Casual Elegance Southern Style

Morgan and Taylor were high school sweet hearts who met in show choir (yes, just like Glee). The celebrations unfolded over three gorgeous locations which included the bride’s preparation at Clay Hill Farm (a historic estate in Campbellsville, KY), the wedding ceremony at their local christian church, and a gorgeous outdoor marquee reception on a family farm where the family has gathered for Christmases over the decades. The fabulous palette of navy and apple green was a winning stand out inthis affair, as well as the stunning vintage-inspired gown worn by the bella bride. With loads of fun and surprise getaway fireworks it’s no wonder this wedding party wanted to celebrate through the night.

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Photography: Sur La Lune Photography  // Flowers/decor: Theresa Wolford // Catering: Shaffer’s Catering (Liberty, Ky.) // Cake: Jessica McDonald (Family Friend) // Band: Tyrone Dunn and the Kin Folk  // Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: GrassKats & AcoustiKats // Dress: Allure // Bridal Hair & Make-Up: Cindy Jaggers (Salon 121) // Guys’ Tuxes: Mitchell’s Mens Wear (Campbellsville, Ky) // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung (Twirl Bridal, Lexington, Ky)

In the Spotlight: Cathleen Jia Bridal Collection Launch

Make sure you take a seat ladies, because we have a new bridal collection to share with you which is bound to make you weak at the knees! Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia recently made an impressive entrance into the bridal world with a spectacular new collection –  Toujours. And Love Wed Bliss has exclusive backstage peek into the official launch party.

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The evening which took place at the stunning Angelique Boutique, in Armadale Melbourne was nothing short of fabulous. With a wonderfully glamorous atmosphere and a line up of breathtaking gowns embracing a vintage glam style, it was an event which would appeal to the romantic in all of us.

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The talented Australian designer’s collection is inspired by the romantic 1920′s, classic 1930s, and the elegant screen goddesses of the 1950′s.  A seamless adaptation of a glamorous era with a modern twist, it is a classic contemporary look which is nothing short of timeless. All the gowns are  exquisitely handcrafted with luxurious fabrics, and intricately adorned with delicate laces and hand-beaded embellishments, which makes them perfect for the quality discerning, style conscious bride. 

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At the launch, guests enjoyed a salon-style show featuring luxury gowns in subtle vintage colours, handcrafted headpieces and soft veils all beautifully complemented by gorgeous floral arrangements from Bud flowers. After experiencing an exclusive insight into the Cathleen Jia bridal range, and being treated to chic cocktail fare, guests said farewell with their own special gift bag in arm.

Tojours Bridal Collection by Cathleen Jia

If you would love to see this stunning collection in real time, just take a peek at the beautiful fashion film which debuted for guests before the Toujours collection was revealed. The black beaded gown is to-die-for as is, the immaculate makeup and hair by Miss Aimmey, and stunning event photography by Finessence photography!

You can see the new swoon-worthy bridal collection on the Cathleen Jia website, or if you prefer to get up close and try one on for size contact her Hawthorn studio for a private appointment.

 

Aqua Pink & Orange Wedding

If you love a pop of bright colour, then you’ll absolutely love this next darling affair from True Bliss Photography. With pretty bursts of aqua, pink, orange and yellow, this Long Beach wedding is a colour lovers paradise which still manages to keep it pretty and feminine (just the way we like it!). We adore all the lovely vintage inspired touches, like the adorable polka dot lined vintage suitcases, whimsical wedding menus and of course the stunning bride in her gorgeous bridal fascinator. Get your full dose of pretty here guys ….

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Photographer: True Bliss Photography / Floral Designer: Pixies Petals / Reception Venue: Hotel Maya Long Beach/ DJ: KIK Entertainment / Officiant: Eclectic Vows

Intimate Seattle Garden Wedding by Rennard Photography

A pretty garden, walking hand in hand, pops of colour and a long distance love affair . . . are some of the sweetest things in life that make us melt at the knees. And this Seattle wedding by Rennard Photography is something sweet indeed! Relaxed and intimate with an informal garden ceremony, followed by a cozy gathering at Poco Wine Room, this beautiful couple’s celebration was as natural as true love should be. Be sure to treat yourself to all the romance below…

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From the photographer: Boris the groom is Frenchie. He was born and raised in Normandy, France and came to America on a working Visa when he was 24 with an aerospace company where he works as a buying/purchasing engineer for airliner breaking systems. It was his first time in the US and to integrate himself into American culture he used the good ‘ol Craigslist to find a roommate in Capitol Hill. Brittany, the bride was raised a Midwest girl from southwest Michigan. She came to Seattle to go to UDUB. They met in her first year at The Art Institute for a BS in fashion marketing during a party in school in 2009. Since then they have had quite a few trials living apart due to Visa issues. Boris was transferred back to France (Paris) to work there in the summer of 2010. She was still in school and did not follow him until the following January of 2011. Boris then found out he was being transferred to Toronto, so in July of 2011 I left for the States once again. She found a job back in Seattle and ended up staying. Boris moved to Toronto last October. They made it work even being long distance and the silly governments keeping them apart (She said it’s sooo difficult to be an unmarried couple with different nationalities!!). So, Boris finally got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The wedding was small with only a few of their close friends.

