blue was a ring with a blue stone, belonging to my late grandmother, which I tied to the inside of my dress.
THE CEREMONY: As I grew up in South Australia and my entire family are still living there, Cameron and I made regular trips down to visit. We knew for some time South Australia would be where we would tie the knot. After our engagement, we looked into Adelaide wedding venues, in particular looking for a location where we could potentially plan the wedding ourselves. Once we came across this beautiful provincial homestead and viewed photos of previous weddings there, we instantly fell in love. It was from that moment we knew it was the place for us! The venue is absolutely breathtaking and located in such a beautiful part of South Australia. We had quite a simple ceremony, which we actually wrote ourselves, including our vows. It was really special listening to the vows, which reflected our appreciation of one another, our commitment to our future together and our selfless love.
THE RECEPTION: The reception was nestled amongst the beautiful French homestead on a tennis court and by a pool creating a perfect blank canvas for us to do as we wished. We were able to arrange everything just as we wanted. Having the wedding in one location allowed family and friends to go straight from the ceremony to the reception and enjoy the afternoon eating, drinking, dancing, playing lawn games and mingling with other guests while the bridal party went for photos.
THE DÉCOR: I sewed hessian square mats, which were placed in the middle of the tables and topped with recycled jars and ‘freshly picked’ flower arrangements. On each guests’ plate there was a homemade thank you message from the bride and groom on brown card. We displayed vintage books, along with photos of our grandparents who have gone before us, recognising that they will be forever present in our hearts. I also made the ‘key to your seat’ with guests’ names and table numbers and the ‘advice for the bride and groom’ slips. We hired other decor items including lounges, wine barrels for tables, suitcases, books, a ladder, wooden crates, watering cans, and chalk boards. We had games on the lawn, drinks in wine barrels and an acoustic guitarist followed later by his band members. For us it was about creating a fun vibe and an enjoyable laid back celebration. The photo booth was a vintage lounge with vintage suitcases beside it, where guests took photographs with a Polaroid camera. They could take a photo home with them and also add one to our own personal collection.
THE FLOWERS: A mixture of white flowers with a few blush tones. The bouquets were white chrysanthemums and blush roses wrapped with twine. On the tables there were mixed flowers with additional colour including lavender, baby’s breath, dahlias and green foliage.
PHOTOGRAPHER: The moment I saw Tamika’s photos I just fell in love with her style. I also saw photos she had taken at our wedding venue, which definitely helped us make our decision! Her photos are natural and capture all the special moments. Tamika’s personality makes for a relaxed feel in front of the camera. She knows her job well and has a natural approach, which made us very at ease.
wedding photos by tamika lee photography
2 September 2015
THE COUPLE: Alicia + Luke
THE STYLE: Luke and I chose a vintage country themed wedding. Both living outside the major city and loving anything with a vintage retro feel, our guests continually told us it reflected our style.
THE DRESS: I was looking for a knee length vintage feel, something different but still traditional white. Apart from those requirements I was open to just about anything, knowing that something would eventually jump out at me. My gown was everything I wanted; knee length, round neck, capped sleeves and made completely out of sequins!
THE CEREMONY:A friend of my mother’s dropped in conversation that his daughter married on a block of land he owned out the back of Normanville and he kindly offered it to Luke and I. Driving out to such a beautiful country side, and pulling into this stunning vacant block surrounded by forestry was just magical. We did not look at any other venues after seeing it. There were numerous non-traditional aspects to our wedding. Luke and I decided not to have a wedding party for starters. Also, Luke and I met at the venue before the guests arrived and I did not walk down an aisle, instead we walked together to the spot we chose to read our vows. I think it’s important to do what you and your partner wish to do, if you want something non traditional then do it! Especially if it means you’ll be happier and more comfortable.
THE RECEPTION:Luke and I could not decide on a reception venue, taking into consideration we wanted this wedding to be relaxing, we decided to have everything in the one place.
THE DECOR: Most of our decor was collected over time from op shops and antique stores. We found some amazing pieces like crates, tables, vases, and a ten pin bowling set. Luke and I also had a vintage gumball machine filled with lollies, which was a hit with the kids! With such incredible scenery around us, we seemed to utilise it without knowing. Luke and I married in front of a big stump with beautiful ivy growing over it, which my sister-in-law decorated with vases filled with flowers. We scattered wine barrels from local wineries throughout the block for guests’ convenience. We also had parasols and fans for guests, and hired a marvellous castle shaped marquee.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet had a mixture of lisianthus, roses, everlasting daisies, gypsophila, and different foliage and ferns.
