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Simply Genius Knot News

Just a very quick post today dedicated entirely to my latest find, what is quite simply the cleverest Wedding Blog Site ever! (no exaggeration)

Knot News is genius in its simplicity – headlining the latest posts from Wedding Blogs around the world, it is an almost endless source of inspiration.

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Old Hollywood Glamour and Exquisite Embellishment from Johanna Johnson

Coming across this stunning Vintage Inspired Noosa Wedding ……

Johanna Johnson The Susannah

……on the fabulous Polka Dot Bride  reminded me about the Johanna Johnson post I promised in my Sneak Peak last month! But first I have to share these stunning snaps…….

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Utterly Gorgeous Coloured Gowns for the Unconventional Bride

For me, having a vintage inspired wedding was about trying to create a look personal and unique to me – when I was younger I was adamant I would get married in black, so obviously my wedding was always destined to be unique! When planning our wedding I did consider challenging convention and going with a coloured wedding dress, but I am afraid to say I found it all too difficult and chose the easy Ivory option. But after my perfectly Vintage Inspired Wedding I came across this incredibly inspirational real life wedding bridal perfection on 100 Layer Cake Green Deco Bridal Dress by Jenny Packham

Deco Green Bridal Grown by Jenny Packham(go to 100 Layer Cake to see all the lovely photos – how cute is the matching cake topper!)

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Dramatically Downton – Inspiration for an exquisitly Edwardian Wedding

More Downton Abbey-esque Edwardian Wedding inspiration (after my Deliciously Downton Vera post at the beginning of this month) – I know, I know, I am a girl obsessed but look at these incredible photos and you will see why I couldn’t resist one more……..

Downton Abbey-esque Wedding

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The Juliet Cap Veil Revival

After my post regarding the flawlessly chic, vintage wedding of Kate Moss and her absolutely stunning veil, I had a mini Juliet cap veil infatuation!

As a bride I chose not to have a veil – now I wonder why?! (although I still adore my deco inspired asymmetric hairband! ) The incredible Vera Wang says “The wedding veil is at once sacred and seductive and I couldn’t agree more – especially some of the glorious veils I came across, they would simply be the crowning accessory for any vintage inspired bride!

Today, the Juliet Cap Veil is associated with the 1920’s and 30’s and images of Brides with huge oversized bouquets, wearing gorgeous silk bias cut wedding dresses but it was originally fashioned in the 16th Century! The name actually stems from that most romantic Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – original drawings of Juliet depicted her wearing a cap that fit neatly to the top of her head.

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Flawless Vintage Chic

It’s typical that whilst planning my wedding blog and getting it up and running there have been no end of gorgeous celebrity (and royal!) weddings. The most recent and, in my opinion most vintage wow, was Kate Moss’s beautiful bohemian wedding to Jamie Hince, in a quiet village in the English Cotswalds.

Whilst I have not always been the biggest fan of Kate Moss’s style, on her wedding day I can do nothing but admit that her style was flawless vintage chic and I absolutely adored it

From the stunning sheer, bias cut, art deco inspired, John Galliano gown – which has the most incredible peacock feather embellishment of gold beading…..

To the exquisite matching Juliet cap veil…..

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Our Wedding Inspiration

I love creating moodboards! (as you will discover)  There is something poetic, pleasing, rewarding and indeed a little addictive about finding beautiful images and piecing them together to create a unique snapshot of your lusts, a fusion of your hopes, dreams and loves.

After sharing our wedding photos, I thought I would share how I pieced our wedding together, where my ideas came from, what inspired me, where I started, how my blank canvas became…..

Choosing one style or theme was one of the hardest things for me. I knew I wanted different, vintage and unique but I think I could have been quite happy with any number of themes – Pride & Prejudice (if only Martin hadn’t refused to wear tight trousers :-)), Hollywood’s Golden Age, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby….

The key was finding that first piece and ours was the venue. Constrained by timing and numbers finding a beautiful, available and affordable venue that would give us the truly intimate wedding we wanted had to come first.

Once we had found the stunning East Close Hotel, with its Art Deco styled exterior and sumptuous interior, an impression of the wedding look and feel I wanted started to form and I then turned my attention to the dress.

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Our Vintage Inspired Wedding

When I first started to think of chicvintagebrides.com I must admit to being in equal measures excited and nervous at the thought of sharing my wedding photos – excited that they may inspire future brides (as the images I found on Love My Dress did when I was planning my wedding ), but equally nervous to be sharing such precious, personal and private memories with strangers.

But, putting any nerves to the side, here goes….I hope you enjoy……

Martin and I were married on New Years Eve 2010 – after just 9 months of being engaged! It was everything I imagined it would be and so, so much more. It was emotional, fun, beautiful, full of so much love (it was palpable) and definitely the best day of my life so far.

I was incredibly proud of the day we had planned for our friends, family and most importantly for us – we made sure every element was just how we wanted it (no swaying from family or the pressure to conform)  We wanted a small intimate wedding of the closest friends and family so venue was key for us – with 30 VIPs joining us on our special day we wanted a venue both intimate and impressive, a venue in which we wouldn’t feel lost but would be able to celebrate in

 We chose the stunning East Close Hotel on the edge of the New Forest in Lymington. I still remember with clarity walking into the Gallery Room where the ceremony takes place – so perfect, it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Until that moment whilst we were planning the wedding I couldn’t visualise it, afterwards everything just fell into place. As much as when a bride tries on THE dress she knows, I believe the same can be said of the venue.

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