 

Photographer: Rennard Photography / Ceremony: Washington Park Arboretum / Wedding Dress Store: Nordstroms / Wedding Cake Designer: The SweetSide / Reception: Poco Wine Room / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

English Literature Inspired New York Wedding by GT Modern Creations

The inspiration for Lindsay & Tom’s wedding theme came from a mutual interest in English literature. They incorporated books into their centerpieces and used a library card catalog for their escort cards. The whole day was filled with smiles, love and lots of dancing – making this New York wedding totally enchanting. Take a moment to enjoy their beautiful highlight video by GT Modern Creations which puts you in the front row to witness their amazing day.

From the cinematographers: We met with Lindsay and her bridal party on the morning of the wedding at Peter Frank Salon, and before her hair and makeup had even started, she was radiant! Her friends and family recounted cute stories of her and Tom as they watched her get her makeup done, and tears filled their eyes when her veil finally went on…the day had finally arrived, two families would become one.

Once we got back to her house, Lindsay put on her gorgeous Jim Hjelm gown with the help of her mother, and her dad watched nearby in awe of how beautiful his little girl was. Hand in hand, she held on to her dad as she walked down the aisle and into the arms of Tom…her best friend and love of her life. Once she and Tom were finally together, there was nothing but smiles, joy, happiness, and love. There’s just something about these two, almost as if they have already been together for a lifetime. They spent the entire night dancing, holding hands, exchanging glances, laughing and sharing sweet kisses.

 

Cinematography:  GT Modern Creations / Hair & Makeup: Peter Frank Salon / Florist: Posh Floral Designs Inc. / Photography: Laura Ryan Photography / Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church / Venue: West Sayville Country Club / Band: The Touch / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm

Vintage Glam Barn Wedding Inspiration

Ever since my initiation into the world of barn weddings I have become totally smitten with a gorgeous barn bash. It’s something about the country location, warm rustic features and oh-so-pretty and glamorous details, that gets me hook line and sinker!  And the same goes for this fabulous inspiration shoot sent over by Rachel McNamara Photography. With vintage glam style that includes a tea length wedding dress, patent red shoes and gorgeous diamante accessories. Elegant decor such as vintage glassware and candelabras, mixed with rustic touches, and a gorgeous couple (who by the way, are married!), you have the all the ideas you need to turn a country barn party into a stylish vintage inspired soiree!

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From the photographer:  From the red shoes, to the red lips, 3/4 length dress with white gloves, to the rustic charm of the table and place settings, this styled shoot, held at the Oaks Vineyard in Clovis, California, was everything we hoped it would be. Amy Jaye of Posh and Posy Events designed the look of the shoot, with red and pink florals mixed with succulents, rose glass candle holders, and brass candleabras. The table settings featured mixed vintage glassware with burlap table runners and a rustic wood table made by the owners of 3 oaks vineyard themselves! Our models were a real life married couple, who’s chemistry was unmistakable.

 

Photography: Rachel McNamara Photography / Event Planner:  Posh & Posy Events / Dress Store:  Premier Bride Central Valley / Linens and Coverings:  Linens and Coverings / Bakery:  Chiffonos Bakery / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Inspired Boudoir Session at Great Northern Hotel by Wanted Imagery

Vintage inspired lacey undergarments and a heritage listed hotel (such as the Great Northern in Newcastle) make for a hauntingly beautiful Boudoir shoot. One that appears straight out of the pages of a vintage fashion mag, with a gorgeous natural beauty and inspiring images by Rebecca of Wanted Imagery. To put it simply: elegant vintage style + a red headed beauty + a talented photographer = Boudoir perfection. 

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Photography: Wanted Imagery / Venue: Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle / Make up Artist: Dani from Le Rouge Make Up Artistry

Vintage Inspired Navy & Cream Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 of this gorgeous vintage inspired wedding from Nicole Chatham Photography in Austin Texas. With plenty of pretty personalized details, a gorgeous Manor venue and stylish navy and cream decor, it is brimming with sweetness, style and a dash of rustic glam for good measure. Earlier we shared the beautiful ceremony in Part 1, and now we continue with the gorgeous wedding reception with it’s rustic touches and southern hospitality.