PHOTOGRAPHER: When Luke and I went to meet Karalee she was so down to earth and had a genuine understanding of what we were after in a photographer. On the day she was just magnificent and I feel she really made our wedding special. When we received our photos back they were exactly what we had wished for and more! Luke and I were after someone who understood the kind of people we were, someone who could work well with us to achieve the result we wanted. We were not after glitzy and glamorous, just natural and real.
photographs by angelsmith photography
12 August 2015
THE COUPLE: Jen + Matt
PALETTE: Shades of indigo and blues mixed with neutral and metallic finishes made for a whimsy delight with finishing touches of raspberry and violet.
STYLE: Grecian and a 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. A beautiful mix of styles that reflected who they both are as people. A relaxed vibe and easy structure with an outdoor component in a garden or winery for the ceremony.
THE DRESS: I was looking for a gown that when worn I would be able to catch and cuddle my son, something I could dance on a table in and a gown to ensure I still felt like myself, but a more ‘fabulous’ self. It featured three parts, inclusive of a silk dress underneath a beautiful lace kimono for the ceremony. When I met with the inspiring Alli Lynch at Betrothed she constructed a sheer kimono from a divine piece of French lace and attached it to the silk underlay. I wore a bespoke vintage gown for the reception, pieced together meticulously from vintage fabrics.
THE CEREMONY: The grounds are incredible; stepping into this property is like being transported to Tuscany. The walled garden was our ceremony location and we chose it simply because it was gorgeous and we felt it to be the right place for us. We hired the onsite accommodation for the weekend, so the groomsmen, bridesmaids and ourselves could get ready there and quite literally walk out of our door and arrive at the ceremony.
THE RECEPTION: Many of our guests traveled a long way to be with us that weekend so we wanted the day to be as easy as possible for them and felt we would achieve this by cutting out travel to and from the ceremony and reception. The venue’s ‘Orangerie’ is ideal for intimate gatherings and sits right next to the walled garden where we were married. Our guests could arrive and relax while our photographer worked his magic, which kept the flow of the day very organic.
DECOR: We hired a Persian rug and borrowed several others to create a layered area below the gorgeous arch at our ceremony. We also scattered crates and floor cushions covered in indigo fabrics to create a ‘chill out zone’ for guests before and after the ceremony. An assortment of little bottles served as vases and I purchased a collection of hand-dyed silk ribbons, to which I attached decorative tassels, for our hand-binding ceremony. We hired fairy lights, a lovely mixture of copper vessels, ‘L-O-V-E’ marquee lights and peacock wicker chairs for Matt and myself. The bridal table runner was a beautiful piece of vintage Indonesian indigo-dyed fabric.
FLOWERS: I chose a gorgeous bohemian inspired raspberry rose bouquet wrapped in twine. The same flowers were also included in the bridesmaid’s flower crowns, the little flower girl’s crown and the groom and groomsmen’s buttonholes. Matt and I put all the other arrangements together. I walked around the scrub at my mother and father’s home and collected olive branches and other greenery to use. We utilised the venue’s vegetable patch for the feature arrangements on the bar, including incredible artichoke flowers that worked their way seamlessly into the day. A few bunches of feature flowers such as peonies and gypsophila were incorporated into cake, aisle and table decorations and bridesmaid bouquets.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark at Bentinmarcs Photography was exactly what we were looking for. He worked so hard on the day and took both film and digital shots. Mark is such a heartfelt and observant guy that he was able to capture the special little moments and offered the candid style of photography I love the most. His work gave us a collection of memories that tell the true story of the day and really show the emotion we all felt. I am so grateful to him for that.
10 August 2015
Its time to step aside gold + silver – there’s a new metallic taking over. Copper details are popping up everywhere you look; the wedding world is spilling with this fantastic metal, calling to your stylish side! Be inspired by beautiful botanicals + copper metals.
8 August 2015
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3 July 2015
If there is one wedding palette that spells style and elegance, it is the contrasting combination of gold and taupe hues. Understated. Tasteful. And yet so visually delicious! The neutral quality lends itself beautifully to an entire range of textures and touches of similar muted tones. See how, with the aid of these inspiring images we have gathered for you to feast your eyes upon.
20 June 2015
“I love her and that is the beginning and the end of everything” – F. Scott Fitzgerald. From the author of the Great Gatsby, incorporate this beautiful love quote into your Gatsby inspired wedding. The Golden age, also known as the roaring 20’s and the Jazz Age is all about the Art Deco, the glits, the glamor, the love, romance and fashion. With gorgeous embellished dresses, vintage cars, and dramatic bow ties. Combining a colour palette of white, black and gold, eluding a sense of class and glamour on your special day. Here are some ways to incorporate vintage glam into your wedding.
13 March 2015
Who would’ve thought humble pottery could make it this big in the wedding world! The pretty blue and white pattern, originated in and around Delft in the Netherlands – hence the name, Delftware. We have been inspired by this gorgeous, somewhat oriental, design complete with vibrant blue. For a stylish scheme that isn’t overpowering, take from the colour of this gorgeous pattern and tie it into subtle features throughout the day. We love the crisp and modern look of this angular cake and the small inclusion of Delftware amidst this modern tablescape. Trawl second-hand stores for vintage pottery to use as vases, serve ware and décor!
9 March 2015
Making for a classic and chic wedding palette, mint and lace join together for their debut in this beautiful show of colour. For a more contemporary spin switch up vintage lace for laser cut features creating the "lace-look," like the fondant on this wedding cake. Lace doilies are the perfect addition to your tablescape, paired with some stunning mint elements! And lambs ear offer a pretty hue through flower arrangements whilst a little hint of green through fashion creates continuity and serious style.
27 February 2015
With a fresh take on a simple style that has become a timeless classic, the French Provincial wedding has it all. Take a moment to devour all the goodness that is this incredible style; it leaves us wanting to design wedding after wedding. Delicate features are complemented by a certain rustic chicness that takes us to an olden day time of chivalry and traditions. Florals are liberally included through décor and materials are kept soft, floaty and most importantly elegant.
26 February 2015
This great rustic wedding palette consists of a magnitude of colours in muted hues with cool tones. Whether you’re to be wed in a country location, want to bring a little country cosiness to your day or just don’t feel your suited to the modern style this combination is sure to meet your wishes. It’s relaxed, adaptable and versatile with multiple colours… we love a sweet rustic celebration.
25 February 2015
Do you and your partner march to a different beat of the drum? The‘DIY dreamer’ channels your eclectic side, creating an interesting and visually delightful fashion! With mismatch glass wear, crockery and tablescape, using op shop finds and household items in a creative manner like this awesome vintage rug aisle and sweet bridesmaid dresses that are different but within a similar style… this wedding screams originality and creativity.
11 February 2015
For a seriously stylish, sixties inspired wedding opt for bold colours and décor and fashion within the retro realm – but remember “all you really need is love!” It was the happy hippie era so vibrant flower shapes and midi dresses with plenty of tulle will have you styled like the perfect pin-up. Vintage furniture and thrift shop finds are ideal for your wedding décor. Use your creative genius and find a new purpose for old goodies – this antique, baby blue dresser makes for the cutest lolly bar. To polish your makeup perfect bare a bold red lip and winged liner, taking your peepers to sultry lengths.
14 January 2015
Earl Grey, English Breakfast or mango infused green... whats your go-to tea favourite? The humble teacup can make a huge impression on your wedding day, offering a sweet and elegant Alice In Wonderland-esque vibe. Who would've thought such a simple household item could hold so much beauty! Strung from trees, as a centerpiece vase or even a cake topper, the teacup can do it all - and very well we might add! For all your quirky, inventive and amazing brides out there... the skies the limit.
15 December 2014
The pure romance wedding is at the epitome of femininity and love. It's about soft and flowing texture, plush decor and a romanticised aura. Think pink roses, tulle dresses and fairy lights. The entire event is somewhat of a text book wedding with a "big white wedding" vibe, however injected with plenty of your character and style.
Pale pink, gold and dusty blue compliment each other perfectly in achieving a wedding of pure romance... Keep things simple and sophisticated to the focus is on the clean cut romance.