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Bride Kirsten shares the details:

Wedding Cake

Barr Mansion takes care of the catering and wedding cakes. They use all organic and local ingredients. We chose a chocolate stout cake with berries between the layers and vanilla buttercream frosting. The groom’s cake was cheesecake (Aaron’s favorite) in the shape of a Maltese cross. Waterford blue champagne glasses my mother gifted us also graced the cake table.

Wedding Favors

For wedding favors we decided to design koozies to keep our guest’s beer or soft drink cold. I wanted to keep the wedding simple, and cute with personal touches everywhere.

DIY Details

We made the chalkboard menu out of a vintage painting my mother found in an antique store. We just added a little chalkboard paint and tender loving care. Additionally, we made the reserved signs for the tables, the ‘Mr and Mrs’ signs for the back of our reception chairs, and a “happily ever after starts here” sign the guests viewed as they entered the manor’s property. We decided to purchase an envelope guest book and asked our guests to leave us a note to read on our first anniversary. It was custom designed with a map of Texas, specifically the Austin area, on the cover. Aaron and I framed pictures of us as children to add to the guest book table, along with pictures of immediate family who are no longer with us.

Favourite Wedding Moments:

I had two favorite moments. The first was our first look, it was so much fun and at the same time so emotional. I am glad I stuck with my guns and forbid Aaron from seeing me before the wedding. My other favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my father, and taking in all the love, support, family, and friends that were there to celebrate with us.

Miss Part 1? See the sweet ceremony and more southern wedding charm here

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Pictures: Nicole Chatham Photography/Venue & Catering: Barr Mansion / Florist: Stems Floral Design /Cakes: Barr Mansion / Band: Bryan Smith Band / Hair: Mary Kelly with Salon Keriz’ma / Makeup Kourtney Esch with Salon Keriz’ma / Wedding Gown: Signature Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: Tejani / Bridemaid’s Dresses: Lulu Kate from Bella Bridesmaid / Groomsmen Attire: Al’s Formal Wear

Vintage Inspired Navy & Cream Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography Part 1

This little vintage inspired gem is all kinds of pretty – with a touch of rustic glam to boot! With it’s perfect navy and cream palette, pretty vintage details and beautiful bridesmaids in navy silk and cowboy boots, it’s a southern wedding which  seamlessly combines all the classic elements this gorgeous couple loves. Sent to us by the wonderful Nicole Chatham Photography, this Austin affair is all about gorgeous Texas flair in a dreamy southern way. Plus, we have much more of this lovely vintage soiree to follow, so tune in later for part 2…

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Bride Kirsten shares with us the details:

Wedding Theme & Location

Aaron and I wanted a laid back vintage wedding with a Texas flair. He is a ninth generation Texan and a firefighter for the City of New Braunfels. And I am an attorney in Austin. We both have a very traditional and classic style and found that Barr Mansion’s organic and vintage feel made for a perfect venue. We envisioned transforming the beautiful glass artisan ballroom into a warm and charming environment for both our ceremony and reception. 

Color Palette & Flowers

After searching through many Southern wedding magazines, we decided that navy and cream would be our color palette. After meeting with Stems Floral Design I was able to further define the vision with blue and cream hydrangeas as the main flowers. We also utilized ivory roses, lavender roses, and ivory lilies.

Wedding Dresses & Bouquet

My wedding gown was Simone Carvalli. It was the fifth dress I tried on. I fell in love with it immediately, and purchased it within 45 minutes of trying on my first wedding dress. The brooch on my bouquet belonged to my grandmother. The bridesmaids wore navy silk dupioni LulaKate Zoey dresses along with cowboy boots.

Coming up next: more pretty details and the gorgeous wedding reception …

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Pictures: Nicole Chatham Photography/Venue & Catering: Barr Mansion / Florist: Stems Floral Design /Cakes: Barr Mansion / Band: Bryan Smith Band / Hair: Mary Kelly with Salon Keriz’ma / Makeup Kourtney Esch with Salon Keriz’ma / Wedding Gown: Signature Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: Tejani / Bridemaid’s Dresses: Lulu Kate from Bella Bridesmaid / Groomsmen Attire: Al’s Formal Wear

{Cake Inspiration} White and Grey Lace Wedding Cake

Be inspired by this beautiful 4 tier square white wedding cake decorated with a delicate grey lace doily feature and large white bloom. I think this gorgeous creation would look amazing for a rustic glam or vintage inspired wedding cake! In fact, the design is so gorgeous you could style your whole wedding on this look!

White and Grey Lace Wedding Cake

 Cake Designer: Sweet & Saucy Shop