2 December 2014
Olive and mauve compliment each other in this palette, lending itself to a rustic affair. Feminine and vintage at the same time, this scheme looks best with fauna and organic textures. Homemade jars of pitted olives and beautiful mauve, blackberry infused macaroons for wedding favours... A white canvas offers a clean base for olive and mauve to play off each other, resembling a weekend away in a cottage with your beau; it's romantic, and homely, like mums best apple pie.
This palette is one for ages... mauve and olive - a timeless and stylish combination. We adore the romanticism and effortlessly chic nature of this colour pairing.
28 November 2014
It's burlap, hessian or canvased material... what ever tickles your little descriptive fancy. A super cool, easily accessible and underrated texture which we think looks amazing with lace. A palette doesn't always just consist of colours but also textures. Textures can come in the form of material and/or a particular mixture of colours and tones... Lace is a popular texture to work with, and it's super versatile. Predominantly in white or cream, paired with any colour, a unique scheme and vibe is created. Take lace and black - chic, sophisticate, sultry and moody... or lace and pale pink - so feminine, pretty, romantic and soft.
This palette combines the harshness and organic qualities or burlap with the femininity of lace. Like chalk and cheese, but we think it works oh so well!
10 November 2014
Card holders are a detrimental aspect of any wedding... they all need one. It can be a fun, quirky or understated area for guests to leave cards and pressies for the bride and groom.
Here are some gorgeous ideas in which you can apply to any particular wedding theme... from modern to traditional and alternative.
Vintage props are cute, eye catching elements and can often be found in op-shops or even around the home! We love suit cases, lanters, rustic tins, guitar cases and bridcages.
Purchase or print and cut out text - 'CARDS' or 'CARDS & GIFTS', so guests clearly know where to put their goodies. Choose a font, colour and method of hanging to suit your wedding theme, creating a polished and professional look.
5 November 2014
We think these Polaroid invites are so cute! Such an innovative idea – get your guests excited to attend a unique and creative wedding by giving them a preview of your potential. An invite that guests will want to show off on the fridge, not to mention the fun you and your beau can have taking some snaps.
Adapt to a vintage wedding with coffee stains and a sepia filter or put a modern spin on the classic camera, taking inspiration from Instagram and inject plenty of bright colours to create a fun invitation.
20 October 2014
Romance, chivalry and the price of sweets - something that Grandma says will never be the same as "in her day." There is something adoringly romantic about earlier eras and we think a vintage-chic wedding theme is the perfect way to embrace this and bring an air of romance to your day. Vintage is back, and it's here to stay...
Put a relaxed swing on the day with tweed, checkered shirts and eclectic decor or opt for a 'vintage fairytale' vibe, taking inspiration from the Victorian era.
And don't forget the power of lace- it screams femininity, vintage and romance.
10 October 2014
It's a balmy evening, Sauv Blanc in hand and acoustic tunes fill the air, shoes are kicked off and soft grass is at your toes; this could be your wedding reception. Garden weddings are unique and special; not to mention how fabulous your photos will be.
Have fun decorating with bright colours focusing on tones found in the garden; pinks, yellows, blues and greens are ideal.
Play on the garden theme and be creative with decor like this wheelbarrow with seeds for guests to take or an area for the ladies to kick off their heels and have a dance.
Try to remember to constantly refer back to your wedding theme or colour palette during the planning process. This will make for a polished event that flows, from invite, to cake and the final send off.
Create a whimsical event for guests... lanterns, fairy lights and tulle are perfect for this.
10 October 2014
Move over grandma's dusty doilies, old woven table runners and lace trimmed night gown; lace is back and it's bigger than ever. We've got styles that will kick these cliches to the side.
Edible lace... too sweet to handle.
Brides, you can easily take a modern dress design and incorporate lace; so effortlessly perfect.
9 October 2014
Inject some seductiveness into your wedding with a chocolate truffle and champagne colour scheme... one of the most delicious colour palettes.
Personalise your colour scheme and decorate accordingly. Chocolate and champagne can be ultra modern or really rustic and vintage. It all depends on how you use it... have some fun with putting a personal spin on it.
8 April 2014
Are your beauty muses the sixties 'it' girls of the past? Here at Brides Of Adelaide we love the retro swingin' sixties, characterised by plenty of volume! Say va-va-voom to your wedding hairstyle with these inspired hair 'dos of yesteryear, with a sophisticated nod at icons like Jackie Kennedy and Brigitte Bardot! You don't have to go all-out retro to work one of these classic styles, simply take elements you love to incorporate them into modern bridal style. A slight beehive, voluminous curls or a half-up, half-down pouffe will all sing of the iconic ladies of the past!
beehive side-swept sixties bridal hair / voluminous low ponytail bridal hair / high sixties inspired bridal ponytail / sixties wedding hair pouffe / low pony tail teased sixties bridal hair / sixties inspired bridal chignon / tousled bridal bun wedding hair / retro curl bridal hair / half-up, half-down bridal hair / half-up half-down bridal curls
2 April 2014
When a wedding as delightfully unique as this one comes along, we just have to share it with you! Filled to the brim with vibrant red details, this retro wedding glows with Claire and Anthony’s (or Clanthony, as they have dubbed themselves) personalities. “It was also important for us to include our friends and family in the wedding as much as possible”, says Claire “since we have lived in so many different places around the world many of our friends and family travelled to our wedding. It was really special for us to see them all there to celebrate with us...the most special moments came during our speeches where we both sang to each other, which took both of us by surprise, as we were not expecting each other to sing.”
Claire and Anthony wanted their wedding to reflect their fun, creative and silly personalities and love of vintage clothing and collectables – to create a casual, fun and funny atmosphere and for people to have a great time, consume delicious food and wine and to sing, dance and play. A café referred to them in conversation one day turned out to be the perfect venue! "We held our wedding in a quaint cafe located in a Victorian Terrace house and furnished with eclectic vintage decor. A delightful courtyard out the back and original artworks adorning the walls matched our style and personality! We wrote our own vows and included lots of singing throughout the ceremony and reception. We also asked our celebrant to voice our support for marriage equality during the ceremony. We even live streamed the ceremony, speeches and dancing for our family and friends interstate and overseas who could not make it!”
Claire always knew that she wanted to wear a vintage gown - nothing that looked too much like a wedding dress. Her first dress was a light pink, satin vintage 1940s ball-gown and before the first dance she changed into a handmade short flowered cocktail dress. The bride accessorised with vintage costume jewellery, gorgeous red shoes and her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses sourced from different places. The wedding car was an extraordinary choice - Anthony's fave car, which was a cream and red Mini Cooper! The pair also made their own jams and chutneys as bomboniere and tied luggage tags around them with their 'Clanthony' monogram on one side and 'thank you' stamped on the other.
Kate from Kate Pardey Photography was on hand to capture every special moment. "We were looking for candid, quirky and relaxed photography and we have known and loved Kate for many years" explains Claire and Anthony. "We love her style of photography and her quirky personality. She was so helpful throughout the process and a big part of our planning and our day."
It was the little touches that were really special to Claire and Anthony, such as the handmade flowers, the Clanthony monogram that adorned the invitations, cake, and wedding favours; their homemade chutneys and jams; the amazing swing-gypsy band; the menu that was chosen to reflect their tastes and personalities and the games room filled with all of their favourite games from their childhoods including Hungry Hungry Hippo, Operation, Jenga, and Pick Up Sticks and, because it was Easter, they had an Easter Egg hunt!
wedding photography kate pardey photography
4 November 2013
The soft and whimsical style of an outdoor vintage wedding is so pretty, feminine, fun and simple to DIY! We love this style and it's so popular at the moment - everyone wants a piece of the vintage action! Spring and summer are the seasons to take the celebrations outdoors; exchange vows and mingle with guests beneath a blue sky and later twinkling stars. Stunning!
Collect memorabilia from generations passed to decorate your vintage garden wedding with - pre-loved chairs, teacups, books, bottle crates, fabrics, radios and dresses all create an authentic garden scene. Provide guests with parasols to stay in the shade and vintage fans to keeps themselves cool. Mix and match until you find the right combination of hues and bits and pieces for your vintage style - op-shops here you come! Display photos of your family line - your grandparents wedding photos and beyond are a beautiful touch!
Long tables are an excellent idea if you're hosting your wedding outdoors; they give the relaxed vibe of a family picnic and will allow you to maximise your space. Lanterns and lace hanging from the trees will create a magical atmosphere as guests mingle beneath the stars.
2 October 2013
We are swooning over the sweetest combination of mint and lace, so feminine and pretty and ideal for weddings all year round. The fresh colours lend themselves to lovely shabby-chic or vintage theme, with lace detail inspiration collected from decades past. Soft beiges, burlap and twine infuse a little rustic prettiness into the gorgeous styling, creating a wedding day that can be tailored with heartfelt DIY details.
Not only will bridesmaids look super pretty in delicate lace bridesmaid dresses, but they're so on-trend that they will be able to wear them again and again. They're light and airy for the upcoming warmer months and will complement soft bouquets of minty hues such as lambs ear, white roses and ethereal Baby's Breath. Wrap the bottom of the bouquets in hessian or burlap and finish with twine to bring the vintage rustic style together.
This theme is fabulous for DIY ideas - lace is so versatile and be used in so many pretty ways! We love these cute tea-light candle holders; perfect to scatter along your tables for a romantic evening glow. Simply glue lace on the outside of jars and pop the candles in the middle - they look so gorg but couldn't be easier! Paper doilies are great to use as place mats or to decorate stationery with, be creative!
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20 August 2013
We are swooning over Australian wedding dress designer Grace Loves Lace. A fresh, whimsical and unexpected take on bridal, the brand has broken the bridal mould and is creating unique gowns for brides who are looking for something different. Ethereal, vintage-esque gowns are handmade to order in their Gold Coast studios and sent anywhere in the world. The best part? Not only are they refreshingly different, they’re also totally affordable.
“Gone are the days when ‘bridal’ meant wearing structured princess dresses, diamond studs and tiaras or a string of Grandma’s pearls. Style defines each of us on a daily basis and your wedding day should be no different.” - Grace Loves Lace.
Bohemian, carefree and comfortable, these dresses were created to fill a void in the market for dresses that were easy to wear and free-spirited. The stunning, ready-to-wear dresses are created from the finest French laces and silks, with inspiration from the Bohemian era combined with vintage charm. The site also offers beautiful boleros, veils, headpieces, belts and accessories so that you can create a unique look from head to toe.
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13 August 2013
Carla and Warwick’s country vintage charm wedding theme was inspired by visiting many old and beautiful towns throughout Europe and England, complemented beautifully by the picturesque Longview Vineyards. Carla describes, “Longview has a charming beauty and lovely rustic palette, which was exactly what we were looking for.” The pair, who met in Sydney, say that they thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and that there were so many memorable moments that they will always cherish.
Carla and Warwick hired Americana chairs and apothecary beverage servers from Sash Events to decorate the ceremony and purchased traditional ‘quattro stagioni’ preserving jars, which they hung from the aisle chairs with string and filled with white hydrangeas. Carla’s mother’s rustic chairs were placed at the signing table and fit in wonderfully with the country theme.
Carla wore a stunning off-white mermaid style gown with a cathedral train. The creation had a strapless sweetheart neckline with a soft tulle criss-cross overlay. The rest of the dress was lace, and perfectly fitted to the knee before flaring out to the floor. Her wedding earrings were a lovely gift from Warwick, which he made by their jeweller to match Carla’s rings. The bride’s bouquet brooch was ‘something borrowed’ from her nanna, her mother-in-law gave her a beautiful lace handkerchief, which is a family heirloom that has been passed down to all the women in the family since the 1920s and she found her hairpiece at Vintage Market on Grote Street.
The newlyweds held their reception at Longview because it had the right blend of style, size and a great reputation for its food and wine. The table centrepieces were low-height flowers placed in a collection of lovely vintage vases. Their table names identified their favourite travel destinations, which the couple handmade and stamped with fun travel stamps.
Guest were treated to a beautiful and personal two-tier wedding cake with fresh flowers between each layer. The bottom was Carla’s grandmother’s fruitcake recipe and the top was a gluten-free chocolate mud cake with raspberry. The bomboniere was a practical gift; Carla’s grandmother and mother made delicious apricot jam that was put in cute little jars.
1 May 2013
When Chris randomly rang Vanessa one Thursday afternoon and asked her to meet him at home for ‘something important’, she had an inkling that he might propose. As she drove into the driveway, her suspicions were confirmed when Chris came outside with a beautiful bunch of flowers with a pink and purple plastic butterfly ring, accompanied by the words ‘So, will you marry me?’ Vanessa said yes, of course, and they pair began planning their vintage 1950’s wedding.
The fun colours of their funky wedding were inspired by the beautiful print on their flower girl dresses. Vanessa spotted them when wandering through Myer one day, they stood out instantly and she fell in love with the cute design. She did not purchase them immediately and when she went back a few weeks later they will still there so she bought them on the spot; a lovely mixture of greens, oranges and pink with flowers and butterflies on them.
Guests sat on white Americana chairs with little white chairs on the end chair of each row. There were pretty white daisies in each vase with orange and green ribbon tied around the top. Each guest was given a pot of bubbles attached with a thank you tag, which was printed to match the flower girl dresses.
Vanessa was searching for a gown that was different, flattering and that would suit her shape. She loves the dress styles of the 1950’s and decided to get a dress made from that era. The end result was a beautiful tea-length ivory gown with a delicate lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves made from the save lace. She wore a green peridot ring that belonged to her great-grandmother, an heirloom very dear to her heart. In fact, Vanessa had her engagement ring made at Adorn Jewels to match this ring, with diamonds and of course a green peridot stone.
Vanessa’s matron of honour wore a short 1950’s style dress in burnt orange from the glamour room and held a bouquet to match Vanessa’s, made of white roses with magnolia leaf foliage. Chris and his groomsmen wore fitted black suits from Peter Shearer and personalised cufflinks made from old typewriter keys with their initials.
Vanessa and Chris did a darling job with their reception decorations, they went op-shopping with their friend Daniel to collect mis-matching vases for the tables and at the same time Vanessa’s mother was on the look-out as well. They also collected old-fashioned glass light shades and china teacups and saucers, which they put tea light candles in. On the tables that were scattered around the room they placed a doily with various flowers and vases. It was all very personal and heartfelt. The day before the wedding, Vanessa went to the Central Market with her matron of honour and collected lots of flowers in various colours including orange, white and pink. They had large banners made to hang around the room in the same pattern as the flower girls dresses.
The lucky guests got to enjoy a ton of retro candy as their bomboniere – including Pop Rocks, Killer Pythons, Hubba Bubba, Nerds, liquorice and Fizzers! They were all devoured before the couple even entered the room. Pete from WHAT PETE SHOT captured the wonderful day – chosen by Vanessa and Chris because ‘his portfolio is amazing because he takes great pride in taking wonderful photographs that can be remembered for years to come.’
6 February 2013
Bohemian weddings encompass a mis-matched array of boho beauty in rich colours and interesting textures. We adore the carefree and laidback style of this vibrant wedding theme and how couples manage to creatively infuse their love into every little aspect of the styling. There are no rules when it comes to a bohemian wedding; pre-loved and new pieces come together to create a homely and natural space.
Earthy colours set the base for boho styling, allowing a natural canvas to build and build upon with a combination of bright colours and patterns. Vintage fabrics are charming and can be used as table runners, place mats, flags or any other kind of unique decoration. Coloured bottles and glass will brighten your table settings and gold goes perfectly with the indian-esque bohemian theme.
The relaxed nature of a bohemian wedding means you can have fun with your bouquet and wedding choices; a variety of colours and types can be mixed together, from bridal poppies to succulents. For creative couples who enjoy the unconventional, the boho wedding is the perfect way to express your eccentricities with family and friends on a day to remember.
24 January 2013
After three happy years and a son together, Nick proposed to Amber in a way that would satisfy every little girl’s dream. He led his unsuspecting fiancé-to-be to the jewellery store Bell and Brunt and, whilst surrounded by sparkling diamonds, he simply told her to ‘pick one’. Of course, she did and the pair were married in a quirky and intimate 50’s styled wedding – episodes of Mad Men contributed to their little obsession with all aspects of the era!
The Old Methodist Meeting Hall’s vintage church feel was perfect for their ceremony, which was followed by a reception held at the gorgeous Belair Park Country Club. Black chandeliers lit with tea-light candles from Sash Events were the elegant table centrepieces and dramatic black sashes were tied on the chairs. Lucky guests were able to enjoy a two-tier hexagon and circle fudge cake decorated with fresh flowers by Sugar and Spice Cakes along with cute Hershey’s Kisses bomboniere gifts. Who can say no to a sweet chocolate treat?
Amber’s gown was short, romantic and looked unique teamed with a black sash and shoes that matched the black and white décor. A white fascinator and bright red lips brought the vintage styling together beautifully. All the bridesmaids held green bouquets and Amber herself held a green and blue bouquet with green berzilla berries, daisy chrysanthemums, molucca balm, lisianthus, blue sea holly, anemones, hyacinths and roses with citrus foliage.
The creative photography, taken at the Old Methodist Meeting Hall, the Royal Oak Hotel and Belair National Park, captured Amber and Nick’s unique details perfectly. Mink Studio caught the pair on the Belair National Park tennis court having fun with antique tennis rackets and posing with the bridal party in a variety of quirky, colourful and interesting locations.
9 January 2013
James and Carlene decided to do things a little differently when they held their wedding on New Years Eve. Surrounded by picturesque green scenery, the pair and their family and friends celebrated fresh beginnings; of the new year and of James and Carlene’s life together.
A romance that began on an off-site management course led James to propose to Carlene during a weekend away over champagne, dinner and chocolates. A beautiful baby blue and white wedding followed, inspired by the vintage art deco era. Guests received intricate laser cut invitations designed by Carlene’s friend Lisa Hall, which set the standard for the level of detail their guests could expect to see on the day. They were not disappointed; a hundred vintage crystal vases of white roses and lisianthums decorated the reception amongst antique silver vases of large white ostrich feathers. Stunningly vintage!
James and Carlene arranged for a second photographer to take photos of the guests while they were getting their photos taken, a cute and quirky idea that the guests could have fun with as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the garden. “…Seeing those photos a week after the wedding was a great way to see what mischief and fun our friends and family got up to while we were getting the more ‘serious’ photos taken” said Carlene. Later, guests were treated to a chocolate mud cake, a coconut cake with custard crème and a meringue frosting whiskey cake all made by the mother of the groom, “we couldn’t decide on just one flavour!” they explained. The cakes were served on gorgeous crystal stands and topped with fresh flowers. Sounds delicious to us!
Carlene looked radiant in an elegant vintage gown from Bridal on Pulteney and pretty shoes by Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes and her bridesmaids were sweet in soft pastel blue dresses, all complemented by bouquets of fresh David Austin roses, lisianthums and baby white feathers. James' groomsmen wore suits from Peter Shearer Menswear and were cheeky in matching white and blue striped socks! The transport was stylish too; a silver Rolls Royce and a silver Daimler escorted the bridal party. Mink Studio’s soft style of photography captured the day perfectly.
3 January 2013
It was Adriana’s love for perfume that brought her and her husband, Andrew, together. Her obsession was ‘Flower Bomb’ by Victor and Rolf and as Andrew owned The Perfume Parlour, she sought his help in sourcing the fragrance. From there, their friendship and love blossomed. It was in Sydney where Andrew proposed, treating Adriana to a spa experience before taking her out for a beautiful dinner on Darling Harbour. After, they walked to the top of the Opera House stairs and whilst embracing the spectacular view, Andrew kneeled on one knee and presented Adriana with the ultimate engagement ring.
Their day was a special one filled with many cultural and non-cultural elements, a highlight being the moment when the doors opened at the cathedral and Andrew and Adriana locked eyes for the first time on their special day. The theme was vintage and rustic, reflected in the stunning decorations. Long stemmed tuber roses and a variety of large antique crystal vases filled with hydrangeas, gladiolas and roses decorated the ceremony and wedding reception. The vintage theme was carried out throughout the entire venue, from the antique crystal whisky bottles on silver trays to the vintage photo-booth and photo table displaying black and white photos of their parent’s and grandparent’s wedding days displayed on old books collected from antique bookstores.
Adriana was a vision dressed in a Red Pearl Couture gown that highlighted her gorgeous figure. Guipure lace draped naturally and effortlessly and beautiful lace straps decorated her shoulders and back.
Guests were treated to mini Versace and Hugo Boss fragrance bottles as bomboniere, a tribute to the couple’s first meeting and danced to live music on the night. All the special details were captured by Shona Henderson Photography, leaving Adriana and Andrew with timeless memories of their truly magical day.
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